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    As someone from WF this has been one of the best BTB I have ever read if not the best. The way you slowly have built everything and link everything together is amazing.

    One example is the change in Cena's theme music. The hate me now theme is just too perfect for a heel Cena and the build up to his heel turn in this thread has been amazing. So slowly done and even when it happened it was still shocking because of when you pulled the trigger even though we kind of knew it was coming.

    The way you have built this phoney Cena is great and Ric Flair as his first feud post-mania fits perfectly with Cena being so fake towards Ric Flair. Flair calling out Cena for being fake was great whilst Cena trying to act like him and Flair are the same still showing the delusion that goes on in Cena's mind. Ric Flair taking down Cena after faking sadness was gold. Curious to see what part Christian plays in the Backlash match.

    Ranjin Singh being GM of Raw is really interesting as a basically the most cowardly and worse GM ever. Love watching the heels run over him. Feel like this GM run will run it's course soon however curious to see if JBL comes back or someone else takes over.

    Punk picking up the win over Regal makes sense. CM Punk being a manipulative bastard is always going to be fun.

    Good to see Gail Kim picking up the quick win. Beth vs Kim should be a fun match at Backlash though maybe something happens in the mean time.

    Three guesses for who was behind the Umaga attack. Did think Umaga was going to go to Smackdown in the draft and be the one to end up dethroning Edge. Seems like he will be feuding with Christian for a while. Good to see Shelton also gain the upper hand in his feud with Mark Henry.

    AMW to Raw I like as mentioned they have never been on Raw and have really done all they could as a team over on Smackdown. Nice promo to introduce them to the Raw roster.

    Miz carries on being a highlight of this thread whilst keeping Kennedy's name in the forefront of people's mind.

    Decent match with Rey picking up the win. Curious to see what Kid Kash ends up doing on Raw.

    DX Reunion is the perfect way to end the show and I am looking forward to this match.

    Backlash is looking an amazing card awesome show as always Wolf Beast

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    Thoughts on Raw

    The Cena/Flair opening was brilliant in continuing to erase the image of the old Cena. I applaud Cena calling out Flair for doing anything to get to the top. But as Naitch points out he was always a bastard whilst Cena was a con man trying to put his ideals on the fans.

    Christian was the white knight for Flair again but with Cena pulling Ranjin Singh's strings he might have bitten off more than he can chew. I like that you've put Umaga in as a buffer to keep Christian and Cena apart. I think down the line that is where the money match is with Brent Albright waiting to strike once Cena is dethroned, which I think Christian will end up doing. If Flair doesn't end up on the scrapheap I think it would be a waste of Cena's turn and progress to have Flair go over, no matter how great that would be for nostalgic purposes.

    The debut of AMW on Raw is definitely interesting and part of me hopes they are the next challenge to The Master Craftsmen, despite who is next in line for the title shot. I find it very interesting that The Angels Of Anarchy are pissed off with Shawn Michaels jumping the gun to a title shot, maybe they will play their part at Backlash.

    The women have a very intriguing match ahead of them with the respect being shown between Phoenix and Kim. It's definitely a 'wrestling' match as opposed to some of the 'looking pretty counts first' encounters we saw in the period after this era.

    So The Miz is intent on keeping Kennedy relevant. I'm surprised that nobody came out or shut Miz's mic off during this segment. I think his big mouth is definitely going to get him into trouble and maybe after a few defences against the 'new breed' of superstars he will be dethroned by a surprise debutant. Not sure who but I definitely see it going that way.

    CM Punk is in my opinion not the man behind the attack on Gregory Helms. I'm not sure who you have lined up for this but it would be really funny if it ended up being Matt Hardy. Punk versus Hardy for the IC title definitely excites me and I think we may be heading for The Summer Of Punk as the best midcarder on the red side of the WWE.

    Mysterio vs Kash just makes me think of ECW which is cool. I'm keen to see what happens with Mysterio from here on out and whether he gets pushed into the main event scene or is stuck in the midcard scene. His popularity is sky high as always but I'm not sure he really should be around the main event scene. I felt that way about him in real life too.

    The DX reunion was an awesome way to conclude the show and it rightly went on last. I figured Trips would be the man despite the animosity between the two over the last few years as he mentioned Scott and Kevin but not The Game. Trips pulling out the equaliser in the sledgehammer was great and DX really wounded The Master Craftsmen, not something we have seen done too much lately. The tag match intrigues me for sure but DX as champs, I'm not too sure that is the best way forward for the division. Unless it is a temporary reign of course, that I could dig.

    Overall a very interesting show with some very big moments with Cena/Flair at the start of the show and DX at the end. I'll try my best to keep up with this. Backlash is shaping up to be a brilliant show.


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    A master-class promo battle to start things off here between Naitch and Cena. Flair ripping Cena to shreds about him being a con man was something else as was him instilling the fact that he's never been fraudulent about anything. It's classic Ric for him to fool everybody and get worked up like that before going on the offensive, and Cena's attack after getting the upper hand was just brutal. Like the idea of Christian staying in the mix here. I wonder, and I know he's facing Umaga at Backlash, but I wonder if he finds a way to get involved in the title match, getting revenge on Cena and costing him the title (There are parallels here to another thread on another site in a similar feud involving Naitch and title #17, so that's why I'm thinking this could be a possibility).

    Unsurprising result for Punk to get what is a pretty big win for him over Regal. The seedy bastard that Punk is, getting Regal diverted away before attacking him. That suits him prettyp perfectly. I like the way that you've built up this Punk-Hardy feud and I imagine that, when they do come to blows, Punk-Helms is going to be a hoot. Great mid-card stuff here.

    Hmmmm... I imagine this won't wind up being a handicap match so I wonder who will be HBK's partner?

    Quick win for Gail over lowly Layla, and do like the idea of her against Beth. That's about all I can say here for now but I imagine that things will pick up a notch as we venture towards Backlash. So far, so good...

    Jesus, wow. A melee here with no real official match starting at all. The simple thing to do here I reckon would be a tag match on a later Raw (maybe next week or the week after?) but holy cow you made both Shelton and Umaga look great here. Christian's gotta keep his head in the game and realize he's still got Mags to deal with and I suspect that will be the big storyline going into Backlash for him and that match.

    Fun tag match, good heeling from Rhodes and Doane to eventually lead to the W. You're doing a good job in building them up as a tag team... and oh wow the division gets bolstered with AMW! Awesome. Good bits from them and did get a kick out of Storm miming himself pissing. This is a very nice addition to the roster on a tag front and a women's division front.

    Okay, so I like the idea that Miz cut a 'worked shoot' here and God, when used right, Miz is great and pretty hilarious at that. He's SO delusional. Colin Delaney... the original James Ellsworth. Unsurprisingly Miz goes over quickly here. Liked JR harking for the old days of the Hardcore Title while instilling the idea that Miz isn't credible enough. I imagine at some point this invitational will lead to former Hardcore Champs stepping up which should provide for some fun moments.

    Kid Kash?? Yes, I can work with this. A great match between him and Mysterio and while he didn't get the win you certainly made him look great by nearly (and I mean nearly) going 10 minutes with Rey REy and the part with putting him over at the end makes me think that he's fine even with the L.

    Awesome interview with Punk. I don't buy for a second that he wasn't the perpetrator but damn if he doesn't make a convincing enough case. The match against Hardy at Backlash is going to be great and you did a really good job, with the segment earlier and this segment now, in hyping me up for the match. That's the duty, right?

    HELLO. I had a sinking, sinking feeling that after Michaels didn't mention HHH (He only talked about Kev, Scott and Marty, but conspicuously left out Hunter) that maaaaaaaybe he was going to show up. Sure enough, there he is! Awesome way to end the show and DX vs The Master Craftsmen should just be damn awesome.

    Great show, per usual, Wolfy. Backlash is looking great as is the overall health of the Raw brand. Excited for what Smackdown has to bring to the table.

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    MATCH OFFICIAL FOR BACKLASH

    At the stunning conclusion of Monday Night Raw, Triple H made an unlikely save for Shawn Michaels with The Showstopper facing a 3 on 1 beat down. After years of feuding, it appeared The Game and HBK had put their differences aside as they stood tall together in Jacksonville. And wwe.com can now reveal that Triple H and Shawn Michaels most certainly HAVE put their past behind them, as D-Generation X will reunite in less than two weeks to challenge Charlie Haas and Nick Dinsmore for the World Tag Team Championships in Kansas City at Backlash. The Master Craftsmen were reached for comment, but the group declined to comment on this development. Despite their long, tumultuous history together - as friends and enemies - Shawn Michaels and Triple H never held tag team gold together. On April 27, they'll have the chance to put that right.

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    WWE Superstars | April 16 2008


     

    Todd Grisham and Al Snow host the show as ever with a Raw main eventtonight, which sees The Black Diamond Shelton Benjamin face Paul Burchill.

    Opening the show, Evan Bourne defeats Daivari @ 07:06 with Air Bourne in an entertaining contest.

    Next up, The East Coast Party Boys defeat TNT @ 05:22 when Maryse makes a mistake trying to interfere on her teams behalf. Following the match, Tomko storms off, and Test isn’t happy with Maryse either. The short lived tag team look like they’re on their final legs already…

    Xavier Woods records a rare win, defeating a local jobber @ 03:01 with his Hammerlock Sweep DDT.

    Then in the main event of the show, Shelton Benjamin puts on a show, defeating Paul Burchill in a decent main event @ 08:28, putting the Brit away with Paydirt, as he gears up for a showdown with Mark Henry at Backlash.


     
    END OF SHOW


    *I’ll be posting Smackdown tomorrow. It’ll be in recap form again. Thanks for all the feedback for Raw. I’ll do my best to reply in kind to each of you if I haven’t already.

    EDIT* Smackdown won't be posted until TUESDAY. Won't have access to my laptop until then, and that's where the show is saved.
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    Friday Night Smackdown | April 18 2008 | Ft. Lauderdale FL

    *CREDIT; OBEY*


    Opening Video

    A brief package airs hyping the first WWE title defence for Edge tonight against Garrison Cade; who is also on the search for a first WWE Championship following his win in a Fatal Four Way Elimination Match last week.

    Pyro



    The show opens up with in ring action right away; a Triple Threat #1 Contenders Match for a shot at the U.S Champion Batista in a weeks time, as Joey Styles & Jerry Lawler present the show, hyping the main event later tonight. Damien Sandow, Jeff Hardy & MVP battle it out for the title shot in an entertaining, action packed contest which doesn’t follow the traditional two in/one out formula of WWE triple threat matches, but instead, all three men remain in the ring and part of the action almost throughout the entire match.

    The finish comes with Sandow stopping Jeff from flying off the top, slamming him onto the mat, and delivering his Elbow of Disdain. However, before he can follow up, MVP cuts him off with the Drive-By kick, with Hardy breaking the count. Jeff tosses MVP out of the ring, and slams Sandow back down, before delivering the SWANTON BOMB … but MVP slides back in after impact, and catches Jeff with the PLAY OF THE DAY!!!!! MVP covers Jeff for the 1...2...3 @ 07:55, earning a shot at Batista for the U.S Title next week on Smackdown!!!

    Porter has his hand raised in victory, but doesn’t celebrate for long, as the intimidating sights of the U.S Champion Batista and his partner Lashley appear on the stage with Steven Richards. The Gods of War remain stoic on the stage, and stare down the ramp at the victorious MVP, with Porter showing no fear of The Gods of War, motioning that the belt will be around his waist next week. On commentary, neither Styles or Lawler can see a path to victory for MVP, but Styles puts over the spirit of MVP, stating it’ll be a hell of a fight next week.



    Commercial Break



    Backstage, The Brian Kendrick argues with the Smackdown GM Finlay over his recent treatment. Kendrick says he has suffered enough over the last few weeks; first cleaning the car, and then last week working at the concession stand. TBK complains that his hair still hasn’t got it’s bounce back after last week, and demands a match tonight; “OR ELSE.”

    Surprisingly, Finlay doesn’t rise to the threat from Kendrick, and in fact gives in to the demands of the diva like TBK, telling him he can have a match tonight, as he needs an opponent for the newest Smackdown superstar that’s been drafted from Raw. Kendrick accepts the match, telling Finlay he’s glad the GM has finally seen sense and hopes the Irishman can start to appreciate the talent at his disposal…

    In somewhat of a showcase match for KURT ANGLE, the recently drafted Olympian from Raw to Smackdown, makes his in-ring return to Friday nights, taking on the other man drafted to Smackdown last week; DEUCE. It’s a short nights work for Angle, putting Deuce away @ 04:02 via Anklelock, with it being pretty clear that Deuce wont be getting a push of any kind on Smackdown now that he’s going into singles competition.

    On commentary, Styles and Lawler both call Angle a definite future contender for the WWE Title on Smackdown, whilst also hyping his match with Raws Brent Albright at Backlash - with Angle given special dispensation to appear on the Raw PPV in 9 days time - saying Angle looks as good as ever right now…



    Commercial Break



    Josh Mathews conducts an interview with Chris Jericho backstage, focusing on Rob Van Dams actions last week, leading to Jericho being eliminated from the #1 Contender match. Jericho doesn’t even say Van Dams name throughout the promo, referring to him as “that lowlife” and “that sore loser” when describing RVD. Jericho explains that he tried to get the tag match tonight (he & Nemeth vs. London & RVD) cancelled as he doesn’t feel like competing with a madman like RVD is a safe working environment.

    Jericho calls RVD out of control, and calls for RVD to be suspended or fired - “or better yet - put down like the rabid dog he is.” Mathews suggests that Jericho brought this on himself in the way he double-crossed Van Dam at WrestleMania, but Jericho rejects that point, telling the interviewer that he shouldn’t be subjected to this level of violence for having the ability & intelligence to do what it takes to have his arm raised. Jericho then suggests that if RVD wants to blame anyone for his lack of success, he needs to look in the mirror.

    Jericho brings an end to the interview, and calls out to his partner for tonight - Nick Nemeth - catching up with him, and telling the up-and-comer in no uncertain terms that he will simply do as he says tonight and as long as Nemeth follows Jerichos instructions they’ll be just fine. Not even waiting for a response, Jericho walks off, but evidently, Nemeth isn’t happy with the attitude of Jericho toward him and shakes his head as the camera fades out…



    In a rather interesting match up, the WWE tag team champions; MNM greet The Fight Factory to Smackdown for their *NON-TITLE* debut match, following the challenge laid out by Burke & Barrett a week ago. During the entrances, Styles calls this a huge opportunity for the debuting team of Burke & Barrett - though he points out that Burke has been on the roster for two years and spent much of that time tagging with Booker T.



    Commercial Break



    Smackdown returns with the match, as Burke and Barrett are every bit as good as MNM, giving the champions a very tough nights work - and they clearly take on the roles of heels, as Barrett especially roughs up Nitro & Mercury with some stiff looking offence. Styles and Lawler point out the bare-knuckle background of Barrett which was alluded to by Burke two weeks ago when they first appeared, and it’s serving him & Burke well.

    Melina looks extremely concerned for her team - especially after she initially didn’t want them to take the match - seeing her champions take a pounding from the new team on the scene. Mercury is worked over for a long period of time, as Barrett and Burke work cohesively, with no hesitation to bend the rules … but eventually gets enough space off an Enziguri to Burke to make the hot tag to Nitro - and Nitro picks up the pace.

    MNM show the Fight Factory why they’re champions with a superb rally after being dominated for much of the match, but as they set up the SNAPSHOT on Burke, Barrett makes the save, FLATTENING Mercury with a devastating Elbow Smash to the face - which Styles refers to as the BULLHAMMER!!! It leaves Nitro to fight the odds - which despite his best efforts, he is unable to do for long.

    The Fight Factory have Nitro in deep trouble, and Melina is powerless to do anything about it. Just as it looks like Burke & Barrett are about to shock the WWE Tag Team Champions (albeit in a non-title match) with a decisive win though … LOS LATINOS(??) hit the ring, ATTACKING BURKE AND BARRETT!!! Instantly, the official calls for the bell, signalling a DQ win for the Fight Factory @ 11:43.

    Styles & Lawler are both surprised by the appearance of Chavo & Super Crazy, unable to explain the actions of two supposed fan favourites - though Styles mentions that both men are growing frustrated at their lack of success & conceived lack of opportunities on Smackdown. The element of surprise helps Los Latinos get the upper hand on the bigger team, and they dump Burke from the ring, before doubling up on Barrett.

    MNM meanwhile, have recovered, and despite being on the verge of defeat against the Fight Factory, they do the right thing, and put a stop to the attack from Chavo & Super Crazy. Nitro and Mercury try to settle the pair, looking to help Los Latinos see sense … but Chavo & Super Crazy attack MNM too!!! With MNM already exhausted after a brutalizing match, Los Latinos are able to get the better of the fight, but both men spot Burke and Barrett coming back in and end the attacks.

    Creating space, Chavo and Super Crazy shove MNM into the path of the Fight Factory, before hightailing it out of the ring. As they back up the ramp, Chavo shouts back at the ring; “we wont be overlooked!! You two have earned NOTHING!!” clearly showing their anger at Burke & Barrett getting a (non-title) match with the tag champions, whilst they have toiled on Smackdown.

    In the ring, MNM & the Fight Factory amicably go their separate ways, with a common enemy on this night, though Burke points at the belts, telling MNM they aren’t finished with MNM, and want another crack at the champions, having been seemingly moments from a huge debut win. Melina though doesn’t want her boys engaging any further - knowing how close they were to a clean loss tonight - and calls them from the ring, as Smackdown goes to commercial.



    Commercial Break



    Backstage, Los Latinos are having to be restrained, as Finlay berates the pair, asking them what they were thinking getting involved out there. Chavo does the talking for the pair, telling the GM they’re fed up of being overlooked and passed over, blaming Finlay. Before the GM can respond though, Carlito & Kofi Kingston; The Caribbean Connection, arrive on the scene.

    Carlito & Kofi attempt to talk sense to Chavo & Super Crazy, treading over the same ground as last week, saying if anyone should be upset at Burke & Barrett getting a match with MNM off the bat - it’s them. Carlito points out that he & Kofi have beaten Los Latinos more times than they can remember, suggesting that’s why Los Latinos aren’t getting matches on Smackdown.

    Los Latinos then crack again, and lunge at Carlito and Kofi, sparking a brief scuffle between the two teams backstage, which Finlay quickly breaks up with help from referees and officials. Finlay demands Los Latinos are thrown out of the building, shouting as they are led away that he’ll deal with them next week. As Los Latinos are led off, Kofi & Carlito start to talk to Finlay about a title opportunity for themselves - but Finlay isn’t in the mood to discuss it and storms off.



    Elsewhere, former WWE Champion RANDY ORTON is seen walking into the locker room, and approaches his former lackey (now no ones lackey) GARRISON CADE as Cade prepares for the biggest match of his career later tonight; his first ever one on one shot at the WWE Title. Orton attempts to speak with Cade, hinting at offering Cade a helping hand tonight, but the big Texan stops Orton mid-sentence.

    Cade makes it clear to Orton that he doesn’t want Randy to get involved in his match tonight, telling the former champion he doesn’t need anyone’s help, and doesn’t want anyone grabbing onto his coattails. “I thought I made it clear before?? You an I?? We‘re not friends. You cross me, or if I even see you out there tonight, Imma see to it your next meal is through a straw. We clear??” Orton says nothing, but looks livid at the verbal dressing down from Cade, who gets back to taping his wrists ahead of his career defining match later tonight…



    Commercial Break



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2tXNUJ852A
    ~ R-TRUTH ~
    … COMING TO SMACKDOWN …
    SOON!!



    Chris Jericho & Nick Nemeth
    team up to face Rob Van Dam & Paul London in a tag team match that has plenty of action throughout. RVD is desperate to get his hands on Jericho, still looking for revenge for WrestleMania, but Jericho does everything he can to keep out of the path of RVD. Nick Nemeth grows frustrated with Jericho as the match wears on, with Jericho berating the youngster, and telling him what to do at every step, whilst also putting Nemeth in danger by frantically avoiding RVD and tagging Nemeth in unaware.

    In the opposite corner, London also finds himself frustrated with the reckless and rather selfish attitude of Van Dam during the match, as RVD continues to spiral since the loss at WrestleMania to Jericho. Styles comments that RVD has had enough of being taken advantage of and wont rest until he has his revenge on Jericho. Despite Jericho & Nemeth getting into a brief shoving match, they keep their calm, and RVD’s actions are what leads to London being singled out and worked over for a short period, with RVD’s lack of discipline puts his team in danger through a commercial break.



    Commercial Break



    Soon after the commercial, London fights back, getting a hot tag to RVD - which prevents Jericho from accepting a tag from Nemeth!! Van Dam loses it though, and ignores the legal man, coming after Jericho instead!!! RVD knocks Jericho off the apron, and beats on him on the outside, with Jericho raking the eyes to escape, crawling back into the ring. RVD picks up a chair, coming after Jericho - shoving the referee aside - and throws the chair at Y2J - but Jericho tosses the chair back at RVD, and again escapes … this time leaving altogether!!!!

    Van Dam tosses the chair in anger, but decides to leave the match - and go in pursuit of Jericho!! Before he can though, Nemeth looks to take advantage of the distracted Van Dam, but RVD ducks under, and knocks Nemeth down with a spin kick. London tags the back of Van Dam before he leaves in order to become the legal man, and with Nemeth already down … London only has to deliver the 450 SPLASH for the 1...2...3 @ 10:54!!!

    Whilst the frustrated London has his hand raised, footage cuts backstage to follow Jericho and Van Dam. We see Jericho grabbing his bag, and quickly leaving, shoving past random workers on his way out of the building, and he eyes a Taxi - pushing past the people waiting for it!!! RVD is in pursuit, but fails to catch the Taxi before Jericho can depart.



    Elsewhere, EDGE is shown warming up, ahead of his first ever title defence as WWE Champion. At ringside, Lawler tells Styles how different it can be defending a title, as opposed to chasing it - and Edge will have to adapt to that feeling tonight - but says it’s something that many men before Edge have failed to do.

    Styles then transitions, talking about next weeks main event; Bryan Danielson defending the Cruiserweight title against Jamie Noble in a rematch from Saturday Nights Main Event, as after the commercial, Joey will conduct an in-ring interview with the two men…



    Commercial Break



    Back from the commercial, Joey Styles brings out Danielson & Noble for the in ring interview. With both men in the ring, Styles firstly asks Danielson if he feels like he is now 100% following his brief lay-off after WrestleMania. Noble grabs the mic, and answers for Danielson - telling Styles that there’s nothing wrong with Bryan and never was; “except for a big ‘ol yella streak runnin down his back!!”

    Danielson remains calm and measured, laughing off the accusation from Noble, reminding Jamie, Joey and the fans that he had to walk around with a sling for the last two weeks. Noble pipes back up, asking why they aren’t fighting tonight - anxious for his shot - with Danielson - again calm and composed - explaining that it wasn’t his decision, but Finlays for the match to be next week.

    Styles gets between the pair, getting things back under control, asking Noble if he truly believes Danielson has been ducking him, with Joey making sure to explain that Danielsons injuries sustained from Money in the Bank at WrestleMania were legit. Noble ignores that and outright says Danielson HAS avoided him, saying everyone knows he kicked Danielsons ass at Saturday Nights Main Event at the beginning of last month.

    “But the important thing is that I walked away with the title, Jamie”
    is the measured response from Danielson. Starting to be irritated by Nobles accusations, Danielson points out that he was always willing to give Noble another crack at the belt - but he doesn’t make the decisions around here; Finlay does. Noble again calls it more excuses; “you got more excuses than a Cactus has spikes, boy!!”

    Getting frustrated, Danielson tells Noble he’s never made an excuse - and if he had been allowed to, he’d have fought Noble the week after WrestleMania, despite his injuries, and forcefully tells Noble he’s been kind enough to put up with Noble until now because he knows Noble is an emotional guy; “but I‘ve had just about enough of being run down by you, Jamie!! I take pride in being a fighting champion, and it‘s pretty offensive to be accused otherwise!!”

    Noble clenches his fist, restraining himself, with Danielson fired up too - animosity rising between the pair - as Styles steps in again, asking Danielson if his undefeated streak {he has yet to be pinned or made to submit since arriving in the WWE} gives him more confidence or adds more pressure going into a big title fight. Danielson - composing himself after his fiery rebuttal moments ago - tells Joey he’s taking it one day and one match at a time, and doesn’t get caught up in streaks - he wants to win every match regardless.

    Danielson goes on, acknowledging that while it doesn’t change his focus, it probably paints a bigger target on his chest for people looking to knock him off. Bryan states that all streaks come to an end, but he’ll fight to keep the title with all he has. Noble is then asked if he gives the ‘undefeated streak’ any consideration - but Noble shakes his head, commenting that Danielsons streak means nothing and goes on to say “all I care about is that strap on his shoulder and it goin around my waist where it belongs!!”

    Styles turns back to Danielson, asking if he has any last comments ahead of next weeks anticipated showdown. Bryan takes the mic, addressing Noble, telling him he knows Noble thinks he’s been ducking him - but he hasn’t. Danielson states he’s here now, and he’ll be here next week. “I‘ve never ducked a challenge, and trust me; win, lose or draw next week - I wont make any excuses … and I hope you don’t either. And when it‘s over - hopefully we‘ll put this behind us, and shake hands like men.”

    Danielson then offers his title rival a handshake to close the heated segment. Noble takes a while to think about it - with boos ringing out for the longer he takes to think about it - but eventually, Noble accepts the offer. The two men shake hands, and as they do, Noble brings his mic to his mouth and tells Danielson that he better NOT make any excuses after next week…



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    “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
    ***



    Styles and Lawler discuss the upcoming King of the Ring tournament, reminding us the news from last week that TED DIBIASE Junior is the first official entrant in this years 32 man field - despite the fact he hasn’t even debuted yet. Styles states that the Smackdown locker room aren’t happy, hinting that Finlay wasn’t given a choice on the matter with the decision coming in ‘over his head’ as Lawler comments ‘Money talks’ hinting at the power of Ted’s famous father…



    Meanwhile, The Brian Kendrick is in ring, waiting for his opponent, looking excited to be back in action after a few weeks of being punished by Finlay… but it’s not a happy return to the ring for Kendrick, as it becomes clear why Finlay was so easy going in giving into TBK’s demand…

    **VIRTUAL VOODOO**

    UMAGA
    is revealed as the latest Raw superstar to be drafted to Smackdown, and the Samoan Bulldozer is led down the ramp by the beaming Armando Estrada. Kendrick tries to plead with the referee, seemingly feigning an injury, as Styles confirms Umaga is officially on Smackdown - but his match with Christian at Backlash will STILL go ahead as scheduled - and as Umaga climbs into the ring, Kendrick looks to reason with him … but is instantly flattened like a bug.

    It doesn’t pick up from there for Kendrick - it’s a short match, but it isn’t painless - as Umaga brutalizes TBK, going through his arsenal of moves, before putting Kendrick away impressively @ 02:23 with a Samoan Spike for the 1...2...3!!!



    After the match, and after Lawler and Styles put over the shockwaves being sent around the Smackdown locker room upon the arrival of Umaga, Styles also takes the time state that GREG HELMS has also been drafted to Smackdown tonight - but it will be a long time before we’ll see him, as Helms is expected to be out of action for up to 12 months due to his recent neck surgery.



    Cutting backstage, Kristal Marshall interviews Kurt Angle about his return to Smackdown. Angle reiterates what he said last week; his objective is to regain the WWE Title, and states he’ll be watching tonight’s upcoming main event very closely, saying - as he did last week - that’ll he’ll be heading the line for the next shot at the gold.

    First though, Angle tells Kristal he has unfinished business with Brent Albright, and before he meets Mr. Money in the Bank at Backlash, Angle is going BACK to Raw on Monday for a one-off appearance in an eight man tag match. Sending a message to Albright, Angle tells the world that Albright is good - great even - and with the briefcase, it’s a matter of time before he can call himself a world champion … “but you can never call yourself the ‘wrestling machine’ … because that‘s ME!!!”

    Angle goes on, saying he proved he is the best today when he beat the best ever at WrestleMania, but at Backlash, he’ll prove again that he’s still the best in the business today - and that whilst one day, Albright may well have that same distinction - “that day isn’t here yet” and Brent will have to wait a little longer before he can call himself ‘the best’. Just as Angle shapes up to leave though, RANDY ORTON shows up, having been listening all along to what Angle said.

    Orton reminds Kurt that while he may be at the front of the line for a shot at the WWE Title - Orton can jump the line any time he likes with his guaranteed title rematch. Angle nods and chuckles before taking a moment to think, and eventually extends his hand, introducing himself … “I don’t think our paths have crossed, have they?? Kurt Angle.” Orton doesn’t accept the shake, but instead eyeballs Kurt; “I think you’re right … and for your sake … let‘s keep it that way.” Orton walks off, threat sent, but Angle doesn’t look intimidated whatsoever.



    Commercial Break



    The introductions take place for the big WWE Title match, with Edge wrestling for the first time on TV as champion. Cade looks anything but nervous despite this being his first ever one on one opportunity for the richest prize in the game, whilst Styles and Lawler quickly plug next weeks TWO title matches; Batista vs. MVP for the U.S Title and Danielson vs. Noble for the Cruiserweight gold…

    The main event goes down with Edge and Garrison Cade holding nothing back with barely any feeling out process - Edge refuses to take a back seat, wrestling like a hungry challenger as opposed to a defending champion, whilst Cade brings it like he always does during this singles run he’s had over the last six months. Cade takes over early, but Edge fights back, clotheslining Cade over the top to the outside then gets a huge pop for a SOMERSAULT PLANCHA to the outside!!!!! Both men are down, as Smackdown heads to the final commercial of the night.



    Commercial Break



    Cade is in charge on the other side of the break, taking over during the commercial when he caught Edge coming off the top with a sidewalk slam. Not surprisingly, after all the rumours surrounding it’s condition, Cade looks to be targeting the neck of Edge as he wears the champion down. Edge passes the test though, proving his neck ISN’T a major issue as he battles back, turning the tide with the EDGE-O-MATIC for a near fall. Edge sets up the SPEAR but Cade KICKS Edge away, and follows up with a swinging neck breaker for a near fall of his own!!

    The action spills to the outside again shortly after, with Cade overpowering Edge, sending him into the steps, before removing the mats, and delivers a side suplex on the exposed floor!!! Back inside, Cade looks for the RAZORS EDGE, but as he carries Edge from the corner, Edge shifts, countering with a HURRICANRANA!!! Edge again sets up for a Spear, but this time, Cade side steps Edge, and catches him on the return with a vicious SIT OUT SPINEBUSTER!!! 1...2...EDGE KICKS OUT!!!!!

    Sensing the chance to put the champion away, Cade looks to finish Edge, setting up his feared HEART PUNCH … BUT EDGE ESCAPES!!! Edge breaks free, ducking a big boot, then ducking a wild clothesline … BEFORE CRASHING THROUGH CADE WITH AN ALMIGHTY SPEAR!!!!! Edge covers … 1...2...3!!!!! Edge retains the WWE Championship @ 14:39!!!

    Edge is successful in his first title defence - getting over that initial hurdle - against a more than tough challenge in Garrison Cade, but as the champion has his arm raised and he hoists the title above his head … RANDY ORTON slithers into the ring, and spins Edge around - RKO!!!!!

    Orton drops Edge with the RKO, and then - instinctively - does the same to Garrison Cade!!! After that, Orton grabs the title, dropping down beside Edge and getting in the face of the prone champion, telling him “none of this is real. THIS is still mine!!!” before getting up, and initially shapes up to PUNT the champion … but appears to have a change of heart.

    Looking outside, Orton looks at the exposed floor … and with a sick smirk on his face has a different idea - before stomping Edge to the outside. Orton follows out, and stands over the helpless champion … BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO PILEDRIVE EDGE ON THE EXPOSED FLOOR!!!!

    Styles screams “NO!!”, as he recalls Orton Piledriving Edge at Wrestle Mania before Edge miraculously survived … but before Orton can deliver the move - EDGE BACKDROPS OUT OF IT!!! Orton lands with a thud on the floor, and crawls away in pain, dragging himself up on the barrier by the time keeper as Edge recovers … and in a split second … EDGE EXPLODES …

    AND SPEARS ORTON RIGHT THROUGH THE BARRIER!!!!!!!!!

    The fans inside the BankAtlantic Centre come unglued with a “HOLY SHIT” chant, as Edge and Orton lay amongst the rubble as officials rush to ringside to tend to both men. Edge eventually emerges, staggering to his feet as he is handed his belt, which he kisses before looking back at the carnage as Orton is surrounded by officials with Smackdown going off the air amidst absolute carnage…

    END OF SHOW
     

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    BREAKING NEWS; ORTON INJURED





    PWTorch are reporting that former WWE Champion, Randy Orton suffered a legit collarbone injury at the Smackdown tapings this past Tuesday - an injury which could keep Orton out of action for up to four months. The injury is said to have happened during the spot at the end of the show, where Edge speared Orton through the barrier. Fans in attendance noted that medical staff surrounded Randy and tended to him for 10-15 minutes once the cameras had stopped rolling, before he was helped out of the arena in visible discomfort. At first, it was thought this was an angle, but sources have confirmed the injury is legit.

    Orton is expected to undergo surgery this weekend, but the injury could throw plans on Smackdown into chaos. Orton had been slated to challenge Edge for the WWE Championship at Judgment Day in a rematch from their WrestleMania main event, but plans are now said to be up in the air, with a lot of angles now in need of a rewrite heading into the Smackdown brand PPV next month in Minneapolis. It's expected at this point that the likeliest opponents that can be slotted in to face Edge would be Kurt Angle or Umaga.



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    *MAIN EVENT SET FOR MONDAY NIGHT RAW*

    In addition to a final showdown between John Cena and Ric Flair ahead of their World Heavyweight Championship match at Backlash, wwe.com has confirmed a huge eight man tag team match this Monday on Raw. Both Kurt Angle and Umaga - recently drafted from Raw to Smackdown - will be back on Raw for one final week as they get set to wrap up their current programs with Brent Albright and Christian respectively at Backlash. Angle will team with Christian and the reunited D-Generation X tandem of Triple H and Shawn Michaels to face The Master Craftsmen trio and the Samoan Bulldozer.





    I'll post Raw early next week. I've made a start on Backlash too, which wont be in full detail, but it's somewhere in between recap & full show.

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    Monday Night Raw | April 21 2008 | Louisville KY

    *BANNER CREDIT; OBEY*



    “ARE YOU READY??”
    **BREAK IT DOWN**

    !!!!!!!!!!

    The atmosphere is electric inside Freedom Hall as the old familiar D-Generation X music opens up Raw right away, with the classic jump cuts that could strike anyone down with an epileptic fit - like the old days … as SHAWN MICHAELS and TRIPLE H emerge on the stage TOGETHER - in traditional D-X attire to a MONSTER pop!!!!!

    Jim Ross: DO NOT ADJUST YOUR TELEVISION SETS!!! This IS happening!! The band is back together!! And in just SIX days time at Backlash on Pay-Per-View, The Game and The Showstopper will join forces for an epic tag team showdown where they will look to dethrone The Master Craftsmen and claim the World Tag Team Championships!!! D-GENERATION X IS BACK!!!!!

    The Coach: I never thought we’d see the day, J.R!! I never imagined these two would ever be on the same side and see eye to eye again!!! Not after everything they’ve been through over the years!!

    Jim Ross: You weren’t the only one, Coach!! But not only are Shawn Michaels and Triple H on the same page - they’re singing off the same hymn sheet!! And before they team up this Sunday, we’ll see both men in action tonight as part of an enormous EIGHT MAN tag team match; it’ll be The Game, Shawn Michaels, Christian and Kurt Angle forming one highly combustible team - just think of the history between those four alone - to take on The Master Craftsmen and Umaga!!! All ahead of three major match ups this coming Sunday!!

    The Coach: And just when you thought it couldn’t get any bigger - how about ME; The Coach!! The Playas Club is back tonight, and joining me in my own personal crib will be Ric Flair and the World Champion John Cena!!!

    Jim Ross: That promises to be ANOTHER highly combustible situation - just six days away from what promises to be an historic night in Kansas City!! And also tonight - two more draftees will arrive on Raw from Smackdown. Who is comin to Raw!!??

    D-X reach the ring, and after the old DX pose, they set off a green ‘X’ pyro behind them as they crotch chop in the middle of the ring. They then set off to individual turnbuckles to pose some more, enjoying the moment. Both men soak up the ovation as the music dies down, and they meet in the middle of the ring.

    Triple H: Louisville, Kentucky…

    Cheap pop. Triple H looks up cheekily and raises his eyebrow.

    Triple H: Are ya ready??

    Pop. Triple H shakes his head violently.

    Triple H: NO!!!!!

    The Game charges up the ropes…

    Triple H: I SAID … ARRRRRE … YOUUUUU … RRRREADDDYYY!!!!!?????

    Bigger pop. Michaels shakes at his ear as if he has a burst ear drum, before patting the shoulder of The Game.

    Shawn Michaels: I think they’re ready…

    Light chuckle from the fans. Triple H smirks, then goes back into promo mode.

    Triple H: Then … for the thouuusands in attendance … for the millions watching at home…

    Shawn Michaels: Wait- wait-…

    Triple H looks up, puzzled by the interruption from Shawn, who leans in to ask The Game a question - but keeps the microphone close enough for everyone to hear.

    Shawn Michaels: You’re not gonna … uhm … Pedigree me, right??

    Another chuckle from the fans for the callback to the ill-fated 2002 reunion. Again Triple H smirks, then shakes his head - offering his little finger.

    Triple H: Pinky promise.

    Michaels accepts the ‘Pinky Promise’ to a nice pop, as they both get back into position.

    Triple H: Now … where were we?? Oh yeah … lllllllllllllets get ready to SUCK IIIIIIITTTT!!!!!

    Big pop for the classic DX intro. Michaels and Hunter look around the arena, soaking up the adulation, and a ‘D-X’ chant reverberates around Freedom Hall … before HBK speaks up.

    Shawn Michaels: And of course … if you aint down with that?? We got two words for ya-

    “SUCK IT!!!” ~ The fans.

    Again, the two men drink in the moment, as Triple H puts an arm around the shoulder of Shawn, addressing the fans.

    Triple H: So … you all remembered, huh?? It’s been a long time, right??

    Shawn Michaels: Too long.

    Triple H:
    Yeah … sorry bout that.

    Laughs from the fans. The two look awkwardly at each other for a moment, before Shawn speaks up.

    Shawn Michaels: I know what you’re all thinking - how can the two of you stand side by side after everything you’ve put one another through over the years, right?? You and I, Hunter?? We’ve beaten each other up, beaten each other down, in the ring, in the back, on the street … and that was even before we fell out!!!

    Another laugh from the fans. HHH and HBK both smile too.

    Shawn Michaels: Despite everything we’ve done to each other though … this man is still my brother. You had my back last week, Hunter - and I thank ya for it.

    They share a brief hug to a nice pop, but Triple H quickly gets back to business…

    Triple H: Alright - that’s enough of the Hallmark crap, WE ARE D-X DAMN IT!!!!

    Pop.

    Triple H: And that means runnin roughshod, causing trouble and terrorizing anyone in our path - just because we CAN!!! It’s been too damn long since D-Generation X sent a shiver down the spines of every… single … man and woman in the back.

    The Game pauses for a moment before continuing.

    Triple H: Well hell just froze over, and we just sent the whole damn place duckin for cover!!!

    Pop. Michaels speaks up again.

    Shawn Michaels: But you can come outta hidin boys and girls … no need to panic - yet - because right now, Hunter and I have our sights set on just three people … two tag team title belts … and ONE match this Sunday at Backlash!!!

    Triple H: Because if you’re gonna put this band back together, you gotta aim higher than ever before … and the one thing we were missing last time we were together?? Tag team gold.

    Shawn Michaels: And if you people know us … we loves our gold!!!

    Pop.

    Triple H: So this Sunday, that’s exactly what we plan on winning. Craftsmen?? You laid out the challenge - and we’ll gladly accept the invitation, because we haven’t got time to waste.

    Shawn Michaels: After all - we’re here for a good time … not a long time. And time is of the essence. So this Sunday - Charlie, Nick - you’re gonna-

    **MEET YOUR MASTER**

    The music of THE MASTER CRAFTSMEN cuts Shawn off mid-flow, much to the chagrin of Michaels and Hunter - as well as the fans who were enjoying the DX nostalgia promo. Albright, Haas & Dinsmore stand at the top of the ramp, looking less than happy, as the leader; Albright, speaks up first.

    Brent Albright: We can agree on one thing - this DX reunion wont be around for a long time … and Backlash sure will be a good time … but NOT for the two of you.

    In the ring, Michaels mockingly mouths; “That‘s a good line!!”

    Charlie Haas: I don’t know what you thought you were gonna accomplish with this nostalgia act … but it aint gonna end with the moment of glory you think it will. Times have changed … the days of “The Kliq” calling the shots and being on top?? They ended a long time ago.

    DX still look unconcerned, as they stand in the ring, leaning on the ropes, as they let the trio have their say.

    Nick Dinsmore:
    I remember hearing stories about DX. Hell, I remember watching your antics on Raw back in the day. I guess you could say you guys were amusing - if that’s your thing. But not for me. I didn’t tune in to wrestling to see two clowns full of innuendo making a mockery of their peers. People put the two of you - DX - on a pedestal like you were some kind of Gods. Not to me you weren’t. Not to us … but it sounds like you’ve got the right type of morons here that did worship you here in Loserville!!

    Heat. Dinsmore glares at the fans, before turning his attention back to DX.

    Nick Dinsmore: All you two did in your prime was run around here creating chaos and disorder. You goofed around, disrupting people who just tried to do their jobs - and you two got off on making people miserable. Your success in DX was never measured in what you accomplished between the ropes … no … you two were too busy tryin to make each other laugh, aint that right??

    HBK looks to Hunter and they shrug at one another, before Michaels responds;

    Shawn Michaels:
    GUILTY!!!

    Laughs from the fans. Dinsmore is furious with the nonchalant nature of Michaels and has to be cooled down by Albright, as Haas takes over again.

    Charlie Haas:
    The two of you are everything we despise in this sport!! You were in the business of telling people to “SUCK IT!!!” … whereas WE are in the business of taking care of business in the ring - where it matters.

    Smirking, Albright steps forward then looks around at the titles being held by Haas and Dinsmore as he speaks…

    Brent Albright:
    And we got all the evidence we need right here. We have the World Tag Team Titles, and … well … I’m the World Heavyweight Champion in waiting.

    Albright raises the Money in the Bank briefcase to boos.

    Nick Dinsmore:
    We’re the ones that hold the power around here now. And as good as the two of you are - or were - you both shined best when the spotlight focused on ONE of you. Your problem was that you both wanted the spotlight - and it still is. Charlie and I?? We SHARE the spotlight. We’re a team - we’re ONE unit. And the two of you are just two individuals wearing the same shirt.

    In the ring, DX look to make a joke of that comment too, comparing their shirts, and mockingly realising they’re wearing the same shirt - not taking the Craftsmen seriously at all.

    Charlie Haas:
    And we’ll prove that at Backlash - because while the two of you are too busy designing shirts and planning pranks … we’ll be concentrating on breaking the two of you down, and successfully retaining the most important thing in our world. See … we’re the antitheses of everything DX stood for and everything DX stands for still today.

    HBK mouths the word “antitheses” as if he’s never heard of it, and looks to Triple H to double check he heard it correctly. He then responds…

    Shawn Michaels:
    Well … you sure got that right!! You most certainly are the “antitheses” of DX - whatever that means - because lemme tell ya, the three of you wouldn’t know a good time if it smacked ya across your face!!!

    Pop. HBK leans on the ropes again with a grin on his face.

    Shawn Michaels:
    And pal, trust me - if we wanted those tag team titles in the past?? We woulda had ‘em!!

    Another pop. On the ramp, the trio shake their heads defiantly.

    Triple H:
    We’re not gonna lie - winning those tag team titles?? They weren’t my ambition when I decided to come back after WrestleMania. I know it wasn’t Shawns either. But right now?? To us, those tag team titles are THE single most important thing on this planet!!!

    Cheers from the fans, and another light ‘DX’ chant can be heard.

    Triple H:
    So you can bet your sorry asses that we CAN share the spotlight for that common goal this Sunday. And yeah, it’s been a long time since we teamed up, and yeah, you may well be the best team in the world right now - but you’re not just lookin at any two individuals. You’re not just facing another two guys this Sunday. You are lookin at The Showstopper, and you’re looking at The Game … two of the absolute BEST to ever lace ‘em up … and we WILL walk out of Backlash with those titles … because we ARE that damn good!!!

    Big pop for the serious tone from Hunter - showing that he IS taking Haas and Dinsmore seriously - if that was in doubt.

    Shawn Michaels:
    AND - if you’re not down with that?? We got - TWO WORDS FOR YA-

    “SUCK IT!!!” ~ The fans.

    **BREAK IT DOWN** fills the arena again, as Triple H and Shawn Michaels parade around the ring, as the Master Craftsmen watch from the ramp, frustrated with how things just went down.



    Commercial Break




    ***
    VIDEO PACKAGE

    ~~ A FLAIR FOR THE GOLD ~~
    #02 - STARRCADE 1983

    In a bloody affair contested inside a steel cage, Ric Flair defeats the 7-time World Champion Harley Race with a flying cross body to win his second NWA World title.

    END PACKAGE
    ***
     



    Raw returns with KID KASH already in the ring, making his second Raw appearance after an impressive showing in defeat upon his debut from Smackdown last week…

    Jim Ross:
    We’re back live, and Coach, I cant wait for this one!! Kid Kash won over a lot of people last week with his showing despite a defeat against Rey Mysterio and tonight, this fifteen year veteran is back in action - but it’s another tough assignment.

    **AINT NO STOPPIN ME**

    Out to a strong pop, SHELTON BENJAMIN confidently walks down the aisle, slapping hands with fans on his way to the ring - whilst also momentarily looking over his shoulder after weeks of attacks from Mark Henry.

    The Coach:
    It sure is, but Kid Kash showed me a lot last week. And with Shelton Benjamin no doubt absolutely petrified ahead of his match with Mark Henry coming up at Backlash, Kash could easily take advantage of him if Sheltons mind is elsewhere.

    Jim Ross:
    I don’t know about petrified. Shelton Benjamin is a gamer. And I don’t see any fear or trepidation on his face just six days away from facing the Worlds Strongest Man on Pay Per View.

    Match 1:
    Kid Kash vs. Shelton Benjamin
    Subdued to start with, as both play it safe, sticking to a mat based approach initially. They tussle, going back and forth, but Benjamin - with his superior background - comes out on top of the exchange, forcing Kash to have a rethink on the outside after a hat trick of arm drags from Benjamin, with Raw heading to a commercial break.

    Commercial Break

    And back live, Benjamin is still in charge, wearing Kash down with a side headlock, but the veteran escapes, and looks to quicken the pace - only to find Benjamin every bit his equal in that department too. Shelton sends Kash into the corner, and looks to hit the Stinger Splash - but is met with a running dropkick from Kash out of the corner!!!

    Kash finally finds an opening into the match, and tries to impose himself on the contest, scoring two quick near falls off a side suplex and a leg drop, but Shelton kicks out each time. The veteran contorts Sheltons body with a rarely seen Surfboard, but releases when he shoulders are down almost long enough for a three - and cuts off Benjamin after he escapes, catching the Black Diamond with another dropkick.

    The Notorious K-I-D hoists Shelton up onto the top rope, looking for a side suplex off the top - but Benjamin counters in mid air turning it into a CROSS BODY!!! 1...2...KASH KICKS OUT!!! The two men are slower to their feet this time, but it’s Shelton striking first, knocking Kash down with the Dragon Whip, following that up with a Samoan Drop - but to his credit, Kash kicks out again!!!

    Shelton ducks down off a whip, with Kash kicking him away, then rolling Shelton up for a two, but Benjamin re-establishes the upper hand by catching Kash with a spin kick knocking Kash into the corner, following in with a Stinger Splash at the second time of asking!!! Kash staggers out of the corner, as Benjamin runs through a hat trick of clotheslines, seemingly putting Kash out of action.

    Benjamin goes up top, but Kash hit’s the ropes to crotch Shelton, and meets him up top … WITH A FRANKENSTEINER!!!! Kash gets a big reaction for the move, and covers for a big win … 1...2...KICK OUT!!!!! Benjamin just kicks out, with Kash beside himself - arguing the count with the official, before climbing up top himself … BUT SHELTON NIPS UP!!! Like a flash, Benjamin leaps to the top throwing Kash off!!! Shelton then sizes his groggy opponent up … FOR PAYDIRT!!! 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winner: Shelton Benjamin @ 10:10

    Shelton rises to his feet to have his arm raised, but looks down at Kash as he gets up, acknowledging the fight he had to deal with tonight as Kash again proves himself to be a more than able threat on the Raw roster.

    Jim Ross:
    What a damn match!! And a great win in the end for Shelton Benjamin as he gets set for Sunday and the showdown with Mark Henry.

    The Coach:
    This Kid Kash is no joke, J.R!! He very nearly pulled off the upset here.

    Benjamin exit’s the ring, but as he does, he sees the titan tron… where we see a camera shot of a DIAMOND being cut. The shot zooms out…
    … and the sight of MARK HENRY stood alongside Theodore Long inside a factory, beside a diamond cutting device. Boos are heard for the pair, as Teddy pipes up.

    Theodore Long:
    They say diamonds are the hardest natural substance on Gods green earth. Well lemme tell ya - that may well have been true once upon a time … but only until Mark Henry came around!!!

    Heat inside the arena. Long then looks directly into the camera, speaking to Benjamin in the arena.

    Theodore Long:
    Congratulations on your victory tonight, playa. But lemme holla at ya at minute Shelton - let’s get real. At Backlash, you gotta deal wit da toughest, meanest, nastiest, baddest, STRONGEST animal in the WWE jungle - ya better beleie dat!!!

    Henry punches his fist into his palm and grunts.

    Theodore Long:
    This man right here sacrificed his own ambitions because he believed in YOU - just like I did - dat you were the man to lead Tha Brotherhood to the promised land!! And you blew it!! You wasted my time, and ya wasted this man’s time!! Well lemme tell ya - there aint gonna be any more wasted time by either one of us - the only wastin goin on around here will be The Worrrrlds Strongest Man wastin yo ass at Backlash!!! Ya feel me!!??

    Benjamin shakes his head in disagreement in the arena.

    Theodore Long:
    Come Sunday, Mark Henry is gonna bounce your little head around like a basketball and there aint a damn thing ya can do about it!! And when he’s done chewin ya up - he’ll spit ya back out - all the way back to South Carolina or whatever hole it was you came from, playa!!! Because trust me, Shelton - yo ass aint cut out for the mean old world of the WWE - I found dat out the hard way.

