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Old 03-30-2012, 11:26 AM   #121 (permalink)
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Just returning the favor here . I'll be totally honest, I don't think I've fully read one of your shows or at least any of the more recent ones and will need to check it out cause created fed BTB's always interestd me. To say you have a stacked roster with an even more stacked card is an understatement, so much potential here. Not sure about whats been happening with the feuds and who is face/heel in this thread so I can't really comment much but I'll be sure to pop on by when the show is posted and give it a read. Best of luck and keep up the good work
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Old 03-30-2012, 04:35 PM   #122 (permalink)
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I'm definitely looking forward to the next oblivion, but the big thing I want to bring up is the news section. While most btb writers like to have their up-and-coming promotions doing extraordinarily well, you've opted to go a more realistic route with the company maybe not struggling, but not exactly having things go as smoothly as they could, especially with the network. I commend you for that big time, because it fleshes out the company more, makes it more realistic! The beginning of a company is generally a difficult time, stars get injured and, while it's a booker's worst nightmare for things like that to happen, you include and embrace those things. I give you major credit for that, and it's one of the reasons that your BTB has been one of the few that I've followed on a regular basis without losing interest (Maybe not one of the TOP reasons- those go to the story lines and characters- but one of the reasons nonetheless). Looking forward to seeing the next Oblivion, mate!
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11.21.07

The Hammerstein Ballroom – Manhattan, New York City, New York

“The End is Nigh”

**UPDATED**


Quote:
“The Fight Song” by Marilyn Manson vignette

(Whispers)

Fight…

RVD leaps for a Frog Splash…

Fight…

HBK cocks back, Sweet Chin Music ready…

Fight…

Finlay and Joe go at it on the balcony…

Fight…

Chris Jericho’s silhouette is highlighted…

*Opening guitar riff*

You'll never grow up to be a big rock star

The camera goes from the ground up to the face of Paul Wright in his debut Week 3

Celebrated victim of your fame

Shawn Michaels comes down the ramp, pumped up from the main event of Week 1

Just cut our wrists like cheap coupons

Christian searches for his peeps from Week 5

And say that "death was on sale today"

Bryan Danielson raises his hand, singing his theme from Week 4

*Upped tempo, heavier sound*

And when we were good

Jack Evans’ double moonsault from Week 1

You just close your eyes

Aero Star, Psicosis, and Super Crazy perform a Triple Asai Moonsault from Week 14

So when we are bad

Paul Wright chokeslams Michaels through the table from the Supershow

We'll scar your minds

A replayed shot of Shelton Benjamin German suplexing Paul London off the ladder from Week 4

Fight!

SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!

Fight!

WARRIOR’S WAY!!!

Fight!

MUSCLE BUSTER!!!

Fight!

SPEAR THROUGH THE TABLE!!

Fight!

CHOKESLAM!!!

Fight!

WORLD’S GREATEST DOOMSDAY DEVICE!!

Fight!

619!!!

Fight!

FIVE STAR FROG SPLASH!!!

*Final cymbal crash*

Chris Jericho holds the AOW World title high in the air

***

Coming out of the revamped opening vignette, the entire Hammerstein is buzzing yet again, filled to the brim for the umpteenth week in a row. The crowd is ready for what should be a HUGE night for better or worse, but to kick things off, we get a huge mixed reaction, as “SEXY BOY” goes off of the sound system, harkening the arrival of only one man – Shawn Michaels comes down the ramp, cowboy hat on and all. He has the hat lowered over his face so we can’t see it much, Michaels not looking up except to leap onto the apron and climb in the ring.

Shawn Michaels:
Last week, I guess I got called out.

~Michaels pauses and adjusts his cowboy hat, still not looking up

Shawn Michaels
:
I’m not exactly proud of the things I did over the last month or so to even get put in that spot, but…

~Michaels stops a little to take in some of the heat being thrown at him. He pauses again when a “YOU SCREWED ROB!! YOU SCREWED ROB!!” chant starts up

Shawn Michaels
:
But I’m not sorry.

~Michaels finally lifts his head to a bit of buzz

Shawn Michaels
:
Rob Van Dam – you and I don’t exactly have the highest regards of each other, but you’re a fantastic competitor. I’m not sorry for what I had to do, but in a way, I guess I might be sorry that it had to be you.

~A little more uneasy heat

Shawn Michaels
:
I know that disappoints some of you, but Rob…Rob I don’t hate you. I don’t respect you. I just acknowledge what you’re capable of. But what I hate the most is this idea that you’ve generated that you’re the blood that flows through AOW. That ‘RVD is AOW’.

~A little more uneasy heat now for the gradually getting more animated HBK

Shawn Michaels
:
To put it bluntly, I think that’s a load of crap.

~Unmuzzled heat now

Shawn Michaels
:
And of course, I’m gonna get booed for saying that. No one here wants me to talk bad about you, but that’s the thing, Rob. I’m not talking bad about you. I’m simply speaking the truth. The hard truth that you have to accept is your ego is gettin’ on up to the level of certain people we used to work with.

~HBK breaks the fourth wall a bit, staring directly into the camera on that one

Shawn Michaels
:
But see, there’s a hard truth that I’m gonna have to accept as well. I’m gonna have to accept that whether or not I think it’s a load of crap that you think you are AOW, these people here accept it, these people here believe it, and these people here will always love you for it.

~An uneasy pop, but a pop nonetheless. Is HBK leading us all on…?

Shawn Michaels
:
So when I say I didn’t come out here to throw some salt on that wound right before your big match tonight, you know it’s the truth. And to be fair, if the boos are gonna keep comin’, let’em come, because I’d be booing me too.

~A few more boos are sprinkled in, but not as strong

Shawn Michaels
:
What I did was despicable. I sold myself to Chris Jericho’s plan because I was a desperate man. I shot myself in the foot, an’ I was tryin’ to walk it off. So Rob, from the bottom of my heart, I just want you to know that we’re not the best of friends…but you deserved better from me. Mick Foley expected better from me. And these people certainly deserved and expected better from me.

~Michaels is on his knees now, almost in a prayer position

Shawn Michaels
:
So from the bottom of my heart, Rob…I guess what I’m tryin’ to say is…I’m sorry.

~A bit of buzz from the crowd

Shawn Michaels
:
Now I know me saying that doesn’t give you the AOW Championship you earned last Sunday. I know me saying that doesn’t go back in time and all that, but what I can do is let you come out here when I know you’re all fired up for your title match tonight and just let me have it. Just come on out here and rip into the Heart Break Kid because you know you wanna.


Michaels has to shout this now, because the crowd is beginning to roar at the idea of Van Dam getting his hands on Michaels, however voluntarily. Michaels throws his hat off and awaits a beatdown. But instead of RVD walking out, we get “MAMA SAID KNOCK YOU OUT” blaring over the sound system to a huge pop in its own right, as Samoa Joe comes on down to the ring. Michaels hastily makes it to his feet and grips his microphone hard upon seeing the man who showed his ‘displeasure’ last week

Joe:
Come on now, Shawn. You’re a better man than that. As much as I wanna see it and as much as you deserve it, what’s RVD coming out here crackin’ you a good one gonna do about that AOW Championship?

Shawn Michaels:
I don’t know, Joe, but I don’t see why that’s any business of yours.

~“Oooooh”

Joe:
You don’t see how that’s any business of mine?

Shawn Michaels:
Did you not hear me?

Joe:
No, Shawn, you obviously didn’t hear me loud and clear last week when I drove your head into the ground when the show was over.

~A big pop for this

Joe:
Oh, and for those of you who haven’t seen it or for you guys like me who just wanna see it again, or if you’re like Shawn here and have apparently forgotten –


Joe waves his arm towards the stage, where we see the big circular screen light up, the video taking over the TVs at home. We’re brought back to the conclusion of Oblivion last week, where RVD, Samoa Joe, and Shawn Michaels were the last men remaining in the ring. A time skip splice shows Joe asking RVD to go to the back, while Joe stays and prevents Michaels from leaving, leading up to Joe leading the crowd into a “YOU SCREWED ROB!” chant. When Michaels tries to leave again, he slaps Joe across the face, only for Joe to retaliate by delivering an Island Driver that, as Joe said, drives Michaels’ head right into the mat.

We cut back to the live-action arena, the crowd popping for that display


Joe:
So tell me again how this is none of my business?

Shawn Michaels:
Look, Joe, I get that you’re upset. You feel like I did a friend of yours wrong, and I completely understand that. But the only person that I did that wrong to was Rob Van Dam. And so the only guy whose business it is regarding that is Rob Van Dam and only Rob Van Dam.

~A bit more ‘oooh’s going around now, Joe rubbing his chin with an open palm

Joe:
“Did wrong”? Is that all you’re calling it, Michaels? Because the evidence seems overwhelming to me – it was a premeditated dirty deal that no matter what RVD would’ve done, he would’ve lost. I’d calling that being screwed. You screwed Rob. You screwed Rob.

~The crowd is quick to catch onto Joe’s delivery of the phrase, who begin chanting those very words. Michaels looks around the arena and takes it in, while Joe stands with his arms open for Michaels to take in even more

Joe:
They saw what I saw, Shawn. It’s all right there on the table. And no amount of ‘I’m sorry’s or apologetic beatdowns are gonna change that. But then again, I guess if we all know our history, Shawn Michaels screwing people over isn’t exactly anything new.

~“Oooooh”. Michaels takes is no longer staring at Joe with slight annoyance, but we can tell that it’s developing into contempt

Shawn Michaels:
Don’t open that can of worms –

Joe:
Oh, too bad. Let’s open it up and dig in. We all know what happened. Ten years ago, Shawn Michaels pulled the biggest political plays in all of professional wrestling. And just like last Sunday night, Shawn Michaels pulled some strings and had no real problem screwing over a guy who was simply better than him.

~The crowd is showing a bit of unrest, as Joe looking very intensely at Michaels, who is staring right back

Joe:
So Shawn, not only are you not a stranger to screwing guys over, but you’re also no stranger of pulling some strings backstage to get exactly what you want.

~Michaels seems to be boiling here

Shawn Michaels
:
Before you go on anymore, bub, you’d better listen to me.

Joe:
Shawn, I’m done liste –

Shawn Michaels:
I SAID LISTEN. TO. ME.

~The boiling Michaels appears to be boiling over, getting dangerously close to Joe’s face. Joe doesn’t even flinch

Shawn Michaels
:
Now see here. The first thing I said when I came to AOW was that this was my clean slate. I know good and damn well I’ve done some pretty terrible things in the past. But I’m a changed man, and I’ve been a changed man for several years now, actually. But people like you can’t let things go. I came here to AOW to start all over again. To show that good ol’ Haitch – Bee – Kay is still alive an’ kickin.

~A big pop for this

Joe:
That’s all good and well. Actually, I can respect that, Shawn. And maybe you’re right, the past is the past and it should stay that way. But I can’t help but factor in the idea that the biggest political play in professional wrestling wasn’t in 1997. It happened before you even stepped into AOW with your ‘clean slate’.

~The crowd buzzes, wondering what he’s talking about

Joe:
Last week when Chris Jericho was going over his plans, he revealed something that I thought kind of got lost a little in the shuffle. Between Jericho unveiling his schemes and you screwing over Rob, I’m not sure if many people caught why you did it.

~Michaels’ stoic expression now starts turning the apologetic shade we saw for most of last week

Joe:
Chris Jericho held up your contract, Shawn. He said there was a clause in it that said if you didn’t win the AOW Championship in the year 2007, you’d lose the ability to compete.

~Michaels can no longer look at Joe, opting now to look away, his face completely turning apologetic

Joe:
Now what that says to me, Shawn, is that that’s a big slap in the face to all of us who came here and expected everyone to have to fight their way to the top when it’s written in ink that you already had a step ahead of everybody.

~Michaels runs his hands through his hair, taking out the ponytail that was there

Joe:
You made a deal with Chris Jericho that if you helped him retain that title, he’d give you a title shot. And the only reason why you’re in this ring with these crocodile tears is because Jericho took back his word. You trusted the devil and the devil lies, Shawn. So now you’re out here trying to make nice so Foley or Heyman or whoever will feel sorry for you and maybe give you that shot.

~Michaels dips out of the ring now, to a growing amount of heat for each step he takes towards the ramp

Joe:
You can run, but the true reality is, Shawn, that you’re no better. You said you wanted a clean slate, and you lied. You’re no better than Jericho or Lashley or anyone else who’s here and trying to get ahead on their name.

~Joe leans on the top rope now, pointing at Michaels, who is going up the ramp, hands in his hair

Joe:
Shawn Michaels, you’re scum. Just like Jericho and his cronies are scums. And no matter what happens in the main event tonight, I just want all of you scum to know that Samoa Joe is going on a hunt. Joe’s coming for all the scum. And he’s gonna clean shit up.


“MAMA SAID KNOCK YOU OUT” goes out over the speakers now, as Joe sends the crowd into another surprised frenzy here, some taken aback by his choice of expletives, but many others at the notion that Samoa Joe is going on the prowl. Joe is left to look at Shawn Michaels cloak himself behind the AOW blood-red curtain as he leans on the top rope and stares daggers from his leaning position on the ropes. On that image, we’re finally brought to the ever present voices of Joey Styles and JBL.

Joey Styles:
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, I’m Joey Styles alongside my broadcast partner John “Bradshaw” Layfield, back here for what could be the most monumental main event in all of AOW Oblivion history, but what a vicious announcement just now from the lips of Samoa Joe.

JBL:
If I were Chris Jericho and the Worthy Legion, one man isn’t gonna do anything to the army that they have an’ I wouldn’t even worry. But if Joe makes good on comin’ after Shawn Michaels, if that footage he showed is any kind of indication, it’s “Mr. Clean Slate” who’s gonna have problems.

Joey Styles:
Indeed, Samoa Joe essentially telling us all that he’s prepared to go on the hunt and come after those who are here on their name alone, very similar to Christian Cage’s personal campaign, but Joe seems to have concrete evidence instead, but alas, ladies and gents, the reason Joe is going on that hunt is because of what happened last Sunday at World Ablaze where Rob Van Dam was cost his shot at the AOW title by not just apparently Shawn Michaels, but also the likes of Bobby Lashley aiding Chris Jericho.

JBL:
It was what it was, Joey, but that leads us to tonight!

Joey Styles:
Indeed it does, because tonight, our own General Manager Mick Foley is gonna be the man in zebra stripes and calling the shots in Jericho and RVD’s rematch! But the stakes are incredibly high after the dust settled last week, with the added stipulation that the loser not only forfeits all rights to challenge for the AOW Championship, but also EVERY championship in AOW! We have a huge night ahead of us, folks, so you don’t wanna miss!


**COMMERCIAL BREAK**



As we’re brought back to the AOW stage, “MISERE CANTARE – THE BEGINNING” begins to blare across the arena to a great deal of approval, as CM Punk comes on down the ramp and into the ring still carrying the briefcase that was given to him by Lance Storm. Punk totes it all the way down to the ring and tells the timekeeper to ‘guard it with your life’ before pandering to the crowd a little bit, at one point even throwing his hands in the air and shouting “street rat!” to get a pop.

“WORLD’S GREATEST” hums now, as the ever respectful Shelton Benjamin comes on down the aisle, his half of the AOW Tag Team Championships around his waist. Coming along with him is Charlie Haas, who is wearing his as well, Haas wearing a t-shirt, but otherwise is in wrestling trunks himself. Haas and Benjamin do a special handshake before Benjamin hops up into the ring, flashing his title for all to see. Benji hops off the top rope and sets his sights not on the money Hassan has promised, but instead Punk himself for the title shot that’s been promised.

OPENING CONTEST
*Muhammad Hassan Bounty Challenge*
CM Punk
v.
AOW Tag Team Champion Shelton Benjamin w/Charlie Haas


Punk and Benjamin start things with a respectable handshake before backing away to their respective corners, Haas hanging on the bottom rope a little bit and peering in. Punk and Benji circle the ring for a second before fully locking up, neither man able to get an advantage on the other. This lasts for a few seconds until both men realize they’re completely stalemating before unlocking, separating, stepping back, and going for it again. This time when they lock up, Punk gets the slight upper hand, able to whip Benjamin into the opposite ropes. On the rebound, Benjamin forces Punk down with a shoulder block before rebounding off the ropes beside him, Punk lying flat, and Benjamin trotting over him and rebounding again. Benjamin now rushes back towards a standing Punk, who performs a flawless hip toss. Benjamin is quick to recover from this blip, however, bringing both men to their feet, where they mirror image each other by both swinging for roundhouse kicks, but they quickly realize the other is going for the same thing and back away a little bit, both men at an early stalemate it seems.

The crowd acknowledges this, giving both men a pause button here, allowing Punk to play with his taped wrists a bit and Benjamin to fix a knee pad. When both men are good and ready to go again, they appear to go back for the lock up, but Benjamin displays his amateur prowess here and shoots a double leg takedown on Punk that forces Punk to all fours. Benjamin is floating over Punk at this point, grabbing between his legs and leaping over him, pulling him over for an Oklahoma roll and the first fall of the match - 1…2…NO!! Punk manages to throw his legs up and out of the grip, getting him to roll to his feet, but as he does, he’s met with a hard Benjamin clothesline that leads to another, but Punk manages to duck underneath a third one and grapple Benjamin from behind, pushing him into the ropes for a victory roll – 1…2…NO!! Benjamin is able to throw Punk off of his body, which sends Punk jogging into the ropes in front of him. As Punk turns around to meet Benjamin, he’s met with a clock to the face with straight vertical leaping elbow!! The sheer athleticism of Benjamin on display here, the leap looking even better with Benjamin scrunching his body to look like he leapt an extra foot. Benjamin covers Punk once more – 1…2…3-NO!! Punk with life!

Benjamin watches as Punk gets to his feet and is calculating something, but just as the tag champ approaches Punk, the Chicago native knocks a blow to Benjamin’s stomach before getting up, brining Benjamin on his shoulders with him already looking for the GTS, but Benjamin easily slides off and behind Punk, who turns right around into a roundhouse from Benjamin, but Punk ducks at the very last minute, allowing him to catch Benjamin spinning back around with a swinging neckbreaker! Punk now with a quick cover attempt – 1…2…NO!! Benjamin able to keep things going here, making Punk reassess things. As Benjamin gets to his feet, Punk attempts another lock up of sorts, Benjamin getting the upper hand and forcing Punk over with a headlock takeover. Punk immediately scissors Benjamin’s head and forces both men to start over, back to their feet, Benjamin getting another headlock takeover, Punk forcing the scissors so that they have to start all over again. When both men rise to their feet this time, Benjamin geos in for the headlock once more, but Punk surprise him and everybody by pulling a step-up enzeguiri out of thin air!! Benjamin’s eyes glaze over as Punk covers – 1…2…3-NO!!

Punk unable to get things on the surprise attempt, a tad frustrated, but brings Benjamin to his feet anyway, striking him once for good measure before whipping him into the corner. Punk takes a moment to readjust his tights before running at Benjamin looking for the high corner knee, but Benjamin has him scouted somewhat and bows out of the corner at the last minute, forcing Punk to leap onto the second rope to avoid crashing is groin into the iron post. As Benjamin treads away, he looks up and back only to see Punk flying back at him with a flying crossbody!! Punk apparently crashes bodies with Benjamin, only to have Benjamin roll back up and over with Punk, turning it into a Samoan drop!!! A ridiculously nifty counter there, but Benjamin’s still feeling that enzeguiri to the point where he can’t cover Punk immediately.

While both men lie already having taken some big blows there, the crowd is either starting to try and get both men into this or they’re just popping for the carnage. Either way, Benjamin is the first man to recover, Punk having to use the ropes to reach a base. Benjamin goes over to Punk on the ropes and picks him off and delivers a CHOP(Wooooo!) for measure, but Punk fights back with a hard right. Benjamin answers that with a hard right as well, both men trading blows back and forth until Benjamin seems to be pulling away, knocking Punk off balance with a series of forearm strikes, forcing him up against the ropes again. Benjamin slings Punk across the ring only for Punk to kick him in the face as he lowers his head on the rebound. Punk then backpedals off the ropes and goes rushing back towards Benjamin, but on that rebound, Benji catches Punk in the Exploder suplex position and even lifts Punk a bit, but Punk jumps out to the side, delivers a quick back kick to Benjamin’s midsection, and gets the double underhooks in, but before he can flip him, Benjamin struggles enough that he counters with a back body drop, only for Punk to grab onto Benjamin’s waist as he goes down, turning it into a sunset flip pin! The flurry of counters gets Punk another count – 1…2…3-NO!!

Benjamin rolls himself out of the move, forcing Punk to roll back as well. As Punk charges back, the tag champ lies flat and forces Punk to fly over him and rebound again, only for Benjamin to get up and leapfrog Punk on that rebound, forcing Punk to rebound again. This time, while Punk is running, Benjamin rebounds off the ropes as well, sending both men towards each other…DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE!! DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE!! The extremely momentous double bump absolutely decapitates both men, leaving them completely flatlined and sending the crowd into a tizzy. Punk momentarily chokes up to show the damage as we briefly cut away.


