Okay, so I haven’t formatted/coded my own show since my old thread, so this came as a bit of a surprise when I remembered how long it used to take. Anyway, because the forum doesn’t really like my usual SmackDown colour when you’re formatting line-by-line, I’ve switched to the usual blue for the purposes of convenience. Possibly not the greatest of issues. That said, I hope this was worth the wait, and I hold no grudges against those who don’t want to wade through the main event, it took me forever to write and it shows.
(Hey JamJam, I finally posted it! Keep the faith buddy.)
I’m going to try to dish out some feedback before the next show (especially to the 2011 threads, seeing as I’m working in the same time period, but all around as well). Raw is finished and SmackDown is half-done too, so we’ll see how it goes from here.
Friday Night SmackDown
Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida | 6th May 2011
SmackDown begins with a few clips from Extreme Rules, including the lights going out to cost Wade Barrett the Intercontinental Title, something Cody Rhodes then collects with a mask shot to Rey Mysterio – a Cross Rhodes later and we’re looking at Rhodes as the new champion. We then see Michael Cole flying off the steel stage, then Christian coming through various close calls to beat Jack Swagger by threat of con-chair-to in their I Quit Match. Later, it’s Justin Gabriel’s INSANE 450 Splash to both Kane and the Big Show, through the Spanish announce table, to retain the WWE Tag Team Championships. The final footage shows the exchanging of moves and near-falls in the World Heavyweight Title contest, with Edge narrowly missing out after the Spear, then Del Rio unable to force the submission with the Cross-Arm Breaker. Eventually, it’s Brodus Clay and Chavo Guerrero who help Del Rio steal the World Title, pulling him from the steel cage after his Enzuigiri to Edge on the top rope… as Del Rio kisses the title and Edge stares at him furiously, we fade away…
…into the NEW SmackDown opening VP, complete with new theme song, ‘It’s Your Last Shot’ by Politics and Assassins (better known as the Bragging Rights 2010 theme, but it’s just too good not to use again), speeding through the main SmackDown stars until we end on our final image, that infamous Del Rio kiss to the big gold belt, red ‘X’ lit up in the Extreme Rules set behind him. After that, we hit the Amway Arena, where blue fireworks cascade all over the stage, and now the fans here in Orlando cheer and wave as we head to ringside; the smiling faces of Josh Matthews, Matt Striker and Booker T greet us.
Five days after the controversial events of WWE Extreme Rules, SmackDown emanates from the Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida, and tonight’s going to be big
, ladies and gentlemen!
Get ready to be impressed, indeed, because the fallout begins here – we have a new World Champion, a new Intercontinental Champion, and things are still yet to be shaken up even more, because we still have plenty of action as we prepare for Over The Limit.
It’s gonna get hot
ta-night, guys, I’ll tell ya dat right NOW.
Absolutely Book, because later tonight… (cue graphic)
it’ll be twenty men
in the ring at the same time, all fighting it out for a World Heavyweight Championship opportunity at Over The Limit.
We’re going to find out for sure who really
wants that title, guys, and after weeks of hearing from men like Jack Swagger and Christian about their title hopes, tonight could be the night for someone to really make a name for themselves.
Also tonight, we’ll hear from Cody Rhodes, and the death-defying Sin Cara is in action –
The heat is MAMMOTH as the stage turns gold, and we watch the black Mercedes of the NEW World Heavyweight Champion, Alberto Del Rio, roll into view. Sat in the passenger seat as usual is Rosa Mendes, looking particularly pleased, and Del Rio honks the horn again and again, that satisfied smirk unable to be removed from his face. Over his shoulder is, of course, the World Title, which he raises into the air immediately after stepping out of the car. At ringside, the infuriating voice of Ricardo Rodriguez drifts into our ears…
Damas y caballeros, prepárense para un gran hombre. Usted vive en la mediocridad, pero este hombre vive en la celebración y el espectáculo. Él es el orgullo de México, el nuevo campeón de los hombres… el es – ALBERTOOOOOOOO – DEL RIIIIIIIIIIIOOOOOO!!!
Alberto Del Rio’s title victory this past Sunday can be called ‘controversial’ at best, guys.
And 'dat’s takin’ it lightly, dawg. Alberto just went out dere and stole
dat title, man, he stole it. Just when I thought Edge was gonna pull it out, dat Administration came rushin’ in and dey helped dat boi take da gold, and it just don’t sit right with da Bookerman.
Questionable indeed from so-called ‘Destiny’s Darling’, with his “destiny” essentially coming true at Extreme Rules, but I don’t think he’ll care, as long as he has that belt. He said he’d bring in the new era… and possibly he has, gentlemen. Certainly, with that title, he’s the new face of SmackDown, whether you choose to like it or otherwise.
Del Rio heads to the ramp now and raises his arms, letting the flow of gold fall from the ceiling; as he does, Brodus Clay, Chavo Guerrero and the trumpeter wander into view behind him, from the curtain, completing the Alberto Administration, and together, Del Rio leads the group of five down to ringside, where… yes, Ricardo Rodriguez has tears in eyes, and is applauding wildly. He’s the only one, however, in an arena full of boos and jeers for the new World Heavyweight Champion. Del Rio enters the ring, in his usual gold trunks and towel around his neck, but it’s the title belt the camera zooms in on; Ricardo joins his associate in the ring and hands him the mic. Once all six of them are in the ring, Del Rio’s music subsides, leaving us with just those “YOU SUCK!” chants directed at the entire stable, with all of them but Clay seeming cruelly pleased with their efforts of late. Of course, it’s Del Rio, title on shoulder, who raises the mic first.
Alberto Del Rio:
I thought de most satisfying thing about winning last Sunday would be when I held dis title into de air… but I was wrong.
Alberto Del Rio:
De most satisfying thing… is standing here right now, knowing I was right all along.
Big heat for Del Rio.
Alberto Del Rio:
I told you people dat I would bring in a new era for SmackDown… and just look around. My face is now de final picture in de opening video. De story of Extreme Rules was my first ever World Title win. And I know all you people hate me for the way I did it… but I don’t care.
A few more boos, “YOU SUCK” chants and the like.
Alberto Del Rio:
Edge thought he could use that Steel Cage as an advantage over me, but I proved him wrong. You all saw me in dere, outperforming him at every turn. Somehow I’d like to have watched de faces of you all as you watched it… and slowly realised dat Edge’s time was quickly running out.
More heat as Ricardo nods in the background.
Alberto Del Rio:
Now, he’s done. Just like I promised, I took him out back and shot him like a DOG.
Serious heat for that metaphor.
Alberto Del Rio:
After dat bell rang, de colour drained from his face. He knew dat I’d embarrassed him. He knew dat I’d taken back de one thing dat let him stay at de top of dis show.
Del Rio looks at HIS title yet again.
Alberto Del Rio:
Dis is my title, and with dat, I get all de privileges I deserve. I have everything I earned before – de money, de cars, de… (a flash of a smile at Rosa)
beautiful women… and now everything I earn with dis title over my shoulder. De recognition as de best here on SmackDown, de contract bonus, and most importantly, de knowledge dat myself and my Administration…
“DAH-DAAAAH DAH-DAH DAH-DAH-DAH!” is the cry from the trumpet.
Alberto Del Rio:
…are de number one force in de entire WWE.
Boos as Del Rio turns.
Alberto Del Rio:
Just look at us. You have de gorgeous Rosa Mendes…
Heat. The secretary takes an extravagant mock-curtsey.
Alberto Del Rio:
De beast dat is… Brodus Clay.
More boos for the snorting, bored Man of Mayhem.
Alberto Del Rio:
De trumpeter who heralds de dawning of a new day…
The trumpeter raises his instrument to Del Rio with a smile.
Alberto Del Rio:
My amigo, de man who made dat moment last night twice
as special… Ricardo Rodriguez.
Clear heat for the swagged-out Ricardo, who fixes his bow tie.
Alberto Del Rio:
And finally, a man raised from the same heritage as myself… Chavo Guerrero.
Boos for the Mexican Warrior as he raises his arms.
Alberto Del Rio:
We are a group of individuals cut from de same cloth. Classy, strong, efficient – successful.
The camera pans across the Administration’s faces, though Clay remains stoic.
Alberto Del Rio:
And behind your new World Champion, dere is no man who can take dis title away from me. So no matter where you’re watching dis, make sure you know – you’re going to be seeing dis picture a lot
Taking the title off his shoulder, Del Rio brings it up and kisses the big gold belt again, with the heat raining down on the new champion…
The crowd pops in relief as the camera turns away from Del Rio – up we go to the stage, where the SmackDown General Manager, Theodore Long, pops out with a mic in his hand. Del Rio scowls, as do Chavo, Ricardo and the trumpeter, while the crowd are just happy to see an interruption to Del Rio’s victory address here.
Just hold up a second, playa.
“What de hell is this?” questions Del Rio.
Now Alberto, I recognise that you’re the new World Champion. Dat’s fine by me, playa, you won last night by hook or crook. But we’ve still got a loose end to tie up. Y’see, the man you took that title from, he’s got a rematch clause.
The crowd cheers for that, but Del Rio scowls furiously.
But seein’ as the Battle Royal later tonight will decide the challenger for Over The Limit… we kinda need to put a fast-forward on that rematch.
In fact, we’re gonna have that title match…
Alberto Del Rio:
Del Rio points up the stage, ignoring the heat from the fans.
Alberto Del Rio:
Dis is an important night for me, Teddy. I’m your new World Champion. You don’t wanna get our relationship off to a bad start, now, do you?
Teddy frowns at the Mexican Aristocrat.
To be honest, Alberto, that title match…
“YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME!”
THE CROWD GOES MENTAL!!! Smoke rushes up from the stage behind Teddy Long, and now, looking like he wants to KILL Del Rio, EDGE storms out! The Administration goes into a slight panic, with Ricardo rushing about the ring like a headless chicken, while Del Rio just frowns under the flashing lights… AND NOW THE BELL RINGS!
Booker T: Awwwwww
Guys – I think we’re about to have a World Title Match!
This isn’t what I was expecting tonight at all, Josh! That’s the Rated R Superstar, Edge, and I tell you what, he doesn’t look happy! Rematch clause bein’ cashed in right here tonight in Orlando!
Edge flexes out his fingers at the top of the ramp… AND CHARGES FOR THE RING! The Administration scatter, except for Brodus Clay, who stands across the ring from the Rated R Superstar – both men look ready to have a battle, so Edge ROARS forward and starts blasting the big man with right hands! Clay is taken aback, falling back to the corner, and now Edge rocks the Man of Mayhem with a Big Boot to the skull! A dazed Brodus collapses, rolling from the ring, and now Edge fires up the crowd, beckoning Del Rio back into the squared circle… here comes referee Charles Robinson, too, meaning we have a match on our hands!
Del Rio is on the outside, title still on his shoulder, but he’s having a fit, storming around ringside like a caged animal – he wants a piece of Edge, but he’s wary of how much the Rated R Superstar wants a piece of HIM! Chavo gets up to the apron and starts talking trash – BAM! Edge knocks him off with a right hand! Ricardo Rodriguez holds Del Rio back and whispers tactics in his ear, until slowly, the World Heavyweight Champion finds his way to the apron, and joins Edge in the ring. The Canadian has to be restrained by Charles Robinson, as Tony Chimel’s voice echoes from the outside…
The following contest is set for one fall, and it is for… THE WORLD – HEAVYWEIGHT – CHAMPIONSHIP!!!
HUGE cheer from the Orlando fans!
Introducing first, the challenger… from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, weighing in at two hundred and forty-one pounds… the Rated R Superstar
The crowd is firmly behind Edge here, giving him a big pop as he nods his head.
And his opponent, from San Luis Potosi, Mexico… weighing –
…y el campeón de los hombres para siempre – EL ES ALBERTOOOOOOOO – DEL RIIIIIIIOOOOOOOOOOOO
Heat as Ricardo interrupts, then throws his mic away, pointing to Chimel and screaming “That’s my job!” In the ring, Charles Robinson takes the title from Del Rio and raises it into the air. As Chavo, Brodus and co. regroup on the outside, the World Title gets passed to ringside and the bell rings in this shock opening bout…
Match One – Singles Contest – World Heavyweight Championship
Edge vs World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio
After eleven minutes, the crowd is beginning to believe Edge will recapture the gold here, having shown some real aggression in the early going of a back-and-forth contest. As we get into it, Edge is fighting out of a basic behind-the-back Armbar, with Del Rio desperate to work Edge’s weakened left arm from this past Sunday. Though the Canadian gasps in pain, he’s not ready to quit, and he manages to find a vertical base, if only to take a few knees to the ribs from Del Rio, who then shoves him to the ropes and bends down… CRACK! Edge kicks him between the eyes, then applies the front facelock for the EDGECUTION – NOOO!!! Del Rio spins out, lashes a kick to Edge’s left arm, then leaps up and connects with the Double Knee Backbreaker! Down goes Edge, wondering when Carlito made an appearance in this match, and now Del Rio struggles to the outside, wincing through his fatigue as he climbs to the top rope… DIVING SENTON – CONNECTS TO THE RATED R SUPERSTAR!!! The crowd groans in awe of the big move from Del Rio, who now stretches back to hook a leg… one… two… but Edge kicks out of it!
