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    Jericho’s character is obviously going through a massive transformation at the moment and whilst I questioned the how/why it came about, the overall direction of the change is something I’m looking forward to. The spotlight and no catchphrases is very 2008, which I guess is kind of what you’re going for. I LOVED the symbolism of this segment though, as he goes through the process of burying all his greatest moments and merchandise. Tremendous stuff, including the slight digs at the fans in the process. RVD interrupting and getting some shots in after last week makes sense, and Jericho/RVD as Jericho sheds the Y2J character should be awesome. Great stuff to start the show.

    LOL poor Kanyon… But Steiner was always destroying him here. No issues. The aftermath is the real important thing here, and Steiner immediately mentioning Goldberg is crazy, but I like the idea of everybody wanting the gold in some way, shape or form. Stacy turning Steiner down again, only for the forced kiss and the walk out was interesting. Look I kind of hope this has a twist because after the Test stuff, for Stacy to be in another one of these terrible working relationships would feel a bit repetitive. At this stage, I’ll reserve judgement though and give it another week or so.

    Austin/Bischoff segment was another solid one here, and poor Lance Storm is going to have to deal with a Handicap match. I liked Bischoff going to pat Austin on the shoulder but then realising and changing his mind. You continue to channel their chemistry quite well.

    The Dudleyz wanting revenge makes sense but they damn sure didn’t get it. Poor guys left lying again. I’m assuming the guy in the hoodie is Batista unless you’re pulling a swerve which is a possibility.

    You continue to do a masterful job putting over the sadistic Kane, even in these squash matches. I mean, constantly picking up Cade and not letting the count finish to inflict more punishment is great, as was the attack on Jindrak afterwards. Great job with Kane in general so far and it continues here.

    Victoria promo was short and sharp but did its job. It gave us Victoria’s reason for attacking Lita and it makes perfect sense.

    RVD/Jericho for next week sounds good, but the attack here from Jericho was brutal. Not only does he take care of business and keep RVD down, but having Austin sit there and watch was a slightly creepy element. Maybe Austin could have tried to call for security or something if he really wanted this attack to stop? I don’t know. But this was effective use of Austin’s provocation clause, whilst showing how callous Jericho is becoming.

    Victoria/Trish is always a solid enough women’s division match, and the DQ ending certainly wasn’t something I expected, but it flows well with Victoria’s unhinged personality. Lita coming out for the save only to get destroyed as well really puts over Victoria as an animal here. Enjoyed the touch of Molly showing fear as well. Tremendous showing for Victoria which is smart because she was being underutilised in real life.

    Austin’s pep talk to Storm was interesting. Definitely watching this space as these Storm segments can’t be happening for no reason.

    Shawn Michaels video is good.

    As expected, La Resistance get the win here but Storm didn’t disgrace himself by any means. Like I mentioned previously, looking forward to seeing what this does for Storm moving forward, and La Resistance look solid enough after losing the straps. Good job.

    New No Mercy poster? Awesome.

    Shawn Michaels is now attacked by the hooded man? Clearly Evolution are taking out everybody here, which means they will have something planned at the end of the night. I can’t wait.

    Maven/Mack built off of last week was fine, and I really didn’t expect Maven to get the win here. I thought he’d get the shit beaten out of him. A good win for Maven though, a very good win, but the aftermath was once again more interesting. Long ordering Henry to attack Mack as punishment is a new development, and I wonder what that means for the group… If anything.

    Simple yet effective Evolution promo to hype the main event. I like that they distanced themselves from the attacker, but I also thought it was funny that Orton tried to pretend The Dudleyz didn’t do any damage, even though he’s wincing. Nice main event hype though, looking forward to it.

    Goldberg/Orton match was a typical main event of this time period. I thought you booked and wrote it exceptionally well. I appreciate the extra detail for a big time title match to. All of the interference leads to Orton getting an advantage and then saving him as well, which puts over just how good The Berg is. The ending was to be expected and yep, Batista is back. Evolution end the night on top, as their battle with Goldberg continues. A good way to end the show, and I thought you handled the Batista return pretty well throughout.

    Usually when I read a show, I find a few complaints just because I like to provide feedback. Couldn’t really find anything here though. A terrific show if I’m honest, everything did its job and the Jericho stuff was stand out, as well as having the return of Batista. You are definitely well and truly into your groove now, keep up the fantastic work.








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    Nice opening with Jericho…I like this arc you have going on with him…defiantly feels I believe 08-09 Jericho when he feuded with HBK which I’m totally ok with…also, would have been totally ok with you keeping the Trish storyline as I loved that story. The funeral for Y2J is a good way to put the end to this part of his career. Liked the walk-through of Jericho going through his career with the t-shirts and the pictures getting thrown into the casket…. Wasn’t expecting the RVD run-in but I haven’t been able to tune in so I assume that they are feuding.

    Dominant win by Steiner…. I wish Kanyon were used better in the WWE…he was so talented IMO…. I literally LOL’d at the “suddenly shouted for some reason.” Interesting having Steiner for Goldberg…I assume this is a enhancement feud for Goldberg. I trust what your doing with Steiner/Stacy, but I just feel that entire story has jumped the shark just due to the length of it from Stacy/Test to Test/Steiner to now Steiner/Stacy.

    Good segment here setting up the handicap match….I love the way you write your promo’s as far as formatting goes…I want to and will try to steal the format…with permission of course. Great segment with the Dudleys and Evolution…The Dudley’s are a reputable team to get Evolution over…I love a good mystery angle and I assume if Batista isn’t in Evolution already this is him as I don’t think you should mess with the members of that group…something WWE got right.

    Second “squash” match of the night, but its effective in getting Kane over as a monster… New team with Cade and Jindrak and they shouldn’t lose anything by jobbing out to Kane here… they are young and really havnt got a personality yet… Do hope for some character development from them soon.

    I love when a heel is justified in their actions… excellent interview by Victoria to do just that.

    Thank you for the explanation of why RVD attacked Jericho…the obvious match set-up by Austin and then a bloody good attack from Jericho. Great stuff.

    Haha…the Molly talking to King was defiantly in character for her… A good out for both women in having the DQ from Victoria just snapping and going crazy with her attack on Trish…no one loses anything from this. Lita with the save is good and then the stare down from Victoria shows that her focus is on the title belt.

    The segment with Storm makes me wonder how you are going handle the handicap match… Will Golddust show up? Will Storm take the beat down? Will he find a way to win? You have me intrigued.

    Ahhh Storm almost pulls the miracle off, but taken away at the last moment. I wonder what is going on with Golddust and where he is… defiantly has my attention.

    Holy Hell…. Iron Man between Kurt and Brock…. That will be a hell of a read… and you went 60 mins which I love.

    Now HBK is attacked by the hooded man… this has to be Batista.

    I was confused by Mack taking the loss to Maven here, but the after match attack from Henry shows why that booking happened… I think Henry/Long tandem is better than Mack/Long/Henry, but now you loss the Mack losing for Henry portion of that trio.

    Good little interview…. Downplaying the mystery attacker was good…. I liked Orton calling Goldberg a legend, just to lead back into the legend Killer gimmick from Orton.

    Damn…Smackdown rebound shows an F5 from Brock to Stephanie… I really need to stop missing shows.

    Hell of a main event… didn’t expect to see a title change here and I was correct… good RAW main event set up for this time period…. As I expected, Batista is the masked man…. I love that you have put them together… Where is HHH?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sebsy View Post
    This is getting a bit tiresome to say, but another cracking show!

    Great pacing, each show feels really well put together and things just flow and make sense.

    Figured it was probably Batista in the hoodie as Evolution don't need anyone else in the ranks, and he's definitely been portrayed as a dangerous animal on his return. Timing works nicely too with HHH taking some time off to lick his wounds to no doubt return when Evolution finally find themselves in real trouble.

    Intrigued where the Goldust stuff is going. Not showing up and leaving his partner in the lurch suggests a heelturn, though it could be part of something greater and Goldust has been taken captive or something. Likely the former, which is fine.

    Good to see Steiner seems to be going full on heel, as he really is an awful dick in real life so it's easy to hate him for anything he does wrong here. Personally I'd rather him just disappear!
    On Batista being the guy under the hood: Yeah, that was more for the "reveal" than the surprise. I figured everyone would know, but hopefully it carried more weight being a "moment" like that.

    On Steiner as a heel and disappearing: I'm glad you are liking Steiner more as a heel. He's a much better fit as a douchey heel than a gentlemanly babyface. I don't think he has a hugely long WWE career ahead of him, but hopefully there's still value to him for the time being.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf Beast View Post
    Opening the show with Jericho worked for me, coming off his big angle last week, and worked especially well with the way in which you opened the promo, in total darkness, except for the lone spotlight. I like the change in look for Jericho and the change in demeanour, setting this change in direction up nicely. I loved what you did with this ‘funeral’ for the Y2J character, dumping the old t-shirts into the casket. Really inventive stuff – or at least, it felt that way to me – I can’t think of anything like it ever. RVD crashing the segment at the end added some excitement to proceedings, and Van Dam had to be out there at some point for revenge after what happened last week. Overall, a tremendous opening segment. The highlight of the show for me.


    And that’s not to say the rest of the show wasn’t up to snuff. It absolutely was. Steiner following up last weeks segment with Kanyon by beating him emphatically here was fine. Didn’t just feel like a random match, having something to work off after last week. I hope you find a regular role for Kanyon. Always liked him as a personality, and whilst I don't see him being a huge star for you or anything, he could be a useful mid card heel to have around.


    I’m enjoying this progression with Steiner and Stacy, and especially the attitude of Steiner, as your promo writing for him sounds really authentic to me. Setting him up as a potential opponent for Goldberg makes a lot of sense to me, as you’ve already got their in-built history from WCW, with the added bonus of Steiner being able to brag about holding a win over Goldberg. Could easily be a decent Raw main event some week down the line. Not sure if Stacy walking out on Steiner is the write off for this partnership, or if that’s just her removing herself for tonight. I see this angle continuing on though, whether Stacy remains by Scotts side for now or not.


    I’ll be honest, I found it a little peculiar that the Austin ‘no contact’ rule with the talent got brought back up after being ignored since the beginning of the thread. I had assumed that this angle was just dropped when you started this thread, and it suddenly being referenced numerous times on this show just felt particularly awkward, and not very subtle.


    Moving past that, whilst it was fairly predictable that Goldust would be standing Storm up, I still appreciated you giving this angle a lot of airtime, playing out Lance’s plight throughout the show, and even though he was walking into a certain defeat, it was nice that you let him put up a bit of a fight at least with La Resistance. Given his interactions and pep talk from Austin, I felt that Storm’s stock was certainly raised on this weeks show, rather than just being the conduit to tell this AWOL Goldust angle – which he could’ve easily been in lesser hands, and used as mere fodder and nothing more than a jobber or a forgettable piece of the puzzle. Not here. While the Jericho promo at the top of the show was the highlight, the use of Lance Storm was my favourite character progression this week.


    Again, though I’m using the word ‘predictable’ it’s absolutely not meant in any kind of derogatory fashion. I prefer sensible, logical storytelling over a swerve {bro} anyway, and if you’d revealed anyone else other than Batista at the end of the show, I’d have been unimpressed. Even though it was predictable that Batista was the hooded attacker throughout the show, it still had a big impact at the end, rather than you just trotting Big Dave out in plain sight from the get go. Thought the Dudleys came off a little better this week, going after Flair and Orton, but ending up on the losing side of the fight thanks to the hooded man.


    Kane running roughshod again this week works fine for me. Until you’re ready to pull the trigger on Goldberg/Kane, this is as good a use of Kane as there is, keeping him as an unstoppable monster. It pained me a little to see Cade and Jindrak get steamrollered, as at this point when they started on Raw, I thought both guys could be something. That said, they’re still rookies, and as bad as they looked here, it’s not like they cant eventually recover from it. Plus, Kane is the priority. He looked beastly again. Mission accomplished.


    Big fan of unhinged psycho Victoria, and this interview gave me the impression that’s where she’s heading again. Slowly but surely, the Womens division is getting built up here, picking up some steam, thanks to the return of Lita and now, the reinvigoration of Victoria.


    As much as I loved that opening segment with Jericho (and Van Dam), I wished it had been left at that, as this segment and attack didn’t feel necessary and could’ve happened next week instead, or at a later date. Not to say it was a bad segment by any means. In fact, it was really strong, and put over this new sinister, emotionless, all business version of Chris Jericho. I just didn’t feel you needed to do it this week as that opening segment was – for me – perfect to be left at just that for this week.


    She’s probably going under the radar a little for most, but for me, Molly Holly is consistently getting some of the best lines in this thread. Her turning on King when she came out for commentary was a great put down, putting the dirty pervert in his place. The DQ in the Victoria/Trish match was a sensible outcome to me too. No need to be jobbing out Trish or using her as fodder for Victoria, but you cant be giving Victoria a proper loss right now either. Plus, the DQ helps put over the psycho nature of unhinged Victoria, as does her quickly taking care of Lita too. Victoria showing no signs of saddling up with the heel pair too is a great move. Keeping her apart as a threat to everyone is absolutely the right way to go. Good stuff all round.


    The fact we don't even get to see the attacks from the mystery man is a nice touch too, as it adds a sense of chaos and unpredictability around it all –whilst obviously, also hiding the identity of the attacker. Him taking out Michaels was a smart move too, as it would explain his absence later on when you might expect him to try and make the save.


    This … came out of left field to me a bit. I had Thuggin and Buggin Enterprises pegged as a team that would be heading to the top of the tag division a few weeks ago, but the loss to the Superheroes last week and Mack losing to Maven this week, says that’s not the case. And I don't think Long setting Henry on Mack after the match was some kind of ‘toughlove’ either. That suggests to me it’s a clean break, and we’ll be seeing Mark Henry going solo from here. Slightly disappointed, as I thought they could be a big heel team, but at the same time, Henry is probably more use to you as a singles act – and another potential future opponent for Goldberg on Raw.


    I liked the verbiage from Orton in his interview. The young upstart telling Goldberg that Goldberg had impressed him was such a big headed douche thing for him to say, which made it obvious – if it wasn't already – that Orton’s not short of confidence, despite facing the man that dispatched his leader. Good stuff, and more progression of the cocky Orton character.


    Also, I was impressed by you having J.R and Lawler discuss the close of Smackdown last week. Adds a lot more importance to that moment, having the announcing team on the rival show get heated about it. Adds acertain degree of gravitas when it’s J.R putting an angle over too. A small detail, but for me, a very important one. That piece of dialogue between J.R and King made that moment feel so much more impactful.


    Interesting that Orton got a good deal of offence on the dominant World Champion, and wasn't just fed to Goldberg. Clearly, he’s learned from Triple H’s mistakes, and learned some tricks from Flair, stalling at the top ofthe match to frustrate Goldberg into making a rash decision leading to a mistake. Thought this – much like the Unforgiven match with Hunter – was really smartly booked, and well laid out, but a much different match at the same time, working around the obvious draw backs of Goldberg to make it an exciting match.


    Orton doing serious damage to the leg of Goldberg makes him look like such a bigger threat going forward, even if he didn’t win here. Him taking it to Goldberg (regardless of the outside interference) is a big thing for a rising star, and I was thoroughly impressed how well you booked this match to make Orton look good, whilst Goldberg looked tough as nails to fight through the pain barrier. Finish to the show was impactful, and ended on a big moment with the return of Batista, which will absolutely boost Evolution as a force on Raw – and just like Steiner and Henry, Batista is another one who would be a perfect opponent for Goldberg going forward. Plenty of potential match ups brewing here.


    Evolution – minus Triple H – putting Goldberg down to end the show is a massive statement for the group, and as I alluded to earlier, I liked the fact that Michaels was taken out earlier in the night, explaining why he (and the Dudleys too) didn’t rush out to make a save for Goldberg. Very smartly booked angle throughout the show, and are turn is always going to have a big impact on a show. Really good stuff all round.
    On "the Wake of Y2J": Glad the funeral went down well. I wanted to do something to really get across his new attitude and draw a line under what went before. He was unfortunately a bit of a loser character by now, so hopefully by doing a segment like this the stink of the last year is gone and he's back to being refreshed and hot. He's going to be a huge part of this BTB going forward, as he should be...

    On the Austin "no contact" rule: I had mentioned this a little in the past I'm sure, but it was probably really subtle and understated, like Bischoff using it as a line to have a go at SCSA. It definitely got more blatant here, which perhaps could have been more sensitively handled. It came up a little more as it's going to be an important story point going forward.

    On Storm's stock rising: I hope this was the case. Part of the pre-Unforgiven issue for me was there waasn't really the time to do something like this. Guys like Goldust and Storm were so far gone it was always going to take a bit of work to re-heat them. Although it's early in this story, I'm glad it seems to be having the intended consequence.

    On JR and King talking about Smackdown: I don't typically love man-on-woman violence in wrestling, but I'm okay with it as long as the context is right. In this case, I felt it was an important story progression point as long as it's given the right focus. If it's a throwaway thing I'm not keen, but if it's something portrayed as a huge and totally disgusting act, I think it works.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stojy View Post
    Jericho’s character is obviously going through a massive transformation at the moment and whilst I questioned the how/why it came about, the overall direction of the change is something I’m looking forward to. The spotlight and no catchphrases is very 2008, which I guess is kind of what you’re going for. I LOVED the symbolism of this segment though, as he goes through the process of burying all his greatest moments and merchandise. Tremendous stuff, including the slight digs at the fans in the process. RVD interrupting and getting some shots in after last week makes sense, and Jericho/RVD as Jericho sheds the Y2J character should be awesome. Great stuff to start the show.

    LOL poor Kanyon… But Steiner was always destroying him here. No issues. The aftermath is the real important thing here, and Steiner immediately mentioning Goldberg is crazy, but I like the idea of everybody wanting the gold in some way, shape or form. Stacy turning Steiner down again, only for the forced kiss and the walk out was interesting. Look I kind of hope this has a twist because after the Test stuff, for Stacy to be in another one of these terrible working relationships would feel a bit repetitive. At this stage, I’ll reserve judgement though and give it another week or so.

    Austin/Bischoff segment was another solid one here, and poor Lance Storm is going to have to deal with a Handicap match. I liked Bischoff going to pat Austin on the shoulder but then realising and changing his mind. You continue to channel their chemistry quite well.

    The Dudleyz wanting revenge makes sense but they damn sure didn’t get it. Poor guys left lying again. I’m assuming the guy in the hoodie is Batista unless you’re pulling a swerve which is a possibility.

    You continue to do a masterful job putting over the sadistic Kane, even in these squash matches. I mean, constantly picking up Cade and not letting the count finish to inflict more punishment is great, as was the attack on Jindrak afterwards. Great job with Kane in general so far and it continues here.

    Victoria promo was short and sharp but did its job. It gave us Victoria’s reason for attacking Lita and it makes perfect sense.

    RVD/Jericho for next week sounds good, but the attack here from Jericho was brutal. Not only does he take care of business and keep RVD down, but having Austin sit there and watch was a slightly creepy element. Maybe Austin could have tried to call for security or something if he really wanted this attack to stop? I don’t know. But this was effective use of Austin’s provocation clause, whilst showing how callous Jericho is becoming.

    Victoria/Trish is always a solid enough women’s division match, and the DQ ending certainly wasn’t something I expected, but it flows well with Victoria’s unhinged personality. Lita coming out for the save only to get destroyed as well really puts over Victoria as an animal here. Enjoyed the touch of Molly showing fear as well. Tremendous showing for Victoria which is smart because she was being underutilised in real life.

    Austin’s pep talk to Storm was interesting. Definitely watching this space as these Storm segments can’t be happening for no reason.

    Shawn Michaels video is good.

    As expected, La Resistance get the win here but Storm didn’t disgrace himself by any means. Like I mentioned previously, looking forward to seeing what this does for Storm moving forward, and La Resistance look solid enough after losing the straps. Good job.

    New No Mercy poster? Awesome.

    Shawn Michaels is now attacked by the hooded man? Clearly Evolution are taking out everybody here, which means they will have something planned at the end of the night. I can’t wait.

    Maven/Mack built off of last week was fine, and I really didn’t expect Maven to get the win here. I thought he’d get the shit beaten out of him. A good win for Maven though, a very good win, but the aftermath was once again more interesting. Long ordering Henry to attack Mack as punishment is a new development, and I wonder what that means for the group… If anything.

    Simple yet effective Evolution promo to hype the main event. I like that they distanced themselves from the attacker, but I also thought it was funny that Orton tried to pretend The Dudleyz didn’t do any damage, even though he’s wincing. Nice main event hype though, looking forward to it.

    Goldberg/Orton match was a typical main event of this time period. I thought you booked and wrote it exceptionally well. I appreciate the extra detail for a big time title match to. All of the interference leads to Orton getting an advantage and then saving him as well, which puts over just how good The Berg is. The ending was to be expected and yep, Batista is back. Evolution end the night on top, as their battle with Goldberg continues. A good way to end the show, and I thought you handled the Batista return pretty well throughout.

    Usually when I read a show, I find a few complaints just because I like to provide feedback. Couldn’t really find anything here though. A terrific show if I’m honest, everything did its job and the Jericho stuff was stand out, as well as having the return of Batista. You are definitely well and truly into your groove now, keep up the fantastic work.
    On Steiner and Stacy: Yeah, I don't want to get too repetitive with booking. A slight corner I was backed in to was that I had to pay off the Test angle, preferably with Stacy and Test breaking it off, but was then left with the prospect of Stacy and Steiner, which doesn't seem preferable to what came before. It's a story I feel for character purposes has to happen (it wouldn't make sense to not tell this storyline), but hopefully you stick with me and trust it's going somewhere that'll hopefully be better than the whole Test/Stacy/Steiner angle that pretty much took up the entire year.

    On Kane being booked like a monster: I'm so glad people are enjoying his portrayal. I feel like his credibility died as a top talent after the unmasking by feuding forever with Shane then being scared of 'Taker. One of my key goals for this BTB was to get his booking right (same with Jericho and Goldberg), so pleased to see you're a fan of it.

    On the new No Mercy poster: Raye did that for me, and he did a great job. Nailed exactly what I was after. Really good work.

    On Victoria getting a push: I think the WWE were lucky that they had Trish and Lita, two of the biggest female stars in history, at the same time, because their booking of women was terrible for quite a while. They actually had some great talent in there (I'm a huge Molly fan, and Victoria and Gail were great too), but they weren't given proper storylines. It always became "two women are being bitchy to each other" or "X is jealous of Y", which is just super lazy. They've got these huge stars in Lita and Trish, the division deserves to be given proper angles fans can get behind. That's what I'm building to, but like anything it takes time. Hopefully Victoria has credibility to be a part of things as well now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigmc123 View Post
    Nice opening with Jericho…I like this arc you have going on with him…defiantly feels I believe 08-09 Jericho when he feuded with HBK which I’m totally ok with…also, would have been totally ok with you keeping the Trish storyline as I loved that story. The funeral for Y2J is a good way to put the end to this part of his career. Liked the walk-through of Jericho going through his career with the t-shirts and the pictures getting thrown into the casket…. Wasn’t expecting the RVD run-in but I haven’t been able to tune in so I assume that they are feuding.

    Dominant win by Steiner…. I wish Kanyon were used better in the WWE…he was so talented IMO…. I literally LOL’d at the “suddenly shouted for some reason.” Interesting having Steiner for Goldberg…I assume this is a enhancement feud for Goldberg. I trust what your doing with Steiner/Stacy, but I just feel that entire story has jumped the shark just due to the length of it from Stacy/Test to Test/Steiner to now Steiner/Stacy.

    Good segment here setting up the handicap match….I love the way you write your promo’s as far as formatting goes…I want to and will try to steal the format…with permission of course. Great segment with the Dudleys and Evolution…The Dudley’s are a reputable team to get Evolution over…I love a good mystery angle and I assume if Batista isn’t in Evolution already this is him as I don’t think you should mess with the members of that group…something WWE got right.

    Second “squash” match of the night, but its effective in getting Kane over as a monster… New team with Cade and Jindrak and they shouldn’t lose anything by jobbing out to Kane here… they are young and really havnt got a personality yet… Do hope for some character development from them soon.

    I love when a heel is justified in their actions… excellent interview by Victoria to do just that.

    Thank you for the explanation of why RVD attacked Jericho…the obvious match set-up by Austin and then a bloody good attack from Jericho. Great stuff.

    Haha…the Molly talking to King was defiantly in character for her… A good out for both women in having the DQ from Victoria just snapping and going crazy with her attack on Trish…no one loses anything from this. Lita with the save is good and then the stare down from Victoria shows that her focus is on the title belt.

    The segment with Storm makes me wonder how you are going handle the handicap match… Will Golddust show up? Will Storm take the beat down? Will he find a way to win? You have me intrigued.

    Ahhh Storm almost pulls the miracle off, but taken away at the last moment. I wonder what is going on with Golddust and where he is… defiantly has my attention.

    Holy Hell…. Iron Man between Kurt and Brock…. That will be a hell of a read… and you went 60 mins which I love.

    Now HBK is attacked by the hooded man… this has to be Batista.

    I was confused by Mack taking the loss to Maven here, but the after match attack from Henry shows why that booking happened… I think Henry/Long tandem is better than Mack/Long/Henry, but now you loss the Mack losing for Henry portion of that trio.

    Good little interview…. Downplaying the mystery attacker was good…. I liked Orton calling Goldberg a legend, just to lead back into the legend Killer gimmick from Orton.

    Damn…Smackdown rebound shows an F5 from Brock to Stephanie… I really need to stop missing shows.

    Hell of a main event… didn’t expect to see a title change here and I was correct… good RAW main event set up for this time period…. As I expected, Batista is the masked man…. I love that you have put them together… Where is HHH?
    On Jericho, RVD and Trish: Yeah, there won't be the Trish angle in here I'm afraid. I couldn't really do it without stealing outright, which would be a waste of 6 months booking time in my eyes. Hopefully what he has coming up will be worth skipping that whole angle. And yeah, he attacked RVD last week as part of this turn, which was why RVD came looking for revenge.

    On permission to use my promo format: Of course! Go for it, dude.

    On Victoria being justified in her actions: Yeah, I'm with you there. It's important to me that everyone behaves in a way that seems true to their characters and not just because. It occurred to me that Lita getting a title shot on night 2 back in the company would rub some people up the wrong way, which I wanted to tap in to.

    On the Iron Man coming up: I'm psyched to write it to be honest. Love writing Iron Man matches. 60 minutes will make it long, but hopefully worth it.

    On where HHH is: He lost at Unforgiven and took time off. It felt like a natural thing for his character to do in the face of a clear loss, given he threw everything at Goldberg and came up short. Kinda going home and sulking for a few weeks/months/years (TBC). Plus, it gives me the chance to take a few weeks/months/years to tell a story without him, which has been nice to give a bit of air to some other things that might not have been possible had he just been there the whole way through.

    Smackdown will be up later this week if KOBTB doesn't take over...

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    Re: WWE: Where It All Begins... Again

    God I miss this theme song. This and the old Smackdown Rise Up! song will always be the best to me, I don't know if it's because they were there when I first started watching wrestling or because they are just that damn good. Great opening promo, you must either really love Jericho or have been watching for a hell of a long time to know the history of all his t-shirts haha, but seriously, that's such a great touch to have in a promo and it's so unique, I've never read anything like it before. I must note, I am unfamiliar with feuds you have going and what-not as this is the first show I'm reading from you. Van Dam/Jericho should be fun, I really hope you have Van Dam pushed sometime later on in this diary.

    Good quick victory for Steiner. Interesting promo, can't really tell if he's a face or a heel, he seems to be presented as a tweener. Steiner genuinely just gives no fucks about anything and I hope that's how you intended him to come off here. I miss the perverted comments from King to be honest. I'm so happy that the modern day WWE has Graves on commentary because he's honestly one of the best things to happen to modern commentary in a while. Anyways, as for the short promo, curious to see where it'll lead for Steiner/Stacy/and whoever Steiner faces next.

    So you've got Stone Cold in the GM role, interesting. Goldy no-showing? Hm.

    Hm, I wonder who it is. Orton and Flair by themselves? Was it HHH or Batista perhaps?

    Absolute squash. Kane was a monster in this period of time, like at this time as child, kids were legitimately terrified of him still, and rightfully so. I have no complains about him getting a monster push if he has one on the way.

    Great set-up for next week and the revenge attack by Jericho to add fire to the match. I wonder if Christian will somehow get himself involved here. Maybe supporting Jericho and trying to not have to defend his IC title?

    Victoria going apeshit and laying waste to Trish and Lita, I love it. Molly should be scared because if Victoria gets a shot at that title right now, it's a wrap. Wonder how you're going to go about the title scene from here-on going forward.

    Good pep talk for Storm, I feel like something is going to happen though, no way he just goes out there and takes an ass whooping with no funny business of some-sort... or I guess I was wrong.. that's that. Guess I have to see where this goes on your next Raw.

    Oh yay my poster!! Glad you liked it and that you're using it :D

    ANOTHER ATTACK!! MY GOD. I'm starting to realize I don't know when Batista debuted, and I wonder if maybe this is him debuting if he's not already in your diary?

    YES! Singles push for Henry incoming I hope! I'm so mad that Henry had an unfortunate injury and was never allowed to be World Champ when he truly should've been. The dude was an absolute monster around 05/06. I realize this is before then, but still, I'm excited for where he goes in your diary. Ugh, I'm super in favour of so many guys in your diary right now.

    Oi I didn't even know Orton had a World Title match coming, surely the attacker will get involved again.

    Good match, I really thought Orton might steal it with working on the knee and the hooded man lurking somewhere. My only complain is that Goldberg hit a superkick somehow with a really worked on knee. I'd get it if it was his finisher and he had to muster up all his strength to hit it, but I feel like it would've been better as an attempted superkick in which his knee gave out and he buckled down to the ground. Just a small complaint, and just about the only complaint I have about anything on your show, which was nothing short of amazing. Next weeks show looks action packed, I can definitely see why you got BTB of the Month, and you've got a new reader! Keep it up!

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    Re: August BTBOTM - WWE: Where It All Begins... Again



    October 2nd 2003
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin



    We start the opening video, but are almost immediately cut off by…


    “I'M ALL GROWN UP… NOW”

    *** ALL GROWN UP ***



    The Smackdown General Manager STEPHANIE MCMAHON bursts through the curtain and towards the ring, wincing as she grabs at her injured neck.

