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Smile Re: The Era of Darkness


WWE RAW – August 4th, 2008
The University of Tennessee Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee


The show opens with a recap video package from last week’s main event, which saw the team of WWE Champion Batista and John Bradshaw Layfield take on the young CM Punk and the ever popular John Cena. After the video shows some highlights from the match, we see how things began to unravel toward the end of it with Batista eventually getting the Batista Bomb and the pin on CM Punk. We then see how Batista and JBL got the upper hand in a post-match attack, only for ROB VAN DAM to make his return to RAW after a near two-month injury and attack the two men, focusing his efforts on the man who took him out, Batista. The video ends with JBL receiving a Van Terminator from RVD, CM Punk and John Cena stood in the ring, and then, most importantly; Batista on the ramp, looking back at RVD in the ring holding up the WWE Championship belt.

~RAW Opening Video~


Following the RAW opening video we cut inside the arena and the camera pans across the audience.


Jim Ross: We are LIVE for Monday Night Raw inside the University of Tennessee! I’m Jim Ross here with Jerry “The King” Lawler and ladies and gentlemen, as the road to SummerSlam begins to heat up, what a show we’ve got in store for you tonight, John Bradshaw Layfield versus the returning Rob Van Dam!

Jerry Lawler: RVD is back with a vengeance JR, and even though it looks like he’s got his sights set on Batista, he’ll have to settle with JBL tonight. Though, you’ve got to wonder; how is Batista going to react after what Van Dam did last week?

Jim Ross: If there’s one thing for sure it’s that there’ll be hell to pay t’night King; but Rob Van Dam wasn’t the only superstar who returned last week, was he King?

Jerry Lawler: Aaaaah! No he wasn’t JR! ‘The Big Red Monster’ Kane is back on RAW, and he’s out for Randy Orton’s blood at SummerSlam!

Jim Ross: During Randy Orton’s return to RAW last week, Kane emerged from the depths of HELL to send Orton flying out of the ring, and if we know Kane, we know that Orton had better had eyes in the back of his head! Elsewhere on RAW; we’ve got a lot more action, as two of RAW’s fastest-rising superstars square off when Mr. Money in the Bank CM Punk goes one-on-one with the Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes!

Jerry Lawler: And I’ll bet my bottom dollar that both JBL and Mr. Kennedy will be watching that one very closely, JR!



The shot now shifts to Lilian Garcia stands at centre stage.

Lilian Garcia: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome back, Rob – Van – Dam!


***ONE OF A KIND***

A HUGE pop resonates within the arena as ROB VAN DAM walks through the curtain. Dressed in his usual ring attire, Van Dam takes a moment to stand at the entrance stage and nods at the crowd, then makes his way to the ring.


Jim Ross: And how else could you possibly kick off this night?? What an ovation for Rob Van Dam! After missing six weeks of action due to a heinous assault at Vengeance, RVD made his return last week by attacking the man who put him on the shelf, the WWE Champion Batista.

Jerry Lawler: And did Van Dam ever make a statement, JR! After Batista managed to get out of the ring he took that steel chair and kicked it right into JBL’s face!

Jim Ross: Van Dam has one thing on his mind King – revenge.

Van Dam has now made into the ring and continues to nod at the crowd as chants of “RVD! RVD!” echo around the building. Even after his music fades out, the fans simply do NOT let up with their support of ‘Mr. Monday Night.’ Although Van Dam doesn’t smile, he does nod to the crowd and acknowledge their support.

Rob Van Dam:
From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

A cheap pop and more “RVD” chants follow, but this time Van Dam brings the mic back up quickly and continues.


Rob Van Dam:
Usually, this is the part of the show where you come out here, with a big smile, all happy, and say, “Yeah! I’m back! It’s great!” (Pause) But the fact is, it’s not that great.

The crowd quickly fall silent, unsure of how to respond to Van Dam’s comment.

Rob Van Dam:
Sorry to bum you all out with a long explanation right at the top of the show, but with RVD you don’t get short answers, and I’ve got a lot to get off of my chest, so I hope you can bear with me.

Several ringside fans clap in support of Van Dam, which suggests Mr. Monday Night has the floor for as long as he needs. Van Dam starts to circle the ring a little and then returns to the centre stage.

Rob Van Dam:
To put all the ramble that’s about to come out of my mouth into context, I need to take you all back than that, back t’ last year, in 2007, when I left the WWE. I know some of you out there may know that I’m quite a spiritual person, and I believe in something bigger than all this. Now why that’s relevant is because last year, I had a moment of revelation, and in that moment I knew that when the time came for this company to offer me a new contract, I wasn’t going to sign. I was burned out, I wasn’t enjoying being on the road, I missed my home in California, this just wasn’t fun for me anymore. Sooo, after my contract expired, I got on a plane, I flew back to LA, and I pretty much had it in my mind that I was done with professional wrestling.

Van Dam takes a moment to pause, and the crowd remain silent, eager to hear what else RVD has to say.

Rob Van Dam:
But, as is the same story with anyone who’s been a professional wrestler, as soon as I left, whenever I went to autograph signings, or made any special appearances, or even had questions sent in for my show RVD-TV, all I got asked ALL the time was, “Rob, when are you gonna wrestle again?” So as much as I didn’t miss being in the ring, I knew that you all missed me being in the ring.

This gets a loud response from the crowd, who inadvertently cut Van Dam off once again.

Rob Van Dam:
That’s why when the opportunity came up to do RAW’s fifteenth anniversary show, I thought, sure, I can come back, get some positive feedback from all of you, give something back, and stretch my legs. And it’s the same deal when I got a phone call from Rey Mysterio when he needed a tag team partner a couple of months ago; I thought I’d come back for a short run, have some fun, and then bow out again. See I’m not one of those guys who’s ever wanted or needed to be in professional wrestling until he can no longer compete, I do this because I enjoy it; and the day I stop enjoying this, I don’t need to be here anymore. Now, this leads me to a couple of months ago, when I got put on the shelf by Dave Batista.

There is HUGE heat for mention of the WWE Champion’s name, and Van Dam takes a moment to listen to the Knoxville crowd’s response.

Rob Van Dam:
You look back there in the locker room, and you won’t find two guys who are more polar opposites than Dave Batista and RVD. I know it, and Dave Batista sure as hell knows it. Now I’m not going to remind you all of the fact that I used to wrestle in a company known as Extreme Championship Wrestling...(Pop; “ECDUB!” chant)...but I went through tables, thumbtacks, chairs, I had matches with guys like Sabu, Raven, The Sandman, Tommy Dreamer, Jerry Lynn, the toughest collection of guys you will ever find in this business, and I NEVER had as much hate for any of them as I do for Batista, because what we had between us, through all our differences, was RESPECT!! With Batista, there’s none of that. That’s why when it came to our match at Vengeance; he didn’t just want to beat me, he wanted to hurt me, make an example out of me, out of my beliefs; out of the way I live my life. Just because I believe in something, and I’m a positive person, Batista wanted to put me on the shelf. So he took me to the mat, he busted me open, and he made sure the referee had no choice but to stop the match, of course, all this being after he jumped me the week before in the parking lot.

Van Dam takes another pause to reflect, but doesn’t stick on the memory for too long.

Rob Van Dam:
Now like I said, I’m a positive person. Honestly, when I hear that reaction from all of you, like the one I heard when I came back last week, and the one I got when I came out here tonight; when I step through that curtain and I feel that energy, that’s what has always kept me coming back.

Another cheap(ish) pop.

Rob Van Dam:
But this time, I’m not back because of that. For the first time in my career in professional wrestling, I’m not back for that. I’m not back to have fun. I’m back for revenge.

Knoxville cheer on cue, as Van Dam begins to pace a little and turns his attention to the entrance stage.

Rob Van Dam:
Although I appreciate the response, when I came back last week (points to the ramp), the thought on my mind wasn’t about coming out here and getting that reaction, it was getting a steel chair, kicking Dave Batista’s ass into the corner, and kickin' his friggin' teeth outta his mouth!!

An even bigger pop than before breaks out as the volume of Van Dam’s voice increases.


Rob Van Dam:
I don’t need to come out here and bury Batista, or go backstage and politic about Batista, that’s not what RVD is all about. All I need to do is lay down the challenge: August Twenty Fourth. SUMMERSLAM! Batista and RVD, and since you got it, Batista – FOR THE WWE TITLE!!!

A HUGE pop breaks out as Van Dam ascends the turnbuckle, FIRED UP to get his hands on the WWE Champion. RVD’s eyes now focus on one spot, the entrance stage, beyond which he knows his rival lies, listening to everything he has said.

Rob Van Dam:
I’m going to prove once and for all in this company that RVD is The Whole – F’in’ – Deal, whether some jacked up bodybuilder, or some delusional old man think so or not. Batista, at SummerSlam, YOUR ASS IS GRASS, AND I’M GONNA SMOKE IT!!!

And with that final, emphatic statement, Van Dam THROWS the mic to the mat and “One of a Kind” hits the PA system. Van Dam remains on the turnbuckle and raises his arms to the crowd, playing to them before he exits the ring.

Jerry Lawler: My gosh JR, what stern words from Rob Van Dam!

Jim Ross: By God, Batista may have inadvertently made Rob Van Dam stronger than we’ve ever seen him before! And now a huge question floats in the air – will Batista accept the challenge?! Will Batista defend the WWE Title against Rob Van Dam at SummerSlam??

Jerry Lawler: I don’t think Batista wants to JR; but if he wants this issue with Van Dam to go away, he’ll have to!

We cut to one final shot of Van Dam at the top of the entrance ramp, where he performs his signature “R – V – D!” thumbs taunt, and then cut to the first commercial break of the evening.


COMMERCIAL BREAK



***LAMBEG***

Cheers break out for “The Fighting Irishman” FINLAY, who walks through the curtain, shillelagh in hand. The Irishman makes his way to ringside, not looking his usual, confident self, and barely makes an effort to slap the hands of fans at ringside.


Jim Ross: Welcome back to RAW folks; and as Finlay approaches the ring, you have to bet that William Regal will once again be watching this next match from somewhere in the building.

Jerry Lawler: You have to wonder even more if Regal will actually make an appearance out here, JR. He basically gave Finlay the opportunity, I don’t know, “go back to his old ways” last week, but Finlay rejected it, so you can imagine that Regal is now going to want to teach Finlay a lesson.

Jim Ross: Well be that as it may King, Finlay is still the Fighting Irishman and he damn sure isn’t gonna let William Regal run his mouth for much longer.

***SOME BODIES GONNA GET IT***

It’s bad news for Finlay as “The World’s Strongest Man” MARK HENRY enters the arena to some nice heel heat from the crowd. Henry lets out a roar at the stage before he stomps his way down to the ring for the first time in just under a month.

Finlay watches closely as Henry approaches the ring and makes his way up the steel steps. As Henry tries to enter the ring, the Irishman suddenly runs across the ring and begins throwing right hands at the 400 pounder!! The crowd go WILD as Finlay shows some fight, but after he pounds away at Henry, the World’s Strongest Man uses his head to powerfully headbutt the Irishman away. Henry then enters the ring, but Finlay gets right back up and charges at Henry again as the referee calls for the bell!


Opening Contest – Singles Match
Finlay vs. Mark Henry


As the bell rings, Finlay backs Henry into the corner and continues to pummel him with his right fist. With the big man reeling, Finlay shifts his attack and drives his shoulder into Henry’s large frame. Henry lets out loud bellows of pain as the Irishman continues to deliver shoulder block after shoulder block, but eventually Henry uses his (free) arms to grab Finlay’s head and again headbutts his opponent away.

Finlay quickly pulls himself up, but Henry comes out of the corner and knocks the Irishman down with a huge clothesline. With Finlay up one one knee, Henry lets out another roar and soaks in the heat from the audience as he holds up Finlay’s right arm and throws his massive head at the shoulder, repaying Finlay for the shoulder blocks in the corner. Henry then uses Finlay’s arm to bring the Irishman up to his feet, and with all his might tosses Finlay into the corner. Henry then charges at the Irishman and squashes him in the corner, using his super-human arms to crush Finlay’s skull in the process. As Finlay dizzily walks out of the corner, Henry lowers his head to grab the Irishman’s legs and sends him flying over his head with a big back body drop. Within a matter of minutes, Henry has completely taken control of the match. With Finlay down Henry attempts a lateral press, but only manages a two count.

Following the failed pin attempt Henry again brings Finlay up to his feet, just so he can apply the abdominal stretch to his opponent. The fans quickly start to clap and try to rally behind the Irishman, and eventually, he manages to throw an elbow in Henry’s face and breaks free. The Knoxville crowd cheer for Finlay as he dashes to the ropes, and then leaps back at Henry with a big shoulder block; however this only dazes the big man. Finlay runs to the ropes and goes for it again, but this time Henry reverses with a charge and a clothesline. With Finlay down it is now Henry who staggers back to the ropes, then bounces forward and falls on Finlay’s chest with a big splash! Henry makes the cover, he gets a one, a two, but Finlay again manages to kick out before the three!

Furious at another kickout, Henry pulls himself up and barks at Finlay to do the same. Henry stalks Finlay, undoubtedly looking for the World’s Strongest Slam. Finlay gets up, turns around, Henry scoops him up for the finishing blow, but Finlay wriggles his way free, and kicks viciously at Henry’s left knee! Henry lets out a load groan as Finlay suddenly finds life and kicks again and again at Henry’s leg, bringing the big man to one knee. With Henry now vulnerable Finlay grabs his opponent’s neck and delivers a very stiff European uppercut, sending Henry back-first to the mat. Cheers break out as Finlay continues to work the leg, and then grabs it and pulls it toward Henry’s head! The WSM yells in pain as Finlay again pulls the leg, doing damage to Henry’s groin. After this attack Finlay sees fit to pull out an old favourite, the modified Indian deathlock, better known as the Celtic Knot! Finlay suddenly has Henry fighting for survival as he applies ever more pressure with the hold, but unfortunately for Finlay, Henry has the power and strength left to pull backwards and near the ropes. After a struggle Henry manages to reach out and grab the bottom rope, and Finlay is forced by the official to break the hold.

Finlay wants this one over quickly (perhaps to make a statement), and with Henry’s ability to stand now in jeopardy, stalks his big opponent for the Celtic Cross. Henry uses the ropes to pull himself back up, turns to meet Finlay, Finlay ACTUALLY MANAGES TO LIFT HENRY OFF THE GROUND, but a clobber to the back of the head forces Finlay to drop Henry to his feet. Finlay is exhausted from the pressure of trying to lift the mastodon; who takes advantage of his prey and quickly hits an EMPHATIC World’s Strongest Slam! Henry sells his leg injuries by rolling away after the impact, but then crawls over and hooks Finlay’s leg, the referee counts 1, then 2, and yes, a 3!

Winner via pinfall: Mark Henry.

“Some Bodies Gonna Get It” hits and boos pour down on the ring as Henry picks up the win over Finlay, who for the second week in a row, despite losing, shows fight.


Jim Ross: A physical, hard-fought match between these two men, a hard-earned victory for Mark Henry over Finlay, who again has shown heart and determination.

Jerry Lawler: Yeah, but heart and determination can only get you so far JR, and they’re not getting Finlay any victories! I wonder what William Regal will have to say about this.

Right on cue, booing breaks out and the camera shifts to the entrance stage to show WILLIAM REGAL. Dressed in a very sharp-looking suit complete with waistcoat, Regal shakes his head as he approaches the ring. Having had his arm raised, Henry now leaves the ring and makes his way up the ramp. He stops as he comes side-by-side with Regal, looks at the Englishman, looks back at the ring, then snorts and walks away. Regal has a microphone in hand as he approaches the ring, where Finlay has now pulled himself into the corner where his shillelagh lies.

William Regal:
David, David, David. Words simply cannot express how disappointed I am in you. (Begins to enter the ring via the steel steps) How many more defeats are you going to incur?

The shot cuts to Finlay who, with the shillelagh sitting behind him, uses his arm to slowly take it in hand, out of Regal’s line of sight. A few cheers break out as Regal steps through the ropes.

William Regal:
I told you last week that I wouldn’t interfere in your match and I kept to my word this evening as well; but I can’t just sit back and watch you degrade yourself week after week. (Takes a step closer to Finlay) Do you realise that you’re not just embarrassing yourself? Do you realise that you’re embarrassing not only Ireland, but the United Kingdom every time you put on a feeble display like that?

“What the hell is Regal talking about? Finlay could’ve won this match!” JR insists on commentary. Finlay, shillelagh behind his back, looks down, as if playing along to Regal’s words.

William Regal:
I thought that bashing your brains in several weeks ago would’ve given you some bloody incentive to get yourself out of this rut that you’re in, but it’s the completely opposite; you look more pathetic than ever!

The crowd boo the hell out of Regal, but their boos soon cut out as Finlay pulls himself up, still with one arm behind his back, still with his head bowed down. Regal sneers at the Irishman.

William Regal:
I really thought you’d pull yourself together, David. As a matter of fact I hoped you would. But I see now that the man I used to wrestle with for years is no longer. All that stands before me is a poor excuse of Her Majesty's mettle. And I think, David, for your sake, and for that of our countrymen, that you need to pack it in - and retire.

Even MORE heat is delivered to Regal as he stares wild-eyed at Finlay. The Irishman simply stares at Regal, which the Englishman takes as a sign of refusal to his suggestion of retirement.


William Regal:
And if you don’t have the integrity to walk away yourself, then perhaps I, as one last favour to an old friend, need to give you some encouragement.

Regal looks down for a SECOND to reach into his pocket, quite definitely to pull out the brass knucks – but Finlay strikes first – The Irishman runs forward and WHACKS REGAL’S FACE WITH THE SHILLELAGH!! The University of Tennessee LOVE it as Regal drops to the mat like a ton of bricks!! “Lambeg” blasts out as Finlay raises the shillelagh in the air and soaks in the cheers of the crowd!

Jim Ross: WHAM!! What a shot to the skull by Finlay with that shillelagh! Regal is down, Regal is OUT!

Jerry Lawler: Oh no! William Regal isn’t going to let this slide, JR!

Jim Ross: Regal no doubt was about to pull out the brass knucks, but Finlay just that quicker to the punch, knocks Regal’s lights out with that hellacious shillelagh blow!

Finlay exits the ring with a big grin and now happily slaps hands with fans at ringside, his loss to Mark Henry apparently softened by getting the upper hand over William Regal. As Finlay makes his way up the ramp, Regal comes to in the ring and looks up at the Irishman walking merrily away. “YOU’VE DONE IT NOW SUNSHINE!” Regal screams at his rival as he holds his cheek in pain.


We now cut backstage to the RAW interview set where TODD GRISHAM stands by.


Todd Grisham: Ladies and gentlemen please welcome my guest at this time, he is “Mister Money in the Bank”, CM Punk!

Cheers are heard as the beloved CM PUNK walks into the shot. “The Straight Edge Superstar” smirks at Todd and greets the interviewer, and then looks down at his MITB briefcase.

Todd Grisham: CM Punk, last week you were part of a tag team main event, where JBL was able to hit you with the Clothesline from Hell and subsequently pick up the victory for his team. How is that result going to affect you tonight in your non-title match against the Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes?

Punk bares his teeth and scratches the back of his head before he speaks.

CM Punk:
I’ll get to the match in just a second Todd, but first of all I need to correct you on something; see JBL was able to hit me with the Clothesline from Hell, AFTER a low-blow, and AFTER a distraction from Dave Batista. See Todd for months now, JBL has been on my back, trying to make some sort of a statement, all because he doesn’t have this.

Punk holds up his MITB briefcase for all to see.


CM Punk:
Todd, it drives JBL mad t’ think that somebody like me has the Money in the Bank contract, y’ wanna know why? Because just like most others in the wrestling industry, JBL never believed that I’d even make it to the WWE, let alone earn myself an opportunity to become the world champion of this company. But I did make it here, and I am Mister Money in the Bank. And sure, Bradshaw got the (makes air quotes) ‘win’ over me last week, but he knows that in a one-on-one match, man-to-man, he can’t beat me, and Todd that eats JBL up inside.

Grisham raises his eyebrows at Punk’s confidence, but allows The Straight-Edge Superstar to continue.

CM Punk:
As for my match with Cody Rhodes; hey, who knows; I’m not the GM of this place, but a win over the Intercontinental Champ may just get me a shot at that title, right Todd? Y’know I think that JBL should keep a close eye on that one Todd, because it’s going to be yet another example of why I deserve to be Mister Money in the Bank.

???: I beg t’ differ, Punk.

The cameraman turns the lens to reveal JBL, who walks into the frame to a HUGE amount of heat from the live crowd in the arena. Dressed in his trademark sweat jacket and white Texas hat, “The Wrestling God” stares a hole through Mr. MITB.


JBL:
Punk, whilst you may have ‘made it’ by gettin’ here to the Dubya Dubya ‘E, as you so love t’ remind us all the time, always remember one thing – you’re no longer a big fish in a small pond. You’re a very, very small fish swimming’ in the ocean and I am a shark that will eat you up ALIVE. And as for you potentially defeating Cody Rhodes tonight and going on to win the Intercontinental Championship? I wouldn’t count on that. But what I would count on, is me defeating Rob Van Dam in his return match, one, two, three, and going on to SummerSlam to stake my claim for the WWE Championship. Trust me Punk – you can bank (glances at the MITB briefcase) on it.

The boos from the arena can be heard loud and clear as Punk and JBL now stand nose-to-nose, sneering at each other, with Todd Grisham completely forgotten off-screen. JBL breaks the tension with a smirk and walks away, leaving the cameraman to turn the frame back to Punk and Grisham. The interviewer looks at CM Punk, as if to ask if he has any more to say, but Punk simply looks at Grisham and walks away too.


COMMERCIAL BREAK


We come back from the break to the parking lot, where a huge coach pulls into the arena. Once this bus finally comes to a halt, the passenger door opens, and from out of this massive vehicle steps a massive man – "The World’s Largest Athlete" THE BIG SHOW! Making his first appearance on RAW since being suspended by Mr. McMahon at The Great American Bash, Show carries a bag over his shoulder and begins to walk into the arena. Suddenly a wimpy voice cries out and TODD GRISHAM runs toward the giant. Grisham’s arm is already outstretched with a microphone as he approaches Show.


Todd Grisham: Big Show! Big Show, can I get your thoughts on being ba-

Grisham is cut off as the World’s Largest Hand wraps itself around his wrist and pulls the interviewer’s arm back down to a stationery position. The giant glares menacingly at Grisham, and then finally breaks his silence.

Big Show:
Where’s – Vince – McMahon?

Ever so slowly, Grisham raises his free arm and points in a direction, and on cue Big Show nods at the interviewer and storms off.

Cut back to the arena...and the announce table.


Jim Ross: Big Show is on the warpath, King!

Jerry Lawler: Oh no! This is bad news for Mister McMahon, JR. What’s that giant going to do?!

The camera now cuts to CURT HAWKINS in the ring, and his partner and friend ZACK RYDER on the outside. Hawkins stretches in the ring as Ryder claps for his partner.

Jim Ross: Well folks, still to come later tonight; JBL goes one-on-one with Rob Van Dam, the man who has challenged Batista to a match for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam, but right now it’s time for more singles competition as Curt Hawkins gets set for action.


***COOL***

The crowd barely react as one half of the Colon brothers, PRIMO, enters the arena. Primo quickly makes his way down the ramp and hops into the ring, set to take on Curt Hawkins...

...before...

.........

......

...


***I WALK ALONE***

Both surprised by his arrival and out of animosity for the man, ENORMOUS heat pours in as the reigning WWE Champion, ‘The Animal’ BATISTA, storms through the curtain, with the WWE Championship belt strapped around his waist. Already dressed to compete; Batista makes his way to the ring in a fury as Primo Colon looks confused (Hawkins and Ryder quietly exit the ring and disappear out of sight.)


Jim Ross: What the hell?? It’s Batista, the Dubya Dubya ‘E Champion, but what’s he doin’ here??

Jerry Lawler: He looks to be in a foul mood though, JR!

Jim Ross: I don’t understand this. Batista is NOT scheduled to be out here, King.

The champ slides into the ring, and without a second thought, BLASTS PRIMO WITH A THUNDEROUS CLOTHESLINE, TURNING PRIMO INSIDE OUT!

Jim Ross: WHAT THE HELL!?!? Batista just damn near took Primo Colon’s HEAD off!! What’s the meaning of this?!

The Knoxville crowd begin to boo even louder than before as The Animal immediately falls to one knee over Primo and begins to pound the living hell out of the young Puerto Rican, with no prior provocation whatsoever! The Animal rolls off of Primo, pulls the helpless kid to his feet...AND DELIVERS THE SPINEBUSTER!

Jerry Lawler: Batista's trying to send some sort of message, JR!

Jim Ross: I don’t give a damn if he is, this isn’t right! What the hell did Primo do ta deserve this!?

Jerry Lawler: Wait, look JR, look!

Cheers are scattered amongst the audience as the camera cuts to the ramp where we watch as CARLITO runs to the ring!

Jim Ross: And here comes Carlito, Primo’s brother!!

Carlito slides into the ring and meets Batista, who is now up, with a flurry of right hands! The crowd quickly rally behind Carlito as Batista covers up. Carlito has the champ reeling and goes to bounce off the ropes for something...BUT BATISTA ROARS FORWARD WITH ANOTHER CLOTHESLINE!! Once again the crowd boo as the WWE Champion wastes no time, pulls Carlito up, and DELIVERS THE SPINEBUSTER AGAIN, this time to the elder Colon brother.

Batista stares down coldly at both men, taking a brief moment for thought, and then picks up his WWE Championship belt that he had dropped to the mat upon entering the ring.

Suddenly, a whole bunch of security guards rush to ringside. However, they cannot enter the ring, for when they get there The Animal paces around the squared circle, his championship belt in his possession, threatening anyone who dare enter the ring.

With the security troupe rendered useless, The Animal stalks Primo as the younger Colon brother uses the ropes to pull himself up. Primo turns around...AND BATISTA BLASTS PRIMO WITH THE WWE CHAMPIONSHIP BELT! Carlito gets to his feet, and The Animal knocks HIM out with the championship belt as well! HUGE heat THUNDERS around the arena as The Animal looks down at both of his victims, one of which – Primo – has been busted open!


Jim Ross: FOR GAWD'S SAKE, THIS MAN IS OUTTA CONTROL!!! ONE OF YA GET IN THERE AND STOP 'IM, DAMMIT!!

Jerry Lawler: JR I don’t think anyone can stop Batista – he’s a monster!

With two men laid to waste at his feet, The Animal turns to leave the ring. But upon reaching the ropes, the WWE Champion looks back down at his victims once more. The security guards continue to yell at The Animal, but it is of no use.

Jim Ross: Oh no. NO! DON’T DO IT!!

His thirst for destruction still unquenched, The Animal drags the already lifeless Primo to his feet, places him in position, AND CRUSHES PRIMO WITH A BATISTA BOMB!! Primo is KNOCKED OUT as Batista makes his way back to Carlito, puts him in position, AND DELIVERS THE BATISTA BOMB TO CARLITO AS WELL!

The Animal gets to his feet and roars out at the audience, and is in turn greeted with HUGE heat. Batista looks down at the Colons again, perhaps contemplating whether or not to continue with his attack. Finally, and mercifully, The Animal exits the ring. The security officers immediately circle The Animal, which gives him reason to lash out at them again, the WWE Championship belt still in his hands as a weapon. The guards back off, and the WWE Champion exits the arena of his own accord.


Jim Ross: For the love of anything that’s HOLY, somebody get the damn EMT’s out here! I’m BEGGING ya!!

As The Animal heads up the ramp, followed at a safe distance by the security team, a number of medics rush down to the ring and immediately check upon both Carlito and Primo, although they check more on the younger brother.

Jim Ross: We apologise ladies and gentlemen, for the heinous, RELENTLESS assault that you have just witnessed, and I think at this moment in time we’re going to cut to a commercial break to allow the medical staff to attend to both Carlito and Primo Colon. We’ll be back with Monday Night RAW after this.


COMMERCIAL BREAK


We return from the advertisements to see BATISTA in the halls of the University of Tennessee Arena. The WWE Champion knocks over equipment, pushes, claws, throws anything he can find as backstage workers all run away from him and call for help, a scene reminiscent of an animal gone wild in a movie. As the hallway quickly empties, we suddenly hear a voice call out.

???:
Dave!

The Animal looks out, and the camera turns to reveal MR. MCMAHON walking toward the champion. The audience’s response of a loud mixed reaction is heard in the background as the Chairman looks at the WWE Champion with a deadpan expression. Batista breathes heavily, but the sight of McMahon causes him to refrain from doing further damage. Chairman and Champion come face-to-face, nearly nose-to-nose, neither backing down from the other.

Mr. McMahon:
Dave, you need to calm down.

Batista: I want Van Dam tonight. I don’t care about anything else. I want Van Dam TONIGHT!

Mr. McMahon: Dave, y-

Batista: I’ll tear this place apart. I mean it, Vince. I’ll put every guy you’ve got on the shelf unless I get my hands on Van Dam tonight.

McMahon looks up, sighs, then looks back at The Animal, who continues to breathe into the Chairman’s face.

Mr. McMahon:
I’m afraid that’s not going to happen Dave. (Batista twists his neck) DAVE- look at me.

The Animal snaps his head back at McMahon and sneers at the boss.

Mr. McMahon:
I respect that you’re the WWE Champion...but for the safety, and security of Monday Night RAW- Dave Batista, I’m going to have to ask you to leave the University of Tennessee Arena. (Pause) You need to leave the building.

