Thursday Night Smackdown!
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
Venue: Verizon Arena
Smackdown! comes on air from Little Rock, Arkansas. Michael Cole and Tazz are ringside and mention that Badd Blood is 72 hours away and tonight we shape up for Badd Blood. They discuss that GM Stephanie McMahon has a huge announcement tonight and Goldberg is supposed to return tonight. Also, Shawn Michaels and Brock Lesnar will have a contract signing tonight for their WWE Title match this Sunday. They speak about Evolution, until Evolution’s music hits and the group makes their way to the ring. Triple H is followed out by Ric Flair, Batista, and Randy Orton. The four title holders make their way down to the ring and are greeted by a flurry of boos. Triple H laughs and asks if the crowd appreciates what he did to the Rock on Monday. The crowd boos and Triple H says that he finally gave Rock something that was surely coming to him.
Triple H says that he proved to the Rock that we are just too much for him. He says they have the monster of Dave Batista, the legend of Ric Flair, and the instinct of Randy Orton. Last but not least, there is the cerebral assassin. Triple H says the Rock will not be able to beat this and that will be proven at Badd Blood. Triple H says if the Rock has any objections, he should come down to the ring now. The crowd chants the Rock’s name over and over, but it appears he is not coming down. Triple H says that the so called people’s champ is not man enough to come face us. He says that now that he is done with the Rock, he can focus on other business. He hands the microphone to Ric Flair.
The crowd cheers for Flair and he says that last Monday, the World’s Greatest Tag Team turned down an opportunity of a lifetime and decided to attack himself and Batista. Flair assures that Batista is not happy and that Batista is ready to kick some ass. Batista nods his head in a very serious face. Flair says that the Rock tried to standup to Evolution and look at him now. The next two victims are Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas. Batista grabs the microphone from Flair and tells Haas and Benjamin to come down to the ring immediately. Triple H laughs and takes the microphone, saying that Batista will have his chance at those two, but not now.
Triple H says that he has one more piece of business to attend too and that is the A.P.A. He gave Bradshaw and Farooq until tonight to make up their minds and he expects an answer now. He tells A.P.A. to make their way to the ring. A.P.A.’s music hits and they make their way to the ring. Triple H says he wants an answer now. Bradshaw gets a microphone and said it has been a bad couple days. They lost their title shot on RAW and now it’s back to boiler rooms, cold beers, and poker. Farooq says that doesn’t sound too bad and Bradshaw agrees. Bradshaw says that they lost and it sucks, but life goes on and the chance will come again. He says, however, that he has had to deal with this joining Evolution crap and after seeing what Haas and Benjamin did last week, the answer is no. The crowd cheers and Triple H has that ‘did you just say that?’ smile on his face.
Triple H laughs and says that was not the answer he was looking for, so he gives them one more chance. Bradshaw goes face to face with Triple H and both men get serious. Bradshaw says the answer is still no. Triple H shakes his head and turns around. Triple H mumbles to ‘go at it boys’ and Batista, Flair, and Orton attack A.P.A. Bradshaw and Farooq put up a fight, but Flair goes for the knees of Bradshaw to bring him down. Batista brings down Farooq and Orton and Flair get Bradshaw. Triple H goes to the outside and throws in two chairs. Orton hits Bradshaw square in the back not one, not two, but three times. Batista hits Farooq in the gut with the chair and picks him up for the Batista Bomb, and connects. Batista picks up Farooq again and hits another Batista Bomb on him.
Farooq is picked up and nailed in the gut repeatedly with the chair until he goes onto his knees. Triple H grabs the chair and slams Farooq in the back. Farooq falls over, out cold. Orton and Flair hold Bradshaw straight up, as Triple H still has the chair and loads back to slam Bradshaw with the chair skull first. Bradshaw goes down in a hurry. The Rock comes running down the ramp and Evolution gets out the ring. Rock checks on A.P.A., but it is too late. Rock calls for help from backstage, while Evolution smiles and walks back up the ramp. The camera goes backstage to see Stephanie McMahon stepping out of her limo. Cole hypes her huge announcement tonight and the commercial hits.
Tazz talks about how the Women’s division has been nuts with Gail Kim going after Trish Stratus and Molly Holly. However, Trish will get her shot tonight against Molly Holly.