**COMMERCIAL BREAK**


As we’re back from the break, we’re immediately brought into an ongoing action scene, with Benjamin rebounding off the ropes and towards a prone Punk, but the Straight Edge enthusiast ducks as Benjamin flies towards him, prompting Benjamin to fly over him and protectively towards outside, but Benjamin grips onto the top rope before flying completely over, skinning the cat to get back inside, his legs capturing Punk on the way back up. Punk shoves the headscissors off of him, forcing Benjamin onto the apron. The two go back and forth for a bit trying to knock the other one off or back, only for Benjamin to knee Punk in the gut and bring him from the ring all the way to the floor with a suplex to the outside!! Punk’s spine crunches off the padded outside, even Haas reacting to that one by inhaling through puckered lips.

Benjamin hasn’t dropped from the apron, however, having dropped Punk at an angle that left him hanging on the apron. As Punk tries to recover holding his back, Benjamin runs and leaps off the apron towards Punk with a flying apron clothesline, but Punk ducks underneath the lariat. Benjamin shows off his great balance by landing on his feet, but he’s immediately rocked off of them by being nailed by a roundhouse right to the temple!! Benjamin twirls and goes face down into the outside, Punk having to lean on the barricade from the momentum of the swing, as well as further gathering himself from the suplex. The referee is executing the count out, but Punk takes the limp body of Benjamin and rolls it back into the ring, still taking some time to tend to his back. Punk pulls up to the apron and lies in wait for Benjamin to get to his feet, which he finally does after much cobweb shaking, only to be hit by a Punk springboard clothesline!! The crowd pops for Punk as he goes for the big cover – 1…2…3…NO!!! One half of the Tag Team Champions keeps himself in contention for a Dynasty title shot!

Punk has to lean on the ropes a little from the hits he’s taken and to rethink things through against Benjamin here. Punk clasps his fingers and twirls his wrist, showing he might be going for something and awaiting Benjamin to get to his feet. When he finally does, Punk drops him with a urange and tries to lock in the Anaconda Vice, but Benjamin wraps some headscissors on Punk and forces him back, not being able to synch in the hold completely. Punk is forced to stop trying and instead tries to jackknife over Benjamin for a cover – 1…Benjamin quickly transitions out of this by grappling Punk’s midsection and twirling him around, brings his back towards him before nailing a flawless German suplex!! Punk’s body folds over itself as Benjamin leaps onto Punk’s prone body – 1…2…3-NO!! Punk keeps his money and hopes live!

Benjamin shakes his head a little, his mouth agape in approaching exhaustion , but he grapples Punk and brings him to his feet only to chunk him into a corner and take a few steps back. He rushes towards Punk now and nails a stinger splash, sandwiching Punk’s body between his own and the steel ring post. Punk stumbles out of the corner a little before stumbling to the canvas, while Haas says something to Benjamin from outside about “ending it now”. Benjamin nods his head and stands behind Punk, stalking him for his finisher, but the crowd is beginning to buzz. That’s because it seems like Jack Hagar has come down the ramp and assaulted Charlie Haas from behind, Nick Nameth not too far behind him. Benjamin turns his head to see what all the buzz is about to see his partner being beaten down.

Benjamin is on the verge of stepping out of the ring to stop this, but the referee cuts in front of him and tells him to go back to his match before telling American Made to get the hell out of here. Nameth and Hagar look square at Benjamin and jeer before they shake hands, openly mocking the WGTT’s sign of respect. As Benjamin’s now vexed expression tries to focus back on his match, Punk is on his feet, possibly not knowing what was going on just now, but hoists Benjamin on his shoulders, only for Benjamin to fight his way off once more. The tag champ slips off onto his feet, which go towards Punk for a superkick, but Punk catches Benji’s leg, only to throw it around and Benjamin come back for the Dragon whip, but as Benjamin turns, he rotates right onto the shoulders of Punk who wastes no time this time…GTS!! GTS connecting!! Benjamin drops like a stone and Punk covers – 1…2…3…!!!

Winner: CM Punk at (12:43)

Punk keeps his gold, and holds off the Dynasty Championship shot he wants for another day, much to the chagrin of the WGTT. Punk doesn’t seem to be aware of the shenanigans that occurred while he was down, perhaps taking note when he catches a glimpse of Nameth and Hagar heading back up the ramp smiling and having a laugh at the failure they provoked in Benjamin. Benjamin, and soon following Punk, ventures outside the ring to help the battered Haas to his feet, the WGTT looking on vengefully up the ramp at their #1 contenders


JBL:
That’s sickening. That’s just absolutely sickening.

Joey Styles:
I agree, partner. A great contest between two gifted competitors tainted by the fact that American Made continues to show the disrespect the World’s Greatest Tag Team says they do.

JBL:
No, you goon. I’m talkin’ about CM Punk obviously using the glory boys, American Made, as a distraction because he couldn’t beat Shelton Benjamin the right way.

Joey Styles:
…what?

JBL:
An’ on top of that, I think I lost a little respect for the World’s Greatest Tag Team, too. They sit there an’ say they only face opponents they have respect for. How can you respect a guy like CM Punk when he uses people as distractions?

Joey Styles:
Oh, right, CM Punk and the Tag Team Champions are the real bad guys here. What does that make American Made? The victims?

JBL:
Absolutely. They were doin’ exactly what they were supposed to be doin’ an’ that’s gettin’ a first-hand look at the guys they’ll be facing for those titles. It’s not their fault the World’s Greatest were distracted an’ it wasn’t their fault CM Punk used them just to hold onto that money that ain’t even his.

Joey Styles:
Oh, and I suppose they didn’t lay a finger on Charlie Haas. I guess he must’ve just tripped and fallen.

JBL:
An’ American Made was jus’ tryin’ to help him to his feet. Granted, they were a little rough, but they were bein’ good American citizens an’ helpin’ him out.

Joey Styles:
Y’know Bradshaw, you just may be the happiest guy I’ve ever met.

JBL:
Well thank you, Joey. I don’t see what that has to do with any of this, but I appreciate you actually taking in my positive outlook on this terrible situation.

Joey Styles:
Yeah, well, you know. Ignorance truly is bliss.



~Backstage…


Muhammad Hassan is in the backstage area, watching a TV screen of Punk walking away from the ring and up the ramp, his briefcase full of money still intact and under his ownership. Hassan looks on with the same bitter expression he always seems to have, the AOW Dynasty title around his waist not enough to offset it. He turns around to see a man in a suit with a clipboard for the second week in a row…


Hassan:
Can I help you?

Man in Suit:
Mr. Hassan, these are the transaction papers you requested.

Hassan:
Yeah. I did. But I signed some last week.

Man in Suit:
Our records showed you requested more than one.


Hassan looks on a bit confused but takes the pen and paper and signs the form anyway, shoving it back into the hands of the bank man, who grabs the clipboard and gets on out of the frame

---

Still backstage, where we can see Samoa Joe again, this time holding up what looks to be punching pads of sorts on both of his arms. The pads are being hit pretty hard by someone we can’t see until we pan out and see clearly that it’s Rob Van Dam, tearing into them with hard punches and kicks, igniting a pop from the crowd as they look at the screen


Joey Styles:
Well there you see Rob Van Dam furiously throwing those blows to prepare him for the most dire consequences match of his career when he takes on Chris Jericho for the AOW Championship, the loser of that match loses the right to fight for any AOW Championship ever! That’s coming up in our main event.



Quote:
**Video Package**

We’re brought to the scene of a gorgeous beach, waves crashing in and out along the shore. It seems to be early morning, the sun just beginning to peek over the clouds. Playing over this scene is a very tropical, Hispanic beat, but it’s not too upbeat. We go to another scene along the beach getting a great shot of the skyline of what looks like a city on the coast. We see a building that’s flying what looks to be the Puerto Rican flag before we return to the beach scene where we see there is a figure in a lounge chair on the sands, simply sitting back underneath an umbrella. We get closer to the individual, but we cannot see his face, only his hand which is holding a cigar. The man is, oddly, wearing a very nice jacket while lounging on the beach. He reaches in said jacket and pulls out an American half-dollar coin, flipping it in the air…

As he does so, the tropical backdrop seems to fade into a solid black background, the tropical music getting even slower as the coin is seen falling in slow motion, slowly descending towards a now abyss backdrop. As the coin spins beautifully, we get an underneath shot of it before the coin hits a clear floor, possibly plastic or just glass. The coin flips over itself on the inertia of finally hitting the ground. But as soon as it stops it’s teetering, we don’t even get to see which side it landed on. The screen goes dark, the tropical music completely stops, leaving the only sound we hear being the crashing waves on the shore with only three words appearing on the screen –

“QUIEN SOY YO…?”

**End Package**
**COMMERCIAL BREAK**

We return from the break, greeted with the image of AOW Champion Chris Jericho, alongside him being Lashley and Wright, the rest of the “Worthy Legion”, apparently in a locker room somewhere. Lashley is in wrestling gear, while Wright looks as unmoving as he always does. Jericho is in a suit, but looks to be taking it off to prepare for his title match just on the horizon

Lashley:
So, Jericho, do you want us to go over any last minute provisions…?

Chris Jericho:
No, Lashley. All that is to be done is done. All that’s left is execution. Tonight, it’s just Rob Van Dam. Tomorrow…all of AOW.

~Jericho smirks as he removes his tie from around his collar, Lashley smirking back. As Jericho prepares to remove his jacket, Ken Doane barges into the scene, a big excited grin on his face…

Doane:
Mr. Jericho! I came to you as soon as I could.


Chris Jericho:
And why would you want to do that, Kenny? Can I call you Kenny?

~Doane doesn’t seem to acknowledge the name

Doane:
Well, see you’ve completely inspired me to change my entire outlook on who I am. I’m here to make an impact and to spread my word the same way that you are. And I would be honored if you accepted me into the Worthy Legion.

~Lashley and Jericho look at one another for a moment before Jericho turns back to Doane

Chris Jericho:
I appreciate you wanting in on this, Kenny, but right now…you’re just not Worthy material.

~The smile drops from Doane’s face

Doane:
Why not?

Chris Jericho:
First of all, Kenny – you haven’t even won a match since you’ve been in AOW. At that, you’ve lost every match you’ve had in AOW in pretty convincing fashion. Get some wins and maybe, just maybe I’ll consider you.

~Doane takes that in and nods his head before leaving the area, Jericho and Lashley somewhat chuckling to themselves at that pathetic attempt


We remain backstage to see the sight of AOW Cruiserweight Champion Bryan Danielson walking out of a door that reads “Foley”. Danielson is holding his title in his hands before throwing it around his shoulder and brushes his hand through his hair before someone approaches him and grabs him by the shoulder with a big grin on his face –


Jamie Noble:
How you don’ there, partner?

Danielson:
I’m not your partner, Noble.

~Danielson seems very much annoyed

Jamie Noble:
Of course you’re not. I hope that’s what Mick Foley was jus’ tellin’ you. Next week, we’re not partners. We’re opponents, baby!

Danielson:
Yeah, I know.

Jamie Noble:
But not only are we gonna be wrestlin’, we’re gonna be wrestlin’ for that there AOW Cruiserweight Championship! Finally, them higher ups realize I’m for real!

Danielson:
He just told me. But you know…he also told me that it wasn’t just a one on one match.

~The goofy and confident smile fades quickly from Noble’s face

Jamie Noble:
Woh, what?

Danielson:
Yeah. He told me that it was gonna be me, Bryan Danielson, the American Dragon, the best wrestler in the world, the AOW Cruiserweight Champion –

Jamie Noble:
Get on with it.

~Danielson smiles at his now annoyance of Noble

Daneielson
:
He told me it was gonna be me…defending against you…and against Aero Star.

~There’s a big crowd pop heard beyond the walls

Jamie Noble:
WHAT?

~Danielson walks away from Noble with a half-smug, half-serious look on his face, but Noble pursues him and grabs his shoulder

Jamie Noble:
Hey, I ain’t done talkin’ to you yet, boy!

Danielson:
Yeah, well, I am. I’ll let my wrestling finish the talking next week.


Danielson turns back around and walks away from Noble, but he’s having none of it, dashing after Danielson again, this time clubbing him from behind with a blow to the back of the head!! Danielson goes down hard, his face making contact with the concrete beneath him. We can see that Danielson made impact right above what appears to be his left eye, causing him to clutch his eye and neck. Noble doesn’t stop there, pulling Danielson up and bashing him in the side of the face, assumingly right in his eye, which causes Danielson to backpedal. He tries to grab onto something, but winds up instead just knocking off a series of pipes off of the case they were sitting on.

Noble grabs a pipe and clutches it in his hands, awaiting Danielson to get to his feet, who is now clutching his left eye. We can see a bit of blood having opened above the eye, but Noble looks to want more, raising the pipe…but Danielson stops him! As the two have a tug of war over the pipe, Noble suddenly stops, as he’s looking up and staring in shock. Danielson stops struggling and looks up as well, only to see Aero Star on the very top of a stocking shelf. The two barely have time to brace themselves before Star leaps, eagle spread crossbody style, right on top of them!! Star rolls off, but he just hit concrete, maybe even falling on the pipe, while Noble and Danielson writhe and agony alongside him. We get a better look at Danielson’s steadily bleeding eye area as we cut away…


~Back at ringside…


“THE PROUD WARRIORS (LOW JACK REMIX)” is blaring over the sound system now, as Jack Evans and Low Ki come own down the ramp in their per usual fashion, Evans the one doing a jive all the way down the ramp, Ki allowing him to do so, only to grab him by the shoulder at the base of the ramp and stare at him sternly, not wagging his finger this time, but Evans gets the message as it is. It’s unclear which one of these guys has accepted Doane’s challenge until Evans leaps into the ring, leaving Ki outside.


Joey Styles:
Well folks, you just heard that right, uh, just announced we will be having a Cruiserweight Championship match just a few moments ago, but I think someone needs to get back there and check on the three guys who’re gonna be competing in that match next week.

JBL:
They’re grown men, Joey, they can help themselves. I think you jus’ wanna baby Bryan Danielson ‘cause he’s your favorite. He’s a champion, Joey. A full-fledged one at that. And now he’s gotta come to the fullest realization that the champion always has a target on his back.

Joey Styles:
We just saw evidence in that altercation backstage, both Noble and Star expressing their title hopes on the champion, those men having a heated rivalry thus far here in AOW, but right now in front of us we have another rivalry that Ken Doane has called ‘unfinished business’, with Doane looking to perhaps take out –

JBL:
He’s gonna take out the trash an’ show just how much of an Impact Player he really is! That’s what he’s gonna do to Jack Evans tonight!


“I AM THE FUTURE” now plays to a bit more heat than the last time we heard, as Ken Doane makes his way down the ramp looking like he did in his aohdubya.com video, his hooded vest with him and all. Doane throws it off as he gets into the ring, his demeanor being extremely focused, perhaps to prove himself worthy. He shows a tad of cocky flair when he steps in and taunts the crowd.

MATCH 2
Jack Evans w/Low Ki
v.
Ken Doane


Doane immediately shows off his new resolve by bullrushing Evans, taking him and driving him right into a corner, followed by heavy boots laying into Evans’ gut. Referee Goose Mahoney has to stop him at one point, but Doane doesn’t seem to care, going back to stomping on Evans, only to press his knee into his throat and lean in, forcing the ref to begin the DQ count. Doane eventually gets off, leaving Evans clutching his throat. Doane drags Evans out of the corner to get a cover – 1…NO! Evans quickly kicks out. Doane immediately grabs hold of Evan’s throat with a wraparound chin lock.

Doane keeps Evans here for a good bit, wearing him down, until Evans gets his wits about him enough to run straight towards a corner, propping his foot up, and shooting himself back, squashing Doane right beneath him as they come down. As soon as they hit the canvas, Doane lets go, as Evans rolls over the body of Doane and to his feet before executing a beautiful standing moonsault!! Evans now with the cover – 1…2…NO!! Doane still with some fight in him gets to his feet quickly, only to be met by an Evans dropkick that sends him backpedalling into a corner now. Evans makes some space between he and the corner clad Doane, closing that gap with a cartwheel back elbow smash!! The crowd lights up for that flashy and fancy move, prompting Doane to stumble out of the corner right into Evans, who greets him with a hurricanrana pin! Evans keeps Doane trapped beneath his legs – 1…2…3-NO!! Doane is able to make his way out!

Doane is getting taken for a ride now by Evans, who greets him with a pair of arm drags that scramble Doane’s head even more. As Doane looks to use the ropes to get to his feet, Evans rushes over and grabs his wrist, looking for the Irish whip, but it gets reversed. Evans is whipped instead, but ducks underneath a Doane clothesline on the rebound, leaping onto the second rope…springboard corkscrew moonsault press!! Doane is flattened beneath the spinning and ever energetic body of Jack Evans, prompting another cover – 1…2…3…NO!!! Doane doesn’t go down on that high octane offense, prompting much of the air to leave the crowd.

Even with Evans not being able to put Doane away here, he tries another whip into the ropes, getting that reversed again, Doane instinctively whipping Evans into the ropes. On the rebound, Doane lowers his head, only for Evans to jump over him and mule stomp him on his spine. As Doane rolls over to tend to his back, Evans points and ventures towards the top rope before making it there, the crowd now on their feet. Before Evans can leap, however, Doane springs to his feet and lowers the top rope, causing Evans to lose his balance and fall from his position.

As Evans goes tumbling down and recovers, he wanders right into Doane’s clutches, who takes him up in a backdrop that is transitioned into a neckbreaker drop. Instead of going for the cover here, Doane struggles to regain his composure, and then taunts the crowd a bit before going to the top rope himself, taking his time for some reason. When Evans sees how much time he’s taking, he pulls a page out of Doane’s book and tries to lower the top rope, but Doane sees it coming and leaps from off the top rope towards the canvas, front rolling to his feet. As that happens, Evans blindly rushes towards Doane, only for the Impact Player to spring up…RKODOANE!! RKODOANE!! Doane with the jumping cutter from out of nowhere covers center ring – 1…2…3…!!

Winner: Ken Doane at (4:29)

Doane won one! And he’s flipping out over it! Doane leaps into the air and pumps his fist, breaking his focused fighter mold he’d built just minutes before. Doane composes himself slightly only to poke at the crowd, and eventually Low Ki, who is seen trying to slide his tag team partner out of the ring. Doane then goes over to Mahoney and orders that he lift his hand, which the ref obliges to, sending Kenny D into yet another celebration.


Joey Styles:
Well, it may be a little bit excessive, but I will admit perhaps Ken Doane has the right to celebrate his first ever win here in AOW after several frustrating weeks.

JBL:
This ain’t a football field, Joey! You don’t get flagged for excessive celebration in a wrestling ring! Let the kid have his moment! Give it up for the future of AOW, Mr. Ken Doane, who has shown just how much of a fighter he is, how determined he is. He had all those losses and none of them stopped them from gettin’ the win tonight!

Joey Styles:
Calm down, Jibbles. Not to discredit Jack Evans in any way, but it was just a win over Jack Evans. There was no title or even title shot on the line, and no, this isn’t a football field, but you and Doane are going on as though he’d won the Super Bowl.

JBL:
And you’re being a hypocrite, Joey. It wasn’t that long ago that Bryan Danielson was holding his Cruiserweight Championship on our first ever Pay-Per-View an’ you were over here chirpin at the top of your lungs like a damn cheerleader. So don’t tell me I can’t at least give this hard workin’ young man a pat on the back. See how loud you’ll be chirpin’ next week when Danielson shows he’s a fluke an’ loses that title to Jamie Noble.

Joey Styles:
Oh, for Pete’s sake…

JBL:
Not Pete’s sake, Joey, AOW’s sake! With Doane’s win here tonight, paired with the fact that Chris Jericho is only one win away from establishing himself as a true visionary, the future of AOW is bright.

Joey Styles:
And speaking of which, coming up on the other side of the break ladies and gentlemen, we will indeed have a match with an insidious amount of combustible and unstable elements – General Manager Mick Foley will be the man in stripes between Rob Van Dam and Chris Jericho, who will have what Foley called an ‘untainted’ rematch of our World Ablaze main event for the AOW Championship. All parties have been banned from ringside, but the loser of this match will forfeit any and all future title shots of not just the AOW title, but every title in AOW!

JBL:
That’s our main event, an’ it’s NEXT!!


***

Quote:
We reach a black screen, before lighting up with what seems like a very innocent Christmas-like image of a home covered in snow, Carol of the Bells chiming in the background before our first female narrator chimes in over it…

Narrator:
‘Twas the night after Christmas, and all through the home…

We actually get a look inside the house, which reveals a Christmas tree…ribbons replaced by barbed wire

Narrator:
Not a creature was spared a chair shot to the dome

The screen fades to shots of several chair shots to the skull thus far in AOW

Narrator:
Some things were hung by the chimney with care…

In perhaps a PR nightmare, a flash goes by of Finlay hanging Joe with the ring rope noose in their AOKO clash

Narrator:
In hopes better bosses might soon be there…

A brief shot now of Paul Heyman and Mick Foley nose to nose in silence

Narrator:
The Hammerstein faithful, mass and brutal as a mob

Shots of the cantankerous Ballroom crowd

Narrator:
Would carol along with each other, singing {/Joey Styles} “OH MY GAAD!!”

