WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH - ONE ON ONE
CHRIS BENOIT (C) VS CHRIS JERICHO
The countdown starts on the Titantron and then the fireworks go off as Y2J makes his way out onto the ramp. He turns his back on the audience and places his arms out in a crucifix as per usual. He then spins around and makes his way down the entrance ramp as the thousands of fans in attendance are going wild for him!
J.R. " What a great match this should be King, both men are solid fan favourites and in my opininon are about equal in all aspects"
King "Well I don't care who wins J.R., I can't believe we are having a World Heavyweight Chgampionship without Triple H this is outrageous"
As Jericho waits in the ring Benoits music hits and the no nonsense champion walks straight down to the ring to a huge ovation, his eyes fixed on Jericho the entire way. Benoit enters the ring and holds up his World Heavyweight Championship that he won in the brutal triple threat match at Wrestlemania XX!
Both men come face to face in the centre of the ring as senior official Earl Hebner explains the rules to both men and then checks them both for illegal foreign objects. Hebner then holds up the championship before passing it outside the ring and calling for the bell.
The match is underway, the two men shake hands in the centre of the ring showing there great sportsmanship and the crowd show their appreciation. The two men lock up and jock for position, Benoit gets a side headlock on Jericho who breaks free by whipping Benoit off the ropes, Jericho drops to the floor, Benoit jumps over him and comes off the other rope and then Jericho nails Benoit with a picture perfect dropkick sending him through the ropes to the outside. Benoit smacks his hands down on the side of the ring showing obvious frustration at the fact he had been outwrestled by Jericho. Benoit slides back into the ring under the bottom rope and the two hook up once more. Benoit and Jericho continued to chain wrestle for a further five minutes or so but neither man really gets the advantage.
Benoit then sends jericho off the ropes as he himself runs off the opposite ropes and nails Jericho with a hard clothesline. Jericho rolls outside the ring to recover but Benoit again runs off the rope and dives between the top and middle ropes at Jericho but Jericho saw it coming and at the last second he moved and Benoit goes crashing head and right shoulder first into the barricade at the side of the ring. Jericho capitalises with a few stomps to the shoulder and arm of Benoit before throwing him back into the ring and applying a solid armbar. Jericho then works on the arm of Benoit for a further few minutes. He then sends Benoit into the corner. Jericho charges in at Benoit who moves and Jericho runs sturnum first into the corner Benoit comes behind Jericho and nails him with a thunderous german suplex. Benoit keeps his arms locked and picks Jericho up ready to deliver a second but Jericho breaks free, kicks Benoit in the stomach and then drops him with an armbreaker to the injured right arm of Benoit. Benoit was down hurt and seeing his opportunity Jericho went for the Lionsault but Benoit had Jericho well scouted and managed to get his knees up. The champion nailed Jericho with a few high impact manouveres before again locking in the german suplex. This time Benoit hit all three and signalled he was going to the top for the diving headbutt he likes to use. But, while Benoit was climbing the turnbuckle Jericho quickly made it to his feet and ran to the corner. Jericho climbed the turnbuckle and hit a top rope vertical suplex on Benoit. Jericho seemingly had the match in the bag now, he again went for the lionsault and this time he hit it. Hebner goes down....
King " J.R. look it's Christian"!
Christian grabbed Earl Hebners legs and pulled him to the outside of the ring before executing The unprettier on the senior official.
J.R. " I don't believe King, that CLB has just cost Jericho the Worlds Title"!
King " Well what's gonna happen now? We have no referee"!
Jericho looks around and realises what has happened. He leaves the ring and chases Christian up the ramp but then Trish appeared on the stage and stood infront of Jericho, separating him and Christian.
King " Look J.R., PUPPIES!!!!!"
Jericho stopped and looked at Trish who proceeded to slap him across his face. Jericho rose his hand to his face then unleashed a hard back hand blow across the face of Trish sendin her down to the floor much to the celight of the capacity crowd in attendance. After seeing this Christian abandoned Trish and hightailed it to the back followed by Jericho!
Meanwhile in the ring Benoit is up but from the crowd comes Triple H into the ring and he nails Benoit with Pedigree right in the centre of the ring and then starts stomping him but out from the back runs HBK and he chases Triple H out of the ring and follows him out through the crowd looking to put a beating on the game. Jericho makes his way back down to the ring from the back after losing Christian and takes advantage by covering Benoit but there is no ref. Mike Chiota runs out from the back and makes the count...
Benoit kicks out of the Pedigree! Jericho decides to go for a third Lionsault and he hits it again.
Benoit kicks out again and Jericho can't believe it, his face is that of total shock! Jericho has had enough, he leaves the ring and grabs a steel chair from the outside. As he comes back into the ring he pushes Chiota aside and swings for Benoits head who has somehow made it back to his feet. Benoit ducked the chairshot and the chair hit the ropes and rebounded back into Jericho's face. Benoit nailed a german then climbed again to the top. Benoit nailed Jericho with the diving headbutt and hooked the leg...