Del Rio sits up, blinking at the referee in surprise, then decides to go back to work, pulling Edge up by his hair. On the outside, Chavo and Ricardo applaud Del Rio, with the Administration basically surrounding the four sides of the ring now, and the World Champion steps back, then goes for the ENZUIGIRI –NO GOOD! Edge ducks the move that cost him his title, and when Del Rio staggers on landing, the Canadian spins and drives
him down into the canvas with the Edge-O-Matic, and the pin… one… two… kickout! Both men struggle back up, and Edge throws a right hand, only for Del Rio to duck – Double Knee Arm Breaker this time! Del Rio goes right back to the injured arm, sending Edge stumbling over to the ropes… he drapes himself over the top rope, exhausted, but Del Rio gives him no respite, moving over there to land some hard blows to the arm… referee Charles Robinson gives him the count to make him move away, even giving him a lecture – and Chavo Guerrero leaps up, grabs the arm, and drops from the apron to wrench
Edge’s arm off the rope! The crowd boos immensely, as Del Rio looks to capitalise with the Tilt-A-Whirl Backbreaker
, followed by the cover, Del Rio pressing the left arm into the mat as well… one… two… no good, kickout!
Edge begins to crawl away after he kicks out there, but Del Rio hunts him down and picks him up again. He grabs the Rated R Superstar by the hair again and begins to trash talk – “I broke your title reign… now I’m gonna break your arm, amigo…” but Edge shoves him away! The crowd pops as Del Rio moves in again, shaking his head, but Edge boots him in the gut – EDGECUTION!!! The Amway Arena comes alive, and now it’s all eyes on the Canadian, crawling back to Del Rio to lay the functional right arm over the champion… one… two… no! Kickout from Del Rio, and here we go again, the two tired men up to their feet and exchanging blows! It’s endless right hands, until Del Rio kicks his opponent in the stomach and uses the ropes… BUT HE WALKS INTO THE BIG BOOT FROM EDGE!!! The World Champion gets flattened, eyes unfocused now, and the exhausted frame of Edge heads to the corner, looking to make Del Rio’s reign very short… he crouches… he bares his teeth… and the crowd starts chanting “SPEAR!” Del Rio looks totally out of it, and Edge prepares to end it – but Chavo’s on the apron again! Boos fill the Amway Arena as Guerrero insults Edge… BUT EDGE HAS NO TIME FOR IT, DRIVING CHAVO OFF THE APRON WITH THE SPEAR!!!
As Chavo falls to the outside, the attention goes back to Del Rio, now stumbling to his feet, so Edge locks his sights on the World Champion again – but this time, the trumpeter
is on the apron, instrument in hand! Furious, Edge MAULS the trumpeter with a Spear of his own, sending him to the outside too – but now ROSA MENDES enters the fray, on the adjacent apron! Charles Robinson can’t keep track of the entire situation, as Edge snarls at Rosa to “Get the hell off,” just long enough for Del Rio to charge in… BUT EDGE SIDESTEPS, AND DEL RIO NEARLY HITS HIS OWN SECRETARY!!! The crowd groans as Rosa nearly gets hammered, but the World Champion has bigger problems, because he turns around… AND EDGE DRIVES HIM INTO THE DECK WITH THE SPEAR!!! The crowd goes WILD, but the fatigued body of Edge lies flat, unable to make the immediate cover on the unmoving Del Rio… Edge begins to crawl… UNTIL THE MONSTROUS BRODUS CLAY PICKS EDGE UP… AND DRILLS HIM WITH THE MAYHEM SLAM!!! The Tongan Death Grip Slam leaves Edge unconscious, and as Charles Robinson throws this one out, Clay pulls Del Rio up, helping him from the ring, and calling to Ricardo to “Get the title, we’re leaving! GET THE TITLE!”
Result: Edge bts. World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio via disqualification at 14:54
No music plays – the only backing track is the immense booing in the arena as Clay aids Del Rio’s exhausted frame up the ramp, with Ricardo scurrying after them with the title in hand, Rosa trying to wake up Chavo and the trumpeter…
Your winner via disqualification – the Rated R Superstar, Edge… but still the World Heavyweight Champion… Alberto Del Rio!
Brodus Clay saving the match-up for Alberto Del Rio tonight, guys, but maybe more than that, he’s just saved him the World Title as well!
I thought my boi Edge had fo’ sure right dere, dawg, he hit dat Spear, but somehow dat Brodus Clay takin’ the coward’s way out, gettin’ Del Rio da win yet again here on SmackDown. Gonna drive me insane, dawg.
Del Rio begins to come around, taking his title with the slightest of smiles, while Clay stares down at the ring, where Edge leans against the ropes, hardly moving but eyes showing signs of life as he watches the Administration retreat up the ramp. Chavo and the trumpeter are holding their ribs, but they make an escape as well, following Del Rio to the top of the stage. As the image of Del Rio’s next great escape burns into our television screens, we fade to our first break…
When we return, Todd Grisham has his hands on a mic.
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guest at this time… the Big Show.
Decent pop as the camera pans to the side… and considerably up, to factor Big Show into the shot.
Now Show, last Sunday at Extreme Rules, you and your partner Kane were unsuccessful in your challenge for the WWE Tag Team Titles. With that in mind, how are you feeling ahead of the Battle Royal later tonight?
A shrug from Show as the mic goes his way.
Look, I’m disappointed about last night’s Tables Match. Of course I am. But sometimes in the WWE, things go wrong. Like Kane getting injured, but he’ll be back.
Mixed reaction there.
And I can’t honestly say that I’m not impressed by what Justin Gabriel did last night, but it’s time to move on, Todd. Starting with the Battle Royal later. That kind of match usually favours men with size, and I like to think I’ve got a good track record with that.
A small pop.
At Over The Limit, I’ll become the World’s Largest… Champion.
He weighs that big right hand in his left, getting a decent cheer from the crowd again.
The camera slides right to see Jack Swagger entering the shot, to a chorus of boos, with Michael Cole appearing, in a neck brace no less, behind him. Show snorts with laughter at the sight at Cole, but Swagger folds his arms and stares up at the bigger man.
I’m not sure if you remember me, but I’m the Phenomenal Athlete, the All-American American, JACK – SWAGGER. And you’re the world’s largest idiot
if you think you’re gonna throw me
over the top rope.
Good heat for Swagger.
Maybe I won’t have to. Maybe you’ll do it for me… you know, quit
A few laughs from the crowd as Swagger’s face scrunches with rage.
Watch your mouth around me, Show. If you thought last Sunday was your most embarrassing moment in WWE history, just keep talking, and I’ll break your ankle.
Heat for that. Show isn’t intimidated by Swagger’s low-voiced threats, however.
In fact, you’re gonna get a little preview. I’ve got a match next… so why don’t you watch what I do to my opponent – and then we’ll see whose night it’s gonna be tonight.
As the silent Cole forces an ugly smile in the background, Swagger storms out of the shot.
We cut to the ring, where Chris Masters gets DAT JOBBER ENTRANCE by already being inside the squared circle. The bell rings.
The following contest is scheduled for one fall! In the ring, from Los Angeles, California, weighing in at two hundred and sixty-five pounds… the Masterpiece… Chris – MASTERS!
Masters poses to virtually no reaction. Eyes to the stage as the Masterpiece’s music dies out.
“CHECK, ONE TWO… OHHH YEAH!”
*GET ON YOUR KNEES*
Heat echoes through the Amway Arena again as Jack Swagger makes his appearance after a few moments to allow him to get to the Gorilla position from the interview set. The All-American American has the hobbling Michael Cole beside him on a crutch, but pays him no heed, just walking purposefully to the ring and forcing Cole to keep pace as best he can.
And his opponent… from Perry, Oklahoma, weighing in at two hundred and forty pounds… he is the Phenomenal Athlete… the All-American American… JACK – SWAGGER!!!
Jack Swagger went through a hellacious I Quit match-up with Christian at Extreme Rules, only to eventually say those two crucial words when threatened with the con-chair-to from Captain Charisma.
I tell ya right now, Josh, dat was da right call from Swagger. One con-chair-to coulda ended dat boi’s career, but he right back out here to try to dominate dis match, get some momentum rollin’ for the Battle Royal later on tah-night, get himself dat title shot.
We all know how focused an individual Jack Swagger is, gentlemen. We saw a new level of intensity from him just there, possibly signalling a new mind-set as he looks to get himself in World Title contention, despite
his loss on Sunday.
Once Swagger gets into the ring, he does a quick ‘On your knees’ taunt in time with the music, then squares up to Masters as referee Rod Zapata calls for the bell.
Match Two – Singles Contest
Chris Masters vs Jack Swagger
Swagger explodes out of the blocks, taking Masters down with several clubbing blows to the back. The Masterpiece struggles back up, but Swagger responds by taking him to the mat with an amateur takedown and rolling him about the canvas like a rag doll. Swagger transitions easily into the front facelock, pulls him up and sends him to the ropes. Masters rebounds and takes a Shoulder Block to knock him down. The LA native begins to get frustrated, getting to his feet with a grimace, and now he goes aggressive, throwing a clothesline… no, Swagger ducks it, hits the ropes – BAM! The huge Running Knee Lift catches Masters in the jaw! The Masterpiece reels away, smarting, only for Swagger to haul him back with the waist lock – BOMBS AWAY GOES MASTERS, GERMAN SUPLEX FROM SWAGGER!!! As Masters collapses to the side, Swagger takes a moment to spread his arms wide, walking around the ring but never smiling once. Chris Masters gets to his feet, but Swagger darts in and takes out his legs with a football tackle! Again, Masters falls to the floor, wheezing in pain, and now we see Cole applauding gingerly at ringside, while we get a replay of Swagger’s latest dissecting move.
Needless to say, the Phenomenal Athlete isn’t done there. He pulls Masters up by his hair and clubs away with more forearm blows to the back. With Masters weakened, Swagger has no trouble pulling him up, holding the 265-pounder briefly in the Military Press… before he dumps him neck-first on the top rope! Masters reels back, gasping for air, and now Swagger pulls out the big guns, scooping him up with Oklahoma and RAMMING him into the turnbuckles, one by one! As the All-American American picks apart Master’s spine, the crowd sits in awe and disgust, and of course, Swagger completes the Oklahoma Stampede in the corner. As Masters writhes, Swagger takes a run-up, taking to the turnbuckles… SWAGGER BOMB! Boos begin to roll in as Swagger turns his head to the crowd, then trash talks down at Masters – “Bet you wanna get off the carousel now, huh Masters?” – and picks him up again, dragging him to the centre of ring… up goes Masters… AND DOWN WITH THE GUTWRENCH POWERBOMB!!! This time, Masters doesn’t move, eyes unfocused – that is, until Swagger grabs him by the ankle
for the ANKLE LOCK, and begins to wrench away until the Masterpiece taps out!!! Cruel, brutal and efficient from Swagger!
Result: Jack Swagger bts. Chris Masters via submission at 2:02
*GET ON YOUR KNEES*
Tony Chimel: Here is your winner as a result of a submission… he is the Phenomenal Athlete… the All-American American
… JACK – SWAGGER!!!
Swagger has his hand raised by the referee, then heads for the turnbuckles. He calls “On your knees” to the crowd, then steps off, shoving Masters from the ring by his boot, and joining Cole on the outside. Making his exit, Swagger turns to the nearest camera.
“Tonight’s the night of SWAGGER.”
Before the commentators can even start talking about how impressive that was, we go to a break.
Our shot starts with a car’s wheels; the rims spin at a ridiculous pace, and the roar of an engine can be heard in the background. We smash cut to the car stereo, which is conveniently playing ‘Help Is On The Way’ by Rise Against, and at the wheel, we can see a hand tapping to the beat. The camera pans slowly upwards from the wheel and we can see The Miz, nodding his head to the beat as the car window behind him shows us that the car is flying down the highway, late at night. Suddenly however, blue and red lights flash in his rear view mirror, and he looks up at it with a frown...
Great... what now?
His car pulls over to the side of the road, and the police car slides in behind it. Out from the car walks two cops, both wearing hats, and they arrive at The Miz’s window. One of them looks curiously like Christian, and the other uncannily resembles Edge.
Sir, do you know what speed you were going?
The short-haired officer (the Christian lookalike) takes a notepad, flips it open, and starts making unnecessary notes.
You don’t understand, officer, I have to –
No, there’s no excuse for speed, sir. Speed kills.
That it does. I’m gonna have to see your licence, sir.
Begrudgingly, The Miz gets out his licence and gives it to
Edge the officer.
This expiration date doesn’t look good to me, sir. I’m gonna have to ask you to come downtown with us.
Wait, hold on a sec! You don’t understand, I’m late!
(intrigued) Late for what?
The Miz thinks about it, then comes clean.
I need to get to Over The Limit.
The officers look at each other, then nod.
Well, that changes everything. Let’s get this man an escort!
The Miz smirks, and now we cut to the sight of him driving his car at an even faster speed, with police cars surrounding him as he speeds towards a stadium in the distance. We briefly cut back to Edge and Christian’s car, where someone who looks a damn lot like Sheamus pleads from the back seat:
I’m tellin’ ya, I didn’t know she was a fella!
Edge and Christian’s doppelgangers shake their heads with disapproval, then we watch the police escort speed towards the stadium, before we sweep into the graphic...
Where anything goes... WWE – Over The Limit!
