This show was extremely draining to write, but I powered through and here it is, enjoy!
Friday Night SmackDown - 3rd July 2009: Calgary, Alberta Canada
We get the obligatory video recap, which begins by highlighting what happened TWO weeks ago, as Matt Hardy attacked John Cena after the main event and put him through the announce table with The Twist Of Hate! Following that, we skip to last week, where we get the announcement that there will be a contract signing between the two Superstars. The contract signing begins with John Cena arriving first, when Hardy comes out he is stopped by the security from getting his hands on him. What follows is a verbal sparring session between the two Superstars, and finally Cena hurls himself over the table, taking Matt down to the ground. The security that the World Heavyweight Champion brought out manages to pull Cena off him, but that was a mistake as Cena battles them off and ends up putting one of them through the table. It’s not quite the revenge for the week before, but it will serve for Cena as he showed Matt that he’s gunning for his championship.
The opening video package fades away, and then we crash into the SmackDown introduction video, which features the amazing Superstars of SmackDown (and Santino Marella). It finishes on the video shot of Matt Hardy lifting the World Championship above his head before we cut into the Pengrowth Saddledome where the Canadian crowd are screaming their lungs out and eventually we cut to the announce table, where the smiling faces of Jim Ross and John Bradshaw Layfield are waiting.
Ladies and gentleman, we are LIVE from the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary! And tonight, we have an action packed show for you, the fallout from last week is on the agenda and we have a tag team main event, when Chris Jericho will team with Mike Knox to take on the team of Jeff Hardy and the returning Evan Bourne!
It’s a huge night here on SmackDown, where the action always flows and we are in Canada, and these fans don’t appear to be shutting up anytime soon.
We wouldn’t have it any other way. The World Heavyweight Champion will also be in action tonight folks, as he will take on the scary Vladimir Kozlov, a former WWE Champion challenger in his own right.
And J.R, we can’t forget, we have quite possibly the match of the year candidate when Shelton Benjamin and Gregory Helms face off! Two of the most athletically gifted Superstars in the WWE and I can’t wait to see who comes out on top.
The commentators have wrapped up and a moments silence takes place until...
WHAT?! J.R goes mental on the commentary booth as the crowd do the same, the reaction nearly takes the roof off the arena and it’s all directed towards the stage. A few seconds pass by, could this be a ruse? NO, FROM THE CURTAIN... OUT STEPS... BRET THE HITMAN HART!
BAH GAWD! IT’S REALLY HIM, THE HITMAN IS BACK!
What the hell is going on?! Shouldn’t be in the retirement home, he can barely walk down the ramp, let alone climb into the ring. Someone get the man a wheelchair.
Show some damn respect, JBL, that man is one of the greatest of all time.
Please, I’m The Wrestlin’ God, I decide if he is up there with the likes of me.
It is indeed, Bret Hart, who stands on the stage, soaking in the atmosphere with his nostalgic shades on and a leather jacket and a pair of jeans. The crowd still can’t believe what they are seeing as The Hitman walks down the ramp, stopping to put his shades on a little kid. Hart walks around the ring, and despite JBL’s observation, he climbs the steps just fine and steps into the ring. He’s handed a microphone by someone at ringside and walks into the centre of the ring.
Do not adjust your sets, folks. It is indeed, Bret The Hitman Hart in the middle of a WWE ring.
J.R is correct, and Bret stands in the centre, waiting for the “welcome back” chants to die down.
Uh, let me just say this – it feels great to be back in front of my Canadian fans.
Huge pop from the crowd while Bret smiles at the reaction.
But, uh, I have to admit... if you said to me a few years ago, that I’d be in a WWE ring again... I’d say you were crazy.
Hart lets the microphone drop a little, laughing at his own sentences.
But here I am.
He’s really milking the reaction here as this generates another rousing pop.
Uh, it doesn’t even seem real yet, but I just wanna’ say to all of you... to each and every one of you... thank you.
Hart scans the crowd, saying thank you off microphone but the crowd respond with a “THANK YOU BRET” chant which gets another beaming smile from the old man.
No, thank you. It’s because of you that I’m here t’night. Thank you because you stuck by me when that... incident occurred.
We all know what Bret’s talking about which gets a negative reaction, directed at the actions of Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels.
And, uh, I have an announcement to make... next Monday... I will be at Raw Revolution and I want Shawn Michaels to face me face to face.
This gets somewhat of a negative reaction.
But that isn’t the reason I am on SmackDown. So, let me-
*MAN WITH A PLAN...*
The heat that comes from the Canadian crowd is amazingly loud, drowning out the music of The Brian Kendrick. The WWE Tag Team Champion walks out onto the stage, behind him his tag team partner and associate, Ezekiel Jackson. With his signature white leather jacket and his white trunks, he walks down the ramp, looking at Bret and shaking his head.
The Brian Kendrick is showing a disgusting amount of disrespect by interrupting one of this business’ greats. We all know that Kendrick can be cocky, can be disrespectful, but Bret Hart was having a moment with HIS Canadian fans, and now Kendrick has ruined this moment.
Oh please, J.R, if anything Kendrick has saved this moment. I couldn’t bare to listen to Bret’s voice any longer, the sooner he leaves and heads to Raw the better.
Well, that’s your opinion. I for one was enjoying this moment, Bret Hart in the WWE for the first time in eleven years.
Kendrick skips up the steel steps, following him is the big Jackson, who is instructed to hold the ropes open for Brian, he duly does as he’s told as Kendrick steps through them. TBK adjusts the belt on his shoulder while staring at Bret, he begins shaking his head and walks across the ring, demanding a microphone from ringside. He gets his wish and walks back to where he was standing, with Jackson standing behind him, you wouldn’t blame Bret for being a little intimidated as he stares at the two men in front of him.
The Brian Kendrick:
That incident you’re so cutely referring too? Y’know what, Bret? You deserved everything single thing that happened that night.
Massive heat for that statement.
The Brian Kendrick:
“YOU – SUCK” Kendrick turns to the fans.
The Brian Kendrick:
Hey! You’re from Canada – you don’t get to say I suck.
This only serves to cause more heat.
The Brian Kendrick:
What are you even doin’ here Bret? Shawn Michaels isn’t here... Vince McMahon isn’t here. So just why are you on SmackDown, Hitman?
The Hitman brings his microphone up to his lips but Kendrick sticks his hand up, stopping Bret from saying anything as he quickly interrupts him.
The Brian Kendrick:
Oh, wait – I don’t care.
Kendrick grins from ear to ear, cocky as ever while Bret shakes his head.
The Brian Kendrick:
Y’see, Bret... I know why you’re here. It’s the same reason you were SCREWED at Survivor Series. You wanted the spotlight for yourself. You done it then, and now you’re doing it now. Nothing’s changed from Survivor Series with you has it?
The WWE Tag Team Champion studies Bret’s reaction but he remains stone faced.
The Brian Kendrick:
After all these years, you are still stealin’ the spotlight, stealin’ it from the likes of me. Y’see, it should be The Brian Kendrick out here, not someone who just crawled out from some hole in the ground. You can’t even walk down the ramp without keeling over with exhaustion.
Hart rubs his chin with his hand as J.R begins ranting about the disrespect being shown by one half of the WWE Tag Team Champions.
The Brian Kendrick:
Y’know who trained The Brian Kendrick? Huh?
Before Kendrick can answer his own question, Hart manages to get a word in.
No, I don’t. But whoever it was should have taught you some respect.
This gets a cheer from the crowd, but Kendrick doesn’t seem that happy, he looks over his shoulder at Jackson who simply cracks his knuckles, trying to intimate The Hitman.
The Brian Kendrick:
Even the mention of HBK gets a lot of heat at this point in the opening segment.
The Brian Kendrick:
He taught The Brian Kendrick everythin’ he knows, and he also told me all about you. So, Bret, in honour of Shawn Michaels – Ezekiel Jackson and The Brian Kendrick are going to TAKE our spotlight back and send you back to the hole you came from.
The crowd erupt in heat as Kendrick looks over his shoulder.
The Brian Kendrick:
It seems Jackson was waiting for the order as he steps forward, around Kendrick and begins backing The Hitman into the corner. Bret tries to keep a brave face, even dropping the microphone and bringing his hands up into a fighters stance but there’s no fooling Kendrick, he knows that Bret won’t be able to defend himself. The fans continue to boo as Jackson gets closer and closer, and now Kendrick is at his side, the two men backing Hart up.