Styles’ voice goes over for a second, with a shot of Shawn Michaels going through the announce table

Narrator:
While some have been nice, others Scrooges, some seething

Respective shots go by of Bryan Danielson, Muhammad Hassan, and Chris Jericho

Narrator:
AOW would like to wish you all happy SEASON’S BEATINGS…

On that, the Carol of the Bells becomes the Trans-Siberian Orchestra variation, complete with electric guitars

~AOW: WEDNESDAY NIGHT OBLIVION PRESENTS~

!!A TWO-HOUR LIVE SPECIAL!!
SUPERSHOW II: A VERY MERRY WAR
December 26th, 2007
**COMMERCIAL BREAK**

We return from the break and are immediately greeted with the sound of a bell ringing and an AOW Championship match graphic crawling over our screen

Tony Chimel:
The following contest is scheduled for one fall…and it is for the AAAAAAOOOOOHHHH-DOUBLE-UUUUUUUU CHAMP-IONSHIIIIP!!

~An absolutely WILD pop from New York

Not too long after that introduction, “WRECK” sends the crowd into a tizzy. Throwing aside the curtain and stepping on through is the man in charge himself, General Manager Mick Foley, dressed in his classic referee’s uniform, as he makes his way all the way down the ramp to an absolutely deafening roar, stepping into the ring and acknowledging his huge ovation


Tony Chimel:
Introducing the Special Guest Referee…MIIIICK FOLEEEEYYY!!!


Joey Styles:
Folks, we welcome you right back here to AOW Wednesday Night Oblivion where our main event is literally just moments away, but before we get to it, just confirmed by General Manager Mick Foley prior to this contest, that next week, we will have the second ever Lucky 13 Battle to determine who will become the next number one contender to the AOW Heavyweight Championship.

JBL:
The first one crowned a champion, so it’s only right that the next one determine who’s next in line.

Joey Styles:
That match coming because by the result of this match, neither one of these men will be able to have any kind of rematch under any other stipulations! So we’ve got a Lucky 13 AND a Cruiserweight Championship match next week, but an AOW Championship match RIGHT NOW!!


No sooner does those words exit Styles’ lips, “WALK” throbs it’s way over the sound system and around the arena which causes all in attendance to go absolutely nuts, Rob Van Dam stepping through the curtain to cause them to ignite even more. RVD raises his fists in the air and lets in the grand pop he’s getting, but the look on his face is not one of a crowd pleaser tonight. He’s focused and in the game, ready to take on the guy who has denied him at every turn in Chris Jericho.

Not long after RVD sets himself in the ring and shadow boxes a bit, the crowd turns into an arena full of heat-throwing missiles, as “KING OF MY WORLD” begins to play now, as the revamped theme for AOW Champion Chris Jericho, who comes on down the ramp with his ever present better-than-you walk, although beside him is Paul “The Great” Wright, hoodie up, head down, and trugging behind the only man who seems to be able to control him Lashley is nowhere to be seen. Already a scheme in the works…? Jericho takes in his heat with pride, only to step into the ring and go from confident to scowling not only at Rob Van Dam, but looking to his left and seeing Mick Foley.


MAIN EVENT
~AOW CHAMPIONSHIP~
*Loser can challenge for NO CHAMPIONSHIP in AOW*
SPECIAL GUEST REFEREE: Mick Foley
Chris Jericho(c) w/Paul “The Great” Wright v. Rob Van Dam

Foley walks over to Jericho and tries to take the title from him, but Jericho refuses to let Foley touch it, taking it from around his waist himself and raising it over his head to a great deal of heat to show that this is for the AOW Championship. While he does so, Foley reaches up and snatches the title from its perch, Jericho looking back furiously, only to see Foley holding it high and officially confirming that this is an AOW Championship match to a huge pop, if for no other reason than to spite the hell out of Jericho. After Foley hands the title over to the timekeeper, Jericho is in a corner, pouting, but as Foley gets situated, RVD prepares to pounce, only for Jericho to hold out his hands and ask for Foley. The crowd throws heat at this, Foley going over to Jericho and asking ‘why’, only for Jericho to demand that Foley pat RVD down to make sure he’s not hiding anything.

Jericho slowly approaches the arms raised RVD for a second inspection, but RVD is having none of this nonsense early, as he immediately initiates a lock-up with Jericho, forcing him all the way into a corner. As Van Dam is being forced off by Foley, he takes a step back only to SLAP(Wooooo!) the chest of Jericho with an overhand that has Jericho cringing. RVD then takes Jericho and whips him into the opposite corner, Jericho’s spine hitting the post hard. Jericho dips between the ropes in the corner and begs for Foley to stop him, only for Foley to pay no real heed and lets RVD move on over to the cornered Jericho and try and untangle him, very much like at World Ablaze. After a moment of struggling, Foley finally intervenes and tells RVD to back off, Van Dam not letting any of his anger subside. The crowd pops as RVD is shown with an intense expression, watching Jericho closely as he makes it from between the ropes and back center ring.

When Foley asks Jericho if he’s good to continue, Jericho surprises RVD by responding with an immediate headlock, wrapped tight. RVD backs away into some ropes and tries to fling Jericho across the ring, but Jericho is having none of it, keeping his iron grip on RVD’s skull. Jericho is wrenching RVD’s head off now, Van Dam responding this time by lifting Jericho into the air for a backdrop counter, only for Jericho to roll forward in his own counter, keeping the headlock on RVD, but both men now on the ground. RVD is in worse position than before, his back on the canvas. Jericho has the headlock synched in ridiculously tight, as we can see RVD’s face starting to change color from the lack of oxygen.

But the educated feet of RVD soon come into play, as Van Dam has enough in him to lift his ever flexible body into position where he can kick Jericho in the back of the head repeatedly enough to soften Jericho up to let go of the hold. As Jericho gets to his feet, he grips the back of his head, only to be met with a rushing RVD. Jericho dodges him by lifting him up over his head, causing RVD to go onto the apron. The two go back and forth with blows until Jericho pulls away with repeat right hands and scores a TRIANGLE DROPKICK that sends RVD sprawling to the outside. Jericho stands tall and raises his arm to deafening heat before turning to Foley and ordering him to begin the count-out. Foley just tells Jericho that he knows how to do his job and that he should get off his back, to which Jericho says otherwise. Foley then gets in Jericho’s face and the two start an argument right in mid-match, the fans going crazy for it. The crowd then gets even louder when Foley seemingly bumps Jericho just enough to send Jericho falling through the middle ropes and to the outside. Foley shrugs his shoulders before now beginning the count –

…1!!

…2!!

…3!!

Jericho looks up at Foley with pure distain before venturing back over to Van Dam, only to get a jawbreaker for his troubles, forcing him to brace on the barricade. On the other side of the ring, Wright is now making his way over to his manager, RVD not noticing and going right back after Jericho with an attempted high boot.

…4!!

…5!!

Jericho dodges at the last second, causing RVD to be hung up on the barricade. Jericho dips back inside the ring, only to get back in Foley’s face…? We wonder why he’s stopping the count with his arguing, but then we see why when Wright has made his way to the tied up Van Dam and GIVES HIM THE KNOCKOUT PUNCH!!! Van Dam gets an incredibly glossed over look on his face as he falls flat back to the outside, the crowd delivering immense heat at this. Jericho seems aware when the attack is over, moving aside and letting Foley continue the count –





Foley doesn’t count! He peers to the outside and sees Wright standing nearby a now completely knocked out RVD. We see in his eyes putting two and two together…AND EJECTS WRIGHT!! Foley is kicking Wright out of the match! Wright shows the only other emotion we’ve seen him in besides ‘stoic’ and that’s ‘anger’, jumping up on the apron and is about to probably clock Foley in his face, but Jericho jumps in front of him and stops the beast, telling him to leave. Wright seemingly calms down on that, but still has an angry look on his face, now walking back up the ramp. Despite this, the damage appears to be done, as Jericho goes back outside the ring to grab hold of Van Dam and shove him back under the ropes and to the inside, Jericho covering Van Dam now –

1…

2…

3-NO!!!

VAN DAM IS ALIVE!! The very first pinfall attempt of the night is thwarted by RVD being able to get out of the giant’s clutches! Jericho doesn’t seem to believe that, but maybe he’s in disbelief that Foley was actually executing a fair count. Nonetheless, Van Dam is still at a big disadvantage, Jericho strikes RVD several times in the skull with hard right hands before bringing him to his feet and chunking him back between the middle ropes, leaving RVD dropping on the apron. Jericho tries once again with his TRIANGLE DROPKICK…NOBODY HOME!! RVD has enough in him to sidestep on the apron, leaving Jericho to be hung out to dry over the middle rope. RVD delivers a quick kick to Jericho’s rump, causing a pop and laughter to erupt from the crowd, Jericho still having his upper half hanging in the ring, his lower on the apron. Van Dam launches himself from the apron back into the ring over the top rope…AND COMES CRASHING DOWN WITH A LEGDROP ON THE BACK OF JERICHO’S HEAD!! A leapfrog leg drop over the rope that crunches Jericho’s elevated position back into the canvas causes him to fall completely back into the ring, as Van Dam gets a small breath of wind here, taking a moment to gather himself before pulling Jericho away from the ropes and covering –

1…

2…

3-NO!!

Another near fall so early! The previous kicks to the back of Jericho’s head seem to come into play again, as Jericho is clutching the back of his skull in a very similar fashion as he did earlier. RVD is still feeling the blow from the giant moments ago, so it takes him a second to shake more cobwebs out of his head before lifting Jericho to his feet and Irish whipping him across the ring, but Van Dam gets a kick to the jaw when he lowers his head on the rebound. Jericho backpedals and rebounds off the ropes again, but this time he’s met with a Van Dam kick to the gut before RVD performs a split and hits Jericho with a THROAT THRUST. Jericho falls back with a flat bump as Van Dam covers once again –

1…

2…

NO!

Not as close this time, but RVD still seems to have an edge, although he still seems a bit out of it and not fully focused. Van Dam still shakes more cobwebs out before stomping on Jericho’s head for good measure, then brings him back to his feet, only for Jericho to greet him with a sharp CHOP(Wooooo!) that sends RVD back a bit before RVD responds with a hard right hand, sending Jericho teetering a bit. Jericho brings himself back and strikes RVD with a right, prompting some boos. RVD is knocked off balance with that, coming back at Jericho, the two now going back and forth, the crowd letting their voices be heard –

YAY!!

BOO!!

YAY!!

BOO!!

YAY!!

YAY!!
YAY!!

Van Dam begins to pull away now, knocking Jericho back several steps before running into the ropes and flying back towards the AOW Champion, but as Van Dam is rushing back, Jericho pulls one out of his ass by running back…ENZEGUIRI!! RUNNING ENZEGUIRI!! VAN DAM DROPS LIKE A STONE!! The sock to Van Dam’s head is now back in play, as Jericho now takes a moment to get himself back before crawling over to RVD, shooting the half, and covering –

1…

2…

3-NO!!

Another near fall on Van Dam, Jericho looking at Foley and again arguing with the man in stripes. Foley just tells him to suck it up, which almost prompts Jericho to slap Foley, but he turns that aggression right back towards Van Dam, bringing him to his feet and suplexing him swiftly before trying again –

1…

2…

NO!

Not as close this time, but still frustrating enough for Jericho, who sits Van Dam up now and drives his knee into his spine while holding his chin back. RVD screams in pain, only for Jericho to keep the lock on, hoping to wear down the Whole F’n Show. Jericho tells Foley to “ASK HIM”, but Van Dam is simply refusing, the crowd edging him on to get out of the hold. Jericho keeps wrenching back in hopes of ripping RVD’s spinal column out of him, but Van Dam is able to make it to his feet and deliver repeat elbows to Jericho’s gut to make him release it, Van Dam rushing into the ropes once free, and crashes Jericho’s face with a hard SPINNING WHEEL KICK!!

Van Dam tumbles to his feet, Jericho making his way back up as well, only for Van Dam to rush back at Jericho…who delivers a headlock takedown, trapping RVD right back into the headlock he had earlier! Van Dam is a bit more wary of it this time, not staying in as long, but Jericho has it locked in very tight, not letting go. RVD makes it to his feet and pulls Jericho up with him, Van Dam momentarily falling to a knee. He quickly makes up for this by lifting Jericho into the air as if for a backdrop again, but instead lifts Jericho from the side and winds up throwing him on his shoulders in a fireman’s carry…STEAMROLLER!! STEAMROLLER!! Van Dam flattens Jericho! As RVD tumbles to his feet now, he gets a huge pop, which stops him in his tracks. He looks around at the crowd before throwing his hands up –

“ROB – VAN – DAM!”

RVD’s momentary lapse of psychology costs him, as it appears Jericho has rolled underneath the bottom rope and is on the outside now, forcing him to recuperate. RVD only looks on as he regains focus and hopes to keep his momentum going as we cut away.

**COMMERCIAL BREAK**

As we return from the break, we’re immediately greeted with the scene of Rob Van Dam being put in position on the top rope for what looks like a Superplex. We get a small feature showing us how this situation came to be, as during the commercial break, Van Dam missed his corkscrew legdop outside on Jericho, opening things up for his moment back in the ring. Jericho has thrown Van Dam’s arm over his head and is prepared to leap up and back, but Van Dam starts showing his fight and starts pounding Jericho’s ribs in retaliation. RVD eventually fights Jericho off enough to send him flying back down to the ring, but Jericho is wary of his position, and on his way down, brings the top rope with him, causing RVD to straddle himself on the iron post. As the arena echoes the pain induced in the Crown Jewel of ECW’s family jewels, Jericho quickly gathers himself and leaps onto the second rope, reaches up, and grabs RVD’s ponytail…SUPER ONE HANDED BULLDOG!! SUPER ONE HANDED BULLDOG!! RVD’s face is sent flat into the canvas, Jericho felling little of that one in his shoulder after landing flat on his back for the spot. Some in the crowd begin a sparse “Holy shit” chant, leaving Jericho to make his way over to the seemingly dead Van Dam –

1…

2…

3-NO!!

RVD GETS THE SHOUDLER UP!! Van Dam keeps on showing the utmost resolve here! The increasingly frustrated Jericho runs his fingers though his hair before getting a very angry burst of wind, forcing Van Dam up and shoving him between his legs before lifting him up and over himself…GORY NECKBREAKER!! GORY NECKBREAKER!! Van Dam slumps off the back of Jericho, the sick maneuver twisting RVD’s spine and possibly beheading him. Jericho has an angry and sinister look in his eye as he rolls RVD over once again, making sure to hook the leg this time –

1…

2…

3…

NO!!!

VAN DAM ROLLS THE SHOULDER!! Even when Jericho pulls something out of his hat, Van Dam keeps his magic! Jericho is almost beyond frustrated now, rising to his feet and getting all in Foley’s face. Foley, as he’s done all match, gets right back in Jericho’s face. Jericho’s flustered face is burning red at the moment, but he turns back towards RVD to lift his legs for the WALLS OF JERICHO, only for Van Dam pull him forward and ROLL HIM UP! Foley quick to go flat –

1...
2…
3-NO!!

A more accelerated count by Foley, but Jericho is able to get out. Jericho gets to his feet and only has a mere second to look at Foley in utter disgust before he’s met with a Rob Van Dam clothesline. Jericho gets back to his feet quickly, only to be met by another Van Dam clothesline, quickly followed by another. RVD bursts towards Jericho one more time, ducking beneath a clothesline attempt, catching Jericho, and nailing the SITOUT SPINEBUSTER! RVD’s got a full head of steam now it seems, as he looks around the arena so they know what’s coming. Van Dam rebounds off the ropes and front rolls…ROLLING THUNDER…JERICHO CATCHES HIM IN A POWERSLAM!! WOW!! Van Dam leaps for the rolling senton only for Jericho to catch him and flip him all the way around! Jericho quickly pulls Van Dam a little closer to the center of the ring, throwing himself on top of him –

1…



2…

NO!!

Foley with a slower count for Jericho here! Jericho gets up and is stunned, staring at Foley. Foley just chirps back that “you said I was partial. I was only aiming to please”. Jericho is livid at that statement, opting to take it completely out on RVD, throwing right hand after right hand in Van Dam’s face, clubbing his body. Jericho then gets up and again goes to Foley and nearly rips the referee shirt off of him, the crowd throwing a great deal of heat at this. Jericho tells Foley that “you should be ejected”, before screaming somewhat incoherently that Foley shouldn’t be refereeing. Foley just looks at Jericho then looks at the now risen Rob Van Dam, knocks Jericho in the side of the head with a STANDING ROUNDHOUSE!! Van Dam then pulls Jericho to his feet and towards a corner, Van Dam sitting himself on the top rope and coming around…TORNADO DDT!! TORNADO DDT!! Jericho is down, he is out, and RVD quickly rushes back to the ropes and performs the flawless SPLIT-LEGGED MOONSAULT!! Van Dam’s body is partially thrown off, but Van Dam quickly recovers and throws his body on top of Jericho’s, Foley with a dramatic count –

1…

2…

3…

NO!!!

JERICHO SHOWS SOME RESOLVE!! Jericho rolls the shoulder! Foley went to a regular count and Jericho showed how much that AOW Championship means to him. Van Dam isn’t sure where else to go, taking Jericho to his feet and whipping the exhausted champion into a corner, rushing into him with several shoulder thrusts to the gut before backflipping and nailing a third one! As Jericho doubles over but still isn’t out of the corner, Van Dam backs away again, and when Jericho still hasn’t fallen, rushes back at Jericho with the front roll and leaps onto him, looking for the MONKEY FLIP…NO!! Jericho grabs underneath both of Rob’s feet and forces him to fall over…WALLS OF JERICHO!! WALLS OF JERICHO!! WALLS OF JERICHO!! Foley doesn’t look like he likes what he sees, but he ventures down to Van Dam anyway, Jericho causing the crowd to nearly riot with the move. Van Dam is saying over and over that no, he won’t give up, the Hammerstein trying to root their hero on, begging for him not to give into the so called “Worthy Man”. Just when it looks like Van Dam is going to lift his hands for the tapout…HE TURNS AND FINDS THE BOTTOM ROPE!! HE GOT THE BOTTOM ROPE!!

Foley has to tell Jericho that he has to let go of the rope, Jericho hesitantly doing so, throwing RVD’s legs down as though they were dejected toys. Jericho pulls RVD away from the ropes by his legs, although Jericho himself is near some ropes. Jericho attempts to cover RVD in a jackknife position, but throws his legs on the ropes and uses them as leverage out of Foley’s line of sight –

1…

2…





Foley spots the legs! He throws Jericho’s legs off the ropes to a huge ovation! Jericho’s mouth is agape in surprise, but tries to defend himself by pointing at Foley, saying “you can’t touch me, you’re not supposed to touch me.” He then RIPS OPEN FOLEY’S REFEREE SHIRT, getting an insane amount of heat. Jericho then, almost whiningly, looks towards the entrance ramp and screams up it that “WE NEEED A NEW REFEREE!! DISQUALIFY FOLEY!!” While Jericho is turned around and whining, Foley has reached in his pocket and pulled out…MR. SOCKO!!! Foley’s had enough! As Jericho turns back around to the ring Foley winds up…AND GIVES JERICHO THE MANDIBLE CLAW!! MANDIBLE CLAW!! Jericho is lifeless in a few seconds, the crowd going apeshit. RVD is up and gripping his back, seeing the whole thing, Foley only looking at him and smiling before cuing his “BANG BANG” taunt, only for RVD to get the hint and Now dramatically leap to the top rope and situate himself over the KO’d Jericho, Van Dam leaping…FIVE STAR FROG SPLASH!!! FIVE STAR FROG SPLASH!!! HE GOT IT!! Van Dam with the emphatic and emotional cover –

1…

2…





NO THREE COUNT!!

Why? BOBBY LASHLEY HAS PULLED FOLEY FROM UNDER THE BOTTOM ROPE!! Almost identical to the World Ablaze situation, RVD’s literal seconds away from glory and it’s stopped by one of Jericho’s goons! Lashley doesn’t do too great a job, merely pulling Foley out and not doing much to him, only making room to slide in himself. As Lashley slides in, Foley is still pumped and slides in right back after him, shoving Lashley away and sending him right back out…WITH A CACTUS CLOTHESLINE!! FOLEY GOES TUMBLING BACK OVER AS WELL!! Even on the outside, Foley tumbles, while Lashley lands on his feet, but off balance. Just when that happens and the pop can’t get any louder, someone else starts running down the ramp…SAMOA JOE!! JOE IS HERE!! HE’S ON THE HUNT!! Joe jumps in the ring first to check on Van Dam, who is still clutching his back and is slumped in a corner, Jericho still on his back. Joe then takes a look towards the outside where Lashley and Foley have tumbled, Joe swirling around and leaping through the ropes and aiming at Lashley with the ELBOW SUICIDA…LASHLEY PULLS FOLEY IN THE WAY AT THE LAST SECOND!! JOE CRUSHES FOLEY!!

The crowd is audibly deflating at that instant, as the referee goes down hard, Joe taking a moment to gather himself after seeing who he hit. Unbeknownst to him, Lashley is stalking him and BREAKS FOR HIM WITH A SPEAR…JOE SIDESTEPS!! Lashley goes shoulder first into the steel ring steps, leaving Joe room to take him in his clutches and start delivering a flurry of blows to the big man. Lashley takes the hits, but is quick to fight back, Lashley and Samoa Joe now going blow for blow on the outside, each step bringing them closer to the barricade corner. When they finally reach it, Lashley seems to pull away and make room before he lunges at Joe and they go tumbling over the wall and begin brawling in the crowd, seemingly heading out the door.