    "Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Smackdown," Michael Cole says, although more understated than usual. "It looks like we won't be getting the opening video this week, as here comes the General Manager, Stephanie McMahon. And Tazz, what happened to Stephanie last week was... well... I don't know what to say."

    "Me neitha, Cole,"
    Tazz says. "I used to work in ECW. I saw a lot of crazy stuff go down back in tha' day, but last week... man. I ain't got the words, and I don't know when tha' last time was I could say that."

    "You and me both, partner."


    Stephanie gets in the ring and takes a microphone, and again tugs at her injured neck, trying but failing not to show any signs of pain. "I'm not wasting any time. Dad, I know you're back there. Get yourself down here right now and meet me face-to-face."

    The crowd cheer the assertiveness of the GM, but there is no Vince.

    "Come on, Dad. This show doesn't begin until you get yourself down here to the ring. I'm not going anywhere."


    “NO CHANCE… THAT’S WHAT YOU’VE GOT!”

    ***NO CHANCE IN HELL***



    The crowd boo as VINCE MCMAHON struts out from the back, arms flailing either side of his body, with an enormous grin spread across his face. He takes a microphone, steps in the ring, and faces his daughter.

    "Okay, Stephanie," he says. "I'm here. What d'ya want?"

    "What do I want? What do I want? What the hell do you think I want? What is wrong with you? What kind of a father would encourage two men to attack their daughter like that? What kind of a man would do that?"


    The smirk disappears from Vince's face. "Don't question my manhood, Stephanie."

    "Why not?"

    "You want to know why I would do what I did?"

    "I do."

    "I'll tell you why I'd do that. I'll tell you what kind of a father would arrange for something like that to happen. A father who is sick of his children sucking the life out of him. A father who has built everything you see before you with his bare hands, and gave his children everything they could possibly need... and look how they repay him. Look how you repay me. You, Stephanie, quite frankly... you make me sick. You know why?"

    "No, I don't know why. I don't know what I have possibly done to make you behave like this."

    "It's because you think you're me, damn it! You think you are the next Vince McMahon. But you're not. You're not even the next Linda McMahon, and that bar is set pretty low. You think you are my equal, but you are not. You are not, and will never be... my equal. And it's insulting for you to think that you are."

    "Oh no, Dad. I don't think we're equal at all. Because I could never... ever... do what you did last week. Or, hell, what you've done the last few weeks. You've made my life hell. And I just don't get it."

    "You know what? You're damn right! You couldn't do what I do. Because you're not ruthless enough. I made this brand out of nothing, and you've driven it in to the ground. You've let the wrestlers take over while you’re busy flirting with Kurt Angle. You’re a married woman, you know?”

    “Separated,”
    Stephanie corrects him.

    "Married, separated, I don’t care. You’re not focused on your job. You have no control. No respect. This show has no class. And all it would take to bring it back around is some of the ruthlessness that I have to show every day, but you don't have it in you. If you had even an ounce of what I have inside of you, then... well... frankly... you wouldn't be such a disappointment."

    The crowd, naturally, boo.

    "Then fire me," Stephanie sighs. "If I'm that much of a disappointment, if I've made things so bad for you and this brand, fire me. But whatever it is you are doing now... T]this... this... this interfering in my business... this putting me in harm's way? It has to end."

    "I wish I could fire you, Stephanie. Truly, I wish I could. If this was anyone but my daughter performing so poorly, I would have fired you months ago. Your mistakes are endless. You have supported the wrong people. You have failed to make the most of your biggest asset in Brock Lesnar, you-"
    he pauses as fans boo the name of the Number One Contender. "If I could, I would love nothing more than to fire you right here... right now. But I can't. Because I would never hear the end of it. From now until the day I die, I will be known as the man who fired his own daughter."

    "I won't put up with this any longer, Dad."

    "Then quit. There is nothing stopping you. Go back to your office, write a letter of resignation, and leave."


    Steph allows for a slight smile. "No, Dad. I'm not going to resign for you. I'm not going to give you the easy way out. I'm not going to give you the satisfaction. You want me out of here? Then fire me. Otherwise, leave me the hell alone to run this show however I want. But no more of whatever the hell this is. This can't carry on."

    Vince nods. "You're right. You're right. This can't carry on. Believe it or not, this brings me no pleasure. I don't enjoy seeing my only daughter hurt. I don't want things to be like this... I just want to never see you again."

    Steph laughs at the pure villainy of her father. "So what will it be, Dad? Option A – you fire me. Option B- you leave me alone to do my job. Your choice."

    Vince smirks. "You see, that’s another reason why you're not like me, Stephanie. Always thinking too literally. Too obvious. You don't think outside of the box. You see, there is an Option C here as well."

    "Which is?"

    "You versus me at No Mercy. You win, I leave you alone. I win, you resign. What do you say?"


    Stephanie looks out to the crowd, who pleads for her to take the match.

    "There is nothing I'd like to do more than punch you in the face... Dad," she says. "But I can't fight you. You are still my father, no matter how much I may wish it wasn't so."

    "Then I don't see any other options."


    She smirks. "Well, that's the problem with you, Dad. You're not creative enough. You don't think outside the box. You forgot about Option D. The match... me versus you... no way. You and I will never step in the ring and fight each other. But the stipulations? I kind of like those. So how about you find a representative, and I find a representative, and they face at No Mercy. Your representative wins, I resign. If mine wins, you leave me alone."

    Vince bursts in to a fit of a laughter. "Really? You really want to do that? Fine by me, you've got yourself the match. But I can't wait to see who you find. Because I find it very hard to believe that there is anyone out there brave enough to cross this boss-"


    “DEAD MAN WALKING”

    *** YOU’RE GONNA PAY ***



    Vince gulps as the crowd pop for the appearance of THE UNDERTAKER, who slowly stalks his way to the ring. He takes his own microphone and intimidates Vince in to the corner, then turns to Stephanie.

    "You lookin' for a representative to fight your old man?"

    She nods.

    "Then look no further. I'm your representative."

    Stephanie smiles and nods, and the crowd cheer.

    "Now wait just a damn minute," Vince growls. "You are making a big, big mistake, 'Taker. Because if you don't win, your life is about to become... a living... hell.”

    ‘Taker doesn’t react.

    "What’s the matter, don’t believe me? Okay, let me prove it to you.” He looks out to the crowd as he ponders his options. "Okay… how about tonight… in this… very… ring… you face the WWE Tag Team Champions... the World's Greatest Tag Team... in a 2 on 1 Handicap match. How does that sound?"

    "How does that sound?"
    'Taker asks, and Vince nods. "That sounds to me... like I better win."

    Kick to the gut! Vince doubles over... so 'Taker tucks his head between his thighs! He lifts him up... LAST RIDE!

    EMTs and backstage workers file out to ringside to check on the chairman as Stephanie grins. She offers a hand to The Undertaker... and he shakes it! Stephanie has her representative for No Mercy! 'Taker opens the ropes for Stephanie to exit the ring, and they leave together while Vince is being loaded on to a stretcher.

    "What a bombshell to kick off Smackdown!" Michael Cole yells.

    "You ain’t kiddin’, Cole!" Tazz adds. "And it looks like we're gonna have a Smackdown without the chairman!"

    "About time!"





    Nunzio w/ The FBI vs. Brian Kendrick

    This one has been building for a couple of weeks. Nunzio had initially refused the match with Kendrick, only to see the youngster upset Nunzio's stablemate Stamboli. Last week they both entered the Fatal Fourway to find the number One Contender for the Cruiserweight title, and Kendrick was screwed by the FBI.

    This all becomes clear in the opening moments as Spanky comes flying out of the box, leaving Nunzio shocked as to what he has gotten in to. But Kendrick is young, inexperienced and a risk-taker. That combination sees him make a mistake, and Nunzio takes over with a variety of excruciating submission moves.

    But Kendrick battles back, and as he builds a full head of steam, Stamboli decides to interfere... but Kendrick Dropkicks him back out! Palumbo with the Superkick... but Spanky ducks and lifts him over the top! But that all leaves him distracted for Nunzio to hit the Arrivederci! But Kendrick reverses in to a Roll Up...

    ONE...

    TWO...

    THREE!

    Winner: Brian Kendrick in 4:00


    The bell rings and Kendrick immediately takes off towards the back, not waiting for the FBI to enact their revenge.

    "Look at the FBI!" Cole says. "They can't believe Kendrick has gotten one over on them again!"

    "Spanky better be careful, Cole,"
    Tazz adds, "or he's gonna wake up sleepin' with the fishes, if ya get my meanin'."

    "How exactly does one ‘wake up’ while sleeping with the fishes?"

    "Or with a horse's head in his bed, I dunno. I ain’t much on organised crime."

    "Well, one thing that might be getting ‘organised’ soon is a shot at the Cruiserweight Title for Brian Kendrick.”

    “How long d’it take ya to come up wi’ that one? Even by your standards, tha’ was weak, Cole.”





    We cut backstage to where Josh Matthews is stood by with the new Cruiserweight Champion TAJIRI, and apparently his valet, DAWN MARIE.

    "Tajiri, last week we saw you overcome Rey Mysterio and become the new Cruiserweight Champion, but with help. What is the nature of your relationship with Dawn Marie?"

    "Excuse me,"
    Dawn says, "any questions for my client go through me. The nature of our relationship is client and manager. I was watching Smackdown a few weeks ago and I noticed wasted potential. I saw Tajiri floundering, and it frustrated me to see. But it made me look in the mirror. Now, obviously I liked what I saw on the surface, but deep down, I was angry. I was wasting my career, getting in to scraps with talentless skanks like Torrie Wilson. My real strength is as a manager. I manage people, and I manage them from wrestlers in to WWE superstars.”

    “So a few weeks ago, I began giving Tajiri here some tips. I helped him realise that he wasn’t being his true self. The Tajiri I used to know in ECW was disgusting. Violent. Dangerous. The version this company has created is a teddy bear. A teddy bear that would never make a name for himself. So now, Tajiri and I are working together, and you’re going to see the real Tajiri. And, believe me, you're not going to like what you see. Now if you’ll excuse me, this interview is finished."





    Elsewhere, STEPHANIE MCMAHON AND THE UNDERTAKER are in the General Manager's office.

    "'Taker, thank you," Stephanie says. "Really. This is a huge match for me, and to have your back means a lot. And through all of this over the last few weeks... thank you."

    "Just doin' what's right, Steph."

    "And I'll do right by you, too. Seeing as my father made the match with the World's Greatest Tag Team, I can't cancel the match. It has to be against them, and it has to be tonight. But what I can do is I can give you a partner, and make it for the WWE Tag Team Titles. Consider it a thank you, by way of screwing with my dad’s plans. Who would you like as a partner?"

    "I don't need a partn'r. I'll do this on my own, like I always do."

    "I can't let you do that. Really, please. Think of who you'd like as a partner."

    "I'm not repeatin' myself, Steph. I ain't runnin' scared of those kids. Long as they're in my yard, I'm the big dog of it. And they need a schoolin' for helpin' out your old man through all this-"

    "'Taker, listen. What you're doing, I'm really grateful. But this is my whole career on the line at No Mercy. My life. If the World's Greatest Tag Team injure you, then what do I do? I can't take that risk."

    "Ain't no risk, Steph. I got this-"

    "I'm not asking,"
    Steph finally says, far more forcefully than before. "If your career was on the line, I'd let you call the shots. But this is my career, and I say you find a tag partner for tonight."

    The Undertaker sighs. "Fine. You want me to have one so bad, I'll do it. But I ain't pickin' anyone. If anyone wants in on it, then they're welcome to stand on the apron and watch me kick some ass. But if no-one comes, it ain't no skin off my nose."




    In the parking lot, we see a car pull up, and out steps BROCK LESNAR to a huge chorus of boos. He grabs a bag and walks through the backstage corridors. As he does, everyone he passes looks down at him, whispering behind his back for what he did to Stephanie last week. Lesnar just smirks, disinterested in how his colleagues opinion of him has hit an all-time rock bottom.

    That is, until he turns a corner, and finds himself face-to-face with EDDIE GUERRERO.

    "You're in my way," Brock says.

    "No, ese, you got it all wrong. You're in my way. Anyone who does something like you did last week, they're always gonna be in my way. These other people, they might whisper behind your back homes, they might spit on the floor when you're gone, but me..."

    Eddie spits on the floor.

    "I spit on the floor in front of you."

    Brock gets in his face, but Eddie doesn't back down.

    Eventually Brock lets out a slight laugh and backs away. "Okay, Eddie, I get it. You don't like what I did. But how about you do something about it, homes? How about you actually face me in the ring about it, instead of just spitting on floors?"

    "You want a piece of me, ese? Then you got it! Me and you... tonight!"
    The crowd cheer. "But you better be careful, ese, 'cos you're not gonna make it to No Mercy once I'm done with you."

    Brock snarls. "Neither... are you."

    Lesnar barges past Eddie and continues down the corridor.

    "Can you believe that?" Cole exclaims from commentary. "Brock Lesnar... Eddie Guerrero... tonight!”




    Back at ringside, we jump partway in to the entrance of JAMIE NOBLE, who makes his way to the ring alongside his girlfriend NIDIA ahead of his Cruiserweight Title match... when TAJIRI jumps him from behind! What the hell is this?!

    Tajiri throws him in the guardrails, in to the ring apron, in to the stairs and in to the ringpost, all under the guidance of DAWN MARIE, and all before the match starts! The crowd boo the new champion mercilessly as he throws the already injured Jamie Noble in to the ring...


    WWE Cruiserweight Title
    Tajiri (c) w/Dawn Marie vs. Jamie Noble w/Nidia


    And we’re underway!

    Still the crowd boo the actions of the much-changed Tajiri, who immediately from the bell fires off those devastating kicks. Jamie Noble can merely try to stay in the match, garnering a positive reaction for the first time in his WWE career. Nidia tries to rally the crowd behind her man as Tajiri slowly dismantles him... only for Noble to catch a kick... Dropkick from Noble! And another! Tajiri staggers... Northern Lights Suplex! With a Bridge!

    ONE...

    TWO...

    Kick out! A close call for the champion!

    Noble waits for Tajiri to get to his feet... kick to the gut... he's looking for the Tiger Bomb... but Dawn Marie hops on to the apron and distracts referee Brian Hebner... LOW BLOW FROM TAJIRI! He lines up the Buzzsaw Kick...

    … but Nidia climbs on the apron! She can't BELIEVE Hebner was distracted and missed the low blow! Tajiri walks over... and pulls her in to the ring! Nidia scratches her way away from him, trying to escape… Tajiri hangs on, so Nidia scratches harder… and finally releases herself!

    BLACK MIST!

    TAJIRI JUST SPRAYED BLACK MIST IN THE EYES OF NIDIA!

    Nidia falls to the ground and screams in absolute anguish. Her screams pull Noble over, who sees what has happened and immediately starts to panic. He grabs the referees shirt and pulls it in, using it to try and wipe her eyes clean. He barks at the ref to send help as Nidia still shrieks in pain, unable to stay still. Noble tries to calm her as again he shouts at Brian Hebner to get someone...

    BUZZSAW KICK FROM TAJIRI!

    Jamie Noble collapses on top of Nidia! Tajiri pulls him off and makes the cover...

    … but Hebner won't make the count! He's busy calling for medical help from the back! Dawn Marie grabs Hebner by the shirt and throws him to the mat, and screams that if he doesn't make the count, Tajiri will mist him too. Hebner, with little choice, makes the count...

    ONE...

    TWO...

    THREE!

    Winner and STILL WWE Cruiserweight Champion: Tajiri in 6:10


    The medical team rush to the ring to tend to Nidia, who still screams in pain. Tajiri grins manically as Dawn Marie lifts his arm in victory, and leads him to the back as he clutches at the title. Within seconds, the ring is filled with medical personnel trying to tend to Nidia.

    "Folks," Cole begins, "I'm sorry for what you just had to see. I thought last week's treatment of Stephanie McMahon by Brock Lesnar was bad enough, but now this... I... I don't know what to say."

    "I do,"
    Tazz offers. "Tajiri, you a me go way back. I known ya for years, so you know I mean it when I say this – you can go to hell! What kind of a sick freak would do some'thin' like this, huh? I thought I knew ya, Tajiri, but I guess I di'n't. But you were right to run to the back like that, 'cos if ya had stayed 'nother couple of seconds, I'd have come out there and kicked your ass myself."

    "Damn right, partner. What the hell is wrong with Tajiri? Dawn Marie, that jezebel, apparently she's been leading him down this path for weeks now, but this is far, far over the line. Look at the poor woman in the ring. What did she do to deserve that? I hope you're happy, Tajiri. I hope this makes you feel like a big man."


    We see several replays of the incident as the show grinds to a halt. The fans applaud Nidia as she is led to the back, still in a panicked state of shock, and only now does Jamie Noble awaken enough to lend a hand. They make it backstage where an ambulance is waiting.

    "What's the word, doc?" Noble asks. "She gon' be okay?"

    "Too soon to say,"
    one of the EMTs says.

    "Jamie," Nidia calls out, panicked. "Am I goin' to be alright?"

    "You're gon' be just fine, baby, just fine. Let's get ya to the hospital."

    "I can't see, Jamie. Jamie... I can't see..."





    We cut backstage to where DAWN MARIE AND TAJIRI are walking, the champ still clutching on to his Cruiserweight Title. Out of nowhere, REY MYSTERIO AND BILLY KIDMAN jump him! They beat him around the corridor until Dawn Marie helps him scurry away.

    "You like beating up women, huh?" Kidman calls after him. "There's a lot more where that came from, let me tell you!"




    *** HEROES ***

    We cut back to ringside, we get the music of the WORLD’S GREATEST TAG TEAM, indicating a WWE Tag Title defence is on the way.

    "Folks," Cole says, "we're going to continue on with this show. I appreciate some of those scenes from earlier may have been distressing, and obviously tensions are high in the backstage area. We'll keep you posted with any news we get on Nidia as the show progresses, but for now, we'll look to the WWE Tag Team Title match.”

    "But who is The Undertaker's partner?"



    “DEAD MAN WALKING”

    *** YOU’RE GONNA PAY ***



    THE UNDERTAKER makes his way down to the ring and climbs in, where he stares down with both Tag Team Champions. He glances back to the entranceway to see if anyone will join, but seeing no-one, he removes his shirt and bandana and gets ready for action…


    *** WHATEVER ***


    "It's tha Cripplah!" Tazz yells.

    "CHRIS BENOIT seems to have come to the aid of The Undertaker!"

    ”We know Chris tends to do tha right thing, but goin’ against the boss here seems risky to me, Cole.”

    “But don’t forget Benoit has been one of the group to stand up to Mr. McMahon lately. A chance to cost part of Vince’s army their titles must be an appealing option!”



    WWE Tag Team Title Match
    World's Greatest Tag Team (c) vs. Chris Benoit & The Undertaker


    Benoit and Undertaker show some impressive teamwork from the start, both using their high-intensity offence to not give the champions a moment's peace. It's only when the champions manage to isolate Benoit that they turn the tide their way, and are then able to lean in to every trick they know of to keep the ring cut in two.

    The Undertaker paces impatiently up and down the apron as Haas and Benjamin gradually wear Benoit down, with the Crippler continually trying and failing to reach the sanctuary of his teammate. They work on the arm of Benoit, tying him up in a variety of Armbars and Wristlocks, and using diversionary tactics to keep the referee looking one way while they use each other to gain an advantage.

    With Benoit clutching at his shoulder, Haas makes the tag to Shelton, and they share the ring... Haas stands behind Benoit... Superkick to the shoulder from Shelton... in to a German Suplex by Haas! They make the cover...

    ONE...

    TWO...

    The Undertaker breaks up the pin! Haas slaps The Undertaker across the face... so Big Evil takes after him! But referee Charles Robinson gets in the way, telling ‘Taker he’s not the legal man… which allows Haas and Benjamin to stomp Benoit down!

    They pick him up and look for another Superkick/German Suplex combination... but Benoit ducks... and Shelton nails Charlie! German Suplex on Shelton! Benoit crawls to the corner... TAG TO THE UNDERTAKER!

    The Undertaker, having been rested on the sidelines, comes in and immediately dominates. He throws soupbone after soupbone, sending the champions sprawling. Shelton comes off the top... caught! Snake Eyes in to the turnbuckle! 'Taker off the ropes... Big Boot! He signals for the Chokeslam... and grabs Shelton by the throat... Haas charges... but is repelled by a Big Boot! CHOKESLAM TO SHELTON! We're going to have new champions...

    But Haas has climbed on to the top rope… Diving Crossbody! The Deadman is down... but here's Benoit! Haas swings for him , but Benoit ducks… Triple German Suplexes! And here comes the Headbutt!

    Benoit goes to the top, but Shelton grabs Charles Robinson and shoves him in to the turnbuckle, crotching Benoit on the top… and knocking the referee out!

    HERE COMES THE BIG SHOW! He senses the opportunity with the referee down and storms to the ring... and pushes Benoit off the top to the outside!

    But here comes The Undertaker! He punches Big Show off the apron... turns and bounces off the ropes…

    … AND FLIES OVER THE TOP ROPE ON TO THE BIG SHOW!

    The crowd explodes, but 'Taker is wasting no time. Big Show cost him a shot at the WWE Title, and he's going to make him pay for it.

    Show looks to escape and shuffles down the apron, but ‘Taker follows him with a big right hand… only for Show to return one! The brawl is on down the ramp! Show tries to fight back, but he’s no match for The Deadman! ‘Taker pounds him over and over, leaving Show pressed against the barrier and covering his face!

    Meanwhile, Benoit struggles back in to the ring. He gets up as Benjamin lines up a T-Bone Suplex... BUT IT’S REVERSED IN TO A CROSSFACE! Haas panics and pulls Benoit away... AND GETS TAKEN DOWN IN TO A CROSSFACE HIMSELF! Is Benoit going to beat the champions by himself?!

    But here comes RHYNO! Rhyno hops the barrier and slides in to the ring... Benoit to his feet... GORE! GORE ON BENOIT! Benoit was nearly cut clean in half!

    Shelton climbs to the top... Elbow Drop! And Charles Robinson is just coming to… Shelton makes the cover!

    ONE...

    TWO...

    THREE!

    Winners and STILL WWE Tag Team Champions: World's Greatest Tag Team in 11:17


    The Undertaker, having seen his chance at the WWE Title and Tag Team Titles having evaporated in consecutive weeks, makes towards the ring... but the Big Show recovers and jumps him from behind! 'Taker took his eye off the ball, so Big Show beats the hell out of ‘Taker! The Deadman struggles back to his feet and turns to Show…

    CHOKESLAM ON THE STEEL RAMP! DEVASTATION FROM RHINO! DEVASTATION FROM THE BIG SHOW!

    And the result is the World’s Greatest Tag Team are still the champions!




    We cut backstage, to where JOHN CENA is getting prepared for his match later, with A-TRAIN stood by, when BROCK LESNAR walks in. A-Train immediately gets in Brock's face.

    "Yo, chill, Chewy," Cena says. "S'all good, homie. I got this." He stands up and gets in Brock's face. "Ya want som'thin'?"

    "No, I don't. But I thought you might. I don't know if you saw, but I've got a match with Eddie tonight. Given you're taking him on for the US Title at No Mercy, I thought you might want to do a little deal. Do something to teach Eddie a lesson for running his mouth once too often. What do you say?"


    Cena looks Brock up and down. "Yo, the only thing I saw is that stunt ya pulled last week with Stephanie McMahon. There ain't no way I'm hangin' with no-one who pulls that kind of thing, you heard? Man, I was pissed enough at A-Train for gettin' involved wit' that BS, but you hittin' her with the F5? Damn, homie, that ain't cool. I don't care who ya fightin' tonight, I don't want no piece of it."

    "Is that so?"
    Brock asks.

    "Yeah, that's so. That's as true as that tattoo on your back bein' of ya momma."

    Brock gets in Cena's face, so A-Train gets in his.

    "I dunno if you speak Wookie, Brock, but that's how his kind say ya need tah be gettin' out of our locker room, or the only type of Iron, Man, will be tha one I break one over ya neck."

    Brock growls and backs away. "Be careful Cena. Your mouth is writing cheques your body can’t cash. Lot of that going around. And don't forget, last time you did that, I beat your ass with an F5 in the middle of the ring."

    "Yo, ya need to stop talkin' about beatin' and rings, homie, or I'm gonna start worrying 'bout your tastes. Now get the hell out of my sight."

    "I'm watching you, Cena,"
    Brock says. "You're pissing off the wrong guy."




    We cut back to the ring area, where we're joined by BRADSHAW AND RON SIMMONS. They get in to the ring as Bradshaw grabs a microphone.

    "There are two sorry sonsabitches sittin' back in the locker room that are on borrowed time. Last week, I was busy kickin' Matt Hardy's narrow yellow ass when those bald sonsabitches the Basham Brothers decided to interfere and cost me the match. Now I don't know if you boys still like to be dominated like ya used to, but get ya sorry asses out here and we'll find out."

    Nothing.

    "I ain't got all day, boys. You don't come out here and take ya beatin' like men, me and Ron and gonna come back there and find ya."

    "Doug and Danny won't be coming out tonight,"
    comes a voice from the back, which is quickly revealed to be SHANIQUA, their manager. "They won't be coming out here for the very same reason they attacked you last week. You, Bradshaw... and you, Simmons... you're old news. No-one cares about the APA anymore. Both of you need to pack up your things and leave, because you have been passed by better, younger teams."

    "I ain't repeatin' myself, girl. Either you go back there and spank ya boys out here to the ring, or I'll do it for ya."


    Tazz laughs on commentary. "I don't think that's what you wanted to say, Bradshaw."

    "You can go back there if you want,"
    Shaniqua says. "But you won't find them. And, as for all of that 'spanking' nonsense you speak of? Doug, Danny and I made a cardinal mistake. We let our personal lives interfere with our professional ones. But no more. What we do on our own, we do on our own. In the ring, we all have a laser focus on our objectives. And one of which... is retiring... the A... P... A."

    With that, the BASHAM BROTHERS jump the barrier and attack the APA from behind... but the APA see it coming! That's what you get with veteran experience! They fire off on Doug and Danny, pounding them in the corner... when Shaniqua slides in... low blow to Bradshaw! Low blow to Simmons! Simmons stumbles away... Leg Lariat! Danny pulls Bradshaw to his feet... Legsweep/Lariat Combo!

    Again the Basham Brothers leave the APA on the mat!




    We transition to the image of Brock Lesnar wiping Hulk Hogan's blood against his chest.

    "A vicious beast..."

    Brock F5s Zach Gowen's leg in to the ringpost.

    "… a raging animal...”

    Lesnar roars and nearly decapitates Jeff Hardy with a Clothesline not long after his debut.

    "...from humble beginnings..."

    We see homemade footage of Brock as a teenager, towering over the other kids in amateur competitions.

    "… to the highest heights..."

    Brock stands in the middle of the ring at Wrestlemania XIX, holding the WWE Title above his head.

    "… a path of destruction left in his wake..."

    We see the carnage Brock left on his debut, with the entire Hardcore Division taken out in one fell swoop.

    "… he will stop at nothing to achieve his goals...”

    F5 to Kurt Angle.

    "… he will show no remorse..."

    F5 to Big Show.

    "… no regret..."

    Brock stands atop Hell in a Cell at No Mercy last year, belt held above his head, The Undertaker bloodied and beaten in the ring below him.

    “No Mercy."




    Smackdown presents... WWE No Mercy, LIVE on pay-per-view, Sunday October 19th.

    (Credit to Raye for the awesome poster)




    * “SEARCH FOR: MATT HARDY” *
    * “ENTER KEYWORD: VERSION 1.0” *
    * “CONNECTING... ” *

    “OHHH YEEEAAAAHHH!”

    *** LIVE FOR THE MOMENT ***



    Matt Fact: Matt has 33% more limbs than Zach Gowen

    MATT HARDY (VERSION 1.0) bursts through the mat, looking a ball of energy. SHANNON MOORE tries to mirror everything his mentor does, as the Sensei of Mattitude gets in to the ring and grabs a microphone.

    "MINNEAPOLIS!" he yells, to a chorus of boos.

    "It's Milwaukee," Cole states, unimpressed.

    "Meh, close enough," Tazz adds.

    "This is a huge night for Mattitude," Matt continues. "A huge night. This is the night that I really put the strength of my Mattitude to the test. You see, I have faced all kinds of tests in my career. Ladder matches... TLC matches... Tag Titles... Cruiserweight Titles... Intercontinental Titles-"

    "He's never won the Intercontinental Title!"
    Cole exclaims.

    "Oh, who'm I gonna believe, Cole?" Tazz asks. "You, or the Sensei?"

    "Me! I'm the one telling the truth!"

    "I've fought at Wrestlemanias,"
    Matt carries on. "Summerslams. Royal Rumbles. I've fought at Madison Square Garden. In front of 93,000 fans at the Pontiac Silverdome-"

    "That was Wrestlemania III!"
    Cole laughs. "He'd have been about thirteen!"

    "But all of that,"
    Matt says, "was a build-up to tonight. Tonight is the very biggest challenge of my life. I am Hulk Hogan... and I will face my Andre The Giant. I am Buster Douglas... and I will face my Mike Tyson. I am David... and I will face my Goliath. But you know what those three men had in common? Those three men... Hulk Hogan... Buster Douglas... David... they too were Mattitude Followers! It's true. They listened to the teachings, and they overcame incredible hurdles to be victorious. I, too... will overcome my incredible hurdle tonight... and I, too... will be... victorious! And then you can all thank me... for having finally rid this company... of the nemesis that is... Zach Gowen. Thank you!''

    "What is he talking about?"
    Cole asks. "He's fighting a kid with one leg!"


    Loser Is Fired
    Matt Hardy (Version 1.0) w/ Shannon Moore vs. Zach Gowen


    Gowen hobbles to the ring knowing he's been put in to a horrible position. He had to scratch and claw to just get a contract, and how he has one, he's got to fight to keep it. From the bell Matt attacks, viciously Clotheslining the youngster over and over again. The crowd boo the sheer viciousness of the assault, with Zach being given little opportunity to fight back.

    But fight back he does, somehow, someway. He may only have one leg, but he battles back and nails a Dropkick, and goes to the top for the Moonsault... which misses. He struggles back to his feet... Chop Block from Matt Hardy on to Zach's leg!

    "What is this?" Cole asks incredulously. "How is that sportsmanlike?"

    "Sportsmanlike?"
    Tazz says. "The kid's got one leg, what'd ya think Matt was gonna target?"

