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    Re: April BTBOTM - Being The Booker

    Thanks for the comments on The Great American Bash to Keefmoon and LinguisticTurn. Always appreciate the feedback.


    Took a few ‘risks’ in the booking of this show, and tbh, wasn’t sure how they’d be received, but seeing as there hasn’t been a load of “WTF was that about” comments, I’m assuming they’ve mostly got a pass, lol.


    That said, obviously, as Keef pointed out, the count out finish for the WWE title match was pretty weak. In fact, Keefs suggestion would’ve worked a lot better, but that idea - for whatever reason - never occurred to me. With Flair closing the show, I felt I could get away with the cheap finish here.


    As for the high scoring Iron Man match; again, I just wanted to do something different with this. One thing I’ve always (oddly) wanted to see in an Iron Man match is a victory by more than one fall - like seeing a 2/3 falls match end in two straight falls - so I made a point of having Danielson pull clear after his comeback from behind. The high scoring nature of the match went against everything that the feud had been about, as they’d typically gone around at least 20mins in the previous matches, but I didn’t want another match that was the same as all the others. Plus, I’d ran out of ways to write matches between the two at this point.


    Finally, Flair going over in the main event may also have come as a surprise, as it goes against logic that the guy retiring went out on a win. Truth is, Triple H was always winning this... until I started writing the match. For some reason, I just changed course and had to put Flair over in the end. I think it could lead to some good stories later down the road for Triple H (if I get that far, and if I follow the path I’m currently thinking for him).


    Stojy - and a few others - had floated the idea of Kennedy crashing the scene to attack Flair to get one over on Triple H, and whilst it was a tempting idea to pursue, I didn’t want to use Flairs retirement to further another angle. Plus, my thinking is that Kennedy wouldn’t want to jeopardise the position of power he currently has over the company as a non-employee that was assaulted by Triple H. Him jumping the ring to attack Flair ultimately wouldn’t work for what I’m doing with the Kennedy angle.


    Finally ... time for a break. My productivity has slowed right down over the last couple of months, to the point where I’ve only two shows banked right now. I haven’t even opened up my laptop since posting GAB, and I’m just not feeling too interested right now in writing, after a solid six months or so of churning out plenty of work (much more than I even anticipated myself tbh). The World Cup starts next week (hence the name change for the sweepstakes) and I’ll be busy following that for the next month to devote much time to this. I’ll be aiming to get back in the game toward the end of August hopefully and have a few shows in the bank for a return. I WILL be back though - eventually - ... I need to end the Cena/Christian feud, even if it kills me. I’ll still be lurking around too, dropping comments here and there when I get the chance.

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    Re: Being The Booker

    So, here's the state of play for anyone that needs caught up;



     
    RIC FLAIRS FINAL MATCH:
    Ric Flair defeated Triple H @ 24:17 via Submission, bringing the curtain down on his epic, unforgettable career, going out with a surprise win, deep in the heart of Flair Country; Charlotte NC.

    WWE Championship Match:
    Champion Edge and Randy Orton battled to a highly satisfying double count out
    @ 15:58. Chris Jericho attempted an audacious Cash In of his Money in the Bank Contract, but failed.

    WWE Tag Team Championships Match:
    MNM
    w/Melina lost the WWE Tag Team Championships to The Fight Factory @ 07:13 when Melina turned on Nitro and Mercury, aligning with Elijah Burke and Wade Barrett, taking the titles with her.

    WWE Cruiserweight Championship | 30 Minute Iron Man Match:
    Bryan Danielson reclaimed the gold, edging out Jamie Noble 7-4,
    in a match that was much more competitive than the final score would indicate, with Danielson trailing 4-2 at one point in the contest, bringing an end to their near six month long rivalry over the title.

    !! TABLES - LADDERS - AND CHAIRS !!
    The Gods of War
    w/Steven Richards defeated The Hardy Boys in their own favoured environment @ 14:53. This was the first TLC match to be decided by pinfall, and ultimately, despite a brave effort, Matt and Jeff were unable to deal with the duo of Batista and Lashley.

    ~ $10,000 Challenge ~
    Ted DiBiase Jr.
    w/Ted DiBiase Sr. was left red faced, as R-Truth would defeat him @ 06:40, forcing the Million Dollar Man to hand over $10,000 to Truth ... and Truth then tossed the money to the crowd, further humiliating the DiBiase's.

    Tag Team Grudge Match:
    The San Juan Express picked up a big win @ 10:44 over the makeshift team of Kofi Kingston & M.V.P, who had come together in the absence of Kingstons usual tag team partner, Carlito, who has thus far refused to fight his own family members Epico & Primo.


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    Elsewhere on Smackdown;

    General Manager Finlay has already announced a 20 Man Smackdown Rumble*** to take place this Friday on Smackdown, in which the winner will earn a shot at the WWE Champion at SummerSlam. A match in which Finlay has announced that EVERYONE on the Smackdown is potentially eligible for. Given the controversial conclusion to the title match between Edge and Randy Orton at the Great American Bash though, Randy Orton will certainly be expecting a rematch too.

    Soon after his one month run as General Manager of Smackdown came to an end, The Brian Kendrick had taken an extended leave of absence. In recent weeks, videos have updated the audience on what exactly Kendrick has been up to, with the vain, delusional, former Cruiserweight Champion seemingly eyeing a transition into the world of modelling/acting/showbiz. However, he is due to return to Smackdown this Friday.

    Umaga and Mark Henry are both on a tear of squash wins since moving to Smackdown in the draft, whilst circling one another for months, with an eventual match seeming to be inevitable.

    Following his appearance at the Great American Bash, Triple H is now suspended from television indefinitely. This is due to charges being pressed against the company for an 'unprovoked assault' on a fan at the Smackdown debut on Sci-Fi. The 'fan' in question was former WWE employee, Mister Kennedy, who was fired shortly after WrestleMania {where Triple H defeated Kennedy} as a result of Kennedy striking Stephanie McMahon. Until legal proceedings conclude, Triple H cannot appear on Smackdown.

    ***My original plan was to book a two hour gauntlet match, where whoever survived at the close of the show would be #1 Contender. Then, the WWE done the big gauntlet match back in February, and did the match way better than what I had planned, forcing me to scrap it.


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    On Raw;

    Brent Albright has been a busy man since winning the World Heavyweight Championship five weeks ago. Already, he has defended the title against Shelton Benjamin and Shawn Michaels {whilst declaring himself the winner via forfeit when Christian was unable to compete} but the vultures are circling, and this Monday on Raw, Albright faces the daunting task of three challengers in one match.

    Three challengers all gunning for Albright specifically; Rey Mysterio, Shelton Benjamin and Paul London in a Fatal Four Way Elimination Match. Albright and his cohorts, Charlie Haas and Nick Dinsmore broke the arm of Shelton Benjamin just a few weeks ago {though Benjamin is back now with a cast}, and they injured the knee of Paul London, costing London his opportunity to become King of the Ring AND a shot of becoming Intercontinental Champion. This match will OPEN Monday Night Raw, as Raw GM Ricky Steamboat has arranged to pay tribute to the retiring Ric Flair on Raw. {a segment I didnt write, as I'm not messing around with a perfect real life send off. Get set for youtube links to close Raw}

    Speaking of the Intercontinental Champion {and the 2008 King of the Ring} CM Punk is a growing presence on Raw also since breaking off his tag team with Greg Helms {who is currently out for up to 12 months with a neck injury} at WrestleMania. His biggest statement to date being the sickening assault on Shawn Michaels on the July 7 edition of Raw, moments after Michaels had lost to Brent Albright, and seemingly as Michaels was on the verge of announcing his retirement. A Best of Seven Series has begun between Nick Nemeth and Garrison Cade to determine the next challenger to CM Punks I.C Title. Nemeth currently leads 1-0.

    The Angels of Anarchy tag team came to a halt last week on Raw when Christopher Daniels assaulted his partner, Doug Williams, almost a year to the day after they first appeared on Raw. Daniels will explain his motivations for this on Raw this Monday.

    The rivalry between John Cena and Christian is set to culminate at SummerSlam inside Hell in a Cell. Dating back to WrestleMania 23, the two have been consistently in each others crosshairs, and saw the long awaited heel turn from Cena back at the March edition of Saturday Nights Main Event, prior to their second WrestleMania encounter, which Cena won. A contract signing is set for two weeks time on Raw to make the match official.

    I'll be posting Raw at the weekend.

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    Monday Night Raw | July 21 2008 | Greensboro NC



    **BOOYAKA 619**

    There’s NO opening video tonight and NO pyro - Raw opens up immediately with the music of REY MYSTERIO, who pops up from under the trap door!!

    Jim Ross: We welcome you live to Monday Night Raw, Jim Ross and The Coach at ringside. And tonight, ladies and gentlemen, after his 36 year career came to an end last night, tonight will be Ric Flairs final address. We’re here in Flair Country, and last night was a special, special occasion at the Great American Bash. Ric Flair signing off in style, forcing The Game, Triple H, to tap out to the fabled Figure Four Leglock!! And right now tonight, we are kicking things off in the BIGGEST possible way -- as Rey Mysterio, Shelton Benjamin and Paul London will also look for their FIRST taste of the World Heavyweight Championship!!!

    The Coach:
    Thank God The Coach is back baby!! I’m still sore from that ill advised trip to One Night Stand, but I couldn’t let an amateur like Matt Striker fill my boots two weeks in a row. And I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything as big as this to kick off Raw, J.R!!! The Main Event is up FIRST tonight on Raw!!!

    Jim Ross: Indeed, a blockbuster, Fatal Four Way Elimination Match. It doesn’t get any bigger or better than this!! I don’t recall a World Heavyweight Championship match EVER kicking off a Monday Night Raw broadcast in fifteen years of this shows history!!!

    The Coach: And once again, Ricky Steamboat sticks it to Brent Albright!! This is his FOURTH title defence in FIVE weeks as champion!! I’m just shocked he’s made it an Elimination Match and not one fall in an attempt to try and get the title off him without getting beat!!! He’s got it in for Albright!!

    Jim Ross: He wants Brent Albright to prove himself worthy of the title, Coach!! Let’s not forget how he won it at Vengeance!!

    **STAY IN SHADOW**

    Next out is PAUL LONDON, all kinds of fired up during his entrance, sprinting down the ramp to the ring…

    Jim Ross: And let’s not forget HOW this match came about, Coach. Fair and square, this man - Paul London, Rey Mysterio and Shelton Benjamin EARNED this match. Brent Albright could’ve avoided this title defence tonight - but both him and his fellow Master Craftsmen couldn’t get the job done a week ago on Raw!! London, Mysterio and Benjamin WON the six man tag - and here we are today!!!

    The Coach: I still say Steamboat has it in for Albright!! Any excuse to get the World Champion to defend his title, he’ll use it!!!

    Jim Ross: Well, after last weeks revelation by Commissioner Ventura that The Master Craftsmen had been plotting with the former General Manager of this show to undermine Ricky Steamboat, Brent Albright can blame himself for any unfair treatment.

    The Coach: That’s all hearsay. None of that was proven. Ventura doesn’t have any hard evidence.

    Jim Ross: Either way, Brent Albright has three men gunning for his title tonight - and Paul London may just be coming for MORE than the World Title. London was cost his spot in the King of the Ring tournament by Brent Albright about six weeks ago after London eliminated Albright from the tournament. It cost London his shot at the Intercontinental title too - Paul London has all kinds of vengeance on his mind!!

    The Coach: He said he’s coming for everything Albright and the Master Craftsmen have. Spoiler alert; he’s getting NOTHING.

    **AINT NO STOPPIN ME**

    And, still wearing a protective cast on his injured arm - injured at the hands of Albright a month ago - SHELTON BENJAMIN comes out through the entrance tunnel with plenty of bounce in his step, rounding out the three challengers.

    Jim Ross:
    Shelton Benjamin came closer than he ever has to capturing the World Championship for the first time a few weeks ago on Raw - but ultimately came up short to Albright. On that night, Albright needed assistance from Charlie Haas and Nick Dinsmore. Tonight, those two men are BANNED from ringside.

    The Coach: Yeah, and this guy is allowed to compete with a weapon on his arm!! How’s that fair??

    Jim Ross: Brent Albright broke the arm in the first place - he should have to accept the consequences for his actions!!!

    **MEET YOUR MASTER**

    With an air of trepidation, BRENT ALBRIGHT, wearing the famous big gold belt around his waist, steps onto the stage, looking down at the three challengers that await him tonight.


    Jim Ross:
    And that is not the look of a confident champion if you ask me!!!

    The Coach: He’s an exhausted champion, J.R!! That’s why!! He hasn’t had a night off since he won that title at Vengeance!!! And now, he’s got THREE men all gunning for him. This isn’t right!!! They could all just team up and eliminate Albright first!!

    Jim Ross: (Matter of factly) Yeah.

    The Coach: There’s a conspiracy going on here to get the World Championship off the waist of Brent Albright!! Jealousy!!!

    And Coach could have more to get angry about … as Rey, London and Shelton all realize the champion is stalling on the ramp … so they take matters into their own hands and roll out of the ring - COMING AFTER BRENT ALBRIGHT!!!!!

    Albright is swarmed by his three challengers, and has nowhere to run or hide, as his recent actions all come back to haunt him right now, with London, Benjamin and Mysterio all getting their licks in on the champion!!!!! The three men band together, and toss the beaten down Albright into the ring - officially kicking off the match!!!!!

    Match 1 | WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP | FATAL FOUR WAY ELIMINATION MATCH:
    Brent Albright vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Paul London vs. Shelton Benjamin
    But as he is rolled into the ring, the champion wisely rolls away, trying to escape back OUT of the ring … ONLY TO BE STOPPED BY LONDON!!!! With Rey and Shelton helping, the three challengers drag Albright back, and put the boots to the champion, with Coach already crying about this being a conspiracy to get the title off Albright.

    London, Benjamin and Mysterio all take turns to get their shots in on Albright, as it looks as if the brief reign of the Ace of Spades is going to end on a whimper, with no end in sight of the beat down from his three challengers!!! The three challengers remain on the same page, sending Albright into the corner, and each takes turns with a running attack to the corner, finishing up with Sheltons Stinger Splash.

    They keep Albright trapped in the corner, each taking turns with clotheslines to the champion in the corner, before Shelton then elevates Rey up after a running start for a hurricanrana out of the corner to Albright!! Albright is ready to go it seems, and Benjamin drags him up, wanting a T-Bone Exploder, but London wants to have the final blow to strike Albright down.

    That leads to a disagreement between the challengers, both disputing who has been more hard done by at the hands of Albright. Mysterio gets involved too, trying to talk sense into both Benjamin and London, but they refuse to listen, with London telling Shelton to get out of his way, which is met with a reply of “you‘ll have to make me” … and inevitably the three men break into a brawl, leading into the first commercial of the night.




    Commercial Break




    Back from the break, all four men are still in play, as London and Benjamin are paired off, whilst Rey and Albright fight it out on opposite sides of the ringside area. Shelton has the better of London, hanging him up on the barrier, whilst Albright reverses a whip attempt from Rey to send him into the steps.

    Albright then sneaks up on Benjamin, clocking him from behind, tossing him into the ring, looking to put the Black Diamond away quickly, but Benjamin elbows out of a German Suplex attempt, trying to catch Albright on the return with PAYDIRT - NO!!! Albright escapes the Paydirt attempt, and puts Shelton down with a clothesline!!!

    Albright downs The Black Diamond … as London leaps into the ring, dropkicking the champion - but the dropkick sends Albright rolling out of the ring, and before London can follow out, Benjamin rolls him up, 1...2...NO!!! London survives, getting up quickly, but before he and Shelton can go at it, Rey leaps off the ropes for at London - who ducks - and instead, Rey catches Shelton with a head scissors!!!

    Rey gets up, but is kicked by London, and the Golden Boy tries to snap off a Suplex - but Albright swoops back in from behind, drilling London with a German - bridging for a pin - BUT REY DROPKICKS THE CHAMPION!!!!

    Rey lands kicks to the legs of Albright as the champion gets back up, beating him into the ropes. Mysterio takes a run off the ropes, rushing at the champion, but gets elevated up and over - Rey lands on the apron. Benjamin is up, looking for a FROST KICK to Albright - DUCKED - and Benjamin NAILS Rey, knocking him off the apron!!!

    Albright looks for the roll through on Benjamin … 1...2... Shelton pushes him away … with Brent stumbling right into the path of a recovered Paul London - SPINNING HEEL KICK from London!!! The Golden Boy covers … 1...2...NO!!! Albright gets a shoulder up!!!

    London gets back to his feet, only to be dumped out of the ring by Shelton Benjamin!! The Black Diamond sends Albright into the corner, looking for another Stinger Splash in this match - NO ONE HOME!!! Brent dodges out of the corner, hit’s the ropes, and runs through Benjamin with a big boot!!! Albright immediately drags Shelton back up, popping off a belly to back suplex, into the cover, 1...2...NO!!!!!

    Brent puts the boots to Shelton in the corner, taking charge of the ring, knocking Rey and London back off the apron respectively, wanting to focus on getting rid of Benjamin first, and he specifically starts to target the broken arm of Shelton.

    The World Champion stomps the arm and then tries to rip at the cast of Shelton Benjamin - but he gets too wrapped up in ripping the cast off, taking his eyes off what‘s going on around him, with London arriving back into the ring, taking the fight to Albright.

    Despite building up a head of steam, the Golden Boy gets reckless, and gets caught by Albright, looking for a Half-Nelson Suplex … BUT LONDON LANDS ON HIS FEET!!! Dropsault to Albright - and LANDS on Shelton for a cover … 1...2..NO!!!! London gets back up, and is immediately tossed over the top by Albright - BUT LONDON HANGS ON … 61-KNEE from Albright!!!!!

    London crumbles to the floor, and Albright smiles - but maybe not for long; as Shelton NIPS UP!!! Albright takes a swing - Benjamin ducks, then nails the champion with his modified backbreaker!!! In comes Rey from the cold, targeting the legs of Shelton, but the Black Diamond shoves Rey away, and CRACKS Rey coming back with a Roundhouse Kick!!!

    Benjamin lines up Paydirt on Rey, but Albright tries to pull a fast one, gripping Benjamin from behind for a German attempt - NO!!! Shelton elbows free, and reels off a series of clotheslines to the champion, before finally sending Albright to the floor with a clothesline over the top!!!

    Mysterio then meets Shelton with shots to the gut, slowing Benjamin down, before running off the ropes, connecting with a basement dropkick, sending Shelton to a knee. Rey then looks to spring off the ropes … but Shelton pops back up and SHOVES REY OFF!!!!! Mysterio crashes and burns - colliding with the rising Albright on the floor!!!!!

    And London takes a BIG bump to the floor from the top turnbuckle as Benjamin cuts him off trying to get back in the mix and shoves him to the floor too!!!! All three opponents are down, and Shelton follows up … SOMERSAULT PLANCHA TO ALL THREE MEN ON THE FLOOR!!!!!!!!!!

    Shelton sells the effects of the move on himself momentarily, before staggering back up, and plays to the fans, who momentarily chant his name in the arena. Grabbing Albright, Benjamin tosses the champion back into the ring, and climbs up top himself … LOOKING FOR A BLOCKBUSTER … AND HE SCORES WITH IT ON THE CHAMPION!!!!!!! Shelton Benjamin connects with his most recent finishing move - covering Albright to guarantee a new champion tonight … 1...2...ALBRIGHT KICKS OUT!!!!!!

    Brent Albright becomes the FIRST man to kick out of Shelton Benjamins BlockBuster!!!!! Shelton Benjamin cant believe it, with his mouth agape, eyes wide, questioning Mike Chiodas count - NO ONE has kicked out of the Blockbuster since he added it to his repertoire!!!

    In the end, The Black Diamond wastes too much time after the kick out, as Paul London climbs back into the ring, and surprises Benjamin turning around with a DROPSAULT!!! London follows up with a flying forearm, knocking Benjamin off his feet once more, and now the Golden Boy climbs up top … when Albright kicks the ropes and CROTCHES London up top!!!

    Mysterio finally gets back inside, and looks to charge at the recovering Albright in the corner - but he’s spotted by Brent, with Albright catching Rey coming in, elevating him up and over - elevating him to the top rope - where Mysterio pops off a HURRICANRANA on London from the top rope!!!!!!!!!

    Albright tries to take advantage of Rey getting up, Mysterio is too quick, drop toe hold to Albright - into the ropes … 619!!!!!!! Rey connects, then looks to follow up with a WEST COAST POP … BUT ALBRIGHT MOVES … AND SHELTON CATCHES REY WITH PAYDIRT INSTEAD!!!!!!!!!

    AND ALBRIGHT SEIZES THE MOMENT - GRABBING SHELTONS ARM … CROWBAR APPLIED TO THE BROKEN ARM!!!!!!!!!!!

    NO!!!!!

    Benjamin escapes out of trouble JUST in time, with Albright unable to apply his deadly submission hold … and eventually catches Albright instead with the DRAGON WHIP!!!!! Albright pulls himself up in the corner, with Shelton setting himself for the STINGER SPLASH … CUT OFF BY LONDON WITH A SPRINGBOARD CLOTHESLINE OUT OF NOWHERE!!!!!

    London now nips up, and immediately ducks a clothesline from Albright - then connects with a DROPSAULT to the champion!!! Here comes Rey - STEP UP ENZIGURI TO MYSTERIO!!!! London just took out ALL THREE opponents!!! He covers Rey; 1...2...SHOULDER UP!!!!!

    London picks himself back up after the near fall on Rey … as Albright rams him into the turnbuckles … then delivers a DRAGON SUPLEX … 1...2...LONDON JUST ESCAPES THE PIN!!!!!! Still, no one is eliminated!!! Albright pounds the mat in frustration, then pulls London back up, hoisting him up top, following, and shapes up for a SUPERPLEX to London - NO!!!!

    London blocks!!! Then SHOVES Albright off!!! The World Champion lands on his feet - but lands AWKWARDLY!!!! Instantly, Albright drops to the mat, and reels away, clutching his knee … rolling under the bottom rope, writhing in pain!!!! Paul London watches as this unfolds … taking his eyes off the ring … ALLOWING SHELTON BENJAMIN TO LEAP TO THE TOP - incredible athleticism - BELLY TO BELLY FROM THE TOP BY SHELTON TO LONDON!!!!!!!!!!

    The Belly to Belly takes everything out of BOTH men, with Shelton and London both down … whilst Albright begins to talk with a trainer at ringside, shaking his head, looking deeply concerned about his knee. In the ring, Rey Mysterio looks to take advantage, pinning Benjamin … 1...2...NO!!!! Rey covers London … 1...2...NO!!!!! All four men are STILL standing, as we head into another commercial break.




    Commercial Break




    Raw returns, amidst some confusion over the involvement of Brent Albright. The World Champion is sat down at ringside, beside the announce table, as trainers surround him, with Albright shaking his head, pointing to his knee. J.R speculates that the World Champion is going to be eliminated by injury, with a STRETCHER being brought to the ringside area.

    Meanwhile, the action continues in the ring, with Shelton Benjamin clamping on a chin lock currently on London, whilst clips play of during the commercial, where Rey had pin attempts on both London and Shelton, before Benjamin took over with a Springboard Bulldog on Rey for a near fall of his own.

    ELIMINATED {???} - BRENT ALBRIGHT @ 17:06 VIA INJURY

    It’s essentially down to three men, with J.R proclaiming we are all but guaranteed a new World Champion tonight. Shelton Benjamin is in charge, beating down London, slowing things down, keeping Rey out of the ring. Benjamin goes for a power bomb on London, but the Golden Boy COUNTERS WITH A HURRICANRANA … HOOKING THE LEGS … 1...2...NO!!!

    Benjamin just escapes the pinning predicament. Shelton runs to the ropes … but from the apron, Rey low bridges the ropes, and Benjamin tumbles out!!! Mysterio climbs back inside, where he and London trade blows … whilst Shelton climbs to the top … which Rey and London spot, stopping their own battle to team up, stopping Shelton at the top…

    AND EXECUTE A DOUBLE SUPERPLEX TO THE BLACK DIAMOND!!!!!!!!!!

    And off the double superplex, BOTH men drape an arm over Shelton … 1...2...NO!!!!! Benjamin JUST kicks out!!!!! Mysterio then tries to surprise London, rolling him up with a school boy right after the kick out … 1...2...NO!!!! Both men pop up, and London catches Rey in a Small Package … 1...2...NO!!!!

    Mysterio just escapes the predicament, but London catches Rey with a knee as they get up. Irish whip … but Rey returns, tilt-a-whirl … HEADSCISSORS by Rey … and London tumbles into the ropes … 619 - NO!!!!! London moved away, Rey swings around, landing on the apron!!!
    London looks for a forearm shot - blocked by Rey, and Rey hot shots London on the top rope!!! London staggers back, and Rey springboards back into the ring… RIGHT INTO A PAUL LONDON SUPERKICK!!!!!! London falls into the cover … 1...2...REY KICKS OUT!!!!!!!

    Shelton then meets Paul London getting up, kicking the Golden Boy in the gut, getting him up for a suplex, but lands him behind before dropping London with a NECKBREAKER!!! He doesn’t cover though, as he sees Rey pulling himself to his feet in the corner … and instead, Shelton eyes a STINGER SPLASH TO REY - NO ONE HOME!!!!!!!!! ROUNDHOUSE KICK FROM REY TO SHELTON!!!!!! And Rey then DROPS THE DIME!!!! 1...2...NO!!!!!!

    Shelton kicks out - as London then surprises Rey with a Oklahoma Roll … 1...2...MYSTERIO BREAKS FREE!!!! Rey gets up, but is nailed by London with a stiff forearm shot, before the Golden Boy sends Rey off the ropes, coming back, looking for a wheelbarrow … COUNTERED INTO A BULLDOG BY REY!!!!!

    Rey gets back up … and is scooped up by Shelton … SAMOAN DROP - NO - COUNTER BY REY - ARM DRAG TO SHELTON!!!!! Shelton tumbles out of the ring through the ropes due to the arm drag … and Mysterio climbs onto the apron, wanting to follow up with a Seated Senton off the apron to the floor - NO!!!!!

    BENJAMIN CATCHES REY ON THE FLOOR … AND POWERBOMBS MYSTERIO ON THE FLOOR!!!!!!!!!!!

    The Black Diamond quickly tosses Rey back into the ring … just as PAUL LONDON FLIES THROUGH THE ROPES WITH A SUICIDE DIVE TO BENJAMIN!!!!! On the floor, we briefly cut away to the announce table, where we see Brent Albright refusing the stretcher, being heard to say he wants to walk out, as trainers begin to help him to his feet to escort him from the ring.

    Again, J.R tells us we’re going to almost definitely crown a new FIRST TIME World Champion as a result of injury to Albright. Meanwhile, Paul London picks himself back up, and climbs back onto the apron, seeing Rey prone in the ring … looking for a SPRINGBOARD MOONSAULT TO REY …
    BUT HE GETS KNEES!!!!!!!

    London eats the knees of Rey, rolling around, clutching his ribs in obvious pain, and as he tries to stand back up, London is dropkicked on the back, sending him spiralling into the ropes … which can only mean one thing; 619!!!!!!! AND IT CONNECTS!!!!! London tumbles backward, but before Mysterio can follow up with anything - SHELTON BENJAMIN SWEEPS HIM FROM THE APRON!!!!!

    Rey smacks his face off the apron, and Shelton quickly tosses Rey back inside. This time, Benjamin isn’t cut off, and he climbs up top … looking for the BLOCKBUSTER TO REY … NOBODY HOME!!!!!! Mysterio tumbles out of harms way and Benjamin crashes and burns onto the canvas!!!

    Rey picks himself back up, kicking Shelton in the gut … looking for a TORNADO DDT … NO - COUNTER BY SHELTON - T-BONE EXPLODER TO MYSTERIO!!!!!!! But before Shelton can get back up or roll over to make the cover-

    450 SPLASH OUT OF NOWHERE TO BENJAMIN!!!!!!!!!

    PAUL LONDON SCORES WITH THE 450 SPLASH!!!!!!!! AND HE DRAPES AN ARM OVER BOTH BENJAMIN AND MYSTERIO…
    1...2...3!!!!!!!!!!!!! PAUL LONDON HAS DONE IT!!!!!!!!!!!

    ELIMINATED - SHELTON BENJAMIN @ 21:53 BY PAUL LONDON

    ELIMINATED - REY MYSTERIO @ 21:53 BY PAUL LONDON

    Winner: And NEW World Heavyweight Champion - PAUL LONDON @ 21:53

    The bell rings - and the arena goes berserk!!! We’ve got a new champion!!!! Paul London HAS DONE IT!!!!!

    Jim Ross: The Golden Boy has struck PURE GOLD!!! Paul London has defied the critics, defied the naysayers - he is Champion of the World!!!!

    ‘Stay in Shadow’ begins to blare through the arena, with the fans on their feet, as the NEW World Heavyweight Champion is handed the title - it’s FINALLY his - the journey is complete for Paul London!!! The Golden Boy stands to his feet, holding the big gold belt, drinking it in…

    Lillian Garcia: HERE IS YOUR WINNER … AND N-

    NO!!!!! The elation dissipates instantly, as Lillian Garcias announcement is cut off … when BRENT ALBRIGHT SLIPS BACK INTO THE RING - SPINNING PAUL LONDON AROUND … ACE IN THE HOLE!!!!!!!!!

    Winner: And NEW World Heavyweight Champion - PAUL LONDON @ 21:53

    THE MATCH ISNT OVER!!!!!!! Brent Albright was playing possum ALL ALONG!!!!! There’s NOTHING wrong with his knee!!! A recovering Rey Mysterio on the outside shakes his head at what’s transpiring here - clearly disgusted by this stunt from the champion, having fooled everyone into believing he was legitimately injured. In the ring, Albright hooks the leg of Paul London, as Mike Chioda is forced to make the count, despite initially looking conflicted … knowing that he’s taking away Paul Londons moment of glory … 1...2...3!!!!!!!!!!

    ELIMINATED - PAUL LONDON @ 22:09 BY BRENT ALBRIGHT

    Winner: And STILL World Heavyweight Champion - BRENT ALBRIGHT @ 22:09

    The moment of ecstasy is replaced by a moment of agony. Paul London - for a brief, brief moment - believed he had reached the pinnacle of his profession … only to have it cruelly swept away by his greatest foe!! Brent Albright retains the title, much to the chagrin of EVERYONE in the building.

    Jim Ross: Son of a bitch … {Angrier} Son of a bitch!! Brent Albright has just hoodwinked us all!!! He played everyone like a fiddle. Like the coward he is, Brent Albrights FEAR of losing the title saw him pull a fast one here. DAMN IT!!! DAMN IT!!!

    The Coach: He was left with no other choice, J.R!! London, Benjamin and Mysterio were ALL gunning for the champion. He was going to be eliminated first. They all colluded together to get rid of the champion. They thought they had. A BRILLIANT plan from Brent Albright if you ask me!!

    Jim Ross: Brilliant is not a word I’d use, Coach. Not even close. I’m disgusted.

    Brent Albright isn’t hanging around, and quickly departs from the ring, bringing the World Heavyweight Championship with him - as Lillian Garcia makes the announcement to make it official … Brent Albright is STILL the Champion. And the fans are outraged. Boos greet the announcement from Lillian, with the ring announcer barely audible over the noise in the arena.

    Lillian Garcia: Here is your winner - and STILL World Heavyweight Champion … BRENT ALBRIGHT!!!!

    Albright clutches the title to his chest as he leaves - the title he cruelly snatched from the hands of Paul London moments ago, brushing by the disgusted pair of Shelton Benjamin and Rey Mysterio, both naturally disappointed to have been beaten - but they’re both appalled by what they’ve just seen from the World Champion.

    Jim Ross: We could have a riot on our hands here if we’re not careful, Coach!! Brent Albright might need an escort outta this building tonight after the stunt he just pulled!!!

    The Coach: These people need to grow up. They need to realize that it takes intelligence, and not just ability to win and KEEP World Championships. Brent Albright just proved that tonight.

    Jim Ross: It’s not a popular decision here in Greensboro, I know that much. And ya look even at the reaction of Shelton Benjamin and Rey Mysterio. BOTH men denied the opportunity to win that elusive championship tonight. But both men know they lost fair and square. No shenanigans. Just beaten by the better man on the night. And as disappointed as they are for themselves, they’re just as devastated to see Paul London - a man who has worked so hard, for so long for THAT moment … only to have it taken away like it was. It doesn’t get more cruel. It just doesn’t.

    And, in the ring, Paul London begins to come around, on his back, putting his hands over his face in despair, as the realisation sets in - he’s just snatched defeat from the jaws of what he believed was the biggest victory of his career.


    Jim Ross: And what is going on in this mans mind right now?? This is horrible to watch. Just … horrible. How can ya not feel sorry for Paul London in this moment.

    The Coach: I don’t feel sorry for him. And I don’t think we’re giving the champion his due. Brent Albright just survived THREE challengers in one night, with the most brilliant plan I think I’ve ever seen devised!!

    Jim Ross: I’d call it one of the most cowardly, Coach. And I think most everyone else would too.

    In the ring, Rey Mysterio and Shelton Benjamin console London, showing their own disappointment for the Golden Boy, helping him to his feet, as the fans begin to chant Londons name with the chant of ‘LON-DON’ growing feverishly. The Golden Boy acknowledges the chants from the fans, showing their appreciation for London … but even the fans support cant take away the disappointment for London tonight…

    Jim Ross: Gut-wrenching. Absolutely gut-wrenching. I’m sorry, Paul London. I think we all are…

    The Coach scoffs at that suggestion on commentary … as we fade out to commercial on the bitterly disappointed face of the beaten Paul London…




    Commercial Break



     


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    VIDEO PACKAGE

    Clips of the many cities WWE visited last Summer during the global World tour.

    “LAST YEAR, THE WWE TOURED THE GLOBE”

    And, shots of Wembley Stadium last year at Summerslam, with clips of Randy Ortons mid air RKO on RVD, Ricky Hatton knocking out Armando Estrada, Edge spearing The Undertaker, MNM falling from a ladder, and Christian raising the title at the end of that show.

    “AND BROUGHT THE BIGGEST EVENT OF THE SUMMER ACROSS THE POND”

    The Summerslam logo flashes across the screen, then an image of the world is shown, with the focus zooming in toward the U.S.A…

    “BUT THIS YEAR…”

    The zoom continues toward the East Coast, and then, we see clips of New York City; the statue of Liberty, yellow cabs, Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge…

    “SUMMERSLAM IS COMING…”

    The New York skyline… then the camera stops at Madison Square Garden.

    “…HOME”

    Flashing shots of famous MSG moments in WWE history; Hogan winning his first title, Bret Hart being hoisted in the air at WrestleMania X, Austin stunning McMahon for the first time, and Triple H winning the ladder match in 1998 at a Summerslam.

    “NEW YORK CITY … MADISON SQUARE GARDEN … THE SPIRITUAL HOME OF THE WWE”

    End, with the Summerslam graphic on the screen.



    WWE SUMMERSLAM | AUGUST 24 | NEW YORK CITY, NY
    - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN -
    ONLY ON PAY PER VIEW
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    Returning backstage, Raw General Manager RICKY STEAMBOAT is talking with a random worker, shaking his head as he walks through the backstage area, discussing the opening match.

    Ricky Steamboat: I was really hoping we’d clear up everything regarding the World Heavyweight Championship tonight. I’m repulsed with all of that. That’s not befitting of a champion in my eyes. But I shouldn’t have been surprised.

    Steamboat looks up ahead, and we see CM PUNK walking in the opposite direction toward the GM, with Steamboat shaking his head.

    Ricky Steamboat:
    Speaking of repulsed…

    Punk smirks at the comment, as he walks to Ricky, speaking through a wicked grin.

    CM Punk: What’s the matter, Steamer??

    Ricky Steamboat: I think you know the matter, young man. I was a little too busy last week with everything that was going on with Commissioner Ventura, but I want you to know that what you did to Shawn Michaels two weeks ago was disgusting.

    Steamboat taps the Intercontinental title on the shoulder of Punk twice.

    Ricky Steamboat: If you weren’t holding that Intercontinental Championship right now, I’d have suspended you indefinitely for those actions.

    Smugly, Punk responds. No sign of remorse.

    CM Punk: Well, that’s too bad then, isn’t it?? Because as you noticed - I AM the Intercontinental Champion. Been that way for a while now. And despite this little series you’ve got going on, regardless of who wins that, this picture aint gonna change.

    Punk pats the belt, fixing it on his shoulder.

    CM Punk: As for Shawn Michaels?? I just gave him the kind of send-off he deserved … full of shame and embarrassment. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some scouting to do.

    The Chicagoan looks to walk by, but Steamboat holds out his arm, preventing Punks passage.

    Ricky Steamboat: Wait a second.

    Punk raises an eyebrow, but does stop.

    Ricky Steamboat: Now, yeah, that Best of Seven series is going on right now … but I don’t think it’s wise for me to let you just swan around with nothing to do. As the saying goes, ‘Idle Hands do the Devils Work’ … so I think it’s best we keep you busy whilst we wait for this Best of Seven Series to shake out.

    Punk shrugs. He’s not concerned. Steamboat points his finger into the chest of the I.C Champion.

    Ricky Steamboat: Make sure you bring your working boots next week, son.

    The Raw GM walks on now, delivering a message to Punk, but the I.C Champion - as ever - doesn’t look too concerned.



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    Elsewhere, TIFFANY is shown, standing by, outside the mens locker room…

    Tiffany:
    Hi guys, I’m here, outside one of the locker rooms, where Paul London has just returned following his heartbreaking loss moments ago. I was scheduled to get an interview with London to ask for his comments, but as you can probably tell, given the emotions Paul London must be going through right now, he declined an interview at this time. Naturally, he looked heartbroken as he made his way into the locker room, and whilst he didn’t give us an interview, he did tell me that he had just gone from the highest high … to the lowest low of his career.

