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    Re: Being The Booker

    Awesome to read this again and so happy to see this continuing Wolfy. Looking forward to the new content which I'll definitely try to review as much as possible.
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    Re: Being The Booker

    This will be the final post of 'information', with the championship histories since the beginning of the thread in 2004 - Raw will be posted over the weekend.

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    World Heavyweight Championship:


    (8) Triple H (December 14th 2003 - January 25th 2004) (42 Days)
    defeated Goldberg and Kane in a Triple Threat Match (Armageddon, Orlando)
    lost to Shawn Michaels in a Last Man Standing Match (Royal Rumble, Philadelphia)


    (5) Shawn Michaels (January 25th 2004 - April 11th 2004) (77 Days)
    defeated Triple H in a Last Man Standing Match (Royal Rumble, Philadelphia)
    lost to Randy Orton in a six man Hell in a Cell Match (Backlash, Phoenix)


    (1) Randy Orton (April 11th - August 22nd 2004) (134 Days)
    defeated Shawn Michaels in a six man Hell in a Cell match (Backlash, Phoenix)
    lost to Chris Jericho (Summerslam, Toronto)


    (3) Chris Jericho (August 22nd - November 14th 2004) (85 Days)
    defeated Randy Orton (SummerSlam, Toronto)
    lost to Orton in a Triple Threat match, also featuring HBK (Survivor Series, Chicago)


    (2) Randy Orton (November 14th - March 20th 2005) (127 Days)
    defeated Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels (Survivor Series, Chicago)
    lost to John Cena (WrestleMania 21, Detroit)


    (1) John Cena (March 20th - August 7th) (141 Days)
    defeated Randy Orton (WrestleMania 21, Detroit)
    Lost to Shawn Michaels (Summer Slam, San Juan)


    (6) Shawn Michaels (August 7th - December 4th) (120 Days)
    Defeated John Cena
    (Summer Slam, San Juan)
    Lost to John Cena
    (Armageddon, Boston)


    (2) John Cena (December 4th - April 30th 2006) (148 Days)
    Defeated Shawn Michaels
    (Armageddon, Boston)
    Lost to Christian in a triple threat match, also featuring Brock Lesnar (Backlash, Seattle WA)


    (1) Christian (April 30th - October 23rd) (177 Days)
    Defeated John Cena in a triple threat match
    (Backlash, Seattle WA)
    Lost to Triple H (Raw, New York City, NY)


    (10) Triple H (October 23rd 2006 - February 3rd 2007) (104 Days)
    Defeated Christian
    (Raw, New York City NY)
    Lost to John Cena in a 60 Minute Iron Man Match (SuperBrawl, Providence, RI)


    (3) John Cena (February 3rd - March 18th) (44 Days)
    Defeated Triple H in a 60 Minute Iron Man Match (SuperBrawl, Providence, RI)
    Lost to Christian (WrestleMania 23, New Orleans LA)


    (2) Christian (March 18th - November 11th) (239 days)
    Defeated John Cena (WrestleMania 23, New Orleans LA)
    Lost to John Cena in a triple threat match (Survivor Series, Los Angeles CA)


    (4) John Cena (November 11th 2007 - Present)
    Defeated Christian in a triple threat match (Survivor Series, Los Angeles CA)


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    Intercontinental Championship:


    (1) Randy Orton (December 14th 2003 - February 9th 2004) (58 Days)
    defeated Rob Van Dam (Armageddon, Orlando)
    lost to Chris Jericho (Raw, Green Bay)


    (7) Chris Jericho (February 9th - March 14th 2004)
    defeated Randy Orton (Raw, Green Bay)
    lost to Christian in a 20 Man Battle Royal (WrestleMania XX, New York)


    (4) Christian (March 14th - June 14th 2004)
    defeated Chris Jericho in a 20 Man Battle Royal (WrestleMania XX, New York)
    lost to Matt Hardy (Raw, Albany)


    (1) Matt Hardy (June 14th - August 16th 2004)
    defeated Christian (Raw, Albany)
    lost to Sting (Raw, Detroit)


    (1) Sting (August 16th - October 18th 2004)
    defeated Matt Hardy (Raw, Detroit)
    lost to Matt Morgan (Raw, Kansas)


    (1) Matt Morgan (October 18th 2004 - February 7th 2005)
    defeated Sting (Raw, Kansas)
    lost to Edge (Raw, Boise)


    (5) Edge (February 7th - February 28th 2005)
    defeated Matt Morgan (Raw, Boise)
    lost to Christian via forfeit (Raw, Atlanta)


    (5) Christian (February 28th - April 25th 2005)
    defeated Edge via forfeit (Raw, Atlanta)
    Lost to Rey Mysterio (Raw, New York)


    (1) Rey Mysterio (April 25th - December 4th 2005)
    Defeated Christian
    (Raw, New York)
    Lost to Carlito Caribbean Cool (Armageddon, Boston)


    (1) Carlito Caribbean Cool (December 4th 2005 - April 30th 2006)
    Defeated Rey Mysterio
    (Armageddon, Boston)
    Lost to Shelton Benjamin (Backlash, Seattle)


    (1) Shelton Benjamin (April 30th - June 25th)
    Defeated Carlito
    (Backlash, Seattle WA)
    Lost to Finlay (Unforgiven, Denver)


    (1) Finlay (June 25th - September 2nd)
    Defeated Shelton Benjamin
    (Unforgiven, Denver)
    Lost to Mr. Kennedy (Saturday Nights Main Event, Montreal)


    (1) Mr. Kennedy (September 2nd - October 15th)
    Defeated Finlay
    (Saturday Nights Main Event, Montreal)
    Lost to Shelton Benjamin (Nemesis, Uncasville)


    (2) Shelton Benjamin (October 15th 2006 - January 14th 2007)
    Defeated Mr. Kennedy
    (Nemesis, Uncasville)
    Lost to Rey Mysterio (Royal Rumble, Indianapolis)


    (2) Rey Mysterio (January 14th - April 22nd 2007)
    Defeated Shelton Benjamin (Royal Rumble, Indianapolis)
    Lost to Shelton Benjamin (Backlash, Montreal)


    (3) Shelton Benjamin (April 22nd - August 19th 2007)
    Defeated Rey Mysterio
    (Backlash, Montreal)
    Lost to William Regal in a triple threat match, which also featured Matt Hardy (Summerslam, London England)


    (2) William Regal (August 19th - September 24th)
    Defeated Shelton Benjamin in a triple threat match, which also featured Matt Hardy (Summerslam, London England)
    Lost to Shelton Benjamin (Raw, Detroit MI)


    (4) Shelton Benjamin (September 24th - October 14th)
    Defeated William Regal (Raw, Detroit MI)
    Lost to Matt Hardy (Nemesis, Little Rock AR)


    (2) Matt Hardy (October 14th 2007 - January 7th 2008)
    Defeated Shelton Benjamin (Nemesis, Little Rock AR)
    Lost to Brent Albright (Raw, Atlanta, GA)


    (1) Brent Albright (January 7th - March 24th 2008)
    Defeated Matt Hardy (Raw, Atlanta GA)
    Lost to Matt Hardy (Raw, Denver CO)


    (3) Matt Hardy (March 24th - April 27th 2008)
    Defeated Brent Albright (Raw, Denver CO)
    Lost to CM Punk (Backlash, Kansas City MO)

    (1) CM Punk (April 27th 2008 - Present)
    Defeated Matt Hardy (Backlash, Kansas City MO)


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    World Tag Team Championships:


    Ric Flair and Batista (December 13th 2003 - February 9th 2004)
    defeated Dudley Boyz in a Tag Team Turmoil Match (Armageddon, Orlando)
    lost to Dudley Boyz (Raw, Green Bay)


    Dudley Boyz
    (February 9th - March 22nd 2004)
    defeated Ric Flair and Batista (Raw, Green Bay)
    lost to Garrison Cade and Mark Jindrak in a TLC Match, which also featured Shawn Michaels & Rob Van Dam, Randy Orton & Batista (Raw, Long Island)


    Garrison Cade and Mark Jindrak
    (March 22nd - June 20th)
    defeated Dudley Boyz et al in a TLC Match (Raw, Long Island)
    lost to Natural Born Thrillers (Bad Blood, Washington D.C)


    Natural Born Thrillers
    (June 20th - July 12th 2004)
    defeated Cade and Jindrak (Bad Blood, Washington D.C)
    lost to Edge and Christian (Raw, Omaha)


    Edge and Christian
    (July 12th - October 17th 2004)
    defeated Natural Born Thrillers (Raw, Omaha)
    lost to Booker T & Goldust in a Cage Match (Nemesis, St. Louis)


    Booker T & Goldust
    (October 17th - December 12th 2004)
    defeated Edge and Christian in a Cage Match (Nemesis, St Louis)
    lost to Ric Flair and Batista (Armageddon, Orlando)


    Ric Flair and Batista
    (December 12th 2004 - April 11th 2005)
    defeated Booker T & Goldust (Armageddon, Orlando)
    lost to The Worlds Greatest Tag Team (Raw, Sacramento)


    The Worlds Greatest Tag Team
    (April 11th - June 12th 2005)
    defeated Ric Flair and Batista (Raw, Sacramento)
    Lost to Garrison Cade & Mark Jindrak (Bad Blood, Philadelphia)


    Garrison Cade & Mark Jindrak
    (June 12th - December 4th 2005)
    Defeated The Worlds Greatest Tag Team
    (Bad Blood, Philadelphia)
    Lost to The Worlds Greatest Tag Team (Armageddon, Boston)


    The Worlds Greatest Tag Team
    (December 4th 2005 - April 3rd 2006)
    Defeated Garrison Cade & Mark Jindrak in a Ladder Match
    (Armageddon, Boston)
    Forced to vacate titles, after Charlie Haas was drafted to Smackdown


    Titles vacant - April 3rd 2006 - April 30th 2006


    Acolyte Fashion Agency (April 30th - June 25th)
    Defeated The Brotherhood, United Nations, Booker T & Goldust for vacant titles
    (Backlash, Seattle WA)
    Lost to MNM (Unforgiven, Denver)


    MNM
    (June 25th 2006 - March 18th 2007)
    Defeated A.F.A
    (Unforgiven, Denver)
    Lost to Straight Edge (WrestleMania 23, New Orleans LA)


    Straight Edge (March 18th - June 18th)
    Defeated MNM (WrestleMania 23, New Orleans LA)
    Lost to MNM (Raw, Oklahoma OK)


    (2) MNM (June 18th - August 20th)
    Defeated Straight Edge (Raw, Oklahoma OK)
    Lost to Straight Edge (Summerslam, London England)


    (2) Straight Edge (August 19th 2007 - March 30th 2008)
    Defeated MNM (Summerslam, London England)
    Lost to The Master Craftsmen in a triple threat elimination match (WrestleMania XXIV, Phoenix AZ)


    (1) The Master Craftsmen (March 30th - Present)
    Defeated Straight Edge & The Angels of Anarchy (WrestleMania XXIV, Phoenix AZ)


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    Womens Championship:

    (2) Molly Holly (July 28th 2003 - January 26th 2004)
    defeated Gail Kim (Raw, Colorado Springs)
    lost to Lita (Raw, Rochester)


    (2) Lita
    (January 26th - June 7th 2004)
    defeated Molly Holly (Raw, Rochester)
    lost to Trish Stratus (Raw, Chicago)


    (5) Trish Stratus
    (June 7th - October 18th 2004)
    defeated Lita (Raw, Chicago)
    lost to Shaniqua (Raw, Kansas)


    (1) Shaniqua
    (October 18th 2004 - October 17th 2005)
    defeated Trish Stratus (Raw, Kansas)
    Lost to Trish Stratus (Raw, Toronto)


    (6) Trish Stratus (October 17th 2005 - April 30th 2006)
    Defeated Shaniqua
    (Raw, Toronto)
    Lost to Jillian Hall (Backlash, Seattle WA)


    (1) Jillian Hall (April 30th - June 12th)
    Defeated Trish Stratus
    (Backlash, Seattle WA)
    Lost to Alexis Laree {aka Mickie James} (Raw, Greenville, SC)


    (1) Alexis Laree {aka Mickie James} (June 12th - September 2nd)
    Defeated Jillian Hall (Raw, Greenville, SC)
    Lost to Trish Stratus (Saturday Nights Main Event, Montreal)


    (7) Trish Stratus (September 2nd 2006)
    Defeated Alexis Laree {aka Mickie James}
    (Saturday Nights Main Event, Montreal)
    Title relinquished


    (2) Alexis Laree {aka Mickie James} (October 2nd - October 30th)
    Defeated Jillian Hall for the vacant title (Raw Season Premiere, St. Louis, MO)
    Lost to Melina (Raw, Adelaide)


    (1) Melina (October 30th 2006 - March 18th 2007)
    Defeated Alexis Laree {aka Mickie James}
    (Raw, Adelaide)
    Lost to Alexis Laree {aka Mickie James}(WrestleMania 23, New Orleans LA)


    (3) Mickie James (March 18th - August 19th)
    Defeated Melina (WrestleMania 23, New Orleans LA)
    Lost to Beth Phoenix (Summerslam, London England)


    (1) Beth Phoenix (August 19th - November 11th)
    Defeated Mickie James (Summerslam, London England)
    Lost to Mickie James (Survivor Series, Los Angeles CA)


    (4) Mickie James (November 11th 2007 - February 4th 2008)
    Defeated Beth Phoenix (Survivor Series, Los Angeles CA)
    Lost to Gail Kim (Raw, Green Bay WI)


    (2) Gail Kim (February 4th 2008 - Present)
    Defeated Mickie James (Raw, Green Bay WI)
     




    ***





    WWE Championship:

    (3) Brock Lesnar (September 18th 2003 - June 10th 2004)
    defeated Kurt Angle in a 60 Minute Iron Man Match (Smackdown, Raleigh)
    lost to Kurt Angle (Smackdown, St. Louis)


    (6) Kurt Angle (June 10th - August 22nd 2004)
    defeated Brock Lesnar (Smackdown, St. Louis)
    lost to Goldberg (SummerSlam, Toronto)


    (2) Goldberg (August 22nd - October 17th 2004)
    defeated Kurt Angle (SummerSlam, Toronto)
    lost to Triple H (Nemesis, St. Louis)


    (9) Triple H (October 17th 2004 - March 20th 2005)
    defeated Goldberg (Nemesis, St. Louis)
    lost to The Rock (WrestleMania 21, Detroit)


    (10) The Rock (March 20th - July 3rd 2005)
    defeated Triple H (WrestleMania, Detroit)
    Lost to Goldberg (Great American Bash, Washington, D.C)


    (3) Goldberg (July 3rd - August 7th 2005)
    Defeated The Rock
    (Great American Bash, Washington, D.C)
    Lost to Kurt Angle in a Triple Threat Match (Summer Slam, San Juan)


    (7) Kurt Angle (August 7th - November 6th 2005)
    Defeated Goldberg in a Triple Threat Match
    (Summer Slam, San Juan)
    Lost to Eddie Guerrero in a Fatal Four Way (Survivor Series, Manchester, NH)


    (1) Eddie Guerrero (November 6th 2005)
    Defeated Angle, Triple H & Lesnar in a Four Way
    (Survivor Series, Manchester, NH)


    (4) Brock Lesnar (November 17th 2005 - March 26th 2006)
    Defeated Kurt Angle & Triple H in a Triple Threat for Vacant Title
    (Smackdown, Detroit)
    Lost to Chris Benoit (WrestleMania 22, Las Vegas, NV)


    (1) Chris Benoit (March 26th 2006 - July 23rd)
    Defeated Brock Lesnar
    (WrestleMania 22, Las Vegas, NV)
    Title Vacated due to injury


    (1) Rob Van Dam (August 20th 2006 - March 18th 2007)
    Defeated Chris Jericho for Vacant Title in tournament final
    (SummerSlam, Anaheim)
    Lost to Randy Orton (WrestleMania 23, New Orleans LA)


    (3) Randy Orton (March 18th 2007 - March 30th 2008)
    Defeated Rob Van Dam (WrestleMania 23, New Orleans LA)
    Lost to Edge (WrestleMania XXIV, Phoenix AZ)


    (1) Edge (March 30th 2008 - Present)
    Defeated Randy Orton (WrestleMania XXIV, Phoenix AZ)



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    United States Championship:


    (1) Big Show (October 19th 2003 - February 15th 2004)
    defeated Eddie Guerrero (No Mercy, Baltimore)
    lost to Billy Gunn (No Way Out, San Francisco)


    (1) Billy Gunn (February 15th - April 1st 2004)
    defeated Big Show (No Way Out, San Francisco)
    lost to Kanyon (Smackdown, Salt Lake City)


    (2) Kanyon (April 1st - July 18th 2004)
    defeated Billy Gunn (Smackdown, Salt Lake City)
    lost to William Regal (Vengeance, Fresno)


    (1) William Regal (July 18th - August 22nd 2004)
    defeated Kanyon (Vengeance, Fresno)
    lost to Benoit in a 3 Way Match, also featuring E. Guerrero (SummerSlam, Toronto)


    (2) Chris Benoit (August 22nd - September 23rd 2004)
    defeated Regal and E. Guerrero in a Triple Threat Match (SummerSlam, Toronto)
    lost to Kanyon (Smackdown, Dallas)


    (3) Kanyon (September 23rd - December 9th 2004)
    defeated Chris Benoit (Smackdown, Dallas)
    lost to Eddie Guerrero (Smackdown; Night of the Championships, Ft. Lauderdale)


    (1) Eddie Guerrero (December 9th 2004 - July 3rd 2005)
    defeated Kanyon (Smackdown; Night of the Championships, Ft. Lauderdale)
    Lost to John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield in a Triple Threat Match (Great American Bash, Washington, D.C)


    (1) John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield (July 3rd 2005 - March 26th 2006)
    Defeated Eddie Guerrero in a Triple Threat Match
    (Great American Bash, Washington D.C)
    Lost to Matt Hardy (WrestleMania 22, Las Vegas, NV)


    (1) Matt Hardy (March 26th - May 14th)
    Defeated JBL
    (WrestleMania 22, Las Vegas, NV)
    Lost to Charlie Haas (Judgment Day, Milwuakee)


    (1) Charlie Haas (May 14th - July 23rd)
    Defeated Matt Hardy
    (Judgment Day, Milwaukee)
    Lost to Matt Hardy (Great American Bash, Atlanta)


    (2) Matt Hardy (July 23rd - October 27th)
    Defeated Charlie Haas
    (Great American Bash, Atlanta)
    Lost to Brent Albright (Smackdown, Detroit MI)


    (1) Brent Albright (October 13th 2006 - May 20th 2007)
    Defeated Matt Hardy (Smackdown, Lafayette, LA)
    Lost to Paul London (Judgment Day, Miami, FL)


    (1) Paul London (May 20th 2007 - January 20th 2008)
    Defeated Brent Albright (Judgment Day, Miami, FL)
    Lost to Batista (Royal Rumble, Las Vegas NV)


    (1) Batista (January 20th 2008 - Present)
    Defeated Paul London (Royal Rumble, Las Vegas NV)


    ---


    WWE Tag Team Championships:

    (1) Basham Brothers (October 23rd 2003 - January 25th 2004)
    defeated Los Guerrero's (Smackdown, Albany)
    lost to The Worlds Greatest Tag Team (Royal Rumble, Philadelphia)


    (3) The Worlds Greatest Tag Team (January 25th - June 10th 2004)
    defeated Basham Brothers (Royal Rumble, Philadelphia)
    lost to La Resistance (Smackdown, St. Louis)


    (2) La Resistance (June 10th - September 2nd 2004)
    defeated The Worlds Greatest Team (Smackdown, St. Louis)
    lost to Hurricane & Citizen Storm (Smackdown, Tulsa)


    (1) Hurricane & Citizen Storm (September 2nd - November 11th 2004)
    defeated La Resistance (Smackdown, Tulsa)
    lost to Basham Brothers (Smackdown, Cincinnati)


    (2) Basham Brothers (November 11th - December 9th 2004)
    defeated Hurricane and Citizen Storm (Smackdown, Cincinnati)
    lost in a ten team Tag Turmoil match, with Test and Scott Steiner eventually winning the match outright (Smackdown; Night of the Championships, Ft. Lauderdale)


    (1) Test & Scott Steiner (December 9th 2004 - January 23rd 2005)
    defeated nine teams in a Ten Team Tag Turmoil Match (Smackdown; NOTC, Ft. Lauderdale)
    lost to America's Most Wanted in a Fatal Four Way, also featuring La Resistance, and the APA (Royal Rumble, Houston)


    (1) America's Most Wanted (January 23rd - March 20th 2005)
    defeated Test and Scott Steiner, La Resistance and the APA in a Fatal Four Way match (Royal Rumble, Houston )
    lost to The Worlds Greatest Tag Team (WrestleMania 21, Detroit)


    (4) The Worlds Greatest Tag Team (March 20th - March 28th)
    defeated America's Most Wanted (WrestleMania 21, Detroit)
    forced to vacate titles after being drafted to Raw


    Titles Vacant (March 28th - May 15th)
    (2) Americas Most Wanted (May 15th - October 20th 2005)
    Defeated The Dudley Boyz, La Resistance, and Un-Americans in a 4 Way for vacant belts
    (Judgement Day, Vancouver)
    Lost to Basham Brothers (Smackdown, Vancouver)


    (3) Basham Brothers (October 20th 2005 - February 2nd 2006)
    Defeated America’s Most Wanted
    (Smackdown, Vancouver)
    Lost to America’s Most Wanted (Smackdown, Columbus)


    (3) Americas Most Wanted (February 2nd - May 14th 2006)
    Defeated Basham Brothers
    (Smackdown, Columbus)
    Lost to The Spirit Squad (Judgment Day, Milwaukee)


    (1) The Spirit Squad (May 14th - August 20th)
    Defeated Americas Most Wanted
    (Judgment Day, Milwaukee)
    Lost to Paul London & Brian Kendrick (SummerSlam, Anaheim)


    (1) Paul London & Brian Kendrick (August 20th - December 10th)
    Defeated Spirit Squad
    (SummerSlam, Anaheim)
    Lost to Americas Most Wanted (Armageddon, Richmond)


    (4) Americas Most Wanted (December 10th 2006 - January 20th 2008)
    Defeated Paul London & Brian Kendrick
    (Armageddon, Richmond)
    Lost to MNM (Royal Rumble, Las Vegas NV)


    (3) MNM (January 20th 2008 - Present)
    Defeated Americas Most Wanted
    (Royal Rumble, Las Vegas)


    ---


    Cruiserweight Championship:


    Rey Mysterio (January 6th - April 8th 2004)
    defeated Tajiri (Smackdown, Laredo, TX)
    lost to Billy Kidman (Smackdown, Hartford, CT)


    Billy Kidman (April 8th - May 16th 2004)
    defeated Rey Mysterio (Smackdown, Hartford, CT)
    lost to Rey Mysterio (Judgment Day, Corpus Christi, TX)


    Rey Mysterio (May 16th - July 29th 2004)
    defeated Billy Kidman (Judgment Day, Corpus Christi, TX)
    lost to Chavo Guerrero (Smackdown, Seattle, WA)


    Chavo Guerrero (July 29th - November 14th 2004)
    defeated Rey Mysterio (Smackdown, Seattle, WA)
    lost to Hurricane (Survivor Series, Chicago, IL)


    Hurricane (November 14th - December 9th 2004)
    defeated Chavo Guerrero (Survivor Series, Chicago, IL)
    lost to Chavo Guerrero (Smackdown; Night of the Champions, Ft. Lauderdale, FL)


    Chavo Guerrero
    (December 9th 2004 - February 13th 2005)
    defeated Hurricane (Smackdown; NOTC, Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
    lost to Tajiri (No Way Out, Salt Lake City, UT)


    Tajiri (February 13th - March 20th 2005)
    defeated Chavo Guerrero (No Way Out, Salt Lake City, UT)
    lost to Chavo Guerrero in a Six pack Challenge, which also featured Akio, Paul London, Rey Mysterio & Jamie Noble (Wrestlemania 21, Detroit, MI)


    Chavo Guerrero
    (March 20th - May 15th 2005)
    defeated Tajiri, Jamie Noble, Akio, Rey Mysterio & Paul London in a Six pack Challenge (WrestleMania 21, Detroit, MI)
    Lost to Paul London (Judgement Day, Vancouver)


    (1) Paul London (May 15th - November 6th 2005)
    Defeated Chavo Guerrero
    (Judgement Day, Vancouver)
    Lost to Jamie Noble via stipulation in an 8 Man Survivor Series Elimination Match (Survivor Series, Manchester NH)

    Jamie Noble (November 6th 2005 - February 11th 2006)
    Defeated Paul London via stipulation in an 8 Man Survivor Series Elimination Match
    (Survivor Series, Manchester NH)
    Lost to Paul London (Saturday Nights Main Event, Anaheim, CA)


    (2) Paul London (February 11th - March 16th 2006)
    Defeated Jamie Noble
    (Saturday Nights Main Event, Anaheim, CA)
    Lost to Kid Kash (Smackdown, Detroit, MI)


    (1) Kid Kash (March 16th - June 8th 2006)
    Defeated Paul London
    (Smackdown, Detroit, MI)
    Lost to Juventud Guerrera (Smackdown, Tulsa OK)


    Juventud Guerrera
    (June 8th - September 17th)
    Defeated Kid Kash
    (Smackdown, Tulsa OK)
    Lost to Super Crazy (Cyber Sunday, Rochester, NY)


    Super Crazy
    (September 29th 2006 - January 14th 2007)
    Defeated Juventud Guerrera
    (Smackdown, Dayton, OH)
    Lost to Kid Kash as part of a six man tag team match (Royal Rumble, Indianapolis)


    (2) Kid Kash (January 14th - March 18th 2007)
    Defeated Super Crazy in a six man tag team match(Royal Rumble, Indianapolis)
    Lost to Brian Kendrick (WrestleMania 23, New Orleans LA)


    The Brian Kendrick (March 18th - December 9th 2007)
    Defeated Kid Kash (WrestleMania 23, New Orleans LA)
    Lost to Bryan Danielson (Armageddon, Cleveland OH)


    Bryan Danielson (December 9th 2007 - May 18th 2008)
    Defeated The Brian Kendrick (Armageddon, Cleveland OH)
    Lost to Jamie Noble (Judgment Day, Minneapolis, MN)

    Jamie Noble (May 18th - Present)
    Defeated Bryan Danielson (Judgment Day, Minneapolis, MN)




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    King Of The Ring Winners:
    2006 - Mr. Kennedy
    defeated Batista in the Final
    2007 - Brent Albrightdefeated Matt Hardy in the Final
     


     

    Royal Rumble Winners:
    2004 - John Cena
    Entered at #26
    2005 - John Cena Entered at #17
    2006 - Chris BenoitEntered at #14
    2007 - Christian Entered at #24
    2008 - Edge Entered at #22


     

    Money In The Bank Winners:
    2006 - Rey Mysterio
    {Later lost the briefcase to Edge}
    2007 - Randy Orton
    2007 - Umaga
    {Exclusive to Raw}
    2008 - Brent Albright
    2008 - Chris Jericho
    {Exclusive to Smackdown}
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    Monday Night Raw | March 31 2008 | Phoenix, AZ







    ~ OBLIGATORY WRESTLEMANIA RECAP VIDEO ~



    *Nirvana | Come as You Are*


    {Instrumental}

    Clips of the jets flying over the stadium at the beginning of the night, shots of Rey Mysterio popping from under the trapdoor, John Legend singing ‘America The Beautiful’, the elaborate entrances for Umaga, Taker and JBL, and Shaq nailing Miz.

    Shots of Ric Flair stylin’ and profilin’, John Cena stomping to the ring with Nas and P. Diddy, along with The Brian Kendrick trying to steal the Money in the Bank briefcase, before the words from Lillian at the beginning of the show...

    Lillian Garcia:
    WELCOME TO WRESTLEMANIA 24!!!

    Then, Chris Jerichos pyro at the beginning of the night, along with RVD providing his thumb taunt, before the handshake to start proceedings.

    Come as you are, as you were
    As I want you to be

    Quick shots of Jericho’s demeanour changing throughout the match with each kick out from RVD … before the eventual low blow and Codebreaker to steal the match.

    As a friend, as a friend
    As an old enemy

    Quick clips of bodies flying, left, right and centre during the pre-show Battle Royal, specifically Beth Phoenix eliminating Kash, before getting tossed by Henry.

    Take your time, hurry up
    The choice is yours, don't be late

    Then, Nick Nemeths sick bump, before Shelton Benjamin survives to eliminate Mark Henry and win the Battle Royal.

    Take a rest as a friend
    As an old

    Clips of the WWE Tag Team Title match, with MNM seeing off the challenge of Carlito and Kofi Kingston, before showing crowd shots and various pyro displays…

    Memoria, memoria
    Memoria, memoria



    *Nirvana | Smells Like Teen Spirit*

    Over the instrumental, we get various shots of the stunts in the Money in the Bank ladder match, with clips of each man nearly getting their hands on the prize … before Brent Albright toppled Paul London and took the prize for himself…

    {Instrumental}

    Cut to shots of excited fans, before the deranged looking Mickie James tries to hug Gail Kim … then cracks up, snapping into her alter-ego … but Gail Kim sees off the threat, retaining her title.

    Load up on guns, bring your friends
    It's fun to lose and to pretend
    She's over-bored and self-assured
    Oh no, I know a dirty word

    Shots of Triple H entering and spitting water, before meeting Kennedy on the ramp, kick starting the match. Fighting into the crowd, choking each other, the steel steps, the steel chairs, the 2x4 wrapped in barbed wire and the blood. Triple H Pedigrees Kennedy through the table…

    Hello, hello, hello, how low
    Hello, hello, hello, how low
    Hello, hello, hello, how low
    Hello, hello, hello

    Kennedy with the low blow to avoid the sledgehammer shot. The Mic Check, the kick out. Kennedy setting up for the Plunge - but Stephanie intervening. Kennedy grabs her, but Triple H saves his wife with the sledgehammer.

    With the lights out, it's less dangerous
    Here we are now, entertain us
    I feel stupid and contagious
    Here we are now, entertain us

    The Pedigree on the steps, and the final sledgehammer shot finishes off Kennedy. But Triple H has to make one final point after the match, and punishes Kennedy with a Pedigree again. He leaves with Stephanie, whilst Kennedy miraculously walks out…

    A mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, my libido
    Yeah, hey

    The picture cuts to the World Tag Team Title match, and the three teams entering, with Punk and Helms running the show … before turning on his own partner, nailing him with the Punk Card, and walking out.

    {Instrumental}

    It’s down to the Angels of Anarchy and the Master Craftsmen, with clips of the high spots and near falls off double team moves, before the finish; with Haas pinning Daniels to win the titles.

    I'm worse at what I do best
    And for this gift I feel blessed
    Our little group has always been
    And always will until the end

    Shawn Michaels on his knees and pyro going off; Brock Lesnar and his straightforward ring walk with Heyman. Lesnar overpowering Michaels, HBK missing his nip up … Brock wearing him down, Belly to Belly … German Suplex … rag dolling HBK, but misses a running high knee…

    Hello, hello, hello, how low
    Hello, hello, hello, how low
    Hello, hello, hello, how low
    Hello, hello, hello

    And cut to Michaels exploding into high risk offence, but being caught and drilled with an F5 after his Asai Moonsault to the outside. Lesnar charging through the barrier, The F5, the Sweet Chin Music, BOTH men nipping up…

    With the lights out, it's less dangerous
    Here we are now, entertain us
    I feel stupid and contagious
    Here we are now, entertain us

    Michaels caught with an F5 off skinning the cat; both men kicking out of finishing moves … and the final finishing sequence, with HBK connecting with Sweet Chin Music to end the match, and celebrating his victory.

    A mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, my libido
    Yeah, hey

    **GONG**

    Umaga punishing The Undertaker, JBL’s biased counts, The Undertaker exploding with Chokeslams to JBL and Umaga, taking out Estrada for a period too … as another referee makes a count, before JBL pulls him out and levels him with the clothesline from hell.

    The Gods of War show up, and The Undertaker eats a series of finishers … before KANE returns, saving his brother, helping The Streak live on for another year, standing tall with The Deadman…

    {Instrumental}

    Flair giving a WOOO to the camera, Angle looking intense. Flair using every trick in his book, connecting with a move even from the top rope. Angle misses his moonsault, but survives the Figure Four, then makes Flair tap to the Ankle lock … and the handshake after, with Naitch crying in the ring…

    And I forget just why I taste
    Oh yeah, I guess it makes me smile
    I found it hard, it's hard to find
    Oh well, whatever, never mind

    Cena and Christian being kept apart by security … before charging at one another, beating the shit out of one another, including a ten punch in the corner from Christian to Cena. Christian tries, but fails to deliver the Unprettier, whilst Cena displays more and more desperation to keep the title.

    Hello, hello, hello, how low
    Hello, hello, hello, how low
    Hello, hello, hello, how low
    Hello, hello, hello

    Cena goes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle, but gets kicked away, then has to survive his own STFU before kicking out of his own FU from Christian, before Cena is shown delaying a vertical suplex, hitting his own FU - but Christian survives, and is closing in on victory before the ref bump.

    With the lights out, it's less dangerous
    Here we are now, entertain us
    I feel stupid and contagious
    Here we are now, entertain us

    The STFU is applied again, and Christian reaches the ropes - but the referee is down, and Cena keeps it locked on, with Christian fading … passing out, and Cena retains the title, before being pelted with objects from the fans as he leaves.

    A mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, my libido

    Cut to the entrances for the main event; Edge and Orton.

    A denial, a denial

    Edge owning the early going, and a clip of his later somersault plancha … but misses a Spear and runs into the post…

    A denial, a denial,

    …Giving Orton the upper hand, with focus on his work on the neck, along with the Hangmans DDT, and the Camel Clutch, with Edge surviving.

    A denial, a denial,

    Piledriver on the floor, with Edge just barely getting back in the ring, then fighting back, but Orton counters a Spear attempt with a powerslam…

    A denial, a denial

    The mid-air RKO … but Edge with his foot on the rope … then avoids the Punt … by exploding with the Spear … and the three.

    A deniaaaaaaaaaalllll


    Edge holding the title aloft, with fireworks going off and confetti falling…







    Opening Video



    Pyro




    Jim Ross:
    An historic WrestleMania Twenty Four is in the books, an unforgettable occasion that’ll go down in the annals of time as one of if not - THE - greatest WrestleMania of all time. And if you missed it, you had better get the replay on Pay Per View. Phoenix, Arizona is still rocking twenty four hours removed from the Showcase of the Immortals. Coach, are ya recovered??

    The Coach:
    Nope!! But, baby boy, I’m here!! These fans are here - they were loud last night, but they’re still rowdy as hell!! And for good reason!!

    Jim Ross:
    It’s been an hellacious week in Phoenix, one I for one, will never forget - but Coach, the Road to WrestleMania Twenty FIVE has officially begun - and indeed, tonight, we’ll focus on all the fallout from last night … as the backlash begins!!

    The Coach:
    It sure will … but J.R … I wasn’t given a format before comin out here. What’ve we got tonight??

    Jim Ross:
    Well … I didn’t get one either. JBL hasn’t been seen today, I don’t know if he is even in the building. And indeed … we don’t know what to expect here!! We don’t know about any matches … but you can be rest assured all the superstars will be here at some point…

    **SEXY BOY**

    And to a rousing welcome, SHAWN MICHAELS jives and struts onto the stage - full of high spirit, off the back of a scintillating underdog victory last night at WrestleMania…

    Jim Ross:
    And you’re looking at MISTER WrestleMania!! Last night, Shawn Michaels proved without a doubt that he is STILL The Showstopper by defeating Brock Lesnar in an absolute EPIC.

    The Coach:
    One of the great WrestleMania matches. And I don’t care what Shawn Michaels has accomplished in the past; the boyhood dream yadda, yadda, yadda - beating Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania is the greatest of his career.

    Jim Ross:
    Shawn Michaels certainly enjoyed the moment, after having to listen for months from so many people that he didn’t have it any more - he had so many people doubting him - myself included - but he showed us all that he’s still exactly who he says he is.

    The Coach:
    OR - was it one last hurrah?? Was Shawn Michaels able to roll the years back for one night?? Or did he truly get over the slump?? Has that belief really returned for HBK??

    Getting in the ring, Shawn Michaels stands, looking at the rowdy fans - getting an awesome ovation from the WrestleMania host city - with some fans kicking up a “H-B-K” chant. Shawn smirks, before finally piping up.

    Shawn Michaels:
    As Mark Twain once said; Rumours of my demise have been greatly exaggerated.

    Pop.

    Shawn Michaels:
    Y’know, for the last six months, life aint been easy for ‘ol Aitch Bee Kay. I’ve been told I was finished, washed-up, a has-been … you name it, they said it. So, when I went after Brock Lesnar, they thought I went mad. They thought I’d gone cuckoo … that facing Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania was career suicide…

    Michaels pauses, and smirks.

    Shawn Michaels:
    Well … if there’s one thing The Heart Break Kid has wined and dined out on in his career; it’s taking peoples opinions, and stickin ‘em right back down their throats by PROVIN ‘EM WRONG!!!

    Big pop.

    Shawn Michaels:
    And I’ll not deny it; these last six months have been in some ways, the toughest of my career. No matter what problems I’ve had over the last twenty years, I’d never had any problems deliverin in this ring. No matter where my head was at, no matter what shape my body or my mind was in; I was always The Showstopper between these ropes… and for the first time in my career, I was a step behind.

    Michaels pauses, and the fans fall silent.

    Shawn Michaels:
    And for the first time in my career, my belief in my abilities … wavered. As much as I put a brave face on things, those comments, those opinions … they got to me. The more that came, the more it affected my performance. I couldn’t nip up like I used to, I wasn’t able to skin the cat …

    Michaels rubs his face.

    Shawn Michaels:
    But I never gave up. Not on my ability, not on my heart, and I never gave up on stealin the show at WrestleMania one more time!!

    Pop.

    Shawn Michaels:
    So I went after the biggest, baddest man on the face of this earth. A freak athlete. Brock Lesnar. I had to know if I still had it. So I picked the biggest, baddest dog in the yard. And if I HAD lost last night?? If I was outclassed from start to finish by Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania?? Destroyed and humiliated?? Right now, I’d be standin in this ring to tell you people that the show was over…

    Some light boos.

    Shawn Michaels:
    But … ladies and gentlemen … the show?? It AINT over - not by a long shot!!!

    Big pop from Phoenix. Michaels nods.

    Shawn Michaels:
    And with that pep back in my step … there’s a lot of loose ends that need tied up. Because there’s a few guys in the back that are on my mind, and they need to be informed that Shawn HASN’T left the buildin. And right at the top of that list is none other than the top dog himself; the World Heavyweight Champion, John Cena-

    Massive heat for the mention of Cena.

    Shawn Michaels:
    Cena - you had plenty to say to me back at the tail end of last year. You were one of the ones that thought I didn’t have it any more. I was sure then - and since you’ve shown your true colours since - I’m sure now, that you manipulated things to defend that title against me at Raws Fifteenth Anniversary, thinking I’d be easy to beat. You beat me then … try beatin me now, booooy!!

    Pop. HBK walks around the ring, giving it a moment to see if Cena responds, before moving on.

    Shawn Michaels:
    But before I get to Cena, there’s someone else that tried to write off The Heart Break Kid, and make his name off mine. And he’s Mister Money in the Bank, Brent Albright!!

    Boos for Albright.

    Shawn Michaels:
    You and I have unfinished business, Albright. You tried to pick me off at my lowest ebb. How about you try facin me now I’ve got my mojo back … TONIGHT!!!

    Pop for the challenge being laid down…

    Shawn Michaels:
    Boys and girls, The Heart Break Kid is BACK, The Showwwwstopperrr is BACK, The Icon is-

    **MEDAL**

    The Coach:
    KURT ANGLE IS BACK!!!

    Kurt Angle??? Shawn is cut off mid-sentence, and looks puzzled by the arrival of another man victorious last night at WrestleMania.

    Jim Ross:
    Whoa- Kurt Angle is on his way out here!! Angle picked up his first WrestleMania victory in three years last night, defeating the Best of all time in Ric Flair, and shared a poignant moment with the Nature Boy after it was all said and done. But what does Angle want here?? Don’t go anywhere, we’re gonna take a quick commercial break. We’ll find out what Angle wants; next!!



    Commercial Break



    Raw returns, with Angle climbing into the ring, coming face to face with Michaels…

    Kurt Angle:
    Shawn, firstly, I want to congratulate you on your victory last night at WrestleMania.

    Shawn Michaels:
    Ditto.

    There’s a respectful nod exchanged between Angle and Michaels.

    Kurt Angle:
    Yeah, last night, I beat Ric Flair-

    “WOOOO”; The fans. Angle nods.

    Kurt Angle:
    I beat Ric Flair. But while I beat Flair, I didn’t do what I said I was going to. I said I’d go to WrestleMania and beat Flair into retirement. But something he said last week on Smackdown struck me. To get where I want to be; I didn’t have to finish his career … I just had to focus on my own in order to surpass him. Because make no mistake about it; I beat Ric Flair … but he’s still The Best Ever.

    Pop. Angle puts a hand up; he wasn’t finished.

    Kurt Angle:
    For now.

    Mixed reaction.

    Kurt Angle:
    Ric Flair is the best ever, and last night at WrestleMania, I made the best ever, TAP!! And as the saying goes; “To be the man … you have to b-”

    Shawn Michaels:
    Beat the man.

    Michaels cuts Angle off mid-sentence. Angle doesn’t look to pleased about it either, but carries on.

    Kurt Angle:
    And that’s what I did. So the reason I came out here Shawn; was because you mentioned the World Heavyweight Championship. That got my attention.

    Shawn raises his eyebrows.

    Kurt Angle:
    If you want a crack at the title, the line starts; behind me.

    Michaels purses his lips, and mouths; “Is that right?” … and Angle steps forward, face to face with HBK; “That‘s right.” The fans rumble, expecting to see the two legends lock horns…

    Kurt Angle:
    I’m the best today, and I just beat the best ever. For me to become the best ever, I need that World Heavyweight Championship. The way I see it, despite what you achieved last night; you’ve spent the last six months gettin your ass kicked, Shawn. So any shot you get - is after I get mine.

    HBK smirks.

    Shawn Michaels:
    Well Kurt, you don’t make the decisions around here. Neither do I. But if you think I’m gonna sit back and wait while you get a shot at the title?? You better think again, pal.

    Angle and Michaels keep their eyes locked on one another, neither man backing up an inch, ready to get it on right now…

    **MEET YOUR MASTER**

    Walking out - adorned with gold and a briefcase - The Master Craftsmen; the NEW Mr. Money in the Bank Brent Albright, and the NEW World Tag Team Champions, Charlie Haas & Nick Dinsmore, make their way onto the stage, drawing the attention of Michaels and Angle in the ring. Albright stands at the front of the group, with a mic in hand.

    Brent Albright:
    It looks like the WrestleMania winners enclosure out here, huh?? You’ve got Kurt Angle who beat Ric Flair … you’ve got Shawn Michaels who beat Brock Lesnar … and you’ve got The Master Craftsmen who beat just about everyone else on the damn roster!!!

    Heat.

    Brent Albright:
    Not that us being victorious at WrestleMania should come as a surprise. It’s what we said we’d do. And when we make promises; you can *ahem*

    Albright holds up the briefcase.

    Brent Albright:
    … Bank on it.

    Heat.

    Brent Albright:
    So as much as you two want to crow about your achievements at Wrestle Mania … they pale in comparison to what we pulled off. These two guys had to beat not one, but two teams to finally win the World Tag Team Titles they’ve deserved for so long. And me?? I beat SEVEN other guys; eight if you count that idiot Kendrick, to win this briefcase. I put my body through hell last night to secure my future.

    Neither Angle or Michaels are terribly impressed.

    Brent Albright:
    So to see the two of you out here squabbling over who gets the next shot at the title?? It’s pretty embarrassing, and not something I’d lower myself to … and I don’t have to either. Because as you both well know, I’ve got my shot. When I want, where I want. Any time … any place.

    Haas and Dinsmore both nod in the background.

    Brent Albright:
    But while I’m out here, Shawn … you want a piece of me?? Well, aren’t you the hypocrite. Out here talking about people trying to pick you off when you weren’t at your best a few months ago … and then calling ME out when you know fine rightly I’m twenty four hours removed from putting my body through hell at WrestleMania.

    Michaels rolls his eyes.

    Brent Albright:
    As for you, Kurt?? You’re out here talking about makin in-roads on being the best ever. Despite the way they promoted your match with Flair last night, you’re not even the best today. That’d be me.

    Angle steps forward in the ring…

    Kurt Angle:
    Is that a fact?? Well y’know something, Brent - I made a vow that I’d break Ric Flairs ankle at WrestleMania. And I didn’t do it. But uh, this is still technically WrestleMania weekend … and there’s still time for me to keep my word and break someones ankle. So if you think you’re the best, why don’t you come down here and prove it!!!

    Pop. Albright shakes his head.

    Brent Albright:
    I don’t think so. I just beat you about a month ago, remember?? That was the match that sealed my passage to the Money in the Bank briefcase last night. So, I’ll decline that offer to wrestle you. At least not tonight. You can wait, Angle … tonight, I’d rather pop the boy toys bubble!!

    Albright points down at Michaels.

    Brent Albright:
    See, even though I’m battered and bruised, I’m still good enough to beat you tonight, Shawn. That rejuvenated feelin you’ve got?? It aint gonna last long. I’m gonna go clear it with JBL, and then I’m gonna bring you crashing back down to earth. And Kurt, I’ll get to you after.

    Michaels nods; he’s happy it’s on. Angle though, looks more agitated by the response from Albright.

    Brent Albright:
    Tonight, we’re gonna make a statement. Things are about to change around here. We OWNED WrestleMania. And starting tonight, the Master Craftsmen are gonna OWN Raw…

    Albright, Haas and Dinsmore survey the fans from the top of the ramp, and use their hands signify that they own the building.

    Jim Ross:
    Well, it would appear we have a main event set; pending approval from our General Manager!! Brent Albright, Mister Money in the Bank, taking on HBK Shawn Michaels!! Tonight!!! We’ll try and get the confirmation, when we come back…

    In the ring, Michaels and Angle are left to stew … as Raw fades out…



    Commercial Break



    ***
    VIDEO PACKAGE


    … ONE WEEK FROM TOMORROW…


    … BEGINNING ON MONDAY NIGHT RAW, AND CONTINUING THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF APRIL …

    Flashing shots of superstars in action; Paul London, Brent Albright, Los Latinos, Beth Phoenix…

    … IT’S TIME …

    MVP, Kurt Angle, The Undertaker & Straight Edge.

    … TO SHAKE …

    John Cena, Randy Orton, Edge, Christian.

    … THINGS …

    The Gods of War, Matt Hardy, Jamie Noble, Shawn Michaels.

    … UP …




    THE 2008 DRAFT
    -THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF APRIL-
    ~ BEGINS; MONDAY, APRIL 7, LIVE ON RAW ~
    ***


     



    Raw returns … amidst some chaos backstage, as the Master Craftsmen walk around, looking for JBL‘s office. Workers are scrambling around, agents are on their phones, and management are stood around with the door for JBL’s office wide open…

    The trio knock the open door as they enter, and we see Dean Malenko shaking his head, texting on his phone, then a stressed looking RANJIN SINGH sat at the desk, with another tall man standing next to him (it’s John Laurinaitis making a cameo), whilst production staff are there too, all looking concerned, some pointing to their watches, others waiting for some direction from Singh…

    Man:
    We need something. JBL has left you in charge. We haven’t got a run sheet or anything. There’s an arena full of people waiting for a match here, and we’re live on television. You need to put something together, and quickly!!

    Ranjin Singh:
    I’m doing my best here, Mr. Laurinaitis. What should I do?? I’m JBL’s advisor, I’m not used to this.

    Mr. Laurinaitis:
    Well you need to make a decision. You need to make a match. Like I said, we’re live. This should’ve been taken care of hours ago!! I’ve a locker room full of talent that are standing around waiting to find out what they’re doing tonight!!

    Ranjin Singh:
    Okay, okay. Vladimir??

    Vladimir turns, and stands to attention.

    Ranjin Singh:
    Go tell uh … The Miz. Yeah. Send The Miz out there. He was upset JBL didn’t put him in the Battle Royal last night. So he can face the winner of it. Yeah, yeah … The Miz versus Shelton Benjamin. Go tell them both they’re up now.

    Vladimir nods, and exit’s the room, passing the Master Craftsmen, with Albright speaking up.

    Brent Albright:
    Suggestion??

    Singh shoos the trio away, flicking through papers on the desk.

    Ranjin Singh:
    I don’t have time. I’ve got issues to deal with.

    Brent Albright:
    And I have a solution. You need a main event tonight. Shawn Michaels wants a piece of me. And I’ll gladly show the world that what he did last night was a fluke.

    Both Singh and Laurinaitis looks surprised.

    Ranjin Singh:
    You want Shawn Michaels tonight??

    Mr. Laurinaitis:
    Is that a wise decision??

    Brent Albright:
    Trust me. Shawn Michaels?? Despite what he pulled off last night?? Piece of cake. It’s like a night off.

    Singh ponders for a moment - it’s not like he has much other choice - and nods.

    Ranjin Singh:
    Well … okay.

    Albright looks pleased … but then Dinsmore clears his throat and speaks up.

    Nick Dinsmore:
    Although … you did cough up a lot of blood this morning, Brent…

    Albright motions to Singh; “Don’t listen to him” … but Haas chimes in.

    Charlie Haas:
    And remember you said about that pain in your neck??

    Acting tough, Albright tries to wave it off.

    Brent Albright:
    Look, don’t worry about it. I can handle Michaels…

    Albright then winces … overselling his problems a touch, perhaps?? Mr. Laurinaitis is concerned by what he’s hearing though.

    Mr. Laurinitis:
    Uhm, that doesn’t sound good to me. You’re too big a commodity to put at risk out there tonight. As the executive vice-president of talent relations, I cant, in good faith allow you, Ranjin, to put Brent Albright in action tonight.

    Ranjin Singh:
    You’re right … you’re right.

    Almost too quickly … like it was a plan from the Master Craftsmen, Haas has a solution…

    Charlie Haas:
    Maybe uh … maybe Kurt Angle could face Shawn instead??

    Nick Dinsmore:
    Ohhh, nice. Nice match. You should do that, Mr. Singh.

    The line from Dinsmore was almost too rehearsed … but Singh doesn’t see through the façade…

    Ranjin Singh:
    Hmm… it does sound interesting.

    Brent Albright:
    And I guess if you wont let me compete tonight … it doesn’t look like you’ve got much other choice, does it??

    Ranjin Singh:
    No, you’re right. Yeah. Tonight, Kurt Angle and Shawn Michaels, one on one. There. Set.

    Everyone looks happy with the main event. Haas looks around at the chaos, and has to ask the question…

    Charlie Haas:
    Ehhh … what’s going on anyway??

    Mr. Laurinitis:
    JBL is AWOL after what happened last night at WrestleMania. He’s gone off the grid. Only person he’s been in contact with is Ranjin … and he’s left him in charge.

    Everyone pulls faces as if to say; “Oh dear”, though Dinsmore tries to cosy up and get on Singhs good side.

    Nick Dinsmore:
    And a fine job, too.

    Albright smirks devilishly…

    Brent Albright:
    Hey, y’know, maybe I can help with another suggestion for a match tonight. I mean, I competed last night in that ladder match, and I’m raring to go again … seems only fair that the other three would do the same.

    Again, Singh ponders, but with no alternative options available, he has to go with the idea…

    Ranjin Singh:
    Mr. Malenko, tell Hardy to get ready. Intercontinental Title match tonight. He’s defending against… Rey Mysterio and Cody Rhodes.

    Malenko nods, and takes his leave.

    Charlie Haas:
    Mysterio and Rhodes in a triple threat match. Nice call.

    Singh sighs, and gulps down his coffee, before getting up.

    Ranjin Singh:
    Yeah … look, I need to take a walk.

    Mr. Laurinitis:
    There’s still work to be done here!!

    Ranjin Singh:
    FIVE MINUTES!!!

    Singh walks out of the office, and walks around the corner, before resting against the wall, closes his eyes, and takes a deep breath. Then hears laughing…

    …From the watching East Coast Party Boys. Singh rolls his eyes, as Ryder and Hawkins approach him.

    Zack Ryder:
    Bro, are you still hung-over from the after party??

    Curt Hawkins:
    That’s weak.

    Ranjin Singh:
    No, no. I don’t party. I uh, I’m in charge tonight.

    Hawkins and Ryder laugh. Ryder points at Singh.

    Zack Ryder:
    You?? You’re in charge??

    Curt Hawkins:
    That’s like the funniest thing I think I’ve ever heard.

    Zack Ryder:
    Yeah, I know USA Network likes it’s comedy, but not on Raw!!

    Both men laugh, and bump knuckles off the joke. Singh isn’t as impressed.

    Ranjin Singh:
    Is this funny to you??

    Zack Ryder:
    Uh … yeah, bro. Totally. Michael Scott is a better boss at Dunder Mifflin!!

    Hawkins snorts and laughs. Singh looks offended.

    Ranjin Singh:
    Do you think I’m a joke, or something??

    Curt Hawkins:
    Well, all the boys call you Smithers. Y’know, like Mr. Burns and Smithers??

    Ranjin Singh:
    Do they?? Well lets see if this is funny. You two are in a match tonight.

    Hawkins excitedly responds;

    Curt Hawkins:
    A match?? Tonight?? On Raw??

    Zack Ryder:
    That’s cool, bro!!

    Singh didn’t get the reaction he aimed for…

    Ranjin Singh:
    Oh, is it?? What if I said it was against… The Master Craftsmen!!

    Ranjin smiles, thinking he will have soured the moment for ECPB.

    Curt Hawkins:
    Whoa - wait. Hold up … you’re giving us a match with the tag team champs??

    Singh nods, thinking he has them worried.

    Zack Ryder:
    Sweet.

    Ranjin Singh:
    {Confused} It is??

    Zack Ryder:
    Hell yeah, bro!! A match with the champions?? That’s not a punishment; it’s an opportunity!!!

    Hawkins pats the arm of Singh.

    Curt Hawkins:
    This is great. JBL would never let us on Raw!!! Thanks boss!!

    The East Coast Party Boys bump knuckles in celebration and walk off, talking about their match tonight - a huge opportunity against the NEW World Tag Champions, as Singh sighs - feeling the pressure on his shoulders.