    Long takes off his sunglasses, using them to emphasise his point.

    Theodore Long:
    All the time, all the money, all the resources, the effort and the blood, sweat and tears I poured into you were ALL for nothing, when I had the real deal right under my nose the whole time playa!!! I Christened you the ‘Black Diamond’ … but you aint no diamond, Shelton … you are just … another … BUM!!!

    And with that, the camera shot zooms in again on the diamond cutting procedure, sending a firm message to Benjamin in the arena…



    Commercial Break





    ***
    VIDEO PACKAGE

    ~~ A FLAIR FOR THE GOLD ~~
    #07 - EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ

    Flair wins back the title from Sting under suspicious circumstances, with the referee missing Stings foot on the rope during the pin fall.

    END PACKAGE
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    And, in the parking lot and limo pulls up, with the driver opening the passenger door … AS RIC FLAIR EMERGES!!!

    Cheers are heard from the fans in the background, as The Nature Boy fixes his cuffs before strolling with style into the building.

    Jim Ross: And there he is!!! The Sixteen Times World Champion is here!! The Nature Boy Ric Flair will come face to face later tonight with John Cena, just six days away from his last EVER title shot in his illustrious career.

    The Coach:
    I wanna know who’s airing these videos?? I don’t care about Ric Flairs title reigns!! I bet the old ego-maniac paid for them himself!!!

    Jim Ross:
    Well, I’d wager it wasn’t Ranjin Singh anyway. Our interim GM couldn’t organise a bun fight in a bakery!!!

    The Coach:
    That’s extremely unfair, J.R. Ranjin Singh is doing an admirable job - it’s a damn sight better than the job you could do as General Manager!!

    Jim Ross:
    I’ve no doubt about that - I don’t want the job, and neither should he. He aint cut out for it, he has no backbone to stand up to people around here!! You know as well as I do that John Cena is manipulating him at every single turn.



    Backstage, the camera catches up with Goldust making his way toward the Gorilla position, as it appears he will be in action momentarily. Looking rather glum, The Bizarre One hears laughing. He turns, seeing his brother (and former tag partner/rival); CODY RHODES and his current tag team partner, KEN DOANE.
    Cody approaches Goldy with a smug grin on his face, as Doane backs him up…

    Cody Rhodes:
    You must regret the decision you made, brother. Choosing that embarrassing drag queen costume over your own flesh and blood?? Really looks like it back fired, doesn’t it??

    Doane laughs.

    Cody Rhodes:
    Look where I am now. Ken and I are *motions with his index finger and thumb* this close to winning the tag team titles. Where’s your partner??

    Ken Doane:
    Yeah, where is he?? I don’t see him!!

    Cody Rhodes:
    Oh … wait. That’s right - he DITCHED you like a bad habit too.

    Goldust puts his head down in sorrow. Cody continues to talk down to his big brother.

    Cody Rhodes:
    You should get the message, Dustin. No one wants you around here anymore.

    Rhodes walks off, shaking his head at his brother, as Doane also walks by, following Cody, but takes a long look at Goldy…

    Ken Doane:
    Freak…

    Doane smirks, and walks off too, as Goldust says nothing, but shakes his head … as his music starts to play in the arena …



    Back into the arena…

    **GOLD LUST**

    Goldust makes his way to the ring for action, looking quite subdued, as J.R and Coach comment on The Bizarre One still being upset at William Regal breaking off their budding team a few weeks ago, and comment on what we just saw transpire between Goldust & Cody…

    Jim Ross: And Goldust will need to refocus his mind because as has seemingly become a weekly tradition this month; he’s about to welcome our latest draft pick from Smackdown!!

    The Coach:
    I hope it’s someone good, J.R!! We need something big on Raw after losing Umaga and Kurt Angle these past two weeks…

    **ROAD TO TEXAS**

    GARRISON CADE is the draft pick, and the big ‘Lone Star’ carries his trusty bull rope to the ring with him, as Goldust hunches in the ring, watching his opponent approach from the ramp…

    Jim Ross:
    Oh boy!! This IS big. This is a hoss!! Garrison Cade - who very nearly WON the WWE Title three nights ago on Smack down - is now the exclusive property of Raw!!!

    The Coach:
    This is what I’m talking about baby boy!!! This is a serious talent!!!

    Jim Ross:
    There’s gonna be some concerned faces in the back following this new arrival!! You wanna talk about shakin things up!!! Garrison Cade is right on the cusp of fulfilling his potential - this kid is just about ready to hit his prime!!!

    Match 2:
    Goldust vs. Garrison Cade
    This doesn’t go well for the Bizarre One. Goldust is essentially a sacrificial lamb for Garrison Cade, and despite bravely fighting the big Texan like a man, Goldust barely gets in any offence outside of defensive punches to try and fight Cade off. The veteran hangs on to survive a few near falls off some big power moves, but the kick outs only add to the punishment, with Cade ruthlessly hammering Goldust in the corner.

    Cade gets ahead of steam, and misses a splash in the corner, giving Goldust a momentary chance of hope, getting a brief flurry of offence which sees him use the iconic Bionic Elbow followed by a running bulldog for his one near fall. Goldy keeps on Cade, running off the ropes … but his momentum is cut short with a big boot from Cade!! The Lone Star puts the finishing touches on Goldust, ending proceedings with the lethal HEART PUNCH for the 1...2...3!!!
    Winner: Garrison Cade @ 02:46

    Cade has his arm raised, but quickly pulls away, not wanting the official anywhere near him, shouting something indistinct toward the camera - but the intensity of the constantly angry Texan is plain to see.

    Jim Ross:
    What an impressive debut for Garrison Cade here on Raw!!

    The Coach:
    Clearly he was still upset over losing that WWE Championship match last week on Smackdown!! But their loss is our gain!!

    Jim Ross:
    But I’m not too sure that many people backstage will see it that way. There’s another huge shark that just got dropped into the ocean here on Raw - and Cade aint here to make up the numbers - that’s for sure.

    Cade departs the ring, walking up the ramp with a purpose…



    Commercial Break



    Back from the commercial, MATT HARDY is already in the ring. Looking serious - as he has for the last few weeks in chasing down CM Punk for retribution after the assault on Greg Helms, - which Punk is prime suspect for - wasting no time, as he holds a mic…

    Matt Hardy: CM Punk!!

    Mixed reaction - but mostly boos - for the mention of the Straight Edge superstar.

    Matt Hardy: You think you’re pretty smart, huh?? Insinuating how innocent you are when everyone knows what you did to Greg Helms. I heard everything you had to say last week. Demanding a shot at this title?? You’ve got some nerve!!! You’ve got NO right to make demands around here!! You don’t demand a shot at the Intercontinental title.

    Hardy takes the belt off his shoulder, and holds it up as he talks about it.

    Matt Hardy:
    Don’t you realise all the work I’ve put into winning this?? Everything I’ve sacrificed to stand here today as champion?? I put my spot at WrestleMania at stake just for a shot at this title. I spent six months last year chasing after this title - I had go through all kinds of obstacles, I faced all sorts of adversity. I EARNED the right to call myself the Intercontinental Champion!!!

    Pop.

    Matt Hardy:
    And now, you just expect me to grant you a shot when you’ve done NOTHING to earn it?? I should point blank say “no” right on the spot. If for nothing else, than to respect the men - the legends - that held this title in the past. Legends that EARNED the right to call themselves Intercontinental Champion.

    Some respectful applause for Hardy.

    Matt Hardy:
    Every fibre in my being is telling me to say “NO” … but even though you haven’t earned it … even though you sure as hell don’t deserve it … I will put this title on the line at Backlash if it means getting my hands on your punk ass, and getting some revenge for Greg.

    Hardy fixes the belt back on his shoulder, and turns to face the ramp.

    Matt Hardy: You’ve got your shot, Punk. Now, how about you grow a set and be a man for once - and get yo-

    **THIS FIRE BURNS**

    There’s initial confusion all around, as no one recognises the theme … but CM Punk soon emerges (it had been ‘Miseria Cantare’ in the thread until now, and as much as I love ‘Cult of Personality’ the time isn’t right for that theme) and is given the heat he deserves from the fans.

    Punk stays at the top of the ramp, always smiling, whilst Matt motions for him to get to the ring. The music eventually dies down, with Punk looking up at the titan tron, pointing up at it as he begins to speak…

    CM Punk: How d’ya like my new music?? Thought it was time for a fresh start. Kinda similar to me ditching the tag team titles and getting my hands on the Intercontinental title this Sunday.

    Heat. Punk laughs and slaps his own leg as he laughs.

    Matt Hardy:
    You got what you wanted, Punk. You’ve got no more excuses. How about you face me like a man and quit your running!!

    CM Punk:
    Excellent offer, Matthew … think I’ll pass, tonight.

    More heat. Punk addresses the fans innocently.

    CM Punk:
    What?? I have nothing to gain by fighting Matt Hardy tonight. Unlike you, Matt, I’m calculated. I’m-

    Matt Hardy:
    You’re a pussy!!!

    Pop. Again, Punk responds by smiling - he knows he’s got Hardy wound up.

    CM Punk:
    Call it what you want, either way, I’m the one with a smile on my face, and you’re the one that’s about to give yourself an aneurysm. I’m not gonna fight you tonight, Matt. I’ve got a shot at one of the most prestigious championships on the planet to prepare for and I’m not gonna risk my wellbeing by engaging in a barbaric fist fight with you here tonight.

    Boos. Punk takes a moment, with his smile dropping, before he speaks again.

    CM Punk:
    As a matter of fact, Matt … I’m worried.

    Matt Hardy:
    You should be.

    CM Punk:
    *Chuckling* … I know.

    Hardy looks angered, with Punk not looking concerned about the threat at all.

    CM Punk:
    What I’m worried about is you being unable to keep a lid on your emotions this Sunday. And I think the last thing you, I, or these fans would want is for you to lose your composure and get yourself disqualified. I mean, that’s a pretty weak way to retain your title, right?? Think about the men you represent when you defend the Intercontinental title. All of that history, the legacy … you don’t wanna tarnish that legacy by retaining the title through a disqualification, do you??

    Matt rolls his eyes, seeing right through the bullshit from Punk.

    CM Punk:
    I mean, what would Bret Hart think about that?? Or Ricky Steamboat!! I know Davey Boy would be spinnin in his grave at that thought!! Randy Savage, Curt Hennig and Pat Patterson would all be disgusted to see that happen. Even Shawn Michaels - being the “saint” he is - wouldn’t be best pleased with you, Matt.

    For once, Matt cracks a smile as he responds.

    Matt Hardy:
    Hey, if you want this to be No Disqualification, that’s fine by me!!

    Punk laughs uncontrollably, for a little too long … and the fans boo the insincere laughter. He eventually stops, and stops smiling altogether.

    CM Punk:
    No. No, you moron. I don’t want a No Disqualification match. I want the opposite - I don’t want you escaping Backlash with that title if you cant keep your emotions in check - I want that little championship advantage of yours to be eliminated.

    Heat.

    CM Punk:
    You get disqualified?? You lose the title. You get counted out?? You lose the title.

    More boos. Hardy shakes his head.

    Matt Hardy:
    You’re outta your mind, Punk. You’re lucky to be getting this title shot in the first place!!

    CM Punk:
    Yet, here I am. You want me to fight you, and I want what you got. I’m willing to fight you, but only on my terms.

    Hardy looks around, frustrated with Punk. He takes a few moments to think, before throwing his arms up in the air.

    Matt Hardy:
    You know what?? Screw it, if that what it takes to get you in the ring?? You’re on. First, I’ll beat your ass and retain my title - and THEN I’ll give you the beating you deserve for what you did to Greg Helms!!!

    The fans cheer for the fiery promo from Matt, but Punk feigns ignorance.

    CM Punk:
    Greg Helms?? My conscience is clear. You got the wrong guy there.

    Matt Hardy:
    I know it was you, ya son of bitch!!

    CM Punk:
    Prove it.

    No response. Hardy thinks about talking, but pulls the mic away, mouthing something back at Punk as he tries to keep a lid on his anger. Punk - again - smiles.

    CM Punk:
    Oh … that’s right, you cant. Aint that unfortunate. I’ll see you on Sunday, Matt. Make sure that title is shined up nice and good. I want it spotless. And who knows … maybe when I win, I’ll dedicate the victory to my old tag team partner …

    Punk then leaves, leaving Matt to stew in the ring, glaring up the ramp, having to wait another six days to get a piece of Punk.

    Jim Ross:
    There ya have it, folks. Matt Hardy will put the Intercontinental title on the line this Sunday at Backlash, in order to get his hands on CM Punk, but has Matt Hardy made a mistake?? Has Matt allowed his emotions to get the better of him in accepting this match under ALL of Punks conditions??

    The Coach:
    Of course he has!! Once again, Matt Hardy uses his heart instead of his pea-sized brain. And it’s gonna cost him BIG this Sunday. He’s been played like a fiddle by CM Punk. He’s like a puppet on a string. Well - the wires are gonna be clipped on Sunday, and Matt can only blame himself.

    Jim Ross:
    I’ve gotta wonder if this will all come back to haunt the champion. He has allowed CM Punk to get in his head and dictate the terms. And lets not forget - CM Punk is the challenger here. He didn’t earn the shot, he demanded it. And if we had a General Manager worth a damn right now, they would’ve stepped in and made the decision for Matt and prevented this from happening.

    The Coach:
    These are grown men, J.R!! This isn’t elementary school. Ranjin Singh likes to give his talent the latitude to work things out themselves.

    Jim Ross:
    He just doesn’t give a damn, Coach!! And here’s another case in point; Gail Kim, a week ago, agreed to defend the Womens title against Beth Phoenix … yet Singh STILL hasn’t signed off on it!! However, those two women will be in action in just a few moments; tag team action that is. Gail Kim will team up with Candice Michelle to face Phoenix and Katie Lea Burchill.

    The Coach:
    He’s a busy man, J.R. I’m sure there’s a good reason for it.

    Jim Ross:
    Too busy to make a match?? That IS his job!!!

    Coach & J.R bicker, as Raw fades out to a commercial…



    Commercial Break



    Match 3:
    Gail Kim & Candice Michelle vs. Beth Phoenix & Katie Lea Burchill
    Candice & Katie Lea start the match disappointingly, with the only real interest being in Gail and Beth. Gail and Candice work well in the early going, getting the upper hand on Katie Lea (as we’re informed on commentary that Paul Burchill was barred from ringside by the official during the commercial), but the Brit survives the early going, and drops Candice with a dropkick before tagging Beth.

    And Beth makes it clear right away where her interest lies by PRESS SLAMMING Candice toward Gail, and refuses to follow up, telling Gail to tag in, wanting a piece of the Womens Champion. Not one to duck a challenge, the fighting champion makes the tag from Candice, and we get the showdown everyone wants to see. The two leading women tussle, but Beth proves to be too strong for Gail, overpowering the champion.
    Gail is forced to use her speed in order to compete, and takes Beth off her feet with a head scissors, then rattles off a series of arm drags, before scoring a near fall off a dropkick. The champion continues to use her speed, and gets the fans interest level increased with some high flying, but a tilt-a-whirl turns nasty, as Phoenix turns it into a backbreaker.

    Beth ignores her partners calls for a tag, wanting to send a message to the champion by herself, but Katie involves herself - obviously wanting to make her own impression against the champ - by making a blind tag off Phoenix. Beth stews on the apron as Katie takes over, but soon tags herself back in … and THROWS Katie out of the ring to keep her out of the way. Beth clubs Gail to wear her down, and sends her off the ropes … but Gail returns with the FLYING DRAGON!!!

    Beth is in trouble, and it’s hard to tell how she can escape the submission attempt … but before she can, Katie Lea breaks the submission for her!! Candice then comes in and storms toward Katie, but gets back dropped out over the top rope. Katie looks to attack Gail, but the champion catches her out of nowhere with EAT DEFEAT!!! Gail gets up, but Beth is right behind her … PHOENIX RISING TO GAIL!!! 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winners: Beth Phoenix & Katie-Lea Burchill @ 04:18

    The Glamazon PINS the champion!!!!! Beth Phoenix stands right back up to have her arm raised, and motions around her waist for the title, before standing over Gail, most likely telling her the same.

    Jim Ross:
    If she wasn’t already a worthy challenger, Beth Phoenix just put an exclamation point on her resume!! A pinfall victory over the Womens Champion tonight. And surely, Coach, surely now, we’ll see The Glamazon face Gail Kim for the Womens title??

    The Coach:
    If we do, I think, based on that evidence, we’ll see a new champion crowned, baby boy. Beth Phoenix would be a scary proposition for most of the men on the roster. Did you see how she man handled Candice??

    Jim Ross:
    I sure did. Beth Phoenix aint no joke. Already a former champion, Beth Phoenix is hell bent on getting the title back around her waist.

    Phoenix again motions for the title, before she prepares to leave the ring, but as she climbs out onto the apron…

    **MOVE IT UP**

    Another unfamiliar theme - this time it’s MICHELLE MCCOOL; drafted to Raw last week as part of a package with her team; Americas Most Wanted. Beth looks surprised to see her - and a little anxious too.

    Michelle McCool:
    Well done Beth!! Go you!!!

    McCool condescendingly applauds Beth, who is unimpressed.

    Michelle McCool:
    Y’know something, I think you have earned your shot at the Womens Championship. And I’ve been talkin a little earlier with Mr. Singh … an’ he told me that you WILL face Gail Kim for the title this Sunday at Backlash!! Aint that great??

    Still, McCool speaks in that condescending manner. Beth nods at the announcement, but she isn’t stupid - she’s expecting a ‘but’ …

    Michelle McCool:
    An better yet - I’M getting a shot too!!!

    Smattering of heat. Beth is apoplectic at the announcement.

    Michelle McCool:
    That’s riiiiight … it’ll be a triple threat match!!! So don’t you go- whoa. Wait. Don’t-

    Phoenix comes STORMING up the ramp, looking to take her fury out on someone, and McCool quickly high tails it, dropping the mic, and getting out of dodge, wanting NO part of the Glamazon.

    Jim Ross:
    What the hell is that about?? Michelle McCool?? No disrespect to the young woman, but has she ever wrestled a singles match?? As far as I can recall, she’s been by the side of Americas Most Wanted on Smackdown all this time. What exactly has she done to earn a shot at the Womens title??

    The Coach:
    I’m not gonna start questioning Ranjin Singh, J.R. He must have his reasons.

    Jim Ross:
    Michelle McCool must have some tremendous powers of persuasion to worm her way into a Womens title match on the back of NO performances. First it was Layla El last week, and now this. No wonder Beth Phoenix is in a fit here.

    The Coach:
    I don’t know what her problem is, she’s got a shot too, hasn’t she??

    Jim Ross:
    Yeah, in a match where she doesn’t have to be involved in order to lose. And what about the champion?? This isn’t good for Gail Kim either, and for the same reasons!! Beth Phoenix is enough to handle - now she’s got to deal with another “worthy” challenger??

    In the ring, Gail picks herself up, looking worse for wear, now knowing she has TWO challengers after her title this Sunday…



    In the backstage area, we see the grinning Hardcore Champion THE MIZ, strolling confidently, admiring the title over his shoulder as he wheels his trolley full of weapons … with the caption at the bottom of the screen; “NEXT…”



    Commercial Break





    ***
    VIDEO PACKAGE

    ~~ A FLAIR FOR THE GOLD ~~
    #13 - SUPERBRAWL 1996

    Once again, inside a steel cage, Ric Flair wins gold, pinning Randy Savage after waffling him with a shoe.

    END PACKAGE
    ***




    Back into the arena and THE MIZ is in the ring, amidst boos from the fans - and briefly, we see that Miz is wearing a black armband that reads “KENNEDY” … clearly in support of his recently fired mentor…

    The Miz:
    Gather round children … because THIS … IS THE TRUUUUUE STORY of when The Miz opened up the doors to MIZNEYWORLD and gave youth a chance!!

    Miz looks for a cheer … and gets a smattering of boos.

    The Miz:
    That’s right, my Barely Legal Hardcore Invitational has been the talk around ALL the water coolers all around the country and beyond!! It’s the only thing the kids can talk about right now - and young hopefuls all over the country are lining up for a shot at immortality!!

    {They’re lining up to punch this idiot in the mouth!} - Jim Ross

    The Miz:
    Well Louisville, the highlight of your night is finally here - HOO-RAH!!!!

    He holds the mic out, wanting a “Hoo-rah” back … but gets more boos. He continues on, unaffected.

    The Miz:
    Because it’s time for the Barely Legal Hardcore Invitational!!!!

    {That sounds wrong on a number of levels} - Jim Ross
    {Get your filthy mind out of the gutter, you old pervert} - The Coach

    The Miz: Here are the rules; you cannot have been sports-entertaining for more than a year, you cannot have any prior mainstream exposure, (motions to his waist level) you have to be this high to compete, and you cannot have a WWE contract.

    {He’s really pushing the boat out. Must be tryin to reel in some real big fish with these restrictions} - Jim Ross, dripping in sarcasm.

    The Miz: So … the question is Louisville … WHO … IS … TOUGH ENOUGH to ride Miz-Mountain?? BECAUSE … I’M THE MIZ … AND I’M … HARD-CORRRRE!!!!

    No music plays, as a skinny wrestler in tights with no shirt timidly makes his way down the ramp, offering a meek wave to the fans…

    The Miz:
    Come on, we don’t have all day … live TV here, kid.

    Miz taps his wrist (imaginary watch) and beckons the opponent to hurry it up, with the jobber jogging to the ring. He climbs into the ring, taking a few deep breaths, but smiles, looking excited for his big chance. Miz though, sees it a little differently…

    The Miz: Don’t be nervous young man, I can understand you’re a little star-struck right now, standing in the ring with a Living Legend.

    The challenger scoffs slightly at the suggestion, but Miz takes no notice.

    The Miz:
    But, I assure you, I’m really just a normal, down to earth guy like you and like these people. The only difference being that I’m infinitely more successful than you or these people could ever imagine.

    Heat. Miz is oblivious.

    The Miz:
    But apart from my summer residence in Monte Carlo and the A-List parties I attend on a weekly basis, you and I?? We’re not THAT much different.

    Insincerely, Miz smiles at the jobber.

    The Miz:
    So, please, tell us your name and where you‘re from. Now, speak clearly so everyone can hear you.

    The jobber leans in at the mic…

    Jobber:
    Uh, my name is Chuck Taylor, and I’m from Murray, RIGHT HERE IN KENTUCKY!!

    Cheap pop. Taylor looks pumped by the reaction, and takes the mic from Miz - and Miz looks offended.

    Chuck Taylor:
    WHAT’S UP KENTU-

    Miz rips the microphone away from him!!

    The Miz:
    Okay, that’s enough from you, we don’t need your life story.

    Lots of heat for Miz after ripping the mic away. Miz looks at the camera, rolling his eyes.

    The Miz:
    Never work with amateurs.

    Miz turns back around, walking toward Taylor.

    The Miz:
    Now, this is how it’ll work. The bell will ring, and you and I will-

    CHUCK TAYLOR COLD COCKS MIZ!!!!

    The fans pop, with Miz seemingly knocked out cold, and Taylor frantically moves around the ring, not sure what to do, as he calls for the referee to get in and ring the bell, which he does…

    Match 4 | THE MIZ BARELY LEGAL HARDCORE INVITATIONAL:
    The Miz vs. Chuck Taylor
    Taylor immediately goes for the cover, 1...2...MIZ JUST KICKS OUT!!! Taylor quickly tries to keep on him, and rolls out, grabbing objects from Miz’s trolley of weapons and tossing them into the ring, (trash cans, trash can lids, STOP sign, tennis racket and a Croquet racket) and grabs the two trash can lids - proceeding to whack them repeatedly over the head of the recovering Miz!!! He covers again, 1...2...NO!!!

    Next, the jobber picks up the Tennis racket (to a HUGE pop in Louisville for the object Jim Cornette made famous) and plays to the fans, before swinging at The Miz, but Miz ducks, and then cuts off Taylors momentum by smashing him with the STOP sign!!! Taylor drops the racket, and Miz picks up his Croquet stick, driving it into the gut of the jobber, then places trashcan over the head of his opponent, before dropkicking him into the corner!!!

    Miz then carefully places the racket back into the trolley, shouting out; “It‘s not a toy, I need that for the weekend!!” Miz then proceeds to beat up on Taylor a little more, hitting his trademark corner clothesline spot, before riling the fans with the Tennis Racket … waiting for Taylor to get up, and as he does, Miz mocks a serve in tennis, and smashes the jobber over the head with the weapon!!! He covers, 1...2...3!!!
    Winner: The Miz @ 02:48

    Miz has his hand raised, and poses with the Tennis racket, much to the dismay of the fans. He plays the racket like a guitar, before dropping it once he is presented with the tattered Hardcore title.


    Jim Ross: There’ll be a man in Louisville tonight that’ll be havin a fit of rage, I can tell ya that much, Coach. Anyone other than Jim Cornette using a Tennis Racket in this town aint gonna be popular!!

    The Coach:
    The Miz uses that racket better than Jim Cornette ever could!!

    Jim Ross:
    I know who I’d pick in a fight, that’s for sure.

    The Coach:
    So do I…



    In the backstage area, we see the grinning ARMANDO ALEJANDRO ESTRADA leading the Samoan Bulldozer, UMAGA …

    Jim Ross:
    Back to important, serious business. It looks like we will be joined here momentarily by Armando Estrada and his Samoan Bulldozer, Umaga!! What does Estrada have to say, just six days away from a showdown between Umaga and Christian at Backlash?? 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
    ***
    *BANNER CREDIT; OBEY*



    Back from the commercial…

    **VIRTUAL VOODOO**

    Armando Estrada leads Umaga down the aisle, with a little swagger in his step, letting out a chuckle as he points at a particular member of the audience…

    Jim Ross:
    He is officially no longer part of Monday Night Raw as a result of the ongoing draft this month, but Umaga WILL still take on Christian this Sunday before departing for Friday night Smackdown.

    The Coach:
    And we’ll all be sorry to see him go. Smackdown has picked up a HUGE gain with the Samoan Bulldozer, baby boy.

    Jim Ross:
    They most certainly have, but I certainly wont be shedding any tears over the loss of Armando Estrada. And, he has the opportunity to leave Raw this Sunday with a huge win against the first man ever to defeat him - that being Christian of course.

    The Coach:
    But that wasn’t “No Holds Barred”, old timer. This Sunday, it is. And that can only help Umaga…

    {/SECOND HOUR}

    Estrada stands in the ring, waiting out some heat from the fans, before speaking up…

    Armando Estrada:
    Todos, escuchame, everybody listen … HA HA … TO ME!! … MY NAME … ES … ARMANDOOOO ALEJANDRROOOO ESTRRRRRRRADA!!!

    Heat.

    {We know your damn name, Armando!!} - Jim Ross

    Armando Estrada:
    For de last {counts with his fingers} … EIGHT months … dat good for nothing coward - CHRISTIAN - has bragged - NON-STOP - about how he was de one to finally beat my Samoan Bulldozer. De first man to defeat the unbeatable monster. And for eight long months since … that PUTO has avoided de Samoan Bulldozer LIKE A PLAGUE!!!

    Estrada affords himself a knowing smirk, as he wags his finger.

    Armando Estrada:
    Because Christian - ha - he isn’t a dummy. He is well aware dat he could never repeat dat trick and he has ran and ran like de DOG he is. Ju all know it too!! Ju ALL saw what happened in de rematch at Nemesis in October. Christian remembers too … he remembers dat de only thing that saved him dat night was a FREAK … -- como se dic -- ACT OF GOD!!!

    AAE looks down, pointing at the canvas.

    Armando Estrada:
    De ring collapsed and dat … *makes a chicken sound* … has done everything in his power to stay away from dis MONSTER.

    Boos.

    Armando Estrada:
    Christian?? Mi amigo, ha ha, I don’t blame JU for wanting none of de Samoan Bulldozer. But pero, dat, dat … FLUKE … at Summerslam, has eaten at MY soul, and it has eaten at HIS soul!!!

    Estrada points at Umaga.

    Armando Estrada:
    Dat loss at Summerslam created doubt where NONE was needed. Dat loss at Summerslam is why Umaga didn’t defeat de Deadman at WrestleMania. JU are de reason Umaga now has TWO losses!! Dere aren’t two men on de face of dis earth dat should be able to defeat de Bulldozer. NONE!!

    On cue, Umaga roars defiantly, with AAE nodding - impressed with his Bulldozer.

    Armando Estrada:
    So … after WrestleMania, I decided dat in order for Umaga to be the unstoppable force he was before Summer slam … dat he needed to get back in de ring with de FOOL who ended his dominance in de first place. So before we depart for newer pastures, there’s -- como se dic - LOOSE ENDS to tie up!!

    Estrada smiles.

    Armando Estrada:
    Senor Singh has kindly arranged for de match dis Sunday to be contested with NO holds barred - ha ha!! Which means ju don’t get so lucky!! Ju don’t get to fall out of de ring after de Samoan Spike like ju did at Summerslam. And ju don’t get to escape on a technicality if de ring explodes!! No, no, no, mi amigo … at Backlash, ju will get just dat from dis force of nature … a severe backlash.

    Armando rips off his sunglasses, with the shit eating grin turning into a fierce scowl.

    Armando Estrada:
    And at Backlash … ju, Christian, JU … will finally feel de TRUE force of de SAAAAAAA-MO-AN BULLLLDOZZZERRRRRR … OOOOOOOO-MA-GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

    The music hits again, and Estrada orders his monster out of the ring, with Umaga obeying the demands of his master. On the way up the ramp, J.R and Coach discuss the match coming up at Backlash, as we see Estrada talk at Umaga the entire way up the aisle…



    Commercial Break




    ***
    VIDEO PACKAGE

    ~~ A FLAIR FOR THE GOLD ~~
    #08 - ROYAL RUMBLE 1992

    Entering the match at #3, Flair goes through a gruelling marathon run spanning close to sixty minutes, outlasting 29 other WWE Superstars to claim the vacant championship.

    END PACKAGE
    ***



    Match 5:
    The Angels of Anarchy vs. Americas Most Wanted
    It’s the Raw in-ring debut of the former four time WWE Tag Team Champions over on Smackdown, with AMW taking on Daniels and Williams in a spirited, but short, tag team affair. Throughout the match, J.R and Coach discuss the scramble currently on-going within the tag division for a shot at the gold with a vast array of teams all claiming to be the rightful #1 Contenders.

    AMW use plenty of heel tactics to keep hold of the upper hand during the match, working over Doug Williams, keeping Christopher Daniels frustrated on the apron, wanting the tag. Eventually, Williams fights Harris and Storm off long enough to bring Daniels in, and instantly, The Fallen Angel picks up the pace. With Daniels being the fresh man, Harris and Storm are both taken down, with it looking like the Angels of Anarchy could knock off the former WWE Tag champs.

    Williams and Daniels execute TOTAL ELIMINATION on Storm, but Harris drags the referee out of the ring before he can count to three. With that, Daniels launches himself to the outside onto the Wildcat - but misses!!! Harris avoids Daniels, and re-enters the ring, only to eat a dropkick from the Brit!! Williams goes up top for BOMBS AWAY - but Storm drags Harris to safety!!! Williams is kicked out, as Daniels emerges … but he is easy prey for the DEATH SENTENCE … 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winners: Americas Most Wanted @ 05:16

    Harris and Storms superior tactics see them overcome the perennial bridesmaids and instantly put themselves right in the mix for a shot at the tag team titles.

    Jim Ross:
    This tag team title picture just gets muddier by the week!! Americas Most Wanted now have surely jumped right into contention with this win!!

    The Coach:
    Amen to that, old timer. Harris and Storm are quickly becoming my favourite team around here!!

    Jim Ross:
    There’s quite a logjam at the top of the division, that’s for sure. And I’m not convinced our esteemed Interim GM is gonna be up to the task to clear it!!

    The Coach:
    Ye of little faith, baby boy - ye of little faith…

    Jim Ross:
    Well, we’ll see. AMW are right in the hunt - along with just about everyone else right now - but shifting gears a little … let’s now head backstage, where our latest arrival from Smackdown is standing by; our newest broadcast colleague - take it away, Tiffany…

    Cut backstage to Tiffany…

    Tiffany:
    Hi guys!! It’s great to be here on Raw!! And right now, I’m with Christian!!

    The fans pop, as Christian steps into view, arms folded, looking very tense.

    Christian:
    Hey Tiffany, welcome to Raw.

    Christian feigns a smile, but continues on, explaining his subdued attitude.

    Christian:
    Excuse me if I’m not rolling out the red carpet and being my jovial self … now just isn’t the time and place, y’know??

    Tiffany nods and smiles.

    Tiffany:
    Absolutely. And speaking of what you’ve had to deal with lately - it’s been a testing period for you. First, the ordeal at Saturday Nights Main Event with John Cena savagely assaulting you when you were left defenceless in handcuffs, and then WrestleMania-

    Christian cuts Tiffany off.

    Christian:
    I already feel pretty rough right now, Tiffany. I know what I’ve been through lately - I lived it. Everyone in this arena and everyone watching at home knows what I’ve been through - but I’m still here.

    Pop from the fans in the arena.

    Christian:
    And I’m still standing. And John Cena is well aware that I’m not goin anywhere. And just because he’s got Ranjin Singh in his pocket, he thinks he can keep me at a safe distance … keep me occupied.

    Christian momentarily excuses himself, and turns away from Tiffany - looking directly to the camera…

    Christian:
    I’m not going away John. Sooner or later, you will have to deal with me again.

    Captain Charisma glares at the camera for a prolonged period, before turning back to Tiffany and offering an apologetic smile before continuing.

    Christian:
    So let’s not go back and relive the last few months. Because yeah, I’ve been through a lot … but I cant stand here and talk about what I’d like to do to John Cena - because I’ve got more urgent business on my agenda - and as much as I’ve already had to deal with recently … I’m gonna go through a hell of a lot more this Sunday at Backlash.

    Tiffany:
    The No Holds Barred match with Umaga??

    Christian:
    Yeah, that. A nice, lazy Sunday, huh??

    Christian rolls his eyes at his own comment, before turning and sending a message - looking directly to the camera.

    Christian:
    Armando Estrada - I heard everything you had to say earlier. And it’s funny you should talk about tying up loose ends before you move off to Smackdown - because it seems I’ve a few loose ends of my own to tie up. I thought we were done. I mean, I did beat that Samoan Bulldozer of yours in front of ninety thousand fans at Wembley Stadium at Summerslam, didn’t I??

    Christian pauses for a second, and turns to Tiffany, giving one moment of light relief;

    Christian:
    Not that I like to mention it…

    He pauses again for a few seconds, then motions with his index finger and thumb as if to say “just a little”. Christian then turns to the camera again-

    Christian:
    As for Nemesis?? Sure, fortune was on my side that night - but don’t you dare try and take away from the fact that I was the man that put Umaga DOWN for the first time - ME … no one else. And there was no luck about it. Umaga didn’t slip on a banana skin, he didn’t knock himself out, there was no fast count, and I didn’t pull the tights or get my feet on the ropes - I PUT your bulldozer down - 1...2...3, in the middle of the ring.

    Pop.

    Christian:
    But it seems like you don’t quite remember it like I do … so I guess I’ll have to do it all over again, this Sunday at Backlash!!!! And just like Summerslam - it’ll have nothing to do with luck.

    Another pop. Christian then steps back, and talks to Tiffany again…

    Christian:
    See Tiffany, there’s a roadblock on my path back to getting my hands on John Cena and the World Heavyweight Championship. And one way or another - I plan on BULLDOZING right through it at Backlash!!!

    Christian pauses for a second, nodding at Tiffany.

    Christian:
    And that?? THAT’S … how I roll.

    He pounds his chest, and backs out of the picture, as Tiffany watches, smiling as Christian leaves.



    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.

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    Clip of Kurt Angle dropping to his knees in victory in 2000.

    “IT‘S TRUE, IT‘S TRUE”

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    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
    ***



    Raw returns - into the office of the Interim General Manager; Ranjin Singh. In the office, Vladimir stands by the GM, as the room looks awfully crowded with bickering tag teams - CODY RHODES & KEN DONE, AMERICAS MOST WANTED (with Michelle McCool), THE HART LEGACY (with Natalya) and THE ANGELS OF ANARCHY.

    Ranjin Singh: Thank you all for coming-

    All eight men (and the two women) continue to bicker, with Singh not being heard over them. Singh coughs, but still cant be heard. The Interim GM looks up at Vladimir, with the bodyguard understanding the signal. Vladimir pounds the desk - HARD.

    Vladimir: SHUT!!!

    The four teams simmer down, allowing Singh to finally get a word in.

    Ranjin Singh: Thank you Vladimir. I’ve gathered you all here because I’m aware there’s quite the dispute over who the rightful number one contenders are here-

    Cody Rhodes:
    There’s no dispute, Mister Singh, Ken and I beat *points at the Hart Legacy* these two last week-

    Harry Smith:
    Yeah, you cheated!!

    Cody Rhodes:
    We won, that’s what mattered-

    James Storm speaks up to make the argument for AMW.

    James Storm:
    Hey, just saying - there was no dispute over our win tonight, boss. And may I say, that’s a lovely tie.

    Christopher Daniels:
    No dispute?? How about that long streak of piss dragging the referee outta the ring when WE had the match won!!

    Singh tries to bring some order.

    Ranjin Singh:
    Gentlemen please-

    But the bickering duos ignore him.

    Chris Harris:
    I thought he was having a seizure.

    Doug Williams:
    I’m gonna give you a seizure, big fella.

    Williams steps forward threateningly, as Harris takes a step back, behind McCool. Daniels then leans on the desk to make his point.

    Christopher Daniels:
    Hey, Ranjin - look - we’re still head and shoulders above these guys. We’ve been so close before. I guarantee - we get the next shot, we-

    Natalya pushes in next to Daniels to speak to the GM.

    Natalya:
    Yeah, you’ve been close before - you had your chance. Harry and Tyson?? We haven’t had one.

    Christopher Daniels:
    There’s a good reason for that, sweetheart.

    Natalya looks taken aback by the comment.

    Natalya:
    Excuse me??

    Michelle McCool pipes up, speaking before Daniels can respond to Natalya.

    Michelle McCool:
    He’s right - I mean, with all due respect, you’ve got the greatest tag team champions of all time here, Mister Singh. These other teams don’t really deserve to breathe the same air.

    Ranjin Singh:
    Well, that’s what I-

    Again, Singh is talked over…

    Tyson Kidd: That’s funny, because I remember the three of us, beating the three of you at WrestleMania.

    James Storm:
    That was on the pre-show. Didn’t count.

    Ken Doane:
    I agree. That counts for nothing. And neither does what you two have done - in the past - because Cody and I are the future. We’ve earned that shot.

    Williams steps forward, pointing at Cody & Doane.

    Doug Williams:
    Put us in the ring with these two dweebs right now and we’ll see who’s the future.

    Harry Smith:
    And the winners can face US after we get our title shot.

    Singh prods Vladimir, who slams the desk again.

    Vladimir:
    SHUT!!!!!

    Singh nods at the bodyguard, before calmly speaking up again.

    Ranjin Singh:
    You’ve all made your points, and honestly, I don’t know who’s right. I’ve a lot of things to deal with around here. So on the Backlash pre-show, all four of you are going to compete for a future title shot. How does that sound??

    Tyson Kidd:
    Pre-show?? Hey Cowboy, will this count??

    Storm shoots a glare at the wise-ass comment from Kidd.

    Chris Harris:
    If we win, it will.

    Again, the discussion descends into farce, with the entire room arguing - until BETH PHOENIX storms into the room, making a beeline for the General Manager, (with McCool looking for cover behind Harris and Storm) REACHING over the desk and grabbing Singh by his jacket!!!

    Beth Phoenix:
    Are you TRYING to screw me over??

    Vladimir steps in, but Beth shouts at the Russian “GET OFF ME!!” and shoves him forcefully before backing off. Singh gathers himself, nervously responding to Beth.

    Ranjin Singh:
    No, of course not. Don’t you have a title match this Sunday, Beth??

    Beth Phoenix:
    Yeah - in a damn TRIPLE THREAT MATCH!!! Where’s my one on one shot?? What exactly do I have to do around here to get a one on one shot at Gail Kim?? It seems every hussy that flutters her eyelashes at you around here gets a shot - but not me??

    Noticeably, Natalya looks offended by what she’s hearing…

    Ranjin Singh:
    I have no idea what you’re insinuating-

    Beth Phoenix:
    Layla El?? Couldn’t buy a win on Smackdown - comes to Raw and POOF - just like magic, SHE gets a shot?? And now that other tramp shows up-

    McCool takes exception to that comment and comes out of hiding.

    Michelle McCool:
    Excuse me?? I’m no-

    Beth shoots a glare at McCool and she immediately goes back into hiding, fearing the unhinged Glamazon. Beth turns her focus back at Singh.

    Beth Phoenix:
    Hell, I cant even get a FIVE MINUTE MEETING with you!!! You wont let me in here with this guy standing guard!! But it seems all these pretty girls that show up have you wrapped around their finger!! I’m fed up!!

    Ranjin Singh:
    Well-

    Having heard enough, Natalya finally speaks up-

    Natalya:
    Hey, at least you’ve got a shot, Beth.

    Beth Phoenix:
    Excuse me??

    Natalya:
    Maybe you’ve forgotten, but I do seem to recall beating YOU at Saturday Nights Main Event. And guess what?? I never got a title shot either.

    Beth Phoenix:
    Well don’t think you’re gonna worm your way into this match.

    Beth pushes Natalya. Natalya scoffs at the shove.

    Natalya:
    I’m not gonna worm my way into anything. But I deserve an opportunity.

    Natalya shoves Beth back - and Beth responds by TACKLING Natalya. They tussle to the floor, as the tag teams look to keep the pair apart. Singh covers his face, before looking up at Vladimir;

    Ranjin Singh:
    Get them out of here - please.

    Vladimir nods, and moves to do just that, as the camera pans out…



    Back into the arena, and UMAGA (having already had one entrance tonight) is already in the ring for the 8 man tag main event, as Armando Estrada prowls on the outside…

    **MEET YOUR MASTER**

    The triumvirate of the World Tag Team Champions Charlie Haas & Nick Dinsmore, and Mr. Money in the Bank, Brent Albright step through the curtain, taking their time to walk down the aisle, jawing with fans on the aisle…

    Jim Ross:
    They are growing in confidence and power by the week, and they have a huge night this Sunday at Backlash. Charlie Haas & Nick Dinsmore have the opportunity to knock off the famous D-Generation X, and Brent Albright faces the Wrestling Machine, Kurt Angle!!

    The Coach:
    There’s a changing of the guard in the offing, old timer. Shawn Michaels, Triple H and Kurt Angle wont step aside, so The Master Craftsmen are forcing them out of the way!!

    Jim Ross:
    If they come out of Backlash with two big wins, like they did at WrestleMania, they’ll undoubtedly be the strongest force in all the WWE. Even I couldn’t deny it then.

    Albright, Haas and Dinsmore join Umaga in the ring, with the Master Craftsmen rather pensive in the presence of the unpredictable Samoan Bulldozer…

    **MEDAL**

    Kurt Angle makes his iconic entrance, getting cheers from the fans, respecting the legend, whilst still singing; “YOU SUCK” to his theme as he sets off his pyro.

    Jim Ross:
    He may now be on Smackdown officially, but Kurt Angle is back for one night only on Raw as a preview of sorts ahead of his hotly anticipated showdown with Brent Albright at Backlash.

    The Coach:
    And he’s gonna realise, first hand, just what he’s in store for this Sunday when he takes on the younger, faster, stronger, Mr. Money in the Bank.

    Angle reaches the bottom of the ramp, wisely not getting in the ring whilst so heavily outnumbered by the heels…

    **JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES**

    To a big pop, Christian steps through the curtain, pumping his chest and signalling to the ‘Peeps’, before making his way down the aisle … as we see Estrada having to talk to Umaga to keep the Samoan Bulldozer restrained.

    Jim Ross:
    Captain Charisma has an almighty uphill climb this Sunday at Backlash. It’ll be his third encounter with Umaga, but this time, it’s not about gold, and it’s NO Holds Barred…

    The Coach:
    Say goodbye to Christian, J.R. I think this is his last night on Raw!! He’s got a death sentence at Backlash!!

    Jim Ross:
    They said the same before Summerslam. They said no one could beat Umaga - yet Christian was the first to do it. And it’s only been done once again since - by The Undertaker. That’s a hell of an exclusive club. Christian has done it before - and he’s confident he can do it again!!

    Christian meets Angle at the bottom of the ramp, with the two offering each other a nod - not overly friendly, but with no animosity between them either, as they wait for their partners before taking on the foursome in the ring…

    **BREAK IT DOWN**

    Nostalgia wins the day, as the music of DX raises the roof for the second time tonight. Shawn Michaels and Triple H make their way out together,

    Jim Ross:
    I can barely hear myself think here!! This crowd is electric for D-X!!

    The Coach:
    Idiots!! They’re all idiots!!!

    Jim Ross:
    The band is back together, and we’ll see in just a few moments if they truly can stand together as a team - with just six days before they look to claim an historic World Tag Team Championship we thought we’d NEVER see…

    The Game and HBK make their way to the bottom of the ramp, and there’s an uneasy stand off with Christian and Angle - plenty of history between the four men in differing combinations - but despite any differences they have with each other, the four men turn their focus from one another … and all look to the ring!!!

    The four appear to be on the same page … and they hit the ring!!! It’s an eight man brawl - and the fans LOVE it!!!

    Jim Ross:
    HERE WE GO!!!

    The Coach:
    Cheap shot!! Those cowards took a cheap shot!!!

    Jim Ross:
    It’s like a damn pier six brawl here!!! How in the hell can the official get this thing under control??? We’re gonna take a quick break here - and when we come back, it’s an eight man WAR!!!!



    Commercial Break



    Main Event | EIGHT MAN TAG TEAM MATCH:
    The Master Craftsmen & Umaga w/Armando Estrada vs. Kurt Angle, Christian & DX
    Joined in progress from the commercial break, the official HAS gotten things under control, and Brent Albright has a side headlock applied on Shawn Michaels in the ring, and tagging in Umaga to soften The Showstopper up. That plan doesn’t go down so well, as after a few blows and a choke in the corner, Umaga runs off the ropes … BUT IS MET WITH SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!!

    It’s pandemonium inside Freedom Hall with SWEET CHIN MUSIC making an extremely early appearance in the match. But, to highlight the kind of beast Umaga is, the Samoan Bulldozer DOESN’T STAY DOWN!!! He stirs, and despite being groggy, he makes a tag to Haas, just as Michaels tags in Angle, with Angle beating Haas to the punch in the middle of the ring to gain the upper hand.
    Q
    uickly, Haas drives a knee to the mid section, and pounds his former mentor to the ground and then drops a knee for a near fall. Haas tags Dinsmore with Angle softened up in the corner. Wasting no time, Nick hits five hard shoulder thrusts in the corner to Kurt, and then whips him off the ropes, but Angle ducks a clothesline and then grips behind Dinsmore - GERMAN!!!!!

    Angle holds on, and looks for a second … but ALBRIGHT clubs him from behind!!!! Suddenly, the ring fills up, with the irate face team wanting a piece of the heel side … but the official keeps the two sides apart. As things settle down, Angle whips Dinsmore into the heel corner - but doesn’t follow in. Instead, Angle challenges Albright to face him, and Brent - not wanting to look weak - demands the tag from Dinsmore to a pop.

    Albright and Angle lock up after a few moments of trash talk between the pair, and it’s Angle that gets the better of the mat wrestling exchange - riding Albright and slapping the back of Mr. Money in the Banks head, frustrating Albright. Albright escapes and rolls out, annoyed by the schooling on the mat, as Haas and Dinsmore try to give him encouragement on the floor, as Raw heads to another commercial…



    Commercial Break



    Back from the break, Angle is still in the ring, but is now on the receiving end from Haas, who works a body lock. Angle though, begins to battle back just as we return, and fights off Haas, eventually catching him with a Belly to Belly, before looking for a tag … but Albright tries to cut him off - only for Angle to catch Albright with a Belly to Belly too!!!!! Angle reaches and makes the tag to CHRISTIAN!!!

    Haas doesn’t realise Christian is the legal man, and pays for it, eating a dropkick from Captain Charisma!! Christian busts out a reverse elbow off the middle rope, and follows up by standing on Haas back by the ropes, choking Charlie. Christian leaps out, smacking Haas through the ropes, and then gets in the face of Umaga - and the momentary lapse allows Haas to drive Christian into the corner!!! Quickly, Haas tags out to Dinsmore.

    Dinsmore doesn’t get to work over Christian for long, as Captain Charisma battles out of the corner, sending Dinsmore off the ropes - when Umaga makes a blind tag - and Christian delivers a big back body drop on Nick … but he’s completely unaware that Umaga is the legal man now … and doesn’t find out, until he’s eating the ROLLING WHEEL KICK from Umaga!!! Christian gets flattened, and it gives the heel team the momentum again!!!

    Umaga begins to dismantle Christian, overpowering his opponent this Sunday at Backlash, being admonished for a blatant choke - something Coach points out he’ll be allowed to do this Sunday - before crushing Christian with the running butt splash in the corner. He drags Captain Charisma out of the corner, and drops a big leg before making a cover … 1...2...NO!!!!! Christian kicks out, and as Umaga stands up - Albright makes a blind tag on the Bulldozer!!!

    Umaga is far from impressed by the blind tag, as Albright picks up the scraps, stomping Christian, but as he locks him up for a Half Nelson Suplex - Christian counters with a snap mare, and a basement dropkick to the back, giving him the chance to make a tag to TRIPLE H - bringing The Game into the match for the first time - competing on Raw for the first time since August!!!!!

    The Game ploughs through Albright with clotheslines and a high knee, before dropping a knee on the downed Mr. Money in the Bank, 1...2...NO!!! He brings Albright to his feet, but Brent explodes, and DRIVES Triple H to the heel team corner, where Dinsmore and Haas both illegally attack The Game, along with Albright!! Michaels, Angle and Christian all complain, but all the heel team get is a reprimand from the official, as Dinsmore comes in to get a piece of The Game.

    Dinsmore and Haas get in and out of the ring quickly, making frequent tags to give The Game an idea of what he’ll face at Backlash. They deliver the assisted guillotine for a near fall, but soon after, Dinsmore gets a head of steam, charging at Trips - AND RUNS RIGHT INTO A SPINEBUSTER!!!!! The Game rises up, and side steps Albright, throwing him out of the ring, before setting up for a PEDIGREE on Dinsmore … AND CONNECTS!!!! Cover … 1...2...BROKEN BY HAAS!!!!!

