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|| The Backstory ||
It is Saturday the fourth of April and many WWE fans around the world are eagerly anticipating the twenty-fifth anniversary of WrestleMania which will take place live from the Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas tomorrow night. WrestleMania is the Superbowl or the World Series of wrestling and features the best matches you are bound to see all year. The superstars go all out to entertain on the grandest stage of them all to earn themselves a place in history as one of the greatest WWE superstars in history.
This WrestleMania is no different from those that have gone before it, big matches are lined up such as Triple H vs. Randy Orton for the WWE Championship, John Cena vs. Edge vs. Big Show for the World Heavyweight Championship, Jack Swagger vs. Evan Bourne for the ECW World Championship and a dream match for many as the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels battle it out as HBK tackles the streak of the Phenom, The Undertaker.
Triple H and Randy Orton has enticed many into buying this years WrestleMania, after weeks of torment from Randy Orton, they cannot wait for Triple H to get his hands on the Legend Killer. Orton, who brutally punted Triple H’s close friend Batista, his wife Stephanie McMahon and father and son-in-law Vince and Shane McMahon respectively. After not properly getting his hands on Orton when he broke into his house it has left fans craving to see ‘The Game’ destroy Orton at WrestleMania.
Originally, it was scheduled to be the Big Show vs. Edge at WrestleMania 25 with the World Heavyweight Championship on the line, many wondered why SmackDown General Manager and wife of World Heavyweight Champion Edge, Vickie Guerrero would put Big Show, undoubtedly a threat to her lovers title in the contest but all was revealed when John Cena forced his way into the contest before revealing the secret that Vickie and Big Show were an item. With Edge and Show at each others throats will Cena seize the opportunity and become champion?
A late addition to the WrestleMania card, Jack Swagger defends his ECW World Championship against high-flyer Evan Bourne. On his first week back after injury, Evan Bourne won a fatal-four-way to earn a shot at the title. Bourne then last Tuesday pinned Jack Swagger in a non-title match. Bourne is certainly earning his stripes in ECW and Jack Swagger must be worried about his chances of keeping the title. No doubt fans will be tuning in to see if Evan Air-Bourne can win the gold.
Arguably the match that the majority are buying the show to see is Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker, two legends battling it out. Shawn Michaels, who last year retired Ric Flair wants to end the streak like so many others but Undertaker isn’t worried. The mind-games have turned over the past few weeks as Shawn has played a few on the Master of Mindgames before. Will this match steal the show?
All these questions will be addressed tomorrow night at WrestleMania. However, a few weeks before WrestleMania it was announced on WWE.com that the WWE Draft would take place and take place it did as on Monday Night RAW last week the WWE Universe witnessed a huge three-hour draft show were all talent could be drafted. The draft is as follows:
WWE Draft Results
Superstars Drafted to Monday Night RAW
RAW earned a huge first pick of the night when John Cena defeated one of his WrestleMania opponents, SmackDown Superstar Big Show. The random draft selection went on to select current World Heavyweight Champion Edge who appeared on the stage holding his title high in the air. Cena didn’t seem to happy that his WrestleMania opponent was coming to RAW. After the selection, Edge told WWE.com the following: “I am coming to RAW next Monday, the night after WrestleMania with the World Heavyweight Championship on my shoulder.” For Edge to do that, he needs to win his Triple Threat Match this Sunday against John Cena and Big Show.
2. Evan Bourne
For their second pick of the night, Extreme Championship Wrestling’s high-flyer made his move to the RAW brand. This draft pick could have a serious effect on both the RAW and ECW brands as if Evan Bourne walks out of WrestleMania this Sunday as ECW Champion, he will be taking the ECW title with him to his new home, RAW. Bourne was drafted after ECW star Mark Henry lost out in a hard-fought battle with RAW’s Kane, the sick and twisted Kane let out a laugh as Bourne came onto the stage after the pick, could this mean Kane will go after Bourne? Bourne only had one thing on his mind when talking with WWE.com: “I’m pleased that I am now a RAW Superstar as it is a new challenge for me. Right now, before I call RAW my home this coming Monday, I have one thing on my mind, taking Jack Swagger’s ECW World Championship with me.” Find out at WrestleMania if Bourne will take the ECW Championship home.
3. John Morrison
As the draft rolled on, RAW managed another great draft for their third pick of the evening. One half of the World Tag Team Champions, John Morrison is now drafted to Monday Night RAW. Morrison, who along with partner The Miz take on Primo and Carlito Colon at WrestleMania in a match which will unify the tag championships is no stranger to Monday night. Morrison rose to prominence on the brand when he entered great matches with Jeff Hardy and enjoyed a run as Intercontinental Champion. The Monday Night Delight then became ECW Champion in 2007 and more recently has achieved huge tag team success with The Miz. The two men are now on separate brands, what will this mean if Morrison and Miz become Unified Tag Champions this Sunday? Morrison didn’t seem to fazed about the move: “It’s a well-known fact, wherever I go, whatever I do, I win. The Miz and Morrison are the greatest tag team of the 21st century, let me tell you something, John Morrison, the Monday Night Delight, the Shaman of Sexy is the greatest superstar in the 21st century. Be Jealous.” Morrison certainly isn’t worried about the challenges RAW will bring.
4. Shelton Benjamin
The fourth pick for RAW on Draft Night came in the Main Event when Triple H, Edge and Jack Swagger fought it out in a Champion of Champions match for two draft picks to end the evening. Edge, now a RAW star, was able to collect two picks after a Spear on Triple H got the victory. Edge savoured the victory but on the titantron, Shelton Benjamin popped up having been drafted from Friday nights to Monday nights. The former United States Champion and Intercontinental Champion came onto the stage as a smirk came across the face of Edge, Benjamin pointed to the title on Edge’s shoulder. “I think it’s pretty obvious that soon the Gold Standard will be the new World Heavyweight Champion.” Began Benjamin, “When I win that Money in the Bank match on Sunday, I don’t care if I have to go to SmackDown and defeat Big Show or stay on RAW to beat Edge or Cena, or even ECW if Cena is drafted there, I will become champion.” Stay tuned to WrestleMania to see if Benjamin can win the Money in the Bank briefcase and earn a shot at gold.
5. The Undertaker
In RAW’s last pick of the evening they received the biggest pick of the whole draft night. Ever since the brand split was introduced, the Undertaker has called SmackDown his home but The Undertaker is now a RAW superstar and the locker room of Monday Night RAW just got a whole lot darker and scarier. The legendary Phenom has broke tradition as it where as he will now be a RAW mainstay but will his WrestleMania streak tradition also be broken as he takes a new path on his career? Also, Undertaker and Shawn Michaels are now both on RAW which means you can expect fireworks between the duo who have been trying to one-up one another over the past few weeks.
Superstars Drafted to Tuesday Night ECW
1. Jeff Hardy
The big draft picks continued over to the ECW brand as their first draft pick came after Tyson Kidd managed a big victory over RAW’s Charlie Haas. The WWE Universe was shocked when Jeff Hardy popped up on the screen, the former WWE Champion is now an ECW Superstar. The Extreme Enigma is likely to find himself at home in the Land of Extreme. Jeff, however will have to be content with his bitter rivalry with brother Matt Hardy ending after WrestleMania as they are on different shows. “I didn’t expect this.” Began Jeff, “I’m pleased though, it took me such a long time to put the WWE title on my resume and I finally did, now I’ve got a chance to add to that with the ECW Championship and I do not plan to take as long to take the title from either Jack Swagger of Evan Bourne.” Can Jeff roll onto his new challenge on ECW with a victory against his brother? Find out at WrestleMania.
2. John Bradshaw Layfield
The second pick for ECW in the WWE Draft came in the shape of former WWE Champion and current Intercontinental Champion, John “Bradshaw” Layfield. Layfield who has something historic planned for WrestleMania in his match with Rey Mysterio for the Intercontinental Championship is now a Tuesday Night Superstar and the self-proclaimed Wrestling God has already told WWE.com of his intentions to be a force to be reckoned with on ECW just like he was on RAW and SmackDown. “I am without a doubt the best that professional wrestling has to offer and I have no problem saying that I will leave my home state of Houston as Intercontinental Champion and come to ECW and win the ECW Championship.”
The truth is that R-Truth is the next superstar to be drafted to the ECW Brand, Truth who has been on a roll on SmackDown recently will now find himself coming through the crowd on ECW much like an old ECW alumni. R-Truth is one of ECW’s most promising stars and will be looking to put himself right in the picture for the ECW World Championship. “What’s Up?” began R-Truth, “I’m definitely pleased that I am going to ECW, I think I can really shine and become the ECW World Champion.” R-Truth will be a lumberjack in the Unified Tag Championship Match and will look to play a part in the match.
The ECW Locker Room will never be the same again after learning of the fourth draft pick to the Land of Extreme. Many will be running scared as the “Samoan Savage” bulldozes his way into the ECW brand. Umaga, amassed a winning streak that stretched from April 2006 to January 2007 where he finally lost to then WWE Champion, John Cena. Umaga will be hoping to return to winning ways when he comes to ECW after suffering an injury. Umaga will participate in the Unified Tag Team Championship match as a lumberjack and will most certainly be involved in the match when the action goes to the outside. The Samoan Bulldozer has already expressed desire to win the ECW Championship before during a feud with Donald Trump and his associate at WrestleMania 23 and one would have to assume Umaga is targeting that title again.
5. William Regal
The final pick for the ECW brand is William Regal. The man from Blackpool, England is a former Intercontinental Champion and is one of the most brutal and violent superstars in the WWE. The hard-hitting nature of Regal’s offense has made him a force to be reckoned with in the past and his finisher, that sickening knee to the head, called “The Blackpool Rock” is sure to be a finisher that will propel Regal to the heights of the ECW Championship. “I am here to win.” Began Regal, “There shouldn’t be anyone doubting that.”
Superstars Drafted to Friday Night SmackDown!
1. Randy Orton
SmackDown’s first pick in the annual WWE Draft was a big one for the blue brand but not one that the draftee will be particularly happy about. With both of the other brands having their picks already, Orton will now have Triple H on the same brand as him and no matter who walks out as WWE Champion come Sunday, the feud will most likely continue which, after all the things Orton has dome to The Game and his family will not be a good thing for the man who delivered that sickening punt to Vince McMahon and Shane McMahon. Orton didn’t want to talk to WWE.com and unless Triple H is drafted in the Supplemental Draft tomorrow night after WrestleMania then he knows he will be facing The Game a lot more now they same on the same brands.
The first woman to be drafted in the annual WWE Draft is the current Women’s Champion, Melina. Melina who defeated Beth Phoenix at the Royal Rumble to win the Women’s Championship now joins a brand which already has a woman’s title, the Divas Championship and that will be the case unless Maryse is drafted tomorrow night after WrestleMania. Melina, who will take part in the 25-Diva Battle Royal featuring past and present divas will be returning to a brand where she made her name in 2005. “I’m excited.” Began Melina, “Sure, I’ll miss Mickie and Kelly but me and Maryse on the same brand? It’s about time I show I am indeed the dominant diva in the WWE.” Can Melina become the first-ever Miss. WrestleMania, watch WrestleMania 25 to find out.
3. CM Punk
CM Punk has made a name for himself on ECW, winning the ECW World Championship and on RAW, winning the World Heavyweight Championship. CM Punk now has the chance to become the WWE Champion on Friday Night SmackDown as he competes in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match this Sunday and victory would give him a briefcase allowing him a World Championship opportunity anytime, anyplace, anywhere up to WrestleMania 26. The Straight-Edge Superstar is certainly looking forward to moving brands, “I’ve done all there is to be done on ECW and RAW, I’ve been ECW Champion, I’ve been World Champion, World Tag Champion and Intercontinental Champion on RAW and now I plan to win everything there is on SmackDown that I am eligible to challenge for and that includes the WWE Championship.”
4. Santino Marella
“The Italian Stallion” Santino Marella is now a SmackDown Superstar thanks to the WWE Draft. Marella, who has recently expressed his desire to become Miss. WrestleMania will now compete in a new home away from his girlfriend Beth Phoenix which is sure to anger the outspoken Santino. Marella, who was nicknamed the “Milan Miracle” after winning the Intercontinental Championship in Milan, Italy is sure he will make a mark on SmackDown. “It is nice that I have been chosen for SmackaDown! No one will be able to compete with my toughness!”
5. Finlay and Hornswoggle
SmackDown struck lucky in the last pick as they drafted “The Fighting Irishman” Finlay because of this Theodore Long has allowed his ECW Superstar Hornswoggle to move to SmackDown to be with his father. Both Finlay and Hornswoggle have achieved their greatest success’ on SmackDown with Finlay being a former United States Champion and Hornswoggle a former Cruiserweight Champion. Finlay will look to enter the title picture by winning the Money in the Bank Ladder Match this Sunday at WrestleMania.
That is it for the first portion of the draft, be sure to tune in tomorrow night after a blockbuster WrestleMania for a live Supplemental Draft on WWEUniverse.com
Okay, that’s the first post, took me A LOT longer than I anticipated. Anyway, the Supplemental Draft will be posted after I post the WrestleMania results and then I’ll get the RAW Preview up.
Fed Running Time: 2nd May 2009 - Present
World Wrestling Entertainment: The Draft Changes Everything began for me as the writer in May 2009 heading onto a month since WrestleMania 25 which was in a way my inspiration to do this as I had this same fiction on another forum pretty much a few days after the show itself.
The fic starts with a draft the week before WrestleMania with the draft changes coming into effect the day after WrestleMania and of course this draft changes everything in the sense that it changed the layout of the entire WWE right after WrestleMania.
Given that I started at WrestleMania there is no link to that particular PPV.
WWE Backlash - April 26th 2009 - Providence, Rhode Island (RESULTS)
WWE Judgment Day - May 17th 2009 - Glasgow, Scotland (RESULTS)
WWE Extreme Rules - June 7th 2009 - Aalborg, Denmark (RESULTS)
WWE European Bash - June 28th 2009 - Kosice, Slovakia (RESULTS)
WWE Night of Champions - July 26th 2009 - New York City, New York (RESULTS)
WWE SummerSlam - August 23rd 2009 - Los Angeles, California (RESULTS)
WWE Cyber Sunday - September 13th 2009 - Phoenix, Arizona (RESULTS)
WWE Hell in a Cell - October 4th 2009 - Newark, New Jersey (RESULTS)
WWE Monday Night RAW - April 6th 2009 - Houston, Texas (RESULTS)
ECW on Sci-Fi - April 7th 2009 - Houston, Texas (RESULTS)
WWE Friday Night SmackDown - April 10th 2009 - Houston, Texas (RESULTS)
WWE Monday Night RAW - April 13th 2009 - Columbus, Ohio (RESULTS)
Tri-Branded ECW on Sci-Fi - April 14th 2009 - Knoxville, Tennessee (RESULTS)
WWE Friday Night SmackDown - April 17th 2009 - Knoxville, Tennessee (RESULTS)
WWE Monday Night RAW - April 20th 2009 - Bridgeport, Connecticut (RESULTS)
ECW on Sci-Fi - April 21st 2009 - New York City, New York (RESULTS)
WWE Friday Night SmackDown - April 24th 2009 - New York City, New York (RESULTS)
WWE Monday Night RAW - April 27th 2009 - Phoenix, Arizona (RESULTS)
ECW on Sci-Fi - April 28th 2009 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin (RESULTS)
WWE Friday Night SmackDown - May 1st 2009 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin (RESULTS)
WWE Monday Night RAW - May 4th 2009 - Mexico City, Mexico (RESULTS)
ECW on Sci-Fi - May 5th 2009 - Guadalajara, Mexico (RESULTS)
WWE Friday Night SmackDown - May 8th 2009 - Guadalajara, Mexico (RESULTS)
Tri-Branded WWE Monday Night RAW - May 11th 2009 - Manchester, England (RESULTS)
ECW on Sci-Fi - May 12th 2009 - Glasgow, Scotland (RESULTS)
WWE Friday Night SmackDown - May 15th 2009 - Glasgow, Scotland (RESULTS)
WWE Monday Night RAW - May 18th 2009 - Cardiff, Wales (RESULTS)
ECW on Sci-Fi - May 19th 2009 - Dublin, Ireland (RESULTS)
WWE Friday Night SmackDown - May 22nd - Dublin, Ireland (RESULTS)
WWE Monday Night RAW - May 25th - Belfast, Northern Ireland (RESULTS)
ECW on Sci-Fi - May 26th 2009 - Paris, France (RESULTS)
WWE Friday Night SmackDown - May 29th 2009 - Paris, France (RESULTS)
WWE Monday Night RAW - June 1st 2009 - Stockholm, Sweden (RESULTS)
ECW on Sci-Fi - June 2nd 2009 - Lillehammer, Norway (RESULTS)
WWE Friday Night SmackDown - June 5th 2009 - Lillehammer, Norway (RESULTS)
WWE Monday Night RAW - June 8th 2009 - Helsinki, Finland (RESULTS)
ECW on Sci-Fi - June 9th 2009 - Milan, Italy (RESULTS)
WWE Friday Night SmackDown - June 12th 2009 - Milan, Italy (RESULTS)
WWE Monday Night RAW - June 15th 2009 - Bilbao, Spain (RESULTS)
ECW on Sci-Fi - June 16th 2009 - June 16th 2009 - Lisbon, Portugal (RESULTS)
WWE Friday Night SmackDown - June 19th 2009 - Lisbon, Portugal (RESULTS)
WWE Monday Night RAW - June 22nd 2009 - Cologne, Germany (RESULTS)
ECW on Sci-Fi - June 23rd 2009 - Prague, Czech Republic (RESULTS)
WWE Friday Night SmackDown - June 26th 2009 - Prague, Czech Republic
WWE Monday Night RAW - June 29th 2009 - Zader, Croatia (RESULTS)
ECW on Sci-Fi - June 30th 2009 - Bucharest, Romania (RESULTS)
WWE Friday Night SmackDown - July 3rd 2009 - Bucharest, Romania (RESULTS)
WWE Monday Night RAW - July 6th 2009 - Babruysk, Belarus (RESULTS)
ECW on Sy-Fy - July 7th 2009 - Moscow, Russia (RESULTS)
WWE Friday Night SmackDown - July 10th 2009 - Moscow, Russia (RESULTS)
WWE Monday Night RAW - July 13th 2009 - Mariupool, Ukraine (RESULTS)
ECW on Sy-Fy - July 14th 2009 - Saitama, Japan (RESULTS)
WWE Friday Night SmackDown - July 17th 2009 - Saitama, Japan (RESULTS)
WWE Monday Night RAW - July 20th 2009 - Adelaide, Australia (RESULTS)
ECW on Sy-Fy - July 21st 2009 - Toronto, Canada (RESULTS)
WWE Friday Night SmackDown - July 24th 2009 - Toronto, Canada (RESULTS)
WWE Monday Night RAW - July 27th 2009 - Cleveland, Ohio (RESULTS)
ECW on Sy-Fy - July 28th 2009 - Dayton, Ohio (RESULTS)
WWE Friday Night SmackDown - July 31st 2009 - Dayton, Ohio (RESULTS)
WWE Monday Night RAW - August 3rd 2009 - Saint Paul, Minnesota (RESULTS)
ECW on Sy-Fy - August 4th 2009 - Minneapolis, Minnesota (RESULTS)
WWE Friday Night SmackDown - August 7th 2009 - Minneapolis, Minnesota (RESULTS)
WWE Monday Night RAW - August 10th 2009 - Uncasville, Connecticut (RESULTS)
ECW on Sy-Fy - August 11th 2009 - Storrs, Connecticut (RESULTS)
WWE Friday Night SmackDown - August 14th 2009 - Storrs, Connecticut (RESULTS)
WWE Monday Night RAW - August 17th 2009 - Norfolk, Virginia (RESULTS)
ECW on Sy-Fy - August 18th 2009 - Morgantown, West Virginia (RESULTS)
WWE Friday Night SmackDown - August 21st 2009 - Morgantown, West Virginia (RESULTS)
WWE Monday Night RAW - August 24th 2009 - Sacramento, California (RESULTS)
ECW on Sy-Fy - August 25th 2009 - Portland, Oregon (RESULTS)
WWE Friday Night SmackDown - August 28th 2009 - Portland, Oregon (RESULTS)
WWE Monday Night RAW - August 31st 2009 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (RESULTS)
ECW on Sy-Fy - September 1st 2009 - Tulsa, Oklahoma (RESULTS)
WWE Friday Night SmackDown - September 4th 2009 - Tulsa, Oklahoma (RESULTS)
WWE Monday Night RAW - September 7th 2009 - Albuquerque, New Mexico (RESULTS)
ECW on Sy-Fy - September 8th 2009 - Rio Rancho, New Mexico (RESULTS)
WWE Friday Night SmackDown - September 11th 2009 - Rio Rancho, New Mexico (RESULTS)
WWE Monday Night RAW - September 14th 2009 - Salt Lake City, Utah (RESULTS)
ECW on Sy-Fy - September 15th 2009 - West Valley City, Utah (RESULTS)
WWE Friday Night SmackDown - September 18th 2009 - West Valley City, Utah (RESULTS)
WWE Monday Night RAW - September 21st 2009 - Fort Wayne, Indiana (RESULTS)
ECW on Sy-Fy - September 22nd 2009 - Indianapolis, Indiana (RESULTS)
WWE Friday Night SmackDown - September 25th 2009 - Indianapolis, Indiana (RESULTS)
WWE Monday Night RAW - September 28th 2009 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (RESULTS)
ECW on Sy-Fy - September 29th 2009 - Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (RESULTS)
WWE Friday Night SmackDown - October 2nd 2009 - Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (RESULTS)
WWE Monday Night RAW - October 5th 2009 - Jacksonville, Florida (RESULTS)
ECW on Sy-Fy - October 6th 2009 - Miami, Florida (RESULTS)
WWE Friday Night SmackDown - October 9th 2009 - Miami, Florida (RESULTS)
WWE Monday Night RAW - October 12th 2009 - Raleigh, North Carolina (RESULTS)
WWE Championship (RAW)
Current Holder: Kofi Kingston
History from February 2009
Triple H - February 15th 2009
Triple H wins an Elimination Chamber at No Way Out 2009 to win the gold.
Randy Orton - April 5th 2009
Randy Orton defeats Triple H at WrestleMania 25 to win the title.
Kofi Kingston - May 17th 2009
Kofi Kingston defeats Randy Orton with the Trouble in Paradise to win his first ever WWE World title.
CM Punk - May 17th 2009
CM Punk cashes in Money in the Bank seconds later and defeats Kofi Kingston to win the WWE Championship.
Kofi Kingston - June 28th 2009
Kofi Kingston reclaimed what he always believed was his by defeating CM Punk at the European Bash. The Ghanian who essentially had his title stolen from him last month at Extreme Rules showed his hard work and determination by dethroning CM Punk at the first time of asking in a singles match for the WWE title.
ECW Championship (ECW)
Current Holder: Edge
Title History from January 2009
Jack Swagger - January 13th 2009
Jack Swagger defeats Matt Hardy to win the ECW Championship.
Christian - April 26th 2009
Christian defeats Jack Swagger at Backlash.
Edge - May 17th 2009
After winning a Gold Rush tournament it was scheduled to be Tommy Dreamer taking on Christian for the title but shockingly Christian attacked Tommy Dreamer backstage knocking him unconcious meaning he was unable to compete, of course this wasn't known to the audience at the time. Edge who had been banished from RAW after losing at Backlash made a shocking return at Judgment Day to defeat his brother who refused a handshake only a week before his revelation that he attacked Dreamer.
World Heavyweight Championship (SMACKDOWN)
Current Holder: Dolph Ziggler
Title History from February 2009
Edge - February 15th 2009
No Way Out 2009 was a night to remember for Edge for a wrong reason and then a right one. The Rated 'R' Superstar lost his World title just seconds into his defence inside the demonic Elimination Chamber but then later in the night moments before the RAW Elimination Chamber attacked Kofi Kingston stealing his spot, a move permitted by Vickie Guerrero and then won the title from John Cena.
John Cena - April 26th 2009
After weeks of torment from Edge including Edge originally preventing him from earning a shot at the World Champion, John Cena finally got into the match on the final show before Backlash and defeated Edge and Shawn Michaels inside a Steel Cage not only to banish Edge from RAW but to also once again lift the title Edge took from him.
Vacant - June 29th 2009
WWE Chairman, Mr. McMahon vacated the World Heavyweight Championship after champion John Cena failed a Wellness Policy test. Later, it would be announced that WWE Champion over on SmackDown, Kofi Kingston would be traded to RAW in return for Chris Jericho and the World title.
Dolph Ziggler - July 3rd 2009
Dolph Ziggler shocked the world on this particular edition of Friday Night SmackDown. Theodore Long, the General Manager, announced that a battle royal would take place featuring only superstars who had never held the World Heavyweight Championship. Dolph Ziggler was the last man standing in that match after eliminating Bryan Danielson and Ziggler became the new World Champion.
WWE Intercontinental Championship (SMACKDOWN)
Current Holder: Paul Burchill
Title History from March 2009
JBL - March 9th 2009
JBL defeated CM Punk to lift the Intercontinental Championship.
Rey Mysterio - April 5th 2009
Rey Mysterio managed to defeat the loudmouth JBL in a match that if he lost he would have to retire thus winning the Intercontinental Championship after a hard-hitting match.
Batista - June 28th 2009
'The Animal' Batista claimed the WWE Intercontinental Championship in a hard-hitting match with high-flyer Rey Mysterio at the first-ever European Bash. Batista said it was his destiny to become a Triple Crown Champion, something he acheived, at the PPV. The defeat meant that Mysterio would have to leave RAW.
Randy Orton - July 26th 2009
'The Viper' Randy Orton captured the Intercontinental Championship from Batista in a match which featured four other combatants all vying for the prestigious championship belt. In an elimination style contest, Orton managed to eliminate three of his four opponents punting Bryan Danielson in the head to claim the gold for the second-time in his career.
Triple H - August 23rd 2009
'The Game' Triple H defeated 'The Viper' Randy Orton at SummerSlam 2009 to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship for a sixth time. After months of torment from Randy Orton including two nearly career-ending punts to the skull, Triple H hit Orton with two Pedigrees and captured the belt.
Paul Burchill - October 9th 2009
'The Ripper' Paul Burchill defeated 'The Game' Triple H on this edition of Friday Night SmackDown, just days after HHH had competed inside the Hell in a Cell structure. Burchill picked up the win after hitting Triple H with the Twisted Sister and the Curb Stomp. This marks Burchill's first-ever Intercontinental Championship and first-ever title in WWE.
WWE United States Championship (RAW)
Current Holder: The Miz
Title History from March 2009
MVP - March 20th 2009
MVP managed to dethrone the Gold Standard Shelton Benjamin to win this title belt.
John Morrison - April 6th 2009
With the draft in effect the night after WrestleMania 25, then RAW General Manager Vickie Guerrero presented a 'Welcome Mat' Battle Royal between six new RAW Superstars who found their new home after said draft and one happened to be MVP, the US Champion and the title belt was then put on the line.
After several minutes, the final two were champion MVP and John Morrison. Both men fought to the apron and Morrison blasted MVP with the Moonlight Drive from the apron to the floor and after much discussion and video evidence the replays were able to show MVP's feet touching the floor first rendering Morrison the new champion.
The Miz - July 26th 2009
It was The Miz who ended John Morrison's over three month reign with the United States Championship in a Fatal-Four-Way contest at Night of Champions. In a fast paced contest which featured Morrison, Kane and Tajiri. Miz was able to come out the other end as US Champion after delivering the Skull-Crushing Finale to Tajiri.
ECW Television Championship (ECW)
Current Holder: The Brian Kendrick
Title History from April 2009
The Brian Kendrick - April 14th 2009
The Brian Kendrick became the first-holder of the new ECW Television Championship after winning a Battle Royal on a tri-branded ECW, lastly eliminating Jeff Hardy.