    Matt stomps away on Gowen's one leg, over, and over, and over again. Zach struggles to his feet... so Matt kicks him in the knee to send him back down! It’s not the most innovative offence, but it’s working… Matt then pulls him up… and NAILS HIM WITH A TWIST OF FATE! He makes the cover…

    ONE...

    TWO...

    THREE!

    Winner: Matt Hardy v1 in 3:20


    Referee Jimmy Korderas calls for the bell, and Matt falls to his knees and starts to cry. Shannon Moore rushes in to the ring and they hold each tight. Matt then shoves Shannon to one side and takes a microphone.

    "I did it!" he yells. "I overcame all the obstacles put in front of me and I was victorious! I still have a job!"

    Zach Gowen pulls himself up on the ropes, his eyes reddened, knowing his dream career has ended after just a few months.

    "Good effort, kid," Matt says. "Now if we could all say goodbye to Zach in the form of a song... NA NA NA NA... NA NA NA NA... HEY HEY HEY... GOODBYE! NA NA NA NA... NA NA-"

    Gowen Dropkicks Matt in to Shannon!

    Hardy and Moore try to gather themselves as Matt complains about Zach having “ruined it”. Gowen ignores them, instead deciding to hop out of the ring and make hias way down the ramp for one final time. He reaches the top of the stage and looks out at the crowd, and takes in their applause of the effort he’s given them over the last few months, despite the most difficult of circumstances.




    We then take a break for the first in a three-part series where we look at previous Iron Man matches through history. We're told that the first took place in 1993, the next in 1994, then in 1996, 2000 and nothing since then. In WWE, a Sixty-Minute Iron Man Match is about as unique as you can get.

    We then see footage from the first Iron Man Match, which took place between Ric Flair and Bret Hart in 1993, at a house show at the Boston Gardens. The footage is grainy and hand-held, but shows the toll such a match takes on its competitors.

    We hear from Ric Flair, who talks about having had long matches throughout his career, but knowing that a match will go a full hour changes the psychology of it. You doubt yourself. You know you need to pace yourself, but that sits counter to how you normally approach a match.

    We also hear from Triple H, close friend of Ric Flair, who speaks of the regularity with which Ric uses that match has tough things he’s been through in his career, and has shown Randy Orton and Batista tapes of it as part of their training. He thinks Ric wasn’t the same after that match, and knows Bret wasn’t. He even suggests that maybe this match was the start point of all the things that were about to go wrong in Bret’s WWE career, although that seems more likely to be an unnecessary dig at Bret than anything.

    But we finish off with the final word from Ric. ”That damn match,” Flair says, shaking his head. ”That was when I knew Bret was for real. I can’t even tell ya, pal… it's physically exhausting, it's mentally challenging, and it's the hardest thing you will ever have tah do in your career. Ya make it outta that match the victor… then you’ve got a god shout-a bein’ called Tha Man.”


    We come out of the video with a graphic for Kurt Angle versus Brock Lesnar at No Mercy... in an Iron Man Match!


    "Folks," Cole begins, "there'll be two more of that series looking at the history of Iron Man matches to come in the coming weeks. It's been over three years since we last had one in the WWE, and we'll see it again at No Mercy, when Kurt Angle faces Brock Lesnar."

    "You ain't kiddin', Cole,"
    Tazz says. "Big time match at No Mercy for tha WWE Title."

    "But right now, we wish to give you a medical update on the champion,
    KURT ANGLE. As you may remember, last week Angle took a Gore from Rhyno on the outside of the ring, then had to defend his title against the Big Show later that show. He's been for tests and it's been uncovered that, fortunately, his ribs are not broken. However, they are bruised, which has a 3-6 week recovery period. Now, we all know that Kurt has lightning quick recovery abilities, but even so, that has to impact his preparation for such a huge match."

    "No doubt, Cole,"
    Tazz says. "But if I'm Kurt Angle, I'm just happy that I ain't got broken ribs, 'cos if those bad boys had been broken, there ain't no way I'm getting' in tha ring with Brock Lesnar for an hour. You ain't gettin' me in there with him anyway. Dude's a scary cat."

    "You're absolutely right, Tazz, but bruised ribs are still a difficult injury. They impact your ability to breathe fully, and in a match that will go an hour, that is going to be a real challenge. As such, we do not expect Kurt Angle to be back on Smackdown until No Mercy, so he can fully recover in time for the match."





    We cut backstage to where THE BIG SHOW is walking down a corridor, when STEPHANIE MCMAHON finds him and calls after him. He ignores her, so she runs after him and tugs on his arm.

    "Hey, Show," she yells. "I'm talking to you!"

    "I don't have to listen to you,"
    Show grunts. "Whatever you've got to say, it's not gonna matter in a few weeks. You're gonna be out of a job and you know it."

    "I'm still General Manager now, which means I'm still your boss. And I want to know why you attacked The Undertaker earlier."

    "Isn't it obvious?"
    he smirks. "I got off the phone to your old man earlier. He's okay, by the way. On the way to the hospital when he called. And guess what?" He leans in to Steph's face, towering over her. "His representative at No Mercy? It's going to be... me. Enjoy your time as GM while you can, Steph, 'cos it's coming to an end." He smirks. "Look after your neck… you don’t want it getting’ hurt any worse…”

    Big Show walks on, with Stephanie left watching him, shocked at what she just heard.

    "Can you believe it?" Michael Cole asks. "The Undertaker is Stephanie's representative... and Big Show is Vince's!"




    John Cena w/A-Train vs. Rikishi

    The fans always love the Big Kish, but they're coming around to John Cena too. He may not be a good guy, but he certainly has a code of honour, and it's one that Brock Lesnar and Vince McMahon violated. But that's irrelevant to this match, which sees the big Samoan prove too big and, well, too fat for Cena in the opening exchanges. Luckily for Cena, he's growing as a competitor, and manages to overcome much of Rikishi's girth and dominate the match.

    However, he makes the mistake of looking for an FU on his enormous opponent, but doesn't have the strength to lift him. He stumbles back, holding his locker back, so Rikishi Superkicks him! Cena falls in to the corner! That can only mean one thing...

    "Get up, Cena!" Tazz yells from commentary. "Ya don't want that fat ass in ya face!"

    "That seems kind of obvious, partner,"
    Cole says, "but top marks for accuracy."

    ‘Kish starts to back up, but hasn’t noticed Cena shuffle forward. As he gets closer to Cena’s face, the Doctor grabs him by the thong and pulls him in to the tunbuckle, sending the back of Rikishi’s head against the top turnbuckle! ‘Kish stumbles forward… Cena rushes over… Throwback! Rikishi struggles back to his feet and towards his opponent… SO CENA LIFTS HIM UP! He’s got him up this time! FU! Incredible strength from Cena! He makes the cover...

    ONE...

    TWO...

    THREE!

    Winner: John Cena in 4:24




    After Cena's impressive victory, we cut backstage to where Josh Matthews is stood by with the WWE Tag Team Champions, the THE WORLD’S GREATEST TAG TEAM.

    "Charlie, Shelton, a big win for you both earlier tonight, although with some assistance from Big Show and Rhyno-"

    "Wait a minute,"
    Shelton interrupts. "You implyin' that we wouldn't have got the job done on our own? Please. Me and Charlie, we had that match in hand. Them gettin' involved just took the shine off a clean win for us. Benoit and The Undertaker? They ain't no challenge to us! You know why? Because we're the best team in the WWE, and they ain't a team. There's no two-man combination in this company that can beat us-"

    "Well, there you are,"
    BILLY KIDMAN says, walking in to shot alongside REY MYSTERIO. "You two are hard to find. I'd almost say you've been running from us."

    Haas laughs. "Us? Running from you? Seems unlikely."

    "Then why else are you ducking a match with us?"

    "What's the matter, you deaf as well as stupid?"
    Charlie asks. "Did you not hear us last week? You, Billy, and you, Rey, you aren't a tag team. You're two guys who sometimes have matches together. But you're no team. And we're sick of not facing teams. It's you two one week. 'Taker and Benoit another. We need to be fighting actual teams, because that's what we do. We're the World's Greatest Tag Team. We haven’t faced a proper team in weeks."

    "I say you're lyin',"
    Rey says. "I think you know we got your number."

    "Whatever you say, little man,"
    Shelton says. "If you serious about bein' a proper team, if you done pretendin', then a'ight, we'll give you a shot at the belts. But we need proof first. We was talkin' to Mr. McMahon earlier in the week, and he agrees with us. But he said that, if you two really wanna be a team, then next week you two can face the Basham Brothers. Now that's a real team. If you can beat them, then you get your title shot. But only then."




    This week's RAW REBOUND comes from the Wake of Y2J, where CHRIS JERICHO laid rest to everything about him the fans loved. He destroyed T-Shirts, photos of his biggest moments, every single thing the fans have ever used to connect with him over the years. He promised a new era of Chris Jericho, only for ROB VAN DAM to jump him out of revenge for his attack the week before.




    Non-Title Match
    Brock Lesnar vs. Eddie Guerrero w/Chavo Guerrero


    Eddie comes in to this one as the clear fan favourite, having taken exception above all others to Brock's behaviour last week. He uses all his intensity, all his Latino Heat, to charge at Brock from the opening bell and to not let off. His strategy is clear – don't let Brock get any offence. If he does, it could be a long night for Guerrero.

    Unfortunately for Eddie, Brock does manage to get his offence in. He overpowers Eddie during a Three Amigos attempt, allowing Brock to take over. He starts off out-wrestling him on the mat, then begins to overpower him with big, high-impact moves. Three Release Overhead Belly-To-Belly Suplexes are enough to almost pick up a three-count on their own.

    With Eddie exhausted from the beatdown, Brock picks him up for an F5... but Eddie slips out... Dropkick to the knee! And another! Headscissors Take Down! Brock staggers back in to the turnbuckle... Monkey Flip from Eddie!

    "The shoulders are startin' to shimmy, Cole!"

    "I think Eddie is feeling some of that Latino Heat coming back..."


    Brock staggers to his feet... Eddie springboards off the ropes... Tornado DDT! Brock is down! Eddie makes the cover...

    ONE...

    TWO...

    Kick out!! Brock just got the shoulder up!

    But Eddie's not concerned. His Latino Heat starts flowing through him once more... kick to the gut... Suplex! He keeps hold and swivels the hips... another... and another! The Three Amigos! Brock is out... so Eddie goes to the top!

    "Eddie's feelin' Froggy!"

    Eddie... off the top rope... FROG SPLASH... misses! Brock rolled out of the way at the last second! Both men to their feet... F5! NO! Eddie slides down the back and rolls him up...

    ONE...

    TWO...

    THR…

    NO! Brock rolled the shoulder at the very last second!

    Both men to their feet... Lariat from Brock! Brock got a devastating desperation Lariat out of nowhere! Eddie staggers back up... Powerslam from Lesnar! But Eddie struggles up again! What's going to keep him down?! Brock drives him in to the turnbuckle... and thrusts his shoulders in to his mid-section over and over again. He stands up and drives his knee in to the mid-section, then climbs to the second rope... and starts raining down punches... so Eddie counter with A HUGE POWERBOMB! Where did he get the strength from?! And he looks to the top rope again...

    "Eddie's not going for the pin here, Tazz, could this be a mistake?"

    "I dunno, Cole, if he nails this Frog Splash it could be all ovah..."


    Eddie starts to climb to the top rope... when JOHN CENA rushes down to the ring and DESTROYS Chavo with a Lariat! Cena doesn't even look at Eddie, instead choosing to beat the hell out of Chavo! Eddie looks at Cena... looks at Brock... and back to Cena...

    … will he choose to win the match, or save his nephew?

    Eddie braces himself on the top rope… just a few feet from Brock...

    … AND LEAPS TO THE OUTSIDE ON TOP OF CENA! He chose to save his nephew! Cena falls to the floor as Eddie shakes the cobwebs clear and climbs back to the top rope… but Brock is back to his feet... so Eddie launches himself through the air for a Flying Crossbody!

    Caught! Brock caught Eddie in mid-air! He heaves him on to his shoulders...

    F5!

    This time it connects! He makes the cover...

    ONE...

    TWO...

    THREE!

    Winner: Brock Lesnar in 14:03


    "Hell of an effort from Eddie, here," Cole says. "You have to think he'd have had the match won if it wasn't for John Cena."

    "Cena was mindin' his own business on the outside, Cole. It ain't his fault Eddie chose to attack 'im!"

    "Minding his own business? He was beating the hell out of Eddie's nephew!"


    The match may be over, but Brock isn't done. He rolls to the outside where Cena and Chavo struggle to their feet. He grabs Cena by the face and shoves him back down in to the steel ramp as a receipt for his insults earlier tonight, then looms over Chavo...

    "I don't like where this is goin', Cole..."

    Chavo looks up and sees he's being stared at by the monster that is Brock Lesnar. Left with little choice, he fires off a series of punches... but they have no effect! Brock just knees him in the gut, then nails him with a huge Lariat. Chavo slumps to the protective mats as Brock looks in to the ring to Eddie, who is gradually starting to stir.

    Brock rolls back in to the ring, but Cena, sat on the ramp, looks back to the ring. He sees that Eddie is about to be taken out by Brock… he could go in and help his opponent for No Mercy… he gets to his feet… and walks away! Los Guerreros are being left at the mercy of Brock Lesnar! Brock lifts Eddie up... another F5!

    Lesnar then rolls back to the outside, where Chavo is trying rover from the Lariat. Brock laughs as he again stands over Chavito... then lifts him up to his shoulders, and carries him to the ringpost!

    "Don't do it, Brock!" Cole yells. "You'll break his leg!"

    Brock lines up the F5 in to the ringpost... when KURT ANGLE sprints down from the back, ribs taped, and fires off on Lesnar!

    "What the hell is he doin' here?" Tazz asks. "I thought he was gone 'til No Mercy!"

    "When have you ever known Kurt Angle to listen to doctors, Tazz?"


    Angle fires off on Brock, until Lesnar plants a knee in to his injured ribs. Angle drops to the floor in a coughing fit, so Lesnar lifts him up and looks for the F5 in to the ringpost... but Angle slips out... AND TAKES HIM DOWN IN TO AN ANKLE LOCK!

    "HOW’D YOU LIKE THAT, LESNAR?!?" he screams, still in the hold. "HUH? HOW’D YOU LIKE IT? I’M GOING TO BREAK YOUR GOD DAMN ANKLE!"

    He lets out a roar of violent anger as the referees and backstage agents rush down and pull Angle away... so he drops in to the Leg Vine! The agents desperately try to pull him loose as Brock screams in pain... and they finally break him loose! It takes a dozen of them to pull him back down the ramp and away, but they finally got him loose. But has the damage been done for No Mercy?

    * END OF SHOW *

    ***

    ***

    ***

    WAIT A MINUTE!

    The closing logo shows up on the screen and we start to fade out when TRIPLE H hops the barrier and tackles Brock to the mat! We haven't seen him in weeks! Is this revenge for what Brock did to his ex-wife?!

    He fires off on Brock as the monster scrambles to free himself up. He bats Hunter away… only for The Game to tackle him back down again! There’s nowhere for Brock to go!

    The security continue to hold Angle down, until they realise that an actual trespasser from Raw has made his way in to the ring! They release Angle and dive in to the ring, taking the full group of them to prise Triple H off Lesnar…

    … but now Kurt’s free!

    KURT CHARGES AT BROCK AGAIN!

    He tackles him down to the mat and fires off on him as we gradually fade out, this time for real...


    * END OF SHOW *




    Confirmed matches for next week


    Tag Team Match – If Mysterio & Kidman Win, They Get a Tag Titles Shot at World's Greatest Tag Team
    Basham Brothers vs. Rey Mysterio & Billy Kidman

    Singles Match
    Sean O’Haire vs. Eddie Guerrero

    Non-Title Match
    Tajiri vs. Brian Kendrick




    Confirmed matches for No Mercy

    Sixty-Minute Iron Man Match for the WWE Title
    Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle (c)

    Losing McMahon Leaves Smackdown
    Big Show w/Vince McMahon vs. The Undertaker w/Stephanie McMahon

    WWE United States Title Match
    John Cena vs. Eddie Guerrero (c)

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    What I don't get is why would Triple H show up on Smackdown anyway? Triple H is a RAW guy and not to mention at this time in 2003 Triple H is probably the biggest heel in the company probably even bigger than Brock as far as heat goes. Why would Triple H attack Brock though? That is what I don't understand and not to mention Triple H isn't he the World Heavyweight Champion over on the RAW brand? Plus Triple H doesn't he have Evolution to do his dirty work anyway so why is he going after Brock? Is it because of what happened to Stephanie? Even if that is true Stephanie and Triple H aren't married anymore, they are ex-spouses.

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    Another really enjoyable Smackdown.

    I'm enjoying the Steph/Vince stuff, though I thought the wording of the stipulation was a little odd, and assume that will be changed to something a little more official sounding rather than, If Taker wins, Vince will leave Stephanie alone! Just sounds odd

    The backstage interview with Dawn Marie on behalf of Tajiri was well done. It gave us the backstory as to why she is helping him, and affirms her position as a better manager than in-ring talent. Also, it kept Tajiri off the mic, which isn't one of his strengths iirc.

    I liked the chaos of the tag team title match - and as I've said, I'm enjoying the general chaos which was a theme of the time - and like how, one way or another, the actual teams come out on top against the makeshift teams more often than not.

    I'm really enjoying the Cena character atm. Standing up to Lesnar one minute, snidely attacking Chavo the next and walking away when he could help Eddie. He's a punk, but clearly has some morals, that will all lead up to his eventual face turn, I suspect.

    My favourite bit of this ediiton was the Matt Hardy fact of having 33% more limbst han Zach Gowen. Hilarious and brutal. Matt Hardy is one of my favourite characters in this at the current time. He's a complete arsehole, but written so well it's impossible not to enjoy him.

    Good main event, the usual chaos and the expected end result. This was more about furthering stories than the match itself, and that's perfectly fine.

    What I wasn't expecting, was the Triple H run-in. This is definitely a big departure from real-life events and I'm very intrigued as to where this is heading. On the other hand, I hope this isn't a big swerve from real life as HHH and Evolution have a lot of legs left in them, and don't see HHH moving away from them to join Smackdown, so would be disappointed to see that happen, but I have a feeling that isn't the direction this is going, rather just a new layer for things to come down the line, after all, Survivor Series is up next after No Mercy.

    Great stuff yet again.

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    Re: August BTBOTM - WWE: Where It All Begins... Again

    Triple H is not the champion on the Raw brand, no. He lost the title to Goldberg at Unforgiven.

    It's not hard to think why HHH would attack Brock. He and Steph are no longer together, sure, but is it hard to think he would still have feelings for her, and was angered by what Lesnar did to her?

    If you think about it for just the slightest moment, it all makes complete sense. Even if there is another reason to it, this would be a more than obvious assumption to make.

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    Re: August BTBOTM - WWE: Where It All Begins... Again

    Quote Originally Posted by sebsy View Post
    Triple H is not the champion on the Raw brand, no. He lost the title to Goldberg at Unforgiven.

    It's not hard to think why HHH would attack Brock. He and Steph are no longer together, sure, but is it hard to think he would still have feelings for her, and was angered by what Lesnar did to her?

    If you think about it for just the slightest moment, it all makes complete sense. Even if there is another reason to it, this would be a more than obvious assumption to make.
    No it isn't hard to think that but come on Triple H is supposed to be a heel right? The biggest heel in the company over on the RAW brand and he is here invading Smackdown attacking Brock Lesnar who is also a heel in this diary over on the Smackdown brand. Plus Stephanie is a babyface around this time in 2003 also which is what throws me for a loop as to why Triple H would involve himself in Smackdown business when he is a RAW superstar. If he was gonna invade Smackdown then why would he invade alone? Why not just bring Flair, Orton and Batista with him over to Smackdown to attack Brock? He could have brought Evolution with him and all 4 guys could have gotten to Brock.

    Unless you have Brock return the favor and show up on RAW by invading RAW and you have him attack Evolution as well as Triple H then I don't see where this is all going.

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    Yes, HHH is a heel, as is Brock, but that's what makes it even more intriguing. I'm not saying it will happen, in fact I don't think this is the start of a HHH heel turn at all, but if a heel attacks a heel, it can generally lead to a face turn. Again, Steph being a face further adds to the intrigue and opens the possibilites up to where this could all lead.

    He invades alone, imo, because this is a personal matter, He was taking some time off to lick his wounds after losing to Goldberg, but wasn't just going to sit back and allow Brock to get away with what he did to Steph, I'm assuming because he still has feelings for her. They get back together in real life afterall. He didn't involve Evolution because this is personal, and something he had to do on his own, perhaps. Maybe this will tie in to the upcoming Survivor Series; even I'm thinking of ways I could play this if I were to take over the story from here, such is how much I'm enjoying this whole thing.

    As for saying you don't see where this is all going, after only the opening segment to this particular storyline, well, it's a bit short-sighted. For a start, if you could clearly see where it was going, it wouldn't be so intriguing. Wait for the story to play out.

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    Re: August BTBOTM - WWE: Where It All Begins... Again

    So ... seems like you’ve stirred quite a debate with the last show...

    Big surprise off the bat, as I’d assumed we wouldn’t see Stephanie this week to sell the F5 from the week prior. I liked the opening video being interrupted, putting across the urgency of the GM right away.


    I definitely got a kick out of you teasing that Father vs Daughter match, giving us all palpitations momentarily. Very surprised it’ll be representative vs representative at No Mercy though. I thought you were building toward a blockbuster Team Vince vs Team Steph Survivor Series elimination match with those kind of huge implications. So while it’ll clearly be a big match at No Mercy, I can’t help but feel like you’ve missed a huge headliner for Survivor Series.


    Anyway, the back and forth between Vince and Stephanie was as solid as we’ve come to expect, and I liked the reasoning for Vince not already firing his daughter. Taker stepping up without a moments pause felt like a very ABA Taker thing to do, and the Last Ride should mean that’s the end of Vince for tonight, which could be a good thing given his huge presence over the show as of late. I’ll be interested in seeing how you work around that handicap match later too.


    Good look for Kendrick here, overcoming all three guys to score the win on Nunzio, and getting another one over the FBI. Given the FBI’s position, them being outsmarted by one guy isn’t a big deal as they’re your lower rung group anyway, but it’s an impressive feat for Kendrick to defeat the odds again. Roll up suggests there could be more to come still.


    We asked, you delivered. Excellent promo from Dawn Marie, explaining succinctly what the arrangement is with Tajiri. Exactly what I was hoping to see, and already the pairing feels like one with potential imo. Dawn hyping herself up as a manager was necessary, but it’s important she shows her importance now.


    The Taker/Steph conversation felt just like that; a conversation. Didn’t feel forced or unnatural at all. A bit of give and take, and the two friends meeting in the middle is something you’d see in any day conversations. This was a small thing, but I enjoyed it immensely. Wonder who’ll step up to do the right thing and join Taker.


    I’ve one big negative on this Lesnar/Eddie situation, and it’s something ridiculously nit-picky, but the two of them just booking themselves in the main event really irked me. To me, all that would’ve been required would’ve been Eddie accepting Brocks challenge and acknowledging the GM in some way, to say “I’m sure Stephanie will sign that off” or “I’ll clear it with Stephanie and see you later”, but the wrestlers just making their own matches - a main event no less - just leaves questions for me. What would the main event have been if Eddie and Lesnar hadn’t crossed paths?


    That said, everything up to that point was highly enjoyable. There was tension, aggression from Eddie, and that bullyish, college jock-esque nonchalance by Brock all came together for a really good showdown, leaving me wanting more between these two. Eddie spitting on the floor was an awesome sight too.


    Wasn’t as hot on how the Cruiserweight match played out. IIRC, the Blind Nidia angle irl came about in a pretty similar fashion through black mist by Tajiri. To me this felt like we’d skipped a few chapters ahead in this rivalry to get to this point too, rather than the first match of the potential feud. I get that Tajiri has been more aggressive and sinister as of late, but him spraying Nidia with the black mist felt like a step too far too soon. Personally I think the angle could’ve had more impact if we’d gotten some kind of messy finish here with Nidia making an enemy of herself with Dawn, leading to a rematch at No Mercy where you could’ve pulled this off with Dawn wanting Nidia taken care of. Still, I can’t deny you’ve instantly got heat on this feud moving forward, and a vengeful Noble should transition nicely into an angry, ass kicking babyface trying to avenge Nidia.


    Also, kudos on the way you suitably sold this in the aftermath too, giving it the time it needed for the reaction to mean something, including Tajiri getting jumped for doing something so reprehensible. All stuff you probably wouldn’t have had time to do had you waited until No Mercy for it. The fact Kidman had the final words for Tajiri, I’d be worried for Torries safety at this point. I’d still argue this angle came too early into the feud, but I can’t complain about the way you pulled it off and the aftermath. Expertly done.


    Benoit feels like the perfect candidate to step up and partner Taker. Another vet, old school mentality, all about respect? Yeah, makes sense he’d step up. Big Show running in to get after Taker should tell us who’ll be representing Vince (as expected) was fine, as was Rhyno costing Benoit in the end. The argument could be made that the champions needed a lot of help, but when The Undertaker especially is on the opposite side, I think that’s the kind of thing that can be overlooked. Also, you’ve essentially furthered three angles here too; Show/Taker, Rhyno/Benoit, and painting WGTT as beatable- which serves the Rey/Kidman feud, as they continue to be avoided by the champs.


    Loved this confrontation between Cena and Lesnar. Similar to last week with Vince, Cena showing he has morals is a big step in his development, but this might be bigger, with him standing up to Lesnar even when it would’ve been beneficial for him to strike a deal with Brock in order to get one over on Eddie. Good stuff.


    I don’t know if it is a good or bad thing, but the domination stuff in the APA/Shaniqua promo gave me a chuckle. It may have been me picturing Bradshaw uttering that line, but I found it funny anyway. The sneak attack worked for me too, as I still feel it’s important that the Bashams look as good as possible right now. The APA will always be over, regardless if they get jumped nine weeks out of ten. Decent progression of this second tier tag program.


    The Matt Fact being wrong cracked me up (assuming that was a deliberate error and jumping from 25% to 33% just to embellish Matt further) plus I liked that the fact actually was directed at the opponent too.


    Yeah, that delusional promo was a lot of fun. Matt trying to build up Gowen was as ridiculous as it sounded, and I think the commentary added a lot more to this promo too. Some funny stuff between Cole and Tazz here - and throughout the show too; it’s easy to gloss over the commentary, but it’s worth noting that you do a tremendous job of making your commentary add to the show without fail, every week.


    Everything was as bizarre and over the top as I hoped/expected it would be too during and after the match. That celebration alone was just ludicrous and suitable dickish from Hardy. Matt chop blocking a one legged man just feels cruel, lol. I’d expected a shock win for Gowen here, and for the shenanigans for Matt to continue with him trying to get his job back, but I hope this isn’t a write off for Gowen. I think he could be a valuable sympathetic face to have around, but it’s hard to see a way back for him after losing like this.


    Wow at the package to build up the Iron Man Match. Even including non-televised Iron Man matches here too was an interesting move (is that Flair/Bret Iron Man on-line anywhere?) and was a bit of an education for me, as I wasn’t even aware of the pre-WM 12 matches. Even though it was a throwaway line, I appreciated Triple H throwing a pseudo dig at Bret, because that’s 100% something you could’ve seen him and the WWE do at this point in time. Having Flair comment too adds much more credibility to the match - more than anyone else - and the follow up from Cole and Tazz on Angles condition was great too. A potentially weakened champion going into No Mercy.


    Cena beating Rikishi was to be expected. A clean win does Cena no harm, and him getting Big Kish up for the FU is quite the impressive feat... the kind of feat that could get cheers soon enough...


    Rey/Kidman vs The Bashams is a big match for next week. Major test for the supposed ‘non’ team anyway. Should be a chance for APA to get some revenge and set Rey and Kidman on their way to No Mercy.


    Main event was a fun read. Spectacular match it seemed, and I enjoyed that Eddie went right after Brock as opposed to using his speed to frustrate as you often see with the big man/small man matches. Cena doing his own thing to get into Eddies head is fine, standing on his own rather than work with Brock. Thought that led to the finish well too, protecting Eddie in defeat to Lesnar.


    The Angle run in caught me by surprise. Honestly expected him to stay off this week after the injuries were put over by Cole and Tazz earlier, and wouldn’t have minded if he did - but this scenario, with Kurt showing up despite his injuries works too. Given how you ended the show though, I’m not sure Angle was needed out here in the end, as I feel his surprise return was overshadowed somewhat.


    As it obviously would be by TRIPLE H!? Did NOT see that coming. Found it interesting that the show was bookended by teases of the opening video before being interrupted and the end of the show being interrupted.


    I’ll refrain from casting any judgment on Triple H showing up - too many questions; I’ll wait for everything to play out just - but you foreshadowed his appearance nicely at the top of the show with Vinces comment (though I’d have sworn they were storyline divorced as opposed to ‘separated’), and the way in which you pulled off his appearance was immense. With the show going off the air before coming back, it added a touch of unpredictability about it all, something that viewers would question if it was supposed to even happen. Really hot finish.


    As I alluded to, long term, I’ve no idea what this is heading to, or what way this issue will play out, though it’s obvious Triple H’s motivation for showing up. If the Smackdown locker room is up in arms over that F5, of course her ex-husband will be too. A lot of questions though are running through my head over this, but I’ll let the whole thing play itself out for a bit first. Regardless a HUGE finish to the show.

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    Re: August BTBOTM - WWE: Where It All Begins... Again

    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf Beast View Post
    The Matt Fact being wrong cracked me up (assuming that was a deliberate error and jumping from 25% to 33% just to embellish Matt further) plus I liked that the fact actually was directed at the opponent too.
    How dare you question Matt Facts! It is indeed correct!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Gyimah View Post
    What I don't get is why would Triple H show up on Smackdown anyway? Triple H is a RAW guy and not to mention at this time in 2003 Triple H is probably the biggest heel in the company probably even bigger than Brock as far as heat goes. Why would Triple H attack Brock though? That is what I don't understand and not to mention Triple H isn't he the World Heavyweight Champion over on the RAW brand? Plus Triple H doesn't he have Evolution to do his dirty work anyway so why is he going after Brock? Is it because of what happened to Stephanie? Even if that is true Stephanie and Triple H aren't married anymore, they are ex-spouses.
    Quote Originally Posted by sebsy View Post
    Triple H is not the champion on the Raw brand, no. He lost the title to Goldberg at Unforgiven.

