Re: WWE 2005: Raising the Bar.
WWE Friday Night Smackdown-20/5/05- Nashville; TennesseeCommercials
The show opens up with the usual Smackdown intro and pyro as we head to Michael Cole and Tazz!
Michael Cole: We are just 48 hours away from Judgment Day and tonight we will see a HUGE main event heading into this Sunday’s Pay Per View as the #1 contender JBL goes one on one with The Undertaker!!
Tazz: A big time main event Cole! I can’t wait, JBL and the Deadman, only on Friday nights baby.
Michael Cole: Also tonight, we will hear from Kurt Angle who has one of the biggest decisions to make of his career. Tonight, the Wrestling Machine decides whether to stay here on Friday Night Smackdown or whether he is to jump ship and join Monday Night Raw to face Shawn Michaels one..more..time.
Tazz: I got a bad feelin’ on this one Cole, I can only hope Kurt makes the right choice and stays here on Friday nights.
Michael Cole: As much as I don’t like Kurt Angle outside of the ring, inside of the ring there is no doubting just how big an asset Kurt Angle is for us here on Smackdown and I gotta agree with you on that one partner. We will find out for sure though later on tonight.
‘Man Beast’ then plays and out comes Rhyno to a good pop as he gets set to make his Smackdown debut.
Michael Cole: But we are kicking things off with the Friday night Smackdown debut of the ‘Man Beast’ Rhynooooo!
Tazz: A major major acquisition for Smackdown Cole. This dude is one of the toughest guys I’ve ever been inside the ring with. And you better believe me, if he hits you wit’ that gore, that’s it, you’re done man.
Michael Cole: Indeed, Rhyno was drafted here to Smack down a few weeks back and we’ve been waiting in anticipation for his arrival, tonight we get to see just what Rhyno is gonna bring here to Friday night Smackdown.
Snitsky then makes his way out to virtually no reaction as we get our first match under way.
Match One: Singles match
Rhyno vs. Snitsky
Rhyno looks a bit rusty early on and the big man Snitsky took advantage of that, taking it to the Man Beast. Snitsky couldn’t capitalise on his momentum though and the balance swung with Rhyno stepping his game up and eventually finishing off his monster opponent with a vicious Gore for the three count and a winning debut to his Smackdown career.
Michael Cole: Wow!! A big victory here tonight for Rhyno on his Smackdown debut!!
Tazz: Dat was impressive Cole. Ain’t no doubting’ that Rhyno can be a big addition to da Friday Night Smackdown roster and dat right there proves why.
Michael Cole: That gore from Rhyno. The power, the aggression, the brutality of it, a hugely impressive showing here tonight from the ‘Man Beast.’
We head backstage where we see Kurt Angle sitting in his locker room, clearly contemplating what his decision will be for later on tonight when he must decide whether to leave Smackdown and join Raw.
We immediately switch cameras and go to Teddy Long who is in his office with Raw GM Eric Bischoff.
Long: Look Eric, I understand da situation wit’ Kurt. Ya got every right to make him an offer. But whatcha don’t have a right to is comin’ to my show last week and getting’ inside da building’ without my permission.
Bischoff: Teddy, Teddy, Teddy. Come on man, as if you were gonna let me in? I mean, I only did the exact same thing that you would do. If Triple H’s contract was expiring, there’d be no chance in hell I’d let you onto my show but I know damn well that you’d try and get in anyway. Difference between me and you is, I’m smart enough to hire REAL security Teddy. Not your cheap ones I can pay off just like that(Bischoff clicks his fingers).
Long: Well let me tell ya dis. Ya do it again and I will have no hesitation sendin’ all of my Smackdown superstars out to deal wit’ you, ya feel me?
Bischoff: Yeah we‘ll see how that works out for ya, I ‘feel’ ya Teddy. But onto tonight, and onto Kurt Angle.
Bischoff smiles at the mention of Angle’s name.
Long: What about it? Da way I see it, Kurt Angle ain’t goin’ anywhere playa. Now I know you used ya cheap tactics last week Eric but dis week I know Kurt Angle is gonna make da right choice.
Bischoff: And what is that exactly Teddy? Huh? Stay here on this garbage show? Not a chance. The only offer that Kurt Angle is considering is Eric Bischoff’s offer and you can believe that next Monday night on Raw, on MY show we will be welcoming Kurt Angle and we will be one step closer to seeing Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels, the rematch, the match that EVERYBODY wants to see it.
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Long: Look Eric, I as much as anybody wanna see dat rematch but it ain’t takin’ place unless Shawn Michaels comes over here to Friday nights playa.
Bischoff: No..chance..in hell. Start the countdown because when all’s said and done here tonight, Eric Bischoff will come up victorious yet AGAIN. See ya out there later Teddy.