WWE Tag Team Championships (RAW/SMACKDOWN/ECW)
Current Holders: Drew McIntyre and Chris Jericho
Title History from December 2008
John Morrison and The Miz - December 13th 2009
The innovative and athletic John Morrison and the cocky loudmouth The Miz defeated Kofi Kingston and CM Punk to win the gold.
Primo and Carlito - April 5th 2009
At WrestleMania 26, the tag team titles weren't the only things on the minds of John Morrison, The Miz, Primo and Carlito as the Bella Twins were another prize for picking up the victory. In this match Primo and Carlito came out victorious and won the twins too!
Big Show and Paul Burchill - May 11th 2009
Manchester, England was the venue in which Burchill and Show chose to challenge Primo and Carlito in a special tri-branded RAW offering from across the pond. One Twisted Sister later by Paul Burchill and he was able to pick up the win for this tandem.
Vacant - July 3rd 2009
On Sunday, June 28, the Big Show failed a WWE Wellness Test and was then forced to forfeit his WWE Tag Team belt. Paul Burchill was then forced to do the same due to his partners mistake. Burchill took offence to this assaulting Carlito and promising to retire The Big Show.
Evan Bourne and MVP - July 26th 2009
They might've had their differences in the past but they put that to one side at Night of Champions to capture the vacant WWE Tag Team Championships. In a Triple-Threat tag-team match featuring the Hart Dynasty and Carlito and Primo, it was always going to be hard to pick up the victory but after MVP laid out Tyson Kidd with the Drive-By Kick, Bourne brought himself into the contest, hitting the Shooting Star Press to give the Ballin' AirBourne team the victory.
Drew McIntyre and Chris Jericho - August 23rd 2009
It was a highly successful night inside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California at SummerSlam for Chris Jericho and Drew McIntyre. The tandem had been a thorn in the side of the ever-bickering Evan Bourne and MVP and managed the victory after Chris Jericho smashed Evan Bourne with the Codebreaker to win the belts.
WWE Undisputed Women's Championship (RAW/ECW/SMACKDOWN)
Current Holder: Maryse
Title History from January 2009
Melina - January 25th 2009
Just after her return from injury, Melina was able to dethrone the Most Dominant Diva, the Glamazon Beth Phoenix at the Royal Rumble.
Michelle McCool - June 7th 2009
Since WrestleMania 25, McCool and Melina have been pioneers of sorts for the Women's Division and solidified that when they competed in the first-ever Divas Ladder Match for the Women's title. The finish to this came when McCool gave Melina the Faith Breaker off of a Ladder to win the Women's title.
Melina - July 26th 2009
Melina wasn't ready to admit defeat in her quest to regain the WWE Women's Championship and admit defeat she did not. Melina had previously lost to Michelle McCool in Ladder and Table encounters but in this Singles contest, which Melina requested, she managed to dethrone McCool with her own move.
Melina hit the FaithBreaker on McCool to capture the Women's title for a fourth time in her career.
WWE Divas and Women's Championship's are unified creating a single Undisputed Women's Champion
Maryse - August 23rd 2009
For many months, people had questions Maryse's ability despite having an eight-month WWE Diva title reign but she proved all the doubters wrong at SummerSlam becoming the first Undisputed Women's Champion by defeating Melina, AJ and Michelle McCool.
WWE Divas Championship
Current Holder: Retired
Title History from December 2008
Michelle McCool - July 20th 2008
Michelle McCool became the first-ever holder of the Divas Championship at the Great American Bash defeating Natalya.
Maryse - December 26th 2008
Maryse defeated Michelle McCool with Maria as the Special Referee after the French Kiss.
Retired - August 23rd 2009
The Divas Championship was retired after Maryse unified the Divas and Women's Championships becoming the Undisputed Women's Champion.
WWE: JUDGMENT DAY
WWE: EXTREME RULES
WWE: THE EUROPEAN BASH
WWE: NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS
WWE: CYBER SUNDAY
WWE: HELL IN A CELL
WWE: NO MERCY
WWE: SURVIVOR SERIES
WWE: TABLES, LADDERS AND CHAIRS
WWE: ROYAL RUMBLE
WWE: ELIMINATION CHAMBER
MONDAY NIGHT RAW
- AJ Lee
- Alicia Fox
- Beth Phoenix
- Candice Michelle
- Caylen Croft
- Cody Rhodes
- Evan Bourne
- Gail Kim
- Jack Swagger
- Jerry Lawler
- Jillian Hall
- Jim Duggan
- Jim Ross
- John Cena
- John Morrison
- Kelly Kelly
- Kofi Kingston - WWE Champion
- Lillian Garcia
- Maryse - WWE Undisputed Women's Champion
- Mickie James
- Mr. Kennedy
- Mr. McMahon
- Rey Mysterio
- Shawn Michaels
- Ted DiBiase
- Trent Baretta
- The Miz - United States Champion
- The Undertaker - inactive due to an attack by Drew McIntyre and Chris Jericho.
- Tommy Dreamer
ECW ON SY-FY
- Beverly Mullins
- The Boogeyman
- David Hart Smith
- Dustin Rhodes
- Edge - ECW World Heavyweight Champion
- The Great Khali
- Jeff Hardy
- John "Bradshaw" Layfield
- Josh Matthews
- Rob Van Dam
- Ryan Braddock
- Shad Gaspard
- Sim Snuka
- The Brian Kendrick - ECW Television Champion
- Tiffany - ECW General Manager
- Tony Chimel
- Tyler Reks
- Tyson Kidd
- Wade Barrett
- William Regal
- Vladimir Kozlov
WWE FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN
- Alex Riley
- Big Show
- Bobby Lashley
- Bryan Danielson
- Brie Bella
- Chavo Guerrero
- Chris Jericho- WWE Tag Team Champion
- Chris Masters
- CM Punk
- Curt Hawkins
- Dolph Ziggler - World Heavyweight Champion
- Drew McIntyre - - WWE Tag Team Champion
- Eve Torres
- Hurricane Helms
- Jamie Noble
- Jenny Cash (Ziggler)
- Jimmy Wang Yang
- Justin Roberts
- Katie Lea Burchill
- Matt Hardy
- Matt Striker
- Michelle McCool
- Mick Foley
- Mike Knox
- Nikki Bella
- Paul Burchill -
- Randy Orton
- Santino Marella
- Theodore Long
- Triple H - WWE Intercontinental Champion
This looks very awesome. It is very well written so far. I personally can't wait for more. Keep it up, and I'll be reading!
The updates will be quick over the coming days as I had already started this elsewhere and need to catch up. You may notice that "Blackpool" under William Regal in the last post has a link to the place I started this thread. I honestly have no idea how that went there but I will edit it out.
Thanks PI! It's much appreciated and don't worry, I'll be looking for some SEX soon.
WWE WrestleMania 25
Money in the Bank Ladder Match
CM Punk vs. Finlay vs. Christian vs. MVP vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Mark Henry vs. Kane vs. Kofi Kingston
CM Punk became the winner of the Money in the Bank Ladder Match for the second year in a row. The Straight-Edge Superstar who successfully cashed in the briefcase last year to win the championship now has the chance to cash in the title anywhere at anyplace for up to one year. In a hard-hitting match which seen Kofi Kingston fly through and break a ladder and seen Christian hit a remarkable Killswitch on Mark Henry off of a ladder. Punk was able to retrieve the case after he slammed Shelton Benjamin with a knee to the jaw which ensured Benjamin would fall to the mat giving Punk the victory.
Winner and Mr. Money in the Bank at 17:20: CM Punk
Lumberjack Match to unify the WWE and World Tag Team Championships.
The Miz and Morrison (World) vs. Primo and Carlito (WWE)
Primo and Carlito Colon were able to become the first ever Unified Tag Team Champions when they defeated John Morrison and the Miz in a heated Lumberjack match. The high-flying aerial offense of Primo and Carlito got them off to a great start when a Springboard Elbow sent John Morrison out of the ring into a trio of superstars which included the monster Mike Knox. Carlito also found himself on the receiving end of a DDT from Dolph Ziggler nearer the end of the contest. Carlito was able to slip out of a powerslam and hit the Backstabber on the way down from escaping the move getting the win for the duo and effectively splitting up Miz and Morrison after Morrison’s move to RAW/
Winner and Unified Tag Team Champions at 9:02: Primo and Carlito Colon
Twenty-Five Diva Battle Royal to Crown Miss. WrestleMania
Tiffany vs. Brie Bella vs. Nikki Bella vs. Alicia Fox vs. Women’s Champion Melina vs. Divas Champion Maryse vs. Mickie James vs. Michelle McCool vs. Sunny vs. Eve Torres vs. Natalya vs. Kelly Kelly vs. Rosa Mendes vs. Gail Kim vs. Joy Giovanni vs. Miss Jackie vs. Torrie Wilson vs. Katie Lea vs. Maria vs. Victoria vs. Molly Holly vs. Santino Marella vs. Beth Phoenix vs. Layla vs. Jillian Hall
Melina became Miss. WrestleMania when she eliminated Divas Champion Maryse. In a fun-filled battle royal we seen Santino Marella dressed as a woman eliminated in the first ten seconds when the divas came to the quick realization that it was indeed Santino and they ganged up on him. In some interesting notes from the Battle Royal, Michelle McCool eliminated the most divas, eliminating a total of eleven divas including a former Womens Champion in Victoria. In the end, Maryse eliminated title-challenger Michelle McCool and it came down to Women’s Champion Melina and the French star. Melina was able to hit her finisher before bundling Maryse out. Melina has certainly one-upped her new brandmate in this Battle Royal. Afterwards Melina received her Miss WrestleMania crown much to the envy of Maryse.
Winner and Miss. WrestleMania at 6:01: Women’s Champion Melina
Legends Elimination Match
Ricky Steamboat, Rowdy Roddy Piper and Jimmy Snuka vs. Chris Jericho
The presence of Mickey Rourke, the star of ‘The Wrestler’ at ringside did not deter Chris Jericho from the task at hand. The man who has insulted many legends for months was finally put to the test by three of the biggest legends in Sports Entertainment, Ricky Steamboat, Roddy Piper and Jimmy Snuka. Jericho quickly eliminated both Roddy Piper and Jimmy Snuka through the Walls of Jericho and after a few impressive moves by Steamboat Jericho was able to hit the Codebreaker to win. Ric Flair then got into the ring, confronting Jericho but was also given a Codebreaker. Mickey Rourke got into the ring and caught Jericho cold with a punch that made Y2J stagger but Jericho came back with a right of his own and a Codebreaker to Rourke to the boos of the crowd.
Winner at 7:53: Chris Jericho
Extreme Rules Match
Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy
Going into this match, both brothers knew that this would be their one and only chance to get their hands on each other because of the draft that seen Jeff Hardy go to ECW. Unless Matt gets drafted to ECW then these two will not be able to tangle until the next draft. The two brothers went all out, trash cans, steel chairs, ladders and even a picture of the two brothers were smashed over each others lead. It looked like Matt would pick up the victory over Jeff when Jeff missed a leapfrog over a twenty foot ladder onto Matt but Jeff fought back landed a Twist of Fate inside a chair to Matt and then climbed a Ladder landing a huge Swanton Bomb to get the victory.
Winner at 15:12: Jeff Hardy
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match + Rey’s career is on the line!
JBL © vs. Rey Mysterio
JBL had promised something historic at WrestleMania but he couldn’t deliver it, before the match he came to the ring telling everyone that he had spoken to General Manager Vickie Guerrero last week and that they had spoke about Rey. JBL said that Rey cost JBL his career a few years ago and prevented him another World title reign, JBL said that Vickie felt that this was unacceptable and that the pain that Rey had brought to her husband Edge and nephew Chavo Guerrero was unacceptable. JBL said he took the opportunity to ask Vickie if she could add a stipulation to the match, being that if Rey lost he would have to retire. JBL came close to ending Rey’s career on more than one occasion but Rey was finally able to put the Longhorn away with a 619 and Splash.
Winner and NEW Intercontinental Champion at 7:34: Rey Mysterio
The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels
These two put on a twenty-five minute classic in front of over 70,000 people at the Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. The match had it all as both stars battled away, Undertaker coming close to suffering injury at one point in the match with a dive over the top rope. Usually, a Tombstone Piledriver would have made it 17-0 for the Deadman but Shawn Michaels surprisingly kicked out, it was also a surprise when the Phenom kicked out of a Superkick from Michaels. In the end Taker’ made it 17-0 when he was caught from a Moonsault and given the Tombstone. Unless HBK is drafted in the Supplemental Draft tonight, it is a safe bet for this feud to continue.
Winner at 25:58 and 17-0 at WrestleMania: The Undertaker
The Hall of Fame Class of 2009 were brought out onto the stage. After a few moments one member of the class, Stone Cold Steve Austin came out on his four wheeler. Austin enters the ring and has a few beers before “Kennedy” hits, the crowd go crazy for the returning Kennedy and he gets into the ring. Kennedy speaks about how he respects Stone Cold and he thanks him for all the help he has given him. Suddenly, Kennedy hits Austin with the Mike Check and the cheers are replaced with thunderous boos. JR is screaming about how this is sickening, Kennedy opens a beer and pours it all over the back of Austin. Kennedy then shouts I used to respect you to Austin before stomping on his back. Kennedy then leaves the ring on the four wheeler to more boos as Austin is laying on the mat, knocked out.
World Heavyweight Championship Match
Edge © vs. John Cena vs. Big Show
All of this came about because of the love triangle between Edge, Big Show and Vickie Guerrero. John Cena cleverly earned his way into the match but still came up empty-handed. In a huge Triple Threat match which seen John Cena lift both Edge and Big Show onto his shoulders at one point contained everything but at the end it was Edge who managed to hold on to his World Heavyweight Championship when The Ultimate Opportunist capitalized after Show had hit Cena with the Chokeslam. Realizing he can’t be DQ’s Edge hit Show with his title belt before spearing the seven foot giant. Edge then pinned John Cena to ensure he kept the gold.
Winner and STILL World Heavyweight Champion at 15:34: Edge
ECW World Championship Match
Jack Swagger © vs. Evan Bourne
For only the second time, the ECW World Championship was defended at WrestleMania when Jack Swagger, the defending champion made his first appearance on the grandest stage against Evan Bourne, another making his first WrestleMania appearance. Both men delivered and excited the crowd and the Houston fans were well and truly behind Evan Air-Bourne. Bourne even managed to hit his legendary Shooting Star Press but Swagger managed to kick out. In the end Swagger was able to land the Gutwrench Powerbomb to pick up the victory and become the first person to successfully retain the ECW Championship at WrestleMania.
Winner and STILL ECW World Champion at 10:11: Jack Swagger
WWE Championship Match
Triple H © vs. Randy Orton
It seemed on last week that there was a possibility Randy Orton would take the WWE Championship to RAW if he won the gold tonight but last Monday on RAW the Legend Killer was drafted from RAW to SmackDown meaning that no matter the outcome it would stay on SmackDown, unless Triple H had managed to retain and was drafted to RAW or ECW in the Supplemental Draft. It was Orton standing tall at the end of the night with the WWE Championship, Orton managed the victory when he punted Triple H much like he had done to Vince and Shane McMahon. Triple H had trouble fighting off Legacy which allowed the punt.
Winner and NEW WWE Champion at 21:11: Randy Orton
I actually don't want to look at the other site because I don't want to be spoiled. I really like you vision for you WMXXV should've panned out. I'm really interested in what you have planned, namely for the retaining World Heavyweight Champion Edge and the returning Ken Kennedy.
PS: You know where to get sex whenever you want it, Big Daddy.
This looks very solid man, I really liked how your Wrestlemania played out, not too different from the real thing but the changes were enough for me. I think I actually like the fact that the ECW Title got a high spot on the card, which is a great idea, it gives the title that much needed status with the elevation on the biggets card of the year. I had a feeling Orton would win the WWE Title after Edge was the first draft pick, it made sense...
All up this looks really good man, keep it up and I look forward to what comes next hoping to all hell that your Backlash is ten times better than the real WWE's, which I am sure it will be.....
Thanks for the comments guys, I will return them.
On WWE Monday Night RAW, the WWE was “shook up” as it where as the WWE Draft 2009 took place just six days before WrestleMania. On the Draft each WWE Brand was permitted five superstars who would be drafted to the show randomly. WWE.com announced before Monday Night RAW that after RAW there would be a one hour and a half long Supplemental Draft where fifteen superstars would be drafted, one for every ten minutes just thirty minutes after WrestleMania. This meant that just like what happened on RAW that Monday Night RAW, Tuesday Night ECW and Friday Night SmackDown! would all receive five draft picks. It was also announced that tag teams would be drafted together and not separately. The Supplemental Draft results are as follows:
Supplemental Draft Results
Drafted to Monday Night RAW
1. Montel Vontavious Porter
The former WWE Tag Team Champion and current United States Champion makes his way over to the RAW brand taking his newly-won gold with him just a few hours after narrowly missing out on the briefcase in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match. MVP, who only recently broke a long losing streak on SmackDown. MVP is delighted to be going to the place where “Big things are poppin’ and little things are stopping.’ And the champ is sure to make an impact on Monday Night RAW.
2. Mr. Kennedy
After a huge draft pick from SmackDown, RAW was boosted by another pick from the blue brand. Just as SmackDown began healing it’s wounds ten minutes ago when MVP left, another major star Mr. Kennedy, who just returned tonight taking out Stone Cold Steve Austin is moving to Monday nights. Kennedy, who has really made a name for himself on SmackDown will be looking to do the same on RAW and not just by shouting his surname twice.
3. Mark Henry and Tony Atlas
For their third pick, RAW took a superstar from the ECW brand through the random WWE Supplemental Draft generator and that superstar is certainly a big acquisition for the RAW brand. Mark Henry will now be taking names on the RAW brand alongside his manager Tony Atlas. The former ECW World Champion will most likely be looking to add Edge’s World Heavyweight Championship to his list of Heavyweight titles and if his strong showing in tonight’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match is anything to go by then he will be a force to be reckoned with.
RAW dipped back into SmackDown for their fourth pick when it was revealed that WWE Divas Champion Maryse would be moving to Monday Night RAW. The move of Maryse to RAW means that she has switched places with WWE Women’s Champion Melina who was drafted to RAW last week. Maryse, the “Sexiest of the Sexy” is sure to turn heads on RAW.
5. DJ Gabriel and Alicia Fox
One diva has left SmackDown and now one diva has left the Land of Extreme, the dancing partner of DJ Gabriel has now moved to RAW alongside her partner DJ Gabriel due to the ruling in the Supplemental Draft where tag teams will be moved together, a different ruling to the draft on RAW when partners were not allowed to move .
Drafted to Tuesday Night ECW
1. The Great Khali and Ranjin Singh
It doesn’t get any bigger than this for ECW in there first draft pick of the evening, in terms of size anyway. For their first pick they received the Punjabi Playboy The Great Khali and his manager Ranjin Singh. Khali, who has wowed audiences across the country with his Khali Kiss Cam is now bringing the show over to Monday Night RAW. Khali, a former World Heavyweight Champion will be looking to also put that title around his waist again much like he did in the year 2007.
2. Shad Gaspard and JTG
Everyone on the ECW roster has been given fair warning before Tuesday’s ECW, hide all of their belongings because Shad Gaspard and JTG are coming to the Land of Extreme. Cryme Tyme will be looking to make a splash on ECW much like The Miz and Morrison did over the last year. Gaspard and JTG who were participants in the Unified Tag Championship Lumberjack match will no doubt be targeting Carlito and Primo whenever the duo, who can appear on any brand as champions make a pit stop on ECW.
3. The Brian Kendrick and Ezekiel Jackson
The draft keeps getting bigger and better for ECW as they have drafted another duo, in a Supplemental Draft were you only get five picks, ECW have managed six on their third pick due to the ruling that tag teams must be drafted together and well The Brian Kendrick and Ezekiel Jackson are a tag team and they have been drafted from Friday Night’s to Tuesday nights. Ezekiel Jackson has recently expressed his desire to get into the ring and will look to do that on ECW.
4. Dolph Ziggler
"Hi… my name is Dolph Ziggler.” I don’t think anyone needs reminding of who Dolph Ziggler is, he has probably introduced himself to the ECW roster already so there won’t be a welcoming party this Tuesday because Dolph is moving over to the ECW brand. Ziggler, who impressed on his debut against “The Animal” Batista, and in matches over the past few weeks will be looking to introduce himself as a champion soon on ECW.
5. Sim Snuka
The wrestler formerly known as Deuce and now Sim Snuka, the adopted son of legendary Hall of Fame star Jimmy Snuka is now moving to the ECW brand. Snuka, who was briefly a part of Randy Orton’s Legacy group is a former WWE Tag Champion and his finisher, the Crack Em’ in the Mouth is sure to crack the glass ceiling as it where so that Snuka can become the ECW World Champion.[/font]
Drafted to Friday Night SmackDown!
Talk about a shocker, he may be injured but he is not ineligible from the draft and in the Supplemental Draft, “The Animal” Batista has been drafted to his former home on Friday nights, SmackDown! If Randy Orton could take one positive with him to SmackDown, the home of WWE Champion Triple H it was that he wouldn’t have to face the consequences of his actions when he punted Batista the night after Armageddon, now Batista is ready to go and will be after Randy Orton. Will Batista show up Friday?
2. Paul and Katie Lea Burchill
Over the past few weeks and months, Paul Burchill and his sister Katie Lea have worked on the ECW brand putting in some impressive performances, now the duo will visit their third brand since Paul Burchill’s re-debut, SmackDown. Burchill who has serious intentions of grabbing a Number One Contender spot to the WWE Championship is a ruthless competitor from Chelsea, England as is Katie who is a vicious vixen who is looking to challenge for Melina’s Women’s Championship gold. The duo, no doubt will make an impact.
3. Jamie Noble
Jamie Noble always has a way of putting his foot in his mouth, he did it on RAW, he did it on ECW and in the past he has done it on Friday Night SmackDown. Noble, a former Cruiserweight Champion is a tough competitor in the ring but often finds himself in the squared circle with Kane or Mark Henry because he put his foot in his mouth in segments with the monsters and his true talent doesn’t come out. On SmackDown he will be able to show his true talent.
4. Kofi Kingston
At the beginning of the WrestleMania broadcast earlier tonight, the Jamaican Sensation Kofi Kingston put in a fantastic performance and came ever so close to securing himself a WWE Championship opportunity at any time in the near future. We see WWE Championship because he is now a SmackDown superstar, Kofi Kingston is a former World Tag Champion and Intercontinental Champion and will have his eyes set on championship gold in the future.
5. Rey Mysterio
619 is back on Friday nights! Just when it looked like SmackDown would be left with just three titles after MVP was drafted at the start of the Supplemental Draft taking his United States Championship with him, the last pick of the draft will now see WWE Intercontinental Champion Rey Mysterio bring his gold back to his former stomping grounds on Friday night. Rey, who achieved his biggest success winning the World Heavyweight Championship on SmackDown will no doubt be a tough challenge to anyone looking to win the Intercontinental Championship.
And that does it for the WWE Supplemental Draft and the annual WWE Draft. There have been some HUGE changes over the past couple of days and be sure to tune into Monday Night RAW live from Houston, Texas for the fall-out of a spectacular WrestleMania!
WWE Monday Night RAW Preview
Number One Contender
The WWE Universe is just one day removed from WWE WrestleMania 25, a night which seen it all, it truly was a blockbuster but as the dust settles on the extravaganza, WWE Monday Night RAW is sure to be another blockbuster as we will see a new Number One Contender this Monday on RAW. Edge, the World Heavyweight Champion who retained his gold last night at WrestleMania will defend his title at Backlash against the winner of a huge Fatal Four Way Elimination style match in the Main Event. The participants in the match, John Cena, Chris Jericho, Shawn Michaels and new member of the RAW roster, The Undertaker will all be looking to get a shot at Edge’s gold, especially John Cena. Who will become the Number One Contender on RAW?
Disrespecting a Hall of Famer
Last night at WrestleMania, Stone Cold Steve Austin who was part of the 2009 Hall of Fame Class surprised many in the Reliant Stadium when he came out on his four wheeler to have a final beer with the WWE Universe as his official goodbye to professional wrestling and the WWE, as Austin was celebrating in the ring the familiar theme song of Mr. Kennedy hit the speakers and Kennedy came onto the stage making his return from injury. Kennedy, who at the beginning of his career received a lot of advice from Steve Austin and who was a great friend of Stone Austin entered the ring and the crowd in attendance cheered as Kennedy respected Austin telling him that to his face. Then, the Reliant Stadium fell silent as Kennedy hit Austin with the Mike Check leaving the Hall of Famer motionless on the mat and then showed complete disrespect by pouring beer on Austin’s back. The silence was replaced by deafening boos. One night removed from that incident, Kennedy who was drafted to RAW in the Supplemental Draft will address his actions tonight on RAW.
Welcome to RAW
In the WWE Draft over the weekend, many changes occurred and many new faces came to Monday Night RAW. On RAW, a handful of they draft picks will make their debut in a six-man battle royal including WWE United States Champion MVP, Mark Henry, DJ Gabriel, Evan Bourne, Shelton Benjamin and John Morrison and it is for MVP’s WWE United States Championship. This is a huge way for a draft pick to introduce himself on RAW by winning the gold and a chance for MVP to cement his status as a truly great competitor by retaining his United States Championship. The winner of this match will surely go down as one of the best picks for RAW in this draft so be sure to tune in and find out who that is.
WWE RAW fans could barely contain their excitement when they learned that Divas Champion Maryse was leaving SmackDown and coming to RAW. The self-proclaimed “Sexiest of the Sexy” will look to make a mark on her debut on Monday night when she goes one-on-one with one of RAW’s best divas, four-time Women’s Champion, Mickie James. Can Maryse make the point that she is a great diva or will Mickie manage to take down the Sultry Diva?
For those wondering, Wrestlecircle.com is a fictional website.
Wrestling News and Notes
April 6th 2009
-- We are being told that The Undertaker was less than pleased upon hearing he was to be drafted to RAW. Undertaker was informed with less than an hour until showtime and requested a meeting with Vince McMahon. Both men emerged from what is being described as a “heated” meeting with smiles on their faces and the air seemed to be cleared as it where. Eventually, the Undertaker agreed to move to RAW but has told several friends in the WWE Locker Room that he will be having some very “serious” discussions with Vince McMahon over the coming days regarding his position and future in the company.
(Don’t miss The Wrestle Circle’s weekly newsletter where the whole newsletter will be dedicated to this breaking news. After Friday Night SmackDown the issue will be released to all subscribers.)
-- Vince McMahon spoke about his desire to bring some big names over to ECW to boost the ratings. He also felt that the ECW Championship wasn’t considered as a “World” championship and has called for it to be defended higher up the card at Pay-Per-View events which explains its slot right in between the World Heavyweight and WWE Championship matches. Vince was ecstatic with the match between Evan Bourne and Jack Swagger and is calling for a rematch this Tuesday on ECW as Evan’s farewell match.
-- Jeff Hardy was said to be upbeat following his move to ECW, he even thanked Vince McMahon personally saying that he felt this was a fresh new challenge for him. Jeff, who defeated his brother Matt at WrestleMania 25 released a comment through WWE’s AT&T service to his brother saying: “You were on ECW, you became champion, I go to ECW, I will become champion.”
-- There are talks of bringing a second title onto the ECW brand and the most likely path is to revive the ECW Television Championship that was used on the older ECW. The belt, which was stolen from the ECW Locker Room will come back with a new design and is basically the equivalent of the US and IC Championships that SmackDown and RAWhave respectively.
-- We can officially confirm that Rob Van Dam has re-signed with World Wrestling Entertainment. Van Dam, who has been helping his wife recently through her cancer battle is set to return on the ECW brand as a replacement of sorts for high flying Evan Bourne. RVD is one of the potential people to become the first ever holder of WWE’s ECW TV Championship.
-- Along with Rob Van Dam, Sabu has also re-signed with the company. Terry Brunk who wrestles under the name met with Vince McMahon in Stamford, Connecticut to work out a deal. Sabu, who worked with the WWE in 2006 through to May 2007 signed the deal following intense neogiations. We are hearing a rumour that Sabu may have a reduced schedule to spend more time with his wife but we cannot confirm that.