As that goes on, there’s now no referee in the ring and Van Dam is looking for an option. Jericho is to his feet now as well, but now with no one or no rules to hold him back, RVD EXPLODES on Jericho, spearing him down and delivering his own beatdown onto Jericho for all the schemes and shenanigans that have gone on over the last few months between the two. RVD’s anger is felt all over the arena, causing another insane amount of pops, RVD laying those punches he was working on earlier deep into Jericho’s body. As the crowd gets louder and louder, portions of it get buzzier and buzzier. As Van Dam finally gets off Jericho’s now pummeled mass, someone is there to greet him…WITH A SHILLELAGH SHOT!! IT’S FINALY!!! FINLAY HAS CLOCKED RVD ACROSS THE SKULL!!! The crowd is sunk back towards disbelief, as Van Dam drops like a stone, the oxygen cut-offs to his head now potentially coming into play, as well as the initial Wright blow. Dave Finlay stands over the fallen challenger to a great rain of heat. As Jericho gets to his feet, he walks up to Finlay and appears to try and thank him in almost a groveling sort of way…ONLY TO GET CLOCKED IN THE HEAD WITH THE SHILLELAGH HIMSELF!! FINLAY CLOCKS BOTH MEN!!

The crowd is electrified, no one sure what to think, but everyone on their feet and making noise. Just as quickly as he appeared, Finlay leaves the scene of the crime the way he apparently came and that was through the camera side of the arena. Van Dam and Jericho are completely flatlined here, but there’s absolutely no one to do anything. That is, until senior referee Ray Ramsey hauls ass all the way down the ring, stripes on, and slides headfirst into the fray, only to jump to his feet and begin the count –

…1!!

…2!!

…3!!

…4!!

…5!!

…6!!

…7!!

An eyes glazed RVD is using the bottom ropes to get to his feet, trying to make his way vertical…

…8!!

Van Dam is up! Jericho is still downed it seems, barely stirring, but Van Dam makes it all the way up using the ropes, holding on, and leaping cleanly to the top rope, veering down at the man he hates at his feet. He’s still very much out of it, but the noise of the crowd is all that appears to be fueling him at this point, as RVD stands on the top rope before crouching one more time and leaps…FIVE STAR FROG SPLASH…CODEBREAKER!!! CODEBREAKER!!! CODEBREAKER IN MID-AIR FROM THE FIVE STAR!! I DON’T BELIEVE IT!!! Jericho had one last ounce of something in him, not even fully conscious himself, but he has enough juice to crawl on his hands and knees on top of the now completely KO’d Rob Van Dam –

1…

2…

3…!!!

Here is your winner and STILL AOW Champion…CHRIS JERICHO at (23:39)


Jericho rolls off of RVD’s body in an incredibly weary state, not even fully capable of believing what he just did. The crowd is absolutely livid, but there’s nothing anyone can do about what’s before them. Some are throwing heat, but a majority of others are too much in disbelief to do anything. Jericho is handed his AOW Championship and almost immediately darts out of the ring after getting his hand raised. Why? Because Samoa Joe has just re-entered the fray, crawling into the ring and continuing his hunt, possibly going for Jericho. Lashley has followed Jericho, meeting him at the base of the ramp and helping him to his feet and accompanying him as he goes all the way up the ramp.


Joey Styles:
I’m…I’m at a loss for words…Rob Van Dam, the heart and soul of AOW…can no longer challenge for any championships…

JBL:
THAT’S a Worthy Man! That’s a Worthy Champion!! That’s what’s I’m talkin’ about!

Joey Styles:
How in the hell can you condone something like this, John? It wasn’t just Chris Jericho this time, it wasn’t just Lashley, it was also Finlay! What the hell was Finlay doing here? What does this mean?

JBL:
It means Rob Van Dam is no longer a threat to greatest champion the world has ever known in Chris Jericho! An’ there’s nothin’ you, Shawn Michaels, Samoa Joe, or these people can do about it!


The final image of this darkest of Oblivions is that of RVD slung on the shoulders of Samoa Joe, who is staring up the ramp at Jericho and Lashley, who are in the exact same position. Lashley is holding Jericho up, barely able to hold his title high. Joe and Lashley are staring holes into one another as Jericho revives somewhat enough to raise the championship with both hands as we

Fade…

To…

Black…

END SHOW






.:Confirmed for Next Week:.

~AOW Cruiserweight Championship~
Bryan Danielson(c) v. Aero Star v. Jamie Noble

~Lucky 13 Battle for the #1 Contendership for the AOW Heavyweight Championship~
Participants TBA



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Alright, I think I'm long overdue to leave you a full review, so let's do this. As always, I'll be reviewing as I read, so if I mention something that ends up getting answered later in the show... well, yeah.

First off, it took some balls to have Shawn come out and give a sincere apology, but between how he did it and the fact that Shawn was the one who did it, it worked. Not a lot of people on the roster would be willing to come out and do something like that, but Shawn's one of the few I could see that happening with, so kudos there. It felt a little strange having Joe come out and speak his piece, but it was done well, and I could see this being the feud to take Joe to the main event. Having Joe bring up the Montreal Screw Job was hands down the highlight of this segment. To be honest, that didn't even occur to me when I read last week's show, but now that I've noticed it, it's so... perfect! Bringing up the contract clause was a good move, too, because that kind of got lost in the shuffle for me. I'm interested in seeing where you go with this one, mate! You haven't disappointed yet, and I'm not expecting you to disappoint here.

I'm happy that Punk won, but I'm also happy that you gave Shelton a really good showing. Having American Made interfere and cost Shelton the match does kind of hurt Punks credibility, but he's at a point where it's not going to hurt him much, compared to Shelton going over clean, which would have hindered him quite a bit. While I'm hoping that WGTT sticks around for awhile, at some point I can see Shelton being kind of a Benoit or a Guerrero- the main event technical guy. I definitely see singles gold, maybe even a world title run, in his AOW future if he keeps performing like this!

I'm kind of curious who this new guy is that you're advertising. The only person I could think it could be is one of the Colon's, but I know that Carlito's going to be hurt for awhile... are you possibly bringing in Primo? Interested in seeing where your going with this.

Seeing Doane get dissed by Jericho and Lashley does kind of bother me, because Doane has been little more than a joke, but I still see good things in his future. It's only going to be a matter of time before he has a complete attitude change and makes the rest of the roster regret underestimating him.

A triple threat between Star, Danielson and Gibson for the Cruiserweight title... that's a match I'm looking forward to seeing! The little brawl was a good little touch. Wasn't necessary, but at the same time it gives Gibson a little more heat going into the match, so good move.

...and just like that, my expectations for Doane have started to be met. I can see Doane feuding with Low Jack being a good lower card feud, and I can see Doane going over Low Ki being pretty big for his rise up the card, if that's the route you end up going.

Man, the end of that main event was quite a cluster fuck. On one hand, I'd like to think that due to how ridiculous the ending was, the stipulation will be null and void, but at the same time, that would kind of hurt the match and, to an extent, the company. I really don't know how to feel about it, to be quite frank, because on one hand, it makes Jericho even more of a heel, but on the other hand, this hurts RVD to no end if the stipulation is still in place. I'm intrigued to see where you go with this, but I'm kind of nervous at the same time.

All in all, I kind of feel like there could have been a little bit more done with this show, and I'm iffy about the main event, but it was another good show all in all. I'm hoping that the Cruiserweight title match is absolutely breath taking (I'm positive that you're NOT going to let me down, of course, but I can't help but have the concern with a match of this magnitude), and very interested in seeing what unfolds for the AOW World Title's future.
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After the way things went down to close the show last week with Joe and HBK, good to see the Showstopper out early doors to address things. What Michaels had to say was totally believable. Reading it felt at times like he was a heel but then he’d pander a little to the fans or say a true baby face thing, very clever on your part as it keeps us as readers on our toes so to speak, looking to pick up little things. Only thing I didn’t like was Michaels saying he’s not sorry for what he did, then apologising at the end of it all?? I know he said he might be sorry it was Van Dam but still, wouldn’t have had him full on apologise after that.

Joe coming out was expected after last week’s little episode and Joe went hell for leather here. The moment he talked about screw jobs I was like, ohhhh this is gonna be good lol. Michaels snapping and telling Joe to listen to him was nice, can imagine him reaching breaking point at exactly that moment. ‘You trusted the devil and the devil lies’, loved that line, fantastic stuff. The whole point Joe brought up was great and Michaels reaction fit well alongside it. Michaels walking out was great, shows it’s really gotten inside his head and Joe rounding things off in brutal style there. Enjoyable opening.

Very good opening bout here with Punk and Shelton. Two very talented guys and you showcased them well here. Pleased to see American Made showing their faces during this as it leaves Benjamin looking none the weaker in defeat and advances their feud nicely while Punk keeps up his recent momentum.

I’m not entirely sure what the deal with Hassan and this guy is but it certainly has my attention.

Bit of a waste here in my mind with Jericho, his worthy men and Doane. Doane wanting in is fine but I would’ve hdone it another week and have Jericho focus entirely on the match as it’s a hell of a lot more important, such huge stakes. On the note of Doane joining the group, I don’t see the need nor do I want it to happen. Jericho, Lashley and Wright is a hell of a trio as it is, bringing Doane in wouldn’t do an awful lot in my book to help them or himself.

Nice segment here with Danielson and Noble. Big time match up next week, fully expect Danielson to retain but should be an excellent contest and allow Noble/Star to further. The beat down from Noble was good and Star helping out was convenient lol. Good building block.

Massive win for Doane here. You played up how he’s had a struggle since arriving and the win here could well see a turnaround begin. A steady singles push for Doane would be fine by me, just steer clear of the Worthy Legion, please?

This match was certainly eventful to say the least. Some fantastic action throughout as expected when these two lock horns and you write it in full. The ending was crazy, simply crazy. The spot with Foley bringing out Socko had me thinking Van Dam was gonna do it but Lashley on hand to stop things made sense. Once Joe got involved I fully, fully expected HBK to come on down and for him to inadvertently cost RVD but when Finlay came down I was stunned/disappointed/excited all at the same time. It’s great to see the fighting Irishman back in the fold and taking out Jericho as well as Van Dam was totally unexpected, making a statement I see. Him in the frame now adds a new twist but I was really disappointed to not see HBK. I know he didn’t wanna get involved in Van Dam’s business again but Joe was his business after last week and this week, so thought that would’ve been the little twist. Jericho retaining is the right call and I’m definitely looking forward to where you go now as there’s a lot of possible routes. The stipulation now should be interesting for RVD moving forward.

On the whole, some great action throughout as ever and a very gripping opening promo. Slightly disappointed in the fact that the main event didn’t quite get the hype it needed and deserved. There was no Van Dam interview and Jericho only had his run in with Doane. For such a big stipulation I would’ve expected a bit more hype and a bit bigger twist at the end of the contest although the match itself certainly delivered. I’m sure next week will straighten out a few issues as this show admittedly needed a lot of time for the main event this week, expecting maybe a bit more promo heavy show next time round. Keep it up mate!
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Spoiler for Latest News:
~As previously noted, AOW is feeling a great deal of pressure to live up to expectations and are thus being pushed into the heavy hotshot oven. Thus, the decision in pushing Bryan Danielson’s title match against both Jamie Noble and Aero Star this coming Oblivion is the latest such-fueled decision. The match was reportedly not going to happen until at least the “Very Merry War” Supershow slated to take place in December.

~On that note, the return of Finlay that was seen last week was also a result of possible hotshot-induced planning. Finlay’s return was planned to be sometime before the Supershow, but was pushed up in the very cluttered ending to the Van Dam/Jericho title match

~In development news, OVW and AOW staff are said to be very high on Kofi Kingston, Tyler Black, and Mike Kruel. AOW sees Kruel in possibly a manager type role, while Kingston and Black could eventually contribute to the mid-card division sometime next year.

~Also in developmental news, AOW has confirmed to have signed OVW standouts Aron “Idol” Stevens and Jay Bradley to development deals, putting them on the list of development talents to look forward to. AOW has also apparently been in contact with Adam Birch, known to most of the wrestling world as Joey Mercury.

~In continuing OVW and developmental news, AOW appears to be potentially planting the seeds for the possibility of featuring women’s wrestling on the program. While the idea is still possibly far off, both Lance Storm and Elix Skipper are said to be very impressed by the likes of Shantelle Taylor, Natalya Neidhart, and Krissy Vaine, among others, from their OVW exploits, none of which are signed to AOW development contracts. Head of Talent Relations Manager Dean Malenko has also been not just been noting unseen and unknown independent circuit male talent, but also several members of the SHIMMER Women’s Athletes roster.



…and a few bits of website goodies to boot…

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HEYMAN TO ADDRESS ROB VAN DAM’S (POTENTIAL) SITUATION

Due to the chaotic nature that resulted in the main event last week, AOW Owner and Chairman Paul Heyman will address the situation this Wednesday on Oblivion and if, in fact, Rob Van Dam suffers the full-fledged consequences that came with his loss to Chris Jericho last week. Many have been concerned that due to the number of shenanigans surrounding the outcome, among them the incapacitation of Special Referee Mick Foley, may have an effect on whether the stipulation of that match that the loser can challenge for no titles is further upheld.




BRYAN DANIELSON TO DEFEND TITLE DESPITE INJURY

It was revealed to us last week that this week on Oblivion, AOW Cruiserweight Champion Bryan Danielson would defend his title in a Triple Threat match also featuring fierce rivals Jamie Noble and the international sensation Aero Star. When we found out about the match from the lips of Noble and Danielson themselves, a brawl started backstage, all three participants getting in on it. When it was quieted, it was seen that an area above and around Danielson’s left eye was damaged due to being struck with a pipe, as well as landing it on the concrete floor.

AOW doctors have said that Danielson has suffered fractures in his left orbital bone and a nearly broken supraorbital ridge, the area which the eyebrows are situated. Despite medical concern, Danielson has maintained that he will defend his title on the next edition of Oblivion.

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~AOHDUBYA.COM EXCLUSIVES~

On this round of .com exclusives, we have CM Punk and Muhammad Hassan exchange challenges, the Samoan Fight Club reminding us what they’re here for, and The Miz desperately tries to get some post-Oblivion answers from Dave Finlay.

Spoiler for Miz confronts Finlay:
We’re brought to the backstage area from what looks to be Oblivion last week, The Miz seen waving for the cameraman to follow him. He’s lurking around and searching for someone until he finally sees him in a hallway, rushing after him in the man who just struck both Jericho and Van Dam with his shillelagh, Finlay. Miz is careful not to touch the Fighting Irishman, getting close, but simultaneously keeping his distance

The Miz:
Finlay!

~Finlay turns around, only to stare at Miz with great indifference

The Miz:
Finlay…you’ve just returned in a huge way interfering in the AOW Championship match tonight. Can you tell us why you’re here?

Finlay:
No.

The Miz:
Uh…okay, well what if we told you that you possibly just cost Rob Van Dam a shot at ever challenging for any title ever again? Would you have anything to say about that?

Finlay:
No.

The Miz:
Well…are you the newest member of the Worthy Legion?

Finlay:
No.

~Miz’s microphone droops in his hands at his lack of any other response

Finlay:
What? Am I boring you?

The Miz:
Well, no, Finlay, sir, but you’re not giving me much to work with here –

Finlay:
Then stop asking me questions.

The Miz:
Finlay, please, just one more –

~Miz is stopped dead in his tracks when Finlay raises the shillelagh to him, causing Miz to cower and even causes the cameraman to drop the camera. Miz hauls ass and the cameraman appears to have done the same, as all we get until the black screen is the image of Finlay’s boots before we see more and more of Finlay as he continues to walk down the hallway out of the arena…



Spoiler for CM Punk goes for the cheese:
We’re brought to a scene backstage now, which like the last segment, appears to be taking place sometime in the last Oblivion, as Punk is sweaty, weathered, and in wrestling tights. He marches with purpose for a moment, the briefcase full of 50 grand swinging in his hand before he speaks to the camera that’s following in front of him

CM Punk:
I just got done with what I think is my best match so far in AOW with Shelton Benjamin.

~Punk doesn’t stop walking, keeping on going, the cameraman having to follow him

CM Punk
:
But, I did come out the winner. I did pin him ‘one, two, three’.

~Punk does the ‘one two three’ by banging on the briefcase

CM Punk
:
And so I get to keep this that Muhammad Hassan so desperately wants.

~Punk now holds up the briefcase at eye level

CM Punk
:
I get to keep a millionaire running back to a street rat.

~Punk laughs at the thought, giving us a nice smile while rubbing his chin

CM Punk
:
But it doesn’t matter how many times I keep this thing, none of these wins seem to get me any closer to getting a Dynasty Championship match because Hassan just can’t admit to himself that I’m in control. My wheels are spinnin’ a bit here
.
~Punk says this somewhat sarcastically, rubbing his chin again as he continues walking

CM Punk
:
But see, I just got word that there’s gonna be a Lucky 13 Battle next week. The winner of that match gets to become the #1 Contender to the AOW Heavyweight Championship. And y’know somethin’, Hassan? I’m gonna be in it. And I’m gonna win it. If you won’t give me what I’ve earned in a Dynasty Championship shot, I’ll just have to keep on movin’ up the ladder.

~Punk keeps his determined march going, making a motion with his hands in a ‘climbing the ladder’ motion

CM Punk
:
So you wanna call me a street rat or a door mouse, whatever analogy you wanna throw at me next for not ever having money, you keep right on doing that Hassan. You keep demeaning me and denying me what I deserve. I’ll just look for bigger fish to fry.

~Punk seems to have reached his destination in a locker room door, but he doesn’t go in. He puts a hand on the door and stops before opening it, staring dead into the camera now

CM Punk
:
So you keep lookin’ to keep me in the sewers, Muhammad. ‘cause this mouse is just gonna gun for the cheese.

~Punk gives us a smartass grin, knowing that was a lame joke, but doesn’t seem to care much as he keeps the trollface until he opens the locker room door, walks in, and closes it behind him



Spoiler for Hassan moves said cheese:
We open to just the image of AOW Dynasty Champion Muhammad Hassan against a white backdrop. He looks as bitter and unsatisfied as always.

Hassan:
CM Punk. A ragged, everyman wrestler. In control?

~Hassan shakes his head

Hassan
:
Let me keep this short and simple for you, Punk. You and the rest of these people in this prejudiced, self-centered American society can and never will be ‘in control’. You just think you are because you think the world revolves around you and your problems.

~Hassan’s nearly kissing the camera he’s so close to it

Hassan
:
News flash for you and the rest of America, Punk – it’s not always about you. You are one of thirteen men that are going to be in that match. One. Of thirteen. You bloat your sense of self-importance. But me? I’ll have three times your odds.

~The camera pans out to reveal that The Mercenaries, Paul Burchill and Brent Albright, have stepped beside Hassan in the scene

Hassan
:
So yes, Punk. I will be in that match, too. Along with The Mercenaries. And I will admit that it would be nice to win that match, challenge Chris Jericho, and go on to possibly become AOW’s first ever unified champion…I think I might get a bigger kick out of just making sure you don’t win.

~Burchill and Albright nod their heads in accordance

Hassan
:
So to use your own terrible joke, Punk, go ahead and call yourself a cheese-seeking mouse. I believe I’ve just set you a mousetrap.

~Hassan doesn’t even smirk at the joke, but Albright does before looking over at Burchill, who remains stonefaced, causing Burchill’s apprentice to wipe the smile off his face and return to being stoic. The three stare at us intensely as the video fades away…



Spoiler for The Samoan Fight Club refreshes our memories:
Appearing on our screens is the intense duo of Siaki and Manu, the Samoan Fight Club. Both are in sleeveless black tees, their MMA gloves seem to be on, both men wearing jungle green bandanas. Siaki’s arms are crossed, while Manu’s are at his side, staring at us intensely

Siaki:
First off, lemme remind some of you just exactly who we are. We’re the Samoan Fight Club. And we like to rip open anyone and everyone that we can get our hands on
.
~Siaki stops to unfolds his arms

Siaki
:
See, we don’t care much for rules, regulations, or even a whole lot of reasonin’. We just like to do. We do what we want, whenever we want, to whoever the HELL we want. That said, we only have one rule in Samoan Fight Club. And that’s ALWAYS talk about Samoan Fight Club.

~Siaki points back and forth between he and Manu on that line

Siaki
:
Always talk about our explosive debut in AOW. Always talk about us breakin’ Psicosis’ ribs last week. And always talk about us beatin’ the livin’ snot out of the Sons of the Dungeon last week, too.

~Siaki’s hands to the talking here, as he counts each one of those ‘talks’ on his fingers

Siaki
:
See, I really like that last one. We made the Sons’ life a living hell, if I’m not mistaken. We did beat’em down at World Ablaze, didn’t we, Manu?

~Manu gets a gleefully terrifying smile on his face as he nods his head, his long, wet, curly locks whipping back and forth

Siaki
:
An’ then we beat’em down the next night to finish the job, didn’t we Manu?