    The mood in the locker room right now is one of sympathy. Paul London is widely known to be one of the most popular members of the Raw roster, and almost everyone is expressing their own disappointment for London, and anger toward Brent Albright for what they perceived to be an unprofessional act. There’s a lot of outrage right now amongst the Raw roster for the fact that Brent Albright feigned injury in order to protect himself as champion. Should we be able to get comments from London later on, I’ll be right here for what he has to say. Back to J.R and Coach at ringside…



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    Back to ringside, and J.R is still shaking his head in anger.

    Jim Ross:
    Well … we’re still in despair out here. There’s such a … flat feeling right now. I don’t blame Paul London for not participating in an interview, quite frankly. I cant begin to imagine what’s going through his head right now.

    The Coach: Probably the same thing that always goes through his head after a match with Brent Albright; “I lost - AGAIN!!” … It’s normal, J.R.

    Jim Ross: I’ll tell ya what’s normal - what’s becoming the norm around here - and that’s Brent Albright sneaking in through the back door to win World Heavyweight Title matches!! He did it when he cashed in the Money in the Bank briefcase at Vengeance, and he’s done it again tonight!! Where’s the honour?? He calls himself a traditionalist - what’s traditional about sinking so low to feign an injury like that??

    The Coach: I’m sure Ric Flair did it all the time in his heyday.

    Jim Ross: Don’t start talking about Ric Flair, Coach. You’ve no idea, quite frankly. Later tonight, we will celebrate the career of Ric Flair, which came to an end last night. Ric Flairs farewell address will close us out this evening. That’s why we kicked the night off with the World Heavyweight Championship. Still to come tonight, the World Tag Team Championships will be defended, and I sure as hell hope that Brent Albrights buddies, Charlie Haas and Nick Dinsmore don’t have the same ideas as the World Champion in mind to keep hold of the tag titles when they take on the Knuckle Dusters later.

    The Coach: Wont need to. Regal and Goldust are a joke.

    Jim Ross: We’ll see who’s laughing later, Coach. But Haas and Dinsmore will look to keep all the gold within the Master Craftsmen group, and head to Summerslam as tag team champions, just as Brent Albright will go to Summerslam for his next title defence as the reigning champion. But of course, we already know the main event on August 24 in Madison Square Garden. It was announced two weeks ago on Raw - John Cena versus Christian; Hell in a Cell.

    The Coach: The entire world of wrestling is abuzz. The most heated, most personal rivalry on the planet right now comes to a head inside the most feared, notorious structure in the game.

    Jim Ross: Hell in a Cell aint a catchy slogan, folks. It’s exactly what it says it is … Hell in a Cell. A fitting environment for this grudge match - the ultimate grudge match perhaps - to end once and for all. And next week on Raw, in Chicago, it’s made official. For the first time since colliding in the ring two weeks ago, Christian and John Cena will come face to face for the official contract signing.

    The Coach: Oh boy. Ricky Steamboat might need the National Guard to keep these two apart next week on Raw!!

    Jim Ross: It may well come to that, Coach. And later tonight, we’ll hear comments from both men, as they sat down for separate interviews over the weekend, as we gear up for the Fight of the Century in five weeks time.

    **GLAMAZON**

    Stepping into the arena, BETH PHOENIX raises the Womens Championship above her head before proceeding down the ramp for actions tonight…

    Jim Ross:
    And when we come back next, Beth Phoenix - The Womens Champion - is gonna be in tag team action!! Don’t go anywhere!!




    Commercial Break




    We return with GAIL KIM now entering the ring, much to the chagrin of the Womens Champion, who has Jillian Hall alongside her, whilst Gail nods to her partner tonight; the rarely seen Natalya.

    Jim Ross: Beth Phoenix is far from happy about this!! She believed after she defeated Gail Kim two weeks ago on the special ‘Night of Champions’ Raw - albeit with a little assistance from Mickie James - that she was then moving on from Gail Kim. But here we are, Gail Kim has a chance here to put herself right back into title contention!!

    Match 2:
    Beth Phoenix & Jillian Hall vs. Gail Kim & Natalya
    Beth jumps Gail right at the bell, and the champion takes out her frustrations on her long time rival. The Womens Champion doesn’t even want to tag out to Jillian, wanting to punish Gail by herself. That works for a short while, but Gail Kim is no jobber, and she isn’t just going to get flattened, regardless of how impressive Beth Phoenix is.

    The former champion has the speed to turn the tide on Beth, and unlike the champion, she isn’t too hard headed not to make use of her partner, making a tag to Natalya. Natalya has a chance to impress, having been put on the backburner in recent months, taking it to Beth, and with the champion suffering, Jillian Hall takes the opportunity to tag herself in. But, Jillian IS merely a jobber, and she doesn’t fare so well, with Natalya dominating her.

    She looks to apply a Sharpshooter - but Jillian kicks her away, and as Natalya stumbles back, Gail tags back in. And from there, Jillian doesn’t stand a chance. Gail catches her in the FLYING DRAGON … but quickly releases it, with Beth hitting the ring again. Gail sends Beth out of the ring though, and makes Hall EAT DEFEAT!!!!! Natalya cuts off Beth as the cover is made, 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winners: Gail Kim & Natalya @ 04:39

    As the count goes down, Beth pulls Natalya from the ring, and tosses her HARD into the barrier, but cant break the count in time. She attacks Gail after the bell though, showing her frustrations at being unable to get Gail Kim out of her life, with the tag win putting Gail back in the picture.

    The champion clatters Gail with the POLISH HAMMER, and rolls out of the ring, grabbing the Womens title, putting Natalya down with it first with a shot to the back, before getting back inside, wanting to bash Gail with it …

    BUT GAIL KIM DUCKS …

    AND CATCHES BETH COMING BACK WITH EAT DEFEAT!!!!!!!!

    Jim Ross: That’s what ya call a message!! Gail Kim foiled Beth Phoenix plan and Gail just put the champion down - HARD!! These two are FAR from over, Coach!! Gail Kim wants that womens title back!!

    Gail Kim DROPS the champion!!! The former champion stands tall, shouting down at Phoenix, making sure Beth knows they’re not done yet. The former champion leaves the ring, helping Natalya up … and as we follow them leaving up the ramp …

    MICKIE JAMES HIT’S THE RING - COMING FROM THE CROWD …

    SHE DRAGS BETH PHOENIX UP …

    AND DRILLS THE CHAMPION WITH A MICKIE-T ON THE WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE BELT!!!!!!!!!

    The Coach: Gail Kim isn’t the only one that wants that title though, J.R!!! And I don’t want to be the man that tells Mickie James she cant have a title shot!! She’s unhinged!!!

    Jim Ross: Mickie James is the wild card in this entire situation!! She’s the reason this title picture is as unclear as it is right now!! She was used by Beth Phoenix at Vengeance when she was special guest referee, and she was the deciding factor when Beth beat Gail Kim two weeks ago!! But Mickies target is Beth Phoenix - and perhaps more importantly - the womens title!!!

    The Coach: And Gail Kim and Mickie James just happen to be the two women that Beth Phoenix wants no part of. Yet … they’re the two that continue to be right on her tail!!

    Mickie James picks up the title belt, holding it up, looking longingly at it, whilst a concerned Gail Kim watches on from the ramp, agitated that Mickie James is also seemingly in the hunt for the title, knowing that Mickie has cost her two title matches already in two months.

    Finally, Mickie - with that deranged look on her face - smiles wickedly at the hard camera, dropping the title back down on the body of the womens champion, as Beth holds her head in pain, having been laid out TWICE tonight…



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    And cutting backstage, we see CHRISTOPHER DANIELS to a wholly negative reaction from the fans, off the heels of his attack on his - now former - tag team partner, Doug Williams…

    Jim Ross: Ugh - this guy!! We’ve got some real low lives around here right now, huh?? Brent Albright, John Cena, CM Punk - and now this. We’re gonna hear from Christopher Daniels in a moment. He’s gonna try to explain why in the hell he attacked his former tag team partner, Doug Williams last week. Why exactly would he turn his back so violently on the man he entered the damn company with?? That’s what I wanna know!!

    The Coach: Well … you’re about to find out.

    Jim Ross: We’ll be right back folks…




    Commercial Break




    Back into the arena…

    **PALE RIDER**

    New music (making use of the Mordecai theme, seeing as that gimmick never existed in this alternate reality) plays for the introduction of the now solo CHRISTOPHER DANIELS, with the Fallen Angel stepping out alone, dressed in an open collar shirt and a waistcoat, pacing down the ramp - head up, looking disappointed that people are booing him.

    Jim Ross:
    Well … let’s see what this man has to say for himself. He should be utterly ashamed of his actions last week. A cold, heartless betrayal of his tag team partner - the man he arrived into the WWE with a year ago. How in the hell can Christopher Daniels justify what he did to Doug Williams??

    The Coach: We’re about to find out, J.R. So how about we wait before we condemn the man. There’s probably a perfectly good reason for it.

    Jim Ross: Oh, I’m sure it was just a misunderstanding, right, Coach?? Gimme a break!!

    Daniels climbs into the ring, where a microphone is waiting for him on the canvas, and he pauses for a moment, before reaching down and picking the microphone up, as the music dies down. Standing in the middle of the ring, Daniels waits for a few seconds, as some fans give him heckles. He motions for them to calm down, before finally speaking.

    Christopher Daniels:
    I’ve been doing this for fifteen years. When I started out on my journey as a wrestler, I was twenty-two years old. I’d big dreams, big ambitions … I had a full head of hair even.

    Daniels chuckles at his own joke … but no one feels like laughing along with him.

    Christopher Daniels: I’ve been praised - universally - for the things I can do between these ropes. They called me the ‘King of the Indies’. Now, I know that term will fly over the head of most of you people … because you’re all wrapped up in this bubble called the WWE. But here’s a newsflash - this place??

    He points all around the arena.

    Christopher Daniels: This ISNT the be all, end all of professional wrestling. There’s a WHOLE world out there, and that’s where I was for fifteen long years.

    The Fallen Angel shrugs.

    Christopher Daniels: But the fact is … even though wrestling exists outside of these walls … outside of THIS ring?? None of that matters. Because I could be having five star matches, winning all kinds of championships all over the world; England, Japan, Mexico, wherever … and I can say that, because that’s exactly what I HAVE done. I’ve done ALL of that … and none of it counts. Because the WWE is where everyone WANTS to be. And until you make it here - you haven’t accomplished ANYTHING.

    {/SECOND HOUR}

    Christopher Daniels: It took me FIFTEEN years to get here. Or at least … it took fifteen years for the WWE to take notice of me. Because a decade ago, I thought I’d made it. A decade ago, I was signed up by the WWE, along with guys like Edge, Christian, Kurt Angle. That’s some list of talent, right?? And though you may not believe me - I was every bit as good as them; if not BETTER. But I didn’t have the movie star looks, and I wasn’t coming in with a Gold Medal around my neck. I didn’t have the long, flowing blonde hair. I didn’t have the “star quality” to get a chance like they did.

    Pointing to himself and glaring to the hard camera, Daniels continues on.

    Christopher Daniels: And I got passed over. Now - there’s no shame in seeing a talented kid like Christian or Edge get their opportunity before me. And Kurt Angle too. Look what they’ve all gone on to achieve. But to see Val Venis get his shot ahead of me … and to get passed over for Tiger Ali Singh … that stuck in my craw.

    Angry, Daniels points down at the mat.

    Christopher Daniels: I should be standing here before you today a multiple time WWE Champion. I should be on the posters for WrestleMania. I was - and AM - every bit as good as Kurt Angle. Every bit as good as Christian. Every bit as good as Edge. I’m on that level … but I never got my chance to prove it.

    Daniels pauses again for a moment, looking out at the fans, before speaking up again.

    Christopher Daniels: And until about a year ago … I didn’t think I would ever get my chance. And then I got the call. FINALLY … Christopher Daniels is going to the big time. FINALLY … The Fallen Angel gets to reach the heights he deserved.

    He shakes his head, as a smirk develops on his face.

    Christopher Daniels: And then … they tell me they want me to be in a tag team.

    Daniels screws up his face.

    Christopher Daniels: The Fallen Angel Christopher Daniels isn’t a tag team guy…

    Some heat from the fans for the arrogant comment. He waves his hand though, wanting to explain himself.

    Christopher Daniels: … But … I’d waited too long to get here. And if I’d turned it down, the opportunity was probably never gonna come around again. I wasn’t gonna cost myself my last shot at the big time. And Doug Williams?? He’s a cool guy. We’ve always got along, and he travelled the same path I did. He deserved to be here too. We came here together, and we vowed we’d take the tag team division to heights it’d never been to before. If we were coming here as a team - we’d be the best damn team in WWE history.

    “They were damn good - no doubt about it.” - J.R.

    Christopher Daniels: I tried to make it work. I reigned my own ego in. I played nice, and I shared the spotlight. All in order to win those tag team titles. Time after time, we worked our way into contention … and be it bad luck … be it a screw job … whatever … one way or another … we failed. We kept dusting ourselves down, we kept coming back … and we kept failing.

    Daniels rolls his eyes.

    Christopher Daniels: Not once. Not twice…

    Shaking his head, Daniels speaks through gritted teeth.

    Christopher Daniels: SEVEN times. SEVEN opportunities in one year. And SEVEN times we came up short.

    Hand on hip, Daniels lowers his head, reliving the frustration of those failures.

    Christopher Daniels: And … I had to ask myself … is it me?? Am I really not as good as I thought I was?? Am I really not good enough to be World Tag Team Champion in the WWE?? Were the WWE right all along?? Am I really not worthy of being here??

    Smirking, Daniels shakes his head.

    Christopher Daniels: Of course not. The answer … was that Doug Williams wasn’t good enough.

    Heat. Daniels speaks over the boos.

    Christopher Daniels: My only failure was that I couldn’t carry Doug Williams to the tag team titles. I couldn’t do it all on my own … and Doug … couldn’t live up to his end of the bargain.

    More boos from the fans.

    Christopher Daniels: And time’s not on my side. I cant afford to carry dead weight. Time is running out for me to make a lasting mark in the WWE. So after we lost our title match on Raw in May?? I switched my focus. I was in the King of the Ring tournament … and I had every intention on pouring everything I had into winning it.

    The Fallen Angel sighs, closing his eyes for a moment, then shakes his head.

    Christopher Daniels: So when I lost to CM Punk, I was devastated. The tag titles?? They were the last thing on my mind. But Doug Williams?? He showed his true colours. He got dumped out of the tournament too … and just got right back into focusing on winning the tag titles … because he knew he wasn’t good enough to make it on his own. He accepted he wasn’t good enough to win the King of the Ring.

    Daniels prods himself in the chest hard.

    Christopher Daniels: I cant accept it. Because I know I was and I AM good enough to be King of the Ring … so I no-showed Vengeance, and hoped we‘d be done. Doug went it alone, and lost. Yet even still … he didn’t want to give up. He STILL couldn’t see what the problem was. He STILL thought we could be tag team champions. Even after we lost AGAIN at Saturday Nights Main Event and got pushed right back to the end of the line … he STILL couldn’t accept what was staring him in the face.

    Dramatic pause, and the camera gets a close up on the Fallen Angel…

    Christopher Daniels: And he left me no other choice.

    Boos.

    Christopher Daniels: I tried to end it amicably. I really did. I didn’t want our team to end that way Doug … but YOU forced my hand. I couldn’t wait any longer to break free. I couldn’t waste any more time. I couldn’t be a footnote in WWE history. I couldn’t be a failure. As of now, The Fallen Angel is-

    Daniels trails off … as the fans get LOUD … with DOUG WILLIAMS SPRINTING DOWN THE RAMP!!!!!!!

    {The Coach: Get outta there, Chris!!! Quick!!!}

    The Anarchist races toward the ring … and Daniels just realizes in time that Williams is coming … and is able to escape the ring before an enraged Williams can get his hands on him!!!

    Jim Ross: Where’s he going?? Christopher Daniels wants NO PART of Doug Williams!! And after everything he had to say about Doug Williams, I’d have thought Daniels would’ve stuck around, seeing how Williams was supposedly “dead-weight” …

    The Coach: He didn’t want to add injury to insult, J.R. That’s all. You heard the man - he tried to end it amicably, but Doug Williams wouldn’t let Daniels go it alone!! He brought that on last week!!!

    Williams scrambles at the ropes, making a wild lunge at Christopher Daniels, but couldn’t get his hands on the Fallen Angel, with Daniels not hanging around, jogging around ringside and back up the ramp - backing away, whilst Williams paces around the ring, brimming with fury.

    Jim Ross:
    It’s a case of the limber tales tonight, I guess, for Christopher Daniels!! He cant run forever though!! And Doug Williams sure as hell doesn’t look like the type to just forgive and forget!! Christopher Daniels made the choice to betray Doug Williams … but he might just pay a heavy, heavy price for that betrayal!!!




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    VIDEO PACKAGE

    The opening bars of ‘CLOSER’ by King of Leon plays, as the video opens to a skyline shot of New York City in the dark of night, illuminated by it’s many sparkling buildings.

    Cutting to deep into the city, the shot is of a mans feet - walking on a sidewalk. Wearing a pair of sneakers, the camera slowly pans to show the man is wearing black jean shorts, but we cut away before seeing the upper half of his body.

    Elsewhere, another man - also walking. Starting with his feet, wearing more dressier, brown shoes, and full length jeans - but as with the other person, we don’t see the upper half of their body.

    Cutting back to the first man, the camera pans up from the back, showing he’s wearing a black hoodie - hood up … then back to the other man, wearing a more fashionable jacket, both still walking.

    The shot switches back once more, and we finally see the man in the hoodie to be JOHN CENA. And the better dressed man is revealed to be CHRISTIAN. Both men continue walking - straight ahead, through the deserted streets of New York City. Now, the lyrics to the song begin…

    “STRANDED IN THIS SPOOKY TOWN…
    STOPLIGHTS ARE SWAYING AND THE PHONE LINES ARE DOWN”

    Cutting back and forth between the two men as they continue to walk; the street lights begin flickering, electric sparks from the nondescript buildings - but both Cena and Christian continue walking straight ahead, unfazed by the carnage around them.

    “DRIVEN BY THE STRANGLE OF VEIN…
    SHOWIN NO MERCY, I‘D DO IT AGAIN”

    Both men stop. The camera pans around, showing Cena
    ’s point of view first, showing a shadowy figure up ahead of him in the distance … then, we get the same point of view from Christian, also seeing a shadowy figure in the distance. Both men begin walking with more purpose, as explosions begin going off in the buildings around them.

    “SKIES ARE BLINKIN AT ME…
    I SEE A STORM BUBBLIN UP FROM THE SEA”

    The streets suddenly fill up - following Cena
    … following Christian … as they close in on one another. Still, sparks of electricity go off, doors fly off the hinges of nearby buildings, as the two protagonists near their collision course.

    “AND IT‘S COMING CLOSER…
    AND IT‘S COMING CLOSER…”

    Close ups of both Cena and Christian, eyes narrowed, tunnel vision on one another, with the distance between them getting smaller and smaller, with the camera showing an overhead shot of Cena and Christian nearing one another, with the crowds following them swelling with each step.

    “…AND IT‘S COMING CLOSER…”

    Finally, the two men come face to face. Both Cena and Christian stop - inches away from one another. The crowds following them stop also … as a chain link fence separate the two men - and the throngs of followers - stopping a riot from happening. The two men glare at one another, as the camera flashes between Cena and Christian …

    …AND IT‘S COMING CLOOOOSSSSERRRRR!!”

    As the final bars of ‘Closer’ plays, the entire city starts to crumble around them, and neither Cena or Christian bat an eye. Focused only on each other, they don’t move an inch, despite the chaos and destruction surrounding them. The camera pans out … showing Madison Square Garden in the background of where Cena and Christian stand face to face - the only place left standing after everything else disintegrates.

    The package ends with the following words thudding onto the screen one after another.

    JOHN CENA.

    CHRISTIAN.

    MADISON SQUARE GARDEN.

    HELL IN A CELL.

    THE FIGHT OF THE CENTURY.

    - FIVE WEEKS -

    End, with the Summerslam graphic on the screen.

    WWE SUMMERSLAM | AUGUST 24 | NEW YORK CITY, NY
    - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN -
    ONLY ON PAY PER VIEW
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    Out of that video package, we go straight into the earlier promised sit down interview - firstly, with CHRISTIAN. Presented in the form of a UFC style black and white sit down, with only the performer visible, talking to a figure off camera. Christian enters the picture, sitting on a stool, nodding to whoever is behind the camera. The following flashes up on screen;

    ~ ON CENA ~

    Christian:
    He’s a fraud. Or at least - he was. All that happy go-lucky, preppy, rah-rah crap?? That’s all it was. A front. A cash-grab. I said it for years, and no one listened. Now look. The guy we see now?? That’s the real Cena.

    “Do you regret bringing out the ‘real’ John Cena?” Christian is asked by the nameless interviewer off camera…

    Christian:
    No. Even though it’s meant I’ve spent much more time in hospitals than I’d like to as of late, I don’t regret a thing. It needed to happen. And now there’s no going back for Cena. Ever.

    ~ ON WRESTLEMANIA 23 ~

    Christian:
    Inevitable. Inevitable that we’d collide sooner or later. Inevitable that I was walking out that night with the World Heavyweight Championship. But it was different. Then, it was different. That was the old Cena. The faker. That night was what started the fire though. John Cena was surpassed for the first time since he became a “mega-star” and he didn’t know how to react to it. Didn’t know how to handle it. He’d lost matches before. He’d lost titles before. But there was always an underlying factor for it. He’d be screwed by someone, or cheated in some way or had the deck stacked against him. Not that night. He lost to the better man that night.

    ~ ON 2007 ~

    Christian:
    {Points up} That’s me … {Points down} That’s him. Challenge after challenge, I went through ‘em all. I beat multi time World Champions like Triple H and Kurt Angle, and I held off hungry up and comers like Shelton Benjamin and Mister Kennedy. I walked through a Murderers Row of challengers for seven months … whilst Cena went on a downward spiral. He couldn’t live with the fact he wasn’t the top dog on Raw anymore, and he couldn’t find a way to get back on top. All year, he parroted the same line; he wanted the rematch with me. But the more he said that, the further away he got from making it reality. He unravelled.

    ~ ON SUMMERSLAM ’07 ~

    Christian:
    That night, in a nutshell, perfectly illustrated where both of us were. He tapped out. He TAPPED out. Unthinkable for the super-human Cena. The lowest point of his career, for sure. Me?? My greatest achievement - I pulled off what people thought was impossible, and I beat the unbeatable Umaga. He’d never lost. He’d never looked like losing. I beat him. That’s when things changed.

    ~ ON SURVIVOR SERIES ’07 ~

    Christian:
    Credit to Cena, he did what he had to. He won the triple threat match, took the title. I’ve never been one to follow the rules, so I cant complain HOW he won that match … but as I said at the time … a guy who supposedly prides himself on ‘Hustle, Loyalty and Respect’ would never use a chair to win a match. The cracks were already showing by then. Cena tapping at Summerslam was what changed everything. He got desperate after that. He used politics to get back into the mix. He threatened to leave Raw for Smackdown, and wormed his way back into contention. But he got what he wanted out of it.

    ~ ON ‘THE TURN’ ~

    Christian:
    It was coming. That was coming for months. I saw it coming - just not that night. He’d already cracked before then. People just couldn’t see it. He cost me title shots and claimed he didn’t mean to. That he was as desperate as I was for a WrestleMania rematch. He lied. Last thing he wanted was to face me at WrestleMania again. Once I made that happen … he had no choice.

    The video then fades out, with the match graphic for Christian/Cena at Summer slam … and the countdown; FIVE WEEKS.



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    Back at ringside, Jim Ross and The Coach are waiting…

    Jim Ross:
    And the anticipation grows. All roads to lead to Summerslam, Coach. We’ll hear John Cenas thoughts on those same subjects later tonight, and there’s more where that came from in the coming weeks. Both men have had a lot to say in those sit down interviews.

    The Coach: Cant wait. I cant wait, J.R. But we’ve got thirty-four days to wait.

    **THIS FIRE BURNS**

    Sauntering out to a chorus of boos, the 2008 King of the Ring, the current Intercontinental Champion, CM PUNK, makes his way to ringside to join J.R and Coach for some guest commentary again, as he did last week for match 1 of the best of 7 series between Nick Nemeth and Garrison Cade.


    Jim Ross: Looks like we’re gonna have a third party joining us again, Coach.

    The Coach: A very interested third party, J.R. And I for one am glad we’ve got CM Punk coming out here. I love to hear from the Intercontinental Champion.

    Punk joins the commentary team, with Punk smug as ever, sitting at the table - in the middle - taking over, much to the chagrin of J.R, who tries to remain professional.

    **ROAD TO TEXAS**

    There’s never any messing around with the big Texan, GARRISON CADE when he makes his way to the ring. Already 1-0 behind in the series, Cade wastes little time getting to the ring, wanting to get on with things.

    Jim Ross:
    Cade will need to be careful tonight - any mistakes, and he’ll find himself two matches down in this Best of Seven series, and ya don’t wanna be playing catch up for too long in these series.

    The Coach: Cade said he’d wrap this thing up in five matches. He’s got this. Last week was a fluke - but Garrison accounted for luck. He said Nick Nemeth might get him once. But from here, no slip ups. I’m expecting The Lone Star to run the table these next four weeks.

    CM Punk: All for the pleasure of getting put to sleep by yours truly.

    **HERE TO SHOW THE WORLD**

    NICK NEMETH enters to a solid response from the fans, with the appreciation for his skills growing week in, week out amongst the fans. The up and comer makes his way to the ring with the confident swagger we’ve come to expect, whilst Cade paces the ring, just wanting to get on with it.

    Jim Ross:
    It’s a match that Garrison Cade really cant afford to lose, but Nick Nemeth could create a cushion for himself in this Best of Seven series. Nemeth and Cade; Match Two - is NEXT!!!!




    Commercial Break




    Match 3 | BEST OF SEVEN SERIES | MATCH 2:
    Garrison Cade vs. Nick Nemeth
    Joined in progress, with clips from during the commercial of Cade jumping Nemeth before the bell - just as he did last week. Only this time, he didn’t give Nemeth a chance to recover, and stayed on him, punishing the upstart. He’s still in charge as we return, brutally hammering Nemeth in the corner, roughing him up, throwing him around, and as you’d expect, Nemeth bumps like a mad man.

    Unlike last weeks fairly even, back and forth match, the big Texan is dominant for a long portion of the match, but Cades frustrations grow though at his inability to put Nemeth away. A Fall Away Slam cant do it, nor can a Sidewalk Slam, with Nemeth getting a shoulder up each time.

    Cade looks to take it to the outside to further punish Nemeth, but Nemeth lands on the apron from over the top, and catches Cade with a step up enziguri from the apron, before leaping off the top with a cross body on the big man. Nemeth starts to make his comeback, showing guts to go toe to toe with Cade, with Punk even conceding he’s impressed with what Nemeth is showing.

    Nemeth lines up his ridiculous DDT finish … BUT CADE BLOCKS IT … AND COUNTERS BY TOSSING NEMETH OVER THE TOP AND CRASHING TO THE FLOOR!!!!!!! It’s a sick looking bump, and Cade smirks, following out to the floor, ripping away the mats, and PRESS SLAMS NEMETH - FACE FIRST - ON THE CONCRETE!!!! Cade goads the fans, telling them; “I said I‘d break the pretty boy, didn’t I??”

    He stomps Nemeth, before bringing him back in, as he looks to finish the job, firstly sending Nemeth off the ropes, and delivering a big, nasty boot to the face. Nemeth looks to be beaten, out on his feet after a merciless, nasty assault by the big Texan. Cade gets cocky though, and takes his time to hit the HEART PUNCH … ALLOWING NEMETH TO DUCK … RUN CADE INTO THE ROPES … AND ROLL HIM UP … 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winner: Nick Nemeth @ 09:13
    *NICK NEMETH LEADS BEST OF SEVEN SERIES 2-0*

    Cade kicks out a fraction of a second too late, and soon realizes he’s now TWO DOWN in this best of seven series!!! Nemeth escapes from the ring, battered but victorious.

    Jim Ross: The kid did it!! Ya cant deny this man!! He NEVER quits!!!

    CM Punk: He sure doesn’t look like a winner, J.R. He just got his ass kicked!!!

    Jim Ross: But he IS a winner. That’s what important. And he’s now two wins away from a shot at you and the Intercontinental Championship, Punk. And if I were you, I’d start preparing for that eventuality.

    The Coach: Don’t let Garrison Cade hear that, old timer. There’s a long way to go yet.

    Staggering up the ramp, Nemeth has his arm raised, whilst Garrison Cade looks ready to throw a fit in the ring. His prediction of the series being over after five matches is blown out - at least in his favour - as he has to now begin fearing that a whitewash could be on the cards!!

    Jim Ross: So much for that prediction of winning this Series after five matches, huh?? It may still end after five - but with Nick Nemeth on the winning end!!

    The Coach: This wasn’t the plan for Garrison Cade. But now, we’ll find out what he’s made of. There’s no way Nick Nemeth can sweep Cade. No way.

    Jim Ross: He’s halfway there, Coach. It CAN happen.

    Nemeth backs away, selling his injuries in the match, looking worse for wear, but it’s now 2-0 to Nemeth, as he is halfway to a shot at the I.C title.

    Jim Ross: And now, next weeks match becomes HUGELY important for Garrison Cade. He CANNOT afford another loss - otherwise, he’s out of chances. If he loses next week, he reaches the point of no return, he’ll have to win four matches on the spin!!!

    The Coach: That’s not gonna happen. He’s not losing three in a row to that twerp. But he CAN reel off four wins in a row. Plenty of time left.

    Jim Ross: And plenty for Garrison Cade to think about. It might be about time he started taking Nick Nemeth seriously-

    Punk now cuts in abruptly.

    CM Punk: Oh, before I go - I almost forgot. Can we- can we get the camera on me for a second.

    Jim Ross: What in the hell-? What are you-

    The camera does indeed cut to ringside.

    CM Punk: Jim, I know I’ve upset you with my actions these last few weeks, and how I sent Shawn Michaels packing.

    Punk turns his attention to the camera, putting on his best ‘serious’ face.

    CM Punk: So, in a show of my sorrow for the loss of “The Showstopper” … I’ve arranged a little … tribute to Shawn. Just to show there’s no hard feelings.

    Punk places his hand on the headset, talking into it, talking directly to the production team.

    CM Punk: Boys?? Roll it.

    Jim Ross: The hell is this about?? What have you done now??

    A video airs, in “tribute” to Shawn Michaels, over the song ‘Tell me a Lie’, famous from the 1995 video tribute to HBK. Instead of highlights of Michaels though, the entire video is essentially a recap of Punk bloodying Shawn two weeks ago on Raw, right in front of Michaels family. With the video ending on Michaels having to be helped out of the arena, whilst Punk would announce; “Shawn has left the building”…




    Commercial Break



     


    **VIDEO PACKAGE**

    ~ GARDEN GALA MOMENT ~
    JANUARY 18 1971 - ‘THE NIGHT THE GARDEN WENT SILENT’

    Told in picture form, with no decent footage available of the momentous moment, and with newspaper clippings and it’s headlines … after a record setting near EIGHT year reign as WWWF Champion, BRUNO SAMMARTINO is finally defeated for the title by IVAN KOLOFF. Koloff hit’s a flying knee from the top rope to keep Sammartino down for the three count, as MSG falls deathly silent…

    SUMMERSLAM 2008 | AUGUST 24 | NEW YORK CITY, NY
    ~ MADISON SQUARE GARDEN ~
    ONLY ON PAY PER VIEW
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    After the video, we go straight into the second sit down interview - this time, with JOHN CENA. As with Christian, it’s presented in the exact same format. Cena enters the picture, taking his seat, pulling away the hood over his face. The following flashes up on screen;

    ~ ON CHRISTIAN ~

    John Cena: A pain in my ass. Here’s a guy with all the talent in the world, but never used it. Was the ‘B’ side of an iconic tag team, and that should’ve been as far as his success went. That’s what it looked like his career was going to pan out like. That’s what was supposed to happen. Then … all of a sudden, this son of a bitch decides he’s gonna make a run for the top when it was MY time. And to top it off, he’s the one that starts telling people I aint the nice guy I presented. Completely ripped apart the image I’d created … told the world that I was a phoney. He ruined everything for me.

    ~ ON WRESTLEMANIA 23 ~

    John Cena:
    Should’ve been just another night for me. Christian came in as the Royal Rumble winner, there was a lot of buzz around the match, he ran his mouth a bunch in the lead up, but I just assumed I’d shut his mouth when it came to the crunch. It was just another night for me. Big match. Big stage. Been there, done that. I’ve got one regret from that night … I had a chance to bash his skull with a chair, and I turned it down. I could’ve ended all of this there and then. But I didn’t want to lose all that money that was rollin in … all that merch?? Bought me a damn big house. Should’ve broke that chair over his damn head. Because I tossed the chair … then … … then, he won. And my world?? Came crashing down. The perfect world I’d crafted, spent three years building, getting all the young kids to buy into my act … in one night, he dismantled the whole thing.

    ~ ON 2007 ~

    John Cena:
    Tough. Toughest year of my career. Took a lot of big losses after WrestleMania. And while I was struggling to get back on top, every week, I had to watch as Christian grew. I’d gone for a period without the title before … but I never felt like I’d been surpassed. This?? This was different. I heard the boos grow for me, and I heard those cheers I used to get … go to him. Everything I’d bust my ass for was disappearing outta sight, and he was gobbling it all up in his stride. He became the face of the company. Wasn’t supposed to happen. And I couldn’t deal with it.

    ~ ON SUMMERSLAM ’07 ~

    John Cena:
    Rock bottom. Tapping out?? In front of damn near Ninety thousand people at Wembley Stadium?? It don’t get any lower than that. I should’ve been in the main event. I should’ve been beating Umaga. That would’ve been the moment to hang my career on. Like Hogan slamming Andre. Me - The Franchise?? The modern day Hulk Hogan?? That should’ve been me facing the challenge of an unbeatable monster at Summerslam last year, not Christian.

    Off camera, the interview follows up; “What makes you think you would‘ve been successful in beating Umaga??”

    John Cena:
    If Christian could do it - I sure as hell could do it. I’d have found a way. Just like I found a way back to the title.

    ~ ON SURVIVOR SERIES ’07 ~

    John Cena:
    Did what I had to do. Not how I wanted to … but did what I had to. After Summerslam, I knew what had to be done. Had to change. Used my stroke for a better deal on Raw, leveraged my way into a title match. I wasn’t gonna screw that opportunity up.

    ~ ON ‘THE TURN’ ~

    John Cena:
    {Exhales} … … Relief. Glad it was over. Wished I’d done it sooner. Like I said, after Summerslam, I knew the game was up. My act; the ‘Chain Gang’ stuff, the pandering, wasn’t working anymore. Thanks to Christian, people saw through it. But I was able to draw it all out just long enough for the right moment. And boy, did I pick a moment. Perfect planning prevents piss poor performance. And what you saw that night at Boardwalk Hall was a perfect plan that came together. Getting Christian locked in that cage?? Him handcuffed to the cage?? Defenceless…

    Cena jerks on the chair, and smiles.

    John Cena:
    Gives me goosebumps just thinking about it now. I can close my eyes right now, and still see the fear on his face. I didn’t wash his blood off my hands that night. I wore that blood on my hands like a trophy. I waited a year for that moment, and I was gonna revel in it for as long as I could. He asked time after time … for the ‘real’ John Cena. He got the real John Cena … and then some. I’ll never tire of busting his brittle little body. Which is why Summerslam is gonna be bittersweet. Because it’ll be the last time I’ll get to do it … so I guess I better make it a good one, huh?? …

    The video then fades out, with the match graphic for Christian/Cena at Summer slam … and the countdown; FIVE WEEKS.



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    Back to ringside, as the SummerSlam theme; ‘Closer’ plays in the arena.

    Jim Ross: Unsettling to say the least. John Cena has come a long way from the man we thought he was. I’ll never forget that night in Atlantic City. A shocking, horrifying display of aggression and malice. The real John Cena is a bad, nasty, vindictive, evil man. We know that now.

    The Coach: That was the last time they were in a cage together, and it didn’t end well for Christian. At Summerslam, Christian is stuck in a cell with that bad, nasty, evil man; again. Not somewhere I’d want to be.

    Jim Ross: And next week on Raw, the two men will come face to face, in the same ring at the same time. The contract signing for the ‘Fight of the Century’ next week in Chicago. It promises to be explosive, that much is for sure.

    **GOLD LUST / REGALITY REMIX**

    In matching gold robes {with Regals sporting Union Jack sleeves} the KNUCKLE DUSTERS enter to a good pop from the fans, as the ever popular quirky veterans make their way down the ramp for a MASSIVE opportunity to win the World Tag Team Championships.

    Jim Ross:
    But we’ve still got championship action to come tonight!!!!! Can this seemingly odd-couple of William Regal and Goldust knock off the reigning tag team champions?? Hot off their victory over the New Standard seven days ago, these two veterans could have championship gold to match their robes in just a few moments!!! We’ll be right back!!!




    Commercial Break




    Back from the commercial, THE MASTER CRAFTSMEN; Charlie Haas & Nick Dinsmore, are now in the ring too, unstrapping the tag titles from their waists.

    Jim Ross: Well, thankfully, no sign of Brent Albright, the World Heavyweight Champion. Let’s hope Haas and Dinsmore have a bit more guts than their leader, huh??

    The Coach: Brent’s probably watching this backstage right now, J.R. With his feet up, sinking a glass of champagne, and some ice on his knee too of course.

    Jim Ross: Shut up, Coach.

