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

    Opening the show with a gloating Vince McMahon was pretty much ALWAYS going to happen considering everything that happened at No Mercy. Even the difference in the bright, joyful suit he was wearing was quite a nice touch. Tazz sucking up made me laugh as well. The list of 10 moments from Vince was pretty good, and Stacy Keibler being higher then getting married is awesome. Heyman interrupting to talk up Brock and not be the GM was a little weird, but something has to be up with the smirk at the end… Otherwise Heyman would never bow down so easily. Regal being the actual GM is something I’m okay with, as Regal is always enjoyable as hell in an authority figure role. Kurt wanting a rematch makes sense and I thought the hobbling and what not sold the iron man match quite well. Angle/Taker tonight is HUGE and Kurt hitting one final Angle Slam on Vince here was a nice moment as well. Overall a pretty fun start to the show, although the Heyman thing makes me think we’ve got plenty more big stuff to come.

    Big time opening match for the show as well with a four way US Title match. I thought you utilised some multi man spots really well, with the German Suplex/Samoan Drop one being my favourite. The faces all teaming up throughout made for an enjoyable contest as well. As expected though, Cena gets a HUGE, clean win to continue his rise to stardom. No hard feelings afterwards was a nice change of pace to what we usually see as well. Very good stuff, well written match.

    I feel so sorry for that EMT who is constantly tortured by McMahon although it makes for some fun viewing. McMahon and Show being pissed at Regal, only for William to have quite a smart plan was done well, and puts over the cunning nature of Regal on the first night of his job. The Show/Regal dynamic could be interesting based off of this, good stuff.

    Eddie being down in the dumps a little makes sense and Chavo trying to snap him out of it was fine. However this was another AWESOME Matt Hardy performance. The abuse of Shannon Moore continues to be terrific and calling Chavo a subordinate was bloody brilliant. Eddie agreeing to Mattitude but then writing I lied and stealing the pen was hilarious. Standard Guerrero stuff and some more Hardy brilliance.

    Dawn’s explanation for the debut of Juventud was basically what I expected it to be. She’s found another talent to join herself and Tajiri. Being annoyed at not getting an interview is a fair enough point, and Funaki wanting to fight instead of interview was a neat way of setting up an impressive win for Juventud. Aftermath with Ultimo Dragon getting involved was interesting, and a smart way to keep these guys busy whilst Noble is away.

    I think I mentioned in my No Mercy feedback that I actually agree with quite a bit of what WGTT are saying. Have Rey and Kidman really earned a tag title shot? I personally don’t think so, they have really had Benoit help them with their big win. Anyway, solid enough interview here hyping next week’s title match. If we get a tag title match next week and Cena/Eddie rematch, in ring action will be huge.

    I thought this Angle/Undertaker segment was very clever. Firstly the tension building felt very natural and was a pleasure to read, but secondly, it shows that Regal’s plan is ALREADY working.

    A well booked match here with The FBI getting a cheap victory, but London and Kendrick don’t lose anything in the way they lost. I completely expect this to continue from here, but this was a nice step for the angle.

    LMAO the Mattitude recruitment drive is in full effect. Commercial was absolutely awesome, this had me in stitches. Shannon Moore’s role was quite entertaining as well.

    McMahon laying down the law to Regal in regards to which wrestler is on what side was pretty interesting. John Cena being on the fence is an intriguing one, because If Regal does all the interacting with Cena now, perhaps they can get him on side after all. Otherwise, Regal and Cena could have some hilarious segments together.

    LOVED this match between Matt and Moore and the Guerrero’s. Eddie’s lying, cheating and stealing was on point and the highlight pretty much from the beginning. The interacting with Matt asking why Eddie wasn’t cheating on Shannon was brilliant as well. All around good stuff, and it’s important for Eddie to look good ahead of his rematch…

    Speaking of which, Cena’s attack and mic work were fine. Looking forward to the match taking place next week.

    Just want to a throw a line now that Brock Lesnar appreciation night best of moments has been a nice touch throughout the show.

    The Bashams pick up ANOTHER win over The APA, which I didn’t necessarily expect. This one opens a new narrative though as Bradshaw and Simmons had a miscommunication which resulted in the loss. I wonder if there is more to that or it’s just a bit of a slump… I’ll be watching this space.

    LOL at Vince forcing Regal to get the partying Brock Lesnar.

    Holy crap. Angle/Taker was an absolute wild brawl and an action packed six minutes. I loved it. I especially thought that finishing sequence towards the end of the match was a really nice tough, with constant reversals and what not. Big Show beating the hell out of both of them makes sense in the long run though. And the Chokeslam through the announce table and through Undertaker would have been brutal. Epic stuff.

    I have to be honest whilst the landscape of Smackdown has changed massively with this final segment, mainly for the good, I wasn’t a complete fan of the execution. Something was clearly up with Brock and Heyman becoming Brock’s manager again is terrific. LOVE that idea, and even the more determined Lesnar taking care of Show, and then they challenge all three men to Survivor Series? From that stand point, it was awesome.

    My issue is with the Vince McMahon stuff. Vinnie Mac loves power and I can see him getting a managerial licence on top of his Chairman duties, but I just can’t, under any situation, see him be willing to forfeit his Chairman duties. It worked for the scenario you were going for, but I just found it very hard to buy in which did sour the segment for me somewhat. I’m not sure how you could have done this better, but it just didn’t work for in terms of this particular aspect.

    Still, the above issue aside, I’m happy with how Smackdown looks now and am excited for future shows.

    A VERY GOOD show here mate. So much happened, was a little longer than normal but I’m fine with that. Smackdown is a different show now and even though I didn’t completely get behind the ending, I still appreciate it for what it has done to change the show. Good work, looking forward to Regal being in charge by himself next week.









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

    Don't think I forgot about this buddy. No Mercy. 60 Minutes. I'm all in.

    Hell of a way to start the show. I really enjoyed Benoit and Kidman both leaping to the outside to start things off. Big win for the good guys to kick off the night, though I am curious as too why Benoit took the victory instead of Mysterio or Kidman, as it could have led to them getting a shot, but I'll wait and see how it plays out.

    Jesus never thought I'd see Noble as a face. Not sure it works for me but it is what it is. Tajiri, Juventud and Dawn is certainly interesting. I feel like I have to go back and reread some stuff leading up to this event cause this whole match just confuses the shit outta me haha. That's what my dumbass gets for taking time away from the forum!

    Four way for the united states championship!?! Awesome.

    Classic Taker. Confident as ever.

    Gotta say. Love the way you went about the McMahon rivalry. Doing away with the whole father daughter I quit match. This is a much better direction to go. Good match. Went the way I thought it would (not a bad thing) with it looking like Undertaker had it won, and then got screwed. What I did not see coming was both Brock and Kurt having an appearance in ring before the main event. I can see what Wolf meant when he said that it made it seem like an episode of Smackdown, with the Iron Man match looming you think they would both be in the zone, prepping in the back. I'm getting off topic. Good match, between two hall of fame caliber superstars. You can bet Undertaker is coming for revenge on them all, maybe in the Iron Man...

    Love that you are giving Cena the push for gold early. He started off the year so strong (Vs Brock for the championship at Backlash, and taking on Taker at Vengeance) so he was ready for it around this point and I'm happy with it. Aaaaaaaaand He won! Awesome finish to the match with Cena picking Guerrero off the top rope for the FU. Great visual. Very big win. Gotta believe Eddie is entitled to a rematch, but with Cena's first Smackdown as champ having such a massive championship defense already booked, I can't wait to see what you do with his reign.

    Tale of the tape! Very nice touch to follow a great Angle promo.

    Ha! Loved Big Show coming out to get involved, only to get chased out by Undertaker.

    60 minutes. It's what we came to see. Loved Kurt out-"wrestling" Brock at the start of the match. Brock eventually using his strength was inevitable, losing the first fall didn't matter in the grand scheme of things. Up 3 - 1, then out of nowwhere Kurt tied it up! Brock losing it and putting Kurt through the table was great. Fuck, right down to it I didn't know who was gonna take it. I was like a kid watching, waiting for Brock to tap. Excellent main event. Worth the hype.

    After Unforgiven (which was very good) being so close to the actual card, I was very excited to see where you went with No Mercy, being able to basically build the card from scratch and you did not disappoint. Great event, with really only the Noble Tajiri stuff being a miss for me(which is my own fault for falling behind haha).


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

    So, I'm a little embarrassed that I'm only now getting the chance to check out your work mate but after reading your work in the King of the Booker tournament which was amazing- I had too! So I'm going start with No Mercy and then hopefully carry on from there in the coming weeks.

    Before I review the show. As a first time reader I massively appreciated the breakdown of your roster and it allowed a newcomer like myself to get a little up to speed and a feel for what's going on, and how each character is doing so here we go!

    No Mercy 2003 thoughts/review:

    - Great opening package! I'm a sucker for those extra details and creativity. To me that makes a massive difference and immediately it builds up hype and excitement. Good working with the commentary team early on as well mentioning the Championships on the line and off course the McMahon vs McMahon match.

    - Really good opening contest with some nice spots in the match. Been a long while since I read a "BTB" with Benoit involved but I have no issue with that at all in this time period and his alliance with Rey & Kidman was cool. Good match.

    - Nice promo from Vince with the cool visual image of Brock & Big Show stood towering behind him.

    - Tajiri seems to be quite the heel in your Universe and I'm cool with that. Damn! Noble had the victory in sight and then the debut of Juve' and it's taking away from him just like that. Pretty cool nearly moment and underdog story here with Jamie Noble.

    - Nice promo from Steph McMahon this time with Taker. Huge announcement for the Fatal Four Way as well. That should be sweet. Really liked the Undertakers confidence as well but I don't feel so confident. Vince always finds a way, somehow, someway.

    - Here we go! McMahon vs McMahon! Big Show vs The Undertaker! Loved the vignette before the match. Good match and just like that.. Vince finds a way! Brock Lesnar completely changes the outcome of the match and Steph has to quit. Damn. Cool little ending segment with Steph to leave on high by stunning Vince.

    - BLOODY HELL! Chavo getting thrown through the window by Cena & A-Train was brutal. Hell of an image. Eddie seething as expected and promises to destroy John Cena in the match upcoming! Really liked the Cena promo and took me back to my favourite time period for Cena when he was running with that gimmick. "Get out my face before I set my Wookie on ya" Haha! That killed me. Brave man turning down Vince McMahon.

    - AND NEW, UNITED STATES CHAMPION! Good match! Great ending with Cena reversing and scoring the victory with the FU! Excited to see how Cena does with the US Championship and what's next for both him and Eddie Guerrero.

    - This match should be AWESOME! Angle vs Brock, 60 Minute Iron Man Match! Absolute money. I liked the Angle promo before the match and the tale of the tape was a nice touch as well. Hated that Show/Vince appeared but the arrival of Taker cutting them off and fighting them back was really cool. One on One classic is what everybody wants here and I'm excited! Kudos man! That match was fantastic. I literally couldn't tell which way it was going and the fact that Brock went a couple up and then Angle was chasing was really cool and suited the situation so well. The ending literally had me gripped and I could visualise a clock in my head with Brock screaming but him not tapping out. So damn good man. Well done! Brock retains and I'm totally fine with that.


    Overall - Great show mate. I can see why you're rated so highly on this forum Keef and it's absolutely deserved. I enjoyed reading your work and I'm definitely hoping to continue that on going forward.
    Prepare for the.. BACKLASH!




    ...COMING SOON, TO THE "BTB" SECTION!

    *** CREDIT TO THE LOOCHA BEAR FOR THE GRAPHIC ***


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

    Thanks for the feedback all, really appreciate you all taking the time. I’ll make my way through the key points, then leave the Vince stuff to the end as obviously that was the big story coming out of Smackdown.

    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Gyimah View Post
    - I was hoping we were gonna get Team Angle vs Team Lesnar for Survivor Series but seeing Lesnar defend his WWE Championship against not 1 not 2 but 3 other guys defending it against Big Show, Taker and Angle in a Fatal 4 Way Match I guess makes sense even though I am not happy about it. The reason why is because of the fact that I was hoping it would lead into Taker vs McMahon Buried Alive and it would help with Taker being written out as Big Evil and him coming back in the New Year as The Dead Man with Paul Bearer in tow. It doesn't look like that is gonna happen now.

    - However, seeing Vince get embarrassed and humiliated like how he did when Brock Lesnar the WWE Champion dropped Vince and told him that he is being represented by Heyman again makes so much more sense. Brock Lesnar has always been a Paul Heyman Guy so seeing Brock and Paul back together just makes sense so seeing not only Brock embarrass Vince like that but to see Heyman also embarrass Vince in this segment too was great.

    - Regal as the new Smackdown GM is unexpected to say the least I definitely would not have called that but he is a rather interesting choice as GM even though he probably wouldn't have been my first pick

    - Seeing Vince get dropped like that was awesome and it makes sense because all Vince ever did was use Brock like a tool like a pawn and Brock got fed up and tired of it. I don't blame Brock because Vince made Brock stand down when it came to RAW's Triple H attacking him and then made him stand down again when Brock wanted to attack Big Show. I was more surprised that Brock didn't attack Vince in this segment much less drop Vince with an F5 because it seemed like it was gonna happen but it didn't. But seeing Brock with Heyman again as advocate and superstar just makes so much sense so to see them back together with each other just makes Brock look more dangerous than ever.
    On not going with Team Angle vs Team Lesnar and Vince vs Taker: I can see how you might be disappointed, but I wanted to do something from different than real life. That is especially true for the buried Alive match, which I really didn’t enjoy, and I wanted to stop having everything built around the McMahons.

    On Regal not being your first pick as GM: I love Regal in the role and this uses him when he’s unavailable to wrestle. Out of interest, who would you have liked to see get the role?

    On Brock not forgetting: While I'll say more about Vince later, I am glad that this part went down well. I like laying the foundations in one show and not paying it off until a bit later. With Brock, I was intentionally trying to make him slightly weaker in the short term so he could have the benefit of looking bigger now. So, yeah, I'm glad people appreciated that Brock never truly forgave Vince for trying to tame him.

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    Two for one special coming up. Read Raw last week when it was posted, but just never made the time to leave any comments. I’ll tackle it angle by angle, rather than segment by segment…


    I actually didn’t like the opening bit of Raw. I just felt like the attack went on too long for Austin to restrain himself. I know he cant put his hands on anyone, but given his personality, I just found it hard to envision a guy like Austin restraining himself for that long seeing one of his main guys getting destroyed. Obviously there’s more impact in seeing what punishment RVD takes, where it mightn’t have had if Austin arrived just as the beating ended, so I can see why you did that. I like the premise of Team Bischoff taking out RVD, just didn’t love the execution here. Maybe some security could’ve restrained Austin or something? And as you might expect, I had much the same feelings on the later assault on Shawn Michaels right in front of Austin. Favourite part of this whole thing though was Christian buddying up to Triple H and being immediately put in his place.


    This was a really good show for Evolution I felt. Triple H cutting off the Shawn Michaels video was excellent, and the following promo with the Dudleys was really good stuff too. I thought Bubba admitting that he and D’Von have to cling on to relevance was something different and refreshing, and his explanation for it actually got me behind them a little more, as up to now, I’ve not really been overly invested in their act thus far, but this mic exchange really helped turn that around. The Coach jibe at Flair didn’t really hit for me though. I felt like there was a better insult to rile Flair you could’ve gone for.


    I’m really glad you actually followed through by having RVD ruled out of the match later rather than ‘fighting through the pain’. Puts a lot more heat on the attack and gives it bigger consequences other than just softening the opponent up. It would be nice if those injuries end up being a side angle for the time being, and question marks being placed on Van Dams participation at Survivor Series.


    Given the way this match went, it makes total sense for the I.C Title to headline over the World title on this show. Booker T being the replacement is a great call too. It looked as if it was going to be a dominant night for Team Bischoff by taking out all of Austins team in some fashion, but having Booker return for the I.C Title match gave Austin some much needed momentum. The main event itself was absolute carnage – very much attitude era in essence, and it was a doozy. Big spotlight moment for Spike making the save and taking on Evolution. He felt like a really big deal here, so I wonder if you’ll follow up with that in someway. The only thing I didn’t love about this was Jerichos involvement and him screwing up. At least, that’s how I envisioned it was him making the mistake here. Just given his new direction, and this more calculated persona you’re putting across, I don't know how wise it is for him to accidentally hit his friend/partner.


    Interesting that Austins team is the exact same as it was in 2003. That’s not a complaint either. I wouldn’t want it to be anyone else in those spots, and there isn’t anyone that stands out as someone that could’ve slotted in, which is perhaps why, I’m assuming the make up of the team remains the same.


    I’m all in for a renewed Goldust push. Still not sure I get the staggered “Ssssss’es” stuff though, but getting something for him and Lance Storm to do that has meaning has me interested. You’ve built Storm really well in recent weeks as a sympathetic babyface which shouldn’t go unnoticed.


    Enjoying the continuation of the Trish/April/Lita stuff too. Being nit-picky, I’d argue this interaction feels 2/3 weeks early. Just feels a little early to be this on the nose with April’s headgames and would’ve preferred a little more subtlety for a little while longer just like last week went. That said, perhaps it’s a case of needing to get where you’re going a little quicker, as I would imagine by judging your work thus far that you wouldn’t rush something on purpose. I’m enjoying this so far though, and as you mentioned in your feedback post on this, it’s a ‘normal’ type angle, rather than the cookie-cutter womens angles from this era. Victoria joining Molly and Gail to form a trio makes sense, and should help push Trish (and probably even Lita too) to get on Bischoffs case to sign April to help them even up the scores.


    That Steiner promo. LOL. Do NOT cut him loose. Please.


    Love the Survivor Series promo and the poster to boot. Shaping up to be a great show too.


    Some solid stuff in building to the World title match between Henry and Goldberg. Smart move on Teddys part to stack the odds in his favour by rounding up the jobbers, and keeping Goldbergs promo short and sweet was the best thing to do too. His booking has been pretty darn perfect in this thread. Some impressive feats from Goldberg here too during the match, and a bit of a Spear party too, lol.


    Kane helping Goldberg clean house just to get a piece of Goldberg to himself was brilliant, I felt. Gets to showcase Kane at his best too, and the slow build towards this collision between the two dominant forces gets cranked up now too. That’ll be a perfectly fine match for Survivor Series imo, and while it’ll hardly be pretty from a work rate perspective, the anticipation more than makes up for it. A first real challenge for Goldberg – or at least, the first time the outcome is in doubt since he won the belt.


    My goodness, these Steven Richards vignettes are so good. That footwear line had me in creases the first time I read it. A lot of fun.


    And … onto Smackdown.


    Very McMahon heavy show, but for good reason, and probably will be the last one for a long time. The Heyman tease felt really off and awkward I thought, and I was left scratching my head over that one until the end of the night. At the time reading this, I thought this was some odd bait and switch for the sake of a wink-wink to the people of 2018 reading this, knowing Heyman was appointed in real life. Obviously, it all made sense at the end of the night, but for a moment, you really had me scratching my head as to why you’d throw that tease in there.


    On a similar note, the McMahon promo didn’t quite fit for me, with his top ten rundown feeling kind of bland. Again though, by the end of the night, this all suddenly made a lot more sense in the grand scheme of things. Regal as the new GM is an absolutely perfect choice, especially seeing as he wasn’t able to work at this point. Always loved his run as Commissioner and his later GM run in 2008 was good stuff too. I’ve every faith you’ll give us plenty of entertainment with Regal here. Very excited.


    After all the video packages and the hype behind what the Iron Man matches take out of guys, with no one ever being the same etc, my big hope was that you’d either keep Angle and Lesnar both off TV to sell the impact of the match, or keep them in non-wrestling roles this week. Obviously, Angle looks like a badass by wanting to go again, but I feel it takes a little of the gloss off all the hype that went into putting over the toll the sixty minutes has on a guy by putting Angle back in a match already. You did a great job of having those injuries and fatigue play a part during his match with Taker later, but for me, the aftermath of the Iron Man match could’ve been pushed much harder by not having either guy in a match at all this week.


    I loved the call back to Vince’s previous “injury” by having him suspect he’d broken his ribs after the Angle Slam. Regals explanation to Show was pretty good, and shows just how calculating Regal can be, keeping Show onside for the time being. Given what ended up coming at the end of the night, Vinces interaction with Regal when advising him was really kind of bittersweet really. Looking back on it, knowing what I know now, it actually makes me feel kind of sad for Vince in the end. Which is weird, as he’s someone that shouldn’t get any sympathy, considering what he’s just done recently to his own daughter.


    I was a big fan of the idea of the ‘Brock Lesnar Appreciation Night’ idea, and especially so – again – due to how this show ended. Felt like Lesnar killing Hulkamania and him beating Taker in HIAC should’ve been included in the stand-alone videos though rather than just as highlights in the closing segment video. MASSIVE thumbs up for the use of Queen.


    Vince resigning as Chairman in order to apply for a managers licence?? I hated this prospect at first. But … as things panned out, it all made sense … just as everything else did. As I’ve kind of alluded to in my feedback, it took until this segment for a lot of what came before on the show to finally click. The Heyman cameo wasn’t just some weird nod to the readers of the thread, and reading back over his earlier dialogue you actually worded everything Heyman said perfectly. He never insinuated he was going to be GM and never even actually hinted at that. The clues were all there, and I certainly didn’t catch on at that time. It was all actually really well done in the end.


    Going back to Vince stepping down, that’s such a major compliment to Lesnar. For Vince to give up all his power just to want the opportunity to manage Lesnar is the ultimate way to put the guy over. For all the guys that have come and gone and Vince to see so much in Brock that he’d give away all his power is a massive statement. I think that’s why I actually felt for McMahon in the end. That he held all this power for so long, and to end up being completely emasculated by the end of the show, bullied out of the ring, powerless to prevent it, and forced out by the guy he gave it all up for. Very poetic. Bit like an anti-ending to any romance film I guess, lol.


    It’s a perfect write off for Vince too, and you’ve left enough of the door open that if you so wish, you could easily bring him back later down the line, either trying to regain control, or just simply returning with it – it wouldn’t be a convoluted thing at all. Really smart, actually, imo.


    Heymans promo was great, and as a big fan of his, I’m all for you brining him back on board as Lesnars manager. The explanation of their reunion works for me too, with Heyman seeing the error of his ways. They’re a perfect fit, so you cant go wrong. Closing with the wild brawl was okay, as it sets up the Smackdown main event for Survivor Series, and whilst I like the idea of Lesnar and Heyman throwing out the challenge of the four way, from a logic stand point, it only works if it’s an elimination match, where he’s in control of his destiny. Why would Lesnar want to put himself in a one fall match where he doesn’t need to be involved to lose the title? That’s my only issue with the end of the show. Plus; it’s Survivor Series. If you cant have an elimination match there, where can you!?


    Right behind the main event picture, it was another big night for Cena. Surviving the odds in that fatal four way was big in itself, but hearing Eddie put him over as legit when talking to Chavo puts more attention on this growing star and his later attack on Eddie was pretty bad ass, whilst his follow up promo was the type of promo you’d expect from a main eventer. Really solid star making stuff happening with Cena at the minute.


    As for that four way, it’d be remiss of me to just bypass that action. Some really good stuff, and it made sense for the trio of challengers to team up considering they’d just been teaming together at No Mercy. The 619/German/SSP trifecta was insane. Made sense then that Rey and Kidman turned on Benoit before the partners turned on each other to allow the match to turn into a true “every man for himself” type story. Kidman eating the fall was the right thing too. Benoit feels too important to be losing anything other than ‘big’ matches at this point, and Rey is higher on the totem pole than Kidman. I think with Regal being in the GM role, he’ll be able to help the transition for Cena toward being the edgy face and could be a really good foil for Cena’s character in the coming months. Vince making a point to Regal to tell him to make sure Cena goes the way he needs him to all but confirms Regal will be heavily involved with Cena going forward.


    Another home run with the Matt Hardy involvement on this show. Pairing him with Los Guerreros was always going to be a recipe for fun and games, and you didn’t disappoint with some lying, cheating and stealing. Absolute highlight was that commercial. That was genius, and I especially loved the dig at Zach Gowen and the ‘minimum’ four limbs. So those with five still get a shot at being an MF’er. Some other really solid gems in here too, such as the ‘book not yet written’ disclaimer and Shannon being completely crippled by stage fright (I’m assuming) in front of the camera. At this point, I’m hoping there IS a future new recruit to Mattitude to boost this stable even further. Maybe some muscle to back Matt up??


    The match with Los Guerreros was a lot of fun too, and a nice change of pace for Eddie after the loss at No Mercy to try and get his groove back. Matt getting angry with Eddie for playing it straight against Shannon but cheating against him was great, and Los Guerreros dipping into their bag of tricks to win the match was all good, entertaining stuff to read.


    Kyodai Siniestro is a bit of a mouthful, but it’s a name that’ll probably grow on me, and I always appreciate bookers giving teams and stables actual names. Dawn Maries promo was solid too, introducing Juvi to the WWE audience, and I loved Michael Cole flat out refusing to interview them. Funaki and Ultimo Dragon getting a bit of spotlight is nice to see, and Dragon looking strong here works for me to set him up as a potential next contender for the CW title whilst Noble tries to find his smile. The problem might be trying to sell the possibility of Tajiri losing, as I don't see that happening, so there’s probably some work to be done in selling Dragon as a real threat, as opposed to just being the next challenger off the conveyor belt.


    FBI beating London and Kendrick was a surprise initially, but ultimately, they’ve been on the losing end of pretty much every juncture in this issue, so they had to win somewhere before being seen as just jobbers. At least now, London and Kendrick have something to overcome, and maybe there’s a story there with London and Kendrick improving as a team the more they pair up.


    I get a bit of a feeling we’re looking at the end of the APA here, losing out to the Bashams again. I don’t see them eventually getting the better of the new team either. They feel like a tired act at this point, and there’s probably a lot more mileage in heading down the JBL route with Bradshaw. That said, the Bashams (sort of?) stealing it again – albeit by running the APA into each other – makes me believe there’s at least one more match coming, probably with some kind of tornado rules or maybe a bar room brawl situation where a referee doesn’t matter and there’s no twin magic the Bashams can pull.


    Overall, two really good shows as always, but especially Smackdown, coming off No Mercy. Obviously, with the situation surrounding Vince, that would always make it a much more newsworthy show, but I’m excited now for Smackdown moving into the Regal Era, with the McMahons all now written off TV for the time being.
    On the IC Title match feeling Attitude-era like: That was certainly an inspiration for me. I really miss that sense of urgency and “anything can happen”

    On keeping Angle/Brock off TV to sell the Iron Man: Yeah, I can see your point. I think the unfortunate thing is that there’s only 4 weeks to Survivor Series, so it all has to count. Especially as I needed Brock for the whole Vince thing to happen.

    On the Fatal Fourway needing to be an elimination match: There’s more to come on this on the next edition of Smackdown.

    On Matt’s commercial: Glad it went down well. As I’ve said before, he’s such a blast to write for. This was one of the rare times where an idea popped in to my head on the drive back from work and I had to write it down straight away. The thought of Shannon getting stage fright cracked me up for some reason.

    On the Bashams ‘stealing’ another victory: While they definitely did steal one, the APA kind of don’t have anyone to blame but themselves. The story I’m trying to tell is the Bashams are just better at playing the rules than the APA, even if that means bending them when no-one can tell. The Bashams realised using the chair would be a mistake, so they didn’t. The APA, however, didn’t get that decision right, and it cost them. I don’t see the Bashams as “cheaters” as much as I do “resourceful”.


    Quote Originally Posted by Stojy View Post
    Opening the show with a gloating Vince McMahon was pretty much ALWAYS going to happen considering everything that happened at No Mercy. Even the difference in the bright, joyful suit he was wearing was quite a nice touch. Tazz sucking up made me laugh as well. The list of 10 moments from Vince was pretty good, and Stacy Keibler being higher then getting married is awesome. Heyman interrupting to talk up Brock and not be the GM was a little weird, but something has to be up with the smirk at the end… Otherwise Heyman would never bow down so easily. Regal being the actual GM is something I’m okay with, as Regal is always enjoyable as hell in an authority figure role. Kurt wanting a rematch makes sense and I thought the hobbling and what not sold the iron man match quite well. Angle/Taker tonight is HUGE and Kurt hitting one final Angle Slam on Vince here was a nice moment as well. Overall a pretty fun start to the show, although the Heyman thing makes me think we’ve got plenty more big stuff to come.

    Big time opening match for the show as well with a four way US Title match. I thought you utilised some multi man spots really well, with the German Suplex/Samoan Drop one being my favourite. The faces all teaming up throughout made for an enjoyable contest as well. As expected though, Cena gets a HUGE, clean win to continue his rise to stardom. No hard feelings afterwards was a nice change of pace to what we usually see as well. Very good stuff, well written match.

    I feel so sorry for that EMT who is constantly tortured by McMahon although it makes for some fun viewing. McMahon and Show being pissed at Regal, only for William to have quite a smart plan was done well, and puts over the cunning nature of Regal on the first night of his job. The Show/Regal dynamic could be interesting based off of this, good stuff.

    Eddie being down in the dumps a little makes sense and Chavo trying to snap him out of it was fine. However this was another AWESOME Matt Hardy performance. The abuse of Shannon Moore continues to be terrific and calling Chavo a subordinate was bloody brilliant. Eddie agreeing to Mattitude but then writing I lied and stealing the pen was hilarious. Standard Guerrero stuff and some more Hardy brilliance.

    Dawn’s explanation for the debut of Juventud was basically what I expected it to be. She’s found another talent to join herself and Tajiri. Being annoyed at not getting an interview is a fair enough point, and Funaki wanting to fight instead of interview was a neat way of setting up an impressive win for Juventud. Aftermath with Ultimo Dragon getting involved was interesting, and a smart way to keep these guys busy whilst Noble is away.

    I think I mentioned in my No Mercy feedback that I actually agree with quite a bit of what WGTT are saying. Have Rey and Kidman really earned a tag title shot? I personally don’t think so, they have really had Benoit help them with their big win. Anyway, solid enough interview here hyping next week’s title match. If we get a tag title match next week and Cena/Eddie rematch, in ring action will be huge.

    I thought this Angle/Undertaker segment was very clever. Firstly the tension building felt very natural and was a pleasure to read, but secondly, it shows that Regal’s plan is ALREADY working.

    A well booked match here with The FBI getting a cheap victory, but London and Kendrick don’t lose anything in the way they lost. I completely expect this to continue from here, but this was a nice step for the angle.

    LMAO the Mattitude recruitment drive is in full effect. Commercial was absolutely awesome, this had me in stitches. Shannon Moore’s role was quite entertaining as well.

    McMahon laying down the law to Regal in regards to which wrestler is on what side was pretty interesting. John Cena being on the fence is an intriguing one, because If Regal does all the interacting with Cena now, perhaps they can get him on side after all. Otherwise, Regal and Cena could have some hilarious segments together.

    LOVED this match between Matt and Moore and the Guerrero’s. Eddie’s lying, cheating and stealing was on point and the highlight pretty much from the beginning. The interacting with Matt asking why Eddie wasn’t cheating on Shannon was brilliant as well. All around good stuff, and it’s important for Eddie to look good ahead of his rematch…

    Speaking of which, Cena’s attack and mic work were fine. Looking forward to the match taking place next week.

    Just want to a throw a line now that Brock Lesnar appreciation night best of moments has been a nice touch throughout the show.

    The Bashams pick up ANOTHER win over The APA, which I didn’t necessarily expect. This one opens a new narrative though as Bradshaw and Simmons had a miscommunication which resulted in the loss. I wonder if there is more to that or it’s just a bit of a slump… I’ll be watching this space.

    LOL at Vince forcing Regal to get the partying Brock Lesnar.

    Holy crap. Angle/Taker was an absolute wild brawl and an action packed six minutes. I loved it. I especially thought that finishing sequence towards the end of the match was a really nice tough, with constant reversals and what not. Big Show beating the hell out of both of them makes sense in the long run though. And the Chokeslam through the announce table and through Undertaker would have been brutal. Epic stuff.

    I have to be honest whilst the landscape of Smackdown has changed massively with this final segment, mainly for the good, I wasn’t a complete fan of the execution. Something was clearly up with Brock and Heyman becoming Brock’s manager again is terrific. LOVE that idea, and even the more determined Lesnar taking care of Show, and then they challenge all three men to Survivor Series? From that stand point, it was awesome.

    My issue is with the Vince McMahon stuff. Vinnie Mac loves power and I can see him getting a managerial licence on top of his Chairman duties, but I just can’t, under any situation, see him be willing to forfeit his Chairman duties. It worked for the scenario you were going for, but I just found it very hard to buy in which did sour the segment for me somewhat. I’m not sure how you could have done this better, but it just didn’t work for in terms of this particular aspect.

    Still, the above issue aside, I’m happy with how Smackdown looks now and am excited for future shows.

    A VERY GOOD show here mate. So much happened, was a little longer than normal but I’m fine with that. Smackdown is a different show now and even though I didn’t completely get behind the ending, I still appreciate it for what it has done to change the show. Good work, looking forward to Regal being in charge by himself next week.
    On whether the Filthy Animals deserve a title shot: Yeah, I think it’s a fair question, and intentionally so. As I’ve said before, I don’t want to write caricatures, so I’ve tried to write this angle so both sides have a point. Rey & Kidman are doing well and seem to have the champions number… but you can’t say that they definitely deserve the belts more than, say, the Bashams. In a way, they’re both right, it’s just WGTT are going about it in a shitty way by jumping the Animals from behind and using Vince as a way of avoiding defending the belts, whereas the Animals are plugging away trying to get opportunities. At least, that’s the intention.

    On Matt getting annoyed that Eddie didn’t cheat with Shannon: I’m glad that moment was noticed. Like I’ve said, Matt’s a joy to write for, and the thought that everyone else likes Shannon and treats him well except for Matt feels like too good an opportunity to pass up.

    Quote Originally Posted by ranthellacious View Post
    Don't think I forgot about this buddy. No Mercy. 60 Minutes. I'm all in.

    Hell of a way to start the show. I really enjoyed Benoit and Kidman both leaping to the outside to start things off. Big win for the good guys to kick off the night, though I am curious as too why Benoit took the victory instead of Mysterio or Kidman, as it could have led to them getting a shot, but I'll wait and see how it plays out.

    Jesus never thought I'd see Noble as a face. Not sure it works for me but it is what it is. Tajiri, Juventud and Dawn is certainly interesting. I feel like I have to go back and reread some stuff leading up to this event cause this whole match just confuses the shit outta me haha. That's what my dumbass gets for taking time away from the forum!

    Four way for the united states championship!?! Awesome.

    Classic Taker. Confident as ever.

    Gotta say. Love the way you went about the McMahon rivalry. Doing away with the whole father daughter I quit match. This is a much better direction to go. Good match. Went the way I thought it would (not a bad thing) with it looking like Undertaker had it won, and then got screwed. What I did not see coming was both Brock and Kurt having an appearance in ring before the main event. I can see what Wolf meant when he said that it made it seem like an episode of Smackdown, with the Iron Man match looming you think they would both be in the zone, prepping in the back. I'm getting off topic. Good match, between two hall of fame caliber superstars. You can bet Undertaker is coming for revenge on them all, maybe in the Iron Man...

    Love that you are giving Cena the push for gold early. He started off the year so strong (Vs Brock for the championship at Backlash, and taking on Taker at Vengeance) so he was ready for it around this point and I'm happy with it. Aaaaaaaaand He won! Awesome finish to the match with Cena picking Guerrero off the top rope for the FU. Great visual. Very big win. Gotta believe Eddie is entitled to a rematch, but with Cena's first Smackdown as champ having such a massive championship defense already booked, I can't wait to see what you do with his reign.

    Tale of the tape! Very nice touch to follow a great Angle promo.

    Ha! Loved Big Show coming out to get involved, only to get chased out by Undertaker.

    60 minutes. It's what we came to see. Loved Kurt out-"wrestling" Brock at the start of the match. Brock eventually using his strength was inevitable, losing the first fall didn't matter in the grand scheme of things. Up 3 - 1, then out of nowwhere Kurt tied it up! Brock losing it and putting Kurt through the table was great. Fuck, right down to it I didn't know who was gonna take it. I was like a kid watching, waiting for Brock to tap. Excellent main event. Worth the hype.

    After Unforgiven (which was very good) being so close to the actual card, I was very excited to see where you went with No Mercy, being able to basically build the card from scratch and you did not disappoint. Great event, with really only the Noble Tajiri stuff being a miss for me(which is my own fault for falling behind haha).
    On the Noble angle: Lol! I can understand how, without context, it might be hard to get what the hell is going on! As a quick summary – Tajiri aligned with Dawn Marie and she got him to open up a darker side of himself. To demonstrate that, he sprayed black mist in the eyes of Nidia, blinding her. That’s left Jamie on a path of rage, building to No Mercy… where he lost, and blamed himself for not getting Nidia justice. So he walked away…

    He hasn’t played a face that often, granted, but based on his ROH work in ’05 (I think) he has it in the locker IMO. He’s a hell of a talent, and hopefully forced to deal with his girlfriend being injured like this can help get him over in that way.

    On Cena winning the belt earlier: I agree, I think he was ready this early. I could have had him win at Mania like he did IRL, but I want to forge my own path, and now seemed a good a time as any. Plus Big Show’s reign sucked, and I wanted to skip that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Deco90 View Post
    So, I'm a little embarrassed that I'm only now getting the chance to check out your work mate but after reading your work in the King of the Booker tournament which was amazing- I had too! So I'm going start with No Mercy and then hopefully carry on from there in the coming weeks.

    Before I review the show. As a first time reader I massively appreciated the breakdown of your roster and it allowed a newcomer like myself to get a little up to speed and a feel for what's going on, and how each character is doing so here we go!

    No Mercy 2003 thoughts/review:

    - Great opening package! I'm a sucker for those extra details and creativity. To me that makes a massive difference and immediately it builds up hype and excitement. Good working with the commentary team early on as well mentioning the Championships on the line and off course the McMahon vs McMahon match.

    - Really good opening contest with some nice spots in the match. Been a long while since I read a "BTB" with Benoit involved but I have no issue with that at all in this time period and his alliance with Rey & Kidman was cool. Good match.

    - Nice promo from Vince with the cool visual image of Brock & Big Show stood towering behind him.

    - Tajiri seems to be quite the heel in your Universe and I'm cool with that. Damn! Noble had the victory in sight and then the debut of Juve' and it's taking away from him just like that. Pretty cool nearly moment and underdog story here with Jamie Noble.

    - Nice promo from Steph McMahon this time with Taker. Huge announcement for the Fatal Four Way as well. That should be sweet. Really liked the Undertakers confidence as well but I don't feel so confident. Vince always finds a way, somehow, someway.

    - Here we go! McMahon vs McMahon! Big Show vs The Undertaker! Loved the vignette before the match. Good match and just like that.. Vince finds a way! Brock Lesnar completely changes the outcome of the match and Steph has to quit. Damn. Cool little ending segment with Steph to leave on high by stunning Vince.

    - BLOODY HELL! Chavo getting thrown through the window by Cena & A-Train was brutal. Hell of an image. Eddie seething as expected and promises to destroy John Cena in the match upcoming! Really liked the Cena promo and took me back to my favourite time period for Cena when he was running with that gimmick. "Get out my face before I set my Wookie on ya" Haha! That killed me. Brave man turning down Vince McMahon.

    - AND NEW, UNITED STATES CHAMPION! Good match! Great ending with Cena reversing and scoring the victory with the FU! Excited to see how Cena does with the US Championship and what's next for both him and Eddie Guerrero.

    - This match should be AWESOME! Angle vs Brock, 60 Minute Iron Man Match! Absolute money. I liked the Angle promo before the match and the tale of the tape was a nice touch as well. Hated that Show/Vince appeared but the arrival of Taker cutting them off and fighting them back was really cool. One on One classic is what everybody wants here and I'm excited! Kudos man! That match was fantastic. I literally couldn't tell which way it was going and the fact that Brock went a couple up and then Angle was chasing was really cool and suited the situation so well. The ending literally had me gripped and I could visualise a clock in my head with Brock screaming but him not tapping out. So damn good man. Well done! Brock retains and I'm totally fine with that.


    Overall - Great show mate. I can see why you're rated so highly on this forum Keef and it's absolutely deserved. I enjoyed reading your work and I'm definitely hoping to continue that on going forward.
    On you reading and reviewing: Thanks so much! Really cool to see new people on the thread and I hope you continue to enjoy!

    On the roster breakdown: Good, glad that was useful for someone. I’ll keep doing it after each PPV in that case.

    On the opening package: I hear you on that. WWE does such awesome video packages (I think it might be one of the things they’re best at, actually), that I love having a go at them myself. It’s why I have the intro to PPvs, or the PPV hype on TV shows, or the individual segments like the Matt Hardy commercial from last Smackdown.

    On Big Show and ‘Taker at the start of the Iron Man: I can see why people didn’t love that, but honestly, it was a necessary evil for me to ensure that the Iron Man would be one-on-one. Given the nature of the rivalry up to that point (it had always been something of a fourway feud with Taker and Show included) that there had to be a storyline reason to not have them interfere in my eyes. And an interference would have lessened the match I think.

    Which leads me to...

    On Vince

    I appreciate that I went out on a limb here, kind of like with the whole Hunter/Brock stuff, so not surprised it’s divided opinion like that did.

    Essentially, my goal has always been to ease Vince out, as well as the rest of the McMahons. By late 2003 I think everyone had McMahon fatigue and they were taking up too much time. I could have just had Vince take a step back, but that wouldn’t have felt particularly rewarding for me. What felt more interesting was essentially killing the Mr McMahon character and finishing his story, which at this point had been going on for 6 years. Plus I wanted to use it as a way of getting someone over.

    One option would have been to have him lose some kind of stip match, but he’d already lost one at Fully Loaded ’99 and came back, which means it wouldn’t have carried much weight. So I was left with an angle.

    Without being a complete douche about it, what appealed about this approach was there could be an element of Shakespearian tragedy to it. His story was he went from a normal announcer/owner, to someone who screwed over one guy for a totally rational reason (Bret), to screwing someone for a less rational, more personal reason (Austin), to screwing everyone and anyone just to get his own way. Through it all he used and manipulated anyone he could. Foley, Taker, Rock, Triple H, Shane, Steph, Angle, even Austin himself, were all Vince flunkies that he used until he didn’t want them anymore and discarded them. He always put himself above the people he was aligned with.