A mixed reaction echoes in the arena but suddenly, THE ANIMAL GRABS MCMAHON BY HIS SUIT JACKET! A loud “Oooh!” is heard as The Animal GLARES at his boss, who seems stunned by the action. The Animal grinds his teeth as he keeps the Chairman in his grasp, but after a moment, shoves the boss to the ground! Batista then walks out of the shot and out of sight as the camera hones in on McMahon on the ground.

The Chairman, almost like a child, pulls himself up onto all fours to then get up to his feet...but before he can do so...a pair of size 22 EEEEE feet appear by his face!!! Another “OOOH!” echoes through the halls of the arena as McMahon looks at the feet, gulps...begins to pull himself up...the camera follows...and finally, McMahon picks himself up to come face-to-face – WITH THE BIG SHOW!!! From one very bad situation to another, McMahon now looks up at the wild-eyed ‘World’s Largest Athlete.’ As the 500-pounder stares down at the Chairman, McMahon closes his eyes for a minute and then looks back at Show.


Mr. McMahon:
Show-

A new voice calls.

???: Hey Show!

The Chairman is saved by none other than his own flesh-and-blood, SHANE MCMAHON, who quickly runs into the scene. Shane O’Mac extends a hand to the giant, who at first, continues to glare at Vince; but then slowly turns to look at Shane. Show simply looks at Shane’s hand, but doesn’t shake it. The McMahons look at each other cautiously as this seven-foot behemoth stands between them.

Shane McMahon:
Uh, Show, why don’t you come to my office and we can uh, talk business. C’mon.

Shane begins to walk out of shot, expecting the giant to follow, but Big Show’s gaze has now once again become fixated on Mr. McMahon. “It’s not worth it, Show”, we hear Shane say out of shot, but still, the giant is not fazed. He takes a step closer to Mr. McMahon, Vince’s face now nearly touching Show’s chest, their height difference now truly on display.

Big Show:
I’m not done with you.

With those parting words, Show finally turns his back on the Chairman and walks off in the same direction as Shane, leaving Mr. McMahon to take a massive breath of air and perhaps thanks his stars that he is still in one piece after just having encountered two of RAW’s most destructive forces.


And after that tense segment, we cut back into the arena to hear...

***OBSESSION***

The Tennessee crowd react warmly as the reigning Women’s Champion, MICKIE JAMES, enters the arena with her championship belt in hand. Rather than jumping and skipping her way down to the ring as she usually does, James simply walks to the ring, barely making the effort to slap hands with fans at ringside.

As Mickie makes her way to the ring, we see BETH PHOENIX AND MELINA already in the ring, having quietly made their entrance during the previous commercial break.


Jim Ross: You can hardly blame Mickie James for the mood she’s in right now, considering she’s about to TEAM UP with a woman who’s been attacking her week after week for months, that being that damn Victoria!

Jerry Lawler: This is going to be one bizarre match, JR! Victoria teaming up with Mickie James, to take on Beth Phoenix and Melina? How are Victoria and Mickie ever going to co-exist??


***DON’T MESS WITH***

Boos now fill the arena as VICTORIA walks through the curtain. From inside the ring, Mickie James stares a hole through her enemy-turned-tag team partner for this evening, and Victoria only returns the stare back to the Women’s Champion. Upon reaching the ring, Victoria stays on the apron and allows James to kick off this match, whilst both women keep an eye on each other.



Match 2 – Divas’ Tag Team Match
Beth Phoenix & Melina vs.
Women’s Champion Mickie James & Victoria


From the get-go, the tension between James and Victoria is evident as James chooses to kick the match off, with Victoria not saying a word as she exits to the apron. Meanwhile, Melina is the one to kick things off for her team.

This is a standard Diva, decent enough match. Mickie gets off to a good start, letting out her anger for Victoria on Melina, but eventually, she makes a mistake and crashes into the turnbuckle. From here, Melina tags in Beth, knowing that The Glamazon’s strength will help wear Mickie down quickly. Beth takes control of the match, slamming Mickie around the ring, whilst throwing an occasional glance at Victoria. Beth tags Melina back in, who as opposed to Beth, spends more time taunting the Women’s Champion. Unfortunately for her, this means that when she goes to pick Mickie up from the mat, the Women’s Champ gets the chance to fire back at her with some running clotheslines – ala JOHN CENA – and a dropkick or two later, Mickie suddenly seems back in the race.

The problem, however, is when Mickie plants Melina with a hurricanrana, and then feels she needs to make a tag. Mickie goes to tag in her foe-turned-partner Victoria, but The Vixen doesn’t fancy it, and simply drops off the apron! Mickie keeps her hand outstretched and screams at Vicky, but the Vixen wants no part of this match.

This betrayal turns out to cost Mickie, because as she is distracted, Melina managers to recover from behind and plants her with the split-leg reverse DDT. Melina’s long leg nearly crushes Mickie’s throat, and to add insult to injury, Melina tags Beth Phoenix back in. Beth, looking for revenge after Mickie beat her the previous week, finishes the job with a Glam Slam to the champion, and then pins her as Victoria simply looks on from the outside!

Winners via pinfall: Beth Phoenix & Melina.

Jim Ross: Victoria never gave a damn about winning this match, she just wanted to get close enough t’ Mickie James to watch her get hurt!

Jerry Lawler: Well we said they may not be able to co-exist JR, and it turns out, they couldn’t co-exist at all!

Beth and Melina now back up the ramp, faces full of glee, as Victoria now climbs into the ring and looks down at Mickie James, who begins to come to on the mat.

Jim Ross: Oh not this again. Just like last week, Victoria is stalking the Women’s Champion!

Victoria grabs a handful of Mickie’s hair, PAINFULLY brings the Women’s Champion to her feet, but before she can do any more damage, Mickie breaks free, and begins to throw punches at The Vixen! Mickie quickly backs Victoria, who tries to cover up, into the corner, kicks a HARD shot to the gut, then quickly positions herself on the turnbuckle, and plants Victoria with the Tornado DDT!! The University of Tennessee comes alive as Mickie now walks over, grabs her Women’s Championship, and then steps up onto the ropes and shows it off to a shocked Beth Phoenix and Melina on the ramp!

Jim Ross: After months of being hunted by Victoria, Mickie James finally gets a measure of revenge on her rival!

Mickie continues to show off her title belt to Beth and Melina as we cut elsewhere...


Backstage. Parking Lot. We just about see BATISTA as he enters a 2003 black BMW. The WWE Champion climbs into the driver’s seat, slams the door shut, and then speeds the car quickly out of the arena.


Jerry Lawler: He did it JR, Batista took Mr. McMahon’s advice!

Jim Ross: The WWE Champion has left the building, but we’ve still got a helluva show left, including our main event, JBL vs. Rob Van Dam, potential WWE Championship match on the line, y’ can’t miss it!


COMMERCIAL BREAK


***IT’S A NEW DAY***


As we return to Raw we see the Intercontinental Champion CODY RHODES as he enters the arena. Dressed up in a sharp suit and with the gold slung over his shoulder, Rhodes taunts the crowd as he walks down the ramp.


Jim Ross: Welcome back to RAW folks, where it looks like we’re about to be “graced” by the Intercontinental Champion, Cody Rhodes, who last week found out that it will be Mister Kennedy who he defends his championship against at SummerSlam.

Jerry Lawler: This rivalry between Rhodes and Kennedy has been on and off for a while now, but at SummerSlam, it’s definitely on, JR!

Jim Ross: And I wonder if our Intercontinental Champion has anything to say after he unjustifiably slapped Todd Grisham during an interview last week.

Jerry Lawler: Well you say that JR, but Grisham called Cody Rhodes out on being labelled as ‘boring’, can you really blame him for reacting like that?

By now Rhodes has found his way inside the squared circle, and as his music cuts out, the Intercontinental Champion sneers at the Tennessee audience, who continue to jeer at him with thumbs down and grimacing. Rhodes takes in their reaction, and then shakes his head in disappointment.

Cody Rhodes:
I just don’t get you people. (Shrugs shoulders) I don’t get it. You boo me, even though I am your Intercontinental Champion-

Booing cuts Rhodes off as he points to the championship over his shoulder.

Cody Rhodes:
-and yet, you choose to cheer for brash, arrogant superstars like Carlito and of course, your favourite of them all, Mister Kennedy.

A pop is created at the sound of those two names, more particularly Kennedy, which draws the ire of Rhodes further.

Cody Rhodes:
Where’s the logic here? Why would you choose to boo me, when I am a young, talented, good-looking, successful, champion here in the WWE, but cheer for Kennedy, when he has accomplished nothing? Is it because he’s like all of you, he’s an average-looking guy, destined to live in his life in the shadows of people like me? Or maybe, maybe it’s because he’s EXACTLY like all of you – he is destined to be nothing more than mediocre.

More heat for Rhodes, but the champion stands his ground, and doesn’t show any sign of being irritated by the crowd’s negative response.

Cody Rhodes:
Oh I know, I know, he’s done a few things like win the Money in the Bank match last year – except – (puts finger on chin) oh that’s right, he never actually got to cash it in. And sure, he’s had several chances to win this Intercontinental Championship – except – he’s lost, again, and again. And yes, Ken’s earned one more title match at SummerSlam – but ultimately, just like always, Mister Kennedy – will fail.

Having leant in to say those words, Rhodes now stands up straight and smirks, getting himself ever more heat from this University of Tennessee crowd.

Cody Rhodes:
You know I’d have thought that you people would’ve been bored by now, watching Mister Kennedy slip up time and time again, but it seems the harder he falls, the more you cheer for him! (Pause) Well, I hope you all enjoy watching him slip up one more time at SummerSlam, because when the match is over, I will stand tall in this ring, STILL your Intercontinental Champion!

Rhodes now thrusts his title belt high into the air for all to see.

“KENNEDY!”

***TURN UP THE TROUBLE***


A big pop breaks out in the University of Tennessee Arena as one MISTER KENNEDY strolls through the curtain, dressed in a t-shirt and a pair of Nike-sponsored bottoms. Despite the negative comments from his rival Rhodes, Kennedy emerges, “yawning”. Ken makes his way to the ring, continuing with the mockery, as Rhodes turns bright-red.


Jerry Lawler: Uh oh, this could be trouble JR!

Jim Ross: Business has no doubt picked up here, with the arrival of Mister Kennedy, who could be the next Intercontinental Champion!

Kennedy begins to rub his eyes as he gets closer to the ring.

Mr. Kennedy:
(Yawns) Oh, sorry, everybody, I was uh- (yawns AGAIN) – uh, sorry! I don’t know what’s come over me.

With Rhodes FUMING at the ‘comedy’, Kennedy suddenly drops the facade and smirks. The Number One Contender wastes no time in entering the ring and coming face-to-face with the Intercontinental Champion.

Mr. Kennedy:
How’s it goin’, champ? Ya feelin’ okay, huh? (Looks confused) What’s the matter; you look a little worked up. (Pause) C’mon man, what’s the problem? You uh, you think I’m gonna outtalk you on the mic or somethin’? Don’t sweat it, champ, you’re such a verbal wizard with this thing (Taps the microphone) you haven’t got to worry about that.

There are some cheers as Kennedy now raises his eyebrows, spins his hand that holds the microphone and plays with it, and then turns his attention back to the IRATE Cody Rhodes. Kennedy smirks at Cody and then brings the mic to his lips once more.

Mr. Kennedy:
Cody, I’m not gonna come out here and argue with ya. Because quite honestly...you’re right.

Kennedy looks down after his admission, whilst Cody tilts his head and asks, “What?”

Mr. Kennedy:
I’mma man Cody, and I can admit, you’re right. I didn’t get to cash in the Money in the Bank contract last year, and I didn’t win the Intercontinental Championship back at the Great American Bash. But ya see champ, that’s exactly why these people cheer for me. Yah. You ask why they’d cheer for me and not you, it’s because despite all o’ that I never came out here and bitched and whined about it, I just got back in the ring and got back t’ kickin’ ass. I may be a lotta things Cody; selfish, arrogant, cocky, conceited, brash, take your pick; but if there’s one thing I’m not, it’s a coward. And I’ll tell ya somethin’ champ, you comin’ out here, running your mouth, talkin’ trash, saying I don’t “deserve” a title shot – it all – reeks – of a coward.

Kennedy, now nearly nose-to-nose with Rhodes, snarls as he looks into his rival’s eyes.

Mr. Kennedy:
So Cody you can come out here, you can call yourself, what was it, “good looking”, you can say whatever ya want about me, but when it comes to SummerSlam, in Indiana, that Intercontinental Championship is coming home. It’s comin’ home...TO-AH! – MISTERRRRR-

BAM! Rhodes clocks Kennedy with his microphone! Boos begin to pour in as Rhodes, with his enemy grounded, immediately sees better of the situation and quickly exits the ring. The champion, with his eyes still on Kennedy, backs up the entrance ramp with the Intercontinental Title belt still in his possession – for now.

Jim Ross: What a cheap shot!

Jerry Lawler: Well I did say this could be trouble, JR!!

Kennedy, whilst holding a hand over his left cheek, grinds his teeth as he looks up at the entrance ramp and see Cody Rhodes, his SummerSlam opponent, holding the Intercontinental Championship high.

Jim Ross: Cody Rhodes gets in the “last word” tonight, but will he be able to stop Mr. Kennedy from taking the Intercontinental Title at SummerSlam? And what’s gonna happen when Rhodes goes one-on-one with CM Punk later tonight??


COMMERCIAL BREAK


We return from Raw and open back to the backstage hallway, where CODY RHODES now walks around, most likely on his way back to his locker room. Rhodes walks – but is suddenly taken down – as MR. KENNEDY launches into him from behind!! Kennedy has caught up with Rhodes during the break, and Kennedy now POUNDS away at Rhodes as the champion lies on the concrete floor covering up! Within moments a number of backstage workers rush into the scene and pull Kennedy out of the shot, with lots of yelling and shouting taking place. “COME ON!” yells Kennedy, but it’s to no avail as he disappears out of the shot.

Elsewhere, we cut to a locker room, where the crowd immediately boo at the sight of the newest tag team on the block, GREGORY HELMS & MVP, talking to each other.


Gregory Helms: See Montel, what happened last week, when I tagged myself into the match, that weren’t about ego, man. That was teamwork. I knew that Hawkins was gonna come in and break up the count, so I had to make sure – after your fine work with the Playmaker – that Ryder would be down for the count.

MVP: Let’s just get somethin’ straight, Helms, ‘aight? If we’re gonna do this whole tag team thing, I need t’ be able to trust you. Now I don’t care what you say, that ain’t gonna happen with you comin’ in the ring and stealin’ my win, ‘aight, I can handle my own business!

Gregory Helms: (Holds his hands up) Alright man, alright. I’ll let you “handle your business” tonight. But as for trustin’ me? Montel...what other choice have you got?

And with that, for the first time since these two have been associated with each other, it is Helms who walks away from MVP, leaving Porter to think about what his partner has just said.

In the arena...

***HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW?***

There’s a small reaction from the crowd as BOB ‘HARDCORE’ HOLLY walks through the entrance curtain. Strangely enough, Holly is accompanied by TOMMY DREAMER, and the two men talk to each other as they make their way to the ring to job compete in this upcoming match.


***IT’S TIME***

This week, GREGORY HELMS decides to make his own entrance, as opposed to walking behind his newfound “friend”, MVP.

***I’M COMIN’***

Helms barely makes it to the ring before MVP enters the arena, his music (deliberately?) cutting off Helms’ entrance. Helms looks up the ramp, and after a moment; breaks a smile at MVP cutting his entrance short. As MVP approaches the ring, he and Helms glance at each other, MVP looking awfully serious, and Helms smiling at his partner.


Match 3 – Tag Team Match
Hardcore Holly & Tommy Dreamer vs. Gregory Helms & MVP


Much like the previous week, it is MVP who kicks off the tag team match, this time with opponent Hardcore Holly. Tough as ever, Holly shows no love lost for MVP, and pounds away at the former US Champion with punches, gut kicks, a suplex, a couple of shoulder blocks, and even a powerslam off the ropes. Eventually though, MVP fights back, with a few shots to Holly; he then tosses his opponent into the corner and charges forward with a knee to the gut, knocking the wind out of Hardcore. MVP gets a few more shots in before Holly recovers and tags in Dreamer.

Much like Holly, Dreamer comes in and throws punch after punch at MVP, who at this point, looks like he’s in a boxing match as opposed to a wrestling match. Dreamer though, slightly clumsy, runs into a turnbuckle, and despite his issues; MVP puts them behind him and tags in Gregory Helms.

Fresh into the game, Helms quickly wears Dreamer out, running around with dropkicks and head kicks and a headlock to boot. At one point Helms hits a neckbreaker on Dreamer and goes for the pin, but Holly breaks it up. At this point, MVP comes into the ring to argue with the referee, which allows Helms to push Holly, who was returning to his corner, through the ropes and out of the ring. Suddenly, Helms and MVP look like a TEAM as MVP runs round to Holly’s corner and, behind the referee’s back, bounces Hardcore’s face off of the steel steps!

Back inside the ring, Helms is in full control of the match, and sure enough, with Holly down on the outside, Helms takes the time to taunt Dreamer as he stalks him for the Shining Wizard Kick. MVP returns to the apron as Helms rushes forward and hits his finisher. Instead of immediately going for the pin, Helms takes a step or two back and laughs at his opponent being grounded – and is suddenly pulled back and TOSSED over the top rope – by MVP!? The referee asks Porter what the hell he’s doing, and Porter, in response, claims that the physical contact made warrants a tag, and so jumps in the ring and pins Dreamer for himself! The referee looks shocked but makes the count regardless, and MVP gets the one, two, and three!

Winners via pinfall: Gregory Helms & MVP.

“I’m Comin’” hits as MVP quickly gets to his feet and raises his arms in victory! With a big, teeth-bearing grin, MVP mocks the crowd and points to his brain.

Jim Ross: Well it wasn’t a conventional win for MVP and Gregory Helms, but it’s-

Jerry Lawler: Wait wait, look JR, Helms is getting back in the ring!

The crowd watch on with anticipation as Helms quietly rolls into the ring behind MVP with a scowl. As Porter continues to celebrate, Helms stands up, and MVP finally turns to face him. As the two “partners” come face-to-face, Helms looks ready to rumble – and it happens – Helms – raises MVP’s arm!? MVP looks dumbfounded as Helms holds his arm up for him, before Helms asks MVP, “We’re cool now?” MVP, perhaps surprised by Helms’ ability to suck it up and accept how he got even, smiles and nods at Helms! Helms shrugs his shoulders and mouths, “I don’t care, we still won”, and again MVP nods. The Tennessee crowd, no doubt wanting to see one man turn on the other, boo with disappointment as MVP and Helms now chat as they exit the ring together, apparently, finally, on the same page.

Jim Ross: I’ve seen a lot of odd tag teams form in my time King, but I don’t know if I’ve ever seen something like that!

Jerry Lawler: I can’t believe it, JR! MVP throws Helms out of the ring to make the pin, and Helms just accepts it?

Jim Ross: Well Helms has been the one to want to team with MVP from the beginning, King, so I guess he saw it coming. Nonetheless, after two solid victories, these two men could quickly become a force t’ be reckoned with in the rising tag team division here on Monday Night Raw.


Backstage, brothers CARLITO and PRIMO are making their way down a hallway. The brothers are in conversation and look to be in pain after the assault from Batista near the start of the show. Suddenly, the duo come face-to-face with another duo – the sunglass-wearing, flashy, World Tag Team Champions, BLACK GOLD!

Elijah Burke:
Hey Shelton! Look! It’s the Colons.

Burke and Benjamin, with their respective title belts over their shoulders, grin at the brothers.

Shelton Benjamin:
How are you feelin’ boys?

They chuckle. Suddenly Burke turns serious and slaps Benjamin on the arm.

Elijah Burke:
Hey now come on man, give ‘em a break. I mean, Batista’s tough. He is “The Animal” for a reason. And, you know, it’s not like they had WORLD TAG TEAM championship belts to help them fight the man off!

Burke and Benjamin fail to contain themselves and laugh at their “hysterical” joke, right in the faces of The Colons. Carlito and Primo exchange looks – AND IN UNISON, LAUNCH THEMSELVES AT THE CHAMPIONS!! A roar is heard inside the arena as The Colons, fuelled by anger, find enough strength in them to attack the World Tag Team Champions! Carlito pounds on Benjamin whilst Primo deals with Burke as the champs get caught between a wall and their attackers, but with Carlito and Primo hurt, Burke and Benjamin quickly gain the upper hand, and the brawl continues. Suddenly Raw GM SHANE MCMAHON bursts onto the scene with a number of road agents.

Shane McMahon:
Hey! That’s enough! Break it up! BREAK IT UP!!

All four men are divided by the backstage officials, but are eager to continue the fight.

Shane McMahon:
You two (points to the Colons), you’ve had enough for tonight. Get them out of here. As a matter of fact, get them out of the building!

As the Colons are taken away, Burke and Benjamin grin at each other. Shane’s attention now turns back to the champs, who quickly drop the attitude.

Shane McMahon:
As for you two; you wanna try and stir up trouble on my show?? Well guess what? You’re gonna out to that ring right NOW, and you’re gonna DEFEND those tag team championships. Now get out of my sight!!

“WHAT!?” Burke and Benjamin cry together as they watch Shane O’Mac walk away, but it’s to no avail. The two then look at each other with exasperation as the road agents empty the hallway. With no way out, Burke and Benjamin walk out of the shot.


***AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ ME NOW***

It’s a short wait, but after a minute or so, crowd boo loudly as the World Tag Team Champions BLACK GOLD enter the arena, looking displeased at the fact they have been forced to defend their championships.


Jim Ross: Burke and Benjamin thought that they could laugh all they wanted at The Colons, but instead they’ve talked themselves into defending their World Tag Team Titles right here and now!

Jerry Lawler: This is amazing, JR! An impromptu World Tag Team Championship match right here tonight! I love Shane O’Mac as GM!

Jim Ross: Our new boss is making an impact, that’s for sure King.

***COWBOY***

It’s a less than welcome reception inside the University of Tennessee arena as LANCE CADE & TREVOR MURDOCH, also known as THE REDNECK WRECKING CREW, walk through the curtain. Cade & Murdoch look over the moon as they approach the ring with an unannounced chance to become World Tag Team Champions.


“YOU LOOKIN’ AT THE REAL DEAL NOW!”

***DANGER AT THE DOOR***


Now the crowd have reason to cheer as the new team on the block, D’LO BROWN & RON KILLINGS, enter the arena. Burke and Benjamin protest to the referee as D’Lo and Killings slaps hands with fans at ringside.


Jim Ross: King, D’Lo Brown and Ron Killings came just short of becoming the new World Tag Team Champions last week, could they make up for it tonight?

Jerry Lawler: Well I’m sure these two thought that their title hopes had gone up in smoke after last week, but if they can win this match, then it’d be a huge comeback!


Match 4 – Triple Threat Tag Team Match
World Tag Team Championship
Black Gold © vs. The Redneck Wrecking Crew vs. D’Lo Brown & Ron Killings


The rules of this match are identical to that of the tag team title match at WrestleMania 19: two men from any of the three teams start the match, and any man can tag in another man (even if it isn’t his tag team partner) at any time. As the bell rings and all three teams look to get it on, Black Gold wait on the apron, knowing that they could let the other teams fight each other and then pick up the pieces. As a result, for a moment, Cade, Murdoch, D’Brown and Killings share a glance, and then bring the champions into the ring! Cade & D’Lo work on Elijah Burke as Murdoch & Killings focus on Benjamin. The referee yells at all six men for order in this match, and as they begin to exit the ring, Shelton Benjamin and D’Lo Brown are left as the first two legal men in the ring.

Already reeling, Benjamin tries to shake it off as D’Lo Brown launches an all-out assault on the champion. After a minute, D’Lo tosses Shelton into the corner, then looks for some sort of running attack, but upon touching the turnbuckle Benjamin slaps Lance Cade on the arm and exits the ring! Cade glances at Benjamin, but then turns his attention to D’Lo Brown as he enters the ring and talks some trash.

Now, being the biggest man in this match, Cade takes control as he outwrestles D’Lo in a lock-up. The former Eurocontinental champ tries to get back at Cade after being knocked down, but instead, Cade shows tremendous strength by tossing D’Lo over his head! Cade is ALL fired up as he then traps D’Lo in a headlock. Cade tugs harshly at his opponent’s neck, and with D’Lo in his control, tags in his partner, Trevor Murdoch.

Cade holds D’Lo’s arms from behind so that Murdoch can get a good stiff shot to his opponent’s abdomen. Murdoch now throws a couple of punches at D’Lo, and then gets him on the mat with a headlock takedown. Taking up from where his partner left off, Murdoch now squeezes the life out of D’Lo and barks at the referee to keep an eye on his victim. Eventually though, D’Lo manages to get up. With Murdoch still holding D’Lo tightly around the neck, D’Lo pushes his aggressor into the ropes, where Ron Killings manages to slap D’Lo on the back. Murdoch immediately lets go of D’Lo Brown as Killings comes in and without any pause jumps at Murdoch with a corkscrew elbow!

The crowd begin to rally behind Killings as the pace of the match now quickens. Killings takes down Murdoch several times with the same elbow, and then tosses the redneck into the corner. Killings charges forward and slingshots himself side-first into Murdoch, crushing the man in the corner. As Murdoch stumbles out, Killings lies in wait and throws Murdoch down with a hip toss. Murdoch staggers up to his feet, and Killings strikes with a jumping calf kick that knocks Murdoch through the ropes and out of the ring!

Suddenly, the match begins to unfold as Cade immediately goes to check on his partner. From the apron, D’Lo Brown looks down at the duo, and Cade immediately talks trash to him. In response, as Cade attends to his partner, D’Lo jumps off the apron and onto Cade! Now, the World Tag Team Champions get involved as they see an opportunity to strike, and come running around the ring to pound on all three men! As five men now struggle on the outside, it’s only fitting that Ron Killings, still in the ring, LAUNCHES HIMSELF OVER THE TOP ROPE, LANDING ON ALL FIVE COMPETITORS! The arena cheer loudly for the big spot, even though Killings somewhat takes out his own tag team partner too! From inside the ring, the referee demands the fight be brought back into the squared circle, and as such, Killings is able to roll Murdoch back in since everyone else is on the floor.

Back in the ring, Killings immediately covers Murdoch, but only gets a two-count. Wasting no time Killings picks Murdoch back up, kicks him in the gut, and delivers an inverted suplex slam, a move he calls True Conviction. Killings again goes for the cover, but again only gets a two, and so his next port of call is to grab Murdoch and walk over to tag D’Lo Brown back into the match. Killings slaps D’Lo’s hand, and D’Lo climbs to the top rope. Killings then shows strength by hoisting Murdoch up into a suplex position, which allows D’Lo to cross-body Murdoch from way up high! Murdoch is a beaten man as D’Lo makes the cover – BUT Elijah Burke breaks it up!

Killings gets back in the ring to get rid of Burke, which brings in Shelton Benjamin, and again it’s pandemonium as three illegal men, plus D’Lo Brown, battle it out. As they fight despite an upset referee, Murdoch slowly crawls to his partner, Lance Cade, and tags him into the match. Burke, Benjamin and Killings are forced away from each other from an intervening official as Lance Cade clobbers D’Lo Brown in the back. As the others exit the ring, Cade tosses D’Lo to the ropes, and then plants him with a sit-out spinebuster on the rebound. Cade goes for the pin, but D’Lo kicks out. Furious at the kickout, Cade gets up and argues with the referee, but it’s to no avail. Killings claps for his partner on the apron, and after Cade stalks D’Lo, he charges at his opponent, but D’Lo returns Cade’s move with his own spinebuster slam, the Sky High! Cheers break out as D’Lo covers Cade: one – two – but Cade kicks out before three.

Wanting to wrap things up, D’Lo heads to the nearest corner to hit his finishing splash, the Lo Down. The corner he approaches is unoccupied, but as soon as he reaches the top rope, Elijah Burke walks across the apron and pushes D’Lo through the air and into the barricade!! From the other side of the ring Ron Killings runs across and knocks Burke off the apron! Burke quickly gets to his feet, but Killings AGAIN launches himself over the top rope and onto the tag team champion! Burke and Killings are now down at the foot of the entrance ramp. Meanwhile, Lance Cade rolls under the bottom rope, grabs a hurt D’Lo Brown, motions to Trevor Murdoch, and rolls D’Lo back into the ring.

With three other competitors down and the referee attending to them, Murdoch slips into the ring with Cade and D’Lo. As D’Lo tries to come to his senses, Cade and Murdoch go to bounce off opposing ropes for the Sweet ‘N’ Sour, but as they do so, Murdoch is pulled out of the ring by Elijah Burke and belly-flops onto the floor! Cade, on the other side of the ring, gets pointed on his back. He turns around, comes face-to-face with Shelton Benjamin, who from the apron, SLAPS the Texan across the face! Cade, FURIOUS, goes to hit Benjamin, but The Gold Standard lowers the top rope, sending Cade tumbling to the outside! With Cade down to the right of the ring, and Burke, Killings and Murdoch preoccupied to the left, Benjamin sneaks in, stalks a rising D’Lo Brown, and for the second week in a row, HITS THE PAYDIRT!! Benjamin quickly makes the cover and the referee counts – one – Burke keeps Murdoch and Killings busy – two – three!!

Winners via pinfall and STILL the World Tag Team Champions: Black Gold.

Despite the odds, Burke and Benjamin find a way to slither away from this match unscathed! As the other superstars argue with the referee, the official informs them that Benjamin’s “slap” to Cade was a tag!! The argument continues as Benjamin rolls under the bottom rope and out of the ring, finds the tag team title belts, and walks around to his partner, Elijah Burke.