    Main Event | WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS MATCH:
    The Master Craftsmen vs. The Knuckle Dusters
    Regal and Haas start with some chain wrestling, which perhaps surprisingly, Regal wins, given Haas collegiate background. After a break, Haas takes a walk, with Dinsmore dropping off the apron to give his partner some encouragement. While this happens though, Goldust also drops off the apron, spinning Dinsmore around, cracking him with an uppercut!!

    Haas gets tossed back into the ring, and tripped down, with Regal trying to apply the REGAL STRETCH … but Haas scrambles to the ropes before it gets locked on. Haas refuses to let go of the ropes, forcing John Cone to demand he does … but it’s all a ruse for Dinsmore to sneak in from behind, grabbing Regal, and delivering an INVERTED POWERSLAM!!!

    That move turns the match on it’s head, with the champions taking over. Goldust gets frustrated on the outside, with Regal unable to make the tag, as the champions take it up a notch. Regal does his best to fight back, and after fighting off the champions, inches closer to Goldust for a tag … but Haas - NOT the legal man - drags him back to the middle of the ring!!!! Goldust then tries to intervene, but the official cuts him off, much to the chagrin of the fans and J.R on commentary.

    Haas is made legal again, and tries to apply the HAAS OF PAIN … but Goldust takes a leaf out of the champions book, and distracts the official … with allows Regal to reach into his trunks … BRASS KNUCKS - AND NAILS HAAS!!!!! Regal tosses the weapon away, and covers … 1...2...DINSMORE BREAKS THE COUNT!!!!!

    After breaking the count, Dinsmore pleads with the referee that Regal cheated, telling Cone that he used the knucks, and jumps out of the ring, looking for the weapon … whilst Regal FINALLY tags Goldust!!! The Bizarre One sees Haas is already down, still selling the brass knucks shot, and instead drops to the floor, coming after Dinsmore!!!

    Goldust takes it to Dinsmore, catching him completely unaware, and smashes his face off the steel steps, then gets back in the ring, looking to finish off Haas with the CURTAIN CALL - AND SCORES!!!!!!! He hooks the leg to crown new champions … 1...2...DINSMORE PULLS THE REFEREE OUT OF THE RING!!!!!

    Nick Dinsmore saves the titles!!! He holds the referee on the outside, buying as much time as he can for his partner to recover. Regal sees what he’s up to, and looks to take care of Dinsmore, but before he can, the referee cuts him off!! Cone pushes Regal back, trying to keep some semblance of order … whilst Goldust reaches through the ropes to grab Dinsmore … BUT GETS NAILED … BY THE BRASS KNUCKS!!!

    Dinsmore DID find them … and USED THEM - out of the referees sight as he was too busy with Regal!!! Goldust goes down - OUT COLD … as Haas rolls over, draping an arm on the torso of Goldust … with Dinsmore grabbing the legs of Regal to stop him breaking the count … 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winners: And STILL World Tag Team Champions - The Master Craftsmen @ 07:26

    Jim Ross: Well there’s no surprises here - the Master Craftsmen take the low road to win a match!!

    The Coach: Hey now - who used the brass knucks first??

    Jim Ross: Only after blatant cheating from the champions, Coach!! And once again - the Master Craftsmen hold onto championship gold by any means necessary. It’s a tradition.

    The Coach: Winning is everything, J.R. It’s all that matters, and the Master Craftsmen do it better than anyone!!!

    Haas - spaghetti legged - is helped away from the ring by the jubilant Nick Dinsmore, whilst Regal is seething in the ring, before tending to his fallen partner. Dinsmore helps Haas up the ramp, looking back and brandishing the brass knucks again, with a wry smile on his face, as Regal watches from the ring, boiling over that his own weapon has cost his team the tag team gold.




    Commercial Break




    **NB; I’m not going to write out the Ric Flair send-off. What happened in real life is pretty much perfect, so I’m taking the lazy option of just providing links to that segment instead.**

    {NOTE; Ignore the inclusion of Triple H, John Cena, Batista and Shawn Michaels - just imagine Steamboat being out earlier in Triple H’s place, Kurt Angle in Cenas place and Dusty Rhodes subbed in for Michaels. Also, other people like Big Show who aren‘t in the company in this thread - just pretend they aren‘t there.}





     
     

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    Current Card for WWE SummerSlam:
    August 24 2008 | Madison Square Garden, New York NY
    Theme Music; ‘Closer’ by Kings of Leon & ‘In The City’ by Kevin Rudolf


    ~ THE MAIN EVENT ~
    !! HELL IN THE CELL !!
    JOHN CENA -VERSUS- CHRISTIAN
    ~ COLLISION COURSE III - THE FIGHT OF THE CENTURY ~
     

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    Re: Being The Booker

    Awesome way to start off the show with a World Title match. Of course, that did give away that you probably weren't going to change the title, but still, I like convention being turned on its head a little, and a 20+ minute World Title match is how to do that. The match itself was great, with all three of the challengers coming out of it better than they went in, which is exactly what you'd want. I didn't buy the injury angle at all, but that doesn't stop it from being a fun little angle and a way of getting Albright over as a huge douche. London thinking he had his moment and then having it stripped away is brutal, and I loved the way JR put it over. I wouldn't be surprised to see London win the Rumble and win the belt at Mania after this, as it feels like the first real chapter in establishing him as one of the tippy top guys. It also feels like we're moving towards Albright having a true rivalry as champion, which I think he desperately needs. Great start.

    Smug Punk is the best Punk, so I liked the interaction with Steamboat. The belt isn't going anywhere while he's being pushed this hard (not unless Michaels screws him), so I wonder what Steamboat's plan is for next week.

    The women's match did what it needed to. I sense a Triple Threat, which is a fine way to go. I'm not hugely invested in this angle, but that's how it was with this generation of women unfortunately. Still, should be a good match.

    The Daniels promo was tremendous. I absolutely buy in to the notion of the bad guy has to believe they're the good guy in this story, and that's what you have here. Daniels reasoning makes complete sense, but is warped. Excellent. It was really well delivered too. Here's to hoping this is the first step in to turning Daniels in to something semi-big.

    The video package was absolutely brilliant. So good, in fact, I read it once, then found the song on YouTube and read it again while listening to the song. I don't think I've ever done that before. If that was the only hype for the Hell in a Call match on this show, I'd have been happy. It's like a 2008 My Way. Huge thumbs up.

    Then we hit the Christian interview. I love that you're using that kind of method of hype segment. It's the prefect tool. You don't need people going through flaming tables or whatever, when the anticipation can actually be better than seeing it actually happen. I thought I was happy with just the hype video. Then we got this, and I frankly don't care what else is on Summerslam, I just want to see that match.

    Cade v Nemeth is fine. If this was standard booking I'd expect to see Nemeth go 3-0 up and then Cade fight back for the decider, but knowing how you booked the Iron Man match... I'm not so sure.

    The Michaels "tribute" was great. Love the use of Tell Me A Lie. This is an entirely one sided rivalry and I'm loving it. Can't wait for Michaels to come back and the fireworks to truly go off.

    Then we hit the Cena interview and, honestly, I think it may have been overkill. No doubt everyone else will disagree, but there's a fine line between going on a sales push and overselling, and in this show it may have been crossed. Maybe it was the pacing with just one match separating three segments on the same rivalry, but you can have too much of a good thing. Given how much rivalry there is here, I'd have been okay with the hype video one week, one interview the next, the other the next, the contract signing the week after that, and so on. Really drip feeding it to build tension. As great as the Cena promo was, and I really loved how both interviews were written, I was kind of done with hearing about that rivalry, having been psyched for it not long before.

    The "main event" was fine for what it was. I know I've said it before but I love the Knuckle Dusters. They make such a good dynamic. The real main event was obviously Flair, and the main event match opened the show, so this did what it needed to in keeping the Master Craftsmen strong.

    I don't really blame you for keeping the Flair bit how it went down in real life. I'd have quite liked you to spell it out a little bit more, given you have an almost entirely different universe at this point and therefore the people Flair has interacted with would be different, but you can't beat perfection, so I get it.

    All in all, it's like you were never away. Really glad to have this back again and you know I'll be reading. Roll on Summerslam!

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    Re: Being The Booker

    Despite my lack of time to give feedback as regularly as I once did, I decided there was no way I was missing your first show back. Opening with a big four man elimination World Heavyweight Championship match is all types of awesome as well. Absolutely appreciating the write up and the faces beating up Albright before it becomes an all in. On another note, it was a welcome return for The Coach on commentary. One of your most underrated and best characters. Albright being eliminated by injury, whilst it’s a great swerve, I couldn’t take it seriously. Unless you were trying to sabotage yourself, you’d never book that in BTB unless using EWR. Whilst I dig the swerve and think it’s effective booking, I knew it was happening immediately. Either way, I still have an awesome match to read.

    The rest of the match continued to go well, and if anything, when the three faces were throwing everything at each other, I thought the match got better. The Powerbomb to Rey on the outside was brutal, and I loved London landing the 450 Splash and eliminating both men. Whilst I knew Albright was going to fake, the way this happened was perfect. And of all people, Paul London. The booking of this was absolutely sensational. Albright gets one up on London again, terrific opening to the show. This alone made me really want to see London get an eventual title run.

    With everything that has just transpired here, I’m thinking maybe we will get Albright/London one more time for the belt at Summerslam. Cena/Christian is massive and deserves the main event slot, however I’d love to see an Albright/London match get it due to their history.

    CM Punk getting some words from Steamboat makes sense after what happened to Shawn Michaels. Steamboat refusing to suspend Punk because he’s a champion doesn’t do well for me, as a matter of fact, it makes me feel like he is an evil corporate. A non corrupt organisation would suspend whoever for despicable actions, regardless of their title. Anyway, still thought this segment was a hell of a lot of fun with Punk showing off his tremendous arrogance. Looking forward to seeing who Steamboat gives Punk next week.

    London not wanting to give an interview makes sense, and this is the perfect selling of the repercussions of what Albright did earlier. As we always say, these little things add so much to a BTB. Great job.

    I marked for the Natalya appearance. I good win here for Gail Kim which was needed, firmly establishing that she’s not out of the title picture yet. Boy did Beth have a bad night. Got a failed attack and dropped by Gail, followed by being dropped by Mickie. Triple threat build towards Summerslam looking good. Solid stuff.

    I absolutely adored this Christopher Daniels promo. We’ve been waiting for the break up for a long time and his explanation here was gold. He’s signing with the ‘E, to things not working out because of his looks, to getting in and accepting being part of a team even thought that is not what he wanted. All sensational reasoning, and Williams wanting to get some revenge makes sense. I’m sure this will be a quick feud for Daniels before he moves on to bigger and better things. Good stuff though.

    Bloody can’t wait for Summerslam.

    Christian sit down was done very well. I like the way there was no interviewer and he just touched on different topics, very effective stuff. Telling the story of Cena was really a great trip down memory lane, reminding me of the awesome journey you have taken both of these characters. LOVED this just because everything about this angle is gold.

    Nemeth goes 2-0 up against Cade. I didn’t really expect this just because Cade has bounced straight out of contending for the World Title. What a fall. Still, another really good match, and I enjoyed that Cade learned from some his mistakes from the first match, but not enough to not be cocky at the end. I’m still expecting a match 7 out of this either way.

    Sammartino highlights? Nice.

    Cena’s promo was probably better than Christian’s just because of the sadistic nature behind it. Initially talking about all his acting and his reasoning was fine, jealousy clear, but I LOVED the talk about relief. Awesome stuff, and the part about him not washing Christian’s blood off his hands is just brutal. Awesome.

    Main event time and a tag title match? Two title matches tonight which is terrific and The Master Craftsmen use standard cheating to get the job done. Regal and Goldust, whilst a surprisingly fun team, are simply filler at this point. Still, they cheat which means they’ll probably meet again down the track. A good enough main event before the big send off anyway.

    Glad you didn’t change the Flair send off, perfectly done. This feedback could have been posted twenty minutes sooner but I decided to watch the whole segment again. Chilling stuff.

    Anyway, as keefmoon mentioned, you haven’t missed a beat. I’d argue this was one of your better Raw’ for awhile. That doesn’t mean that you’ve posted any stinkers, but this one just delivered on all accounts. Promos, in ring action, sensational stuff. You’re hitting top form heading into Summerslam by the looks of things. I can’t wait to read more.









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    Re: Being The Booker

    Sorry, haven't really got time for a blow by blow review. But here's some general comments on your comeback show...

    Albright hanging onto the title in such a way and the heartbreak for London was really well done. The heartache for London suggest he's in-line for another shot at SummerSlam, and while I don't think Albright will be losing the title anytime soon, certainly it would be a way of elevating London up the card. As for Albright, he came out of this looking like a genius. Can't imagine Steamboat putting up with antics much longer, but the champ is starting to really establish himself, and I'm sure that'll continue once Cena/Christian comes to an end.

    Speaking of Cena and Christian, that's one match I'm certainly looking forward to. Might agree with Keefmoon slightly though, perhaps you could've left out that first video hyping their feud, or perhaps even spaced things out a bit more. Maybe Christian hour one then Cena hour two or something like that? Both interviews were well written, Cena's certainly had the more impact, but why didn't you ask either man about WrestleMania 24? That was another big night in this feud that I thought merited inclusion. But yeah, I thought the content we did get was pretty good, but Cena's video definitely stood out more.

    Daniels finally breaking out on his own is yet another interesting addition to the Raw midcard, seems a formality that he'll get the upperhand over Williams. I thought this was another really good promo, certainly a real chip on his shoulder given his history with the company and the stars he initially came up with. Although comparing Val Venis to Tiger Ali Singh is pretty rough on Val. But everything was very reasoned, I hadn't realised it was seven times they came up short, actually a pretty justified reason for calling it quits I guess. Can't see this being a SummerSlam feud, but if you could find a way to carry it on to the post-SummerSlam Raw pay per view I think these two in a match with decent time could be a real solid undercard attraction.

    And so long, Ric. Real life sendoff was pretty perfect so I guess I understand the posting of the videos, but I'd have liked to read you write it out and see what you came up with.

    In general I thought it was a pretty good show, things are starting to ramp up towards SummerSlam now. From Raw we seem to be getting Cena/Christian, Punk/Michaels and Albright/London as the main feuds from the brand along with the women's title situation. Be interesting to see if you stretch out the best of seven series to have a decisive match seven at SummerSlam, and to see what you come up with for Dinsmore/Hass, Benjamin and Mysterio, four major players on Raw just now without any real direction. But yeah, Raw seems a good half of the show, excited to see what SmackDown will bring and what you''ve got instore for them.


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    Re: Being The Booker

    So, I'm going to borrow from keefmoons idea of responding to points of feedback in one big post. Because I like it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Keefmoon View Post

    The video package was absolutely brilliant. So good, in fact, I read it once, then found the song on YouTube and read it again while listening to the song. I don't think I've ever done that before. If that was the only hype for the Hell in a Call match on this show, I'd have been happy. It's like a 2008 My Way. Huge thumbs up.

    Then we hit the Christian interview. I love that you're using that kind of method of hype segment. It's the prefect tool. You don't need people going through flaming tables or whatever, when the anticipation can actually be better than seeing it actually happen. I thought I was happy with just the hype video. Then we got this, and I frankly don't care what else is on Summerslam, I just want to see that match.

    Then we hit the Cena interview and, honestly, I think it may have been overkill. No doubt everyone else will disagree, but there's a fine line between going on a sales push and overselling, and in this show it may have been crossed. Maybe it was the pacing with just one match separating three segments on the same rivalry, but you can have too much of a good thing. Given how much rivalry there is here, I'd have been okay with the hype video one week, one interview the next, the other the next, the contract signing the week after that, and so on. Really drip feeding it to build tension. As great as the Cena promo was, and I really loved how both interviews were written, I was kind of done with hearing about that rivalry, having been psyched for it not long before.

    I don't really blame you for keeping the Flair bit how it went down in real life. I'd have quite liked you to spell it out a little bit more, given you have an almost entirely different universe at this point and therefore the people Flair has interacted with would be different, but you can't beat perfection, so I get it.
    I'm actually relieved you enjoyed the Cena/Christian video package. I'm a Kings of Leon fan, and listening to that song while in the gym one day a good 2-3 years back, I started to visualize the idea of that build up promo, with the "It's coming closer" lyrics serving to build anticipation in the weeks leading to the PPV ... as it gets ... closer. Lol. When it came to writing it though, I wasnt so sure if I'd done my imagination justice, and began to worry the whole thing would look a little overly cheesy. As long as one person enjoyed it, that's good enough for me. Writing up and trying to think up different video packages has always been one of my favourite things to do in BTB.

    As odd as this might sound, part of me was actually relieved you thought the Cena/Christian stuff veered into overkill on this show. One of my main issues in plotting the final weeks of build for Summer Slam is that there wouldnt be enough Cena and Christian on the shows. So, seeing that perhaps what was on this show was potentially too much, I'm a lot more relaxed about the coming weeks. Given everything that's happened between them over the 18 months or so of thread time, there's very little in the way of angles that I can do now that would add anything to the feud. That said, I think bunching the two interviews that close together might've been the bigger issue that made it feel like too much. If I'd had one early in the show, and one late, I think it might've worked better with a longer gap.

    I'm already regretting not writing out that Flair segment. Even if it had been 80% ripped off real life, I feel like I'd have at least done it, especially with a lot of the guys having to be subbed out in the end. Just laziness on my part, as that was one of the shows I'd completed just before my break.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stojy View Post
    Despite my lack of time to give feedback as regularly as I once did, I decided there was no way I was missing your first show back. Opening with a big four man elimination World Heavyweight Championship match is all types of awesome as well. Absolutely appreciating the write up and the faces beating up Albright before it becomes an all in. On another note, it was a welcome return for The Coach on commentary. One of your most underrated and best characters. Albright being eliminated by injury, whilst it’s a great swerve, I couldn’t take it seriously. Unless you were trying to sabotage yourself, you’d never book that in BTB unless using EWR. Whilst I dig the swerve and think it’s effective booking, I knew it was happening immediately. Either way, I still have an awesome match to read.

    CM Punk getting some words from Steamboat makes sense after what happened to Shawn Michaels. Steamboat refusing to suspend Punk because he’s a champion doesn’t do well for me, as a matter of fact, it makes me feel like he is an evil corporate. A non corrupt organisation would suspend whoever for despicable actions, regardless of their title. Anyway, still thought this segment was a hell of a lot of fun with Punk showing off his tremendous arrogance. Looking forward to seeing who Steamboat gives Punk next week.
    Funny that you mentioned Coach being back as a good thing, as I've toyed lately with the idea of dropping Coach - or adding a third person to the team (though three man booths are the bane of my existence). I think it might be recency bias that's had me considering it, just because of how awful he's been since his return irl. Just the absolute worst.

    That was actually a really good you made about Steamboat not suspending Punk. I hadn't considered it from that point of view at all. The way I was thinking, Steamboat suspending Punk would force him to strip Punk of his belt, and in turn, it would mean the next holder of the title be a lame duck as they never beat the previous champion (though it would actually make for a decent story to tell if I did that.) But yeah, that's a fair point, and definitely something for me to consider for future scenarios like that.

    Quote Originally Posted by iMac View Post

    Speaking of Cena and Christian, that's one match I'm certainly looking forward to. Might agree with Keefmoon slightly though, perhaps you could've left out that first video hyping their feud, or perhaps even spaced things out a bit more. Maybe Christian hour one then Cena hour two or something like that? Both interviews were well written, Cena's certainly had the more impact, but why didn't you ask either man about WrestleMania 24? That was another big night in this feud that I thought merited inclusion. But yeah, I thought the content we did get was pretty good, but Cena's video definitely stood out more.

    Daniels finally breaking out on his own is yet another interesting addition to the Raw midcard, seems a formality that he'll get the upperhand over Williams. I thought this was another really good promo, certainly a real chip on his shoulder given his history with the company and the stars he initially came up with. Although comparing Val Venis to Tiger Ali Singh is pretty rough on Val. But everything was very reasoned, I hadn't realised it was seven times they came up short, actually a pretty justified reason for calling it quits I guess. Can't see this being a SummerSlam feud, but if you could find a way to carry it on to the post-SummerSlam Raw pay per view I think these two in a match with decent time could be a real solid undercard attraction.
    There's more to come with the Cena/Christian sit down interviews in a few weeks, following on from where the interviews left off here. Just wanted to spread them out over the course of a few weeks.

    The mention from Daniels toward Val Venis was intended more as Daniels being pissed that a 'porn star' got a shot before him, while he, as a serious wrestler, got left behind. To be honest, I actually didnt realise they'd fallen short seven times either, until I actually went back and checked just how many times they'd failed, lol. I'm delighted that promo was well received, as it turned out a lot better than I thought it might. I dont know about anyone else, but I find those 'first promo since turning heel' promos my favourites to write.

    Thanks to you all for the feedback on Raw. I'll get the A-Show {Superstars, obviously} posted up over the weekend.

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    Re: Being The Booker

    Welcome back!! Seems like a lot of us chose July as our comeback month.

    And what a way to return! World Heavyweight Championship on the line. Four way elimination. Huge opener. Plus I love the idea of Paul London and Shelton Benjamin going for main championships, always thought WWE fucked up bad not pushing Benjamin for longer than a month in 04 when he was feuding with Evolution.

    If you hadn't put the question marks when Albright got eliminated I woulda believed it. BUt due to them, I knew he was coming back to win it, kinda took me out of it.

    Fast paced match with a lot of excitement. Everyone getting a chance to shine, and the way London "Won" the match was great, pinning both opponents at once. Woulda been an awesome moment to see.

    All in all, a great way to : start the show / return to the forum / me return to reading.

    JR is angry, yep, you nailed that.

    Summerslam!!

    Oh, CM Punk. If it wasn't obvious from my own booker, I love heel CM Punk. Surprised Ricky is letting him go another week, thought he would have made him fight tonight.

    Tiffany!?! She was smokin'. Hahaha

    Contract signing next week should be awesome!

    Short, fun women's match. I like Pheonix, Natalya, and Kim so I woulda been into the match. The triple threat (I'm assuming) that this is headed to should be good. Be interesting to see if Kim and James would be able to stay on task to get the belt off Pheonix.

    MORDECAI!?!? I knew something was missing from my ECW thread....haha, good use of the theme for Daniels, definitely suits him.

    Great, angry promo from Daniels. He is definitely as good as all the names he listed. Hope he gets a big push after he beats Williams at Summerslam....

    HELL IN A CELL!!! Should be amazing.

    Good quick little interview with Christian, can't wait for the contract signing next week.

    Oh man, I think instead of the match you shoulda just wrote out a match worth of commentary with Punk haha. Glad Nemeth got the win, hope he takes the series.

    Even better interview with Cena. Can you hit me with a link to this '07 Summerslam you keep referencing haha. Feel like I need it to complete the picture.

    Haha Goldust and Regal would be such an odd combination to watch.

    Dammit, was kinda rooting for them to win! Oh well, Albright and his boys are all still champs.

    Yeah.. I get it..It would be hard to top that retirement segment. Had to rewatch it here haha.

    Awesome show to return with Wolf! Didn't miss a beat. Was going to hit you with a review for One Night Stand and Great American Bash, cause they were posted while I was on my hiatus, but it's been awhile so I gotta re read them before I hit you with a review. Hopefully we don't have to wait as long for the next show, cause I need Summerslam here as soon as possible!



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    Superstar Re: Being The Booker







    WWE Superstars | July 23 2008
    EPISODE 63



    Kicking off Superstars, off the heels of their big PPV win on Sunday, Epico and Primo; The San Juan Express, defeat The Jacksons in a fast paced tag match. Despite being competitive, The Jacksons never look truly threatening, and end up falling victim to the Double Knee Gutbuster from the Colons, giving the San Juan Express a good win @ 04:29.

    _______________________________________________

    ~ THIS FRIDAY ON SMACKDOWN ~
    !! THE FIRST EVER SMACKDOWN RUMBLE !!

    TWENTY MEN…
    …ONE WINNER…
    …EVERY SMACKDOWN SUPERSTAR IS ELIGIBLE !!

    > WINNER FACES THE WWE CHAMPION AT SUMMERSLAM <

    _______________________________________________

    Kelly Kelly is accompanied to the ring by Victoria, as an inset promo airs from earlier in the week of Victoria offering to help Kelly Kelly progress through the ranks and watch her back, following on from Victoria backing Kelly up against Layla and Michelle McCool in recent weeks. Kelly Kelly proceeds to defeat a local jobber @ 02:03 with the Special K. After the match, Victoria claps, impressed with Kelly, before raising her hand, playing to the fans.

    Next up, Burchill defeats Chuck Palumbo in a battle of Smackdowns biggest losers. Palumbo wins that battle by losing the match, solidifying himself as the biggest loser on the roster, with Burchill busting out a rarely seen Curb Stomp to put Chuck away @ 04:24. Not because the move is banned - just because he rarely gets a chance to win a match these days. Throughout the match, Striker and Grisham hype the Smackdown Rumble on Friday, with the winner going to Summerslam to challenge Edge - and even these two jobbers are apparently eligible to compete!!

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    NEXT MONDAY ON RAW…

    FOUR WEEKS AWAY FROM THE ‘FIGHT OF THE CENTURY’…

    JOHN CENA AND CHRISTIAN WILL BE IN THE SAME RING …

    AT THE SAME TIME …

    FOR THE OFFICIAL CONTRACT SIGNING…

    AHEAD OF HELL IN A CELL AT SUMMERSLAM!!

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    In the main event, as advertised, Kid Kash takes on Hardcore Holly. However, before the match, Holly demands that Justin Roberts re-introduce him, giving him instructions of what to say … with Roberts obliging the bully, introducing him as “Superstar" Bob Holly.

    The main event finally begins, and it’s a decent match, with Holly at his bully boy best, and Kash busting out his high flying, high risk offence in a sprint of a match. There’s even a ref bump {on Superstars??} which allows Holly to blatantly cheat. He brings a chair into the ring, but as he winds back to nail Kash - the chair is pulled away … BY COLT CABANA!!!

    Cabana then jabs the chair into the gut of Holly before he can react … as COLIN DELANEY arrives in the ring, getting revenge on Holly after being bullied by the veteran in recent weeks, and (after having to be cajoled by Cabana, due to his fear of Holly - even with Holly weakened) Delaney hit’s a face buster - ONTO THE CHAIR to Holly!!!! In the meantime, Kid Kash recovers, and he takes the assist from Colt and Delaney, making the cover @ 08:15, with the official recovering … 1...2...3!!!

    The show closes with Holly slowly coming around in the ring, whilst Cabana congratulates Colin Delaney for what he did to Holly tonight … but the wiry, wimpy jobber doesn’t look too delighted himself. He looks petrified at the potential ramifications he’s facing from an angry Bob Holly…
    And Holly IS pissed in the ring. Delaney departs with Cabana, but takes a look over his shoulder as he leaves, catching the glare from the furious veteran, and Delaney gulps - hard - in fear…

    END OF SHOW

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    Re: Being The Booker

    Real brief Superstars comments because it’s Superstars. The San Juan Express are pretty entertaining at the moment, and obviously after winning a PPV match, they were going to win this. I look forward to seeing how their angle progresses with Carlito sometime soon.

    As much as I think I mentioned previously I don’t really like the idea of a Rumble being on anything but the Royal Rumble, I still am excited to read it.

    Smart to have Kelly Kelly and Victoria on here, just to further promote their new found partnership. Sets up the eventual Raw tag match against Kelly’s haters.

    I just wish you would do something with Burchill. You do have a pretty stacked card on either brand, but Burchill just being a jobber kills me. With that being said, glad he got a win here.

    ‘Superstar’ Bob Holly being a straight bully is an awesome gimmick because of how REAL it is. I’ve LOVED this over the past few weeks, and a ref bump and Holly getting his comeuppance was a nice way to go about this. Considering my love for Kash, I am a little concerned at the fact he’s gone from challenging for the IC Title to needing help to beat Holly on Superstars. Still, a win for Kash and now Holly is going to want to murder Delaney, good stuff all around and a really fun, Superstars main event.

    This did what it needed to, looking forward to Smackdown now.









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    I am really grateful that you had JR and Coach do some commentary on how we got to this 4-way match. It really served as a great recap. Hell of a moment here with London…the fact that you have taken just “a guy” from the CW division and made him into a legit World Title contender is amazing. When we finally get to see London win the belt it will be a great, great moment. We need to file this match away for future use.

    Interesting promo from Steamboat and Punk…it really gets over the tradition that Steamboat is all about….i wanna say its going be Punk/Michaels next week, but that would be something I would think u would save for a PPV.

    Honestly, one of the best things about your show is the commentary…it really gives a recap of whats happening and builds the show throughout the night…

    I enjoy that you have a good story going on in the women’s division that is involving some great women wrestlers…Mickie is a very interesting character especially when she was her crazy character.

    Hell of an explanation promo from Christopher Daniels…I have always heard that the best HEEL is someone that has the truth on their side…even if it is the smallest amount of truth and then they can stretch it out to an absorbent level. I love it.

    Hell of a video package…like the effort put into just a single package shows how much you are in love with this storyline. The sitdown interview was really good and helped to tell the story…I honestly cannot wait to read yiur go-home video package…I really think its going rival the Austin/Rock one that everyone loves.
    I enjoyed Nemeth winning this match…him going up 2-0 opens up a lot of possibilities for the future of this best of 7…Also, bringing back “tell me a lie” was amazing and I really really cannot wait for HBK to return to face Punk…I really wanna say next week b/c of Ricky’s comment.

    I know some people were saying that you went overkill with the Cena/Christian hype but I really think you HAD to have the two interviews tonight…maybe the video package could of not happened, but I really feel like your going have a much much bigger one right before Summerslam…Congrats on this entire thing.

    Good title defense to end the show and I like this trio you have with the master craftsman…I feel like they can carry Raw for a bit after the Cena/Christian match happens as that is clearly the most important thing here…

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    Re: Being The Booker

    I am really grateful that you had JR and Coach do some commentary on how we got to this 4-way match. It really served as a great recap. Hell of a moment here with London…the fact that you have taken just “a guy” from the CW division and made him into a legit World Title contender is amazing. When we finally get to see London win the belt it will be a great, great moment. We need to file this match away for future use.

    Interesting promo from Steamboat and Punk…it really gets over the tradition that Steamboat is all about….i wanna say its going be Punk/Michaels next week, but that would be something I would think u would save for a PPV.

    Honestly, one of the best things about your show is the commentary…it really gives a recap of whats happening and builds the show throughout the night…

    I enjoy that you have a good story going on in the women’s division that is involving some great women wrestlers…Mickie is a very interesting character especially when she was her crazy character.

    Hell of an explanation promo from Christopher Daniels…I have always heard that the best HEEL is someone that has the truth on their side…even if it is the smallest amount of truth and then they can stretch it out to an absorbent level. I love it.

    Hell of a video package…like the effort put into just a single package shows how much you are in love with this storyline. The sitdown interview was really good and helped to tell the story…I honestly cannot wait to read yiur go-home video package…I really think its going rival the Austin/Rock one that everyone loves.
    I enjoyed Nemeth winning this match…him going up 2-0 opens up a lot of possibilities for the future of this best of 7…Also, bringing back “tell me a lie” was amazing and I really really cannot wait for HBK to return to face Punk…I really wanna say next week b/c of Ricky’s comment.

    I know some people were saying that you went overkill with the Cena/Christian hype but I really think you HAD to have the two interviews tonight…maybe the video package could of not happened, but I really feel like your going have a much much bigger one right before Summerslam…Congrats on this entire thing.

    Good title defense to end the show and I like this trio you have with the master craftsman…I feel like they can carry Raw for a bit after the Cena/Christian match happens as that is clearly the most important thing here…

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    Smackdown Re: Being The Booker







     

    Friday Night Smackdown | July 25 2008 | Greenville SC



    Before we get an opening video or pyro, Smackdown opens up backstage, outside the office of General Manager FINLAY, as the majority of the Smackdown locker room form a line, waiting to see the GM. We hear a voice over from Michael Cole on commentary…

    Michael Cole: Tonight, history is made on Sci-Fi. For the first time ever on Smackdown, we will see a Royal Rumble match - and the winner moves on to Summerslam to challenge for the WWE Championship. EVERYONE is eligible, and as you can see right now, everyone is waiting to find out if they’ll be one of the twenty men to compete tonight…

    Opening Video

    NO Pyro

    **VOICES**

    Straight into the arena, and the music of RANDY ORTON brings a tonne of heat for the former WWE Champion. And it’s safe to say that Orton isn’t happy. In his wrestling gear, but wearing a t-shirt, Randy Orton paces quickly down the ramp, showing a scowl on his face…

    Michael Cole:
    Randy Orton is far from happy-

    Jerry Lawler: And for good reason, Michael!! He was screwed at the Great American Bash!!

    Michael Cole: I think screwed is a little over the top. It was a double count out between Orton and the WWE Champion Edge on Sunday, but yes, Orton appeared to have Edge beaten with that RKO on the floor. But the important thing, King - as you well know - you have to get the job done in the ring. Orton didn’t do that at the Great American Bash. And tonight, if he wants to get another crack at Edge, he’ll have to outlast nineteen other men in the first ever Smackdown Rumble.

    Jerry Lawler: If it was a boxing match, the referee would’ve stopped it. Orton knocked Edge out on Sunday. You know it as well as I do, Cole - Edge wouldn’t have beaten a thirty count, let alone a three count after that RKO.

    Michael Cole: But it’s not boxing, King. And though Orton was unable to recapture the WWE title on Sunday, TWO other championships DID change hands!! Bryan Danielson is once again the WWE Cruiserweight Champion after a thrilling comeback in the thirty minute Iron Man match, and following a betrayal by Melina, MNM are no longer the WWE Tag Team Champions. We’ll talk more about that later - but first, it looks like Orton has something to get off his chest…

    Orton stands in the ring, waiting for the music to die down, before speaking…

    Randy Orton: All I’ve been hearing about all day, is this Smackdown Rumble tonight. Everyone in the back full of hope, believing they have a shot at going to Summerslam to challenge for the WWE Championship. Well I think this Smackdown Rumble is a bunch of crap.

    Heat. Orton remains emotionless.

    Randy Orton: There’s no need - none at all - for this Rumble match tonight. Finlay - you don’t NEED to crown a number one contender for the WWE Championship - because you’ve already got one right here.

    Again, Randy doesn’t react to the boos of the fans.

    Randy Orton: Just as I said it would, the RKO put Edge down at the Great American Bash. I had the WWE Championship WON on Sunday … yet I’m standing here right now, and I DON’T have the title over my shoulder … because some stooge referee saved Edge and rescued him from losing the WWE Title.

    Orton clenches his jaw, getting riled up, thinking back to the Great American Bash.

    Randy Orton:He saw Edge was out - COLD. He saw I had Edge BEAT off that RKO … and instead of doing the right thing … instead of calling the match, instead of awarding me the victory by knockout … he counted us both out. Edge didn’t beat me at the Great American Bash, yet he’s walking into this arena tonight still WWE Champion.

    The former WWE Champion shakes his head, and takes a moment before speaking again.

    Randy Orton:And I understand that Finlay already announced this Rumble in advance. He cant just cancel it. But if you people think that I’m just gonna say nothing, and just compete in that stupid Rumble match later tonight … you people - and Finlay - are sorely mistaken. I don’t have to earn another shot. I deserve a rematch. I DEMAND a rematch…

    Heat.

    Randy Orton: And I want it … TONIGHT!!

    That, naturally, gets a pop. Orton doesnt play to it though, ignoring the fans completely.

    Randy Orton: I shouldn’t have to compete with everyone else, not when I should already be WWE Champion. So I suggest that Finlay … you make this right. Because anything less than an immediate rematch is simply … unacceptable. Everybody saw it at the Great American Bash, Edge knows that he cant su-

    **METALINGUS**

    It appears as if the WWE Champion has heard enough!! The Rated ‘R’ Superstar, EDGE, emerges through the smoke, dressed casually in jeans and a t-shirt, wearing a leather jacket … with the title belt over his shoulder. He motions for the music to cut as he stands at the top of the ramp, and rips off his sunglasses, tossing them away, showing a typical wild look in his eyes to address Orton.

    Edge: What a surprise - Randy Orton isn’t happy. Y’know, I’ve done my fair share of whining in the past … but you?? You take it to a whole other level, Randy.

    Slight cheer.

    Edge: Do you think you’re the only one who wasn’t happy with what happened on Sunday, huh?? You think I was happy to walk through the curtain with this title over my shoulder, looking people in the eye, knowing full well I didn’t beat your ass?? No - I was PISSED!!!

    Edge speaks through gritted teeth, then pauses, thinking, and smirks momentarily, and shakes his head.

    Edge: Because I knew THIS is what would happen. I knew I’d have to listen to you run your mouth some more. Well guess what?? You want a rematch tonight?? SO DO I!!

    And with that, Edge throws the mic down, and storms down the ramp with a purpose, and the fans pick up, anticipating Edge vs. Orton right now!! The WWE Champion takes off his leather jacket, and tosses the title belt into the ring, before sliding inside-

    AND TACKLES ORTON DOWN!!!

    ORTON AND EDGE BEGIN WAILING AWAY AT ONE ANOTHER ON THE MAT!!!

    The bad blood runs deep between Edge and Orton, and it’s showing here, with the two rivals hammering the shit out of one another, rolling out of the ring, and Edge CHARGES Orton into the steel steps!!!

    Edge then sets himself up, waiting for Orton to get back up, sizing up a SPEAR THROUGH THE BARRICADE …

    BUT ORTON KICKS HIM AWAY COMING IN!!!!!

    Edge turns away, and Orton looks for an RKO on the floor …

    BUT EDGE TOSSES ORTON AWAY!!!!

    Orton smacks off the floor with a thud, but doesn’t get a moment to recover, with Edge swarming him, clubbing Randy … and then clotheslines Orton over the barrier!!!