    But in this story, Vince finally stands on the top the world and he lets his guard down, and gets complacent. For the first time he finds someone he is willing to put above himself and make a big star, and that person totally stabs him in the back and leaves him out on his arse. That, to me, is the perfect end of the Mr McMahon character.

    While the whole manager bit might seem a little odd, and I agree with Stojy to a degree that it’s unlike him to give up power like that, in my head I see it that he wouldn’t have been allowed to manage Brock and be owner. Maybe the board of directors would overrule it. I always imagined he had to report to someone, even as owner, which is why he didn’t just fire everyone he disliked or just hand people belts without them winning them in the ring.

    Of course, none of this is to say that what I did was right or that I disagree with any of the feedback, but wanted to explain the logic behind I went with the direction I did.

    Appreciate this all sounds very pretentious for a fantasy booking scenario on a website, but I’m nothing if not a giant nerd when it comes to these kind of things.

    Thanks all for the feedback. Having some internet issues over the last few days but hoping to be able to post Raw later this week.

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    Good opening segment with Vince, Heyman, Regal and Angle. Interesting move going for Regal as GM and a nice change from real life. Regal is so great in a pompous, snivelling, kick-ass heel way that he should be a great pick if you can do with his character what you do with so many others. Vince going through a list of memorable moments is classic Vince for this time period.

    Enjoyable opening match for the title. Cena was always likely to retain, but it's a solid first defence and an exciting match.

    Really enjoyed the segment with Vince and the EMT.

    As usual, thoroughly enjoyed Matt Hardy here with Eddie, Chavo and Shannon. He really is great comic material here. And, such a little thing like Eddie taking Matt's pen and it playnig in to their match later on is the kind of thing you sadly don't see anymore.

    I like having London and Kendrick losing to FBI in only London's second week. In real the new guy would likely keep picking up wins, so it's nice to see something that makes more sense.

    The Mattitude advert! Great stuff. Loved it.

    Neat match between Mattitude and the Guerreros. It was more about an expected win for Eddie leading to an attack by Cena to help further fuel their feud.

    Clever stuff in the Basham match, you really have been building these guys well.

    Interesting that the main event should be a draw after 6 minutes. On one hand, it's great to see a proper match between two of the best, but no issue with it being cut short as it's all part of building to Survivor Series here.

    I'm not sure what to make of the closing segment. It's definitely cool and interesting, but I certainly wasn't expecting it. Vince stepping down as Chairman to become a manager only to end up without a job is very intriguing. Vince will obviously be back in some form, and probably quite soon, but it is something different that could really build to something good, so I'm all for it.

    Great show as always.

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    I liked what I read from No Mercy. It was a good starting point to get me thrown into things, especially on the SD side. It really soaked me in, a few things I didn't like aside, but I must admit, I've been disappointed more than satisfied since then overall.

    My biggest complaint is that I just feel there's too much going on, if that makes any sense. On RAW, there was WAAAY too much Evolution beat downs, it just felt like it kept going over and over and over again. It became redundant, and it lost its effectiveness. Which honestly, perfectly sums up my whole problem right now. There is too much going on that you're trying to hype up so big, that nothing is coming across as important as it should, in my opinion. The Evolution/Bischoff v. Austin totally overshadowed the hype you should've had around the Goldberg/Mark Henry World Title fight and set up for Goldberg/Kane. It's just like, slow down man. On this one episode of RAW you had a lot of good things going on - Goldberg v. Mark Henry for the World Title, the constant Evolution stuff, the EXCELLENT Dudley Boyz segment in the ring with Evolution, Booker T returning for the IC Title match and winning - but it's just all getting lost. I don't think you should be having the World Title match before the IC Title. If you want a big Booker return, do it on a different week than Goldberg v. Mark Henry with the Kane attack. Space things out, so your things you want to feel important, feel important.

    This was the same problem I had with No Mercy. I don't understand how you can have a match that determines Stephanie McMahon's job as Smackdown GM on the line and not be the headline of the show. That just is something I struggled with, especially when it's Vince McMahon centric as well. You were able to do a good enough job masking that by the EXCELLENT Iron Man match, both in terms of your writing and booking. I thought the ending was excellent, not going with the trope of the last second tap out to force OT was so refreshing.

    Smackdown was another show that just felt like it was 2-4 segments too long. It ran on and on and on, to the point that I just was losing interest. While the Matt Hardy/Shannon Moore stuff was good, is there really a need for them to be in 4 different segments? It's over saturation. Even the Vince McMahon arc was over saturated. I LOVED how things came full circle with McMahon from start of show to end - gloating about being on top, his whole 10 memorable moments thing (which was ace), to ending up eating humble pie and walking away with nothing. While the whole storyline makes absolutely no sense - Vince McMahon would NEVER throw away his Chairman status just to manage Brock Lesnar; he's the Chairman, he can do both, just look at The Corporation - it was a nice come full circle moment. But again, just like RAW, you've done too much. Big Show taking out both Taker and Angle and Taker going through the table is a good enough end to Smackdown, but it becomes such an afterthought like it never even happened. You have this great Vince McMahon eats humble pie moment, and Paul Heyman gets to throw it all in his face... but even THAT ends up being second fiddle then to having Big Show, and Angle, and freaking Taker coming back out to get into it again. Why is Taker coming back out literally minutes after getting Chokeslammed through an announcer's table? Just too much going on.

    Don't take the overly negative feedback as me thinking this is not good quality. The quality is clear as day. But you're trying to do too much in a small window, that it's having a paradoxical effect on things. Hopefully it can get fixed moving forward, as there's some things I do like about the two shows that I can totally get invested in on.

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    October 27th 2003
    Fayetteville, North Carolina


    We open to a recap video of last week. As EVOLUTION worked their way through SHAWN MICHAELS, ROB VAN DAM and THE DUDLEY BOYZ, it looked as though Team Bischoff member CHRISTIAN was going to get the night off from depending his Intercontinental Title. Instead, BOOKER T made his big return and, thanks to a small assist from SPIKE DUDLEY, won back the title he’d had to vacate several months ago.




    We hit the usual explosion of pyrotechnics and crowd shots, before finally settling on our announce team for the evening, Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler.

    "Hello, ev'rybody, and welcome to Monday... Night... Raw! I'm 'Good Ol' JR' Jim Ross, alongside Jerry 'The King' Lawler, and we are coming off a HELLACIOUS night last week here on Raw-"


    ”TIME TO PLAY THE GAME…”

    *** THE GAME ***


    ”But it looks like we’re not wastin’ any tahm in getting’ the show started!”

    After an initial pop, the crowd quickly return to their usual booing as TRIPLE H emerges from behind the curtain and on to the ramp, dressed in his wrestling gear. He goes through with his whole entrance, including water spit, but then calls for a microphone instead of getting ready for any action.

    ”Last week… was going so well,” he says. ”I have said… for a long… long… time… that Evolution… is the crown jewel in this business. I have said… that Evolution… will be the driving force behind getting Steve Austin gone from the WWE for good. And last week… we proved why we are everything I say we are.”

    The crowd boo.

    ”But then two men had to go and make a mistake. Booker T…” The crowd cheer the name of the new Intercontinental Champion. ”You may have gotten one over on Christian and Bischoff… but you made a mistake. You joining Team Austin for Survivor Series… you’ve just signed a death warrant. And I’m going to be your judge… jury… and executioner. You made a huge mistake, Booker… but not as big… as Spike Dudley.”

    The crowd pop for the mention of the little superstar who went looking for a fight with Evolution last week.

    ”Maybe you’re too stupid to understand, you little bastard… but what we did to your brothers last week… that was sending a message. You coming for us last week? You trying to take the fight to us? That tells me that you didn’t hear that message. Eric Bischoff has made it official for tonight… you… versus me. And know this, Spike… Evolution… will not be at ringside. I’m doing this on my own. I’m sending you a message. I’m sending your dumb brothers a message. I’m sending this entire company a message… you do not… mess with Triple H.”

    The crowd boo.

    ”But I’m not waiting until whenever our match is, Spike. You wanna come and fight me when my back is turned? I say you get your scrawny ass down to this ring… and we start this match… now.”

    ”I dunno if he can do this,” JR says. ”There’s an order of matches already assigned, and Spike versus Th’ Game ain’t ‘til later.”

    “What, you think Eric Bischoff’s going to tell Triple H that? If The Game wants the match now, Bischoff will find a way to make it happen!”


    ”Come on, you little coward,” Triple H says. ”You want a piece of me, then get out here, I’m not waiting-“


    *** OLLIE STALEFISH ***


    The crowd pop for the arrival of SPIKE DUDLEY, who marches down to the ring with little fear in his eyes… and CHAD PATTON is with him! Spike climbs in to the ring… and jumps on Triple H! He’s not waiting to get this one started!


    Triple H vs. Spike Dudley

    Spike mounts Triple H and sends a flurry of wild fists at the game, who can merely shove him away and get a little space… but Spike does it again! Triple H tosses him aside… but Spike comes back AGAIN! Spike’s not messing around!

    Triple H staggers back in to the corner as Spike wails on him from up high… so Triple H adjusts his body… and steps out from the corner, carrying spike… SPINEBUSTER!

    Triple H walks over… and places a foot on Spike’s chest!

    ONE…

    TW…


    Kick out!

    ”How arrogant of Triple H was that? Spike Dudley’s a former European and Hardcore Champ’n, show him some damn respect!”

    “He’s The Game, JR! Spike’s not on his level, and he’s letting him know that!”


    Triple H roughly pulls Spike up and holds him in a Headlock. Spike tries to free himself but Triple H has it locked in… and he’s smiling? Triple H is dominant, and he’s LOVING it! He wrenches on the neck, giving Spike little chance to move… but he releases his left hand… and slaps Spike across the top of the head! He shoves him away and laughs.

    ”Do you get it yet, little man? You’re not in my league!”

    Spike sighs… and charges at Triple H! He leaps at him… and drives his head in to Triple H’s midsection! Triple H falls back, so Spike grabs him by the neck… DUDLEY DOG!

    NO!
    Triple H holds him up in the air… AND LAUNCHES HIM TO THE OUTSIDE!

    Spike lands with a splat on the mats, so Chad Patton starts to count him out.

    ”No!” Triple H says. ”Not like this. You count him out… and you’re gone from this company. You hear me?”

    Patton, knowing Triple H has Bischoff in his pocket, backs away with his hands in surrender and stops his count. Triple H follows Spike out and pulls him off the mats… he lifts him up… and drops him neck first on the ring apron! He pulls him up again… and whips him in to the steel steps! The Game is punishing the littlest Dudley!

    Hunter throws Spike back in the ring and, again, places a foot on his chest.

    ONE…

    T…


    Spike kicks out again!

    ”What are you doing, Spike?” Triple H calls down to him. ”You know this doesn’t end well for you.”

    Spike scrambles back to his feet, cradling his neck… and waves Triple H on! He wants to keep going!

    Triple H shrugs and walks over to Spike. He reaches out for him… but Spike dives under his arms… and unleashes a flurry of punches to The Game’s stomach! Triple H pushes him away, but he’s rattled… he charges… straight in to a Dropkick! The Game falls in to the corner, so Spike runs over at him… and tramples all over him! He waits for Triple H to get up, so he jumps up to the second rope… Tornado DDT! Spike makes the cover…

    ONE…

    TW…


    Kick out! But Hunter’s pissed! He charges at Spike… but Spike sidesteps him! The Game goes in to the turnbuckle, so Spike rolls him up in a School Boy…

    ONE…

    TWO…


    Triple H kicks out! He gets to his feet and swings, but Spike ducks under… Crucifix Pin!

    ONE…

    TWO…


    Another kick out! Triple H gets to his hands and knees… and Spike hooks him… in to an Oklahoma Roll!

    ONE…

    TWO…


    Kick out again! They both get to their feet…

    HUGE LARIAT FROM TRIPLE H! That killed Spike’s momentum DEAD!

    ”That’s it, you son of a bitch! You’re finished!”

    The Game pulls Spike up and looks for the Pedigree…

    … but Spike drops to his knees and trips Triple H… Jacknife Roll!

    ONE…

    TWO…

    THR…


    KICK OUT!

    They’re both back on their feet, so Spike grabs Triple H by the neck again, looking for the Dudley Drop… but Triple H shoves him in to the turnbuckle! Spike’s staggered, so Triple H bounces off the ropes… High Knee Strike! Spike goes down, so Triple H hits the ropes again… Jumping Knee Drop! He makes the cover…

    ONE…

    TWO…

    T…


    KICK OUT! Spike’s still going!

    Perhaps not for long, though. Triple H pulls him up and shoves him between his legs… and poses! He wants the Pedigree!

    But Spike wriggles out and grabs Hunter by the neck… he runs up the ropes… DUDLEY DOG! HE HITS IT! Spike makes the cover…

    ONE…

    TWO…

    THRE…


    KICK OUT! TRIPLE H KICKED OUT OF THE DUDLEY DOG!

    Spike can’t believe it! He thought he had a pinfall victory over Triple H!

    The chance is still there, though, and he knows it. He grabs Triple H off the mat again and holds his neck…

    ANOTHER DUDLEY DOG!

    NO!
    Triple H twists… IN TO A NECKBREAKER OFF THE TOP ROPE! HUGE IMPACT!

    Triple H wastes no time, though… he pulls Spike up and between his legs…

    PEDIGREE!

    He makes the cover…

    ONE…

    TWO…

    THREE!


    Winner: Triple H in 5:58


    ”What an effort bah Spike Dudley!” JR yells.

    ”To hell with Spike, JR! Triple H was the winner!”

    “I know he was, and full credit to him, but Spike gave him a hell of a contest, there!”


    Chat Patton raises Triple H’s arm, but he isn’t interested. He snatches it away and stares the referee from the ring, and looks down furiously at the effort he made him go through with. He’d come in expecting an easy win to assert his dominance over the roster, and Spike gave him more of a match than he could have anticipated.

    As Spike regains consciousness, Triple H grabs him by the arm and pulls him to his feet… and shakes his hand?! Triple H… showing respect?

    ”Well, would’ya look at that!” JR says. ”Nevah in mah life did I think I’d see Triple H-“

    Triple H cheapshots Spike! JR hadn’t even been able to finish his sentence!

    He pulls Spike up… ANOTHER PEDIGREE! And yet he’s STILL not done!

    The Game rolls to the outside and heads under the apron… where he pulls out a sledgehammer!

    ”What in th’ hell is this?!” JR yells. ”Just what in th’ hell is Triple H thinkin’?! What kinda evil?! What did Spike to t’ deserve this?! It was a damn wrestlin’ match and Th’ Game won, damn it! What is his problem?!”

    “It’s about sending a message, JR!”

    “Message, my ass, King! This is evil!”


    The Game climbs back in the ring and holds his sledgehammer tightly in his hands, waiting for Spike to get to his feet…

    .. when ROB VAN DAM leaps the barrier… and he’s got a steel chair!

    RVD in the ring… CHAIRSHOT TO TRIPLE H’S BACK! The Game drops the hammer and falls to his knees, so RVD waits for him… Triple H back to his feet… RVD throws the chair at him… but Triple H catches…

    VAN DAMINATOR!

    Triple H goes down!

    RVD, having taken out Triple H, sees the cameraman perched on the apron and walks over to him, staring straight down the lens.

    ”That’s one!” Van Dam says. ”Batista… Orton… Flair… Christian… Bischoff… I’m comin’ for you!”



    We cut backstage to where TRISH STRATUS is sat on the bench in her locker room. She’s fidgeting with her fingernails as she stares aimlessly ahead, until LITA walks in, snapping her out of her daydream. They high five.

    ”Hell, Trish, what’s going on?”

    “Nothing, all good.”


    Lita cocks a brow. ”You sure?”

    Trish lets out a small laugh. ”Yeah, I’m sorry. I’m good, really. I guess last week just bummed me out a bit, you know? I felt so good after we got one over on Gail and Victoria the other week, and by last week they’d worked out an even better plan and beat us in the ring. It’s just frustrating. I really wanna beat them.”

    “I hear you. Me too. I was off injured for too long for this BS.”

    “I know, I know. Maybe April was right last week, you know? Maybe we are too passive. Maybe we should play them at their game. Or, hell, maybe we should just ask Bischoff for a shot.”


    Lita mulls it over for a few moments. ”You really think Bischoff would give us more opportunities just because we asked for it?”

    “I don’t think it’d hurt. And if we gave him a reason to help us-“

    “No way, Trish. I’m not like that-“

    “I know, I know, I didn’t mean that. I just meant… maybe we could persuade him. Explain to him why we deserve a fair shot at Molly. And then, when we get it, make it count. No more excuses. What do you think?”


    Lita thinks it over again. ”I dunno… I understand what April’s saying… but she doesn’t know this place. She doesn’t know Bischoff. Shouldn’t we be true to who we are, rather than who some stranger thinks we should be?”

    “She’s not a stranger. She’s a friend. And I know she’s a bit full on, but she tends to be successful too. She gets what she wants. Maybe we should be a little more like her? It couldn’t hurt to at least go see Bischoff and try to explain to him, surely? What do we have to lose?”


    Lita shrugs. ”Whatever. If it’s important to you to try, then let’s go for it. I guess it couldn’t be any worse than it has been so far?”

    “Exactly. Come on, let’s do it.”


    Trish gets up and marches out of the room, beckoning Lita to follow.



    We cut backstage to where STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN is furiously pacing the corridors, looking for someone.

    ”HEY! Hey you!” he shouts, seeing someone. ”What th’ hell’re ya doin’ here?”

    He spin around to see ROB VAN DAM at the other end of the corridor, still holding the steel chair from earlier.

    ”What do ya think I’m doing, Steve?”

    “I thought you were out? Last I heard ya wouldn’t get clearance ‘til next week earliest?”

    “You think I give a damn about clearance? I don’t need clearance! I’ve been hurt before, and I’ll be hurt again. But Evolution, Christian, Jericho, Bischoff… they keep bringing the fight to me. They wanna jump me from behind over… and over… and over? Nah, man, that ain’t happening anymore. I don’t care whether it’s an official match or not… one by one… I’m getting my hands on them. They’re about to realise that they pissed off the wrong guy.”


    Van Dam storms off, leaving Austin alone.

    ”Damn, son,” Austin says, out of earshot of RVD. ”Din’t realise this’d light a fire under ya ass, but I like it…”



    We then move to the interview area, where Terri is stood by with THEODORE LONG, with an irate MARK HENRY behind him.

    ”Theodore, Mark, last week you challenged Goldberg for the World Heavyweight Title, and you came up short. Can you now accept Goldberg as the dominant force on Raw?”

    “Baby girl, ya must be trippin’,”
    Long says. ”Ya think last week proved anythin’? Nah, it ain’t like that, girl. Mizark here, he had Goldberg beat. But all those playas gettin’ involved… interferin’ in our bus’ness… it threw Mark off, playa! How is he ‘sposed t’ fight someone like Goldberg if five whiteboys keep gettin' in th’ ring an’ distractin’ him?”

    “You asked them to be there, though?”

    “At ringside, sure! They were jus’ ‘sposed t’ be keepin’ watch that Goldberg didn’t cheat like usual. But gettin' in the’ ring like that… nah, playa… I ain’t havin’ that. Typical white-ies tryin’a make it about them, ya feel me?”


    Terri looks to further question the excuse, but she’s cut off by the arrival of MAVEN, who stares down with Henry, then with Long.

    ”Enough, Teddy,” Maven says.

    ”It’s Theodore, pla-“

    “No, Teddy, enough. I’m sick of listening to you and your excuses. You manipulated a bunch of guys to help you out, and it backfired because Mark here just isn’t as good as Goldberg.”


    Henry gets in Maven’s face.

    ”You take that back, playa!” Long says.

    ”No. It’s true. There’s no shame being second best to Goldberg. Pretty much everyone else is, too. But you’re gonna need to stop embarrassing yourself and accept when you lose. Like when I beat Mark here a few weeks back…”

    Henry cheapshots Maven! He punches him until Maven falls to the floor, then Henry scoops him up and holds him across his chest… and charges him in to the concrete wall!

    ”That’s what ya get, playa!”

    Long and Henry walk off, happy with their work…

    ”HEY!” Maven shouts from the floor, clearly pained. ”Get back here!”

    Long and Henry shrug and return to the youngster, still sprawled on the floor.

    ”I want a piece of you,” Maven says. ”Enough with the cheapshots. Me and you, Henry… one-on-one. Face me in the ring like a man… then we’re see how tough you are.”

    Long and Henry exchange a look. ”Playa’s got guts, ya gotta give him that,” Long says.

    ”No… I don’t…” Henry says, and lifts him off the floor…

    WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM ON THE CONCRETE!

    Long nods, impressed at the viciousness of his client.

    ”Oh, Maven?” Henry growls. ”I accept.”



    *** GOLD LUST ***


    The screen transitions in to widescreen as GOLDUST walks out to a chorus of boos. As with last week, he’s carrying a gold-painted steel chair, with his name written on the back like a director, and carrying a camcorder on a tripod, which he uses to film the audience.

    ”Where here is one of th’ kookiest men I’ve evah seen in th’ WWE” JR says. ”There’s always been somethin’ not quite right with Goldust, but these last few weeks he’s gone ovah the deep end, King,”

    “He’d already gone over the deep end! He lives his life in the deep end!”

    “Be that as it may, I have t’ say I’m disappointed his team with Lance Storm din’t go anywhere. Those two had potential to tear up th’ ranks here on Raw, but Goldust put an end t’ that. So up next, we’re gonna see these two partners goin’ one on one!”


    Goldust finally reaches the ring and slithers along the mat on his stomach. He reaches the corner where he places his chair, and positions the camera so it films the ring as he waits for his opponent…


    Goldust vs. Lance Storm

    The former partners come together on the bell and look for the lock up… but Goldust pulls away… and caresses his chest! Mind games already from the Bizarre One! Storm tries not to react and looks for another lock up… but Goldust slides away! And Storm can’t contain his frustration any longer! He charges at Goldust… cheap shot from the Bizarre One!

    With Storm staggered, Goldust makes sure to rake his eyes and tackle him down to the mat, where he starts to pummel away at Storm’s face. After the mind games comes the brutality, as Goldust viciously dominates his former partner.

    It doesn’t last for long, however, as Storm fires up and battles back. He sends Goldust off the ropes… Back Body Drop! He climbs to the top as Goldust struggles up… Flying Crossbody off the top rope! Storm makes the cover and Mike Chioda drops to make the count…

    ONE…

    TWO…

    TH…


    Kick out! Goldust just got the shoulder up!

    Storm doesn’t waste time, though, instead getting back to his feet and lining Goldust up… Superkick!

    But Goldust reverses by ramming his shoulder in to Storm’s midsection… and driving him in to the turnbuckle! Over and over he drives his shoulder in, until he grabs Storm’s feet… and locks them over the second ropes… he’s looking for Shattered Dreams!

    He backs up and rubs his body as Time White pleads for him not to do it… Goldust charges… but Storm gets his feet up… and kicks Goldust in the face! Goldust staggers back, so Storm climbs out…

    Superkick!

    Goldust ducks… and Storm hits the referee!

    No! Storm put the brakes on at the very last second, so Mike Chioda turns away to avoid the contact…

    Goldust low blows Storm! And the referee didn’t see it!

    Goldust lifts him up… CURTAIN CALL!

    He makes the cover…

    ONE…

    TWO…

    THREE!


    Winner: Goldust in 5:02


    The crowd boo the bullshit decision as Goldust slithers away from Storm, stomach first across the mat, until he reaches the corner where his camera waits. He looks straight in to the lens…

    ”Weeee… are jussst… getting… started…”

    He pulls the golden painted steel chair from the corner of the ring and turns back to Storm. Mike Chioda tries to tell him to calm down, so Goldust swings at him, sending the referee running away lest he get taken out too. Goldust positions the camera right at Storm as he tries to get to his feet, Goldust poised…

    When VAL VENIS sprints out from the back!

    He slides in to the ring and at Goldust… the Bizarre One swings for him… Val ducks… off the ropes… Crossbody on to the chair on to Goldust! He mounts the man who attacked him last week and pummels away at him until Goldust shoves him away… they’re both up… rake to the eye from Goldust… then a low blow!

    Goldust grabs the chair, ready to waffle Venis with it…

    SUPERKICK FROM STORM!

    Goldust tumbles out of the ring!

    Storm rushes over to check on Val, both having saved the other from a psychotic Goldust attack, as Goldust pulls his camera out of the ring and backs up the ramp. He holds the camera up and films Storm and Val standing tall in the ring… and laughs?!



    We cut backstage to where TRISH STRATUS AND LITA are walking through the corridors. They eventually reach a door marked “ERIC BISCHOFF” and stop outside. Lita looks at Trish, looking for confirmation they’re definitely doing this, and Trish nods. Lita sighs and knocks on the door.

    Nothing.

    Lita knocks again…

    And eventually the door swings open, with ERIC BISCHOFF stood in the doorway. He’s on edge; not dishevelled, but clearly being interrupted from something.

    ”What do you two want?” he snaps.

    Trish and Lita exchange a look. ”What’s… going on?” Trish asks. ”What have you been doing?”

    “None of your damn business what I’ve been doing. My job. So are you going to explain why you’ve distracted me from it?”


    All of a sudden, APRIL HUNTER appears behind Bischoff.

    ”Trish!” she exclaims. ”I thought I heard you! How are you?”

    Lita and Trish look at each other again, confused as to why April and Bischoff would be in the same room behind closed doors.

    ”What are you doing, April?” Trish asks.

    ”Just talking to Eric about any job openings there might be here on Raw. Turns out he’s a very open-minded person…”

    Trish freezes, stunned, unsure how to react, while Lita looks physically sick.

    ”I still haven’t heard you explain why you’re here,” Bischoff says Lita and Trish.

    ”I… uh…” Trish stammers, still shocked at seeing her friend with Bischoff. ”I… I mean… we… we wanted to talk to you about… uh… about getting a shot at Molly’s title.”

    “Sorry, but no dice,”
    Bischoff says. ”Molly’s already defending her title tonight.”

    “Tell me you didn’t give Gail or Victoria a shot,”
    Lita buts in.

    ”Not exactly,” Bischoff says. ”The title shot tonight will be going to the newest member of the WWE Raw Women’s Division… Miss April Hunter.”

    Trish and Lita both look on shocked, and April awkwardly smiles.

    ”What the hell is this?” Lita exclaims. ”You’ve barely signed a contract and you’re getting a shot already? What the hell did you do to him?”

    “HEY!”
    Bischoff barks. ”You’re going to need to show me… and Miss Hunter… some more respect. April is now your colleague… and I’m still your boss. Don’t forget that.”

    “How can I, when I’m waiting for opportunities and you’re giving them out to people who do whatever it was you were doing behind there?”


    Bischoff laughs sidles up to Lita. ”You know… Lita… it’s none of your damn business what we were doing in my office.” He lightly wraps the end of Lita’s red hair around his finger. ”But if you decided to be a little less… aggressive… maybe some of those opportunities would come your way too…”

    THWACK! Lita NAILS Bischoff with a huge slap across the face!

    Bischoff palms his reddened face and begins to snarl. ”That was a mistake, Lita… that was-“

    April steps forward and eases Bischoff back to his room. “Big E, it’s okay… I’ll take care of this. Everyone’s just getting a little heated. Go get some ice for your cheek. I need to get ready for my match, okay?”

    Bischoff snarls again, then storms in to his office and slams the door behind him.

    Lita frowns at April. ”What… the hell… is going on?”

    April pauses. ”Well… good news… I got the job.”

    She laughs nervously, but the others don’t react.

    ”Oh, come on! Don’t tell me you two haven’t done things you’re not proud of to get ahead?”

    “Not that!”
    Trish finally says.

    April pauses again. ”I’m sorry, Trish, but what was ‘that’? I didn’t see you in the room, you don’t know what I did. And I don’t have to tell you what it was, either. Maybe I’d have liked to tell Eric to shove it like you both do so often, but you know what? I’ve now got a job… and I’ve also got a title shot… a title shot both of you were waiting so patiently for and not getting. I got it. No, not ideal how I did it, but I did. Don’t judge me… I didn’t judge you for not succeeding these last few weeks, did I? I did what I thought I had to… on my terms. I didn’t do anything I wasn’t comfortable with. But I met him halfway. Maybe you guys should do that a little more often too? I mean… slapping him? Is it any wonder he doesn’t give you opportunities?”

    Neither Trish or Lita reacts.

    ”Come on, guys!” she says. This is good! I have Bischoff in my pocket already! I’ve got a contract and a title shot and it’s day one. Think what I could get you guys-“

    “No,”
    Lita says. ”I don’t want it that way. I want it my way, or not at all. This isn’t for me. Congrats on your job, April.”

    Lita walks off, leaving Trish and April alone.

    ”I know you don’t agree,” April says, but Trish shrugs, disheartened. ”Look, it’s not what you think, okay. I’m not proud of myself, but I didn’t do anything horrific. Let’s put all this to one side, huh? We can talk about the ethics of it later. But I’ve got a title shot at Molly later. You’d still sooner I had the belt than her, right?”

    Trish shrugs again. ”I guess.”

    “Exactly! You’ll be there at ringside, right? I need backup with Gail and Victoria… but more than that… I want my friend with me in my first match. You’ll be there, right?”


    Trish finally smiles, if only a little. ”Of course I will. I’m sorry, I know you getting this job and a title shot is a big deal, and we all have to do what we have to do. I don’t mean to judge. Let’s forget about that and focus on the match. Imagine winning the title on your debut?”

    “God, can you imagine?”
    April grins. ”If I do, I swear to you, Trish… you get the first shot. I promise you that. You’ve earned it. Honestly, you’ve earned it more than me, and I do know that… but you know how it is.”

    “And Lita, too. She deserves a shot.”

    “Oh yeah, of course. Come on, let’s get ready for my match.”




    We head back to the ringside area…


    *** MY PEEPS ***


    The crowd boo the arrival of the former Intercontinental Champion CHRISTIAN. Despite normally posing his way to the ring, this time he storms down the ramp and grabs a microphone.

    ”I’m not wasting any time,” he says. ”And I’m not going to talk about that thief Booker T, who unfairly stole my title without having the decency to tell me he’d be challenging me in advance-“

    “What th’ hell is he talkin’ about?”
    JR says, ”Booker only got the shot ‘cos Christian an’ Evolution took out Van Dam!”

    ”So, now,” Christian continues, ”I’ve got nothing to say about him. Not yet, at least. The man I want to talk about is the man who claimed to be my best friend… right up until he hit me in the head with a steel chair last week… and cost me my… Inter-Christian-ental Title. So… Chris Jericho… get out here… and apologise… to me!”

    There’s a pause as the crowd await the appearance of the man formerly known as Y2J.

    ”Well, doesn’t this make a change?” a voice says over the sound system, and CHRIS JERICHO walks through the curtain without entrance music, as per the norm recently. He’s wearing black jeans, a plan white t-shirt and a black leather jacket, with his hair tied back in to a pony tail, looking about as non-descript and anti-corporate as he can. ”Christian complaining… who would have thought it?”

    “No, Chris,”
    Christian interrupts, as Jericho climbs in the ring, ”not today. You don’t get to do that whole thing with me today. You cost me my belt… and I want an apology.”

    Jericho stoically looks at the man he once called a friend. ”No. I won’t apologise to you. This is your fault, Christian. You tried to do what they want you to. You got in to bed with Bischoff… and it cost you. If you’d just done things on your terms… maybe you’d still be the champion.”

    Christian squares up to his friend, showing an assertiveness and aggression we rarely see from him. “And maybe I would be if you hadn’t hit me with a chair. Apologise.”

    Jericho remains unmoved. ”You don’t see it, do you? This is what they want. They want us to fall out. They want us to turn on each other. That’s how they get us to work for them, to do their bidding for nothing in return. You’ve become friends with Bischoff, and where did it get you? You lost your title. This is all a part of their game. Don’t let it happen. Don’t let them get what they want. We stay focused, okay? Our goal is eradicating Stone Cold Steve Austin from this company. And then when he’s done… I’m moving on to other targets. Either join me… or don’t. I don’t care. But as long as you blame me for what’s going wrong in your career… you’re destined to fail. Because all they-“

    “Good God,”
    Christian interrupts. ”Would you shut the hell up?”

    Small pop for Christian throwing Jericho’s former catchphrase in his face.

    ”You think I don’t see what you’re doing, Chris? You’re selfish. This isn’t some big plan to make the company better… this is to make yourself more important. You’re just trying to get noticed, and you’re burning everything around you until you do. You want Austin gone? Guess what? So do I. So does Eric. So do Evolution. And we’ll make that happen by working together. But you’re so busy trying to sabotage us to get some attention that this big goal of yours to get rid of Austin is gonna fail. You really want him gone? Then pull your damn weight and be a team player.”

    Jericho smiles. ”Oh, I’ve been a team player, Christian. I’ve been a team player for years. I’ve more than pulled my weight for four years. I’ve been the one… interesting… thing… this damned company has for four years. And look where it got me. I’m done being a team player. Last week… yeah, I made a mistake. It cost you the title, and it meant Booker won it. But guess what, Christian? So what? All of this? It’s bigger than you… and bigger than your title. Either accept it… or don’t. I don’t care. Things are changing either way.”

    “Then we’ll fail, thanks to you. Congratulations, Chris, you’re so stubborn you’ll continue to achieve nothing. Not… not nothing. Less than nothing. You’ll make the one thing you don’t want happen, all because-“



    ”CAN YOU DID IT… SUCKA?!”

    *** RAP SHEET ***



    The crowd erupt for the arrival of BOOKER T, who thankfully interrupts the in-fighting of Team Bischoff as he strolls down to the ring, slapping hands with the fans as he does. He gets in the ring and grabs a microphone, and goes to speak, but is cut off by a huge ”BOOK-ER!” chant.

    ”Yeah, that’s what I’m talkin’ about,” he says. ”Yeah, that’s right, ya know who I am. But if an’one watchin’ at home don’t remember me… I’m the FIVE TAAM… FIVE TAAM… FIVE TAAM… FIVE TAAM… FIVE TAAM… DUBYA CEE DUBYA CHAMP’N… BOOKER T”

    The crowd cheers.

    ”An’ I’m now the TWO TAAM… TWO TAAM… Inta… continental… champ’n!”

    Another cheer.

    ”And man, I gotsta say… it do feel good to be back. I been gone too long, dawg, too long. Ya see, a coup’ months ago… I was the Intercontinental Champ’n… and man… I was on top of tha world. But then you… Christian,” he says, pointing at the former champion, ”ya put me on tha shelf. Ya got in my bus’ness… and ya stole my belt. Well, I’ve got my belt back… but I ain’t done with you, sucka! So if you and Jericho here are done runnin’ your mouth… I’m ready for round 2!”

    Booker drops the microphone and his title belt to the mat and gets ready to fight.

    ”Wait just a minute, Booker,” Jericho calmly says. ”I’ve got something to ask you. Something I don’t get about you. I remember you in WCW. That place was almost as bad as here for recognising talent. Me, Eddie, Benoit… all overlooked… time after time… day after day. But you? You were the one they got right. They saw your talent, they made the most of you, and you became a five-time champion. Hell, you probably got more than you deserved there, but that’s not the point. But then you came here… and all that went. After being recognised in WCW… they wouldn’t give you the respect you deserved. Hell… they made you team with Goldust,” he says with complete and utter distain.

    ”You leave Goldust outta this,” Booker says, sticking up for his former partner.

    ”Oh, sure, jump to his defence. Be a ‘team player’, like everyone else. Me? I get overlooked everywhere I go. But you… you had the recognition… and when you got here they stripped it away. You should be angrier than anyone. It should be you destroying this company from the inside, not me. But instead you take one for the team. You help out Steve Austin, knowing full well that he would never support you if the roles were reversed. At least Christian is honest about why he helps Bischoff. He wants favours in return. But you, you pretend to be some good guy… but you’re just hoping Austin looks out for you. But let me tell you this, Book… you’re backing the wrong horse. Regardless of what Christian says… Team Austin has no chance at Survivor Series. You’re backing a man who would never back anyone else. You’re helping the one man who is in it for himself. The man who wants to run Raw on his own so he can beat up whoever he wants. You’ll lose at Survivor Series… Book… and you’ll realise that, all along, you should have seen the truth that I see. And that truth is… no-one cares about you. No-one cares about you… unless you make them.”

    Jericho stops, and a self-satisfied grin creeps across his face.

    ”Ya wanna know somethin’,” Book says. ”It kills me t’ say this, but your boy Christian is right. You’re all talk, man. Ya say all this stuff, but ya don’t care ‘bout none-a that. Ya care about yaself. Ya just wanna get noticed, and this is ya way of doin’ it. And I hope you and ya boy Christian sort all this out, ‘cos I want ya on th’ same page, ya dig? I don’t want you with no excuses when I beat yo’ punk ass with th’ Book End at Survivor Series at make Stone Cold th’ Raw Gen’ral Manager!”

    The crowd pop.

    ”And then…” Booker continues, ”maybe you’ll realise… that what I say ‘bout ya is true. Sucka… you’re all talk.”

    Jericho squares up to Booker. ”All talk? Whatever you say, Book. But I promise you this… come Survivor Series… you’ll realise that I’m more than that. Survivor Series… things are going to change. I guarantee it. And one more thing… I-“

    JERICHO SUCKER PUNCHES BOOKER!

    Booker falls down, so Jericho mounts him and starts beating the hell out of him! Christian can only watch on as Jericho punches Booker over and over, until he looks up at his teammate for Survivor Series.

    ”Well?!” Jericho barks. ”You want us to work together or what?”

    Christian looks at Booker, then to Jericho, then back to Booker… AND STOMPS ON BOOKER! Jericho and Christian are working together!

    BUT HERE COMES ROB VAN DAM!

    Van Dam runs down to the ring, carrying a steel chair, and looks ready to attack… Jericho turns around and sees him… and slides out of the ring! Christian turns around…

    VAN DAMINATOR!

    Christian goes down! RVD grabs the chair as he looks down on Christian, so Jericho looks to slide back in for a cheap shot… but he decides against it! He instead backs up the ramp, watching as Booker T gets back to his feet, next to his Team Austin teammate for Survivor Series. RVD hands Booker the steel chair…

    … and drags Christian to the corner! He climbs to the top rope on the other side of the ring… so Booker holds the steel chair up in front of Christian’s slumped body!

    Jericho looks from the ramp, considering whether to help his teammate…

    … but he walks away! Jericho’s leaving Christian on his own!

    RVD steadies himself…

    VAN TERMINATOR!

    Van Dam just DESTROYED Christian!

    ”Bah Gawd what an impact!” JR yells. ”Rob Van Dam damn near took Christian’s head off!”

    “What the hell is Jericho doing?”
    King asks. ”He just left Christian out there to die! This isn’t good for Team Bischoff!”

    “Team Bischoff may be crumblin’ before our very eyes, King! And Rob Van Dam is takin’ each and ev’ry one-a them out one-by-bah-gawd-one!”




    Scott Steiner vs. Hurricane

    Hurricane makes a point of coming out alone to face Steiner, in light of Big Poppa Pump’s claims that the superhero is too afraid to fight him man on man. Hurricane may regret that decision from the off, though, as his brief initial flurry is cut off by a huge Belly to Belly Suplex, and the mad man takes over.

    Hurricane tries to hold on as Steiner dominates, but it looks to be little good as Steiner whips him off the ropes… but Hurricane ducks… off the ropes… Spinning Heel Kick! Steiner goes down so Hurricane hits the ropes again… Running Leg Drop! He gets back to his feet… and lifts his palm up to the sky! He wants a Chokeslam! Steiner’s up… Hurricane grabs him by the throat…

    No! Steiner reverses in to a Belly To Belly Suplex… but Hurricane grabs his neck… and rolls him in to a Small Package!

    ONE…

    TWO…

    TH…


    Steiner kicks out! Both men are up… so Hurricane kicks him in the gut… caught… Enziguri! Hurricane nails Steiner, so he makes the cover…

    ONE…

    TWO…


    Steiner powers out… and Hurricane lands on the ref! Hurricane unintentionally landed elbow-first on to the back of the referee’s head!

    Both men are up… T-Bone Suplex! Hurricane’s down… the referee’s down… so Steiner heads to the outside… and grabs a chair! He gets in to the ring and waits for Hurricane to get up…

    … but here comes ROSEY!

    Rosey jogs to the ring and gets in, facing Steiner down. Steiner dares him to come a step closer, chair held above his head, ready to attack…

    … so Rosey tells him to turn around?

    Steiner does…

    … in to a low blow!

    From STACY KEIBLER!

    She’s finally got revenge on one of the men who has mistreated her!

    The referee is coming to, so Stacy and Rosey snatch the chair from Steiner and leave the ring as Hurricane gets up… CHOKESLAM! Hurricane nailed the Chokeslam!

    He makes the cover…

    ONE…

    TWO…

    THREE!


    Winner: Hurricane in 4:52


    The bell rings as Stacy gets in to the ring and lifts Hurricane’s arm in victory, looking truly happy for the first time in months.

    Steiner gets back to his feet and grabs Stacy by the arm. ”What th’ hell was that?” he shrieks…

    SO STACY SLAPS STEINER!

    He staggers around… IN TO A SAMOAN DROP FROM ROSEY!

    Steiner rolls out of the ring as Hurricane and Rosey stand on one side of the ring, and Stacy on the other. The superheroes look at the diva for a few moments… AND OFFER HER THE HURRI-POSE!

    Stacy looks at them, wondering what to do… AND HURRI-POSES BACK!

    Steiner can only watch on from the aisle, having lost out to the combined front of the Superhero, the Superhero in Training, and the Super Diva. The crowd cheer the trio as they pose to each, then the fans, leaving Steiner to question how he ended up here.



    We cut backstage to where TRIPLE H is being checked over by an EMT, with RANDY ORTON, RIC FLAIR AND BATISTA stood nearby.

    ”You seem fine to me, sir,” the EMT says, nervously looking over his shoulder at the rest of Evolution. ”I mean… clearly in pain… but no lasting damage.”

    “I know that…”
    Triple H says, and turns to his stablemates. ”That son of a bitch couldn’t give me lasting damage if he tried. Cheap shotting me… I tell you this… if RVD wants a war… he’s gonna get one.”

    “No doubt, Game, no doubt!”
    Flair barks. RVD thinks he’s th’ man? Then he’s got anotha thing comin’! WOOOOO!”

    “This brand, Ric… I’m sick of it. All these sons a bitches bringing the fight to us… not learning their lessons. The Dudleys… Spike… Shawn… now RVD. They need to know who runs this brand. Raw… it’s our show. The three of you have Shawn and the Dudleys later… make sure you make them pay, okay? But if Van Dam dares show his face… he’s going to be introduced to my sledgehammer.”

