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    Re: WWE 2012 - A New Direction

    Very much looking forward to the CC, and I love the fact you're taking it international. This thing is going to be huge. Cant wait to see it play out once you get by SummerSlam.




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    Just to echo what's been said but that NXT:CC looks awesome! Great selection of wrestlers and the idea of it going international is a nice touch!

    Should be good



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    FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN PREVIEW
    TOYOTA CENTER – HOUSTON, TX
    JULY 26TH 2013


    "The Heat Is On Part II"

    So the Road To Summerslam continues on SMACKDOWN this week with Houston the host as The Biggest Party Of The Summer edges closer.

    The fans in Houston are in for a massive treat as Ric Flair will make a previously unexpected return to the ring as he teams up with Randy Orton to take on The Kings Of Wrestling. Last week Flair came out to confront Orton and try to reason with him to let his feud with Claudio Cesaro and Kassius Hero go, but The Kings came out and goaded, taunted and insulted both Orton and Flair, resulting in The Nature Boy igniting a melee with a poke to the eye of Kassius Hero. Tonight Flair will return to ring action for the first time in over five years. Will it be a big mistake? Or does Slick Ric still have what it takes to be The Dirtiest Player In The Game?

    The WWE's United States Champion will also be in action as Joe Hennig takes on a member of Legacy for the umpteenth time, although it is still not the one that he wants. Last week on RAW it was Legacy leader Cody Rhodes that made his return after a month long sabbatical to blindside Hennig and with the help of Dustin Rhodes, Ted Dibiase and Blackjack Rotunda, Rhodes left Hennig lying in the middle of the ring with a warning that Legacy was far from finished with The Product Of Perfection. Hennig retaliated this week on RAW as he attacked Dustin Rhodes and Ted Dibiase during a Last Chance Triple Threat Qualifying Match against Beer Money, gifting Legacy the win via disqualification. Cody Rhodes was absent and Paul Heyman refused Hennig's request for a match with the Legacy leader, instead handing him a chance of retribution against another member of Legacy, Blackjack Rotunda. Can Hennig overcome the numbers game this week as he battles Rotunda? And will there be another appearance from Cody Rhodes, despite Paul Heyman's insistence that he won't be around for a few more weeks?

    Speaking of the Last Chance Triple Threat Match, we found out on RAW that Legacy and The Usos will make up two-thirds of that contest to see who will take the fourth and final spot in the Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match for the WWE Tag Team Championships at Summerslam. And tonight on SMACKDOWN the last spot in the Last Chance Triple Threat Match will be decided as the newly formed Light SaBour, Chris Sabin and Evan Bourne, will take on another crowd favourite in The Gabriel Brothers, Justin and Adam. Both sides will be looking to grab the huge opportunity dangled in front of them. Which team will walk out of Houston successful?

    Finally former WWE Cruiserweight Champion Prince Devitt will be in action as he takes on Sin Cara. The match might be the last thing on Devitt's mind but also could be an opportunity for him to remove himself from stressing over the fact that his girlfriend Scarlett Marseille is currently spending twenty-eight days with the man that also took his title away from him, Austin Blake. Blake's teasing via video last week enraged Devitt enough to smash up a TV monitor backstage. Will Devitt be able to focus with Sin Cara looking to grab a huge win to boost his chances of getting into the WWE Cruiserweight Championship picture?

    All this plus more, only on Friday Night SMACKDOWN!!!



    Scheduled For Smackdown

    TAG TEAM MATCH
    Randy Orton & Ric Flair versus The Kings Of Wrestling

    LAST CHANCE TRIPLE THREAT QUALIFYING MATCH
    The Gabriels versus Light SaBour

    NON TITLE SINGLES MATCH
    Joe Hennig versus Blackjack Rotunda

    SINGLES MATCH
    Prince Devitt versus Sin Cara



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    Re: WWE 2012 - A New Direction

    Last week's stuff with Orton/Flair and KOW was great so I look forward to the main event tonight. I wonder if my prediction of a Flair heel turn will come to life, or whether I'm just a mile off the pace. The rest of the matches announced are all just pretty standard mid card stuff to help further the tag title situation and Hennig/Rhodes.

    Devitt/Cara should be a good match as well but I'm more looking forward to more Austin Blake. He stole the show for me last week.

    This show should be another good one, I'll be reading.









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    FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN

    Toyota Center - Houston, Texas
    August 2nd 2013

    “The Heat Is On Part II”


    A video plays to show footage from last week with Austin Blake taking Scarlett to a fancy restaurant as his 28 days with Prince Devitt’s girlfriend begins… whilst Devitt flew into another rage after Blake taunted him. Footage from the past few weeks also airs of Cody Rhodes returning to attack former Legacy member and United States Champion Joe Hennig, whilst we also see Harry Smith throw Drew McIntyre into the Smackdown set on last week’s show, only for McIntyre to return later in the night and cost Smith the chance to win the WWE Television Championship. Finally we see the return of Ric Flair on last week’s Smackdown. The Nature Boy came back to plead with Randy Orton to walk away from his feud with The Kings Of Wrestling only for the villainous duo to come out and mock Flair. A riled up Nature Boy attacked The Kings Of Wrestling and stood tall with Orton but tonight he makes his return to the ring for the first time in over five years as he teams with Randy Orton to take on The Kings Of Wrestling.


    ”Born 2 Run” by 7Lions


    The Smackdown intro comes to a close as the cameras throw us deep inside the Toyota Center and we are quickly picked up by tonight’s commentary team of Michael Cole and Booker T!!! Booker shouts out how excited is to be in his hometown as the Road To Summerslam hits August. Cole takes over as he promotes tonight's show which will see Joe Hennig take on Blackjack Rotunda, the final Last Chance Triple Threat Qualifier will take place and in tonight’s main event Ric Flair will make his return to in ring action as he teams up with Randy Orton to take on The Viper’s adversaries Claudio Cesaro and Kassius Hero, The Kings Of Wrestling. Booker T states that he cannot wait to see The Nature Boy back in action before the night looks ready to go with the first contest of the night.


    ***THE RISING***

    The crowd rise and give a great reaction to the arrival of The Gabriel Brothers, Justin and Adam (yes Adam Rose for those who are unaware), as the two head down to the ring for the final Last Chance Triple Threat qualifying Match. Cole and Booker put over how Legacy and The Usos have already booked their spots in the Last Chance Triple Threat that will take place this coming week on RAW. Booker adds that the Lact Chance Triple Threat will be off the hook but will be nothing compared to what’s coming at Summerslam. Cole reminds us that the Last Chance Triple Threat will decide who takes the final spot in the Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match for the WWE Tag Team Championships at The Biggest Party Of The Summer.


    ***CLAVICLE***

    Another great reaction, even better than The Gabriels in fact greets the recently formed team of Chris Sabin and Evan Bourne, oddly going by the name of Light SaBour. Bourne and Sabin hand tag a couple of fans as they begin their arrival before they dart down to the ring and slide under the bottom rope. Both men head to the turnbuckles to pose for the crowd before they drop down and meet one another for a fist bump before staring down the two men who stand in their way of a place in the Last Chance Triple Threat. Cole reminds us that Light SaBour were unsuccessful at Night Of Champions as The Prime Time Prayers retained the WWE Tag Team Titles but will be hoping to take the next step towards getting another crack at the gold here tonight as the bell rings to start SMACKDOWN off with a bang.



    Last Chance Triple Threat Qualifiying Tag Team Match
    Light SaBour (Sabin & Bourne) versus The Gabriels (Justin & Adam)


    Story & Finish: A plethora of high risk attacks and a frantic pace start the match off as both teams look to get the win that will put them into the Last Chance Triple Threat. Light SaBour take the early initiative with a double dropkick to Adam Gabriel before his brother Justin eats a back body drop from Sabin. Bourne hits Adam with a Northern Lights Suplex for a close fall as Justin breaks it up. The tide turns as Justin gets a blind tag into the match and as Bourne misses a clothesline on Adam coming off the ropes he is hit with a Springboard Cross Body from Justin!!! The Gabriels take a foot hold in the match as Justin breaks out his arsenal of attacks including a Spin Kick, a standing Moonsault and a Spin Out Powerbomb that gives him a two fall. The Gabriels work together as they send Bourne into the corner before Adam runs at him and connects with a clothesline. Justin backs into the corner and gets ready to hit Poetry In Motion on Bourne as Adam crouches down into position… but Chris Sabin comes out of nowhere and hits a missile dropkick to Justin as he charges across the ring.

    The crowd are really into the contest as Sabin and Adam Gabriel square up and start to go at it. Sabin looks for Cradle Shock as he lifts Adam onto his shoulders but Adam slides off and backs him into the corner with a couple of right hands. The referee seems happy to let things go as Adam lunges with a clothesline, but Sabin ducks it and scoops Adam up before he places him into the tree of woe!!! Sabin takes off around the ring before he connects with a running dropkick to the face of Adam. Bourne rises and with Adam still trapped in the corner he joins Sabin as both men charge across the ring and connect with a Double Hesitation Dropkick to the prone Adam Gabriel!!! The crowd pop as Light SaBour look in control of the match but they turn around and Justin Gabriel leaps at them and knocks both men down with a Double Single-Footed Dropkick!!! Dropkicks are everywhere as Justin whips Sabin into the corner before he drives Evan Bourne shoulder first into his own partner!!! The crowd are on their feet as Bourne drops to his hands and knees and Justin Gabriel takes his chance to use him and springboards off Bourne’s back to clatter Sabin with Poetry In Motion!!!!

    Justin Gabriel and Evan Bourne are the legal men and Justin grabs Bourne up and drops him with another Spin Out Powerbomb… but Bourne kicks out on two. Justin decides to head to the top turnbuckle and looks for the 450 Splash to win the match. Justin steadies himself but Chris Sabin leaps up and hits the top rope to crotch Justin on the top turnbuckle. Booker T yells that Justin is in a tight spot but before Sabin can head up with him Adam Gabriel charges into the ring and attacks him from behind. Adam whips Sabin into the ropes but Sabin hangs onto the rope before he boots a charging Adam in the face!!! Adam rebounds right into the path of a rising Evan Bourne who crashes into Adam with a Flying Spinning Wheel Kick!!! Adam flies out of the ring as Light SaBour turn their attentions towards the ensnared Justin Gabriel. Sabin stands in front of him with his back to the African superstar whilst Evan Bourne heads to the opposite corner. Bourne charges towards Sabin who vaults him into the air towards Justin Gabriel… and Bourne brings him flying off the top turnbuckle with a hurricanrana!!!! The crowd go absolutely nuts for the move as Evan Bourne quickly covers Justin Gabriel and with Adam Gabriel out of the equation he easily takes the three count and the victory for his team.

    Spoiler:

    Winners by pinfall after a Catapult Hurricanrana and qualifying for the Last Chance Triple Threat!!! Chris Sabin & Evan Bourne…… Light SaBour!!!

    The crowd applaud an excellent opening encounter as Light SaBour overcome The Gabriel Brothers to advance to next week’s Last Chance Triple Threat Match. Chris Sabin and Evan Bourne embrace before the referee raises their hands to confirm their victory. Michael Cole and Booker T promote how exciting the contest was and Booker gets a little over-excited about the finishing move Light SaBour used to put Justin Gabriel away. A couple of highlights from the match are shown with Light SaBour connecting with a Double Hesitation Dropkick before Justin Gabriel uses Evan Bourne to hit Poetry In Motion on Chris Sabin. Finally we see Bourne catapulted into the air before he brings Justin Gabriel crashing into the canvas with a hurricanrana to get the win. Back inside the ring The Gabriel Brothers are on their feet and Light SaBour approaches them before offering them a handshake of respect. To the delight of the crowd The Gabriels shake hands with Light SaBour before exiting to the back to allow Chris Sabin and Evan Bourne to bask in their win. Michael Cole reminds us that this coming week on RAW Light SaBour will battle The Usos and Legacy to decide who will be the final team in the Fatal Four Way Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match for the WWE Tag Team Championships at Summerslam.








    Tables, Ladders & Chairs : The FirstSummerslam 2000

    Video footage plays of the first ever Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match at Summerslam 2000 between The Dudley Boyz, The Hardys and Edge & Christian for the WWE Tag Team Championships. The chaotic carnage that ensued saw all six men put their bodies on the line time after time throughout the match. The Dudleys hit a 3-D on Christian through a table. Bubba Ray Dudley was shoved off a ladder to the outside of the ring through a double stacked pile of tables. The finish to the match saw D-Von Dudley and Jeff Hardy fighting on top of the ladder as they looked to retrieve the title belts but Edge & Christian came in and pushed the ladder over. Jeff Hardy hung on to the title belts twenty feet in the air but Christian managed to swat him down with a ladder. Edge & Christian climbed the ladder together to pull down the belts and win the first ever Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match.




    SUMMERSLAM
    The Staples Center – Los Angeles, California
    August 25 2013

    The Biggest Party Of The Summer







    The show returns backstage and we see The Gabriels walking through the corridors after their defeat to Light SaBour moments ago. Justin and Adam look a little disappointed with their loss but their path back to the locker room is brought to a halt by the emerging presence of Legacy’s Dustin Rhodes, Ted Dibiase and Blackjack Rotunda. The group, still without Cody Rhodes, stand across the corridor until Ted Dibiase steps up and speaks to Justin and Adam Gabriel.


    Ted Dibiase: Awwww!!! Did you two not get the job done? The look on your faces tells the whole story boys.


    The Gabriels do not look impressed and Justin tries to push past Dibiase only for Dibiase to hold him up.


    Ted Dibiase: Hold on a second. I’m not finished. We are really sorry that things didn’t work out for you tonight guys… but just to make you feel better I hope that you tune into RAW this week and watch as a real team gets the job done. Because me and Blackjack Rotunda over there are going to beat The Usos, and we are going to do what you couldn’t do and beat Light SaBour... and we are going to book our spot in the Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match at Summerslam. And then we are going to win back the WWE Tag Team Titles that we never should have lost a few months ago in the first place. I hope you two boys understand that Legacy is the breeding ground of the future of this industry… maybe one day we’ll let you do some errands for us… because we all know that The Gabriel Brothers are not worthy enough to be in the same ring as Legacy… let alone even think about being this company’s Tag Team Champions!!!


    Dibiase lets out a loud cackle as he stares in the face of The Gabriels. Adam has had enough and tries to physically involve himself with Dibiase but both Dustin Rhodes and Blackjack Rotunda step up to him, and Justin Gabriel smartly pulls his brother back.


    Justin Gabriel: You may think you’re wrestling royalty but soon enough the penny, or should I say dollar is going to drop Ted. You’re not good enough to be in the same ring with me, just lucky you were born into the right family. And we can’t wait to see the look on your face Ted when you fall flat on your face next week. Because believe me Ted… that will be priceless!!!


    The Gabriels walk away seemingly having had the last laugh but they foolishly turn their backs on Legacy and the raging Ted Dibiase attacks Justin Gabriel from behind. Adam Gabriel turns only for Dustin Rhodes to join in the ambush and level him with a big boot. Blackjack Rotunda gets a few kicks in on Adam Gabriel as Dibiase locks Justin Gabriel into the Million Dollar Dream!!! Dibiase wears Justin down as Dustin Rhodes picks Adam Gabriel up and bounces him off a nearby door. As Justin Gabriel begins to fade a sea of officials race onto the scene and Dibiase drops a floppy Justin Gabriel onto the floor. Dibiase smirks and holds his hands up to state he is done as Legacy retreat away from the scene happy with their actions. Michael Cole calls it a very unnecessary reaction from Legacy although Booker T mentions how Legacy mean business and remind us that we’ve still got Blackjack Rotunda set to face their rival Joe Hennig later on tonight.







    ***JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES***

    As the show returns ringside we are quickly interrupted by the arrival of the former Intercontinental Champion Christian. And Captain Charisma is not alone as he marches out from the back with a massive picket sign in his hand with the words ‘Justice 4 Christian’ on one side and ‘The True Peeps Champion’ on the other. The announce team mock Christian’s claims of unfair treatment as he heads towards the ring, whilst also informing us that Christian is not scheduled to be out here right now. Christian grabs a microphone as he heads inside the ring. He climbs the turnbuckles with the sign in hand and raises it into the air before yelling out ‘Justice for Christian’ to a half cheering, half jeering crowd. Christian steps down and finally addresses the crowd.


    Christian: Fear not my Peeps… your saviour has arrived!!!


    Chorus of jeers greet Christian’s opening line but he shrugs it off.


    Christian: Your Intercontinental Champion is here!!! And I am out here to again protest on your behalf… because somebody needs to make a stand for the good of the WWE Univese. I am out here tonight to inform the WWE powers that be… and specifically Paul Heyman… that justice needs to be served. This sign that I carried out here tonight with me… it’s not just a sign…


    Christian briefly pauses as he surveys the crowd.


    Christian: It’s not just a sign… it’s a message… a message for justice that demands that Paul Heyman… the man with all the power around here… comes out here and does the right thing. Does what is right for the Peeps all over the world… and hands me back the Intercontinental Championship!!!


    The heat increases for Christian and sections of the crowd start to irritate Captain Charisma with chants of ‘We Want Rollins!!’


    Christian: I’m sorry to burst the tiny little bubbles creeping out of your mouths but Seth Rollins ain’t here… and thanks to me he won’t be here for a very long time. At Night Of Champions I made sure that the Christian wannabe was put firmly in his place… right between a steel chair and the steel steps!!!


    Christian shakes his head as he begins to get angry but the crowd continue to rain down the heat on Captain Charisma.


    Chrsitian: You people deserve a champion that can take on the responsibilities and dangers that come with being a champion. Not one who right now is sitting in a hospital bed feeling sorry for himself rather than doing the right thing and giving me my rematch for the Intercontinental Championship. Since Night Of Champions Seth Rollins has hidden from me… because he knows that the next time we meet I'll show the whole world the fraud he really is. Seth Rollins has been hiding... whilst I have had to face Rob Van Dam and CM Punk in the space of a week. And if it wasn’t for time expiring on RAW this week you can guarantee that I would have added CM Punk to the long, long list of people your true Intercontinental Champion has beaten.


    Michael Cole scoffs at Christian’s claim as the crowd continue to boo the Canadian. Booker T calls for somebody to come out and stop Christian from talking.


    Christian: But I’m not out here for me. I’m out here for justice. Justice for my Peeps… justice for the WWE Universe… and justice for the Intercontinental Championship. Seth Rollins does not deserve that title… hell after what I did to him back at Night Of Champions I doubt he will even come back to the WWE out of fear of what I will do next… let alone come back before the thirty days expire that requires him to defend the title. So Paul Heyman? Do the right thing? Come on out here and give these people the justice they deserve. Give me back the Intercontinental Championship that I deserve and I will show you and the rest of the WWE exactly what an Intercontinental Champion looks like!!!


    Christian grabs the picket sign and starts waving it about in the middle of the ring to the disapproval of the crowd but before long at least one of his requests is granted.


    ***MENTAL***

    Paul Heyman marches out from the back to a big pop from the crowd and the WWE General Manager is all smiles as he heads down to the ring. Christian continues to chant ‘We Want Justice!! as Heyman steps up the steel steps at ringside. Heyman enters the ring and stops right in front of Christian before he shakes his head. The announce team mention how Heyman does not look pleased as he retrieves a microphone.


    Paul Heyman: So let me get this straight Christian. You come out here with your little sign and you demand that I serve out justice? You come out here and demand that I give these people exactly what they want? You come out here in front of all these people who paid their harf earned money to watch tonight's show and you demand that I just take the Intercontinental Championship away from Seth Rollins and hand it over to you?


    Christian nods his head agreeing with Heyman’s opening statements.


    Paul Heyman: You really are something Christian? You have the audacity to be out here and have the gall to ask me to hand the Intercontinental title over to the man that Seth Rollins made tap out at Night Of Champions???


    A pop from the crowd as Heyman lays the facts down on Christian. The fans start to chant ’You Tapped Out!’ and an irate Christian scowls at Heyman and yells that he never tapped out (which he clearly did)before the latter continues.


    Paul Heyman: Well allow me to ease the fears of the WWE Universe… because that is something that I certainly won’t be doing tonight. In fact stripping Seth Rollins of the Intercontinental Championship and handing it over to you Christian would be one of the greatest injustices in WWE history… especially as the only reason he is injured is because of your reckless actions.


    Christian: I’m owed a rematch Paul? And you and I both know that Seth Rollins won’t be able to defend the title against me before the thirty days are up. He's scared of me Paul. You need to do the right thing Paul. Not just for me… not just for them…(points to the crowd) but for Seth Rollins!!!


    The fans jeer Christian as he continues to think he speaks for them. Heyman shakes his head as he persists to be flabbergasted by the former Intercontinental Champion’s demands.


    Paul Heyman: I intend to Christian. I am doing what’s right for them… and especially what’s right for Seth Rollins. And you're right Christian… it is looking very unlikely that Seth Rollins will be able to make it back in time to defend his title against you inside the thirty days.


    Christian beams with delight as the crowd show their depreciation for Heyman's statement.


    Paul Heyman: But that is exactly why earlier today I had an emergency video call meeting with the WWE Board Of Directors and after deep deliberation... they have decided to grant my request!!!


    Christian confusingly mouths ’What request?’ as Heyman stares him down.


    Paul Heyman: Well Christian… seeing as though you asked so nicely I’ll spell it out for you so that . The WWE Board Of Directors were in agreement that seeing as though Seth Rollins being unable to defend his title inside thirty days was completely down to your irresponsible actions and not of his own fault… they have decided to extend his deadline to defend the Intercontinental Championship… to thirty-five days!!!


    A big pop from the crowd but Christian does not look happy.


    Paul Heyman: Because if Seth Rollins is able to... he will defend the Intercontinental Championship… at Summerslam!!!


    A huge pop from the crowd as Heyman delights in informing Christian that Rollins has been granted a reprieve.


    Christian: Okay Paul… that’s fine by me!!! Because it doesn’t matter whether I have to wait thirty-five seconds, thirty-five minutes, thirty-five hours or thirty-five days… at Summerslam I’m going to beat Seth Rollins… and I’m going to take back my Intercontinental title!!! Because I'm Christian... and that’s how I roll!!!


    Christian defiantly expresses his confidence that he will take the Intercontinental Championship back. Heyman nods his head at Christian before he lifts his hand up to his face and slaps his own forehead.


    Paul Heyman: How silly of me Christian. I nearly forgot to mention one tiny, little detail. You see Seth Rollins will definitely have the opportunity to defend the Intercontinental Championship at Summerslam. However… he will only defend the Intercontinental Championship against you… if you manage to make it there!!!


    A huge pop from the Toyota Center and the sound of Christian’s jaw hitting the canvas can be heard all through Texas as a wide grin spreads across Heyman’s face.


    Paul Heyman: Because you see Christian… I’m all for justice. In fact I’m all about Justice for Christian so much so that I think you deserve to earn your shot at the Intercontinental Championship. It's only right!!! And speaking of injustices I was visited earlier tonight by a man who was a part of one just this past week on RAW… and I felt really bad that there was nothing that I could do to help him, so I came up with another idea. Tonight… right here in Houston, Texas…. you Christian will defend your shot at the Intercontinental Championship… against Robert Roode!!!


    The roof nearly comes off the arena as Paul Heyman drops a bombshell on Christian. A furious Christian screams at Heyman that he cannot do that but Heyman just drops the microphone and exits the ring. Christian rages around the ring before he grabs the picket sign and snaps it in half to the amusement of the fans in attendance. The announce team laugh up Christian’s predicament too as Booker T yells out that Paul Heyman just laid down the law on Christian. A livid Christian continues to thrash about the ring as Michael Cole promotes that we will see Christian defend his shot at the Intercontinental Championship tonight against Beer Money’s Robert Roode. Booker T adds that he cannot wait as the show heads to a break.




    COMMERCIAL BREAK


    The show returns with a smiling Paul Heyman walking through the backstage area, still gleaming about putting Christian in his place before the break. All of a sudden Heyman runs into another disgruntled employee, this time Prince Devitt.


    Prince Devitt: I need a word Paul?


    Paul Heyman: What can I help you with Devitt?


    Prince Devitt: Austin Blake. I need you to get him to bring Scarlett back right now. I can’t take this anymore Paul. It's killing me inside. I don’t trust him. She doesn’t belong with him… she isn’t safe!!!


    Heyman doesn’t seem to know what to say as he shrugs his shoulders a little.


    Paul Heyman: Devitt… I can understand where you are coming from, believe me... and I know that it must be hard for you to accept that Scarlett us with Blake right now but my hands are tied. At Night Of Champions you lost to Austin Blake… that's a fact... and as much as it must pain you Devitt… you’ve got to accept that he earned the right to Scarlett for the next few weeks. Again I’m sorry… but there is nothing I can do.


    Devitt looks hopelessly at Paul Heyman before dropping his head in despair. He bites his tongue before he says anything he might regret and walks off down the corridor. Heyman shakes his head. Feeling Devitt’s pain as the announce team remind us that Devitt will go one on one with Sin Cara later tonight. They also discuss if we will hear from Austin Blake and Scarlett after their dinner date last week.







    ***REBORN***

    A big ovation meets Joe Hennig and the WWE United States Champion looks in the mood to fight as he powers down to ringside. The announce team talk up how Hennig was irate this past week on RAW, so much that he attacked Legacy during their Last Chance Triple Threat Qualifying Match, and cost Beer Money the chance to be a part of the WWE Tag Team Championship Match at Summerslam.

    A video airs to show Hennig charging down to the ring on RAW and nailing Dustin Rhodes with a lariat on the outside. Robert Roode looked to have the match won as he dropped Blackjack Rotunda with a Double R Spinebuster but Hennig continued his attack on Legacy on the outside as he hit Ted Dibiase, who was a part of the match and gave the referee no option but to call for the disqualification.

    Hennig shakes his head inside the ring as he looks up at what went down on RAW before he awaits the arrival of Blackjack Rotunda.


    ***IT’S A NEW DAY***

    And Rotunda is not far away as he steps out from the back to a chorus of jeers, and has Legacy stable mates Ted Dibiase and Dustin Rhodes for company. The trio stop at the top of the ramp and Ted Dibiase has a microphone in hand as he prepares to speak to Hennig.


    Ted Dibiase: Joe? Before Ro here comes down to the ring and teaches you a long overdue lesson in respect I just thought you would like to know that Cody is currently away meeting with some very important friends of his. But fear not for he won’t be too long and he has kindly prepared a little something for you in his absence… take a look!!!


    A video starts to air on the big screen above Legacy…





    The following has been brought to you by


    A Million $ Productions


    The black-backed words fade away and the video throws us inside a basketball gym where somebody is shooting hoops alone. The camera fades in before it shows that the individual is basketball star and LA Clippers Centre DeAndre Jordan!!! The crowd give Jordan a huge ovation as he hails from Houston but their cheers soon die down as Jordan is joined in the gym by Cody Rhodes!!!


    Cody Rhodes: DeAndre!!! My man!!!


    Both Rhodes and Jordan claps hands before they bring each other in for a hug.


    DeAndre Jordan: Cody!! Whats up!! You ready to shoot some hoops??!!


    Cody Rhodes: Come on DeAndre… you know I’m always ready!!


    The video breaks off into a montage of Rhodes and Jordan playing a little bit of one on one. Rhodes dispossesses Jordan before he follows up with a lay-up that nestles the ball into the basket. Jordan stops and shakes his head before applauding Rhodes.


    DeAndre Jordan: Awesome!! I forgot how good you were Cody!!


    The video continues with a bit of free throwing and Rhodes executes several three-pointers, although the video splits between Rhodes throwing the shot and the ball landing in the basket. There are more shots of DeAndre Jordan clapping his approval at Rhodes’ talent. Rhodes throws an overhead shot into the basket, this time with no video split and as he recoups the ball he meets up with DeAndre Jordan once more.


    DeAndre Jordan: Damn Cody… I got to take my cap off to you. That was perfect!!!


    Rhodes smiles but shakes his head at Jordan.


    Cody Rhodes: No DeAndre… what you just saw was Cody Rhodes… and that was Better Than Perfect!!!


    Rhodes tosses the ball to Jordan and the two embrace before they head off out of the gym together and the video footage comes to an end with another black-backed screen…


    Cody Rhodes
    “Better Than Perfect”
    [/quote]






    The cameras return to ringside and Joe Hennig is livid as Legacy laugh at the top of the stage at his expense. The trio make their way down to the ring before Rotunda enters. Hennig tries to get at him immediately but the match official holds him back. The announce team discuss the mocking video just played and wonder if Hennig will be able to contain his already volatile temper against Rotunda, especially with the rest of Legacy at ringside.