Bischoff laughs before leaving Teddy Long’s office.
We return and ‘Live for the Moment’ hits as Matt Hardy makes his way out to the ring to a good pop.
Michael Cole: Quite the couple of weeks for this man Matt Hardy since he arrived here on Smackdown. Hardy defeated United States champion Orlando Jordan on his first night here but last week after another victory, this time over Luther Reigns, Orlando Jordan exacted a measure of revenge. Let’s take a look.
We see replays of Orlando Jordan’s attack on Hardy last week, resulting in the U.S.champion leaving Hardy down and out.
Tazz: Was a brutal assault by Orlando last week Cole but ya gotta give Matt Hardy credit. Orlando Jordan came out here in da main event last week, looked to help out his associate JBL and Matt Hardy comes back out and takes it to Jordan. Big props to Hardy on dat one.
Michael Cole: Indeed Matt Hardy will not lay down and it was announced this week on wwe.com that this Sunday at Judgment Day, Orlando Jordan will defend his United States title against Matt Hardy in what is a massive opportunity for Hardy to prove himself here on the blue brand.
Hardy takes a mic as a small portion of the crowd start a ‘Hardy’ chant.
Hardy: Y’know, I said when I came to Smackdown a couple weeks back that I was here for a new start. I was here to prove that Matt Hardy could hang with the big boys, that Matt Hardy could win championships on his own.
Good reaction from the crowd for this.
Hardy: I wanted to prove all the doubters wrong, all the people who’ve put me down, criticised me over the years. This to me, is my chance to shut them all up, once and for all. And now in just 48 hours, I’m gonna do EXACTLY that.
Pop for Hardy
Hardy: Because this Sunday at Judgment Day, I get my chance, what I’ve been waitin’ for. I will go one on one with Orlando Jordan for the United States championship. One of the most prestigious championships in the industry and now I’m fightin’ for it, I’m getting’ my shot. You don’t know how much that means to me.
Again a good reaction from the crowd.
Hardy: And let me tell ya, it’s not a case of if, it’s a case of WHEN I win this Sunday. And you better believe me when I say that it will only be the beginning because I promise you all that Matt Hardy is gonna make a name for himself here on Smackdown and Matt Hardy is going to make a name for himself in the entire WWE. I’m not gonna lie down anymore, I am gonna walk into Judgment Day still as a tag team specialist, as a part of one of the all time great tag teams in WWE history.
Hardy gets a pop for the mention of his tag team days
Hardy: But when I walk out of Judgment Day it’s gonna be a whole different story. People are gonna start to see Matt Hardy the singles wrestler, someone who can make it on his OWN. Orlando Jordan, I’m puttin’ you on notice. Two days and counting OJ, keep real good care of that belt for me, cos Sunday it’s coming home.
Hardy gets a big ovation as ‘Kash Money’ then hits and out comes Kid Kash ready for action.
Match two: Singles match
Matt Hardy vs. Kid Kash
The opening of the match sees Hardy get on top of his smaller opponent, taking Kash down at every possible opportunity. Hardy scored a near fall, following a nice scoop slam, but Kash managed a fairly quick kick out.
The Cruiserweight then got himself into the match, almost surprising everyone including Hardy with a roll up but the #1 contender to the U.S. Title kicked out at two. Kash then looked to wear Hardy down, locking him a sleeper hold but the crowd rallied Hardy, who managed to find the resolve to break free.
The shift in momentum once again then changed as Hardy almost finished the job off, scoring a near fall following a hard leg drop from the top rope. Hardy was surprised it didn’t get the job done but waited for Kash to get to his feet. Hardy then kicked Kash in the gut and going for the Twist of fate. Kash counters it though and looks for a back body drop but Hardy lands on his feet, turns Kash around, Twist of Fate connects!! Cover, 1-2-3!
Winner: Matt Hardy(7:21)
Michael Cole: Matt Hardy is rolling to Judgment Day!!
Tazz: Big win again for Hardy there Cole and Hardy has some major momentum headin’ into dis Sunday baby. Orlando Jordan’s in trouble at Judgment Day.
We go to a Raw rebound with particular importance being placed on the Shawn Michaels gauntlet match which saw Kurt Angle jump the barricade and attack Michaels, adding more fuel to the fire in that rivalry ahead of Angle’s decision tonight. We also see the conclusion of the Intercontinental title match and the brawl between the Arabian Entity, Edge, Triple H, Batista, Chris Jericho and the World’s Greatest Tag team in one of the most chaotic Raw’s in recent memory.
We then head backstage and see the WWE champion John Cena walking down the hall. Cena’s appearance is met with a great pop but the cheers soon turn to boos as Cena is greeted by Carlito.
Carlito: John Cena ha ha. Dee WWE champion, da face of Friday nights.