Jim Ross: And for the second week in a row, Elijah Burke and Shelton Benjamin manage to retain the World Tag Team Championship!

Jerry Lawler: I can’t believe it, JR! These guys have had their backs up against the wall for two weeks now, and both times they’ve never looked better!

Burke & Benjamin, arms around each other’s necks, championship belts in hand, are all smiles as they back up the ramp and laugh at both the Redneck Wrecking Crew and D’Lo Brown & Killings in the ring. Lance Cade is bright red, Murdoch yells at the referee, whilst D’Lo Brown and Ron Killings simply look stunned at being outsmarted yet again by Black Gold.


We then cut to a backstage hallway where RANDY ORTON walks with purpose. The sight of Orton draws a loud negative response from inside the arena.


Jim Ross: RAW’s newest superstar, the sick, twisted and downright EVIL Randy Orton, will be out here, next!


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***VOICES***


"The Viper" RANDY ORTON enters the arena post-commercial and immediately receives a TON of heat from the crowd. Dressed in his wrestling trunks and a t-shirt, Orton looks around the arena, at his new surroundings, with disgust, and then slowly saunters down the ramp.He slowly makes his way up the steel steps and pauses before he enters the squared circle. Eventually Orton enters the ring, grabs a microphone and his music dies out. Orton stands silent for a moment, allowing the crowd to boo him further, before he speaks.


Randy Orton:
Judging from the looks on all your faces, you’re not exactly happy to see me, are you? Well guess what: the feeling is more than mutual. (Pause) Two months ago, I found myself traded to Smackdown. And after watching both Edge and Kenny Dykstra choke at The Great American Bash, I was poised to challenge Chris Jericho and take the World Heavyweight Championship. Yet here I stand, once again on RAW, my quest to become the world champion over before it had even started.

The crowd cheer loudly, and Orton bares his teeth at them in frustration.

Randy Orton:
All because a couple of weeks ago, Linda McMahon denied me the World Heavyweight title match that I deserved, and as a result, found herself the victim of an RKO.

A sick smile stretches across the face of Orton, causing the audience to respond with more heat for The Legend Killer.

Randy Orton:
I can’t say I’m surprised at Vince McMahon putting me back on RAW so that he could keep me away from the world title, but Vince, if you think that is going to stop me, you seem to be forgetting that I’m a former two-time WWE Champion. And now that I’m back on this show, it’s only a matter of time before I get my hands on the WWE Championship once again.

Orton again smirks, this time at the thought of being WWE Champion, and continues to soak in the crowd’s boos and jeers toward him. Suddenly though, Orton stops smiling, stretches his neck, and closes his eyes.

Randy Orton:
However, it seems that I have to attend to another issue first...that being...a match at SummerSlam against Kane.

This being Tennessee, the mention of Kane gets a BIG reaction from the crowd, and Orton again responds by grinding his teeth.

Randy Orton:
Last week, Kane came back to RAW and laid his hands on me. I don’t know why Kane came back and did what he did, but it doesn’t seem too hard to figure out that Kane just wants revenge after I beat him the last time we all saw him at Vengeance. But the fact is, Kane (turns to camera), I don’t care what reasons you have to target me, because now that you’ve made an enemy of me, I’m going to take the frustration I have about being back on RAW, the frustration I have with not being the world champion, and at SummerSlam, just like I did at Vengeance, I’m going to let it all out - on you.

More heat for Orton as The Viper now leans in to the camera, as if the lens itself were The Big Red Machine.

Randy Orton:
Kane, I know you’ve always had a, a mental instability, in your life. Well don’t worry, because at SummerSlam, I don’t plan on just pinning you after the RKO. (Smirks) To take a leaf from your brother’s book Kane; I plan on making sure you rest – in - peace. (yells) I plan on KICKING YOU IN THE SKULL, AND PUTTING YOU OUT OF YOUR MISERY!!

HUGE heat for the Viper now, whose entire skull shakes as he speaks to the camera. Orton’s skin boils red as he keeps his focus on the lens.

Randy Orton:
Kane, at SummerSlam, I will-

“OOOH – RAAANDYYY!” (Jerry Lawler squeals: Aaaah!)

A hideous voice fills the University of Tennessee Arena, and Orton’s gaze at the camera is broken as he looks up at the Titantron, to see KANE staring back down at him!! The crowd cheer at the sight of ‘The Big Red Monster’ on the big screen, but Orton SEETHES at being interrupted. Now, the focus turns to Kane as the Titantron goes full screen.

Kane laughs as he stares out and breathes heavily. On commentary Jerry Lawler asks, “Where is he, JR?”, but where Kane is speaking from isn’t too clear. However, from the red light that glows, the steam that rises behind in the background and the metal framework amongst which Kane sits, it is possible to suggest that The Monster has found his way into the arena boiler room.


Kane: (Laughs) Oh Randy...I’m glad that you’re so confident about what you’re going to do to me, because that’s going to make what I do to YOU at SummerSlam all the more...enjoyable. (Laughs) You see, Randy, two weeks ago, I was advertised to come back to RAW, and I didn’t show up. The reason for that is that no one tells me what to do, I do what I want to do when I see fit. And so, at first, I didn’t feel like I wanted to come back. Quite frankly, I didn’t need to come back...until last week, that is. Until last week when I heard that you, Randy Orton, were going to be here. THAT is when I decided to come back.

We quickly cut to the ring, where Orton watches the Titantron silently. Cut back to Kane.

Kane:
But as for why? You think that I attacked you, Randy, because of what happened at Vengeance? Nooo, Randy. The hatred that flows through me, Randy Orton, does not simply derive from the fact that you defeated me at Vengeance. No, no. The anger, the HATE that I have for you comes from something much, much deeper. Something that has been buried inside me for a long time...but that’s never...gone away. (Pause) June Twenty Third, Two Thousand and Three. The night where I was forced to remove my mask, the night my face was exposed to the entire world for the very first time, the night...where my very identity...was taken from me.

Another cut back to Orton in the ring, who now shakes his head at the Titantron, not in denial of, but in confusion at Kane’s explanation.

Kane: Randy Orton, it was your interference that not only cost me World Heavyweight Championship that night, but my mask as well. And I know that through all these years that moment has become a distant memory in your mind, but I have NEVER forgotten it! Since that night, I have continued to inspire fear over anyone I have ever faced...but not without a feeling of...emptiness...loss...

Kane looks down at the floor and covers his bald head with his pale white hands. Kane’s fingers lie flatly over his head, before they curl and claw down toward his face as the monster turns his head back up to the camera.

Kane: I will never...ever...forget, Randy.

Cut back to Orton, who rubs his hands over his face, as if to make sure he’s not experiencing a bad dream.

Kane:
That is why, Randy, at SummerSlam, a normal match won’t do me any good. A normal match won’t be enough for you to understand just how much it HURTS, Randy! I want you to feel my PAIN, Randy! I WANT TO WATCH YOU BURN, RANDY, I WANT TO WATCH AS YOUR SKIN PEELS BACK AND TAKE IN THE SMELL OF SMOKE THAT RISES FROM YOUR FLESH, RANDY, I WANT TO LOOK INTO YOUR EYES AND KNOW THAT YOU – FEEL – MY – PAIN!!!

There are gasps of horror, screams of fear from the audience at the words which Kane produces. Even as the “babyface” in this equation, the crowd are unsure of how to respond to The Big Red Monster’s extreme material. As for Orton, The Viper now coils back into the centre of the ring, perhaps realising just how deep Kane’s mental issues go.

Kane:
That is why, Randy, our match at SummerSlam must – be – an INFERNO match! (laughs maniacally)

Cut back to the arena, where the crowd now CHEER at Kane’s demand for an Inferno match!! Orton shakes his head from side to side and screams “NO!”.

BOOM!!!

Suddenly all four ringposts EXPLODE in flames and despite Kane not physically being there, “Slow Chemical” plays from the PA system. Meanwhile The Viper, still shaking his head, rolls under the bottom rope and makes a beeline for the back, leaving us to wonder where he’s headed.


Jerry Lawler: Wow. Just...I mean, it doesn’t get much heavier than that, does it JR??

Jim Ross: I don’t think you’ll find two more sick and twisted individuals in Dubya Dubya ‘E than Kane and Randy Orton, and King, may the Good Lord have mercy when these two come face-to-face at SummerSlam.

The arena continues to bask in an eerie red glow as we see Randy Orton disappear through the curtain before fading to black.


COMMERCIAL BREAK


***THIS FIRE BURNS***

The University of Tennessee reply with a nice pop as Mr. Money in the Bank CM PUNK enters the building. Dressed for action, Punk slaps hands with some ringside fans on his way to the ring.


Jim Ross: CM Punk is set for non-title action against Cody Rhodes here and now, but if CM Punk were to beat Cody Rhodes, I’d say that’d warrant a future shot at the Intercontinental Title, King.

Jerry Lawler: I agree, JR. I mean, we already know that Mr. Kennedy is going to face Cody Rhodes for the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam, but if CM Punk can pull off a win here, who knows, maybe he’ll get added to that match.


***IT’S A NEW DAY***

For the second time this evening, the entrance theme of the Intercontinental Champion CODY RHODES plays in the arena. Rhodes, with the championship belt tight around his waist, looks to be in a miserable mood as he approaches the ring.


Match 5 – Singles Match (Non-Title)
CM Punk vs.
Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes


Punk and Rhodes kick the action off with a traditional lock-up, and after a struggle; Punk backs Rhodes into a corner. Before Punk can do anything though, Rhodes wrestles his way out, and for a minute or so, the two go back and forth between several corners with several lock ups. In the end, Rhodes outsmarts Punk by sidestepping Mr. MITB, allowing Rhodes to kick at Punk in the corner and finally get some offence in. As the referee tells Rhodes to get out the corner, the IC Champion backs off, but the distraction allows Punk to turn the tables on Rhodes with his own, trademark stiff kicks! Punk goes up, down, centre with kicks to Rhodes’ body, then takes the champion with a takeover and keeps a side headlock applied. For the next few minutes, Punk maintains control. Rhodes manages to get to his feet, knocks Punk in the abs and bounces off the ropes, but Punk quickly reverses with an arm drag, and this time keeps Rhodes sat with an arm lock.

Eventually though, even with one arm trapped, Rhodes shows wit by getting to his feet again and uses both arms to charge forward and pushes Punk back-first into the corner. Punk is forced to break the arm lock and Rhodes again throws some punches at Punk’s head in the corner. Rhodes follows up by grabbing an arm of Punk’s, pulling him out of the corner and into a stiff clothesline. Rhodes then stomps at Punk’s shoulder blades and neck area as JR comments that Rhodes likely wants to hurt the neck of Punk to add extra damage if he hits the Cross Rhodes. As the match progresses, Rhodes really begins to gain an advantage over Punk, with The Straight Edge Superstar getting an odd shot in, but nothing substantial.

Towards the end of the bout, Rhodes hits Punk with a few stiff punches. He goes to toss Punk into the corner, is countered, and within seconds Punk leaps forward, knees Rhodes in the face, and follows up with a bulldog! The crowd cheer for Punk as he finds as JR calls it, “the turning point of the match”, but Mr. MITB is still hurt from Rhodes’ assault and takes time in getting back to his feet. After a moment or so, Punk signals for the G.T.S. Rhodes gets up, Punk goes for the move, but the champion elbows him in the face and gets put back down. As Punk covers up, Rhodes grabs him from behind and looks for the Cross Rhodes, but Punk spins out, tugs Rhodes’ legs, drops him to the mat, drags him a few steps, and then slingshots his opponent into the turnbuckle! Rhodes’ head BOUNCES off the top turnbuckle and as he staggers back, Punk follows up with a German Suplex Pin Attempt! Punk has Rhodes: one – two – Rhodes kicks out before three! As both men try to get to their feet, Punk suddenly LASHES out with a stiff roundhouse kick around the head of Rhodes and again goes for a cover: one – two – thr-NO! Rhodes again manages to survive!

Punk wastes no time, and with Rhodes reeling, drops to the mat, AND APPLIES THE ANACONDA VICE!! The University of Tennessee goes wild as Punk tightly wraps his arms around the upper chest and throat of the Intercontinental Champion! Punk is almost guaranteed victory-

***LONGHORN***

Punk looks from side-to-side, and then finally breaks the hold to turn toward the entrance ramp, where JBL walks out through the curtain! With a scowl, JBL slowly saunters down to the ring, as CM Punk now heads to the ropes and yells up trash talk at his rival. Jerry Lawler warns Punk not to get distracted, but his words fall on deaf ears as Punk continues to yell at Bradshaw. JBL, meanwhile, simply glares at Punk, but doesn’t say a word. Punk glances back at Cody Rhodes, who remains on the mat after the damage he has suffered from the Vice, and so Punk turns back to JBL. The referee yells at JBL to “get out of here”, but the former WWE champ doesn’t budge. JBL slides his arms into the ring, which Punk tries to catch, but fails, meanwhile, Cody Rhodes suddenly rolls Punk up from behind, JBL backs away from the ring, one – two – HANDFUL OF TIGHTS – THREE!! Rhodes STEALS it!

Winner via pinfall: Cody Rhodes.

Rhodes steals one, all thanks to JBL! “It’s A New Day” plays, and Rhodes swiftly rolls out of the ring and heads up the ramp. Gasping for air, he walks past JBL, who pats the Intercontinental Champ on the back for a job well done. Rhodes disappears out of sight as JBL now backs up the ramp, but with his eyes still on the ring. Punk, now looking up at the ramp, holds his neck and glares up at Bradshaw for costing him this match. At long last, The Wrestling God lets out a smile, happy that his presence has cost CM Punk a potential future Intercontinental Championship match.


Jim Ross: Give me a BREAK! CM Punk had this match won, King, if it weren’t for that damn Jay Bee Ell!

Jerry Lawler: What a night this has been, JR! Ever since Mr. McMahon lifted the zero-contact policy last week, we’ve had superstars attacking each other left right and centre, and this is just another result of it!

Jim Ross: Well JBL may be smiling now; will he be smiling after he goes one-0n-one with RVD in our main event? We’ll find out soon enough!


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Smackdown 8/1/08 Recap Video Package

SMACKDOWN; AUGUST 1ST, 2008 – POST-SHOW (WWE.COM EXCLUSIVE)

In what appears to be a boiler room, somewhere at the back of the Time Warner Cable Arena, the camera is positioned a distance away from a figure at the far end of the room. We can see from the long, blonde hair and choice of t-shirt that this figure is EDGE, and once again, The Rated-R Superstar appears to be talking to someone who remains off-screen.


Edge: What? What can I do!? We’ve been trying for MONTHS to stop The Undertaker but he just keeps – coming – back!! Everything, everything we’ve tried has failed, we’ve done NOTHING to stop him, and now, now I have to go inside Hell in a Cell with him!? I can’t do it!!

Edge tugs at his locks and breathes heavily.

Edge: I can’t go inside that Cell. (Grabs the unknown figure. Whispers) I can’t.

Keeping hold of this person Edge suddenly freezes, his eyes wide open. He begins to shake his head, as if agreeing with a voice in his mind.

Edge: If I just...if I just handed you over to The Undertaker...then maybe this will all just...go away. (Pause) Shh, shh, just, just settle, settle down!

A struggle suddenly breaks out as Edge appears to shake and his grip weakens, BUT THE RATED-R SUPERSTAR PULLS BACK AND FIRES A RIGHT HAND! Edge lunges at the ground. Yelling, kicking, tugging are all heard.

Edge: (OUT OF SHOT) I HAVE TO DO THIS!! I DON’T HAVE A CHOICE!!

Edge suddenly springs back up into the shot, looks crazily from side to side, finds a conveniently placed chair, hoists it high into the air, THEN SLAMS IT BACK DOWN AT HIS VICTIM!! The masked man, now betrayed by Edge, remains grounded and out of the shot, as Edge then throws the chair aside and once again runs his hands through his hair. As this happens, the cameraman stumbles; and upon hearing a sound Edge looks directly at the camera. The camera being used to film this madness suddenly drops to the floor and the screen cuts to black.

Jim Ross: What a shocking night it was last week on SmackDown!, King. Not only did Eric Bischoff return to WWE as Smackdown’s new General Manager, but we also got the announcement of that huge SummerSlam match, Edge vs. The Undertaker, Hell in a Cell, but to top it all off, JOHN CENA is now a SmackDown! superstar!

Jerry Lawler: I was speechless after Friday night, JR! And not only all that, but Eric Bischoff was also responsible for booking two big matches for SmackDown! this week!

Jim Ross: Indeed, this week on Smackdown, it’ll be John Morrison & The Miz getting their WWE Tag Team Title rematch against The Hardys, and in the main event, Kenny Dykstra will face ‘The Demon of Death Valley’, The Undertaker!

Jerry Lawler: And as much as I’m a Raw man JR, I don’t think even I can miss SmackDown! this Friday!


Cut backstage to the interview set, one more time tonight, where we now get no surprises – TODD GRISHAM stands by with one of the busiest men of the night, new GM SHANE MCMAHON.

Todd Grisham: Ladies and gentlemen, my guest at this time, Raw General Manager Shane McMahon. Shane, you requested this time to make an announcement.

Shane McMahon: (Nods) Yes I did, Todd; you see there’s an issue that has arisen tonight that needs immediate resolution, and that is the issue between Randy Orton and Kane. Whilst those two will have a match at SummerSlam, after the rather graphic material that we heard earlier tonight, I will not sanction an Inferno match. Whilst both my father and I want nothing more than to see Randy Orton punished for his recent actions, that match is simply too risqué. However, Orton and Kane will face each other at SummerSlam, and just so a certain amount of punishment is dealt, the match will be – a Street Fight!

After some initial boos at the refusal of the Inferno match, there is a pop in the arena at the announcement of a Street Fight. The GM is about to walk off when-

Todd Grisham: Uh, Shane, one question whilst we have you here – what the result of your “talk” with the Big Show earlier tonight?

Shane raises an eyebrow to Grisham, who coyly looks away, immediately realising his mistake in asking the question. However, Shane smirks, and responds.

Shane McMahon:
Don’t be worried, Todd. You’re just doing your job. As for my discussion with Show, all I can say is that-

Suddenly, Shane looks over his shoulder, as none other than his father, MR. MCMAHON, appears. Shane looks down and grins at the arrival of the Chairman, who then takes charge of the microphone.

Mr. McMahon:
(Quietly) All my son Shane can say about the Big Show is that next week, ‘The World’s Largest Athlete’ returns to in-ring competition. (Turns to Shane) C’mon, Shane.

Vince slaps his son harshly on the back, and then walks out of shot, as if to lead the way away from this interview. Grisham then thanks Shane, who in kind taps Todd on the shoulder, adjusts his suit jacket, smiles at the interviewer, shrugs, and walks off.


COMMERCIAL BREAK


In the arena...

***ONE OF A KIND***

For the second time this evening, ROB VAN DAM walks into the University of Tennessee Arena, this time set for action.


Jim Ross: This match tonight will be Rob Van Dam’s first match since June 29th, the night of the Vengeance pay-per-view, where RVD was brutally assaulted by the man who he hopes to face at SummerSlam, the WWE Champion Batista.

Jerry Lawler: It’d be a bitter-sweet moment if Van Dam could not only beat Batista at SummerSlam, JR, but become WWE Champion in the process.


***LONGHORN***

JBL re-enters the building for the main event. As it has not been long since he was last in the arena, Bradshaw chooses to enter via the entrance stage, as opposed to his usual white, long-stretched limousine.


Jim Ross: JBL, set to take on RVD, here in our main event! Van Dam has challenged Batista to a WWE Title match at SummerSlam, but if JBL pulls off the win here tonight, he could stake his own claim to that match.

Jerry Lawler: And JR, after he cost CM Punk his match earlier tonight, this could be a night to remember for JBL if he can beat RVD!


Main Event – Singles Match
John Bradshaw Layfield vs. Rob Van Dam


JBL being a powerhouse and Van Dam being the high-flying, kick-launching guy, as the main event kicks off with a lock-up, JBL quickly backs RVD into a corner. Bradshaw goes to clobber his opponent, but Van Dam ducks it, allows JBL to fall into the corner, and then throws a few shots of his own. Van Dam goes for an early monkey flip, but JBL, too strong, pushes Van Dam off, and then runs at RVD with a big boot. Bradshaw then drops a few big elbows down onto the chest of Van Dam and sucks the air out of his opponent. JBL applies a lateral press, but only gets a one count.

Expecting the kick out, Bradshaw brings Van Dam up to his feet, backs him into a corner, and CHOKES his opponent against the turnbuckle. The referee warns JBL, so he breaks the choke, and instead replaces it with big right hands. Bradshaw goes to follow up with a clothesline, so he pulls Van Dam out the corner, but Van Dam ducks it. Van Dam kicks JBL in the gut, tosses him to a corner, delivers a shoulder thrust, does a backflip, and then hits a second thrust. JBL drops into a sitting position, and so Van Dam uses the ropes to aid him hit a corner dropkick right into the chest. Van Dam pulls a winded JBL out of the corner and makes a cover, but only just gets a two-count.

As the match progresses, Van Dam stretches his legs further, hitting JBL with a few slingshot leg drops and splashes off the apron. However, his risky style soon catches up with RVD – after he misses an attempted Rolling Thunder, JBL kicks Van Dam’s head so hard that Mr. Monday Night is knocked right out of the ring. JBL then exits the ring too and begins to shift the match into a gear he prefers – an all-out brawl. The Wrestling God slams Van Dam’s head against the announce table, then after a few punches, tosses Van Dam into the ring apron. JBL then rolls Van Dam back into the ring and applies a headlock.

The next few minutes see Van Dam fight out of the hold, only to bounce off the ropes for (something), only to get hit with a big boot by JBL. Bradshaw then returns to the headlock, and Van Dam begins to really weaken as the match draws on. As the fans begin to chant “R-V-D”, Van Dam again manages to slowly work his way out of the headlock and up to his feet. With the hold still applied, Van Dam elbows JBL in the gut, forcing the hold to be broken, runs to the ropes, ducks an attempted shot by JBL, bounces off the opposing ropes, and hits Bradshaw with a double-footed flying spin kick! Both men get back up quickly, although JBL is slightly dazed, Van Dam grabs JBL’s head, and plants him with a DDT! Van Dam goes for the cover: one – two – JBL kicks out before three.

With Bradshaw down, Van Dam pulls him into position, then ascends the corner. Rather than the frog splash, Van Dam looks behind him, then leaps off, looking for a split-legged moonsault, but JBL rolls out of the way! Van Dam’s legs kick the mat as Mr. Monday Night rolls around in pain. Meanwhile, JBL crawls to the opposing corner, and with a smirk that draws BIG heat from the crowd; The Wrestling God slowly pulls himself up. Bradshaw gestures for Van Dam to get up, preparing himself to hit the Clothesline from Hell. Van Dam pulls himself up, JBL charges forward with his arm stretched, RVD ducks it, JBL turns around, RVD stretches his leg out for a roundhouse, JBL ducks, and RVD catches the referee!! Official Mike Chioda gets his head damn-near taken off his body and drops to the mat! As Van Dam looks on in shock at what he’s done, JBL BLASTS Van Dam from behind with a LOW BLOW!!

Yet again, Van Dam drops to the mat, and with the referee unconscious, The Wrestling God decides he wants to make a statement, he wants to seal the deal in this match. He rolls under the bottom rope and grabs a steel chair from ringside. As Van Dam stirs, Bradshaw sneaks back into the ring. The referee is still down as Van Dam gets up, unknowing, turns around – and JBL PLANTS Van Dam with the chair! Boos rain down on the ring as JBL, exhausted, tosses the chair out of the ring and covers Van Dam in a daze. With the referee down but RVD laid out; JBL leans down and shakes the ref, trying to get him to come to.

As he does so, cheers suddenly break out, and the camera cuts to the ramp for a moment as CM PUNK runs toward the ring! Before the ref can come to, Mr. Money in the Bank slides in the ring, DUCKS a clothesline from JBL, HOISTS his rival up, and BAM! – plants him with the G.T.S! JBL is quite literally PUT TO SLEEP as Punk, his hit-and-run assault complete, rolls under the bottom rope and escapes through the crowd! Punk looks back at the ring once and talks trash as a “CM Punk” chant fills the arena, whilst JR claims that JBL has “got his!”

As Punk disappears from the arena, the camera cuts back to the ring, where both JBL and Van Dam now lie on the mat. Both men stir, with Van Dam showing just a little bit more life than JBL, having had more time to recover. Using the ropes to pull himself up, Van Dam notices that JBL has been taken out, and by instinct, crawls to the corner. The crowd yell at Van Dam to capitalise, and as such, Van Dam thrusts himself up to the top turnbuckle. Van Dam readies himself, taking a little longer than usual, leaps through the air, aiming for JBL – but JBL rolls out of the way and Van Dam eats canvas!! Van Dam rolls onto his back in pain as JBL, still dizzy from the GTS, crawls and throws an arm over Van Dam – one, two, thr- NO! VAN DAM KICKS OUT!!

The crowd go crazy, whilst JBL simply sighs hard. Jim Ross comments on the “heart” of Van Dam to kick out on commentary as JBL now the lead in the match and begins to get up to his feet. The Wrestling God stalks Van Dam, presumably looking for the Clothesline from Hell, RVD gets up, JBL attacks, Van Dam ducks AGAIN, JBL turns around, and Van Dam hits another DDT! This time Van Dam wastes no time, he heads for the corner, he leaps up, he leaps DOWN, Five-Star Frog Splash, right on the money, he makes the cover, the referee counts, one – two – AND THREE! Van Dam wins!

Winner via pinfall: Rob Van Dam.

“One of a Kind” blasts out as Van Dam gets to his feet and the official raises his arm in victory.


Jim Ross: Well they say that payback’s a you-know-what, and that’s exactly the case here as Rob Van Dam picks up a hard-fought victory. JBL has gotten just what he deserved!!

Jerry Lawler: I thought Bradshaw was going to ruin RVD’s returning moment JR, but then CM Punk comes out, evens the odds for Van Dam, and then a Five-Star Frog Splash later RVD picks up the win!

Jim Ross: And now Van Dam heads one step closer to SummerSlam and the WWE Championship!

Jerry Lawler: Wait a minute, look out JR!!

Back in the ring Rob Van Dam is suddenly blindsided with a blow to the back of the skull – the weapon of choice is the WWE Championship belt – and the culprit – of course – IS BATISTA!!! The heat begins to rain down on the ring as Batista appears from nowhere and lays out his SummerSlam contender from behind!

Jim Ross: WHAT THE HELL!? Batista was supposed to have left the damn BUILDIN’!! WHAT A CHEAP SHOT!!

Jerry Lawler: The WWE Champion is back on RAW, JR and it’s about time!

Jim Ross: This was a damn set-up all along!

Jerry Lawler: You don’t know that JR! We all saw Batista leave the building, I’m sure Mr. McMahon is just as shocked as we are to see him back here!

With no heart, no emotion, and seemingly no soul, Batista’s eyes glaze down over Van Dam’s lifeless body on the mat. The WWE Champion stands silently, championship belt in hand, as he watches Van Dam struggle to the ropes and try somehow, someway, to pull himself back up. The Animal begins to twitch and drops the WWE Championship belt to the mat, as RVD manages to tug the bottom rope and use it as leverage to hoist himself back to his feet.

The Animal sneers as he watches Van Dam get up, Van Dam turns around, still faze, BATISTA GRABS VAN DAM, TURNS HIM ROUND, AND PLANTS HIM A SPINEBUSTER ONTO THE GOLD!!! Van Dam cries out in agony as The Animal quickly gets back up and soaks in a THUNDEROUS amount of heat from the audience.


Jim Ross: SPINEBUSTER ON THE DUBYA DUBYA ‘E TITLE BELT!! DOES THIS MAN HAVE NO CONSCIENCE!?

Jerry Lawler: That’s just it JR – he’s not a man. He’s an animal.

Jim Ross: My God, Batista said he wanted to get his hands on Rob Van Dam tonight and that’s exactly what he’s done. RVD may wish that he never came back to Raw after this night!!

RVD writhes in pain on the mat as this Monday Night RAW closes with The Animal standing tall over Mr. Monday Night, the WWE Championship belt now back, in its rightful owners’ hands, high in the air as we fade to black.

END SHOW.


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Firstly, sorry for the lateness, I did this the day before I posted it but reread it over.

Following your intense feud with Edge and Undertaker which upped the ante last week on Smackdown, I have to say, it is more heated than I thought but Edge has two conflicts as of forth, both Taker and his championship. I expect nothing short of sheer anarchy especially with Taker's "badass" attitude and Edge and his underhanded tactics (con-chair-to). I'm really hooked into your BTB to see where it goes. Nice opening, recapping everything that has fueled that grade A feud. But it came off as a bit short to me, but nonetheless, the fights keep me hooked. I absolutely agree with the replacement of Linda, although I hope Randy doesn't get off that easy. That was a McMahon. But nevertheless, that was such a heated segment, it was an inferno! Bischoff coming back, its cool how you hype it. But from what I see on RAW, this has been done often for a week, so I hope someone doesn't return every week, obviously. I'm more of a SD fan of your BTB so I will definitely be reading up on that Summerslam match between the two (HIAC )

Your first match of Chuck Palumbo vs Harry Smith was very standard. For someone with a fresh BTB start, your presentation is gold and I like how the Smackdown and RAW's colors, fonts and other little things are formatted because they add up to a great show in content as well as looks. So, with that being said, the ending made him come off as a dangerous submissionist as Chuck Palumbo isn't a small local wrestler. The ending was okay, with Santino Marella coming out and recapping what happened the previous week. A solid way to start off a show. The segment including Bischoff/Jericho/Morrison/Miz was a nice touch and it really set the mood for Morrison and Jericho with John's remark. I remember when Miz and Hardy had a rivalry so I expect pure heat for them being that Hardy doesn't give up and at the time, The Miz was a crazy good heel. I wonder who Jericho's opponent at Summerslam will be. Im marking for either BOTH Taker and Edge or someone completely different. Its funny how people recap these Divas matches. But it is realistic however. Natayla is showing a form of confidence. I like that. Its nice to see a champion get totally confident before PPV. Holy sh- I seriously felt the power off of that interview. Katie Lea came off just as much of a villainous threat as did the quiet, sick and twisted, Paul Burchill, or should I say "The Ripper"? This is even more intensified because WWE has pushed Josh Matthews to get bombarded by these monsters so to Matthews its hell when you have someone like Burchill. Imagine if he was angry?