    Non Title Singles Match
    Joe Hennig versus Blackjack Rotunda

    Story & Finish: These two square off and Blackjack Rotunda gets the upper hand early on by using his strength but Joe Hennig turns the tide and starts to unload on Rotunda with his array of attacks. Hennig drops Rotunda with a hip toss before he dropkicks him in the face to the delight of the crowd. Ted Dibiase and Dustin Rhodes try to get involved but Hennig fends them off only for Rotunda to regain the advantage with an attack from behind. Rotunda sends Hennig into the corner and squashes the United States Champion in the corner with a Body Avalanche before he drops him with a running clothesline. Rotunda looks to the middle turnbuckle and a leap off with a Senton Splash but nobody is home as Hennig slides to safety. Hennig quickly hits Rotunda with a snapmare before he comes off the ropes and connects with a Rolling Neck Snap!!! Hennig starts to build a head of steam as and drops Rotunda with his signature Flapjack!!! Dustin Rhodes climbs on the apron again and Hennig decks him before he locks Rotunda up for the Perfect Plex!!! Hennig hits it!!! The Product Of Perfection holds it for the cover but Dustin Rhodes slides into the ring and breaks up the cover, causing a disqualification!!!

    Spoiler:

    Winner by disqualification after interference from Dustin Rhodes & Ted Dibiase!!! Joe Hennig!!!

    The fans jeer as Ted Dibiase also slides into the ring and Legacy begin another three on one beatdown on Joe Hennig. Dustin Rhodes levels Hennig with a running hip attack before Blackjack Rotunda rises and lands a Running Senton Splash on top of The Product Of Perfection. Dibiase finally wades in as he tells them to pull Hennig up and as he does he sets him up for Dream Street!!! Dibiase looks ready to plant the United States Champion… but the crowd raise their voice as The Gabriel Brothers charge out from the back!!! Justin and Adam race to the ring and Dibiase throws Hennig down, before The Gabriels slide under the bottom ropes and into the ring. The numbers are against them but Justin and Adam manage to duck under clothesline attempts from Dustin Rhodes and Blackjack Rotunda before they bounce off the ropes on the other side and take both men out with a Flying Cross Body and Dropkick respectively. Rhodes and Rotunda exit the ring on impact and Ted Dibiase’s previously smug expression is wiped from his face as he realises that he is all alone with The Gabriel Brothers!!! Booker T calls it karma but Dibiase refuses to wait around and accept his fate as he drops down and rolls under the bottom rope to safety. The Gabriels help Joe Hennig up to his feet and the trio stare down Legacy as Dibiase grabs a hold of Rotunda and Dustin Rhodes and retreats up the ramp. Legacy yell at Hennig and The Gabriels as Michael Cole points out that it looks like Legacy’s big mouths and actions tonight might have found Joe Hennig some allies in his battle with Cody Rhodes and his associates.





    COMMERCIAL BREAK



    ***IT’S TIME***

    Gregory Helms makes his way out and boy does he not look happy. The announce team remind us that last week Helms came out and berated the upcoming NXT Cruiserweight Climax series that oddly he is set to host, only to get a little more than he bargained for.

    A video airs and shows highlights of last week’s SMACKDOWN with Gregory Helms mocking the NXT : CC, and claiming that the participants are not up to the standard of the WWE cruiserweights set by him. Cue NXT CC competitor Adrian Neville coming out to interrupt Helms and after a few words Helms tried to attack Neville, only for The Man That Gravity Forgot to turn the tables on Helms and knock him down with an enziguri before he landed The Red Arrow on the former Intercontinental, Cruiserweight and Television Champion.

    Back at ringside and Helms tries to brush off the heat from the crowd until he sees one holding a sign that depicts Adrian Neville in flight performing The Red Arrow. Helms approaches the fan and snatches the sign out of his hand before he angrily tears it in half to increase the heat on him. Helms marches into the ring and demands a microphone as he has something to get off his chest. The crowd continue to give him a hard time as he tries to begin his speech.


    Gregory Helms: If you people could just shut your stupid damn mouths for a second I’ve got something I’d like to get off my chest!!!


    Helms less than polite approach to asking for a little bit of silence does not go down well with the Houston crowd.


    Gregory Helms: Last week I was the victim of an unprovoked assault… I was attacked by a man that doesn’t even work here. And what do the powers that be do about it? I’ll tell you what they did… nothing!!!


    The fans cheer as Helms continues to get irate as he paces across the ring.


    Gregory Helms: They did absolutely nothing. They didn’t punish that reckless idiot Adrian Neville for putting his hands on me. He could have seriously injured me!!! Who in the hell does he think he is? I’m the greatest cruiserweight wrestler that the world has ever had the privilege of seeing perform before them. And I will not be treated like this. In fact I might just go and have a little chat with my legal representation and see if I can go about suing Adrian Neville for what he did last week. You can’t attack somebody from behind and get away with it!!!


    The crowd again protest against Helms and Michael Cole laughs off Helms claims, reminding us all that it was Helms who tried to attack Neville from behind first.


    Gregory Helms: Now I ain’t sayin’ I’m just sayin’ that if the WWE don’t want things getting ugly between me and Adrian Neville in the future… they better get someone out here to officially kick Adrian Neville out of the NXT Cruiserweight Climax… because I’m Gregory Helms… I’m Supernatural… and Adrian Neville... just like the rest of those NXT losers… is just a Gregory Helms wannabe!!! And I ain’t goin’ anywhere until he gets exactly what he deserves for putting his filthy, disgusting hands on me!!!


    Helms continues to pace side to side inside the ring and the crowd refuse to back him and instead jeer Helms. As for Helms demand nobody seems to be coming…





    …he waits





    … and waits


    ….


    …until


    ….


    ***BOOYAKA 619***

    The arena roof nearly comes off as the music of Rey Mysterio blares across the Toyota Center!!! Booker T is out of his seat in excitement and yells that his ‘dawg’ is here with Michael Cole also putting over how unexpected the surprise arrival of Rey Mysterio is. Mysterio is dressed in jeans and a black t-shirt that has the ‘NXT : Cruiserweight Climax’ logo emblazoned on it. Inside the ring Gregory Helms fumes as Mysterio tags hands with several fans on his way to ringside. Mysterio springs into the ring and climbs the turnbuckle to pose to the crowd once more before he grabs a microphone for himself. Helms however does not let Mysterio speak first and instead makes the first verbal move.


    Gregory Helms: Rey Mysterio!!! What in the hell are you doing here!!! I want someone with authority out here Rey, not a guy who can’t even lace up his own boots anymore… let alone mine!!!


    Mysterio smiles as he stares at Helms before he finally speaks.


    Rey Mysterio: Real clever Gregory. But you don’t need anyone with authority coming out here tonight, what you need is a wake-up call. Someone to talk a little sense into you.Now I thought that last week Adrian Neville handed you that wake-up call that you needed when he nailed you with that awesome gravity-defying Red Arrow… but I guess you still didn’t get the message!!!


    Gregory Helms: Oh really? And what message is that Rey?


    Rey Mysterio: Look at yourself Gregory? You are out here just like last week complaining about a guy who doesn’t even work here. Instead of getting yourself back in the ring and proving a point you come out here and cry and moan like a little girl. I think it’s clear to me and to all these fans exactly what your real problem is Gregory. You’re scared!!!


    Helms doesn’t like what Mysterio is stating and he furiously gets in the face of Mysterio and wags his index finger at him.


    Gregory Helms: Scared? What do I have to be scared of Rey? Please, tell me… because I would love to know what could possibly scare The Supernatural Gregory Helms!!!


    Rey Mysterio: I think you are scared of competition Gregory? I think you are really scared that these guys in the NXT Cruiserweight Climax are going to put on a series that will never be forgotten here in the WWE… and that when the dust settles they will be seen as the future of the WWE’s cruiserweight division… and that you won’t be!!!


    Helms goes as red as beetroot as he snarls at Mysterio but the former World Heavyweight Champion is not finished.


    Rey Mysterio: But I thought you were better than this Gregory. I’ve known you longer than twenty years Greg and I really thought that you had more class than you are showing tonight. Guys like me and you should be paving the way for the future of the cruiserweight division… not selfishly standing in their way!!


    Helms laughs at Mysterio before he walks around the ring shaking his head. Helms approaches Mysterio again and smirks as he responds.


    Gregory Helms: Guys like you and me? There’s a big, big difference between you and me Rey Rey… you might be happy being a thing of the past and well past your sell by date… but me… I’m not and I’m very much still the present and future of cruiserweight wrestling. I’m the bar that those little punks need to measure up to… but I know that they can’t. Because they are not like me and I’m sick of someone like you Rey Rey coming out here and showing me a complete lack of respect. In fact I beg you Rey Rey to leave right now before you end up making me do something I definitely won’t regret!!!


    Helms edges menacingly towards Mysterio but to the delight of the crowd he does not budge.


    Rey Mysterio: I didn’t come here to have a go at you Gregory, far from it. And I certainly didn’t come here for a fight. I came here hoping to see a change in attitude from you Gregory. But seeing as though that’s not looking likely… then I’m here to offer you a proposal instead.


    Everyone looks a little confused, especially Gregory Helms as he stares down Rey Mysterio.


    Gregory Helms: A proposal? What kind of proposal?


    Rey Mysterio: I came here to offer you a challenge Gregory. A challenge that I hope that you will accept because if you don’t want to help pave the way for the future of this division then I think I might have to sway you. My proposal Gregory… is if you really think that the NXT Cruiserweight Climax is just a second rate competition… filled with second rate stars that don#t belong in the WWE… then why don’t you prove it!!!


    A huge pop from the crowd as Mysterio lays down the gauntlet to Helms. The former Cruiserweight Champion just smiles as he stares Mysterio down. He looks out to the crowd for a few seconds before he responds.


    Gregory Helms: Okay Rey… if you want me to kick Adrian Neville and the rest of those Helms wannabes into place then I’ll happily do so. In fact I’d take great pleasure in it. And I will do it just to prove a point to you Mysterio… you and anyone else who thinks those guys are the future of the cruiserweight division. Because they're not!!!


    Rey Mysterio: I had something else in mind Gregory. My proposal to you is that I pick three guys… any three guys from the NXT Cruiserweight Climax… and you pick three cruiserweights… any three cruiserweights from the WWE roster… and we put them up against each other in a six man tag team match… at Summerslam!!!


    A huge pop from the crowd as Mysterio gets them on their feet with the thought of getting glimpse of the NXT Cruiserweight Climax stars before the series starts. Helms however doesn’t look too thrilled with the idea.


    Gregory Helms: Is that the best proposal you got Rey Rey?


    Rey Mysterio: Hey… I understand if you don’t want to take me up on my offer Gregory. After all it’s not like you have much to lose… especially against second rate competition. It’s okay to be scared Gregory!!!


    Helms looks pissed that Mysterio is questioning his guts.


    Gregory Helms: You think I’m scared of those idiots Rey. Well I’m not!!! If this is what I got to do to prove to you that NXT is nothing but second best to the WWE’s cruiserweight division then that’s exactly what I will do. Your three guys… my three guys… Summerslam… you’re on!!!


    The fans pop wildly and Mysterio has a huge grin on his face as his music plays and he nods at Helms before he exits the ring. Helms stares down Mysterio as the Master Of The 619 makes his way up the ramp. The announce team call it a hell of an announcement and wonder who will be a part of the six man tag team match. Booker T states that Gregory Helms will have to put up or shut up at Summerslam.







    A video begins to play inside what looks like a luxury mansion. The lights are off but the bright shining glow of a log fire glistens in the background as the camera moves towards it. As the camera gets closer we see the back of a large armchair with somebody sitting cosily in front of the fire. The cameras swing around the large lounge room and we see several photos of an unidentified individual on the walls, ranging from reaching the peaks of a very high mountain to hand gliding above a canyon to white water rafting. Finally the armchair spins around and the individual sat on the chair has a glass of wine in his hand. He smiles as the camera greets him before he finally brings volume to the video.


    “Hello, my name is Lawrence… Lawrence Everhett.. And soon enough you will all be seeing plenty of me in the NXT Cruiserweight Climax. Now I have lived a very fruitful life as you can see. I have travelled the world and experienced the best experiences the world has to offer. I’ve climbed the highest peaks in the world and pushed myself through some of the toughest waters and hikes that the beautiful world has thrown into my lap. But now I have only one goal left to fulfill. I must come to the WWE and show the world just how great Lawrence Everhett is… and at NXT Cruiserweight Climax I do not see failure as an option. The others may think they have a chance… but unlike the mere few who have ascended Mount Everest… there will be nobody that will conquer ‘Mount Everhett!!’”


    Everhett laughs before he continues to sip away at his wine. The camera backs away from him before the screen begins to fade out to black.




    LAWRENCE EVERHETT
    …is coming to NXT : Cruiserweight Climax!!!

    Just four weeks away!!!







    ***ANCIENT SPIRIT***

    A great ovation meets Sin Cara as he charges out from the back and sprints down to ringside. The International Sensation springs into the ring to another little pop before he rises to the turnbuckle and poses to the crowd. The announce team talk up how much of a fan favourite the high-flying Sin Cara is and discuss whether or not he could be in contention to be a part of Gregory Helms’ team at Summerslam. Booker T calls him the ideal candidate but wonders whether Helms’ ego will get in the way of picking the best of the WWE’s cruiserweights.


    ***SEQUIOA THRONE***

    If Sin Cara got a great reaction then the arrival of Prince Devitt got a thunderous one as the former WWE Cruiserweight Champion strolls out from behind the curtain. Devitt does not share the crowd’s enthusiasm for his appearance though as the commentary team quite rightly point out that he is a man with a lot on his mind. Devitt keeps shaking his head disappointingly as he arrives at ringside and Booker T exclaims that he hates seeing Devitt like this. Michael Cole again fills us in on the fact that Devitt’s girlfriend Scarlett Marseille is currently being forced to stay with Devitt’s rival, the WWE Cruiserweight Champion Austin Blake, after Blake defeated Devitt at Night Of Champions. Devitt is in the ring and ready as the referee rings the bell to start the singles match.



    Singles Match
    Prince Devitt versus Sin Cara

    Story & Finish: A back and for start between the two and with Devitt’s mind not fully on the contest he is caught out by a Flying Headscissors from Sin Cara. The Mexican flyer keeps Devitt down for the next few minutes with an array of dropkicks and gets a close fall with a running tornado DDT. Sin Cara’s early dominance finally breaks as he hits the ropes and looks for a Springboard Moonsault onto Devitt but the Irishman sidesteps the attack and drills a hard kick right into Sin Cara’s midsection. Devitt follows up with a running dropkick to the face that sends Sin Cara sprawling under the ropes to the outside. The intensity of Devitt rises as he heads to the ring apron and charges along it before he dives onto a rising Sin Cara and takes him out with a Diving Cross Body Block!!!

    Prince Devitt lifts Sin Cara up and drops him face first off the ring apron. Devitt rolls Sin Cara back into the ring before he hits a slingshot leg drop for a close fall. Devitt hits Sin Cara with a trio of corner clotheslines before he snaps him into the canvas with a snap suplex. Devitt drags Sin Cara up and sets him onto his shoulders for The Prince’s Throne!!! Devitt tosses Sin Cara up into the air but Sin Cara counters out with a arm drag takedown. Devitt flies across the ring and on return Sin Cara dropkicks him in the knee to take him down. Sin Cara calls for the Hurricanrana Driver and he charges towards Devitt, but the Irishman sees him coming and counters the Hurricanrana Driver into a Sitout Powerbomb!!! Devitt holds for the cover but Sin Cara kicks out at two, frustrating Devitt again!!!

    Prince Devitt sends Sin Cara into the ropes but Sin Cara ducks under a clothesline and performs a great looking springboard back elbow that rocks Devitt back into the ropes. Devitt bounces forward and Sin Cara looks for a Tornado DDT!!! But Devitt shoves him off in midair… Sin Cara lands safely on his feet but turns right around and into the path of a flying Devitt who takes Sin Cara’s head off with a Dreamcast Kick!!! The crowd cheer as Devitt nails him with corkscrew spin kick but Devitt doesn’t rest on his advantage and quickly drops down on top of Sin Cara and puts him in The Devitt’s End!!! The Irishman locks his submission hold in tight and Sin Cara, with nowhere to go has no option but to tap out!!!

    Spoiler:

    Winner by submission with The Devitt’s End!!! Prince Devitt!!!

    A great reaction greets Prince Devitt’s victory and the Irishman looks a little happier having won the match than he did before he entered. Michael Cole calls it a much needed confidence boost for Devitt but there are no smiles anymore as Austin Blake flashes onto the big screen!!!


    Austin Blake: Devitt!!! Hello again!!! It’s so nice to see you… not!!! Seeing you right now seems like a complete waste of my precious time but I just had to drop in and give you an update on how things are going between yours truly and your girlfriend.


    Devitt angrily points up at Blake, who just smiles gloatingly back at him.


    Austin Blake: And as much as I’d love to say it’s been all fun and games, because believe me there was plenty of fun… and there was lots of games!!!


    Blake winks at everyone to which Michael Cole responds ‘Oh please!!’ Devitt however continues to scowl as he intensely stares up at Blake.


    Austin Blake: But it seems that little Scarlett has been a very naughty girl this week… and not the naughty kind that I like baybay!!! If I was Santa Claus she wouldn't be getting any presents this year. So I had to put her over my knee for not doing as she was told.


    The cameras pan out and we can see that Austin Blake is sitting inside his house whilst Scarlett can be seen in the background outside the house, seemingly scrubbing the poolside floor.


    Austin Blake: Now don’t worry too much about it Devvy, because I really think that Scarlett is learning her lesson. And tonight is going to be the night she makes it up to me… if you know what I mean. In fact I really think she’s starting to fall for me buddy. I’m sorry but who wouldn’t? Look at me… I’m Austin Blake baybay… and I’m More Than You Can Take!!!! I’ll be seeing you next week Devvy… if I find time to step away from the bedroom that is!!!!


    Blake laughs and grins as the video comes to a close with the crowd jeering the obnoxious Blake. Devitt rages up inside the ring and tries not to lose it. Sin Cara is still inside the ring and puts an arm on Devitt’s shoulder to comfort him… but Devitt snaps!!!! Devitt drags Sin Cara down into the canvas again and locks him back into The Devitt’s End!!! The crowd don’t know how to respond to Devitt’s actions as Sin Cara frantically slaps the mat in pain. Devitt refuses to release the hold though and a swarm of officials raid the ring to try and convince him to let Sin Cara go. Eventually Devitt frees Sin Cara and the look of shame immediately hits him as he realises what he just did. The announce team refuse to condone Devitt’s reactions but try to sympathise with what he is experiencing at the moment. Booker T mentions that Devitt looks a lost man from the guy that dominated the Cruiserweight Division this year and Michael Cole blames Austin Blake for tearing Devitt apart personally and emotionally. Prince Devitt walks up the ramp with his head down as the announce team mention that they don’t know what the Irishman is capable of anymore. The announce team move on to promote that later on tonight Ric Flair will make his return to the ring and coming up soon we will see Robert Roode of Beer Money challenge Christian for the latter’s Intercontinental Championship rematch against Seth Rollins at Summerslam.








    In the corridors of the backatage area we see the aforementioned Robert Roode walking but he doesn’t look too upbeat and soon enough his tag team partner James Storm furiously rushes up towards him.


    James Storm: What the hell Bobby!!! You said you were going to talk to Heyman about getting us back into the Tag Team Title hunt and instead I find out you’re in there angling for title shots for yourself. What’s goin’ on!!!


    Roode holds his hands up to try and calm his friend and partner down.


    Robert Roode: Easy James… I went and saw Paul Heyman… and I begged him to put us back into the running for the tag team titles. But he said no. He said despite what happened last week that he just couldn’t change the decision as technically Legacy did nothing wrong. I never asked for what happened next James… I was about to walk out and tell you what he said when he called me back. He said he couldn’t give me a shot at the Tag Titles until after Summerslam… but he could give me something else.


    James Storm: Yeah… a god damn shot at the Intercontinental Title. I got that part Bobby… from Paul Heyman no less.. but let me ask you this Bobby… where’s my shot? Huh? Seems that you've been taking your eyes off the real prize a lot lately. Maybe because you've got your eyes on winning one all for yaself!!!


    Robert Roode: I knew this was a bad idea!!!


    James Storm: Then why didn’t you turn it down Bobby, start thinking about us and less about yaself.


    Roode stares at Storm for a few seconds as the uneasiness between the pair continues.


    Robert Roode: Let me ask you something James? If it was you who was offered the chance to win an opportunity to become the Intercontinental Champion would you turn it down?


    James Storm: In a heartbeat Bobby!!!


    Robert Roode: No you wouldn’t James. You would pass up a title shot as much as you would pass up a free beer. And I wouldn’t expect you to. You should be happy for me James. I thought we were brothers Cowboy?!?!


    Storm finally calms down and nods his head as he takes a big swig of the beer in his hand.


    James Storm: We are Bobby… you know that. It just would have been nice of y’all to tell me before I have to hear it from someone else.


    Robert Roode: I’m sorry James… I should’ve been the one to tell ya’ but I need you to back me up partner. Tonight is just something I gotta do. You understand… right?


    Storm finishes off his beer and tosses it over his head.


    James Storm: Of course I understand Bobby… I’m just being silly. Think I had a bad beer. You go out there and you make that son bitch sorry ‘bout his damn luck and I’ll be right here cheering you on.


    Roode pulls Storm in for an embrace and the two hug it out.


    Robert Roode: Don’t worry Cowboy… I’m going to bring home the W tonight. And then I’ll get the beers in!!!


    James Storm: Damn right you will!!!


    The two share a laugh as the situation seems to be resolved. Storm pats Roode on the back before he leaves him to prepare for his match before the show heads to a break.




    COMMERCIAL BREAK



    The show returns inside the office of Paul Heyman and the WWE General Manager, as always is met with an irate superstar and this time it is Harry Smith. William Regal is with Smith as the pair angrily confronts Heyman and for once it’s Smith doing the majority of the talking.


    Harry Smith: I want Drew McIntyre Heyman!!! I don’t care what you need to do… just give me Drew McIntyre!!! I’m sick to death of seeing his face everywhere I go… attacking me during my matches… attacking William Regal… the guy doesn’t deserve to be breathing the same air as me… but if he’s going to keep getting in my business then I’m going to have permanently erase him.


    Heyman sits back in his chair as Smith and Regal await an answer.


    Paul Heyman: So let me get this straight gentlemen… last week you were finished with Drew McIntyre and didn’t want anything to do with him. But now this week you want him in a match. I’m confused gentlemen… you could have had what you wanted last week but flatly refused.


    Harry Smith tries to contain his anger but eventually he leans down towards Heyman.


    Harry Smith: I don’t care what happened last week Paul. I want Drew McIntyre… so make it happen!!!


    Paul Heyman: Again excuse me if I’m mistaken but you will get the chance to get your hands on Drew McIntyre tonight in the six man tag team match I’ve booked.


    Smith does not look happy as he stares into Heyman.


    Harry Smith: You’re right Paul. I do have a chance tonight to get my hands on McIntyre. But it’s just that Paul… a chance. And a chance isn’t good enough. I want a guaranteed chance of putting Drew McInytre in his place once and for all. One on one. Man to boy. He won’t know what’s hit him when this Bulldog sinks his teeth into him.


    Smith starts to froth at the mouth as the intensity in his words take over. Heyman smiles as he folds his arms and sits right back in his chair.


    Paul Heyman: I’ll see what I can do.


    Heyman doesn’t budge from his seat but Smith seems happy enough with his response as he smirks before he rams his way past Regal and out of the office. William Regal remains and shares an uneasy stare with Paul Heyman who motions for him to leave. Regal quickly scurries out of the room and after Harry Smith as the announce team wonder what will happen next between Drew McIntyre and Harry Smith later on tonight when the two are in six man tag team action.







    ***TAKE A FALL***

    An awesome ovation meets Robert Roode as the Canadian powers out from the back. Roode pumps himself up before he poses to the crowd. The announce team state that tonight could be a career changing night for Roode if he can pick up the win over Christian. Michael Cole runs through Roode’s career to date with his noted success in the tag team division alongside Beer Money partner James Storm being followed this year by Roode showing incredible potential as a singles competitor. Booker T takes over and reminds everyone that Roode made it to the King Of The Ring Final two months ago before losing out to the current Unified World Champion Kevin Steen. As Roode enters the ring and climbs the turnbuckles to salute the crowd Michael Cole continues on that Roode’s success seems to have been driving a slight wedge between him and his partner James Storm over the past few months, with several miscommunications in tag team matches not helping matters. Booker T says he knows exactly what it feels like to start gaining singles success after being a tag team specialist for so long and it’s the thirst for solo success that keeps you going back for more.


    ***JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES***

    The crowd jeer as Christian makes his second appearance of the night. The former Intercontinental Champion does not look pleased as he heads down towards the ring refusing to acknowledge any of the fans. The announce team discuss Christian’s plight tonight after he talked his way into defending his Intercontinental Championship rematch by demanding that Paul Heyman hand him back the title that currently belongs to the injured Seth Rollins, a man that Christian purposely and viciously attacked at Night Of Champions. Michael Cole states that Christian could receive the punishment he deserves tonight if he can’t overcome Robert Roode. Christian enters the ring and furiously points at Roode, blaming him for what’s happened tonight. Roode just smiles back at his fellow Canadian and the referee finally rings the bell to get the match underway.



    Singles Match for Chrisitan’s Intercontinental Championship Rematch
    Christian versus Robert Roode


    Story & Finish:
    The match starts with Christian trying to tell Robert Roode that he doesn't belong out here in the ring with him and Captain Charisma's pleas for Roode to leave end up with 'Double R' drilling Christian with a big right hand to huge cheers from the crowd. Roode backs Christian into the ropes with a series of right hands before he whips him across the ring and hits him with a running knee to the gut. Christian keels over and Roode sends him into the corner before he charges after him and clatters him into the turnbuckle with big clothesline. Christian stumbles out of the corner and Roode hits him with an atomic drop not once but twice. Christian looks in trouble as the fired up Roode sends him into the ropes, but this time Christian hangs onto them and waits for Roode to charge towards him before he pulls the top rope down... and Roode's momentum sends him crashing over the top to the outside.

    Christian takes a breather before he slides out of the ring and starts to pick apart Robert Roode. A couple of kicks from Christian are quickly accompanied by him slamming Roode's face off the ring apron. Christian grabs Roode and slams him face first off the steel ring post to jeers from the crowd. Christian decides to re-enter the ring as the referee continues to count Roode out. The crowd urge Roode to get back into the ring and with the count at eight Roode rises and manages to dive back into the ring just before the ten count. Christian immediately goes back on the attack and hits Roode with a series of strikes. Christian kicks Roode into the bottom turnbuckle before he uses his foot to choke him several times before the referee gives him a final warning. Christian pulls Roode up and hits him with a couple og uppercuts to the face but a slap to the face takes it too far and Roode turns the tables on him!!!

    Robert Roode throws Christian into the corner and drives his shoulder into his midsection several times. Roode climbs up on top of Christian and connects with a flurry of right hands before he drops down and levels Christian with a clothesline. Roode drops Christian into the canvas with a scoop slam before he comes off the ropes and drops an elbow into his midsection. Roode pulls Christian up and drives him back down with a series of knife edge chops. Christian staggers on the spot and Roode takes aim with a clothesline... but Christian ducks under it and manages to drop Roode down from behind with an Inverted DDT!!! Christian makes a cover but only gets a two count. Christian goes on the attack and sends Roode through the ropes to the outside. Chrsitian waits for Roode to pull himself up by the apron before he races across the ring and hits a baseball slide under the bottom rope and into the face of Roode.

    Christian slams Roode into the steel steps before he rolls him back into the ring. Christian comes into the ring and calls for the Killswitch to end the match but as he twists Roode shoves him into the ropes and cuts him half with a Spear!!! The crowd erupt as Roode makes the cover... and Christian can't kick out in time!!! But he manages to get his foot on the bottom rope!!! The fans delight turns to despair as Chrsitian survives and Robert Roode cannot believe it. Roode goes back on the attack and hits a Rolling Neck Snap on Christian before he drops him off the top turnbuckle with Snake Eyes!!! Roode waits for Christian to stumble into him and kicks him in the gut before he drops him with a snap suplex!!! Roode calls for the Double R Spinebuster as he pulls Christian up to his feet. Roode bounces Christian off the ropes but again Christian hangs on... Roode approaches but Christian gets a boot up and kicks Roode in the face.

    Christian comes off the ropes and takes Roode's knee out with a chop block!!! Roode crumples down and Christian immediately heads to the top turnbuckle. Christian yells some insults the crowd's way before he leaps off and connects with a Frog Splash to Roode!!! Booker T thinks that could be it as Christian hooks the leg... but Roode refuses to go down easily and gets a shoulder up just in time!!! Christian cannot believe it as he wipes his forehead. Christian's anger seeps through as he slaps Roode across the face and begs him to get to his feet. Christian heads to the corner as he looks for a Spear but as he stampedes across the ring Roode slides out of the way and Christian hits the middle turnbuckle hard. Christian bounces right into Roode who sends him into the ropes... Christian quickly counters though as he soars through the air on return with a Flying Cross Body!!! But Roode ducks out of the way and Christian wipes out the referee!!!