-- Hulk Hogan has signed a one month contract with TNA Wrestling. Hogan, who is currently in a divorce battle with his ex-wife Linda Hogan is set to lose a lot of his assets after the divorce and is looking to sign on with TNA for a small time to get some more money in. Hogan recently talked with WWE before WrestleMania for a one-match deal but nothing came about. The reduced schedule will suit Hogan, Hogan is expected to work with Jeff Jarrett bringing back their history in their angle in Japan and for this month, for now, he is the top earner in the company.
-- Jillian Hall suffered an injury at WrestleMania Axcess, Hall apparently sprained her wrist and as a precautionary measure she will not be on RAW this week although she wasn’t pencilled in to appear anyway. The general feeling is that she and a few others will be released in the next talent purge.
This looks really good, man. Expect a review when you've written your first show, dude.
Thanks too Fresh Prince
Thanks CoolStuff, your comment is appreciated.
Again, depending on what skin you use, I think it's mainly with the PW Main Page Skin that I use, the text will come up black and will blend in with the background. If that happens, I apologize and I'd appreciate it if you could either highlight the text or change skin for the time it takes to read the show, thanks.
Well, here it is, WWE RAW, I hope you all read and if you do I hope you all enjoy it, I have decided to try something different this week which some may like and others might not but it’s worth a try. I will return any reviews given and remember, all reviews are appreciated. Sorry for the lack of colour, I finished this and went to add in the colour at the end but my brother’s laptop doesn’t have a proper mouse like it used to so adding all the colour takes its time.
WWE Monday Night RAW
Live from the Toyota Center - April 6th 2009
"Rated R Raw"
(The commercial for WWE Superstars which makes its debut one week on Thursday has just finished and the WWE logo flashes onto the screen, it stays there for a few seconds before disappearing and it is replaced with the WrestleMania logo. We get the video package which aired last night on PPV with “Shoot to Thrill” and “Touched” by ACDC and Vast respectively accompanying it. We see the major moments from the show including CM Punk picking up the Money in the Bank briefcase, the Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels in a classic encounter and Randy Orton becoming the WWE Champion. The screen fades out and then the WWE Draft logo pops onto the screen and we see graphics from last week’s RAW were we see the major draft picks, we then get the WWE Supplemental Draft logo followed by the Supplemental Draft picks that took place on WWE.com, the screen fades to black again and then “To Be Loved” sounds and the RAW introduction package plays with the new superstars including Mr. Kennedy, MVP and Undertaker in the new video. The video finishes and we go inside the Toyota Centre in Houston, Texas were everything is quiet for a moment but then fireworks explode from the stage and the crowd go crazy, a large pyrotechnics display continues on the stage and then finishes with one last big bang before the camera pans the sold out crowd who hold up signs which include “WrestleMania Rocked!”, “CM Punk”, “Taker is RAW” and the fans are screaming at the top of their lungs. At this point the camera pans down to RAW’s announce team, Michael Cole and Jerry “The King” Lawler who smile into the camera.)
Michael Cole: “Hello everyone just one night removed from WrestleMania we are live from the Toyota Centre in Houston, Texas and we welcome you to a new era here on Monday Night RAW.”
Jerry Lawler: “A new era indeed Michael, can you believe everything that has happened over the past week? We had a huge WWE Draft last week, a blockbuster WrestleMania and a huge WWE Supplemental Draft just hours later and I don’t know if the WWE Universe will be able to contain the excitement as tonight is sure to be just as big.”
Michael Cole: “Tonight, we get the fallout from the blockbuster twenty-fifth anniversary of WrestleMania where World Heavyweight Champion Edge ensured that the World title would stay on RAW but he won’t get much rest because tonight in a Fatal Four Way, Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho, John Cena and new member of the RAW roster... The Undertaker will be competing in an Elimination style match for a number one contender spot.”
Jerry Lawler: “I can’t wait Michael and tonight we see a face-to-face confrontation between The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels just twenty-four hours removed from their classic encounter at WrestleMania.”
(The camera focuses on the stage and then “Metalingus” by Alterbridge sounds on the speaker system and the crowd begin booing loudly as the smoke fills the stage, the World Heavyweight Champion comes onto the stage wearing his normal ring attire and a t-shirt. He has the World Championship around his waist, he takes a few steps down the ramp-way and takes the belt from his waist and raises it high into the air with both hands as pyrotechnics go off behind him. He puts it on his shoulder and continues walking down the ramp.)
Lillian Garcia: “Please welcome... the World Heavyweight Champion... The Rated ‘R’ Superstar... Edge!!”
(Edge walks up the steel stairs and then walks across the apron before entering the ring. He takes a microphone from Lillian Garcia, takes a breath and then puts the microphone to his lips with “Edge Sucks” ringing in his ears.)
Edge: “Last night after WrestleMania I got back to my hotel room and I sat on my bed and I realized something... I am still your World Heavyweight Champion.”
(Edge smiles wickedly as the crowd begin booing even louder than before.)
Edge: “The fact is, I am the World Heavyweight Champion, the best in this company today.”
(The crowd boo louder still.)
Edge: “I spoke with my lovely wife Vickie Guerrero last night and we agreed that it would be best if we went our separate ways so that we could fully concentrate on our respective jobs so that we could be as successful as possible, it was very emotional and I feel a tear coming to my eye as I speak because I love Vickie and...”
(“My Time Is Now” hits the speakers and the crowd go absolutely crazy for John Cena. Cena comes onto the stage taunting and runs to both sides of the stage taunting some more as Edge looks less than impressed in the ring. Cena has a microphone in his hand and stares at Edge before taking it to his lips speaking in an extravagant voice.)
John Cena: “Oh... and I spoke with Vickie and oh my God... it was so emotional! (pretends crying)... I love you Vickie!”
(The crowd cheer as Cena speaks again, with Edge still less than impressed, Cena this time speaks in his normal voice.)
John Cena: “Edge...”
(Cena walks down the ramp-way, walks up the stairs and climbs into the ring.)
John Cena: “Edge, you know what, I really don’t care what you and Vickie do, you see in wrestling there are TWO things that I care about... these people... (Cheers)... and that on your shoulder, the World Heavyweight Championship. I’m not coming out here after a defeat to complain, I’m not like you Edge (Cheers), I lost and I am willing to accept that, suck it up and re-evaluate the situation. Right now, you are World Champion but come Backlash one of four men will challenge you for that title, you could be facing Chris Jericho (Boos), Shawn Michaels (Huge Cheer), The Undertaker (Huge Cheer) or you, Edge, could be facing me.”
(The crowd cheer very loudly at this as Edge doesn’t look happy.)
Edge: “Cena, it doesn’t matter who I face because come Backlash the result will always be the same, I will walk out World Heavyweight Champion. If it is you Cena, if you do win that Fatal Four Way Elimination Match, I’ll beat you like I have done so many times before.”
(The crowd boo loudly as Cena smiles, he takes off his hat and throws it to the crowd and goes to speak but Edge stops him.)
Edge: “Oh, Cena, let me ask you something... do you remember that time I cashed in the Money in the Bank briefcase and won your WWE Championship? (Boos) Or the time I beat you in your own home town?”
(Cena smiles again and takes off his shirt this time throwing it to the crowd, it seems he is getting angrier every second before seeming to calm down a little.)
John Cena: “You know what, it isn’t worth it Edge, that is the past, this is the present, now you can run your mouth all night long but I have a match to prepare for... champ!”
(John Cena goes to leave but Edge speaks just as Cena touches the ropes.)
Edge: “Or... the time I broke into your house and assaulted your father... that is one of the highlights of my career, the way he was screaming, pleading for his son but John, you couldn’t be the hero, could you? I loved hitting your defenceless father over and over again, beating him to a bloody pulp.”
(Cena snaps this time and turns around and tackles Edge to the ground hammering him with right hands, Edge manages to escape out of the ring. Cena isn’t satisfied and chases Edge up the ramp area, Edge runs behind the curtain and Cena follows, the camera returns to the announce table.)
Michael Cole: “John Cena has snapped King, as soon as Edge mentioned Cena’s father Cena went after Edge, we need a camera back there.”
Jerry Lawler: “I can’t believe what I am seeing.”
(Finally, we get a camera in the backstage area and the two are fighting again, Edge kicks Cena’s knee and Cena falls to one knee, Edge then kicks Cena in the face knocking the former champion down. Edge runs down the hall as Cena gets back to his feet, Edge runs through a set of double doors into the parking lot, the camera pans to Cena inside the arena making his way to the doors, he is now outside and looks around and can’t see Edge, suddenly he sees a car leaving the parking lot and chases after it, just then from behind Edge cracks Cena with a lead pipe. Cena is knocked out. Edge opens the trunk of a nearby car and drags Cena up and into it. He closes the trunk and then locks it. Edge laughs wickedly picking up his title from the ground and placing it over his shoulder. He cockily walks to the car door and enters it. We see the car then reverse out of the parking space and then out of the parking lot.)
Michael Cole: “Oh my! Edge has just dragged John Cena into the trunk of that vehicle and has left the arena with Cena in the back of his car.”
Jerry Lawler: “I’m speechless Michael, what does this mean for tonight? Effectively, Edge has kidnapped John Cena right here on RAW.
Michael Cole: “Welcome back to the longest-running episodic show in television history, Monday Night RAW and just moments ago, we witnessed the sickening actions of Edge who attacked John Cena with a lead pipe and bundled him into the back of his vehicle before leaving the arena.”
Jerry Lawler: “We believe that WWE Cameramen are in hot pursuit of Edge’s vehicle, right now we can’t say anymore but as soon as we have the chance to take you to any of the action outside of the arena tonight, we will.”
Six Man Over the Top Rope Battle Royal
Evan Bourne vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Mark Henry vs. DJ Gabriel vs. John Morrison vs. United States Champion MVP
(The camera pans into the ring where Lillian Garcia is standing smiling into the camera, she lifts the microphone up to her mouth.)
Lillian Garcia: “The following contest is a Six-Man Over the Top Rope Battle Royal which will see six new RAW superstars compete and it is for the WWE United States Championship.”
(“Just Dance” by Lady Gaga hits on the sound speaker to the surprise of the crowd in attendance as DJ Gabriel comes dancing onto the stage with Alicia Fox to little reaction. They continue down the ramp dancing and clapping fans hands.)
Lillian Garcia: “Introducing first, from Wokingham, England weighing in at 220lbs and accompanied by Alicia Fox… D…J… Gabriel!”
(Gabriel and Fox enter the ring and dance some more, there are actually a few boos from the crowd now.)
Michael Cole: “Don’t be fooled by DJ Gabriel, sure he likes to dance and have fun but when he gets into the ring he is a tough competitor. Could DJ become only the third ever person outside the United States to hold this championship since its inception in wrestling in 1975.”
Jerry Lawler: “Gabriel is a great athlete Michael, he was one of the best graduates from WWE’s training camp and he is sure to be a threat in this match and what better way to introduce yourself than winning championship gold?”
(“Some Bodies Gonna’ Get It” hits next and the crowd begin booing the Silverback Mark Henry. Henry comes onto the stage with Tony Atlas by his side, he signals on the stage that the United States Championship will be around his waist.)
Lillian Garcia: “Introducing next, from Silsbee, Texas weighing in at 380lbs… being accompanied to the ring by Tony Atlas… “The World’s Strongest Man”… Mark Henry!”
(Henry and Atlas enter the ring and taunt some more to the boos of the crowd in attendance.)
Michael Cole: “The World’s Strongest Man is a sure-fire favourite in this match King, Henry who enjoyed a very successful run on ECW where he won the ECW World Championship is now on RAW and looking to add the United States Championship to his list of titles.”
Jerry Lawler: “Mark Henry is my pick Michael, he is the World’s Strongest Man and I wouldn’t want to try and put him over the ropes out of the match.”
(“Ain’t No Stoppin’ Me Now” blasts out of the sound speakers and the crowd begin raining boos on the former United States Champion. The pyrotechnics go off on the stage as Benjamin appears wearing his usual gold attire. Benjamin continues down the ramp.)
Lillian Garcia: “Introducing next, from Orangeburg, South Carolina weighing in at 248lbs… “The Gold Standard”… Shelton Benjamin!”
(Benjamin enters the ring and stares at Gabriel and then Henry before climbing onto the turnbuckle and taunting some more.”
Michael Cole: “Shelton Benjamin is so quick, so agile and is sure to be a threat in this contest. He can leap from out of nowhere and surprise you and that could play a huge factor in this match.”
Jerry Lawler: “Shelton Benjamin feels that the title he lost to MVP is still rightfully his and that MVP should not be holding it. Benjamin could well become champion again tonight on his return to Monday Night RAW.”
(“Air Bourne” sounds next and the crowd give their second loudest cheer of the night, behind John Cena to Evan Bourne. Bourne runs onto the stage doing his signature taunt and then pyrotechnics go off behind him. He continues down the ramp slapping the fans hands along the way.)
Lillian Garcia: “Making his way to the ring from St. Louis Missouri weighing 183lbs... Evan Bourne!”
(Bourne enters the ring and does his taunt once more as the crowd cheer him loudly.)
Michael Cole: “If you haven’t been watching ECW in recent weeks then you have been missing out on Evan Bourne, one of the most exciting young superstars in all of the WWE and continues to entertain week after week right here in the WWE.”
Jerry Lawler: “Evan Bourne is famous for that Shooting Star Press of his that has won him several matches on ECW and his high flying aerial ability might just be enough to secure a win here in this Battle Royal.”
(Next, “Ain’t No Make Believe” sounds out of the speaker as John Morrison quickly taunts at the stage, when he throws his arm in the air a firework screeches down from above much like what the Dudley Boys used to have, it explodes on the stage and Morrison emerges from the smoke.)
Lillian Garcia: “Introducing next, from Hollywood, California weighing in at 219lbs... John Morrison!”
(Morrison enters the ring and taunts some more.)
Michael Cole: “I do not think I have seen a more athletically gifted wrestler than John Morrison. The former WWE and World Tag Team Champion and former ECW and Intercontinental Champion is certainly one to watch.”
(Finally, “I’m Coming” blasts out of the speakers and the inflatable tunnel of MVP’s makes its return, he pops out of it to loud cheers doing his signature pose. He continues down the ramp, stops, taunts and throws his arms out as fire shoots up from the podium. MVP takes his United States Championship from his waist and raises it in the air.)
Lillian Garcia: “Introducing the final participant, from Miami, Florida weighing in at 249lbs... he is the WWE United States Champion... Montel Vontavious Porter... M... V... P!”
(MVP rolls into the ring and taunts some more at the ropes, he turns around and puts his United States Championship right up to the face of Mark Henry.)
Michael Cole: “Montel Vontavious Porter, MVP the current United States Champion has been on a roll since breaking that losing streak of his on SmackDown and King, right now, in my opinion MVP is better than he has ever been.”
Jerry Lawler: “I can’t disagree with you Michael, but there is a lot at stake here tonight, that US Championship is on the line and you have to wonder whether MVP will be able to cope under the pressure tonight.”
(DJ Gabriel runs right at Mark Henry but falls to the mat after running into him to the crowd’s laughter. Henry smirks as the others watch on, DJ is then lifted and flung from the ring over the top rope and is now eliminated from the contest.)
Elimination: DJ Gabriel
Michael Cole: “Well, DJ Gabriel didn’t get the best of welcomes here on RAW, he was flung out in seconds by Mark Henry.”
(DJ Gabriel looks shocked on the outside before making his way backstage, in the ring John Morrison hits Evan Bourne with a kick upside the head. Shelton Benjamin ducks under a Mark Henry clothesline and then takes out MVP with a clothesline of his own. Benjamin then jumps onto the ropes and lands a Springboard Elbow on the World’s Strongest Man which makes Henry stagger back. Henry is then taken down with a chop block by John Morrison. Henry is on his knees and Benjamin drops the big man with a DDT. Morrison and Benjamin try to lift Henry to his feet and they are helped by Bourne and MVP, soon they get Henry to his feet and begin pushing him over to the ropes, Bourne leaves the group and bounces off of the ropes, the others are holding Henry’s legs trying to push him over when Evan Bourne comes flying in with his knees smashing into Henry’s face which sends both of them crashing to the floor. Bourne however has landed on Henry and both feet have not touched the floor, he grabs the apron, standing on Henry before re-entering the ring.)
Elimination: Mark Henry
Jerry Lawler: “Well, there goes my favourite for this match but Evan Bourne took a huge risk with those knees to Henry’s face, the momentum sent him over the rope and it was pure luck that Bourne was able to land on Henry who was laying on the mat. The rules state that you are not eliminated until both feet touch the floor and although they came close, Bourne’s feet did not touch the mat.”
(Morrison picks up Bourne and signals for the Moonlight Drive but Bourne fights out and lands a heel kick right to the face of Morrison, Morrison falls to the mat and Bourne climbs the ropes, MVP and Benjamin are fighting and Bourne hits the Shooting Star Press to a huge cheer. MVP breaks away from Benjamin and charges at Bourne as he arrives at his feet, MVP lands the Drive-By Kick which actually gets some boos. MVP turns around into the Paydirt from Shelton Benjamin. Benjamin smirks and taunts a little taking his time knowing that right now he is the last man standing. Benjamin picks up John Morrison but instead of throwing him out he signals for the Paydirt, Morrison is able to fight out though to everyone’s surprise and Benjamin has failed to capitalize. Benjamin manages to regain his footing and then hits the Paydirt this time! Before Benjamin can react he is kicked right to the face by Evan Bourne. Bourne lands his Jumping Moonsault and picks Benjamin up, he goes to throw him out of the ring but Benjamin holds the ropes and elbows Bourne, Benjamin picks Bourne up for a powerbomb but Bourne does a hurricanrana that takes both Benjamin and himself out of the ring and the match.)
Eliminations: Shelton Benjamin and Evan Bourne
Michael Cole: “Woah, Bourne just risked everything again to try and eliminate the Gold Standard, he managed to use that hurricanrana to take Shelton Benjamin out but he also took himself out of the match much to his frustration. We are now left with John Morrison and United States Champion MVP, which one will be walking out as United States Champion?”
(Morrison and MVP are both laid out on the mat, Morrison a victim to the Paydirt and the Shooting Star Press whereas MVP only suffered the Paydirt. After about two minutes the two men reach their feet, they charge at each other and take each other out with a clothesline. There is a somewhat split reaction as the crowd are chanting for both men. They get to their feet again and begin trading punches before Morrison knees MVP in the gut, Morrison goes for the Moonlight Drive but flips not taking MVP with him who has slipped out. MVP backs off and goes for the Drive-By but Morrison moves and takes MVP’s leg from him taking MVP to the mat he then locks in the Figure Four Leg-Lock. MVP screams in pain but manages to turn it around before releasing. Both men get to their feet again and MVP runs at Morrison, Morrison pulls the ropes down and MVP goes over but holds on, Morrison turns and MVP goes for the suplex and lifts him up, Morrison falls out onto the apron, they trade punches on the apron. Morrison kicks MVP in the gut and then does the MOONLIGHT DRIVE FROM THE APRON TO THE MAT! Everyone is confused as to who the winner is.)
Michael Cole: “Oh! John Morrison just hit MVP with that Moonlight Drive from the ring apron to the mat outside!”
Jerry Lawler: “It shows that these guys are willing to do whatever to win the championship but who is champion, whose feet touched first?”
(After a few moments both men stagger to their feet still fighting as Lillian Garcia’s voice is heard after talking with the referees.)
Lillian Garcia: “The referees surrounding the ring have decided that the winner of this Six-Man-Battle Royal... and... ... ... ... ... ... NEW WWE United States Champion... John... Morrison!”
(Morrison and MVP stop fighting, Morrison runs around the ring to collect his championship and lifts it high into the air. MVP begins arguing with the referees, a replay is shown and we can see that MVP’s feet hit the mat first before any other part of MVP or Morrison. MVP quickly takes a microphone.)
MVP: “Hey, Morrison... Morrison... hold up a minute.”
(Morrison, who is half-way up the ramp with his title on his shoulder stops and turns around.)
MVP: “You won... you beat me... you are the new champion, congratulations.”
(The crowd begin booing as Morrison shows off his title, they are mostly surprised with MVP’s reaction.)
MVP: “This is the place were big things are poppin’, little things are stoppin’ so John Morrison, I ain’t quite finished with you. I want you to celebrate with that gold because I am proposing this man, at Backlash... me and you, one-on-one, no Battle Royals, no Silverbacks, no dancers, no Shooting Stars, no Gold Standards, just me and you for... your... United States Championship.”
(The crowd go crazy at the prospect but Morrison just turns around and walks up the ramp without giving an answer.)
Michael Cole: “Well, MVP has put the challenge on the table for John Morrison, he wants a match for Morrison’s United States Championship and we’ll keep you up to date with the situation as Monday Night RAW rolls on.”
(We return to the arena and we focus on the announcers desk of Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler.)
Michael Cole: “Welcome back to Monday Night RAW, I believe that right now Vickie Guerrero wants to address the ongoing situation between her husband Edge and John Cena.”
(Vickie Guerrero flashes up on the titantron and once the crowd notices, the boos rain down on the RAW General Manager.)
Vickie Guerrero: “EXCUSE ME!”
(Of course, they only get louder to the point where Vickie screams.)
Vickie Guerrero: “DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT I AM GOING THROUGH RIGHT NOW?”
(The crowd continue to boo, Vickie composes herself it seems.)
Vickie Guerrero: “Last night myself and Edge agreed to go our separate ways for the betterment of our careers, it was a very difficult decision but we remain close friends.”
(The crowd cheer loudly.)
Vickie Guerrero: “And now, my husband, my loving, caring husband Edge has kidnapped John Cena, earlier tonight he put John Cena into the back of his car and left the arena. I don’t know what is happening right now but if John Cena is not back in the arena in time for his match then he will be excluded from the match and his place will be given to a randomly selected wrestler on the RAW roster. Thank you.”
(The crowd continue to boo as Vickie Guerrero’s face leaves the screen.)
VIDEO PACKAGE: Wrestlemania 25
(We go backstage again where we see Todd Grisham standing holding a microphone smiling into the camera. He then lifts the microphone to his mouth.)
Todd Grisham: “At this time, I am joined by... Chris Jericho!”
(The camera pans out as Chris Jericho comes into view.)
Todd Grisham: “Chri—“
(Jericho grabs the microphone from Todd Grisham and pushes him away. He stares directly into the camera.)
Chris Jericho: “Last night at WrestleMania 25 I did what I had told all of you hypocrites I was going to do, win and prove that these legends, these has-beens, these ancient, broken-down, over the hill parasites have clung onto that glory too long and they will NEVER be able to compete with a superstar on my level.”
(The crowd are booing loudly through this.)
Chris Jericho: “I made Jimmy Snuka and Roddy Piper submit, I pinned Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat 1,2,3 in the middle of the ring, I took out one of the supposed greatest, ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair and then, then the most satisfying moment of my career came when I left the man who started all of this... Mickey Rourke... laying on the canvas. Just like all those has-beens, Rourke is past it and I proved that playing a wrestler in a movie is a lot different from actually being one. Rourke entered MY world and he paid for it.”
(The crowd are booing even louder before, Jericho smirks.)
Chris Jericho: “Tonight will be no different to WrestleMania, I’ve beaten Shawn Michaels so many times that it just isn’t fun anymore, the Undertaker, I’ve not faced the Undertaker many times but just like I beat Steamboat, Piper and Snuka I will defeat another hasbeen in the Undertaker today, oh and John Cena better hope that he doesn’t get here in time.”
(The camera fades out.)
“Divas Champion” Maryse vs. Mickie James
(We return to the arena and we see Lillian Garcia standing in the ring with a microphone again smiling broadly into the camera.)
Lillian Garcia: “The following contest is scheduled for one fall.”
(“Obsession” sounds and Mickie James gets a reasonable pop from the Houston crowd, Mickie dances a little on the stage before continuing down the ramp slapping a few fans hands before entering the ring and flicking her head up with a smile on her face.)
Lillian Garcia: “Introducing first, from Richmond, Virginia... Mickie James!”
(Mickie James climbs the turnbuckle and does her pointing taunt which gets some nice cheers from the lively crowd.)
Michael Cole: “There you see a four-time Women’s Champion, Mickie James who will be looking to put herself right into the Divas title picture tonight.”
(“Oh Qui” sounds next and the crowd give a split reaction to Maryse, some cheer for her hotness I guess and others boo her like they should. Maryse taunts on the stage before holding her title in the air. She continues down the ramp before sliding in the ring.)
Lillian Garcia: “Making her way to the ring from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the reigning WWE Divas Champion... Maryse!”
Jerry Lawler: “Am I dreaming Michael? Please tell me I am not dreaming.”
Michael Cole: “You aren’t dreaming King, Maryse, the Divas Champion was drafted to RAW last week effectively switching places with Women’s Champion Melina and you have to think King, if Mickie James can beat Maryse tonight, she must be in line for a title shot.”
Jerry Lawler: “And speaking of title shots, I have received word from RAW General Manager Vickie Guerrero that at Backlash we will see John Morrison defend his United States Championship against MVP. MVP has activated the rematch clause in his contract to get the match.”
(Maryse and Mickie circle the ring before locking up, they are trying to push each other back when Maryse kicks out at Mickie connecting with her knee, Mickie falls to the ground as the crowd boo Maryse who flicks her hair back. Mickie does a roll-up though, “1...2...” Maryse was almost caught out but she manages to kick out at the last second. Maryse is shocked and is kneeling on the mat, Mickie doesn’t slow down as she comes off of the ropes with a dropkick and goes for the cover again, “1...2...” Maryse kicks out again and rolls out of the ring, Maryse picks up her championship and walks around the ring, she is about to walk up the ramp but turns to see Mickie James diving through the middle rope right on top of her. The crowd are going absolutely crazy as Mickie gets to her feet and screams into the camera, she throws Maryse into the ring and goes for the cover, “1...2..” but again to Mickie’s frustration, Maryse is able to kick out.)
Michael Cole: “Mickie is on fire tonight, King! Can Mickie keep it up and beat Maryse? Find out when RAW comes back.”
(We return to see that Maryse has locked in her Camel Clutch, after a few minutes struggle and to the cheers of the crowd, Mickie fights out and then looks for the Mickie DDT but she flings herself back and Maryse doesn’t come with her causing a whiplash effect. Maryse laughs and flicks her hair again as Mickie holds the back of her head in pain. Maryse picks up Mickie and suplexes her, she goes for the cover, “1...2...” it is Mickie who kicks out this time much to the chagrin of Maryse. Maryse comes off of the ropes looking for a leg drop but Mickie moves, gets up and then kicks the back of Maryse hard. Mickie waits for Maryse to get to her feet and goes for the Mick Kick but Maryse ducks and as Mickie’s leg goes back to the mat Maryse lifts herself up with Mickie on her shoulders, ELECTRIC CHAIR DROP! “1...2...” Mickie kicks out, Maryse angrily lifts Mickie up and lands the French TKO, her DDT. “1...2...3” and this time it is over.)
Lillian Garcia: “Here is your winner... the Divas Champion... Maryse!”
(The crowd again give a split reaction as Maryse holds her title in the air and taunts to the crowd who continue booing and cheering.)
Michael Cole: “What an action-packed contest between these two divas and it seemed like Mickie was in control until she missed that Mick Kick and was given that Electric Chair Drop followed by that French TKO.”
Jerry Lawler: “Well, what an introduction to Monday Night RAW for Maryse, do you think she will introduce herself to me later?”
Michael Cole: “I severely doubt it King, anyway, let’s take you back to earlier tonight when Edge and John Cena had an altercation which led to one of the most shocking things I, and I’m sure the WWE Universe have ever seen.”
(We see a replay of Edge putting Cena in the trunk and leaving the arena.)
Michael Cole: “I am now receiving official word that our WWE cameras have caught up with Edge a few miles away near the Sidney Sherman Bridge here in Houston and we can now take you to live coverage.”
(The titantron flickers on and we see Edge’s car coming to a halt, he steps out of the car and walks to the back of it, he sits on the trunk and begins speaking.)