~Again, Manu’s face keeps the psychopathic grin and nods once more

Siaki
:
Well ain’t that somethin’. And you wanna know why we did it, guys? Because we could. Because now the entire tag team division, no, all of AOW knows just who not to cross. Because we need you two out of the picture to move on to bigger and better things…like the AOW Tag Team Championships.

~As Siaki rubs his hands together, Manu licks his lips as if the titles sound like a tasty meal

Siaki
:
But we’re not stupid, neither. We might be a bit wet behind the ears, but we’re not dumb. We know you’re watchin’ this, Smith and Wilson. We know you’re gonna be wantin’ to come back at us. You guys are competitors, you’re fighters. All we have to say is bring it. We’ll do it all over again. Because the Samoan Fight Club has one favorite hobby that we love doin’. And we do it well.


Manu:
WE DESTROY!!

Siaki:
Now talk about THAT.

~Siaki lets out a smirk, as Manu’s intense stare also twists into an evil smirk as we black out from the faces of two monsters in the making…

.:Confirmed for Next Oblivion:.

Paul Heyman addresses the chaos

~AOW Cruiserweight Championship~
Bryan Danielson(c) v. Aero Star v. Jamie Noble

~Lucky 13 Battle for the #1 Contendership for the AOW Heavyweight Championship~


As noted before, thread things going a bit slow, but I'm trying. cp, I have a good bit of your GAB review done, many apologies on that being so late. Guess I shouldn't apologize with Melvis making us all wait all the time But there's a good bit to tide you guys over until the next show, and this is probably gonna be the closest thing to a preview you're gonna get. It'll just be up with no formal preview. 'til then, hope all stay well
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Guess I shouldn't apologize with Melvis making us all wait all the time
I'm gonna no-sell this, because that's what Mark Henry would do.

I like the new 'realism' angle in that you're now on 'hot-shot planning' instead of 'why will no-one buy our tickets', though I'm assuming you'll bring that back into play soon. Since you talked about the Finlay thing, I'll address your last main event; was it overbooked? Yes. Did I mind? No. My thinking is that not only was it a good match, but you got a lot of angles or mini-angles in there; the only thing that surprised me was the lack of HBK. In that sense, I reckon you could have overbooked it even more, but only because if you're going to overbook a match, might as well go the whole way and have HBK cost RVD or at least play a role in there. Either way, I don't mind, and I'll assume you've got something planned, especially with the strength of his opening promo.

Kingston and Black is probably just because you're impressed with them in my thread, so I'll skip that bit of news.

As I mentioned in dat rep, I hope Heyman doesn't repeal RVD's stipulation. Seeing as you and I are two of the biggest marks for crazy character development schemes in the entire section, I have faith in you to advance RVD efficiently no matter what, but to differentiate your characters that little bit more, I think Van Dam (as a persona, not in kayfabe) will benefit from having to deal with a huge blow. Whether it makes his character more edgy or more fragile, whether he begins to question his role in AOW because he has no reason to compete, it doesn't matter - you have a MILLION possibilities with that stipulation staying on, whereas it's just TITLE TITLE TITLE if Heyman repeals it. So that's my two cents.

Danielson competing with an injury makes him look like more of a badass (and keeps some of that realism you love), so that's fine.

The interviews all had a purpose. Finlay's keeps up the mystique around his involvement, as well as maintaining that 'killer instinct' element to that character by having him threaten The Miz. Speaking of which, Miz is good as the spineless, infuriating interviewer (as opposed to the spineless, infuriating WWE Champion in someone else's thread) so I'd say this interview did its job. Liking it.

By the way, your dialogue on Punk for his interview was much better than that interview he did in the green room where he had that awkward back-and-forth with Hassan afterwards. The 'cheese' metaphor works nicely with him being such a 'scrapper', if that makes sense, and Hassan's use of the Mercs backs up this idea that we should back the underdog. Don't think I missed the Albright thing at the end either, just furthering the idea that Burchill's the mentor, Albright the apprentice. Nice.

And finally, the SFC interview was on the level of any of theirs from before. You keep them at the front of the viewers' minds, prepared to have a feud with the Sons in that amazing tag division you have, and possibly setting them for a shot at the titles down the line, too. You also got the obligatory Fight Club reference in there as well. The one thing I really like about them is how they're not always focused on winning - they're focused on competition, and the dynamics of competition, whether they win or lose. This is something I think they raised in a previous promo, too, so I'm definitely enjoying their progression so far.

Oblivion looks good. One guaranteed HUGE match in the Triple Threat, PPV-worthy, as well as Heyman's sure-to-be-excellent promo and the Lucky 13 to boot. I'm guessing it'll be HBK or Joe, maybe Michaels for now while Joe takes on Lashley and RVD deals with Dave "No. 2 Heel" Finlay. Oh, and Punk/Hassan's in there too. Can't wait to read it and see where you take all these different stories.
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We’re met with no package, no arena, no nothing but the image of AOW Commander in Chief Paul Heyman standing before us in a secluded area

Paul Heyman:
As Owner of AOW, following the chaotic actions that occurred last week in the AOW Championship match, I have used my judgment in regards to the stipulations. The referee’s decision is final and cannot be overridden, regardless of these circumstances. Therefore, not only is Chris Jericho still the AOW Champion, but Rob Van Dam is hereby banned from competing in ALL championship matches, as well as number one contendership situations. Also because of the circumstances of that match, Mick Foley’s job as General Manager is under investigation. Enjoy the show.

~We get the signature Heyman smirk as we fade away to the traditional opening…






11.28.07

The Hammerstein Ballroom – Manhattan, New York City, New York

“Life Without Blood”


Quote:
“The Fight Song” by Marilyn Manson vignette

(Whispers)

Fight…

RVD leaps for a Frog Splash…

Fight…

HBK cocks back, Sweet Chin Music ready…

Fight…

Finlay and Joe go at it on the balcony…

Fight…

Chris Jericho’s silhouette is highlighted…

*Opening guitar riff*

You'll never grow up to be a big rock star

The camera goes from the ground up to the face of Paul Wright in his debut Week 3

Celebrated victim of your fame

Shawn Michaels comes down the ramp, pumped up from the main event of Week 1

Just cut our wrists like cheap coupons

Christian searches for his peeps from Week 5

And say that "death was on sale today"

Bryan Danielson raises his hand, singing his theme from Week 4

*Upped tempo, heavier sound*

And when we were good

Jack Evans’ double moonsault from Week 1

You just close your eyes

Aero Star, Psicosis, and Super Crazy perform a Triple Asai Moonsault from Week 14

So when we are bad

Paul Wright chokeslams Michaels through the table from the Supershow

We'll scar your minds

A replayed shot of Shelton Benjamin German suplexing Paul London off the ladder from Week 4

Fight!

SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!

Fight!

WARRIOR’S WAY!!!

Fight!

MUSCLE BUSTER!!!

Fight!

SPEAR THROUGH THE TABLE!!

Fight!

CHOKESLAM!!!

Fight!

WORLD’S GREATEST DOOMSDAY DEVICE!!

Fight!

619!!!

Fight!

FIVE STAR FROG SPLASH!!!

*Final cymbal crash*

Chris Jericho holds the AOW World title high in the air

***

We open to yet again another 3,000+ sellout in the Hammerstein that has the arena rocking, some somber at the unceremonious Heyman segment beforehand, but they go silent when suddenly there’s a ringing of the bell that now grabs everyone’s attention, in the arena and watching at home


Tony Chimel:
The following Triple Threat contest is scheduled for one fall…and it is for the AOW CRUISERWEEEEEEIIIIGHT CHAMP-IONSHIP!!

~The crowd grows into a bigger pop that almost overcomes the disappointing Heyman announcement

“SIN LIMITES” sounds off across the sound system, as the luchadore they call Aero Star makes his way to the ring still tending to his back a little bit after still feeling the table shots for weeks and getting chunked on the titanium ramp two weeks ago. Star gets the crowd pumped and leaps on down the ramp, grabbing and spinning around the ring post, and saluting to the crowd before stepping in


Joey Styles:
Ladies and gentlemen, we welcome you to another addition of AOW Wednesday Night Oblivion and we’re gonna kick things off with the AOW Cruiserweight Championship being defended under Triple Threat rules, but following that heart breaking confirmation by AOW Owner Paul Heyman.

JBL:
The hell are you talkin’ about ‘heart breakin’? That’s the first sensible thing he’s done since this company’s even started! And it ain’t heart breakin’ when RVD knew what he was getting’ himself into, and dammit kudos for Mick Foley being investigated!

Joey Styles:
Well aren’t you just a bundle of joy.

JBL:
Damn right I am! Not only is this company finally waking the hell up, but Paul Heyman’s pulled is head out of his ass, will be sendin’ Mick Foley packin’, an’ right now, I’m gonna see my boy Jamie Noble get his hands on that Cruiserweight Championship he deserves.

Joey Styles:
Whether he deserves it or not is completely up to the individual, but this is for the Cruiserweight Championship and will happen, despite multiple reports saying that Bryan Danielson, our champion, has a cracked orbital bone due to the assault he sustained last week.


Almost on cue, “COUNTRY BOY CAN SURVIVE” is heard around the arena, as Jamie Noble makes his way down the ramp with even more resolve in his step than he did a few weeks ago, not taking his eyes off Star for a second. He beats his chest before cautiously approaching the ring, remembering how Aero Star surprised him early at World Ablaze. He quickly makes his way up the steel steps, referee Rey Ramsey almost having to force the two apart as soon as Noble steps in the ring.

“FINAL COUNTDOWN” blasts its familiar chimes now to a huge pop, as AOW Cruiserweight Champion Bryan Danielson makes his way to the stage and down the ramp, his maroon robe and hood fully donned. Danielson sidesteps his way down the ramp after throwing his hood off, leaping on the top rope and singing the signature refrain with the crowd. He then takes off his robe and hands it to the ref, finally revealing the AOW Cruiserweight title around his waist. With his motions stopped and his hood removed, we can see that Danielson’s left eye has been attended to, some bandages circling his eye socket, which was busted open last week by Jamie Noble. It is still noticeably red and bruised.

Noble and Star seem to take note of this before Danielson removes the belt from around his waist and hands it to Ramsey who hoists it high to show what’s at stake here.

~AOW Cruiserweight Championship~
Bryan Danielson(c)
v.
Aero Star
v.
Jamie Noble


All three men are in their corners, each man making sure to keep each other at arm’s length. The three approach each other with tentative open arms, forming a triangle in the center of the ring, the three men’s bodies providing the points. As each man creeps towards each other, Star and Danielson immediately get together and start kicking Noble in the gut, doubling him over and forcing him back into his corner before whipping him across the ring. Noble comes back out of the corner hard, right into the clutches of Aero Star, who performs a hip toss. As soon as the move is concluded, Danielson wraps Star up and nails a hip toss of his own. As both men recover, they trade arm drags, which concludes with Star handspringing to his feet to a pop from the crowd. As Danielson and Star reach a momentary impasse, Noble charges forward with a double clothesline, downing both men. Noble lays some boots into Danielson before taking Star and sliding him underneath the ring, sending him skidding to the arena floor.

Noble now takes control despite being doubled up early, continually laying boots into Danielson’s sides. He then noticeably lays some boots on the left side of Danielson’s face, bringing the eye injury into play. Noble brings Danielson to his feet and delivers several rabid forearm shots that back Danielson into the ropes, before launching him across the ring. Danielson meets a hard Noble shoulder on the rebound, prompting Noble to immediately try an elbow drop on the downed champ, bur Danielson rolls out of the way. As Noble tries to recover from his missed elbow, Danielson sizes him up and quickly tries for a decapitating roundhouse, but Noble has that well scouted and ducks out of the situation completely, retreating to a corner now. Danielson follows Noble into the corner, only for Noble to try and cower to get the ref’s attention. When the ref does split the two, Danielson is quickly rolled up from behind by a still very alive Aero Star! The ref changes attention –

1…


2…


NO!!

Danielson manages to throw Star’s body off, sending him launching into the same corner as Noble, but Star avoids colliding with Noble by leaping up on him and performing a monkey flip…into a Danielson dropkick!! A good bit of impromptu tag team action from the face duo there, Danielson quick to cover –

1…

NO! Aero Star has scooted Danielson off, quickly taking his place on top of Noble –

1…


2…

He doesn’t fare much better when Danielson yanks him off of Noble’s body and into his clutches, trying to forcefully execute a backdrop, but Star flips out of it and lands on his feet. Star then rebounds off the ropes behind him and rushes back at Danielson, ducking under a Danielson backhand blow attempt, and coming back off with the handspring reverse elbow!! The commentators are quick to point out that the elbow probably caught Danielson in his injured left eye, which Danielson is quick to sell. Jamie Noble is back on his feet now, which prompts Star to run by him and try for another handspring reverse elbow…but Noble counters and seamlessly transitions it into a backdrop – right on top of Danielson! Noble shoves Star away before covering Danielson, forcing his forearm into the left side of Danielson’s face while doing so –

1…


2…


NO!!

Danielson throws the elbow up, only for Noble to grab it by the wrist and force it back down to the canvas, causing Danielson to clutch it in pain. Noble then gets to some definite work on the eye of Danielson, delivering several blatant shots to it. As Danielson searches around the ropes after being temporarily blinded, he’s guided back up by Noble pulling on his hair and yanking him on the middle rope and putting his weight on him, completely choking the hell out of him. The referee is trying to get him to stop, and he finally does so to a great deal of heat. Noble pulls Danielson off the ropes into an impressive backdrop, opting to cover Danielson –

1…


2…


3-NO!!

Danielson again throws a shoulder up, but Noble keeps on him. Just when Noble looks to bring Danielson to his feet, he’s struck in the side of the face by an Aero Star front dropkick, sending Noble scurrying. Star follows Noble as he recovers in a corner, leaping off of Noble’s chest before hitting him with an enzeguiri, the Tiger Mask kick! Noble collapses against the ropes, his hand barely gripping them to somewhat stay up. Aero Star then turns his attention to Danielson, but AmDrag pushes Star away hard, right back into the corner that Noble was in, Star’s tailbone ramming Noble right in the gut and forcing both men to stand upright in the corner. Danielson sees this as an opportunity, running towards his corner sandwiched opponents – a dynamic double corner dropkick!! Both men fall, Danielson scurrying to try and cover Aero Star –

1…


2…


NO!!

Star keeps his title hopes alive, but Danielson quickly tries now to go and cover Noble after pulling him away from the ropes –

1…


2…


3-NO!!

Noble keeps things going here! Danielson is slightly flustered that he couldn’t get either one of his opponents to stay down. Aero Star has apparently rolled to the apron, leaving Noble for Danielson. Danielson seems to wrap Noble up a bit before locking in an STF, Noble trying desperately to try and reach a rope. The crowd is popping for Danielson’s submission prowess here, the American Dragon torqueing the country boy into a painful position. Noble is scratching and clawing, trying to find a way to get back to the ropes. As he’s reaching, Aero Star seems to be back on his feet on the apron, gripping onto the top rope and leaping – Tope Atomico!

The rope-aided senton breaks the hold and keeps both Noble’s and Star’s title hopes alive! Noble now rolls out of the ring, leaving Danielson to try and get back to his feet while clutching his spine. Star has already rolled to his feet and tries to whip Danielson into the opposite corner, only for it to get reversed. Star goes whipping into the corner, but as Danielson gives chase, Star leaps over Danielson’s head. As Danielson rushes blindly into the corner now, he counters this by leaping up and performing a backflip right back into the fray, only for Aero to springboard off of the second rope and catch Danielson in some spinning headscissors!!

The rapid flurry of counters sends the CW Champ’s head spinning, and even sends him under the bottom rope. Outside the ring, Danielson meets Jamie Noble again, the two starting a small brawl near the base of the entrance ramp until we look up and still see Aero in the ring, who is rushing at both men for the Tope Torpedo…both men cover their heads in anticipation…and Star doesn’t project towards them? Star dupes them into thinking he’d soar through the ropes, but stops at the last minute and merely fixes himself on the apron, leaving his bracing opponents unable to see what he’s fixing up next. Star leaps onto the second rope, springboarding…ASAI MOONSAULT! ASAI MOONSAULT TO BOTH MEN!! All three men appear to be lain out on the outside now, Star rolling onto one knee with the momentum, leaving us wondering if he’ll keep it as we cut away.


**COMMERCIAL BREAK**

When we return from the break, Star is still seen to be in control, in the ring with Jamie Noble. A clip quickly shows of what happened during the break in Danielson trying to mount some offense, but Star and Noble momentarily teaming up to shove the champion into the steel steps. While Danielson is still hurting on the outside, Star and Noble reenact their World Ablaze match when Star tries to whip Noble into the ropes, only for it to get reversed and Star leaps over the lowered head of Noble and turns it into a roll-through sunset flip, leaving Star to dropkick Noble fight in the face. Star follows that up by quickly leaping over Noble and coming crashing back down with a standing moonsault senton! Star rolls back over to cover Noble –

1…


2…


3-NO!!

Noble rolls the shoulder, fighting Star tooth-and-nail like he did two weeks ago. Star might be looking to end this one now, as he ventures to the top rope and trying to set something up, but Noble gets a burst of life and blatantly kicks the top rope, forcing Star to land groin first on the iron post. The crowd delivers some heat for this, Noble taking some time to clutch his body in pain. Noble then goes over to the hurt Star and grips him in a front headlock…ELEVATED DDT!! Star’s head goes spiked into the canvas!! Noble and Star’s past encounters may have played a part in that counter, Noble making sure to pull Star away from the ropes and covering –

1…


2…


3…


NO!!

DANIELSON MAKES THE SAVE!! Danielson keeps the title for now by bursting into the ring and shoving Noble off, barely able to make it. As Noble angrily confronts Danielson on his near win, he again tries to bash him in his injured eye, only for Danielson to block the blow from his knees and strike Noble several times, mounting a comeback here. Danielson gets to his feet and keeps the offense going by kicking Noble several times and attempts to whip Noble into the ropes, but reverses it, only for Danielson to come right back and hit him with the sitout clothesline, followed by another, then another. Danielson’s built up quite the head of steam here, approaching Noble and setting up the LeBell Lock, but Noble counters by quickly jabbing Danielson right back in the injured eye, sending the champ reeling. When he turns back to face Noble, the challenger nails Danielson with an Alabamaslam!! The back of the champs head is driven into the canvas, a big cover here –

1…


2…


3-NO!!

DANIELSON STAYS ALIVE!! Noble can’t quite put him away, getting obviously flustered from failing to pin both of his opponents here. Noble shows this frustration by stomping on Danielson several times before getting on his knees, taking his taped wrist and raking it repeatedly across the left brow of Danielson, aggravating it more and more. Danielson screams in pain, Noble not stopping, saying “Lemme hear you squeal like a pig, Dragon”. Noble finally stops, absorbing all the heat that’s being thrown on him here for that, taking Danielson over to a corner and lifting him onto the top rope, perhaps going for something here. Noble starts setting up for what appears to be a superplex, but Danielson starts fighting back. He may ‘squeal’ like a pig, but he’s no sitting duck, as he keeps delivering blow after blow to try and get Noble off of him.

The two former ROH Champions have a tug of war battle going on the top rope which Danielson finally wins, shoving Noble off. Noble takes a flat bump, but the impact lets him roll onto one knee somewhat. Danielson stays crouching in wait until Noble is completely on his feet, but when he is, he doesn’t turn to Danielson. Instead, he turns around to see Aero Star back in the fray, rushing towards Noble, whom he quickly sees and throws over his shoulder as he leaps for a hurricanrana. Star lands right on Danielson’s shoulders, turning it right into a frankensteir!! A massive pop from the crowd for this spot, some ‘holy shit’ chants start springing up. Noble, meanwhile, looks to take complete advantage of this, grabbing Star by his neck and tights and chunking him out to the floor, as he goes over to cover the now possibly dead Danielson –

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2…


3…


NO!!

DANIELSON ROLLS THE SHOULDER YET AGAIN!! Noble pounds the mat in frustration, even getting in the ref’s face and ordering him to count faster. The man in stripes refutes, but in somewhat of a rage, Noble goes over to one of the turnbuckles and begins untying the protective cover on the top rope, prompting Ramsey to go over and scold him and try and fix it. While he’s doing that, Noble simply goes to the other side of the ring, where he undoes that protective cover before the referee can turn back around. Noble further demonstrates his frustration by going so far as to rip the bandages clean off of Danielson’s already targeted eye area. Noble then brings Danielson to his feet and grabs his head, only to try and bash his brains out against the unprotected steel post…but Danielson gets a leg up and stops him! This forces Noble back and gives Danielson enough room to nail Noble with a decapitating roundhouse, right to the temple! Noble goes down, Danielson on the cover now –

1…


2…


3-NO!!

Noble stays in this now! But as soon as he throws the shoulder up, Danielson grabs it and works it around…LeBell Lock! LeBell Lock!! Danielson’s got it completely synched, but Aero Star is back in the ring, making his way towards breaking the hold. Before he can do so, Danielson lets go of Noble, opting instead to go after the charging Star…who gets caught in a LeBell Lock of his own!! From what we can see of Star’s face, he’s in a great deal of pain and he’s center ring with nowhere to go…before Noble delivers a fierce boot right to Danielson’s injured eye! Danielson falls flat on the blow, Noble now bringing him to his feet. The champion is quick to counter despite only one good eye, however, immediately moving behind Noble and nailing a beautiful German suplex! Star is back on his feet and charges at Danielson right after the suplex, only for Danielson to dodge him, and grab him from behind…Dragon Suplex!! Danielson keeps the bridge on –

1…


2…


3-NO!!