    Back into the arena…

    And to J.R and Coach at ringside…

    Jim Ross:
    Well, ladies and gentlemen, we apologise for the tumultuous start to the broadcast here tonight. It would appear that our esteemed General Manager is M.I.A. And I’m sure it has NOTHING to do with his master plan hitting the fan last night. But it would appear that we’re finally about to get things under control.

    The Coach:
    Hey - he may not be here tonight, J.R. But he’s still the General Manager. Be careful what you say.

    Jim Ross:
    And while I can only speculate, you have to believe the reason IS in relation to the proverbial egg on JBL’s face last night at WrestleMania…

    Still images from the Umaga vs. Undertaker showdown at WrestleMania.

    The Coach:
    There should be a stewards enquiry. Umaga had that match won at least twice last night. But because The Undertaker assaulted the official - JBL - Umaga was screwed out of breaking the Streak. And don’t get me started on that Kentucky Fried Freak - KANE - showin up outta the blue!!!

    Images of JBL being biased, and blasting Taker with the Clothesline from Hell.

    Jim Ross:
    Yeah Coach, gloss over the fact that JBL enlisted the services of Batista and Lashley; Smackdowns Gods of War to try and seal the deal!!! As if Umaga wasn’t enough of a challenge. JBL was obsessed with screwing over The Undertaker at Wrestle Mania - and thank God that Kane turned up when he did. Justice was served, and the General Manager of this show has now gone into hiding!!

    Batista and Lashley show up, signifying the end of The Streak … until KANE saves the day.

    The Coach:
    At least The Gods of War still work here!! Kane had no business being out there!!!

    The Undertaker recovers, and inflicts Umaga with his second EVER loss, to stand tall with Kane, and goes 16-0 at WrestleMania.

    Jim Ross:
    Well, rumour has it that Kane HAS in fact been re-signed by the Commissioner of this company!! That’s the rumour goin around the locker room today. Jesse Ventura was out voted at a recent board meeting to try and oust JBL as the special guest referee - JBL’s money won that vote, but it would appear that Jesse Ventura had the last laugh last night!!!

    The Coach:
    Sickening!! Mr. Layfield, if you’re watching; please, take as long as you need. Ranjin Singh has everything under control. But we miss you.

    Jim Ross:
    The Streak is alive - justice was served. And I’m sure there will be much more fall out to that incredible sequence of events last night, this coming Friday on Smackdown. What will be the reaction of the Gods of War after they failed to have the desired impact?? And will we see Kane or The Undertaker??

    **AINT NO STOPPIN ME NOW**

    One night removed from a successful return at WrestleMania in the pre-show Battle Royal, a smiling SHELTON BENJAMIN makes his way out to the ring, with a bounce in his step.

    Jim Ross:
    Well, in any event, what a week it has been for this young man from the University of Minnesota. He made an unexpected return to Raw last Monday, and last night before WrestleMania went on the air, Shelton Benjamin was triumphant in the Battle Royal, seeing off the man that put him on the shelf four months ago; Mark Henry!!

    The Coach:
    He got lucky. He used poor old Theodore Long to throw Mark Henry off his guard. He’s a weasel!!

    Jim Ross:
    Oh, you’re twisted, Coach. You have a very warped memory.

    Still shots of the Battle Royal air, culminating in Benjamin toppling the huge Mark Henry, and having his hand raised in victory. Benjamin watches from the ring, nodding at his accomplishment…

    Jim Ross:
    And when we come back, Shelton Benjamin will be in action. For the first time on Raw in nearly four months!! The Black Diamond is back; NEXT!!!



    Commercial Break



    Raw returns, with Shelton Benjamin still waiting for his opponent…

    **REALITY**

    Walking out with a much angrier demeanour, The Miz is still wearing the Hardcore Championship, with no smiles on his face tonight after being humiliated last night at WrestleMania.

    Jim Ross:
    Just like Shelton Benjamin, The Miz got his own WrestleMania moment last night!! Aint that right, Coach??

    The Coach:
    The Miz got attacked by a spectator. That’s not something we should be celebrating.

    The Miz continues to the ring, and rips away a fan sign from a fan that states “SHAQ IS HARDCORE”, and tears it up, as Benjamin smiles from the ring.

    Jim Ross:
    Not if it’s talked about in that context. But folks, if you missed it, The Miz tried to mock Phoenix Kings star, Shaquille O’Neill last night in the University of Phoenix Stadium. And then, when he tried to take a cheap shot, he fell victim to a very different kind of “Shaq Attack.”

    The Coach:
    He had no right getting in the ring-

    Jim Ross:
    Neither does The Miz if you ask me!!

    The Coach:
    He’s the Hardcore Champion!!

    Jim Ross:
    And he got his ass kicked by a basketball player!! And tonight, he’s gonna try his hand at actually competing in the ring tonight after months of tomfoolery with the Hardcore title!!

    Match 1:

    Shelton Benjamin vs. The Miz

    *The Miz Hardcore Title is NOT at stake*

    Miz looks to get the jump on Benjamin, coming out with a lot of faux intensity - there’s actors on soaps with more credibility - but Benjamin weathers that early storm, which has little effect on him really, to get the upper hand on the geek, charging through Miz with a series of effective clotheslines.

    Benjamin delivers a pair of Stinger Splashes in the corner, then sends Miz into the ropes, but Miz hangs onto them, and slips out of the ring, taking a walk, much to the chagrin of the fans … and Benjamin, who leaps up onto the ropes and springboards with a splash onto him on the outside!!!!! Benjamin enjoys the pop from the fans, and nods approvingly to the cheers.

    Bringing Miz back inside, Benjamin looks to end it, going for the T-Bone Exploder, but Miz shows a little bit of nous, escaping the clutches of Benjamin and getting in a little bit of offence, but nothing that truly troubles Shelton, who regains the upper hand with the Dragon Whip, before finishing Miz off with PAYDIRT, getting an easy 1...2...3!!!

    Winner: Shelton Benjamin @ 03:58

    Jim Ross:
    A routine win in the end for Shelton Benjamin, and I don’t think he could’ve asked for a more straight forward challenge in his first one on one match in four months.

    The Coach:
    Straight forward?? The Miz just pushed Shelton Benjamin to the limit!!

    Jim Ross:
    What match were you watching?? I’ll give The Miz some credit; he didn’t completely embarrass himself, but Coach, this kid is a long way from competing at this kind of level.

    The Coach:
    You’re just a hater, J.R.

    Jim Ross:
    Oh, you caught me Coach, I’m hating on Miz. He’s the greatest professional- OH GOD- LOOK AT THIS!!!

    Indeed, menacingly walking down the ramp is none other than MARK HENRY with his manager, Theodore Long. Shelton Benjamin spots them, and cuts his celebrations short.

    The Coach:
    And I don’t think they’re out to congratulate him, J.R.

    Benjamin thinks of a strategy, and as Henry approaches, Benjamin hit’s the ropes, coming back with a baseball slide to keep the Worlds Strongest Man at bay. Shelton then looks to slingshot splash himself over the ropes and onto Henry-

    BUT IS CAUGHT!!!!!

    … AND HENRY CRUSHES BENJAMIN AGAINST THE RING POST!!!!!

    … THEN DRILLS BENJAMIN WITH THE WORLDS STRONGEST SLAM ON THE FLOOR!!!!!

    Henry leaves Benjamin a heap on the floor, with Theodore Long calling him off, being heard to say; “That‘s enough for now, playa. We want him to suffer!!”

    Jim Ross:
    My Gawd, Mark Henry just threw Shelton Benjamin around like a small child!!!

    Benjamin writhes, as Theodore Long stands over him, bellowing as he wags his finger in his face; “YOU SHOULDA NEVA CAME BACK, PLAYA!!!”

    The Coach:
    Yeah!! You tell ‘em Teddy!!

    Long and Henry then depart; having left their mark, and seemingly just a taster of what is to come for Benjamin in the coming weeks. Benjamin continues to writhe in pain, as Miz staggers out of the ring … casually stomping Benjamin once too, whilst The Black Diamond is down. Like the hero coward he is.

    Jim Ross:
    Talk about adding insult to injury!! Grow a set, Miz!! Kickin a man while he’s down!!! Well, Benjamin has won here tonight, but he sure don’t look like a winner right now.

    The Coach:
    Yeah!! Wasn’t such a great idea pickin a fight with the Worlds Strongest Man, was it??

    Benjamin continues to write on the floor, as the referee tends to him, as we fade out…



    And backstage, we see CM PUNK for the first time tonight - amidst a chorus of boos from the fans in the arena, seeing him on the titan tron… With a scowl on his face, Punk walks through the backstage area, getting a number of dirty looks from the people he passes…

    Jim Ross:
    There’s a lot of questions that man right there needs to answer. He betrayed his partner last night, single handedly costing himself and Greg Helms the World Tag Team Championships. Folks, it was no accident. What CM Punk did last night was premeditated, and I for one would love to know why.

    The Coach:
    And we will find out. We’ll be hearing from the man himself later tonight on Raw, J.R. That’s what I’m hearing.

    Jim Ross:
    I sure hope we get some real answers too. CM Punk threw away two years of friendship in a heart beat last night at WrestleMania. He grabbed plenty of headlines for all the wrong reasons. And folks, this night is continuing to take shape. I apologise for the haphazard nature of this night thus far, due to the disappearance of our General Manager.

    The Coach:
    Cut the man some slack, J.R!! He had a bad night last night.

    Jim Ross:
    And he brought it all on himself!! It’s been a chaotic evening up to this point, but we do have a main event to come in the shape of Shawn Michaels and Kurt Angle. AND, The World Heavyweight Champion, fresh off a controversial title defence in the most hotly anticipated rematch in WrestleMania history - WILL be here tonight too!!

    Footage then cuts to a graphic; Matt Hardy vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes…

    The Coach:
    But NEXT, it’s the Intercontinental Title, J.R!!!

    Jim Ross:
    And I don’t know how wise this is; these three men just went through hell twenty four hours ago. They cant be in any condition to compete at a high level tonight.

    The Coach:
    If Brent Albright - the winner of that match - can compete here tonight, then I don’t see why the other three Raw superstars cant.

    Jim Ross:
    Albright volunteered to compete tonight, and then he was removed from the match BECAUSE of his condition!! But be that as it may, the match will go ahead, and it will happen right here on Raw; Next!!



    Commercial Break



    Raw returns with CODY RHODES already in the ring, with his ribs taped, selling the effects of the ladder match at WrestleMania, with KEN DOANE shown on the outside, joining his buddy tonight.

    **BOOYAKA 619**

    Electing not to bounce out from under the trap door tonight, REY MYSTERIO limps down the aisle, still slapping hands with fans on his way to the ring.

    Jim Ross:
    As we thought, these men are far from a hundred per cent. They shouldn’t be competing after the hellacious Money in the Bank match last night. I mean, how do you learn to fall off a twenty foot ladder??

    The Coach:
    You don’t. But if you’re Brent Albright, you’re smart enough not to fall off it at all!!

    Jim Ross:
    Very funny, Coach. But this is just another example of the utter chaos going on backstage here tonight!! These men should not be competing tonight!!!

    **LIVE FOR THE MOMENT**

    MATT HARDY gingerly enters, throwing his V1 hand sign in the air, before selling pain in his shoulder, trying to shake it loose, shaking his head.

    Jim Ross:
    And no wonder Hardy is shaking his head. He’s got to defend a title he won seven days ago, and he cant be in any condition to compete!!!

    The Coach:
    This is what champions are made of, J.R!!! If he cant stand the heat, then he should get OUT of the kitchen!!!

    Match 2 | INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP | TRIPLE THREAT MATCH:

    Matt Hardy vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes w/Ken Doane

    It’s not the classic you’d hope for, but with all three men selling their injuries from the night before at WrestleMania, it is rather fascinating as a contest. Rhodes has Doane at hand give him an upper hand, with Doane tripping Rey off the ropes, nearly resulting in a three count for Cody off a roll up. Matt and Rey then team up, needing to negate Cody due to the Doane factor.

    Hardy and Mysterio then get a few moments to keep the ring to themselves, with Rey targeting the weak shoulder of Hardy, eventually setting him up for the 619, but Rey is unable to build up speed to hit the ropes due to his limp, and CANT execute the move in the end!!! He has to think on his feet, and decides to dropkick the back of Hardy instead.

    Then, as he positions himself to spring onto the ropes in order to Drop The Dime, Doane trips Reys legs, taking him off the apron, and sends him into the barrier, with Cody then sliding into the ring, looking to feed off the scraps, and sets Matt up for the CROSS RHODES … but Hardy punches the ribs of Cody; the taped ribs, with Cody selling the pain … allowing Matt to score with a TWIST OF FATE!!!!!

    Matt cant follow up immediately, selling the effects of his shoulder, but crawls into the cover … 1...2...DOANE PULLS THE REFEREE OUT OF THE RING!!!! Hardy is livid, and comes after Rhodes buddy, getting his hands on Doane on the outside … whilst Rey gets onto the apron and summons to strength to hop onto the ropes - AND DROP THE DIME ON RHODES!!!!! 1...2...BROKEN BY HARDY!!!!!

    The champion just returns in time to save the match, and goes at it with Rey again, sending him to the corner, chasing in - but Mysterio dodges, and Hardy runs through, shoulder first - his bad shoulder - into the post!!! Before Rey can follow up, Cody sweeps his bad leg … AND DELIVERS CROSS RHODES ON REY!!!!! Rhodes sells the pain in his own body off the move, clutching his ribs…

    … And when he looks to cover, REY HAS ROLLED OUT OF THE RING!!! Rey rolled out after impact, and Cody signals to Doane to get Mysterio back in. Like a good friend, Doane comes after Mysterio, trying to bundle him back into the ring … but as Doane is busy, and Cody distracted by watching Doane … Hardy is able to ROLL HIM UP … 1...2...3!!!!!

    Winner: And STILL Intercontinental Champion - Matt Hardy @ 07:13

    Hardy nips in to retain the title, with Rhodes popping up quickly after the three, with his eyes bugging out - and Doane has the same expression. Hardy rolls out of the ring, doubling over on the outside, selling the effects of this match - and last night still, but comes out of it with his title in tact.

    The champion staggers away from ringside, raising the title, wincing in pain, as J.R puts over the efforts of all three men to compete tonight so soon after what they went through at WrestleMania, as we see a frustrated Cody in the ring with Doane, and Rey slowly regaining his footing on the outside…

    Jim Ross:
    Well, Matt Hardy has survived here tonight with the Intercontinental Title in tact, and another champion who left WrestleMania with their gold in tact was John Cena. As we alluded to earlier though, it was NOT without controversy…

    Still shots are shown of Cena accidentally (or purposely?) hitting Mike Chioda, and then being nailed with the Unprettier by Christian … but no referee is on hand to make a count.

    The Coach:
    Don’t knock Cena, J.R. He went into the University of Phoenix Stadium last night with a point to prove. It was a match he had to win, he couldn’t afford to lose, and he did what he had to do.

    Christian tries to revive the referee, but is tripped and trapped in the STFU by Cena … but makes the ropes.

    Jim Ross:
    He did what he had to do alright, but he didn’t comprehensively defeat Christian. John Cena had his hand raised, he left WrestleMania as champion, but he didn’t prove anything in my eyes, except that he’s a jerk.

    Despite making the ropes, Christian remains locked in the STFU, with Chioda still not recovered. Cena keeps the submission applied, and eventually, Christian fades, and his hand flops to the mat, losing his grip on the bottom rope.

    The Coach:
    What did you want him to do, J.R??

    Chioda recovers, and with Christian unconscious, the referee calls for the bell, awarding the match to Cena.

    Jim Ross:
    Release the damn hold for starters!! Christian made the ropes, the hold should’ve been released.

    The Coach:
    But there was no referee at the time. It’s not up to Cena to referee himself. Had he been instructed to release the hold, he would’ve!! As it was, Chioda was out of position. And in the end, Cena left Christian in an unconscious heap for the second time in a month.

    Shots of Cena leaving the match with the title, and Christian eventually recovering after being choked out.

    Jim Ross:
    Well it’s far from over, I promise ya that. Cena may have won the battle last night, but the war with Christian for the World Heavyweight Championship is far from over, Coach.

    The Coach:
    I think it is. I don’t think Christian will want any piece of this John Cena after what’s been done to him over the last month. And I think John Cena will be looking to move on to bigger and better things when he speaks later tonight.

    Jim Ross:
    Well, indeed, John Cena will be here later tonight. Christian’s whereabouts remains to be seen, but I cant fathom how Christian would just leave this issue dead and buried after how things transpired last night. But before that - coming up next, we will hear from one half of the former tag team champions; CM Punk!! Last night, Punk betrayed his now former tag team partner, Greg Helms. But why?? We’ll find out - NEXT!!!



    Commercial Break



    ***
    VIDEO PACKAGE


    Clips of John Cena - the OLD John Cena, happy, smiling, colourful shirts, playing to the fans…


    John Cena:

    That guy’s gone.

    Cut to Cena attacking Christian at Saturday Nights Main Event … and applying the STFU to William Regal a few weeks ago…

    John Cena: And now, you all have to live with the consequences - because it’s not just Christian that forced the REAL John Cena to step outta the shadows … YOU PEOPLE asked for it too.

    Shots of fans with anti-Cena signs, giving thumbs down etc.
    John Cena:
    You people despised me because I had the balls to not only chase my dream - BUT SUCCEED!!! YOU DESPISED ME BECAUSE I WENT OUT AND ACHIEVED WHAT YOU COULDN’T!!!

    Multiple shots of Cena winning each of his four World titles.

    John Cena: Be careful what you wish for. You wanted John Cena to show his true colours?? Well, here I am. The nice guy?? He’s dead and gone.

    More clips of Cena busting Christian up at Saturday Nights Main Event, and his new demeanour…


    John Cena:
    Say hello to John Cena. The REAL John Cena … you all brought this BACKLASH on … now you gotta deal with it.


    And end on a shot of a stony faced Cena…

    WWE BACKLASH | APRIL 27 2008 | KANSAS CITY, MO
    ONLY ON PAY PER VIEW
    ***




    Back in the arena, there’s a lot of boos … as CM PUNK is sat in the ring, with a mic in hand, waiting to speak…

    CM Punk:
    I’ve got a lot I want to get off my chest tonight.

    Punk pulls the mic down, and looks frustrated at the boos.




    CM Punk: And I’m not gonna be competing with you people to be heard. So I’d appreciate some respect.


    Boos continue, but Punk ignores them, and motors on to speak.




    CM Punk: There’s a lot of speculation goin on at the minute about WHY. WHY would I turn my back on the man I called a friend for the last two years … WHY I’d stab Greg Helms in the back. WHY I’d throw away the World Tag Team Championships. WHY I’d screw myself out of a win and the winners purse at WrestleMania.


    Punk pulls the mic down, and looks frustrated at the boos.




    CM Punk: Well, the fact of the matter is that I didn’t turn my back on Greg Helms, and I didn’t stab him in the back; HE turned his back on me, and HE stabbed ME in the back.

    Boos. Punk shakes his head.

    CM Punk:
    Now that may sound like a cliché … but if you’ll open your tiny minds and hear me out, you might just understand. I didn’t throw the World Tag Team Championships away - no, no, no - those titles had been thrown away long before last night!! We were tag champions, but we sure as hell weren’t a team. We were just two individuals these last few months. And as for giving up the winners purse?? Anybody that knows me, knows I’m not motivated by money. But then again, anybody that knows me, has been wondering where the hell I’ve been for the last two years!!


    Punk pulls the mic down, looking angry - perhaps even at himself.




    CM Punk: Because the guy that’s been here on Raw may have been called CM Punk, may have looked like CM Punk and may have sounded like CM Punk … but he’s not the guy that people all over the world had come to know. Friends have told me; “Hey Punk, you don’t seem to be yourself when I see you on Raw”, they’ve asked me; “Why don’t you ever talk??” … and … I had no answer. I couldn’t tell them the truth. I couldn’t say to them; “Well, to be honest, I sold my soul to be in the WWE.”


    The Chicagoan pauses, letting the words sink in.




    CM Punk: And that’s the truth. The minute I signed my contract to come work here, I sold out. For the last two years, I’ve hated the person I see in the mirror. It sure looked like me. Sounded like me. But it WASN’T me. I was that determined just to get here and prove a point that I could cut it in the almighty WWE machine … that once I did get here, I became a sell out. And I’ve been selling out ever since. I’ve been sellin MYSELF out in order to fit the mould of a WWE “Superstar” … whatever the hell that‘s supposed to be…


    Punk shakes his head in frustration, then smirks.




    CM Punk: I was told not to harp on about my lifestyle, because people wont understand. I was told clean up my image, because I didn’t look like a star. I had to wear suits at public events to keep up the clean cut image of the WWE, and they didn’t want someone that looked like they came out of a grunge band representing the company in public. It didn’t matter what I could do between these ropes - that’s not important. It’s how you present yourself to the public. That’s why a joke like The Miz gets to call himself a WWE Superstar. That’s why Greg Helms didn’t get fired long before I came along. He played the game. And so did I … and I grew to detest myself for it!!!


    Pausing again, Punk taps the mic off the canvas. He shakes his head, before speaking once more.




    CM Punk: But there’s only so long you can put on an act. There’s only so many times you can bite your tongue and nod your head and do as your told. John Cena is proof of that. And for the last couple of months, I’ve found myself at the end of my rope.


    Punk shakes his head.




    CM Punk: Don’t get me wrong either - I didn’t do what I did last night because I wanted to have the spotlight all to myself. I was PROUD to be World Tag Team Champion. Greg and I held those titles for the majority of the last YEAR, and we beat every team on the roster. We were as good as any team that’s ever held those titles. You name ‘em, and we’d beat ‘em on their best day.


    Punk pulls the mic down, and looks frustrated at the boos.




    CM Punk: I was proud to be a World Tag Team Champion. I didn’t have any designs on dumpin Greg and looking out for myself and my career. I didn’t do what I did last night because I was looking out for my own interests. I didn’t want to break our team up. So don’t compare me to an attention seeking ego-maniac like Shawn Michaels when he threw his best friend through a window just so he could have the spotlight to himself. I’m nothing like him. And don’t compare me to Christian when he got jealous of Edge way back when. I wasn’t jealous of Greg, I was disappointed.

    Boos.

    CM Punk:
    I’m nothing like those men. I was content to STAY in a tag team for my career here in the WWE, and become the greatest tag team champions of all time … but over time, I found myself ASHAMED of my partner.


    Punk, getting more agitated, listens to the boos from the fans, and raises his voice to talk over them.




    CM Punk: I arrived in the WWE and took Greg Helms from nothing. I took Greg Helms from being a goofball who thought he was a superhero, and I rejuvenated his career. I saw a phenomenally talented guy that was pissing his career down the drain, and I gave him purpose. I turned him from a joke into a respected wrestler again. I introduced Greg to Straight Edge.


    Punk runs his fingers through his hair.




    CM Punk: Straight Edge, for those of you who don’t know or don’t care to find out, wasn’t just a cool sounding tag team name - it’s a way of life; MY way of life. It was Greg Helms way of life for a period too. Straight Edge means I don’t drink alcohol, I don’t smoke, I don’t do drugs-


    He cuts himself off, and seemingly takes exception to a cat call from a fan. Punk points to the front row.




    CM Punk: You can call it boring, but I say it makes me better than you. I don’t give in to temptation. Mentally, I’m too strong to take a drag just to fit in. I don’t succumb to peer pressure, I don’t get intoxicated to the point where I cant remember what I did the night before. I’m in control. Always.


    Punk shakes his head.

    {/SECOND HOUR}




    CM Punk: But Greg Helms wasn’t the same. Greg “tried” Straight Edge, and it wasn’t for him. For eighteen months, he was a better person for being Straight Edge. Then, he was offered the chance to drink a beer with Stone Cold Steve Austin, and he couldn’t possibly pass up that opportunity.


    Cheers for the mention of Austin. Punk dismisses the cheers and doesn’t dwell on it.




    CM Punk: Right there, I should’ve thrown him to the side. I should’ve gave Greg Helms that GTS right there. And for the uninitiated among you, the GTS is the REAL name of my finishing move. But just to be the good employee, not to step outta line and to keep my nose clean, I let some moron creatively butcher the name of my move and make it more appealing to you seals.


    He makes a mocking seal clap, then puts on a geeky voice.




    CM Punk: The Punk Card!! Wow. I get it, his name is Punk, and he just drove his knee into the face of his opponent!! Yeah, he just served up a PUNK Card …

    Puts finger down his throat to mock being sick.

    CM Punk: Well I’ve had it. Had it with keeping my mouth shut, and I’ve had it with allowing Greg Helms spit on the culture of Straight Edge. That’s why I said last night before the match; “Straight Edge will have it’s greatest moment” … and when I picked Greg up, and drilled him with the GTS - it did.

    Heat.

    CM Punk:
    I chose last night - not for me - but for everyone that lives by Straight Edge. I chose the biggest stage possible to show why Straight Edge makes me better than (points out at fans) you, you, you, him, her, and Greg Helms. But first of all, I wanted to show Greg exactly what it was that HE had thrown away - NOT me. Greg and I showed the world, one last time, just why we WERE such a great team. And no disrespect to Haas and Dinsmore - but you’re only tag champs now because I made that happen!!

    Punk speaks up again over the boos.


    CM Punk:
    Because had I decided to keep my mouth shut, and remain a sell-out, Greg Helms and I would’ve walked out of WrestleMania still champs. No doubt in my mind. But … we’re NOT. And not because of me.

    Boos. Punk wags his finger.

    CM Punk:
    Greg Helms is the reason our tag team is no more. Not me. You people want to point fingers and blame someone, turn them to Greg. I didn’t betray Greg Helms … He betrayed ME. I turned his career around, I plucked him from obscurity, and single-handedly saved him from the chopping block … and he thanked me by goin out after Raw to pour some poison down his throat with junkies like Jeff Hardy and his failure of a brother.


    Some ironic cheers. Punk shakes his head in anger, and throws his hands up.





    CM Punk:
    Of course. Of course you people would cheer that. Because what’s more fun than going out and getting smashed!! Huh?? I bet most of you people here tonight that were at WrestleMania last night got real drunk after the show last night, right?? You probably all woke up today with sore heads, right?? Hungover??

    Punk finally cracks a smile.

    CM Punk:
    And I bet Greg Helms woke up this morning with a sore head too, thanks to me!!!

    Heat. Punk finally stands up…





    CM Punk:
    And Greg, if you’ve anything you want to say to me, you better come out here and say it now. Because after tonight, I’m done with you. I’m movin on…

    Outstretching his arms, Punk waits for a response from Helms, as do the fans … but … nothing. Punk waits a little longer, with the fans expecting Helms to run in at some point … but still … nothing. The Straight Edge Saviour then shakes his head.

    CM Punk: After all this time, you’ve got nothing to say?? You’re a bigger coward than I thought you were!!


    Heat. Punk talks over it.




    CM Punk: But then again, this place is full of cowards. Until last night, I was one of ‘em. Too scared to speak my mind, too timid to fight the system. Not anymore. Finally, two years after signing for the WWE, CM Punk has arrived!!! And I’m not wasting my time on people that don’t want my help anymore. And I’m not wasting my time even on people that do want it. I’m out for one person and one person only; and that’s me!!!

    More heat.

    CM Punk:
    The kid gloves are off, the training wheels thrown to the side, and (points to the ramp to signify Helms) I don’t have an anchor tied to my ass holdin me down anymore. You people are about to get an education into the REAL CM Punk.


    Punk throws the mic down, and exit’s the ring, with a ghastly smirk on his face. No music plays, as J.R airs his disgust…

    Jim Ross:
    What a self-righteous piece of trash!!!

    The Coach:
    That’s what I always thought … but he made some good points tonight, J.R. I’m starting to warm to this guy!!

    Jim Ross:
    You would!! Who the hell does this guy think he is?? Blaming Greg Helms for the disintegration of the best tag team here in years?? Punk pulled the trigger. Greg Helms was up front with Punk. He told him Straight Edge wasn’t the lifestyle for him-

    The Coach:
    After all Punk done for him, and that was the thanks he got!! Punk saved Helms career, J.R!!

    Jim Ross:
    Don’t give me that either!! Sure, Punk helped him, but don’t tell me that this jumped up narcissist is taking credit for Helms staying in a job. How conceited can you get??

    The Coach:
    Yeah?? Well Greg Helms must agree. I didn’t see him comin out here to argue anything Punk said!! Helms knows it himself; he is the reason the team fell apart. He can have no complaints about what CM Punk did to him last night!!

    Jim Ross:
    I don’t get that. Greg Helms looked desperate for answers last night. Something is up that he didn’t confront CM Punk here. And I highly doubt that it’s because he agreed with any of the BS that Punk spewed here…



    Footage then cuts backstage, with staff, superstars and medics crowded around someone, with a lot of concerned looking faces… The camera then closes in, and we see GREG HELMS; face down.

    Helms isn’t moving, with random people calling for help, and someone shouts; “Where‘s the ambulance!!”, as the worse for wear Matt Hardy arrives on the scene, showing concern for his long time friend, and he speaks to Matt Striker.

    Matt Hardy:
    What- what happened to him??

    Matt Striker:
    A few of the guys found him here like this a few minutes ago.

    Matt Hardy:
    Well how long has he been here??

    Matt Striker:
    I have no idea, Matt. There’s a stretcher on the way. They’re concerned about his neck…

    Hardy steps forward, leaning down to speak with a female medic.

    Matt Hardy:
    How long do you think he’s been here??

    Whilst treating Helms, she shrugs her shoulders, unable to answer for sure.

    Medic:
    I couldn’t say. The wound on his forehead looks pretty fresh. Fifteen, maybe twenty minutes??

    And for Matt, the penny drops. He stands back up, and turns…

    Matt Hardy:
    Punk…

    Hardy limps from the scene, rubbing his forehead, furious that his friend has been left like this; and he’s already jumping to conclusions as to who the culprit is.



    Commercial Break



    In the parking lot, the injured Greg Helms is on a gurney, and being loaded into an ambulance, as EMT’s are head saying; “Be careful with his neck!!”…

    The clueless Ranjin Singh - overweighed by the pressure - doesn’t seem to know what to do, with concerned superstars crowding him, wanting to know how he plans to deal with the issue … but he doesn’t have any answers.

    Jim Ross:
    Well, ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to Raw … but as you can see, there’s a serious problem going on backstage at the moment. Just before we went to our last commercial break, Greg Helms - the former partner of CM Punk - was found unconscious backstage … and Coach, there’s a lot of concern over the condition of his neck.

    The Coach:
    Uhh, yes, yes there is. It doesn’t look good J.R…

    Jim Ross:
    And you can bet there’s a prime suspect backstage. There’s a manhunt goin on back there on the look out for CM Punk, but as I’m being told, Punk may have already left the building.

    The Coach:
    I’ve just heard the same thing. Punk left the ring, and immediately left the building. He’s gone already. But lets not jump to conclusions.

    Jim Ross:
    It certainly isn’t the actions of an innocent man though, Coach. More like the actions of a guilty man if you ask me.

    **IN THE MIDDLE OF IT NOW**

    Full of hype and energy, Ryder and Hawkins; The East Coast Party Boys, hit the stage together, both looking pumped and excited for a big showcase on Monday Night Raw.

    Jim Ross:
    And what an opportunity for these two young men!! Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins, two of the exciting young prospects here on Raw, they love to party, Coach!!

    The Coach:
    And so does The Coach, but I wouldn’t party with these two geeks!!

    Jim Ross:
    I think you’d cramp their style anyway, Coach!! And you’ve gotta believe, with Straight Edge no longer together, there’s a big gap for one of the up and coming teams on Raw to step up to the plate and stake a claim for a shot at the tag team titles. And I’ve no doubt that a win for these two young men would certainly propel them toward a title shot.

    **PAY THE PRICE**

    The NEW World Tag Team Champions enter, cool, calm and confident. Haas and Dinsmore don’t look too concerned with the challenge they’re about to face as they stroll down the ramp, wearing the belts they won twenty four hours ago.

    Jim Ross:
    I gotta be honest, it may well take a while to adjust to the sight of a new tandem carrying those titles. We had grown accustomed to seeing CM Punk and Greg Helms as champions for so long … but we are indeed looking at the new World Tag Team Champions, Coach.

    The Coach:
    And not a moment too soon!! Haas and Dinsmore are gonna take those titles to new heights. Haas is no stranger to tag team gold, but now, he’s got a real special talent as his partner. He traded up!!

    Match 3 | NON-TITLE MATCH:

    The East Coast Party Boys vs. The Master Craftsmen

    Standard fare, with the face team impressing in the early going, trying to make the most of the opportunity presented to them. The hot start from Ryder and Hawkins surprises the champions, and the champs look to regroup on the outside after a pair of double hip tosses from the up-and-comers. Once they do, the champions gain the upper hand.

    Haas and Dinsmore work over Hawkins, keeping Ryder on the outside, and begin to show their prowess that helped them capture the titles last night. During the period of dominance, footage shows The Hart Legacy standing backstage, watching the match on a monitor, looking very interested in what they see. Meanwhile, Hawkins tries to mount a comeback, but the hope is killed off swiftly by the champions.

    Charlie applies a sleeper to Hawkins in order to wear him down, but inevitably, the youngster makes a comeback, surviving the sleeper, and breaking free … delivering a DDT to Haas, then a flapjack to the incoming Dinsmore … before making the hot tag to his partner!!! Ryder leaps into action, throwing out a pair of dropkicks, before sending Dinsmore out of the ring with a clothesline!!

    Haas cuts off the momentum, and sends Ryder into the corner, following in - but is met with two high knees from Ryder, with Ryder tagging back out to Hawkins before hitting a Jumping leg lariat to Haas!!! Hawkins follows up, hitting a springboard elbow drop!! The cover … 1...2...DINSMORE BREAKS THE COUNT!!!!! The underdogs nearly scored the win!!!

    All hell breaks loose off the break up of the cover, with Ryder and Dinsmore tussling out of the ring through the ropes, as Hawkins looks to score with an enziguri but Haas ducks the kick, and grabs the leg … eventually applying the HAAS OF PAIN!!!! The submission is applied, and Hawkins doesn’t last long … with Dinsmore sending Ryder into the steps to prevent him from breaking the submission … as Hawkins TAPS!!!!!

    Winners: The Master Craftsmen @ 06:01

    The champions win the non-title match, but in a much more competitive match than they anticipated it would be. J.R puts over the effort from Hawkins and Ryder despite losing, and claims that on this showing, it wont be long before the East Coast Party Boys are facing the Craftsmen again - possibly for the titles.

    Haas and Dinsmore leave the ringside area, making sure to collect their titles, whilst Ryder checks on his partner in the ring, both disappointed to have lost tonight, but probably heartened by the test they gave the new champions …



    Meanwhile, THE HART LEGACY are shown reacting to the match backstage, with Natalya nodding, whilst Kidd and Smith talk lowly to each other about what they’ve just saw …

    As THE ANGELS OF ANARCHY insert themselves into the picture, glancing at the monitor, gaining the attention of the Hart Legacy. Daniels points toward the monitor with a smirk on his face…

    Christopher Daniels:
    Doin some scouting, fellas??

    Tyson Kidd:
    What’s it to you??

    Daniels smirks at the aggressive tone from Kidd, and steps back, with his hands up apologetically.

    Christopher Daniels:
    Just askin…

    Williams steps forward.

    Doug Williams:
    If you are, best you know sunshine, don’t be getting ahead of yourselves. You’ll be waitin a while for a shot at Haas and Dinsmore.

    Harry Smith:
    Say’s who??

    Daniels scoffs.

    Christopher Daniels:
    Says the uncrowned Tag Team Champions. Doug and I still have unfinished business with the Craftsmen.

    Kidd looks confused. And taps his chin as he ponders sarcastically.

    Tyson Kidd:
    Really?? Say … didn’t you just lose to ‘em last night??

    Kidd asks the question, but isn’t given an answer. Williams and Daniels look to one another, neither saying anything, not rising to the obvious bait.

    Tyson Kidd:
    Like I thought. You two lost last night, and we won. We beat a team that just held the tag titles over on Smackdown for a year. So uh, before you go getting ahead of YOURSELVES … maybe you should reconsider if you have unfinished business … because from where we stand?? And from what we saw last night at WrestleMania?? It looks like you’ve got no more business with those tag titles.

    Harry Smith:
    Face it. No disrespect?? But the two of you have had enough chances. It’s time for someone elses turn. OURS.

    Doug steps forward, going face to face with Smith, but Daniels puts an arm across his chest, stopping him, whilst Kidd also steps in to keep Smith back. Natalya, the forgotten aspect of the showdown comes between the two teams…

    Natalya:
    Come on guys. Come on. We don’t need to this tonight. Come on, let’s go…

    Natalya, the peacekeeper, ushers her team away, with Daniels and Williams standing their ground, clearly feeling they’ve still got a claim to a title shot at the tag champions…



    Commercial Break



    Still images of the TRIPLE H/MR. KENNEDY match from WrestleMania are shown, with J.R and Coach talking over them…

    Jim Ross:
    Following their bloody, brutal clash at WrestleMania last night, neither Triple H or Mr. Kennedy are here tonight. Mr. Kennedy was taken to a local medical facility for observation following the conclusion of the gruesome war, but he was released this morning, and was flown home to Green Bay. Triple H was also given the once over last night but miraculously didn’t have to spend the night in hospital.

    The Coach:
    I’m just stunned at what we saw last night, J.R. I’m shocked that both men aren’t still in hospital. After the carnage we witnessed, the pain and suffering they put each other through - I cant believe they’ll ever be the same. But I gotta say it, Kennedy was screwed last night. If it wasn’t for Stephanie sticking her nose in it, Kennedy would’ve accomplished his goal of taking Triple H out permanently.

    Jim Ross:
    That point can be debated until we’re blue in the face, but as far as I’m concerned, we’re lucky she did get out there when she did. Kennedy was about to cross the line with a Green Bay Plunge onto the steel steps. And obviously, there’s big question marks over the future of both men. We don’t know if Triple H came out of retirement for one night only to confront the tormentor of his wife and family … or if The Game will go back on his decision to retire entirely. If you ask me, he didn’t look like he’d missed a beat last night in that physical confrontation.

    The Coach:
    I’m more worried about the future of Mr. Kennedy. After the blood he spilled last night, that man should be rewarded with a new contract and a pay rise. Not fired like we fear he may be.

    Jim Ross:
    The fact is, Kennedy was set to be fired at the beginning of this month, but was given a stay of execution until WrestleMania by Commissioner Ventura. Now that WrestleMania has passed … that pink slip may not be too far away for Kennedy. And as much passion and pride he showed last night, his actions over the last few months have been nothing short of deplorable, and he could have no arguments were he to be fired. We’ll hope that we’ll get more answers on both mens future in the coming weeks.

    In the ring, not getting an entrance or introduction on TV, a woman is ready for action, keyed for the audience as “Kara Drew” (or Cherry if you remember her)…

    **STRONG AND SEXY**

    Making her way to the ring; dressed casually in a top and jeans, the Womens Champion, GAIL KIM slaps hands with fans, carrying her title with her…

    Jim Ross:
    Well, there ya see her, Coach; the Womens Champion!! Successful at WrestleMania, and it looks like she’s about to join us here at ringside!!

    The Coach:
    An impressive win last night, J.R, under difficult circumstances.

    Jim Ross:
    And it would be remiss of us to gloss over the condition of Mickie James. For those of you who have been watching as of late - and especially last night at WrestleMania, it will be no secret that Mickie has been off the rails. Thankfully, following her loss last night to Gail Kim, Mickie was taken to an undisclosed mental health facility. There, Mickie is set to be assessed and monitored over the coming days, weeks … or maybe even months.

    Gail reaches ringside, and places her belt down, looking to get a headset on as she takes a seat.

    The Coach:
    And not before time, J.R. The woman was tearing her OWN flesh last night. She’s certifiable.

    Jim Ross:
    Let’s hope Mickie James can get the help that she needs. I think we’re all in agreement with that. Gail, welcome, and congratulations over that hard fought win at WrestleMania last night!!

    Gail Kim:
    Thanks J.R. Last night is the proudest moment of my career to date, but I do want to echo what you were saying there just as I sat down. I hope Mickie gets the help she needs. We’ve obviously had problems over the last few months, but I think we can all agree that the woman we’ve seen on Raw recently wasn’t the person we’ve all come to know and love.

    Jim Ross:
    Absolutely.

    **GLAMAZON**

    Making her way to the ring, BETH PHOENIX strides confidently, ready to send a message to the Womens Champion by running through the unknown challenger awaiting her in the ring.

    The Coach:
    You got by Mickie James last night, but if you ask me, this woman should be the next in line for a shot at your title, Gail. Beth Phoenix has been waiting a long time for another crack at the gold.

    Gail Kim:
    Well, that’s why I’m here, Coach. I know Beth is probably next, so I want to get a closer look. We’ve had plenty of battles already over the last year, and I’m looking forward to some more.

    The Coach:
    Battles you didn’t win, if I remember, Gail.

    Before getting into the ring, Beth walks by the announce position, motioning around her waist that the title is hers - or at least, will be soon. Gail just nods, not reacting.

    Gail Kim:
    That’s how I remember it too. But look who the champion is Coach, and I’ve no intention of giving this up, even if I do have to face Beth Phoenix.

    Jim Ross:
    She is undoubtedly the most impressive specimen on the Womens roster is the Glamazon, and certainly would pose a much different challenge, Gail.

    Match 4:

    Kara Drew vs. Beth Phoenix

    Short and decisive. Beth rag-dolls the jobber, and keeps gesticulating to the outside to make her point to Gail, telling the champion that she is next. Gail continues to be determined on commentary, showing no fear of the challenge Beth could pose, despite the best efforts of Coach to strike fear into the champion.

    Beth even allows Kara to get in some offence; no selling it of course … before pie-facing the blonde opponent to the mat. She then shows off her strength with a military press, before nonchalantly dropping the opponent. Beth scrapes her back off the mat, finishing Kara off with the PHOENIX RISING, and scores the 1...2...3!!!

    Winner: Beth Phoenix @ 02:48

    Beth has her hand raised, but never takes her eyes off Gail Kim on commentary, and points out at the Womens Champion, telling her she wants a piece of her. Gail shows no fear, and stands up, raising the title up - not getting much breathing space having just seen off Mickie James twenty four hours ago at WrestleMania…



    Backstage, KELLY KELLY is standing by with a frustrated looking KURT ANGLE…

    Kelly Kelly:
    Kurt, just last night you defeated Ric Flair at WrestleMania. Already, you’ll be back in action in ANOTHER huge match, this time with Shawn Michaels, after it appeared that Brent Albright would be facing him instead, but those plans were changed, and you were brought in to face Shawn instead.

    Kurt Angle:
    Well Brent Albright can make all the excuses he wants, Kelly. He can talk about being sore and bruised - that’s his problem. And if he thinks he’s got one over on me?? He can think again. It doesn’t matter that I went through a war with Flair last night - I’m at home when I’m in the ring.

    Kelly nods.

    Kelly Kelly:
    There’s a lot of speculation that the winner of the match tonight will be in pole position for a shot at the World Heavyweight Champion, John Cena.

    Angle, hands on hips, thinks about it for a second, before responding.

    Kurt Angle:
    The way I see it, Kelly, I should already be in pole position for a shot at Cena. But if beating Shawn Michaels tonight is what it’ll take to get me that title shot, then so be it. I’m not gonna moan or complain - I’m just gonna go out there and take what’s rightfully mine.

    Kelly Kelly:
    But with Shawn Michaels scoring such a big win himself last night, are you concerned that Shawn might beat you tonight and undo your achievement at WrestleMania??

    Kurt glares at Kelly.

    Kurt Angle:
    No. No, I don’t, Kelly. Shawn’s great. No question about it. But I’m Kurt Angle. That means I’m the best. And in just a moment, I’m gonna prove it all over again to Shawn Michaels. And then the World Championship is next.

    Angle storms off the set, with Kelly looking taken aback by the abrupt end of the interview from the intense as ever Angle.



    And, back into the arena…

    **SEXY BOY**

    Waltzing out onto the stage, SHAWN MICHAELS gets the fans on their feet again for the second time tonight.

    Jim Ross:
    Just twenty four hours ago, that man, Shawn Michaels stole the show at WrestleMania. He showed the world why he is called MISTER WrestleMania, by defeating the awesome force of nature that is Brock Lesnar … but if he wants to get back on top - if he wants back in the HUNT for the World Heavyweight Championship, he’s gotta rise to the occasion again tonight!!!

    The Coach:
    And what a HUGE match this is, J.R. Shawn Michaels and Kurt Angle?? Are you kidding me!! This could HEADLINE WrestleMania!!!

    Jim Ross:
    It certainly could, Coach. And these two have had their battles in the past let’s not forget; the sixty minute Iron Man Match a few years ago which Kurt Angle won, the rematch that Shawn Michaels won six months later - and many other clashes that’ve never failed to disappoint. And we’re gonna get it again - NEXT on Raw!!!



    Commercial Break



    **MEDAL**

    As soon as Raw returns, Angle is bounding through the curtain, with a glaring intensity etched on his face. Slapping his face to pump himself up, Angle then sets off his pyro as he continues down the ramp.

    Jim Ross:
    We are set for an incredible main event here, Coach. As you said before the commercial, this match could headline any WrestleMania, and we’re getting it for free, the night AFTER WrestleMania.

    The Coach:
    And there’s some big stakes attached. This could determine the next number one contender!!

    Jim Ross:
    There’s nothing official, but you’d be hard pressed to argue against the winner of this match getting the next crack at John Cena. And let’s not forget, we’ve still got Cena to come tonight. The Champ, The Man in Black will be here a little later, at the conclusion of this colossal main event.

    Main Event:

    Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle

    Rugged collar and elbows to start, tussling around the ring. The two men are separated twice, before descending into trading slaps back and forth, before Angle takes Shawn over with a headlock takedown. Angle keeps Shawn grounded for a short period, before HBK expends a lot of energy to get up, shoving Kurt off the ropes, but is knocked down with a running shoulder tackle.

    Angle takes control, stomping down Michaels in the corner, and shoots off a snap suplex for the first near fall of the match. He sends HBK into the corner again, roughing him up with right hands, but Michaels fights back, responding with chops to Angle to get out of the corner. HBK gets the better of the exchanges, but Angle then reverses a whip, sending Michaels - HARD - into the corner!!!

    Michaels takes his obligatory tumble in the corner, and Angle chases up the ropes after him, looking for a side suplex off the top, but Michaels elbows him away, knocking Angle off the top … before setting himself … AND FLIES WITH THE ELBOW … BUT MISSES!!!!! Angle is up first, and waits for Shawn, before firing off a series of Belly to Belly suplexes, throwing Shawn around the ring!!!

    After a series of FOUR suplexes, Angle covers, 1...2...NO!!!! Angle is frustrated at the kick out, but has Michaels at his mercy, and rips down the straps, looking for the Ankle Lock - but Michaels turns over, fighting the hold, and kicks Angle away, sending him out of the ring. Angle looks to scramble back inside, but as he charges in, Michaels back body drops him back out again!!!

    Shawn then launches himself over the ropes and crashing onto Angle on the outside, taking Kurt down. HBK gets back up, climbing onto the apron, but Kurt is up, and he teases a German Suplex off the apron … but after a struggle, Michaels elbows him off, then follows up with an ASAI MOONSAULT!!!!! Michaels is stealing the show again, and he throws Kurt back into the ring … before scoring with the FLYING ELBOW!!!!

    At the second time of asking, Michaels scores … and he makes the cover … 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Shaking his head, HBK gets back up, and begins to tune up the band … SWEET CHIN MUSIC … NO!!!!! Angle ducks under, then grips Shawn from behind … popping off a TRIFECTA of German Suplexes!!!!! He releases after the third, and makes a cover … 1...2...KICK OUT!!!!!

    Angle argues the count, but has to get on with it, and stalks Shawn, wanting the Angle Slam … but as he goes for it, Michaels elbows free, knocking Angle away, then aims for SWEET CHIN MUSIC again - CAUGHT!!! Tripped down … AND THE ANKLE LOCK IS APPLIED!!!!! Angle applies the hold that saw off Ric Flair last night, and Michaels immediately looks in deep trouble; caught in the middle of the ring.

    Shawn tries to survive though, and crawls his way forward, inching toward the ropes, but cant reach them … as Angle yanks him back to the middle of the ring!!! It looks like that’ll be it for Michaels, caught dead centre … but in a last ditch move, he turns over … AND CRADLES ANGLE … 1...2...NO!!!!! Michaels doesn’t get the three … but the submission IS broken!!!

    Angle bounces up, coming for Shawn, but HBK ducks a clothesline, then meets the incoming Angle with an inverted atomic drop, then another, before hitting the ropes, and coming back with the FLYING FOREARM!!!! Both men are down momentarily, as we see BRENT ALBRIGHT, NICK DINSMORE AND CHARLIE HAAS walk out onto the stage to observe proceedings.

    The fans boo the sight of the Master Craftsmen … but soon cheer, as Michaels NIPS UP!!! Again, Michaels tunes up the band, turning his attentions to the stage momentarily as he waits for Angle … but then, as Kurt stands up, HBK comes for SWEET CHIN MUSIC - NO!!!! Angle side steps, then goes for the Angle Slam - NO - HBK lands behind, then comes at Angle - but gets tosses over the top rope…

    BUT MICHAELS HANGS ON!!!!! Shawn looks to skin the cat, and grips Angle around the neck as he comes back in, taking Angle over the top to the floor!!! HBK then leaps off the apron, taking Angle down!!!!! On the outside, Michaels and Angle go back and forth, trading blows, neither getting a sizeable advantage … as Albright, Haas and Dinsmore all make their way down the ramp…

    Angle catches Michaels on the outside, popping off another Belly to Belly ON THE FLOOR … and brings Shawn into the ring, but stops as he rolls HBK inside, and confronts The Master Craftsmen momentarily. Angle then climbs back inside, and sends HBK off the ropes, but misses a clothesline, and another … before Angle and Michaels collide in the middle of the ring, taking each other down!!!

    Both men are slow to rise to their feet, feeling the effects of the hard fought contest tonight so soon after gruelling wars last night … but as they reach their feet … THE MASTER CRAFTSMEN HIT THE RING!!! Albright, Haas and Dinsmore all slide inside, and attack Michaels and Angle … leaving the official no option but to call for the bell!!!!

    Winner: No Contest @ 14:08

    Jim Ross:
    DAMN IT!! THIS MATCH HAS BEEN RUINED!!!

    The triumvirate stomp down both Angle and Michaels, making the numbers game count. Albright directs traffic, and talks trash to both Angle and Michaels as he switches his focus to both of them. Haas and Dinsmore keep on Angle and Michaels respectively, as Mr. Money in the Bank slips out to collect his briefcase…

    Jim Ross:
    It’s three on two out here!! Someone put a stop to this!!

    The Coach:
    I think that’s what Brent Albright is about to do - comprehensively.

    Jim Ross:
    What’s he doing?? Oh, don’t tell me he’s gonna use that briefcase as a weapon!!

    …But while Albright is on the outside, Haas and Dinsmore bring Michaels and Angle to their feet, and in a flash, Michaels scores with SWEET CHIN MUSIC to Haas!!! The kick gets the attention of Dinsmore, allowing Angle to strike, quickly gripping The Prodigy, and strikes with the ANGLE SLAM!!!!!

    Jim Ross:
    Lights out for Haas!! And down goes Dinsmore!!!

    The Coach:
    Don’t turn around Brent!! Don’t turn around!!!

    Jim Ross:
    He’s not gonna like what he sees here!!!

    Haas and Dinsmore are dropped by the two legends, and Albright turns back around outside to see what has just gone down in the ring!!! The 2007 King of the Ring looks flabbergasted by the sudden change in fortunes for his group, with both Michaels and Angle beckoning Albright into the ring …

    Jim Ross:
    Who’s the big man now?? Two on one doesn’t sound quite as appealing, does it, Albright??

    But wisely, he declines the offer. Both Haas and Dinsmore writhe in the ring, and crawl out to meet him on the outside, worse for wear, as Michaels and Angle continue to call Albright back, but Mr. Money in the Bank shakes his head, telling the two men in the ring “some other time.”

    Jim Ross:
    A case of the limber tales for Mr. Money in the Bank, Coach??

    The Coach:
    Uh, uh … no. Of course not!! Don’t forget the man is injured, J.R. He was willing to face Shawn Michaels tonight, but he was forced by the boss not to compete. It’s pretty pathetic that Michaels and Angle need each other to take Albright on if you ask me.

    Jim Ross:
    I think they’d be both willing to take turns, Coach. They don’t need help. They sure wouldn’t want it either!!

    As the trio stumble and stagger away, Michaels and Angle remain in the ring, turning their focus to each other; and after a tense few moments, both men show a grudging respect for the other with a nod. There’s no handshake or grandiose gestures, but there’s a clear mutual respect, and the two men share the ring, as Raw fades…

    Jim Ross:
    The Master Craftsmen have run for cover tonight, but I doubt Shawn Michaels and Kurt Angle will let this issue lie!!



    And backstage, JOHN CENA - with the World Heavyweight Championship over his shoulder - is shown walking through the backstage area, with a smirk on his face, patting the title belt …

    Jim Ross:
    And when we come back, we’ll hear from that man. That no good SOB, John Cena, who retained the World Heavyweight Championship last night at WrestleMania, but not without controversy!! What will Cena have to say, when we come back…



    Commercial Break



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    … BEGINNING ON MONDAY NIGHT RAW, AND CONTINUING THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF APRIL …

    Flashing shots of superstars in action; Paul London, Brent Albright, Los Latinos, Beth Phoenix…

    … IT’S TIME …

    MVP, Kurt Angle, The Undertaker & Straight Edge.

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    Backstage, Matt Striker knocks on the door marked; JBL - though we know it’s Ranjin Singh in charge tonight. The interviewer enters, and we see the frazzled GM for tonight sat at his desk, scribbling on paper, trying to make plans, as Vladimir is sat reading a newspaper, trying to perfect his English…

    Matt Striker:
    Mr. Singh?? Would you have a few moments??

    Singh sighs, but beckons Striker over.

    Matt Striker:
    Uh, Mr. Singh, to say things have been chaotic here tonight, may be an understatement. With JBL not here tonight, it’s almost been like the inmates have run the asylum. Greg Helms was attacked and is in a serious condition on his way to a local medical facility, The Master Craftsmen seemingly have been calling the shots-

    Ranjin Singh:
    Excuse me, Matthew. I don’t appreciate your tone, nor am I in the mood for it. Yes, this has been a difficult night for all of us … but no one but me is calling the shots here.