    Spilling into the fans, Edge pounds Orton, but Randy stops Edge dead with a kick to the gut, then slams him on the concrete!!! Orton stomps Edge, then slams his head off one of the fans seats, dragging Edge up, but the WWE Champion swills Orton with a drink!!!

    They fight back over the barrier back at ringside, but before the fight can continue any further, referees and agents swarm the area, breaking the two men up, with Smackdown General Manager FINLAY arriving on the scene, looking to restore order and keep Edge and Orton apart.

    Orton is backed away, toward the ramp, whilst Edge rolls into the ring, urging Orton to come back for more … but the officials restrain Orton, with Randy blowing a gasket, wanting to get back to fighting Edge. Finlay takes control of the situation, grabbing a microphone.

    Finlay: THAT’S ENOUGH!!

    Finlay shakes his head, as we see Orton arguing with the officials standing in his way.

    Finlay: Randy … Edge … this ISNT happening tonight!!

    Boos from the fans.

    Finlay: Orton?? I don’t care if you think it’s unfair - if you want another shot at the WWE Championship, you WILL have to compete in the Smackdown Rumble tonight along with everyone else!!

    Orton is furious. He turns away in despair, putting his hands on his head, ready to explode on the ramp. Meanwhile, Finlay turns to address Edge in the ring.

    Finlay: And you, Edge?? You’re supposed to be the WWE Champion. You’re supposed to be above things like this. So if you’ve got some aggression to take out … if you’re so intent on fighting tonight - that’s fine. You stay right where you are … you’re going to have a match right NOW!!!

    Pop. Edge doesn’t look too bothered, even though it means he’ll be competing in his jeans. Finlay looks toward the stage…

    Finlay: This is a opportunity for anyone in the back. Who wants the chance to compete - one on one - with the WWE Champion?? Because the first man out here, gets that opportunity!!

    Orton is ushered away by the officials, with the challenge obviously not counting him as a potential opponent for Edge tonight.

    Meanwhile, Edge takes off his t-shirt, getting as ready as he can for an impromptu match…

    Michael Cole:
    What a start to Friday Night Smackdown!!! Things looked like they were about to get completely out of control between Orton and Edge before Finlay got out here to restore order!! And when we come back, we’ll find out WHO is going to be first to answer the challenge. An opportunity to go one on one with the WWE Champion!! What an opportunity - NEXT!!!




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    Smackdown returns and JAMIE NOBLE is on his way to the ring - looking full of piss and vinegar after losing the Cruiserweight Title at the Great American Bash - obviously answering the challenge set out by the Smackdown GM, Finlay.

    Michael Cole:
    Welcome back to Friday Night Smack down - and it would appear that the former Cruiserweight Champion was the first to answer the challenge!!

    Jerry Lawler: And Noble has been in a foul mood all day, Michael!!

    Michael Cole: Well, what an opportunity for Jamie Noble to bounce back from his loss at the Great American Bash!! Imagine what a win over the WWE Champion would do for Noble!!

    Edge paces the ring, waiting for Noble to arrive … and with both men obviously keen to unload some aggression, once Noble enters - THEY BOTH GO AT IT, HAMMERING AWAY AT EACH OTHER!!!!!

    Match 1 | NON-TITLE MATCH:
    WWE Champion, Edge vs. Jamie Noble
    The match starts like a hockey fight, with both men beating at each other wildly, but it’s the bigger man - Edge - that wins the early war of attrition, and sends Noble tumbling over to the floor, following straight out, smashing Nobles face off the steel steps, and rams his shoulder into the ring post. Back inside, Edge unleashes a flurry of punches and boots to Noble in the corner, eventually being forced back by the official and warned about his conduct. The discussion with Charles Robinson distracts Edge and allows Noble to blast the champion with a savage forearm shot!!

    Now, Noble is able to unleash his frustrations on Edge, taking it to the WWE Champion, sending him off the ropes, and knocking him down with a POLISH HAMMER!!! 1...2- Edge kicks out!!!!! Noble stays on Edge, booting him as he tries to get up, hammering the champion into the corner, but Edge fires back!! The champion wins the exchange with Noble, and shoots the former Cruiserweight champion off the ropes, but Noble slides under the legs as he bounces back, getting up, looking for a clothesline - ducked by Edge - EDGE-O-MATIC!!! 1...2...NOBLE KICKS OUT!!!!!

    After a brief conversation with the referee over the count, Edge drags Noble back up, softening him up with a few straight right hands before sending him into the corner, but when Edge charges in, Noble gets his knees up, rocking Edge, and follows up, wanting a belly to back suplex - but Edge flips out, landing behind Noble, but Noble ducks a clothesline attempt and stops Edge with a knee to the gut. He takes off the ropes, rushing back at Edge - RUNNING RIGHT INTO A BIG BOOT FROM EDGE!!!! Cover, 1...2...NO!!!

    Edge brings Noble back up, sending him into the corner, crushing him there with shoulders to the gut, before sending Noble back across the ring to the opposite corner - following in again - but this time, Noble elevates up, with Edge hitting the turnbuckles, and Noble rolls him up, out of the corner … 1...2...NO!!! Edge escapes the pin, getting back up, beating Noble to the punch again, and looks for a Russian Leg Sweep - but Noble blocks, then knees Edge in the gut, and executes a GUTWRENCH SUPLEX!!! Cover, 1...2...NO!!! Noble stays on the champion though, hammering him on the mat, then picks Edge up, sending him - shoulder first - through the buckles into the ring post!!!! Noble takes charge, as the match goes to a commercial break…



    Commercial Break



    Back from the break, Edge is just starting a fight back out of the corner, but as he rushes off the ropes, Noble meets him with a STIFF knee to the gut, sending Edge tumbling over, clutching his ribs. Noble picks the champion up, looking for his TIGER BOMB … BUT EDGE BACK DROPS OUT OF IT!!!! The champion gets up, and rattles off four consecutive clotheslines to Noble, then climbs to the top rope … but before he can fly off, Noble jumps up, crashing into the ropes, forcing Edge to lose his balance!!!

    Noble climbs up, looking for a SUPERPLEX - but Edge blocks it, and manages to slam Noble from the top to the canvas - face first!! Edge stands up on the top rope, connecting with a MISSILE DROPKICK when Noble gets back up!!! Edge covers, 1...2...NO!!! Noble survives, but Edge stays on top of him, hammering Noble as he gets to his feet, but Noble stops Edge in his tracks with a rake to the eyes, and takes the champion over with a NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX!!! Noble bridges for the pinning predicament; 1...2...EDGE KICKS OUT!!! Noble thought he had it!!

    The former Cruiserweight Champion gets frustrated, and takes that frustration out on Edge, hammering the champion with forearm shots whilst Edge is on his knees. Noble takes off, hitting the ropes - but runs right into a FLAPJACK!!!! Edge then follows up with his MODIFIED FACE BUSTER!!! Hook of the leg, 1...2...NO!!! Edge shakes his head, but sees Noble stirring, and in a perfect position for a SPEAR … but Noble looks for a leapfrog out of trouble; no dice - Edge stopped his run short, anticipating Noble avoiding the spear, and when Noble lands on his feet, Edge boots him in the gut, and PLANTS Noble with the EDGECUTION!!!!! Edge covers, 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winner: Edge @ 10:56

    Edge scores with a hard fought win over the former Cruiserweight Champion, outsmarting Noble in the end, using the Edgecution to finish the job, as opposed to the Spear on this occasion.

    Michael Cole: Kicking off with a win for the WWE Champion tonight - later, Edge will find out who will be next in line for a shot at the gold at Summerslam on August 24. An impressive short-notice win for Edge, King, considering he was completely unprepared for what was coming.

    Jerry Lawler: Sure wasn’t ideal, I’ll give ya that, Joey. Edge didn’t even have time to get into his gear tonight!!

    The WWE Champion takes the belt and doesn’t hang around - the Rated ‘R’ Superstar is in a foul mood tonight, and he leaves up the ramp, still agitated over how events transpired at the Great American Bash.



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    Backstage, DAMIEN SANDOW walks into Finlays office, where we see Kristal Marshall attending to the Tumbler for tonights Smackdown Rumble. Smug as ever, Sandow peers over at Finlay, who is sat at his desk.

    Damien Sandow: It is high time that my excellence was acknowledged. For too long, Mister Finlay, you’ve underappreciated the splendour of Sandow. At long last … that changes.

    Finlay isn’t in the mood for Sandows grating personality tonight.

    Finlay: Well?? What are you waiting for?? Pick a number and get out.

    Sandow shakes his head at the attitude of Finlay.

    Damien Sandow: For a man in your position, I’d expect you to be a little less … uncouth. But- nevertheless, I’ll take my ball and leave.

    He reaches in, picking a ball out, whilst giving Kristal a forced smile. Turning away, Sandow stands over the desk of the GM.

    Damien Sandow: However, I’d expect you’ll be seeing much, much more of me after I win the Smackdown Rumble tonight, good sir.

    Sandow waltzes off, with Finlay shaking his head, before shouting out;

    Finlay: NEXT!!

    EVAN BOURNE is next in, excitedly entering, rubbing his hands, but before he picks his ball … DAMIEN SANDOW returns, and he isn’t impressed. Sandow walks right up to Finlays desk - ball in hand.

    Damien Sandow: I believe there’s been somewhat of a faux-pas on your part, Mister Finlay.

    Finlay: And what’s that??

    Sandow scoffs.

    Damien Sandow: Well … it’s quite embarrassing really … not that I should be surprised. Given your level of intellect, I should’ve envisaged something like this would occur…

    Brandishing a blank piece of paper from inside the ball, Sandow shakes his head. Evan Bourne is also interested in what‘s going on, whilst Kristal tries not to laugh…

    Damien Sandow: You’ve neglected to actually input a number on this.

    Finlay stands up, taking the piece of paper from Sandow, checking it over.

    Damien Sandow: I’ll just pick another, shall I??

    Sandow chuckles about it, and moves off, brushing Bourne aside, muscling in to take another ball - but before he can-

    Finlay: Whoa- hold on-

    Confused, Sandow stops, unsure why he’s being told to wait.

    Finlay: There’s no mistake here.

    Sandow looks baffled.

    Damien Sandow: Excuse me??

    Finlay points to the tumbler.

    Finlay: A lot of those balls have blank pieces of paper.

    Sandow still looks baffled, not understanding how that works. As he moves away, Bourne reaches in, taking his own ball.

    Damien Sandow: So … how does that work?? Seems rather unconventional if you ask me. I mean, how am I supposed to deduce when I’m entering the match??

    Finlay: Well … you’re not.

    Damien Sandow: I beg your pardon??

    Finlay: You’re not in the match. There’s only twenty of those balls that contain a number. Like I said last week - everyone is eligible … but there’s only twenty spots available. Unfortunately, you didn’t get one.

    Not what Sandow wanted to here. Meanwhile, Evan Bourne checks his own ball - and his smile says it all, showing the paper to Finlay and Sandow.

    Evan Bourne: Hey - lucky me I guess!!

    That sends Sandow over the edge.

    Damien Sandow: This is outrageous. How can I; the intellectual saviour of the masses be prevented from this historic match!!?? This is just another shining example of your rotten management skills!! You’re not fit to be in control of this show!! You’ve shuffled my presence on Friday Nights into the background as of late - I’m never being afforded opportunities!! You are STIFLING my progression!!! I DEMAND satisfaction!!

    Finlay chuckles.

    Finlay: Satisfaction?? Not sure I can give ya that … but seeing as you’re not competing in the Smackdown Rumble, you’ll be free to compete in the ring a little later on instead. Wouldn’t want to uh … stifle that progression of yours, would I??

    Sandow doesn’t see anything funny about the situation.

    Damien Sandow: You haven’t heard the last of this!!

    Sandow then storms off, leaving the room, as Finlay shrugs, tossing the paper away that Sandow brought to him.



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    **LATINO WORLD ORDER**

    Leading out the team of Chavo Guerrero and Super Crazy, Vickie Guerrero and her boys are roundly booed. LOS LATINOS get a somewhat rare outing on Smackdown in recent times, but with Vickie getting in the ears of both Chavo and Crazy, they clearly want to make an impression.

    Michael Cole:
    In recent weeks, King, Los Latinos have been engaged in a bit of a rivalry with JTG over on Superstars. JTG has beaten BOTH Chavo and Super Crazy in singles matches, but a couple weeks ago, Los Latinos challenged JTG to find a tag partner, which he did. However, JTG and Evan Bourne - his partner that night - were beaten by the more experienced tandem.

    Jerry Lawler: You cant just fabricate chemistry, Michael. Not against a full-time tag team like Los Latinos. These two very nearly won the tag team titles not so long ago - they’re not gonna lose to a makeshift team. But I guess that criminal JTG isn’t smart enough to realise that.

    Michael Cole:
    Well tonight, JTG will have another chance to prove that theory wrong, King. JTG has reached out and found a new partner to team with him to take this team on tonight on Smackdown.

    **BRINGIN THA HOOD 2 U**

    Hitting the stage, JTG has his typical stride going onto the stage, brandishing his gold around his neck and showing off his grill. Looking confident, JTG fixes his cap, and pulls out a mic from his back pocket, before speaking as he saunters down the ramp.

    JTG:
    YO- YO- YO- Yoooo!!!

    JTG slaps hands with a few fans.

    JTG:
    It’s ya boy JTG up in South Kakalaki!!! CH’YEAHHH!!!

    In the ring, Los Latinos aren’t amused.

    JTG: Now … you two suckas got me last time. And no disrespect to Evan “Don’t call me Jason” Bourne … he’s a nice dude. But him and I?? We didn’t exactly have a whole bunch in common. Unlike the three of you who all have a bunch in common - you all ugly for one… You all suck … just in different ways…

    Vickie is outraged at the connotation from JTG.

    JTG:
    And y’all about to get yo punk asses kicked by ME … and my partner tonight. And that … CH’YEAH; THAT’S THE TRUTH!!!

    **WHAT‘S UP!?**

    Indeed, R-TRUTH hit’s the stage, joining JTG as his partner tonight. In the ring, there’s concern, with Chavo and Super Crazy both turning to complain to Vickie - and the manager has little to say right now, as Truth raps his way down the ramp, meeting JTG with a secret handshake.

    Michael Cole:
    Fresh off taking $10,000 out of the wallet of the Million Dollar Man this past Sunday, R-Truth has agreed to team here tonight with JTG!! Truth has all the momentum in the world right now - an inspired call by JTG to select R-Truth!! How will they fare against Los Latinos?? We’ll find out - NEXT!!!




    Commercial Break




    Match 2:
    Los Latinos w/Vickie Guerrero vs. JTG & R-Truth
    Joined in progress, R-Truth is in control against Chavo. Super Crazy makes a run in to try and change the momentum, but runs into a hip toss, before Truth makes the tag to JTG. JTG picks up where Truth left off, taking it to Chavo, but when JTG runs off the ropes, Vickie causes a distraction with a trip on the leg, and that allows Chavo to pounce and take control. Los Latinos briefly work over JTG with frequent tags, keeping both men in the ring consistently to work over their rival, making the most of the five seconds they get, whilst angering Truth on the apron. Chavo applies a front face lock to wear JTG down, as our commentary team hype up the Smackdown Rumble later tonight - something these four men could all be part of.

    JTG eventually stirs in the hold, and overpowers Chavo, with Guerrero unable to prevent JTG inching across the ring - whilst still in the front face lock … but just as JTG is set to make the tag, Vickie climbs onto the apron, distracting the referee - meaning that he DOESN’T see the tag!!! Truth comes in all guns blazing, but is quickly escorted back out of the ring, allowing Los Latinos to get back on top of JTG. Truth gets sick of the cheating from Chavo and Crazy though, and forcefully inputs himself into proceedings, as things break down into a four man brawl!!! JTG and Truth get the upper hand, sending Crazy to the floor. Chavo is left up against both men, and naturally doesn’t stand a chance, with JTG and Truth seemingly closing in on victory.

    The makeshift pair get into a slight disagreement though, over how to finish the match off … which allows Vickie to pass Chavo her purse - out of sight from the referee. Chavo keeps the purse hidden, as Truth reluctantly agrees to go up top, as he and JTG look to finish Chavo … but when JTG grabs Guerrero - BAM~!!! Chavo clocks him with the purse (clearly loaded with something) and down goes JTG!!! Truth is forced to act quickly up top, and comes off with a MISSILE DROPKICK - but Super Crazy returns, shoving Chavo - the legal man - out of danger, taking the bullet!!! Chavo then tosses Truth out of the ring after the missile dropkick, and covers JTG … 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winners: Los Latinos @ 05:16

    Chavo and Super Crazy steal one!!! A brief moment of naivety costs JTG and R-Truth, with the greater chemistry and unity between Los Latinos giving them the win in the end.

    Los Latinos escape with the victory, regrouping on the floor, as Vickie motions 2-0 with her fingers, mocking JTG as he recovers in the ring. Truth also gets back in the ring, clearly disappointed, as he and JTG both shake their heads at the defeat, both knowing they messed BOTH messed up tonight.



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    Moving backstage, JOSH MATHEWS is standing by with a mean mugging ARMANDO ALEJANDRO ESTRADA…

    Josh Mathews: Mister Estrada, tonight, all eyes are on the Smackdown Rumble, where the winner will move on to challenge Edge for the WWE Championship at Summerslam. My question to you, has Umaga picked out one of the twenty balls that contained an entry number - will your Samoan Bulldozer be among the twenty men fighting it out for a shot at the WWE Title??

    Estrada shakes his head.

    Armando Alejandro Estrada:
    Umaga didn’t pick out de ball, little man. I did. But jes, Umaga WILL be one of de twenty participants in de Smackdown Rumble tonight. However, mi amigo, ju made a mistake. Dere wont be twenty men in dat Rumble. Dere will be NINETEEN men … and ONE unstoppable monster, ha ha!!

    Armando nods.

    Armando Alejandro Estrada:
    And if ju are a betting man - and I know I am - then ju better get all ju’re nickles, all ju’re dimes and all ju’re dollars on Umaga. Why?? Take a look at de last two Royal Rumbles, pero!! Umaga eliminated the MOST people last year. And he eliminated the MOST people this year. De Samoan Bulldozer looks at these matches as FEEDING TIME!!

    Estrada smirks.

    Armando Alejandro Estrada:
    And tonight, believe me, Josh, believe Uncle Estrada … de Samoan Bulldozer is HUNGRY!! And he’s going to como se dice … GOBBLE UP every little man that stands between him … and a shot at the WWE Champion at Summerslam.

    Still smirking, AAE rubs his fingers together, the universally recognized money motion.

    Armando Alejandro Estrada:
    Which means BIG money for Umaga, and BIG, BIG money for ME!!!

    AAE sports that shit eating grin … but it soon fades.

    Armando Alejandro Estrada:
    And not before time. Umaga shamed me last year at Summerslam. Umaga brought great shame on himself when he lost at Summerslam. De Samoan Bulldozer should NEVER lose. And tonight, Umaga knows he OWES … ME!! For his failure last year … for his failure at Wrestle Mania … and for his failure at the Great American Bash.

    Estrada nods.

    Armando Alejandro Estrada:
    At de Great American Bash, Umaga brought shame on me again. He allowed dat no good lump of … of … donkey crap; Mark Henry to put him down. He allowed Mark Henry to make Umaga look weak … human.

    Estrada wags his finger and shakes his head.

    Armando Alejandro Estrada:
    Not tonight!! Tonight, I expect - - no, no, no … I DEMAND nothing but victory. I demand a SUPERHUMAN performance from the Saaaaaaaaaaaamoan Bulldozerrrr…

    Armando smirks…

    Armando Alejandro Estrada:
    OOOOOOOOOOOOO-M

    AAE stops himself … as TED DIBIASE; The Million Dollar Man arrives in the picture.

    Million Dollar Man:
    Good evening, Mister Estrada!!

    Estrada is dubious about the presence of DiBiase, but shakes his hand anyway.

    Million Dollar Man:
    And just like you are for your client, I’m very much excited for tonight’s Smackdown Rumble for my boy, Ted Junior. And I’m sure that you and I can come to some sort of arrangement.

    Estrada doesn’t look overly impressed.

    Armando Alejandro Estrada: Well, I’m not sure what ju have to offer…

    DiBiase puts a hand on Estradas shoulder.

    Million Dollar Man:
    Well, from what you’ve just said about your Samoan Bulldozer, I get the impression you believe he’s superior to everyone else in the match.

    Estrada nods in agreement.

    Million Dollar Man:
    And I believe I have just the idea for him to prove that superiority. With the number my boy picked, if he were to swap with Umaga … could give your Samoan Bulldozer the opportunity to just that.

    AAE ponders the proposal, as DiBiase looks to make it official.

    Million Dollar Man:
    Now obviously … there’ll be a little cash in it to sweeten the deal.

    Estrada smirks.

    Armando Alejandro Estrada:
    Of course. But … uh, Mister DiBiase … before we agree to anything. Show me…

    DiBiase frets momentarily, but puts on a smile, trying to act cool.

    Million Dollar Man: Uh … sure.

    DiBiase produces a piece of paper, and shows it to Estrada - though the number remains a mystery to the viewers. AAE looks at the paper, then back at Ted, and scoffs.

    Armando Alejandro Estrada: Ha ha!! How do ju say … uh … “thanks … but no thanks.”

    Estrada pats the back of DiBiase, then scurries off, leaving The Million Dollar Man furious…



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    Cutting away elsewhere, KOFI KINGSTON is found, FACE DOWN on the floor, with crates broken in his vicinity, looking like he’s just been the victim of an attack!! Referees are heard calling for help, as Jimmy Korderas and Chad Patton tend to Kofi…




    Commercial Break





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    Back from the commercial, a serious looking FINLAY is pacing through the backstage area, clearly looking for someone in particular … and finds who he’s looking for, briskly approaching Epico and Primo; THE SAN JUAN EXPRESS!!

    Finlay: Clever?? Think you’re clever, boys, huh??

    The Colons glance at each other, and shrug.

    Epico: Sure.

    Primo: But not clever enough to know what you want, boss man.

    Finlay: Quit playing games. Kofi Kingston’s just been found knocked out cold. Know anything about it??

    Both men act shocked - overly so.

    Primo: What?? News to us, isn’t it, Epico??

    Epico nods.

    Epico: I’m shocked. Who’d do such a thing??

    Finlay: That’s exactly what I’m thinkin. And the finger of accusation is pointing right at the two of you.

    Finlay points at both men, but Epico shakes his head.

    Epico: Well, you can point it somewhere else. We’re not guilty. We got done with Kofi when we beat him and MVP at the Great American Bash.

    Primo nods in agreement.

    Primo: He’s right. We’ve no reason to attack the guy. Epico here is getting ready for the Smackdown Rumble.

    Epico: But uh … seeing as Kofi aint gonna make it … why don’t you give his spot to Primo here??

    Epico puts an arm around the shoulder of Primo, and Primo seems excited by the idea too. Finlay isn’t playing games though.

    Finlay: I don’t think so, somehow. And I’m not buying this act, either. I’ll be speaking to you both again, later.

    The General Manager storms off, with the San Juan Express both looking to each other, smirking, with Primo even having to try and contain a laugh.



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    **ALELUYA DE EL MESIAS**

    Arrogant as ever, the Intellectual Saviour DAMIEN SANDOW makes his way to the ring, very much slighted by missing out on tonights Smackdown Rumble. In the ring, his opponent is keyed as JON DAVIS, meaning Sandow isn’t even getting a proper test tonight.

    Sandow climbs into the ring, looking disgusted that a nobody is sharing the ring with him, and starts complaining to the referee, saying he demands stiffer competition to challenge a competitor of his magnitude … which allows Davis to jump Sandow from behind to start the match!!!

    Match 3:
    Damien Sandow vs. Jon Davis
    Despite Davis going on the attack, Sandow quickly establishes control after countering a suplex with one of his own. From there, Sandow is extremely aggressive, ramming Davis face into the turnbuckles, and driving his knee into the face Davis. Sandow proceeds to attack the jobber mercilessly in the corner, nearly getting himself DQ’ed … but just stops in time. A Russian Leg Sweep follows, and Sandow rolls through, delivering the Elbow of Disdain … then finishes Davis off with a Straight Jacket Neckbreaker, for the elementary 1...2...3!!!
    Winner: Damien Sandow @ 01:57

    Sandow picks up the routine win, but is far from happy. Sandow pulls away from the referee as soon as his arm has been raised, and stands over the ropes, yelling at the fans, saying he should be part of the Smackdown Rumble later.



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    Backstage, KRISTAL MARSHALL is standing by…

    Kristal Marshall: Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome, my guest-

    The person - not in the picture as yet - coughs loudly. Kristal looks away, then rolls her eyes, before looking at the camera again.

    Kristal Marshall: Ladies and Gentlemen … it is my honour and privilege … to welcome back to Smackdown, my guest at this time … The Brian Kendrick.

    Amidst heat from the fans, THE BRIAN KENDRICK has indeed returned to Smackdown after a self-imposed sabbatical.

    Kristal Marshall: Brian, after a number of weeks away-

    Kendrick puts his hand over the mic, and shakes his head at Kristal before speaking.

    The Brian Kendrick: I’ll handle it from here, sweet cheeks.

    TBK motions for Kristal to ‘run along’ much to her disgust. He takes the mic, and turns to face the camera with a cheesy smile.

    The Brian Kendrick: Call your friends, send a text, shout to your parents, if you have to, shout it out to the STREETS … it’s safe to start watching Friday Night Smackdown on Sci-Bri once again!! Hallelujah!!! THE Brian Kendrick is BACK!!!

    He rubs his face, loving himself.

    The Brian Kendrick: And I’m looking better than ever. Freshly moisturized, pedicure taken care of, manicure completed … hair-

    Kendrick scoffs.

    The Brian Kendrick: You know it’s perfect.

    He looks around, then turns back to the camera, speaking quite lowly with the next sentence, hoping no one hears.

    The Brian Kendrick: I’m just impressed that this show survived in my absence. Somehow, Finlay hasn’t quite ran the show into the ground yet. And with me back, I’ll help out old-Irish to keep this show on the road.

    Acting as if he can hear what fans are saying through their Televisions, Kendrick nods.

    The Brian Kendrick: I know, I know … it’s been a long month without me. Just as it was for all my fans, all the boys in the back - and the girls-

    Kendrick winks.

    The Brian Kendrick: Missed me just as much.

    Smiling, Kendrick goes on.

    The Brian Kendrick: And as you all know, I’m not one to hog the limelight … that stuff just follows me like a magnet. But I appreciate all the boys for keeping it low-key on my return. I didn’t want a party in my honour for returning.

    Clearly deflecting, Kendrick covers for the fact that no-one welcomed him back.

    The Brian Kendrick: Besides, I wouldn’t want my attention to be drawn away from tonight’s main event, would I?? Looks like I picked just the right night to come back to Smackdown. Twenty Man Rumble?? Sounds right up my street. And given what lies ahead in my future, I need that WWE Title. Tonight, I’ll outlast nineteen other guys. And at Summer slam … Edge?? You got lucky against me once. But this time, I wont have the pressure of running this show. I’ll be able to focus all my energy on beating you for the WWE Championship.

    Kendrick points at the camera, directly talking to the WWE Champion.

    The Brian Kendrick: And when The Brian Kendrick is crowned WWE Champion in Madison Square Garden?? It’ll be the greatest moment in Summerslam history … In Madison Square Garden history … in W-W-E history!!!

    Kendrick smirks, as the camera fades out…



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    Elsewhere, we see the arrival of the NEW WWE Tag Team Champions; THE FIGHT FACTORY … and Wade Barrett and Elijah Burke are joined now by MELINA!!! Melina, walking between the Fight Factory (with Burke putting his arm around her, pulling her in close) is all smiles, as they walk from their limo, and have the tag titles hanging from their waists; ala MNM.

    Michael Cole: Well, King … they’re here!! And Melina has some explaining to do!!

    Jerry Lawler: Explaining?? She hasn’t got to explain ANYTHING!! She jumped off a sinking ship, Cole!!

    Michael Cole: We expect to hear from the NEW Tag Team Champions later tonight, with their new manager, Melina - after she betrayed MNM this past Sunday at the Great American Bash. Why would Melina turn her back on the team she came into the WWE with?? Why would she dump her own boyfriend in the manner she did!? We’ll find out - later tonight.




    Commercial Break




    Smackdown returns, and a seemingly calmer DAMIEN SANDOW enters the office of FINLAY again, with the General Manager rolling his eyes when he sees Sandow walk in…

    Damien Sandow: I believe an opening has been created in tonight’s Rumble??

    Finlay shrugs.

    Finlay: So??

    Sandow chuckles.

    Damien Sandow: Well, I’ll accept the place of Kofi Kingston as a form of apology for our rather unfortunate mix up earlier.

    Finlay: No.

    Sandow looks confused.

    Damien Sandow: No?? That preposterous. You cant advertise a twenty man match and deliver a paltry nineteen. It’s absurd!! I de-

    Finlay: Someone that I wasn’t expecting to be here arrived - no more than five minutes ago. I’ve already assigned them to replace Kofi Kingston.

    Sandow is livid.

    Damien Sandow: This is… this is… I’m sick of this. You, again, are stifling me, Mister Finlay!! I demand some form of satisfaction. I demand respect. I demand opportunities befitting my stature, or I demand to be traded to Raw, where I’m sure Mister Steamboat would be more than grateful to have a man of my class, dignity and honour.

    Finlay: Well, how about I get in contact with him and see what he says?

    Finlay throws Sandow off with the matter of fact reply, and clearly showing he’s not overly bothered about having Sandow around.

    Damien Sandow: Uh- … yes. You should.

    Finlay nods. He then shrugs.

    Finlay: Anything else??

    Still rattled by Finlays earlier response, Sandow snaps out of it.

    Damien Sandow: No, that’s everything. Good luck with your measly little Smackdown Rumble later. It shall be poorer for my exclusion.

    Sandow leaves the room, with Finlay sighing, just glad to be rid of the pompous asshole.



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    Back into the arena…

    **DON’T WASTE MY TIME**

    Showing absolutely no sign of any guilt after her actions on Sunday, MELINA leads out the NEW WWE Tag Team Champions, Elijah Burke and Wade Barrett; THE FIGHT FACTORY!! There’s a lot of heat for Melina after turning on MNM and costing them the titles, but she has a wicked smile on her face, unrepentant over her actions, as she walks down the ramp hand in hand with Burke.

    Michael Cole:
    Let’s hope we get some answers here!! Because I’m still shocked about what happened at the Great American Bash!! After over two years by their side - and a romantic relationship with Johnny Nitro to boot - Melina turned her back on MNM. Unfathomable before Sunday if you ask me!!

    Jerry Lawler: You should be happy for her, Michael!! She looks radiant!! She looks revitalised!! I wonder what she’s gotten up to all week with Elijah Burke, huh??

    Michael Cole: It doesn’t bare thinking about. Her actions on Sunday were nothing short of despicable.

    Jerry Lawler: Settle down, Michael. She dumped her boyfriend and made out with her new one right in front of him. If you’d ever had a girlfriend, it probably would’ve happened to you too.

    Burke slides into the ring first, setting himself in perfect view for Melinas entrance … whilst Barrett stands in front of the camera man, blocking the lens, meaning the splits entrance is now essentially for an audience of one. As if Melina wasn’t already hated!! Now the perverts don’t get to watch her flexible entrance!!

    Jerry Lawler: Hey!! What’s that about!! Get outta the way, Barrett, you idiot!!

    Michael Cole: Not so hot on this change of personnel now, King, huh??

    Jerry Lawler: Probably just a misunderstanding, Cole.

    Barrett climbs inside now, as the tag team champions face the hard camera, with Melina rubbing both of their torsos, looking proud of seeing the tag titles on them.

    The music dies down, and Melina gets set to speak, but the boos prevent her from even getting started.

    Melina looks frustrated at the reaction from the fans, getting angry, and looking to her new team, as Wade takes the mic, talking over the fans.

    Wade Barrett: I’d expect a warmer reception for the NEW W-W-E Tag Team Champions!!

    That just gets more heat. Barrett laughs over the mic, as a smiling Eli leans in to get his word in.

    Elijah Burke: And if I say so myself, those titles look soooo much better around THESE waists!!

    Melina nods, despite their being more heat from the fans. Burke looks to rile the fans even further.

    Elijah Burke: Awww … are you people sad that MNM lost the titles??

    Melina makes a mocking gesture, wiping a tear from her eye.

    Elijah Burke: The sooner you accept it, the sooner we can all move on from MNM. Fact is, without this fine specimen by my side right now … you people would have NEVER even HEARD of Joey Mercury or Johnny Nitro. She took them from obscurity to the A-List!! Without this little minx … they’d be nothing!!!

    Wade chips in now.

    Wade Barrett: Just like they are now.

    More heat. Burke nods in agreement, as does Melina.

    Elijah Burke: MNM would never have been three time tag team champions if it wasn’t for Melina. Tell ‘em babe.

    The heat skyrockets again, as Melina attempts to speak once more. She shakes her head, before finally speaking up, over the boos.

    Melina: That’s right-

    She pulls the mic away, clearly agitated by the noise of the fans, and a very faint ‘SLUT’ chant is heard, but it thankfully doesn’t catch enough momentum to catch on. She has to just talk louder in the end…

    Melina: I SAID … that’s right.

    Melina shakes her head.

    Melina: Don’t boo me for being ahead of the game. Don’t be jealous of me because I hopped off the sinking ship … whilst all of you are going down with Johnny and Joey quicker than the Titanic.

    She points directly at fans in the crowd making that point.

    Melina: I made it crystal clear at the Great American Bash that I’d be leaving as the manager of the tag team champions … and look what we have here. The tag team titles … and THE premiere manager in ALL of the WWE.

    More boos, but Melina shrugs it off.

    Melina: It’s no coincidence. Had MNM shown me the appreciation I deserve … had they shown me the gratitude I deserve … they could still be champions here today. I kept them on top all that time on Raw, and I kept them on top when we came to Smackdown too. But somewhere along the way, they stopped valuing my contribution to the team. And they started looking for YOUR approval instead.

    Again, she points directly at the fans, spewing her vitriol toward them.

    Melina: Every week, they’d hear the cheers grow louder. They’d see girls in the audience literally throwing themselves at them. Pathetic, by the way, girls. As if Johnny Nitro would choose one of you hags over ME.

    Burke chuckles, as Melina then smirks, looking back at her new man.

    Melina: Then again … he is pretty dumb…

    Again, Burke laughs, as does Melina at the dig at Nitro.

    Melina: And the more cheers they got, the more they started to believe their own hype. As if THEY were the stars. Uh, hello?? Earth to MNM … the STAR was ALWAYS … ME!!!

    More boos. Melina gets aggressive as she continues her diatribe toward MNM.

    Melina: I brought you two from nothing, all the way to the top. I moulded you. I advised you. I plotted your futures every step of the way. I designed your look. I was the brains behind your style. I got you your contracts on Raw. I negotiated your first title shot. I was there to assist you win BACK those titles, and let me think … oh yeah … I was the reason you won THESE titles at the Royal Rumble.

    Melina turns, directing the camera to the titles now being worn by Barrett and Burke.

    Melina: I was the reason - the ONLY reason - you two had all that success. I was the star.

    More boos. Melina motions for the fans to bring them on, no longer caring what they have to say.

    Melina: But, like I said, your popularity got to your head. And you two idiots thought you could compete with these two?? Come on. Look at them. Wade Barrett. A bare knuckle fighter!! Show ‘em your scar, Wade…

    Barrett turns, pointing to the long scar on his back. Melina runs her finger down it, then turns back to face the camera.

    Melina: Do you people think Joey Mercury or Johnny Nitro have scars like that?? Those two pretty boys?? I don’t think so.

    Melina then turns, eyeing Burke, who licks his lips, looking Melina up and down.

    Melina: And as for this man…

    Melina seductively runs her finger on the torso of Burke, who loves every second of it.

    Melina: Tell ‘em your record, baby…

    He rubs his face, smiling, looking at Melina whilst speaking.

    Elijah Burke: 98-1 … but I don’t like to brag.

    Burke winks, and Melina bites her lip, before moving on.

    Melina: I know you don’t. See … this was a challenge that I knew MNM couldn’t survive. I tried my best. I didn’t want Joey and Johnny to mess with these guys. I did everything I could to keep the Fight Factory away from MNM and preserve the tag team titles. I made sure that Eli and Wade didn’t get the title shot at Judgment Day. Then, when these two did earn their shot, I did what I had to do to keep the titles with MNM. That was my job. And I was DAMN good at it!!

    Barrett chips in.

    Wade Barrett: The best.

    Melina nods in agreement.

    Melina: And what thanks did I get??

    Both Burke and Barrett shake their heads.

    Melina: NONE!!! All my efforts were thrown back in my face!! Nitro and Mercury started to believe their own hype - that they could beat these two!! That they could do it ALONE!!

    In total disbelief, Melina shakes her head, screwing up her face, and asks rhetorically.

    Melina: Are you kidding me?? Really?? Beat these two??

    Melina scoffs.

    Melina: I knew better. I knew MNM wouldn’t stand a chance against two nasty, vicious guys like Elijah and Wade. I gave Nitro and Mercury all the chances I possibly could. And they kept throwing my hard work back in my face!! After everything I did for those two ungrateful assholes, they chose YOUR approval over MY approval.

    She shakes her head in disgust.

    Melina: And that was when I realized it was over. That MNM was FINISHED!! While MNM were pushing me away?? Elijah and Wade … they CRAVED my attention. They WANTED me by their side. They VALUED my skills. Mercury?? Nitro?? They just took me for granted!!

    Burke is heard off mic telling Melina; “We wont do that, baby.” Melina looks back, smiling at Burke, then turns to address the camera again.

    Melina: But what should I have expected?? I mean, they’re just two stupid, immature little boys… and now?? I’ve traded up … for two real MEN!!!

    Heat. Melina devilishly smiles.

