Bryan Danielson vs. Hurricane Helms
Smackdown starts off with what it does best – fast-paced, hard-hitting action. The ever popular Hurricane Helms
comes down the aisle first with the fans firmly behind him. Out next is the not so popular Bryan Danielson
. Danielson was a part of Paul Heyman’s
New Superstar Initiative on ECW and focused less on winning the WWE Universes approval and more on winning matches – by whatever means necessary.
The two start things off slowly, looking to get a feel for each other, having never faced off before. They soon start exchanging some hard kicks – seeing who can kick the other hardest. Danielson quickly loses patience and delivers a big forearm to Helm’s face before sending him flying across the ring with an exploder suplex. Helms shows just how much experience he has and holds his own against the younger Danielson. Being able to counter plenty of his holds and throws. He struggles to find a counter for the Cattle Mutilation and becomes yet another victim of Danielson’s signature submission move – tapping out and given Bryan the win. Danielson beats his chest after the win and walks over Helms lifeless body on his way out of the ring. It’s surely only a matter of time before bigger things are in store for Bryan Danielson.
We now go to the final part of Kevin Steen’s three-part interview introducing him to the WWE Universe. A quick re-cap plays of the first two interviews plays first:
We go to the same dimly lit room that these interviews have taken place in and Steen is sitting in his usual chair holding a John Cena wrist-band.
My name is Kevin Steen and I have been a professional wrestler for 11 years now... I grew up in Quebec, Canada and well I never really fit in... that bear in many ways quickly became my best friend. Maybe even my only friend for the longest time... . I spent hours alone in my room, imitating my heroes... When I was 14 and had watched Mick Foley
fall off the Hell in a Cell, I would dive off my wardrobe or off a tree onto Teddy, just to feel the rush of being like my hero. My Mom never noticed. She was usually drunk with her boyfriend... I went to the only refuge I had – I went to wrestling...I was running away from home and I was becoming a wrestler... I vowed from that moment on that I would make it in this business – that I would be a wrestler...
Can you guess who I would root for? It sure as hell wasn’t Hulk freakin’ Hogan.
.. I was never going to be the golden boy... I was always the outcast, always the freak... I just wanted to wrestle, I wanted to fight people, I wanted to...hurt people... Over my eleven years in this business as long as I kept this in sight I could hold on. Stand up for the freaks. Take out the golden boy. Translated...Annihilate John Cena.
Steen slams the wristband onto the floor and storms out of the room as we go to break.
Kevin Steen vs. William Powell
I made my pro-wrestling debut on May 7 2000. Do you know when John Cena made his? 2001. And yet Cena has done it all while I...well I’m only just arriving here in the WWE. Now, I know what people are thinking – that’s just sour grapes. John Cena has worked damn hard to get to where he is today and John Cena is a damn fine athlete. But in saying that you’re implying that I haven’t worked hard or that I’m not a fine athlete. Cena talks about Hustle, Loyalty and Respect as if that’s what got him here in the WWE. That’s a total pile of crap. I have worked harder and wrestled better matches than John Cena could even dream of. I’ve travelled around the world putting my body on the line while he travels around the world going to premieres and press conferences. When I was sleeping in my car he was sleeping in the Hilton and why? Simply because he’s the golden boy.
John Cena is not better than me. John Cena does not work harder than me and John Cena doesn’t deserve his spot more than me. And so every night when only a handful of fans turned up or when I got myself injured I just reminded myself that I was going to make it into the WWE and when I did my aim would be simple. Get on the same show as Cena, make my intentions clear and annihilate John Cena. Because he’s hah his turn – it’s my turn now. It’s Kevin Steen’s time to shine.
John, if you’re watching, I’m tired of talking, and I’m ready for action.