    The crowd 'ooh' as the referee is down but Robert Roode reacts quickly and catches Christian off guard and drags him down to the canvas with a Crossface!!! Christian is in trouble as Roode has him right in the middle of the ring and within ten seconds Christian taps out!!! The match should be over!!! But there's no referee!!! The crowd jeer the lack of referee as Robert Roode has the match won!!! Roode realises that the referee is out and releases the hold to try and revive him. The referee refuses to budge though having taken the full force of Christian's attack moments ago. Roode returns to Christian and pulls him up but Captain Charisma catches him out of nowhere with a low blow!!! The fans jeer Christian as he smirks at the crumbling Roode before he grabs him from behind and plants him into the canvas with the Killswitch!!! Christian stands over Roode and surveys the ring before he realises the referee is down and heads to the outside. Christian grabs a steel chair from ringside to a chorus of boos from the crowd with Michael Cole begging for Christian to rethink his actions!!!

    Christian slides into the ring with the steel chair as he looks to inflict some serious damage on Robert Roode. Roode is helpless as Christian stands over him looking to slam the chair into the back of his head. The commentary team remind us that Seth Rollins did not fare well at Night Of Champions once Christian has a steel chair in his hand... but the crowd cheer vociferously as James Storm emerges from the back and dashes down to the ring... and he's got a chair in his hand too!!! Christian sees Storm coming as The Cowboy slides into the ring and decides to flee as he exits the ring on the other side. Storm points his finger at Christian and warns him to watch himself... before he turns around and slams the steel chair into the face-down Robert Roode's head!!! The WWE Universe is in shock, as is Christian as James Storm stands over Roode's body having smashed the steel chair off the head of his best friend!!! Booker T is speechless as Michael Cole screams out 'What the hell?' Storm doesn't say anything but instead steps out of the ring and surveys the rest of the match. Christian looks weary for a moment but quickly slides into the ring as the referee regains conciousness. Christian jumps on top of Roode for the cover and without any doubt picks up the three count to retain his Intercontinental Championship rematch... thanks to an unlikely assist from Roode's tag team partner James Storm!!!

    Spoiler:

    Winner by pinfall after James Storm smashed a chair over the head of Roode!!! Christian!!!

    Nobody can believe what they’ve just seen!!! James Storm stands outside the ring emotionless as he stares in at the fallen Robert Roode. Christian takes a quick look at Stomr on the outside and decides that he’s got what he wanted and quickly slides out of the ring delighted that he’s held onto his Intercontinental Championship rematch at Summerslam. Michael Cole condemns James Storm for selling out his ‘friend’ but Storm continues to show no remorse for his actions, instead chooses to crack open a beer and starts to sip it. Booker T doesn’t know what’s gotten into Storm but Robert Roode begins to stir on the canvas. This forces Storm to make his way up the steel steps and to step inside the ring. Storm approaches Roode as the latter scrams his way up to his knees with the help of Storm’s knees. Roode looks up at Storm who doesn’t say anything. Roode looks desperate as he asks ‘Why!!!’ but instead of replying with words Storm just shakes his head before he takes a step back and...

    ...


    ...


    ...


    ...SMASHES THE BEER BOTTLE OFF THE TOP OF ROBERT ROODE’S HEAD!!!

    The bottle explodes off of Roode and the crowd shower James Storm with heat. The match official charges in between Roode and Storm as the latter just stares down at Roode, who is flat on his face in the middle of the ring and not moving. Storm looks out at the baying crowd before he takes one more look down at his partner. Storm shakes his head before he steps over Roode’s body and walks right on out of the ring without saying a word. Michael Cole and Booker T are lost for words as James Storm strides up the ramp and to the back, still not uttering a word about his actions. Back inside the ring several EMTs and backstage staff attend to the stricken Roode as he continues to lay motionlessly. Cole finally breaks the silence as he apologises for what everybody just saw before ironically a replay of what just happened airs. Booker T wonders what on earth must have been running through James Storm’s head tonight after he first cost his best friend the chance to challenge for the Intercontinental Championship and then he goes and knocks his lights out by smashing a beer bottle over his head. The commentary team hope that Robert Roode will be okay but move on to remind us that later tonight we will see the return of Ric Flair, and right now Byron Saxton is standing by with the two men who will be trying to make The Nature Boy’s return one he will want to forget.








    We head backstage where Byron Saxton is standing by preparing to interview inside the interview pit.


    Byron Saxton: Ladies and gentlemen please welcome my guests at this time… Claudio Cesaro and Kassius Hero… The Kings Of Wrestling!!!


    The crowd boo the appearance of Hero and Cesaro as The Kings slither onto the scene.


    Byron Saxton: Gentlemen… tonight you two will be in tag team action against Randy Orton and the returning Ric Flair after last week saw The Nature Boy make a surprising return that ended up with a physical confrontation between all four of you.


    The Kings look furiously at Byron Saxton before Kassius Hero snatches the microphone out of his hand. Claudio Cesaro shoves Saxton away as The Kings take over the interview. Hero looks directly into the camera as he starts to speak.


    Kassius Hero: Physical confrontation? What the hell were you watching? Last week we were assaulted by a pensioner. That fossil Ric Flair is lucky that we duly respected our elders last week or he’d be in the hospital eating through a straw like the rest of the people his age.


    Claudio Cesaro: That’s right Kass. It’s a shame that Ric Flair had to do what he did because his actions have made our future actions easier. Tonight Ric Flair and Randy Orton will find out exactly what The Kings’ wrath feels like. Tonight Randy Orton will wish he had walked away last week and never looked back, because when we are finished with him and Ric Flair… we promise that they won’t be able to walk away!!!


    Kassius Hero: Which brings us to tonight. We will show the world just how great The Kings Of Wrestling are… but we know all about Ric Flair and his tendency to play dirty. We know that give Ric Flair an inch and he will steal a mile. That’s why we went to see Paul Heyman and asked if we could make tonight’s match be a no disqualifications match.


    Claudio Cesaro: We don’t want any asterisk hovering over tonight’s result. Paul Heyman has granted our request on the condition that Ric Flair and Randy Orton agree to it too. So I guess that we will be having a normal tag team match tonight… because everybody knows that those two relics don’t have the guts to take on The Kings Of Wrestling without bending the rules behind the referee’s back.


    Kassius Hero: Who can blame them though? Look at us. We are The Kings Of Wrestling… we are true wrestling royalty… Ric Flair… he’s just a dirty old dog ready to be taken out back and finally put out of his misery.


    Claudio Cesaro: Randy Orton’s mistake is going to cost Ric Flair tonight. Because when we step into the ring… we always get the job done…


    Kassius Hero: Because The Kings Reign Supreme…


    Cesaro nods his head in agreement with Hero.


    Claudio Cesaro: …the Kings Reign Supreme…


    Hero throws his elbow up and Cesaro wraps his own arm around it in an uppercut position as both men stare intensely into the camera.


    Both: Over everyone!!!!!


    Cesaro and Hero continue to stare into the camera as the segment comes to a finish with the next break in the show.




    COMMERCIAL BREAK



    SMACKDOWN returns backstage to the loud noise of singing.


    “There’s so much I want to do!!!
    And tonight I want to lay it at your feet…
    ‘Cause girl… I was made for you…
    And girl… you were made for me…”



    The camera catches up to the noise and we are met with the presence of WWE Telelvision Champion Heath Slater rocking away in his locker room with headphones blocking out the world.


    “I was made for lovin’ you baby!!!
    You were made for lovin’ me!!!
    And I can’t get enough of you baby!!!
    Can you get enough of me!!!”



    Slater thrashes around yelling out the lyrics to a popular Kiss song and jumps to turn to his left before his singing comes to an abrupt halt. We see why straight away as Slater is joined by Shelton Benjamin. Benjamin smiles as Slater removes his headphones and the former offers Slater a handshake, which Slater accepts.


    Shelton Benjamin: Congratulations on last week Heath. I got to admit you had me good. Hopefully you can bring that same fire to our six man tag match tonight.


    Heath Slater: Sure thing Shelton… I’m The One Man Band baby… I bring the fire every night of the week!!!


    Shelton Benjamin: Good to hear it because I really want to teach that Miz a lesson tonight after what he did last week. But enough about that because what I really came here for is to ask you for another shot at your title, only this time we can do it one on one. What do you think?


    Slater smiles and nods his head at Benjamin.


    Heath Slater: Sure thing Shelton… I’d love to give you another shot at this. But let me warn you pal… I don’t have any intention of giving this title up.


    Shelton Benjamin: That’s what I like to hear Heath… but I’m The Gold Standard… and sooner or later I’m gunna put some gold around this waist. Hopefully sooner rather than later.


    Benjamin pats Slater on the shoulder before he walks off and after a brief moment of thought Slater goes back to singing away as the announce team remind us that Slater and Benjamin will be teaming up tonight… and that match is up next!!!







    A video package starts to play inside a local gym and we see a wrestling ring right in the center with several people watching. The camera moves towards the ring and we see that the crowd are watching Big E Langston in training. Langston charges across the ring and takes his opponents head off with running lariat. Another opponent comes in and Langston tosses him over his head with an overhead belly to belly. Langston stalks the first opponent as he rises by the ropes and clotheslines him hard over the top rope. Langston pulls the second opponent up and hoits him over his right shoulder before he drops down and drives his opponent down with an over the shoulder backbreaker!!! The crowd start to applaud Langston as he takes a towel and wipes the sweat from his forehead. The camera comes in closer to Langston…


    Big E Langston: I’m Big E Langston…. and I’m coming to the WWE!!!


    The screen fades out to black with Langston staring intensely into the camera…




    BIG E LANGSTON

    Coming soon!!!







    ***REALEZA***

    Alberto Del Rio makes his way down to the ring to a chorus of jeers. The announce team discuss how Del Rio’s year has gone downhill ever since he lost to Seth Rollins at Extreme Rules in a Submission match and wonder what lies ahead for The Pride Of Mexico.


    AWESOME!!!
    ***I CAME TO PLAY***

    And just like Alberto Del Rio before him The Miz receives a cold welcome from the crowd in Texas. The self proclaimed Awesome One prances down to the ring as Booker T and Michael Cole talk about how Miz made an enemy in Shelton Benjamin last week when he eliminated The Gold Standard from a battle royal after already being eliminated himself.


    ***BULLDOG BITE***

    William Regal saunters out from the back and right behind him is Harry Smith. The British Canadian powers down to ringside and does not look in a good mood as the announce team recap Smith’s demands to WWE General Manager Paul Heyman earlier tonight. Booker T notes that he cannot wait to see Harry Smith and Drew McIntyre go head to head again as he loves nothing more than to see two guys who generally hate each other tear each apart.


    ***AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ ME***

    A pop from the crowd as Shelton Benjamin makes his way out from the back. The Gold Standard looks upbeat as he tags several fans on his way to the ring. Benjamin stands on the outside of the ring as he awaits the arrival of his partners. Michael Cole reminds us that next week Shelton Benjamin will challenge Heath Slater for the WWE Television Championship.


    ***BROKEN DREAMS***

    Harry Smith paces back and for inside the ring as Drew McIntyre makes his way out. McIntyre only has eyes for Smith too as he storms down to ringside but before he can charge into the ring Benjamin stops him in his tracks and reminds him that the numbers game is against them for now. The announce team talk up how personal the feud between McIntyre and Smith went up another level last week.

    “Footage airs of Harry Smith and Drew McIntyre fighting on the ramp until Smith sent McIntyre head first into the stage set. McIntyre returned later that night during a Fatal Four Way Match involving Smith and laid William Regal out with a Future Shock DDT. McIntyre pulled Smith out of the match and did the same to him to cost Smith the chance to become the WWE Television Champion.”

    Back at ringside Smith and Regal fume at the video footage as McIntyre trades insults with the pair from the ringside area.


    ***MORE THAN ONE MAN***

    A great ovation awaits the WWE Television Champion and Heath Slater comes out with his championship title belt in hand and plays air guitar with it. Booker T states that Slater ain’t Gene Simmons but he likes him as The One Man Band rocks his way down to the ring. Slater points out to the fans before he joins Shelton Benjamin and Drew McIntyre at ringside. The trio enter the ring together and the commentary team discuss Slater’s so far successful run as WWE Television Champion and how he defeated three of the men in tonight’s six man tag team match last week in a Fatal Four Way Match to hold onto his title. With all six men finally at ringside the referee rings the bell to start the match.



    Six Man Tag Team Match
    Drew McIntyre, Heath Slater & Shelton Benjamin versus Alberto Del Rio, Harry Smith & The Miz


    Story & Finish:
    Plenty of little stories build throughout this match with Harry Smith and Drew McIntyre wanting to get at each other right away. With Del Rio and Benjamin starting the match the pair are made to wait a few minutes before both get into the match at the same time. As soon as they do McIntyre levels Smith with a running big boot to the face before he calls for Future Shock, only for Smith to wriggle free and tag himself out of the match. As McIntyre tries to get at Smith he gets caught by The Miz who nearly rolls him up for the win. Miz whips McIntyre into the ropes and Shelton Benjamin gets a blind tag into the match. Miz drops McIntyre with a clothesline but the referee warns Miz that McIntyre is not the legal man and Benjamin springboards into the ring and takes Miz out with a Flying Cross Body!!! Harry Smith decides to get himself a piece of the downed Drew McIntyre as he pulls him out of the ring and starts to brawl with the Scotsman.

    The pair battle up the ramp with William Regal in pursuit as the match continues and Benjamin calls for the T-Bone Suplex but Miz elbows out of the attack and drills Benjamin down with The Reality Check!!! Miz covers but Benjamin kicks out on two!!! Miz goes on the offence for the next minute or so but Benjamin remains resilient with Heath Slater urging him to tag him into the match. Benjamin manages to dodge a clothesline attempt from The Miz but as is the norm in tag team matches both men have the same idea and clothesline each other down on the turn. The crowd get behind Benjamin as he tries to crawl towards Slater in the corner but as he edges closer to making the hot tag The Miz creeps across and tags Alberto Del Rio in first!!! Del Rio charges in but can’t get his hands on Benjamin as he makes the tag to Slater just in time!! The crowd cheer as the WWE Telelvision Champion bursts into the match and knocks Del Rio down with a clothesline before he hits the kneeling Miz with a running big boot to the face.

    Heath Slater sends Del Rio into the corner before he charges up and looks for another clothesline but Del Rio sees him coming and gets a boot up into his face. Del Rio comes out of the corner and takes Slater down with an Armbreaker!!! Del Rio gets a close fall but moves back on the attack as he stomps on the shoulder and arm of Slater. Del Rio looks for the Cross Armbreaker but he takes his time setting it up and gloating and Slater breaks free and hits Del Rio with a Russian Leg Sweep!!! Shelton Benjamin is back up and he charges into the ring and hits a suicide dive through the ropes that takes out The Miz on the outside!!! Heath Slater calls for The Smash Hit as he pulls Del Rio up to his feet but The Pride Of Mexico manages to squirm free of Slater’s grip and ducks a follow up clothesline. Del Rio dropkicks Slater in the back and The One Man Band unfortunately clatters into Shelton Benjamin who was climbing onto the ring apron!!! Alberto Del Rio quickly rolls Slater up from behind and squeezes out the three count to earn his team the victory.

    Spoiler:

    Winners by pinfall with a rollup!!! Alberto Del Rio, Harry Smith & The Miz!!!

    The fans are not happy as Alberto Del Rio sneaks the win for his team tonight and the Mexican quickly heads out of the ring and basks in his victory as he looks back into the ring at the beaten Slater!! The Television Champion can’t believe he got pinned as Del Rio decides that he wants to let Slater know that he wants the Television Title by motioning his hands around his waist. On the outside Shelton Benjamin rises holding his head and he and Slater share a look of disappointment with each other as the announce team discuss what will happen in the future of the Television Championship with Alberto Del Rio, The Miz and Shelton Benjamin all looking to take it away from Heath Slater.

    The cameras head backstage though where Drew McIntyre, Harry Smith and William Regal are in the parking lot and McIntyre slams Smith’s head off a shutter. Regal tries to intervene but McIntyre digs him with an elbow to the midsection before he looks for a Future Shock DDT on the concrete flooring!!! Regal looks in danger of being sent to the hospital but Harry Smith returns and clubs McIntyre over the back. Smith tells Regal to start the car and the Blackpool man disappears as this time Smith crashes McIntyre’s head off the large shutter. Smith delivers a couple of kicks to the midsection before he angrily yells at McIntre that he’s worthless. Smith manages to drag McIntyre up to his feet and looks for the Running Powerslam as he places McIntyre on his shoulder. The announce team beg for Smith not to go through with it as he looks to slam McIntyre on the concrete but the Scotsman manages to slide off and he connects with a running big boot to the face of his adversary!!! Smith starts to crawl away from McIntyre who looks ready to kill Smith but as he grabs at him he’s caught with a stray elbow to the face. The moment is just what Smith needed as William Regal screeches into the picture in his Ford Focus hatchback!!! Regal swings the door open and Smith dives in and slams the door shut… Drew McIntyre chases after the car as it begins to take off and leaps onto the roof… holding onto it in a star-shaped position!!! The car leaves the parking lot and Drew McIntyre’s grip gives in as he slides off the back and somehow lands safely on the ground!!! Regal and Smith drive off out of the arena as McIntyre angrily yells out in frustration that the pair got away. The cameras swing back to ringside where Michael Cole and Booker T discuss what just happened and wonder if the feud between Drew McIntyre and Harry Smith will ever be over. They move on to mention that still tonight we’ve got a huge tag team main event and that right now the man that everybody has been talking about is standing by backstage with Byron Saxton.








    Indeed Byron Saxton is backstage and he is ready to go.


    Byron Saxton: Ladies and gentlemen it is my pleasure to welcome you all to the man who will make his return to WWE ring action tonight after five long years… The Nature Boy…. Ric Flair!!!


    The crowd erupts with the biggest cheer of the night as Ric Flair steps into the picture, flexing his trademark smile and wearing his signature blue and white robe. Flair takes in the moment as he awaits Saxton’s first question.


    Byron Saxton: Ric? There are plenty of questions that the WWE Universe would like to know the answer to right now? Like how does it feel to be on the brink of stepping back into a WWE ring after five long years? And what is your response to the challenge laid down by The Kings Of Wrestling earlier tonight to make tonight’s match a no disqualification match? And finally Ric… do you think making a return to the ring tonight is a good idea?


    Instead of getting upset by Saxton’s last question Flair acknowledges him with a nod.


    Ric Flair: Thank you Byron. But I can take it from here pal.


    Flair grabs the microphone and looks directly into the camera, much like The Kings Of Wrestling earlier tonight, and smiles as he prepares to address the questions proposed to him.


    Ric Flair: First off let me say how good it is to be back… WOO!!!! Oh yeah!!! The Nature Boy is happy to be here in Houston and ready to take out some royal trash. It’s been five long years…. but that’s five years too long. Because everybody knows that the WWE has never been the same ever since this stylin’… profilin’… limousine ridin’… jet flyin’… wheelin’ dealin’… kiss stealin’… WOO… son of a gun stopped being the dirtiest player in the game around here. And tonight me and Randy Orton are going to make up for lost time… oh yeah… tonight… Claudio Cesaro??? Kassius Hero??? You want to play dirty… then you picked the wrong guy to play dirty with!!! You have the audacity to question the balls of The Nature Boy??? I was putting out punks like you two when you were still in your mother's womb. You want no disqualifications… you got it!!! WOO!!!! You think I’m past my sell by date?? You think Ric Flair is done??? Uhuhhhh!!! You two knuckleheads want to be real men… well to be the man… you got to beat the man… and you two ain’t beat me yet!!! WOO!!!! And tonight me and Randy Orton are going to come down to that ring and kick your sorry asses all over Texas like the bunch of Queens that you are!! WOO!!!! The Nature Boy is back and tonight I’m gunna prove that diamonds are forever… and so is Ric Flair!!! WOO!!!!


    Flair struts off to a huge ovation from the crowd. The announce team hype up tonight’s main event, which is coming up next.




    COMMERCIAL BREAK



    ***KOW (KINGS)***

    A raft of boos and heckles meets Kassius Hero and Claudio Cesaro as The Kings Of Wrestling make their way out from the back. The duo look pretty happy and confident as they head towards ringside showered with heat from the crowd. The announce team mention that last week Kassius Hero and Claudio Cesaro might have picked a fight too many when they insulted Ric Flair which led to The Nature Boy giving them a preview of what they can expect tonight.

    Replays air from last week's show with Ric Flair and Randy Orton interrupted by The Kings Of Wrestling. After a few insults were thrown Flair's way The Nature Boy took matters into his own hands and poked Hero right between the eyes before he and Orton sent Cesaro and Hero packing.

    Back at ringside both Hero and Cesaro have the smirks wiped off their face as they watch the events of last week on the big screen before they angrily start to converse over their plans for tonight's match.


    ***VOICES***

    A great cheer meets Randy Orton's music as the crowd are excited to see The Viper in action tonight. Booker T and Michael Cole talk up how this time last week we thought Randy Orton was going to walk out on his WWE career but tonight he teams up with his mentor Ric Flair to try and derail The Kings Of Wrestling once and for all. Orton enters the ring and poses from the middle turnbuckle to more cheers from the crowd before The Viper turns his attention towards Cesaro and Hero across the ring. Orton stares the duo down and they threaten Orton that tonight is a night he will wish he never signed up for. All three men continue to trade barbs as everyone awaits the arrival of the man of the night.


    ***ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA***

    "What an ovation!!!" are the words used by Michael Cole to describe the crowd's reaction to the arrival of Ric Flair. The Nature Boy strolls out in a luxurious, glittering royal blue robe and gives the crowd a spin before he starts to head towards ringside, a huge smile etched across his face. Flair gives the crowd alittle strut half way down the ramp as Booker T states that he loves Ric Flair and can't wait to see him in action again in a few moments. The Nature Boy steps up the steel steps and strolls along the apron and wipes his feet before he finally enters the ring. Flair poses to the crowd with Randy Orton and The Kings Of Wrestling both looking on. Booker T and Michael Cole discuss the fact that tonight's match is a No Disqualification match after The Kings OF Wrestling requested it. They debate whether Ric Flair accepting the stipulation will turn out to be a good idea when tonigh't contest comes to a close. Booker T adds that The Kings Of Wrestling like to bend the rules from time to time but there's nobody dirtier inside the squared circle than The Dirtiest Player In the Game. With Flair de-robed and everyone ready to go the referee rings the bell to start tonight's main event.



    Main Event Tag Team Match
    The Kings Of Wrestling versus Randy Orton & Ric Flair

    Story & Finish:The match starts with Randy Orton and Kassius Hero as Ric Flair is made to wait for his return to ring action. The two lock up and Orton takes the advantage as he drops Hero with a couple of hip toss takedowns. Orton sends Hero into the corner before he delivers a trio of elbow shots to the face, giving Hero a taste of his own medicine. Orton allows Hero out of the corner before he knocks him down with a vintag Randy Orton dropkick to the face. Hero rolls under the bottom rope to safety as Orton stands tall inside the ring. Hero is not given long to think about his next action as Orton slides out of the ring and takes it to The King Of K.O, as he fires a couple of right hands his way. Claudio Cesaro drops off the ring apron and tries to intervene but Orton sees him coming and back body drops him on the outside. Hero returns with a clothesline but Orton ducks under it and drops him on the outside floor with a kick to the gut turned into a swinging neckbreaker!!!

    The crowd are right behind Orton as he rolls Hero back into the ring but Cesaro is back and attacks Orton from behind with a club to the back. Orton is caught with a big uppercut from Cesaro before The King Of Swing lifts Orton up into the air and drops him face first off the ring apron. The fans jeer and Ric Flair leaves the apron to confront Cesaro but the referee leaves the ring and comes between the pair. He orders both men back to their corners and Cesaro tosses Orton back into the ring before he obliges. Kassius Hero is happy to pick up the pieces his partner has afforded him as he goes to work on Randy Orton for the next few minutes. A series of stomps are followed by elbow strikes to the back of the grounded Orton. Hero drags Orton up and drives him back into the canvas with a German Suplex for a close fall. Hero sends Orton into The Kings' corner before he tags in Claudio Cesaro. Cesaro comes in and immediately launches a trio of furious uppercuts into the jaw of The Viper. Cesaro pulls Orton out of the corner before he drops him with another uppercut for a close fall.

    The Kings Of Wrestling dominate Randy Orton for the next couple of minutes with a series of tags leading to a chain of tag team attacks from the pair. Orton falls foul to a double big boot, a double elbow drop and and a double suplex for three close falls before Hero calls for Cesaro to raise his boot up on the ropes. Cesaro obliges and Hero looks to drive Orton into it only for The Viper to counter out and chuck Hero face first into his partner's own boot. Hero wobbles back and Orton grabs him before he snaps him down with an Inverted Headlock Backbreaker!!! Both Hero and Orton are down but to the cheers of the crowd Orton crawls across and looks ready to tag in Ric Flair for the first time tonight... but Claudio Cesaro enters the ring and stops Orton from making the tag. The King Of Swing has a hold of Orton's leg but The Viper manages to stand on his free leg before he leaps towards Flair... and drives Cesaro face first into the top turnbuckle!!! And makes the tag to Ric Flair!!!

    The biggest pop of the night greets The Nature Boy's entry into the match and Ric Flair comes in all guns blazing as he takes out Kassius Hero with a clothesline before he grabs Cesaro by the head and slams him face first off the top turnbuckle. Flair backs Cesaro into the corner and unleashes his trademark chops to the chest, with the crowd yelling 'Woo!!' with every one. Flair stops and struts across the ring before he turns around and delivers one last big chop to the already red raw chest of Cesaro that stuns the Swiss man and sends him out of the ring. Hero is back up and the crowd try to warn Flair that he's coming but Hero catches him from behind with a big club to the back. Hero knocks Flair down with a second before he yells at him 'Come on old man!!!', a statement that sees The Nature Boy fight back dramatically as he reaches up and grabs Hero in the nether regions!!! Hero yelps in agony as Flair rises to his feet still in possession of his genitals and lets out a big Woo in the face of Hero before Booker T excitedly shouts out that you don't call Ric Flair old and get away with it with Michael Cole reminding us that anything goes in a no disqualification match.

    Flair takes aim and drops Hero with a clothesline before he runs and knocks Claudio Cesaro off the ring apron with his hip as The King Of Swing tried to return to the ring. Flair has Hero in his sights and grabs The King Of K.O in before he drops him onto his knee with a Shin Breaker... and transitions the attack into the Figure Four Leg Lock!!! The crowd roar their approval as Flair locks in his famous submission hold. Kassius Hero yelps out in agony as The Nature Boy shakes up and down in the middle of the ring applying pressure to force him to give up... but Claudio Cesaro slides into the ring... and is met with Randy Orton who hits the RKO!!! Out of nowhere!!! But Cesaro sees it coming and shoves Orton off... right on top of Ric Flair!!! The crowd jeer and the hold is broken as Cesaro and Hero survive. Cesaro picks up Randy Orton and sends him shoulder first into the steel ring post. Cesaro turns around and waits for Ric Flair to rise to his feet before he slams him into the canvas with Gutwrench Suplex!!!

    Claudio Cesaro pulls his partner Kassius Hero up off the canvas and tells him to get to work on Orton. Hero attacks Orton in the corner with several stomps to the chest and back as The Viper looks in real trouble. Cesaro and Hero seem to have a plan in store as he tosses Flair through the ropes to the outside. Back inside the ring Hero pulls Orton up and locks his arms inside the top and middle ropes... trapping The Viper!!! The fans jeer Hero's actions and the referee looks to free Orton from the ropes only for Hero to step in front of him and warn him 'This is no DQ!!!' which forces the referee to back away. Hero looks at Orton befoe he slaps him across the face. Cesaro and Hero finally exit the ring where they are met by Ric Flair and the pair overpower The Nature Boy before The Kings Of Wrestling pull back the protective covering on the ringside floor. Cesaro pulls Flair in and looks to hit a Ricola Bomb on the exposed concrete!!! Michael Cole calls for the pair to stop before they seriously hurt him... but before Cesaro can execute the attack Flair manages to counter with a back body drop!!! And luckily for Cesaro he lands on the flooring that is still covered!!!

    Kassius Hero goes after Ric Flair but The Nature Boy catches him with a rake to the eyes. Cesaro rises and Flair chops him down with a chop block to the back of knee!!! Randy Orton calls out for Ric Flair to free him from the ropes and Flair enters the ring, but as he climbs to his feet he is immediately tripped up by Kassius Hero who pulls him out of the ring. The Kings overpower Flair again before Cesaro grabs a steel chair from ringside and slams it into the back of The Nature Boy!!! Flair slowly stumbles across the ringside area before he performs his hallmark Flair flop to the floor!!! Cesaro and Hero taunt Orton from outside the ring before warning the referee again not to let Orton out of the ropes. The Kings pulls Ric Flair up to his feet and place him face first against the steel ring post. Cesaro heads into the ring and urges Randy Orton to watch as he pulls both of Flair's arms into the ring, pressing Flair's front against the steel ring post. Hero backs up into the corner of the ringside barricade before he charges towards Flair... who can't escape... and crushes his head against the steel ring post with The Knockout Blow!!!