    Melina: Two men who WILL appreciate what I do for them. And I gotta say, I’m just sorry I didn’t make this jump sooner … because now I’m with a real man … I appreciate everything he offers me too…

    Melina then turns, grabbing Burke by the waistband, and pulls him in, and they start kissing again, just as they did at the Great American Bash. Barrett isn’t a complete deviant, and doesn’t watch them, so instead, he starts giving abuse to the fans, letting Melina and Burke get on with it…

    **PAPARAZZI**

    It may be the familiar music … but there’s NO red carpet … there’s NO paparazzi greeting them for their entrance … there’s NO fur coats. Mercury and Nitro; MNM walk onto the stage - to a HUGE reaction from the fans that are glad to see them - in plain blue jeans, nothing fancy, nothing snazzy - just plain blue jeans.

    In the ring, Melina and Burke have obviously stopped making out, and there’s a slight look of concern on their faces, with Barrett … as the Brit lays his title belt down, with Burke doing the same - CHALLENGING Mercury and Nitro to come to them in the ring. The former tag team champions look to one another … THEN SPRINT DOWN THE RAMP!!!!!

    Sliding into the ring, Mercury and Nitro instantly tackle down the Fight Factory, pounding Burke and Barrett on the mat relentlessly!!! Letting out all their anger and frustration out, MNM batter the Fight Factory on the mat, and eventually get back up, sending Burke out of the ring with a double clothesline, and a double dropkick to Barrett sends him tumbling out of the ring too…

    LEAVING MELINA ALL ALONE!!!!!

    Nitro and Mercury have their former manager like a rabbit in the headlights, with the fans wanting to see them get their own back on their traitorous ex-valet (and ex-girlfriend in Nitros case) and Melina begs off, pleading with them not to hurt her, playing the damsel in distress … but MNM aren’t buying the act, and they start look around the arena for approval …

    But before they can act upon the cheers, Elijah Burke quickly DRAGS Melina out of trouble, and out of the ring, out of the clutches of a vengeful MNM. The boos sound out around the arena, as the new tag team champions hightail it from the former champions, leaving up the ramp with a grateful Melina … whilst in the ring, MNM make sure to let the Fight Factory know that they’re going nowhere.




    Commercial Break



     

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    Clips of the many cities WWE visited last Summer during the global World tour.

    “LAST YEAR, THE WWE TOURED THE GLOBE”

    And, shots of Wembley Stadium last year at Summerslam, with clips of Randy Ortons mid air RKO on RVD, Ricky Hatton knocking out Armando Estrada, Edge spearing The Undertaker, MNM falling from a ladder, and Christian raising the title at the end of that show.

    “AND BROUGHT THE BIGGEST EVENT OF THE SUMMER ACROSS THE POND”

    The Summerslam logo flashes across the screen, then an image of the world is shown, with the focus zooming in toward the U.S.A

    “BUT THIS YEAR…”

    The zoom continues toward the East Coast, and then, we see clips of New York City; the statue of Liberty, yellow cabs, Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge

    “SUMMERSLAM IS COMING…”

    The New York skyline … then the camera stops at Madison Square Garden.

    “…HOME”

    Flashing shots of famous MSG moments in WWE history; Hogan winning his first title, Bret Hart being hoisted in the air at WrestleMania X, Austin stunning McMahon for the first time, and Triple H winning the ladder match in 1998 at a Summerslam.

    “NEW YORK CITY … MADISON SQUARE GARDEN … THE SPIRITUAL HOME OF THE WWE”

    End, with the Summerslam graphic on the screen.



    WWE SUMMERSLAM | AUGUST 24 | NEW YORK CITY, NY
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    Backstage, SAVANNAH is standing by with the NEW Cruiserweight Champion, BRYAN DANIELSON. There’s a pop for Danielson from the fans in the background, and he smirks upon hearing it.

    Savannah:
    Bryan, first off - congratulations on winning back the Cruiserweight Championship last Sunday at the Great American Bash. How does it feel to once again be holding that gold??

    Danielson looks at the title belt, nodding.

    Bryan Danielson:
    It feels … right. It feels like the Cruiserweight Title is right back where it needs to be, and I’ve no intention on letting it go anytime soon. I went through hell at The Great American Bash with Jamie Noble to win it back - it’ll take a whole lot more to take it away from me again.

    Savannah: But now, tonight, you’re aiming for a shot at another championship, correct??

    Danielson chuckles.

    Bryan Danielson:
    Well, I don’t stride around the back in my wrestling gear as a fashion statement, that’s for sure, Savannah.

    Savannah smiles.

    Bryan Danielson:
    Yeah, I was fortunate enough to receive one of the twenty entry spots for tonight’s Smackdown Rumble. Just because I’m the Cruiserweight Champion, it doesn’t mean I cant be WWE Champion too … and there’s plenty of room on my mantle for a second piece of WWE gold.

    Savannah:
    Well, that huge match is literally moments away. Do you care to reveal your number??

    He scoffs.

    Bryan Danielson:
    I think that would be bad luck, wouldn’t it??

    Danielson chuckles, but before he can continue on - CHRIS JERICHO walks into the picture, carrying his ever present Money in the Bank contract.

    Chris Jericho:
    It’s not a matter of luck, Danielson. Your number is irrelevant. Because the only number that matters … is mine.

    Confirmation that Jericho will be in tonight’s Rumble…

    Chris Jericho:
    Because tonight, it will be me that survives the Smackdown Rumble. Just like I survived the Money in the Bank ladder match at Judgment Day.

    Jericho pats the briefcase.

    Chris Jericho: And I’ll go on to Madison Square Garden at Summerslam. And I’ll dethrone Edge…

    Jericho then takes a second to look down at his briefcase, then back up at Danielson.

    Chris Jericho: One way or another.

    Jericho then walks off, with Danielson unimpressed, as we fade out…



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    Back into the arena, and TONY CHIMMEL is standing in the ring…

    Tony Chimmel:
    Ladies and Gentlemen, it is now time for the first ever Smackdown Rumble!!

    Pop.

    Tony Chimmel: And here are the rules. Two superstars will enter to start the match. Then, every ninety seconds, another superstar will enter, with twenty superstars in total to enter the match. Elimination can only occur if a superstar is thrown over the top rope, with BOTH feet hitting the floor. The winner of the match will then challenge for the WWE Title at SUMMERSLAM!!!

    Pop.

    **PRICELESS**

    Less than amused, TED DIBIASE is accompanied by his father, with The Million Dollar Man also unimpressed that he was unable to trade his sons number for something a little bit more advantageous.

    Michael Cole:
    Well now we can see why The Million Dollar Man was desperate for a trade earlier tonight!!

    Jerry Lawler: Not even The Million Dollar Man could finance a trade for someone to take the number one!!

    Michael Cole: And off the back of costing his old man $10,000 at the Great American Bash, Young Ted may find himself disappointing his father again tonight!!

    Jerry Lawler: He hasn’t been covering himself in glory since failing to win the King of the Ring tournament, and he has an uphill task ahead of him if he’s to go to Summerslam!!

    DiBiase hit’s the ring, clearly feeling some trepidation, knowing how far away he is from earning the title shot at Summerslam. The Million Dollar Man remains at ringside also, looking to give his boy plenty of encouragement.

    **I‘M COMIN**

    Minus his usual entrance tunnel, M.V.P is the second entrant in the Smackdown Rumble!! Getting a good pop from the fans, Porter plays to the audience with the ‘BALLIN’ hand motion, before swaggering his way to the ring, removing his jewellery and sunglasses as he marches to the ring.

    Michael Cole:
    MVP coming off a loss at the Great American Bash too, King. A big chance for him to bounce back - a HUGE chance for him to bounce back tonight.

    Jerry Lawler: He’s not my pick, I know that.

    Michael Cole: Sunday, he was part of a tag team match, but tonight, he’s back where he feels he belongs - out on his own. Certainly an individual.

    Jerry Lawler: And much like the Million Dollar Man, he likes money, Cole!! But he wont be getting a winners cheque tonight!!

    Michael Cole: It’s an uphill battle for sure!! When we come back, the first ever Smackdown Rumble will get underway!! Don’t go away!!!




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    We return as MVP now finally hit’s the ring, and DiBiase surprisingly comes right after him, trying to catch Porter cold, starting the match right away!!!!!

    Main Event | SMACKDOWN RUMBLE MATCH:
    Winner faces WWE Champion, Edge, at Summerslam

    ENTRANT #01 - TED DIBIASE JR. @ 00:00
    ENTRANT #02 - M.V.P @ 00:00

    DiBiase tries to bundle MVP right out, but Porter fights him off, getting away from the ropes, then catches DiBiase with a hip toss. Panicking, young Ted rolls out of the ring, in fear that MVP might toss him out this quickly. Porter isn’t waiting around, and follows DiBiase out of the ring, but when MVP gets his hands on Ted, the Million Dollar Man causes a distraction, allowing young DiBiase to ram Porter into the ring post. Back into the ring, DiBiase tries to get MVP over the top, but Montel hangs on again. Porter then elbows Ted, and looks to dump the youngster out - but the Million Dollar Man saves his boy, holding his feet, and getting the feet back on the apron!!! MVP is angry at that, and starts stomping at DiBiase by the apron, as the countdown begins.

    ~ TEN ~ … ~ NINE ~ … ~ EIGHT ~ … ~ SEVEN ~ … ~ SIX ~ … ~ FIVE ~ … ~ FOUR ~ … ~ THREE ~ … ~ TWO ~ … ~ ONE ~

    !! BUZZER !!

    **I‘M ALL ABOUT COOL**
    ENTRANT #03 - DOMINO @ 01:30

    Disappointment would be an understatement, as crickets greet the arrival of resident jobber, Domino, though, as Michael Cole points out, it proves that ANYONE could be part of this match; everyone has an opportunity tonight. He hit’s the ring, and immediately backs up DiBiase, going after MVP, saving young Ted. Together, Domino and DiBiase look to wear down MVP, but when they start to make moves to eliminate Porter, the highest paid superstar on Smackdown mounts a comeback. Taking it to both men, MVP saves himself, fending off both Domino and DiBiase, eventually dumping Domino over - but NOT out. Domino survives, and rolls back in under the bottom rope to save DiBiase just before MVP can eliminate him. It becomes a two on one mugging again, as the countdown begins.

    ~ TEN ~ … ~ NINE ~ … ~ EIGHT ~ … ~ SEVEN ~ … ~ SIX ~ … ~ FIVE ~ … ~ FOUR ~ … ~ THREE ~ … ~ TWO ~ … ~ ONE ~

    !! BUZZER !!

    **PRIMOS**
    ENTRANT #04 - EPICO @ 04:00

    Looking excited, seeing the predicament MVP is in, Epico slides into the ring, joining the mugging on MVP. The three men take turns to take shots at Mr. 305, with Epico lining up a clothesline to send MVP out … but Porter ducks down … AND ELEVATES EPICO OVER … AND OUT!!!!!

    ELIMINATED: EPICO @ 04:39
    *BY M.V.P*

    The first elimination of the match occurs, with MVP stunning his recent rival, Epico!!! DiBiase and Domino quickly get back on MVP, but he fires up again, shrugging off a Million Dollar Dream attempt, and knocks both men down consecutively with clotheslines, then runs through young Ted with the DRIVE BY KICK!!! MVP then looks to dump Domino out, whilst the clock ticks down for entrant number 5…

    ~ TEN ~ … ~ NINE ~ … ~ EIGHT ~ … ~ SEVEN ~ … ~ SIX ~ … ~ FIVE ~ … ~ FOUR ~ … ~ THREE ~ … ~ TWO ~ … ~ ONE ~

    !! BUZZER !!

    **SOME BODIES GONNA GET IT**
    ENTRANT #05 - MARK HENRY @ 05:30

    Business just picked up!! Jerry Lawler excitedly calls Henry his pick, whilst Cole talks up how Henry left Umaga laying on the Great American Bash pre-show. In the ring, everyone takes notice, with MVP, DiBiase and Domino all refocusing themselves, and seemingly coming together to fight the Worlds Strongest Man. Theodore Long points his man to the ring, with Henry stepping inside … as DiBiase and Domino both shape to attack … but young Ted instead steps back … allowing Domino to get gripped and TOSSED by Henry!!!

    ELIMINATED: DOMINO @ 05:59
    *BY MARK HENRY*

    MVP comes at Henry next, throwing everything at the massive mountain of a man, but his offence has no effect, with Mark Henry gripping Porter, and BIELS him like a small child, over the top - to the FLOOR!!!!

    ELIMINATED: M.V.P @ 05:10
    *BY MARK HENRY*

    It leaves young Ted DiBiase all on his own to face the threat of Mark Henry!! On the outside, The Million Dollar Man is pleading with Theodore Long, looking to pay Long and Henry off - just as he did in the King of the Ring tournament. Young Ted starts to look relieved, seeing his father taking care of business … but Theodore Long SHAKES HIS HEAD; NO DEAL!!! In the ring, Ted Junior has no time to react, with Henry PRESSING HIM above his head … AND TOSSES DIBIASE OUT OF THE RING WITH A THUD!!!!!!!!!

    ELIMINATED: TED DIBIASE JR. @ 05:31
    *BY MARK HENRY*

    Mark Henry has the ring to himself, having eliminated three men in short order!!! The Worlds Strongest Man pounds his chest, walking around the ring - owning the ring - as we head to a commercial break with Michael Cole asking “who can stop Mark Henry!!!” and Jerry Lawler responding; “who‘d want to!?”




    Commercial Break




    Back on Smackdown, Mark Henry is again ALONE in the ring, as clips play from during the break of JTG (pulling double duty tonight!!) making a brief entrance as the NUMBER 6 ENTRANT, before being EASILY ELIMINATED by the Worlds Strongest Man, making it FOUR eliminations in short order for Mark Henry, establishing himself as a solid favourite already, waiting for the next opponent … or perhaps the next victim … though the clock is now a little askew, due to the commercial break drawing out the prior entrant.

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    !! BUZZER !!

    **VIRTUAL VOODOO**
    ENTRANT #07 - UMAGA @ 10:17

    And the fans come alive!! With Armando Estrada pointing his man to the ring, the Samoan Bulldozer CHARGES down the ramp, coming for a piece of Mark Henry, as the two behemoths come to blows again!!!!! Umaga and Mark Henry go punch for punch in the middle of the ring, neither man backing up an inch, with their respective managers cheering their charges on. Umaga slows Henry down with consecutive uppercuts, then sends Henry off the ropes, but the Worlds Strongest Man returns with a BIG boot to the face of Umaga!!!

    Umaga drops to a knee, and Henry backs up off the ropes, building ahead of steam - RIGHT INTO A ROLLING WHEEL KICK FROM THE SAMOAN BULLDOZER!!!!! Umaga takes Henry off his feet, then tries to bundle the big man over, with Theodore Long looking really worried … but Henry fights Umaga off!!! Henry survives, and the two men trade blows again in the middle of the ring, whilst the countdown clock begins again…

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    !! BUZZER !!

    **MAN WITH A PLAN**
    ENTRANT #08 - THE BRIAN KENDRICK @ 11:30

    The Brian Kendrick is officially back, but the former {interim} General Manager of Smackdown isn’t in a hurry to get between the two monsters in the ring. Kendrick hangs back on the ramp, watching from a safe distance, as Umaga and Mark Henry continue to battle it out, with The Worlds Strongest Man taking control, overpowering the Bulldozer, and sends Umaga into the corner - AVALANCHE - MISSES!!!!! Umagas speed plays a factor, and he bounds out of the corner, with Henry hitting the turnbuckles!! Henry staggers out of the corner, with Umaga SCOOPING HENRY UP … AND BODY SLAMS HIM -- OVER THE TOP -- AND TO THE FLOOR BELOW!!!!!

    ELIMINATED: MARK HENRY @ 11:46
    *BY UMAGA*

    The Samoan Bulldozer eliminates the dominant force of this Rumble!! Umaga gains revenge for what happened at the Great American Bash on Sunday!!! Henry crumbles to the floor, and Estrada celebrates like Umaga just won the match!! The Bulldozer lets out a tribal yell … and then turns his attention to The Brian Kendrick, who is still on the outside … and it looks as if Kendrick may have just wet himself in fear, knowing what he’s about to suffer.

    However … before Kendrick has to face up to Umaga, MARK HENRY RETURNS BACK INTO THE RING - SPINNING UMAGA AROUND -- WORLDS STRONGEST SLAM!!!!! Mark Henry puts Umaga down, with Armando Estrada furious on the floor, complaining to the official about the attack … as Theodore Long nods in approval, shouting to Henry; “TEACH HIM, PLAYA!!” with Henry picking Umaga back up … and dumps him over the top rope - TO THE FLOOR!!!!!

    ELIMINATED: UMAGA @ 12:07
    *BY MARK HENRY*

    Michael Cole complains on commentary about Mark Henry no longer being legal, saying the elimination shouldn’t count, but Lawler argues that “the rules say over the top rope and both feet touch the floor - it doesn’t matter HOW you get there!!” Now though, The Brian Kendrick is more than willing to go to the ring, sauntering inside, having the ring to himself!! Henry and Long begin to depart up the ramp … but Umaga is back up … and with Estrada demanding he react, the Samoan Bulldozer COMES AFTER MARK HENRY!!!!! Umaga attacks Henry on the ramp, with the two monsters trading blows back and forth, eventually disappearing out of view, followed by their managers!!! In the ring, Kendrick relaxes, lying across the top rope with his feet up, waiting for the next entrant to arrive…

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    !! BUZZER !!

    **BROKEN DREAMS**
    ENTRANT #09 - LASHLEY @ 13:00

    Suddenly, The Brian Kendricks mood changes upon hearing the music, and the cocky demeanour disappears, as he seeing the hulking physique of Lashley stomping down the ramp, backed up by Steven Richards. Lashley leaps up onto the apron, and Kendrick immediately exit’s the ring - but through the middle rope; not over the top - wanting no part of the ‘God of War’ … but Lashley isn’t prepared to let Kendrick off that lightly … and COMES AFTER HIM!!! Lashley stalks Kendrick around the ring, with TBK running into Steven Richards, then slides back in the ring when he’s cornered. As Lashley climbs back inside though, Kendrick slides back out, and backs away, up the ramp, where he appears to want to wait for back up, with Lashley bearing down on him…

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    !! BUZZER !!

    **BROKEN DREAMS**
    ENTRANT #10 - BATISTA @ 14:22

    But things have just gone from bad to worse for The Brian Kendrick as Lashleys PARTNER enters!!!!! Caught between a rock and a hard place, Kendrick finds himself in no mans land with Batista and Lashley bearing down on him from both sides … and the former Cruiserweight Champion doesn’t stand a chance!!! The Gods of War grip Kendrick, dragging him back to ringside, and into the ring, with Kendrick begging for his life. He appears to offer to just eliminate himself, with Batista and Lashley looking to each other, thinking it over … before Batista snatches Kendrick up - SPINEBUSTER!!!! Lashley takes his turn, splatting Kendrick on the mat with a SPINEBUSTER of his own!!! Lashley peels TBK off the mat, tossing him to Batista, and The Animal dumps Kendrick to the floor!!!!!

    ELIMINATED: THE BRIAN KENDRICK @ 15:26
    *BY BATISTA*

    Now, The Gods of War are left alone, and the commentary team wonder if Batista and Lashley will now go at it!! The two partners stare across at one another, with the fans wanting to see the partners clash … but before we can get the Gods of War to go to war with each other …

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    !! BUZZER !!

    **YOU WILL REMEMBER ME**
    ENTRANT #11 - CHUCK PALUMBO @ 15:49

    He may be little more than a jobber to the stars, but Chuck Palumbo is a jobber to the stars with guts - as he RUNS down the ramp, despite the Gods of War awaiting him in the ring. Palumbo slides inside, and gives it his all, trying to take it to both Batista and Lashley, getting shots in on both men … but the punches are effectively no-sold by the Gods of War, and after Chuck hammers Batista a second time, he turns around … RIGHT INTO A SPEAR!!!!! Batista follows up with a RUNNING POWERSLAM … and Lashley finishes the job, tossing Palumbo right back out of the ring where he came from!!!!!

    ELIMINATED: CHUCK PALUMBO @ 16:20
    *BY LASHLEY*

    With Palumbo gone, it looks like the Gods of War are set to dominate the remainder of this match, with Cole remarking that they could pick off each and every entrant still to come - just like they did to Chuck Palumbo!!! Lawler wonders if ANYONE can stop the Gods of War from winning this match, as we head to another commercial…




    Commercial Break




    Back from the commercial, The Gods of War are seemingly taking their time over the two most recent entrants that hit the ring during the commercial - ENTRANT #12 R-TRUTH and the newly minted Cruiserweight Champion ENTRANT #13 BRYAN DANIELSON. Batista and Lashley are taking their time with the pair, who bravely put up a fight, but cant get the better of the dominant Gods of War. Danielson starts firing off kicks to the legs of Batista, slowing The Animal down, which sees Batista aggressively toss Danielson out - BUT HE HANGS ON!!!!

    Danielson barely survives, as Batista - believing Danielson to be eliminated - joins Lashley to take care of Truth, who bravely hangs on, and is eventually saved by the returning Cruiserweight Champion. The Gods of War still dominate the plucky faces though, and Lashley drills Truth with a Sidewalk Slam, whilst Danielson is given a Muscle Buster by Batista!!! That appears to be all she wrote for the two underdogs, as the countdown clock begins …

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    !! BUZZER !!

    !! EXPLOSION FROM THE RING POSTS !!

    **BURNED**
    ENTRANT #14 - KANE @ 20:30

    IT’S KANE!!!!!! The fans EXPLODE for the return of the Big Red Machine, who was mysteriously taken away with his brother, The Undertaker three weeks ago on Smackdown by The Gods of War in a Casket!!!!! Steven Richards cant believe what he’s seeing, having thought previously he and the Gods of War had dispatched of the Brothers of Destruction!! Kane makes his way down to ringside - where The Gods of War have completely switched their attention from Truth and Danielson - and they wait for Kane to take them on. Kane climbs up onto the apron … and as he raises his arms…

    THE LIGHTS GO OUT!!!!

    ~ GONG ~

    THE LIGHTS RETURN…

    … AND THE UNDERTAKER IS IN THE RING!!!!!!!!

    The Gods of War are still fixated on Kane on the apron, giving Taker the chance to get the jump on Batista and Lashley!!! The Brothers of Destruction have caught Batista and Lashley off guard, and they take the fight to the men that beat them at Judgment Day - and the men that locked them both in a Casket three weeks ago!!!!! Truth and Danielson obviously filter out of the picture for the time being, letting this take it’s course, whilst Richards looks horrified by what he’s seeing!!!

    Batista and Lashley do their best like the badasses they are, but on this night, they’re overmatched against the inspired Kane and Undertaker … and they grip The Gods of War in stereo … CHOKESLAM TO BATISTA -- CHOKESLAM TO LASHLEY!!!!!! The Brothers of Destruction are standing tall - and the fans are on their feet for the legendary duo - so much so, that the countdown for the next entrant is almost completely overlooked…

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    !! BUZZER !!

    **BREAK THE WALLS DOWN**
    ENTRANT #15 - CHRIS JERICHO @ 22:14

    Mister Money in the Bank enters - but his arrival is overshadowed by what’s going on in the ring, with The Undertaker leaving the ring, scaring off Steven Richards - who runs for his life through the crowd, without the protection of his Gods of War. And in the ring, Kane sizes up the recovering Gods of War … rushing at them both … DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE … SENDS BOTH BATISTA AND LASHLEY TO THE FLOOR!!!!!!!

    ELIMINATED: BATISTA @ 22:31
    *BY KANE*

    ELIMINATED: LASHLEY @ 22:31
    *BY KANE*

    The Big Red Machine eliminates BOTH Gods of War … and as he stands over the ropes, looking out at the fallen figures of Batista and Lashley … the under the radar Chris Jericho seizes his opportunity … and DUMPS OUT KANE!!!!!!!

    ELIMINATED: KANE @ 22:37
    *BY CHRIS JERICHO*

    Devious as ever, Mister Money in the Bank makes an immediate impact on the Smackdown Rumble!!! Kane is gone, but we can get the impression that winning the match wasn’t Kanes primary objective tonight, as once he’s gone, Kane joins The Undertaker in picking apart what’s left of The Gods of War!!! In the ring meanwhile, Jericho nearly finds himself eliminated by Danielson, with the Cruiserweight Champion very nearly doing to Jericho what Jericho did to Kane!!! Jericho though, survives by landing on the apron, quickly rolling back inside. Mr. Money in the Bank doesn’t get much of a reprieve though, and Truth and Danielson take it to Jericho, forming a bond for the time being.

    At ringside, it’s bedlam, as Taker and Kane strip down the announce table, forcing Cole and Lawler to retreat, as they goozle The Gods of War for a second time … STEREO CHOKESLAMS THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!!!!!!!! The fans go berserk, as The Brothers of Destruction live up to their name, leaving absolute carnage at ringside, and leave The Gods of War in a heap!!!!! The Undertaker and Kane nod to one another, having made their point, before they leave up the ramp, as the focus can now shift back to the ring - where Chris Jericho is just BARELY hanging on, with Truth and Danielson remaining on the same page, looking to dump out Mr. Money in the Bank, as the countdown begins.

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    !! BUZZER !!

    **BOURNE TO WIN**
    ENTRANT #16 - EVAN BOURNE @ 24:07

    Next out is Evan Bourne, who awkwardly has to pass the Brothers of Destruction on his way down the ramp, but once he bypasses the icons, Bourne sprints to the ring, sliding inside, surprisingly going at both Truth and Danielson, and inadvertently saving Jericho from a near elimination. Bourne shoots off a couple of dropkicks, then arm drags on all three men, starting off hot, but as he tries to run Truth out of the ring, Truth reverses the momentum, and sends Bourne out instead … BUT BOURNE HANGS ON!!! Jericho bundles Danielson over too … BUT HE HANGS ON TOO!!!! Danielson and Bourne are both dangling, and as Jericho pairs off with Truth, the two cruiserweights are left in a perilous position, kicking at each other, trying to eliminate the other … but both men eventually survive.

    Briefly, we see that Batista and Lashley are still trying to recover from the double choke slam they suffered from The Brothers of Destruction, as Cole and Lawler remain standing with no desk to sit out. Meanwhile, Danielson and Bourne climb back onto the apron, but Jericho spots an opportunity, and looks for a springboard dropkick to Bourne - BUT HE DUCKS!!! Jericho crashes and burns, with Truth looking to toss Jericho out - but Jericho hangs on!!!!! As Truth then turns his attention to Danielson and Bourne, Jericho is able to skin the cat, and he then looks to bundle out Truth from behind … and now it’s Truth that has to hang on for dear life!!! Danielson fights his way back into the ring, along with Bourne, teeing off on Jericho, allowing Truth to survive, as the countdown begins again.

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    !! BUZZER !!

    **RAW TO THE CORE**
    ENTRANT #17 - JERRY LYNN @ 25:25

    The appearance of JERRY LYNN takes EVERYONE by surprise, with the former ECW Alumni hitting the stage!! There’s not exactly a massive pop, considering, but Cole sells it big, hyping Jerry Lynn as one of the all time great ECW competitors, and feeds the information to the viewers that Finlay - impressed by what he saw at One Night Stand - has just recently signed Jerry Lynn to a contract, in order to beef up the Cruiserweight division on Smackdown!! Jerry Lawler doesn’t have anything particularly nice to say, given his hatred for ECW, but does concede that at least Lynn can wrestle.

    The veteran makes an instant impression when he hit’s the ring, taking shots at all four men in the ring, showing no fear or trepidation, then catches Danielson with a beauty of a dropkick, before popping off a BRAINBUSTER on Evan Bourne!! Lynn jumps back up, playing to the fans, as Truth lunges toward him - but Lynn drops, lowering the top rope in the process … and Truth is NEARLY eliminated, but he JUST hangs on at the apron!!! Lynn tees off with chops to Chris Jericho now in the corner, but a rake of the eyes from Jericho slows Jerry Lynns momentum.

    On the outside, Batista and Lashley finally reach their feet, still selling the effects of the TWO choke slams they received from the Brothers of Destruction tonight, with their manager, Steven Richards arriving back at ringside, escorting them from ringside, already talking to them about how they’ll get The Undertaker and Kane back for this, repeatedly declaring; “THIS IS OUR DOMAIN NOW - NOT THEIRS!!!” The action focuses back on the ring, with Jericho sending Jerry Lynn off the ropes, looking for a big back body drop, but Lynn lands behind - GERMAN SUPLEX!!!!! Jerry Lynn puts Jericho down, but is nearly thrown out of the ring by Danielson, hanging on for dear life, as the countdown clock shows up again.

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    !! BUZZER !!

    **VOICES**
    ENTRANT #18 - RANDY ORTON @ 26:47

    It’s a great draw for the man who believes he should already be heading to Summerslam for the title shot!! Orton isn’t wasting anytime either, still fired up over what transpired on Sunday and earlier tonight - no methodical ring walk tonight for the former WWE Champion!!! Orton sprints to the ring, sliding inside ducking under a clothesline attempt from Bourne, continuing on and clotheslines Bourne RIGHT OUT OF THE RING!!!!!!!

    ELIMINATED: EVAN BOURNE @ 27:00
    *BY RANDY ORTON*

    Orton makes an immediate impact with a thunderous clothesline, but as he turns back around, R-Truth is there to meet him, catching the former champion with a kick to the gut, coming back off the ropes, looking for the Scissors Kick - Orton avoids it - Truth hits fresh air … ORTON EXPLODES WITH AN RKO!!!!!!!! Orton pounds the canvas, and gets right back up, knocking down Danielson with a clothesline, then Lynn, then Jericho … before picking Truth up, and bundles him over - and OUT of the ring, R-Truth is GONE!!!!!

    ELIMINATED: R-TRUTH @ 27:18
    *BY RANDY ORTON*

    The former WWE Champion is running roughshod already!!! Two eliminations in short order, and Orton now takes the fight to Jericho, targeting Mr. Money in the Bank, perhaps holding him partly responsible for him not winning at the Great American Bash. Orton hammers Jericho in the corner, whilst Lynn and Danielson pair off, as we head to the final commercial break of the evening…




    Commercial Break




    Back from the commercial, we learn that ENTRANT #19 JAMIE NOBLE entered during the break, and the former Cruiserweight Champion {pulling double duty tonight} made a beeline for the man that took the gold from him at the Great American Bash - but was cut off by Jerry Lynn - and as yet, has been unable to get at Danielson. Chris Jericho is seen hiding out in the corner, whilst Orton is stomping Danielson in the middle of the ring. Lynn is trying to get Noble over the top, but the former Cruiserweight Champion is holding on, as we await the FINAL entrant of the contest…

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    !! BUZZER !!

    **MEDAL**
    ENTRANT #20 - KURT ANGLE @ 31:03

    KURT ANGLE IS BACK!!!!!! Unadvertised, unannounced, KURT ANGLE - who took time off after his unsuccessful King of the Ring attempt a month ago - IS BACK ON SMACKDOWN!!!!! The fans pop for Angle, who SPRINTS to the ring, wasting no time, as Michael Cole points out the obvious; one of these six men will head on to Summerslam to challenge for the WWE Championship!!!!! And Angle doesn’t waste a minute, ducking a shot from Jamie Noble - and executes a German!!! Jerry Lynn takes a German, and Randy Orton gets a Belly to Belly!!!!! Angle comes in all guns blazing, and after the suplex spree … he comes face to face … with Bryan Danielson!!!!!

    The two men who engaged in a ‘Match of the Year’ contender in the King of the Ring Semi-Finals, come face to face again, but before we can get any action between them, Chris Jericho spoils the party with a big running forearm shot to Angle!!! Danielson attacks Jericho, and the two men trade chops back and forth, until Danielson starts to get the better of the exchange, leading Jericho to rake the eyes of the Cruiserweight Champion!!! Off that, Jericho looks to dump Danielson out - but Danielson reverses the momentum, nearly eliminating Jericho instead … and both men struggle by the ropes, battling to survive.

    On commentary, Cole notes that of these final six, all but Jerry Lynn have previously competed in Royal Rumbles, but NONE of them have ever won one, with Angle a former runner up, and both Jericho and Orton formerly part of final fours. Jerry Lynn starts to tussle with Orton in a corner, as Jamie Noble looks to take a scalp by dumping out Kurt Angle, rushing at him by the ropes - but Angle catches him coming in - BELLY TO BELLY … OVER THE TOP --- JAMIE NOBLE CRASHES TO THE FLOOR!!!!!

    ELIMINATED: JAMIE NOBLE @ 32:48
    *BY KURT ANGLE*

    Noble rounds off a horrible week, losing out on the title shot at Summerslam, as Angle hangs onto the ropes … with Lynn spotting an opportunity, coming at Kurt, but Angle sends Lynn over too … only the veteran manages to stop himself from hitting the floor below!! Jerry Lynn hangs on, but not for long, as Orton knocks down the Olympian with a clothesline, then - still aiming for Angle - looks for a dropkick, but Kurt dodges it, and Orton connects with the ECW alumni instead - sending him to the floor!!!!!

    ELIMINATED: JERRY LYNN @ 33:01
    *BY RANDY ORTON*

    It’s down to four!!! Each man takes a corner, giving the fans a bit of a stand off, and a chance to pick who they want to win. Given his surprise return, Angle appears to be the consensus pick for the fans, as Jericho and Orton appear to put their own differences aside, realizing two heads are better than one, as they get the jump on Angle and Danielson - WORKING TOGETHER!!!! Despite their mutual hatred for one another, Jericho and Orton band together, beating up on Angle and Danielson. Orton takes the Cruiserweight Champion out of action for the time being with his modified backbreaker, allowing them to gang up on Angle.

    Kurt does his best to fight them off, and hangs perilously onto the ropes whilst on the apron, fighting for all he’s worth, keeping the two men at bay. Angle hot shots Orton on the ropes, and fends off Jericho, but as he tries to climb back into the ring, Orton catches him … catching Kurt in no mans land … HANGMANS DDT OFF THE MIDDLE ROPE!!!!!!!! Orton drags Angle back up, looking to toss him out, but Danielson comes fighting back, rocking Orton with vicious forearms … only for Jericho to spin him around - CODEBREAKER!!!!!

    Jericho and Orton have put both Angle and Danielson down, and they look to one another, with Jericho nodding, motioning that they should throw the pair of them out at this point. They look to work in tandem, dragging Angle up first … but as they bring Kurts dead weight to his feet … Jericho - ever the opportunist - DOUBLE CROSSES ORTON - AND LOOKS TO TOSS HIM OUT … BUT ORTON REVERSES THE MOMENTUM … AND BOTH MEN TUMBLE OVER… BUT NEITHER MAN IS ELIMINATED!!!

    …THEY BOTH LAND ON THE APRON!!!!! Scrambling to their feet on the apron, Jericho and Orton trade blows, trying to knock the other off, as Jerichos plan falters, with Mr. Money in the Bank on the brink of defeat … he and Orton in a precarious position … AS DANIELSON AND ANGLE EXPLODE - DANIELSON KNOCKS JERICHO OFF THE APRON - AND ANGLE NAILS ORTON … BOTH MEN ARE GONE!!!!!!!!!!

    ELIMINATED: CHRIS JERICHO @ 36:18
    *BY BRYAN DANIELSON*

    ELIMINATED: RANDY ORTON @ 36:19
    *BY KURT ANGLE*

    And then there were two!!! And the fans come alive once more, as we get to revisit the King of the Ring Semi-Final again!!! Outside, Orton is sat - hands on head - leaning back against the barricade, before throwing his hands back, thumping the barrier in frustration - whilst Jericho kicks the steps to show his own frustration at his plan failing. Jericho retrieves his briefcase - he still has a title shot when he wants it - and departs, whilst Orton remains sat in silence on the floor. Meanwhile, Angle and Danielson stand off in the middle of the ring, face to face, with Angle quickly shooting for the double leg!!!

    He takes Danielson down, and transitions to a waistlock, powering Danielson back up, trying to force him over and out - but Danielson gets a foot on the middle rope preventing the momentum, pushing back, and fires off elbows, connecting with Angle, breaking the waistlock!!! Going back and forth, Danielson and Angle trade forearms {Danielson} and European Uppercuts {Angle}, the fans picking sides, but it’s ANGLE that wins this exchange, with Cole pointing out Kurt Angle being the fresher of the two, along with Danielson having competed in a gruelling Iron Man Match five days ago. Angle hammers Danielson into the ropes, looking to pick up steam, charging to send him over - BUT GETS ROCKED WITH A FOREARM AS HE COMES IN!!!!!

    The shot puts Angle on dream street, and Danielson looks to run Angle over the top - getting him over … but Kurt lands on the apron!!! Danielson stomps at Angle, trying to force him to the floor, but Kurt survives, rolling back inside. Danielson stays on top though, and stomps Angle mercilessly, before dragging him back up - Angle explodes, ducking under, locking the waist - GERMAN SUPLEX!!!! Angle hangs on, bringing Danielson back up … looking behind, seemingly shaping to German Suplex Danielson OVER the top - but before we can find out if it’s possible, Danielson breaks the grip, running off the ropes - but gets CLEANED OUT with a clothesline from Angle!!!!

    Angle looks to soften Danielson up in the corner, pounding him down, before sending Danielson across the ring to the opposite corner, rushing in after - but Danielson runs up the turnbuckles, backflips over Angle, running off the ropes, and nails Angle with a running forearm!!!!! Angle goes down, and struggles back up by the ropes … with Danielson rushing at him - RUNNING DROPKICK … BUT ANGLE STAYS IN THE RING!!! Danielson gets back up, and goes again; RUNNING DROPKICK … AND ANGLE TUMBLES OVER … BUT HANGS ON FOR DEAR LIFE!!!! Once more, Danielson gets up, looking for one last running dropkick to send Angle off … AND CONNECTS-

    … BUT ANGLE HANGS ON STILL!!!!!