    It's not hard to think why HHH would attack Brock. He and Steph are no longer together, sure, but is it hard to think he would still have feelings for her, and was angered by what Lesnar did to her?

    If you think about it for just the slightest moment, it all makes complete sense. Even if there is another reason to it, this would be a more than obvious assumption to make.
    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Gyimah View Post
    No it isn't hard to think that but come on Triple H is supposed to be a heel right? The biggest heel in the company over on the RAW brand and he is here invading Smackdown attacking Brock Lesnar who is also a heel in this diary over on the Smackdown brand. Plus Stephanie is a babyface around this time in 2003 also which is what throws me for a loop as to why Triple H would involve himself in Smackdown business when he is a RAW superstar. If he was gonna invade Smackdown then why would he invade alone? Why not just bring Flair, Orton and Batista with him over to Smackdown to attack Brock? He could have brought Evolution with him and all 4 guys could have gotten to Brock.

    Unless you have Brock return the favor and show up on RAW by invading RAW and you have him attack Evolution as well as Triple H then I don't see where this is all going.
    Quote Originally Posted by sebsy View Post
    Yes, HHH is a heel, as is Brock, but that's what makes it even more intriguing. I'm not saying it will happen, in fact I don't think this is the start of a HHH heel turn at all, but if a heel attacks a heel, it can generally lead to a face turn. Again, Steph being a face further adds to the intrigue and opens the possibilites up to where this could all lead.

    He invades alone, imo, because this is a personal matter, He was taking some time off to lick his wounds after losing to Goldberg, but wasn't just going to sit back and allow Brock to get away with what he did to Steph, I'm assuming because he still has feelings for her. They get back together in real life afterall. He didn't involve Evolution because this is personal, and something he had to do on his own, perhaps. Maybe this will tie in to the upcoming Survivor Series; even I'm thinking of ways I could play this if I were to take over the story from here, such is how much I'm enjoying this whole thing.

    As for saying you don't see where this is all going, after only the opening segment to this particular storyline, well, it's a bit short-sighted. For a start, if you could clearly see where it was going, it wouldn't be so intriguing. Wait for the story to play out.
    On why Triple H did what he did, whether he’s on Raw, and whether he’s the champion: Sebsy basically answered most of this for me, but it’s correct that Triple H is on Raw, he lost the title at Unforgiven and has been licking wounds ever since.

    Sebsy’s thoughts of why he’d get involved make sense to me. Sure, he’s a heel. Sure, he’s on Raw. Sure, he and Steph are split up. But is he really going to look the other way when his ex-wife is beaten up by someone like Brock? Of course not. It doesn’t necessarily mean they’re in love or getting back together or whatever, although it could be that. But what I think we can be fairly certain on is that there’s some things you don’t do, and Brock's actions crossed the moral compass for a lot of people (including Cena, who is also a heel), and Triple H is reacting to that.

    I believe strongly in the importance of heels and faces, but I hate black-and-white “you’re a heel, so you’re bad”. I want to create a universe here in based on “if X, then what?” If Brock attacks Steph, what happens? Well, her ex-husband will probably be pretty pissed for one thing. Especially if he’s a 6’4 270lbs roid monster. Hopefully that keeps things exciting and different, but consistent. Which is essentially the opposite of what I see current day WWE as.

    But as Sebsy says, this is step one in the story. I intentionally left it slightly ambiguous and as something of a cliff hanger for this exact reason. I wanted people to engage and think about where it's all going. So I'm really excited that it's had that reaction.

    Quote Originally Posted by sebsy View Post
    Another really enjoyable Smackdown.

    I'm enjoying the Steph/Vince stuff, though I thought the wording of the stipulation was a little odd, and assume that will be changed to something a little more official sounding rather than, If Taker wins, Vince will leave Stephanie alone! Just sounds odd

    The backstage interview with Dawn Marie on behalf of Tajiri was well done. It gave us the backstory as to why she is helping him, and affirms her position as a better manager than in-ring talent. Also, it kept Tajiri off the mic, which isn't one of his strengths iirc.

    I liked the chaos of the tag team title match - and as I've said, I'm enjoying the general chaos which was a theme of the time - and like how, one way or another, the actual teams come out on top against the makeshift teams more often than not.

    I'm really enjoying the Cena character atm. Standing up to Lesnar one minute, snidely attacking Chavo the next and walking away when he could help Eddie. He's a punk, but clearly has some morals, that will all lead up to his eventual face turn, I suspect.

    My favourite bit of this ediiton was the Matt Hardy fact of having 33% more limbst han Zach Gowen. Hilarious and brutal. Matt Hardy is one of my favourite characters in this at the current time. He's a complete arsehole, but written so well it's impossible not to enjoy him.

    Good main event, the usual chaos and the expected end result. This was more about furthering stories than the match itself, and that's perfectly fine.

    What I wasn't expecting, was the Triple H run-in. This is definitely a big departure from real-life events and I'm very intrigued as to where this is heading. On the other hand, I hope this isn't a big swerve from real life as HHH and Evolution have a lot of legs left in them, and don't see HHH moving away from them to join Smackdown, so would be disappointed to see that happen, but I have a feeling that isn't the direction this is going, rather just a new layer for things to come down the line, after all, Survivor Series is up next after No Mercy.

    Great stuff yet again.
    On the stips for the McMahon match: Ha, yeah. It’s slightly challenging because Vince can’t be “fired”, and for the sake of the story, Steph isn’t threatened with the prospect of being “fired” as much as she’ll be forced to “quit”. From this point on, the stipulation is “Losing McMahon Leaves Smackdown” for simplicity.

    On Cena having morals: Glad you enjoy it. Like I say, I’m not much of one for black-and-white, so Cena is fun to write. He’s a heel, clearly, based on how he treats pretty much everyone. But he’s not evil, he’s just a prick. And he has a code that he stands by, even if it’s not as moralistic as some others.

    On enjoying Matt: Honestly, he’s so much fun to write. He’s got a big segment on the next edition of Smackdown which was possibly the most fun I’ve had writing a segment in this so far. He’s so enjoyable to basically spend time thinking of “what is the most obnoxious thing I could have someone do” and have it be in his character to actually do it.

    On Triple H’s future: All will be explained soon enough, and hopefully will reassure you on the direction we’re going on.

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    So ... seems like you’ve stirred quite a debate with the last show...

    Big surprise off the bat, as I’d assumed we wouldn’t see Stephanie this week to sell the F5 from the week prior. I liked the opening video being interrupted, putting across the urgency of the GM right away.


    I definitely got a kick out of you teasing that Father vs Daughter match, giving us all palpitations momentarily. Very surprised it’ll be representative vs representative at No Mercy though. I thought you were building toward a blockbuster Team Vince vs Team Steph Survivor Series elimination match with those kind of huge implications. So while it’ll clearly be a big match at No Mercy, I can’t help but feel like you’ve missed a huge headliner for Survivor Series.


    Anyway, the back and forth between Vince and Stephanie was as solid as we’ve come to expect, and I liked the reasoning for Vince not already firing his daughter. Taker stepping up without a moments pause felt like a very ABA Taker thing to do, and the Last Ride should mean that’s the end of Vince for tonight, which could be a good thing given his huge presence over the show as of late. I’ll be interested in seeing how you work around that handicap match later too.


    Good look for Kendrick here, overcoming all three guys to score the win on Nunzio, and getting another one over the FBI. Given the FBI’s position, them being outsmarted by one guy isn’t a big deal as they’re your lower rung group anyway, but it’s an impressive feat for Kendrick to defeat the odds again. Roll up suggests there could be more to come still.


    We asked, you delivered. Excellent promo from Dawn Marie, explaining succinctly what the arrangement is with Tajiri. Exactly what I was hoping to see, and already the pairing feels like one with potential imo. Dawn hyping herself up as a manager was necessary, but it’s important she shows her importance now.


    The Taker/Steph conversation felt just like that; a conversation. Didn’t feel forced or unnatural at all. A bit of give and take, and the two friends meeting in the middle is something you’d see in any day conversations. This was a small thing, but I enjoyed it immensely. Wonder who’ll step up to do the right thing and join Taker.


    I’ve one big negative on this Lesnar/Eddie situation, and it’s something ridiculously nit-picky, but the two of them just booking themselves in the main event really irked me. To me, all that would’ve been required would’ve been Eddie accepting Brocks challenge and acknowledging the GM in some way, to say “I’m sure Stephanie will sign that off” or “I’ll clear it with Stephanie and see you later”, but the wrestlers just making their own matches - a main event no less - just leaves questions for me. What would the main event have been if Eddie and Lesnar hadn’t crossed paths?


    That said, everything up to that point was highly enjoyable. There was tension, aggression from Eddie, and that bullyish, college jock-esque nonchalance by Brock all came together for a really good showdown, leaving me wanting more between these two. Eddie spitting on the floor was an awesome sight too.


    Wasn’t as hot on how the Cruiserweight match played out. IIRC, the Blind Nidia angle irl came about in a pretty similar fashion through black mist by Tajiri. To me this felt like we’d skipped a few chapters ahead in this rivalry to get to this point too, rather than the first match of the potential feud. I get that Tajiri has been more aggressive and sinister as of late, but him spraying Nidia with the black mist felt like a step too far too soon. Personally I think the angle could’ve had more impact if we’d gotten some kind of messy finish here with Nidia making an enemy of herself with Dawn, leading to a rematch at No Mercy where you could’ve pulled this off with Dawn wanting Nidia taken care of. Still, I can’t deny you’ve instantly got heat on this feud moving forward, and a vengeful Noble should transition nicely into an angry, ass kicking babyface trying to avenge Nidia.


    Also, kudos on the way you suitably sold this in the aftermath too, giving it the time it needed for the reaction to mean something, including Tajiri getting jumped for doing something so reprehensible. All stuff you probably wouldn’t have had time to do had you waited until No Mercy for it. The fact Kidman had the final words for Tajiri, I’d be worried for Torries safety at this point. I’d still argue this angle came too early into the feud, but I can’t complain about the way you pulled it off and the aftermath. Expertly done.


    Benoit feels like the perfect candidate to step up and partner Taker. Another vet, old school mentality, all about respect? Yeah, makes sense he’d step up. Big Show running in to get after Taker should tell us who’ll be representing Vince (as expected) was fine, as was Rhyno costing Benoit in the end. The argument could be made that the champions needed a lot of help, but when The Undertaker especially is on the opposite side, I think that’s the kind of thing that can be overlooked. Also, you’ve essentially furthered three angles here too; Show/Taker, Rhyno/Benoit, and painting WGTT as beatable- which serves the Rey/Kidman feud, as they continue to be avoided by the champs.


    Loved this confrontation between Cena and Lesnar. Similar to last week with Vince, Cena showing he has morals is a big step in his development, but this might be bigger, with him standing up to Lesnar even when it would’ve been beneficial for him to strike a deal with Brock in order to get one over on Eddie. Good stuff.


    I don’t know if it is a good or bad thing, but the domination stuff in the APA/Shaniqua promo gave me a chuckle. It may have been me picturing Bradshaw uttering that line, but I found it funny anyway. The sneak attack worked for me too, as I still feel it’s important that the Bashams look as good as possible right now. The APA will always be over, regardless if they get jumped nine weeks out of ten. Decent progression of this second tier tag program.


    The Matt Fact being wrong cracked me up (assuming that was a deliberate error and jumping from 25% to 33% just to embellish Matt further) plus I liked that the fact actually was directed at the opponent too.


    Yeah, that delusional promo was a lot of fun. Matt trying to build up Gowen was as ridiculous as it sounded, and I think the commentary added a lot more to this promo too. Some funny stuff between Cole and Tazz here - and throughout the show too; it’s easy to gloss over the commentary, but it’s worth noting that you do a tremendous job of making your commentary add to the show without fail, every week.


    Everything was as bizarre and over the top as I hoped/expected it would be too during and after the match. That celebration alone was just ludicrous and suitable dickish from Hardy. Matt chop blocking a one legged man just feels cruel, lol. I’d expected a shock win for Gowen here, and for the shenanigans for Matt to continue with him trying to get his job back, but I hope this isn’t a write off for Gowen. I think he could be a valuable sympathetic face to have around, but it’s hard to see a way back for him after losing like this.


    Wow at the package to build up the Iron Man Match. Even including non-televised Iron Man matches here too was an interesting move (is that Flair/Bret Iron Man on-line anywhere?) and was a bit of an education for me, as I wasn’t even aware of the pre-WM 12 matches. Even though it was a throwaway line, I appreciated Triple H throwing a pseudo dig at Bret, because that’s 100% something you could’ve seen him and the WWE do at this point in time. Having Flair comment too adds much more credibility to the match - more than anyone else - and the follow up from Cole and Tazz on Angles condition was great too. A potentially weakened champion going into No Mercy.


    Cena beating Rikishi was to be expected. A clean win does Cena no harm, and him getting Big Kish up for the FU is quite the impressive feat... the kind of feat that could get cheers soon enough...


    Rey/Kidman vs The Bashams is a big match for next week. Major test for the supposed ‘non’ team anyway. Should be a chance for APA to get some revenge and set Rey and Kidman on their way to No Mercy.


    Main event was a fun read. Spectacular match it seemed, and I enjoyed that Eddie went right after Brock as opposed to using his speed to frustrate as you often see with the big man/small man matches. Cena doing his own thing to get into Eddies head is fine, standing on his own rather than work with Brock. Thought that led to the finish well too, protecting Eddie in defeat to Lesnar.


    The Angle run in caught me by surprise. Honestly expected him to stay off this week after the injuries were put over by Cole and Tazz earlier, and wouldn’t have minded if he did - but this scenario, with Kurt showing up despite his injuries works too. Given how you ended the show though, I’m not sure Angle was needed out here in the end, as I feel his surprise return was overshadowed somewhat.


    As it obviously would be by TRIPLE H!? Did NOT see that coming. Found it interesting that the show was bookended by teases of the opening video before being interrupted and the end of the show being interrupted.


    I’ll refrain from casting any judgment on Triple H showing up - too many questions; I’ll wait for everything to play out just - but you foreshadowed his appearance nicely at the top of the show with Vinces comment (though I’d have sworn they were storyline divorced as opposed to ‘separated’), and the way in which you pulled off his appearance was immense. With the show going off the air before coming back, it added a touch of unpredictability about it all, something that viewers would question if it was supposed to even happen. Really hot finish.


    As I alluded to, long term, I’ve no idea what this is heading to, or what way this issue will play out, though it’s obvious Triple H’s motivation for showing up. If the Smackdown locker room is up in arms over that F5, of course her ex-husband will be too. A lot of questions though are running through my head over this, but I’ll let the whole thing play itself out for a bit first. Regardless a HUGE finish to the show.
    On the battle for Smackdown happening at No Mercy instead of Survivor Series: All will become clear soon enough as to why I didn't want to book a Classic Survivor Series match for control of the brand, but as much as anything, I want to move on from this angle. Hopefully it's more interesting here than it was in real-life, but I have limited patience for McMahons a-feuding, and by bringing this to an end at No Mercy (and it will, because I intend to honour stips as much as possible in this thread) we can move on to new things without them being both being all over the shows.

    On Eddie and Brock making their own main event: Yup, that's totally fair. I hate that kind of thing myself, so that's an oversight on my behalf. In hindsight I should have positioned it as Eddie had already got it signed off by Steph. Good spot.

    On Tajiri misting Nidia being too soon: I'd hoped that Dawn's earlier line about "you're about to see a dangerous side of Tajiri, and you're not gonna like it" was enough to foreshadow Tajiri doing something bad, but I can see why it could have perhaps used more. Thanks for the feedback.

    I'm glad you liked the way it played out aside from that though. This is one of the situations where I remember clearly thinking the WWE were about to do something awesome, only to see them lose the plot and end the story with a comedy inter-gender blindfold match. I was quite keen to tell a different story here, and as such, although step 1 mirrors reality, the subsequent steps will not.

    On Zach Gowen being fired: Yeah, he's gone now. I did like your idea of Matt losing and having to worm his way back in to a job, but Zach's disability is unfortunately such that it means him even going 50/50 with someone is damaging to the opponent, let alone winning. I think WWE really missed the boat with him by having Vince beat him in his debut. No-one loses to Vince. After that, the crowd won't ever take him seriously as a competitor and was left getting pity heat, which is not helpful.

    In theory he'd have made an interesting jobber, in that he has the perfect out to never win, but I felt Matt winning a Loser Is Fired match against him was too much fun to not follow through with. Needless to say, Matt will have more to say about this spectacular victory on the next Smackdown...

    On the Flair/Bret Iron Man match: Yup, it's on YouTube. The video and sound quality isn't great and the angle means you miss a few bits, but you can get a feel for it. It's handheld by a fan I think, so obviously not commentary or anything. Without the usual production bells and whistles it's not the easiest watch, but it's a good match, and features a spectacular Flair's trunks pulled down spot, even by his standards.

    On Hunter and Steph being divorced: Shit. I was so sure they were separated I didn't even bother to fact-check. I'll start mentioning them as divorced going forward. My bad.

    Still, glad you enjoyed it, and picked up on the nudge at the start of the show, and the book-end of cutting off the opening/cutting off the ending. It was fun to pull together, and hopefully as the story twists and turns it continues to keep your attention.

    On Matt's fact being incorrect: I'll let Sebsy take this one...

    Quote Originally Posted by sebsy View Post
    How dare you question Matt Facts! It is indeed correct!
    Sebsy is correct, as is Matt. Matt has 33% more limbs than Zach (Zach has three, so Matt having 1 more is a third), but Zach was 25% fewer (Matt has 4, so one less is a quarter).

    Maths with Matt Hardy. Maths Hardy. Maths-ittude. There's a gimmick update in there somewhere I think.

    Thanks again all for the feedback!

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    Re: August BTBOTM - WWE: Where It All Begins... Again



    October 6th 2003
    Uncasville, Connecticut





    ”IT’S TIME TO PLAY THE GAME…”

    *** THE GAME ***


    The crowd erupt for the arrival of TRIPLE H, the man who has been missing from the last few weeks.

    "Welcome ev’ryone," JR says, "to Monday Night Raw! And after his surprise appearance on Smackdown last Thursday, we're going to kick things off with 'The Game', Triple H."

    "Appearance?"
    King scoffs. "He beat the hell out of Brock Lesnar!"

    "And I can only presume we're about to find out why."


    Triple H makes his way to the ring, dressed as ever in an expensive suit, and takes hold of a microphone. The reaction to him isn’t quite as viscerally negative as it has been over the last year, although you wouldn’t call it overwhelmingly positive either.

    As he goes to speak, a feint "TRIP-LE H!" chant picks up from a small segment of the crowd who appreciated his actions against Brock on Smackdown. He looks out longingly at the crowd, hoping the chant will take off. It doesn't, but he was always going to hope.

    "So you all wanna know why I went to Smackdown, huh?" he says. "Truth is, I had no intention of going to that second-rate show. I was taking a much-deserved break. I was broken down, tired and injured from carrying this show on my back for far too long. I was at home, watching Smackdown just over a week ago, and what did I see? I saw Brock Lesnar... F5... Stephanie McMahon."

    The crowd boo the mention of the unspeakable act.

    "And I realised, as I watched that happen, that I could no longer wait at home any more. I realised I had to come back… and I have to get two things off my chest. Number one… Goldberg..."

    The crowd cheer the name of the champion, and break in to a spontaneous "GOOLLDBEERRRG" chant far greater than Hunter's earlier on.

    "Goldberg, I know you're watching this in the back. So to you I say... last few months... we've put each other through hell. I've taken years out of your career... and you've done the same to me. But after Unforgiven... you beat me." The crowd cheer. "Yeah, that's right, Goldberg, you beat me. On that night, you won. If we were to fight again, you know I might be the one to beat you. But I say we draw a line in the sand. You and me... we're done. It's over. One day we may fight again, but for now, it's finished. Enjoy your title reign, 'cos I'm moving on to other things."

    The crowd applause this seemingly back-handed but well-intentioned show of respect from Triple H.

    "Which brings me to point 2... Brock Lesnar."

    The crowd boo his name again.

    "Brock... just over a week ago... you lifted Steph on your shoulders and you gave her an F5." His face crunches as he mentally returns to the image of the attack. "Now, listen. Steph and I... we've had our issues. Everyone knows that. But you lay a hand on her? You've got me to deal with. So listen up, Brock, 'cos I want you to hear it clean out of my mouth. Last week? That was just the start. And you can bet your ass I'll be back there this Thursday to beat the hell out of you all over again."

    The crowd cheer Triple H's show of solidarity with Stephanie McMahon.

    "And let me tell you this, I-"


    ”NO CHANCE, THAT’S WHAT YOU’VE GOT!”

    *** NO CHANCE IN HELL ***


    The crowd boo at once at the unexpected arrival of VINCE MCMAHON, who has tended to focus his energies on Smackdown for the last eighteen months. But he's not alone. He waves to the back, and is immediately joined by a dozen security guards. Together they follow Vince to the ring as he takes a microphone., limping as he goes to sell the impact of the Last Ride he took from The Undertaker on Smackdown.

    "Hunter," he begins, backed up by the huge crew of security. "You're annoyed."

    "You're God damn right I'm annoyed, Vince. I'm pis-"

    "Now, now, no need for that. I appreciate that you're frustrated with Brock's actions. But I had presumed you'd be here tonight, and I'm glad you are, because I have something to say to you. Stephanie? She'd no longer your concern. She's my daughter. And as her father, I can tell you... she's not worth this anger. She is a disappointment to me, just as she was to you. What you did on Thursday undermined everything I have been trying to build with these two separate brands. It was a trespassing. And you attacked my top guy. Brock Lesnar is the guy in the WWE now. He's an angry... furious... vicious... beast... of a man. And you poked that beast. For what? Stephanie?"

    "Yeah, for Steph. I kicked his ass last week, and I'll kick your ass today if you're not careful, Vince."


    The crowd cheer Triple H's complete change in attitude.

    "Please, Hunter, there's no need for this hostility. You know you're the son I wish Shane could be. I was proud my daughter would marry a man like you. Please don't make things difficult."

    "Things aren't difficult. Not yet. They're about to get a whole lot worse for you, Vince. And that's nothing compared to what's coming up for Lesnar."


    Mr. McMahon shakes his head. "Hunter, please. This is so disappointing. Do you know what it took for me to convince Brock to not come here tonight looking for you? Do you know how much time and effort it took stopping him from wanting to rip your face clean off your skull? He's not a forgiving man, Hunter, and I've convinced him to forgive you. And I need you to forgive him, too. And that's what you'll do, Hunter. Because there is no way you will show your face on Smackdown this week."

    "That's where you're wrong."

    "No, I'm not wrong. You're a smart guy, Hunter, but you're nothing compared to me. I know what makes a man like you tick. I could fine you, but you wouldn't miss the money."
    Triple H smirks and nods in agreement. "I could suspend you, but you'd just show up at Smackdown anyway."

    "You're God damn right,"
    Triple H mouths.

    "But there is one thing you care about. The World Title."

    Triple H nods. "Yeah, you're damn right. The title means more to me than anything. But like I said earlier, until I've finished with Lesnar, I'm not even thinking about the title."

    "For now, perhaps. But for how long? One day, you'll want another shot at the title. But not if you show up on Smackdown. If you so much as turn up at the arena on Thursday, I will personally make sure you never get another title shot as long as I'm breathing. Do you hear me? I'll make it my life's duty to make sure you never even see that title belt again."


    Triple H stares intently at him.

    "I'm getting through, aren't I?" Vince asks. "You know I'm right. But that's not all. You see, I'm not all about the stick. I have a carrot too. If you stay away from Smackdown this Thursday, I'll personally give you a title shot whenever you want one. Your choice. Any time you want it, it's yours. With a week’s notice so we can promote it and make money off it, of course. Think about it. A title shot… whenever you want it. What do you say?"

    The Game looks out to the crowd for guidance, and they roar at him to turn down the deal. He drops his head, his hair falling over his face, until he brushes it back and looks back at the chairman.

    "Okay, Vince," he says. "You've got yourself a deal. I won't come to Smackdown this Thursday."

    The crowd boo.

    "Boo all you want," he says to the crowd, "but this is my livelihood. That title means more to me than anything. So you have a deal, Vince. But you need to take a message to Lesnar. You tell him he does a single thing I don't like the look of, I'll be back there on Smackdown, kicking his ass worse than ever. And there will be no stopping me."

    Vince smiles and offers a hand. "I'd expect little else from you. I'm glad you've come to your senses."

    Triple H shakes Vince's hand to boos from the crowd. "Oh, but one other thing," Hunter says, hanging on to McMahon's hand. "I'm going to need you to take another message to Lesnar..."

    KICK TO THE GUT! Vince McMahon doubles over... PEDIGREE! TRIPLE H JUST PEDIGREED VINCE MCMAHON!

    The security team rush to Triple H and he sends them back with hard rights, until the sheer number of them eventually overwhelm him, and they tackle him to the mat. They tie his hands behind his back and start to lead him from the ring, but his message has been sent.




    Mark Henry w/ Theodore Long vs. Maven

    Having been beaten down backstage by Long's clients two weeks ago, Maven gained a measure of revenge in overcoming Rodney Mack in singles action last week, resulting in Mack being kicked out of Thuggin' & Buggin' Enterprises. But that only left half the story, and one Theodore Long felt Mark Henry was the man to finish.

    Henry dominates the match from the off, with Maven having little chance to fight back. Even his usual high impact move, the picture-perfect Dropkick, doesn't even take Henry off his feet. In fact, it just annoys him, so he continues to batter the youngster down. He lifts Maven up for a World's Strongest Slam, but in the process accidentally sends one of Maven's feet in to referee Chad Patton's face! Patton is briefly stunned, allowing RODNEY MACK to slide in the ring with a steel chair and crush it over Mark Henry's head! The big man is staggered, so Maven rolls him up as Patton comes to... 1, 2, 3! Maven steals another one against Thuggin' & Buggin'!

    Winner: Maven in 3:53



    Mark Henry can't believe what has happened! No sooner has the bell rung than Mack slides back in the ring, and he and Henry exchange HUGE right hands. Neither man is rocked... until Mack finally goes down! Maven, despite having been helped by Mack, sees no reason to help a man who has tried to take him out in the past, leaving Mack alone with Henry... WORLD'S STRONGEST SLAM! Despite his best efforts, Rodney Mack again falls at the feet of Mark Henry.




    We cut backstage to where TRIPLE H is still being led away by the security team, only to be stopped by STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN.

    "Hold ya horses," he bellows to the security team, who stop so he can square up to Triple H. "I hate ya damn guts."

    Triple H scowls. "Right back at you, Steve."

    "Nah, ya ain't hearin' me, son. I hate ev'ry damn thing about ya. It takes ev'rythin' inside me ta not whoop ya ass ev'rytime I look at ya beady li'l eyes."


    A security guard steps forward. "Does this have a point? We need to get him out of here under orders of Mr. McMahon."

    Austin stares at the security guard until he meekly steps back and hides behind another guard.

    "I'm tellin' ya this,” Austin continues, “so ya know that when I say this next thing, I mean it. Hunter... I hate ya damn guts... but I respect tha hell outta what ya just did. If ya carry on like that, me and you won't evah be friends... but I migh' be able to live with ya bein' on mah show."

    Triple H snarls. "Vince got what was coming to him for what he did to Steph. But that doesn't mean I suddenly like you, Steve. I don't like you, I don't respect you, and as far as I'm concerned, I'll be happy to see you get the hell outta here."

    Austin shrugs. "Suit yaself, son. But I stand by what I said."

    "And so do I."

    "In that case, enjoy bein' kicked outta tha building for tha night."


    Austin steps to the side, and lets the security team escort Triple H out of the building.




    We cut backstage to where GAIL KIM AND VICTORIA are finishing getting ready. MOLLY HOLLY then walks in, Women's Title belt flung over her shoulder.

    "Hey, girls, ready for tonight?" she asks.

    "Sure am!" Gail says. Victoria stays silent.

    "Good, glad to hear it," Holly says. "This is a big night for us all. Tonight you face Trish Stratus and Lita in a tag match. The winning team go on to face me next week in a Triple Threat match for this Women's Title. But more importantly, you get to show Trish and Lita what true women look like."

    Gail nods along, impressed with the speech of her mentor.

    "Now," Molly continues, "I don't want you two worrying. I will be out there, don't worry about that. And I promise to help you win the match. But of course, when I do so, I presume neither of you will actually take up the match next week, right? I mean, we have to stay on the same page if we're going to stick it to Lita and Trish."

    Victoria finally acknowledges the presence of the champion, standing up and getting in her face, her eyes bugged, contorting her own neck so far to the side that Molly steps back in fear.

    "Oh, I'll take the title shot alright," Victoria says. "I WILL beat Trish and Lita... WITH... or without... your help tonight... and then... I'll face you and Gail next week... and I'll WILL... beat you BOTH... and I WILL become the new... WWE... Women's... CHAMPION."

    Victoria grins, then loses the smile almost as quickly, and storms out of the room.

    "Whoa," Molly says, brushing herself down and turning to Gail. "She's pretty intense, huh? At least we have each other to depend on, right?"

    Gail shrugs. "I don't know. If Victoria is taking the title shot... maybe I should too?"

    "Come on, Gail, don't-"

    "Yeah,"
    Gail interrupts. "I think I will. Thanks, though."

    She too brushes past Molly, leaving the champion looking worried in the locker room.




    "Well, isn’t this predictable?" we hear over the public address system, as CHRIS JERICHO walks through the curtain with a microphone. He is dressed in plain black tights, black boots, and his hair pulled back. He continues to talk as he walks down to the ring. "Last week, I was having a private moment where I signified the end of one stage of my career, and was trying to celebrate the start of the next. It was an intensely personal moment, one that marked my final transition from pathetic nobody still desperate for the approval of all of you sheep, to the SUPERIOR... BEING... that I am."

    He climbs the steps and enters the ring. "But then... Rob Van Dam had to get involved. He stuck his nose where it didn't belong. He attacked me. It was... an unprovoked... attack. From behind, like the snivelling coward that he is. In any other company, he would have been punished. Suspended, maybe. Certainly fined. Maybe fired. Probably arrested. But here? No, not here. This place is run by degenerates... for degenerates. Those that do good are squashed like they don't exist. And thugs like Rob Van Dam... they get rewarded... with opportunities to fight for prestigious championship."