    The whole arena is in shock as Ric Flair collapses to the floor. Both Cesaro and Hero shamelessly celebrate their attack on The Nature Boy and the commentary team talk up how it looks like it was a very bad idea for Ric Flair to return to the ring tonight. The cameras close in on Flair who rolls onto his back... and the claret of blood pours freely from The Nature Boy's forehead. Kassius Hero drags the motionless Flair up off the floor and rolls him back into the ring. Both Hero and Cesaro stand in front of Randy Orton and force him to watch as they pull Flair up to his feet. Flair can barely stand as The Kings Of Wrestling hit Ric Flair with the KRS-ONE!!!! Flair slams into the canvas and Hero makes the cover... picking up the win for The Kings Of Wrestling!!!

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    Winners by pinfall with the KRS-ONE!!! Claudio Cesaro and Kassius Hero….. The Kings Of Wrestling!!!

    The crowd cannot believe it as The Kings Of Wrestling pick up the win over a bloody Ric Flair!!! Randy Orton is helpless as he the referee tries to free him from the ropes he's been bound in. The Kings decide to get rid of the referee once and for all as Kassius Hero shoves him out of the ring and both he and Claudio Cesaro continue to assault Ric Flair in front of The Viper!!! Orton yells out for them to stop and angrily tries to force himself free but to no avail. The Kings pulls Ric Flair up to his feet but somehow amazingly The Nature Boy has some fight left in him and starts to strike back as he hits both Cesaro and Hero with right hands. Flair pokes the eyes of Cesaro before he takes Hero down with a signature Flair chopblock!!! The crowd cheer for Flair and he looks to untie Randy Orton but Cesaro attacks from behind!!! Cesaro hits Flair with a couple of clubs to the back before he sends Flair into the ropes and pops him into the air... Very European Uppercut!!! Flair's head nearly decapitates from the attack as Cesaro and Hero regroup. The pair taunt Randy Orton until Hero exits the ring and retrieves a steel chair!!! Michael Cole yells out that we've seen enough steel chairs tonight as Hero re-enters the ring... the two set the steel chair up in a seated position in the middle of the ring before they grab Ric Flair!!! But here comes...


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    Booker T!!! The SMACKDOWN broadcaster leaves his seat at commentary and rushes into the ring. The Kings see him coming though and immediately take Booker T down with a series of strikes. Cesaro stuns Booker with an uppercut before Kassius Hero hits the ropes and smashes Booker's face in with The Knockout Blow!!! Orton can only look on as Booker T and Ric Flair are both down inside the ring. Cesaro pulls up Ric Flair and the dastardly duo set The Nature Boy up for the KRS-ONE onto the steel chair!!! Michael Cole states that he can't watch as the bloody Ric Flair is in position...


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    I WALK ALONE

    And the crowd erupt as the music of Batista hits the soundsystem!!! And there's not much waiting to be done as The Animal roars out from the back and charges down to the ring!!! Cole reminds us that we have'nt seen Batista since Extreme Rules several months ago and both Claudio Cesaro and Kassius Hero are in shock as Batista slides under the bottom rope and into the ring. Hero charges at Batista but misses with a clothesline and The Animal levels Cesaro with one that knocks him down. Hero turns around and walks right into the path of a Spinebuster from Batista!!! The crowd are on their feet nearly taking the roof off the arena as The Animal clotheslines Cesaro over the top rope to the outside!!! Batista finally frees Randy Orton from the ropes as Ric Flair and The Viper stand side by side with The Animal as both Hero and Cesaro retreat and lick their wounds on the way up the ramp. The Kings Of Wrestling are in shock as Batista fiercely points at them with both Flair and Orton looking surprised to see The Animal come to their rescue. Michael Cole tells us that it's all we have time for but again emphasises the huge finish to tonight's show and wonders what will the future bear for The Kings Of Wrestling now that Batista has returned to help Randy Orton. The show finally goes off the air with all five men staring each other down from the ramp to ringside and vice versa!!!



    FADE TO BLACK



    WWE Friday Night Smackdown Results August 2nd 2013 - Houston, TX
    - Light SaBour def. The Gabriels by pinfall to qualify for the Last Chance Triple Threat
    - Joe Hennig def. Blackjack Rotunda by disqualification in a non-title match
    - Prince Devitt def. Sin Cara by submission
    - Christian def. Robert Roode by pinfall to retain his Intercontinental Championship rematch
    - Alberto Del Rio, Harry Smith & The Miz def. Heath Slater, Shelton Benjamin & Drew McIntyre by pinfall
    - The Kings Of Wrestling def. Randy Orton & Ric Flair by pinfall


    Glad to get this out before the new year. Hope everyone had a great holiday period and has a happy new year. Love you all!!!

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    I’m happy as to start off with some pretty much awesome tag team wrestling on this week’s edition of Smackdown. A really good win here for Sabin and Bourne even If I still hate their team name. At this point, considering they are still pretty new, I’m assuming they will be going to Summerslam. Either way, a good match and I enjoyed that you really put over their teamwork, and it seems you may have given them a new finish. A good way to help further establish the team, and overall I thought this was a good way to start the show.

    TLC highlight video is awesome by the way. Adds more hype to Summerslam and the upcoming match by doing this.

    I can’t think of The Gabriels every being involved with Legacy before, so this definitely came out of nowhere. Since they are heels, Ted just being a straight dick makes sense though. The retort from The Gabriels was good and it leads to an attack that seemingly builds some sort of feud out of nowhere… I don’t mind this at all, good to give your teams not involved in the title picture something to do.

    I have been pretty happy with basically everything Christian has done since I started reading this thread. The signs with “justice for Christian” were a really nice touch. It’s such a typical heel Christian move to whinge about being hard done by, especially after his heinous attack. Trying to apply pressure on Heyman to strip Rollins makes sense. Business picked up when Heyman went back at Christian, and a Summerslam rematch between these two should happen… Heyman making Christian earn his place there is perfect after everything he has done recently. More good stuff all around here.

    Devitt going to Heyman shows just how desperate he is. This segment continues that whole angle nicely, although I’m hoping for some Blake/Scarlett segments after how awesome the dinner date was.

    The video of Cody Rhodes schooling DeAndre Jordan in basketball is just straight funny. Thought this was a great way to throw sly digs at Hennig, especially with the “better than perfect” tagline. Good stuff.

    Booking of this match is pretty simple with Hennig looking set to overcome the odds and get the win, only for it to become a DQ due to outside interference. The attack afterwards was fine and dandy as well, and The Gabriels coming in for the save plays on tonight’s earlier segment. I did want to mention that this was solid enough, and probably builds towards a 6 man next week. I’m happy with that… Hennig constantly going one on one with Legacy members for some reason was starting to feel a little stale/repetitive. Glad you’re mixing things up.

    Gregory Helms coming out and being furious after being straight embarrassed by Neville last week makes sense. The surprise appearance of Rey Mysterio was awesome and the back and forth between the two was okay. They both made their points and I like that Rey Rey was really putting over the Cruiserweight Climax. However, fundamentally there is supposed to be levels to this. The Climax is about guys wrestling and the winner and maybe a few lucky others prove they belong in the WWE. Booking three guys from the Climax in a match against three WWE main roster guys straight up worries me a little. It just feels like they straight shouldn’t be there yet, especially not at Summerslam. Just, I don’t know. The match itself doesn’t feel like it should be booked because of what I just mentioned, plus the angle feels rushed. This would have needed some serious build up, not two segments. Not really a fan of the booking here.

    Nice little intro video to hype Climax competitor…

    Devitt/Cara would have been a nice little match here. I enjoyed the fact that throughout his entrance and even early on in the match, Devitt wasn’t himself because of everything that is happening with Blake and Scarlett. Still, he did need to get the win here as he’s a way more valuable player than Sin Cara at the moment, good stuff.

    Geez, I love Austin Blake in this thread. The plenty of fun and games line and having to put Scarlett over his knee were both tremendous. Even the whole beginning to fall for him was another nice dagger to Devitt’s heart, and I look forward to Blake and Scarlett actually making a live appearance next week. Devitt snapping is brilliant as well, showing just how much this situation is getting to him. Really good stuff here in my favourite angle of the thread.

    More trouble in the ranks of Beer Money. It’s clearly only a matter of time before they break up, and this was a step in that direction. This felt like the first real volatile segment in this relationship. Storm being jealous makes sense, although I thought Roode might need to have explained himself a little more before Storm became cool. It just seemed to be a click of the fingers change of attitude, where I’d assume with how angry Storm was, it would have taken a bit of time. This may have even worked better if it was split into two segments at different parts of the show… Still enjoying this angle though, solid work.

    An intense Harry Smith wants a piece of Drew McIntyre? Makes sense, especially after everything that occurred last week. Not much else to add at this point, but again, a good segment to remind us about this angle. Until this moment, I did almost forget about it.

    A really good match to break up the middle of the show here between Christian and Roode. I was glad to see the match write up got some good detail in it as well, this one was great. The match told a basic story, with Roode on top early, Christian weathering the storm, only for Roode to get some awesome false finishes. The visual win for Roode really puts him over as well. The ending was not really a twist, but a great continuation of an angle. Storm now turns on Roode continuing that feud, and Christian is on his way to Summerslam. Really good booking all around.

    Decent enough interview of Kings of Wrestling hyping tonight’s main event. All pretty stock standard except for the hilarious opening line for last week we were attacked by a pensioner. Looking forward to seeing tonight’s main event be no DQ as well.

    Interesting Slater/Benjamin segment here, showing they’ll be partners tonight and maybe adversaries again in the future. Based off of this, adds some intrigue as to whether they will get along tonight. Good stuff.

    Looking forward to seeing what you do with Big E… He’s awesome.

    This Six Man Tag did a good job of continuing the Smith/McIntyre feud without giving too much away… And it was smart to give Benji time in the ring with Miz considering how adamant he was earlier on getting revenge. I wonder if Del Rio is now in the frame for a shot at Slater after the win, whilst the miscommunication between Slater/Benji makes me thinks there will be further developments there. Interesting times, solid stuff.

    Awesome little typical Ric Flair interview to hype the main event. Surprised Orton wasn’t around though? Just seemed a bit strange. Obviously happy that he accepted the No DQ stipulation as well.

    The main event was crafted very well. From the beginning with Orton being isolated, which means you built suspense for when Flair got a go in the match. Flair was awesome until KOW managed to get on top… The ending was brutal with the chair shot against the ring post and what not. The whole caught in the ropes thing works here for Orton to not be able to help. It’s strange how wrestlers to unhook themselves all the time, but then for the sake of an angle, they can’t. Still, it’s wrestling logic so it works.

    I’m a little mixed on the aftermath of the match. Whilst Batista returning is a big moment and an Evolution rerun in theory is a great idea, I feel like I’ve read this sort of thing way to many times before. You need to find a way to make this different then every other Evolution return that happens, because it has happened in BTB world many times. Also, Flair should be dead or at least on a stretcher, not standing side by side with his buddies. Not great to undersell the KOW ruthlessness throughout the match and aftermath. KOW/Evolution could be fun though, depending on how you book it.

    Another pretty good show here mate. I feel that since NOC, the thread has really picked up in quality, as I’ve enjoyed your last few weekly shows a lot more. This was another good one, and I think my only real issue was with Flair underselling. Things continue to move along nicely towards Summerslam though, keep up the goof work.









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    Quote Originally Posted by stojy View Post
    Gregory Helms coming out and being furious after being straight embarrassed by Neville last week makes sense. The surprise appearance of Rey Mysterio was awesome and the back and forth between the two was okay. They both made their points and I like that Rey Rey was really putting over the Cruiserweight Climax. However, fundamentally there is supposed to be levels to this. The Climax is about guys wrestling and the winner and maybe a few lucky others prove they belong in the WWE. Booking three guys from the Climax in a match against three WWE main roster guys straight up worries me a little. It just feels like they straight shouldn’t be there yet, especially not at Summerslam. Just, I don’t know. The match itself doesn’t feel like it should be booked because of what I just mentioned, plus the angle feels rushed. This would have needed some serious build up, not two segments. Not really a fan of the booking here.
    There's a reason that I've gone this route with the NXT guys and Helms. I think Mysterio is the perfect face role model that would stand up for the future of CW wrestling. I agree to an extent that the NXT guys should not be rewarded with exposure on the main roster so easily, but for me it's just a preview of what the NXT CC will provide and in reality there is just 1 of 16 heading to the WWE main roster at the end of the series. Also building on the fact that Helms is a hothead who would just fall right into the trap/proposal that Mysterio offered. There will be more to this next week without doubt.

    Nice little intro video to hype Climax competitor…
    Going to try and get one out for the majority of the stars who haven't been highlighted over the last few months through the interview series and what not.

    More trouble in the ranks of Beer Money. It’s clearly only a matter of time before they break up, and this was a step in that direction. This felt like the first real volatile segment in this relationship. Storm being jealous makes sense, although I thought Roode might need to have explained himself a little more before Storm became cool. It just seemed to be a click of the fingers change of attitude, where I’d assume with how angry Storm was, it would have taken a bit of time. This may have even worked better if it was split into two segments at different parts of the show… Still enjoying this angle though, solid work.
    I was trying to build that despite being a little bit pissed Storm was always going to be okay with it on the front, whilst brewing inside. That comes out later when he finally snaps on Roode and in all honesty I am pleased to have made the split because I've built the rest of the tag division up alongside Beer Money to a point where they are not needed anymore and can both offer a lot in the singles division instead.

    This Six Man Tag did a good job of continuing the Smith/McIntyre feud without giving too much away… And it was smart to give Benji time in the ring with Miz considering how adamant he was earlier on getting revenge. I wonder if Del Rio is now in the frame for a shot at Slater after the win, whilst the miscommunication between Slater/Benji makes me thinks there will be further developments there. Interesting times, solid stuff.
    Been looking to get some of my fringe stars involved without pushing them so the TV Championship is a good way to keep the likes of Del Rio, Benjamin, Miz etc busy whilst they aren't in major storylines.


    Awesome little typical Ric Flair interview to hype the main event. Surprised Orton wasn’t around though? Just seemed a bit strange. Obviously happy that he accepted the No DQ stipulation as well.
    I left Orton out of this as I wanted Flair to have his moment. I built the night being about Ric Flair's return and I let him have his say. I don't think Orton needed to say anything else to The Kings after the lengthy feud they've had but Flair did need to address his return and the challenge laid down by The Kings.

    I’m a little mixed on the aftermath of the match. Whilst Batista returning is a big moment and an Evolution rerun in theory is a great idea, I feel like I’ve read this sort of thing way to many times before. You need to find a way to make this different then every other Evolution return that happens, because it has happened in BTB world many times. Also, Flair should be dead or at least on a stretcher, not standing side by side with his buddies. Not great to undersell the KOW ruthlessness throughout the match and aftermath. KOW/Evolution could be fun though, depending on how you book it.
    Flair standing at the end might seem a little unrealistic after what happened but I'm just going with the fact that it's Ric F'n Flair and barely standing should have been the way I described it, as for Batista's return it has always been in the offing and I think this gives Orton's feud with The Kings Of Wrestling a much more balanced look. There wasn't a lot that you could argue for Orton winning the feud on his own without burying The Kings. But now they are in a feud with two former world champions it looks more likely than it did. The Kings toppled Punk and Bryan... can they topple Evolution?

    Another pretty good show here mate. I feel that since NOC, the thread has really picked up in quality, as I’ve enjoyed your last few weekly shows a lot more. This was another good one, and I think my only real issue was with Flair underselling. Things continue to move along nicely towards Summerslam though, keep up the goof work.
    Cheers Stojy. As always I appreciate your feedback and I might continue to respond to feedback in the future. Glad I could get this show up and I'll be returning the favour later today. Happy New Year mate and good luck in the end of year awards... I guarantee you will be walking away with at least one, maybe multiple awards!!!

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    Nice change of pace to open the show with a solid tag match, definitely had the right team go over, as there’s much more upside in the Bourne/Sabin team (minus the name), and they’d fit much better than Adam Rose in a TLC match - should they qualify obviously. Glad you’re putting a lot of hype into the TLC match, and the video package is a simple tool to help increase the anticipation for it. Interesting back and forth backstage between Legacy & The Gabriels, setting the table for what is likely to become a feud once Legacy also fail to beat Bourne & Sabin in the three way next week.

    I was very entertained by Christian here, it felt like a callback to his I.C title run in 2003 when he was such a cocky, self-entitled heel that would pull stunts like this. Calling himself the ‘true’ Intercontinental Champion is a delusional move for Christian. Not sure how to feel about the #1 Contenders match being made. On one hand, it makes sense, given Christian shouldn’t be rewarded for his attack on Rollins or his petulant ‘Justice for Christian’ stuff, so, of course he should have to earn his shot. On the other hand, it’s pretty obvious he’ll beat Roode, as any other outcome waters down the interest in Rollins title match at Summerslam.

    For me, Devitt sounded a little whiny in his discussion with Heyman. Obviously, he’s in a rough spot, and it’s probably a natural reaction after losing your woman. That said, he knew the consequences for losing, and has no one else to blame but himself for being in the position in the first place. I’d just be a little worried he’s coming off as a whiner in segments like this.

    That Cody Rhodes video was fantastic. Loved everything about it, and especially the complete rip-off spot of Mr. Perfects overhead shot. Finishing with Cody calling himself ‘Better Than Perfect’ was … perfect, lol. Something different to help continue the Hennig feud. One of my favourite things I’ve read in a while. Good that Hennig may now have some back up against the Legacy by forming an alliance with the Gabriels seeing as they have common enemies.

    Have to echo stojys sentiments on the Mysterio/Helms segment. Not a fan of the booking of the six man tag for Summerslam for the same reasons. It also feels like a match the NXT guys have to win, or they’ll look like a bunch of small timers if they lose to the established order of Cruiserweights.

    On a positive note on the Climax - the hype videos for these guys continue to be great, and this was a great introduction to Everhett - someone I have no knowledge of. This tells us everything we need to know right away about him. Great stuff.

    Glad you got Devitt back on the winning trail, but kept the focus on him not being himself due to losing Scarlett. But obviously, the main thing here was the post-match promo from Blake. More goodness following last weeks shenanigans, and some great lines from Austin Blake too, but that last paragraph stood out for sure, with the double entendre when talking about her making it up to him tonight. Such a slime ball character. Brilliant stuff.

    Standard stuff to continue the disintegration of Beer Money. Glad you had this promo between the two, as given their issues, it makes sense for Storm to take umbrage at Roode getting in the I.C title hunt whilst they’re supposed to be chasing after the tag titles. I enjoyed the back and forth between the two, it all sounded pretty natural and flowed well to me, with Roode making a great, logical argument against Storms anger, as he should be happy for Bobby getting the opportunity. Despite Storm calming down - I don’t doubt for a second that this is another seed planted for the eventual split.

    Found the bit with Smith frothing at the mouth like an actual dog a little bit over the top tbh, and as somewhat of a throwback to the cartoony gimmicks from the past.
    Didn’t expect the break up to come on this show, so Storm turning on Roode here came as a surprise. When he came out, I was thinking along the lines of an “unintentional” mix up, before getting the actual break up in the next week, so to get it here was a nice surprise to me. Having Storm turn on Roode certainly makes this match feel worthwhile for having now, and whilst the big story was obviously the end of Beer Money - I have to say, I like that Christian was involved here and booked his title shot in this manner, further putting him over as a slimy heel. Hopefully we get a grandiose promo from Christian on this next week, putting himself over for winning.

    Also, Storm smashing the beer bottle on Roode was the icing on the cake, and the right way to officially bring an end to the team.

    Interesting development for the main event, with KOW getting the match changed to a No DQ match. Feels like it’s too big to be on Smackdown, and feels more like a PPV level match, especially with Flair involved. Still surprised this is happening tonight - Flair‘s comeback should be on PPV imo.

    Six man was a fine match to keep a few issues chugging along without anything major happening. Del Rio beating Slater most likely puts him in pole position for the next crack at Slater, while I imagine Shelton and Miz will be too busy dealing with each other over the next few weeks. Del Rio should provide a stern test for Slater - assuming that’s the route you’re going.

    Despite my misgivings on giving away Flairs first match in five years on TV, I really enjoyed everything about this main event. From Flair’s pre-match promo (loved him telling Saxton to beat-it essentially) to the match itself, and not having Flair involved in the match too early. Very nicely built to his tag, with a few false hope segments in there to build the suspense. The only thing I’d question is that seeing as it’s No DQ - why didn’t Flair just get in the ring and start wrestling?? That’s the main drawback of the No DQ stipulation, but besides that, I really enjoyed the structure of the match. Surprised how dominant Cesaro and Hero were in the end, getting the better of Flair and Orton, getting a big win - and in brutal fashion.

    Huge ending to the show with Batista eventually making the save. Thought the Booker T run in from commentary was a nice touch too, as no one would be expecting another run in after Booker, so that added to the surprise of Batista coming back. To echo stojy again, it’s a stretch for Flair to be standing after the punishment he just suffered, and realistically, he should be carried out and off TV for a few weeks at least after what he just took from the KOW. I wonder now if KOW will find a third man for a big six man tag at Summerslam, or if Flair takes a managerial role instead for this Evolution reunion.

    Really hot finish to the show, with the big return for Batista bookending a hot show with plenty of talking points, and setting quite a few big things in motion for Summerslam.




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    Summerslam
    Staples Center - Los Angeles, CA
    25th August 2013
    The Biggest Party Of The Summer






    Updated match card (subject to change)



    WWE Unified World Championship
    Kevin Steen © vs Dolph Ziggler


    A rematch from Night Of Champions will take place at Summerslam with the biggest prize in professional wrestling on the line once more. But this time it will be Kevin Steen defending the title against Dolph Ziggler after Wrestling's Worst Nightmare dethroned The Show Off impressively at the last pay-per-view event. Ziggler is adamant that he will regain the title he feels he should never have relinquished but the reigning King Of The Ring Steen has looked irrepressible as he continues an amazing year that has seen him not only become the King Of The Ring but also the ruler of the WWE. Will Dolph Ziggler immediately earn redemption and steal the show against the man that took his title? Or will Kevin Steen continue to be his Worst Nightmare and prove that he is going to be the top dog in the WWE for a long time to come?




    WWE Intercontinental Championship
    Seth Rollins © vs Christian

    Night Of Champions was supposed to be a great night for Seth Rollins. After successfully winning the Intercontinental Championship from Christian he was expected to have a long and fruitful WWE career ahead of him. But Rollins never got as far as looking forward to the next night as Captain Charisma brutally and viciously assaulted his conqueror with a steel chair. Christian would end Rollins' night by placing him over the steel steps before he slammed the steel chair over his head for a revenge-filled Con-Chair-To!!! With Seth Rollins severely injured and out of the picture Christian would campaign for Paul Heyman to return the Intercontinental Championship to him, a plea that fell on deaf ears as Heyman not only refused but forced the Canadian to defend his rightful rematch for the title against Robert Roode as punishment for his Night Of Champions actions. With unexpected help from Roode's partner James Storm, Christian was able to hang on to his rematch and at Summerslam Christian will get the chance to win back 'his title', as long as Rollins can recover in time and defend it. Can Christian prove that Seth Rollins beating him was a 'fluke'? And will Rollins even make it to The Biggest Party Of The Summer?




    WWE Tag Team Championship
    The Prime Time Prayers © vs The Maple Leaf Mafia vs The Flood vs ????????????????
    Tables, Ladders & Chairs Fatal Four Way

    The Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match returns in Los Angeles with the WWE Tag Team Championships on the line. Paul Heyman's first big announcement as sole General Manager in the WWE did not go down well with the current champions The Prime Time Prayers, but over a series of matches two of their three challengers have been announced. The Maple Leaf Mafia and The Flood booked their places alongside Titus O'Neil and Darren Young whilst The Usos, Legacy and Light SaBour will battle it out for the final spot in the coming week. The chaotic TLC Match will pit four teams into war for the Tag Team Championships, with tables, ladders, chairs and whatever else the teams can get their hands on legal to use. Four teams will enter the match, but only one team will climb the ladder and pull down the title belts and walk out of Summerslam as the WWE Tag Team Champions.




    Thirty Minute Iron Man Match
    CM Punk vs Daniel Bryan

    A feud of two former friends, now turned bitter enemies will possibly conclude in the grueling Iron Man Match. After feuding for most of the year since Wrestlemania with Daniel Bryan attacking CM Punk following their loss to The Kings Of Wrestling, it has finally come down to one of the most energy sapping types of match possible to prove who truly is The Best In The World when it comes to The Straight Edge Superstar and The American Dragon. For thirty minutes both men will battle to see who can beat who the most inside the time. Only one will emerge the victor.





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    Re: WWE 2012 - A New Direction

    Gonna start following this as with over 50+ pages of booking it's bound to be tremendous. I'll try to leave reviews when I can but for now just a few opening thoughts..

    -First thing that caught my attention was Callihan and Ambrose back together two of my favourite guys in the Biz, will re-read to find out what direction you've taken them so far but with how good those two are they deserve to be the faces of the tag division! Hoping they win the titles.

    -Punk vs Bryan in a 30 man iron man match too should be amazing, WWE miss a trick by not putting these work rate guys in Iron man matches so these two will be perfect for that and looks like it will be a fight to the death! If you do it right could be a fantastic read.

    -My boys Seth & KO bringing some prestige to the mid-card!

    -Also what really caught my eye was the star power in both of your tag team divisions! Good to see Beer Money together and I hope they stay together for a little while at least but a feud between the two would be hot stuff!

    All in all only read the last few pages and it's definitely a bit of me, will keep on reading and will leave more detailed reviews in the future. Real good stuff mate

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    Excitement is building for your SummerSlam! I love the previews as well. Allowed me to catch up quickly after missing a couple of shows.

    I can't see Owen's not retaining but it will be interesting to see how close Ziggles takes it and what's next for him. I expect the reigning King and WWE Champion to dominate for a while and I'm totally cool with that situation!

    Christian vs Rollins is similar, can't see Rollins dropping the belt but this match could end up being a break out moment for Rollins. Carrying injuries and with Captain Charisma suggesting the victory was a fluke- Should Rollins make it and win as I expect him too, could be an awesome moment.


    TLC should be swweeettttt! Wonder who the remaining team will be though? Hmm.

    30 minute Iron Man Match?! YES! YES! YES! :D Awesome.



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    Summerslam card is already looking to be something special, SO stacked. Can't wait for it, and on that note, stop stalling and post Raw please.









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    Smackdown SmackDown Review

    Right Sykotic, time for me to review your latest SmackDown and return the favour for your excellent feedback on my latest edition of RAW. It is all part of me trying to be even more active in the section this year, starting with reviewing everyone who leaves me feedback in New Vision as well as others if I have time. Anyway onto your show!

    Things I liked

    -The return of Batista – Liked everything about the main event Syk. Flair returning was great and the throwback to him teaming with Orton in Evolution was a good idea of combatting the Kings of Wrestling. Brutal ending with Flair being decimated but it all led to the return of Batista which was a major moment for SmackDown and felt like it could have even happened on a pay per view. Top work with this and I look forward to Batista and Orton teaming together potentially.

    -Cruiserweight spotlight at SummerSlam – Very happy you are doing this and it has Helms and Mysterio involved who I see as a pair of great workers. In Helms’ case I always felt he could have done a lot more before he got derailed with injuries. Intrigued to see who ends up on the teams and whether you give the rub to the new guys who are going to compete in the Cruiserweight programme you have scheduled which I am very much looking forward to.

    -Sabin and Bourne as a team – I really like this pairing. Cruiserweights together always prove to be dynamic in tag teams and I always think back to Paul London and Brian Kendrick being the biggest example of that. Hope you go all the way with them and have them in title contention now. Especially with…

    -Beer Money breaking up – This to me was the most logical way to go with Storm and Roode as you have really done everything you can with them as a team in my eyes. They had a good run with the titles before dropping them and I think it will freshen up your singles competitors by adding the pair of them after they are done feuding with one another. Intrigued to see who you end up pushing more out of the two of them.

    Things to work on

    -Austin Blake and Scarlett – Not a fan of this storyline to be honest. Just feels a bit misogynistic and I get that this is what WWE would have done back in the day but I don’t know, just makes me feel a little uncomfortable. I’m far more interested in the angle of Devitt not being able to cope with it and snapping than I am in Blake to be honest. I think this might be a case of it just running its cause for me to then try and get invested in him.

    -Slater/Benjamin – Not really a criticism but more I am wondering where this is going and if it is something you have planned or whether it is just a couple of weeks and then it will be over. Seems like a Benjamin heel turn is in the pipeline which I would be all over as I think he has huge potential.

    As always Sykotic, terrific show and the SummerSlam card already looks stacked. You’re my first review of the year and I’m challenging myself to at least 52 reviews this year, that’s one a week which should be more than doable you would think. Am going to try and spread them around but you know you always have a reader in me.