Bret Hart’s retired, he-
A similar theme to Bret’s plays but it’s discreetly different, and SUDDENLY WE SEE THREE INDIVIDUALS SPRINTING DOWN THE RAMP TO A MASSIVE POP! Bret knows who they are as he starts smiling while Kendrick and Jackson turn to face them. We get a clear view of them now and we know that it’s not TYSON KIDD, DAVID HART SMITH AND NATALYA – THE HART DYNASTY!
WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THESE THREE FOR WEEKS LADIES AND GENTLEMAN AND THERE THEY ARE!
With the fans bouncing, the trio slide into the ring! KIDD TAKES KENDRICK DOWN WITH A SPEAR WHILE SMITH RUNS RIGHT INTO JACKSON, SENDING HIM BACKWARDS INTO THE ROPES. Natalya jogs over to Bret in the corner, checking he’s alright and the two watch as Smith clotheslines Jackson over the top rope! The big man lands on his feet and slams the announce table in frustration meanwhile Kidd pulls Kendrick to his feet and Irish-whips him into the ropes... he’s about to rebound but Jackson reaches in and grabs him by the feet, PULLING HIM OUT OF THE RING!
What is this?!
This is defending your family, defending one of the biggest legends in this company!
Kidd and Smith sit on the second rope, welcoming them back into the ring but the WWE Tag Team Champions reach in and grab their titles, before backing up the ramp, ignoring the challenge to get back into the ring. Bret assures Natalya that he’s alright and he bends down and picks up his microphone and walks to the centre of the ring.
Hey, Brian! That announcement that I was gonna’ make it, was going to announce the debut of The Hart Dynasty, RIGHT HERE T’NIGHT.
Huge pop from the crowd as The Hart Dynasty hold their right hands in the air.
And, Theodore Long told me I could announce this as well.
Kendrick says “what’s he doing to stick it to me now” off microphone but it’s clear to the cameras.
T’night... RIGHT HERE IN CANADA IN THE MAIN EVENT... it will be The Hart Dynasty... challenging you for THE WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS!
Smiles and nods all round from The Hart Dynasty and the fans also respond with a good pop.
AND I’LL BE AT RINGSIDE SUPPORTIN’ ‘EM!
Again, another huge pop but Kendrick isn’t happy, he shouts at the top of his lungs about how Teddy Long is trying to screw him once again.
It’s hugs all round in the ring but Kendrick stares at the Hart clan, looking displeased and eventually turns and heads backstage, taking Ezekiel Jackson with him.
Ladies and gentleman – we have just found our main event for the evening. A WWE Tag Team Championship match between the debuting Hart Dynasty and The Brian Kendrick and Ezekiel Jackson and BRET HART WILL BE AT RING SIDE!
Once again, Theodore Long strikes by trying to screw The Brian Kendrick out of his tag team championships, and now The Hart Dynasty are getting a championship match on their debut. What kind of management is that from Long?!
I think it’s a damn good one, JBL. Not only do we have a WWE Championship on the line, but it will take place in Canada, with Bret Hart at ring side!
Bret, Natalya, Tyson and David stand in the ring, in a line while they raise their hands in the air. The fans applaud them as we cut to a commercial break.
*SHE LOOKS GOOD TO ME...*
She hasn’t been seen in a while but the beautiful Eve Torres receives a solid pop (for a Diva). The Diva ventures onto the stage, wearing a nice dress and walks down the ramp, she interacts with a couple of fans and then slaps a few hands on her way around the ring. Eve then walks over to the announce table and takes a seat next to JBL.
Well, it appears as though we will have the company of Eve Torres for this upcoming match ladies and gentleman. Good to have to here, Eve.
Oh thank you, J.R. It’s great to finally be back on SmackDown!
It’s been a long time, Eve, where’ve you been?
Well, actually John, I’ve been in India.
That’s right. I’ve been with The Great Khali while he was shooting a movie, it’s a lovely country.
*THE LAND OF FIVE RIVERS...*
After being a way for a while, The Great Khali walks slowly onto the stage, wearing his pink long pants and he stops at the top of the ramp and raises his hands in the air. He continues on his way down the ramp, slowly as ever and eventually, after a damn long time, he reaches the ring.
The following contest is scheduled for one fall. Introducing first, from India, standing over seven feet tall... THE GREAT – KHALI!
This guy shot a movie?! Well, I don’t think The Rock needs to worry.
We’ve missed The Great Khali’s personality here on SmackDown.
I’d miss the common cold more than Khali.
John, Khali is a very sweet guy, you’d do well to take after him.
The Great Khali reaches up and grabs the top rope, pulling himself up to the apron. The Indian Icon steps over the ropes and into the ring, he reaches the middle of the ring and raises both his hands up, before beginning to dance like only he can.
The arena fills with red lighting and the heat sores as Kane’s pyro goes off on the stage! The Big Red Monster walks onto the stage, he pulls his glove up a little further and continues to walk down the ramp. He keeps his eyes on Khali, and doesn’t look very happy.
And his opponent, from Parts Unknown, standing seven feet tall... TheBig Red Monster – KANE!
Right here is a WrestleMania rematch from WrestleMania twenty three, and at that time it was The Great Khali who won that bout.
A lot has changed since then. Kane now is more crazier than he has ever been, Khali is in serious trouble. He should have a picked a different SmackDown to return on.
I have faith in Khali, if anyone can stop Kane’s rampage on SmackDown then it’s The Great Khali.
I wouldn’t be so sure, women.
Kane’s mind might be sidetracked as he has The Rated R Superstar, Edge to contend with.
The Big Red Monster climbs into the ring and retreats into his corner, looking at The Great Khali from the corner.
Match One – Singles Contest
vs. The Great Khali
This contest was never going to be a five star match and it was a slow and prodding bout which seemed to last longer than it did. Nonetheless, after Kane had beat Khali into the corner, two minutes and Khali managed to battle out of the corner, using his fists and even hitting a rare knee in to the stomach! Khali pushes Kane into the ropes and Irish-whips him into the ropes, he rebounds and Khali HITS A BIG BOOT TO THE FACE! Amazing move from someone who can barely walk and he even manages to kneel down into a cover, one... two... NO! Kane gets the shoulder up! Khali has to crawl to the ropes and use them to get to his feet, what do you expect, he almost has no knees. Khali raises his hands and screams out, getting a good pop from the crowd and then he begins waiting for Kane to get up. Khali looks like he is going for The Khali Chop but Kane ducks out the way and bounces off the rope, and connects with a running low drop kick to the knees of Khali! He’s down but Kane doesn’t waste time, he climbs to the top rope and waits for Khali to stand up, eventually he does AND KANE HITS A FLYING CLOTHESLINE FROM THE TOP! Kane doesn’t go for the cover, instead he pulls Khali to his feet AND PLANTS HIM A DDS DDT... A THROWBACK TO HIS DAYS AS ISSAC YANKEM!
Winner – Kane @ 3.37
Here is your winner – KANE!
Yeah, no way Kane was going to Chokeslam someone that can’t jump but nonetheless, Kane quickly rises to his feet and stares down at The Great Khali, seemingly pleased with the result. He raises his hands in the air and is about to swing them down, setting off his pyro at the turnbuckles but...
“YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME...”
The crowd ERUPT with a lot of cheers for the Canadian, as The Rated R Superstar, Edge walks out onto the stage, leather jacket and beanie hat on and with a microphone in his hand. He walks out gingerly though, still feeling the effects of what happened to him last week.
Last week folks, Edge was Chokeslammed off the side of the stage and onto a lot of electrical equipment, he is lucky to be alive but his passion for this sport is what has got him here tonight.
You sure it’s not the fact that he’ll want some revenge on Kane?
It could be, but Edge would be a fool to challenge Kane in this state.
In the ring, Khali rolls out of the ring and is attended to by the referee and Eve as Kane stares up at Edge.
Y’know, my doctor said I shouldn’t be here t’night.
Boos for Edge’s doctor.
Oh don’t worry – I told him where he could go. There was no way I was missing SmackDown in Canada!
Huge cheap pop right there.
Now the reason I’m out here isn’t because I wanted to spend it with all of you, but that was a huge part of it. No, it was that man- that thing standin’ in that ring.
Edge points at Kane as the camera cuts to him simply staring back.
The reason I’m banged up is that thing in the ring, who as (sarcastically)
a matter of fact – hears demons!
This gets some heat as Kane does his usual STARING~!
Last week I was Chokeslammed off this very stage, right over there in fact.
The Rated R Superstar points to the end of the stage before turning back to the ring.