    “Don’t worry about it, Hunter,”
    Orton says. ”Spike learned his lesson earlier, I’m sure. Just like Sgt Slaughter did with me last week. Me, Dave and Ric… we’ll send a message later, don’t you worry about that. And if RVD has the guts to show up again tonight… then he’ll have the four of us to deal with. I guess we just went too light on him last week.”

    “But we won’t again,”
    Triple H says. ”All of them… are in… for their own… personal… hell.”

    Triple H shoves the EMT to the side and storms out of the room, forcing the rest of Evolution to follow him.



    We transition to an old-fashioned looking video, with the 1933 Josh White song There's A Man Goin' Around Taking Names (listen here).

    The quant visuals and audio sits counter to the footage we see, which is of KANE’s path of destruction since he came in to the company. As the footage flickers, we see his debut, where he ripped the door off Hell in a Cell. We see him attack a Casket with The Undertaker in it and set it on fire. We see him Chokeslam Rob Van Dam off the top of a Steel Cage. Of him setting JR on fire. Of him Tombstoning Linda McMahon on the ramp. Of him Chokeslamming Shane McMahon off the Titantron.

    As the video reaches its conclusion, we see him take his mask off, be led to the arena under house arrest, wearing the creepy towel over his head, and we see his evil, cackling laugh. As the video ends he stares down the lens of the camera, his white-out eye front-and-centre. All while Josh White sings through broken audio, "There's a Man Goin' Around Taking Names."



    We then cut backstage to where CHRIS JERICHO is walking through the corridors, alone. Suddenly, ERIC BISCHOFF catches up to him and stands in his path.

    ”What the hell was that?!” Bischoff asks.

    ”Outta my way, Bischoff.”

    Jericho barges past him and carries on… so Bischoff grabs him by the arm and spins him around!

    ”No, damn it! I know you’re on this lone ranger deal right now, but I’ve had enough! You just left Christian out there to die!”

    “Christian’s getting what he deserves for aligning with you. Nothing more… nothing less.”


    Jericho barges past Bischoff again, so Eric spins him around… AND SLAPS HIM ACROSS THE FACE!

    ”I’m your boss!” Bischoff says. ”You may not like it, but it’s sure as hell true!”

    Jericho looks ready to fire off on the General Manager.

    ”Go ahead, Chris, do it. Punch me in the face. Take out all your frustrations by physically attacking me. Go on, do it, I want you to. You know why? Because I’d love a reason to fire you right now. I’m sick of you running your mouth, doing things your own way. We’re all supposed to be on the same team here-“

    “I’m not on anyone’s team.”

    “You damn well are! You’re on Team Bischoff. Team… Bischoff. My team. You may not like me… or Trips… or Christian… but frankly… I don’t give a rat’s ass! We all have one goal… get… Steve Austin… outta here. Even you want that as well. But the way you’re going… it’s not going to happen. You’re going to cost us, Chris. We need to be a team. If we’re not on the same page we’ll lose, even if our team is better than theirs. We can’t win by being five individuals. We can’t win by being a four-person team and one individual. Either we’re all together… or we’re apart.”

    “Then we’re apart,”
    Jericho says, and barges past him again.

    ”Then you’re off the team!” Bischoff yells.

    Jericho freezes, not looking back, but not moving forward either.

    ”Yeah, that got through to you, didn’t it? I don’t care who you are, or how good you are. If you can’t be a part of my team, Chris… if you can’t put this all aside and work with the other four properly… then you’re out. I can’t have you costing us title matches… letting Christian get taken out. I know you don’t like me. Frankly, I can’t stand you either. But until Survivor Series… we need each other. So either start being a part of the team and help us… or you’re out. Do I make myself clear?”

    Still Jericho freezes, refusing to look back to Bischoff. He says nothing… and eventually walks away…



    ”Welcome back t’ Raw, ev’rybody,” JR says, as LA RESISTANCE make their way to the ring, where GARRISON CADE AND MARK JINDRAK wait for them. ”We’ve got a huge tag team contest comin’ up between two of the biggest up-and-comin’ teams on Raw right now, and earlier tonight La Resistance had this to say…”

    As the former champions continue to make their way to the ring, we get an old-school, in-frame promo cut by La Res in the bottom corner of the screen.

    ”Where’s our title shot, Eric?” Conway says. ”You keep lining teams up and my friends here keep knocking them down! I don’t know what they have to do to prove they deserve a shot at the belts, but you know if they were American they’d have had their rematch already. So here we go again, beating another team who don’t belong in the same ring as us, and still waiting for our title shot. Pathetic.”
    The in-frame screen disappears, and we’re left with the end of La Resistance’s entrance.

    ”Strong words from La Resistance, there,” JR says.

    ”I hope they never get that title shot!”

    “Well, I have t’ admit, it is a little odd they haven’t had their rematch yet, whethah ya like ‘em or not. Personally I hope they get th’ shot at th’ belts so they’ll stop complainin’ about it.”

    “You think that will stop them complaining?”



    La Resistance w/Rob Conway vs. Garrison Cade & Mark Jindrak

    With Cade & Jindrak knowing the opportunity that comes with beating former champions, they come out firing, sending La Res to the outside to confer on how they can stem the tide.

    Unfortunately for the youngsters, La Resistance are two of the most devious men in the company, and they use all that unsportsmanlike behaviour to get ahead, isolating Cade from his partner. They gradually work him over until Cade fires back and tags in his tall-but-unusually-athletic partner, who cleans house on the former champions.

    With Jindrak building up a head of steam, he rushes to the corner and leaps to the top rope in a single bound… and dives off with a Clothesline to Grenier! Great athleticism!

    He backs himself in to the ropes, ready to charge with a Knockout Punch… but Conway grabs his foot! Jindrak’s not going anywhere!

    Jindrak turns around to Conway… but Grenier sneaks up behind him… O’Connor Roll!

    ONE…

    Conway grabs Grenier’s hand! He’s holding him in place!

    TWO…

    Jindrak has nowhere to go!

    THREE!

    Winners: La Resistance in 5:15


    The bell rings and Grenier rolls straight to the outside, where he’s quickly joined by Conway and Dupree, and they embrace each other in a victory hug.

    ”Damn hyenas!” JR barks. ”The kids Cade and Jindrak got real close t’ winnin’ that one, and Rob Conway screwed them!”

    La Resistance retreat up the ramp as Cade joins Jindrak on his knees, unsure how exactly their opponents conspired to steal that one.



    We cut backstage to where Terri is stood in the interview area with MOLLY HOLLY, with VICTORIA AND GAIL KIM stood either side of her.

    ”Molly, last week we saw the shocking reuniting of you and Gail, and with Victoria joining up with you as-“

    “Excuse me? Shocking? What is shocking about two friends choosing to work together, and adding another to their friendship group?”


    Terri looks a little taken aback by the question. ”Well, last we’d seen you were leaving Gail and Victoria to be attacked… twice.”

    Molly gets riled up, but then forces herself to calm down. ”You know what, Terri? I should have expected this from you. A no-talent bimbo would probably slept her way to-“

    “Hey!”
    Terri interjects.

    ”Please don’t interrupt me when I’m talking, Terri, it’s very rude. What I was going to say is this is typical of the lack of moral fibre in this company. I can admit that Gail and I had a little disagreement, but that’s what friends do from time to time. But everyone here wants to sensationalise everything. It’s all so lowest common denominator…” Molly pauses as she looks at Terri. ”Sorry, I’m using too long words. Everyone… here…” she says, talking patronisingly slowly, ”lacks the intelligence… to understand… what normal people… are like. Everyone here… has to fight each other… to express their feelings… Gail and I… can talk… like adults.”

    “And Victoria?”

    “Yes, she’s an adult too.”


    Terri sighs, knowing she’s not getting anywhere. ”Let’s move on. You’re defending your title tonight against a woman who-“

    “Let’s not sugar-coat it, Terri. She’s done unethical things to get an opportunity.”

    “Well, we don’t know that for sure. In fact, we have no idea what happened between April and Bischoff. What we do know is this is her first match-“

    “Oh, you’re right, Terri. I’m just sure that Eric Bischoff gave a woman a shot at the Women’s Title on her first night because he values her talent.”

    “I got a title shot on my first day,”
    Gail says.

    Molly panics for an answer. ”That was likely different, though. It was a different time. But what’s happening here? It’s wrong. Victoria and Gail know it’s wrong. April is using her impurity to get opportunities that should be going to others. Like Gail and Victoria. They won last week, where are their opportunities? Why does April get a shot when she’s done nothing in-ring to earn it? And, look… it puts me in an awkward position. I’m an elite-level athlete, going up again someone far below my level. So now I’ll have to school a rookie who shouldn’t be put in that position on the first place. It’s all so wrong… and just another example of why the WWE needs people like me.”



    We cut back to the arena… when there’s a HUGE explosion of flames…


    *** SLOW CHEMICAL ***


    The arena is bathed in a red light as KANE strides down the ramp, sporting a satanic grin as always.

    ”For weeks Kane had been starin’ Goldberg down, and last week we saw it finally get physical…”

    Quote Originally Posted by Last week on WWE Raw
    As a group they hop up on to the apron, not giving Goldberg a chance to pick one of them off. They all slowly enter the ring as Goldberg has to wait for which one he’s going to take out first…

    … but they all jump him at once! Goldberg tries to fight back, but there’s SIX men all attacking him at once! Goldberg can’t possibly win…

    UNTIL THERE’S A HUGE EXPLOSION OF FLAMES FROM THE STAGE!


    *** SLOW CHEMICAL ***


    ”IT’S KANE! BAH GOD, TH’ BIG RED MACHINE IS HERE!”


    Kane bounds down to the ring. The attackers in the ring can’t help but turn to him as Kane reaches the ring and climbs over the top ropes… AND NAILS CONWAY WITH AN UPPERCUT! KANE’S COME TO SAVE GOLDBERG!

    Test charges at Kane… but he’s punched away too! Here comes Kanyon… Uppercut! Henry… Uppercut! Dupree charges… but Kane catches him by the throat! Grenier tries to interfere… Big Boot! CHOKESLAM TO DUPREE!

    Goldberg gets back to his feet to see Kane having come to his aid… they stare down for a few moments…

    THEN TURN TO THE ATTACKERS! KANE AND GOLDBERG ARE JOINING FORCES!

    Goldberg fires off on Henry and Conway while Kane waits for Test to turn around… CHOKESLAM! Grenier jumps Kane from behind… so Goldberg charges… AND SPEARS HIM IN HALF!

    But Henry hits Goldberg from behind! He turns around… and Kane grabs him by the throat! CHOKESLAM TO MARK HENRY!

    Kane and Goldberg stand back to back as Conway and Kanyon struggle up to their feet… they stagger around the ring…

    AS GOLDBERG PULLS KANYON IN FOR A JACKHAMMER… AND KANE GRABS CONWAY FOR A CHOKESLAM! Tandem offence! They lift them up… and send their opponents down in perfect synchronicity! Goldberg and Kane have cleaned house!

    Goldberg gets back to his feet and turns to Kane…

    BUT KANE GRABS GOLDBERG BY THE THROAT! CHOKESLAM TO GOLDBERG! KANE JUST NAILED GOLDBERG WITH A CHOKESLAM!

    Kane laughs as he stands tall, with the bodies of seven men at his feet… he raises him arms above his head… and sends them crashing down to spark a huge eruption of flames from the corners of the ring!
    We return to today and with Kane stood in the ring, the red light still engulfing the arena, as he holds a microphone to his mouth.

    ”For months,” he half whispers, ”I’ve shown my real self. I no longer hide who I am. I… AM A MONSTER!” He chuckles to himself. ”I’m a monster… and I’m proud of it. The things I’ve done… to Rob Van Dam… to Jim Ross… to Shane McMahon… to Linda McMahon… I’ve caused untold devastation. And I like it.”

    Again he evilly chuckles to himself.

    “But it’s not enough. I have destroyed the WWE… but it’s just the beginning. I have one goal left to prove that I am the monster of the WWE… and that’s winning the World Heavyweight Championship. So GOLDBERG… I want you… and I want you… at the Survivor Series. And your title… it will become… MINE!

    He laughs.

    ”So GOLDBERG… GET… OUT… HERE… NOW… AND GIVE ME… MY… TITLE… SHOT!”


    *** WHO’S NEXT ***


    The crowd erupt for the appearance of the World Heavyweight Champion GOLDBERG, who dispenses with his usual entrance and instead marches straight down to the ring.

    He climbs in, grabs a microphone, and faces Kane down in the ring…

    AND SPEARS HIM!

    And the crowd EXPLODE! Goldberg Speared Kane without even saying a word!

    He picks his microphone back up and stands over Kane’s fallen body.

    ”Kane…” he says, ”CHALLENGE… ACCEPTED!”

    KANE SITS UP!

    Kane took a spear and he’s sat right back up… and he’s laughing!

    Kane climbs back to his feet, still laughing, and gets in Goldberg’s face. The champion doesn’t know how to react to one of his biggest moves being no-sold… UNTIL HE STARTS LAUGHING TOO!

    THEY START BEATING THE SHIT OUT OF EACH OTHER!


    Goldberg and Kane exchange big rights in the middle of the ring, until Kane gets the upper hand and punches Goldberg all the way back in to the corner. He punches him over and over… until Goldberg blocks one! He tosses Kane in the corner… and starts punching him!

    But Kane grabs him by the neck and starts punching him!

    But Goldberg does the same to him!

    They’re beating the hell out of each other!

    The crowd are going wild for the two men finally brawling… but that quickly turns to boos when a dozen security guards run down from the back. One pulls Goldberg away… so Goldberg punches him off. He looks at the eleven men stood in front of him, begging him to stop fighting… so he takes the fight to them! Goldberg’s beating up the security guards!

    But Kane walks out of the corner… AND JOINS IN! KANE AND GOLDBERG ARE WORKING TOGETHER AGAIN!

    One by one they swat away the security guards, until Goldberg lifts one up high above his head and throws him in to another… then Spears another! Kane Chokeslams a guard! Goldberg kicks one in the gut… Jackhammer! Kane and Goldberg worked together to wipe out all twelve guards!

    Goldberg gets to his feet… but hasn’t noticed Kane’s readying for a Chokeslam! Kane’s going to sneak attack him for the second week in a row!

    Goldberg turns around…

    AND SPEARS KANE AGAIN! Goldberg was ready this time!

    With the security guards rolling out of the ring and to safety, Goldberg notices his title belt in the corner of the ring. He grabs it and returns to Kane, standing over him, and lifts the belt high above his head, sending a clear message that he’s still the dominant man on Raw…

    BUT KANE SITS UP AGAIN!

    Goldberg can’t BELIEVE it!

    Kane is back to his feet…

    AND THEY EXCHANGE PUNCHES AGAIN! This brawl isn’t over!

    Kane gets the better of it again… but this time he whips Goldberg off the ropes… but Goldberg looks for another Spear…

    Big Boot from Kane!

    He readies for a Chokeslam…

    … but Goldberg fights him off!

    Kane staggers around… but lifts Goldberg up for a Tombstone!

    Goldberg slips out! He lifts Kane up… Powerslam!

    But Kane slips out!

    And they start exchanging punches again!

    HERE COME THE ROAD AGENTS!

    Flooding out from the back is ARN ANDERSON! HARVEY WIPPLEMAN! DEAN MALENKO! GERALD BRISCO! FIT FINLAY! BROOKLYN BRAWLER! SGT SLAUGHTER! MICHAEL HAYES! BRUCE PRITCHARD! JOHN LAURINAITIS! TONY GAREA! They’re ALL out there!

    They rush in to the ring and pin Kane and Goldberg against opposite turnbuckles…

    BUT GOLDBERG SHOVES THEM ALL OUT OF HIS AWAY! He’s going back for Kane!

    Gerald Brisco panics and waves to the back for support…

    SO HERE COME THE WRESTLERS!

    LANCE STORM! VAL VENIS! CHRIS KANYON! AL SNOW! HURRICANE! ROSEY! TOMMY DREAMER! TEST! GARRISON CADE! MARK JINDRAK! ROB CONWAY! SYLVAN GRENIER! RENE DUPREE!

    The ring is FLOODED with bodies!

    And finally, with TWENTY-FIVE people in the ring to separate them, some semblance of order is maintained.

    NO IT’S NOT! Kane breaks through the men holding him back and goes for Goldberg again! The agents and wrestlers pull him to the mat and drag him out of the ring…

    BUT NOW GOLDBERG’S BROKEN FREE!

    But the agents and wrestlers get a hold of him and hold him back again! This is carnage!

    Eventually, the wrestlers and agents manage to drag Kane far enough down the ramp that he and Goldberg and separated, leaving Goldberg in the ring, still trying to wriggle free. He still manages to get a little space, but this time he doesn’t head for the Big Red Machine. Instead, he climbs to the second rope and looks out at Kane on the ramp…

    ”KANE!” he shouts, without the aid of a microphone, ”YOU’RE NEXT!”



    We transition to a shot of a dimly-lit graveyard at night. A motorbike roars in to the parking lot and pulls up, revealing THE UNDERTAKER. He steps off the bike and walks in to the cemetery.

    THE UNDERTAKER (voiceover)
    For one night…

    We then see a limo pull up, and out step TRIPLE H, RIC FLAIR, RANDY ORTON and BATISTA, all dressed in suits, and head in to the graveyard.

    TRIPLE H (voiceover)
    For one night…

    Elsewhere in the graveyard, THE BIG SHOW bounds between the gravestones.

    BIG SHOW (voiceover)
    For one night…

    Meanwhile, KANE is stood by a tombstone.

    KANE (voiceover)
    It’s not about victories…

    KURT ANGLE walks along the barely lit central path, wearing a tracksuit and his medals around his neck.

    KURT ANGLE (voiceover)
    It’s not about glory…

    Shawn Michaels is on his knees in front of a gravestone, arms outstretched and looking up to the heavens.

    SHAWN MICHAELS (voiceover)
    It’s not about fame…

    BROCK LESNAR strides through the cemetery, adjusting the WWE Title belt on his shoulder.

    BROCK LESNAR (voiceover)
    It’s not about gold…

    Evolution walk shoulder to shoulder, with a gravestone between them. On the gravestone we see footage of Steve Austin dropping Triple H’s car at the 2000 Survivor Series.

    TRIPLE H (voiceover)
    It’s about destruction…

    Meanwhile, The Undertaker walks past another gravestone, with footage of his debut at the 1990 event being projected on to it.

    THE UNDERTAKER (voiceover)
    It’s about rebirth…

    Kurt Angle still walks along the path, with him helping Team WWF put The Alliance out of business in 2001 being shown on a nearby gravestone.

    KURT ANGLE (voiceover)
    It’s about change…

    The Big Show still towers over the gravestones, walking between two of them. One shows his victory at last year’s event, where Paul Heyman chose Show over Brock, and the other shows The Rock aligning with the Corporation to win the belt in 1998.

    BIG SHOW (voiceover)
    It’s about betrayal…

    Meanwhile, Shawn Michaels is back on his feet and walking with a purpose, with the Montreal Screwjob projected on to a stone next to him.

    SHAWN MICHAELS (voiceover)
    It’s about controversy…

    We then see that, in the middle of the graveyard, sits a wrestling ring. Stood in the middle is a figure whose identity is hidden. Brock and ‘Taker approach the ring to the left, Triple H, Batista, Randy Orton and Ric Flair approach from the top, Big Show and Kane from the bottom, and Kurt Angle and Shawn Michaels from the right.

    THE HIDDEN FIGURE (voiceover)
    For one night…

    We zoom in to the ring, where the figure turns around to reveal GOLDBERG, who stares straight down the lens.

    GOLDBERG
    … it’s about SURVIVAL!



    LIVE on pay-per-view, November 16, 2003


    Huge thanks to The EC for the awesome poster



    We return from commercial to see MOLLY HOLLY is already in the ring, backed up by VICTORIA AND GAIL KIM. While usually highly-focused, Molly seems slightly disinterested in the ring, not really paying attention as she waits for her opponent.


    *** TIME TO ROCK & ROLL ***


    There’s a good pop for Trish’s music, but it’s APRIL HUNTER who heads out first, having to use her friend’s music having only just joined. She walks proudly out on to the stage for her debut, with TRISH STRATUS supportively behind her, wearing what seems to be basic work-out clothes with elbow pads, knees pads and wrestling boots. Definitely not custom-made wrestling gear, at least. April stands at the top of the ramp… and flexes her biceps! They’re huge!

    ”Whoa!” King exclaims. ”Did you see the size of those?”

    “Yes I did, King,”
    JR says, ”she certainly looks like she has all the physical tools to make an impression, but I’m not sure I agree with her getting a title shot in her first match.”

    “Look at her, JR! Of course she deserves a title shot! She’s huge… and she’s stunning! Have I ever told you how much I love redheads?”

    “Frequently, King, but that’s not th’ point here. She may be a beautiful young woman, no doubt about that, but has she really earned this shot? I may not like Victoria or Gail, but they did win a tag match last week. We don’t even know if April can wrestle at this level. But I’m interested t’ see what she can do here against one-a th’ finest female wrestlers I’ve evah seen in Molly Holly.”



    WWE Women's Title Match
    Molly Holly (c) w/Gail Kim and Victoria vs. April Hunter w/Trish Stratus


    The bell rings and April starts to circle Molly, wanting to get it underway. Molly, however, just stands still with a smirk, and points at April as if to ask what she’s doing. April, far taller than Molly, calls her in to a tie-up, so Molly shrugs and agrees. They come together… AND APRIL COMPLETELY OVERPOWERS MOLLY! She LAUNCHES her across the ring!

    Molly can’t believe what she’s seeing as Trish applauds at ringside. Molly, feeling disrespected, goes for it again… and is overpowered again! NO, that won’t do. Molly’s not about to be shown up by a rookie. She calls her in for another lock-up… but cheapshots her before she can!

    But that only pisses April off! April charges at Molly… but Molly sidesteps… and sends her in to the turnbuckle! School Boy!

    ONE…

    TWO…


    Kick out!

    ”That’s a rookie mistake from April, there, gettin' baited in like that.”

    “Of course it’s a rookie mistake, it’s her first match!”


    Molly, having gotten a bit of an advantage over on April, clubs her in the back a few times, and whips her in to the opposite turnbuckle. She then charges after her… Clothesline in the corner! She whips April again.. and Clotheslines her in the corner again! This is all too easy for Molly.

    She looks to whip April again… but April cartwheels out of it! She turns around… AND NAILS GAIL WITH A LARIAT!

    She makes the cover…

    ONE…

    TWO…


    Kick out!

    They both get to their feet and April swings… but Molly ducks… April off the ropes… she runs at Molly… Headscissors Take Down! But she hangs on…. AND TURNS IT IN TO AN ARMBAR! Fantastic technical wrestling from April!

    Molly screams in pain as April locks it in…

    ”What a manoeuvre from April! Gail’s gonna tap!”

    “Still think she doesn’t deserve to be in the ring with Molly, JR?!”


    Molly shuffles across the ring, her arm at a terrible angle, and stretches her leg out… and reaches the ropes! April has to break it up!

    They both get back to their feet and April lines up behind the champion… Belly-To-Back Suplex…

    … no! Molly flips out! Dropkick right to the face! April goes down, so Molly scurries over… La Magistral!

    ONE…

    TWO…

    THR…


    KICK OUT!

    ”Molly’s steppin’ up her game! She knows she’s in a fight!”

    Molly, wanting to get the match over, climbs to the second rope… she waits for April to turn around… and leaps off… Hurricanrana!

    No! April caught her… and is looking for a Powerbomb!

    But Molly rolls down her back and rolls her up…

    … but April powers straight out and lifts her up… Suplex!

    But April hangs on… she floats over in one move and lifts Molly back up… Fisherman’s Suplex… with a bridge!

    ONE…

    TWO…

    THRE…


    KICK OUT! Molly JUST got the shoulder up!

    They both get back to their feet…they come together… but Molly drives a knee in to April’s ribs! Veteran instincts! She looks for a Suplex… but April reverses out and rolls behind the champion… GERMAN SUPLEX! Molly’s down!

    April sees the opportunity as the crowd start to truly get behind her. She climbs to the second rope and waits for Molly to get up… she lines her up…

    SOMERSAULT NECKBREAKER!

    NO! Molly moved at the last second… and April crashed and burned!

    April struggles up, so Molly climbs to the top rope… MOLLY GO ROUND! She nails it and makes the cover…

    ONE…

    TWO…

    THREE!


    Winner and STILL WWE Women's Champion: Molly Holly in 5:39


    As soon as the bell rings Molly rolls to the outside to the sanctuary of Victoria and Gail. She barks for her title to be brought over as April rests on her knees in the ring, knowing how close she got.

    ”What a performance from April Hunter!” JR says. ”I questioned her gettin' a title shot… and I still do… but she showed that she can back it up in th’ ring!”

    “I think you owe April and apology, JR! That was an incredible debut! She faced the Women’s Champion in her first match and took her right to the edge!”

    “It’s certainly clear April’s got all th’ talent in th’ world. I may not like how she got here, but she’s clearly well-trained, and l think she’s gonna make a fine part of th’ Women’s Division.”

    “How did she get here? You don’t even know, JR! Stop tarnishing her name, all you know is she was given a title shot and she looked amazing!”


    Trish rolls in to the ring and helps April to her feet, and they embrace. Whatever you think about how April got here, she’s here now, and she just gave Molly Holly one hell of a fight.



    We cut to a view of the New York skyline at dusk. The sun hangs low on the sky as the city buzzes on, never stopping, as always.

    We then cut to Battery Park, on the banks of the Hudson, where a figure leans against a barrier looking over the vast expanse of water, with the Statue of Liberty illuminated in the distance. As we zoom in, we realise that the figure is… STEVIE RICHARDS.

    ”We are defined by our failures,” the voiceover says, as he stares pensively at the river. ”A man is judged not on the successes he has, but the failures he recovers from. You know who said that? I did.”

    “But I will not be defined by my failures. Still I lay awake at night, thinking about what happened…”


    The footage clicks back to Goldberg beating him in a few seconds, then back again.

    ”It consumes me. It is everything. But no more. Goldberg… you crossed the wrong man. You make me sick, Goldberg. If you insist on fighting men in improper footwear, anyone can be a champion. But that won’t happen again. My nights without sleep are coming to an end. I will sleep well… Goldberg. I’ll sleep well… when I’ve vanquished my demons… and I’ve beaten you… and I’ve taken… my… title.”

    Richards then pushes up from the barrier and stands upright. He stares down the lens of the camera and points. ”I’M COMING FOR YOU, GOLDBERG! AND I’M COMING FOR YOU… NEXT WEEK! I’LL SHOW YOU… YOU’LL SEE!”

    An old man hobbles past in the background. ”What?”

    Richards ignores the man, and continues to point at the camera, sneering…

    … still pointing…

    … still sneering…

    … still pointing and sneering…

    … stillllllll going…

    … until it finally transitions out.


    This announcement was paid for by the friends and best friends of Stevie Richards



    This week’s SMACK BACK is, for once, a combination of two segments from a HUGE edition of Smackdown. The first shows WILLIAM REGAL being announced as the new General Manager, replacing the outgoing Stephanie.

    The second is of the final segment of the night, where we find out VINCE MCMAHON has withdrawn from day-to-day operations of WWE in order to manage BROCK LESNAR, only to find out that Brock had already hired PAUL HEYMAN as his new manager, leaving Vince no choice but to leave the show for the foreseeable future, with Brock left to focus on the Fatal Fourway match he chose at Survivor Series, defending his belt against KURT ANGLE, BIG SHOW and THE UNDERTAKER.



    Batista, Randy Orton & Ric Flair vs. Dudley Boys & Shawn Michaels

    With Evolution in the ring waiting for their opponents, the Dudleyz come out and wait on the apron for their partner to arrive, holding their necks in pain from last week… when Michaels sprints out from the back and in to the ring! He’s wasting no time to get things started!

    Michaels goes straight for Orton, leaving Bubba to target Flair and D-Von his former friend Batista. The faces make little work of sending Evolution out of the ring… but that’s not enough for them! Evolution gather to make a plan of action… so Michaels dives over the top rope and on to them!

    The Dudleyz follow out and the fight continues out there, with Michaels sending Orton in to the announce table, Bubba sending Flair in to the steel steps, and D-Von and Batista brawling down the aisle. Bubba Clotheslines Flair in to the crowd and follows him out, allowing Michaels to strip the announce table! This is carnage!

    Michaels drags Orton on to the table… but Batista hits D-Von with a Spinebuster on the metal ramp! He rushes back down to ringside… and pulls Michaels off the announce table… in to a Spinebuster on the protective mats! Bubba throws Flair back over the barricade and climbs to the ringside area… where Batista cuts him off with a Lariat! The ultimate difference maker!

    That allows the match to calm down, with Batista taking over on Bubba in the ring and their opponents crawling on to the apron. Batista powers through Bubba long enough that he can tag in Flair for a little stylin’ and profilin’, and he in turn tags in Orton. Between the three of them they focus on Bubba’s injured neck, so Orton looks to speed things up a little as he whips Bubba off the ropes… Dropkick… misses! Bubba hangs on to the ropes!

    Tag to D-Von!

    D-Von rushes in and takes down each member of Evolution with a Clothesline, then hits the ropes for Running Shoulder Blocks. Orton’s the first one up… so D-Von hits him with a Powerslam! He makes the cover…

    ONE…

    T…


    Kick out!

    D-Von picks him up and sends Orton across the ropes… Orton reverses… and Flair knees D-Von in the back! Dirtiest Player In The Game!

    But D-Von punches Flair off the apron!

    He turns around… in to a Dropkick from Orton!

    From there, Evolution take over on D-Von, isolating him from his teammates. Bubba and Shawn can merely watching on from the apron, pacing, hoping D-Von finds a way back in. Evolution make use if quick tags, with Orton and Batista doing most of the heavy lifting while Flair coaches them from the apron. With all hope looking lost, Batista, Batista kicks him in the gut and lifts him up for Powerbomb… but D-Von starts punching at his head… Batista falls back… and D-Von lands on top! He crawls over to his corner, ready to make the tag…

    … when Flair climbs in to the ring! Hebner cuts him off… D-Von tags Michaels!

    But Hebner didn’t see it! He stops Michaels from entering, sending HBK is to a furious rage. Flair uses the opportunity to drag D-Von back to the corner, and the three Evolution members stomp away at D-Von! Dirtiest player in the game… again!

    Having conned the referee, Evolution grow confident. With Batista in, Orton yells at him that he wants to have some fun. He tags in, but climbs to the top rope. Batista lifts D-Von up… Scoop Slam… EVOLUTION ARE LOOKING FOR THE WASSUP DROP!

    Orton preps himself on the top rope… but D-Von trips Batista up… and holds him in position for the Wassup Drop! Bubba rushes along the apron… and pushes Orton off the top! Orton lands head-first on Batista’s crotch!

    D-Von crawls along the mat… AND TAGS IN MICHAELS! And this time the referee saw it!

    Flair tries to cut Michaels off but is set with a series of punches, chops, and a Back Body Drop. Orton gets up so is met with chops and sent across the ring… and he squashes Flair in the corner! Batista’s up, so Michaels throws him in to the corner too! All three Evolution members are in the corner… Michaels charges… and Splashes them! Batista and Flair fall to the outside, so Orton staggers out… Body Slam! Michaels goes to the top…

    FLYING ELBOW!

    But he doesn’t go for the pin! He backs in to the corner… AND HE’S TUNING UP THE BAND! The crowd tap in time with him as he lines Orton up… Orton’s to his feet so Michaels steps out of the corner…

    … but Flair cuts him off with a Chop Block! Michaels goes down… BUT HERE COMES THE DUDLEYS! HERE COMES BATISTA! ABSOLUTE CARNAGE!

    Evolution look like they might be getting the better of the sixway brawl, as Batista Clotheslines Michaels out of the ring, and Flair likewise with Bubba. Flair heads to the outside and chops at Michaels, leaving D-Von alone in the ring with the two young Evolution members. Orton grabs Batista and tells him that they need to send a message, and that the Wassup Drop may have failed earlier, but this won’t.

    They line up D-Von as he struggles to his feet, Batista in front, Orton behind… AND ORTON THROWS UP HIS FINGERS IN THE 3D HAND SIGNAL!

    D-Von stumbles at Batista… the monster lifts him up… REVERSED IN TO A DDT! Orton freezes… SWEET CHIN MUSIC! Michaels sneaked back in the ring and hit it out of nowhere!

    He bends over to Orton as Hebner tries to shepherd Batista out of the ring… SO FLAIR LOW BLOWS MICHAELS! And the referee didn’t see it! The Dirtiest player in the game… YET AGAIN!

    Michaels struggles in to the corner so Flair follows him over and hits a series of chops. He whips Michaels across the ring… but Michaels reverses… Flair crashes in to the turnbuckle! Michaels charges… Flair moves… and Michaels crashes! But Bubba got the blind tag!

    Flair takes after Michaels, but Bubba spins him around… left jab! Another! Another! He does a little dance… Bionic Elbow! Batista slides in to the ring… Bionic Elbow! Orton gets up… Bionic Elbow! Bubba picks Orton up… Bubba Bomb!

    No! Orton holds firm… and runs backwards, sending them both in to the corner… where Earl Hebner is trapped! Hebner’s taken out!

    SO HERE COMES TRIPLE H!

    The Game rushes down to the ring and waits for Bubba to get to his feet… kick to the gut… he wants the Pedigree! He pulls him in to place…

    BUT ROB VAN DAM HITS A DIVING SUPERKICK OFF THE TOP! RVD HAS RUSHED OUT HERE AS WELL!

    Flair tries to charge at RVD but he ducks under… Spinning Heel Kick! He hits the ropes… Rolling Thunder! Van Dam clutches at his neck after impact, clearly not fully recovered from last week and yet not giving a shit. Triple H rolls to the outside, stood alongside Batista and Orton who are already out there, so RVD looks at them… he rushes off the ropes… and DIVES THROUGH THE ROPES… TAKING OUT EVOLUTION!

    Wait! Triple H jumped to the side! He gets back up… and cuts Van Dam off! He whips him across the outside… and RVD crashes in to the steel steps! Triple H drags him up and pounds on him down the ramp, leaving Flair and D-Von the only two people in the ring. Flair gets to his feet and grabs D-Von’s feet…

    ”Now… WOOOOO… we go tah school!”

    Flair looks for the Figure Four… but D-Von kicks him away! Flair hits the ropes… Bubba slides in to the ring… D-Von lifts Flair up… 3D!

    Bubba makes the cover… AND HEBNER IS COMING TO!

    ONE…

    TWO…

    THREE!


    Winners: The Dudley Boys and Shawn Michaels in 13:22


    ”The Dudleyz have done it!” JR exclaims. ”In a tag team settin’, there ain’t no-one bettah than those damn Dudleyz! Survivor Series is gonna be a 5-on-5 tag match, and Stone Cold’s got th’ bad gawd greatest tag team of all tahm!”

    The Dudleyz look to celebrate… until Triple H cuts them off from behind! He nails them both with a Clothesline and pulls Bubba off the mat… and looks for the Pedigree…

    SWEET CHIN MUSIC!

    Michaels is back up! He turns around…

    RKO!

    Van Dam desperately struggles to his feet on the outside, his injuries from last week looking to be returning, as he tries to take the fight to Orton…

    … but CHRISTIAN struggles down to the ring! He wants revenge against RVD for earlier, even if he does look in a bad way.

    Somehow RVD is just able to get the better of Orton… but Christian nails him from behind! A cheapshot was all Christina could give having taken a Van Terminator earlier, but it’s enough to knock RVD down.

    But here’s BOOKER T This is pandemonium!

    Booker tees off on Christian, with the injured former champion unable to fight back, but Batista is up! He spins Booker around… but Booker cuts him off! Booker pounds on Batista as the Dudleyz get back up… Michaels does his best to return to his feet too… Batista tries to fight but he’s outnumbered! Team Austin is standing tall!

    CHAIRSHOT TO THE BACK OF BUBBA!

    Bubba crumbles to the mat…

    … at the feet of CHRIS JERICHO!

    D-Von sees Bubba go down and turns around… JERICHO NAILS HIM WITH A CHAIR! Booker turns around… CHAIRSHOT!

    Michaels gets up and stares at Jericho, unsure whether to attack given his injuries and Jericho holding a chair…

    … so Triple H spins him around… PEDIGREE!

    Triple H is on his feet! Batista gets up… Orton struggles up… Flair is up… Christian is up…

    … and RVD gets to his feet as well… but he’s surrounded!

    SPINEBUSTER FROM BATISTA!

    Van Dam tried to take Team Bischoff out one by one… but they’ve got their own back!

    With every member of Team Austin out cold on the mat, Team Bischoff stand tall. On one side of the ring are Triple H, Batista, Flair, Orton and Christian, on the other is Jericho, holding his chair up, ready to attack. Everyone stares at Jericho…

    … so he tosses his chair away!

    Triple H walks over… and offers a reluctant handshake! Jericho meets him… and grips his hand! They pull each other in and stare angrily in to each other’s eyes, neither man trusting the other, but having made a declaration that they’ll work together if it means getting rid of Austin.

    ERIC BISCHOFF marches out on to the top of the ramp, beaming, and applauding as his team come together, despite their differences, ready to work together… for now.

    ”I don’t believe it!” JR says. ”Is Jericho actually willin’ to work with th’ rest of Team Bischoff aftah all?!”

    “I don’t know if he wants to, but he sees the big picture! Jericho’s going to work with Evolution and Christian if it means getting rid of Stone Cold!”

    “I thought Team Austin had th’ advantage goin’ in to th’ Survivor Series… but it’s Team Bischoff who stand tall! If Chris Jericho is on th’ same page… if they’re all workin’ together… Team Bischoff may just… be… bah… gawd… UNSTOPPABLE!”



    * END OF SHOW *



    Confirmed matches for next week

    World Heavyweight Title Match
    Stevie Richards vs. Goldberg (c)

    World Tag Team Title Match
    Randy Orton & Triple H vs. Dudley Boyz (c)

    Singles Match
    Batista vs. Shawn Michaels

    Tag Team Match
    Chris Jericho & Christian vs. Booker T & Rob Van Dam

    Triple Threat Number One Contenders Match for the WWE Women’s Title
    Gail Kim vs. Victoria vs. Trish Stratus

    Tag Team Match
    La Resistance vs. Lance Storm & Val Venis



    Confirmed matches for WWE Survivor Series

    Fatal Fourway Match for the WWE Championship
    Brock Lesnar (c) vs. vs. The Big Show vs. Kurt Angle vs. The Undertaker

    World Heavyweight Title Match
    Kane vs. Goldberg (c)

    5-on-5 Survivor Series Match – Winning GM Runs Raw
    Team Bischoff (Batista, Chris Jericho, Christian, Randy Orton & Triple H) vs. Team Austin (Booker T, Bubba Ray Dudley, D-Von Dudley, Rob Van Dam & Shawn Michaels)

    WWE Women’s Title Match
    Molly Holly (c) vs. Gail Kim or Trish Stratus or Victoria

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

    Some overall thoughts on your recent endeavours:

    - Like a few others have said, I really didn't go for Vince McMahon giving up his duties as Chairman of the WWE. On one hand I did enjoy the ironic twist in Lesnar essentially turning his back on him, but I just can't buy into the storyline. I understand you want to get rid of the McMahons from your programming, but you could've gone down a more believable route of Vince installing Heyman as his satellite on SmackDown! and then disappearing into the night now that Stephanie has been removed from power.

    - I absolutely loved the Matt Hardy video package and character on Smackdown. The line about Zach Gowan not applying is one of the most audacious yet hilarious things I've ever read in a BTB thread.

    - I'm enjoying John Cena's gradual rise up the card, and the way you're building him towards his seemingly inevitable face turn. Carry this on and it'll make for a huge moment when he finally draws a line in the sand and officially becomes a fan favourite. I'm not sure what you have planned for Eddie Guerrero in this thread, and whether or not for sentimental reasons you'll have him win the WWE title at any point, but it would seem apparent that Cena vs. Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania is the way we're headed. As much as I love Eddie, in this universe, I wouldn't mind if that's the case.

    - I agree with Zoom-E: this thread is very "brawl, backstage fight" heavy, and as it seems to happen on every show, each angle is losing its value. I absolutely HATED Stone Cold Steve Austin being turned into a cuckolded little bitch on the Raw before last, watching Van Dam basically get fucked by Evolution. I get it, there's a no physicality rule, but you have to believe that at some point a character like Stone Cold Steve Austin would say fuck it and beat the crap out of those guys. I also didn't like it all later in the night when Shawn Michaels talked to Austin, only for Evolution to immediately attack HBK. What are they doing, hiding outside of Austin's office all night waiting to fuck whoever walks in there? I get the whole "gang mentality" and taking out the other team, but the way it was booked on this night, for me, crossed a fine line between making the heels look like dicks and the faces garnering sympathy, to outright making the faces look like a bunch of pussies. I'm sorry if I'm being a bit harsh but I'd rather tell you exactly what I think than walk on eggshells and not be truthful.

    - Don't get me wrong though, you've got some GREAT stuff going on. For all my criticism of there being too many brawls on every show, one I did enjoy a lot was the Goldberg/Kane confrontation on your most recent show. You're really making this feud out to be a big deal between these two monsters, exactly how it should feel. As I mentioned above, I'm enjoying the character development you've got going on, particularly with Cena, and on Raw, Chris Jericho. This is an approach I've never seen taken with Jericho before, so it's interesting to read. I'm not 100% sold on it YET if I'm honest - there are moments when it slips into the kind of "Jericho honest man 2008" gimmick, but overall it's something different so well done for that.

    - One final note, just look at characterisation a little bit. Triple H's promo at the top of your most recent Raw felt a little off to me. Firstly, I can't remember him ever referring to himself in third person. "You don't want to mess with me" sounds more appropriate than "you don't want to mess with Triple H" for his character. Also, calling Spike "a little bastard" sounded more like a Stone Cold line than anything else.

    Overall some very good stuff you've got going here, albeit with a few points of constructive criticism. As ever I'll be reading.