    Matt Striker:
    I apologise for any offence caused, sir. But … do you know for how long this could be the case??

    Ranjin Singh:
    I’m working on it. Mr. Layfield doesn’t feel he can perform his duties at this moment in time … so, for the time being, I’ll be in charge. It could be just tonight, it could be next week, it could be for the foreseeable future. But just to prove who IS in charge whilst Mr. Layfield isn’t here, next week on Raw, Kurt Angle and Shawn Michaels are gonna be in action again.

    Striker raises his eyebrows; impressed.

    Ranjin Singh:
    Only next week it’ll be as tag team partners. They’ll be taking on all three of the Master Craftsmen in a handicap match.

    Striker nods.

    Ranjin Singh:
    As for Greg Helms, I’ll be making sure that the culprit behind whoever was behind that assault is brought to swift justice. Is that good enough??

    Striker nods again.

    Ranjin Singh:
    Now … anything else??

    Sheepishly, Striker replies;

    Matt Striker:
    Umm, no. Thank you…

    The interviewer turns on his heels and walks away, with the bizarre GOLDUST now in the room!! Goldust enters the room, with Singh sighing when he sees him.

    Goldust:
    Looks like an open door policy, tonight. I thought I’d come along … gee, you look like hell!! ‘Heathers’; 1988.

    Ranjin Singh:
    Come again??

    Goldust:
    The quote. “You look like hell” … you mean you haven’t seen Heathers?? It’s a wonderful film. It really captures teenage angst. Not like the movies you see nowad-

    Ranjin Singh:
    I don’t have time-

    Goldust:
    Well, I didn’t mean you had to watch it now. Buy the DVD, watch it when we get home. I don’t even have a copy-

    Ranjin Singh:
    I don’t have time for this!!

    Singh points at Goldust, and then to himself.

    Goldust:
    I’ve never been so insulted in all my life!! ‘A Day At The Races’; 1937...

    Ranjin stares blankly at Goldust. Goldust flaps his arms and shakes his head, muttering; “I don’t know why I bother”

    Ranjin Singh:
    Can I help you??

    Goldust:
    Why, I thought you’d never ask!! It would appear there’s somewhat of a free for all goin on at the moment, and I’d like the opportunity for my tag partner and I to showcase our teamwork, and put ourselves in the frame for a tag team title opportunity!!

    Singh looks confused.

    Ranjin Singh:
    Do you have a tag team partner??

    Goldust:
    Of course!! I wouldn’t be making it up, would I?? Do I look like a crazy man to you??

    Singh doesn’t comment. Vladimir pulls the paper down to pipe up;

    Vladimir:
    He means the Englishman. The Regal.

    Goldust:
    Exactly.

    Ranjin Singh:
    William Regal?? The two of you are a tag team??

    Goldust nods.

    Goldust:
    We’ve already won three times as a team!! You really need to pay more attention to the details!!

    Ranjin doesn’t look impressed with the insult.

    Ranjin Singh:
    Okay. Next week. You and Mister Regal will get a chance to stake your claim for a shot at the World Tag Team Champions. You’ll be facing the Angels of Anarchy. How does that sound??

    Goldust punches the air.

    Goldust:
    Wonderful!! I could kiss you, Ranjin!!

    Singh puts his hands up.

    Ranjin Singh:
    That wont be necessary. Please, go.

    Goldust nods, as Singh points to the door. He turns, walking away, as WILLIAM REGAL happens upon the office, and puts the pieces together, with Goldust looking sheepish, turning and putting his finger to his lips not wanting Singh to say anything.

    William Regal:
    Ohhh bloody hell!! What are you up to!! I’ve already said no!! I don’t want to be your tag team partner!! You’re a bloody oddball!!

    Regal pushes past Goldust and tries to talk with Singh.

    William Regal:
    Has he been in here pestering you for a tag match?? I’ve already told him - I’ve said no. We got put together once, and the maniac thinks we’re a team!!

    Goldust grabs the arm of Regal, pulling him away, twirling his finger around at his temple to signify that Regal is the weird one.

    Goldust:
    This is just a bit we do. Come along, William - we need to brainstorm a team name!!!

    Goldust drags Regal out of the office, with Regal protesting as they leave…

    William Regal:
    We’ll do nothing of the sort. You’re bloody mad!! We’re not a tag team y’heathen!!!



    And back into the arena…

    **HATE ME NOW**

    The heat is palpable as JOHN CENA makes his way out to his new theme, one night on from the live performance from Nas and P. Diddy. Holding the title over his head, Cena marches down the ramp - straight ahead approach to the ring.

    Jim Ross:
    We’ve been waiting to see this man all night long!! The Man In Black; The World Heavyweight Champion, John Cena is here - and how will he react to the controversy over his successful title defence last night at WrestleMania??

    The Coach:
    What controversy???

    Jim Ross:
    Don’t play dumb, Coach. I’m curious to see how Cena approaches it. And folks, next week may be a long ways away - but you can already get excited for Raw a week from tonight. Straight from the office of the General Managers advisor; it’ll be Kurt Angle and Shawn Michaels; a dream team if ever there was one - taking on all three of the Master Craftsmen!!

    The Coach:
    And it’s the start of the draft, old timer!!!

    Jim Ross:
    It certainly is - and it’s a draft with a difference this year. It’ll run for the next five weeks. Two superstars from Raw going to Smackdown and vice versa each week - ten in total. And unlike previous years; champions are EXEMPT from being drafted, tag teams CAN be drafted as a pair - if they wish.

    The Coach:
    Does that mean Regal and Goldust could go to Smackdown??

    Jim Ross:
    I’m not sure Mr. Regal would be in agreement with that. But next week on Raw, we’ll find out the identities of the first two people coming from Smackdown to Raw!! And when we come back tonight, we’re gonna hear from John Cena!! Don’t you dare go away!!!



    Commercial Break



    Back from the commercial, JOHN CENA is standing in the ring, laughing at the boos from the fans - which is riling them up further… Cena finally speaks up…

    John Cena:
    I told you so.

    Heat. Cena motions for the fans to bring it on, holding up the mic for them to give him more heat. He keeps smiling - before bringing the mic down, talking over the rabid fans.

    John Cena:
    I said I’d beat Christian like a dog, and that’s what I did at WrestleMania. Just like I did at Saturday Nights Main Event, I left Christian out … COLD.

    More boos. Cena cocks an eyebrow.

    John Cena:
    You upset??

    Cena gauges the reaction and nods.

    John Cena:
    I would be too. I mean, all that time, you people hitched yourselves onto the Captain Charisma bandwagon … looks like you all picked the wrong horse, huh??

    The Champ looks around for a response, nodding, wanting the fans to agree with him.

    John Cena:
    I mean, I coulda told ya that. As a matter of fact … I did. I told you all that Christian wasn’t the guy. I told you all that he couldn’t deal with the real John Cena at WrestleMania.

    The Champ listens to the boos, then nonchalantly shrugs.

    John Cena:
    But hey, you picked him … over me. And it’s too late to go back now. Don’t come crawlin back - I don’t want any of ya. I got what I need.

    Slowly, Cena raises the belt over his head - getting more boos. Cena places the belt over his shoulder, and waits out a loud “CENA SUCKS” chant. As it dies down, he finally gets to speak up, no longer smiling, looking more serious as he begins to deliver his message.

    John Cena:
    A whole lot has changed round here recently. These changes sure have suited me. Christian?? You people?? Not so much, I guess, huh?? But hey, at least now, I can see the appeal of Christian. He’s just like you people, right?? Yeah, he is … he’s a born … loser.

    Heat. Cena then puts on a look like the penny just dropped.

    John Cena:
    And it all makes sense why you people hated me so much. Because I’m really not like all of you. Yeah, like all of you, I came from humble beginnings. But that’s where all the similarities end, I guess. Because I had to drive and passion to better myself. That’s why I’m here, and you pay to see ME.

    Cena points to himself, and the fans boo. He then makes a gesture with his index finger and thumb, rubbing them together…

    John Cena:
    And you’ll keep payin, and you’ll keep payin, and you’ll keep … PAYIN … linin MY pocket, because you wanna see me fall. The next great hope is gonna come along, and you’re all gonna believe that he’s gonna knock off the big bad wolf, John Cena…

    The Champ shakes his head defiantly.

    John Cena:
    But he’ll fail. Just like the last guy. Just like the next guy after him too. And so on and so on. Because the script got changed. I’m the winner - I’m the guy you SHOULD be cheerin, but you aint. And you’re all gonna have to live with ME running roughshod over every hero you throw my way. And you’re gonna see the same result every … single … time … just like Christian last night.

    Heat. Cena goes back to his earlier point;

    John Cena:
    But like I said; a lot has changed. I’ve changed. You’ve changed. Christian’s changed. But there’s one thing that hasn’t changed … and there’s one thing that aint gonna change … and it’s gonna remain the same. And that … is that THE CHAMP … ISSSSS … HEEEERRREEEE!!!!

    Cena holds the belt aloft again, gaining more boos. He waits out the noise of the fans, before picking up again…

    John Cena:
    And after I beat your hero last night - the guy you idiots chose over me, don’t forget - … after I beat him last night … after I left him unconscious in front of SEVENTY THOUSAND PEEPS…

    Cena thumps his chest; mocking Christians signature salute, before pointing at himself with the belt…

    John Cena:
    This picture aint gonna change!!!

    Boos. And because it’s a post-WrestleMania crowd full of die-hard fans, they subject Cena to a light, but audible “FUCK YOU CENA” chant. Cena quickly talks over it…

    John Cena:
    So it’s time to move on. Christian?? He’s in the rearview. So who are you leeches gonna attach yourselves to now?? Which flavour of the month are you people gonna suck the blood outta next?? I’ve already beat Shawn Michaels and Kurt Angle. They don’t even register for me… neither does little Rey.

    Cena ponders, trying to think of who else to mention.

    John Cena:
    You people gonna start cheerin for Umaga?? Huh?? Matt Hardy?? Don’t make me laugh. Come to think about it … is there ANYONE left that I aint already beat?? Is there anyone that can step up and face The Champ?? Who’d wanna??

    Cena stretches out his arms, as if to ask the fans; “Who‘ll be next??”

    **JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES**

    It’s not a shock by any stretch that it’s Christian answering the call - but the fans respond with a huge cheer nevertheless.

    Jim Ross:
    Bah Gawd they LOVE this man!! Cheated, not defeated at WrestleMania, Christian is here tonight, and I’m sure he’s got plenty to say to Cena!!!

    The Coach:
    Well if he’s a man like a man, he’ll come out here and congratulate Cena!!

    Jim Ross:
    I doubt that very much Coach!!

    The Coach:
    Yeah - because he’s a sore loser!!!

    The defeated man last night at WrestleMania steps onto the stage with a purpose, and despite the angry look on his face, Christian still pumps his chest and blows a kiss to his adoring fans.

    Jim Ross:
    If Christian had been beaten fair and square, he’d have no complaints!! The man reached the ropes while in the STFU, Mike Chioda was out and missed it. Cena kept the hold applied and Christian passed out!!!

    The Coach:
    And what’s wrong with that?? Look, you gotta stop making excuses for this man, J.R. He lost. Get over it!!

    Christian paces the stage, waiting for the music to die down, as a bemused Cena leans on the ropes, looking up at Christian. Christian then finally speaks;

    Christian:
    You’d better adjust that rearview mirror John. I’m not in the past - I’m right on your tail, because you and I are far from over. You and I have a LOT of unfinished business!!

    Big pop. Christian breathes heavily, pumped up, full of anger. He continues to pace at the top of the ramp as he speaks…

    Christian:
    Yeah, you can say you won last night at WrestleMania. You had your hand raised. I cant deny that. You’re still World Heavyweight Champion. No doubt. But John … you DIDN’T beat me.

    John Cena:
    Sure LOOKED like I beat your ass last night.

    Heat. Cena shrugs, looking confused, as he taps the belt. Christian nods.

    Christian:
    Look, I’m not gonna stand here and make excuses. Everyone in this arena that saw it, knows what happened. Everyone that was at the University of Phoenix Stadium last night saw what happened. Everybody that watched WrestleMania on Pay Per View couldn’t miss it. You won … but you didn’t beat me … not like I beat you last year.

    Pop. Cena no-sells it.

    John Cena:
    A lot can change in a year, jack.

    Christian:
    A lot can change. A lot has changed. But one thing remains the same; you’re still a phoney, Cena. The only difference is that a year ago you were a phoney nice guy champion … now, you’re just a phoney champion.

    Pop. Again, Cena no-sells it, taking a look at the title.

    John Cena:
    Looks pretty real to me.

    Christian:
    But is it?? Is it real, Cena?? You can say all you want, show all the bravado that you can to these people in Phoenix, and the millions watching around the world … you can do whatever you have to publicly to act like the big man … but when the lights fade, when this arena is empty, and when you leave here alone … you’ll have to go to your hotel room tonight, and every night … at your loneliest moment, all alone … you’re gonna lie down on your bed before you sleep … and you’ll have to confront the fact that you proved absolutely NOTHING at WrestleMania.

    Big pop. Cenas smirk fades; Christian has got to him it seems.

    Christian:
    You can convince yourself in public - but privately it’s gonna eat you alive. You’re gonna have to live with the truth - the truth you know, I know, and these fans know; you didn’t REALLY beat me at WrestleMania.

    Christian starts to walk down the ramp - getting more cheers - as he continues to speak, with Cena getting more wound up by the scathing verbal attack.

    Christian:
    And until you can?? IF you can beat me … it’ll continue to eat you up. So I’ll cut to the chase, Cena … you know as well as I do, that nothing is settled. So let’s settle it!!

    Huge pop. Christian walks up the steps, and stands at the ring ropes.

    {/OVERRUN}

    Christian:
    You name the time, you name the place. We can do it at Backlash, we can do it next week … {Christian gets into the ring … and walks right up to Cena} hell, we can do it TONIGHT!!!

    Massive pop!!! Both men stare the other down - face to face, nose to nose, both breathing heavily. They stare intensely, milking the moment, with the fans going nuts, until Christian slowly brings the mic back to his mouth…

    Christian:
    One more time; John Cena versus Christian … for the World Heavyweight Championship!!!

    Pop. Both men take a step back, with Cena seemingly thinking it over.

    John Cena:
    You wanna rematch??

    Christian:
    Damn right I do.

    Cena looks down, thinking, and then back up at Christian.

    John Cena:
    And I tell you when??

    Christian nods.

    Christian:
    Any time, any place.

    Cena ponders, and looks to the fans, before looking back at Christian…

    John Cena:
    How does never sound??

    Heat. Christian rolls his eyes.

    Christian:
    I thought your balls would disappear…

    Christian looks to the fans apologetically for Cena rejecting the challenge. Cena takes exception to the insult.

    John Cena:
    Did I get a rematch after you beat me last year??

    Christian scoffs, as if he expected the question.

    Christian:
    No. But the difference John, was that when I beat you, there was no controversy. I beat you at Wrestle Mania - no questions asked. And then for six months you fell apart!! I’m not falling apart. I’m pissed off, and I want a rematch - and I’m OWED a rematch!!!

    John Cena:
    I don’t owe you a damn thing.

    Heat.

    John Cena:
    You get NO rematch, Christian. And I was talkin with Singh earlier. He says JBL is gonna agree - you’ll get no shot at this title any time soon. You lost at WrestleMania, you were left unconscious. You get no rematch.

    Christian:
    (Mockingly) No rematch??

    John Cena:
    None. You made me wait on the sidelines a year ago when I was owed mine … now you can wait for yours.

    More boos. Cena doesn’t care and scowls at the fans, before stepping up to Christian.

    John Cena:
    And you can wait. And you can keep waiting. Because I’ll do everything in my power to make sure you NEVER get another crack at this.

    Cena holds the belt up again. Christian nods, thinking about it for a second, before responding.

    Christian:
    Well I guess one of us is gonna be shown to be a liar. And given history; I’d say that’ll be you. Because if you really think I’m gonna just stand back and watch, and not come after you - and not come after THAT - then your head is further up your own ass than I thought.

    Pop.

    Christian:
    Because one day, sooner or later, you’ll lose that title, Cena. And I’m givin you a glimpse into the future; I’LL be the one that takes it from you!! So if you didn’t know?? … Now you know.

    Another pop. Cena doesn’t seem too affected.

    John Cena:
    Well you’ll be waitin a long time.

    Christian:
    So be it. Clearly, you’ve got JBL’s lackey in your pocket, and maybe I will have to wait for a while. If it’s a month, six months, or a year - or longer - however long it takes … it really doesn’t matter.

    Christian prods Cena in the chest.

    Christian:
    All you need to know Cena, is that however long you hold that title, you’ll have to look in the mirror and know that your reign as champion is on borrowed time. You’ll have to look in the mirror and deep down … you’ll have to admit that you’re only champion because you’ve politicked me outta the picture.

    Christian continues to eyeball Cena as he tears him apart.

    Christian:
    You’re a paper champion. You’re a joke. A fraud. You’re no more a champion than The Miz is Hardcore. Everyone knows it. Especially … you.

    “Ohhh” from the fans for The Miz put down. Cena, despite looking furious, tries to laugh it off.

    John Cena:
    I see what you’re tryin to do, jack. But it aint gonna work. You think you can embarrass me into giving you a shot?? Forget about it. I’m still bitter over you duckin me last year. Now the shoe is on the other foot. You better get used to waitin, CHAMP.

    Christian shakes his head, not accepting the accusation.

    Christian:
    I’m not trying to do anything. I’m just stating the facts. And as for waiting?? I’m a patient man, Cena. I waited long enough to get to the top. I can wait to take that title from you…

    Christian pauses, puts his head down … then looks back up at The Champ.

    Christian:
    …But I cant wait another second to do this…

    AND CHRISTIAN NAILS CENA WITH THE MICROPHONE!!!

    Cena is rocked by the cheap shot, but as far as Christian is concerned, it’s fair game after what he’s been put through by Cena, and Christian follows up, TACKLING Cena to the mat, and UNLOADS with a flurry of right and left hands!!!

    Jim Ross:
    HE’S BEEN WAITING ALL MONTH TO LET LOOSE ON THE SON OF A BITCH!!! CHRISTIANS AN UNCAGED ANIMAL TONIGHT!!!!

    The Champ wriggles free, and rolls out of the ring, with Christian getting back up, quickly hitting the ropes and coming back with a baseball slide to the dazed Cena, sending him into the announce table!!!

    The Coach:
    GET SECURITY OUT HERE!!! CHRISTIANS GONNA KILL HIM!!!!

    Jim Ross:
    With Ranjin Singh in charge, we could be waiting all night for security!!!

    Christian follows out, slamming Cenas head off the announce table, but Cena then elbows Christian in the gut, and stumbles away, collecting his title, trying to escape up the ramp, wanting no part of Christian tonight…

    BUT CHRISTIAN WONT LET HIM GET AWAY!!!!!

    The Coach:
    Cena - watch out!! He’s coming after you!!!

    Captain Charisma chases Cena down up the ramp, clattering him with a clothesline to the back of the neck and head, knocking him down on the ramp!!! Christian then picks Cena up, and SLAMS The Champ on the steel ramp!!!!!

    Jim Ross:
    Christian has been waiting for this chance for a month!! He had to restrain himself last night - but he’s got nothing stopping him tonight!!!

    The Coach:
    He’s possessed!!!

    Cena writhes in pain off the bump, with Christian stomping The Champ down the ramp to the ringside area again, and rams Cena into the ring apron, before CENA RAKES THE EYES IN DESPERATION!!!!!

    The Coach:
    Yeah!! Give him a taste of his own medicine Cena!!!

    Christian is stopped in his tracks, holding his face off the eye rake, as Cena gathers himself, and then nails Christian in the kidneys - the same as he did last night … before HIP TOSSING him INTO THE STEPS!!!!!

    Jim Ross:
    GOOD GAWD ALMIGHTY!!! DID YOU HEAR THAT!!!

    The Coach:
    What is it you say, J.R?? Turnabout is fair play??

    Christian lands with a thud against the steps, and writhes in agony, as Cena explodes at the fans, suddenly feeling much braver. He points down at Christian, shouting to the fans; “HE‘S MY BITCH - AGAIN!!!” and stomps Christian on the floor.

    Jim Ross:
    Oh yeah, you’re the big man now, John!!!

    The Coach:
    Christian cant handle the kind of fight Cena brings!! He’s out of his depth - he’s picked the wrong fight!!

    The Champ then picks up his title belt, lining up a belt shot, shouting out; “YOU WANTED A TITLE SHOT, RIGHT?? HOW ABOUT THIS ONE??” … and he charges as Christian gets up, looking to nail him with the title - BUT CHRISTIAN DUCKS UNDER…

    AND CATCHES CENA AS HE TURNS BACK AROUND … SCOOPING HIM UP … FU TO CENA ON THE FLOOR!!!!!

    Jim Ross:
    FU!!! FU TO CENA!!!

    The Coach:
    He cant do that --- HE CANT DO THAT!!!

    The America West Arena ERUPTS for the FU from Christian to Cena!!!!! Even Captain Charisma himself looks invigorated by the move, and appears to have snapped into a different zone.

    Jim Ross:
    Look at the eyes!!! He’s hell bent on revenge!! And after what he’s been through, who can blame him!!!

    Christian picks up the title, and takes a long look at it - knowing it’ll be a long time before he has it again … and watches as Cena tries to climb to his feet on the ring apron … THEN NAILS CENA WITH THE TITLE; RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES!!!!!

    The Coach:
    WE NEED SECURITY!!! THESE TWO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN LEFT OUT HERE ALONE!!!

    Jim Ross:
    After the way this show has been run tonight?? I’m not surprised there isn’t security on hand!!!

    Captain Charisma pumps his chest, getting the fans cheering … as we see Cena … HAS BEEN BUSTED OPEN!!!!! Cena - blood dripping down his face - is trying to crawl away from ringside, but Christian shakes his head; he wont allow it.

    Jim Ross:
    The Champ is a bloody mess!!! The Man in Black is bleedin like a stuck pig!!!

    The Coach:
    That’s enough!! Stop this!!

    Christian grabs Cena by the jeans, dragging him back, and throws him into the ring, following inside … WHERE HE APPLIES CENAS STFU!!!!! Cena taps furiously … but Christian has no intention of letting go; it’s his night for payback, and he’s making Cena pay a HEAVY price for the pain of the last month!!!!!

    Jim Ross:
    Revenge is sweet!!! Cena is tapping!!! And I don’t blame Christian for keeping it on!! Choke the son of a bitch!!!

    Cena continues to tap, with Christian only relenting when he feels the time is right, and once he does, Christian STILL hasn’t done enough. Captain Charisma stomps Cena out of the ring, and follows outside … with the fans exploding again; as he STRIPS THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!!!!!

    The Coach:
    NO!!! NO!! You’re going too far you maniac!!!

    Jim Ross:
    We better go for higher ground, Coach!! Christian has lost it!!!

    Christian shoves Coach out of the way to another big reaction, as he drags the lifeless Cena up with him … onto the top of the table. Cena isn’t able to put up any kind of fight, as Christian hooks him into position … DRIVING CENA THROUGH THE TABLE WITH THE UNPRETTIER!!!!!

    “HOLY SHIT … HOLY SHIT … HOLY SHIT!!!!”

    It’s pandemonium inside the arena, with Christian pulling himself out of the wreckage, and we’ve completely lost commentary, as the Canadian walks around the ringside area, collecting the World title, and brings it back to the broken table - and the broken champion, emphatically dropping the title on the back of the face down Cena.

    Christian looks around the cheering arena, listening as they chant his name, before kneeling down at the unconscious champion, and shouts - so the camera can pick the words up;

    “Enjoy it while it lasts, CHAMP”

    Christian stands back up, and proceeds into the ring, standing up on the ropes, soaking up the ovation from the wild post-WrestleMania audience, pumping his chest, as we see Cena out cold - amongst the broken table…

    END OF SHOW



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    Re: Being The Booker

    Strong post mania Raw Wolfy. The chaos of JBL not being in the show came across and as the world's biggest John Laurinaitus mark, I love that he was apart of this show, more from Mr. Excitement please.

    The highlight for me was the CM Punk promo, for someone who has followed this thread over on another forum, Punk's breakaway from Helms was a well written midcard story, it's the classic tag team falls apart angle but with the Straight Edge dynamic to it. As the promo said, this was the first time we had the true CM Punk in Being The Booker, complete with his sitting down stance and I'm sure he was someone you were looking forward to writing promos for a long time ago. He's sure to have a breakout year in this thread and given this is 2008, I think it's the right time to move him on as a singles guy.

    Goldust/Regal as a comedy team totally works and would IRL, I love that he was quoting movies, a little callback to his original gimmick.

    Gonna be interesting to see what comes of the draft, Raw has a fair few options in terms of contenders to Cena's title in Angle, Michaels and Mr. MITB, but with Christian's brutal beatdown at the end of the show it's hard to see how you can defer from Cena Vs Christian at Backlash. Can't see all those big names standing still; I could see Angle moving to Smackdown where his aim to be the greatest of all time has a better chance of materializing.

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    WWE Superstars | April 2 2008

    Todd Grisham is joined by Al Snow to present the show, with Jerry Lawler now officially moving full time to Smackdown as colour commentator.

    In the opening match, the up and coming team of The Jacksons {The Young Bucks} defeat Daivari & Sonjay Dutt @ 04:56 with stereo superkicks.

    ~ WRESTLEMANIA XXIV RECAP; THE UNDERTAKER VS UMAGA ~

    Ken Doane defeats Colin Delaney @ 03:15, beating the wiry jobber with his impressive top rope Leg Drop.

    ~ WRESTLEMANIA XXIV RECAP; TRIPLE H VS MR. KENNEDY ~

    In a Raw versus Smackdown affair; Los Latinos defeat Deuce & Domino @ 05:15 when Chavo delivered the Gory Bomb to Deuce. After the match, Deuce and Domino got involved in a shoving contest with one another, before declaring that maybe it’s time for them to go their separate ways, indicating that they wish to be drafted separately in the upcoming draft.

    ~ WRESTLEMANIA XXIV RECAP; RANDY ORTON VS EDGE ~

    In another Raw versus Smackdown showdown; Natalya defeats Michelle McCool to put an end to the recent issues between the Hart Legacy and AMW. Following on from their six person tag at the WrestleMania pre-show, Natalya defeats McCool - with the four men barred from ringside - via submission; again. The Sharpshooter sees McCool tap @ 06:06, and possibly gives Natalya an argument to be the next contender for the Womens title on Raw…

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    RAW REVIEW

    - First off I just want to say I love the detail that you put into your writing. Even the pre-tape from WM was awesome and told a story and I could actually feel and picture it in my head the way it played out. You have done a very good job setting it up and getting the reader invested into the project.

    - Very strong promo from Shawn Michaels, I personally loved the Mark Twain bit lol. Michaels had a very strong promo though, I like that you are capitalizing on his huge win over Lesnar at WM, as well as bringing Kurt into the fold to build him up over his huge Flair win. These two are going to rip into each other and both have the ability to really be that #1 guy in the company once again. Albright, Dinsmore, and Haas coming out was perfect too! They are going to be the perfect heels in this scenario, and one thing I really like is that you are building up a future star with Albright. I think he is right on that cusp to break out with that money in the bank briefcase. I would wait a little bit obviously to let him build up some steam, but you have a real classic heel in Albright and Dinsmore/Haas is absolute gold as a tag team.

    - Hahaha that backstage segment was absolutely perfect! You nailed every single character perfectly, and then with Albright's chicken shit heel work with changing the match to Angle vs Michaels was perfect. Albright might be my favorite guy on your roster right now, because he can act tough and act like he is going to take on the world...yet still find a way to get out of it. Perfect heel.

    - Perfect characterization of Miz too with his hardcore title. The fan holding the Shaq sign...hahahah beauty! Miz like Albright is a fantastic heel, and I feel like you write your heels very well. A little surprised that Benjamin took the win here on Miz, especially since I feel Miz needed it after WM, but I think it adds depth to both guys...and I think it was the best decision in the long run. Henry coming out and completely obliterating Benjamin too makes him seem like the most dominant force in the company, which at this point he is. He has a perfect manager in Teddy and Teddy's comments to Benjamin after the brutal attack just made it even better. The last stomp at the end by Miz made me bust out laughing. You know his character so damn well! Great job, just solid booking start to finish.

    - One thing I really like about your project can be summed up with this next title match. A lot of guys and I am even guilty of this will not acknowledge what happened previously as something that still would affect the guys now. You did an excellent job of selling the injuries of all three of these guys the night before, which made it seem more realistic and also gave kind of a pass for this IC title match, making these three men seem like they are inhuman with how well they performed. Glad you let Hardy walk away with the win here. The IC title at this time definitely suits him, and letting him get the rollup was a perfect way to play into his character and still leave a lot to be desired.

    - I just want to give you props for letting Cena lead with his heel work. It is what he has needed for YEARSSS and you are really giving him a lot to sink his teeth into with this heel work of his. Christian is coming off like the babyface martyr and Cena has more character depth than he has had in a very long time.

    - Again you didn't fail to disappoint with this pipe bomb promo from CM Punk. Like previous posters, I love this CM Punk character you have developed. It suits him so well and really allows him to leave as the traditional "heel" but have the respect from the crowd. The fans are going to get behind Helms obviously in this matter, but you are making CM Punk into a huge star just with this. The whole "I played the game and grew to detest it"...I love that! Him talking about how he rejuvenated Helms career is very realistic and I think is exactly what this Punk character needs. These two are going to probably end up being my favorite feud in your project because I feel like you have real direction with it. As well with the mystery attack on Helms and Punk smirking....dude you have this whole thing built up so nicely. I can't wait for Helms to finally come out and give Punk what he needs and deserves.

    - Very solid match for Ryder/Hawkins and Dinsmore/Haas. Even though Ryder/Hawkins came out with the loss here, they gave a hell of a fight to the tag team champions, which only put about ten fold into them. They were built up nicely during this match and I think they will be a real threat to Craftsmen coming up in the near future. You have done a very good job maintaining the prevalence of the mainstays, but also building up the next generation coming up. Your tag team division itself is very strong with several capable teams vying for that tag team gold. Great job building up this division to where it should be.

    - I was very surprised you had this main event go down with such a huge marquee match, but so glad that you let it end in a no contest. If you let one of these guys just pick up a win over the other on RAW, I would be very disappointed. There is money to be made with a huge singles feud between Michaels and Kurt. The match was definitely five stars through and through, but the ending with Craftsmen coming in was absolute gold! I love it! I liked that you had them be the reason the match ended in a no contest and the attack was brutal....but Michaels and Angle pulling together to take out Dinsmore and Haas was awesome! I still see a huge feud between Angle and Michaels in the future, but them basically being forced to join forces against Craftsmen is awesome and gives you so much potential to run with it. Like I said before Brent is my favorite heel on your show right now and him not wanting to step into the ring, hahahahh makes him an even stronger heel. Just credible ring work and amazing psychology in this one that put this feud on the forefront of everything in your project right now.

    - Again like I said about Cena before, his asshole character fits perfectly. Cena patting his title belt and just walking backstage and Jim Ross building up his ruthlessness and shady actions builds him up even more.

    - Nice building up of next week too with the Striker segment. I look forward to seeing where you go with the handicap tag team match. I hope that you don't let it end just there because it has so much more gas to really be something, especially with Brent as MITB winner. I mirror what a previous poster said about Goldust and Regal being comedic gold. "Brainstorm a team name!" hahahahahha I love it! I could see this in real life and even thinking about just makes me laugh

    - But as for my favorite segment of the night, this Cena/Christian interaction had to be it. Cena is coming off as the biggest asshole in the company and with him "winning" at WM to keep his title, Christian is coming off like the ultimate underdog in this scenario. Cena's promo was very powerful and proves that you know how to garner heat like very few on this forum honestly. I know I keep saying you are really good at writing heels, but you really are. Your heels are believable and come across being very over. But one thing I do like is that you let Christian come out and get a little momentum. Christian's promo was just as strong as Cena's and the vicious beatdown of Cena from Christian sold him as the top babyface and gave him a new dimension that most don't really think of when they think of Christian. Christian going completely bezerk and destroying Cena with the announce table and everything else, haha it almost gave a sense of that Rock breaking out of his shell on Foley at the Rumble 99. You can feel the emotion and intensity in Christian through all of this, and you know that this loss has really driven him over the edge where he will do anything to take out Cena. I love that! Just brilliant booking to make Cena seem like a very very storng heel, but also Christian as an unstoppable babyface. "Enjoy while it lasts CHAMP" was an excellent line to end the show on too, very fitting and builds up the suspicion of what the hell Cena is going to do next to get his retribution.


    Overall I was amazed by your show honestly. I know my whole post just may seem like a big ball of praise, but start to finish everything was so well maintained and built up and it got over very strong with me. Easily one of my top three this month man. I'll be honest I wasn't expecting it at all, but you definitely delivered lol. About as close to a perfect RAW as you could get.

    You definitely have a reader in me man


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    WrestleMania Recap Segment: After years of reading your work, I've come to expect excellence in your writing. Still it is very inspiring to see how much detail and how well written you write these sorts of segments that for many people would be a throw away. This right here shows everyone why you're such an amazing writer.

    Shawn Michaels/Kurt Angle/Master Craftsmen Promo: This worked very well. I was wondering what would happen as after WrestleMania, the two have come across as both babyfaces to me. Brent Albright interests himself in the situation however, I guess to build up how great he is after winning the briefcase, or maybe he thought he deserved this opening promo. Brent Albright versus Shawn Michaels sounds like an interesting prospect. Looking forward to seeing how you book this match up with Angle waiting in the wings.

    Backstage Chaos: I like the way things feel disorganized with Ranjin Singh running the show and this is going to make the whole show feel disorganized from here until the end. Brent Albright getting out of the match was a smart move to play up his heel-ness. Ranjin giving Ryder and Hawkins an opportunity was a nice ironic bit to this segment. Wonder what this will mean for JBL in the future.

    Shelton Benjamin vs. The Miz: Shelton Benjamn wins pretty easily against The Miz as would be expected here. Of course the main purpose here was to give Mark Henry an opportunity to attack Shelton and wow Henry looks like a beast after this segment. Looking forward to projection of both Shelton Benjamin and the duo of Mark Henry & Teddy Long moving forward after their feud. Also loved the bickering between Coach and Jim Ross which has always been an announce team I've loved in your thread. The Miz getting the last hit in on Benjamin was a nice character moment for him.

    Matt Hardy vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes w/Ken Doane:
    Great job kicking this off with these guys selling their injuries. Was wondering if we'd get another title change here, but nope Matt Hardy picks up the victory. I'm wondering if we'll be seeing Matt Hardy defend again Cody Rhodes at Backlash.

    CM Punk Promo: Wow! One thing I wanted to always see you do in your thread was CM Punk cutting his promos whether they were Straight Edge oriented, Anti-Establishment oriented, or however you wanted to approach Punk. The way he was done here was fantastic. We now finally get to see CM Punk and Greg Helms face off soon and I can't wait. I thought Helms may of been avoiding coming out due to being disheartened, but nope, we find out Helms was taken out backstage. Matt Hardy checking on his hurt friend was great both for those who know of the connection between the two from OMEGA as well as just a good moment to set up the story deeper. Now we have CM Punk vs. Matt Hardy possibly in the cards as well and potentially it will be CM Punk fighting for the IC Title at Backlash now. Many directions you can go here.

    The East Coast Party Boys vs. The Master Craftsmen: Nice establishing moment for The East Coast Party Boys though they may not have gotten the win. The Master Craftsmen look good as a tandum and I'm wondering who will raise up to face them with the top babyface team now shattered.

    The Hart Dynasty/Angels of Anarchy Promo: Guess these two teams may be facing off soon to decide the #1 Contenders.

    Triple H/Mr. Kennedy Update: I'm not much of a Triple H fan so I'm happy while he's off TV, haha. Of course if he does come back then it just gives me someone to boo. :P Will be interesting to see what happens with Kennedy after this.

    Kara Drew vs. Beth Phoenix: Beth Phoenix gets a squashy win to set up Gail Kim vs. Beth Phoenix. But it does continue the Gail Kim/Mickie James story due to Phoenix's involvement in it so maybe we'll see this grow from that. :)

    Kelly Kelly/Kurt Angle Interview: Kurt Angle is pumped up for action and to me, other than CM Punk, he is who I am most looking forward to watching as his career continues in WWE.

    Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle: Great booking here. I think this builds Michaels and Angle up as stronger babyfaces while allowing The Master Craftsmen to brush shoulders with the main eventers. I think it will definitely be an interesting journey to see as you make Brent Albright a main eventer.

    JR: "That no good SOB John Cena" Wolfy, your commentary is always awesome haha. So often people's commentary is filler and robotic (mine included), but your commentary feels very real and living.

    More Backstage Chaos: Looks like a good setup for next week with the handicap match, the search for Greg Helms's attacker, and Goldust/William Regal becoming more established which should be an awesome tag team though I wonder how far they'll get. :)

    John Cena/Christian Closing Segment: Wow! John Cena cuts an awesome heel promo. I was wondering who would come to confront Cena when he started naming people the people would cheer, but here comes Captain Charisma! A great verbal showdown before a brawl ending with Christian truly getting his revenge on John Cena. I'm not sure if this is a receipt for Christian losing at WrestleMania and that Christian might be getting drafted to SmackDown! or if these two will be going one more time, but I'm really interested in seeing what happens moving forward.

    Awesome Raw as always. I can't wait for SmackDown! :)

    Some notes on Superstars. Interesting to see the Young Bucks here, wonder how they'll be booked here. Also looking forward to seeing how Natalya will be booked as a competitor.
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    The Cena-Christian interaction at the end of this show was brilliantly done. Cena as a fully fleshed heel in this thread has been so well put together and seeing him take it to the levels that he did in this promo was a fun read and then some. Christian, I think, you did a very good job of portraying here also and as I mentioned, the back-and-forth here was great. The brawl at the end of the show was a great way to send it home, fully capping off the mini-storyline of chaos throughout the show that was put together with Ranjin Singh put in charge with JBL absent. That’s some dang good writing there.

    Great way to start off the show with Michaels, Angle, and Albright. Thought you did a very good job of displaying the dynamic between HBK and Angle here while intertwining Albright and the Master Craftsmen. Think it was said in one of the above reviews, but Albright seems very poised for a huge push in this thread and I look forward to seeing how it's carried out. Your later usage of these guys was also very well done. It’s the right move to keep Albright protected by having the non-finish happen and I dig the idea of having Michaels and Angle awkwardly having to help each other while there’s still a very, very clear divide between the two. Looking forward to seeing this angle continue, no pun intended. Don’t think this is the last time we see these five get involved.

    The other major thing to come out of here obviously has to be Punk. This was a great way to bring things to the table and get the ‘real’ CM Punk into this thread now, and I thought some of his remarks were so hilarious like the one about The Punk Card. His reasonings are all logical, and make sense, when you consider how disciplined he makes himself, but created the ultimate conflict between himself and how HE really wanted to be deep down. Which is funny considering how he carried Helms around and kept him in line until he slipped up around Austin. I look forward to his eventual ascension up the ranks here and this was a great starting point, and something we’re gonna probably look back at as the moment that it really started. Plus… pretty obvious that Punk took out Hardy, so we’ll likely get a holdover between them before Punk and Helms’ feud eventually boils over.

    Other notes here:

    - Good call on introducing the ‘one-time’ Edgeheads Ryder and Hawkins under the ‘Party Boys’ gimmick now.
    - Pretty decisive win for Beth. Good way to get her a W and maintain her character as a beast. Simple and effective.
    - Teasing dissension between Rhodes and Doane intrigues me a bit. Do wonder what you’ll do with them and with Rey Rey also going forward. Lots of possibilities.

    Top notch work as always Wolfy. Looking forward to reading Smackdown!

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    Re: Being The Booker

    Reading this has bought back plenty of memories from the last 10 years. Really cool, Wolf. Been reading on this site for semi regularly a few years without posting, but you turning up is worthy of changing that.

    Post 'Mania Raw was fun. Really interested to see where you go with Albright/Angle/Michaels as well as where you take Christian/Cena. The journey taken with that fued thus far has already been very creative over the last few years so I'm keen to see where you take it now.
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    Friday Night Smackdown | April 4 2008 | Anaheim CA


    ~ OBLIGATORY WRESTLEMANIA RECAP VIDEO ~
    *Nirvana | Come as You Are*


    {Instrumental}

    Clips of the jets flying over the stadium at the beginning of the night, shots of Rey Mysterio popping from under the trapdoor, John Legend singing ‘America The Beautiful’, the elaborate entrances for Umaga, Taker and JBL, and Shaq nailing Miz.

    Shots of Ric Flair stylin’ and profilin’, John Cena stomping to the ring with Nas and P. Diddy, along with The Brian Kendrick trying to steal the Money in the Bank briefcase, before the words from Lillian at the beginning of the show...

    Lillian Garcia:
    WELCOME TO WRESTLEMANIA 24!!!

    Then, Chris Jerichos pyro at the beginning of the night, along with RVD providing his thumb taunt, before the handshake to start proceedings.

    Come as you are, as you were
    As I want you to be

    Quick shots of Jericho’s demeanour changing throughout the match with each kick out from RVD … before the eventual low blow and Codebreaker to steal the match.

    As a friend, as a friend
    As an old enemy

    Quick clips of bodies flying, left, right and centre during the pre-show Battle Royal, specifically Beth Phoenix eliminating Kash, before getting tossed by Henry.

    Take your time, hurry up
    The choice is yours, don't be late

    Then, Nick Nemeths sick bump, before Shelton Benjamin survives to eliminate Mark Henry and win the Battle Royal.

    Take a rest as a friend
    As an old

    Clips of the WWE Tag Team Title match, with MNM seeing off the challenge of Carlito and Kofi Kingston, before showing crowd shots and various pyro displays…

    Memoria, memoria
    Memoria, memoria



    *Nirvana | Smells Like Teen Spirit*

    Over the instrumental, we get various shots of the stunts in the Money in the Bank ladder match, with clips of each man nearly getting their hands on the prize … before Brent Albright toppled Paul London and took the prize for himself…

    {Instrumental}

    Cut to shots of excited fans, before the deranged looking Mickie James tries to hug Gail Kim … then cracks up, snapping into her alter-ego … but Gail Kim sees off the threat, retaining her title.

    Load up on guns, bring your friends
    It's fun to lose and to pretend
    She's over-bored and self-assured
    Oh no, I know a dirty word

    Shots of Triple H entering and spitting water, before meeting Kennedy on the ramp, kick starting the match. Fighting into the crowd, choking each other, the steel steps, the steel chairs, the 2x4 wrapped in barbed wire and the blood. Triple H Pedigrees Kennedy through the table…

    Hello, hello, hello, how low
    Hello, hello, hello, how low
    Hello, hello, hello, how low
    Hello, hello, hello

    Kennedy with the low blow to avoid the sledgehammer shot. The Mic Check, the kick out. Kennedy setting up for the Plunge - but Stephanie intervening. Kennedy grabs her, but Triple H saves his wife with the sledgehammer.

    With the lights out, it's less dangerous
    Here we are now, entertain us
    I feel stupid and contagious
    Here we are now, entertain us

    The Pedigree on the steps, and the final sledgehammer shot finishes off Kennedy. But Triple H has to make one final point after the match, and punishes Kennedy with a Pedigree again. He leaves with Stephanie, whilst Kennedy miraculously walks out…

    A mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, my libido
    Yeah, hey

    The picture cuts to the World Tag Team Title match, and the three teams entering, with Punk and Helms running the show … before turning on his own partner, nailing him with the Punk Card, and walking out.

    {Instrumental}

    It’s down to the Angels of Anarchy and the Master Craftsmen, with clips of the high spots and near falls off double team moves, before the finish; with Haas pinning Daniels to win the titles.

    I'm worse at what I do best
    And for this gift I feel blessed
    Our little group has always been
    And always will until the end

    Shawn Michaels on his knees and pyro going off; Brock Lesnar and his straightforward ring walk with Heyman. Lesnar overpowering Michaels, HBK missing his nip up … Brock wearing him down, Belly to Belly … German Suplex … rag dolling HBK, but misses a running high knee…

    Hello, hello, hello, how low
    Hello, hello, hello, how low
    Hello, hello, hello, how low
    Hello, hello, hello

    And cut to Michaels exploding into high risk offence, but being caught and drilled with an F5 after his Asai Moonsault to the outside. Lesnar charging through the barrier, The F5, the Sweet Chin Music, BOTH men nipping up…

    With the lights out, it's less dangerous
    Here we are now, entertain us
    I feel stupid and contagious
    Here we are now, entertain us

    Michaels caught with an F5 off skinning the cat; both men kicking out of finishing moves … and the final finishing sequence, with HBK connecting with Sweet Chin Music to end the match, and celebrating his victory.

    A mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, my libido
    Yeah, hey

    **GONG**

    Umaga punishing The Undertaker, JBL’s biased counts, The Undertaker exploding with Chokeslams to JBL and Umaga, taking out Estrada for a period too … as another referee makes a count, before JBL pulls him out and levels him with the clothesline from hell.

    The Gods of War show up, and The Undertaker eats a series of finishers … before KANE returns, saving his brother, helping The Streak live on for another year, standing tall with The Deadman…

    {Instrumental}

    Flair giving a WOOO to the camera, Angle looking intense. Flair using every trick in his book, connecting with a move even from the top rope. Angle misses his moonsault, but survives the Figure Four, then makes Flair tap to the Ankle lock … and the handshake after, with Naitch crying in the ring…

    And I forget just why I taste
    Oh yeah, I guess it makes me smile
    I found it hard, it's hard to find
    Oh well, whatever, never mind

    Cena and Christian being kept apart by security … before charging at one another, beating the shit out of one another, including a ten punch in the corner from Christian to Cena. Christian tries, but fails to deliver the Unprettier, whilst Cena displays more and more desperation to keep the title.

    Hello, hello, hello, how low
    Hello, hello, hello, how low
    Hello, hello, hello, how low
    Hello, hello, hello

    Cena goes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle, but gets kicked away, then has to survive his own STFU before kicking out of his own FU from Christian, before Cena is shown delaying a vertical suplex, hitting his own FU - but Christian survives, and is closing in on victory before the ref bump.

    With the lights out, it's less dangerous
    Here we are now, entertain us
    I feel stupid and contagious
    Here we are now, entertain us

    The STFU is applied again, and Christian reaches the ropes - but the referee is down, and Cena keeps it locked on, with Christian fading … passing out, and Cena retains the title, before being pelted with objects from the fans as he leaves.

    A mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, my libido

    Cut to the entrances for the main event; Edge and Orton.

    A denial, a denial

    Edge owning the early going, and a clip of his later somersault plancha … but misses a Spear and runs into the post…

    A denial, a denial,

    …Giving Orton the upper hand, with focus on his work on the neck, along with the Hangmans DDT, and the Camel Clutch, with Edge surviving.

    A denial, a denial,

    Piledriver on the floor, with Edge just barely getting back in the ring, then fighting back, but Orton counters a Spear attempt with a powerslam…

    A denial, a denial

    The mid-air RKO … but Edge with his foot on the rope … then avoids the Punt … by exploding with the Spear … and the three.

    A deniaaaaaaaaaalllll


    Edge holding the title aloft, with fireworks going off and confetti falling…



    Opening Video

    Pyro


    Joey Styles: Hot off the heels of the most talked about WrestleMania of all time, Smackdown is on the air, coming to you from Anaheim, California with a NEW W-W-E Champion for the first time in over a year!!! Randy Ortons history making 379 day reign came to a shuddering halt on Sunday, as the Royal Rumble winner, Edge, finally fulfilled his lifelong dream in the main event of the Showcase of the Immortals!!! Tonight, we will see the New Champion for the first time since Wrestle Mania - and what does the future hold for Edge?? I’m Joey Styles, joined by Jerry Lawler. King??

    Jerry Lawler: I never thought I’d see the day, Joey - Randy Orton is no longer the WWE Champion!! And for the first time Edge IS. It was incredible scenes at the end of Wrestle Mania - it looked like Orton had won the match, Styles, after the most amazing RKO I’ve ever seen … but Edge was saved by the ropes!!!

    Joey Styles: And in the end, Edge went on to Spear Orton as he shaped up for the Punt - the same Punt that had served Orton so well for the last year … in the end, it came back to haunt him.

    Jerry Lawler:
    It sure did.

    Joey Styles:
    And what kind of effect will that loss have on Randy Orton?? He ruled Smackdown for a whole year, Jerry. Now, he’s lost his title … what next for the third generation superstar??

    **VOICES**

    The booming sound of heat greets the sauntering FORMER WWE Champion - wearing an open collared shirt and slacks … but without the championship belt that had become synonymous with him over the last year.

    Joey Styles:
    It doesn’t look like we’ll have to wait long to find out!! Here comes Randy Orton!!

    Jerry Lawler:
    And something looks different about him, Joey - he looks … naked without that WWE Championship.

    Joey Styles:
    And he probably feels naked without it too.

    Jerry Lawler:
    There must be a LOT on this man’s mind after snatching defeat from the jaws of victory at WrestleMania.

    Joey Styles:
    A major contrast from a year ago at the Showcase of the Immortals for Orton. But there aren’t and there hasn’t been a whole lot of sympathy after the acts Orton has performed over the last year - and it was poetic that it was the Punt that put so many men on the shelf that came back to haunt him on Sunday.

    Orton steps into the ring, and takes a mic, waiting for an obscenely long time before finally bringing the mic to his mouth to speak.

    Randy Orton:
    You all sound … happy??

    Orton sneers at the cheering fans.

    Randy Orton:
    Because after three hundred and seventy nine days you saw me LOSE the W-W-E Title, right??

    Pop.

    Randy Orton:
    Well by all means, enjoy it. Because Edge’s reign as champion wont be a long one. We are still in the era of Randy Orton … we’ve just hit a little speed bump on the road.

    Boos. Orton smirks momentarily.

    Randy Orton:
    Celebrate all you want, because you wont have much time to enjoy seeing Edge holding MY title belt. And deep down … you all know it too. For all of you that saw WrestleMania on Sunday, you saw Edge get lucky. I beat him to a pulp for over twenty five minutes at WrestleMania for the world to see - I did things to Edge that would stop a bull in it’s tracks … and somehow, he kept getting up. On Sunday … Edge gave the performance of a lifetime…

    Cheers for the odd acknowledgement of respect seemingly from Orton to Edge.

    Randy Orton:
    The man CRAWLED OFF a stretcher to continue the match after I PILEDROVE HIM on the FLOOR!!! He had to do that in order to beat me … but there’s NO WAY he can ever be that good again.

    Heat. Orton remains stoic, and glares into the hard camera.

    Randy Orton:
    But, as good as he was - if it wasn’t for Edge getting his foot on the rope after I RKO’ed him in mid air … it’d be a different picture right now in this ring.

    Orton pauses.

    Randy Orton:
    And if I hadn’t relied on some quack doctor’s report giving me false information, I’d be stood here right now with the WWE Championship still in my possession!!!

    The former champion stops, and scowls at the fans boos.

    Randy Orton:
    For the first time in my year-long reign as champion, I made a mistake. And it ultimately cost me. One. I took the word of a doctor that said Edge shouldn’t be wrestling. That Edge’s neck was ready to SNAP … and I became obsessed with focusing all my attention on that ONE area, that ONE weak spot … and after all the work I put in on targeting Edge’s neck on Sunday … clearly I was fed bogus information … because no man with a neck hanging on by a thread could’ve stood up to the punishment I dished out to Edge at WrestleMania.

    Orton looks down, shaking his head, then back up…

    Randy Orton:
    Information that was given to me - I didn’t go looking for it. That information was brought TO ME … offered readily to me. And the more I think of it, the more I think I was led up the garden path. The more I think about it, the more I think I was purposely fed misinformation, misdirected … It was all a little too convenient…

    Boos start to grow, with fans starting to realise what Orton is hinting at…

    Randy Orton:
    And I put it to you that your new champion was behind it.

    Heat.

    Randy Orton:
    Because Edge knew he needed to throw me off the scent and lead me up the garden path in order to stand a chance. After I beat Edge, 1,2,3 at SuperBrawl six weeks ago, Edge KNEW he didn’t stand a chance at WrestleMania. Edge needed to weasel and plot in order to give himself a shot at beating me - and he got that bogus medical report drawn together and fed to me.

    More boos.

    Randy Orton:
    Well congratulations, Edge; it worked. As hollow as your victory was, at least you can say you finally became WWE Champion. But your reign as champion WONT be a long one. After a YEAR as champion - the longest WWE Title reign in decades - I’m OWED a rematch. And this time, I wont make a mistake. I’ll not be gullible enough to swallow some phoney story about your neck again …

    Heat.

    Randy Orton:
    I’ve watched our match back a dozen times since Sunday, and it dawned on me that I didn’t need to focus on your weaknesses to beat you - I just need to focus on MY strengths. I didn’t need to try and break your neck; I had the perfect weapon in my arsenal already. The one thing that broke your will … the R … K … O.

    Orton has a glare etched on his face - still looking directly into the camera.

    Randy Orton:
    Next time, I’ll make sure that there’s no ropes to save your skin. One RKO is all it takes to beat anyone … including Edge. And it WILL bring back the WWE Championship back to it’s rightful owner when the time is right.

    Heat.

    Randy Orton:
    Being WWE Champion is ALL that matters to me, and I’ll go to ANY lengths to be WWE Champion. Losing that title made me realise just how much it means to me to have it - and I WILL have it again. So Edge, you enjoy your time as champion while it l-

    **LAMBEG**

    Orton is cut off by the Smackdown General Manager; FINLAY!! The Northern Irishman steps onto the stage wearing a smart grey suit and a black shirt - minus the tie.

    Finlay:
    You’re right Randy. After such a monumental reign as champion, you’re entitled to a rematch against Edge…

    Boos from the fans…

    Finlay:
    And after talking with Edge earlier today, he has indicated he’s wants to be a fighting champion. Edge will be out here himself later to say it all himself, but right now, it’s up to me to tell you, Randy; he’d be more than willing to give you a rematch in his very first title defence in two weeks on Smackdown.