And despite the fact that I’m not one hundred percent... I want some retribution.
Huge pop for this while Kane backs into the far away ropes, allowing Edge space to enter but he stays on the ramp for now.
Kane, now I know you want to put me through pain, right? Well, the feeling’s mutual, and what better time than now?
Suddenly Edge drops the microphone and begins walking down the ramp! Kane shouts at him to get in the ring, he’s ready but then-
It’s a buzzkill reaction for the current SmackDown General Manager, Theodore Long who walks out briskly in a oversized, horrible suit which seems to be the colour of maroon. Regardless, Edge turns to face Long, taking his eyes of Kane who watches Theodore Long as well.
Now hold on a second there. Edge, as you know, your doctor ordered you that you couldn’t get involved with any Superstar t’night. Y’see playa, I put my neck on the line by allowing you to come here t’night, and I can’t allow you and Kane to tear each other apart t’night.
Edge looks over his shoulder at Kane who simply stares at Long.
Now, I know from your doctors that you’ll be cleared to compete at The Bash.
“That’s right.” Responds Edge.
Which is why, you two will NOT be facing off t’night, nor will you lay a finger on each other. If either of you lay a finger on each other in that ring, then the match that I’m about to make will be void. With that in mind, at The Bash... it will be Kane... taking on the The Rated R Superstar, EDGE!
Huge pop at that despite a section of the crowd voicing discontent with not seeing these two Superstars face off tonight. Edge knows he can’t touch Kane in the ring so he slowly backs up the ramp, stopping mid way and staring at Kane who simply begins chuckling monstrously.
We won’t see these two square off here tonight folks, instead it will be at The Bash, SmackDown’s next Pay-per-view!
We’ve been waiting for these two to square off in the middle of the ring, and Edge is extremely lucky that Theodore Long came out. He’s not one hundred percent, and if you want to beat Kane, you need to be on top of your game.
Edge and Kane talk some trash to each other from the ring and the ramp as we cut to the second commercial break of the evening.
Sweeping view the Aloha Stadium, basking in sunlight.
We now cut to a beach setting where JTG and Shad are walking down the beach, both dressed in brightly coloured shorts.
Shad: Yo J’ – check out the honey’s around here.
JTG: Man I love Hawaii – j’yeah!
Shad stops in his tracks.
Shad: Hold up, man. Weren’t we supposed to be somewhere?
J’ puts his fingers to his chin, thinking it over, before SmackDown Divas Tiffany and Kelly Kelly walk by in bikini’s. Cryme Tyme’s mouth actually drop at the sight.
JTG: Uh, I... I... don’t think so man.
Shad: Nah man, I definitely think we forgot somethin’.
JTG: Oh man, check this guy out.
Shad: Hold up – isn’t that? Aw man. That’s what we forgot.
The camera turns around to see none other than Vince McMahon, strutting up the beach towards the duo. He looks extremely angry, which clashes with the comical element of Vince wearing a full suit on a hot beach.
Vince begins shouting at Cryme Tyme as he walks up the beach.
Vince McMahon: YOU TWO DAMN CRIMINALS. I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR YOU TWO EVERYWHERE!
Vince continues walking, eventually reaching them, the duo hang their heads in shame.
Vince McMahon: Who the hell do you think you are?!
Vince McMahon: SHADUP! Now go, the Aloha Stadium, move it or YOUR FIRRRREEDDDDD!
Cryme Tyme turn on their heels and run up the beach, they start going in slow motion, like the people on Baywatch would. Vince shakes his head and then turns to face the camera. The two Divas appear on the side of the smiling Vince.
Vince McMahon: SummerSlam – the best ending you can think of.
The camera moves up, away from Vince and we are eventually in the sky, where we see The Aloha Stadium again.
Narrator: WWE SummerSlam – a four hour extravaganza. The Summer comes to an end with SummerSlam!
SmackDown returns and the cameras are backstage in the parking lot, where the World Heavyweight Champion, Matt Hardy steps out of his car to a lot of heat from the fans inside the arena. He ignores them and walks around his car to the boot, he opens it up and reaches in to pull out a bag but then Matt Striker approaches him.
Matt, I was wondering if we could get a word about what John Cena did to the security guard last week?
The World Heavyweight Champion glares at Striker, who raises his eyebrows and pushes Hardy for an answer only for The Cold One too close his boot, lock his car with his electronic fob and turn his back on Striker and the camera man. He walks towards the entrance and disappears as Striker watches on. We cut to inside the arena and arrive at the announce table.
Matt Hardy has shown us that the new Matt Hardy is here to stay by blatently ignoring Matt Striker’s questions.
Well that new Matt Hardy is the World Heavyweight Champion. The old Matt Hardy wouldn’t be anywhere near the World Championship picture. And another thing, Matt Striker had no right to just approach the World Champion, from out of nowhere and ask him questions. Matt has a big match tonight against Vladimir Kozlov, he needs to focus, and he won’t be able to do that with a so called reporter like Matt Striker buzzing around.
Well, despite your thinking, Matt Hardy has turned his back on his family, his friends and his fans. He isn’t the man we used to know and-
No, he is now the World Heavyweight Champion.
True, but he’s turned his back on everyone, he’s betrayed all the principles he used to have to wear that gold.
So? I’d rather be hated and be World Heavyweight Champion than be loved and not be a champion.
That’s your opinion. People like John Cena actually care about these fans and-
And yet most of these fans hate him, what do you say to that?
Ladies and gentleman, I’m currently getting word that our other interviewer, Tiffany is standing backstage.
Indeed, we cut backstage to see the bubbly blonde smiling at the camera.
Please welcome... Daniel Bryan and Kaval.
Daniel Bryan and Kaval enter the shot to a nice pop from the fans, AJ Lee no where to be found.
And after what happened last week, I wanted to ask you both how AJ Lee is and what you plan to do about what Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins did to you three last week?
Daniel speaks first.
AJ is currently in New Jersey, at home, recovering after being on the receiving end of Zack Ryder’s spinebuster.
Boos for Ryder’s spinebuster.
Luckily, AJ will be back on SmackDown next week, Tiffany. Do you mind?
Bryan motions for the microphone and Tiffany obliges and then gets a second one and hands it to Kaval. She backs away from the scene as The Warriors turn to the camera.
Curt, Zack – last week, what you did? You don’t realize it, but you’ve started somethin’.
Before last week, our rivalry was in the spirit of competition, right? But that’s changed now. You threatened our friend, you put your hands on our friend. A girl who has travelled all around the world with us, from Japan to Mexico to right back here. A Superstar should never lay their hands on a Diva, and Zack, Curt – you two have just made the biggest mistake of you careers.
This gets a pop from the crowd.
Like Kaval said, our rivalry was in the spirit of competition... but now its personnel. You two have started something that you can’t finish.
We know that you two were too much of a bitch to show up here t’night. But when we do get our hands on you, you better believe we will get retribution for AJ.
Another pop as The Warriors look deadly serious.
Next time we see you two, you’re gonna’ get your heads kicked in by the both of us... and then... you’re gonna do one of two things. You’re either gonna tap... or you’re gonna snap
The pops keep coming from the hot crowd here tonight.
And even if you do tap... we might just make you snap
Kaval and Bryan drop the microphone to the ground, and with a lasting stare, they finally exit the scene, leaving Tiffany to watch them go and we cut to ring side.
*AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ ME NOW...*
The music of The Gold Standard, Shelton Benjamin hits to a little bit of heat, with the week that he had off he seems to have changed his look, getting rid of that awful gold hair and now wearing a white and blue jacket. He’s also wearing white attire with white boots, going for that white on black look and continues down the ramp. Benjamin leaps onto the top of the steel steps and ends up on the apron.
The following contest is scheduled for one fall. Introducing first, from Orangeburg, South Carolina, weighing two hundred and forty eight pounds... he is the self proclaimed Greatest Pure Athlete in the WWE – SHELTON – BENJAMIN!
I find it difficult to disagree with Shelton on that part, in my humble opinion – he is the greatest pure athlete in this company and perhaps the enter wrestling world.
It’d be difficult to find anybody more athletic than this man.
Benjamin is a former United States Champion, former Intercontinental Champion and a former WWE Tag Team Champion, he is a very successful Superstar but his opponent is just as successful, and perhaps, almost just as athletic.
The Greatest Pure Athlete leaps over the top rope, landing in the ring and jumping up onto the second turnbuckle. He scans the crowd before taking his jacket off and throwing it to the timekeeper.
