Learning to break kayfabe
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Rainy Old England
It started in the days leading up to Over the Limit 2012. The Board of Directors was displeased, shaken by fragile ratings, dwindling income and an increasingly agitated fanbase. Although Chairman Vince McMahon was confident due to the lack of real competition, there was a call for action in order to stop this downward momentum. The people would need to be inspired again.
General Manager John Laurinaitis was deemed at the heart of much of WWE's recent traumas. Despite his obsequeious attitude and presidential smile, fans were growing increasingly aggravated by the actions of the man who brought "People Power" into the WWE Universe. Even as they plotted against him, he dropped a golden opportunity into their lap by making a match between himself and John Cena.
The Board took matters into their own hands. Should Cena win the match, John Laurinaitis would be terminated and a search for new managers would begin. The Super Show was not having the impact hoped - brand crossovers had been working towards an eventual roster unification but it seemed this only aggravated fans further. The plans would be abandoned and roster competition would be reintroduced and intensified. Ratings would be had.
The night came, the air was tense. John Cena tormented and teased Laurinaitis, but perhaps too long. The fated moment came when 'Big Johnny' fled the ring and escaped through the crowd. It seemed like he would be lost, but then came Big Show. The pair returned, the recently fired Big Show hauling John Laurinaitis back into the ring. Laurinaitis pleaded with Big Show, but his pleas were unheard. The giant shook his head and shoved his former boss into Cena's waiting arms. The AA was delivered and Cena was counted the victor, 1 2 3.
The crowd erupted into celebration and applause, fans and haters of Cena alike delighted to see John Laurinaitis' defeat. Now would be the time of their victory...or would it?
ONE! TWO! Ziggler kicks out at two.As Truth circles the ring trying to work up the crowd, Ziggler staggers to his feet again. Truth turns and jumps to deliver a standing dropkick, but Ziggler ducks and Truth crashes onto his back for this first time in the match. Ziggler now climbs onto the turnbuckle and leaps at Truth with the flying elbow, crashing down on him. He goes for the pin.
ONE! TWO! Truth powers out at one.Ziggler looks frustrated but captures Truth in a headlock, followed by a headstand, attempting to show off; Truth, however uses the moment to knock Ziggler off balance and he loses grip. Truth rolls him up, trying to snatch a victory.
ONE! TWO! Ziggler kicks out just before the two.Swagger meanwhile has climbed up onto the edge of the mat and seems ready to interfere. The Ref sees this and turns to yell at him. He gestures for both Vickie and Swagger to leave the arena, ejecting them. The two are furious and argue even as they leave. Ziggler turns to argue with the Ref in the corner, then notices R Truth rushing in towards him. He ducks out of the way and Truth collides shoulder-first with the steel post, giving Ziggler his opening. He catches the Champion from behind and hits him with the Zig-Zag and knocking him out cold. Dropping to the mat, he hooks R-Truth's leg for the cover.[/i]
ONE! TWO! THREE! Ziggler looks ecstatic!
MATCH WINNER: Dolph Ziggler by Pinfall over R-Truth
MATCH WINNER: Natalya by Submission over Beth Phoenix"Ladies and Gentlemen, your winner and the new number one contender for the Divas Championship: Natalya!"
ONE! Santino powers out effortlessly.Standing up, Otunga delivers an elbow drop to Santino's heart, then stands and delivers another. He goes for a third but Santino rolls out of the way, leaving Otunga to land elbow-first on the mat. Otunga holds his arm in pain as Santino pulls himself to his feet. The Champ and Otunga move for each other and Santino delivers a pair of Arm Drags. As Otunga tries to get to his feet, Santino climbs atop him and locks him into a Camel Clutch to the cheers of the crowd. Otunga fights against the move but cannot break out of it. Realizing he is close to the ropes, he manages to successfully drag himself within arm's reach and forces a Rope Break.
ONE! TWO! THREE! Santino can't kick out, Otunga is the winner!
MATCH WINNER: David Otunga by Pinfall over Santino Marella
MATCH WINNER: Lord Tensai by Contract Retrieval
ONE! TWO! Bryan breaks the pin with a kick to the ribs.Now Jericho and Bryan face each other and the submission specialist has a grin on his face as he slips under his opponent's arms and applies a waist lock. Jericho easily counters with an elbow to the face and goes to attempt another Codebreaker but Bryan is expecting it and slips out without much trouble, countering with an attempted leg sweep which Jericho hops over before delivering a vicious Enzuigiri to Bryan, who collapses.