Singles Match for the WWE Women’s Championship
Molly Holly © vs Trish Stratus
Trish Stratus’s music hits and the beautiful Trish makes her way to the ring. Trish stands in the ring while he opponent, Molly Holly, comes out to the stage. Molly comes to the stage with her title and makes her way to the ring. She gives the title to the referee, who holds it up high and calls for the bell. Trish and Molly lock up immediately, with Trish getting the advantage. Molly whips Trish into the ropes and Molly goes down to avoid Trish. Trish goes off the other rope and goes at Molly, who goes for a clothesline and hits it. Molly picks up Trish and throws her into the corner. Molly punches away at Trish, which makes Trish stumble out of the corner. Molly grabs her by the hair and throws her down to the mat.
The referee yells at Molly and Molly asks if the referee has seen the other crap that Trish has pulled in her career. Molly focuses back on Trish, who sneaks in a roll up and a two count. They get up and Molly takes down Trish. Molly grabs Trish’s hair and slams her against the mat. The referee breaks it up again and Molly continues to complain. Trish gets up and Molly goes after her. Trish comes out of nowhere with a bicycle kick and goes for the pin. Trish gets a two count.
Trish picks Molly up and hits her with a few backhand chops. Trish sneaks in a one armed neckbreaker to Molly and the crowd is pumped for the excited Trish. Trish picks up Molly and drags her to the corner. Molly counters and fights out of it, but Trish comes back with a one handed bulldog to Molly. Trish throws Molly into the corner. Trish backs up and runs at Molly, hitting a Stratus Splash stinger splash on Molly. Molly stumbles around and Trish nails her with the roundhouse Chick Kick. Trish gets down and covers Molly and gets the three count.
Winner: And NEW WWE Women’s Champion; Trish Stratus
Trish celebrates in the ring, as the referee hands her the title and she holds it up high. Molly sneaks up Trish from behind and hits the Molly-Go-Round on Trish in frustration. Molly shakes her head, as she is not happy that she lost the match. Molly walks off with the crowd booing her. The camera goes backstage and Randy Orton is walking backstage with the rest of Evolution. They joke around how they took apart A.P.A. tonight, until Chris Jericho walks up to them. Evolution becomes instantly serious and Jericho says he wants to speak to Orton. Orton says he will deal with Jericho and tells his boys to leave.
Evolution walks off and Jericho and Orton go face to face. Jericho says it is pretty cool to beat down somebody two on four. Orton says that Jericho should seriously watch himself or else it will be one on four next time. Jericho says that Evolution is a joke, but he isn’t out for Evolution, he is out for Orton. Jericho says they have been talking week after week about who’s the best and he thinks it is time for them to put talents in the ring, one on one. Jericho says he wants to beat Orton at Badd Blood and win that Intercontinental Championship. Orton says he will finally be able to prove that Jericho is a has been and that he is truly better than him. Orton wishes Jericho good luck and walks off, as Smackdown! goes to commercial.
Smackdown! comes on air and Michael Cole announces Tommy Dreamer vs Rhyno for the Hardcore Title at Badd Blood. He says that these two have shared some bad blood last week on RAW and now Dreamer will get his shot. Cole mentions that on RAW, the Dudley’s retained their titles, but after the match the Basham’s attacked the Dudley’s and that leads us to the match tonight.
Bubba Ray Dudley vs Danny Basham
Danny Basham’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. The crowd pops when one half of the WWE Tag Team Champions makes his way to the ring. Bubba comes down with his title and gets in the ring. The bell rings and the two lock up in the ring. Bubba tosses Danny into the ropes and hits Danny with an arm drag. Danny gets up and is hit with another arm drag. Danny gets up and avoids Bubba to hit Bubba with a clothesline. Danny doesn’t let Bubba get up and begins to stomp him to the outside of the ring. Bubba composes himself on the outside. Danny tries to not let Bubba into the ring, but Bubba drags him out with him by grabbing his feet.
Danny hits the floor hard and Bubba slams him against the barricade. Bubba hits right after right to Basham and then tosses Basham into the ring post. Bubba picks up Basham and rolls him into the ring. Bubba goes right into the corner, but gets a two count. Bubba gets up and nails Danny with some more stomps and goes up to the top rope. Bubba looks to hit the senton. Bubba goes for the splash, but Danny moves and Bubba hits the mat hard. Danny rolls over onto Bubba and goes for the pin and gets a two.