    There’s fury from the face team at the interference, and Triple H, in a rage, comes chasing after Haas, chasing him to the outside, but as Haas runs around with The Game in pursuit … ALBRIGHT IS LYING IN WAIT … AND NAILS THE GAME WITH A BELLY TO BELLY ON THE OUTSIDE!!! Quickly, he rolls Trips back inside, as a stand off begins on the outside with both teams exchanging heated words, nearly coming to blows…

    But attention is diverted to the ring, as Dinsmore rolls over and makes the cover on The Game, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Despite still being worse for wear off the Pedigree, Nick drags Triple H to the heel corner, and makes a tag to Haas, as the heels begin to isolate The Game, tagging in and out like a well oiled machine, keeping Triple H WELL away from his teams corner.

    Umaga is brought back in, and he picks the bones of The Game, but Triple H starts to mount a comeback, then hit’s the ropes - but takes a knee to the back from Dinsmore … and staggers away … into the path of the Bulldozer … delivering the swinging power slam!!! Umaga drops down, getting the cover, 1...2...SHAWN MICHAELS breaks the count … and ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE!!!!! Michaels has had enough - and so have Angle and Christian!!!!!

    All eight superstars then engage in a mass brawl, as the referee loses control of the action. The action spills to the outside, leaving only Triple H and Haas. The Game has the better of the exchange, but then runs off the ropes, and Estrada catches his leg, tripping him, leaving him as easy pickings … AND THE HAASTILE TAKEOVER CONNECTS!!! Haas covers … but the referee correctly informs him that he isn’t the legal man!!!

    Haas tries to get the attention of Umaga, getting the Bulldozer - who is choking Christian on the floor - back inside to make the cover. With AAE imploring him, Umaga gets back into the ring, and the Bulldozer mounts the ropes, wanting a splash on Triple H … but Dinsmore then makes a blind tag!!! Despite the tag though, Umaga still lands with the big splash off the middle rope onto Triple H!!!

    Umaga is set to cover, but the referee pats his back, signalling the tag being made, with Umaga confused, not realising he was tagged … AS ANGLE SWOOPS IN FROM BEHIND … ANGLE SLAM!!! A huge roar engulfs Freedom Hall as Angle takes Umaga off his feet!!! Umaga rolls out, and Haas then comes after Angle … Angle ducks under … ANGLE SLAM TO HAAS!!!! Dinsmore charges - but he is tripped - ANKLE LOCK!!!!!

    Angle applies the submission … BUT ALBRIGHT SNEAKS IN THROUGH THE BACK DOOR … AND CROWBARS ANGLE!!!! Albright has Angle in his submission … BUT SHAWN MICHAELS FLIES FROM THE TOP - AND DELIVERS THE ELBOW TO ALBRIGHT!!!! Michaels begins to tune up the band for Dinsmore - the legal man - but Estrada gets involved again, tripping Michaels from the outside, and yanks him - NUTS FIRST into the ring post!!!!!

    Before Estrada can do anything else though - he spots Christian coming after him - and he HIGH TAILS it through the crowd!!! It leaves Dinsmore and Triple H, with The Game still selling the effects of the beating he has taken, as Dinsmore looks to deliver a his Northern Lights Suplex … but CHRISTIAN - of all people - comes to Triple H’s aide, breaking the grip … but before he can do any damage - UMAGA is back, and WIPES OUT Christian with a thunderous clothesline!!!

    Umaga follows Christian out of the ring, as Dinsmore goes for take two on The Game … but eats a FACEBUSTER!!!!! Dinsmore staggers away … SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!!! Dinsmore goes down, The Game makes the cover … and before Albright can break it - ANGLE TRIPS HIM - AND APPLIES THE ANKLELOCK!!!!! The referee counts the fall for Triple H on Dinsmore … 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winners: Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Kurt Angle & Christian @ 17:17

    Jim Ross:
    DX WIN!!! If there was any doubt that the chemistry was still there - there sure as hell isn’t anymore!! The Game and Shawn Michaels have picked up right where they left off - and they‘ve just beaten the World Tag Team Champions!!!

    The Coach:
    But it took Kurt Angle and Christian to make it happen!! Don’t dress this up as something it isn’t. Please tell me this isn’t a sign…

    Jim Ross:
    Ya sound concerned, Coach - and you can bet your ass the Master Craftsmen have gotta be concerned too. Doubt will surely creep into the minds of Dinsmore and Haas heading into Backlash this Sunday!!

    The Coach:
    I don’t even want to imagine-

    Triple H and Shawn Michaels celebrate in the ring, as Angle departs, with Albright clutching his ankle in pain on the outside. Meanwhile, Christian NAILS Umaga with the steel steps, knocking the Samoan Bulldozer off his feet!!!

    Jim Ross:
    DOWN GOES UMAGA!!!

    The Coach:
    He’s only gonna make things worse for himself on Sunday!!!

    Angle continues to walk out, passing through the curtain as Christian backs up the ramp, pumping his chest, looking fired up after putting Umaga down - though the Bulldozer is stirring already. In the ring, D-Generation X pose for the fans, whilst the Master Craftsmen regroup on the outside.

    Jim Ross:
    We’ve seen a HUGE shift in momentum here tonight. The Master Craftsmen have been knocked off their perch here this evening - and then some!! Haas and Dinsmore may well wave their titles goodbye at Backlash!!!

    The Coach:
    Cant happen. It just … cant. Can it??

    Jim Ross:
    It absolutely can, Coach. And you had better get your head back in the game - you’re up next with the Playas Club!! Folks - we aren’t done here - John Cena and Ric Flair are set to come face to face, six days away from their World Heavyweight title showdown this Sunday. What a powder keg this could be!!! We’ll be right back!!!



    Commercial Break



     

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    VIDEO PACKAGE

    ~~ A FLAIR FOR THE GOLD ~~
    #06 - WRESTLE WAR 1989

    In the third match of their classic trilogy in ‘89, Flair finally defeats Ricky Steamboat to once again capture the gold with an inside cradle.

    END PACKAGE
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    Back in the ring, THE COACH is all set for the PLAYAS CLUB, with his bodyguard BIG ZEKE loitering on the outside. Despite being concerned for The Master Craftsmen moments ago, Coach perks himself up now that he’s in the spotlight…

    The Coach: I don’t know about you people - but I’ve found these videos of Ric Flair title wins a little nauseating all night. Am I right??

    Boos.

    The Coach: I mean, Flair was good - in the eighties … but so was Bon Jovi!! This is John Cena’s time now - no pun intended. But seriously - where’s the tributes to John Cena?? Because as the world turns, each new generation eclipses the last. Just like this show!!!

    Coach laughs, as he pumps himself up for the big Playas Club intro…

    The Coach: You see … Piper was the pits, The Barbershop was cut short, The Kings Court got sent down, and for the Highlight Reel it’s lights out. I’m the host with the most, and this is the show with the brightest glow!!!

    Heat for the catchphrase. Coach is oblivious.

    The Coach: WELCOME TO THE COACHES PLAYAS CLUB!!!!!

    Boos.

    The Coach: And I think you all know who I have tonight on my show-

    WOO‘S from the fans in anticipation of Flair. Coach isn’t impressed, but acknowledges the reaction.

    The Coach: Him too - but more importantly, the WORLD … HEAVYWEIGHT … CHAMPION!!! And let’s get this thing GOIN!!! Ric Flair - COME ON DOWN!!!

    **ALSO SPRACH ZARATHRUSTRA**

    Ric Flair strolls confidently down the ramp, dressed sharply as always in an expensive navy suit, whilst still sporting a plaster on the side of his forehead after last weeks attack at the hands of Cena.

    Flair steps inside the ropes, strutting to a pop, bouncing off the ropes, and letting out a big WOOOO to the fans. Coach isn’t impressed.

    The Coach: Very mature. How old are you again?? Grow up!!

    Flair smirks. Coach turns to the ramp to intro Cena…

    The Coach: And- … actually

    Coach turns back to Flair, with a cocky smirk on his face.

    The Coach: As a matter of fact … before I bring out the greatest world champion of all time-

    Heat. Flair chuckles at the slight.

    The Coach: There’s a question I have for you, Flair. And it’s a simple one… what are you still doing here?? I don’t mean - here, here … I mean, here - still in the WWE. You had your moment in the sun at WrestleMania when you gave Kurt Angle the fight of his life. Why couldn’t you just end it there, when it became apparent that this stupid dream of yours to win a seventeenth world title wasn’t going to happen??

    Boos from the fans. Flair looks away for a moment, shaking the microphone in his hand as he smirks to himself, before responding.

    Ric Flair:
    It became apparent, did it?? I guess that’s somebody else called Ric Flair headlining in Kansas City this Sunday, huh??

    Flair shakes his head.

    Ric Flair:
    That cant be - because I KNOW there’s no other Ric Flair’s out there stylin and profilin -- I’M ONE OF A KIND - WOOO!!!

    WOOOO!!! ~ The fans.

    Ric Flair:
    And there’s gonna be one hell of a bar tab ran up in K.C this Sunday, let me tell ya!! We’re gonna have a party - it’s gonna be the celebration to end ALLLLLL celebrations - and I’ll even let you tag along, Coachman!!

    Pop. Flair nods at the reaction from the fans, then steps closer to Coach, getting more serious.

    Ric Flair:
    But you wanna know why I’m still here?? You wanna know what’s causin all this?? I’ll fill ya in, brother. Two weeks ago - yeah - I walked that aisle, ready to walk off into the sunset and call it a career. I’ll be honest, at that point, I had given up the ghost. And then John Cena … John Cena wanted to make a fool of me.
    Heat for Cena. Flair scoffs.

    Ric Flair:
    A fool of me?? ME?? Are ya kiddin me?? There’s not a man alive, that dares embarrass The Nature Boy!!



    [/OVERRUN}



    Ric Flair:
    John Cena offered me the chance. And when you get handed something as precious as a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship - you damn well take it. Even you, Coach… ya cant turn it down!!

    Coach laughs at that suggestion.

    The Coach:
    With all due respect, I think The Coach versus John Cena would be a more competitive match than the one you’ll be having with him at Backlash.

    Ric Flair:
    Is that a fact??

    With his smug grin, Coach steps to Flair - who is also smiling.

    The Coach:
    I think it is. And let’s look at the facts - you’re fifty nine years old. John Cena is about to turn thirty in a couple days. He is almost literally half your age. He’s in the prime of his career right now. And your prime was in black and white pictures.

    Boos. The smile drops from Flairs face, and now, he purses his lips, listening carefully, whilst slowly nodding, clearly disrespected.

    The Coach:
    He’s bigger than you, he’s stronger than you, he‘s faster, more agile, more durable. There’s no one on this roster right now that can even touch the guy. Short of an act of God and John Cena cant make it to Backlash - how the hell can you beat him and win the World title?? Seriously - I’m asking - what makes you THINK you can even contend with John Cena?? Because I cant think of a single path you have to victory at Backlash.

    Heat for Coach, who isn’t holding back. Flair looks around at the fans for some inspiration, but before he can speak up, Coach pipes up again.

    The Coach:
    And hey - don’t start pointing at your Rolex watch or those custom made shoes you‘re wearing. You might look the part, Ric, but those material items don’t mean a thing anymore. That suit wont intimidate John Cena, and your bravado isn’t gonna have The Champ worried for a second.

    Flair leans on the ropes, shaking his head, then takes a long look at his Rolex, removing it, and holding it up as he gets it Coaches face.

    Ric Flair:
    You think this is what it’s about??

    Naitch drops the Rolex - and whilst looking at Coach, he STAMPS the expensive gold jewellery, before bouncing off the ropes, and DROPS his knee on the destroyed watch!!! Flair bounces back
    up, right in the face of The Coach.

    Ric Flair:
    Means nothing. NOTHING!! This suit??

    Flair roughly takes his jacket off and tears the arms at the seam, before tossing the lot away.

    Ric Flair:
    I don’t care about it!! Not at all. I’ve a hundred watches just like it. And I’ve more suits in my closet at home that have never seen the light of day than you’ve had birthdays, my boy.

    Coach takes a step back, a little concerned with the rising passion from Flair.

    Ric Flair:
    But that Worlds Championship?? It’s something money cant buy. It’s not just some material. IT’S PRICELESS!!! And no matter how many times you’ve been to the top of the mountain, that thirst - the want - the NEED for that gold … it’s intoxicating. Ya cant replicate it. Whether you’ve had it once or sixteen times - you gotta be inhuman not to crave that glory. Regardless of age - FORGET THE AGE - everybody wants to be the Worlds Heavyweight Champion.

    Wild eyed, Flair is right in the face of The Coach, who keeps ever so slightly backing away.

    Ric Flair:
    Ask Hulk Hogan -- Ask Triple H -- Ask Ricky Steamboat, Big Dust, The Stinger, Harley Race, Luger, Angle, Shawn Michaels -- they’ll all - to a man - tell you the same thing. NOTHING beats it!! It’s about the gold, it’s about the recognition, it’s about being known - the world over - AS THE MAN!!! WOOO!!!

    WOOOO!! ~The fans. Flair settles himself for a moment.

    Ric Flair:
    No matter how many women I’ve been with all over this planet, or the feeling of ridin on a private jet - compared to being recognised as ‘The Champ’ it’s worthless. Without the Worlds Championship - it’s ALL meaningless.

    Flair turns to look at Coach again.

    Ric Flair:
    And for you to stand there and tell me I cant compete?? That I cant be The Worlds Heavyweight Champion??

    Flair slaps himself across the face; not once, not twice, but thrice. All thick slaps, no going easy on himself, getting himself FIRED up.

    Ric Flair:
    That’s what that is to Ric Flair!! Nobody is gonna tell The Nature Boy he cant compete with anyone. Not you, not Cena - and not the experts who once upon a time told me I’d never wrestle again after surviving a plane crash.

    The Naitch pauses for a second, staring at Coach, and nodding.

    Ric Flair:
    Did you hear that, okay?? A PLANE CRASH!!! I SURVIVED IT!!! I SURVIVED THAT PLANE CRASH -- AND I BECAME WORLDS CHAMPION!!!

    Flair gets right in Coach face.

    Ric Flair: SIXTEEN TIMES!!! COUNT ‘EM!!!

    He takes a step back.

    Ric Flair: And I’m gearin up for Number Seventeen!! So don’t tell me that I cant compete with John Cena. Nothing is impossible in this life. I should know - I’ve done the impossible.

    Polite applause from the fans.

    Ric Flair: So to answer your question, Coachman … how am I gonna beat John Cena?? How am I gonna beat the man?? HA!!

    Flair hit’s the ropes, and struts back, before looking at Coach and exclaims;

    Ric Flair: I’M GONNA BE THE MAN!!!

    Big pop, and a few ‘WOOO’ shots from the fans.

    Ric Flair: And that’s the limousine riding … jet flyin, kiss stealing, wheelin dealin-

    **HATE ME NOW**

    John Cena’s theme cuts off Flair during his famous catchphrase, and Flair knows it wasn’t by accident. Slick Ric has a wry smile on his face, as he watches The Man in Black make his way down the aisle - with Cena looking all business, tossing the big gold belt into the ring, before he slides inside himself.

    Cena gets up, and stares off with Flair, picking the title belt back up, throwing it over his shoulder, as Flair does some talking to The Champ off mic. The music dies down, and Coach welcomes Cena to the party…

    The Coach: Mr. Cena, it’s a pleasure having you here on-

    Cena rips the mic from the hands of The Coach not even looking at the host of the show, before addressing Flair, talking over the boos for him from the fans.

    John Cena: That the best you got?? Coach asks you how you’re gonna beat the best in the business, and all you got is; “Imma be the man??”You wanna be the man?? How about you try BEIN a man - BITCH!!

    There’s a collective intake of breath inside the arena, with Cena go right for the throat on Flair. Cena walks back and forth in the ring as he continues, ignoring the boos from the fans.
    John Cena:Out here last week takin the moral high ground like you some kinda saint. These people bowing at ya when ya walk out here like you GOD. Makes me wanna throw up all over that nasty ass suit you got on.

    Heat. Flair mouths; “Cost more than you can imagine, buddy”, with a smile, but despite the smile from Flair, the tension is rising.

    John Cena:
    You talk about me bein a sly dog when you aint got a leg to stand on. How many wives ya cheat on, there, Naitch??

    OHHHH ~the fans. In the background, Coaches jaw drops a little in shock.

    John Cena: What about those kids of yours you neglected all those years you were out on the town, drinkin champagne, chasin tail.

    OHHHH ~the fans … again. Flair is no longer smiling, and looks stoic, trying to keep his composure.

    John Cena: How many millions did ya squander on fast cars, fast jets, and fast women?? It aint this *taps the belt* you’re chasin still, Ric… it’s that lifestyle you still want … and this title gives you it, but if you want your hands on this title, you better get to inventin a time machine before Sunday. Cause that’s the only way you’re beating me.

    Heat. Cena begins to turn his anger toward the fans.

    John Cena: And yet you call me garbage?? And you people call me garbage too?? But you worship the ground this scumbag walks?? Some set of morals ya got there. Trust me, I’m gonna enjoy seein every single one of your faces, when I crush this old mans dreams on Sunday.

    Cena continues on, not even acknowledging the boos from the fans as he turns back to Flair, venting at the Hall of Famer.

    John Cena: Flair, you oughta be down on your knees - THANKING MY ASS for givin you one last shot at the big time and makin this match on Sunday happen. A last chance to relive those glory days you cant grow out of and leave behind.

    Flair takes a few seconds to respond, giving the fans a chance to be heard. Naitch looks Cena in the eye the entire time, before speaking up - calmly, and slowly.

    Ric Flair: I wont thank you for a damn thing, Cena.

    Ric keeps his composure as he continues his retort to Cenas rant.

    Ric Flair: Don’t make it out like you handed me an olive branch. You wanted to humiliate me by having The Miz of all people beat me into retirement. That was what you wanted all along. You didn’t want this match, and you did nothing to make it happen, either. All you want … is to be able to stick it to these people and be the guy that can say; “I stopped Ric Flair from winning number seventeen.”That’s it.

    Cena smirks, and shrugs at the suggestion.

    Ric Flair: And as for my personal life??

    RIC FLAIR SLAPS JOHN CENA ACROSS THE FACE!!!

    A huge cheer engulfs Freedom Hall, as Flair - WILD EYED - is damn near head to head with Cena, who is about to say something, but Ric jumps over him.

    Ric Flair: HOW DARE YOU!!!!! THAT-HAS-NOTH-ING-TO-DO-WITH-THAT!!!

    Flair points at the belt.

    Ric Flair: Was I a horrible husband?? Damn right!! I’m ashamed of that fact, but I have to live with it every day. I have to look in the mirror and I have to look at a guy that neglected his responsibilities to his children!! I cant go back in time and fix that now. As crazy as it sounds … that’s why I’m hell bent on winning that title one last time. All that greed, those selfish decisions I’ve made for the last thirty years … they have to be worth it. I’ve gotta go out on top. At least then, I’ll have something to show for it.

    Cena shakes his head.

    John Cena: If you have to go out on top, then you oughta quit about fifteen years ago, Naitch!!

    Heat. We also see Coach laugh at the zinger.

    John Cena: That’s the problem here. You never knew when to quit. Number Seventeen isn’t gonna be enough, Naitch. This is your damn life, and y’know it. Only problem is, despite people telling you it was time … you never listened. No matter what anyone says - YOU are Ric Flair, and you’ll never just walk away.

    A mix of light cheers, and a few sparse ‘WOOO’ shouts from the fans.

    John Cena: Well I’m gonna tell ya. Ric -

    Cena places a hand on Flairs shoulder - which is immediately shoved off by Naitch. Cena raises his eyebrow at the action from Flair, before telling him off mic; “I‘ll let that slide…” Cena takes a moment to reset, shaking his head as he starts.

    John Cena: Ric … your glory days are over. Look at your peers, those guys you rode with; Arn, Tully, Dusty Rhodes, Steamboat, Barry Windham … all gone. They packed up and went home a long, long time ago. There’s no one ridin Space Mountain anymore, and the ‘Dirtiest Player In The Game’ routine is old news. Those Four Horsemen?? They got taken to the glue factory a decade ago. I know all the tricks you’ve got. Aint got nothing to worry me with. Seen ‘em all a hundred times, and I’m ready for all of ‘em.

    Flair mouths; “We‘ll see”, still looking confident. Cena shakes his head again, coming closer to Flair.

    John Cena: I tried to tell you last week that it’s over. I tried to tell you that you’re just a laughing stock now. You didn’t take the hint. Come Sunday, I’ll have to show you.

    Heat.

    John Cena: Long time ago, Ric … you said those words; “with a tear … in my eye”… greatest moment of your life, yadda yadda yadda. Remember??

    Flair nods.

    John Cena: Trust me, you’re gonna have tears in your eyes at Backlash … and these people will have tears in their eyes too … when you’re beggin me to stop.

    Heat. Flair doesn’t react, and doesn’t blink, trying not to show any weakness or emotion.

    John Cena: But I wont shed a single tear, and I wont show you an ounce of mercy. Not like Kurt Angle did at WrestleMania. He gave you the chance to walk away with your dignity. You chose not to. You chose to step up to me, and it’s up to me to take that choice away now.

    Cena comes right up to Flair now to drive his message home.

    John Cena: Make no mistake about it, Naitch - come Backlash, it’ll be a sad, sad end to a glorious career. But you outstayed your welcome. When you come after this-

    The Champ raises the belt slightly off his shoulder, taking a brief look at it - as does Flair.

    John Cena: You’re gonna find out just how much the times have changed. And unlike Kurt Angle, I’ll have no hesitation on putting a forceful, definitive end on your career.

    Boos. Cena prods the chest of Flair now, with each time he says ‘YOU’…

    John Cena: At Backlash … YOU will bleed … YOU will sweat … and YOU will pay the price … for steppin up to The Champ!!

    Cena backs up a few steps, and turns to leave, getting out of the ring, with his point made. The Champ walks up the ramp a little, but Flair, it seems, isn’t quite done yet, and doesn’t want the showdown to end this way.

    Ric Flair: No - no, you don’t get the last word, Cena. Not tonight. Not with me. Get back in here, and look at me in the eye, like a man!!

    Cena chuckles at the words from Flair, and shouts “I‘M ALL MAN”, before taking a few seconds to think about whether or not to return. Curiosity wins the day for Cena, and The Champ re-enters the ring, and Flair nods as Cena gets back in.

    Ric Flair: That’s it. Yeahhh … Okay. I want to tell you something, Cena…

    Flair composes himself, taking a look out at the fans, nodding, before looking at Cena, calm and composed.

    Ric Flair: Odds are that yeah … I’ll bleed this Sunday. Nothin new there. Heck, look at me - I’M SWEATING NOW!!…

    Smirking, Naitch wipes the sweat off his face, before returning the earlier favour from Cena and prods The Champ in the chest when he says ‘you’.

    Ric Flair: But it’s you that’s gonna pay the price - when I’m the one leaving Kansas City with that Worlds Championship on Sunday.

    Cena shakes his head, rather matter-of-factly, giving Flair’s words no thought at all.

    Ric Flair: No, of course not, right?? You’ve all the answers, Cena. Like Coach said - you’re half my age. I’ve been doin this for longer than you’ve been alive, jack. I’ve experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. I’ve seen it all … I’ve seen it … ALL. From North Carolina to North Korea, from one side of this world to the other, and all the way back around to Louisville, Kentucky!!

    Cheap pop from the fans. Flair affords himself a sly smirk for that one.

    Ric Flair: And I know what it’s like to be in your shoes. The all conquering champ. You feel untouchable, right??

    Cena nods, and mouths; “Damn right I do.”

    Ric Flair: Yeah…

    Flair nods, pursing his lips as he gets set to continue, staring at the highly confident Man in Black.

    Ric Flair: For you, this is just another day in the office, right?? And this Sunday at Backlash is just another title defence, against an old, broken down man. How close is that??
    Cena shrugs and nods.

    Ric Flair: That’s how it is for you. That’s what Backlash is for John Cena. Another night, another airport, another title defence, another match, another city, another opponent. Nothin special.

    “Business as usual” ~Cena off mic. Flair pauses for a second…

    Ric Flair: For me - it’s final.

    Flair lets that sink in for a moment. Cena doesn’t look phased.

    Ric Flair: It’s one final main event, it’s one final time in Kansas City, it’s one final shot at the richest prize in all the world … it’s the last time, the FINAL opportunity I’ll get to go out on top…

    There’s a rising noise inside Freedom Hall in support for the Nature Boy.

    Ric Flair: And for one FINAL time this Sunday, I will muster … every … single ounce of energy … courage … and desire … that I’ve got in this old beaten down body of mine … in order to compete with you.

    Flair points at Cena, before then pointing directly at the belt, stepping forward.

    Ric Flair: And I will do whatever it takes - Whatever. It. Takes. … to leave Backlash … as the Worlds Heavyweight … Champion … for the seventeenth and final time.

    Cheers for Flair, and a few WOOOO’s too … as Flair - with a twinkle in his eye - looks eye to eye with Cena, who shakes his head, not buying the impassioned speech from Flair.

    Flair surprisingly extends his hand, with Coach looking around in shock, whilst Cena laughs. The Champ fixes the belt over his shoulder, shaking his head, mouthing; “I‘ll give you this one - because it‘s about the only hand you‘ll lay on me…”

    Cena looks to accept the handshake … but Flair pulls away at the last second, running his fingers through his hair, and giving Cena a “WOOOOO” … and gets the same chant back from the fans, before he exit’s the ring, looking full of confidence and swagger …

    Jim Ross:
    That is right outta the Nature Boys handbook!! The mind games have begun in earnest … it’s Ric Flairs LAST EVER shot at the World Heavyweight Championship this Sunday at Backlash. But in his way is a young, dominant, confident champion, who wont for a moment consider rolling over to give Flair the dream send-off.

    … But Cena doesn’t look phased in the slightest. The Champ turns and watches as Flair strides up the ramp, slapping hands with the fans, as Raw goes off the air after a LONG overrun, with Backlash swiftly on the horizon…

    Jim Ross:
    On Pay-Per-View this Sunday in Kansas City, where Ric Flairs collection of World Titles began - it may well come full circle - but to do it, he’ll have to be every inch the Dirtiest Player in the Game to pull off one of the all time great closing chapters to the greatest career of them all. One way or another, history WILL be made this Sunday - Ric Flair challenges John Cena - by Gawd, don’t you dare miss it!!!


    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

    Intercontinental Championship Match:
    Matt Hardy vs. CM Punk
    *No Championship Advantage*

    WWE Tag Team Championships Match:
    The Master Craftsmen vs. Triple H & Shawn Michaels

    Womens Championship | Triple Threat Match:
    Gail Kim vs. Beth Phoenix vs. Michelle McCool

    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

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    ~ ON THE PRE-SHOW ~
    Tag Team #1 Contenders | Four Corners Match:
    The Angels of Anarchy vs. The Hart Legacy vs. Americas Most Wanted vs. Cody Rhodes & Ken Doane

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    Re: Being The Booker

    Opening the show with a DX promo after the return last week just had to happen. Usually I don’t mind what opens a show, but if this didn’t, I probably would have been a little disappointed. The standard stuff happening with the beginning and the two just joking around was good to have. I enjoyed Michaels actually bringing up the false reunion of 2002 as well. What I really enjoy here though, and what this promo delivered in spades, is just how different these two teams are. They really are polar opposites. The Master Craftsmen ran through those differences perfectly, in their usual pompous sort of way. By the way, loving Albright donning himself as the World Heavyweight Champion in waiting. DX getting the last word and showing how focused they are makes sense, in what was an awesome opening to the show. The one thing I’ll mention is that whilst they may lose the main event tonight, this result is going to be HUGE when The Master Craftsmen defeat DX at Backlash.

    I’ll just comment on them now and throughout the show, but these ‘A Flair For Gold’ video packages throughout the show are such a good touch. It’s these sorts of things that make you so good at booking, the small things. Great stuff.

    A pretty damn good opening match between Shelton and Kash as well. Much like last week, I’m happy to see Kash look so good in the honourable loss. I guess because he is involved in a Backlash program, it makes perfect sense for Benjamin to pick up the win. On a personal note, I love Kash though so hopefully he gets involved in being more than a mid card jobber sometime soon. Surely these honourable losses could send him to lose his cool...

    The whole diamond being cut is a nice touch just because of the emphasis on when Teddy Long and Mark Henry thought Benji was untouchable. Long’s promo was brilliant as usual, with him maybe sounding a little more violent than usual. The “wastin yo’ ass” and “bounce your head like a basketball” just felt more ruthless than normal.

    Flair even getting his arrival on screen? This is definitely his night, playing to the occasion so well.

    Interesting segment with Cody dressing down Goldust here. Not sure exactly what will come from this, but it was well written as per usual. Quite weird, not in a bad way, to see Goldust down in the dumps like that.

    Garrison Cade push has been an interesting one over the past 6-12 months in this thread. Coming to Raw and getting an easy win is just booking 101 to continue his momentum. I look forward to seeing how you use him on Raw.

    Nothing wrong with Matt Hardy continuing the trend of being rather fired up after everything that has occurred with Helms and Punk. Props for using a new theme for Punk, it seems like the right time with his new character. Hardy being furious and knowing what Punk was up to, but still accepting any way to get revenge was a fun dynamic in this promo. Punk was gold here, his arrogance, the way he goaded Hardy, all written perfectly. Punk winning this, after Hardy’s journey to get the title will be massive. I’m predicting it happens as well. The last line about Punk dedicating the match to Helms is just dick stuff to, he’s been awesome in this thread since he turned.

    Ranjin Singh not booking the title match because he’s hopeless is a weird avenue to take. Doesn’t really make sense. Gail Kim doesn’t really look bad here because Katie provided a last minute distraction, but the story here is the dominance of Beth. I loved the way she even through Katie out of the ring and eventually got the win.

    Michelle McCool announcing a triple threat explains why Singh hadn’t booked anything yet. As JR mentioned, what has McCool done to deserve a shot? Feels a little wishy washy but gets Beth an out to not win the title at Backlash and also not lose. I loved Michelle just running away once the ever intense Beth went after her though, that was the best part of this for me.

    Before I even begin commenting on the segment, Miz wearing a black armband that reads Kennedy is hilarious. Also, a very subtle and clever way to keep Kennedy in our heads, so smart. Mizneyworld, Miz mountain and there were more to. So many of these Miz comments here were awesome, such a good promo. I could have picked heaps to highlight, funny stuff. The arrogance from Miz was in full swing as well once Chuck made his way out. So funny to see Miz actually struggle in the early stages, and props on the tennis racket paying homage to one of my all time favourites. Miz in the end gets the win as these Hardcore moments continue to be a big highlight of your shows.

    Looking forward to Backlash...

    Good to get some actual reasoning as to why AAE and Umaga want to wrestle Christian so bad. Go back to where the losses all started? It makes sense to me. A pretty short, sharp promo but I like the logic behind Umaga attacking Christian again. Good stuff, and I’m actually really torn on who you will have win this one.

    The tag division on Raw is actually really promising right now with the amount of teams you have. AMW and AOA would have been a pretty good match, and a really important win for AMW. Smart booking really though as for them to be a big deal, you want them winning their first match on the new brand.

    Christian being a little more intense than usual and not wanting to go back into the past makes sense. Poor Tiffany. Getting fired up at feeling as if his work is under appreciated is nice. No complaints here.

    Your KOTR booking of Albright has been amazing. I look forward to seeing you try and top it this year.

    Jesus, this was a fun segment. Really just a whole bunch of bitching and bickering between all of the tag teams but it was fun. I like how you continue to play on Ranjin not being qualified, with him being unable to get anybody’s attention and needing Vladimir’s help. Tag division is STACKED so to see them get on the pre show is a little disappointing, but it makes sense considering the other matches on the card. I’m enjoying this situation at the moment though. Phoenix is fast becoming one of my favourites with her intensity being awesome. I enjoyed the way she stood up to Kozlov. McCool backing down again was great, but Natalya’s involvement here was interesting. Awesome backstage segment, further putting over the chaos since Ranjin is in charge, and furthering angles.

    Big time eight man tag match, just stars everywhere. I enjoyed the fact that both teams seemed a little uneasy with their partners due to past acquaintances or because their partner is the unpredictable Umaga. Just a standard match really though, giving a very good preview of some of the bigger matches that have made the Backlash card. The ending with all hell breaking loose was obviously the most exciting. Good to see everybody get in their licks and the faces managed to get the win, despite Estrada’s interference. Smart booking really as DX needed the triumphant return, considering they are going to lose at Backlash.

    I’ve loved this Flair/Cena angle because it’s not a throw away feud for Backlash, this is actually doing so much for both characters. For Cena, it’s showing that it’s not just a Christian hatred thing and he is indeed an asshole. For Flair, it’s all about that one final chance at being the man. The Coach prodding Flair early only to gain the passionate response was done well. I especially enjoyed Flair shedding the material possessions, talking about how none of that stuff matters anymore. That’s almost a different side of Flair then we are used to, but it proves just how big this is. Cena is pure confidence and everything he said was pretty spot on as well. I really enjoyed the ending though with Flair putting over this is his final chance. He is a desperate man so I’m expecting some pretty crazy things from him at Backlash. The fake handshake was a nice way to end to, typical Flair. A pretty outstanding promo to end the show though, good job.

    As usual Wolfy, just a top notch show. I don’t think I really had any issues, except for Michelle McCool being in the women’s title match. Still though, really good stuff, so many big time matches set for Backlash as well. I can’t wait for the show, good stuff, GOAT.

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    Thanks for the comments, Stojy! Always appreciated. Superstars and Smackdown now...







    WWE Superstars | April 23 2008


     
    Tonight’s main event is announced as a showdown pitting The East Coast Party Boys against Cody Rhodes & Ken Doane.

    In the first match, Daivari (with Sonjay Dutt in his corner) defeats Funaki @ 04:24 with a roll up and a handful of tights.

    From Raw, William Regal gets a showcase spot, defeating an enhancement talent with his patented Knee Trembler @ 03:13.

    Back to Smackdown, and Nick Nemeth puts on an impressive display (despite still technically being a heel), defeating Chris Masters @ 06:20 in a rare heel/heel match when he avoids the MasterLock, and scores with the Ego Boost for the 1...2...3.

    Then, in the main event, Cody Rhodes & Ken Doane gear up for their #1 Contenders match this Sunday on the Backlash pre-show by taking on the confident East Coast Party Boys. Ryder and Hawkins nearly score the upset win, but Rhodes and Doane manage to see off the face team @ 10:17 when Cody nails Curt with Cross Rhodes for the victory.

     
    END OF SHOW
     


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    Friday Night Smackdown | April 25 2008 | Lexington KY

    *CREDIT: OBEY*

    NO Opening Video

    NO Pyro

    Smackdown opens up with a lot of the roster surrounding the ring; Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, Paul London, Rob Van Dam (glaring across the ring at Jericho), MNM, Chuck Palumbo, JTG, Carlito, Kofi Kingston, Nick Nemeth, Umaga (with Estrada), Deuce, Chris Jericho, Damien Sandow, Lashley (minus Steven Richards), Evan Bourne and Hardcore Holly. All of them look around, wondering what they’re doing out here…

    Smackdown General Manager FINLAY then appears on the titan tron, welcoming everyone to Smackdown. The GM states he has gathered these superstars at ringside because he has an announcement - last week, RANDY ORTON suffered a broken collarbone last week when Edge speared him through the barricade, and as a result has had to undergo surgery and will miss up to three months of action.

    With many putting the dots together, Finlay explains that Smackdown has a PPV coming up in a few weeks and that a #1 Contender needs to be determined to face Edge at Judgment Day, with the men currently at ringside the chosen stars to battle it out in a TWENTY MAN BATTLE ROYAL - right now. Finlay notes that some will be aware that there’s only 18 at ringside right now … but we have two new arrivals from Raw…

    **ALL ABOUT COOL**

    DOMINO
    - the former tag team partner of Deuce; who was drafted to Smackdown two weeks ago - arrives on Smackdown too … with Deuce not best pleased, and nor are the fans, having expected a bigger name than one half of a jobber tag team. Domino jogs to the ring…


    **SOME BODIES GONNA GET IT**

    But a much bigger name - literally - arrives behind him; MARK HENRY, along with Theodore Long, makes his way to the ring, just two days away from finishing his long running feud with Shelton Benjamin over on Raw. Everyone takes note of the Worlds Strongest Man, as the Battle Royal gets ready to commence…



    Commercial Break




    Match 1 | 20 MAN BATTLE ROYAL:
    *WINNER FACES EDGE FOR WWE CHAMPIONSHIP AT JUDGMENT DAY*
    Carlito, Chris Jericho, Chuck Palumbo, Damien Sandow, Deuce, Domino, Evan Bourne, Hardcore Holly, Jeff Hardy, JTG, Kofi Kingston, Kurt Angle, Lashley, Mark Henry, Mercury, Nick Nemeth, Nitro, Paul London, Rob Van Dam, Umaga
    The match is joined in progress, with two eliminations missed during the commercial; PALUMBO by Kurt Angle and HARDCORE HOLLY by Mark Henry. Henry dominates the early going, as he dispatches of EVAN BOURNE fairly effortlessly, and then takes advantage of DEUCE & DOMINO dumping both out together, whilst they argued amongst themselves.

    Meanwhile, Jericho is relentlessly trying to keep distance between himself and RVD, with Van Dam more interested in getting a piece of Jericho than trying to win the match, and eventually, it costs him as ROB VAN DAM is eliminated by Damien Sandow. Jericho gloats at the result for Van Dam, and waves bye-bye as RVD is escorted from ringside.

    Meanwhile, Lashley tosses JTG out of the ring with a press slam, and Umaga fights off both Carlito and Kofi Kingston, before he eliminates KOFI KINGSTON, but Carlito hangs on after being thrown over the top. Jericho is nearly eliminated too by Jeff Hardy, but Jericho - dangling precariously - puts his feet on the back of the eliminated JTG, before getting back on the apron. Once Jericho is back inside, he sneakily rolls out under the bottom rope, hiding on the outside while the rest fight it out.

    Nemeth survives a near elimination up against Umaga, whilst Mark Henry is taking out one man after another, softening up the field before wanting to eliminate them. As the match continues, Umaga and Mark Henry clean house, with CARLITO being thrown out by Henry, and NICK NEMETH sees his hopes go up in flames at the hands of Umaga. At this point, the two monsters in the match come face to face to a big pop from the fans.

    On the outside however, Estrada and Long are in conference, and both appear to come to an agreement as the two managers try to get their men to join forces and eliminate the field before fighting each other. However, before they can team up, Umaga and Henry are attacked by Lashley!! The third beast in the match - one half of the Gods of War - takes it to Umaga and Henry, but the two bigger men are able to overpower Lashley - but fail to eliminate him as MNM regroup too.

    MNM aren’t as fortunate though, as Henry and Umaga are too big and powerful for them, with Henry tossing out MERCURY and Umaga dispatches of NITRO, eliminating the tag team champions from proceedings. Jericho remains on the outside, but looks concerned at what is unfolding between Umaga and Henry. The two monsters look to take out the rest of the field, but despite the heel/face divide, the remainder of the participants all band together to take on Umaga and Henry.

    Angle, London, Hardy, Sandow and Lashley stand together, and look to take on Umaga and Henry, as Angle and Umaga eventually pair off, whilst the other four men gang up on Henry. Despite his strength, Henry cant fight off four men, with all four taking shots at him to try and get him down. Eventually, Henry teeters by the ropes, with all four trying to get him out … and eventually, Henry goes over and MARK HENRY hit’s the floor with a thud!!!!

    It took FOUR men to do it, but Mark Henry has been eliminated!! Meanwhile, Umaga nearly has Angle out, but Kurt is saved by London and Hardy, as it soon becomes every man for himself again. The six pair off, as Jericho lurks on the outside … but ROB VAN DAM returns, and attacks Jericho at ringside!!! RVD beats on Jericho, and hurls him back into the ring … with Paul London quickly dumping CHRIS JERICHO back out - over the top, eliminating Jericho!!!

    Once Jericho is out, RVD looks to continue the attack - but officials intervene - and the pair are broken up, with RVD escorted from ringside, whilst Jericho is furious at ringside. In the ring, JEFF HARDY sees his hopes go up in smoke, with Lashley powering the Charismatic Enigma out of the ring, whilst Angle overcomes an attack by Sandow, ducking under him, and Angle Slams DAMIEN SANDOW to the floor!!! It’s down to four, with a commercial break coming up before the end of the match…



    Commercial Break




    And after the commercial, all of the final four remain in the match, as clips air of some near elimination spots where London had to skin the cat, and where Lashley nearly had Umaga out. Umaga catches Angle with a Samoan drop, and downs Lashley, before catching London coming off the top, and drills him with his swinging side slam, crushing the Golden Boy!!!

    Umaga picks London up, and looks to dump him out, but London fights for his life, with Lashley coming in, trying to get Umaga out from behind, but Umaga lands on the apron and survives … but where Umaga survives, Lashley sees his chances end, with Angle racing behind, and dumps LASHLEY over the top, straight to the floor!!! Three remain, but Umaga dominates, nailing both London and Angle with a double clothesline.

    The Samoan Bulldozer drills Angle with the Samoan Spike, but London avoids the same fate, fighting back, catching Umaga with a hat trick of Dropsaults, then runs off the ropes - RIGHT INTO A ROLLING WHEEL KICK!!! Umaga puts an end to PAUL LONDON and his dreams of a title shot at Judgment Day, tossing the lifeless Golden Boy to the floor - leaving just two men in the ring.

    Angle picks himself up, and tries to smartly wrestle Umaga, but cant pop off a German, with Umaga shrugging him off, before rattling Kurt with a savate kick. Dragging Angle to the corner, Umaga unleashes the Running butt splash in the corner, and then looks for the BANZAI DROP … but MISSES!!! Angle then applies the ankle lock, putting Umaga in a world of pain.

    However, Umaga OVERPOWERS the Ankle lock - and tries to TOSS Angle over whilst in the ankle lock - but Angle avoids hitting the floor!!! Angle survives, and gets back in the ring, putting everything into getting Umaga up and over, but cant quite get the massive Samoan out, and is swatted away. Umaga then stops Angles momentum with an uppercut, throwing Angle out - but only onto the apron, and Angle quickly rolls back in before Umaga can capitalise.

    Umaga rushes at Angle - CAUGHT - and Angle TRIES a Belly to Belly - but Umaga blocks it, hoists Angle up and over the top, but Kurt lands on the apron. Kurt then applies a front face lock on Umaga, and ever so slowly Umaga fades … teetering over at the top ropes, {ala the finish of the 2004 Rumble match in real life} … with Angle unrelenting … as Umaga slowly topples … and topples to the FLOOR!! UMAGA is out at the hands of Kurt Angle!!!!! Angle is going to Judgment Day!!!!!
    Winner: Kurt Angle @ 22:27
    *Kurt Angle meets Edge at Judgment Day for the WWE Championship*

    Angle is on his knees in the ring, overjoyed at the win, and the opportunity it brings, as Estrada is absolutely furious on the outside, berating the recovering Umaga, stamping his feet and gesticulating wildly at the Bulldozer.

    In the ring, Angle has his hand raised, with Styles and Lawler building up Angle vs. Edge at Judgment Day, whilst reminding everyone Angle also has a match this Sunday at Backlash as he takes care of unfinished business with Brent Albright of Raw.

    Estrada berates Umaga as they leave up the ramp, whilst Angle poses on the turnbuckles, as Styles and Lawler hype what’s to come tonight with TWO title matches, including the hotly anticipated rematch between Noble and Danielson for the Cruiserweight gold.



    Commercial Break



    Backstage, ROB VAN DAM and CHRIS JERICHO have to be separated, as Jericho yells that he wants Van Dam fired for his actions these last few weeks, calling RVD a ‘loose cannon’. FINLAY arrives on the scene, and gets between the two, telling them the best thing he can do is to put them in the ring together.

    Jericho though, refuses the notion of wrestling RVD, saying he cant be sure of his safety in the ring with a madman like Van Dam, telling Finlay; “He‘s lost it!!” Van Dam wants the match, telling the GM he’s ready right now. Keeping the two apart, Finlay lets them know this cant continue, and wants them to stay out of each others way until he figures out how to solve this issue.

    With Jericho and RVD being led off in different directions (and Jericho shouting to Finlay “if you put him in the ring with me, you‘ll have a lawsuit on your hands, Finlay!!”) THE BRIAN KENDRICK enters the scene, and Finlay rolls his eyes at the sight of the pest. Kendrick complains about not being in the Battle Royal, and ‘assumes’ it was an oversight.

    Finlay informs Kendrick it wasn’t an oversight, because he doesn’t see him as championship material. Kendrick argues that, telling Finlay he’s got everything required to be champion; good looks, great hair, unmatched charisma, and “the ladies tell me I‘m pretty good between the sheets.” Finlay responds, telling Kendrick he forgot the most important thing; “how good you are between the ropes - and it‘s not very.”

    Kendrick - offended - tells Finlay to give him one shot and he’ll prove him wrong. The GM flat out refuses, and then announces to Kendrick that at Judgment Day there will be a Smackdown Exclusive Money in the Bank Ladder Match - “you know, the same match you tried to ruin at WrestleMania?” Kendrick tells Finlay he wants in, but the GM laughs.

    Finlay informs TBK he wont be part of the match at Judgment Day, and lets Kendrick know that THAT is his final punishment for what he did at WrestleMania. Kendrick is absolutely furious, but Finlay isn’t phased, and tells TBK as a sign of his goodwill he’ll give Kendrick a match tonight against a fellow Cruiserweight - Scotty Too Hotty. Kendrick is even offended by the opponent tonight, and tells Finlay he’ll show him he’s championship material when he wipes the floor with Scotty.




    Match 2:
    The Fight Factory vs. The Jacksons
    It’s a perfunctory win for Burke & Barrett, but quite the drop off after last weeks debut against the tag champions - where they were just moments from victory in the non-title match when Los Latinos ruined the entire match - as they fend off the spirited ‘Young Bucks’, whilst MNM are shown watching backstage (recovering after the Battle Royal) as Burke and Barrett finish the job with the Elijah Experience, followed by the BULL HAMMER!!! 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winners: The Fight Factory @ 03:57

    Burke and Barrett have an impressive win to follow their DQ win last week. Backstage, MNM continue to watch on the monitor, with Melina also watching - looking concerned at this fresh challenge to their titles.




    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 21 2008 | O2 ARENA, LONDON, ENGLAND
    ***





    Backstage, DEUCE and DOMINO are in the middle of a blazing row, both saying that they wanted a fresh start apart in the draft, yet somehow they’ve both wound up on Smackdown. Deuce says Domino should demand he be traded right back to Smackdown, whilst Domino tells Deuce the same, as each accuses the other of holding them back…





    Elsewhere, ARMANDO ESTRADA continues to berate UMAGA in the locker room, calling his Samoan Bulldozer a DUMMY after losing in the Battle Royal earlier, whilst questioning if he should continue with such a loser, stating his management skills deserve championships. Estrada grabs the Samoan Bulldozer by the face and DEMANDS victory this Sunday at Backlash for Umaga to prove to Estrada; “that I didn’t waste all my time on ju!!”




    Then, Kristal conducts an interview with MVP moments away from his big U.S Title shot against Batista. MVP admits he’s nervous, and talks about the tear Batista has been on since hooking up with Lashley and Steven Richards, but goes on to say he has faced tougher obstacles in his life than just a single man. Porter tells Kristal he has been in the WWE for 18 months, and it’s about time he was holding some gold - he has the belief, and now he has to go out there and do it.





    Back at ringside, Styles and Lawler talk up the two title matches still to come tonight, as a split screen shows Danielson and Noble both warming up backstage, with Danielson seen sporting TAPED RIBS as he is clearly still suffering the effects of the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania which kept him out of action until tonight…





    **I‘M COMIN**


    MVP makes his way out ahead of his big title opportunity, as Styles talks about MVP wanting to make good on the well documented highest paying contract MVP has on Smackdown. Lawler though, while giving Porter credit for being as game as he is, doesn’t see him knocking off The Animal tonight.


    **I WALK ALONE**


    Despite the music, Batista does not walk alone, as Steven Richards joins his Animal on the way to the ring along with Lashley. Batista drags the coveted United States title, not exactly treating it with the respect it deserves, as MVP await’s the champion in the ring … whilst Smackdown heads to another commercial before the match can begin…





    Commercial Break





    Match 3 | UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:
    Batista w/ Steven Richards & Lashley vs. MVP
    MVP gives it his all, holding nothing back, but Batista just appears to be too much for him. The Animal slows the battle down, roughing Porter up, ramming him into the corner - over and over - driving the air out of MVP. He continues to assault MVP, with a basic, but brutal beating, locking on a body scissors, then applies a sleeper at the same time, but while he thinks he can kill off the challenger, MVP has other ideas.

    {/SECOND HOUR}

    Porter shows his fight, battling out of trouble, and leaps over Batista, knocking the champion off his feet with a clothesline. MVP, building up momentum fires up, rocking the champion, scoring a hat trick of two counts, before catching Batista with the DRIVE BY KICK!!! It’s a big chance - 1...2...NO!!! Porter, sensing the window of opportunity is wide open, drags Batista up, wanting the PLAY OF THE DAY - but Batista escapes, and rams MVP into the ring post - shoulder first.

    Batista punishes MVP for having the temerity to make a fight of it, but MVP still doesn’t give in, and fights out of a running power slam attempt, running The Animal into the corner, and hit’s a neck breaker. MVP follows up with the Ballin Elbow, and runs off the ropes … RIGHT INTO A SPINEBUSTER!!!!! Batista follows up, BATISTA BOMB!!!!! The Animal swiftly brings the match to an end with a decisive 1...2...3!!!
    Winner: And STILL United States Champion - Batista @ 09:20

    Batista retains his title, taking his run as champion to three full months, and he has yet to truly look in danger when defending the title. He grabs the belt from the referee, and looks down at MVP with rage … and looks to continue the punishment, ready to let alone know that comes to knock him off what they can expect.

    Richards slides a chair into the ring for The Animal, as Lashley joins his tag team partner in the ring, as they look to pick the bones of MVP - who’s only misdemeanour was the gall to try and beat Batista. The Animal sets up for another Batista Bomb - this time onto a chair…


    …WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT !!!!!


    On the titan tron, the creepy children are shown all decked out in white as they talk-


    “AS I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP”


    “I PRAY MY SOUL IS MINE TO KEEP”


    “MY SOUL CAN NEVER STEP OUTSIDE THIS BED”


    “NEVER … INTO ALL EVIL … ALL EVIL”


    !! EXPLOSION OF FIRE FROM THE TURNBUCKLES !!


    On the titan tron, the girls are now dressed in black and they giggle…


    …FADE TO BLACK.


    **GONG**


    The arena remains in darkness, but the booming - unmistakable - voice of THE UNDERTAKER fills the arena…


    “GODS OF WAR… YOUR DAY OF JUDGMENT IS COMING … BECAUSE WE ANSWER TO NO GOD.”