A nice cheer comes up from the crowd as Gregory Helms
walks onto the stage. He looks around the arena before walking down the ramp, slapping a few of the fans hands on his way down. Helms walks around to the steel steps and jogs up them, before stepping onto the apron.
And his opponent from Raleigh, North Carolina, weighing two hundred and fifteen pounds – GREGORY – HELMS!
Gregory Helms made it all the way to the semi-finals of the Cruiserweight Championship, ultimately losing to Dolph Ziggler who will go on to face John Morrison at The Bash for the honour of being the champion.
Gregory Helms is a great Superstar, J.R, but he came up against a younger, fired up competitor in Dolph Ziggler, who took abuse after abuse over on Raw and showed why he is the future of this company when he came over to SmackDown in the draft.
Well I can’t disagree with you there. We’ll get more on the Cruiserweight Championship situation later on the show folks, but right now Helms has to contend with the athletic Shelton Benjamin.
Gregory hands his long jacket to someone at ringside and then retreats into his corner, waiting for the referee to ring the bell.
Match Two – Singles Contest
vs. Shelton Benjamin
We join this match up around seven minutes in, it’s been a back and forth bout so far but at this moment both men are down in the centre of the ring as a result of an accidental clash of heads. The referee begins counting them down and they eventually get to a standing base at around six seconds. They get up at the same time and Shelton swings wildly at Helms, who ducks and sets off running, bouncing off the ropes and hitting a running front drop kick to the jaw of Benjamin! Shelton hits the mat with a thud, he holds the back of his head and his jaw with his other hand as Helms hooks the leg, one... two... KICK OUT! A raucous round of boos greet the kick out and the referee assures Helms it was a two count. Helms climbs to his feet, bounces off the ropes and connects with a running elbow drop to the heart of his opponent. He follows that up by stepping out onto the apron, he waits for Shelton to climb to his feet and then CONNECTS WITH A SPRINGBOARD FLIPPING NECKBREAKER! The crowd pop at the move and he quickly takes advantage of the situation, shooting the half and covering his opponent, one... two... NO! Benjamin kicks out again, to another round of boos. Helms shakes his head in a seated position before standing up and walking over to the turnbuckle, he steps out onto the apron and begins climbing. He takes a rather long time though, and when he reaches the top he looks up to see SHELTON SPRINTING AT HIM... AND LEAPING ONTO THE TOP ROPE! A massive gasp comes from the crowd as Shelton has just shown a massive feat of athleticism. Helms and Benjamin are both standing on the top now, both using each other to help balance but then Benjamin resorts to a head butt which sends Helms off the turnbuckle, landing on the mat below, legs first!
Benjamin has managed to stay on the top, showing his balance and then he turns towards Helms is, he’s waiting for his opponent to get to his feet and eventually he does so BENJAMIN LEAPS OFF THE TOP ROPE AND LANDS ON HELMS WITH A SENTON! The crowd all stand up at the move as it seems both men are hurt, they haven’t moved, but eventually it’s Shelton who stands up, yanking Helms to his feet and rolling him into the ring. Greg’ rolls into the centre, while Benjamin climbs onto the apron, he gets his bearings and then SPRINGBOARDS OFF THE TOP ROPE... CONNECTING WITH A DIVING ELBOW DROP! Another amazing move from Benjamin as he covers his opponent, one... two... NO! Benjamin begins arguing with the referee from a seated position, arguing with him over the count which he perceives to be slow but the ref is having none of it. He tells Benjamin to get on with things, so he does, pulling Helms up to his feet and connecting with a body slam. He doesn’t go for the cover though, instead Benjamin walks over to the turnbuckle again, he climbs to the top rope and goes for another elbow drop... BUT HELMS ROLLS OUT OF THE WAY! The crowd pop as Benjamin hits the mat, he holds onto his elbow as he stands up, he meets Helms on his feet and throws a kick to the stomach but Helms catches it! Helms stares at Benjamin in the eyes and then whips his leg away... but BENJAMIN DOES A FULL 360 SPIN AND CONNECTS WITH A DRAGON WHIP KICK! Helms hits the mat like a sack of spuds and Benjamin quickly goes for the cover, one... two... KICK OUT!
This match will continue but Shelton again argues with the referee before turning back to Helms, he picks him up and hoists him into the air for a suplex... he hangs on for a moment, keeping Helms in the air, letting the blood rush to his head, but Helms shifts his weight ever so slightly, which allows him to continue, against Benjamin’s grip and land on the mat, feet first AND THEN CONNECT WITH A NECKBREAKER! Greg’ looks around the ring, looking for Benjamin and then leaps on top of him, going for the cover, one... two... ANOTHER KICK OUT! Helms runs his hands through his hair and then slowly brings himself to his feet, he walks over to the turnbuckle, climbing up it very, very slowly. Shelton begins to climb to his feet, and turns around and is the victim of a FROG SPLASH CROSSBODY! Helms rolls away from Benjamin and holds his stomach, feeling the effects of the big move but manages to crawl to the ropes and pull himself up. Benjamin looks to be on his knees now, and Helms senses his opportunity... HE SPRINTS FORWARD AND GOES FOR THE SHINNING WIZARD... BUT BENJAMIN DUCKS... PULLS HELMS UP AND ROLLS HIM UP WITH A SCHOOL BOY! ONE... TWO... TH-NO! This match continues as both men rise to their feet, and meet in the centre with Benjamin kneeing Helms in the stomach. Shelton then Irish-whips him into the corner, and GOES FOR THE STINGER SPLASH... BUT HELMS DUCKS OUT THE WAY! Shelton hits the turnbuckle and stumbles back into a school boy from Helms this time... ONE... TWO... THRE- NO!! Shelton and Helms rise to their feet quickly, and Helms ducks a punch and goes for The Nightmare on Helms Street but BENJAMIN SPINS OUT... AND FROM OUT OF NOWHERE... HITS PAYDIRT!! BENJAMIN SHOOTS THE HALF AND GOES FOR THE COVER... ONE... TWO... THREE!
Winner – Shelton Benjamin @ 13.54
*AIN’T NO STOPPIN ME NOW...*
Here is your winner – SHELTON BENJAMIN!
Benjamin, the self proclaimed greatest athlete in the WWE, pulls himself to his feet using the ropes and leans on them for a few seconds. The referee raises his hand in the air before going to check on Helms. Meanwhile, Shelton climbs to the second rope and raises his hands in the air before clutching his stomach, feeling the pain running through his body.
These two laid it all out on the line right here tonight, folks. And it was Shelton Benjamin coming out victorious with an amazing counter into The Paydirt!
This is what SmackDown is about, J.R! Great matches every single week, and the only place to see it is right here on Friday nights.
Very true, John, and we aren’t even close to being done on the match front. Coming up later on tonight, Chris Jericho will team with Mike Knox to take on the highflying team of Evan Bourne and a former World Champion, Jeff Hardy. But coming up next folks, Jeff Hardy’s brother, the current World Heavyweight Champion will be in action against The Moscow Mauler, Vladimir Kozlov!
Helms backs up the ramp, clutching his forehead while staring at Benjamin in the ring. Shelton stares back, and Helms shouts “you got me this time... next time you won’t be so lucky!”, this gets a response from Shelton which basically says he’ll be waiting.
Back on SmackDown, a MASSIVE pop comes from the crowd as we see John Cena walking backstage. He seems to be very focused but then his face changes when he sees someone off camera, we follow him as he walks to the side and we see Bret Hart talking to a random man. This gets another massive pop, and Cena slaps his shoulder, Bret turns around the two shake hands, smiling.
Allow me to-
John Cena, pleasure to meet you you. And uh, may I just say, I hope you take the World Title from Matt Hardy at The Bash.
Well, I appreciate that, Bret. Good to see ya’.
Cena continues on his ventures through the hall way but is then stopped by the one and only Matt Striker.
John, may we get a word?
Well, we’d like to get your views on Matt Hardy’s constant behind the back attacks, and the fact he seems to be ducking you face to face?
Cena nods, processing the question before answering.
Y’know, that’s exactly what it is. Matt Hardy, the World Champion, our World Heavyweight Champion has been ducking facing me face to face. Take last week for instance, we were both in the centre of that ring, and things got a little physical. But Matt managed to take his title, tuck his tail between his legs and bolt on outta’ here.
Heat at that.
He ran for the hills, Matt... and allowed his security guards to restrain me. But Matt should know, it takes a lot to keep John Cena down. Y’see, I’ve been through wars with the likes of Triple H, Shawn Michaels and Edge. I respect those men, I don’t respect Matt Hardy.