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    - If Jericho is the "Honest Man 2008-10 Best in the World" lone ranger he is now I don't understand why he would still be on Team Bischoff given the fact that he hates just about every one of his teammates...I mean he hates Evolution especially Batista and Orton and I know he hates Christian. He also hates the GM that being Eric Bischoff so again I have to ask why would he still want to be on the team especially after Bischoff not only slapped him but practically embarrassed him publicly. Jericho has proven that he is all about himself and no one else so why would he care now about Austin or Bischoff. Plus didn't he say that Bischoff and company misused him in WCW and then being misused on RAW then why would he still be on Team Bischoff? Basically it makes Jericho look like a bitch for going out like that. It basically makes him look like a sucker for still being on the team. DAMN IT JERICHO IS THE BEST IN THE WORLD AT EVERYTHING HE DOES!!!! He does it night in night out on a daily basis and he proves it. Damn it he is it. He doesn't need a team or he doesn't need partners either especially partners who he can't stand. How can Jericho trust any of his teammates? Hell how can they trust him? I mean if he is a lone ranger then if Jericho were really smart and wanted to stick it to both Austin and Bischoff he would either still be on Team Bischoff but he would decide to no-show the match at Survivor Series which means Team Bischoff would be down a man the night of Survivor Series. Or Jericho gets himself DQed on purpose as a way to screw over his teammates so they go down a man or he gets himself counted out in the match at Survivor Series when one of his teammates goes to tag him into the match he gets off the apron and walks out on his team. Either way Jericho by staying on the team he is proving his own point that he is more or less a hypocrite because he is allowing Bischoff to tell him what to do and after the way he was embarrassed earlier on in the night by his own team why would he stay? Yeah sure he wants to get rid of Austin but then he can do that by himself rather than join forces with Bischoff. Or Jericho if he were to really screw over Bischoff and his team Jericho would not only decide to quit their team but he would quit RAW and we wouldn't see him for weeks or months. Jericho "The Best in the World" shows up on Smackdown as a member of their roster. Jericho could explain that GM Regal knows talent when he sees it unlike Bischoff and that is why he decided to leave RAW high and dry to go over to Smackdown to be a part of their roster because he wants more competition by that he means better competition. Or Jericho could decide to quit RAW and Team Bischoff to go on tour with his band Fozzy which wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility given that he is a rock star.

    - I knew that it would end up being Kane/Goldberg for the World Heavyweight Championship at Survivor Series. I actually commend you on making Kane look like more of an unstoppable monster here which is what Kane is and always should have been. You are more or less making Kane more like his Attitude Era-like self which I love more than anything else by sitting up every time after getting speared by Goldberg because not everyone can get up from a spear especially immediately. However, Kane managed to quite easily. I wondered if Kane would somehow hit a Chokeslam on Goldberg and then Goldberg would have gotten up after it. However, seeing the 2 of them beat the holy hell out of each other and have to not only be restrained by both security and referees which made no difference but then the locker room cleared out and all the RAW roster tried to separate these 2 and it didn't even work. It just goes to show you just not only how dominant both of these monsters are but that at Survivor Series we are in for a real war.

    - The way Jericho gripped Triple H's hand if I were Jericho I would have sucker punched Triple H immediately after the headbutt or I would have pulled him into the handshake...look at him and then afterwards head butt him right in his face like what Owens did to McMahon and then walk out which is what Jericho should have done as a big F U to his teammates but also to Bischoff.

    - It seems Team Austin has the upper hand with The Dudley Boyz and HBK going over Batista, Orton and Flair in the main event. I mean you had practically every member of both teams interfere in this match which was to be expected.

    - April Hunter's debut match and it is against the WWE Women's Champion Molly Holly. I mean even though her debut was in a losing effort she basically took Molly to the limit. This more or less reminded me of John Cena's debut match against Kurt Angle on Smackdown in 2002. Cena took Angle to the limit and even though it was in a losing effort Cena put himself on the map and April more or less did the same thing here and could have become WWE Women's Champion on her first night however that is not to say that she can't become champion eventually because she very well could.

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

    Dude if this show was the go home RAW, I would be all about this show! I thought the Jericho arc was really well done, great stuff, but just wish it was a week (?) later than it was. I'm curious to see how next week looks with Jericho on the same side as Team Bischoff. Just think that this is how you should want the team going into Survivor Series, whereas I'm not sure I want to see Jericho play nice with everyone next week, as it goes against his character.

    That being said about his character, have him talk a bit less, maybe. While the show arc worked out AMAZING, you almost killed it for me with his promo in that Y2J, Christian, and Booker segment. His dialogue was really badly bland. Your dialogue in general is really hit and miss. Last week's segment with Trish, Lita, and April Hunter was so cringey bad man! This week was a bit better, but still overall pretty poor. I am curious about Hunter going forward. She's got to turn heel eventually, but I think you've maybe started something really awesome in terms of how women are portrayed in the company right now. I'll stay mum on it for now, as I'm curious to see if I'm right about anything.

    The Spike match did good to sell him, that was nice.

    Goldberg/Kane again worked as a go home show segment, but knowing that it's not the go home show, it was a bit off putting. Yet again, it was too much. Kane and Goldberg having the huge brawl this week with security getting in the way was good enough, save the need for the whole locker room next week for the go home. Also, huge brawls like this should not feature Powerslams. I get the signature moves, and will support that, but not a Powerslam 😛😄.

    You are totally over doing chairs, and need to sell your big moves more. I don't want to see Christian out there after a Van Terminator. Kudos for selling his injuries, but it still is nullifying RVD's huge lights out move.

    Overall, this was a step in the right direction for me man. The positives definitely out weighed the negatives for me

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    Solid start with the promo from Triple H. Very noble of him to fight on his own without Evolution... against Spike Dudley. I liked the subtle warning towards Lesnar when warning the entire company not to mess with him (that’s how I interpreted it anyway) and this was a great match to kick the show off.


    I’ve been watching Raws and Smackdowns in 2000 as of late, and just today actually rewatched the awesome Trips vs Taka match, and this one had a similar vibe, with the big underdog having a competitive match with Hunter. I thought this was great. Trips vs Spike is never making it on PPV, but for TV, this was all kinds of fun. Just a shame HHH in ‘03 wouldn’t give a match like this. Great match, and a great showcase for Spike to hang with The Game.


    I really didn’t want to see RVD this week. After the beating he took last week- severe enough to put him out of the I.C title match - I’d have preferred him to at least be gone this week to sell those injuries... if not to milk it to the go-home show with questions over whether or not he’d compete at all. You did cover for that with Austin noting RVD wasn’t supposed to be at the show, but I still didn’t dig this return.


    Despite not enjoying seeing RVD back, I’ll admit that his rampage throughout the night was written really well, and made RVD feel much more important as a factor on Team Austin. His promo to Austin felt full of intensity, which, with RVD I always found difficult to pull off, but I thought you did it perfectly here. Felt believable to me.


    Again, to echo my same sentiments from last week on the April Hunter stuff, it just seems to be happening very fast. The title match, I felt, could’ve waited until next week and just leave their involvement at April announcing the match. Much like with the RVD stuff though, I can’t fault the actual booking around it. It’s fascinating to follow right now, and I hope we find out what exactly was going on in the office. The match was excellent too and for a moment I thought you were about to pull the trigger on a title switch for her debut. There’s quite a lot to uncover with April, but I’m predicting she finds a way into that #1 Contenders match next week.


    Enjoyed Long turning on the guys he cajoled last week and using them as an excuse for Henry losing. But as good as I thought Longs promo was, I really didn’t like the way Maven was scripted for the most part. (I admit, that’s a bit of a harsh assessment, seeing Maven was bland as hell) I think it was him calling Henry and Long back after being thrown into the wall and challenging Henry to a match. To me, that came across as hokey just.


    I don’t think I mentioned it last week, but the camera stuff with Goldust is quite interesting. I hope there’s more to that in the future as to why he’s filming his matches and what he’s doing with that footage. Plenty of oddness with Goldust throughout the match (though not as odd as Chioda & Tim White officiating the match, lol), which was to be expected, and given the feud has been centred around him, had to expect Goldust was winning. Clearly this is just the first stage of the rivalry given the finish, and I wonder what role Val will play in this. Maybe giving Goldust a reason to bring in some kind of back up to deal with the extra man?


    Wondering if there were a few hints at a Christian face turn during his promo with Jericho. That’s something interesting I’ll be following for future hints. The internal strife inside Team Bischoff is picking up steam here, with Jericho potentially ruining the whole thing with his selfishness. Glad you found a way to give Booker some promo time here too, and Jericho trying to get in his head was a nice little side issue, playing into Jerichos changes recently. I have to believe there’s something huge coming with Jericho the way he’s been talking, as if he knows something no one else does. Jericho leaving Christian for dead again should only add to their issues too.


    Kiebler officially joining up with Hurricane and Rosey is fine. It’s probably the best role for her anyway, but I’m not terribly into the whole superhero gimmick at this point. Hopefully you still find a spot for Steiner in the coming weeks. He’s been a delight to read in this thread.


    Found it kinda funny the difference between Triple H here dealing with the EMT and the way Vince did on Smackdown, with Hunter playing the macho tough guy.


    Definitely a change of pace with the song for the Kane promo, but I dug it.


    Bischoff slapping Jericho didn’t seem too believable to me. I get Eric is frustrated with him, but I just struggled to picture Eric having the balls to do that. Everything else was great though, including Eric offering Jericho a shot at him to just be able to fire the guy. Quite the cliffhanger to end on with Eric threatening to throw Jericho off the team, but it’s a sensible threat at this stage.


    I’d sort of forgotten La Resistance hadn’t gotten a rematch for the tag titles, so it was probably a good thing you reminded us about it here. The cheap win keeps La Resistance ticking over for the time being, and could even start a minor feud with Cade and Jindrak due to the finish.


    There’s something about the way you write Molly Holly that just tickles me. I know I’ve said it before, but she’s a low-key highlight in this thread. Her responding with the “yes, she’s an adult too” bit, completely misunderstanding the part Terri was questioning was great. Even though it was touched on here, with the way things looked with April’s compromising position earlier, Molly should have a field day discussing that again in the future.


    You mustn’t listen to Bruce Prichard’s podcast, because you’re supposed to take the ‘t’ out of his name and put one on your back! Otherwise, this segment was sensational. Kept the dialogue to a minimum and the brawl ratcheted up to the max. Having so many people involved in the end would’ve been one hell of a sight, especially all the agents and the guys involved in production more than anything. Had a feeling of ‘all hands on deck’ about it to try and restrain the pair.


    I can sort of see what Zoom-E is saying when he says this would’ve been the perfect go-home angle, just because I don’t know where else you can go from here with these two before Survivor Series. But there’s been many feuds where the pull apart brawl happens way before the climax of the feud too, so it’s not like you’ve booked the angle out of sequence. I’m pumped to see what’s next. You’ve a big job on your hands to top this angle.


    It’ll be quite sad when Richards jobs hard next week. These vignettes have been great fun the last few weeks. The passer by and the excruciatingly long ending were tremendous. Funny stuff. But I fully expect Richards to lose even quicker than he did the first time next week.


    Evolution going for the WASSUP and the 3D stuff didn’t sit well with me for some reason. I’d picture the likes of Edge& Christian doing it in 2000/2001, but that sort of thing isn’t something I’d imagine a guy like Batista especially doing, given the role he fills in Evolution. I half expected Orton to tell Flair to get the tables at one point.


    Flair taking the fall was to be expected. As the only one not involved at Survivor Series it made most sense for him to lose here. As much as I didn’t like RVD returning on this show, I could forgive it for the way the show turned out in the end. After Team Bischoff dominated all last week until the end of the night, it was a complete role reversal on this show, with Austin’s team on top at every turn all night until this closing scene. I’m sure that wasn’t an accident either.


    Jericho finally planting his flag in the dirt with Team Bischoff is fine. I’ll expect an explanation next week for what made his mind up here, but overall, just due to the mirroring of last weeks show, I really enjoyed this closing angle. Team Bischoff look like a unit now, which makes Austin’s task that much harder.


    Definitely hitting full steam towards Survivor Series here. Can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store next.

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    Opening the show with Triple H last week is completely fine, as it was a big week for Evolution. Triple H being pissed off makes complete sense, and calling out Spike to get the match started now was solid enough. The match went as expected, with Spike showing heart and grit, but he was never winning this. Really well written and well booked and the aftermath was great until RVD made the save. I remember thinking the attack on Van Dam was really brutal so maybe a little surprised to see him back soon. Also, surprised not to see Evolution look to make the save when RVD went on the attack. Where are they? Van Dam wanting revenge on everybody could be a fun angle for the night though. Definitely a fun opening to the show.

    The Trish/Lita dynamic seems interesting after April really got them thinking last week. Trish definitely seems on the same page as April whereas Lita still clearly does not. This obviously still feels like the beginning of tension even though Lita will follow Trish here. A good segment to further progress this interesting angle, and I look forward to seeing the follow up.

    Austin talking to RVD who is all intense and wants revenge is fine. I guess the doctor’s not clearing Van Dam kind of sells his injuries, but it’d be nice if he was actually selling them. Does he have any bruising? A sore head? A limp? It felt like he was fine when he attacked Triple H. I feel as if this half addressed my issue if that makes sense.

    Teddy Long weaving his words to make excuses for Henry was quite funny, and to be expected. I almost forgot about the Maven angle… Maven coming in and telling them straight only to be destroyed was fine. Maven seems destined to be fodder for Henry sometime soon. Solid stuff.

    Goldust/Storm is an interesting one at this point because whilst I commend you with doing something with some guys who were being wasted, I’m not completely invested. Whilst he’s a slightly off character and the mystery is some of the charm behind it, I feel like I need some sort of further explanation as to why Goldust is acting up to be completely into it. With that being said, the match ending the way it did and Venis getting involved after last week is fine. I’m actually quite a fan of all three so am happy to see them linked in some way, shape or form. Goldust filming and laughing even after being bested is definitely interesting as well. Good stuff.

    Well, April Hunter has certainly wasted no time making herself at home and I dig it. Trish and Lita wanting a title shot, only for Hunter to be in there sucking up/on Bischoff is just AWESOME. Lita being disturbed and slapping Bischoff, whilst Trish kind of forgives Hunter is interesting. It’s clear as day Hunter is causing Trish/Lita problems, and this was yet another awesome step in that direction. Whilst it has been a little fast, I don’t think there has been a Hunter segment yet that I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed.

    Christian and Chris Jericho having some issues was rather… interesting. Christian pissed off and wanting an apology makes sense, where as Jericho confused me a little here. Whilst I get what you were going for, it didn’t quite feel right when he blamed “them”, when he was the one who messed up last week. The whole “you sided with them and lost your title because of it” doesn’t make sense as Jericho is the sole reason it happened. I like the tension and Jericho almost still being somewhat of a loner, but I didn’t think the logic was completely there. With that being said, Booker talking them down and then the brawl was completely fine… And RVD takes down another. I mentioned RVD looking like he’d be a fun angle throughout the night and that continued here. Good stuff.

    Steiner/Hurricane has been a solid mid card angle and I know you’ve made your thoughts on Steiner clear, but I was really disappointed he got a loss here. I thought a win here would get him over this angle and he could move onto something slightly more prominent, but, well, I guess not. Stacy costing Steiner the victory makes complete sense though, although I’m not sure Hurricane would actually be able to Chokeslam Steiner. A good win for the Superhero now, and much like IRL, it looks like Stacy will manage Hurricane and the SHIT moving forward. The booking of the angle made sense wand was solid, personal preference just had me hoping for a different result.

    Triple H rallying Evolution for the main event is completely fine. Expect them to be fired up, good stuff.

    Kane video package was awesome. Had never heard the song before but thought it worked really well.

    Bischoff and Jericho segment was really good here, in terms of Bischoff threatening to take Jericho off the team… And seemingly getting to him. With that being said, I thought the slap was maybe a little to much. Didn’t think it completely fit the situation but yeah, still fun stuff. Also, has Bischoff actually ever called Triple H “Trips”? I don’t know if I’ve just missed it, but didn’t sound right.

    La Resistance campaigning for their rightful(?) rematch is a decent angle and makes sense. Getting a win over Cade and Jindrak continues that well. On another one of those personal preference thing, please use Cade and Jindrak. Whilst they didn’t get much time, I always thought they were a slightly underrated team.

    Molly Holly segment was great. Reading through Wolfy’s feedback, he mentioned you write her damn well and he’s spot on. Ragging on Terri and April was expected, and the moment where she mentioned title shot on the first not, and then Gail spoke up was genius. A very fun interview here though, hyping tonight’s match.

    First off, smart move to keep the words between Kane and Goldberg short and sweet. At this point the two monsters don’t need to run their mouths for a long time. Goldberg getting the Spear, for Kane to sit up and laugh… and then Goldberg laughs to… Then they go back to fighting… Maybe my favourite thing ever. So good. The rest of the brawl was nice and sold well with all of the agents and wrestlers getting between them. Such a simple build between these two so far, however it’s so bloody good.

    A really well booked, well written match here between Molly and Hunter. The champion gets a solid title defence in whilst Hunter looked AMAZING in her debut match. Great stuff all around.

    Another epic Stevie Richards segment. I really hope you find away to keep these going after he gets squashed again next week.

    The main event was a very fun read, and I just wanted to mention that I really enjoy the fact that you put Flair over. The amount of times he regained the advantage for Evolution was quite good, he really felt like the mentor keeping the youngsters on track. I know he ended up taking the fall, but still, I noticed this. All of the interference was fine for me outside of the Christian one. The Van Terminator is a move pulled out once every so often and should be treated like a big deal. Christian shouldn’t have been seen on this show again. With that being said, the brawl to end the show was a hell of a lot of fun and Jericho proving he wants to be on team Bischoff for SS was the perfect way to end this. Very good stuff.

    For the first time in what feels like whatever, I had a couple of minor complaints but I still enjoyed the hell out of this show. Goldberg/Kane and the build towards Bischoff/Austin team match is firing on all cyclinders at the moment. Good job!









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    Really solid way to open the show. I love your writing for commentary, it feels really on point for JR and Lawler. I can legitimately hear their voices as I'm reading it and that's always a surefire sign that it's good. The match was great and exactly how I expected it to go from the get-go, the underdog looked good even though he had no fighting chance. My only complain is the aftermath where he rest of Evolution was nowhere to be seen.

    Hm, I wonder how Trish/Lita asking Bischoff for an opportunity is going to go. This feels like it's going to lead to an eventual Trish heel turn.

    I didn't like the Henry/Maven part of the segment here. Being rammed into a concrete wall and being hit with some punches should've been enough to render Maven unable to speak, let alone for him to challenge Henry as if nothing happened.

    Interesting turn of events in the Goldust match. I'm really curious where you take Goldust going forward because I feel like he was a really under-appreciated talent at this time. Such a unique and intriguing character, really easy to get behind or to become against him because he plays all the roles he's given that damn well. Interested to see if Goldust gets a new partner or anything moving forward because this Venis/Storm alliance feels like a possible new team brewing up.

    I'm not really familiar with who April Hunter is, mind freshening this up for me?

    Great promo by Book/Christian/Jericho, not much else to say. The tension provided is great and good to see RVD make his second appearance of the night. Steiner/Hurricane was also solid. Didn't expect it to happen the way that it did but I'm not 100% on everything going on in your diary, hopefully I will be through passing time.

    I personally love what you're doing with Jericho and the direction you're taking his character but the slap was very feminine-esque and I'm not entirely a fan of that. It kind of takes away from how you were building his character.

    From the opening promo before the match, it was pretty obvious who the winners were going to be. Nice way to build up an eventual rematch for these guys.

    The Kane/Goldberg thing was tremendous. The monstrous aura of the two wrestlers complemented by the intensity of how you wrote the segment was fantastic. I can't wait to see how their survivor series match plays out now because this promo was so well executed. Needing 25 bodies just to hold them back shows just massive in size and strength these two are.

    You made April look fantastic in her debut match, but again, who is she I have no idea

    I felt like maybe we saw Van Dam make too many appearances on the show, it became obvious he was going to be involved in the main event and it kind of took away from it when he appeared for the third time now. Other than that, no complaints, the main event was fantastic and did a really good job of building this program moving forward. Survivor Series is looking great!

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

    Wow, 8 bits of feedback since my last post, including 6 since the last episode of Raw. Too bad Raw wasn’t my finest effort…!

    Not making excuses, but this show was written at 5am or after 10pm while sleep deprived due to child issues, and KOBTB really ate in to my stored backlog. Writing this BTB was actually a fantastic distraction from that real life stuff, but I think it meant writing was a little bitty and, frankly not my finest piece of work. I’m still happy with what I did, but I definitely think in different circumstances I could have done better. This is reflected in the feedback, which I will respond to in more detail.

    Anyway, on to the comments!


    Quote Originally Posted by sebsy View Post
    Good opening segment with Vince, Heyman, Regal and Angle. Interesting move going for Regal as GM and a nice change from real life. Regal is so great in a pompous, snivelling, kick-ass heel way that he should be a great pick if you can do with his character what you do with so many others. Vince going through a list of memorable moments is classic Vince for this time period.

    Enjoyable opening match for the title. Cena was always likely to retain, but it's a solid first defence and an exciting match.

    Really enjoyed the segment with Vince and the EMT.

    As usual, thoroughly enjoyed Matt Hardy here with Eddie, Chavo and Shannon. He really is great comic material here. And, such a little thing like Eddie taking Matt's pen and it playnig in to their match later on is the kind of thing you sadly don't see anymore.

    I like having London and Kendrick losing to FBI in only London's second week. In real the new guy would likely keep picking up wins, so it's nice to see something that makes more sense.

    The Mattitude advert! Great stuff. Loved it.

    Neat match between Mattitude and the Guerreros. It was more about an expected win for Eddie leading to an attack by Cena to help further fuel their feud.

    Clever stuff in the Basham match, you really have been building these guys well.

    Interesting that the main event should be a draw after 6 minutes. On one hand, it's great to see a proper match between two of the best, but no issue with it being cut short as it's all part of building to Survivor Series here.

    I'm not sure what to make of the closing segment. It's definitely cool and interesting, but I certainly wasn't expecting it. Vince stepping down as Chairman to become a manager only to end up without a job is very intriguing. Vince will obviously be back in some form, and probably quite soon, but it is something different that could really build to something good, so I'm all for it.

    Great show as always.
    On Paul London losing: Yep, totally agree. Having London not be on a winning streak just because he’s new is an important distinction for me. He’s still young and has a lot to learn, and the FBI need the occasional win to being total jobbers.

    On the Bashams: Glad you’re enjoying their progression. For all the feedback about things moving too quickly (which I totally appreciate), this is one where I’ve tried to gradually build something up, and I’ve really enjoyed it. There’s always room for a sneaky old-school team who just stay within the rules, in my eyes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zoom-E View Post
    I liked what I read from No Mercy. It was a good starting point to get me thrown into things, especially on the SD side. It really soaked me in, a few things I didn't like aside, but I must admit, I've been disappointed more than satisfied since then overall.

    My biggest complaint is that I just feel there's too much going on, if that makes any sense. On RAW, there was WAAAY too much Evolution beat downs, it just felt like it kept going over and over and over again. It became redundant, and it lost its effectiveness. Which honestly, perfectly sums up my whole problem right now. There is too much going on that you're trying to hype up so big, that nothing is coming across as important as it should, in my opinion. The Evolution/Bischoff v. Austin totally overshadowed the hype you should've had around the Goldberg/Mark Henry World Title fight and set up for Goldberg/Kane. It's just like, slow down man. On this one episode of RAW you had a lot of good things going on - Goldberg v. Mark Henry for the World Title, the constant Evolution stuff, the EXCELLENT Dudley Boyz segment in the ring with Evolution, Booker T returning for the IC Title match and winning - but it's just all getting lost. I don't think you should be having the World Title match before the IC Title. If you want a big Booker return, do it on a different week than Goldberg v. Mark Henry with the Kane attack. Space things out, so your things you want to feel important, feel important.

    This was the same problem I had with No Mercy. I don't understand how you can have a match that determines Stephanie McMahon's job as Smackdown GM on the line and not be the headline of the show. That just is something I struggled with, especially when it's Vince McMahon centric as well. You were able to do a good enough job masking that by the EXCELLENT Iron Man match, both in terms of your writing and booking. I thought the ending was excellent, not going with the trope of the last second tap out to force OT was so refreshing.

    Smackdown was another show that just felt like it was 2-4 segments too long. It ran on and on and on, to the point that I just was losing interest. While the Matt Hardy/Shannon Moore stuff was good, is there really a need for them to be in 4 different segments? It's over saturation. Even the Vince McMahon arc was over saturated. I LOVED how things came full circle with McMahon from start of show to end - gloating about being on top, his whole 10 memorable moments thing (which was ace), to ending up eating humble pie and walking away with nothing. While the whole storyline makes absolutely no sense - Vince McMahon would NEVER throw away his Chairman status just to manage Brock Lesnar; he's the Chairman, he can do both, just look at The Corporation - it was a nice come full circle moment. But again, just like RAW, you've done too much. Big Show taking out both Taker and Angle and Taker going through the table is a good enough end to Smackdown, but it becomes such an afterthought like it never even happened. You have this great Vince McMahon eats humble pie moment, and Paul Heyman gets to throw it all in his face... but even THAT ends up being second fiddle then to having Big Show, and Angle, and freaking Taker coming back out to get into it again. Why is Taker coming back out literally minutes after getting Chokeslammed through an announcer's table? Just too much going on.

    Don't take the overly negative feedback as me thinking this is not good quality. The quality is clear as day. But you're trying to do too much in a small window, that it's having a paradoxical effect on things. Hopefully it can get fixed moving forward, as there's some things I do like about the two shows that I can totally get invested in on.
    On Smackdown being too packed: I agree Smackdown was a little long. 2-4 segments too long probably sounds about right to me, actually. It was on reading it over for formatting that I got the same sense as you, but didn’t want to lose anything. I don’t think the level of detail some segments got helped with this image.

    This came from the fact that this episode of Smackdown was essentially my “Raw after Wrestlemania”. Everything before this point was paying off what I inherited (this was the first PPV featuring Smackdown guys since I started). With No Mercy done and this episode of Smackdown out there, I have moved on from Steph vs Vince, Brock vs Angle, Brock as Vince’s pawn, etc. This was “my” first episode of Smackdown, and it therefore required a certain amount of set up. Especially with Survivor Series just 4 weeks away.

    I do think that episode isn’t exactly representative of what to expect going forward and hope you have faith that it’ll slow down. I do have a preference for a slightly chaotic, energised show (I want to give people a reason to keep reading, after all), but this show was probably the most (over)packed that I’ve done.

    That said, I disagree on your assessment of Matt Hardy. Firstly, I can’t see what the fourth segment is you refer to. I see three; one sets up a match, one is the match, and one is a hype video unrelated to what we’d seen. That doesn’t seem too extreme to me.

    On Steph’s resignation needing to be the main event of No Mercy: I fundamentally disagree with this I’m afraid. I frankly don’t see that much value in “what will the McMahons do next”. Or “who will run the show”. It’s a fun angle to book, but the WWE Title will always be way more important to me. Especially when it’s Stephanie McMahon we’re talking about, who had lost a loser leaves town match 18 months earlier and was back in less than half a year.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kingpin View Post
    Some overall thoughts on your recent endeavours:

    - Like a few others have said, I really didn't go for Vince McMahon giving up his duties as Chairman of the WWE. On one hand I did enjoy the ironic twist in Lesnar essentially turning his back on him, but I just can't buy into the storyline. I understand you want to get rid of the McMahons from your programming, but you could've gone down a more believable route of Vince installing Heyman as his satellite on SmackDown! and then disappearing into the night now that Stephanie has been removed from power.

    - I absolutely loved the Matt Hardy video package and character on Smackdown. The line about Zach Gowan not applying is one of the most audacious yet hilarious things I've ever read in a BTB thread.

    - I'm enjoying John Cena's gradual rise up the card, and the way you're building him towards his seemingly inevitable face turn. Carry this on and it'll make for a huge moment when he finally draws a line in the sand and officially becomes a fan favourite. I'm not sure what you have planned for Eddie Guerrero in this thread, and whether or not for sentimental reasons you'll have him win the WWE title at any point, but it would seem apparent that Cena vs. Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania is the way we're headed. As much as I love Eddie, in this universe, I wouldn't mind if that's the case.

    - I agree with Zoom-E: this thread is very "brawl, backstage fight" heavy, and as it seems to happen on every show, each angle is losing its value. I absolutely HATED Stone Cold Steve Austin being turned into a cuckolded little bitch on the Raw before last, watching Van Dam basically get fucked by Evolution. I get it, there's a no physicality rule, but you have to believe that at some point a character like Stone Cold Steve Austin would say fuck it and beat the crap out of those guys. I also didn't like it all later in the night when Shawn Michaels talked to Austin, only for Evolution to immediately attack HBK. What are they doing, hiding outside of Austin's office all night waiting to fuck whoever walks in there? I get the whole "gang mentality" and taking out the other team, but the way it was booked on this night, for me, crossed a fine line between making the heels look like dicks and the faces garnering sympathy, to outright making the faces look like a bunch of pussies. I'm sorry if I'm being a bit harsh but I'd rather tell you exactly what I think than walk on eggshells and not be truthful.

    - Don't get me wrong though, you've got some GREAT stuff going on. For all my criticism of there being too many brawls on every show, one I did enjoy a lot was the Goldberg/Kane confrontation on your most recent show. You're really making this feud out to be a big deal between these two monsters, exactly how it should feel. As I mentioned above, I'm enjoying the character development you've got going on, particularly with Cena, and on Raw, Chris Jericho. This is an approach I've never seen taken with Jericho before, so it's interesting to read. I'm not 100% sold on it YET if I'm honest - there are moments when it slips into the kind of "Jericho honest man 2008" gimmick, but overall it's something different so well done for that.

    - One final note, just look at characterisation a little bit. Triple H's promo at the top of your most recent Raw felt a little off to me. Firstly, I can't remember him ever referring to himself in third person. "You don't want to mess with me" sounds more appropriate than "you don't want to mess with Triple H" for his character. Also, calling Spike "a little bastard" sounded more like a Stone Cold line than anything else.

    Overall some very good stuff you've got going here, albeit with a few points of constructive criticism. As ever I'll be reading.
    On how Vince could have just stepped aside: Absolutely, that would have been one way to play it. Personally, I wanted to roll the dice and try something a little different that I’d never seen before, and I wanted to have a sense of closure on the Mr McMahon arc of the previous five years. But that absolutely was an option.

    On Raw being brawl heavy: Yep, that’s fair. I think this is partly down to trying to build to Survivor Series, which is dense with multi-man matches, and partially for wanted to be somewhat true to the era. That is especially true when I’m trying to convey a story of warfare for Team Bischoff vs Austin.

    That said, I do think things got a little too “fight-y” on Raw. From this episode of Smackdown it should naturally calm down anyway, but it’s feedback I have taken on board and will look to address in future shows. Hopefully this’ll be more to your liking in the future.

    On Jericho and the Honest Man gimmick: It’s a great gimmick, absolutely no doubt about that. There is certainly a touch of influence here. But I hope it doesn’t come across as a straight rip off, because it isn’t supposed to be that. It may be a minor point, but it’s why I intentionally pointed out that Jericho was in a t-shirt and jeans, and not a suit. This isn’t that character. Similarities, sure, but it’s different. As time moves on, hopefully the differences in this character from that one should become clearer. There’s certainly more to come.

    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Gyimah View Post
    - If Jericho is the "Honest Man 2008-10 Best in the World" lone ranger he is now I don't understand why he would still be on Team Bischoff given the fact that he hates just about every one of his teammates...I mean he hates Evolution especially Batista and Orton and I know he hates Christian. He also hates the GM that being Eric Bischoff so again I have to ask why would he still want to be on the team especially after Bischoff not only slapped him but practically embarrassed him publicly. Jericho has proven that he is all about himself and no one else so why would he care now about Austin or Bischoff. Plus didn't he say that Bischoff and company misused him in WCW and then being misused on RAW then why would he still be on Team Bischoff? Basically it makes Jericho look like a bitch for going out like that. It basically makes him look like a sucker for still being on the team. DAMN IT JERICHO IS THE BEST IN THE WORLD AT EVERYTHING HE DOES!!!! He does it night in night out on a daily basis and he proves it. Damn it he is it. He doesn't need a team or he doesn't need partners either especially partners who he can't stand. How can Jericho trust any of his teammates? Hell how can they trust him? I mean if he is a lone ranger then if Jericho were really smart and wanted to stick it to both Austin and Bischoff he would either still be on Team Bischoff but he would decide to no-show the match at Survivor Series which means Team Bischoff would be down a man the night of Survivor Series. Or Jericho gets himself DQed on purpose as a way to screw over his teammates so they go down a man or he gets himself counted out in the match at Survivor Series when one of his teammates goes to tag him into the match he gets off the apron and walks out on his team. Either way Jericho by staying on the team he is proving his own point that he is more or less a hypocrite because he is allowing Bischoff to tell him what to do and after the way he was embarrassed earlier on in the night by his own team why would he stay? Yeah sure he wants to get rid of Austin but then he can do that by himself rather than join forces with Bischoff. Or Jericho if he were to really screw over Bischoff and his team Jericho would not only decide to quit their team but he would quit RAW and we wouldn't see him for weeks or months. Jericho "The Best in the World" shows up on Smackdown as a member of their roster. Jericho could explain that GM Regal knows talent when he sees it unlike Bischoff and that is why he decided to leave RAW high and dry to go over to Smackdown to be a part of their roster because he wants more competition by that he means better competition. Or Jericho could decide to quit RAW and Team Bischoff to go on tour with his band Fozzy which wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility given that he is a rock star.

    - I knew that it would end up being Kane/Goldberg for the World Heavyweight Championship at Survivor Series. I actually commend you on making Kane look like more of an unstoppable monster here which is what Kane is and always should have been. You are more or less making Kane more like his Attitude Era-like self which I love more than anything else by sitting up every time after getting speared by Goldberg because not everyone can get up from a spear especially immediately. However, Kane managed to quite easily. I wondered if Kane would somehow hit a Chokeslam on Goldberg and then Goldberg would have gotten up after it. However, seeing the 2 of them beat the holy hell out of each other and have to not only be restrained by both security and referees which made no difference but then the locker room cleared out and all the RAW roster tried to separate these 2 and it didn't even work. It just goes to show you just not only how dominant both of these monsters are but that at Survivor Series we are in for a real war.

    - The way Jericho gripped Triple H's hand if I were Jericho I would have sucker punched Triple H immediately after the headbutt or I would have pulled him into the handshake...look at him and then afterwards head butt him right in his face like what Owens did to McMahon and then walk out which is what Jericho should have done as a big F U to his teammates but also to Bischoff.

    - It seems Team Austin has the upper hand with The Dudley Boyz and HBK going over Batista, Orton and Flair in the main event. I mean you had practically every member of both teams interfere in this match which was to be expected.

    - April Hunter's debut match and it is against the WWE Women's Champion Molly Holly. I mean even though her debut was in a losing effort she basically took Molly to the limit. This more or less reminded me of John Cena's debut match against Kurt Angle on Smackdown in 2002. Cena took Angle to the limit and even though it was in a losing effort Cena put himself on the map and April more or less did the same thing here and could have become WWE Women's Champion on her first night however that is not to say that she can't become champion eventually because she very well could.
    On Jericho being able to trust Team Bischoff, and vice versa: Yeah, I totally agree. That’s exactly the angle I’m going for. He doesn’t want to align with them at all, and has made it clear how little he likes everyone on his team, but he has a wider goal in mind. But will it work, or will it be their downfall?

    On the booking of Kane and Goldberg as two colliding monsters: Booking this rivalry was one of the big motivators for doing this time period. It’s mad to me that they ran Goldberg vs. Triple H for essentially four months non-stop and didn’t have Goldberg feud with anyone else, especially when Kane had the opportunity to be a hot rivalry for him. This was arguably Kane’s highest potential as a character, and I wanted to get that right.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zoom-E View Post
    Dude if this show was the go home RAW, I would be all about this show! I thought the Jericho arc was really well done, great stuff, but just wish it was a week (?) later than it was. I'm curious to see how next week looks with Jericho on the same side as Team Bischoff. Just think that this is how you should want the team going into Survivor Series, whereas I'm not sure I want to see Jericho play nice with everyone next week, as it goes against his character.

    That being said about his character, have him talk a bit less, maybe. While the show arc worked out AMAZING, you almost killed it for me with his promo in that Y2J, Christian, and Booker segment. His dialogue was really badly bland. Your dialogue in general is really hit and miss. Last week's segment with Trish, Lita, and April Hunter was so cringey bad man! This week was a bit better, but still overall pretty poor. I am curious about Hunter going forward. She's got to turn heel eventually, but I think you've maybe started something really awesome in terms of how women are portrayed in the company right now. I'll stay mum on it for now, as I'm curious to see if I'm right about anything.

    The Spike match did good to sell him, that was nice.

    Goldberg/Kane again worked as a go home show segment, but knowing that it's not the go home show, it was a bit off putting. Yet again, it was too much. Kane and Goldberg having the huge brawl this week with security getting in the way was good enough, save the need for the whole locker room next week for the go home. Also, huge brawls like this should not feature Powerslams. I get the signature moves, and will support that, but not a Powerslam .

    You are totally over doing chairs, and need to sell your big moves more. I don't want to see Christian out there after a Van Terminator. Kudos for selling his injuries, but it still is nullifying RVD's huge lights out move.

    Overall, this was a step in the right direction for me man. The positives definitely out weighed the negatives for me
    On the dialogue not working for you: That’s good to know, thank you for sharing. I absolutely encourage constructive feedback, so it is useful to know that it doesn’t always click for you.

    However, given this feedback isn’t being brought up anywhere else, in future if you find this to still be an issue would you mind being more constructive with your feedback? Rather than calling it “cringey” (which I can’t do a lot with), would you mind explaining what it is that makes it “cringey” for you? Maybe point out an example so I can see specifically what isn’t working for you, or what about how it’s worded isn’t right.

    I’d love to use your feedback to improve my work, but as it stands don’t know what it is I need to change. In fact, it reads as slightly demotivating for me, given writing this stuff takes quite a lot of time and involves me really putting myself out there to be judged. I’m sure this isn’t the intention, but being more constructive would really help me use your feedback effectively.

    On overdoing chairs: Yep, totally agree. This ties in to what I said before about it being written in a fairly bit-y way, as it was a bunch of segments that didn’t totally flow together. Hopefully won’t be an issue again the future, because your point is a valid one.

    On the positives outweighing the negatives: That’s a relief

    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf Beast View Post
    Solid start with the promo from Triple H. Very noble of him to fight on his own without Evolution... against Spike Dudley. I liked the subtle warning towards Lesnar when warning the entire company not to mess with him (that’s how I interpreted it anyway) and this was a great match to kick the show off.


    I’ve been watching Raws and Smackdowns in 2000 as of late, and just today actually rewatched the awesome Trips vs Taka match, and this one had a similar vibe, with the big underdog having a competitive match with Hunter. I thought this was great. Trips vs Spike is never making it on PPV, but for TV, this was all kinds of fun. Just a shame HHH in ‘03 wouldn’t give a match like this. Great match, and a great showcase for Spike to hang with The Game.


    I really didn’t want to see RVD this week. After the beating he took last week- severe enough to put him out of the I.C title match - I’d have preferred him to at least be gone this week to sell those injuries... if not to milk it to the go-home show with questions over whether or not he’d compete at all. You did cover for that with Austin noting RVD wasn’t supposed to be at the show, but I still didn’t dig this return.


    Despite not enjoying seeing RVD back, I’ll admit that his rampage throughout the night was written really well, and made RVD feel much more important as a factor on Team Austin. His promo to Austin felt full of intensity, which, with RVD I always found difficult to pull off, but I thought you did it perfectly here. Felt believable to me.


    Again, to echo my same sentiments from last week on the April Hunter stuff, it just seems to be happening very fast. The title match, I felt, could’ve waited until next week and just leave their involvement at April announcing the match. Much like with the RVD stuff though, I can’t fault the actual booking around it. It’s fascinating to follow right now, and I hope we find out what exactly was going on in the office. The match was excellent too and for a moment I thought you were about to pull the trigger on a title switch for her debut. There’s quite a lot to uncover with April, but I’m predicting she finds a way into that #1 Contenders match next week.


    Enjoyed Long turning on the guys he cajoled last week and using them as an excuse for Henry losing. But as good as I thought Longs promo was, I really didn’t like the way Maven was scripted for the most part. (I admit, that’s a bit of a harsh assessment, seeing Maven was bland as hell) I think it was him calling Henry and Long back after being thrown into the wall and challenging Henry to a match. To me, that came across as hokey just.


    I don’t think I mentioned it last week, but the camera stuff with Goldust is quite interesting. I hope there’s more to that in the future as to why he’s filming his matches and what he’s doing with that footage. Plenty of oddness with Goldust throughout the match (though not as odd as Chioda & Tim White officiating the match, lol), which was to be expected, and given the feud has been centred around him, had to expect Goldust was winning. Clearly this is just the first stage of the rivalry given the finish, and I wonder what role Val will play in this. Maybe giving Goldust a reason to bring in some kind of back up to deal with the extra man?


    Wondering if there were a few hints at a Christian face turn during his promo with Jericho. That’s something interesting I’ll be following for future hints. The internal strife inside Team Bischoff is picking up steam here, with Jericho potentially ruining the whole thing with his selfishness. Glad you found a way to give Booker some promo time here too, and Jericho trying to get in his head was a nice little side issue, playing into Jerichos changes recently. I have to believe there’s something huge coming with Jericho the way he’s been talking, as if he knows something no one else does. Jericho leaving Christian for dead again should only add to their issues too.


    Kiebler officially joining up with Hurricane and Rosey is fine. It’s probably the best role for her anyway, but I’m not terribly into the whole superhero gimmick at this point. Hopefully you still find a spot for Steiner in the coming weeks. He’s been a delight to read in this thread.


    Found it kinda funny the difference between Triple H here dealing with the EMT and the way Vince did on Smackdown, with Hunter playing the macho tough guy.


    Definitely a change of pace with the song for the Kane promo, but I dug it.


    Bischoff slapping Jericho didn’t seem too believable to me. I get Eric is frustrated with him, but I just struggled to picture Eric having the balls to do that. Everything else was great though, including Eric offering Jericho a shot at him to just be able to fire the guy. Quite the cliffhanger to end on with Eric threatening to throw Jericho off the team, but it’s a sensible threat at this stage.


    I’d sort of forgotten La Resistance hadn’t gotten a rematch for the tag titles, so it was probably a good thing you reminded us about it here. The cheap win keeps La Resistance ticking over for the time being, and could even start a minor feud with Cade and Jindrak due to the finish.