Carlito then tosses his apple up in the air before catching it.
Carlito: A damn disgrace.
Boos ring round the arena again
Carlito: Y’know who should be WWE champion John? Do you? The WWE champion should be Carlito. But no, Carlito doesn’t get dat kinda opportunity, Carlito has to make his own opportunites. Dat’s why dis Sunday at Judgment Day, Carlito made a lil challenge. See, Carlito challenged Booker T to a match dis Sunday and hey, Carlito doesn’t even know Booker T is gonna turn up but whether he does or he doesn’t, Carlito is walkin’ outta Judgment Day with his stock having risen and one step closer to coming after you and dat WWE title.
Carlito again tosses his apple smiling as Cena looks to be thinking
Cena: For the love of God Carlito, would you please just SHUT UP!!?
Massive pop for the champion here as Carlito looks horrified
Cena: Whine, whine, whine, yap, yap, yap. Nobody cares man!! You can talk all you want about how you should be WWE champion, but fact is you aren’t, I am.
Pop again for Cena
Cena: Now if I were you I’d be more concerned about Judgment Day and when Booker T kicks your ass all over Minneapolis.
Carlito laughs as the crowd cheer for the thought of that
Carlito: If you were me? John you’ll never be Carlito, you’ll never be anything like Carlito. And you can tell Carlito all you want about Booker T but da facts don’t lie John, Carlito’s got your number. On Carlito’s first night here on Smackdown, Carlito beat YOU for the United States championship. Did you forget about dat?
Cena: No, no I didn’t forget about it but i'm guessing you're forgetting i won that championship back off you aren't ya now? And Carlito things change. A LOT has changed since that night. Since that night, I’ve gone on to bigger and better things, I’ve gone on to become the WWE champion. Carlito, tell me man, what have you done since then?
Carlito looks angry now and starts stuttering
Cena: My thoughts exactly, so why don’t you shut your mouth and let your actions do the talkin’ for once. How bout tonight in that ring, John Cena one on one with Carlito? What do ya say?
The crowd pop as Carlito thinks about it
Carlito: Y’know what Cena? Carlito would love nothing more than to make a fool of you one more time here tonight, you’re on man. And when, not if but WHEN Carlito beats you again tonight, dat will be cool.
Carlito walks away with Cena looking on smiling
We return and ‘Cool’ hits as Carlito makes his way to the ring ready for action against the champ.
Michael Cole: Welcome back to Friday night Smackdown and before the commercial break, the WWE champion John Cena challenged the cocky, loudmouth Carlito to a match up right here tonight and the man who faces Booker T this Sunday had no hesitation in accepting. A bold call from Carlito here tonight.
Tazz: It ain’t bold Cole. If da WWE champion offers ya a match, you ain’t gonna turn it down, tonight’s a big opportunity for Carlito to make a statement towards da WWE title.
‘My time is now’ then hits to a big time pop from the crowd as John Cena makes his way out for this contest.
Michael Cole: This Sunday comes the biggest challenge in John Cena’s WWE career. The WWE champion will defend his title against the self proclaimed ‘Wrestling God’ in a Last man Standing match. A major obstacle for the champion at Judgment Day. He’s never been in a Last man Standing match before, it’s gonna be an entire new world for Cena this Sunday.
Tazz: Damn right Cole. Cena knows what he’s getting himself into this Sunday and you would have to put JBL down as the favourite. He has the experience factor, JBL knows how to been around long enough to know just what it takes to win one of these things. Cena’s gonna need to pull one out the bag at Judgment Day.
Match three: Singles Match
WWE champion John Cena vs. Carlito
The match was a very solid outing as Carlito showed that he can hang with the very best on the brand. The Caribbean superstar almost ended things early on following a nice DDT that saw Cena kick out at two.
The champion though responded well and as Carlito whipped Cena into the ropes, the leader of the chain gang took down his opponent with a big shoulder block, knocking Carlito right off his feet. The champ then ran the ropes once more before taking down Carlito with yet another shoulder block, really building up steam as the crowd got right behind him.
Cena then, quite surprisingly made his way towards the top rope which proved to be a real mistake as Carlito brought himself to his feet and ran towards the corner, pushing Cena off the top and down to the mat, landing quite awkwardly on his left leg. This allowed Carlito to compose himself, allowing the former U.S. champion a small breather before heading to the outside and going to work on the champion.
Carlito stomped away at the leg of Cena, looking to exploit a possible injury before throwing Cena back inside the ring. The crowd began a ‘Cena’ chant, looking to will the champion but Carlito continued away at the damaged leg.