    Now, KANE’S voice booms over the PA…


    “AND ANY MORTAL SOUL THAT DARES STEP THROUGH THE GATES OF HELL MUST PREPARE FOR ETERNAL DAMNATION!!!”


    Undertaker speaks again…


    “THE TWO OF YOU WILL COME FACE TO FACE WITH YOUR MAKER - JUDGMENT WILL BE CAST … BY YOUR JUDGE … JURY …”


    Kane speaks again as the lights flicker…


    “AND EXECUTIONERS!!!”


    Finally, The BROTHERS OF DESTRUCTION are shown on the titan tron, inside a dark, miserable graveyard, to an unholy pop…


    “AND YOU WILL … REST … INNNN … PEEEEEEEACE”


    !! ANOTHER EXPLOSION OF FIRE FROM THE CORNERS !!


    **GRAVEYARD SYMPHONY**


    The Gods of War remain in the ring, staring up at the titan tron, with Steven Richards looking EXCITED - not intimidated - by the prospect of his Gods of War facing off against the Brothers of Destruction; seemingly at Judgment Day.





    Commercial Break





    After Styles and Lawler recap the return (on the titan tron) of The Brothers of Destruction, they then throw backstage to Josh Mathews with Los Latinos…


    Mathews interviews Chavo Guerrero & Super Crazy, asking them about their actions last week, disrupting the MNM vs. Fight Factory match. Chavo does the talking, telling Josh that he and Super Crazy are fed up of being second best on Smackdown, overlooked at every opportunity, whilst a new team like Burke & Barrett get to waltz in and get a match with the champions off the bat. Chavo asks “where‘s our crack at the champs??”


    When asked what has brought on this change in attitude, Chavo explains that he and Super Crazy have been given a new outlook on their careers by a good friend, telling Josh that ‘family’ will always know what’s best. He tells Mathews that Los Latinos have direction now, and they’re going to make sure that they aren’t overlooked ever again - starting with next week when they show Carlito and Kofi Kingston that they mean business.





    Match 4:
    The Brian Kendrick vs. Scotty Too Hotty
    Kendrick makes quick work of Scotty - not even giving Scotty a chance to show off The Worm - as he tries to make a point to Finlay. It’s a much more serious version of Kendrick tonight, no antics - apart from shouting to the hard camera to talk directly to Finlay; “WATCH THIS!!!” … as he puts the veteran jobber away with an emphatic SLICED BREAD for the 1...2...3!!!
    Winner: The Brian Kendrick @ 01:57

    After the match, Kendrick asks for a microphone, and shouts out; “HOW IS THAT NOT CHAMPIONSHIP MATERIAL!!!” Going on, Kendrick tells the fans that he is going to stand up and make a stand against Finlays tyranny, announcing that he is starting a petition - FOR THE FANS - to have Finlay removed from power; “Because when Finlay isn’t being drunk with power - he‘s just flat out drunk!!”

    Kendrick goes on, saying the Irishman has been running this show into the ground, claiming he has been held back due to Finlays jealousy over his youth, his looks, his beautiful mane and his incredible ability. “I plead with you all to sign this petition for the good of this show - and more importantly, my career.” Kendrick drops the mic, and pumps his fist to the fans, as if they’re cheering in support of him - which they aren’t.





    On commentary, Styles and Lawler discuss Kendricks latest outburst, with Styles just more embarrassed for Kendrick, saying he has no chance of getting enough support to remove the best GM Smackdown has ever had.





    Commercial Break





    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2tXNUJ852A
    ~ R-TRUTH ~
    …COMING TO SMACKDOWN …
    SOON!!




    Backstage, Rob Van Dam is preparing to leave the building for the night, but as he walks, RVD is jumped from behind by CHRIS JERICHO!!! Jericho tosses RVD into equipment sets, and pounds on him, talking trash to RVD, but as he gets up to look for something to hit Van Dam with, RVD comes back, and charges Jericho through a set of double doors!!!


    They tussle through the hallway, bouncing off walls, as they emerge by the side of the stage, and fight through the fans, with Jericho trying to create some distance by throwing a fans pop corn at Van Dam, but RVD keeps on him as they trade blows back and forth amongst the rabid fans.


    Jericho climbs over the barrier, but RVD is right behind him, tackling Jericho down at ringside, beating him up some more, but Jericho drop toe holds RVD onto the steps. Jericho picks up a chair, coming at RVD with it - BUT EATS A VAN DAMINATOR!!! Van Dam then rolls Jericho into the ring, looking to set up the Van Terminator…


    But boos fill the arena, as officials hit the ring, putting an end to the madness, with Jericho rapidly crawling out of the ring, and scurries away, staggering up the ramp, holding his face, as RVD is held in the ring, pointing at Jericho, damn near foaming at the mouth, hungry for retribution on Jericho.





    Commercial Break





    ***
    VIDEO PACKAGE


    The video opens in an abandoned playground, where the creepy little girls are playing, dressed in white.


    ~GONG~


    The creepy little girls sing their rhyme over flashing images of THE UNDERTAKER and KANE standing tall - together - through the years, delivering an array of Chokeslams and Tombstones, along with various cut throat gestures, both men sitting up, and both Brothers of Destruction soaring through the air at times.


    “As I lay me down to sleep”



    “I pray my soul is mine to keep”



    “My soul can never step outside this bed”



    “Never into all evil”



    ~GONG~


    ~EXPLOSION~


    Darkness. Then, the voice of The Undertaker;


    “Judgement Day … is upon us.”


    *CREDIT; NOT MINE - FOUND IT ON THE INTERNET...*

    WWE JUDGMENT DAY | MAY 18 | MINNEAPOLIS, MN
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    Back from the break, Joey Styles takes the opportunity to officially announce that The Gods of War will meet The Brothers of Destruction on PPV at Judgment Day on May 18. Lawler shows his excitement at the monster collision between two monster teams in a mega tag match. Styles also confirms what Finlay had said earlier - Smackdown will have it’s own Money in the Bank contract holder, with competitors TBA in the coming weeks.


    Meanwhile, Styles adds that during the commercial, Finlay informed BOTH Chris Jericho and Rob Van Dam they are BARRED from Smackdown next week, and they WILL face off, one on one in TWO WEEKS on Smackdown in an effort to settle their issues.





    **METALINGUS**

    The WWE Champion, EDGE, walks to the ring, fresh off his first successful title defence last week against Garrison Cade (who is now on Raw). Edge firstly covers the incident with Orton last week, offering NO apologies for what happened to Orton, recalling that Orton was going to try and end HIS career with a Piledriver on the steps - not for the first time - and the way Edge sees it; “It was either gonna be me … or him headed to a hospital - and if that‘s the choice?? I‘ll choose him every time.”

    Edge tells Randy he’ll be waiting for him when he comes back - waiting with the WWE Championship, “because I got no plans on losing this bad boy any time soon!!!” That brings Edge onto the winner of the Battle Royal earlier tonight; KURT ANGLE. Edge congratulates Kurt on the win, and states he is looking forward to renewing hostilities with Angle in a few weeks time at Judgment Day.


    The Champion comments that it‘s been a long time since he and Angle collided … but sends a message to Kurt that a lot has changed since that time. Edges touches on the fact that Angle hasn’t held the gold in quite some time, while Edge has finally got the title around his waist … “And like I said earlier, I plan on keeping it that way … for a long, long time.”

    **MEDAL**

    Refreshed after his victory earlier, Angle is still in his gear, but is wearing his t-shirt, as he stomps to the ring, with the fans in Lexington eager for the showdown between two of the top wrestlers in the company. Angle climbs into the ring, and comes face to face with Edge for the first time in … a long time. Angle doesn’t get a mic, and doesn’t look to use Edge’s either.


    Instead, Kurt looks Edge dead in the eye - for a long time - with Edge not blinking either. Angle nods, before tapping the belt, showing Edge respect … and offers a handshake, which Edge accepts. They end the handshake and Angle steps out of the ring, but when on the apron, Angle pauses, and turns back, taking another look at Edge … and smirks … before he hops off the apron and continues up the ramp, with Edge watching on…


    Styles and Lawler discuss the tense meeting between Edge and Angle, before switching gears and talking about the main event TONIGHT - up next - between Danielson & Noble; a rematch of their epic match at Saturday Nights Main Event.




    Commercial Break




    Main Event | CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:
    Bryan Danielson vs. Jamie Noble
    After an ROH style handshake, the opening exchange is all straight up wrestling. Danielson and Noble exchange holds and locks, back and forth, with a number of sneaky pinning combinations from both men for a series of one counts and a few two counts, but none that ever come close to three. The first sequence that gets a rise from the crowd sees Danielson attempt a snap CATTLE MUTILATION on Noble from the ground, but Noble scrambles free.

    After a walk on the outside, Noble re-enters, and the two men battle for wrist control as they tussle in the middle of the ring. Back and forth they go, until Danielson tries a Monkey Flip - but Noble lands on his feet, and catches the champion with a headlock takeover. Noble works the hold, but the champion gets to his feet, escaping the challengers grip, and ducks a few wild clothesline attempts, before surprising Noble with a school boy for a near fall. The two men stand off as they reach another stalemate, as Smackdown heads to the final commercial of the night…

    Commercial Break

    Back from the break, it’s Danielson on top, as Styles tells us that the champion has frustrated Noble throughout the break, having gotten the better of every exchange. Bryan applies a Surfboard on Noble, but has to release as his shoulders nearly go down for the three. As Danielson discusses the count with the referee, Noble takes advantage, and hammers the champion with a running forearm to the side of the head.

    Noble shows no mercy, as Styles states on commentary that Noble’s frustrations have boiled over, but Lawler argues “there’s no time outs here - you have to defend yourself at all times.” Noble takes advantage of the opportunity, working Danielson, and eyes the taped mid section, driving shoulders to the gut in the corner, before ripping the taping off, and momentarily chokes the champion with it, before being admonished.

    The challenger apologises for the illegal use of the tape, but doesn’t let up on Danielson, sending him off the ropes, meeting him on the return with a DEEP knee to the gut, as Danielson flips onto the mat, clutching his midsection in agony. Lateral press, 1...2...NO!! Noble continues to target the rib area of Danielson, with the champion showing the strain throughout the methodical beat down, as Styles comments this is becoming much like the SNME classic two months ago.

    Noble even has a few moments to trash talk Danielson - getting caught up in the moment - as he punishes Danielson, telling him this is why he’s been ducking him for weeks, and says “maybe you weren‘t lyin bout those injuries, boy”. The trash talk appears to fire Danielson up, and the champion fights back, taking control of the contest, but cant put Noble away.

    But just as he looks to be building up some momentum, Noble catches Danielson coming off the ropes, with Noble pressing him up in the air, and catches Danielson on the way down with A DOUBLE KNEE GUTBUSTER!!!!! Danielson rolls around in agony, and tries to roll out of the ring for a break - but Noble stops him just in time, dragging him to the middle of the ring, hooking the LEGS - plural - 1...2...KICK OUT!!!!!

    Noble continues to systematically destroy the body of Danielson, getting him up for a suplex - but hangs the champion up on the top rope. Noble bounces off the ropes and charges back, drilling Danielson with a running forearm smash, sending the champion flying off the apron and crashing into the barrier on the outside - more punishment for the mid section.

    On the outside, Noble continues to show no mercy, and drops Danielson - mid section first again - along the top of the barricade, then dropkicks him against the barrier, before rolling Danielson back in. Noble loads up, wanting the TIGER BOMB - but Danielson blocks it - THREE times, dropping to a knee each time. Noble pounds the back of the champion, but realising he cant get the champ up, Noble instead lets go - and kicks the shit out of the ribs instead.

    Noble applies a variety of holds to try and squeeze a submission from Danielson, but the fighting champion wont quit - furthering angering the desperate challenger in his quest. Noble shoots Danielson across the ring, and charges in behind, but Bryan bolts from the corner, with Noble hitting hard - and Danielson comes racing back in with a dropkick in the corner!!! Danielson sucks it up, and pulls off another THREE of his patented corner dropkicks to Noble!!!

    Danielson struggles for breath, as Noble stumbles from the corner, but the champion fights through the pain, and kicks Noble out of the ring, before building ahead of steam - SUICIDE DIVE TO NOBLE!!!!! Danielson is ALL fired up now, and he rolls Noble into the ring, going up top himself, FLYING HEADBUTT CONNECTS!!!!! The champion covers … 1...2...FOOT ON THE ROPE!!!!!

    Noble survives the flying head butt!!! Danielson looks like his second wind has gone, the wind taken out of his sails with the match continuing. Danielson looks spent, but forces himself up to plough on, as he lets go with kicks to the challenger, but Noble ducks a big roundhouse, and rolls Danielson up … 1...2...NO!!! Danielson escapes, and runs off the ropes, coming back at Noble, but Noble catches him - and applies an ABDOMINAL STRETCH!!!!!

    The old move is given new life, with Danielson selling it as the most devastating thing he’s ever encountered. Wincing, Danielson desperately tries to break the hold, but a few choice shots from Noble to the ribs put a stop to Danielson, and when the referee isn’t looking, Noble uses the ropes for leverage on the hold - a very heel tactic. Noble demands Danielson quit - but he wont give in, and in the end, Danielson manages to escape with a HIP TOSS out of nowhere!!!!

    Noble quickly looks to re-establish control, but Danielson fires off an arm drag, then a Belly to Belly suplex for a near fall, and looks to hit another … BUT NOBLE COUNTERS … INTO A GUILLOTINE CHOKE!!!!!! Danielson is trapped, and fading fast in the choke … dropping to a knee, with Noble cranking the pressure … the referee raises the hand of Danielson twice - and it FALLS!!! Once more, he raises it … WHEN BRYAN EXPLODES WITH A NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX!!!!!

    Danielson somehow escapes the deadly choke!!! Despite the break though, Danielson still struggles, on his knees, gasping for air, and Noble takes advantage, clubbing the back, before delivering a GERMAN SUPLEX - bridging for a pin - 1...2...DANIELSON JUST GETS A SHOULDER UP!!!! Noble is beside himself in fury, pulling his hair, before grabbing the hair of Danielson, telling him to stay down - INSIDE CRADLE - 1...2...NOBLE KICKS OUT!!!!!

    Noble kicks out, and instantly dropkicks the champion who was on his knees. Noble shakes his head, telling the fans “he aint gettin away with that again”, and he shoots Danielson off the ropes, but the champion ducks under two clothesline attempts from Noble … and they then take EACH OTHER OUT with both men connecting on the other with flying clotheslines!!!

    The referee reaches a count of six, when both get to their knees … and begin to beat the shit out of each other with trading FOREARMS - back and forth, the two men rock one another, and it’s DANIELSON that wins the forearm battle, hammering Noble, getting to his feet … but Noble stops him with a shot to the gut again!!! Jamie then throws a series of unanswered stiff forearms, but Danielson ducks a big shot - and grips Noble … TIGER SUPLEX … 1...2...NOBLE GETS A SHOULDER UP …

    BUT DANIELSON TURNS IT INTO THE CATTLE MUTILATION!!!!!!

    Noble is caught in the middle of the ring, in the deadly submission hold, trying with all his might to counter, and he DOES!!! Noble rolls out of the hold- the first man to do so - but Danielson keeps the arms trapped as Noble gets to his feet, desperately reaching … trying to grab a rope … but as he reaches … DANIELSON FIRES OFF ANOTHER TIGER SUPLEX … 1... NOBLE TRIES TO ESCAPE THE PINNING PREDICAMENT …2... NOBLE CANT WRIGGLE FREE … 3!!!!!!!!
    Winner: And STILL Cruiserweight Champion - Bryan Danielson @ 27:04

    Danielson beats Noble - AGAIN!!! And again, Noble dominates the bulk of the match, but CANT beat Danielson!!!!! Just like at Saturday Nights Main Event, it’s hard to work out who the winner is, as Danielson is crouched on the mat in pain, whilst Noble sits, hands on the top of his head, looking at the champion - the beaten down champion - who has pulled it off again.

    Noble just couldn’t break the grip of the Tiger Suplex pin, and he rolls out of the ring, walking around, shaking his head in disbelief, ready to explode. Inside, Danielson pulls himself to his feet to be presented with the title belt. Bryan doubles over, keeping his free arm tucked into his ribs, as Noble steps back inside … glaring at the champion … who extends his hand for a handshake.

    The beaten challenger looks livid at the offer, turning away, kicking the bottom turnbuckle … head butting the top turnbuckle … before stomping to Danielson - not even looking him in the eye - and briefly shakes the hand of the champion, quickly pulling away as he leaves the ring.

    Danielson drops back to a knee, breathing heavily, as Noble storms up the ramp, hands on his head, devastated at somehow losing this match, as Smackdown goes off the air, with Danielson STILL Cruiserweight champion and STILL undefeated in one on one competition.

    END OF SHOW
     

     
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    Official Card for WWE Judgment Day:
    May 18 2008 | Target Centre, Minneapolis MI
    Theme Music; ‘Devour’ by Shinedown

    WWE Championship Match:
    Edge vs. Kurt Angle

    Smackdown Exclusive Money in the Bank Ladder Match:
    ~WINNER HAS AUTOMATIC TITLE SHOT ANYTIME IN NEXT 10 MONTHS~
    Competitors TBA

    ~ CLASH OF THE TITANS ~
    The Brothers of Destruction vs. The Gods of War
    w/Steven Richards
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    WWE Backlash - Preview:
    April 27 2008 | Sprint Centre, Kansas City MO
    Theme Music; ‘Take it All’ by Zididada





    World Heavyweight Championship Match:
    John Cena vs. Ric Flair

    Ric Flair walks into Kansas City with an unexpected opportunity to cap his glorious career with the ultimate exclamation point. Having been drafted from Smackdown to Raw, Flair appeared to be on the verge of retirement until John Cena offered the unlikeliest of olive branches to the Nature Boy; one last shot at the richest prize in the game. The offer wasn’t borne out of class or respect on The Champs part though; that guy? Hustle, Loyalty, Respect? That guy is long gone.

    Cena would only make the offer in a bid to humiliate The Nature Boy, pitting Flair against The Miz on Raw for a shot at the title. A match that were Flair to lose, he would have to retire, and it appeared to be Cenas goal to screw The Nature Boy over and see his illustrious career come crashing down against the most ridiculed member of the roster. Thanks to some timely intervention from Christian, Flair would see off The Miz (and an interfering Cena), to earn the unlikely title shot and one final chance to capture the elusive #17.

    Despite that moment of glory, Flair would get a severe wake up call and a stark reminder of what he was up against at Backlash the following week on Raw. During their contract signing, Cena would overpower the legend, bloodying Ric Flair, sending him a message ahead of their title showdown. However, this past week on Raw, Flair was undeterred, standing up to go face to face with Cena, giving The Champ - and the fans - an impassioned speech going into his FINAL championship match of his illustrious career.

    And so, Flair can cap his career with one last title win; the elusive #17. Right back where his World Championship odyssey began; Kansas City. The very same city where he won his first, could be where Flair wins his last. But John Cena stands in his way. Reborn after shedding his previous skin as the do-gooding baby face, Cena has embraced the hatred of the fans in recent months, and after subduing the challenge of Christian at WrestleMania, The Champ now aims to break the fans hearts again - by denying Flair his dream swansong.


     

    WWE Tag Team Championships Match:
    The Master Craftsmen vs. Triple H & Shawn Michaels

    It had been a miserable end to 2007 for Shawn Michaels. Eliminated early on as the captain of Team Raw at the Survivor Series, HBK would begin to question if his ability was now on the wane - not only would Michaels question it, but so to, would a large portion of the locker room. Including The Master Craftsmen. Finally, Michaels rebounded from his rut, and vanquished Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania, and with his confidence back, Shawn Michaels looked to get back on top on Raw… but standing in his way would be The Master Craftsmen.

    Having had a mightily successful WrestleMania themselves (Albright winning MITB and Haas & Dinsmore scooping the tag titles) The Master Craftsmen believed they were now the top dogs on Monday Night Raw, telling Michaels his time had passed. And taking advantage of the criminally under qualified General Manager Ranjin Singh, Haas and Dinsmore would call their own shot - much like John Cena & Matt Hardy in seemingly handing title shots out - they would challenge Shawn to face them at Backlash; if he could find a partner. Something The Master Craftsmen believed would be near impossible.

    Enter Triple H. Despite the bad blood between Triple H and Shawn Michaels dating back to 2002, The Game would be the one to answer the call, saving The Showstopper from a beating and accepting the challenge; the band was back together. And like a pair of old shoes, Michaels and The Game would fit together instantly. In an eight man tag match on Raw, Triple H would pin Nick Dinsmore, thanks to some old school teamwork between the former foes, now once again best friends. The goal at Backlash for DX is simple; do what they have never done together before - win the World Tag Team Championships.


     

    NO HOLDS BARRED:
    Christian vs. Umaga
    w/Armando Alejandro Estrada

    Only two men have ever defeated The Samoan Bulldozer in almost two years in the WWE. And Armando Estrada lays the blame for that second loss directly at the feet of the first man to do the unthinkable; Christian. Believing had Umaga defeated Christian at Summerslam in 2007 at Wembley Stadium for the World Heavyweight Championship that he would still be undefeated now, Estrada claims Christian is the reason Umaga failed to end The Undertakers WrestleMania streak, and in order for the Samoan Bulldozer to get back on track, he must vanquish the man that ‘got lucky’ at Summerslam, and luckier still at Nemesis when they wrestled to a ‘No Contest’.

    And an attack on Christian on April 14 would appear to suit Interim Raw GM Ranjin Singh too. With an enraged Champion in his ear, Singh was scrambling to find a way to keep Christian busy - and more importantly - keep Christian out of John Cenas business. Thankfully for Singh, Armando Estrada would be more than obliging to help him out - in return for a No Holds Barred match at Backlash, and Estrada would get his wish. Now, it’s a third, and final showdown - with Umaga drafted to Smackdown in recent weeks - between Christian and Umaga, and a final chance for Umaga to finally banish the demons of Summer slam - but also a final chance for Christian to prove once and for all that Summerslam was no fluke.


     

    Grudge Match:
    ‘Mister Money in the Bank’ Brent Albright vs. Kurt Angle

    The Wrestling Machine meets The Ace of Spades in a generational battle of sorts. Fresh off defeating The Best Ever (Ric Flair) at WrestleMania, Kurt Angle - The Best Today - now faces a man eyeing his spot; Brent Albright. With Albright capturing the Money in the Bank briefcase at Wrestle Mania (a match he qualified for by defeating Angle), Brent is now essentially a Champion in waiting, but before he eyes the World Title, Albright looks to knock off one of the all time greats.

    For Angle though, it’s a must-win match. While Albright has a year to take his title shot, Angle gets his in just three short weeks at Judgment Day. Now on Smackdown, Angle is back in the title hunt, but he returns to Raw for one last night at Backlash to tie up loose ends with Brent Albright. The younger lion at WrestleMania, Angle is now the old lion, fending off a fresh challenge to his kingdom. Can Angle succeed where Flair failed at WrestleMania?? Or will Brent Albright continue his irresistible rise to the top of the mountain by knocking off the ‘Best Today’ and claiming his throne??


     

    The Brotherhood Implosion:
    Mark Henry
    w/Theodore Long vs. Shelton Benjamin

    For eighteen months, Theodore Long put all his focus and all his energy into guiding Shelton Benjamin & The Brotherhood to the very top, believing Benjamin to be the missing piece in the puzzle his struggling group had been searching for for over two years. Christening Benjamin ‘The Black Diamond’, Long built his Brotherhood stable around the immensely talented Benjamin, backing Shelton up with muscle in the form of the ‘Worlds Strongest Man’ Mark Henry and a cast of others. Benjamin would reign for the best part of six months as Intercontinental champion with the backing of Theodore Long, and it appeared the group would sooner or later realise their ambition … and then it all came crashing down.

    At the Survivor Series, The Brotherhood would be forced to disband after coming out on the losing end of a 5 on 5 elimination match. In the aftermath, Theodore Long knew who he felt was the cause of The Brotherhoods downfall; Shelton Benjamin. Long saw Benjamin prosper in the aftermath of the Survivor Series, and didn’t like what he saw. Regrouping with Mark Henry, Theodore Long looked to punish Benjamin and put his former ‘Diamond’ on the shelf for three months with a serious knee injury. But Benjamin returned to Raw with a bang, winning the WrestleMania Battle Royal by eliminating Mark Henry - which only further raised the ire of Long, who has since been hell bent on inflicting pain and suffering on his former charge, through the power of Henry. Now, at Backlash, the entire issue comes to a head.


     

    Intercontinental Championship Match:
    Matt Hardy vs. CM Punk
    *No Championship Advantage*

    CM Punk didn’t win a #1 Contenders Match. He doesn’t hold any victories over the incumbent champion. In fact, he hasn’t done anything to earn his title shot at Backlash, nor have his actions been deserving of one either. Instead, Punk has manipulated his way to a shot at one of the most prestigious championships in all of wrestling. Starting at WrestleMania, CM Punk ditched his long-time tag team partner, Greg Helms, costing the team their tag team titles.

    Citing Helms weakness and inability to maintain the Straight-Edge lifestyle, Punk no longer considered Greg Helms as a ‘partner’ and chose to break off the relationship at the biggest stage possible. While most would’ve expected a furious Greg Helms to confront CM Punk the following night on Raw - that never materialised. Instead, Helms was found backstage; unconscious, with no witnesses as to what had happened. It would later be revealed that Helms would require neck surgery that would keep him out of action for up to 12 months.

    Punk would strenuously claim innocence - or more accurately, demand any accusation be backed up with proof - but Matt Hardy wasn’t buying it. A long time friend of Helms, Hardy would come for vengeance for his fallen friend. The problem? CM Punk wasn’t quite so interested in engaging with Hardy. Punk however would agree to meet Matt - on one condition; he get a shot at Hardys coveted Intercontinental title. Doing what he had to in order to get his hands on Punk, Hardy agreed to defend his title AND with the caveat that a DQ would result in the title changing hands. Hardy until now has played directly into Punks hands - but whose hands will the Intercontinental title be in come Backlash??


     

    Womens Championship | Triple Threat Match:
    Gail Kim vs. Beth Phoenix vs. Michelle McCool

    Beth Phoenix has been hell bent on regaining the Womens Championship ever since she lost it to Mickie James at the Survivor Series. Unfortunately for her, a one on one match for the title cant quite happen to materialise. Excluded from challenging whilst Mickie held the title, Beth could only watch on, until Gail Kim won the title a few months later. Then, as it appeared her chance would come around, it was gone again. Gail and Mickie would dominate the title picture until WrestleMania, as Gail held off the challenge of the maniacal former champion; who has since been sectioned following WrestleMania.

    Surely then, Beth’s opportunity would arise? Seemingly head and shoulders above the remaining competition, Phoenix was the next logical contender. But as would become obvious in the proceeding weeks, logic wouldn’t play into the mindset of interim General Manager Ranjin Singh. Singh would give a nonsensical title shot to draftee Layla El - without having to win a match - instead. Gail Kim retained the title, and again, it appeared inevitable that Beth Phoenix would get her shot, especially after Gail and Beth would verbally agree to the title showdown.

    Except another arrival from Smackdown, Michelle McCool would spoil that party. Inexplicably, Ranjin would include McCool in the title match, and once again, Beth Phoenix was denied a straight up, one on one match for the title. Now, she must share her shot with another challenger - someone who hasn’t earned their shot - with the stark reality that she could lose the match without being involved in any decision. And for the champion, it’s her third title defence inside 28 days. With the challenges mounting up, just how much more can Gail Kim take - and much like Beth - with the possibility of losing her title without being involved in any decision.

     

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    ~ ON THE PRE-SHOW ~


    Tag Team #1 Contenders | Four Corners Match:
    The Angels of Anarchy vs. The Hart Legacy vs. Americas Most Wanted vs. Cody Rhodes & Ken Doane

    With the tag title shot going to the reunited D-Generation X, competition for a shot at the tag team titles is hotting up on Raw. And four of the finest teams on Raw will battle it out for a future crack at the titles. The Angels of Anarchy have been bitterly close to capturing the titles on a number of occasions since arriving in the WWE last summer - but every time they’ve been close, Daniels and Williams have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Now, they have another chance to get back in the hunt, just four weeks after a bitter defeat to the current champions at WrestleMania.

    The Hart Legacy have been incredibly impressive since forming in December, but are yet to challenge for the tag titles - but now, they have a chance to capture a long awaited shot at the gold. Meanwhile, AMW are no strangers to gold; four times WWE Tag Team Champions on Smack down - the longest combined number of days as tag champions in WWE history - now are eyeing the gold on Raw. Whilst Cody Rhodes and Ken Doane, two of the youngest members of the WWE roster, and the newest of the teams to link up together, look to plant their flag in the ground in pursuit of gold.


     

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    ~ PREDICTION COMPETITION ~
    1. Predict the winners.
    2. Predict the match order.
    3. What will be the longest match on the PPV?
    4. What will be the shortest match on the PPV?
    5. Which two men will be involved in the decisive pin/submission in the tag team title match?
    6. Who will take the fall in the Womens triple threat match?
    7. Will there be any surprise appearances/returns? If so, name them.


    *Backlash will be posted next weekend*
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    7. World Heavyweight Championship Match:
    John Cena vs. Ric Flair

    I can easily see a scenario where Flair wins #17 and then retires the next night or drops the championship. Cena simply winning here doesn't seem like it would be the route to take. I could see, based on what happens later, Christian aiding Flair to victory to get one over on Cena for being the massive POS he is now. Gives us a nice, sentimental moment since we didn't get that on the Raw side at 'Mania with Cena defeating Christian and all. You've already established Cena as the major player here so he can afford the loss.

    6. WWE Tag Team Championships Match:
    The Master Craftsmen vs. Triple H & Shawn Michaels

    Given that you just brought DX back, I suspect they get the victory here. I think Albright will certainly come into play but I don't think you had DX be reborn just to have them lose two weeks later to The Master Craftsmen. At least not now. This feud is going to likely continue onward so DX will get the dub here and win the Tag Team Titles.

    4. NO HOLDS BARRED:
    Christian vs. Umaga w/Armando Alejandro Estrada

    Have two thoughts about this. 1) Christian wins in an epic performance or 2) Christian wins and then Umaga beats the holy hell out of him afterward. Don't get the sense that 'Mags gets the W here. These guys have feuded since all the way back before SummerSlam and rasslin, at the end of the day, always winds up having the faces come out on top over the heels. This is likely gonna be it for Christian and Umaga here, so I think Cap'n Charisma gets the victory.

    5. Grudge Match:
    ‘Mister Money in the Bank’ Brent Albright vs. Kurt Angle

    Angle is off to SmackDown and will put over Albright here. Likely the easiest match to call of the entire night. Angle won't be hurt despite being the #1 contender now for Edge's WWE Title. Because, well, he's Kurt freakin' Angle.

    3. The Brotherhood Implosion:
    Mark Henry w/Theodore Long vs. Shelton Benjamin

    I get the sense that no matter what happens here this feud is only beginning to escalate. We have this implosion here but I don't think this will be the only match between Benjamin and Henry. Think Shelton escapes with a win by the skin of his teeth here.

    1. Intercontinental Championship Match:
    Matt Hardy vs. CM Punk
    *No Championship Advantage*

    Hardy gets himself disqualified after Punk goads him into it after a lengthy battle.

    2. Womens Championship | Triple Threat Match:
    Gail Kim vs. Beth Phoenix vs. Michelle McCool

    I don't know how to call this one to be honest. I don't think McCool's going to win even though I think she'll have a good showing in what would be her first women's match, no? Beth OTOH has her chase going but I can see Michelle being a hearty antagonizer. Think Gail winds up escaping with the championship but the story seems to be pivoting away from her, so I can't say for sure.

    Tag Team #1 Contenders | Four Corners Match:
    The Angels of Anarchy vs. The Hart Legacy vs. Americas Most Wanted vs. Cody Rhodes & Ken Doane

    Easy decision here. Think this one will be nice, but AMW's got next.


    ~ PREDICTION COMPETITION ~
    1. Predict the winners. Done.
    2. Predict the match order. Done.
    3. What will be the longest match on the PPV? Christian/Umaga
    4. What will be the shortest match on the PPV? Henry/Benjamin
    5. Which two men will be involved in the decisive pin/submission in the tag team title match? HBK, Dinsmore
    6. Who will take the fall in the Womens triple threat match? McCool
    7. Will there be any surprise appearances/returns? If so, name them. Can't think of any off the top of my head. The OG Four Horsemen, maybe, if they're in the crowd for the title match.

    WWE 2015: Generation NXT | Now Playing in Be The Booker | #WC4Horsemen





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    Re: Being The Booker

    7. World Heavyweight Championship Match:
    John Cena vs. Ric Flair

    I don't see the fairytale. If I'm wrong Cena wins it back tomorrow on Raw. Cena needs to keep winning

    6. WWE Tag Team Championships Match:
    The Master Craftsmen vs. Triple H & Shawn Michaels

    DX is back together and a DQ win would be nice but maybe the huge pop of the night comes here. Not keen on DX holding titles long term

    4. NO HOLDS BARRED:
    Christian vs. Umaga w/Armando Alejandro Estrada

    Chrisrian/Cena once more I think. Would love for Umaga to snap after the match ON ESTRADA!! Turning face over on SD

    3. Grudge Match:
    ‘Mister Money in the Bank’ Brent Albright vs. Kurt Angle

    Albright can't afford defeat at the moment. Angle has a couple of weeks to get over a loss a d evils for his match with Edge.


    1. The Brotherhood Implosion:
    Mark Henry w/Theodore Long vs. Shelton Benjamin

    I think the two cross brand matches need to be split. Henry needs a win to pick up some more momentum over on Smackdown. Especially as he might be positioned as a top heel

    2. Intercontinental Championship Match:
    Matt Hardy vs. CM Punk
    *No Championship Advantage*

    Hardy is definitely getting goaded here. Title change will make this interesting.

    5. Womens Championship | Triple Threat Match:
    Gail Kim vs. Beth Phoenix vs. Michelle McCool

    I think Phoenix chase continues here.

    Tag Team #1 Contenders | Four Corners Match:
    The Angels of Anarchy vs. The Hart Legacy vs. Americas Most Wanted vs. Cody Rhodes & Ken Doane

    AMW - they're the most high profile. The other teams still have time to gel and get their chance down the line.


    ~ PREDICTION COMPETITION ~
    1. Predict the winners. Done
    2. Predict the match order. Done
    3. What will be the longest match on the PPV? Cena/Flair
    4. What will be the shortest match on the PPV? Benjamin v Henry
    5. Which two men will be involved in the decisive pin/submission in the tag team title match? Triple H, Dinsmore
    6. Who will take the fall in the Womens triple threat match? Mccool
    7. Will there be any surprise appearances/returns? If so, name them. NO

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    Re: Being The Booker

    WWE have come to terms with the release of the following superstars;


    Andrew ‘Test’ Martin



    Al Snow



    Trevor Murdoch



    Festus Murdoch



    Chris Masters



    Shannon Moore



    Scotty Too Hotty



    Mike Knox



    They are all wished well in their future endeavours.


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    ~ BACKSTAGE NEWS AND NOTES ~



    A number of special guests are in the building for tonights Backlash PPV, ahead of Ric Flairs final tilt at attempting to capture a seventeenth World Heavyweight Championship. Harley Race - a Missouri resident - has been spotted backstage, and will likely be in the crowd for the main event, as will Ric Flairs children, whilst it‘s expected other friends and allies of Flairs inside the business will be attending the event in Kansas City tonight.



    It’s thought that if Ric Flair does win the title at Backlash, this will be his final match as promised beforehand, with the World title then set to be vacated and a likely celebration tomorrow night on Raw. Should Flair lose however, it’s thought he will have one final send-off match - most probably at Summerslam in August, though no names have been mentioned as a potential opponent should such a scenario occur.



    The recent injury to Randy Orton has forced a number of changes to the remaining weeks of the draft season, with a need to fill the gap left by Orton during his absence, and could see a number of changes to plans on tonight’s PPV with many big names on Raw being touted for moves to Smackdown.



    In addition to the Orton injury, it appears the company have now accepted that Brock Lesnar will finally depart the WWE to pursue MMA on a full time basis, which would leave another sizeable void on Smackdown, most notably on the heel side of the roster, and would explain why both Mark Henry and Umaga have been drafted to Smackdown in the last few weeks.



    The company have tried to placate Lesnar numerous times over the last year, giving him more time off with extended breaks (including the last month since WrestleMania) and reducing his schedule, whilst allowing him to explore MMA, but it now appears to be a fruitless mission to keep Lesnar happy. It’s expected Lesnar will wrap up with the company during the summer before departing for the UFC.




    Many superstars are said to be on tenterhooks given the eight releases over the weekend, with more cut backs expected over the summer months. Despite the feeling of dread backstage, there wasn’t said to be much surprise at the names released, with Test’s short lived team with Tyson Tomko recently fizzling out, and his return last summer leading to very little progression.



    Elsewhere, Scotty Too Hotty and Shannon Moore have been exclusively enhancement talent over the past few years - with even those appearances coming sporadically, whilst Chris Masters and Mike Knox had been barely used in any kind of capacity either. The Murdoch Twins had been kept off television since December, when their feud wrapped up with the Caribbean Connection, and it appears that creative had nothing further for the team.



    Al Snow may have been the biggest surprise on the list, given his recent move to join Todd Grisham on commentary for Superstars. It’s thought that Matt Striker will switch from his role as backstage interviewer on Raw to join Grisham on the Wednesday night show.



    As a result of the cuts, the rosters are likely to be freshened up with some new faces in the coming weeks and months. Vignettes have already began airing for the impending debut of R-Truth on Smackdown, whilst Ted DiBiase has made a number of appearances on Smackdown since WrestleMania, hyping the debut of his son in the coming weeks for the King of the Ring tournament.



    There is said to be a desire to replenish the Womens & Cruiserweight divisions also, with some fresh faces required in both. Kelly Kelly is expected to pursue a move from backstage interviewing to a full time in ring performer in the next few week, and the company is also casting it’s eye over a number of talents to bring straight in to both divisions.
     

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    So, just some news and notes I’ve been holding off on for a bit, plus some tidbits on Backlash. Still time for some more predictions for Backlash if anyone has been holding off …



    Or not. Show will be posted on Sunday.


    ***




    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


    Intercontinental Championship Match:
    Matt Hardy vs. CM Punk
    *No Championship Advantage*


    WWE Tag Team Championships Match:
    The Master Craftsmen vs. Triple H & Shawn Michaels


    Womens Championship | Triple Threat Match:
    Gail Kim vs. Beth Phoenix vs. Michelle McCool


    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

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    ~ ON THE PRE-SHOW ~

    Tag Team #1 Contenders | Four Corners Match:
    The Angels of Anarchy vs. The Hart Legacy vs. Americas Most Wanted vs. Cody Rhodes & Ken Doane
     


    ~ PREDICTION COMPETITION ~
    1. Predict the winners.
    2. Predict the match order.
    3. What will be the longest match on the PPV?
    4. What will be the shortest match on the PPV?
    5. Which two men will be involved in the decisive pin/submission in the tag team title match?
    6. Who will take the fall in the Womens triple threat match?
    7. Will there be any surprise appearances/returns? If so, name them.
    ~ BEING THE BOOKER ~
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    Re: Being The Booker

    Sorry for lack of comments on Smackdown,and being SO LATE with these predictions. Real life has been full on as oflate. You know I’ll be reading Backlash though.

    7. World Heavyweight Championship Match:
    John Cena vs. Ric Flair

    Cena EVERYTIME. Screw the fairytale, the heatCena gets from this, on top of continuing to duck Christian will be amazing. He’sjust proven himself as THE BOSS after Mania, losing here would kill his EPICmomentum.

    5.
    WWE Tag Team Championships Match:
    The Master Craftsmen vs. Triple H & Shawn Michaels

    Short lived return for DX, because HBK is aface and HHH has a pending heel turn when KENNEDY comes back. Craftsmen to getthe victory thanks to KK as well.

    4.
    NO HOLDS BARRED:
    Christian vs. Umaga w/Armando Alejandro Estrada

    Initially my logic says Umaga needs this win...But with the latest segment on SD with AAE mentioning wasting his time, itmakes me feel like the ‘Mags slide will continue. ‘The Samoan Bulldozer’ willturns face and feud with AAE’s new protege, whilst Christian will continue tohunt Cena. Christian wins.

    2.
    Grudge Match:
    ‘Mister Money in the Bank’ Brent Albright vs. Kurt Angle

    Albright seemingly hasn’t lost a big match in forever, and isn’t necessarilycashing in anytime soon. Angle has a title shot in THREE weeks, needs to lookgood.


    1.
    The Brotherhood Implosion:
    Mark Henry w/Theodore Long vs. Shelton Benjamin

    Shelton had his moment at Mania, and if Henryreally is to help fill the void of no Lesnar on SD, he’ll win this, in brutalfashion to.

    3.
    Intercontinental Championship Match:
    Matt Hardy vs. CM Punk
    *No Championship Advantage*

    Because it will be so AWESOME. Feud set tocontinue, but your Punk writing has been a master class for the past couple ofmonths.

    6.
    Womens Championship | Triple Threat Match:
    Gail Kim vs. Beth Phoenix vs. Michelle McCool

    Because Beth chase angle has legs, and McCoolis a manager in her first match.

    Tag Team #1 Contenders | Four Corners Match:
    The Angels of Anarchy vs. The Hart Legacy vs. Americas Most Wanted vs.Cody Rhodes & Ken Doane

    Do it. Hart Legacy/Master Craftsmen matcheswould do all kinds of wonderful for me. Plus, AMW just got here after beingcomprehensively beaten by Smackdown tag champs numerous times. Have them feudand beat AOA before getting another title shot.

    ~ PREDICTION COMPETITION ~
    1. Predict the winners. Done
    2. Predict the match order. Done
    3. What will be the longest match on the PPV? Albright/Angle
    4. What will be the shortest match on the PPV? Henry/Benji
    5. Which two men will be involved in the decisive pin/submission in the tagteam title match? Triple H pinned by Haas, thanks to KENNEDY.
    6. Who will take the fall in the Womens triple threat match? Mccool
    7. Will there be any surprise appearances/returns? If so, name them. IfKENNEDY is a surprise that will happen, and Arn Anderson appearance in mainevent.



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    Backlash Re: Being The Booker

    On the pre-show, CODY RHODES and KEN DOANE defeated Americas Most Wanted, The Angels of Anarchy & The Hart Legacy @ 10:13 in a four corners match to earn a future shot at the World Tag Team Championships.

    *****

    WWE
    BACKLASH 2008
    April 27 | Sprint Centre, Kansas City MO



    ~ WWE SIGNATURE OPEN.


    “CENA SUCKS” chants over clips of John Cena during his face run over the years.

    Clips then air of Cena looking forlorn with fan signs opposing him, and the shot of the young fan literally turning their back to Cena following his loss at Summerslam.
    Cena narrates throughout the opening package;

    You should’ve saw it coming.

    You all wanted it.

    You all pushed me to the limit.

    You’re all to blame.

    Clips of the Cena heel turn at Saturday Nights Main Event, demolishing Christian inside the locked steel cage.


    For the pain.

    The suffering.

    The blood.

    The broken bones.

    … It’s all on your hands.

    Shots of concerned fans, watching as their favourites suffer, with Christian and Ric Flair bleeding heavily at the hands of John Cena in recent months.

    The men you’ve chosen as heroes??

    They’ll be the ones that suffer for your choices.

    They’ll be the ones victimized.

    …And I’ll savour their humiliation.

    Clips of Christian passing out at WrestleMania, and Cena retaining the title.

    First it was Christian. In front of seventy thousand ‘Peeps’.

    Shots of Flair over the years, styling and profiling in expensive robes, and custom made suits.


    Tonight, it’s Flair. The so-called greatest of all time.

    Followed by clips of Cena pounding Flair on Raw a few weeks ago.

    If that’s true, they didn’t set that bar too high.

    Shots of Flair winning his first World title in the NWA in Kansas City.

    And in the same city it all began for Flair…

    It’s ends.

    Black screen.

    Flashing shots then, of each Ric Flair title victory.

    No celebration, no tears of joy, no victory parade, no seventeenth world title.

    No opportunity to say; “I was there when Ric Flair made history…”

    Clips of John Cena walking the ramp with Nas & P Diddy with the World Title at WrestleMania.

    Because this aint no fairytale.

    John Cena standing tall over Christian at WrestleMania.

    The days of happy endings in the WWE are over.

    A variety of shots showing negative Cena posters over the years.

    And you only have yourselves to blame.

    Cena choking out Christian at WrestleMania.

    You’re all beginning to feel my wrath.

    Flashing shots of Flair and Christian being beaten up by Cena.

    You all brought this BACKLASH on.

    One final shot of John Cena, standing in the ring - blood on his hands - at Saturday Nights Main Event, looking into the audience.

    Now … you gotta deal with the consequences.

    Fade to black on one more ‘CENA SUCKS’ poster…
    AND NOW… GILLETTE FUSION POWER PRESENTS, A RAW PRODUCTION OF WWE BACKLASH




    *Banner credit; OBEY*

    !!! PYRO !!!

    J.R & The Coach open the show, with the brand new Sprint Centre hosting it’s first ever WWE PPV - and it’s a show with huge implications. J.R hypes all four Raw championships being at stake tonight, before touching on the main event, where RIC FLAIR has the opportunity to win a seventeenth World Championship in the same city he won his maiden title … in what will be his last ever title match in his illustrious career…

    **AINT NO STOPPIN ME**

    SHELTON BENJAMIN enters the arena to a fine pop, slapping hands with fans on his way down the ramp. On commentary, Coach wonders why Benjamin looks so happy, considering he’s committing career suicide by taking on Mark Henry tonight. J.R doesn’t agree, but does suggest Benjamin will need to find a way to overcome the Worlds Strongest Man…

    **SOME BODIES GONNA GET IT**

    Led out by Theodore Long, MARK HENRY slowly steps down the ramp, looking as intimidating as ever, with Benjamin pacing in the ring. J.R accepts that Mark Henry has been on a tremendous run in recent months, and says losing him to Smackdown in the draft was a huge loss for Raw - and he has a chance to leave with a huge win against the Black Diamond.

      The Brotherhood Implosion:
    Mark Henry w/Theodore Long vs. Shelton Benjamin

    Benjamin comes right after Henry when the bell sounds, unloading on the mammoth opponent - but Sheltons shots don’t make a dent, and Henry shoves Shelton to get him away. Benjamin bounces right back up, and unloads on Henry again, but again, Henry pushes Shelton aside, swatting him like a fly. Still, Benjamin comes after Henry, not put off by the ease in which he was shrugged off, but this time, Henry HURLS The Black Diamond into the corner.

    Henry exercises his dominance over the much smaller man, easily tossing Benjamin around the ring like a small child. Long is delighted, and Henry effortlessly presses Shelton with ease, above his head - AND TOSSES SHELTON OUT OF THE RING - SPLATTING HIM ON THE FLOOR OUTSIDE!!!!! On the outside, with Benjamin clutching his chest in agony, Theodore Long takes the opportunity to berate his former client, bending down, giving him an ear bashing.

    Benjamin manages to recover, and he crawls back into the ring at the count of eight, still worse for wear, as Henry charges toward him - but Benjamin low bridges the ropes, and Henry cant stop his own momentum - continuing over, tumbling to the floor himself!!! Benjamin connects with a baseball slide, and then follows up on his dazed opponent, looking for a PESCADO - but is CAUGHT by the monstrous Mark Henry!!! Henry looks to lawndart Benjamin into the ring post - but Benjamin slips off and pushes Henry into the post, face first instead!!!

    Spaghetti legged, Henry rolls back into the ring, with Benjamin getting onto the apron, hopping onto the ropes - springboard clothesline to Henry!! Benjamin keeps on Henry as he struggles up, looking for an Irish whip - but the Black Diamond is overpowered by the Worlds Strongest Man who blocks the whip, and yanks Benjamin instead, sending him into the corner!! Henry follows in for an avalanche - but Shelton dodges out of the corner, with Henry stopping short of the corner too. Shelton rebounds off the ropes - RIGHT INTO A BIG BOOT FROM HENRY!!!

    Shelton is dragged up, with Henry slamming him back down, bouncing off the ropes, and comes back with a big splash to Shelton!! Lateral press, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Shelton kicks out, but the punishment continues, with Henry softening Benjamin up with clubbing blows to the back, hammering Benjamin around the ring. Benjamin winds up by the ropes, beaten down, as Henry comes off the ropes - CHOCOLATE SLIDE to Benjamin!!!

    Theodore Long celebrates on the outside, and pats the back of Mark Henry, delighted with what he’s seeing. Back in the ring, Henry sends Benjamin stumbling into the corner with a head butt, and head butts him again in the corner, before hip tossing the smaller man out of the corner, slamming him onto the mat!!! Shelton bounces up, clutching his back, as Henry press down for a cover, 1...2...NO!!! Shelton rolls onto the apron following the kick out, and Henry looks to pick him up over the ropes - but Shelton hit’s a stun gun on Henry, dropping him over the ropes!!!

    The move staggers Henry, and Benjamin sees an opportunity to pounce. He delivers a dropkick … but Henry stays on his feet!! Shelton then clotheslines Henry as he teeters, but Henry stays on his feet!! Shelton this time runs off the ropes to build up momentum, rushing on to Henry with a jumping clothesline … but Henry stays on his feet!! Shelton shakes his head, and bounces off the ropes again - RIGHT INTO A CHARGING MARK HENRY - WIPING BENJAMIN OUT!!!

    Henry pounds his chest, letting pent up rage out, as he recovers from a moment of trouble. Dragging Shelton back up, Henry clubs the back, then sends him into the corner, and whips Benjamin across the ring to the opposite corner … but Benjamin - using his incredible athleticism - LEAPS to the top rope, and comes back off with a spinning reverse elbow to the incoming Worlds Strongest Man!!! Again though - Mark Henry wont leave his feet!!!!!

    Shelton shakes his head in frustration, watching the mammoth Henry teeter, ad follows up with a big roundhouse kick … but Henry WONT GO DOWN!! Shelton throws another kick - but it’s caught by Henry - DRAGON WHIP!!! … and Henry DROPS to a KNEE!!! With no time to waste, Benjamin rushes off the ropes, coming back with a running knee lift to Henry, and follows up with a twisting springboard cross body that TAKES HENRY OFF HIS FEET!!!!! Cover; 1...2...HENRY POWERS OUT!!!!!

    Benjamin is pressed a foot in the air off the kick out, with Henry showing his ridiculous power. Shelton looks wide eyed as Henry slowly brings himself to his feet, and gulps … watching as Henry gets himself up in the corner … and races in; STINGER SPLASH to Henry!!! Benjamin isn’t done - and hit’s a SECOND Stinger Splash … then goes for a THIRD Stinger Splash … BUT GETS CAUGHT by Henry!!!!! The Worlds Strongest Man carries Benjamin out of the corner … WORLDS STRONGEST SLAM CONNECTS!!!!