    There’s something about the way you write Molly Holly that just tickles me. I know I’ve said it before, but she’s a low-key highlight in this thread. Her responding with the “yes, she’s an adult too” bit, completely misunderstanding the part Terri was questioning was great. Even though it was touched on here, with the way things looked with April’s compromising position earlier, Molly should have a field day discussing that again in the future.


    You mustn’t listen to Bruce Prichard’s podcast, because you’re supposed to take the ‘t’ out of his name and put one on your back! Otherwise, this segment was sensational. Kept the dialogue to a minimum and the brawl ratcheted up to the max. Having so many people involved in the end would’ve been one hell of a sight, especially all the agents and the guys involved in production more than anything. Had a feeling of ‘all hands on deck’ about it to try and restrain the pair.


    I can sort of see what Zoom-E is saying when he says this would’ve been the perfect go-home angle, just because I don’t know where else you can go from here with these two before Survivor Series. But there’s been many feuds where the pull apart brawl happens way before the climax of the feud too, so it’s not like you’ve booked the angle out of sequence. I’m pumped to see what’s next. You’ve a big job on your hands to top this angle.


    It’ll be quite sad when Richards jobs hard next week. These vignettes have been great fun the last few weeks. The passer by and the excruciatingly long ending were tremendous. Funny stuff. But I fully expect Richards to lose even quicker than he did the first time next week.


    Evolution going for the WASSUP and the 3D stuff didn’t sit well with me for some reason. I’d picture the likes of Edge& Christian doing it in 2000/2001, but that sort of thing isn’t something I’d imagine a guy like Batista especially doing, given the role he fills in Evolution. I half expected Orton to tell Flair to get the tables at one point.


    Flair taking the fall was to be expected. As the only one not involved at Survivor Series it made most sense for him to lose here. As much as I didn’t like RVD returning on this show, I could forgive it for the way the show turned out in the end. After Team Bischoff dominated all last week until the end of the night, it was a complete role reversal on this show, with Austin’s team on top at every turn all night until this closing scene. I’m sure that wasn’t an accident either.


    Jericho finally planting his flag in the dirt with Team Bischoff is fine. I’ll expect an explanation next week for what made his mind up here, but overall, just due to the mirroring of last weeks show, I really enjoyed this closing angle. Team Bischoff look like a unit now, which makes Austin’s task that much harder.


    Definitely hitting full steam towards Survivor Series here. Can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store next.
    On that Taka match: I bloody love that match. It was definitely an inspiration. I always enjoy seeing a top guy give a bit of a rub to a smaller guy in loss, so it was fun to write for that.

    On Maven: Yep, see your point. I think this is a sign of me knowing the story that we will be telling (
    Spoiler:

    that Maven is gutsy and doesn’t roll over
    ) without telling that story step by step. Again, without wanting to use it as an excuse for everything, it’s something I totally see in hindsight and would hope I could avoid if I were to re-write this again with a clearer mind.

    On spelling Prichard wrong: Damn it! All that work on getting Johnny Ace and Harvey W right and I didn’t bother checking Bruce!

    Quote Originally Posted by Stojy View Post
    Opening the show with Triple H last week is completely fine, as it was a big week for Evolution. Triple H being pissed off makes complete sense, and calling out Spike to get the match started now was solid enough. The match went as expected, with Spike showing heart and grit, but he was never winning this. Really well written and well booked and the aftermath was great until RVD made the save. I remember thinking the attack on Van Dam was really brutal so maybe a little surprised to see him back soon. Also, surprised not to see Evolution look to make the save when RVD went on the attack. Where are they? Van Dam wanting revenge on everybody could be a fun angle for the night though. Definitely a fun opening to the show.

    The Trish/Lita dynamic seems interesting after April really got them thinking last week. Trish definitely seems on the same page as April whereas Lita still clearly does not. This obviously still feels like the beginning of tension even though Lita will follow Trish here. A good segment to further progress this interesting angle, and I look forward to seeing the follow up.

    Austin talking to RVD who is all intense and wants revenge is fine. I guess the doctor’s not clearing Van Dam kind of sells his injuries, but it’d be nice if he was actually selling them. Does he have any bruising? A sore head? A limp? It felt like he was fine when he attacked Triple H. I feel as if this half addressed my issue if that makes sense.

    Teddy Long weaving his words to make excuses for Henry was quite funny, and to be expected. I almost forgot about the Maven angle… Maven coming in and telling them straight only to be destroyed was fine. Maven seems destined to be fodder for Henry sometime soon. Solid stuff.

    Goldust/Storm is an interesting one at this point because whilst I commend you with doing something with some guys who were being wasted, I’m not completely invested. Whilst he’s a slightly off character and the mystery is some of the charm behind it, I feel like I need some sort of further explanation as to why Goldust is acting up to be completely into it. With that being said, the match ending the way it did and Venis getting involved after last week is fine. I’m actually quite a fan of all three so am happy to see them linked in some way, shape or form. Goldust filming and laughing even after being bested is definitely interesting as well. Good stuff.

    Well, April Hunter has certainly wasted no time making herself at home and I dig it. Trish and Lita wanting a title shot, only for Hunter to be in there sucking up/on Bischoff is just AWESOME. Lita being disturbed and slapping Bischoff, whilst Trish kind of forgives Hunter is interesting. It’s clear as day Hunter is causing Trish/Lita problems, and this was yet another awesome step in that direction. Whilst it has been a little fast, I don’t think there has been a Hunter segment yet that I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed.

    Christian and Chris Jericho having some issues was rather… interesting. Christian pissed off and wanting an apology makes sense, where as Jericho confused me a little here. Whilst I get what you were going for, it didn’t quite feel right when he blamed “them”, when he was the one who messed up last week. The whole “you sided with them and lost your title because of it” doesn’t make sense as Jericho is the sole reason it happened. I like the tension and Jericho almost still being somewhat of a loner, but I didn’t think the logic was completely there. With that being said, Booker talking them down and then the brawl was completely fine… And RVD takes down another. I mentioned RVD looking like he’d be a fun angle throughout the night and that continued here. Good stuff.

    Steiner/Hurricane has been a solid mid card angle and I know you’ve made your thoughts on Steiner clear, but I was really disappointed he got a loss here. I thought a win here would get him over this angle and he could move onto something slightly more prominent, but, well, I guess not. Stacy costing Steiner the victory makes complete sense though, although I’m not sure Hurricane would actually be able to Chokeslam Steiner. A good win for the Superhero now, and much like IRL, it looks like Stacy will manage Hurricane and the SHIT moving forward. The booking of the angle made sense wand was solid, personal preference just had me hoping for a different result.

    Triple H rallying Evolution for the main event is completely fine. Expect them to be fired up, good stuff.

    Kane video package was awesome. Had never heard the song before but thought it worked really well.

    Bischoff and Jericho segment was really good here, in terms of Bischoff threatening to take Jericho off the team… And seemingly getting to him. With that being said, I thought the slap was maybe a little to much. Didn’t think it completely fit the situation but yeah, still fun stuff. Also, has Bischoff actually ever called Triple H “Trips”? I don’t know if I’ve just missed it, but didn’t sound right.

    La Resistance campaigning for their rightful(?) rematch is a decent angle and makes sense. Getting a win over Cade and Jindrak continues that well. On another one of those personal preference thing, please use Cade and Jindrak. Whilst they didn’t get much time, I always thought they were a slightly underrated team.

    Molly Holly segment was great. Reading through Wolfy’s feedback, he mentioned you write her damn well and he’s spot on. Ragging on Terri and April was expected, and the moment where she mentioned title shot on the first not, and then Gail spoke up was genius. A very fun interview here though, hyping tonight’s match.

    First off, smart move to keep the words between Kane and Goldberg short and sweet. At this point the two monsters don’t need to run their mouths for a long time. Goldberg getting the Spear, for Kane to sit up and laugh… and then Goldberg laughs to… Then they go back to fighting… Maybe my favourite thing ever. So good. The rest of the brawl was nice and sold well with all of the agents and wrestlers getting between them. Such a simple build between these two so far, however it’s so bloody good.

    A really well booked, well written match here between Molly and Hunter. The champion gets a solid title defence in whilst Hunter looked AMAZING in her debut match. Great stuff all around.

    Another epic Stevie Richards segment. I really hope you find away to keep these going after he gets squashed again next week.

    The main event was a very fun read, and I just wanted to mention that I really enjoy the fact that you put Flair over. The amount of times he regained the advantage for Evolution was quite good, he really felt like the mentor keeping the youngsters on track. I know he ended up taking the fall, but still, I noticed this. All of the interference was fine for me outside of the Christian one. The Van Terminator is a move pulled out once every so often and should be treated like a big deal. Christian shouldn’t have been seen on this show again. With that being said, the brawl to end the show was a hell of a lot of fun and Jericho proving he wants to be on team Bischoff for SS was the perfect way to end this. Very good stuff.

    For the first time in what feels like whatever, I had a couple of minor complaints but I still enjoyed the hell out of this show. Goldberg/Kane and the build towards Bischoff/Austin team match is firing on all cyclinders at the moment. Good job!
    On RVD’s appearance and Christian’s recovery: This is probably the area I’m least pleased with from Raw. I needed RVD to be here to have the story of Team Bischoff coming back from the depths of despair at the end, needed the Van Terminator so Jericho leaving Christian carried more weight, and needed Christian to be there at the end for the closing segment. Essentially, these were all necessary story steps, but not a good representation of where their characters were at that point. That’s the main bit that didn’t land for me on reading it back with a slightly clearer head.

    On Steiner and the superheroes: I doubt anyone has ever given as much thought to a Scott Steiner – Shane Helms match as I did here!

    I’ve already said plenty on this, but I found it tough to book. On one hand, I stand by what I said about what Scott Steiner means to me post 2000 in the industry, and I do think that, after shitting the bed so spectacularly against Triple H, his role should have been to use his name value to put people over. However, I have found him more fun to write for than I anticipated, which is a slight spanner in the works…

    At the end of the day, it came down to who has more value in 2004. I personally like the superhero gimmick, and think Hurricane and Rosey (and Stacy) had potential to be a fun Too Cool-esque get-the-fans-pumped-for-the-show type deal (if that makes sense). There’s more to come from them in the future, but I just think there’s more to be gained out of them than Steiner going forward.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raye View Post
    Really solid way to open the show. I love your writing for commentary, it feels really on point for JR and Lawler. I can legitimately hear their voices as I'm reading it and that's always a surefire sign that it's good. The match was great and exactly how I expected it to go from the get-go, the underdog looked good even though he had no fighting chance. My only complain is the aftermath where he rest of Evolution was nowhere to be seen.

    Hm, I wonder how Trish/Lita asking Bischoff for an opportunity is going to go. This feels like it's going to lead to an eventual Trish heel turn.

    I didn't like the Henry/Maven part of the segment here. Being rammed into a concrete wall and being hit with some punches should've been enough to render Maven unable to speak, let alone for him to challenge Henry as if nothing happened.

    Interesting turn of events in the Goldust match. I'm really curious where you take Goldust going forward because I feel like he was a really under-appreciated talent at this time. Such a unique and intriguing character, really easy to get behind or to become against him because he plays all the roles he's given that damn well. Interested to see if Goldust gets a new partner or anything moving forward because this Venis/Storm alliance feels like a possible new team brewing up.

    I'm not really familiar with who April Hunter is, mind freshening this up for me?

    Great promo by Book/Christian/Jericho, not much else to say. The tension provided is great and good to see RVD make his second appearance of the night. Steiner/Hurricane was also solid. Didn't expect it to happen the way that it did but I'm not 100% on everything going on in your diary, hopefully I will be through passing time.

    I personally love what you're doing with Jericho and the direction you're taking his character but the slap was very feminine-esque and I'm not entirely a fan of that. It kind of takes away from how you were building his character.

    From the opening promo before the match, it was pretty obvious who the winners were going to be. Nice way to build up an eventual rematch for these guys.

    The Kane/Goldberg thing was tremendous. The monstrous aura of the two wrestlers complemented by the intensity of how you wrote the segment was fantastic. I can't wait to see how their survivor series match plays out now because this promo was so well executed. Needing 25 bodies just to hold them back shows just massive in size and strength these two are.

    You made April look fantastic in her debut match, but again, who is she I have no idea

    I felt like maybe we saw Van Dam make too many appearances on the show, it became obvious he was going to be involved in the main event and it kind of took away from it when he appeared for the third time now. Other than that, no complaints, the main event was fantastic and did a really good job of building this program moving forward. Survivor Series is looking great!
    On who April Hunter is: I was going to attach an image here to show you what she looked like, but not sure it’s the best idea given what she’s wearing in most of them…

    Basically, follow this link: https://www.google.com/search?q=apri...w=1103&bih=640

    That’s what she looks like, which I’m sure you can see why I think she’d have made a good fit visually.

    But more than that, she was a pretty solid worker. She was trained by Killer Kowalski, who also trained Triple H, Kofi Kingston, Tomasso Ciampa, Damien Sandow, Perry Saturn, Fandango, etc. She mostly worked the indies with a short stint in TNA, and you can see some of her matches on YouTube.

    So she’s a surgically-enhanced beautiful glamour model/bodybuilder who was pretty good in the ring. Frankly, it shocks me she didn’t have a run.


    Thanks to everyone who left feedback, it really does mean a lot to have so many people engaging with what I’m doing. I probably sound more down on my own show than I am, as I don’t think it’s bad by any means, but I’ve certainly done better. All the feedback has been taken on board and I hope you’ll notice the difference as early as this next Smackdown, given it’s quite in-ring focused. I hope you all feel comfortable with leaving more feedback in the future, as I really do appreciate it.

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    October 30 2003
    Atlanta, Georgia

    We open with a recap of last week’s show, where WILLIAM REGAL was announced as the new General Manager, and VINCE MCMAHON controversially gave up his active role as Chairman of WWE in order to become BROCK LESNAR’S full time manager, only to find that role had already been filled by PAUL HEYMAN.


    After the usual pyrotechnic display, we settle on our announce team for the evening.

    ”Welcome everyone, to WWE Smackdown!” Michael Cole says. ”As you saw at the top of the show, last week was one of the most eventful in Smackdown history! I’m Michael Cole, alongside me as always is my partner Tazz, and Tazz, it doesn’t look like things are slowing down at all this week.”

    “You ain’t kiddin’, Cole! Last week was off tha hook, no doubt, but this week is gonna be a total rocketbustah!”

    “Absolutely right, partner, and I know you don’t use that phrase lightly,”
    Cole laughably says. ”We’ve got two titles on the line, as the World’s Great Tag Team defend their gold against the Filthy Animals, and John Cena defends his US Title against Eddie Guerrero, but that’s not all. After last week’s bombshell about the Survivor Series main event, we will have The Undertaker, Kurt Angle, Big Show and Brock Lesnar all in the ring at the same time… as all four men will sign the contract for Survivor Series!”


    ”WHO’S THAT JUMPIN’ OUT TH’ SKY?!”

    *** 619 ***



    ”But we’re gonna kick things off with the Tag Team Titles!”


    WWE Tag Title Match
    World’s Greatest Tag Team (c) vs. Filthy Animals


    With both teams having made their entrances, Billy Kidman kicks things off against Shelton Benjamin. The two men circle each other, ready to get the action underway.

    ”This here is a huge opportunity for the Filthy Animals,” Cole says.

    ”No doubt, no doubt! But they’ve t’ scrap t’ get it, Cole. The World’s Greatest Tag Team din’t wanna give them this shot, and I see their point.”

    “You do?”

    “Billy an’ Rey are a great team, no doubt about it, but a couple of wins doesn’t necessarily make ya worthy of a shot. They’ll give Haas and Benjamin a helluva fight, for sure, but ya gotta think if they don’t get it done here tonight, Th’ World’s Greatest Tag Team are gonna make them wait ‘til they can get anotha shot.”

    “I think you might be right, partner. If the Animals lose here, it’s going to be hard for them to get a rematch for some time, you’d have to think.”


    Despite Shelton’s superior mat skills, Kidman somehow manages to dominate him in the early going, perhaps with Shelton feeling a little complacent, or maybe with Kidman having thoroughly prepared. When it becomes clear Kidman won’t be outwrestled, Charlie rushes in to the ring… but he’s cut off by Rey! Together they take over on the champs and send them both out of the ring to the cheers of the crowd. Sensing an opportunity Rey rushes across the ring… but the champs take cover!

    But Rey 619-fakes his way out! Kidman climbs to the top… Crossbody off the top! Shelton goes down! Hass turns to the apron… Asai Moonsault from Rey! The challengers gets back in the ring and fire the crowd up, having definitively gotten the better of the early going and proven they belong in this title match.

    Despite the strong start, when we return to the ring the champions find a way to take over, using their superior tagging experience to bait Rey in and allow Shelton a cheap shot. Kidman tries to call out motivational messages as the champs slow the match right down, giving Rey little opportunity to fight at the pace he would like.

    Shelton tags in Charlie and they whip Rey off the ropes… Double Hip Toss! They join hands… Double Elbow Drop!

    But Rey rolls out of the way! Tag to Kidman!

    Kidman rushes in fires off Dropkicks on the champions. He whips Haas off the ropes… Shelton makes the blind tag… Back Body Drop on Haas! But Shelton spins Kidman around… Fisherman Suplex!

    ”Great tag wrestling from Shelton Benjamin there,” Cole says. ”He noticed that Kidman hadn’t seen the tag and took advantage.”

    “What did ya expect, Cole?! Haas an’ Benjamin have been th’ tag champs for 6 of th’ last 8 months! They’re the World’s Greatest Tag Team for a reason!”


    With Kidman down, Shelton grinds him down and makes a quick tag to Haas, who in turn tags Shelton back in quickly as well. Sharing the workload between them so they stay energised, Kidman is given little chance to find solitude in his partner. Haas tags in Shelton but keeps a hold on Kidman… Suplex from Haas… but he holds him in place… Shelton comes off the top rope… with a big splash! He makes the cover…

    ONE…

    TWO…

    TH…


    Rey breaks it up!

    Shelton doesn’t wait around to argue with the masked man, though. He twists Kidman’s arm and tags Haas, who climbs to the top… and drops an Axe Handle on Kidman’s elbow! Haas sprints across the ring… and knocks Rey off the apron! He makes the cover…

    ONE…

    TW…


    Kick out!

    ”Did ya see that, Cole?! Rey broke up th’ first pin, so Charlie made sure he couldn’t break up th’ second! Great tag team wrestlin’ as always from the World’s Greatest Tag Team.”

    Haas pulls Kidman up and drags him to the corner where he tags in Shelton. Haas whips Kidman off the ropes… Drop Toehold! Shelton off the ropes… Dropkick to the face! Haas is up… and knocks Rey off the apron again!

    Shelton makes the cover…

    ONE…

    TWO…


    Kick out!

    Rey gets up on the outside and slides in the ring, furious that the champions keep attacking him when he’s not the legal man. Referee Nick Patrick tries to get him back out of the ring, but Rey’s apoplectic! Shelton realises the ref is distracted, so he shoves Kidman in to the corner… and Haas chokes him out with the tag rope! Haas and Benjamin know every trick in the tag team handbook!

    Realising what’s going on, Rey heads to the apron, not wanting to be the reason his partner is choked out. Haas lets go of the rope quickly enough to not be seen by the ref, and Shelton tosses Kidman to the outside. He heads across the ring… and slaps Rey in the face! He challenges him to get in the ring and face him!

    Rey doesn’t take the bait, knowing what is going on… but it doesn’t stop Nick Patrick trying to defuse the situation! Haas takes the opportunity to drop to the outside… and whip Kidman in to the steel steps!

    With Kidman down on the outside, Shelton returns from the opponent’s corner and tells Patrick to count Kidman out!

    ONE…

    TWO…

    THREE…

    FOUR…


    Kidman struggles up…

    FIVE…

    He uses the apron to hold himself up…

    SIX…

    He gingerly climbs up…

    SEVEN…

    EIGHT…


    He tries to roll in…

    NINE…

    Kidman just makes it in!

    But he’s in a bad way. Kidman tries to crawl across the ring to Rey, but Shelton merely pulls him back to the opposite corner. Benjamin backs off and lines something up… and cheapshots Rey! He didn’t want to attack Kidman at all! Rey rushes in to the ring where Patrick cuts him off… allowing Haas and Benjamin to stomp the hell out of Kidman!

    ”Ya gotta see Haas an’ Benjamin’s point now, Cole. Rey an’ Kidman are fallin’ for ev’ry trick the World’s Greatest Tag Team are layin’ for them. Haas an’ Benjamin quite simply know how to bettah work together.”

    “This is a hell of a clinic they’re putting on, partner, I can’t argue with that. But don’t count out the Filthy Animals too soon.”

    “If Kidman can’t make that tag it ain’t gonna matter.”


    As Rey returns to the apron Haas claps his hands together, making it count like there was a tag when there wasn’t. He picks Kidman up and whips him off the ropes… Clothesline… but Kidman ducks! He bounces off the ropes… ducks another big right… off the other ropes… but Shelton cheapshots him! Kidman turns around… and punches Shelton in the face!

    But Haas sneaks up behind… Belly to Back Suplex… with a bridge!

    ONE..

    TWO..

    TH…


    Rey breaks it up!

    Haas wastes little time though, pulling Kidman to his corner. He tags in Shelton, then returns to the ring with Kidman… Backbreaker! But he holds Kidman in place across his knee as Shelton climbs to the top… Diving Leg Drop!

    Misses! Kidman sat up… and Shelton rolls to the outside! Kidman punches at Haas, who is still on a knee, and backs up… Shining Wizard! Both World’s Greatest Tag Team are down! This is Kidman’s chance!

    He gradually crawls across the mat, Rey jumping on the spot, ready to finally get back in the ring… Kidman’s getting closer… closer… millimetres away…

    … when Shelton pulls Rey off the apron from behind!

    Kidman reaches out… but no-one is there! Shelton rolls in the ring and pulls Kidman up… Belly to Belly Overhead Suplex! He makes the cover…

    ONE…

    TWO…

    THR…


    Kick out!

    Haas shuffles to the apron, so Shelton drags Kidman across and tags Haas in. Together they whip Kidman across the ring… Double Flapjack… REVERSED IN TO A DOUBLE DDT FROM KIDMAN!

    The champions are out again, so AGAIN Kidman crawls across the canvas… Rey’s back on the apron, with no-one to stop him getting the tag… Kidman edges closer… ready to make the tag…

    … but Shelton grabs the ref…

    … Kidman tags Rey!

    But Patrick didn’t see it!

    He turns around in time to see Rey jump in to the ring, so he cuts him off and pushes him back to the corner, telling him to wait for a tag! Rey can’t BELIEVE the World’s Greatest Tag Team got out of one again! He yells at Patrick for having been duped, but that just distracts the ref for long enough that the champions can stomp on Kidman in their corner! Billy’s never tagging out at this rate!

    Rey returns to the apron, forcing the ref to see the champions both in the ring. This time they don’t care they’ve been caught, ready to kill the match off. Shelton jumps to the second rope as Haas puts Kidman between his legs and turns him upside down… they’re looking for a Spike Piledriver!

    No! Kidman drops out… he trips Haas down… and Catapults him across the ring… in to Shelton on the top rope! Both crumble to the mat, allowing Kidman to crawl to the corner… ready to make the tag…

    No! Haas grabs his foot! Kidman can’t reach the corner!

    Enziguri! Kidman took out Haas… AND TAGS IN REY! This time Patrick saw it!

    Rey Springboards on to the top rope… Crossbody on Shelton! He comes off the ropes and dives on to Haas shoulders… in to a Hurricanrana! Shelton charges… but Rey baits him over the top and out of the ring! He climbs to the second rope as Haas gets up… Tornado DDT!

    But Haas hangs on… he launches Rey up in the air… in to an Uppercut!

    No! Rey reverses… in to an Armdrag! Haas stumbles up… in to a Drop Toehold… on to the second rope!

    ”Here it is, Cole! He’s diallin’ it up!”

    Rey bounces off the ropes… 619 CONNECTS!

    Haas staggers back, so Rey Springboards to the top for the West Coast Pop!

    But Haas hangs on! He has Rey on his shoulders… Shelton is back on the apron… Shelton Springboards to the top rope… POWERBOMB/DIVING CLOTHESLINE CONBINATION!

    Haas drapes an arm…

    ONE…

    TWO…

    THRE…


    Kidman breaks it up… WITH A LEG DROP OFF THE TOP ROPE!

    He rolls Haas over and puts Rey on top…

    ONE…

    TWO…

    THR…


    Shelton breaks it up!

    Shelton and Kidman exchange right hands in the centre of the ring… Shelton whips Kidman across the ropes… reversed… Kidman Back Body Drops him! Rey off the ropes… and Kidman Hiptosses Rey on to Shelton’s neck! Now the Filthy Animals are showing their teamwork!

    But Haas sneaks up behind them… he grabs Rey by the waist and pushes him in to Kidman., knocking him over… and rolls him in to an O’Connor Roll!

    ONE…

    TWO…


    Kick out!

    Both Rey and Haas to their feet… Rey off the ropes… ducks a Clothesline… he leaps on to the second rope… Moonsaults over Haas… AND BURIES HIM WITH A REVERSE DDT! All in one fluid motion! Rey makes the cover…

    ONE…

    TWO…

    TH…


    Shelton pulls Nick Patrick out of the ring!

    Patrick shouts at Shelton for putting his hands on him… he doesn’t see Kidman’s up in the ring… he hits the ropes… SUICIDE DIVE!

    But Shelton side-stepped! Kidman crashes and burns!

    Haas and Rey are on their feet in the ring. Rey looks for a right hand… but Haas slips behind… in to a Dragon Suplex! Shelton’s in the ring… Superkick… in to a Dragon Suplex… WITH A BRIDGE!

    ONE…

    TWO…

    THRE…


    Kidman JUST breaks it up! It took his last burst on energy, but he’s kept his side in it!

    Shelton pulls Kidman up and fires off on him… he whips him in to the corner… he charges… Blinger Splash… misses! Kidman comes out of the corner… BK Bomb on Haas! Haas rolls on to the apron as Kidman turns back to Shelton… he places him on the top rope and turns back to face Rey. They’re both exhausted, but they know this is their chance. They take a deep breath… one last, final push…

    … Mysterio sprints across the ring… AND KIDMAN ALLEY-OOPS HIM ON TO THE SHELTON’S SHOULDERS!

    But Haas grabs on to Shelton! He won’t let Rey Hurricanrana him off!

    Kidman charges… but Haas sends him over the top rope! Kidman tumbles to the outside!

    Shelton’s still holding Rey on his shoulders, so Haas climbs to the top…. balances himself carefully as he grabs Rey’s neck…

    POWERBOMB/NECKBREAKER COMBO… OFF THE TOP ROPE!

    The crowd explode on impact, even if it was the villainous champions connecting with the HUGE move, and Haas drapes an arm across Rey’s chest…

    ONE…

    TWO…

    THREE!


    Winners and still WWE Tag Team Champion: The World’s Greatest Tag Team in 18:47


    As the World’s Greatest Tag Team’s music plays, the crowd rise to their feet and applaud the efforts on both teams. Haas and Benjamin get their arms raised in victory as their belts are handed over, having overcome one hell of an effort from the challengers. With victory in hand they wait no longer than they have to, heading back down the apron, hugging, knowing they had to bring their A-Game to keep their belts.

    Eventually Kidman makes his way back in to the ring and helps up Rey, who is clearly suffering from the final devastating move from the champions. The crowd applaud their efforts, and yet the Animals still look disappointed at having come up short. They look down the ramp to where Haas and Benjamin celebrate, and they in turn look back to the Animals in the ring.

    ”We told you!” Haas shouts back to the ring, and he and Shelton laugh, having proven their point about their superiority.

    ”That’s a lack of class,” Cole says. ”I don’t think that proved anything. Haas and Benjamin thought the Animals weren’t worthy challengers, but if you ask me, they proved that they absolutely are.”

    “That’s a mattah of opinion, Cole. In my eyes, the team who were bettah able to work as a team won, and that’s th’ champs. Big ups to Billy and Rey Rey, but they’re gonna find themselves comin’ back from th’ bottom of the pile if ya ask me.”

    “I hope that isn’t the case, partner. For me the Filthy Animals proved tonight they would make fine champions.”

    “They’d have t’ overcome Haas an’ Benjamin first though, and I don’t see anyone doin’ that any time soon.”




    We transition backstage to the locker room of EDDIE GUERRERO AND CHAVO GUERRERO. Eddie looks a picture of pure focus as he stares ahead, with Chavo sat next to him, unsure what to say.

    ”You, uh… you feeling okay, Eddie?”

    “Oh, yeah,”
    the elder Guerrero says, staring straight ahead. ”I’m feelin’ real good, esse. This is it, man, I can feel it. Cena got the better of me at No Mercy… but that belt’s comin’ back to la familia tonight… I know it.”

    “Me too, man. Cena’s good, but he can’t beat you twice in a row. I’ve got total faith-“

    “Good evening, gentlemen,”
    WILLIAM REGAL interrupts, his presence forcing the Guerreros to leap to their feet. ”I trust you’re both well?”

    “What d’ya want, Regal?”
    Chavo says. ”Can’t you see Eddie’s getting his head in the game.”

    “Oh, yes, quite. It’s quite the title match tonight, isn’t it? No doubt you’re pleased that I signed off on it?”


    Neither Guerrero responds.

    ”There’s no need to be hostile to me, gentlemen. I know things under Mr. McMahon weren’t always pleasant for you, but I’m not him. I want to look after you. After all, who changed the stipulations for tonight’s match?”

    That gets the Guerreros attention.

    ”What’s the matter?” Regal continues. ”Did you not hear? Tonight’s match… it’s not just any old match, oh no. I’ve made the match No Disqualification… and both Chavo and A-Train are barred from ringside. That’s right… you versus Master Cena… one-on-one… best man wins. No excuses. How does that sound to you, sunshine?”

    Eddie nods reluctantly. ”I can go for that, esse. I don’t want him havin’ any excuses when I win that belt back. But don’t think you’re getting’ one over on me, homes.”

    Regal looks shocked. ”What the devil does that mean?”

    “I’m not stupid, homes! I know how the game works! You aren’t doin’ this for me… you’re doin’ it for Cena, esse! Mr. McMahon told you to look out for him, so you don’t want me cheatin’ my way back to the gold.”

    “I’m offended, dear boy. This is for the benefit of you both. This rivalry between you has become quite heated, and I want to see who the better man is. You both benefit. Because that’s how I do things. I’m not some pantomime villain. I want everyone to do well. Look at how I gave your friends Rey Mysterio and Billy Kidman a shot at the Tag Titles. I’m not like Mr. McMahon. I don’t want people rebelling. I want this to be a nice, harmonious working environment. And you’ll only get more opportunities when working with me… if you play by the rules, of course.”


    Eddie doesn’t respond.

    ”You’re wondering what rules, aren’t you? Very good, so would I. I would presume the worst. But I have no ill intentions towards you, dear boy. All I ask, is that you don’t interfere in the A-Train and Chris Benoit match up next. Stay here, focus on your match, and show me you can be a team player. If you can, you’ll find that I can only be good for you. What do you say?”

    Regal extends a hand.

    Eddie and Chavo exchange a look and shrug at each other… so Eddie stands up… and shakes Regal’s hand!

    Regal grins as they shake hands, only for the smile to disappear. ”Wait a minute…”

    “What is it, esse? Somethin’ wrong?”


    Regal’s grin turns to a sneer. ”I know what this is… you’re lying to me, aren’t you?”

    “I don’t know what you’re talkin’ about, esse?”

    “Don’t play stupid with me, sunshine. I know what you are. You’re a rotten scoundrel, is what you are. You’re… you’re a filthy, filthy liar-“

    “Whoa, chill out! Calm down, man! I know, I know, occasionally I can be guilty of a little lyin’. But that isn’t what this is, homes. I wouldn’t lie to you. I’m gonna stay right here and focus on my match. I can’t be getting’ distracted by other things, it doesn’t even make sense!”


    Regal continues to sneer… until he breathes a sigh of relief. ”Okay, yes, that makes sense. Why would you interfere in a match when you have a title match later on? Quite. I hope I don’t regret this, but I’m going to take you at your word on this one. I hope you aren’t lying to me, because if you are-“

    “You’re paranoid, man! I’m not lyin’ to you. I swear on the name of la familia I won’t be out there.”


    Regal nods, accepting Eddie at his word… until he starts looking around the room.

    ”Wait a minute…” he says. ”Where did Chavo go?”

    Eddie shrugs. ”I dunno, man. Maybe he had something to do?”

    The sneer returns to Regal’s face. ”You… you liar! He’s going to interfere in the match, isn’t he? You gave me your word that-“

    “I gave you my word I would stay here. I dunno where Chavo is, though…”


    Regal grunts. ”I knew I shouldn’t have trusted you! You’re a liar! You both are…” He turns to the doorway. ”Chavo, get back here! I don’t want you interfering in that match, you hear me? CHAVO!”

    Regal rushes out of the locker room, leaving Eddie alone. He returns to the bench… and smiles to himself.



    We cut to elsewhere backstage, where Josh Matthews is stood by with REY MYSTERIO and BILLY KIDMAN. They’re still panting out of exhaustion, sweat pouring down their bodies, and Rey is hanging on to his injured neck after the Powerbomb/Neckbreaker off the top rope. Despite that, they have their arms wrapped around each other in as display of solidarity.

    ”I’m here with Rey Mysterio and Billy Kidman of the Filthy Animals, and Rey, Billy, commiserations on the Tag Team Title match we saw just moments ago.”

    They both nod and bow their heads, offering little to Josh’s non-question.

    ”Given you took the champions to the edge and yet ultimately came up short, do you now believe they are the superior team?”

    “They’re a great team, we’ve always said that,”
    Rey says, grimacing in pain. ”We’ve never said they weren’t good. All we wanted was a fair shot, and we got that tonight. We gave it our all, and I think we did pretty damn well, but… you know…”

    With Rey having trailed off, Josh turns to Kidman.

    ”You have only reformed your team again in the last few weeks. Does this loss mean you will go your sperate ways, maybe back in the Cruiserweight division?”

    “Absolutely not,”
    Kidman says, breathing heavily. ”Congratulations to Shelton and Charlie, they were the better team tonight, but that doesn’t mean we’re finished. We know we’re going to have to work our way back to the top. But that’s what we’ll do. One loss won’t define us. We’ve got more to give. And when we face them again, it’ll be us holding the gold, I know it.”

    “That’s very-“

    “Yo, yo, yo,”
    JOHN CENA says, walking in to shot with A-TRAIN, the latter of whom is dressed ready to go in his match, up next. ”What ya look at this, Chewie. If ya ever get yaself down, jus’ remember it could be worse. Been a bad week for y’all, huh?”

    Rey and Kidman try to stand up tall in the face of the apparent threat.

    ”Yo, homies, chill, we won’t jump ya. Ain’t our style. And, yo, losing to me last week, and Chuck and Shelton this week? I don’t need to beat on ya, looks like life’s doin’ a pretty good a job of that for me.”

    A-Train smirks.

    ”John,” Matthews says. ”Did you hear the news just now that William Regal has banned A-Train and Chavo from the US Title match later on.”

    “Yeah, I heard him, man. Whatever, I don’t care either way. I can beat Eddie whether my Wookie is out there or not. And yo, I’ll leave Train to do things on his own out there now. Unlike these two, we always get the job done.”


    Rey squares up to Cena, even if the Doctor towers over him.

    ”Ya got somethin’ to say, little man?”

    “Yeah, I got somethin’ to say, John. You run your mouth a lot. But be careful. We may have lost a couple of title shots, but we’re still on the way to the top. We’ll bounce back, but we have each other’s back. But you run around pissing everyone off… things might get difficult for you. Remember that.”

    “Yo, we don’t need jack watchin’ our backs. The only thing Train needs on his back is hair. And me? I don’t need no-one. Know how I know that?”
    He holds up his belt. ”’Cos this belt says so, homie. So maybe ya need to go win some matches, prove that ya ain’t a couple of losers, then come try an’ find me for a shot at this gold. An’ guess what? Even then ya won’t be able to touch me. Hell, ya can’t even see me. Word.”

    Cena barges past the Filthy Animals, and A-Train follows him. Rey and Kidman watch them go, seething at the disrespect, and no doubt hoping for a chance to put him in his place in the future.



    A-Train w/John Cena vs. Chris Benoit

    Benoit comes in to this one firing, with the momentum of big wins against Rhyno and at No Mercy behind him, only to find the much larger A-Train a hard foe to topple. A-Train uses that size advantage to take over on the Canadian, grinding him down with a series of big slams. Sensing an opportunity, A-Train lifts Benoit up… and pulls him in for a Bearhug! Benoit’s got nowhere to go!

    Benoit begins fading as the ref is poised to call for the bell… so Benoit headbutts A-Train straight on the nose! And again! And again!

    A-Train’s nose is busted open! Benoit’s likely broken his nose hardway!

    A-Train of course lets go, allowing Benoit a chance back in to the match. He chops on the big man on the corner and tries a whip across the ropes… but Train reverses… and Benoit crashes in to the turnbuckle! A-Train charges…

    … but Benoit moves! Train crashes and burns…

    CROSSFACE… ON THE BROKEN, BLOODY NOSE!

    Given what has happened with his nose, no-one would blame Train if he were to quit… but he doesn’t! He tries to fight it, forcing Benoit to move closer, essentially mounting Train from behind! Train moves his body, trying desperately not to quit… but Benoit moves further on to his back…

    … so A-Train climbs to his feet! He has Benoit on his back!

    So he drops back… squashing Benoit between him and the canvas! The air is driven straight out of Benoit’s lungs!

    With blood trickling down from his nose, Train backs up in the corner and lines Benoit up, no doubt looking for the Bicycle Kick to finish things off… Benoit’s up…

    … but CHAVO GUERRERO has grabbed his foot! A-Train can’t move!

    Train turns to see Chavo on the outside… but Benoit’s on his feet… he rushes over… German Suplex! He holds on… another! Still he holds on… a third! Triple Germans!

    Benoit’s not done, though. He climbs to the top rope…

    FLYING HEADBUTT… ON TO THE BROKEN NOSE!

    Benoit makes the cover…

    ONE…

    TWO…

    THREE!


    Winner: Chris Benoit in 4:50


    ”Benoit steals one!” Cole exclaims. ”You might as well call him ‘Chris Guerrero’ because he’s taken the Guerrero family trait to heart!”

    “I’m not gonna call him that, Cole, ya yambag, but he did steal one ovah A-Train there… but I’m not sure he’s too happy ‘bout it…”


    Indeed, as Benoit has his hand raised in victory he looks to the outside of the ring where he sees Chavo. Apparently not having realised the assist he was given, he looks out at the younger Guerrero and asks him what the hell is going on.

    ”Take th’ win, Chris!” Tazz says. ”You don’t wanna rematch against A-Train, ‘specially when it looks like ya broke his nose!”

    “Benoit and the Guerreros have a dice-y history, no doubt about that, but I’m not sure if Benoit’s going to like that he was handed the win.”




    We then cut to WILLIAM REGAL’S office. As with his previous role as Commissioner, he has a pot of tea sat on an oak table, with the Union Jack flag proudly stood behind him, and a photo of the Queen adorning the wall.

    Regal was watching the previous match on a television, and realising that the Guerreros directly went against his demands, he tosses the remote control across the room. He rests his head in his hands, already feeling the pressure just one week in to the job, when MATT HARDY (VERSION 1.0) bursts in, with SHANNON MOORE a few paces behind as always.

    ”Regal!” Matt barks. ”I demand justice!”

    Regal sighs. ”Not now, Matt…”

    “Whoa, look at you. If anyone ever needed a Mattitude adjustment it’s you-“

    “Not… now,”
    the General Manager sternly says.

    ”But what about last week?” Matt asks, Regal’s message clearly not getting through. ”You can’t possibly think it’s okay to let something like that slide without firm retribution of some sort.”

    “Please, Matt, I have a lot on-“

    “Eddie and Chavo can’t be allowed to get away with this!”


    Regal’s dour tone suddenly picks up. ”Eddie and Chavo, you say?”

    “Yes, exactly! They cheated against Shannon and I last week. The referee missed it completely. Really, we have to do something about the quality of officiating in this company. They’ve been missing things for years. I think they’re getting worse…”

    “If it’s about teaching Eddie and Chavo a lesson, then whatever you need, you’ve got it. Just name it.”

    “I want…”
    Matt begins, until something crosses his mind. He pauses for a few moments, sensing an opportunity, and changes tact. ”… for you to be my latest Mattitude Follower!”

    Shannon pumps his fists in the exact same way he has every week Matt’s made this offer to someone.

    ”Oh,” Regal says uncomfortably, ”I, uh… I thought this was about teaching Eddie and Chavo a lesson?”

    “But it is, William! Think about it… if you join our Mattitude cause, think of what an amazing General Manager you will become. And think of the confidence that it’d give me to stick it to Eddie Guerrero. I could use that confidence boost, William. I am not a naturally confident man.”

    “Really?”

    “Really. But that’s the power of Mattitude. That frown you had when we walked in just now? We can turn it upside down. That’s right, William, you can have an upside frown! No… I’ll do you one better… you can have a smile. Shannon, show William what a Mattitude smile looks like.”


    Shannon frowns, unprepared to be put on the spot like this, and offers a meek, inauthentic smile.

    Matt’s shoulders slump in disappointment. ”You’re pathetic, you know that?”

    ”Look,” Regal says, ”I don’t know about all of this. But I do know that Eddie and Chavo need to be taught a lesson-“

    “And we can teach that lesson! But first, I must teach you a lesson… a lesson… in Mattitude! Follow me, William, and the future is brighter than you can possibly imagine!”


    Regal sighs for what feels like the tenth time in this conversation. ”Very well,” he reluctantly says. ”Tell me more.”

    Matt’s jaw drops. ”Really? You’ll hear us out?”

    “If it means we will get to working out how to teach Eddie and Chavo a lesson then…”
    he pauses and grimaces, ”… sure.”

    Matt sports possibly the biggest grin we’ve ever seen from him. ”YES! You won’t regret it, William, I promise you. This is the best decision you’ve ever made. I’ll tell you everything you could possibly need to know.” He turns to his follower. ”Shannon, go get the flip chart.”

    “Yes, sir!”


    Shannon sprints out of the office, leaving Regal and Matt alone. Hardy is positively beaming, while the GM can’t seem to believe what he’s let himself in for…



    We transition to elsewhere backstage, where Josh Matthews is stood by with BRADSHAW and RON SIMMONS.

    ”Bradshaw, Ron, it’s safe to say that the last couple of weeks haven’t gone as you would have hoped against the Bashams. Bradshaw, you’re in singles action up next, do you expect you will be able to bounce back against Sean O’Haire?”