Stomp after stomp, brutally picking apart Cena who is writhing in pain, not what he needed just two nights before he defends his WWE Title. Carlito then looked to possibly finish things off, attempting a figure four leg lock it looked like, but Cena showed he still had fight left in him, refusing to be put in the hold. Cena used all his leg strength to kick Carlito away from him and the power took Carlito halfway across the ring.
Cena steadily made his way to his feet as did Carlito. The battle now on to see who strikes first and it was Cena, laying right hands at Carlito, really taking it to his former rival. Cena really built up some steam, sending Carlito down again with a big shoulder block before running the ropes, it’s five knuckle shuffle time!
Cena does his trademark, you can’t see me to his opponent before dropping Carlito with the shuffle. Cena is poised, ready to strike for an FU as Carlito makes his way to his feet. Carlito is up, spins around, Cena hoists him into the air, ready to drop him but BAM!!
Cena is taken down by a thunderous shot from his opponent this Sunday, JBL. The ‘Wrestling God’ then continued to batter away at Cena, smashing his fists to the skull of the champion as the referee calls for the bell and heat pours down on the number one contender.
Winner via Disqualification: John Cena (11:31)
Michael Cole: JBL has sent a message to John Cena here tonight, and now look, now look at these two! They’re taking everything out of the champion before this Sunday. Somebody stop this!!
Carlito joins in the assault, throwing some rights and lefts at Cena as JBL continues alongside him, assaulting the champion before a big pop from the crowd! It’s BOOKER T! Booker T sprints down the ramp and is heading after Carlito!!
Michael Cole: Booker T!! Booker T is here and he’s coming for Carlito!!
Booker takes Carlito down with a couple of right hands before unloading on JBL! Cena slowly makes his way to his feet now as it’s two on two. Booker goes right back after Carlito and takes him down with a BookEnd. JBL though, worms his way out of the ring to big heat, not wanting anything to do with Cena or Booker.
Michael Cole: Well thank god for Booker T! We haven’t seen Booker the past couple of weeks, since Carlito’s tirade about Booker T being a shell of his former self but tonight partner, Booker looked nothing like a shell of his former self. Booker looked on a roll.
Tazz: Damn right Cole. If Booker can take that into this Sunday against Carlito then we got a heck of a match on our hands baby.
Michael Cole: And what about that snake JBL? When it was two on one out there JBL couldn’t get his hands on Cena fast enough. Two on two though and JBL hightails it outta here. On Sunday JBL’s gonna have nowhere to run that’s for sure!
Tazz: Smart Cole, very smart. JBL’s still gotta face the Undertaker here tonight ahead of this Sunday and you can believe that JBL wants to go to Judgment Day in one piece.
We head backstage where we see Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio in their locker room, both men get a big reaction from the crowd.
Van Dam: I cannot wait for Sunday Rey Rey. Finally, we’re gonna put a stop to these punks runnin’ round our show like they own it. At Judgment Day it’s gonna be sweet as man when Tony Chimel takes that microphone and announces Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio as the new WWE Tag team champions. How good is that gonna sound dude?
Pop again from the crowd
Mysterio: Rob, I hear you esse. This Sunday though it ain’t just about becoming tag champs. It’s about teaching these guys a lesson. Last week, Johnny Nitro, hey he beat me, I hold my hands up but I can promise you that at Judgment Day I ain’t gonna let that happen again.
Van Dam: That’s what I’m talkin’ about Rey Rey.
Van Dam smiles before Melina walks in to huge heat as Van Dam’s grin suddenly disappears
Melina: Sorry to interrupt your little moment here boys but I just thought I’d drop by and see how you’re feeling ahead of Judgment Day.
Van Dam: Cut the small talk Melina, what are ya really here for?
Melina: No fooling you Rob is there? Well, lets just say I’m here to wish you luck for Sunday cos believe me, you’re gonna need it when my boys get their hands on you. This has gone on for long enough now Rob, you disrespected me, you disrespected my boys and now, we’re gonna make you pay. We’re gonna prove at Judgment Day exactly why we deserve to be handed things and exactly why we are the A-listers here in the WWE.
Mysterio: Melina, there is nothing and I mean NOTHING A-list about you, believe me on that one.
The crowd pop as Melina looks furious
Melina: WHO ASKED YOU REY?! Since when did you even get involved in all this? This is between MNM and RVD. Facts are Rey, you’re only here because he(pointing at RVD) knows he can’t deal with our greatness alone. Bottom line is, when we’re done with you at Judgment Day, Rey, you’ll just be thrown to the sidelines again.
Van Dam: Hey, hey that’s enough Melina. Talk is real cheap sweetheart and this Sunday the talking ends and all that matters will be when that bell rings and Nitro, Mercury, they realise that this isn’t Hollywood anymore, this is the WWE and being an A-lister? It don’t mean a damn thing. Me and Rey are taking the titles Sunday and we will prove to you that NOBODY here in the WWE is handed anything.