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    MONDAY NIGHT RAW PREVIEW

    RESCH CENTER ARENA | GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
    5th AUGUST 2013

    The Road To Summerslam moves into Green Bay as Monday Night RAW hits the Resch Center Arena, with the card for The Biggest Party OfThe Summer starting to take shape.

    Tonight's show will see two of the big matches already announced for Summerslam take centre stage as the four men involved pair off in two singles matches. And one of those matches will see WWE Unified World Champion Kevin Steen go one on one with The Best In The World... CM Punk!!! Steen became the Unified World Champion at Night Of Champions but will have his work cut out against The Straight Edge Superstar, who will be looking to throw his name into contention for a future shot at the World Championship that Steen holds once he hopefully closes out his current rivalry at Summerslam.

    And that rivalry is with his former friend Daniel Bryan. Both Bryan and Punk have embroiled each other in a very heated feud made personal by the actions of the devious Bryan. The American Dragon last week called the shots as he manipulated his way into beating Punk in the Beat The Clock Challenge, and with that victory came the opportunity to name the stipulation for their Summerslam battle. Surprisingly Bryan decided that he wanted to prove once and for all that he was better than CM Punk, and decided that the only way to truly establish who The Best In The World is, is to square off in a Thirty Minute Iron Man Match.

    But tonight Daniel Bryan will have to put his feud with CM Punk on hold as he goes one on one with the man that will be looking to win back the Unified World Championship at Summerslam.... The Show Off Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler was beaten at Night Of Champions by Kevin Steen but the two will square off once more in Los Angeles in just under three weeks time. Ziggler has been fighting back in an effort to try and topple Wrestling's Worst Nightmare in recent weeks. But tonight Ziggler, much like Steen will be tested as he battles Bryan in the RAW main event. With big matches at Summerslam for all four men, only two can walk out of Raw tonight with victory.

    Also tonight the WWE Tag Team Championship Match for Summerslam will become final as the Last Chance Triple Threat Tag Team Match set for tonight will award the winner the fourth spot in the Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match set for The Staples Center. The match tonight will pit former Tag Team Champions Legacy, consisting of Ted Dibiase and Blackjack Rotunda, against one team that consists of two former Tag Team Champions in Chris Sabin & Evan Bourne, although the duo known as Light SaBour have never held the titles together, and against one pairing who have never been Tag Team Champions before in the shape of Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso... The Usos. All three teams will go into combat to try and join The Maple Leaf Mafia and The Flood in challenging WWE Tag Team Champions The Prime Time Prayers in one of the craziest matches in WWE history at The Biggest Party Of The Summer.

    On Smackdown last week there was a surprise return of Batista as The Animal came to the rescue of Ric Flair and Randy Orton against The Kings Of Wrestling with The Nature Boy later taken to hospital after collapsing due to a severe loss of blood during the tag team main event. Batista is set to appear on Raw this week. What will The Animal have to say after a two and a half month absence... and will The Kings Of Wrestling be the focus of his return after what they did to Batista's close friend Ric Flair on Smackdown?

    Finally the WWE Television Championship will be on the line as Heath Slater defends against Shelton Benjamin, whilst there will be appearances from WWE Women's Champion Shaul Guerrero, Christian, John Morrison and much, much more!!!


    MATCHES SET FOR RAW

    Non Title Singles Match
    'Wrestling's Worst Nightmare' Kevin Steen versus 'The Straight Edge Superstar' CM Punk

    Singles Match
    'The Show Off' Dolph Ziggler versus 'The American Dragon' Daniel Bryan

    Tables, Ladders & Chairs Last Chance Triple Threat Match
    Legacy (Dibiase & Rotunda) versus Light SaBour (Sabin & Bourne) versus The Usos (Jimmy & Jey)

    WWE Television Championship
    'The One Man Band' Heath Slater © versus 'The Gold Standard' Shelton Benjamin


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    A damn good match card scheduled for the next edition of Raw, obviously headlined by Steen/Punk and Ziggler/Bryan. Both PPV worthy stuff anywhere, let alone in this thread where they have all been booked so well. TLC and TV Title match should be fun as well.

    More fireworks between Evolution and KOW should be fun, and even though there is no mention, you should probably just include some highlights of Austin Blake and Scarlett because it's great.

    Show looks set to be a big one, I'll be reading as always.









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    Ric Flair Hospitalised!!

    Last week Ric Flair stepped back into action inside a WWE ring after five years away as he teamed up with Randy Orton to take on The Kings Of Wrestling. Flair was left in a bloody mess at the conclusion of Smackdown as The Animal Batista made his return to save Flair from Claudio Cesaro and Kassius Hero. Flair stood bloody and battered alongside Batista and Orton as Smackdown went off the air but after the cameras stopped rolling The Nature Boy collapsed in the middle of the ring. EMTs rushed to the ring to aid Flair and the 64-year-old was taken by ambulance to the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. Reports over the weekend have stated that Flair has since returned to his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina where he will be monitored by his private doctor.

    Note to readers: This little snippet was supposed to be published after Smackdown and before the Raw preview but I somehow forgot about it. Needed to throw this in here as it ties in with one of the storylines from tonight.

    And now…







    WWE Monday Night Raw
    Resch Center Arena | Green Bay, Wisconsin
    August 5th 2013


    A video airs to recap the actions and big moments in the WWE over the last few weeks. We see the return of Batista on last week’s Smackdown as The Animal came to the rescue of former Evolution stable-mates Ric Flair and Randy Orton against The Kings Of Wrestling. It also highlights the attack on AJ Styles by Harper two weeks ago and the subsequent assault at The Phenomenal One’s home. Next up in the highlights we see former Intercontinental Champion hang on to his rematch for the injured Seth Rollins’ title with the shockingly surprising assistance from James Storm, who smashed a steel chair over the head of his seemingly former partner before he replaced the chair with a beer bottle after the contest was over. Finally the climax of last week’s Raw saw Money In The Bank holder Kofi Kingston’s attempts to walk out on Unified World Champion Kevin Steen backfire during their tag team match with Dolph Ziggler and John Morrison, with Steen turning the tables on him and throwing the jewel of Lord Washington’s CongreNation to succumb to Sweet Chin Music and a Zig Zag from Morrison and Ziggler respectively. The closing shots of the video show Steen holding up his Unified World Championship as he shared a stare down with his Summerslam challenger Ziggler to conclude last week’s Raw.


    The conclusion of the Raw video throws us straight into the Resch Center Arena where thousands of screaming Wisconsinites are packed into the sold out venue. The cameras spin around the raucous crowd with signs such as ‘Show Me Your World Dolph’ and ‘The Guru Of Sexiness’ littered amongst the very vocal crowd. The focus moves on to the announce table where Michael Cole and John Bradshaw Layfield welcome us to tonight’s show. They immediately run through what to expect tonight with both of the men who will compete for the Unified World Championship at Summerslam… champion Kevin Steen and former champion Dolph Ziggler in singles action against two men who will battle it out in a 30 Minute Iron Man Match at Summerslam… CM Punk and Daniel Bryan respectively!! JBL says he cannot wait to see all four men tonight but also reminds us that tonight we will find out who the final team is the Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match at Summerslam with three teams set to battle it out in the Last Chance Triple Threat tonight.


    ***Motor City*** interrupts on cue before Lilian Garcia announces that the following contest is the Last Chance Triple Threat Match, and repeats JBL as she adds that the winner earns the final spot in the Tables, Ladders & Chairs Tag Team Championship Match at Summerslam. The crowd rise as Chris Sabin and Evan Bourne, somehow going by the name of Light SaBour, make their way out from the back and head towards ringside, slapping the hands of several fans along the way. The announce team discuss how well the newly formed tandem have gelled together in recent weeks with JBL stating that you should expect nothing less from two guys have excelled as tag team specialists in the past. A video recaps how Light SaBour qualified for the tonight’s match with victory over The Gabriel Brothers on last Friday night’s edition of Smackdown. A competitive match saw Light SaBour pick up the win after hitting their new finisher, which saw Sabin launch a charging Bourne into the air to hit a hurricanrana on Justin Gabriel who was seated on the top turnbuckle… a move that they call Air Shock. Both Sabin and Bourne head to the turnbuckles as they enter the ring and pose to the cheering crowd as Michael Cole debates whether tonight will see the continuance of Light SaBour’s good start to tag team life.


    ***So Close Now*** interrupts the Light SaBour parading inside the ring as Jimmy Uso and his brother Jey Uso bounce out from the back looking pretty confident. The Usos are all smiles as they too tag hands with several members of tonight’s crowd. The commentary team are quick to note how The Usos have had varied success over the past few months but seem to be on the right road again after ditching former manager Armando Estrada. Like before we get a recap of how Jimmy & Jey qualified for tonight’s match after they picked up the win over The Puerto Rican Nightmares on last week’s Raw, who were managed, quite briefly, by their former manager Estrada. Back inside the ring Jimmy and Jey high five before they head to the corners and salute the crowd. The Usos come face to face with Light SaBour and both teams nod respectfully at each other despite the fact that they will be vying for the same prize tonight.


    The two teams are disrupted as ***It’s A New Day*** blasts over the speakers and the crowd are united in their protests to the arrival of Legacy. Once again their leader Cody Rhodes, embroiled in a feud with former Legacy member Joe Hennig, is missing as Ted Dibiase leads out Blackjack Rotunda and Dustin Rhodes. The trio look pretty smug as they march towards ringside in unison with JBL quick to mention that Legacy have held the WWE Tag Team Championships no longer than three months ago and would love nothing more than to take them back at Summerslam. A video airs of Legacy qualifying for the Last Chance Triple Threat after Joe Hennig’s attack gave them a disqualification victory over Beer Money on last week’s RAW. The video moves onto Smackdown where Legacy attacked The Gabriel Brothers backstage only for the duo to come to Joe Hennig’s aid later that night when Legacy looked to inflict a three on one beatdown on the WWE United States Champion.


    The announce team mention that Paul Heyman has decreed that Joe Hennig and The Gabriel Brothers are barred from ringside for the Last Chance Triple Threat Match and the General Manager’s power widens as the match official steps in front of Dustin Rhodes and orders him to the back as well. Legacy are livid but despite their protests Dustin Rhodes exits to loud cheers from the crowd and to the delight of everyone, especially The Usos and Light SaBour, with Michael Cole pointing out that it’s a level playing field as we decide who will join The Flood, The Maple Leaf Mafia and the reigning WWE Tag Team Champions The Prime Time Prayers in the Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match at Summerslam. With Legacy finally into the ring the referee rings the bell to start the opening contest of the night.




    Last Chance Triple Threat Tag Team Match
    Light SaBour versus The Usos versus Legacy
    Winner receives final spot in Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match at Summerslam


    The announce team are quick to mention that tonight’s triple threat match will start with one member from each team. Chris Sabin and Jimmy Uso are quick to declare for their teams but Legacy are a little more hesitant and eventually Blackjack Rotunda steps in to start. All three men stare off before Rotunda trash talks to both of his opponents, an act that costs him as both Jimmy and Sabin connect with strikes that knock Rotunda to the ground. Sabin and Jimmy whip Rotunda into the ropes and Sabin ducks down to force Rotunda to skip over him, and Rotunda leaps right into a flying Jimmy Uso who takes him out with a Cross Body Block!!! Rotunda rises but eats a dropkick from Sabin that sends him through the ropes to the outside to the delight of the crowd.

    Jimmy and Sabin square off alone and Jimmy gets the better of Sabin with a couple of knees to the midsection before he slams a headbutt into the face of Sabin that rattles him up against the ropes. Jimmy connects with a few more strikes before he whips Sabin across the ring but the latter never comes back as Blackjack Rotunda trips him up from the outside and pulls him under the bottom rope. An irate Rotunda grabs Sabin by the head and tosses him into the ringside barricade. Rotunda turns around but isn’t standing long as Jimmy Uso charges across the ring and soars to the outside, taking him out with a Suicide Somersault Senton Dive!!! The crowd applaud Jimmy as he amazes them with his attack and he rolls Rotunda back into the ring before he makes the cover… but Rotunda kicks a shoulder up on two!!!

    Jimmy pulls Rotunda up and sends him into the corner before he tags in his brother Jey. Jey comes in and Jimmy whips him into Rotunda in the corner, but Rotunda gets a foot up and boots Jey in the face knocking him down. Jimmy can’t react quick enough as Rotunda comes out of the corner and takes his head off with a lariat. Rotunda feels fired up and turns to strike Evan Bourne off the apron for good measure before he stumbles over to the Legacy corner and tags in Ted Dibiase. The Million Dollar Heir struts into the ring and starts to stomp all over Jey Uso. Evan Bourne tries to enter the match but the referee advises him to remain in his corner, a request Bourne reluctantly accepts. Dibiase takes Jey Uso down with a couple of suplexes before he applies a couple of rest holds.

    Dibiase drags Jey into the corner and drills him with a pair of shoulder thrusts. Dibiase backs up for a running shoulder thrust but Jey leaps up and rolls him up with a sunset flip for a two fall!!! Dibiase jumps to hs feet but turns right into Jey Uso who pops him into the air and drops him with a Samoan Drop!!! Jey looks for the cover but Chris Sabin slingshots into the ring and breaks up the cover with a leg drop!!! Sabin pulls Jey Uso up and whips him into the ropes before he dropkicks him in the face. Sabin sends Dibiase into the corner before he whips Jey right into Dibiase, however Jey clotheslines Dibiase before he tosses him towards Sabin, who ducks a clothesline from Dibiase!!! And Jey Uso strikes with a Superkick!!! Sabin ducks!!! And Jey nails Dibiase with it!!! Dibiase falls, and Sabin kicks Jey Uso in the gut before he drives him into the canvas with a Snap DDT!!! Sabin makes the cover… but Jey kicks out on two!!!

    The crowd are more into the match as the pace picks up and Sabin makes the tag to Evan Borune who enters the match for the first time. Bourne explodes into action as he takes down Dibiase with a running leg lariat before he hits a rising Jey Uso with an enziguri!!! Blackjack Rotunda charges into the ring but misses with a clothesline and Bourne drops him with a Reverse STO!!! Jimmy Uso decides he wants in to now as he scales the top turnbuckle and leaps off to take out Bourne with a Flying Cross Body!!! The crowd cheer as Jimmy hits Chris Sabin with a Superkick before he helps his brother up off the canvas. The Usos line up and hit a rising Evan Bourne with a Double Superkick to the face!!! Jimmy sends Jey up to the top turnbuckle as he picks Bourne back up off the canvas and Jimmy drops Bourne in the middle of the ring with a Pop Up Samoan Drop!!! Jey gets ready to fly but Ted Dibiase jumps up on the apron and shoves him off the top rope to the outside!!!

    Jimmy Uso looks to go after Dibiase on the apron but Dibiase drops down and Jimmy is caught from behind by Blackjack Rotunda, who avalanches him in the corner. Dibiase re-enters the ring and the two set up to win the match as Rotunda holds on to Jimmy before he rolls him to Dibiase… who slams Jimmy Uso into the canvas with Dream Street!!! Legacy are going to pick up the victory… or they would if it wasn’t for Chris Sabin leaping in and breaking up the pinfall. Rotunda attacks and whips Sabin into the ropes but he misses with a clothesline before Sabin jumps into the air and catches Ted Dibiase with a Running Tornado DDT that plants him hard into the canvas and forces him to fall from the ring to huge cheers from the crowd. Sabin follows up by pulling down the top rope as Rotunda made a beeline for him and Rotunda crashes and burns to the outside too!!!

    On the outside Rotunda, Dibiase and Jey Uso rise and Chris Sabin decides to take a risk as he bounces off the ropes and flies between the ropes with a Suicide Dive!!! Sabin wipes out all three men on the outside but as he climbs to his feet Jimmy Uso is up inside the ring and he charges across the ring before he body vaults over the top rope and onto Sabin!!! The fans are enjoying the unpredictability of the contest but Evan Bourne is the only man left inside the ring as he climbs to his feet. On the outside all five men are trying to pull themselves up and just as they do Bourne races across the ring before he superbly springboards out of the ring and wipes out everybody with an amazing Corkscrew Senton!!! JBL calls the contest a crazy affair before Michael Cole states that every team is pushing to make it to Summerslam.

    The pile of bodies on the outside sees Chris Sabin and Evan Bourne emerge and they roll Ted Dibiase back into the ring. Dibiase comes to and holds his hands up to Sabin, not wanting any of the Detroit native. Dibiase tries to turn and retreat but he walks right into Evan Bourne who leaps up and cracks him in the head with an Enziguri!!! Dibiase staggers into Sabin who hoists him up onto his shoulders before he drives him into the canvas with Cradle Shock!!! Bourne makes the cover!!! But Jey Uso breaks it up!!! Jimmy and Jey Uso invade the ring and the battle is on between The Usos and Light SaBour!!! The crowd are behind both teams but The Usos get the upper hand as Jimmy sends Bourne over the top rope with a clothesline before the pair set Chris Sabin up for The Double Uso Splash!!!

    Both men head to the turnbuckles but Jey is cut off by Blackjack Rotunda who climbs up the turnbuckle and starts to duke it out with him. Jimmy however flies off but The Uso Splash misses as Chris Sabin rolls out of the way. Sabin rises and tosses Jimmy into the corner where Jey and Rotunda are fighting and the impact forces Jey to crotch himself on the top turnbuckle whilst Rotunda falls backward and hangs himself upside down in the Tree Of Woe position. Sabin clotheslines Jimmy Uso out of the ring before he circles the ring and storms across to connect with a Hesitation Dropkick to the face of the helpless Rotunda!!! Rotunda falls from the corner and to the outside just as Evan Bourne re-enters the ring. Light SaBour point at one another before Bourne charges towards Sabin… who catapults him into the air towards the crotched Jey… and hurricanranas him off the top turnbuckle into the middle of the ring!!! Air Shock!!! Evan Bourne scurries across the ring to make the cover and with everybody else down picks up the three count.


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    Winners by pinfall with Air Shock (Catapult Hurricanrana) and taking the final spot in the WWE Tag Team Championship Match at Summerslam... Chris Sabin... Evan Bourne... Light SaBour!!!





    The crowd are on their feet ecstatic as Lilian Garcia announces Light SaBour as the winners of the match. Evan Bourne and Chris Sabin embrace in the middle of the ring before the referee raises their hands, with the commentary team reminding us that Light SaBour’s victory tonight has booked their spot, and the final spot, in the Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match for the WWE Tag Team Championships at Summerslam. The Legacy pairing of Ted Dibiase and Blackjack Rotunda angrily retreat licking their wounds as a disappointed Jimmy Uso tends to his brother Jey at ringside. Back inside the ring Sabin and Bourne continue to celebrate their win as Michael Cole informs us that Light SaBour will join The Maple Leaf Mafia, The Flood and the current Tag Team Champions The Prime Time Prayers at Summerslam. We get a shot backstage of The Prime Time Prayers, Titus O’Neil & Darren Young, watching on before the commentary team move on to notify us that in a few moments we will be hearing from Batista, who made his return to the WWE three nights ago on Smackdown after a ten-week absence.









    The Warrior’s Way - Summerslam 88

    A video airs from Summerslam 1988 with The Honky Tonk Man as the reigning, longest reigning in history in fact, Intercontinental Champion. Without an opponent after his challenger Brutus 'the Barber' Beefcake was injured before the event, the self-proclaimed Greatest Intercontinental Champion demanded that a replacement was found. Cue the powerful music of The Ultimate Warrior to a thunderous reception. The Ultimate Warrior charged down to ringside and immediately attacked The Honky Tonk Man. A body slam, clothesline and Warrior Splash later and Warrior had defeated Honky Tonk inside thirty one seconds and dethroned the longest reigning Intercontinental Champion ever in one of the shortest Intercontinental Championship Matches in history.





    SUMMERSLAM
    The Staples Center | Los Angeles, Calfironia
    August 25th 2013

    The Biggest Party Of The Summer







    The show returns to ringside and Michael Cole and JBL plug Summerslam and remind us that the only place to catch the hottest action and the most exciting matches this summer will be at The Biggest Party Of The Summer. ***I Walk Alone*** hits the soundsystem to an almighty roar from the crowd and after a few moments Batista marches out onto the stage to a booming ovation from the crowd. The Animal is dressed in jeands and a button shirt as he walks out but he is not alone however as Randy Orton strolls out behind him to another great reaction. The commentary team state that it has been a long, long time since we have seen The Animal Batista and The Viper Randy Orton stand side by side but just like last week on SMACKDOWN they are here together again. Michael Cole is quick to bring up that The Nature Boy Ric Flair is absent as expected after his collapse after SMACKDOWN went off the air and they add that they have word that Flair is recovering well back home with his family in Charlotte, North Carolina. The focus shifts back to Batista and Orton as the two enter the ring. The Animal looks extremely happy to be back as he grabs the ring ropes and gives them a shake before he roars to the crowd. JBL says that The Animal looks as impressive as ever as Batista requests a microphone to address the WWE Universe.


    Batista: First of all let me just say how great it is to be back inside a WWE ring again!!!


    Pop from the crowd as Batista scans across them.


    Batista: It’s been a few months since I lost back at Extreme Rules to Kevin Steen. But I’m back… and after what happened last week it looks like Kevin Steen and the World Championship will have to wait… because I’ve got some business to take care of!!!


    Another pop!! Randy Orton nods in the background.


    Batista: Because you see last week two knuckleheads made the biggest mistake of their lives when they decided to try and make an example out of someone I care dearly for. Ric.. Flair!!!


    Another pop from the fans and they start to chant ‘Woo!!!’ over and over as Batista begins to get intense.


    Batista: Kassius Hero? Claudio Cesaro? You two made a huge mistake when you picked on a legend of this business in The Nature Boy Ric Flair. Now me and Randy… we ain’t the best of friends… and we’ve had our ups and downs over the years… but if there is one thing that we will always agree on… it’s that nobody messes with Ric Flair and gets away with it!!!


    The Animal angrily stands inside the ring before Randy Orton takes the microphone away from him.


    Randy Orton: That’s right. Last week Ric Flair did what he always does… he surprised us… he stepped out into a WWE ring for the first time in five years and he showed once more why he truly is The Man. But what Ric Flair did last week… standing up to what he believes in… it came at a cost. Now I’m sure that many of you are aware that Ric Flair left Smackdown last week in the back of an ambulance. I’m just happy to confirm that Ric is okay and it won’t be long before he’s stylin’ and profilin’ once again!!!


    Huge round of applause for The Nature Boy.


    Randy Orton: But let me just say this. Ric Flair’s pain and suffering last week won’t be for nothing because I promise you that The Kings Of Wrestling will pay for what they’ve done, not just to me but to Ric Flair. Me and Batista… we’re out here to make a statement.


    Batista takes the microphone.


    Batista: Kings Of Wrestling? I’ll keep this short and sweet. You better watch your backs… because The Animal is back and he’s ready to tear you both apart!!!


    The crowd pop again as Batista’s return has been super well received but ***Kings*** hits and the crowd’s cheers turn to jeers as Claudio Cesaro and Kassius Hero stroll out from the back and stand at the top of the ramp with two of the biggest smirks imaginable etched across the faces of The Kings Of Wrestling. Michael Cole asks what on earth they could have to smile about after their actions last week and Batista begs for the pair to come down to the ring, an offer that Cesaro and Hero refuse. Hero has a microphone in hand as he looks to get something off his chest.


    Kassius Hero: Woah!! Woah! Woah!! Now I’m not so sure what all this hostility is about guys? We never wanted to have to do what we did last week. It was Ric Flair’s idea to step into the ring with wrestling royalty. It’s not our fault that he got hurt?


    Jeers ring out with the crowd not buying Hero’s words as the microphone passes to Cesaro.


    Claudio Cesaro: Kassius you are right it is not our fault. If Batista and all of these fans want somebody to blame then they should look no further than the man standing right there in that ring… Randy Orton!!!


    The crowd jeer as Randy Orton angrily points at The Kings Of Wrestling. Batista stares at Orton for a few moments before he looks back up at The Kings, not saying a word in the process.


    Kassius Hero: If Randy Orton had been a good little boy and walked out when we told him to then Ric Flair never would have been put in a match with us… let alone end up in a hospital bed. Isn’t that right Randy?


    Orton doesn’t say a word but he drops his head, seemingly feeling guilty about the fate of Ric Flair last week.


    Kassius Hero: In fact me and Claudio had a word with the backstage team and they’ve agreed to run some footage of what happened after last week’s show went off the air. Play it!!!


    The video rolls on the big screen with highlights of the main event from Smackdown. The video is edited to promote The Kings Of Wrestling as we see Claudio Cesaro hold Ric Flair against the steel ring post before Kassius Hero crushes him against the post with The Knockout Blow!!! We see The Kings Of Wrestling follow up with the KRS-ONE to Flair for the victory as a rope-trapped Randy Orton can only look on. After the match we see Claudio Cesaro nail Flair with the Very European Uppercut before the video cuts away, conveniently missing out the part where Batista returned and cleared the ring of both Cesaro and Hero. The video cuts back in with Batista and Randy Orton standing inside the ring with a bloody Ric Flair after Smackdown goes off the air when suddenly Flair collapses. Orton, Batsita and a swarm of officials surround Flair as he remains out inside the ring as the video comes to a close.


    The focus switches to Batista and Orton inside the ring who look visibly upset at revisiting what happened last week. Hero and Cesaro are all smiles though as The King Of Swing takes the microphone.



    Claudio Cesaro: Wow!! Did you see that? I could not believe it. I could not believe how hard it was to try and wrestle with somebody like Ric Flair. The guy was all over the place, he could barely stand up on his own two feet… let alone stand up to true wrestling royalty like us.


    Kassius Hero: It was like I was dancing with an old granny… I was just waiting for him to slip and break his hip!!!


    Hero and Cesaro laugh amongst themselves but Batista and Orton, along with the crowd don’t seem to get the joke as the heat showers over The Kings Of Wrestling.


    Kassius Hero: But the good thing is Ric Flair has gone to a better place. Which is exactly where Randy Orton needs to go to? As for you Batista we find it really ironic that you come out here and tell us to watch our backs… when last week it was you who ambushed us from behind. I guess just like Randy Orton you don’t know what a fair fight is.


    Ironic? The crowd aren’t buying what Hero is trying to sell them.


    Claudio Cesaro: And we know you were around earlier this year Batista… so we guess you saw exactly what happened when CM Punk and Daniel Bryan tried to match up to the power, skill and prestige that The Kings Of Wrestling carry with them. I’ll remind you though because you don’t look like the smartest tool in the box… it did not end well.


    Kassius Hero: Like we’ve said a million times before… we came here to this company to reach the top of the WWE and rid it of the fossils of yesteryear that are standing in our way. And I guess if you want to throw your hat in with Randy Orton then I guess you’re just another fossil we’ll have to bury in the dirt.


    Batista seems to have had enough as he looks ready to fight but instead Randy Orton manages to stop him and says something to Batista, who grabs the microphone.


    Batista: You know I’ve just about had it up to here with your bullcrap boys….Randy Orton and I came here tonight for two reasons. You two have loved dishing out the punishment when it’s been the two of you against just one guy. But let’s see how big and bad you are when the playing field is even. On behalf of Randy Orton and myself… Evolution!!!


    Pop for the first mention of the former name of the stable that both Randy Orton and Batista are famously associated with.


    Batista: I’m officially challenging The Kings Of Wrestling to a tag team match… at Summerslam!!!


    Massive pop from the crowd as The Animal lays the gauntlet down to The Kings Of Wrestling. Hero and Cesaro look a little worried as they stare at each other… until they burst out laughing once more.


    Claudio Cesaro: Is that supposed to scare us Batista? The only thing you’ve managed to accomplish tonight is amuse us. Because like we’ve always said… we are The Kings Of Wrestling… and we reign supreme over everyone!!!


    Kassius Hero: So you want to take us on??? You bunch of fossils want to try and hang with us??? Evolution! The Kings Of Wrestling!! Summerslam!!! You’re on!!!!


    Another huge cheer from the fans as The Kings Of Wrestling immediately accept the challenge of Evolution. JBL states how excited he is but before The Kings Of Wrestling look to leave… until Batista stops them in their tracks.


    Batista: Hold on just a minute!!! I said that we came out her for two reasons. We’ve just got one out of the way… and rather than tell you what the second is… me and Randy would prefer to show you!!!


