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Great BTB, man. Suprised to see HBK tap. I'm loving the set up, rosters, ect. Also, building up Paul Wright's gimmick. Loving it. I'll be sure to read your future post
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I usually don't do the full review, and focus on only a couple things, but since A- This was your first show, and B- I enjoyed it so much, I'll break it down segment-by-segment.

The opening was great, and really helped me visualize what it would be like to be in the Hammerstein that night! Paul Heyman's speech at the beginning was very well written, but the stand-out part of this segment was Chris Jericho debuting in AOW as a heel. Very good choice, in my mind. I thought that you were going to debut him as a face and maybe have him slowly turn into the heel persona he portrayed in WWE the past few years, but it was pleasent to see him come out, day 1 as that character. Also, Heyman mentioning that things were going to be earned and not handed out... I like how you portrayed that message.

As a quick note, I like how your handling both Joey Styles and JBL. You have their characters down to a T, and they have pretty good chemistry playing off one another.

Having your first match be "The Worlds Greatest Tag Team" VS The Hooligans was a good pick. Good match, although I'm really looking forward to seeing what other teams spring up!

The Miz as a cocky heel interviewer is pretty fun to read.

Christian's worked shoot was PERFECT!!! He described what I think a lot of fans feel about Bobby Lashley, and, if this is what your going for, it really does set the ground work for a Lashley-Christian feud rather well.

The Big Show... er, Paul Wright debut promo was done pretty damn well, and has me excited to see the character appear in an AOW ring soon.

The Rob Van Dam promo was done quite well. You really nailed his Cocky-Yet-Lovable persona.

Jack Evans VS Jamie Noble was a fun, fast paced match to read, although I'm not too sure about Noble winning... that could be because I'm a huge fan of everyone's favorite spot monkey, though!

The new packaging for Muhammad Hassan is pretty cool, and it really does give the character new life.

The Shawn Michaels-Bryan Danielson-Samoa Joe segment was cool to read, and it really does emphasize that HBK is going to have a bit of a target on his back.

The CM Punk promo was enjoyable to read, and it was nice to see him sort of debunk the term "superstar" in AOW.

The Lucky 13 match was extremely well written, although I feel as if the final four AND the winner of the match was a bit predictable. That said, I understand why you went the route that you did.

My only complaint over all was the fact that there were only three matches, yet there were somewhere around 7-8 promo segments. While I do understand that, this being the first AOW show, you had to establish the characters of your wrestlers, I feel like you could have done this with a few of the guy's in a future show. It didn't bother me that much, however, because of how well they were written.

All in all, I'd give this an 87/100. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do next week, and even farther in the future!
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I constantly peeked at your old thread, and what I saw was enough to make me want to follow this one from the start. It was good to begin with a description of the actual setting and what not, so we just get a good picture of things. In a way it can be seen as a small thing, but if you didnít describe the setting, I would have been disappointed.

Whilst Iím not the biggest fan of the whole Ďwarí direction you seem to be taking with the company, Heymanís promo was still alright. I wasnít to sure about Heyman thanking FX and his financial backers in the promo though. It just seems like something that wouldnít be acknowledged on air, because how many wrestling fans actually care about how the company is being run? They donít. They just want it to put on a good product. Iím not really sure what direction youíre going to go with Jericho, You had him talk himself up with all his old school gimmicks in the beginning, but the over the top stuff stopped pretty early on, and then he sounded like a hybrid of his most recent character. So yeah, Iím really interested to see exactly what you do with that. Little things like Jericho calling the audience ďsuckersĒ, and the word ďhullabalooĒ being used didnít sit well with me. Hullabaloo is just stupid, and well, suckers is just to much of a lame insult for a guy like Jericho. I also didnít like Jericho bragging about how it was his idea to make the company, there should be some level of kayfabe. That stuff not being mentioned would have been a hell of a lot better. Despite that, youíve established your companies top heel (probably), as well as revealed the AOW title, and youíve made a unique match that I like the concept of for your main event tonight. The promo did its job, although there were little things I thought could have been a little better throughout.

Just by reading through the first bit of commentary, it really seems youíre going to try and build some argumentative chemistry between Styles and JBL. I like that, but once again, I didnít like JBL bragging about how he helped fund the company. It was alright, but Iím sure itíll get better as you get more comfortable writing the guys and build a relationship between the two.

I canít see much of a better way to open up the in ring action of a new company than with two polished tag teams like these. The match was written pretty well, and seemed to flow nicely, with the WGTT having a period of dominance, before The Hooligans looked to come back. The ending was nice enough as well, although I think Kendrick might have been a little under utilized in the match. He barely got in, and then quickly tagged back out, which was a bit disappointing. Anyway, a good opening contest, and a nice show of respect with the hand shake after the match. If I wanted to be really picky, I didnít really like the format of the match. Just a little bit to much in bold for my liking, but stuff like that is completely up to you. at JBLís universal comment regarding The APA as well, awesome stuff.

Torrie Wilson and The Miz as a backstage interview team? Okay. I enjoyed the cockiness of Miz, as well as Wilson owning him. at Miz pissing off when Lashley showed up. Honestly, I have mixed feelings about this segment. You tried to have Christian come across as the intense face who doesnít want his opportunity stolen by a Ďmade maní, although it didnít come across like that. He basically just rudely interrupted Lashley, and that made him come across as jealous. With the fans clearly behind Christian, I donít think thatís what you wanted. Iím interested to see what happens from here, but yeah, I just donít think this was executed well.

A pretty cool video package for Paul Wight here. Iím intrigued to see just how you push him, although judging by this; it seems he could receive an epic monster push.

The interview RVD was alright to signal his intentions, but RVD is no easy character to write. Iíve only seen a handful of people write an RVD promo that I didnít think was awkward, and unfortunately, this isnít one of them. Also, could never picture RVD asking somebody if they had the ďgallĒ. Itís similar to the suckerís thing with Jericho early, just certain words thrown into the promos that donít fit. Anyway, at least you got the main purpose across of RVD wanting the title.

A nice win for Noble here. You gave Evans some offense, not making it a complete squash, but Noble was always going to get the win here. Good squash-ish match.

I really liked the Muhammad Hassan video package. A new character indeed and one Iím looking forward to after that.

An interesting segment with Michaels and Danielson and Joe. The Danielson situation was really interesting and makes me think that something may come of that further on down the track. As for Joe, not to sure if itís going to escalate anywhere, but interesting stuff nonetheless.

CM Punk promo was really good, I liked it. Really not much else to say, it was just a solid promo, denouncing the term superstar which fits with the companyís image nicely.

As I said earlier, I really like the concept of this Lucky 13 scenario. Iím not going to give my thoughts on every elimination because weíll be here all day. Michaels struck me as a little cocky during the segment with Danielson and Joe, and sneaking up on RVD could be a sign of HBK possibly becoming a prick. The first elimination that I really liked was Christians. Lashleyís strength was shown off in a unique way, and makes him look kind of beastly. A Finlay/Joe feud is definitely a unique one, but it seems like thatís what will happen after Finlayís attack on Joe after he had been eliminated.

I think youíve chosen the right four to be in this main event. They are probably the four biggest names in the whole company so it makes sense that theyíll fight it out for the gold. A pretty good contest here, with bits and pieces of the match being extremely entertaining, especially the ending. Chris Jericho making Michaels tap out is a big scalp, and after the opening promo, itís fitting that this man is the first champion of AOW. Iím intrigued to see just how the main event scene develops from here, but youíve done a fine job establishing just who will be a part of it tonight.