When SmackDown returns, we’re backstage again, but in a darkly-lit room, with an empty steel chair in the middle of the scene. Suddenly, Edge slumps into the chair, hair drenched across his face. The guy gets a huge pop as usual but he looks furious.
Winning a World Heavyweight Title for me, took a lotta effort. I had to win a TLC Match against three
other guys to get the chance to be top of the pile. Del Rio, you took that all away from me.
Boos from the arena crowd.
I was stupid not to see that tainted win on Sunday. I was stupid not to see what was coming from you and your cheer squad earlier. But this isn’t over.
And now a pop for that. Edge leans in to the camera.
If I have to, I’m going to throw every SmackDown superstar over the top rope later. And I feel sorry for the guy who gets in my way… because things are gonna get RATED R.
As the crowd pops big, Edge slams the chair against the floor and storms out.
We fade back to the arena.
Indeed, folks, we’re receiving word that the troubled man you just saw, Edge, will
compete in that Battle Royal later tonight, possibly for one last shot at the title he lost just five days ago.
The bell rings.
“WHAT’S THAT METRONOME I HEAR, PERHAPS THE END IS DRAWING NEAR…”
Mild heat breaks out around the arena for Drew McIntyre, who looks seriously pissed off after failing to go the distance in the Intercontinental Title Match this past Sunday.
The following contest is set for one fall! Introducing first, from Ayr, Scotland, weighing in at two hundred and sixty-five pounds… DREW – MCINTYRE!
Drew McIntyre unsuccessful
on Sunday, guys, eliminated second courtesy of Kofi Kingston, and although he’ll be in that Battle Royal later tonight, he’s not going in with a good state of mind.
By no means, Josh. Drew McIntyre has had problems with his temper in the past, and these consistent setbacks won’t be doing him any favours. He needs a win right here, to set himself up for later on.
As Drew Mac takes off his BADASS LONGCOAT, he steps into the ring and waits as the music dies down…
A good pop goes up as blue mist rushes up from the stage, and Sin Cara steps out, as always wearing that bright azure mask. He unclips his own longcoat and leaves it on the stage, before he stops at the top of the ramp to take a long look at the arena around him.
And his opponent… from Mexico City, Mexico, weighing in at one hundred and seventy-five pounds… SIIIN
Death-defying Sin Cara in action here tonight, fresh off a great upset win over Tyler Reks last week on SmackDown, and we’ve got word that he’ll
be in that Battle Royal as well, meaning our main event tonight is slowly filling up with some real World Title contenders.
Y’know I love to watch dis boi in action, dawg, he’s got somethin’ real special. Da things he can do between da ropes, I don’t think I’ve evah
seen anybody pull dem off before. We in for a treat tah-night.
Translate THAT, 619IDH. Anyway, Sin Cara takes a little run-up, then SPRINTS down the ramp, launching from the unseen springboard into the ring and getting a big burst of pyro as well. With the crowd cheering, the Mexican Idol is off to the turnbuckles, playing to the crowd while Drew Mac gives him a look of pure contempt. When the music dies down, we’re left under the blue mood lighting as Sin Cara and McIntyre measure up to one another, and the bell chimes…
Match Three – Singles Contest
Drew McIntyre vs Sin Cara
Sin Cara goes down again as we join the bout four minutes in, with Drew McIntyre really letting his aggression out on the Mexican Idol. As the Scotsman falls on Sin Cara with a series of clubbing blows, Josh Matthews questions at ringside if the high-flyer can overcome this latest challenge. McIntyre pulls Sin Cara up and sends him to the ropes – Shoulder Block puts the Mexican Idol down. He gets up again, but this time McIntyre forces him into the corner and starts putting the knees in. The referee gives him a count of five to stop battering his opponent, and McIntyre finally yanks Sin Cara out of there – Hangman’s Neckbreaker, right on to McIntyre’s knee! As Sin Cara writhes in pain, the Sinister Scotsman grabs him and presses him to the mat, cover… one… two… but the Mexican Idol kicks out! There’s still life in the high-flyer! A good pop goes up as Sin Cara frustrates his opponent, and now McIntyre pulls him up… but Sin Cara pulls him in with the SMALL PACKAGE – one… two… kickout from McIntyre!
Gasps around the arena now, as Sin Cara turns the tables, and now both men get up, showing signs of fatigue but ready to charge in at one another – only one man will win this battle for pace, and Sin Cara obviously shows the cat-like reflexes to duck McIntyre’s clothesline, hitting the ropes and going ALL AROUND THE WORLD on the Sinister Scotsman – Headscissors Takedown sends him flying! McIntyre wobbles back up, staggering into the ropes… so Sin Cara charges forward and Dropkicks him so hard he falls over the top rope! As McIntyre tumbles to the outside (and Matthews reminds us that would be an elimination in the main event later), Sin Cara soaks up the cheers from the fans, then shakes out the cobwebs and hits the turnbuckle… top rope – THEN THROWS HIMSELF TO THE OUTSIDE WITH A RIDICULOUS PLANCHA TO MCINTYRE!!! Huge
elevation from Sin Cara! That’s got the crowd on their feet, chanting “SIN CARA!” repeatedly, and now the Mexican Idol struggles back to his feet, trying to recover. He keeps himself up using the crowd barricade, then guides McIntyre to a vertical base… a few cracking
kicks have the Scotsman reeling back towards the ring…
…but now McIntyre thumps
him in response with a knee to the gut, and rolls the Mexican into the ring. Sin Cara gets up, though clutching his stomach, and when he turns, McIntyre is there, shoving him into the ropes and BANG! He knocks him down with a Big Boot! Sin Cara goes down, meaning the Sinister Scotsman will hook both legs… one… two… three-NO! Sin Cara forces a shoulder up! The crowd cheers as the match keeps going, and now McIntyre shows some real frustration, throwing his hair out of his face and pulling the high-flyer back up – arms hooked for the Future Shock – NO! Sin Cara spins out, hits the ropes… McIntyre sidesteps and shoves him to the other side… but Sin Cara pulls out a handstand, legs off the ropes… HANDSPRING BACK ELBOW!!! Again, the crowd lights up with cheers and gasps of awe, as McIntyre stumbles up dizzily, and the Mexican Idol hits the ropes for LA MISTICA… all around the world he goes… BUT NO!!! McIntyre manages to throw Sin Cara off, sending him collapsing to the mat, and when Sin Cara gets up, surely it’s FUTURE SHOCK TIME… but again
, Sin Cara escapes the hooks, and darts behind McIntyre for the surprise SCHOOL BOY… ONE… TWO… THREE – GOT HIM!!! SIN CARA STEALS IT!!!
Result: Sin Cara bts. Drew McIntyre via pinfall at 6:58
Tony Chimel: Here is your winner… SIIIIIN – CARA!
Jammy bastard, he’s done it again! The crowd pops big as Sin Cara pulls out the sudden pinfall victory, but unlike last week, there are no in-ring celebrations, as the Mexican Idol rolls to the outside and celebrates on the ramp! This is all to get away from Drew McIntyre, who is PISSED inside the ring, storming about the place and hurling all sorts of abuse at referee Scott Armstrong! As Sin Cara backtracks up the ramp, sharing a few celebrations with the fans nearby, McIntyre leans against the ropes and points at him. He’s clearly furious about how that match went, but for now, it’s Sin Cara’s moment.
Sin Cara with another underdog moment here on SmackDown, knocking off Drew McIntyre in dramatic fashion, and that sets him well confidence-wise for his participation in the Battle Royal later tonight.
Always impressive in the ring is Sin Cara, Josh, and his athleticism proved the difference in that match – don’t think we’ve seen the last of Drew McIntyre’s aggression tonight, however.
As Sin Cara raises his arms to the crowd, McIntyre shakes his head in anger… and we fade to a break.
When we return, we’re with Todd Grisham, once again with a mic.
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guest at this time… Wade Barrett.
This should be interesting – inevitable boos from the crowd for the FORMER Intercontinental Champion, Wade Barrett, as he steps into the shot looking…
Wade, last Sunday at Extreme Rules, you lost your Intercontinental Championship to Cody Rhodes… can I get some thoughts on that?
Todd, allow me to assuage any fears you might have. Losing that title is merely a sign of me moving on to bigger and better things here on SmackDown.
Is his eye twitching?
For instance, later tonight I’m going to win the Battle Royal to make myself the number one contender to the World Heavyweight Title, and you’ll need no further proof that the winds of change have begun to blow here in the WWE.
Heat for that.
So my thoughts on losing that title… frankly, I’m not concerned, Todd. There’s no reason to get frustrated, no reason to get… angry.
Barrett takes a deep breath and forces a smile. Grisham’s not buying it.
Are – are you sure you’re not even a little
frustrated by the bizarre moment where the lights went out again
in your match, possibly signalling…
Todd, Todd, please. I’m not the type of man to blow off the handle if something goes wrong, so let’s just say this.
Again, that eye twitches as Barrett tries to stay calm.
Eventually, whoever’s responsible… will have to show themselves. And when – when they do, I deal with the issue there and then. Swiftly, I assure you.
Barrett forces another smile, almost wincing in the process.
There’s absolutely no reason for me to be frustrated, Todd, because tonight… tonight is the night that I turn things around.
He stares at Grisham for a little TOO long – it’s a little creepy – before he finally disappears from the shot.
To the arena now, where the bell chimes.
A small pop goes up through the Amway Arena due the recent exposure of Trent Barreta, the former Dudebuster charging out with a grin on his face. He runs both hands through his long hair, then shouts “How we doin’ tonight? C’mon!” trying to fire up the crowd, before he starts to run down the ramp, slapping the hands of the nearby fans.
The following contest is set for one fall! Introducing first, from Mount Sinai, New York, weighing in at two hundred and three pounds… TRENT – BARRETA!
Wade Barrett seems to have calmed down from this past Sunday, guys, but considering what we saw from him after that Six-Pack Challenge, I’d take that with a grain of salt.
Absolutely, Josh; one of Barrett’s key attributes has always been his ability to deceive
, and make no mistake, he’ll still be harbouring some aggression after what we saw on Sunday.
And also featuring on Sunday in that match was young Trent Barreta, folks. He was eliminated first, but he’s always ready to impress, and he’ll get a chance to do that against the new Intercontinental Champion.
My boi Trent, he always ready to prove himself, and if he can get da big ‘W’ tah-night, he could be on his way into mah Faaaave Five, dawg.
Barreta slides under the bottom rope, but as he goes to play to the crowd, his music gets replaced…
Loud boos fill the arena now, and the dark figure of the NEW Intercontinental Champion, Cody Rhodes, walks slowly onto our screens. His black jacket has the hood pulled over his face, with his head tilted downwards so we can’t see him properly. The one difference from this time last week? That title belt, strapped closely around his waist, reflecting the dark gold arena lights. As he begins to pace down the ramp, we catch Barreta’s unsure expression in the ring, while he tests the ropes.
And his opponent… from Marietta, Georgia, weighing in at two hundred and fifteen pounds… he is the Intercontinental Champion… CODY – RHODES!
Cody Rhodes used his signature mask to beat Rey Mysterio on Sunday, picking up the prestigious Intercontinental Title in the process… although his mental state is coming increasingly into question, gentlemen.
You’re tellin’ me
. Dis boi is twisted, man, twisted.
Cody may have won that title match, but indeed, his use of a baseball bat, steel chairs and the very mask on his face raise the question – just what is Cody Rhodes willing to do in order to win?
The cameraman again makes the foolish decision to try for a close-up, but Rhodes shoves him out of the way, muttering something under his breath. He takes the ring steps up, then steps inside the squared circle and lays the title on the top turnbuckle. The jacket gets thrown to ringside, and now Rhodes stares into the title belt, eyes burning behind the plastic mask. Finally, he turns and hands the belt reluctantly to referee Jack Doan, before turning his attention to Barreta. The two men move in, and the bell rings.
Match Four – Singles Contest – Non-Title Match
Trent Barreta vs Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes
Joining the contest about four minutes in, it’s been back-and-forth action, despite Cody Rhodes doing everything he can to wear Barreta down, using the referee’s five count to its maximum and keeping Barreta on the mat whenever possible. In that vein, Rhodes has Trent down in a side headlock as we jump in, but the New Yorker manages to force his way up. He fires a couple of elbows to Rhodes, then moves into the ropes and forces the Intercontinental Champion away with the momentum… he rebounds – BACK BODY DROP FROM BARRETA! Rhodes goes flying, and now Barreta calls for the crowd’s support, getting some cheers to fire him up! He crouches, waiting for Rhodes to struggle up, and when he does, Barreta whips him to the ropes again. Barreta drops to the canvas, so Rhodes runs over him, then rebounds into a Trent leapfrog… and now the ENZUIGIRI connects on the third visit! Down goes Rhodes, and though the commentators urge a cover after the cracking impact, Barreta’s off to the outside apron, holding the top rope. Rhodes gets up, but the Disfigured One can’t see Barreta, who springboards up behind him… SPRINGBOARD DROPKICK TO THE BACK! That flattens Rhodes, and Barreta flips him on to his back for the one… two… no! Kickout from Rhodes!