    Thud!!! Batista drops the microphone and both he and Randy Orton exit the ring and make a beeline for The Kings Of Wrestling to huge approval from the crowd. To their credit Kassius Hero and Claudio Cesaro don’t back down from Evolution and meet them in the middle of the ramp… and the fight is on!!! The fans raise the volume as Cesaro and Orton trade right hands whilst Hero charges at Batista. The King Of Knockout misses a clothesline and Batista shoulder thrusts Hero into the ring apron. Orton sidesteps an uppercut from Cesaro before he slams him face first off the steel steps at ringside. Orton rolls Cesaro into the ring and Evolution are on top as Batista chucks Kassius Hero into the corner and continues to drive the shoulder into his midsection. Randy Orton backs Claudio Cesaro into a different corner and mounts him before he strikes off fist after fist to the face of The King Of Swing. Orton drops down and as Cesaro stumbles out from the corner The Viper nails him with a signature dropkick that barrels Cesaro out of the ring. In the corner Batista lets Hero stagger out before he lifts him up and drives him into the canvas with a ring shattering Spinebuster!!! The crowd pop as Batista jumps up and shakes the ropes before he gives Kassius Hero the thumbs down. The Animal calls for The Batista Bomb… but Claudio Cesaro pulls Hero out of the ring!!! The boos are deafening as Cesaro and Hero quickly head up the ramp to safety. Batista roars inside the ring and Randy Orton scales the turnbuckle as Evolution stare down their Summerslam opponents The Kings Of Wrestling. Cesaro helps Hero stay on his feet as The Kings Of Wrestling feel the effects of tangling with Batista and Randy Orton. The announce team discuss whether The Kings will be able to reign supreme over Evolution, or will Batista be the equaliser that Randy Orton so desperately needed to win his war with Claudio Cesaro and Kassius Hero?? JBL adds that we will find out at Summerslam as RAW heads to its first commercial break.




    -Commercial Break




    The show returns to the sound of ***2 Hot 2 Handle*** beaming across the arena and WWE Women’s Champion Shaul Guerrero makes her way out with her title belt slung proudly over her left shoulder. Guerrero is not alone though as her mother Vickie Guerrero waddles out behind her with Michael Cole reminding us that Vickie is the so called Head Of The Women’s Division. Cole takes pleasure in reminding us of Vickie Guerrero’s actions over the last few weeks that saw her daughter make a very surprising return at Night Of Champions to steal the Women’s Championship from AJ Lee. Despite the heat that The Guerreros are showered with both Vickie and Shaul look happy as they enter the ring. Shaul grabs a microphone and gets reasy to speak but the crowd don’t seem to be allowing her to get a word in so Vickie takes the microphone and shrieks at the fans in attendance.


    Vickie Guerrero: Excuuuseeee meeeee!!!!!


    The fans aren’t letting up as Vickie just makes them even more hostile.


    Vickie Guerrero: I said excuse me!!!! My daughter… your Women’s Champion… has something she’d like to say so I’d suggest you all just shut up and let the jewel of the women’s division speak!!!


    More heat. Shaul Guerrero takes the microphone and finally addresses the crowd.


    Shaul Guerrero: Thank you mother… I guess to some people and in some places you just can’t teach class. I guess the WWE Universe is just a little hurt because last week I proved them all wrong once again when I defeated their precious little favourite AJ Lee!!!


    Jeers for Shaul as she proves that she doesn’t care what the fans think.


    Shaul Guerrero: You know it’s not like she had a chance though, really? Have you seen the state of her compared to me? I’m a Latina goddess whilst AJ Lee is just the white trash that I took out to the kerb last week. Hopefully this time she stays there. And I’m telling AJ Lee… and all the other girls in the back for that matter… if you’re thinking of messing with Latina Heat… then you’re gonna get burned!!!


    Vickie Guerrero applauds her daughter and grins from ear to ear as the WWE Women’s Champion plucks her lips out and scowls at the audience. But the smiles wash away as ***Let’s Light It Up*** screams over the arena and the crowd jump to their feet and cheer because AJ Lee has seemingly heard enough as she storms down to ringside and looks like she came to let her actions speak for her. Michael Cole tells AJ Lee to go get her but before the former Women’s Champion can enter the ring Vickie Guerrero grabs the microphone and frantically yells towards her.


    Vickie Guerrero: AJ!!! AJ!!! Don’t you dare take one more step!!! If you try and come into this ring and put your hands on my daughter then I promise you that I will suspend you. Do you hear me AJ? You had your chance last week and you lost… you blew it… you need to accept that you’re just not good enough to be in the ring with a Guerrero.


    AJ Lee paces angrily across the ringside area but instead of entering the ring she grabs a microphone.


    AJ Lee: I had my chance?!?! You mean last week when you two witches lived up to your family name and again cheated me out of what’s rightfully mine… the Women’s Championship. Is that what you meant by my chance? Because believe me if you two think that I’m just going to give up on my dream just because of one little setback… just because you say I don’t belong… then you two obviously don’t know who AJ Lee is… and what she’s capable of!!!


    AJ Lee looks sinisterly towards the Guerreros but before anything else can be said or done ***Higher*** hits and the other former Women’s Champion, and the leader of The Divas Of Doom, Kaitlyn makes her way out from the back. Kaitlyn is not alone though as Beth Phoenix and Natalya flank her on either side. AJ Lee slides around ringside to the other side of the ring due to her detailed history with the villainous trio and unlike AJ Lee they enter the ring and stand in front of the WWE Women’s Champion and The Head Of The Women’s Division. Both Guerreros look unhappy with the second interruption of the night as Kaitlyn has a microphone in hand.


    Kaitlyn: Unlike AJ Lee I don’t care for your threats Vickie. We’re The Divas Of Doom and we go where we want… when we want. All I care about is that title belt that your stupid daughter thinks belongs to her. In case you might have forgotten I never got my rematch for the Women’s Championship. I never got my given right as Women’s Champion to be given a shot to win back my title. AJ Lee fluked her win over me at Night Of Champions… and if she hadn’t your daughter wouldn’t even be holding that title right now because I would have squashed her like the little firefly that she is.


    Shaul furiously shakes her head as both Phoenix and Natalya nod their agreement as Kaitlyn stares a hole through the Women’s Champion.


    Kaitlyn: You robbed me Vickie… you took away what was rightfully mine. And I want it back. If you don’t give me what I want… then I won’t be held responsible for what happens to your precious little girl. Do you understand?


    The deadly serious Kaitlyn drops the microphone but AJ Lee finally comes into the ring to argue with Kaitlyn.


    AJ Lee: I’m sorry Kaitlyn but there’s no way that you are getting a shot at that title before me. I beat you two weeks ago… you need to wait your turn.


    Kaitlyn can be heard shouting to AJ Lee ‘And you lost last week!!!’ off microphone but as the bickering starts between AJ Lee and The Divas Of Doom a smile breaks out on Vickie Guerrero’s face.


    Vickie Guerrero: Ladies… please!!! There’s no need for all these petty little arguments because despite the fact that I love all our little coming togethers, I’m afraid that neither of you will be getting a shot at Shaul Guerrero. In fact at Summerslam Shaul and I will be taking the night off… my daughter’s earned it. We’ve decided to go shopping!!! So all this arguing and finger pointing at one another you’ve been doing is for nothing. And that’s my final say on the matter. Seeing as I’m The Head Of The Women’s Division there’s nothing you or anybody else for that matter can do about it!!!


    Vickie laughs as AJ Lee and The Divas Of Doom angrily stare towards her and Shaul Guerrero. The crowd are not happy either with Michael Cole crying out that she can’t do that. JBL adds that it looks like she has but the mood inside the arena changes as ***Mental*** hits the speakers!!! And after a few seconds WWE General Manager Paul Heyman appears on the big screen from his office. Vickie Guerrero looks worried as Heyman sits on the end of his desk not looking too happy.


    Paul Heyman: Vickie? Vickie? Vickie? Let me get this straight… did you just say that there is nothing anybody can do about your decision to give your daughter the night off at Summerslam?


    Vickie shakes her head apologetically as Heyman shakes his.


    Paul Heyman: I think you’ll find there is… and you’re looking right at him. Because as all these ladies and gentleman know… my name is Paul Heyman… and I am the WWE General Manager!!!


    Applause and cheers from the crowd before Heyman continues.


    Paul Heyman: You know Vickie when you got this job it was merely because me and Chris Jericho were too busy arguing with each other to deal with the Women’s Division on top of everything else that was going on. But now that Chris Jericho’s gone, and your actions have come a little more into the light… I’m really starting to realise that your appointment as The Head Of The Women’s Division… was a huge mistake!!!


    Big pop from the crowd as Vickie looks like she’s about to cry. Shaul shakes her head as she looks up at Heyman.


    Paul Heyman: First of all you orchestrated an attack on one of my superstars with your daughter before you decided to ruin not one but two Women’s Championship matches with your reckless actions. So Vickie Guerrero…. I’d like to say it’s been fun… but it hasn’t… and I’d like to say I’m sorry to do this… but I’m not… so consider this your last moment as The Head Of The Women’s Division… because in the extreme words of the man that built this company we reside in… you’re fired!!!


    A humungous pop from the crowd as Vickie Guerrero is relieved of her position as the Head Of The Women’s Division. Guerrero can’t believe it and she holds her head in her hands before she exits the ring and storms off. The crowd start singing ’Na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye!!!’ to her as Shaul Guerrero follows her out of the ring.


    Paul Heyman: Uh not so fast Shaul!!! I’m not done with you yet!!!


    Pop!!! Shaul stops in her tracks and starts to look worried. Her mother hangs around to hear what else Paul Heyman has up his sleeve.


    Paul Heyman: You see you might think that you had an easy ride ahead of you here just because your mother was running this division but believe me now that she’s gone things will start to even themselves out. First off let’s sort out this situation regarding the WWE Women’s Championship!!! And I think I would have to agree with AJ Lee!!!


    Pop! AJ Lee smiles but The Divas Of Doom are not happy as they look up at Heyman.


    Paul Heyman: In fact I can’t see any reason why I wouldn’t agree with Kaitlyn too!!!


    Slight jeers!!! The Divas Of Doom look happier and Kaitlyn nods her head but Shaul Guerrero looks nervous as Paul Heyman continues on.


    Paul Heyman: I think both AJ Lee and Kaitlyn deserve a shot at the WWE Women’s Championship… and I think it’s only fair that both will get them!!! Because Shaul Guerrero? Allow me to announce that you will defend your title… against Kaitlyn… and AJ Lee… in a triple threat match… at Summerslam!!!


    Shaul Guerrero shrieks despairingly into the air as a still sobbing Vickie Guerrero tries to comfort her. Both AJ Lee and Kaitlyn look happy with the announcement and start to trade barbs inside the ring.


    Paul Heyman: And one more thing before I go. As the Women’s Champion I expect you to be ready and willing to perform anytime that the WWE Universe requires it… which is why tonight Shaul Guerrero… you will be in action. So I suggest you head on out to the back and try to find yourself a tag team partner… because tonight you and that partner will compete in this ring… against AJ Lee and her partner… Kaitlyn!!!


    The crowd cheer another blockbuster announcement from Paul Heyman as he pits Shaul Guerrero against her Summerslam opponents, but also pairs up two women who have been rivals over the past few months. Shaul Guerrero does not look happy as she trudges to the back but the cameras focus on AJ Lee and Kaitlyn inside the ring, who both continue to point their fingers at one another and trade insults. Michael Cole wonders how the two will be able to get along later tonight with JBL asking the bigger question of who Shaul Guerrero will be able to convince to be her tag team partner tonight. Cole finishes off by stating that we will find out later tonight.








    The cameras swing backstage into a communal area where we see Christian standing on a chair in front of a gang of superstars, including Sheamus, a dejected Legacy (minus Cody Rhodes), R-Truth, The Puerto Rican Nightmares, The Miz, The Maple Leaf Mafia, Elijah Burke, Tyson Kidd, Richie Steamboat and Hunico. Christian has a megaphone in his hand as he looks ready to address the gathering.


    Christian: Can I have your attention please!?!?!


    Captain Charisma imitates Michael Cole but the megaphone shrieks the sound out and all the stars clutch their ears in agony to try to stop the irritation the echoed voice of Christian is causing.


    Sheamus: Would ya’ put the megaphone down ya’ fool?


    Christian scowLs at the Irishman.


    Christian: Hey, who you calling a fool Sheamus. I’m the rightful Intercontinental Champion. And in case you forgot I wasn’t so much of a fool when I beat you for it.


    Sheamus shakes his head before he crosses his arms and continues to watch what Christian has to say.


    Christian: As I was about to say… tonight I called everyone here to talk about one man…


    Tyson Kidd: Yourself?


    Christian glares at Kidd now as another interruption halts him.


    Christian: Wow… another comedian in the building. Very funny Tyson. Everyone give Tyson a round of applause… it looks like he finally found something he’s good at rather than living off the glory of a family that isn’t even his.


    A loud ooh from the crowd as Christian insults Tyson Kidd. The former Hart Dynasty man shakes his head at Christian before he exits, and Sheamus, Elijah Burke and a few others follow suit, seemingly not caring for what he has to say. But Captain Charisma will not be deterred as he continues on.


    Christian: As I was trying to say… tonight is not about me. Tonight is about thew black cloud starting to hover above our beloved WWE. I gathered you all here to talk about a man that is singlehandedly trying to destroy the WWE. And his name is Paul Heyman.


    A majority of the crowd of stars nod along with Christian as he continues.


    Christian: Now I don’t know about any of you… but I’m sick and tired of this being Paul Heyman’s world. Paul Heyman is trying to screw me out of what is rightfully mine… and we need to stand together to fight against his reign of terror. Because if it’s not me this week then it might be you who Paul Heyman tries to take advantage of. Who wants to stand side by side with me against Paul Heyman? Who’s with me? Guys??


    Christian’s confidence drops towards the end of his speech as he sees all the stars turning their back on him and walking away from the conversation. It soon becomes obvious why as the camera shifts to the side to see WWE General Manager Paul Heyman standing right behind Captain Charisma!!! Christian doesn’t know he’s there as he yells one more plea out to the group.


    Christian: Come on guys!!! Who’s with me?!?!?!


    Paul Heyman: A….hem!!!!


    Heyman makes his presence known and Christian closes his eyes and knows exactly who is standing behind him. Christian slowly and reluctantly swivels around to face Heyman, who has a cheeky smirk on his face.


    Christian: Oh… hey Paul. How’s it going?


    Christian tries to charm his way out of the situation but Heyman is having none of it.


    Paul Heyman: Oh not much Christian. Rallying the troops I see? I guess I really am reigning in terror if all those guys just walked off as soon as I showed up. But you know what I’m glad that you decided to call this little meeting.


    Christian: You are?


    Christian looks completely confused by Heyman’s reaction.


    Paul Heyman: Oh certainly. Ya’ know I was going to give you a break Christian. Ease off you a little. Draw a line under the last few weeks? Call a truce even!!!


    Christian: That sounds great Paul. I’d love…


    Paul Heyman: Not so fast Christian. That was before. That was before you decided to try and undermine my authority and start a mutiny on the ship I command. No!!!Tonight we’re going to go back to doing exactly what we did last week. Call it a re-run. Tonight Christian you’re going to defend your shot at the Intercontinental Championship again!!!


    Christian flips out as Heyman lays down the law.


    Paul Heyman: And this time I’ll be keeping a close eye on your match. And if anything remotely similar to last week happens again… then I’ll happily march on down to that ring and reverse the result. Understand?


    Christian wants to argue but realises that it will only make things worse.


    Christian: Okay Paul. If that’s how you want to play it then fine. I’ll do what I always do and get the job done. So who’s the next unlucky guy I’m gunna teach a lesson tonight?


    Heyman takes a few moments before he widens the smile on his face.


    Paul Heyman: Oh I think you’ll be very familiar with this guy Christian. In fact some might say he’s living off the past glories of a family that isn’t even his!!!


    The crowd pop and Christian’s face drops knowing who it is as Heyman smirks harder.


    Paul Heyman: Tyson Kidd!!! Good luck!!!


    Heyman confirms the opponent for Christian tonight and walks off to leave Captain Charisma to digest the fact that he will have to defend his shot at the Intercontinental Championship for the second week in a row. The announce team chuckle over Christian once again landing himself in deep trouble with the General Manager before they hype up that Christian will face Tyson Kidd later tonight.








    ***Ain’t No Stoppin’ Me*** hits and the crowd cheer as Shelton Benjamin bounces out from the back. The Gold Standard looks in good spirits as Lilian Garcia announces that the following contest is for the WWE Telelvision Championship. Benjamin tags several hands on his way to the ring before he gets in, poses and takes in the cheers of the crowd. Benjamin composes himself before he starts to stretch out, awaiting the arrival of his opponent.


    And ***More Than One Man*** blasts through the speakers and seconds later out comes Heath Slater strumming the WWE Television Championship like an electric guitar!!! The crowd give Slater a great reaction as the announce team talk up how The One Man Band has become a fan favourite over the last few months and has also impressively cemented himself as the Television Champion.


    Footage airs from last week’s Fatal Four Way Match for the Television Championship, a match which saw Slater retain his title after hitting Shelton Benjamin with The Smash Hit for the win.


    JBL notes that Benjamin will be hoping lightning doesn’t strike twice tonight as he looks to dethrone Slater. The One Man Band poses inside the ring with his title before he hands it over to the referee. Slater removes his jacket and sunglasses and flashes Benjamin a huge white smile before the referee calls for the bell to get the championship clash underway.





    WWE Television Championship | Singles Match
    Heath Slater © versus Shelton Benjamin



    The contest starts with Heath Slater trying to get to grips with the fast pace set by the athleticism of Shelton Benjamin. A couple of arm drag takedowns are followed up by Benjamin with a dropkick that sends Slater into the corner. Benjamin leaps onto Slater with a Stinger Splash!!! Before he smoothly transitions the attack into a monkey flip out of the corner that sends Slater crashing across the ring. The crowd are behind both men as Benjamin gets a close fall and follows up with another two close falls from suplex attempts. Benjamin sends Slater into the ropes but The One Man Band hangs on and Benjamin follows up with a charge, Slater aims a boot at The Gold Standard but Benjamin baseball slides under it and slides out of the ring. With Slater off balance Benjamin trips the standing leg and Slater slaps face first off the canvas. Benjamin jumps onto the apron and waits for Slater to rise before he springboards in and flies at Slater with a Springboard Cross Body!!! But Slater ducks it just like last week… but Benjamin lands on his feet!!! Turns around right into a kick to the gut from Slater, Smash Hit!!! No!!! Benjamin counters with a Northern Lights Suplex!!! Close fall!!!

    Benjamin thought he had the win and the Television Championship but Slater kicks out just in time. Benjamin whips Slater into the corner but The One Man Band reverses it and Benjamin hits the turnbuckle. Slater comes charging in and clotheslines Benjamin in the corner before he bounces off the ropes and drives Benjamin face first into the canvas with a one-handed bulldog!!! Shades of Chris Jericho from Slater, and he quickly heads to the middle turnbuckle for a risky aerial attack. Slater leaps off and connects with a Diving Leg Drop from the middle turnbuckle!!! Slater hooks the leg, but this time Benjamin kicks out to keep the match going. The crowd applaud both men’s efforts as Slater drags Benjamin to his feet and hits a couple of knife-edge chops to the chest of Benjamin. Slater sends Benjamin into the ropes and swings a clothesline, but it’s a swing and a miss as Benjamin evades it and wraps his arms around Slater’s waist before he drops him back into the canvas with a German Suplex!!! Benjamin holds the move for the pin but Slater kicks out at two!!!

    Shelton Benjamin shakes his head as he can’t seem to put Heath Slater away. Benjamin decides to head to the top turnbuckle and as he steadies himself to jump at a rising Slater, The One Man Band springs forward and meets him with a couple of right hands. Benjamin finally loses balance and crotches himself on the top turnbuckle. Slater climbs up alongside Benjamin and with the crowd behind him he grabs Benjamin and superplexes him off the top rope and into the middle of the ring!!! Slater takes a little bump from the attack too and after a few seconds crawls into the cover, but somehow Benjamin gets the shoulder up just before the three!!! Heath Slater wants to put and end to the match as he calls for a Spear, and he urges Benjamin up to his feet. Slater runs across the ring Benjamin sidesteps him and Slater cracks his head off the middle turnbuckle!!! Slater stumbles out of the corner and Benjamin looks for the Pay Dirt!!! He’s got it!!! No!!! Slater shoves him away!!! Benjamin rises and takes aim with a kick to the gut but Slater catches it, only for The One Man Band to throw Benjamin off and The Gold Standards fires back with a Dragon Whip!!!

    Heath Slater bounces down into the canvas and staggers into the corner. Shelton Benjamin pumps himself up before he runs at Slater in the corner and hits a Stinger Splash again!!! But this time he eats the turnbuckle!!! Benjamin bounces off the turnbuckle and into the middle of the ring and he’s quickly cut in half with a Spear from Heath Slater!!! Slater makes the cover but somehow Benjamin manages to get his foot on the bottom rope!!! The crowd are excited by the end to end contest they are seeing. Slater pulls Benjamin up and whips him into the ropes but Benjamin explodes back with a cross body block that takes The One Man Band down!!! Benjamin calls for the T-Bone Suplex and plucks Slater off the canvas, but Slater rolls him up into a small package!!! And Benjamin just kicks out!!! Both men race to their feet and Slater catches a kick from Benjamin!!! Enizguri!!! Slater ducks!!! And Benjamin somehow lands on his feet but is caught from behind by a Russian Leg Sweep from Slater!!! The One Man Band quickly pulls the stunned Benjamin up to his feet and drops him into the canvas with The Smash Hit!!! He nails it!!! Slater hops on top of Benjamin for the cover and finally gets the three count to retain his title.


    Spoiler:

    Winner by pinfall with The Smash Hit, and still WWE Television Champion… Heath Slater!!!





    An elated Heath Slater celebrates his victory as the crowd cheer The One Man Band. The redhead collects his title belt from the referee as the announce team put over another impressive performance from Slater that sees him continue his run as the WWE Television Champion. Slater heads to the turnbuckle and plays his championship belt like an electric guitar to chuckles from the announce team. JBL wonders what is next for Heath Slater as Raw heads to a break with the WWE Television Champion still celebrating.




    Commercial Break




    As we return from the break a split screen is shown with CM Punk on the left and WWE Unified World Champion Kevin Steen on the left. Matt Striker follows closely behind Steen as Michael Cole informs us that Steen versus Punk is coming up very shortly, but screams can be heard from somebody backstage as CM Punk flies across the backstage area, because Daniel Bryan ambushes him from behind!!! Michael Cole yells out but Bryan continues to assault his Summerslam opponent. Bryan kicks away at the defenceless Punk before he picks him up and tosses him face first off the wall. Bryan stomps on the head of Punk a few more times before he audaciously and disrespectfully locks him into The Anaconda Vise!!! The crowd jeer as they watch on the big screen as Bryan has Punk in his own submission hold. A swarm of officials try to get Bryan off Punk but The American Dragon refuses to relinquish the hold. Eventually road agents Dean Malenko and Finlay enter the scene and pry Bryan off of Punk, but the damage is done and CM Punk is hurt. Paul Heyman comes into the scene and yells at a remorseless Bryan.


    Paul Heyman: What the hell are you playing at?!?!?!


    Bryan just shrugs off Heyman’s cries and walks away, happy with his work. Heyman looks at the doctor on the scene who just throws up the X to signal that Punk is not going to be able to compete tonight much to the General Manager’s frustration. Just as Heyman looks to check on CM Punk he turns to see that Kevin Steen and Matt Striker have conveniently entered the scene. The cameras pan across to focus on the trio as the medical team continue to help Punk.


    Kevin Steen: I guess this means I’ve got the night off boss. That’s a shame… I was looking forward to crushing CM Punk’s skull in in front of the whole world!!!


    Steen smiles as he looks to walk away but Heyman has other ideas.


    Paul Heyman: You would really love that wouldn’t you Kevin? But that is where you are wrong. Because I promised the WWE Universe that they would see their World Champion in action tonight and that’s exactly what they are going to get!!!


    Steen just smirks at Heyman before Matt Striker joins the conversation.


    Matt Striker: Paul? Come on now. My client has no problem whatsoever going out there into that ring and destroying some poor soul. Because that’s exactly what will happen. But l ask of you Mr Heyman… who on earth is there that you could possibly put in the ring with my client, Wrestling’s Worst Nightmare that can actually be a test for him? R-Truth? Mark Henry? Santino Marella?


    A wry smile spreads across Heyman’s face and this expression wipes the smug look from Striker’s as it seems obvious that the former ECW Owner has an idea.


    Paul Heyman: Close Matthew, very close. You see tonight I think it would be wonderful if your client takes on a humanised reptile. But it won’t be The Cobra… oh no!!! I’m thinking more along the lines of The Viper!!!


    Striker does not look too cocky anymore as Heyman outlines his plan. Steen however remains cool and looks nonplussed by the idea of facing the man that Heyman is referring to.


    Paul Heyman: That’s right… tonight it’s going to be Kevin Steen going one on one with a man that we’ve already seen once tonight… Randy Orton!!!


    Pop!!! The crowd are happy that a big match is still on the agenda for tonight and Michael Cole calls it another great decision by Heyman tonight.


    Kevin Steen: That’s fine by me Heyman. Just another peasant I’ll force to bow down to the King. Tonight… Randy Orton. Summerslam… Dolph Ziggler. In between? Anyone stupid enough to get in my way!


    The self-assured Steen storms off with Matt Striker not too far behind. Heyman watches on as Michael Cole gives us word that Kevin Steen versus Randy Orton is coming up next.








    A video begins to air inside a local community hall where a large group of individuals are all practicing Yoga on individual mats. The session continues on as one person breaks position and stands up. Wearing black gym shorts and a red sideless shirt the dark-haired man steps through the sea of bodies in front of him and stretches out his arms high above his head before he finally approaches the camera.


    Hey guys… I’m Johnny Gargano… and soon enough I won’t have to tell you all that as I’m heading to NXT to prove that I am the cruiserweight you’ve all been waiting for. Now this behind me is just a hobby but my true passion is wrestling. I eat, sleep and breathe wrestling. To me wrestling is life. Some people even call me Johnny Wrestling. And who am I to disagree with them. I’ve got a lot of love for all wrestling fans across the world just like me… they truly are the coolest people in the world… and in a few weeks the WWE fans are going to get to see exactly what I can do. Johnny Gargano is the heart of cruiserweight wrestling around the world. And Johnny Gargano is going to win the NXT Cruiserweight Climax. Stay cool dudes!!!


    Gargano throws up a peace sign as the video closes out.




    JOHNNY GARGANO

    …is coming to NXT : Cruiserweight Climax

    … 23 days away!!!






    The show comes back and ***Voices*** blasts through the speakers as Randy Orton makes his way out from the back. The Viper poses to the crowd as Michael Cole reminds us that earlier tonight Orton and the returning Batista challenged The Kings Of Wrestling to a tag team match at Summerslam, a proposal that was duly accepted by Claudio Cesaro and Kassius Hero. JBL states that he cannot wait to see those four lock horns at The Biggest Party Of The Summer. Orton takes in the adulation of the crowd as he heads into the ring and poses on the top turnbuckle. The announce team press on with reminding us that before all that Randy Orton has to deal with taking on the WWE Unified World Champion in non-title action.


    Just as Michael Cole gets that last sentence out ***Nightmare*** strikes and the crowd jeer the arrival of Kevin Steen. Wrestling’s Worst Nightmare stands at the top of the ramp before he raises his title high above his head, with his manager Matt Striker quickly out to point at and chastise the crowd for disapproving of his client. Steen marches towards the ring with a menacing look on his face and JBL regrets that we won’t get to see the original match advertised between Steen and CM Punk thanks to Daniel Bryan’s attack on Punk moments ago. Michael Cole notes that Punk has been taken to a local medical facility before he mentions that Bryan will be in action later tonight against Dolph Ziggler, the former Unified World Champion who will challenge Kevin Steen for the title at Summerslam in a rematch from Night Of Champions. Steen enters the ring and squares up to Orton before he lifts the Unified World Championship high into the air again. Steen and Orton exchange a few words before the match gets underway.





    Non Title Singles Match
    Kevin Steen versus Randy Orton



    The match starts with Kevin Steen shoving Randy Orton to the canvas. Steen smirks and Orton smiles back before the duo go in for it again, only this time Orton pulls Steen into a headlock. Steen pushes Orton off into the ropes and Steen misses a clothesline before Orton knocks him down with a Vintage Orton Dropkick!!! Orton rocks the Unified World Champion before he sends him over the top rope with a clothesline. Steen regroups on the outside as Matt Striker checks on his client but as Steen tries to re-enter the ring Orton comes out of nowhere with a baseball slide, only for Steen to sidestep the attack and pull Orton under the bottom rope by his legs, with The Viper’s head slamming hard off the ringside floor. Steen stomps on the head of Orton a few times and follows up by slamming Orton face first off the ring steps before he finally tosses Orton back into the ring.

    Wrestling’s Worst Nightmare takes control of the match for the following three minutes as he picks apart Randy Orton. Steen drives him into the canvas with a sidewinder suplex, drops him down with a backbreaker and slams him down onto his knee with a shoulderbreaker for a couple of close falls. Steen sends Orton into the corner and follows up with a running clothesline in the corner. Steen traps Orton against the turnbuckle and delivers a trio of shoulder thrusts but Orton fights back as he knees a kneeling Steen in the head and leaps over him to roll him up with a sunset flip. But Steen doesn’t even stay down for the cover as he immediately back-rolls away from Orton before he dropkicks the seated Viper in the face to reconvene his rule over the match so far. Steen mocks Orton as he stands on his chest for the cover but Orton kicks out to cheers from the crowd.