The booking of this show was fine, as was the match writing. There seems to be certain off little things in your promos that will hopefully be ironed out in time, but thatís probably my only negative. Just try not to blur the line between reality and kayfabe TO much. Anyway, a first show that will make me want to read the second, so good luck with this thing. Stick to it, we need a good created thread around these parts.
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Very nice description of the set up to the arena, really help set the scene. As a new company and a brand new show, this was an small, yet important way to get things going.

Heyman out to start is an obvious choice, very ECW-esque of you. Strong message put across, and I'm liking the philosiphy of it being all about the wrestling. Jericho out suggests you're positioning him as the number one heel of the company, and tbh he's probably the best choice looking at your roster. I'm not so sure that contrasts well with the way Jericho spoke of financial backers and the company being his idea. With the company just starting and a certain state of euphoria about the place, the man who's idea it was would be more likely to be the number one face imo. I've got no problem with Jericho being number one heel, that part was fine, but the contenet was a little off for me. I think you should have paid less emphasis on Jericho being the brains behind the idea, perhaps you could habe had him go in a different direction. Heyman was spot on, really setting the tone, and the announcement of the title match sounds awesome, but Jericho was a little hit and miss. Positioning him the way you did, and the characterisation were both great, just the content was a little off. But a very prmosing first segment.

As you know, I'm always a big fan of commentators who argue, JBL in particular. Seems like we're in for plenty of that from the opening exchanges. Looking forward to more of this.

Loving the fact you kicked off with The Hooligans and TWGTT for two main reasons. One, they're two great teams capable of putting on a tremendous match, which is exactly what you'd want as the first ever match for a new company. And two, it suggests you'll be paying a distinct ammount of attention to the tag division. The match was pretty well written with enough detail and a nice flow to it. The handshake afterwards was a nice touch, and I'm pretty excited to see what you do with your tag division after this. Titles soon yeah?

I quite like the idea of calling the interview area the green room. I dunno why, it's not a big thing, but it just really struck a chord with me. Anyway, lol at Miz disappearing when Lashley showed up. Christian was very interesting here. Much like earlier, you blurred the lines of kayfabe, but it was very hard to decide if he was being a heel or just a very truthful face. The fact you then gave the description of the smarks cheering has me unsure. I'm leaning towards you having Christian as the number two heel in the company right now, but I'll need to wait and see. That "we don't want you" line was killer btw.

I never did get to find out who the kickass video in your last thread belonged to. Anyway, another fine video package here for 'The Great'. As I've said before, videos really are something you do extremely well.

RVD is a guy who fits the ideal of this company pretty well, so nice to see him involved. Decent enough promo with Van Dam stating his intentions, and the Shawn Michaels mention was interesting. One thing though, when you said thsi was the house Van Dam built, I naturally assumed you were referring to the Hammerstein Ballroom. You then went on to say Michaels had never been in Van Dam's house. Given that the early editions of Raw were all taped in the Hammerstein, I find that hard to believe. Or have I just completely missed the point.

Another solid match here, with some pretty cool spots, especially that double moonsault. At 5-odd minutes itmust have been a real fast paced match. Anyway, Noble wins, a nice start for the cruiserweight division. at JBL after the match.

Real good Hassan video. Simillar to the character he made his name with, but at the same time, you've given it a twist. Should be able to generate some good heat easily with this character.

The smark in me had a giggle at the interaction between Michaels and Danielson. Bryan came off as a legit member of the roster with this, so intrigued as to how you use him going forward. Not so sure about Joe coming in just after though. Kinda took away from what Bryan had to say. I dunno if you'll do anything with Michaels and either of these two guys, but it was a nice way to introduce us to a few more characters.

Loved Punk. Very in fitting with some of his stuff irl right now. Can't say a whole lot more, this was the segment of the night thus far imo.

at Masters. That guy can't catch a break anywhere. Anyway, some good names like Finlay and Lance Storm in this one, sure they'll become key cogs of your undercard as the thread progresses, especially if you go for a Finlay/Joe feud which sounds like it could be brutal. The way Lashley eliminated Christian was a pretty unique situation, so props for that. No complaints really for the final four, with perhaps the only change we might have saw being Punk in place of Lashley. Anyway, the action was pretty good, although until the spear Lashley was pretty quiet. Jericho making Michaels tap out is a hueg deal, the kinda thing he could live off of for the duration of the thread, much like he does with being the first Undisputed Champion irl. In a contrast to me not agreeing with what Jericho did at the start of the show, I fully agree with him becoming champion at the end. As a founding father, it makes a lot of sense to give him the title first.

Overall, a very solid start to the thread. There was a lot of buzz and intrigue, and for the most part you delivered. A few things I didn't agree with, but I'm very intrigued to see how the thread develops. You did well to establish yourself here though, so keep it going man. I'll be back next week.
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Thanks for the feedback, fellas, very much appreciated. I realize some things were out of line and I hope to improve on that, but thanks for the feedback while I'm trying to get my bearings in the thread.

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~There’s been extensive talks about what position Mick Foley should hold on screen in the near future. Foley has gone on record saying he would only be an in-ring competitor if the right situation arose, but at the beginnings of the company, he’s highly doubting it. Expect the Foley situation to be resolved in the coming weeks.

~With the pilot episode of AOW surpassing all expectations as far as ratings are concerned, we’re being told FX gladly extended AOW: Wednesday Night Oblivion for another three months, extending the life of the promotion to at least February.

~However, the company heads have confirmed nothing as far as a PPV schedule or extending the show to two hours or even ninety minutes. It’s been reported that Heyman and Foley at least asked for a few PPVs, but were denied until the company proved it was a “profitable network production”, waiting to see more results.
…and now another preview!




8.29.07

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

“Sit on the Mountain and Watch the Tigers Fight”


Last week, we saw an AOW Original in the Lucky 13 Battle for the AOW World Heavyweight Championship. When all the dust and smoke settled, it was Chris Jericho who was forcing Shawn Michaels to tap out in the Walls of Jericho and being handed the gold strap. Now, with the egotistical Jericho’s request for ring time granted, what will “The Living Legend” have to say, especially following his remarks to Paul Heyman last week? Chris Jericho makes a championship address.

And on note of the AOW World Heavyweight Championship, we now need a #1 Contender! With Shawn Michaels taking the fall last week, the other two men who did not will face each other to find out who’ll be first to face Jericho. Rob Van Dam and Bobby Lashley duke it out in our Week 2 main event.

The roster continues to unfold, as this week we’re promised another debuting star, and a last minute tag team match addition…? We’re back to being one-hour, but it’s the most explosive 60-minuteson the planet. Don’t miss the second, yet explosive, episode of Wednesday Night Oblivion on FX!

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Created fed BTB's are a lot of work with backstory and starting feuds from nothing, champions, tag teams and making things as good as it can be taking off from scratch. It isn't easy. I always enjoy creatd feds that stick around long enough to see things through because it is always fun to read, with it being compiled of a roster full of people that you like and enjoy writing for. You've got lots of potential with this thread, I skimmed roughly over the first show and so far so good. Keep it up.

Please have Van Dam go over Lashly never really liked Lashly, just another jacked up beast. I'll try and drop some comments on the next show.

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Mick Foley being used as a rare part timer is definitely the right thing to do. He can be used at the right time to put over some young talent, similar to what he did with Randy Orton in 2004. Created feds are hard to find these days, so the fact that Oblivion has been green lighted until February makes me hope that you'll get there. I don't like when created feds have PPV's right from the get go. I definitely think having to earn them is much more realistic, so I'm all for that.