Danny rolls over and both men slowly get up. They exchange rights and lefts, but Danny tries to counter and hit his bulldog. Bubba elbows out of it and hits the sidewalk slam to Danny. Bubba slowly gets up and wants Danny to get up. Danny gets up and walks to Bubba, who picks up Danny and hits the Bubba Bomb onto his opponent. Bubba pins Danny and gets a three count.
Winner: Bubba Ray Dudley
Bubba celebrates, but sees Doug Basham running in from the back. Doug and Bubba exchange rights, but Danny gets up and brings Bubba to a knee. The Basham’s take advantage. Danny works on Bubba, as Doug goes ringside and snatches the tag title from the official. Danny holds Bubba up and Doug hits Bubba with the belt. The Basham’s celebrate and throw the tag team title down at Bubba’s body, as we go backstage.
Stephanie McMahon is walking backstage and walks up to Evolution’s locker room. She knocks and Ric Flair opens the door. Flair mentions how such a beautiful woman is at the door and welcomes her in. Stephanie thanks Flair for the compliment, but sweet talking is not going to get Evolution out of this. She says she saw the attack Evolution put on A.P.A. tonight, as well as the beat down Triple H put on the Rock on RAW. She says she wanted to come here tonight and punish Evolution the same way they punished the injured Farooq. She asks Flair and Batista if they enjoy having those tag team titles and they both nod. She says that they will have to defend them tonight and if they lose they cannot evoke their rematch clause. And their opponent is the same team that stood up to Evolution on RAW, The World’s Greatest Tag Team. Flair is pissed and says that she cannot do this to them. She says she’s sure she can do whatever she wants and that their match is next!
Smackdown! comes back on air with Cole saying what a surprise Stephanie has dropped and that Evolution better be on top of their game if they want to keep the World Tag Team titles tonight.
Tag Team Match for the World Tag Team Championship
Evolution (Ric Flair & Batista) © vs The World’s Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin)
The World’s Greatest Tag Team’s music hits and Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas make their way to the ring. They are greeted with a lot of cheers after they declined Evolution’s invitation and stood up to them. Haas and Benjamin are in the ring and await their opponents. Evolution’s music hits and the World Tag Team Champions, Ric Flair and Batista, make their way to the ring. They give their titles to the referee, who holds them high and the match begins with Flair and Haas.
Haas and Flair circle the ring, awaiting for the moment to go at each other. Haas picks a spot and goes for it, but Flair counters with a quick drop toe hold and already goes to put Haas into the figure four. Haas gets out of it and the two stare each other down. Flair runs at Haas and attempts to take out his knees, but Haas jumps over Flair and Flair turns around into an arm drag from Haas. Flair gets up and gets a dropkick, which sends Flair back into his corner and Batista tags himself in.
Batista steps in and Haas doesn’t seem scared. Haas steps up to Batista eye to eye. Haas goes for a few punches, but Batista turns his head from impact and turns his head back to Haas. Batista smiles and then hits a powerslam to Haas. Batista goes for the pin and gets a two count. Batista picks up Haas from the neck and slams him into the corner. Batista tags back in Flair and Flair runs into the corner. Flair chops Haas’s chest and sends out a big ‘woo!’ from himself and the crowd. Flair hits a few more chops and then hits a big knee into Haas’s gut. Haas stumbles out and Flair goes for a suplex, but Haas counters and hits a suplex of his own. Both men are down and going for their partner. The crowd gets on their feet and the tag is made to both partners.
Batista and Shelton Benjamin come running in. Batista misses a clothesline and Benjamin is behind Batista. Benjamin runs up and hits a running bulldog to Batista. Batista gets up and is met by a dropkick. He gets up and another dropkick is hit by Benjamin. Benjamin runs up to the top rope and waits for Batista to get up again. Batista gets up and is hit by a missile dropkick from the top rope. Benjamin goes for the pin and gets a two count. Benjamin is shocked and gets Batista up. Shelton musters up some faith and sets up for the belly to belly suplex on Batista. He cannot lift Batista after a few attempts and Batista throws him off into Evolution’s corner. Batista turns around and taunts Haas, which the referee gets between.