    "Does he deserve that? No. But nothing will change. It never does. This company is beyond saving. So I will destroy it. I will take everything that is true and holy in this company, and destroy its very meaning. And when that is done, I will rebuild it in my own image. An image that understands just... how... great... I.... really... am."


    He tosses the microphone out of the ring and sneers at the crowd.


    *** ONE OF A KIND ***


    The crowd erupt as RVD sprints out for the back and beats on Jericho! This one is underway already!


    WWE Intercontinental Title Number One Contenders Match
    Chris Jericho vs. Rob Van Dam


    Jericho tries to cover as RVD kicks him around the ring. The former Y2J rolls to the outside, but RVD follows out with a Leaping Side Kick off the apron, and tosses him in to the barricade. Jericho slithers back in to the ring and RVD follows, kicking him as they go. Jericho gets to his knees and begs for RVD to stop, but Van Dam shows no remorse, kicking him in the chest over and over again. Jericho tries to crawl away but Van Dam follows... so Jericho rakes him in the eye! RVD stumbles back, so Jericho punches him... and punches him... and punches him. Earl Hebner tries to get him to stop but Jericho keeps going, until he backs up... and kicks RVD between the legs!

    Winner by Disqualification: Rob Van Dam in 2:48



    Van Dam slumps to the mat holding his crotch as Earl Hebner pleads for Jericho to calm down. But he's not angry. He's not about to blow a fuse. Instead, he merely turns and walks away…

    "Now what in the hell was that about?" JR asks. ”Jericho just cost himself a shot at the Intercontinental Title with that low blow!"

    "I think that was accidental,"
    King adds.

    "Like hell it was! That was intentional, clear as day! What the hell is this kid's problem?"




    Meanwhile, LANCE STORM is walking backstage when he bumps in to an agent.

    "I heard he's here," Storm says. "Is he here?"

    The agent nods. "That room on the end, Lance. But I must warn you-"

    "Thanks,"
    Storm interrupts, and walks down the corridor to the last room.

    He knocks and walks in. The room is empty, the lights switched off, but for an old-fashioned television positioned at the far end of the room, showing Casablanca. In the middle of the room is a solitary, golden chair. On the chair sits GOLDUST.

    "Where the hell've you been?" Storm asks, having not seen his partner for a couple of weeks.

    "Where has anyone been?" Goldust asks, his eyes peeled to the black and white images emanating from the screen. "Nowhere. No-one has been anywhere. We're all... sssss... nowhere."

    "Come on, snap out of it. I don't know what happened, if it was that RKO on the concrete, or that beating from Kane, or-"

    "Nothing happened to me. Nothing happened to anyone. That is the world we have created for ourselves."

    "We have a match tonight. A rematch against La Resistance. I had to go it alone last week."

    "And you'll go it alone again tonight. After all... we're all... sssssss... alone... anyway."

    "What the hell is wrong with you?"
    Storm asks, but still Goldust stares at the screen. Finally, Lance gives up and storms out of the room, leaving Goldust alone.




    We cut backstage where CHRIS JERICHO walking backstage. He reaches his locker room, grabs his bags, and leave. He’s walking down the corridor when STEVE AUSTIN catches up to him.

    "Chris!" Austin shouts. "Chris! What the hell's th' matter with you, son?"

    Jericho turns back to him. "What's the matter?! I told you what the matter is. I warned you. I said I would tear this company apart. Destroy everything it stands for. I don't care about the Intercontinental Title. I don't care about Rob Van Dam. I care about respect. And I promise you this, Steve, I will make every... single... little... slimeball... in this company... show me respect. I will ruin every show you have, Steve over and over again. You put me in a match for a title? I’ll denigrate that title until it’s worthless. You make me fight one of your favourites? I’ll grind them down and spit them out like the worthless hacks they are. This game has changed, and I'm the one changing it. You better get used to it."

    Jericho continues down the corridor, leaving Austin dumfounded.




    We cut backstage to see TEST walking alone, when he encounters STACY KEIBLER sat alone, and looking a little down.

    “You uh-kay?” Test asks.

    Stacy laughs. “No offence, but you’re the absolute last person I would want to talk to.”

    “Fair enough,”
    Test says. “I made some mistakes, no doubt uh-boot that. I see that now. I was not a good person, eh? But I’m gettin’ it together now. Focus on the in-ring stuff, like you always said.”

    Stacy half-shrugs.

    “If you did want to talk uh-boot it-“

    “I don’t,”
    Stacy interrupts, and they stand awkwardly for a few moments.

    “I guess I’m just worried I’m making another mistake,” she finally says, clearly needing to vent to someone, anyone. “It was a mistake linking up with you, and I think I’m doing it again. I don’t think I thought this through.”

    “You traded one monster for uh-nother,”
    Test says, surprisingly articulately.

    “Maybe, I just-“

    “The hell is this?”
    SCOTT STEINER barks, storming in to shot. “You back with him now, that it?”

    Stacy laughs. “Obviously not. Never again. We were just talking.”

    “Well, don’t,”
    Steiner says, and pulls her by the arm.

    “You might wanna let go of her,” Test says, squaring up to him. “I was a mess back before, but I see far clearer now. And what I’m uh-boot to see is me kicking your ass.”

    “I’d like to see you try-“

    “What the hell is going on?”
    ERIC BISCHOFF says, also walking in to shot. “Did I not make myself clear? I don’t ever want to see you two fighting again., got it?”

    “Oh, we’re not fighting,”
    Test says, still staring at Steiner. “Not yet.”

    “Good,”
    Eric says. “If I see either of you so much as lay another hand on each other ever again, you’re both fired. I’m done with you. No-one cares. Move on. Scott, you have a match, go get ready.”

    Steiner snarls and walks away, pulling Stacy with him. “Come on, Stace, get ya head in tha game. Help me get ready. You’re gonna help me win my match tonight, ain’t ya?”

    Stacy reluctantly nods and follows after him, clearly conflicted.




    Number One Contenders Match
    Gail Kim & Victoria w/ Molly Holly vs. Lita & Trish Stratus


    Despite what they said earlier tonight, Molly still accompanies Gail and Victoria to the ring, although stays out of the way for much of the match. Lita and Trish have the better of the early proceedings, but Victoria's viciousness allows them to take back over. She refuses to tag Gail in, instead preferring to do it all alone, until Gail tags herself in... and straight in to forearm shot from Trish!

    Trish and Lita start to take over, so Trish looks to Stratusfaction... but Molly hopds on to the apron and grabs Trish's leg... allowing Gail to Belly to Back Suplex Trish! She goes for the cover...

    ONE...

    TWO...

    Molly puts Trish's foot on the ropes! Gail can't believe her mentor would screw her over like that, and seemingly, neither can Molly! Gail just stares at the champion on the outside, allowing Trish to roll Gail up...

    ONE...

    TWO...

    No! Molly pushed Trish out of it! She doesn't know who to back!

    Referee Jack Doan remonstrates with the champion on the outside, threatening to disqualify her if she gets involved again... when LITA DIVES THROUGH THE ROPES AND TAKES MOLLY OUT! The crowd pop huge for the extreme diva taking the interfering champion out of the contest, but takes herself out in the process! In the ring, Victoria uses the distraction to grab Trish by the hair... CHICK KICK! Victoria is out... but Gail is the legal woman! She rolls Trish up...

    ONE...

    TWO...

    THREE!

    Winners: Victoria & Gail Kim in 6:40




    We cut backstage to where Terri Runnels stands by with LA RESISTANCE & ROB CONWAY.

    "Rob, tonight your clients, Rene and Sylvan, once again have to-"

    "Whoa, hold on a minute, sweetcheeks,"
    Conway says. "These aren't my clients. They are my friends. I support them, and I support their message. Just as we should all support the French. But they are not my clients."

    "Okay, well, be that as it may, I was interested in your thoughts on the developments earlier tonight, where it appears your... friends... Rene and Sylvan, will once again face Lance Storm in a Handicap Match."

    "It's pathetic,"
    Conway says. "This is why I turned my back on this country. Two Americans squabbling over-"

    "Lance Storm is Canadian."

    "Again, I say... whatever. Canada, America, they're all the same. People who add nothing to society, getting chances their talent doesn't deserve. My friends here are the former World Tag Team Champions. They were dominant, and yet STILL they aren't given the rematch that they are contractually obligated to have."

    "But I understand that you waived the rematch clause for the Title match, given you were so sure of victory."

    "For a dumb girl, you sure love details. It doesn't matter what we agreed. If Rene and Sylvan were American, they'd have been allowed to go around the contract. Instead, they're left beating the hell out of a useless American and/or Canadian, when everyone knows they are the RIGHTFUL World Tag Team Titles. But after tonight, maybe people will start to finally realise it."





    We cut backstage to STEVE AUSTIN’S office. The General Manager is stroking his bald head, clearly stressed out, when a shadow is cast across the room.

    "What th' hell you want, Vince?"

    The fans boo at the man's name, as MR. MCMAHON is helped by medical personnel in to the office, as Vince cradles both his neck and shoulder from the Pedigree earlier tonight.

    "Just what in the hell is going on here, Austin? You’ve lost control! You’ve got Jericho ruining matches, Triple H attacking me… what the hell is going on here?”

    "Ya ask me, Triple H gave ya what ya had comin’, and as for Jericho-"

    "What about Jericho? He’s taking away his merchandise, damn it. I used to make money from that. And he’s ruining matches for titles I built to be the most prestigious in wrestling. What, are you just going to give Van Dam a shot at the Intercontinental Title through a needless disqualification like that? It turns the belt in to a mockery, and Jericho knows that."

    "Of course Van Dam gets the title shot, that was the rules. Jericho's sorry ass knew what he was getting' in to when-"

    "Now, Steve, I don't want to tell you how to do your job, but-"

    "Now you listen here, ya sorry son of a bitch. Don't make me whoop your ass for old time's sake. Mah name is Stone Cold Steve Austin, I am the General Manager of Raw, and when Chris Jericho comes back on to Raw, I will UNLEASH HELL!"


    Austin barges past Vince and out of his office in to the corridor.

    "Harder than it looks, isn't it?" ERIC BISCHOFF says, leaning against a wall having listened in.

    "How long ya been standin' there, ya creepy li'l bastard?"

    "Long enough. I've had a few meetings with Vince like that over the last year. I wonder, does it make you feel bad for all the hell you caused to your bosses over the years, now you see how hard it is?"

    "All it makes me wanna do is whoop somebody’s ass! So if you don't get your sorry ass outta my way in the next three seconds, I'm not gonna be responsible for what I do. ONE... TWO-"

    "You're not going to 'whoop my ass', Steve. You're not allowed. You have been banned by the WWE Board from laying a hand on any WWE employee, and if you do, you'll be fired. It's easy being the badass when you've got nothing to lose, Steve. A lot harder when you've got responsibilities."


    Bischoff smirks, the smugness practically radiating off of him, and he walks away. Stone Cold seethes for a few seconds, before flipping nearby table in a bit of pure rage.




    Handicap Match
    La Resistance w/ Rob Conway vs. Lance Storm


    As with last week, Lance Storm is left high and dry by his partner, and has to go it alone. As with last week, he starts well, but...

    Actually, he carries on well. Either La Res take him too lightly, or Storm is fired up by his encounter with his partner backstage, but he continues to take the fight to the former champions, giving them very few chances to fight back. They eventually use the number's game to take over, but even then he manages to battle back. When Dupree charges he Back Body Drops him over the top, then runs at Sylvan, ducks under a Clothesline... both off the ropes... he drops to the mat and rolls through... in to a Single Leg Crab, all in one move! What a manoeuvre by Storm! He has it locked in as Grenier's hand hovers over the mat... but here comes Rob Conway... SUPERKICK BY STORM! Storm takes Conway out too! But as he turns around, Dupree slides back in the ring... Dupree Driver! 1, 2, 3!

    Winners: La Resistance in 5:22


    "Damn it!" JR yells from commentary. "Lance Storm took La Resistance to the edge, but that damn Rob Conway got involved and screwed Storm over again!"

    "He didn't have to attack Conway, JR-"

    "Conway was gonna blast him in th' face! He had no choice! And now what's this?"


    Grenier jumps Storm from behind and lays the boots in to him, and eventually Conway and Dupree join in.

    "Where th' hell's Goldust?" JR barks. "Storm needs help!"

    Suddenly, the crowd erupt in to cheers as a figure emerges from the curtain. Not Goldust... but SGT. SLAUGHTER! Whenever there’s a foreign threat, the American patriot (who was briefly patriotic to another country, but we forget that happened) can be found! He hobbles down to the ring, with La Res with their backs to him... so he climbs in to the ring and spins Conway around... big right hand! He spins Grenier... another right! And another to Dupree! The young trio struggle to their feet, but when they do, there is a three-on-one... until Lance Storm gets back to his feet! Not wanting to try their luck, La Res slide out of the ring and leave the unlikely duo in the ring.

    "What's Slaughter doing out here?" King asks. "He's so old he remembers when Old Faithful was new and unreliable."

    Slaughter leads the crowd in a "USA!" Chant as Storm stands proudly beside him... when RANDY ORTON hits an RKO out of nowhere! No-one even saw him get in the ring! Storm rushes to him but Orton slithers back out of the ring, smirking at just another legend he has taken out.




    We transition in to the video we’ve seen in the last couple of weeks highlighting the career of SHAWN MICHAELS, set to So Far Away by Staind. We see footage of Shawn's incredible career, from his days as part of the Rockers with Marty Jannetty, to his time with Diesel as his bodyguard, and him achieving his childhood dream and winning the WWE Title in the main event of Wrestlemania XII.

    But we see the dark side, too. The degenerate side, with Triple H and Mike Tyson. The political side, with the Curtain Call. And, of course, the Montreal Screwjob.

    But despite that, we see him still at his best. Whether he was diving off a ladder at Wrestlemania X, getting knocked out by Mike Tyson at Wrestlemania XIV, or winning the title at Survivor Series 2002, he's always entertained. We see him leap off of things, dancing to the ring, and nailing Sweet Chin Music, there is only one Heartbreak Kid.

    As the song says...

    "All in the mistakes,
    One life contained,
    They all finally start to go away,
    Now that we're here,
    It's so far away,
    And I feel like I can face the day,
    And I can forgive,
    And I'm not ashamed,
    To be the person that I am today"


    And as the song starts to die down, we see footage of Shawn among his adoring fans, and we hear from the man himself.

    "Ev'rythin' I've done in my career, I did it try'na be the best version of Shawn Michaels I can be. I've not always got it right, but I wouldn't change thing, 'cos it got me to where I am today. And if I brought a smile to even one person's face... it was worth it, man. It was worth it."




    We cut backstage to where LANCE STORM is rushing through the corridors, barging past backstage workers, until he finds GOLDUST’S room. He bursts in to find Goldust still sat alone in the darkened room, still watching Casablanca.

    "Where the hell were you?" he yells at Goldust. "I was out there getting my ass kicked and you stayed in here watching movies."

    "Filmsssss,"
    Goldust purrs. "This is no movie. It's a film."

    "Whatever! That bastard Rob Conway got involved again and I had to fight them three-on-one. We're supposed to be partners, and you left me high and dry."

    "You should be grateful. You are relying on others to help you... but no-one will. Everyone is out for themselves... and the sooner you realise it the better... so... ssssss... you're welcome."


    Storm slaps him across the face. "How'd you like that, you golden freak?"

    A smirk gradually forms across his face, morphing in to a full smile, and finally, in to a boisterous laugh. He cackles away as Storm can only watch bemused, completely lost as to what is going on with his partner. With Goldust showing no signs of stopping laughing, Storm backs out and walks away. Once Storm is gone, Goldust's laugh immediately ceases, and he continues to blankly stare at the flickering back and white screen in front of him.




    Scott Steiner w/ Stacy Keibler vs. Tommy Dreamer

    With Steiner showing a new fire since his Unforgiven win, Dreamer knows he has to come in to this one fighting and does so with a series of punches straight from the bell. Unfortunately for him, Steiner completely no sells them and Belly to Belly Suplexes Dreamer, immediately taking over.

    From there it’s all Steiner with Dreamer getting very little. Stacy stays on the outside, half-heartedly trying to ramp up the disinterested crowd to support Steiner. It doesn’t work, and Steiner gets frustrated that she isn’t doing more… which allows Dreamer to fight back! Big right hands send Steiner stumbling back… kick to the gut… DDT! Dreamer’s going to do it!

    Panicked at the ramifications of a Dreamer win, Stacy leaps up on to the apron to distract him! Dreamer questions what she’s doing, which allows Steiner up… he looks for another Suplex… but Dreamer pushes out… and accidentally straight at Stacy! Steiner puts the brakes on just before contact, but it allows Dreamer to roll him up…

    ONE...

    TWO...

    THREE!

    Winner: Tommy Dreamer in 3:46


    Dreamer immediately rolls out of the ring, the former ECW Champion getting a huge win over the former WCW Champion! Stacy stares on, open-mouthed, as Steiner tries to work out exactly how he lost that fight. Stacy tries to apologise as she climbs in to the ring, so Steiner orders a microphone.

    “The hell was that?” he yells, almost completely out of breath.

    “I’m so sorry,” she says, without a mic to project her voice.

    “Ya s’posed to be helpin’ me! What’s wrong with ya?!”

    Stacy can only hold her hands up in apology.

    Steiner bows his head. “It’s okay, Stace, don’t fret it. It’s all good. I forgive ya. Of course, ya gonna have to do somethin’ to make it up to tha Big Bad Booty Daddy!”

    Steiner walks towards Stacy, but she slides past him and grabs his microphone as she does.

    “No!” she says. “I’m not interested in you, Scott. And I’m thinking this whole thing was a mistake.”

    “Ev’ryone wants tha Geneic Freak-“

    “I don’t!”
    she screams.

    As soon as she says it, she regrets what she has done. She silently tries to plead to Steiner to forgiveness, but none seems to be coming…

    “Scott, I-“

    BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX!

    The crowd erupts in to a furious rage against Steiner as he stands over her, silent. He looks out to the crowd to absorb their hatred…

    AND LOOKS FOR THE STEINER RECLINER!

    “Don’t you dare do this, you son of a bitch!” JR yells from commentary, but it looks to be for nothing…


    “STAND BACK! THERE’S A HURRICANE COMING THROUGH!”

    *** EYE OF THE HURRICANE ***



    The crowd pop as THE HURRICANE AND ROSEY sprint out from the back and to the ring. Steiner drops Stacy and looks to attack, but the Superheroes doesn’t give him a chance, immediately wailing on him for what he’s done.

    Steiner, left with no choice, backs away and rolls out of the ring and back down the aisle.

    Rosey leans over the ropes and yells abuse at the roided bully, while Hurricane checks on Stacy to make sure she’s okay.

    “Thank God for Hurricane and Rosey!” JR says. “I hope they get their chance to kick his damn ass!”




    We cut backstage to where RANDY ORTON AND BATISTA are chatting in the Evolution locker room.

    "Honestly, Dave, you should have seen it," Orton laughs. "The old bastard never saw it coming. BAM! RKO! Yet another legend killed by the Legend Killer. Man, that was too funny."

    "RANDY!"
    RIC FLAIR yells as he walks in to the room.

    "Did you see it, Ric?" Orton asks. "Man, it was classic. Slaughter-"

    "Yeah I saw it!"
    Flair barks, his face already turning bright red. "I saw every second. What th' hell's th' matter with ya? You think this is funny? You think it's a game?"

    "It was kinda funny,"
    Orton smirks.

    Flair slaps him across the face. "You need tah get your head in th' game, pal. You're a fine talent, Randy. A fine talent. Best young talent I've ever seen, and I've seen 'em all! But... you have no focus! TONIGHT... we face the greatest... tag team... in wrestling history-"

    "Come on, Ric, the Dudleys aren't that good."

    "What d'you know? Midnight Express! Legion Of Doom! Minnesota Wrecking Crew! Rock 'n' Roll Express! The Briscos! WOOOOO! ARN ANDERSON AND TULLY BLANCHARD! I've seen 'em all, and none of 'em... NONE OF 'EM... have won the gold as much as th' Dudleys! And BELIEVE ME... you win th' gold... ya doin' somethin' right! Because the gold... it's all that matters in this game. And th' Dudleys? They're teamin' with Goldberg. Th' World Champ, whether we like it or not. Longest... undefeated... streak... in wrestling history. He... is... the man!"

    "But you? You spend ya time attackin' Sgt Slaughter from behind, you'll get killed out there, pal, lemme tell ya. Get ya head in the game, Randy. Hunter... the Game... he's gone. No-one knows how long for. So you need tah go out there and take his place, okay? And ya do that... in the ring... by kickin' ass... and takin' names! Ya beat Goldberg tonight... and Evolution are back on top again! WOOOO!"





    We transition to the image of Brock Lesnar wiping Hulk Hogan's blood against his chest.

    "A vicious beast..."

    Brock F5s Zach Gowen's leg in to the ringpost.

    "… a raging animal...”

    Lesnar roars and nearly decapitates Jeff Hardy with a Clothesline not long after his debut.

    "...from humble beginnings..."

    We see homemade footage of Brock as a teenager, towering over the other kids in amateur competitions.

    "… to the highest heights..."

    Brock stands in the middle of the ring at Wrestlemania XIX, holding the WWE Title above his head.

    "… a path of destruction left in his wake..."

    We see the carnage Brock left on his debut, with the entire Hardcore Division taken out in one fell swoop.

    "… he will stop at nothing to achieve his goals...”

    F5 to Kurt Angle.

    "… he will show no remorse..."

    F5 to Big Show.

    "… no regret..."

    Brock stands atop Hell in a Cell at No Mercy last year, belt held above his head, The Undertaker bloodied and beaten in the ring below him.

    “No Mercy."




    Smackdown presents... WWE No Mercy, LIVE on pay-per-view, Sunday October 19th.

    (Credit to Raye for the awesome poster)




    Kane vs. Mark Jindrak w/ Garrison Cade

    Last week, we saw the worst of Kane. He faced Cade and, despite having the match won on numerous occasions, refused to take the pin, and then after the match, Chokeslammed Jindrak for good measure. And now Jindrak is looking revenge.

    Which he doesn't find. Kane completely batters Jindrak, beats the crap out of him, plants him with the Chokeslam, then the Tombstone, and pins him clean. The message is different but just as strong. He can take his time and brutalise you, or he can beat you up and pin you quickly. Either way, he's damn near unbeatable.

    Winner: Kane in 2:10





    We cut backstage to where STEVE AUSTIN is sat on his desk chair. The desk in front of him has been flipped, seemingly in a fit of fury we didn't get to see. There is a knock on the door, and Austin leaps to his feet.

    "WHAT?!" he barks, only to see ROB VAN DAM walk in.

    "You're on edge," RVD says. "You need to chill out, man. You wanna smoke a little-"

    Austin shakes his head. "What d'ya want, Rob?"

    "You know what I want. I'm not taking a title shot like that. I wanna earn it. Give me a proper match next week."


    Austin allows for a brief smile. "I'm glad you said that, son. Didn't sit right wi' me, neither. I'll get you a proper match next week for a shot at the belt." He strokes his head for a moment as he ponders his options. "Look, Lance Storm, Rob Conway, they seem to be goin' through some kinda crap right now. How about you, Storm, Conway, you face off in a Triple Threat Match next week on Raw? Winner faces that Creepy Li'l Bastard Christian the week after."

    "Sounds cool to me. Thanks, Austin."


    He turns to leave.

    "Rob, wait up," Austin says. "I got somethin' else I wanna run by ya..."




    We then cut to GOLDBERG walking through the corridors, ready for his match, title belt slung over his shoulder.

    "Well, here we go!" JR says from commentary. "Evolution, versus the Dudley Boys and Goldberg, and it's comin' up next!"

    "Have you ever seen Goldberg look so focused, JR?"

    "I don't know that I have. He must be lookin'- wait a minute, what's this?"


    As Goldberg walks towards the Gorilla position, he passes KANE on his way back after his match. The two men stop and stare each other down, just as they did two weeks ago, with Kane one of the few able to tower over the champion. They stare at each other mere millimetres apart, neither willing to budge.

    "Good luck," Kane growls, and offers a maniacal grin. Goldberg says nothing, and instead brushes past the monster and on to the ring, leaving Kane to begin cackling with evil glee for reasons even he might not fully understand.




    Batista, Randy Orton & Ric Flair vs. Bubba Ray Dudley, D-Von Dudley & Goldberg

    Despite a renewed sense of focus from Orton after Flair's pep talk, and with the animal Batista for the first time in months, Evolution are still on the backfoot from the bell, with Goldberg and the Dudleys throwing everything they have at the men who have been targeting them for the last few weeks.

    Batista, though, is the difference makers, and a vicious Clothesline on D-Von allows Evolution to take over, with Flair and Orton dipping in to their bag of tricks and only letting Batista in when things look like they might be getting away from them. Orton gradually works D-Von down until he's ready to strike with an RKO... only for D-Von to reverse in to a Neckbreaker! Both men are out... tag to Flair... and TAG TO GOLDBERG!

    Goldberg immediately sends Flair flying, and likewise Orton, leaving him alone for a stare down with Batista. They face off... and start exchanging rights! Batista gets the better of this one and whips Goldberg off the ropes... SPEAR! Batista finally goes down! Chop Block from Flair! Ever resourceful from Flair... but that just brings in the Dudleys for the mass brawl! The fight spills to the outside as Orton and Batista scrap with the Dudleys, which the Dudleys get the better of... low blow on Bubba from Orton! And the ref didn't see it! RKO on the outside! Batista knees D-Von in the gut... POWERBOMB THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE! EVOLUTION DESTROY THE CHAMPIONS!

    Goldberg is in the ring and tries to shake his injured knee loose, having been attacked over and over by Evolution these last few weeks. Flair runs at the champion... but Goldberg lifts him above his ON ONE LEG! Press Slam! But here come Orton and Batista... Chop Block from Orton! Batista looks for the Powerbomb... but Goldberg powers out! Back Body Drop! But he turns around to Orton... RKO... NO! Goldberg catches him before the landing and holds him up... and tosses him straight out the ring! Batista to his feet... SPEAR ON BATISTA! The Animal rolls to the outside clutching at his ribs... SPEAR ON FLAIR! The Nature Boy is down as Goldberg adjusts his knee pad and pulls himself to his feet... JACKHAMMER! He makes the cover...

    ONE...

    TWO...

    THREE!

    Winners: Goldberg, Bubba Ray Dudley & D-Von Dudley in 10:11



    Goldberg, exhausted from once again having fought against all odds and come out on top, slumps against the ropes.

    "I don't bah Gawd believe it!" JR yells. "Once again Evolution throw ev'rything at Goldberg, and once again he overcomes them!"

    "What happened, Naitch?"
    King shrieks. "You had him!"

    "Maybe he thought he did, but Goldberg came back again! He's a wounded animal, but he's still the king here on Raw!"


    The referee hands Goldberg his title belt and he holds it above his head, posing for the fans at having once again been announced as the winner as flashbulbs illuminate the arena...

    SLEDGEHAMMER TO THE FACE! GOLDBERG IS DOWN... AND TRIPLE H STANDS OVER HIM!"

    "Now what in the hell is this?" JR screams. "I thought he had left the arena? I thought he said this was over 'tween him and Goldberg?"

    The crowd boo as Triple H pulls his jacket off his back and tosses it to the mat. Flair, Orton and Batista all struggle in to the ring as the blood rushes from Goldberg's head, so Triple H crouches over him and sends a flurry of right hands on to the gash, opening it up real good.

    The Dudleys, still feeling the effects of the attack on the outside, try to help out, but Flair and Batista quickly cut them off, beat them down, and kick them back out of the ring while Orton looks on in shock at Triple H being back. Still Triple H pounds on Goldberg's cut, until he finally releases and demands a microphone.

    "Hey, Bill, listen up" he says, leaning over Goldberg's bloodied and unconscious body. "I don't know if you can hear me, but you will eventually. What I said earlier about us being done? I lied. You and me? We're only just getting started. And that title shot Vince promised me for not going to Smackdown? I'm taking it next week on Raw. That's right. Next week... me... versus you... for the World Heavyweight Title... and there's not a damn thing you can do to stop me. Your ass belongs to me, Bill, and next week, so does your title."

    He tosses the microphone to the side and barks for Batista to lift the champion up. He does and throws him to Triple H... PEDIGREE!

    * END OF SHOW *




    Confirmed matches for next week

    World Heavyweight Title Match
    Triple H vs. Goldberg (c)

    WWE Women's Title Match
    Molly Holly (c) vs. Gail Kim vs. Victoria

    Triple Threat Match to determine the Number One Contender to the WWE Intercontinental Title
    Rob Conway vs. Lance Storm vs. Rob Van Dam

    Singles Match
    Mark Henry vs. Rodney Mack

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    Re: August BTBOTM - WWE: Where It All Begins... Again

    As usual, an enjoyable Raw. I've said a few times that Smackdown has the more exciting roster, but Raw is really starting to take shape now that your own spin is being well and truly put on things.

    The opening segment was classic WWE of the time. I figured HHH would take the shot and that we'd see him seemingly quickly back to his devious ways - as evidenced by his closing attack on Goldberg, but the whole thing with Lesnar isn't going anywhere and I feel we'll be back to that soon enough. I've got my ideas when that might be. I don't know if it was intentional or not - I'm guessing it was - but during this opening segment, after talking about not sitting back and watching Lesnar do what he did to Steph etc... he later says "Yeah, you're damn right. The title means more to me than anything. But like I said earlier, until I've finished with Lesnar, I'm not even thinking about the title.". I thought this was quite a subtle comment, ensuring we know that this isn't some great, full face turn or anything. Trips will always put the title above anything else, and as much as what Lesnar did didn't sit right with him, the title will always be the most important thing. And it proved so later on, with his attack.

    Jericho is taking a very interesting direction, I'm enjoying him a lot at the moment. He is one of my all time favourites in real, so it's nice to see you doing something different but still believable with him.

    An interesting twist in the whole Steiner/Test thing with Test seemingly becoming a new man from nowhere. Truthfully, I'd have liked to have seen something - even a tiny thing - to facilitate this seeming complete turn of character for him other than going from being an incredible douche one week to having changed his ways the next, but maybe there is more to this and, as usual, I am happy to wait and see what develops. As for Steiner, unsurprisingly he is able to out-douche the biggest of douches (because he is a huge douche...) and if anything has quickly transitioned in to more of an asshole than Test ever was. Man, it's easy to hate this guy.