Cena adjusts his cap.
In our first match, he attacked me before the match even begun, as I was makin’ my entrance. He got a cheap victory over me, and then he attacked me after a tag team match and beat me all around ring side. He threw me into the barricade, the steel steps and the ring post, but y’know what Matt? I still got back up, he had to put me through the announce table with a Twist of Hate to finally keep me down. But despite that, I’m still standin’.
Massive pop. Cena takes his cap off.
But whenever it comes to a face to face confrontation, he doesn’t to know me, he’d rather attack me from behind than stand in front of me. That’s the kind of man Matt Hardy, the kind of World Champion he is.
Ohhh’s from the crowd.
He knows what I’m about, I’m not gonna’ attack from behind, that’s not my game. I’m going to get him face to face, and he will know that if you piss me off, I can be one of the most dangerous Superstars in this company.
At The Bash, Matt Hardy will be across the ring from me, but no doubt he will try to duck out of the match like he did in our original championship match. Which is why I’m headin’ to Theodore Long right now with an idea, and we’ll see if he can get out of it. At The Bash, Matt, I will take that World Heavyweight Championship back, even if it takes everythin’ I got – you are looking at the next World Heavyweight Champion.
The former World Heavyweight Champion walks out of the shot, leaving Matt Striker to watch him go.
A fired up John Cena right there, folks. His opponent at The Bash will be in action next, but right now we are going to take you back to Monday Night Raw, where the night ended on a horrific note.
Monday Night Raw Rebound | Retribution
The night begins with CM Punk and Randy Orton’s confrontation backstage, with The Viper telling Punk to cash in his briefcase, because if he does then it will be the last time he sets foot in the ring. We now see fairy tale footage of Rey Mysterio last eliminating TJ Perkins to become the number one contender to the WWE Championship, which will be exercised at Raw Revolution. After the battle royal, Rey is confronted by Randy Orton and Legacy, only for CM Punk and a group of a Superstars show up. While Legacy back off, the wrestlers congratulate Rey, all except CM Punk who stares at Orton as he leaves. Then, we see Randy Orton defeating William Regal in the main event and then CM Punk makes his entrance, seemingly about to cash in his briefcase. But then, Jack Swagger attacks Punk and the show goes off the air with Punk’s screams echoing around the arena as he is locked in The Patriot Lock.
A couple of seconds pass by before...
A nice pop comes from the crowd, they’ve changed their opinion on The Moscow Mauler, Vladimir Kozlov after his actions last week, and the fact that he’s facing Matt Hardy only helps Anyway, Kozlov walks out in white attire with white boots, he walks down the ramp, face scowling as he reaches the ring.
The following contest is scheduled for one fall, from Moscow, Russia, The Moscow Maulter – VLADIMIR – KOZLOV!
Vladimir Kozlov is one of the most dangerous Superstars in the WWE, he has pin fall victorys over the likes of The Undertaker, and has fought for the WWE Championship.
But did he win the WWE Championship?
Well, he’s facing the current World Heavyweight Champion. Kozlov will need to up his game if he’s to defeat Matt Hardy.
The Russian sets foot inside the ring and walks over to the ropes, smashing his fist into his palm and then turning to face the stage.
A few moments pass before...
*HUNT YOU DOWN...*
The Canadian crowd react with a MASSIVE round of heat, which greets the arrival of the current World Heavyweight Champion, Matt Hardy who walks out on to the stage wearing his title around his waist and a tee with the sleeves cut off which says “The Cold One” on it. Matthew walks down the ramp, tapping his title belt while he shows it off to a couple of fans who boo back at him.
And his opponent, from Raleigh, North Carolina, he is the WORLD – HEAVYWEIGHT – CHAMPION - - MATT – HARDY!
Ever since the Royal Rumble, Matt Hardy has morphed into what you see today. You are looking at a man who has turned his back on everyone that once loved him, he has targeted his family in Jeff Hardy and turned his back on all his fans.
Screw that, J.R, what you are looking at is the current World Heavyweight Champion. Matt Hardy got nowhere when he was playing to these fans and keeping an eye on his brother.
Look, everyone knows that’s not the reason. The fans don’t hold people back, they push people on. It’s why John Cena has the power to get through anything thrown at him, it’s why Jeff Hardy competes as he gets that adrenaline rush when he walks out here. These fans are the reason we are sat here, and Matt Hardy turned his back on all of them.
The World Heavyweight Champion climbs into the ring and walks past Vladimir Kozlov, instructing the referee to make sure he stays where he is and then climbs the to the second rope. He unclips his title belt and raises it above his head with a sick grin. Matt then steps down from the ropes and hands his championship to the referee.
Match Three – Non-Title Bout
vs. Vladimir Kozlov
We join this match four minutes in, and despite a strong start from Vladimir Kozlov, the World Heavyweight Champion managed to show why he is the champion by battling back and taking control of the match. At this very moment, Hardy has Kozlov in a seated position on the top rope. The World Champion climbs to the second rope, and looks for a superplex , but Kozlov headbutts him in the chest, and he falls to the canvas below! The Cold One stands up quickly and Kozlov LAUNCHES HIMSELF FROM THE TOP ROPE... FLYING SHOULDER BLOCK.... NO... HARDY DIVES OUT THE WAY!! The crowd boo as Kozlov hits the ground, he tries to get up but Hardy runs right through him with a running knee to the face! The champion then hooks the leg, one... two... KICK OUT! A kick out from Kozlov which draws a pop from the crowd, he sits up but Hardy locks in a sleeper hold~! The World Champion tightens the hold before wrapping his legs around Kozlov’s stomach and pulling him back. Hardy’s shoulders end up on the canvas and the referee begins counting but Hardy manages to roll one off while still keeping Kozlov in the hold. Vladimir seems to be fading rather quickly but the fans begin to chant “LET’S GO KOZLOV”!
This seems to have given Kozlov a new lease of life as he uses his hands to unclasp Matt’s legs from his stomach and get to his knees. He stands up finally, elbows Matt in the stomach a couple of times, breaking his grip on his neck. Kozlov then explodes away from Hardy, hits the ropes and smashes into Matt with a shoulder block! Matt gets up quickly, only for Kozlov to hit another shoulder block! Again, Matt gets up but THIS TIME KOZLOV HITS HIM WITH THE BATTERING RAM! KOZLOV GOES FOR THE COVER, ONE... TWO... TH-NO! Matt gets the shoulder up at the very last second, Kozlov doesn’t argue instead he gets ready for The Iron Curtain. Matt gets up and Kozlov grabs him by the throat... but then Matt counters into The Side Effect! Instead of going for the cover, Matt pulls Kozlov to his feet, kicks him in the stomach and PLANTS HIM WITH THE TWIST OF HATE!
Winner - Matt Hardy @ 6.03
*HUNT YOU DOWN...*
Here is your winner, the World Heavyweight Champion – MATT – HARDY!
Matt rolls off Kozlov and sits on the mat for a couple off seconds. The referee collects the World Heavyweight Championship and hands it to Matt, who stands up and raises his hands in the air, showing off his belt.
*MY TIME IS NOW...*
Business is about to pick up, folks!
The crowd erupt with a pop as JOHN CENA walks onto the stage. He stands at the top of the ramp, cracks his knuckles, looks at Matt and then SPRINTS DOWN THE RAMP! He slides into the ring and ducks an attempted shot by the title from Matt. Cena turns around and is about to punch Matt BUT HE DROPS DOWN AND ROLLS OUT THE RING!
Typical. Just typical behaviour from Hardy.
Hardy backs up the ramp, clutching his championship to his chest while Cena looks pissed that Matt’s ducked him again. John walks over to the ropes and leans over them, telling Matt that he was “this close” to getting his hands on him. Matt replies back with a shake of the head from Matt.
Look, Matt Hardy is the World Heavyweight Champion, he chooses when he gets physical with Superstars, not the other way around.
Jim’s interrupted as everyone’s attention turns to the stage where the SmackDown General Manager walks onto the stage for the second time tonight. Theodore Long stands on the ramp, smiling, looking like he has good news.
Matt, listen up, playa’. For weeks you’ve been duckin’ John Cena, and I think everyone is tired of it, ya feel me?
Pop from the crowd.
And I’m goin’ to make sure you cannot duck him at The Bash. Y’see, John came to me with an idea, an idea which will make sure no one gets involved, no one can run, and you can’t get yourself disqualified or countedout, playa.
The anticipation is building for the announcement, Cena smiles but Matt looks pissed, clutching his championship.