Edge: “John, you tried to wreck my marriage... you tried to ruin my career... you tried to ruin my life. You have taken World titles from me, you have taken years off of my career and yet John Cena is the posterboy of the WWE. You see John I have the one thing you want, the World Heavyweight Championship and I bet, I bet you were intent on winning that Fatal Four Way tonight so you could face me at Backlash but when you came out to that ring, which you had no business doing, I figured that I’d make sure you don’t get your hands on what you want, I didn’t want to go to this extreme Cena but you forced it upon yourself.”
(The crowd are heard booing inside the arena, we hear banging from inside of the trunk.)
Edge: “Wow, it’s cold out here, you may not get the chance to challenge for my World Championship Cena but, hey, at least you’ll be warm. John, you know how I said earlier that beating your dad to a pulp was one of the highlights of my career, this right now might go right up there with it, I left your dad helpless and now I am leaving you helpless, you can’t go anywhere Cena, where is the “Chain Gang” to save you now, John?”
(Cena continues hammering at the trunk from the inside.)
Edge: “Don’t worry, I’ll keep you updated on who is going to Backlash ahead of you, who is going to face me so you don’t need to worry about that. This is great, this is payback for the torment you have caused me over the years, it took you years to break me down but I do it in one night, the unbreakable John Cena is broken by the Rated R Superstar. Oh, and Cena... did I ever tell you how great it feels to be in World Championship matches?”
(Cena continues banging at the trunk and muffled shouts can be heard.)
Edge: “Okay, I think it’s time we go another ride, I’m quite hungry, almost as hungry as you are for championship gold.”
(Edge gets off of the trunk laughing and gets into the car as the booing continues, he speeds off into the distance with Cena still in the back as the screen fades to black.)
(We return to see Michael Cole and Jerry “The King” Lawler.)
Michael Cole: “Moments ago we caught up with Edge who has basically imprisoned John Cena in the back of his vehicle just to make sure Cena can’t compete in a Fatal Four Way Elimination Match to determine who will face Edge at Backlash. Edge is carrying out a despicable act King, he really is and don’t tell me Vickie Guerrero isn’t involved in this, she may have split from Edge but don’t tell me she isn’t being lenient here, any other General Manager would’ve got some control on this situation by now.”
(We go backstage and Todd Grisham is once again standing with a microphone in his hand.)
Todd Grisham: “At this time, I am joined by one of the participants in tonight’s Fatal-Four-Way Elimination Match to determine the Number One Contender to Edge’s World Heavyweight Championship… The Heartbreak Kid… Shawn Michaels!”
(The crowd go absolutely nuts as Shawn Michaels comes into view, a large ‘HBK’ chant starts.)
Todd Grisham: “Shawn, after Wrestlemania 25, where you came so close to ending the streak of the Undertaker, do you feel that tonight you can win this match in which Undertaker is a participant and go on to face Edge at Backlash?”
Shawn Michaels: “There is not a doubt in anybody’s mind that the match between myself and the Undertaker was a classic. We tore the house down, we electrified, brother. I didn’t end the streak but I will forever be, the Icon, the Showstopper, the Main Event, Mr. WrestleMania and tonight I will win that Four-Way and I will go on to challenge Edge at Backlash.”
(Shawn Michaels turns around to see The Undertaker, Taker’ gets a very loud cheer.)
Undertaker: “Backlash… a strong forceful action reaction to another action… to recoil and strike back… to exact revenge. Shawn Michaels, you want to do all of that to me… you didn’t feed your ego last night and you didn’t beat me. Tonight, you get the chance to exact revenge… to feed your ego… but just like the other three participants, you will fall, I will take your soul and I will go to Backlash and win the World Heavyweight Championship.”
(Undertaker and HBK stare each other down as we go back to the arena.)
Cody Rhodes vs. Ted DiBiase
(A video begins playing on the titantron, it’s a WWE AT&T Mobile Video and it shows Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes re-watching Randy Orton vs. Triple H at WrestleMania 25 backstage earlier in the night. They begin to discuss Orton’s move and DiBiase says that it is a good thing and that now he has the chance to shine, Rhodes says that Orton was a true leader and DiBiase should stop disrespecting him. The two have further heated words until they begin brawling and are then separated by referees.)
Michael Cole: “As you can see, exclusively from WWE AT&T’s Mobile Service, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase, Legacy have fallen apart following the leader of the group, WWE Champion Randy Orton being drafted to SmackDown. DiBiase claims that now that Orton is on Friday nights they will get their chance to shine, saying Orton took over the spotlight, Rhodes on the other hand defended Orton saying without him they would never be where they are.”
Jerry Lawler: “Of course, things escalated and these two promising youngsters came to blows, after being separated it was announced by RAW General Manager Vickie Guerrero on WWE.com that the former World Tag Champions would settle their differences in the ring.”
(We go to the ring were Cody Rhodes is already standing, his Priceless music still playing in the background. I guess WWE doesn’t want to have Rhodes come out to it and then straight after have DiBiase do the same, Rhodes has a microphone in hand.)
Lillian Garcia: “The following contest is scheduled for one fall, in the ring from Charlotte, North Carolina weighing 219lbs… Cody Rhodes!”
Cody Rhodes: “Ted DiBiase, my former friend, a former World Tag Champion with yours truly sunk to a new low… he claimed that Randy Orton, the best in the business right now, the WWE Champion was holding him back. Ted told me that we could shine now that Orton was on SmackDown and I, personally, take offence to that. Randy Orton is the man who put us in Legacy, the man who has made us what we are today, it wasn’t my father, it wasn’t Ted’s father… it was Randy Orton. (Boos) You can boo all you like but it is the truth, come on though, are you honestly telling me you agree with Ted DiBiase?”
(The crowd give out a small cheer but it’s mostly mixed for Ted DiBiase.)
Cody Rhodes: “Well, let me all tell you something, I’ve ALWAYS been the breakout star of this group and right here, tonight, Ted DiBiase will learn that.”
(“Priceless” then hits and the crowd give out another small cheer for DiBiase who walks down the ramp-way, DiBiase slaps a few fans hands showing a drastic change in personality.)
Lillian Garcia: “And the opponent from Palm Springs, Florida weighing 238lbs… Ted DiBiase!”
Michael Cole: “I’ve seen a drastic change in Ted DiBiase tonight King, he understands that he has all the ability to shine but he feels he can’t do that in this Legacy group and he has expressed his feelings on that tonight and you have to respect him for that.”
Jerry Lawler: “Your right Michael, but I’m not buying anything right now between these two, remember it was DiBiase and Rhodes that turned on Rhodes’ partner at Night of Champions to win their first tag gold together.”
(DiBiase gets in the ring and takes a microphone.)
Ted DiBiase: “Cody… listen man, I don’t understand, I was stating my opinion, I feel… personally… that Randy Orton was taking the spotlight. Didn’t you see it? It was always Orton challenging for the WWE Championship, Orton in the main event, Orton in the interview slots, Orton making a name for himself… not us. People saw us as just two guys with HUGE potential walking around with Randy Orton, we didn’t make any impact and now that Randy is on SmackDown, we can. I guess, just like your father, you can’t handle someone else’s opinion.”
(Rhodes laughs and then goes to speak.)
Cody Rhodes: “Oh, I can handle your opinion, but what you are basically saying is, I’ll have my opinion, you have yours and we walk away… we say no more about it… we act like it never happened but then you talk about making an impact. By walking away, you wouldn’t be making an impact Ted, I don’t agree with your opinion and because I am the man that I am, because I learned from the very best, I’ll do something about it. I’ll make an impact by beating you tonight and showing you that I am superior than you, and then when that is done, I’m going to Vickie Guerrero and asking for a move to SmackDown so that I can get away from you.”
(It is now DiBiase’s turn to laugh.)
Ted DiBiase: “I can guarantee, if Orton wasn’t on SmackDown right now, he would be the ring with the microphone, not us. I’ve lost a lot of respect for you in one night Cody, you want to do something about MY opinion, go on, do it. I’ll beat you tonight, I’ll beat you anytime and I will shine in the ring tonight then you can have your career hindered further on SmackDown by Randy Orton.”
(The crowd are cheering louder for DiBiase and start chanting ‘DiBiase’ over and over, DiBiase drops the microphone as they get ready for the match.)
(Rhodes lays a right hand right to the jaw of DiBiase during the middle portion of the match, ‘who’s better, huh?’ Rhodes asks but he gets caught with a huge right hand right to his face, Rhodes staggers back and DiBiase gives him an uppercut before going for the cover, “1…2…” Rhodes kicks out to DiBiase’s surprise, DiBiase gets up and drops an elbow on Rhodes. DiBiase picks Rhodes up and goes for a DDT but Rhodes fights out and kicks DiBiase in the gut, it seems like he is going for an RKO but DiBiase pushes him away, Rhodes turns into a sick clothesline from DiBiase, DiBiase goes for the cover “1…2…” Rhodes is able to kick out again. DiBiase bangs the mat with his fists, he gets to his feet and Rhodes soon follows, DiBiase misses a swinging right hand and Rhodes lands a backdrop. Rhodes then locks in a chinlock. It takes a while for the crowd to get going and are now chanting “Lets go Ted!” over and over. DiBiase finally escapes the hold and pushes Rhodes into the ropes. Rhodes comes back and DiBiase gives him a scoop slam followed by a leg drop, cover, “1…2…” kick-out by Rhodes. Both men get to their feet and stare each other down.)
Michael Cole: “These men, matching each other inside the ring right now, DiBiase unable to keep Rhodes down so far as these former partners battle it out.”
Jerry Lawler: “I am beginning to agree with Ted DiBiase now Michael, these two are really shining on RAW tonight.”
(They lock-up and Rhodes pushes DiBiase into the ropes, Rhodes then clotheslines DiBiase to the outside of the ring. Rhodes smirks and taunts and gets some surprisingly, decent boos. Rhodes leaves the ring and whips DiBiase into the steel steps. The referee has began counting “1…2…” DiBiase manages to get back to his feet and catches Rhodes with a wild right hand, Rhodes retaliates with one of his own and they begin brawling, “3…4…5…” Rhodes whips DiBiase into the crowd barrier and DiBiase is in pain, Rhodes then clotheslines DiBiase over before climbing over himself, “6…7…8” Rhodes throws DiBiase back over the barrier, DiBiase gets to his feet and the brawling begins again both men just firing rights and lefts at each other, the crowd are in a frenzy really getting into the brawl. “9…” The two don’t even seem to notice the count, they are still brawling, Rhodes smashes DiBiase’s head off of the apron and vice-versa. “10…” both superstars slide in, but have been counted out to their disbelief.)
Winner: No Contest
(They both stare at each other and then DiBiase spears down Cody Rhodes, the brawling continues.)
Michael Cole: “Oh, DiBiase taking down Rhodes, the match has finished in a count out but these two are certainly not done.”
Jerry Lawler: “I think we need some security out here.”
(They continue brawling and security, just like King said come out to the ring, they try and hold them back but Rhodes and DiBiase fight over the security, then a familiar voice is heard.)
???: “EXCUSE ME!”
(For the second time tonight, Vickie Guerrero is wheeled out by a WWE Staff Member to the top of the stage, the two are still fighting as the crowd boo loudly.)
Vickie Guerrero: “I said… EXCUSE ME!”
(The two finally stop and are being held back by security, they look up the ramp towards Vickie Guerrero.)
Vickie Guerrero: “If you two do not stop fighting right now, I will have security throw you both out of here along with your careers.”
(The crowd are booing but also chanting “Let Them Fight.”)
Vickie Guerrero: “Excuse me!”
(This causes the crowd to get even louder than before infuriating Vickie.)
Vickie Guerrero: “Don’t you think I have enough to deal with tonight? First, it was these people, then you two. My husband Edge has went crazy, John Cena probably won’t make it to the Fatal Four Way and I need to find a suitable replacement.”
(The crowd begin chanting ‘Cena, Cena’ over and over.)
Vickie Guerrero: “After tonight, you two obviously aren’t done, it looks like you can’t wait to get your hands on each other again and since I am the best General Manager in all of the WWE I am going to make a match for Backlash which will have huge consequences.”
(The crowd go silent and Rhodes and DiBiase shoot a glance at each other before looking back at Vickie, intrigued.)
Vickie Guerrero: “At Backlash, we will have a winner between you two… at Backlash you two will compete in a No Disqualification Match (Loud Cheer) Cody, you said that after tonight you will ask to be put on SmackDown? Well, I phoned up SmackDown General Manager Teddy Long and we have agreed a deal… if you win Cody at Backlash, you will get your wish and you will go to Friday Night Smackdown, Teddy Long told me he views you as an invaluable star… on the other hand if RAW wins I can pick WHOEVER I want.”
(Vickie begins laughing wickedly.)
Vickie Guerrero: “Now, security… please take these two back to their locker rooms.”
(The screen fades out as security takes them to the back.)
Michael Cole: “After a heated match, RAW General Manager, Vickie Guerrero announced that at Backlash, former tag team, Legacy, will do battle against each other as Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes battle it out.”
Jerry Lawler: “Speaking of Ted DiBiase, on May 15th the much-anticipated sequel of the Marine, the Marine 2 starring Ted DiBiase will be released on DVD. Over the coming weeks we will provide you with exclusive sneak peeks and keep you up to date.”
Michael Cole: “The WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is one of the most special nights of the year and occurs the night before WrestleMania, one of the men inducted this year was the Rattlesnake Stone Cold Steve Austin, lets take a look.”
VIDEO RECAP: Hall of Fame Ceremony
Michael Cole: “It was a great evening and a fantastic weekend for one man in particular, Stone Cold Steve Austin… that is until he came out to say his last goodbye to the WWE Universe, have one more beer with the crowd at WrestleMania, he was interrupted by Mr. Kennedy, who we believed was coming out to say goodbye to a man he respects very much, but King, that wasn’t the case.”
Jerry Lawler: “All night, the crowd was loud and cheering until Kennedy’s act were everyone went silent, it’s a night, a moment I will never forget and I’m sure Stone Cold Steve Austin will never forget, his send-off will forever be remembered as him laying in the ring, laid out by Mr. Kennedy, take a look.”
VIDEO RECAP: Mr. Kennedy attacks Steve Austin
(“Turn up the Trouble” then hits after this and the crowd begin booing very loudly, probably the loudest reaction so far, Kennedy comes onto the stage carrying a crushed beer can. Kennedy continues down the ramp, the crowd still booing. He fakes to touch a few fans hands before continuing down the ramp-way.)
Michael Cole: “Mr. Kennedy, who just returned from injury last night further disrespecting Stone Cold when pouring beer all over the legend.”
Jerry Lawler: “I don’t think he can explain his actions if I’m honest, just terrible.”
(Kennedy gets into the ring and takes a microphone rather than letting it fall down. Kennedy goes to speak but the booing is too loud, he waits for the crowd to quieten down.)
Mr. Kennedy: “When I was growing up in Greenbay, Wisconsin, when I was a kid, I watched the WWE. I watched Hulk Hogan turn WWE red and yellow, I watched Hulk Hogan slam Andre the Giant, I watched Hulk Hogan win the WWE Championship. Hulk Hogan was my favourite, Hulk Hogan was my idol. Then, I was watching it years later and I saw Stone Cold Steve Austin (Huge Cheer), the man sent shivers down my spine and I thought he was the best in the business at that point, I watched Austin stunner McMahon, I watched Austin win the Royal Rumble, I watched Austin side with McMahon, I watched Austin win the WWE Championship, Austin was my favourite.”
(The crowd begin booing again and are chanting “Kennedy Sucks over and over.)
Mr. Kennedy: “Some years after, I decided, because of seeing Austin transcend the WWE that I wanted to do the same, I wanted to be a professional wrestler, I wanted to win championships and Royal Rumble’s and Stone Cold Steve Austin helped me into the wrestling business, he gave me advice every time he attended an event, when I made my debut, he was there saying ‘you did well, kid.’ I had every bit of respect for Austin.”
(The crowd are pretty silent now, letting Kennedy speak.)
Mr. Kennedy: “Then, things went downhill, Austin retired at WrestleMania, one of the saddest moments of my career, he had one last beer with the fans, he then made some special appearances and then… then on Saturday night he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. I was there, I stood and I applauded Austin, I was like a little kid again, my idol was being inducted into the Hall of Fame.”
(The crowd begin cheering this time.)
Mr. Kennedy: “Then, last night I’m sitting in the back, reflecting on my career, watching a television monitor and the glass shatters, my thoughts about my career go away and I focus on Austin, he’s having one last beer with the crowd, fantastic. I stood backstage, I clapped because I respected him. Then, it hit me, this man has done it all, this man has won championships, he’s won Royal Rumbles, he’s headlined WrestleMania, he has proved he is the very best in the business.”
(The crowd again cheer very loudly.)
Mr. Kennedy: “Last night, it was like it was happening sub-consciously, I began making my way to the ring, how could this man, the man that gave me all the advice, the man I respected have a better career than me? I’ve been plagued with injury after injury and each time I’ve worried about my future career prospects, Austin didn’t have to worry about that, he came back from neck surgery and still competed, Austin doesn’t need to worry about anything… he will go down as the best ever in the WWE, but what about me, huh? What about me?”
(The crowd boo Kennedy.)
Mr. Kennedy: “I went to that ring, I tried my very hardest to just shake the man’s hand and be done with it, but I couldn’t do that, how could he have this fantastic career and I couldn’t? I said Austin was the very best, I am the very best but it wasn’t showing because of my injuries, Austin was out there reflecting on a fantastic career while I was standing there feeling disgusted with my own. It sickened me that Austin had this great career and I didn’t so I attacked him, I laid out Stone Cold at WrestleMania, I made a name for myself in this company in one night and I have now ensured that when people think of Stone Cold, they won’t remember the titles, they won’t remember McMahon, they won’t remember the Royal Rumble victories, they will remember one man standing over Stone Cold Steve Austin… and that man… goes by the name… of… MR Ken…”
(“I Won’t Do What You Tell Me” hits and the glass shatters, the crowd go absolutely crazy, the music continues playing but after a few moments it’s obvious Austin isn’t coming. Kennedy begins laughing in the ring as the crowd are booing.)
Mr. Kennedy: “Where is Austin? He isn’t coming, he has lost all the respect I had for him, he was taken out at WrestleMania, but he doesn’t care, he doesn’t care about you, he doesn’t care about the lasting memory of him being laid out in the ring because he is an actor now, making a movie that will bomb worse than the Condemned. I will, as I said, be remembered as being the man standing over a fallen hero, a fallen Austin at WrestleMania 25… Mrrrrr… Kennneeedddddyyy… … … Kennnnnneddddyy!”
(The crowd didn’t chant along, they just booed Kennedy viciously. “Turn Up the Trouble” hits and Kennedy exits the ring and walks up the ramp.)
Michael Cole: “I cannot believe this, Kennedy is just sickening, King.”
Jerry Lawler: “You are right Michael, what is also sickening is the actions of the World Heavyweight Champion, Edge who bundled Cena into the trunk of the car, driving away from the arena pretty much ensuring that Cena won’t compete for a chance to face Edge at Backlash. We can now take you to some more live footage in Houston.”
(Edge, his car and the WWE Camera Crew are now backstage in the parking lot, Edge is staring into the camera, smiling.)
Edge: “Tonight, I have orchestrated the best event in wrestling history, I have made sure that John Cena will not compete tonight and I have made sure that John Cena will not challenge me at Backlash. His dreams are fading away, his chances, everything he wanted is being taken away by me and I am loving every single second of it.”
(Edge turns to the car and sits on the trunk again.)
Edge: “John, I’m going inside, you stay here, okay? Not that you can actually go anywhere, anyway. I’m going to see who I am facing at Backlash cause’ it won’t be you.”
Michael Cole: “Come on, surely someone can help Cena?”
Jerry Lawler: “Edge has the car keys Michael, there is no way in and no way out for John Cena.”
(Cena is hammering the trunk with his fists from inside as Edge leaves through the doors.)
(We return and “Metalingus” by AlterBridge is playing, we see Edge strolling down the ramp to huge boos, Edge walks around the ring ignoring the fans before taking a seat at the announce table. He is welcomed to the booth.)
Michael Cole: “I guess we are being joined by Edge, Edge, what is the meaning of this? Why have you taken Cena hostage as it were? Are you scared.”
(Edge begins to laugh a little.)
Edge: “Scared, Michael, shut up!”
(The RAW Theme Song hits and for the third time tonight Vickie Guerrero comes onto the stage, the boos still as strong as the previous two times.)
Vickie Guerrero: “Due…”
(The crowd boo again and Vickie looks ready to say excuse me but stops herself and waits for the crowd to quieten down.)
Vickie Guerrero: “Because of the actions earlier tonight of WWE RAW Superstar Edge, John Cena will be unable to compete tonight and will therefore be withdrawn from tonight’s contest. With that in mind, I have found a suitable replacement… a replacement who will tonight receive some valuable main event experience… spending his very last night on Monday Night RAW before moving to ECW… Dolph… Ziggler!”
(Dolph Ziggler’s music hits as the crowd are mostly silent and surprised that Vickie Guerrero has chosen Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler comes onto the stage and introduces himself to Vickie Guerrero with a big smile on his face, Ziggler continues down the ramp.)
Lillian Garcia: “The following contest is a Fatal Four Way Elimination Match were the winner will become the Number One Contender to the World Heavyweight Championship. Introducing first, from Hollywood, California weighing 213lbs… “The Natural”… Dolph Ziggler.”
Michael Cole: “Well, a surprising choice by General Manager Vickie Guerrero here putting Dolph Ziggler into this match but I cannot believe that she is actually allowing you, Edge, to leave John Cena in the trunk of that car backstage, she is favouring you, I don’t care if you went your separate ways, she is favouring you and the two of you are working together to screw John Cena out of this match.”
Edge: “Michael, Michael calm down, myself and Vickie we are very close and she understands what I am doing. John Cena is partly the season that myself and Vickie have decided to separate, John Cena has been a constant challenge for me since 2006, every time I have beat him he has come back again and again, tonight I’m making sure he doesn’t, after the show I’ll let him out, it’s not a big deal.”
(“Break Down the Walls” hits next and the crowd begin booing as Chris Jericho walks onto the stage scowling at the fans. Jericho continues down the ramp-way much like Edge and Dolph Ziggler before him, he ignores the fans. He walks to the ring steps and walks up them before entering the ring. He taunts at the ropes.)
Lillian Garcia: “In the ring from Manhasset, New York City weighing 225lbs… Chris… Jericho!”
Jerry Lawler: “For now, let’s forget about your actions earlier Edge, no matter how hard it is to do so. Right now, you see Chris Jericho the man who brutally assaulted three legends and award-winning star of The Wrestler, Mickey Rourke and on the back of that he says he will win tonight and face you Edge.”
Edge: “Chris is a good guy King, he’s a fellow Canadian but at the end of the day, I could beat him in the middle of the ring.”
Michael Cole: “Is that why you have made sure John Cena can’t compete tonight? You feel you can beat everybody else but you know you can’t beat John Cena?”
Edge: “Oh, I’m Michael Cole! Vintage! Vintage! Vintage! Shut up.”
(“Sexy Boy” is next to hit and the crowd go absolutely crazy for Shawn Michaels. Michaels comes onto the stage dancing and then runs to each side of the stage taunting a little, he comes back to the middle of the ramp and walks down a little before falling to his knees. He clasps his hands together, saying a prayer before lifting his arms up and the pyrotechnics go off behind him, he continues down the ramp clapping fans hands.)
Lillian Garcia: “Introducing next, from San Antonio, Texas weighing in at 225lbs… The Heartbreak Kid… Shawn Michaels!”
Michael Cole: “HBK, Shawn Michaels, had an absolute classic with the Undertaker at WrestleMania last night, what did you think of it, Edge?”
Edge: “The absolute best match of the night, Michael, was when I pinned John Cena in the ring, one, two, three.”
Michael Cole: “You seem obsessed with John Cena.”
Edge: “You seem obsessed with being an ass Cole.”
(Everyone in the arena goes silent and then the first gong of the Undertaker’s entrance is heard, the crowd cheer loudly and stand up anticipating the arrival of the legendary Undertaker. The crowd are cheering louder than ever before tonight and then the smoke bellows out onto the stage, fire also comes up from the stage. After a few moments the Undertaker emerges to a humongous cheer. Undertaker continues to walk slowly down the ramp, he eventually reaches the steel steps and walks up the ramp and raises his arms up as the arena turns from darkness to light. He enters the ring, removes his hat and his eyes roll back.)
Lillian Garcia: “Introducing next, from Death Valley weighing 299lbs... The Undertaker!”
Jerry Lawler: “Last year, at WrestleMania XXIV you and the Undertaker engaged in a classic match in which Undertaker became World Champion. Throughout the year the Undertaker and you fought in TLC matches, a match you retired the Undertaker but it all came to a head at SummerSlam when he defeated you inside the Hell in a Cell, how would you feel having to go toe to toe with the Phenom at Backlash?”
Edge: “Jerry, you seem to forget that I am an eight-time World Heavyweight Champion, I retired the Undertaker, I took two months of that man’s career away and I proved that I am better than him, if I have to face him come Backlash I will beat him.”
Michael Cole: “Edge, you say you can beat everyone who has came down that ramp tonight, if you are so confident, why didn’t you let Cena compete?”
(Edge doesn’t answer as all four men circle the ring.)
(The crowd are chanting all sorts of stuff, Undertaker and Chris Jericho begin throwing right and lefts to each other at one side of the ring, Dolph Ziggler introduces himself to Shawn Michaels but receives a right hand rather than a handshake. Ziggler gets right back up and Shawn smirks at him, Ziggler retaliates with a hard right of his own as HBK backs off, Ziggler has Michaels at the turnbuckle and knees him in the gut before dropping him with a DDT, he goes for the quick cover, “1...2...” HBK kicks out, Undertaker is hitting Jericho with bodyshots in the corner, Jericho fights back with one of his own and then clotheslines Taker’ down. Jericho goes for the Lionsault early on and surprisingly connects, cover, “1...2...” Undertaker is the one to kick out this time, Ziggler hits a Shining Wizard out of nowhere on Jericho and then does the same to the Undertaker, Ziggler smirks turns around and ducks a Sweet Chin Music before chopping the chest of HBK, he then drives HBK’s head down to his knee and goes for the cover, “1...2...” Shawn Michaels kicks out.)
Michael Cole: “Because of your sickening actions earlier tonight Edge, Dolph Ziggler was the replacement for John Cena and Ziggler is doing surprisingly well, he is in control of this match, what if Ziggler goes on to challenge you come Backlash?”
Edge: “He’s impressive, but no one is better than the Rated R Superstar.”
(Ziggler climbs the turnbuckle and taunts to some decent boos, he jumps down and turns around and the other three participants are staring at him across the ring, looking angry, Ziggler rolls under the bottom rope and then tries to introduce himself to a fan, Shawn Michaels dives through the middle rope onto Ziggler to a loud cheer, he throws Ziggler into the ring and Ziggler staggers to his feet, Undertaker wraps his hand around the throat of Ziggler but Ziggler escapes around the back and goes for a roll-up, “1...2...” Undertaker manages to kick out. Jericho then takes out Ziggler with a Codebreaker, he goes for the cover “1...2...3” and Dolph Ziggler is eliminated.)
Elimination: Dolph Ziggler
Jerry Lawler: “And there goes Dolph Ziggler, he was looking impressive right until he turned into that Codebreaker from Chris Jericho.”
(Jericho gets to his feet with a huge smile on his face, he turns around and Shawn Michaels goes for a Moonsault but Jericho catches HBK, Jericho turns around looking to slam him down but receives a big boot from the Undertaker. Shawn Michaels gets to his feet and he is now face to face with the Undertaker, the two men stare each other down and the crowd go absolutely crazy for the two legends, they are interrupted by Chris Jericho who is back on his feet, HBK and Undertaker grab Jericho but Jericho pushes them away and then forearms HBK in the face, he then plants him with a powerslam and goes for the Walls of Jericho while Undertaker rests against the ropes, Shawn Michaels looks so close to tapping as he screams in pain. Jericho is smiling as he hears HBK’s screams but then finds Undertaker’s hand wrapped around his throat, Undertaker pushes Jericho back against the ropes and as Jericho bounces back off of the ropes Undertaker lifts him for the Tombstone Piledriver. He lands the manoeuvre and goes for the cover on Jericho, “1...2...3” Chris Jericho has been eliminated.)