After hearing all about Steen’s road to the WWE for the past few weeks the WWE Universe finally gets to see him in action as he takes on local talent William Powell
. Powell, who looks like he could do with both a tan and a visit to the gym, never had a chance. Steen bulldozes through him as soon as the bell rings with a huge lariat, almost knocking Powell out cold. He scrapes his body off the mat and sends it crashing back down with a side-walk slam. Steen drags Powell’s body to the corner of the ring and blows his snot onto Powell, showing his complete disrespect. He climbs to the top rope, surprising the fans in attendance and crushes Powell’s ribs with an incredibly agile moonsault for a man of his size. As Steen lies on the mat after the move, the camera is zoomed tight onto his face. He reaches out and grabs the camera and says ‘John Cena, this is for you.’ He pulls Powell into the centre of the ring and locks in the Sharpshooter. Powell doesn’t even get the chance to tap out as he passes out almost instantly from the pain giving Steen his first impressive victory in the WWE.
The General Manager’s Office
The camera turns to the General Manager’s office where William Regal
is talking with the Miz and John Morrison
. Regal assures them that he is very grateful for their assistance last week and that he has found a way to reward them sufficiently. As he dismisses them there’s a knock at the door and in walk Natalya and Mickie James.
They say that Regal has been working hard at his job but he’s entirely ignoring the Diva’s Division – he’s yet to even crown a champion. Regal seems like he couldn’t care less and tries his best to get rid of the girls. They persist however and Regal relents saying that since they’ve both won matches since Summer Slam then they can face off for the Diva’s Championship next week. They say that he may not care now, but that they’re going to give Regal a match to care about next week.
s music hits and the Rated ‘R’ Superstar makes his way to the ring wearing jeans with a chain and a new ‘Team Ego’
Edge pauses, waiting for the boos to die down before grabbing a microphone.
“Ladies and Gentlemen I’m here to introduce the other half of Team Ego. He is a 4 time WCW Cruiserweight Champion and a former Television Champion in both WCW and ECW. He has had huge success around the world including big victories in Mexico and Japan. He is a two-time slammy award winner and has held both the Hardcore and European Championships. He has held 4 tag team championships with superstars such as Christian
and The Rock and has won more Intercontinental Championships than any other superstar with a record nine reigns. In 2001 he defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock
in the same night to become the first ever WWE Undisputed Champion of the world and in total has held 5 World Titles. Now, he’s set to be a part of the greatest, most decorated tag team of all time with moi. Please welcome the man who is the best in the world at what he does, the Ayatollah of...tag team wrestling – Chris Jericho
The fans start booing again as Jericho comes through the curtain wearing his trunks and a team ego shirt. Edge and Jericho shake hands as Jericho waits for his opponent.
Chris Jericho vs. JTG
comes out to face Jericho with Shad
by his side. Cryme Tyme
have crossed paths with the Motor City Machine Guns
as of late but a win here for JTG will propel them higher up the tag team ladder on Smackdown. JTG has an explosive energy in the ring and flusters Jericho initially. Jericho is focused however and knows exactly what he’s doing. He lures JTG into a false sense of security before hitting him with an enziguri, gaining control. Jericho toys with JTG for a while before locking in the Walls of Jericho, forcing JTG to tap out. Team EGO seem to be a force to be reckoned with and it’s surely only a matter of time before they’re challenging for the gold.
ECW Championship: Christian vs. Alex Shelley
comes out to a huge ovation as he is set to defend his ECW Championship – once again in an extreme rules match-up. Christian is showing what a fighting champion he is determined to be, defending the championship for the fourth time in three weeks. His opponent also comes out to a good reaction – Alex Shelley
of the Motor City Machine Guns. Sabin
comes out with him on the stage but after a handshake heads to the back, letting Shelley try and beat Christian on his own. The two guys have a great match, starting in the ring with lots of back-and-forth chain wrestling. Christian more than holds his own, showing just how versatile a wrestler he is. The fans are behind every move and follow in eager expectation of what’s going to happen next. Eventually the action spills to the outside and the two brawl around the ringside area. Shelley places a trash-can over Christian’s head and delivers some devastating kicks to the can, before rolling him in for a two-count. The finish comes quickly. Shelley has Christian in the corner ready to hit him with the Sliced Bread #2 but as he runs up the turnbuckle to flip over Christian breaks free and Shelley crashes onto his back. Shelley gets to his feet and is met with a kick to the gut, followed by the Killswitch. One mistake and Christian capitalised, winning the match and keeping his championship.