    Orton purses his lips, contemplating the offer…

    Randy Orton:
    Well, I’d appreciate it more if Edge were to come out here like a man and offer me the shot … but Finlay … it’s MY rematch, and I’ll tell Edge when I want it. I wont have Edge dictate when and where he’ll defend the title. I’ll decide when-

    Finlay:
    So it’s a no?? You’re refusing a rematch for the WWE Championship in two weeks time??

    Orton smirks.

    Randy Orton:
    You catch on fast, boss. Like I said, I’ll decide when I have my rematch.

    Finlay nods.

    Finlay:
    Well, that’s fine. Take your time. You decide when it suits for you to have your return match for the WWE Title. But Edge WILL defend the title in two weeks, and if you don’t want the shot?? Then I’ll be putting together a number one contenders match next week for the right.

    Pop. Orton looks livid.

    Randy Orton:
    Hold up, hold up. You’re gonna crown a number one contender, while the true number one contender is stood right here??

    Finlay:
    Oh, I’m sorry Randy - were you expecting me to wait for you to make up your mind?? Were you expecting Edge to wait too?? Unlike you, Randy, Edge WANTS test himself, he WANTS to defend the title. And he WILL. And when you’re good and ready, you tell me when you want your rematch. But you don’t manage Smackdown; I do. And I wont allow you to hold everything up. Things have changed Randy; you’re not WWE Champion anymore.

    Randy Orton:
    For now.

    Finlay smirks, then nods.

    Finlay:
    That’s right. For now. And when you decide you want your rematch - we’ll see if that changes again. But as for tonight, Randy - there’s no need for you to stick around. Collect your belongings … and we’ll see you next week.

    Finlay then turns, and walks off the stage, disappearing behind the curtain, as Orton is left seething in the ring. The former champion tosses the mic down in anger, as Smackdown goes to commercial…



    Commercial Break



    Match 1:
    Jamie Noble vs. Kid Kash
    Noble makes Kash look like a local jobber initially, having his way with the seasoned veteran in the early going, brimming with intensity, as he sets his sights on a second crack at Bryan Danielsons Cruiserweight title. Kash eventually fights his way back into the match, using some of his own know-how to slow Noble down.
    Kash tries to work the legs of Noble, but the Trailer Park boy isn’t phased by the Notorious K-I-D, fighting back, and is described by Styles as a man possessed as he puts the finishing touches on the former Cruiserweight Champion with a series of blistering clotheslines, before applying the Trailer Hitch for the submission victory.
    Winner: Jamie Noble @ 06:01

    Jamie Noble looks impressively dominant in victory, but the boy from the trailer park still doesn’t look content - and probably wont be until he gets his rematch with Danielson for the title. He has his arms raised, and then calls for a mic from ringside, wanting to get something off his chest…



    Jamie Noble:
    DANIELSON!!! GET OUT HERE, BOY!!!!

    Noble isn’t wasting a moment, DEMANDING Danielson show himself… Noble doesn’t say another word, but pants over the mic, as he waits for the Cruiserweight Champion to appear…

    **FLIGHT OF THE VALKYRIES**

    To a great reaction, BRYAN DANIELSON limps onto the stage, his arm in a sling - selling the effects of the Money in the Bank ladder match this past Sunday at WrestleMania. The Cruiserweight Champion waves to the fans, and pauses at the top of the ramp, but before he can speak - Noble beats him to it.

    Jamie Noble:
    You’ve made me wait long enough, Danielson!! I said once WrestleMania was done and dusted that I was due another crack at yer title belt there on yer shoulder!! Well guess what??

    Noble taps his wrist - an imaginary watch.

    Jamie Noble:
    That time is now, boy!! Get yer ass to this ring, and let’s dance, Danielson!!

    The fans pop for the straight to the point nature of Noble, but Danielson looks a little taken aback by the abrupt challenge - abrupt even for Noble.

    Jamie Noble:
    Come on, there aint no anchor tied to yer ass, boy!! Let’s do this!!

    Noble sits on the middle rope, holding the ropes open for the champion, but Danielson cant help but crack a smile and shakes his head.

    Bryan Danielson:
    Why don’t we just catch our breath a second. You’ll have to forgive me, Jamie … I can see you’re a little anxious for your rematch, and I know you’re the rightful number one contender … but, for starters, you’ve just had a match, and as for me-

    Jamie Noble:
    That was just a warm up, son!! You’re the main course!! Now quit yer excuses, and gimme my damn shot!!!

    The Cruiserweight Champion cracks a smile again, amused by the attitude of Noble.

    Bryan Danielson:
    Jamie, relax. You’ll get your shot. But it cant be tonight-

    Smattering of boos; the fans want a title match. Danielson acknowledges the boos, and nods.

    Bryan Danielson:
    I’m disappointed too, but trust me, I’ve never-

    Jamie Noble:
    Yer a yella piece of trash, Danielson!! You’ve been duckin me ever since you scraped by me at Saturday Nights Main Event!! If you aint got the nuts to defend that title against me, then set it down and walk away!!

    Once more, Danielson is amused by the anger coming from Noble.

    Bryan Danielson:
    Jamie, can you see this??

    The Cruiserweight Champion raises his arm, showing off the sling.

    Bryan Danielson:
    This isn’t a fashion accessory, Jamie. I have to wear this sling for the next two weeks.

    Jamie Noble:
    That’s a bunch o’ bull and y’know it!! You been ducking me, and now yer making excuses, boy!! Aint nothing wrong with that arm o’yours!!

    Danielson shakes his head.

    Bryan Danielson:
    I wasn’t finished, actually. I have to wear this sling, I’ve strained ligaments in my ankle, and a trapped nerve in my back. And if you-

    Jamie Noble:
    Only thing wrong with you, Danielson is that they couldn’t find a heart beat!! Yer gutless!!! But y’cant run from me forever!!

    Now, Danielson isn’t as amused; he’s getting fed up with Noble.

    Bryan Danielson:
    Don’t DARE question my heart, Jamie. I’ve fought all over the world - I’ve fought you all over the world - and not once have I ever cried off with an injury. I’ve NEVER feigned an injury, and I NEVER run from a challenge. You should know that better than most!! In case you missed it on Sunday, I was on top of a fifteen foot ladder - and four men picked that ladder up with me on it, and THREW ME out of the ring and onto the floor!!!

    Noble doesn’t butt in this time, and allows Danielson to continue, but does look frustrated.

    Bryan Danielson:
    And if that’s not enough for you, Noble; I got hip tossed onto a ladder, I got dumped from the top of a ladder into the ropes, I fell from twenty feet in the air onto the mat!! And that’s just the stuff I remember!!! If it were up to me, I’d strap myself up and get out there tonight to defend this title … but the decision is OUT OF MY HANDS!!! I’ve been told I cant wrestle for three weeks…

    There’s a trickle of heat, but there’s nothing Danielson can do about it.

    Bryan Danielson:
    But TRUST ME … the minute I’m cleared to compete, Finlay will see to it that you’ll get your shot at this title.

    Noble still looks unhappy, but grudgingly accepts the excuse for Danielson not putting the title up tonight.

    Jamie Noble:
    Alright. You got it. I’ll let ya off for now - but Danielson; so help me Gawd, if you try and screw me outta my shot, or if you come up with more school boy excuses, I’ll-

    Bryan Danielson:
    I don’t make excuses, Jamie. When I’m cleared - you get your rematch for this title. You have my word.

    Noble sighs … then offers a solitary nod at Danielson, accepting the champions word.

    Jamie Noble:
    As soon as yer cleared, boy. As soon as yer cleared…

    Danielson nods.

    Bryan Danielson:
    Like I said; You’ve got my word.

    Danielson shakes his head in annoyance at the blunt nature of Noble, before turning and limping behind the curtain, as Noble stands - hands on hips - in the ring, still looking frustrated.



    Commercial Break



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    Back from the commercial, THE BRIAN KENDRICK is in the middle of being chewed out by FINLAY in the General Managers office. Sat like a school boy with his head down, Finlay stands over TBK, admonishing him;

    Finlay:
    … And despite all that, you STILL ignored MY ORDERS!!! Can you imagine how embarrassing it would’ve been for this company if you’d actually RETRIEVED the briefcase?? The WWE would’ve been a laughing stock!! WrestleMania would’ve descended into a farce!!!

    TBK mutters; “I think it would‘ve been awesome…”

    Finlay:
    Speak up!!

    Kendrick squirms.

    Finlay:
    No?? Nothing to say for yourself tonight, son?? Well, I hope that little cameo was worth it on Sunday, because you’re gonna be severely reprimanded for that rush of blood to the head. I’m fed up of you makin a mockery of this show and me.

    Kendrick snaps.

    The Brian Kendrick:
    I’m trying to add some colour to this drab show, Finbo!! You’re taking Smackdown back to the stone age!! When my friends watch the show, they’re always asking; “Why is Smackdown presented in black and white?? Is it set in the 60‘s??” And d’ya know what I tell ‘em?? I say; “No. But the boss is!!”

    Finlay looks furious. Kendrick - after the moment of bravery - puts his head down again … as NICK NEMETH knocks on the door.

    Nick Nemeth:
    Have I, uh … have I come at a bad time??

    Finlay motions for Nemeth to come in, but keeps glaring at Kendrick. Nemeth looks slightly uncomfortable walking into the room, with TBK being something of a friend to him in recent times.

    Nick Nemeth:
    You, uh … wanted to see me, boss??

    Finlay nods, and finally takes his eyes off Kendrick…

    Finlay:
    I did. Listen, I didn’t get a chance to speak to you after WrestleMania, but Nick, I was impressed with your efforts in the Battle Royal on the pre-show. Now, you and I haven’t really gotten along while you’ve been on Smackdown. Before I stepped out of the ring, we had a few run ins.

    Nemeth squirms.

    Finlay:
    But after Sunday, I have to admit … I’ve a new found respect for you. And tonight, I’m gonna offer ye a reward. Ordinarily, I don’t hand out title shots. But I’m in a bit of a bind. After the stunt he pulled at WrestleMania with Lashley, I’m making Batista defend his U.S Title tonight. With the guys from the Money in the Bank ladder match all out of action this week, the roster’s a little … bare.

    Nemeth nods, and puts a hand up.

    Nick Nemeth:
    If you’re offering me a shot at the U.S Title … you don’t need to sell me on it. I’ll take it.

    Kendrick looks up, eyes wide in shock and disappointment.

    Finlay:
    That’s what I wanted to hear. Good luck.

    TBK offers some debate.

    The Brian Kendrick:
    I’m right here!! What about me??

    Nemeth shrugs, and shakes Finlays hand, before leaving the office.

    The Brian Kendrick:
    Some friend you are!! Here - {TBK pulls an imaginary knife out of his back, and throws it} take your knife back, BUDDY!!!

    Kendrick sulks.

    Finlay:
    You’re gonna be waiting a long time to get back in action, Kendrick. You’re going to work your arse off to get back in the ring. Understood??

    Kendrick sighs, and offers a weak nod.

    Finlay:
    Good … now, follow me. I’ll give you your chores for tonight…

    TBK narrows his eyebrows in confusion…

    The Brian Kendrick:
    Chores??

    Kendrick gets up and follows the GM out of the office…



    Back in the arena, AMERICAS MOST WANTED and Michelle McCool are stood in the ring; quite the fall from grace, getting the jobber entrance treatment. Alongside them in the ring is THE JAMES BOYS, minus Layla, who emphatically dumped the jobbers last week…

    **S.O.S**

    Defeated on the pre-show at WrestleMania in their quest for the tag team titles, Carlito and Kofi Kingston make their way to the ring…

    Joey Styles:
    It was a tremendous advertisement for the tag team division here on Smackdown this past Sunday, when the Caribbean Connection and MNM went to battle for the tag team titles. MNM overcame the challengers, but on the WrestleMania post-show event, Carlito and Kofi Kingston made it clear that they want a rematch. The hunt for the tag titles isn’t over for them just yet.

    Jerry Lawler:
    MNM won on Sunday, but I have a feeling that was just the beginning of a burgeoning rivalry for the tag team titles, Styles.

    Joey Styles:
    Well, tonight, the opponents on Sunday will be partners. We’re about to see an eight man tag team match tonight on Smackdown. The pursuit of the tag titles for Carlito and Kofi will have to wait, and they’ll need to work with the champions on this occasion.

    **PAPARAZZI**

    Red carpet? Check. Hot valet? Check. Tag team title belts? Check. Mercury, Nitro and Melina make their usual grand entrance, strolling down the red carpet, with Melina waving to the fans, before stroking the title belts hanging from her teams waists. Then, the flash photography goes berserk for the apron splits.


    Joey Styles:
    They knocked off the longest reigning WWE Tag Team Champions of all time just two months ago, and MNM have been proving themselves as true, fighting champions ever since. In my opinion, the very best team in ALL of the WWE - and as a result, on the entire planet.

    Jerry Lawler:
    They definitely have the hottest manager, I know that. If I had Melina accompany me to the ring, I’d probably be world champion!!

    Joey Styles:
    She’s not a miracle worker, King.

    Match 2 | EIGHT MAN TAG MATCH:
    Americas Most Wanted w/Michelle McCool & The James Boys vs. The Caribbean Connection & MNM w/Melina
    Despite being opponents this past Sunday, MNM & the Caribbean Connection gel well as a team, and it probably helps that half of their opponents are Smackdowns resident jobbers. AMW try their best to compete with the two best teams on the roster, but with the McCool factor cancelled out by Melina, their efforts are futile.

    Harris and Storm do make the match competitive, and give the faces plenty to think about during the match, but once things break down, it’s all one way traffic. MNM take out AMW on the outside with a pair of dives out of the ring, leaving The James Boys easy prey for Carlito and Kofi, with Kassidy falling victim to the BackCracker … from Paradise!!! Kofi pins the jobber, 1...2...3!!!
    Winners: The Caribbean Connection & MNM @ 05:59

    The two face teams have their arms raised in victory, but Carlito and Kofi are quick to tell the champions that they have their sights set on a rematch, motioning around their waists that they want the belts, going as far as to point to the titles, with Nitro and Mercury both in agreement, telling the Caribbean Connection; “Any time”, such is their confidence.



    In the parking lot, we see Smackdown General Manager Finlay leading out The Brian Kendrick, and we see a dirty looking rental car. Kendrick looks confused.

    The Brian Kendrick:
    Oh no, no way - I’m not driving that thing. I wouldn’t be caught dead driving something as drab as that.

    Finlay:
    Well that’s great, because you wont be driving it, son.

    Finlay reaches down behind the car, and brings up a bucket, before throwing a sponge to TBK - who doesn’t even attempt to catch it.

    Finlay:
    You’re cleaning it.

    Kendricks eyes bug out.

    The Brian Kendrick:
    I don’t think so. I know I look young, but I’m not a teenage boy needing a weekend job. And I know I’m not a Mexican. I don’t wash cars. I get driven around in them.

    Finlay:
    Not tonight. I have to leave this back at the dealership tomorrow morning, and it needs to look brand new. Like I said earlier, Kendrick, you’re gonna work your arse off - this is just the beginning.

    Kendrick shakes his head, and looks at the dirty car. Finlay gives Kendrick the bucket, with TBK still in disbelief.

    Finlay:
    I want this sparkling … clean enough to eat my dinner off it. Understood??

    Finlay pats the back of Kendrick, and points at the car, before turning at walking back inside. Kendrick mutters under his breath, out of Finlays ear shot.

    The Brian Kendrick:
    Like you’d need something clean to eat your potatoes off of…

    Kendrick sighs, and looks at the sponge, before slowly reaching it down into the bucket, shaking his head.



    Commercial Break



    Back from the break, The Brian Kendrick is shown getting stuck into his chore, washing the car … as we see CHRIS JERICHO arriving - to boos from inside the arena - walking by Kendrick, glancing at TBK, as he strolls into the building, with no sign of guilt for his actions at WrestleMania.

    Back inside the arena at ringside, Styles looks over at King…

    Joey Styles:
    Chris Jericho is certainly not the most popular man in Anaheim tonight by the sounds of things King.

    Jerry Lawler:
    Yeah, and I’m sure he’d trade that win at WrestleMania for the adulation of the fans.

    Joey Styles:
    He traded in respect for a tainted win, King. He has to live with that decision, and I’m told that we’ll be hearing from Jericho later tonight.

    Jerry Lawler:
    Where was that respect getting him, Joe?? He wasn’t anywhere near the title picture going into Wrestle Mania - coming out of it?? Well … you’ve got the announcement to make, right??

    Joey Styles:
    That is correct, King. I have just been given the details - and next week, right here on Smackdown, it’ll be a fatal four way match for the right to challenge Edge for the WWE Championship two weeks from tonight. And yes, off the back of his win on Sunday, Chris Jericho is in the mix. As are Garrison Cade, MVP and the former United States Champion, Paul London - three of the four Smackdown participants in the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania. None of those three men are fit and able to compete tonight after the gruelling ladder match - but all three are expected to be fit and ready this day next week.

    Jerry Lawler:
    And one of those four men will get the first crack at Edge as WWE Champion. I cant wait, Styles!!

    Joey Styles:
    Finlay certainly wasn’t bluffing when he said he’d put something together, right, King?? And as just mentioned, all four men that competed in the Money in the Bank ladder match from Smackdown at WrestleMania went through so much punishment in Phoenix this past Sunday that all four were ruled unable to compete here tonight.

    Jerry Lawler:
    There’s a lot of sore, aching bodies back there, Joe. Danielson could be out of action for up to a month we heard earlier.

    Joey Styles:
    It was an incredible effort from everyone involved in the ladder match, and while it was ultimately Raws Brent Albright that reigned supreme, and earned his shot whenever he wants in the next twelve months. The carrot has been dangled though for three of those men once again - only they’ll not have the advantage of calling their shot - it’s already set in stone; two weeks from tonight, right here on Smackdown.



    Backstage, the cameras catch up on a conversation between PAUL LONDON and JEFF HARDY. London has ice pressed against his shoulder…

    Jeff Hardy:
    But I know where you’re comin from man, I’ve been there - y’just forget all the risk. Adrenaline man. In front of all those people?? Just kicks in and it’s like you’re glidin - feet don’t even hit the floor.

    Paul London:
    Yeah …(grimacing in pain) I just wish … I had something to show for it in the end, y’know??

    Hardy nods.

    Jeff Hardy:
    You’ll get ‘em next time, champ.

    London chuckles.

    Paul London:
    I said that last year too. To come so close and fail - again?? Forget this shoulder, or the pain in my neck - that’s what hurts most. Failure.

    Voice:
    But it’s a pain you know all too well, correct??

    The voice?? DAMIEN SANDOW. The pompous intellectual saviour walks in on the conversation, turning his nose up at Jeff and London.

    Damien Sandow:
    And it would seem you’ve gravitated to a specialist in that chosen subject; failure. Because for all the accolades you’ve received, Jeffrey, your own success rate in ladder matches is frankly laughable.

    Hardy and London both look angered by the presence of Sandow.

    Damien Sandow:
    But it would seem like Mister London here has even outdone you, Jeffrey, in failure.

    Jeff Hardy:
    You’re not exactly dripping in success yourself, Damien.

    Damien Sandow:
    Oh please, I’ve merely been getting myself accustomed to life amongst the unwashed masses. And I certainly don’t think it to be a wise move to do the kinds of things you two reckless beings put your worthless bodies through, with household objects like a ladder. A ladder is designed for replacing light bulbs and cutting down hedges - not something to jump off. But, now that WrestleMania has passed, it’s about time that I began to bring some class to proceedings here on Smackdown. Starting with you tonight, Jeffrey.

    Jeff Hardy:
    I’m lookin forward to it.

    Sandow sneers.

    Damien Sandow:
    I’ll leave you two to reminisce on old glories- which should be a brief conversation. And Jeffrey, I’d appreciate it if you could (looks Hardy up and down) make yourself presentable for combat. Shampoo and a shower preferably.

    Hardy scoffs and shakes his head at the attitude of Sandow. Sandow then turns his attention to London.

    Damien Sandow:
    You should consider who you associate with too. Spending time with faded faces of yesteryear … it’s bound to rub off. It’s a look to your future. A bleak one, I might add.

    Sandow smirks and walks off, with London grimacing, shaking his head. Jeff looks angry too. They watch Sandow walk away, with London turning to Jeff…

    Paul London:
    Please punch him as hard as you can in the mouth.

    Jeff Hardy:
    I intend to…



    Back in the arena…

    Hardcore Holly is making a rare appearance, and is pacing around the ring, ready for a match - for a change.

    **UNSTOPPABLE**

    Steven Richards leads out the hulking frame of Lashley, one half of the Gods of War - minus Batista, who defends his United States Title later tonight…

    Joey Styles:
    They, along with Batista, very nearly had a hand in history this past Sunday at WrestleMania. In the week leading up to WrestleMania, Steven Richards declared that the Gods of War would have an impact that everyone would be talking about - and only for the return of Kane, they would’ve played a huge part in the end of The Streak.

    Jerry Lawler:
    Their services were enlisted by JBL to seal the deal, and it would’ve been!! Only for KANE to return!! We never would’ve expected to see Kane, and it was thanks to The Undertakers brother that the Streak remained in tact.

    Joey Styles:
    I agree. Without Kane coming to aid the Undertaker this past Sunday, I have no doubt we would’ve witnessed the end of the streak. And in just a moment, Lashley will be in action. He goes one on one with the hard-as-nails veteran, Hardcore Holly!!



    Commercial Break



    Match 3:
    Hardcore Holly vs. Lashley w/Steven Richards
    Holly certainly has the balls to take Lashley on … he just doesn’t have the skills to match him. The veteran hangs on longer than he really should, his stubbornness getting him more of a beating than he needs, and he tries to give his all - it’s just nothing that phases Lashley. The hulking God of War has his way with Holly, finally putting him away with the DOMINATOR for an elementary 1...2...3!!!
    Winner: Lashley @ 04:04

    Lashley has his arm raised, and pulls away from the official, before exiting the ring, not hanging around, as Richards pats his mans back, pleased with his nights work, getting a quick, impressive win.

    As the two men depart up the ramp, Josh Mathews comes to meet them, looking for a few comments from Richards…

    Josh Mathews:
    Steven, everyone wants to know what your reasons were for getting involved in the Undertaker and Umagas match this past Sunday at Wrestle Mania - and how do you feel after your mens attempts to play a pivotal role in ending the Streak backfired??

    Richards throws a dirty look in Mathews direction.

    Steven Richards:
    I wont discuss this at this time. Thank you.

    The mouthpiece pushes past Josh, but the interviewer tries to press for more.

    Josh Mathews:
    Were you hired by JBL or was your attack on The Undertaker premeditated?? Can you at least answer that??

    Steven Richards:
    I’ll discuss this matter in my own time.

    Richards glances at Lashley, with the God of War stopping, and gripping Josh by the shirt, holding him back, as Richards continues on. Josh’s life flashes before his eyes, and Lashley doesn’t have to say anything, before shoving the dweeb away, and he turns, following Richards through the curtain.



    Cutting backstage, The Brian Kendrick is shown scrubbing the car, as a few of the lower level Smackdown talents - face and heel alike; Los Latinos, Scotty Too Hotty, Chuck Palumbo, Evan Bourne, Kid Kash and Chris Masters all watch on, laughing at Kendrick as he struggles.

    Kendrick huffs and puffs, clocking the group of wrestlers, and looks both furious and embarrassed.

    The Brian Kendrick:
    TAKE A PICTURE - IT’LL LAST LONGER!!

    TBK flicks water off the sponge in the groups general direction in frustration. Chavo points over, squinting as he speaks.

    Chavo Guerrero:
    Hey Bri, I think you missed a spot esse!!

    The Brian Kendrick:
    Why don’t you come over and show me how it’s done then!!?? This is no way to treat a superstar.

    Kid Kash:
    Maybe you can wash my car after??

    The group of wrestlers laugh. Kendrick doesn’t.

    The Brian Kendrick:
    Get bent, Kash. Do you even own a car?? You losers should come over and watch a bit closer. You’ll all probably need the experience for your next jobs!!

    Chuck Palumbo:
    We’re good here.

    Evan Bourne:
    Hey, don’t listen to ‘em Kendrick - you’re a natural!!

    Kendrick aggressively keeps scrubbing the bonnet of the car as he retorts.

    The Brian Kendrick:
    You’d know!! Haven’t you lot got anything better to do?? When was the last time any of you losers even had a match on Smackdown?? Go on, get outta here!! Quit laughing at me!!!

    Looking over at the group and gesticulating for them to leave, Kendrick takes a step … into the bucket of water. The group laugh at the slapstick antics of TBK. Kendrick kicks the bucket away in anger.

    The Brian Kendrick:
    You happy now?? Had your fun?? Get outta here then!!! Go on, all of you, get the hell outta here!!

    The group - having had their laughs, begin to move on, leaving Kendrick furious, muttering under his breath.

    The Brian Kendrick:
    Yeah … laugh it up … one of these days, you morons will be washing my car.

    Kendrick squeezes the sponge tightly in a rage … with suds dripping over his hand.



    Back inside the arena…

    **BREAK THE WALLS DOWN**

    No countdown, or dramatic lighting, it’s straight into the theme, as CHRIS JERICHO - wearing a plain white open-collared shirt and slacks with dress shoes - walks into view. No Jesus pose. He’s been a more serious Chris Jericho since his return in December, but he’s now seemingly lost the fans after his actions at WrestleMania.

    Joey Styles:
    Listen to this, King. Boos for Chris Jericho, and deservedly so. He preached for months - MONTHS - since his return in December about doing things ‘the right way’. He built up the hopes of the fans that he and Rob Van Dam would steal the show at WrestleMania and that the better man would win, to set an example - without any controversy … and he stabbed RVD in the back.

    Jerry Lawler:
    And he won, Styles. He won. And that’s all that matters.

    Jericho walks down the aisle, emotionless, ignoring the fans, as we catch sight of a typical ‘WHY-2J?’ poster in the crowd, which appears to be the norm any time Jericho has ever turned heel.

    Joey Styles:
    That’s not my point King. Jericho duped us all. He preached like he was holier than thou, like he was a beacon for all that’s supposed to be good about this business. What was it all for in the end?? Huh?? There’s dozens of snakes and liars and cheats in the WWE. And as hateful as some of those men are - at least they’re honest about it!! Jericho painted a picture of himself since his return as a man on a quest to clean up the WWE. And now he’s down in the gutter if you ask me with all the other rats.

    Jerry Lawler:
    What a beautiful analogy Styles. I sure hope Chris Jericho doesn’t catch wind of what you’re saying.

    Joey Styles:
    Yeah, well, we’ll be hearing from Jericho on Smackdown in a few moments time. I cant wait to hear how Jericho tries to explain his actions at WrestleMania…



    Commercial Break



    Back from the break, Jericho is stood in the ring, standing stoic, waiting to speak…

    Chris Jericho:
    It would appear you’ve already cast your judgment on me. You people have already painted me as a villain after my actions at WrestleMania.

    Boos. Jericho scowls at the fans.

    Chris Jericho:
    Because all of you are perfect, right?? You’ve always been selfless, am I right?? Given things up to help friends and family. None of you have ever been selfish. Never put yourself first - and looked after number one, right??

    Jericho slowly shakes his head.

    Chris Jericho:
    Liars.

    Boos. Jericho points out at the fans.

    Chris Jericho:
    You’re liars … or you’re losers.

    Heat. Jerichos expression remains the same.

    Chris Jericho:
    Those of you with clear consciences out there … those of you who DO put other people before yourself … ask yourself this question … where would I be if I was more selfish?? If you walked away from your girlfriend when you got her pregnant when you were teenagers … would you be stuck in a loveless marriage to a fat oaf with three ugly children before the age of thirty??

    More heat.

    Chris Jericho:
    If you weren’t so desperate to be popular, maybe you could’ve forgot about those college parties and focused on studying, so you wouldn’t be working that dead-end job you have now.

    Continuing to look at the crowd with distance, Jericho continues over the cat-calls.

    Chris Jericho:
    You people might be okay with that kind of life. Being second best. Losers, because you’ve been losing all your life. But I’m not a loser.

    Still ignoring the boos, Jericho prods his own chest as he makes his next points.

    Chris Jericho:
    I was the first ever Undisputed WWE Champion, damn it. I’m not a loser.

    Jericho pauses for a moment.

    Chris Jericho:
    I’m NOT a loser.

    He lets his point sink in, hammering home his opinion that he’s not a loser.

    Chris Jericho:
    But ever since I came back here in December … I became a loser. I came back here in the hopes of stopping the tides of change - to save this business from what it threatened to become as it headed into a lawless abyss, where the more vile you could be, the greater the reward was.

    Pause.

    Chris Jericho:
    I had a plan in mind to save this sport from the monster it has grown into, and the creatures it has given birth to. I love wrestling. I loved wrestling.

    Jericho puts his head down, shaking his head, before lifting it back up and has his face screwed up in anger and frustration.

    Chris Jericho:
    And I came back to show everyone in the WWE that my sport didn’t have to become the barbaric war zone it threatened to descend into … where champions PUNTED their opponents in the head … CRIPPLED rivals … and attacked their adversaries own innocent families.

    He shakes his head in disgust.

    Chris Jericho:
    That’s not the sport I fell in love with.

    Jericho points down at the mat as he firmly continues on.

    Chris Jericho:
    I came back to set an example. I wanted to prove that the old way still worked. That you could win world championships by being better than your opponent … not by trying to kill a man!! I wanted it to be about the spirit of competition where the best man won.

    Straining, Jerichos veins bulge in his neck, and he stops again to compose himself momentarily.

    Chris Jericho:
    My objective was to prove to the boys that we could be proud athletes like Bret Hart was, like Bruno Sammartino was, like Bob Backlund was. Men with class and dignity. That the likes of Randy Orton, Umaga and Mister Kennedy could be overcome without resorting to their levels. I thought I could stop this business from becoming a war zone. I was convinced my methods, my code … still worked. Where you could have respect for your competition, and shake hands after a battle in the ring.

    He briefly affords himself a wry smile.

    Chris Jericho:
    Respect?? That’s a dirty word in the WWE. I tried that. I tried to be a shining light. Something for people to look up to and aspire to be. If you want to be successful in this version of professional wrestling though?? You better leave your morals at the door, because they‘ll only hold you back and weigh you down like an anchor.

    Some light boos.

    Chris Jericho:
    It took me a long time to come around and realise it. I tried to deny it … but … I was becoming a loser. I was falling from grace by sticking so rigidly to my ideals, my beliefs. I was in danger of making a mockery of my legacy by trying to change this place. And the longer I tried to fight against the tide, I was being left further and further behind … just like Rob Van Dam has been.

    Stronger heat. Jericho takes umbrage with the reaction.

    Chris Jericho:
    Let’s face facts … things around here have changed. There’s no respect left in this business. It’s dog eat dog and there‘s no going back. It‘s reached the point of no return. I realise that now.

    Jericho points at the audience again.

    Chris Jericho:
    You people can all judge me if you wish. But you bloodthirsty animals are part of the reason this chaos has descended over the WWE. You people are part of the reason my sport, my beloved sport, is decaying … it’s rotten to the very core.

    Looking at the fans with disdain, Jericho narrows his eyebrows as he addresses them.

    Chris Jericho:
    You people, out here, baying for blood. When I came back to show Randy Orton and the others like him that their way was wrong, and that I could show everyone the right way … you people didn’t truly support me, did you??

    He shakes his head.

    Chris Jericho:
    No … all I saw online was comments like; “I wish Jericho would stop preaching”, “I wish he would be the fun loving Y2J he used to be”, “Isn‘t Jericho SOOO boring now??”

    Jericho shakes his head in fury, screwing his face up as he begins again.

    Chris Jericho:
    That’s what I had to deal with. I came back to save this sport - MY sport - for all of you … and you called me boring. Why?? Because I didn’t offer all my old catchphrases to you stupid idiots like a performing seal?? Is that why?? Or was it because I wasn’t out here swinging a machete, or hatchet. You’d like that, wouldn’t you??

    Some ironic cheers. Jericho sneers.

    Chris Jericho:
    I give up. I tried, but Professional Wrestling is dead and buried. I said when I came back that I wouldn’t sit back and watch this sport eat itself alive. Truth is, it’s too late … this place is full of liars, cheats, psychos and monsters. And if you cant beat ‘em, then you have to join ‘em.

    Jericho looks directly into the hard camera.

    Chris Jericho:
    A wise man once wrote; “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today, I am wise, so I am changing myself.” I’ve now realised I cant change the WWE. I cant fight a rising tide. And I was faced with a choice; adapt … or perish.

    He smirks knowingly, and shakes his head.

    Chris Jericho:
    Well, you wont see Chris Jericho perish. In fact, I don’t just intend on merely adapting. I’ve seen what I need to do to succeed today. I know what I have to become to regain my place atop the mountain. You have to get down and dirty in the mud with rest of the animals. That’s what it takes now. And you can all be sure that I’ll be the best at it.

    Boos.

    Chris Jericho:
    In todays world, you cant have morals. You cant have a conscience. You cant have a heart. You cant show compassion. Honest men cant succeed here anymore. Rob Van Dam - that gullible idiot - is proof of that. And the proof is in the pudding. I did what I had to do to win at WrestleMania, and with one big win … look where I am now … I’m right back into Championship contention.

    Heat.

    Chris Jericho:
    All it took for me to get my foot back in the door of where I want to be - where I need to be - was for me to abandon my morals. To think about who matters most … Me. And it … was … easy.

    More heat.

    Chris Jericho:
    The game has changed. And this world, as you all know it … as I once knew it … will never … ever

    Jericho speaks in a hushed tone - just above a whisper.

    Chris Jericho:
    Be the same …

    He pauses, sneers … and whispers…

    Chris Jericho:
    Again.

    Jericho puts the mic down, and proceeds to exit the ring…

    **ONE OF A KIND**

    And ROB VAN DAM sprints from out behind the curtain, pointing at Jericho on the aisle, with Jericho looking trapped like a deer in the headlights.

    Jerry Lawler:
    It’s a good job Jericho is wearing dark pants!!

    Joey Styles:
    I think his pants are the least of Chris Jerichos worries right now!! RVD is here, and I don’t think he’s coming to congratulate Jericho for his win at WrestleMania!!

    RVD mouths as he bears down on Jericho, who finally acts, and looks to get away, hopping the barrier, with Van Dam catching him just as he gets over.

    Joey Styles:
    Van Dam’s got him!!!

    RVD grips the shirt of Jericho from behind, looking to drag him back, but before he can, the shirt rips off Jerichos back … and Y2J scurries off gratefully through the crowd - shirtless, not looking back for a second, simply relieved to make a getaway.

    Jerry Lawler:
    I think Jericho just realised he left his oven on at home!!

    Joey Styles:
    Don’t give him credit, Jerry. Jericho is hot-tailing it outta here, and he’s not looking back. Did he really not expect a reaction from RVD here tonight??

    RVD tears furiously at the tattered white shirt, unable to get his hands on Jericho tonight, following his double-cross at WrestleMania. Van Dam shouts in Jerichos direction - even though he cant hear him;

    “THIS AINT OVER JERICHO, YOU LYING MOTHER-”

    Thankfully, the camera cuts away before it can pick up the expletive from an incensed Van Dam. He watches as Jericho disappears into the night, and shakes his head, vowing revenge.

    Joey Styles:
    It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Rob Van Dam this worked up - this angry!! Chris Jericho may have changed his attitude - but it may just have awoken a change in Van Dams outlook too!! This issue has exploded, I know that much!!!



    Commercial Break



    Match 4:
    Jeff Hardy vs. Damien Sandow
    Spirited match up, with the fans getting behind Hardy and getting on the back of the easily detestable Sandow. The Intellectual Saviour has to withstand the barrage from Hardy in the early going, finding it tough to handle to speed and tenacity of the Charismatic Enigma, but the tide turns as he dodges an incoming Jeff, as Hardy runs the rails of the barrier, but lands flat on his face as he leaps at Sandow.

    Sandow stomps Jeff down on the outside, and sends him into the steel steps. Sandow looks happy to take a count-out victory, and he poses in the ring, getting a rise from the fans - but gets a rude awakening when he turns around, and Jeff flings himself back into the ring, leaping over the ropes and crashing onto Sandow!!!

    The comeback is on, and Jeff rattles through a series of his offence, before scoring near falls off a sit out suplex, and the Whisper in the Wind. He delivers the Hardyac Arrest in the corner, setting up for the Swanton Bomb, but Sandow catches him up top, and throws Hardy off onto the mat with a thud.

    Sandow scores with a running knee as Hardy tries to recover, then hit’s a Russian Leg Sweep, rolling through, and to his feet again, delivering the Elbow of Disdain … to the disdain of the fans. It’s all a set up for Sandows finish; and he looks to put Jeff away with his Straight Jacket Neck breaker … but Jeff escapes, and ROLLS SANDOW UP … 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winner: Jeff Hardy @ 07:11

    Jeff grabs the win from the clutches of defeat, shocking Sandow, who kicks out at 3.5 - just a little too late. Hardy rolls out of the ring, and has his hand raised on the outside by the official, as Sandow throws a fit in the ring, hands on his head, eyes bulging at his loss tonight.

    Joey Styles:
    Jeff Hardy outmanoeuvred the supposed ‘Intellectual Saviour’ tonight!! I guess Jeff isn’t the big loser Sandow made him out to be!! And if he is, what does that say about Sandow!?

    Jerry Lawler:
    I wouldn’t be so eager to cheerlead this one, Styles. Jeff Hardy got sneaky, he got desperate.

    Joey Styles:
    Not resourceful then??

    Jerry Lawler:
    He took a cowards way out. I’d call it a moral victory from Sandow.

    Joey Styles:
    I’d call that B.S from you, Jerry.

    Sandow continues to rage in the ring, whilst Hardy backs up the ramp, looking worse for wear, but keeps his arms raised in victory…

    Joey Styles:
    Well, whatever way you want to dress it up, Jeff Hardy has picked up the victory here tonight, coming off the heels from WrestleMania. Big shift of momentum for the Charismatic Enigma. And also coming off the heels of WrestleMania, when we come back - we’ll be taking a closer look at the thrilling match up that went down this past Sunday at the University of Phoenix Stadium between Umaga and the legendary Phenom; The Undertaker. The Streak was at stake - join us next on Smackdown for the run down…
     



    Commercial Break



    Still images are shown from the Umaga vs. Undertaker showdown at WrestleMania, beginning with shots of both mens grandiose entrances, and a shot of JBL in his referee shirt.

    Joey Styles:
    I had the distinction to call the action this past Sunday at WrestleMania, and Jerry, I can say, hand on heart, I’ve never witnessed such a tide of emotions in one match - it truly was a rollercoaster of a ride when Umaga and The Undertaker went toe to toe with the Streak on the line.

    Images of the two men face to face before the explosion of action, before a shot of Umaga rebounding out of the corner to attack Taker.

    Jerry Lawler:
    And never has The Streak been so close to be broken. Not only did The Undertaker have to deal with the damn near unstoppable Umaga, he had a biased referee to contend with too!!

    Images of JBL being biased, and blasting Taker with the Clothesline from Hell.

    Joey Styles:
    Not only a crooked referee King - as we’ll see in a second, JBL called on all the cavalry in his quest to break the Streak!!

    Shots of Undertaker disposing of Singh and Vladimir, and getting his hands on JBL.

    Jerry Lawler:
    He pulled out ALL the stops!! The big Russian bodyguard got involved, so did Ranjin Singh … and of course, The Gods of Wars services were enlisted by JBL.

    Umaga hit’s the Samoan Spike, and a shot of exasperation when Taker kicks out of a fast count, then motioning for back up…

    Joey Styles:
    And it looked like that would be all she wrote for the iconic Streak. The numbers too great, odds stacked way beyond anything that even the legendary Phenom could deal with. With all hope lost … it LOOKED like a sorry end for The Undertaker…

    Jerry Lawler:
    Until KANE made a shocking return just in time.

    Batista and Lashley show up, signifying the end of The Streak … until KANE saves the day.

    Joey Styles:
    And not a moment too soon, King. Believe me, the roof damn near came off the stadium on Sunday night. And true to form, Kane - not seen in over a year, and seemingly retired … caused absolute mayhem to thwart the aspirations of JBL.

    Kane cleans house to level the scores.

    Jerry Lawler:
    The Brothers of Destruction reunited at WrestleMania, and The Streak moves to Sixteen and oh. And if JBL couldn’t end The Streak with all of his resources … Joey, I don’t think anyone can ever end it!! It’ll live forever!!

    Thanks to Kane, The Undertaker recovers and finishes off Umaga, with JBL then forced to count, under duress from the intimidation of Kane standing over him…

    Joey Styles:
    And how galling must it have been for JBL to have to score the 1,2,3 on Sunday. He’s master plan was foiled, and he had to put the final nail in the coffin himself.

    Jerry Lawler:
    Well, JBL no-showed Raw on Monday - he’s gone into hiding!! He hasn’t been seen since he was embarrassed by The Brothers of Destruction at WrestleMania.

    The Undertaker inflicts Umaga with his second EVER loss, and stands tall with Kane going 16-0 at WrestleMania.

    Joey Styles:
    And that sight of The Undertaker and Kane standing tall may not be a one night stand either. Indeed, rumours circulated earlier this week that Kane was re-signed by Commissioner Ventura as a retaliation to him being marginalised by JBL influencing the Board of Directors recently. And King - let me announce it officially - the rumours are TRUE!! Kane has indeed been re-signed by Jesse Ventura to a contract, right here on Smackdown!!

    Jerry Lawler:
    The Brothers of Destruction reunited at Wrestle Mania … and now we know they’ll be reunited right here on Smackdown!! I cant wait!!

    Joey Styles:
    Things could get very interesting, Jerry. Especially with the Gods of War licking their wounds after being shown up by The Undertaker and Kane. No doubt Batista and Lashley will be very keen to welcome Kane back on Smackdown when The Big Red Machine makes his return…

    Jerry Lawler:
    Oh my!! Can you imagine those four getting it on!! I cant wait!!

    Joey Styles:
    Well, speaking of returns … Kane isn’t the only man making a comeback it would seem. Right now, Tiffany is backstage with another returnee to Friday Night Smackdown… Tiffany??



    Cut to Tiffany, smiling into the camera…

    Tiffany:
    Thank you, Joey - and yes, I am indeed here with a man that has been … I guess, M.I.A from Smackdown for the last few months. Joining me at this time, Elijah Burke…

    Burke steps into the picture with a big smile on his face - happy to be back.

    Tiffany:
    Elijah, welcome back to Smackdown!!

    Elijah Burke:
    Thank you Tiffany, it’s great to be back. And you, I might add, are a ray of sunshine that could brighten any day.

    Tiffany blushes slightly and looks a tad uncomfortable with the attention.

    Tiffany:
    Thank you. But uh, getting on point … you took a leave of absence in January … as a matter of fact, I was the last person you spoke to when you announced you’d be taking that leave. And, a lot of people were confused as to why you would choose to take time off at the most important time of the year here in the WWE … WrestleMania season. Why??

    Burke looks slightly more serious, as he thinks back to January, and unhappy times.

    Elijah Burke:
    Well, as I said at that time, Tiff … back then, hell, ever since Booker T lost his job, I was flounderin’ on Smackdown. Drownin in the big pond on my own. So I had to go away. I had to refocus, readjust my aims, my goals, and my expectations.

    Tiffany nods.

    Elijah Burke:
    So that’s why I took off. I’ll accept the timing was odd. Who purposely misses WrestleMania season, right?? Well I got high standards, Tiffany. I knew if I stuck around, doin what I was doin … I wouldn’t have factored in WrestleMania. I’d have been a bystander, same way I’d been for the last six months before I took my leave. Like I said then; I had to go back to my roots … and remember what brought me to the dance.

    Burke brightens up, flashing his pearly whites.

    Elijah Burke:
    And I got good news, Tiffany … hell, baby girl, I got GREAT news!!! I’m BACK - and it’s a fresh page, new start - because I got my stuff together now. I got focus. I went back to my roots. Back to where I come from.

    Elijah brings up his knuckles to show the camera, and Tiffany.

    Elijah Burke: I’m a fighter, Tiffany. I know this pretty face don’t look that of a fighter, but I didn’t go 98 and 1 in my amateur boxing career by gettin hit often, did I??

    Burke runs his finger over his jaw line, showing off his unmarked face to Tiffany, proud that he doesn’t have any battle scars.

    Elijah Burke:
    That was Ninety Eight and ONE, by the way. And the one?? That was a disqualification.

    Tiffany raises her eyebrows and nods - genuinely impressed.

    Tiffany:
    Wow, that is impressive.

    Elijah Burke:
    I know it is, you don’t need to tell me that, girl. But back to my story. I took that time off to travel. And on my travels I went back to where I came from. Watched me some boxin, amateur boxin, bare-knuckle boxin, underground boxing, unlicensed fightin … and I got my hunger back. I felt that fire back in my gut that I had lost.

    Burke looks off camera, and motions to someone to join the interview.

    Elijah Burke:
    And while in England, I found a man that reminded me a lot of myself. I found this little underground fight club, and saw the man in action; bare knuckle boxing. The man was ruthless. Brutal. No mercy shown to his opponent.

    A tall, impressive looking white men enters the fray, patting the shoulder of Burke, who nods at him.

    Elijah Burke:
    And I brought him with me to Smackdown. Tiffany?? Meet Wade Barrett.

    Barrett shakes the hand of Tiffany softly, giving her a wink.

    Elijah Burke:
    He’s a European Bare Knuckle Boxing Champion. He’s the real deal - I mean, look at that nose!!

    Close up on the nose, Barrett chuckles. Tiffany grimaces at the sight of it.

    Wade Barrett:
    That’s nothing, sweetheart.

    Elijah Burke:
    He ain’t kidding, Tiffany. Come here…

    Elijah summons the interviewer close, and Barrett lifts his arm to show Tiffany the scar on his side, reaching up to his tricep. Tiffany is naturally horrified.

    Elijah Burke:
    He uh, he walked away from that.

    Tiffany:
    Uh, how- how did that…??

    Wade Barrett:
    Some bitter fool that tried to steal my winnings from a successful night of fighting. You should see the other guy.

    Barrett and Burke chuckle.

    Elijah Burke:
    See Tiff, Wade here, and myself … we’re two peas from the same pod.

    Barrett raises an eyebrow, Burke scoffs, then raises a hand.

    Elijah Burke:
    Well … not … technically. I mean, we wont be confused for brothers any time soon … but we’re on a wavelength. We understand each other, and we both come from similar places in our lives. You don’t get many second chances in life, Tiff. I aint gonna spurn this one. The Fight Factory is here and we‘re gonna rip Smackdown up!!

    The Brit nods in agreement, placing a hand on Elijah’s shoulder.

    Wade Barrett:
    That’s right. Where I come from, it’s kill or be killed. There’s only shame in losing. And I don’t make a habit of losing. Elijah brought me with him for a reason … and I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think we’d dominate this place. We’re putting Smackdown on notice.

    Elijah Burke:
    And you can cross us at your peril. Y’might find you get FOUR-UPSIDE THE HEAD!!!

    Tiffany jumps back in fear, as the jovial, happy Elijah Burke is no longer grinning. He keeps his taped fist, reading “4-UP” right by her face, making the pretty blonde read it, with Barrett nodding as we fade out …



    In the parking lot, an exhausted looking Kendrick has finished off his work cleaning Finlays rental car. In truth, he’s done a good job, with the car looking pretty much spotless. TBK looks proud of his work, dropping the sponge, and wiping his hands, as he speaks to himself…

    The Brian Kendrick:
    Even that Irish idiot cant criticise this job. I cant wait until I see the look on his face when he sees this. Now … where is he??

    Kendrick walks off, back into the building, presumably in order to find the Smackdown General Manager. But, as he disappears into the arena, the camera remains outside … as JTG - looking shifty and mischievous - emerges out of hiding, carrying a bucket of his own… and begins to chuckle, as the camera fades out…



    Back in the arena…

    **I AM PERFECTION**

    Charging out from behind the curtain, an eager NICK NEMETH makes his way down the ramp, ahead of a big title opportunity…

    Joey Styles:
    There’s no way Nick Nemeth could’ve arrived here tonight expecting such a huge opportunity - but give this kid credit, he’s taken the chance offered to him here with both hands. No fear, no trepidation of facing The Animal, Batista.

    Jerry Lawler:
    He’s too stupid to be scared, Styles!!

    Joey Styles:
    I wouldn’t say he’s stupid, King. Nick Nemeth sees an opportunity here tonight at the United States Championship. That’s the allure of the title, that he didn’t even think twice about facing one half of the Gods of War!!!

    Jerry Lawler:
    He might think twice next time. If there is a next time!!!

    Nemeth hit’s the ring, and bounces up and down, clearly pumped for his shot at the gold tonight…

    **I WALK ALONE**

    The music might say he walks alone, but Batista is joined by his manager, Steven Richards whilst Lashley is nowhere to be seen. The United States Champion walks with a purpose, surely still seething over how events played out at Wrestle Mania - and undoubtedly angry at having to defend his title on short notice tonight…

    Joey Styles:
    Well this is what Nick Nemeth will have to overcome if he wants to leave Anaheim as United States Champion!! No mean feat.

    Jerry Lawler:
    Maybe he can call Kane to help him!!

    Joey Styles:
    I doubt he has his number, King. Ladies and gentlemen, our main event - with the U.S Title on the line - is coming up next!!!



    Commercial Break



    Main Event | UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:
    Batista w/Steven Richards vs. Nick Nemeth
    Nemeth bumps like a mad man for The Animal, really out to impress - and despite still being a heel, Nemeth gets the support from the fans for his dogged, resilient and exciting display, taking plenty of punishment from Batista early on, but surviving the early onslaught from his angry opponent.

    The challenger escapes a spine buster attempt, and it helps him begin to turn the tide into his favour. Picking up the pace, Nemeth begins to bamboozle the champion, delivering five consecutive standing dropkicks, staggering The Animal toward the ropes, before launching himself at Batista, and the two men tumble out of the ring to the floor!!

    Styles puts Nemeth over on commentary, booming that “This kid is determined not to leave anything back!! He‘s putting his body on the line for the United States Title!!!” … and that’s exactly what Nemeth is doing here. On the outside, he takes advantage of the weakened champion, laying into him with a barrage of piston like rights and lefts.

    Knowing though that he needs to win the title on the inside, Nemeth brings Batista back in, and continues to pile on the pressure, scoring a near fall off a Fame Asser, setting up for his patented EGO BOOST {Zig Zag}, but as he reaches up at the neck, The Animal shrugs him off!! Bouncing up, Nemeth charges Batista - but runs right into a thunderous clothesline, turning him upside down!!!

    The Animal punishes Nemeth, tossing him into the corner - landing with a Shawn Michaels like upside down bump - with Batista following up with a Sidewalk Slam on the challenger for a near fall of his own. The Animal looks to have taken the fight out of Nemeth, and after a sustained beating, Batista looks to put the finishing touches to Nemeth.

    Batista gets Nemeth into position, looking for the dreaded BATISTA BOMB … but as he gets him up, Nemeth fights back!!! Unloading with right hands, Nemeth weakens the grip of Batista, and eventually drops the champion with a big DDT!!! Nemeth covers, 1...2...KICK OUT FROM BATISTA!!!!!

    Sensing that this is his chance, Nemeth drags himself back to his feet, and looks to size up the recovering Batista, rushing in for another FAME ASSER … but he rushes in too eager … RIGHT INTO A SPINEBUSTER!!!!! That kills off the fighting challenger, with Nemeth unable to put up a fight against the BATISTA BOMB … and the 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winner: And STILL United States Champion - BATISTA @ 10:51

    Batista has his arm raised, and snatches his title belt from the official, looking at the referee with disdain. The Animal sneers down at the beaten Nick Nemeth - who gains plenty in a spirited defeat - and promptly leaves the ring, with Steven Richards following - still refusing to address what happened at WrestleMania…



    Commercial Break

    Back in the parking lot, a beaming, proud Brian Kendrick leads out Finlay chattering about how great a job he has done…

    The Brian Kendrick:
    … And where most people just wipe in a circular motion, I follow the Mister Miyagi guide; wax on … wax off. And with my guns, I can really get some elbow grease in there. This thing is spotless Finbo, wait until you see…

    Finlay:
    What the hell is this??

    We don’t see the car just yet … but we see Kendricks face DROP in shock.

    Finlay:
    Is this some kind of joke, Brian??

    The Brian Kendrick:
    No, no, no - no. I’ve been- *nervously laughs* I didn’t do this. That thing was spotless. It was- it was-

    The camera pans as Kendrick stammers … and shows the car covered in tar and feathers … with a little leprechaun gnome sat on the bonnet. Finlay picks the gnome up, presenting it to Kendrick.

    Finlay:
    Really??

    The Brian Kendrick:
    … When I left here, that car was gleaming. It looked brand new - hell, even I would’ve drove it.

    Finlay:
    Don’t give me that bull. Start again.

    The Brian Kendrick:
    Come on Finners - this is unfair. How do I even- I mean, where do I start with this mess??

    Finlay:
    That’s your problem, son. Come on - get to work - it wont clean itself.

    Kendrick looks crestfallen, slowly moving toward the ruined car. Just as he does, a stretch limo pulls up. The driver exits, and makes his way to the back passenger door … opening it …

    And the legendary TED DIBIASE exit’s the vehicle. The Million Dollar Man stuffs a bill in his drivers top pocket, as he walks away - with his immediate attention drawn to the tarred and feathered car.

    Ted DiBiase:
    Hey kid, you want to earn an extra few bucks … *motions at the limo* … give my limo a once over when you’re done with that monstrosity.

    DiBiase erupts with his trademark cackle, then turns his attention away from the former Cruiserweight Champion - believing Kendrick to be a car washer - and shakes hands with Finlay.

    Ted DiBiase:
    Very kind of you to greet me, Mr. Finlay. There’s really no need.

    Finlay:
    To be honest, that’s not why I’m here. Was I supposed to be expecting you??

    Ted DiBiase:
    Ha!! We’ve got a lot to discuss. Now, show me to your office. I want to know what you’ve got planned for my boy…

    DiBiase and Finlay walk off, seemingly to discuss Ted DiBiase Jr, who was spotted with Ted Senior at WrestleMania on Sunday … whilst Kendrick is left to deal with the mess left behind by JTG…



    Back in the arena…

    **METALINGUS**

    The Pond comes alive for the theme of the NEW WWE Champion!!! Making his first appearance since capturing the gold at WrestleMania, EDGE emerges through the smoke - with the title over his shoulder, with a grin from ear to ear - unable to contain his happiness at being the champion.