Elimination: Chris Jericho
Michael Cole: “Oh! Tombstone! The Undertaker has eliminated Chris Jericho and just one night after their epic encounter at WrestleMania, the last two in this contest are the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels. Oh, Oh...”
(At that moment we see.... JOHN CENA diving across the announce table on top of Edge, he grabs Edge by his shirt and rips it right off while trying to remove Edge from his headset. The crowd are going absolutely crazy as Cena throws Edge over the barricade, Edge gets to his feet and tries to run away much like we saw earlier in the night when this all started. Cena climbs onto the barricade and lands a double axe handle on Edge, Edge fires back and they begin brawling up the stairs of the crowd and through the rows before disappearing backstage as Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker watch on from the ring.)
Michael Cole: “It’s John Cena! John Cena, Cena has escaped and Cena is here and he is after the Rated R Superstar Edge, how did Cena get out?”
Jerry Lawler: “I don’t know Michael, but we need to let those two settle their differences elsewhere, tonight, right now the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels are going to fight it out as the last two in a Fatal Four Way Elimination Match to determine the Number One Contender for Edge’s championship.”
(The crowd turn their attention back to Undertaker and Michaels, they lock-up in the middle of the ring but Shawn pulls away and chops at the chest of the Undertaker, Undertaker staggers back but hits Shawn Michaels with a right of his own. Shawn staggers back and then falls through the middle rope, Undertaker looks around and a little bit and then looks ready to dive out of the ring but HBK climbs back onto the apron and connects with an elbow which takes the Deadman down. HBK then climbs the turnbuckle and goes for his signature elbow drop which connects, cover, “1...2...” Undertaker kicks out to Michaels surprise. Undertaker gets to his feet and whips Michaels into the corner, he goes for the Old School and connects flipping Shawn Michaels over in the process. He waits for Michaels to get to his feet and he lifts him up for the Tombstone Piledriver as the crowd go crazy, Michaels however manages to reverse but can’t hold Undertaker and both men crumple to the floor. HBK gets up first and begins tuning up the band as it were, after a few stomps Undertaker gets to his feet and is hit with the SWEET CHIN MUSIC! Cover, “1...2...3” Shawn Michaels has done it, he has defeated the Undertaker.)
Winner and Number One Contender: Shawn Michaels
Lillian Garcia: “Here is your winner, the new Number One Contender to Edge’s World Heavyweight Championship... Shawn Michaels!”
(Shawn Michaels continues celebrating in the ring.)
Jerry Lawler: “Shawn Michaels has done it, HBK is going to Backlash to take on Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship.”
(Undertaker sits up and then gets to his feet, Shawn Michaels offers his hand for Undertaker to shake and surprisingly, Undertaker shakes it.)
Michael Cole: “These two men might not necessarily like each other but they respect each other and that respect has only been cemented over WrestleMania weekend.”
(Undertaker leaves the ring and Shawn Michaels continues to celebrate in the ring, the off air logo appears on the screen.)
Michael Cole: “What a night we’ve had tonight, we’ve seen John Cena denied his chance to become World Heavyweight Champion only to somehow escape and go after Edge, we’ve seen a new United States Champion and we have seen Shawn Michaels become the Number One Contender for Edge’s World title at Backlash, thank you everybody for watching, goodnight.”
(The screen fades to black.)
The Cool Review
Right, I promised earlier that I would give you a review when your first show was written, and I’ve just gotten home to see that it is done. So, here’s your review, dude. First of all, I see that your going for a full written show, and not a summary like many of us have adopted lately. It’s refreshing to see, but trust me, from someone who was one of the last ones to adopt a summary based show, it’s much easier to write and you can get shows up quicker. Just something for you to think about, man. I liked Edge in your opening promo, Cena just sounded so bland, though. I’m intrigued to see what you have in store with Edge kidnapping Cena, though. A bit unfair for MVP to defend the title in that kind of situation on his first night on the show isn’t it? I didn’t read that full match, so I wouldn’t know if it was a summary styled match or not. If it wasn’t, it was way to short. I like that you’ve crowned John Morrison the US Champion. I’m a big fan of the guy. You portrayed Vicki Guerrero rather well in that short time, but there’s no way I can see Cena returning, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see. I really enjoyed the majority of the Chris Jericho interview, it was at the end when he was on about Michaels, Undertaker and Cena that he just seemed a bit awkward. Not a big fan of Woman wrestling what so ever, if I had to choose my favourite it would be Mickie James, but Maryse wins, and I don’t really care too much. Sorry, dude. Awesome promo from Edge, I really loved it. I’ve changed my mind as well. Somehow, Cena will escape and get back for the match, maybe near the finishing stages of the match and win.
Not a bad confrontation between Michaels and Undertaker, but I personally didn’t really enjoy it that much. Don’t think Dibiase or Rhodes were ready to be broken up already. But, you have done it, you should have had Rhodes play the face and Dibiase the heel, however. A no contest between the two? I sense a rematch at Backlash? Could be good. Right, I’ve read on, and the match is made for Backlash, and I’m liking what Vicki Guerrero said. Dibiase will win, though, I reckon. Who would Vicki pick though? Loved Kennedy’s promo, it was awesome, especially the bit where Austin’s music plays and he doesn’t come out. This will have to lead to a Austin/Kennedy match though, surely? If it does, it should defiantly be built up slowly. Vicki Guerrero coming out for the third time is just a bit overkill, couldn’t you cut down on the appearances she makes through out the show? Dolph Ziggler is the replacement? Wow, that’s pretty poor. Thank god he’s eliminated first, Jericho follows and now it’s Undertaker and Michaels again. Michaels this time pins Undertaker and we have Michaels and Edge? Personally, I think Cena will somehow get himself into this match up. Well dude, that’s the end of your first show, and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m expecting since that was your first show that your shows will only progress to get even better, which will be awesome. If your gonna’ continue to write in this format, would you split your posts up, though. It’s sometime a bit hard to follow. Other than, things are great like I said. Good luck, man.
Thanks too Fresh Prince
Thanks for the review, I might end up summarizing it but it won't be until after SmackDown is posted as I've already wrote ECW and am in the process of writing SmackDown. I am glad you enjoyed the majority of the show.
About Ziggler, I thought I'd have a better replacement but I didn't really. I decided to give Ziggler the chance I suppose, it's something different. It's your opinion though.
Again, thanks for the review, it is much appreciated.
WWE and Sci-Fi.com make huge announcement regarding Tuesday Night ECW!
Since June of 2006, popular channel Sci-Fi has showcased some of the WWE’s finest talents that have came through the ranks, they have done this every Tuesday night by giving one hour of time to Extreme Championship Wrestling. An exciting, fresh show which gives Sci-Fi viewers an alternative to their regular watching and gives the WWE Universe the chance to witness superstars rise to the top. Now, almost three years after ECW made it’s debut on Sci-Fi, things are about to change drastically.
Sci-Fi and WWE officials have been working on an agreement throughout most of this year which will see ECW enter a new era on Sci-Fi. After intense discussions, WWE and Sci-Fi are proud to announce that ECW will be going two hours and will air live every single week and also live on Sci-Fi UK at 2AM. ECW will enter this extreme new era on Tuesday the 14th of April in a spectacular tri-branded show featuring all of the WWE Superstars to welcome in this era.
Expect everything, ECW alumni, former ECW stars working on RAW and SmackDown and a showcase of talent like you have never seen before. The first ever two-hour ECW will see a Champions of Champions match were WWE Champion Triple H, World Heavyweight Champion John Cena and ECW Champion Jack Swagger will go head-to-head to find out just who is the most elite champion in all of the WWE.
Not only that, a number one contenders match will be announced by General Manager Tiffany tomorrow on ECW’s final one-hour broadcast before their move to two hours. When ECW goes two hours, expect to see huge superstars such as ECW Champion Jack Swagger, Christian, JBL, Umaga, William Regal, Jeff Hardy and many more!
I will begin writing in recap form and not full shows soon, after SmackDown.
ECW on Sci-Fi Preview
Frank Erwin Center
Still Swaggering On
For only the second time ever the ECW Championship was defended at WrestleMania when the “All-American American” ECW Champion Jack Swagger defeated RAW Superstar Evan Bourne in a fantastic contest to retain the title. It is almost certain that Jack Swagger will go into an extreme new era on ECW when the show goes two hours next week as ECW World Champion. Swagger is scheduled to open the show Tuesday night, no doubt to gloat about his victory just two nights ago. What will the Champ have to say and will anyone have anything to say in return to Swagger? Despite such a gruelling contest two nights ago against Evan Bourne, Swagger will head into action against Christian in a non-title match. Can Christian win the match and possibly secure a title shot in the future or can Swagger keep up his momentum.
The Extreme Enigma comes to ECW
Last week in the annual WWE Draft, ECW struck big when they drafted the Extreme Enigma Jeff Hardy to Tuesday nights. The former WWE Champion will make his official debut in the Land of Extreme this Tuesday when he meets a fellow draftee, the Wall Street Brawler, John “Bradshaw” Layfield who is only two days off of losing his Intercontinental Championship to Rey Mysterio. Both men will be going all out to prove that they have what it takes to rise to the top of Extreme Championship Wrestling and it is almost a certainty that Tiffany will be watching before her huge Number One Contenders announcement this week.
Bulldozing the Competition
Ever since his debut in 2006, “The Samoan Bulldozer” Umaga has literally bulldozed the competition each and every week and even went on an unprecedented undefeated streak after his debut beating such stars as Triple H and Ric Flair. Umaga’s momentum was stopped in its tracks last year when he suffered a torn ACL but now the Samoan Wrecking Machine is back and he is on ECW thanks to the WWE Draft. Umaga will not have it easy tonight as another draft superstar R-Truth takes on Umaga. Can R-Truth upset the Bulldozer or will Umaga bulldoze Truth?
Number One Contenders Match Announcement
It was officially made known on ECW.com this past week as part of the ECW going two hours announcement that ECW General Manager Tiffany would be on ECW this week to announce a huge Number One Contenders Match for next week to welcome in the extreme new era of ECW. Who will Tiffany choose to compete for a chance at Jack Swagger’s gold at Backlash?
·Don’t miss an exclusive sneak peak at the Marine 2 starring WWE RAW Superstar Ted DiBiase which will feature an introduction to the cast and a preview of the movie to be released May15th.
I think I'll do quick updates, just to get to after SmackDown so I can start writing it in recap form.
ECW on Sci-Fi Preview
Frank Erwin Center
"On the Lookout"
(Another commercial for WWE Superstars airs promoting the show which debuts live on WGN America one week on Thursday. Much like the night before with Monday Night RAW, “Shoot to Thrill” by ACDC and “Touched” by Vast play as the WrestleMania logo. We see the major moments from the ECW side of things with clips of Mark Henry and Christian close to becoming the winner of the Money in the Bank Ladder Match. We get a replay of the ECW World Championship match between Jack Swagger and Evan Bourne, we see some of the action before Swagger’s Gut-Wrench Powerbomb takes Bourne out for the three. We see Swagger smiling into the camera but then an ECW logo flashes up. We get a quick preview for the extreme new era next week when ECW goes two hours and then “Don’t Question My Heart” begins playing as the ECW Introduction Package plays only this time with the new superstars that were drafted now in the package ahead of those drafted from ECW. It finishes and the camera goes inside the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas where the crowd are screaming, the camera focuses on the stage and pyrotechnics explode on the stage, the HD set reads “ECW – Last One Hour Show” and underneath it says “Extreme New Era – 14th April” the camera pans the crowd who hold up their signs and then we go to the announce table of Josh Matthews and Matt Striker.)
Josh Matthews:“Hello everyone, I am Josh Matthews alongside Matt Striker and we welcome you to ECW on Sci-Fi. We are just two nights removed from WrestleMania and one week away from ECW going two hours and we are live from the Frank Erwin Center here in Austin, Texas and Matt, what a night we have in store for the WWE Universe.”
Matt Striker: “Tonight is huge, yes everyone is talking about ECW going two hours next week but tonight we see the fallout from an epic WrestleMania 25 and we see some huge new stars that have made their home ECW following the WWE Draft this past week. These superstars include the Extreme Enigma Jeff Hardy and the brash Texan John “Bradshaw” Layfield, two who will square off tonight.”
Josh Matthews: “I think its important now Matt to discuss the whole ECW World Championship match that took place last night, Jack Swagger and Evan Bourne battled it out over Jack Swagger’s ECW Championship with Swagger coming out the victor, these two cemented their place in history two nights ago.”
Matt Striker: “The preview for ECW was titled “Swaggering On” and that puts emphasis on that cocky swagger that Jack Swagger has, he is good, he is a natural athlete, he is the ECW Champion and boy does he know it.”
(“On Your Knees” sounds over the PA system as the crowd begin booing loudly, after a few seconds Jack Swagger cockily walks onto the ramp with the ECW Championship over his shoulder. Swagger shows off his swagger as he continues walking down the ramp, a huge grin on his face, he stops at the ramp, points to his title and then raises it in the air as pyrotechnics go off behind him. He climbs up the steel steps ignoring the fans before entering the ring.)
Tony Chimel: “Please welcome… the ECW World Champion… The All-American American… Jack Swagger!”
(The crowd boo, as now in the ring Jack Swagger lifts his silver high in the air for the world to see. He places it back on his shoulder, adjusts it and taunts some more before taking a microphone. The crowd continue to boo Swagger.)
Jack Swagger: “Two nights ago at the twenty-fifth anniversary of WrestleMania, WrestleMania 25 you witnessed some great matches… you all saw The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels battle it out… you all saw Edge defeat John Cena and Big Show… you all saw Randy Orton winning the WWE Championship from Triple H… and you all saw Jack Swagger cement his place in history by retaining his ECW World Championship against Evan Bourne.”
(The crowd boo loudly as that familiar grin returns to the face of Jack Swagger. Swagger raises his championship in the air once more to even more boos.)
Jack Swagger: “I beat Evan Bourne just like I said I would. I then came here tonight expecting congratulations and a night off from the new ECW General Manager, Tiffany. I didn’t get that, I didn’t get congratulated, I didn’t hear the words, ‘You did well Jack, congratulations’, no all I heard was, ‘I appreciate your efforts’. Okay, being the best athlete in professional wrestling today, I can deal with that but she didn’t give me the night off, oh no, she puts me into a non-title match tonight against Christian.”
(The crowd go crazy with cheers at the mention of Christian’s name.)
Jack Swagger: “You like that, huh? (Cheers) You don’t realize that in just one week I take this brand to two hours on Sci-Fi, in just one week I compete in a Champion of Champions match, a match were you can prove you the elite champion in all of the WWE but Tiffany wants to hinder my chances?”
(The crowd continue to cheer as Swagger seems to get angry kicking the ropes.)
Jack Swagger: “Not only that, but Tiffany will also announce tonight that next week there will be a Number One Contenders Match? I am the best ECW Champion ever, I am the best wrestler this company has ever seen and yet, Tiffany doesn’t treat me with respect!”
(Swagger goes to speak again but “A Girl Like That” hits and the crowd give a somewhat lukewarm response to the new ECW General Manager. Tiffany comes onto the stage in a business suit, she is smiling and she waves to the crowd for a few moments.)
Josh Matthews: “There you see, our new ECW General Manager Tiffany who has taken over from now SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long.”
Tiffany: “Jack… what you need to remember is this is my show. (Cheers) I am your NEW General Manager and right now, you are not treating me with respect. I stand by what I said Jack, I do appreciate your efforts and I hope these fans appreciate mine because right now, I care about making an impact and making ECW the best it can possibly be for the WWE Universe.”
(The crowd cheer loudly as Jack Swagger does not look amused.)
Tiffany: “Look Jack, this is one of the most important times in the entire history of ECW, next week this show goes two hours every Tuesday night live, we air live from countries all over the world, new superstars get their chance to make themselves a star. You say you are the best, you say you are the greatest ECW Champion ever, you say you are the elite… Jack, no one will believe you if you keep trying to dodge title defences and matches.”
(The crowd continue to cheer.)
Tiffany: “With that being said… you will compete tonight in a non-title match against Christian (Huge Cheers) and you will compete next week when ECW enters an extreme new era in the Champion of Champions Match.”
(The crowd cheer even louder than before as Swagger goes to speak but Tiffany stops him.)
Tiffany: “As for my announcement… next week… when ECW goes two hours, we will begin the Number One Contenders Tournament. Sixteen superstars will battle it out over the coming weeks to see who will face you at Judgment Day. As for Backlash, if Christian beats you tonight he will face you at Backlash… if you win tonight you will have your ever so desired night off come Backlash.”
(The crowd cheer loudly as Tiffany walks backstage leaving Jack Swagger annoyed.)
Matt Striker: “Jack Swagger has been well and truly put in his place tonight Josh, talk about a huge announcement from Tiffany too, tonight if Christian beats Jack Swagger in a non-title match, he will face Swagger at Backlash. Starting next week, a sixteen man tournament will begin were the winner faces Swagger or possibly Christian depending on tonight’s result at Judgment Day.”
Umaga vs. R-Truth
Josh Matthews: “Welcome back to ECW on Sci-Fi, just moments ago it was announced by ECW General Manager Tiffany that a sixteen man tournament will begin to determine the Number One Contender to the ECW World Championship at Judgment Day. If you go to ECW.com right now you can see the sixteen participants who will be in the tournament.”
Matt Striker: “I’m sure that a number of new superstars on ECW will be in that tournament after being drafted to ECW. The WWE Draft was certainly kind to the Land of Extreme as we struck it big with some huge draft picks. We obtained superstars such as Jeff Hardy, JBL, Cryme Tyme, R-Truth and Umaga.”
Josh Matthews: “Speaking of Umaga…”
(At that moment, “Tribal Trouble” sounds out as the crowd give the returning Umaga a mixed reaction. Umaga comes onto the stage and taunts at the top of the stage screaming incoherently at the top of his lungs. He walks down the ramp looking intimidating.)
Tony Chimel: “The following contest is scheduled for one fall… introducing first from the Isle of Samoa, weighing 350lbs… The Samoan Bulldozer… Umaga!”
(Umaga walks up the steel steps and enters the ring, he taunts some more next to the ropes to boos this time.)
Josh Matthews: “He is one of the most intimidating and savage wrestlers in all of the WWE. Umaga tears through opponents week after week, he even went on an unprecedented undefeated streak when he made his debut and only a recent injury slowed him down.”
Matt Striker: “Oh, and I’m sure those months away from the ring, away from inflicting huge amounts of pain on other superstars has been eating away at Umaga and I feel sorry for his opponent, R-Truth tonight because he won’t get an easy ride into ECW, but then again, no one does.”
(“What’s Up” begins playing and the crowd cheer loudly knowing that R-Truth could come through their section in the crowd. After a few seconds R-Truth does appear at the crowd, he begins dancing his way down, clapping hands, singing his song getting the fans to chime in when necessary. Truth keeps this up through the whole crowd before jumping the barrier.)
Tony Chimel: “Introducing next from Charlotte, North Carolina weighing 228lbs… R-Truth!”
(Truth enters the ring and does his What’s Up chant one more time before putting his microphone down, he stares up at a less than impressed Umaga.)
Josh Matthews: “I think it is safe to assume that R-Truth’s performance did not impress the Samoan Bulldozer.”
Matt Striker: “It did not Josh, I said it a few minutes ago, R-Truth will not have it easy tonight.”
(R-Truth seems to be thinking of a way to take Umaga down, Umaga instead charges at Truth and knocks him down, Truth shakes his head and gets to his feet, Umaga goes on the attack again but Truth lands a big chop to his chest which makes the Samoan Bulldozer stagger back, he then lands a standing dropkick which makes Umaga stumble backwards towards the ropes, Truth then spears Umaga through the middle rope all the way to the floor as the crowd go absolutely crazy. After a few moments Truth is on his feet, he climbs onto the apron and then to the turnbuckle, he dives off with a crossbody and lands it on Umaga. He rolls into the ring as the referee is up to four. “…5…6…7…8…9…” at this point Umaga barely makes it into the ring. Truth continues on the attack and begins hammering rights and lefts to Umaga’s back.)
Josh Matthews: “He may not have impressed Umaga but R-Truth is impressing me, he has came out, not intimidated, not scared for Umaga and his fearlessness has really helped him gain an early advantage.”
Matt Striker: “Its all about keeping your opponent down when you face someone like Umaga and R-Truth is doing that. He needs to stay on the attack and not allow Umaga any time to rest or he could be on the end of a defeat.”
(Truth waits for Umaga as the Bulldozer is up to his knees, Truth lands a dropkick which sends Umaga back to the mat. Umaga uses the ropes to get to his feet and is at the turnbuckle, Truth runs at him but Umaga moves and Truth eats turnbuckle. Umaga turns and then splashes right into Truth, Truth falls to the mat his head resting on the second turnbuckle pad. Umaga goes to the opposite turnbuckle and screams something before doing his Samoan Wrecking Ball. Umaga picks up Truth and looks to hit him with the Samoan Spike but Truth ducks, kicks Umaga in the gut and goes for the Scissor Kick and lands it! “1…2…” but Umaga is able to kick out to most people’s surprise.)
Josh Matthews: “He may not have impressed Umaga but R-Truth is impressing me, he has came out, not intimidated, not scared for Umaga and his fearlessness has really helped him gain an early advantage.”
(Umaga manages to get to his feet, is kicked in the gut again and once more Truth goes for the Scissor Kick but Umaga moves and grabs Truth hitting the sickening Samoan Spike! “1…2…3”)
Tony Chimel: “Here is your winner… Ummmmaaaaaggggaaaaa!”
(Umaga taunts some more in the ring before heading up the ramp.)
Josh Matthews: “You have to admire the spirited fight of R-Truth tonight Matt but the sheer strength and brutality of The Samoan Bulldozer was just too much.”
Matt Striker: “I’m telling you now Josh, Umaga is someone you do not want to cross paths with. He will be in that sixteen man tournament starting next week and you better hope you don’t get drawn against this man.”
Josh Matthews: “Right now though Matt, we need to get to something I am very excited about, the Marine 2 starring Ted DiBiase. The much-anticipated sequel to The Marine which starred John Cena.”
Matt Striker: “If the Marine is anything to go by, the Marine 2 will be earth-shattering, the first one was amazing, thrilling action and this one is sure to be too. We take you to a sneak peek right here live on ECW.”
SNEAK PEEK: The Marine 2
Josh Matthews: “After watching that Matt, I am definitely going out on May 15th to my local theatre to watch it.”
Matt Striker: “I don’t blame you Josh, I really don’t. Right now, however lets take you backstage and welcome our new ECW backstage interviewer… Beverly Mullins. Beverly, welcome to ECW!”
(The camera goes backstage were we see Beverly standing with a broad smile on her face.)
Beverly Mullins: “Thank you Matt, it is a pleasure to be here on ECW. At this time I am joined by one of the new superstars coming to ECW as a result of the WWE Draft 2009, he is the former Intercontinental Champion… John “Bradshaw” Layfield.”
(Layfield comes into shot as the crowd begin booing loudly.)
Beverly Mullins: “John, I’ve got a number of questions to ask, firstly, two nights ago you lost your Inter-.”
(JBL snatches the microphone from her.)
JBL: “Beverly, for the past two nights all I have heard is ‘former’ Intercontinental Champion being directed towards me…”
(Beverly gets a cheer as she interrupts JBL.)
Beverly Mullins: “Well, John that is the truth, you lost.”
(JBL does not look happy at all.)
JBL: “Beverly, do not dare interrupt me again! Do you realize who I am? I am John “Bradshaw” Layfield, the longest reigning WWE Champion in SmackDown history, I am a Wrestling God, I am a… Intercontinental Champion… I own a multi-million dollar company and now, that same man has been drafted to E…C…W.”
(The crowd boo this.)
JBL: “There is an example, just like these fans, you don’t respect me, you don’t appreciate my talent. I have came to ECW with one goal in my mind to win the sixteen man tournament and become the ECW World Champion. I may have lost to Rey Mysterio who got a lucky, fluke win over me but I will not lose come Judgment Day. What you and all of these people need to realize is…”
(JBL stops speaking and Jeff Hardy comes into the cameras view to a huge cheer, a smirk comes on JBL’s face.)
JBL: “Someone better call security, it seems like there is some punk kid backstage.”
(The crowd boo loudly, Jeff grabs the microphone from JBL.)
Jeff Hardy: “Is that what you see me as John? Some punk kid, this punk kid is the same man who was one-half of one of the greatest tag teams ever with Matt Hardy (Boos), a man who is a former Intercontinental Champion, a man who is a former W…W…E Champion, a man who is soon to become ECW Champion when I win that tournament… and the same punk kid who is gonna’ knock you on your ass tonight and beat you 1…2….3!”
(Jeff thrusts the microphone into JBL’s hands and walks off, JBL’s smirk is no longer on his face as the crowd cheer loudly.)
Josh Matthews: “Some strong words from Jeff Hardy there to JBL, don’t go anywhere folks because that match is next.”
John “Bradshaw” Layfield vs. Jeff Hardy
(“Longhorn” sounds and the crowd begin booing as the white limousine of JBL drives down towards the side of the stage. The limousine comes to a stop and the chauffeur gets out of it, he goes to the back of the limousine and opens the door as John “Bradshaw” Layfield steps out still smarting from Jeff’s words. JBL walks down the ramp berating the fans.)
Tony Chimel: “The following contest is scheduled for one fall, introducing first from New York City weighing in at 290lbs… John “Bradshaw” Layfield!”
(The crowd boo as JBL climbs up the steps and enters the ring, he taunts the crowd a little.)
Matt Striker: “JBL is a bully Josh, plain and simple and he will not be scared to rough you up in that ring to ensure victory.”
(“No More Words” sounds next and the crowd jump out of their seats going crazy for Jeff Hardy. Hardy quickly comes dancing onto the stage and does his taunt which sets off fireworks on the stage, he runs down the ramp clapping the fans hands that are outstretched. He stops abruptly and looks to the ring where JBL is mouthing off to him. Jeff runs into the ring.)
Tony Chimel: “Introducing the opponent, from Cameron, North Carolina weighing 225lbs… Jeff… Hardy!”
(The crowd go crazy at the mention of his name as he jumps off of the turnbuckle after taunting. He stands face-to-face with JBL.)
Josh Matthews: “These men would love nothing more than to go to the Gold Rush tournament next week with a victory, these two know what it is like to be a World Champion also, which makes them sure-fire favourites for next week, Matt?”
Matt Striker: “It wouldn’t be inconceivable to see Jeff Hardy and JBL meet up in the final of this Gold Rush Tournament over the next few weeks.”
(The two men circle the ring and Jeff charges at JBL but JBL lifts his knee which Jeff runs into, with the air taken out of him, Jeff staggers back but is met with another high knee to the jaw this time. JBL smirks and raises one arm in the air to loud boos, he picks up Jeff and lands a quick snap suplex looking for the cover, “1…2…” but Jeff is able to kick out. Jeff uses the ropes to get up and then pulls them down as JBL charges at him, JBL goes flying over the ropes to the floor. Jeff stands up and runs off of the ropes diving through them onto JBL to a huge cheer. The crowd are chanting “Hardy! Hardy!” over and over as the referee counts, “1….2…3…4…” both men rise to their feet and slide into the ring. Once in the ring they both run off of the ropes and meet in the middle with a double clothesline.)
Josh Matthews: “Both men are simply matching each other so far and that is just further emphasized by them both thinking the same idea, having the same plan right there.”
Matt Striker: “Both men will really be disorientated, these men both decided to go for a clothesline, you expect to take the other man down but when you get a clothesline unexpectedly like that when you were going for it really takes you right out of the game and I wouldn’t be surprised if the first to capitalize got the victory. But who will capitalize?”