Melina: We’ll just see about that Rob. Two days to go Rob, see you in Minneapolis. Oh and Rey, think about what I said will you?
Melina leaves their locker room to heat as Mysterio looks on with Van Dam.
Van Dam: Man, I can’t wait for this Sunday, don’t worry about that piece of trash Rey.
RVD then leaves the locker room as Mysterio continues to look on.
We then head to a graphic hyping tonights main event of JBL vs. The Undertaker before another graphic showing Kurt Angle, Eric Bischoff and Teddy Long with the question remaining, will Kurt Angle stay on Smackdown or jump ship to Raw?
We return and already in the ring are Tajiri and the #1 contender to the Cruiserweight title, Chavo Guerrero as ‘Hey you’ hits and out comes Paul London to join his partner in the ring, The Hurricane.
Michael Cole: Big match up this Sunday for this young man Paul London as he defends the Cruiserweight championship against his rival Chavo Guerrero. Guerrero delivered a brutal message to London a couple weeks back and you have to wonder just what condition Paul London is in, heading into Judgment Day.
Tazz: London’s gotta be hurtin’ Cole but dat tends to go out da window when gold is on the line and Paul London ain’t gonna give up da Cruiserweight title dat easy at Judgment Day.
Match four: Tag team match
Cruiserweight champion Paul London and The Hurricane vs. Chavo Guerrero and Tajiri
The match is pretty short lived as none of the cruiserweights get an awful lot of time to showcase themselves. Cruiserweight champ Paul London began the match, up against the Japanese Buzzsaw, Tajiri.
After some frantic action between the young champion and the experienced veteran, a hot tag was made to each others partners with Chavo and Hurricane entering the fold. The ending of the match then came as Hurricane was in control.
Friday nights resident superhero hit a beautiful DDT to Chavo, sending him to the mat, before setting him up for a Shining Wizard attempt but Hurricane missed it and Chavo rolled Hurricane up to score the three count, despite the best efforts of Paul London to stop Guerrero stealing the win for him and Tajiri. London looked on frustrated, knowing he failed to get his hands on Guerrero again tonight, but fully aware that in two nights at Judgment Day there’ll be nowhere to run for Chavo.
Winners: Chavo and Tajiri( 4:29)
Michael Cole: Well in 48 hours there will be no hiding place for Chavo Guerrero and he will have to face the wrath of Paul London. But tonight, Guerrero has not only escaped from London but has pulled off another big victory on Smackdown.
Tazz: Cole I’m telling ya, the experience factor is gonna play a huge part at Judgment Day and Chavo has Paul London right where he wants him headin’ into Sunday.
We go to a quick video package for Judgment Day before returning and out comes Smackdown GM Teddy Long, followed by Raw GM Eric Bischoff as we get set for Kurt Angle’s contract decision.
Michael Cole: Welcome back folks to Friday Night Smackdown, I’m Michael Cole alongside Tazz and we are mere moments away from discovering the destination of Kurt Angle’s future.
Tazz: I got goosebumps Cole. I’m prayin’ for Angle to stay on the blue brand, prayin’.
Both Bischoff and Long have a mic in one hand along with a contract in the other as Teddy Long opens proceedings.
Long: Now, y’all know why we’re out here and I think that it’s only right we get straight down to business, ya feel me? So Kurt Angle…
Bischoff: Woah Teddy, what’s the rush here? It’s a rare sight seeing Eric Bischoff on Friday nights and I figured that while I’m out here, these people wanna enjoy seeing me, so it’s only fair that they get what they want and that is to hear from Eric Bischoff.
Bischoff then grins as the crowd pour heat on him
Long: Now hold on there Eric. I think I speak for everyone here tonight in Nashville when I say there ain’t a damn person in this arena who wants to see Eric Bischoff.
Big cheers for Teddy Long here as Bischoff shakes his head
Bischoff: Clever huh Teddy. These idiots wouldn’t know greatness if it came and slapped them in the face. And that’s exactly what I am Teddy, greatness. And that’s exactly why Kurt Angle is gonna stick your Smackdown contract and sign this.
Bischoff holds the Raw contract up to big heat from the crowd for his earlier comments
Long: Well as far as I’m concerned, the word great don’t associate with you Eric and why don’t we just see what Kurt Angle is gonna decide right here and now. So ladies and gentleman, enough is enough, without further adue, allow me to introduce to you, Kurt Angle!
‘Medal’ then hits to a mixed reaction, the majority giving Angle heat as the Wrestling Machine makes his way down the ramp. Angle has a mic in hand and looks very focused on dealing with this issue.
Bischoff: Kurt great to see you man!!