    Joey Styles:
    It was an incredible effort from Edge on Sunday at WrestleMania in an unforgettable WWE Title match for the ages against the former champion, Randy Orton. A match that will live on for some time, King.

    Jerry Lawler:
    History was made, Styles. Randy Ortons year PLUS reign was brought to an end, Edge FINALLY won the big one - and what a match it was too, Joey.

    Edge continues down the ramp, letting off his fireworks - with a little extra tonight to celebrate his big win, as he slides into the ring…

    Joey Styles:
    At one point, it looked like Randy Orton had defeated Edge - he was announced as the winner - but little did he know that Edge had his foot on the rope after eating a death-defying RKO.

    Jerry Lawler:
    And not only that - don’t forget Edge was PILEDRIVEN on the floor. He was placed on a stretcher at one point!!

    Joey Styles:
    He certainly was. But through gritted teeth, Edge HAULED himself off the floor, off the stretcher - he would NOT be denied on Sunday … and after ten long years of waiting … Edge is WWE Champion!! And fans, we’ll hear from the NEW Champion - NEXT!!!



    Commercial Break



    Back from the commercial, Edge is walking around the ring - still beaming from ear to ear, like a kid at Christmas - with the title over his shoulder. He soaks up the cheers for a moment, before finally speaking up…

    Edge:
    I've waited ten long years to say it ... you're looking at your W-W-E CHAMPIOOOON!!!

    Edge holds the title aloft, and gets a good cheer from the fans - happy for his achievement. Edge puts the belt back over his shoulder, glancing at it with a smile again, patting the belt.

    Edge:
    That- that feels good.

    He then grips the title, appreciating everything about it, patting it passionately again as he speaks.

    Edge:
    This- THIS on my shoulder feels good. It- it feels ... right. And let me tell ya this, I know this belt has gotten some criticism because the logo spins ... but me? I think it's pretty damn sweet!


    Edge spins the logo on the belt, and lets out a laugh - though there’s one or two boos for the unloved version of the WWE title belt. Edge takes the belt off his shoulder, and raises it slightly as he talks about it.


    Edge: But whether you think the belt sucks or not - that's not what's important. The belt itself is just a symbol - it's what it stands for that counts.

    Small pop.

    Edge: The men, the legends, the icons - my heroes, your idols ... that have held the honour of being called WWE champion - Bruno Sammartino, Billy Graham, Bret, Shawn, Austin, Rock, and Hulk Hogan ... the list goes on and on, and this represents them. Their achievements, their legacy ... and now I finally get to follow in their footsteps.

    Respectful applause from some sections in the audience, and Edge acknowledges it with a nod.

    Edge:
    See, to me ... the belt itself could be a piece of cord with the WWE logo scratched on it - and it would still be worth the sacrifices men have made to hold that distinction. It would still be worth all the damage I've done to my body - the pain, the punishment, the bumps, the bruises, broken bones, stitches ... even multiple surgeries. It was worth the year I had to give up when I broke my neck to have this belt right here, right now!!

    Pop. Edge throws the belt back over his shoulder, and takes a moment, before moving on.

    Edge:
    And while we're on the subject ... my neck? Don't worry about it. I got the all clear on Monday evening. It'll never be 100% ... but it will NEVER hold me back from doing what I love. But as for Orton?? I heard what you had to say earlier, champ. Pretty bitter, Randy. Pretty darn bitter, aren’t ya?? You really are clutching at straws, looking for excuses for Sunday. I mean, claiming I rigged that report you got from that quack doctor?? You sound just like I used to - PATHETIC!!!

    The fans cheer in agreement with the Rated ‘R’ Superstar. Edge paces around the ring, and leans over the ropes overlooking the ramp to make his next point.

    Edge:
    Go get your tinfoil hat Randy. Some conspiracy theory you got there. That's the biggest bunch of crap I've heard since Randy Orton said he was the greatest WWE champion of all time.

    Laughs from the fans, mixed with cheers.

    Edge:
    Right here, Randy - playing the worlds smallest violin just for you, buddy. No need to go looking for excuses - just accept the FACT that you lost on Sunday to the guy that wanted it more. No conspiracy … accept the fact that you lost at WrestleMania, get your head together - and listen to one of those voices in there that tells you when you want your rematch. I’ll be right here ready and waitin for ya.

    Edge peels away from the ropes, and walks around - smiling again.

    Edge: Right now, you're looking at the happiest man on the planet, and the most relieved too. Because, truth be told, there was a point in time when I thought it just wasn't meant to be. When I stopped believing in ME.

    The smile has dropped from Edge’s face, as he gets serious.

    Edge:
    I lost a year of my career just when I thought I was about to crack that glass ceiling. It took me another year to get back in the mix. I was the jackass that held the Money in the Bank briefcase for a full year then failed when it came to crunch time.

    Speaking through gritted teeth, reliving tough times, Edge looks down as he continues on.

    Edge:
    Failure after failure, after failure. I couldn't win the big one. I was the guy that kept grabbing defeat from the jaws of victory. I was consumed, obsessed with being champion ... I allowed my marriage to crumble because of this obsession. I was so damn single minded that chasing these twelve pounds of gold cost me friendships ... but despite those sacrifices ... time after time I had the chance to reach the pinnacle ... and I couldn't get it done. I was paranoid, constantly angry, frustrated at never quite being good enough. You don’t need to tell me - I know I reeked of desperation.

    Slight cheer/laugh from the fans for the last line, and even Edge momentarily smirks at the reaction.

    Edge: And despite all those setbacks I suffered through the years in pursuit of this ... if I could go back and change anything ... I wouldn't change a damn thing!! I’d do it ALL - all over again!!

    Pop. Edge nods.

    Edge:
    Because even if I do say so myself ... I think In the end, I accomplished my goal in style - in the main event of the biggest wrestle mania ever!! And trust me … THAT … that moment on Sunday … with sixty thousand fans screaming, confetti falling from the ceiling and fireworks going off all around me … THAT reeked of awesomeness!!! And I’d gladly stand here and give you all a five second pose, a five minute pose … screw it - with this title right where it belongs … I’d pose for five days!!!

    Another pop from the fans.

    Edge:
    All of those setbacks got me where I am today. Those near misses hardened me into who I am. I don't claim to be perfect, because I'm not. I'll never be the Boy Scout, or the white knight in shining armour. I'm a ruthless SOB when I need to be, and you can bet your ass that none of that is gonna change now I'm champion. This superstar will always be rated R!

    Small pop. Edge pauses, taking a few seconds to think about his next point, again, maybe reliving some of his setbacks over the years before finally reaching this point.

    Edge:
    It took me way too long to climb to the top of the mountain, and I've had my fair share of setbacks and near misses along the way ... but boy, was the wait worth it. And- y'know, before wrestle mania I said I'd trade my entire career for just one moment as champion - not a day, or a week or a few months ... just ONE MOMENT to be WWE champion. And I meant it.

    He takes the title belt off his shoulder, and looks at it for a few seconds, before looking back up into the hard camera…

    Edge:
    But now I have it... I dare anyone come try and take it from me!! Winning this was the greatest moment of my life... but as desperate as I was to win it... I am just as desperate to keep it!!

    Cheers. Edge shakes his head.

    Edge:
    And not just keep it like Orton did. Weaselling out of challenges, scheming his way into keeping the title ... but by earning my right to call myself champion by being a FIGHTING champion!!

    Pop again. Edge puts a hand up, and has a slight smirk on his face again.

    Edge:
    Now... now this is the part where I say I'm going to be a fighting champion because you guys deserve it, right??

    Oddly, Edge shakes his head.

    Edge:
    Like I said earlier, I'm not a Boy Scout. I'm not gonna give you people the ra-ra speeches to score cheap pops or pander for your affection - that's not my style - and it never will be. So here’s the truth; first and foremost I want to be a fighting champion FOR ME!! I worked too hard for too long just to coast along as champion.

    Again, he fixes the belt onto his shoulder.

    Edge:
    And just being champion isn’t enough either. See, I want to be remembered as a great champion. And I WILL be. That task gets started two weeks tonight with my first title defence. Next week, Chris Jericho, Paul London, Garrison Cade and MVP are gonna fight it out for a shot at me. So … who do we want to see get the first shot at the champ??

    Edge begins to look for a response from the fans, but before there can be any real reaction…

    **VOICES**

    The music of the FORMER champion fills the arena - despite his orders earlier to take the night off!! Edge immediately switches his focus to the ramp … as Orton saunters into view.

    Joey Styles:
    King!! Orton isn’t supposed to be here!!

    Jerry Lawler:
    Well, I guess when you’re Randy Orton, you get to do whatever you want!!

    Joey Styles:
    What a classless individual Orton is!! This is Edge’s moment - NOT HIS!!

    Orton continues down the ramp, with Edge making the universal ‘just bring it’ suggestion - he’s more than happy to throw down with the FORMER champion.

    Jerry Lawler:
    You sound surprised, Styles!! You should know Randy Orton doesn’t care about anyone else - he only cares about himself. That’s why he held the WWE Title for a year!! And by the looks of it - he wants it back in short order!!

    Joey Styles:
    He had the chance to take his rematch in two weeks!! He turned the opportunity down. Don’t forget that, King. It’s been made clear he’ll get a rematch - he’ll get his shot!! This is just an attempt to rain on Edge’s parade!!!

    Edge readies himself in the ring as Orton stops on the outside. The former champion smirks, shaking his head in response to Edge’s offer to step in the ring.

    Joey Styles:
    Well?? What is Orton waiting for?? Did he forget his balls??

    Instead, Orton slowly removes his expensive looking wrist watch, looks at it, then tosses it into the ring, landing at the feet of the NEW champion.

    Jerry Lawler:
    What?? That’s weird…

    Joey Styles:
    Mind games, King??

    Jerry Lawler:
    Beats me…

    Edge looks down at the watch, then back up at the smirking Orton. Orton backs up, still smirking, and shouts to Edge;

    “THE COUNTDOWN HAS ALREADY STARTED ON YOUR TITLE REIGN. TICK … TOCK.”

    Orton continues to back away, whilst Edge remains in the ring. The champion looks around, thinking over what Orton said … then STOMPS the watch, smashing the glass face - showing Orton what he thinks of the statement.

    Edge continues to stamp the watch into pieces, but Orton looks unfazed, shaking his head … as Smackdown comes to a close … on the image of Edge leaning over the ropes, slapping the face of the belt, telling Orton it now belongs to HIM and not the former champion…

    END OF SHOW
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    Smackdown Re: Being The Booker

    Few thoughts mate, I won't go through the whole show, just touch on a few things that stood out.

    Orton opening up was fair enough. He did what he needed to do to put himself back in the spotlight and whilst I was expecting Edge to poke his head in at some point, I think the decision you made to put him in the limelight to end the show instead was a better one as you had the whole show to build up his first appearance as champion. Nice to see Finlay not copping any shit off Orton and I am intrigued to see what direction you take with Edge's first defence in a few weeks. I am thinking you probably won't have Orton's rematch used up on a regular SmackDown Episode.

    Kash/Noble was obviously nothing earth shattering but the promo afterwards is the clear vocal point. I love Noble, and I love Danielson so I am keen to see where you take their feud from here.

    TBK is awesome. That is all.

    Interesting 4 competitors for the Fatal Fourway to decide the contender for Edge's first defence.

    Loved the Jericho promo. You have always depicted him very well and I loved the direction you had him take with this promo. I am eager to see where things go from here with this character, I think it's a safe bet he won't win the fatal fourway next year though, due to some sort of involvement from RVD.

    Please push Elijah, and Barratt too, I guess, but definitely Elijah.

    Batista made hard work of Nameth, but given I know your opinions on Batista, it's probably no real shock. Despite losing out, Nameth still comes out of this looking pretty good so I think he is going to be a beneficiary of a solid program from here on.

    Edge was fantastic. I seldom enjoy him as a face, but to be fair, I think you do a good job with him. This promo did what it needed to do following his big win and obviously puts the champion over in a big way. Orton turning up after being told to leave the building is no real surprise but given the beat down that ended Raw between Cena and Christian, I think you made the right call in ending Raw in the fashion you did. You didn't need to have Orton and Edge beating the crap out of each other again just yet, so good decision to end an enjoyable post-Mania Smackers, Wolf.

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    Sorry the late review Wolfy. Didn't realize this was up at first. :)

    Randy Orton Promo/Fit Finlay Promo: Nice promo to kick off the show with Randy letting it be known that he still wants the WWE Championship as well as saving face as a heel. Looking forward to what you have plan with these two. Finlay setting up a #1 Contendership Match should make for some interesting stories it seems leading into the next SmackDown! PPV.

    Jamie Noble vs. Kid Kash: From champion a few years ago, to jobber for Kash, well obviously Jamie Noble is getting some good steam here.

    Jamie Noble/Bryan Danielson Promo: This is shaping up to be an interesting feud for the Cruiserweight Championship. From the looks of it, I'm wondering if Danielson's promise will come back to haunt him. We shall see. :) Good promo writing with these two.

    Finlay/Kendrick/Nemeth Segment: Haha. TBK getting in trouble for interfering is great, really pays off the interference he performed at WrestleMania. Should be interesting to see his journey as the errand boy for Finlay. Also Nemeth getting a shot at the US Title should be interesting. Wonder if we're getting a new US Champion tonight?

    Americas Most Wanted w/Michelle McCool & The James Boys vs. The Caribbean Connection & MNM w/Melina: Poor AMW gets thrown into a tag team with the James Boys lol. Wonder how the SmackDown! tag team division will be shaping up.

    Kendrick and Finlay Car Cleaning: So the errands begin. I'm getting a feeling that Kendrick might be heading to Raw around Draft season.

    Fatal Four Way Announcement: Looks like a decent line up of contenders. I think Chris Jericho or MVP will be winning since I don't think you want to waste Paul London's next title shot on newly crowned Edge and I don't see Cade winning.

    Paul London/Jeff Hardy/Damien Sandow Segment:
    Haha. Great writing from Sandow. I am guessing we'll be seeing London versus Sandow perhaps in coming weeks.

    Hardcore Holly vs. Lashley w/Steven Richards: Lashley squash match.

    Steven Richards Interview: Once again, good job following up on the interferences at WrestleMania. Looking forward to seeing what Richards has to say.

    The Brian Kendrick Car Wash: Kendrick interacting with the low card talent was fun. Kendrick is getting plenty of "screen time" which seems like a good sign for him.

    Chris Jericho Promo/Rob Van Dam Attack: Nice segment to show the direction you are taking Chris Jericho after cheating at WrestleMania. Hope to see these two face off again. :)

    Jeff Hardy vs. Damien Sandow: Wow. I was shocked that Jeff Hardy picked up the win here.

    The Fight Factory Promo: Haha! This sounds like a fun team. Looking forward to seeing where you go with these two. Hopefully they won't get lost in the shuffle because I see potential with this duo.

    The Brian Kendrick/JTG: Uh oh. What is JTG going to do to TBK's beautiful work? D:

    Batista w/Steven Richards vs. Nick Nemeth: Booo Batista win! Haha. :) Looking forward to seeing what happens next for both of these guys. Great job using the match to build up Nemeth some more.

    The Brian Kendrick:
    Poor Kendrick. D; How dare JTG tar and feather his beautiful work! Nice little cameo from Ted DiBiase there as well as it looks like he'll be alongside Ted DiBiase Jr. Shoot, TBK is a centerpiece of this episode of SmackDown.

    Edge Promo: Nice victory promo by Edge and what an odd act by Randy Orton bringing a weird end to the show. Looks like Randy Orton is ready to mess with Edge's mind as he awaits the right time to ask for his rematch.

    Overall it was a good SmackDown! after WrestleMania. I feel Raw was much stronger of the two, but SmackDown definitely has some interesting things I'm looking forward to such as the Cruiserweight Championship feud, The Fight Factory, and the development of The Brian Kendrick moving forward. :)
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    Re: Being The Booker

    Hello again.

    Unfortunately, I just haven't had enough time in recent months to keep up with this, but I'm hoping to get back at it now. Sorry to anyone that was following this thread initially upon my arrival here before I vanished for a bit. I'm probably going to get into a bit of a routine of condensing a number of shows into recaps to try and get moving a little quicker. Have most of Raw written and just a little to do to finish it off. Will hopefully get it posted during the week, so keep an eye out!

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    Looking forward to this continuing, Wolfy. Hands down the best I've ever read.

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    Monday Night Raw | April 7 2008 | Indianapolis IN







    ...

    ***
    VIDEO PACKAGE


    … BEGINNING TONIGHT, AND CONTINUING THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF APRIL …

    Flashing shots of superstars in action; Paul London, Brent Albright, Los Latinos, Beth Phoenix…

    … IT’S TIME …

    MVP, Kurt Angle, The Undertaker & Straight Edge.

    … TO SHAKE …

    John Cena, Randy Orton, Edge, Christian.

    … THINGS …

    The Gods of War, Matt Hardy, Jamie Noble, Ric Flair.

    … UP …


    NOW!!!





    The camera switches directly into the arena, with the raucous fans cheering. Raw is live, on the air…

    **ALSO SPRACH ZARATHRUSTRA**

    The unmistakable music of Ric Flair hits inside the Conseco Field house - stunning the fans, with Flair not advertised, as he is/was(?) a Smackdown superstar…

    Jim Ross:
    My goodness!! Listen to this reaction for the Greatest of all time!! And Coach, it can only mean one thing; The Nature Boy Ric Flair, the sixteen times World Champion is the first man to move from Smackdown to Raw in the 2008 Draft Lottery!!!

    The Coach:
    Oh, I sure hope not. Maybe he’s just lost.

    Indeed, The Nature Boy, RIC FLAIR struts through the curtain, into view, to another massive pop from the fans in Indianapolis.

    Jim Ross:
    I don’t think so, Coach - he’s here, and he’s stylin and profilin as always!!!

    The Coach:
    This doesn’t really seem fair to us on Raw though, we all know Flair is gonna be retiring this year. He’s said he’ll call it quits in 2008 once and for all. And face it, his dream of winning a seventeenth world title?? It went up in smoke when he lost to Kurt Angle at WrestleMania!!

    Jim Ross:
    Never say never, Coach. Not in this business!! Ric Flair is here, and if I know Flair, I know the Dirtiest Player in the Game will surely have a plan in mind to get a shot at ending his career in a blaze of glory!! Welcome to Raw folks, and tonight, the 2008 Draft is kicking off in earnest!! Superstars will move from Raw to Smackdown and vice versa throughout the month of April, and it has started with a bang tonight!!!

    The Coach:
    This draft could play havoc on Raw - but thankfully, not tonight!! Kurt Angle and Shawn Michaels are here, and they’ll face The Master Craftsmen - who thankfully have not been disbanded by the draft.

    Flair continues down the aisle, and up the steps, as J.R and Coach continue to introduce the show.

    Jim Ross:
    Not yet, at least, Coach. There’s a whole month to go!! But indeed, Mr. Money in the Bank and the World Tag Team Champions will have the numbers on their side when they take on Shawn Michaels and Kurt Angle, after The Master Craftsmen ruined their match last week. But that’s not all; eight days on from a triumphant return at WrestleMania, Triple H is here!! Is The Game back for good, or will he walk away after gaining revenge on Mr. Kennedy??

    The Coach:
    And speaking of Kennedy, we still don’t know what will happen next with him. Prior to WrestleMania, Kennedy was on the verge of being fired, but thanks to the pleas of Triple H, was granted a stay of execution by Commissioner Ventura. Will Ventura go through with it??

    Jim Ross:
    We may not get the answers tonight, as Ranjin Singh will continue to oversee Raw in J.B.L’s self imposed absence. Thankfully, it appears Mr. Singh has a show put together this evening in advance.

    Standing in the ring, Ric Flair soaks up the reaction; a heroes welcome for a legend, essentially on his own retirement tour - as it may be the last time these fans get to see Flair live as a performer. The cheers and applause go on, with Flair getting typically emotional, before speaking up.

    Ric Flair:
    Thank you all, so, so much. I love you all, thank you!!

    Flair blows a kiss to the fans, wiping a tear from his eye, as the fans continue to serenade him. Flair finally gets on point with the promo.

    Ric Flair:
    … but don’t be getting too excited about Ric Flair comin to Raw. I’m afraid, this wont be a long stay.

    A light smattering of boos.

    Ric Flair:
    A week ago- (he pauses momentarily as the fans quieten) … a week ago, I walked that aisle at WrestleMania for the last time. My last WrestleMania. I have no excuses, because there’s no shame in losing to Kurt Angle, on any night. I gave Kurt Angle- I gave all you people, the very best of The Nature Boy … one … last … time.

    The last statement hangs in the air, as a few fans shout ‘WOOO’, and Flair nods.

    Ric Flair:
    You see, WrestleMania was my last shot at glory. My last shot at chasin Number Seventeen. I lost to Kurt Angle … and my hopes and dreams of one last fling with the gold went with it.

    Smattering of boos. Flair puts a hand up to try and quiet the fans.

    Ric Flair:
    I’m not upset, honestly. I’ve accepted that fate. Somethings just aren’t meant to be; if anyone can testify to that, it’s me - I’ve been married three times.

    A few laughs, with Flair affording himself a smile.

    Ric Flair:
    And sometimes in life, you just have to move on. I’ve had my run, hell, I’ve had a run longer than most peoples careers!! Sixteen times, I’ve been to the top of the mountain - travelled coast to coast, main evented all over this planet, and WOOO, I’ve drank just about every single bar DRY!!!!

    Big pop.

    Ric Flair:
    And with that match, toe to toe against the best in the business today - that’s Kurt Angle - at the biggest WrestleMania of all time?? I think that’s a hell of a way to bow out, don’t ya think??

    Mixed response.

    Ric Flair:
    Yeah. Sounds pretty good to me. It’s been a hell of a ride on Space Mountain. But as of tonight, there will be no more stylin. No more profiling or wheelin or DEALIN!! WOO!! This son of a gun, the Nature Booooy … is officially hanging up his custom made robes for the last time. I love you all, I love this business-

    **HATE ME NOW**

    Some are still unfamiliar with the new theme song, but the heat rises as JOHN CENA - with the World Heavyweight Championship over his shoulder - makes his way out, interrupting Ric Flairs final goodbye.

    {Jim Ross:
    Now what the hell does he want!!

    The Coach:
    He’s here to give Flair a send-off, J.R. If you ask me, I think it’s a wonderful gesture from our World Champion. This is what you call respect, J.R.

    Jim Ross:
    John Cena and respect are words I no longer correlate.}

    Cena makes his way down the ramp, with Flair looking unimpressed and suspicious in the ring, wondering what Cena wants. The World Champion climbs into the ring, clapping Flair, trying to get the fans to join in. The Champ then reaches out of the ring to be handed a mic.

    John Cena:
    Come on - get on your feet for Ric Flair!! WOOOO!!!

    The fans do cheer Flair, but there’s a lot of boos for Cena, who has a disingenuous smile on his face.

    John Cena:
    Say it aint so, Naitch!! You’re really gonna call it quits … here??

    Heat for Cena, but he ignores it. Flair remains suspicious, putting a hand on the top rope, letting this play out.

    John Cena:
    I don’t think anyone wants to see it end like this, man. Not for a legend like you, Ric. From one champion to another, you deserve more than this. Something better. If anyone ever deserved to go out on top - it’s you, Naitch.

    Flair, still unsure about Cenas motives, finally speaks up as Cena simmers down.

    Ric Flair:
    I don’t think you get it John. After the career I’ve had?? I AM goin out on top. It doesn’t matter if I’m not bowing out with that big gold belt over my shoulder one last time - that would’ve just been the cherry on top, kid.

    Cena shrugs.

    John Cena:
    Well Ric, let’s just slow down a second. Don’t be getting ahead of yourself-

    The Champ places a hand on Flairs shoulder, with Ric staring at Cenas hand.

    John Cena:
    Y’see, it doesn’t have to end like this. You wanted to go out with one more shot at the richest prize in the game … and I hold the key for ya, Naitch. I’ve got the ear of the man running this show. I hold the key for all your hopes and dreams.

    Flair chuckles to himself, before removing Cena’s hand from his shoulder.

    Ric Flair:
    I don’t know what your angle is, or what you’re gettin at, but you can drop the act. The genie’s outta the bottle, Cena. Everyone’s wise to ya now, including me.

    John Cena:
    Whoa, whoa, whoa. Hold up there, Naitch. No need for the hostility. I aint out here to play with ya. And yeah, as you put it … genie’s outta the bottle. So I’m not gonna pull your chain. I’m not doin this because it’s something these people wanna see - I’m makin this offer because it’s something I wanna do. See, I was speakin with Mr. Singh a little earlier, and we decided that with Christian officially out of the title picture-

    Cena pauses for boos.

    John Cena:
    And after all the great work I’ve done as champion, that I should get to choose my own opponent at Backlash. So, I could choose … anyone to face me for this.

    Ric Flair:
    Let me stop ya right there. If you think I’m gonna beg, kid, HA, you got another thing coming. I’ve had the pleasure sixteen times, I’m not that desperate that I’d beg.

    Cena chuckles.

    John Cena:
    Relax, Ric. I’m not gonna ask you to beg. I wouldn’t ask a legend of your stature to beg.

    Cena taps the title belt.

    John Cena:
    Regardless of what you may think of me now, I’m still willing to offer an olive branch, Naitch. One last shot at glory. One last shot at leavin this business with a crumb of your own self-respect.

    Boos. Flair’s eyes bulge at the last comment from Cena.

    Ric Flair:
    Excuse me??

    The Champ doesn’t acknowledge the question, and continues on.

    John Cena:
    You could go out with a bang, Ric, rather than … this. You beat me for this, and you can act like the last ten years of your career didn’t happen.

    Ric Flair:
    The last ten years?? Are you for real-

    Flair SLAPS Cena across the face!! There’s a huge pop in the arena, as Cena smirks, rubbing his jaw, finding the reaction from Flair to be funny.

    Ric Flair:
    Don’t you dare try and patronize me, you little punk!! And don’t treat me like a fool, Cena. This all sounds a little too good to be true if you ask me. You’re just gonna ask me if I want a shot at the title?? As if it’s that simple?? What’s the catch here?? What’s in it for you??

    John Cena:
    No catch. Do you want the shot … or not??

    Flair has to think for a second; of course he wants it, but he’s too suspicious of Cena to accept right away.

    Ric Flair:
    A shot at the World Heavyweight Championship?? You’re damn right I do, Cena. I accept.

    Big pop. Cena nods, with Flair not taking his eyes off Cena - still expecting a twist in the tale.

    John Cena:
    That settles it then. You get your shot at the World Heavyweight Championship. If you win your match tonight…

    Heat. Cena smirks, and Flair does too - he knew it was too good to be true.

    John Cena:
    I mean, I’m sure you can understand Ric - I cant just gift wrap you a shot at the richest prize in the game. You win tonight, you get your shot in Kansas City on April 27. But - if you lose?? Naitch, you go home - and you never come back. Lose tonight, and your illustrious career ends - tonight.

    Cena nonchalantly makes the announcement - like Flair‘s career isn’t a big deal. Flair doesn’t react, and instead continues to glare at Cena, with The Champ departing the ring. Cena continues up the ramp, as Flair shakes his head, before speaking up once more.

    Ric Flair:
    Hey, Cena!! You gonna tell me who I’m facing??

    Cena stops, turns around, and milks it for a moment, before announcing;

    John Cena:
    Sure. You’re taking on The Miz.

    The Champ laughs at the announcement, and Flair looks confused. The fans don’t know how to react either; Ric Flair versus The Miz? The Greatest of All Time versus the biggest joke on the Raw roster?? Cena leaves the stage, whilst Flair is puzzled - he just doesn’t buy any of it.

    Jim Ross:
    Something doesn’t smell right to me here. The Miz?? That’s all that stands between Ric Flair and a shot at the World Heavyweight Title at Backlash??

    The Coach:
    The Miz has more right to a shot at the title than Flair does, I know that!! At least The Miz has won matches this year!! And imagine how big a feather in the cap it would be for The Miz to retire Ric Flair, and send that old Horseman to the glue factory!!

    Jim Ross:
    Oh, I don’t even want to contemplate that, Coach. That would be the biggest travesty ever in this business. There’s no way that The Miz can end the career of Ric Flair here tonight on Raw.

    The Coach:
    He’s the greatest Hardcore wrestler in the world today, J.R!! It could happen!!

    Jim Ross:
    Well, I guess we’ll get the find out later. And I don’t like what‘s going on here with Cena and our interim General Manager. I don’t like that it appears Cena has Ranjin Singh caving to his every demand. That main event is still to come later, but coming up next, we’ve got a 3 on 2 handicap match!! The Master Craftsmen; Mr. Money in the Bank Brent Albright and the World Tag Team Champions Nick Dinsmore and Charlie Haas, taking on a dream team; Shawn Michaels and Kurt Angle!!!

    The Coach:
    Dream team?? It’ll be a nightmare, J.R. Those two will never co-exist!!

    Jim Ross:
    Well, we’ll find out - NEXT!!!



    Commercial Break



    Raw returns, with KURT ANGLE already on his way to the ring, wasting little time to walk to the squared circle, fired up and determined as always.

    Jim Ross:
    We are back live!! And Coach, you gotta wonder what Kurt Angle is thinking right now - we know he was looking for a World Title shot off the back of his win over Ric Flair at WrestleMania, yet he has had to sit back and watch tonight as Ric Flair has somehow been placed AHEAD of him in the pecking order!!

    The Coach:
    And if Flair was a man like a man, he would’ve turned Cena’s offer down. There’s about a dozen men further up the line than Flair if you ask me!!

    Jim Ross:
    I don’t know if I’d agree with that. Ric Flair is the greatest of all time, and after all his accomplishments over the years-

    The Coach:
    Don’t start with that, J.R!!

    Angle paces the ring, readying himself for the task at hand tonight.

    **SEXY BOY**

    The fans rise to their feet, as Shawn Michaels enters the arena, set for action - and with that renewed vigour, Michaels slaps hands with fans on his way down the ramp.

    Jim Ross:
    Another man who also must be bitterly disappointed to see Ric Flair in line for a title shot ahead of him. Shawn Michaels made it clear last week on Raw he was setting his sights on Cena and the World title.

    The Coach:
    Well, he can forget about that for now, cant he?? And just to be clear - I don’t agree that Michaels or Angle should be getting a shot at Cena. They had a chance to stake their claim last week on Raw and they blew it.

    Jim Ross:
    Blew it?? The Master Craftsmen saw to it that the match didn’t have a conclusion!! Shawn Michaels and Kurt Angle didn’t blow a thing.

    The Coach:
    Neither of them are getting a title shot though, are they?? Sounds like they blew it to me.

    Michaels lets off his pyro in the ring, and as he removes his ring entrance garments, Angle approaches him, and the two engage in a fairly heated exchange of words.


    **MEET YOUR MASTER**

    Brent Albright - with the Money in the Bank briefcase in his hand - leads out Haas and Dinsmore; wearing their newly won tag team titles, with the trio looking composed and confident ahead of a match where the odds are most certainly in their favour.

    Jim Ross:
    How can you not be excited for this!! Live on Raw, five of the finest superstars, set to do battle!! The Master Craftsmen will have the numbers advantage-

    The Coach:
    Plus they’ve got the advantage of them just being simply better, J.R!! Look at the gold, look at the briefcase - The Master Craftsmen are the most dominant group in the WWE today!!

    Jim Ross:
    Hard to argue, but they’ve got their work cut out for them tonight. That’s not just any two men they’re facing tonight, Coach. That’s two of the greatest world champions of all time in there.

    Albright, Haas and Dinsmore climb onto the apron, not entering the ring, whilst Angle and Michaels continue to bicker, but look to get on the same page as it nears toward go time - they have a common enemy tonight.

    Match 1 | 3 ON 2 HANDICAP MATCH:
    The Master Craftsmen vs. Kurt Angle & Shawn Michaels
    After a few moments of discussion, Michaels starts the match for his team, and locks horn with Haas to kick things off. It’s a tentative opening between Michaels and Haas, trading holds, but it’s Michaels speed that wins the opening duel, overcoming Haas attempts to wrestle HBK to the mat. With Haas under control, trapped in a side headlock, Michaels tags in Angle, who picks up from where HBK left off.

    Angle lets off some steam, unloading a series of overhand right hands in the corner, until Dinsmore provides a timely distraction. Angle tries to chase Dinsmore off, but it gives Haas time to recover, and he makes a tag out to Albright. Albright steps in to meet Angle, and the two men share a few words in the middle of the ring, building some anticipation, before locking up.

    It’s a stalemate at first, with neither man gaining an advantage from the lock up, before they start running the ropes, rushing into each other with shoulder blocks, then try again, but in trying to outwork the other, Albright tries something different by dropping down, and Angle jumps over, coming back off the ropes, only to be met with an arm drag from Albright.

    Mr. Money in the Bank works the arm for a short period, but being the wrestler he is, Angle is able to recover, reversing the situation, and gaining control. Brent doesn’t like it, and after forcing a rope break, he tries a cheap shot - but Angle blocks it, and knocks Albright down with a shot of his own!! The King of the Ring rolls out of the ring, taking a break, complaining to the official from the outside, as he regroups with his partners, with Raw going to commercial.

    Commercial Break

    Back from the commercial, Shawn Michaels is back in, and working over Nick Dinsmore with chops in the corner, with very little of note happening in the time away bar a few tags. Michaels shoots Dinsmore across the ring, chasing in after, but Dinsmore fires up an elbow, rocking HBK back. Dinsmore quickly tags in Haas again, with Michaels not seeing it. Dinsmore takes advantage of that fact, and locks up with Shawn, as Charlie sneaks in, chop blocking the knee of Michaels to bring him down.

    With that, The Master Craftsmen take control, and work the knee of Michaels. Haas dissects the body guard, dipping into his shoot background, before dragging Shawn to the corner, tying up the leg, tagging in Dinsmore, who stomps at the exposed body part - getting the five count from the referee … then backs out to allow Albright and Haas to attack while he argues with the official.

    Dinsmore tags Albright back in, with Shawn desperately raking the eyes, trying to get some separation, but Brent quickly recovers, kicking the leg as HBK tries to reach Angle, and hammers him back into the corner. He tags in Haas once more, as they again tie up the leg, and once the referee steps in to break the action, Haas drags the official out to allow Albright and Dinsmore to attack. Haas then comes back - RIGHT INTO SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!!!!

    Out of nowhere, Michaels scores with his desperation move, stopping the relentless assault on his knee!!! He drops down, into a cover … 1...2...BROKEN BY DINSMORE!!! Dinsmore breaks the count, and is immediately admonished by the official - with Mike Chioda also keeping an eye on Albright this time to ensure he doesn’t get in the ring behind his back.

    Meanwhile, Angle is imploring Michaels to make the tag, with HBK struggling to get across, crawling along, in order to sell the pain in his knee. It’s an agonizing wait for Angle, as HBK slowly reaches out to him, whilst Albright grabs a pitcher of water from the announce table and douses Haas with it to bring him around!!! Chioda scalds Albright, with Brent protesting his innocence; “I spilt it!!”

    Michaels finally reaches out - and TAGS Angle, as Haas barely sits up to tag in Albright!!! Angle is in like a whippet, ducking a clothesline from Albright, then catches him on the return with an overhead BELLY TO BELLY!!! Dinsmore comes in, but Angle ducks down, low bridging the ropes, sending Dinsmore tumbling out. Albright is back up, but is woozy, and is tripped down - ANKLE LOCK!!!

    But before Angle can get the hold fully applied and locked on, Haas stumbles back in to stop it, but Angle drops him with a clothesline. Dinsmore is back on the apron, with Angle coming after him - but Nick drops down, hanging Angles neck up on the ropes!!! Angle staggers back, and it allows Albright to take advantage, and he returns the favour to Angle with his own Belly to Belly!! Cover, 1...2...KICK OUT!!!

    Albright takes Angle to the Craftsmens corner, beating the Wrestling Machine down - talking to him while he does it, before tagging in Dinsmore, instructing him to target the arm. Like a good lieutenant, The Prodigy gets work on the body part, stomping Angles arm on the mat, leading to J.R to speculate the arm being targeted to prevent the Ankle Lock. Dinsmore continues to work the arm, applying a hammerlock, and tags in Albright once more, allowing Brent to attack the tied up arm before exiting.

    The King of the Ring hangs Angles arm up on the top rope, creating further problems for Angle. Albright shoots Angle into the corner and as Kurt bounces back out, he hooks him up for a Half Nelson Suplex - but Angle escapes Albrights clutches, and starts fighting back with his good arm, with Michaels calling for a tag - but before he can get it, Albright pulls Angle back by the singlet, and charges him into the Craftsmen corner.

    Haas is tagged back in - having finally recovered from the earlier Sweet Chin Music - and he goes back to the arm after softening Angle up with a suplex. With Angle on the mat, Haas drops his knee on the arm over and over. He drags Kurt back to his feet with the arm under control, tagging in Dinsmore, and holds the arm out, as Dinsmore comes off the middle rope with an axe handle, right down on Angles arm.

    Dinsmore pounds Angle as he drags him up, and delivers an arm breaker. Getting back up, Dinsmore purposely stands on Angles bad arm as he talks to the ref, and tags in Albright, who drops a leg across the arm - AND THEN LOOKS FOR THE CROWBAR … but Angle desperately gets his hand on the bottom rope to prevent the hold being locked on. Albright gets up, being backed up by the ref with Angle at the ropes.

    Albright then talks trash to Michaels to draw him in - and with Shawn tense at having to watch everything happen in the ring, he is quick to respond, and Mike Chioda steps in to hold him back. That plays right into the Craftsmens plan, and all three beat Angle up behind the officials back. Michaels is ushered out, and Albright makes a tag to Dinsmore, who runs Angle into the corner arm first to take all the pressure.

    Dinsmore then provides a distraction for the referee, whilst Haas takes off the padding on the turnbuckle. Spotting that, HBK naturally complains to Chioda about it - and with Chioda’s back turned again, it seemingly plays into the Craftsmens plan. The trio try to use the exposed turnbuckle whilst Chiodas back is turned, but Angle counters, and sends Dinsmore in face first into the exposed turnbuckle!!! Dinsmore staggers out - wildly swinging a clothesline, but Angle ducks - GERMAN SUPLEX!!!

    Angle doesn’t make a cover, but instead looks to make a tag, desperately needing to get a break. Seeing the tide shifting, Albright distracts the referee and Haas runs around the ring to trip Michaels off the apron. And HBK immediately sells his knee buckling (from the earlier work on it) after landing on the floor giving Haas the chance to run him into the barrier!!!

    It means that there’s no one for Angle to tag in his corner!!! Angle mouths an expletive, and uses the ropes (with one arm) to get up, as the recovering Dinsmore also rises, and charges at Kurt, but Angle TRIPS Dinsmore - AND GOES FOR THE ANKLE LOCK!!!! Angle cant get it applied, selling the pain in his arm, and in the meantime, Albright clobbers Kurt from behind!!!

    Chioda steps in, admonishing Brent for interfering … as Haas sneaks in to attack, but Angle catches him, pushing through the pain - popping off a Belly to Belly!!! Dinsmore is back up too, but Angle sends him into Albright on the apron, knocking Brent to the floor (Chioda acknowledges it as a tag)… with Michaels back on the apron … Angle launches for a tag - AND GETS IT!!!!!

    Michaels comes in, all guns blazing, seemingly over his knee issues, as he fires off right hands at anything that moves!!! Inverted Atomic Drops follow, with Haas, Dinsmore and Albright all on the receiving end!!! Michaels sends Haas out of the ring, with Angle taking care of Dinsmore, leaving HBK and Albright alone. Michaels scores with a swinging neck breaker, then climbs to the top rope - FLYING ELBOW CONNECTS!!!!!

    The Showstopper has Albright in all kinds of trouble, and begins to TUNE UP THE BAND!!! After a few stomps though, Michaels winces - another call back to the work done on his knee earlier in the match - and as he shakes the leg loose, Haas trips him from the outside, dragging Michaels legs to the ring post - and viciously wraps the leg around the post!!!

    Haas looks like he’s about to attempt the Figure Four around the post - but Angle pops up to the rescue; ANGLE SLAM TO HAAS ON THE FLOOR!!! However, Nick Dinsmore is back in the ring, and he follows up on Michaels by applying his Cloverleaf on HBK!!! He’s not the legal man, but it will do incredible damage to Shawn … but for Angle again saving his partner, rushing in on Dinsmore from behind; ANGLE SLAM TO DINSMORE!!!

    Angle is on fire, and the fans are on their feet, as he takes down the straps … but before he can go for the Ankle Lock, Albright sends Angle - arm first - into the exposed turnbuckle, then throws him out of the ring, through the ropes to the floor!!! It leaves Albright with Michaels, and Mr. Money in the Bank hammers Michaels by the ropes, trying to soften up The Showstopper, sending him hard into the corner - with the traditional Michaels corner bump.

    He then looks to finish proceedings, getting Michaels up for the ACE IN THE HOLE … but Michaels battles to his feet, only for Albright to send him off the ropes, but misses a clothesline, and Shawn comes back - FLYING FOREARM CONNECTS!!!!! Michaels then NIPS UP - but as he does, his knee buckles again!!! Shawn doubles over, and Albright reacts as quick as a flash with a roll up … and Haas grabs Angle to stop him breaking the count … 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winners: The Master Craftsmen @ 17:30

    The numbers prove to be too much in the end for the dream team of Kurt Angle and Shawn Michaels - and that, coupled with Angle and Michaels mutual dislike for each other, they were unable to overcome the well oiled machine.

    Jim Ross:
    It’s a huge win for The Master Craftsmen. Any victory against Shawn Michaels or Kurt Angle is one to hang your hat on, and as much as I don’t like their attitude, it’s hard to argue with the results this trio are achieving.

    The Coach:
    Listen to you!! Too late to get on the bandwagon now, old timer.

    Jim Ross:
    I’m not getting on any bandwagon, Coach. This is a big win for Albright and company tonight. But it’ll be an anxious month for the group - the draft lottery could rip them apart at any moment.

    Albright, Haas and Dinsmore leave the ring, as Angle looks frustrated, peering over at the beaten Shawn Michaels, shaking his head and letting out a profanity, before exiting the ring. Michaels sits up, also shaking his head, coming to terms with the loss.

    The Coach:
    Well, I guess you can rule Michaels and Angle out of the running for any title shots around here anytime soon, huh, J.R??

    Jim Ross:
    This loss tonight certainly hasn’t helped their chances, Coach. Cant deny that. But I know this, if The Miz somehow beats Ric Flair tonight to earn a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship at Backlash, it’ll be one of the darkest days in the history of this sport. I’m talking David Arquette levels of dark.

    The Coach:
    You’re talking about the fightingest champion in the WWE today, J.R!! He’s defended the Hardcore title more times than I care to remember. The Miz is Hardcore!!

    Jim Ross:
    The Miz is a jackass!!!

    The Coach:
    Yeah, and he’s gonna be the last man to ever wrestle Ric Flair. How do you like the sound of that, J.R??

    Jim Ross:
    It’s making me physically sick.

    At the top of the ramp, The Master Craftsmen hold aloft their assets, just reminding everyone of their successes as of late.



    Commercial Break



    Back from the commercial, The Miz is entering Ranjin Singhs office, with a huge smile on his face.

    The Miz:
    Mister Singh, I could kiss you!!!

    Singh looks up from his desk, and huffs, as he sees the annoying reality star, muttering; “I told Vladimir to keep watch out there”.

    Ranjin Singh:
    I’m very busy here. How can I help, Mike??

    The Miz:
    Oh, I just wanted to drop in and thank you for the opportunity tonight. It’s about time someone in authority saw the potential in me. I always knew you had an eye for talent, sir.

    Ranjin Singh:
    Yeah, well, as it happens, the idea was all Mister Cenas.

    Miz looks surprised.

    The Miz:
    It .. Was?? But Cena … hates me.

    Voice:
    I hate everyone, Miz. Don’t worry about it.

    Miz turns, and looks pensive, as JOHN CENA is stood behind him at the doorway. Cena smirks.

    John Cena:
    I just figured, what with Kennedy probably on the outs … you might need someone to watch your back around here.

    The Miz:
    You??

    John Cena:
    I could always do with a sidekick. And lets face it, you’re pretty much the most despised guy in the locker room - aside from me, I guess.

    Miz smirks.

    The Miz:
    Thanks for the offer. And I know I’m a “pariah” around here. People don’t like me. But I’d never join forces with you just to survive, Cena. I couldn’t stoop that low.

    John Cena:
    You couldn’t stoop that low?? Wow, that is saying something for a guy that was on the Real World.

    Miz screws his face up.

    The Miz:
    That’s cute. So, if that’s why you picked me tonight - if you thought I’d just … do your bidding out there tonight against Flair?? Go find another lackey!!

    John Cena:
    Settle down, jack. That’s not why I picked you. You’re still in the match tonight. And just so we’re clear; I only put you in there for two reasons. Number One?? I’d love to see the reaction - here in this arena, online, all over the world … if a loser like you ended Ric Flairs career. People would lose their minds. Number Two?? *Scoffs* Because you’d be the easiest match possible. Now, you run along, let the adults talk here.

    Cena lightly taps the face of Miz, patronizing him, as he takes a seat across from Singh, whilst Miz - angry - exit’s the room, slamming the door behind him.



    Back in the arena, ALICIA FOX is in the ring, making her first appearance since the Brotherhood was disbanded in November.

    **GLAMAZON**

    Beth Phoenix - determined for a shot at the Womens Championship - makes her way down the aisle, striding with a purpose, making the universal gesture around her waist that she wants the belt.

    Jim Ross:
    This young woman has not hidden her desire for a shot at the Womens Champion, Gail Kim. A former champion in her own right, Beth Phoenix truly feels she’s the outstanding candidate for a shot at the gold.

    The Coach:
    And it’s hard to disagree, J.R. Name me another woman in the division with more credentials than Beth Phoenix??

    Jim Ross:
    Indeed, it’s hard to argue, and lets give Gail Kim credit, she said last week she would face any challenge, including from Beth.

    The Coach:
    Yeah, that’s what she said, but her eyes told me a different story!! Gail Kim wants no part of the Glamazon. She didn’t even show up here tonight!!

    Jim Ross:
    You know as well as I do, Coach - Gail Kim isn’t here because she’s on a promotional tour in Austrailia. But you can bet she’ll be watching this one very closely.

    Match 2:
    Alicia Fox vs. Beth Phoenix
    Very short, one sided match. Fox tries to start quickly by jumping Beth, but that doesn’t even do her much good. Phoenix fights Fox off, and crushes her with a big clothesline. From there, it’s a showcase for Beth for the most part, blocking an attempted kick from Alicia, and powers her up, slamming her with a press slam. A Beth Valley Driver follows for the 1...2...3!!!
    Winner: Beth Phoenix @ 03:27

    Phoenix has her hand raised after another dominant win on Raw. The Glamazon though isn’t done with Fox, and drags her to her feet, looking to the hard camera and mouthing; “Gail, this one‘s for you!!” … and proceeds to hoist Fox up, drilling her with the PHOENIX RISING {Glam Slam}!!! Beth sends her message, and departs the ring, marching up the aisle with a purpose.

    The Coach:
    D’ya think Gail Kim got the message, J.R??

    Jim Ross:
    It would be hard for her to not get it, Coach. Beth Phoenix is hell bent on being next in line for a shot at the Womens champion.

    The Coach:
    And doing things like this?? Who in their right mind is gonna stand in her way??

    Jim Ross:
    It would take a brave woman, Coach. A very brave woman. And speaking of brave - well, quite the opposite really - last week on Raw, there was a cowardly attack inflicted on Greg Helms. Helms was found unconscious backstage last week, but unfortunately, the perpetrator of that attack wasn’t found, but I think we can all come to our own conclusions on-

    The Coach:
    Now, now, J.R - don’t go casting aspersions. That’s not fair. And besides, CM Punk was out here the whole time.

    Clips air of Greg Helms being found out cold, and being loaded onto an ambulance.

    Jim Ross:
    But when Helms was found, the doctors believed he had already been in that state for quite some time.

    The Coach:
    Well, like I said, you cant go around throwing out accusations without any solid evidence. I mean, who’s to say he was even attacked?? He could’ve slipped!!

    Jim Ross:
    That would be one hell of a slip, Coach.

    The Coach:
    Hey, it’s as plausible as your idea.

    Jim Ross:
    Well, be that as it may, even though anyone with a brain can work out that CM Punk attacked his former tag team partner, we cant go accusing the man. Well I hope Punk - or whoever it was - can live with themselves, and get to sleep at night, because what they did to Greg Helms wasn’t just an attack, Coach. Greg Helms has had to undergo emergency surgery on his neck!! The man is gonna miss twelve months minimum!!!

    The Coach:
    Tough break.

    Jim Ross:
    Yeah … tough break indeed.

    **MISERIA CANTARE**

    As if on cue, CM PUNK enters the arena, dressed to compete, with an evil smirk on his face, listening to the boos, before going through his ‘Clobbering Time’ routine, as he makes his way to the ring.

    The Coach:
    And I think it’s very unfair for you to bring this topic up just before CM Punk came out here. Not very professional, J.R.

    Jim Ross:
    Don’t give me that crap, Coach.

    The Coach:
    It’s called guilt by association, J.R. And as the lead broadcaster on this show, you shouldn’t be getting emotionally attached. We don’t need a have-a-go Sherlock Holmes out here. Stick to what you’re good at - uhm, I mean stick to what you get paid for.

    Jim Ross:
    Yeah, well CM Punk gets paid to wrestle. And by Gawd, he’s got all he could say grace over tonight with Shelton Benjamin. Benjamin only just returned from injury himself a few weeks back, but he’s looked in incredible shape.

    The Coach:
    Well, before he get started on Benjamin, let’s not sell CM Punk short. This is a big moment for him. He’s shed the dead weight off his back. Now, we get to see how good Punk is.

    Jim Ross:
    Oh, we’ll find out real quick. This is a huge challenge for Punk tonight. CM Punk will meet Shelton Benjamin - NEXT on Raw!!!



    Commercial Break



    Back from the break, CM Punk is in the ring, tilting his neck side to side, as he waits for his opponent…

    **AINT NO STOPPIN ME**

    A decent pop greets Shelton Benjamin, as he bounds out onto the stage. The Black Diamond salutes the fans, as he makes his way down the aisle…

    Jim Ross:
    After missing over three months of action, Shelton Benjamin hasn’t wasted any time getting back into the thick of things here on Raw. Winning the Battle Royal just prior to WrestleMania going on the air eight days ago, Benjamin has found himself the target of the man who put him on the shelf in the first place; Mark Henry.

    The Coach:
    And Mark Henry, with Theodore Long providing the guidance, is a man you don’t want to get on the wrong side of. Shelton Benjamin should’ve kept his distance when he came back from injury.

    Jim Ross:
    What was he supposed to do?? Just forget what happened back in December??

    The Coach:
    Yeah.

    Jim Ross:
    Oh, gimme a bre- WATCH OUT!!!

    On the aisle, Shelton Benjamin is JUMPED by the massive MARK HENRY with Theodore Long watching on!!!

    Jim Ross:
    Oh come on!! Not again, damn it!!!

    Benjamin tumbles to ringside, with Henry far too strong for his rival, and the Worlds Strongest Man HIP TOSSES Benjamin onto the steel steps!!!

    The Coach:
    You DON’T mess with Mark Henry!!

    Jim Ross:
    This is uncalled for!!

    The Coach:
    It’s a message J.R!!

    Jim Ross:
    He did the same last week too!!! For the love of God, put a stop to this!!!

    Punk watches from the ring, leaning on the ropes, as Mark Henry scoops Benjamin up … AND CRUSHES HIM WITH A WORLDS STRONGEST SLAM ON THE FLOOR - for the second week running!!!

    Jim Ross:
    NOT ON THE FLOOR!!!

    The Coach:
    This is déjà vu, baby boy!!! It’s a recurring nightmare for Shelton Benjamin!!!

    Jim Ross:
    When is this gonna stop!!!

    Theodore Long nods, patting the massive back of Mark Henry, as he hollers at Benjamin; “Y’SHOULDA NEVA CAME BACK PLAYA!!!” … just as he did last week.

    The Coach:
    By the sounds of things, it’ll only stop when Shelton Benjamin disappears for good.

    Jim Ross:
    This cant go on!! For the second week in a row, Mark Henry with that … stain on the underwear of life; Theodore Long have orchestrated a heinous attack on Shelton Benjamin!! And for what?? For having to audacity to come back and make a livin??

    The Coach:
    Benjamin made a very powerful enemy, J.R. If you cant do the time, don’t do the crime. He started this a few weeks ago.

    Jim Ross:
    Mark Henry took three months off the man’s career!!! Oh - and look at this!!!

    In the ring, CM Punk is imploring Rod Zapata to carry out a count on Shelton Benjamin, as we see Mark Henry and Theodore Long marching up the ramp - damage done.

    Jim Ross:
    CM Punk really is starting to show his true colours. Is he for real??

    The Coach:
    Hey, a wins a win, J.R. Whatever way you slice it.

    Outside, Benjamin is writhing in pain - he wont be beating any ten count. And, under duress, the official begins to administer the count with Punk counting along with him…

    Jim Ross:
    Just forget about the damn count!! Shelton Benjamins ribs could be broken!! Get a doctor out here!!!

    But as the count goes on, the fans pop - as the Intercontinental Champion, MATT HARDY sprints down the ramp!!! Punk hears the reaction, looking around - and when he sees Matt charging to the ring, CM Punk looks spooked!!!

    The Coach:
    Matt Hardy?? What the hell does he want out here??

    Wanting no part of a vengeful Hardy, Punk grabs the referee, shoving him into the path of the incoming Hardy, before he escapes through the ropes to the outside. Matt pushes the official aside, and takes a wild swing over the ropes, whiffing at Punk, who avoids the shot from the I.C Champion.

    Jim Ross:
    Matt Hardy certainly held CM Punk accountable for what happened to Greg Helms last week - that was clear - and I can only imagine he was out here to get a measure of revenge for his friend!!


    The Coach:
    So are you gonna condemn Matt for that?? Or is it just when Mark Henry gets revenge that you think it’s wrong!!??

    With a grin on his face, Punk walks away from the ringside area, as Hardy kicks the ropes in frustration in the ring. Punk, from the ramp, mouths to Matt in the ring; “You seem upset, Matt. You want a piece of me or something??”

    Jim Ross:
    Don’t give me that, Coach. You know as well as I do that this is a different situation.

    The Coach:
    Yeah - Matt Hardy has no reason to be out here, but Mark Henry did. For all we know, Matt Hardy left Greg Helms in a heap and broke his neck.