    Bizarrely, Mark Henry doesn’t go for the cover off the finishing move, and instead gets up, with Theodore Long clapping - it appears now they’ll punish Shelton as promised. Henry kicks Benjamin out of the ring, and then diverts the officials attention as Theodore Long puts the boots to Shelton on the outside - with boos ringing out around the arena. Henry then climbs out, and rams Shelton into the ring post, before rolling his lifeless body back into the ring.

    Back inside, Henry STEPS ON Shelton, placing all his weight on Benjamin, stepping back off, with Shelton kicking his legs around, clutching his gut. Henry reaches down, dragging Shelton up, and softens him up again with a head butt, before snatching him for a second WORLDS STRONGEST SLAM … BUT BENJAMIN ROLLS THROUGH!!! Benjamin slips off the back of Henry and desperately fires off right hands, and turns to hit the ropes - but is GRIPPED from behind by Henry!!!

    Henry looks to tighten his grip on Shelton, with Benjamin trying to grab at the ropes … then delivers a well placed LOW BLOW out of the referees sight (which J.R comments is right out of the Ric Flair handbook on a special night for the Nature Boy) and Henry drops to a knee; a shot to the balls will bring any man down!!! Long furiously climbs up onto the apron, berating the official for missing the blatant low blow … when he is GRIPPED by Shelton Benjamin!!!

    The fans pop as Benjamin grips his former manager - who looks like he needs new underwear - but before Shelton can attack Long, Mark Henry quickly recovers and charges at Benjamin … but the Black Diamond side steps him coming in … AND HENRY WIPES OUT THEODORE LONG!!!!! Long takes a hard tumble off the apron, with Henry stunned too … turning around … INTO PAYDIRT!!!! Shelton hooks BOTH legs … 1...2...MARK HENRY KICKS OUT!!!!!

    Benjamin is stunned at the kick out. Having given everything, Benjamin STILL couldn’t keep Henry down!!! The Worlds Strongest Man slowly stirs, and Benjamin slaps the mat in frustration, but picks himself up, and climbs onto the apron, looking as Henry tries to get to his feet. The Black Diamond climbs the turnbuckles, perching himself up top … waiting for Henry to get up and turn around … as the fans rise in anticipation to see what Benjamin is about to do … BLOCKBUSTER!!!!! Benjamin puts Henry down, and scrambles for a cover … 1...2...3!!!!!!!!!!!
    Winner: Shelton Benjamin @ 09:39

    Somehow, someway; Shelton Benjamin knocks off the 400 pound Worlds Strongest Man!!! The Black Diamond puts an end to the feud (with Henry drafted to Smackdown) busting out a new finish to do so. Benjamin has his arm raised, but doesn’t stick around in the ring for long, as Mark Henry stirs rather quickly.

    Shelton Benjamin kicks off the show with the feel-good win, slapping hands with fans on his way up the ramp, whilst Mark Henry shakes his cobwebs loose in the ring - and Theodore Long remains flattened on the floor, leaving Raw in ignominious fashion.

    J.R calls it the most impressive win of Sheltons career, whilst Coach argues the referee should’ve stopped it after the Worlds Strongest Slam when Shelton Benjamin could clearly no longer continue…



    ***
    **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 21 2008 | O2 ARENA, LONDON, ENGLAND
    ***




    Back at ringside, J.R and Coach discuss the upcoming tournament, with FINALS night set to happen in London, England. After discussing the new rules in place for the tournament (no former World Champions permitted, and anyone that has lost in THREE prior tournaments is now ineligible) J.R comments that WILLIAM REGAL is the first name confirmed from Raw, whilst TED DIBIASE Junior will make his debut for Smackdown in the tournament too.

    Coach talks about the competition for places, whilst also pointing out that a lot of people will have their final opportunity at being crowned king in this years tournament, while the likes of Matt & Jeff Hardy, Goldust & Hardcore Holly are now ineligible. The two commentators talk about the springboard to success that winning the King of the Ring can have, and wonder who will write their name into the history books on June 21 at Saturday Nights Main Event…

    **MOVE IT UP**

    With Chris Harris and James Storm following behind her, MICHELLE MCCOOL looks highly confident ahead of her first ever opportunity at the Womens Championship. J.R reminds everyone that McCool didn’t win a match to earn this shot, and hasn’t beaten anyone since being drafted to Raw, but interim GM Ranjin Singh saw fit to include her in this match. McCool doesn’t care though, and she poses in the ring, whilst fist bumping AMW who are here for moral support.

    **GLAMAZON**

    The rightful #1 Contender according to BOTH Jim Ross and The Coach, BETH PHOENIX storms out, clearly still irritated by the triple threat scenario, but she calms herself on her way down the ramp, putting the title match at the forefront of her mind. She shoots a look at AMW, showing no fear of the two men, whilst McCool is clearly pensive around the impressive Glamazon, keeping away from Beth.

    **STRONG AND SEXY**

    Playing to the fans, the champion makes her way out, patting the belt and nodding, showing a lot of confidence, despite the challenge that stands in her way. The Coach claims that GAIL KIM was the one that had Ranjin Singh make this a triple threat, saying that Gail fears facing Beth one on one - an accusation J.R immediately shoots down. Gail slides into the ring, standing her ground as she parades the belt, handing it over to the official.

    Before Charles Robinson calls for the bell though, the official points at Harris and Storm - ordering BOTH to leave the ringside area!!! Robinson calls for the bell, with McCool incensed, arguing with the official that AMW didn’t do anything…
     
    Womens Championship | Triple Threat Match:
    Gail Kim vs. Beth Phoenix vs. Michelle McCool

    As Gail Kim goes for a quick, surprise roll up on McCool … 1...Beth breaks the count before the count can really go anywhere. Immediately, Phoenix man handles Gail, tossing her through the ropes in order to get McCool to herself, but McCool tries to surprise Beth, school girling her … 1...2- Beth pushes off quickly, and as she kicks Michelle off, the tall blonde stumbles to the ropes - which the returning champion pulls down - forcing Michelle McCool out of the ring.

    With Gail climbing up onto the apron, Beth comes at her, but the champion drives a well placed knee into the Glamazons gut, and Sunset flips into the ring … 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Beth powers out of the pinning predicament, but is quickly in trouble again, as the champion executes an Oklahoma roll … 1...2...KICK OUT again. Beth pushes up quickly, but Gail is a touch quicker, and trips Beth, into a Jacknife cover this time; 1...2...BETH POWERS UP!!!!

    Phoenix shows her strength, pushing up from the pinning predicament, but as she does, McCool returns, and drops an elbow to the exposed torso of Phoenix. Momentarily, Gail Kim and McCool double up on Beth, looking to suplex the Glamazon - but Phoenix blocks the attempted double suplex … AND BETH SUPLEXES BOTH WOMEN INSTEAD!!!!! It’s a hugely impressive spot from the Glamazon, and Beth sends Gail into the corner, before dumping McCool out of the ring.

    However, as Beth looks to turn her attention to Gail, McCool has other ideas, tripping Phoenix from the outside, and drags Phoenix out. McCool cracks Beth with a forearm, and Beth shoots one back at Michelle … as GAIL KIM RACES ACROSS THE RING … SUICIDE DIVE TO BOTH CHALLENGERS ON THE OUTSIDE!!!!! A massive reaction greets the suicide dive from Gail, taking out both women, with the champion wasting no time in rolling McCool back inside, with a cover, 1...2...NO!!!

    Shaking her head, Gail Kim picks herself up, climbing onto the apron, and up top, waiting for McCool to get back up, before leaping off with a Cross Body off the top - but McCool rolls through upon impact, and ends up with the cover on Gail, 1...2...GAIL KICKS OUT!!! Both women quickly jump up, but McCool strikes first, charging through Gail with a big boot. McCool covers again, 1...2...NO!!! Gail kicks out, and whilst McCool waits for the champion to get to her feet, she keeps Beth OUT with a baseball slide.

    Michelle then meets Gail as she gets up, backing her into the corner, and using her long legs to her advantage, choking Gail with a high boot to the throat. The official admonishes McCool for the blatant choke, but she takes little notice of Robinson, and drags Gail out of the corner, getting her up for a POWERBOMB attempt, but Gail fights it … and counters with a HURRICANRANA … into a pinning predicament for McCool … 1...2...KICK OUT!!!!!

    McCool survives the pin attempt, and stops Gail from building any momentum with a knee to the gut, and follows that with a running bulldog. Michelle thinks about a cover, but sees Beth recovering on the outside, and looks to deal with her first - trying a baseball slide again … but this time, BETH CATCHES THE LEGS … AND SWINGS MICHELLE OUT OF THE RING!!!!! McCool hit’s the floor with a thud, immediately wincing in pain, as Phoenix climbs back inside, looking to pick up where McCool left off.

    Beth steps in, and stands over the champion, dragging her up, when Gail stuns Beth, striking first with a stiff forearm. The Canadian-Korean rocks Beth, firing off a series of stiff forearms, and she turns, hit’s the ropes, coming back into a tilt-a-whirl … but Beth NAILS Gail with a backbreaker!! Phoenix hooks the leg of the folded up champion, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Slowing things down ever so slightly, Beth works the arm of the champion, wrenching, and then shows off her impressive strength by hoisting Gail up by the arm - ARM DRAG FROM GAIL!!!

    The champion escapes the hold, and charges off the ropes at Phoenix, coming at her with a running cross body - CAUGHT BY PHOENIX!!! Again, the impressive power of Beth is on show, and The Glamazon throws Kim onto her shoulders, looking for a running power slam … which is countered by Gail into a FLYING DRAGON!!!!! Beth’s body is contorted from Gails trademark submission, throwing her arms around wildly, trying to break the submission … and eventually drives Gail into the mat with a sidewalk slam!!!!! 1...2...SHOULDER UP!!!!!

    Phoenix pulls at her hair in frustration, whilst Gail looks in pain off the sidewalk, yet she survives to fight on. Phoenix stomps Gail aggressively, talking smack, before dragging the champion to her feet, sending her off the ropes … but Gail again has other ideas, coming back into a wheelbarrow position … but Phoenix reacts quickly, countering the position, and turns it into a double chicken wing stretch!!! It’s another impressive physical feat from the Glamazon, with the champion in deep trouble … but McCool returns to break the submission attempt with a BIG BOOT to Beth!!!!!

    McCool follows up, and clotheslines Phoenix over the top to the floor, leaving her to try and finish off the weakened champion, but as she reaches down to drag Gail up, the champion surprises McCool with an INSIDE CRADLE … 1...2...KICK OUT!!!!! McCool is up quickly after nearly being caught out, and stops Gail quickly with a boot to the gut, and slams Gail back down to re-establish control. Michelle pulls Gail up, putting her onto the top turnbuckle, and climbing up, looking for a SUPERPLEX.

    Gail blocks the first attempt, and blocks a second too, then begins to fight back, rocking McCool with more vicious forearms!! Michelle teeters on the top rope, nearly falling back, before stopping Gail in her tracks with a rake of the eyes!!! Quickly, McCool hooks the champion back up, into position for the SUPERPLEX … but before she can deliver the high impact move - Beth returns … and ELECTRIC CHAIRS McCool out of the corner!!!

    Michelles eyes pop wide, as she await’s the inevitable fall … but doesn’t expect to see GAIL HITTING A MISSILE DROPKICK OFF THE TOP TO BETH!!!!! McCool and Phoenix are BOTH DOWN!!!!! Gail tries to take advantage, and crawls into a cover on Beth … 1...2...NO!!!!!!! Ever so slowly, the champion pulls herself to her feet, stalking McCool as she drags herself up by the ropes. J.R suspects Gail wants the Flying Dragon on McCool, and she rushes toward her - BUT IS CUT OFF BY BETH - POLISH HAMMER!!!!!

    Beth cleans Gail out, and then comes at Michelle in the corner - but EATS BOOT!! Beth stumbles backward, and Michelle hoists herself up onto the middle ropes, leaping off, but Beth avoids the contact, gripping Michelle from behind - PHOENIX RISING!!!!! Beth hits her finish … BUT THEN EATS DEFEAT!!!!! Out of nowhere, Gail hits her finish on Beth, with Phoenix tumbling out of the ring upon impact … allowing Gail to cover Michelle … 1...2...3!!!!!!!!!!
    Winner: And STILL Womens Champion - Gail Kim @ 09:01

    The champion survives an entertaining three way battle, but it so very nearly saw the title go to Beth Phoenix in the dying moments. Gail raises the belt, looking relieved to keep the gold after an almighty scare, with J.R praising the champions fighting spirit to snatch the win.

    Meanwhile, Coach correctly assumes that Beth Phoenix will still be after a one on one shot, especially after not only not being pinned - but doing the damage that kept McCool down for the three count. As Gail leaves the ring - title in tact - Beth comes around, shaking her head in furious anger, watching the champion escape with the gold.



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    VIDEO PACKAGE

    ~~ A FLAIR FOR THE GOLD ~~
    #03 - YOKOSUKA, JAPAN

    Two weeks after losing the NWA title to Kerry Von Erich, Ric Flair travels to the far east to reclaim his lost gold, reversing a roll up to keep Von Erich down for the crucial three count & kicks off what would be the longest world title reign of his illustrious career.

    END PACKAGE
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    Following the video, footage cuts to the parking lot, and the caption “MOMENTS AGO”, as we see the arrival of the suave Nature Boy, in a limo - of course - along with his family tonight, ahead of the last EVER time he’ll challenge for the richest prize in the game.

    Huge cheers welcome the arrival of the legendary Hall of Famer, along with the obligatory “WOOOOO” shouts from the fans also. J.R comments on the emotion inside the building tonight, claiming there is a rare electric feeling inside the brand new Sprint Centre…



    Backstage, Matt Striker is with THE MASTER CRAFTSMEN ahead of their two huge matches tonight; first up, Mr. Money in the Bank Brent Albright takes on Kurt Angle, before Haas & Dinsmore defend the World Tag Team Championships against D-Generation X.

    Albright takes the lead, talking about it being a big night for the group - but mentions WrestleMania was a big night too and they left that event with everything they came for - and they’ll do the exact same tonight too, as they tighten their grip on dominating Monday Night Raw.

    The Ace of Spades talks about sending Kurt Angle packing tonight, and goes on to say he’s planning an ‘amazing’ summer, firstly confirming that he has cleared it with Ranjin Singh that he will compete in the upcoming King of the Ring tournament and bids to become the first man to retain the title he won last year.

    Albright also mentions that Haas and Dinsmore will compete in the tournament too - and he expects all three of them to reach the Quarter Finals, taking 3 of the four spots Raw will have by that stage. Brent then brings his briefcase into the equation, saying that he’s starting to get itchy, and doesn’t intend on waiting much longer to cash it in - hinting that he may even rain on Ric Flairs party, should he do the ‘unthinkable’ tonight.

    Brent then excuses himself, with his match up next, leaving Haas and Dinsmore to finish the promo. They discuss the loss this past Monday in the 8 man tag, blaming the addition of Umaga to their team ruining their chemistry, but they intend on shutting out the lights on the DX reunion party tonight, before turning to the camera and mockingly asking; “Are you ready??” before saying DX better get ready to bow to the Master … Craftsmen.



    **MEET YOUR MASTER**

    Carrying the briefcase he won at WrestleMania, the 2007 King of the Ring, BRENT ALBRIGHT strides down the ramp, with all the momentum in the world on his side. He pats the Money in the Bank briefcase, taunting the fans with it on his way to the ring, with J.R salivating at the prospect of this upcoming showdown between two of the finest wrestlers on the planet. Coach touches on the King of the Ring announcement from the Craftsmen, saying Albright will surely be the odds on favourite to retain his crown.

    **MEDAL**

    Getting the ‘YOU SUCK’ treatment as always to his music, KURT ANGLE sets off his pyro on his way to the ring, with J.R and Coach reminding everyone that Angle is now part of Friday Night Smackdown, and in three weeks on PPV, he’ll challenge Edge for the WWE Championship. J.R calls this a must-win for not only Angle, but Smackdown too - claiming it would be quite the indictment for their #1 Contender to go into a PPV with a loss on a Raw PPV to a Raw superstar.

    Grudge Match:
    ‘Mister Money in the Bank’ Brent Albright vs. Kurt Angle

    After a brief staredown, the two technical marvels lock up aggressively, tussling around the ring. Bouncing off the ropes, both men try to gain leverage over the other, until they FALL through the ropes crashing to the floor below, which breaks the pair up momentarily. Right back inside, Angle and Albright immediately lock up again, tussling for control around the ring, getting into the corner, forcing a clean break - and the official surprisingly gets the clean break.

    The two men circle around the ring before lunging in for another tie up, locking horns, with Angle going behind, instantly tripping Brent down, applying a hammerlock. Quickly, Albright pushes up, climbing to his feet, and reaches, wanting a snap mare, but Angle avoids it. Albright may be unable to get the snap mare, but with Angle focusing on avoiding it, it allows Mr. Money in the Bank to reverse the position, only for Angle to instantly reverse the position again!!

    Albright manages to get a trip, and scrambles for a Crowbar - but Angle wisely grabs the bottom rope before it can be applied forcing Brent to give the submission attempt up. Angle rises to his feet, with Albright smirking, feeling good about himself after nearly catching Kurt, and mocks Angles famous pirouette. They come face to face in the middle of the ring, with Albright doing plenty of talking - allowing Angle to surprise him with a lightning quick take down trip.

    Albright tries to scramble up, out of the precarious position, but Kurt takes him right back down with a firemans carry - instantly looking for the ANKLE - but Albright scrambles and rolls out of the ring to safety, taking a walk to regain his compsure. With the tables turned … Angle mocks Albright as he pirouettes in the ring to further infuriate the Ace of Spades. Albright slaps the apron, and slides back in, rushing back into another collar and elbow with Angle.

    Quickly, Albright transitions into a side headlock, which is reversed by Angle into a top wristlock, but Albright counters that with a snap mare - but Angle ROLLS THROUGH the snap mare attempt, and meets Brent as he gets to his feet - hip tossing the 2007 King of the Ring. Albright bounces up, and walks right into another wristlock from Angle, working Brent to the mat, transitioning into a front face lock momentarily, with Albright forced to wrap his feet around the bottom rope and force a break.

    Visibly frustrated, Albright takes his time to get back to his feet, staying close to the ropes as Angle looks keen to get on with it. They circle the ring once more, with Angle eager to lock up, and as they reach in, Albright tries a cheap shot - but it’s blocked by Angle, who saw it coming, and instead, Angle nails Albright with a big overhand right hand of his own. The shot rocks Albright, and Angle follows up with another few shots by the ropes, before he looks for the Irish whip - reversed by Brent - but Angle rebounds, ducking under a clothesline, and counters an attempted hip toss from Albright with one of his own!!!

    Off the hip toss, Brent Albright rolls out of the ring again, and kicks the steel steps over in anger, with his frustration clearly boiling over, as Angle - on his game tonight - seemingly has a counter for everything Albright can throw at him. Albright takes a walk, telling a noisy fan to shut up, before climbing back inside, locking up with Kurt yet again, jockeying for position, before breaking off. As they break, Albright grips at his hair, suggesting to the official that Angle is pulling his hair every time they lock up - and as the referee looks to speak to Angle about it, Brent cheap shots Angle!!!!!

    J.R is furious with the cheap shot, saying Angle didn’t once pull Albrights hair, as Brent takes over, giving up on trying to out-grapple Angle, by stomping him down by the ropes. Mr. Money in the Bank uses the ropes for leverage as he chokes Angle with his boot, arguing with the official as he gives a five count to break it. Albright jaw-jacks with the referee, before tossing the weakened Angle out of the ring. Albright follows out, and grabs Angle, sending him into the ring post - ARM first!!!!!

    It’s no coincidence with Angle hitting arm first either - as Albright looks to soften Kurt up for his submission hold, and repeats the trick, ramming Angle into the post again, with Kurts arm taking the brunt of the impact. Albright rolls Angle back in, and drapes The Olympians arm over the top rope, before taking the arm and leaps out of the ring, yanking the arm over the top rope!! Angle bumps back, and rolls around on the mat, clutching his arm, with Albright climbing back in, stomping the arm.

    Brent drags Angle up, quickly delivering an arm breaker to further weaken the target area, and begins to ruthlessly stomp the arm, before bouncing off the ropes and dropping a knee to the arm too. Again, Albright drags Angle to his feet, but this time, Angle fights back - with his good arm - rattling off a series of overhand punches, backing the King of the Ring up, and uses the chance to rush off the ropes, but returns - right into a big deep knee to the gut!! Angle flips over upon impact, and rolls around the mat in agony, as Albright stands over him, enjoying this period of control.

    Albright stalks Angle, meeting him at the ropes, yanking the bad arm twice more - because he can - and looks for an Irish whip, but it’s reversed by Kurt, who sends Albright into the corner. Kurt storms in after him, but Albright dodges out of the corner with Angle unable to stop his momentum, and the Gold Medallist charges on - going shoulder first into the ring post!!! Albright wastes no time taking advantage, gripping Angle by the waist, dragging him from the corner, and pops off a GERMAN SUPLEX - and he holds onto his grip on Angle!!!

    Brent drags Angle back to his feet, looking for a second consecutive German - BLOCKED by Angle!!! In a precarious position, Angle desperately tries to avoid a second German, running backward, crushing Brent into the corner, and then reverses their positions, and immediately pops off a German Suplex of his own!!! And in a complete reversal of fortunes, Angle now holds on!!! Kurt brings Albright back to his feet, keeping a tight grip for a second German - but Albright reverses the position - AND FIRES OFF A GERMAN OF HIS OWN AGAIN!!!!

    And again, Albright holds on as he looks to finally get two consecutive Germans, pulling Kurt to his feet, but before he can position himself to pop off a second, Angle reverses the position … GERMAN SUPLEX TO ALBRIGHT!!! Angle and Albright have now traded four German Suplexes back and forth, and the fans are loving it … but the fun isn’t over, as Angle keeps the tight grip, bringing Albright up, determined to nail a second consecutive German … but Albright tries to bring an end to the proceedings, gripping the top rope to stop Angle from delivering.

    Boos ring out from the fans, but Angle hasn’t given up yet, and the Olympian clubs the back of his rival aggressively, looking to weaken his grip, and it appears to work, with Angle dragging Albright from the ropes, but as he lifts Albright, Mr. Money in the Bank counters the move, rolling through, taking Angle by surprise with a pinning predicament … 1...2...KICK OUT … and as Angle escapes the pin, he GRABS ALBRIGHTS ANKLE!!!!!

    ANKLE LOCK APPLIED!!! The fans pop for the submission, but Albright isn’t interested in staying trapped for long, and he turns over … kicking the BAD ARM of Angle, with Kurt instantly releasing the hold, and grabs at his arm, wincing in pain … and Albright smells blood, shooting to his feet, lunging at the arm for the Crowbar, but Angle blocks the attempt, and looks to fire off a Belly to Belly instead - NO!!! Oddly, Angle gives up his grip, and we see why, with Kurt shaking his arm loose, selling the pain, which allows Brent to drop Kurt with a clothesline.

    J.R talks with concern over the condition of Angles weakened arm, noting he was unable to keep hold on the Ankle lock, and had to give up on the Belly to Belly too, as Brent shows no sympathy, mounting Angle on the mat, and lands a series of blows, softening the veteran up. Angle is brought to his knees, with Brent landing blow after blow, punishing Kurt, before Brent takes off, hitting the ropes, coming back … BUT ANGLE POPS UP … AND STUNS ALBRIGHT WITH A SUDDEN BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX!!!!!!! Angle hooks the leg, 1...2...KICK OUT!!!!!

    Sensing he may not have much longer with the condition of his arm, Angle appears to be stalking for an Angle Slam on Albright as he gets up, wanting to finish things off as soon as he possibly can. Brent struggles up, rocked by the sudden Belly to Belly, and it could be worse - as Angle does reach in, looking for the ANGLE SLAM … BUT ALBRIGHT LANDS BEHIND ON HIS FEET!!!!! Kurt spins around, with Brent throwing a right hand - blocked by Angle, and Angle responds with a trio of his European Uppercuts on Albright.

    The uppercut shots back Brent into the ropes, and Angle sends Albright off the ropes, but this time, it’s Angle that’s taken unawares, with Albright rebounding back, flattening Angle with a running forearm smash!!!!! Angle is knocked silly off the running forearm, and quickly, Albright goes back to the arm, zeroing in on the weakened body part. Brent wraps Angles bad arm around the ropes, contorting the body part, before softening Angle up further with a side suplex and covers, 1...2...NO!!!

    A smile emerges on the face of the King of the Ring, and he pounds Angle in the corner, before dragging him out, hoisting Angle up onto his shoulders, looking for the ACE IN THE HOLE!!!!! Albright struggles to deliver though, with Kurt fighting for his life, driving elbows into the side of Albrights head … and escapes the move, getting off the shoulders, and catches Albright with an arm drag … and another once Albright gets back up, then grips Brent for a Belly to Belly attempt - BLOCKED - AND COUNTERED … AND ALBRIGHT BELLY TO BELLIES ANGLE…

    OVER THE TOP ROPE - TO THE FLOOR!!!!!!!!!!

    Albright sends Angle over the top and crashing with a thud on the floor with a fucking Belly to Belly!!!!! A light ‘Holy Shit’ chant emerges from the sick move, with Albright taking a moment to decide what to do next, before following Kurt out of the ring, giving Angle no time to recuperate. Albright targets the arm again, picking Angle up and dropping the weakened body part over the barrier, before doing the same at the announce table, with Angle too badly hurt to put up a fight against it.

    Mr. Money in the Bank holds Angles arm behind his back too, and rams him into the apron, crushing the arm, ramming it into the apron again - and a third time for luck, with Angle screaming out in pain. Albright rolls Angle back inside, and follows in, stalking the legend, before looking to apply the CROWBAR - but Angle JUST manages to slip free, and stops Brent with a kick to the gut to buy himself a few more moments. Kurt doesn’t follow up, and instead turns away, shaking his arm loose, trying to get some blood flowing through the target area.

    But Angle makes a rare - out of character - rookie mistake, allowing Albright to grip him from behind, AND UNLEASHES A GERMAN SUPLEX!!!!! This time, Albright hangs on … and Angle CANT block a SECOND GERMAN SUPLEX!!!!! Brent drags Kurt to his feet once more, and shifts this time to a HALF NELSON SUPLEX!!!!! And upon impact, Albright bridges, keeping Angles shoulder on the mat - trapped in the pin … 1...2...ANGLE JUST KICKS OUT!!!!!!!!!!

    Albright is stunned!!! The King of the Ring leaps to his feet, debating the count, convinced it was three, holding up three fingers in the officials face, with the referee shaking his head, arguing it was two. Albright is irate, slapping his hands three times, still arguing the count … WHEN ANGLE GRABS THE ANKLE OUT OF NOWHERE!!!! Kurt comes back from the dead - still flat on the canvas - but he again shows he can get the Ankle lock out of ANYWHERE!!!!

    Mister Money in the Bank stunned by the move, never expecting Angle to recover enough to catch him … but Albright IS caught, and he IS TRAPPED right in the middle of the ring!!!!! It’s BIG trouble for the Ace of Spades, as Angle torques the joint, screaming, desperate for Albright to tap, and with Angle applying the hold from the mat, it’s easier for Kurt to GRAPEVINE the ankle!!!!!!! And the grapevine IS applied by the Olympic Gold Medal winner!!!!!

    Albright is in SERIOUS trouble now, as he reaches out, not wanting to tap … and uses ALL his might to try and survive, CLAWING across the mat, but the grapevine is like being caught in an alligators jaws, and he cant get moving across the ring … it looks like Albright may have to tap, unable to get to the ropes … but ANGLE BREAKS THE HOLD HIMSELF!!!!! There’s momentary confusion, as Albright survives … but we see why … Angle couldn’t hold on the submission due to the shooting pain in his weakened arm!!!

    Kurt struggles to his feet, wincing in pain as he clutches his arm, with Brent taking a deep breath, knowing he struck lucky on that occasion. Albright shakes his ankle loose, and attempts to put the finishing touches on his broken down adversary, charging at Angle - but the Olympian ducks the incoming opponent - AND THEN DELIVERS AN ANGLE SLAM!!!!! Angle stuns the Ace of Spades … and covers him, 1...2...ALBRIGHT GETS A SHOULDER UP!!!!!

    Angle sits up, crestfallen at the kick out, closing his eyes, realising he has to go on with his arm still giving him all kinds of problems. Kurt pushes himself to his feet, and thinks for a moment about the Ankle Lock, but takes a look at his bad arm, as if to tell himself he cant keep it on for long enough to get the tap. Re-evaluating his game plan, Angle is forced to take a massive risk, and proceeds to the top rope … bringing the fans to their feet, knowing what’s about to come, with Kurt setting himself … MOONSAULT OFF THE TOP-

    NO ONE HOME!!!!!!!!!

    And instantly, Albright leaps on Angle … CROWBAR APPLIED!!!!!! Albright leans back into the move, shouting for Angle to tap … but Angle wont go down - at least not yet. The Wrestling Machine pounds the mat, trying to fire himself up to make the ropes, as Brent again yells at him to tap. Angle sucks it up, and looks to reach for the ropes … but Albright cranks back harder!!!!! Kurt makes one last push, with his arm surely on the point of breaking … and this time, Angle reaches out … AND MAKES IT TO THE ROPES!!!!!!!

    Kurt Angle survives!!! Albright shakes his head in disbelief, as Angle battles, and keeps holding the ropes as the hold is broken. Albright stands with his hands on his hips, unable to fathom how Angle survived, whilst Kurt sits on his knees at the ropes, taking as long as he can get to recover. Albright spots another opportunity though with the position Angle is in, and runs in, looking for his 6-1-KNEE around the ropes … BUT ANGLE CATCHES THE LEG … AND GRABS THE ANKLE!!!!!!

    Angle then pulls Albright through the ropes … ANKLE LOCK!!!!!! Once again, Brent is caught in the hold, and the fans go berserk at the suddenness of the ankle lock coming out of nowhere … with Albright having to grit his teeth to claw across the ring in an attempt to reach the ropes. Angle has to grit his own teeth though, battling through the pain in his arm to keep the hold applied, as Brent inches closer to the ropes … reaching out… BUT ANGLE DRAGS HIM BACK TO THE MIDDLE OF THE RING!!!!!

    Angle drags Brent back out at the last second!!!! Kurt Angle twists the right ankle, roaring at Albright to tap out with plenty of expletives thrown in for good measure!!!!! Brents face shows the anguish … but he looks to tough it out, refusing to go down to Angle after all his big talk. Angle cranks the hold, with Brent covering his face with his hands, shaking his head as the official asks if he wants to quit. Albright tries to do something, pushing to turn himself over… ALBRIGHT TURNS OVER … AND CRADLES ANGLE … 1...2...ANGLE JUST ESCAPES THE PIN!!!!!

    Albright nearly pulled off the same trick he did in the pairs previous one on one match up in the qualifier for the Money in the Bank ladder match two months ago on Raw. This time, Angle was able to kick out in time … but he releases the submission in the process of kicking out. There’s a moment now with both men catching their breath, and the fans voice their appreciation for the awesome contest unfolding before them.

    Both Angle and Albright pull themselves to their feet on opposite sides of the ring, keeping their eyes locked on one another as they get up, both mouthing off at one another … before meeting in the middle of the ring. Angle beats Albright to the punch, and fires off three overhand punches, but on the fourth - ALBRIGHT CATCHES THE ARM - he spins Angle around, AND GRABS THE BAD ARM … CROWBAR!!!!! Albright tries to take Angle down for the Crowbar, but Kurt fights it, trying to stay up…

    And he ducks his head down, trying to get Albright in position, with Brent too busy trying to lock on the Crowbar … allowing Angle to attempt the ANGLE SLAM … BUT ALBRIGHT LANDS ON HIS FEET BEHIND ANGLE … CROWBAR ATTEMPT AGAIN!!!!! Angle slips his arm free though, and drop toe holds Albright, scrambling for the ANKLE LOCK!!!!! Angle grabs the ankle, but before he can truly lock the hold on, Brent turns over once again, and kicks off Angle with both feet.

    Angle crashes into the corner, staggering back out … into the path of Albright, and Brent picks Angle up, charging him into the corner, dragging him back out, onto his shoulders … ACE IN THE HOLE … CONNECTS!!!!!!! Albright hooks the leg … 1...2...ANGLE JUST ROLLS A SHOULDER!!!!! With barely any gusto, Angle JUST moves his shoulder to break the count!!!!! Momentarily, Albright is about to blow a gasket … but the King of the Ring keeps cool, and calms himself down.

    Realising he has Angle where he wants him, Albright settles, and even smirks, as he stands over Kurt, and reaches for the Ankle!!!! Albright looks to the fans, getting heat from the fans who realise what Brent is planning with the ankle in his grip … and Albright looks to apply Angles own submission hold!!! Albright yanks the leg by the ankle, and drags Kurt to the middle of the ring … but before he can apply the hold … ANGLE STUNS ALBRIGHT WITH A ROLL THROUGH … 1...2...3!!!!!!!!!!
    Winner: Kurt Angle @ 19:33

    Albright kicks out at 3.1 … but it’s a split second too late - his cockiness cost him a huge win tonight!!!!! Angle pulls off the victory, and rolls out of the ring, having his arm raised, whilst looking beaten and worn down after a hellacious beating from Albright. On commentary, J.R says that Albright has only himself to blame for the loss, having allowed himself to get cocky; something you should never do against Angle.

    Angle has to get the official to raise his good arm, as he keeps the bad arm tucked in by his side, still selling that, whilst Albright remains seated in the ring, hands on his head and mouth opened wide in shock. Angle backs up the ramp to leave, and Brent then reaches out through the ropes, grabbing the referee, arguing it was only two, but the official breaks away, confirming it was indeed a three count.

    J.R and Coach continue to discuss the match, as Coach is even bewildered at Albright allowing himself to get too cocky, pointing out the condition of Angles arm, but J.R says this should serve as a huge lesson for Albright, suggesting that Brent has maybe allowed his recent successes go to his head, before putting over the spirit of Angle to be resourceful enough to get the win, as he prepares for a WWE Title shot on Smackdowns PPV next month; Judgment Day…



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    VIDEO PACKAGE

    The video opens in an abandoned playground, where the creepy little girls are playing, dressed in white.

    ~GONG~

    The creepy little girls sing their rhyme over flashing images of THE UNDERTAKER and KANE standing tall - together - through the years, delivering an array of Chokeslams and Tombstones, along with various cut throat gestures, both men sitting up, and both Brothers of Destruction soaring through the air at times.

    “As I lay me down to sleep”

    “I pray my soul is mine to keep”

    “My soul can never step outside this bed”

    “Never into all evil”

    ~GONG~

    ~EXPLOSION~

    Darkness. Then, the voice of The Undertaker;

    “Judgement Day … is upon us.”


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    Backstage, BETH PHOENIX, fresh off her loss (despite not actually losing) in the triple threat match earlier, has a towel over her shoulder and approaches the office of interim Raw General Manager RANJIN SINGH. Outside the office, the stoic Russian, VLADIMIR, guards the door, and shakes his head as Beth approaches.

    Vladimir explains to Beth that Ranjin doesn’t want to be disturbed, but Beth - showing no fear of the hulking bodyguard - looks to push past him to get to Singh, putting up a struggle with the Russian. Hearing the commotion, Singh eventually exit’s the office to see what’s going on, and rolls his eyes at the sight of Phoenix.

    Beth demands a ONE ON ONE shot at Gail Kim, saying once she has her shot, she’ll stop pestering the Interim GM, and asks for the match tomorrow night on Raw. Singh stutters a little as he gets his response out, telling Beth she may have to wait for that title opportunity. Getting enraged, Beth demands to know why … just as NATALYA exit’s the GM’s office.

    Following on from their face to face last week on Raw, a smiling Natalya gleefully tells Beth that Ranjin has seen the error of his ways, and that
    SHE gets an overdue shot at Gail Kim tomorrow night on Raw. Natalya tells Beth she’ll gladly give Beth a shot once she is champion, and walks off, leaving Phoenix absolutely livid at the General Manager…



    CHRISTIAN -V- UMAGA; VIDEO PACKAGE
    - Armando Estrada talks over the clips throughout the promo, with soundbites taken from Raw last week…
    - Summer Slam 2007; Christian defends the World Heavyweight Championship against the undefeated Umaga.
    - Nemesis 2007; The rematch is declared a No Contest when Umaga - trapped in a deep sleeper hold with Christian mounted on his back - leaps backward with both men going THROUGH the ring.
    - Umaga savagely assaults Christian two weeks ago on Raw, with Estrada explaining the loss at Summer Slam led a chain of events which saw Umaga fail to end The Undertakers Streak at WrestleMania.
    - Estrada declares that in order for Umaga to start afresh, he must defeat Christian.



    Back into the arena…

    **VIRTUAL VOODOO**

    A confident looking Armando Estrada leads out the Samoan Bulldozer, but barks orders to UMAGA all throughout the walk to the ring. Prodding the savage in the chest, AAE makes sure to get his point across to Umaga, with the Bulldozer staring straight ahead. On commentary, J.R and Coach discuss losing Umaga to Smackdown, as well as Estradas recent attitude to Umaga, being far more demanding; almost taking liberties with the Bulldozer.

    **JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES**

    Pounding his chest and blowing a kiss to the cheering fans, CHRISTIAN doesn’t look too pensive, despite the challenge ahead. One of ONLY two men to have ever pinned Umaga, Christian is put over by J.R, but Coach makes sure to remind his colleague - and the people at home - that tonight it’s NO HOLDS BARRED, which Coach believes gives Christian no chance at victory, claiming that he‘s still got his loss to John Cena at WrestleMania on his mind.

    NO HOLDS BARRED:
    Christian vs. Umaga w/Armando Alejandro Estrada

    Umaga looks to come right out of the gate as the bell is rung, but Christian bobs and weaves around the massive Samoan, not getting caught, and more importantly, frustrating Umaga. Christian, avoiding Umaga, looking to further enrage the savage by planting big, disrespectful slaps across the face of the Bulldozer as he escapes each time. Ultimately, it’s all part of Captain Charismas game plan, as he angers Umaga enough to give him chase around the ring.

    Christian slides out, with Umaga in pursuit, following Christian around the ring, and back inside. Umaga swings wildly at Christian - and misses - getting SLAPPED again by the Canadian, before Christian dips out of the ring again. Umaga yells in fury, and looks to chase Christian again, coming after Captain Charisma, and as he gives chase, Christian dropkicks the steps into the incoming legs of Umaga, slowing him down. Umaga responds by kicking over the steps, and picks them up, tossing them in frustration.

    On commentary, J.R surmises that Christian is looking to wear out Umaga by getting him to chase him around - and Estrada is wise to it too. After Umaga throws the steps, his handler takes over, and looks to settle his frustrated Bulldozer. Armando is heard telling Umaga not to chase Christian, telling the Samoan to get Christian to come to him instead. Umaga nods, and slams the apron, before walking around ringside, grabbing a steel chair.

    In the ring, Christian looks a little concerned, as Umaga re-enters, wielding a chair … but the Samoan Bulldozer surprises everyone by throwing the chair down at Christians feet!!! Umaga roars at Christian, challenging him to use the chair - perhaps suggesting the chair would make it a fair fight?? But Christian doesn’t need a second invite, and reaches down for the chair - but it’s a trap. As soon as Christian reaches down, Umaga comes after him.

    Christian is quick enough to avoid Umaga though, and he takes a few shots at Umaga, then runs off the ropes … running right into a ROLLING WHEEL KICK from the agile Samoan Bulldozer!!! Instantly upon impact, Christian rolls out of the ring, but Umaga isn’t in the mood for giving Christian any recovery time. He follows Christian out of the ring, and picks Christian up, hip tossing him with ease into the barrier!! Umaga doesn’t let up, and picks Christian up again, carrying him to the ramp - SLAMMING Christian onto the hard steel!!!

    Umaga drags Captain Charisma back to the ringside area, setting Christian up by the steps, backing up to give himself a running start … and looks for the SAMOAN WRECKING BALL by the steps - BUT CHRISTIAN AVOIDS IT!!! Umaga hit’s the steel steps - HARD!!! Christian is obviously worse for wear, but he spots his opportunity, and leaps on it, teeing off on Umaga whilst he’s weakened, then slams Umagas face off the steps!!

    Christian reaches under the ring, pulling out a Kendo Stick - and proceeds to whack Umaga with it across the back, then the gut, and cracks Umaga over the skull with the stick too. Christian looks to go back to the body with the stick, but when he swings - Umaga catches it!!! The Bulldozer overpowers Christian, and yanks him in close with the stick, and nails his opponent with a big uppercut. Christians comeback is quickly halted with that ONE shot, and Umaga nails Christian - twice - across the back with the stick, before sending him back into the ring.

    Umaga follows, knocking Christian back down in the ring with a head butt, before picking up the steel chair he had previously brought into the ring. Umaga punishes the back of Christian, nailing Captain Charisma with the steel object twice. He picks Christian up, sending him into the corner, chasing in after … but Christian swings out onto the ropes in trademark fashion, and catches Umaga with his signature seesaw kick!!! Umaga stumbles back, and Captain Charisma puts himself onto the middle rope - coming off with a reverse elbow to Umaga!!!

    The Samoan Bulldozer is briefly taken off his feet by the elbow, but quickly rises. However, in the mean time, Christian has picked up the chair, and gets some payback on Umaga, blasting him with the chair this time, nailing the back, over and over, bringing Umaga to his knees. Christian slams the chair down, and with Umaga softened up, he’s able to deliver the REVERSE DDT … ON THE CHAIR!!!!! He covers, 1...2...UMAGA KICKS OUT!!!

    Umaga kicks out with authority, forcing Christian to puff his cheeks he knows - once again - he’s in for a long night to try and knock off Umaga. Picking up the chair, Christian leans back, whacking the chair across the back of Umaga, with the Bulldozer trying to crawl to the ropes to get to his feet. Despite the chair shots, Umaga keeps moving, grabbing at the ropes to get to his feet, but Christian puts everything he has into one BIG shot to the back, which slows Umaga, and allows Christian to stand up on Umagas back at the ropes, choking the Samoan!!!

    Christian then leaps out, over the top, and when he lands on the floor, gives Umaga a trademark slap!!! The fans pop, and Christian proceeds to bring a table out from under the ring, sliding it inside. Once in the ring, Christian sets the table up in the corner - obviously with something in mind. Looking to soften Umaga up, Christian lands a series of unanswered blows, backing the Bulldozer up against the table. Christian then backs up to the opposite corner … setting himself … similar to how Edge would set himself…

    FOR A SPEAR …

    … BUT UMAGA KICKS HIM AWAY!!!!!


    Christian went for a Spear through the upright table in the corner, but Umaga avoids it with the kick, and Umaga follows up with a savate kick to knock Christian down off his feet. Umaga slows things down now, applying a nerve hold on Christian, with the former World Champion wincing, selling the hold, until Umaga lets go. Umaga softens Christian up with more head butts, backing Christian into the corner, before setting his rival into the tree of woe position. Umaga takes off, hitting the ropes, rebounding back - launching himself with a diving head butt to his defenceless foe.

    Umaga releases Christian from the tree of woe, but keeps up the punishment, pushing up on the ropes and crashing down with a stomp, and again, and a third time, before dragging Christian to his feet, delivering an uppercut that sends Captain Charisma stumbling backward into the ropes. Umaga effortlessly picks Christian up onto his shoulder, and looks for a running power slam - THROUGH THE TABLE - but Christian slips off at the last second; Umaga spins around …
    AND GETS SPEARED THROUGH THE TABLE BY CHRISTIAN!!!!!!!!!!

    There’s a huge pop in the arena, as Christian DRIVES Umaga through the table with his old partners finish!!! The former World Champion pulls Umaga from the pieces of broken table, making a cover … 1...2...UMAGA KICKS OUT!!!!! On commentary, J.R is stunned, saying that Umaga never fails to amaze him at the punishment he can withstand. Christian shakes his head in the ring, shooting a glare at the official, getting up with his hands on his knees, looking to the heavens as if to ask; “what else can I do??”

    Christian takes a deep breath, and soliders on, stepping outside the ring, and approaching the cameraman, taking his camera from him, looking to use it on Umaga. However, as Christian gets up onto the apron, Armando Estrada gets himself involved again, grabbing the leg of Christian. Christian gets back off the apron, and without a moments hesitation - NAILS Estrada with the camera; directly to the skull!!!!!

    Armando Estrada is knocked out COLD. Christian stands over AAE … but while he’s taken out the handler, he’s taken his eye off the real problem; UMAGA. And the indestructible Samoan Bulldozer is back UP after being Speared through the table, and as Christian turns around, he is met with a uppercut to the throat again from his rival. Umaga then takes the cable from the TV camera, and wraps it around the throat of Christian … CHOKING THE LIFE OUT OF HIM!!!!!

    Umaga chokes Christian with the cable, with Christian trapped on the floor, unable to escape. Christians face starts to turn purple as Umaga SQUEEZES the cable tightly around the neck … forcing Captain Charisma to swing the camera back in desperation - and NAILS Umaga with it!!!!! Umaga lets go of the cable, as Christian swings back a second time, NAILING Umaga once again!!! Umaga staggers back, falling onto the floor, whilst Christian rolls into the ring to create distance in order to recover from the vicious choke.

    Coughing violently, Christian looks to regain his breath, whilst Umaga tries to shake the cobwebs loose. The Bulldozer slowly gets back to his feet, and Christian has to suck it up, knowing he has to stay on Umaga … and he jumps onto the turnbuckles - TRIANGLE PLANCHA TO THE OUTSIDE … CAUGHT BY UMAGA … AND UMAGA FLATTENDS CHRISTIAN WITH A SPINNING SIDE SLAM ON THE FLOOR!!!!!!! Christian is flattened on the floor, with J.R proclaiming; “He might be broken in half!!!”

    Umaga shows no mercy, and drags the lifeless body of Christian to his feet, throwing him over the barrier, landing awkwardly on the cold floor. Umaga climbs over, stalking Christian as the Canadian tries to crawl away and buy time to recover from the assault. In his desperation, Christian tosses fans chairs at Umaga to try and keep him at arms length - whilst still crawling on his hands and knees. Umaga swats away the chairs with ease, bearing down on Christian - stomping the back, then drops his tree trunk like leg over the neck of his opponent!!!!!

    Moving fans out of the way, Umaga tosses Christian onto a row of chairs, but as he reaches to pick Christian up, Captain Charisma jabs a chair into the gut of Umaga, buying himself time. Christian gets to his feet, staggering away from Umaga, who clubs the back as he chases Christian down. Umaga hit’s the back again, but Christian continues to try and get away, eventually ending up at the side of the stage, as Umaga viciously clubs Christians back once more.

    The clubbing blow sends Christian to his knees, but as Umaga reaches down to grab Christian - HE IS BLINDED BY A FIRE EXTINGUISHER!!!!! The smoke blinds Umaga - and the Bulldozer cant prepare for the follow up as Christian NAILS Umaga with the object!!!!! Umaga staggers with Christian dropping the fire extinguisher … before he grabs Umaga from behind by his tights … and RUNS UMAGA THROUGH THE GLASS PANEL AT THE SIDE OF THE STAGE!!!!!!!!!!

    The sound of the glass panel shattering is like a gunshot, and the glass explodes everywhere upon impact, as the shock from the fans is followed by a - you guessed it - “Holy Shit” chant from the stunned audience, as Coach exclaims; “My sentiments exactly!!!”. Even Christian has to take a moment to watch the scene - Umaga laying amongst the broken glass - before snapping out of it, pushing himself back to his feet and realising there’s still a job to be done!!!

    Grabbing a crate with wheels, Christian brings it toward Umaga - knowing he cant carry the Bulldozer to the ring on his own power - and drags Umaga up, draping him over the crate. Christian begins to wheel the lifeless Samoan Bulldozer back through the rabid fans, heading back toward ringside, as J.R comments that Umaga HAS to be done, claiming that “not even Michael Myers or Jason Voorhies could get back up from what I‘ve just witnessed.” Christian pushes the crate, getting nearer to the ringside barrier - ONLY TO BE NAILED WITH A PIPE - FROM A FAN!!!!!!!

    The ‘FAN’, wearing a plain black hoodie - with the hood up, keeping his face in the shadows - instantly takes off after nailing Christian unexpectedly, knocking Captain Charisma out - COLD. The camera tries to keep up with the ‘fan’ but he disappears into the sea of bodies, with security chasing after the assailant. Meanwhile, Christian is now also laid out on the crate … as Umaga begins to stir!!!!! As both men are still down, the story focuses on the so-called fan, with J.R demanding a replay … commenting that he knows someone that always comes to work now in black.

    Coach doesn’t take kindly to the hint by J.R that John Cena could be the attacker, telling J.R that a lot of people wear black hoodies. Meanwhile, Umaga has rolled off the crate - and we can finally see he has been busted open on his face, arms and chest by the shards of broken glass he crashed through. Umaga picks Christian up, pushing the crate away, and carries Christian, dumping him over the barrier. At ringside, Umaga is set to roll the unconscious Christian into the ring - but is stopped by his dishevelled handler, who has finally got back up after the camera shot.

    Estrada gesticulates wildly at Umaga, not wanting him to roll Christian in just yet - but instead, points to the ringside area. Umaga nods, listening to the instructions from Armando, and drags the lifeless body of Christian to the announce desks, spreading Christian across the Spanish announce table. Umaga gets up, standing on the Raw announce desk, as J.R and Coach run for cover … with Umaga taking off, charging across the table, leaping from the Raw table … AND SPLASHES THROUGH CHRISTIAN ON THE SPANISH ANNOUNCE TABLE!!!!!!!!!

    J.R cries out for the match to be stopped, as Estrada instantly gives Umaga a shake, pulling the Bulldozer, forcing him to get up a little quicker than he’d like to. Pointing to the ring, Estrada demands Umaga bring Christian inside to finish the job. Umaga nods, and drags the lifeless carcass of Christian through the broken pieces of table, getting him back into the ring. Inside, Umaga STILL isn’t done … and drags Christian up, putting an exclamation mark on the match, with Christian unable to defend himself - SAMOAN SPIKE!!! He mercifully covers … 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winner: Umaga @ 17:09

    Finally, Umaga has his hand raised against Christian - but not without controversy. J.R quickly goes back to the turning point; Christian being blindsided by a hooded fan, who knocked him out COLD with a lead pipe. Umaga meanwhile, has his hand raised, much to the delight of his handler, who gets himself together, still looking dishevelled after getting nailed with a camera earlier.