The Champ is Here
‘s music hits and The Champ raises the roof as he comes out to the ring to address the fans. Cena is back on top of Smackdown as WWE Champion and has looked strong in every match he’s had so far.
“The Champ is HERE!!! Man, it is so good to be here in Dayton Ohio as your WWE Champion! These past few months have been among the toughest of my life. First I had to fight off The seven foot Big Show
. Then Dolph Ziggler
made a name for himself at my expense. After all of that I and the rest of The Union
had to band together to take down JBL
. It means so much to me to know that I had you guys right there behind me so thank you. A few weeks ago on Raw all of that was worth it as I took my place back where I belonged...as your WWE Champion.
Now...enough of the past, let’s move on to business. You see as the WWE Champion I have a huge target on my back and so I want to make it clear that I am willing to put this on the line against anyone. CM Punk
made it clear that he is after this championship, and hell, if Samoa Joe
hadn’t interfered a few weeks ago we might have a very different champ standing here tonight. Samoa Joe was screwed out the ECW Championship and will probably want a shot himself. Christian
is proving to be a fighting champion in his own right. Chris Jericho, Edge, The Big Show, Kane, Rey Mysterio
, hell even guys like Chavo Guerrero
and Kevin Steen
all have this title as their main aim. You all heard Steen earlier right? His aim is to annihilate John Cena. Well if he does that than he deserves to call himself WWE Champion. Now-“
Cena is cut off by Kevin Steen’s music
and the aggressive Steen makes his way down to the ring. He focuses his gaze on Cena the entire time and he’s still in his ring gear. Cena has a smile on his face and seems entirely unfazed by the newcomer. Steen gets into the ring and squares up with Cena who suddenly turns serious realising that Steen isn’t taking this moment lightly. Cena backs off and asks Steen to take it easy – we’re all friends here. He starts welcoming Steen to the WWE but Steen snatches the mic from his hand.
“You’re...no friend of mine John Cena.”
Steen then smashes the microphone into Cena’s head and the two start to brawl. Cena gets the upper hand and throws Steen into the corner. He charges at him but Steen gets his boot up into Cena’s face before grabbing him and quickly hitting a super kick. Cena falls to the mat and Steen pounces pounding away at the WWE Champion with vicious lefts and rights. Cena tries to get his hands up to defend himself but Steen is like a man possessed and won’t relent, furiously pounding away at Cena’s head. He’s foaming at the mouth and just stares at Cena as Cena starts to fade. Steen gets to his feet and removes the cover from the turnbuckle. He grabs Cena and drags his body off the mat. He holds Cena by the head and drives his skull into the exposed turnbuckle, causing a little trickle of blood to appear on Cena’s forehead. As Cena collapses in the corner a physician on the outside tries to clean Cena’s cut but Steen kicks at him to get him away. He goes to the outside and grabs himself a steel chair. He brings it into the ring and places it underneath John Cena’s back. Steen climbs to the top rope and leaps off with a moonsault, crushing Cena’s ribs with his body and driving his back into the steel at the same time. Officials try to get into the ring but Steen swings the chair at them like a mad man. He drags Cena’ limp body to the middle of the ring and locks in The Sharpshooter. Cena is unconscious so it has no affect other than to send a message loud and clear. Kevin Steen is here and he’s here to annihilate John Cena. Officials eventually get into the ring and manage to get Steen to back off.
Be careful what you wish for...
comes out to the ring next not looking too happy. The fans have definitely embrace him on his new home on Friday Nights – the same couldn’t be said for our General Manager. As he walks down the aisle a video recap plays of both his victory over Regal
and his handicap loss last week to the Miz and John Morrison.