The next match was a above average tag team match. I believe that the match was great but I felt that there was something missing for the hot tag moment. I think Evan should have done something more...or at least hit Chavo. But solid, above average match and the ending, why did he wait until Bourne was looking? Edge has some serious loss of confidence here. I wonder if the masked man doesn't like Taker or if he is just looking to help out Edge. It captured Edge as a human and not a wrestler to be honest, nevertheless. But if anyone is a greater opportunist than the Rated R Superstar/Ultimate Opportunist, this reviewer does not know so I know this isn't as entirely one-sided as Edge is making it out to be. Plus the perk, Hell In A Cell is no disqualification, so we can see what Edge will have up his sleeve. The spot of the night, "Miz baseball-slides and kicks Hardy in the gut, sending him sliding out of the ring in pain!" it made me think of crazy crap I used to do in WWE 13 when I want to send someone out the ring and that was all Hardy's fault for that one. Classic heel run and take the opportunity when the face is sliding in the ring. Then out of nowhere that sneaky Burchill comes and blindsides Hardy. Major jeers to him as Hardy is one of my favorite. But he didn't blindside one Hardy, he sucker hit one and dismantled another. Sending waves of messages to them and Matthews. One word for Dykstra. Fail. That is all. But lets not be hasty with my opinion. He did redeem himself by keeping himself above water with that match with Kofi Kingston and let's face it, Kingston isn't a joke but Bischoff did have a point. Kenny needs to earn that title and he took a well-deserved step forward into making his dream possible.

That ending was and I quote "ELECTRIFYING". I marked for Jericho anyways and I don't really know if Chris Jericho and John Morrison are in the same league to be fighting and I guess he gets an even lower momentum drop after losing the tag team titles and then losing a main event. But he did face Jericho with a fight even though The Miz is to blame, imo, because he shouldn't have gotten the walls locked in on him. Then for the third time a return happened, maybe it is just me but I would have feel better if he came RIGHT before SummerSlam, in the SD before, because then that would really spike up the sales and hype but this gives it time to settle which can lead to something better than what I can muster up. Overall, solid show. The only criticism I have is those darn returns (and another is coming back) and I didn't know Jericho was a face until Cena came to challenge him and from what I read in Wolf's review. You explain yourself well beside that from what I gather and with all these returns I hope roster management isn't a problem.

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WWE.com Announcement - August 6th, 2008
Tag Team Match and Segment Confirmed For August 11th Monday Night Raw


~ Straight off the desk of new WWE Raw General Manager Shane McMahon, WWE.com can confirm a tag team match has been confirmed for this week's edition of Monday Night Raw. The WWE Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes will team up with John 'Bradshaw' Layfield to face the team of Mr. Kennedy, Cody Rhodes' challenger for his championship at SummerSlam, and "Mr. Money in the Bank" CM Punk.

The match is sure to be a highlight of the show, but it has also been confirmed that before the in-ring competition takes place, CM Punk and John Bradshaw Layfield will come face-to-face. WWE.com can reveal that this meeting of the minds was requested by one JBL, and Shane McMahon was happy to oblige. Be sure to tune in to Raw for guaranteed fireworks between these two heated rivals.


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August 6th, 2008


~ After both Batista's assault and their struggle with Elijah Burke & Shelton Benjamin, The Colons are now considered to be babyfaces by WWE management. The two managed to gain a strong positive reaction from the audience on Raw and it seems they will now move into the tag team division, as opposed to Carlito competing as a singles wrestler. Carlito had a recent, short run with the WWE Intercontinental Championship but creative decided that they preferred him as a babyface as they felt his heel act was tired. That, and the decision to push Cody Rhodes were deciding factors in placing Carlito into the tag team division with his brother Primo.

~ It also appears that Gregory Helms & MVP may be set for a run as a tag team as their interactions continued this past Monday night on Raw. WWE officials are said to be open to either keeping the two together in the tag team division should they get over with the crowd, or have one turn on the other in the long run. For now though, both men have been put together because creative felt that they were in a lull on the Raw brand and "didn't have much else to do." The creative team also realised that their tag team division was incredibly weak, and so decided to kill two birds with one stone.

~ All signs point to Rob Van Dam vs. Batista for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam. If this is the case, that would make Van Dam/Batista, Cena/Jericho and Edge/Undertaker in the Hell in a Cell as the three big main events for the event. That being said, there is no word yet as to which match will be the true "main event" of the night, but with the magnitude of the Hell in a Cell match, it is possible that the match will close the show above the two world championship bouts.
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It's good that Cody will be hanging with JBL on Raw as his tag team partner. He could do with some more exposure alongside someone the calibre of Bradshaw.

As for the news, Helms & MVP need to become a full blown team. Their interactions have been great thus far, and they could add some star power to the tag scene on Raw.
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Not going to waste too much time with a long preview, since these days I think people can just read the show and get a grasp of what's happened anyway, but just something for now since I posted the last Smackdown over a month ago.


WWE Friday Night Smackdown – August 8th, 2008
The Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia


With little over two weeks to go until SummerSlam, Friday Night Smackdown continues to be more unpredictable than ever on the road to Indianapolis.

Two weeks ago, Smackdown was under the management of WWE CEO Linda McMahon, until the McMahon matriarch was viciously attacked by "The Viper" Randy Orton. Now just weeks later, and as a result of Mr. Orton's actions, not only does Smackdown have a new General Manager in the form of ERIC BISCHOFF - it has a new top superstar, and his name is JOHN CENA. Traded to Smackdown in Randy Orton's place, we learned last week that Cena has been named the new #1 contender to Chris Jericho's World Heavyweight Championship and will challenge for the title at SummerSlam. Both Champion and Number One Contender should have a lot to get off their chests this week, and considering their history, things are sure to heat up as we draw ever closer to 'The Hottest Party of The Summer.'

The World Heavyweight Title match isn't the only match that Eric Bischoff has booked for SummerSlam, as the new General Manager has also sanctioned a match that is referred to by some as "The Devil's Playground". Hell In A Cell. At SummerSlam, it will be bitter rivals "The Rated-R Superstar" Edge and "The Phenom" The Undertaker that step inside the confines of the Cell to settle their blood feud once and for all. Last week, WWE.com aired an Exclusive Video that showed Edge take out the 'masked man' that has been helping him in his affairs against The Undertaker over the past few months in a boiler room. Just exactly what has happened to this 'masked man' and will we see him again before Edge steps inside Hell In A Cell against The Deadman?

Meanwhile, this week on Smackdown; The Undertaker will have another foe to deal with in the main event, that being "The Leading Man" Kenny Dykstra. Dykstra has been a feature in the Smackdown main event scene over the past month, including being a part of the World Heavyweight Championship match back at The Great American Bash. It was on last week's episode that Dykstra strongly suggested he be given another shot at the title to his new boss Eric Bischoff, who in kind responded by putting Kenny in a match with The Undertaker. Will Dykstra be able to step up to the plate against The Lord of Darkness and score the biggest win of his professional life?

Also this week on Smackdown; Chavo Guerrero meets fellow Cruiserweight Jamie Noble in singles competition, The Miz & John Morrison get their rematch for the WWE Tag Team Championship against The Hardys, and Harry Smith squares off with recent rival Santino Marella. For all this and more be sure to tune in to Smackdown this week on The CW.

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Next installment of SmackDown. Not my favourite show as of late, but we all have those shows that we have to get through. I hope it's enjoyable anyway! Oh, and for those who have left me any form of feedback - it's much appreciated. I really need to get off my arse and get round to the likes of Mac and BULK now that they're back too.


WWE Friday Night Smackdown – August 8th, 2008
The Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia



~Smackdown Opening Video~

Following the opening video we cut into the arena as Michael Cole and Matt Striker welcome us to the show. They discuss the huge events of the previous week, then turn their attention to the ‘action-packed’ evening that lies in store, and remind the viewer of the confirmed matches for the evening: The Miz & John Morrison against The Hardys in the A-listers’ rematch for the WWE Tag Team Titles, and Kenny Dykstra one-on-one against The Undertaker.

Cole and Striker then turn their attention to a video that has been available on WWE.com since the previous week, and which occurred at the end of last week’s show after the cameras stopped rolling.



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In what appears to be a boiler room, somewhere at the back of the Time Warner Cable Arena, the camera is positioned from a distance away from a figure at the far end of the room. We can see from the long, blonde hair and choice of t-shirt that this figure is EDGE, and once again, The Rated-R Superstar appears to be talking to someone who remains off-screen.

Edge: What? What can I do!? We’ve been trying for MONTHS to stop The Undertaker but he just keeps – coming – back!! Everything, everything we’ve tried has failed, we’ve done NOTHING to stop him, and now, now I have to go inside Hell in a Cell with him!? I can’t do it!!

Edge tugs at his locks and breathes heavily.

Edge: I can’t go inside that Cell. (Grabs the unknown figure, whispers) I can’t.

Keeping hold of this person Edge suddenly freezes, his eyes wide open. He begins to shake his head, as if agreeing with a voice in his mind.

Edge: If I just...if I just handed you over to The Undertaker...then maybe this will all just go away. (Pause) Shh, shh, just, just settle, settle down!

A struggle suddenly breaks out as Edge appears to shake and his grip weakens, BUT THE RATED-R SUPERSTAR PULLS BACK AND FIRES A RIGHT HAND! Edge lunges at the ground. Yelling, kicking, tugging are all heard.

Edge: (OUT OF SHOT) I HAVE TO DO THIS!! I DON’T HAVE A CHOICE!!

Edge suddenly springs back up into the shot, looks crazily from side to side, finds a conveniently placed chair, hoists it high into the air, THEN SLAMS IT BACK DOWN AT HIS VICTIM!! The masked man, now betrayed by Edge, remains grounded and out of the shot, as Edge then throws the chair aside and once again runs his hands through his hair. As this happens, the cameraman stumbles; and upon hearing a sound Edge looks directly at the camera. The camera being used to film this madness suddenly drops to the floor and the screen cuts to black.

We then cut back to Cole and Striker, who both look disturbed after seeing the footage, and ponder what on earth Edge has done and what he may have planned for this evening.

***MY TIME IS NOW***

The crowd go WILD with a mixed reaction as the one and only John Cena makes his entrance. As Cena makes his way to the ring with a big grin, Cole and Striker perk up, saying how much of a coup it is for Cena to be back on Friday nights on a permanent basis, with Cole exaggerating that ‘even in dark times, there are still symbols of hope’ on Smackdown...

Once in the ring, Cena takes a microphone and yells out “HOT-LANTAAA!”, getting himself a good ol’ cheap pop. Cena talks about how good it feels to be back on the show “where it all started”, and then says he didn’t plan on moving to SD!, but that he’s happy he’s there regardless. Cena claims that he has never backed down from a challenge in his life, and that this sudden jump from Raw to Smackdown is merely another challenge that he welcomes with open arms. Cena says he will of course miss Monday nights, but that he hopes wherever he goes, the “Ce-Nation” will follow him, which gets cheers from the kids and women in attendance, but boos from the male portion of the crowd.

Cena then moves on to his “next big challenge”, his match with Chris Jericho at SummerSlam for the World Heavyweight Championship. Cena makes a point of the fact that he does not like Eric Bischoff, but that when he got the phone call saying he was being traded to Smackdown with a shot at the world title to boot, he simply couldn’t resist. Cena reminds the audience how despite being in the prime of his career he has never had a major run with the World Heavyweight title on the blue brand, and that he’d love to add that “credit” to his resume. Cena praises Chris Jericho, saying that Jericho has been on a roll since coming to Smackdown back in June, but then tops the compliment off with the claim that he is looking to make the same impact that Jericho made, and that’s by winning the World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam...

***BREAK THE WALLS DOWN***

Cena’s speech is cut short as Cena’s opponent at SummerSlam and reigning World Champion Chris Jericho, enters the building. With the World Heavyweight Championship nicely wrapped around his waist, Jericho slowly makes his way to the ring, smiling at Cena in the ring, who returns the smirk. Cole and Striker bring up the history between Cena and Jericho, and mention that the last time they were in a feud, it led to Jericho being fired by Bischoff and leaving the WWE for two years...

Having entered the ring, Jericho takes a mic of his own. Jericho and Cena exchange a fiery glance of looks for a moment, before Jericho finally brings the microphone to his lips and mutters the words, “Welcome back.” Cena nods at Jericho, but despite the ‘kind’ words, there is no offer of a handshake on the part of Jericho. Jericho says that he is actually glad that Cena is on Smackdown in Randy Orton’s place, because despite the history between Cena and Jericho, Cena is still more of a man than Randy Orton ever could be.

Having said his piece on Orton, Jericho says that whilst Cena is more of a man than The Viper, who the better man is between them will be decided at SummerSlam. Jericho takes a step closer to Cena as he tells his rival that whilst Cena may disagree with him, come August Twenty Fourth, he would remain the World Heavyweight Champion. Jericho’s comment gets a mixed reaction from the crowd: his loyal fans cheer loudly, but the Cena supporters stand behind their hero with boos toward Y2J. Jericho turns to the crowd with a look of curiosity, but then shifts his attention back to Cena. The World Champion says that it’s no secret that Eric Bischoff is trying to “stir the pot” by pitting them against each other, but that Bischoff’s mind games won’t matter in the end, it will simply be two wrestlers, leaving it all in the ring, to determine who is more deserving of holding “the richest prize the sport has to offer.” Jericho agrees that Cena is right, that Jericho has been on the roll of his life since coming to Smackdown, and that the reason for it is because he came back to the WWE with the vision that he would be “the face of the brand.” Cena raises his eyebrows as Jericho tells him that he respects everything that Cena has achieved, but that he has not worked this hard for anyone to take it away from him so soon-

***I’M BACK***

Unsurprisingly, SmackDown General Manager Eric Bischoff enters the arena with a microphone in hand. Swinging the mic in his hand, Bischoff brushes his tongue across the front of his teeth as he looks down at both Cena and Jericho in the ring. Cole and Striker speculate what the GM must be thinking after both men slandered him just moments ago.

Bischoff takes a moment to simply stare down his two top stars, but then manages to break a smile. Both Cena and Jericho look with confusion at their boss, who then reveals that he enjoys the tension between them, and finds it “amusing” that after all these years, “the more things have changed, the more they've stayed the same.” The GM insists that it’s going to be a “fun” road to SummerSlam, and that whilst Cena and Jericho can claim that the past is behind them all they want, they will have to prove it. “That being said”, Bischoff wraps up by saying that challenger and champion will have to prove that there are no hard feelings between them in tag team action, when later that evening, Cena and Jericho team up to take on the duo of the United States Champion Paul Burchill...and ‘The Rated-R Superstar’ EDGE!

After a chorus of boos, Bischoff rules that he is banning both Edge and The Undertaker from interfering in each other’s matches that evening; and that if they violated his demands, Undertaker would lose his chance to face Edge inside Hell In A Cell, and Edge would face a twelve-month ban from World Heavyweight Championship contention! Bischoff shakes his head and says that the penalties may be extreme, but he has made them “deliberately severe” to underline just how serious he is that the two stay away from each other. Bischoff also addresses the footage that we saw at the start of the show and via WWE.com and says that he expects “an explanation” from Edge for his actions by the end of the night.

Turning his attention back to the two men in the ring; Bischoff then wishes Cena and Jericho luck, and claims that by the end of the evening, we would all know “whether the past is REALLY behind you, or not.” “I’m Back” then hits and Bischoff chuckles at Cena and Jericho as the two rivals turned tag team partners glare at each other, all the way into the first commercial break of the show.



COMMERCIAL BREAK


We come back from the commercial break to get our first match of the evening. Jamie Noble already waits in the ring, and as Noble paces from side to side and grinds his teeth, Cole and Striker remind the audience of how Noble teamed up with Chavo Guerrero the previous week, only for Chavo to throw Noble into the steel steps once the two lost their match. Next, the words “Oooh, Chavo!” are heard and of course, Chavo Guerrero makes his way into the arena. As Chavo approaches the ring, Cole and Striker bring up that two weeks prior, Chavo pinned Cruiserweight Champion Evan Bourne in non-title action, and suggest that if he can beat another top Cruiserweight, Jamie Noble, in this match, he would be “a shoe in” for the number one contender’s spot.

Just as the referee is about to call for the ring bell, “Born to Win” plays, and the Philips Arena responds with a nice pop as Evan Bourne, the reigning Cruiserweight Champion, heads to the ring dressed in street clothes. As both Chavo and Noble watch the champion, he walks past the ring and takes a seat next to Michael Cole and Matt Striker at the announce table.

Match 1 - Singles Match
Jamie Noble vs. Chavo Guerrero

(Cruiserweight Champion Evan Bourne is at ringside)


Noble and Chavo lock up to kick off this opening match, and it is Noble who takes the advantage. Out for revenge having been cheapshotted by his opponent the week prior, Noble initially squeezes his opponent with a headlock, but when Chavo breaks free; Noble resorts to punches. After Noble knocks Chavo down with some shots and dropkicks, he tosses The Mexican Warrior into the corner. Noble goes to follow up, but crashes into the corner. Chavo then delivers a quick and stiff dropkick to the left knee, causing Noble to buckle and fall to the ground. From this, Chavo then moves to drag Noble into the corner, exits the ring, and rams his opponent’s leg against the ringpost. From this point, and over the next three or so minutes; Chavo continues to work the injured leg of Noble.

As the match continues, Chavo maintains control, but soon enough Noble begins to fight back. His first reprieve is after Chavo gets cocky and wastes time as he holds the leg of Noble, who is grounded. As Chavo taunts both the crowd and Evan Bourne at ringside, tugging at Noble’s leg, the former CW champion suddenly leans up at the first opportunity and pulls Chavo down to the mat for a surprise inside cradle. Chavo kicks out at two, but then both men get back to their feet, and Noble quickly wipes out Chavo with a clothesline. Hobbling on one leg, Noble tries to build himself some momentum. Noble’s offence culminates in a fireman’s carry gutbuster, which leaves Chavo rolling on the mat in pain. Noble, despite the damaged leg, then grabs the leg of his opponent and locks in the Trailer Hitch! The modified Figure Four leglock has Chavo screaming in pain, and it goes to show how much Noble wants this win that he sacrifices his own limbs in the struggle for victory! Alas, Noble is unable to make Chavo submit, as The Mexican Warrior reaches the bottom rope.

The referee gets Noble to break the hold, but rather than let go, Noble drags Chavo back to the centre of the ring. Noble goes to apply the hold again, but this time Chavo kicks his opponent away. As Chavo then gets to his feet the two meet, and Guerrero strikes first, viciously kicking into Noble’s knee cap! Noble drops to the mat like a ton of bricks and with no time to lose; Chavo grabs the foot of Noble and then smashes his opponent’s entire leg several times against the mat. The crowd boo as Chavo suddenly regains control, and with Noble down; takes a page out of his Uncle Eddie’s playbook and slaps on the Lasso from El Paso! The finishing manoeuvre puts Noble in severe pain and unfortunately, because Chavo locks it in at the centre of the ring, Noble is far, far away from the ropes, and has no choice but to tap out.

Winner via submission: Chavo Guerrero.

Jamie Noble fails to get his revenge from the previous week as Guerrero celebrates his victory amidst a chorus of boos from the live crowd. At ringside, Evan Bourne actually congratulates Chavo and acknowledges that he just picked up “a hard fought win.” Chavo, on the other hand, shows no such respect for Bourne, as he leans over the ropes and mouths to Bourne, “First him, now it’s your turn.” “I’m taking your title soon buddy” claims The Mexican Warrior, before he walks across the ring and heads up the entrance ramp, leaving Bourne to think about his future confrontation with the number one contender.

Once Chavo is done celebrating his victory, we cut backstage to the interview set. Josh Matthews stands by, and then welcomes his guests, The Miz and John Morrison. Matthews welcomes the duo and hypes their WWE Tag Team Championship rematch for later on in the show. Matthews then poses the question, “Gentlemen what’s your strategy for tonight’s match so that things don’t end up the same way as the last time you faced The Hardys?”

The former champions look at Matthews with disgust, before Miz says insists that they were unprepared in the match two weeks before. He claims it was “completely and totally unfair” that they had to defend the titles against “mystery” opponents, therefore being unable to prepare for the match, not to mention it being their third successive title defence in three weeks straight. At this point Morrison chips in, backing up everything Miz has just said, and then adds in his own claim that “the injustice” that was committed two weeks prior would be “righted” that evening when he and Miz regained the WWE Tag Team Championship. Morrison blasts The Hardys, labelling them “losers”, and reiterates one more time that the tag team titles would “find themselves back to the red carpet” later that night. With that, Miz and Morrison storm off the set, apparently fired up to take their championships back from the Hardys.

We then cut elsewhere backstage and see “The All-American Diva” Michelle McCool warming up for her match, which gets a nice pop from the male portion of the crowd. Cole and Striker hype that it’s time for Diva action after a quick commercial break.



COMMERCIAL BREAK


To save time on this show, when we return from the break, Michelle McCool has already made her entrance and now waits in the ring. But before Michelle’s opponent can arrive, Eric Bischoff pops up on the Titantron.

Bischoff tells Michelle that her opponent would be out in just a second, but then adds that he has something important to address first. The boss reveals that when he was appointed GM, one of the things he had to “review” was the Divas Championship. Bischoff says that it was Linda McMahon who signed off on the creation of the title, and so when there was “a change in management”, it became his decision as to whether or not the title should even exist. We quickly cut back to the ring, where Michelle McCool looks ready to cry, and then turn back to the big screen. Bischoff, pondering for a moment, then says that he has come to a decision – he has decided that “what Raw can do, Smackdown will do better!” Now McCool nods, smiles and claps as Bischoff then reveals that he has signed several “free female agents” to Smackdown on six-month “probation” contracts, and that Michelle would face the first on Smackdown right there and then. Bischoff’s face then disappears as an entrance theme plays and out of nowhere JAZZ, a former WWE Women’s Champion, enters the arena! Jazz’s entrance doesn’t get much of a reaction, but the former champ still looks to be buzzing as she makes her way to the ring. McCool’s jaw remains dropped as Jazz enters the ring and screams out, “I’M BACK!” right in her face.

Match 2 – Singles Match
Michelle McCool vs. Jazz


At the start of the bout, the two women lock up, only for Jazz to quickly overpower McCool and send her rolling backwards onto the mat. Refusing to give up (#johncena), McCool gets back up and locks up with Jazz again, but once more, the former Women’s champion overpowers The All-American Diva, and pushes her into the corner. On the third lock-up, Jazz backs McCool into the corner and begins to wear her down with some shots and shoulder blocks.

As the match progresses Jazz continues to show off a little, eager to put on a display of power in her return match. She punishes McCool with consecutive scoop slams and attacks. After another slam Jazz runs to the ropes and then lands on McCool’s neck with a leg drop, but McCool manages to kick out before three.

Jazz literally pulls McCool to her feet by her hair, causing McCool to scream out. Jazz puts McCool in position for a Piledriver, but instead, McCool reverses with a back drop. From here McCool mounts a minor comeback, attacking Jazz and trapping her opponent in the corner. Alas, McCool makes the error of attempting to splash Jazz in the corner, and instead eats turnbuckle. As McCool staggers out of the corner, Jazz marks her woman. Jazz hoists McCool up with two arms into a chicken wing, but McCool struggles, rolls down, pulls Jazz into a sunset flip pin, and holds her down for the one, two and three!

Winner via pinfall: Michelle McCool.

McCool is announced as the winner of the match as Jazz sits with her hands on her head, in shock that she has just lost her return match in WWE. Meanwhile, McCool climbs a corner and celebrates her win, whilst Cole and Striker claim on commentary that another win for McCool should now position her as number one contender to the Divas Championship. Right on cue, reigning Divas Champion Natalya Neidhart appears at the entrance stage. Much like the previous week, Natalya “applauds” McCool’s win, further setting up an imminent rematch between the two for the Divas Championship.

Backstage, we get a quick shot of an empty parking lot. As the camera turns from side-to-side, Michael Cole reports that Edge has yet to be seen arriving at the arena. Cole then discusses with Matt Striker what happened a week ago on Smackdown and questions whether or not Edge will even show up that evening. Striker then asks, “If Edge doesn’t show up, will the main event become a Handicap match?”

Once more, the camera cuts elsewhere backstage – this time, to the locker room, where Kenny Dykstra sits, leant forward, hands wrapped around one another, covering his mouth. (Obviously) looking extremely tense, Cole and Striker hype that Dykstra “may be in trouble” as he faces The Undertaker in the main event later on. Suddenly, as Kenny sits all alone – THE LIGHT GOES OUT! Dykstra lets out a girlish scream and the room light immediately comes back on. Dykstra looks around, panting heavily – and then looks at the door – where Brian Kendrick & Paul London stand just outside of the room, chuckling at each other! Dykstra looks FURIOUS as Kendrick and London then flick the light switch several more times, before Dykstra gets to his feet. Upon Dykstra standing up The Hooligans “gasp” and run down the corridor as Dykstra runs to the door! “Yeah, you better run!” are the words of a man desperate to retain his credibility, before said man walks back to his seat and sits down, once again with his head in his hands, as we cut to a commercial break.



COMMERCIAL BREAK


Quote:
SmackDown Promotional Video Package



~THE INCOMPRIBLE, HIGH-FLYING REY MYSTERIO~
RETURNS TO SMACKDOWN...SOON

As the promo video fades, we come back to Michael Cole and Matt Striker at ringside. Cole gets all giddy and says he simply “cannot wait” to see Rey Mysterio back in action on Smackdown, whilst Matt Striker spends more time speculating when Mysterio will actually return.

***LA VITTORIA E MIA***

The crowd boo as the ring bell sounds and it is time for another match on Friday night. Santino Marella enters the building and he is not alone, as beside Marella walks one Chuck Palumbo. As Marella looks all gleeful with Palumbo by his side, Cole and Striker remind the audience of how Santino and Palumbo have both had their issues with Harry Smith lately, which has seemingly caused them to form some sort of partnership.

***RULE BRITANNIA (REMIX)***

To some small cheers, “The Canadian Bulldog” Harry Smith is next to enter the Philips Arena. As Smith makes his entrance, Matt Striker touts that Smith is undefeated since coming to Smackdown, but then questions whether or not that will still be the case with the odds stacked against him in this match.

Match 3 – Singles Match
Santino Marella w/Chuck Palumbo vs. Harry Smith


The match is a short one, mainly filled with amateur dramatics from one Santino Marella. The bout kicks off with the two men locking up, but after Smith instantly gets the upper hand and forcefully pushes Santino to the mat, The Italian is happy to roll under the bottom rope and discuss his “strategy” some more with Chuck Palumbo. The two then split, allowing Santino to argue with the referee and Palumbo to sneak in the ring and knock down Smith with a stiff clothesline. The match continues for the next few minutes in this fashion, with Santino providing lots of distractions for Palumbo to basically wrestle this match for him.

Soon enough, the strategy backfires as Santino gets back into the ring to attack Smith in the corner, but The Canadian Bulldog reverses it and slams Santino into the turnbuckle. Smith then fires away at his opponent with punches, and then spends the next minute or so tossing Santino around the ring and doing some damage with hip tosses and back body drops. Quickly, Smith gathers enough momentum to signal for the Oklahoma Slam. Upon Smith signalling for the move Palumbo jumps up onto the apron, but Smith sees it coming; runs over and knocks Palumbo, sending the biker off the apron and to the floor. From behind, Santino tries to take advantage by rolling Smith up with a handful of tights, but Smith powers out just after two. They both get to their feet, a worried Santino clumsily throws an arm at Smith, Smith ducks, turns around, and then throws Santino up onto his shoulders and hits the Oklahoma Slam! Smith then makes the cover for the inevitable win and gets the one, two and three.

Winner via pinfall: Harry Smith.

Smith picks up the match win, but he has no time to celebrate as Chuck Palumbo immediately jumps back into the ring and pounces on the Canadian Bulldog. As Palumbo stomps the living hell out of Smith, the crowd boo as Santino Marella joins in on the beating, and quickly, Smith is the victim of a two-on-one assault. After some more stomping Marella picks Smith up, only so he can hold him up, and allow Palumbo to knock him down again with the Jungle Kick! For the second week in a row, Smith suffers a post-match assault, but remains undefeated. Palumbo’s music hits, and he and Santino leave the ring together, whilst Harry Smith lies on the mat, unable to recover from the Jungle Kick.

Backstage once more, it’s time for another interview. This time, Eve Torres stands by, and then introduces her guests, the other half of the tag team title match, the WWE Tag Team Champions The Hardys! Brothers Matt and Jeff walk into the shot and smile at Eve as she thanks them for joining her. Eve’s first question to the brothers is, “Matt, Jeff, how are you both feeling after Paul Burchill’s assault last week?”