    “Listen here, Josh. I ain’t best pleased that those bald bastards screwed us over in two matches in a row. In fact, I’m pretty damn pissed off with how things are goin’ right now. But all that means is O’Haire’s in for a bigger ass kickin’ than usual.”

    “But do the recent losses against the Bashams bring in to question your future together as a team?”


    Bradshaw and Simmons both pause and compose themselves. There’s something they aren’t saying, but it’s clearly touching a nerve.

    ”Like I said before, I’m pissed off,” Bradshaw says. ”But that don’t mean jack about me and Ron. We’ve been teamin’ for, what, five years? A couple of losses to those kids ain’t gonna change anythin’ there. We’ll jus’ have to go out there and show th’ world that the APA ain’t done yet, and the APA is still kickin’ ass… and still takin’ names. Ain’t that right, Ron?”

    “You damn right!”
    Simmons says. ”You gotta be either brave or stupid to question us. That boy O’Haire’s about to find out th’ hard way.”



    We return to ringside where SEAN O’HAIRE is stood in the ring, in his gear and ready for a match, holding a microphone. He has a smug grin on his face, perhaps trying to not make it seem like the last few months of poor form has affected his confidence.

    ”So maybe things haven’t gone my way recently,” he says. ”Maybe I’ve just missed out when I could have won on a different day. But you know what? That’s life. No-one gives you anything in this world, and if you expect everything to work out well, you’re going to be disappointed. What counts… is what you do about it. Things are about to change for me. I guarantee it. Sometimes things go wrong… and sometimes they go well. And what you’re about to see… is things going well for me… for a long… long… time. But hey… I’m not telling you anything… you don’t already know.”

    He tosses the mic to the side to light booing from the crowd, as he gets ready for his opponent.


    Sean O’Haire vs Bradshaw w/Ron Simmons

    Simmons may be at ringside in support of his partner, but he duly stays there throughout, allowing Bradshaw to do this on his own. Bradshaw comes out looking fired up after everything that’s happened with the Bashams, but to his surprise, O’Haire looks equally ready for the battle. In fact, O’Haire dominates much of the match, fighting with a fire we haven’t seen for a few weeks as he grounds Bradshaw down, plants him with a Spinebuster and climbs to the top…

    SEAN-TON BOMB!

    Misses! Bradshaw moved at the last minute!

    O’Haire staggers up as Bradshaw hits the ropes… CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL!

    He makes the cover…

    ONE…

    TWO…

    THREE!


    Winner: Bradshaw in 3:49


    Bradshaw has his hand raised in victory, no doubt pleased at bouncing back from a tough few weeks, and he and Simmons head back down the ramp. That leaves O’Haire in the ring on his own, clutching at his throat from the vicious Clothesline, and looks out to the fans. He had gotten close, closer than he’s been for some time, but that final risk cost him.

    He starts muttering to himself under his breath… his face turning red as his eyes bug. Referee Brian Hebner helps him to his feet… but O’Haire pushes him away… AND NAILS HIM WITH A CLOTHESLINE!

    O’Haire charges to the outside, frothing at the mouth, and barks at Michael Cole to move out of the way so he can take his chair. Stunned, Cole doesn’t respond, so O’Haire grabs him by the collar and drags him from behind the table.

    ”YOU WANNA PUSH ME AS WELL, DO YA? YOU WANNA TRY ME? BRING IT! COME ON, TRY ME, COLE!”

    O’Haire looks to toss Cole across the table…

    BUT TAZZ CUTS HIM OFF WITH A SERIES OF RIGHT HANDS! Tazz punches at the larger man until O’Haire lets go of Cole. Tazz throws up his fists, offering Sean a proper fight…

    … but O’Haire turns away and storms to the back! He kicks the steel steps in frustration as he walks back up the ramp. As he reaches the top of the stage he stops, without turning around… and SCREAMS in frustration, before heading out of sight.



    We cut backstage to where CHAVO GUERRERO is walking, when he’s caught up to by CHRIS BENOIT, still sweating from his earlier match. He reaches Chavo and spins him around.

    ”What the hell was that earlier?”

    “Relax, Chris, you won!”

    “Not like that I didn’t. I know you and Eddie like cheating… but it’s not my style. I’m doing things my way.”

    “Okay, okay…”


    Benoit realises he’s still tightly gripping Chavo’s arm, so he lets go and takes a breath. ”You meant well. I know that. And I appreciate you looking out for me. But you and Eddie do things your way, and I’ll do them mine.”

    “You got it, Chris. We just wanted to send a message, that’s all. I know you, me and Eddie have been through some stuff… but we’ll keep looking out for you. We all need to look out for each other these days. I don’t trust Regal one bit…”

    “Me neither. Me neither…”




    This week’s Raw Rebound comes from – what else – the confrontation between KANE and GOLDBERG, with the champion accepting the Big Red Machine’s challenge for Survivor Series.

    Goldberg was able to get a measure of revenge on Kane for his sneak attack the previous week, only to discover Kane is apparently immune to his usually devastating offence. The subsequent brawl led to an almighty pull-apart, with referees, agents and other wrestlers pouring down to the ring to stop them fighting. With TWENTY-FIVE people between them, the fight was finally brought to an end… until Survivor Series.



    We cut backstage to WILLIAM REGAL’S office, where he’s sat behind his desk, looking thoroughly bored. Stood in front of him is MATT HARDY (VERSION 1.0), who is pointing to a flipchart.

    ”So to summarise section three,” Matt says, ”if you take the name ‘Matt’, and combine it with the word ‘attitude’, that’s how you get ‘Mattitude’.”

    Regal runs his hands over his face. Next to him is SHANNON MOORE, furiously scribbling down notes on a piece of paper, with his tongue stuck out of the side of his mouth.

    ”Section four… the Rules of Mattitude. Rule Number One – two legs are better than-“

    “Yes, yes, this is all very good,”
    Regal says. ”But I’m afraid time is somewhat of the essence with this Eddie and Chavo business.”

    “I still have another seventeen sections to go…”

    “Quite, and I will hear them all out. But before I do… I’m going to need a little something from you, first…”




    Eight Man Tag Match
    Chuck Palumbo, Johnny Stamboli, Juventud & Tajiri w/ Dawn Marie & Nunzio vs. Brian Kendrick, Funaki, Paul London & Ultimo Dragon


    The babyfaces come out flying, literally, as they use their speed to bamboozle their opponents, and follow up with a series of breath-taking, crowd-popping moves to keep them there.

    Unfortunately for them, Juventud and Tajiri aren’t just any opponents, and given they seem to have little regard for their opponents or the rules, they find their way back in to the match and manage to isolate Funaki from his partners. Perhaps wisely, Stamboli and Palumbo largely stay on the apron, only featuring when Tajiri or Juvi (more pertinently, Dawn Marie) decides their size and strength advantage would come in useful.

    With Funaki utterly detached from his partners, Palumbo comes in to the ring and looks to finish things off. He tosses Funaki high in to the air, looking for a Samoan Drop when he comes back down… but Funaki turns it in to a Headscissors! Tag to Paul London!

    The exciting youngster rushes in to the ring and fires off a series of forearms, uppercuts and kicks, then nails a Dropsault on the incoming Nunzio who tries to interfere! The match breaks down with Kendrick and Dragon also coming in, with Kendrick hitting Sliced Bread #2 on Stamboli and Dragon sending Tajiri to the outside and nailing an Asai Moonsault.

    London goes to the top, looking for a 450 Splash on Palumbo… but Stamboli shoves him off and on to the top rope! London’s down, so Palumbo makes the tag to his FBI partner. Stamboli strolls in, confident that the match is about to end…

    … when London tags in Ultimo Dragon!

    Stamboli freezes as Dragon rushes in and fires off a series of kicks, dropping The Bull to his knees… Running Dropkick! Stamboli’s knocked loopy, so he gets to his feet… Standing Shiranui from Dragon…

    IN TO A DRAGON SLEEPER!

    He has it locked in bang in the centre of the ring… Palumbo rushes in to help his partner… but Kendrick cuts him off with a Leg Lariat!

    Stamboli has nowhere to go… so he taps!

    Winner: Brian Kendrick, Funaki, Paul London & Ultimo Dragon in 6:14


    Dragon releases the hold and gets to his feet as the referee raises his hand in victory. He happily takes in the cheers of the crowd as he faces each side of the ring…

    WHEN HE TURNS IN TO TAJIRI’S GREEN MIST!

    Ultimo’s music cuts as he drops to his knees and claws at his eyes… BUZZSAW KICK!

    Dragon immediately falls unconscious as Tajiri looks down on the man who has ruined his plans for two weeks in a row. His eyes are wide and crazed, green mist dribbling down his chin and on to his chest. Dawn screams at him to make a statement, so Tajiri grabs Dragon by the foot and grabs his unconscious body to the outside.

    Juvi, who has gotten the better of Funaki, helps Tajiri carry Dragon on to the stage… and shoves Dragon between Tajiri’s legs.

    ”Tell me he’s not going to do this!” Cole yells. ”Tell me he’s not thinking of a Piledriver on the ramp!”

    Tajiri lifts Dragon upside down, ready to drop him on his head…

    … but Funaki cuts him off!

    Tajiri has to drop Dragon safely back on the floor as Funaki fires off elbows, so Juvi tries to cut him off…

    … but Funaki fires off on him!

    With Funaki desperately trying to protect the man who saved him last week, Dawn grabs Juvi and Tajiri by the arms and drags them away. She places herself between them and Funaki and eases back, stopping her clients from taking the fight to him, as Funaki places himself between them and the downed Dragon.

    ”Big mistake,” Dawn shouts down the ramp to Funaki. ”You’re regret this. Trust me, you will regret this.”



    We transition to the video we had seen in the weeks before No Mercy, set 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."

    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."



    We cut backstage to see DAWN MARIE walking the corridors, with [COLOR=#0000cd]JUVENTUD and TAJIRI walking beside her, green mist still dripping down Tajiri’s chin.

    As they round a corner, they are cut off by WILLIAM REGAL, who heads straight for Tajiri.

    ”Master Tajiri, it’s so good to see you again.”

    “Watashi no michi kara dete, watashi wa anata ni hanashitakunai.”


    Regal’s jaw drops. ”Well, there’s no need to be like that, young man. You used to be such a nice boy, what happened?”

    “That was the problem,”
    Dawn says. ”He was too nice, and people didn’t take him seriously. He was a laughing stock… but no-one’s laughing now, are they? Tajiri here has a dark side to him. So does Juventud. And if they won’t be accepted for the light that’s inside them… maybe they’ll make you accept their darkness.”

    “But this isn’t you,”
    Regal says, ignoring Dawn and talking directly to the Cruiserweight Champion. ”You’re better than this. Of course, I know I’m no angel. I have done some rather naughty things over the years. But this? Blinding poor Miss Nidia? Trying to give Master Dragon a Piledriver on the ramp? This is all rather much, don’t you think?”

    “Anata wa watashi o shirazu, anata ga shite iru furi o shimasen. Michi o hazureru”


    Tajiri barges past Regal, nearly knocking him off his feet, and Juventud follows with him. Dawn, however, stays with Regal.

    ”That,” she begins, ”means you don’t know him… and you need to get out of his way.”

    She smirks and brushes past the General Manager.

    ”I know that,” Regal says, ”I can understand him.”

    Regal stands alone as the trio walk from view. ”At least… I used to.”



    ”SO… YOU THINK YOU’RE UNTOUCHABLE…”

    *** WORD LIFE ***



    There’s a distinctly mixed reaction to the arrival of JOHN CENA, dressed as always in a throwback and chain, but without his muscle.

    ”Yo, yo, yo,” he drawls. ”Cut my music, I got somethin’ t’ say.”


    ”I’m here holdin’ th’ title, and finally it’s all fittin’ in,
    At last the US Champ’n… is a US Citizen.”

    “And yo, Eddie, ya want this title back, so ya use your rematch clause?
    You’re still gonna end up empty handed, dawg, like when ya reach for ya balls.”


    *OOOOH*

    ”Yo, this title ain’t goin’ nowhere, this one ain’t returnin’ to sender,
    But we can get you and Chavo some titles, and we’ll call them ‘intergender’.”


    *OOOOOH*

    ”So c’mon, let’s get this thing started, ring th’ bell,
    ‘Cos while I’m out here spittin’ fire, Eddie’s spittin’ somethin’ else.”


    *OOOOOOOOH*

    ”But, yo, spitter, swallower, it don’t matter, you’re still a sucker,
    And if ya think you’re gonna win this title back? Then you also a stupid… mother…”


    *FUCKER!*


    Cena tosses the mic to the outside and removes his throwback jersey.

    ”John Cena there, always making friends,” Cole says.


    ”VIVA LA RAZA!”

    *** LIE, CHEAT, STEAL ***



    Unlike the confident champion, EDDIE GUERRERO dispenses with his usual entrance. There’s no low rider tonight. Instead, he slowly walks on to the stage, his eyes a perfect blend of fury and concentration. He adjusts his wrist tape as he walks down to the ramp, not acknowledging the fans, and climbs in the ring.

    ”Have you ever seen Eddie this focused?” Cole asks.

    ”I have not, Cole. Losin’ the belt at No Mercy seems t’ have awoken somethin’ in him, and Cena’s gonna have t’ be careful if he don’t wanna lose the title eleven days aftah winnin’ it.”


    No Disqualification Match for the WWE United States Title
    John Cena (c) vs. Eddie Guerrero


    The bell rings and they come together… and Eddie starts beating the hell out of Cena! He’s not wasting any time! Cena, perhaps overconfident coming in, tries to cover up but can do little to stop Eddie, so he rolls to the outside to get some space… so Eddie slingshots himself over the top rope, taking Cena out!

    Even on the outside, Eddie isn’t finished. Whether it’s the memory of what Cena has said about his family and done to Chavo, or whether it’s the drive that comes with wanting to win the US Title back, he’s all over the Doctor from the start. He crushes his face against the apron, the barricade, the ringpost, and sends him crashing in to the steel steps. Sensing an opportunity to put Cena away, he whips the champion in to the timekeepers table and strips the announce table! He turns back to Cena… BUT CENA SMASHES HIM IN THE FACE WITH THE RINGBELL!

    Eddie goes down, so Cena picks him straight back up… and looks for an FU through the table! This one’s started at 100mph! He lifts Eddie up… REVERSED IN TO A HURRICANRANA! Cena slumps down on the protective mats, so Eddie rolls him in the ring and makes a cover…

    ONE…

    Cena powers out Eddie’s audacious pinfall attempt and backs in to the corner. Eddie, however, takes straight after him, not giving him a chance to recover, and punches him against the turnbuckle. He pushes Cena up on to the top rope… and looks for a Superplex!

    No! Cena punches his way out… and sends Eddie flying back in to the ring! He positions himself on the top rope and leaps off… Diving Crossbody!

    Cena bounces back to his feet and waits for Eddie to get up… FU!

    No! Eddie rolls off his shoulders… kick to the gut… Suplex! He pops the hips and rolls over… another Suplex! He’s going for the Three Amigos! He lifts Cena up… but Cena puts the brakes on! He hooks Eddie’s leg… Fisherman’s Suplex! He makes the cover…

    ONE…

    TWO…


    Kick out!

    Cena wastes little time, though, and pulls Eddie up. He shoves his head under his armpit and lifts him up high over his head… and leaves him there! Delayed Vertical Suplex! The fans can’t help but cheer the display of strength from Cena as he holds Eddie upside in the Suplex for five seconds… six… seven… eight… and then drops him on his back! Cena’s starting to take over!

    He steps back and poises behind Eddie as the former champion struggles to his knees… Cena charges… Throwback… misses! Eddie moved at the last second! Cena’s on his knees. Dropkick from Eddie!

    Cena falls back in to the corner and pulls himself to his feet, so Eddie follows after him… Monkey Flip! Cena’s down by the ropes, so Eddie hops on to the apron… Slingshot Somersault Senton! He makes the cover…

    ONE…

    TWO…


    Kick out!

    ”This match keeps swinging one way and the next,” Cole says. ”Both men are giving it everything, neither able to keep the other down for long.”

    “It’s th’ power of th’ US Title, Cole! They’re givin’ ev’rythin’ for it!”


    Cena and Eddie get to their feet, so Eddie whips him across the ring… he looks for a Back Body Drop… but Cena kicks him in the face! Cena bounces back off the ropes and charges… Eddie ducks… both off the ropes… Leaping Shoulder Block from Cena!

    Eddie instinctively bounces up, so Cena hits the ropes behind him… One Handed Bulldog! Eddie’s down!

    Cena off the ropes again… Five Knuckle Shuffle!

    But Eddie moves! Cena punches the mat!

    They’re both up… Tilt-A-Whirl Backbreaker from Eddie! What strength!

    He makes the cover…

    ONE…

    TWO…

    THR…


    Cena just gets the shoulder up!

    They’re both on their feet, Cena unsteady on his feet… he staggers towards Eddie… in to a European Uppercut! Cena falls back in to the turnbuckle, so Eddie rushes after him and whips him in to the far turnbuckle. Eddie charges…

    … but Cena cuts him off with a HUGE Clothesline!

    Eddie struggles on to his feet, but he’s knocked loopy… Cena slips behind him… PROTOBOMB!

    He makes the cover…

    ONE…

    TWO…

    THR…


    Eddie just gets the shoulder up!

    ”All the momentum is with John Cena! This has been one hell of a back-and-forth contest, but it looks like the champion is looking to finish things off…”

    Cena crouches, waiting for Eddie to get back up. The former champion slowly does, pulling himself up on the ropes, and staggers at Cena… who lifts him on his shoulders! He wants the FU!

    But Eddie tries to elbow out! Cena stumbles back, so Eddie slips off… and lands on the apron! Cena charges… but Eddie cuts him off with a knee to the gut! He grabs his head… and tries to Suplex Cena out of the ring to the outside!

    He lifts Cena up… but he fights it! Cena drops down to the apron! Both men are dangerously teetering on the outside of the ring, so Cena punches Eddie… Eddie hangs on… and punches Cena! Right hand from Cena! Right hand from Eddie! Neither man will go down, but they can’t hang on much longer…

    … Eddie punches Cena again… and again… he lines up a big right…

    … but Cena ducks… AND LIFTS EDDIE ON TO HIS SHOULDERS!

    FU OFF THE APRON THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!


    The crowd explode on impact, with bits of debris flying in to the air. Neither man came out of the collision well, with Cena forced to sacrifice himself to get Eddie all the way across the outside to the table. The crowd chant ”HOLY SHIT!” as both men lay out cold, Cena unable to take advantage of the situation…

    ”Unbelievable impact!” Cole exclaims.

    ”No doubt, no doubt, Cole! The Doctah jus’ destroyed Eddie!”

    “But this isn’t a Falls Count Anywhere Match, partner, he’s going to have to get him back in the ring if he wants to pin him.”

    “An’ it don’t look like that’s gonna happen.”


    Cena stirs first and drags himself across the outside area. Knowing that Michael Cole is right and he can’t get the victory out there, he tries to pull Eddie’s unconscious body out from the wreckage and towards the ring. He lifts him up and gradually rolls him under the bottom rope, gingerly climbs in himself, and makes the cover…

    ONE…

    TWO…

    THRE…


    EDDIE GOT THE SHOULDER UP! EDDIE GOT THE SHOULDER UP!

    ”I don’t believe it!” Cole shouts. ”Eddie’s still going! Eddie’s still in this match!”

    “Ya gotta think th’ time it took Cena to get Eddie back in th’ ring cost ‘im there. If he could have pinned him out there on th’ outside this one woulda been ovah.”

    “But he couldn’t, and it’s still going!”


    It may still be going, but Eddie has little left. He rolled the shoulder, but he hasn’t moved since. He’s perfectly still on the mat, unable to do anything but look up at Cena, who still can’t believe Eddie somehow got his shoulder up.

    Cena gets back to his feet and beckons for Eddie to get up. Eddie slowly rolls on to his stomach and uses the ropes to pull himself up, his legs unable to support the weight underneath him… AND HE WAVES CENA ON! Eddie’s challenging Cena to come at him!

    Cena grunts and punches Eddie in the mouth… and Eddie slumps down to the mat. One pinch is enough to send him straight back down.

    Not for long, though. Eddie pulls himself up and stumbles towards Cena… who sends him back down with another punch. Eddie’s all heart, but there’s simply nothing left in the tank.

    ”Give it up, yo, you’re finished.”

    But Eddie doesn’t listen. Still he tries to get up, so this time Cena doesn’t wait for him. He pulls him off the canvas and pulls him on to his shoulders…

    … but Eddie rolls down his back… in to a Victory Roll!

    ONE…

    TWO…

    TH…


    Cena kicks out!

    Cena gets straight back to his feet, but Eddie, despite having been behind the pinfall attempt, stays on the mat. It took all his energy just to roll Cena up. He struggles back to his feet, so Cena bounces off the ropes… Throwback! This time it connected! Cena’s ready to finish this one off!

    He hits the ropes again… FIVE KNUCKLE SHUFFLE! It connects! Cena pulls Eddie up… FU!

    REVERSED IN TO A TORNADO DDT! How is Eddie doing this?!

    Both men are down, but Cena’s out cold. Eddie crawls towards Cena… but chooses not to make the cover! Instead he continues to the corner and begins to climb, gradually making his way to the top…

    ”Eddie’s feelin’ froggy, Cole!”

    Eddie perches on the top rope, somehow still going…

    … when MATT HARDY (VERSION 1.0) pushes him off!

    Eddie lands with a thud on the canvas! Matt just screwed Eddie! This must be part of the deal with Regal!

    Matt climbs in to the ring and pulls Eddie to his feet… Twist of Fate!

    No! Eddie pushes him away… and Dropkicks him right in the face! Matt tumbles out of the ring!

    Eddie turns back to Cena… who lifts him up on his shoulders! FU! He hits the FU, and Eddie’s bang in the centre of the ring!

    Cena makes the cover…

    ONE…

    TWO…

    THREE!


    Winner and STILL WWE United States Champion: John Cena in 10:22


    The crowd ferociously boo as the bell rings. Not so much for the result as the way we got there, with Matt Hardy (Version 1.0) having ruined the second action-packed title match of the evening. Cena has his hand raised but he doesn’t seem too bothered by how he picked up the victory, and watches on as Matt Hardy (Version 1.0) returns to the ring to stand over the fallen Eddie.

    ”How’d ya like that, huh? Ya think Mattitude is a joke? Me and William don’t think it’s a joke.”

    He backs in to the corner and pushes himself on to the second rope, ready to hit a Leg Drop…

    … but Cena pulls him away!

    The crowd cheer the apparent change in attitude from the US Champion as he stares down the Sensei of Mattitude and points at Eddie.

    ”He’s mine,” he says and shoves Matt out of the way. He bounces off the ropes, looking for another Five Knuckle Shuffle…

    … but Matt cuts him off! Again they stare down…

    … until A-TRAIN runs down from the back and separates them! He stands exactly in the middle… points at Matt… points at Cena… then points at Eddie. Matt and Cena draw their eyes away from each other and to Eddie on the mat…

    AND WORK TOGETHER TO STOMP HIM DOWN!

    But here comes CHAVO GUERRERO! He peels Cena away and smashes him in the mouth with a big right hand, then grabs Matt and pulls him away… big right hand to Matt! He turns to A-Train…

    Bicycle Kick!

    But here comes CHRIS BENOIT!

    He sprints in to the ring and chops the skin off A-Train’s chest! A-Train backs in the corner as Benoit wears him down… only for Cena to charge at him…

    … but Benoit sidesteps! Cena crashes in to A-Train!

    CROSSFACE!

    But here come THE WORLD’S GREATEST TAG TEAM! Pandemonium!

    Haas stomps on Benoit’s head to break it up and places Benoit across the top rope, allowing Shelton to bounce off the ropes…

    … but he’s cut off by REY MYSTERIO! Haas drops Benoit and turns around… in to a Dropkick from BILLY KIDMAN!

    Eddie, Chavo and Benoit return to their feet, and they align with Kidman and Mysterio to clear the ring of their long-time rivals, leaving just the babyfaces in the ring. Benjamin, Haas and Hardy (Version.10) realise that it’s the fight they’re unlikely to win and back up the aisle…

    … but Cena isn’t done! He charges towards the ring! He wants to take them on 5-on-1!

    But A-Train stops him! He holds Cena back and drags him back down the ramp, not letting him run straight in to what is a sure-fire beatdown.


    *** REGALITY ***


    With the heroes stood tall in the ring and their adversaries on the ramp, out steps WILLIAM REGAL, with one hand behind his back and the other clutching a microphone.

    ”It’s quite the little rivalry the ten of you have gotten in to, isn’t it?” the General Manager says. ”I see five men in the ring, and another five on the ramp… that tells me that at Survivor Series… it’ll be Matt Hardy… the World’s Greatest Tag Team… A-Train… and John Cena… against Chris Benoit… The Filthy Animals… and Los Guerreros… in a Classic Survivor Series match!”

    The crowd pop.

    ”But that’s not all. Given we are going to need a new challenger for the WWE Title after Survivor Series… the survivors of this 5-on-5 match… will be… the number… one… contenders!”

    For once, all ten men seem to be on the same page as they nod in agreement, as we gradually fade out to the commercials…



    We transition to a shot of a dimly-lit graveyard at night. A motorbike roars in to the parking lot and pulls up, revealing THE UNDERTAKER. He steps off the bike and walks in to the cemetery.

    THE UNDERTAKER (voiceover)
    For one night…

    We then see a limo pull up, and out step TRIPLE H, RIC FLAIR, RANDY ORTON and BATISTA, all dressed in suits, and head in to the graveyard.

    TRIPLE H (voiceover)
    For one night…

    Elsewhere in the graveyard, THE BIG SHOW bounds between the gravestones.

    BIG SHOW (voiceover)
    For one night…

    Meanwhile, KANE is stood by a tombstone.

    KANE (voiceover)
    It’s not about victories…

    KURT ANGLE walks along the barely lit central path, wearing a tracksuit and his medals around his neck.

    KURT ANGLE (voiceover)
    It’s not about glory…

    Shawn Michaels is on his knees in front of a gravestone, arms outstretched and looking up to the heavens.

    SHAWN MICHAELS (voiceover)
    It’s not about fame…

    BROCK LESNAR strides through the cemetery, adjusting the WWE Title belt on his shoulder.

    BROCK LESNAR (voiceover)
    It’s not about gold…

    Evolution walk shoulder to shoulder, with a gravestone between them. On the gravestone we see footage of Steve Austin dropping Triple H’s car at the 2000 Survivor Series.

    TRIPLE H (voiceover)
    It’s about destruction…

    Meanwhile, The Undertaker walks past another gravestone, with footage of his debut at the 1990 event being projected on to it.

    THE UNDERTAKER (voiceover)
    It’s about rebirth…

    Kurt Angle still walks along the path, with him helping Team WWF put The Alliance out of business in 2001 being shown on a nearby gravestone.

    KURT ANGLE (voiceover)
    It’s about change…

    The Big Show still towers over the gravestones, walking between two of them. One shows his victory at last year’s event, where Paul Heyman chose Show over Brock, and the other shows The Rock aligning with the Corporation to win the belt in 1998.

    BIG SHOW (voiceover)
    It’s about betrayal…

    Meanwhile, Shawn Michaels is back on his feet and walking with a purpose, with the Montreal Screwjob projected on to a stone next to him.

    SHAWN MICHAELS (voiceover)
    It’s about controversy…

    We then see that, in the middle of the graveyard, sits a wrestling ring. Stood in the middle is a figure whose identity is hidden. Brock and ‘Taker approach the ring to the left, Triple H, Batista, Randy Orton and Ric Flair approach from the top, Big Show and Kane from the bottom, and Kurt Angle and Shawn Michaels from the right.

    THE HIDDEN FIGURE (voiceover)
    For one night…

    We zoom in to the ring, where the figure turns around to reveal GOLDBERG, who stares straight down the lens.

    GOLDBERG
    … it’s about SURVIVAL!



    LIVE on pay-per-view, November 16, 2003

    Thanks to The EC for the awesome poster




    When we return from the Survivor Series hype, the ten men just announced to be in the Classic Survivor Series match have disappeared, but WILLIAM REGAL remains in the arena. Now, however, he stands in the ring, with crew finishing laying a red carpet and placing a table in the centre of the ring. On each corner of the table is a clipboard, with a contract attached.

    With the ring set up, the crew disappear, leaving Regal alone.

    ”Now, I’m sure you’ll agree this has been quite the episode of Smackdown,” he says to a mixed reaction, with some agreeing with his point, and others booing out of spite. ”This is exactly the kind of action you can expect in the Regal era. But we aren’t quite finished just yet. We still have… the official contract signing… for the Fatal Fourway match for the WWE Title at Survivor Series!”

    The crowd cheer.

    ”So allow me to introduce first… The Undertaker!”


    ”DEAD… MAN… WALKING…”

    *** YOU’RE GONNA PAY ***



    Roaring through the curtain on the back of a motorbike is THE UNDERTAKER, who rounds the ring and pulls up on the ramp. He climbs in to the ring, ignoring Regal, and looks out to the crowd without looking pleased to be here. I guess undead bikers probably don’t care about ceremonial contract signings.

    ”And now,” Regal says, ”Kurt… Angle!”


    *** MEDALS ***


    Unlike ‘Taker, KURT ANGLE emerges from behind the curtain looking pleased to be here. Maybe it’s the knowledge that he has a chance at winning his belt back, maybe it’s that he seems to be wearing less taping around his injured ribs than in recent weeks, but either way, he bounds down to the ring and heads straight for ‘Taker. He squares up the Deadman, showing absolutely no fear, and forces the GM to keep things moving.

    ”The Big Show!”


    ”WELLLL… WELL IT’S THE BIG SHOW!”

    *** BIG ***



    Out steps THE BIG SHOW, looking confident, if not arrogant, at the prospect of joining the ring with the other two men. He makes a point to climb over the top rope to accentuate his height, and squares up to both Angle and ‘Taker, neither of whom back down in the face of the man who sneak attacked them last week.


    ”And finally-“ Regal begins.

    ”Whoa, whoa, whoa!” shouts PAUL HEYMAN, emerging from the back with a microphone. ”Absolutely not, Regal. If Brock is going to be a part of this signing, he’s getting an introduction a man of his calibre deserves.”

    Regal shrugs as Heyman climbs in the ring, and offers a hand to open the floor to him.

    ”Ladies and gentlemen,” Heyman says, ”Up next… he is… the 2002 King of the Ring… the winner of the 2003 Royal Rumble… the 2000 NCAA Heavyweight Champion… he is the youngest World Champion in WWE history…”

    He points at Big Show, ”the man who beat you, Big Show, at the Royal Rumble and Judgment Day…”

    He points at The Undertaker. ”The man who beat you, Undertaker, at No Mercy last year.”

    Finally, he points straight at Kurt Angle. ”And the man who beat you, Kurt, at Wrestlemania… and at No Mercy just two weeks ago… the man who is no longer the next big thing, but the current big thing. He is the current reigning WWE Champion… and will still be the WWE Champion after Survivor Series… ladies and gentlemen… BRRRROCK… LESNAARRRR!”


    *** NEXT BIG THING ***


    After that needlessly lengthy introduction from Paul Heyman, the fans are only too happy to boo as BROCK LESNAR emerges from the back, wearing a very un-Vince McMahon-like T-Shirt and tracksuit bottom combination, and bounds down to the ring, setting the turnbuckles alight with pyro as he leaps on to the apron, and joins his three challengers in the ring.

    ”Welcome, gentlemen,” Regal says. ”This is the contract signing for the WWE Title at Survivor Series. Master Lesnar here laid the challenge which the three of you have accepted, and the terms of this match are written in these contracts. However… it is my understanding, that Mr. Heyman here has negotiated two amendments to the match as we understood it last week. First of all-“

    “Wait a minute, Billy,”
    Heyman interrupts. ”These are not your amendments to talk about. These are our amendments, and I’m going to have to insist that I am the one to share them.”

    Regal sighs at Heyman’s constant power plays. ”As you wish,” he says, and opens the floor to Heyman.

    He steps in to the centre of the ring and picks up one of the contracts. ”As Regal has said, my lawyers have negotiated two amendments to the match at Survivor Series, both of which are listed in these contracts. Number one… the three of you want to step in the ring with Brock? You want to try and take his title from him? Then you’re going through him. You want to win the WWE Title then you’re going to have to prove you are the best man in the match. The match at Survivor Series… will be No Disqualification… elimination rules.

    The three challengers do not react.

    ”If you do not like this amendment,” Heyman continues, ”you are welcome to leave.”

    No-one moves.

    ”Very well. Amendment number two… my client Brock Lesnar… is sick of fighting the three of you. Brock Lesnar is a prize fighter… and he’s stuck fighting three men he continually proves he is better than. At Survivor Series… this thing between the four of you… it comes to an end. The second amendment to the contract is the winner will be the WWE Champion… but the three losers… will not be able to challenge for the title as long as the winner has the belt. Again, if you do not like this change in the stipulations, you are welcome to leave.”

    This one gets a reaction out of Angle and Show, who exchange a look knowing that this match could theoretically mark the end of their title opportunities for the foreseeable future… but they stay where they are.

    And still The Undertaker appears unfazed.

    ”Jolly good,” Regal says. ”Given we all seem to be in agreement, allow me to add an amendment as well. I don’t want to wait until Survivor Series to see the four of you come together. Next week… I want the four of you to face off… in a tag team match!”

    There’s a decent pop from the crowd, and Angle, Show and Brock all nod in agreement. Still ‘Taker seems disinterested.

    ”But not any tag match,” Regal continues. ”The four of you have seemed to often split in to pairs over the last few months… Brock and Show… Taker and Angle. But not next week. Next week… it will be Brock Lesnar… teaming with Kurt Angle… to take on the team of Big Show… and The Undertaker!

    Angle and Show look uncertain, and there’s possibly even a slight flicker of discomfort from ‘Taker… but Lesnar flies off the handle!

    ”No way, no. I’m not teaming with him. I want nothing to do with him. No-“

    “If you don’t like it,”
    Regal interjects, ”You are welcome to leave the ring. And you can leave your title here as well.”

    Heyman whispers in Brock’s ear, and they hold a short conference.

    ”Okay,” Heyman says, ”you’ve got a deal.”

    “Splendid,”
    Regal says. ”In that case, who would like to sign first?”

    Kurt Angle steps forward. ”I’ll do it. I want my name on that contract. You can throw whatever stipulations you want at the match, I’m in it. That title means everything to me, and I’ll do whatever it takes to get it back. I’ve beaten the three of you before… and Brock, I’ve beaten you several times… and I’ll do it again. I might be the smallest guy in the match… but I’m the most talented. I’ll outwrestle all three of you… and I’ll win back the WWE Title… whatever stipulations you want to add.”

    He signs the contract, and drops the pen on the desk.

    Big Show then steps forward. ”I’m in. You think I’m afraid of a No DQ match, or elimination rules? You want to ban the losers from getting a rematch? Fine by me. That just means I need to find new challengers when I win the belt. I’m done following orders from others. This is my time to shine.”

    He signs.

    Paul Heyman starts to sarcastically applaud. ”Very good, both of you. Fine messages. If I was still managing the both of you I’d have encouraged you to say exactly what you just said. Because, let’s face it, the three of you are good. Very good, in fact. I don’t doubt that if you stepped in to the ring with 99% of the wrestlers who ever lived you would be able to win this match. But you’re not in the ring with the other 99%. You’re in the ring with the 1%. The 1% is Brock… Lesnar. He is unstoppable. This week people have asked me why I’m letting Brock put his belt on the line against three other men. But guess what… I’m not letting him do anything. If Brock wants to face the three of you in one match then that’s exactly what he’ll do… because if there is one man who can beat the three of you in one match… it’s BRRRROCK… FRIGGIN’… LESNARRR.”

    Brock smirks at the praise and signs the contract, and throws the pen at ‘Taker. It bounces off the Deadman’s chest and to the mat… but he doesn’t react.

    Eventually he bends down to pick the pen up, and grabs a microphone.

    ”You all talk too much,” he growls, and signs the contract.

    ”There we have it,” Regal says. ”Four signatures on the contracts, which means the WWE Title match at Survivor Series-“

    “Wait a minute,”
    Heyman interrupts for a third time, causing Regal to visibly react with frustration. ”You think you’re clever, huh, ‘Taker? You think by looking like this is all beneath you you seem like a tough guy? You know who is a tough guy? Brock Lesnar. Brock Lesnar-“

    ‘Taker snatches the microphone out of Heyman’s hand and turns to Lesnar. ”You’re gonna need to shut your puppet master up, Brock.”

    Brock squares up to ‘Taker, not appreciating the disrespect, and forcing Regal to intervene.

    ”Now, now, gentlemen, there’s no need-“

    “Stay out of this, Regal,”
    ‘Taker barks, and stares straight at Brock.

    The champion meets his eyeline for a few moments… until he holds his hands up in surrender?! He backs away with his hands up… but cheapshots ‘Taker! Brock’s teeing off on the Deadman!

    But Angle spins him around… but right hand to the champion!

    But Show spins him around… and grabs Angle by the throat! Chokeslam…

    … reversed! Angle jumps out of it… and looks for the Angle Slam!

    But Brock pulls him away… F5 TO ANGLE! Brock just planted his partner for next week!

    Brock turns away…

    WHERE THE UNDERTAKER GRABS HIM BY THE THROAT!

    But Big Show marches over to ‘Taker…

    AND ALSO GRABS BROCK BY THE THROAT!

    ‘Taker and Show stare at each other, both holding the champion by the throat…

    DOUBLE CHOKESLAM!

    THE UNDERTAKER AND BIG SHOW JUST WORKED TOGETHER!


    Regal and Heyman quickly rush out of the ring and to safety, leaving just the two giants in the ring. With Angle and Brock both out cold on the mat, ‘Taker and Show turn to each other and stare down…

    … and ‘Taker looks furious that Show joined him in taking the champion out! His face is crunched in to an image of pure rage… and this time it’s Big Show that looks nonplussed! ‘Taker’s ready to take the fight to the 7 foot monster, but Big Show’s not budging!

    ”What the hell was this?!” Cole asks. ”Big Show and Undertaker hate each other… but they just teamed up! What are we seeing? Is this an alliance?”

    “This ain’t an alliance, Cole, look at ‘em! They wanna tear each other’s throats out!”

    “Then why did they work together to take out Brock?!”

    “Maybe dis is about next week? They jus’ sent a message loud ‘n’ clear to Kurt and Brock.”

    “But ‘Taker doesn’t look too happy about it! What does this mean for next week?! What does this mean for Survivor Series?!”


    Still The Undertaker and Big Show stare each other down, just one week before they have to team with one another, with Brock and Kurt down at their feet… and we fade out.

    * END OF SHOW *




    Confirmed matches for next week

    Strange Bedfellows Tag Match
    Big Show & The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar & Kurt Angle

    Ten Man Tag Match
    Chuck Palumbo, Danny Basham, Doug Basham, Johnny Stamboli & Nunzio vs. Billy Kidman, Chavo Guerrero, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero & Rey Mysterio

    Tag Team Match
    Kyodai Siniestro vs. Funaki & Ultimo Dragon

    Singles Match
    Sean O’Haire vs. Ron Simmons

    Singles Match
    Rhyno vs. Scotty Too Hotty



    Confirmed matches for WWE Survivor Series

    No Disqualification Fatal Fourway Elimination Match for the WWE Championship
    Brock Lesnar (c) vs. The Big Show vs. Kurt Angle vs. The Undertaker

    World Heavyweight Title Match
    Kane vs. Goldberg (c)

    5-on-5 Survivor Series Match – Winning GM Runs Raw
    Team Bischoff (Batista, Chris Jericho, Christian, Randy Orton & Triple H) vs. Team Austin (Booker T, Bubba Ray Dudley, D-Von Dudley, Rob Van Dam & Shawn Michaels)

    5-on-5 Survivor Series Match – Survivor(s) Get a WWE Title Shot
    A-Train, John Cena, Matt Hardy (Version 1.0) & World's Greatest Tag Team vs. Billy Kidman, Chavo Guerrero, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero & Rey Mysterio

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

    ***JUST ADDED***

    WWE Cruiserweight Title Match
    Tajiri (c) vs. Ultimo Dragon
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    You definitely weren’t kidding about the focus on the in ring stuff this week on Smackdown. Bookending with the two title matches gave this show a mini-PPV type feel for sure.


    Enjoyed a lot of that tag match. Given the four guys involved, I thought you did a lot to get across the skills of both teams and it definitely had a frenetic feel when Rey and Kidman were on top. Excellent job in playing off the story of Haas and Benjamin being the superior team, using every trick in the book to stay in control but the finishing stretch was awesome. The powerbomb/neckbreaker sounded difficult to pull off, but also sounded killer. No kicking out of that.


    Not sure where that leaves The Filthy Animals now by suffering the clean loss, but the promo later suggests the chase will most definitely continue, though I see The Bashams getting involved in the picture soon enough to add something new to the mix.


    If this Eddie/Regal segment was anything to go by, I think we’ll be in for many’s an entertaining backstage skit with him as GM. Nice use again of Eddies gimmick, which can only increase his popularity with the watching audience. I think Kingpin mentioned in his comments that he sees Cena vs Lesnar as your direction for WrestleMania, but for me, I’m seeing Eddie on the path for a big WrestleMania main event push. Whether that’s against Lesnar or not remains to be seen (Triple H program still lurks in the background) but Eddie is my current pick for one half of that main event.


    I’ll have to be honest and say I’m still not digging the Cena/A-Train alliance. I think you did a much better job of making Train a meaningful act on this show with the Benoit match, but the role as Cena’s ‘Wookie’ still makes him feel like a hired goon. Similar to the real life pairing with B2, it just doesn’t feel like a natural fit to me. Only other thing about the clash with Rey and Kidman that felt off was Rey saying “pissing everyone off”. To me, that doesn’t feel like something Rey would say. I could be way off on that, mind you, and maybe he’s used that phrasing, but it just stuck out a little odd to me.


    As I alluded to, A-Train looks like a warrior coming out of this Benoit match by surviving in the Crossface with a broken nose. If anything it was a perfect ‘out’ for him to lose, but the Chavo interference was here for a reason, as the show would progress. Chris Guerrero, lol. Cole’s such a dork. I say that as a positive too, as I’m 99% sure that was the intent, considering Tazz response.


    Matt Hardy line of the week; “I’m not a naturally confident man”. I think there’s definitely a lot of mileage in Shannon never being able to perform a simple task under pressure, going from freezing on camera last week to being unable to force a smile here.