Both men get up again, and Barreta throws a big kick, but Rhodes ducks it, so Barreta spins 360 degrees… crack! Rhodes nuts him between the eyes with a mask-aided headbutt! Barreta reels off to the ropes as the crowd boos Rhodes’ legal weapon, and when Trent returns, he’s too dizzy to stop Rhodes striking with the Russian Legsweep! That sets Rhodes up for something bigger, as he takes a moment to collect his thoughts, laying a few stomps before he heads for the corner… clambers to the rope – MOONSAAAAUUUULLTTT… NO GOOD!!! Barreta rolls out the way, and now both men are down! Barreta is by the ropes, wincing the pain away, until he slowly makes his way up using said ropes – he turns to Rhodes, clutching at his stomach in fury, and Trent launches forward for the GOBSTOBBER – NO! Rhodes sees it coming a mile away, darting to the side to avoid the Busaiku Knee Strike, and when Barreta gets up, it’s too late to stop Rhodes springboarding… BEAUTIFUL DISASTER!!! The impact leaves the crowd groaning in awe of the kick, and with Barreta down now, Rhodes just has to finish the job, hooking a leg… one… two… three – NO! Barreta kicks out somehow!
Rhodes can’t believe it! He gets to his feet, eyes again bulging behind his mask, and begins to lay in frenzied stomps like a madman! The crowd boos Rhodes’ uncontrolled strikes, until Jack Doan intervenes with a count of four, and Rhodes moves away… no, he returns to the scene of the crime and leaps
with his signature Knee Drop, sending Barreta rolling to the side in pain! Rhodes watches him with no sign of remorse, again beginning to mutter things we can’t even hear, and finally, Barreta struggles back up. Referee Doan asks Barreta if he’s okay, and barely is the affirmative out of the New Yorker’s mouth that Rhodes brushes the official out of the way… he scoops Barreta up… ALABAMA SLAM INCOMING… NO!!! Barreta wriggles free, showing life in him yet, and hits the ropes – GOBSTOBBER, RIGHT INTO RHODES’ MASK!!! The crowd goes wild as Barreta puts Rhodes down, and now he craaaawls
across the ring to drape an arm over the Intercontinental Champion… one… two… three-NO!
It’s narrowly not good enough for Barreta, but the New Yorker isn’t finished yet, brushing his straggled hair out of his eyes and beckoning the Disfigured One back to his feet. Rhodes swears and growls to himself on his way up, and Barreta grabs him by the head, looking to kill this off with the Springboard Tornado DDT… but Rhodes shoves him to the ropes as he goes for it – and Barreta rebounds… so Rhodes scoops him up – ALABAMA SLAM CONNECTS THIS TIME!!! The impact on that move shakes the ring, and although that’ll do it, Rhodes isn’t done. He kneels beside Barreta, grabs him by the hair and tells him “You’re not good enough… to even LOOK at me…” before he pulls him up – mask-aided headbutt dazes Barreta beyond resistance – and now Rhodes hooks him up… we all know what’s coming, so the demented Intercontinental Champion takes a moment to let it all sink in… BEFORE HE DRILLS BARRETA INTO THE CANVAS WITH THE CROSS RHODES!!! The crowd’s optimism dies here and now, as Rhodes presses a forearm into Trent’s face in the cover… one… two… three!!!
Result: Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes bts. Trent Barreta via pinfall at 7:48
Tony Chimel: Here is your winner… the Intercontinental Champion… CODY – RHODES!
Victory on the first night as champion for Cody Rhodes, but again, questions to be raised about his mental state, guys. That was… disturbing in places.
This is just the kind of thing we’ve come to expect from Cody Rhodes ever since he started wearing that mask, Josh, and unfortunately, Trent Barreta was the latest casualty to this new attitude.
The referee goes to raise Rhodes’ hand, but the Disfigured One pulls his arm away and calls for a mic. As Doan disappears, Rhodes grabs the mic with two hands and turns to point at the downed Barreta.
Cut… the music.
The monkeys in the back do so.
I’m above… men like you. You don’t deserve a thing
The heat from the crowd turns Rhodes’ attention on to them.
I want all of you to look away. I said LOOK AWAY! You don’t deserve to look on my face – I don’t WANT you to look at me! This mask was made to protect me from your… from your sick judgement! I am better
than being judged, I am better
than men like this, I am better
than being exposed to the world! Give me my jacket! You! I said give me my jacket
! And my title too!
Boos for Rhodes’ aggression as a staff member hands him those. He drops the mic briefly to put his jacket back on, throwing the hood over his masked face and strapping the title around his waist again.
I have earned the right to stay hidden. Last Sunday, I made Rey Mysterio pay for breaking my nose. I made him pay for EVERYTHING, and it’s because you know I’m right that you hate me.
Heat for that. Rhodes tilts his head lower, making sure no-one can really see his face.
He tasted justice
. That’s all he deserved. Pain, suffering. That’s something I’m happy to give to every single member of this wretched show.
He paces around the ring and crouches beside a cameraman, forcing the camera towards the title belt.
And this title – this TITLE, right here, makes everything I’ve ever said, back to when that filthy Mysterio broke my nose and trapped me in this hell
… everything I’ve said is validated by this championship.
The Disfigured One stands, and leaves one last eerie shot.
Now get… your cameras… away from me.
‘Thud’ goes the mic off the canvas, and now the crowd boos as Rhodes turns away…
The crowd goes WILD! The stage lights up with that rainbow design, and now Rey Mysterio hurtles on to the stage, looking like he’s out for BLOOD… and now he sprints for the ring, HE WANTS A PIECE OF RHODES!!!
Rey! Rey Mysterio’s here – he’s going for Rhodes!
Mysterio’s music cuts as he hits the ring… but Rhodes is gone, gone, GONE, rolling from the squared circle and backtracking furiously back up the ramp! Mysterio leaps to the second rope, gaining some more height to point at Rhodes, yelling “I’ll get you later, then, ese! We’re not done!”
Cody Rhodes escapes with a win and with his body still intact, but for how much longer is debateable, because Rhodes will come face-to-face with the Ultimate Underdog later tonight, when they both fight in that Battle Royal.
Cody don’t want any of what Rey’s bringin’ right dere, Josh, but believe ME, he gonna get a taste of revenge later tah-night – Rey Rey’s not done yet, and he gonna bring it all back again in da main event.
With Mysterio pointing at Rhodes (whose face we can now see, his eyes wide open behind his mask), SmackDown fades away from this heated scene, into another break.
Raw Rebound gives us a replay of the contract signing between The Miz and Daniel Bryan, in which The Miz brings up his newfound status as a so-called “legend” or “icon”, and Bryan talks of his wrestling ability, including how he’s “worked his entire life” for a shot at the WWE Championship. After he mentions that he could make The Miz tap any day of the week, we note The Rock’s input, only for Alex Riley to cut him off… and then things get even more heated, eventually leading to the signing of the contract, and Rocky putting A-Ry through the ring table. As Bryan and Rocky celebrate in the ring, Rock’s birthday special comes to an end.
SmackDown returns backstage, where we see none other than Christian warming up. He’s in his usual ‘Flip The Switch’ tee, looking pumped to win himself a World Title shot, just days after winning his I Quit Match against Jack Swagger at Extreme Rules. Captain Charisma gets a pretty great pop from his peeps in attendance (so, everyone), and we fade away…
…back to the arena, where the bell rings.
*NOT ENOUGH FOR ME*
A few decent boos go up for the pairing of Michelle McCool and Layla, AKAed as Team Lay-Cool, although only one of them will be
fed to the Glamazon in action here tonight. They pose dramatically for the crowd, then strut down the ramp.
The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, accompanied by Layla… from Palatka, Florida… MICHELLE – MCCOOL!
Christian looking more than ready to go to battle in that all-important Battle Royal, and as that big match draws ever closer, we’ll be seeing Michelle McCool in action here.
Dat man Christian gotta be pumped, Josh, but it’s all about Michelle McCool right about naw – ain’t nobody been able to beat Beth Phoenix in a looong
While Lay-Cool enter the ring, we go back to the stage…
The arrival of Beth Phoenix draws some cheers from the crowd, and the Glamazon strides out looking like she means business tonight. She raises her arms high in her signature fashion, then makes her way down the ramp, her stare burning a hole through Lay-Cool in the ring.
And her opponent… from Buffalo, New York… the Glamazon, BETH – PHOENIX!
The Glamazon really has been on a hot streak lately, guys.
No doubt, Josh, but the question is: will that come to an end tonight? Michelle McCool is a former Women’s and Diva’s Champion in her own right, and this could be Beth’s biggest challenge yet on SmackDown.
Phoenix climbs to the apron, then sits on the turnbuckle and flips into the ring. Referee Justin “The Pimp” King will officiate this Divas contest, of course, and once Phoenix’s glare pushes Layla from the ring, we can get underway.
Match Five – Singles Contest
Michelle McCool vs Beth Phoenix
It’s not long before Phoenix has a grip on this one – McCool manages to get some offence in early on, but as soon as Phoenix gets off the mat, her power moves take the fight out of Michelle. As such, Phoenix lays her opponent out with a Scoop Slam as we jump in, then hits the ropes… but the Elbow Drop misses, and now McCool gets back into the contest around four minutes, firing a few kicks to the Glamazon’s side! Layla starts clapping wildly at ringside, and now McCool shoves Phoenix into the ropes. Beth rebounds, and comes right back into a Belly-to-Belly Suplex! There are a few gasps in the crowd as McCool gives herself another chance here, but she has to take a few deep breaths before she can crawl over to make a cover… one… two… but Beth just HURLS her off at two! The crowd cheers as Michelle goes rolling across the ring, only to haul herself back up and try again… HUGE BACKBREAKER FROM BETH!
Phoenix is through playing games here. She heads to the corner of the ring and beckons for McCool to get up, with the crowd buzzing for a big move… that’s exactly what they get, because as soon as Michelle is at a vertical base, Phoenix hoists her up with the MILITARY PRESS! The crowd sits in awe of Phoenix’s ridiculous strength, and the Glamazon holds her aloft for long enough that Layla starts screaming in protest nearby… THEN DROPS MCCOOL BACK TO EARTH! Michelle crumples into the canvas, but Beth won’t cover her. Instead, she stands and watches Michelle writhing on the mat, before she yanks her back up… and hooks the arms! A pop goes up in the Amway Arena as Phoenix calls for the end, pulling Michelle into the infamous hold – McCool struggles, but she can’t get out – GLAM SLAM CONNECTS!!! That’ll do it, as the Glamazon rolls Michelle over and hooks the leg… one… two… three!
Result: Beth Phoenix bts. Michelle McCool via pinfall at 5:40
Tony Chimel: Here is your winner… the Glamazon, BETH – PHOENIX!
Phoenix has her hand raised, then rolls McCool from the ring on Layla’s side. The English Diva hurries to help her Lay-Cool colleague, but the focus remains with the Glamazon as she heads to the turnbuckles to raise her signature pose. When she’s done, she drops to the canvas, rolls from the ring and leaves the arena with no further pageantry – her business is done for tonight. Because the cameramen are getting little from the Glamazon, we get plenty of shots of Layla consoling a bruised McCool on the outside.
Another convincing performance from Beth Phoenix tonight, and certainly it seems that no Diva on SmackDown can beat her, guys.
You can never be sure of anything in the WWE, Josh, but I know what you mean; the Glamazon is racking up the victories, and that can only mean good things for her.
As Phoenix disappears behind the curtain, SmackDown heads backstage.
We’re in one of the backstage locker rooms, with various kit bags lying in the background. The only man present is the forlorn face of Kofi Kingston, who gets a healthy pop from the fans… but he seems to be watching something on the locker room television set. We see the flashing light of the screen reflecting on Kofi in the dim light of the room, but not the footage itself because of the camera angle. There’s a knock on the door and Kingston looks to the side.
Kofi, the main event’s about to start. You better go.
Kofi Kingston: (quietly)
He gets up and takes a deep breath. Finally, he walks out of the room without turning the TV off, and the camera tilts around… to see footage of Alberto Del Rio forcing Kingston to tap out at Elimination Chamber 2011. The footage continues to roll, showing Del Rio’s post-match celebrations over the hurt Ghanaian, until finally we fade away from Kofi’s personal memory.
We return to a quiet arena, but the bell chimes.
The following contest is a Twenty-Man, Over-The-Top-Rope Battle Royal, and the winner will face Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship at Over The Limit!
Big pop from the fans for that.
“I’VE HAD ENOUGH!!! I MAKE ‘EM SEE…”
*END OF DAYS*
Plenty of heat fills the Amway Arena as the stage turns red, and it’s the WWE Tag Team Champions, Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel, who make their entrance. Slater lifts the title into the air, yelling all kinds of trash at the booing crowd, but Gabriel stays silent, looking all around the arena before he heads for the ring. Slater makes sure to show all the fans along the ramp that HE’S the Tag Team Champion and not them, before he joins the South African in entering the squared circle.
Introducing first… representing the Corre, they are the WWE Tag Team Champions… Heath Slater, and Justin – GABRIEL!
The pair head to the turnbuckles; Slater again lofts the belt high, but Gabriel’s eyes show no signs of arrogance, just slightly narrowed at the crowd. He hops off first and asks for two mics.
Not only did Justin Gabriel pull off the impossible on Sunday by putting both Big Show and Kane through the Spanish announce table, guys, he made R-Truth tap out on Monday Night Raw, meaning he and Heath Slater are still
your Tag Team Champions.
Against overwhelming odds, no less, Josh. Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel have done the Corre proud this past week.
Damn straight, but awww hell, it don’t mean I gotta like it, dawg.