So, Matt, at The Bash, you will not only defend your championship against John Cena... you will defend it in a SOLID STEEL CAGE!
Massive pop from the crowd while Cena grins even bigger and Matt goes mental on the ramp, shouting abuse at Long as he walks up towards him. He gets in front of him and we hear him saying “THIS PROVES YOU’RE BIAS”, “I AM THE WORLD CHAMPION”.
*MY TIME IS NOW...*
The music of Cena hits as he climbs the turnbuckle, and raises his hands, he then watches Long and Hardy argue on the ramp from the corner, shaking his head before focusing back on the fans.
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?! John Cena... Matt Hardy... WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP... IN A STEEL CAGE!
I think it’s a blatant use of power in Theodore Long’s actions, and he’s shown his favouritism to John Cena right now by booking HIS idea!
This means Matt Hardy can’t escape the clutches of John Cena any longer, nor can he get himself disqualified or counted out!
Who’s to say he would even want to get himself counted out or disqualified?
I think we all know what kind of man Matt Hardy is, that should answer your question.
Matt and Long are still arguing on the ramp, and eventually Matt has had enough and walks away from the General Manager and disappearing backstage. In the ring, Cena salutes the fans and points a finger at the General Manager with a smile as we cut to the commercial break.
We return to SmackDown and get a quick video replay of what went down before the break. Once that concludes...
*AIN’T NO MAKE BELIEVE...*
The music of John Morrison
fills the arena and he gets a nice pop as he walks onto the stage. The Shaman of Sexy stands and in slow motion begins showing off his body while his hair sweeps back. Morrison stops his slow motion shenanigans and walks down the ramp with a smile on his face, and in homage to Bret Hart, he places his shades on a lucky fan. Morrison quickly steps up onto the steps and hops onto the apron.
The following contest is a PICK-YOUR-POISON match. Introducing first from Los Angeles, California, two hundred and nine pounds – JOHN – MORRISON!
I said earlier that Shelton Benjamin is the greatest pure athlete in the WWE, but this man would give him a run for his money. He’s a former Intercontinental Champion, former Tag Team Champion and at The Bash, he has the opportunity to become the new Cruiserweight Champion.
But he has to face one of the upcoming Superstars of the WWE, Dolph Ziggler. Who took no end of abuse while he was on Raw, but that all changed when he joined SmackDown.
Morrison takes his jacket off and hands it to someone at ringside before climbing the turnbuckle and raising his hand in the air.
*TIME TO SHOW THE WORLD...*
The fans react with a bit of heat as The Show-Off, Dolph Ziggler
walks onto the stage, wearing a pink t-shirt with the words “SHOW-OFF” written across the front. He has a microphone in his hand.
Ever since Teddy Long told me I’d be able to pick your opponent... I’ve been racking my brain, thinkin’ of any Cruiserweight I could choose. Anybody in the world I was told, as long as they accepted that is. And the man I contacted actually came out of retirement because he wanted to get his hands on you.
The anticipation is building.
Now I know what you’re thinkin’ Johhny boy. Why would I pick someone who was retired – because this man knows everything single thing about you. He’s a man that you turned your back on, you turned your back on him in his time of need, when his face was smashed in with a ladder, you forgot all about him, and he wants some pay back.
Some of the fans know who Ziggler is referring to but most are clueless.
I’m sure you know who I’m talkin’ about. So, introducin’ your opponent... JOEY – MERCURY!
As he was chosen by a heel, WWE logic dictates that the fans boo Joey Mercury
, who walks onto the stage with the usual jacket that he would wear in his first stint with WWE. He shakes hands with Ziggler who walks off backstage, not caring to watch the match and Mercury walks down the ramp, eyes on Morrison.
Well what a choice. We haven’t seen Joey Mercury in a very long time, John.
A stroke of genius by Ziggler – he chose the one person that knows John Morrison back and forwards.
Be that as it may, Mercury has came out of retirement for this match, no doubt he will have some ring rust to wear off.
Mercury climbs onto the apron, he steps into the ring and walks past Morrison, handing his jacket to someone at ring side.
Match Four – Pick Your Poison
vs. John Morrison
Seeing as these two know each other so well, the first few minutes of the bout consisted of constant counter after counter moments but Mercury’s ring rust began to show as he allowed Morrison to take control. But, thanks to a top rope move gone wrong, he join the match with Mercury in control, he has his former tag team partner stuck in the corner, seated on the canvas. Mercury stands in front of him, and stomps away on the chest of Morrison, and the referee has to get involved, admonishing the five count and then pulling Mercury off his former friend and tag team partner. Joey stares in the referee’s eyes before heading back towards Morrison, and he manages to catch an attempted kick from his opponent, he throws the leg down and then presses his knee into the chest of Morrison! Again, the referee has to physically pull Mercury away, he warns him that this is the last time, next time it will be a disqualification. Nonetheless, Mercury turns back to Morrison and pulls him out by the legs and hooks one of them, one... two... NO!! Mercury curses his luck and then pulls Morrison to his feet and Irish-whips him to the ropes, Morrison rebounds and ducks a clothesline attempt, he rebounds again, and again ducks a clothesline and rebounds again, before connecting with a flying cross body! Morrison gets up quickly, pulling opponent up and whipping him into the ropes, Morrison bends over but Mercury CATCHES HIM WITH A NECKBREAKER and hooks the leg... one... two... NO!
The match will continue but Mercury is getting rather angry, he slides out of the ring and GRABS A STEEL CHAIR! He climbs into the ring with the steel chair in hand, and goes to smash it off Morrison’s back but the referee yanks it away from him from behind, J.R shouts that Mercury will need to find another way to get his so called revenge. Mercury argues with the referee near the ropes, the ref’ throws it out of the ring and begins arguing with Mercury again, and then we see a sudden flash as Morrison is on his feet, he springboards off the other ropes AND CONNECTS WITH A FLYING CHUCK KICK!! The crowd go wild as Mercury hits the mat at the a convenient place for Morrison, he walks over to the turnbuckle AND LANDS ON MERCURY WITH STARSHIP PAIN! He hooks the far leg, ONE... TWO... THREE!
Winner – John Morrison @ 6.49
*AIN’T NO MAKE BELIEVE...*
Here is your winner – JOHN – MORRISON!
Morrison stands up and takes a look at this former partner, almost with remorse in his eyes but then turns around and climbs the turnbuckle. He raises his hands in the air before he drops down and rolls out of the ring, before he walks up the ramp, he slaps a few hands with the fans.
John Morrison showed his championship credentials by winning this match, a man who knew every move that he would attempt, and it was Mercury’s desire for so called revenge that lost him this match.
Yeah, but let me remind you, Mercury came out of retirement for this match. It isn’t that impressive that he won this match. Let’s just wait and see what Dolph Ziggler does next week in his match.
Speaking of The Show-Off, we cut backstage to see Dolph Ziggler watching Morrison walk up the ramp on a TV screen. He doesn’t look best pleased, but then he turns around when the door opens, and in steps the SmackDown Assistant General Manager, Layla who’s wearing a very low cut white business shirt. She walks over to Ziggler, whispers something in his ear and hands him a little bit of paper. She walks out of the shot, leaving Ziggler to look at the paper and then grin.
And with that, we cut to a hallway in the backstage area, where Evan Bourne and Kelly Kelly are in the middle of a very close hug, which draws a few cheers from the crowd. The blonde stops hugging Bourne and steps back a step, smiling.
I was SO pleased to see you last week. After weeks of being dragged around by Mike, I dunno, I felt safe again.
She says with a beaming smile.
Well when I’m around you-
Bourne stops speaking when his gaze turns to someone behind Kelly, she turns and sees someone before Evan steps in front of her. The camera pans out to reveal MIKE KNOX! He dwarfs Bourne and breathes menacingly but Evan stands his ground, looking up at him.
You stuck your nose in where it didn’t belong last week. Give me one reason why I shouldn’t destroy right here... right now.
Evan looks at Mike from his stomach up to his face, getting ready for a fight but then the crowd ERUPT cheers as JEFF HARDY walks up to them, carrying a BASEBALL BAT! Knox is now outnumbered and thanks to the baseball bat, he doesn’t seem so confident. Jeff and Evan stare at Knox who eventually backs away slowly.
Don’t worry, Evan – I’ll see you later.
Knox completes his exit, leaving Jeff and Evan to turn to each other.
Hey, thanks Jeff.
No need to thank me.
Jeff and Evan shake hands and Jeff even gets a hug from K2.
And hey, don’t worry about him. Just you do your thing in the tag match later.