This time Jericho kicks out to the dismay of Benoit. Jericho slowly makes it to his feet and the two men both completely drained of energy begin to slug it out in the middle of the ring. Then Jericho kicks Benoit below the belt and then takes him down by the legs and locks in The Walls Of Jericho! Benoit is screaming in agony but somehow makes it to the ropes. But that doesn't stop Jericho who drags Benoit back to the centre and keeps the hold locked in when all of a sudden Benoit rolls out of the move and reverses it into The Crippler Crossface. Now it is Jericho who is in agony. He raises his arm up in the air ready to tap but then he rolls through the move but Benoit keeps it locked in and they are now in the centre of the ring!
After 3 minutes of excrutiating pain Chris Jericho taps to the Crippler Crossface.
Lilian " Here is your winner, and still World Heavyweight Champion, CHRIS BENOIT!
The crowd are going nuts after one of the best main events they have ever seen! After a quick celebration Benoit heads up the ramp when Christian runs past him to the ring and begins to assault a beaten down Jericho. Benoit turns back and heads for the ring, he nails the CLB with a clothesline and throws him over the top rope.
Benoit then helps up Chris Jericho and raises his hand to a HUGE standing ovation from the crowd! What a match!
Match 1 - For The Tournament
Franchise versus Franchise - Singles
Sting vs. 'HBK' Shawn Michaels
As soon as Sexy-boy starts playing throughout the arena the crowd in on their feet, the match the wrestling world has been waiting for since 1998, The Franchise of WCW and the Franchise of WWE/F. Shawn comes down to one huge pop from the crowd, the loudest of all night. Shawn walks out on the stage and virtually the roof lifts off the building. Michaels poses at the stage and the pyro goes off and he makes his way down to the ring in his classic red tights that he fought Bret Hart in their WM match. Shawn gets in the ring and poses again and off goes another set of pyro, Michaels continues to strut and dance around the ring with deafening cheers from the crowd.
Shawns music cuts out, the arena goes black and the Thunder starts cracking, the crowd is silent and then Seek & Destroy fills the arena. Sting walks out onto the stage with a pop that was twice as loud as HBK's. Sting in his classic white face paint and trench coat pumps the crowd up from the stage. Sting walks down to the ring with the ever so famous voice of Howard Finkle introducing him, the crowd cheering with every hand Sting claps on his way to the ring. Sting gets in the ring and goes straight to the turnbuckle and lets out a WOOOO to a thunderous response from the crowd. The lights comes back on and Sting is looking in awe at the attendance of the show, Shawn is then taken over aswell.
After about 3 minutes of looking at the crowd and comes face-to-face, the crowd erupts again, Shawn and Sting both look out to them again, after about another 2 min their eyes meet again. They say a few words to each other, shake hand, of which the crowd goes off again and the ref (Earl Hebner) signals for the bell to start the match, once again the crowd erupts when the bell rings.
They start walking around the ring keeping their distance and then they come together and lock up which causes another eruption, the force each other back a bit but Sting over powers Shawn and he goes down the mat, the crowd goes off again. Shawn gets straight back to his feet and the lock horns again. Shawn backs Sting into the corner and Earl gets between them. Once again we're back to square 1. They both once again walk around the ring but lock horns soon after. Sting this times backs Shawn into a corner and goes for a punch, but Shawn ducks out of the way and starts laying into Sting with an erupting crowd, Earl pulls Shawn out of the corner and Sting is a little shocked by what happened. They go to lock up again but Sting comes away with a quick kick to the guts and hits that combo thing he does with a series of right hands and back hands and a few kicks in between to a pop from the crowd, Sting sends Shawn into the ropes and comes away with a Dropkick to Shawn that knocks him down to the mat and sends the crowd off. Sting gets back up and does a WOOOO as Shawn gets back to his feet. Sting doesn't waste time and goes straight back after Shawn gives him a couple of right hands and then sends him into the ropes again, Shawn ducks the clothesline from the rebound and goes back into the ropes and goes for a shot on Sting, Sting leap frogs him and goes into the ropes and then meet each other with a thunderous duel clothesline on each other that them both out.
Shawn gets back to his feet first but Sting soon after, Shawn does waste time going to the offense and hits and Armbreaker on Sting and then applies an Arm Bar to Sting. Stinger starts to fight back but Shawn just hits him with another Armbreaker and goes back to the Arm Bar. Shawn lets go and picks Sting back up and gives him one hard right hand to the mouth and sends him flat, Shawn the taunts a bit and pumps the already pumped up crowd. Sting slowly gets back up and gives Shawn a couple of shots and goes to the ropes but is shot down by Shawn when he comes out with a surprising Powerslam. Shawn gets straight back up and drops a couple of elbows on Sting and then goes back to the Arm Bar. Sting rolls out of it and they both get back to their feet, Shawn cuts Sting's comeback short when he gives him a kick to the guts and sends him into the turnbuckle. Shawn runs in after him but Sting moves and Shawn rebounds back out and is caught with a DDT which leaves them both lying flat. Sting rolls over onto Shawn but he kicks out at 2.