    Promo time for the APA on recent failures? Even though there wasn’t any hints toward a break up here at all, I’m still sensing the end of the road for the team on the horizon. Bradshaw beating O’Haire was a slight surprise as the pre-match stuff from him suggested he was about to turn the corner. I’m excited to see where you go with him here though, going off the deep end it seems, and bullying smaller men to make himself feel better. Tazz standing up for Cole was nice too. I’ll be keeping an eye on his progress for sure.


    Benoit definitely has a reason to feel aggrieved by the interference from Chavo so I’m glad you followed it up and resolved the issue right away.


    If that’s section three, then I’d love to know how mind numbingly boring sections 1 & 2 were.


    Decent big tag match to mix up a few of your undercard angles, and Dragon scoring the win made most sense if he’s being pushed as Tajiris next threat. Makes a change to see Funaki getting some meaningful stuff to do too in this angle.


    The post match stuff with the tease was all good, and another way to drive home the difference in Tajiri under Dawn Marie’s influence. I loved the description of the mist dripping down his chin backstage. Very savage visual.


    With even Regal horrified by his old mates change in attitude it puts over how different Tajiri is now. I think there was one too many ‘Master’s dropped by Regal on this show here. I know it’s a phrase he’d use, and the earlier usage with Cena imo worked, but Master Tajiri and Master Dragon just didn’t fit for me as opportune times to drop it in.


    Awesome Cena rap. Just ... awesome.


    Loved the way the U.S title match started, going straight into a brawl, and using the No DQ stipulation early on. You really put a tonne of effort into these big matches on this show, and it showed. Loved the Fisherman counter to the third Amigo, and while I’m sort of on the fence about that FU from the apron through the table (in that, I think that really would’ve been an ideal finish for a big match down the road, as opposed to a near fall on a TV main event) I’ll not deny it was a great spot.


    Didn’t love the finish, but I expected it given what had happened throughout the night, and this at least shows Matt as a threat going forward by successfully orchestrating the downfall for Eddie here.


    Everything that happened throughout the night explained all the following run ins, and I really appreciated how you set this Survivor Series match up during the show. The added stipulation of Survivors will be #1 contender is awesome and unexpected. I’m a firm believer in stakes being attached to the traditional Survivor Series matches, so this gets a double thumbs up from me. I’ve thoughts on how it’ll pan out, but I’ll save that for prediction time down the road.


    But... here’s my biggest issue with this weeks show. To me, that main event match and the subsequent announcement should’ve been the final part of the show. For me, it was the high point to end on, and as a result the contract signing - while certainly serviceable - fell a bit flat by following it.


    I get that the WWE Title picture is the most important part of the show, and that whatever program is going on for it should be most important, but (without looking back, so could be wrong) it feels like some combination of these four guys have closed every week of Smackdown since the thread started and this was the perfect week for your next potential main event guys to close the show.


    As I said though, fundamentally this contract signing was perfectly fine. Heyman is a great mouthpiece as always to carry Lesnars end of promos. Regal turning Heymans “you’re free to walk away” bit was a nice touch and the strange bedfellows match has potential for a lot of fun next week, as previewed with the fight at the end.


    Taker and Show working together at the end was an unexpected twist, and, again, perfectly fine, but without labouring the point, I still feel this segment would’ve worked better and had more impact in the middle of the show instead.


    Overall though, I highly enjoyed this weeks effort. With the McMahons out of the picture there’s a fresh feel to Smackdown now, especially with a new fresh face being guaranteed to enter the title picture after Survivor Series.

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    I'll go back to RAW for my next review...but I need some followup to No Mercy.



    October 23rd


    Kicking things off with McMahon was to be expected. Him running down the list of top moments in his life was great. "Smokin hot tomatah" made me laugh out loud literally. Heyman coming out, then being told he wasn't GM had me wonder why the fuck he was there haha. Regal being named GM is a cool move, definitely didn't expect it. Not giving Kurt his rematch, already getting some heel heat on the new GM. Number one contender match should be good.


    Four way! Glad to see Cena didn't drop the belt so quickly. Big win, coming out on top of all 3 guys. Benoit definitely looks like the next rivalry that is there. Which I am so down for.


    Tag title match next week. Cool Cool.


    Brock's debut destruction. The memories.


    McMahon's interaction with the EMT was great. I was laughing the whole time. I too was curious why Big Show wasn't put into the number one contender match, glad it was addressed here.


    Fuck. So. Matt Hardy is the MVP of the show. Angle took out McMahon. Cena retained against three people. Hardy had a backstage segment and you killed it. Favorite part of the show so far. Guerrero stealing the pen was the cherry on top.


    Ultimo Dragon!?! Wasn't expecting that. Then again I wasn't expecting Juventud at No Mercy. And Funaki!! The Cruiserweight Championship is bringing everybody out!


    Awww yeah! Taker and Kurt. Two of the best. Glad they had an interaction before the match goes down.


    Johnny The Bull!!!! Loved that guy. Underhanded tactics, but it got the job done. Big win for the FBI.


    Mattitude commercial. I LOVE this version of Matt that you have going. Love.


    Loved Eddie using some good ol fashion lying cheating and stealing to get the win for him and Chavo. I don't think Matt lost anything taking the pin here. Cena attacking Guerrero after was unexpected, but very welcome. Where I originally saw Guerrero moving onto Hardy and Cena moving onto Benoit...I'm now realizing Survivor Series is coming up..and we need some 5 on 5 action!


    Speaking of, Survivor Series! Sick poster.

    I appreciate the "previously on segment" before this match. Helped. There's something refreshing about you pushing The Bashams, even if it is in this "lower card feud". It's a nice change of pace. Two weeks in a row with the rollup, and getting the better of the APA even with the two refs there is quite a feat. I'm sure this isn't over yet, but I'm very curious to see what The Bashams move onto next.

    Taker Angle seemed like a good match, good back and forth action. But, I always enjoyed their matches together so that's no surprise haha. Big Show "making an impact" made complete sense, and makes him look like an absolute beast taking out both men, even if they had just beat each other down.

    "We need to appreciate you dammit" made me laugh.

    The way you described Regal chasing after McMahon trying to keep up with the power walk reminded me of 2001, which just makes me feel all fuzzy inside.

    Jesus. Lots going on here to end the night. This may be in order, may not. Laughed at Taz adding in his name to Heyman's list. Massive news for McMahon to give up running the company to manage Brock....and then to get screwed! Huge. I can see where some people might have thought it should have ended with Heyman, but the brawl and announcing the four way works for me too. Your four biggest stars on Smackdown, only makes sense to go the four way route. I do however agree with Wolf that it would make the most sense for it to be an elimination match.

    October 30th

    Awesome way to start the night, a twenty minute "rocketbustah". Both teams came out looking great, and a very nice touch to have the crowd applaud World's Greatest Tag Team as well. The win seemed pretty decisive but I'd be suprised if we didn't see this one again. Haas gloating at the end almost guarantees it. Is this one win a piece, I can't remember, but a two out of three falls match would be awesome.

    I'm fairly certain my favorite thing on, at least your Smackdowns, is your backstage segments. You have everybody written perfectly. Your writing of Eddie in this segment was perfect. The "Maybe he had something to do" line I could see perfectly, then Regal shouting for Chavo had me laughing.

    Like I said on the last show, this had Cena Eddie Matt had to be leading to a Survivor Series match, and this segment with Cena taunting the filthy animals only furthers my suspicions. Fuck, I gotta get to Rumble quick so I don't have to go up against what looks like it's going to be one fuck of a survivor series!

    Yep. This all is leading somewhere. Good win for Benoit. AAAAAnd just wanna say that I'm glad your using Benoit. He was a big part of Smackdown around this time, then a big part of the company in the coming months, woulda felt wrong to have left him out. Was always a big fan of his in ring work.

    Hardy is still my favorite character your writing. I lived in an area where I didn't get the weekly shows around this time, can't remember Mattitude being so great. This is coming from a guy that always like Matt more than Jeff.

    Oh no! Don't take it out on O'Haire!

    Shit. Not there on Raw yet! Stupid rebound! Haha. Goldberg versus Kane sounds awesome though.


    Very cool to see you utilizing Ultimo Dragon as he never really got a fair shot, plus it seems like he is probably next in line for a championship match which is cool. Shame it came at the cost of Stamboli, but that's just personal preference. Tajiri attacking Dragon after the bell was great. Love heel Tajiri.

    Very cool Cruiserweight package.

    Always loved Cena's raps, and this was a good showing.

    Don't know why, I was trying to figure how Cena would steal it without A-Train...and I stupidly didn't think of Hardy. No clue why as it was SO obvious. But good finish to further Hardy Guerrero and then the brawl with everyone after. Leading to exactly what I thought! Survivor Series match! The stipulation is a nice and surprising touch though!

    Heyman's introduction for Brock, listing off how Brock has beaten all 3 men was awesome. Elimination four way! Knew it. Perfect stipulation. Undertaker being unfazed during the signing was great, and definitely something I could picture. The twist on the tag match for next week should be interesting, i sense just an all out brawl ending it.


    Glad to be up to date on Smackdown, currently working my up through Raw from Unforgiven on. Like Wolf said, the newest show did have a fresh feel to it for sure, which is very nice to see. The stipulations to the Smackdown portion of Survivor Series are awesome and add another layer to the matches which is great. Can't wait. Now, back to Raw!

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    World's Greatest Tag Team (Haas & Benjamin) retaining their WWE Tag Team Championships beating The Filthy Animals (Rey Mysterio & Billy Kidman)...I still hate that tag team name of theirs by the way but still the fact that Haas & Benjamin went over retaining their titles was to be expected given the fact that Haas & Benjamin ever since they became champions have more or less managed to beat every tag team that has come their way. Honestly is there a tag team that they haven't beaten yet on Smackdown?

    Regal should know better than to trust Eddie or Chavo especially if he thinks Eddie Guerrero doesn't have a plan when it comes to winning back the WWE United States Championship from John Cena...especially since Eddie has his rematch tonight against Cena and no interference from A-Train or Chavo because both are banned from ringside...yeah I can see them both of them showing up anyway

    WWE United States Champion John Cena & A-Train running into Mysterio and Kidman...it makes me wonder if that leads into anything between them?

    Benoit more or less getting the victory against A-Train all be it with inadvertent help from Chavo Guerrero who was out there for whatever reason...I don't even know why but the fact is is that A-Train was distracted and Benoit took advantage to get the win. Benoit more or less has been on a roll as of late winning matches all be it he didn't even need Chavo's help to win the match because he would have won regardless of Chavo's interference but major assist from Chavo there.

    Matt Hardy and Shannon Moore showing up with Regal...if that was a comedy segment it wasn't really all that funny to be honest but with them talking with Regal it makes me wonder if these 2 won't show up and try to cost Eddie the WWE United States Championship? I mean given the fact that Eddie and Chavo both have crossed paths with both Matt and Shannon as of late.

    I see the APA split happening sooner rather than later with Bradshaw turning on Ron Simmons and becoming the "JBL" character. I mean all the signs are pretty much pointing to it happening and Bradshaw winning the match by beating O'Haire basically just proves the fact that he doesn't really need Simmons anymore.

    O'Haire trying to attack Cole only for Tazz to come to Cole's rescue and Tazz surprisingly taking it to O'Haire with O'Haire in retreat...it makes me wonder if it leads to O'Haire calling out Tazz?

    Of course Benoit wouldn't be happy with Chavo interfering in his match and it showed in the later segment...of course Benoit he believes in getting things done on his own and he would have done that had it not been for Chavo's interference because let's face it Benoit he has been red hot and he would have won that match anyway hell he was dominating A-Train for the most part in that match.

    That Cruiserweight video package you showed of the Cruiserweights...I wonder why show that? I mean the Cruiserweight Division is not really all that relevant or it hasn't been for quite some time even though Tajiri may be the WWE Cruiserweight Champion right now...he is trying to bring that division to relevancy but really has he really proven anything? Have any of the Cruiserweights proven anything?

    8 Man Tag Team action ends with the faces London, Kendrick, Ultimo Dragon and Funaki beating the team of WWE Cruiserweight Champion Tajiri, Juventud, Johnny Stamboli and Palumbo...this more or less puts Ultimo Dragon in the running as far as being #1 Contender for Tajiri's title especially with Ultimo Dragon getting the deciding submission.

    John Cena retaining his WWE United States Championship against Eddie Guerrero with help from Matt Hardy V1 and Shannon Moore was to be expected and why I say that. Let's be honest here, Matt Hardy has had an issue with Eddie for a while now and if A-Train wasn't gonna interfere or Chavo then really Matt was gonna because of the earlier interactions he had with Regal earlier on in the night. Cena taking advantage to get the victory basically means it is not once but twice now that Cena has beaten Eddie when it comes to that title being on the line. This basically puts Cena over. Not to mention seeing it turn into an all out melee right after was also to be expected with Cena & Hardy putting the boots to Eddie only for Benoit and Chavo to come out to even the odds only for A-Train to show up and then Haas and Benjamin and then Mysterio and Kidman. Then GM Regal comes out and announces that at Survivor Series it will be Team Guerrero (Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, Rey Mysterio, Billy Kidman and Chavo Guerrero) vs Team Cena (WWE United States Champion John Cena, A-Train, Haas, Benjamin and Matt Hardy)...definitely saw this coming but what I didn't see coming was that the winning team gets WWE Championship matches...now that keeps things interesting to say the least.

    I still can't believe The Undertaker is still in his Big Evil gimmick here...hate this gimmick really and I just hope he comes back as The Dead Man with Paul Bearer in tow for WrestleMania 20 in this diary

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    Opening with the tag titles on the line? Sounds great. I think you know I haven’t fully been behind Filthy Animals getting a title shot, even though I know where you’re coming from, but this write up was a pleasure to read. Sensational stuff and the telling of the story of the champs being the better team was brilliant throughout. All the times Rey couldn’t get the tag, and despite the challengers showing signs, tag work is what got WGTT the win in the end as well. Brilliant stuff, story well told, and I’d definitely be down for more matches between these two teams if they are going to be like this.

    I quite enjoyed Regal’s interaction with the Guerrero’s here. Both sides being a little hesitant throughout was interesting, and the ending with Chavo having ran off to interfere was quite funny. Good stuff and Guerrero’s/Regal with their ‘difference’ in morals should be a really interesting dynamic to play with moving forward. More of these please.

    Mysterio and Kidman remaining together and potentially trying again is fine, and I thought Cena’s interruption was okay, if not a little random. I assume it means that there will be some sort of back and forth between these guys moving forward. I am starting to dislike just how disrespectful Cena is to A Train. It feels like there was quite a lot in this segment in particular and Train is usually a take no shit kind of guy. I think you could work on that relationship a little moving forward. Writing itself as always was great.

    The broken nose from the headbutt is fucking epic and something I immediately enjoy. Brutal stuff from Benoit. A Train looks like a beast fighting out of the Crossface with the broken nose as well, I thought that was a nice moment, but not sure it fits into a four minute throw away match if that makes sense. I don’t think the moment matched the situation. Still, Chavo interferes as expected and Benoit continues his momentum. No other complaints, solid stuff.

    Another AWESOME segment involving Regal here, this time with Hardy. Regal’s need to get back at the Guerrero’s makes him agree to Mattitude following? Hilarious. Hardy’s not a confident man line was hilarious, as was him making Moore go get a flip chart. Good stuff.

    APA segment was decent, and this was an important moment as for the first time you actually wrote out the idea of them breaking up and having tension. Obviously they deny it, but it does still feel as if it will eventually happen.

    Bradshaw goes over O’Haire which again tells me that he’ll be JBL soon. They can’t win as a team but as soon as he’s by himself, he gets a win. Some clever angle progression here even if it isn’t overly obvious. O’Haire losing his shit afterwards was a nice way to give him something to do at least, but then he walked away from Tazz. I’m happy he has something of note to do but jury is still out for me on this one. I’m waiting to judge based on the follow up later on tonight or next week.

    Guerrero/Benoit segment was a nice way to tie up the loose end of Benoit not happy to cheat. The distrust for Regal is an interesting one as well…

    LOL at two legs is better than one being the first rule of Mattitude. More funny stuff here but Regal getting impatient and wanting to use Hardy works well. Looking forward to seeing what the plan is.

    Eight man tag was solid enough and another good way to put over Ultimo Dragon, whilst seemingly combining two feuds in the one match. Dragon looks great here and the ending with Tajiri going on the attack, only for Funaki to make the save was fun. A future tag match looms. Also, I think somebody already mentioned it but the visual of Tajiri with mist dripping down his chin his epic. Solid advancement here.

    Another nice segment with Regal here as he seems to be showing some more of his morals here, actually lecturing Tajiri for what he has done. Tajiri basically flipping him off was a great way to put over his new attitude. Regal seems to be maybe playing a slight tweener role at this stage. Either way, a fun little segment to play on the Regal/Tajiri history together.

    Before I get onto the actual match, just wanted to mention this was another awesome Cena rap. Tremendous work with this, doesn’t feel forced at all.

    Cena/Guerrero certainly started off strong and I enjoyed the match for what it was. The back and forth nature was to be expected, and the FU through the table was an awesome spot. I don’t completely know how I feel about Eddie kicking out of that on a weekly show though. When booking WWE, I like the logic of tv matches can be great but something needs to be held back for PPV, and this felt like one of those spots. Anyway, Eddie getting back on top only for Matt to cost him, makes sense in the scheme of the night but disappoints me overall. Cena got put over big when he beat Eddie for the title, cleanly if I remember correctly, so I don’t know, I just felt this was a step back that he didn’t need. The aftermath with the all in brawl made sense and Regal makes the obvious SS match. Good stuff overall, just wasn’t sure about the booking of the main event.

    The contract signing was a fine enough segment in itself, but I think the main event should have ended the show. It felt like a bigger moment and this segment felt like a bit of a downer coming after it. I thought everybody was pretty in character and the amendments as per Heyman and Lesnar’s request should make the match a lot more exciting. I rate the match being an elimination match at Survivor Series as well, good decision. Everything breaking down into a brawl was fine and a solid ending to the show, if somewhat unexpected with Show and Taker standing together, albeit reluctantly. Still, solid ending but just didn’t feel like this should have been the ending.

    Honestly, I didn’t think Raw was anywhere near as bad of a show as you did, with just one or two things seeming a little off. I thought you came back in a big way with this show as I thoroughly enjoyed the big time matches on the show. Still had one or two little things I questioned, but that’s normal. Overall, enjoyed this immensely, keep it up.









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    November 3rd 2003
    Cleveland, Ohio


    *** GLASS SHATTERS ***

    No pyro this week, as we open cold on the entrance of STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN[/B], who marches down to the ring and poses upon each of the turnbuckles for the ecstatic Cleveland crowd.

    ”Welcome ev’ryone,” JR begins, ”t’ Monday… Night… Raw! I’m Good Ol’ JR Jim Ross, alongside Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler as always, an’ what a night we’ve got in store for ya tonight. Shawn Michaels is in action against the Animal Batista, Triple H and Randy Orton are competin’ for th’ World Tag Team Titles, Christian and Chris Jericho will team up to face Booker T and Rob Van Dam, and we’re gonna find out who will face Molly Holly for th’ Women’s Title at Survivor Series.”

    “And don’t forget Stevie Richards is challenging Goldberg for the World Heavyweight Title!”
    King adds.

    ”I’ve been tryin’ to, King, but he’s made it hard. But nonetheless, we’re openin’ up with th’ former Co-General Manager.”

    Austin, having posed to each corner, grabs a microphone and stands in the centre of the ring, as a huge ”AUSTIN!” chant takes over. He waits it out for a few moments, then raises the microphone.

    ”That’s real nice-a ya, an’ I appreciate th’ hell outta it, but that ain’t why I’m out here tonight. Ya see, Ol’ Stone Cold was makin’ his way t’ Cleveland, Ohio earlier…“

    He pauses for the obvious cheap pop.

    ”An’ I got t’ thinkin’ that I needed t’ get some stuff off mah chest. Now, lemme tell ya, this last few weeks… they might-a been th’ hardest of mah damn career. I got five sons-a-bitches puttin’ themselves out there for me, and I’ve had t’ stand by an’ watch ‘em get their asses handed to ‘em by Evolution, Jericho an’ Christian. I ain’t been able t’ do a damn thing about it… and it makes me sick.”

    The crowd boo the situation Austin has been forced in to.

    ”If there’s one thing ya know for sure about Stone Cold, it’s that I kick ass first, as questions later. All mah career, all I’ve cared about is raisin’ hell. But thanks t’ Vince McMahon… Linda McMahon… Eric Bischoff… I ain’t allowed t’ put mah hands on anyone.”

    Again the crowd boo.

    ”An’ that’s why I’ve had t’ put it all on th’ line at Survivor Series. ‘Cos lemme tell ya this… a WWE where I can’t raise hell… ain’t a WWE I wanna be a part of. An’ seein’ as I ain’t been medically cleared to have an official match like I wanna do, I’m left puttin’ mah career in th’ hands of five other guys. Now, there weren’t a damn way I was gonna keep doin what I was doin’, standin’ back and doin’ jack while people are runnin’ their mouths and askin’ for an ass whoopin’… but now I’m puttin’ it in th’ hands of otha people. Ev’ryone knows that I don’t care too much for trustin’ others, and I sure as hell don’t want others trustin’ me. But at Survivor Series that’s exactly what I’m gonna do. Th’ Dudley Boyz… Rob Van Dam… Bookah T… Shawn Michaels… I might not like all of ‘em… but I respect th’ hell outta them. They’re puttin’ their neck on th’ line t’ help me, and it makes me uncomfortable as all hell… but I respect ‘em for it.”

    The fans applaud the bravery of the men standing up for Austin’s future.

    ”But then I gotta stand by an’ watch as they get their asses handed to ‘em ovah and ovah? Ah-ah, that ain’t happenin’. Not on mah watch. So Bischoff… Evolution… CLB… Jericho… I need ya sumbitches t’ know that th’ countdown is on. Thirteen days. Thirteen damn days until Survivor Series… when I start doin’ things mah way again. And I need all of y’all to know… when I’m the 100% General Manager of Raw… each an’ ev’ry one-a ya are gonna find pay for what ya’ve done. And I’m person’ly gonna be ya judge… jury… and-“

    “Good grief,”
    comes a voice over the sound system, and CHRIS JERICHO walks out from the back, plainly dressed and without entrance music as has become custom for him as of late. He walks down the ramp and climbs in to the ring, talking all the way. ”We get it, Steve. You have anger management issues, and rather than deal with them in a normal, healthy way, you want to take it out on your subordinates. You want to come out here and complain that, even though you’re not officially even supposed to be here anymore, people won’t let you assault innocent people. Because that’s what this rule is, isn’t it? You’re not allowed to attack anyone unless they attack you first. If you ask me, that doesn’t sound unreasonable. But then you’re not exactly a reasonable guy, are you, Steve?”

    “If I wanted your damn opinion I’d have-“


    Jericho cuts him off with a palm to the face! Close enough to be insulting, but far enough away to not accidentally be accused of physical provocation. He stands there for a few moments with his hand in Austin’s face, until he slowly lowers it.

    ”I wasn’t done,” he growls. ”You come out here talking about nothing much… and then you interrupt me when I start talking? How dare you.”

    “If I wanna-“


    Jericho holds his palm to Austin’s face again!

    ”If I wanted you to talk, I’d tell you. But I don’t, Steve. I don’t want to hear a damn word out of your mouth. You have no reason to be here. You’re retired, Steve. You’re done. Why do you get to come out here and complain that you can’t attack people without reason, when you shouldn’t even be here? I’m in the prime of my career. I am the elite… I am… a superior… being. And yet you get to be the one talking about all the things on your mind? You are allowed to get things off your chest? Well, let me get some things off my chest.”

    “I’m tired, Steve. Honestly, I am. I’ve been doing this for a decade. I’ve been doing it better than anyone. You want me to make people laugh? Then I’ve told jokes. You want to sell merchandise? I’ve created catchphrases and stuck them on T-Shirts. You want in-ring success? I became the first ever Undisputed World Champion… by beating you, no less. You want to hold me back from the World Title and tell me I should compete for the Intercontinental Title? I won it five times. No matter what has been asked of me I’ve done it… and I’ve done it better than anyone else.”

    “But then I have to sit back there and listen to you complain? I am done with this company. It’s so backwards I’d laugh if it wasn’t so sad. This company… it’s a huge… pulsating… puss-filled… wound. I’ve tried to live with that wound. I’ve pretended it wasn’t there and got on with my life. But I can’t do it anymore. I need to cleanse the wound, Steve. I need to make it right. And I’ll do that by removing the infection. You, Steve… are that infection. You are everything that’s wrong with this company.”

    “When you were told you couldn’t wrestle anymore you should have packed your bags and disappeared. Made room for everyone else. But you couldn’t do that, could you? You had to come back and take the spotlight from people who deserved it more. You ran around coming up with silly catchphrases and drinking beer while people like me scraped and clawed for an opportunity just to be seen. I shouldn’t have to fight to be seen, Steve. Everyone should see me. I am the best… god damn wrestler… in this company. I am better than anyone you could point to in the back. I might work with Evolution and Christian to get rid of you at Survivor Series… but I’m damn better than them as well. There will be five people in the team trying to get rid of you, Steve… but it’ll be me who puts that nail in your coffin. And then… once you’ve totally lost… I need you to do me a favour. Don’t come crawling back like you always do. Don’t crawl back like the addict you are crying for love and adoration from these fans. When Team Austin loses at Survivor Series… when I beat Team Austin… go back to your ranch and drink yourself to an early grave for all I care. But don’t even think about showing your face around here again.”


    Jericho sneers at Austin, who stares right back at him, having not taken his eyes off of him throughout the monologue. Very slowly, Austin raises the microphone to his mouth.

    ”Can I speak now?” he drawls.

    ”Be my guest. Enjoy it. It’ll be the last thing you ever say on Raw.”

    Austin nods. ”Okay… lemme ask ya a question. What… in th’ hell… are ya talkin’ about?”

    The crowd cheer.

    ”I-“

    “Ah-ah! This ain’t your turn t’ talk, son. Ya wanted me t’ talk then I’ll talk. I’ll tell ya exactly what I see in front-a me. I see a mealy-mouthed sonuvabitch with his beady li’l eyes trained on me, talkin’ a whole loada trash ‘cos he knows I’m not allowed to whoop his ass. But that’s gonna change, Chris. Thirteen days is all it is. Run ya damn mouth as much as ya want ‘til then… but know that aftah Survivor Series… I can raise as much hell as I want… and it’s your ass I’m comin’ for first.”


    Jericho smirks. ”Whatever you say, Steve. But I know the truth. The truth is that Survivor Series is going to be a little tragic for you. It’ll be the first time you ever put your trust in anyone else… and it won’t matter. When you handed in your notice a couple of weeks ago, you might as well have saved yourself all this bother and stayed at home. Because you won’t be the General Manager, Steve. Everything that’s happened these last few weeks? This has all been prologue to the Book of Jericho. Survivor Series… is Chapter One. It’s where the Chris Jericho story will truly begin. But let me tell you this, Steve. It’s the first chapter of many. You are one of a number of viruses plaguing this gaping wound that is the WWE. And I will cleanse them all, one by one. My days of talking are coming to an end. At Survivor Series I’ll become a man of action. And one-by-one… you… and the rest of the viruses… will find out truly what that means.”


    ”CAN YOU DICK IT… SUCKA?!”

    *** RAP SHEET ***



    The crowd pop for the arrival of the Intercontinental Champion, as BOOKER T marches down to the ring in his wrestling attire.

    ”Yo, Steve, I’m sorry to come out here when ya talkin’, dawg, but I just hads ta talk to Jericho. What’s up wit’ you, man? What’s ya deal? I told ya last week, all ya are is words, dawg. Ya all talk. Ya come out here complain’ ta Austin, sayin’ at Survivor Series ya gonna be a man-a action, but I don’t see it. All ya do is talk, and I gots ta tell ya… I’m getting’ pretty bored of it, man.”

    Austin nods in agreement.

    ”So how ‘bouts ya stop complain’, stop makin’ these big threats… and do somethin’ ‘bout it. I’m right here, dawg. Austin can’t fight ya… but I sure as hell can. Let’s do this, man.”

    Booker drops the microphone and raises his fists, ready to fight. Jericho, however, doesn’t move.

    ”You just don’t get it, do you, Book? Still you come out here and defend the indefensible. Still you walk around like the perfect team player. This company doesn’t care about you, Book. It never will. It cares about the McMahons… about Austin… Hunter… Goldberg… ‘Taker… HBK… Bischoff… it’s the 1% looking after itself while the rest of us fight each other. And you’re too stupid to tell that Steve’s manipulating you. Say you accomplish the impossible at Survivor Series and actually win. You think things will change? You think Austin’s suddenly going to become a nice guy and a good boss? He’ll chew you up and spit you out, Book, just like they always do. So drop your fists, and walk yourself to the back… and take a long… hard… think… about what the hell it is you’re doing with your life. And then… when you’ve seen this company for what it really is… come back and see me. Then we’ll talk. Until then… I’ve got nothing to say to you.”

    Jericho sneers at Booker, just as he did Austin earlier. Booker drops down to collect the microphone off the mat.

    ”Ya din’t jus’ say that…” he says. ”TELL ME…ya din’t… jus’… say-“

    CHRISTIAN clatters him from behind! Austin can only watch as Christian mounts Booker and furiously punches him, pacing back and forth, desperately wanting to do something but knowing he can’t.

    Stood on the other side of the ring is Jericho, his eyes transfixed not on the fight in the middle of the ring, but on Austin. ”You want to do something, don’t you, Austin? You want to help Booker. He’s getting destroyed and you’re powerless, aren’t you? Does it make you feel like less of a man? Is it frustrating being helpless? Because maybe now you know what it feels like to-“

    Jericho is cut off by ROB VAN DAM sprinting to the ring… and nailing Jericho with a Spinning Heel Kick! Jericho goes down, so RVD pulls Christian away from Booker and nails with him with a series of rights!

    Christian and RVD exchange punches as Booker gets up, spins Christian around… and plants him in the face! But Jericho is up… and he clocks Booker!

    Which is when ERIC BISCHOFF walks on to the stage, dragging MIKE CHIODA with him. He points the referee to the ring and grabs a microphone.

    ”Go! Get in there! If you four wanna start your match early then that’s fine by me! Ring the bell, let’s get this one started!


    Booker T & Rob Van Dam w/Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Chris Jericho & Christian w/Eric Bischoff

    With Jericho not dressed to compete, he takes off his jacket and pulls up his t-shirt… when Booker cuts him off! Jericho’s shirt is over his head and Booker’s wailing on him! Mike Chioda pulls Booker away, so Jericho’s able to pull off his shirt, now in just jeans and boots… and cheap shots Booker! He tags in Christian!

    Christian charges in… straight in to a Crescent Kick from Booker! He grabs Christian by the neck and tags in RVD. He holds Christian up… and RVD Spin Kicks him in the face! Booker is tagged back in as RVD sends Christian across the ring, he drops to the mat so Christian jumps over… in to a Spinning Heel Kick from Booker! RVD and Booker are working together like they’d done it all their lives!

    Unfortunately for them, their natural teaming chemistry is brought to an end when Jericho jumps in the ring and nails RVD from behind, allowing Christian back in to the match. It’s the team formerly known as Vitamin C that now work together seamlessly, keeping Van Dam from tagging out to his partner for the night. Christian and Jericho focus their attentions on RVD’s neck, knowing that he’s still carrying injuries from a brutal Evolution assault a couple of weeks back.

    With RVD looking worse for wear, Christian sees the opportunity and looks for the Unprettier… but RVD reverses out… Northern Lights Suplex! He rushes to the ropes… Split Legged Moonsault… misses! RVD crashes and burns! They both get to their feet… Christian off the ropes… RVD ducks… they both bounce off opposite sides… and both try for a Diving Crossbody! Both men go down!

    Realising this is RVD’s best chance for a tag yet, Booker starts clapping, getting the crowd behind his partner. RVD crawls over to the corner… slowly… bit by bit… Christian likewise on the other side…

    Christian tags in Jericho!

    And RVD tags in Booker!

    Booker rushes in to the ring and fires off on Jericho, so Christian tries to intercept… Dropkick to Christian! Dropkick to Jericho! Christian runs at Booker… and his Back Dropped over the top! Booker then rushes to Jericho and tees off on him in the corner. He whips Jericho in to the far turnbuckle and charges after him… but Jericho moves! Booker goes chest first in to the turnbuckle! Jericho off the ropes… One-Handed Bulldog! Here it comes… he jumps on to the second rope…

    Lionsault!

    But Booker gets his knees up!

    But Jericho anticipated it! He lands on his feet and grabs Booker’s legs… he turns him over… Walls of Jericho!

    But RVD intercepts with a Diving Super Kick!

    RVD rushes off the ropes… Rolling Thunder! He leaps to the top rope… he wants the Frog Splash…

    … but Christian shoves him off! RVD lands hard on the mat!

    Christian then reaches over and tags back in off Jericho as Booker T struggles up… he turns him over… Unprettier…

    Reversed! Booker shoves him in to the corner… Christian rebounds out… kick to the gut! Christian doubles over, so Booker backs off the ropes, looking for the Scissor Kick…

    … but Jericho intercepts with a Missile Dropkick!

    He runs to the ropes for the Lionsault… but RVD cuts him off… and sends him sprawling to the outside! RVD dashes across the ring… Somersault Plancha on to Jericho on the outside!

    The brawl continues on the outside as Bischoff and Austin can only watch on, leaving Booker and Christian, the legal men, in the ring. Christian pulls Booker up and looks for a Reverse DDT… Booker rolls out of it… Book End… Christian reverses… Unprettier… Booker elbows out… Christian ducks… and rolls him up!

    ONE…

    Christian grabs the rope for leverage… right in front of Austin!

    TWO…

    But Austin can’t lay a hand on him!

    THREE!

    Winners: Chris Jericho & Christian in 8:09


    As soon as Chioda’s hand slaps the mat for the final time Christian releases and rolls to the outside, knowing full well he’s stolen a victory. He hops on the outside with his arms above his head, celebrating his ill-won victory…

    … when he realises he’s stood right in front of Austin!

    Austin can only scowl at the CLB, unable to do anything physical, so Christian quickly scurries away with his arms raised, celebrating down the ramp. Meanwhile, Jericho knees RVD in the gut and sends him down, and rushes to join Christian, unwilling to fight any longer.

    ”What a win that was for Christian!” King says. ”And over the Intercontinental Champion as well! If you needed any proof he’s the rightful champion, there it is!”

    “Are you kiddin’ me? He cheated, clear as day! An’ right in front-a Stone Cold, too!”

    “But there was nothing he could do to stop it! And if that happens at Survivor Series, he’ll be forced to watch his career disappear!”




    We cut backstage to a darkened room. Sat in the centre of it is a television set, with a camcorder plugged in to the back of it. In front of the screen is GOLDUST.

    As we pull back we see that Goldust is watching edited, homemade footage of the last couple of weeks, in particular where Lance Storm stopped him from taking out Val Venis.

    ”Lancccce…” he purrs. ”I’m not angry at you for what you did. I’m not even disappointed. Stopping me from attacking Val… was just a roadblock to be overcome. It’s Filmmaking 101… the hero… can’t win… straight away. The hero… needs to be put in peril. The hero… has to overcome… the un-overcomeable. You… Lancccce… you have provided that peril. You have created a roadblock for me to go around. This… is just the first act… of ‘A Storm Is Coming’. And in that story… the antagonist… will learn that they are on the fool’s path. All of this… is for nothing. We’re all… for nothing. No-one… cares about you… cares about me… cares about anyone. We are all alone. Finding a partner… is worthless. And you… Lanccce… you… are that antagonist. And I… I am the protagonist… who will show you the light… and allow you to see… the error… of your wayssss.”

    And with that, Goldust turns back to the screen and rewinds, until he reaches the exact point from last week where Storm cuts him off with a Superkick…



    Elsewhere backstage, we see EVOLUTION gathered in their locker room. RIC FLAIR is stood to the side, wearing a beautifully tailored suit and smirking as he chews on gum, while TRIPLE H and BATISTA are almost dressed for their matches. In front of them both is RANDY ORTON, who is also dressed to compete, but pacing from one side of the room to the other.

    ”Can you believe what Jericho said?” Orton asks.

    ”Randy, forget it,” Triple H says, not looking up.

    ”Forget it? He talked like we’re not even in the match. He’s acting like he’s the only person in it who matters, like he’s the one who is going to retire Austin.”

    “It’s just Jericho. He runs his mouth. We know that already. Let him say what he wants.”

    “But what does it say about us if-“


    Triple H gets to his feet. ”Enough,” he interjects. ”I don’t wanna hear another damn word about Jericho. He’s not our problem right now. Our problem is Michaels, Van Dam and the Dudleys keep getting in our damn way. We send them messages… but they don’t hear them. We’ve got thirteen days until Survivor Series… I say it’s about time they hear them… starting when we take the Dudleys’ titles… and ending… with Shawn’s match with Dave later. They’re making enemies out of the wrong guys… and they need to know it.”

    “Ya got that right, champ!”
    Flair says, sycophantic as always.

    ”Now… Randy… get your head straight. We need to win the belts from the Dudleys… and then we help Dave send a message in the main event. Got it.”

    “Yo, Hunter,”
    Batista says, standing up. ”About my match with Michaels…”

    Triple H sighs. ”No, Dave. No more disagreements. We need to get rid of Austin and take care of his little team, and we’re doing it my way.”

    Batista nods. ”I hear you. But in the match itself… I don’t want you guys getting’ involved. I wanna do it on my own.”

    “Dave, c’mon. Now’s not the time-“

    “I hear you, Hunter. I do. And we can destroy him after the match if we want. But I wanna beat him on my terms tonight. I wanna prove that I’m better than him.”


    Orton takes a step back and smirks, perhaps enjoying someone else standing up to Triple H for once.

    Triple H pauses, clearly wanting to argue… but relents and slaps Batista on the shoulder. ”Alright, Dave, you’ve got it. The match is all yours. We’ll be there at ringside, just in case… but we’ll save our message for after the match.”

    ”Appreciate it, Hunter,” Batista growls. ”But once I’m done with him… we won’t need to take him out after the match. He’ll already been finished.”

    Orton steps forward. ”So when Dave wants to do things his way-“

    “Randy… drop it. I don’t want to hear another word about Jericho.”


    Orton thinks to argue, but relents. ”Fine. You want me to drop it, I’ll drop it. But you’re right about one thing, Hunter. Tonight is about sending messages. I’ll make sure we send a message… that Evolution… runs this show.”

    Triple H gives him a playful pat on the shoulder. ”You’re God damn right. Let Jericho run his mouth all he wants. Evolution… do their talking… by hurting people. It’s about time some people remembered that.”



    *** HELLO LADIES ***


    The crowd pop for the arrival of VAL VENIS, who has picked up his decent share of victories over the last couple of months. Joining him is LANCE STORM, with the pair marching down the aisle side-by-side, where LA RESISTANCE wait for them.

    As they walk, we get an in-screen promo from the pair in the bottom corner.

    Quote Originally Posted by In-screen promo
    ”I might have my issues with Goldust,” Storm says, ”but it doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten about you, Conway. I went weeks having to face your boys on my own because Goldust wasn’t around, but now I’ve found a new partner.”

    “And not just any partner,”
    Val purrs. ”He’s found himself the biggest man in Sports Entertainment… literally. Me and Lance have a lot in common… we’re both Canadian… we’re both loved by the ladies… and we’re both gonna kick your asses, La Resistance.”

    “And when we’re done with them,”
    Storm adds, ”we’re both gonna need you, Goldust, to get your head out of your backside and face us, ‘cos you need to pay for your actions.”

    La Resistance vs. Lance Storm & Val Venis

    Finally having a teammate to up against La Resistance, Storm makes the most of the opportunity and runs rampant on the Frenchmen. He and Val operate smoothly as a team in giving the former champions little to work with…

    … when GOLDUST walks on to the ramp. He sets up his golden director’s chair and sits on it, and sets the camera up to film the ring. Seeing his former partner, Storm is momentarily distracted by his presence, allowing Grenier to attack him from behind and take over.

    The Frenchmen gradually work Storm over, leaving Val a frustrated presence on the apron. Storm tries in vain to battle back as Grenier whips Storm at Dupree… Clothesline… ducked! Storm leaps to the apron… Springboards back in… to a Double Clothesline! He has both La Resistance down… and unlike before, he has someone to tag! So he does!

    Val comes in full of energy and confidence, taking them both down. He and Storm work together with a Double Hiptoss and Elbow on Dupree, then a Double Suplex on Grenier. With the end in sight, Val climbs to the top…

    … but Conway grabs his foot! He’s interfering again, just like he did last week against Cade and Jindrak! Val can’t kick him away, giving Grenier the chance to climb on to the top rope, ready for a Superplex!

    But here come GARRISON CADE AND MARK JINDRAK!

    Having been screwed themselves by Conway last week, they pull him off the apron and to the outside… Jindrak grabs Conway from behind… Superkick from Cade… in to a Belly-To-Back Suplex from Jindrak!

    Grenier is distracted by the attack on his manager, allowing Venis to shove him off the top rope… in to a Superkick from Storm! Venis leaps off the top… MONEY SHOT!

    He makes the cover…

    ONE…

    TWO…

    THREE!


    Winner: Lance Storm & Val Venis in 5:40


    ”Fin’ly!” JR exclaims. ”Fin’ly Lance Storm has won a match against La Resistance, and he has the blue chippers Cade and Jindrak t’ thank for th’ assist!”

    Storm and Venis have their arms raised in victory, but their attention is elsewhere. Having picked up the win, they look to the ramp where Goldust still sits, filming them.

    ”Hey!” Storm yells. ”How about you turn that camera off and get in the ring?!”

    With that challenge, Goldust stands up from his seat and closes the screen on his camera… and folds his chair up. He turns away… and walks to the back.

    ”What th’ hell was that?!” JR asks.

    ”I’ve given up trying to understand Goldust, JR!”

    “That sounds wise t’ me, King. Eitha way, Lance Storm and Val Venis were the victors here tonight, and Cade an’ Jindrak have got a measure of revenge for last week.”




    We cut backstage to a red-lit, damp room somewhere in the basement of the arena. The camera films perfectly ahead as a shadow looms… and KANE walks in to shot. He stands uncomfortably close to the camera, with his whited out eye looking straight in to the lens.