    I always enjoy the segments with SCSA and Bischoff. Austin never fails to call Eric a creepy li'l bastard every single week, and Bischoff never cares a damn. It tells a little story though, which is what I like.

    This Goldust development is... interesting. Looking forward to this development of his character, and if SCSA doesn't call him a creepy li'l bastard at some stage soon then something is wrong!

    Really digging the Orton stuff here. Another legend dropped, but the reaction from Flair was a great little segment. Also, the touch of saying Orton was stood in shock during Triple H's return seems like another subtle little comment towards en inevitable feud between the two later down the line. Everyone was brawling, but Orton was just taken aback that Trips was there, perhaps almost as if he was already thinking that the world was his oyster with Hunter gone for only a couple of weeks. Maybe I'm just reading too much in to some lines or comments that you didn't intend to have such meaning, I don't know.

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    Re: August BTBOTM - WWE: Where It All Begins... Again

    - I wonder where the hell was Evolution while Triple H is pedigreeing Vince? I am surprised Orton, Batista and Flair were not out in the ring with Triple H while he was cutting his promo or while Triple H is being escorted out by security after he hit the Pedigree on Vince I wonder how come Evolution didn't get involved while their leader is being carted away? I would have expected Flair, Batista and Orton to show up and make the save for Triple H and the 4 of them would have been fending off the security or I would have thought that Evolution all 4 members as a unit would have beat the hell out of Vince and if that happened a 4 on 1 on Vince that would have made more sense but no sign of them. Triple H caring more about the World Heavyweight Championship now that makes sense because that Big Gold Belt he is obsessed with it he's obsessed with being champion and Vince knows that so he tries to dangle that over Triple H's head. I mean I would have thought that after the Pedigree and the security carting Triple H away that Triple H would face more consequences but I am sure he will face those in time. Triple H being all concerned about Stephanie kind of makes sense even though they are "exes" in storyline but I don't know what kind of man would be concerned about his ex-wife being F5ed because if you are an ex it really shouldn't even matter to you at all. But still if Triple H is being carted away then all of Evolution should have been thrown out of the building.

    - I would have thought that Brock Lesnar himself being the WWE Champion over on the blue brand that Brock would have shown up himself to trespass on RAW and return the favor but no sign of Brock either. In my opinion that makes Brock look like a bitch he went out like a bitch because if someone attacks me on my show I would come back the next week on their show and attack them but Brock doesn't even get any form of retribution because he gets attacked by Triple H on Smackdown and he doesn't return the favor by attacking Triple H or any of Triple H's Evolution members as a way to send a message to Triple H. If anything that would have made more sense for Brock to show up on RAW and do that but he doesn't.

    - That Shawn Michaels tribute I mean I wonder why the tribute? I mean Michaels obviously is still active as a wrestler at this time unless it leads to HBK getting his own DVD or something I don't know

    - It is obvious that this will lead to Team Austin vs Team Bischoff for Survivor Series as far as the RAW side of things goes...5 on 5 with 5 superstars representing Austin and 5 superstars representing Bischoff...the winning team ensures who the GM of RAW will be

    - I knew Triple H would attack the World Heavyweight Champion Goldberg at the end of the show...almost knew it...it was inevitable...Triple H wants the title back and he will get his title shot courtesy of Vince next week on RAW why do I have the feeling Lesnar will invade RAW next week and cost Triple H the title as payback for what Triple H did by attacking him on Smackdown? Either way Triple H is going to Suplex City courtesy of Lesnar

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    Re: August BTBOTM - WWE: Where It All Begins... Again

    Sensible choice to kick off with Triple H. That’s the big talking point coming into the show, and the main thing people want answers for. Triple H moving on from Goldberg is fine if he has something else on his mind to concentrate on, especially when it’s a personal issue like this with Lesnar. Also, Triple H waiting out the fans chanting his name but not getting the big massive reaction he was probably expecting was a low-key highlight for me too.


    I envisioned Triple H showing up on Raw … but Vince being here was a shocker. Quite the start to the show in the end, and I loved the line from Vince that Triple H was more of a son to him than Shane ever was. Probably an even better line than most for the fact that there’s probably a huge kernel of truth in it. Thought you did a good job with Vince explaining why Lesnar wasn’t here, as that would’ve been a big logic hole if it wasn't addressed. It was nice to see Triple H’s true colours shine through in the end, ranking a future title shot above defending his ex-wife, and the Pedigree to Vince at the end was a fine way to close this segment out.


    Wow @ Maven beating Mark Henry. I’ll not lie, I’m disappointed to see what’s happened with Thuggin and Buggin Enterprises. It looked like they were going to be a force in the tag division a few weeks ago with Mark Henry dominating in that Battle Royal, opening Raw the following week and the victory heading into Unforgiven. They felt like a much bigger deal then as a group, as opposed to now as a feud. Maven knocking off Henry – regardless of the interference – is huge for him, but I’m struggling to get on board with this Henry/Mack feud at the moment. Given how Henry got the better of Mack in the aftermath of the loss, I get the feeling it will be more of a stepping stone for Henry, rather than anything long term.


    I enjoyed the interaction between Austin and Triple H. Some confirmation that despite his noble act on Smackdown, Triple H is still a jerk. But another big example of your ability to portray three dimensional characters with shades of grey, rather than just black and white. Probably the most enjoyable part of your writing is the characters being complex and relatable.


    And speaking of characters being relatable, I’ll jump ahead and comment on the Test promo with Stacy and Steiner now. Despite what others might think, and despite what I might’ve even thought myself if I’d been told beforehand that these three would be involved in a segment together on this show … I actually really enjoyed it. Life events can change people, and make people see how much of a dick they’ve been; myself included (but not to the level of Test was in the past, obviously) – so I completely understood where Test was coming from with his change in perspective. Now, potentially, it might turn out to be a ruse later down the road, which would be fine, I guess … but I appreciated this segment probably more than most will. I think I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating; poor Stacy. That Bischoff interruption was awesome too. I felt as if that was for the benefit of everyone reading, like a dog-whistle to tell everyone; DONT WORRY, THIS FEUD IS OVER.


    Molly continues to be a star in this thread. I enjoy her input every week, and this was no different, looking to worm her way out of a title match next week. Obviously, Victoria has no loyalty to Molly, so I expected her to see through the champion, but I especially enjoyed Gail showing her true colours, despite her alliance with Molly over the last while. Good to see that everyone wants the title.


    I love Jericho walking out to no music. I don't know if that’ll be something you’ll be able to carry on long term (maybe even keep the countdown, but follow it with no music?), but for now, him just walking to the ring to cut a promo before the match is such a departure from his iconic theme that it works magnificently in getting the idea across that he has killed off the Y2J gimmick forever. Which probably makes that countdown clock suggestion obsolete. Also, that ‘superior being’ line is excellent.


    Ordinarily, someone costing themselves a title shot is something I’d have criticism for. Not here. Firstly, Jericho’s entire heel turn was based off him fighting his friend for the same title. So it doesn’t make sense for him to fight for another shot at the belt. On another level, it’s also an indication that Jericho has goals that are bigger than mere championships. As his promo with Austin backed up; he wants to tear the company apart. Another week where you’ve knocked it out of the park with Jericho. Highlight of the show.


    Goldust is back then? Just if you can clear up, the ‘ssssssss’ during the Goldust promo is something I had trouble picturing. Was that to indicate him doing his dramatic inhalation? Or is this a holdover from the Tourettes gimmick he had previously?? I liked the setting and the mood here too, as it had a very cinematic feel to it, imo. Pretty creepy stuff from Goldust. Very detached. I was glad that later in the show, Storm snapped on him and slapped Goldust, as he’d have looked like a real doormat having just accepted Goldust wasn't wrestling earlier on and taking on La Resistance on his own.


    Gail & Victoria getting the win makes more sense to me. Molly vs Trish vs Lita has PPV potential imo, whereas pitting the three heels against each other is better suited for a Raw. A tad disappointing we didn’t get any description of the aftermath of the match, as I’d have liked to picture the reaction from a dishevelled Molly to seeing Victoria and Gail win, knowing she’d be facing them both next week.


    Think it’s commendable that you’re still giving La Resistance a chance to shine. Having lost the titles, it would’ve been easy to shuffle them off onto Heat for a few months, but you’re keeping them relevant as an entity. And as far as midcard heel’s go, the foreigners are as good as anyone for generating heat. La Resistance winning against Storm was to be expected, but another valiant effort from Lance Storm, with Conway winding up being a difference maker.


    The pressure appears to be mounting on Austin. More questions on his suitability for the role as GM, and with the questions coming from Vince, we’d all expect that to sting more for Austin, considering their history. Bischoff felt as smug as ever here too by sticking the knife in to further rattle Austin, dangling that zero contact policy at him to piss him off further. Most of all, I thought Bischoff pointing out that Austin now knows how it feels to be boss, having given his boss hell for years was excellent.


    Orton taking out Slaughter was a fine little spot to follow on from Sarge getting out there to confront the Frenchies. It adds another legend to his list.


    Some interesting results on this show. First Henry losing, now Steiner. I get that it furthers this angle between Steiner and Stacy, but I cant help but feel it makes Steiner feel like more of a standard mid card act, when it looked like he was being built back up again for maybe even a brief role in the upper echelons on Raw. That said, I think you ended this alliance between Steiner and Stacy at the right moment. Given the saga that just ended with Test, this could’ve gotten old quickly, but here, it has a lot more impact, I feel.


    The thought of a massive balloon shaped Scott Steiner suplexing the rail thin Stacy makes me shudder, and would instantly give Big Poppa Pump massive heel heat as a total scumbag. Given the role they’ve been playing, Hurricane and Rosey making the save makes sense, despite them having no prior interactions with Steiner or Stacy as of late. It absolutely plays into their gimmick as Superheroes, so I like it. I suspect Steiner will be looking to crush the Superheroes for stopping him here though.


    Have to say, after such a big return last week, it felt like we could’ve done with more of a mention earlier in the show of Batista, rather than deep into the second hour. That was a big show long angle last week, and felt more like an afterthought this week. I feel like more of a spotlight could’ve been shone on that angle from last week much earlier in the show. Even here, all the focus was on Orton and Flair wanting him to focus on the main event, without even mentioning that they were stronger now that Batista was back. I don't necessarily have a problem with Batista not saying much or saying anything at all, as he can play the strong, silent enforcer, but this whole segment made his return to the fold seem almost inconsequential. That said, the content of this promo was still excellent. Flair putting over The Dudleys and Goldberg made sense, and coming from him, it gives the three guys more credibility, and means if Evolution win here, it’ll have more meaning imo.


    Kane squash is fine with me. Nothing new to add, as he continues to look unstoppable. The backstage showdown with Goldberg keeps the build coming for that eventual collision.


    Whilst I don't really see what Storm and Conway have done to position themselves as I.C Title contenders, I still appreciate how you put the match for next week together. That would’ve been a cheap way for RVD to earn a title shot, so it makes sense for him to reject his earlier win. I suspect Jericho screws him over next week, and Storm probably wins to cash in on his recent momentum, before coming up short against Christian for the title (most likely with Goldust properly turning on him at that point) … but Austin calling RVD back is an interesting situation. Have to assume it’s the beginning of the build to a 5 on 5 at Survivor Series for control of Raw?


    Batista looked really good in this main event, making up for the lack of hype for his return earlier in the show by being a difference maker for Evolution here, even getting the better of his initial fist fight with the champion. Big statement, even if he ended up copping a Spear. Goldberg overcoming all three guys in the end after the Dudleys got taken out continues to showcase the best of the champion, as an unstoppable force. Him getting the job done on his own was huge – a bigger accomplishment than overcoming everything from Orton last week – and should put the finishing touches on his issues with Evolution…


    Swerve.


    Colour me surprised. You absolutely caught me, for one, on this attack from Triple H. Despite him earlier telling Vince about the belt being #1 to him, I bought into his statement earlier, hook, line and sinker, than he and Goldberg were done. If there was any doubt about Triple H potentially turning face; there’s no doubt now. He’s STILL a heel. And with this plan coming together, busting Goldberg open here, he’s clearly STILL the ‘cerebral assassin’. Him vs Goldberg next week is massive. A massive PPV worthy main event, which I imagine will be the absolute final chapter of this rivalry.


    Also, I think that attack on Goldberg – the savagery of it – is something Orton could wind up learning from in terms of making an impact, rather than just randomly taking out legends with an RKO. I wouldn’t be surprised if you intended for Orton’s tame attack on Slaughter – and subsequent chewing out from Flair – and this attack from Triple H on Goldberg to be on the same show, just to show how far Orton still has to go before he makes it to the next level.


    Another quality show. Always a pleasure to read. Didn’t expect to see Triple H back on Raw so soon, and ordinarily, probably would’ve liked him to be off for longer – but now having read this show and the usage of him here, I’m glad you’ve brought him back already. Major impact on the show. Next week’s show looks pretty darn big.

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    Re: August BTBOTM - WWE: Where It All Begins... Again

    My apologies for missing Smackdown, tournament is keeping me busy. I REALLY enjoyed this segment to open the show, with Triple H explaining his EPIC attack on Lesnar last week. Much like Wolfy mentioned, in basically any other situation this would be Hunter returning to soon, but considering how fresh this approach is, it just works. The back and forth between Trips and Vince was great, especially the part with H settling down and agreeing to a title shot. It kind of flows along with the universe you’re trying to create, not everything is black and white. Ending with a Pedigree makes me think there could still be some legs to do this, but either way, was a fantastic start to the show.

    Maven gets another win this week, this time over Henry. A little shocking really but I think it works considering what is happening with Long and co at the moment. I am intrigued to see where this develops as poor Rodney Mack has had an off few weeks. I still think, for some reason, that Maven could join them.

    Triple H’s snivelling heel to kind of bad ass character change continues to happen here, as this interaction with Austin was fun. Playing off their history but if Austin respects him for what he’s done, surely we all do as well. Hunter still being a dick to Austin is smart because they’ll never be buddies. This was a smart segment to further sell Hunter’s attitude right now, good stuff.

    Molly Holly rallying the troops but then it kind of backfiring once it comes to the Women’s title shot was simple hype for tonight and next week. Shows everybody gunning for the Women’s Title which makes it feel important. Solid stuff. Also, slightly crazy Victoria is bloody awesome, more from her please.

    Brilliant Jericho promo as you continue to get his new character across quite well. Promo was sensational as was the idea of him trying to kill this company. My only issue is from a booking standpoint, why is he in a number one contender’s match for the IC Title? He’s made it clear he doesn’t want to fight Christian and he almost doesn’t care for that title due to his friend holding it. If he cared, he would have been more annoyed at Christian for cheating., Didn’t make sense to me.

    The match being thrown out by Jericho with the low blow, I guess kind of proves my point above, but still don’t think the authority figures should have booked him in this match to begin with. Still, keeping his cool completely and just walking away shows how calculated this new Jericho is. Good stuff.

    Storm/Goldust segment just added a bunch of intrigue to me. Eerie stuff with Goldust just sort of almost speaking in riddles. Looking forward to Storm becoming more and more relevant though.

    Jericho’s further rebellion was put over impressively with an awesome bit of dialogue here to Austin. The trouble Jericho could cause moving forward… The possibilities are endless.

    Test/Keibler interaction had me cringing, but when Steiner got involved, it was strange to almost have roles reversed here. Also, I thought maybe Test sounded a little to Canadian with the eh thrown in. Bischoff laying down the law was great, putting my fears to rest about these two fighting again. I LOVED the nobody cares line, although I’d assume somebody like Steiner would tell Bischoff where to go. A little strange to see no reaction but still, this segment did the overall job of putting over just how confused Stacy is.

    I enjoyed the Women’s match mainly for the dilemma of Molly Holly. She clearly doesn’t want to defend her title against anybody, so helping both teams was great. The heels eventually get the win though, and I think this is the more interesting option for the triple threat anyway. Trish and Lita don’t lose anything anyway because they’re Trish and Lita.

    At this stage were La Resistance already being referred to as French Canadian? If so, this segment running down Storm who is Canadian doesn’t make a hell of a lot of sense. Outside of that, this was solid enough. Conway’s line about Terri being a dumb girl who loves details was brilliant by the way.

    Well, this was definitely interesting. Austin/Vince back and forth followed by Bischoff and Austin almost relating. I never thought I’d see the day. The job is a difficult one and Austin is frustrated, but can’t hurt anybody. Very interested to see the progression of Austin in the coming weeks after this one.

    Lance Storm gets somewhat of a rub by getting so close to beating La Resistance in a handicap match which I like. Sgt. Slaughter coming out to make the save makes sense considering he’s an American patriot, but just seems weird that he’d be there, kitted up and ready to go, on this random night. Although it was clearly just a tool for Orton to kill another legend which is never a bad thing at this stage.

    Assuming this Shawn Michaels video will eventually stop playing lol?

    What the hell? Not sure what is happening with Goldust but is mannerisms are all over the place. Definitely kind of scary. Storm being pissed makes complete sense though. Interesting to see what Goldust does next though, and the fact you’ve made these two interesting is something deserving of a compliment. Good job.

    Steiner losing to Dreamer wasn’t expected here, but a win for ECW is good in my books. Not only that but it makes sense to continue the Steiner/Stacy stuff. God this put over Scotty as such a scumbag. Not only does he be a sleaze but then he beats her up when she turns him down. Surely he’s more hated than even Tajiri now. Hurricane and Rosey making the save suits their gimmick, and makes me wonder if we are foreshadowing Stacy becoming their manager as per in real life.

    Randy Orton and Ric Flair being on completely different wavelengths shocked me a little here. It was smart for Flair to put over the importance of the main event, and the competitors involved, especially considering Orton and Batista are so inexperienced. He’s clearly feeling the pinch of no Triple H. Speaking of, only thing I found off is Flair saying Triple H is gone and they don’t know for how long, even though he was at Raw earlier in the night. Regardless of whether they interacted or not, felt a little off.

    Kane continues to look like a beast. Awesome. Guessing this will happen for another week or so until he finds a program for Survivor Series. Either way, this is brilliant booking of the big man, but we don’t want him picking up meaningless victories for too long, or he could lose some of his heat.

    Austin and Van Dam segment is interesting. Firstly, Austin’s office being a mess because he’s under pressure at the moment is a terrific visual. Secondly, triple threat for next week is fine, and thirdly, the other thing they are discussing has me intrigued. Good segment.

    Kane/Goldberg stare down has me aching for a showdown. EPIC stuff beckons.

    Main event was very well booked for a number of reasons. Evolution got the better of the Dudleyz again (they are quite possible off to the worst beginning of a title reign in the history of the business), whilst Goldberg overcame Evolution and looked unstoppable. Your champion is clearly the number one guy.

    Triple H attack came out of leftfield and was definitely unexpected, but that is standard Triple H. I’m all for this attack, it works. A great way to end the show and suddenly we have a huge title match next week.

    Another strong show here as this thread continues to progress. I still think I’m preferring Smackdown to Raw, but Raw is continuing to strengthen as a show. Also, sorry for missing SD, I gave it a read and it was enjoyable, just didn’t have the time for feedback. Keep up the fantastic work.








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    Re: August BTBOTM - WWE: Where It All Begins... Again

    Quote Originally Posted by sebsy View Post
    As usual, an enjoyable Raw. I've said a few times that Smackdown has the more exciting roster, but Raw is really starting to take shape now that your own spin is being well and truly put on things.

    The opening segment was classic WWE of the time. I figured HHH would take the shot and that we'd see him seemingly quickly back to his devious ways - as evidenced by his closing attack on Goldberg, but the whole thing with Lesnar isn't going anywhere and I feel we'll be back to that soon enough. I've got my ideas when that might be. I don't know if it was intentional or not - I'm guessing it was - but during this opening segment, after talking about not sitting back and watching Lesnar do what he did to Steph etc... he later says "Yeah, you're damn right. The title means more to me than anything. But like I said earlier, until I've finished with Lesnar, I'm not even thinking about the title.". I thought this was quite a subtle comment, ensuring we know that this isn't some great, full face turn or anything. Trips will always put the title above anything else, and as much as what Lesnar did didn't sit right with him, the title will always be the most important thing. And it proved so later on, with his attack.

    Jericho is taking a very interesting direction, I'm enjoying him a lot at the moment. He is one of my all time favourites in real, so it's nice to see you doing something different but still believable with him.

    An interesting twist in the whole Steiner/Test thing with Test seemingly becoming a new man from nowhere. Truthfully, I'd have liked to have seen something - even a tiny thing - to facilitate this seeming complete turn of character for him other than going from being an incredible douche one week to having changed his ways the next, but maybe there is more to this and, as usual, I am happy to wait and see what develops. As for Steiner, unsurprisingly he is able to out-douche the biggest of douches (because he is a huge douche...) and if anything has quickly transitioned in to more of an asshole than Test ever was. Man, it's easy to hate this guy.

    I always enjoy the segments with SCSA and Bischoff. Austin never fails to call Eric a creepy li'l bastard every single week, and Bischoff never cares a damn. It tells a little story though, which is what I like.

    This Goldust development is... interesting. Looking forward to this development of his character, and if SCSA doesn't call him a creepy li'l bastard at some stage soon then something is wrong!

    Really digging the Orton stuff here. Another legend dropped, but the reaction from Flair was a great little segment. Also, the touch of saying Orton was stood in shock during Triple H's return seems like another subtle little comment towards en inevitable feud between the two later down the line. Everyone was brawling, but Orton was just taken aback that Trips was there, perhaps almost as if he was already thinking that the world was his oyster with Hunter gone for only a couple of weeks. Maybe I'm just reading too much in to some lines or comments that you didn't intend to have such meaning, I don't know.
    On Triple H putting the title first: Yeah, that line I thought was quite an important thing to mark out for him. We're talking Triple H in 2003. He's not becoming a huge babyface after one attack on a heel, and nor should he. As gets mentioned later on, it's about shades of grey. Triple H is an irredeemable prick, but he has some morals.

    On Orton's reaction to Triple H being back: That was very much intentional. Firstly, I wanted to convey that Triple H was acting alone and even Evolution aren't privy to what he's doing with Brock and Vince. Secondly, as you suggest, it felt like a natural character moment for Orton. He's been the interim leader of Evolution for like two weeks and he's already let it go to his head. Batista and Flair just roll their sleeves up and get on board with him being back. Orton's initial reaction is "oh man, this guy again? I was just getting going". As I've said before, this doesn't mean an Evolution split is imminent or anything, but I'm all about establishing consistent characters.

    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Gyimah View Post
    - I wonder where the hell was Evolution while Triple H is pedigreeing Vince? I am surprised Orton, Batista and Flair were not out in the ring with Triple H while he was cutting his promo or while Triple H is being escorted out by security after he hit the Pedigree on Vince I wonder how come Evolution didn't get involved while their leader is being carted away? I would have expected Flair, Batista and Orton to show up and make the save for Triple H and the 4 of them would have been fending off the security or I would have thought that Evolution all 4 members as a unit would have beat the hell out of Vince and if that happened a 4 on 1 on Vince that would have made more sense but no sign of them. Triple H caring more about the World Heavyweight Championship now that makes sense because that Big Gold Belt he is obsessed with it he's obsessed with being champion and Vince knows that so he tries to dangle that over Triple H's head. I mean I would have thought that after the Pedigree and the security carting Triple H away that Triple H would face more consequences but I am sure he will face those in time. Triple H being all concerned about Stephanie kind of makes sense even though they are "exes" in storyline but I don't know what kind of man would be concerned about his ex-wife being F5ed because if you are an ex it really shouldn't even matter to you at all. But still if Triple H is being carted away then all of Evolution should have been thrown out of the building.

    - I would have thought that Brock Lesnar himself being the WWE Champion over on the blue brand that Brock would have shown up himself to trespass on RAW and return the favor but no sign of Brock either. In my opinion that makes Brock look like a bitch he went out like a bitch because if someone attacks me on my show I would come back the next week on their show and attack them but Brock doesn't even get any form of retribution because he gets attacked by Triple H on Smackdown and he doesn't return the favor by attacking Triple H or any of Triple H's Evolution members as a way to send a message to Triple H. If anything that would have made more sense for Brock to show up on RAW and do that but he doesn't.

    - That Shawn Michaels tribute I mean I wonder why the tribute? I mean Michaels obviously is still active as a wrestler at this time unless it leads to HBK getting his own DVD or something I don't know

    - It is obvious that this will lead to Team Austin vs Team Bischoff for Survivor Series as far as the RAW side of things goes...5 on 5 with 5 superstars representing Austin and 5 superstars representing Bischoff...the winning team ensures who the GM of RAW will be

    - I knew Triple H would attack the World Heavyweight Champion Goldberg at the end of the show...almost knew it...it was inevitable...Triple H wants the title back and he will get his title shot courtesy of Vince next week on RAW why do I have the feeling Lesnar will invade RAW next week and cost Triple H the title as payback for what Triple H did by attacking him on Smackdown? Either way Triple H is going to Suplex City courtesy of Lesnar
    On why Evolution weren't with Triple H at the start: As I mentioned above, this Triple H - Brock thing feels more personal than that. Orton's reaction at the end proves he didn't know what Triple H was planning.

    On why Evolution didn't 4-on-1 attack Vince: That wouldn't have felt natural at all to me. Would the Horsemen really gang assault the Chairman? They know where their bread is buttered, and what they can get away with. As Triple H said right before he Pedigreed Vince, that was about sending a message to Brock, not about beating the shit out of Vince.

    On why Triple H cares and his ex: I think we're going to have to agree to disagree here. I think most people care a little about their exes, even if it's not a romantic thing or whatever. About ten years ago I went through what must be one of the messiest break ups in the history of mankind with someone who turned out to be way more manipulative, evil and vindictive than I could have possibly imagined. But if I found out some 6'5 300lbs monster beat the shit out of her I'd be pretty pissed off, even if I hope to never see her again. To me, it's not wife=good, everyone pre-wife=don't care.

    On why Brock wasn't there: Vince referenced this directly in his promo: "do you know what it took to convince Brock not to come here?" Brock is still in Vince's pocket, remember. He was given an order, and against his will he followed it, only to see Vince get attacked without backup. We'll find out what Brock thinks about it on his show this week. Given this is likely barely even chapter 2 of this particular story, I'd encourage you to let it play out. After all, if Brock and Triple H are invading each other's shows every week, it makes a mockery of the brand split and would quickly ramp up the heat on a feud that won't pay off on the next PPV anyway, which is Brock vs. Kurt Angle on a Smackdown specific PPV.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf Beast View Post
    Sensible choice to kick off with Triple H. That’s the big talking point coming into the show, and the main thing people want answers for. Triple H moving on from Goldberg is fine if he has something else on his mind to concentrate on, especially when it’s a personal issue like this with Lesnar. Also, Triple H waiting out the fans chanting his name but not getting the big massive reaction he was probably expecting was a low-key highlight for me too.


    I envisioned Triple H showing up on Raw … but Vince being here was a shocker. Quite the start to the show in the end, and I loved the line from Vince that Triple H was more of a son to him than Shane ever was. Probably an even better line than most for the fact that there’s probably a huge kernel of truth in it. Thought you did a good job with Vince explaining why Lesnar wasn’t here, as that would’ve been a big logic hole if it wasn't addressed. It was nice to see Triple H’s true colours shine through in the end, ranking a future title shot above defending his ex-wife, and the Pedigree to Vince at the end was a fine way to close this segment out.


    Wow @ Maven beating Mark Henry. I’ll not lie, I’m disappointed to see what’s happened with Thuggin and Buggin Enterprises. It looked like they were going to be a force in the tag division a few weeks ago with Mark Henry dominating in that Battle Royal, opening Raw the following week and the victory heading into Unforgiven. They felt like a much bigger deal then as a group, as opposed to now as a feud. Maven knocking off Henry – regardless of the interference – is huge for him, but I’m struggling to get on board with this Henry/Mack feud at the moment. Given how Henry got the better of Mack in the aftermath of the loss, I get the feeling it will be more of a stepping stone for Henry, rather than anything long term.


    I enjoyed the interaction between Austin and Triple H. Some confirmation that despite his noble act on Smackdown, Triple H is still a jerk. But another big example of your ability to portray three dimensional characters with shades of grey, rather than just black and white. Probably the most enjoyable part of your writing is the characters being complex and relatable.


    And speaking of characters being relatable, I’ll jump ahead and comment on the Test promo with Stacy and Steiner now. Despite what others might think, and despite what I might’ve even thought myself if I’d been told beforehand that these three would be involved in a segment together on this show … I actually really enjoyed it. Life events can change people, and make people see how much of a dick they’ve been; myself included (but not to the level of Test was in the past, obviously) – so I completely understood where Test was coming from with his change in perspective. Now, potentially, it might turn out to be a ruse later down the road, which would be fine, I guess … but I appreciated this segment probably more than most will. I think I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating; poor Stacy. That Bischoff interruption was awesome too. I felt as if that was for the benefit of everyone reading, like a dog-whistle to tell everyone; DONT WORRY, THIS FEUD IS OVER.


    Molly continues to be a star in this thread. I enjoy her input every week, and this was no different, looking to worm her way out of a title match next week. Obviously, Victoria has no loyalty to Molly, so I expected her to see through the champion, but I especially enjoyed Gail showing her true colours, despite her alliance with Molly over the last while. Good to see that everyone wants the title.


    I love Jericho walking out to no music. I don't know if that’ll be something you’ll be able to carry on long term (maybe even keep the countdown, but follow it with no music?), but for now, him just walking to the ring to cut a promo before the match is such a departure from his iconic theme that it works magnificently in getting the idea across that he has killed off the Y2J gimmick forever. Which probably makes that countdown clock suggestion obsolete. Also, that ‘superior being’ line is excellent.


    Ordinarily, someone costing themselves a title shot is something I’d have criticism for. Not here. Firstly, Jericho’s entire heel turn was based off him fighting his friend for the same title. So it doesn’t make sense for him to fight for another shot at the belt. On another level, it’s also an indication that Jericho has goals that are bigger than mere championships. As his promo with Austin backed up; he wants to tear the company apart. Another week where you’ve knocked it out of the park with Jericho. Highlight of the show.


    Goldust is back then? Just if you can clear up, the ‘ssssssss’ during the Goldust promo is something I had trouble picturing. Was that to indicate him doing his dramatic inhalation? Or is this a holdover from the Tourettes gimmick he had previously?? I liked the setting and the mood here too, as it had a very cinematic feel to it, imo. Pretty creepy stuff from Goldust. Very detached. I was glad that later in the show, Storm snapped on him and slapped Goldust, as he’d have looked like a real doormat having just accepted Goldust wasn't wrestling earlier on and taking on La Resistance on his own.