    Kevin Steen backs Randy Orton up against the ropes and delivers a stinging series of slaps to the chest of The Viper. Steen whips Orton across the ring but Orton ducks under a clothesline and immediately, instinctively goes for the RKO!!! But Steen pushes him off!!! Orton comes roaring back with a Cross Body Block!!! But Steen catches him!!! And tosses him across the ring with a Fallaway Slam!!! Matt Striker gleams on the outside as he applauds the work of his client and Steen continues to wear down Orton, this time as he locks him into a single leg boston crab. Orton yelps out in pain as Steen weakens the back of The Viper but eventually, with the crowd behind him Orton manages to reach out and clench the bottom rope. Undeterred Steen drags Orton up and looks for a Package Piledriver to finish but Orton counters with a big back body drop that sends Steen high into the air and crashing down hard into the middle of the ring!!!

    Randy Orton seems to have found new life as he hammers away at Steen with right hand after right hand. Steen comes back with a knee lift to the midsection before he sends Orton into the ropes but The Viper explodes back with a Lou Thesz Press!!! Orton beats away at the face of Steen before he drags him up and connects with a couple of Flair Chops to the chest. Orton sends Steen towards the ropes but Steen reverses and looks for a back body drop only for Orton to kick the leaning Steen right between the eyes. Steen staggers up and Orton grabs him from behind and drives him into the canvas with a neckbreaker. Orton starts to gain some momentum as he shoves Steen into the corner and unloads with a series of elbow strikes to the face. Orton pulls Steen up onto the top rope and within a few seconds amazingly superplexes the Unified World Champion off the top rope and into the middle of the ring!!!

    The crowd cheer Orton on and The Viper slides across to make the cover after the high impact move but Kevin Steen throws a shoulder up on two. Orton rises and starts to stomp around the body and head of Steen before he pulls Steen to his feet and delivers a scathing uppercut to the jaw. Steen rocks back but fires back with a right hand of his own. Orton comes back again and both men start to trade shots in the middle of the ring. Orton starts to rock Steen back but The Viper’s momentum comes to a halt through another big Steen knee lift. Steen comes off the ropes with a big clothesline but Orton ducks under it and snaps Steen down over his back with an Inverted Headlock Backbreaker!!! Orton goes for the cover but again Steen kicks out. Orton shakes his head that he can’t put Steen down and decides to go for the RKO as he drops down into position and starts to slap the canvas.

    Matt Striker looks worried on the outside as his client could be on the end of defeat. The announce team discuss what a victory could mean for Randy Orton as he stalks the recovering Kevin Steen in the middle of the ring. Steen rises and Orton pounces with the RK-no!!!! Steen shoves Orton off midair and The Viper lands hard back first on the mat. Orton pulls himself up by the corner but Steen charges towards him and crushes Orton from behind in the corner with a clothesline. Orton drops down and slumps against the bottom turnbuckle and immediately Steen comes off the ropes and launches himself at the prone Orton… and mashes Orton against the bottom turnbuckle with a Human Cannonball!!! Orton is down and out as Steen rises to his feet and lets out a sick grin. The previously worried Striker also smiles as Kevin Steen pulls Orton up to his feet before he connects with the devastating Package Piledriver!!! JBL says that is it for Randy Orton and he is not wrong as Steen covers him for the win.


    Spoiler:

    Winner by pinfall with the Package Piledriver... Kevin Steen!!!




    The fans are not happy with the outcome as Kevin Steen eventually puts Randy Orton away with Package Piledriver. Steen stands over Orton after the victory and looks likely to inflict further damage to the already beaten Viper… but he’s beaten to the punch as The Kings Of Wrestling arrive on the scene and start attacking Randy Orton!!! Steen exits the ring and leaves Claudio Cesaro and Kassius Hero to it and the duo quickly pull a defenceless Orton up and slam him into the canvas with the KRS-One!!! Michael Cole yells at The Kings to stop but JBL notes that The Kings are sending a message to not just Randy Orton but also Batista after what went down earlier tonight. The Kings stand over Randy Orton looking to continue their assault but the roar from the crowd says it all as Batista emerges from the back and charges down to the ring. Batista slides under the bottom rope but Cesaro and Hero are ready for him and both swoop on him as he enters!!! Hero and Cesaro keep Batista down but The Animal bellows out as he throws both men back with a giant push!!! Cesaro and Hero are stunned and Hero runs right into a big lariat from Batista!!! Cesaro catches him from behind and looks to whip Batista into the ropes but Batista reverses it and goes for the Spinebuster!!! No!!! Cesaro hangs onto the ropes… and Hero rises to chop block Batista from behind!!! Immediately The Kings swarm on Batista and beat him down but The Animal refuses to be beaten as he climbs to a knee… and Kassius Hero charges at him and knocks out his lights with The Knockout Blow!!! Finally Batista is down and Claudio Cesaro wants to get in on the action too as he grabs Randy Orton, pulls him up to his feet and tosses him into the air before he takes his head off with The Very European Uppercut!!! Both Orton and Batista are laid out in the middle of the ring as The Kings Of Wrestling stand victoriously together. A high five from Hero and Cesaro draws deafening boos from the crowd as Michael Cole condemns their actions. JBL adds that The Kings Of Wrestling are not looking like they will back off in this new found war they have found themselves in with the reformed Evolution. Michael Cole reminds us that The Kings Of Wrestling and Evolution will collide at Summerslam, and that after tonight it is surely a match that nobody will want to miss. A few more shots are shown of the downed Evolution as Raw heads to a break.




    Commercial Break




    Raw returns in the backstage area and we see WWE Women’s Champion Shaul Guerrero frantically on the lookout for a tag team partner for her match tonight against AJ Lee and Kaitlyn, the two women who will challenge her for her title at Summerslam. Guerrero walks up to the female locker room and takes a few moments to stare at the door before she composes herself. Guerrero takes a deep breath before she heads on in… and comes face to face with Paige!!! The crowd cheers as Paige stands face to face with Shaul and The Anti-Diva does not look thrilled by the WWE Women’s Champion.


    Shaul Guerrero: Hi Paige!!! You know I’ve always thought that you’re very talented Paige… and I was just wondering if…


    Before Shaul can finish her sentence Paige puts her hand up to end it.

    Paige: Don’t even waste your breath Shaul. We might have known each other for a long time but what you did to AJ Lee and Emma… my friends… is unacceptable… and I for one am going to really enjoy seeing you get exactly what you deserve later tonight. And just in case you somehow manage to walk out of Summerslam as the Women’s Champion… let me tell you that soon enough I’m going to be coming for that title… whether it’s you, Kaitlyn or AJ Lee holding it!!!


    Paige walks off happy with herself as Shaul looks worried that she might just have to go it alone tonight. Shaul moves on and bumps into Layla. The former Divas Champion is doing squats in the workout area of the locker room and Latina Heat watches her from behind for a few moments until Layla senses that someone is behind her. Layla stops what she’s doing before she turns to face Guerrero.


    Layla: What do you want Shaul?


    The tone of Layla’s voice says it all as she doesn’t really want to speak to Shaul Guerrero.


    Shaul Guerrero: Well Layla, tonight might just be your lucky night?


    Layla: Oh really? And why is that?


    Shaul Guerrero: Well tonight you get to the honourable pleasure of teaming up with the WWE Women’s Champion. Is that enough for you?


    Shaul smiles at Layla but the Brit isn’t falling for it and rolls her eyes at her.


    Layla: I think I’ll pass Shaul. There’s no way I’m going out there with you and taking on AJ and Kaitlyn. I’m not putting my neck on the line for you. Especially when I have nothing at all to gain from it.


    Layla starts to walk away but Shaul quickly calls her back.


    Shaul Guerrero: You know what Layla… you’re absolutely right!!! You have nothing at all to gain from teaming with the hottest woman in the WWE today. Except maybe if you scratch my back… then I’ll scratch yours?


    Shaul Guerrero seems to have finally piqued Layla’s interest.


    Layla: I’m listening.


    Shaul Guerrero: Well Layla… you do me a favour and help me out tonight and I promise you that I will give you a shot at my Women’s Championship. How does that sound?


    Layla thinks about the proposal for a few seconds before she smiles at Shaul Guerrero.


    Layla: I guess you got yourself a partner then.


    Shaul Guerrero grins as she stares at Layla and after a few seconds the two leave the locker room area together. The announce team wonder if Shaul Guerrero has recruited well enough to defeat AJ Lee and Kaitlyn later tonight.








    ***Bed Of Nails*** strikes the sound system and Tyson Kidd walks out to a positive reaction from the fans. JBL calls Kidd the cat that might get the cream as he heads to the ring to challenge Christian to become the number one contender to the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Michael Cole adds that Christian keeps putting his foot in his mouth as of late and tonight he also said some things about Tyson Kidd that might just come back to haunt him. Tyson Kidd prepares himself for action as he stares up at the entrance way awaiting the arrival of his opponent.


    After a few moments ***Just Close Your Eyes*** blazes through the arena and after a brief delay [b]Christian makes his way out to a slightly mixed reaction, although the majority of the crowd are not happy to see the man that injured Seth Rollins at Night Of Champions. Captain Charisma doesn’t look too pleased with the crowd giving him heat and yells out ‘Your’e all just like Heyman, out to get me’ which the commentary team laugh off. Michael Cole notes that Christian only has himself to blame for the predicament he’s in tonight and debates with JBL whether Christian can again hold onto his rematch for the Intercontinental Championship. JBL adds that he’s not sure it’s ethically right for Christian to keep defending a rematch clause he’s owed, but also states that if you cross the boss you’re going to pay the price. Christian heads into the ring and tries to mouth off to Tyson Kidd, but with the words of Christian still ringing in his ear Kidd doesn’t waste time starting the match as he approaches Christian and strikes him with a right hand!!!





    Singles Match
    Christian versus Tyson Kidd
    If Tyson Kidd wins he gets Christian’s shot at the Intercontinental Championship



    As you would expect Tyson Kidd and Christian put on a very pleasing to the eye contest. Kidd’s athleticism causes Christian all sorts of problems but Captain Charisma shows his true colours as he pulls out a couple of dirty tricks against his fellow Canadian to tip the match in his favour. A big moment sees Kidd look for a springboard into the ring but Christian hits him off the ropes and Kidd crashes hard on the outside. Christian tries to win the match by countout but Kidd survives. Christian continues to dominate the match but makes a mistake as he takes too long trying to execute the Killswitch, instead taunting the crowd and Kidd catches him with a Tiger Suplex and holds it for the nearest of near falls. Kidd starts to gain a head of steam as he drops Christian with a spinning wheel kick off the ropes before he lands Code Blue for another close fall!!! The commentary team and the crowd think Tyson Kidd is going to pull off the win as he heads to the top turnbuckle for You Must Be Kidd-ing!!! Kidd leaps off for the somersault leg drop… but Christian slides safely out of the way and Kidd hurtles into the canvas!!! Christian immediately grips the groggy Kidd and drops him with the Killswitch for the victory.


    Spoiler:

    Winner by pinfall after a Killswitch, and still the number one contender to the Intercontinental Championship... Christian!!!



    Christian picks up the win that once more confirms his spot as the Intercontinental Championship number one contender and Captain Charisma rolls to the outside before he lets out a massive smile. The announce team call Christian smug as he celebrates up the ramp with JBL adding that at least he didn’t cheat to win tonight. Michael Cole announces that Christian will challenge the man that beat him for the title, Seth Rollins, at Summerslam… if Rollins can recover from the sickening assault Christian laid upon him at Night Of Champions.








    Backstage and we see General Manager Paul Heyman sitting in his office chair watching Christian celebrate his victory. Despite the recent tension Heyman manages a wry smile before a knock on the door disrupts his thought.


    Paul Heyman: Come in!!!


    The door swings open and in walks AJ Styles!!! The Phenomenal One is bandaged up after his recent incidents with Ryder and Paul Heyman looks a little worried, and surprised even to see him.


    Paul Heyman: AJ? What the hell are you doing here?!? You should be home resting?!?


    Styles approaches Heyman’s desk and puts both fists down firmly into the desk before he looks Heyman in the eyes.


    AJ Styles: At home? Resting? Good job that did last week eh Paul? I figured I’m safer coming into work rather than staying at home to be attacked by a couple of nut jobs. In fact that’s the exact reason I’m here tonight Paul. And I don’t think I need to spell it out for you.


    Heyman slowly nods his head as he knows what Styles wants.


    AJ Styles: I want that freak Ryder… and I want him tonight!!!


    Pop from the crowd listening as Styles’ fury rises.


    AJ Styles: Not only am I owed a match with him after I won at Night Of Champions… but last week Ryder and that crony of his entered my home… my home Paul!!! They came into my home and assaulted me… and I’m lucky that my family wasn’t home at the time to see it. So tonight Paul… I want Ryder… and I won’t take no for an answer!!!


    Styles stares into Heyman as the look of seriousness refuses to fade away.


    Paul Heyman: Okay!


    AJ Styles: Okay?


    Paul Heyman: Yes okay! I totally agree with you AJ. You did earn the right to face Ryder. And what happened last week was completely unacceptable. So with that in mind I’m going to give you exactly what you desire… a one on one match with Ryder… to-…


    Before Heyman can finish his declaration off the lights in his office start to flicker on and off before dimming away completely. The obvious workings of Ryder and after a few moments the maniacal laugh of The Unreachable can be heard, although the office is still filled with darkness.


    Ryder: AJ? Are you still refusing to embrace our way? Your little game of hide and seek last week wasn’t fun… or desirable. Your refusal to give in to the help we have offered you time and time again is wearing our patience thin AJ. What happened last week was not part of our proposal to you… but you once again left us no option. The flock of sheep that have embraced us cried for you last week AJ. This was not how it was supposed to be. You should have listened AJ Styles!! You should have listened!!


    Ryder repeats the words of last week as the darkness inside Paul Heyman’s office obscures the reactions of The Phenomenal One.


    Ryder: After all that has happened AJ you still oppose us. You still desire my attention. Well you’ve got it AJ Styles… but face you tonight I cannot. At Night Of Champions I confess that you did survive The Unreachable Gauntlet… and for that I commend you. But in doing so you merely won the opportunity for a chance to face me. To truly receive the honour of facing me AJ Styles… you must not merely survive what is put in front of you… you must conquer it!!! I will face you AJ Styles… but only on two conditions!!!


    A brief delay from Ryder as AJ Styles remains silent.


    Ryder: The first… a request that you attempt to conquer the man you have only survived. This week on Smackdown AJ Styles… you must face the gatekeeper of your desires… Harper!! And that match will be under no disqualification rules… and you have my word that The Flood will not involve themselves in this battle… for Harper himself has demanded a chance for redemption. And secondly AJ Styles… when we meet at Summerslam and you yield to me… you must finally embrace The Unreachable and let it absorb you… let it help you find the true AJ Styles. Those are our conditions AJ… if you can’t accept them then there will be no match at Summerslam. We await your answer!!!


    The sound of cackling laughter echoes throughout the room and finally the light returns as AJ Styles and Paul Heyman are staring at one another. AJ Styles doesn’t say anything at first so Heyman decides to break the silence.


    Paul Heyman: So.. AJ? I’ve got to ask the burning question. Do you agree to the conditions set by Ryder? I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t… nobody would.


    AJ Styles: The thing is Paul… the only way I’m going to get this creepy monkey off my back is to meet it head on and kick it in the face. And to get that opportunity I’m going to have to go through hell to get it. So to answer your question of whether I accept Ryder’s conditions… you bet I do!!!


    A confident AJ Styles pounds his right hand into the palm of his left before he exits the General Manager’s office. Paul Heyman takes out his notebook and starts to jot one or two things down. The announce team hype up the possibly huge match just agreed between AJ Styles and Ryder with huge ramifications for The Phenomenal One if he loses. They also promote AJ Styles versus Harper this Friday night on Smackdown in a No Disqualification Match before the show heads to a advertisement break.




    Commercial Break




    Raw comes back with Kaitlyn inside the middle of the ring and the leader of The Divas Of Doom is not alone as her associates Beth Phoenix and Natalya flank her. The announce team talk about how Kaitlyn will get the opportunity to win back the WWE Women’s Championship she lost to AJ Lee, who then lost it to Shaul Guerrero, at Summerslam as she joins AJ in challenging Guerrero for the gold in the first ever WWE Women’s Championship Triple Threat Match to take place at Summerslam. As Kaitlyn confers with Phoenix and Natalya ***Let’s Light It Up*** blasts out and AJ Lee skips her way out from the back to a great reaction from the fans inside the Resch Center Arena. AJ Lee tags hands with several fans on her way to the ring and the commentary team are quick to discuss how AJ Lee has been beaten twice, albeit controversially, by Shaul Guerrero in the last few weeks. AJ heads into the ring and poses on the turnbuckle before she drops down and stares off with The Divas Of Doom, a trio who have been the thorn in her back for the last few months. JBL wonders how on earth AJ Lee and Kaitlyn are going to get along tonight, with Cole adding that perhaps a common enemy and target will be able to unite them for just one night.


    Before that common enemy can arrive however the match official decides that he wants a clean match and sends both Beth Phoenix and Natalya to the back to cheers from the crowd. Kaitlyn argues with the referee but to no avail as the announce team state that the only person Kaitlyn will be able to rely on tonight is AJ Lee. ***2 Hot 2 Handle*** hits and the crowd again show no warmth for Shaul Guerrero as the WWE Women’s Champion struts out with her ‘new friend’ Layla by her side. Guerrero looks a lot more confident right now than she did earlier tonight when Paul Heyman fired her mother Vickie from her role as Head Of The Women’s Division. A video airs to show the segment from earlier tonight before the cameras flash back to Shaul Guerrero and Layla entering the ring together. Both AJ Lee and Kaitlyn stare down Shaul Guerrero from across the ring but Latina Heat finally gets into her stride and taunts the pair with the WWE Women’s Championship. Guerrero poses to the still jeering crowd as JBL quips that there is a lot of heat from the fans for Latina Heat. Michael Cole wonders when Layla will get her shot at the WWE Women’s Championship that Guerrero promised her earlier tonight for helping her in her time of need. Finally the referee rings the bell to get tonight’s tag team match under way.





    Tag Team Match
    Shaul Guerrero & Layla versus AJ Lee & Kaitlyn



    Shaul Guerrero wants no part of AJ Lee at the start of the contest so Layla steps up for their team. AJ Lee gets the better of Layla early on before she drop kicks the Brit to the canvas. AJ decides to go after Guerrero which brings the referee between the two. AJ takes her eye off Layla who attracts her from behind and knocks her down. Layla stomps away at AJ before Guerrero finally decides she wants into the match with AJ down. Guerrero comes in and has some initial success beating on AJ but the tide turns as AJ ducks under a clothesline and takes Guerrero down with a Snap DDT!!! Kaitlyn wants the tag and gets it as AJ crawls across. Kaitlyn explodes into the ring and clobbers Guerrero with a clothesline before she knocks Layla off the apron with a right hand.

    Kaitlyn looks in the ascendancy as she drops the Women’s Champion with a back breaker but as she turns AJ Lee wants back at Guerrero and asks for the tag. Kaitlyn refuses and looks for a Spear on Guerrero but Latina Heat sidesteps it and Kaitlyn hits the ropes. AJ Lee makes a blind tag as Kaitlyn rebounds and hits Guerrero with a Spear!!! Kaitlyn makes the cover but the referee tells her she isn’t the legal woman. AJ Lee is up on the top turnbuckle and leaps off to hit Shaul Guerrero with a Diving Elbow Drop!!! AJ makes the cover but this time it’s Kaitlyn stopping the pinfall as she continues to argue with the referee. AJ gets up and argues with Kaitlyn who finally exits to the apron.

    Kaitlyn turns her back on the match just as Layla enters the ring and charges at AJ!!! AJ steps aside and Layla crashes into Kaitlyn knocking her off the apron!!! AJ quickly sends Layla packing as she tosses her out of the ring but as Kaitlyn rises she only sees AJ Lee standing!!! Kaitlyn rages just as AJ heads to the corner and calls for The Shining Witch!!! The crowd cheer as AJ urges Guerrero up to her feet but just as AJ prepares to pounce a seething Kaitlyn slides into the ring and cuts AJ in half with a Spear!!! The fans boo as Kaitlyn takes out her own partner!!! Kaitlyn exits the ring and trash talks AJ as Shaul Guerrero looks on surprisingly. Guerrero doesn’t waste her opportunity as she pulls AJ up and quickly plants her into the canvas with the Gory Bomb!!! Guerrero covers for the win.


    Spoiler:

    Winners by pinfall with a Gory Bomb after Kaitlyn hit AJ Lee with a Spear... Shaul Guerrero & Layla!!!



    Shaul Guerrero delights at picking up another pinfall win over AJ Lee but tonight she owes a huge gratitude to Kaitlyn, who attacked her own partner tonight after mistakenly believing that AJ Lee had knocked her off the apron on purpose. JBL notes that Kaitlyn and AJ Lee are never going to get along anytime soon with Michael Cole adding that they will definitely be able to fight out their differences in three week’s time when both of them challenge the victorious Shaul Guerrero for the WWE Women’s Championship in a Triple Threat Match at Summerslam. AJ Lee rises to her feet inside the ring and holds her stomach as she stares down both Shaul Guerrero in the entrance way, and Kaitlyn who has stopped at the top of the ramp to make sure AJ Lee gets the message. All three women stand off as the commentary team sign off on the segment by stating that things in the WWE women’s division are heating up.







    Smackdown Rebound


    Video footage airs of the Smackdown Rebound to highlight a big moment from last week’s show. The video starts during the match between Christian and Robert Roode for the former’s Intercontinental Championship rematch. With the referee down Christian hits a low blow before he retrieves a chair from ringside. Captain Charisma looks to smash Roode’s head in with the chair until Roode’s partner and friend James Storm runs down to make the save wielding a steel chair of his own. Moments later Storm turns around and shockingly slams the steel chair into the head of the grounded, defenceless Roode. Christian creeps back in and wins the match to retain his rematch clause. Afterwards Roode climbs to his knees in front of Storm who inflicts more damage to Roode as he smashes a beer bottle over his partner’s head. Storm walks off shaking his head after seemingly putting a vicious end to his long time friendship and partnership with Roode.








    For the umpteenth time tonight (sorry) we get to see WWE General Manager Paul Heyman, who is sat at his office desk. Within a few moments the door knocks and in walks John Morrison!!! The crowd watching on the big screen pop loudly for the sight of The Shaman Of Sexy as Morrison stands in front of Heyman looking sharp in a white tuxedo.


    John Morrison: You wanted to see me Paul?


    Paul Heyman: Yes John… I certainly did. You see back at Night Of Champions you did me a favour that I cannot repay. You helped me get rid of Chris Jericho and take full control of the day-to-day running of Raw and Smackdown. And even though I tried to give you something in return by putting you in a World Championship match with Kevin Steen a couple of weeks back… I just feel that because of what happened at the end of that match… i.e Kofi Kingston… I just feel that I still owe you one John.


    John Morrison: Thanks Paul but really I’m fine just the way I am… you don’t have to go out of your way to make me feel justified in what I did at Night Of Champions. I wanted Chris Jericho gone just as much as you did… we all did Paul… the whole locker room?


    ???????: That’s open for interpretation son??


    Heyman and Morrison turn around but they know that voice, and sure as can be its Lord Washington, the leader of The CongreNation, standing behind Morrison, and he has Money In The Bank holder Kofi Kingston for company.


    Paul Heyman: Mr Washington!! To what do I owe the pleasure?


    Heyman’s tone doesn’t approve of Waashington but the smug preacher presses forward towards Heyman, brushing past John Morrison before he stares into the face of the WWE General Manager.


    Lord Washington: You want to know why I am here? I shouldn’t have to tell you why I am here Mr Heyman. You have clearly seen with your own eyes what has been going on around here. First off, two weeks ago Mr Morrison over here… without any provocation whatsoever… stopped Kofi Kingston from fulfilling the prophecy of leading the CongreNation to World Championship gold. That’s strike one Mr Heyman. Strike two!!! Last week Mr Morrison here… not content with merely being second place to Kofi Kingston… decides to team up with another delinquent by the name of Dolph Ziggler… and ambushes Kofi Kingston last week on Raw. Just like he and CM Punk did at Night Of Champions!! You want to know why I’m here Mr Heyman? Well I’m here because you never came to find me and apologise for what has happened to Kofi Kingston, The CongreNation and more importantly to me… Lord Washington… over the past fifteen days!!!


    Washington takes a moment to breathe as Heyman listens in on what he has to say.


    Lord Washington: It is an outrage Mr Heyman… an travesty that you are letting Mr Morrison here and his buddies run roughshod over Kofi Kingston, the future World Champion of this company. One day Mr Heyman… it might not be tonight, it might not be tomorrow but some day Kofi Kingston WILL be the World Champion of the WWE. And when that time comes, the whole world will kneel down and worship Kofi Kingston… they will ask The CongreNation for forgiveness… and they will accept Lord Washington as their saviour. I preach the truth Mr Heyman… and yet still I come here to find out that you are about to reward Mr Morrison here for his recent escapades. That itself Mr Heyman is a complete travesty of justice. If anybody around here should be compensated for what’s happened, it should be Kofi Kingston.


    John Morrison: Well the Lord has spoken? I guess we should just all kneel before you Washington, eh? Well you’ll never find me worshipping someone like you if my life depended on it. You think Kofi Kingston deserves to be rewarded? I think so too. I think Kofi Kingston deserves a huge pat on the back for having to listen day in and day out to a pompous know it all like you. The facts are that every time Kofi Kingston stands in my way I kick his head off his shoulders… and if he wants to get in my business again…


    Morrison looks at Kingston who stares a hole through Morrison.


    John Morrison: Then I’m more than happy to let him hear Sweet Chin Music one more time!!!


    Kingston steps up to Morrison now and the two men are nose to nose, with neither backing down. Lord Washington looks on but it’s Paul Heyman who makes the intervention.


    Paul Heyman: Enough!!! There won’t be any roughhousing in my office. If you two want to settle this then the only true way to do so is in the middle of the ring. Which gives me an idea!!!


    Both Morrison and Kingston relax as they listen in to what Heyman has to say.


    Paul Heyman: I say that John Morrison is owed another opportunity at the World Championship. But you two think that Kofi Kingston here deserves it… right?


    Kofi Kingston: You’re damn right I do!!!


    Kingston finally speaks and after a brief stare with Heyman he locks eyes with Morrison once more.


    Paul Heyman: Well then I guess the best way for you to show me that you deserve that shot at the title Kofi is for you to prove it!!! Because John Morrison won’t be getting that title shot until after Summerslam… which is why I’ve just decided that at The Staples Center in Los Angeles in twenty days time it will be John Morrison… versus Kofi Kingston….. and the winner will become the number one contender to the WWE Unified World Championship!!!!!


    Another big match made from the WWE General Manager and John Morrison can only smile as the faces of Kofi Kingston and especially Lord Washington look worried at first before they begin to mask their fear with arrogance.


    Lord Washington: That’s fine by us Heyman… Kofi Kingston is going to teach this prima donna a lesson in respect. We’ll be seeing you around.


    John Morrison: Looking forward to it!!


    Washington exits the office and Kingston stares down Morrison for a few seconds more before he follows suit. Morrison and Heyman are left alone in the office as the show heads to a commercial break.




    Commercial Break




    As we return to the show ahead of the main event of the night both Michael Cole and JBL discuss the huge match just made for Summerslam by WWE General Manager Paul Heyman that will pit John Morrison against Kofi Kingston, with the winner becoming the number one contender to the WWE Unified World Championship. JBL notes that Summerslam is shaking up to be one of the greatest of all time with Michael Cole agreeing that The Biggest Party Of The Summer is one that everybody wants an invitation to. A mere few seconds later and ***Flight Of The Valkyries*** spreads through the Green Bay crowd, with the fans starting up a ‘Yes’ chant as Daniel Bryan makes his way out from the back. Bryan furiously yells ‘No’ back at the crowd as Cole and JBL discuss Daniel Bryan’s actions earlier tonight.


    A video replay airs of Bryan assaulting CM Punk just before Punk was due to face Kevin Steen. Bryan would lock Punk into his own Anaconda Vise submission hold until several backstage personnel pulled him off.


    Back inside the ring Bryan smirks at watching his behaviour from earlier tonight. Cole reminds us that at Summerslam it will be Bryan versus Punk in a thirty minute iron man match. JBL says that Daniel Bryan might have made CM Punk even angrier earlier tonight by attacking him, which might not be in Bryan’s best interests ahead of their Summerslam clash.