Rhodes is in his ring gear and seems ready to go as he grabs the mic.
“Willy Regal you yellow-bellied bastard – if you think sending two guys out here to do your work is impressive well it ain’t. You showed last week that you’re nothing but a coward because you know that I’ve got your number. So why don’t you get out from behind your little desk and walk down this aisle and dance with me one more time – because Willy I’m dying to kick your ass!”
William Regal’s music hits and the autocratic Brit walks out onto the stage with a mic in his hand and a smirk on his face.
“You know Dustin I thought we’d be hearing from you tonight. But do you seriously think that I’m going to lower myself to getting back into the ring with you? I am a man of class and distinction and you – well you’re just a ruddy peasant like all of these people here tonight. I do however have an opponent for you. He’s the newest superstar here on Friday Night Smackdown and I’m very excited to see how he fares against you. I believe in this superstar so much that I am hand-picking him for greatness. I know, that he will be a future champion here in the WWE. Like me, he’s a man of class, prestige and respect and that’s mostly because he’s not from these god-forsaken united states but instead he’s from Her Majesty’s United Kingdom. Please welcome, from Glasgow Scotland – Drew McIntyre
Dustin Rhodes vs. Drew McIntyre w/William Regal
A new Superstar walks through the curtain with a sly smirk on his face. He’s wearing white trunks with a blue cross on either side – showing his Scottish heritage. McIntyre shakes hands with William Regal before the General Manager accompanies this new Superstar to the ring. Matt Striker says that he has been following Drew McIntyre’s progress before he made it here to the WWE and it was always clear that he was a cut above the rest. He points out that McIntyre, like Regal, is a really smart competitor who in particular uses the whole ring to his advantage. The fans boo McIntyre due to his association with Regal. Rhodes seems disappointed to not get his hands on Regal but still looks determined to kick someone’s ass.
Rhodes takes the fight straight to McIntyre and gives the young superstar a rough welcome to the WWE. Rhodes is like a man on fire, showing that there is plenty of fight left in the old dog in his twilight years. McIntyre gets flustered and rolls out of the ring to regroup. Regal gives him some advice and sends him back into the ring. Rhodes is back on the offence and throws McIntyre into the corner of the ring. He runs at McIntyre but Drew gets his boot up into Rhodes face. McIntyre gets himself together and hits Rhodes with a lariat to the back of the head for a two count. McIntyre starts to gain momentum and controls the match. Regal barks orders from ringside as McIntyre tries to wear Rhodes down. McIntyre eventually makes a mistake, taking too long to capitalise and allows Rhodes enough time to recover and surprise McIntyre with a stiff lariat of his own. Rhodes only gets a two count but the momentum is certainly in his favour. Regal, sensing danger, climbs onto the ring apron and starts arguing with the referee. McIntyre releases this is his chance and nails Rhodes with a low blow. McIntyre gets to his feet, hooks Rhodes arms and drives his head into the mat with what he calls the ‘Future Shock DDT.’ McIntyre covers Rhodes and gets the win.
William Regal is delighted to see his newest superstar win on his debut, especially against Dustin Rhodes. He raises Drew McIntyre’s arm as the announcers hype Drew McIntyre as perhaps William Regal’s chosen superstar. The victory wasn’t enough for Regal however and he gives McIntyre more orders. McIntyre slides out of the ring and returns with a steel chair. Regal places the chair on the mat and orders McIntyre to pick Rhodes up. Drew drags Rhodes off the mat, hooks the arms again and DDT’s him right onto the chair. McIntyre slinks into the corner as Regal stands in the ring, soaking up the boos with his foot rested on Rhodes head.