Bischoff offers a handshake to Angle who just stares at the Raw GM
Bischoff: Now Kurt, the answer is simple here. You’ve got two options. One smart option and one absolutely ridiculous option, but nevertheless it iss an option. And that option is to stay here on this B-grade show Kurt, working with a moron like Teddy Long and being left off of Pay Per View cards, which may I remind you, you’re doing exactly that this Sunday at Judgment Day.
Angle nods his head before Bischoff continues
Bischoff: Buuuut on the other hand. You can come to Eric Bischoff’s Monday Night Raw, the A-show, the PREMIERE show in sports entertainment. And Kurt you can work for me, you can work for someone who values what you do, who respects what you do and you can go onto win the World Heavyweight championship. The final piece in the jigsaw? Well, you can once and for all, shut Shawn Michaels up and end the career of the showstopper. Now like I siad Kurt, the answer is simple.
Angle: Look Eric, I see where you’re coming from I really do. I respect what you’ve done in your career. The way you guided WCW towards the top, the way you guided Raw to new heights, I respect that, I do.
Bischoff smiles, looking at Teddy Long
Angle: But Eric, fact of the matter is, I think you’re nothing more than a piece of garbage.
Big pop for Angle there with Teddy Long now the one smiling
Angle: I don’t like the way you go about things Eric and I gotta admit, the thought of working with you makes me sick to the bottom of my stomach.
Bischoff has his head in his hands as the crowd again cheer Angle
Bischoff: Look, Kurt I can make life real easy for you. Whatever you want, you got it, just do the right thing and sign with me, sign with Raw, I promise you, you will not regret it.
Long: Now hold on a minute playa. Ya seem to be forgetting Smackdown here Eric. Kurt, we can offer you a hell of a lot more than what that ‘piece of garbage’ can offer you. Kurt, I admire ya as an athlete, what you’ve done in the WWE is phenomenal, championship after championship, accolade after accolade and Kurt if you stay on Smackdown playa, it ain’t gonna be the end of that.
Angle: Teddy, look I’ve been on this show long enough now to realise what goes on here and what you can offer me. But Teddy, Eric makes some great points. I’m not even on the card for Judgment Day, what’s the deal there Teddy?
Bischoff: Yeah!! What’s the deal there Teddy?
Angle: SHUT UP ERIC!!
Huge pop for Angle again
Long: Kurt, I ain’t gonna lie here. Truth is I didn’t book ya on the card cos of this whole contract situation. I can’t afford to let a potential Raw superstar face a Smackdown superstar and then jump ship just like that. Not a chance. Kurt I needed reassurance, I needed to know you’d still be here after Judgment Day and ya couldn’t give me that which is why I couldn’t give ya a match this Sunday playa.
Angle nods his head seeming to understand where Long is coming from
Angle: I understand that Teddy. Now it’s been playing on my mind all week long. What do I do? Where does Kurt Angle go from here? And truth is I haven’t been able to find the answer. But here we are tonight and I've gotta make a decision.
Angle ponders for a minute as a ‘HBK’ chant starts
Angle: Monday Night Raw, the flagship WWE show. What does it offer to me? It offers a fresh start, it offers new surroundings, it offers me Shawn Michaels.
Pop from the crowd as Angle grits his teeth saying HBK’s name.
Angle: Friday night Smackdown. What does it offer to me? What.. does..it..offer..to..me? It offers, not a whole lot, I gotta be honest here.
Bischoff: YES!! YES!! Kurt I knew you’d see sense, I knew that Raw was the place for you. I’m gonna make the main event for Vengeance right here, right now. Kurt Angle one on one with Shawn Michaels!! How do you all like that?!?
Huge pop from the crowd as Angle nods his head and Teddy looks deflated.
Angle: Eric, hold that thought would ya? Who said I was signing with Raw?
A few ooohs in the crowd, mixed with some boos and some cheers
Bischoff: What do ya mean Kurt? You said it yourself, there’s NOTHING here for you on Smackdown. Nothing.
Angle: Eric, I said it to you earlier, you’re a piece of garbage. I know exactly what this is all about and this has nothing to do with me. All of this is to do with Shawn Michaels. I know it, you know it and these people know it. I am DONE with Shawn Michaels. I beat him at Wrestlemania and I have nothing left to prove to him or to any of these people.
Heat now for Angle who is back in his heel mode now
Angle: If Shawn Michaels comes to Smackdown, so be it, I have no problem in breaking his damn ankle. But Kurt Angle coming to Raw? Not a chance in hell while that punk Michaels is still on that show. Gimme that contract Teddy, cos Kurt Angle is staying on Smackdown.
Boos generally for Angle here with some loyal Smackdown fans cheering the decision. Teddy Long does his trademark dance before handing Angle the contract and shaking his hand.