    Jim Ross:
    Gimme a break!!!

    Hardy, being held back in the ring, nods at Punk, and it just makes Punk grin wider; “Yeah, you want a piece of me - pretty bad, right?? … Don’t worry, your time will come, Matt … but it‘ll cost ya.”

    Jim Ross:
    An old fashioned case of the limber tales for CM Punk tonight on Raw by the looks of things.

    The Coach:
    What would you have him do?? Let that madman loose on him??

    Punk continues to back up the ramp, with the match against Benjamin clearly off, as officials hit ringside, some surrounding Matt, and two others check up on a clearly winded Shelton Benjamin.

    Jim Ross:
    Well, I just hope Shelton Benjamin isn’t badly hurt here. I mean, how many times can a man be slammed on the floor like that by a four hundred pound monster without suffering a serious injury??

    The Coach:
    I have a feeling if not yet - we’ll find out in the next week or two. I don’t think Mark Henry is finished with Shelton Benjamin just yet.

    Benjamin is helped to his feet, shaking his head, holding his ribs, whilst Matt Hardy has to be calmed down in the ring, pointing up the ramp at CM Punk, mouthing all sorts at the Straight Edge Saviour.



    As the camera cuts backstage, and we see TRIPLE H, casually dressed in a new Triple H merch t-shirt and jeans, walks through the backstage area, with random workers nodding/saying hello as he passes by.

    Jim Ross:
    And there he is!! The Game is here in Indianapolis, eight nights on from his triumphant return at WrestleMania. What does Triple H have to say here tonight on Raw?? We’re gonna find out - NEXT!!!



    Commercial Break



    **TIME TO PLAY THE GAME**

    Right out of the commercial break, the fans instantly pop for the classic Motorhead theme … and as expected, THE GAME steps out onto the stage, and of course he carries a bottle of water. He stands at the top of the ramp, soaking up the reaction, before spraying water in the air.

    Jim Ross:
    He’s a ten time World Champion, one of the most recognisable names in the business - and eight days ago, he came back after six months to be at his sadistic best in the most bitter, brutal grudge match in WrestleMania history. He HAD to be in order to beat Mr. Kennedy in Phoenix. The question is, was it a one off?? Or is The Game back for good??

    The Coach:
    Nice piece of revisionist history, old timer. His ‘sadistic best’?? Is that what you’re calling it?? I’d say it was more like attempted murder!! Even you criticized Triple H’s actions.

    Jim Ross:
    No doubt emotions took over on the night. And yeah, I certainly didn’t approve of Triple H’s post match actions - but damn it - if another man put his hands on my wife, I’d damn sure do the same thing The Game did!!

    The Coach:
    As if you could.

    Triple H goes through his usual routine on the ring apron, spraying more water, before climbing into the ring, and onto the turnbuckles - posing to the fans, giving them a picture opportunity.

    The Game drops down, and is handed a mic, as the music dies down. He walks around the ring, smirking at the chants from the fans … before he speaks up…

    Triple H:
    I’m not gonna lie - this right here … this feels pretty damn good.

    Pop from the fans.

    Triple H:
    I’ve been in this business for a long ass time … but even still, after a long time away?? It still gives me Goosebumps to this day.

    Triple H holds his arm up to the camera.

    Triple H:
    See, this last month, despite being here … I wasn’t back. I didn’t get a chance to drink any of it in. I went to WrestleMania in front of seventy thousand screaming fans … but I didn’t notice a single one. See, I didn’t come back to make a triumphant return, or for championship gold or to be “The Game” - the reason I came back; was purely personal.

    He pauses, letting the sentence sink in for a few seconds.

    Triple H:
    I came back a month ago with tunnel vision - with my sights locked on one man…

    There’s a few ‘KENNEDY’ shouts from the crowd, and The Game acknowledges them, offering a nod.

    Triple H:
    Damn right it was. And Kennedy - all credit to him - the man can take one hell of a beating. But that’s exactly what he took at WrestleMania; a beating.

    Pop from the fans.

    Triple H:
    More than I truly expected he could. And in a way, I was happy he kept wanting more … because I was ready to unload on that piece of crap for as long as it took to drive the message home … that he picked a fight with the wrong guy.

    Triple H pauses, letting the point linger, as a few fans try to drum up a ‘Triple H’ chant.

    Triple H:
    As far as I’m concerned though - that’s done. I did what I set out to do, and it’s in the rear view mirror. And after the way I left him in Phoenix?? Unless his brain was truly scrambled, I doubt Kennedy is gonna be crossing paths with me - or my family - any time soon.

    The Game takes a second to pause, and thinks about his next words.

    Triple H:
    So it begs the question … what next for Triple H??

    Hunter looks around for a reaction from the fans, taking a moment, before continuing.

    Triple H:
    Honestly?? I only came back for one thing and one thing only - and I got it at WrestleMania…

    He pauses again, then smirks…

    Triple H:
    But let’s face it … you’re a long ass time retired.

    Pop.

    Triple H:
    And what I realised in my six months away was that maybe I called time on my career a little too soon. Seeing Ric Flair still chasing championships?? That sure as hell motivates a man. Seeing all this young, up and coming talent on the rise?? I don’t want to be sittin at home wondering; “Could I have still cut it??”

    And probably wondering ‘how could I bury these newcomers’, eh Hunter?

    Triple H:
    I don’t want to look back in five years and ask myself; “did I have more to give?? … did I have another World Title in me?? Did I cut my career short too early??”

    The Game pauses for another few seconds, contemplating those scenarios.

    Triple H:
    After how I competed at WrestleMania, how I felt back in the ring - how I won … it dawned on me that I hadn’t lost a step … it dawned on me that being RIGHT HERE is where I call home … it dawned on me that I just needed time to recharge my batteries…

    The fans rise in cheers, as Triple H continues on…

    Triple H:
    It dawned on me that I am STILL The Game!! It dawned on me that I am STILL that damn good!!!

    Big pop.

    Triple H:
    So if you wanna know what’s next for Triple H - let me spell it out real simple; THE GAME … IS BACK!!!

    The cheers continue, as Triple H stares down the hard camera.

    Triple H:
    And that’s bad news for every single man on the Raw roster - because I’m not just back to take up a spot on the roster … I’m back for GOLD!!

    Pop from the fans.

    Triple H:
    And you can all bet your asses that it’s just a matter of time before the King of Kings … goes BACK on his throne!!!

    Triple H continues to look right into the camera to deliver his point, seemingly wrapping up the promo…


    **KENNEDY**


    The mood changes instantly, shrieks abound for the music of Mr. Kennedy - crashing the return promo of The Game - and heat greets the sight of the blonde haired ‘Juggernaut’ who is still sporting a black eye - which is turning yellow - after WrestleMania, along with a bandage over his forehead.

    Jim Ross:
    Oh boy-

    The Coach:
    Business just picked up, J.R!!

    {/SECOND HOUR}

    Jim Ross:
    We were not expecting Mr. Kennedy out here tonight. I didn’t even know he was in the building.

    The Coach:
    I guess it means he’s still employed - at least that’s something!!

    Kennedy stays at the top of the ramp, waiting for his music to die down, whilst Triple H has a scowl on his face, furious at the sight of Kennedy.

    Mr. Kennedy:
    I must’ve missed the memo, Hunter - I didn’t realise we were done conducting business.

    Triple H:
    Did you not get enough at WrestleMania?? Or did you want me to give you another black eye??

    Kennedy smirks, bowing his head for a moment, before looking up, pointing at his shiner.

    Mr. Kennedy:
    This?? I gotta be honest, I wish this was the only injury I came outta WrestleMania with. I got a concussion, I’ve been coughing up blood, my body still aches, and I’m sure I’ve a few broken bones … but I’m still tough enough to march down this aisle and send your sorry ass back into retirement!!

    Mixed reaction, with some cheers for the straightforward attitude of Kennedy. The Game cant help but find it funny.

    Mr. Kennedy:
    You really thought this was gonna end at WrestleMania?? With the way things ended there?? No, no, no … that one left a bad taste in my mouth. As far as I’m concerned, Wrestle Mania … was only the beginning. See Hunter … this - you and I?? This only ends when I say it’s over.

    “Is that a fact??” mouths Triple H from the ring, now leaning on the top rope.

    Mr. Kennedy:
    And until you’re gone?? I don’t see me ever dropping it.

    The Game rolls his eyes, and responds.

    Triple H:
    Listen, maybe I gave you some real serious brain damage at Wrestle Mania … but if you truly didn’t get enough of a beating at Wrestle Mania - if you’re stupid enough to want to get back in the ring with me?? I’ll never turn down a chance to beat your sorry ass. I’d happily finish what I started.

    The fans rise in expectation of another war between the two.

    Mr. Kennedy:
    Y’know … I’m standin up here, and I’m having to question which one of us took a sledgehammer to the skull at Wrestle Mania … because the way I remember it, the only reason you kicked my ass was thanks to that meddling wife of yours. She saved you from having your head caved in - if it wasn’t for Stephanie, it’d be me down there talkin about title matches - and you’d be holed up in intensive care somewhere - and don’t you forget it!!

    Triple H looks angered by the words from Kennedy, breathing heavily in the ring - Kennedy has clearly touched a nerve.

    Triple H:
    If it wasn’t for my wife … you wouldn’t be standing up there. She saved YOUR ass at WrestleMania from being crippled, and me being hauled off in handcuffs. So how about you get on your knees and thank her for sparing your sorry excuse of a career.

    Kennedy shakes his head.

    Mr. Kennedy:
    You shoulda done it while you had the chance, Hunter. Because I’m goin nowhere. I’m still standin, and mark my words - your life, here on Raw, aint gonna be worth livin with me here … because I’m gonna be right in your face, every single week, until I pack you off for good!! So how about you stop dreamin about “gold” - because you owe me a rematch … unless Stephanie is still holdin your balls in her purse that is.

    ‘Ohhhhh’ from the fans for the jibe at Stephanie.

    Triple H:
    Let’s get one thing straight - I don’t owe you a damn thing. But like I said, I’ll finish what I started - ANY TIME - and I don’t see Stephanie here to stop me kickin your ass!! So how about we do it right now!!!

    The Game tosses the mic aside, and beckons Kennedy on, with Mr. Kennedy taking a moment to look at the fans, then tosses his own mic - and he begins to march down the ramp!!!

    But the cheers of anticipation soon turn to boos-

    As SECURITY catch up with Kennedy, and they STOP HIM from proceeding down the ramp. Kennedy tries to swat them away, but the SIX security guards prevent Kennedy doing anything, restraining him, as RANJIN SINGH appears, followed by Vladimir.

    Triple H looks puzzled, watching from the ring, whilst Kennedy shouts at him; “Did your wife have something to do with this?? She protecting your sorry ass again, Game??”

    Meanwhile, Singh plucks up the courage to finally speak, whilst holding an envelope…

    Ranjin Singh:
    Uh, Mister Kennedy - I cant allow this- this to proceed any further.

    Singh is about to present Kennedy with the envelope, then decides to hand it over to Vladimir, instructing him to give it to Kennedy, which the big Russian bodyguard does.

    Ranjin Singh: I have the responsibility to inform you that the Board of Directors have made the unanimous decision to terminate your contract - effective immediately.

    WHAT!? Despite the threat of Kennedy being fired already being in the air, the fans are still surprised - as is Kennedy himself. After a few seconds of letting the announcement wash over him, Kennedy blurts out; “THIS IS BULLSHIT!!!”

    {The Coach:
    NO!! This cant be right!! Not Kennedy!!

    Jim Ross:
    We knew this could happen. But … it‘s still taken everyone here by surprise.}

    Boos sound out at the announcement of Kennedys firing, whilst in the ring, Triple H looks conflicted - he surely remembers having to talk Commissioner Ventura into giving Kennedy a stay of execution until WrestleMania, and it appears the decision has now been made.

    {Jim Ross:
    Come on now, Ken, don’t make this worse for yourself.

    The Coach:
    What would you have him do?? The man just lost his livelihood.

    Jim Ross:
    The decision has been made, Coach … the man should just leave with some dignity…}

    Kennedy is escorted from the arena, being physically restrained, as he shouts obscenities at Singh, calling him a ‘stooge’ and a ‘coward’ … which is probably true. He then shakes himself free, before bellowing at the top of the ramp…

    “I‘M GONNA BURN THIS COMPANY TO THE GROUND!! YA HEAR ME!! YOU AINT SEEN THE LAST OF ME!!!!”

    Kennedy is ushered behind the curtain and out of sight, as Singh takes a deep breath before following the group out to make sure Kennedy leaves the building peacefully.

    A light ‘Bull shit’ chant can be heard, as Kennedys WWE career is seemingly … over?? In the ring, Triple H doesn’t seem to know what to do - and whilst looking at the fans, he shrugs as if to say; “nothing I could do about it.”

    Jim Ross:
    Well … we certainly weren’t expecting that, Coach.

    The Coach:
    You can say that again.

    Jim Ross:
    As you all just saw - Mr. Kennedy has been fired. At this stage, we have to assume it relates back to his actions in February when he - *exhales* - when he assaulted Stephanie McMahon. And I know what it’s like to be fired - it aint fun. But after Kennedys actions?? It’s hard to say it wasn’t justified. We’ll be back in a few moments, folks.



    Commercial Break





    ***

    VIDEO PACKAGE


    Clips of John Cena - the OLD John Cena, happy, smiling, colourful shirts, playing to the fans…


    John Cena:

    That guy’s gone.

    Cut to Cena attacking Christian at Saturday Nights Main Event … and applying the STFU to William Regal a few weeks ago…

    John Cena: And now, you all have to live with the consequences - because it’s not just Christian that forced the REAL John Cena to step outta the shadows … YOU PEOPLE asked for it too.

    Shots of fans with anti-Cena signs, giving thumbs down etc.
    John Cena:
    You people despised me because I had the balls to not only chase my dream - BUT SUCCEED!!! YOU DESPISED ME BECAUSE I WENT OUT AND ACHIEVED WHAT YOU COULDN’T!!!

    Multiple shots of Cena winning each of his four World titles.

    John Cena: Be careful what you wish for. You wanted John Cena to show his true colours?? Well, here I am. The nice guy?? He’s dead and gone.

    More clips of Cena busting Christian up at Saturday Nights Main Event, and his new demeanour…

    John Cena:
    Say hello to John Cena. The REAL John Cena … you all brought this BACKLASH on … now you gotta deal with it.


    And end on a shot of a stony faced Cena…

    WWE BACKLASH | APRIL 27 2008 | KANSAS CITY, MO
    ONLY ON PAY PER VIEW
    ***




    Clips air of the previous segment, with Mr. Kennedy being fired. J.R and Coach discuss the situation for a few more seconds, with Coach believing Kennedy did enough at WrestleMania to warrant a second chance, whilst J.R states that ‘on balance’ he cant argue with the decision to fire Kennedy…



    Footage then cuts backstage, as TRIPLE H walks through the halls, looking somewhat frustrated by developments. Matt Striker catches up with him…

    Matt Striker:
    Triple H, if I could just get a few comments on what just transpired out there with Mr. Kennedy??

    Triple H stops, and lets out a sigh, before answering.

    Triple H:
    What do you want me to say, Matt?? That I think Kennedy being fired was a bad call?? That he deserved to stay?? Truth be told, as much as I would’ve loved to punch him in his face again - hell - as much as I’d have loved to crack his skull with a sledgehammer … I’m not angry.

    Striker looks surprised by the answer.

    Triple H:
    Kennedy got what was comin to him. He put his hands on a woman. Let’s put aside the fact it was my wife - he put his hands on a woman. He can have no complaints. If anything, he should be grateful that I talked Jesse Ventura into postponing that announcement. Without that, he would’ve been gone a month ago - and he wouldn’t have got a big WrestleMania payday. I wont shed any tears over Ken Kennedy. In a few weeks time, we’ll have all forgotten he ever existed.

    The Game nods to Striker as if to say; “Is that enough?” before taking off, as Striker watches on…



    Back into the arena…

    **IT‘S A NEW DAY**

    Cody Rhodes music plays - with Ken Doane entering, along with Cody, as the young duo continue to watch each others backs. And with the two now using the one theme, it appears this is a permanent team on Raw.

    Jim Ross:
    Ken Doane here gearing up for some singles competition, but Coach, I believe you have some information about this pair??

    The Coach:
    I sure do - Cody Rhodes and Ken Doane were talking with me earlier today, and they want it to be made known that they’ve got their eyes on the tag team title picture. There’s a bit of a scramble going on right now, a number of teams in the mix, and these two believe they can make a run at the titles. But first, they want a piece of Rey Mysterio here tonight.

    Jim Ross:
    Indeed, Cody Rhodes blamed Rey Mysterio for him losing the triple threat match last week for the Intercontinental Championship, but instead of facing him himself, Ken Doane will take on Mysterio here.

    Cody talks to Doane all the way down the ramp, giving him instructions.

    The Coach:
    Don’t make something of that, J.R. Cody Rhodes is still feeling the effects of the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania. He competed last week because he had a chance to win the Intercontinental title, but really, he wasn’t fit to compete last week.

    **BOOYAKA 619**

    Mysterio pops up from the trapdoor, getting a big pop as usual. Rey makes his way down the aisle, slapping hands and bumping masks with kids, as Doane paces in the ring, waiting for Reys arrival.

    Jim Ross:
    And I’m sure Rey Mysterio is still feeling the effects of that ladder match too, Coach. But he isn’t deferring his responsibilities to his friends!!

    The Coach:
    That’s because he doesn’t have any!!

    Match 3:
    Ken Doane w/Cody Rhodes vs. Rey Mysterio
    Collar and elbow to start with, and as expected, Doane overpowers little Rey, shoving him across the ring. Doane poses, with Cody clapping, pleased with his buddy, but the smiles don’t last long, as Rey recovers, ducking a punch, and begins to use his quickness to take the advantage. Mysterio ducks under a clothesline attempt, and knots up the leg of Doane with stiff kicks.

    Mysterio runs off the ropes, but is tripped by Cody, causing a distraction. Doane takes full advantage, blasting Rey from behind. Doane softens Rey up, nailing him with clubbing blows to the back and shoulders, before planting Rey with a slam, following up with a knee drop, 1...2...Kick Out!!

    Doane sends Rey across the ring, but Rey ducks another clothesline attempt, then slides under Doane, bamboozling him, before unleashing a series of arm drags which have Doane in a tail spin!! Doane backs into the corner, with Rey unloading a barrage of shots at him. Mysterio then looks to send ‘The Future’ off the ropes, but Doane reverses, ducking down - kicked away by Rey … and Rey follows up with a head scissors!!!

    Doane is on dream street, as Rey follows up, driving Ken into the corner with a dropkick, but as he runs in, Doane slips out. Mysterio hops onto the middle turnbuckle, but before he can leap off, Doane SHOVES him, and Rey crashes over the ropes, hitting the floor on the outside!!! Immediately, Doane grabs the referee, taking his attention - allowing Cody to put the boots to Rey on the outside, and hangs him up on the barrier!!!

    Rhodes rolls Rey back in, and backs off, protesting his innocence to Marty Elias, as Doane works over Mysterio. He drills Rey with a series of clotheslines - whilst holding onto Rey, bringing him back to his feet each time. Doane sends Rey off the ropes, and knocks him right back down with a reverse elbow, dropping down for a lateral press, 1...2...NO!!! Ken smirks at the kick out, telling Rey “Ohh, so you want more??”, before dropping an elbow, covering again, 1...2...NO!!!

    Doane looks to wear Rey down further, applying a chinlock, boring the fans - but Rhodes claps the offence on the outside. Doane cranks back, but Rey is soon fighting back to his feet, escaping the hold, but as he fires off shots at Ken, Doane stops him in his tracks with a kick to the gut. The Future shoots Rey off the ropes, but Rey jumps to the middle, and leaps back - caught by Doane!! Doane attempts a wheelbarrow … but Rey counters into a bulldog!!!

    Instantly, Doane rolls out of the ring, but Rey doesn’t allow him time to recover, instead catching him with a baseball slide, knocking Doane on his ass!!! Rey plays to the crowd, whilst Cody helps Doane back up - having to settle him down, with Doane getting worked up at being embarrassed by Rey. Doane eventually climbs back inside, and tries to corner Rey, but just as he thinks he has him, Rey kicks the knee of Doane, with Ken falling forward into the middle buckle.

    Rey then looks for a roll up, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Doane rolls through to escape, but whilst on his knees, is caught with a ROUNDHOUSE KICK from Mysterio!!! Rey climbs onto the apron, and leaps up onto the ropes, springing off - looking for a seated senton … BUT HE’S CAUGHT … POWERBOMB FROM DOANE!!!!! Doane stacks Rey up; 1...2...KICK OUT!!!!!

    Neither Doane or Rhodes can believe the kick out, with Cody imploring Doane to get back on Rey to finish him off. Doane nods, and drags Rey up, hoisting him onto his shoulders … but before he can do anything, Rey slips off the back, hitting the ropes, and coming back … Sunset Flip … but Doane drops down into a pinning position … 1...AND HE REACHES OUT TO RHODES FOR LEVERAGE…2...3-NO!!!!

    The cheap tactics are spotted by Marty Elias, who rejects the three count, and immediately ORDERS Cody Rhodes to the back!!! Rhodes throws a fit, and Doane is irate too, arguing with the official, as Rhodes leaves under protest … as Rey eyes an opening; dropkick to the back of Doane, sending him into the ropes!!! Mysterio follows up; 619!!! Rey leaps up onto the ropes - DROPS THE DIME!!! Cover, 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winner: Rey Mysterio @ 08:01

    Mysterio wins!! Rey sees off the challenge of the promising Ken Doane, as Cody watches from the ramp, shaking his head in anger. J.R puts over the win for Rey, essentially overcoming two men to score the win tonight, whilst also stating how impressive the young Ken Doane looked in his
    defeat.



    Commercial Break



    Raw returns, with a shot of RIC FLAIR in the locker room, taking a deep breath, as we see his robe hanging up in the background…

    Jim Ross:
    And there you see him!! The Sixteen Times World Champion, The Nature Boy Ric Flair!! Later tonight, he has the final opportunity in his long, storied, career to earn one last shot at the richest prize in the game!!

    The Coach:
    And if he loses?? He’s GONE!! He’s history!! All at the hands of The Miz!!

    Jim Ross:
    I don’t even want to think about that possibility. That main event is still to come tonight - but right now, I believe we’re gonna send it back to our broadcast colleague; Kelly Kelly. Kelly??



    Cut to Kelly Kelly standing by with BETH PHOENIX…

    Kelly Kelly:
    Hi everyone, Kelly Kelly here, and right now, I’m with Beth Phoenix. Beth, you had something you-

    Beth rips the mic from Kelly and pie-faces the young blonde out of the picture.

    Beth Phoenix:
    That’s enough from you!!

    Phoenix scares Kelly off, then glares directly into the camera.

    Beth Phoenix:
    Gail Kim!! You cant run from me forever!! You know, just like everyone else knows - I’m not just the biggest threat to your reign as champion - I’m the ONLY threat. And sooner or later, you’re gonna have to face me.

    Voice:
    Well … that might later rather than sooner.

    Beth looks around, as the camera pans to show
    LAYLA EL walk into the picture.

    Beth Phoenix:
    What the hell are you doing here??

    Layla El:
    Me?? I’ve just been drafted from Smackdown to Raw. And after carrying those two no-hopers; The James Boys as their manager on Smackdown, I think it’s time I started to take matters into my own hands.

    Beth Phoenix:
    Well you can get in line with the rest of them!! Have you even had a match on Smackdown?? You must be dreaming if you think you can just waltz over here and just get a title shot.

    Layla El:
    Hmmm … not sure I am dreaming, dear. See, I’ve had a rather productive meeting with Mr. Singh. We seem to have a lot in common; such as my immediate future on Raw.

    Layla smiles, and Beth scowls - angry that she may be getting passed over for a Womens title shot. Phoenix then stands over Layla, with Layla looking a little less confident suddenly.

    Beth Phoenix:
    Let me tell you this, Layla … if you get a title shot before I do?? I’m gonna smash that pretty face of yours into pieces. Then?? Then we’ll see if you can sweet talk the people in charge to give you what you want. Understand??

    Phoenix brushes past Layla, with Layla straightening herself out, trying not to look intimidated…



    Elsewhere, we see a VERY angry Armando Estrada - being seen for the first time since Wrestle Mania - walking through the backstage area, muttering under his breath, shaking his head.

    Jim Ross:
    And there you see him - Armando Estrada - just like JBL, he and Umaga no-showed Raw last week. But, Estrada is here tonight, and I’ve no doubt that Umaga isn’t too far behind.

    The Coach:
    And I know Mr. Estrada has a few things he wants to get off his chest later tonight.



    Back into the arena…

    **GOLD LUST**


    Goldust makes his way out onto the stage, bizarre as ever, before having to call to the back for the uncomfortable William Regal to march onto the stage, clearly not at ease with the glitz and glamour, decked out in a black and gold robe, shaking his head at his extravagant tag team partner, before getting on with business and walks down the aisle - still shaking his head, still not warming to the idea of teaming up with such a bizarre character.

    As they make their way to the ring, J.R and Coach recap the pair being a team, with William Regal merely offering to be Goldusts partner on one occasion - where they won - and ever since, Goldust has been determined to make it a permanent union, leading to the match tonight being made by Ranjin Singh. The pair reach the ring, with Regal’s unique facials watching Goldust do his thing, shaking his head in disgust.

    Whilst Regal and Goldust bicker - waiting for their opponents - footage cuts backstage to show Tyson Kidd and Harry Smith with Natalya; The Hart Legacy, who are watching on keenly on a monitor, having made it clear they want a shot at the tag team titles.

    **WINGS OF A FALLEN ANGEL**

    Christopher Daniels & Doug Williams; The Angels of Anarchy make their usual entrance, with J.R pointing out the contrast in the two teams; whereas Goldust and Regal aren’t exactly on the same page, Williams and Daniels most certainly are - having come within inches of holding the titles on numerous occasions.

    The Angels make their way into the ring, as the Hart Legacy are shown again watching, whilst Coach shows his disdain for the team, saying they’ve had more than enough opportunities to win the titles - now it’s someone else’s turn. J.R calls it a must win match for the Angels if they want to get back in the mix - with the match set to go down; NEXT.



    Commercial Break



    Match 4:
    William Regal & Goldust vs. The Angels of Anarchy
    Despite the oddity of the team, Regal and Goldust are no joke during the match, proving to be equal to the ultra serious duo of Daniels and Williams. It’s a face/face showdown, but the Angels play the role of subtle heels during the contest, getting the heat on Goldust during the middle section of the match. On the apron, Regal is rather conflicted throughout - he doesn’t want any part of this team, and doesn’t want to give Goldust encouragement by looking interested … but at the same time, he doesn’t like losing.

    During the period the Angels dominate, we see shots cutting back to the Hart Legacy, keenly watching the action. Daniels hits his BME, and makes the cover, with Regal not making an attempt to break the count - but Goldust survives by putting a foot on the rope. Again, Regal doesn’t know how to react to the match continuing. The Bizarre One soon mounts a comeback, but it’s cut off by the Angels of Anarchy, who wear him down some more, as Regal complains to the referee about some of the oppositions tactics - again, flip flopping between wanting to win, and not wanting to be Goldusts partner.

    Goldust is caught in a sleeper, with Williams wearing Goldust down … but The Bizarre One fights up to his feet, reaching out for a tag from Regal … but needs the Brit to reach out to him to make it. After a few seconds of deliberating, Regal meekly makes the tag - to a huge pop!! Regal steps inside, and gets to work, battling it out with Williams, and being the fresher man, he gets the better of his English brethren, before catching Daniels with a Butterfly Suplex.

    The match breaks down after Regals nails Williams with a Knee Trembler, as all four men get involved in the action. The referee loses control, and it allows Regal to dip into his trunks - taking out his Brass Knucks!!! Regal lines up a shot on Williams, but the punch is ducked, and Williams then kicks the weapon away out of the ring - and Goldust picks it up.

    Meanwhile, Regal puts Williams down with a clothesline. He then motions for Goldust to give him the Brass Knucks, but Goldust tells him to say “please”. The two bicker, with Regal reaching out of the ring to take the weapon from the Bizarre One … but as he does, Daniels attacks Goldust, taking him down, whilst Williams rolls up Regal; 1...2...NO!!! Regal escapes, but as he gets to his feet, Williams catches his fellow Brit with a kick to the gut, tags Daniels … and the duo deliver TOTAL ELIMINATION!!! Daniels hooks the leg … 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winners: The Angels of Anarchy @ 07:57

    The more experienced team - the more cohesive team - score the win, getting themselves right back into contention for the titles. Again, Kidd & Smith watch on backstage on a monitor, as Daniels and Williams share a congratulatory hug in the ring. The Angels of Anarchy leave, with J.R and Coach stating that as odd a couple as Regal and Goldust are - this is the first time they’ve been beaten.

    Meanwhile, Regal comes around in the ring, with Goldust joining him, handing over his Brass Knucks - with Regal angry, giving off at Goldust; “NOT MUCH BLOODY USE TO ME NOW ARE THEY??” Regal tosses the weapon aside in anger, and rolls out of the ring, walking off without Goldust - and the fans boo.

    Goldust quickly follows out, jogging to catch up with Regal, being overheard saying “We‘ve just got a few kinks we need to work out.” Regal shakes his head, telling Goldust “No, no!! This experiment is over!!” Regal walks on, with Goldust hanging back a few steps, looking disappointed.



    Commercial Break



    Raw returns, with Armando Alejandro Estrada standing in the ring, alongside Umaga. With heat raining down on the pair, AAE waits for a few seconds, before finally speaking.

    Armando Estrada:
    Everybody listen … to me.

    Heat.

    Armando Estrada:
    What happened at Wrestle Mania … was a DISASTER!!

    Estrada screws up his mouth, furious, as he recalls WrestleMania.

    Armando Estrada:
    Mister Layfield put all his faith into ME to deliver de victory he wanted. Mister Layfield gave me all de resources - he moved heaven an EARTH to bring down de legendary STREAK of de Undertaker…

    AAE pauses for a second, then removes his sunglasses for a moment to look into the camera.

    Armando Estrada:
    Mister Layfield - please accept my humble apologies. I failed ju…

    Armando glances to his left at Umaga for a second, and shakes his head in disgust, before looking back at the camera.

    Armando Estrada:
    WE failed ju.

    He places the sunglasses back on.

    Armando Estrada:
    Because I put MY faith … into a big, STUPID DUMMY!!!!!

    Estrada glares at Umaga, who turns, looking puzzled.

    Armando Estrada:
    After all de damage de Samoan Bulldozer inflicted - he CRIPPLED Mick Foley, CRIPPLED Bret Hart, CRIPPLED Steve Austin - he tore through every single thing in his wake on Raw … all thanks to MY guidance … he embarrassed me in front of de entire world at WrestleMania!!

    Estrada turns, staring down his Samoan Bulldozer - then SLAPS Umaga across the face. The fans boo, as Umaga gets fired up - not taking kindly to being slapped by his handler.

    Armando Estrada:
    HIJO DE PUTA!!!

    Umaga looks ready to snap, with Estrada just as angry, oddly showing no fear of Umaga.

    Armando Estrada:
    Don’t ju dare!! Don’t look at me like that!! Ju remember just who in de hell I am!! I own ju - ju stand back!!

    Estrada berates Umaga into standing down - the first time showing himself to be subservient. AAE shows a slight smirk, showing his dominance over the Bulldozer.

    Armando Estrada:
    Ju better realise what ju cost me at WrestleMania by FAILING against De Undertaker. Dat Streak?? It was dere for de taking pero!! JU BLEW IT!! I don’t know what I’m gonna do wit ju!!

    Armando turns away from Umaga, and looks to the camera again.

    Armando Estrada:
    Once more, Mr. Layfield?? I offer my sincere apologies. And in future, I will think twice before placing so much faith …

    Estrada trails off, not even finishing his sentence, as he looks back at Umaga with disdain. Estrada then tosses the mic away, and orders Umaga to leave the ring, giving him a slight push.

    Jim Ross:
    That … was a little odd. I’ve never see Armando Estrada berate the Samoan Bulldozer like that. I’ve never seen him berate Umaga - period.

    The Coach:
    That just shows you how much that loss at WrestleMania to the Undertaker hurt Estrada.

    Jim Ross:
    But to pin the blame on Umaga?? I’m sure that loss - only the second true loss ever inflicted on Umaga - damn well hurt the Samoan Bulldozer too!! He had a shot at history at WrestleMania, and in the end, it wasn’t anything Umaga did that cost him the win.

    The Coach:
    Estrada obviously doesn’t see it that way.

    Jim Ross:
    Well I don’t know what Estrada expects - y‘cant win ‘em all!!

    The Coach:
    In Estradas book if you’re not first, you’re last, J.R.

    Jim Ross:
    It’s a hell of a high bar, Coach, don’t ya think?? But be that as it may, we’ll see what the future holds for Umaga in the coming weeks, I’m sure … and as for next week on Raw, The Hart Legacy will get their chance to stake a claim for a shot at the World Tag Team Championships - they’ll meet Cody Rhodes and Ken Doane, another young, hungry team, looking for a future shot at the gold.

    The Coach:
    And that’s not all - Christian will be back next week, and he’ll be in action!!

    Jim Ross:
    Indeed he will, for the first time since WrestleMania!! John Cena saw to it that Captain Charisma was barred from the building tonight, but he’ll be at Raw next week, and he WILL be in action!! You don’t wanna miss it!!



    Footage cuts backstage, and we see RIC FLAIR exiting the locker room, with TRIPLE H the first man he walks into. There’s a big pop for the meeting, as The Game pats the back of Flair.

    Triple H:
    Forget about what anyone else thinks or says - this is your opportunity. The last opportunity. Show ‘em what Ric Flair is all about!!

    Flair nods back, before making the walk, dressed as always with a signature robe, walking by a number of superstars, all wishing him well for the match - from youngsters like Ryder, Hawkins and the Hart Legacy to more seasoned performers like Rey Mysterio and Matt Hardy, alongside agents Dean Malenko and Tommy Dreamer, as Michael Hayes even makes an appearance to wish Flair well.

    Flair continues on, until he stops - coming face to face with KURT ANGLE. The man that beat Flair at WrestleMania, and now has to watch on as Flair gets an opportunity to win a shot at the World Title. The two face off, with Flair unsure what to expect from Angle - despite them shaking hands at WrestleMania. Angle nods, giving respect to Flair…

    Kurt Angle:
    Go out there and be the man!!

    Flair nods back and continues on, walking by Kelly Kelly and Matt Striker, before we see SHAWN MICHAELS stop the Nature Boy.

    Shawn Michaels:
    Give ‘em hell, Naitch!!

    Flair thanks Shawn, and continues on…

    Jim Ross:
    It’s all on the line for Ric Flair tonight!! A shot at an unprecedented seventeenth World Championship hangs in the balance - but if he loses, his storied, thirty year career ends - tonight. You don’t want to miss this - you CANT miss it, and we’ll be right back!!



    Commercial Break



    Straight back into the arena…

    **REALITY**

    The much hated reality TV star enters to a plethora of boos, wearing the tattered Hardcore Championship around his waist, THE MIZ strides down the aisle, with the opportunity of a lifetime at his finger tips.

    Jim Ross:
    I cant quite believe just how close The Miz is to challenging for the richest prize in the game. You wanna talk about credibility - the credibility of the World Heavyweight Championship would be in the toilet if this jumped up reality TV star was to challenge for it.

    The Coach:
    Hey, let me say it again, J.R; David Arquette. Former WCW Champion.

    Jim Ross:
    And where’s WCW now, Coach??

    The Coach:
    Give me The Miz over old man Flair, that’s all I’m saying. This man already has Championship gold around his waist - this is a natural progression for The Miz.

    Jim Ross:
    Natural progression my Oklahoma ass!!!

    **ALSO SPRACH ZARATHRUSTRA**

    Once again, Indianapolis rises to a man for the legendary Nature Boy. Ric Flair struts with pride and purpose down the ramp, giving a customary ‘WOOO’ - showing no trepidation about facing The Miz.

    Jim Ross:
    In the span of thirty years, The Nature Boy Ric Flair has faced ‘em all - he’s beat ‘em all - Dusty Rhodes, Harley Race, Sting, Ricky Steamboat, Randy Savage, the list - is endless.

    The Coach:
    And now he gets to add The Miz to that list of famous names, old timer!! The Miz joins the list, and he’ll be the last one on it too!!

    Jim Ross:
    Unless The Miz has a giant helping hand here, I don’t see a way this kid can defeat Ric Flair. And with Mr. Kennedy gone, I doubt there’s anyone in the back that wants to see The Miz victorious tonight.

    The Coach:
    Speak for yourself, J.R.

    Flair enters the ring, disrobing, as The Miz relaxes in the corner, clearly not phased by - or just not understanding - the enormity of the match he is about to partake in.

    Just as the bell is about to ring…

    **HATE ME NOW**

    John Cena - all in black - walks onto the stage, carrying a microphone, with the fans showing their displeasure at the sight of the World Heavyweight Champion.

    Jim Ross:
    Well, I knew this was too good to be true. We all knew it all seemed a little too perfect. What the hell does John Cena want??

    The Coach:
    Relax, J.R. The man is scouting his next challenger.

    Jim Ross:
    Oh, I’m sure he is. There’s only thirty years worth of footage to study on Ric Flair. And as for scouting The Miz…

    Cena motions for the music to be cut, as he speaks up from the ramp…

    John Cena:
    I shoulda mentioned this earlier - but to make sure there’s no disputes, and to make sure this thing goes down like it should - Ranjin Singh saw fit to appoint me as the enforcer for this match.

    Cena drops the mic, smirking as he walks down the aisle - Flair doesn’t like the scenario, still feeling like there’s something shady going on.

    The Coach:
    See, J.R?? Nothing to worry about it!!!

    Jim Ross:
    Yeah, I’m not sold, Coach. John Cena is gonna be the special guest enforcer for this Number One Contenders match. And we’ll be right back on Raw, with our main event…



    Commercial Break



    Before going back to the ring, we see security lined up in the Gorilla position, a strange amount, as if there’s special measures being taken to make sure there can be no interference in the main event…

    Jim Ross:
    What’s that about?? I don’t recall ever seeing so many security in the backstage area. I’ve had a bad feeling about this night all night. Something aint right here.

    Main Event | #1 CONTENDERS MATCH:
    The Miz vs. Ric Flair
    ~ Guest Enforcer; World Heavyweight Champion John Cena

    *If Ric Flair loses, he retires
    Raw returns, right on time for the bell to ring. Flair and Miz circle - and already, just circling, Miz looks out of his depth, not knowing what to do, as Flair warms up, bouncing off the ropes. Then, as Flair looks to meet and lock fingers, Miz is slow to react, not sure if he should go for it … but even as he does reach in, Flair pulls back, running his fingers through his hair, and shouts ‘WOOO’ into the face of Miz.

    Miz then lunges at Flair, with Slick Ric ducking away, shoving Miz toward the ropes, then as Miz turns around, Flair locks up with him, instantly shifting into a side headlock, then a go behind, tripping Miz to the mat, and reapplying the side headlock on the mat - completely schooling the clueless reality star. It’s as if Flair is wrestling a broom. Miz desperately tries to make it to the ropes, already struggling in the headlock, but makes it.

    Flair makes the most of the count, standing back up, and telling Miz; “Time for school, jack, WOOO!!” Miz looks agitated by the taunt from Flair, and pushes to his feet, chasing down Naitch, but wildly swings a right hand, which Flair ducks, and unleashes a flurry of rights and lefts in the corner on Miz, working to the body, before letting loose with a few knife edge chops, whilst Cena watches from the outside.

    The Nature Boy is forced back by the official, as Miz complains - about what, I don’t know - looking to get himself together. Miz takes a few deep breaths, and comes after Flair again, who forces Miz to essentially chase after him, before finally locking up - as Flair again gets the headlock. This time, Miz shoves Flair off, but Flair knocks Miz down with a shoulder block on the return.

    Miz takes a powder, and it allows Flair to strut around the ring to a big pop, whilst Cena has a few words with the reality star on the outside, pointing him back into the ring. Getting more and more upset, Miz comes after Flair once again - right into an eye poke!!! Miz reels away off the eye poke, and Flair takes the opportunity to roll him up, 1...2...MIZ JUST KICKS OUT!!!

    Flair nearly got Miz from the school boy, and smirks as he gets back up, being admonished for the eye poke … but Miz loses his cool and BLATANTLY kicks Flair between the legs!!! Naitch drops to his knees, and Miz leaps on him, pounding on Flair, as the referee has to call for the bell for the low blow … BUT as he makes the signal to the timekeepers position, JOHN CENA hops onto the apron to stop him!!!

    Cena talks with the referee, sending him some instructions - not picked up on TV - before Cena drops off the apron, giving Lillian Garcia a few words to make an announcement.

    Lillian Garcia:
    Ladies and Gentlemen, I have just been informed by the guest enforcer that per the orders of Ranjin Singh - that this is a HARDCORE match, and therefore, there are NO disqualifications.

    J.R is infuriated by the late announcement of the stipulation, saying that Cena has no interest in facing Flair - he just wants to humiliate the man in front of the entire world to stick it to the fans again. In the ring, Miz is still wailing on Flair with sloppy rights and lefts, before shooting the half for a cover… 1...Flair kicks out. Miz continues to wildly beat on Flair, and covers again; 1...2...Kick Out again.

    Miz stands up, but doesn’t let Naitch recover, stomping him in the corner, choking him with his boot, and the official cant do anything about it. Miz finally lets up, and taunts the fans, telling them he’s going to retire Flair, before charging in at the legend as he gets up in the corner - crushing Flair with his signature clothesline in the corner. Miz hangs at the ropes after, looking cocky and confident, whilst Flair stumbles out, doing his signature flop.

    The Hardcore Champion gets out of the ring, bringing out his toys, tossing a trash can into the ring, along with a Kendo Stick, before climbing back inside, where he mocks Flair by chopping the legend in the corner - but that only fires Flair up!!! Flair fires back, with deadly chops of his own, reddening the chest of Miz. Flair then drags Miz out of the corner, and plants his own low blow - a mule kick - to The Miz. On commentary, J.R says it probably had no effect on Miz - but it clearly does.

    {/OVERRUN}

    Meanwhile, Flair grabs the trashcan, and puts it to good effect, bashing Miz over the head with it!!! Flair drops a signature knee, then gets to work on the leg, setting up for the eventual Figure Four … but Miz manages to kick the sixteen times World Champion away, before scrambling out of the ring. Flair comes after him, chasing the coward around the ring, but as Miz goes by, Cena then steps out, coming between Miz and Flair.

    Cena holds Flair up, causing a distraction as he and Flair trade words … as Miz grabs a chair, running around the ring, looking to nail Naitch from behind - but Flair is wise to it, turning around in time, stopping Miz with a kick to the gut, then takes the chair, smashing it across the back of the Hardcore Champion!!! Flair turns to Cena, tapping his forehead as if to tell Cena he’s too smart to be worked like that. Flair shoves the chair into Cenas chest, before rolling Miz back into the ring.

    Flair then climbs up top - he’s clearly feeling confident - as Miz staggers to his feet … and comes off the top - BUT MIZ DRAGS THE OFFICIAL INTO HIS PATH - and Flair nails the referee instead!!! Miz goes on the attack, but his shot is blocked by Flair - who drops Miz with a right hand of his own!!! Flair stomps the leg, dragging Miz to the ropes, leaping onto the leg when it is elevated on the middle rope.

    He calls Cena into the ring - telling Cena to do his job as enforcer … before dragging Miz to the middle of the ring, signalling to the fans it’s time for the famous submission hold, whilst Cena does climb inside … but as Flair turns to apply the Figure Four … CENA BLASTS FLAIR WITH THE STEEL CHAIR!!!!! The Champ waffles Flair, putting him down with the weapon, not even trying to pretend he didn’t mean it.

    Being showered with heat, Cena reaches down, slapping Miz face to bring him around, before turning his attention back to Flair. Cena stands over the legend, with the camera picking him up saying; “Not clever enough, Naitch - not for me” Miz tries to make a cover, but Cena shoves him back, telling Miz he isn’t done yet, and he drags Flair back up, looking to plant him with an FU to finish him off once and for all.

    J.R is having a fit on commentary, outraged with the blatant screw job, as Cena NAILS Flair with the FU. The heat is MOLTEN inside the Conseco Fieldhouse, as Cena looks at Miz, telling him; “What are you waitin for??” … as Miz almost falls over himself to get down and make the cover, hooking BOTH legs just to be sure … as Cena uses his role as enforcer to make the count … and makes it slow, just to drag the agony out … 1.…..2.…..CENA IS PULLED FROM THE RING!!!!!

    …BY CHRISTIAN!!!!!

    CHRISTIAN IS HERE!!!!! Despite being barred from the building earlier tonight, Captain Charisma has found a way into the arena, and Christian has prevented Cenas plan from going down!!! Captain Charisma hammers Cena on the outside, and HURLS The Champ into the steel steps!!! The steps tumble over such is the force, as Miz continues to keep the legs hooked, waiting for Nick Patrick to come around and make the count…

    Meanwhile, on the outside, Christian clotheslines Cena over the barrier!!! Captain Charisma follows over, and continues to attack his nemesis, hammering Cena through the crowd … whilst Nick Patrick groggily makes the count in the ring … 1...2...FLAIR KICKS OUT!!!!! Miz is beside himself at the kick out, and pleads with the official, grabbing him by the shirt, telling him he had Flair pinned for a thirty count. Again, we cut to the crowd, where Christian continues to beat up Cena as they disappear from view.

    In the ring, Miz regroups, and picks up the kendo stick, nailing the LEGS of Flair on the canvas … before he STRUTS, mocking the Nature Boy, letting out a big WOO, before TRYING to apply the Figure Four himself … BUT DOESN’T KNOW HOW TO DO IT!!! Miz gets the legs tangled, and looks for help as to what to do … WHEN FLAIR KICKS MIZ IN THE NUTS!!!! Three low blows in the one match!!!

    Miz falls to his knees, as Flair slowly recovers, getting to his feet, as Miz begs off - but Flair is wise to the act; he perfected it over the years, and responds by attacking Miz mercilessly!!! Right hands, left hands, chops - Flair even BITES Miz in the corner, then shoots him off the ropes … back body drop ONTO THE TRASH CAN for Miz!!!! Flair grabs the leg, strutting back and forth … before he APPLIES THE FIGURE FOUR!!!!! Miz barely lasts five seconds before he TAPS!!!!!
    Winner: Ric Flair @ 07:49
    *Meets John Cena for the World Heavyweight Championship at Backlash*

    Jim Ross:
    FLAIR HAS DONE IT!!! THE NATURE BOY IS GOIN TO BACKLASH!!! THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM IS STILL A REALITY FOR RIC FLAIR!!!!

    The Coach:
    This isn’t fair to Miz!!! He had the match won!!! He could’ve counted to a hundred!!! This isn’t fair to Miz!!!

    Coach channels his inner Bobby Heenan with a riff on the ‘Fair to Flair’ line, whilst Naitch is sat on his knees with his arm raised in the air. Miz immediately rolls out of the ring, as Flair stands up overcome with emotion as he seals a showdown with John Cena in twenty days time at Backlash!!!

    Jim Ross:
    John Cena tried to screw Ric Flair out of his career - he tried to hijack the ending of Ric Flairs illustrious career, but he didn’t bank on Christian somehow, someway, finding a way into the building tonight!!! And bah Gawd, thank goodness Christian showed up when he did!!!

    Flair blows kisses to the adoring fans, thanking them as he does a lap of honour in the ring, and rolls out to shake hands with fans in the front row, before picking up the World title belt - left behind by Cena when he hightailed it - bringing it into the ring.

    The Coach:
    What’s he doing?? That’s not yours old man!! Put that down!!!

    Jim Ross:
    It may not be his just yet - but in twenty days time, Ric Flair could hold that title belt ONE - LAST - TIME!!! AT BACKLASH, IN KANSAS CITY; WHERE HE WON HIS FIRST WORLD TITLE - RIC FLAIR HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO WRITE A STORY BOOK ENDING TO HIS GLITTERING CAREER!!! IN TWENTY DAYS, HE’S GONNA STYLE AND PROFILE AS HE HUNTS A SEVENTEENTH … AND BAH-GAWD - FINAL WORLD TITLE!!!!

    The Nature Boy lifts the title up high in the ring, motioning with a finger in the air; ONE MORE TIME as Raw fades to black…


    END OF SHOW
     

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    RAW REVIEW

    Good to see you back mate and no better time than for me to drop you a review.


    Great way to get the draft up and running with the arrival of Ric Flair on Raw. Or not....? Flair officially retiring was unique and before Cena showed up I hoped that somebody would come out and try to make a name, or an impact off the back of a retiring Ric Flair. And Cena definitely left a lasting impression but not the one I expected. He's certainly up to something pitting Flair against Miz to earn a title shot. I guess we will find out later what that is.


    The Master Craftsman are still on a roll and despite the numbers being in their favour they just beat Angle and Michaels. The tension is brewing between HBK and Angle though and I can see Angle snapping on Michaels soon.


    Helms out for twelve months!!! Just in time for a Wrestlemania return maybe!! Nice little segment that sees both the Henry and Benjamin story continued but also starts up a Matt Hardy and Punk feud. I can see this being Punk's official road into singles success, with the IC title not too far away. Sets up nicely for a tag team match next week or after.


    Definitely an intense segment between Triple H and Kennedy. You could see the hatred coming out of both men as they went back and for and for Kennedy to get fired was a complete shock. He didn't even get kicked off Raw to Smackdown, completely made redundant. He will show up in my opinion though, I don't see this being the last of him and I think he will show up just when Triple H is on the verge of success.


    I'd like to see Beth Phoenix smash Layla's face in. Definitely more interested in seeing Kim vs Phoenix than any other female superstar.


    Good win for The Angels and the tag division looks quite good despite the exit of Punk/Helms the division looks competitive with Hart Legacy and Master Craftsmen around. I toyed with a vet pairing of Regal/Goldust in my own project but it never went anywhere. I wonder what you have in store for them.


    I loved the little walk from Flair past all the stars, especially the interactions with Triple H, Angle and HBK. This made me think that Flair was on his last strut to the ring. Good job.


    The main event delivered big time. You swerved us well with the fact that Christian was barred from the arena by Cena and Singh and with the locker room blocked from getting down to the ring Cena had the most opportune of moments to humiliate Ric Flair. I really thought Flair was a goner but Christian coming through the crowd to attack Cena and help Flair get the win was an awesome way to end the night. Flair versus Cena one more time, it will definitely be the end of Flair in my opinion but I'm keen to see the branches that flow from Cena ending Flair's career with the three guys backstage in Triple H, Angle and HBK all wanting a piece of Cena as well as Christian whilst Albright lies in the shadows.


    Great show overall Wolfy and I look forward to more <3


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    Friday Night Smackdown | April 11 2008 | Dayton OH

    Opening Video

    Pyro

    After a brief opening exchange between Joey Styles and Jerry Lawler to open the show and hype the Fatal Four Way Elimination Match later for a shot at Edge next week - The GODS OF WAR open the show along with their mouthpiece, Steven Richards in the ring. Steven Richards addresses WrestleMania, after refusing to speak last week. He explains that a few weeks before WrestleMania, JBL reached out to him - as an insurance policy - in order to vanquish The Undertaker at WrestleMania.

    Richards touches on Batistas previous issue with The Undertaker in the Fall of ‘07, stating that Batista was more than willing to play a part in ensuring the end of the vaunted ‘Streak’, whilst he himself saw it as an opportunity for his two men to make a statement of intent at WrestleMania that The Gods of War were ready to take on the mantle of dominance in the WWE. With a scowl, Richards then explains how that plot was foiled, having never expected KANE to show up and save his brother, with the element of surprise being the decisive factor at WrestleMania.

    “But all that amounts to is a stay of execution, for the so-called Brothers of Destruction.”

    Going on, he explains that The Undertaker and Kane represent a bygone era, and if they ever decide to show their faces on Smackdown again - Batista and Lashley will be ready, willing and able to prove that the dominance of The Brothers of Destruction has been surpassed. To press his point, Richards claims that he is making this challenge only once because ‘actions speak louder than words’ - an ‘open invitation’ to The Brothers of Destruction - to show up on Smackdown and face the Gods of War … “my men wont TALK about putting the final nail in your coffins, they will be here, each and every single week, waiting to DO IT.”

    With that, the point is made, and Richards leads the Gods of War from the ring, as Styles and Lawler hype a potential Gods of War vs. Brothers of Destruction showdown.

    Commercial Break

    Back from the commercial, DEUCE is in the ring already - having been drafted from Raw; the first Raw to Smackdown draftee in 2008 - waiting for his first opponent since coming to Smackdown, as Styles explains that Deuce and Domino asked to be considered as singles wrestlers for the draft lottery.

    JEFF HARDY emerges as Deuce’s opposition for his first night on Smackdown, and the night doesn’t go well for Deuce. Despite being competitive, Deuce simply isn’t on the level of Jeff, and soon falls to the ‘Charismatic Enigma’, with the Swanton Bomb finishing proceedings @ 06:13.



    Backstage, the General Manager, Finlay, talks in his office with Rob Van Dam, discussing his issues with Chris Jericho after the conclusion of their match at WrestleMania. RVD makes it clear that there’s no more laid back ‘Mr. Nice Guy’ from him, and informs Finlay in advance that he’s going to become a headache for the GM.

    Finlay takes the comments on board, and tells Van Dam he’ll give him a chance tonight to offload some of his frustrations in a match with RANDY ORTON. It’s a huge match between two long time fierce rivals, and Van Dam likes it, telling Finlay that given their history, Orton is the perfect guy to take out some frustrations on.

    Before RVD leaves though, Finlay stops him, saying he’s making the match as long as RVD agrees not to interfere in the main event later tonight. Thinking about it for a moment, RVD somewhat cryptically replies; “that would be the right thing to do, I guess.” Van Dam departs, with THE BRIAN KENDRICK now entering the equation.

    Telling Finlay he overheard the conversation with Van Dam, Kendrick offers his services to face RVD instead, telling the General Manager he could ‘make sure’ Van Dam cant get involved in the main event. With a faked smile, Finlay turns down the offer, telling Kendrick he has another job for him tonight. The Irishman leads Kendrick out of his office and down the hallway, leading to … the concession stand.