    Danielson turns around, expecting to see Angle on the floor - BUT HE’S STILL THERE!!! The Cruiserweight Champion cant believe it. Angle looks dazed, barely able to stand, as Danielson looks to bend the fingers to break the grip - WHICH HE DOES … BUT ANGLE GRABS THE TOP ROPE WITH HIS OTHER HAND!!!! Angle is desperately hanging on, with Danielson now firing off forearms, as Angle teeters, seemingly weakening … and Danielson turns, running off the ropes, coming for ONE MORE running dropkick - ANGLE MOVES!!!!! Danielson misses his target, and crashes onto the mat, with Angle stumbling back INTO the ring!!!!!

    Both men are down, with Angle having taken just about everything Danielson could throw at him, but they both struggle back to their feet, trading blows, before Angle grips Danielson - WANTING A BELLY TO BELLY - BLOCKED!!! Danielson blocks the suplex attempt, saving himself from certain defeat, and opens up with kicks to Angle, beating Kurt to his knees, kicking the shit out of Angle chest by the ropes, lining up the big ROUNDHOUSE … ANGLE DUCKS … POPS UP … CATCHES DANIELSON ON THE SPIN … AND ANGLE SLAMS BRYAN DANIELSON OVER THE TOP … SENDING DANIELSON TO THE FLOOR!!!!!!!!

    ELIMINATED: BRYAN DANIELSON @ 39:56
    *BY KURT ANGLE*

    Angle drops to his knees in elation - HE’S DONE IT!!! He’s going to Summerslam!!!!

    Winner: Kurt Angle @ 39:56
    *CHALLENGES EDGE FOR THE WWE CHAMPIONSHIP AT SUMMERSLAM*

    Michael Cole: KURT ANGLE HAS DONE IT!!! KURT ANGLE IS GOIN TO SUMMERSLAM!!! KURT ANGLE IS HEADED TO THE GARDEN FOR THE WWE TITLE!!!!!

    Jerry Lawler: We didn’t know what to expect tonight Michael - but I know we NEVER expected this!!! Kurt Angle!!!!

    Michael Cole: Avenging his loss to Bryan Danielson in the King of the Ring Semi-Finals, Kurt Angle now has the opportunity to avenge his loss at Judgment Day against Edge!! He now has the opportunity to win his first WWE Title in THREE long years!!! The road to redemption has been paved for Kurt Angle - and it leads to Madison Square Garden on August 24!!!!

    Jerry Lawler: I cant wait!!! Kurt Angle and Edge!! Oh My!!!

    Kurt Angle - still on his knees in ecstasy - has his arm raised in victory, before finally getting to his knees, roaring in victory, celebrating the fact he’s back on track toward the WWE Championship.

    RKO!!!!!!!!

    Randy Orton NEVER LEFT after his elimination, and his frustrations have boiled over - unleashing an RKO on the unsuspecting Kurt Angle. Orton paces around the ring, as Bryan Danielson climbs back inside - looking groggy after his rough elimination - coming to confront Orton - RKO TO DANIELSON TOO!!!!!

    Orton stomps Danielson, getting him out of the ring … before turning his attention back to Kurt Angle, who is struggling on his hands and knees, following the RKO … and it means he’s in the perfect position for the dreaded PUNT!!!

    Michael Cole: Oh no, King- you don’t think-

    Jerry Lawler: I do think, Michael. I think Randy Orton has something sinister in mind here!!

    Michael Cole: Orton’s gonna put Kurt Angle out of the Summerslam main event!!! That’s what he wants to do here!!!

    Orton is like a coiled spring in the corner, waiting for his moment to strike … but as he charges for the PUNT …

    EDGE - OUT OF NOWHERE - SLIDES INTO THE RING-

    INTERCEPTS ORTON BEFORE HE CAN PUNT-

    AND SPEARS RANDY ORTON!!!!!!!

    Michael Cole: EDGE JUST SPEARED RANDY ORTON!!! EDGE JUST SAVED KURT ANGLE!!!!

    Jerry Lawler: He just saved his challenger at Summerslam, Michael!!!

    Orton immediately rolls out of the ring off the Spear, writhing on the floor, clutching his ribs from the impact of the move from Edge. In the ring, the WWE Champion leans over the ropes, having plenty to say to his hated rival…

    … Whilst in the background, the recovering Kurt Angle picks up the WWE Championship, and gets back to his feet. Angle looks at the championship he’s been without for three years, and looks up at Edge - still busy trash talking Orton - possibly lining up a shot at Edge with the belt…

    Michael Cole: Well- wait a second. What is- what is Kurt Angle thinking here??

    Jerry Lawler: Edge better watch out, Cole!!

    Michael Cole: No - don’t do it, Kurt!! Edge just saved your title shot!! He just saved your career!!

    Edge eventually peels away from the ropes, and turns around -

    Michael Cole: WAIT-- WAIT!!!

    Jerry Lawler: Watch out!!---

    Into Angle-

    But Angle DOESN’T attack!!!!

    Still, Edge naturally flinches initially when confronted with a man holding a {potential} weapon. Edge takes a step back, having half expected Angle to nail him with the belt … but Angle doesn’t do anything.

    Michael Cole: Thank God for that!! I thought King- I thought Kurt Angle was about to take out the WWE Champion!!!

    Jerry Lawler: I think we all did!!!

    Champion and challenger lock eyes in the ring, with Angle holding the title, taking another look at it, before placing it over the shoulder of Edge. Angle pats the belt, but says nothing to Edge, before backing away, leaving the ring.

    Jerry Lawler: I think that was a message, Michael!! Kurt Angle handing the title back to Edge, as if to say; “You can have it -- for now!!”

    Michael Cole: At Judgment Day, Edge survived the onslaught from Kurt Angle to leave with the WWE Title in tact. He could barely walk due to the punishment on his ankle that night - but he got the job done. Kurt Angle felt he should’ve left as WWE Champion on that occasion. Now, they’ll do it all again in the Worlds Most Famous Arena!!

    Jerry Lawler: What a match it’ll be, Michael!! What a match!!!

    Angle backs away from the ring, raising his arms again in victory, as Edge watches the #1 Contender leave up the ramp, mouthing; “no need to thank me for saving your ass…”

    Michael Cole: And while Kurt Angle has worked his way back to a shot at the WWE Title, what does this mean for Randy Orton now?? He didn’t lost at the Great American Bash - he felt he should’ve been awarded a rematch. Now, at Summerslam, he’ll be on the outside looking in. What could this do to the mind set of Orton??

    Jerry Lawler: If his reaction to Angle winning tonight is an indicator, I don’t think anyone is safe around here!! Randy Orton is ready to snap!!!

    Edge continues to watch from the ring as Angle backs off, as we catch another glimpse of Orton on the floor, still holding his ribs, selling the spear … before the show closes on the visual of Kurt Angle - arms raised in victory - at the top of the ramp, headed to Summerslam…

    Michael Cole: On a historic night on Smackdown, Kurt Angle has shocked the world to return after a month long sabbatical -- he has won the first ever Smackdown Rumble, and on August 24 at Summerslam, he has the chance to win his first WWE Championship in three years!! Angle is going to Summerslam!!!!

    END OF SHOW



     
     
     

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    Official Card for WWE SummerSlam:
    August 24 2008 | Madison Square Garden, New York NY
    Theme Music; ‘Closer’ by Kings of Leon & ‘Summer In The City’ by The Lovin’ Spoonful


    ~ THE MAIN EVENT ~
    !! HELL IN THE CELL !!
    JOHN CENA -VERSUS- CHRISTIAN
    ~ COLLISION COURSE III - THE FIGHT OF THE CENTURY ~

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    WWE Championship Match:
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    Re: Being The Booker

    First time reviewed your BTB, been enjoying your show for a while & it has rekindled the urge to get back into reviewing shows once again. I like seeing a point of difference with BTB so they aren't identical. Really like the great detail you went into describing each entrant in the Royal Rumble give a feel what you do with them & how you present them for me to read & follow. I can see some feuds for your show developing on the back on what happened in this match, which makes it must see next post. Congrats by the way on having almost 45,000 views that's very impressive , shows you have long term plans with this show too. Can't wait to see what you do with Cena vs Christian always wanted to see more of these two in action in E W W F, so looking forward to seeing how it evolves on your show. Edge vs Angle is a can't wait to see too based on how you book them, not on how W W E books them. I can't wait & to be honest, I find it hard to pick one, actually looking forward to just seeing what happens & I know what ever you do, it'll be worth the wait.

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    Pretty standard opening segment given what happened at the Bash, you wouldn’t expect Edge to be out celebrating a retain by countout so Orton out to complain about it was expected. And pretty much everything he said made perfect sense, given the double countout he certainly has a right to feel he should still be number one contender, and certainly when I saw that result at the Bash I just assumed you were building up to one final battle at SummerSlam between the two. Edge didn’t really have much to say, the brawl obviously being the more important part of their altercation. Finlay’s announcement, he’s certainly proving to be a hard but fair GM for the blue brand, and that’s shown again with the match for Edge. A real standard opening segment as I said, obviously the brawl made it a bit more interesting but certainly Orton needed to come out and say what he said given what happened at the Bash.

    Noble answering the challenge is a bit surprising given the sound beating he took at the Bash, I actually thought he could do with a week or two off to kind of reset things, but I guess a good showing against the champ could do it too. And certainly for Noble that’s what this was, a competitive outing where he looked pretty good before being put away. Btw, when was the last time you used the edgecution as a finisher? Haven’t seen that in a while… While Edge rebounds with a win, it’s Noble who I’ll be most interested in going forward. Certainly he can’t get back involved with Danielson after such a defeat, so hopefully you’ve got something in-store for him.

    Ha! A ball without a number, that’s pretty clever. Certainly a unique way of giving an excuse for not having people in the match. Although that Evan Bourne “lucky me” shtick… yuck, too cheesy. Sandow was good though.

    Surprised that coming off his win at the Bash (which I totally didn’t expect btw) that R-Truth would wind up on the losing side here. Obviously he and JTG have an out due to the loaded purse, but unless you’re planning on turning this into a longer term deal, it kinda stopped Truth’s momentum in it’s tracks. And out of interest… what is Shad up to in this world? I feel kinda dumb asking, like I’ve seen him in this thread somewhere, but I might be talking nonsense in that and I’m too lazy to check right now, so an answer in your next mailbag post please?


    Not much going in either DiBiase’s favour right now, obviously expecting a low number for Ted Jr. after this. As for Estrada, while Umaga is certainly a dominant beast, he won’t be winning this. His future lies in this eventual showdown with Mark Henry, but another nice little interaction to build hype for the Rumble.

    Poor Kofi, those dastardly Colons… although knowing you, that would be too straight forward. There’s a swerve in here somewhere, I’m sure of it, despite the laughing and smirking at the end.

    Uh… yeah. Sandow wins. Who the in the blue hell is Jon Davis? The jobber’s jobber, that’s who.

    Kendrick~! Great to have him back, one of the real standout characters on SmackDown these last few months. Loved his little quips about the pedicure and the way he brushed off the lack of a party for his return, really good stuff. Please find him something good to do in the run up to SummerSlam, he deserves to play a part in a show like that.

    Interesting that you could be shipping Sandow over to Raw. Could see him playing a bigger role in their midcard than he does here on SmackDown. Interested to see who our mystery man is, can only assume it’ll be someone big that’ll have an impact on the Rumble.

    The Fight Factory and Melina is certainly an interesting pairing for me, due to the way you’ve presented Barrett in this team. He’s almost always the straight man to Burke’s cocky character, so it almost feels like he’s find Melina a distraction of sorts. I think these three have potential, but I don’t see how she’ll interact with Barrett right now. That’s maybe something to get across more in the coming weeks. Certainly Barrett blocking Melina’s entrance is something I could see him doing just to be a dick. As for MNM (Can you still call them that without Melina? Makes that second ‘M’ kinda redundant, no?), looks like this is a feud that’s set to run, and I could see multiple rematches between the two teams with Melina costing MNM each time. And I suppose that could give you time to build up another face team to challenge Fight Factory in the future, since you’re kinda lacking on credible face challengers right now. I think obviously this was a promo that needed to happen, and understandably Burke and Melina did the talking, but I’m intrigued as to how those two and Barrett will interact over the next few weeks to see how it all progresses.

    Oh my… a Danielson/Jericho interaction~! If you’re looking for a way to keep Jericho busy before he cashes in, then that would be pretty epic. Obviously might require Danielson to step away from the Cruiserweight division, but again, would give you time to build up another challenger for him if he was to feud with Jericho for a bit. Or… at least a match between the two, yeah?

    A pretty slow start to the Rumble (how the hell does Domino get a number!?) but Henry coming in and tossing bodies around was great stuff. Although poor JTG, not only does he lose his tag match, he enters AND gets eliminated during a commercial!? Talk about kicking a guy when he’s down. Here we go, battle of the big boys! Although we didn’t see then together for very long, I almost thought you’d have them take turns to beat the shit out of Kendrick before dumping him out and then going at each other again, but to have them eliminate each other makes sense too. And just as I say that, you’ve saved that routine for Lashley and Batista. Gods looking beastly right now, although where you’re going with them I have no idea. No other teams really on their level right now, so who they beat next is hard to picture right now. Oh wait… ‘Taker and Kane are back. That’s that question answered! OK, getting close to the end, lol at Bourne “awkwardly passing the Brother’s of Destruction”! Oh, Jerry Lynn… he could work with Danielson for the gold, I guess. Orton and then… Angle! Loved the ending, Danielson eliminating Jericho seems to suggest what I thought earlier would happen, and Angle eliminating Orton was rather unexpected. Thought this was a really creative main event, could easily become an annual thing, and certainly it was well booked. All the feuds that intertwined and developed was impressive. Good stuff here. Only thing I’ll ask is why wasn’t Triple H involved?

    And post-match, Edge saving Angle from Orton screams triple threat for SummerSlam. How you’ll insert Orton into it I’m not sure, he clearly established his case earlier in the night, but at the same time, Finlay made his position pretty clear too. Nice little tease between Angle and Edge, can’t see either man turning on the other which again makes me think Orton will be involved. A very nice way to end things, a lot of intrigue in the way the show has gone off the air.

    Overall, a really good show coming off the Bash. The rumble concept worked very well and there was a lot going on storyline wise to set future things up. Seems a bit more intrigue with the cast of characters on SmackDown compared to Raw right now, but SummerSlam seems to be shaping up nicely.


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    Alright, let's get to this. I've been psyched for this episode for ages now.

    Orton expecting to be made the Number One Contender is exactly how this should start. Guy has a point after the Bash. I wonder what this means for the main event scene given this clearly isn't over between them. Does Orton worm his way in to the match at Summerslam? Either way, good, logical opening.

    I enjoyed the open challenge and Noble having a good showing. I do wonder what this means for him though as losing by so much in the Iron Man then jobbing to an unprepared (and inappropriately attired) champion straight after has him looking pretty weak. Interested to see how you heat him back up after this.

    LOVE the idea that people pick balls and if they're blank they're not in. Great system and not something I've seen before. Sandow kind of came out of nowhere to be all over this show, making me think he's in line for a bigger push. You do write him very well.

    Not much to say about the tag match, it was what it was. Shame to see Truth lose as I thought after the Bash there was something more in line for him given he won a PPV match.

    The Estrada/DiBiase segment was awesome. Those used to be my favourite non-Rumble parts of the Rumble, all the interaction about it. DiBiase offering to buy his number given Junior was at number 1 is a lovely bit of work.

    Great Kendrick segment, as always. I love the way you write for him. Here's to hoping there are big things in his immediate future, given Paul London in one of the big stars on Raw and I always felt Kendrick had more upside.

    Melina with Burke and Barrett works well, I really liked the touch of Barrett blocking the view of her entrance. MNM will make great babyfaces (I like them coming out for the fight in jeans, marking a difference in their presentation already). This should make for a great feud if this segment is anything to go by.

    Jericho threatening to dethrone Edge at Summerslam, huh? I'll mark that in my "things to remember for later" notebook that I don't have.

    And finally, the reason we're all here.

    Loved the Rumble from start to finish. Very well written, some nice moments, and plenty of build for future showdowns. All exactly what it should be. I know you had some feedback from someone before about how the Rumble should be at the Rumble, but I'm fine with it here. As a once off, it's a really fun and different thing to enjoy.

    What I liked:

    I loved the Henry/Umaga show down, which was exactly what it should be. I haven't really been able to tell the alignments so far, but they're pretty clear now. Great hoss battle, both eliminations were spot on, all in all, very much in for this feud. The right escalation at the right time.

    Gods of War being dominant, only to lose out to Kane and 'Taker is fantastic booking. Very excited for the hoss match at Summerslam (I presume).

    Jericho eliminating Kane like a total prick is exactly how he should be booked. Loved it.

    I liked that you avoided having an "Iron Man", like WWE insists on doing in every Rumble. Nowadays when someone comes out in Number 1 I don't ask "how are they going to win?", I think "this person's clearly being pushed". If there is always an Iron Man, it's no longer special. Getting a late number was important here, which means by January I'll be questioning whether your early numbers have a chance. That's awesome.

    Lynn returning after One Night Stand is great. You did such an awesome job on that show it'd have been a shame not to tap in to that and bring someone in. Lynn is as good a shout as anyone. I mean, Danielson vs Lynn? Hell yes. Make that shit happen.

    Angle returning was also great, and a good use of something like a Smackdown Rumble. It felt like a big return, and given he's been away for a little bit he instantly feels hot and ready to be pushed again. His Belly to Belly over the top rope on Noble was awesome. Great moment.

    I liked the image of Jericho and Orton going at the same time, leaving us with 2. Could totally envision it and marked out a little. It felt unexpected, which I always think is one of the best things a BTB can be (as long as it makes sense). I expected Danielson to get the rub of being in the final 4, but being the runner up makes him look like a huge star. I genuinely can't see how you can leave him in the undercard given how amazingly he's been booked in the last couple of months. He's right below the likes of Edge, Orton, Jericho and Angle for me. That said, Angle is a great shout for the win and he vs Edge is a great Smackdown main event for Summerslam.

    What could have made it even better for me:

    Although I liked that the late entries did the best, the ordering felt very back heavy. It felt like all the early people lost at the PPV, and there was never a risk of any of them winning. Even if we'd have had Kendrick making it through to halfway or something would have been nice. But here we had basically the jobbers at the start until Umaga and Henry appeared, and all the stars back-weighted.

    Speaking of Kendrick, I was disappointed he was only there for a few minutes and essentially was used to get the Gods of War over when there were plenty of others who could have done that. He's been so entertaining for this last month I was hoping he'd get a chance to really get over in this kind of environment.

    As much as I loved the 'Taker & Kane/Gods of War segment, I did find it slightly weird that 'Taker wasn't in the match but still got involved, and how he and Kane just kind of walked away afterwards, and Gods of War were left to recover and walk to the back. I feel like a brawl to the back or something would have felt more in keeping with the nature of their characters.

    As much as Danielson came out of this looking good, it did have the knock on impact that I knew Danielson wasn't actually winning and getting a title shot, and therefore the ending was a something of an anti-climax simply because I knew who would win. It was brilliantly written, but with a fairly obvious outcome in a way it wouldn't have been if Orton or Jericho had been in there instead.

    Still, great booking, GREAT writing, pretty much everything I hoped for for most of it. Well worth the wait!





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    Quote Originally Posted by iMac View Post
    Btw, when was the last time you used the edgecution as a finisher? Haven’t seen that in a while… While Edge rebounds with a win, it’s Noble who I’ll be most interested in going forward. Certainly he can’t get back involved with Danielson after such a defeat, so hopefully you’ve got something in-store for him.

    Ha! A ball without a number, that’s pretty clever. Certainly a unique way of giving an excuse for not having people in the match. Although that Evan Bourne “lucky me” shtick… yuck, too cheesy. Sandow was good though.

    Surprised that coming off his win at the Bash (which I totally didn’t expect btw) that R-Truth would wind up on the losing side here. Obviously he and JTG have an out due to the loaded purse, but unless you’re planning on turning this into a longer term deal, it kinda stopped Truth’s momentum in it’s tracks. And out of interest… what is Shad up to in this world? I feel kinda dumb asking, like I’ve seen him in this thread somewhere, but I might be talking nonsense in that and I’m too lazy to check right now, so an answer in your next mailbag post please?

    As for MNM (Can you still call them that without Melina? Makes that second ‘M’ kinda redundant, no?), looks like this is a feud that’s set to run, and I could see multiple rematches between the two teams with Melina costing MNM each time. And I suppose that could give you time to build up another face team to challenge Fight Factory in the future, since you’re kinda lacking on credible face challengers right now. I think obviously this was a promo that needed to happen, and understandably Burke and Melina did the talking, but I’m intrigued as to how those two and Barrett will interact over the next few weeks to see how it all progresses.

    Only thing I’ll ask is why wasn’t Triple H involved?
    Honestly, I have no idea when Edge last finished someone in this thread with the Edgecution lol. That was part of the reason for having him win with it here, rather than relying always on the Spear.

    Ha, as strange as this'll sound, I'm glad you thought Bourne was cheesy as hell here. I always thought he was the most wooden promo guy when he was in the WWE, which was a shame, because he was pretty exciting to watch in the ring.

    Yeah, I can see why Truth being on the losing side feels a bit self defeatist coming off his win at the Bash, and I don't necessarily have an excuse for it. Really, the focus was to be less on Truth here. At the minute, JTG has this ongoing issue with the Latinos, and has already failed against them when teaming with Bourne, and now, with Truth. Just trying to get the point across with JTG that it's not easy to just form a team and expect instant chemistry with a random partner, hence the failure again here.

    As for Shad, you're right. He was in the thread initially with JTG, but I decided to release him after Wrestlemania 23 and lump JTG into the Brotherhood. There is a post here in the thread somewhere (I think it would've been during the period you were away) that Shad (and Rene Dupree ~!!) had been re-signed to the company. I've no idea what I'll be using him for right now. None at all. Nope, no idea. None. Zero plans....

    The MNM name is an issue I've been dealing with in my head for a while now, ever since planning the Melina turn. At first, I was just going to
    blow it off and have Nitro and Mercury say "The MNM name means more than just our initials" ... but I've settled on something else (which could actually be worse, but I'll let everyone else be the judge of that) which you'll see in a few weeks time. But yeah, that name issue will be addressed.

    As for Triple H, he's serving a suspension that came into effect immediately after The Great American Bash, stemming back to him attacking the civilian {Mr. Kennedy} at the Smackdown debut on Sci-Fi. He's banned from television until the issue is resolved.


    Quote Originally Posted by Keefmoon View Post

    The Estrada/DiBiase segment was awesome. Those used to be my favourite non-Rumble parts of the Rumble, all the interaction about it. DiBiase offering to buy his number given Junior was at number 1 is a lovely bit of work.

    Melina with Burke and Barrett works well, I really liked the touch of Barrett blocking the view of her entrance. MNM will make great babyfaces (I like them coming out for the fight in jeans, marking a difference in their presentation already). This should make for a great feud if this segment is anything to go by.

    What could have made it even better for me:

    Although I liked that the late entries did the best, the ordering felt very back heavy. It felt like all the early people lost at the PPV, and there was never a risk of any of them winning. Even if we'd have had Kendrick making it through to halfway or something would have been nice. But here we had basically the jobbers at the start until Umaga and Henry appeared, and all the stars back-weighted.

    Speaking of Kendrick, I was disappointed he was only there for a few minutes and essentially was used to get the Gods of War over when there were plenty of others who could have done that. He's been so entertaining for this last month I was hoping he'd get a chance to really get over in this kind of environment.

    As much as I loved the 'Taker & Kane/Gods of War segment, I did find it slightly weird that 'Taker wasn't in the match but still got involved, and how he and Kane just kind of walked away afterwards, and Gods of War were left to recover and walk to the back. I feel like a brawl to the back or something would have felt more in keeping with the nature of their characters.
    I'm glad you liked the Barrett bit of blocking the entrance. That was something I'd thought of a while ago and was desperate to finally write it out. Just to touch on the point with MNM, and this is more general as opposed to just addressing your point, as I had meant to respond to someone else previously a while ago who had made a similar point a few months ago, but MNM have been faces now dating back to the end of 2007. I think that has maybe been lost somewhere given Melina was being a total bitch still for the majority of that time after WrestleMania, when I started posting shows here, so I can totally get why people may have thought that this was their eventual face turn after being dumped by Melina, as having her around them has probably clouded things.

    Royal Rumbles have traditionally been my favourite matches to book. I just find them a whole tonne of fun, and I'd love to book three or four of them a year if I could ... but this was totally a one off for me. I think it was Stojy who had commented that a Rumble is best just being once a year, and (even though I booked this one) I do agree on that. As I'd said previously, my initial idea was a gauntlet match that would take place from the beginning of the show right to the very end, with whoever had won the last match being the winner. However, with the WWE essentially doing that for real back in February - and doing it much better than what I had planned - it forced me to change course, so I went for this Rumble instead. That also explains (for anyone wondering) about the randomness of some of the matches on the first hour of the show (Sandow squash match. JTG/Los Latinos Superstars feud bleeding over onto Smackdown).

    The match being back loaded with potential winners is a fair criticism, and honestly, it's not something I have a defence of to offer. It's a fair critique.

    The Undertaker involvement being weird is a fair assessment too. Just with Umaga and Henry already fighting to the back, I didn't want to go the same route again five minutes later with BOD/GOW. In retrospect, it might've just been easier - and more Deadman - for the lights to go back out again and for him and Kane to disappear after putting Batista and Lashley down.

    As for Kendrick and his involvement with Batista and Lashley, again, I think that's a fair comment. Similar to having tunnel vision on that Orton/Edge finish at the Bash, I thought of doing this with Kendrick, and after that, didn't actually consider anything else. In hindsight, it is a waste of Kendrick in that spot, and he could've been far more useful later in the contest. What I will say though, he'll be featured heavily in the weeks to come.

    Thanks as always for comments, gentlemen. Always appreciate it. As an update on shows etc, I've hit a really hot streak at the minute, writing wise. Have the next three weeks worth of shows written, so I'm onto the 'Go-home' editions of Raw and Smackdown before Summer Slam. There's an angle I've written on the penultimate Raw that may not go down well though, as I'm not sure if I've crossed a line between controversial and tasteless/offensive ... so there's that to look forward to. I'll wait until the weekend though to post the next Raw.

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    Awesome news that you are already so close to having all of the shows up until Summerslam completed. This makes me a happy and jealous man, happy to read more of your stuff and jealous because I can never write anything that quickly.

    I don't have it in me at the moment to leave blow by blow feedback on Smackdown so I'll just drop a few comments on the main things I noticed throughout:

    - I thought the Damien Sandow interactions with Finlay were quite fun throughout the show. Your twist on the whole Rumble entry number with some of the pieces of paper being blank was a tremendous swerve. Made complete sense for Sandow to be mad, but then getting even more infuriated when he come back later and still couldn't get Kofi's spot in the match was great. Cool, awesome stuff here and I think the Sandow character is one you write very well. As a stand alone show and segments, these were fine utilisation of character and a great read. I think I've just realised I do have an issue with Sandow's booking throughout though. Whilst he's an entertaining part of the show each week, it kind of feels like he has been wandering around aimlessly for a little to long. I get it, he's a great character and great to be able to insert wherever, but the guy needs a proper angle (potentially something with Finlay although how do you do that after The Kendrick stuff), or just a meaningful feud with somebody. I enjoy him as a novelty but it's at the point where I feel we need to see him involved in something, that well, actually means something.

    - In ring action was relatively slow outside of the awesome Edge/Noble opener and the Rumble, but that is to be expected when you have a Rumble on a weekly show. There isn't a lot of time for other things. I will say I didn't mind Truth being on the losing end of this match with JGT, because I understood the story arch was more about not being able to form a tag team. Plus, I don't think this hurts Truth at all because I'm a big fan of tag team wrestling and of the belief, that against a terrific team with no chemistry, even the best two singles wrestlers in the world would lose. So don't think Truth, who isn't a tag team wrestler, losing a tag team match against a proper team with a one night only partner has an impact really. I do look forward to seeing what you do with JTG next though and how long it takes him to find a partner that sticks.

    - Melina explaining why she ditched Mercury and Nitro for The Fight Club was perfect. I thought she explained herself very well, with a sincere belief as to why she turned, but then there were moments where she just insulted her former clients and the fans. The logic behind the pretty boys not being able to beat the awesome, real fighters, and the mentioning of Burke's record and Barrett's scar to back this up was bloody brilliant. Not sure if intention as well, but Melina mentioned that Nitro and Mercury's downfall was looking for the fans approval, and then when they got Melina in the ring alone, they didn't act straight away. Instead they looked for the fans approval and this allowed Burke to pull Melina to safety. I'm assuming you're a genius and you did this intentionally and if you did, it was bloody brilliant. I can see this being a catalyst for a more focused Nitro and Mercury in the coming weeks. This feud is far from over and the booking so far has been sensation, this definitely has plenty of legs remaining.

    - I marked for the return of The Brian Kendrick as well. He's been one of my favourite characters in here for what seems like forever now.

    - Whilst you know I wasn't the biggest fan of the Rumble being on Smackdown, the match itself was perfectly booked. That is standard with you though, as you always use the Rumble as a perfect tool to put people over, and further plenty of angles. Taker and Kane/God Of War and Umaga/Henry definitely got that rub as they now both heat up further getting so close to Summerslam. The final with Angle/Jericho/Orton/Danielson was brilliant, and I enjoyed the call back to Angle/Danielson after their awesome KOTR match as well. I still can see Orton getting involved somehow because Angle/Edge with both men as a face, after just being completed at Judgment Day, isn't something I want to see again. I don't think it will be entertaining. Adding in Orton, and well, maybe even Jericho could make things very interesting. Or at least add in Orton, he needs to be in that much after the way The GAB finished, and the ending of this show makes that look likely.

    - I've loved the progression of the Kurt Angle failure character for awhile now, and during his feud with Flair, his loss to Edge at JD, and then his loss to Danielson at KOTR, I think he is borderline ready to snap and finally turns heel again. My prediction is that Orton gets added to Summerslam and Angle loses without being involved in the decision, leading to him finally going over the deep end. That will lead to us to a face Danielson against a heel Angle for the rubber match heading towards November. Could be way off, but figured if you went down this path, it would be awesome.

    - Anyway, for a show that was so dominated by the Rumble, the rest was relatively uneventful. It still did everything it needed to, was written well, booked almost perfectly and was a highly enjoyable show, but I must admit, I'll be happy to get back to the standard format next week. Looking forward to seeing Raw over the weekend.









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    Re: Being The Booker

    SMACKDOWNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Been waiting for this since I got a chance to come back and read!


    Can't wait to see what happens tonight with the Royal Rumble. Should be epic.


    Orton definitely has a case for another shot at the gold, and it is great to see Edge is ready to fight. Awesome brawl, was just getting good when Finlay broke it up. Very interested to see if Orton actually wins the Rumble to get his rematch.


    Jamie Noble!!Good to see someone new taking on the champ. Seemed like a good match, glad to see Noble at least put up a fight against the champ. Edgecution!?! Awesome.


    "Jerry Lawler: Sure wasn’t ideal, I’ll give ya that, Joey." Haha King just can't get over losing Styles.


    HA!! Sandow drawing an empty ball was fucking hilarious. I literally laughed out loud.


    Good quick win for Los Latinos. Glad you mentioned that they have experience as a tag team where as Truth and JTG don't.


    OOOOOOMAAAAAGGGGGAAAAAA!!! Well, I was able to read Armando in his accent perfectly so you must have nailed the speech. Umaga being in the rumble should be great.


    KOFI IS DOWN!


    Curious that you went with a Survivor Series moment rather than a Summerslam moment, I get that it was a MSG moment, but still. Either way, I'm pumped for Summerslam.


    Haha Epico and Primo definitely took out Kofi.


    Sandow with the squash! Interested to see if he swipes someones number later...or maybe he took Kofi's!!!


    Kendrick is back!! Fuck, as much as there are other people on the roster I am rooting for, the image of Kendrick raising the gold at the end of Summerslam kinda makes me want him to win the Rumble.


    Finlay not giving a shit and agreeing to call Steamboat was great. Interested to see where your going with Sandow...and to see who took Kofi's spot!


    LOVED Barrett blocking Melina's entrance. Ultimate heel heat, stopping the masses from enjoying her.


    Great speech from the new Tag Team Champions, and great to see that you managed to pull of a MNM face turn. The plain jeans was a nice touch. It's the little details that I love so much. Excited for the rematch!


    SUMMERSLAM!!!


    Danielson!! And Jericho!! Shit this rumble is stacked already!


    AND. HERE. WE. GO.


    Haha, poor Domino.


    MVP eliminating Epico so quickly was fun. Good move with them attacking Kofi earlier, this feud can continue.


    MARK HENRY!!


    Awesome to see him clean house..setting up another encounter with Umaga! Serious question, can Henry lift his leg high enough to kick Umaga in the face? Good to see the two big men go at it again.


    Haha Kendrick taking his time.


    Oh Jesus. Poor Kendrick getting owned by, my favorite team in a btb ever, Batista and Lashley.


    KANE AND THE UNDERTAKER!! They're back!! Awesome to see them get some revenge on Batista and Lashley, and eliminate both and then continue to destroy them outside.


    Classic heel move by Jericho, eliminating the distracted man. Good stuff.


    Jerry Lynn!! Awesome addition to the cruiserweight division..I'm sure it's not coincidence that the champ is in the ring at the moment.


    Alright. Let's see if Orton can get his rematch. Two quick eliminations is a damn good start.


    KURT ANGLE!!!!!!


    Hell of a final four man.


    Ha! Jericho getting himself and Orton eliminated was great...which leads us back to the epicness of Angle Danielson!!


    Angle slam to the floor is an awesome way to win the Smackdown Rumble.


    Well, can't say I wasn't expecting Orton to stick around. RKO'ing Kurt was a little unexpected though. Not a bad thing. Awesome way to end the night with Edge and Angle coming face to face. Curious how Orton will factor into this though...


    Another exciting edition of Smackdown. The Rumble was a fun time and you still got to advance a ton of storylines. Love that Angle returned to win a shot at the gold. Looking forward to the next show as the road to Summerslam continues!! Glad to hear that you are hitting a creative high again!!




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    Monday Night Raw | July 28 2008 | Chicago Il





    ***VIDEO PACKAGE***

    The opening bars of CLOSER by King of Leon plays, as the video opens to a skyline shot of New York City in the dark of night, illuminated by its many sparkling buildings.

    Cutting to deep into the city, the shot is of a mans feet - walking on a sidewalk. Wearing a pair of sneakers, the camera slowly pans to show the man is wearing black jean shorts, but we cut away before seeing the upper half of his body.

    Elsewhere, another man - also walking. Starting with his feet, wearing more dressier, brown shoes, and full length jeans - but as with the other person, we dont see the upper half of their body.

    Cutting back to the first man, the camera pans up from the back, showing hes wearing a black hoodie - hood up then back to the other man, wearing a more fashionable jacket, both still walking.

    The shot switches back once more, and we finally see the man in the hoodie to be JOHN CENA. And the better dressed man is revealed to be CHRISTIAN. Both men continue walking - straight ahead, through the deserted streets of New York City. Now, the lyrics to the song begin

    STRANDED IN THIS SPOOKY TOWN
    STOPLIGHTS ARE SWAYING AND THE PHONE LINES ARE DOWN”

    Cutting back and forth between the two men as they continue to walk; the street lights begin flickering, electric sparks from the nondescript buildings - but both Cena and Christian continue walking straight ahead, unfazed by the carnage around them.

    DRIVEN BY THE STRANGLE OF VEIN
    SHOWIN NO MERCY, I‘D DO IT AGAIN”

    Both men stop. The camera pans around, showing Cenas point of view first, showing a shadowy figure up ahead of him in the distance then, we get the same point of view from Christian, also seeing a shadowy figure in the distance. Both men begin walking with more purpose, as explosions begin going off in the buildings around them.

    SKIES ARE BLINKIN AT ME
    I SEE A STORM BUBBLIN UP FROM THE SEA”

    The streets suddenly fill up - following Cena following Christian as they close in on one another. Still, sparks of electricity go off, doors fly off the hinges of nearby buildings, as the two protagonists near their collision course.

    AND ITS COMING CLOSER
    AND IT‘S COMING CLOSER…”

    Close ups of both Cena and Christian, eyes narrowed, tunnel vision on one another, with the distance between them getting smaller and smaller, with the camera showing an overhead shot of Cena and Christian nearing one another, with the crowds following them swelling with each step.

    “…AND ITS COMING CLOSER…”

    Finally, the two men come face to face. Both Cena and Christian stop - inches away from one another. The crowds following them stop also as a chain link fence separate the two men - and the throngs of followers - stopping a riot from happening. The two men glare at one another, as the camera flashes between Cena and Christian

    AND IT‘S COMING CLOOOOSSSSERRRRR!!”

    As the final bars of Closer plays, the entire city starts to crumble around them, and neither Cena or Christian bat an eye. Focused only on each other, they dont move an inch, despite the chaos and destruction surrounding them. The camera pans out showing Madison Square Garden in the background of where Cena and Christian stand face to face - the only place left standing after everything else disintegrates.

    The package ends with the following words thudding onto the screen one after another.

    JOHN CENA.

    CHRISTIAN.

    MADISON SQUARE GARDEN.

    HELL IN A CELL.

    THE FIGHT OF THE CENTURY.

    - FOUR WEEKS -

    End, with the Summerslam graphic on the screen.

    WWE SUMMERSLAM | AUGUST 24 | NEW YORK CITY, NY
    - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN -
    ***
    ONLY ON PAY PER VIEW***



    TONIGHT …

    JOHN CENA. CHRISTIAN.

    IN THE SAME RING … AT THE SAME TIME.