Flair is on the apron and talks smack to Shelton. Shelton yells back and Flair pokes him in the eye. Shelton wanders to the middle of the ring holding his eyes and Batista sees his opportunity. Batista kicks Shelton in the gut and sets him up for the Batista Bomb and he connects. The crowd is stunned and Haas comes to help his teammate. Haas dropkick’s Batista into Flair and Flair falls off the apron. Batista gets up and spears Haas. Batista picks Haas up and throws Haas out the ring. Batista goes back to Shelton and goes for the pin and gets a three, NO! Shelton narrowly kicked out.
Batista complains to the referee about Haas. Shelton rolls around and the two go eye to eye again. Batista runs at Shelton, but Shelton trips up Batista. Batista stumbles and Shelton hits a shoulder to the beast’s knee. Batista goes down on a knee and Shelton hits a bulldog on Batista with Batista on a knee. Shelton tags in Haas and Haas waits for Batista to get on a knee. Batista gets on a knee and Haas unloads with kick after kick to the sides of Batista. Haas picks up Batista and hits a DDT onto Batista. Haas goes for the pin and gets a two. Haas isn’t happy and goes to tag in Shelton, but Batista grabs Haas’s foot. Haas turns around and Batista shoots back up to hit a spinebuster out of nowhere. Both men crawl to their partner again and both get tagged in.
Flair goes for Haas’s legs immediately and brings Haas down. Flair comes running and knees Haas in what seems like the jaw. Haas goes down and Flair hits a diving knee drop. Haas is down and Flair goes for the figure four leg lock. Shelton is still down and can’t help out his partner. Haas begins fighting through the hold and is nowhere near the ropes. Haas tries to get to the ropes, but he cannot. Haas is trying to not tap, but the pain is ridiculous. Flair turns up the pressure, but Shelton comes from outside the ring and hits a missile dropkick to Flair. Flair breaks the hold and Haas slides over slowly to cover Flair, but gets a two.
Both men are down, but Batista is not there to get tagged in. Haas tags in Shelton and Shelton gets up to the top rope and waits for Flair to get up. Randy Orton comes running down the ramp and Haas yells to Shelton to go after Flair. Flair gets up and Shelton goes for the crossbody and hits it. Haas gets up onto the top rope and hits his own crossbody onto Orton on the outside of the ring. Orton goes down and, in the ring, Shelton goes for the pin and gets a two count. Batista gets back on the apron and pleads for Flair to tag him in so he can end it. Flair tries to make his way over, but Shelton drags him back. Flair counters Shelton and flips Shelton around. Flair goes back to try and make the tag, but Charlie Haas runs around ringside and sweeps Batista’s legs out from under him. Batista falls off the apron and his head hits off the side of the ring.
Flair misses his chance to tag Batista in, as Haas and Batista go at it. Flair is shocked and turns around to go face to face with Shelton. Flair goes for the chop and hits it constantly to Shelton. Shelton backs up and Flair runs at him with the running knee, but Shelton catches the knee and counters into the Dragon Whip. Flair goes down and the crowd goes nuts. Shelton goes for the pin and gets the three.
Winner: And NEW World Tag Team Champions; The World’s Greatest Tag (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin)
Benjamin gets up instantly and celebrates with the crowd cheering him on. Batista comes in the ring and clubs down Benjamin. Batista is furious and beats down Shelton. Haas comes over and helps his partner, but Batista tosses Haas off him immediately. Orton slides in the ring and attacks Shelton. Flair goes and gets a chair. He brings it into the ring and loads up to slam Benjamin on the back with it. Orton and Flair encourage Batista to hit the chair shot when all of a sudden, Chris Jericho’s music hits and Jericho makes his way to the ring. Batista drops the chair and leaves the ring with Flair and Orton. Jericho helps Haas and Benjamin up and the new tag champions celebrate, while Jericho yells at Flair, Batista, and Orton, calling them cowards.
Smackdown! comes back on with Cole and Tazz wondering if Evolution’s punishment was Stephanie’s big announcement. They hype the contract signing tonight between HBK and Brock Lesnar, as we begin the next match.
Rey Mysterio vs Rob Van Dam
Rob Van Dam makes his way to the ring with a mixed reaction, but everyone always loves when he motions the crowd to chant ‘R-V-D’. Rey Mysterio’s music hits and the crowd pops immediately. Mysterio makes his way to the ring and is about to begin the match with RVD. Suddenly before the bell, Tajiri’s music hits and the crowd boos. The Cruiserweight Champion makes his way to the ring, yelling at Rey Mysterio. Tajiri walks into the ring and RVD tries to ask him what the hell he is doing, but Tajiri turns his head and spits the mist into RVD’s eyes. RVD goes down to his knees and Tajiri nails him with a kick to the side of the head, sending him down.