Now, onto the preview. Van Dam should be able to carry Lashley to a decent enough match, whilst Jericho promo time will OWN. A tag team match could be good, and I'm excited to see what wrestler will be debuting. I'm looking forward to seeing how you follow up what was a successful first show.
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8.29.07

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

“Sit on the Mountain and Watch the Tigers Fight”


With not enough company footage for an opening vignette (it will come soon, don’t worry) we’re treated to a much less theatrical cold open this week. Ironically, the cold open is filled with heat, as the Hammerstein is raining down a great deal of boos on the man already standing in the middle of the ring – AOW World Champion Chris Jericho. Jericho is standing center ring on a platform and a podium, his newly won title on the top of the podium. Jericho is in a very nice suit and has a stoic expression, although we can see a tiny smirk.

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If I could borrow a phrase from my past and, in doing so, a phrase that you degenerates can fully understand – will you please SHUT. THE HELL. UP.

~Naturally, more heat reigns down from the Hammerstein heavens. Like that was gonna work, Chris.

Jericho:
I was granted this time and this spotlight to fully relish in my light as the first ever AOW World Champion. And whether you people like it or not you will listen to me.

~The amount of heat almost makes it a tad hard to listen to him

Jericho:
It takes a worthy man to lead an army. It takes a worthy man to set an example for all to follow. It takes a worthy man to bring relevance and a guiding light to any and all who set foot in his presence. I want all of you people here, and even the people in the back, to recognize that you are unworthy and you need a worthy man to guide you.

~The heat barrage doesn’t cease

Jericho:
You people can stay in denial all you want, and this roster can deny that all they want, but the fact is that I’m standing here with this title. No one else is. With this worthy title befitting a worthy man. And none of you people have what it takes to take it from me.

~Continued heat

Jericho:
So to all listening, Chris Jericho is the worthy man who will lead each and every one of you to higher, holier ground. Everything I do, you people should emulate. Everything I say, you people should grasp and remember. Every time I show up in this ring, you people should gather in awe.

~The heat, astonishingly, picks up more with this statement

Jericho:
And that includes you, Paul Heyman. I’m glad you set the tone for this company; I’m glad you went and put your foot down and said everything in this company was to be earned. To earn something is to be undisputedly worthy of it. I’ve earned this, Paul. I’m worthy to hold this title, but more importantly, I’m more worthy to lead this company in the right direction much moreso than you.

~Another burst of boos at the shot at Heyman

Jericho:
You wanna be the boss? That’s fine. I can live with that. But as long as I hold this title, your power over this roster and these people is completely irrelevant. Who holds the gold is who leads the people, and Paul, when a man gets a hold of that power…he will NEVER. LET. GO.

~Buzz, as Jericho is vowing to hold onto that thing for a long, long time

Jericho:
Y’see Paul, I’m at the top of the mountain of this company and if you make an effort to topple me, you, like ECW, will fail.

~Jericho wants to finish his phrase, but he’s cut off by another savage downpour of disapproval

Jericho:
And I will watch this roster go to war with each other just so they can attempt to prove themselves on the same worthy plane as me. But they too will fall at the altar.

~Amongst all the hate spewing from the rafters right now, Jericho’s composure has not changed in the slightest. He’s still keeping a civilized, intelligent, yet piercing presence, a bit of a far cry from the “Atoyallah of Rock n’ Rolla” Jericho people yearned for in 2007

Jericho:
You see, out of all the unworthy souls in that locker room, Shawn Michaels is most definitely the most unworthy. In case some people here may have forgotten - I made Shawn Michaels tap out.

~A great deal of heat once again

Jericho:
I made Shawn Michaels tap into nothingness. Into obscurity. Shawn Michaels’ name is no longer on par with wrestling legends, but his name is far beneath the level of dirt. The moment Shawn Michaels submitted to me, he submitted to my every whim and gave away any and all rights he had of being…worthy.

~Yet another barrage of heat

Jericho:
Shawn, you are just like Paul Heyman to me. I am now and I am always going to be one step ahead of you. And as you sit at home tonight, tending your wounds and hurt pride, Shawn, I just want you to know you didn’t just tap out to me – you submitted to me.

~This again is said within near deafening heat

Jericho:
So let it be known to you, Paul, to your fellow unworthy souls here in this arena, watching at home, or in that locker room – especially you, Shawn Michaels - that Chris Jericho is, undisputedly, your AOW World Champion. He is on top of the mountain. And he is a worthy man.


Jericho keeps garnering more heat, as he takes his belt in hand and is ready to walk off the podium, but before he can do so, SEXY BOY lets out a roar across the arena the arena goes absolutely nuts, leaving Jericho very uneasy. Jericho turns towards the ramp and walks over to the ropes…but no one’s coming out. Jericho’s face goes from calm to frantic, back to a somewhat calm, but still very confused. The crowd is still popping their heads off, even after Michaels’ music stops. That’s because as he turns around, the AOW World Champion GETS HIT WITH SOME SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!! SHAWN MICHAELS IS HERE!! HBK, cowboy hat and jeans, has just kicked the World Champion’s teeth down his throat! Michaels has an intense, stoic stare, not changing. It doesn’t change when we see Michaels stoop down close to the fallen Jericho before mouthing the words –

“One…step…head…”


...

**COMMERCIAL BREAK**

~We return to Oblivion, at the announce table, in the middle of JBL having a cow about Shawn Michaels…

JBL:
THIS is the art of wrestling? THIS is the spirit of competition? Shawn Michaels has no right on God’s green earth to come out here and kick Chris Jericho off his podium!!! Chris Jericho is the greatest champion in the history of AOW Wrestling –

Joey Styles:
Well…he’s the only champion so far, Bradshaw…

JBL:
SHUT UP, STYLES!

Joey Styles:
Well, John, I can’t quite do that. It’s kind of my job to keep talking.

JBL:
You really want me to hit you, don’t you?

Joey Styles:
So wait – you interrupt me, threaten to hit me, and you’re berating Shawn Michaels for doing the same exact thing you wanna do? Typical Bradshaw.

JBL:
The difference is Chris Jericho deserves respect. He is the first ever champion of this fine comp’ny and a damn fine competitor. You’re not Chris Jericho, Joey.

Joey Styles:
Despite who I may or may not be, welcome to Wednesday Night Oblivion, ladies and gentlemen. You just witnessed Shawn Michaels kicking Chris Jericho’s teeth down his throat after Jericho’s championship address, but later on tonight, we’ve got Rob Van Dam facing off against Bobby Lashley to find out who will face Chris Jericho next week for that AOW World title.

“WELCOME TO WHITECHAPEL”
hits the speakers for the second time in as many weeks, as “The Ripper” Paul Burchill makes his way to the ring. Just like last week, Burchill has on a gentlemen’s coat that’s a tad ragged with a rose on it. His hair is down and covering most of his face, but what’s visible of it is his intense and dark (possibly mascaraed) eyes. The rugged looking Ripper steps up to the apron and wipes his feet on it before entering the ring, a possible homage to William Regal, but showing us that he may be a gentleman.

“MEXICANO MUY LOCO” hits now, as this is the AOW debuts of The Mexicools, Super Crazy and Psicosis. Chimel only announces Super Crazy for competition, but Psicosis stays outside the ring while Crazy gets in the ring and panders for a moment before looking at his daunting first opponent. Crazy goes over to talk to Psicosis for a split second…when Burchill attacks him from behind!!

OPENING CONTEST
“The Ripper” Paul Burchill
v.
Super Crazy

{w/Psicosis}


The dirty opening to the match immediately puts Burchill in control and forces Crazy into a corner, where Burchill delivers hard repeat right hands and giving the Crazy Luchador no room to breathe or move. Burchill then whips Crazy across the ring to the opposite corner, following him with a momentous body elbow smash that sandwiches Super Crazy’s ribs and rocks his jaw with Burch’s elbow. As Super Crazy groggily steps out of the corner, he’s clubbed in the back hard by Burchill, forcing him to the canvas.