    ~ THE CONTRACT SIGNING ~




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    Theres NO opening video tonight and NO pyro - Raw opens up immediately with the MASTER CRAFTSMEN standing in the middle of the ring, proudly displaying all of their championship gold…


    The fans are naturally booing, with BRENT ALBRIGHT, NICK DINSMORE and CHARLIE HAAS soaking up the reaction, before Albright finally speaks…

    Brent Albright: And here we are again. Despite Ricky Steamboats best efforts, the Master Craftsmen are still holding all the hardware around here!!

    The three men all collectively hold their gold, much to the dismay of the fans.

    Brent Albright: I’ve been targeted by Ricky Steamboat since day one of his tenure, and day one of my reign as World Heavyweight Champion. But despite all his best efforts, I’m still standing here tonight … and you can all read the name plate on this …

    Albright motions for a close up of the title, showing off the name plate.

    Brent Albright: It doesn’t say Shawn Michaels. It doesn’t say Shelton Benjamin. It doesn’t say Rey Mysterio. It doesn’t say Paul London. It reads … BRENT … ALBRIGHT!!!!

    Heat.

    Brent Albright: So Steamer, you can stack the deck against me all you like - but you CANT take THIS from me. And I’d suggest you start getting with the program. You don’t have to like the three of us, but the sooner you realize we’re going nowhere, the sooner we can all get on the same page.

    Haas and Dinsmore nod in agreement, with Nick getting the chance to speak.

    Nick Dinsmore: Jesse Ventura may have given you the seal of approval a few weeks ago … but our sources?? They tell us that the WWE Board of Directors don’t like your style, Ricky. And unless you start treating your champions with the respect they deserve, you cant expect us to give you our backing when the Board of Directors eventually start contacting us for our opinion on your management style.

    Charlie Haas: Let’s face it, you’re no JBL. And you’re no Ranjin Singh.

    Heat from the fans for the backing toward former Raw GM Bradshaw - not seen since Wrestle Mania - and his associate.

    Charlie Haas: With them, we had a solid, working relationship. And despite what Ventura said a few weeks ago, that’s all it was. There’s no plot here to undermine Steamboat-

    Nick Dinsmore: As if we’d need to, he’s doing a good enough job of it himself anyway…

    The Master Craftsmen chuckle at their cheap shot toward Steamboat, before Albright takes over again.

    Brent Albright: And those conversations we’ve had with Mr. Layfield and Mr. Singh are all purely business related to projects outside of the WWE.

    Yeah, I‘m not buying that one!!” - J.R on commentary.

    Brent Albright: And for the record, we’re open to building bridges with you too, Ricky. We’ve got more in common than you think. We’re both traditional wrestling fans, we have the same ideals … you want a World Champion with class, honour, dignity and respect …

    Albright smiles, and points at himself.

    Brent Albright: And I’m your man.

    Boos from the fans. Albright rises above it though.

    Brent Albright: All you have to do is put your ego aside. Accept that you were wrong about me. Accept you’ve treated us unfairly. And we’ll graciously accept your apology. Then, we can move forward and discuss what the future holds for the centrepiece of Raw.

    Haas and Dinsmore nod in agreement, as Albright continues on.

    Brent Albright: And let’s just say, handing out title shots like candy to kids at Halloween to any Tom, Dick or Harry isn’t what I have in mind. Let’s move away from those unworthy challengers, and let’s find me some real competition. Summerslam is just four weeks away now, and I know Madison-

    **STAY IN SHADOW**

    The Finger Eleven track means only one thing - PAUL LONDON!! The ever popular Paul London walks onto the stage, dressed casually, as J.R notes the heart breaking loss London suffered a week ago on Raw, having initially thought he’d just won the World Title for the first time. The music dies down, with London staying at the top of the ramp, looking down at the ring.

    Paul London: A World Champion with … what was it?? Honour?? Class?? Dignity?? Respect?? … Where is he??

    Albright isn’t impressed. Haas speaks up, pointing to Albright.

    Charlie Haas: He’s right here. Here’s a clue, he’s the guy with a big shiny belt around his waist.

    Paul London: Oh, the guy that made the miraculous recovery last week?? I see him. But he’s got no honour. Someone with honour wouldn’t fake an injury like he did last week. A champion with dignity wouldn’t have pulled that kind of stunt. And you showed no class by taking the backdoor option to keep that title.

    Brent Albright shakes his head, sneering at London, who continues on.

    Paul London: As for respect?? I don’t know who you show respect to, but I know that there’s a whole locker room in the back with NONE for you.

    The champion rolls his eyes.

    Brent Albright: Well, it’s just as well that their opinions don’t matter, isn’t it?? And your opinion doesn’t matter either, little man. Just because you’re a little bitter and jealous, don’t try and drag me down to your level. I don’t need to justify myself, but I have all those attributes you just listed, and there’s another one you didn’t mention. Smarts.

    Albright taps his temple, whilst the fans boo.

    Brent Albright: Now, I wouldn’t expect you to know anything about ring smarts, London, but I proved last week just how clever I am. You don’t need to be the toughest guy to be the champion. You don’t have to break down your body risking life and limb to be champion. But you DO need to be clever.

    Albright leans on the ropes, smirking up the ramp at London.

    Brent Albright: And last week, I was. You, Mysterio and Benjamin clearly had a pact to eliminate me first, make sure I lost my title, and then you’d fight it out yourselves. One by one, I’d kick all your asses - hell, I’ve already done it. But the three of you at once?? I’m not Superman.

    But he‘s close!! He‘s the next best thing!!” - Coach kisses ass on commentary.

    Brent Albright: That small time mentality of yours - Mysterio and Shelton Benjamin too - is what cost you last week. The three of you were just so desperate to take this from me, that you didn’t put yourselves first.

    Nick Dinsmore: And even that didn’t work, Brent!!

    Albright smirks at the quip from Dinsmore.

    Brent Albright: No, it didn’t. The three of you failed. But congratulations, Paul … as least you were the first loser.

    Heat from the fans.

    Brent Albright: But you were still a loser. So you can get right to the back of the line now.

    Haas and Dinsmore make ‘shoo’ gestures in the ring, but on the ramp, London shakes his head.

    Paul London: I’m staying right here. I said a few weeks ago when I came back from my knee injury that I was coming for all of you, and I was coming for EVERYTHING you’ve got. And I meant every word. I’m coming for EVERYTHING you’ve got!!!

    London gets support from the fans, and waits for a second before continuing.

    Paul London: And that includes the World Heavyweight Championship!!

    Pop. In the ring, the Master Craftsmen don’t appear to agree with that assessment.

    **SIRIUS**


    But before they can respond to the declaration from London, the Raw General Manager, RICKY STEAMBOAT joins the party!!! The Dragon joins London on the ramp, having to wait momentarily for the music to die off before he can speak.

    Ricky Steamboat: I think I’ll decide who is and who isn’t at the front or the back of any line for the World Title.

    In the ring, the Craftsmen nod, whilst pointing toward London and mouthing “send HIM to the back!!” Meanwhile, Steamboat switches his attention to Albright.

    Ricky Steamboat: Yeah, I’ll admit, you showed some cunning last week Mister Albright. But it doesn’t make what you did right. I’ve suffered many, many injuries in my career - more than I care to think about - but I’d never think about feigning an injury like you did last week to gain an advantage. That’s an unwritten rule. There’s some despicable things that happen in this business, but to fake an injury?? Something you don’t do. I’ve zero respect for that. Zero.

    Shaking his head in disgust, the General Manager soon turns his attention to London, standing alongside him on the ramp.

    Ricky Steamboat: Paul London?? That was an incredible effort last week. I cant begin to imagine how it felt to have a moment like that snatched away from you. So tonight, I’m giving you the chance to earn a shot…

    Steamboat points to the champion down in the ring.

    Ricky Steamboat:
    At him.

    Pop from the fans, but the Craftsmen are outraged.


    Ricky Steamboat:
    You win tonight?? You will challenge Mister Albright at Summerslam for the World Heavyweight Championship!!

    Another pop from the fans. London nods, happy with what he’s hearing, but Albright isn’t happy at all, and Haas pipes up.


    Charlie Haas:
    Here we go again!! Gifting a loser ANOTHER crack at the champ.

    Albright nods in agreement.


    Brent Albright:
    Steamer, you’re making a mistake here. No one wants to see me beat his scrawny little ass again. I know you’re new around here, but me and London?? We’ve got history. And it mainly revolves around me beating him. Just like I did last week. He’s certainly not worthy of a shot at this title.

    Ricky Steamboat:
    Well, that’s what we’re going to find out tonight. Because as I said, if Paul London wins his match tonight, he WILL challenge you for the World Heavyweight Championship at Summerslam.

    Albright throws the title down in a huff, seething at Steamboat sticking firm with his original announcement.


    Brent Albright:
    This is B.S and you know it. Who’s he facing?? Huh?? What bottom feeder are you going to put in front of Paul London to make him “earn” his shot??

    Steamboat smiles, then shrugs.


    Ricky Steamboat:
    I don’t know. Because, Mister Albright … this is the beginning of our new working relationship. That’s what you wanted, isn’t it?? Input?? So Brent … YOU can choose Paul Londons opponent tonight.

    Albright looks taken aback by the announcement, as Steamboat continues on.

    Ricky Steamboat: One man, in a one on one, one fall match. You choose. And then we’ll see whether or not Paul London is worthy of facing you for the World Title at Madison Square Garden.

    In the ring now, the champion begins to ponder, and starts to discuss his options with the tag team champions. The trio engage in conference for a brief period of time, as it appears both Haas and Dinsmore are putting themselves forward. Brent eventually peels away, and responds to Steamboat.

    Brent Albright: Well obviously … I could choose one of my good friends here…

    There’s a momentary pause from the champion, looking back at his two partners…

    Brent Albright: But uh … I think Charlie and Nick have earned the night off.

    Both Haas and Dinsmore look slightly disappointed, but Albright fans his hand at them, as if to say “relax, I‘ve got this.” He takes another moment, then smiles, seemingly getting an idea.

    Brent Albright: No … I think I’ve got just the man in mind. Someone that I know quite enjoys beating up on Paul London almost as much as I do.

    Albright smiles, then turns to address the fans.

    Brent Albright: You all want Paul London to go to Summerslam, right?? You all want to see Paul London kick my ass at Summerslam??

    Pop from the fans.

    Brent Albright: You’d all love that, right?? Well let’s see if you all still support him later tonight, when he takes on Chicago’s favourite son; CM PUNK!!!!!

    Huge pop for Chicago’s own CM PUNK as the choice of the World Champion tonight. On the stage, London looks unmoved, simply nodding his head, whilst Steamboat nods too, liking the match for later – as it takes a decision out of his hands, having told Punk last week, he’d be keeping him busy tonight.

    The Raw GM shakes the hand of London, wishing him luck before leaving the stage, whilst the Craftsmen are all smiles in the ring, believing Albright has just pulled a masterstroke.

    Jim Ross: Say what you want about Brent Albright and the Master Craftsmen, but he’s just pulled a masterstroke with that decision!! Calling on CM Punk, the Intercontinental Champion, to stand in Paul Londons way tonight of a title shot at Summerslam!! CM Punk hasn’t been on the losing side of a match since WrestleMania, he’s the Intercontinental Champion. He won the King of the Ring a month ago. And he’s in his own backyard tonight!!

    The Coach: Suddenly, Chicago just became enemy territory for Paul London tonight!! These people are fiercely loyal to CM Punk. That’s an atmosphere that Paul London has possibly NEVER experienced before - to be rooted AGAINST by the fans!! What a huge challenge put forth by Brent Albright.

    Jim Ross: If Paul London is to make it to Summerslam, he’s got one hell of an obstacle to overcome here tonight!! A huge main event, with MAJOR Summerslam implications!! What a start to Monday Night Raw!!

    Footage now switches backstage to show NICK NEMETH walking, dressed to compete…

    Jim Ross: And folks, we’ll be right back - and it’ll be Match THREE in the ongoing Best of Seven Series between Garrison Cade and Nick Nemeth. And that man, Nick Nemeth has the opportunity to take what would have to be considered an unassailable THREE - ZERO lead!! He’s reeled off two wins thus far, he’s got two more to go to earn a shot at the Intercontinental Title. And it’s next!!!




    Commercial Break




    Raw returns with NICK NEMETH already in the ring for the upcoming match, waiting for Garrison Cade to arrive…

    **ROAD TO TEXAS**

    Marching out - no frills, nothing fancy - GARRISON CADE is all business as usual, trailing in this Best of Seven Series, and needing a win before he finds himself facing a potential whitewash.

    Jim Ross: We’re getting set here, folks. Match Three of a potential seven between Nick Nemeth and Garrison Cade. But still to come tonight - prior to the commercial break, we found out that Paul London will go one on one with Intercontinental Champion CM Punk; a match, that should London win, he’ll move on to challenge his bitter rival, Brent Albright at Summerslam!!

    The Coach: That’s not an easy task, as we alluded to earlier, J.R. But while Paul London MIGHT go to Summerslam, two men who ARE headed to Summerslam will make it official. The Contract Signing. John Cena and Christian. Four weeks away, on a Collision Course toward Hell in a Cell. It goes down - tonight.

    Jim Ross: And that’s a highly combustible situation to say the least, Coach!! I hope Ricky Steamboat has plenty of extra security on hand - he may just need it to keep those two in order!!

    Match 1 | BEST OF SEVEN SERIES | MATCH 3:
    Garrison Cade vs. Nick Nemeth
    *Nick Nemeth leads series 2-0*
    After being able to jump the gun on Nemeth two weeks in a row, Cade isn’t able to sneak attack his rival on this occasion, with Nemeth naturally wary of the pre-match assault. Instead, this week, it’s a slower start, with Cade trying to corner Nemeth, but unable to quite do it, due to the quickness of Nemeth. Nemeth looks to stick and move, but when he hit’s the ropes and tries to slide under Cade, the big Texan is able to drop an elbow, stopping Nemeth dead.

    That allows Cade to start roughing Nemeth up, and focuses his attack on the mid section of his opponent, driving his shoulder into the gut of Nemeth in the corner, dumping him - ribs first - onto the top of the barricade, ramming him into the ring apron, and applying a BEAR HUG in the ring!!! Nemeth fights it, escaping the hold quickly, but runs into a SIDE WALK SLAM!!! 1...2...NO!!! Off the kick out, Cade goes back to the BEAR HUG, driving the air out of Nemeth, heading into a commercial break.





    Commercial Break




    Back from the break, Nemeth is now trapped in an ABDOMINAL STRETCH, with clips from during the break showing Nemeth escaping the bear hug again, but his comeback being quickly halted by Cade. Taking desperate measures, Cade pulls on the ropes to help leverage the hold, but tries it one too many times, with John Cone catching him in the act, demanding the hold be broken. Like a total dick though, Cade breaks the submission - by scooping Nemeth up out of the stretch - and POWERSLAMS him instead!!!!! 1...2...NO!!!!!


    From there, Cade looks to finish Nemeth off, looking for the HEART PUNCH - but before he can execute it, Nemeth fights back!!! Kicking and punching, Nemeth avoids the punch, and fires up, hitting a series of clotheslines and dropkicks to Cade, then ducks a boot from the Lone Star - JUMPING REVERSE BULLDOG!!!! Nemeth scrambles into a cover … 1...2...NO!!!!! Cade kicks out, but Nemeth now looks to finish him off, coming for the LEAPING DDT … but Cade THROWS him off - RIGHT OVER THE TOP ROPE - CRASHING TO THE FLOOR!!!!!

    Just desperate for the win now, Cade looks to take the win by count out, with Nemeth splattered on the floor … but Nemeth JUST beats the ten count of the official, and the match continues!!! Cade shakes his head, and sets up for the RAZORS EDGE … but Nemeth slips out, and SCHOOL BOYS Cade … 1...2...NO!!! Cade JUST survives the near fall, then catches Nemeth getting back up with a BIG BOOT!!! Cade sets Nemeth up on the top rope, but Nick fights him off, then looks for a Victory Roll off the shoulders … but Cade counters it - and holds the ropes!!! 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winner: Garrison Cade @ 10:26
    *NICK NEMETH LEADS BEST OF SEVEN SERIES 2-1*

    Cade had to cheat to win!!! The big Lone Star gets off the Board in the best of seven series, and after the win, he rolls right out of the ring, leaving the scene of the crime!!

    Jim Ross: That tells ya the story, right there!! Garrison Cade threw everything at this kid and couldn’t put him away!! He couldn’t break Nick Nemeths spirit here, and as a result of his desperation, Garrison Cade CHEATS to win, and he’s right back in this Best of Seven Series!!!

    The Coach: The opportunity presented itself, J.R. Garrison Cade could’ve beat up Nick Nemeth for another five or ten minutes if he wanted before he finished the job - but the opportunity presented itself, and he’d have been a fool to turn it down!! He couldn’t risk Nick Nemeth getting lucky again like he did last week!!

    Jim Ross:
    Well it’s all to play for now. Both men will have a week off next week to prepare and recuperate for the next set of matches. This one could just go all the way if you ask me. Especially with Cade clearly not too proud to take the low road!!

    In the ring, Nemeth sits, shaking his head, unhappy with the loss, looking out at Cade, who is stomping up the ramp, almost relieved to be off the board in the series.




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    Cutting backstage, we’re shown the door to the office marked ‘GENERAL MANAGER’ … which bursts open, with Womens Champion BETH PHOENIX appearing to be in foul form, SLAMMING the door behind her in anger … and as she walks away, she shoves past none other than DAMIEN SANDOW!!!

    The ‘Intellectual Saviour of the Masses’ appearing on Raw for the first time - and it comes off the back of Finlay agreeing to work out a trade for Sandow to leave Smackdown … which appears to have been done very quickly over the weekend for him to be here tonight.

    Sandow looks disgusted at the rudeness of Phoenix, screwing up his face, muttering “that‘s not very lady like” … as he shakes his head, watching Beth storm off, not even offering him an apology. Sandow sighs, and briskly knocks on the General Managers door before entering.

    Inside, Steamboat is picking up pieces of a broken vase - perhaps broken by the angry Beth Phoenix before leaving - but stops, seeing Sandow, and stands back up, shaking hands with Sandow.

    Ricky Steamboat: Mr. Sandow. Welcome to Raw.

    Damien Sandow: The pleasure is all yours, sir. Yes … I must say, the time feels right for me to spread my wisdom to the unwashed masses of the Raw locker room. Beth Phoenix just accosted me out there.

    Steamboat sighs, waving it off.

    Ricky Steamboat: Don’t worry about that. She’s a little uptight this evening.

    Sandow goes into ass-kissing mode.

    Damien Sandow: I’m surprised. She’s quite clearly working for a tremendous boss. Considering you obviously leapt at the chance to secure my services, it shows me you have a keen eye for talent, Mister Steamboat. But, I must ask … which of the Monday Night Raw roster did you have to trade for my services?? I’d wager Finlay drove a hard bargain, correct?? I wouldn’t be surprised if he demanded two or MORE people in return for me.

    Steamboat chuckles.

    Ricky Steamboat: It actually wasn’t like that. I didn’t have to trade anyone.

    Sandow narrows his eyebrows - he’s confused.

    Damien Sandow: I beg your pardon??

    Ricky Steamboat: Well … Finlay just asked me if I wanted to take you off his hands. I’m always on the lookout to beef up my roster, so I thought … “sure.”

    Flabbergasted, Sandow shakes his head, and scoffs.

    Damien Sandow: No one?? He didn’t want anyone to fill the void I’ve left behind?? Quite clearly he’s under the influence of alcohol.

    Ricky Steamboat: But, look - let’s not dwell on that. I wanted you to come see me when you got here because you’ve got your debut match tonight on Raw.

    Sandow is delighted by that, smiling broadly.

    Damien Sandow: Splendid. I can tell already I’m going to be appreciated here Mister Steamboat. Thank you for your time.

    Sandow shakes Steamboats hand vigorously, before departing, before he could even hear who he’s facing tonight…




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    A mocked up MTV logo fills the bottom corner of the screen, with added ‘iz’, as the video opens up in a hospital private room. The bed is empty, well made, with flowers all around the room.

    The camera then reaches a man in a wheelchair, slowly panning up from the floor…

    And the man…

    Is in a full body plaster cast.

    Feet, legs, abdomen, arms, neck - even the face.

    The only thing we can see is the patients eyes.

    The man - who we have to believe is THE MIZ begins to speak …

    But considering his mouth and head is covered in plaster cast, all the audience can hear is muffled speech. Not ONE discernible word is made out, but the eyes bug out on numerous occasions over the thirty seconds he *tries* to speak, before the video fades to black.

    Then, a still photo of a pre-One Night Stand Miz is shown, smiling, as the narrator speaks…

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    Raw returns from that vignette, with MARYSE finishing up her entrance, as arrogant as ever, whipping her hair back, and winking to tease the fans. On commentary, J.R brushes past that Miz video.

    Jim Ross: Pfft, I dont know how to react to that … be that as it may, welcome back to Monday Night Raw, ladies and gentlemen, we’re getting set for some action between the women on the Raw roster - and Coach, before we went to the commercial break, we saw a furious Beth Phoenix depart the office of Raw General Manager Ricky Steamboat, and we may now know why…

    The Coach: Yeah, well the news just filtered through to us during the break, and honestly, I don’t blame Beth Phoenix for that reaction.

    Jim Ross: Next week, Gail Kim will meet Mickie James, one on one, with the winner earning an opportunity to challenge Beth Phoenix for the Womens Championship at Summerslam!! Both women have a LOT of history with the champion.

    The Coach: Yeah - Beth Phoenix has beat them both!! She beat Gail Kim TWICE, and frankly, Mickie James is a loose cannon - she should still be locked up!! Beth Phoenix shouldn’t have to be dealing with those two still!! And J.R – show some sympathy for The Miz!! He was damn near decapitated at One Night Stand two weeks ago. It’s a miracle he’s off life support!!

    Jim Ross:Well, on that point about what happened at One Night Stand – conspicuous by his absence last week, he’s still not here tonight either, and that’s your bodyguard; Big Zeke. The man has been a silent statue here on Raw for the best part of a year, standing by commentary, keeping you safe … but Coach, where is Big Zeke??

    The Coach: I cut that idiot loose. He was beyond useless to me AND The Miz at One Night Stand, J.R!! I’m lucky to be here right now after that show. I employed that big ape to protect me and he failed!! Looks like Tarzan, but at One Night Stand he proved he fought like Jane!!

    Jim Ross: Cut the guy a break, Coach. He was facing about a half dozen guys with you and Miz for back up!! He tried his damn best!!

    The Coach: His best was far from good enough. Believe me.

    **HOLLA**

    Being joined by VICTORIA, Raws popular young blonde, KELLY KELLY, waves to the fans, and makes her way to the ring, looking to pick up another win as she continues her progress as a competitor. In the ring, Maryse is seen complaining to the referee already, potentially because of Victoria accompanying Kelly.

    A replay airs of the segment on Superstars last week, where Victoria offered to help coach Kelly, and help her develop as a wrestler, after backing her up in the previous weeks against Layla and Michelle McCool. Graciously, Kelly accepted the offer, explaining Victorias presence here tonight.

    Match 2:
    Maryse vs. Kelly Kelly w/Victoria
    The only thing pretty about this match is the two women competing in it. Apart from that, it’s a bit of a mess. Thankfully, it’s kept short, with Kelly making a quick comeback after Maryse got in some offence and hair pulling by the ropes. Kelly continues to rack up the wins, with Victoria watching on approvingly, as the young blonde finishes the French-Canadian off with the SPECIAL K to score the 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winner: Kelly Kelly @ 02:25

    Victoria joins Kelly in the ring to congratulate her on her win, offering Kelly plenty of encouragement. They hug in the ring, but are soon stopped, when they hear the familiar voices on the titan tron, as LAYLA EL makes wretching noises, whilst McCool rubs her friends back.

    Layla El: Pass me a bucket, Chelle-

    McCool reaches down, then winces, shaking her head.

    Michelle McCool: This one’s already full, Lay. But isn’t this cute?? The two best friends, all smiling, all happy.

    Layla El: Oh, don’t be silly … they’re not friends, Chelle. One’s just a washed up hag that’s clinging onto the hot new thing to try and stay relevant. And the other one??

    Michelle McCool: The bimbo??

    Layla El: Yeah, her. She’s just using the other one to get to the top.

    In the ring, Kelly and Victoria are both unimpressed by what they’re hearing.

    Michelle McCool: You know, I hear she does a LOT of things to get to the top - if you know what I mean.

    Layla El: I hear that too!!

    Heat from the fans in the arena. Kelly shakes her head, furious at the connotation.

    Michelle McCool: And where there’s smoke, there sure is fire. But ladies, you can keep that pretence up if you want. You can pretend like you’ve got things in common. Victoria?? You can play the big sister role all you want … but you cant be there for little miss sunshine ALL the time.

    Layla nods.

    Layla El: That’s right. Sooner or later, you’re gonna have to remove your lips from her pretty little butt. And when you do?? We’ll be there. And Kelly?? We’re gonna mess up that money maker of yours.

    Michelle McCool: And then?? We’ll see how popular you are when you look like the back end of a truck!!

    Layla chuckles, before she and McCool high five, laughing, whilst in the ring, Kelly and Victoria are both stewing…




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    Cutting away sharply though, we go to the PARKING LOT … where CHRISTIAN has just arrived!!! There’s a handful of fans hanging around, cheering Captain Charisma, with Christian acknowledging their presence, but he‘s flanked by a team of workers, escorting him into the building.

    Jim Ross: And there ya see him!! He’s here folks!! And trust me, he aint bringing an entourage - that aint his style. At the orders of Raw General Manager Ricky Steamboat, Christian is being escorted into the building to ensure he and John Cena are kept apart until they got out here for the contract signing!! It’s not too long away now, Coach!!

    The Coach: Oh, I know Christian isn’t hiring a security team. He’s too cheap to splash out like that!! And it’s best he starts saving his fortune - he’s gonna find himself unable to work after Summerslam.

    Jim Ross: John Cena is yet to arrive we hear, but he IS in Chicago tonight, and he WILL be here imminently!! Christian. Cena. Same ring. At the same time. TONIGHT!!!




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    Raw returns with SCOTT STANFORD standing by…

    Scott Stanford: Ladies and Gentlemen … CM Punk.

    As CM PUNK appears on screen for the first time tonight, the fans inside the All-State Arena come unglued for their hometown hero - despite him being an out and out heel.

    Scott Stanford: Mister Punk, thank you for giving us the time here tonight, and I’m sure you can hear the reaction of the fans here in your hometown Chicago. Tonight, you’ll be in action in the main event, taking on a man you know well - Paul London.

    CM Punk: Well, first things first, Scott, I just want to acknowledge that warm reception from Chicago!!

    Cheap pop from the fans. Punk is smiling, then shakes his head to talk to Stanford.

    CM Punk: Not that I expected anything less. This city loves to see someone succeed in life like I have. Chicago wouldn’t turn it’s back on me!! And no matter what I do, these people wont turn their backs on me!! I’m the only thing they’ve got!!

    Smaller pop for the apparent slight on the city he came from.

    CM Punk: I’m the best thing to come out of this city … and y’know something?? The more time I spend OUT of Chicago?? The better I get!!!

    There’s a slight smatter of heat for the heel comment, as Punk tries to turn the hometown support against him.

    CM Punk: As for Paul London?? Yeah, I know London pretty well. Last time we met, Paul London had to take a little time off…

    Scott Stanford: And we can only assume that that’s part of the reason Brent Albright handpicked you to face Paul London tonight. Have you spoken with Albright since that announcement was made earlier?? And indeed, are you happy to assist Albright in denying London a title opportunity?? I mean, what exactly is in this for you tonight??

    CM Punk: How about you ask me one question at a time. No. I haven’t spoke to Brent Albright. I don’t care for Brent Albright. And I’m not “assisting” anyone. I’ve little time for Albright or his buddies. But I’ll give ‘em this - they aren’t stupid. They’ve picked the best guy on this entire roster to do their bidding tonight.

    Punk smirks, and takes a moment before speaking again.

    CM Punk: As for what’s in this for me?? Not a lot, if I’m honest. I’ve got no designs on Brent Albrights title - I’ve got my own here. And as long as I’m holding the Intercontinental Title, it’s the most important title in this company.

    Punk shows off his title, then after fixing it on his shoulder, he shakes his head and scoffs.

    CM Punk: I’m just scratching my head at how Paul London can be deemed worthy of a World Title shot. I mean, I understand his thought process - he couldn’t beat me for my Intercontinental Championship at Vengeance. He clearly wants no part of me, so he focused his attention elsewhere. But what exactly does Ricky Steamboat see in the guy to give him such a big opportunity again??

    Scott Stanford: Well, most would argue that you beat a version of Paul London that was far from one hundred per cent at Vengeance. He went into that match with a severe knee injury.

    CM Punk: And who’s to say he wont come out of this one with an injury too?? Like I said, Brent Albright isn’t a dummy. He picked the right guy to put a stop to Paul Londons little quest for the World Title. I’m better than Paul London. Proved it at Vengeance, and I’ll prove it again tonight. And I’ll do it - not for Albright, but for myself. Because I always enjoy making Paul Londons life miserable. And a sad Paul London makes CM Punk happy. So tonight, I’m gonna do something that no one else from Chicago can say - I’m leavin this place tonight a WINNER!!

    Trying to heel himself to the hometown fans again, Punk signs off with a cheap dig, before walking off the set, leaving Stanford to shake his head in disappointment at the lack of class from Punk.



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    Back into the arena, and an unrecognizable wrestler is in the ring, waiting for his opponent. The wrestler is keyed on screen as CHASE STEVENS, as he plays to the fans a little…

    **PALE RIDER**

    Getting heat from the fans, CHRISTOPHER DANIELS - now a solo star after breaking up his team with Doug Williams, makes his entrance for his first match since the break up. The arena is shrouded in darkness, except the lone spotlight on the ‘Fallen Angel’ as he paces down the ramp…

    Jim Ross: Well, he’s gotten what he wanted in the end!! Christopher Daniels wanted the spotlight on himself - and here we are. I hope he’s satisfied with himself!!

    The Coach:
    Oh, I know he is, J.R!! He’s finally shifted the dead weight. Now, we get to see the best of Christopher Daniels!! There’s no room for passengers on Raw!! I’m excited for this!!

    Match 3:
    Christopher Daniels vs. Chase Stevens
    Just a squash. Daniels quickly establishes control off a lock up, but after the jobber nearly steals a roll up, the mood changes and Daniels puts his foot on the throttle, punishing Stevens. He hit’s the BME - the move he’s used as a finish throughout the last year - but then follows that by dragging Stevens back up, and delivers a reverse STO - right into a KOJI CLUTCH!!!!! Almost instantly, Chase Stevens taps, giving Daniels a dominant win.
    Winner: Christopher Daniels @ 02:06

    An easy win recorded by Christopher Daniels on his singles debut. He’s all smiles as he has his arm raised with a convincing victory … but the smile soon fades …
    AS DOUG WILLIAMS IS RUSHING DOWN THE AISLE!!!

    The Briton charges to the ring, wanting to get his hands on Daniels, but the Fallen Angel spots the Anarchist quickly enough so that he can escape before Williams reaches the ring.

    Jim Ross: And once again - Christopher Daniels wants NONE of Doug Williams!! Yeah, run for higher ground, Chris!! That’s the spirit!!!

    The Coach: He’s nothing to prove to Doug Williams, J.R. Christopher Daniels left Doug Williams behind with that old tag team. He’s looking at the future. Not the past.

    Daniels hops the barrier, escaping through the crowd, clearly wanting no part of Doug Williams yet again - just as he didn’t last week either.

    Jim Ross: Well he may just have to confront his past before he can move on to the future, Coach. Because Doug Williams is thirsty for revenge!! He aint gonna let a sleeping dog lie!! And I don’t blame him!!!

    The Coach: He’s bitter!! He knows without Christopher Daniels he’s just inconsequential. That’s why he’s hanging on to him!! MOVE ON!!!

    In the ring, Williams is seething, desperate to get his hands on his former partner following Daniels stabbing him in the back two weeks ago.

    Jim Ross: I don’t think he will, Coach. Not until he gets a piece of Daniels.



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    Cutting backstage, JOHN CENA is marching his way through the halls - hood over his head - with workers doing their best not to look the ‘Man in Black’ in the eye, shifting uneasily away from him, not wanting to cross Cena.

    Jim Ross: He’s on his way out here!! The contract signing is coming up next!! Batten down the hatches folks!!

    The Coach: John Cena and Christian. It’s all made official!! It’s gonna go off, J.R. I just know it!!

    The former champion continues trudging along … but before we can cut to the commercial, Cena stops in his tracks … looks off to his left, and takes his hood off. The camera pans, and we see TIFFANY, the Raw backstage reporter.

    Arms folded, she has a scowl on her face, angry at the mere sight of Cena, after what he did to her boyfriend – Drew McIntyre - last month in Liverpool. Cena smirks, and walks over to her, with faceless workers trying to usher Tiffany away, perhaps worried for her safety around Cena.

    John Cena: How’s that “man” of yours?? I bet he aint shootin his mouth off anymore, is he??

    Tiffany: You’re scum.

    Cena chuckles.

    John Cena: An’ yet … if I snapped my fingers, you’d come runnin.

    Tiffany screws her face up at the suggestion.

    John Cena: But don’t hold your breath.

    Cena turns away, walking on, whilst Tiffany - full of rage - shakes her head…




    Commercial Break




    And, Raw returns with the obligatory red carpet in the ring for the contract signing, as RICKY STEAMBOAT stands at the table, nodding to the reaction of the fans.

    Ricky Steamboat: Okay. So, I don’t think I need to let anyone know what we’re here for, do I??

    Pop from the fans.

    Ricky Steamboat: In four weeks, WWE Summerslam comes back to Madison Square Garden. And with it, we’re bringing the biggest main event to ever hit Summerslam. John Cena and Christian will be locked inside a steel cage - Hell In A Cell. No one can get in, and perhaps more importantly; neither man can get out. Tonight, we’re here to make it official. Shall I get these two out here??

    Another easy pop for Steamboat.

    Ricky Steamboat: Very well…

    The Raw General Manager turns, looking to the stage, beckoning the two men out…

    **HATE ME NOW**

    Entering first, JOHN CENA is greeted with his usual warm {/sarcasm} welcome from the rabid fans in Chi-Town. Hoodie over his head, Cena marches - head down - down the ramp, taking no notice of the fans either side of him.

    Jim Ross: And in twenty seven days, John Cena will return to Hell. It was two years ago at Summerslam that Cena first competed in the Cell. On that night, his long running rivalry with Randy Orton came to an end, and it was Orton that left Hell in a Cell victorious.

    The Coach: And don’t think for a second that isn’t playing on Cena’s mind. I know for sure, he wants to eradicate that loss from his mind. And in less than four weeks, he has the opportunity to do it.

    With Cena reaching ringside, The ‘Man in Black’ takes off his hood, eliciting more boos from the fans. Steamboat looks on from the ring, and then motions to people on the outside … and as Cena steps into the ring, he is then followed by a horde of security.

    Jim Ross: Oh boy. Ricky Steamboat aint takin any chances tonight, Coach.

    The Coach: My god. Even I don’t need this much protection. Steamboat is determined that these two don’t come to blows.

    Cena looks around at the security team in the ring, shaking his head, looking at Steamboat and mouths at him; “If I want to kick Christians ass - these goons aint gonna do a thing to stop me.” Steamboat ignores Cena, not even engaging him, as Cena takes his seat…

    **JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES**

    There’s a much, much more positive reaction for the arrival of CHRISTIAN, with the Canadian walking through the curtain, then stopping at the top of the ramp to soak up the ovation from the fans. Searching out into the sea of fans, Christian nods, then pumps his chest, blowing a kiss to the fans, before walking down the ramp.

    Jim Ross: Not too long ago, we thought it could be six months or longer before we’d see this sight again. Christian though, HAS been given the all clear, he’ll be one hundred per cent at Summer slam - and he’ll need to be, quite frankly.

    The Coach: Well, he’ll be cleared to compete, but my sources tell me that Christian WONT be one hundred per cent in Madison Square Garden on August Twenty Fourth. And if my sources are correct - which they usually are - I’d be worried about Christian inside Hell in a Cell.

    In the ring, Cena doesn’t look impressed by what he sees, but stays in his chair, as Christian enters, and climbs onto the ropes to salute the fans once more. Still, despite Cena’s calm demeanour, Steamboat isn’t taking any chances, telling the security detail to keep an eye on Cena.

    Jim Ross: Just as John Cena wont be a stranger to the Hell in a Cell environment - nor too will Christian. Less than eighteen months ago, Christian faced Triple H inside the devastating structure, and it was Christian that overcame The Game on that night. Christian knows what it’s like to win inside Hell in a Cell - Cena does not.

    The Coach: I’ll give him that. Christian defeating Triple H in Hell in a Cell was an impressive feat - we were right there to call it. And on that night, Christian went to some dark places. We saw a whole different side to him on that night. And he’ll need to go back to those dark places again, if he is to survive this version of John Cena in the Garden.

    Christian finishes off his entrance, and stands at the table, staring a hole through Cena, before finally sitting down - with the security team on edge, just as Steamboat is - with the tension in the air. Cena and Christian continue to lock eyes - neither man blinking - as Steamboat holds up the contract.

    Ricky Steamboat:Gentlemen, I’ll be happy to make this quick. I know neither of you wants to be in the others company for too long - that much was evident when we were shooting the Summer Slam commercial, and I’m keen to make sure this doesn’t deteriorate into another situation like we had three weeks ago on Raw.

    Still, Cena and Christian stare holes through one another - the tension is palpable.

    Ricky Steamboat:What I will say before we get started is for the two of you to keep this in mind; whatever you may be feeling toward one another, in twenty seven short days, you’ll get to take it out on each other. With no security, no authority figures, surrounded by nothing but steel. Please … don’t jeopardize that by your actions tonight.