Evan and Jeff shake hands once again before Jeff exit the scene as we throw it to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial...
A strong reaction consisting of heat greets Mike Knox
as he walks into the limelight. He feels his long beard from the top of the ramp, and then walks down it, scowling at the ring. He walks slowly up the steel steps, almost stamping as he does so.
The following tag team contest is scheduled for one fall. Introducing first, from Phoenix, Arizona, weighing two hundred and ninety three pounds – MIKE – KNOX!
This match brings together two rivals which consist of extremely personal issues. Mike Knox believes that Kelly Kelly is his, for the past few weeks he has dragged her around, parading her like a piece of meat, but when Evan Bourne returned, that all stopped.
I give Evan Bourne credit, he’s tried to take on the monster. He done well at Judgment Day, fending him off, but in the end he was put on the injury table as a result of Mike Knox’.
I have to stop you right there, partner. I’m just receiving word, that in two weeks time at The Bash, Mike Knox will face off against Evan Air Bourne”! The Bash card just keeps on getting bigger and this match is certainly one of the biggest matches on the card.
I wouldn’t want to be Bourne in a couple of weeks time.
Knox enters the ring, but doesn’t bother with any theatrics, instead he simply stands in the centre, waiting for the rest of the Superstars to enter.
“BREAK THE WALLS DOWN...”
*BREAK THE WALLS DOWN...*
The crowd erupt with a lot of heat, but with some cheers as Chris Jericho
is from Canada. He walks out in his usual attire, and walks down the ramp, not doing any theatrics in the same vein as his tag team partner. He has a smug look on his face, which only serves to ramp up the boos.
And his tag team partner, from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada, weighing two hundred and twenty seven pounds – CHRIS – JERICHO!
Chris Jericho and Jeff Hardy are currently embroiled in a deep, powerful rivalry which all started after Jericho told us that Jeff cost him the World Heavyweight Championship. After this, Jericho attacked Jeff and went so far as to call him a cancer to this company.
He’s right though.
How is he right?
We all know Jeff Hardy’s problems, one mistake and it all comes down on the rest of us. We are the ones that suffer, not him.
He doesn’t suffer?! My god, are you really this bias.
Hey... I’m not like Teddy Long.
Jericho steps into the ring, and stands in the centre, surveying the arena.
*BORN TO WIN...*
Knox turns to the stage and frowns as Evan Bourne and Kelly Kelly walk onto the stage. Bourne sends up the peace sign twice before walking down the ramp, Kelly to the side of him, the duo high five some fans on their respective side of the ramp and they reach the ring, but Bourne doesn’t enter just yet.
And introducing their opponents. First, from St. Louis, Missouri – EVAN – AIR –BOURNE!
Bourne doing the smart thing right now by not entering the ring, and waiting for his tag team partner.
*NO MORE WORDS...*
The Canadian crowd erupt with a massive amount of cheers as The Charismatic Enigma high step onto the stage. Jeff Hardy
plays to the crowd and setting his pyro off before venturing down the ramp and high fiving a few of the fans.
And his tag team partner, from Raleigh, North Carolina – JEFF – HARDY!
Jeff and Evan meet at the bottom of the ramp, they fist bump before sliding into the ring, expecting Jericho and Knox to rush them but they stand in their corner. Evan and Jeff back step into their corner and wait for the referee to start the match.
Match Four – Tag Team Contest
Evan Bourne & Jeff Hardy w/Kelly Kelly
vs. Chris Jericho & Mike Knox
We join this match around six minutes in and the face’s had a solid start to the match but thanks to some underhanded tactics, Mike Knox and Chris Jericho took advantage. Right now though, Jericho has Evan down on the mat in a chin lock. He’s screaming “ASK HIM” and the referee does so, over and over but each time Bourne rejects the chance to give up. Eventually, Jericho lets go and drags Bourne to his corner and tags in the huge Mike Knox. He grabs Bourne by the neck and yanks him up to his feet, throwing him into the ropes, he rebounds and gets planted with a spinebuster in the centre of the ring. Knox then hooks the leg, one... two... NO! HARDY BREAKS UP THE PIN! The referee tells Jeff to get back out and he obliges, leaving Knox looking pissed. Mike pulls Bourne to his feet and Irish-whips him into his own corner. Knox goes to one knee and explodes, sprinting at Evan but HE GETS TWO FEET UP, IN THE FACE OF MIKE! Evan then takes a cheap shot route by elbowing Jericho in the head, and he falls to the ground! Knox is back though, running at Bourne again, only to get another double boot in the face! He stumbles back further this time, falling to one knee, and Bourne lifts himself onto the second rope... AND CONNECTS WITH A TORNADO DDT!! The crowd do wild at the huge move as does Kelly on the outside.
Jericho climbs back onto the apron, while Jeff on the other side begins clapping his hands, getting the crowd to do it too. After he’s satisfied, he stops and allows the crowd to take over on their own. Evan gets the signal from the crowd and begins crawling towards his corner, as does Knox. Eventually, to a huge pop, Bourne gets the tag, but so has Knox! Hardy and Jericho meet in the centre of the ring, Hardy ducking a clothesline and hitting the ropes, rebounding with a flying axe handle to the face! Jericho gets to his feet, and Jeff goes to kick him in the stomach, but Chris catches his foot, only for Jeff to jump and spin, hitting a kick to the chest of Jericho! Again, Jericho gets up again, only for Jeff to grab the back of his legs and sweep them away. He lands on his back but Jeff keeps a hold of them, splits them apart and hits a leg drop onto Jericho! He goes for the cover, one... two... KNOX BREAKS IT UP!
The crowd boo as Knox clubs the back of Jeff, but then Evan enters the ring again, hitting a front drop kick to the chest of Knox, and he stumbles backwards into the ropes. Bourne then sprints at Knox and connects with a cross body, and the two of them go tumbling over the top rope! Jeff still feels the effects of those clubs to the back off Knox so takes a second to get to his feet and walks slowly back over to Jericho. Suddenly a gasp comes from the crowd as we see Knox CARRY BOURNE AND SMASH HIM BACK FIRST INTO THE RING POST! While this was happening, Jeff has Jericho up and whips him into the corner, but Jericho reverses, and Jeff sprints into the corner, but RUNS UP THEM... WHISPER IN THE WIND! The crowd pop huge as Jeff covers Jericho, the referee begins counting but suddenly Jeff sees something. On the other side of the ring Knox is approaching Kelly, she looks petrified so Jeff climbs off Jericho and sprints at the ropes, CONNECTING WITH A BASEBALL SLIDE ON KNOX! Jeff checks Kelly is alright and climbs back in the ring. He sees that Jericho is getting to his feet, and walks over to him, but Chris surprises him and ducks behind him, rolling him up and the referee starts counting, one... two... HE’S GOT A HOLD OF HIS JEANS... THREE!
Winner – Chris Jericho & Mike Knox @9.43
*BREAK THE WALLS DOWN...*
Here are your winners – Mike – Knox and CHRIS – JERICHO!
The crowd react with massive boos as Jericho quickly rolls out of the ring, Hardy gets to his feet quickly and dives after him but just misses him as he rolled out. On the outside, Bourne is helped up by Kelly and the two slide into the ring. They stand beside Hardy while Knox is still on the ground after the baseball slide. Jericho’s on the ramp, grinning and holding his right hand above his head!
He stole it! He stole one!
Hah-hah. I love it, J.R! Jericho took advantage of a distraction and got the win!
Jeff Hardy was in complete control folks, and one distraction cost him the match. He and Jericho will face off one on one at The Bash, where the winner folks will face either Matt Hardy or John Cena at Summerslam in Hawaii for the World Heavyweight Championship!
Bourne tries to tell Jeff not to worry about it, he says he’ll get him at The Bash. Hardy nods but he seems to be v very pissed.
Matt Hardy: Finally, I am where I should be. At the top of this profession.
Shot of Hardy winning the World Heavyweight Championship at Judgment Day.
Chris Jericho: Jeff Hardy is a cancer to this company.
Footage of Jericho’s infamous “cancer” promo a couple of weeks ago.
Jeff Hardy: My life is an open book. I do not hide away from my demons. And I am not hiding from Chris Jericho.
Now we see Jeff tackling the afore mentioned Jericho and pummelling him with his fists.
John Cena: I want the World Heavyweight Championship back.
Replays of John Cena planting a security guard through a table at the contract signing with a Attitude Adjustment.
Narrator: SmackDown’s biggest Superstars collide ... at The Bash!