Matt is first to answer, with the words, “Eve, I’m feeling pretty damn worked up right now.” Matt reminds Eve (and the audience) that a couple of weeks ago he said the issue between him and Paul Burchill was far from over. Matt then adds that after what happened a week ago, “the issue between Paul Burchill and Matt Hardy is just getting started.” He insists that he is focused on being a tag team champion with his brother, and thus beating Miz and Morrison in their upcoming match, but then reiterates that he wants “his” United States Championship back. Matt then slaps his brother on the back and says it’s time for them to go get ready, and excuses himself from the interview, assuming Jeff will wrap things up.

As Matt walks out of the shot, we hear a “Hey Jeff”, and The Charismatic Enigma turns to see his boss Eric Bischoff walk into the shot. (At this point, Eve quietly disappears from the scene.) Jeff looks Bischoff up and down, but greets him nonetheless. Bischoff, with a grave tone, says that he wants to ask Jeff a question and get an honest answer. To this Hardy raises an eyebrow, and then questions what he would need to lie about. Bischoff now grins, and asks, “Are you happy, Jeff?”

Hardy looks from side to side, then asks his boss if he is feeling alright. Bischoff laughs and says he is, and so Jeff nods and points out that he is one half of the WWE Tag Team Champions with his brother, they are living their dream, that he is “blessed”, and he has no reason to be unhappy about anything. Now, it is Bischoff that raises his eyebrow, before he asks Jeff, “Really?” Before his employee can retort, Bischoff explains that the reason why he asks such a question is because earlier in the year, he watched Jeff Hardy come (Bischoff uses his fingers to demonstrate) “THIS” close to becoming the WWE Champion. Hardy’s interest peaks as Bischoff continues and says that Jeff had the people behind him, he had momentum behind him, he was on the verge of hitting the peak of his career, but then flash forward to the current day and Jeff has somewhat...floundered.

“EXCUSE ME?!!” is the answer of rage that Bischoff receives from Hardy. The boss stands his ground though, and doesn’t ask, but tells Jeff to let him finish what he wants to say. Bischoff says that he is in no means disrespecting the WWE Tag Team Championships, but that it is his job as GM to bring out the best in his superstars, and that Jeff can be a tag team champion all he wants, but he shouldn’t neglect his singles career, and he shouldn’t become complacent.

Hardy has heard enough, and now raises his voice. “Look”, he says, “I respect that you’re the GM, but you’ve got no right to come on to this show and judge me, and say you doubt me, wait, what was it you said – ‘floundered’? I’m the tag team champion (holds up his title belt) and proud of it. And when the time comes, I will become the World Heavyweight Champion and prove you and all the doubters wrong!”

There is a pop in the arena for Jeff’s comments, but Bischoff shakes his head and raises his hands in defence. Bischoff claims that he never said he doubted Jeff’s ability and that Jeff shouldn’t misconstrue what he has said. The GM reiterates that what he said was that he believes Jeff currently isn’t living up to his full potential, and then adds that perhaps Jeff is being sidetracked by his brother’s issues with Paul Burchill. Before Hardy can respond Bischoff goes back on what he has just said and says he “doesn’t know” if that is the case or not, but says he will wrap up their conversation with a suggestion. The Boss then suggests to Hardy that should he and his brother Matt lose the WWE Tag Team Titles later that evening, perhaps they should go their separate ways. On that sour note, Jeff storms off, leaving Bischoff to quietly smirk to himself.

With Jeff gone, Eve suddenly re-emerges with the microphone. As Bischoff is about to leave the scene as well, Eve stops him and asks, “Mr. Bischoff, can we get confirmation on what will happen if Edge doesn’t show up tonight?” Bischoff’s lips stiffen and he nods at Eve, but then says, in one short response, “Eve...I just don’t know.” Bischoff then walks away and leaves Eve in a state of bewilderment before the next ad break.



COMMERCIAL BREAK


Following the commercial break, we are back in the arena, set for action. Just before the next match though, Cole and Striker reveal that Eric Bischoff has signed two championship matches for the following week’s edition of Smackdown. They announce that Michelle McCool will get her rematch with Natalya Neidhart, with the Divas Championship on the line, whilst Chavo Guerrero will challenge Evan Bourne for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship!

***LOADED***


The arena comes unglued as the ever-popular WWE Tag Team Champions The Hardys make their entrance, set to defend their titles against Miz & Morrison in the former champions’ contractual rematch. As the Hardys approach the squared circle, the announcers discuss what was said between Jeff Hardy and Eric Bischoff just before the commercial break, and ponder if Jeff has mentioned it to his brother.

***AIN’T NO MAKE BELIEVE***

Before the Hardys even complete their entrance come The Miz & John Morrison, who are obviously eager to get this match started and (try to) win back the tag team titles. As a matter of fact, they’re so eager that the duo nod at each other, slide into the ring – and attack The Hardys! Morrison takes Matt and Miz brawls with Jeff – the fight is on!!

Match 4 – Tag Team Match
WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
The Hardys © vs. The Miz & John Morrison


As the bell sounds and the two teams continue to brawl, the referee calls for order. The Hardys gain the upper hand in the battle and as Jeff Hardy knocks Miz out of the ring, Matt Hardy locks up with Morrison to get the match officially underway. It’s a classic kick-off to the match, as Hardy gets the better of Morrison in the exchange, takes him to the mat with a headlock, Morrison powers his way up and out, but then Hardy takes him down again with a shoulder block from the ropes. The next minute or so continues with this mini game of one-upmanship by Matt, who knocks Morrison back down several times, and then brings him to the corner to tag in his brother. Teenage girls scream as Jeff Hardy enters the match and then, unlike his more technical-styled brother, unloads on Morrison with dropkicks and legdrops. Hardy makes a pin attempt at one point, but barely manages a two-count.

As usual, Jeff’s high-octane, high-offense style eventually costs him as a botched second-rope legdrop is countered by Morrison, who then sees his chance to take control of the match. Morrison works on Hardy’s torso for the next minute, letting out kicks of frustration having been dominated in the early going, before dragging Jeff to the corner and tagging in his partner, The Miz.

After a few shots to the back, and with Jeff grounded, Miz further wears down The Rainbow-Haired Warrior with a submission hold that sees Miz dig his knee into Hardy’s back and pull his head up from the ground (Big Show’s Colossal Clutch submission hold.) The manoeuvre does much damage to Hardy, who after suffering at the hands of Miz, eventually uses the crowd support to will himself into reaching the ropes. Miz though, not letting up, then places Jeff on the second rope, runs to the ropes parallel and fires back with a knee to the back of Hardy. Miz goes for a cover, but only gets a two-count on one half of the WWE Tag Team Champions. As Jeff tries to get up, Miz drops his opponent with a snap DDT from the sitting position, but still only manages two.

“Hardy” chants fill the arena and Matt Hardy begins to clap for his brother to tag him back into this match as Miz looks to continue the attack. “The Chick Magnet” throws Jeff into the corner and looks to follow up with a running clothesline. Miz charges forward, but Jeff dodges it and Miz’s head bounces into the top turnbuckle. With his opponent dazed Jeff unloads with a number of shots, putting Miz into a sitting position in the corner. The crowd cheer as Jeff then wastes no time in hoisting himself up and then swinging back with two feet into Miz’s face with a rope-aided dropkick! Suddenly Jeff has life again, and with the crowd behind him, spends some time playing to his audience.

Miz clumsily gets back to his feet and Jeff goes in to do – something – but Miz kicks his opponent in the gut. Miz then angrily stomps forward, goes to toss Jeff into the corner, but as he does so, Hardy climbs the turnbuckle, and then leaps through the air and into Miz with the Whisper in the Wind! Miz is down but Jeff wants to make sure, and so drops on The Chick Magnet with a legdrop to the chest. Jeff then makes a cover: one – two – but Morrison breaks it up! As the referee argues with Morrison to get out of the ring, Matt Hardy darts across the ring and begins to unload on Morrison! Now the referee has lost complete control, and as he tries to get Matt and Morrison out of the ring; Jeff goes to pull Miz up into the Twist of Fate, but Miz hits Jeff with a low-blow!! As Matt throws Morrison out of the ring, Miz goes to pin Jeff, but before the referee can even count, Matt Hardy drops with a double-axe handle onto The Miz!

Now, both Miz and Jeff take a moment to breathe as in classic tag team match fashion; Matt Hardy and Morrison call for the tag from their opposing corners. Miz and Jeff slowly crawl away from one another, toward their corners, Miz gets their first, tagging in Morrison, who jumps in the ring quickly, grabs Jeff Hardy’s leg, pulls him away, but Jeff, on one leg, breaks free and kicks Morrison away with a cartwheel! Morrison tumbles away from Hardy who then JUMPS with a hand outstretched – AND TAGS IN HIS BROTHER, MATT!

Now the pace of the match TRULY kicks off as Matt Hardy runs in to meet Morrison with a clothesline. Morrison gets back up, meets another clothesline! Morrison gets up again, Hardy tosses him to the ropes, Morrison counters, kneels over, looking for the back drop, but Hardy reverses with a kick to the chest and Morrison bounces up in pain! Matt waits for a second as Morrison turns back around and throws an arm at Hardy, who ducks it, holds on to Morrison, and plants him with the Side Effect! Matt then heads to the turnbuckle, ascends the corner, yells out to the crowd, and leaps off with a diving legdrop to Morrison! Matt is sure to put Morrison away – until Miz rushes in and breaks up the pin!

Miz stomps the hell out of Matt, ignoring the referee’s warnings, prompting Jeff Hardy to climb to the top rope of his corner, leap off from it, and crash into Miz, the force of which sends BOTH Jeff and Miz to the mat and under the bottom rope!! With no more distractions for the time being Matt Hardy signals for the Twist of Fate. But as Morrison struggles to his feet and Matt Hardy stalks his opponent, boos rain down on the ring as Matt Hardy suddenly gets PUMMELLED from behind...

...BY PAUL BURCHILL!!

It’s an immediate and sudden end to the match as the bell is sounded, and with no remorse, no mercy, Burchill begins to decimate his rival!

Winners via DQ and thus STILL WWE Tag Team Champions: The Hardys.

As the bell rings, Morrison joins in the assault and now he and Burchill work together to stomp the living hell out of Matt Hardy. Their two-on-one assault is short-lived though as Jeff Hardy, somewhat recovered, slides back into the ring and launches himself at Paul Burchill! Jeff’s resurrection prompts Miz to jump back into the fray, and soon, it’s an all-out brawl between Miz, Morrison, Burchill, and The Hardys. Until...

“HEY, BREAK IT UP! BREAK IT UP – RIGHT – NOW!” The unmistakeable voice of the GM Eric Bischoff echoes throughout the building as the man himself walks out through the curtain and onto the entrance stage. The melee suddenly breaks up as all men involved turn their attention to their employer. Bischoff says that he has seen “enough” between all these men for tonight, and that the issue between ALL of them will be settled – AT SUMMERSLAM! As the crowd cheer the GM announces that on August Twenty Fourth, there will be a Six-Man Tag Team Match. Bischoff reveals that on one team, it will be The Miz, John Morrison, and their tag team partner, United States Champion Paul Burchill, and on the other, it’ll be Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, and a partner of their choosing! Burchill looks IRATE at the news, The Hardys smile at each other, and Miz and Morrison don cocky smirks. Bischoff smirks and says that in that match, BOTH the WWE Tag Team Championship, AND the United States Championship will be up for grabs!!! The Boss then tells The Hardys that they need to find their partner by next week, or else, the match would be become a Handicap match. “I’m Back” hits and the GM walks away from the stage as Michael Cole and Matt Striker go crazy over the announcement of this huge match.
(Bookers’ Note; sorry about the amount of Bischoff appearances – I’ll cut down on them soon)


COMMERCIAL BREAK


Quote:
SmackDown Promotional Video Package



~ “THE MASTERPIECE” CHRIS MASTERS ~
RETURNS TO WWE SMACKDOWN
The promo video ends and we return to Smackdown to see its newest superstar, John Cena, lacing up his boots, in preparation for his big tag team match later in the evening. Not to anyone’s surprise, a knock is heard at the door, and after Cena yells “Come in”, in walks Chris Jericho with the World Heavyweight Championship slapped over his shoulder. Before Cena can even open his mouth, Jericho tells him to “save his breath.” Cena looks a little offended as Jericho reveals that he has come to see Cena, not to apologise for what he said at the top of the show, but to remind Cena that despite their match at SummerSlam, they need to focus on their match that evening. Jericho then makes the claim that as the CURRENT World Heavyweight Champion, they should go out there and Cena should “follow his lead.” Cena, with a bemused smirk, chuckles to himself, and then puts his hands up and says, “You got it, champ.” Jericho continues to play ‘the serious one’ before Cena slaps Jericho on the shoulder, and then walks out of the room! Jericho looks over his shoulder with caution as this scene comes to a close.

Cut back to the arena-

***MY TIME IS NOW***

It is time for part one of TWO main event matches! After a short delay (to allow him to get through gorilla), the crowd go wild as the number one contender to the World title, John Cena, makes his second entrance of the night. This time, set for action, Cena makes a beeline for the ring, throws his out to the audience, and takes off his dog tag as-

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***BREAK THE WALLS DOWN***


Also making his second appearance of the night is the reigning and defending World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho! Jericho’s arrival gets a HUGE positive response from the crowd. As he makes his way to the ring, Jericho slaps hands with several fans at ringside, but Michael Cole notes that the whole time, Y2J keeps his focus on his tag team partner in the ring, who also just happens to be his title challenger on August Twenty Fourth in Indianapolis. Jericho enters the ring and immediately walks up to his partner. Challenger and champion stare at one another, eye-to-eye, neither wanting to back down. The moment is broken when-

***GENERATOR A***

The United States Champion Paul Burchill
is next to enter the Philips Arena, accompanied as ever by his sister, Katie Lea. The United States Champion saunters down to the ring with a scowl, which has become a trademark of his since his move to the Smackdown brand, and receives a ton of boos and thumbs down from the audience. As his sister remains on the outside of the ring, Burchill uses the steel steps to slowly enter the squared circle, all the while making ever so small steps as he approaches the team of Cena and Jericho.

The three of the four participating superstars in this match having made their entrance, attention turns to the entrance stage. Yet, it is not Edge, but Eric Bischoff who walks through the curtain with a microphone. Bischoff wastes no time and says he is going to “just come out with it” – the GM announces that Edge has still not shown up, and nobody knows where he is. Bischoff shakes his head with disappointment, but then rules that because of Edge going AWOL, he has had to quickly arrange for a “suitable replacement” to fill in for him.


“Oooh, Chavo!”
***CHAVITO ARDIENTE***


The crowd let out a collective groan as none other than Chavo Guerrero enters the building, set to compete in his second match of the night. Chavo walks down the ramp, mouthing some trash talk as he does so. Cole questions how valuable Chavo will be in this match since he already competed earlier in the night, but Matt Striker argues that with Edge not showing up, Chavo has a huge opportunity to “step up” and gain even MORE momentum before he challenges for the CW title the following week.

Match 5 – Tag Team Match
John Cena & World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho vs. United States Champion Paul Burchill & Chavo Guerrero


With Chavo having already wrestled and Burchill being the intimidating figure that he is, it’s no surprise that the US Champion is the one to start off the match for his team. With Jericho and Cena, however, things are a little trickier. Upon the sound of the bell both men stay in the ring, wanting to start the match, and almost completely forget their opponents are even there as they lock eyes on one another. To make his case of why he should start, the World Champion Jericho turns away from Cena and looks at the gold in his hand. Getting the message, Cena tells Jericho, “You wanna start the match so bad? Go ahead – champ”, and exits the ring. As Cena exits the ropes, Jericho doesn’t turn his back on Burchill, but he does glance over his shoulder, and doesn’t pay much attention to his opponent right until Cena is fully out of the ring.

Distractions out of the way, US and World Heavyweight champions lock up to get this match underway. A test of strength is won by Burchill, who harshly pushes Jericho into the corner. Jericho’s first instinct is to glance at Cena, who coyly smirks at Jericho’s inability to get the first shot in. Perhaps embarrassed by this, after he leads Burchill into another lock-up; this time the World Champion goes low and kicks Burchill in the gut before they tie up. For the next few minutes; Jericho wrestles his heart out, trying to do his best to show off the fact that he is the World Heavyweight Champion. The momentum eventually shifts back to Burchill though, after Jericho runs to the ropes and is met by a clothesline on the rebound.

Burchill then takes control for the next minute, wearing down Jericho by stomping all over the man and then slamming him several times with suplexes. Burchill then decides to freshen up and tags in Chavo Guerrero, much to the disappointment of John Cena. Chavo works on the champ as well, but perhaps his earlier victory has gone straight to his head; for when Chavo wastes too much time doodling, an attempted springboard splash results in Chavo hitting an empty canvas and Jericho hitting Chavo with the Lionsault! Jericho goes for a cover, but Chavo kicks out before three. Reluctantly, Jericho then tags in his partner, John Cena.

To a mixed reaction of mostly cheers, Cena enters the ring and goes to work on Chavo Guerrero. The number one contender’s first move is to toss Chavo to the mat and hold him down with a resthold, but Chavo quickly gets up to his feet. Upon their meeting Cena then plants The Mexican Warrior with a big fisherman’s suplex. Cena immediately goes for a cover in classic over-the-top Cena fashion, but only gets a two. Cena goes to bring Chavo to his feet, but Chavo punches his opponent away. Chavo runs at Cena – who fires back with a shoulder block! Superman is unleashed as another shoulder block is fired, and then a spinout powerbomb, followed by the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena looks to pick up a quick and impressive win as he stalks Chavo for the F-U, but Burchill enters the ring and knocks down Cena from behind.

Burchill’s arrival of course brings in Chris Jericho, who races across the ring and fights Burchill back and away from Cena and Chavo. The World Heavyweight Champ punches the US Champion several times and then knocks him out of the ring, but as the referee then tries to tell Jericho to get out of the ring; Chavo hits Cena with a low-blow! Jericho does appeal to the referee about what he has seen behind the official’s back, but has no choice to exit through the ropes nonetheless. Chavo goes for a cover: one, two – Cena kicks out before three.

With Cena down, Chavo ascends the top turnbuckle to (in all likelihood) hit Cena with the Frog Splash. Chavo reaches the top rope, props himself into position, leaps off for a Splash – but Cena rolls out of the way! Cena then rushes over without second thought, and APPLIES THE STFU TO CHAVO! On the outside, Burchill recovers and notices Chavo is in jeopardy...but he doesn’t save his partner...instead, Burchill walks around the ring to pick his United States Championship belt! As Chavo taps out Burchill grabs his title and walks back around the ring and away from ringside with his sister cackling in tow!!

Winners via submission: John Cena & Chris Jericho.

“My Time is Now” blasts out and Cena immediately gets to his feet and throws two arms in the air. Cena smiles out as his thousands of admirers as Michael Cole congratulates him on his first win back on Smackdown. As Cena continues to play to the audience, Matt Striker also congratulates Cena, but wonders how Chris Jericho feels about Cena picking up the victory.

Striker doesn’t have to wait too long, because as Cena climbs the turnbuckle, Chris Jericho re-enters the ring, with the World Heavyweight Championship belt in hand. “Uh oh” mutters Michael Cole, as Jericho watches Cena descend from the corner.

Still smiling, Cena turns back to the ring, and then nearly jumps when he sees Jericho just standing there, watching him, with the world championship belt tightly in his grasp. Cena points to himself and asks, “Were you going to hit me with it?”, but Jericho says nothing. Champion and challenger continue to stare at each other, each man trying to figure the other out perhaps, whilst Matt Striker gets all giddy at “what’s about to come”-

And then, Jericho stands up straight. He throws the World Heavyweight Title over his shoulder, keeps his gaze on Cena...and then exits through the ropes. Jericho’s departure gets a mixed reaction from the crowd, and as he walks across the apron to the steel steps; the world champion takes a moment, much like at the start of the night, to listen to the crowd. After a short pause, Jericho turns his attention back to where he is walking and makes his way down the steps, up the ramp and away from ringside, leaving John Cena to remain in the ring, confused as hell at his SummerSlam opponent’s behaviour.



COMMERCIAL BREAK


Quote:
Monday Night Raw 4/8/08 Recap Video Package

Lilian Garcia: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome back, Rob – Van – Dam!


***ONE OF A KIND***

A HUGE pop resonates within the arena as ROB VAN DAM walks through the curtain. Dressed in his usual ring attire, Van Dam takes a moment to stand at the entrance stage and nods at the crowd, then makes his way to the ring.

[...]

Rob Van Dam: I don’t need to come out here and bury Batista, or go backstage and politic about Batista, that’s not what RVD is all about. All I need to do is lay down the challenge: August Twenty Fourth. SUMMERSLAM! Batista and RVD, and since you got it Batista – for the WWE Championship!!!

A HUGE pop breaks out as Van Dam ascends the turnbuckle, FIRED UP to get his hands on the WWE Champion. RVD’s eyes now focus on one spot, the entrance stage, beyond which he knows his rival lies, listening to everything he has said.

Rob Van Dam: I’m going to prove once and for all in this company that RVD is The Whole – F’in’ – Deal, whether some jacked up bodybuilder or some delusional old man think so or not!! Batista, at SummerSlam, YOUR ASS IS GRASS, AND I’M GONNA SMOKE IT!!!

The screen then fades to black and the words ‘LATER THAT NIGHT’ flash up against the darkness.

***COOL***

The crowd barely react as one half of the Colon brothers, PRIMO, enters the arena. Primo quickly makes his way down the ramp and hops into the ring, set to take on Curt Hawkins...

...before...

.........

......

...


***I WALK ALONE***


Both surprised by his arrival and out of animosity for the man, ENORMOUS heat pours in as the reigning WWE Champion, ‘The Animal’ BATISTA, storms through the curtain, with the WWE Championship belt strapped around his waist. Already dressed to compete; Batista makes his way to the ring in a fury as Primo Colon looks confused (Hawkins and Ryder quietly exit the ring and disappear out of sight.)

Jim Ross: What the hell?? It’s Batista, the Dubya Dubya ‘E Champion, but what’s he doin’ here??

The champ slides into the ring, and without a second thought, BLASTS PRIMO WITH A THUNDEROUS CLOTHESLINE, TURNING PRIMO INSIDE OUT!

[...]

Jim Ross:[...]What the hell did Primo do ta deserve this!?

Cheers are scattered amongst the audience as the camera cuts to the ramp where we watch as CARLITO runs to the ring!

Carlito slides into the ring and meets Batista, who is now up, with a flurry of right hands! The crowd quickly rally behind Carlito as Batista covers up. Carlito has the champ reeling and goes to bounce off the ropes for something...BUT BATISTA ROARS FORWARD WITH ANOTHER CLOTHESLINE!! Once again the crowd boo as the WWE Champion wastes no time, pulls Carlito up, and DELIVERS THE SPINEBUSTER AGAIN, this time to the elder Colon brother.

Batista stares down coldly at both men, taking a brief moment for thought, and then picks up his WWE Championship belt that he had dropped to the mat upon entering the ring.

Suddenly, a whole bunch of security guards rush to ringside. However, they cannot enter the ring, for when they get there The Animal paces around the squared circle, his championship belt in his possession, threatening anyone who dare enter the ring.

With the security troupe rendered useless, The Animal stalks Primo as the younger Colon brother uses the ropes to pull himself up. Primo turns around...AND BATISTA BLASTS PRIMO WITH THE WWE CHAMPIONSHIP BELT! Carlito gets to his feet, and The Animal knocks HIM out with the championship belt as well! HUGE heat THUNDERS around the arena as The Animal looks down at both of his victims, one of which – Primo – has been busted open!


Jim Ross: BAH GAWD, THIS MAN IS OUTTA CONTROL!!! ONE OF YA GET IN THERE AND STOP HIM!!!

His thirst for destruction still unquenched, The Animal drags the already lifeless Primo to his feet, places him in position, AND CRUSHES PRIMO WITH A BATISTA BOMB!! Primo is KNOCKED OUT as Batista makes his way back to Carlito, puts him in position, AND DELIVERS THE BATISTA BOMB TO CARLITO AS WELL!

The Animal gets to his feet and roars out at the audience, and is in turn greeted with HUGE heat. Batista looks down at the Colons again, perhaps contemplating whether or not to continue with his attack. Finally, and mercifully, The Animal exits the ring. The security officers immediately circle The Animal, which gives him reason to lash out at them again, the WWE Championship belt still in his hands as a weapon. The guards back off, and the WWE Champion exits the arena of his own accord.’


The video then fades to black once more and ends.
Once the video has ended, Cole and Striker discuss how destructive Batista’s attack was, and then reveal that they have ‘received word’ that next Monday night on Raw, Carlito will face WWE Champion Batista in a non-title match! The announcers also reveal that Carlito’s younger brother, Primo Colon, will NOT be at Raw, so Carlito will have to take on the WWE Champion alone.




***OWN LITTLE WORLD***

As “The Leading Man” Kenny Dykstra steps through the curtain, the Atlanta crowd respond with boos. At the top of the entrance ramp, Dykstra shakes his head back and forth, bops up and down, shakes his shoulders, and then makes his way down to the ring with big, ‘confident’ strides.

Once Dykstra enters the ring-

GONG!

***GRAVEYARD SYMPHONY***

There is an ALMIGHTY pop as the one, the ONLY, living legend, The Undertaker, emerges at the entrance stage. As the arena falls into darkness and eerie purple smoke rises from the entrance stage; The Phenom glares down at the squared circle, where Kenny Dykstra takes deep breaths. After his entrance; as Undertaker steps into the ring, Dykstra exits through the ropes and watches The Phenom prepare for this match. After another moment The Phenom takes off his trademark black hat and leather coat and waits for his victim opponent to re-enter the ring.

Main Event – Singles Match
Kenny Dykstra vs. The Undertaker


Undertaker waits silently for Kenny Dykstra to return to the ring. Kenny, on the other hand, shows no intention of rushing back into the ring, preferring instead to remain on the outside and simply stare down his opponent. Kenny goes to re-enter the ring, but as Undertaker immediately approaches him, The Leading Man backtracks and remains in the outside. He even instructs the referee to quote, “Keep him the hell away from me!” On second attempt, Kenny does re-enter the ring, and this time does so in the corner opposite The Phenom. As Kenny paces on the spot, as does Taker; the referee calls for the bell to get the main event officially underway.

The two opponents lock up, and as he is both stronger and more experienced, it’s no surprise that Undertaker quickly forces Dykstra into the corner. The Deadman goes to rock his opponent with a right hand, but Kenny quickly ducks, and suddenly unloads on his rival with punch after punch! Kenny takes a moment to gloat to the crowd, and then turns his attention back to The Phenom – who grabs Kenny by the throat with two hands and tosses him into the corner! The crowd cheer as their hero now takes his turn to unload on Kenny; a left, a right, the famous Undertaker soupbones, a throat thrust, all of which quickly leave Kenny reeling. Undertaker backs out of the corner, if only to gather some steam; he runs back into the corner, and crushes Kenny with a two-armed clothesline! The impact of the move knocks Kenny to the mat, and The Leading Man is wise enough to use the opportunity to roll under the bottom rope and escape the ring to a chorus of boos.

As Kenny stumbles around the announce table area, holding his chest in pain, he is quickly followed by The Phenom. Taker grabs Kenny by the head, and with no remorse, slams Kenny’s head down on the announce table! Dykstra’s skull bounces off the table and he falls to the floor. He doesn’t stay down for long though, as Undertaker picks his opponent up, levels him with a right hand, and then rolls him back into the ring, keeping his head exposed on the apron. Michael Cole mouths “Uh oh” on commentary as The Phenom walks up the steel steps, marks his man, and then drops his right leg right across the throat of Kenny Dykstra! Kenny rolls around on the ring mat, kicking his feet and clutching his throat with both hands, as The Phenom coldly watches him from the outside. Michael Cole asks if Kenny Dykstra can “get back in this thing” as we cut to a commercial break.


COMMERCIAL BREAK

We return from the ad break to find Undertaker has Kenny trapped in a side headlock on the mat. Taker applies the pressure at one point that it forces Dykstra’s shoulders down, but he quickly gets them up after one. Taker tries for the pin again, and this time Kenny uses the momentum on the kickout to use his legs and wrap them around the head of his aggressor, forcing a break. After both men get to their feet, The Phenom hoists Dykstra up on his shoulder, looking for a power move of sorts, but Dykstra wriggles free, lands behind and drops Taker with a chop block. With the Deadman temporarily grounded Dykstra goes crazy, stomping all over The Phenom, before focusing in on the leg, going as far as to stretch the leg back toward The Phenom’s own head. For the next few minutes, Dykstra continues to turn the momentum of the match in his favour with an attack that includes dropping several elbows into the chest of The Phenom, as well as a pin attempt that barely gets to two.

At every given opportunity Kenny taunts the crowd, just to remind them that he is now in control of this bout thanks to a silly mistake by Undertaker. Eventually his cockiness costs him because as Kenny tries to bring The Deadman to his feet, a hand grasps Kenny’s throat! The crowd cheer wildly as Undertaker looks to hit a Chokeslam, but it’s too early, as Dykstra struggles hard, and then kicks The Phenom’s worked leg, and buys himself an escape route. As The Phenom hobbles into the corner for relief, Kenny follows and tries to load his opponent up to the top rope. Undertaker is now sat on the top rope and as Kenny ascends to the second, Michael Cole asks what “on Earth” Dykstra is thinking. Kenny looks for a superplex, but instead, gets punched down to the mat. Undertaker then positions himself, waits for Dykstra, leaps off the corner for an axe handle – BUT KENNY JUMPS UP WITH A DROPKICK TO TAKER’S GUT! Amazing agility is shown by Dykstra, who scrambles to hook the legs of The Phenom, for the biggest win of his career, one, two- but Undertaker powers out!