    J.R and Coach recap the pivotal events of the match, with Christian spearing Umaga through a table, battering Estrada with a camera, and putting Umaga through a glass panel … which appeared to have Christian on the verge of victory, until a fan nailed Christian as he wheeled Umaga through the crowd. Replays then air of Umaga splashing Christian through the table, and the Samoan Spike that finished the match.

    Back live, Umaga and Estrada leave up the ramp, whilst in the crowd, fans are being questioned by officials - seemingly in connection to the attacker, wanting as much information as possible. In the ring, medics are tending to Christian, with a stretcher being brought to the ring, as J.R wonders aloud on commentary if John Cena has an alibi. Coach defends the World Champion, and says it was clearly an overexcited fan.

    After asking repeatedly, J.R finally gets a camera shot of the fan as they got away … with the shot zooming in when the hooded fan turns around … and it looks EXACTLY like JOHN CENA. Coach isn’t convinced, but J.R is, and J.R doesn’t hold back his anger at the situation, as we get another shot in the ring, as a neck brace is placed on Christian…




    ***
    VIDEO PACKAGE

    ~~ A FLAIR FOR THE GOLD ~~
    #14 - UNCENSORED 1999

    The video doesn’t highlight the Wrestlecrap behind the match, which saw Ric Flair bleed profusely in a FIRST BLOOD Steel Cage Match, and doesn’t explain why Flair would win a FIRST BLOOD match by pin fall, as he dethroned the almighty Hollywood Hulk Hogan to capture his fourteenth World Championship. They weren‘t all classics.

    END PACKAGE
    ***



    Back at ringside, the camera remains on CHRISTIAN as he is wheeled from the ring. J.R explains that from the information he has been given, Christian has suffered broken ribs, whilst the neck brace is a precautionary measure. He states Christian will be taken to a “local medical facility” (hospitals are a dirty word for Vince) and evaluated overnight.

    “And that will undoubtedly be music to the ears of John Cena” is the dry quip from the lead announcer, as we watch Christian being wheeled up the ramp, with fans giving Captain Charisma a lot of respectful cheers. Coach, meanwhile, tries to argue that it wasn’t Cena in the picture, saying it wasn’t a clear shot, arguing that Cena has a World title match to prepare for later…

    **THIS FIRE BURNS**

    As Christian is still being wheeled out, CM PUNK walks through the curtain, taking a look as the stretcher passes by him. Punk smirks, and looks directly to the camera, stating with a smirk; “I guess they‘ll probably try and pin that one on me too!!” referring to the attack many believe he conducted on Greg Helms the night after WrestleMania.

    Punk rolls his hands, and declares; “IT‘S CLOBBERIN TIME” before proceeding down the aisle … WHEN HE IS NAILED FROM BEHIND BY MATT HARDY!!!!! Hardy - who has had to wait for weeks for this moment - gets his hands on Punk, and with the match not underway, Hardy can do what he likes without fear of losing his title by DQ!!!

    Hardy kicks Punk down the ramp, with Punk stumbling around ringside, trying to jump into the ring, but Hardy grabs him by the tights to stop him, and pulls him back, throwing him against the barrier. Hardy unloads right hands on Punk, and slams his face off the barrier, before sending Punk into the steps.

    The Champion unbuckles his belt, lining up Punk - AND NAILS Punk with the title belt - RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES!!! Punk goes down, but Hardy doesn’t let up, mounting Punk and pounding his challenger mercilessly. Hardy talks trash to Punk, as the official tries to pull the champion off Punk.

    Hardy is dragged off, but instantly pulls away again, and stomps Punk, with the challenger trying to escape by crawling away. Hardy grabs Punk by the legs, but Punk desperately kicks Hardy away, and scrambles into the ring, grabbing the referee by the pants, making a bell ringing motion, pointing to the outside, wanting the match to begin immediately and prevent Hardy from doing anything more…

    Intercontinental Championship Match:
    Matt Hardy vs. CM Punk
    *No Championship Advantage*

    Hardy is angered that Punk managed to weasel away, but follows him into the ring, sliding inside, only for Punk to slide out. Hardy - much like Umaga at the beginning of the last match - gives chase, coming after the challenger, with Punk sliding back inside. Hardy slides in behind, and it allows Punk to stomp the champion before he can get up. The smart tactic puts Punk in the driving seat, whilst J.R is amazed at how aggressive the champion has been - and it’s playing into Punks hands.

    Punk backs Matt into the corner, pounding him with right hands. The challenger looks for a whip to the opposite corner, but Hardy manages to reverse it, sending Punk in instead. Punk bounces out of the corner, right into a clothesline from the champion. Hardy doesn’t let up, and drags Punk right back up, bringing him to the corner, and bashing the challengers head off the top turnbuckle - not once, not twice, not thrice - TEN TIMES, with the fans counting along in unison. Hardy is scolded by the referee, but Matt ignores him, and knocks Punk back down with a big right hand.

    The challenger scrambles to his feet, staggering to the other corner, with Matt following in, mounting the ropes, and proceeds to hammer Punk in the corner - you guessed it - with TEN shots, which, again, the fans count along with. Once more, Matt is admonished by the official for his actions, with Marty Elias demanding Matt get down from the middle turnbuckle. As Hardy argues with the official, he gives Punk time to recuperate, and he shoves Matts legs from under him, with Hardy smashing his face off the top turnbuckle!!!

    It gives Punk a chance to mount some offence, and he sends Matt off the ropes, ducking down for the return; but Matt has other ideas, bouncing back from the ropes and delivering a swinging neck breaker to the champion!!! He hooks the leg, 1...2...NO!!! Hardy backs Punk into the corner, letting fly with rights and lefts, which force the referee to get involved AGAIN, as he demands Matt cool down, reminding him he can lose the title via DQ.

    Matt looks frustrated with the official, but drags Punk from the corner, delivering a side suplex, right into another cover; 1...2...NO!!! Despite the kick out, Matt has Punk where he wants him, and sets himself on the middle rope, signalling to the fans, before leaping off, delivering a BIG Leg Drop off the middle!!! Hardy hooks the leg again; 1...2...NO!!! Punk survives, as Matt presses on after a shake of the head. He sends Punk into the corner, then follows in with a big splash - MISSED!!! Punk dodges out of the corner, and meets Hardy coming back with a PEPSI TWIST!!! 1...2...NO!!!

    Punk doesn’t let the kick out affect his mindset, and he starts to choke Matt by the ropes, jawing with the fans in the front row as he does, then pleads innocence to Marty Elias … whilst keeping his knee on the back of Matts neck, continuing to choke the champion. The challenger rolls out of the ring, and drags Matt out with him, picking him up and dropping the champion across the top of the barrier - face first, and then rams Matt into the side of the ring apron.

    Rolling Matt back inside, Punk sets himself on the apron, then springboards off the ropes, delivering a clothesline to Matt. He scrambles, hooking the leg, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! As Hardy tries to get to his feet, Punk looks to keep him under control with a variety of kicks and strikes, softening Matt up for a big roundhouse kick - NO - Hardy ducks the kick, and hooks Punk up - SIDE EFFECT; NO!!! Punk elbows free, then, as Hardy rushes back at him, Punk drop toe holds the champion … and follows up with a SHINING WIZARD!!!! Punk mocks the old Hurricane pose to massive heat, before hooking the leg, 1...2...NO!!!

    Boos continue to ring out at Punk for mocking his former tag partner, Greg Helms former persona, but Punk smirks - happy to annoy the fans. Punk gets back to business, mounting Matt, before pounding the champion - all the while talking trash as he does it. After another telling off from the referee, Punk stops the punches, and feigns innocence as he drags Hardy up, backing Matt into the corner. Once there though, Hardy explodes back to life, stunning Punk with a flurry of rights, fighting out of the corner, getting the fans cheering … but is quickly cut off by a roundhouse kick from the challenger!!! Punk hooks the leg again, 1...2...NO!!!

    Punk smirks at the kick out, with a wry shake of the head too. He drags Matt up, softening him up with a stiff forearm shot, before shooting Hardy into the corner, following in with a running high knee … followed by a running bulldog out of the corner!!! Punk smiles again, turning Matt over, hooking the leg again, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Punk looks for the same again, sending Matt into the corner, and delivers the running knee … but this time, he takes too long with the bulldog, too busy riling the fans, which allows Hardy to counter the bulldog - with an ATOMIC DROP … and follows that with a big clothesline, sending Punk over the top and out to the floor!!!!!

    Hardy follows out, and roughs Punk up on the outside, taking the opportunity to punish the smug challenger. Punk eventually manages to beg off from Hardy, and backs up to the timekeepers table, grabbing the Intercontinental title belt, and tosses it to Matt!! Matt catches the belt, with Punk dropping to his knees, arms behind his back, leaving himself WIDE OPEN to be nailed with the title!!! Punk tries to goad Matt, telling him how good he’ll feel to do it and Hardy leans back, thinking about pulling the trigger … but he resists temptation, reminding himself he’ll lose the title … exactly why Punk wants him to do it in the first place!!!

    Matt tosses the belt aside, and proceeds to kick Punk in the chest with Punk still on his knees. He tosses the challenger back into the ring, and sends Punk into the corner, following in with a crushing clothesline … and hits his own running bulldog out of the corner on Punk!!! Matt covers, 1...2...SHOULDER UP!!! Matt slaps the mat in frustration, but picks himself up, and begins to shape up, stalking Punk for the TWIST OF FATE … and gets the kick, but when he hooks Punk up and spins, Punk counters … BACKSLIDE … 1...2...HARDY JUST WRIGGLES FREE!!!!!

    Both men are up after the kick-out, and it’s Matt to strike first, knocking Punk right back down with a clothesline. Hardy pushes himself up onto the middle rope, and looks for his elbow off the middle - PUNK MOVES!!! Hardy holds his arm in pain, and struggles back to his feet … where Punk is waiting … and gets Hardy up on his shoulders … GTS- NO!!! Hardy blocks it, grabbing the leg of Punk, and spins him around, hooking Punk up; SIDE EFFECT!!!!! 1...2...KICK OUT!!!!!

    Shaking his head, Hardy once more gets up, and stalks Punk; looking for the Twist Of Fate, hoping he can nail it at the second time of asking … but Punk appears to sense it coming, and as he drags himself up on the ropes, Punk hops OUT of the ring to safety!!! Hardy is furious, and comes out after the weasel challenger, with Punk grabbing a chair, bringing it back into the ring, as Hardy wisely takes his time to follow in - aware Punk has a chair.

    Matt steps back inside, with Punk seemingly trying his luck again - despite the title belt trick not working earlier - as he tosses the chair to Matt. Once again Punk is on his knees, arms behind his back - with that same smug smirk - goading Matt, wanting him to nail him with the chair and lose the title by DQ … but Hardy this time smirks back at him and shakes his head - his emotions are in check, and he tells Punk; “Not so cocky now, huh??”. Punk gulps, his smile momentarily gone … but it soon comes back … as he shouts for Matt - and everyone else - to hear; “YOU WERE RIGHT. I DID IT, MATT. I BROKE GREG HELMS NECK!!!”

    Hardy looks incensed, and he grips the chair, trying to resist temptation … with Punk smirking, trying to send the champion over the edge; “I ENJOYED IT, MATT!!!” Hardy snaps, and leans back with the chair … with Punk closing his eyes, waiting for the chair shot … BUT THE REFEREE PULLS THE CHAIR AWAY FROM HARDY!!!! Marty Elias prevents Hardy from using the chair, as Punk opens his eyes, wondering what’s going on … with Matt momentarily distracted by the officials intervention … allowing Punk to pop up, surprising Matt; GTS!!!!! 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winner: And NEW Intercontinental Champion - CM Punk @ 08:52
    *Total time does not include pre-match brawl

    Laughing as he sits up and licking his lips, CM Punk has accomplished exactly what he set out for; the Intercontinental Championship. Having played Matt Hardy like a fiddle for weeks, Punk closed the deal to take his title!!! Punk has his hand raised, and holds the title up - all the while smiling smugly and laughing, as J.R is disgusted - both at Punks tactics tonight and his admission of guilt relating to Greg Helms.

    The Coach - as always - sees it differently, telling J.R he doesn’t think Punk was being serious about Greg Helms, but was instead trying to get Matt to snap - and it worked. Coach tries to lay the blame on Marty Elias for Matt losing in the manner he did, though J.R points out that either way, Hardy was about to lose the title had he used the chair.

    Punk leaves the ring, mockingly shining up his newly won gold, as Matt comes to in the ring, holding his forehead in pain after the GTS, eyeing Punk, who holds the title aloft once more. In the ring, Hardy mouths some nasty profanities towards Punks direction, as the NEW Intercontinental Champion backs up the ramp, leaving with the gold over his shoulder…




    ***
    VIDEO PACKAGE
    Shots of Shawn Michaels soaring through the air with his picture perfect elbow, and delivering Sweet Chin Music from a variety of angles, talking over the top of it

    “It‘s not glory I‘m after.”

    Clips of CM Punk hitting his GTS and showing his sinister smirk as he narrates the next line.

    “I don’t want your adulation.”

    The Master Craftsmen all enjoying success, with Albright talking over the top of clips of the three of them beating on helpless opponents, and Albright winning at WrestleMania.

    “And I don’t need anybodies respect.”

    Flashing images of Beth Phoenix dominating other women in the division, slamming countless divas with the Phoenix Rising.

    “They can steal the show; I want something more.”

    John Cena walking to the ring at WrestleMania, with a backdrop of “CENA SUCKS” posters, whilst he cranks on the STFU.

    “Cheers?? I don’t want any of that.”

    Shots of Shelton Benjamin in action, flying off the ropes, hitting various big moves.

    “But Vengeance…”

    Each of Michaels, Punk, Albright, Phoenix and Cena speak…

    “Vengeance-”
    “Vengeance-”
    “Vengeance-”
    “Vengeance-”
    “Vengeance-”

    And end on Christian - as he looks up, directly into the camera;

    “…Will be MINE.”


    WWE VENGEANCE | JUNE 15 | SAN DIEGO, CA
    ONLY ON PAY PER VIEW
    ***




    Back at ringside, J.R comments on the Vengeance preview video, informing the fans that will be the next time Raw will be on Pay Per View. They then briefly touch on the pre-show earlier tonight, exclusive to wwe.com, where CODY RHODES and KEN DOANE won the opportunity to face the World Tag Team Champions in the coming weeks.

    Clips are shown from the four way match up, with all four teams having opportunities to win the match, but Cody & Ken would take advantage of the situation which saw the Angels of Anarchy first hit Total Elimination on Chris Harris, then James Storm would take Daniels out of the equation, leaving Williams to suffer the Hart Attack at the hands of the Hart Legacy.

    Storm and Daniels would then return, momentarily teaming up to prevent Smith & Kidd from getting victory … which allowed Cody and Ken to slip in through the back door, with Rhodes making sure of the win by delivering Cross Rhodes to Harris, as Doane kept lookout - making sure the Hart Legacy, Storm & Daniels couldn’t break the count. Coach congratulates the winning team on commentary, before J.R throws to Tiffany backstage, with Rhodes and Doane…



    Tiffany talks with CODY RHODES and KEN DOANE backstage, with the two up and comers both looking very pleased with themselves. She first congratulates them, before asking who they’d prefer to face for the titles. Confident and brash, the duo talk about relaxing and watching the title match tonight and make it clear they’ll take the titles from whoever leaves Backlash tonight with the gold.

    Rhodes claims he and Ken will show who the true masters of the craft are if they face Haas and Dinsmore, and that they’ll delight in having the opportunity to dethrone D-X; “and let me tell ya, Tiffany; that WONT suck.” Doane has his say, and tells the blonde that he and Cody are ready for their shot; they proved it tonight, and they intend on setting a “new standard” in the tag division.

    Looking off camera, Cody rolls his eyes; “I mentioned sucking a moment ago…” … as Goldust appears on the screen. Looking rather down and depressed, the usually vibrant Goldust cuts a lonely, lost figure, as he meekly offers his congratulations to his brother on victory tonight. Goldust extends a hand, but Cody instantly slaps it away.

    Following on from Raw, Cody berates his brother, telling ‘Dustin’ that he and Ken are setting a new standard and raising the bar, whereas Goldust is swimming around in the gutter. Rhodes reminds ‘Dustin’ he could’ve enjoyed this success six months ago, but he choose to return to his demeaning persona - “so don’t come crawlin back to me now.”

    Cody sneers at Goldust for driving away everyone close to him; “even Regal couldn’t stand the sight of you” and walks off, with Ken following, calling Goldust a freak - just as he did on Raw last Monday. Goldust bows his head, accepting the harsh words, as we see a disappointed looking William Regal far off in the background, having watched it all. Regal turns, and walks away too, head bowed.



    Back into the arena…

    **REALITY**

    He’s not advertised for anything; but since when did that stop THE MIZ from being an annoying pest?? The Hardcore Champion makes his way to the ring, with J.R unable to hide his anger at the sight of the wannabe, reminding everyone Miz doesn’t have a match tonight - just as he didn’t when he tried to hijack WrestleMania last month. J.R tells the fans that right now, we’re scheduled for the tag team title match, but instead, we’ve got “this idiot.”

    Once in the ring, The Miz complains instantly about not being on PPV again, but felt he should make an appearance for all his ‘Miz-fits’ in Kansas City. He reminds everyone it should’ve been him in the main event tonight, and tells them there’s probably still time to ask for a refund.

    Moving on, Miz talks about his ‘Barely Legal Hardcore Invitational’ telling everyone there wont be an edition tonight (“but if Shaq were to turn up like he did at WrestleMania, I could make an exception…”), but it will return on Raw tomorrow. At this point, THE COACH gets up from commentary to interject. Coach showers Miz with praise, and tells him he has a perfect candidate for The Miz.

    Coach admits that the person he has doesn’t quite meet the criteria Miz set out; “this kid I‘ve got has been toiling away for years in high school gyms for peanuts. It‘s quite pathetic really.”, but would look at it as a personal favour, if Miz could give the kid a ‘lesson’ on Raw. After double checking the person isn’t Big Zeke (Coach’s personal bodyguard), Miz gladly accepts. The two unbearable figures then begin to kiss each others asses when-

    **BREAK IT DOWN**

    The fans go nuts for the classic, instantly recognisable music of D-GENERATION X, especially given that it’s putting an end to The Miz and The Coach having a love-in. TRIPLE H and SHAWN MICHAELS make their way to the ring, with The Coach getting out of dodge. The Miz stays in the ring through, acting/thinking tough.

    The Game and Shawn Michaels take a mic each, and begin to make fun of Miz; mocking his haircut (comparing him to the Red Rooster), his dress sense (both Shawn and Hunter agree they thought Nsync ended years ago) and his Barely Legal Hardcore Invitational. After mocking the Miz‘s ‘I’m Hardcore’ catchphrase, Triple H jokes; “The only thing Hardcore about you, is your internet history, pal.”

    Miz is told by Shawn Michaels to “run along”, with Triple H quipping that he doesn’t want Miz to be around when he tells the fans to “get ready to suck it” in case he gets the wrong idea. Miz then makes one comment of his own as he looks to leave; “Don’t worry, I‘ll get out of way - I don’t want to end up like Kennedy, getting fired for standing up to you.”

    Triple H then prevents Miz from leaving - taking exception to the comment - and makes it clear to Miz he had nothing to do with “his” firing, making sure not to mention Kennedy by name, unlike Miz. Triple H then reminds Miz what Kennedy did to get himself fired; he hit the boss’s daughter, “my wife.”, and lets Miz know that Kennedy got away lightly with just being fired with a WrestleMania payday as a severance package.

    Miz though, isn’t buying it; “Your finger prints were all over it, Hunter. You were worried Kennedy was gonna take your spot, and you had him removed from the equation. And the only reason he smacked Stephanie, is because she was the one with the balls to look him in the eye.”

    Triple H immediately snaps at that suggestion, kicking Miz in the gut; PEDIGREE!!!!! The Miz is dropped with the Pedigree, but Triple H isn’t done there, and goes to the outside, looking under the ring for a sledgehammer, but before he can get his hands on it…

    **PAY THE PRICE**

    CHARLIE HAAS and NICK DINSMORE walk down the aisle; Triple H wont have time to do whatever he was planning to do to The Miz, as the World Tag Team Champions look to take advantage of the situation, with Triple H not currently concentrating on what truly matters tonight; the World Tag Team Titles. HBK gets the referee to get The Miz out of there, and looks to get Triple H’s mind back in the game, as they look to win tag team gold together for the first ever time.

    World Tag Team Championships Match:
    The Master Craftsmen vs. Triple H & Shawn Michaels

    After a lengthy discussion between The Game and HBK, Triple H is the one to start the match with Haas. Shawn makes sure The Game has calmed down, with Triple H giving him a nod before locking up with Haas. They briefly tussle, but The Game is too strong for Haas, tossing Charlie aside, with Haas taking a tumble across the ring. In the corner, Haas and Dinsmore briefly regroup, taken aback by the ease in which Charlie was overpowered.

    As Haas and Dinsmore talk, The Game gets their attention with a trademark crotch chop. Haas charges in anger, but runs right into a knockdown. Dinsmore races in behind, but Triple H reacts quickly, side stepping Nick, and tosses him right back out, over the top, to the floor!! And it’s not over there for Dinsmore, as Shawn gets in on the fun and games, splashing off the apron onto him, punishing Nick for getting involved. In the ring, Triple H attempts an early Pedigree on Haas - but Charlie is too fresh, and trips The Game, into a jacknife pin; 1...2...NO!!!

    Triple H just escapes the pinning predicament, nearly stunned by Haas and J.R puts over the ring smarts of the tag team champions, giving the two legends some food for thought. Both men are up, but Triple H strikes first with a clothesline, then drops a knee onto Haas, into a lateral press, 1...2...No!! Haas gets up, but Triple H goes right to a side headlock, controlling Haas before tagging in HBK for the first time, and with Haas trapped by The Game, Shawn comes off the top with an axe handle to Charlie.

    Shawn walks Charlie to the corner, smashing his head off the top turnbuckle, then presses him against the ropes, letting fly with a handful of chops - which get an obligatory WOOO from the fans - before looking for an Irish whip. Haas counters the whip, sending Shawn off into the ropes instead, but Michaels returns by ducking under Haas, then rebounds off again and slides under the champion, before bouncing back with a Sunset flip; 1...2...NO!!!

    Haas kicks out, and rushes to his feet quickly, but Michaels beats Charlie to the punch, and then sends Haas off the ropes, but as Charlie hits them, Dinsmore tags his back - unseen by HBK - and Michaels knocks Charlie down, but isn’t expecting Nick, who blindsides Michaels with a rough forearm smash!! Dinsmore quickly gets Shawn back up, and sends him into the corner, coming in behind - but eats boot!! Shawn fires back, fending off Dinsmore with more chops, fighting out of the corner, then puts Nick down with a slam, and drops a knee. He covers, 1...2...No!!

    Michaels whips Dinsmore off the ropes, ducking down for the return, but Dinsmore comes back and kicks Shawn away!! Michaels wheels away, holding his shoulder, with Dinsmore eyeing a chop block - but Michaels manages to side step out of trouble, and looks to strike Dinsmore as he turns around with SWEET CHIN MUSIC - but Dinsmore catches the foot; and trips Michaels … scurrying for the CLOVERLEAF!!! Dinsmore tries to apply his submission hold, but HBK manages to wriggle and kicks Dinsmore away!!

    Dinsmore regroups, coming right back after Michaels, but HBK gets a headlock takeover, and with Dinsmore in a seated position on the canvas, Shawn directs a stiff kick to the lower back of his opponent. Michaels softens Dinsmore more with a few straight right hands, and takes off hitting the ropes, but Nick looks to use Michaels momentum against him, and sends Shawn over the top on his return - but Michaels hangs on - and pulls off his signature skinning the cat back in … but as HBK pulls himself back in, Haas rushes along the apron, and clotheslines Shawn down!!!

    Michaels is wiped out by the clothesline, and Triple H is incensed by the interference from Haas. The Game - already tightly wound tonight - argues with Scott Armstrong about the blatant interference from Haas … but that only distracts the official further, and allows the Master Craftsmen to take advantage with a double team attack on Michaels!! Together, Dinsmore and Haas send Michaels hurtling into the corner, with HBK ending upside down, such is the force he hit’s the corner with, and Dinsmore is then able to follow that up with a Falcon Arrow!! 1...2...KICK OUT!!!

    Dinsmore now legally tags Haas in, with the champions getting to work on Michaels with basic stomps in the corner, softening HBK up. Charlie drags Shawn out of the corner, taking him over with a snap mare, and takes off, coming back with a dropkick to the notoriously weak back of Michaels. Lateral press; 1...2...NO!! Quickly, Haas applies a headlock to keep Michaels under control after the kick out, but Shawn doesn’t stay trapped for long, shoving Charlie off, into the ropes, and knocks him down with a nice reverse elbow on the return.

    Haas stirs quickly, but Michaels catches him with right hands and a few chops, taking off, hitting the ropes - but is tripped by Dinsmore as he hits them, and he stumbles forward, into the path of Haas, who catches Michaels with an overhead Belly to Belly!!! Haas covers quickly, hooking the leg, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Haas tags out to Dinsmore, holding Michaels, giving Dinsmore a free shot. Nick drags HBK back up, but Michaels fights back, but has a kick caught by Dinsmore. Dinsmore taunts as he holds Michaels leg … until HBK responds with an ENZIGURI!!!!

    Dinsmore goes down, and Michaels quickly looks to make a tag out to his partner - reaching - and tagging The Game for the hot tag!! Triple H bounds into the ring, wasting no time, running through Dinsmore with a series of clotheslines, and then runs off the ropes - as Haas places a knee to the back, trying to slow The Game down - but the cheap shot is NO SOLD by Triple H!! The Game turns around, staring a hole through Haas, then lunges at him - but Haas reacts quickly, and drops Triple H throat first over the top rope!!!

    That slows The Game down, and Triple H staggers back from the ropes … making him easy pickings for the recovering Dinsmore and a perfect Northern Lights Suplex - 1...2...SHOULDER UP!!!!! Despite hitting the ring on fire, Triple H has been quickly silenced by the champions, and Dinsmore tags in Haas, with the pair sending Trips off the ropes, and Nick meets The Game on the return with an inverted atomic drop, with Haas gripping Triple H from behind - BRIDGING GERMAN SUPLEX; 1...2...SHOULDER JUST UP!!!!!

    Shawn Michaels had entered the ring to make sure the three didn’t go down, but as he leaves, Haas shoves Michaels from behind, trying to goad him - and gets socked in the mouth for his troubles!!! Michaels knocks Haas down, and then spots Dinsmore incoming, and backdrops Nick - sending Dinsmore flying over the top rope, hitting the floor outside!!! Shawn helps Hunter up, and DX then show off their own team work skills, with Triple H assisting Shawn Michaels as he delivers a plancha to Dinsmore on the outside!!!!! It leaves Haas and The Game in the ring, and Triple H blocks a shot from Haas, then delivers his face buster, and follows that with a reverse neck breaker on Charlie, before covering, 1...2...KICK OUT!!!!!

    The Game shakes his head, and drags Haas up, shoving him into the corner, where Shawn Michaels is back following his plancha, and he takes a tag from The Game, becoming the legal man. DX team up, sending Haas across the ring into the opposite corner, before Shawn whips The Game in after, crushing Haas with a clothesline in the corner. Trips then whips Haas out of the corner, into the path of Michaels and an inverted atomic drop, with Triple H following up with a clothesline!!! The Game exits, and Michaels covers, 1...2...NO!!!

    Michaels shrugs at the kick out, and backs Haas up into the corner again, firing off a succession of knife edge chops. Shawn attempts to shoot Haas off the ropes, but Charlie reverses, sending Michaels instead, looking for a back body drop on the return, but Shawn rolls off the back, and meets Haas as he turns around with a straight right hand!!! Applying a side headlock, Michaels takes Haas to the DX corner, tagging in The Game once more, with Triple H hoisting himself onto the middle rope, coming off with a shot to the exposed ribs of Haas!!

    Triple H executes a side suplex, floating over into a cover, 1...2...NO!!! The Game shakes his head in frustration, but hammers Charlie into the corner, opening up with knees to the gut, softening one half of the champions up, before dragging Charlie out of the corner, and Triple H tags HBK back in, before he slams Haas down, setting him up for Michaels up top to go for the Flying Elbow … BUT DINSMORE RETURNS - AND SHOVES MICHAELS OFF THE TOP!!!!! Michaels hit’s the floor with a thud!!!

    Instantly, The Game reacts by chasing after the interfering Dinsmore around the ring … with Haas rolling out, and cuts off the raging Triple H with a clothesline!!! Coach proclaims more excellent teamwork from the champions, and while it may be shady, J.R has to accept that Haas and Dinsmore appear to be a step ahead at every turn. Together, Haas and Dinsmore send Triple H into the steps, taking him out of the equation for now, before rolling Shawn back inside - still worse for wear after crashing and burning moments ago.

    Haas sets Michaels chest first in the corner, and proceeds to drive his shoulder into the lower back of Michaels, over and over. Haas tags Dinsmore, who does the exact same, before proceeding to stomp a mudhole into his defenceless opponent in the corner. Nick tags Haas back in quickly, who picks up where Dinsmore left off, continuing to stomp down HBK viciously in the corner. Worse for wear, we see Triple H back on the apron, as Haas drags Michaels up, tagging Dinsmore back in again, with the champions keeping themselves as fresh as possible with constant tags.

    The Master Craftsmen shoot Michaels off the ropes, and Haas meets him with a drop toe hold, as Dinsmore bounces off the ropes, dropping an elbow to the back. He turns HBK over, hooking the leg; 1...2...NO!! Quickly, Dinsmore turns Michaels back over, applying a rarely seen Camel Clutch, focusing on the back of Michaels. Shawn tries to mount a comeback and battle out of the submission, but Dinsmore puts a quick stop to that by leaping up and dropping his weight on the back of HBK. He doesn’t re-apply the Camel Clutch, but instead brings Shawn back to the corner, stomping HBK again.

    Once more, Dinsmore tags Haas in, and the champions take a leaf out of Haas old team with Shelton Benjamin, delivering the aided leapfrog guillotine - MORE punishment to the back of The Showstopper!!! Haas adds to the punishment with a side suplex, floating into another cover, 1...2...NO!! On the apron, Triple H tries to encourage his troubled partner, as Haas brings Michaels to the corner again, beating on the Icon, when HBK fires up, fighting for his life, throwing wild shots at Haas, throwing his elbow back to fight off Dinsmore too, and looks to escape from the corner, but is tripped by Haas before he can reach Triple H and is dragged right back!!!

    Haas keeps Michaels leg trapped with his, making sure he cant escape, before tagging Dinsmore, who completely shuts off Michaels momentum with another elbow to the back!! Haas rolls out, with Dinsmore looking to attempt his Cloverleaf for the second time in the match, but for the second time, Michaels avoids it, this time surprising Nick with an inside cradle; 1...2...NO!!! Dinsmore escapes the predicament, but eats a shot to the gut from Michaels as he gets up. Michaels battles back to his feet, and runs off the ropes to build up steam … but comes right back into a SLEEPER!!!!!

    Michaels flails his arms wildly in the age-old hold, already worn down by the long beat down at the hands of the Master Craftsmen. Momentarily, Michaels is brought to his knees, but he summons the energy to fight back, trying to will himself to his corner to tag The Game whilst still trapped in the sleeper. The Game stamps the apron, willing Shawn on, with Dinsmore seemingly incapable of stopping HBK at this point!! Michaels reaches, desperately close to The Game, who reaches too … when Haas rushes in, clobbering The Game, sending him off the apron!!!!!

    Boos shower Haas, and Scott Armstrong admonishes him for his blatant cheating … whilst Dinsmore releases the sleeper, but RAKES the eyes of Michaels behind the referees back. As Haas backs out of the ring, Dinsmore puts Michaels down with an impressive GUTBUSTER!!!!! Michaels sells the move like a champion, and Dinsmore hooks the leg once more, 1...2...NO!!! Mocking his own former Eugene persona, Nick Dinsmore gets on his hands and knees, imitating the Junk Yard Dog head butt routine on the mat, with the fans giving Nick heat.

    Dinsmore laughs off the reaction from the fans, and drags Michaels back to his feet, sending him off the ropes, but misses a clothesline, and when Michaels comes back again, The Showstopper FLIES with the trademark forearm!!!!! Both men are down, but Michaels soon NIPS UP to a roar from the fans in Kansas City!!! Instantly, Haas charges the ring to cut off Michaels momentum … SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!!!! Out of nowhere, Michaels delivers Sweet Chin Music to Haas!!!!! Both Dinsmore and Haas are down … and Michaels TAGS IN THE GAME!!!!!

    Triple H gets his second hot tag, and runs right through the recovering Nick Dinsmore with a clothesline, and then a running high knee!!! Haas is rolled out of the ring in the mean time, with Triple H sending Dinsmore into the corner - HARD - and bounces out after impact, right into a Triple H DDT!!! The Game hooks the leg, 1...2...SHOULDER UP!!! Triple H doesn’t stew for long over the kick out, and instead looks to put the finishing touches on the champions, setting up for a PEDIGREE-

    NO!!!! Dinsmore manages to block the arms from being locked up, and he escapes from The Game, rolling out of the ring!!! There’s vicious heat for Dinsmore, and it grows as he TRIES TO WALK OUT!!! Dinsmore waves the match off … but Shawn Michaels has other ideas, gripping Dinsmore and tosses him back inside!!! Nick gets up, shouting at Michaels for interfering, then turns around … into a kick to the gut … and THE PEDIGREE!!!!! It’s surely over!!! The fans pop, thinking the titles are going to change, as The Game hooks the leg; 1...2...FOOT ON THE ROPE!!!

    HAAS GOT DINSMORES FOOT ON THE ROPE!!!!!

    Barely able to stand up himself, Haas saves the titles by just getting his partners foot on the rope at the last possible second!!! The joy is sucked out of the Sprint Centre, and DX even look dejected, as The Game tags Michaels, before making a beeline for the meddling Charlie Haas!!! Michaels meanwhile, climbs up top, soaring with the Picture Perfect Flying Elbow straight to the heart of Dinsmore!!!! Shawn begins to tune up the band - but on the outside, out of Michaels (and the referees) eyeline, Haas WAFFLES Triple H with one of the tag team title belts!!!

    Michaels stomps his foot, waiting for Dinsmore to rise - still unaware of the belt shot Triple H has taken - and as Dinsmore drags himself to his feet, Michaels is STOPPED from hitting Sweet Chin Music, as Haas grabs his foot from the outside!!! Shawn is able to kick Haas off, but it buys Dinsmore time, and as HBK goes for the Sweet Chin Music - Dinsmore is able to duck it!!! HBK spins around, and is tripped by Dinsmore … who APPLIES THE CLOVERLEAF!!!!!

    At the third time of asking, Dinsmore finally applies his submission hold, and he has The Showstopper trapped in the middle of the ring!!! Michaels has nowhere to go, desperately clawing to try and get to the ropes, but Haas hangs onto Dinsmore from the apron, making it impossible for Michaels to shift. It’s looking hopeless for HBK … until TRIPLE H RE-EMERGES … AND BREAKS THE HOLD WITH A DOUBLE A SPINEBUSTER TO DINSMORE!!!!! The Game recovers from the unseen belt shot, taking out Dinsmore … and catches the incoming Haas with a SPINEBUSTER too!!!

    The Game looks for a Pedigree now to Haas, dragging him up, as Michaels picks himself up, setting himself for SWEET CHIN MUSIC on Dinsmore … but as Michaels goes for it, DINSMORE DUCKS - AND MICHAELS KICKS TRIPLE H INSTEAD!!!!!! Michaels takes his own partners head off accidentally!!! Shawn freezes, then slowly puts his hands on his head in shock, with Dinsmore seizing the opportunity with a roll up on Michaels … 1...2... MICHAELS ROLLS THROUGH … 1...2... DINSMORE ROLLS THROUGH AGAIN … and Haas reaches to give his partner leverage this time; 1...2...3!!!!!!!!!!
    Winners: And STILL World Tag Team Champions - The Master Craftsmen @ 20:36

    The champions retain the titles!!! The superior team work is the decisive factor in the end, with Michaels accidentally kicking Triple H, not being aware enough of the surroundings, whilst throughout, it appeared Haas and Dinsmore knew where the other was almost telepathically.

    Haas and Dinsmore escape from the ring, reuniting with their title belts, whilst the Sprint Centre is almost deathly quiet - stunned that DX didn’t win the titles tonight as expected. Michaels sits up in the ring, shaking his head in disappointment; knowing it was his mix-up that proved costly. The Showstopper turns his attention to Triple H, and tries to help his partner back to his feet.

    J.R and Coach go back over the closing moments as replays are shown of the accidental Sweet Chin Music, whilst J.R doesn’t hide his displeasure at Haas cheating to help Dinsmore get the three and stop Michaels from escaping the pin. Haas and Dinsmore disappear out of sight, relieved to retain their titles, as the focus moves to the beaten challengers.

    Michaels and Triple H both look upset at the loss, and appear to be talking over what happened with the Sweet Chin Music mix-up. Michaels appears extremely apologetic toward Hunter, but The Game pats Michaels on the shoulder, accepting what happened as an unfortunate incident.

    The two reunited friends share a hug in the middle of the ring, to a big ovation from the fans, as the “BREAK IT DOWN” theme plays once again. Giving the fans something to cheer for, Triple H and Shawn Michaels give them the ‘iconic’ crotch chops routine, and the classic duo pose; perhaps for the last time as DX, following tonight’s disappointment. J.R puts the two over in defeat, as we fade out…



    ***
    VIDEO PACKAGE

    ~~ A FLAIR FOR THE GOLD ~~
    #01 - KANSAS CITY, MO

    Where it all began. Kansas City versus ‘The American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes. Rhodes has Flair up for a Suplex, but his knees give in, and Flair pins him down to get the three count that started it all… in the same city where it can all come full circle.

    END PACKAGE
    ***



    Backstage, RIC FLAIR is shown, to a huge ovation inside the arena. All set for the main event in just a few minutes time, he’s dressed in a light blue and silver robe; very similar to the robe he wore all the way back in 1981 when he won his first World title in Kansas City.

    The Nature Boy takes a deep breath as he walks the hallway, and MATT STRIKER tries to catch a word with him, asking for Flair’s thoughts - mere moments away from his last ever World Championship opportunity. Flair barely stops for a second, simply to tell Striker; “The time for talk is OVER!! WOO!!”. Flair continues on, focusing on what is about to come…



    CENA -V- FLAIR; VIDEO PACKAGE
    - Soundbites of Ric Flair back in December saying he will retire in 2008, but before he retires he wants one thing; #17.
    - Over the soundbites, clips are shown of Flair being the third last man in the Royal Rumble before being eliminated, and losing to Kurt Angle at WrestleMania.
    - Flair is given a standing ovation at WrestleMania, as it appears he may call it quits there and then.
    - Flair is drafted to Raw, and talks about retiring now - as he realises he wont win that final World title.
    - Enter John Cena. The Man in Black ‘offers’ Flair a shot at the title if he can win a match against … The Miz. But if he loses, Flair retires immediately.
    - Flair - of course - accepts, but he smells a rat; being put up against the biggest joke on the roster. During the match, it becomes evident that Cena wants to humiliate Flair by having him be retired by The Miz, but Christian is the equalizer, giving Flair his shot at immortality at Backlash.
    - Clips from the contract signing and the Playas Club, of both men going back and forth and being personal, including Cena bloodying Flair.
    - The package ends with Ric Flair soundbites from Raw about this being FINAL for him, and clips of as many of his title wins over the years as WWE can get it’s hands on.



    In the arena, a number of fans shout ‘WOOO’, as J.R admits on commentary he has goosebumps right now, and states he may not be impartial during this match, such is his admiration for Flair. HARLEY RACE is shown in the crowd to a big pop from the fans, whilst ARN ANDERSON is also in the front row, with both here to see Flair carry out his quest for #17.

    The fans are made to wait for a few moments, getting restless…

    **ALSO SPRACH ZARATHRUSTRA**

    It’s a standing ovation inside the Sprint Centre for the greatest of all time. Looking emotional, RIC FLAIR takes his time to walk down the aisle, settling himself, composing himself ahead of his last EVER shot at the richest prize in the game. After taking a moment at the bottom of the ramp to drink the moment in, Flair walks around ringside, hugging his family, who are all already tearing up, wishing him luck.

    Slick Ric proceeds up the steps, and into the ring, taking another deep breath before stepping inside. Flair removes his expensive robe, and greets the fans with a WOOO, before bouncing off the ropes, doing some final warm ups, as his music dies down. The odd ‘WOO’ can be heard from fans sprinkled throughout the arena, as the wait begins for the current champion. And Cena purposely makes everyone wait, until…

    **HATE ME NOW**

    The track is apt; the fans really do hate JOHN CENA now. Entering all in black, with his hoodie up, The Champ keeps the title belt raised over his head, and proceeds down the ramp, head down, ignoring the abuse and heckles from the fans that he walks by. In the ring, Flair watches Cena throughout his entrance, as ‘CENA SUCKS’ chants can be heard over the music.

    Cena stops at the bottom of the ramp too, pulling his hoodie down, and peers over at the family of Ric Flair, but doesn’t do anything more at this point. No smirks, no trash talk; all business. The Man in Black slides into the ring, raising the title belt over his head again, trying to say something to the challenger, as Mike Chioda keeps Cena away from Flair.

    The music finally comes to an end, and the big match introductions are handled by Howard Finkel, with both Flair and Cena remaining composed throughout, but the tension inside the arena is unbearable, according to J.R on commentary, with Coach opining that emotions are running high all throughout the Sprint Centre right now. The fans raise their voice one last time as the bell rings for the last ever Ric Flair World Title match; win, lose, or draw…

    World Heavyweight Championship Match:
    John Cena vs. Ric Flair

    Champion and challenger both circle the ring, sizing each other up before locking up, but just as Flair inches closer to tie up with the champion, Cena backs up and stalls, drawing the ire of the fans. Flair takes a step back too, nodding, understanding Cena’s game, trying to unsettle the Hall of Famer. Flair resets himself too, and they circle again, before this time locking up successfully, with Flair instantly aggressive in the clinch, backing Cena up into the corner with little resistance from The Champ.

    Referee Mike Chioda gets a clean break, but as Flair separates, he gives Cena a ‘WOO’, right in his face. Cena smirks, taking a few extra seconds in the corner, watching as Flair struts around the ring, his confidence building early on. The two men circle the ring again, locking up - and again - Flair is the aggressor, backing up Cena into the corner, with Cena - again - not putting up much resistance. Flair is backed out of the corner again by the official - another clean break - and the challenger fakes a punch on the break, but runs his fingers through his hair instead.

    Flair smirks at his own flamboyant actions, and as before, he confidently walks around the ring, feeling good about himself early on. Curiously, Cena smirks too before walking out of the corner, and initiating another lock up … but this time, things are MUCH different, with Cena almost instantly TOSSING Flair into the corner with EASE. Flair’s eyes bug out at the ease in which he was thrown by Cena, as the realisation hits him that Cena let him get the upper hand previously. Cena confirms those fears, being clearly heard to shout in Flairs direction; “I was just playin earlier.”

    The confidence that was flowing through Flair has now been drained completely from him, and the Nature Boy briefly shows a look of concern to his on looking family at ringside. Flair resets himself, muttering to himself as he circles the ring, composing, before reaching in to tie up with The Champ again … but sadly for Flair, he is no match physically for Cena, and The Champ SHOVES Flair down with considerable ease. Cena stands over the challenger; “I told you.” Flair looks up, and gulps ever so slightly, and that look of concern is becoming more evident.

    Again, Flair talks to himself as he gets up by the ropes, with J.R already sounding less enthusiastic about Flairs chances, whilst Coach is talking with an arrogant air of “I told you so” on commentary. Naitch circles the ring, probably trying to rethink his strategy, as Cena looks to lock up again. With the worry clearly troubling Flair, he is reluctant to engage, and naturally begins to retreat … eventually into the corner, and he ends up ducking his head through the ropes to force Cena back. It’s a troublesome sight so early on for Flair, as Coach declares that “Flair is wanting out already.”

    Cena adheres to the referee’s instruction, backing away from Flair at the ropes, with Naitch trying to pull himself together. The fans, who had quietened significantly, try to pick up in voice to support Flair, as he exit’s the corner, circling again … but again, his natural fear of the strength and power from Cena sees Flair gradually back off, and he retreats into the corner again - but as Cena walks him down, Flair quickly ducks under the champion, and unleashes a barrage of knife edge chops on Cena, then WOOOO’s at The Champ - WHO SUDDENLY EXPLODES WITH A VICIOUS CLOTHESLINE!!!!

    The chops had NO EFFECT on Cena seemingly. And Cena shows no mercy to the fifty-nine year old challenger with an almighty clothesline. Cena doesn’t bother to follow up, and instead stands at the ropes, looking out at the fans with a scowl on his face, feeding off the heat, happy to give Flair as long as he wants to get up. Flair looks like he just got ran over by a truck, with a glazed look in his eyes, reaching up at air, before trying to shake the cobwebs loose. Eventually, the challenger grabs the ropes, and pulls himself to his feet, but he barely knows where he is, when Cena rushes him - and clotheslines Flair over the top rope, crashing to the floor.

    Showing no respect for the Hall of Famer, Cena is content for Flair to go out on the ignominy of a count out, not bothering to follow him out of the ring, demanding Chioda make the count. Chioda is initially reluctant, wanting to give Flair a chance, with the challenger struggling to recover on the outside. Chioda gets halfway through the count before Flair even really starts to attempt getting up, with Ric nearly pulling the ring apron off as he drags himself up, beating the count at SEVEN, but he‘s in no condition to take on Cena once he‘s inside.

    Cena shrugs, and drags Flair up, no selling some weak shots from Flair, before sending him - HARD - into the corner, with Flair doing his trademark back bump into the corner, and tumbles out of the ring again upon impact. And again, Cena doesn’t follow Flair out of the ring, demanding Chioda count. The fans boo the actions of Cena, not appreciating his methodical beating on Naitch. Again, Flair is slow to get up, but he refuses to lie down, despite the realisation setting in that he’s in way over his head against a much younger, stronger man … and he drags himself back into the ring at the count of EIGHT.

    This time, Cena has a slight shake of the head, but comes forward, dragging Flair off the canvas, picking Ric up, and DRIVES the challenger into the corner, ramming his shoulder into the gut of Flair, over and over, taking the air out of Flair. The Champ backs up, but storms back to the corner, where Flair gets out of dodge!! Cena hit’s the turnbuckles at speed, and it’s an opening for Flair!! The fans know it too, with the noise rising in hope, as Flair opens up with punches and chops to Cena, trying to soften the champion up. The Nature Boy bounces off the ropes, coming back … RIGHT INTO A SIT OUT HIP TOSS FROM CENA!!!!!

    The Champ cuts the comeback dramatically short, taking the air out of the fans sails, showing no ill effects from of Flairs offence. He makes a cover, 1...2...NO!!! Cena gets back up, and watches as Flair struggles to get to his feet - showing all fifty-nine of his years - and once Flair is in position, Cena strikes again - this time with his patented THROWBACK!!! Cena covers again, 1...2...SHOULDER UP!!!!! Flair wont go down without a fight, but it’s a one-sided beating that’s already becoming hard to watch.

    Cena this time doesn’t simply wait for Flair to get up, and instead drags Ric to his feet, hooking him up, and hoisting him in the air for a suplex … and holds Flair up, displaying his strength. With Flair in the air for the delayed vertical suplex, Cena momentarily takes a moment to rile the fans, shouting ‘WOOOO’ … all the while, holding Flair up in the air … before finally landing the delayed vertical on the Nature Boy!!! Cena takes his time, before getting the lateral press … 1...2...FLAIR ROLLS A SHOULDER!!!!!

    Flair just rolls his shoulder to beat the count, showing guts to continue on. Cena stands up, and shows no respect for his opponent by turning his back on Flair and instead takes time to trash talk with fans in the front row. Unconcerned with the ‘challenge’ he is being presented with, Cena continues to argue with the fans, giving Flair all the time in the world to recover, with J.R getting frustrated on commentary, bellowing for Cena to “get on with it, damn it!! Put the man out of his damn misery!!”

    Eventually, Cena decides to ‘check in’ on the challenger, and spots Flair crawling to the corner, and watches as the Nature Boy looks to dip into his bag of dirty tricks by attempting to remove the top turnbuckle pad. Cena shakes his head and casually walks across the ring, putting a stop to the Dirtiest Player In The Game. Flair closes his eyes in anguish as Cena catches him in the act - his plot foiled, but the challenger refuses to give in, and looks to fight back, chopping at the chest of Cena, and yells in frustration when he realises Cena is shrugging off the best chops Flair has to offer - and sends Flair reeling with ONE big right hand.

    Flair tumbles, with the ropes the only thing keeping him up, and he stumbles straight into the path of Cena - who delivers an effortless release Fisherman on the challenger, and after momentarily considering it, decides AGAINST the cover. The official has already got into position, anticipating the cover, and looks to ask Cena why he isn’t covering … with Cena shaking his head, telling Chioda; “I‘m enjoyin this too much.” Cena stands up, sarcastically asking the fans if they’re enjoying this as much as he is, before responding to their boos with; “I told ya this would happen. You guys picked ANOTHER loser to test me.”

    Cena patiently waits in the corner, watching as Flair struggles to get to his feet, and once Flair does stir, Cena meets him with punishing shots to the kidney area, bringing Flair back to his knees, groaning in agony. Chioda admonishes Cena for the kidney shots, with The Champ apologetically raising his hands, before gripping Flair and effortlessly slams him on the canvas. Flair bounces off the mat, and yells out in pain again, with J.R solemnly - lowly - suggesting the match be stopped at this point, not wanting to see the greatest of all time go out like this.

    The Champ stomps Flair, and drags him back up, again no selling a weak shot from Flair as he tries to fend off Cena, before holding Flair by the hair, looking to the fans, and talks trash to the sad figure of the beaten down old man - and drops him to his knees with a big right hand again!!! Cena stands over Flair, with the desperate Nature Boy beginning to beg off … but Cena isn’t buying the act, knowing the age old Flair trap from this spot … and shakes his head, before kicking Flair right in the face!!!

    It’s eerily quiet in the Sprint Centre, which is witnessing the systematic destruction of the greatest of all time, at the hands of the most hated man on the roster … with Cena showing no signs of letting up, and Flair showing no signs of being able to turn this around either. The Champ brings Flair to his feet, sending him off the ropes, and launches him upon his return with a big back body drop, sending Flair crashing back down onto the mat!!! Flair sits up - again screaming in pain - as J.R reminds everyone of Flairs broken back many moons ago.