In the ring, we see The Fighting Irishman, Finlay in the ring, waiting for his opponent.
The following contest is scheduled for one fall. Introducing first, in the ring, from Belfast, Northern Ireland – FINLAY!
*WHAT’S UP (REMIX)...*
The crowd react with a lot of heat as R-Truth ventures onto the stage. Instead of rapping his way to the ring, he begins walking down the ramp, wide-eyed and looking rather mental. Truth turns and walks to the steel steps, jogging up them and stepping into the ring.
And his opponent, from Charlotte, North Carolina – R-TRUTH!
In just a short couple of weeks, R-Truth will take on the United States Champion, Kofi Kingston for the title.
And we’ll see Truth take his championship back after being screwed out of it by our biased General Manager!
You’re still thinking our General Manager is biased?
Look at the facts, J.R. Kendrick and Jackson have been forced to defend their championships tonight against The Hart Dynasty, with no warning. R-Truth was put in a gauntlet match while defending his United States Championship, Chris Jericho has been screwed over since he arrived on SmackDown and John Cena earlier on went to Theodore Long and got his own stipulation added to the World Title match at The Bash.
Well, I have to disagree. Theodore Long is the SmackDown General Manager – and his job is making the show as entertaining as possible, and that’s what he’s doing.
Truth hands takes his shirt off and throws it out of the ring to the ground and the match seems like it’s about to start but...
A surprised reaction comes from R-Truth and the crowd pop huge as the current United States Champion, Kofi Kingston
walks down the ramp and walks around the ring and makes his way to the announce table. He shakes hands with J.R but JBL doesn’t bother shaking hands.
Well, Kofi, it’s great to have you here. What brings you out here?
I just wanted to scout what I’m goin’ up against at The Bash, y’know? And lemme’ tell you somethin’, J.R, I can’t wait to get my hands on R-Truth.
Match Five – Singles Contest
R-Truth dominated proceedings from the get go, but at three minutes Finlay made a come back. We join it as he is in the midst of making the comeback, he hits a ferocious clothesline and then another. Truth seems out of it but he gets up slowly, only to be dragged onto Finlay’s shoulders and then Irishman hits The Rolling Thunder to a nice pop. He hooks the leg, one... two... NO! Finlay gets up and gets ready to go for The Celtic Cross, but R-Truth sees it coming and counters into a kick in the stomach. R-Truth then bounces off the ropes and hits his Corkscrew Scissor Kick and picks up the victory!
Winner – R-Truth @ 4.22
Here is your winner – FINLAY!
R-Truth picks up the strong victory and has his hand raised by the referee. Kingston stands up from his position at the announce table, Truth stands on the turnbuckle and stares at him, motioning across his stomach for the championship.
A strong win here tonight for R-Truth against a hard opponent in Fit Finlay. And we-
Suddenly J.R is cut off as we cut backstage where a lot of commotion is going on! WE SEE TRAINERS HUDDLED OVER SOMEONE, and then we see BOBBY LASHLEY and THEODORE LONG running up.
What happened here?! Did you see anyone, Bobby?!
No. I just found him like this. No one was around.
The camera burrows in to get a look at who is the centre of attention and we see it’s... JOHN CENA! The crowd react with gasps as he’s knocked out, blood trickling from the top of his head, and running onto the concrete. Long runs his hands over his head while Lashley watches on. The trainers tell Long that he needs some space.
Who d’you think done it?
I got an idea.
We cut away from the action and into a commercial break.
Back from the commercial, we get a replay of what happened before the break, and then the commentators talk about it for a second, before transitioning into another replay of the top of the show where Bret Hart made his WWE return.
The bell rings, and Justin Roberts steps forward.
The following contest is scheduled for one fall... and is for the WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS!
A huge pop comes up from the Canadian crowd and after a couple of seconds, The Hart Dynasty; Tyson Kidd, David Hart Smith and Natalya walk onto the stage with Bret Hart beside them. The arena has turned a manly shade of pink and the foursome walk down the ramp, with Bret handing more shades to a child at ring side
*MAN WITH A PLAN...*
The Hart Dynasty’s attention turns to the stage where The Brian Kendrick and Ezekiel Jackson walk onto the ramp. The two reach the bottom of the ramp and slide into the ring and find their corner.
Introducing first, the challengers, accompanied by Natalya and Bret Hart... TYSON – KIDD AND DAVID – HART – SMITH... THE HART DYNASTY!
The Dynasty raise their hands to a massive pop.
And introducing their opponents, they ARE THE WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS – THE BRIAN KENDRICK & EZEKIEL JACKSON!
A complete change in reaction as the fans boo loudly.
Main Event – WWE Tag Team Championships
The Brian Kendrick & Ezekiel Jackson ©
vs. The Hart Dynasty w/Bret Hart & Natalya
After a very hot start by The Hart Dynasty, where they showed off some of their double team moves and showed why they are touted as the future of the tag team world, Kidd ended in up in a precarious position as Jackson used his strength against the smaller man. That’s where we join our bout with Kidd in trouble in the corner of the champions, facing a hulking figure in Jackson. Jackson smashed Kidd in the stomach with a knee and then tagged in Kendrick. TBK came into the match and taunted Kidd by slapping the top of his head, but that was a mistake as Kidd exploded out from the corner and hit him with a forearm smash! Kendrick stumbled back into the centre of the ring, and Kidd ran at him, only to fall into an arm drag. Kendrick keeps a hold of the arm, and Kidd reaches out with his free hand to his partner but he’s too far away. The champion wrenches the arm, before standing up, pulling Kidd up with him and whipping him into the corner. Kendrick runs in and hits a running front drop kick to the chest of Kidd and tags in Jackson.
Jackson punches Kidd in the stomach, who keels over and then drops to his knees. Jackson yanks him to his feet and body slams him in the centre of the ring. Ezekiel bounces off the ropes and looks to drop his huge leg across Kidd’s throat... but he rolled out the way! This gave Kidd a chance and he manages to get the hot tag to Smith as does Jackson to Kendrick! Smith uses his power to bulldoze through Kendrick, he does it again but this time with a clothesline and pushes Kendrick into the corner and whips him to the other side. Kendrick rebounds and runs straight into a big boot! Smith slaps his hands together and pulls Kendrick to his feet, and then gets the tag again to Kidd, who stays on the apron for a moment. Smith hoists Kendrick up and plants him with a sit down spinebuster, and then Kidd springboards from the top rope and connects with a splash! It’s over! He hooks the leg but Jackson breaks up the pin count! Jackson yanks Kidd off Kendrick and throws him to the other side of the ring but he’s clotheslined by Smith! He pulls Jackson to his feet once again and throws him out of the ring! But then Kendrick is back on his feet and drop kicks the back of Smith’s back and he goes tumbling over the top rope! Kendrick turns around, right into Kidd, who grabs the back of his legs, sweeps them towards him AND LOCKS IN A SHARPSHOOTER! A huge pop goes up from the crowd and Kendrick has no choice but to TAP OUT!
Winner And NEW WWE Tag Team Champions – The Hart Dynasty @ 12.04
Here are your winners – and NEW WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS – TYSON KIDD, DAVID HART SMITH – THE – HART – DYNASTY!
The crowd rise and applaud the title change as Kidd lets go of Kendrick’s legs and is joined in the ring by David Hart Smith, Natalya and Bret Hart. Bret presents Kidd and Smith with the WWE Tag Team Championships and they raise them above their hands. Bret receives a hug from each member of The Dynasty while Kendrick rolls from the ring holding his legs and lower back. Jackson is still down on the outside .
WOW! What a way to end Friday Night SmackDown!
It’s disgusting – this match should never have took place.
We’ve had a fantastic night here tonight ladies and gentleman, so join us next week for the last show before The Bash. And don’t forget to tune in to Raw Revolution this coming Monday to see Bret Hart and a lot more. Thank you for joining us, good night folks!
With the lasting image of Bret being lifted up by Smith and Kidd, he raises one of the titles above his head as Natalya holds the other, we fade to black.
END OF SHOW
Date: 12th July 2009
Location: ARCO Arena; Sacramento, California
Theme Music: Seasons By Veer Union
World Heavyweight Championship - Steel Cage
Matt Hardy (c) vs. John Cena
#1 Contendership - World Heavyweight Championship
Chris Jericho vs. Jeff Hardy
Edge vs. Kane
United States Championship
Kofi Kingston (c) vs. R-Truth
Dolph Ziggler vs. John Morrison
Evan Bourne w/Kelly Kelly vs. Mike Knox