Kenny can’t believe the kickout, despite that the fact that this is The Phenom he is in the ring with. Nonetheless, with his opponent still down, The Leading Man takes to the corner with the likely intention to hit his finishing leg drop, the Sky High. But as Dykstra exits the ring to climb the turnbuckle, The Phenom sits up! Kenny is oblivious as he climbs to the top rope, Taker stands up, and Kenny is stunned into fear! Kenny fights for his life as Taker tries to get him off the top rope, and after several punches, keeps The Deadman at bay. With Taker up Kenny changes strategy; The Leading Man leaps through the air for a crossbody, Taker catches him, pulls him up onto his shoulder, looking for the Tombstone, but Kenny again wriggles, lands behind Taker, grabs The Phenom by the head, and plants him with the rolling cutter! Kenny again goes for a cover: one – two – NO! Undertaker again kicks out!

Kenny is LIVID, as evidenced by his slamming of both fists on the mat and general childish behaviour. Kenny throws three fingers at the ref, but it’s to no avail, as the official still rules that it was not a three-count. This time, with Taker down, Kenny again heads to the adjacent corner. On second attempt, there’s no sit-up from The Deadman, and Kenny leaps off from the top rope – and hits the Sky High legdrop! Matt Striker screams “Kenny Dykstra’s done the unthinkable!” as Kenny covers The Phenom once more: one – two – thr- Undertaker KICKS OUT of Dykstra’s finishing move!

What more can Kenny Dykstra do? A loud “Undertaker” chant breaks out as Kenny shakes his head in disbelief, unable to comprehend that his finishing manoeuvre could not keep The Undertaker down. Kenny crawls away from The Phenom, giving his opponent time to recover, whilst he himself thinks of what else to do to put this match away. Frustration then kicks in, and with a scowl, Kenny rushes over and stomps the hell out of his opponent, with no clear strategy in mind. Kenny then yells out, “Not two. He can’t kick out of two!” before he then decides to ascend the turnbuckle once more. Kenny re-positions himself on the top rope, leaps off for another Sky High – but this time Taker rolls out of the way and Dykstra eats canvas!

Both superstars are now down as the referee begins a count. One, two, three, four – both begin to stir – five, six, seven – and by eight, both men are up, ready to continue their battle. Kenny rushes forward, a little too eagerly, and gets goozled! Taker throws the arm over, hoists Kenny up – BUT KENNY COUNTERS WITH A DDT! Undertaker is down once again and Kenny again makes pin attempt: one, two, THR-NO! ANOTHER KICKOUT!! This time, rather than wasting time complaining, Dykstra accepts the kickout, and gets back to his feet. Rather than heading back to the top rope, Kenny learns from his mistakes, and stalks Taker instead, perhaps looking for another rolling cutter.

“Get up you son of a bitch!” Dykstra yells, as he awaits The Phenom’s rise. Undertaker eventually pulls himself up, Kenny locks his opponent’s head from behind, but it’s not enough, as The Phenom spins out of it, goozles Dykstra again, he lifts him up – CHOKESLAM connects! Dykstra is down and out, but even so, The Undertaker is not done. The Phenom looks out at the crowd, and then draws his thumb across his throat, signalling that the end has come for his opponent. Amidst cheers, The Undertaker waits as Dykstra ever so slowly picks himself up. After Dykstra turns around, it’s game over as The Deadman hoists The Leading Man up, puts him in position - and then PLANTS his foe with the dreaded Tombstone Piledriver! The Phenom crosses his victim’s across his chest, stretches out his tongue and rolls his eyes as the referee counts the pinfall: one, two, and three!

Winner via pinfall: The Undertaker.

“REST IN PEACE, Kenny Dykstra!” screams out Michael Cole. It’s a solid victory for The Phenom, who now rises to his feet, the most EVIL of scowls upon his face, as Cole and Striker put over just how “incredible” The Deadman looks heading toward SummerSlam. The Phenom lowers to one knee for his signature taunt and Cole and Striker prepare to sign off from the broadcast...

Until...

***METALINGUS***

The crowd go CRAZY with boos and the cameraman jerks his camera suddenly toward the entrance ramp, as we see EDGE appear through the curtain!! Edge IS here!! Edge, looking rather shabby thanks to an unshaven beard and uncombed hair, is not alone, however...for as he emerges through the curtain – he wheels into the arena, a wheelchair – WITH THE MASKED MAN TIED INTO IT!!! The audience are stunned into SILENCE, unable to comprehend what they are witnessing, as the manic Edge slowly pushes the wheelchair, masked man included, to the ring – all the time with a SMIRK upon his face! Meanwhile, inside the ring, even The Undertaker looks baffled as The Rated-R Superstar, with his eyes FIXED on The Phenom, leaves the wheelchair by the ring...

...kneels down...

...bows his head down against his arm, ALA UNDERTAKER...

...and then walks away from ringside!!

The camera briefly follows Edge as The Rated-R Superstar quickly makes his way back up the ramp whilst The Undertaker, ignoring the “sacrifice”, watches his nemesis walk away! As Edge disappears through the curtain, The Phenom now jolts his head to the masked man, who sits in the wheelchair, and tries to wriggle free, all the while his identity still kept secret by his mask.

With Edge out of sight, and Michael Cole branding him “a coward”, The Undertaker now walks to the ropes and looks down at the masked man, who is now trapped in the wheelchair. Matt Striker gets all giddy, suggesting that “months of speculation are about to come to an end”, as The Phenom glares at his victim – and then does the cut-throat gesture! The crowd love it as The Phenom climbs through the ropes, stands to the side of the chair – AND THEN BOOTS THE MASKED MAN AT THE SIDE OF THE HEAD, knocking him and the wheelchair over! The impact of the move, though, allows the masked man to wriggle free, but before he can escape, The Phenom GRABS him by his head and rolls him into the ring!

Still, the masked man tries to escape his impending doom, but The Deadman is quick in his pursuit and before you can say “Tombstone”, The Phenom re-enters the ring, stalks his victim as he crawls backward on the mat – and then reaches down – AND PULLS OFF THE MASK!!!

IT’S......

It’s...

...

Who is it?


The crowd look confused as the unveiling reveals a virtual unknown, but a man who looks...creepy. He has long, flowing blonde hair with brown tips, an odd goatee-style beard, and black eyeliner. (Bookers’ Note: It’s THIS guy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Cvjetkovich)
With his identity revealed, this man...begins to laugh hysterically...even though he is face-to-face with The Undertaker! The Phenom, meanwhile, watches his victim, perhaps trying to figure him out. Apparently though, it matters not to The Reaper of Souls, because after a moment, he grabs the masked man by his hair, lifts him up, and sets up for the Tombstone Piledriver! Taker sets up –

...before boos break out...as EDGE APPEARS OUT OF NOWHERE, AND ATTACKS THE UNDERTAKER FROM BEHIND!!

The Phenom drops the masked man, and quickly, a two-on-one assault begins as Edge and his ally ground Taker and attack him on the mat! Suddenly, Edge points to ringside, and the masked man, with a nod and a LAUGH, rolls out of the ring – and gets TWO steel chairs!! Cole and Striker sense what is coming, as do the audience, whilst Edge continues to pummel The Phenom.

Back in the ring, the deranged mystery man hands Edge a steel chair, and now; The Rated-R Superstar instructs them to stand either side of the rising Undertaker. The Deadman reaches his feet, Edge and his ally STRIKE – BUT UNDERTAKER DUCKS – and their steel chairs clash!! The duo panic and BOOM! – The Undertaker boots the masked man in the face! He falls out of the ring as Edge swings the chair at Taker, The Phenom ducks, GRABS EDGE by the throat –

...but...

...A SECOND MASKED MAN LEAPS OVER THE BARRICADE AND ENTERS THE RING – WITH A LEAD PIPE IN HAND!!!


Michael Cole: “What on EARTH!?”

The crowd respond with heat once more as this SECOND masked man gets in the ring just as Taker hoists Edge up – AND BLASTS THE PHENOM IN THE BACK WITH THE PIPE!!! Taker crumbles to the mat in a HEAP, but he is given no reprieve whatsoever as the masked man strikes The Phenom with ANOTHER shot, and another, and another, as Edge encourages every single shot!! The Rated-R Superstar directs traffic as he gets in a few shots to the fallen Phenom, and then tells the “fake” masked man on the outside to bring another steel chair into the ring. He does as he is told, and within seconds all three men are in the ring, encircled around the Undertaker like a pack of wolves.

Edge, the un-masked dummy man and the REAL masked man all take their turn in getting a shot in at The Phenom, before Edge places a chair underneath his rival’s head.


Michael Cole: Oh no, not this; come on Edge!

Michael Cole’s words float aimlessly into the air, unheard, as Edge gets a hold of the second steel chair, closes his eyes for a moment, perhaps to fully “absolve” himself into the situation, lifts the chair, and slams it back down, CRUSHING The Undertaker’s skull with a VILE Con-Chair-To! Upon impact The Rated-R Superstar tosses the chair to the side, falls to his knees and examines the damage done. The show ends on a cold, sombre, sour-tasting note as we fade out from a close-up of Edge, tugging his hair, nodding as his Hell In A Cell opponent lies unconscious before him...

END SHOW.

***



Confirmed for Next Week (15/08/08):

Cruiserweight Championship
Evan Bourne © vs. Chavo Guerrero

Divas Championship
Natalya Neidhart © vs. Michelle McCool













WWE Tag Team & United States Championships
Matt & Jeff Hardy © And A Partner Of Their Choice vs. Paul Burchill ©, John Morrison & The Miz

?WWE Championship? (TBC)
Rob Van Dam has challenged Batista to a WWE Championship match
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Really well written and the graphics are quality, did you do them yourself?

the Taker storyline is exciting can't wait to find out how it all pans out. Taker took a beating but you cant keep the big man down he is gonna be furious at the xage match. Can't wait to see 1. How taker tries to take revenge and 2. What does edge have up his sleeve 3. Whose the masked guy.

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At the risk of regurgitating what I’ve said to you via PM, I’ll just quickly recap my thoughts on the Chavo and SINN BOWDEE~!! Stuff.

So, kicking off with the show closing angle. I think everyone expected the initial masked man to simply be Christian. I’m glad it wasn’t for a few reasons. 1) I wouldn’t like to see Christian relegated to being Edges henchman, 2) Bowdee/Kizarny/whatever you decide to call him is a perfect choice for the role of a crazy ass nut job with a death wish. From his look alone you can tell he isn’t your everyday superstar. I just hope people can see he had a lot more to offer than what was seen on television in 2009. He really can make a tremendous lackey and underling for Edge.

But, that aside, the final segment was an enjoyable one. I’ve read in interviews Edge referring to himself as the ‘Joker’ to Takers ‘Batman’, and the psychotic nature of his character in dealing with The Deadman here really makes that a perfect comparison. I think the second masked man is obvious - with the con-chair-to a not so subtle hint to the audience as to his identity. But I could be wrong - you’ve surprised me before. BTW, I just LOVED the description of Edges reaction after the con-chair-to, falling to his knees and surveying his handiwork. Very Edge-like thing for him to do.

Also, I didn’t really factor in the amount of Eric Bischoff appearances … until you mentioned it . As it goes, I guess he was on the show a lot, but it wasn’t like his presence was suffocating the show. When a new GM is introduced, they tend to be on show quite a bit in the first few weeks anyway - at least it seems that way to me. So, him being all over the show wasn’t a huge issue.

Anyway, as I said about Chavo privately, I think his situation has to go down as a necessary evil. He looked great earlier in the night in beating Jamie Noble, and getting in the head of the rookie champion, but then got to look like a bit of a chump later in the night. However, given you went down the route of an Edge no-show, Chavo was probably the only guy with enough credibility to substitute for him. Obviously at this point, you don’t want Burchill eating a loss, so Chavo was there to take the fall too, which was unfortunate. Light at the end of the tunnel etc; at least next week, he can be put over for stepping up to do double duty, plus the fact he was left high and dry against the World Champion and the #1 Contender. Not a perfect scenario this one, but you did your best to find a work around. Just need to ‘beef up’ the midcard scene on Smackdown.

Introducing Jazz suggests you’ll be putting some added emphasis into the divas title on Smackdown. Personally though, if you’re having to bring back divas that peaked five years prior to this time, I’d say having two womens titles in the company isn’t worth your while - especially with only six women on the Raw roster. The womens roster is pretty thin as it is to have to try and service two title belts, so it surprises me that you’ve decided to try and make it work. Looking forward to seeing Ivory and Jacqueline rolled out in the next couple of weeks though

LOL at the Hooligans being, uhm, hooligans. That was a really funny segment, pranking Dykstra. More of this please :YES

Probably the most intriguing development of the night was Bischoff trying - and seemingly failing - to get into the head of Jeff Hardy. It was a point well worth making, because I’d forgotten that irl from 2008, the man was on the cusp of his breakthrough main event run, and even had a prominent role in the early stages of 2008 … yet he is now essentially the second more important Hardy Boy. Jeff simply telling Eric ‘when the time comes’ he’ll be World Champion didn’t really seem overly inspiring if I’m honest … but what really could he have said in that situation??

Clearly, this promo wasn’t just to fill time - there’s a reason for it, and it could well tie in with the Summerslam stipulation in the 6 man/3 on 2 (depending on the finding of a partner for the Hardys - Shannon Moore wherever he may be, perhaps?) as Eric didn’t stipulate that only Matt could win the U.S Title. A Jeff pins Burchill and wins the U.S Title scenario could kickstart something for the underwhelming Jeff…

The Smackdown roster looks ridiculously thin here, in comparison to Raw. As evidenced by the double duty for Chavo earlier. That aside, it could see an opportunity arise for someone like Harry Smith to be built up into a credible midcard talent. He’s been winning matches, but that aside, he hasn’t really had a whole lot of development thus far as an act, apart from being the son of Davey and nephew of Bret. Whether the post match attacks are hinting toward him getting back up of some sort (Tyson Kidd says HI) is one thing, if it isn’t leading to that … what exactly is the point in having him win every week, but get beat down after?? Counter-productive, surely??

Finishing up then, and finishing on the burgeoning tension between Cena and Jericho. They had quite a bit of interaction on this show; the in ring segment, backstage meeting and then the tag match. But this needed to happen. Cena just waltzed in last week and immediately got a title shot against Jericho - no build, no hype, no rhyme or reason … so the heat has to be built quickly. The obvious route this can go down is a Jericho heel turn, and I’d certainly be for it … but it’s wait and see right now - there were a couple of hints toward that being the route you‘re headed; lack of a handshake in the opening segment, telling Cena to follow his lead later in the show and then seemingly showing off his skills and being reluctant to tag Cena in the match. That said, they could simply be ambiguous notes - nothing firm that you could say was heelish from Jericho. Even the threat of the belt shot after the match could be seen as mind games, rather than hints of a heel turn.

As for Cena; his reasons for moving to Smackdown came across well - he made it clear he wasn’t running from anything on Raw, but was indeed chasing a new challenge; namely a shot at winning the World Title. There’s a lot of history to work with here too, given they faced off three years prior on Raw at Summerslam whilst Eric was also GM at that time. Whether you meant it or not, the tease of Jericho turning on Cena was a nice touch back to 2005 also, as he DID attack Cena then, when they teamed up against Christian and Tomko, leading to Jerichos heel turn at that point. Just kinda dug the parallels there - even if they weren’t meant that way. Regardless, the foundations have been set well between Cena and Jericho here - it’s just a case of building on it from here.
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Just before I post the Raw preview, I'll quickly reply to a couple of comments I've received, since I haven't done much of that since I brought this thing back.

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[...]I hope someone doesn't return every week, obviously.

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Then for the third time a return happened, maybe it is just me but I would have feel better if he came RIGHT before SummerSlam, in the SD before, because then that would really spike up the sales[...]Overall, solid show. The only criticism I have is those darn returns (and another is coming back) and I didn't know Jericho was a face until Cena came to challenge him and from what I read in Wolf's review. You explain yourself well beside that from what I gather and with all these returns I hope roster management isn't a problem.
I know that there have been several returns in the last few shows - Van Dam and Kane on Raw, Bischoff and Cena on Smackdown. Unfortunately it's a necessity - when I first joined the original thread years ago I joined just before the Vengeance pay-per-view, so after all this time I'm still shaping the shows and rosters, and with SummerSlam being such a big show, these returns were all needed.

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Introducing Jazz suggests you’ll be putting some added emphasis into the divas title on Smackdown. Personally though, if you’re having to bring back divas that peaked five years prior to this time, I’d say having two womens titles in the company isn’t worth your while - especially with only six women on the Raw roster. The womens roster is pretty thin as it is to have to try and service two title belts, so it surprises me that you’ve decided to try and make it work. Looking forward to seeing Ivory and Jacqueline rolled out in the next couple of weeks though
The Divas Championship is something that back a few years ago I thought would be worth having, and so I didn't want to just take the easy route and scrap the belt just a few weeks after its existence in this BTB. We'll see what happens down the road...

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He’s been winning matches, but that aside, he hasn’t really had a whole lot of development thus far as an act, apart from being the son of Davey and nephew of Bret. Whether the post match attacks are hinting toward him getting back up of some sort (Tyson Kidd says HI) is one thing, if it isn’t leading to that … what exactly is the point in having him win every week, but get beat down after?? Counter-productive, surely??
Wait and see.

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Whether you meant it or not, the tease of Jericho turning on Cena was a nice touch back to 2005 also, as he DID attack Cena then, when they teamed up against Christian and Tomko, leading to Jerichos heel turn at that point. Just kinda dug the parallels there - even if they weren’t meant that way.
It was meant that way. So happy when someone like you remembers stuff like that as well as I do.

Moving on now, here's the Raw preview. Show should be up in the next few days hopefully, if not by the end of the week.



WWE Monday Night Raw – August 11th, 2008
The Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia





As Monday Night Raw rolls into the Hampton Coliseum, the WWE Fan Nation will be wondering just how else the superstars of the red brand can up the ante on the road to "The Hottest Part of The Summer" SummerSlam.

Rob Van Dam is back on Raw and "Mr. Monday Night" has made it perfectly clear that he is looking for revenge, and subsequently gunning for Batista's WWE Championship. Prior to a win in the main event over John 'Bradshaw' Layfield last week, RVD staked his claim to the WWE Title and challenged his arch-nemesis Batista to a match at SummerSlam. However, Van Dam's return brought out the untamed spirit of "The Animal", who took out both Colon brothers in a brutal, retaliatory message to his supposed number one contender. We've already seen the hatred between Rob Van Dam and Batista cause casualties ever since The Animal first destroyed Mr. Monday Night back at Vengeance – but just how many more will be suffered before the bad blood between these two is resolved?

As a result of Batista's actions last week, a match has been made for this week's show, as "The Bad Apple" Carlito goes up against WWE Champion Batista in a non-title affair. Although the WWE Title is not on the line, Carlito will surely still have all the ammunition he needs as he looks to both avenge the destruction of his brother Primo at the hands of his opponent, but also gain some payback for himself. Whether or not Carlito will gain such revenge remains to be seen but one thing is for certain; as "The Voice of Raw" Jim Ross would say - "This one is sure to be bowling-show ugly!"

Speaking of all things "bowling-shoe ugly"; to use such a phrase to describe the ongoing issue between "The Viper" Randy Orton and "The Big Red Demon" Kane may be an understatement. Since Randy Orton was moved back to Raw by WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon, the monster Kane has returned to Monday nights to stalk his rival, in search for resolution (and in Kane's mind, resolution means annihilation) to issues that have plagued the monster's soul for what must feel to be an eternity. As demonic and destructive as Kane has proven to be over the years, Randy Orton has also proven such how sick and twisted he can be on many an occasion. Will the Hampton Coliseum even be left standing once these two have been in the building!?

Also on Raw; JBL & Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes take on the team of Mr. Money in the Bank CM Punk and Mr. Kennedy, but before that, JBL will call out CM Punk. After being hit with the shillelagh last week, William Regal goes one-on-one with Finlay. The Women's Champion Mickie James and World Tag Team Champions Black Gold will be in the house; plus, by order of Mr. McMahon, The Big Show will return to in-ring competition. Don't miss what's bound to be another can't-miss edition of Monday Night Raw, live on the USA Network.

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So much for this being up in the "next few days." My bad. there's this little thing called Life that can get in the way. Anyway, here's the next edition of Monday Night Raw - Enjoy!


WWE RAW: August 11th, 2008
Live from The Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia


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Lilian Garcia: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome back, Rob – Van – Dam!


***ONE OF A KIND***

A HUGE pop resonates within the arena as ROB VAN DAM walks through the curtain. Dressed in his usual ring attire, Van Dam takes a moment to stand at the entrance stage and nods at the crowd, then makes his way to the ring.

[...]

Rob Van Dam: I don’t need to come out here and bury Batista, or go backstage and politic about Batista, that’s not what RVD is all about. All I need to do is lay down the challenge: August Twenty Fourth. SUMMERSLAM! Batista and RVD, and since you got it Batista – for the WWE Championship!!!

A HUGE pop breaks out as Van Dam ascends the turnbuckle, FIRED UP to get his hands on the WWE Champion. RVD’s eyes now focus on one spot, the entrance stage, beyond which he knows his rival lies, listening to everything he has said.

Rob Van Dam: I’m going to prove once and for all in this company that RVD is the Whole – F’in’ – Deal, whether some jacked up bodybuilder or some delusional old man think so or not!! Batista, at SummerSlam, YOUR ASS IS GRASS, AND I’M GONNA SMOKE IT!!!

the screen then fades to black and the words ‘LATER THAT NIGHT’ flash up against the darkness.

***COOL***

the crowd barely react as one half of the Colon brothers, PRIMO, enters the arena. Primo quickly makes his way down the ramp and hops into the ring, set to take on Curt Hawkins...

...before...

.........

......

...


***I WALK ALONE***


Both surprised by his arrival and out of animosity for the man, ENORMOUS heat pours in as the reigning WWE Champion, ‘the Animal’ BATISTA, storms through the curtain, with the WWE Championship belt strapped around his waist. Already dressed to compete; Batista makes his way to the ring in a fury as Primo Colon looks confused (Hawkins and Ryder quietly exit the ring and disappear out of sight.)

Jim Ross: What the hell?? It’s Batista, the Dubya Dubya ‘E Champion, but what’s he doin’ here??

the champ slides into the ring, and without a second thought, BLASTS PRIMO WITH A THUNDEROUS CLOtheSLINE, TURNING PRIMO INSIDE OUT!

[...]

Jim Ross:[...]What the hell did Primo do ta deserve this!?

Cheers are scattered amongst the audience as the camera cuts to the ramp where we watch as CARLITO runs to the ring!

Carlito slides into the ring and meets Batista, who is now up, with a flurry of right hands! the crowd quickly rally behind Carlito as Batista covers up. Carlito has the champ reeling and goes to bounce off the ropes for something...BUT BATISTA ROARS FORWARD WITH ANOtheR CLOtheSLINE!! Once again the crowd boo as the WWE Champion wastes no time, pulls Carlito up, and DELIVERS the SPINEBUSTER AGAIN, this time to the elder Colon brother.

Batista stares down coldly at both men, taking a brief moment for thought, and then picks up his WWE Championship belt that he had dropped to the mat upon entering the ring.

Suddenly, a whole bunch of security guards rush to ringside. However, they cannot enter the ring, for when they get there the Animal paces around the squared circle, his championship belt in his possession, threatening anyone who dare enter the ring.

With the security troupe rendered useless, the Animal stalks Primo as the younger Colon brother uses the ropes to pull himself up. Primo turns around...AND BATISTA BLASTS PRIMO WITH the WWE CHAMPIONSHIP BELT! Carlito gets to his feet, and the Animal knocks HIM out with the championship belt as well! HUGE heat THUNDERS around the arena as the Animal looks down at both of his victims, one of which – Primo – has been busted open!


Jim Ross: BAH GAWD, THIS MAN IS OUTTA CONTROL!!! ONE OF YA GET IN theRE AND STOP HIM!!!

His thirst for destruction still unquenched, the Animal drags the already lifeless Primo to his feet, places him in position, AND CRUSHES PRIMO WITH A BATISTA BOMB!! Primo is KNOCKED OUT as Batista makes his way back to Carlito, puts him in position, AND DELIVERS the BATISTA BOMB TO CARLITO AS WELL!

The Animal gets to his feet and roars out at the audience, and is in turn greeted with HUGE heat. Batista looks down at the Colons again, perhaps contemplating whether or not to continue with his attack. Finally, and mercifully, the Animal exits the ring. the security officers immediately circle the Animal, which gives him reason to lash out at them again, the WWE Championship belt still in his hands as a weapon. the guards back off, and the WWE Champion exits the arena of his own accord.’


The video then fades to black once more and ends.

***I WALK ALONE***

HUGE boos kick off Monday Night Raw as the reigning WWE Champion BATISTA enters the arena. With a quick look at the crowd that despise him so, the Animal makes his way to the ring to address the WWE world live from Hampton. As he makes his entrance, JR and King welcome us to the show and discuss how last week’s show ended with Batista destroying Rob Van Dam, his potential SummerSlam opponent. As they condemn Batista’s actions, the WWE Champion enters the ring, WWE Championship belt strapped around his waist, and demands a microphone.


Batista: First and foremost, R – V – D – I accept your challenge for SummerSlam.

the crowd cheer, but is it only brief, as Batista continues.

Batista: That is, if you can even make it to SummerSlam. See last week; that was just a taste of what I’m going to do to you if you face me on August Twenty Fourth.

the Hampton Coliseum fills with boos once more, but the WWE Champion doesn’t even bat an eyelid at the reaction.

Batista: I told you months ago, Rob; that this world is a nasty, dangerous place, and if you cross the wrong people, you’re going to get hurt. I thought you’d have taken the beating I gave you at Vengeance as notice to take your leave, but obviously you still haven’t fully absorbed everything I’ve said. So if you do manage to recover from what I did to you last week, and you still want this match at SummerSlam, don’t think for one second that you’re going to take the WWE Championship away from me. If this match is going to happen, what happened at Vengeance is going to pale in comparison to what I do at SummerSlam.

Heat again fills the arena at Batista’s threats, but the Animal still doesn’t react to the crowd’s hostility. Instead, he now leans in to the camera and addresses his next sentence directly to RVD.

Batista: Rob, you can kill yourself trying. But you won’t – you can’t – beat me. (Pause) I’m going to hurt you Rob. I’m going to hurt you worse than anything you’ve ever experienced in your life. And this time – you won’t have the option of coming back.

With that, the WWE Champ throws his mic down and awaits his opponent.

***COOL***

A pop breaks out as one CARLITO runs through the curtain! Not wanting to wait another second, Carlito runs down the ramp and into the ring as JR and King confirm that this match will KICK OFF Raw!

Opening Contest – Singles Match
WWE Champion Batista vs. Carlito (NON-TITLE)


With not a moment to spare, “the Bad Apple” slides into the ring, hops to his feet and immediately begins throwing right hands at Batista! the crowd quickly rally behind Carlito, who throws, three, four, five, maybe even ten punches at the WWE Champion. With the champion reeling Carlito fires back toward the ropes – and runs back into a hard clothesline from Batista! Just like that, the champion is back in the saddle, and now with Carlito down; the Animal begins to tear into opponent, first hurting on him with big, hard stomps, and then getting down to his knees and punching directly into his opponent’s face. the Animal then pulls Carlito up to his feet and continues the punishment in the corner in the form of shoulder thrusts to the abdomen.

For the next few minutes the WWE Champion continues to dominate his rival, pulling out moves like the suplex powerslam (Jackhammer) and the Oklahoma slam to try and inflict as much pain as possible. the Animal makes a few pinfall attempts, but Carlito somehow manages to kick out before the three-count. However, a spear attempt countered with a frog-leap sends Batista crashing into the turnbuckle and then allows to Carlito to drop the champion with a neckbreaker, suddenly giving the Bad Apple a new lease of life in this match.

With the champion down, the offence passes to Carlito, who drops onto the champion with a springboard over-the-top-rope splash, but barely gets a two-count. Knowing something more is needed to keep the champ down, Carlito ascends to the second turnbuckle. He leaps off, looking to drop an elbow to the face of Batista, and connects, but instead of making the pin dashes to the ropes and comes back with another diving elbow smash to the champion’s face. the unusually smash-mouth Carlito goes for the pin again, but still only manages a two-count.

As Carlito goes to pull the champion up, Batista knocks his opponent in the abdomen, then shoves him back-first into the corner. the Animal then rages forward, but Carlito is quick enough to dodge the bullet, and it is now the champion who crashes and burns into the turnbuckle. Wasting no time Carlito rushes forward and jumps up, launching two knees into the chest of the champion! the champion comes out of the corner, winded, as Carlito takes to the ropes again for a flying back elbow – but Batista ducks it, Carlito lands on his feet, turns around – AND BATISTA TAKES HIS HEAD OFF WITH A VICIOUS CLOtheSLINE! Carlito is turned INSIDE OUT and that quickly, the champion regains control of the match.

Carlito takes a bump to the head at this point, which gives cause for the Animal to gently nudge his opponent’s head with his foot, checking to see if he’s even alive to continue the match. the elder Colon brother stirs, and the Animal simply stands back and watches as his opponent tries to regain his footing. Yet as soon as Carlito reaches his feet, he’s back down again after the champion SLAMS his opponent with a Spinebuster. From here, there’s no shaking of the ropes, no playing to the crowd that once adored him – the Animal drags his victim to his feet, puts him in position, and ends the match after one powerful, demonic Batista Bomb.