ONE! TWO! The Miz kicks out at two.Del Rio and Jericho begin to stand and move towards Bryan with a scowl. Backing away from an angry Del Rio, he doesn't see Jericho coming from behind and an improvised Codebreaker is delivered to his back, leaving Bryan writing on the ground in pain. As Jericho stands he turns to mock the crowd, not noticing Del Rio sneak up from behind and put Bryan into the Cross Arm-Breaker. Jericho notices after a few seconds of arguing with someone in the crowd, and immediately turns to deliver a boot to Del Rio, only for the former Hispanic Champion roll out of the way.
ONE! TWO! Miz barely kicks out at two-and-a-half!Jericho looks down at Miz, and then to the ropes, before running to the ropes and springboarding off for a Lionsault. He's on-target and strikes the Miz, hooking him again for the pin.
ONE! TWO! Del Rio breaks the count with a leaping axe-handle!Jericho looks furious at his inability to win this match so far and turns on Del Rio. Chris opens their exchange with a wide roundhouse kick but Del Rio ducks the attack and pulls Jericho into the double knee armbreaker. As Jericho rolls out of the ring while clutching his arm, Miz staggers to his feet and Del Rio rushes at him, delivering a vicious clothesline to knock him over the top rope and out onto the floor.
ONE! TWO! THREE! Bryan's done it, he's won with an injured arm!As the crowd erupts, Bryan staggers away, eager to stay out of the way of any angry losers. With his one good arm, he points to the arena's ceiling with repeated calls of "Yes! Yes! Yes!"
MATCH WINNER: Daniel Bryan by Pinfall over Alberto del Rio.
MATCH WINNER: Draw due to Simultaneous Victory."I don't know about you Cole but I can't believe that Punk had the guts to jump off that post onto Cena. That was a huge drop and you have no idea how much it hurts to land on someone like that." King said in shock, still reeling from the loss of the announce table and the high-flying move by Punk.
Jackson tumbles over the top rope but manages to hold on to the rope.Hunico turns and kicks McIntyre in the gut, then locks him into a headlock, only for McIntyre to push him into the corner roughly, using his strength advantage. McIntyre hits Hunico with repeated shoulder thrusts. Pulling Hunico out of the corner, he delivers a crushing Northern Lights Suplex, leaving Hunico limp and lifeless in the ring. Ezekiel Jackson moves back into the ring and delivers several fists to McIntyre. McIntyre returns ths fists but Jackson soon gets the upper hand. McIntyre is staggered by one blow and turns, only to see Khali coming at him with an open-handed chop. The Scot ducks out of the way and the blow hits Jackson square in the face.
FIRST ELIMINATION: Camacho eliminated by Drew McIntyre.
Jackson is tipped over the ropes again but manages to hold onto the top rope, barely keeping his feet from touching the floor.McIntyre staggers as Hunico stands up again. Hunico points at Khali as he turns around and McIntyre nods. Both men move to attack Khali simultaneously, but as Hunico strikes him, catching the giant's attention, McIntyre turns away and goes after Jackson, hitting him with a powerful clothesline even as the big man tries to climb back in.
SECOND ELIMINATION: Ezekiel Jackson eliminated by Drew McIntyre.McIntyre turns to the crowd and yells in triumph. Meanwhile Hunico has been overpowered on his own against Khali and is picked up with both fists, slamming him down back-first onto the ring. Hornswoggle appears back in the ring and points at Khali, then at Hunico, trying to guide him into throwing Hunico out of the ring. Khali picks up Hunico with one hand and tries to tip him over the ropes, but Hunico clings on for dear life. McIntyre takes the chance to sneak up behind them and grabs Hornswoggle, raising him over his head and throwing him out of the ring at Jackson, who is just starting to retreat from the ring. The two collapse in a pile of bodies.
THIRD ELIMINATION: Hornswoggle eliminated by Drew McIntyre."Drew McIntyre is on a roll here, guys, I think he's going to win this one!" Michael Cole said excitedly.
FOURTH ELIMINATION: The Great Khali eliminated by Drew McIntyre.McIntyre turns to the crowd and roars triumphantly, before grinning like a fool. Hunico rolls into the ring from under the bottom rope and stands up as a confident Drew McIntyre strides around the ring, looking extremely sure of himself. Camacho appears and climbs up onto the apron, shouting at McIntyre. The Scot delivers a punch to Camacho's face for his trouble, knocking him back onto the floor. Hunico doesn't seem impressed and slingshots off the ropes, running at McIntyre to execute a leaping dropkick that connects with the Scot's face as he turns around, sending him tumbling backwards and over the top rope out of the ring.