(We return and JBL has a Sleeper Hold in on Jeff Hardy, the crowd are trying to will Jeff on banging their feet on the ground and clapping their hands together. Jeff’s clenched fist goes into the air and it seems it is working, he gets to his feet and gets out with a couple of elbows, runs off of the ropes but gets a huge shoulder block taking him down. “1…2…” Jeff gets the shoulder up, JBL grabs Jeff by the hair, lifts him to his feet and then does a Fallaway Slam which wracks Jeff in pain. JBL goes for the cover again, “1….2…” but again Jeff kicks out. JBL again picks up Jeff and puts him in the corner, he lands a couple of right hands to his face before doing a few body shots. JBL goes for another but Jeff ducks under and runs to the opposite turnbuckle, JBL is following and by the time he reaches the turnbuckle Jeff is flying through the air… WHISPER IN THE WIND! The crowd go crazy as Jeff and JBL are laid out on the mat, they are trying to get Jeff to get his arm over.)
Josh Matthews: “Whisper in the Wind! Jeff hits the Whisper in the Wind and takes the Longhorn Loudmouth down, can Jeff take advantage and get the victory?”
Matt Striker: “He needs to take advantage Josh, his feet came crashing down on the lead of JBL, that will take JBL out of the game for a few minutes, this is the time to really take advantage of that and prevail tonight.”
(“1…2…” JBL kicks out and the crowd begin booing, Jeff takes off his shirt and goes to the top turnbuckle, he taunts, Swanton Bomb! He misses as JBL has moved, Jeff quickly rolls out of the ring holding his back. JBL goes outside of the ring and grabs Jeff he slams Jeff’s head on the apron before putting him into the ring, “1…2…” but it wasn’t to be. JBL picks up Jeff but Jeff out of nowhere looks for the Twist of Fate but JBL pushes him against the ropes, he goes for the “Longhorn Clothesline” the new PG-name for his finisher but Jeff ducks under and JBL turns into a huge Twist of Fate, the crowd are cheering as Jeff heads up the turnbuckles… SWANTON BOMB! “1…2…3!” Jeff Hardy has picked up the victory.)
Josh Matthews: “JBL went for that Longhorn Clothesline of his but Jeff Hardy ducked and won this match, he has all the momentum heading into the huge Gold Rush tournament beginning next week.”
Matt Striker: “He took advantage Josh, even after he missed that Swanton Bomb, he smartly rolled out of the ring to recover and it paid off big because as you said he was able to land his two signature moves to put the self-proclaimed Wrestling God out tonight.”
VIDEO PACKAGE: Jack Swagger
Number One Contenders Match
If Christian wins he faces Swagger at Backlash
ECW Champion Jack Swagger vs. Christian
Tony Chimel: “The following contest is a Number One Contenders match, if Christian defeats Jack Swagger in this non-title match then he will go on to face Jack Swagger at Backlash!”
(“Just Close Your Eyes” sounds and those in attendance rise to their feet cheering for Captain Charisma. Christian comes onto the stage with a smile on his face during his taunt were he looks for his peeps. He continues walking down the ramp and claps a few fans hands on the way before reaching the ring.)
Tony Chimel: “Introducing first, from Toronto, Ontario, Canada weighing 235lbs… Christian!”
(The crowd cheer some more as Christian enters the ring once again doing his peeps taunt, a smile etched on his face.)
Josh Matthews: “What an opportunity this is for Captain Charisma right here Matt, he has the chance to go on to Backlash and challenge Jack Swagger for the ECW World Championship if he can defeat the ECW Champ tonight.”
Matt Striker: “We’ve seen in the past, the Punctum of the Peepulation thrives under the pressure the ECW environment but saying that for the first few months in ECW, Christian’s opponent tonight, ECW Champion Jack Swagger went on an impressive undefeated streak. Also, these two had a match for that ECW Championship a few weeks ago right here on ECW and defeated Christian to retain his silver.”
(“On Your Knees” is next to hit the PA system and the crowd begin booing loudly as much like earlier in the evening, Jack Swagger comes onto the stage taunting. He has the title belt this time around his waist and he takes it off taunting as pyrotechnics go off behind him. He places it on his shoulder and continues down the ramp.)
Tony Chimel: “And the opponent, from Perry, Oklahoma weighing 263lbs… The All American American and ECW World Champion… Jack… Swagger!”
(Swagger enters the ring and raises his title in the air again to loud boos, he hands it over to the referee and Christian and Swagger have a staredown in the ring.)
Josh Matthews: “This has all the potential to be one of the greatest matches of the year, with so much on the line I advise you all to hold onto your seats because this is sure to be a thriller.”
Matt Striker: “The atmosphere in this place is electric, they want to see Captain Charisma win an opportunity at the ECW World Championship at Backlash, they want to see Christian lead this brand and defend his title against the winner of the Gold Rush tournament.”
(Both men lock up, Christian pushes Swagger to the ropes and the referee breaks it up, the crowd are chanting ‘Christian’ over and over, Swagger goes for a wild right but misses and now has his back to Christian, he receives a backdrop and Christian goes straight for the cover, “1…2…” Swagger was almost caught cold by Christian. Swagger gets to his feet holding the back of his head. Christian runs at Swagger but Swagger ducks the clothesline and turns with a heel kick right to Christian’s face, showing great athleticism. Swagger goes for the cover, “1…2…” Christian gets to his feet and gets right in Swagger’s face, Swagger then lands a big right to Christian, Christian fires back with two or three of his own, he whips Swagger into the ropes and bends down but is kicked in the face by Swagger, Swagger then lifts Christian got his Gutwrench Powerbomb but Christian falls out of it, Killswitch but is pushed into the ropes, he comes back, roll-up, “1…2…”)
Josh Matthews: “Oh, Swagger, Jack Swagger almost had it there. What a fast-paced action-packed contest we’ve witnessed so far Matt, two men with so much on the line.”
Matt Striker: “Christian wants a shot at the ECW World Championship come Backlash, Jack Swagger simply doesn’t want to fight anyone at Backlash, he wants to ensure that he keeps his title past Backlash and the only way he can do that is by pinning Christian tonight.”
(Swagger and Christian get to their feet again, they circle the ring and lock-up, Swagger releases his grip on Christian and lifts him and gives him a powerslam, he bounces off of the ropes and goes for a leg-drop and lands it, “1…2…” Swagger hits the mat with his fists in frustration, he picks up Christian but Christian fights out, grabs Swagger’s head and does a bulldog to the mat. “1…2…” but again it isn’t enough as Swagger this time kicks out, both men arrive at their feet, Christian runs at Swagger but is taken down by a drop toe hold, Swagger then applies an Ankle Lock. Christian screams out in pain as the crowd are trying to will him in, Christian begins clawing at the mat and gnawing at his fist as the pain gets greater. Christian gets close to the ropes and is about to touch them but is pulled away by the All-American American, Jack Swagger, Christian is continuing to try and claw away to the ropes.)
Josh Matthews: “Jack Swagger showing his submission skills with that Ankle Lock
Matt Striker: “You also have to wonder the damage this will do to Christian, a major part of his finisher the Killswitch is being able to hold his opponent in position just before you land it to get maximum impact, with an injured ankle he will not be able to do that as effectively and it may result in a Jack Swagger kick-out.”
(Eventually after a couple of minutes Christian reaches the ropes, Swagger releases the hold on the referee’s four count, Christian uses the ropes to pull himself up and limps over to Swagger but Swagger lands a right which makes Christian stagger back, he clothesline Christian over the ropes. Swagger is on the apron and jumps down but receives a dropkick, Christian immediately screams out in pain holding his ankle. He somehow makes it into the ring and then climbs the turnbuckle, he dives off onto Swagger but Swagger kicks him on the way down and lands the GUTWRENCH POWERBOMB OUTSIDE THE RING! Swagger gets into the ring and surely that is it, the referee checks on Swagger for at least a minute before counting, “1….2….3….4….5…” Christian is showing no signs of movement, “6….7….8…” Christian is somehow on his knees and at nine makes it to the ring, Swagger goes for the Gutwrench inside the ring but Christian falls out, he falls to one knee holding his ankle but quickly grabs Swagger and LANDS THE KILLSWITCH! After a minute he finally gets his arm across… “1…………………..2………………3……….” Christian has done it, he has defeated Jack Swagger!)
Tony Chimel: “Here is your winner and the new Number One Contender… Christian!”
(Christian is still laid out on the mat alongside Jack Swagger after the gruelling match.)
Josh Matthews: “Christian has done it! Christian has done it! Christian is going to Backlash to face Jack Swagger for the ECW Championship after a huge victory in an absolutely fantastic match.”
Matt Striker: “I have to give my respect to both men, they gave it their all and I thought it was all over when Swagger hit that sickening Gutwrench Powerbomb outside of the ring but it wasn’t to be, Christian somehow recovered and had just enough to hit that Killswitch for the victory.”
Josh Matthews: “The thing is, Swagger is still new to this business and that inexperience may have cost him tonight, if he had put Christian in the ring following Christian’s jump to the outside and hit the Gutwrench in the ring he would have won this match. Right now, we’ll take a look at the major moments of this match.”
(We see a replay of this match and then Christian is seen taunting signalling that a belt will be around his waist.)
Josh Matthews: “What a night it has been everyone, we’ve seen several new faces come to ECW in the last ever one hour show on Sci-Fi and we now have a new Number One Contender and to top it off, next week when we go two hours, we will see the beginning of a Gold Rush Tournament heading to Judgment Day, be sure to join us for that next week live on Sci-Fi. Thanks for watching ECW… and good night!”
(The screen fades with Christian celebrating in the middle of the ring.)
I'm trying to move this along as fast as possible so that after SmackDown I can start writing in a recapped sort of form like the other BTBs which is my attempt to attract new readers as many may not read simply because of the huge quantity of text.
Wrestling News and Notes
- This past weeks edition of ECW was seen as a fun show that didn’t really advance any storylines except the Christian and Jack Swagger Main Event feud. With ECW going two hours next week the writers wanted to just get some new stars on the map and then begin advancing storylines. The decision for the sixteen man tournament was one made a long time ago and because of the little team between now and Backlash to finish the tournament it was extended to Judgment Day, Christian was then the back-up to challenge Swagger come Backlash.
- Expect big things from Dolph Ziggler in the coming weeks, the new ECW Superstar has impressed on house show events over the past few weeks, originally, the plan for Monday’s RAW was that the match would be a triple threat but Vince McMahon suggested that an up and comer should get the chance and get some main event experience. Ziggler impressed many, most importantly Vince McMahon in his short stint in the match, it would not be foolish to assume Ziggler will go far in the tournament beginning next week.
- Despite their match on ECW last night, there isn’t plans for a long-term JBL/Hardy feud. Right now, no feuds are really set for ECW as the sixteen man tournament will be commencing this week. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see JBL and Jeff paired together during the tournament.
- Speaking of the tournament, there aren’t really any favourites right now, depending on what road they go down at Backlash with the Christian vs. Jack Swagger match, we will see some favourites emerge after that contest. Jeff Hardy, Umaga, William Regal and JBL are the assumed favourites but Dolph Ziggler, The Brian Kendrick, R-Truth and Ezekiel Jackson are seen as dark horses.
- Last Sunday we reported that the Undertaker was unhappy with his move to Monday Night RAW and had some ‘vital’ meetings with Vince McMahon about it. These clear the air talks seemed to have worked as they both emerged from the meeting smiling. Earlier today, Undertaker had the “serious meeting” that he had told friends he would have with Vince McMahon, after SmackDown on Friday we will have a full report about what went down from an exclusive source and early rumours are indicating that the Undertaker is close to walking out, however, we are told it isn’t because of his move to RAW.
- Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase were told specifically by Vince McMahon that they have the ball and they have to run with it. Vince, who believes the two are destined for greatness arranged for the match between the two to take place come Backlash. The plan right now is not known as WWE seem to be unsure weather to pair Rhodes with Orton or not, their main focus has been accomplished as Ted DiBiase is a fully-fledged face in time for the much-anticipated The Marine 2.
- We also reported last week that the ECW Brand could be introducing a new championship. We are hearing that an announcement regarding this title will be made next week on the huge two hour show. The ECW Television Championship which is a working title at the moment could be defended on the first historic two hour show.
- We were told on ECW last night to expect everything from the two-hour broadcast last week. Also mentioned was “ECW Alumni”, although we reported last week that Sabu and Rob Van Dam have signed deals with WWE, they aren’t being listed as such and the ECW Alumni will be older stars making a one-night return, these include The Sandman and possibly Stone Cold Steve Austin. An idea floating around is that Austin will lead a Beer Bash reunion, this could also pave the way for more Austin/Kennedy interaction, however, after the show Austin will have to fly back to film his movie so expect no more interaction following this.
- Hulk Hogan suffered a knee injury at last weeks set of TNA Impact tapings, Hogan who wrestled Samoa Joe at the event suffered what is being described as a potentially serious knee injury when he went for his big boot. Hogan, who only last week on TNA was announced as Number One Contender to the TNA Championship is expected to make the match despite the injury.
- We can officially confirm that both WWE and TNA have been releasing talent this week, from TNA, Knockout Roxxi was released along with Rhaka Khan. The two had major backstage disputes, also released was backstage interviewer Lauren, Cute Kip and BG James.
- WWE today released Jillian Hall, Funaki and development talent Eric Escobar who was described as having a bad attitude.
WWE Friday Night SmackDown Preview
Frank Erwin Center
New WWE Champion
Just five days ago at WrestleMania 25, Randy Orton defeated Triple H only one week after being drafted to SmackDown to win the WWE Championship. The Viper who has taken out the entire McMahon family in recent weeks was able to dethrone the King of Kings with a sickening punt to the head. For the time-being, SmackDown will be Triple H-free due to that punt and that is sure to please Randy Orton. Orton will open the show this Friday night where he will address his actions over the past few weeks, Orton claims that this Friday he will “close a chapter” in his WWE career.
Randy Orton won’t have it easy on his first night as he goes one-on-one with new WWE Intercontinental Champion Rey Mysterio in a ‘Champion vs. Champion’ match. Can Rey Mysterio return to SmackDown with a huge victory or will Orton kick-start his SmackDown career with a win over the Ultimate Underdog?
King Of The Ring
This Friday, live on SmackDown we will officially begin the SmackDown-only King of the Ring tournament when sixteen superstars will compete in the tournament to finish at Backlash. With his former brand putting up a sixteen-man tournament, new SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long has put up this tournament which will see four matches in the King of the Ring Tournament which will whittle it down to just eight men. Theodore Long spoke exclusively to WWE.com earlier today and said that no one will know who they will be facing before-hand. What can we expect as SmackDown aims to crown a new King of the Ring?
Come Friday night, SmackDown will have officially welcomed WWE Women’s Champion Melina and Katie Lea Burchill to the brand. The two divas will compete in a huge six-woman tag match on this historic edition of SmackDown. WWE Women’s Champion Melina will team up Gail Kim to take on Michelle McCool and Katie Lea Burchill. What will happen when these fiery divas compete come Friday Night?
The[COLOR=blue] Colons win!
[COLOR=black]Carlito and Primo Colon will be in attendance this Friday to discuss winning the WWE Unified Tag Team Championships. What will happen come Friday as the Colons enter the arena with the Bella Twins in tow?
Find out all this and much more as SmackDown welcomes ALL its draft picks this Friday on MyNetworkTV.
Hope you enjoy!
'Animal's Bite Back'
WWE Friday Night SmackDown
Frank Erwin Center
(The WWE logo flashes up on the screen following another advertisement for new show, WWE Superstars which airs next Thursday night on WGN America. The show opens much like RAW and ECW did with a highlights package from WrestleMania, “Touched” by Vast and “Shoot to Thrill” begin playing as the WrestleMania 25 logo appears on the screen, we see the major moments from the SmackDown Superstars on the grandest stage, Finlay coming close to winning the Money in the Bank, Kofi Kingston diving over the top rope and CM Punk actually winning the briefcase. We see Primo and Carlito Colon defeating Miz and Morrison in the tag title unification match. The package continues to show Melina becoming Miss. WrestleMania, next up is Rey Mysterio’s Intercontinental Championship victory over JBL, Big Show performing in the Triple Threat Match and finally new SmackDown Superstar Randy Orton punting Triple H to win the WWE Championship. We see a quick draft highlights package documenting the changes to SmackDown. “Rock Like Me” sounds and the intro package includes the new draft picks such as Melina and CM Punk before finishing with Randy Orton holding the WWE Championship up in the air. The camera goes inside of the arena where there are thousands of fans screaming, pyrotechnics explode on the stage and the new HD Set lights up emblazoned by the Backlash logo. The camera pans the crowd taking in the numerous signs before panning down to SmackDown commentators Jim Ross and Todd Grisham.)
Jim Ross: “Welcome everyone to Friday Night SmackDown! I am Jim Ross alongside my new broadcast partner Todd Grisham, it has been five days since the Twenty-Fifth anniversary of WrestleMania, WrestleMania 25 and Todd the WWE is still being rocked to it’s very foundations by the biggest spectacle in the WWE.”
Todd Grisham: “Your right, JR, a lot has happened over this week, we had, of course as you said WrestleMania 25, the biggest WrestleMania ever were new champions were crowned, we had the WWE Draft which has changed the brands of the WWE drastically, I believe that SmackDown got the best of the WWE Draft, don’t you think?”
Jim Ross: “Undoubtedly Todd, SmackDown got some huge names including Women’s Champion Melina, the amazing Kofi Kingston, Money in the Bank winner CM Punk and the new WWE Champion Randy Orton, who tonight I may add clashes with Rey Mysterio in a Champion vs. Champion match.”
Todd Grisham: “RAW got rocked by Randy Orton and Triple H each week in their feud and now it’s SmackDown’s turn, Orton’s draft here might not be a good one for the Viper because when Triple H returns from that punt that Orton delivered to win the WWE Championship, you know who is first target will be.”
(“Voices” by Rev Theory blasts out of the sound system and the Frank Erwin Arena descends into boos. After a few seconds Orton cockily walks onto the stage with the WWE Title slung over his shoulder. He reaches the top of the ramp and stares down to the ring and then at the fans, he continues walking to the ring, not looking particularly pleased. He ignores the fans who are trying to slap his hand.)
Justin Roberts: “Please welcome… the NEW WWE Champion… Randy… Orton!”
(Orton climbs up the ring steps and walks across the apron, he enters through the middle rope carefully clutching on to his WWE Championship. He climbs onto the top turnbuckle and taunts to the loud boos of the crowd, he takes a microphone from Justin Roberts before speaking.)
Randy Orton: “For several years… SmackDown has been synonymous with the Undertaker, if I asked you last week what do you think of when you think of SmackDown you would all say… The Undertaker (Cheers) But that, that has ALL changed, SmackDown is no longer synonymous with The Undertaker, SmackDown is synonymous with your W…W…E Champion, Randy Orton.”
(The crowd boo loudly, the crowd are chanting all different things but most audible is “Undertaker” and “Triple H”. Orton acknowledges this.)
Randy Orton: “Chant all you want The Undertaker won’t be here tonight because he’s carrying his old, worn-down body to Monday Night RAW and Triple H won’t be here, most satisfyingly because I punted him in the head so hard that I heard his skull crack.”
(The crowd are booing loudly as the first sign of emotion is really seen from Orton, he smiles.)
Randy Orton: “I did what I said I was going to do, I said that I was going to beat Triple H, I said I would become WWE Champion. I have done that, in two months I destroyed Triple H physically and emotionally, Triple H is never coming back to WWE. Triple H’s career is finished! (Boos) I kicked him so damn hard it’ll be a wonder if he can remember… anything at all. (Boos) Now, it’s time to close the chapter on this part of my career, it’s time to finish it. Triple H is finished, the feud is finished. I am the WWE Champion and that is the way it will stay and unlike 2004… Triple H will NEVER be able to take it away from me.”
(The crowd are booing very loudly as Orton raises his title in the air enjoying the boos.)
Randy Orton: “Now that I have finished Triple H, I can concentrate on continuing the Age of Orton and that continues tonight when in a Champion vs. Champion match I take out the Intercontinental Champion, Rey Mysterio. (Boos) Just like Triple H, Rey Mysterio will join Triple H in hospital as a result of another punt by me. (Boos) In the Age of Orton, no one is safe, anyone that steps in my way will be taken out just like Triple H was taken out, just like the whole McMahon family were taken out.”
(The crowd continue to boo.)
Randy Orton: “And when Cody Rhodes defeats Ted DiBiase, someone who doesn’t know how to respect the greatest superstar in the WWE, a man who if I was on RAW, I would punt him in the head, Rhodes will be a SmackDown superstar and myself and Cody will take out everything and everyone SmackDown has to offer and there is not ANYONE who can stop us.”
(Orton goes to leave the ring but stops, “Orton Sucks” is ringing in his ears, he takes the microphone to his lips again.)
Randy Orton: “I almost forgot… before I leave, let me leave you all with something to remember Triple H’s career by….”
(Orton drops the microphone and then leaves the ring, the video from WrestleMania 25 where Orton punts Triple H is played over and over, the video stops after seeing the punt a good five times.)
Jim Ross: “Just sickening, absolutely sickening. The diabolical Randy Orton has came to Friday Night Smackdown and SmackDown will never be the same.”
(We return and the HD set is now emblazoned with the King of the Ring Tournament logo. “MacMilitant” hits and the crowd begin cheering as SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long comes onto the stage, he does his usual dancing routine before stopping as his music comes to an end. He has a microphone up to his lips prepared to speak.)
Theodore Long: “You know what playas, it’s good to be back on Friday Night SmackDown!”
(Long does a little dance again as the crowd cheer.)
Theodore Long: “I enjoyed being the General Manager of E…C…W but right now I plan to make SmackDown the place to be in the entire W…W…E!”
(The crowd continue cheering as Long gives them a thumbs-up.)
Theodore Long: “I watched RAW and ECW this week and I saw the major happenings going-on there, so let me tell you something playas, SmackDown has done one better! SmackDown is the land of opportunity and sixteen superstars will get that opportunity as tonight marks the beginning of the King of the Ring tournament!”
(The crowd are louder than before cheering as Long points to the chair situated on the stage for the winner of the King of the Ring.)
Theodore Long: “The winner of the tournament will become the King of the Ring 2009! (Cheers) and will earn a shot at the WWE Championship come Judgment Day! (Huge Cheer) The tournament will go on until Backlash where the semi-final and final matches will take place. (Cheers) So, without further ado, let’s get this started playa…”
(Theodore Long goes backstage as the crowd are still excited.)
Justin Roberts: “The following is a King of the Ring Round 1 match scheduled for one fall.”
(Everything goes silent, waiting to see who is going to be involved.)
Jim Ross: “Remember, no one knows who is involved in this match, the superstars in the match have no idea who they will be facing.”
Todd Grisham: “It should be interesting JR, there is no preparation for tonight really because you haven’t a clue who you are facing.”
(“Bawitdaba” hits as the crowd don’t really give off a reaction to Jamie Noble. Noble comes onto the stage taunting a little, Noble continues down the ramp and ignores the fans before entering the ring.)
Justin Roberts: “Introducing first, from Hanover, West Virginia weighing in at 202lbs… “The Pitbull”… Jamie… Noble!”
(The crowd give a mixed reaction, more boos than cheers as he enters the ring.)
Jim Ross: “Jamie Noble is a heck of an athlete, it’s just unfortunate that he has put his foot in his mouth time and again with people like Kane, now that he is on SmackDown he has the chance to become a huge star on SmackDown via the King of the Ring tournament.”
(“It’s Time!” hits next and the crowd give some cheers being more familiar with the entrance music. Gregory Helms comes onto the stage taunting a little, he runs down the ramp slapping the fans hands.)
Justin Roberts: “Introducing his opponent, from Raleigh, North Carolina weighing 215lbs… Gregory Helms!”
(Helms gets into the ring and taunts a little bit, the crowd are cheering pretty loudly.)
Todd Grisham: “You may know him as Hurricane Helms, but tonight Gregory Helms competes in the King of the Ring tournament looking to earn himself a chance at the WWE Championship.”
King of the Ring Round 1 Match
Jamie Noble vs. Gregory Helms
(Helms has Noble backed up in the corner, the referee counts and eventually Helms has to break. Helms backs off holding his hands up but Noble lands a cheap shot right hand to Helms, Helms staggers back and is taken down by a clothesline. Noble quickly goes for the cover, “1…2…” but Helms is able to kick out, Helms is dragged to his feet and gets a sickening knee to the head, Helms falls back, his nose busted from the shot, obviously unintentional from The Pitbull. Noble comes off of the rope and lands a knee drop which causes Helms to hold his face, Noble goes for it again but this time Helms moves, Noble gets to his knees, Helms comes off of the ropes with a stiff Shining Wizard, cover, “1…2…” Helms cannot believe it when Jamie Noble kicks out. Helms climbs the turnbuckle but Noble quickly gets up and leaps to the top turnbuckle and lands an impressive hurricanrana. He scrambles to the cover, “1…2…” but Helms is able to kick out at the last second.)
Jim Ross: “Both men giving it their all, it shows just how much that WWE Championship shot means to them and boy, did Noble come close with that hurricanrana.”
Todd Grisham: “These two are just beating on each other JR, first Helms with that sick Shining Wizard and then Noble with that Hurricanrana, they cause a lot of damage to the anatomy.”
(Helms gets to his feet, Noble gets to his knees, Helms goes for the Shining Wizard again but Noble ducks under the leg and grabs it taking Helms down, he locks in a one-legged Boston Crab. Helms screams out in pain, he uses his arms to push across the mat before finally reaching the ropes. Noble is forced to break the hold and he is frustrated at this as he kicks the ropes. Noble argues with the referee but turns into a quick, snap suplex from Helms. Helms then climbs to the top rope waiting Noble to get there, he lands a missile dropkick and then goes for the cover, “1…2…” Helms hits the mat with his fists angry that he couldn’t get the job done. Helms gets to his feet, he waits for Noble to get up, he goes for a clothesline but Noble ducks and then turns around, Helms back is facing Noble, Noble lands a backdrop but instead of going for the cover he locks in a Modified Figure Four Leg Lock. “Wooo” circulates around the arena, after a few seconds Helms has no choice but to tap out as Jamie Noble advances.)
Winner: Jamie Noble
Justin Roberts: “Here is your winner and advancing to the quarter final stage of the King of the Ring Tournament 2009… Jamie… Noble!”
(Noble celebrates in the ring as the referee checks up on Helms, we see some quick highlights of the major moments in the match.)
Jim Ross: “Some people refuse to give Jamie Noble credit, they refuse to take him as a serious contender but tonight he has proved himself as a very serious contender. Noble has picked up an impressive victory over a tried and tested competitor in Gregory Helms to advance in the King of the Ring tournament.”
Todd Grisham: “JR, I know that Jamie Noble idolized Ric Flair as a kid and he’s taken the Figure Four, a move made famous by Ric Flair and put his own touch to it and Helms just had no chance after that. There you can see, Noble advances.”
(The King of the Ring Tournament Bracket flashes up on the screen.)
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(We return to the arena and “Cool” hits as the crowd begin cheering loudly, Carlito and Primo Colon come onto the stage with both the World and WWE Tag Team Championships on their shoulders. Carlito is juggling an apple and Primo is adjusting his titles at the top of the ramp, they stop and point to the stage and the Bella Twins come out dancing. The crowd give a small cheer, Carlito puts his arm around Nikki and Primo has his arm around Brie. They continue to the ring.)
Justin Roberts: “The following is a King of the Ring Round 1 Match, introducing first from San Juan, Puerto Rico weighing 218lbs… one half of the WWE Unified Tag Team Champions… Primo… Colon!”
(The crowd cheer a little as the four enter the ring.)
Jim Ross: “Here come the Colons, the new Unified Tag Champions Carlito and Primo with the Bellas Twins and last Sunday at WrestleMania, Carlito and Primo beat Miz and Morrison to win the titles and they have a chance to continue their success as Primo Colon takes part in a King of the Ring Tournament.”
Todd Grisham: “Also, check out an exclusive WWE Universe only video on WWEUniverse.com were you can see The Bella Twins, Brie and Nikki make up following their break-up a few weeks ago.”