    Before the conversation continues the crowd pops as ***Here To Show The World*** swells out The RCA and Dolph Ziggler bursts out from the back. The Show Off is full of fire as the former Unified World Champion wriggles and writhes for the crowd before a fist pump sets him on his way towards the ring. The commentary team talk up how confident Dolph Ziggler looks tonight with JBL adding that Ziggler will need to be at his best tonight to beat Daniel Bryan, just like he will need to be at Summerslam if he is to regain the Unified World Championship from Kevin Steen. Michael Cole notes that Steen defeated Randy Orton earlier tonight and agrees with JBL that Ziggler will need to be at his best to stop the seemingly unstoppable force that is Wrestling’s Worst Nightmare. Back inside the ring and Ziggler enters before playing to the crowd to a huge ovation. Finally The Show Off and Daniel Bryan come face to face in the middle of the ring as the referee speaks to both men. The American Dragon holds a smirk as he stares at Ziggler but the former Unified World Champion smiles back and after a few moments of tension the referee finally calls for the bell to start tonight’s main event.





    Singles Match
    Dolph Ziggler versus Daniel Bryan


    The action starts cagily as both Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan wait for the other to make a mistake. It’s Bryan that blinks first as he rushes at Ziggler but The Show Off sees him coming and sends him into the canvas with a hip toss. Bryan rises only to be sent back down with a couple of clotheslines before Ziggler backs him into the corner with a couple of chops to the chest. Ziggler whips Bryan across the ring but Bryan reverses and Ziggler stops himself from colliding with the corner. Bryan charges up behind Ziggler but The Show Off shows amazing athleticism as he uses the corner to lift himself up and over the oncoming Bryan, who crashes into the turnbuckle. Before Bryan can react Ziggler dropkicks him up against the corner. Ziggler backs up away from Bryan but not for long as he races across the ring and leaps at Bryan with a Ziggler Splash!!! But Bryan moves!! And Ziggler safely lands on the middle turnbuckle!!! Until Bryan viciously kicks his legs out and Ziggler crashes hard onto the canvas!!!

    The contest swings Bryan’s way after that bad landing for Ziggler and The American Dragon takes control of The Show Off as he keeps Ziggler grounded with kicks to the body, shoulder and chest. Bryan connects with a belly to belly suplex for a close fall before another near victory comes Bryan’s way after a Regal Plex. Bryan rolls Ziggler into the corner and starts to unload with kick after kick to the midsection. The crowd wind Bryan up by chanting ‘Yes’ with every shot but it gets to The American Dragon and Bryan rages about yelling ‘No’ back at the crowd. Bryan’s lack of concentration sees him miss a kneeling Ziggler with a spinning kick to the head and Ziggler rolls him up from behind, only this time Bryan survives with a kick out just in time. Ziggler seems to have grabbed a second wind as he unloads on Bryan with a series of right hands before he clotheslines Bryan over the top rope to the outside!! Before Bryan can recover Ziggler body vaults over the top and wipes him out!!!

    The crowd are right behind Dolph Ziggler as he pulls Daniel Bryan up and looks to roll him back into the ring. Bur Bryan blocks it off with a knee to the midsection before he slams Ziggler face first off the ring apron. Bryan rolls Ziggler back into the ring before he heads up to the top turnbuckle for a risky aerial attack. Bryan steadies himself and as Ziggler rises he leaps off the top turnbuckle and takes The Show Off out with a missile dropkick. Bryan quickly covers but Ziggler gets the shoulder up. Bryan sends Ziggler into the corner before he storms towards him and nails him with a corner dropkick to the face!!! Ziggler slumps down and Bryan again charges at him, this time delivering a stiff knee to the face of the helpless Ziggler. Again Bryan makes the cover but this time Ziggler puts his foot on the bottom rope to keep the contest going. Bryan can’t believe that he didn’t get the win so hits Ziggler with another Regal Plex, and follows up with a Tiger Suplex for yet another close fall.

    Bryan slaps the canvas in frustration As he can’t seem to put Ziggler away but he has an idea and drops Ziggler into the canvas with a Northern Lights Suplex, but instead of going for the cover Bryan decides to head up to the top turnbuckle. Ziggler however springs off the canvas and meets Bryan on the top rope but unusually Bryan recovers and a stiff elbow shot sends Ziggler off the top rope and to the middle of the ring, where he crashes hard. Bryan steadies himself and takes to the sky as he soars at Ziggler with a Diving Headbutt!!! The Flying Goat!!! It connects!!! Bryan feels the effects of the attack before he crawls on top of Ziggler, but The Show Off astonishingly throws up a shoulder to keep the match alive. Bryan angrily shakes his head at the referee before he tosses Ziggler into the corner. Bryan connects with a running clothesline before he hoists Ziggler onto the turnbuckle and climbs up alongside him looking for a Superplex!!! Ziggler mounts a fight-back though and reverses Bryan as he performs an inverted suplex from the top turnbuckle that sees Bryan crash front first into the middle of the ring!!!

    Bryan doesn’t know where he is as he staggers up to his feet but Ziggler does and rockets towards him with a Diving Cross Body from the top rope!!! But Bryan rolls through!!! Bryan rolls through and looks for a clothesline on Ziggler… but The Show Off ducks it and connects with a kick to the midsection… before he leaps up and plants Bryan face first into the middle of the ring with a Famouser!!! Ziggler turns Bryan over and covers but The American Dragon proves again he’s no easy win as he kicks out at two!! Ziggler sends Bryan into the ropes but he misses with a clothesline and Bryan explodes off the ropes to take Ziggler out with a Running Leg Lariat!!! Ziggler rises and Bryan kicks his legs out to drop him to his knees before he takes aim with a flurry of intense shoot kicks to the chest of Ziggler!! Bryan bounces off the ropes and looks for the final kill, but Ziggler slides under the kick and as Bryan turns he gets caught with a Jumping DDT!!! Ziggler covers but again Bryan kicks out at two!!

    The crowd are right behind Dolph Ziggler but The Show Off shakes his head and wipes away the sweat as Daniel Bryan refuses to stay down. Ziggler calls for the Zig Zag as Bryan stumbles to his feet and The Show Off pounces!!! But Bryan hangs onto the ropes and Ziggler crashes down hard!! Bryan quickly takes his opportunity as he jumps on Ziggler and cinches in the No Lock!!! Ziggler is in trouble as Bryan locks in his trademark submission hold. The Show Off struggles to try and reach out for the ropes to break the hold but Bryan looks to have what some might call a surprise victory in the bag. Ziggler looks as if he is about to give in with JBL yelling at Ziggler to think about Summerslam. But with the sound of the crowd urging him to recover Ziggler gives it one last push and manages to throw out his arm and grab the bottom rope. Bryan refuses to release the hold however but the referee threatens to disqualify Bryan which immediately forces The American Dragon to relent.

    Daniel Bryan gets in the referee’s face before he looks to pull Dolph Ziggler back towards the middle of the ring, but out of nowhere Ziggler tilts Bryan into a small package!!! But Bryan kicks out!!! The crowd thought Ziggler had it as both men rise, and Bryan misses a big roundhouse kick!!! Ziggler scoops him up and slams him into the canvas before he drops an elbow into his chest, and another, and another, and another!!! Ziggler finding third wind as he wriggles his hips to the delight of the crowd before he leaps up into the air and drives a final elbow into the chest of Bryan… Heart Stopper!!! Ziggler on fire as he watches Bryan gingerly climb to his feet and goes for a superkick… but Bryan drops down and rolls under the bottom rope!!! Bryan decides that he has had enough of tonight’s match and the crowd jeer as he starts to make his way back up the ramp…. and the referee starts to count him out. Bryan doesn’t care however as he yells ‘I’m better than this’ and ‘I don’t have to prove myself to these people’ before the referee reaches ten to the disgust of not just the crowd but also Dolph Ziggler.


    Spoiler:

    Winner by countout after Daniel Bryan left the match and refused to return... Dolph Ziggler!!!






    The crowd continue to vent their frustration at a very anti-climatic finish to tonight’s main event and Daniel Bryan can again been seen laughing off the fact that he just lost the match by countout. A loud ‘You never beat me’ comes from Bryan’s lips as he backs up the entrance way. Michael Cole and JBL condemn Bryan fro ruining what was a very, very good main event tonight but their contempt for The American Dragon is cut short....

    Spoiler:

    ...as ***Cult Of Personality*** hits to a thunderous roar from the crowd and Daniel Bryan’s face is a picture as he yells ‘No’ over and over but Michael Cole lets out a poetic ‘Oh yes!!!’ as CM Punk walks out from the back still reeling from Daniel Bryan’s attack earlier tonight!!! Punk makes a beeline for Bryan right away and The American Dragon starts to back pedal towards the ring until he realises that Dolph Ziggler is still in there. Bryan decides to take Punk on but The Straight Edge Superstar ducks a right hand before he tackles Bryan to the ground!!! The fans let out another deafening cheer as Punk lays into Bryan. The action spills around the ring until Punk sends Bryan into the crowd with a clothesline!!! Punk looks to go after Bryan but a sea of backstage officials swarm the ringside area and apprehend Punk before the situation gets further out of hand.

    The cameras pick up Daniel Bryan escaping through the crowd as Dolph Ziggler watches on from the ring. But the crowd start to raise their voice again as Kevin Steen slides into the ring undetected amidst the ringside commotion. Michael Cole yells for Ziggler to watch out but it’s to no avail as Ziggler spins right into the path of a rampaging Steen… and the Unified World Champion crashes into The Show Off with The Steen Train (The Pounce)!!! In a split second Steen pulls Ziggler up and drives him into the middle of the ring with the deadly Package Piledriver!!! Steen spikes Ziggler into the canvas and he has a big smile across his face as he climbs to his feet. The officials handling CM Punk turn their attention towards Steen but Wrestling’s Worst Nightmare holds his hands up to say he’s done before he walks over and picks up his Unified World Championship. Steen looks down at Ziggler’s beaten body and raises the Unified World Championship proudly over his head, with Michael Cole stating that once again Kevin Steen looks unstoppable. JBL debates who could even think about trying to topple Wrestling’s Worst Nightmare let alone accomplish it. The cameras focus in on Kevin Steen once more as Raw comes to a close with Steen standing over Dolph Ziggler.



    Fade To Black




    Monday Night Raw Results August 5th 2013 – Green Bay, WI
    - Light SaBour def. The Usos & Legacy by pinfall to earn the final spot in the WWE Tag Team Championship Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match at Summerslam
    - Heath Slater © def. Shelton Benjamin by pinfall to retain the WWE Television Championship
    - Kevin Steen def. Randy Orton by pinfall in a non-title match
    - Christian def. Tyson Kidd by pinfall to retain his status as number one contender to the Intercontinental Championship
    - Shaul Guerrero & Layla def. AJ Lee & Kaitlyn by pinfall
    - Dolph Ziggler def. Daniel Bryan by countout


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    Re: WWE 2012 - A New Direction


    Ah I’ve been looking forward to reading this one in a while - was in too much pain with my arm to do write a review then, but with my arm doused in moisturiser, here I am to drop some thoughts on what is my favourite read in the BTB section, and has been since I joined quite a long time ago :p

    Things I really liked:

    • You’ve made Summerslam feel important. With 20 days left until your Summerslam Pay Per View, it would be easy for it to not really get a look in - but this isn’t the case. I liked especially the way you opened with Summerslam and the Championships being the main thing with the triple threat Match.
    • Love what you’re doing with Christian. I enjoyed the match with Tyson Kidd. With the stipulation, I thought that Tyson was going to win - so I’m glad you’ve managed to be unpredictable.
    • I don’t like anti-climatic finishes on a show such as countout or disqualifications. You seem to understand that people don’t like it - so you managed to use it in a way to develop heat from a heel.


    Things that I have criticism with:


    • It got quite promo heavy in the middle but it’s possible that I’m being picky there. I felt it was quite a bit of talking. First was the Summerslam Advert, then the Batista Promo, then Vickie and the women and then Christian/Sheamus and Kidd. I guess it just felt odd imagining all that between two matches.
    • Paul Heyman overkill. He seemed to be popping up in every segment. Obviously that’s an exaggeration, but that’s how it started to seem. You write him well though, so how can I be annoyed aha?

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    Big main event calibre matches tonight, and I’m curious as to how you book them, with the four men involved in the two biggest matches at Summerslam.


    Good start by getting the outside parties out of here before concentrating on the match. And a high stakes one at that. Shows the importance of this TLC match that the tag team matches have opened the last two shows. On a personal note, I’ve always hated the triple threat tag matches when all three teams have someone in the ring at all times. Just feels very messy. Not surprised that Sabin & Bourne got the win, as they’ve been pushed fairly hard, and I’d not be surprised if they were to go on and win the belts at Summerslam. Liked that finish too, a definite crowd pleasing high risk move.


    Batista and Orton side by side is a good sign, though it gives the impression that Orton is somewhat subservient to Big Dave by just following him out. Obviously I’m not familiar enough to know what went down with Steen and Batista, but I’m glad Batista addressed that issue, not just forgetting about it, but explaining he has something more important to deal with right now.


    The news piece before the show also adds to the importance of Batista and Orton wanting revenge. It wasn’t just a beat down; it hospitalised Flair. Everything feels much more important from that. I actually thought Hero & Cesaro had a bit of a point that Orton should take some of the blame for what happened to Flair, and that angle would be a fun one to run with if you wanted to explore that in the coming weeks.


    That’s a big tag match for Summerslam and a huge opportunity for KOW to knock off two legends that are still in their prime. Thought that Cesaro and Hero -despite coming out with the short end of the stick here at the end - came across well in this promo, and certainly not out of their depth at all.


    Vickie is such a great heat magnet, and having her by Shauls side is most definitely having a positive effect on the women’s champion. ‘Jewel of the women’s division’ has a nice ring to it, and could be an additional moniker for ‘Latina Heat’ - which is awesome too.


    Was wondering how you’d get to the inevitable triple threat match at Summerslam, considering Vickie is/was calling the shots in the women’s division, and a multi person match wouldn’t benefit Shaul. Heyman removing her from power makes perfect sense- especially after she had blatantly abused that power. Now, she’ll get to focus on being a manager. Triple threat for the title is big, and this Summerslam card really is taking shape now.


    Lol’ed at Christian eviscerating Kidd backstage. Great put down, and it coming back to bite him in the ass is even better. Could see Heyman finding a reason for Christian to defend his title shot again and again if Christian continues to act out like this. Whatever happens, we’re definitely seeing groundwork being done for a Christian/Heyman angle down the road, based off their recent interactions.


    Fine win for Slater, nothing to really comment on about it.


    Not happy to have CM Punk taken out by Bryan in a backstage attack like that, as it felt like a cheap way of getting out of a match you’d hyped prior to the show. That said, Orton replacing him isn’t exactly a disappointment, but still, you could’ve had this attack happen without building a huge main event match for Punk for the same show.


    That Cruiserweight Climax is going to be huge! Can’t wait.


    This is the other issue I have with the Punk deal, and it’s the match happening so soon after Orton was announced as the replacement. Was Orton just hanging around, ready to go in his gear? Would’ve been better to space this out a little more on the show.


    Anyway, at least with the replacement, Steen got to record himself a massive CLEAN win over a multiple time world champion. Big boost for Steen as champion. Kings of Wrestling attacking Orton after made sense after they were beat up earlier, getting the better of Batista too? Clearly, they’re being taken seriously.


    Nice little segment with Shaul doing her best to find someone to cosy up to now that her Mother is out of power. Glad Paige didn’t fall for it, though Layla clearly is only in it for herself.


    Good to see Christian was able to get the job done himself here without cheating. Felt like he needed that to look credible for Summerslam. I’m guessing the story moves on to whether Rollins will be fit enough on time to defend the belt.


    The Ryder stuff just doesn’t appeal to me, I’m afraid. I just can’t buy him as a supernatural being, and as a result the segment in the office came across as hokey.


    Perfectly fine booking of AJ & Kaitlyn being unable to work cohesively, and you’d expect that reaction from Kaitlyn after it appeared AJ hit her. It’s a true triple threat feud, with everyone involved hating each other.


    Kofi vs Morrison is another feud that’s come along nicely in time for Summerslam, and the #1 Contender stipulation is a big carrot to dangle for both men, but that tells me Morrison should end up winning.


    Main event ended in a bit of a downer with Bryan walking out, but you eradicated any ill feelings by having CM Punk return to close the show, whilst also having the surprise of Steen catching Ziggler off guard. Hot finish to the show for sure.


    It felt like a lot happened on this show, but it also felt like we got two weeks of stories piled into one show, like you’d realised you’d left yourself a week short of shows. The Bryan attack and the return of Punk could’ve been spaced out over two weeks, and the same could be said of the Evolution/KOW stuff & even the women’s angle. Still, it made for a packed show this week, certainly no dull moments!




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    Re: WWE 2012 - A New Direction

    Been way to long since I had some time to check our your shows mate. Excited for SummerSlam and it's shaping up nicely! I skimmed previously and started reading from your latest Raw so I'm going to drop some thoughts on the show.

    Raw Review:

    I always like the added little extra's of recaps and so when someone takes the time to recap previously in the opening segment it goes down well with me and it set the tone for the show that's to come.

    Really good opening match and I have to say, I love the "Legacy" you've created, absolutely genius and the war within is bubbling nicely. Bourne & Sabin pick up the win and you would have to say they're a perfect match for the chaos of a TLC Match. Should be good.

    Again, minor details but they have a big effect and add to the show. Nice little break up segment to hype SummerSlam with the Ultimate Warrior and Honkey Tonk promo.

    Evolution! Really cool promo but man, the KOW are true heels and I like it. I loved how they flipped the responsibility of Flair's injures on Randy Orton. Match is made and it's another big one! SummerSlam just got that little more better. Sweet.

    Vickie alongside Shaul is magic. Enjoyed the promo exchange with AJ & Kaitlyn and Paul Heyman flexes his muscles and makes the match. Wonder who will partner alongside Shaul? Hmm.

    Loved that Christian promo Haha! I could picture it in my head as I was reading along. The words to Tyson was so harsh but it made me laugh. Heyman showing up you could totally see coming and it fitted the segment well. Christian vs Tyson Kidd is made and I'm cool with that.

    The Smash Hit and Slater keeps his Tv Championship. Fine with me.

    Aww man, Punk vs Steen would have been sick but the attack from D-Bryan was viscous and certainly adds some cause for concern at CM Punk at the PPv. Steen and Striker showing up wanting the night off was a nice touch but once more Heyman is there and lays down the law. Steen vs Orton, tonight!

    Johnny Wrestling is the next game in the Cruiserweight Glimax! Cant wait for that.

    Another good match and it's another big win for the man of the moment- Kevin Steen! The post-match segment was cool to see with KOW attacking Orton and the Animal making the save and clearing the ring.

    So Shaul has found a partner and it's Layla. Was not expecting her but the segment was cool and it makes sense for Layla.

    Standard match and it's Christian who picks up the win as expected.

    That AJ segment with Ryder was pretty damn cool. I wish I was around for the whole Ryder darkness embrace though, it's so crazy to try and see him as this cult leader but at the same time I've got to applaud your creativity. AJ accepting the conditions makes this match real exciting too.

    Kaitlyn screwing over AJ was a nice touch and Shaul accepts the gift and picks up the win via the Gory Bomb.

    The CongreNation is another faction that you've created and I really like.

    Main Event was really good! The ending made total booking sense as well and neither man loses any momentum. The chaos at the end was also really cool and it ended the show perfectly.

    Enjoyed the show man! Summerslam is shaping so nicely and the feuds are bubbling along. I love reading your shows because even though it's WWE, the landscape is completely different and so many people who never quite reached the top have a real place in your "BTB" world and it's awesome. Only slight concern with this show was maybe a little too much Heyman but he's the Authority figure, I totally get it.



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    Re: WWE 2012 - A New Direction

    Quote Originally Posted by James Enigma View Post

    Ah I’ve been looking forward to reading this one in a while - was in too much pain with my arm to do write a review then, but with my arm doused in moisturiser, here I am to drop some thoughts on what is my favourite read in the BTB section, and has been since I joined quite a long time ago :p

    Things I really liked:

    • You’ve made Summerslam feel important. With 20 days left until your Summerslam Pay Per View, it would be easy for it to not really get a look in - but this isn’t the case. I liked especially the way you opened with Summerslam and the Championships being the main thing with the triple threat Match.
    • Love what you’re doing with Christian. I enjoyed the match with Tyson Kidd. With the stipulation, I thought that Tyson was going to win - so I’m glad you’ve managed to be unpredictable.
    • I don’t like anti-climatic finishes on a show such as countout or disqualifications. You seem to understand that people don’t like it - so you managed to use it in a way to develop heat from a heel.


    Things that I have criticism with:


    • It got quite promo heavy in the middle but it’s possible that I’m being picky there. I felt it was quite a bit of talking. First was the Summerslam Advert, then the Batista Promo, then Vickie and the women and then Christian/Sheamus and Kidd. I guess it just felt odd imagining all that between two matches.
    • Paul Heyman overkill. He seemed to be popping up in every segment. Obviously that’s an exaggeration, but that’s how it started to seem. You write him well though, so how can I be annoyed aha?
    Yeah my bad on the continuous promo segments at the start. I actually put Slater/Benjamin the wrong side of Christian's backstage moment.

    As for Paul Heyman I agree there was a little bit too much but a lack of at Smackdown should make up for it. I will persevere to try and make the shows less Heyman dominated.

    Thanks for checking in JE. Hope you continue to do so.


    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf Beast View Post

    Batista and Orton side by side is a good sign, though it gives the impression that Orton is somewhat subservient to Big Dave by just following him out. Obviously I’m not familiar enough to know what went down with Steen and Batista, but I’m glad Batista addressed that issue, not just forgetting about it, but explaining he has something more important to deal with right now

    The news piece before the show also adds to the importance of Batista and Orton wanting revenge. It wasn’t just a beat down; it hospitalised Flair. Everything feels much more important from that. I actually thought Hero & Cesaro had a bit of a point that Orton should take some of the blame for what happened to Flair, and that angle would be a fun one to run with if you wanted to explore that in the coming weeks.

    That’s a big tag match for Summerslam and a huge opportunity for KOW to knock off two legends that are still in their prime. Thought that Cesaro and Hero -despite coming out with the short end of the stick here at the end - came across well in this promo, and certainly not out of their depth at all.
    To clarify on Batista/Steen, basically Batista made his return at Wrestlemania, inflicting Steen's first defeat. Steen beat Batista at Backlash and then at Extreme Rules in a Last Man Standing Match that gave Batista a few months off.

    I'm trying to get across that Batista and Orton are not buddys but they have a common friend in Ric Flair. And The Kings need to come across strong after the impressive year they've had so far.


    Was wondering how you’d get to the inevitable triple threat match at Summerslam, considering Vickie is/was calling the shots in the women’s division, and a multi person match wouldn’t benefit Shaul. Heyman removing her from power makes perfect sense- especially after she had blatantly abused that power. Now, she’ll get to focus on being a manager. Triple threat for the title is big, and this Summerslam card really is taking shape now.
    I set the last few weeks up before NoC on purpose so that it would be easy to get Vickie out of her role and basically throw the smug champ in to a level playing field. Can she survive without her mother is the big question?


    Lol’ed at Christian eviscerating Kidd backstage. Great put down, and it coming back to bite him in the ass is even better. Could see Heyman finding a reason for Christian to defend his title shot again and again if Christian continues to act out like this. Whatever happens, we’re definitely seeing groundwork being done for a Christian/Heyman angle down the road, based off their recent interactions.
    Trust me there is plenty still to come with this in the coming weeks. And in ll honesty it's only something I've decided on since NoC concluded.


    Not happy to have CM Punk taken out by Bryan in a backstage attack like that, as it felt like a cheap way of getting out of a match you’d hyped prior to the show. That said, Orton replacing him isn’t exactly a disappointment, but still, you could’ve had this attack happen without building a huge main event match for Punk for the same show.
    In all honesty I like your reaction. That's exactly what the fans would say if it happened like this. And with the way Bryan and Punk have feuded this is definitely an organic segment.

    That Cruiserweight Climax is going to be huge! Can’t wait.
    I'm hoping it comes across as well as it's been hyped. As you know with booking long term a little side project like that is good to refresh the mind.


    This is the other issue I have with the Punk deal, and it’s the match happening so soon after Orton was announced as the replacement. Was Orton just hanging around, ready to go in his gear? Would’ve been better to space this out a little more on the show.
    I agree to an extent although Bryan/Ziggler needed to go on last for the Punk return and I didn't want to go back to back with the two big matches.


    The Ryder stuff just doesn’t appeal to me, I’m afraid. I just can’t buy him as a supernatural being, and as a result the segment in the office came across as hokey.
    I'm going to be getting a full backstory up in the coming weeks in my first post of everything that has happened in the booker. For me this was a gimmick change that I wanted to try out. I wouldn't say Ryder is fully supernatural. He's more Raven than Bray/Taker. More a lurker of the darkness. Look out for that post in the future to clarify things.


    Perfectly fine booking of AJ & Kaitlyn being unable to work cohesively, and you’d expect that reaction from Kaitlyn after it appeared AJ hit her. It’s a true triple threat feud, with everyone involved hating each other.
    I'm trying to embrace Shaul as the heiress to her father's moniker. I'm quite enjoying it at the moment but over the next six to twelve months there will be continues growth and development of the Women's Division. I've got some concrete plans in store.


    Main event ended in a bit of a downer with Bryan walking out, but you eradicated any ill feelings by having CM Punk return to close the show, whilst also having the surprise of Steen catching Ziggler off guard. Hot finish to the show for sure.
    I toyed with a DQ instead but felt Bryan gets more heat this way. There's a big match next week involving some of the big hitters on tonight's show. That's all I will say.

    It felt like a lot happened on this show, but it also felt like we got two weeks of stories piled into one show, like you’d realised you’d left yourself a week short of shows. The Bryan attack and the return of Punk could’ve been spaced out over two weeks, and the same could be said of the Evolution/KOW stuff & even the women’s angle. Still, it made for a packed show this week, certainly no dull moments!
    Agree I might have packed a bit too much of the main storylines into the same show but I've got three weeks to Summerslam, well two Raw shows now and I think I've got the content to make it look worthwhile adding the extra bits in here.

    Thanks as always mate. Appreciate the feedback.


    Quote Originally Posted by Deco90 View Post
    Been way to long since I had some time to check our your shows mate. Excited for SummerSlam and it's shaping up nicely! I skimmed previously and started reading from your latest Raw so I'm going to drop some thoughts on the show.

    Raw Review:

    I always like the added little extra's of recaps and so when someone takes the time to recap previously in the opening segment it goes down well with me and it set the tone for the show that's to come.

    Really good opening match and I have to say, I love the "Legacy" you've created, absolutely genius and the war within is bubbling nicely. Bourne & Sabin pick up the win and you would have to say they're a perfect match for the chaos of a TLC Match. Should be good.

    Again, minor details but they have a big effect and add to the show. Nice little break up segment to hype SummerSlam with the Ultimate Warrior and Honkey Tonk promo.

    Evolution! Really cool promo but man, the KOW are true heels and I like it. I loved how they flipped the responsibility of Flair's injures on Randy Orton. Match is made and it's another big one! SummerSlam just got that little more better. Sweet.

    Vickie alongside Shaul is magic. Enjoyed the promo exchange with AJ & Kaitlyn and Paul Heyman flexes his muscles and makes the match. Wonder who will partner alongside Shaul? Hmm.

    Loved that Christian promo Haha! I could picture it in my head as I was reading along. The words to Tyson was so harsh but it made me laugh. Heyman showing up you could totally see coming and it fitted the segment well. Christian vs Tyson Kidd is made and I'm cool with that.

    The Smash Hit and Slater keeps his Tv Championship. Fine with me.

    Aww man, Punk vs Steen would have been sick but the attack from D-Bryan was viscous and certainly adds some cause for concern at CM Punk at the PPv. Steen and Striker showing up wanting the night off was a nice touch but once more Heyman is there and lays down the law. Steen vs Orton, tonight!

    Johnny Wrestling is the next game in the Cruiserweight Glimax! Cant wait for that.

    Another good match and it's another big win for the man of the moment- Kevin Steen! The post-match segment was cool to see with KOW attacking Orton and the Animal making the save and clearing the ring.

    So Shaul has found a partner and it's Layla. Was not expecting her but the segment was cool and it makes sense for Layla.

    Standard match and it's Christian who picks up the win as expected.

    That AJ segment with Ryder was pretty damn cool. I wish I was around for the whole Ryder darkness embrace though, it's so crazy to try and see him as this cult leader but at the same time I've got to applaud your creativity. AJ accepting the conditions makes this match real exciting too.

    Kaitlyn screwing over AJ was a nice touch and Shaul accepts the gift and picks up the win via the Gory Bomb.

    The CongreNation is another faction that you've created and I really like.

    Main Event was really good! The ending made total booking sense as well and neither man loses any momentum. The chaos at the end was also really cool and it ended the show perfectly.

    Enjoyed the show man! Summerslam is shaping so nicely and the feuds are bubbling along. I love reading your shows because even though it's WWE, the landscape is completely different and so many people who never quite reached the top have a real place in your "BTB" world and it's awesome. Only slight concern with this show was maybe a little too much Heyman but he's the Authority figure, I totally get it.
    Thanks Deco. Much appreciated. Hope you continue to enjoy.

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