Star is able to wiggle free!! The momentum Star used to kick out sends him head over heels and onto his stomach, Danielson staying right on him and capturing him in a nasty surfboard stretch that forces the flexible Star’s head into the chest of AmDrag. We can hear Star screaming, letting out some of the only noise he’s ever let out in AOW. Jamie Noble grips his neck, but makes his way over to the duo in the submission, but doesn’t break it up. Instead, he positions himself behind Danielson…and traps him in a Dragon Sleeper! It’s a Surfboard/Dragon Sleeper domino! Danielson still hasn’t let go of Aero Star and Noble looks like he has a death grip on the champion. Danielson finally lets go of the luchador, Star’s masked head going face-first into the canvas. Noble then wraps his legs around Danielson to form some bodyscissors, but Aero is somewhat quick to recover, though he grips his back in pain, and rush his way to the top rope…AERO STAR PRESS TO BOTH MEN!! THE IMPLODING SHOOTING STAR PRESS TO NOBLE AND DANIELSON!! Danielson seems to take the brunt of the impact, but Noble is hurt as well. Star exhaustingly pulls Danielson’s body away and covers him –

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NO!!

It’s Noble’s turn to play save-the-match, as he gets there at the last minute to shove Star off of Danielson’s body. Aero looks to be really agitated at that move, beginning to kick the living snot out of the grounded Noble, even shoving him out of the ring with his boot. Star now turns to Danielson in hopes of putting him away, rebounding off the ropes in front of him and low dropkicking him in the face! Star with another cover –

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NO!!

Danielson STILL with fight in him! Star grabs at his head and is in awe at the damage Danielson has taken here, eventually brining Danielson to his feet. When he does so, he appears to try and suplex Danielson, but the champion is quick to try and counter and eventually lifts Star into the air for his own suplex, but Star counters that by trickling down Danielson’s back on the suplex grip and turning it into a sunset flip cover –

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NO!

Danielson rolls his way out of it, but just as he gets to his feet, Star approaches him and quickly nails the snap suplex he intended, but turns it into a float over suplex! All of Star’s flash is showing now with the immediate cover again –

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NO!!

Danielson still shows lots of fight, Star looking to wear him down with a quick kick to the spine before whipping off the ropes. Danielson lies flat and lets Star go over him, Star then comes back at Danielson with the springboard crossbody…DROPKICK!! MID-AIR DROPKICK!! Star is down now, Danielson with the hopeful and quick cover –

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3-NO!!

Star showing a great deal of resolve there on that, but Danielson is again quick to answer by getting Star in the double chicken wing and looks to try and lock in the Cattle Mutilation, but Star won’t quite let him get it, continually scurrying on the canvas. He eventually makes it to his feet with Danielson still having the wings in. Star seems to counter it, however, rolling forwards and turning it into a roll-up –

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3-NO!

Danielson gets out of the tight predicament, but as both men quickly get to their feet, Danielson greets his blue opponent with a small package –

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NO!!

Star unhinges the maneuver, but just as both men get to their feet, Star surprises Danielson by charging forward and successfully nailing the springboard crossbody!! Before Star can even get a cover on this one, he’s pulled off of Danielson’s body by the reentering Jamie Noble, who kicks the vertical Star in the gut before getting the double underhooks, and suddenly…TIGER DRIVER!! TIGER DRIVER!! Noble keeps the elevated cover –

1…


2…


3…

Noble lets go??

Noble doesn’t let go so much as he’s forced to let go, as one of his arms is hooked by Danielson and wrenched around…LEBELL LOCK!! LEBELL LOCK!! Noble has absolutely nowhere to go, his expressions selling the pain of the move for several seconds…until he bashes Danielson right in the injured eye!! Danielson goes down gripping his left side hard, Noble left to try and work some feeling back in his wrenched arm. As Danielson gathers himself, he charges blindly at Noble, only for Noble to sidestep and direct Danielson’s injured left eye area right into the exposed steel turnbuckle. Danielson goes reeling, right into the clutches of Noble, who turns him upside down again – TIGER DRIVER!! TIGER DRIVER!! Noble again keeps the prawn pinning position, a possible new champ being crowned –

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3…

STOPPED COUNT!!

AERO STAR COMES FLYING OFF THE TOP ROPE AND ROLLS NOBLE INTO A SUNSET FLIP!! The literally from nowhere Aero Star suddenly flips the script on Noble –

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NO!!!

NOBLE THROWS HIS LEGS UP!! The momentum causes Noble to backwards roll proceed to roll out of the ring, forced to gather himself after he was inches away from the title, only for Aero Star to swoop out of nowhere. Noble even ventures by the announce table, yelling ‘what do I need to do’ before he looks back in the ring at the sight of Aero Star running at him and through the ropes with the Tope Torpedo…NOBODY HOME!! Noble still has Star well scouted, Star crashing and burning by skidding clean across the announce table, almost taking Styles and JBL with him. Noble sees another golden opportunity now, turning back towards the ring to see a prone Danielson, who is struggling to get to his feet using the ropes. A camera angle shows that Danielson is BUSTED OPEN, right above his left eyebrow having a cut most likely from meeting the unprotected post head-on in an already tender spot.

The orbital bone may be broken now, but it doesn’t stop Noble from pulling Danielson away from the ropes and going once again for the TIGER DRIVER…but Danielson is able to counter it before he flips him, catching his arm again and turning it once more into the LeBell Lock! Noble has literally nowhere to go now, doing his best to frantically crawl, but to no avail. We can see Danielson putting as much pressure on the move as he can, the blood trickling down the left side of his face and into his eye as he sells the intensity. Noble’s thrashing leads him to start trying to hit Danielson in the eye with his free hand, but the American Dragon shows why he’s the best by taking the free arm, unhooking the LeBell…and turns it into the CATTLE MUTILATION!! CATTLUE MUTILATION FROM THE LEBELL!! Noble is screaming in agony as Danielson bridges, the crowd going wild…







AND HE TAPS!! NOBLE TAPS!! IT’S OVER!!

Winner and STILL AOW Cruiserweight Champion: Bryan Danielson at (20:17)

HE DID IT!! Danielson unhooks the submission hold and automatically falls to his knees, soon being handed his Cruiserweight Championship by referee Ray Ramsey. Danielson’s arm is then raised, bringing him to his feet to a massive pop from the Hammerstein, completely taken aback by what they just saw. And just to show that Jamie Noble and Aero Star’s efforts aren’t in vain, the crowd begins chiming up with a “THAT WAS AWESOME!! *CLAP CLAP CLAPCLAPCLAP* THAT WAS AWESOME!!” chant going. This continues until Danielson raises his title in the air which prompts another huge pop, Noble slowly getting to his feet, while Star is crawling to get to his on the outside. The chant continues before we get an excellent screen shot of Danielson holding his title right next to his bloody eye area, some of it getting on the title.


Joey Styles:
Through blood, sweat, tears, and possibly broken bones, Bryan Danielson prevails, and he is STILL your AOW Cruiserweight Champion!

JBL:
How many times do I have to tell you to sit your heathen ass down? So the guy won, so the guy retained his title, so what? Chris Jericho retained his title last week an’ you weren’t jumpin’ around out here like his damn cheerleader.

Joey Styles:
Did Chris Jericho win with blood pouring down his face? Did he win with heart and determination? NO! Chris Jericho won last week with dirty tactics, distractions, and scheming! Bryan Danielson just retained his title on sheer talent alone.

JBL:
An’ so did Chris Jericho! That’s his talent – bein’ so incredible, people just want to help his cause. You can’t fault the man for that! He won on pure talent alone, too!

Joey Styles:
As much as I disagree, this crowd seems to be in conjunction in the fact that they think that this match was well…awesome.

JBL:
It’s not too often I agree with these hooligans here in the Hammerstein, an’ I’m disappointed that Jamie Noble just couldn’t get the job done, but that was an absolutely incredible match. All three men gave it all they had because the Cruiserweight title means that much to them. So quit actin’ like Danielson was the only one who did anything, you goon.

Joey Styles:
Indeed, everyone involved gave it everything they had. Aero Star out here crashed and burned late in the contest because of how much he gave, and Jamie Noble was literally seconds away from winning the title numerous times. But through all the efforts, Bryan Danielson, the American Dragon, remains your Cruiserweight Champion.

JBL:
An’ if you can believe it, this was jus’ our appetizer!

Joey Styles:
Oh, absolutely. Because coming up later on tonight, we’ve got the Lucky 13 Battle that’s going to decide who will become the #1 Contender for the AOW Championship at our next Supershow, a Very Merry War! But woh – um, no, don’t go to the break just yet, we’re getting word from backstage that The Miz has found Rob Van Dam and is going to try and get his reaction to Paul Heyman’s verdict from earlier tonight…


~We do indeed go backstage to a scene similar to that of a storm chaser, Miz playing the part here and approaching a room labeled “RVD” with caution with the cameraman

The Miz:
Mike “The Miz” Mizanin here, where on the other side of this door awaits the man who found out tonight that he can no longer challenge for any AOW title ever again. Let’s see how screwed up he is…

~Miz drops the creeper shtick and bursts through the door rather rambunctiously

The Miz:
Ooohhh, boo hoo, Rob Van Dam can’t be champion anymore! You gonna cry, Rob?

~Miz stops his automatic taunting when he actually lays his eyes on RVD…who is sitting with his back still to the entrance, no ponytail, leaving his hair completely wild, and watching his unceremonious verdict by Paul Heyman that we saw at the beginning of the show…but RVD evidently keeps rewinding and replaying, the same piece playing over…and over…and over…and over…

Paul Heyman(recording):
Rob Van Dam is hereby banned from competing in ALL championship matches, as well as number one contendership situations… hereby banned from competing in ALL championship matches, as well as number one contendership situations… ALL championship matches… ALL championship matches… ALL championship matches…

~Miz just stares at RVD, unable to comprehend what’s going on until the recording finally stops playing its broken record and we see RVD finally get up and turn around. RVD’s gaze seems incredibly distant, keeping his head down and staring into the floor, not even looking at Miz, even when the annoying interviewer waves his hand in front of his face

The Miz:
Uh…Rob…? Any comment on Paul Heyman’s announcement…? Er…Rob?

~RVD brushes past Miz without saying a word and goes to his locker room door, stares hard at the nameplate on it, before ripping it off and slowly making his way back to Miz

RVD:
Miz…who is this?

~Miz stares at RVD in confusion as he points to the nameplate he’s holding

The Miz:
Uh…‘RVD’. Rob Van Dam. That would be you, Einstein.

RVD:
No…that can’t be me.

~Van Dam says this with an incredibly blank expression and a dry voice, almost monotone

The Miz:
What are you talking about?

~Miz holds the microphone the RVD’s lips, but all we get is Van Dam breathing somewhat heavily into the mike, getting a bit more rapid

RVD:
The man who holds the AOW Championship is the man who is considered to be the life and blood of AOW. But now, I can’t challenge for any title in AOW at all. If I can’t do that, then that means I can’t be the blood that runs through AOW.

~RVD pulls the microphone closer, clutching it with one hand and continuing to stare blankly at his nameplate with the other

RVD
:
And the man you say I am, this “RVD” guy…he once claimed that RVD is AOW. So if I can’t be AOW Champion, then I can’t be AOW. And if I can’t be AOW…

~Van Dam almost looks as if he’s on the verge of tears

RVD
:
…then I must not be Rob Van Dam.

~Miz’s face tells the story, as he stares at Van Dam as though he’s completely lost it, but he is very justified in believing so…has RVD completely lost it…?

RVD
:
And if I’m not Rob Van Dam…then who am I?

~RVD’s grip on the microphone seems to tighten exponentially, crushing Miz’s fingers beneath it. Miz sells the crunching of his fingers as RVD’s face goes from distant to that of a very apparent nervous breakdown, bringing the microphone closer to him

RVD
:
Who am I? Who…am…I??

~The man we know as RVD finally lets go of Miz’s hand and the microphone, prompting Miz to start high-tailing it out of the there, the cameraman beginning to follow suit, but stays put to give us good parting shots. It’s apparent now that RVD is no longer…RVD

RVD
:
Who am I??


RVD maintains his subdued nature, but he’s left staring at the frozen picture of Heyman with the nameplate with his initials on it in his hand. Van Dam then takes the nameplate and suddenly stabs it into the television screen, right in the middle of Heyman’s face, causing the TV to short circuit. RVD still seems very tranquil in motion, despite his contrary action. But Van Dam isn’t done, now grabbing the TV, ripping it off the wall, and chunking it against the ground, completely shattering almost all that was left of the screen. Van Dam drops to his knees in despair, now staring at the destroyed screen before him, still with the same blank stare and far-gone monotone…

RVD
:
Who…am…I…?









Quote:
**Video Package**

We’re brought to the scene of a gorgeous beach, waves crashing in and out along the shore. It seems to be early morning, the sun just beginning to peek over the clouds. Playing over this scene is a very tropical, Hispanic beat, but it’s not too upbeat. We go to another scene along the beach getting a great shot of the skyline of what looks like a city on the coast. We see a building that’s flying what looks to be the Puerto Rican flag before we return to the beach scene where we see there is a figure in a lounge chair on the sands, simply sitting back underneath an umbrella. We get closer to the individual, but we cannot see his face, only his hand which is holding a cigar. The man is, oddly, wearing a very nice jacket while lounging on the beach. He reaches in said jacket and pulls out an American half-dollar coin, flipping it in the air…

As he does so, the tropical backdrop seems to fade into a solid black background, the tropical music getting even slower as the coin is seen falling in slow motion, slowly descending towards a now abyss backdrop. As the coin spins beautifully, we get an underneath shot of it before the coin hits a clear floor, possibly plastic or just glass. The coin flips over itself on the inertia of finally hitting the ground. But as soon as it stops it’s teetering, we don’t even get to see which side it landed on. The screen goes dark, the tropical music completely stops, leaving the only sound we hear being the crashing waves on the shore with only three new words appearing on the screen –

“QUE ESTA BIEN…?”

**End Package**
**COMMERCIAL BREAK**

As we return from the commercial break perhaps still in shock at what we saw before it, insult gets piled onto injury as we hear “KING OF MY WORLD” go off, meaning only the arrival of The Worthy Legion, which this week seems to comprise of only two men – Bobby Lashley and AOW Champion Chris Jericho. Jericho is wearing a fine suit as well as an enormous smirk on his face, more than pleased with what he just saw, while Lashley is in tow and wearing competitive clothes.

Chris Jericho:
Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

~Jericho lowers the microphone to strengthen his smirk into a full-fledged smile

Chris Jericho:
I take that back – that would insinuate that Rob Van Dam was at one point mighty, and thus, you would have to assume that at one point, Rob Van Dam was worthy. But he is not. And he has never been.

~Rain of heat

Chris Jericho:
I believe the ineptitude of this administration has been well displayed so far in AOW, but even a broken clock is right twice a day. And thus, finally, Paul Heyman made not just one right decision, but two earlier tonight.

~Jericho stirs around the ring, Lashley standing completely motionless behind him

Chris Jericho:
Not only did he finally look into my complaints in regards to the idiot in charge known as Mick Foley and is evaluating his most certainly doomed charges –

~Jericho pauses for the heat

Chris Jericho:
But he also made the undisputable right call when he said that Rob Van Dam’s punishment would be completely and justifiably upheld.

~Even more heat

Chris Jericho:
And judging by the looks of things, Ol’ Robbie doesn’t quite resemble the man he always has, does he? His ego has collapsed and become a black hole inside of itself.

~Jericho is laughing to himself by this point, being completely victorious it would appear, despite the fan’s overwhelming heat

Chris Jericho:
But all of this is old news, the world travels fast. So in just a few moments, there is going to be a Lucky 13 Battle to decide who will be the next competitor for my AOW Championship.

~Jericho lifts it a tad off his shoulder into the camera

Chris Jericho:
But before we get onto those futile festivities, I want you all to set aside your selfish antagonizing of me and realize what today is so you can know what tomorrow is. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving!

~Jericho delivers this in a mock optimist tone

Chris Jericho:
Amongst your gluttonous rituals, I know all of you would like to tell fruitful tales about how thankful you are that I am here. But since we only have so much time, I will just tell why some people should just be thankful for me.

~Jericho keeps drawing the Hammerstein’s ire

Chris Jericho:
First of all, Paul Wright should be thankful for me because as much of an unstoppable monster as he is, even he needs a break every now and then, so I gave it to him tonight. And second, Lashley, my latest enlightee, you should be thankful for me because I am allowing you to participate in this Lucky 13 Battle. Not only because you have earned it, but because you are one of three worthy men in this entire company.

~Jericho places his hand on Lashley’s massive shoulder, Lashley mouthing a ‘thank you’ to his enlightener

Chris Jericho:
But most of all, all of you unworthy people need to give thanks to me for offering you a way out of your criminally uneventful and insidiously mediocre lives. Give thanks to me for ridding you of the façade of exactitude that was Rob Van Dam. Give thanks because I will see to the end of Mick Foley as GM and this corrupt era of false leadership and into a new era where only the worthy roam!

~UNGODLY heat

Chris Jericho:
Give thanks that I, Chris Jericho, your Worthy Champion, have cast the first ray of light on a new dawn in AOW!


Jericho finally lowers the microphone from his lips to open his arms as through he deserves worship, Lashley behind him looking as intense as ever. He gets a great deal of heat until “MISERE CATARE – THE BEGINNING” begins to blare now, as the crowd goes into a pop for the arrival of CM Punk. He doesn’t appear to have his briefcase present, but he’s all set for competition it would seem, leaving Jericho to dip out of the ring and head to the announce table.

Joey Styles:
Well ladies and gentlemen, an uh, interesting sermon from Chris Jericho, the AOW Champion who will join us ringside for the Lucky 13 Battle that’s coming up right on the other side of the break!



***

Quote:
We reach a black screen, before lighting up with what seems like a very innocent Christmas-like image of a home covered in snow, Carol of the Bells chiming in the background before our first female narrator chimes in over it…

Narrator:
‘Twas the night after Christmas, and all through the home…

We actually get a look inside the house, which reveals a Christmas tree…ribbons replaced by barbed wire

Narrator:
Not a creature was spared a chair shot to the dome

The screen fades to shots of several chair shots to the skull thus far in AOW

Narrator:
Some things were hung by the chimney with care…

In perhaps a PR nightmare, a flash goes by of Finlay hanging Joe with the ring rope noose in their AOKO clash

Narrator:
In hopes better bosses might soon be there…

A brief shot now of Paul Heyman and Mick Foley nose to nose in silence

Narrator:
The Hammerstein faithful, mass and brutal as a mob

Shots of the cantankerous Ballroom crowd

Narrator:
Would carol along with each other, singing {/Joey Styles} “OH MY GAAD!!”

Styles’ voice goes over for a second, with a shot of Shawn Michaels going through the announce table

Narrator:
While some have been nice, others Scrooges, some seething

Respective shots go by of Bryan Danielson, Muhammad Hassan, and Chris Jericho

Narrator:
AOW would like to wish you all happy SEASON’S BEATINGS…

On that, the Carol of the Bells becomes the Trans-Siberian Orchestra variation, complete with electric guitars

~AOW: WEDNESDAY NIGHT OBLIVION PRESENTS~

!!A TWO-HOUR LIVE SPECIAL!!
SUPERSHOW II: A VERY MERRY WAR
December 26th, 2007

**COMMERCIAL BREAK**


As we return from the break, Bobby Lashley is seen bouncing and looking intimidating in the middle of the ring, with several individuals having already made their way to the ring surrounding him. Ken Doane, CM Punk, and both members of The Hooliganz have all entered the ring during the commercial break it seems, but as we turn our attention to the ramp, we see that both members of the WGTT have made their way down the ramp with their tag team gold set aside and ready to compete for a shot at AOW’s biggest prize.

Joey Styles:
Back here live on Wednesday Night Oblivion, joined by AOW Champion Chris Jericho –

JBL:
Address him with more respect than that, Joey. He is The WORTHY Man, our AOW Champion and enlightener, Chris Jericho.

Chris Jericho:
Thank you, Bradshaw. It’s nice to know someone out here on commentary recognizes when they’re in the presence of genius.

Joey Styles:
Well while my partner here is getting brown on his nose, let me remind you of the rules of the Lucky 13 match. Thirteen men will enter that ring and every man is eliminated when he’s thrown over the top rope in a battle royal format. When there are four men left it in the ring, it becomes a one fall to the finish four way contest where the first man who is able to solidify a fall will become the number one contender for the AOW title December 26th at our second Supershow.

“MAD MAN”
goes off now, as we’re treated to Dynasty Champion Muhammad Hassan making his way down the ramp and into the ring, bringing with him both members of The Mercenaries as he promised in his interwebz address. Hassan is looking dead at Punk in the ring before looking at both Albright (whose hair keeps getting longer by the week) and Burchill. The Mercs soon creep onto the apron and step in, Hassan following suit.