Mysterio gets into Tajiri’s face, but Tajiri hits kick after kick to Mysterio’s midsection. Mysterio goes down and Tajiri hits the Buzzsaw Kick to the side of Mysterio’s head. Mysterio goes down in a heap and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: No Contest
Tajiri looks over the chaos he created in the ring and walks off to a crowd of boos, as the commercial comes quick.
Brock Lesnar and Shawn Michaels are shown in a split screen in their respective locker rooms, as Cole says the contract signing is coming up and there have been no reports of Goldberg in the building as of now.
Non-Title Singles Match
Big Show vs John Cena
John Cena’s music hits and Cena makes his way into the ring to a huge pop. Cena gets in the ring, as Big Show’s music hits. The crowd boos, as the United States Champion makes his way to the ring. The crowd boos Big Show, who seems to enjoy the boos. Big Show gets in the ring and stares down Cena. Cena looks forward to the challenge and the referee rings the bell. The wrestlers measure up one another and Cena goes after Big Show. Cena clubs Show into the corner, when Show pushes Cena back into the middle of the ring. Cena comes running at Big Show again, when Show tosses Cena into the corner.
Show gives Cena some hard open hand chops and Cena feels every last bit of them. Cena stumbles out of the corner and Show hits a sidewalk slam. Show goes for the cover and gets a two count. Show picks Cena up and tosses Cena to the ropes. Cena gets under a clothesline and runs back at Show. Cena jumps up at Show and goes to club his face, but Show catches Cena. Cena elbows his way out of Show’s grasps and Cena goes to pick up Big Show. Cena attempts to pick him up in a fireman’s carry, but Cena fails and Big Show puts Cena into an abdominal stretch.
Cena struggles and is in pain, but Show releases the hold and throws Cena onto the ground. Cena gets up and Show goes for the Big Boot, but Cena gets under it. Cena runs at Show with a leaping shoulder block and hits, but Show doesn’t go down. Cena backs up and hits another one, backing Show up into the corner. Cena backs up and looks to hit one more. Cena runs at Show and goes for another leaping shoulder block. Show moves away and Cena catches himself on the second turnbuckle. Cena turns around and goes to leap onto Big Show, but Show catches him coming down with the hand around the neck. Show picks Cena back up and hits the chokeslam. Show goes for the pin and gets the three.
Winner: Big Show
Big Show celebrates, when Chris Benoit’s music hits. Benoit comes out to the stage with a big cheer from the crowd. Benoit says he is sick of these sneak attacks and calling each other out on crap. He wants to settle the score in the ring. Benoit demands a match at Badd Blood for the United States Title. Show gets a microphone and asks if Benoit really wants to fight him when realistically Benoit has no chance. Benoit smiles and says that we will see who is talking when Show is tapping out in the middle of the ring and is handed the Intercontinental Championship. Benoit drops the microphone and walks off, as Show is not happy.
Cole and Tazz rundown the current Badd Blood card. Triple H’s music hits and Triple H makes his way down to the ring with his title across his waist. Triple H walks over to the announcers table and joins Cole and Tazz at commentary.
The Rock vs Kane
Kane’s fire pyro blasts off and Kane makes his way to the ring. Kane looks to make a statement by beating the number one contender. Kane steps into the ring and awaits his opponent. The Rock’s music hits and the crowd shoots up to their feet. The Rock makes his way into the ring, as Kane just stares him down. Rock and Kane get in their corners and the referee rings the bell.
Rock and Kane lock up in the ring and Kane tosses Rock into the ropes. Rock is met by a clothesline and he gets right back up. Kane tosses Rock again and hits another clothesline. Kane goes for the quick pin, but only gets a short one count. Kane picks the Rock up and hits a scoop slam on him. Rock gets up and Kane pounds away at Rock with a few rights and an occasionally throat thrust. Rock stumbles away and Kane comes at him, but Rock comes out of nowhere with rights at Kane. Rock loads up for the last punch and hits Kane, who bounces off the ropes and back at Rock, who hits a DDT. Both men go down after the DDT.