Burchill continues his onslaught with several stomps to Crazy, though of note they’re to one particular area and that’s Crazy’s left shoulder. As the boots lay into and nearly pop the shoulder out of place, Burchill brings Crazy back to his feet and chunk him into the ropes, but on the rebound, Super Crazy ducks under a clothesline attempt and meets Burch on the rebound with some swirling headscissors! This gets a pop from the crowd, as Burchill goes flipping. He lands and rolls onto a knee, but Crazy is quick to think and act, rushing at the knee-bound Burchill, leaping off his knee, and hitting a low level leg lariat! It’s Super Crazy who attempts the first pinfall – 1…2…NO!! Burchill powers out.

Even as Burchill kicks out with authority, he’s still in shock and is still on the canvas. As Super Crazy recovers from his failed fall, he starts ascending towards the top rope. Burchill eventually gets back to a vertical base, but Crazy is already up and leaping….DIVING CROSSBODY!! DIVING CROSSBODY!!...NO? Crazy gets crazy air on the aerial maneuver, but Burchill catches him and rolls over to stop the momentum.

Almost as soon as Burchill stops rolling, we see his expression change from stoically intense to sheer anger, as he takes the still draped across his body Super Crazy , rushes across the ring, and crunches his left shoulder into the steel post. Again, it looks like Burchill is targeting something, but almost as soon as Crazy is let go after the nasty move, Burchill grabs him from behind and nails a Regal-plex! The very move innovated by his fellow Englishman effectively kills Super Crazy, but Burchill isn’t done. As Crazy’s body goes limp, Burchill takes a split second to stare at him manically before grabbing Super Crazy’s left arm he’s been targeting…and locks in the Royal Mutilation. This is what he was planning all along, as the nasty Fujiwara armbar wrenches Crazy’s shoulder out of place. We can hear the tendons ripping from the bone before Crazy, mercifully, taps out.

Winner: Paul Burchill at (3:37)

~Following that brutal beatdown, Burchill takes a microphone…


Burchill:
My name is Paul Burchill. And as you just witnessed, I am the most dangerous man in AOW Wrestling
.
~Some heat, but more buzz than anything

Burchill:
But despite my tendency to cause my fair share of pain, I am a gentlemen first and a savage second. And being the gentlemen that I am, I wish to extend my expertise of this ring to another fellow. I am in search of an apprentice
.
~More buzz here, with this maybe being an extension of the tag division…?

Burchill:
So if there’s anyone in the back here who thinks that they have what it takes to keep up with me, all I ask for you to do… is to prove it
.
~Burchill drops the mike from more buzz before his theme plays his sendoff

Joey Styles:
What an absolutely savage display here tonight from Paul Burchill, a man who looks to be of few words but of great impact.

JBL:
Paul Burchill is my kind of guy. He’s tough, rough, classy, and out to help out one of his fellow wrestlers.

Joey Styles:
No offense, John, but um…when have you ever helped out anyone?

JBL:
I’m helpin’ you righ’ now, Joey. ‘f weren’t for me, these good people would be sittin’ here listenin’ t’ you babble on about your geeky little blog posts and your Star Wars doll collection. But thanks to me, these people are gettin’ the insight of a former world champion.

Joey Styles:
They’re not dolls…they’re action figures…

JBL:
Point proven.

Joey Styles:
Yeah, well if it weren’t for me, John, these people would be sitting here listening to you ramble on about business and Republican advice as though this were a segment on CNN and –

JBL:
I make my home of Fox News, jackass! Don’t associate me with those liberal twits over on CNN who wouldn’t know how to run this country if it slapp’d’em upside their head!

Joey Styles:
Point proven.

JBL:
My offer still stands to hit you, Joey.

Joey Styles:
Come on, John. We’ve got a whole ‘nother forty-five minutes to go without killing each other.

JBL:
Don’t tempt me.

Joey Styles:
Well in order to cut down the witnesses in an impeding commentator murder trial, we’re gonna head backstage to our Green Zone, where Torrie Wilson is standing by.


We head backstage now to the Green Zone, where Torrie Wilson is indeed standing by, greeted by whistles and boners…

Torrie Wilson:
Thanks, Joey! I’m here with my guest at this time, Christian Cage!

~Christian enters the frame to a solid pop, despite his comments last week

Torrie Wilson:
So Christian, your comments last week have people buzzing. You claimed to not want Bobby Lashley to have anything to do with AOW Wrestling. People have been calling you rude, jealous, or just whiney. Could you set the record straight tonight?

Christian Cage:
Rude? Jealous? Whiney? No, no, no people just completely misunderstood my statements. I don’t mind Bobby Lashley being here, he’s a terrific asset to this roster, but I would like it even more if he just…y’know…stopped being here.

Torrie Wilson:
Well, why is that exactly, Christian?

Christian Cage:
A guy like him waltzes into a place like this and they think that just because of their name . . just because of who they are, they think they can bypass all the work the rest of us have to do and go straight to the top.

Torrie Wilson:
Do you think Bobby Lashley thinks that way…?

Christian Cage:
Do I think Bob…? Think? Torrie, I KNOW a guy like him thinks like that.

Torrie Wilson:
Well, Christian…if I may…you never gave Lashley a chance to actually tell us what he’s thinking. You just went off your assumptions and…went off. Maybe you could…y’know…ask him why he’s here exactly…?

Christian Cage
: (Pondering it over)
Y’know, Torrie…you just might be on to something. Maybe I should ask Lashley myself why he’s here…beauty and brains. Thank you, Torrie.
~Christian walks out of the frame, leaving Torrie a tad bewildered

Torrie Wilson:
Um…you’re welcome…?

**COMMERCIAL BREAK**


We return from the break in what looks like an office setting, where Paul Heyman is seen for the first time tonight. He’s directing some mover men, who’re holding a chair, where to set it down. He finally settles on right behind a fresh looking desk.

Heyman:
Thank you, gentlemen.

~Heyman shakes both men’s hands before strutting behind his desk and preparing to sit, but before he can, there’s a knock on his door.

Heyman:
Come in…I guess…

~Entering into Heyman’s office with a little bit of a cocky strut is Ken Doane

Doane:
Paul Heyman…the man himself.

Heyman:
Thank you…um…who are you, exactly…?

Doane:
I’m Ken. Ken Doane. You know…

Heyman:
(Mystified)
No…I don’t…OH!! Kenny! Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t recognize you without your megaphone and pom-poms.

Doane:
Uh…yeah.

Heyman:
What can I do ya for, Mr. Doane?
~Heyman prepares to finally sit down…

Doane:
Don’t sit down, this’ll make you stand up anyways – picture this, Mr. Heyman: Kenneth Doane, the hottest prospect in all of AOW, no, in all of wrestling, finally graces AOW with his debut…next week!

Heyman:
(Legitimately underwhelmed)
…that’s it?

Doane:
That’s it? That’s all you need, Mr. Heyman!

Heyman:
Look, Ken, I’m a busy man lately, but I’ll see what I can do with penciling you in a match next week. Just let me –

~Heyman attempts to sit down again, only for someone else to bust through the door to his new office…

???:
Hey, Paul!

Heyman:
Oh, what no - …well hey, Joe.

~A decent pop goes around for Samoa Joe approaching the desk of Heyman.

Joe:
How’s it goin’…and who’re you?

~Samoa Joe takes a peek over to Doane

Doane:
I’m Kenneth Doane, the hottest prospect in all –

Joe:
(Cuts Doane off, incredibly uninterested)
That’s great. So Heyman, I want a match against Finlay next week.