    Steamboat is clearly anxious, looking back and forth at both men, worried it could boil over at any given moment.

    Ricky Steamboat:And just to make sure that we keep things civil … I’m telling you both now … should there be physical contact between you tonight … or at any stage before Summer slam … I will prohibit either of you from competing for any championship for the remainder of your contracts.

    Whoa. There’s a decidedly mixed reaction from the fans, who don’t appear to know how to react. In the ring, Christian remains unmoved, but Cena looks agitated by the announcement.

    Ricky Steamboat: John, you’re already aware of the frustration at being barred from challenging for any championship for the remainder of 2008. Think about how you’d feel if that was for the remainder of your contract period.

    Cena looks away, trying not to show his rising anger.

    Ricky Steamboat: In addition … this match?? Hell in a Cell. SummerSlam. It ends there. SummerSlam will be the FINAL meeting either of you will ever have under my watch.

    And now, Christian is finally moved from his thousand yard stare at Cena, and slowly turns to look at Steamboat, but rather than be disappointed, there’s a sense of acknowledgement instead.

    Ricky Steamboat: Unless you’re scheduled in the same match, sanctioned by me, then the two of you will stay apart. You’ll keep your distance from one another, and there will be NO interactions between either of you. And if the two of you don’t adhere to that edict?? Then, just as I stated a moment ago - the two of you will be prohibited from competing for any championship for the remainder of your contracts.

    The Raw GM is laying down the law tonight. Both men look rather perturbed now by that announcement - despite their current focus being on each other, both are driven by the need to be champion. Steamboat puts the contract down, and jabs his finger constantly into the table as he makes his next statement, looking back and forth at both men.

    Ricky Steamboat: So, gentlemen … this goes without saying … but at Summer Slam … I suggest you leave it all out inside Hell in a Cell. Don’t leave that Cell with any regrets. Don’t leave that Cell without having given it everything. Get it all out. Because it may be the last time either of you ever share a ring together.

    Cena nods, and now picks up a mic, leaning back in his chair.

    John Cena: I’m way ahead, Steamboat. Before you even opened your mouth, I knew SummerSlam was gonna be the last ever meeting him and I have. Because I intend on it being the last match he has, period.

    Heat. Cena doesn’t even look at Christian and instead speaks to Steamboat - but every time he says ‘his’, ‘he’, or ‘him’, Cena points in Christians direction.

    John Cena: You’re gonna have to scrape his skinny ass off the mat like road kill. Once he’s locked in that cage and there’s no security to save him, I’m gonna run him over like a Mack Truck. And there aint gonna be much left - sure as hell not enough for him to ever make it back inside my ring.

    More boos from the fans. Cena finally turns back to look Christian in the eye, and looks at the table, seeing the mic beside Christian, and shrugs.

    John Cena: Cat got your tongue or something?? Aint normally lost for words, Christian. What’s up?? Reality setting in?? You seein now that this aint a game?? Too late to back down now. No way outta this.

    Christian raises an eyebrow, and shakes his head. He picks up the mic.

    Christian: What reality, John??

    Cena laughs.

    John Cena: What reality?? How about the reality that in twenty seven days, you’re locked inside a cage with me again. Remember Atlantic City?? Saturday Nights Main Event?? Remember me busting that head of yours like a grape?? Let me tell ya - that was tame compared to what’s gonna happen in Hell in a Cell.

    Christian: I remember it. But I don’t intend on starting this match handcuffed.

    Cena smirks.

    Christian: Everything you did in Atlantic City was with me handcuffed to the cage. And when you gave me that FU off the stage six weeks ago - you attacked me from behind. You wont get a jump on me at SummerSlam. You’ll have to come at me; head on. Not something you’re used to doing these days, is it??

    Cena tries to act cool, looking away, leaning back in his chair, as if he isn’t bothered by anything Christian says.

    Christian: And if either of us should be worried about the past - maybe it’s you. See, you and I?? We’re not strangers to Hell in a Cell. It’s not gonna be a new experience for either of us. Difference being, I beat Triple H … and you lost to Randy Orton.

    There’s a few ‘ohhhh’ noises from the fans. Cena isn’t smirking anymore either.

    Christian: Yeah, and don’t think I’ve forgotten what that loss did to you, Cena. While I took apart The Game and walked out a winner … you took two months to get over that loss to Orton. And I’m willing to bet it’s still playing on your mind - two years later. See … under that tough man act you’ve got going on … I know mentally … you’re brittle.

    Cena moves forward now on his chair, and looks at Christian now, firmly shaking his head in disagreement. Christian nods though.

    Christian: Your last trip to SummerSlam proved it. Me beating you at WrestleMania Twenty Three proved it too. It led to this-

    Christian points at Cena, looking him up and down; ‘The Man in Black’. Christian then picks up his pen…

    Christian: And at SummerSlam, I’m gonna prove it again. Because all of your fears … all of your worries … you can keep them hidden now. But come August Twenty Fourth, they’ll all come flooding back once that Cell door is closed, and the padlock comes down. And then it’s just you and me.

    Growing cheers from the fans. Cena peers at the fans, acknowledging their cheers, before picking his microphone back up, whilst Christian puts pen to paper, signing the contract, and tossing it across the table at Cena.

    Cena looks down at the contract, but moves it aside, and instead, locks eyes with Christian, shaking his head.

    John Cena: The past. The past. The past. You oughta know this better than anyone, Christian - that guy that lost in the Cell at Summerslam two years ago?? He doesn’t exist anymore. The guy YOU beat at WrestleMania Twenty Three?? Forget about him. The old John Cena is dead and gone. The guy that choked you OUT … COLD at WrestleMania Twenty Four?? That’s the real John Cena. And that’s the John Cena that’s been breaking YOUR brittle body down, and that’s the John Cena that’ll put you OUT for good at SummerSlam.

    Christian shakes his head - naturally, he doesn’t agree with the sentiment.

    John Cena: Yeah, you wont be wearing any handcuffs when we step into the Cell. But until that night in Atlantic City back in March, it was me wearing the handcuffs. It was me with the handbrake on. Playing the nice guy. Well those shackles are off. Those handcuffs I placed on myself?? They’re gone. And ever since Saturday Nights Main Event in March … I’ve taken that handbrake off too. Choked your ass out at WrestleMania. Stopped Ric Flair having his fairytale send off at Backlash. Killed little Rey Reys chances of winning the World Title on Cinco De Mayo.

    Cena smirks.

    John Cena: And even when you did get the better of me in the Elimination Chamber?? Who had the last laugh?? Me.

    Heat.

    John Cena: How long was that title reign?? Five minutes … at a push??

    Christian starts to get agitated, and is seen clenching his fist, whilst Cena continues to smirk at him.

    John Cena: I tossed you off that stage, I beat up some young kid whose name I don’t even remember in the UK in front of his family, and I gave old Terry Funk a beatin just for fun.

    More heat. Steamboat - still standing at the table - shakes his head in disgust at those actions.

    John Cena: I’ve sent you to the hospital - twice. And trust me, at Summerslam, I’m gonna make it a third stay in hospital. Only this one could be permanent.

    There’s louder heat now in the All State Arena for Cena. Christian breathes heavier, trying to keep his cool. Cena gets more comfortable…

    John Cena: But - don’t worry about it. I’ll kick back a few cents to your old lady and keep her afloat.

    That‘s enough, damn it!! He‘s crossing a line here!!” - J.R. The fans are also giving another “ohhh” as Cena looks to push Christians buttons. Christian keeps his composure though, and looks to Steamboat.

    Christian: Are we done here??

    Steamboat, looks over, seeing Cena has yet to sign the paper.

    Ricky Steamboat: Uhh … John?? You still have to sign the contract.

    Cena shrugs. He’s enjoying this. Cena looks to Christian again.

    John Cena: You in a rush somewhere?? I thought you got off on this. Talking. Nothing clever to say tonight??

    Christian shakes his head.

    Christian: It’s not the time for that. I’m not interested in talking. The longer I sit here, the more I want to reach across this desk, wrap my hands around your throat and squeeze the life outta ya.

    Steamboat gets anxious, whilst the fans get a little excited to see some action. Christian notices the General Managers anxiousness, and assuages any worry.

    Christian: Relax. I’m not gonna jeopardize this match.

    John Cena: Yeah guys … relax. It’s not like his hands could reach around my throat anyway.

    It’s Cena with all the quick wit tonight. Christian composes himself, before speaking again.

    Christian: I just want to get to August Twenty Fourth. I want that Cell door to close, and I want to put an end to this. I want to put an end to you.

    Cena doesn’t look worried.

    John Cena: Well … you can talk tough now. Just like you did before WrestleMania. How did that work out for ya??

    He then makes a walking motion with his index and middle fingers.

    John Cena: And you can walk away now - but remember this, Christian; you CANT escape at Summerslam. Yo, Dragon-

    Cena jabs down on the contract with his finger, addressing the GM.

    John Cena: Before I put my name on this contract, I want assurances that the door on that Cell is double padlocked. I want a guarantee that the steel on that Cell is reinforced. I don’t want his bitch ass runnin from me. I don’t want him finding a way out.

    Christian shakes his head, and looks to Steamboat himself.

    Christian: There wont be any running, I promise you that. If anything … they may have to drag me out of there when I‘m done with you. So while we’re asking for promises; Ricky?? I want your word that the match ends by pinfall or submission only. No stoppages by the referee. And I don’t want Cena to be able to up and quit when the going gets tough in there…

    Cena laughs. Christian doesn’t smile, but turns his attention to Cena…

    Christian: …Because old John Boy here is pretty partial to {Christian taps the desk with his hand a few times} tapping when he’s looking for a way out.

    OHHHH’ ~ the fans. That line wipes the smile off Cena’s face, and he tightens his jaw, with that obviously hitting a nerve.

    Christian: Aint that right, John?? Because behind the persona, behind all those muscles you got … there’s a weak, brittle man-child that cant cope when the pressures on.

    As if to say Christians wrong, Cena grabs the contract, aggressively putting his name on the dotted line - but Christian doesn’t let up.

    Christian:
    And when all those insecurities come back to the surface at Summer Slam … you’ll look up at me, and you’ll say you’ve had enough. You’re gonna beg for it to be over. Then?? You’ll see how violent I can be. Because you have no idea … but you will.

    And with that, in a sudden movement, Cena stands up - TIPPING THE TABLE OVER - taking out a few of the security team!!!!!!


    Christian naturally leaps up, and with the table out of the way, there’s NOTHING keeping the two men apart!! Cena and Christian are HEAD TO HEAD, as Steamboat reacts quickly, getting between the two men, with the security pulling at both men too.

    Cena shouts in Christians face; “SHOW ME NOW!! SHOW ME NOW!! GET VIOLENT!! COME ON!!! SHOW ME!!!”

    But, to his credit, Christian allows the security to pull him away. Rather, Christian is now the one looking more cocky. He’s the one smirking now. There’s a solid wall between the two men, as the security keep them apart, but Christian still has his mic. Captain Charisma departs the ring, but looks to the fans, as Cena is held back in the ring…

    Christian: See what I mean??

    Christian starts backing up the ramp, pointing to the ring…

    Christian: He’s looking for a way out already.

    Christian tosses the mic, turns and walks away … as John Cena tries to fight his way through the security, but not even John Cena is overpowering eight large men, and they manage to subdue him in the ring. Meanwhile, Christian never even looks back - despite everything Cena threw at him tonight, it was Christian that kept his cool.

    Jim Ross: I think ya can call that a psychological victory for Christian!! A game of mental warfare on the road to Hell!! And ya can see it - John Cena looks rattled, Coach!! John Cena thought he had the upper hand here - he thought he was in Christians head … but it sure doesn’t look like it right now!!

    The Coach: Yeah … but who’s putting on the show?? I look at Cena and I see the real deal. He’s emotional - but he’s being real. Christian?? Not so much.

    Jim Ross: I find it interesting - very interesting - that Cena snapped when his mentality was questioned. And given the stakes thrown down by Ricky Steamboat, if these two touch each other between now and Summerslam, they’re both eliminated from championship opportunities for the remainder of their contracts!! So why would Cena want a fight here?? I can only think of one thing - and Christian called it himself - John Cena is looking for a way out!!

    The Coach: Pull the other one. Cena just wants it to be over. If they brought that Cell in here tonight, he’d fight Christian right now. He doesn’t want to wait to SummerSlam. And the longer he has to wait - and the more Christian pushes his buttons - the worse it’ll be for Christian. Quote me on that.

    Jim Ross: A lot of questions. And in four weeks at Summer Slam … we’ll get all the answers….

    The segment comes to an end, fading out on Cena in the ring, telling the security - and Steamboat - that he’s “fine”, having calmed down somewhat…




    Commercial Break




    Raw returns with the EAST COAST PARTY BOYS of Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins already in the ring, and THE NEW STANDARD; Cody Rhodes and Ken Doane on their way, with clips of the Cena/Christian contract signing airing during the entrance.

    Match 4:
    The East Coast Party Boys vs. The New Standard
    Tough spot to be in for both teams, coming off the last segment, and a crowd coming down from it. The match doesn’t even last long enough to get into third gear, as the action breaks down with all four men getting involved after Cody breaks the cover when Zack lands an early ROUGH RYDER on Doane. Hawkins takes Cody out of the ring, and Ryder stops Doane from rolling out of the ring by the apron.

    Zack drags Ken up at the ropes, and looks to suplex Doane back in … but after Cody drop toe holds Hawkins on the floor, he’s able to intervene to help his partner, tripping Ryders legs … and the suplex attempt ends up seeing Doane landing on Ryder for a cover!! Rhodes ducks down by the apron - HOLDING THE LEGS of Ryder to stop him from kicking out!!!! 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winners: The New Standard @ 04:06

    It’s a disappointing loss for the boys from the East Coast - but a bounce back victory for Cody and Doane coming off their feud ending loss to Regal and Goldust a few weeks ago.

    The New Standard steal it, and they scarper quickly once the count comes down, proving themselves to be a handful for everyone with tricks up their sleeves for all occasions. In the ring, Hawkins and Ryder are stewing, knowing they’ve just been cheated out of a fast path back to a title shot.



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    Cutting away backstage, EVE TORRES is standing by…

    Eve Torres: Hi!! Eve Torres here, and with me right now, is one of the two men battling in the thrilling Best of Seven Series for a future Intercontinental Championship match. Nick Nemeth!!

    Camera pans to show NICK NEMETH - towel around his neck - looking tired, but the fans give him a respectful pop.

    Eve Torres: Nick, tonight didn’t quite go your way, though with that said, clearly, Garrison Cade used the ropes to win tonight - BUT - you still lead the Best of Seven Series 2-1. Next week you have a chance to rest and recuperate, but so far, how happy are you in your performance??

    Nemeth sighs.

    Nick Nemeth: To lose tonight was frustrating - but knowing Cade had to cheat to beat me?? That doesn’t get me downhearted - no, no, no. Just the opposite - that’s given me even more belief in myself. That big, bad Garrison Cade couldn’t beat me legitimately in any of these first three matches?? It tells me I’m doin something right.

    Affording himself a smile, Nemeth nods, before speaking again.

    Nick Nemeth: Now I’ll be honest - this week off next week?? It’s come at just the right time. Cade’s beat me up pretty good these last three weeks. With a rest week next Monday?? I’m gonna be coming back strong in two weeks, and I’ve got my sights on that Intercontinental Championship.

    Eve Torres: And, given that Cade predicted before this Series started that he’d win inside five matches - something that’s now impossible - plus, him having to resort to blatantly cheating to get off the board tonight … how do you think his mindset is affected by these first three matches??

    Nemeth takes a moment to think, then shrugs.

    Nick Nemeth: Who knows what he’s thinking. He wrote me off as some “pretty boy” that he’d bully and dismantle in no time. Well he was wrong. Yeah, I’m a little bruised, and I’m sore - but I’m in front. Maybe he took me a little lightly - but I’ve taken full advantage of that. He knows now that I’m no joke. And I think after these last three weeks, I’ve earned the guys respect as a competitor. He’ll go away this week, and he’ll have a lot to think about-

    CADE ATTACKS NEMETH OUT OF NOWHERE!!!!!

    Coming in like a steam train, Cade sends Nemeth flying into an equipment table, as Eve runs for cover. The Lone Star grips Nemeth by the throat with both hands, and TOSSES him INTO A DOORWAY!!!!

    Nemeth slumps down, but Cade BOOTS him right in the face, before pushing officials out of the way, and picks Nemeth back up, throwing the smaller man onto his shoulders … RAZORS EDGE - TOSSING NEMETH INTO A WALL!!!!!

    And there’s NO GIVE from the wall!!!!!! Nick Nemeth slumps down against the wall, writhing in pain, crying out in agony, as Cade stands over him, spitting on the ground, then telling Nemeth; “Enjoy your week off, boy.”

    Cade walks off, job done, as medics rush toward Nemeth, tending to him and his back, with Eve also returning, looking concerned for Nemeth, who groans in pain … as we fade out into the commercial.




    Commercial Break




    Raw returns, showing Nick Nemeth being helped into a waiting ambulance - he’s on his feet though, and has referees either side of him, helping Nemeth enter the ambulance. J.R explains he’s being taken to a ‘local medical facility’ as a precaution following the assault from Cade, before we return to ringside, with Jim Ross and The Coach sat at ringside…

    Jim Ross: Just a … sickening assault from Garrison Cade. A clear attempt to injure Nick Nemeth, and weaken him in advance of the continuation of the Best of Seven series in two weeks time.

    The Coach: Nick Nemeth is gonna have a week off now to recover. I don’t see the big deal.

    Jim Ross: No, of course you wouldn’t … but be that as it may, this is a loaded show, and unfortunately, as callous as it may sound, we’re having to move on here. We’ll update ya with any information on Nick Nemeth, but right now, we’re gonna take you to an interview that was conducted earlier today with WWE Commissioner Jesse Ventura, as he discusses the ongoing situation with the former Raw employee, Mr. Kennedy. A lot of legal ramifications have been discussed as of late, following the assault by Triple H on Kennedy last month on an edition of Friday Night Smackdown, when Kennedy was in attendance as a spectator.

    The Coach: Let’s get to it, J.R. I want to hear what Ventura had to say!! Is Kennedy coming back??

    Jim Ross: Well, let’s find out…



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    Cutting away, the video begins, with the caption in the bottom corner, ‘EARLIER TODAY, MINNEAPOLIS, MN’ - sat across from one another is MATT STRIKER and WWE Commissioner JESSE VENTURA…

    Matt Striker: Commissioner Ventura, thank you for setting aside the time to speak to the television audience in relation to the ongoing discussions with former WWE superstar Ken Kennedy. Please, bring us up to speed with negotiations…

    Jesse Ventura: Well, I think you can probably guess they’ve been tricky to say the least. It wouldn’t take a genius to work that out. We’re dealing with a very savvy operator here, and if I say so, a rather difficult and irritating one too. I’m trying to serve a number of masters here, and someone is going to end up unhappy, either way. The Board of Directors unanimously accepted my proposal back in April to fire Kennedy. The Board and I are both uneasy about reversing that decision. It’s a bad look for the company to re-hire someone in those instances.

    Matt Striker: And I assume, that’s where the issues in these negotiations have arisen??

    Jesse Ventura: Well, that’s certainly part of it. Vince McMahon - naturally - doesn’t want this guy on his television shows. I mean, would you want to employ a man that struck your daughter??

    Striker solemnly shakes his head.

    Matt Striker: Absolutely not.

    Jesse Ventura: Nor would I. So - and this doesn’t happen often, let me tell ya - McMahon and I are on the same page on this one. We don’t want this guy anywhere near our television. Our initial game plan was to give Kennedy a sizeable pay off in the hope he’d drop the charges against Triple H-

    Matt Striker: For that attack on the June 13 edition of Friday Night Smackdown??

    Ventura nods.

    Jesse Ventura: Yeah. The first Smackdown on Sci-Fi. Highly unfortunate, unsavoury actions from Triple H, undoubtedly. Completely indefensible. And that’s what’s put us in this bind. We’re on the road to Summer Slam - the biggest perhaps ever - and one of our biggest headline attractions will be nowhere to be seen due to this suspension.

    Matt Striker: And from what you’ve said, I have to assume that Mister Kennedy is holding out for a greater amount of money than the WWE is willing to pay??

    Jesse Ventura: That’s where the problem lies. He wont listen to any offers of a monetary value. At least not on a basis that doesn’t involve him returning to the company. We’ve made a number of generous offers … none of which he’s willing to accept. Not because he’s made ridiculous demands regarding money … but because he wants to be reinstated. And that’s something I have a big, big problem with. He’s proven in the past to be reckless, he’s shown no respect for authority, he’s assaulted Stephanie McMahon … he attacked Shane McMahon at a WWE charity function last December … he’s essentially unemployable.

    Striker thinks for a moment, pausing, before asking the next question.

    Matt Striker: So, where do we stand??

    The Commissioner sighs.

    Jesse Ventura: Kennedy and his lawyers have made it clear that the only discussions they’re willing to have is in regard to his return to the WWE. Otherwise, they’ll press charges, against the WWE, against Triple H. His legal team have made it clear that they’ll do their absolute best to shut down the WWE while this takes place too. Now, there’s absolutely no way that action will fly in court, but it’s still horrible publicity for a publicly traded company.

    Ventura affords himself a wry smile before continuing.

    Jesse Ventura: If you know anything about me, you know I’m a stubborn man, Matt. So this isn’t my decision … but after careful discussions with the Board of Directors, we don’t want this thing to drag on for months through the courts. The WWE doesn’t want the bad publicity. We don’t want to keep one of our headline attractions - that being Triple H - off television for however many months it may take to clear this issue up, while the man is in the prime of his career…

    Matt Striker: Are you saying what I think you’re saying??

    Jesse pauses, and puts on a somewhat fake smile - as if to make a P.R statement.

    Jesse Ventura: I am, Matthew. I’m pleased to tell you that Ken Kennedy will drop those charges against Triple H on the condition that the WWE reinstate Kennedy’s contract … including - as you can imagine - a hefty increase on his salary.

    Venturas smile fades, clearly uneasy with the deal.

    Matt Striker: And once that deal is completed, will that also see Triple H reinstated to television on Smackdown??

    The Commissioner takes a moment to think, thinking the situation over.

    Jesse Ventura: That’s something we’ll need to discuss with the Board, but a formal suspension is likely to be on the cards in that instance.

    Matt Striker: So … when can we expect to see this deal concluded - and - when can the audience expect to see Mister Kennedy back on their television screens??

    Ventura scoffs.

    Jesse Ventura: That was the final demand. Kennedy?? He didn’t want to sign his contract in a room in Stamford. He wanted to do it in the grand fashion we’ve come to expect here in the WWE. He demanded the contract be signed live on Raw. So, next week on Raw … Mister Kennedy and I will make his return official.

    Matt Striker: Commissioner Ventura, thank you for your time.

    Striker leans forward, shaking the hand of Ventura, concluding the sit down interview, with the two men seen chatting, with Ventura very animated as he removes his wire, but we don’t get to hear what‘s said, as the footage begins to fade out…



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    Back into the arena…

    **ALELUYA DE EL MESIAS**

    Making his Raw debut, the Intellectual Saviour DAMIEN SANDOW makes his way to the ring, arrogant as you like. On commentary, J.R and Coach talk up the prior interview with Jesse Ventura, confirming the return of MISTER KENNEDY to Raw next week, before finally acknowledging the debut of Sandow - after the commercial break.




    Commercial Break




    Sandow is in the ring, waiting on his opponent…

    **GOLD LUST**


    Accompanied by his smartly suited tag team partner William Regal, GOLDUST enters the stage, as bizarre as ever. In the ring though, Sandow is far from impressed at the opposition he’s facing tonight, looking repulsed at the sight of the gold painted freak. Goldust climbs into the ring, and as he goes through his usual antics - Sandow jump starts the match, attacking Goldust from behind!!!

    Match 5:
    Damien Sandow vs. Goldust w/William Regal
    It’s another short match, with Sandow ultra aggressive, hammering the unprepared Goldust in the corner. Sandow sends Goldust off the ropes, and applies a sleeper on the return, but Goldust starts to fight out of it quickly, getting in some shots on Sandow, before running into a dropkick from the Intellectual Saviour. At this point, Sandow notices gold paint on his arms and body from Goldust, and looks even more furious - taking that frustration out on Goldust with a stomping in the corner, as Regal is forced to watch from the outside, complaining to the official.

    Sandow is forced out of the corner, and given a stern warning from the official, but goes back to work on the Bizarre One. He sends Goldust off the ropes, but misses a clothesline, and the veteran fights back again. A Bulldog scores Goldust a near fall, but when he picks Sandow back up, the Intellectual Saviour catches him in the gut, hitting a Russian Leg Sweep … rolling through for the ELBOW OF DISDAIN!! Much to the chagrin of Regal watching on the outside, the Straight Jacket Neckbreaker follows, and Sandow gets the 1...2...3!!!
    Winner: Damien Sandow @ 03:53

    A winning start for Damien Sandow on Raw, seeing off Goldust rather impressively. After having his hand raised, Sandow again looks aghast at the gold paint smeared on parts of his body, as William Regal climbs into the ring to tend to his beaten tag team partner.

    Watching on, Sandow contemplates attacking the Bizarre One again, but locks eyes with William Regal, and instead of attacking Goldust, Sandow appears to show some respect to the British veteran, offering Regal a nod … before simply departing the ring. Regal turns his attention back to Goldust, helping his partner back to his feet, as Sandow departs up the ramp, victorious on his first night on Raw…



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    Backstage, TIFFANY - fresh off her earlier interaction with John Cena - is back at work, standing by with PAUL LONDON…

    Tiffany: Paul, you’re moments away from what must be the most important match of your career. You’re taking on the Intercontinental Champion, CM Punk, and if you win - you’ll get to challenge Brent Albright for the World Heavyweight Championship at Summerslam. Does it get any bigger than this??

    Paul London: Without a doubt, Tiffany, this is as big as it gets. One win away from challenging the World Champion at SummerSlam?? Yeah - it’s big. But it’s exactly where I want to be. Last week, I thought I’d won the World Title in that Four Way. Brent Albright?? Pulled his usual tricks, and he walked out with the gold. But he should know by now - you don’t get rid of Paul London that easy.

    London pauses, looking down, then back up, into the camera…

    Paul London: As for CM Punk??

    Big pop from the crowd initially, but there’s some boos for Punk. London acknowledges the cheers.

    Paul London: Yeah, I know there’s a lot of support out there for him tonight. And I may not be the popular choice out there … with all due respect?? I don’t care. Not tonight. CM Punk stands between me and the World Championship - and he’s gonna find himself being PUSHED out of my way.

    Slight pop.

    Paul London: Plus, this is an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. I didn’t forget what happened at Vengeance. CM Punk?? You beat me at Vengeance when I was on one leg. As far as I’m concerned, you played just as big a part in that as Albright did. So you can bet your ass I owe ya one.

    London turns his attention back to Tiffany.

    Paul London: Tonight, I get to get even with Punk … and I get to punch my ticket to Madison Square Garden.

    Tiffany: But Paul, aren’t you at all concerned about the fact that … well … CM Punk hasn’t been beaten in nearly six months??

    Paul London: Has he faced Paul London?? Has he faced Paul London at one hundred per cent??

    London shakes his head.

    Paul London: I said I was coming for everything Brent Albright and the Master Craftsmen have. I meant every word. CM Punk, he’s just a road block. And I’m gonna tear through it.

    London walks off, all set for the main event…




    Commercial Break





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    And, shots of Wembley Stadium last year at Summerslam, with clips of Randy Ortons mid air RKO on RVD, Ricky Hatton knocking out Armando Estrada, Edge spearing The Undertaker, MNM falling from a ladder, and Christian raising the title at the end of that show.

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    The Summerslam logo flashes across the screen, then an image of the world is shown, with the focus zooming in toward the U.S.A

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    The New York skyline then the camera stops at Madison Square Garden.

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    Back into the arena…


    **STAY IN SHADOW**


    The Finger Eleven theme hits, and PAUL LONDON rushes onto the stage, getting a pop from the fans, as he heads into his moment of destiny. The Golden Boy paces on the stage, getting hyped up … then sprints down the ramp as always, sliding into the ring, and climbing the turnbuckles.


    **THIS FIRE BURNS**

    Massive reaction initially - as you’d expect - but there’s boos too for the Intercontinental Champion, with CM PUNK going through his usual motions, telling the fans in Chicago; “IT‘S CLOBBERIN TIME!!” before sauntering down the ramp. However, when Punk reaches the ring…

    **MEET YOUR MASTER**


    Taking the attention away from the ring momentarily, THE MASTER CRAFTSMEN walk out onto the stage, but stay there, clearly coming out here to watch the match with a vested interest. London has a few choice words from the ring, making sure the referee is on top of the situation, worrying that Albright and co are out here to scupper his chances.

    Main Event | NON-TITLE MATCH:
    Paul London vs. ‘Intercontinental Champ’ CM Punk
    *If Paul London wins; he faces Brent Albright for World Championship at SummerSlam*
    It’s a slow start, with London and Punk struggling for supremacy, amidst duelling chants of “Let‘s go London” and “C-M PUNK” from the fans. They tussle back and forth, trading holds, switching headlocks, applying hammerlocks, before the pace quickens, and it’s London that wins that exchange, surprising Punk with a dropkick, and follows that with a series of arm drags, that eventually see the 2008 King of the Ring roll out of the ring to catch a break. Punk takes a walk, trying to gain heat by mouthing at fans in the front row, and the Craftsmen watch from the stage, as Raw heads to the final commercial of the night.



    Commercial Break



    And, back from the break, Punk is magically in control. Having gained the upper hand during the commercial, Punk now has a side headlock applied, trying to wear down London, but the Golden Boy soon fights out of the hold. Again, the pace quickens, with London busting out the always impressive dropsaults, then wants a TORNADO DDT - but Punk counters and DUMPS London over the ropes, with London crashing HARD onto the floor!! And Punk doesn’t let up there either. The I.C Champion follows out, roughing London up on the floor, delivering a snap suplex. Tossing London back inside, he looks to finish the match with a cover, 1...2...NO!!!

    On the stage, the Craftsmen all take a deep inhale of breath, having thought that might have been it for London. In the ring, Punk opens up on London, hitting his signature running knee into the corner, and the Bulldog out of the corner for another near fall, before savagely driving elbows into the face and neck of London - only stopping at the behest of the referee. Getting cocky, Punk starts to mock London, and targets the knee, going back to their match at Vengeance when London competed despite a knee injury. The cockiness comes back to bite Punk though - as he shapes up for a Figure Four - LONDON KICKS HIM AWAY!!!!

    Punk tumbles through the ropes and to the floor … with London getting up … and delivering a PLANCHA TO PUNK!!!!! That gets the fans on their feet, but it signals a look of worry from the previously confident Master Craftsmen on the ramp. London - fired up - tosses Punk into the steps, then into the ring, delivering a STANDING SHOOTING STAR!!! 1...2...NO!!!!! Punk survives, but London has hit another gear, and he relentlessly fires off forearm shots to Punk in the corner, finishing with a running forearm to the corner, before scoring with a TIGER SUPLEX!!! 1...2...PUNK KICKS OUT!!!!!

    London thought he’s done it!! Having to pick himself back up after the near fall, London stays on Punk, slamming him back onto the mat, dropping a leg, setting Punk up to allow himself to climb to the top rope … wanting the 450 SPLASH … NO ONE HOME!!!!!!!! Punk rolled out of danger!!!!! London crashes and burns, and Punk looks to pick up the scraps, getting London up for the GTS - BUT LONDON FRANTICALLY ELBOWS TO FREEDOM!!!! The two men battle it out now in the middle of the ring, back and forth, but just as London is winning the battle, Punk RAKES THE EYES - then scores with a ROUNDHOUSE!!!!! He covers … 1...2...NO!!!!!!

    Still, London wont stay down. Punk sends him into the corner, and punishes London with a series of Muay Thai knees, throwing in some slaps for good measure, before attempting a Monkey Flip … but London LANDS ON HIS FEET … AND DELIVERS WITH A PELE KICK!!!!! Once more, there’s concern in the eyes of Albright on the stage with Haas and Dinsmore, as London summons the energy to climb to the top once more … but before he can fly again … PUNK KICKS THE REFEREE INTO THE CORNER!!!! Mike Chioda stumbles in and collides with London, as London tumbles off the top, knocking the official down!!!!!

    With a knowing smirk on his face, Punk staggers back to his feet, wanting a GTS on London to finish him off … BUT LONDON COUNTERS WITH A DDT!!!!! London puts Punk down, as he zeroes in on victory, once again looking to climb the ropes … and the shit hit’s the fan!!! Seeing the official down, it’s a green light for Albright, Haas and Dinsmore to get involved, and prevent London from winning, much to the chagrin of the fans!! The Master Craftsmen hit the ring, with London doing his best to try and fight them off, but it’s a hopeless task. The trio of champions put the boots to London, and Albright delivers the ACE IN THE HOLE, with Haas and Dinsmore dragging Punk over for the cover…

    WHEN SHELTON BENJAMIN AND REY MYSTERIO HIT THE RING TO MAKE THE SAVE!!!!!!

    Two men with their own axe to grind with the Master Craftsmen; Shelton and Mysterio look to even the scores, taking the fight to Albright, Haas and Dinsmore, with the element of surprise helping them take on the 3 on 2 odds … but it soon becomes 4 on 2 … as Punk recovers, and helps out the Craftsmen to try and take care of the threat from Benjamin and Mysterio!!! The boos rain down - even for Punk now - as the Craftsmen stomp Rey and Shelton out of the ring, whilst Punk picks up the lifeless body of Paul London, looking for a GTS to finish things off. He takes his time, looking to each side of the ring … but when he turns to the opposite of the hard camera side …

    SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!!!!!!!!!!

    IT’S SHAWN MICHAELS!!!!!!!!!

    THE SHOWSTOPPER STRIKES CM PUNK!!!!!!! HE’S BACK!!!!!!!!!! Michaels drops CM Punk with Sweet Chin Music, and stands over Punk, pointing down at him, having plenty to say to the man that humiliated him three weeks ago!!! On the floor, the Craftsmen cant believe what they’re seeing … as Shawn proceeds to deliver SLINGSHOT CROSSBODY TO THE FLOOR ONTO THE MASTER CRAFTSMEN!!!!! Shawn Michaels returns with a MASSIVE impact, as he, Mysterio and Benjamin fend off the Master Craftsmen on the floor … whilst Paul London agonizingly crawls over onto Punk … draping an arm over the Intercontinental Champion … as Mike Chioda finally comes around … and makes the count … 1 ……… 2 ……… 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Winner: Paul London @ 14:19
    *CHALLENGES BRENT ALBRIGHT AT SUMMERSLAM FOR THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP*

    It’s pandemonium inside the All-State Arena, as Paul London DEFEATS CM Punk - the first man to do so since Wrestle Mania - and punches his ticket to SummerSlam!!!! London rolls off Punk, and sits up, with a look of relief - then glory - on his face, with Mike Chioda raising his arm in victory.

    Jim Ross: YES!!! PAUL LONDON IS GOIN TO SUMMERSLAM!! HE’S BEATEN CM PUNK!!!

    The Coach: No - NO!! Call the DQ ref!! Call the DQ!!!

    On the outside, Albright, Haas and Dinsmore all escape from Michaels, Benjamin and Mysterio having failed miserably in their attempt to screw Paul London out of the title shot tonight. Michaels gets back into the ring, just as Punk rolls out - avoiding another attack from HBK.

    Jim Ross: And like a scalded dawg, CM Punk is getting his ass outta dodge!!! By gawd, we’ve waited a long, long time to see that smug look wiped off his face!! And finally - not before time - that little rat bastard has gotten his comeuppance!!!

    The Coach: That was an ambush, J.R!! You cant celebrate that!!!

    The Showstopper points out of the ring, having plenty to say to Punk on the floor, before turning back to London and raising the arm of the #1 Contender, as do Mysterio and Benjamin - all happy to see justice served tonight for Paul London.

    Jim Ross: This is a rude awakening for the Master Craftsmen and CM Punk tonight!! This Raw roster aint gonna let these guys run roughshod anymore!! Just when it looked like Paul London was about to be screwed out of a title shot, justice was served!! Shelton Benjamin, Rey Mysterio - they did the right thing!! And Shawn Michaels made the biggest impact of all!!!

    The show comes to a close with London on the turnbuckles, looking to Albright on the ramp, motioning around his waist that the title will soon be his. Albright shakes his head, hating what he’s seeing, whilst Haas and Dinsmore also look irate in the background…

    Jim Ross: And now we know - in twenty seven days - Paul London and Brent Albright will renew hostilities!! In the worlds most famous arena, at the biggest event of the Summer, Albright and London will go to war for the richest prize in the game!! Bah Gawd, what a night!!!!

    Whilst at the bottom of the ramp, CM Punk is sat, looking dishevelled, horrified at the stunning return of Shawn Michaels tonight, helping to inflict Punks first loss in six months. Standing tall, London, Rey, Shelton and HBK get the moment of glory tonight, as Raw goes off the air…



    END OF SHOW


    _________________________________________________


    Official Card for WWE SummerSlam:
    August 24 2008 | Madison Square Garden, New York NY
    Theme Music; ‘Closer’ by Kings of Leon & ‘Summer In The City’ by Lovin Spoonful


    ~ THE MAIN EVENT ~
    !! HELL IN THE CELL !!
    JOHN CENA -VERSUS- CHRISTIAN
    ~ COLLISION COURSE III - THE FIGHT OF THE CENTURY ~

    ---

    WWE Championship Match:
    Edge defends against Kurt Angle



    World Heavyweight Championship Match:
    Brent Albright defends against
    Paul London



    Summer Slam Poster Credit; Comeback Kid
    Summer Slam Match banners Credit; ranthellacious

    Last edited by Wolf Beast; 08-18-2018 at 07:22 AM.

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