FINAL ELIMINATION: Drew McIntyre eliminated by Hunico.McIntyre slams his fist into the ground in anger, his look of triumph turned to one of rage. Hunico points and laughs at the fallen Scot and takes the moment to show off to the crowd. The camera zooms in on a McIntyre whose anger quickly turns to remorse. The Scot kicks at the ground in frustration and retreats from the ring as Camacho joins Hunico to celebrate his victory.
ONE! TWO! Sandow kicks out at two.Ryback does not look too surprised but immediately picks Sandow up and onto his shoulder, looking for the Oklahoma Stampede into the turnbuckle, but Sandow manages to wriggle out of his grasp and slips his arms around Ryback's legs, rolling the big man up into a pin.
ONE! TWO! Ryback kicks out just before the two and rolls to his feet.Ryback charges for another clothesline but Sandow ducks underneath him and Ryback slingshots off the ropes to try again. Sandow leaps into the air and delivers a dropkick to the head of Ryback, this time knocking the beast on his back. Sandow scrambles for the cover.
ONE! Ryback kicks out almost immediately.Sandow begins to look visibly frustrated, the match is not as easy as he expected. As Ryback shakes his head and tries to gather his surroundings, Sandow leaps into the air to deliver a knee drop to the head of Ryback, knocking him back down onto his back. He delivers another two sharp kicks to the chest, before moving to Ryback's legs and twisting him into a neat Figure four leglock - his signature Idol Lock. The normally indomitable Ryback finally starts to show some signs of pain as Sandow puts the pressure on, but seems nowhere near tapping out.
ONE! TWO! THREE!Sandow seems to be stunned by the fact that he has lost the match. Stumbling away from the ring, he glares at Ryback one last time before disappearing into the back. Ryback continues to storm around the ring, swinging his arms in time to his theme and chanting 'Feed me!' to the crowd. The Goldberg chants are not fully silenced.
MATCH WINNER: Ryback by Pinfall over Damien Sandow.
ONE! TWO! Jey powers out just before the two count.Young immediately pulls Jey into the corner and tags in O'Neil, who begins delivering sharp kicks to Jey as soon as he climbs in. He props up Jey against the turnbuckles and delivers a series of chops to his sternum, stopping just before the four count. Backing off for just a moment, he picks up Jey and turns, delivering a vicious Fallaway Slam into the corner. O'Neil immediately goes for the pin.
ONE! TWO! Jey's foot moves onto the rope.The referee points at the leg and Titus pulls it in and hooks it for another pinfall attempt.
ONE! TWO! Jey kicks out just before the three count and the Usos still alive in this matchup.Darren Young is tagged in by Titus O'Neil and Jimmy begins to pound his foot against the apron, trying to rally the crowd behind Jey. As Darren Young goes to punch Jey, he catches his arm and pops him up into the air, catching him on his shoulders to deliver the Alley-Us Samoan Drop into the middle of the ring. Jey rolls on the floor in pain and tries to reach his partner for a tag, as does Titus. They both tag in simultaneously and Jimmy rushes in, catching Young in the irish whip and sending him into an uppercut delivered by Jey, who is soon pestered out of the ring by the referee.
ONE! TWO! Titus O'Neil saves the matchup with a kick to the ribs of Jey Uso.Jimmy takes the interference poorly and leaps over the ropes to go after Titus, who catches him in the irish whip and drives him into the corner. Titus charges in to attempt the Body Avalanche but Jimmy rolls out of the way, leaving Titus to run into the turnbuckle on his own. As Titus turns, Jimmy delivers the superkick to his chin and seems to knock the Superstar out cold. Jey Uso seems to be climbing the ropes onto the corner and he poses at the top while Jimmy drags O'Neil out of the ring.
ONE! TWO! THREE! Jimmy tries to come in to save the matchup but is too late.Jimmy checks on his brother while Darren Young celebrates first on his own and then with Titus O'Neil, their arms raised in the air victoriously. Jimmy helps to roll Jey out of the ring and checks on him with the help of the referee. Darren and Titus continue to celebrate, when Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler appear out of the back, running down the ramp and sliding into the ring wearing just their street clothes. Unprepared for their sudden appearance, Darren Young is caught by Swagger who pulls him up and delivers a powerful falling powerbomb. Titus moves to try and help him only to have Ziggler catch him from behind with the Zig-Zag, knocking him out cold. The pair deliver a series of ferocious kicks to their fallen forms.
MATCH WINNER: Darren Young and Titus O'Neil by Darren Young Pinfall over Jey Uso
ONE! TWO! AJ kicks out at two.Layla shakes her head and the two lock up in the middle of the ring, where Layla starts to overpower AJ and press her back towards the corner. As this happens, Daniel Bryan walks out onto the stage with a microphone in hand to a chorus of both boos and "Yes!" chants.