Gabriel hands Slater a mic, and now the music subsides. The Tag Team Champions get some more heat from these Orlando fans, but inevitably they don’t care. Slater raises his mic.
Now, I’m not one to brag…
Obvious heat for Slater’s whopper of a lie.
…but y’all gotta admit, we look –
Slater looks at Gabriel in surprise. Gabriel, one arm folded across his stomach, turns to Chimel in the corner.
You. Chimel. Introduce us again.
Chimel is taken aback by that, and his hesitation doesn’t go down well.
The ring announcer holds up an innocent hand.
Uh… ladies and gentlemen… your WWE Tag Team Champions… Heath Slater, and Justin Gabriel.
Boos greet Chimel’s unenthusiastic announcement, and the man himself seems uncomfortable under Gabriel’s harsh gaze. Finally, Gabriel turns away from him.
Tag… Team… Champions. Whether you like it or not, that’s what we are.
Gabriel casts a look across at Slater. Some boos from the crowd.
Except for one thing – we’re more than that now.
The South African looks at his title belt.
We’re not just a tag team anymore… we’re the
best tag team in the WWE. If these belts weren’t enough for you, what we did this week should have changed your mind.
Slater begins to nod, even form a smile.
I mean, we have sacrificed for these titles. Heath Slater took a WMD to the face
and a Chokeslam for them.
The crowd isn’t sure whether to boo or cheer there, but Slater nods proudly.
And I… I threw myself through a damn announce table, through TWO huge men, with the most dangerous move in the WWE… just so I could stand here today… and then I made R-Truth tap on Monday night, for the same reason.
Some pretty loud heat for Gabriel’s strong words here.
Fact is, you don’t have to like us. You just have to recognise that we do this a lot better than anyone else.
Gabriel chucks the mic to the outside floor and goes to lean against the turnbuckle. The crowd boos the South African, and, having got his thoughts off his chest, motions to Slater to “Go on, Heath. Tell ‘em.”
That is soooo
Heat for the obnoxious Slater.
We are talkin’ nail on the head
right there. You’re lookin’ at the death-defyin’ Justin Gabriel… and the ONE – MAN – BAAAAND, BABY!
Boos again fill the arena. Slater busts out the trademark wide grin.
We put our bodies on the line and came out lookin’ like a million bucks
. And why? BECAUSE THAT’S JUST HOW WE DO IT.
More heat as Slater prances about the ring. Gabriel stays in the corner, in his own little world now.
And tah-night – TAH-NIGHT? The Corre’s gonna run rough-shod over the rest of that SmackDown locker room... and at the end of the night, Alberto Del Rio’s gonna have a dark day in his ‘lil calendar… Over The Limit, the World Title comes home to the Corre, BABY!
Slater grins as the crowd gives him hell. He turns to the stage.
In fact – I’m sick of waitin’. Let’s do this! Let’s get it ON!
The One Man BAAAAAND throws his mic to ringside as well, and now the Tag Team Champions hand their belts out of the ring in preparation for the squared circle getting a little crowded.
“I’VE HAD ENOUGH!!! I MAKE ‘EM SEE…”
*END OF DAYS*
Again, the Corre’s theme is greeted with boos, and Slater can’t help but applaud and smile as Wade Barrett and Ezekiel Jackson arrive, making a quick pace to the ring. Barrett is again forcing himself to smile, his demeanour considerably stranger than usual, but he still acknowledges Slater and Gabriel as he and Jackson hit ringside – “Good speech, good speech. Excellent.”
Also representing the Corre… Ezekiel Jackson, and WADE – BARRETT!
Wade Barrett assured us that the events of this past Sunday have not
fazed him ahead of this match-up, and he believes this is his time to go to Over The Limit to fight for the World Title.
I don’t know about dat, Josh. Dat boi Wade’s lookin’ a little twitchy right about naw, and I don’t know if he’s ready to face dis challenge – even if he got Big Zeke to help him out.
Barrett and Jackson join the Tag Team Champions in the ring. The Englishman shakes hands with Slater and Gabriel, while Big Zeke just gives them each a nod, and now they turn to prepare for the other competitors.
“CHECK, ONE TWO… OHHH YEAH!!!”
*GET ON YOUR KNEES*
The American flag waves on the TitanTron (Yank readers, get up and salute, I’m rooting for Barrett after all) and Jack Swagger romps on to the stage, beating his chest and proclaiming “Tonight’s the night of SWAGGER! Get on your KNEES!”
And from Perry, Oklahoma, weighing in at two hundred and forty pounds… he is the Phenomenal Athlete… the All-American American… JACK – SWAGGER!!!
The Phenomenal Athlete continues to make his way down the ramp, minus the injured Cole unlike earlier, and as he does, setting his sights on the Corre…
Will tonight truly be the night of Jack Swagger? World Title shot on the line, when we return to SmackDown!
...we go to a break so I don’t have to write out all the entrances.
*JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES*
When SmackDown returns, the ring is considerably fuller, with Christian arriving as ringside as we tune in. Captain Charisma looks around the Amway Arena for his ‘peeps’, then scales the steel steps and enters the ring. He trades a look with the sour-faced Jack Swagger through the host of men in the ring, as Chimel (now standing on the outside to escape) makes the introduction.
And from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, weighing in at two hundred and thirty-five pounds… CHRISTIAN!
Welcome back to SmackDown, folks, where Christian is arriving for our main event – twenty men facing off for an opportunity at Alberto Del Rio’s World Title at Over The Limit, and guys, it’d be difficult to find someone more deserving than the Livewire.
Absolutely, Josh. Christian won his dangerous I Quit Match with Jack Swagger at Extreme Rules, not four weeks after Swagger cost him his original World Title shot, so really, it would take us in a full circle to see Christian win the title shot here on SmackDown.
Christian’s eyes dart amongst the differing men in the ring – since the break, the Corre and Jack Swagger have been joined by Sin Cara, the sizeable figure of the Big Show, David Otunga, Cody Rhodes, Tyler Reks, Drew McIntyre, Trent Barreta, Kofi Kingston, JTG, Rey Mysterio, Curt Hawkins, and two members of the Alberto Administration in Brodus Clay and Chavo Guerrero. Plenty of competition. There are also a host of referees on the outside, ready to get us underway… except for the fact we only have nineteen men, so we’re waiting on our twentieth competitor…
“YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME!!!”
CUE THE ROAR FROM THE AMWAY ARENA!!! The lights in the arena go into OVERDRIVE as they flash like crazy, and smoke rushes up from the stage… AND EDGE JUST SPRINTS OUT, CONTENT TO WAIT NO LONGER, HURTLING DOWN THE RAMP!!!
And from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, weighing in at two hundred and forty-one pounds… the Rated R Superstar
The crowd gives a HUGE pop to the Rated R Superstar, who slides into the ring and starts yelling at the referees to “Ring the damn bell! I’m ready!” but before head official Mike Chioda can get us going…
…oh no. The heat is the arena fills to the brim as the World Heavyweight Champion, Alberto Del Rio, struts into view on the stage, accompanied by Rosa Mendes and her clipboard.
Booker T: Awwww
Del Rio begins to walk down the ramp, taking his sweet time while everyone in the ring watches him, and he waltzes in his best suit around the squared circle, flaunting his title past a furious Edge all the way to the announce desk. He seats himself next to Josh Matthews and puts on a headset. Matthews looks less than pleased, but it seems the competitors might be able to ignore him now… except for Edge, who keeps his eyes locked on the Mexican Aristocrat. Rosa Mendes heads around the ring to pass on some last-minute advice to Chavo and Brodus.
Alberto, I didn’t realise you would be joining us.
Alberto Del Rio:
Nothing like a bit of first-hand research, huh Josh? No, dis is perfect right here.
He adjusts the title on his shoulder and waves his hand like a King telling his peasants to get back to work.
Alberto Del Rio:
Don’t worry about me! Ring de bell, pretend I’m not here!
As the focus returns to the ring, Mike Chioda on the outside does, indeed, get us started.
Main Event – 20-Man Over-The-Top-Rope Battle Royal – World Heavyweight Championship Shot
Big Show vs Brodus Clay vs Chavo Guerrero vs Christian vs Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes vs Curt Hawkins vs David Otunga vs Drew McIntyre vs Edge vs Ezekiel Jackson vs WWE Tag Team Champion Heath Slater vs Jack Swagger vs JTG vs WWE Tag Team Champion Justin Gabriel vs Kofi Kingston vs Rey Mysterio vs Sin Cara vs Trent Barreta vs Tyler Reks vs Wade Barrett
As the bell rings, we inevitably descend into a massive brawl, something Alberto Del Rio seems to find quite amusing at the announce desk. Rosa Mendes is the only other person at ringside, moving around ringside to observe and make notes, while the most notable man is Edge in the ring – he goes on a bit of a rampage as soon as the bell chimes, going after various different opponents with right hands, until finally it’s Christian
who stops him and tries to calm him down! Edge’s eyes are wild, showing how he’s lost the plot a little bit here thanks to Del Rio, but Christian holds up his hands, trying to appeal to his best friend… and now the Rated R Superstar nods, managing to rein in his anger for the moment. Across the ring, however, we see some real aggression from Cody Rhodes, who is laying the boots to Sin Cara with the help of Drew McIntyre, and also from Jack Swagger, who clubs JTG into the ground with a series of clubbing blows. JTG manages to struggle up, but Swagger grabs him by the scruff of his neck and just HURLS him over the top rope to the floor!
Elimination #1: JTG by Jack Swagger at 1:02
With that, Swagger stamps his intentions for this match early doors, and goes to takes on Kofi Kingston, stopping him from tipping Tyler Reks over the top and ramming him into the ropes with some shoulder thrusts. Wade Barrett, meanwhile, has holed himself in a corner with Ezekiel Jackson on the lookout for any threats, while Justin Gabriel takes all comers and Big Show gives Heath Slater a massive slap
across the bare chest! Back in the middle of the ring, Edge turns his attention to Brodus Clay and Chavo Guerrero, double teaming Trent Barreta, and points to them. Christian nods, and the old band reunites as they go charging across the ring, hurling themselves onto Clay and Guerrero with a series of right and left hands! This has the crowd cheering, but although Christian floors Chavo, Edge can’t bring Clay down, just wrapping his arms around the big man’s throat and trying to choke him with a Sleeper Hold! The Man of Mayhem staggers into the middle of the ring, wincing, but he snorts and throws Edge overhead, down to the mat! Edge gasps in pain – he’s already been in action tonight, too – but he gets up, only to have Clay’s hands around his throat for the second Mayhem Slam of the night… NO! Christian hooks the big man’s arms and turns him for the Killswitch… but Brodus spins out, and shoves Christian away…
…and Curt Hawkins of all people knocks him down with a Big Boot! Hawkins goes for the high five with Brodus, but the Man of Mayhem frowns and goes to haul Chavo back to his feet… during which time, Edge
gets back up, and throws a right hand at Hawkins – which he ducks, and hits the ropes. Edge kicks him in the gut, though, and throws him to the outside floor, right by the announce tables!
Elimination #2: Curt Hawkins by Edge at 2:11
Edge leans over the ropes now, pointing at Del Rio, who smirks and seems unfazed. Edge turns around and sees none other than David Otunga, with the A-Lister charging in at him… but Edge throws him for a ride as well – no, Otunga grabs the rope and lands on the apron! Edge turns away, though the crowd screams in protest… Otunga gets up on the apron and takes a moment to smile… but that’s crucial, because the Rated R Superstar turns – AND SPEARS OTUNGA THROUGH THE ROPES TO ELIMINATE HIM!!!
Elimination #3: David Otunga by Edge at 2:46
With Otunga’s ambitions for the World Title over, Edge turns away again… and that look is in his eyes again! The crowd cheers as the Rated R Superstar begins to fire up, beckoning absolutely anyone to turn around and face him… step up Jack Swagger, who hears the buzz of the crowd and leaves Kofi Kingston alone. The Phenomenal Athlete frowns, but Edge sprints at him before he can react… NOBODY HOME ON THE SPEAR! Meanwhile, Ezekiel Jackson and Wade Barrett finally have some competition, as the Big Show
moves over to their corner and blasts Big Zeke with a shot to the stomach! The World’s Largest Athlete presses Jackson into the corner, with Barrett trapped hopelessly behind him… AND BIG SHOW SQUASHES THEM BOTH WITH AN AVALANCHE!!! The crowd groans with the impact, while Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre, former tag champs, go to eliminate Sin Cara… only for Rey Mysterio to get away from Heath Slater and stop them with some right hands!
It’s all getting a bit chaotic here, so let’s paint a picture – McIntyre and Rhodes are dealing with Mysterio and Sin Cara’s resurgence in one corner, while Big Show slaps Barrett in the chest and fends off Jackson in another. Trent Barreta is showing some spirit against the bigger man in Tyler Reks, while Brodus and Chavo get some instructions from Rosa Mendes at ringside. Justin Gabriel is cracking Kofi Kingston with some sharp kicks while Heath Slater comes over to help contain the Ghanaian, while Christian is getting up to see Edge and Jack Swagger going at it, trading blows in the middle of the ring! Edge gets the better of the exchange, forcing Swagger to the ropes, then sending him off to the other side… but Christian catches him with a Forearm Smash and knocks the All-American American down! Meanwhile, Tyler Reks begins to tip Trent Barreta over the top rope, but as Slater and Gabriel try to stop Big Show killing Jackson and Barrett, this frees up a tired Kofi Kingston, who manages to move across to Reks and Dropkick him in the back… Trent Barreta grabs the ropes, but Reks isn’t so lucky, tumbling to the outside!