    Gail & Victoria getting the win makes more sense to me. Molly vs Trish vs Lita has PPV potential imo, whereas pitting the three heels against each other is better suited for a Raw. A tad disappointing we didn’t get any description of the aftermath of the match, as I’d have liked to picture the reaction from a dishevelled Molly to seeing Victoria and Gail win, knowing she’d be facing them both next week.


    Think it’s commendable that you’re still giving La Resistance a chance to shine. Having lost the titles, it would’ve been easy to shuffle them off onto Heat for a few months, but you’re keeping them relevant as an entity. And as far as midcard heel’s go, the foreigners are as good as anyone for generating heat. La Resistance winning against Storm was to be expected, but another valiant effort from Lance Storm, with Conway winding up being a difference maker.


    The pressure appears to be mounting on Austin. More questions on his suitability for the role as GM, and with the questions coming from Vince, we’d all expect that to sting more for Austin, considering their history. Bischoff felt as smug as ever here too by sticking the knife in to further rattle Austin, dangling that zero contact policy at him to piss him off further. Most of all, I thought Bischoff pointing out that Austin now knows how it feels to be boss, having given his boss hell for years was excellent.


    Orton taking out Slaughter was a fine little spot to follow on from Sarge getting out there to confront the Frenchies. It adds another legend to his list.


    Some interesting results on this show. First Henry losing, now Steiner. I get that it furthers this angle between Steiner and Stacy, but I cant help but feel it makes Steiner feel like more of a standard mid card act, when it looked like he was being built back up again for maybe even a brief role in the upper echelons on Raw. That said, I think you ended this alliance between Steiner and Stacy at the right moment. Given the saga that just ended with Test, this could’ve gotten old quickly, but here, it has a lot more impact, I feel.


    The thought of a massive balloon shaped Scott Steiner suplexing the rail thin Stacy makes me shudder, and would instantly give Big Poppa Pump massive heel heat as a total scumbag. Given the role they’ve been playing, Hurricane and Rosey making the save makes sense, despite them having no prior interactions with Steiner or Stacy as of late. It absolutely plays into their gimmick as Superheroes, so I like it. I suspect Steiner will be looking to crush the Superheroes for stopping him here though.


    Have to say, after such a big return last week, it felt like we could’ve done with more of a mention earlier in the show of Batista, rather than deep into the second hour. That was a big show long angle last week, and felt more like an afterthought this week. I feel like more of a spotlight could’ve been shone on that angle from last week much earlier in the show. Even here, all the focus was on Orton and Flair wanting him to focus on the main event, without even mentioning that they were stronger now that Batista was back. I don't necessarily have a problem with Batista not saying much or saying anything at all, as he can play the strong, silent enforcer, but this whole segment made his return to the fold seem almost inconsequential. That said, the content of this promo was still excellent. Flair putting over The Dudleys and Goldberg made sense, and coming from him, it gives the three guys more credibility, and means if Evolution win here, it’ll have more meaning imo.


    Kane squash is fine with me. Nothing new to add, as he continues to look unstoppable. The backstage showdown with Goldberg keeps the build coming for that eventual collision.


    Whilst I don't really see what Storm and Conway have done to position themselves as I.C Title contenders, I still appreciate how you put the match for next week together. That would’ve been a cheap way for RVD to earn a title shot, so it makes sense for him to reject his earlier win. I suspect Jericho screws him over next week, and Storm probably wins to cash in on his recent momentum, before coming up short against Christian for the title (most likely with Goldust properly turning on him at that point) … but Austin calling RVD back is an interesting situation. Have to assume it’s the beginning of the build to a 5 on 5 at Survivor Series for control of Raw?


    Batista looked really good in this main event, making up for the lack of hype for his return earlier in the show by being a difference maker for Evolution here, even getting the better of his initial fist fight with the champion. Big statement, even if he ended up copping a Spear. Goldberg overcoming all three guys in the end after the Dudleys got taken out continues to showcase the best of the champion, as an unstoppable force. Him getting the job done on his own was huge – a bigger accomplishment than overcoming everything from Orton last week – and should put the finishing touches on his issues with Evolution…


    Swerve.


    Colour me surprised. You absolutely caught me, for one, on this attack from Triple H. Despite him earlier telling Vince about the belt being #1 to him, I bought into his statement earlier, hook, line and sinker, than he and Goldberg were done. If there was any doubt about Triple H potentially turning face; there’s no doubt now. He’s STILL a heel. And with this plan coming together, busting Goldberg open here, he’s clearly STILL the ‘cerebral assassin’. Him vs Goldberg next week is massive. A massive PPV worthy main event, which I imagine will be the absolute final chapter of this rivalry.


    Also, I think that attack on Goldberg – the savagery of it – is something Orton could wind up learning from in terms of making an impact, rather than just randomly taking out legends with an RKO. I wouldn’t be surprised if you intended for Orton’s tame attack on Slaughter – and subsequent chewing out from Flair – and this attack from Triple H on Goldberg to be on the same show, just to show how far Orton still has to go before he makes it to the next level.


    Another quality show. Always a pleasure to read. Didn’t expect to see Triple H back on Raw so soon, and ordinarily, probably would’ve liked him to be off for longer – but now having read this show and the usage of him here, I’m glad you’ve brought him back already. Major impact on the show. Next week’s show looks pretty darn big.
    On Test's change in attitude: You perfectly nailed what I was going for there. He'd acted like a dick for a long time, lost everything, and then we saw him as a wreck, lashing out and unsure what to do next. I don't have any particular plans for making Test a huge babyface star or anything, but I felt that a natural progression for his character would be to realise he'd been a dick. Like I've said above (and plenty of times before about three-dimensional characters), this doesn't make him a good guy, especially after everything he's done, but he feels more real to me if he accepts that maybe I was a dick and maybe I should not do that again.

    And yeah, that was exactly what Bischoff's role in that segment was. "Don't worry, this is just a segment. They won't be interacting anymore after this!"

    On Goldust's "ssssss": I was kind of going for a hissing type thing there. I wanted to wrap up the creepy, and wanted him to have a verbal tic that marked him out as different, weird and a little troubling. I was kind of picturing the way he mumbles before his deep-voiced growl of "mmmmmmmmGollllldusssst" and wanted to take it a step further. It perhaps works better in my head than in writing! (And not tourette-related in any way! God, that was an offensive gimmick)

    On ending the Steiner/Stacy alliance already: Quite. I don't think anyone would want to see another drawn out "Stacy's in with the wrong guy" angle. This story progression was important to try and explain why Steiner helped her for so long in real-life (which was out of character) and get him to being the heel he should be. Plus, the Test angle went on so long because he was being manipulative. That's not really Steiner's style. He's more of a "you don't want to sleep with me? I'm now immeasurably furious" type guy.

    On Batista not being hyped up after his return: Fair comment, and something I'd missed to be honest. I think I had so many story points to hit and Batista still being essentially the bodyguard type that I overlooked him a little. My bad.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stojy View Post
    My apologies for missing Smackdown, tournament is keeping me busy. I REALLY enjoyed this segment to open the show, with Triple H explaining his EPIC attack on Lesnar last week. Much like Wolfy mentioned, in basically any other situation this would be Hunter returning to soon, but considering how fresh this approach is, it just works. The back and forth between Trips and Vince was great, especially the part with H settling down and agreeing to a title shot. It kind of flows along with the universe you’re trying to create, not everything is black and white. Ending with a Pedigree makes me think there could still be some legs to do this, but either way, was a fantastic start to the show.

    Maven gets another win this week, this time over Henry. A little shocking really but I think it works considering what is happening with Long and co at the moment. I am intrigued to see where this develops as poor Rodney Mack has had an off few weeks. I still think, for some reason, that Maven could join them.

    Triple H’s snivelling heel to kind of bad ass character change continues to happen here, as this interaction with Austin was fun. Playing off their history but if Austin respects him for what he’s done, surely we all do as well. Hunter still being a dick to Austin is smart because they’ll never be buddies. This was a smart segment to further sell Hunter’s attitude right now, good stuff.

    Molly Holly rallying the troops but then it kind of backfiring once it comes to the Women’s title shot was simple hype for tonight and next week. Shows everybody gunning for the Women’s Title which makes it feel important. Solid stuff. Also, slightly crazy Victoria is bloody awesome, more from her please.

    Brilliant Jericho promo as you continue to get his new character across quite well. Promo was sensational as was the idea of him trying to kill this company. My only issue is from a booking standpoint, why is he in a number one contender’s match for the IC Title? He’s made it clear he doesn’t want to fight Christian and he almost doesn’t care for that title due to his friend holding it. If he cared, he would have been more annoyed at Christian for cheating., Didn’t make sense to me.

    The match being thrown out by Jericho with the low blow, I guess kind of proves my point above, but still don’t think the authority figures should have booked him in this match to begin with. Still, keeping his cool completely and just walking away shows how calculated this new Jericho is. Good stuff.

    Storm/Goldust segment just added a bunch of intrigue to me. Eerie stuff with Goldust just sort of almost speaking in riddles. Looking forward to Storm becoming more and more relevant though.

    Jericho’s further rebellion was put over impressively with an awesome bit of dialogue here to Austin. The trouble Jericho could cause moving forward… The possibilities are endless.

    Test/Keibler interaction had me cringing, but when Steiner got involved, it was strange to almost have roles reversed here. Also, I thought maybe Test sounded a little to Canadian with the eh thrown in. Bischoff laying down the law was great, putting my fears to rest about these two fighting again. I LOVED the nobody cares line, although I’d assume somebody like Steiner would tell Bischoff where to go. A little strange to see no reaction but still, this segment did the overall job of putting over just how confused Stacy is.

    I enjoyed the Women’s match mainly for the dilemma of Molly Holly. She clearly doesn’t want to defend her title against anybody, so helping both teams was great. The heels eventually get the win though, and I think this is the more interesting option for the triple threat anyway. Trish and Lita don’t lose anything anyway because they’re Trish and Lita.

    At this stage were La Resistance already being referred to as French Canadian? If so, this segment running down Storm who is Canadian doesn’t make a hell of a lot of sense. Outside of that, this was solid enough. Conway’s line about Terri being a dumb girl who loves details was brilliant by the way.

    Well, this was definitely interesting. Austin/Vince back and forth followed by Bischoff and Austin almost relating. I never thought I’d see the day. The job is a difficult one and Austin is frustrated, but can’t hurt anybody. Very interested to see the progression of Austin in the coming weeks after this one.

    Lance Storm gets somewhat of a rub by getting so close to beating La Resistance in a handicap match which I like. Sgt. Slaughter coming out to make the save makes sense considering he’s an American patriot, but just seems weird that he’d be there, kitted up and ready to go, on this random night. Although it was clearly just a tool for Orton to kill another legend which is never a bad thing at this stage.

    Assuming this Shawn Michaels video will eventually stop playing lol?

    What the hell? Not sure what is happening with Goldust but is mannerisms are all over the place. Definitely kind of scary. Storm being pissed makes complete sense though. Interesting to see what Goldust does next though, and the fact you’ve made these two interesting is something deserving of a compliment. Good job.

    Steiner losing to Dreamer wasn’t expected here, but a win for ECW is good in my books. Not only that but it makes sense to continue the Steiner/Stacy stuff. God this put over Scotty as such a scumbag. Not only does he be a sleaze but then he beats her up when she turns him down. Surely he’s more hated than even Tajiri now. Hurricane and Rosey making the save suits their gimmick, and makes me wonder if we are foreshadowing Stacy becoming their manager as per in real life.

    Randy Orton and Ric Flair being on completely different wavelengths shocked me a little here. It was smart for Flair to put over the importance of the main event, and the competitors involved, especially considering Orton and Batista are so inexperienced. He’s clearly feeling the pinch of no Triple H. Speaking of, only thing I found off is Flair saying Triple H is gone and they don’t know for how long, even though he was at Raw earlier in the night. Regardless of whether they interacted or not, felt a little off.

    Kane continues to look like a beast. Awesome. Guessing this will happen for another week or so until he finds a program for Survivor Series. Either way, this is brilliant booking of the big man, but we don’t want him picking up meaningless victories for too long, or he could lose some of his heat.

    Austin and Van Dam segment is interesting. Firstly, Austin’s office being a mess because he’s under pressure at the moment is a terrific visual. Secondly, triple threat for next week is fine, and thirdly, the other thing they are discussing has me intrigued. Good segment.

    Kane/Goldberg stare down has me aching for a showdown. EPIC stuff beckons.

    Main event was very well booked for a number of reasons. Evolution got the better of the Dudleyz again (they are quite possible off to the worst beginning of a title reign in the history of the business), whilst Goldberg overcame Evolution and looked unstoppable. Your champion is clearly the number one guy.

    Triple H attack came out of leftfield and was definitely unexpected, but that is standard Triple H. I’m all for this attack, it works. A great way to end the show and suddenly we have a huge title match next week.

    Another strong show here as this thread continues to progress. I still think I’m preferring Smackdown to Raw, but Raw is continuing to strengthen as a show. Also, sorry for missing SD, I gave it a read and it was enjoyable, just didn’t have the time for feedback. Keep up the fantastic work.
    On why Jericho got the IC shot in the first place: I don't think he ever wanted it. Austin made the match last week and made it Number One Contender's, perhaps because he didn't realise Jericho would be quite so principled about it. This was a story point to make it clear that Jericho is on a different path to what we're used to these days.

    On La Resistance's nationality: They're still very much just French at this point, hence their disinterest in the differences between being American and Canadian.

    On the Shawn Michaels video: Ha, yep, it will end soon. I'm airing them on 3/4 week rotations, when they'll be replaced by a new one. This next Smackdown will be the first to air the new one, with the Eddie one being replaced. I already know what'll replace the HBK one and it was a lot of fun to think up. I originally wanted to do a new one every week, but realised a) the roster isn't that big and we'd quickly end up on Chris Kanyon getting a hype video (which now I've said it sounds amazing) and b) thinking up the music and coming up with a difference approach every week would become a massive chore (kind of like doing the Cena raps)

    On Kane's squashes:
    This won't go on forever. He has a major programme coming up, but the pieces are still falling in to place. But for now, the story we are telling is that he's pretty much the most doninant guy in the company right now. (Pretty much).

    On Raw improving: I know a few of you think Smackdown is still the superior show, and I think it's fair. I think between the Brock/Angle stuff, Cena, Tajiri and Matt Hardy it has some of the more intriguing bits going on. However, I am really relieved that people are starting to come around to Raw. The pieces are beginning to come together for making it the show I want it to be, with Jericho's gimmick change, Goldberg and Kane being treated a bit more appropriately for thieir value, Austin/Bischoff moving forward, Storm and Goldust becoming more featured, Thuggin' & Buggin' splitting, Steiner turning heel, etc meaning it feels more like "my" show now, whereas before I was kinda cosplaying their Raw. I hope as we go forward this can progress.

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    Re: WWE: Where It All Begins... Again



    September 9th 2003
    Hartford, Connecticut




    We open Smackdown to the sight of... a choir walking on to the stage? And then a marching band?! What the hell?!

    The choir are counted in, and sing in time with each other.

    “Ohhhhhh yeaaaaahhhhh.”


    The marching band start to play a somewhat familiar song, as the choir ready to continue their song...

    ”I can slap a tornado,
    I can dry out the sea,
    When you live for the moment,
    There isn’t any stopping me.”


    The crowd erupt in to boos as they recognise the song... as MATT HARDY (VERSION 1.0) bursts out from behind the curtain, followed as always by SHANNON MOORE… AND A POSSE OF CHEERLEADERS!

    Matt looks even more confident than usual, posing for the booing fans all the way to the ring as the cheerleaders line the aisle way. The cheerleaders, mostly female but some male, shake pom-poms above their heads as they prance towards the ring. After them comes, what else, a clown, carrying a huge wad of balloons, and a chef carrying an oversized cake, and the band soon march towards the ringside area as well.

    All of this because Matt Hardy beat a one-legged man last week, and therefore cost him his job.

    "Welcome everyone," Michael Cole says from commentary, "to WWE Smackdown! And don't adjust your set, what you see is what is really happening. It looks like we're kicking off the show with some kind of celebration for Matt Hardy."

    "Of course we are, Cole!"
    Tazz says. "Matt's career was on the line last week and he came out on top! I can't wait to hear what he has to say."

    "He ended a young kid's career, how is this appropriate?"


    Matt gets in the ring, grinning like a moron, and takes a microphone. "What a welcome! I didn't even arrange this, it just happened! The power of Mattitude in action!"

    The crowd boo the blatant lie.

    "And what a success last week was for Mattitude. Last week, I overcame all the odds. I was David, facing Goliath, and I came out on top. But I didn't have to use a foreign object like David did. I did it clean in the middle of the ring, 1, 2, 3. And finally I've rid the WWE of the virus that was dragging it down. And I did it for all of my fans! Thank you!"

    "What is he talking about?"
    Cole asks. "Zach Gowen has done nothing but try to achieve his dream of fighting here in the WWE."

    "He was a virus, Cole. Even Matt said so, and he's a very forgivin' guy."


    Matt lifts the microphone to continue. "And I have to say, I owe all of my success to my Mattitude. Rule Number 3: Always believe in yourself. Not that it was easy. When you're up against it, it's easy to doubt yourself. But Mattitude saw me through, just as it always has. If only more people lived their life by the rules of Mattitude, a lot of the ills of this country would be solved."

    Shannon solemnly nods along.

    "I've been selfish in keeping it to myself. I mean, I've tried to teach Shannon, but you know... But last week proved to me that Mattitude can help more people than it already is, and that's why, I'm proud to announce... that I've decided to take on another follower!"

    Shannon pumps his fists in celebration.

    "That's right, a brand new Mattitude Follower! I'm openly recruiting, so if you're interested, please contact me at recruitment@matittude.com, where Shannon will check your references and pass the best on to me. But don't think you have to be the elite. Not at all! Matittude is for everyone. It's for the best, like me, but I'll also take on hopeless lost causes, like Shannon. All are welcome!"

    "I'll do it!"
    Tazz yells from commentary. "Take me on Matt, I'm ready to be a follower!"

    "You definitely need some kind of help,"
    Cole adds.

    "But enough of other people," Matt says. "This is about me. Cheerleaders?" He turns to the cheerleaders lining the outside of the ring. "Uh... why are there men in there? I asked for cheerleaders, not strippers… eventually. You guys, get out of here. Go. Stop wasting my time."

    The male cheerleaders shrug at each other and leave the ring, leaving just the women.

    "Okay," Matt says. "Dance! Or cheer! Whatever it is you do."

    "GIVE ME A 'M'!"
    they chant.

    * BOOOOO *

    "GIVE ME AN 'A'!"

    * BOOOOOO *

    "GIVE ME A 'T'!"



    *** MEDALS ***


    The arena explodes for the interruption as the WWE Champion KURT ANGLE walks out, title around his waist, as he walks to the ring. His tracksuit jacket is undone, still revealing heavily taped ribs.

    He climbs in to the ring and takes a microphone, but is immediately distracted by the clown. "Hey! I know you! You worked at my daughter's birthday party a couple of months ago."

    "That's right,"
    the clown says. "Actually, I'm an aspiring wrestler, I'm just-"

    "Whoa!"
    Matt interrupts. "We didn't ask for your life story, Smiley. Get out. Go. I paid for the full hour, so I'll be needing a refund. Not sure why I didn't just put Shannon in make-up like my original idea."

    The clown slumps his shoulders and walks to the back, joining the male cheerleaders in the dismissed group.

    "Finally," Matt says, turning back to Kurt. "Dunno about you, but that guy was really getting on my nerves. Anyway. I know why you're here, Kurt."

    "Really?"

    "Really. You heard about my offer to take on a new follower. And I must say, I'm flattered. Having the WWE Champion in our group, even one as unpopular as you, will be great for our image. Welcome aboard!"


    Matt extends his hand, and Kurt shakes it.

    "Thanks, Matt. What a fine group you have here. And Mattitude, wow. What a system. I can only imagine how many gold medals I'd have if I'd have followed Mattitude my whole life."

    "What an excellent point, Kurtis."

    "Thanks, Matthew. I'm really honoured that you'd invite me in to your group. But that's not why I'm here. I'm here, because... because..."

    "That's okay, Kurtis. Spit it out. I'm sure you're lacking confidence with public speaking, but we can work on that. Mattitude Rule 129 – don't be afraid of crowded spaces. We had to add that one because of Shannon. You can do it. I believe in you."


    Angle smiles. "Thanks, Matt. In that case, I'll work up the courage to just come out and say it.”

    Matt nods supportively.

    “I’m out here because… because… well... you're kind of boring me."

    "What?!"

    "You're boring me. You come out here with a clown and a band and talk on and on and on and on about beating Zach Gowen. The kid had heart, no doubt. But he had one leg. You beat him, well done. But how about you shut your mouth and get on with it rather than wasting everyone's time like this? Because this time, right now, it could be used for, oh, I don't know... me calling Brock Lesnar out?"


    The crowd cheer.

    "Yeah, that sounds good. Maybe I'll tell Brock that he may have made it out last week, but he won't be so lucky again tonight. If he has the guts, come out here and face me, and I'll snap your damn ankle like a-"

    "Wait,"
    Matt interrupts. "Are you trying to tell me that you don't want to join Mattitude?"

    "Sorry, Matt, but I don't. Nor does anyone else. So stop wasting your time, start treating the follower you do have a little better, and leave me to kick Brock's butt all over again. Okay?"

    "No, not okay. Not okay at all. How dare you interrupt me during a celebration like this and talk down about Mattitude. Do you know how many Is you'd have if you followed Mattitude? Seventeen. Intelligence. Integrity. Uh... fifteen others. And yet here you are, walking in with your measly three Is and insult me? Oh no, not today. You and me, tonight."


    The crowd cheer.

    "You want me tonight?" Kurt asks. "Alright, sounds good to me. You've got it. And I'll even put this belt on the line."

    Matt smirks. "Good. But you should know-"

    Matt charges at Kurt... but Kurt sidesteps him... and sends him in to the cake! Angle Slam!

    Shannon, aghast at what has happened to his master, jumps Kurt from behind. He throws a flurry of punches as Kurt tries to cover up, so Shannon starts kicking at his mid-section... but Kurt catches his leg! Ankle Lock! Kurt pulls on the ankle as the cheerleaders and band rush to the back. Matt comes to and sees his follower in agony in the ring... so rolls out of the
    ring, still covered in cake, and walks to the back. Angle finally releases Shannon's ankle and raises his title above his head, staring at Matt down the aisle.




    After the commercial, we come back to see THE BASHAM BROTHERS in the ring, ready for their match. They are joined by BILLY KIDMAN AND REY MYSTERIO.

    Before the match starts, though, Rey grabs a mic.

    "Yo, Shelton, Charlie, we know you're watchin' in the back. We heard what ya said about me and Billy not gettin' a title shot 'cos we ain't a proper team. Well, we're a proper team now. We're focusing on the Tag Titles above all else, homie, and we'll prove we're deservin'. But as you know, any good team has a team name, so we're goin' back to our roots. From now on, ya can call me and Billy... the Filthy Animals!”

    "Filthy Animals?" Cole says. "That's what they were called when they teamed in WCW."

    "I knew that,"
    Tazz says.

    "Oh, really? Who else was in the Filthy Animals, if you know so much about the history of WCW?"

    "Uh-"
    Tazz says as he thinks it over. "Rhyno."

    "Rhyno didn't even work for WCW!"

    "He is a filthy animal, though."

    "That's... that's a good point, actually."



    Basham Brothers vs. The Filthy Animals

    If Rey and Kidman are planning on taking their team seriously, this is a good place to start. They show fluid teamwork from the off, their tandem, high-speed offence leaving even a team as connected as the Bashams unable to keep up with them.

    But the Bashams aren't just related by blood. They are equally connected when it comes to cheating, and a quick spot of twin magic sees them switch legal man without the referee realising and taking over on Rey, who they manage to isolate from his partner.

    Rey does manage to tag back in, though, allowing the refreshed Kidman to bound in to the ring and send the brothers sprawling with Dropkicks. He goes to the top... Crossbody on to them both! He lines up Danny... BK Bomb! Doug jumps him from behind... but here comes Rey! Doug sends him soaring in to the sky... but Rey comes back down with a DDT! Danny charges, but Kidman trips him in to the middle rope! 619!

    Kidman climbs to the top, looking for the Shooting Star Press... but SHELTON BENJAMIN hops on to the apron! Referee Jimmy Kordaris is distracted… allowing CHARLIE HAAS to push Kidman off the top! Kidman lands throat first on the rope! Rey tackles Haas to the outside, but damage has been done... Legsweep/Lariat from the Bashams...

    ONE...

    TWO...

    THREE!

    Winners: Basham Brothers in 7:01


    The crowd shower the ring with boos as the Bashams celebrate the win, with the Filthy Animals having lost their opportunity at a title shot at the World's Greatest Tag Team next week. The champions get back in the ring and shove the Bashams to the side and start to stomp down their almost-challengers... when APA rush down to the ring! Both the Bashams and the World's Greatest Tag Team decide they don't want any part of it and roll to the outside, leaving the former Acolytes to yell threats from the inside.




    We cut backstage to where VINCE MCMAHON sits on the desk in his office. THE BIG SHOW leans disinterested against a wall as BROCK LESNAR paces back and forth.

    "How many times do I have to tell you, Brock?" Vince asks. "I understand what you're saying. That son-of-a-bitch gave me a Pedigree as a message to you. Of all people, I know what you are trying to say. But I have a business to run, and I just can't let that happen. There must be peace between you and Triple H."

    Brock stops pacing, squares up to Vince and sneers through gritted teeth. "He came to MY SHOW, Vince. MY SHOW. And then he kicks your ass on Raw, and gets a title shot? No. No way, Vince. You talked me down once, but not again. I'm going to Raw on Monday and I'm kickin' his ass!"

    "You will do no such thing, Brock. This is my company, my rules, and I say-"

    "I DON'T GIVE A DAMN WHAT YOU SAY!"
    Brock screams, grabbing McMahon by the shirt. "I want Helmsley, and I want him NOW."

    Big Show grabs Brock by the throat and pushes him back in to a wall. Even a man as freakishly strong as Lesnar can't weaken the giant’s grip.

    "Don't you dare lay a hand on him," Show says. "You hear me?"

    Brock tries to hold out, but the grip is too tight. Eventually he nods, and Show releases.

    "This is BS, Vince," Brock says, breathlessly.

    "I know. I don't like this any more than you, believe me. There is nothing I'd like more than you going to Raw and kicking Triple H's ass for everything he has done. But I can't have Raw wrestlers coming to Smackdown and vice versa. There have to be rules. There must be peace while we focus on our other plans. Let's go to the ring, I need you two warmed up for No Mercy."

    "Whatever,"
    Brock says. "I'll do what you say. For now. But this isn't over. Helmsley made a mistake in coming here... but you made one in making a deal. You'll both get what's coming to you."

    "We will discuss this after No Mercy,"
    Vince says. "Come on, you two have matches coming up."




    Meanwhile, in the other office backstage, STEPHANIE MCMAHON is stood by her desk, looking uncomfortable. Across the office from her is RHYNO, breathing heavily and saying nothing. After a few moments of awkwardness, in walks CHRIS BENOIT.

    "Finally," Steph says. "I was thinking you were never coming."

    "What's he doing here?"
    Benoit asks, gesturing at Rhyno, who squares up to his former partner and now enemy.

    "Enough of that, gentlemen," Steph says. "You two hate each other. I get it. But it didn't used to be like that, and I'm sick of seeing you two fighting any time you get within a few feet of each other. You’re putting innocent people in danger. It comes to an end, okay? You made a great tag team once upon a time, and I think you still could if you can get over your issues. That's why, tonight, you two will team one more time, and will take on the World's Greatest Tag Team... for the WWE Tag Team Titles!"

    "No,"
    Rhyno growls. "The only time I will be in the ring with this man is when I'm breaking his neck again."

    Benoit shoves Rhyno away, and they look to start brawling. The office is immediately flooded with security, all on hand to prevent another such event between these two.

    "ENOUGH!" Steph shrieks as security pull them apart. "This ends... NOW. You WILL team tonight, and you WILL win the Tag Titles. I want to see you achieve the potential you should as a team, and if you fail that, there will be HELL to pay. Do I make myself clear?"

    Rhyno shoves his way past security and out of the door, saying nothing. Security gradually dissipates, leaving Benoit and Steph alone.

    "I need you to try, Chris," she says. "You and Rhyno did make a great team once. And I think the two of you working together is way better for this brand than you fighting. Just think what you could do together against Vince and his army. See if you can get past your issues before things get out of hand."

    "They already have,"
    he says. "But okay. I'll try. But I wouldn't trust Rhyno to not ruin your plans. That's what he does."




    ”NO CHANCE, THAT’S WHAT YOU’VE GOT!”

    *** NO CHANCE IN HELL ***



    The crowd erupt in to a violent eruption of hatred towards the chairman, as VINCE MCMAHON struts his way down to the ring, albeit with a bit of a limp, with BROCK LESNAR AND THE BIG SHOW following behind, albeit walking as far apart from each other as they can possibly get.

    They get in the ring and Vince takes the microphone, and bathes in the hatred of the crowd.

    "I am feeling better, thank you for asking," he says, to even more boos. "No thanks to The Undertaker or Triple H, though. Hunter may think he was clever using me to get another shot at Goldberg this coming Monday on Raw, but The Undertaker? That was just reckless violence. The type you see all the time on this show these days I'm afraid. Such is the environment my daughter has created. But not for long. Oh no... in ten days... at No Mercy... things will change. Things will get back to how they should be. I... Vincent Kennedy McMahon... will bring the glory days back to Smackdown. Things will change. And you, 'Taker, will be the first on my list."

    "Stood behind me are the two men who will be responsible for bringing this change. The Big Show will defeat The Undertaker, and will bring the power to me. And Brock Lesnar will beat Kurt Angle, and we will have the WWE Title as well. In ten days... these two men will show No Mercy... and after that... neither will I."

    "But with so much on the line, I need these two men to be at their best. That's why I have two warm up matches scheduled for them, starting with Brock. You see, Mr. Lesnar will be stepping in to the ring with an Olympic Gold Medallist and multi-time WWE Champion for a full hour. Sixty-minutes, no matter what happens. The physical and mental anguish Brock and Kurt will go through is unheard of. But, just as a marathon runner will run long distances in preparation, so too will Mr. Lesnar. So, to prepare for No Mercy, Brock Lesnar will... in this very ring... compete in a gruelling Iron Man match... for five minutes."