    Kendrick tries to plead with Finlay, telling him about the job he did last week, but Finlay wont hear any of it, and tells TBK he still has to earn his way back into getting a match. Finlay introduces Kendrick to his manager for the night; a geeky teenager called Clark, advising Kendrick he’ll decide if the punishment ends based on his performance tonight, before he leaves Kendrick & Clark to get acquainted.

    Clark provides Kendrick with a cap to wear and a name tag - with Kendrick saying he doesn’t wear hats (they don’t do his hair justice apparently) and complains that the name tag is missing ‘THE’ on it. The geeky manager tells Kendrick he wont put up with any backchat, before putting the cap on for him, and slapping the name tag onto Kendricks chest, ordering Brian to get to work. Kendrick looks furious already, but takes a deep breath, and gets to work.



    Elsewhere, Tiffany is backstage with the big Texan, GARRISON CADE, getting his thoughts heading into the main event later tonight with a title shot in the balance. Short and abrupt as ever, Cade tells Tiffany in a few short sentences that he feels ‘due’ for a shot at the gold, and that tonight, it’s time to collect - stating that he’ll take some joy out of crushing Edges lifetime achievement by making his title run a very brief one.



    In the arena, the trio of Mercury, Nitro and Melina make their red carpet entrance with the tag titles, ahead of a non-title match tonight, which is coming up next…

    Commercial Break



    MNMdefeat SONJAY DUTT AND DAIVARI in another predictable - but quite competitive - match up, putting Dutt away with the Snapshot @ 04:54.

    After the match, ELIJAH BURKE AND WADE BARRETT who announced their arrival (or return in Burkes case) last week on Smackdown as a team make their way to the ring, with Burke doing all the mic work. After introducing themselves, Eli compliments the trio, stating how impressed he is with the champions work, and their beautiful valet, congratulating them on a job well done tonight before acknowledging that they‘ve set a high bar on Smackdown.

    Burke goes on though to remind MNM why he and Barrett are here, and tells the champions that as seasoned competitors in their respective fields, they rise to the occasion against the best opposition - and MNM are just that. Burke makes sure to point out that he knows he and Barrett haven’t even had a match yet on Smackdown and aren’t entitled to a title shot, but he does challenge the champions to an exhibition match next week; the debut of the Fight Factory as a team on Smackdown, in order to gauge where they stand on the tag team ladder on Smackdown.

    Initially, Melina isn’t hot on the idea, telling Burke that you don’t just get to call out the tag team champions, indicating they should win a few matches before challenging MNM to any kind of match - but - Mercury and Nitro, being the competitors they are, conference with Melina, clearly not agreeing with her assessment. Nitro and Mercury then take the mic, making sure to placate Melina by saying they agree with her - BUT - they don’t want to turn down any challenge, and accept a match with the Fight Factory next week.

    Nitro and Mercury then warn Burke and Barrett that while the match is on, they’ll get a severe reality check next week for calling them out. Despite some harsh words, the two teams share a handshake to agree the match, but Melina is clearly uncomfortable with the situation, not seeing a positive for her boys to take the match, whilst Styles calls Burke and Barrett a pair of opportunists - with Lawler asking what’s wrong with that…



    Backstage, Chave Guerrero and Super Crazy; LOS LATINOS are watching what has just transpired in the ring on a monitor. Both are incensed at the developments of the new team on Smackdown being thrust straight into a match with the tag champions in their debut match.

    Whilst Guerrero and Crazy talk amongst each other to display their outrage, CARLITO AND KOFI KINGSTON interrupt the meeting, questioning why Chavo and Crazy are so angry at Burke & Barrett getting a match with MNM, telling Los Latinos it
    ’s them who should be furious, reminding them they were the #1 Contenders and Los Latinos couldn’t buy a win on Smackdown.

    It leads to a tense face-off between the teams, despite being friendly with each other in the past, relations are much more frosty now it would seem. Chavo makes the point that Kofi and Carlito had their opportunity, and Los Latinos were making changes to ensure they wont be left behind in the future. Los Latinos storm off, leaving the threat to linger in the air, as Carlito and Kofi wonder what’s gotten into Chavo & Super Crazy.



    Elsewhere, PAUL LONDON is interviewed by Josh Mathews as he gets set for the main event later tonight. It’s a brief, by the numbers, generic promo, with London talking about the opportunity ahead of him tonight, going back to how close he was to capturing the Money in the Bank briefcase at WrestleMania - and not wanting to fall short again tonight in his quest for the WWE Championship.

    Just as it looks like London is finishing up his promo, RANDY ORTON arrives on the scene, telling London he should take this opportunity while he can, as this is the only time he’ll ever have a chance to become WWE Champion - before he enacts his rematch clause to take it back from whoever is holding the gold.

    Orton tells London that the winner of tonight’s match isn’t the true #1 Contender, just like Edge isn’t a true champion - and once the farce is over, he’ll be back where he belongs; on top. London disagrees, telling Orton his time on top ended at WrestleMania, and calls on him to activate his rematch whenever he likes - so long as it’s after he (London) has won the title from Edge.



    In his first match since losing the WWE Championship at WrestleMania, RANDY ORTON takes on his long time rival, ROB VAN DAM with RVD highly motivated tonight as he looks to unload a lot of built up frustration. The feeling is mutual with Orton, still reeling after losing the WWE title just under two weeks ago, and it means a high intensity match up, with both men wanting to make an example out of the other.

    The match continuously spills out of the ring, with both Orton and Van Dam coming close to being disqualified - and neither man seems overly bothered by the possibility of it happening. Back inside, Orton has an RKO attempt blocked, whilst Orton also avoids a Five Star Frog Splash by rolling out of the ring. RVD then flies to the outside onto Orton, with the two men battling all around ringside and briefly into the crowd, before the two are counted out @ 11:13.

    Despite the match being over - the fight continues. RVD back drops out of a Piledriver attempt on the ramp, and sends Orton into the barrier, before grabbing a steel chair - but the referee tries to stop him from using it!! Van Dam shoves the official out of the way, and tosses the chair at Orton, setting up a Van Daminator - but the official blocks RVD from following up!!

    With a few added seconds, Orton at this point is in control of the chair, and looks to take out RVD, but Van Dam sees it coming, ducking the chair shot!!! Orton drops the chair, and rolls into the ring, as RVD picks it up, rolling back inside, coming after the former champion, but more referees and officials rush to ringside, bringing an end to the wild brawl, as both men are led away separately to cool off…



    Back at the concession stand, a tense looking Kendrick is being complained to by a customer, who claims TBK short changed him. Clark - Kendricks boss for the night - apologies profusely to the customer, then proceeds to berate Kendrick for doing such a lousy job. Kendrick manages to keep his cool, accepting the dressing down from the geek, before getting back to work, muttering under his breath.



    Elsewhere, Kristal Marshall is with MVP as he gears up for tonight’s main event. He touches on his background, and where he came from to get to this point - within touching distance of the WWE Championship, commenting that as much money as he makes from his contract; “there‘s some things that are just priceless - and that‘s the WWE Championship.”



    Ahead of his Cruiserweight title shot against Bryan Danielson on April 25 on Smackdown, JAMIE NOBLE keeps himself busy with a great match against EVAN BOURNE, serving as a reminder of what Noble is capable of. It’s a hard nights work for the #1 Contender, but he manages to see off the spirited Bourne @ 10:15 with the Tiger Bomb for a hard earned win.

    After having his arm raised, the obsessed Noble motions around his waist that it’s a matter of time before he takes the Cruiserweight title, then taps his wrist a few times, mouthing into the camera; “I‘M COMIN FOR YA DANIELSON!! I‘M COMIN FOR THAT TITLE BOYYYY!!”



    Commercial Break

    ...





    **VIDEO PACKAGE**


    Clip of Bret Hart rolling up Bam Bam Bigelow to win the King of the Ring tournament in 1993.

    “I‘M THE BEST THERE IS, THE BEST THERE WAS, AND THE BEST THERE EVER WILL BE”

    Narrator: It has given the platform for champions to establish themselves.

    Clip of Owen Hart being crowned King of the Ring in 1994, as we hear him yell over it.

    “I‘M THE KING OF HARTS!!!”

    Narrator: It has immortalized greats forever.

    Clip of Stone Cold Steve Austin winning the 1996 King of the Ring tournament, with the sound bite over it.

    “AUSTIN THREE SIXTEEN SAYS, I JUST WHIPPED YOUR ASS”

    Narrator: It ushered in the birth of a new attitude.

    Clip of Triple H having his hand raised in 1997.

    “THE KING OF THE RING!!!”

    Narrator: Stars have been born.

    Clip of Kurt Angle dropping to his knees in victory in 2000.

    “IT‘S TRUE, IT‘S TRUE”
    Narrator:
    Legends have been made.


    Clip of Brock Lesnar having his hand raised in 2002, as we hear Paul Heymans voice over the top.

    “THE NEXT BIG THING, BRRRRROCK LLLLLESNARRRRR”

    Narrator: Careers have skyrocketed.

    Clips of Mister Kennedy with the crown in 2006, Edge with his trophy in 2001 and Brent Albright a year ago, over a sound bite of Brent during his victory speech…

    “NOW THAT I’M KING OF THE RING, YOU PEOPLE ARE GONNA SIT UP AND NOTICE WHAT I’M CAPABLE OF!!”

    Narrator: The King of the Ring tournament has provided some of the most memorable moments in sports entertainment history, and on Saturday, June 23, 2008 … a new King will be crowned, in the home of royalty…

    Clips of London, Buckingham Palace, Beefeaters etc…

    Narrator: Once again, the King of the Ring tournament climaxes on NBC, with quarter finals, semi finals and the grand final. One rising star will eclipse all others…

    Quick clips again of the prominent former winners.

    Narrator: Which superstar will use the King of the Ring tournament to follow these legends, icons and immortals into the pantheon of greatness??

    ~ THE 2008 KING OF THE RING TOURNAMENT ~
    !! LIVE ON SATURDAY NIGHTS MAIN EVENT ON NBC !!
    JUNE 2008 | O2 ARENA, LONDON, ENGLAND
    ***



    Ted DiBiase and Ted DiBiase Junior are then shown in a sky box in the arena following the King of the Ring promo, both looking smug and pleased with themselves, as Joey Styles announces that Ted DiBiase Junior - yet to even debut on Smackdown - is the first official entrant in the field of 32 for this years King of the Ring tournament.

    Styles and Lawler discuss how big a challenge that is for the newcomer, being thrown right into the deep end, as Styles suggests that that must be why Ted Senior came to Smackdown last week to meet with Finlay. King then wonders out loud if Finlay took some kind of backhander from the Million Dollar Man to sweeten that deal and make sure his boy was given a precious slot in the King of the Ring tournament.



    Then, backstage, we see The Brian Kendrick once more. This time, we see him have mustard squirted at him by a young kid. Kendrick blows up at the boy - who couldn’t be any older than 7 - berating him, saying it’s even in his perfect hair (it’s not) as the childs parent takes the kid away in horror at this reaction.

    Clark arrives on the scene, telling Kendrick it’s part of the job, before trying to clean the stain with a t-shirt … a Brian Kendrick t-shirt from the merch stand. Kendrick notices the shirt, and blows up at Clark, grabbing his shirt and questioning him, asking Clark why he‘d use THAT shirt, but Clark replying; “These don’t sell, so we just use them as rags”.

    Outraged at the answer, Kendrick walks off in a huff, convinced Clark is wrong, saying he‘s better than that and wont lower himself any longer. Kendrick quits the job, walking off, grabbing himself a Hot Dog as he leaves. Clark, watching on, shakes his head, stating that he’ll have to tell Finlay about this later…



    Josh Mathews is back in action, interviewing CHRIS JERICHO, just moments before the Four Way Elimination Match main event. Jericho talks up his advantages in the match, namely his experience, being the only former world champion, and his know how, telling Cade, Porter and London to grab a pen and take some notes tonight.



    Commercial Break

    ...

    Prior to the main event, EDGE comes to the ring with the WWE Championship in his possession. The Rated R Superstar sends a message first to Orton, saying he saw the interview with London earlier, and that the only ‘farce’ is that Orton lasted as long as he did as champion. He then moves on, saying that whoever wins the four way tonight is simply the first obstacle in his path, as he WONT be losing the title anytime soon.

    **MEDAL**

    Shockwaves spread around the arena, as KURT ANGLE - from Raw - shows up on Smackdown, with Joey Styles putting 2&2 together, realising that Angle must have been drafted to Smackdown!! Angle confirms it as he comes face to face with his old running buddy.

    Kurt firstly congratulates Edge on his title win at WrestleMania, acknowledging it’s been a long time coming for him … “but Edge, your world just got turned upside down!!” Angle informs Edge that his worry shouldn’t be the winner of tonight’s match, nor should it be Orton - “you should be worried about ME!! Hell, you should be PETRIFIED of ME coming after THAT!!”

    Angle goes on to tell Edge that once he gets done with the winner of tonight’s match - HE will be waiting in the wings for his shot. Kurt then turns his attention away from Edge, saying that ‘in the meantime’ he still has unfinished business with a certain someone on Raw; BRENT ALBRIGHT. Angle challenges Mr. Money in the Bank to a match at Backlash, stating he’s already cleared it with Finlay earlier.

    Not realising Edge is still there, Angle looks surprised when Edge cuts him off. The WWE Champion tells Angle that if he has any chance of winning a World title any time soon, he should be hoping he is drafted BACK to Raw during the draft lottery season - “because Kurt, the landscape on Smackdown has changed - DRASTICALLY - since you‘ve been on Raw. And it wont be going back to the status quo now that you‘re back!!”

    Angle takes the words on board, and merely responds with a “we‘ll see” to Edge, before slowly backing out of the ring, keeping his eyes on Edge. The Rated R Superstar also keeps his eyes on Angle, before making his way to ringside to join commentary for the main event tonight…



    Commercial Break

    ...

    After all the introductions, the fatal four way elimination main event kicks off between PAUL LONDON, MVP, CHRIS JERICHO AND GARRISON CADE. It’s a frantic opening sequence, with all four men involved, as Cade tries to take over as the biggest man in the match, but the other three momentarily band together to take Cade out of the equation. Before they can eliminate Cade though, the plan goes up in smoke … AS ROB VAN DAM crashes the party!!!

    RVD runs in to assault Jericho, and Jericho is unable to get away, being taken by surprise with a flying kick from the man he screwed at WrestleMania. RVD takes a chair, bringing it into the ring, scaring off the official with it, before throwing it to Jericho - and DELIVERS THE VAN DAMINATOR!!! Van Dam leaves, having made his point, but yells down at Jericho; “THAT‘S JUST THE START!!” … AS London climbs up top, taking advantage of the situation; 450 SPLASH TO JERICHO!!! Jericho is eliminated @ 05:29!!!

    It’s already down to three!!! Jericho is helped out of the ring, and up the ramp - not knowing what hit him tonight. It’s every man for himself, with no alliances any more between the three. Cade catches London coming off the top, and LAUNCHES him to the outside, leaving it down to him and MVP for a period. The two former (for a very brief period) allies go at it, trading a few near falls, before MVP misses the Drive By kick on the Lone Star, leading to the demise of MVP @ 11:15 via the Heart Punch!!!

    It’s down to two, with London climbing back inside, still selling the effects of his crash landing on the outside. Cade meets him with a big boot, for a near fall, as he wears the Golden Boy down, applying a sleeper. London - naturally - finds a second wind, escaping the sleeper, and building up his comeback offence, bamboozling Cade with lightning offence, putting him down with a series of dropsaults and arm drags, before scoring an almighty near fall with a tornado DDT!!! London goes up top, looking for his finish, but Cade follows up, stopping him from soaring, and eventually explodes with a SUPERPLEX - and both men stay down!!!

    The two men are down, and as they stir … RANDY ORTON sprints in!!! Orton slithers into the ring; RKO TO CADE … THEN RKO TO LONDON!!!!! Edge leaves commentary, chasing Orton off after the former champion tried to sabotage the #1 Contenders match. In the ring, Cade slowly stirs, eventually crawling onto London, draping an arm over him … 1...2...LONDON KICKS OUT!!!!! Cade took too long to get the cover, and London survived the RKO!!!

    Cade drags London back up, looking to put him away with the deadly Heart Punch - but London avoids it, bouncing off the ropes, and crashing through the Lone Star with a flying forearm. London looks to climb up top again, but Cade stops him, hooking him into position for the Razors Edge, only for London to escape, and roll Cade up … 1...2...NO!!!! Cade survives the near fall, then rushes at London in fury, looking for a clothesline - ducked - SUPERKICK!!!

    London puts Cade down with a super kick, but doesn’t follow up with the cover - instead - he climbs up the turnbuckles, reaching the top, looking for the 450 SPLASH … NO ONE HOME!!!!! Cade rolls out of danger, and doesn’t wait around for London to get back up - he drags the Golden Boy to his feet, getting him in place … for the HEART PUNCH!!!!! London crumbles to the mat, and Cade covers, 1...2...3!!!!! Cade eliminates Paul London @ 19:37 to earn a shot at Edge one week from tonight!!!

    Cade comes through the elimination match, but deflates the crowd by defeating the always popular Paul London. Cade has his arm raised, with Joey Styles putting over the title match one week from tonight - Garrison Cades FIRST EVER one on one opportunity for the richest prize in the game. Styles wonders on commentary if after all the years it took Edge to reach the pinnacle at Wrestle Mania - there is a very real possibility it could all end very quickly with Cade possessing a deadly weapon; The Heart Punch.

    END OF SHOW

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    The scene opens up with a close up shot of the MONEY IN THE BANK briefcase, followed by a hand tapping the object forcefully. The camera pans back, and into view come THE MASTER CRAFTSMEN; ‘Mr. Money in the Bank’ Brent Albright, flanked by the World Tag Team Champions Nick Dinsmore & Charlie Haas.

    Brent Albright: You should’ve moved to Smackdown and forgotten about me, Kurt. You should’ve thanked your lucky stars you were gifted the opportunity to leave OUR show with a shred of your credibility remaining. Should’ve left Raw behind you, and turn your focus to succeeding on Smackdown.

    Albright pauses and shakes his head.

    Brent Albright: But my name had to pass your lips, didn’t it?? Couldn’t just leave it, Kurt?? Could ya?? Maybe you thought you could throw that challenge out and I wouldn’t respond. Was that it??

    Both Dinsmore and Haas shake their heads as they stand either side of Albright.

    Brent Albright: Unfinished business?? What the hell business would that be?? Are you in the business of getting your ass handed to you now?? You didn’t get enough of me embarrassing and humiliating you on Raw?? I’ve already beaten you once, Kurt. Remember?? I sure do - because it led to me winning THIS at WrestleMania.

    He holds up the MITB briefcase.

    Brent Albright: I’ve proven I’m better than you, Kurt. I didn’t get lucky, you weren’t screwed over. You lost to the better man. So what changed??

    Albright slaps his own forehead as if he just realised.

    Brent Albright: Oh - that’s it … you beat Ric Flair at WrestleMania, right?? And now Kurt Angle is BACK!! And it’s time to retread over old ground and settle old scores as if you‘re on some sort of road to redemption. You’ll beat me at Backlash then ride off to Smackdown and win back the WWE Title…

    Albright scoffs.

    Brent Albright: Well that sounds sweet and all … but I‘m here to tell you that‘s simply not gonna happen. Your best days, Kurt…

    The 2007 King of the Ring takes a look over his shoulder, as does Dinsmore and Haas, before looking back at the camera, pointing his thumb toward the background.

    Brent Albright: They’re in the rear view mirror. They’re memories from the past. My best days?? They’re still to come. They’re right in front of me. I’m not your stepping stone back to the top. You’re MY stepping stone. I’m already World Heavyweight Champion-

    He holds up the briefcase again.

    Brent Albright: It just isn’t official yet. And until I decide to cash this in?? I’ve got no problem filling my time by beating your ass at Backlash. I’ll see you there Kurt.

    Haas then speaks up.

    Charlie Haas: And speaking of the past … Shawn Michaels?? You’ve been a bit of a thorn in our side these last few weeks. Like Angle, you think you’ve been reborn thanks to a big win at WrestleMania?? That was one night, Shawn. The three of us?? We’ve been racking up win after win for a long, long time - and we’ll continue to rack up win after win for a long time to come.

    Dinsmore takes over.

    Nick Dinsmore: And we know how much you hate to be out of the spotlight, Shawn - so don’t worry about Kurt Angle facing Brent - we don’t wanna leave you out. In fact, we wanna give you an opportunity. At these.

    Dinsmore and Haas taps the title belts on their shoulders.

    Nick Dinsmore: Charlie and I have spoken to Mr. Singh, and he’s granted us our request to invite you to challenge us for the World Tag Team Championships. All you have to do?? Is find a tag team partner.

    Charlie Haas: Your ego doesn’t count though as a partner, Shawn.

    The trio all smirk.

    Nick Dinsmore: I mean, it shouldn’t be hard for such a stand up guy to find a partner, should it?? It’s not like Shawn Michaels has ever backstabbed anyone.

    Charlie Haas: Apart from pretty much every tag team partner he has ever had…

    Nick Dinsmore: Yeah … apart from all those guys…

    Charlie Haas: Oh - and Shawn … if you cant find a partner to challenge us for these by Monday at Raw?? You don’t get a shot at the World Tag Team Championships … but uh … you will … still have to face us - two on one - at Backlash.

    Albright tugs at his shirt collar and pulls a face, feigning worry for HBK.

    Nick Dinsmore: But we’re sure you’ll have no shortage of takers Shawn. See ya Monday, Heart Break.

    Dinsmore winks. Haas smirks, and Albright nods, patting his briefcase again, as the camera fades to black.



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    MONDAY NIGHT RAW PREVIEW

    Raw rolls into Jacksonville this Monday with less than two weeks to go until Backlash. Last week, the main event for the upcoming Raw brand PPV was set as Ric Flair - drafted back to Raw a week ago - overcame a plot by John Cena to humiliate 'The Nature Boy' and defeated The Miz to earn a crack at 'The Champ' on April 27 in Kansas City. Flair has already stated his intention to retire in the coming months, and he now has his focus set on winning a seventeenth and final - and most unlikely - world title victory, in the same city he won his very first. This week on Raw, Flair and Cena will come face to face as they make their title showdown official.

    Another match made official at Backlash will pit Kurt Angle against 'Mr. Money in the Bank' Brent Albright. Angle may well have been drafted to Friday Night Smackdown, but the Olympic Hero has been granted permission to settle his score with Albright at Backlash - a challenge Albright duly accepted this past weekend. Angle isnt expected to appear on Raw this week, but Brent Albright is expected to have a major role, as his fellow 'Master Craftsmen' look for an answer to their challenge laid down to Shawn Michaels over the weekend. With just forty-eight hours though, can Shawn Michaels be expected to find a partner to face Nick Dinsmore & Charlie Haas at Backlash for the World Tag Team Titles?? If he cant, Michaels will find himself in an unenviable position; facing the possibility of taking on the World Tag Team Champions in a handicap match at Backlash.

    Elsewhere, Christian will be in action for the first time since his controversial loss at WrestleMania to John Cena. The former World Champion will be looking to stake his claim for another crack at Cena when he returns to the ring on Raw - yet Captain Charisma has yet to be informed just who exactly he will be facing this Monday. With the interim GM Ranjin Singh seemingly in the pocket of Cena, Christian will undoubtedly be on his toes, and will likely be ready to expect anything.

    Meanwhile, Beth Phoenix will be surely in a fit of rage as it has been announced that Gail Kim will defend the Womens Championship on Raw - but NOT against the widely accepted (even by the champion herself) #1 Contender - but against the recently drafted Layla El. Despite not having wrestled a match on Raw, or won a match on Smackdown, Layla has seemingly talked her way into a title opportunity, creating further arguments against the suitability of Ranjin Singh as a strong enough leader on Raw during JBL's enforced absence.

    In other matches, CM Punk will be in singles action for the first time since ditching his former partner - the injured Greg Helms - at WrestleMania when he goes one on one with the savvy veteran William Regal; also looking to re-establish himself in singles competition following a stint as Goldusts tag team partner. And, The Hart Legacy will go to battle against Cody Rhodes & Ken Doane as the tag teams on Raw jockey for a future shot at the champions.

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    Monday Night Raw | April 14 2008 | Jacksonville FL


    {GRAPHIC CREDIT; OBEY}



    A recap of last weeks events involving Ric Flair being the first man drafted to Raw, and John Cena setting the table for Flair to become #1 Contender. Cut to the match between Flair and The Miz, with Cena looking to screw Flair over, but a timely assist from Christian saw Flair recover and win - confirming Flair as Cenas challenger at Backlash…



    NO opening video

    NO pyro

    Raw opens directly into the arena, where RANJIN SINGH, the advisor to JBL and essentially, the interim General Manager is standing in the ring, with a table set up for a contract signing. Light boos greet Singh, as we get a glimpse of the stony-faced Russian; Vladimir on the outside…

    Ranjin Singh:
    Good evening all. Welcome to Monday Night Raw.

    Spoken with all the excitement of a dead fish.

    Ranjin Singh:
    In thirteen days, Monday Night Raw will bring you the Backlash Pay Per View, and in the main event, John Cena-

    Heat at the mere mention of the World Champion.

    Ranjin Singh:
    Will defend the World Heavyweight Championship against the sixteen time World Champion, the Number One Contender-

    “WOOO”’s from the crowd in anticipation.

    Ranjin Singh:
    Ric Flair.

    Again, little gusto in Singhs promo.

    {Jim Ross:
    Indeed he will. Win, lose or draw, it’ll be Ric Flairs last ever championship match in thirteen days in Kansas City!}

    Ranjin Singh:
    And right now, the two men are going to make that match official with a contract signing. So, without further adieu, please give a warm welcome to the challenger - Ric Flair.

    Pop from the fans, despite Singh being a charisma vacuum in this role.

    **ALSO SPRACH ZARATHRUSTRA**

    The fans rise to their feet for Ric Flair, suited and booted, looking a million dollars as always as he confidently strolls down the aisle, showing off an expensive looking watch.

    Jim Ross:
    Without a shadow of a doubt - we are looking at THE absolute BEST - EVER. And on April 27 in Kansas City, The Nature Boy Ric Flair has one last shot at further immortality. One FINAL shot at holding the richest prize in the game, the championship synonymous with the man - and at Backlash, Ric Flair will look to BE the man one, last, time.

    The Coach:
    Sounds like a storybook ending, J.R. Just like Romeo & Juliet; oh, wait - that didn’t have a happy ending, did it?? That love affair ended in tragedy - just like Ric Flairs love affair for a seventeenth World Title at Backlash!!

    Flair slaps hands with fans on his way to the ring, and gives the camera a ‘WOOO’ as he reaches the ringside area, continuing to slap hands with fans at ringside.

    Jim Ross:
    It remains to be seen whether it will be a storybook ending or not, but write that man off at your peril. On any given night, anything could happen. We both know that.

    The Coach:
    Not this though. Not against The Champ, John Cena. There’s no way Ric Flair can beat John Cena, who is hitting his prime now that he has left behind the phoney nice guy image. He doesn’t have a big weight of expectations on his shoulders anymore, no more baggage to carry. Cena has a laser-like focus on the only thing that matters to him now - and that’s being World Champion.

    Jim Ross:
    You can say what you want, Coach. And you make a good point about John Cena - but I refuse to write off Ric Flair. Not when he knows it’s his last shot ever at the richest prize in the game.

    The Coach:
    Then you’re just as insane as I always thought you were. You sentimental old fool.

    Flair climbs into the ring, being given a warm welcome by the fans. He shows courtesy by shaking hands with Singh, before taking his seat at the table. Flair glances to the fans, with a big grin on his face, as he gets set to make his last ever title match official.

    Ranjin Singh:
    Thank you, Mr. Flair. And now, please welcome the current World Heavyweight Champion; John Cena!!

    **HATE ME NOW**

    The Nas theme is greeted by heat from the fans, with John Cena marching out through the curtain, title raised aloft over his head. Ignoring the audience, ‘The Man in Black’ has tunnel vision as he walks down the aisle, keeping the richest prize in the game above his head.

    Jim Ross:
    From the class of Ric Flair to the repugnant John Cena, there couldn’t be a greater contrast in attitude and respect between these two men. John Cena tried to bring the curtain down on Flairs illustrious career in ignominy a week ago. Cena attempted to embarrass and humiliate the greatest of all time, and it backfired.

    The Coach:
    Backfired?? Are you high?? It’s still six days until 4/20, J.R. Lay off that stuff. John Cena isn’t phased that Flair won last week. As far as The Champ is concerned, he’s got a night off at Backlash against this washed up has-been!!

    Flair remains relaxed and composed in the ring, sitting at the table with a slight smirk on his face, watching as Cena slides inside.

    Jim Ross:
    If John Cena thinks he’s got a free hit at Backlash, he’s gonna have another thing comin. If he thinks he isn’t gonna get the best version of Ric Flair; with the Worlds Title on the line on April 27, he’ll be waking up the following morning twelve pounds lighter.

    The Coach:
    Cena could sleepwalk his way to victory at Backlash. Stop getting peoples hopes up!! This isn’t a computer game, J.R. It’s not prime Ric Flair challenging Cena. It’s an old man who should’ve called it quits many, MANY years ago. But hey, you old timers don’t seem to know when to call it a day, huh, J.R??

    Jim Ross:
    Is that aimed at me, Coach??

    The Coach:
    You put the dots together, I didn’t.

    The World Heavyweight Championship is set up facing the hard camera on the table, as Cena takes his seat, showing a wry smile on his own face, settling in to look into the eyes of Ric Flair.
    Singh holds a clipboard up, as he speaks…

    Ranjin Singh:
    Gentlemen, I have the papers here, to make your match official for April 27 at Backlash, on Pay-Per-View. Mister Flair, as challenger, you will sign the contract first.

    Ric Flair:
    With pleasure.

    Singh places the contract down, and offers Flair a pen - but Naitch rejects the pen from the Interim GM, and dips into his inside jacket pocket, brandishing his own (expensive looking, gold) pen.
    Flair smirks at Singh, and shows him something engraved on the pen, before he puts the pen to paper, signing the contract, which gets a pop. Naitch looks over at Cena, who is also smirking, and mouths a tame ‘WOO’ at The Champ following his signature.

    Ranjin Singh:
    Thank you Mr. Flair. Now, Mr. Cena?? If you would be so kind…

    Singh then passes the clipboard to Cena, who motions to Flair that he’d like to use his pen, but Flair - still with a cocky grin - shakes his head, before the ring mic picks him up as saying; “Get your own.”
    Cena shrugs at the refusal from Flair, before taking the pen, and goes to sign the contract … then pauses. Boos fill the arena, and Flair shakes his head and rolls his eyes, before Cena picks the mic up.

    John Cena:
    It aint too late to back outta this, Naitch. I mean, you must know that you’re in over your head … right??

    Flairs expression doesn’t change, keeping his poker face, not giving Cena any ‘tells’.

    John Cena:
    Last week, I can understand. Things got a little outta control. Everything happened so quickly, you didn’t really have time to think about what you were getting into.

    Cena pauses for a moment, watching Flair.

    John Cena:
    You’ve had a week to think it over now. Reality must be settin in now, yeah??

    The Champ sits forward, nodding at Flair, looking for an affirmative response.

    John Cena:
    I know you’ve been chasing this inconceivable dream of becoming a seventeen time World Champ. But even you, deep down, couldn’t have believed you’d actually get that shot?? In 2008?? No. That was all talk, right?? Just Ric Flair bein Ric Flair?? I mean … you don’t really think you’re gonna win at Backlash, do ya??

    Heat. Flair finally breaks his expression, and picks up his own mic, speaking clearly and calmly…

    Ric Flair:
    I wouldn’t be sitting here right now if I didn’t, Cena.

    Pop. Flair waits as the pop dies down.

    Ric Flair:
    And I think you know that too. And despite your demeanour?? I think you’re worried that I will.

    Cena scoffs at that suggestion. Flair then sits forward, and taps the contract with his index finger with each word he speaks.

    Ric Flair:
    Now … Sign. The. Contract.

    Pop. Cena raises his eyebrows in faked surprise at the response.

    John Cena:
    Okay. Okay, Naitch. I’ll sign.

    The Champ puts pen to paper, and makes the match official, with the fans cheering.

    Ranjin Singh:
    And it is now official. At Backlash, in Kansas City, Ric Flair will challenge John Cena for the World Heavyweight Championship.

    Pop. Flair nods in approval, and gets up to leave, before Cena speaks up.

    John Cena:
    What?? No handshake??

    Flair stops, and affords himself a chuckle. He looks back at Cena, and thinks for a moment, before walking to the table and picks up the mic.

    Ric Flair:
    No. I wont shake your hand, Cena. Not now, not next week, and not at Backlash - even after I take that World Heavyweight title from you.

    Cena raises his eyebrows at the comment from Flair.

    John Cena:
    What’s with the hostility, Naitch?? Don’t take offence about what I said earlier. I just wanted to make sure you knew what you were getting into. No hard feelings, huh?? Come on, let’s shake hands.

    The Champ stands up, and walks from the table, keeping his hand extended - but Flair slaps Cena’s hand away. The fans pop big, as Cena tries to keep his cool.

    John Cena:
    Come on, I know it’s an emotional time for ya an’ all … but there’s no need to get frosty with me.

    Flair looks flabbergasted.

    Ric Flair:
    No n-

    Incredulous, Flair cuts himself off, and rips off his jacket, stamping it, before getting bug eyed, and comes right up into Cenas face.

    Ric Flair:
    No need to get “frosty”?? Are you kidding me?? Huh?? Last week on Raw, you tried to humiliate me, embarrass me, and END. MY. CAREER … and you want to know why I’m being hostile??

    Cena says nothing. Flair turns away from him, before proceeding to take off his tie, tossing it out of the ring. He turns back around, pointing at Cena.

    Ric Flair:
    You put me in the ring with that nobody - THAT NOTHING, THE MIZ?? - and tried to erase thirty years of my legacy, and you think there’s no need for me to be upset?? You’re scum, Cena. I’d cut my hand off before I’d shake yours.

    Flair is wide eyed, getting right into Cena‘s personal space, who tries to diffuse the situation.

    John Cena:
    Hey, hey - come on. Last week?? I was trying to honour you.

    Ric Flair:
    HONOUR?? YOU HAVE THE GALL TO CALL THAT HONOUR??

    Cena takes a step back to create some distance, putting his hand up innocently.

    John Cena:
    Hear me out. Last week, what I did was right out of the Nature Boy playbook. Dirtiest Player in the Game. I didn’t do anything last week you wouldn’t have done back in your prime. If anything, I thought you’d appreciate it, Naitch.

    Flair laughs at that and shakes his head.

    Ric Flair:
    I’d have to be a gullible old fool to buy that. As much as I wish I was, Cena - I wasn’t born yesterday. You tried to end my career in the most humiliating way possible last week. Because you don’t respect anything … or anyone. Not me, not the legacy of that championship, or the integrity of this business.

    John Cena:
    Hold up a second - If there’s anyone in this company I do respect and look up to, it’s you. And that’s no bull. I mean that, Naitch. We go way back. Hell Ric, you’ve been like a mentor to me over the years. We’ve spent many a night proppin up bars all over the country-

    Ric Flair:
    No. No we didn’t.

    Cena smirks, and then looks off to the hard camera;

    John Cena:
    Maybe Ric’s gone senile.

    Cena turns back around, but before he can speak again, Flair pipes up.

    Ric Flair:
    You and I didn’t share a drink. Not in this city, not in this country, not in any country. Because let’s call a spade a spade, John - this is really the first time we’ve met.

    John Cena:
    Oh … you really have gone senile, Ric!!

    Ric Flair:
    I’m not senile, kid. But just like everyone else, I got duped.

    Flair steps forward to confront Cena.

    Ric Flair:
    I got duped by a Con-man. That shouldn’t come as a surprise; this business is full of ‘em - but, yeah, the dirtiest player in the game got duped by a con-man. YOU!!

    Flair prods Cenas chest.

    Ric Flair:
    The guy I toasted, sank shots of Tequila with, told stories to?? The guy I thought could carry this business on his back and LEAD IT for the next ten, fifteen, twenty years and be a shining example of the good that can come outta this business … he called himself John Cena. He looked like you, talked like you - but the cat’s outta the bag - that guy was ALL. AN. ACT!!! That guy had CLASS!! HE was a ROLE MODEL!! But he wasn’t real. Unfortunately … you are.

    Cena feigns sorrow at the comments from Flair. Still, he has a smirk on his face.

    Ric Flair:
    No. Instead, we’ve all realised you have no class. You’re sure as hell no role model either. You don’t care about the men who paved the way for you, gave you this platform to be here today. All you care about is how you can get ahead, who you can step over, and how you can step over ‘em … even if it means selling out your soul … like you had one to sell anyway…

    Flair looks at Cena with disdain, as Cena takes a moment to think before speaking up.

    John Cena:
    I thought if anyone would understand me, Naitch … it’d be you. After all, you were the dirtiest player in the game-

    Ric Flair:
    I still AM the dirtiest player in the game - and don’t dare for a second think I’d understand a piece of garbage like you.

    The Champ raises his eyebrows at the comment, and corrects himself.

    John Cena:
    Okay … you ARE the dirtiest player in the game. But Naitch, you’ve gone soft, old man. Twenty years ago, you’d have been doing exactly what I’ve done. Like I said earlier, that stunt I pulled last week?? Nothing you wouldn’t have done. Don’t be a hypocrite now just because it’s the popular thing to do.

    Ric Flair:
    There’s only one hypocrite in this ring right now, and I’m lookin at him. And to compare yourself to me? That’s an insult. You and I?? We’re nothing alike, and we never will be - and I’ll tell you why.

    Cena nods, mouthing; “I‘m all ears.”

    Ric Flair:
    I didn’t lead people up the garden path, Cena. I didn’t pretend to be a nice guy. I was a no good son of a bitch - I STILL AM!!! But I never tried to pull the wool over peoples eyes and play nice. I didn’t paint myself as a good example for children - I made a livin off of bein ME. Not just playin the part of who I wanted to be - like you did for years. I didn’t line my pockets selling a phoney lie. HUSTLE?? LOYALTY?? RESPECT??

    Flair spits on the mat.

    Ric Flair:
    That’s what I think of you, Cena. I did some terrible things during my career - horrible, reprehensible acts. But everyone expected it from me. Because they knew who I was, and everything I was about. The limousines, the jets, the suits, the robes, THE WOMEN!!! THAT. WAS. ME!!! Not an act, not a con. REAL!! REAL!! REAL!! All of it!!

    Pop.

    Ric Flair:
    And that’s why I’m bowing out with the love and admiration of these fans up and down the country, all over the world. They respect everything I’ve accomplished in this business. But you?? You’ll never have this. (Points out around the arena) NEVER!! You lied to the fans for years - you lied to the boys in the back - and you lied to yourself!! They’ll never respect you for it. AND. NEITHER. WILL. I!!!

    Big pop for Flairs rant. Cena looks agitated.

    John Cena:
    That’s too bad, you feel that way, Ric.

    I bet it is”, Flair mouths sarcastically.

    John Cena:
    Out here preachin about respect. Since when did Ric Flair care about respect?? I’m gonna guess it was around the time you stopped holding these.

    Cena raises the title, and instantly gets heat from the fans.

    John Cena:
    I mean, how long has it been, Ric?? If you had any SELF RESPECT - you would’ve hung up that tired old robe ten years ago when realisation set in that you couldn’t cut it anymore!!!

    Heat.

    John Cena:
    But that wouldn’t work for you, would it Ric?? Bowing out gracefully?? Not the Ric Flair way, is it?? Your ego couldn’t let you accept the fact that you were over the hill. And that was ten years ago. Yet … you’re still here. And for what, old man?? Greed. Ego. You just love being the centre of attention - hearing these people chant your name, bow in your presence, worship the ground you walk on - and you just cant walk away from it, can ya??

    Flair looks away from Cena, trying to keep his emotions in check.

    John Cena:
    Well … let me let you in on a little secret … these people don’t love you, Ric. They pity you, they pity what became of the greatest of all time. Face facts. That guy you were?? The “Sixty Minute Man”?? “Slick Ric”?? He’s DEAD!! And you are just a shell of the man that was once Ric Flair.

    Heat. Flair looks concerned as he starts to take in what Cena says.

    John Cena:
    Still wearing those custom suits - like a fresh coat of paint … but that just covers the old rusted body work underneath. Just because you still look like “The Man” … doesn’t mean you ARE still “The Man” … you’re not. And you haven’t been for a long time, Naitch.

    Flair bows his head in shame, offering no argument, as Cena continues to dish out the ‘tough love’.

    John Cena:
    I tried to do you a favour last week, Naitch. But you just wouldn’t bow out with some shred of dignity. At Backlash … I’ll take the decision out of your hands.

    Flair has his head down, as the fans boo Cena. Ric brings the mic to his mouth while keeping his head down.

    Ric Flair:
    Oh jeez. God…

    Flair rubs his face, then runs his fingers through his hair, exhaling, looking up to the sky.

    Ric Flair:
    You-

    Naitch struggles, seemingly on the brink of tears.

    Ric Flair:
    You’re right, Cena. I didn’t see it … but … you’re right. I am just a shell, aren’t I??

    Flair looks at Cena, with tears filling his eyes.

    Ric Flair:
    And the adulation … it is pity, isn’t it??

    Ric looks away, looking at the fans, who try to tell him it’s not true.

    Ric Flair:
    The suits?? … you- … you’re right…

    Flair bites his lip, turns away, and leans on the rope for a moment, before turning toward Cena.

    Ric Flair:
    John … I’m sorry…

    AND FLAIR POKES CENA IN THE EYE!!!

    Flair surprises The Champ, and brings a rousing pop from the fans. Cena wheels away, holding his face, as the Dirtiest Player in The Game backs him up, ripping Cena’s shirt, before proceeding to chop the bare chest of The Champ.

    Ric talks trash to Cena, being the crazy old man he can be, before biting the face of the champion, and looks to shoot him across the ring, but Cena reverses, before meeting Flair with a thunderous clothesline!!

    Boos fill the arena, as The Champ turns the tables, and he quickly starts to stomp Flair with fury. Cena proceeds to spout off on Flair on the mat, dropping down and mounting the legend, before hammering him with thudding forearms.

    A small cut opens up on Flairs forehead from the blows, as Cena stands back up, and furiously tips over the table, as he barks at Ranjin Singh - who has retreated to the outside - before picking up the title belt.
    Cena wills Flair up, with Ric slowly rising, looking worse for wear … as Cena lies in wait, preparing for Flair to turn around … and plows through Flair with the title belt to the skull!!!

    The boos grow louder, as Cena stands tall, shouting “SHOULDN’T HAVE TESTED ME!!” before tossing the belt down, and drops down himself, applying the STFU to the prone body of the bloody Ric Flair!!!

    J.R pleads for Singh to put a stop to it on the outside, whilst Coach defends Cenas actions, saying that Flair started this - and Cena is finishing it. Cena cranks back on the hold, with Flair tapping out; but Cena has no intention on releasing the hold.

    But the boos suddenly turn to cheers - AS CHRISTIAN SPRINTS DOWN THE AISLE!!! Cena realises by the noise that something is up, and looks around, spotting Christian coming - and immediately, The Champ releases the STFU on Flair, and slips out of the ring!!!

    Christian JUST misses Cena by inches, with The Champ escaping. Captain Charisma calls Cena back to the ring, but Cena doesn’t entertain the offer, and instead kicks over the steps in anger - with Christian being a thorn in his side once again. In the ring, the former champion picks up the mic to address The Champ.


    Christian:
    Hey- Hey Cena!! You cant outrun me forever!! You can keep running, but I’ll always be here - RIGHT HERE - and I’m gonna be a thorn in your side. You’d better grow eyes in the back of that big old head. Wherever you are?? I wont be far behind!!

    The fans pop, as Christian throws the mic down, eyeballing Cena, who stands, hands on hips on the ramp, before shouting in frustration “this has nothing to do with you!!” and turning away to leave.

    In the ring, Christian checks on Flair, with the blood in the hair of Flair, and the Nature Boy looking dishevelled after being hammered by The Champ. Cena storms up the aisle, shaking his head in frustration at Christian running him off, whilst Christian helps Flair to his feet.



    Commercial Break



    Following clips of the previous segment, Raw returns backstage, where an agitated John Cena makes his way through the hallway, pushing past faceless workers, before storming into the General Managers office.
    Singh looks like a deer in the headlights, as The Champ slams his belt on the table, and pounds the table with his fist also.

    Ranjin Singh:
    That- that all got out of hand, John-

    John Cena:
    Damn right it did!!

    Ranjin Singh:
    That’s … not what I meant. If you had just signed the contract and behaved calmly, none-

    John Cena:
    No - don’t turn this around on me, Singh. I’m YOUR World Champion, asshole. I’M the centrepiece. You look after me and my interests. You need to get Christian on a leash, my man. Make it clear to him that his business aint my business no more!! Understand??

    Singh - the so-called ‘boss’ - timidly nods at Cenas demand.

    John Cena:
    And as for Flair??

    Cena picks the title belt back up and pats the famous gold.

    John Cena:
    Keeping this out of his grasp, and seeing the look on his face - and all those fans faces when I crush his dreams at Backlash?? That’ll be worth having to put up with all this BS.

    Singh continues to nod along at Cena. Cena places the belt over his shoulder, and stands tall, lecturing his boss once again.

    John Cena:
    You take care of Christian, and leave Flair to me. Yeah??

    Timidly, Ranjin Singh utters a ‘Yes’, as Cena nods, before leaving the office.



    Elsewhere, RIC FLAIR is helped into the trainers room, gushing blood, his shirt stained. Flair is sat down, with the trainer taking a look at the cut…

    Trainer:
    You’re gonna need stitched up, Ric. I want to take you to a local medical facility here just to get you checked out and given a once over. Okay??

    Flair glares at the trainer, and goes off on him.

    Ric Flair:
    I’m goin nowhere- NOWHERE!!! GET ME CENA!!! GET ME BACK OUT THERE!!!

    Officials restrain the crazy old man for his own good.

    Trainer:
    We need to get that cut looked at, Ric. You may have a concussion too. It’s too dangerous to let you out there.

    Flair points at his forehead.

    Ric Flair:
    Need to get this looked at??

    He then proceeds to punch his own head, creating more blood. He shows the trainer his hands, as he goes wild eyed.

    Ric Flair:
    THIS??

    Naitch wipes the blood over his own face.

    Ric Flair:
    I DON’T CARE ABOUT IT!!! THAT SON OF A BITCH!!

    Agents Ricky Steamboat and Dean Malenko enter the room, joining in to restrain the fired up Nature Boy. Steamboat tells the people in the room to let him talk to Flair.

    Ricky Steamboat:
    Come on, Naitch. You know we’re doing this for your best interest. Just think - rationally - for a minute. You need to get that gash looked at - now. You don’t need any problems going into this title match at Backlash. Truth is, you cant afford going into Backlash at anything other than a hundred per cent.

    Flair starts to settle a little, respecting the advice and honesty from Steamboat.

    Ricky Steamboat:
    Imagine if you don’t get this seen to?? If that opens up at Backlash, and the match gets stopped because you’re losing too much blood. Is that how you want this to end?? Be smart, Ric. You have a golden opportunity - one last shot at glory. Don’t screw this up for yourself. You can go out there now and fight John Cena … or you can use your brain, and get ready for when it matters - and that’s Backlash.

    Flair looks down, trying to compose himself, before looking up at his old rival and good friend, seemingly close to tears, giving Steamboat a nod - agreeing with Steamboats assessment, seemingly agreeing to go to the hospital.



    Back into the arena…

    William Regal is already in the ring, with his music playing - minus his put-upon tag partner, Goldust, after last weeks mishaps…

    Jim Ross:
    Momentarily, we will see the Blackpool native, William Regal in singles action for the first time in quite a while, Coach.

    The Coach:
    Yeah, it looks like he finally shed the freakish dead weight of Goldust.

    Jim Ross:
    Regal certainly wasn’t a willing party in Goldusts attempts to make the team permanent over the last few months, and it seems like after last weeks miscommunication, that tandem is no more. And I gotta be honest, I’m a little disappointed. Sure, Goldust may well be a few sandwiches short of a picnic, but he and Regal - had they been able to work out the kinks - with their experiences combined could’ve been potential contenders in the tag division on Raw.

    The Coach:
    And if that was true, our tag division would be a laughing stock. Regal saw the writing on the wall, he didn’t want to be stuck babysitting that painted idiot.

    Briefly, we see a sad looking Goldust sitting backstage with a tub of ice cream, watching the Raw feed on a monitor… before quickly shifting back into the arena, where Regal warms up…

    **MISERIA CANTARE**

    And, entering - hoping to finally have a match as a singles competitor after last weeks match never happened versus Shelton Benjamin - is CM Punk. Punk soaks up the boos, calmly stating; “It‘s clobberin time!!” on his way to the ring.

    Jim Ross:
    Well, William Regal is gonna have all he can say grace over with this guy. CM Punk, with no morals, no sense of loyalty, is about to have his first match since cruelly dumping Greg Helms at WrestleMania.

    The Coach:
    Another guy who shed some dead weight, J.R. There’s probably a lot of mutual respect between these two.

    Jim Ross:
    At least Regal had the decency to just tell his partner he didn’t want to team up with him any more. That’s all it took. He didn’t attack Goldust and dump him like CM Punk did with Greg Helms. And let’s remind everyone at home; Greg Helms suffered a serious neck injury the night after Wrestle Mania - the perpetrator as yet has not been found-

    The Coach:
    And don’t you try and insinuate anything either, J.R!!!

    Jim Ross:
    Oh trust me, I wont be putting the dots together on that one after the ear-bashing I took when we went off the air last week. I think the fans at home can make their own conclusions as to who was behind Greg Helms neck injury - an injury that has put the man on the shelf for what will likely be an entire year.

    The Coach:
    Greg Helms is gone for a year, Goldust has been ditched - let’s focus on the guys that are here, huh?? Can we do that, J.R?? You’ve got CM Punk and William Regal about to go to battle. Let’s focus on this, okay??

    Jim Ross:
    I certainly will. CM Punk is in action for the first time since WrestleMania, and it’s next!!!



    Commercial Break



    Match 1:
    William Regal vs. CM Punk
    Cagey start from Punk, who is keen not to get too bogged down into chain-wrestling with the master technician. Punk does his best to stifle Regal and frustrate the veteran, but the Brit has been around the horn too many times to fall victim to Punks tricks - having seen it and done it all himself - so he doesn’t go chasing the Chicagoan as he takes a break on the outside.

    Punk takes a walk, with Regal patiently waiting in the ring, but the fans grow restless. Punk eventually re-enters, and takes the upper hand over Regal, wearing him down with a sustained attack. Regal catches Punk though, as he springs off the ropes, and nearly applies the famed Regal Stretch submission, but Punk narrowly escapes the hold, and soon sends Regal - shoulder first - into the ring post, as Raw heads to a commercial break.

    {COMMERCIAL BREAK}

    Raw returns with Punk still in control, draining the energy from Regal with a long headlock, squeezing the air out of the veteran. On commentary, J.R announces that Ric Flair has indeed left for the night to go to a hospital. Punk engages with the fans whilst controlling the Brit, talking plenty of trash, but it leads him to take his mind off the important stuff, and allows Regal to fight back.

    Regal scores a few quick near falls, seemingly softening Punk up for the Knee Trembler, but Punk cuts him off with a roundhouse kick, and again takes over, but cant finish Regal off. Punk goes for the GTS, but Regal blocks it, sparking another fight back from the veteran, beating Punk in a fist fight.

    Punk though, sensing the danger, complains to the official, insinuating that Regal caught him low. Charles Robinson talks to Regal about it - distracting the veteran - and Punk takes advantage, attacking Regal from behind. He hits his running high knee into the corner, and puts Regal down with a bulldog, before clamping on the ANACONDA VICE!!!! Regal is powerless to escape and quickly submits to the hold.
    Winner: CM Punk @ 07:13

    Punk gets off to a successful start as a solo competitor, knocking off the veteran former I.C Champion - using some nefarious means in the process. Punk - with a irritating smirk on his face - has his hand raised by the official … but his smirk is quickly wiped off his face, as MATT HARDY comes gunning for him once again!!!

    The current Intercontinental Champion charges to the ring, but Punk manages to escape him - AGAIN - as Hardy makes a desperate lunge at the ropes to catch him. Still hungry to gain revenge for his fallen friend Greg Helms - though there’s no evidence Punk was the attacker - Hardy begs Punk to get back in the ring … but calmly Punk shakes his head telling Hardy; “No.”

    Boo’s ring out around the arena, with the fans in Jacksonville wanting Punk to get in the ring with Hardy … but the Straight Edge superstar isn’t interested in giving the fans - or Hardy - what they want. In the ring, Matt grabs a mic;

    Matt Hardy:
    FIGHT ME LIKE A MAN!!! COME ON!!! QUIT YOUR RUNNING AND GET YOUR SORRY, BACKSTABBIN ASS IN HERE!!!

    The fans pop for the intensity of Hardy, but Punk isn’t moved by the challenge. He stands on the ramp, arms folded, slowly shaking his head; No. With a grin on his face, Punk takes delight in seeing Hardy getting worked up in the ring. The I.C Champ kicks at the ropes in frustration.

    Matt Hardy:
    Now we all know why you’re called CM PUNK!!!

    Punk finds the insult funny, clapping toward Matt in the ring, and his demeanour only adds to Hardys frustration.

    Matt Hardy:
    Better yet, why don’t you start calling yourself CM BITCH!!! Cause you keep runnin like one!!! Grow a set, walk down that aisle, and face me like a man!!

    Still, Punk shakes his head, refusing to face up to Matt. The camera clearly picks Punk up responding toward the ring; “I‘ll fight you Matt - but on my terms. If you want a piece of me, it has to be worth my while!!”
    Hardy continues to pace around the ring in anger, as Punk walks away, much to the chagrin of the fans, wanting to see a fight. As Hardy continues to pace, J.R and Coach comment on the situation.

    Jim Ross:
    Look, I can see the frustration Matt Hardy has, it’s plain to see - and I don’t blame him - but he’s far too emotional right now. He’s allowing Punk to play him like a damn fiddle.