Winner via pinfall: Batista.

“I Walk Alone” hits the PA system once more as Batista rises to his feet and immediately beckons for his WWE Championship belt. the referee, wanting to keep his limbs in all the right places, quickly hands the Animal the title belt and raises his arm, which gets a stack of heat from the audience. the referee attends to Carlito as the champion exits the ring through the ropes and walks down the steel steps. Just before he touches the floor, the Animal takes one last glance over his shoulder at the damage he has caused, and then turns toward the entrance stage without an ounce of compassion in his demeanour.

As the WWE Champion makes his way up the entrance ramp, Jim Ross admits that he was “impressive as ever” in that match, and then predicts that it will be “one helluva fight” when Batista meets RVD for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam. Jerry Lawler agrees, but then reminds us of Batista’s earlier words, and questions whether or not Van Dam will make it to the Conseco Fieldhouse.



COMMERCIAL BREAK


As Monday Night Raw fades back in from commercial, the scene is now set for an interview as Todd Grisham stands by the standard WWE interview set. Grisham asks the crowd to welcome his guest at that time, the #1 contender to the WWE Championship, Rob Van Dam!
To a VERY loud reaction from the live crowd, the camera turns to reveal one RVD standing beside Grisham. Still donning that look of seriousness that he has worn since his return to Raw several weeks prior, Van Dam is uncharacteristically still as the attention turns to him. Grisham first adjusts his spectacles, then asks Van Dam the question, “Rob, can I get your thoughts on what we just witnessed between Batista and Carlito, as well as Batista accepting your challenge for a WWE Championship match at SummerSlam?” Van Dam nods at Grisham, and then speaks:


“Well first of all, like I said last week, I’m not going to bury Batista, that’s not what I’m all about. On the other hand, I’m not going to go overboard either and say he’s unstoppable, because the truth is he isn’t. Okay, he just looked impressive out there against Carlito. Sure, ever since we both showed up on Raw, Batista has run through the roster like there’s no tomorrow, but it doesn’t change the fact that at SummerSlam, he has to step inside the ring with R-V-D. And no, this isn’t the, “dude, whatever”, washed-down, turned-down version of RVD, this is the “I’m gonna beat the f’ outta you’ RVD. Trust me when I tell you, I have never been so frustrated in my entire career that I actually WANT to legitimately hurt another pro wrestler, but when it comes to Batista; that’s exactly what I want. Come SummerSlam, you’re not gonna see me go out there and try and ‘outwrestle’ Batista or ‘outsmart’ Batista. You’re gonna see me go out there, beat the hell out of the guy, and take the WWE Title.”

Having made his point, Van Dam goes to walk off set, leaving Grisham to absorb his speech, but Van Dam suddenly stops dead in his tracks. there is silence before the camera turns to reveal the DIBIASES, father Ted and son Ted Jnr., facing Van Dam.
Van Dam and the Million Dollar Prodigy look eye-to-eye for a moment, before the Million Dollar MAN breaks the tension with talk. DiBiase Snr. says that Van Dam can sure talk a big game, but then questions whether or not he can back it up. Glancing at Senior, and then back to the Son, RVD asks, “Do we have a problem here?”

“Yeah we’ve got a problem” is the response of DiBiase Jnr., before his father steps in.

“You see Rob, about a month ago; all that people were talking about was the debut of my son, the Million Dollar Prodigy Ted DiBiase. But ever since you came back to RAW, everyone seems to be caught up in your peachy comeback story, and as such, they’ve overlooked my son’s victories. Not anymore. Not after tonight. That is, of course, if you accept the challenge of facing the Million Dollar Prodigy tonight on RAW.”

Without taking his eyes off of DiBiase Jnr., Van Dam replies, “I’ll see you out there”, before walking away from the father-and-son duo. As DiBiase Jnr. tilts his head to sneer at Van Dam as he walks away, father Ted taps his son on the shoulder and grins.


We then cut back inside the arena.

***LAMBEG***

Veteran FINLAY makes his way to the ring for singles competition and gets himself a good pop from the crowd. As Finlay holds up the shillelagh on his way, JR reminds us of how Finlay used that weapon to knock William Regal out the previous week, which has now led to this match.

***REGALITY***

the most AWESOME heel theme of all time hits, and immediately generates a plethora of boos from the Hampton Coliseum as one WILLIAM REGAL enters the building. Regal, although dressed to compete, carries a microphone as he heads to the ring. With a shake of his head, Regal then says,

“Just remember one thing, David – I gave you a chance to redeem yourself.”

And with those simple, somewhat mysterious words, the unusually quiet Regal leaves the microphone to one side and enters the ring.


Match 2 – Singles Match
Finlay vs. William Regal


As you’d expect with these two, the match kicks off with a traditional lock-up and a back-and-forth exchange of holds. Regal initially takes the lead against the Irishman, but Finlay’s temperament soon wears thin and after weeks of losing match after match, he finally gets rough and begins to go old-school on Regal with elbows and punches as opposed to straight wrestling. the picture just before the commercial break is Regal outside the ring, squeezing his jaw in annoyance, having been clotheslined out of the ring by a fired-up Finlay.


COMMERCIAL BREAK

Following the ad break, the tides have turned back in Regal’s favour, for as we see from a replay; when Finlay went to pull Regal back into the ring, the Englishman dropped Finlay’s throat onto the ropes. Now, Regal has Finlay trapped in a hammerlock-gone-figure four armlock. the fans clap to try and get Finlay to rally out of the move, and eventually with squirming; the Irishman manages to fight his way to the ropes. the match then continues with Regal leaving the ground game, which proves to be costly as it allows Finlay the chance to mount a comeback. the Fighting Irishman lives up to his moniker as he fires out with several European uppercuts, short-arm (albeit weaker) clotheslines, and soon enough lifts Regal onto his shoulders for the rolling fireman’s carry. Finlay then follows up with a seated senton “right into the HEART” of Regal, as JR says, and then goes for a cover, but only manages a two-count.

Finlay’s eagerness to pick up a victory means he wants to put this one away quickly, and so with Regal reeling, the veteran looks for the Celtic Cross. Regal gets to his feet, Finlay hooks Regal up, but Regal claws his way into being put down by the Irishman. After Finlay turns away from Regal, and clutches his face, he turns back to his opponent, who grabs his injured arm, and hits the Regal Cutter (cut-throat neckbreaker)! Regal goes for the cover; there’s one, there’s two, BUT FINLAY KICKS OUT before the three! As his lips curl downward, Regal then takes a few steps back, wipes some sweat off his forehead, and beckons Finlay to get back up.

Finlay starts to get back up, Regal charges forward – KNEE TREMBLER – NO! – Finlay dodges it, Regal turns around, Finlay scoops Regal up – the CELTIC CROSS CONNECTS! Hampton goes wild as Finlay sits on the mat, breathing heavily. the Irishman goes to make the lateral press...

......

...When two unknown superstars appear in the ring and pounce on Finlay!!

Jim Ross: “Wait a minute, what the hell?! King, that’s WADE BARRETT and DREW MCINTYRE from FCW!”


Amidst the chaos the referee is left with no choice but to call for the bell!

Winner via disqualification: Finlay.

Thanks to interference, Finlay’s losing streak is technically BROKEN, but he looks anything but a victor as the three-on-one attack continues. William Regal backs off as the two other men continue to pummel Finlay, leaving the Irishman completely defenceless at their feet. After he is satisfied of their efforts, the Englishman softly gestures for the two men to stand aside, which they do immediately. Finlay struggles, he pulls himself onto all fours, ONLY FOR REGAL TO RUN FORWARD AND KICK HIS HEAD IN WITH the KNEE TREMBLER!!!
Finlay DROPS like a ton of bricks, but it’s STILL NOT ENOUGH, as Regal, with spit dripping from his mouth like a rabid dog, LOCKS AN UNCONSCIOUS FINLAY IN the REGAL STRETCH!! the bell is rung several times in a feeble attempt to get the attack to end, but it is only when a bunch of officials run out of the ring and physically DRAG Regal away from Finlay that the Irishman’s massacre comes to a close. With the arena FULL of booing and jeering, Regal and his two partners in crime are escorted from the ring, as a few medics stay by Finlay to check on him, after what JR calls “a downright MUGGING” of the Fighting Irishman.


Cut Backstage – GM’s Office


Beth Phoenix is in the office of the RAW General Manager Shane McMahon. Shane half listens, half looks at his phone in his hand as the Glamazon claims that as a result of her pinning Mickie James last week, she deserves to be named number contender to the Women’s Championship. Phoenix rattles on a little more about Mickie and Victoria “screwing” her two weeks prior in a title match, at which point Shane finally raises his hands in the air. “Alright Beth, I’ve got it, I’ve got it” says the GM. Phoenix takes that as confirmation of her contendership, until Shane says that he sees where Beth is coming from – but then throws a spanner in the works by saying that Beth didn’t exactly “beat” Mickie last week, since Mickie’s partner Victoria left her high and dry. “That’s not my problem, you signed that match!” blurts out Phoenix, but then immediately questions her words as her boss raises an eyebrow. Shane finally puts his phone back in his pocket, and tells Beth, “Alright, I can accept that.” Phoenix seems confused, before Shane continues on to tell the Glamazon that his problem with naming her number one contender is that there is another Diva wanting a title shot – and just before he says her name, in walks said Diva behind Beth – VICTORIA!

the tension in the room is palpable as Phoenix immediately turns around and comes face-to-face with the woman who has proven to be a thorn in her side as of late. As the Glamazon and the Vixen glare at one another, the GM breaks the silence. “Ladies, please. I’ve got an answer for both of you. This situation between the two of you and the Women’s Champion Mickie James has been going on for well over a month, and it’s time for a solution. therefore, at SummerSlam, Mickie James will defend the Women’s Title against the BOTH you, in a Triple Threat Match.”
Upon hearing the news, we can literally hear Beth grinding her teeth as Victoria, apparently without a care for the Triple Threat ruling, smirks at the Glamazon and takes her leave. After a moment, Phoenix leaves the room also, leaving Shane O’Mac to quietly chuckle to himself at the reaction to his announcement.



COMMERCIAL BREAK


Backstage – Parking Lot

We return from the break to find WILLIAM REGAL, and his two new partners in crime, WADE BARRETT and DREW MCINTYRE heading toward a car to leave the arena. Regal is about to enter the front passenger seat when Todd Grisham comes running up to the Englishman. “William Regal, William; can you please explain what happened in that match with Finlay?” Regal rolls his eyes and gives Grisham a look of utter contempt at such a stupid question, but answers nonetheless:

“All will be explained in due course, sunshine – but not tonight.” And with that, Regal climbs in the automobile and it drives away into the night...

Back in the arena...


***CRANK IT UP***

A nice pop is delivered by the crowd as “the World’s Largest Athlete” the BIG SHOW makes his way to the ring – with purpose. As the giant heads toward the squared circle, JR and the King discuss how Big Show told Mr. McMahon last week, “I’m not done with you”, before the Chairman announced that he would be in action on this night. As his music cuts out, Show paces around the ring, awaiting his opponent...

***SOME BODIES GONNA GET IT***

A loud “Oooh!” echoes around the arena as “the World’s Strongest Man” MARK HENRY storms through the curtain. Henry simply stares down at the ring with distain, whilst inside the squared circle; Big Show softly nods at the choice of opponent. On commentary JR says he isn’t shocked that Mr. McMahon has chosen someone like Henry as Big Show’s opponent, whilst Jerry Lawler admits that he doesn’t care, and is looking forward to a “battle of the giants.” Just before the bell rings, JR reminds us that Big Show’s Knockout Punch was barred by Mr. McMahon at the Great American Bash.

Match 3 – Singles Match
Big Show vs. Mark Henry


This battle of the behemoths kicks off with a test of strength, which sees neither man gain the upper hand. the two tie up again, only to reach another stalemate. Upon the third test the fed-up Henry kicks Big Show in the gut, then clobbers him back into the corner. the World’s Strongest Man continues to wear down his opponent with big right ham-like hands, and then throws some big elbows to the side of the head too. Henry tosses Show across the ring to the other corner and goes to follow up with a running splash, but Big Show blocks it with his right foot.

the match continues with Big Show then taking control; at first attacking Henry with several headbutts (all receipts for Henry’s punches), and then following up by taking Henry down with a running shoulder block off the ropes. With his opponent down Show drops a leg drop across the throat, but only gets just past the one count. As the match wears on Show goes to follow up on his momentum but messes up after he misses a corner hip attack. After that spot Henry targets the back of the Big Show, and one Bearhug later, has the 500-pound giant right where he wants him. JR brings up that a month ago Big Show could’ve broken free (as he did before) with the Knockout Punch, had it not been banned by Vince McMahon.

Ultimately Show breaks free of the hold anyway, as he headbutts Henry several times to get out of the predicament. Henry quickly fires back with a knee to the gut, but upon throwing Show to the ropes, makes a wrong turn as Big Show ducks an attempted clothesline and comes back with a SPEAR to Henry! Show goes for the cover, but only gets a two-count.

Show then stalks Henry, no doubt looking for the Chokeslam, but upon being goozled; Henry elbows Show to the side of the head once more. Henry goes to lift Show for the World’s Strongest Slam, but Show won’t allow it, clobbering Henry with elbows of his own. Henry drops Show, and this time Show goozles Henry; and follows up, the Chokeslam connects! the ring shakes as Henry crashes into the mat and Big Show follows up with a lateral press and hook of the leg; one, two, and three!

Winner via pinfall: Big Show.

the victor’s entrance theme plays immediately, and after getting to his feet; the referee raises the large arm of the Big Show in the air. JR and Lawler for once agree on something; that the win was “hard-fought and impressive.” JR speculates how Mr. McMahon will feel to a Big Show win, as the giant climbs over the top rope and heads up the ramp with one arm still raised high. As he walks up the ramp, Show gets the attention of a cameraman, and reiterates a message into the camera: “I told you last week McMahon – I’m coming for you.”

Right on cue, we cut backstage and zoom out of a monitor that shows what’s happening inside the arena – a monitor being watched by VINCE MCMAHON & SHANE MCMAHON. Sneering at the screen, the WWE Chairman then turns to his son, the RAW GM, and says, “I thought you said you’d talked to him.”
Shane responds to his father with the line, “I did – but he’s still mad.” Vince looks back at the monitor, where we see Big Show stand tall at the top of the arena entrance ramp.
“What are you going to do?” asks Shane. Vince, with no reply, takes his gaze from the monitor to a near hallway and walks out of the shot, leaving Shane O’Mac to wonder what he is thinking.

Elsewhere, we get a glimpse of one JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD – suited and booted up – as Layfield walks down a hallway of the Hampton Coliseum, most likely headed to the ring. JR confirms this on commentary as he announces, “JBL has said he will call out CM Punk. What does Bradshaw have to say? We’ll find out, NEXT.” Fade to commercial.



COMMERCIAL BREAK


*Note – the following segment is in full*

***LONGHORN***

HUGE heat echoes around the arena as the ever-despised "Wrestling God" JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD answers CM Punk’s call! With a trademark scowl upon his face JBL walks down to the ring, ignoring the negative response from the crowd.

As the former WWE champion makes his way to the ring, Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler talk about how angry JBL must be after the main event last week, in which CM Punk interfered and ultimately cost JBL the match (though, this being in response to JBL costing Punk HIS match earlier in the night).


JBL: Right now, I would like to call out one C-M-Punk to this ring. Y’see I have a few things ta’ say to him at this moment in time and I need to say them to his face.

With that short, sweet and unusually to the point line, Layfield then lowers the microphone away from his lips and awaits a response.

***THIS FIRE BURNS***

JBL doesn’t have to wait long as he thousands in attendance inside the Hampton Coliseum react with enthusiasm for the arrival of ‘the Straight Edge Superstar’, Mr. Money in the Bank himself, CM PUNK! Punk walks out through the curtain, as ever with his MITB briefcase in his possession, and doesn’t waste much time as he makes a beeline for the ring.

Upon entry to the ring Punk asks for a microphone from ringside, but before he can say a word, JBL opens his mouth once more.


JBL: Before you say anything, you need ta’ listen to what I have to say. then, when I’m done, you will have your chance to retort.

We cut to a close-up shot of Punk, who raises an eyebrow at JBL’s unusual behaviour. Nonetheless, after the two refusing to break a stare, Punk gestures to Layfield for him to speak.

JBL: Punk, I’ve been in this business for over fifteen years. I’ve seen and worked with some of the biggest and baddest guys that ever laced up a pair o’ boots, and I’ve also seen a whole bunch a’ guys walk into this company claimin’ ta’ be the biggest thing since sliced bread turn out ta’ be nothing. So when I look at you I can tell whether you’re gonna be a star or not. So I’m not going to lie to you, Punk; you are going to be a star someday, and you are going ta’ be a world champion.

Punk nods at JBL finally recognising his talent, but the Wrestling God isn’t done.

JBL: However, Punk, that day is not today, because you have got to earn your right ta’ be a champion. Ya see Punk-

CM Punk: (intervenes) Whoa whoa whoa, hold on a second, I haven’t earned the right to be the champion? I’m sorry, can you not SEE this briefcase (holds up the briefcase) I’ve got in my hands?

JBL looks to the floor and clenches his empty hand, before turning his attention back to Punk.

JBL: Make no mistake, I see that briefcase Punk, but what you need ta’ realise is-

CM Punk: (cuts him off again) No no no, what YOU need to realise Bradshaw is that I’m not just one of those guys you mentioned that comes in to this company expecting the world. Everything that I’ve ever had in my life, I have EARNED, and I damn sure know that I deserve this Money in the Bank opportunity! I don’t need to stand here and have bitter, jealous, older guy tell me I don’t deserve this when I went through hell at WrestleMania, to climb that ladder and-

JBL: (yells) You listen ta me you STUPID little punk! You think you can just climb a ladder, one match, one night, and think you’re WORTHY of being the world champion?! NEWS FLASH kid, when you were cuttin’ yourself open ta’ get yourself over on the indy circuit; I was holdin’ the most prestigious championship in this business!! I didn’t win no ladder match, I didn’t have ta’ be a SPOT MONKEY and throw myself off anything to win that belt, I had to sweat, I had to work my ASS off ta’ call myself the Dubya Dubya ‘E Champion! I smell like smoke because I have walked through FIRE! That briefcase that you’ve got in your hands guarantees whoever carries it an automatic shot at the world championship, but it should be carried by someone who truly deserves an automatic title match, like ME, a former world champion, and NOT a snot-nosed little punk like YOU!

By now the heat is TREMENDOUS for Layfield who, bright-faced and red-hot, continues his rant, whilst Punk fumes back at his rival in response. JBL takes a step closer and shouts in Punk’s face.

JBL: Make no mistake Punk, I will – not – rest until I have taken that Money in the Bank briefcase from you and guaranteed myself one more run with the WWE Championship! I need that briefcase Punk, and until you do the right thing and hand it over ta’ me I will continue to do everything in my power, every single week, t’ make your life a living – HELL!!

Finally, the Wrestling God lowers his microphone and takes a step back, whilst still receiving a ton of boos in the process. Punk, meanwhile, simply stares at Layfield, as a small “CM Punk” chant breaks out.

CM Punk: Honestly – I’m not quite sure how to respond to that. I mean, the first response that comes to mind is to tell you that you’re full of crap-

the crowd cheer, but Layfield throws his hat off in anger.

CM Punk: -but, to be completely honest with you Bradshaw, I think you’re beyond that. I think you’re just...delusional. You want me to just hand over this briefcase t’ you?

“YES” yells Layfield, and again, Punk simply shakes his head. the Straight Edge Superstar scratches at his hair, and then turns back to JBL.

CM Punk: Y’know I don’t have to do this – but - ‘bout a month ago, I told you I wouldn’t put this Money in the Bank briefcase on the line against you because I didn’t think you deserved it, and quite honestly, I STILL don’t think you deserve it. But – (looks away again, thinking) if it’s the only way to shut that big mouth of yours for good – I’ll do it.

the crowd cheer, and at long last, so does JBL.

CM Punk: So – just to show you once and for all that I AM world title material – let’s settle this. Let’s settle this at SUMMERSLAM! You and me, one-on-one Bradshaw, no screwy finish, no complaints, just a straight-up fight between two guys each with a point t’ prove. You win – you get this Money in the Bank briefcase. You lose – you shut your mouth for good and accept that I’m better than you! What do you say, old timer? You got enough left in you to hang with CM Punk?

Punk waits intently for the Wrestling God’s reply, as JBL, now with a smirk, leans back in to quietly retort to Mister MITB.

JBL: I say – you just made the biggest mistake of your life.

the former WWE champion lets out an almighty cackle and takes his leave as “Longhorn” hits again. As Punk watches his now-gleeful rival walk up the entrance ramp, Jerry Lawler asks, “JR, did JBL just trick CM Punk into putting his Money in the Bank briefcase on the line?”, to which JR replies, “King, even if he has, I don’t think CM Punk gives a damn! Punk just wants to prove, once and for all, that he’s earned that title opportunity, and at SummerSlam he’s gonna get his chance when he takes on JBL one more time!”

Cut Backstage – Interview Set


It’s time for another interview as Maria stands by. Amidst a few wolf whistles Maria introduces her guest, Intercontinental Champion CODY RHODES. the sight of Rhodes generates a ton of heat from the inside the Coliseum, but rather than acknowledge the response, Rhodes merely grinds his teeth as he holds on to the IC Title belt slapped over his shoulder.
Without consideration, Maria asks the champion, “Cody, after your confrontation with Mr. Kennedy last week-”
But that’s as far as she gets, as Rhodes immediately cuts her off. “Confrontation!? No no no, Maria, don’t try to be diplomatic here, Mr. Kennedy JUMPED me last week!” the champion goes on to incessantly slander Kennedy, labelling the former MITB winner “a jealous loser”, and then tops the insult with the claim that not only would he successfully retain the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam, but he would prove later that very night that Mr. Kennedy is “not even in his league.” Rhodes goes to say more, when-

We hear – snoring? Both Rhodes and Maria look around to see where the noise is coming from, and the camera pans to show MR. KENNEDY – sat on a fold-up chair – half-asleep as he watches the Rhodes interview! the sight of Kennedy gets a pop from the live audience but the Intercontinental Champ is FURIOUS, before Kennedy suddenly yawns and “wakes up” from his sleep. “Oh, uh, sorry – champ” says Kennedy, as he stretches his arms, “I must’ve dozed off during that EPIC PROMO.”
Rhodes, outraged, embarrassed, GOES TO HIT KENNEDY, BUT KENNEDY REVERSES WITH A RIGHT HAND! the scene unfolds quickly as Kennedy falls to the ground and beats the hell out of the Intercontinental Champion, who does his best to cover up! After a bunch of officials burst onto the scene and drag Kennedy away, we hear the number one contender yell, “I’ll see ya out in the ring later, CHAMP!!” before we cut to another commercial break.



COMMERCIAL BREAK


When we return from the break, the music of one Shelton Benjamin is already playing in the arena, and the man himself is stood in the ring, ready for singles action, accompanied by his co-World Tag Team Champion Elijah Burke. As Shelton bobs on the spot, Burke squeezes his partner’s shoulders, trying to psyche him up for this match.


BOOM!!!

***SLOW CHEMICAL***


the crowd go WILD as “the Big Red Demon” KANE emerges, as JR says, “right up from the depths of HELL!” From Benjamin’s look, it is obvious that this is the LAST superstar Shelton was hoping to see. Kane, on the other hand, looks like he doesn’t give a damn as to who his opponent is, and makes a beeline for the ring.

As the monster steps up onto the apron Benjamin goes for a cheap shot, but Kane blocks it and FORCEFULLY pushes him away! Benjamin rolls backwards and the referee calls for the bell to get this match underway as Jerry Lawler squeals that “Shelton Benjamin may about to be eaten alive!”

Match 4 – Singles Match
Shelton Benjamin w/Elijah Burke vs. Kane


From the get-go Kane is all over Benjamin; beating the living hell out of “the Gold Standard” with fist after fist after uppercut after uppercut, and the first minute or so consists of Benjamin bouncing around the ring like a pinball. From the outside Elijah Burke tries to shout words of encouragement for his partner, but to no avail. At one point Benjamin manages to get out of the corner and throws a few shots at Kane, but they have no effect, as the monster grabs Benjamin by the throat with two hands and throws him back into the corner immediately. When Kane steps back and then runs at Shelton though, it gives Benjamin the chance to put two feet up and kick the monster away.

Benjamin props himself up to the top rope and then jumps at Kane with a flying clothesline. the seven-footer is temporarily knocked down, but Benjamin, cocky as ever, wastes time gloating about the takedown. the fruits of his labour are to turn around and see Kane SIT UP from his attack. Benjamin quickly runs at Kane and hits a dropkick square to the face, but when he attempts a pin, Kane powers out and throws Benjamin away just after two. Knowing he’ll be in trouble if Kane reaches his feet Benjamin quickly slaps a side headlock on the Big Red Demon.

Eventually Kane powers his way back up anyway, and breaks free of the hold by reversing into a back suplex. When both men get back to their feet, Kane strikes first with an uppercut, rocking Benjamin all the way to the ropes. Kane charges at Benjamin, but Benjamin blocks the charge with an elbow. Benjamin then runs at Kane, but eats a big boot! Benjamin tries to escape to the nearest corner, which sets Kane up to toss his opponent across the ring, into the turnbuckle, and then follow up with his signature sidewalk slam. the Big Red Demon goes for the cover, but only gets a two.

Kane gets up quickly, not wasting any time, and heads for the top rope. the monster’s next attack is an aerial one as he damn near takes Benjamin’s head off with the flying clothesline! the crowd cheer as the monster then raises his hand in the air, signalling for the Chokeslam, but upon the gesture Elijah Burke jumps up onto the apron and argues with the referee. Burke’s intervention causes Kane to walk over and knock the other World Tag champion off of the apron with a stiff shot. Kane turns back around, blocks a cheap shot by Benjamin, goozles his opponent – but suddenly – the monster tosses Benjamin aside and exits the ring to meet someone...

...IT’S RANDY ORTON!!

the boos at Orton’s arrival are immediately wiped out by cheers as Kane meets Orton with right hands, and quickly leads the Viper away from the ring. the referee doesn’t disqualify Orton as Kane touched him first, and instead begins a count. As Kane continues to brawl with Orton up the entrance ramp, the referee eventually reaches 10, and calls for the bell!

Winner via countout: Shelton Benjamin.

Kane loses the match, but apparently doesn’t give a damn as he and Orton now exchange shots at the of the entrance stage. Kane gains the upper hand, and with a goozle, looks to Chokeslam Orton off the stage – but Orton low-blows the monster! Kane crumbles to the floor and Orton, perhaps thinking wiser of his actions, bails the scene and makes his exit through the curtain to a chorus of boos from the audience. After a moment, Kane picks himself up, looks toward the curtain and pursues Orton – the CHASE IS ON!!


Meanwhile, back at ringside; Lilian Garcia makes the announcement, “Here is your winner, as the result of a count-out, Shelton Benjamin!” the words “Ain’t No Stopping Me Now!” blare out and despite the circumstances of the “victory”; Shelton Benjamin still celebrates like he’s just won the world heavyweight title. Now recovered from the shot by Kane, Elijah Burke brings the World Tag Team Championship belts into the ring and throws one at his partner, and the two embrace with a hug. the ever-so touching moment is suddenly broken, though, by another entrance theme.

***I’M COMIN’***

Burke and Benjamin look confused as the newly-formed duo of MVP & GREGORY HELMS walk through the curtain and head toward the ring. As Helms “applauds” the champions, MVP simply glares at them, whilst on commentary; JR points out that this is the first time that we have seen MVP & Helms enter the arena together. they quickly make their way into the squared circle, and as they do so; MVP stands toe-to-toe with Shelton Benjamin, whilst Helms has a stare-off with Elijah Burke. Eventually, Helms – with a microphone in hand – breaks the silence.

Helms starts off by saying “congratulations” to Shelton for his win, but then asks if Shelton is really happy with the result. Elijah Burke laughs it off, says “Yeah”, and slaps his partner on the chest, but Helms raises an eyebrow; whilst even Benjamin glances sideways at his co-champion with barely any reaction. Helms then tells both Benjamin and Burke that they need to “get serious”, because he and MVP are on the same page, and they are coming for the World Tag Team Championship. “Oh really?” says Burke as he gets in Helms’ face, which prompts both MVP and Benjamin to take a step forward, but just before the situation can implode-

***COWBOY***

“Hold on, hold on just one second Helms!” cries out a voice, and as the camera turns to the Titantron, it turns out to be the voice of one LANCE CADE, accompanied of course by his partner TREVOR MURDOCH. All four men in the ring now turn their attention to the entrance ramp as Cade and Murdoch approach the ring, whilst Cade continues with his rant.

“Helms, you and MVP win a couple of matches and you think that makes you good enough to challenge for those tag titles? Gimme a break!” Murdoch nods along as his partner goes on some more.
“If anybody is getting a shot at the World Tag Team Championships, it’s the Redneck Wrecking Crew! We’ve been too good for too long ta’ stand back and let anybody else get a shot at those belts before we do! And if ya’ll got a problem with that, well-” the others await the end of the sentence as Cade slides into the ring with Murdoch – BUT theN the DUO ATTACK, AND ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE!! It’s anybody’s ball game as all SIX men now throw punches, all trying to prove a point. As the all-heel teams collide, cheers suddenly break out...