MATCH WINNER: Layla El due to AJ's DisqualificationAJ is forcibly dragged out of the ring by several Referees after nearly half a minute of beating. Layla El isn't moving and a medical team is soon sent to try and recover her. AJ at first continues her psychotic glare, before looking slightly sad and stopping her resistance to the officials removing her. She leaves the arena willingly.
ONE! TWO! Rhodes powers out at two.As Rhodes stumbles to his feet, Christian walks up to him, seemingly ready to continue. Rhodes leaps forward and knocks Christian off his feet with a shoulder barge to the knee, surprising the Champion with the move. Not hesitating, Rhodes reaches down and drags Christian up to his feet, putting him into an inverted facelock to set up the Cross Rhodes. He grins at the crowd for a moment and goes to hit the finisher, only for Christian to wriggle out as Rhodes starts to roll him. Christian slips out and pushes Rhodes away but the challenger is not defeated that easily. As Christian chases him, Rhodes springboards off the ropes to deliver a Beautiful Disaster kick to the head of the Champion. Christian collapses and Rhodes goes for the cover.
ONE! TWO! Christian kicks out at two-and-a-half.Rhodes can't believe it, he was sure he won that match. Cody looks frustrated and goes to the corner, climbing up onto the top rope. Christian stumbles to his feet only to find Cody leaping at him in a moonsault too late for him to stop. Both crash to the ground in a mess of bodies and Rhodes goes for the cover again.
ONE! TWO! Christian kicks out again at two-and-a-half.Rhodes strikes the mat with a fist in anger and starts to argue with the referee. As he argues Christian seems to be recovering, having moved back into the corner so that he can get back on his feet. Christian starts to do Edge's theatrics, preparing himself for a spear as Cody turns around. He leaps at Rhodes and the spear connects, allowing him to hook the leg for another pinfall attempt.
ONE! TWO! Rhodes kicks out just past two.Christian wastes no time and backs into his corner, climbing up the ropes to the top with confidence. As Rhodes slowly tries to get back to his feet, Christian leaps towards him, rotating into the air to deliver a diving reverse elbow that knocks Cody straight back off his feet. Rhodes clambers to his feet soon after and Christian is not far after. As Cody charges at him, Christian seems ready to counter into a back body drop, but Cody slides under it and delivers an uppercut to Christian's jaw, surprising him.
ONE! TWO! Cody digs up hidden willpower and kicks out just before the third count hits the mat.Christian holds up two fingers and looks at the ref in disbelief, but the ref just nods and motions to carry on. Christian climbs up onto the top rope, clearly looking for his frog splash. Standing at full height on the corner, he leaps off at Cody, but the challenger rolls out of the way, leaving Christian to hit the mat hard.
ONE! TWO! Christian powers out at two-and-a-half!Cody looks like he's going to go berserk. Christian kicked out yet again and its the third time Cody thought he'd won the match.
ONE! TWO! THREE! Cody is unable to kick out.Christian celebrates his big victory by retrieving his belt and climbing up onto the corner to pose with it, working the crowd in excitement as Cody is forced to slink away in defeat after a hard-fought battle.
MATCH WINNER: Christian by Pinfall over Cody Rhodes. Christian retains the Intercontinental Championship Title.
ONE! TWO! THREE! No kick out from Tyson Kidd after a move like that.Cesaro laughs smugly as he picks himself up, grinding his boot against Tyson Kidd's face before stepping away and allowing the Ref to raise his hand as the victor. Cesaro and Aksana depart, leaving Kidd to limp out alone.
MATCH WINNER: Antonio Cesaro by Pinfall over Tyson Kidd
ONE! TWO! Bryan kicks out at two.Orton grins even as Bryan kicks out, and responds with a series of sharp kicks to Bryan's injured arm. Even as Bryan cries in pain and tries to hold it, Orton shows no mercy to his opponent. Bryan manages to stumble back to his feet and Orton goes for a clothesline but Daniel Bryan ducks it and runs straight past him, sliding out under the bottom rope. This time Bryan retreats up the ramp, shaking his head and holding his bad arm close to his body.
SEVEN...EIGHT...NINE...TEN! Daniel Bryan is counted out!Orton looks distinctly unimpressed and annoyed by Bryan's retreat, but he doesn't have long to savor the moment of his victory. Sheamus appears behind him and Daniel Bryan barely has time to turn around before he's hit with the Brogue Kick, knocking him out cold. Sheamus turns to the ring and pounds his chest, releasing a cry of "Laoch!"
MATCH WINNER: Randy Orton by Daniel Bryan Countout