Straight Edge Success Story
music hits and the Straight Edge Saviour comes to the ring surrounded by boos from the fans. It doesn’t matter who else is one the show, no-one is more hated by the WWE Universe than CM Punk. He’s wearing jeans and his new shirt along with a new short hair-style. He grabs a microphone to address the WWE Universe:
“Do you like my new hair cut? I was reading my Bible the other night like a good little boy and before I cast it aside I was struck by a certain character called Samson. Samson was just like all of you weak, narrow-minded dependant people. He was an addict. Samson was addicted to alcohol and to sex and that led to his ultimate demise. You see Samson was meant to follow God and do his will but Samson couldn’t because Samson was a very weak man. Samson got tricked by a prostitute who used both his addiction to sex and alcohol to gain leverage. Samson was pathetic just like all of you. Now, the thing about Samson was, the key to his incredible strength was his hair and with drunken slur he let this slip to Delilah who cut his hair while he was sleeping. Samson lost his strength and was captured by God’s enemies.
I am better than all of you and I am better than Samson. I’m not an addict and I’m not a weak individual. I have no crutches and nothing holding me back and so even though I have cut my hair – I am still the most formidable force in the WWE. (Punk grins as the fans quite vocally disagree.) Do you not believe me? Well have a look at this!”
A video plays of the referees and EMT’s finding Samoa Joe
unconscious backstage last week from a different angle. The camera zooms out to show CM Punk standing around the corner watching and smiling as Joe is put on a stretcher and led to an ambulance. We cut back to the ring where Punk is pointing at the screen and laughing hysterically while the fans grow more and more incensed.
“Oh man, that was awesome! Did you see just how poor and helpless and defeated Samoa Joe looked? What was it Joe said last week, that he’s gonna kill me? My ass! Samoa Joe is now lying in a hospital bed because of me! You see Joe you thought that you’re little fluke victory at Summer Slam would shut me up well I’m sorry but nothing can silence me and my message. I brought you into the WWE and took you under my wing and how did you repay me? -By getting suspended due to a violation of the wellness policy. Of course I was gonna be p*ss*ed off. Being straight edge isn’t a character I play to get these people to hate me Joe it is my way of life. It is a way of life for those of us who are smart enough and strong enough to realise that a life without alcohol, without drugs and without addictions is the best way to achieve success. You spat in my face when you violated that wellness policy and you made me a laughing stock well Samoa Joe the joke is one you because whereas you are lying the hospital I am now well on my way to becoming WWE Champion!”
Punk is cut off when William Regal
appears on the screen:
“Punk, Punk. I must admit it would be rather hypocritical of me to reprimand you for your actions against Samoa Joe last week so I won’t. I will however say that you didn’t quite get the job done. You see in just over a month Smackdown is having its first Brand-Exclusive pay-per-view of the year and the Board of Directors have decided they want it to be headlined by a huge main event match. I saw your match with Joe at Summer Slam and I saw how it bloody-well stole the show and I thought a re-match is what I want. I have talked to Samoa Joe’s doctors and they are certain that he will be fit and able to compete. So let me announce Smackdown’s next pay-per-view: Joe/Punk II”
The fans cheer as they realise Samoa Joe will get his chance at revenge and Punk just smiles in the ring.
“You people might be cheering now, but I guarantee that at Joe/Punk II you will be devastated. Samoa Joe I’m Gonna Kill You
. And it’s simply because I am better than you.”
WWE Tag Team Championship: Evan Bourne & Rey Mysterio vs. The Hart Dynasty
Up next is the main event of the evening as the WWE Tag Team Champions, Evan Bourne and Rey Mysterio
, defend against The Hart Dynasty.
Bourne and Mysterio showed some healthy competition on ECW, putting on a great series of matches before deciding to form a team instead of fighting each other. They joined TEAM ECW against JBL before setting their sights on the gold. Eventually the defeated The Miz and John Morrison
becoming only the second team to be Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions. The Hart Dynasty are relative newcomers to the WWE and made a good impression on ECW. They had one of the hottest rivalries over the past year with the Burchill Foundation of William Regal and Paul Burchill
, with Natalya and Katie Lea
tangling often as well. On the final ever episode of ECW they defeated Burchill and Regal one last time to become the number one contenders.