Heyman:
You and everybody else want something next week...

Joe:
Yeah, well you saw what happened last week. I can’t just let that fly. I gotta take him and show him who he’s messin’ with.

Heyman:
Hmmm…well here’s what I can do for you gentlemen. Kenny, you want your debut match. Joe, you wanna let off some steam…so how about you two meet next week, huh?

~Crowd lets out a pop for this. Kenny’s enthusiastic and cocky expression fades, as he can’t even formulate coherent sentences.

Doane:
Face…um…but…uh…

Joe:
Hm…you may not be Finlay, but I’m sure I can kick your ass like you are.

~Crowd pops a little, as Joe walks off. Kenny looks back at Heyman with an angry and confused face before eventually walking out of the frame.

Heyman:
Finally…it’s great to be the boss again.

~Heyman finally does set his butt in his seat and lets out a relaxing sigh.


~Back at ringside…

“BETTER THAN GREAT” hits the speakers, as the World’s Greatest Tag Team enters the stage. They’re getting a great reaction, especially after their showing last week. They’re still donning their gold and white attire, stepping into the ring.


Joey Styles:
And this is perhaps an incredible development. We were scheduled to have another cruiserweight contest displaying our fantastic cruiserweight division, but we’re being told that this match was specially requested not by the men they’re facing, the Hooliganz, but it was requested by the World’s Greatest Tag Team themselves!

JBL:
I said it last week and I’ll say it again - Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas are in a class unmatched by any other tag team in the world, and this just shows how much class they really have.

Joey Styles:
I will have to agree with you partner. These two teams who put on a clinic last week, are back to do it again in a very sportsmanlike manner. They are the epitome of the AOW way of the art of wrestling fighting spirit.

“LONDON CALLING”
plays now, as the Hooliganz, Paul London & Brian Kendrick explode onto the stage and down the ramp, hoping to even the score after their loss last week. They once again shake hands with the WGTT, both teams still beaming from their encounter last week. May the best team win.

MATCH 2
The World’s Greatest Tag Team (Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas)
v.
The Hooliganz (Paul London & Brian Kendrick)


Following another handshake, Haas starts again for the WGTT, while Kendrick starts this go round for the ‘ganz. The two circle each other for a moment before Kendrick attempts a lock-up, but Haas shoots behind him and gives him a hard forearm shot into a kidney. This sends Kendrick flailing towards the WGTT corner, which prompts a quick tag to Benjamin. Haas holds Kendrick still while Benjamin fires a sort of haymaker shot towards Kendrick’s ribs again. Benjamin takes Kendrick now and tosses him into the ropes, but on the rebound, Kendrick dodges a clothesline and shoots back with a low dropkick, taking out Benji’s feet. As he gets to one knee, Kendrick rebound off the ropes again and hits him with a low front dropkick square to Benjamin’s jaw.

With this, Kendrick drags Benjamin’s body towards his corner, tagging in London. Kendrick brings Benjamin to his feet, as London comes in and both men execute a double Russian leg sweep. This gets the first pinfall chance going. 1…2…NO!! Benjamin shoots his shoulder up, which London responds to by sitting Benjamin up and kicking him hard in the spine. The strain is evident on Benjamin’s face, but as London goes for a kick to the front, Benjamin lays flat and quickly gets to a vertical base, surprising London with a snapmare followed by a retaliation kick to the spine. Its London’s turn to squirm in anguish, as Benjamin tags in Haas now, who shoots across the ring and hits the sitting London with a low clothesline. This gets the WGTT their first cover – 1…2…NO!! London is still alive!

This causes Haas to wear down London now, bringing London back into a sitting position and locking in a chin lock, complete with a knee to the spine. London screams in pain, with the crowd getting hot to try and get London to escape, which finally prompts London to get to his feet and nail a few elbow shots to London’s ribs and managing to escape. London shoots off some ropes back towards the prone Haas, who promptly catches him in a hard sleeper hold that drains the crowd again. London goes reaching, but is far away from Kendrick, as Benjamin tags in behind Haas. Haas promptly then drops London with a sleeper drop before Benjamin scales to the top rope…AND NAILS A SENTON BOMB!?!? WOW!! Joey Styles calls it a “Shel-Ton Bomb”, as the crowd is now on the side of the WGTT following that, going for a cover – 1…2…3-NO!!!! London stays alive!!

Benjamin is a tad frustrated at that, and brings London to his feet, to which London responds by swinging wildly with a hard right, followed by a left swing, both of which back Benjamin away. London backpedals into some ropes and shoots back to Benjamin, dodges a clothesline, and scoots through Benjamin’s legs. London then leaps with a well-placed dropkick to the back of Benjamin’s head. This forces Benjamin forward and through the second ropes, tumbling to the floor. The crowd is hot again, with Haas dropping off the apron to tend to his partner. London takes this time to legally tag in Kendrick again, as both men back up and look at their situation…before looking at each other and rushing across the ring, and THROUGH THE ROPES WITH A DOUBLE SUICIDE DIVE!!!


Joey Styles:
These two teams are taking each other to the limit tonight!!! Who’s gonna win the rematch? Please, PLEASE don’t go anywhere!! Look at this…

**COMMERCIAL BREAK**


As we return from the break, we catch what happened during said break, as L & K whipped Haas into a steel post, eliminating him for a while. As we return to live action, Benjamin is back in the ring, but he’s unaware that Kendrick is now the legal man. He shoves Kendrick away and pulls London into the ring with him. Upon getting back into the ring, the weakened Benjamin whips London into some ropes, which London counters with a hurricanrana…but Benjamin catches him and executes a devastating powerbomb!!! Wow! Benjamin keeps his weight on London, leaving him hunched over…but the referee isn’t counting. Before Benjamin can lift his head and argue, something flies into the shot from above. It’s Brian Kendrick…as he soars from nowhere from the top rope with a sunset flip on Benjamin!!! This is a surprising cover – 1…2…3…NO!!! Benjamin finds a way to throw his feet up in a kickout!!!

The crowd is simply on fire right now, these men taking it past the point they did last week. Kendrick is wondering what he has to do now, helping London get to the apron, whose ribs are destroyed between last week and that senton bomb, before going back to the top rope. As the referee finishes trying to get London to the apron, Charlie Haas has recovered and lowers the top rope, dropping Kendrick’s family jewels on the steel post!! Kendrick’s pain explains his predicament, as Haas gets back in his corner, the WGTT showing a bit of heelness now. With Kendrick hung up, Benjamin gets a burst of energy, running and leaping to the top rope and tossing Kendrick over his head!!! The crowd is back on fire, as now both men are completely laid out. Haas is leaning over his rope, trying to prompt Benjamin to get the tag, with the crowd prompting both men to get to their corners or just get up. As London comes to on the apron, he does the same Haas does, but Kendrick is all the way across the ring. Both men start to crawl, with Benjamin gaining much more ground than Kendrick has. Benjamin eventually gets the hot tag to Haas, but as Kendrick is a fingertip away from London, he’s stopped dead by an elbow to the back by Haas, which turns into an STF!

Haas continues to try and wear down his opponents, knowing they won’t go down easily at all. The Hammerstein is still prompting Kendrick to try to get to his corner, London virtually vertical over the top rope to get the tag in, barely holding onto the tag rope. Kendrick is holding his hand out, desperate for the tag. Not able to take it anymore, London just leaps in and stomps on Haas, forcing him to release the hold. Shelton Benjamin rushes from across the ring to stop London, who hits him with a Cactus clothesline, sending both men over the top. London, however, is able to land on his feet outside, while Benjamin falls.