Rock is the first to get up and he picks up Kane. Rock goes to whip Kane into the ropes, but Kane reverses and throws Rock into the ropes. Kane misses a clothesline and Rock runs back at Kane and hits a flying clothesline. Kane gets up and goes for a right uppercut to the Rock, but Rock counters with a fisherman’s suplex. Rock goes for the pin and gets a two count. Rock throws Kane into the corner. Kane is getting pounded into the corner, when he counters with some rights. Kane hits an uppercut that sends the Rock into the middle of the ring. Kane comes out of the corner with a big boot, but Rock gets under it. Rock runs at Kane and hits a flying neckbreaker. Rock goes for the pin and gets a two.
Rock is frustrated and goes to pick up Kane. Triple H yells from the announcers table at the Rock and Rock lets go of Kane. Rock goes to the ropes and yells at Triple H. Rock turns around and walks into a big boot by Kane. Kane waits for Rock to get up and Kane pulls up his glove on his right hand. Rock gets up and Kane puts the choke grip on the Rock. Rock elbows out of it and Kane releases the hold. Kane turns around and blocks Rock’s right hand and goes for the chokeslam again and connects. The crowd is shocked and Kane goes for the pin. The referee goes for the pin and gets a two only.
Triple H is shocked at ringside and Kane cannot believe it. Kane gets up and sets up for another chokeslam. Rock slowly gets up and Kane goes for the choke, but Rock ducks under it and hits a spinebuster on Kane. Both men are down, when Rock jumps up from the mat. The crowd goes crazy and Rock sets up Kane for the People’s Elbow. Rock throws his elbow pad into the crowd and runs to one side of the ring and goes to the other. Triple H runs off the announcers table and catches Rock’s legs while he runs to the other side of the ring. Triple H slides the Rock to the outside and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: The Rock via DQ
Triple H slams the Rock’s head off the announcers table and hits the Pedigree in front of the announcers table. Triple H grabs his title and leans down to put it right next to the Rock’s face. He says that the Rock will never touch this piece of gold and to give up for once in his life. Triple H continues to gloat, as Smackdown! goes to commercial.
Smackdown! comes back with the ring set up for a contract signing and the Smackdown! General Manager Stephanie McMahon in the middle of the ring. She says she is here to supervise and watch over the contract signing of the two men who will battle for the WWE Championship this Sunday at Badd Blood. She announces the number one contender for the WWE Championship, Shawn Michaels. HBK makes his way down to the ring with a noticeable limp because of his ankle. Shawn shakes Stephanie’s hand, as Stephanie announces the WWE Champion and his manager, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman. Lesnar makes his way out with Heyman to a round of boos. They make their way to the ring and neither acknowledges Stephanie. HBK and Lesnar take their seats, sitting across from one another.
Stephanie reviews the contract and says that she expects no funny business to interfere in this match between an upcoming star in Brock Lesnar and a sure Hall of Famer in Shawn Michaels. Heyman uses his microphone to say that Stephanie needs to correct herself and say that his client is already a proven star in the WWE. Stephanie gives the sarcastic smile to Heyman and she continues speaking. Stephanie says that she will give both men a chance to talk about their upcoming match this Sunday and she will start with HBK. Meanwhile, Heyman grabs the contract and puts on his reading glasses to read the contract.
Michaels says he has been coming out here lately and mentions how his career needed a jump start and how he missed his chance by losing the battle royal on RAW to The Rock. However, his big break came when Goldberg was arrested and he earned his shot against the WWE Champion. He says he has been here one too many times and that it is not time to start feeling sorry for myself and feeling ‘lucky’ that he is in this situation. Shawn says that he beat one of the best athletes in the company to get this title shot and he did it with one ankle. Only superstars with heart and determination win in this company. Shawn says that Lesnar possesses none of those qualities and that is why Shawn Michaels will be crowned the new WWE Champion. Shawn says he has always been in this company to prove something and now he is here to prove that Brock Lesnar is not the next big thing, instead he is just another cocky superstar who has a manager who feeds him lie after lie just to keep him happy. Shawn says that he will bring Lesnar back down to reality this Sunday and will do anything to make it happen.
Lesnar stares down Michaels the whole time, as Michaels points toward the contract and Heyman Frisbee tosses the contract to Michaels. Michaels signs the contract on the dotted line. Shawn slides the contract over to Lesnar, who continues to stare down Michaels with an evil stare. Heyman begins to speak and says that he barely heard anything Shawn said except bits and pieces because Brock and himself have heard the same thing from people much more worthy than HBK. Heyman mentions The Rock and the Undertaker people who said the same thing and suffered the same fate Shawn will feel this Sunday. Shawn says that the Undertaker and the Rock are not the Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels.