Both teams are fan favourites and they all exchange hand-shakes before the match. Tyson Kidd
and Evan Bourne start things off and the action is fast and furious. Both men are going to be bright futures in the WWE and they get to showcase just how talented they are. They go back and forth with lots of holds and reversals, stunning the live crowd with just how fast they can move. Eventually Bourne realises this is going nowhere and kicks Kidd as hard as he can in the back. Kidd falls to his knees but rolls out of the way of a second. He hits a quick drop toe hold on Bourne and as Bourne gets to his feet Kidd hits him with a huge kick of his own to the back. Kidd bounces off the ropes and when Bourne gets to his feet he’s met with a running enziguri which gets Kidd a two count before he tags in DH Smith.
Smith brings the power to the match and gets into the ring quickly to wear down Bourne. Smith slows the pace of the match right down allowing the Hart Dynasty to take control of the match. They make frequent tags and isolate Bourne from Rey. One mistake is all it takes to change things however and when Bourne reverse Smith sidewalk slam into an arm drag, Bourne has just enough time to make the hot tag to Rey Mysterio. Rey comes in all guns blazing and takes Smith down with a dropkick. Kidd gets sent flying to the outside as Rey knocks him off the apron with a dropkick off the apron. Rey turns around and WHAM is met with a huge lariat from Smith. Smith covers Rey and gets a two count. Smith screams, raising his fist in the air, getting a good cheer from the fans. He lifts Rey up and backs into the corner getting ready to hit his running powerslam. He backs into the wrong corner however and Bourne is able to get the blind tag on Rey. Unaware, Smith hits the huge running powerslam on Rey and goes for the pin. When the ref doesn’t count he gets to his feet and turns around. He’s met with a diving double knee drop from Bourne off the top rope and Evan gets a two count. Bourne climbs to the top rope again and leaps off trying to hit a hurricanrana but Smith stands firm and reverses it into a powerbomb. He tags Kidd before hoisting Bourne up in the air. Kidd bounds off the ropes and they take Bourne down with the Hart Attack. Smith goes after Rey as Kidd pins Bourne. 123 – we have new Tag Team Champions!!!
...And I’ll Scratch Yours
Natalya rushes into the ring with the belts as Kidd and Smith celebrate a huge victory in a great main event match-up. All three members of the Hart Dynasty are overjoyed at getting their first ever tag team championship together in the WWE. Their moment is quickly cut short, however, as William Regal appears on the titatron.
“Congratulations to The Hart Dynasty, what a great moment for you and a great match – well done. Unfortunately I’m going to be the bearer of bad news. You see The Miz and John Morrison did me a favour last week and so I owe them a favour. I told them they could have a tag team title shot at any time and well...they’ve decided to cash in on that shot...now. So get ready, you’re defending those belts again...right now.”
The Harts look absolutely devastated as John Morrison and The Miz start to make their way to the ring. The WWE Universe are in complete shock and even the referee seems weary as The Miz orders him to ring the bell. The Harts put up a great fight but they are completely exhausted. The Miz yanks Smith off the apron and they brawl on the outside while Morrison hits a Moonlight Drive on Kidd. He drags him to the corner and hits Starship Pain. On the outside The Miz hits his skull-crushing finale on Smith. Morrison covers Kidd, hooking both legs, and gains a three-count. For the second time tonight we have new WWE Tag Team Champions.
The fans are livid that the show has ended like this and make their feelings clear, really booing Miz and Morrison. Morrison and Miz quickly grab their belts and retreat up the ramp as Natalya checks on the fallen Harts. After such a hard-fought match The Harts just weren’t ready to fight again and as a result they were caught offside – they never had a chance. The show goes off the air with Miz and Morrison standing on the stage with the belts raised high in the air.