(Carlito takes two microphones and passes one to Primo.)
Carlito: “We are the new WWE Unified Tag Team Champions.”
(The crowd cheer loudly as they hold their titles in the air.)
Carlito: “And that…”
Primo Colon: “That’s cool!”
(The crowd cheer as Carlito doesn’t look too pleased, he stares at Primo.)
Carlito: “STOP STEALING MY LINES, MAN! THAT’S NOT COOL!”
(The crowd cheer as they begin to bicker.)
Primo Colon: “Cool it man, we’re brothers, champions.”
Carlito: “Anyway, we didn’t only win these titles… at WrestleMania we also won the Bella Twins!”
(The Bella Twins take a microphone and speak in unison.)
The Bellas: “And that… that’s cool.”
(The crowd cheer, Carlito looks disapprovingly again but doesn’t say anything.)
Primo Colon: “There is not a greater feeling right now for me than being able to stand here, two lovely women on our arms, WWE Unified Tag Champions with my brother.”
(The crowd cheer even louder before as the duo hug.)
Carlito: “Now, me and Primo talked last night and we figured, we can’t carry about two titles each, therefore, this Tuesday, since we can compete on all brands because we have these belts we will unveil the WWE Undisputed Tag Championships on ECW’s first-ever two hour show.”
Primo Colon: “However, tonight to continue this great week for the Colons, I will advance to the Quarter Final of the King of the Ring Tournament.”
(The crowd cheer some more, Carlito and the Bellas leave the ring. Primo seems to have told them that he has this one as the trio walk up the ramp exiting through the curtain. The crowd wait in suspense to see who Primo’s opponent is, “This Fire Burns” sounds and the crowd go absolutely crazy as Primo looks shocked, CM Punk comes onto the stage, his Money in the Bank briefcase in hand, he raises it in the air before continuing down the ramp slapping the fans hands.)
Justin Roberts: “Introducing his opponent, from Chicago, Illinois weighing in at 222lbs… he is the holder of the Money in the Bank briefcase… C… M… Punk!”
(CM Punk enters the ring and lifts his briefcase high into the air again, he lands it over to the referee and then offers his hand to Primo. Primo shakes it as the crowd cheer the sportsmanship.)
Jim Ross: “CM Punk! Mr. Money in the Bank is Primo’s opponent here tonight. What an opportunity this is for Punk Todd, if Punk wins this King of the Ring he gets an absolutely priceless shot at the WWE Championship at Judgment Day in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois without having to even cash in his briefcase and if he were to get there and win the title, if he were to ever lose it during the course of the year, he could get an instant rematch whenever he wanted because of that briefcase.”
Todd Grisham: “I don’t know the details of Punk’s contract JR, but he could potentially have three shots at the WWE Championship this year, one if he wins the King of the Ring Tournament, one if he has a rematch clause if he was to lose the title and one whenever he wants, but don’t discount Primo, he is a fantastic athlete, he showed that at WrestleMania 25.”
King of the Ring Round 1 Match
CM Punk vs. Primo
(Punk has backed Primo into the corner, he then lands his high knee right to the jaw of Primo, he goes for his bulldog but Primo pushes him off. Primo climbs the turnbuckle and connects with a crossbody but Punk turns it into a pinfall attempt, “1…2…” Primo was almost caught by the Straight Edge Superstar. Both men get to their feet and Primo lands a chop to the chest of Punk, Punk staggers back wincing in pain, Primo runs at Punk but Punk lifts him up into the air and slams him right down with a backbreaker. Punk goes for the cover, “1…2…” but again Primo kicks out. Punk gets to his feet and then climbs the turnbuckle, he goes for his flying clothesline but Primo ducks, Punk lands on his feet, turns and is met with a heel kick right to the jaw. Punk falls back, “1…2…” this time it isn’t enough for Primo, Primo waits for Punk to get to his feet and takes a page from his brother’s book with a Springboard Elbow which catches Punk on the jaw again, cover, “1…2…” Punk kicks out.)
Jim Ross: “There goes Primo Colon, coming so close to advancing in the SmackDown exclusive King of the Ring tournament, what a boost it would be for Primo if he defeated CM Punk.”
Todd Grisham: “I can officially confirm right now JR, that Primo’s brother Carlito is a confirmed participant for next week, what an interesting match-up it would be if the brothers progressed far enough to face each other.”
(Punk is in a sitting position, Primo runs up and lands the ‘football kick’ a kick right to Punk’s spine, Punk screams out in pain grasping at thin air trying to feel some feeling back, Primo does it again as Punk gets on his hands and knees trying to avoid the kick but get up also. Primo comes off of the ropes with a dropkick to Punk’s face, “1…2…” Punk kicks out again to Primo’s frustration. Primo climbs the turnbuckle but Punk gets to his feet and meets him there, Punk goes for the suplex, Primo falls off but remarkably lands on his feet, Primo quickly climbs back up and jumps up for a hurricarana once Punk has turned around but CM Punk reacts the quickest with a sickening powerbomb driving Primo down to the mat. After about three minutes the first signs of movement is evident, Punk uses the ropes to get to his feet, surprisingly he goes for the Anaconda Vice and locks it in. After a few seconds Primo Colon has no choice but to tap out.)
Winner: CM Punk
Justin Roberts: “Here is your winner and advancing to the Quarter Final Round of the King of the Ring Tournament 2009… the current holder of the Money in the Bank briefcase… C… M… Punk!”
(Punk celebrates a little in the ring, he waits as Primo gets to his feet, Carlito and the Bellas are back down checking on him. Primo holds on to the ropes to keep himself steady and stares over at CM Punk, he obviously isn’t happy about the defeat, Punk extends his hand this time and Primo eventually shakes it, they hug in the ring.)
Jim Ross: “Oh my, what a war, what a great contest between these two warriors, they gave it their all and yes, Primo, may be upset but he can be damn proud of that performance he delivered tonight, he took a former World Champion to the limit.”
Todd Grisham: “Someone else who will be proud is CM Punk, the man who because of that victory over Primo advances to the next round of the King of the Ring tournament and that means next week when SmackDown airs we will see Punk taking on Jamie Noble as you can see here.”
(We come back and the camera pans to Jim Ross and Todd Grisham.)
Jim Ross: “Welcome back to Friday Night SmackDown, we have some very exciting news for fans of WWE all over the world. Originally as you may know, all three WWE shows were scheduled to take place in London, England with several non-televised events taking place all week long in Europe, however, we are being told that venues were finalised in recent days and RAW will not take place in London, England next week. In a ground-breaking move, the WWE will be going on a huge televised tour bringing RAW, SmackDown and ECW all over the world. The tour will begin one week after Backlash in the United Kingdom and all those who paid for the shows in Europe, their tickets will no longer be valid but they will be given tickets for the new shows in different places in the world. There is a lot more information on WWE.com as we begin a HUGE ground-breaking unprecedented world tour. The information will be posted on WWE.com at noon tomorrow.”
(We go backstage were we see a new diva standing with a microphone in her hand, the crowd give her no reaction as she smiles into the camera.)
???: “Hello, I am Jenny Cash, the newest addition to the SmackDown roster as a backstage interviewer! Right now, for my first ever interview… please welcome a fellow addition to this brand, the current Intercontinental Champion… Rey… Mysterio.”
(The crowd cheer as Rey Mysterio comes into the shot.)
Rey Mysterio: “First of all, Jenny, I’d like to welcome you to Friday Night SmackDown!”
Jenny Cash: “Thank you Rey, now, tonight you have a tough welcome back to SmackDown as you go one on one with the WWE Champion Randy Orton in a Champion vs. Champion Match, given the fact that Orton has eliminated Triple H and the entire McMahon family in recent months are you scared that you could suffer the same fate?”
Rey Mysterio: “Jenny, I am not scared, it’s as simple as that, people assume that I am scared because of my size, because of Randy Orton’s track record, because he could possibly end my career tonight with that punt, well Jenny… No me llaman el último oprimido por ninguna razón, yo derrotarán a Randy Orton esta noche. They do not call me the Ultimate Underdog for no reason, I will defeat Randy Orton tonight.”
Jenny Cash: “But what if it does happen? What if Orton catches you off guard and hits you with that punt? What will that mean for you and your fans?”
(Rey stares at Cash for a few seconds.)
Rey Mysterio: “No sé. I don’t know Jenny, I don’t know.”
Todd Grisham: “Rey Mysterio has one aim in his mind, to defeat Randy Orton tonight, he can’t afford to think of that brutal punt Orton has in his arsenal.”
VIDEO PACKAGE: WWE Draft + WrestleMania 25 Recap
Melina and Gail Kim vs. Michelle McCool and Katie Lea Burchill
(We return from the video package to see Michelle McCool and Katie Lea already in the ring.)
Justin Roberts: “The following contest is a tag team match scheduled for one fall, introducing first, the team of… Michelle McCool… and… Katie Lea.”
(The divas taunt as the crowd give them some heat.)
Jim Ross: “What a team this is, Michelle and Katie, the first ever Divas Champion and a woman who came to the WWE after dominating the woman’s scene all over the United Kingdom. I have no doubts that Katie is capable of doing the same here on SmackDown.”
(“Paparazzi” hits and Melina comes onto the stage doing her normal taunts, Gail Kim comes onto the stage pointing to the fans. Both divas get a reasonable pop but nothing major, Melina got the loudest cheer as she came out first. Melina raises her belt in the air as the duo begin to walk to the ring.)
Justin Roberts: “And the opponents, the team of Gail Kim and the WWE Women’s Champion… Melina!”
(They taunt on each turnbuckle before stopping awaiting the beginning of the contest.)
Todd Grisham: “SmackDown gained Gail Kim a few weeks ago and Melina, the Women’s Champion was drafted here last week, SmackDown hit the jackpot JR.”
(Katie Lea and Gail Kim are brawling in the middle of the ring, Kim kicks Lea on the knee and drop drops her with a kick right to the head. Lea falls like a sack of potatoes, Kim goes for the cover, “1…2…” but Michelle McCool breaks it up, Kim gets off of Lea but receives a kick to the head from McCool which takes her down. The referee warns McCool, Lea can now take advantage, she tags out to Michelle. Michelle enters the ring and drops an elbow to Kim, “1…2…” she drops another and another, she grabs Kim’s leg but Kim manages to hip before coming round and hitting her with an enziguri. Michelle is down as is Gail, Michelle manages to tag out to Lea, Gail is closing in on a tag but is caught by Lea by an elbow. Lea whips Gail into her (Lea’s) corner of the ring, Lea gets up to the top rope and lands a suplerplex to Gail Kim. The crowd cheer at this big move but now both divas are in need of a tag.)
Jim Ross: “I admire the efforts of Katie Lea trying to take Gail Kim down with that suplex from the top rope, but it’s taken just as much out of Lea and now Gail Kim as a chance to tag into a fresh and ready Women’s Champion in Melina.”
Todd Grisham: “It’s a race to see who can get the tag first, JR.”
(Lea TAGS Michelle… Kim TAGS Melina and Melina and Michelle come storming into the ring, Melina takes down Michelle with a clothesline and then another, Lea comes running but is whipped into the ropes and receives a dropkick for her worries. Melina gets up and screams taunting at the ropes as the crowd cheer loudly. McCool comes from behind with the roll-up, “1…2…” Melina manages to get out before the three. Michelle is angry and pulls Melina by the hair to her feet, she slams Melina to the ground and then climbs the turnbuckle, she goes for a big leg drop but Melina move out of the way and it makes for a bad landing for Michelle. Melina picks up Michelle but Michelle fights back, Michelle whips Melina to the outside but Melina hangs on to the ropes. Michelle comes over and tries to shoulder charge her off but Melina dives over so she is on top of Michelle and lands the Last Call, Gail runs in and spears Katie Lea to the outside, “1…2…3”)
Winners: Gail Kim and Melina
Justin Roberts: “Here are your winners… the team of Melina and Gail Kim!”
(The crowd cheer loudly as the two divas hug in the ring, Gail Kim turns around first and is clobbered by Michelle McCool with the Women’s Championship. Melina turns around and is next to be hit with the title belt. Katie Lea is helped to her feet by Michelle but is also hit with the belt. Michelle turns her attention to Melina, she picks Melina up and lands the Faith Breaker not once but twice. The crowd boo as she holds the WWE Women’s Championship high in the air.)
Jim Ross: “Michelle McCool has lost it Todd, she has just snapped taking out Gail Kim, WWE Women’s Champion Melina and even her own tag team partner Katie Lea. I’ve said it before, Michelle has some issues.”
Todd Grisham: “The attacks on all three were vicious JR, but more so with Melina hitting that Faith Breaker not once but twice. I’m sure she will have some issues with the three-time Women’s Champion, issues which I am hearing will be resolved at Backlash when the two divas battle it out for Melina’s Women’s Championship.”
Jim Ross: “It’s not hard to see why she is the Number One Contender, her viciousness is what has made her successful, she is a former Divas Champion after all, the first Divas Champion.”
(Michelle stands over Melina before laying the Women’s Championship over her. She takes a microphone.)
Michelle McCool: “June 20th 2008… I, Michelle McCool became the first ever WWE Divas Champion when I defeated Natalya, ten months on, April 26th 2009… I, Michelle McCool will defeat Melina and become the Women’s Champion… the first ever diva to have held both the Divas Championship and the Women’s Championship and… quite frankly, I don’t think there is anyone better to receive the award than me. (Boos) You have two weeks… she has two weeks… I want you to enjoy the last two weeks of Melina as Women’s Champion… I want her to enjoy her last two weeks as Women’s Champion because it’s all coming… to an end.”
(Michelle drops the microphone.)
Jim Ross: “She’s not only vicious in the ring, she’s vicious on the mike Todd, Michelle wants us to enjoy Melina’s reign because pretty soon, it’ll be finished, that is of course Michelle’s opinion.”
Todd Grisham: “Well, we’ll find out during Backlash on April 26th. Now, don’t go anywhere because up next we have another round of the King of the Ring tournament and let me assure you, you don’t want to miss it.”
(We return from the commercial break and the camera focuses on the stage, “Pain” sounds and the crowd begin booing as the Moscow Mauler Vladimir Kozlov comes onto the stage. He has no real expression on his face and sort of marches to the ring, he continues down the ramp.)
Justin Roberts: “The following is a King of the Ring Round 1 Match, introducing first from Moscow, Russia weighing 302lbs… The Moscow Mauler… Vladimir Kozlov.”
(Kozlov enters the ring and takes the microphone from Roberts.)
Vladimir Kozlov: “Я Владимир Kozlov и сегодня вечером я преобладаю мою противницу и выдвинусь в короля турнира кольца. Никто безопасно.”
(The crowd chant ‘What?’ at Kozlov.)
Vladimir Kozlov: “I am Vladimir Kozlov and tonight I will dominate my opponent and advance in the King of the Ring tournament. No one is safe.”
Jim Ross: “Vladimir Kozlov’s first language, as you may have noticed is Russian, what I could decipher from that is that Kozlov says he will advance in this tournament tonight and chillingly that no one is safe.”
(“SOS” sounds and the crowd begin cheering as Kofi Kingston comes onto the stage, he does his Boop taunt and the pyrotechnics go off behind him. He runs down the ramp wearing his Jamaican tracksuit, he slaps the fans hands on the way to the ring.)
Justin Roberts: “And the opponent, from Jamaica weighing 180lbs… Kofi… Kingston!”
(Kingston gets into the ring and does his taunt on the turnbuckle before jumping down.)
Jim Ross: “Kofi Kingston certainly has a huge task in front of him tonight Todd, what an opportunity he has but he was randomly drawn to face the Moscow Mauler and well, usually that doesn’t end well.”
Todd Grisham: “Kozlov has only lost a handful of matches in the WWE JR, and he has beaten greats such as The Undertaker and Triple H.”
King of the Ring Round 1 Match Vladimir Kozlov vs. Kofi Kingston
(Kozlov whips Kingston into the ropes, Kingston comes back into a hard big boot. Kingston seems a little disorientated after that, Kozlov picks up Kingston but Kingston lands a couple of body shots, Kingston comes off of the ropes looking for the Trouble in Paradise but Kozlov moves back and Kingston lands on his front, Kozlov reacts quickly grabbing Kingston’s leg and putting his knee on the back of it, he applies pressure pulling the leg back causing Kingston to scream out in pain. After a short time, Kozlov releases the pressure. He picks up Kingston and goes for a clothesline but Kingston ducks and then comes off of the ropes with a dropkick to the knee. Kozlov falls to one knee. Kingston climbs the turnbuckle and then waits for Kozlov to get to his feet, he jumps off and lands a magnificent tornado DDT, cover, “1…2…” but Kozlov manages to kick out.)
Jim Ross: “Oh, what a tornado DDT from Kofi Kingston to Kozlov but it wasn’t enough to put the Ruthless Russian down.”
Todd Grisham: “I’m sure many expected Kozlov to dominate and advance with ease given his track record but Kingston has held up his own tonight and is giving the Russian Wrangler a run for him money.”
(Kozlov uses the ropes to get to his feet and is given a clothesline by Kofi Kingston, Kozlov goes over the top rope to the floor. Kingston runs against the ropes and dives through the middle rope onto Kozlov taking him down. Kingston puts Kozlov into the ring, “1…2…” Kingston waits for Kozlov to get to his feet but maybe this was a bad idea as Kozlov reacts first grabbing him trying to throw him over the ropes but Kingston shows his athleticism bouncing back from the ropes using his arms but he turns and is grabbed by the throat by Kozlov, he wriggles free and chop blocks Kozlov, he then comes off of the ropes, Boop! Boop! Boop! Leg Drop and this is then followed when Kozlov arrives at his feet with the Trouble in Paradise! “1…2…3!” Kingston has done it.)
Winner: Kofi Kingston
Justin Roberts: “Here is your winner and advancing to the Quarter Final Round of the King of the Ring tournament… Kofi Kingston!”
(Kingston celebrates in the ring, the King of the Ring graphic comes up confirming Kingston’s place in the next round.)
Jim Ross: “There you see it, Kofi Kingston advances to the Quarter Final of the King of the Ring tournament and well, I can’t say he doesn’t deserve it. The Jamaican Sensation beat the Moscow Mauler convincingly, that is one of the most convincing wins I’ve ever seen anyone get from Kozlov so I tip my hat to Kingston.”
Todd Grisham: “To take a line from a former colleague, he isn’t only Jamaican Me Crazy, it seems he is Jamaican these fans crazy too, JR.”
VIDEO PACKAGE: Santino Marella makes his SmackDown debut next week!
Jim Ross: “Right now, lets take you backstage to Jenny Cash and Dolph Ziggler, we can confirm that in the past few days, ECW and SmackDown General Managers Tiffany and Theodore Long respectively reached a deal to trade superstars. The two friends agreed that Dolph Ziggler would go to SmackDown and ECW would receive the Corn-Fed Colossus, Festus. A huge trade right there.”
(We return to the backstage area were we see Jenny Cash standing again smiling into the camera.)
Jenny Cash: “Welcome back to SmackDown, at this time I am joined by ‘The Natural’ and participant in the King of the Ring Tournament… Dolph Ziggler.”
(Ziggler cockily walks into the shot smirking his hand outstretched.)
Dolph Ziggler: “Hi… I’m Dolph Ziggler.”
(Cash stares at him for a second but doesn’t shake his hand.)
Jenny Cash: “Yeah… I know.”
(The crowd laugh as Ziggler’s eyes open, he doesn’t look best pleased.)
Jenny Cash: “So… Dolph, tonight you compete in the First Round of the King of the Ring Tournament were you have a chance to go to the Quarter Final and you could then possibly earn yourself a shot at the WWE Championship if you went right through to win the tournament, what do you feel your chances are tonight not knowing who your opponent is?”
Dolph Ziggler: “Jenny, listen up real good, I am the Natural, you know what that means? It means that this, wrestling, it’s natural to be, I am the best all-round wrestler not only in this company, not only in this country but also… in the world. It doesn’t matter that I don’t know my opponent will be tonight because I will win, that’s what I do, I always win.”
Jenny Cash: “Dolph… I’m not sure if you remember, but you lost to Batista in your debut match.”
Dolph Ziggler: “Jenny, Jen, you better watch your mouth, as I said, I am the Natural and NO ONE, I repeat NO ONE talks to me like that. Not you, not these people, not even Teddy Long, heck, not even Vince McMahon, got it? No One. So I suggest that you shut the hell up right now and allow me to prepare for my match.”
Jenny Cash: “I realized something tonight Dolph, when someone speaks to you in a tone you don’t like, you shout in their face… I, do things a little differently.”
(Jenny slaps Dolph right across the face before storming off, Ziggler holds his cheek smirking.)
Todd Grisham: “Dolph Ziggler just got the taste slapped from his mouth by new SmackDown interviewer, Jenny Cash, she’s certainly had a wild first night. Up next folks, Dolph Ziggler will be in action.”
(We return and Dolph Ziggler’s music is playing, he is standing in the ring trying to introduce himself to the referee and Justin Roberts who both shake his hand.)
Justin Roberts: “The following is a King of the Ring Round 1 Match and it is scheduled for one fall. Introducing first, from Hollywood, California weighing 213lbs… ‘The Natural’… Dolph… Ziggler.”
(Ziggler taunts a little in the ring before holding his cheek some more.)
Todd Grisham: “Ziggler, clearly still feeling the effects of that slap from Jenny Cash.”
(“He’s Ma Da” hits and the crowd go wild as Finlay and Hornswoggle come onto the stage, Hornswoggle is dancing about on the stage and both of them continue down the ramp clapping the fans hands.)
Justin Roberts: “And his opponent, being accompanied by Hornswoggle from Belfast, Northern Ireland weighing 233lbs… ‘The Fighting Irishman’… Finlay!”
(Finlay enters the ring as Hornswoggle waits on the outside.)
Jim Ross: “The Fighting Irishman Finlay in the ring, he may be fifty-one years old but he can still go with the best of them and at that age you don’t get many more chances to earn a shot at the WWE Championship so Finlay will be looking to take this.”
King of the Ring Round 1 Match
Finlay vs. Dolph Ziggler
(Finlay is locked in a chinlock by Dolph Ziggler, Ziggler has a huge smile on his face as he applies more pressure. Finlay seems to be out of it, the referee raises him arm once and it… FALLS! He does it again and for the second time it… FALLS! He lifts it for the third time and it… STAYS UP! The crowd begin cheering as Finlay clenches his fist trying to will himself up feeding on the noise of the crowd and Hornswoggle at ringside. Finlay gets to his feet and elbows out of the move and then takes Ziggler down with a high knee, he goes for the cover, “1…2…” Ziggler is able to kick out, the crowd are chanting for Finlay as Hornswoggle gets them riled up. Ziggler gets to his feet and aims a kick at the knee of Finlay which takes him down, Ziggler grabs Finlay and slams his head back to the mat. Finlay holds the back of his head feeling the pain. Ziggler comes off of the ropes with a knee drop, cover “1…2…” but Ziggler cannot get the victory on this occasion. He sits Finlay up and just slams him across the back of the head three or four times before picking the Fighting Irishman up and landing a backdrop.)
Jim Ross: “Dolph Ziggler is an exceptional athlete but it really gets to me that he feels he can go around just disrespecting a wrestling legend Finlay like that.”
Todd Grisham: “JR, Dolph knows that he will be a big star in WWE for years to come and I think that just adds to the cockiness shown by they slaps to Finlay. I just fear for Dolph because that wouldn’t have made Irish Eyes smile.”
(Ziggler picks up Finlay but Finlay fights out and lands a quick suplex, he then lands the Pot O’ Gold, the Running Seated Senton planting himself on the chest of Finlay. He goes for the cover, “1…2…” but Ziggler is able to kick out. Finlay is grabbed by Ziggler and thrown out of the ring, Ziggler leaves the ring but ignores Finlay and focuses on Hornswoggle, he walks over to Hornswoggle, Hornswoggle takes his jacket off and rolls up his sleeves before flinging his jacket in Ziggler’s face. The referee is up to five, Finlay rolls in the ring and Ziggler throws the jacket down and continues towards Hornswoggle, Finlay dives through the middle rope onto Ziggler crashing into the barricade. The referee re-starts his count, at nine both men reach the ring at the same time. Ziggler goes for a wild right hand in the ring but Finlay ducks and then lands a sickening German Suplex, Ziggler gets to his feet and Finlay grabs him, CELTIC CROSS! He goes for the cover, “1…2…3!”)
Winner: ‘The Fighting Irishman’ Finlay
Justin Roberts: “Here is your winner and advancing to the Quarter Final stage of the King of the Ring tournament… Finlay!”
(Finlay and Hornswoggle are in the ring and do their usual dance inviting kids in to dance also.)
Jim Ross: “Irish Eyes are certainly smiling now Todd, Finlay through the help from Hornswoggle has defeated Dolph Ziggler, who you have to admit looked impressive again much like he did this Monday on RAW.”
Todd Grisham: “He sure did, but right now, it’s Finlay and Hornswoggle celebrating and for the second time tonight I’m sure the taste has been slapped from the mouth of Ziggler. Let’s take a look at the King of the Ring brackets.”
(The King of the Ring tournament brackets flash up on the screen.)
Jim Ross: “Next week, we will see the final four matches of Round 1 in this exciting tournament and then the following week we will witness the four Quarter Final matches, two of which we know right now will be CM Punk taking on Jamie Noble and Kofi Kingston battling Finlay. We know that Carlito will be a participant in this tournament next week, also at Backlash we will witness the two semi-final matches and the final, what an exciting few weeks it’s shaping up to be.”
Champion vs. Champion Match
“WWE Champion” Randy Orton vs. “WWE Intercontinental Champion” Rey Mysterio
(We return to the arena and “Booyaka 619” is the first thing that is heard as the fans leap to their feet and begin cheering. After a few seconds Rey Mysterio comes onto the stage, the Intercontinental Championship around his waist, he runs to one side of the stage and punches the air and a firework shoots off from that side of the stage, he does the same at the other side of the stage and the same thing happens. He walks down the ramp putting head together with a few children at ringside offering some encouraging words.)
Justin Roberts: “The following contest is a Champion vs. Champion Match, introducing first from San Diego, California weighing 175lbs… the current WWE Intercontinental Champion… Rey… Mysterio.”
(Mysterio gets into the ring as the cheers continue, he climbs the turnbuckle and does his usual taunts before jumping down.)
Jim Ross: “Some call him the Ultimate Underdog, but Rey Mysterio has proved in even the toughest situations that he can pull a victory from nowhere, he has the World Heavyweight Championship on his list of accomplishments in WWE and he is the current Intercontinental Champion.”
Todd Grisham: “You have to think JR, if Rey can win this match tonight against Randy Orton, he’ll surely be in line for a shot at the WWE Championship come Backlash in three weeks.”
(“Voices” sounds for the second time this evening and the crowd begin booing, much like earlier, Randy Orton cockily walks onto the stage, the WWE Championship firmly placed on his shoulder. He continues down the ramp with a sly smirk on his face.)
Justin Roberts: “And introducing the opponent, from St. Louis, Missouri weighing 245lbs… he is the current W…W…E Champion… Randy… Orton!”
(Orton comes into the ring and poses with the title holding it in the air soaking in the boos, he jumps down and puts the title right in Rey’s face, Rey grabs the title and flings it to the ground. Orton smirks and pushes Mysterio down, Mysterio tries to retaliate but the referee separates them.)
Jim Ross: “Randy Orton, just looking to get a reaction from Rey Mysterio and he got one, I think it’s safe to assume Rey will go right after Orton when this bell rings.”
Todd Grisham: “It seems that Rey Mysterio is tired of being pushed around by Orton and he can’t wait to get his hands on the Viper.”