Bischoff: Kurt I’m begging ya!! Please, please, come to Raw. This isn’t about me and Shawn Michaels, this is about Kurt Angle, the greatest wrestler in the world, coming to the greatest show in the…
Bischoff has no time to finish as Angle lifts Bischoff up and drops him with the Angle slam!! Big pop for Angle here who finishes off proceedings by signing the Smackdown contract as Teddy Long raises Angle’s hand but Angle then lifts Long up and drops the Smackdown GM with an Angle slam as well!! ‘Medal’ then hits again as Kurt Angle leaves the ring with yet again a relatively mixed reaction from the crowd, but he leaves with us all now in the know that Kurt Angle is staying on Smackdown.
We return and head backstage where we see JBL and Orlando Jordan walking down the hall before being stopped by Josh Matthews.
Matthews: JBL, just wanted to get your thoughts on your match in just a few moments when you go one on one with the Undertaker.
JBL: My thoughts Josh are that once again I am being hung out to dry but that incapable general manager of ours Theodore Long. How is it right that just 48 hours away from my WWE championship match I have to go one on one with somebody like the Undertaker while John Cena gets a free ride facing that apple spitter?
Matthews goes to speak again but is cut off
JBL: And before you ask your next question, yes that is why I got involved earlier tonight in Cena’s match. Because tonight I’m walkin’ into the middle of that ring and going toe to toe with the phenom. Now although I will destroy the Undertaker and walk out victorious tonight, I’m gonna take a beating myself, make no mistake about it. That’s why I HAD to make a statement earlier and rest assured if it hadn’t been for that moron Booker T I’d have made sure John Cena didn’t even make it to Minneapolis this Sunday.
Jordan: Now we about to go out there and deal wit’ the Undertaker Josh, do you think John Cena wants a piece of the Undertaker before Sunday? Do you? Hell no. That is what separates my mentor from the rest, that is what makes JBL the greatest of all time. He doesn’t sit back and hide away from challenges.No, JBL stands tall and fights things head on and you’ll see exactly that tonight when JBL not only goes face to face with a legend of this business, but when he BEATS a legend of this business.
JBL: Ha ha. Orlando son, I could not have said it any better myself. I hope John Cena is watching what I’m about to do carefully, cos I’m gonna do the same to him in just two days. Two frickin days you’ve got left holding MY championship Cena. Make the most of em kid cos it’ll be the LAST time you get to hold that championship.
JBL and his chief of staff walk away as we cut to the announce table and get set for the main event.
Michael Cole: Well, what a night it has already been on Smackdown folks. We saw the Smackdown debut of Rhyno earlier on, defeating the monster Snitsky. We also saw Kurt Angle make his huge contract decision, whether to stay on Smackdown or join Raw, lets take a look.
We see a replay of the decision made by Angle
Michael Cole: A major boost for Friday nights Tazz, Kurt Angle opting to stay on the blue brand.
Tazz: No doubt Cole. As much as I and everybody else wants to see Angle and Michaels go at it, I’d rather Kurt stay here on Smackdown baby.
Michael Cole: And still to come up next, JBL, the #1 contender for the WWE title this Sunday goes one on one with the Undertaker!!
Tazz: And speakin’ of Sunday Cole, what a night Judgment Day is gonna be!
Michael Cole: For sure Tazz. The Cruiserweight championship will be on the line when Paul London defends against the veteran, Chavo Guerrero.
Tazz: The biggest stage of Paul London’s young career Cole. If London can beat Chavo at Judgment Day, he’ll be makin’ a huge statement.
Michael Cole: Also on Sunday, the WWE Tag team titles will be on the line, the vacant tag team titles as MNM go up against Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio!
Tazz: Two of the most entertaining superstars in the WWE goin’ up against the two newcomers. I love it Cole and I can’t wait to see what MNM are really made of at Judgment Day.
Michael Cole: And how about this one Tazz, Randy Orton gets his rematch with the Undertaker!!
Tazz: A massive night in the career of the Legend Killer at Judgment Day. Orton came so close to endin’ the streak and this Sunday he’s out for revenge.
Michael Cole: The United States title is also on the line. Orlando Jordan defends against the thorn in his side recently, Matt Hardy.
Tazz: Matt Hardy says that Sunday will be the night where people begin to see him as Matt Hardy and no longer just one of the Hardy Boyz. Hardy’s got it all to prove when he faces Orlando in Minneapolis.
Michael Cole: And a personal feud here sees Carlito go one on one with Booker T.
Tazz: You can tell just how much Booker wants to get his hands on Carlito and at Judgment Day he’s gonna get the chance, I can’t wait for that one.
Michael Cole: And our main event!! Last Man Standing, the WWE title, John Cena defends against JBL!!