Elimination #4: Tyler Reks by Kofi Kingston at 3:30
The crowd pops as Kingston gets an elimination, turning away after the move and inadvertently keeping Barreta in this contest. The former Dudebuster rolls back into the ring, sighing with relief, and now Kingston goes to rock Heath Slater with a punch, forcing him to the ropes. We have bodies everywhere, especially Wade Barrett’s, considering the Englishman’s barely done anything except hide behind Big Zeke Jackson. As Edge and Christian get forced into a corner by Clay and Guerrero again, Sin Cara gets away from Cody Rhodes and hits the ropes… then sends the Intercontinental Champion flying with a Headscissors Takedown! Drew McIntyre forces Rey Mysterio up to the top turnbuckle, but the Master of the 619 kicks him away, then leaps off… Seated Senton to McIntyre! Mysterio is rolling, and he takes down Chavo Guerrero as the Mexican Warrior turns around, then charges into the path of Justin Gabriel, while Big Show is occupied with Jackson again – CRACK! The South African rattles Mysterio with a kick to the skull!
As Rey Rey goes down, Gabriel shows no remorse, turning around to see Sin Cara coming at him… Sunset Flip from Sin Cara – NO! Gabriel rolls backwards as it connects, then leaps forward and knocks the Mexican Idol into next week
with a killer Dropkick! As Ezekiel Jackson marshals Big Show into an empty corner and starts firing away with big right hands, his fellow Corre member Wade Barrett finally shows some life, helping Gabriel back to his feet… but here comes Trent Barreta, looking for the GOBSTOBBER – NOBODY HOME… AND NOW BARRETT PUTS A RIGHT HAND BETWEEN HIS EYES!!! Barreta falls backwards, leaning against the ropes in a dazed state, and now Barrett gives Gabriel an Irish whip, launching him at Trent… and Gabriel clotheslines Barreta over the ropes and out of this contest!
Elimination #5: Trent Barreta by Justin Gabriel at 4:35
Barreta’s unforgiving landing on the outside gets a smirk from Gabriel, who turns and finds himself booted away by Drew McIntyre! The Sinister Scotsman is up, kicking a now-grounded Christian away as well, while an oblivious Wade Barrett goes to help Heath Slater in his struggle against Kofi Kingston. McIntyre spies Sin Cara on the mat, and just hauls
him back to his feet to tell him “Your win against me… was a FLUKE…” but the Mexican Idol surprises him, firing a Dropkick to knock him away! Across the ring, Big Show finally wins out against Ezekiel Jackson by putting him down with a thumping clothesline, and now he sees McIntyre staggering across to him… so the World’s Largest Athlete hoists Drew up with the MILITARY PRESS – AND THROWS HIM EASILY TO THE OUTSIDE!!!
Elimination #6: Drew McIntyre by Big Show at 5:04
We’re down to fourteen, with Brodus Clay still trying to eliminate Edge in the corner, Kofi Kingston trying to fight off Slater and Barrett, and a variety of bodies strewn across the canvas. Big Show turns around from his elimination of McIntyre with a smile, but it vanishes as Jack Swagger pulls himself up and sees the big man. The Phenomenal Athlete shows no fear, squaring up to Show and talking a little trash as he always does. Show says something back, so Swagger SHOVES the big man… and he has to take a step back! The crowd cries “OHH!” but Show is having NONE of it, shoving him right back and sending him to the ropes… KNOCKOUT PUNCH – MISSES! SWAGGER DUCKS… then comes back with an all-out Chop Block, putting his weight behind the move to take Big Show down to a knee – AND NOW BRODUS CLAY WALLOPS SHOW WITH A CLOTHESLINE, TAKING THEM BOTH DOWN!!!
The two big men collapse in a heap, but we’ve got another huge presence in Ezekiel Jackson, who enters the fray with a snarl. Looking down, he spots the Corre’s long-time enemy in Big Show, and tries to force the World’s Largest Athlete to his feet, but even Big Zeke struggles. Brodus Clay gets to his feet and actually helps
Jackson pull the Big Show up, if only so the two big men can shove him to the ropes… but Big Show comes back quicker than they expect, and knocks them both down with a double clothesline! The crowd cheers as Big Show careers through them both like a train mauling two cars at a crossing… but here comes Jack Swagger
, driving Show into the ropes! The World’s Largest Athlete is taken by surprise and Swagger starts clubbing away with a series of right-handed blows, trying to wear the big man down… Show shoves him away, but Swagger comes back with a thundering Big Boot to the skull immediately after! Show looks considerably worse for wear now, and Swagger goes for the kill, grabbing Show’s legs to try to tip him over… but the guy is huge! It looks like too big an ask for the All-American American… that is, until Justin Gabriel nails Big Show with a cracking
Superkick to the jaw… and here comes Ezekiel Jackson too, grabbing Show’s other leg… and even Brodus Clay, hauling Show by the stomach… AND THEY TILT HIM UP… AND OVER!!!
Elimination #7: Big Show by Jack Swagger, Brodus Clay and Ezekiel Jackson at 6:47
Gasps go up from the crowd as Big Show’s part in this match ends – the big man clatters to the outside in shock and pain, holding his ankle as he lands on it awkwardly. He gets up, staring between the ropes in dismay at the three men who eliminated him, and lets out a roar
of frustration before heading up the ramp. We go back to the ring, where Jack Swagger tumbles into the corner to recover, and Big Zeke and Brodus stare each other down. Before the two biggest men left in this match can fight, however, they’re being called by their associates to help again – Chavo Guerrero is trying to force Christian over, but as Clay goes to help, Edge
again steps in to stop Christian being ganged up on. Wade Barrett, meanwhile, is teaming with Heath Slater against Kofi Kingston, but the Ghanaian knocks Slater away and looks to flip Wade over the top rope. Barrett roars for Jackson’s help, so Big Zeke wastes no time in stopping Kingston’s reversal in its tracks.
Across the ring, Justin Gabriel has Rey Mysterio on the ropes, while Sin Cara has forced Cody Rhodes’ masked figure into the corner to fire away with some kicks, even trying to hoist him up and over the top rope. Heath Slater staggers towards Gabriel and gives his tag team partner a hand, pressing Mysterio into the ropes and firing him off to the other side… they meet the Ultimate Underdog centre of the ring, and throw him up, sending him free falling to the canvas! The crowd groans as Mysterio crashes into the mat, and now Slater rolls him on to his back, before the Tag Team Champions hit the ropes… Slater lands an Elbow Drop… and Gabriel follows up with the Senton Bomb! Rey gets hit with both barrels there, and now Gabriel and Slater get to their feet, the One Man Band taking a moment to raise an arm while Gabriel just smirks…
…ONLY FOR EDGE TO NAIL THEM BOTH WITH A DOUBLE SPEAR!!! The crowd goes wild
as Edge floors both the Tag Team Champions, and the Rated R Superstar gets up, almost frothing at the mouth because of the adrenaline! Edge turns his head to ringside, again staring furiously at Alberto Del Rio… but now Brodus Clay charges in, grabbing the distracted Canadian – “Shee-WAH” – and nails him with the Exploder Suplex! The cheers turn to boos in the Amway Arena, as Brodus forms an evil smirk, and we catch Alberto Del Rio applauding leisurely at ringside, things seemingly going to plan… but suddenly, Christian shoves Chavo away, and when the Mexican Warrior charges rashly back in, Christian sends him careering over the top rope – AND OUT!!!
Elimination #8: Chavo Guerrero by Christian at 8:26
The World Heavyweight Champion’s smirk vanishes – one of his men is out! The referees on the outside tell Chavo to head to the back, but he still can’t believe he’s eliminated, protesting to the officials! In the ring, Brodus goes right after Christian… but Captain Charisma just SLAMS his head off the middle turnbuckle with the Drop Toe Hold! Clay is dazed here, but he can still force himself back up, growling through gritted teeth. Christian has to try something else, so he hits the ropes and rocks
the big man with a Forearm Smash, but it won’t put Brodus down, and he grabs Christian by the throat now… MAYHEM SLAM!!! Del Rio is seen nodding at ringside (while elsewhere, Rosa Mendes consoles Chavo) and Brodus spits “Sh’yeah! Sh’yeah!” down at Christian, who rolls out of the way, gasping in pain. Brodus turns around to face another target, skipping over Cody Rhodes as the demented man tries to force Sin Cara over the top… but now Kofi Kingston
manages to beat back Barrett and Jackson, coming alive with some right hands to send the Corre members reeling away. Barrett moves in again… but Kingston slides between the middle and top ropes – PENDULUM KICK TO BARRETT!
Wade reels back now, and Kofi wastes no time, springboarding up and knocking down Ezekiel Jackson with a Missile Dropkick! The crowd cheers for the Ghanaian as he springs back up… and spots Brodus Clay staring right at him! Kofi steels himself, then fires a kick to Brodus’ side… and another… and again and again, trying to wear down the Man of Mayhem. Brodus winces with each shot, but he answers back by grabbing Kofi by the throat… MAYHEM SLAM AGAIN – NOOO!!! Kofi wraps his legs around Brodus’ head, and throws him with the Hurricanrana! Great counter! Brodus stumbles into the ropes, but he turns around – CRACK! TROUBLE IN PARADISE CONNECTS!!! Clay wobbles, but he won’t go down despite the big move… KNEE LIFT! Jack Swagger
is up, and he runs through Clay with the Knee Lift – but the big man still
won’t go down, so here comes Justin Gabriel – SUPERKICK TO THE JAW! The crack
echoes around the arena as Brodus falls into the ropes, rebounding lethargically back at Gabriel – who shrugs like the badass he is, and drills the Man of Mayhem with ANOTHER SUPERKICK!!! Brodus won’t tumble, but his eyes are unfocused, as Wade Barrett gets in on the act… BAM! He nails Clay with a bare knuckle punch… AND EDGE SPEARS HIM OUT OF HIS BOOTS!!!
The crowd absolutely LOVES what we’ve just seen – a united act of defiance against the Alberto Administration! Brodus finally goes down, dead as a doornail, and now it’s back to business as usual, as Swagger picks up Mysterio and tries to eliminate him… Edge turns to the announce desk to taunt Del Rio, but Barrett grabs his legs from behind and TIPS HIM OVER THE TOP… NOOO!!! HE HANGS ON!!! Edge won’t lose this bout, and he grabs the ropes, legs dangling near the outside floor precariously until he can tug himself back on the apron. Barrett looks pleased with his work as he turns back to the ring, though Edge is still alive in the bout. Barrett joins with Justin Gabriel, and the pair turn towards a downed Christian… but Kofi Kingston saves the Livewire, throwing Gabriel over the top rope – the South African holds on, but Kingston can still go to work on Barrett, peppering him with right hands! In this time, Edge manages to return to the ring, and Christian pulls himself slowly up using the ropes, so they both enter the fray to help Kingston – Barrett knocks Kofi away with a right hand, but Edge and Christian hook him up and deliver a Double Suplex!
Edge and Christian roll back the years with another double team, as Justin Gabriel gets back into the ring and pulls Heath Slater up, trying to refocus him. Brodus Clay slowly struggles up, still dizzy after taking a huge beating from half the other competitors, and Kofi, Christian and Edge exchange a look… BEFORE ALL THREE CHARGE IN, AND FORCE THE MAN OF MAYHEM OVER THE TOP ROPE!!!
Elimination #9: Brodus Clay by Edge, Christian and Kofi Kingston at 11:31
As Brodus clatters to the floor and out of contention for his employer’s World Title, Cody Rhodes and Sin Cara’s struggle has headed up top, Rhodes sat on the top turnbuckle with Sin Cara on the second rope… and now the top rope… Sin Cara – SIN CARA… HOLY SHIT, MOONSAULT SIDE SLAM FROM THE TOP ROPE!!! WHAT A MOVE FROM THE MEXICAN IDOL!!!
Alberto Del Rio was in the middle of talking about Brodus Clay’s elimination, but the commentators had to cut him off to talk about Sin Cara – he’s stealing the show yet again! Del Rio is quick to mention that he’s the only one who’s actually beaten the Mexican Idol, who now lies motionless on the canvas next to Rhodes, eyes closed behind his mask. Across the ring, Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater have Ezekiel Jackson back to help them, and the three Corre members line up across from Edge, Christian, and Kofi Kingston – it’s stand-off time! Ezekiel Jackson is the first to draw, however, charging forward to take on Christian, so Edge throws right hands at Slater, and Kingston leaps forward and starts trading blows with his fellow African in Gabriel! The only other remaining fight is Jack Swagger and Rey Mysterio, a former World Title Match played out in miniature form in the corner as Swagger tries to tip the littler man over the top.
Ezekiel Jackson is inevitably the man to make the first breakthrough, forcing Christian into an empty corner and firing away with right hands. He takes a step back, and goes for the big Corner Clothesline – but Christian gets the boots up! Jackson reels back, giving Christian the chance to scale to the second rope… TORNADO DDT! Big Zeke gets DRILLED into the canvas, while Edge whips Heath Slater across the ring, only for the One Man Band to use the turnbuckle to propel himself over the Canadian when he follows him in – Slater starts laying the boots to Edge, forcing him to the ground and keeping him there by choking him.