    Taking his time, Cena reaches down, slowly bringing Flair back to his feet, before sending Flair HARD into the corner!! Naitch bounces out, right back into the path of Cena, who sends Flair HARD into the opposite corner … and meets Flair again as he bounces out, sending him back across the ring, HARD, into the corner. Flair staggers from the corner … and flops - like only Flair can - to the mat, flat on his face; cutting a pathetic sight. Even Coach - as cocky as he has been - admits this is getting hard to watch, as Cena stands over Flair, motioning to the fans with his arms; it‘s over.

    Cena turns his attention from the fans, and looks back down at Flair beneath him, and spots Ric trying to pull something from his tights. Cena doesn’t react straight away and waits, watching to see what Flair is trying to do, and smirks - before shaking his head - as he spots Flair sneaking a chain from his trunks. Cena looks to the fans, pointing down at Flair, affording himself a chuckle, before putting his foot on the wrist of Flair … foiling another trick. Flair knows he’s been caught, and releases the chain, being heard to shout “FUCK” on camera in frustration.

    Everything is going wrong for Flair, as Cena picks the chain up, still standing over the Hall of Famer - ignoring Chioda’s demands to put the chain down - and tells Flair; “The act is old. I know every trick you got, old man.” Cena then tosses the chain aside; he certainly doesn’t need it. The Champ stomps the beaten down challenger, calling him pathetic, before dragging Flair up, putting him on his shoulders for an FU … but before he does, he takes the time to turn to each side of the ring to rub it in the fans faces, shouting “I TOLD YOU SO”…

    But Flair wont go down without a fight!!!!! Despite being completely overmatched, Flair wont give up!!! And the 16 times champion furiously elbows the side of Cenas head to try and escape the FU, frantically trying to get off The Champs shoulders. J.R yells on commentary; “WHERE IN THE HELL IS HE GETTING THIS FROM???” as Flairs elbows do the trick, and he manages to get off Cenas shoulders, and as soon as Flair is on his feet, he opens up with knife edge chops on The Champ, again giving the fans some momentary hope.

    This time, the chops at least have some effect on Cena, and Flair looks to run off the ropes … but as he takes off, Cena runs after him, and meets Slick Ric at the ropes as soon as he hits him, DRIVING a knee, deep into the gut of the challenger!! Cena takes the wind out of Flair literally, and he takes the wind out of the fans sails, killing another brief moment of momentum. Cena follows up, and delivers his trademark Blue Thunder Bomb on Flair, this time covering, no longer playing with the challenger, just wanting to put the match to bed; 1...2...FLAIR KICKS OUT!!!!

    J.R cant believe what is keeping Flair going, given the one sided beating he has taken, but still, Flair is determined to go out on his shield … and he may regret his fighting spirit, because it’s starting to annoy Cena. The Champ has a snarl as he gets back up, and shakes his head, grabbing Flair by the hair, and THROWS him through the ropes, to the outside, and doesn’t waste time following him out - looking to really punish Flair now for having the temerity to not just stay down.

    The Champ picks Flair up, and rams him into the apron, then rams him into the barrier, before tossing the legend into the steps!! There, Cena pounds Flair furiously, not letting up at all, before rolling in the ring, then back out - breaking the count to continue the assault. Cena hip tosses Flair on the floor, and then grabs Naitch by the legs, looking back over his shoulder at the ring post … and CATAPULTS Flair into the ring post!!!!! Flair hit’s the post - face first - and flops to the floor again as the camera cuts to Cena for a moment, then back to Flair … who has been BUSTED WIDE OPEN off the catapult!!

    And not for one moment, does Cena show any compassion. Flair is bleeding profusely already, it’s a deep gash, and Cena compounds the agony, standing over Flair and pounding the forehead, turning Flairs hair red, and making Flair a bloody mess. The Champ drags Flair up, bouncing his head off the apron, and then bounces the challengers head off the announce table, telling J.R to “get a good look at the old man” … before Cena takes it too far, by bringing Flair in front of his family.

    Cena holds up Flair, with his daughters in tears at the sight of the bloodied up father, and David having to restrain young Reid, who takes a swing at Cena that misses. Cena holds up the defenceless Flair, and pounds the open gash, right in front of Flairs family, before flicking his hands at the two boys, splattering their fathers blood on their clothing. Chioda berates Cena, demanding he bring it back inside, and Cena obliges, having had his fun, and rolls Flair back into the ring.

    The Man in Black gets back in, and mounts his bloody challenger, hammering at the blood soaked face of Flair, who offers no resistance, as J.R mutters on commentary that he cant watch much more of this, asking “what will it take to stop the damn match!?” Cena stands up, and taunts the fans, holding up his bloody hands - Flairs blood - and shouts at the quiet crowd; “Looks like I got another one right!!” alluding to his prediction that Flair would bleed tonight.

    Cena turns his attention back to the sad sight of a claret soaked Ric Flair, on his knees, muttering lowly. Cena narrows his eyes, trying to hear what Flair is saying, and looks to Chioda, asking; “is he giving up?? What‘s he saying??” Cena walks toward the challenger, curious, trying to hear what Flair is saying, reaching down, telling Flair to speak up … as Flair RAKES THE EYES!!! The fans pop … but only for a matter of seconds. Cena is only briefly affected by the rake of the eyes, and he takes a few steps back to recover, with Flair in no position to follow up anyway.

    Flair crawls away to the corner, as Cena clears his eyes, watching as Flair pathetically tries to pull himself to his feet in the corner following a solid fifteen minute assault. Cena smirks, shouting across the ring at Flair; “was that the best you got, Ric?? Nice try.” Boldly, Flair slowly raises his two middle fingers at Cena, drawing a scowl from The Champ, enraged by Flairs defiance, and Cena charges in at Flair in the corner … with Flair grabbing Chioda, and getting out of dodge - AS CENA CRUSHES THE REFEREE IN THE CORNER!!!!!

    Cena takes out Chioda, and before he has a chance to get out of the corner, Cena eats a LOW BLOW!!!!! Flair instantly low blows Cena, and not even The Champ can no-sell a nut shot!!!!! Suddenly, the fans have hope, as Flair SOMEHOW summons another gear, and dives in on Cena as he gets back up - CHOP BLOCK to Cena, bringing him right back down!!!!! Cena winces in agony, but looks to push through the shooting pain from the chop block. The Champ pushes himself up … but Flair soccer kicks the leg from under Cena putting him right back down!!!!!

    “COME ON, RIC!!!” bellows J.R, unable to hide his favouritism tonight, cheering on Flair, as The Nature Boy delves into his arsenal, destroying the leg of Cena, stomping it, yanking it, and sets the leg on the middle rope before leaping up and crashing his weight down on the leg!!!!! Cena looks to be in trouble, looking in serious anguish, as Flair keeps on like a dog with a bone, dragging Cena by the bad leg to the apron, and swings the leg around the ring post, RAMMING the leg off the post!!!!!

    Flair pushes a cameraman aside, going into full ‘Crazy’ Flair mode, and picks up a steel chair, taking full advantage of the referee bump, and WHACKS the chair off the leg of John Cena; RIGHT AGAINST THE RING POST!!!!! Right out of Flairs famous win over Vader in ‘93 with the chair shot, Flair cracks the chair off the bad wheel again for good measure!!! Cena rolls away in agony, and Flair throws the chair down, and wipes the blood from his face, before grabbing the World Title belt from the timekeepers table!!!!

    With the big gold belt in his possession, Flair walks back up the steps into the ring, swearing and shouting like a mad man as he wills Cena to his feet. The Champ can barely put any weight on his leg, and looks incredibly concerned as he drags himself up on the ropes, with J.R proclaiming; “I DON’T CARE WHAT YOUR NAME IS - NO ONE LEGGED MAN IS GONNA WIN AN ASS KICKIN CONTEST!!!” … as Flair winds up his shot, with Cena peeling off the ropes … AND TAKES A TITLE BELT SHOT; RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES!!!!!!!!!

    “HE‘S GONNA DO IT!!! BAH GAWD, RIC FLAIR IS GONNA DO IT!!!” Jim Ross cant contain himself, as Flair lays out Cena, and starts to try and revive the referee … and there’s a HUGE pop … as CHARLES ROBINSON comes SPRINTING down the ramp!!!!! Never has a referee been so popular, as Flair sees his mini-Naitch coming, and drops down, covering Cena, with Robinson sliding in, making the RIDICULOUSLY QUICK count …

    1!!!
    2!!!!!!!
    … CENA KICKS OUT!!!!!!!!!!

    NOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! There’s an audible groan as Cena gets a shoulder up - despite the belt shot, despite the quick count - Flair couldn’t put Cena away. Flair looks in anguish at the kick out, hands on his face, blurting out a series of ‘Fuck’s in despair, unable to get over the kick out from Cena. The Nature Boy has to regroup, composing himself, before struggling back to his feet - the sudden adrenaline rush now wearing off - as he backs Cena up into the corner, opening up with chops and right hands.

    Flair looks around, and see Robinson tending to Chioda, and takes advantage of the lack of an official; BITING Cena in the corner, and snap mares Cena out, then RAKES the eyes again (with more gusto than earlier), before mocking Cena with the “You Cant See Me” taunt as Cena covers his face. Flair bounces off the ropes, and kicks Cena square in the jaw, before strutting around the ring!!! Flair is feeling it; feeling the momentum is all in his favour now, and he drops a knee on the face of Cena, softening him up, before going back to the leg again!!!

    Cena reaches as Flair yanks the limb, with The Champ seriously hurt, groaning in agony, with Flair attacking the leg, before shaping up for the famous FIGURE FOUR LEG LOCK … but as he turns to lock it on - CENA KICKS FLAIR AWAY with his good leg … WITH FLAIR HURTLING RIGHT INTO CHARLES ROBINSON; another referee is down!!!!! Robinson tumbles out of the ring, and Flair appears to have run out of adrenaline after the counter, as he sits on his knees for a long period - having exerted so much energy in the last few minutes after a LONG beating.

    But it’s a promising sight for Flair, as Cena can BARELY put ANY weight on his bad wheel, having to lean on the ropes, looking seriously concerned at the condition of his leg; shaking his head and limping badly. However, Cena eyes the title belt, and limps toward it - showing his own desperation now with the injured leg surely not going to hold up much longer - grabbing his gold, but as he picks it up, MIKE CHIODA - albeit worse for wear - is back up, and stops Cena in his tracks!!!

    Chioda takes the belt, as Cena argues that Flair used it on him, but Chioda takes the belt, and as he turns away to hand it back outside the ring - Flair LOW BLOWS Cena AGAIN!!!!! Cena clutches his nuts, and Flair follows up, RAMMING Cena into the earlier exposed turnbuckle!!!!!! Flair then drops down and gets Cena down with a school boy roll up … PUTTING HIS FEET ALL OVER THE ROPES … with Chioda now back in position … making the count; not seeing the feet on the ropes at all…

    1!!!
    2!!!!!!!
    KICK OUT!!!!!!!!!!

    NO!!!!! Heartbreak again for Flair!!!!! More profanity from Flair, wondering what else he has to do to keep Cena down. Naitch lies down on the canvas, exhausted from the effort he has exerted, as Cena tries to power through the pain barrier to reach his feet, gritting his teeth as he pulls himself up on the ropes, telling Chioda as he approaches him; “My leg is gone, man.” To his credit, and despite his change in attitude, Cena is still a man that wont quit, but Flair is in the driving seat now.

    Flair gets back up, and he meets Cena with three consecutive chops, then ducks a wild swing from Cena, before planting a big right of his own, straight to the kisser of Cena. Flair slams Cena to the mat, and comes back off the ropes, dropping a knee on The Champ. Flair takes a good look around the arena, and decides to go for it all - BY CLIMBING THE TURNBUCKLES!!! Flair climbs to the top rope, waiting for Cena to climb back off the canvas … and once he has, FLAIR FLIES WITH A TOP ROPE CROSS BODY … CAUGHT BY CENA - AND HOISTED ONTO CENAS SHOULDERS … FU-

    NO!!!!!

    CENA’S KNEE BUCKLES!!!!!!


    Cena cant cope with the strain, and Flair IMMEDIATELY takes advantage, kicking the leg out from under Cena … grabbing it, and APPLIES THE FIGURE FOUR LEG LOCK!!!!! The most famous hold of them all is locked on, and Cena is in a WORLD of hurt!!! J.R puts the submission over like it’s the most deadly hold ever invented, putting over how Flair perfected it, and the six pressure points the Figure Four targets. Flair - his blood soaked face - yells at The Champ to quit, as Cena calls out in agony, flailing his arms, before his shoulders fall on the mat; 1...2...CENA SITS UP!!! But he’s still trapped!!!

    Flair begins to pull out all the tricks in the book, pulling on the ropes when the referee isn’t looking, as the fans will on Cena to tap out and give them the moment they came for, and Cena seemingly contemplates quitting as Chioda asks him if he wants to give in … but The Champ shakes his head defiantly, before attempting to overpower Flair and turn the hold over!!! Cena is too strong for Flair, who valiantly tries to prevent the submission being turned over - Flair knows it could be his last hope in this match … but Cena DOES turn the hold over!!!

    The figure four is reversed, but Flair is instantly able to grab a hold of the bottom rope and force a break. Cena clutches his leg, whilst the bloody, battered Flair catches his breath; it’s simply a war of attrition now!!! The fans look to support the Nature Boy, and Flair wipes the blood from his face again, meeting Cena in the middle of the ring; eye to eye, both in a world of pain for different reasons, and the two men begin to trade blows right in the centre of the ring!!!

    “BOO” greets each shot from Cena … “YAY” greets each shot from Flair; it’s blow for blow in the middle of the ring!!! Flair is somehow still standing, valiantly standing toe to toe with the World Heavyweight Champion - opting occasionally to chop Cena instead of punching - but despite the cheers from the fans, the fifty nine year old challenger just cant keep up - his tank is near empty, and eventually, Flairs blows lack the bite they had earlier. Cena is soon able to shrug off the weakening shots from Flair, while he - even on one leg - is still able to put power behind his own shots.

    Flair eventually stops throwing anything at all, literally he has NOTHING left to give, bowing his head; completely spent. Flair himself appears to be accepting he cant beat Cena, calling Cena on to finish the job … with Cena taking a chance to savour the moment, towering over the challenger, smirking, knowing he has the Hall of Famer beaten… when Flair defiantly looks up with his crimson mask, and SLAPS the taste out of Cena’s mouth!!! It’s the last act of a proud man … as Cena immediately responds, lifting Flair up and instantly delivers a thunderous FU!!!

    Cena doesn’t give his leg time to give out, but after the FU is executed, The Champ sells the leg for a few moments … before roughly turning Flair over … and applying the STFU!!!!! No mercy from Cena, no compassion; he could’ve pinned Flair, but he wants to make the greatest EVER tap out. Cena cranks back on the hold … as the bloody, battered Ric Flair is finally beaten … AND AFTER JUST A FEW SECONDS, FLAIR MEEKLY TAPS THE MAT - SUBMITTING TO CENA!!!!! Flair’s dream of Number Seventeen is officially … dead.
    Winner: And STILL World Heavyweight Champion - John Cena @ 23:57

    Cena releases the hold, leaving Flair a bloody heap on the canvas - the blood soaked canvas - as an exhausted J.R talks about the emotions everyone has just gone through in this incredible rollercoaster match up, where it looked as if Flair would do the impossible at one point … but it just wasn’t to be.

    Even in victory, John Cena cant be humble though - Cena takes his title belt, and points at Flair, telling Chioda to “get that old man outta my ring!!”, not willing to give Flair the chance to soak up a standing ovation for his efforts - wanting the spotlight for himself.

    Chioda - with help from Robinson on the outside - helps Ric Flair out of the ring under the bottom rope, as the two referees help Flair to stand (and hand the man a towel to wipe his face), leading him to his emotional family unit, who embrace The Nature Boy, regardless of the blood pouring from his face.

    In the ring, Cena takes centre stage, holding the title up above his head defiantly, with J.R calling The Champ “classless” by not letting Flair have the moment in the ring. Cena hobbles toward the ropes, still in agonizing pain from the assault on his leg by Flair, as he struggles to leave the ring, as we get another shot of the emotional Ric Flair and the Flair family - where there isn’t a dry eye between them. J.R closes the show, disgusted with Cena before ending;

    “… And in the same city Ric Flairs World Championship odyssey began … it has come to an end … but not the end many of us hoped for. Ric Flair gave his mind, body and soul tonight in search of the ultimate storybook ending … but ultimately, it wasn’t enough. John Cena will leave Backlash as World Heavyweight Champion, but it will be the gallant performance from Ric Flair on this night that will live long in the memory. Goodnight everybody.”

    END OF SHOW
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    Well, this show was a freaking hoot.

    Absolutely brilliant main event. I was sure that you'd go the route of Flair winning #17, but it was not to be. As if he wasn't before, now Cena is a mega-heel, having retired Ric Flair in such a merciless fashion. The ending of the PPV really hit its high notes and was perfect in all the wrong ways instead of having the fairytale storybook ending. Captivating shit.

    Was pleasantly surprised with The Master Craftsmen retaining in the end as well. I guess this looks like it maaaaaay be the last time we see them so this wound up being a one-off, which should prove interesting to see where these two go next. As if they weren't before, the Craftsmen are made men now after pinning DX, even if it was in dirty fashion. So the elevation for them continues on.

    Was a bit surprised too that Christian fell to Umaga... and maybe I'm the only one who's a little skeptical that the hooded figure with the pipe was Cena. Maybe I'm overthinking it, but it's just too easy to think that it was him. With a few months to go until SummerSlam, I don't know if you're going to immediately jet to Cena-Christian. Who it could be? I'm not sure. Again, might be overthinking it, but I have a weird hunch that the person with the pipe wasn't Cena.

    The win for Angle probably doesn't give Albright any harm here. Kurt does, after review, need a big W as he heads on to be the #1 contender on SmackDown! so it probably makes sense for him to get this dub. The finish helps Brent's cause as well, in all likelihood.

    Everything else, for me at least, went about as expected. Punk getting the IC Title, Benjamin getting the W over Henry and Gail retaining were all the right moves.

    Looking forward to Raw, whenever it comes, Wolf Man. You've still got it.

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    Hello, I'm almost caught up. currently on the third chapter very good so far, I'm intrigued about you booking and looking forward to see what your plans are.

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    First off, as a follower of this booker from the other forum, I want to say that this show was amazing, as has the rest of your BTB.

    The Angle vs Albright match was my MOTN. A very well written match with perfect storytelling. The right result happened with Angle winning.

    The Christian vs Umaga was also a very good match. It kept Umaga looking strong while also building a new storyline. I cannot wait to see who the "fan" is!

    DX losing was a huge suprise, but it put the Master Craftsmen over huge.

    Finally, the Main Event was exceptional. It had passion, emotion and storytelling all in one, and it proved to be great. JR's line right at the end was a very well written piece, and added much to the PPV, although it was a small piece of it.

    Overall, a wonderful PPV again. 9/10!

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    Re: Being The Booker

    A little shocked you went with Rhodes and Doane on the pre show. I don’t know why but they just never really crossed my mind as winners in the contest, but I guess this shows that you plan on giving them quite a push. As I think I mentioned in my predictions, or at least I was supposed to, I’m glad you didn’t pull the trigger on AMW straight away. They need to do something noteworthy before getting a shot, imo.

    As usual with you, an immaculately written video package to open up Backlash. It’s based all around Cena because it SHOULD be. As fun as this Flair run has been, it’s almost just filler for Cena, which is why I enjoyed him getting all of the attention here. Also marked at reliving that Summerslam moment where the fan turned their back on Cena, genius stuff from you.

    When I initially saw Benji/Henry as the opener I wasn’t so sure about it, but considering the match went the opposite to what I predicted, it made sense. It was just a solid contest, with typical big man offense from Henry, as he dominated early, only for Benji to find a way to win at the end. Whilst I think this means Henry won’t be filling the void left by Lesnar on SD, he didn’t necessarily lose a lot. He barely got knocked off of his feet until right near the end of the match. :lmao at Benjamin being given a finish previously used by Buff Bagwell. Still, it’s a pretty cool visual. As per usual, the writing was top class in the opener, and right man went over to get the crowd going. The only thing I thought was missing was I would have liked for Benji to get his hands on Teddy Long. I know there was the collision with Henry and Long, but I feel a better blow off would have been Benji getting to land a shot instead. Besides that though, a very good opener to get the show rolling.

    KOTR needs to hurry up and get here. The rules regarding entry are awesome as well, no former champs. It means the tournament will be used for exactly what it SHOULD be used for, putting over new talent. Great stuff.

    Another pretty solid match up next as this one felt as if you followed the standard WWE formula of having one competitor outside of the ring at most times. You had a few nice triple threat spots littered throughout, with the Electric Chair Drop Kick, and especially putting over Phoenix with the Double Suplex. I guess I was a little shocked to see McCool get so much offense on Gail early, but that’s not really a bad thing. Gail had her fair sure of offense against Phoenix to, whereas I was more expecting Beth to absolutely dominate. The ending was exactly what I was expecting though, McCool takes the fall and Phoenix will get to continue her epic chase of Gail. Looking forward to seeing how this progresses as it has been a favourite angle of mine lately, good work.

    More Flair video package goodness, nice. The limo and Flair rolling up with his family was done well. You really know how to add to a situation, feels extremely important tonight.

    Pretty standard promo from The Master Craftsmen. Hyping their matches tonight but I’m more excited of what will happen moving into the summer based off of what Albright said.

    Albright/Angle is the match I was probably most excited of, just because these two are technical beasts. I enjoyed the opening with the mat wrestling contest, and as expected, Angle gets the best of Albright to get his frustration. After being beaten to the punch, Albright using the ref to get the advantage was done well. After the arm work, the constant reversals of the German Suplexes was an AWESOME sequence. As things were picking up with submission moves exchanged, I was happy you kept going back to Angle struggling with his arm, good psychology. The Belly to Belly spot to the floor as well as the missed Moonsaults were highlights. The ending sequences with so many different reversals, especially with the Crowbar and Ankle Lock were all done really well. From a booking standpoint, I thought this result makes perfect sense as well. Albright doesn’t lose much, only losing due to his own cockiness, and Angle gets the win he needs heading into his title shot. This one was a master class in match writing, brilliant stuff.

    Judgment Day should be fun.

    Beth wanting the shot only for Natalya to get it tomorrow night continues the chase storyline. Natalya/Phoenix have had some interesting interactions over the past couple of weeks as well. Good segment, good progression.

    Brutal match here between Christian and Umaga. One thing I commend you on is turning away from the temptation of making this a complete spot fest. The early stages with Christian using psychology to piss of ‘Mags was done well. As usual, Umaga looked beastly, dealing with all of that punishment and JR comparing him to Jason and what not was epic. Brilliant. The spots that come through were all done pretty well, and it’s convenient that the fan with the pipe was dressed in all black, considering what Cena is wearing in the Backlash graphic. Very good booking to get Umaga a much needed win, whilst keeping Christian chasing Cena, but still being a win or two off another shot. All around good stuff, a very fun brawl to read.

    FLAIR! WOOOOOOO!

    Punk’s line when walking past Christian on the stretcher was fantastic. I love the arrogance of Punk. The attack from Hardy, attempting to avoid the DQ stipulation by getting in his licks before the match was great psychology. Hardy is giving Punk a taste of his own medicine. The match was a solid one although I am hoping there is better ones in the future between these two. Whether on PPV or an episode of Raw, these two have a twenty minute solid match in them, to be honest. Punk weathering the storm early before coming back was solid enough. The real fun parts for this match was Punk trying to goad Hardy into using a weapon on him. The admitting of the attack was sensational, as was Punk using Helms’ Shining Wizard earlier in the match. Tremendous psychology and the ending sort of gives Hardy an out. I fully expect this feud to continue, but Punk’s character continues to be booked to perfection. This one probably wasn’t really about the in ring action and it was probably my favourite thing of the night so far.

    Rhodes and Doane are obviously happy with their win, but the big thing here was the interaction with Goldust. Looking forward to seeing what this continued running down of Goldust leads to. Will Dustin actually make a return?

    The Miz continues to be fun with his Hardcore challenge, and whilst that doesn’t occur tonight, he still has an integral role to take. Epic segment here with DX interrupting, only for Miz to bring up Kennedy. The interaction was brilliant and makes me further believe Hunter will eventually become a heel in this feud. Using Miz as Kennedy’s messenger here though was epic, loved it.

    Damn! Tag title match got some serious time. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised considering Triple H and Shawn Michaels are involved. Considering this match went for twenty minutes, I like the fact you changed things up with a few hot tags, and Michaels actually got beaten down a few times. The one thing I disliked was Dinsmore making a reference to his Eugene character, I just didn’t feel like it was needed. Don’t like it. Cheap heat maybe, but he isn’t a joke anymore and should just forget that chapter. Still, the false finish with Haas just getting Dinsmore’s foot on the ropes was pretty fun. In the end, a pretty solid tag match and a HUGE victory for The Master Craftsmen. On a personal note, I certainly thought this was the correct decision booking wise as well. I’m intrigued to see whether DX will stay together for another couple of months until KK returns, or whether you’ve got something else in mind for Triple. Either way, good stuff as per usual.

    One more Flair video plus the short interview, because this is supposed to be all about him... Even though it’s not really.

    Before I get onto the actual match itself, I love the fact that Cena was still wearing his black hoody heading into the match. Unlike previous, where he was pretending, the real John Cena almost wants you to know he was the fan who hit Cena... Or at least that’s what he wants us to think.

    Epic main event, easily the show stealer just for the emotion involved. In all honesty, maybe I’m a little sadistic but my favourite parts of the match were the Cena dominance throughout the beginning and middle. The way he beat Flair senseless, move after move, without any resistance was written so well. Even the way he was ready for Flair’s tricks. Obviously Flair was eventually going to have a run though, and you wrote it so well. I marked for the mini Naitch reference, as how fitting would it be that he was the man to make the count for number seventeen. Flair had to bleed as well because it wouldn’t be a big time Flair match without a blade job. Cena in the end is to good, and what was telling was how he crushed Flair mentally. The greatest of all time basically gave up at the end. Honestly, the story this match told was second to none, such an awesome match to end a brilliant night.

    Aftermath and JR’s sign off was epic as well.

    Where do I start, Wolfy. You continue to amaze me. It’s only a matter of time until you win awards on this forum as well, because you are clearly the best to ever book. Backlash was a sensational read, not one even slightly bad, unimportant match on the card. Writing was on point as per usual, and I agreed with virtually all of the booking decisions. Fantastic PPV, GOAT.





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    Raw Re: Being The Booker

    Thanks for all the comments for Backlash, greatly appreciated. Just to clear one thing up; there wasn't meant to be much speculation over the 'mystery' attacker that took out Christian - there's no swerve coming, it was John Cena. No time for a preview; here's Raw...
















     

    Monday Night Raw | April 28 2008 | St. Louis, MO



    Still images of last nights main event at Backlash, where Ric Flair challenged John Cena for the World Heavyweight Championship. Despite taking a one sided beating for the majority of the match, and bleeding profusely, Flair managed to make a gallant comeback, using every trick in his arsenal - but ultimately, it wasn’t enough to claim an unprecedented Seventeenth World Championship, with Cena recovering to see off Flairs challenge; his last EVER shot at a World Championship, making the Nature Boy tap to the STFU.


    Opening Video


    PYRO


    The camera pans around the arena as the Raw theme ‘Fast Fuse’ by Kasabian plays, showing a plethora of fans signs inside the Scottrade Centre, before we hear from a very hoarse J.R…

    Jim Ross: Twenty four hours on from the emotional rollercoaster that was Backlash, Monday Night Raw is live and on the air!!! I’m Jim Ross, joined as always by The Coach, and folks, please apologise my voice tonight - it truly was an emotional rollercoaster at Backlash for yours truly.

    The Coach: I’m surprised you’re even here, J.R. Did you cry yourself to sleep last night after Ric Flair lost?? No Seventeenth world title - no happy ending. Not with THE CHAMP, John Cena around!!

    Jim Ross: {Dejected} You can say that again. There certainly was no happy ending in Kansas City last night for The Nature Boy. And as I understand it, Ric Flair isn’t here tonight - he spent a number of hours in a local medical facility following an unbelievable amount of blood loss. And truthfully, I don’t know if we’ll ever see Ric Flair again after that heartbreaking defeat at Backlash.

    The Coach: It wasn’t just Ric Flair that failed to get that storybook ending last night though - how about D-Generation X, J.R?? FAILED in their quest to win the World Tag Team Championships from The Master Craftsmen. Matt Hardy?? FAILED to get some revenge for his buddy Greg Helms and lost his Intercontinental title to CM Punk. And Christian?? FAILED to beat the Samoan Bulldozer, Umaga!!

    Jim Ross: Well, there’s a lot more to that situation, Coach. Christian was assaulted by a so-called fan when it appeared he had Umaga beaten. Only, if ya ask me, it was no fan, it was our beloved World Champion, John Cena.

    The Coach: That’s outrageous.

    Jim Ross: We’ll get into all of that a little later on, but tonight, we’ve got two new Superstars arriving from Smackdown, as the draft season continues. Who will be the two latest additions to the Monda-


    **HATE ME NOW**

    The Nas theme is greeted by heat from the fans, with John Cena making his way out through the curtain very gingerly, title raised aloft over his head, but noticeably limping.


    Jim Ross: And as you can see, John Cena did not come out of that title defence unscathed. It wasn’t the walk in the park he thought it would be, and Ric Flair severely punished the left leg of The Champ last night at Backlash. You can see just how badly Cena was hurt.


    The Coach: But what matters is that he came out of Backlash with the gold. And he certainly did.

    Ignoring the audience, ‘The Man in Black’ has tunnel vision as he limps down the aisle, keeping the richest prize in the game above his head, and carefully climbs into the ring, wincing in pain as he steps inside.

    Jim Ross: John Cena didn’t even have the decency to let Ric Flair have the ring at the end of last nights Pay Per View. Despite it being Flairs last ever title match - potentially his last match ever - John Cena didn’t see fit to give the greatest of all time even the slightest bit of respect.

    The Coach: Respect isn’t a currency that John Cena deals in. He won the match, he earned the right to do whatever he wanted, and he wanted to have the ring to himself. He didn’t owe Flair a thing - he gave him his shot, didn’t he?? I think that’s more than generous if you ask me.

    Jim Ross: Don’t give me that - John Cena gave Ric Flair the opportunity because he wanted to stick it to the fans that wanted to see Flair go out at the very top!! That wasn’t out of the goodness of his heart.

    The Coach: Ssshhh, J.R!! The Champ wants to speak!!

    In the ring, Cena listens to the boos all around the Scottrade Centre, and eventually just talks over the fans…

    John Cena:
    This is becoming a monthly thing now … but … I told you so.

    Heat. Cena shrugs, having said the exact same thing four weeks ago after retaining the title against Christian at WrestleMania.

    John Cena: You people didn’t have a great night last night, did ya?? All those heroes you got behind … looked like they all came up short at Backlash. Flair … DX … heard even my old buddy Christian had a stroke of bad luck too.

    More boos from the fans for Cena after the dig at Christian, with everyone knowing Cena was the ‘fan’ that attacked him last night. Cena soaks up the atmosphere, and takes a look around the arena.

    John Cena: I’m seein a lot of disappointed faces tonight. In the back, in the crowd … even at ringside…

    Cena turns his attention to J.R at ringside. The Champ leans on the ropes, eyeballing the lead commentator.

    John Cena: Hey J.R, how ya doin??

    J.R nods, saying nothing. Cena looks at the audience, pointing at J.R.

    John Cena: Ric Flairs biggest cheerleader right there. The so-called voice of the WWE … openly rooting against the franchise player.

    The Champ scoffs. He turns away, and addresses the fans again.

    John Cena: He aint the only one - how about Charles Robinson. You know who that is?? The referee that wants to BE Ric Flair?? How about him tryin to fast count me last night??

    Some cheers from the fans, and Cena shakes his head.

    John Cena: They all wanted to see Ric Flair knock me off. YOU all wanted to see Ric Flair hold this title one last time.

    Patting the belt, Cena draws a few more boos from the fans.

    John Cena:
    I bet there was a point last night where y’all thought Flair was gonna pull it off, right?? Like some Rocky movie?? The old man beatin the big bad wolf, and the celebration - fireworks, streamers, confetti - the works. And they had that all set.

    Cena points to the stage to indicate the WWE hierarchy.

    John Cena: Oh yeah, they had it all good to go. The brass were ready to go all out for The Nature Boy hittin lucky number seventeen. If Ric Flair had beaten me last night, you woulda seen a celebration to end all celebrations. Ric’s family woulda got in the ring, the locker room woulda emptied and put the man on their shoulders, with all the fireworks shootin off in the background and not a dry eye in the house…

    The Champ pauses.

    John Cena: Yeah, well this aint Hollywood. This is the WWE, and I run the show!!! And for as long as I’m THE CHAMP, there aint gonna be NO happy endings!!! Not for Flair, not for HBK, not for little Rey Rey and sure as hell not for Christian. And there’s NOTHIN any of you can do about it!!!

    Heat. A ‘CENA SUCKS’ chant begins to gain steam, and The Champ acknowledges it.

    John Cena: Tellin me I suck, when twenty four hours ago, I beat the so-called greatest of all time?? An I didn’t just beat Ric Flair … I battered the man. People have gone to jail for less. I beat that old worthless Horseman to a bloody pulp. And I suck??

    The Champ listens to the boos, then nonchalantly shrugs.

    John Cena:
    I back up every single thing I say I’m gonna do. Every promise I make, I keep. I said I’d beat Christian like a dog at WrestleMania, and that’s exactly what I did. I said Ric Flair would bleed, sweat and pay the price for steppin up to The Champ, and that’s exactly what he did!! I said there’d be tears in his eyes, beggin me to stop, and that old man cried and he cried … and not a single tear was in joy.

    Ungodly heat now for Cena.

    John Cena: Boo me!! Go on and boo me outta the damn building. Boo yourselves - you people chose this. You chose against me. And every single person you choose to step up to me is gonna end up the same way. I aint punishin them because I don’t like ‘em - I’m punishing YOU PEOPLE for not choosing me!!!

    Cena pauses, listening to the heat inside the arena.

    John Cena: And it’s the best damn thing you people ever did for me!!!

    Cena gauges the reaction and nods.

    John Cena: So who next?? Who are you people gonna get behind next?? Who do you people wanna see punished this time?? Beaten down, bloodied up, WHO are you people gonna give that honour to??

    The Champ looks around, waiting for a response of some kind from the fans, looking for an answer.

    John Cena: How about I pick again?? Worked out pretty nice last time, right?? Ranjin Singh wont mind. So, who do you want?? Is there anyone left??

    **AINT NO STOPPIN ME**

    Surprisingly, it’s SHELTON BENJAMIN that’s interrupting John Cena. It’s a loud pop for the Black Diamond, louder than usual - moreso down to Benjamin interrupting Cena, with Shelton making his way down the ramp, as Cena has a bemused look on his face, also surprised at who is interrupting him…

    Jim Ross:
    Well, this IS unexpected. Shelton Benjamin though, is as well placed as anybody on the Raw roster to challenge John Cena. He’s twenty four hours removed from a stunning victory over Mark Henry at Backlash, overcoming all the odds to do so!!!

    The Coach: But he has no right to be out here!!!

    Jim Ross: Why not?? John Cena made the challenge!! He wanted to know who would step up next to challenge him - and it appears Shelton Benjamin is willing to accept!!!

    Benjamin climbs into the ring, with Cena stepping back, wanting to hear what the Black Diamond has to say.

    Shelton Benjamin: If you’re looking for a challenge, Cena. You don’t need to look much further, because I’m right here.

    Pop.

    Shelton Benjamin: And I’ll gladly take a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship.

    Another pop, as Shelton points at the title on Cena’s shoulder.

    John Cena: Slow down there, champ. When I said I’ll pick my next challenger, I wasn’t opening the doors to just anyone comin out here and askin for a shot … I was talkin about guys with … something about ‘em. Guys that have been there before and done it.

    Benjamin rolls his eyes at the dig.

    John Cena: How many World Title shots have you had, son??

    Shelton Benjamin: Not enough. And I’m due.

    Cena shakes his head, disagreeing with Shelton.

    John Cena: Aint due nothin, jack. Fact is, you aint had opportunities at this, because you aint cut out for it.

    Heat. Cena pauses, waiting for the fans to die down before addressing Shelton again.

    John Cena: You’re good, real good. But you aint World Championship material.

    The Champ steps forward, trying to intimidate Shelton.

    John Cena: So why don’t you run along, back to chasin the Intercontinental Title.

    Shelton smirks, but shakes his head.

    Shelton Benjamin: I’m not goin anywhere.

    Pop.

    Shelton Benjamin: I’ve waited a long time to get my shot at the World Heavyweight Championship. And I’m not waitin any longer. I’m not asking for you to give me a shot - but I am demanding you give me a chance to earn it.

    More cheers from the fans, and Benjamin now steps up to John Cena.

    Shelton Benjamin: I want you, one on one - TONIGHT!!!

    Pop.

    Shelton Benjamin: And if I win, then I get a shot at that.

    Benjamin points at the title. Cena chuckles for a moment, stepping back, shaking his head.

    John Cena: You two may not get along anymore, but Teddy Long taught you well, son. Go after The Champ when he aint a hundred per cent, right?? I mean, you know I cant be good to go with the condition this leg is in.

    The Man in Black shakes his head, smirking at Shelton.

    John Cena: Nice try, Shelton. But I aint stupid.

    Heat. Benjamin looks annoyed, placing his hands on his hips, as Cena turns to leave, limping through the ropes. But, The Champ stops himself, seemingly having a change of heart … and comes back inside.

    John Cena: But maybe you are.

    With a sly grin, Cena tries to goad Benjamin, having most certainly concocted a plan in his head.

    John Cena: You want to show me you’re championship material?? Okay. I aint gonna face you … but I’ll find you an opponent worthy of representin me by the end of the night. You beat ‘em, I’ll consider you as a challenge.

    The Black Diamond doesn’t need any time to think;

    Shelton Benjamin: Done.

    Shelton drops the mic, and brushes past Cena…

    John Cena: Oh, and Shelton. One more thing-

    Cena looks to take a cheap shot, trying to BASH Shelton with the title belt - but Benjamin DUCKS … AND CATCHES CENA AS HE TURNS AROUND … PAYDIRT TO THE CHAMP!!!!!!!!!!

    Shelton Benjamin just LAID OUT John Cena!!!!!

    The Black Diamond stands over Cena, listening to the huge cheers from the fans, and looks up, nodding at the people, before leaving the ring, showing The Champ he’s no pushover…

    Jim Ross:
    Shelton Benjamin just put down The World Heavyweight Champion!! Do not sleep on The Black Diamond!!! And I think that’s what Cena did!! This kid aint no pushover, and Shelton Benjamin is clearly done waiting for a shot at the richest prize in the game!! He wants it, and he aint gonna hide it!!!

    The Coach: Completely disrespectful!! John Cena should retract the offer he made Shelton Benjamin immediately!! He’s given this ingrate an opportunity, and that’s the thanks he gets!!!

    Jim Ross: Cena tried to cheap shot Shelton Benjamin and the plan backfired!! Shelton Benjamin will have an opportunity later tonight to prove his worth, but if you ask me, he did just that right now!!!


    Benjamin confidently strides up the ramp, turning around to raise his arms to the fans, getting a big cheer, as Cena recovers in the ring…





    Commercial Break





    Back from the commercial, GARRISON CADE is already in the ring, with J.R explaining that The Lone Star demanded a ‘big’ match from Ranjin Singh tonight on Raw, following his debut win last week, after moving from Smackdown.

    **BOOYAKA 619**

    And while he might not be big in stature, there’s not many bigger names on Raw than REY MYSTERIO!!! The little masked magician pops up through the stage to a great reaction as always, and has his own point to prove, having not been part of the Backlash line up last night.

    Match 1:
    Garrison Cade vs. Rey Mysterio
    Typical big man-small man match up, with Rey targeting the legs of the Lone Star in the early going, trying to take away the size advantage and the vertical base of the bigger man. But, once Cade gets a hold of Mysterio, things take a turn for the worse for little Rey, with the big Texan roughing the fan favourite up, using his power to devastating effect.

    Cade learns though, that it’s not easy to break the spirit of Mysterio, and despite the dominance, the Lone Star is unable to finish Rey off, with Mysterio impressively kicking out of a sit out spine buster, and a devastating lariat from the big Texan. Getting frustrated, Cade begins to make mistakes, and it gives Rey an opening back into the match up, with Mysterio escaping a potential Razors Edge the starting point.

    Reys confidence grows, with the fight back on, putting Cade on the back foot, using his speed to bamboozle the big man, and he eventually dropkicks Cade into the ropes, positioning him for the 619 … but as he swings around the ropes, Cade CATCHES the body, and drags Rey back into the middle of the ring; SIDEWALK SLAM!!!!! 1..2...KICK OUT!!!!!

    Cade looks to put the match to bed, setting Rey up for the HEART PUNCH, but Mysterio kicks the legs of The Lone Star, escaping his clutches, and manages to nail the 619 at the second time of asking!!! Rey then looks to deliver the West Coast Pop, but as he leaps off the ropes - BAM!! A BIG BOOT from Cade!!! The Lone Star wastes no time, picking up the limp body of Mysterio, and nails him with the HEART PUNCH!!! 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winner: Garrison Cade @ 08:28

    The Lone Star picks up an impressive victory over one of the biggest and most popular stars on Raw!! Cade has his arm raised, as Rey squirms on the mat, clutching at his chest, with the big Texan staring down at his fallen victim, and kicks Rey out of the ring.

    Cade shouts to the camera; “I‘M TAKIN OVER!!!” letting everyone know he isn’t on Raw to make up the numbers, as J.R puts over his clean win against the highly rated Rey Mysterio, who is clutching at his chest in pain, selling the effects of the devastating Heart Punch…





    Commercial Break





    Raw returns, backstage, and we briefly see REY MYSTERIO in the trainers room, in noticeable distress, struggling to breathe, telling the trainers about the pain in his chest following the Heart Punch from Garrison Cade moments ago, with the trainer telling Rey; “it may be a good idea to get you checked out”…





    The action then cuts elsewhere … to a face we have never seen before…

    Unknown Man: Good evening everyone, my name is Scott Stanford, and I’m your newest broadcast colleague here on Raw!! Right now, I’m here with the-

    “The NEW Intercontinental Champion!!” - voice off camera.

    CM PUNK then steps into view, with the Intercontinental title over his shoulder, and that smug grin on his face.

    CM Punk: Because lets face it, they’ve all already forgotten your name. Just like they forgot the last guys name before you. But everyone knows who I am. Everyone knows my name. I’m CM Punk … and I’m better than you.

    Punk turns, looking into the camera…

    CM Punk: I’m better than all of you too.

    Heat from the fans in the background. Smirking, Punk turns back to Stanford, speaking with a grin.

    CM Punk: And I’m better than Matt Hardy.

    Punk chuckles at the last line, fixing the title belt over his shoulder.

    Scott Stanford: Speaking of Matt Hardy, tonight, CM Punk you’ll team up with Cody Rhodes and Ken Doane to take on the former Intercontinental Champion Matt Hardy and the Angels of Anarchy in a six man tag match. Given how reluctant you were to step in the ring with Matt until the Intercontinental title was up for grabs, can we expect you to compete tonight??

    The I.C Champ raises his eyebrows at the suggestion, offended.

    CM Punk: Reluctant?? I wasn’t reluctant to face Matt Hardy. The problem people have around here is that they sell themselves short. I’m a firm believer in getting what you’re worth, and I wasn’t prepared to engage with a loose cannon like Matt Hardy unless this shiny piece of gold was on the line.

    Punk takes a look at the title, before looking at Stanford again.

    CM Punk: Because I know what I’m worth. And I proved it last night at Backlash.

    The champion grins, as Stanford continues on…

    Scott Stanford: Well, of course, last night, a big topic of debate was your confession during the match that you did, in fact, cause the injury to your former tag team partner Greg Helms last month, the night after Wrestle Mania - an injury which will see Greg on the sidelines for up to a year.

    CM Punk: I don’t recall being under oath. A lot of stupid things tend to be said in the heat of the moment … don’t read too much into it.

    Scott Stanford: But with e-

    CM Punk: I said … don’t read too much into it. Are we done??

    Punk appears to be growing restless, not liking the line of questioning from the interviewer. Stanford can feel the tension, but tries to get one more word in.

    Scott Stanford: Ummm, well, the other question I wanted to ask; now that you’re the Intercontinental Champion, when can we expect Matt Hardy to be given his rematch??

    Punk scoffs at the suggestion, shooting a disparaging look Stanfords way.

    CM Punk: Rematch?? I’ll let that slide seein as you’re new … but this right here, is the Intercontinental Championship. This is THE most prestigious championship in the WWE right now. Shots at this title have to be earned. Matt Hardy will tell you that.

    Smirking - knowing exactly how he ‘earned’ his shot at the title - Punk departs the set…





    Back in the arena, NATALYA is already in the ring, ahead of her title shot at Gail Kim tonight…

    **STRONG AND SEXY**

    Gail Kim makes her way to the ring, with J.R putting over how active the champion has been as of late, making her third title defence in as many weeks, and her second title defence in successive nights!! Both commentators put over the excellent triple threat match for the title last night, but point out that BETH PHOENIX is furious that she isn’t getting a one on one shot herself tonight…

    Match 2 | WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:
    Gail Kim vs. Natalya
    A solid effort from two of the finest female workers in the world - let alone the WWE - with both playing within the rules with neither being a heel, as BETH PHOENIX is shown watching the match closely backstage. It’s a back and forth fast paced match up, with Natalya impressive in her first title match, getting to show off her skill set, with both women trading near falls.

    Gail attempts her FLYING DRAGON submission, but Natalya swats her away, then hit’s a flapjack, but holds the leg, and turns Gail over, looking to apply the famous SHARPSHOOTER … but Gail escapes, kicking Natalya away!! And then, Gail ducks under a clothesline attempt from the returning Natalya, before catching the challenger with EAT DEFEAT!!! 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winner: And STILL Womens Champion - Gail Kim @ 05:52

    Gail wins again!!! Just twenty four hours removed from surviving a triple threat match, Gail Kim emerges unscathed with her Womens title in tact. Again, J.R puts over the activity of the champion, calling Gail “the most fighting champion in all the WWE”, as Gail shakes hands with the recovering Natalya, whilst Beth watches on backstage, shaking her head - believing it should be her challenging the champion.





    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 21 2008 | O2 ARENA, LONDON, ENGLAND
    ***




    Back from the video, THE MASTER CRAFTSMEN are in the ring, all holding their prizes; Albright with the MITB briefcase and Haas & Dinsmore with the World Tag Team Titles, whilst looking at the titan tron where the King of the Ring video had been playing…

    Brent Albright:
    Wonderful memories. Hard to believe it was only a year ago that I became King of the Ring, isn’t it??

    Haas and Dinsmore nod, but the fans are quite as enamoured.

    Brent Albright: Given what we have accomplished since then, it’s been quite the twelve months. First I became King … then I led Raw to victory at the Survivor Series against Smackdown - getting Arn Anderson fired from Smackdown in the process. I won the Intercontinental title, and- oh yeah…

    Albright slowly raises the briefcase.

    Brent Albright: At WrestleMania I became Mister Money In The Bank!!!

    Boos.

    Brent Albright:
    And you all know what that means, right?? I’ll remind you anyway; it means I’m the World Heavyweight Champion in waiting. When I decide the time is right, I will be World Heavyweight Champion.

    More boos.

    Brent Albright: And despite Kurt Angle getting lucky last night-

    Albright stops himself, taking exception to the reaction from the fans.

    Brent Albright: That’s right, LUCKY. Despite that last night at Backlash, nothing is gonna change the fact that I’m Mister Money in the Bank, and soon - very soon - I’ll be trading this briefcase for championship gold.

    Brent pats the briefcase, and resets, before changing topic.

    Brent Albright: But before that, there’s some other business for me to tend to. The King of the Ring. Thirty two men, in the most competitive tournament in all of professional wrestling. And that is what I feed off most - it’s what WE feed off; competition. And as the reigning King of the Ring, it’s only right that I get to defend my crown.

    Boos from the fans.

    Brent Albright: And that’s exactly what I’m gonna do. Because while it was big last year - it’s gonna be bigger this time around. I’ll be the first man EVER to successfully defend their crown … and once I’ve made history there … I’ll look to make a little more history…

    Albright slightly raises the briefcase to let the fans know what he means, before he turns to look at his two running buddies.

    Brent Albright: Charlie?? Nick?? At some point down the road, our paths are gonna cross in this tournament. And I cant wait for us to show these people just how good the three of us are … because it seems to me that we don’t get the respect we deserve. Aint that right, gentlemen??

    Charlie Haas:
    Not if last night is anything to go by. Nick and I knocked off the iconic duo of Triple H and Shawn Michaels to keep our titles. No one gave us a chance - despite what we said we’d do … yet the only thing people are talking about today is how Ric Flair nearly made history last night.

    Haas looks frustrated.

    Charlie Haas: Nick and I didn’t nearly beat D-Generation X. We didn’t come close to beating two of the most fabled World Champions of all time … WE BEAT THEM, 1,2,3!!!!

    Boos. Haas hands the mic over to Dinsmore.

    Nick Dinsmore: But you people just want to forget that happened, don’t you?? Well … we aren’t gonna let that happen. We BEAT Triple H. We BEAT Shawn Michaels … just like we said we would. And you cant brush that under the carpet like the match never existed. It’s about time you people showed us some appreciation.

    Heat. Dinsmore glares at the fans before speaking up.

    Nick Dinsmore: But that’s not gonna happen, is it?? Brent here, he went out and shocked all of you when he won the King of the Ring a year ago. You people didn’t give him a shot, because you didn’t respect him. You all thought it would be Paul London or Matt Hardy … but lo and behold, the best wrestler in the tournament was the last man standing. And not one of you appreciated his incredible achievement … because you don’t respect the masters of this craft. You don’t respect us.

    Albright and Haas nod in agreement, with Dinsmore continuing on.

    Nick Dinsmore: Well, here’s a spoiler - be it myself, Brent or Charlie … you’re looking at the winner of the 2008 King of the Ring tournament. Maybe then, you can respect us. But I wont hold my breath…

    Dinsmore stares at the fans with disdain, before Albright takes over once again, taking his t-shirt off…

    Brent Albright: And tonight, I’m out here, ready to welcome the newest addition to our roster from Smackdown, in order to prove that what happened last night at Backlash was a fluke. I’m still Mister Money in the Bank. I’m still the World Heavyweight Champion in waiting. And I’m still King of the Ring … and NONE OF THAT is gonna change any time soon.

    Heat. Albright then turns his attention back to the stage, looking there as he speaks…

    Brent Albright: So … I’m here … new kid?? Don’t be nervous … come meet your King. Come meet Mister Money-


    **I AM PERFECTION**


    There’s a slight pop for the music of
    NICK NEMETH who strides out through the curtain, revealing himself to be the latest addition to the Monday Night Raw roster from Smackdown!!! Nemeth looked amped to be on Raw, parading to either side of the stage, working the fans, before making his way down the ramp.