“LAMBEG” goes off now, Finlay making his way down the ramp in a very no nonsense stature, his shillelagh in hand. He’s advised to put it down by officials before stepping in, placing it on the top step of the steel steps. He struts in and those in the ring part somewhat, Finlay coming face to face with Lashley before moving right past him and staring daggers at Jericho at the announce table.

“SEXY BOY” brings the crowd back into things, as Shawn Michaels comes on out now, a bit more reserved that usual, but still channeling his inner Showstopper, knowing that this is his last chance to get his shot and keep his career going strong. The crowd is all on his side, regardless of his actions the previous few weeks, acknowledging that they want the career of HBK to keep going. As he steps in the ring, he, like Finlay, locks gazes with Lashley before looking over at Jericho, all theatrics leaving his intense stare.

HBK’s future looks even bleaker as “MAMA SAID KNOCK YOU OUT” sends its hip-hop tune all across the Hammerstein to a wild pop, as Samoa Joe, the driven and angry Samoan Submission Machine also has a look of sheer intensity in his eyes, but before stepping into the ring, he notices Finlay’s shillelagh on the top steel step and kicks it off before stepping up and into the fray, knowing far too well the damage that thing can do. This draws him the ire of Finlay, but Joe is busy staring daggers not just at Michaels and Lashley, but everyone surrounding him in the ring. Joe makes his way to a corner before the bell rings…and all hell breaks loose!

Lucky 13 Battle
~For the Number One Contendership for the AOW Heavyweight Championship~

Bobby Lashley v. Ken Doane v. CM Punk v. Paul London v. Brian Kendrick v. AOW Tag Team Champion Shelton Benjamin v. AOW Tag Team Champion Charlie Haas v. Paul Burchill v. Brent Albright v. AOW Dynasty Champion Muhammad Hassan v. Finlay v. Shawn Michaels v. Samoa Joe


Almost as soon as the bell rings, Samoa Joe EXPLODES out of the corner towards everyone, nearly making a foe tossing charge towards the biggest dog in the fight – Bobby Lashley. Not surprisingly, Finlay is also thinking the same way, Joe and Finlay, once ridiculously fierce rivals, are now beating the hell out of Jericho’s right hand man. Another focused target arises, as CM Punk looks to attempt to go right for Muhammad Hassan, but Burchill and Albright stop him dead in his tracks with a double clothesline. The WGTT and Hooliganz start some sort of brawl, while Shawn Michaels comically tries to get away from the big fight, staying on the outskirts. The big-headed Ken Doane gets eyes bigger than his stomach, as he tries to prove himself ‘worthy’ by clubbing Samoa Joe across the spine, turning Joe’s frustration from Lashley to him. While Doane may have saved Lashley, Doane now has drawn the ire of the meanest man on the planet, leaving Done to regret his actions and slowly back away and almost begs Joe to calm down. Joe isn’t having it, charging at the backpedalling Doane…and clotheslining him over the top rope!!

ELIMINATION 1: KEN DOANE at 0:31


The crowd pops as Doane goes tumbling over the rope and flat on the floor, but the entire ring doesn’t pay much attention as they continue bashing each other’s heads in. Joe recollects himself as he glares at Doane as the leaves ringside, exchanging blows now with Paul Burchill. The anarchy continues to reign, Shawn Michaels getting into the fray now, exchanging a few CHOPS(Woooooo!) with Paul London before he’s double teamed by Benjamin and Haas. We see Finlay has weakened Lashley to an extent, starting to teeter Lashley over the top rope, but Lashley soon pulls himself back over.

As the massive brawl rages on, Punk is trying his best to get his hands on Hassan, but he’s stumped by Albright once more, causing the two to brawl back and forth before Hassan comes up behind Punk and tries to dump him over, but Punk manages to hold onto the ropes, holding on the apron for dear life. He tries to get back into the ring, but He’s instantly met by an Albright knee, which almost forces him out, but somehow he holds on. Lucky for Punk, Samoa Joe has knocked Burchill down and now goes between both Albright and Hassan, delivering fierce blows back and forth between both men. This allows Punk some room to breathe, as he jumps right back into the fray with the springboard clothesline to Albright!

Punk narrowly missing elimination there, but he’s promptly greeted with a SPEAR BY LASHLEY!! WOW!! Lashley comes out of nowhere to spear Punk down amidst his rising momentum, the crowd throwing immense heat at that. As Punk is down, Hassan doesn’t think to eliminate him, instead, choosing to jump on Punk and beat his head in. This catches the attention of Samoa Joe, who now instigates for a brawl with Lashley, only for Lashley to duck out of the way. When he ducks, he’s met now by Shawn Michaels, but Lashley is quickly able to dodge him as well and try to flip him over the top rope, but Michaels is able to hold on, fueled by his need to win to keep his career going.

In other places around the ring, Finlay is choking the life out of Brian Kendrick on the middle rope until Paul London makes the save for his tag partner, while Burchill and Albright seemingly start picking fists with the men they faced at World Ablaze in Benjamin and Haas. Burchill is able fend off Haas and helps Albright in trying to knock over Benjamin, but Haas is quick to help his partner out. While that goes on, we get to see Muhammad Hassan finish his mad beating on Punk and try to fling him over…only for Punk to hold onto the top rope and hang out on the other side of the apron for a moment before rolling back in the ring, unbeknownst to Hassan. Hassan goes over to fend off the Hooliganz with Finlay.

We cut back to the squabble between the Mercs and the WGTT, both tag champs charging at the Mercs, who sidestep and guide them over, believing them to be eliminated. Instead, both members of the WGTT are on the apron before leaping and springboarding off of them simultaneously before coming down on the Mercs with springboard forearm blows! The World’s Greatest are momentarily psyched, leaving them a bit distracted as the crowd starts buzzing…apparently someone (or some people) are rushing through the crowd. Benjamin and Haas pay no heed as they both lift and try to dump over the Mercenaries…only for Jake Hagar and Nick Nameth to come from behind the chaos and dump the Tag Team Champions out of the ring!!

ELIMINATION #2 & #3: SHELTON BENJAMIN AND CHARLIE HAAS at (5:07)


American Made, just as quickly as they entered into the fray, high tail it out of there on up the ramp to a great deal of heat, both rookies with huge smiles on their faces. They get to the top of the ramp and again mock the WGTT’s handshake. Benjamin and Haas are too busy being stupefied to go after them or do anything really, just staring at the disrespectful duo as they go on up the ramp.

The war in the ring rages on behind them, however, as those left are still in divided pits of brawling. Lashley and Michaels look to take center stage once that fiasco is over with, Michaels delivering a fierce array of knife-edge CHOPS(Woooooo) to the big man and forcing him back against the ropes and tries to lift him up over them, but Lashley starts fighting back and refuses to be lifted over. Around the ring now, the six of the other seven men are sporadically brawling, CM Punk the only man not doing anything, still feeling that Lashley spear and having dodged Hassan’s elimination attempt.

It is at this point that Hassan notices that Punk wasn’t eliminated, which gives him a ruthless expression on his face, only to be stopped by a surprise jumping calf kick/reverse leg sweep combination from the Hooliganz! The ‘ganz blindside Hassan on that one, but they’re soon blindsided by the men at Hassan’s side in the Mercenaries, both men grappling the Hooliganz with a pair of German suplexes!

As that action dies down and degenerates into a small beatdown and toss over attempt, we see a very pumped up Samoa Joe and a lurking for a fight Finlay eventually gravitate towards each other center ring, as the crowd delivers a very big pop for these two men meeting head to head yet again. They stare into each other’s eyes intensely, the crowd getting hotter with each second…before they pick up right where their feud started and start giving each other huge right and lefts hands, an all-out fight occurring between both men! Each man looks to be completely no-selling the other one’s hits until Finlay manages to start pulling away and knees Joe in the gut, only to grab his head and try to guide him over the top rope, but Joe hangs onto the apron and gives Finlay an elbow to get back into things, which leads to Joe grabbing Finlay’s head and trying to throw him over as well, but to no avail.

As Finlay marches back into the ring to face Joe once more, he’s cut off by – SWEET CHIN MUSIC!! SWEET CHIN MUSIC!! Michaels pulls it right out of his hat!! Michaels smiles to himself for a moment before Bobby Lashley charges at him once again, only for Michaels to fire up again – SWEET CHIN MUSIC…but Lashley dodges…TO JOE!! SWEET CHIN MUSIC TO SAMOA JOE!! Michaels kicks in the jaw of the man who wants to hunt him down! Michaels stares somewhat stoically at the downed Joe for a moment before Lashley comes up behind him and tries to chunk him over the ropes…but Michaels skins the cat! But as he comes back into the ring, Lashley places him on his shoulder in perfect position for a Dominator, but Michaels squirms off his shoulders before leaping on Lashley with a Lou Thez press, staring to beat down the big man, but Lashley fights back once more, causing the both to roll into a corner.

Now taking center ring it seems is CM Punk doing his best to battle off Muhammad Hassan and the Mercenaries by himself, the Hooliganz soon joining alongside him after recovering from their suplexes. Punk has taken a great deal of punishment with no assistance, his chances of winning very much hindered like Hassan promised. As the Mercs prepare for perhaps a double team move, they’re caught by both members of the Hooliganz, while Punk makes a mad dash for Hassan and tries to go right after him, but Hassan ducks close to the ropes, sending Punk flying over them…but he hangs onto the apron once more! Hassan tries to approach Punk and knock him off, but Punk fights him off with a blow to the face before Hassan charges again, this time getting a jumping knee to the jaw for his troubles that sends him aback once more, this time in rage. Hassan loses his cool completely and flies towards Punk…only for Punk to lower the top rope…AND SEND HASSAN FLYING OVER TO THE FLOOR!!

ELIMINATION #4: MUHHAMMAD HASSAN at (10:01)


Punk did it! Through the constant beatdowns in the match, the street rat found a way! But before Punk can celebrate, Hassan’s anger-turned-surprised expression swings right back to being angry, but this time much moreso than he was before. He grabs Punk’s ankle and pulls up, causing Punk’s spine to hit the apron and Punk to collapse to the floor!

ELIMINATION #5: CM PUNK at (10:13)


PUNK IS GONE!! The crowd deflates somewhat, as one of their favorites is gone in very vindictive fashion. Officials are trying to get Hassan away from the scene, inadvertently keeping the seething madman from mauling Punk even more than he has been so far. Punk is on the floor writhing in pain and gripping his back, but Hassan shows an even more vengeful mean streak, blowing back officials and jumping on the downed Punk…AND LOCKING IN THE CAMEL CLUTCH!! HASSAN’S GOT THE CAMEL CLUTCH LOCKED IN!! Punk’s spine is contorted in all kinds of ways as Hassan pulls back, forcing the officials to yank Hassan off, some of them ordering him to go to the back, a few others attending to Punk and trying to get him to his feet, but Punk tries to throw them off as they help him to his feet, as he holds his back in pain, but is visibly trying to break free to either go at Hassan himself or the proud Punk won’t let anyone help him up the ramp.

While every single official is trying to pull back Hassan or help carry Punk no one notices that in the ring, Samoa Joe has somewhat ambushed Shawn Michaels and CLOTHESLINED MICHAELS OVER THE TOP ROPE TO THE FLOOR, ending Michaels’ title dreams and possibly his career…BUT THERE’S NO OFFICIAL TO CONFIRM HIS ELIMINATION. Michaels doesn’t realize this when he hits the floor, his face getting very catatonic, running his fingers through his hair in thinking he just lost his shot and his in-ring career…but he soon realizes no one’s told him he’s eliminated. Before he gets back in the ring, he stares daggers at Chris Jericho before giving him a smile and jumping right back into the ring, Chris Jericho absolutely losing it on commentary now.

When the officials turn their attention back towards the scheduled match and the crowd keeping Michaels’ secret but still popping wildly, Michaels is actually greeted by the rookie Brent Albright, who makes Michaels pay for bending the rules by catching us all off guard and planting Michaels with a half-nelson suplex! Michaels’ face goes flat into the canvas, but while Albright was dealing with the rule bender, his partner is being taken advantage of by Kendrick and London, setting him up for what looks like the Tower of London…but Albright stops them mid move, keeping Kendrick running towards the corner and IMPALING HIM ON THE TURNBUCKLE, sending him flipping all the way to the floor.

ELIMINATION #6: BRIAN KENDRICK at (12:38)

With Kendrick gone, London appears to be a sitting duck, but he’s still got Burchill in a powerbomb position, which Albright helps his partner get out of. Burchill shows his brutal retribution for this by taking getting behind London and driving his head into the canvas with a leaping neckbreaker. London goes limp, to which Burchill drags his body up as he and his apprentice both grab hold him and chunk him clean over to the top rope.

ELIMINATION #7: PAUL LONDON at (12:50)

It’s down to six now – Lashley, Finlay, Joe, The Mercenaries, and thanks to poor officiating, Shawn Michaels. Two more men need to be eliminated for this to go into the Fatal 4-Way set up. Every man realizes this, with the Mercs setting up in one corner, Samoa Joe setting up in another, Bobby Lashley in another, and Finlay now fully recovered in the final one, while Shawn Michaels is the man in the center of the ring. Everyone is looking very uneasy at each other, with HBK looking the most nervous, as well he should be.

Michaels eventually breaks the tension by jumping on Finlay in his corner, while Samoa Joe gets jumped on both sides by Burchill and Albright, while Bobby Lashley…darts underneath the bottom rope to the outside. Those who see it give him a great deal of heat, Lashley stalking from a distance. He ventures outside enough to get close to the announce table, where Jericho takes off his headset and calls Lashley over, the two of them discussing something.

Back inside the ring, Michaels is now on the defensive against Finlay, who turned the tables on him and flipped him into a corner before chunking him out of it and nailing the Finlay press, landing square on Michaels’ chest with all his body weight. Joe is trying to build a comeback against the Mercs, rapidly going back and forth between both men with machinegun CHOPS(Wooooo! Woooo! Wooooo!) one right after the other, but the numbers game keeps catching up with him when he focusses too much on Albright, leaving Burchill the opportunity to chop block him in the back of the leg. After a few more blows to Joe, both men bring him to his feet and seemingly attempt a double vertical suplex, but Joe stops them and shows signs of struggle…before delivering a double suplex of his own to both men!! Joe roars in adrenaline here, the crowd with him, but as he turns around – SPEAR!! SPEAR!! A SPEAR FROM LASHLEY!! Lashley’s done talking strategy with Jericho it seems, and gets back into things in a huge way!

As Lashley downs Joe, Finlay has Michaels in a headlock of sorts before Michaels fights back and rebounds off the nearest ropes, hitting Finlay with the flying forearm…and then hitting the kip-up. Michaels is all the same pumped up that Joe was a moment ago, but Jericho is quickly up on the apron to not only distract Michaels, but to get several officials’ attention to listen to him proclaim that “HE WAS ELMINATED ALREADY!! HE SHOULDN’T BE HERE!!” Michaels simply stares at Jericho with distain and slowly approaches him, possibly waiting to kick his head off, but as Michaels is approaching the champ, he doesn’t notice Lashley stalking him from behind before turning back around…SPEAR FROM LASHLEY – NO!! Michaels dodges…SENDING LASHLEY’S SHOULDER INTO JERICHO, KNOCKING HIM OFF THE APRON!! Lashley notices what he’s done with not a very happy look, not fully focused on the match, but very close to the ropes. When he turns back around he’s happily greeted by some SWEET CHIN MUSIC…THAT SENDS THE DOMINATOR TUMBLING OVER THE TOP ROPE AND TO THE FLOOR!!

ELIMINATION #8: BOBBY LASHLEY at (15:35)

HE DID IT!! MICHAELS GOT LASHLEY!! With only one more elimination required now for this leg, we take a look at Paul Burchill, who was keeping a close eye on Michaels eliminating Lashley. As Michaels uncoils from kicking Lashley so hard he’s fallen, he’s immediately greeted by a rushing Finlay…WHO CLOTHESLINES HIM OVER THE TOP ROPE, but this is simultaneous with Burchill, who grabs his own apprentice and THROWS HIM OVER THE TOP ROPE





ALBRIGHT CLEARLY TUMBLES TO THE GROUND FIRST!! MICHAELS IS SAFE!!

ELIMINATION #9: BRENT ALBRIGHT at (15:42)


MICHAELS’ CAREER STILL HAS HOPE!! IF ONLY BY A HAIR!! As the referee rings the bell on the Battle Royal portion of the match, Albright sits looking at his partner in extreme questioning, his body language asking ‘what the hell was that for’. Burchill looks down at his apprentice and says ‘nothing personal, mate, but we’re here for the gold. Do what you have to do’. This seems to ease the young, learning wrestler’s feelings, but still leaves him with a somewhat dejected look on his face as he leaves the scene, having learned a valuable lesson from his mentor it would seem. Regardless of what he’s learned, we take a look around the arena that breathes a sigh of relief at Michaels’ career not being over, as well as shots of all four men that will be in the final part of this match before we hit a black screen



**COMMERCIAL BREAK**


MAIN EVENT, PT.2
~FINAL FOUR BATTLE~
*#1 CONTENDERSHIP FOR THE AOW HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP*
Shawn Michaels v. Samoa Joe v. Finlay v. Paul Burchill


The commercial break serving as a breather to these four men (and Chris Jericho at that, who is so angry back on commentary, that he’s not even speaking, only pouting), each of them wary eyed of the others and in separate corners – the man who loves to fight, the man who is on the hunt, the man who is trying to save his career, and the man who is merciless. All four men start getting closer and closer to the center of their ring, their arms open and trying to gauge their space. This lasts for several tense seconds before Finlay guns for Paul Burchill, while Joe keeps his eyes on the prize in Shawn Michaels. The four men separate into their two brawls, Finlay noticeably pulling away on Burchill, but appears to momentarily lose sight and cause Burchill to clothesline him over the top rope. Meanwhile, Michaels and Joe are veering near some ropes, leaving Burchill to rush towards them and nail a running dropkick to Samoa Joe, who goes through the middle ropes and falls to the outside, leaving Michaels and Burchill the only men in the ring.

Burchill trying to establish dominance early, but Michaels stunts him with a CHOP(Wooooo!) that sends him reeling, followed by another CHOP(Wooooo!) that sends him into a corner, where Michaels tries to whip him into the opposite one, only to have it reversed. Burchill whips Michaels hard into the corner and follows up quickly with a running corner clothesline that dizzies Michaels enough for Burchill to pull him out of the corner and go for the match’s first cover – 1…2…NO!! Michaels stays alive. The methodical Burchill starts stomping all over Michaels now before targeting his left shoulder, bringing down several knees on it.

Outside the ring, the fierce brawlers that are Joe and Finlay get back within striking distance, both men delivering shot after shot once again to one another. Samoa Joe pulls away when he kicks Finlay in the gut, prompting Joe to leap up onto the apron and try to get back into things, but Finlay is well aware of this and yanks him down hard before taking him in his clutches and chunking him against the steel ring steps! Joe is down and contorted, allowing Finlay to get himself back into the fray, where he meets Paul Burchill, Finlay immediately getting the upper hand with a decapitating clothesline on the unsuspecting surprise finals member. Finlay hoists Burchill on his shoulders before bringing his gut down on his knee!! Burchill rolls over in pain, Finlay getting on top with the cover – 1…2…NO!! Burchill not only kicks out, but Shawn Michaels is also there to prove back up, kicking Finlay off.

Michaels proceeds to try and stomp Finlay out, but Finlay is vehemently quick to fight back, shoving Michaels back and making some space between both men. Finlay soon bursts forth looking for another clothesline, but Michaels is able to duck underneath it and send Finlay rebounding off the ropes behind him, which Michaels greets him on the rebound with a kitchen sink knee to the get that sends Finlay flipping! Michaels doesn’t try for a cover, because despite the big bump there, Finlay is quick to get back to his feet and start clubbing down Michaels with force, several of the blows hitting Michaels’ targeted left shoulder. Finlay picks up on this and wrenches Michaels’ arm back before lifting him over with a back suplex, Michaels landing right on top of his targeted shoulder. Finlay with another cover attempt – 1…2…NO!! Michaels is able to keep going strong.

As Michaels throws his shoulder up, Finlay grabs it and forces him to his feet and wrenches it once more before tossing him into the opposite ropes. Michaels keeps his head in this by going to the lowered head of Finlay and executing a nice neckbreaker. Both men are down here, where we’re able to get good shots of Samoa Joe getting to his feet and Burchill waiting it out in a corner.

Both Michaels and Finlay appear to have the same idea by rolling to the outside, both men realizing the other one is going there, sparking more right hand exchanges. Michaels gets the upper hand this time, pulling completely away by scoop slamming Finlay right on the outside! Finlay goes down with an Irish yelp of pain, Michaels standing with his back to the ring…baseball slide by Burchill!! Burchill takes out Michaels, who wasn’t watching his back! Burchill stays in the ring, however, creeping back onto his hands in a snake like position and stalking once again, this time waiting until Finlay gets to his feet, but instead, he’s greeted by Samoa Joe, who jumps on the flat Burchill and quickly turns it into an STF!!