Tazz: A big time stipulation Cole. JBL has the experience factor goin’ into this one but we all know the guts and determination of our WWE champion, this one is gonna be off the charts at Judgment Day, I’m pumped.
‘Longhorn’ then hits and out comes JBL to strong heat, in his trademark limo, accompanied by Orlando Jordan.
Michael Cole: This Sunday, JBL is intent on regaining the WWE championship and you’ve gotta believe that he will stop at nothing to get what he believes is rightfully his back.
Tazz: It’s the richest prize in the game Cole, JBL won’t stop at anything to get that title back. Last Man Standing, it’s gonna be brutal on Sunday which suits JBL just as much as it does John Cena.
JBL is waiting patiently inside the ring, awaiting the arrival of the Deadman.
‘GONG’ The fans go wild as ‘Graveyard Symphony’ hits and out comes the Phenom, The Undertaker.
Michael Cole: One of the most respected men in the history of the WWE. Over a decade of destruction and this Sunday, the Phenom will go one on one with the Legend Killer, Randy Orton.
Tazz: Major opportunity for Randy Orton this Sunday. At Wrestlemania he was so close to endin’ the Deadman’s streak. The Undertaker knows he has his hands full this Sunday but you would never bet against the Deadman.
Match five: Singles match
JBL vs. The Undertaker
The match is a stellar outing between two former big time rivals here on Friday Night Smackdown. The contest opened with JBL worming his way around the ring, looking to avoid going to war with the Deadman.
As Taker attempted to go on the front foot, JBL backed into the ropes, demanding the referee keep the Undertaker away from him. As the referee continued to do so, Taker finally let his guard down, allowing JBL to get a cheap shot in, kicking Taker in the gut before laying into the Phenom with some strong right hands, forcing Taker into the corner.
The #1 contender then hurled the Deadman across the ring into the other corner, running after him and connecting with a vicious clothesline. With JBL looking in control, the former champion took his time in pandering to the crowd, resulting in some big heat as Layfield soaks it in.
This allowed the Deadman to find a way back in though, as JBL returned to face his opponent he faced an onslaught of right hands, feeling the full force of The Undertaker who whipped JBL into the ropes before taking him down with a huge big boot to the jaw, knocking Layfield down.
Taker then went for an old school but was knocked off the top ropes by JBL who then allowed himself some time to recover in the ring as Taker made his way to his feet on the outside. As Taker made his way back inside the ring he was met with JBL at the ropes. JBL went for a right hand but Taker pulled JBL down, bouncing his head off the ropes.
Taker then got back inside and again unloaded on JBL before grabbing the throat of his opponent and looking for a choke slam, the fans on their feet but JBL managed to get himself out of it, elbowing Taker in the head, causing him to loosen the grip and allowing JBL to now seemingly get the advantage.
JBL waited in the corner, poised, primed for Taker to rise to his feet, looking to end this one. Taker rose and JBL goes for the clothesline from hell but Taker ducks it, grabs the throat of JBL!! JBL’s up!! JBL’s down! Chokeslam!! Cover by the Deadman, 1-2-3, NO!! The referee’s pulled out of the ring!! It’s Randy Orton!! Orton is here and The Undertaker hasn’t realised! Orton throws the referee into the barricade and enters the ring.
Taker looks surprised he hasn’t heard the three count and turns around, straight into an RKO!! ORTON LAYS THE UNDERTAKER OUT!!
Meanwhile, down the ramp comes Orlando Jordan with a referee. A referee is in place now as Orton gets out of the ring and JBL squirms towards the fallen Undertaker. Cover by Layfield, 1-2-3, it’s over!!
John Cena comes storming down the ramp to a huge pop but it’s no use as Randy Orton and Orlando Jordan get JBL out of the ring and through the crowd as Orton looks on laughing at his dirty work here tonight and JBL smiles broadly at stealing one.
Michael Cole: JBL has stolen it yet again here tonight!! But in two nights from now there’ll be only one way to win and there’ll be no chance of JBL stealing the WWE championship!
Tazz: Hey, by no means did JBL steal that one Cole. Randy Orton cost the Deadman, Orton’s gonna have hell to pay come Sunday Cole!
Michael Cole: JBL has escaped from John Cena tonight, he has escaped from the Undertaker but Sunday at Judgment Day, there’ll be no backing down. At Judgment Day, it’s Last Man Standing!!
End of show
Final Judgment Day Card
Venue: Target Center, Minneapolis; Minnesota
WWE Championship: Last Man Standing Match
John Cena© vs. John Bradshaw Layfield
Randy Orton vs. The Undertaker
WWE Vacant Tag Team Championships
MNM vs. Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio
Booker T vs. Carlito
WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Paul London© vs. Chavo Guerrero
WWE United States Championship
Orlando Jordan© vs. Matt Hardy