    The Coach:
    I don’t know where this guy gets off, J.R. What business is it of his to judge?? There’s not a shred of evidence that Punk put out Greg Helms. He’s jumping to conclusions - he’s determined to pin this all on Punk. Very convenient if you ask me. Almost too convenient … like Matt Hardy is trying to cover for something…

    Jim Ross:
    Oh- don’t even try that one. You’re right that there’s no evidence Punk attacked Helms. But everything points to him. And he’s enjoying seeing Matt Hardy completely lose his cool over the entire situation. Matt Hardy is a seasoned pro - and he needs to really get his emotions under control, because he’s just fuelling CM Punk right now.



    Commercial Break



    Raw returns, replaying the video promo that The Master Craftsmen cut at the weekend that aired on wwe.com, where Albright accepted Kurt Angles Backlash challenge, and Dinsmore & Haas challenged Shawn Michaels to find a partner to face them at Backlash.

    Following the footage, Raw returns, with Eve Torres standing by with SHAWN MICHAELS, having just watched the video.

    Eve Torres:
    Shawn, we’ve just watched the challenge issued by The Master Craftsmen this past weekend. Obviously, you haven’t had much time to react, but I think everyone wants to know … have you reached out and found a tag team partner to face Nick Dinsmore & Charlie Haas at Backlash??

    Michaels lightly scoffs initially and exhales.

    Shawn Michaels:
    Gotta be honest, that’s the first time I’ve watched that. Believe it or not, little lady, I don’t sit around surfing the WWE website all weekend. I got kids, I got a wife - I don’t have a whole lot of free time to check out videos on the internet. But I was aware of this little (searches for the word, wagging his finger at the screen)… thing. Saturday evening, my cell phone started blowin up with people asking me about it and it’s safe to say it came as a bit of a shock.

    Eve Torres:
    But do you intend on accepting the challenge??

    Michaels smirks.

    Shawn Michaels:
    Well … by the sound of the video, it doesn’t seem like I’ve much of a choice, does it?? I either find a partner outta the blue to challenge for the tag titles, or I face ‘em both on my lonesome. And- before ya ask … I aint gotta partner. I didn’t reach out to anyone - y‘know, Big Kev, he‘s still recovering from what Kennedy did to him a few months ago, Scott is Scott … and I doubt Marty Jannetty would be rushing to my aid, do you?? I didn’t make any calls, and no one reached out to me. And I aint surprised about that given the amount of people I’ve double crossed over the years.

    Eve looks to ask another follow up.

    Eve Torres:
    So … as it stands, you’ll have to face the World Tag Team Champions in a handicap match at Backlash??

    HBK nods, smiling and chewing his gum, looking relaxed, despite the predicament.

    Shawn Michaels:
    Sure looks like it. But hey - I’ve always loved a challenge. And I aint runnin from one now. Come the end of the night, I’ll march down to that ring, and tell The Master Craftsmen that come Backlash, I might be goin down … but I’m goin down the only way the Heart Break Kid knows how; by bringin everybody with me!!

    Shawn Michaels tips his cowboy hat at Eve and walks off the set, with Eve watching on, as we fade out…



    Back to ringside…

    Layla El is already in the ring, looking pleased and confident ahead of her in-ring debut on Raw, and we’re about to find out why…

    Jim Ross:
    Well, this is about as clear a sign as any that the inmates are runnin the asylum here on Raw. Ranjin Singh may be wearin the trousers in JBL’s absence, but the superstars of Raw appear to be telling him which ones to wear.

    The Coach:
    More baseless accusations, J.R!! When will it stop!!??

    Jim Ross:
    Baseless?? Layla El arrived on Raw last week, hasn’t had a match, but she fluttered her eyelashes in Singhs direction and all of a sudden she’s got a title shot a week later??

    The Coach:
    That’s just a welcoming gift.

    Jim Ross:
    A welcoming gift, huh?? I’m sure Beth Phoenix is delighted about that, given how long she’s been waiting for a shot at the gold, and personal feelings aside for the Glamazon, I cant deny that she is the true number one contender.

    The Coach:
    And I’ve no doubt Beth Phoenix will eventually get her shot at the winner of this match, but you have to stop with these wild accusations at our Interim General Manager…

    **STRONG AND SEXY**

    Gail Kim, the Womens Champion, strolls out to the ring, saluting the fans, making her way down the ramp ahead of the title defence.

    Jim Ross:
    Okay, well how about John Cena calling his own shots, picking and choosing who can and who cant get a shot at the title??

    The Coach:
    He’s the Franchise, J.R. You protect your assets!! No wonder you never made it further than the commentary position.

    Jim Ross:
    And what about The Master Craftsmen - the World Tag Team Champions - targeting Shawn Michaels, offering him a title shot IF he can find a partner by the end of tonight - that’s just forty eight hours notice. What about the other teams on Raw deserving of a shot at the gold??

    The Coach:
    You know as well as I do that there’s no team right now head and shoulders above the rest in terms of a number one contender in the tag division.

    Jim Ross:
    You’ve got an answer for everything, huh?? Well, you keep stickin your head in the sand - as far as I’m concerned, this show right now could be the Titanic heading directly for an Iceberg.

    The Coach:
    Yeah - if Ric Flair was to become World Heavyweight Champion, we sure would be the Titanic.

    Match 2 | WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:
    Gail Kim vs. Layla El
    Despite this being a title match, it isn’t much of a contest. Layla is clearly overmatched against the reigning champion, and despite a brief period of dominance in the middle portion of the contest, Layla is unable to hold off the champ. Gail Kim proves to be another level above the challenger, and puts Layla El away with an emphatic EAT DEFEAT to score the 1...2...3!!!
    Winner: And STILL Womens Champion - GAIL KIM @ 03:30

    Perfunctory title defence aside, Gail hoists her championship in the air, kissing the belt, but the celebration doesn’t last long as BETH PHOENIX - sans music - steps into the ring.

    Not looking to sneak up on Gail Kim or attack her, Beth makes her presence known to the champion, with Gail standing defensively, ready for a fight if it comes to it. Without saying a word, Beth merely points at the belt, then at herself, then at Gail - challenge made.

    And instantly, Gail nods - accepting the challenge. Beth nods back, appreciating the spirit of the fighting champion, but lets Gail know the intention; motioning around her waist that the title will be soon wrapped around her.

    Gail extends her hand to confirm the agreement … and Beth quickly accepts, before Phoenix FIRMLY and SHARPLY yanks Gail right up to her face. The two women stare at one another, neither showing fear for the other, before Beth releases her grip, and exit’s the ring.

    Jim Ross:
    Well, that looked pretty official to me. And I for one cannot wait to see Gail Kim and Beth Phoenix go one on one for the Womens Title!!

    The Coach:
    Whoa, hold up a second. I don’t recall Ranjin Singh confirming anything, and last I checked, he was in charge. And I know you don’t like the Raw superstars calling their own shots, right, old timer??

    Jim Ross:
    This is different and you know it. Beth Phoenix is the rightful number one contender. Gail Kim is the defending champion. There’s no reason this shouldn’t happen. They both want it.

    The Coach:
    Well let’s just wait for Mr. Singh to confirm it, huh??

    Jim Ross:
    That should be a no-brainer if you ask me, and when it does happen, we could be in for one hell of a title match.



    Footage cuts backstage to where CHRISTIAN is shown again, following his appearance earlier in the night, as he walks(~!!) ahead of his match coming up next…



    Jim Ross:
    And there ya see him!! The former two time World Champion!! Captain Charisma is in action for the first time since his crushing defeat at the hands of John Cena at Wrestle Mania - but WHO is he facing?? We’ll find out - NEXT on Raw!!!



    Commercial Break



    ***
    VIDEO PACKAGE


    Clips of John Cena - the OLD John Cena, happy, smiling, colourful shirts, playing to the fans…

    John Cena:
    That guy’s gone.

    Cut to Cena attacking Christian at Saturday Nights Main Event … and applying the STFU to William Regal a few weeks ago…

    John Cena: And now, you all have to live with the consequences - because it’s not just Christian that forced the REAL John Cena to step outta the shadows … YOU PEOPLE asked for it too.

    Shots of fans with anti-Cena signs, giving thumbs down etc.

    John Cena:
    You people despised me because I had the balls to not only chase my dream - BUT SUCCEED!!! YOU DESPISED ME BECAUSE I WENT OUT AND ACHIEVED WHAT YOU COULDN’T!!!

    Multiple shots of Cena winning each of his four World titles.

    John Cena: Be careful what you wish for. You wanted John Cena to show his true colours?? Well, here I am. The nice guy?? He’s dead and gone.

    More clips of Cena busting Christian up at Saturday Nights Main Event, and his new demeanour…

    John Cena: Say hello to John Cena. The REAL John Cena … you all brought this BACKLASH on … now you gotta deal with it.

    And end on a shot of a stony faced Cena…


    WWE BACKLASH | APRIL 27 2008 | KANSAS CITY, MO
    ONLY ON PAY PER VIEW
    ***
    {BANNER CREDIT; OBEY}

     



    Back into the arena…

    **JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES**

    Dressed to compete, Christian marches into view, walking with a purpose, as he looks to rebound off his loss at WrestleMania to John Cena.

    Jim Ross:
    It has been a rough couple of months to say the least for this man. Ever since losing the World Heavyweight Championship at the Survivor Series, Christian has been the victim of a series of unfortunate bad luck - almost all of which John Cena had a hand in.

    The Coach:
    And yet, he’s still pursuing The Champ. When will he learn??

    Jim Ross:
    This is personal, Coach. It’s about the title, Christian damn sure wants the gold, but it’s also VERY - VERY personal when it comes to Cena. Cena took the title in November, cost Christian a title shot on two occasions, then brutalized him at Saturday Nights Main Event on the Road to WrestleMania, before cheating Christian out of the title at WrestleMania last month.

    The Coach:
    And if that was me, by now, I’d be staying the hell away from John Cena if I was Christian. Cena aint playin anymore. It’s not a game.

    Jim Ross:
    It’s not a game for Christian either, Coach. He wants a piece of Cena, and he aint gonna rest until he gets it. But for now, he’ll have to deal with whoever Ranjin Singh has decided he’ll face this evening, as John Cena demands Christian be kept occupied.

    Christian waits in the ring, as he prepares to find out who his opponent is this evening…

    **SOME BODIES GONNA GET IT**

    The intimidating sight of the massive Worlds Strongest Man, accompanied by his manager Theodore Long fills the screen, with Christian pumping himself up in the ring in preparation for the challenge coming his way.

    Jim Ross:
    Not exactly an easy assignment for Captain Charisma. Mark Henry, over four hundred pounds of sheer brute force - the strongest man in the world.

    The Coach:
    What did you want?? Some scrub for your boy Christian to walk all over?? This is Monday Night Raw, baby boy. There’s no freebies here.

    Jim Ross:
    The least Ranjin Singh could’ve done was inform Christian who he’d be facing here in advance. Mark Henry, who since WrestleMania has made it a personal mission to make Shelton Benjamins life a living hell, is being tasked with putting-

    SHELTON BENJAMIN NAILS MARK HENRY FROM BEHIND WITH A CHAIR TO THE BACK!!!!!

    Jim Ross:
    IT’S SHELTON BENJAMIN!!! AND HE’S BROUGHT COMPANY!!!

    The Coach:
    What the hell is he doing here???

    The fans in Jacksonville pop for the attack from Benjamin, turning the tables on Mark Henry after two weeks of assaults - but the first chair shot DOESN’T put Henry down!!!

    Jim Ross:
    My Gawd, I think Henry did more damage to the chair than it did to him!!!

    The Worlds Strongest Man is wobbled, and he stumbles to the ringside area, as Benjamin scares off Theodore Long - before WHACKING the chair across the back of Henry again!!!

    Jim Ross:
    Ever since WrestleMania, Mark Henry - at the behest of Theodore Long - has pummelled Shelton Benjamin, but tonight, the roles are reversed!!!

    The Coach:
    Benjamin better put Henry down for good, because he’s only gonna get one chance at it!! And Henry is still standing!!!

    Henry leans on the ring apron, wincing in pain, as Benjamin leans back once more, and SLAMS the chair across the back for a third time as Henry peels away, staggering around the ringside area, until Benjamin cracks the chair into the legs of Henry - FINALLY bringing the mammoth WSM to his knees!!!

    Jim Ross:
    Like a big Oak tree, Henry has been chopped down!!! And Shelton Benjamin aint done!!!

    With Henry down, Shelton Benjamin doesn’t let up, and continues to pummel his foe with vicious, unrelenting chair shots to the legs and body, wearing the steel weapon out, finally gaining revenge following the last two weeks of attacks at the hands of Henry.

    The Coach:
    There’s no way Mark Henry can compete after this!!!

    Eventually, the beating is brought to an end, as officials and referees rush to the ringside area, creating space between Henry and Benjamin, as Shelton is forced to back away, but not before getting in the face of his former manager - Theodore Long - and telling the mouthpiece; “YOU SHOULDA LEFT ME ALONE!!”

    Jim Ross:
    A major act of defiance from Shelton Benjamin here tonight - my Gawd he sure as hell sent a message to Mark Henry and his former mentor, his former father figure, Theodore Long!!! And Coach, I think Benjamin ENJOYED it!!!

    The Coach:
    Yeah, he’s a sick man, alright. Brave man with a chair in his hand!! Let’s see him fight Mark Henry like a man!!!

    Benjamin is led away from ringside - to a rousing reception of cheers, with the fans pleased to see so much intensity out of Benjamin, whilst in the ring, Christian even manages to force a smile; impressed with the showing from Benjamin.

    Jim Ross:
    Well folks, I think we can safely say Mark Henry wont be facing Christian tonight!! And I’m sure that somewhere in the back, John Cena is very angry.

    The Coach:
    And for good reason. This isn’t a safe environment. Guys just taking it upon themselves to attack people like this. John Cena - as World Champion - is obviously gonna be concerned. He’s the man with the biggest target on the roster. If this can happen to Mark Henry, it couldn’t just as soon happen to him!!!

    With Theodore Long watching on, Mark Henry is slowly helped to his feet - taking four officials to help him up - with the Worlds Strongest Man wincing and holding his back as he limps from the ringside area, clearly unable to compete tonight.

    Long waves the match off, as he tends to his client, leaving Christian in the ring - outstretched arms, wanting to know what’s going on … as the fans begin to rumble … WITH UMAGA SLIDING INTO THE RING - HAVING COME FROM THE CROWD - AND ATTACKS CHRISTIAN FROM BEHIND!!!!!

    Jim Ross:
    WH- WHAT THE- WHAT’S UMAGA DOING HERE??? WHY- THE HELL IS GOIN ON HERE??

    Umaga batters Christian from behind, and puts the boots to Captain Charisma, stomping him down by the ropes, as Armando Alejandro Estrada watches with glee from the outside, imploring his Bulldozer to continue.

    {/SECOND HOUR}

    Jim Ross:
    Somebody get in there and stop this!!!

    Umaga drops a knee on Christian and proceeds to choke his long time rival on the mat, squeezing the life out of Captain Charisma. The Samoan Bulldozer drags Christian to his feet, no selling a few tame shots from Christian, before flattening him with a Samoan drop. Bouncing off the ropes, Umaga squashes Christian with a big splash, before roaring at the fans.

    Jim Ross:
    What in the hell is this about??

    The Coach:
    Well, it was okay for Shelton Benjamin to attack Mark Henry!! What’s the matter??

    Jim Ross:
    This is different and you know it!! This is an unprovoked assault, God damn it!!

    Again, he drags Christian up, and with no resistance from the two-time champ, Umaga effortlessly delivers the Samoan Spike to Christian. Finishing off the assault, Umaga drags the lifeless Captain Charisma to the corner, and proceeds to deliver a devastating Banzai Drop … not once … but TWICE!!!

    Jim Ross:
    We need some God damn answers here!! Why in the hell did Umaga just savagely assault Christian??

    The Coach:
    Because he felt like it!! And no one is gonna stop him if he feels like doin something.

    Jim Ross:
    There’s more to this, and you know it as well as I do.

    With Christian flattened, Umaga ends the puzzling beat down, as Armando joins him in the ring - looking much more pleased with the Samoan Bulldozer than he did when he publicly chewed him out last week on Raw. He leads Umaga out of the ring, beaming, as Christian writhes in the ring, coughing uncontrollably as he recovers from the attack.



    Commercial Break





    **VIDEO PACKAGE**


    Clip of Bret Hart rolling up Bam Bam Bigelow to win the King of the Ring tournament in 1993.

    “I‘M THE BEST THERE IS, THE BEST THERE WAS, AND THE BEST THERE EVER WILL BE”

    Narrator: It has given the platform for champions to establish themselves.

    Clip of Owen Hart being crowned King of the Ring in 1994, as we hear him yell over it.

    “I‘M THE KING OF HARTS!!!”

    Narrator: It has immortalized greats forever.

    Clip of Stone Cold Steve Austin winning the 1996 King of the Ring tournament, with the sound bite over it.

    “AUSTIN THREE SIXTEEN SAYS, I JUST WHIPPED YOUR ASS”

    Narrator: It ushered in the birth of a new attitude.

    Clip of Triple H having his hand raised in 1997.

    “THE KING OF THE RING!!!”

    Narrator: Stars have been born.

    Clip of Kurt Angle dropping to his knees in victory in 2000.

    “IT‘S TRUE, IT‘S TRUE”

    Narrator: Legends have been made.

    Clip of Brock Lesnar having his hand raised in 2002, as we hear Paul Heymans voice over the top.

    “THE NEXT BIG THING, BRRRRROCK LLLLLESNARRRRR”

    Narrator: Careers have skyrocketed.

    Clips of Mister Kennedy with the crown in 2006, Edge with his trophy in 2001 and Brent Albright a year ago, over a sound bite of Brent during his victory speech…

    “NOW THAT I’M KING OF THE RING, YOU PEOPLE ARE GONNA SIT UP AND NOTICE WHAT I’M CAPABLE OF!!”

    Narrator: The King of the Ring tournament has provided some of the most memorable moments in sports entertainment history, and on Saturday, June 23, 2008 … a new King will be crowned, in the home of royalty…

    Clips of London, Buckingham Palace, Beefeaters etc…

    Narrator: Once again, the King of the Ring tournament climaxes on NBC, with quarter finals, semi finals and the grand final. One rising star will eclipse all others…

    Quick clips again of the prominent former winners.

    Narrator: Which superstar will use the King of the Ring tournament to follow these legends, icons and immortals into the pantheon of greatness??


    ~ THE 2008 KING OF THE RING TOURNAMENT ~
    !! LIVE ON SATURDAY NIGHTS MAIN EVENT ON NBC !!
    JUNE 2008 | O2 ARENA, LONDON, ENGLAND
    ***

     




    Back from the commercial, clips air of the prior segment - and the TWO separate attacks - Benjamin gaining revenge on Henry and then Umaga shockingly assaulting Christian and delivering TWO Banzai Drops … before cutting backstage and into the office of Ranjin Singh.

    Singh is standing up, with Armando Alejandro Estrada on the other side of the desk, shaking hands together…


    Ranjin Singh:
    You held your end of the bargain - that should keep Mister Cena happy for now, I hope. So yes, Mister Estrada, I’ll grant your wish; your Samoan Bulldozer, Umaga … will go one on one with Christian at Backlash.

    Armando Estrada:
    Ha ha ha ha. Das terrific, Mister Singh. Umaga will be very pleased. And dat was uhhh … no holds barred … correct??

    Ranjin Singh:
    Absolutely. Whatever you want. Thank you.

    Armando Estrada:
    After de Samoan Bulldozer let ju and JBL down like he did at de WrestleMania?? Dat was de least we could do. And if ju don’t mind me asking … how is de boss?? JBL??

    Singh sighs. He holds up his cell phone and shakes his head.

    Ranjin Singh:
    He’s still off the grid. He hasn’t answered any texts, he wont pick up the phone. Meanwhile, I’m here dealing with this mess.

    Estrada pats the interim GM on the shoulder.


    Armando Estrada:
    Anything ju need?? Anything at all. Ju can call ju’re friend; Armando Alejandro Esssstrada. Yes?? And ju can tell de “Champ” he don’t need to worry about Christian getting in his way. De Samoan Bulldozer will be keeping dat puto busy for the time being. In fact, after Backlash?? Ju and Cena might not need to worry about Christian period.

    Armando then pulls away, giving the under pressure GM a nod, before leaving the room, having gotten what he came for.



    Back in the arena, THE HART LEGACY are already in the ring, whilst the ANGELS OF ANARCHY have joined J.R & Coach on commentary ahead of the upcoming match…

    **IT‘S A NEW DAY … IT‘S A NEW GENERATION**

    Cody Rhodes and Ken Doane make their way to the ring ahead of a tag team match that could lead to a future tag team title shot for the winning team. On commentary, Daniels & Williams both make it clear that as far as they’re concerned, they’re still in the hunt for the next shot.

    The Angels of Anarchy also make it clear that they‘re unhappy with the fact the Master Craftsmen appear to be handpicking opponents given the Shawn Michaels situation ongoing, as J.R sends us into a commercial with the tag team contest coming up when we come back…



    Commercial Break



    Match 3:
    The Hart Legacy w/Natalya vs. Cody Rhodes & Ken Doane
    Joined in progress, it’s a by the numbers tag affair, with Cody and Ken eventually working over Tyson Kidd following a hot start by the face tandem. The heel pair keep Kidd away from Smith, cutting the ring off, showing a lot of veteran instincts, with J.R giving the pair plenty of praise for their tactics, despite not being enamoured with either mans attitude.

    Daniels and Williams on commentary also begrudgingly put their pair over, but make sure to point out that Cody & Ken wouldn’t be so successful against a team like them. Eventually, Kidd sparks a fight back, and manages to tag in Harry Smith for the hot tag. Smith overruns Cody & Ken initially, but the two young heels manage to outnumber Smith and take him down.

    Kidd - having had a few moments to catch his breath - makes the save for Smith, and the match breaks down with the Hart Legacy seemingly on their way to victory, tossing Cody outside, and setting Doane up for an inevitable Hart Attack … but just before Kidd can leap off the ropes, Cody grabs Natalya on the outside - catching the attention of Kidd.

    Tyson drops off the apron, and Smith tosses Doane aside, as Cody uses Natalya as a shield. On commentary, Daniels points out that he and Williams wouldn’t let themselves get distracted like this - another reason they should be the top contenders for the titles - as Cody shoves Natalya at Kidd … whilst Doane surprises Smith with a roll up … 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winners: Ken Doane & Cody Rhodes @ 06:14

    Big win for the upstart pair of Rhodes & Doane as their stock continues to rise on Raw, whilst it’s a setback for the Hart Legacy, who try to gain a measure of revenge on Rhodes and Doane, but the heel pair escape before Kidd & Smith can get to them.

    Cody also makes a passing comment to the Angels of Anarchy at ringside, telling them to get in line, as he and Doane escape up the ramp. Daniels and Williams leave commentary, looking to pursue Rhodes & Doane along with the agitated Hart Legacy…

    **THREE SUNS AND ONE STAR**

    A pop rises from the fans (despite the music being for a heel team) as the surprising music of the former WWE Tag Team Champions -
    Smackdowns AMERICAS MOST WANTED - or should that be RAWS Americas Most Wanted … as it looks like AMW have been drafted to Raw - along with their valet; Michelle McCool.

    Jim Ross:
    Chris Harris - James Storm!! Americas Most Wanted are here on Raw!!! Indeed Coach - I’m just being told … yes - AMW and Michelle McCool have been drafted as one unit to Raw!!!

    The Coach:
    Yes!! The single greatest tag team in WWE history!!! Finally, they’re here on Raw!!! And we just got THREE stars for ONE draft pick!!

    Jim Ross:
    Ever since they arrived in the WWE, AMW have been the exclusive property of Smackdown, but now, they’re here on Raw!! They’ve spent more days as tag team champions in total than any other team in history. You might not like ‘em, I sure don’t agree with their actions - but this is a huge get for Raw!!!

    Harris and Storm stand at the top of the ramp, with a mic in hand, as the initial cheers become boos for the heel team…

    Chris Harris:
    We don’t need an introduction, do we??

    James Storm:
    Who?? Us?? They know who we are. We are the most wanted team in ALL the WWE, in ALL the world … but all you clowns down there don’t seem to be happy to see us.

    Indeed, none of the teams look happy to see AMW.

    Chris Harris:
    And y’know … we don’t blame ya’s. I mean, if we weren’t already who we are, we’d be pretty upset about Americas Most Wanted showing up on our turf.

    James Storm:
    Well… *Storm lifts his leg to mime a dog urinating* … your turf is OUR turf now. Monday Night Raw is the AMW show. So all you teams here on Raw that are scrambling around like the piss-ants you are, climbing on top of one another to see who gets the next shot at the gold … your tallest dwarf contest is over. The big boys are here now!!!

    Without microphones, Daniels and Williams make sure to show their displeasure at the comments from AMW, whilst Smith and Kidd also look angry.

    Chris Harris:
    And all of you can now just sit back and hope you get drafted in the opposite direction. We dominated Smackdown, we did it ALL there. So it doesn’t take a genius to work out we’re gonna do the same thing here on the red brand.

    James Storm:
    Tyson, Harry … you two already know all about us. You can tell your little boyfriends all about us if ya want.

    Kidd shouts from the ringside area; “Yeah - we beat your asses at WrestleMania!!”, as Michelle McCool speaks up from the stage.

    Michelle McCool:
    And it’s not just the tag team division we’re putting on notice. All you little girls here on Raw?? Prepare to meet a real woman. Chris and James will be ruling the roost in the tag team division, and alongside them, I’ll soon be holding gold of my own - and that’s the Womens title. You hear that, Nattie??

    Natalya nods, and looks to be challenging Michelle to come and say it to her face.

    James Storm:
    Oh - she heard. They all heard. And right about now, they’re all feeling pretty bummed out. Looks like all of your damn luck has run out…

    Chris Harris:
    And we aint one bit sorry about it!!!

    AMW drop the mics, and depart the stage, having sent their message to three of the leading teams on Raw - all six men looking agitated by the presence of the four time WWE Tag Team Champions…



    Commercial Break



    After brief clips of Americas Most Wanted’s arrival on Raw from Smackdown, we return to the ring, where THE MIZ is stood, proudly wearing his tattered Hardcore Championship, and with a mic in hand. Boos ring around the arena, as the irritating reality star prepares to speak, with a face like thunder…

    The Miz:
    I apologise in advance, because tonight, I wont be the wildly entertaining showman you’ve all come to love and respect-

    Heat. Miz conveniently misinterprets what the boos are for.

    The Miz:
    I understand you’re all very upset about that, but, frankly … I’ve had a horrible week. If you thought you people had it tough in your mind-numbingly boring jobs - for the small percentage of you in Jacksonville that do work, that is. I know to many of you a job is a foreign concept.

    Cheap heat - but Miz ignores it.

    The Miz:
    And while you probably think your life isn’t worth living - something in which I would wholeheartedly agree with … your sorry life probably ISN’T worth living … this week, I wish I could trade places.

    More boos.

    The Miz:
    A week ago on Raw, my world collapsed. Not only was I screwed out of a well deserved shot at the World Heavyweight Championship by Ric Flair-

    Miz stops in his tracks as the fans briefly chant “WOOO”.

    The Miz:
    Not only that, but my best friend was fired.

    The reality star pauses for a moment, then turns to look directly into the camera with a knowing smirk on his face.

    The Miz:
    Oh wait - I wasn’t supposed to mention that, was I??

    Mockingly, Miz covers his mouth with his hand. He turns away from the close up camera, and looks around the arena.

    The Miz:
    See, Ken Kennedy is persona non-grata around here now. We’re supposed to forget he ever existed.

    Dipping into the back pocket of his jeans, Miz produces an A4 piece of paper, and holds it up for all to see.

    The Miz:
    This - THIS - is the notice we have all been given when we arrived at Raw today. Coach and the fat man aren’t allowed to mention his name on commentary, the production crew have already edited him out of the signature at the beginning of the show, he’s been scrubbed out of all future advertising and I’d imagine his match with Triple H at WrestleMania will vanish from the DVD release.

    The Miz scrunches up the piece of paper and tosses it aside.

    The Miz:
    And worse still, because he’s been fired … now, I’m the one being punished. For what?? Being the man’s friend?? I have to suffer because he cant be punished any more?? Because make no mistake about it - what happened to ME last week, was a result of HIM not being here any more to take the heat.

    Boos from the fans for the excuse from Miz.

    The Miz:
    If what happened to me last week happened to anyone else on this roster, action would’ve been taken. They’d have been included in the World Heavyweight Championship match at Backlash. It’d be a triple threat match. But because I am who I am, and because I was friends with who I was friends with … I’m tossed aside like yesterdays news.

    More boos.

    The Miz:
    Jealousy. That’s what it is. I’m a mainstream personality, with the charm and personality of a Hollywood star, and the bad-ass ability as great as anyone to have ever held the World Title.

    Miz shouts over the boos, and steps up on the ropes as he does.

    The Miz:
    AND THEY CANT HANDLE IT!!! HOO-RAH!!!

    He settles down, and with an irritating grin, he softly speaks up again.

    The Miz:
    Well … how about this for a headline?? I’m GLAD I didn’t beat Ric Flair last week. I’m relieved to be out of that title picture. Because now, I get to focus all my energy on THE most prestigious championship in all the WWE …

    Proudly, Miz holds up the Hardcore title for all to see.

    The Miz:
    Ladies and Gentlemen - I’m the only champion in HISTORY that’s never lost a title match. Not one. When the lights are on, that’s when I shine. Ric Flair?? John Cena?? You two can squabble over that ugly yellow belt … because this right here is the title that matters around here. And all these people know it.

    He raises an eyebrow at more boos - and he’s still smiling.

    The Miz:
    The only people that don’t are idiots.

    Miz continues to grin as he gets under the skin of the fans.

    The Miz:
    And as a tenured veteran, I think it’s about time I gave back - unlike that greedy old fool Ric Flair. So, starting tonight, I’m announcing an open challenge for my Hardcore Championship.

    He nods, holding up a finger as if to tell the fans he has more to say.

    The Miz:
    Tonight, next week - every week - I’m only interested in competing with the newest young starlets that will shape the future of the business. I’m willing to give you the opportunity of a lifetime - something you can tell your children, grand children and great grand children … the time you shared a ring with THE MIZ!!!

    Heat.

    The Miz:
    So here it is - here’s your chance. A match with the King of Hardcore!! Right here, right now, on RAW!!! Come on now … don’t be shy … overcome your nerves …

    Without music, COLIN DELANEY - who has made a handful of appearances on Raw in recent months as a jobber - jogs down the aisle. Coach puts over The Miz like a saint for being such an inspiration by giving young up-and-comers a shot like this on National TV.

    In the ring, Miz removes his t-shirt and Gillet, looking pleased with himself as he eyes the scrawny competition coming his way. Whilst Coach sings the praises of Miz, J.R sees through the façade, and makes it clear that Miz isn’t doing this to ‘give back’, but to give himself an easy nights work.

    Match 4 | HARDCORE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:
    The Miz vs. Colin Delaney
    Miz offers Delaney a chance to lock up first of all, and quickly moves into a side headlock, looking very pleased with himself … until Delaney trips Miz, and outwrestles Miz, riding him on the mat, embarrassing the Hardcore Champion, who takes a moment to collect himself when getting to his feet. Miz can hear the laughs of the fans, and sees Delaney looking very pleased with himself.

    Miz offers a round of applause for Delaney, and offers a handshake to the jobber, which Delaney accepts - and Miz takes full advantage by kicking the scrawny kid in the nuts. Delaney goes down to his knees, and Miz reminds him “THAT‘S why I‘M Hardcore!! HOO-RAH!!”

    Miz ignores the boos, as he tosses Delaney through the ropes to the outside, and roughs him up with some of the weapons in his trolley (stop sign, trash can and a Jacksonville Jaguars NFL helmet.) After putting on the helmet and attacking Delaney with it, Miz then takes the helmet off, and stomps on it, enraging the fans in Jacksonville.

    That moment to mock the local team gives Delaney a chance to spark a brief comeback, attacking Miz with a tennis racket, and brings the match back into the ring, scoring a near fall on the champion, with Miz BARELY kicking out. Delaney - thinking he might just pull it off - goes outside and grabs a chair, but as he climbs back in, Miz kicks the ropes, and he takes the chair, smashing it off the back of the jobber, then follows up with the REALITY CHECK!!! 1...2...3!!!
    Winner: And STILL Hardcore Champion - The Miz @ 02:49

    After a brief scare, Miz prevails, but he made it much harder for himself than it should’ve been, and only goes to make more of a mockery of himself to the fans. He clutches gratefully onto his title belt, and rolls out of the ring, as he stumbles a little up the ramp.

    Jim Ross:
    I remember the days that real men - tough, hard as nails warriors - fought over that Hardcore title. Bob Holly, Al Snow, Mick Foley, The Big Bossman-

    The Coach:
    And let me finish your sentence, J.R … and NONE of them have ever shown the intestinal fortitude that The Miz just did!! The Miz is giving that Hardcore title the kind of credibility it’s never had before!! He doesn’t wear a sock, he doesn’t talk to a mannequin head and he certainly doesn’t dress in an evening gown!! I remember your old buddies Patterson and Briscoe making a mockery over that title. You wouldn’t catch The Miz dead in womens clothing.

    Jim Ross:
    I’m not so sure, Coach. And I don’t give a damn what Patterson or Briscoe wore, they’d still kick that idiots ass!! He’s a buffoon Coach, a damn buffoon and he’s making a mockery out of the word ‘Hardcore’.

    The Coach:
    You really are a bitter old fool, J.R. Times are changing. The Miz is the future.

    Jim Ross:
    Well God help us all if that’s the case…



    The camera cuts backstage, and we see REY MYSTERIO walking through the halls, shaking hands with a few faceless workers, as he gets set for action.



    The Coach:
    Now, you want to talk about buffoons, J.R!! How about this mask wearing midget!!?? Huh??

    Jim Ross:
    Rey Mysterio is gonna be in action in just a few short minutes folks - and his opponent will be the second draftee from Smackdown to Raw this evening. Who will it be moving to Monday Nights?? We’ll find out - NEXT!!!



    Commercial Break



    **BOOYAKA 619**

    As ever, Rey pops up from the trap door, and as always, is given a rousing ovation from the fans. Slapping hands and touching heads on his way to the ring, Rey looks as happy and vibrant as ever, despite not knowing who he is about to face in the ring.

    Jim Ross:
    This’ll be a big task facing whomever the second draftee is to Raw tonight. Despite his size, Rey Mysterio is one of the most respected superstars in ALL the WWE, probably the finest athlete to have never held a World title.

    The Coach:
    By who? He’s a goof!! And you have the audacity to complain about The Miz??

    Jim Ross:
    Rey Mysterio has fought all over the planet. He’s faced the best in the world, he’s beaten the best in the world!! The Miz is a walking joke!!

    The Coach:
    Yeah, well I cannot wait to see your face when Rey Mysterio is humiliated here by the newest member of the Raw roster…

    Jim Ross:
    Who is coming to Raw from Smackdown next…

    Mysterio reaches the ring, and patiently waits for the arrival of his opponent…

    **KASH MONEY**

    Somewhat of a let-down in terms of a big name move - but the match was never built up throughout the night for a reason - as
    KID KASH becomes the latest Smackdown star to move to Raw during the draft.

    The Coach:
    The Notorious K-I-D!!! It’s about time he made the jump to the big leagues!!!

    Jim Ross:
    He’s got over a decade and a halfs experience. A former Cruiserweight Champion over on Smackdown and a former ECW Television Champion, Coach. He holds wins over the likes of Paul London and Rhyno. This is a helluva addition to the Monday Night Raw roster, and you can be sure that Rey Mysterio is gonna have his hands full here tonight.

    Kash marches confidently to the ring, sliding inside, as he eyes up a perfect debut by knocking off one of the biggest names on Raw…

    Match 5:
    Rey Mysterio vs. Kid Kash
    Tremendous athletic encounter, as you’d expect, with Rey always exciting, and Kash keen to make an impression on his first night on Raw. It’s a fast and furious start to the match, typical of the cruiserweight style with counters and reversals galore, until the two men come to a stand-off.

    The fans voice their appreciation for the athleticism, and both men acknowledge the other, with the two shaping up for a handshake - but Kash kicks Rey in the gut!!! Kash takes advantage of Reys good nature, and firmly re-establishes himself as the heel after the fan-friendly opening exchange. Kash slams Rey down and beats him down in the corner to take full control as Raw heads into a commercial break…

    Commercial Break

    Back from the break, Kash is still in control, wearing Rey down with a side headlock, as clips are shown from during the break where Rey briefly made a comeback, but missed a somersault plancha to the outside, giving Kash the upper hand again. Back live, Rey again sparks a comeback, fighting out of the hold, and quickening up the pace - but again, Kash is equal to Rey and cuts him off with an arm drag.

    Kash shoots Rey off the ropes, but Rey counters a back body drop, landing behind Kash on his feet, and dropkicks Kash in the back, sending him tumbling to the ropes, and looks for the 619 - but Kash explodes from the ropes, running through Rey with a deep knee to the gut before pulling off an impressive hurricanrana - running up the ropes and leaping back off to do so!!! Cover; 1...2...NO!!!!

    The fans appreciate the feat, even though Kash is a heel, as he pulls out ALL the stops to try and get off to a winning start on Raw. Sensing the end, Kash looks to set up the Dead Level, but Rey spins out, into a wheelbarrow position, with Kash lifting him, but Rey counters with a bulldog!! Rey follows up with a tilt-a-whirl head scissors, but before Rey can keep his comeback up, Kash rolls out of the ring!!!

    Boos ring out for the dick move from Kash, who gets in the fans faces at ringside, not caring about what they think. Not waiting around, Rey delivers a baseball slide that knocks Kash down, then splashes off the top to Kash on the outside!! Rey rolls Kash back in, and waits for Kash to stir, before leaping onto the ropes, and delivers a seated Senton - CAUGHT BY KASH - POWERBOMB!!!!! 1...2...REY KICKS OUT!!!!!

    Kash is livid with the kick out, and hammers Rey for it, stomping him down in the corner, dragging Rey to his feet, slamming him back down, setting Rey up as he climbs the turnbuckles, then moonsaults off the top - CONNECTING with Rey!!! Kash covers, 1...2...SHOULDER UP!!! Rey kicks out!!!!!

    Again, Kash is beside himself. After arguing with the referee, he drags Rey up, talking trash to his opponent, losing his cool in frustration, before attempting a side suplex - but Rey flips out, and dropkicks Kash into the ropes again - and this time, he doesn’t miss the 619!!! Rey sets himself in preparation for Kash getting up … WEST COAST POP!!! 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winner: Rey Mysterio @ 09:56

    Mysterio wins the match - but not without a fight!! Rey looks relieved - acknowledging how difficult the match was. J.R puts over the performance of Kash, stating that on another night, he would’ve been victorious on more than one occasion, but on this night, Rey came through.

    He also makes the claim that while Smackdown may have the Cruiserweight title - Raw may well have the best two cruiserweights on the planet based on tonight‘s showing. Coach also praises Kash, stating that NO one will be too eager to take on Kid Kash and that Kash is the real deal.



    Commercial Break



    Back from the commercial, Matt Striker is standing by with a grinning CM Punk…

    Matt Striker:
    CM Punk, I appreciate you taking the time to speak with me this evening, as there are still a lot of unanswered questions surrounding you at the moment.

    CM Punk:
    I have all the time in the world, and nothing to hide…

    Punk continues to wear that shit-eating grin…

    Matt Striker:
    Well, first off, I have to ask, flat out - the attack on Greg Helms. A brutal assault that has put him out of action, and as a result will require him to undergo career threatening neck surgery. Where you the perpetrator behind that attack??

    Punk mockingly raises his eyebrows before scoffing with one solitary ‘Ha’.

    CM Punk:
    It’s not me that should have to answer questions about Gregory, Matthew. If the people in charge at the US Airways Centre in Phoenix - the site of Gregory’s horrendous accident - had the appropriate number of security cameras set up around the arena, there would be no need to search for an assailant, and I wouldn’t have to defend my good name.

    He insincerely smiles at Striker, resting his arm on Strikers shoulder.

    CM Punk:
    All I can do is offer an opinion. And my opinion, Matthew, is that someone saw an opportunity to eliminate a problem. They saw me walk out on Gregory at WrestleMania, and they realised they had the perfect patsy to take the fall for injuring the poor guy. And hey, I’ll be honest, if I wasn’t me?? If I was say … Matt Hardy?? I could see why CM Punk would be the prime suspect.

    Almost revelling in the moment, Punk turns directly to the camera and smiles.

    CM Punk:
    But I have an alibi. And that’s where the attacker made a mistake. See, when Gregory was found - lonely, helpless and unconscious backstage with his broken neck - where was I?? Hmm?? Well?? Where was I, genius??

    Sheepishly, Striker answers.

    Matt Striker:
    You were … in the ring. But even thou-

    CM Punk:
    Ah- ah- ah - no buts Matthew, no buts. I was in the ring. So I say to you, Matthew … I have an alibi. I don’t need to prove my innocence. And if you think I’m gonna stand here and just willingly admit I did it - even though I didn’t, of course … I’d have to be real stupid, wouldn’t I?? So if you, and everyone else around here want to pin the blame on me?? Then I suggest you, Matt Hardy and everyone else finds some PROOF!! Proof … you’re supposed to be intelligent … you’ve heard of it, right??

    Striker nods.

    CM Punk:
    And as for Matt Hardy?? …

    Again, Punk looks directly into the camera, and waves.

    CM Punk:
    Hi Matt. For some reason, you seem pretty convinced I was the one that broke your buddy Greg Helms neck. Why you think that?? Beats me. And I get the impression you want a piece of me, like you’re some kind of avenger, desperation for revenge for Greg …

    Punk sniffs the air…

    CM Punk:
    I can SMELL the desperation Matt. And it’s pretty pathetic. You really don’t have much of a poker face. See, I know how bad you want to get your hands on me … and I have no problem getting in the ring with you. Despite what you might think, I’m NOT running scared.

    Devilishly, he grins again.

    CM Punk:
    But you played your hand, Matt. You made it plainly obvious you wanna get your hands around my neck, and I’m willing to give you that chance. But you gotta make it worth my time. I’ve got something you want … and you’ve got something I want. You have that Intercontinental Championship … and I want it.

    Punk pauses, still grinning.

    CM Punk:
    Have I earned a shot?? No. Of course not. But I’m the one in control here, Matt. And mark my words - until you grant me a shot at that Intercontinental title?? You wont get a chance to punch me in the face. Over to you, champ.

    Punk mocks Matt Hardy V1 salute, and walks off the set, leaving Striker to watch as he leaves.



    Back inside the arena, ‘Take it All’ by Zididada is playing…

    Jim Ross:
    CM Punk makes my skin crawl!! He’s almost celebrating the fact he was behind the assault on Greg Helms two weeks ago - and he knows there’s no evidence to put him at the scene. And now he thinks he can call his own title shots??

    The Coach: He’s a smart, smart man, baby boy. And I for one like the idea of CM Punk as Intercontinental Champion.

    Jim Ross:
    We’ll have to wait and see about that one, Coach. In any event, we have at least ONE title match set for Backlash in thirteen days time, and it will pit the reigning champion, ‘The Man in Black’ John Cena defending against the history chasing, greatest of all time, Nature Boy Ric Flair!! Will Flair call it a career with one final night where he can call himself champion??

    The Coach:
    This aint a fairytale, old timer. We all know Ric Flair won his first world title in Kansas City and could win his last there too - you haven’t stopped parroting that for the last week … but it wont happen. It cant. Ric Flair simply CANNOT beat the best in the business - OUR champion, John Cena. And next week on Raw both Cena and Flair will be on MY show; The Playas Club!! It’s back next week!!!

    Jim Ross:
    I’m sure you’ll be as impartial as ever, Coach. But regardless, it’ll be one hell of a night in Kansas City, one hell of an atmosphere, and I cannot wait to see Ric Flair chase a seventeenth world title. But that’s not all on the horizon; Brent Albright will go one on one with Kurt Angle!!

    The Coach:
    Brent Albright has had an incredible twelve months; King of the Ring, U.S titles, Intercontinental titles, and he’s now a world champion in waiting with the Money in the Bank briefcase. Kurt Angle WAS great; but he had his time, and at Backlash, it’s a passing of the guard - whether Angle wants it to be or not.

    Jim Ross:
    That promises to be a classic - but when Christian tackles Umaga it sure as hell wont be pretty. It’ll be No Holds Barred.

    The Coach:
    Great match-making from the interim GM. Things are going from bad to worse for Christian right now - off the back of that soul destroying loss at WrestleMania, now, he has a fired up Samoan Bulldozer to deal with … and worse still, Umaga wont be facing any kind of restrictions. No Holds Barred?? Christian has no escape.

    Jim Ross:
    And - just added - we’ve been informed that Mark Henry and Shelton Benjamin - two former team mates - will go one on one!!! This one will surely come to a head in thirteen days - what an almighty task ahead for the Black Diamond against the Worlds Strongest Man!!

    The Coach:
    I thought Christian was in trouble - Shelton Benjamin is doomed. He’ll regret the day he ever crossed Theodore Long.

    Jim Ross:
    And despite the earlier handshake agreement, it has yet to be made official between Gail Kim and Beth Phoenix for the Womens title. Surely it’s only a matter of time before that match is confirmed??

    The Coach:
    Who knows, J.R??

    **SEXY BOY**

    Shawn Michaels music to the delight of the fans, as HBK makes a rather understated entrance, no dancing or smiling - Michaels slaps a few hands on his way down the ramp, but doesn’t look happy in the slightest.

    Jim Ross:
    And we’re about to find out if Shawn Michaels has a partner to face the tag team champions at Backlash!! If he doesn’t, it’ll be an hellacious uphill battle in a 2 on 1 handicap against the best tag team in the world right now!!!

    The Coach:
    He sure has the look of a man who knows he’s gonna get his sorry ass beat down at Backlash. That’s what he gets for having no friends, and backstabbing all the friends he had!!!

    Jim Ross:
    When we come back, we will indeed find out whether we have a tag team title match at Backlash, or a 2 on 1 beating… we’ll be right back!!!



    Commercial Break



    Back live, Shawn Michaels is in the ring, waiting to speak…

    Shawn Michaels:
    Y’know … WrestleMania sure does feel like a long time ago already. I was on top of the world after beating Brock Lesnar at the Showcase of the Immortals.

    Pop.

    Shawn Michaels:
    For months, people had written me off, told me I was finished, that I couldn’t go anymore…

    Michaels pauses, and smirks.

    Shawn Michaels:
    How quickly times change, huh?? Now, two weeks later, the man in charge around here thinks I’m capable of beating TWO people at once. I mean - I know Brock Lesnar is a big dude, but he’s still only one man.

    HBK pauses, and acknowledges a slight ‘H-B-K’ chant with a smile.

    Shawn Michaels:
    And yeah, I know I could’ve reached out an asked someone to be my partner at Backlash, but the Heart Break Kid doesn’t go with his cap in hand beggin for help from ANY-BOD-AYYY!!!

    Pop for the act of defiance from Michaels.

    Shawn Michaels:
    So Haas?? Dinsmore?? You got your answer. Here I am, ONE man. And sure, I’m gonna be swimming against the tide at Backlash … but if there’s one thing ‘ol Aitch Bee Kay loves to do, it’s to shock the world, upset the apple cart and stick peoples opinions right where the sun don’t shine!!!

    Another pop.


    Shawn Michaels:
    You boys want me at Backlash?? YOU’RE ON!!!!!

    More cheers.

    Shawn Michaels:
    And the more I think about it, the more I think the odds AREN’T in YOUR favour - but MINE!!! Because lemme tell ya - you’re gonna get the absolute best of me at Backlash. You’ll get The Showstopper … you’ll get the Headliner, you’ll get-

    **MEET YOUR MASTER**

    The Master Craftsmen - all three of them - cut Michaels off mid flow, much to the chagrin of the fans, as Haas and Dinsmore take centre stage on this occasion…

    Charlie Haas:
    Sorry to interrupt, there Shawn … but I think we all know how that little saying goes. We’ve heard it enough times.

    Nick Dinsmore:
    And I think we all know how our match is gonna go at Backlash. You talk a big game, Shawn … mighty big game. But you know as well as we do, and as well as these people do … at Backlash, you’ve got a big problem.

    Haas points at the tag titles.

    Charlie Haas:
    We’re not just two guys that have been thrown together to take you on Shawn. We’re a well oiled machine. These titles mean we’re the BEST team on Gods green earth. We beat TEAMS. There’s only one of you.

    Nick Dinsmore:
    And even if you had got a partner - if Marty had dusted off the old Rockers gear?? He would’ve just been going along for the ride anyway. You’ve done him a favour by not picking up the phone.

    Charlie Haas:
    It’s okay though Shawn, you don’t have to put this show on. Just be honest. Face facts, and admit to these people that you don’t stand a chance against us.

    Michaels rubs his stubble, taking a moment before he answers.

    Shawn Michaels:
    Listen up and listen good - I’ve never walked into a fight without believing I had a chance. I’ve fought bigger guys than the pair of you jokers just to get in a fight. I may well go down at Backlash - that wont be a first. But let me make something clear - and it’s something I’ve said time and time again … if I’m goin down?? I’m bringin EVERYBODY with me!!!

    Pop. Michaels isn’t done.

    Shawn Michaels:
    And when I say everybody?? That includes you too, Brenty boy!!!

    Pop again. Albright’s eyes bug out at the call out, and takes a mic from Haas.

    Brent Albright:
    You must really have a death wish, Shawn. Getting your skinny ass kicked by Charlie and Nick not enough?? I have no problem joinin ‘em after I get done with Angle at Backlash. Hell, that’d be a pleasure!!!

    {/OVERRUN}

    Shawn Michaels:
    Well … why wait until Backlash?? Why not come get some tonight??

    Michaels issues the challenge, much to the delight of the fans … with the Master Craftsmen taken aback by the audacity of HBK. The three men talk between themselves for a few moments, as Michaels removes his jacket and hat … before Albright speaks up again.

    Brent Albright:
    If that’s what you want?? The three of us are more than happy to put you outta your misery right now. It’s just a pity you haven’t got anyone to help fight your corner!!!

    Albright marches down the ramp with Haas and Dinsmore, tossing the mics, as Michaels readies himself in the ring. The trio surround the ring, as Michaels sets himself, whilst Coach questions if HBK has lost his mind bringing this beating on himself.

    Haas climbs up onto the apron, but is quickly knocked back off by Michaels, and HBK manages to do the same to Dinsmore on the other side, but by then, Albright is in the ring, and he blasts Michaels from behind.

    Albright beats Michaels down, and Haas and Dinsmore quickly join him - killing off any chance of a fight back. HBK cant even get a shot off, and is forced to turtle up to protect himself from the trio, as they put the boots to Michaels, beating him into the canvas.

    J.R calls it a mugging, whilst Coach rightfully points out that Michaels brought the beat down on himself before suggesting J.R join HBK if he is so outraged. The beating continues in the ring, with Albright, Haas and Dinsmore all dragging HBK up, with Haas and Dinsmore restraining Michaels as Brent lines up a briefcase shot…

    **TIME TO PLAY THE GAME**

    There’s an almighty ERUPTION inside the Veterans Memorial Arena … and Albright drops his briefcase ... as TRIPLE H slowly walks out onto the stage (milking the ovation) … and the Master Craftsmen look stunned in the ring at the unlikely appearance from The Game.

    Jim Ross:
    THE GAME!!! IT’S TRIPLE H!!!

    The Coach:
    What the hell is he doing out here??

    Jim Ross:
    COULD IT BE??? IS TRIPLE H OUT HERE TO SAVE SHAWN MICHAELS???

    The Coach:
    NO!!! They hate each other!!!

    Jim Ross:
    Listen to this place!!! Jacksonville is SHAKING!!!

    The Master Craftsmen dump the lifeless body of Michaels, tossing him out of the ring, and turn their attentions to The Game, as he slowly makes his way down the ramp, soaking up the reaction from the fans.

    In the ring, despite the initial trepidation, the Master Craftsmen look more confident, pointing out that there’s three of them, and only two of Triple H and Michaels.

    On the outside, Triple H reaches Michaels at ringside, and offers Shawn a hand - to an ALMIGHTY pop - with Michaels looking surprised himself … before accepting the offer!!

    Triple H pulls Michaels to his feet, and the two don’t say a word - they look into each others eyes and both nod - turning their focus to the ring, with Albright, Haas and Dinsmore still keen - again pointing out it’s 3 on 2.
    A ‘D-X’ chant starts to build throughout the arena, getting louder every second, as the original DX members climb up onto the apron - with the Master Craftsmen stepping back, gladly inviting them inside … again pointing out it’s 3 on 2...

    …UNTIL TRIPLE H REVEALS A SLEDGEHAMMER FROM THE BACK OF HIS JEANS!!!!!

    Another HUGE pop engulfs the arena - Triple H has the equalizer!! The confidence on the faces of the Master Craftsmen drops, and as Triple H and Michaels get into the ring, the Craftsmen panic - and try to get the jump on them…

    But Dinsmore instantly eats a sledgehammer shot to the gut, and Michaels ducks a Haas clothesline; SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!!!! Dinsmore rolls out after the hammer shot, and The Game looks to swing at Albright - but Mr. Money in the Bank escapes JUST in time!!!!!

    Albright escapes unscathed, and drags Haas from the ring, whilst Dinsmore crawls away from ringside, grimacing in pain. The Master Craftsmen look to regroup as they escape up the ramp, whilst in the ring, Michaels and Triple H come face to face … AND HUG!!!!!

    Once more, the fans are in hysterics, a DX reunion!!! J.R and Coach remain silent, sitting the moment out and letting it speak for itself, as Michaels and The Game turn their attention to the Master Craftsmen, with Triple H motioning that he and Shawn will be teaming up at Backlash.

    Haas, Dinsmore and Albright all look amongst each other, all looking concerned - having never expected this to happen. In the ring, Michaels and Hunter take a corner each - saluting the fans, as Raw goes off the air amidst absolute chaos…


    END OF SHOW
     
     
    ---
     
     
    Official Card for WWE Backlash:
    April 27 2008 | Sprint Centre, Kansas City MO
    Theme Music; ‘Take it All’ by Zididada


    World Heavyweight Championship Match:
    John Cena vs. Ric Flair

    Grudge Match:
    ‘Mister Money in the Bank’ Brent Albright vs. Kurt Angle

    NO HOLDS BARRED:
    Christian vs. Umaga
    w/Armando Alejandro Estrada

    The Brotherhood Implosion:
    Mark Henry
    w/Theodore Long vs. Shelton Benjamin

    *Much thanks to OBEY for the graphics for this thread.*


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