    Jim Ross:
    You wanna talk about potential!!! You wanna talk about a master of the craft?? Look no further than this kid!! Nick Nemeth, a collegiate wrestling PHENOM in Ohio - despite a questionable attitude - has made quite the name for himself thus far in the WWE, but boy oh boy, is he being thrown in the deep end of the Monday Night Raw waters tonight!!

    The Coach: It doesn’t get much bigger than this for Nemeth!! But what I wanna know is what happened to all his fancy mirrors?? I loved that part of his entrance on Smackdown!!

    Jim Ross: I would hope he’s left all that behind on Smackdown, and perhaps he’s coming here to Raw to focus on wrestling!!

    Nemeth enters the ring, standing off with the Master Craftsmen, as Albright smiles, not necessarily taking Nemeth seriously.

    Brent Albright: Look who we got here - Smackdowns resident pretty boy!!

    Haas and Dinsmore both laugh, whilst Albright grins at Nemeth. Nemeth feigns a smile, pretending to find Brent funny.

    Brent Albright: Eh … I was kinda expecting someone a little more … impressive if I’m being honest. I mean, sure, you’ve shown glimpses of talent, but wouldn’t you feel more at home just standing backstage admiring yourself in a mirror??

    Nemeth mockingly applauds the wise crack from Albright. Brent raises his hand apologetically, and stops overtly mocking Nemeth.

    Brent Albright: Look - I’m feeling generous tonight. You seem like a good kid. And I don’t want to kill all your hopes and dreams of succeeding here on Raw - especially not on your first night, right outta the gate.

    Nemeth raises his eyebrows, mouthing “Oh … okaaay…”.

    Brent Albright: I’ll let you walk outta here, unscathed. You can start off nice and easy, get settled in on Superstars, and then maybe you can work your way up to the bright lights of Monday Night Raw.

    Dinsmore goes to the trouble of opening the ropes for Nemeth, who looks around, but doesn’t leave. The fans start cheering, trying to keep Nemeth in the ring, as Haas looks to usher Nemeth out.

    Brent Albright: Go on, run along…

    Nemeth nods, and turns - to boos. He stops, and turns back around, holding up a finger to motion for ‘one minute’, and points to the mic, with Brent handing it over, keen to hear what Nemeth has to say.

    Nick Nemeth: Why … thank you. That really is generous. But uh … I was hanging around backstage earlier, and - before you ask; no; I wasn’t “admiring” myself in the mirror. But that was funny … for you anyway. No, I was watching backstage, and I saw John Cena try and patronize Shelton Benjamin the same way you are to me now. And, I gotta say, what happened earlier … I’m finding A LOT of inspiration in it-

    NEMETH DROPKICKS ALBRIGHT!!!!! RIGHT IN THE MOUTH!!!!!

    The fans pop, as Haas and Dinsmore look to attack Nemeth, but the newcomer from Smackdown dodges the attempts from both, sliding out of the ring, and jumps back inside as they try and come at him from the left and right.

    Nemeth kicks at both as they try to get back inside, as the referee intervenes, holding the World Tag Team Champions off and sending them to the back … whilst in the ring, Nemeth has taken his eyes off Mr. Money in the Bank, and Albright clobbers Nemeth from behind!!! J.R segues into the commercial, with Albright vs. Nemeth coming up; NEXT!!





    Commercial Break





    Match 3:
    Brent Albright vs. Nick Nemeth
    Back from the commercial, the match is joined in progress with Albright still in control, stomping down Nemeth in the corner. Clips are shown from during the commercial, where Nemeth was beginning a fight back before being launched into the ring post, shoulder first. In the ring now, Brent targets the shoulder in between regular offence, keeping the body part weakened, and cuts off an attempted fight back from Nemeth by catching him in a sleeper hold.

    Albright takes Nemeth to the canvas, but Nick manages to fight up, elbowing out of the hold, and takes off, hitting the ropes, flying at Mr. Money in the Bank with a clothesline. Brent stumbles back into the corner, eating a splash from Nemeth, who follows up with a neck breaker for a near fall. Nemeth keeps the pressure on, slamming Albright down, and follows that with successive elbows to the chest of Albright!!! Each one gets a bigger cheer from the fans, with Nemeth ending on TEN elbows, before hooking the leg, 1...2...NO!!!

    Nemeth, sensing the opportunity, waits like a coiled spring for Brent to get to his feet, rushing in for the FAMOUSER - but Albright side steps out of danger - and catches the newcomer from behind --- GERMAN!!! Albright hangs on --- GERMAN!!! Albright STILL hangs on --- HALF NELSON SUPLEX!!!! Nonchalantly, Albright makes a cover, believing he has broken the will of Nemeth; 1...2...NO!!! Nemeth stuns Albright with a kick out. After an initial look of shock, Brent chuckles to himself, and decides to go back to the weakened shoulder.

    Brent punishes Nemeth, and after doing what he believes to be enough damage to the shoulder, looks to home in on the CROWBAR, but Nemeth counters into a roll up … 1...2...NO!!! Both men bounce up, but Nemeth surprises Albright with a flapjack … and FOLLOWS WITH THE FAMOUSER!!!! Nemeth quickly hooks BOTH legs for the count … 1...2...NO!!!!! The Famouser didn’t work … which leaves Nemeth to start thinking about the Jumping Reverse Bulldog {Zig Zag irl} … but Albright shrugs him off … and then catches Nemeth; CROWBAR!!!!!

    It’s a huge test of Nemeths mettle, with the newcomer to Raw desperate to avoid submitting on his first night. He claws and reaches - but cant find the ropes!! On commentary, J.R tries to will Nemeth on; “COME ON KID, DIG DEEP - DIG DEEPER THAN YA EVER HAVE BEFORE!!!” … and Nemeth - feeding off the energy of the fans - DOES battle, and GRABS the bottom rope!!! Albright is clearly growing frustrated, having not expected such a tough night’s work from Nemeth.

    Albright stomps Nemeth, talking trash to him, telling him to stay down. Mr. MITB drags Nemeth to his feet - and eats a jawbreaker, followed by a reverse neck breaker from Nemeth!!! Again, the new draftee scrambles for a cover, 1...2...KICK OUT FROM ALBRIGHT!!!!! Nemeth tears at his hair in anguish, then holds his shoulder feeling the pain shoot through his body, but trucks on, fighting through the pain, climbing to the top rope, as J.R again gets behind him; “COME ON KID - MAKE A NAME FOR YOURSELF!!!”

    But once Nemeth stands on the top turnbuckle, he doesn’t get a chance to leap off; AS ALBRIGHT HIT’S THE ROPES!!!!! The force sees Nemeth straddles himself on the top rope, and the newcomer tumbles to the mat, with Albright - looking worse for wear - wasting no time getting to Nemeth. Albright picks Nemeth up to his feet and rams him into the ring post shoulder first, before hoisting Nemeth up - ACE IN THE HOLE!!!!! Albright tightly hooks the leg, making sure not to give Nemeth any chances … 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winner: Brent Albright @ 10:29

    Nemeth put up a hell of a fight, giving Albright an almighty fright, but ultimately, Mr. Money in the Bank gets his arm raised. Albright takes a deep breath, and looks down at Nemeth, shaking his head, clearly surprised by how tough tonight was for him against the newcomer to Raw.

    On commentary, J.R puts over Nemeth’s ability, and his promising start - albeit in defeat - tonight on Raw to one of the biggest names on the roster, predicting big things in Nemeths future on Monday Nights. Albright departs the ring, making sure to collect his briefcase, whilst Nemeth slowly recovers - holding his shoulder - and watches at Albright leaves…





    Commercial Break





    Back into the arena…

    **BREAK IT DOWN**

    It’s another huge pop for the instantly recognisable D-Generation X theme music, and despite their loss at Backlash last night, SHAWN MICHAELS and TRIPLE H enter the arena, seemingly in good spirits, wearing D-X merchandise.

    Jim Ross: Win or lose, it does not change the love and admiration these fans have for D-Generation X!! I don’t think anybody ever expected Triple H and Shawn Michaels to ever reunite like this, and while it would’ve been a moment to savour had they emerged victorious at Backlash, these fans are happy to see these two back on the same page.

    The Coach: All that talk about DX, all the joyous celebrations people had at them reforming - how they’d walk over The Master Craftsmen at Backlash. All eating crow now, aren’t they!! DX this, DX that - DX didn’t get the job done. It’s not 1997 anymore, and they found that out last night!!

    Jim Ross: You talk as if there wasn’t the slightest bit of controversy surrounding the Master Craftsmens victory last night, Coach. Short term memory??

    The Coach: All I remember is Shawn Michaels kicking his own partner in the face!! I’m surprised Triple H hasn’t already caved his face in with a sledgehammer after that!!

    Jim Ross: Just a selective memory then, Coach?? That mix up between Shawn Michaels and Triple H is the only reason they aren’t World Tag Team Champions right now. And for a combination teaming for the first time in a long, long time, they sure did give our reigning champions a hell of a headache last night.

    In the ring, The Game and HBK perform their double pose, much to the delight of the fans, happy for the moment of nostalgia. The duo set off the ‘X’ pyro, saluting the fans, before the music dies down, and it’s Shawn Michaels speaking first…

    Shawn Michaels:
    Y’know, last night, Hunter and I, we gave-

    Shawn trails off, looking confused, getting an indifferent reaction from the fans. He then smirks and wags his finger for a moment before speaking…

    Shawn Michaels:
    I’m still a little foggy with all this stuff. You go first, right??

    Michaels points to Hunter, who shrugs and nods, and the fans pop. Triple H takes centre stage, and bows his head for a few moments, making the fans wait…

    Triple H:
    St. Louis, Missouri…

    Cheap pop. Triple H smirks, and pauses for a few more seconds to build the suspense.

    Triple H: Are ya ready??

    Pop. Triple H shakes his head violently.

    Triple H: NO!!!!!

    The Game charges up the ropes…

    Triple H: I SAID … ARRRRRE … YOUUUUU … RRRREADDDYYY!!!!!?????

    Huge pop this time. HBK chips in as Triple H gets back down and into position.

    Shawn Michaels: THAT’S more like it!!!

    Pop.

    Triple H:
    Then … for the thouuusands in attendance … for the millions watching at home…

    Shawn Michaels: Wait- wait-…

    Triple H looks surprised, as the fans chuckle. Shawn sheepishly walks over to Triple H, much like last week, talking lightly, but with the mic picking up everything he says.

    Shawn Michaels: You’re DEFINITELY not gonna Pedigree me, are ya??

    Another chuckle from the fans, with Shawn asking the same question as he did last week.

    Shawn Michaels: Because after that uh, miscue last night … y’know … I’d be expecting it??

    The Game shakes his head, and like last week, offers his pinkie to promise not to Pedigree HBK. Michaels accepts the ‘Pinky Promise’ to a nice pop, as they both get back into position.

    Triple H: Now …after that interruption … lllllllllllllets get ready to SUCK IIIIIIITTTT!!!!!

    Big pop for the classic DX intro. Michaels and Hunter look around the arena, soaking up the adulation, and a ‘D-X’ chant reverberates around the Scottrade Centre … before HBK speaks up.

    Shawn Michaels: And of course … if you aint down with that?? We got two words for ya-

    “SUCK IT!!!” ~ The fans.

    Again, the two men drink in the moment, as Triple H nods, before speaking up.

    Triple H: So … I guess we should address the elephant in the room, huh??

    Shawn looks confused, and turns to Hunter, scratching his head as he speaks.

    Shawn Michaels: What elephant?? I thought Mark Henry got moved to Smackdown??

    Triple H: He did. Didn’t you notice there was food left at catering??

    Small chuckle from the fans. Shawn shakes his head.

    Shawn Michaels: My wife packed me a lunch.

    Another slight laugh from the fans. Triple H turns to address the camera;

    Triple H: That’s Rock N’ Roll, boys and girls.

    {/SECOND HOUR}

    Triple H: No … all kiddin aside, the elephant in the room I was talking about was what happened last night at Backlash-

    Boo’s from the fans. The Game acknowledges them.

    Triple H: You all saw it then, huh??

    Both men look around the arena to feel the reaction.

    Triple H: Last night didn’t go to plan. Shawn and I went into Backlash with one goal in mind - WIN the World Tag Team Championships.

    Pointing to himself and Shawn, Triple H continues.

    Triple H: Shawn and I?? We’ve grown accustomed to winning championships. We’ve built our careers winning championship after championship. And last night was to be no different. But…

    Triple H looks over at HBK, who has his head down, then half looks up to see The Game looking at him as if to say; “well??”. Shawn sighs, and speaks up.

    Shawn Michaels: Okay, okay, okay … I screwed up.

    Triple H shrugs, almost comically agreeing with HBK. Shawn takes over.

    Shawn Michaels: Hunter and I had the match in the palms of our hands … and I wound up kicking my best friend in the mouth.

    Triple H: Lemme tell ya, I sure as hell didn’t miss that feeling.

    The Game smirks, and the fans laugh. Shawn acknowledges the joke and the laughs, but gets serious.

    Shawn Michaels: All kidding aside, I screwed up. I went in too reckless, and it cost us the gold. But therein lies the problem. We’re not a tag team in the truest sense of the word. Sure, we’re on the same page, we can call each other friends; best friends even … but when it comes down to it … we’re both individuals.

    Michaels pauses for a moment, and a few fans boo as they suspect what’s coming next.

    Shawn Michaels: And that’s not to say Hunter and I didn’t want to win the tag titles last night - we did - trust me … we did. But at the end of the day, we realised-

    Triple H: The hard way-

    Michaels stops, and the two share a smirk back and forth, before he continues on.

    Shawn Michaels: We realised, we’re not programmed to be a team. We’re both programmed to fly solo. When I went to hit that Sweet Chin Music last night, I didn’t think for a split second about my partner or where he was. And it bit us in the ass.

    Triple H: Well … it hit me in the face … but whatever.

    Shawn apologises again off mic, and rests his head on The Games shoulder, still feeling guilty.

    Triple H: What Shawn’s saying is right; D-X reuniting was a nice idea, fun for us - fun for you. And there’s no reason we cant still wear these colours … but facts are facts - even had we won the tag team titles last night, in the back of both our minds would’ve been something else … the World Heavyweight Championship.

    Michaels begrudgingly nods, as a few fans pop for the mention of the title.

    Triple H: THAT is what Shawn and I are designed for. And THAT is what truly drives us on. THAT is the reason I came back in the first place. And THAT is what’s next for The Game.

    HBK looks surprised by that comment, and instantly challenges Triple H on it.

    Shawn Michaels: Whoa - now, now. The World Heavyweight Championship is what’s next for ME.

    There’s a bit of tension now, and somewhat of a stand off between the two friends.

    Triple H: All due respect, Shawn, you had your shot at Cena, and now-

    Shawn Michaels: Yeah … and I want another, pal.

    The fans get a little fired up by the rising tension between DX…

    Shawn Michaels: And all due respect to you … but you’ve been gone a long time, buddy boy. I’ve been here the whole time. You can wait your turn for a shot, because there’s nothing and no-one that’s gonna come between me and a sh-

    Shawns focus switches to the ringside barrier, where a scuffle is going on between a fan trying to jump the barrier and security trying to keep him out. Triple H looks puzzled by Shawns reaction and turns to see what’s going on, as J.R talks on commentary - and whilst his words are broadcast to the television audience; what he says is for the people in the back…


    “Don’t put the camera on that - it‘s him. He‘s got in the building.” ~ J.R.


    “How was that allowed to happen??” ~Coach


    And whilst the fans are going rabid - we DON’T get to see the ongoing incident, with the camera focusing tightly on Triple H and Shawn Michaels in the ring, with Triple H realising EXACTLY who the fan is and mouths in fury; “Son of a bitch…”

    The Game then tries to leave the ring, but Shawn looks to restrain him, as for a split second we get a camera shot of the fan trying to get over the barrier and it’s…


    … MISTER KENNEDY!!!!!


    Sporting dirty brown hair now with his peroxide dying out, the recently FIRED Kennedy is being restrained by the security, whilst Triple H in the ring is telling the security to let him go - which they obviously wont. A ‘KENNEDY’ chant starts to grow legs as the fans recognise who it is…


    “We have a situation here folks, a uh … a fan is attempting to get to the ring. We apologise for the interruption… uh … but uh, the intruder is being dealt with as we speak. That‘s live TV for ya…”


    Eventually, the strength in numbers allows security - and the police - to deal with Kennedy, and he is dragged off, with the camera remaining on the ring, but Triple H appears to take exception to something Kennedy shouts at him (not seen or heard on TV) and SHOVES Shawn aside, climbing out of the ring, and Triple H hops the barrier, going to make sure Kennedy is escorted from the building.

    In the ring, Shawn Michaels looks concerned at the situation, and as he gets up, he considers following Triple H out, but just watches on from the ring instead, as J.R speaks on commentary again…


    “Folks, we must urge everyone that fans--” ~J.R


    “Or bitter, former employees for that matter…” ~The Coach


    “Not now, Coach. Fans - or otherwise - cannot try and climb over the barrier to interact with the WWE Superstars. The fan in question has thankfully been subdued, and is now being escorted from the building in handcuffs … and he‘ll be spending a night in the cells I‘d imagine.” ~ J.R


    And, just as it appears the segment is going to peter out, with Shawn Michaels set to leave the ring … suddenly the fans absolutely EXPLODE…


    IT’S BROCK LESNAR!!!!!!!!!!

    Brock Lesnar has come from the other side of the arena - the hard camera side - sliding into the ring, and before Shawn Michaels can react - it’s already too late - BROCK LESNAR EXPLODES THROUGH HBK WITH A DEVASTATING CLOTHESLINE!!!!!


    “What in the hell is HE doing here?? WHY is Brock Lesnar here?? He‘s a Smackdown superstar!!” ~ J.R


    Lesnar - making his first appearance on TV since losing to Shawn Michaels last month at Wrestle Mania - doesn’t give Shawn any time to recover, snatching him up instantly, and firing him savagely across the ring with a BELLY TO BELLY suplex.


    “We need more security out here!!!!!” ~ J.R


    Now, a laughing, cackling PAUL HEYMAN waddles down the ramp, enjoying what he’s seeing from his client, as Lesnar stomps the head of Michaels, before pulling him up to his feet, and throws HBK up onto his shoulders - F5!!!

    But Lesnar isn’t done. The Iron Man reaches down, pulling the lifeless body of Shawn Michaels back up by the hair, lifting him onto his shoulders once again … this time taking his time, walking around the ring … before delivering a SECOND F5 to Shawn Michaels!!!!!


    “DAMN IT THAT‘S ENOUGH!!!” ~ J.R


    Lesnar bounces back to his feet, on his toes, bouncing side to side, with Paul Heyman very pleased with what he has just saw. Lesnar shapes up to leave the ring, but once he and Heyman begin walking up the ramp, Heyman stops, turning to Brock and says; “How about one more for luck??”

    The Iron Man doesn’t need a second invitation, and Lesnar turns on his heels, proceeding back toward the ring, and he drags Michaels out by the legs to the floor, assaulting him with knees to the gut, before getting Michaels up again … AND DELIVERS A THIRD F5 … THIS TIME AGAINST THE RING POST!!!!!


    “GOOD GAWD ALMIGHTY!!! THIS MAN IS A DAMN ANIMAL!!! STOP THIS!!!” ~ J.R


    Smiling with glee, Heyman gives Lesnar an approving nod, and motions for him and his client to leave the area. Shawn Michaels is left in a heap on the floor, holding his knee in agony, whilst Lesnar and Heyman casually walk through the curtain … with Raw heading into a commercial break.





    Commercial Break





    Following the commercial, highlights air of the previous segment, though the Kennedy stuff is cut out completely with J.R covering Triple H’s departure from the ring, stating he was dealing with an incident outside the ring - with clips of BROCK LESNAR hitting the ring and destroying Shawn Michaels. Following that, we see clips from during the commercial where Shawn was helped out of the arena, limping heavily, following the third F5 - which cracked his leg off the ring post.

    Jim Ross: And folks, the reason Brock Lesnar showed up here tonight became clear during the commercial break, as we were informed that Brock Lesnar is the latest Smackdown superstar to be drafted to Monday Night Raw!!

    The Coach: Now THAT is a superstar I can get excited about having around on Raw!! And what a statement from Brock Lesnar on his first night BACK home on Raw!!

    Jim Ross: Clearly, Brock Lesnar hasn’t gotten over that loss to Shawn Michaels last month at WrestleMania, and the Iron Man will be wanting another piece of The Showstopper at the earliest available opportunity.

    The Coach: Without a doubt, old timer … but here’s the question … will Shawn Michaels want another piece of Brock Lesnar??

    Jim Ross: If I know Shawn Michaels, he aint gonna back down from any man. Even Brock Lesnar…

    **WINGS OF A FALLEN ANGEL**

    Doug Williams and Christopher Daniels make their grandiose entrance, under the spotlights, flipping their hoods off, as they briskly move down the ramp…

    Jim Ross: And the wheel keeps turning, folks!! We’re getting set here now for a six man tag team match!! The Angels of Anarchy and Matt Hardy will be teaming up to take on the next contenders for the World Tag Team Titles in the shape of Cody Rhodes and Ken Doane along with the new Intercontinental Champion, CM Punk. And it’s safe to say there’s three men here that will be eager for some form of retribution tonight.

    The Coach: Let’s call a spade and spade, baby boy. They’re sore losers. Daniels and Williams had their chance last night to earn another shot at those tag titles but they failed. And as for Matt Hardy, I could have a field day on that maniac.

    Jim Ross: Daniels and Williams weren’t even involved in the decision last night, and to listen to CM Punk earlier, I can hardly blame Matt Hardy for wanting to rip the mans head off.

    The Angels of Anarchy wait in the ring as their music dies down … waiting for their partner.

    **LIVE FOR THE MOMENT**

    Minus the gold he lost last night at Backlash, MATT HARDY hit’s the stage, still clearly agitated, but throws up his hand signal to the fans, as he makes his way down the ramp, slapping hands with fans as he walks.

    Jim Ross: There’s no denying just how bitter a loss it must’ve been for Matt Hardy to swallow last night. It’s never easy to recover from losing a championship, but for Hardy, losing to Punk in the manner he did - considering Punk didn’t do a single damn thing to earn it either - will undoubtedly be playing on the mind of the now former Intercontinental Champion.

    The Coach: He’s no one to blame but himself, J.R. He accepted the challenge, he took the risk, and like most risks either Hardy takes - it backfired.

    Jim Ross: Well, he’s gonna have a crack at getting some form of payback here tonight, and you can bet your ass that Matt Hardy will be desperate to get his hands on CM Punk tonight.

    Hardy joins Daniels and Williams in the ring, with the trio waiting for their opponents now…

    **IT‘S A NEW DAY … IT‘S A NEW GENERATION**

    The self-proclaimed ‘New Standard’ make their way out to boos, but CODY RHODES and KEN DOANE don’t care about the reaction from the fans, with the team succeeding without any help from the fans.

    Jim Ross: And they have every right to be smiling. Y’may not like these two upstarts, but Cody Rhodes and Ken Doane are getting results. They earned themselves a shot at the World Tag Team Championships, which will happen next week on Raw after seizing their opportunity last night prior to Backlash going on the air.

    The Coach: This is what I love to see, J.R. Youth getting a chance to shine. As the song says; it’s a new day - it’s a new generation, baby boy. Cody Rhodes and Ken Doane are setting a new standard here on Raw, and I cant wait to see the two best teams in the world fight it out next week for the titles - and you’ll have to suck on lemons because neither team are one of your favourites old timer.

    Jim Ross: Indeed they aren’t, but I for one, sure am looking forward to seeing Haas and Dinsmore meeting these two up and comers a week from tonight.

    Wisely, Rhodes and Doane wait on the ramp, not liking their odds against three men…

    **THIS FIRE BURNS**

    Heat greets the arrival of the NEW Intercontinental Champion CM PUNK, who wears the title around his waist, patting it, before going through his “IT‘S CLOBBERIN TIIIIME!” routine … but as he looks to join Rhodes and Doane…

    MATT HARDY COMES RUSHING FROM THE RING TO ATTACK PUNK!!!!!

    Daniels and Williams are forced to join Hardy in order to take care of Rhodes and Doane, with all six men brawling outside the ring…

    Jim Ross: The referee is gonna have to get this under control here!! We’re gonna take a commercial break, and we’ll return - hopefully - with order restored!!





    Commercial Break





    Match 4 | SIX MAN TAG MATCH:
    The Angels of Anarchy & Matt Hardy vs. CM Punk, Cody Rhodes & Ken Doane
    Order has been restored and the match is joined in progress. The heel team are on the back foot, with the face trio in the ascendancy, having had the advantage throughout the commercial break, but Matt Hardys eagerness for a piece of CM Punk costs him and his team dearly, with Matt missing a swipe at Punk and falling prey to an attack from Doane from behind.

    That puts the heel team in control, and together, Cody, Ken and Punk work over Matt, keeping him as far away from the frustrated Angels of Anarchy. Punk is more than happy to get involved with Matt softened up, and the new Intercontinental champ looks to mock Matt, trash talking as he stands over him, kicking and stomping the former champion.

    Twice, Matt builds up momentum but both times, he fails to make the tag, getting cut off at the last moment, but Punks showing off comes back to bite him, as he mocks Matts hand gesture before leaping off the ropes - RIGHT INTO A SIDE EFFECT FROM HARDY!!! Matt then crawls across the ring … tagging in Christopher Daniels, just as Punk tags Doane.

    And it’s Daniels to strike first off the hot tag, knocking down Doane, and knocking down Cody, before tagging Williams, with the Angels of Anarchy looking to quickly finish things off, lining up the TOTAL ELIMINATION … but Punk trips Daniels, and drags him from the ring!!! On the outside though, before Punk can do anything to The Fallen Angel, Matt leaps off the apron, taking out Punk!!!

    Back in the ring, Cody and Ken have recovered, and look to double team Doug Williams, but Christopher Daniels comes to his partners aid, flying in by spring boarding off the ropes, taking out BOTH Rhodes and Doane with a double clothesline!!!!! On the outside, Punk escapes from Matt, and climbs over the barrier - ditching his partners!!! It leaves Cody and Ken helpless … with Ken on the receiving end of TOTAL ELIMINATION!!!!! 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winners: The Angels of Anarchy & Matt Hardy @ 09:22

    A feel good face win, that certainly throws a spanner in the works for the momentum of the #1 Contenders for the World Tag Team Championships. Deserted by CM Punk, the writing was on the wall for Rhodes and Doane, but the win will certainly put the Angels of Anarchy right in line for a future shot at whoever walks away with the tag titles next week on Raw.

    Matt joins Daniels and Williams in the ring, getting their hands raised together, celebrating their win, though it’s scant consolation for Hardy, twenty four hours after losing his cherished I.C title. Hardy looks over his shoulder after the match, looking out for CM Punk, but the new Intercontinental champion is long gone. On commentary, J.R begins to move on…

    Jim Ross: And while both Hardy and the Angels of Anarchy have bounced back tonight following disappointing results at Backlash, another man that doesn’t have the same opportunity is Christian. Christianisn’t here tonight after being taken to a local medical facility in Kansas City last night after his controversial loss to Umaga in their No Holds Barred match up.

    Still images are then shown from the Christian/Umaga match last night culminating in Christian sending Umaga through a glass panel by the side of the stage.

    The Coach: Credit to Christian, J.R. He threw the kitchen sink at Umaga last night. But y’know what?? It just wasn’t enough. He could’ve thrown three kitchen sinks at Umaga last night and it still wouldn’t have toppled the Samoan Bulldozer. Christian SPEARED Umaga through a table, nailed him with about a dozen chair shots and sent the man through a glass panel, J.R. But despite that, finally, Umaga got that monkey off his back. It’s just a shame he’s now on Smackdown.

    Jim Ross: Nice editing there, Coach. What you failed to add was after Christian sent Umaga through the glass, he was ambushed by a so-called fan … and we all know who it was.

    The images show the moment the hooded ‘fan’ blindsides Christian with a steel pipe, and later images of the ‘fan’ fleeing the scene, with the attackers face being caught on the camera - looking exactly like JOHN CENA.

    The Coach: You saw you know who it was, but I’m not so sure. And let’s face it, J.R, you’re very quick to cast aspersions.

    Jim Ross: You can kiss my Oklahoma ass, Coach!! That’s about as clear a picture as you’ll ever see of John Cena. There’s posters of John Cena that aint as clear as that picture!! Maybe you oughta take those sunglasses off and look at the picture.

    The Coach: The sunglasses stay on, old timer.

    Further still images of Umaga SPLASHING Christian through the announce table, and then the Samoan Spike in the ring.

    Jim Ross: Well folks, the fact of the matter is this; that moment turned the contest. From there, Umaga showed no mercy. Christian was knocked unconscious by that sneak attack, and Umaga could’ve brought him in the ring and ended it right there … but Armando Estrada demanded Umaga put an exclamation point on the whole damn thing. He SPLASHED Christian through the announce table, breaking three of Christians ribs, and then finished him off with a Samoan Spike.

    The Coach: And they all lived happily ever after…

    Finally, images of Christian being loaded onto a stretcher at the conclusion of the match.

    Jim Ross: Oh yeah, real happy. Tell that to Christians family. In any event, Christian was released from hospital this morning, and we hope to see Captain Charisma back on Raw in the next few weeks.

    The Coach: We don’t even miss him.

    Jim Ross: Speak for yourself, Coach. It’s been quite a few horrible months for Christian as of late, and I sure as hell will be hoping he bounces back upon his return.





    Backstage, we see the smug, smirking face of the Hardcore Champion, THE MIZ, strolling confidently down the hallway…

    The Coach: Oh yeah, baby boy!!! This is what I wanna see!! The Miz Barely Legal Hardcore Invitational is BACK!!! And I’ve got just the jabroni lined up for Miz to embarrass and humiliate!!

    Jim Ross: Are you volunteering, Coach??

    The Coach: Not me, idiot. All will be revealed.

    Jim Ross: It certainly will. Our weekly dose of The Miz … is next.





    Commercial Break





    Back from the commercial, THE MIZ is already in the ring, still sporting his ‘KENNEDY’ black armband…

    The Miz:
    THIS is the TRUUUUUE story, of when THE MIZ once again gave the people their weekly dose of One Hundred Per Cent PURE sports entertainment!! HOO-RAH!!!

    He holds the mic out, wanting a “Hoo-rah” back … but gets more boos. He continues on, unaffected.

    The Miz:
    Because it’s time - once again - for the Barely Legal Hardcore Invitational!!!!

    Miz looks amped, and tries - and fails - to pump up the audience, before looking around, pointing to The Coach at ringside.

    The Miz: Now … tonight, things are gonna be a little different. My good friend and fellow party animal, The Coach, has a competitor already lined up. And what a good sport you are Coach. Tryin to help a poor guy make a name for himself. Come on in here, Coach!! St Lou-Lou; GIVE IT UP FOR THA COACH!!!

    The Coach stands up from commentary, and climbs into the ring, joining Miz inside … where they perform the most cringe worthy ‘handshake’ routine you’ve ever seen.

    The Miz: I gotta say, Coach. You really are a class act. Giving back to people less fortunate than you?? I give you the maddest of props!!

    The Coach:
    Hey - that’s what The Coach is all about, baby boy. You know it. You and I, we’re taking this business forward. We’re all about giving back and creating opportunities. We’re like a new breed for the new age of sports entertainment. And I appreciate you giving these nobodies a shot at the big time.

    The fans boo the blatant love in between Coach and Miz, but the two obnoxious idiots ignore the reaction of the people, and continue to talk each other up.

    The Miz:
    Please- please Coach … I don’t do this for the adulation. That just comes as a by-product of me being this awesome. Now … before you bring this guy out here, I want you to know, I wont take it easy on this kid, okay??

    The Coach: Oh, baby boy, I wouldn’t have it any other way. As a matter of fact, I want you to really rough this ingrate up. I gave this kid a task a few months ago to document my preparations for the Royal Rumble. You remember my training montages right?? You remember the hatchet job that idiot did, don’t you??

    Miz nods, and puts on a disgusted face, remembering the videos that aired in the weeks running up to the Royal Rumble…

    The Coach: Of course you do. You all do. That kid doctored all that footage to try and make a mockery of The Coach. And that all played in my mind, which is why I lasted less than a second in the Royal Rumble!!

    Heat for the blatant lie; he lasted less than a second because he’s an idiot.

    The Coach: So Miz, I want you to torture this clown. I want you to make this kid wish he’d never been born. I give you your opponent tonight - and get this for a stupid name, Miz … COLT CABANA!!!

    No music plays, as COLT CABANA makes his Raw debut. There’s a half decent pop from the fans with a small vocal section knowing exactly who Cabana is, with Colt looking excited as he jogs down the ramp. On commentary, J.R dryly quips to Coachs earlier comment about the stupid name; “Yeah, because The Miz is such a great name, Coach…”

    In the ring, Miz laughs at the sight of the happy-go-lucky Colt Cabana, and tells Coach off mic; “I got this.” The Coach then walks up to Cabana;

    The Coach:
    Have you got anything to say for yourself??

    Excitedly, Colt nods.

    Colt Cabana: Yeah, thanks for setting this up for me. I’ve been calling these guys for a job for years!!!

    Cabana hugs Coach, but Coach pulls away in disgust, wiping off his shirt.

    The Coach: Get off me, you fool!! Don’t touch The Coach!! This shirt cost more than you’ll earn in a year!!

    Miz steps in, taking exception to the happy go lucky nature of Colt Cabana.

    The Miz: Excuse me … but you do realise what you’re up against here, right?? I’m The Miz; Hardcore Champion. And The Coach here, only got you this gig tonight so I could rough you up and teach you a lesson!!

    Colt looks confused, and looks around at the fans whilst pointing at Miz.

    Colt Cabana: You??

    The Coach: Yeah - HIM!!

    The Miz: YEAH - ME!! I’m gonna torture you tonight!!

    Both Miz and Coach look furious with the laid back manner Colt Cabana is taking this all in with, as he jibes back;

    Colt Cabana: How’s that?? Are you gonna make me sit through Real World, Road Rules Challenge??

    The fans laugh, but Miz is ready to boil over at the insult.

    Colt Cabana: Because … if so … I’m out.

    Slight pop. Miz tries to calm himself…

    The Miz: Looks like we got ourselves a real joker here, Coach. I don’t like this guys attitude. I can see why you want me to hurt him. You know … normally, I’d give someone like you a chance … but in this case-

    The Miz attempts a cheap shot on Cabana - BLOCKED - and Cabana KNOCKS Miz down with a right hand of his own!! Coach darts out of the ring, as Cabana signals to the referee to start the match - and the bell is rung!!!

    Match 4 | THE MIZ BARELY LEGAL HARDCORE INVITATIONAL:
    The Miz vs. Colt Cabana
    Cabana already has the upper hand and stuns Miz with a series of rights and lefts, finishing up with the Bionic Elbow to cheers. Miz scurries, trying to roll out of the ring, but Cabana drags him back, dropping an elbow on the back of Miz, before rolling out of the ring himself. He makes a beeline toward Miz shopping trolley full of weapons, but The Coach gives Big Zeke instructions, and his bodyguard steps in front of the trolley, forcing Colt to think again.

    Colt tries to reason with the big bodyguard, but as he does, Miz recovers, and dropkicks Cabana through the ropes, sending him into the barrier. Miz rolls out, and grabs his trolley, knocking Colt over with the trolley itself!!! He rolls Cabana back inside, whilst throwing a trash can into the ring, but once Miz climbs back in, Colt fights back!!! He puts Miz down, and then delivers an AEROPLANE SPIN … before dropping Miz onto the trashcan!!!

    Cabana sets Miz in the corner with the trashcan set up, and then rushes in, crushing Miz in the corner with a leaping hip attack!! On commentary, J.R says it’s only a matter of time before Colt knocks off the ‘joke’ champion, putting over Cabana’s experience on the indies, and mocks Coach for bringing this challenger to The Miz … whilst Coach has fallen silent on commentary, shocked at what he’s seeing.

    Colt has Miz beaten … but wants to enjoy the moment, and rolls out of the ring, dipping into the trolley again, picking up a PIZZA BOX … and gets a cheap pop, as he produces some St. Louis style pizza!! Handing out slices to the front row - and taking one for himself - Colt brings the box into the ring, and pie faces the groggy reality star with a slice of Pizza!!! Cabana then bashes Miz over the face with the box, and poses to the fans, signalling for the end…

    But whilst Colt plays to the fans, Miz is crawling out of the ring!!! Colt spots Miz escaping, and comes after him, giving chase around ringside, as Miz uses Big Zeke as a shield before making a dash by the announce table - making sure to grab his title and shouts at Coach; “what the hell did you get me into!!” before making a getaway through the audience, with Cabana unable to squeeze past Big Zeke to pursue Miz!!!
    Winner: No Contest {??} @ 03:04

    Jim Ross: Where’s he going, Coach?? He cant just walk away - it’s a damn HARDCORE match. There’s no count outs or walking away here!!

    The Coach: Uhhh… I’m not so sure the match ever officially started…

    Jim Ross: Oh, it sure did. And The Miz just realised he was in over his head here. “Teach the guy a lesson” … nice going, Coach. I don’t think The Miz will be getting you on any Z-List guest lists any time soon!!!

    The Coach: …I - I… I don’t think Miz got a proper warm up. Y’know, he was telling me earlier over a Mocha that he was feeling a little under the weather today-

    Jim Ross: Save the excuses, Coach. That ship has sailed.

    Cabana backs away, not wanting to start any trouble with Big Zeke, as Miz has now fully disappeared from sight…





    Commercial Break





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    VIDEO PACKAGE


    ~~ KING OF THE RING; CROWNING MOMENT ~~
    BRET ‘HITMAN’ HART - 1993

    Bret wrestles three stellar matches in the one night, winning the first ever (televised) King of the Ring tournament, seeing off Razor Ramon, Mr. Perfect and finally Bam Bam Bigelow in the final to be crowned King.


    ~ THE 2008 KING OF THE RING TOURNAMENT ~
    !! LIVE ON SATURDAY NIGHTS MAIN EVENT ON NBC !!

    JUNE 21 2008 | O2 ARENA, LONDON, ENGLAND
    ***




    Back to ringside…


    Jim Ross:
    And indeed, the King of the Ring tournament is fast approaching. We already know that last years King, Brent Albright along with Charlie Haas, Nick Dinsmore and William Regal will be four of the sixteen entrants from Monday Night Raw, whilst Ted DiBiase Junior will make his debut for Smackdown in the tournament. And now, we are being told that Kid Kash, Cody Rhodes and Ken Doane will also have spot’s in the thirty two man field. More entrants are set to be announced this coming Friday on Smackdown. And it’s building up to be one hell of a line up.

    The Coach: Cant disagree with ya there, old timer. And again, let’s not forget the new rule added this year; three strikes and you’re out. For the likes of William Regal, it’s the last chance he’ll ever have in the King of the Ring tournament, whilst Matt Hardy?? He’s not even allowed to enter - last years runner up has had three previous shots in the tournament; he’s no longer eligible!!

    Jim Ross: Well, there will be more names made official over the coming weeks in the lead up to finals night on June 21 in London, England - but before that - next week on Raw in Los Angeles for Cinco De Mayo!! … how about this Coach; straight from the office of Ranjin Singh; Beth Phoenix finally gets her wish. One on one, Beth Phoenix challenges Gail Kim for the Womens Championship, one week from tonight!!

    The Coach: She’s had to wait long enough, baby boy. Gail Kim has tried ducking Beth for long enough. But times up.

    Jim Ross: Gail Kim never ducks a challenge, Coach. She’s without doubt the most active champion in the WWE today - and at this rate, she may end up being the most active champion EVER. Successful title defences on back to back nights, FOUR in the last month alone. But it wont get any bigger than next week. However; that’s next week Coach … we’ve still got tonight’s main event. And standing by right now is Eve Torres, with Shelton Benjamin…



    Cut to Eve…

    Eve Torres:
    Thanks J.R, that’s right, I’m here with Shelton Benjamin, and Shelton, you caused shockwaves here earlier tonight when you confronted the World Heavyweight Champion, John Cena. Now, you’ve got a chance to prove yourself to Cena in tonight’s main event. How though, can you prepare, without knowing who you’re facing??

    Shelton Benjamin: Right now, Eve, it honestly doesn’t matter who’s standing across the ring from me. I believe I’m the best this business has to offer. Big, small, fast or slow, there’s no opponent John Cena can throw my way that’ll make me question my abilities. John Cena wants to try and talk down to me - that’s fine. Cause I’m more than happy to put him on his ass like I did earlier tonight.

    Pop from the fans in the background.

    Shelton Benjamin: One thing is for sure; if Cena wants to underestimate me?? He’ll live to regret it. And Cena can talk all his wants - he does plenty of it these days … but that aint my style. Standing here, talking to you, Eve?? No disrespect; but it wont get me anywhere. The fans don’t want to listen to me talk. The wanna see me wrestle…

    Another pop from the fans.

    Shelton Benjamin: And I prefer to do my talkin in the ring.

    Benjamin walks off, cutting the interview short, with Eve nodding, looking impressed before turning back to face the camera…

    Eve Torres: Gentlemen, back to you at ringside…




    **AINT NO STOPPIN ME**

    The fans rise to cheer for the Black Diamond, SHELTON BENJAMIN who bounds onto the stage, full of vigour, with a HUGE main event for him tonight. Shelton slaps hands with fans on the aisle way, looking pumped up and confident…

    Jim Ross: This is huge for Shelton Benjamin, Coach. The chance to stake his claim for a shot at the richest prize in the game - but just who - or what - does John Cena have up his sleeve??

    The Coach: Well, I don’t know who John Cena will get to face Shelton here, and I sure don’t know what happened to this kid either. I used to love Shelton Benjamin, back when he was under the tutelage of Theodore Long … but this new attitude has me puzzled. He’s gotten really big headed if you ask me, and I hope John Cena pops his bubble to give Benjamin some humility.

    Jim Ross: I’m surprised, Coach, seein as YOU touted Shelton Benjamin as a future World Champion not so long ago, and now, here he is, on the cusp of making that prediction come true.

    The Coach: Yeah … but that was when he had The Brotherhood and Teddy Long at his side. I don’t like this version of Shelton Benjamin at all. He’s lost all respect from me.

    Benjamin hit’s the ring, pumping up the fans, before bouncing up and down, awaiting his opponent tonight…

    **HATE ME NOW**

    The World Heavyweight Champion limps onto the stage with a mic in hand, and stands at the top of the ramp, talking over his music until it stops…

    John Cena: All right, Benjamin … you want a shot at my title?? Let’s see how much you want it. I want to see how you deal with adversity … like say … a handicap.

    Benjamin listens from the ring, and motions for Cena to bring it on.

    John Cena: See, you aint facing ONE man … you gonna take on TWO!!!

    Heat from the fans, as Benjamin grimaces momentarily, realising he’s in a spot of trouble now.

    John Cena: And it aint just any two guys … it’s the best damn tag team to EVER walk through the doors of the WWE!! AMW - GET YO ASSES OUT HERE!!!!!

    **THREE SUNS AND ONE STAR**

    Heat greets the former four time WWE Tag Team Champions, with CHRIS HARRIS and JAMES STORM joined as ever by Michelle McCool. They walk by John Cena, offering The Champ a nod … before proceeding down the ramp.

    Jim Ross: I don’t like this a damn bit!!! Shelton Benjamin is at a huge disadvantage here - he wasn’t expecting a handicap match!! It was supposed to be one on one!!

    The Coach: I don’t remember that being stipulated, baby boy. Accept it - Shelton Benjamin just got played by The Champ!! John Cena plays chess, Shelton Benjamin is stuck on checkers!!

    Jim Ross: How in the hell is Shelton Benjamin gonna overcome these odds?? We’ll be right back for our main event, folks. Don’t go anywhere!!





    Commercial Break





    Main Event | HANDICAP MATCH:
    Shelton Benjamin vs. Americas Most Wanted w/Michelle McCool
    The bell rings as soon as Raw returns, with Storm launching at Benjamin, but misses wildly, allowing Shelton to quickly roll him up; 1...2...NO!! Benjamin nearly got it done quickly, and he follows up with another two quick pin attempts on The Cowboy, but Storm is able to kick out both times. Shelton keeps the upper hand in the early stages, with J.R praising his tactics, talking about Benjamin realising he needs to try and win quickly and catch AMW unaware.

    John Cena watches from the ramp, looking concerned initially, especially with the quick pin attempts, but the team work - and numbers game - from AMW sees them take control of the match up. Harris and Storm get to work on Benjamin, running through a lot of their trademark double team offence, but despite that, Shelton wont stay down. AMW make frequent tags, keeping themselves fresh, but when they send Shelton off the ropes - he rebounds back with a DOUBLE clothesline!!!!!

    {/OVERRUN}

    Benjamin turns the tide, taking it to Americas Most Wanted, and deals with Harris, delivering the T-Bone Exploder, and then catches The Cowboy with the Dragon Whip!!! Cena begins to look concerned with the tide turning, but as Benjamin climbs up top to take out the recovering Storm, McCool makes her presence felt, grabbing the foot of Benjamin!!! He shrugs her off, but it gives Storm the chance to stop Shelton flying off the top and slams him onto the mat!!!!!

    AMW take over again, with a long heat segment, resulting in a sleeper on Benjamin, forcing the Black Diamond to dig deep to recover. Shelton stirs, fighting out of the sleeper, and puts Storm down with the Frost Kick … but as the point where Benjamin could really do with a tag out to a fresh partner … he doesn’t have one!! Meanwhile, Storm does, and he makes it to Harris, bringing The Wildcat into play!! Harris cuts Benjamin off, and Americas Most Wanted retake control.

    Harris scores a near fall off a Full Nelson Slam, before distracting the referee to allow Michelle to choke Shelton on the ropes. Harris gets The Black Diamond up, and impressively holds him in the air, looking for the delayed vertical … but whilst he holds Shelton up, Benjamin shifts his weight, landing back on his feet, and snaps off a suplex of his own on Harris!!!! Shelton slowly climbs to his feet, using the ropes, with Storm cutting him off, dropping Benjamin across the top rope!!!

    Benjamin staggers back, into the path of Harris - snap power slam!! 1...2...NO!!!!! Benjamin WONT stay down!!! The Wildcat shakes his head, and tags out to Storm, before signalling for the finish!!! Storm gets Benjamin into the bear hug position, with Harris climbing up top … DEATH SENTENCE … NO!!!!! Shelton uses his core strength to lift his body upright - HARRIS HIT’S THE CANVAS!!!!! And Benjamin delivers PAYDIRT TO STORM!!!!! Cover… 1...2...MCCOOL PULLS THE REF OUT OF THE RING!!!!!

    Boos ring out around the arena, with McCool keeping Mike Chioda distracted, as Harris recovers, and looks to attack Benjamin - who has his back turned, trying to get the referees attention - but as the Wildcat races at him, Benjamin reacts quickly and back drops Harris to the outside!!! Shelton looks to follow up with a baseball slide to Harris, but McCool shoves the referee in harms way instead - and Shelton slides into Chioda, taking out the referee!!!!!

    As if on cue, JOHN CENA now proceeds down the ramp - still selling his leg injury from Backlash - looking to take advantage of the referee bump and help out AMW … but as he gets to the ringside area … CHRISTIAN ATTACKS CENA FROM BEHIND!!!!! CHRISTIAN IS HERE!!!!!! The fans go berserk, as CHRISTIAN evens the scores, stunning Cena - and EVERYONE - by showing up!!! Christian sends Cena into the steps … and after that, Harris grabs Christian …

    BUT BENJAMIN SOMERSAULTS TO THE OUTSIDE - TAKING OUT THE WILDCAT!!!!! The fans explode again for the high risk offence, with Christian grabbing Cenas World title belt … AND NAILS HIM - RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES!!!!! Meanwhile, Shelton climbs back up top, as Storm struggles to his feet … and Christian scares off McCool from trying to interfere again … BLOCKBUSTER TO JAMES STORM!!!!! Christian throws Chioda back in for the agonizingly slow count … 1.………2.………3!!!!!!!!!!
    Winner: Shelton Benjamin @ 12:01

    Jim Ross: HE DID IT!!! SHELTON BENJAMIN HAS BEATEN THE ODDS!!!

    The Coach: No he didn’t!! Christian helped him!! This shouldn’t stand - Shelton didn’t prove anything!!!

    Jim Ross: Shelton Benjamin survived the onslaught tonight, he damn well PROVED to me and everyone watching he has what it takes - AND MORE - to compete with the World Heavyweight Champion!!!

    The Coach: Thanks to Christian!! Couldn’t do it on his own!!

    Shelton Benjamin has his hand raised in victory, whilst Michelle McCool looks devastated on the outside, as she tends to Chris Harris. John Cena crawls to grab his title, as Christian gets into the ring, coming face to face with Benjamin after he jumps down from the ropes in celebration.

    Jim Ross: And now what?? What’s gonna happen here???

    The Coach: Shelton Benjamin should get on his knees to thank Christian for the assist - and Christian should be arrested!!!

    Christian and Benjamin engage in a tense stare down. Christian - taped up and showing off a black eye after his war last night - has a few choice words for Shelton, but accepts a handshake from Benjamin, to cheers from the fans.

    The Coach: This is making me sick!!! I bet Shelton Benjamin had this planned all along the little snake!!!

    After the handshake though, Christian tells Benjamin in no uncertain terms HE wants the title to; pointing to the downed Champ on the outside, and motions around his waist for the belt. Benjamin nods, but doesn’t back up, mouthing to Christian; “It‘s MY time now…”

    “We‘ll see…” is the curt response from Christian, with Captain Charisma backing out of the ring, giving Benjamin his moment to savour, walking by the groggy flattened Cena, proceeding up the ramp.

    Jim Ross: Christian may well have come to the aide of Shelton Benjamin here tonight … but I don’t think he left any uncertainty over his intentions. Christian is still gunning for the World Heavyweight Championship and especially the man that holds that gold. But Shelton Benjamin has staked his claim here tonight…

    The Coach: And John Cena should refuse BOTH of ‘em!! He’s already beaten Christian. And Benjamin proved tonight he isn’t worthy of a shot.

    Jim Ross: I disagree, Coach; Shelton Benjamin proved to EVERYONE he has what it takes to challenge John Cena - and The Champ knows it!! Shelton Benjamin has rocked John Cenas world here tonight - and he aint done - not by a long shot!!! Goodnight everybody!!!

    The show ends on Shelton Benjamin posing on the ropes, pumping up the fans … whilst John Cena clutches ever so tightly onto his World title … concerned??


    END OF SHOW
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