London is momentarily stunned, but as Haas brings Kendrick to his feet, Spanky is able to reverse a whip attempt. On this, London slides back into the ring beside Kendrick, unbeknownst to Haas until he rebounds right back, when he’s struck with a double superkick!!! The referee is quick to notice London and tells him to get of the ring, putting him out of position when Kendrick covers Haas. With this distraction, Benjamin rushes back into the fray, picks Kendrick off Haas by the waist, and nails a perfect German suplex. The crowd delivers a bit of heat for this, and London telling the ref to look behind him aren’t helping things for Kendrick. This gives Benjamin enough time to pull Haas on top of Kendrick. When the ref finally turns around he counts – 1…2…3…NO!!!! Another kick out!!! Haas pounds the mat in frustration as the match STILL isn’t over!!!

Benjamin on the apron has his hands on his head as well, not knowing what this is gonna take this time, even with the WGTT pulling everything out. Haas, still a bit groggy, runs his fingers through his hair momentarily before exhaustingly pulling Kendrick to his feet, but instead he eats a jawbreaker that sends him reeling a bit. Kendrick takes a second to run over to Benjamin and bash him in the face one good time and off the apron before turning back to Haas, grabbing him in the front facelock, and hitting the Sliced Bread #2!!! The crowd is popping hard, as Kendrick finally tags in London, who’s already halfway up to the top rope. When he gets there, Kendrick leaps through the second rope feet first to kick Shelton Benjamin square in the chest, both men falling to the outside. London sees the way is clear now and leaps and spins with the 450 Splash!! A cover – 1…2…3…!!!

Winners: Paul London & Brian Kendrick at (11:39)


Joey Styles:
Wow…just…wow…I’m speechless and I can barely breathe…just wow…

JBL:
It’s not very often I don’t have much to say, but goodness…goodness…you wanna talk about the best that this sport has t’ offer? I don’t think anyone should look further than these four men righ’ here.

Joey Styles:
I’m with you, John. The World’s Greatest Tag Team pulled out all the stops, shedding a sportsman image and still couldn’t keep the Hooliganz down this week.


As the Ballroom and the commentators go nuts, London and Kendrick are helping each other get to their feet and get their hands raised, although London's ribs are probably pudding right now. Behind them now, the World’s Greatest Tag Team have gotten to their feet and are awaiting the Hooliganz to turn towards them. When they finally do, both teams have a brief staredown before the WGTT extend their hands. London and Kendrick look at each other for a second before shaking the hands of the men they just defeated, in an exact opposite image of last week’s encounter. The crowd gives both teams a great ovation, but as the Hooliganz turn to walk away, Benjamin and Haas…don’t let go of their handshakes. This jerks L & K back center ring for a second, with Benjamin and Haas again showing an intense as hell staredown. Sportsman as they may be…this isn’t over.

Quote:
**Video Package**

There is a creature alive today…

We see a shot of what looks to be that of a gargantuan 7-foot, heavyset being in the shadows

That has survived millions of years of evolution…

The man steps from the shadows, head down, face still concealed by an equally enormous hoodie

Without change…

A quick shot flashes of the man ROARING while grabbing a man by the throat in the middle of a ring

Without passion…

The giant lifts and chokeslams the man into the ground, causing the canvas to crack and the ring to collapse

And without remorse…

The giant rolls up his sleeve, revealing a taped fist the size of a bowling ball

It lives to kill; a merciless, monstrous machine….

The ‘monstrous machine’ prepares, as another man rushes towards the beast

It will attack and destroy anything…

The hooded giant swings his giant fist, crushing the attacking man’s jaw as if it were a wrecking ball

It is as if God created the devil and made him…

Flashback to the shot of the giant in the hood standing alone, still surrounded by shadows

…GREAT

The giant finally raises his head, but before we can see his face, the screen cuts to black, where we then see the words –

~Paul “The Great” Wright~
COMING SOON TO AOW
**COMMERCIAL BREAK**

~We return to the Green Zone, where this time, The Miz has a microphone...

The Miz:
This is Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, the single BEST interviewer in the wrestling world. And I’m here with my guest at this time, a man who’s considered one of the greatest cruiserweights of all time, yet a man who falls far short of my standards and…well falls far short of everything else – Rey Mysterio, Jr
.
~The crowd lets out a big reaction to Rey, who’s not too thrilled at his introduction

The Miz:
How are ya, Rey?

Mysterio
: (Dryly)
I feel great, Miz, thanks.

The Miz:
I just have a burning question for you, Rey – what do you plan to prove here in AOW? I mean, a guy of your size can’t possibly be having big dreams here in AOW, can you?

Mysterio:
Miz, you sound exactly like everyone I’ve ever met in my entire career. No one has ever thought I’d be able to make it or do anything. But y’know something, Miz? I’ve never let any of that keep me back or hold me down. I’ve let it fuel me. So Miz, thanks for the fuel. I’ll need it to go the extra mile and be the best in AOW.

~The crowd lets out a roar of approval for the hard-fighting Rey. But almost as soon as Mysterio’s statement is over, the screen keeps breaking in and out with static before becoming overwhelmed with the static. It stays that way for a second before the screen looks like a home video camera has been set up. We see what looks to be a small room with no one there, when suddenly, Gregory Helms’s face jumps into the frame.

Gregory Helms:
So Rey Mysterio gets an interview, and I don’t? Rey Mysterio gets consideration as one of the greatest cruiserweights of all time? Please. Rey Mysterio, you’ve just been hacked by Helms – Gregory Helms, to be exact.

~Helms pauses to shake his head

Gregory Helms:
You’ve been hacked, Rey Mysterio, because you don’t deserve airtime over me. Has Rey Mysterio ever held a championship for over a year? My records show that - NO Rey Mysterio has not! So he cannot be the greatest cruiserweight of all time. But I have. So I am!

~A bit of heat can be heard

Gregory Helms:
Y’know, I was gonna do this and call myself the “Best in the World”. But it’s come to my attention that somebody’s already taken that one – some punk by the name of Bryan Danielson.

~A pop for the name of the man seen in the same screen as HBK last week

Gregory Helms:
I’ve never seen or heard of Bryan Danielson. So how can he be the “Best in the World”, much less, be a better cruiserweight than me? I’m gettin’ reports that this guy weights 180. 180? There’s cruiserweights and then there’s you-need-to-eat-weight.

~heat for the dig on Danielson

Gregory Helms:
In due time, Rey Mysterio, Bryan Danielson, and anybody else who wants to say they’re better than Gregory Helms, they’d better stand back. ‘Cause there’s a hurtin’ that’s gonna be comin’ through!

*END TRANSMISSION*


~Back at ringside…

“WALK” begins to blare across the Hammerstein, as it again goes nuts for Rob Van Dam walking out to the “House That He Built”. The fans chant along with Van Dam’s thumbs before he gets into the ring. Van Dam is still in his chill nature, but he’s definitely not gonna let up on Lashley tonight.

“HELL WILL BE AT YOUR DOOR” begins to play, and just like last week, Bobby Lashley comes out to the stage with a great deal of undeserved heat. The smarks still are shooting the boos towards Lashley just for being Lashley, but just like last week, “The Real Deal” remains unphased.