Justin Gabriel and Kofi Kingston are exchanging kicks, but Kofi gets the upper hand, mixing in a few right hands to keep Gabriel guessing, forcing him back to the ropes… Kofi takes a step, then charges – GABRIEL DROPS THE ROPE – NO! Kingston stays alive, grabbing the middle rope on his way down – AND NOW HE SKINS THE CAT, THE CRAFTY S.O.B!!! The crowd pops big for Kingston’s athleticism, as he works his way back into the ring, and when Gabriel turns around to check, Kofi hooks him up – SOS CONNECTS! Gabriel gets floored, and now Kingston starts to jog around the ring, getting fired up and getting the crowd on his side! Kingston to the ropes, then “BOOM”… “BOOM”… BOOM DROP TO GABRIEL! The Orlando fans are fully behind Kofi now, who starts to clap his hands to signal Trouble In Paradise… but here comes Heath Slater, leaving Edge alone to rush Kingston into the corner, saving his partner! Boos ring around the arena for Slater’s buzzkill, as Wade Barrett gets up to help as well – but he gets booted in the gut by Christian and sent to an empty corner.
Rey Mysterio just doesn’t
want to get eliminated here. Jack Swagger is trying everything, but Mysterio is resilient, as we can see from the number of blows he’s throwing at the All-American American to get him to move away. Finally, Swagger curses under his breath and staggers away, giving Rey the time to scale to the second rope… Seated Senton to Swagger! Rey hits the ground running, as Swagger gets up and misses with a clothesline – Rey hits the ropes, and Dropkicks Swagger so hard… yes, he falls on the second rope, would you believe it! The crowd cheers as Mysterio prepares to dial it up, hitting the ropes – 619 CONNECTS ON SWAGGER!!! A huge
pop goes up in the Amway Arena for the big move, and now Rey heads to the apron… springboards… NO-HANDED DIVING SPLASH ON TO SWAGGER!!! The crowd just eats it up, and Rey gets up with a big smile, though he holds his stomach with one arm… he turns… AND GETS TURNED INSIDE OUT BY AN EZEKIEL JACKSON CLOTHESLINE!!! Sin Cara struggles back up… SO ZEKE DEALS HIM A MONSTER CLOTHESLINE AS WELL!!!
Both Rey Rey and Sin Cara get destroyed
there, and Big Zeke can’t hold back one of his trademark evil smiles – that is, until a tired Edge knocks him back with a Big Boot! Jackson hits the ropes, but comes back… boot to the gut from Edge… EDGECUTION TO THE BIG MAN!!! Edge lies on the mat for a moment, selling the injuries from earlier and in this long match, but he finally pushes himself up… Heath Slater looks pissed
by Edge attacking his associates, and gives Kingston a shoulder thrust to the gut before he charges across at the Rated R Superstar… BUT EDGE SEES HIM COMING, AND SIDESTEPS, THROWING HIM OVER THE TOP ROPE TO THE FLOOR!!!
Elimination #10: Heath Slater by Edge at 15:00
The first member of the Corre is gone! We’re down to the final ten as Edge rids us of one half of the Tag Team Champions, but that doesn’t sit well with Wade Barrett, who turns to the outside to shout at Slater in disbelief… then turns around, blindly leaving Christian alone to club Edge to his knees! As Christian recovers in the corner from Barrett’s previous bare-knuckle strikes, the Englishman looks to send Edge across the ring… no, he pulls him back – AND NAILS THE WINDS OF CHANGE! The Spinning Side Slam takes the air from Edge’s lungs, and Barrett shakes out his arms before he pulls the Rated R Superstar up again, and goes to throw him out… but Christian
grabs Barrett from behind – INVERTED DDT! The crowd pops as Christian goes eye-for-an-eye on Barrett, but as he gets up, there’s more Corre pressure, as Ezekiel Jackson now arrives to throw him into the ropes… but no, Captain Charisma uses them to stop himself… Jackson charges in to clothesline him out… BUT CHRISTIAN PULLS DOWN THE ROPE – AND JACKSON TUMBLES TO THE OUTSIDE!!!
Elimination #11: Ezekiel Jackson by Christian at 15:50
Justin Gabriel struggles back to his feet, and when he sees what’s happened, he can’t believe it! Wade Barrett sits up against the ropes, holding the back of his head and cursing under his breath, while Christian plays to the crowd, ecstatic to have got rid of the dangerous Big Zeke! Jackson looks furious on the outside, and Heath Slater joins him, complaining “C’mon now! This was a lock!” In the ring, Gabriel helps Barrett back to his feet, explaining the situation, and the Englishman snarls in frustration as his numerical advantage disappears. Regardless, Edge is down, as are Kingston, Swagger, Mysterio, Rhodes and Sin Cara, leaving Gabriel and Barrett with a 2-on-1 situation over Christian. After the Livewire comes down from his high of eliminating Jackson, he turns to face the Corre duo and his smile fades. He raises his fists… but he stands no chance here, tired in the end game and facing two pissed off heels; Gabriel and Barrett start clubbing him down, giving Captain Charisma no respite until he’s on the canvas… but here comes Edge again
, refusing to stay down, refusing to give up!
The crowd is firmly behind Edge as he wobbles back to his feet… and crouches in the corner! The Amway Arena fills with “SPEAR!” chants, and Alberto Del Rio has gone eerily silent at ringside as Gabriel and Barrett turn – DOUBLE SPEAR TIME – NOOOO!!! They both dart out the way, Gabriel having endured that spot already tonight, and the South African hits the ropes for some hang time – but Edge dodges – AND GABRIEL FLOORS BARRETT
WITH THE FLYING CROSSBODY INSTEAD! The crowd cries “OHHH!” as Gabriel wipes out his own man, and although Edge is lying on the floor after diving away from the move, Christian
is there, and he picks up the pieces by grabbing the stunned Gabriel – AND SENDING HIM OUT OF THIS CONTEST!!!
Elimination #12: Justin Gabriel by Christian at 17:13
Barrett struggles up, not realising things have gone from bad to worse… and Edge grabs him now, driving
him over to the ropes… and tipping him up and out as well! THE CORRE ARE DONE!!!
Elimination #13: Wade Barrett by Edge at 17:26
“What have we just witnessed?” asks an incredulous Matt Striker, and it’s a fair question – Edge and Christian have eliminated all four
members of the Corre, and on the outside, they can’t believe it either! The two Canadians turn away, both still looking to win this big match, but the cameras stay on the outside… where finally
, thank God, Wade Barrett has SNAPPED and is going crazy
at the other Corre members! Gabriel just stares at the floor, breathing heavily, while Slater tries to make excuses, and Jackson shakes his head, looking angrily up at Edge and Christian in the ring.
Elsewhere, Cody Rhodes has gone after Rey Mysterio, their rivalry igniting for the first time in this match; Rhodes has had plenty of time to rest after toppling from the top rope, so he can lay into the Ultimate Underdog with an array of mask-aided headbutts and measured right hands. Sin Cara, Jack Swagger and Kofi Kingston are all selling their injuries, so Edge and Christian turn back to face one another – is it time for them to finally face off? Only one of them can go to Over The Limit, and we may be about to find out a little earlier than expected…
…BAM!!! CHAIRSHOT TO EDGE’S BACK… FROM WADE BARRETT
? The crowd erupts
with heat for that, as the Rated R Superstar collapses in a heap, and suddenly EZEKIEL JACKSON is back on the scene, spinning Christian around – BOOK OF EZEKIEL CONNECTS!!! Into the ring come Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel, much to the dismay of both the fans and the referees on the outside, but hey, they’re already eliminated and it’s No-DQ! Barrett hands the chair to Slater and turns to Gabriel… “You did it on Sunday… do it again.”
Gabriel frowns, but we soon see what Barrett means. The Englishman rolls Edge into the corner, then drags Christian on top of him, and motions Gabriel to the turnbuckle. For a moment, the South African thinks about his actions, whether he really wants to do this, then steps swiftly to the outside and up to the top rope. He crouches up top, taking a long, evil look across the arena as the boos rain down… Barrett and Slater raise their arms in preparation… AND NOW GABRIEL SLAMS INTO EDGE AND CHRISTIAN WITH THE DOUBLE 450 SPLASH
!!! INSANE MOVE!!! The crowd groans in pure awe as Gabriel repeats the big spot, rolling sideways and clutching his stomach, and Barrett and Jackson pick up the limp bodies of Edge and Christian. Barrett mutters something we can’t hear to Big Zeke… and now they just hurl the Canadian duo over the top rope, letting them both collapse to the outside floor like rag dolls!
Elimination #14: Christian by Ezekiel Jackson at 19:07
Elimination #15: Edge by Wade Barrett at 19:08
Slater throws the chair away, and the Corre link arms before raising them in sweet unison. The crowd, who were waiting for either Edge to get his rematch, or Christian to finally get his title shot, give the Corre absolute hell
for denying them that, but Barrett and his fellows don’t care in the slightest. Gabriel is the first to leave, returning to the stoic glare as always, following by Jackson, and Slater… leaving just the twitchy Wade Barrett, leaning over the top rope to tell Edge and Christian – “No-one messes with the Corre.” He takes a look around the arena, as if he expects the lights to go out, then hits the deck and rolls from the ring to follow the other three up the ramp.
Although some referees are still checking on Edge and Christian, we have to turn back to the ring, where Cody Rhodes’ demented frame of mind stopped him caring what happened to the two Canadians at the Corre’s hands. Instead, he keeps firing away at poor Rey Mysterio in the corner, trying to wear him down while the commentators sell the cruelty of the Corre’s actions. Kofi Kingston starts to pull himself up using the ropes, while Jack Swagger does similarly, but everyone in the ring looks exhausted, especially the motionless Sin Cara, perhaps over-selling the Ezekiel Jackson clothesline from minutes ago. Regardless, it’s a Battle Royal, where over-selling is commonplace for the sake of convenience, and now we can turn our attention to Kingston and Swagger as they lock up. Sin Cara also begins to struggle to his feet, while Del Rio looks a little comfier at ringside for the ending of Edge’s part in the match.
Swagger sends Kofi to the ropes, but he ducks the clothesline and knocks him down with a double-handed chop! Up gets Swagger, but Kingston strikes again, trying to heat up the crowd after they died a little with the loss of Edge… Swagger stays down, so Kingston heads for the ropes… “BOOM”… “BOOM”… nobody home on the Boom Drop! The crowd gasps as Kofi hits the mat, and now Swagger rolls to his feet, scooping Kofi from the floor and ramming him into one of the turnbuckles – BEFORE HE COMPLETES THE OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE!!! That leaves Kofi down and out, but here comes Sin Cara
, bursting back to life by leaping at Swagger… and sending him flying with the Tilt-A-Whirl Arm Drag! The crowd pops as Swagger tumbles across the ring, but he gets up and tries again – CRACK! ENZUIGIRI! Swagger collapses like a sack of potatoes, leaving Sin Cara to go after Cody Rhodes now, attempting to flip the Intercontinental Champion over the top rope – the crowd screams their approval, but Rhodes grabs the top rope desperately, refusing to go over!
Beneath Sin Cara and Rhodes’ struggle, Rey Mysterio begins to crawl away, fairly bruised from the aggressive actions of the Disfigured One. Rhodes hits Sin Cara with an elbow or two to force him away, then begins to mutter “They shouldn’t see me, they won’t see me… they won’t see this…” as he picks the Mexican Idol up for the ALABAMA SLAM, moving over to the ropes… but Mysterio forces himself to his feet, the strain visibly showing as he grimaces behind his mask – but he leaps forward, Dropkicking Rhodes in the back of the legs! This drops the Disfigured One back, as if Sin Cara was executing a Sunset Flip… but Rhodes rolls back on to his feet with the momentum… and canes
Sin Cara across the face with a right boot! The Mexican Idol reels sideways, so Rey tries the Hurricanrana, but Rhodes shoves him off in mid-air! Mysterio lands on his feet, but his fatigue shows as he falls to a knee… and now Cody grabs him for the CROSS RHODES… NOOO!!! Sin Cara makes the save yet again, Dropkicking Rhodes into the ropes… he rebounds… and both
luchadors drop the Intercontinental Champion on to the second rope with the Drop Toe Hold! The crowd cheers as Mysterio and Cara get to their feet and exchange a look… they BOTH hit the ropes – DOUBLE 619 TO RHODES!!!
The crowd goes wild
as Rhodes spirals back into the ring, with Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio exchanging a few words in Spanish… then springboarding… RHODES TAKES THE DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE!!! The luchadors roll to the side and find their feet, albeit stumbling with the fatigue, and now Sin Cara moves towards the ropes, while Rey guides Rhodes up – Rey flings
the Intercontinental Champion as hard as he can… AND SIN CARA PULLS DOWN THE ROPES TO SEND RHODES TO THE OUTSIDE!!! The crowd pops big
Elimination #16: Cody Rhodes by Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara at 22:42
Rhodes tumbles to the outside floor; it takes him a couple of moments to understand, but suddenly he scowls behind the mask, and falls against the crowd barricade in a fit of anger. Unsurprisingly, he begins to talk to himself, cursing his loss, then looks up at Mysterio and Sin Cara and points to them. Rey sends a bit of trash talk back, especially after their back-and-forth of late, and then turns away. Sin Cara tries to bounce on the balls of his feet, clearly feeling the effects of a long match (no matter how much of it he’s spent on the floor), and Rey takes a moment to rest, slumping into the corner. As Cody Rhodes takes his title and curses his way up the ramp, Kofi Kingston gets to his feet, as does Jack Swagger… and now the final four men exchange glances, each in a corner as the finale to this long Battle Royal approaches. At ringside, Matthews asks Del Rio if he has a preference between the four, but he doesn’t reply, probably because all four are a considerable threat to his title.