...As D’LO & RON KILLINGS sprint to the ring!! the popular duo of Brown and Killings get in on the action, and shortly after-

they’re followed by Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder! FIVE tag teams now unload on one another-

-officials begin to appear at ringside, before-

***HERE COMES the MONEY***

the Raw General Manager Shane O’Mac is quick to enter the building with a microphone and calls out for order. “Enough, enough! BREAK IT UP!” the command of the GM seems to do the job as inside the ring, the chaos begins to settle. “You all want to fight? You all want a shot at the tag team championships? Fine. Next week, live on RAW, we’re gonna have ourselves a good old fashioned BATTLE ROYAL! That’s it. Five teams, ten guys, next week. Helms and MVP, Cade and Murdoch, D’Lo Brown & Ron Killings, Hawkins and Ryder, and – the Colons!” the crowd cheer before Shane O’ throws in the punchline; “And then, whoever wins that battle royal, will get their shot at the World Tag Team Titles!” “Here Comes the Money” hits again and Shane immediately vacates the entrance stage, whilst in the ring; all five teams glance at each other, most happy; but with Burke and Benjamin talking trash as we fade to another break.



COMMERCIAL BREAK


Backstage – Hallway

We return from the commercial to find the monster, KANE, still on the warpath, still looking for Randy Orton. Storming past random backstage workers, the monster opens several doors, and repeatedly calls out “ORTON! ORTON!”

Suddenly though, the monster is caught off-guard as he’s crushed against a wall by a large production box – MANOEUVRED BY RANDY ORTON! the Big Red Demon is left screaming in pain – but it’s not over – Orton pulls the box back, and again pushes it right into the ribs of Kane!

With his rival left lying in a defenceless state, Orton stands over the Demon, admiring his handiwork. STILL, the monster stirs, but Orton’s not having any of it – the Viper kneels down and pummels the monster, shot after shot, ensuring he won’t get back up. A boot to the side of the face takes Kane right back down to the ground, after which, whilst breathing heavily, Orton slithers away from the scene...


Cut back to the arena.

“KEN-NAH-DAY!”
***TURN UP the TROUBLE***


the crowd respond with a VERY loud pop as one Mr. Kennedy strolls out through the curtain. No longer detained by security, Ken makes his way to the ring and slaps hands with fans at ringside as he gets ready for some tag team action.

***THIS FIRE BURNS***

Next to enter the building, for the second time this night, is “Mr. Money in the Bank” himself CM Punk. Punk’s entrance draws a similar response to Kennedy’s and he too takes the time to play to the crowd as he approaches the ring.

***LONGHORN***

JBL enters the building to resounding heat, following his verbal confrontation with CM Punk earlier in the night. JR and King quickly promote the two matches at SummerSlam, JBL vs. CM Punk and Mr. Kennedy vs. Cody Rhodes before the final competitor makes his entrance.

***IT’S A NEW DAY***

Last but certainly not least, the WWE Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes shows his face in the Hampton Coliseum. Rhodes, likely still embarrassed after being knocked down by Kennedy earlier in the night, talks trash all the way down the ramp and into the ring.



Match 5 – Tag Team Match
Mr. Kennedy & Mr. Money in the Bank CM Punk vs. JBL & Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes


there’s not much of an issue on the babyface side, as Mr. Kennedy is happy for CM Punk to start this one out. Punk then challenges JBL to start the match against him, but instead, Layfield tells Rhodes, “You’re up first, champ.” That being said Punk and Rhodes are the two men to kick this thing off. the two men engage in a lock-up to kick things off; with Punk taking the lead and outwrestling Rhodes. For every move that Rhodes attempts Punk pulls the counter right out of the playbook.

Things take a turn for the worse for Punk though – once he attempts a bulldog out of the corner, Rhodes instead pushes him into the opposing turnbuckle, and an awkward landing later Punk tweaks his knee. With no hesitation Rhodes then chop blocks Punk’s knee and begins to work the injured leg. After utilising a few different moves, like dropping some elbows down onto the injured leg, Rhodes tags in partner JBL.

With his rival weakened, JBL takes his sweet old time in dishing out his offence. “the Wrestling God” enjoys every second of punishing the Money in the Bank holder, pausing for thought after every stomp to the knee that leave CM Punk writhing in pain. Mr. Kennedy, yet to even compete in the match, is helpless to watch as his partner gets pummelled by the opposing team. A team is exactly what they are, as Rhodes and JBL take turns in beating some more on Punk. But when JBL tags in for the second time, his arrogant strut toward Punk allows the Straight Edge Superstar to surprise the Wrestling God with an inside cradle! JR screams at a possible shocker, one, two – but JBL JUST kicks out before the three!

Embarrassed by the cradle, JBL rushes to his feet and knocks Punk out with a big foot to the face. JBL makes a cover, but only gets a two-count. JBL then slaps on a side headlock to Punk, but after a short struggle, the Straight Edge wrestler wills his way to a vertical base and breaks free from the hold with a back suplex. After the reversal the pace picks up a little, but Punk’s injured leg leads to a slower offence on his part. JBL blocks an attempted kick, and instead plants Punk with a Fallaway Slam. the former champion then stalks his rival, looking for the Clothesline from Hell, but Punk jumps up with a dropkick when JBL charges forward. From there Punk finally tags in Kennedy as JBL tags in Cody Rhodes!

Rhodes throws a right hand at Kennedy, it's ducked, and Kennedy tees off on Rhodes with a few hands of his own. Rhodes knees Kennedy in the gut rather than engage in a slugfest, but then fails to toss Ken to the ropes, as his opponent reverses the Irish whip and then throws Rhodes through the sky with a back body drop! the crowd love it as Kennedy is all fired up, so much so that he knocks down an incoming JBL with a right hand. JBL rolls out to the left of the ring as Kennedy grabs the now-standing Rhodes and drops him back down with a scoop slam. As Rhodes tries to sit back up, Kennedy bounces off the ropes with a stiff kick to the face of the Intercontinental Champion. Kennedy covers Rhodes, but only gets a two-count.

Meanwhile, JBL is up to a vertical base on the outside - which gives CM Punk cause to leap off the apron and take his rival back down with a flying clothesline! Hampton goes wild as Punk then pounds away on his nemesis on the floor. the referee tries to establish some order but it's of no use. As he gets pulled up JBL rakes the eyes of Punk and falls several steps back against the barricade, but Punk, after a momentary lapse, is right back after his nemesis, as he charges at the Wrestling God and knocks him over the barricade! Both men fly over the wall much to the official's dismay and the crowd's entertainment.

Back in the ring Kennedy has Rhodes on his shoulders for the rolling fireman's carry, but the out-of-ring action between Punk and JBL allows Rhodes to wriggle free and blast Kennedy with an ALMIGHTY low blow from behind. the champion now struts his stuff (and also regains his breath) as Kennedy drops to the mat in agony, and the crowd now boo the IC Champion mercilessly.

Whilst Punk and JBL continue to brawl through the crowd and a long way away from the ring, back in the squared circle, Rhodes stomps Kennedy several times, and then hits him with a big flying kick off the ropes (Beautiful Disaster kick IRL WWE) once his opponent is up. Rhodes goes for the pin at this point, but again only manages just past a two-count. Wanting to get this thing over and done with Rhodes stalks rival, probably looking for either the snap DDT or the CrossRhodes. Kennedy gets up, Rhodes grabs him by the head, CrossRhodes - NO - Kennedy gets out of it - grabs Rhodes - MIC CHECK!!! Kennedy plants Rhodes with the Mic Check! the cover is merely a formality as Kennedy hooks the legs with JBL and Punk nowhere to be seen: one, two, and the three!

Winners via pinfall: Mr. Kennedy and CM Punk.

Kennedy pins the Intercontinental Champion!! "Turn Up the Trouble" blasts out to a loud, collective cheer from the audience, as Kennedy now gets to his feet and smirks as the official raises his arm in victory. JR states the obvious on commentary: that if Kennedy can do the same at SummerSlam, there’ll be a new Intercontinental Champion. As Cody Rhodes lies on the mat, out cold, Mr. Kennedy grabs a microphone – as well as the Intercontinental Championship belt – just as Lilian Garcia announces, “Here are your winners, CM Punk and-”

Kennedy takes his mic...

“YOUR WINNER – AND the NEXT INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION – MISTERRRRR – KENNEDY......KENNEDY!”


And like it’s another day at the office, Kennedy drops the mic, holds up the Intercontinental Title that does not yet belong to him, and then puts it gently on the mat next to its rightful owner. Kennedy then leaves the ring with all the momentum and the biggest grin in the world as Cody Rhodes slowly recovers in the ring, lost for words after the defeat.


Backstage – GM Office

In the GM’s office, the McMahons, Vince and Shane, are sat together, with Vince on his cell phone to someone. “I understand you’re concerned, alright, but Shane and I are handling this”, we hear the Chairman tell the other person.
the next few lines of conversation include, “I don’t want you here”, “This isn’t a good idea”, and “Think about your daughter.” the conversation comes to a grinding halt and Vince grinds his teeth and tosses the cell phone down on a side table.

Meanwhile, Vince’s son Shane, Raw GM, smirks at his father and shakes his head. Vince looks at his son as if to ask what is so amusing, to which Shane asks him, “You didn’t think she’d listen, did you?”



COMMERCIAL BREAK


As we return from commercial ***PAPARAZZI*** is already playing in the arena as Melina heads to the ring for action. As Melina makes her entrance for this non-title bout, JR and King reveal that during the commercial break, they were able to find out who the McMahons were talking to, and the following graphic shows up on the screen...



the crowd react positively and JR and King react too as it’s revealed that one STEPHANIE MCMAHON will be returning to Monday Night Raw on the next show. Lawler gets typically all giddy about Stephanie, Shane and Vince all being in the same building next week, but JR spends more time speculating as to WHY Stephanie is returning.

***OBSESSION***

there’s a nice pop from the crowd as the reigning Women’s Champion Mickie James enters the building. As Mickie slaps the hands of some fans by the entrance ramp, JR re-confirms the match made by Shane McMahon for SummerSlam; that being a Triple Threat match pitting Mickie against both Beth Phoenix and Victoria with the Women’s Title on the line. Lawler questions how Mickie will possibly be able to survive the two dominating Divas at this match gets underway.


Match 6 – Singles Match (Non-Title)
Women’s Champion Mickie James vs. Melina


It’s not the longest match in the world, but it’s still full of some decent Diva action. Whilst Melina gets in some offence, the bout is generally one-sided, with Mickie James out to prove a point against her opponent. Mickie, simply put, outwrestles Melina, taking her down with arm drags, dropkicks, you name it; Mickie pulls it out of the bag for this one.

At one point Mickie charges into an empty turnbuckle as Melina gets out of the way, and from this the A-List Diva tries to get back into the match by choking Mickie’s throat with her foot. Melina then (surprisingly) climbs to the top rope, awaits Mickie, looks for a sunset-flip powerbomb-pin, but Mickie catches Melina’s legs and holds her down for a near three-count. Both Divas rush back to their feet, and it’s a quick Mick Kick from Mick that kicks Melina down to the mat and keeps her out well past the three-count.

Winner via pinfall: Mickie James.

Mickie’s victory gains her a nice ovation from the crowd, but the celebration is short-lived as ***GLAMAZON*** plays on the PA system and one of Mickie’s two opponents at SummerSlam, Beth Phoenix, makes a beeline for the ring. Beth’s aggressive approach gives Mickie no reason to stand idly by; and as soon as the Glamazon slides into the ring, Mickie attacks, and the fight is on! Beth and Mickie exchange blows and quickly, the Glamazon, the fresher Diva, gains the upper hand. Beth aggressively kicks right at the KNEE of Mickie James, sending the Women’s Champion instantly to the mat. Beth now beats the holy hell out of the champion, until-

***DON’T MESS WITH***

Part two of two has arrived: Mickie’s second rival, Victoria, arrives in the arena. Beth’s assault takes a brief hiatus as the Glamazon turns around to watch the Vixen approach the ring. With no delay in her walk the Vixen, with her eyes firmly on the Glamazon, slides into the ring. As Beth watches closely and the crowd anticipate an all-out brawl, Victoria grabs Melina, who has just pulled herself up, and without a second thought, DROPS the A-LIST DIVA WITH A VILE WIDOW’S PEAK! there are boos galore as Victoria, without an inch of remorse, then gestures with her hand to the Glamazon, a simple hand gesture that suggests the words, top that. Beth Phoenix doesn’t need to be asked twice, as she grabs Mickie James from behind, lifts her up high – and then plants Mickie James with the Glam Slam! It’s a cruel demonstration of strength between the two Divas, who then continue to say nothing, but only glare at each other as the show continues...

Backstage now, we cut to a hallway to see “the Million Dollar Prodigy” Ted DiBiase Jnr., dressed for action, making his way toward the arena accompanied by his legendary father Ted DiBiase Snr. Papa talks strategy to his son as JR reminds us that it’s DiBiase Jnr. vs. Rob Van Dam, and it’s next!



COMMERCIAL BREAK



Quote:
Smackdown 8/8/08 Recap Video Package

“Get up you son of a bitch!” Dykstra yells, as he awaits the Phenom’s rise. Undertaker eventually pulls himself up, Kenny locks his opponent’s head from behind, but it’s not enough, as the Phenom spins out of it, goozles Dykstra again, he lifts him up – CHOKESLAM connects! Dykstra is down and out, but even so, the Undertaker is not done. the Phenom looks out at the crowd, and then draws his thumb across his throat, signalling that the end has come for his opponent. Amidst cheers, the Undertaker waits as Dykstra ever so slowly picks himself up. After Dykstra turns around, it’s game over as the Deadman hoists the Leading Man up, puts him in position - and then PLANTS his foe with the dreaded Tombstone Piledriver! the Phenom crosses his victim’s across his chest, stretches out his tongue and rolls his eyes as the referee counts the pinfall: one, two, and three!

Winner via pinfall: the Undertaker.

“REST IN PEACE, Kenny Dykstra!” screams out Michael Cole. It’s a solid victory for the Phenom, who now rises to his feet, the most EVIL of scowls upon his face, as Cole and Striker put over just how “incredible” the Deadman looks heading toward SummerSlam. the Phenom lowers to one knee for his signature taunt and Cole and Striker prepare to sign off from the broadcast...

Until...

***METALINGUS***

the crowd go CRAZY with boos and the cameraman jerks his camera suddenly toward the entrance ramp, as we see EDGE appear through the curtain!! Edge IS here!! Edge, looking rather shabby thanks to an unshaven beard and uncombed hair, is not alone, however...for as he emerges through the curtain – he wheels into the arena, a wheelchair – WITH the MASKED MAN TIED INTO IT!!! the audience are stunned into SILENCE, unable to comprehend what they are witnessing, as the manic Edge slowly pushes the wheelchair, masked man included, to the ring – all the time with a SMIRK upon his face! Meanwhile, inside the ring, even the Undertaker looks baffled as the Rated-R Superstar, with his eyes FIXED on the Phenom, leaves the wheelchair by the ring...

...kneels down...

...bows his head down against his arm, ALA UNDERTAKER...

...and then walks away from ringside!!

the camera briefly follows Edge as the Rated-R Superstar quickly makes his way back up the ramp whilst the Undertaker, ignoring the “sacrifice”, watches his nemesis walk away! As Edge disappears through the curtain, the Phenom now jolts his head to the masked man, who sits in the wheelchair, and tries to wriggle free, all the while his identity still kept secret by his mask.

With Edge out of sight, and Michael Cole branding him “a coward”, the Undertaker now walks to the ropes and looks down at the masked man, who is now trapped in the wheelchair. Matt Striker gets all giddy, suggesting that “months of speculation are about to come to an end”, as the Phenom glares at his victim – and then does the cut-throat gesture! the crowd love it as the Phenom climbs through the ropes, stands to the side of the chair – AND theN BOOTS the MASKED MAN AT the SIDE OF the HEAD, knocking him and the wheelchair over! the impact of the move, though, allows the masked man to wriggle free, but before he can escape, the Phenom GRABS him by his head and rolls him into the ring!

Still, the masked man tries to escape his impending doom, but the Deadman is quick in his pursuit and before you can say “Tombstone”, the Phenom re-enters the ring, stalks his victim as he crawls backward on the mat – and then reaches down – AND PULLS OFF the MASK!!!

IT’S......

It’s...

...

Who is it?


the crowd look confused as the unveiling reveals a virtual unknown, but a man who looks...creepy. He has long, flowing blonde hair with brown tips, an odd goatee-style beard, and black eyeliner. (Bookers’ Note: It’s THIS guy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Cvjetkovich)
With his identity revealed, this man...begins to laugh hysterically...even though he is face-to-face with the Undertaker! the Phenom, meanwhile, watches his victim, perhaps trying to figure him out. Apparently though, it matters not to the Reaper of Souls, because after a moment, he grabs the masked man by his hair, lifts him up, and sets up for the Tombstone Piledriver! Taker sets up –

...before boos break out...as EDGE APPEARS OUT OF NOWHERE, AND ATTACKS the UNDERTAKER FROM BEHIND!!

The Phenom drops the masked man, and quickly, a two-on-one assault begins as Edge and his ally ground Taker and attack him on the mat! Suddenly, Edge points to ringside, and the masked man, with a nod and a LAUGH, rolls out of the ring – and gets TWO steel chairs!! Cole and Striker sense what is coming, as do the audience, whilst Edge continues to pummel the Phenom.

Back in the ring, the deranged mystery man hands Edge a steel chair, and now; the Rated-R Superstar instructs them to stand either side of the rising Undertaker. the Deadman reaches his feet, Edge and his ally STRIKE – BUT UNDERTAKER DUCKS – and their steel chairs clash!! the duo panic and BOOM! – the Undertaker boots the masked man in the face! He falls out of the ring as Edge swings the chair at Taker, the Phenom ducks, GRABS EDGE by the throat –

...but...

...A SECOND MASKED MAN LEAPS OVER the BARRICADE AND ENTERS the RING – WITH A LEAD PIPE IN HAND!!!


Michael Cole: “What on EARTH!?”

The crowd respond with heat once more as this SECOND masked man gets in the ring just as Taker hoists Edge up – AND BLASTS the PHENOM IN the BACK WITH the PIPE!!! Taker crumbles to the mat in a HEAP, but he is given no reprieve whatsoever as the masked man strikes the Phenom with ANOtheR shot, and another, and another, as Edge encourages every single shot!! the Rated-R Superstar directs traffic as he gets in a few shots to the fallen Phenom, and then tells the “fake” masked man on the outside to bring another steel chair into the ring. He does as he is told, and within seconds all three men are in the ring, encircled around the Undertaker like a pack of wolves.

Edge, the un-masked dummy man and the REAL masked man all take their turn in getting a shot in at the Phenom, before Edge places a chair underneath his rival’s head.


Michael Cole: Oh no, not this; come on Edge!

Michael Cole’s words float aimlessly into the air, unheard, as Edge gets a hold of the second steel chair, closes his eyes for a moment, perhaps to fully “absolve” himself into the situation, lifts the chair, and slams it back down, CRUSHING The Undertaker’s skull with a VILE Con-Chair-To! Upon impact The Rated-R Superstar tosses the chair to the side, falls to his knees and examines the damage done. The show ends on a cold, sombre, sour-tasting note as we fade out from a close-up of Edge, tugging his hair, nodding as his Hell In A Cell opponent lies unconscious before him...

END SHOW.
Following the recap package, JR and King give some quick comments on the happenings over on Smackdown, before announcing that this week on Smackdown, Edge WILL be in attendance – along with the ‘decoy’ masked man. They also mention that there will be not one, but TWO championship bouts as Natalya defends the Divas Title against Michelle McCool, and Evan Bourne defends the Cruiserweight Title against Chavo Guerrero.

Once the Smackdown recap and shameless plug is over-

***I COME FROM MONEY***

The DiBiases enter the building, with the father, The Million Dollar Man accompanying his son, "The Million Dollar Prodigy" Ted DiBiase. On commentary JR reminds us that DiBiase Jnr. is undefeated since debuting on Raw back on July 14th edition of the show.

***ONE OF A KIND***

It’s a THUNDEROUS reaction inside The Hampton Coliseum as the ever-popular, ever-loved Mr. Monday Night Rob Van Dam walks through the curtain!! All set for some in-ring time – and to “no doubt get some momentum rolling now that Batista has ACCEPTED a title match request for SummerSlam”, says JR.


Main Event – Singles Match
Ted DiBiase Jnr. w/The Million Dollar Man vs. Rob Van Dam


The match kicks off with a traditional lock-up, which sees Van Dam gain control and place DiBiase in a standing side headlock. DiBiase pushes Van Dam to the ropes, Van Dam breaks, dashes across the ring, and then comes back at DiBiase with a shoulder block. Van Dam dashes to the adjacent ropes, skips over DiBiase, comes back, DiBiase hooks the arm, but Van Dam reverses and delivers a standing hip toss. With his opponent grounded Van Dam spins and lands with a leg drop across the throat of The Million Dollar Prodigy, before making the cover, but barely manages a two-count.

As the match progresses Van Dam maintains control, teaching the young DiBiase Jnr. a lesson in respect with some rather stiff forearms in the corner. Several shoulder thrusts to the gut later, DiBiase drops into a sitting position, and that gives Van Dam his cue to use the top rope to elevate himself into the air and then fire with two feet into the abdomen of his opponent. Van Dam has DiBiase reeling quickly as The Million Dollar Man watches on closely.

After DiBiase kicks out of another pin attempt and gets back to his feet, RVD takes him back to the mat with a snap suplex. Van Dam glances at the ropes behind him, runs at them, looking for the Rolling Thunder, but out of nowhere The Million Dollar Man jumps up on the apron and demands the official check on his son, and JUST SO HAPPENS to pull on the top rope to send RVD tumbling to the outside! The Hampton Coliseum immediately boo the antics of The Million Dollar Man, who now takes a "sigh of relief" as he sees his son roll under the bottom rope and out of the ring.

As Van Dam tries to get back up, DiBiase Snr. gets down from the apron and "accidentally" bumps into Mr. Monday Night. DiBiase says "Oh, sorry there Rob" but Van Dam doesn't look happy. Nonetheless he turns around to go back to work – AND NEARLY GETS BEHEADED BY A STIFF CLOTHESLINE FROM DIBIASE JUNIOR!! Van Dam is literally swept off his feet and The Million Dollar Prodigy finally begins to get back in this thing. Not wanting to give Van Dam any chance to fight back, the rookie pounds away at his opponent's head, drops him chest-first onto the barricade, and then wraps up his assault with a downright nasty toss into the steel steps. RVD is quickly battered and bruised before DiBiase rolls his carcass back into the ring, and his father chuckles and says, "That's my boy!"

Back in the ring, DiBiase makes sure to keep Van Dam down with an elbow right to the heart of his opponent's chest, and then follows up - with another elbow - and a third, after which he goes for a lateral press, but only manages a two. DiBiase pulls Van Dam back to his feet, drops him back down with a suplex, and goes for another cover, but again just manages a two-count. Unable to keep RVD down for now, DiBiase applies a chinlock resthold. Van Dam sells the move for a short while before mounting the inevitable comeback where he powers his way to his feet. Van Dam elbows DiBiase in the gut, breaks free, charges to the ropes – but DiBiase catches him with a nice dropkick on the rebound! DiBiase smirks and then hooks the legs again: one, two- Van Dam kicks out before three!

DiBiase slaps the mat and argues with the official, unhappy that Van Dam is still kicking out of his attempts. The Million Dollar Man advises his son to “Stay on him”, and DiBiase Jnr. just does that as he stomps at Van Dam. DiBiase picks Van Dam up and leads him into the corner. DiBiase attacks Van Dam with a couple of back elbows to the side of his opponent’s head, before taking several steps back for some sort of charge. DiBiase runs at RVD, who gets his feet in the air, and kicks the youngster away. DiBiase holds his jaw in pain, turns back around, angrily (and clumsily) runs at Van Dam again – and this time eats turnbuckle! With DiBiase trapped Van Dam quickly tees off on The Prodigy, delivers those shoulder thrusts one more time, and then follows up with a monkey flip! Van Dam is suddenly back in the game and with a new lease of life and the crowd’s cheers, runs to the ropes, cartwheels back, and hits a standing moonsault! Van Dam makes the cover: one, two, but DiBiase kicks out before the three.

With DiBiase still down, Mr. Monday Night now runs to the other set of ropes, comes back, goes to plant his opponent with the Rolling Thunder, but DiBiase wisely rolls out of the way. As Van Dam reels in pain DiBiase gets up, and in homage to his father at ringside, knocks RVD with a fist drop! DiBiase makes the cover, one, two, Van Dam kicks out.

Having had enough, DiBiase drags Van Dam up to his feet, positions himself behind his opponent, and looks to hit the Dream Street. He hooks RVD up, tries to hoist him in the air, but Van Dam instead flips DiBiase over his head! DiBiase gets back up and runs at Van Dam – WHO FIRES OUT WITH A SPINNING HEEL KICK! There’s no time to lose; Van Dam runs to the ropes, charges back, this time, ROLLING THUNDER CONNECTS! Van Dam hooks a leg: one, two, thr-NO! DiBiase kicks out!

Van Dam can feel the end is near, and heads for the top turnbuckle. Hampton goes CRAZY as Van Dam positions himself, ready to strike – until The Million Dollar Man again jumps up on the apron to argue with the official! Van Dam yells at the official to get DiBiase off the apron, which gives The Million Dollar Prodigy an opening to run over with what energy he has left and yank the top rope, sitting RVD ¬crotch-first on the top rope. The Million Dollar Man again almost instantly drops from the apron as Van Dam flops back down to the mat. DiBiase Jnr. takes a moment to catch his breath against the ropes, but then drags Van Dam to his feet, sets him up, and this time HITS THE DREAM STREET!! It’s goodnight RVD as DiBiase hooks the legs: one – two – thr- NO!!! Van Dam gets a shoulder up!

DiBiase CANNOT BELIEVE IT, this being the first time someone has kicked out of his finisher. The young man argues with the referee once more, insisting the match WAS over, but the official again shoots down the wrestler’s opinion. The Prodigy now walks over to the ropes and talks down to his father, looking for advice. The Million Dollar Man, in response, gets back up on the apron for a third time, and as the referee approaches him; tries to slap some hundred dollar bills into the official’s hand!! Referee Mike Chioda looks stunned at the offer, but sticks to his guns – and refuses the money! Both DiBiases now argue with the official, until they notice Van Dam almost at his feet. Jnr. walks back over to Van Dam, tries for the Dream Street a second time – but Van Dam, with back elbows, breaks free, kicks him in the gut, hooks him up – and delivers a double-underhook facebuster!! DiBiase Jnr. is flattened, his father’s still on the apron, Van Dam’s had enough, he runs over, BAM, a right hand knocks DiBiase’s daddy off the apron at last, Van Dam heads up the ropes, he gets ready, he sets up, AND YES – VAN DAM NAILS THE FIVE-STAR FROG SPLASH!! Mr. Monday Night makes the cover and the crowd join in the count: ONE, TWO, AND A THREE!!!

Winner via pinfall: Rob Van Dam.

Van Dam wins – and Ted DiBiase Jnr. suffers his first loss in WWE! “One Of A Kind” hits the PA system and JR goes mad on commentary, screaming, “VAN DAM, VAN DAM, VAN DAM”, as Mr. Monday Night gets to his feet and gets a moment to celebrate. Jerry Lawler says that was an “impressive” victory, and JR then asks, “WILL ROB VAN DAM BE THE NEXT DUBYA DUBYA ‘E CHAMPION?”

...

***I WALK ALONE***


Right on cue, the celebration is crashed, and HUGE heat echoes throughout the building as the WWE Champion BATISTA enters the arena for the second time on this night. Van Dam’s gaze instantly turns to the entrance stage, of course, as Batista, with the championship belt slung over his shoulder, STORMS down the entrance ramp. Ted DiBiase Jnr. quietly rolls out of the ring as Batista slides in and comes FACE-to-FACE with his arch-nemesis, Van Dam...

The two bitter foes, Batista and RVD, WWE Champion and number one contender, stare a hole through one another...

“THESE TWO ARE GONNA RIP EACH OTHER APART!”

...

AND BATISTA FIRES THE OPENING SHOT! HAMPTON LOSES ITS NUT as Batista and Van Dam lay into each other, beating the holy HELL out of each, lefts, rights, who cares, they fire EVERYTHING THEY’VE GOT at each other – and it’s Van Dam who gains the upper hand!


Van Dam backs The Animal into a corner, he beats the crap out of the champion, and has him reeling! Van Dam, the normally so-laid back, fair-is-fair Rob Van Dam, without a second thought, grabs The Animal’s WWE Championship belt. With revenge on his mind, Van Dam storms toward Batista –

-WHO BLASTS RVD WITH A LOW BLOW!

The title belt is dropped as Van Dam falls to his knees in agony. The Animal takes a moment to stand over his rival, watches as he tries to pull himself up – but instead, hooks him up – AND HITS A SICK BATISTA BOMB – ONTO THE CHAMPIONSHIP BELT!!! For the second week in a row, Van Dam picks up a hard-fought victory, and Batista comes out to pick the bones. The number one contender lies on his back, lies out, cold, broken, and The Animal stands tall, with his WWE Championship safely in his possession...

“GOOD GOD, VAN DAM’S BEEN DESTROYED, AGAIN...”

...as Monday Night Raw fades to black.


END SHOW.





















PLUS

WWE Tag Team & United States Championships
Paul Burchill ©, John Morrison & The Miz vs. The Hardys © & A Partner of Their Choosing


Confirmed for Raw next week (18/08/08):

10-Man Tag Team Over-The-Top Rope Battle Royal: #1 Contender’s Match
Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch, Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder, D’Lo Brown & Ron Killings, Carlito & Primo Colon, Gregory Helms & MVP
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