Heyman laughs again and asks how Shawn’s ankle is. Shawn says it is feeling good and Heyman disputes that by saying that limp walking down the ramp was quite noticeable. Shawn says that he can beat Lesnar with one ankle and quite frankly, Lesnar is lucky that Shawn is not in great health. Heyman tells HBK to cut the crap and realize that he signed his own death wish because Brock is not only going to beat Shawn this Sunday. Heyman says that Lesnar is going to tear the rest of that bad ankle to shreds and make you never be able to compete in a WWE ring again. He says that when Shawn is indicted into the Hall of Fame, he will be walking up for his acceptance speech with a limp and maybe even a cane because what Brock is going to do to him is unspeakable.
Shawn smiles and tells Lesnar to bring it on. Heyman tells Shawn to wipe that smile off his face and not be a smartass to his client. He asks Shawn what makes him different from any of the other legends that Brock has taken out? Shawn has no response, but instead just sarcastically nods along with Heyman. Heyman says that Stephanie knows how good Brock Lesnar is and so does the rest of the locker room. He says that the rest of the locker room will see what Brock does to Shawn and no one will want to face him. He says that Goldberg will come back from the jail cell and not want to face his client because Goldberg knows he cannot beat him. He asks Shawn if he wants to back out before Brock signs the contract. Shawn shakes his head and tells Lesnar to sign the damn contract. Lesnar is handed a pen by Heyman and goes for the signature, but Stephanie pulls back the contract.
The crowd cheers Stephanie and she says that Brock will get his chance to sign the contract, but she has to deal with something first. She says that she had a meeting last week and no one was here to run Smackdown! She says that she watched the show and witnessed a complete abuse of power from the one and only Paul Heyman. She asks Heyman how dare he pull the ‘I have power’ angle on Goldberg and the rest of the locker room. She says that Heyman thought it was his show and honestly, it will never be his show. Heyman tries to mention that someone needed to run the show and she tells him to shutup. Stephanie says it was sickening seeing Heyman clearly instigate Goldberg to attack him so that Goldberg could be arrested, stripped from his opportunity at Lesnar, and have another superstar get the chance to face Lesnar all due to the fact that Paul Heyman thinks that his client Brock Lesnar cannot beat Goldberg.
Lesnar turns around and looks at Heyman curiously. Heyman pleads to Lesnar that his is not true and Goldberg had what he had coming to him. Heyman says that once Lesnar becomes the most dominant figure in this company and holds up the WWE financially, he will have leverage on everybody and will get Stephanie fired immediately or else Lesnar walks. Heyman says that Stephanie is a terrible GM that cannot even be here to support her own show, superstars, or fans. Heyman says he would be a better general manager than her and he is sick of her being here week by week and acting like she cares. Heyman says she is honestly daddy’s little girl and the only reason she is anywhere today is because her daddy can’t ever say no to her. Stephanie slaps Heyman, causing Lesnar to get out of his seat and stare Stephanie right in the eyes.
Stephanie smiles and says that if Lesnar puts his hands on her, she will immediately strip Lesnar of his WWE Title and rightfully arrest him on the spot. Stephanie says that Heyman overextended his power last week and she is here to make things right because that is her job. She says that Brock Lesnar will not be signing any contracts tonight because the contract is already signed for Badd Blood. She says that this Sunday, we will see Brock Lesnar defend his title against Shawn Michaels. Stephanie pauses and the crowd begins to chant for Goldberg. Stephanie continues and says that Lesnar will defend the title against Shawn Michaels and the returning Goldberg!
The crowd goes absolutely nuts and Goldberg’s music hits. A locker room door is opened and Goldberg walks out of it. The crowd chants for Goldberg, as HBK stands up and both prepare for Goldberg. Goldberg makes his way out and toward the ring. Lesnar flips the table over and Goldberg comes in the ring. Lesnar yells at Goldberg and Goldberg charges at Lesnar, hitting a spear! Lesnar is down and the crowd goes crazy. Shawn gets out of the ring and looks over at Goldberg, shocked. Goldberg stares at HBK for a second, until he glares at the downed Lesnar, as Smackdown! ends.