Burchill is all of a sudden flailing around trying to catch a rope or anything that can help him at all, But Joe has the hold locked in tight. Burchill keeps crawling and getting closer to the ropes, but all Joe does is crank the facelock back that much more, forcing Burchill’s head to move farther back to where he can’t see the ropes. Just when it looks like Burchill is a mere fingertip away from grabbing the rope, Joe transitions the STF…into a GRAPEVINED ANKLE LOCK!! Burchill now has all of Joe’s body weight on him, making it impossible to even drag himself the extra half inch to get the rope break until finally…BURCHILL MAKES IT!!

One huge lunge saves Burchill’s ankle from being snapped in half, but the Samoan Submission Machine doesn’t let up, grabbing Burchill by the hair and pulling him up onto his shoulders, possibly for an Island Driver, but Burchill grabs onto the top rope whatever move he’s going for, hoping and praying to find some way to not have the move done on him. Joe can’t tug Burchill away from the ropes, opting instead to simply toss him over the top rope…RIGHT ON TOP OF SHAWN MICHAELS AND FINLAY!! Finlay and Michaels had recovered and going at it again on the outside, only to be interrupted by the flying body of Burchill landing on top of them! Joe is the only one standing in the ring and lets out a smile to the popping Hammerstein, as he fixes his trunks for a brief moment before watching all three men get to their feet and spinning around before rebounding off the ropes…ELBOW SUICIDA!! ELBOW SUICIDA TO ALL THREE MEN!! EVERYONE IS DOWN ON THE OUTSIDE!! All four men vying for the #1 Contendership have been sprawled out which conveniently gives us a spot to turn away.


**COMMERCIAL BREAK**


When we come back from the break, Samoa Joe looks to still be in control, having grabbed hold of Shawn Michaels and pounding it against the announce table, right in front of Jericho. As Michaels wanders away possibly with a concussion, Joe looks Chris Jericho in the eye with a look that just screams ‘you’re next’. Unbeknownst to Joe, however, Finlay has come up behind him. When Joe takes the moment to look at Jericho, Finlay delivers a hard shot to the back of Joe’s head, Shawn Michaels soon joining in. The two make a temporary alliance, only to shove Joe right into the steel ring post, sending Joe falling, but as soon as that happens, Finlay shoves Michaels right into the post as well!

Finlay taking no prisoners here it seems, Chris Jericho applauding Finlay from behind. Unbeknownst to Finlay, however, Paul Burchill is back in the ring and is in a stalking stance once again, looking for another baseball slide…but Finlay counters by lifting up and getting Burchill trapped in the ring skirt!! Finlay literally using everything and the kitchen sink here, starts clubbing the living shit out of the trapped Burchill, and surprisingly so to a big pop. When Finlay’s done with his lynching, he chunks Burchill back into the ring before landing right on Burchill’s chest with a Finlay Press!! Finlay keeps on top of him and grabs his legs – 1…2…3-NO!! Burchill is able to kick out!

Finlay doesn’t let this stop him though, as he notes Burchill trying to get to his feet, but Finlay just knocks him right back down with a running knee to the head that sends Burchill right back down for another cover – 1…2…3-NO!! Burchill shows more fight here. Burchill tries to get away from the fierce Irish brawler, crawling into a ring corner. Finlay sees this and charges at Burchill only to get a hard kick to the face, Finlay reeling, but doesn’t let up on his assault, rushing right back at Burchill. The Ripper sidesteps the charging Finlay, sending him chest first and recoiling from hitting the turnbuckle…right into a German suplex!! Burchill now goes for what could be the upset – 1…2….3-NO!! Finlay keeps his title hopes alive!!

As Burchill runs his fingers through his hair in a show of desperation, but while he’s wondering what to do next, both Samoa Joe and Shawn Michaels are back into the fray, Michaels just beginning to crawl back into the ring, while Joe makes a beeline for Burchill, snapping him over, chopping him in the back, kicking him in the chest and forcing him down, then finishes the furious combo with a running senton!! Burchill feels the pain, but doesn’t give Joe time to cover him, again crawling towards a corner. He can’t even stand, so he sits, but this suits Joe just fine to revs up his leg and greets Burchill with a facewash!! Joe pulls Burchill out of the corner now – 1…2…NO!! Shawn Michaels breaks it up!

Michaels yanks Joe by his leg off of Burchill, springing on his head now with repeat blows until he locks him in a grounded headlock. Joe is stunted for just a little while, but Joe makes it to his feet with Michaels still with the headlock synched in. Joe throws Michaels across the ring, only for Michaels to dodge a clothesline attempt and rebound again and leaps for the flying forearm…but Joe just casually walks out of the way, leaving Michaels to crash, burn and eat canvas! The signature Joe ‘fuck you’ to the high-flying maneuvers comes into play here by merely walking out of the way and letting Michaels hurt himself. Joe smiles and shakes his head at that before jumping on the downed Michaels and locking in…THE CLUTCH!! JOE’S GOT THE REAR NAKED CHOKE IN ON MICHAELS!! This could be it right here, as Burchill has rolled out of the ring and Finlay is nowhere to be seen, Michaels reaching desperately for the ropes, being very near to them. Michaels fueled here by only his desire to get that title shot and possibly keep his career going…clawing…reaching…fading…hand up…HE GETS THERE!! Michaels saves himself, but he’s completely out of it!!

Michaels’ hair has consumed his face as he leans with one hand on the ropes, Joe disappointed that he couldn’t put Michaels down here, but he doesn’t cry over spilt milk for long. He goes to reach over and grab Michaels by the hair…WHEN HE’S STRUCK BY A SHILLELAGH TO THE BACK OF THE LEG!! Joe falls straight back and clutches leg, when we see that Finlay has indeed reentered the fray, his signature weapon in hand, right to the man who tried to kick it away at the very outset of the match! Finlay now approaches the clutching to the ropes to get to his feet Michaels and doesn’t forget him, BASHING THE STAFF AGAINST MICHAELS’ WEAKENED LEFT SHOULDER!! This sends Michaels back down, leaning against the ropes with no arm. Finlay puts his shillelagh down and picks Michaels up by his hair before setting him over his shoulder and looking for the CELTIC CROSS…but Michaels has enough life to scurry off of Finlay’s shoulders, Finlay turning back around to face Michaels…SWEET CHIN MUSIC!! SWEET CHIN MUSIC!! The sudden superkick and Finlay goes down, absolutely beheaded! But Michaels goes down too, still feeling the effects of The Clutch and his shoulder, gripping his hurt appendage and he tries to make it to some kind of cover, slinging his hurt arm over Finlay’s body –

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3…


NO!!

JOE BREAKS THE COUNT!! SAMOA JOE BREAKS THE COUNT!! Joe tends to his ailing leg, but he has more than enough gusto to stomp Michaels’ hurt arm off, hurting it even more. Joe seems to limp a little bit before clutching Michaels’ by the hair and giving him a good headbutt before hoisting him over his shoulder just like he did at after Oblivion went off the air two weeks ago…ISLAND DRIVER!! ISLAND DRIVER!! MICHAELS HEAD COLLAPSES WITHIN ITSELF ON THE IMPACT!! The crowd is going crazy for what could be and should be the end –

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NO??

JOE IS YANKED OFF OF MICHAELS…BY BOBBY LASHLEY!! LASHLEY IS BACK!! Lashley grabs Joe by the waist and deadlifts him off of Michaels’ body before throwing him through the middle ropes and to the floor, soon following him. Lash then takes the completely surprised Joe and chunks him right back into the steel ring steps, completely displacing them. The completely driven Lashley then takes the agonized Joe and hoists him over one of his shoulders…DOMINATOR!! THE RUNNING POWERSLAM…ON THE TITANIUM RAMP!! The look on Lashley’s face is one of an absolute monster, the same look he had in his eye when he faced Christian Cage at World Ablaze. Over on the commentary booth, we see Jericho, who hasn’t said nary a word in this half of the match, stand up and cheer for his Worthy Legion stablemate. Several officials are quickly on the case and force Lashley to leave the scene almost as quickly as he had entered it, his eyes never leaving Joe’s now limp body.

While everyone is peering over their shoulder and seeing Lashley crush Joe, no one is looking in the ring where the only man even up is Paul Burchill, who has ascended to the top rope after biding his time on the outside. What’s Burchill got in mind here, his sights set on Shawn Michaels…DIVING HEADBUTT!! DIVING HEADBUTT TO MICHAELS LEFT SHOULDER!! Burchill shows his meticulous nature in the utmost on that, driving his head into the targeted Michaels’ shoulder that he and Finlay have been hounding since the outset. But Burchill doesn’t go for the cover here, instead…ROYAL MUTILATION!! ROYAL MUTILATION!! THE HIGH-ANGLE FUJIWARA LOCKED IN!! Burchill’s quite possibly had this set up the entire match, as The Ripper could very well not only walk away with the biggest upset in AOW history, but potentially ending Shawn Michaels’ chances at keeping his career!! What a win it would be, but the crowd is cheering for the nearly lifeless Michaels to make his way out of this someway, somehow. Burchill has Michael’s elbow locked and the arm at an incredibly torqued angle, we can almost hear the tendons ripping off of Michaels’ bones as he desperately tries to get some life in him. Michaels is seemingly paddling with his free arm to try and get to the ropes, but he’s almost got nothing left as these men’s time in the ring ticks on past the half hour mark. Burchill is still pulling Michaels’ arm out of the socket as the Hammerstein tries with all their might to root Michaels on…but it’s Finlay who kicks Burchill in the face and breaks the hold!!

Finlay starts laying boot after boot into the upstart Burchill before bringing him to his feet and looking to whip him into the ropes, only to behead him with a nasty short-arm clothesline. Finlay stares at Burchill, looking to do more damage and pulls him up by his locks, but Burchill begins fighting back. Burchill comes back enough to knock Finlay away and rebound off the ropes and go for something, but Finlay swings around and plants a boot right between Burchill’s eyes! The Ripper’s lights may be out after that, but Finlay isn’t done here. He brings Burch to his feet and looks for another Celtic Cross attempt, but Burchill squibbles his way out of it, staying behind Finlay and catching him in Regalplex position, but Finlay too fights back before thrusting his leg free and throwing a shoulder into Burch’s gut before hoisting him up and over…CELTIC CROSS!! CELTIC CROSS!! It’s Finlay’s game to win here as he covers –

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NO!!

SHAWN MICHAELS SAVES IT FOR HIMSELF!! Michaels flings himself on top of the sure-fire new #1 contender to end the count, Finlay flinging Michaels still limp body off of him in sheer annoyance. Both men get to their feet, Finlay pounding a fist off of Michaels’ skull before giving him a hard European uppercut. He follows up on this by running into the ropes and rebounding towards Michaels…DOUBLE A SPINEBUSTER!! WOW!! Michaels pulls that one out of his hat on Finlay, weak arm and all, sending Finlay rolling outside the ring. The crowd is going white hot now, Chris Jericho about to blow a gasket on the commentator table (“GET ME LASHLEY!! GET ME WRIGHT!! SOMEONE STOP THIS MADNESS~!!). Michaels gets back to his feet gripping his shoulder in pain but more than fueled to go over to a corner and await Burchill to get back to his feet, Michaels even staring over at Jericho and getting a sly smile on his face. Michaels then starts an emphatic ‘tuning of the band’

…1!

…2!!

…3!!

…4!!

…5!!

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SWEET CHIN MUSIC!! SWEET CHIN MUSIC!! Burchill is beheaded and drops like a stone, Michaels collapsing on top of The Ripper on sheer instinct–

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3…!!!

Winner and #1 Contender for the AOW Heavyweight Championship: Shawn Michaels at (19:30)
TOTAL MATCH TIME: (35:12)

HE DID IT!! Michaels has done it, despite all of the obstacles placed before him! Chris Jericho is staring on with an absolutely stunned look on his face, not believing what he’s just seen. Michaels is standing tall amongst the bodies around him with his arm raised high, the crowd acknowledging what the Heart Break Kid has had to go through.


Joey Styles:
HE DID IT!! Shawn Michaels’ career will not die here tonight!

JBL:
Yeah, tonight. All Shawn Michaels did was win this match an’ get his title shot. He’s still got to actually defeat Chris Jericho for the title, which no one’s been able t’do yet. Whatever’s written in Shawn Michaels’ contract still could come to be.

Joey Styles:
What – hey wait!! Where the hell is Jericho going?!


What Styles is referring to is the fact that Chris Jericho has ripped off his headset and taken his AOW Championship in his hands and has slid into the ring, stalking the hand-raised Michaels. The crowd goes from giving Michaels his due to giving Jericho his, as Michaels starts looking around with wonder to why the crowd changed their tone…as Jericho tries to hit Michaels with the title, but HBK ducks the ambush by Jericho, forcing Jericho to halt his momentum before turning back around…SWEET CHIN MUSIC!! ONE MORE GLORIOUS SWEET CHIN MUSIC, AND TO THE AOW CHAMPION!!

Joey Styles:
A statement of revitalization!! If anyone thought Shawn Michaels’ career was on the way out tonight, they all left with that blow to Chris Jericho!

JBL:
Go ahead an’ applaud Shawn Michaels all you want to, but all this is gonna do is stir up that Worthy Legion behind him.

Joey Styles:
And I will applaud him, John. Because that image right there could very well be what we see in just over a month at AOW’s next Supershow on December 26th!


The image Styles is referring to is the image of Shawn Michaels looking incredibly satisfied with his work on Jericho’s jaw before looming over his body and taking the AOW Championship that he held in his hands. He then stands up and holds the title high over the fallen champion, the crowd going nuts. The last image of the pre-Thanksgiving edition of Oblivion is Shawn Michaels standing completely and utterly triumphant over the body of The Worthy Man, the ever sly HBK smile across his face as we

Fade…

To…

Black…

END SHOW



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Alright, another comment-as-I-read review starting... NOW!

I get the vibe that Heyman is going to be a heel very soon. The way he went about the announcement at the beginning seemed very... weasel-ish to me, to be perfectly honest. I can't say I'm a huge fan of this, but I have a feeling that there's a bigger plan for everything, or that RVD will be on his way out soon (I can't see RVD being in AOW for long if he's not allowed in the title picture), so it'll be interesting to see where this goes.

I'm shocked that you had the Cruiserweight title match as your opener, but it was a hell of a way to kick off the show! All three men looked very strong in the match, and at the end of the day (Unlike at Mania), the right guy walked away with the belt. No offense to Star, Gibson or the way you've booked either man, but neither of them are at the level where they can carry the division like Danielson does, so keeping the belt on him was a great move on your part, bud!

I think it's a general rule of thumb that all authors have their specialty, and it would seem that your specialty is that broken character, the one who has lost it all and allows himself to slip mentally because of it. First Christian, now RVD. While I can't help but make the similarity, which some people view as a negative thing, I'm actually a lot more interested in RVD now than I ever was, because I'm hoping for another brilliant spark like the one you had with Christian... maybe we'll get to see Christian's return through this? Interested in seeing where this goes!

I kind of feel that the Jericho segment was filler. He didn't say anything particularly new or insightful, it didn't particularly build toward anything... I feel as if the show wouldn't lose anything if it wasn't there. Nothing wrong with filler, I'm just saying.

Lucky 13... I was hoping you'd do another one soon, though right off the bat, I have a bit of an issue- Doane being eliminated so soon. You took two steps forward with his win last week (Or was that a few weeks ago? Or am I mixing up BTB's... I don't think it's that), but having him get eliminated so soon was a pretty big step back. Just my opinion, though. I feel a little cheated that Haas and Benjamin were eliminated at the same time, but considering who eliminated them... I can only assume it's leading to bigger things. While I like the Punk-Hassan bit, and REALLY love how HBK took advantage of it, showing how desperate he is, I'm confused as to why Hassan didn't get his briefcase back. Did Punk not bring it, and I missed that? If that's not the case, it feels really strange that Hassan had the chance to get what he's wanted so badly back, but didn't take the opportunity! Again, I have a feeling that the Hooliganz's elimination situation is, like the WGTT, leading to bigger things. Michaels eliminating Lashley makes sense, kind of shocked Albright lasted so long, and we're on to the final four!

First off, having Joe and Finlay in the bout... I'm kind of hoping this is the blow off between them. As anti-climactic as it would be, I honestly feel like their feud has run it's course. Also, Burchill being in the final four is a very welcome surprise! I've always loved Burchill's work, so it's nice seeing him kind of get this kind of rub. Now, having Michaels win, despite Lashley's interference, was a little predictable, but still welcome. While I do kind of want to see someone other than Jericho, HBK and RVD in the main event picture, this was the natural place for the title picture to go, considering HBK's situation.

All in all, you did everything pretty well. While there are some things I wish you would have done differently, I enjoyed the show overall, and that's all that matters, right? Looking forward to see where you're going from here, though I do have to say I'd kind of like to see some new blood get thrown in the mix soon. The only division to really get an influx of new talent since the start of AOW, other than Aero, is the tag team division. I wouldn't mind seeing a few new fresh faces. I know you have someone coming in (I want to say that it's Carlito, but I don't know), which will be VERY welcome from me, but I'd like to see even one or two more people debut, or see someone make a return, especially in regards to the main event scene. That said, as always, I trust your direction more than I trust my opinion.
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A cold, hard opening like this one always gives an important feel and the statement from Heyman was simple and emphatic. Big call, I like it.

Triple threats usually see a two on one beat down occur but it’s usually two heels doing that dirty work so I was surprised to see Danielson and Star teaming up from the get go. Some nice stuff from them though, the monkey flip into a dropkick was nicely executed. That soon evaporated though and rightfully so, I think everyone would wanna see Danielson and Star go at it. I liked the fact you had Noble work on the eye of Danielson, taking the opportunity to do some damage, Star’s more flashy than that so nice to see Noble actually work on a weak spot. Enjoyed the surfboard stretch from Danielson followed up with the Dragon Sleeper from Noble, can picture that pretty nicely there. Star was a bit too quick I think to recover though and hit the Shooting Star, just my opinion though. The exchanges following that from Star and Danielson were sweet, counter after counter, pinfall after pinfall, nice fast back and forth stuff. Wow, the pace really upped here, I thought Noble had this thing won with the Tiger Driver but then Star from nowhere and I genuinely thought he had it won there, it’s great you can make me believe anyone can win like that. Danielson finally pulls through though and looks very strong coming out of this. Noble and Star look real threats as well and on another night could’ve taken home the gold. Excellent contest here to kick off the show.

Wow, this was a whole different side to RVD here. I’ll be honest and say that I don’t know how I feel about it. I like that Van Dam’s got a bit of character progression here but at the same time I’m a little hesitant, I don’t know why. Maybe, it’s a little too close to Christian’s crazy, lost the plot character. I’ll give it another couple of shows before I form a full on opinion but it could be a real positive for Van Dam, no doubt. You have me interested.

Pretty standard Jericho promo here. Think this was more done so he got on the show, rather than being totally necessary. The whole giving thanks for him was a nice little touch and I really hope his quest to get rid of Foley keeps up, that line at the end seemed to be pretty focused upon it.

There’s some big names in this thing and a lot of them have been built up very well thus far so I guess it was no surprise Doane went first BUT it is a little disappointing considering he has just come off a big win and looked as though a little push was coming his way. Nicely handled with the next eliminations, Hagar and Nameth getting involved makes a whole world of sense and allows Shelton and Charlie to not look too bad in elimination. I’m sure that Joe and Finlay are done with each other but allowing them one more moment would be a sight to see so glad they got that here. Punk and Hassan has been the best story throughout this match, they’ve constantly just been focused on one another and these eliminations were just as should be, as well as the attack afterwards from Hassan. I’m really enjoying these two going at each other and this just adds to it now, good job.

Kendrick and London I’m a little surprised lasted so long but the Mercs look good here for taking these two out of things. Once Kendrick went, London was always right behind. Wow, Lashley goes!! I thought for sure he’d make the final four, huge call there but the elimination was done in a good way, using Jericho as should be. Albright then going didn’t surprise me, was always gonna be him or Burchill, a nice rub however for Burchill getting to the final four. Allows him an opportunity to shine here.

I didn’t like how you had Joe and Finlay going after each other here. I liked the little moment in the Battle Royal but I would’ve kept them apart at the off anyway here, maybe a little interaction at some stage further into it but going straight at one another wasn’t for me. Loved what went down before the commercials with Joe tossing Burchill to the outside before taking out all four men, good way of heading into the break. The Rear Naked Choke from Joe had me thinking Michaels was gonna tap but great resolve from the Showstopper to hang in there. Holy shit, major impact by Lashley, this was what I expected him in the final four for, to take out Joe but I guess this works as well, huge, huge impact. And HBK from out of nowhere takes it home!! Major victory for HBK here and absolutely the right call, that one last chance at survival now for the Showstopper and I think you handled things almost perfectly here with the Fatal 4 Way, from Lashley’s arrival to allowing Burchill to stand a fighting shot, to Michaels finally getting the win in a hell of a main event. Sweet Chin Music to Jericho to put the icing on the cake was a fitting way to end the show.

Really enjoyable show here mate. Obviously it wasn’t the best in terms of promos and all the storylines advancing LOADS but the action was absolutely fantastic and a lot of the angles through the matches progressed nicely, Punk/Hassan for example, as well as WGTT/American Made whilst HBK/Jericho can now resume. Great job and looking forward to next weeks show

P.S- Thanks for the Bash feedback, appreciated
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