MAIN EVENT
~#1 Contender’s Match~

Rob Van Dam
v.
Bobby Lashley


Lashley and RVD meet center ring in a competitive staredown with the crowd getting behind them. Van Dam, knowing good and well that he’s got this crowd in his back pocket against the smark heat-magnet that is Lashley, raises his thumbs again, as the crowd joins in – “ROB! VAN! DAM!” With that, RVD just nods his head towards Lashley, who can’t really rely on the crowd to retaliate. Instead, Lashley goes with what he does have – sheer power. Lashley backs up a step before extending his arm, looking for a strength test. Van Dam ponders it over for a second before accepting Lashley’s bait, locking fingers up high with Lashley. They lock fingers on with their other hands, seeming even at first, but then Lashley begins to overwhelm Van Dam before Van Dam slides between the open legs of Lashley, sending him off the ropes. As Lashley turns to him, Van Dam’s momentum is stunted when he runs right into Lashley’s unflinching shoulder.

Van Dam quickly gets to his feet following this, nodding his head rapidly, knowing he might have to rethink a strategy. It’s Van Dam who offers up his hand this time for a strength test, with Lashley accepting. As the two lock grips again, Lashley again begins to overpower RVD, when RVD does the exact same thing – he scoots through Lashley’s legs. But this time, Van Dam keeps the fingers locked and causes Lashley to flip over, then holds onto Lashley’s legs and bridges, prompting a nifty small package pin. 1…2…NO!! Lashley unwinds the package and gets to his feet this time, having potentially underestimated Van Dam’s speed and flexibility.

Both men having fully seen what they might be up against, Van Dam again offers up the strength test. Lashley is hesitant to accept it this time, but eventually does. As Lashley’s fingers touch RVD’s, Van Dam drops with a split and nails Lashley with a throat thrust, totally stunning the big man. RVD uses this to get to his feet and nail the high aimed, high impact spinning crescent kick. Lashley falls to the canvas now, Van Dam tries for another cover – 1…2…NO!! RVD is forced off by a very much still alive Lashley. RVD takes it a step further and rushes towards some ropes, before rebounding with a cartwheel-into-a-moonsault….but he’s caught in mid-move by Lashley into a sort of spinning spinebuster move!!! Lashley shocks the crowd by again catching Van Dam in mid move, this one potentially fatal. As Lashley moves to cover RVD, the crowd starts to buzz and let out a bit of a pop. This obviously isn’t for Lashley…so who’s it for…Christian? Christian Cage is standing on the entrance stage, microphone in hand, and proceeds to come down the aisle.


Christian Cage:
So I was told that maybe I’ve been a little unfair to you, Bobby Lashley. I’ve been told that I came off last week as a jealous, pious, and just a downright rude guy. But I’m none of those things. I don’t have any problem with you here, Bobs, I would just very much like it if you left.

~Christian says all this while walking down the aisle, having now reached the base of the ramp

Christian Cage:
But in sight of my disapproval of your presence here in AOW, I did indeed lose sight. I never really allowed you the chance to tell us why exactly you’re here.


As Lashley is looking up from the canvas, he walks over to the ring ropes closest to CC and stares down on him, back completely to RVD.

Christian Cage:
So Bobby Lashley, please tell all of us here why exactly are you here…? Why did you leave a –


As Christian finally tries to get Lashley to talk, RVD has taken the opportunity to grapple Lashley from around the waist, force him into the ropes, and roll him back with a victory roll. 1…2….NO!!! Lashley manages to throw RVD from off the top of him.

Christian Cage:
Woh, watch yourself there, Bobs. You almost got caught. But if you could answer my question, why did you leave a company you were very comfortable in and come here to the young, promising, AOW?


Lashley is in no place to answer this question, even as Christian jumps on the apron and juts the microphone into the ring. As Lashley gets to his feet following the kickout, he takes RVD and whips him into the ropes closest to Christian’s arm now, prompting Christian to say “Come on, Bobs. Just answer the question.” Lashley ignores this, swats the hand away, and gives Van Dam a pair of hard rights in the corner before taking him and whipping Van Dam into a short-arm clothesline. This folds RVD over, but Christian is getting agitated.

Christian Cage:
Bobby Lashley, answer my question: Why are you here in AOW when you don’t need to be?


Again, Lashley ignores this to attempt to cover Van Dam – 1…2…NO!! RVD kicks out! As Lashley reaches down to bring RVD to his feet, Van Dam’s educated feet kick Lashley square in the side of the head. Lashley backpedals a bit into the ropes, where Christian hops up onto the apron behind Lashley, again sticking the microphone in his face.

Christian Cage: (Increasingly agitated)
Why. . are. . you. . here…?


Lashley shoves the microphone out of his face before approaching Van Dam again, who greets him with another high crescent kick…but Lashley ducks! The kick keeps going, however, and Van Dam lands a low back sweep that takes Lashley’s feet from beneath him. Christian’s face is growing more and more angry.

Christian Cage:
Hey, don’t ignore me! ANSWER ME!


Christian’s so annoying now that Van Dam has to address him. Van Dam just looks over with a “dude, shut up” line, which doesn’t help Christian’s attitude right now. Christian even starts to climb into the ring, but the referee advises him not to. While that goes on, Van Dam is kicking the spine of a sit-up Lashley repeatedly. Van Dam follows up on this with a flipping neck snap, Lashley’s neck getting whiplash. Lashley’s head hits the canvas hard as well. Van Dam nears a corner, seeing Christian nearby and tells him to “go away, dude”. We can hear Christian tell him “I’m on your side, Rob!” Van Dam leaps onto the rope with the split-legged moonsault…but Lashley rolls out of the way! As Van Dam crashes and burns, Lashley is able to get to his feet, looking Christian on the apron in the eye.

Christian Cage:
Is there a reason you won’t answer me, Lashley? Is it because you’ve got nothing to say on account of me already having figured you out…? I will NOT be ignored! Why. .are. . you. . here…?


Lashley just shakes his head at Christian, before turning back to Rob Van Dam…but he’s not in the spot where he was left a minute ago. By the time Lashley figures out where RVD is, he gets hit with a diving side kick from the top rope!! Lashley’s godly build goes down hard to a smirk from Christian, as Van Dam covers – 1…2…3-NO!!! Lashley kicks out! Van Dam looks up to see Christian still on the apron, before Van Dam tells him, again to “leave it alone, dude”.

Christian Cage:
I’m on your side, Rob! I want answers for you too! But fine, if you want me to chill –

~Christian drops from the apron and grabs a nearby steel chair and sets it up outside the ring, right next to a corner.

Christian Cage:
…I’ll just chill right here. I can wait.


RVD takes Lashley, whom he planned to cover but is now futile, and attempts to bring him to his feet. While he’s doing this, Lashley springs to life momentarily again and tosses him over his head with a vicious belly-to-belly! Both men are down now, as they’ve both taken their blows and are reaching a fatigue pitch. The referee quickly checks on both men before beginning a double knockout –

…1...

….2…

…3…

…4…

…5…
{Christian (not into the mike): Don’t get knocked out, Bobs, then you can’t answer my question!}

…6….
Lashley starts brewing, and gets to his feet first. He’s close to Christian’s corner, who rises from his chair and jumps on the apron again, and sticks his mike-grasped hand into the ropes.


Christian Cage:
So Lashley – can you finally tell us why you’re here? Or was I right in saying you –


Christian is cut off when Lashley shoves the microphone back into Christian’s face hard, almost causing Captain Charisma to fall off the apron. The mike goes tumbling, as Christian’s face is now just one of sheer rage, while Lash’s is only slightly agitated. RVD, on the other side of the ring, has finally recovered in the opposite corner. While Christian and Lashley stare down, Christian finally sets foot into the ring. The referee jumps on Christian, telling him that he can’t come in and has to leave now. While that goes on, we see RVD rushing towards the corner, boot high, aimed for Lashley…Lash moves, Christian manages to dodge, but the referee gets clocked in the back of the head.

The referee goes tumbling, Lashley moves to the opposite corner, as RVD is now in the corner with Christian, exchanging some harsh words.