Sting gets back up first and gives Shawn a quick suplex and covers him for another 2. Sting picks him back up and sends him into the ropes and gives him a high backdrop. Sting straight away picks him back up and sends him into the ropes again, Shawn holds on and Sting goes after but Shawn ducks and holds the ropes down and Sting goes flying over. Shawn waits for Sting to get back up and slingshots him over onto him. The crowd erupts and Shawn keeps laying into Sting. Earl starts the 10 count and Shawn sends Sting into the guard rail and gets back into the ring. Earl keeps counting and Sting gets back into to be met with a assault from Shawn while he's still on the mat. Earl pulls him off and says 'he WILL DQ him'. Shawn ignores him and sends meets Sting who is just getting back to him feet. Shawn sends him into the corner but Sting reverses and sends Shawn in instead, Sting follows him in and hits a Stinger Splash that causes the crowd to erupt more than the have been on every move. Sting hits 4 more after that and goes for a sixth but is met with a last ditch effort Sweet Chin Music from Shawn of which sends them both down and out from. They both get back up Sting holding his jaw and Shawn holding his abs.
Sting sends Shawn into the ropes but Shawn goes away with his flying clothesline thing and nips back up with a huge pop from the crowd. Shawn points to the turnbuckle and the crowd erupts again. Shawn goes up and hits his Flying Elbow on Sting. Sting kicks out of it and they are both down and out once again. Shawn makes his way back to his feet and starts the stomping for the SCM. The wholes building starts shaking as he goes for it, Sting gets back up and Shawn tries to hit it but Sting ducks and the crowd boos and then comes away with a Scorpion Deathdrop and the crowd erupts again. Sting doesn't go for the cover but goes up top and comes off with a Stinger Splash from the top. Sting only gets 2 from his efforts. Sting is back on pure adrenaline and sends Shawn into the corner again, Sting hits 3 Stinger Splashes and throws the limp Shawn down in the middle of the ring. Sting then grabs Shawns legs and the crowd goes off its nut as he applies the Scorpion Death lock. Shawn starts fighting as much as he can to get out of it or get to the ropes. Sting just drags him back to the middle of the ring and stays their for about 3 or 4 min. Shawn gets a rush and starts walking on his hands to the ropes. Shawn makes it and Sting breaks the hold. Stings allows him to get back to his feet and then clothes lines him over the ropes.
Sting goes out after him and sends him into the rail and then again. Sting gets back into the ring to break the count. Sting WOOOO's and goes back out after Shawn. Stings takes him over to the Smackdown! Announce Table and puts him on their, the crowd erupts and Sting sets him up for the Deathdrop, Shawn fights back and hits a DDT on the table but it doesn't break. Their both out on the table but Shawn starts stirring first and gives Sting and few shots to keep him down on the Table. Shawn realizes the count is almost at 7 and gets back in and gets back out to break it. Shawn gives Sting a few more shots on the table and goes back into the ring. Shawn points to the turnbuckles and the arena goes ballistic. Michaels goes up and goes to hit his Flying Elbow to Sting who out outside on the announce table. Shawn connects and gets a huge 'Holy Shit' from the crowd. Shawn stumbles to get back in the ring to break the count and goes back out and gets Sting and brings him in the ring. Shawn pins Sting who appears out and gets the long 1........ 2........... Sting's arm shoots up and he is about to go down for the pin, the crowd erupts again as Shawn makes it to his feet and starts 'tuning up the band'. Sting finally gets back to his feet and Shawn goes for it but Sting ducks again, shoots himself into the ropes and in caught with a SCM on the rebound. Shawn rolls over onto Sting and covers him for only a 2 count.
The crowd can't believe the match in still going as Shawn 'tunes the band' one more time. Shawn goes for it but once again Sting ducks and Shawn gets himself caught on the top rope. Sting takes advantage and hooks Shawns other leg up there too. Sting kicks the hell out of Shawn while he's caught up. Sting then pumps the crowd even more and unhooks Michaels legs but holds onto his head. Sting drags him out a bit so his feet and just on the ropes. Sting then pulls out and Scorpion Deathdrop while Shawn was on the ropes. The crowd chants 'Holy Shit' after the huge pop. Sting drags Shawn to the middle of the ring and covers him for the 1 2 3 Winner - Sting - Pinfall
Sting gets back to his feet to a huge ovation and his music start playing, Sting goes round all the corners of the ring and pumps praises the crowd. Sting finishes the 4th one and looks in the middle of the ring and Shawn who is just sitting up. Sting offers him a handshake and pulls him up and hugs him. Sting raises Shawn's hand in the middle of the ring as the crowd gives the greatest ovation ever heard out of respect and thanks to their great careers.