    "Five minutes?"
    Cole exclaims. "This must be a joke."

    "So, please,"
    McMahon continues. "Please bring out Mr. Lesnar's hand-selected opponent."


    *** TURN IT UP ***


    "Oh come on!" Cole yells as SCOTTY TOO HOTTY tentatively walks through the curtain. Gone is the usual dancing. Instead, Scotty nervously eases himself in to the ring and stands alongside the two behemoths.


    Five Minute Iron Man Match
    Brock Lesnar vs. Scotty Too Hotty


    Show and Vince climb out of the ring on the bell, and Brock immediately turns Scotty inside out with a Clothesline. He pulls Scotty off the mat and tosses him across the ring with a Belly to Belly Overhead Suplex, and then launches him shoulder first in to the ringpost. Scotty staggers back... F5!

    ONE...

    TWO...

    THREE!

    Brock Lesnar 1- 0 Scotty Too Hotty (1:01)

    Brock pulls Scotty off the mat again and tosses him to the outside. He throws him in to the barricade a few times, then in to the ring steps. Scotty is all but jelly as Brock slams him on the announce table, throws him back in the ring, and hits another F5.

    ONE...

    TWO...

    THREE!

    Brock Lesnar 2 – 0 Scotty Too Hotty (2:45)

    With just over half the time gone, a commanding lead and a practically dead opponent, Brock starts to have fun. He begins tying up with Scotty, whose legs fail him and he crumbles to the mat. Still Brock tries to amateur wrestle with his virtually-unconscious opponent. He pulls him up again against his will, goes behind... German Suplex! He holds on... another... and another! Triple Germans! Shades of Kurt Angle... which only go further with an Angle Slam from Brock! He hooks the leg...

    ONE...

    TWO...

    THREE!

    Brock Lesnar 3 – 0 Scotty Too Hotty (4:18)

    With little time left, Brock merely stands over Scotty, smirking at the mess he has created. He flicks a toe at Scotty's head, but he knows it's over. He waits for the time to count down, and poses over his opponent's body as the time runs to zero.

    Winner: Brock Lesnar in 5:00 (3-0)


    "What in the hell did that prove?" Cole yells.

    Vince climbs in to the ring with a microphone, applauding. "What a performance!" he shouts. "Just dominant, dominant stuff. If you ask me, I'd say Brock Lesnar is more than ready for the Iron Man match. And now Brock has been put through his paces, it's time for Big Show to do the same. So, ladies and gentlemen, please allow me to introduce the Big Show's opponent... SCOTTY... TOO... HOTTY!"

    "Oh, come on!" Cole says, nearly having a fit at ringside. "You can't be serious. Scotty hasn't moved in nearly two minutes, how is this a warm up for Big Show?"

    Brock and Vince climb to the outside as referee Brian Hebner tries to protest.

    "Call for the bell," Vince growls, "or you'll be looking for work elsewhere."

    Hebner reluctantly calls for the bell.


    Big Show vs. Scotty Too Hotty

    Show immediately pulls Scotty off the mat by the throat and shoves him to the corner. Scotty just slips down to the mat, unable to even stand on his own.

    "Fight back, you coward!" Vince barks from ringside, as Show grabs him by the throat and lifts him up for a Chokeslam.


    “DEAD MAN WALKIN’”

    *** YOU’RE GONNA PAY ***



    The arena comes unglued for the arrival of THE UNDERTAKER, who strolls down to the ring adjusting his gloves, ready for a fight. Brock goes to cut him off on the ramp but 'Taker sends him flying with a big right, and climbs in to the ring to face Show. They exchange right hands, with Undertaker getting the better of it, until he sends Big Show off the ropes... Big Boot! But Show doesn't move! 'Taker goes off the ropes... big Shoulder Block! Still Show doesn't budge! 'Taker lines up another... but Vince trips him!

    'Taker staggers forward as Brock slides in to the ring and Clotheslines him down. Despite the obvious tension between them, Show and ‘Taker immediately put that behind them in the face of a showdown with ‘Taker, and together they stomp the hell out of him.

    BUT HERE COMES KURT ANGLE!

    Show and Lesnar see him coming and get ready for the fight… only for Vince to beckon for them to leave the ring. Neither wants to, but they follow orders like good soldiers and climb out, leaving Kurt with the downed ‘Taker, barking at Vince and his army to get in the ring and face him like men.




    We transition to a video to the tune of Boom by P.O.D, showing highlights of the world famous WWE cruiserweights in action. We see BILLY KIDMAN soaring through the sky with a Shooting Star Press, ULTIMO DRAGON with an Asai Moonsault, and REY MYSTERIO with a Springboard Hurricanrana. During the calmer part of the song, we hear from the past and present of the cruiserweight division.

    "I guess I'm an adrenaline junkie," Kidman says. "I can't help it. I don't know what's in me that makes me need to go for the crazy bits, but I can't stop it. I don't think I'd want to."

    "It's part of my heritage, man,"
    CHAVO GUERRERO says. "It's based in lucha libre, from Mexico. It means something."

    "I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the Cruiserweight Title,"
    CHRIS JERICHO says, as footage of him as the Lionheart in WCW plays. "It was that belt that got me noticed. If I hadn't been able to me myself there, I don't know that I'd have made it."

    We see some of the older footage, like BRIAN PILLMAN and JUSHIN LIGER shocking the audience with their performance at SuperBrawl in 1992, or Rey and EDDIE GUERRERO’S classic at Halloween Havoc in 1997, or DEAN MALENKO unmasking in 1998 to one of the biggest pops in WCW history, or TAKA MICHINOKU and AGUILA doing battle at Wrestlemania 14.

    "This style," Ultimo Dragon says through subtitles as we see him gracefully fly through the air, "it allows me to travel all over the world. Cruiserweight wrestling, it's the only type to get the same reaction wherever I go in the world. Japan, Mexico, Europe, US, they all love our style. It makes me proud."

    "It's more than high-flyin',"
    JAMIE NOBLE says. "It's not just jumpin' off a rope. It's excellence. Whether you're putting in an Armbar or hittin' a 450 splash, it's about bein' the best ya can. This belt, it proves ya don't have to be a giant to make it in this business. I owe ev'rythin' to it."

    We see the best of today, with the likes of NUNZIO and Noble using their technical know-how, or SHANNON MOORE and BRIAN KENDRICK trying to make a name for themselves with spectacular high-flying, or TAJIRI and Mysterio connecting with audiences like few are able to do.

    "When I came in," Dean Malenko says, "it was all about big guys punching each other. That's different now. I've wrestled in every country in the world, in front of thousands of fans every night, because this is the style of wrestling the fans want to see."

    "There's nothin' like it,"
    Rey Mysterio says, as the song comes to a close. "No-one can do what we do. And we all do it for the fans. You try somethin' new and you hear the crowd and... man, there are no words. Bein' a Cruiserweight is more than a weight thing... it's a way of life. Never bein' happy with average. Always tryin' to be better. Always tryin' to entertain the fans. Man, bein' a Cruiserweight... I wouldn't change it for the world. This is the only life I wanted, and, man... I get to live it. We all get to live it."




    WWE Tag Team Titles
    World's Greatest Tag Team (c) vs. Rhyno & Chris Benoit


    For the second week in a row, Benoit gets a shot at the WWE Tag Titles. And for the second week in a row, he's stuck with a partner who doesn't want to team with him.

    Rhyno starts the match for his team, and despite his hatred for his partner, is not the type to back down from a fight and trucks through the champions. When Benoit offers a tag, Rhyno reluctantly agrees to it – with the most aggressive tag imaginable. Benoit too trucks through the champions, until they use their natural tagging ability to overwhelm him and isolate him from his most hated partner.

    Rhyno paces angrily on the apron, furious that he allowed Benoit to get in the ring and lose the advantage they have. Benoit tries to fight back, just as he did last week, but Haas and Benjamin are savvier this time. They cut the ring in half and let Benoit nowhere near Rhyno... until Benoit reverses a Short Arm Clothesline from Shelton in to a Crossface! Haas rushes in to break up the submission attempt, so here comes Rhyno!

    The Man Beast fights Haas out of the ring with big right hands as Benoit and Shelton get back up... German Suplex from Benoit! He holds on... another... and another! Three Rolling German Suplexes! He runs his thumb across his throat to indicate the Headbutt is coming... GORE! Rhyno NAILS Benoit with the Gore! Benjamin drapes an arm over Benoit...

    ONE...

    TWO...

    THREE!

    Winners and STILL WWE Tag Team Champions: World's Greatest Tag Team in 5:34



    "Damn it, Rhyno!" Cole exclaims, "just as Benoit was getting back in to the match Rhyno had to ruin it."

    "Of course he did, Cole,"
    Tazz adds, "he nevah wanted to team with Benoit in da first place! Course he kicked his ass first chance he got!"

    With Benoit down clutching at his ribs, the referee hands the belts over to Shelton. Rhyno shoves him out of the way and starts wailing on the fallen Benoit, only for Haas to roll back in the ring and shove him away. Haas takes his turn at firing off on the Wolverine, but Rhyno shoves him aside to carry on. Haas and Benjamin shove him away, wanting to be the ones to lay on the attack... so they all join in together! All three men stomp away at Benoit, over and over again... until THE FILTHY ANIMALS sprint to the ring!

    They nail Stereo Dropkicks on Haas and Benjamin, and again on Rhyno. The World's Great Tag Team roll to the outside and drag Rhyno with them, telling him they don't need to do this now.


    ”I’M ALL GROWN UP… NOW”

    *** ALL GROWN UP ***



    The crowd rise to their feet as STEPHANIE MCMAHON walks out to the top of the stage.

    "Okay, that's enough!" she shrieks. ”If you six can't leave each other alone, then we'll settle this the proper way. No more forcing people to team against their will. At No Mercy, it'll be the World's Greatest Tag Team and Rhyno... versus Rey Mysterio, Billy Kidman and Chris Benoit... in a six-man tag match!"

    "Whoa!"
    Tazz yells. "What a rocketbustah from our GM!"

    "But that's not for ten days,"
    she continues. "Benoit, Rhyno, I warned you two. But I realise I made a mistake. You two aren't going to be able to team, so instead, you'll settle it in the ring, next week on Smackdown... in a Street Fight!"

    The crowd pop huge.

    "What an announcement!" Cole says. "Six-man tag at No Mercy, and a Street Fight next week!"




    We cut backstage to where BROCK LESNAR AND BIG SHOW are surrounding VINCE MCMAHON.

    "What the hell was that?" Brock yells, and this time with Show in agreement. "First you want me to ignore Helmsley, now you want me running from Angle? He's already injured, I could have finished him."

    "We could have taken 'em,"
    Show agrees. "You should've let us teach 'em a lesson."

    "No, no way,"
    Vince says. "Not tonight. Not this close to No Mercy. I'm taking no chances. No Mercy is the biggest night in my life. I've owned this company for decades, and its whole future depends on things going as I need them to. I won't risk you getting injured. You two against those two, all of you at 100%? I know you can win. But if one of you is injured? I don't know what will happen. That makes it a risk, and there will be no risks going in to No Mercy. However angry you are that you didn't get to fight them tonight... bottle it... and use it at No Mercy. There will be no mistakes."




    We transition to the second video in a series looking at previous Iron Man matches. Whereas last week we saw the hidden Ric Flair versus Bret Hart house show match, this one is much better known.

    Bret Hart. Shawn Michaels. Wrestlemania XXII.

    We hear from a wide range of Bret and Shawn's friends and enemies – KEVIN NASH, TRIPLE H, CHRIS BENOIT, STEVE AUSTIN – talking about the type of wrestlers they were, and how they had stamina like you've never seen before. But in an Iron Man match? Even they were exhausted at the end. Everything they achieved in their careers, going an hour against each other was probably the biggest challenge they had to face. All the while we see footage of the match.

    We then see Shawn, sat in a WWE studio, smiling wistfully. "It was hell," he says. "Sixty minutes-a hell, lemme tell ya. Never done anythin' like it before, and won't ever again. I've done Ladder matches, Cage matches, Hell in a Cell matches... but Iron Man matches? Nah. Hard pass from me. I did nothin' but cardio for two months before, and even then I could barely breathe at the end. But it was worth it, man. If you come out on top there's nothin' like it. But if you lose, after puttin' your body through that? I dunno. I couldn't carry it."

    A subtle smirk creeps across his face. "Bret certainly couldn’t carry it. He changed after that match. Me and him were fine before that match. But he wasn’t the same after. Man, I don't envy Kurt or Brock at all. Even for that prize... it's hell. That's all I can say. Absolute hell."

    We then cut to the graphic that says, in ten days, we will see Brock Lesnar challenging Kurt Angle for the WWE Championship, in the first Sixty-Minute Iron Man match in three years.




    *** GREEN MIST ***

    The crowd erupts in to boos for the arrival of TAJIRI and his manager DAWN MARIE.

    "Folks," Michel Cole begins, "last week we saw one of the most disgusting things I've ever seen in a wrestling ring." Tazz nods in agreement, and Cole continues. "In a Cruiserweight Title match between this man Tajiri and Jamie Noble, Tajiri sprayed black mist in to Nidia's eyes. The news we are hearing is that Nidia is not currently able to see, and that the damge could potentially be permanent pending further tests. I appreciate this news may be upsetting for some, and Tazz, I know it upset you too."

    "Upset ain't the word for it, Cole. Me and Tajiri go way back, I used tah count him as a friend, but now, that cat is dead to me. What he did to Nidia was way past tha line. Ev'ryone knows that anythin' goes in a match, but what he did goes way ovah the line."

    "Hopefully Brian Kendrick will teach him a lesson in their upcoming match."

    "I hope he kicks his ass!"


    Tajiri and Dawn Marie climb in to the ring and she takes a microphone. The crowd continue to shower them with boos, so she solemnly nods along and waits for a break before she speaks.

    "I understand you're upset," she says, and the crowd boo again. "My client and I, we've had all week to think about what happened to Nidia and Jamie Noble. All we've been hearing is that an apology is due, and we agree. An apology is due. So... Nidia... please come down to the ring... and apologise to Tajiri and I."

    Needless to say, the crowd boo again.

    "I don't know why you're all booing," she continues, "it's all we deserve. Nidia should apologise for interfering in an officially sanctioned title match. And that's the real tragedy here – my client Tajiri was on his way to retaining his belt and proving he is the greatest Cruiserweight competitor in the world, and now, thanks to Nidia, all anyone wants to talk about is her. She put herself in harm's way, and now she's dealing with the consequences. This is not Tajiri's fault... this is not my fault... this is Nidia's fault. We promised that things were about to change, we promised that you wouldn't like the new Tajiri, and yet Nidia had to push it too far. So she's paying the consequences... and soon... so will everyone else."


    *** HEY YOU ***


    The crowd give a warm welcome to the youngster BRIAN KENDRICK, who has been such a thorn in the side of the FBI recently that he's been given a huge opportunity here, with a non-title match against the Cruiserweight champ. Victory here would no doubt see him climb to the top of the list of people lined up to face the much hated Tajiri.


    Non-Title Match
    Tajiri w/Dawn Marie vs. Brian Kendrick


    Tajiri and Kendrick tie up to start, and Tajiri's superior knowledge and experience sees him school the youngster. Perhaps that gives him too much confidence, because in their next exchange Kendrick takes over, using Tajiri's complacency to speed the match up and take it in the direction he wants it to go.

    Tajiri, though, has very much been there and done that, and there's a reason he's the champion. He cuts off an offensive flurry with a painful kick to the stomach, and takes over on the inexperienced but talented youngster. Kendrick tries to battle back, but those educated feet of Tajiri's leave him very much in control.

    Kendrick again starts to fire off right hands to battle back and whips Tajiri off the ropes... but Tajiri comes back with a Handspring Elbow! He lines up the Buzzsaw Kick... but Kendrick ducks! Dropkick to the back... Tajiri stumbles around... Leg Lariat! Tajiri's back up... Hurricanrana! Kendrick's building all kinds of momentum! He grabs Tajiri by the throat and looks for Sliced Bread #2... but here come the FULL BLOODIED ITALIANS! Palumbo hops on to the apron... so Kendrick runs up Palumbo, knocking him off the apron, and nails Sliced Bread #2 on Tajiri, all in one motion!

    But here comes Stamboli... he lifts Kendrick up... reversed in to a DDT on the way down! Brian Kendrick is single-handedly fighting off four men! He makes the cover on Tajiri...

    ONE...

    TWO...

    Kick out! The interference gave Tajiri just enough time to recover. Kendrick pleads with referee Nick Patrick as he gets to his feet, only for Nunzio to get on the apron... Dropkick from Kendrick! Nunzio flies off the apron, and still Kendrick fights them off on his own... HUGE KICK TO THE HEAD FROM TAJIRI! Kendrick is OUT!

    ONE...

    TWO...

    THREE!

    Winner: Tajiri in 6:47



    The FBI, although having taken a beating from one man, leave the ringside area, satisfied with their role in screwing Kendrick out of a potential victory over the Cruiserweight champion.

    "Those damn snakes in the FBI!" Cole says. "Kendrick had this match won until they got involved!"

    "Ya don't know that, ya yambag,"
    Tazz argues. "Tajiri mighta had this won without 'em."

    "I'd like to know for sure! Thanks to Nunzio and his posse we'll never know!"

    "Don't say 'posse', Cole, it don't suit ya."

    "Now what's this?"


    With the FBI disappearing out of sight, Kendrick tries to shake the cobwebs clear. He tries to get to his feet but his knees wobble, which causes Tajiri and Dawn Marie's eyes to light up. She barks at Tajiri to finish the job, so he lines up for the dreaded mist... when JAMIE NOBLE sprints out from the back and tackles Tajiri to the mat! This is revenge for Nidia!

    Tajiri tries to cover up, but Noble wails on him, sending crushing rights in to the champion's face. Tajiri squirms away and gets to his feet... so Noble tackles him again! More rights! Dawn Marie grabs him by the ears and tries to pull Noble away, so he shoves her down to the mat and dives on to Tajiri again!

    Referees and backstage agents flood the ring as they pull the enraged Noble away from the champion, and Tajiri and Dawn Marie flee to the outside... only for Noble to fight off the agents and dives to the outside and on to Tajiri! AGAIN he wails on Tajiri, forcing the referees to pull him away again. Tajiri grabs Dawn Marie and they jump the barricade and rush in to the crowd, finally getting enough space between them and the crazed Noble.

    And despite this, AGAIN Noble starts fighting off the backstage agents and referees, leaving a trail of bodies scattered around them. But in that time Tajiri and Dawn Marie have all but disappeared, leaving Noble to climb on top of the barricade and look out to them in the distance.

    "I ain't done with you, boy!" he shouts after them. "We ain't even close to bein' done! You better watch ya back, 'cos I'm comin' for ya!"

    Security pile out to the ringside area from the back and pull Noble off the barricade and pile on top, with the barely conscious referees and agents joining in. Finally, he's restrained, and can be led to the back, but not without a hero’s ovation from the crowd.




    We cut backstage to where MATT HARDY (VERSION 1.0) is sat in his locker room with SHANNON MOORE, still with remnants of cake plastered over his shirt, while Shannon has an ice-pack wrapped around his ankle. Matt polishes off an energy drink, tosses it in to the garbage, and turns to his follower.

    "Shannon, go fetch me another energy drink. I need to be at my best for this match coming up. But not one that'll make me need the toilet, I've already had four."

    "I'm... not sure they do energy drinks that don't make you need-"

    "Would you get on it already, Shannon? This is a huge night for us. We can finally get Mattitude the exposure it needs if I'm the WWE Champion. Think about it – Kurt Angle? His focus is on Brock Lesnar. He's wounded, and distracted. But me? I'm not wounded. Rule 13 of Mattitude – never feel pain. And I'm definitely not distracted. Rule number 18 of Mattitude..."


    He drifts off, looking around him.

    "Hey, where's my energy drink?" he asks.

    "You finished it," Shannon says. "Maybe you've had too many..."

    "Never. I need it to focus the mind and the body. Mattitude, that puts me at 100% of where I need to be. But Mattitude plus an energy drink? 101%. Me at my best, and Kurt not at his best? It can only go one way. And it'll be me facing Brock Lesnar at No Mercy, in my speciality match... Iron Man."

    "I didn't know you'd been in an Iron Man match before?"

    "Damn it, Shannon, how can you be that dumb? Of course I've been in an Iron Man match. I didn't invent it, of course, but it is named after me. 'Matt 'The Iron Man' Hardy: Version 1.0-'"

    "They call you Iron Man-"

    "Damn it, Shannon! I wasn't finished. 'Matt 'The Iron Man' Hardy: Version 1.0, Sensei of Mattitude and Master of the Sixty-Minute Match'."

    "It's quite the mouthful."

    "It is, Shannon, it is. But I've earned it. Just like I'll earn the WWE Title later tonight, and then, as WWE World Heavyweight Wrestling World Champion of the World, Mattitude will rule the world. And just imagine who we could recruit..."


    He looks wistfully off to the distance, and Moore joins him.

    "Shannon!" Matt barks. "Where is my energy drink?"




    This week's RAW REBOUND sees GOLDBERG overcome EVOLUTION once again, only to be destroyed by TRIPLE H, who was supposed to be barred from ringside. This coming Monday, we'll see the rematch – Triple H versus Goldberg, for the World Heavyweight Title.




    Non-Title Match
    Sean O’Haire vs. Eddie Guerrero w/Chavo Guerrero


    With just ten days until he defends his US Title against John Cena, Eddie gets a chance to show what he can do against Sean O’Haire, who is on quite the poor run of form recently. Eddie, obviously, schools him in the early going... only to charge in to a huge left hand from O’Haire!

    O’Haire, sensing the opportunity of a win against a big name, furiously tries to dominate Eddie, and does a surprisingly fine job of it. He lifts Eddie up for the Running Powerslam, only for Eddie to reverse it in to a Headscissors! Dropkick! O'Haire backs in to the corner so Eddie follows him... Monkey Flip! O'Haire staggers up... Three Amigos! Eddie nails all of them, and goes to the top... Frog Splash! He makes the cover...

    ONE...

    TWO...

    THREE!

    Winner: Eddie Guerrero in 4:07


    The bell rings and Chavo climbs in to the ring to celebrate with his uncle. Eddie's arm is raised in victory, but rather than celebrate, Eddie turns to Sean O’Haire. He may be a liar, a cheater and a thief, but Eddie is also a man of principles, and this guy gave him a good match. Eddie lifts him up from the mat and offers a handshake out of respect... but O’Haire flips him off! The crowd boo as O’Haire storms to the back, leaving Eddie to shrug and instead take the time to celebrate his win alongside his nephew in front of his adoring fans.


    "Yo, yo, yo, yo," comes a voice from the stage.

    Chavo and Eddie turn to face, expecting to see Eddie's opponent at No Mercy, but he isn't there. Instead, JOHN CENA appears on the Titantron, stood on the bank of the Rio Grande river, and looking ready for another rap.

    "You know where I am, homie? This is the US, over there that's Mexico,
    You know that, your whole family swam this river, I'm jus' here to tell border patrol."

    "Mexico and the US, either side of the Rio Grande,
    Homie, you're more illegal than a Kobe Bryant hotel party."

    "You got all these catchphrases, but they're gettin' kinda old,
    Your Latino Heat is broken, son, you're runnin' ice cold."

    "And viva la raza? I'm talkin' viva John Cena,
    You shouldn't be a wrestler, you should be my Mexican cleaner."

    "But lie, cheat and steal, that's the one you ain't full of,
    You're lyin' about Chavo being your nephew, you just use him to get you off."

    "And, yo, cheatin'? You don't need me to explain that one to ya,
    You've been cheatin' on your 'nephew' with Rey Mysterio Junior."

    "But stealin'? That's your real crime, see, that's my main thing,
    By holdin' that US Title you're stealin' my shot at the brass ring."

    "We're in America now, this is my casa, you're just a guest,
    At No Mercy I'll destroy you like a piñata, and become the real champion of the US."

    He throws his fists together and squares up to the camera.

    "Word... life."





    We transition to the image of Brock Lesnar wiping Hulk Hogan's blood against his chest.

    "A vicious beast..."

    Brock F5s Zach Gowen's leg in to the ringpost.

    "… a raging animal...”

    Lesnar roars and nearly decapitates Jeff Hardy with a Clothesline not long after his debut.

    "...from humble beginnings..."

    We see homemade footage of Brock as a teenager, towering over the other kids in amateur competitions.

    "… to the highest heights..."

    Brock stands in the middle of the ring at Wrestlemania XIX, holding the WWE Title above his head.

    "… a path of destruction left in his wake..."

    We see the carnage Brock left on his debut, with the entire Hardcore Division taken out in one fell swoop.

    "… he will stop at nothing to achieve his goals...”

    F5 to Kurt Angle.

    "… he will show no remorse..."

    F5 to Big Show.

    "… no regret..."

    Brock stands atop Hell in a Cell at No Mercy last year, belt held above his head, The Undertaker bloodied and beaten in the ring below him.

    “No Mercy."




    Smackdown presents... WWE No Mercy, LIVE on pay-per-view, Sunday October 19th.

    (Credit to Raye for the awesome poster)




    WWE Championship
    Matt Hardy v1 w/Shannon Moore vs. Kurt Angle


    It's time for the main event, albeit one the challenger looks more ready for than the champion. Kurt won't back down from a challenge, but it's clear early on that, in his first match since his ribs were injured, that he's far from ready to be back in action. Matt makes the mistake of trying to outwrestle Angle, a tactic which clearly fails almost immediately, so he instead shoves a knee in to Kurt's ribcage and takes over from there.

    Shannon cheers on his leader as Matt grounds the champion, and resorts to an attack of the ribs any time he feels like Kurt may be working his way back in to the match. Angle gasps for air, desperately trying to take enough oxygen onboard. Matt Body Slams Kurt on to the mat and climbs to the second rope... Leg Drop!

    "We're gonna have a new champion, Cole!"

    ONE...

    TWO...

    Kick out!

    "Can you believe the fortitude of Kurt Angle to keep fighting through this pain?" Cole asks as Angle pulls himself up and looks to battle back, but is met with a kick to the gut... Twist of Fate... no! As Matt spins, Kurt catches him... German Suplex! He hangs on... another... and other! Rolling Germans! He clutches at his ribs as he waits for Matt to get up... he looks for the Angle Slam... reversed by Matt... Side Effect!

    Kurt gasps for air again as Mat thinks about the cover... but instead waits for Kurt to get up. He's not taking any chances. Kurt gets up as Matt waits for the Twist of Fate... kick to the gut... but Angle catches him! Ankle Lock! Kurt has the Ankle Lock in! Matt screams in pain as Angle rips and tears at his ankle, furiously trying to finish the match before he is put through any more damage. Matt's hand hovers over the mat... he's ready to tap...

    No! He starts kicking at Angle's mid-section with his free leg! Kurt tries to hang on, but is left no choice to let go...he staggers back, so Matt follows him... Russian Leg Sweep! Kurt is down, so Matt goes to the second rope again. He looks down to Kurt, but decides this isn't enough. He goes up again, now on the top rope. He yells out to the crowd, ready for another Leg Drop... when Kurt suddenly springs to his feet! He sprints up the ropes... ANGLE SLAM FROM THE TOP ROPE! Angle yelps in pain as he clutches at his rib with his right arm, and drapes his left arm over Hardy...

    ONE...

    TWO...

    THREE!

    Winner: Kurt Angle in 8:11



    "What a hard-fought victory for the WWE Champion there, partner," Cole says, "but I have to question is that was a smart move taking this match with his injuries. That Angle Slam at the end in particular looks like it hurt."

    "No doubt, no doubt!"
    Tazz says. "Ya givin' a move like that off the top rope and it's gonna hurt like hell!"

    "Then I wonder why he'd put himself through it with an Iron Man match in just ten days' time."

    "'Cos that's what he does, Cole! He wrestled in the Olympics with a broken neck. And guess what? He won the gold medal as well. That's what Kurt does. The guy's a freak!"



    *** NEXT BIG THING ***


    "Well..." Tazz begins, "here comes the pain!"

    The entrance music of Brock Lesnar forces Kurt to struggle to his feet and prop himself up on the ropes. He breathes heavily, trying to suck as much air in as he can manage with another fight upcoming...

    … when VINCE MCMAHON comes out to Brock's music. He takes all of Brock's usual mannerisms, hopping on the top of the stage and posing as the Next Big Thing usually does. Angle looks on in confusion at what the hell Vince is doing... so doesn't see BROCK LESNAR sneak up behind him and DESTROY him with a Clothesline to the back of the head!

    Kurt goes down as Vince walks to ringside and grabs a steel chair from under the ring. Brock pulls Kurt in to a Bearhug and viciously squeezes on the champion's ribs, shaking him from one side to the other, then eventually dumping him back down to the mat. Vince barks orders as Brock pulls Angle back up... F5! The champion is down... and the champion is out!!

    McMahon hands Lesnar the steel chair and bellows at him to finish the job, so Brock takes the weapon... and sends it crashing down on Kurt's back! And again! And again! Over and over, Brock smashes the cruel steel weapon in to Angle's injured ribs, beating him to a pulp until he has no energy left. Brock launches the chair, now bent out of all recognition, soaring down the ramp as he stands over the fallen champion.

    Vince gathers the WWE Championship belt and hands it to Brock, who holds it above his head.


    *END OF SHOW*





    Confirmed matches for next week

    Eight-Man Tag Match

    Big Show, John Cena & World's Greatest Tag Team vs. Billy Kidman, Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio & The Undertaker

    Street Fight
    Rhyno vs. Chris Benoit

    Singles Match
    A-Train vs. Chavo Guerrero

    Tag Match
    Basham Brothers vs. APA

    Singles Match
    Nunzio vs. Paul London




    Confirmed Matches for No Mercy

    Sixty-Minute Iron Man Match for the WWE Title

    Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle (c)

    Losing McMahon Leaves Smackdown
    Big Show w/Vince McMahon vs. The Undertaker w/Stephanie McMahon

    WWE United States Title Match
    John Cena vs. Eddie Guerrero (c)

    Six-Man Tag Match
    World's Greatest Tag Team & Rhyno vs. Billy Kidman, Chris Benoit & Rey Mysterio

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