“I’m on your side, Rob!”
“What’s my side? The whiney, jealous side?”
“You know as well as I do why he’s here!”
“Open your eyes, dude. No one agrees with you!”
“I’m doing this for you! Get rid of him, and the right people flourish!”
“Don’t ever speak for me, dude. Or for anyone else. Get over yourself.”

As Van Dam turns around, he’s greeted with a Lashley Spear attempt…RVD sidesteps…AND CHRISTIAN IS NAILED WITH THE SPEAR. Lashley seems to smile a bit, but he’s getting a very positive reaction from the crowd. Christian goes rolling out of the ring, but unfortunately for Lashley, he gets to his feet only to be drilled in the head with a Rob Van Dam roundhouse. The hot pop Lashley just got goes right into the pocket of Van Dam, who follows this up by immediately leaping to the top rope. The crowd is white hot as Van Dam leaps…AND HITS THE FIRST FIVE STAR FROG SPLASH IN AOW HISTORY!!! The final cover – 1…2…3…!!!

Winner and NEW #1 contender: Rob Van Dam at (9:49)


Joey Styles:
RVD’s done it!! RVD’s done it!!! He will face Chris Jericho for the AOW world title!!

JBL:
And he had Christian to thank.

Joey Styles:
Did you not hear RVD? He told Christian to get lost!

JBL:
Oh, and he wasn’t a distraction? He wasn’t a big, whiney, long-winded distraction?

Joey Styles:
Woh, woh, woh…what’s going on here…


What’s going on is RVD looking back at the downed Lashley, where we can hear him mutter the words “You’re okay, dude. You’re okay.” As RVD rolls out the ring, however, he meets Christian. The two stare down for a second, before RVD speaks up.

“Don’t speak for the locker room, man. Speak for you. And don’t do for us. Do for you, dude.”

Van Dam keeps going on up the ramp, but takes a look back to Christian, who’s been staring at the spot RVD was just standing in a few seconds ago, stoic. He then gets a spark and rushes to the other side of the ring, grabbing the steel chair he had been sitting in moments ago. RVD is reading his intentions a mile away, as Christian slides into the ring, raising the chair aimed for the still downed Lashley – but RVD catches it before it can come down! The two men are in a tug-of-war for the steel chair, which Christian finally wins by punting Van Dam in the gut, then SMASHING THE CHAIR ACROSS THE SKULL OF VAN DAM.

Lashley, now standing on his own, sees the whole thing. Christian has an almost apologetic, completely stunned look on his face, as though he didn’t mean to do what he just did. Lashley makes a short burst towards Christian, which sends Christian scurrying through the ropes, steel chair still in hand. The crowd’s heat that they’ve usually been aiming towards Lashley is POURING on Christian right now. As Christian, still with a somewhat confused and apologetic look on his face, backs up the ramp, he’s getting pelted with garbage. The final image of Oblivion is Christian, seemingly sorry, and Bobby Lashley attempting to revive RVD as we…

Fade…

To…

Black…

END SHOW




*aohdubya.com exclusive off-air footage*


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Bobby Lashley and the official help Van Dam get to his feet to a grandeur pop. After RVD shakes the cobwebs out of his skull, he shakes hands with Lashley center ring before raising Lashley’s hand to another rousing round of cheers. Lashley finally gets the reaction intended for him in AOW.

Before both men can leave the ring, however, Paul Heyman comes from the back and into the ring, shakes hands with both men before taking a microphone.

Heyman:
Gentlemen, I and these fans would like to thank you for that incredible display of, full of what AOW is all about.
~A burst of cheers

Heyman:
However, I do have a message concerning next week. That’s when you, RVD, will face Chris Jericho for the AOW World title.
~RVD nods in approval, as the Hammerstein approves as well

Heyman:
And just to show Chris Jericho who still has the power around here…I’m going to appoint a Special Guest Referee.
~A bit of buzz

Heyman:
Next week on Oblivion it’ll be Chris Jericho versus Rob Van Dam for the World title…with Special Guest Referee Shawn Michaels!
~A big pop from the crowd and a smirk from Van Dam, knowing what happened earlier in the show

Heyman:
One step ahead, huh Chris?
~Heyman smiles into the camera

Heyman:
Thank you all for attending this evening, join us, next week, and do it all again!
~The crowd lets out one final pop as the camera stops rolling
.:Confirmed for next week:.


~AOW World Championship~
Special Guest Referee:
Shawn Michaels
Chris Jericho(c) v. Rob Van Dam

Samoa Joe v. Ken Doane


Hope things still make a bit of sense. Still tryin to find my bearings.
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Old 07-18-2011, 02:43 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Before I start my review, I just want to point out a mistake that you made. In the "Announced for Next Week" section, you have only the AOW title match posted, but you also announced Samoa Joe VS Ken Doane. Just throwing that out there. Also, I want to thank you for popping in and reviewing my BTB, that was cool of you, buddy! Anywhozzles, on to my review!

The Chris Jericho promo at the beginning was a good way to kick things off strong. It really did help set the tone for Chris' new character, and helps set the tone for what to expect from his championship reign. I do feel that Shawn Michaels' run in was a little too typical of an event to happen, but it didn't really take away from anything, and it puts a little bit of heat in their feud, which it looks like your going to make happen. Plus, I'm looking forward to HBK getting called out as a hypocrite for being a role model to kids, and then going around and doing something like that (I'm sure you could make that sound so much better!)

The Mexicools debuting was something I wasn't really expecting (Maybe I'm having a brain fart, but I don't remember seeing them in your roster), but the show-stealer for that portion was Paul Burchill. The way you portrayed his character makes Burchill one of the people I can't wait to see more of, especially with the protege angle.

The Heyman-Doane-Joe promo was kind of a nice little comedy break (I thought it was funny, anyway), and I can't wait to see little Kenny get killed by Joe next week! I have a feeling that Finlay's going to get involved in that, somehow...

WGTT-Hooliganz II was just as good as their first match up, if not better! I'm hoping that III will be for the tag team titles, because the tag team division could be built around either one of these teams with how your building them.

I feel that you could use a bit of variety with the Paul Wright debut promo's. I mean, doing the same promo again gets the job done in building buzz around the guy, but the first time I read it, I was generally excited to see the debut, the second time around it was just meh.

Rey Mysterio's little promo was a good way to establish his character, and Miz as the heel interviewer is working out really well, but the show stealer was Gregory Helms hacking into the green screen and jiving a bit about Mysterio and Danielson! This helps build some buzz around your cruiserweight division (Side note- Please keep Rey in the CW division. He's more exciting that way, and he would make a great veteran character in that division).

RVD-Lashley was good for what it was (I wasn't a big fan of Lashley's in ring work, so I couldn't really get into reading the match), but Christian's interference with trying to get answers from Lashley in the middle of the match made it interesting to read. It's no shock that Christian's interference kind of cost Lashley the match, but Christian accidentally beaming RVD in the head with the chair kind of was. It looks like your building Christian up to be a heel, and that's a good move, in my opinion.

The announcement of RVD-Jericho next week for the title and HBK as the referee is a little.... I don't know how to feel about this. Having the match so soon instead of having somewhat of a build for it is kind of disappointing to me. I understand that the main focus of this is the HBK-Y2J feud, but a little side feud between Y2J and RVD would have been enjoyable to read. I doubt that your going to let me down with this, though, so I'm not going to bitch about it too much.

All in all, this week's show is just as good as last week's. No better, but definitely no worse. I'm excited to read next week's, mate, and I'm hoping that you dive into the other titles pretty soon, as well!
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Your company is called Art of War Wrestling and yet, no Abyss? Really?
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