Swagger makes the first move. He charges for Mysterio, kicking him in the gut and trying to force him for the ropes… so Kingston and Sin Cara go for one another, Kofi getting the upper hand by driving
the Mexican Idol into the corner. Swagger lifts Mysterio up by the waist, trying to just dump him over the top, but Rey uses his feet to shove them both away from the edge of the ring – and swings up with the momentum… before bringing Swagger CRASHING to earth with the Wheelbarrow Facebuster! The crowd pops as Swagger gets planted, and as the All-American American tries to find his feet, Mysterio heads to the ropes for momentum… he tries for the Hurricanrana again – BUT SWAGGER PULLS HIM BACK UP – AND DRILLS HIM INTO THE CANVAS ADJACENT TO THE TURNBUCKLE!!! Rey’s head whips into the mat, but the Phenomenal Athlete shows him no sympathy, marching to the centre of the ring and sprinting to the turnbuckle… SWAGGER BOMB ON MYSTERIO!!! That’ll crack a few ribs, but as Swagger turns to beat his chest, Kofi Kingston whips Sin Cara at him… Swagger manages to throw him over the top rope suddenly… but not
out, as Sin Cara lands on the apron!
Kingston leaps up and Dropkicks Swagger, who falls back and collides with Sin Cara… but though the Mexican Idol falls backwards, he keeps a couple of fingertips on the top rope, and that’s enough to keep him in the bout! The crowd gasps as Sin Cara comes dangerously close to falling, but we head back to the action, as Kingston slides between Swagger’s legs, then rocks him with a right hand… Swagger hits the ropes as he falls back… Kingston bends down - AND TAKES A THUMPING
KNEE LIFT! A groan goes up in the Amway Arena as Kofi reels upright, eyes unfocused, and now Swagger shoots the Double Leg Takedown, looking to catapult the Ghanaian out of this contest… bombs away goes Kingston… BUT KOFI LANDS ON THE TOP ROPE, THEN LEAPS BLINDLY TO TAKE SWAGGER DOWN WITH A DIVING CROSSBODY!!!
That huge reversal gets the crowd out of their seats! Kofi rolls to his feet, face visibly strained as he uses the ropes to keep himself up. His hair is all over his face, out of its tied-up state and wild now. He turns to see Sin Cara springboarding… KINGSTON PICKS HIM OUT OF THE AIR WITH A MID-AIR DROPKICK!!! “What can’t
Kofi Kingston do?” asks Josh Matthews, as Kofi tilts his head up on the mat and allows himself a relieved sigh, while the arena begins to chant “KOFI! KOFI!” in awe of his athleticism. Slowly, slowly, he begins to pull himself up, casting a look at the unmoving Rey Mysterio, and turning to Jack Swagger as the All-American American finds a knee. Kofi pulls Swagger up and goes to throw him over the top rope, but the Phenomenal Athlete puts a foot on the ropes to stop it, then elbows Kingston in the gut. Kofi steps away, grimacing… and now Swagger delivers the BIG BOOT, knocking Kofi somewhere into next week! The Ghanaian collapses, but here comes Sin Cara, pulling on the ropes to help himself up… but Swagger is relentless, grabbing the Mexican Idol around the waist for the GUTWRENCH POWERBOMB – BUT HE DELAYS IT, AND THROWS SIN CARA TO THE OUTSIDE TO COMPLETE THE MOVE!!! UNSTOPPABLE!!!
Elimination #17: Sin Cara by Jack Swagger at 26:16
Boos ring around the arena as Sin Cara takes a bad landing on the outside floor, but of course, Swagger doesn’t care, sweat streaking down his face and his breathing considerably heavier. Turning, he pulls the limp body of Rey Mysterio to his feet and prepares the exact same move, the devastating Gutwrench Powerbomb… BUT REY COMES ALIVE AND TUGS SWAGGER OVER THE TOP ROPE WITH THE HEADSCISSORS… NOOO!!! Neither man hits the outside floor, but both of them land on the apron, scrambling to be the first man to their feet again… Swagger throws the first bomb, but Rey blocks it and comes back with a few spirited right hands of his own! Soon, both men are exchanging shots, until Swagger takes a few steps back on the apron… then charges for the KNEE LIFT – NO GOOD! Rey dodges it, meaning Swagger has to stop himself, using the ring post! The All-American American turns around, and Rey climbs to the second buckle from the outside, using it to get a better vantage point to fire some right hands… Swagger dives for Rey’s legs through the ropes… but Rey JUMPS over him, landing on the adjacent apron! The crowd pops, though Mysterio winces on landing – AND KOFI KINGSTON NAILS HIM WITH TROUBLE IN PARADISE… MEANING HE FALLS OFF THE APRON!!!
Elimination #18: Rey Mysterio by Kofi Kingston at 27:27
Rey Mysterio might have eliminated Kofi from Intercontinental Title contention last Sunday, but Kingston repays the favour tonight! A mixed reaction goes up as Rey goes out of this match, leaving us with two men – Kingston, who collapses to the mat in exhaustion, sitting up only to hold up a consolatory hand to Mysterio, and Jack Swagger, who detaches himself from the ring post and rolls back into the ring as quickly as he can. After a few moments’ rest, the two men get to their feet, the survivors from a pack of twenty, and begin to lethargically circle one another. Swagger looks the slightly-sharper man, but Kingston’s the first to move, wrenching the All-American American’s arm with the Arm Wringer and looking to whip him to the ropes… only for Swagger to set his feet, and send Kingston into the corner. Kofi hits the buckles hard, and now the Phenomenal Athlete shows some speed to crush the Ghanaian with the Body Avalanche
A groan goes around the Amway Arena as Kingston’s knees give up and he slumps to the floor. Swagger, meanwhile, takes a moment to walk around the ring, psyching himself before he runs in… second rope… SWAGGER BOMB ON THE MONEY!!! The air is slammed
out of Kingston’s lungs, and the poor man looks beaten as Swagger clambers off him. The Phenomenal Athlete takes barely half a second in a glance at ringside, where Alberto Del Rio is leant back in his chair, but watching intensely, while Rosa Mendes has long since disappeared, presumably with Chavo and Brodus. In the ring, Swagger grabs Kingston by the hair, wrapping his arms around the Ghanaian’s stomach and preparing for the GUTWRENCH POWERBOMB to end it… BUT KINGSTON SUDDENLY HOOKS HIM UP – SOS TO SWAGGER!!! The crowd comes alive again as both men go down, but this could well be an even playing field again, with Kofi turning the tables!
Kofi begins to crawl to the ropes, inch by inch. His hands lock around the bottom rope, then the middle, and he slowly hauls his tired frame back to a vertical base. The crowd is behind him, and he has it in him to raise his hands… “Boom! Boom! Boom!” cries the Amway Arena in unison with Kingston, the buzz in the arena filling to the very ceiling. Swagger looks confused on the deck, trying to understand how his finisher was reversed, but nonetheless he begins to find his feet, as Kofi continues to clap his hands… Swagger’s up… SO KOFI LAUNCHES TROUBLE IN PARADISE – NOOOOO!!! SWAGGER CATCHES KOFI’S RIGHT FOOT… AND TURNS IT INTO THE ANKLE LOCK
!!! LOCKED IN!!! It’s a stunning reversal from Jack Swagger, who immediately forces Kofi down to the mat so he can’t hop away, and begins to wrench at the ankle, not even caring that a tap-out won’t end this contest! The crowd are willing Kingston on, the Ghanaian stretching for the ropes desperately to somehow get out of this awful hold…
…but Swagger just keeps applying the pressure! Kofi is in agony
– it’s written all over his face – and finally, he finds an inch here, an inch there, but as Striker questions; what good is an injured ankle in a Battle Royal? Even if Kofi breaks the hold, this could spelt the end! That said, Kingston’s too focused on the dream of his hands on the bottom rope, so he keeps edging his way there, while Swagger roars with adrenaline… Kofi stretches again, possibly only fingertips away now… Swagger increases
the angle on the submission… BUT KINGSTON LOOKS DEL RIO DEAD IN THE EYES, YELLS THROUGH THE PAIN, AND FINDS THE BOTTOM ROPE! The initial euphoria quickly subsides, however, because of course, there’s no rope break in this contest, meaning Kingston has to use the ropes to pull himself back to a standing position… slowly, agonisingly, he does… Swagger looks stunned
, but Kingston refuses to let up now – so he THROWS himself over the top rope… AND PULLS SWAGGER OVER WITH HIM… BUT NEITHER OF THEM FALL TO THE FLOOR!!!
Both men collapse on the outside apron, right by the announce tables, where Del Rio is now watching with an unintentional frown, and as quickly as their tired bodies will allow them, Swagger and Kingston get up. The All-American American decides to play rough, grabbing Kingston by the hair
and just CHOKING him on the top rope! Boos ring around from these Orlando fans, but Swagger just wants the win, doing all he can to get it… but Kingston comes back with some elbows to the face, showing his fighting spirit as always! Swagger reels back, only to then throw a thumping right hand to stun the Ghanaian… he grabs him by the hair in one hand, then winds back with the other – but Kofi gets free of the Phenomenal Athlete’s grip… and when Swagger throws the clothesline, Kofi’s not there anymore
, his legs sliding through the ropes… SWAGGER TURNS… AND KOFI KINGSTON STRIKES WITH THE PENDULUM KICK – SO SWAGGER CRASHES OFF THE APRON TO THE OUTSIDE FLOOR!!! KOFI KINGSTON WINS IT!!!
Result: Kofi Kingston bts. nineteen other men, last eliminating Jack Swagger at 31:25
Tony Chimel: Here is your winner, and the NEW number one contender to the World Heavyweight Championship
… KOOOOFI – KINGSTON!!!
Kofi gets a MASSIVE pop as he collapses to his knees in the ring, and head ref Mike Chioda enters the squared circle to help him up and raise his hand. Kingston looks absolutely exhausted, but he’s the new No. 1 Contender, and that’s all that matters. He has to use the ropes to hold himself up, but he raises an arm, finally giving way to the grin that’s dying to break out. On the outside, Swagger looks to the sky in frustration, losing out narrowly for the second time in a week despite his squash win earlier, and he’s forced to watch Kingston’s ecstatic-but-sluggish celebrations.
Kofi Kingston! Kofi Kingston is going to Over The Limit to face you, Alberto Del…
‘Clunk’ goes the headset from Del Rio, who gets up out of his seat and stares at Kingston in the ring.
Well, no opinion as yet from the World Champion, but I daresay he’ll be facing a very unique challenge at Over The Limit, guys, and you can’t say Kofi doesn’t deserve it after that.
mah boi Kofi would pull it out, I knew it, dawg! Dat’s why he’s in mah Fave Five, dat’s why he’s a true competitor – mah boi goin’ to do somethin’ special
in just over two weeks’ time, man, and I can’t WAIT.
Indeed, gentlemen, Kofi Kingston always finds a way to astound the WWE fans, and he’s done it again tonight with that impressive performance, but there’s still questions to be answered, especially with the actions of The Corre in that match-up.
I’d certainly like to hear from Wade Barrett, Matt, but for now, let’s tip our proverbial hats to the new number one contender… folks, Kofi Kingston!
As Kofi turns to ringside to stare down the champion, Del Rio goes for the spectacle yet again; he climbs on to the announce desk, and raises the World Title high! The crowd begins to chant “KOFI! KOFI!” in support of the Ghanaian’s bid to end Del Rio’s title reign, while the World Heavyweight Champion kisses the title belt and says “Dis is going nowhere, amigo…” and Kingston allows himself another tired grin, shaking his head – a change of fates for the Ghanaian.
Well, Alberto Del Rio doesn’t want anyone to forget who the World Heavyweight Champion is, having escaped with it once tonight thanks to his Administration… ladies and gentlemen, I’ve been Josh Matthews, with Matt Striker and Booker T. We have a new deserving challenger to the richest prize on SmackDown, but can Kofi Kingston dethrone the Mexican Aristocrat at Over The Limit?
With the crowd chanting his name, Kofi Kingston climbs to the top turnbuckle and makes the famous title belt motions, while Alberto Del Rio stares right back at him… and SmackDown fades to black.
END OF SHOW
Edge bts. Alberto Del Rio (via DQ)
Jack Swagger bts. Chris Masters
Sin Cara bts. Drew McIntyre
Cody Rhodes bts. Trent Barreta
Beth Phoenix bts. Michelle McCool
Kofi Kingston wins a 20-Man Battle Royal
The Miz (c) defends against Daniel Bryan
World Heavyweight Championship
Alberto Del Rio (c) defends against Kofi Kingston
The Final Encounter – Stretcher Match
CM Punk versus Randy Orton
Tag Team Attraction; No. 1 Contender
John Cena and Triple H versus Dolph Ziggler and ???