    ”I liked what I saw last week,” he growls. ”The chaos… the carnage… for the first time… I felt at home in a WWE ring. Thanks to you… Goldberg. You… Goldberg… are finally an opponent I can enjoy fighting. Goldberg… you… are a monster!” He chuckles to himself for some inexplicable reason, ”You’re a monster, just like I am. I can enjoy myself with you. I can throw whatever I can at you… because you can take it. And you’ll do exactly the same to me. The difference between us… is that you may be a monster… but you’re not… truly… evil. There is good in you… and there is not… in me. When I face you at Survivor Series… that will be your downfall. When two monsters collide… only the truly despicable can survive. You don’t know what you’re getting in to, Goldberg. You have never faced someone like me. But at last… I can truly enjoy… the pain and devastation I will cause. And if you look down deep enough… I think you might enjoy it as well.”

    Kane erupts in to riotous laughter, and walks away from the camera.

    ”He’s sick!” JR exclaims. ”What a vile human bein’ he is!”

    “I’d be careful, JR, you’ve got on the wrong side of Kane before!”




    We then transition to a to a black and white video to the tune of ”O Fortuna” (click here if you want to listen to it), which shows STEVIE RICHARDS being Speared by GOLDBERG on the night after Unforgiven. We see it from several angles, all in slow-motion, each time with a focus on Richards’ shoes flying off in to the air.

    Suddenly, the footage cuts out, and we see Richards stood alone in a darkened room, with a spotlight down on him.

    ”History… is about to be rewritten. My shoes… are going… nowhere.”

    He storms off, leaving us with an empty room, and a message across the screen:

    Steven Richards gets his revenge… next.”

    This announcement was paid for by the friends and best friends of Stevie Richards



    Before the World Title match begins, we see the replay of how this all began…

    Quote Originally Posted by WWE Raw, September 22nd, 2003
    The fans rise to their feet and applaud as we cut backstage to see Goldberg's locker room door. It thuds, and out walks GOLDBERG, dressed ready to compete. He makes his way through the backstage area as backstage workers and wrestlers clap, until the pyro starts, and he walks through the smoke and fire to huge explosions and takes his place in the ring alongside Jim Ross.

    "Goldberg," JR says, "please allow me tah be the first to congratulate you on beatin’ Triple H last night at Unforgiven, and for becomin’ the new World Heavyweight Champion."

    The crowd cheers.

    "Our Co-General Manager Stone Cold Steve Austin has ordered that, as the new champ’n, you open the show. Is there anythin’ you would like to say to all yours fans?"

    He passes the microphone to Goldberg, and takes his seat alongside Jerry Lawler at ringside.

    "I don't have much to say. I'm not much of a talker. I prefer to do my talking in the ring." The fans cheer the breath of fresh air. "Now I've got the belt, I'm going to be a fighting champion. And I'm starting that tonight. So rather than talk anymore, I'm gonna do my thing in the ring. If anyone wants to come out here and challenge me for the title, now's your chance. First man out here gets a title shot."

    "Can you believe this, JR?"
    King asks.

    "Well, we know that Goldberg is a man-a action, and he's puttin’ the challenge out there to anyone who wants to face him."

    "Who would be stupid enough challenge Goldberg?"



    *** I’LL SHOW YOU… YOU’LL SEE! ***


    "You were saying?" JR asks.

    STEVIE RICHARDS comes bounding down the aisle, dressed in a t-shirt, jeans and sneakers, and snatches the microphone off Goldberg.

    "Yo, Goldberg!” Richards growls. “If you’re giving out World Title shots for the first man out here, I’m stood right here, dude! Ring the bell, bell-ringing guy, I want my title shot! Let’s do this!”

    Earl Hebner is in the ring, and asks if Richards is sure if he wants to do this, especially how he’s dressed. He says he does. Hebner shrugs, and tells the timekeeper to ring the bell.


    World Heavyweight Title Match
    Stevie Richards vs. Goldberg (c)


    GOLDBERG SPEARS RICHARDS OUT OF HIS SHOES! Richards goes straight down from the bell, and his sneakers flew in to the air on impact! Goldberg signals for it and pulls Richards off the mat... JACKHAMMER! 1, 2, 3!

    Winner and STILL World Heavyweight Champion: Goldberg in 0:18
    Somehow… someway… this one has been six weeks in the making. With Richards in the ring and Goldberg making his usual entrance, we’re ready to go.


    World Heavyweight Championship Match
    Stevie Richards vs. Goldberg (c)


    The bell rings, and Goldberg looks set to charge across the canvas… but Richards backs in to the corner and throws his hands up, asking for a time out. Goldberg can only look quizzically at his opponent as Richards drops to a knee… and tightens his shoelaces.

    ”Oh, c’mon!” JR exclaims. ”He’s in th’ ring with possibly th’ most dominant World Champ’n I’ve evah seen, and he’s still worried about his damn shoes comin’ off.”

    Goldberg tries to not get too irritated as Richards finishes fastening his laces and says he’s ready…

    … so Goldberg charges at him!

    Richards dives to the outside and to safety!

    The crowd boo his cowardice, but Richards doesn’t care. Having already lasted longer than his previous title shot against Goldberg, he faces the crowd and taps his head to indicate intelligence at having avoided Goldberg’s onslaught.

    It’s ironic, then, that as he’s doing so Goldberg merely leaps over the top rope and lands on the mat right behind Richards. Stevie turns around… in to a Clothesline! Stevie’s down! Goldberg pulls him off the protective mats… and drops him on the barricade! Richards cries in pain, so Goldberg grabs him by the throat… AND LIFTS HIM ABOVE HIS HEAD! Incredible strength! He carries him across the outside in the Press Slam position… and tosses Richards back in to the ring!

    Goldberg climbs back in, and Richards struggles back to his feet… Goldberg charges… he looks for the Spear…

    BUT RICHARDS HITS HIM WITH THE SUPERKICK! Richards just clocked the champion!

    Goldberg, however, doesn’t go down. He’s staggered, and he checks his mouth for blood off the stiff shot, but he’s still on his feet. With the opportunity there, Richards sprints across the ring…

    AND HITS A SPEAR OF HIS OWN!

    BUT GOLDBERG NO SELLS!


    Richards flops to the mat and grabs his shoulder in pain, somehow having injured himself trying the move. Goldberg backs up and waits for Richards to get to his feet…

    SPEAR! He nearly cut Richards in half! He pulls him up… JACKHAMMER!

    ONE…

    TWO…

    THREE!


    Winner: Goldberg in 2:04


    Goldberg has his hand raised in victory, although it’s one he barely had to work for…


    *** SLOW CHEMICAL ***


    ”It’s Kane!” JR yells. ”He’s here! It’s th’ Big Red Machine!”

    “We better take cover if last week was anything to go by!”


    Goldberg, having exerted little energy in the previous match, crouches and awaits KANE, who marches down to the ring. He climbs in over the top rope and walks straight up to Goldberg… who stands his ground! The two men come together, but neither makes the first move. They stand just inches apart, both daring the other to make the first move…

    … when Kane grabs…

    STEVEN RICHARDS BY THE THROAT!

    He pulls him up off the mat… CHOKESLAM!

    And he turns back to Goldberg!

    Still neither man attacks the other, instead choosing to stare the other down. It’s a battle of wits now, of nerve. Last week was physical, but this week is mental. Both send a message to the other as they stare intently at one another, while Richards struggles badly on to his feet…

    SO GOLDBERG SPEARS HIM AGAIN! Richards is getting destroyed!

    The champion gets back to his feet and turns back to Kane… who STILL doesn’t attack! They continue to stare at each other, tension’s flaring, but neither reacting…

    … until Kane starts laughing!

    Kane pulls Richards off the mat… flips him upside down… TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!

    And they stare down again!

    By now, Richards is a quivering wreck on the mat, having had the two most fearsome men in the company use him as a way of sending a message to one another. Still Kane and Goldberg stare at each other without coming in to contact…

    … but now Goldberg starts laughing!

    He pulls Richards’ unconscious body off the mat…

    JACKHAMMER!

    He turns back to Kane and grins maniacally at the devastation he’s caused… and Kane joins him! Are they actually enjoying this?!

    With tensions flaring… Kane…

    … steps away…

    … and leaves the ring?

    ”What th’ hell are we seein’?” JR asks. ”Aftah last week I thought they might kill each otha, and now they’re laughing?!”

    “It’s all psychological, JR! These are the two most dangerous men in the company, and they’re sending a message to one another to take each other seriously. I don’t think either has ever come up against anyone like the other!”

    “I don’t like it, King. There’s somethin’ not right in the head ‘bout these two, and I sure as hell don’t trust it. I feel like eitha could fly off th’ bah gawd handle at any minnit.”

    “That’s why we better stay back here. Imagine what they’ll do to each other at Survivor Series?! I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it!”

    “That’s what scares me, King. These are two dangerous individuals, no doubt ‘bout that. But one way or anotha, ya can bet ya bottom dollar that Survivor Series is gonna be a slobber knocker between ‘em.”




    We cut backstage to where TRISH STRATUS is getting ready for her match later, when LITA walks in in casual clothes. They share pleasantries, and Lita wishes Trish luck for the match later.

    ”Thanks,” Trish says, ”I appreciate it. Still, it sucks that you don’t get to be a part of this match as well. You deserve a shot as much as anyone.”

    “Yeah… well… I guess that’s what happens when you slap your boss, right?”


    They both laugh.

    ”I know.” Trish says. ”Still, it kinda sucks that you get propositioned like that, do the right thing in hitting him, then get punished for it. Hardly a fair system, is it?”

    “When has this place ever been a fair system?”


    They both nod, when APRIL HUNTER walks in.

    ”Hey, guys, what’s up?”

    She and Trish hug, seemingly having put the awkwardness of last week behind them. Lita, however, looks less impressed.

    ”Still mad at me about last week?” April asks.

    ”It’s none of my business what you do. You were good in the match, though, very unlucky.”

    “But you’d have preferred if I’d have got there the honest way?”


    Lita shrugs. ”Like I say, it’s none of my business.”

    “Perhaps,”
    April says, ”but you’re a friend of Trish’s, and that makes you a friend of mine. I hope we can put this past us.”

    Lita again shrugs, almost disinterested. ”Sure, whatever. Like I say, I’m not judging. It’s your life. It’s none of my business”

    “Where’ve you been?”
    Trish asks, trying to change the slightly cold conversation. ”I thought you were coming straight here to help me warm up?”

    “I know, I know, I’m sorry. Time got away from me. I was…”


    She trails off.

    ”You were with Bischoff, weren’t you?” Lita says.

    ”I thought it wasn’t your business?”

    “It’s not.”


    Silence. Awkwardness.

    April breaks it with a laugh. ”Okay, sure, I was with Eric. He’s actually not that bad a guy when you get to know him. I know, I know, he lets his power go to his head and can be pretty vile sometimes, but I think he’s just acting out. It’s all bravado. He can be reasonable… occasionally. I think people misunderstand him.”

    “Aww… poor guy…”
    Lita says, sarcastically. ”He was certainly reasonable when he propositioned me, then punished me by not giving me a shot at the title.”

    “Yeah, that was BS,”
    April says. ”I told him as much as well, you know? Told him it shouldn’t be a Triple Threat at all. So… he made it a Fatal Fourway match… and he added someone...”

    Lita’s face turns as red as her hair. ”You’ve gotta be kidding me! You get another shot at the title? Your first match is for the belt, the second a Number One Contender’s match? Meanwhile I’m propositioned and punished for saying no? What the hell, April?”

    April can’t help but grin a little. ”I thought you weren’t judging?” she jokingly says…

    … so Lita pins her up against the wall!

    ”You think this is a joke?!”

    Trish pulls Lita off April and stands between them. ”Guys, what the hell?! I have a Number One Contenders match later, and you’re making me break up your fights? I need to concentrate! And April… you’ve got yourself added to the match… I don’t know what to do with that, but… you’re there… so… I don’t know. Maybe go get ready somewhere else and I’ll see you in the ring? But don’t fight here, ‘cos-“

    I’m not in the match later,”
    April says. ”If you guys would calm the hell down I can finish what I was saying. The match later is now a Fatal Fourway… but it’s not me who Eric added to it… it’s you… Lita.”

    Lita looks on stunned. ”What?”

    “You heard me. I told Eric that leaving you out of the match was BS, and he changed his mind. I told you… having him in my pocket can be good for everyone. I’m just making sure we all get what we deserve. I lost last week… but I proved myself. Now it’s time I earn another match. But you deserve the match far more than me, Lita. That’s why I got you added to it.”


    The three of them stand in silence for a few moments.

    ”I think you owe April an apology, Lita,” Trish says.

    “For what?!”

    “For assaulting her? She just did something nice for you. You wanted to be a part of the match and you’ve got it. Can’t you say sorry… or thank you?”


    Lita frowns… and reluctantly offers her hand to April. ”I don’t want my opportunities to come about like this… but seeing as it’s a done thing… thank you… I guess. I think you meant well.”

    April smiles and shakes her hand. ”I do mean well. Like I said… a friend of Trish’s is a friend of mine. I just wanted to do right by you. Getting you in this match is righting a wrong in my eyes. Good luck out there… both of you. I hope one of you gets to face Molly at Survivor Series.”



    *** STAND BACK… THERE’S A HURRICANE COMIN’ THROUGH!”

    *** EYE OF THE HURRICANE ***



    There’s a decent-sized pop for the arrival of THE HURRICANE AND ROSEY who pose their way down to the ring, and The Hurricane grabs a microphone. Once there, the lights go down and they stand under a spotlight.

    ”Last week… I stood up to a bully… a bully… called Scott Steiner.”

    The crowd boo the name of Big Poppa Pump.

    ”He thought… that ‘cos he’s bigger than me… that I wouldn’t be able to defeat him. Wazzupwiddat?! The biggest dog… doesn’t always win the fight… and you will always have a chance… when you have your… Hurri-friends… by your side!”

    “Now… I have one of my friends here… Rosey… the Superhero In Training… so nearly… a full Superhero… but my other friend… is not here. But she has spent the last week learning the true power of her Hurri-powers… and so… I give to you… SUPER… STACY!


    The lights to the arena come back on… and STACY KEIBLER has appeared in the ring… dressed as a superhero! Needless to say, that image gets more than an acceptable reaction from the crowd…

    ”Now Stacy…” Hurricane continues. ”You have been through a lot… these last few months… and you deserve better. But now… you can put all that behind you… and you can-“


    *** FINAL FORCE ***


    There’s a distinctly negative reaction for the (re)arrival of LA RESISTANCE, who are led to the ring by ROB CONWAY, who takes a microphone.

    ”What the hell is this?!” Conway asks. ”We’re getting screwed by those Americans kids and you three… three… freaks… get interview time. What the hell is wrong with this country?”

    “Hey,”
    Hurricane says. ”You got a problem with us.. tell us… TO OUR FACE!”

    Conway sighs. ”That’s exactly what I’m doing, you idiot. You alone say so much about the American education system-“

    Rosey steps in front of Conway. ”Then say it to my face.”

    Confronted with someone far bigger than him, Conway takes a step back with his hands up. ”Okay, okay, jeez. Talk about American rudeness. And here I was wanting justice in a country that doesn’t give it. We were screwed earlier by Cade and Jindrak. We should be allowed to complain about that. Americans sure like complaining. But no, you are out here, threatening us as well.” He turns to Stacy. ”Really, I have to wonder what’s going through your head, choosing to dress up as… as… whatever the hell you’re meant to be… aligning with these freaks… while you could be getting cultured by people from the most cultured country on the planet. And yet here you are-“

    Conway cheap shots Hurricane!

    Rosey tries to intervene, but Grenier and Dupree cut him off! They shove him back in to the ropes… and tie his arms up in them! Rosey’s trapped!

    Stacy pleads for the Frenchmen to leave alone, but Conway doesn’t seem in the forgiving mood.

    ”I’m getting sick… and damn tired… of us not being showed respect. It’s bad enough that we don’t get the rematch we deserve. Then we have those kids Cade and Jindrak getting involved. But to be insulted… by you? Oh no. Things have got to change. I’m not going to-“

    Conway’s cut off by MARK JINDRAK AND GARRISON CADE sprinting down to the ring again! Conway sees them coming and gets his teammates to vacate the ring, allowing Cade and Jindrak to help Hurricane up and untie Rosey from the ropes.

    ”Big mistake!” Conway yells from the ramp. ”You kids wanna get in our business over an over again? You have no idea what you’re getting in to! You’re going to regret it! You’re all going to regret it!”



    We then cut to this week’s SMACK BACK, which was of the No Disqualification Match for the United States Title between champion JOHN CENA and challenger EDDIE GUERRERO. The match was chaotic, PPV-worthy, featuring several memorable moments, but perhaps none more so than Cena’s FU off the ring apron through the table, a move that would have been a guaranteed three count had he not taken himself out in the process and been unable to make the most of it.

    After Cena had won cleanly at No Mercy, fans were excited to see these two find out once and for all who the best man is once and for all, only for MATT HARDY (VERSION 1.0) to interfere and cost Eddie the match, pissing the crowd off to no end.

    The subsequent attack led to run ins on a run in, until we were left with ten men brawling in the ring. With that, General Manager WILLIAM REGAL made a Classic Survivor Series match, pitting A-TRAIN, JOHN CENA, MATT HARDY (VERSION 1.0) and THE WORLD’S GREATEST TAG TEAM against BILLY KIDMAN, CHRIS BENOIT, CHAVO GUERRERO, EDDIE GUERRERO and REY MYSTERIO.



    World Tag Team Titles
    Triple H & Randy Orton w/Ric Flair vs. Dudley Boys (c)


    Any semblance of a feeling out process in this one is immediately discarded when both teams come flying out of the blocks, both beating the shit out of each other around the outside of the ring as the referee pleads for calm. But given everything that’s happened between these teams, with the things the Dudleys have said, and the despicable actions from Evolution, that’s unlikely to happen.

    Unfortunately for the Duds, it appears that they still haven’t entirely recovered from the brutal assault two weeks ago, which allows Randy Orton to take over. Triple H takes his place on the apron and wants a tag… but Orton doesn’t give one! He wants to make a statement personally!

    Triple H begins pacing the apron as Orton dominates Bubba, refusing plenty of opportunities to tag back out. The match resembles a singles match between the two as Orton gradually works his most experienced opponent down, and hits Bubba with his Inverted Headlock Backbreaker. With Bubba down, Orton lines him up for an RKO…

    … so D-Von cuts him off! It’s a tag match, why wouldn’t he?! Orton didn’t plan for that at all!

    With D-Von in the ring, Triple H comes in and fires off on the Dudley. The match falls apart as Triple H punches D-Von against the ropes and charges… but D-Von backdrops him over the top! Orton’s alone in the ring, so D-Von lines him up… Bubba’s on his feet… the fans start to buzz for one of the my popular moves in wrestling today…

    Orton turns around…

    … and punts D-Von between the legs! The referee calls for the bell!

    Winners by disqualification and STILL World Tag Team Champions: Dudley Boys in 5:08


    Bubba looks down at his brother, stunned…

    RKO! Orton just took out both Dudley Boyz!

    Triple H rolls back in the ring as Lilian Garcia lifts her microphone at ringside.

    ”Here are your winners… as result of a disqualification… and STILL… World Tag Team Champions… The Dudley Boyz!”

    The Dudleys’ music plays as Triple H stares at Orton, wondering what the hell he was thinking on their night of sending a message. Orton merely smirks, disinterested in having cost his team the titles, as D-Von gets back to his feet… RKO!

    Flair gets in the ring as Triple H takes a step back and takes in the situation… so Orton stands over the tag champions… lifts his arms… and poses!

    ”Would you look at that image!” King exclaims on commentary. ”What you can see is the Legend Killer standing tall over both the Tag Team Champions!”

    “You might see that, King, but what I see is Triple H an’ Ric Flair losin’ control of their diamond in th’ rough!”




    We cut backstage to where Terri Runnells is stood by with MOLLY HOLLY, GAIL KIM and VICTORIA.

    ”Ladies, tonight you are in a Fourway match to find out Molly’s challenger for the Women’s Title at Survivor Series, but before we get to that, I want to ask you about April Hunter. Molly, you had a lot to say about April’s worthiness of being there, but would it be fair to say she earned your respect last week when she took you to the edge in your title match?”

    Molly scoffs. ”No, that wouldn’t be fair to say. In fact, I’d say that is unfair thing to say. You’re putting words in my mouth, and I don’t appreciate it. And not only that, you are insinuating that April in some way made me work for that win, which is also untrue.”

    “But with all due respect, in my opinion April-“

    “With no due respect, your opinion is irrelevant, Terri. What you seem to be forgetting is that I had minimal prep time for the match, given it was announced at the last minute, and I couldn’t scout my opponent as she’d never wrestled on Raw before. But even then I didn’t have to work at 100%. Probably not even 90%. I’m just blessed that 80% of me is 150% of anyone else. So, no, April didn’t earn my respect in the ring. But say she had beaten me. Would she have been worthy for respect then? Of course not. You seem to have forgotten how she got that shot. Or maybe you haven’t, and you’re just relieved someone else got their job the same way you did. I don’t know.”

    “What I do know,”
    Molly continues, ”is that thanks to April and her inappropriate relationship with Eric Bischoff, Lita has been added to the match tonight. What has she done to deserve a title shot? Victoria and Gail have consistently proven they are better than Trish and Lita, and yet thanks to April Hunter’s lack of morals, they get opportunity after opportunity. This should be a singles match between Gail and Victoria, with the winner facing me in a fair match at Survivor Series. Luckily for them, Trish and Lita won’t cause any problems for them in the ring. But that doesn’t make it any less unethical. Now if you’ll excuse us, they have a match to win.”



    As with last week, we transition to an old-fashioned looking video, with the 1933 Josh White song There's A Man Goin' Around Taking Names (listen here).

    The quant visuals and audio sits counter to the footage we see, which is of KANE’s path of destruction since he came in to the company. As the footage flickers, we see his debut, where he ripped the door off Hell in a Cell. We see him attack a Casket with The Undertaker in it and set it on fire. We see him Chokeslam Rob Van Dam off the top of a Steel Cage. Of him setting JR on fire. Of him Tombstoning Linda McMahon on the ramp. Of him Chokeslamming Shane McMahon off the Titantron.

    As the video reaches its conclusion, we see him take his mask off, be led to the arena under house arrest, wearing the creepy towel over his head, and we see his evil, cackling laugh. As the video ends he stares down the lens of the camera, his white-out eye front-and-centre. All while Josh White sings through broken audio, "There's a Man Goin' Around Taking Names."



    We then cut backstage to where RANDY ORTON is walking through the corridors, when TRIPLE H runs to catch up with him, with RIC FLAIR standing back, letting them deal with their issues. Triple H grabs Orton by the arm and spins him around, and gets in his face.

    ”What the hell was that? We were supposed to be taking their titles!”

    “No… we were sending a message. Consider that message sent. And that’s just… the start.”


    Orton brushes past Triple H.

    ”Where are you going? We’ve got Dave’s match coming up soon.”

    “Yeah, and he’s doing it alone, right?”
    Orton says, not turning around, and walking out of sight.

    ”But we’re still gonna be there at ringside… RANDY! We don’t need-“

    Flair places his hands on Hunter’s chest to calm him down. ”Game…”

    Triple H continues to look past him.

    ”Game…”

    Still Trips looks straight ahead.

    ”Hunter.”

    Finally Triple H looks at his mentor.

    ”Let him go, champ,” Flair says. ”This is good. We can use this.”

    “But we had a plan-“

    “We had a plan… but tha plan changed, champ. Ya think the Horsemen din’t change plans all tha time?! Our plan was to do this together… but Randy… he’s hot right now. He’s angry. Let ‘im be angry. He can do more damage tryin’-a make a point than followin’ orders. Let’s see what he does next.”

    “But Dave’s match later?”

    “You and I have got this one. If Randy don’t wanna be there, he doesn’t have tah be. Leave it to us. But somethin’ tells me… that kid won’t be able tah stay away for long… ‘specially when all the fun begins. We’ve got him wound all tight now… let’s see where he takes it. I’m expectin’ fireworks…”


    Triple H mulls it over… takes a deep breath… and grins.

    ”Dirtiest player in the game. Some things never change, huh, Ric?”

    “Ya damn right they don’t. I evah told ya tha one about Space Mountain?”

    “You may have mentioned it…”




    Fatal Fourway Number One Contender's Match for the WWE Women's Title at Survivor Series
    Gail Kim vs. Victoria vs. Lita vs. Trish Stratus


    Although this is supposed to be every woman for themselves, this one immediately breaks down in to the two pairs. Molly is at ringside but stays way out of the way, knowing better than to potentially do anything that might ruin Victoria and Gail’s chances, and lets them do their thing.

    The match belongs to Victoria, who uses her strength and lack of empathy to brutalise Lita and Trish, with Gail scurrying around her tidying up loose ends. Victoria works them both down and orders for Gail to toss Lita to the outside, and lines Trish up… Widows Peak! She looks to make the cover… but Gail grabs her from behind… and rolls Victoria up!

    ONE…

    TWO…

    THR…


    Victoria just got the shoulder up!

    Victoria looks to Gail for answers, so Gail explains that it’s all about the title. Victoria doesn’t seem to understand… until she plants Gail with a huge Clothesline! But Lita’s back on her feet… and Dropkicks Victoria out of the ring! She picks Gail up… Twist of Fate! She makes the cover…

    ONE…

    TWO…

    THR…


    Trish breaks it up! Lita asks what’s up, and Trish signals around her waist saying it’s for the belt. Lita nods… and nails Trish with a forearm! Trish returns one! This match has totally broken down!

    Soon enough, Gail and Victoria are back on their feet and the match descends in to chaos, with each woman trying to finish the others off and being stopped before they can. With Gail and Lita brawling on the outside, Victoria grabs Trish by the hair… and looks for a Widows Peak!

    But Trish reverses out… Chick Kick… misses! Victoria ducked…

    And Trish nailed Jack Doan!

    With the referee down, Molly tosses her title belt in to the ring… Victoria takes it and swings… but Trish ducks… and Victoria nails Gail! Victoria can’t believe it! She turns back to Trish… Stratusfaction!

    Trish is up… Twist Of Fate! Lita nailed her own friend!

    Victoria and Trish roll to the outside, so with Gail still out from the title shot, Lita climbs to the top rope… she wants the Moonsault…

    … but her back’s to the ring! She doesn’t see Molly slide in to the ring… and trip Lita up! Molly grabs the title belt and lines Lita up as she’s perched on the top rope…

    … but APRIL HUNTER sprints to the ring! She spins Molly around… kick to the gut… POWERBOMB!

    April rolls to the outside, with Gail and Molly lined up next to each other. Lita turns back from the top rope to see Gail and Molly both out, not knowing how they got there, and senses an opportunity…

    MOONSAULT ON TO GAIL AND MOLLY!

    And Jack Doan is back on his feet!

    Lita makes the cover…

    ONE…

    TWO…

    THREE!


    Winner: Lita in 6:23


    Lita gets back to her feet as the dazed Doan lifts her hand in victory. Lita pumps her fists in celebration at getting a shot at the Women’s Title at Survivor Series, when April Hunter climbs back in to the ring. She too pumps her fists in celebration and raises Lita’s arm in victory. Lita, not knowing the role April had in helping her win the match, looks on confused.

    ”What’re you doing out here?” Lita asks.

    ”Having your back,” April responds, and lifts her arm once again.

    Trish gingerly gets back to her feet and looks in the ring, disappointed that she wasn’t able to win, but can’t help but smile as seeing her best friend and her oldest friend celebrating together in the ring, even if Lita isn’t totally sure of how to respond.



    We cut backstage to where ERIC BISCHOFF is stood by with a member of ARENA SECURITY.

    ”I don’t care which of them you find. Hunter, Randy, it doesn’t bother me. But I need to know what the hell is going on there, okay? Bring them to me. Go.”

    The security guard rushes out of Bischoff’s office, past CHRISTIAN, who is stood in the doorway.

    ”Did you see it earlier?” Christian asks.

    “Yeah, I saw it. What the hell is Orton thinking this close to Survivor Series? We had a plan, and as soon as Jericho starts running his mouth he starts going off on his own. I swear, that kid’s ego is out of control. He can’t even hear someone else say he’ll win a match without Randy wanting to prove a point-“

    “Eric, I’m gonna stop you,”
    Christian interrupts. ”I don’t know what you are talking about. I’ve been in the shower-“

    “For the last hour?”


    Christian freezes. ”Didn’t you see me earlier? I earned a long one! That’s why I’m here. I don’t know if Orton attacked another legend or got another tattoo or what, but that’s not the big news. Do you not know what I’m talking about?”

    Bischoff shrugs, frustrated.

    ”I pinned Booker T! Clean in the middle of the ring.” He pauses. ”Kind of.”

    “Oh yeah, of course. Yeah, I saw it. Congratulations.”


    Christian breathes a sigh of relief. ”Finally. I’ve been waiting for someone to say that. And don’t worry, Easy E, I can read between the lines.”

    “No, sorry, you’ve lost me again.”


    Christian looks confused. ”You wanna give me a title match! That’s what you mean by ‘congrats’, right? I pinned the Intercontinental Champion in the centre…ish of the ring, and you think that proves I deserve a rematch.”

    Bischoff looks to argue, until a flicker rushes over his face. ”I mean… sure. That makes sense. If you pin the Intercontinental Champion, then you probably deserve a shot at his title.”

    Christian fake-blushes. ”Well, if you insist. I’m not the time to ask for these kind of things, but you probably raise a good point. Maybe I do deserve a rematch. I’m thinking… next week?”

    “You’ve got it, Christian. Consider it done… you and Booker T… Intercontinental Title… next week. And, look, seeing as how Randy may or may not be at ringside with Evolution later, and given Jericho wouldn’t ever do something to help them… why don’t you join them at ringside. You know… just in case.”

    “Are you saying you think I should join Evolution?”

    “Absolutely not…“


    Christian strokes his chin, mulling it over. “Because that’s not a bad idea.”

    “No, I don’t think-“

    “Evolution member Christian…”

    “No, that’s-“

    “The Peep-ulation meets Evolution.”

    “Christian, stop! That wasn’t what I was getting at at all. But for the sake of Survivor Series… with Orton going out on his own… making sure things go according to plan tonight may be no bad thing…”




    We transition to a shot of a dimly-lit graveyard at night. A motorbike roars in to the parking lot and pulls up, revealing THE UNDERTAKER. He steps off the bike and walks in to the cemetery.

    THE UNDERTAKER (voiceover)
    For one night…

    We then see a limo pull up, and out step TRIPLE H, RIC FLAIR, RANDY ORTON and BATISTA, all dressed in suits, and head in to the graveyard.

    TRIPLE H (voiceover)
    For one night…

    Elsewhere in the graveyard, THE BIG SHOW bounds between the gravestones.

    BIG SHOW (voiceover)
    For one night…

    Meanwhile, KANE is stood by a tombstone.

    KANE (voiceover)
    It’s not about victories…

    KURT ANGLE walks along the barely lit central path, wearing a tracksuit and his medals around his neck.

    KURT ANGLE (voiceover)
    It’s not about glory…

    Shawn Michaels is on his knees in front of a gravestone, arms outstretched and looking up to the heavens.

    SHAWN MICHAELS (voiceover)
    It’s not about fame…

    BROCK LESNAR strides through the cemetery, adjusting the WWE Title belt on his shoulder.

    BROCK LESNAR (voiceover)
    It’s not about gold…

    Evolution walk shoulder to shoulder, with a gravestone between them. On the gravestone we see footage of Steve Austin dropping Triple H’s car at the 2000 Survivor Series.

    TRIPLE H (voiceover)
    It’s about destruction…

    Meanwhile, The Undertaker walks past another gravestone, with footage of his debut at the 1990 event being projected on to it.

    THE UNDERTAKER (voiceover)
    It’s about rebirth…

    Kurt Angle still walks along the path, with him helping Team WWF put The Alliance out of business in 2001 being shown on a nearby gravestone.

    KURT ANGLE (voiceover)
    It’s about change…

    The Big Show still towers over the gravestones, walking between two of them. One shows his victory at last year’s event, where Paul Heyman chose Show over Brock, and the other shows The Rock aligning with the Corporation to win the belt in 1998.

    BIG SHOW (voiceover)
    It’s about betrayal…

    Meanwhile, Shawn Michaels is back on his feet and walking with a purpose, with the Montreal Screwjob projected on to a stone next to him.

    SHAWN MICHAELS (voiceover)
    It’s about controversy…

    We then see that, in the middle of the graveyard, sits a wrestling ring. Stood in the middle is a figure whose identity is hidden. Brock and ‘Taker approach the ring to the left, Triple H, Batista, Randy Orton and Ric Flair approach from the top, Big Show and Kane from the bottom, and Kurt Angle and Shawn Michaels from the right.

    THE HIDDEN FIGURE (voiceover)
    For one night…

    We zoom in to the ring, where the figure turns around to reveal GOLDBERG, who stares straight down the lens.

    GOLDBERG
    … it’s about SURVIVAL!



    LIVE on pay-per-view, November 16, 2003


    Huge thanks to The EC for the awesome poster



    *** LINE IN THE SAND ***


    BATISTA walks out, and is followed by a displeased looking TRIPLE H and RIC FLAIR, who signal for someone to hurry up… so CHRISTIAN follows them out! Batista doesn’t seem bothered by the former Intercontinental Champion’s presence at ringside, posing as he walks, but Trips and Naitch can’t help but look frustrated as Christian poses for his “Peeps” to the tune of their entrance music.

    Despite that, the quartet get in the ring, with no sign of Orton, and face the stage.


    ”OH… OH… SHAWN!”

    *** SEXY BOY ***



    From the back bounds SHAWN MICHAELS. He drops to his knees in a word of prayer as pyro illuminates the arena, and continues down the ramp. He reaches the ring and stands on the apron, looking at the three Evolution members (and Christian) staring him down, perhaps sending a message even if they have no intention of interfering.

    Michaels carefully climbs in to the ring, ready to take them all on…


    ***ONE OF A KIND ***


    The crowd erupt for the appearance of ROB VAN DAM, the man who has so regularly gotten in Evolution’s business over the last few weeks. We see The Game snarl at the oncoming extremist, who takes his place beside Michaels, perhaps trying to tell Evolution not to try anything or he’ll be there…


    Batista w/Christian, Ric Flair & Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels w/Rob Van Dam

    The bell rings and Batista calls Michaels in, telling him he wants to lock up. Michaels nervously moves in to the centre of the ring, his opponent towering over him, and reaches in for a lock-up… and rakes the eyes!

    Michaels backs off as the referee looks at him, confused… so Michaels shrugs and asks why he thinks he’d ever want to tie-up with this musclehead. Batista, not taking too kindly to the cheap shot and insult, wildly swings for Michaels… but Michaels ducks… and nails a stinging chop to the chest! Batista swings again… but Michaels ducks again… another chop! Batista swings a third time, Michaels ducks, looks for the chop… but Batista covers his chest… so Michaels pokes him in the eye!

    Batista roars in frustration and charges at HBK, who backs in to the ropes… pulls the top one down… and sends Batista tumbling to the outside! Batista rests against the apron, so Michaels bounces off the ropes… Baseball Slide! Batista’s staggered so Michaels holds on to the ropes… and vaults over!

    No! Batista catches him!

    But Michaels shimmies out… Dropkick to the back… sending Batista in to the barricade! Whatever Batista does, Michaels has an answer for it… and the fans love it!

    Unfortunately for them, the fun wouldn’t last long. Flair, realising that Batista is being schooled by the legend, threatens to confront HBK, distracting him for long enough that Batista can get back to his feet and send Michaels in to the barricade. He picks him up… and launches him in to the steel steps! All those hit ‘n’ run tactics from Michaels for nothing!

    The match returns to the ring and Batista slows the pace down to his speed. With the match finely balanced, ERIC BISCHOFF heads down to the ring to check what’s going on, with brings out STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN to the packed ringside area. Still Batista is in control, driving his shoulder in to Michaels midsection against the turnbuckle and looking to capitalise with a Bearhug. Michaels is able to punch his way out and tries to up the speed… but is caught in a Powerslam! Batista makes the cover…

    ONE…

    TWO…

    TH…


    Kick out! Batista is frustrated, but Flair yells at him to keep focused. Batista pulls his more experienced opponent up… Spinebuster! He makes the cover…

    ONE…

    TWO…

    THRE…


    Kick out! Michaels just got the shoulder up!

    Sensing Batista’s frustration is ready to boil over, Flair calls him over and whispers some advice. With that, Flair hops on to the apron, distracting referee Earl Hebner… so Batista removes the top turnbuckle pad!

    ”What th’ hell is this?” JR asks. ”I thought he wanted to do this th’ fair way!”

    “This is fair!”
    King says. ”The turnbuckle’s a part of the ring, it can’t be cheating!”

    “Not cheatin’ my Oklahoma ass, Batista is worried he can’t get th’ job done and needs help from th’ Natureboy!”

    “That’s just Ric showing the next generation how to be the dirtiest player in the game, what’s wrong with that?!”


    Batista picks Michaels up and looks to shove his face in to the exposed turnbuckle… but Michaels blocks it! He elbows out and charges across the ring… but is caught in another Bearhug! Batista squeezes… so Michaels bites his nose! Who’s the dirtiest player in the game now?!

    Batista releases, so Michaels rushes off the ropes… Clothesline!

    But Batista doesn’t move!

    Michaels tries again… but again he doesn’t move!

    Michaels hits the ropes… AND BATISTA DESTROYS HIM WITH A LARIAT!

    And now he’s calling for the Powerbomb!

    He picks Batista up on to his shoulders… but Michaels drops out… Sweet Chin Music!

    No! Batista catches and pulls him in… Spinebuster…

    … reversed in to a DDT!

    Batista’s up, so Michaels grabs him… Inverted Atomic Drop! He hits the ropes… Flying Forearm! And Batista goes down!

    Kip up from Michaels! Batista struggles up… Body Slam! What strength from HBK! He climbs to the top…

    FLYING ELBOW DROP!

    Michaels could make the cover… but he doesn’t want to! He’s finishing this one off in style! He’s tuning up the band!

    Michaels taps his foot in the corner as the crowd clap in time… Batista’s making his way to his feet… Michaels looks to lunge…

    … but Triple H is holding his foot! The Game’s stopping Sweet Chin Music!

    So Rob Van Dam tackles Trips to the floor!

    He lands a couple of punches, but Christian and Flair pull him away… so he fires off on them too!

    All the while, Michaels is distracted by the fight on the outside, so Batista charges…

    … but Michaels sidesteps!

    BATISTA RUNS STRAIGHT IN TO THE EXPOSED TURNBUCKLE!

    SWEET CHIN MUSIC!

    Michaels makes the cover as the brawl continues on the outside…

    ONE…

    TWO…

    THREE!


    Winner: Shawn Michaels in 10:01


    The match may be over, but the fight on the outside isn’t. RVD valiantly tries to take on three men by himself… but Flair cheapshots him!

    That allows Triple H to start to pummel RVD…

    SO MICHAELS VAULTS OVER THE TOP ROPE TO TAKE THEM ALL OUT! Michaels saved his Team Austin teammate!

    Michaels gets to his feet and turns around… IN TO A STEP UP ENZIGURI… from CHRIS JERICHO! Jericho’s here for the brawl as well!

    But so is BOOKER T! And THE DUDLEY BOYZ! Batista is back on his feet! The brawl is on!

    The fight works its way in to the ring, but not for long. One by one, Team Austin are able to send Team Bischoff back out of the ring, causing Eric to call them over and call off the fight, with Team Austin standing tall.

    Side by side, the Dudleys stands with Shawn Michaels, Booker T and Rob Van Dam, united in their fight against their opponents. In the middle of them stands Stone Cold, and he takes a step back to allow his team to challenge Team Bischoff, telling them to get back and fight. Needless to say, it’s an offer they don’t take.

    Austin looks on, a glimmer of pride almost creeping across his face at the way these five strangers have come together to fight his corner…

    … when he’s spun around…

    RKO!

    RANDY ORTON just hit Stone Cold with an RKO out of nowhere!

    Hearing the impact, Austin’s team turn around, only to see Orton slide back out of the ring! Booker checks on Austin as the rest of the team look to set after him, but Orton hops the barricade and runs through the crowd. Bubba yells at him to come back and fight like a man, but Orton doesn’t hear him, instead lifts his arms in to his trademark pose. As we cut back to the ramp, we see Triple H and Ric Flair laughing to themselves, having seen exactly what Orton was capable of to prove a point.

    ”What th’ hell was that?! What th’ bah gawd hell was that?! Randy Orton jus’ bah gawd sneak attacked Stone Cold!”

    “The Legend Killer strikes again!”
    King adds.

    ”What is he thinkin’? Randy Orton jus’ took out Stone Cold! He jus’ physically provoked Stone Cold!”

    “From the look of his face I don’t think he cares, JR! He’s just sent a message, loud and clear, just like he said he would!”

    “But now Austin can put his hands on Orton! And ya have t’ think the retribution will be unbelievable!”


    * END OF SHOW *



    Confirmed matches for next week

    WWE Intercontinental Title Match
    Christian vs. Booker T (c)

    Six Woman Tag Match
    Gail Kim, Molly Holly & Victoria vs. April Hunter, Lita & Trish Stratus

    Ten Man Tag Match
    Goldust, Rene Dupree, Rob Conway, Scott Steiner & Sylvan Grenier vs. Garrison Cade, Hurricane, Lance Storm, Mark Jindrak & Val Venis

    Singles Match
    Mark Henry vs. Maven

    Plus!
    Goldberg is in action!



    Confirmed matches for WWE Survivor Series

    No Disqualification Fatal Fourway Elimination Match for the WWE Championship
    Brock Lesnar (c) vs. The Big Show vs. Kurt Angle vs. The Undertaker

    World Heavyweight Title Match
    Kane vs. Goldberg (c)

    5-on-5 Survivor Series Match – Winning GM Runs Raw
    Team Bischoff (Batista, Chris Jericho, Christian, Randy Orton & Triple H) vs. Team Austin (Booker T, Bubba Ray Dudley, D-Von Dudley, Rob Van Dam & Shawn Michaels)

    5-on-5 Survivor Series Match – Survivor(s) Get a WWE Title Shot
    A-Train, John Cena, Matt Hardy Version 1 & World's Greatest Tag Team vs. Billy Kidman, Chavo Guerrero, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero & Rey Mysterio

    WWE Women's Title Match
    Molly Holly (c) vs. Lita

    WWE Cruiserweight Title Match
    Tajiri (c) vs. Ultimo Dragon

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