(Randy puts a knee to Rey’s gut in the corner, he grabs Rey and just throws him down face-first to the mat. Rey holds his face in obvious pain, Orton begins stomping Rey all over his body, to his legs, side, arms and head. Rey uses the ropes to get to his feet, Randy lands a sickening shot to his ribs which takes a winded Rey to the outside through the middle rope. Rey holds his ribs as Orton smirks from the inside of the ring, Orton turns around to taunt, Rey climbs onto the apron and jumps onto the ropes then jumps towards Orton for the seated senton but Orton catches Rey and just powerbombs him to the mat, he takes in the boos and goes for the cover, “1…2…” Orton cannot believe it when Rey manages to kick out. He grabs Rey and locks on a chinlock but after a few minutes Rey is able to escape, he fights out with a couple of elbows and then bounces off of the ropes and goes for a bulldog but is slammed to the mat as Orton doesn’t fall. Rey holds his back and walks to the turnbuckle. Orton grabs Rey, lifts him to the top turnbuckle and goes for a suplex and connects, he goes for the cover again “1…2…” Orton again is frustrated and he lays on the ground for the RKO, he waits and Rey gets up… R…K…O… no, he is pushed off by Rey and Orton then gets the drop-toe-hold into the ropes.)
Jim Ross: “It has just been pure domination from the Viper Randy Orton but the tide seems to be turning as it where in Rey Mysterio’s favour, the Biggest Little Man in WWE is calling up San Diego.”
Todd Grisham: “He sure is JR and Randy Orton is in a whole world of trouble right now.”
(Rey signals, bounces off of the ropes but Orton jumps through the middle rope to the outside. Rey jumps onto the top rope and springboards himself to Orton landed a seated senton on the outside. Rey gets to his feet as the crowd cheer wildly, he enters the ring and waits for Orton, Orton gets onto the apron and sticks his head through, Rey grabs it and pulls his legs in but his feet are resting on the ropes, he does Orton’s famed DDT as the crowd cheer louder, he goes for the cover, “1…2…” but Orton is able to kick out. Rey climbs the turnbuckle and goes for his trademark splash but Orton moves and Rey eats ring mat, Orton then lines up a punt but Rey moves, roll-up, “1…2…” but it isn’t to be. Both men stand up facing each other as the crowd cheer. Orton puts his hand on Rey’s head and Rey simply can’t land any punches, Rey angrily pushes Orton’s arm away he asks Orton if he wants to ‘push him around?’, Randy smirks and Rey lands a big right hand to Orton’s face and runs at Orton, Orton picks him up for a slam but Rey hooks his legs on Orton and pulls Orton forward sending him into the ropes… 619! Orton gets to his feet, Seated Senton! The crowd are cheering wildly, Rey climbs the ropes… SPLASH! He goes for the cover, “1…2…” Rey has defeated Orton.)
Winner: Rey Mysterio
Justin Roberts: “Here is your winner… the current WWE Intercontinental Champion… Rey… Mysterio!”
(Rey climbs onto the turnbuckle taunting some more.)
Jim Ross: “Rey Mysterio has done it! Mysterio has defeated Randy Orton here tonight, what a massive victory for the Intercontinental Champion over the new WWE Champion.”
Todd Grisham: “And, as if it couldn’t get better for Rey, I’m hearing that due a stipulation that had been enforced for this match that was not publicly announced… Rey Mysterio will have a chance to become a double champion as next week we get a huge re-match, this time with the WWE Championship on the line.”
(Rey takes a microphone.)
Rey Mysterio: “The bigger they are… the harder they fall, right Randy? Your not the biggest in the world but you sure like making fun of my size, you see Randy, I accept the fact that I am not the biggest wrestler on the roster but what I lack in size, I make up in speed, agility, versatility and… victories (Cheers) You, you like to push me around, that’s fine, if it makes you feel good Randy… you see I’ve been in contact with someone… someone who feels like pushing you around Randy, feels like getting some revenge, Y ese hombre es… and that man is…”
(Rey points to the entrance way, the crowd grow in anticipation when “I Walk Alone” hits and the crowd go absolutely crazy! The loudest reaction of the night by far, after a few seconds Batista comes onto the stage dressed in his ring gear, the crowd are still chanting and cheering. He does his little dance on the stage as pyrotechnics fly up behind him.)
Jim Ross: “OH! THE ANIMAL, THE ANIMAL BATISTA IS BACK! BATISTA IS BACK AND HE’S COMING FOR RANDY ORTON!”
Todd Grisham: “Orton better run JR, he better try and get as far away from the Frank Erwin Center as possible.”
(Batista comes down clapping fans hands and then enters the ring, he taunts at each turnbuckle and then jumps down, he hugs Rey Mysterio. Orton is just arriving at his feet and is speared down to the mat. Batista roars like an animal of all things and then gives Randy a spinebuster, he does the ‘thumbs-up’ and ‘thumbs-down’ taunt but before he can get to Randy he has skedaddled all the way up the ramp. Batista grabs the ropes and shakes it, he hugs Rey again and then they stand and watch Randy at the top of the ramp while the off air logo appears.)
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Okay, last week we reported how legendary WWE Superstar the Undertaker was unhappy with his position in WWE. He was drafted to Monday Night RAW two weeks ago and he wasn’t happy about this, he wanted to stay on SmackDown, it was seen as his ‘yard’ and when asked to think of one person on the show, Undertaker’s name usually popped up first. However, Vince had a meeting with all of the people changing brands on the live show and told them, Undertaker was reportedly not happy and even told Randy Orton who was beside him that he wasn’t, he didn’t say anything at the meeting to Vince.
Later after the show he requested a meeting with Vince when the arena was emptying, Vince granted his request. From an insider at the WWE at the meeting, we hear that the Undertaker told Vince he wasn’t best pleased and would like to stay on SmackDown. Vince replied that he didn’t know this, that he should have said something before the draft show and that he had planned for a change in WWE anyway, Vince said that he apparently hadn’t really ‘shook things up’ like he had previously promised with the draft and wanted to do that now.
Undertaker then apparently told Vince that he wasn’t deeply upset about the move, he finds it exciting to work on RAW but what he is unhappy about is that he was told on such short notice. He said that for all the work he has put in over the years he feels that he should be told at least a week in advance because he would have accepted anyway. Undertaker said that is what annoyed him.
Vince told Undertaker that right now, he should be honest and that they have no ‘concrete’ plans for him. Vince told Undertaker that Shawn would be winning a shot at the WWE Championship and that Undertaker probably won’t be wrestling come Backlash. Undertaker says that he has a few nagging injuries and feels that it’s time he take a vacation. Vince said that this was not going to happen as he would be needed to bolster lesser PPVs such as Judgment Day.
This angered Undertaker, Undertaker said that Vince is just being unfair, he works his butt off night after night picking up injury after injury, he wrestles a huge match with Shawn Michaels but he isn’t getting time off. Undertaker told Vince the WWE Chairman that every PPV was a ‘B’ show apart from the big four and he wouldn’t be participating in all of them.
Vince says that he understands Undertaker needs time off but in these tricky financial times he wants to have Undertaker on board and especially because the ratings usually fall right after WrestleMania. Undertaker said having him on the show didn’t change things before with ratings. Undertaker says he wants time off and he is taking it, either Vince can accept or he will seriously consider leaving.
Vince told Undertaker that it was the end of discussion and told him they will meet again once he has ‘cooled off’. A few days past and they met again, apparently Vince straight out asked Undertaker if he wanted out of his contract, Undertaker was taken aback by this questioning if Vince would really let him out that easy. Vince said that he can’t hold him back. Undertaker said that right now he didn’t want out, he was considering leaving and he said he was considering talking with TNA because he wanted time off but the reduced schedule would allow him to work at least one show per week which to him, is adequate.
Vince then told Undertaker that he will reduce his schedule but he simply cannot afford to have him off of television. Vince has apparently thrown an offer to Undertaker that he will have him off RAW this week and then he will only work the TV Tapings each week but weather this happens remains to be seen.
This is a shocking stance from Vince as usually he is happy to let a long-serving veteran like The Undertaker have his time off.
In Other News:
- The decision was made for ECW and SmackDown to trade Dolph Ziggler and Festus because many see a ready-made feud for Ziggler on SmackDown. Vince, who is a known fan of Ziggler called for the move on Monday’s RAW, the same day as the audition for new SmackDown Backstage Interviewer Jenny Cash, Vince wanted a surprising audition, someone with real passion, this was needed as you may have noticed on SmackDown, Vince is looking for the announcers to be more vocal. Vince sees the Dolph Ziggler character as a wrestler really arrogant and thought the Cash/Ziggler segment went off well. Back to the ready-made feud we talked about, apparently Finlay has been chosen to work with Ziggler. We don’t know when this could be, a programme could start next week if Finlay is eliminated in the King of the Ring tournament but may not happen until Backlash or after if Finlay advances or wins.
- Festus wasn’t just randomly chosen to be the one drafted for Ziggler. Apparently the ECW writers wanted Festus because they see a lot of potential in him. We have no news if they plan to change the character but they do seem to have an interest in him. Many in the ECW team have pushed for Jesse to come over from SmackDown.
- According to several sources, Vince McMahon was not pleased with how the Batista return came off on TV. He wanted his writers to push the friendship of Rey and Batista as to why Rey called him out but he felt that the return didn’t have the desired impact. He thought the pop from the crowd was tremendous but because Batista didn’t immediately go after Orton the crowd kind of went quiet.
- There is said to be confusion in the SmackDown side of things as originally Rey Mysterio was pencilled in to compete in the King of the Ring tournament. Although it is a possibility that Rey could work a double-shift at the tapings next week, the current plan is for him to face Randy Orton for the WWE Championship. As of right now there doesn’t seem to be any plans for an Intercontinental Championship Match come Backlash.
- Jamie Noble, who sometime last year told Vince McMahon he would like to help putting over talent and would like to be comic relief in the show has asked to be removed from that role. Noble, who is good friends with Triple H and Shawn Michaels wants to be taken more serious as a contender and the match last week shows that.
- There is said to be “panic” within the WWE as creating the new Unified Tag Team Championships and the new design of the ECW Television Championship is said to be a slower process than originally thought. This past Tuesday at the SmackDown and ECW tapings, the Colons were told to announce they would be unveiling new titles as they were ahead of schedule but a production fault has halted the production by several days. Vince has demanded they work around the clock to get both new titles ready.
- The main focus for this week of WWE Programming will be the ECW show which goes two hours on Sci-Fi. Vince has already ensured that a Champion of Champions Match will take place, he originally wasn’t keen as all three champions in the WWE are currently heel but said that it’ll be interesting and different.
- WWE Superstars on WGN America also debuts this Thursday.
Okay, the World Tour that was eluded too on SmackDown.
Details on HUGE Upcoming Televised World Tour!
It was announced during the past week of WWE Television that after the SmackDown Broadcast tonight that WWE.com would release official details regarding a televised upcoming World Tour. Here are all the details you need about this tour:
This May 4th the WWE, it’s crew, wrestlers, everything to do with WWE will leave the United States and will not return until Sunday, July 26th for the ninth annual WWE Night of Champions PPV . WWE will be out of the United States for over three months providing fans around the World a chance to see televised up close and personal WWE Action. This means that WWE Pay-Per-Views Judgment Day, Extreme Rules and The Great American Bash will be broadcast outside of the USA for the first time ever, currently there are plans to change the name of the Great American Bash for this one time seeing as how the PPV will be outside America. This is a ground-breaking movement for the WWE and every moment of WWE Action will be broadcast around the World from places such as the UK, Spain, Ireland and many others! Tickets go on sale this Saturday at 9:00am for ALL of the shows, this will undoubtedly be a busy time for WWE and WWE.com staff. It should also be noted that tickets bought for House Shows around Europe and for the TV shows in England will be refunded but don’t miss your chance on Saturday to pick up tickets. The following information lists the tour dates but also lists the dates for WWE PPV Backlash and the RAW, SmackDown and ECW shows before WWE embarks on this spectacular tour:
WWE Backlash (Providence, Rhode Island)
WWE Monday Night RAW (Bridgeport, Connecticut)
ECW on Sci-Fi (New York City, New York)
WWE Friday Night SmackDown! (New York City, New York)
4th May: WWE Monday Night RAW (Arena México, Mexico City.)
5th May: ECW on Sci-Fi (Arena V.G.F, Guadalajara, Mexico.)
8th May: WWE Friday Night SmackDown! (Arena V.G.F, Guadalajara, Mexico.)
11th May: WWE Monday Night RAW (MEN Arena, Manchester, England)
12th May: ECW on Sci-Fi (Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland)
15th May: WWE Friday Night SmackDown! (Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland)
17th May: WWE Judgment Day (SECC, Hall 4, Glasgow, Scotland)
18th May: WWE Monday Night RAW (Cardiff International Arena, Cardiff, Wales)
19th May: ECW on Sci-Fi (The Point, Dublin Ireland)
22nd May: WWE Friday Night SmackDown! (The Point, Dublin Ireland)
25th May: WWE Monday Night RAW (The Odyssey, Belfast, Northern Ireland.)
26th May: ECW on Sci-Fi (Bercy, Paris, France)
29th May: WWE Friday Night SmackDown! (Bercy, Paris, France)
1st June: WWE Monday Night RAW (Stockholm Globe Arena, Stockholm, Sweden.)
2nd June: ECW on Sci-Fi (Håkons Hall, Lillehammer, Norway)
5th June: WWE Friday Night SmackDown! (Håkons Hall, Lillehammer, Norway)
7th June: WWE Extreme Rules (Gigantium, Aalborg, Denmark)
8th June: WWE Monday Night RAW (Helsinki Arena, Helsinki, Finland)
9th June: ECW on Sci-Fi (Datch Forum di Assago, Milan, Italy)
12th June: WWE Friday Night SmackDown! (Datch Forum di Assago, Milan, Italy)
15th June: WWE Monday Night RAW (Bizkaia Arena, Bilbao, Madrid, Spain)
16th June: ECW on Sci-Fi (Pavilhão Atlântico, Lisbon, Portugal)
19th June: WWE Friday Night SmackDown! (Pavilhão Atlântico, Lisbon, Portugal)
22nd June: WWE Monday Night RAW (Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Germany)
23rd June: ECW on Sci-Fi (O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic)
26th June: WWE Friday Night SmackDown! (O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic)
28th June: **Working Title** European Bash (Steel Aréna, Kosice, Slovakia)
29th June: WWE Monday Night RAW (Zadar Arena, Zader, Croatia)
30th June: ECW on Sci-Fi (Mihai Flamaropol, Bucharest, Romania)
3rd July: WWE Friday Night SmackDown! (Mihai Flamaropol, Bucharest, Romania)
6th July: WWE Monday Night RAW (Babruysk Arena, Babruysk, Belarus)
7th July: ECW on Sci-Fi (Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia)
10th July: WWE Friday Night SmackDown! (Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia)
13th July: WWE Monday Night RAW (Sportkompleks Illichivets, Mariupool, Ukraine)
14th July: ECW on Sci-Fi (Saitama Sūpā Arīna, Saitama, Japan)
17th July: WWE Friday Night SmackDown! (Saitama Sūpā Arīna, Saitama, Japan)
20th July: WWE Monday Night RAW (Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, Australia)
21st July: ECW on Sci-Fi (Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada)
24th July: WWE Friday Night SmackDown! (Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada)
WWE RETURNS TO THE UNITED STATES
26th July: WWE Night of Champions (Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
NOTES: For realism, remember SmackDown! is taped alongside ECW on Tuesday and there is no House Shows and it would leave plenty of time to travel. It may seem unrealistic having this many televised shows and such but it should be cool.
Here is the RAW preview. After this I shall post my RAW which won't be in full sometime in the next couple days. Thanks.
WWE Monday Night RAW Preview
‘Hustle, Loyalty, Respect.’
|Rated R Retribution|
Last week, in some of the most shocking things the WWE Universe has ever witnessed in the WWE, the World Heavyweight Champion and Rated ‘R’ Superstar Edge kidnapped John Cena throwing him into the trunk of his car and basically holding him captive for the majority of the night. This move by Edge meant that John Cena could not compete in the Fatal Four Way Elimination Match to determine the new Number One Contender to Edge’s Championship, because Cena could not make the match because Edge had locked him in the trunk of his car, Cena was replaced by cocky upstart Dolph Ziggler who put in a good showing before being eliminated, Chris Jericho then followed.
The final two in the contest were Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker, the two men had battled each other in a classic at WrestleMania 25 the previous night and unlike WrestleMania, it was Shawn Michaels who managed to get the victory and earn a shot at Edge for Backlash. Before the two could lock horns again, the match was interrupted by John Cena who stormed down to the ring and attacked Edge, a brawl which continued well after RAW had went off of the air before the two men were separated.
Going into RAW this Monday it has officially been announced that John Cena and Edge will compete against each other. Also, there are more questions than answers as the WWE Universe continues to wonder just how John Cena escaped the trunk of the car to attack Edge. What will happen when RAW goes on the air this Monday evening?
|Turn Up the Trouble|
At the twenty-fifth anniversary of WrestleMania, Mr. Kennedy made a shocking return to, assumingly, shake the hand of long-time mentor and idol of Kennedy, Stone Cold Steve Austin’s hand as he said his final farewell to the WWE audience around the world. Instead, Mr. Kennedy hit Stone Cold with the Mike Check before pouring Austin’s trademark beer all over him. The following night on RAW, Mr. Kennedy told the world that it all happened sub-conciously and that he was sickened by the fact Austin could walk away into the sunset leaving behind a fantastic career while Kennedy struggles to maintain his own and struggles to create a legacy that will be remembered because of the injuries.
Kennedy, who returns to action this Monday on RAW will sure have more to say about the Rattlesnake. This will infuriate the WWE Universe who were fooled by Mr. Kennedy playing Stone Cold’s music, they would love nothing more to see an Austin return but with Austin filming a new movie and the WWE soon embarking on a world tour which would make it impossible for Austin to make his movie and make appearances, time is running out for Austin.
Can Kennedy make a successful return to RAW, find out this Monday.
|Pick Your Poison|
Last week, John Morrison shocked the world winning a five man battle royal to become the new United States Champion. Morrison won the match after eliminating MVP, the former United States Champion with a Moonlight Drive from the apron to the mats outside the ring. The finish was marred in controversy as confusion swept the crowd last week but in the end after a few replays it was determined that John Morrison was the new US Champion. MVP, who took the defeat in his stride announced that at Backlash he will use his rematch clause to face Morrison for the gold.
Now, just two weeks before Backlash, the two men will participate in a Pick Your Poison where they chose the opponent for their foe to face. For example, MVP will pick John Morrison’s opponent and vice-versa. This is a huge chance to pick someone to wear down the other before Backlash. What will happen come Monday?
On RAW last week, new RAW pick, Divas Champion Maryse made her presence felt on Monday Night RAW with a big victory over Mickie James. The veteran diva could not match up to the Divas Champion on this night but she has a chance for some revenge when she teams up with Alicia Fox and DJ Gabriel in a huge intergender tag team contest against Maryse, Beth Phoenix and the big Mike Knox. What will happen as this tag action unfolds?
|Priceless Turn of Events|
Through WWE’s AT&T Mobile Service, fans last week got a sneak peak into the locker room of Legacy, the stable which once consisted of Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes, however with Randy Orton being drafted to SmackDown it leaves just Ted DiBiase and Rhodes as part of the group, or so it seemed. Just one night after WrestleMania, whilst watching Triple H vs. Randy Orton on the grandest stage, they began to discuss Randy Orton’s move to Friday nights, many expected them to agree that it wasn’t the best move of the draft but Ted DiBiase felt the move was great.
DiBiase believes that with Orton on RAW he can get the air time previously taken by Randy Orton to shine and that he can show his true work ethic in the ring, not in tag matches with Rhodes or Orton. This led to a brawl between the two superstars and it led to a match later in the night, the match ended in a count out, RAW General Manager Vickie Guerrero then announced that the two would battle at Backlash, if Cody won he would get his wish to go to SmackDown with Orton, however if Ted DiBiase won, Vickie would be able to chose any SmackDown Superstar she wishes.
Tonight, Vickie Guerrero has called for a debate between the two where they will get into the ring and discuss their problems. Vickie also told WWE.com that should a brawl break out she will not stop it stating she has “enough to worry about”, what will happen with Rhodes and DiBiase?
Find out ALL THIS and much, much more come RAW on Monday.
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WWE Monday Night RAW
Live from the World Arena
(We get another commercial for WWE Superstars, the same commercial which has been aired over the last week, the show makes it’s debut this Thursday live on WGN America. The RAW logo flashes up on the screen and then the text ‘Last Week’ comes up, it shows all the major events such as John Morrison winning the United States Championship, it shows Shawn Michaels earning a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship at Backlash and then finally Edge bundling Cena into the back of his car and preventing him from competing for a chance in the World Heavyweight Championship Match later in the evening. “To Be Loved” begins playing as the RAW introduction package plays, it is the same video as last week except some wrestlers appear before others which was different than last week. We go inside the World Arena and pyrotechnics fly up off the stage and explode to the loud cheers of the crowd, after a few seconds the display finishes and the camera pans the crowd who are throwing their signs up and cheering very loudly. The camera then pans down to the RAW broadcast team of Michael Cole and Jerry “The King” Lawler who both stare into the camera.)
Michael Cole: “Welcome everyone to Monday Night RAW coming to you live tonight from the World Arena in Columbus, Ohio. I am Michael Cole alongside my broadcast colleague Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler and we come to you tonight on the back of the shocking events that took place last week in Houston, Texas.”
Jerry Lawler: “Shocking but smart Michael, Edge locked John Cena in the back of his trunk and drove around Houston before coming back for the Main Event and leaving Cena in the trunk, Cena was stuck in the trunk of the car while his World title dreams evaporated.”
Michael Cole: “However, John Cena in the final portion of the contest escaped somehow from the car and attacked Edge who had joined us at the announce table. There are so many questions which we hope to get answers about tonight.”
Jerry Lawler: “You know Michael, last week that brawl between Edge and John Cena lasted well after the show went off of the air and it took almost half an hour for the security staff to regain control of the situation.”
(“Metalingus” hits and the crowd begin to boo rather loudly as the Rated ‘R’ Superstar Edge steps onto the stage with the World Heavyweight Championship placed over his shoulder. He seems to be a little scared, looking around presumably for John Cena. Edge raises his belt in the air and the pyrotechnics go off behind him. He continues down the ramp still nervously looking around.)
Lillian Garcia: “Please welcome at this time… the Rated ‘R’ Superstar and current World Heavyweight Champion… Edge!”
Michael Cole: “You can see Edge looking around King, he’s scared that John Cena will come out here tonight for revenge and I hope that vindictive Edge is squirming right now.”
Jerry Lawler: “At the end of the day Michael, Edge prevented arguably his biggest threat to his title from competing for the title, it’s smart.”
(Edge enters the ring still looking around; he takes a microphone and seems to relax a little bit.)
Edge: “Last week I orchestrated the greatest segment in wrestling history, last week I threw John Cena into the trunk of my car and drove him around the city of Houston and back again and prevented him from competing for my World Championship at Backlash.”
(The crowd begin booing very loudly at Edge.)
Edge: “All week I’ve been hearing ‘Why, Edge? Why?’ Why did you do that to the beloved John Cena? I’ll tell you all why I did what I did because John Cena has a habit of wrecking everything that I have worked for, John Cena just won’t leave me alone, every two seconds he’s asking for a title shot so I thought that I would wreck everything he has worked for by preventing him the chance at my World Championship. John Cena won’t be facing me at Backlash… and John Cena won’t be taking my World Heavyweight Championship.”
(The crowd continue to boo and then ‘Sexy Boy’ hits and the crowd go crazy as Shawn Michaels comes dancing onto the stage wearing his ‘HBK’ t-shirt emblazoned with the slogan ‘If you believe, you will achieve on the back.’ Shawn soaks in the cheers from the crowd.)
Michael Cole: “There you see The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels who just one night after a classic contest with the Undertaker managed to secure a victory in a Fatal Four Way Elimination Match that John Cena was supposed to compete in.”
Jerry Lawler: “Michael, will you please stop going on about John Cena? He isn’t in the title picture, it’s Shawn Michaels and Edge in the Main Event at Backlash, not John Cena.”
Shawn Michaels: “Edge… I’ve done a lot of things in my career, I’ve stole championships, I’ve done things I’m not proud of, I’ve Main Evented WrestleMania, I’ve Main Evented PPV’s up and down the calendar and heck, I was involved in the Montreal Screwjob, but I’ve never bundled someone into the back of a car and prevented him from competing… that… that takes guts.”
(The crowd begin booing HBK a little surprised at his reaction.)
Shawn Michaels: “I don’t know if you were watching last week… or you were too busy getting beat up by John Cena (Cheers) but Edge I defeated the Undertaker last in the Fatal Four Way Elimination Number One Contenders Match and that means that come Backlash, no it won’t be you and John Cena… it will be you, Edge and The Icon… The Main Event…”
Edge: “Yeah… yeah… I’m HBK, Mr. WrestleMania… blah, blah. Shawn, you don’t concern me… your washed-up… you’re a has been and you are no were near the standard that I am at and you might have wrestled a classic match with the Undertaker but I’ve defeated the Undertaker so many times that it doesn’t matter to me. These people might appreciate your work ethic and your talent but I don’t.”
(The crowd are chanting for ‘Cena’ at this point.)
Edge: “And just like these people Shawn, you think you will win my World Championship at Backlash… these people think that John Cena will have the guts to come out here and try and beat me up… but you know what, you are all WRONG! WRONG! WRONG! WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!”
Shawn Michaels: “No, Edge… I don’t think I’m wrong because come Backlash I will win that World Heavyweight Championship and I don’t think these people are wrong because just before I came out here, I heard that a certain individual had arrived… and wanted to speak to you…”
(The crowd cheer knowing who it is, Edge doesn’t act surprised and he leaves the stage area and then “My Time is Now” blasts onto the speakers and the crowd leap to their feet. Wasting little time John Cena charges down to the ring and spears down Edge hammering right and left hands to Edge’s face, he gets up and Edge tries to escape but Cena grabs his legs and locks in the STF! Cena is screaming shouting ‘Do you like this, Edge?’ Cena continues to apply pressure as the crowd cheer loudly.)
Michael Cole: “IT’S JOHN CENA! IT’S JOHN CENA, KING! JOHN CENA IS HERE AND HE’S SPOLIN’ FOR A FIGHT AGAINST EDGE!”
Jerry Lawler: “There, you happy? John Cena, this is just disgusting violence… he could break his neck.”
Vickie Guerrero: “EXCUSE ME! EXCUSE ME!”
(The crowd begin booing louder than ever as Vickie Guerrero steps onto the stage microphone in hand, John Cena doesn’t listen applying further pressure.)
Vickie Guerrero: “John Cena, as the General Manager of RAW I am demanding that you release the hold.”
(The crowd boo again but Cena doesn’t release, he doesn’t seem to be even listening.)
Vickie Guerrero: “John… break the hold now or you will suffer the consequences.”
(Cena still isn’t listening; the crowd seem to be enjoying this rebellious side of John Cena.)
Vickie Guerrero: “Okay, John, if you do not break the hold right now, not only will I get security to escort you from the arena tonight but you will NEVER get a World Championship opportunity ever again and I will be releasing you from your RAW contract effective immediately. Now, listen…”
(John Cena seems to snap out of the trance he was on and reluctantly releases the hold, he sits on the mat for a second.)
John Cena: “No, Vickie you listen, this man prevented me from competing for the World Heavyweight Championship… he insulted me and he insulted my father… I’m going to make him pay…”
(Cena goes to lock it in again.)
Vickie Guerrero: “John, okay, you can have your World Title chance.”
(Cena releases the hold and stands up, he smirks and begins applauding Vickie Guerrero.)
John Cena: “Alright, alright Vickie, come on, announce it now that right here, right now John Cena vs. Edge.”
Vickie Guerrero: “No, John, you will have the chance to earn a spot in the match at Backlash in a match against Shawn Michaels as being an impartial General Manger, it wasn’t fair that you could not compete but I still do not condone your actions tonight.”
(The crowd cheer loudly and John Cena doesn’t look best pleased, Vickie Guerrero walks backstage and Cena drops to his knees and is right at Edge’s ear.)
John Cena: “Edge… you might have had your little ‘friend’ to come help you tonight and maybe she’ll stop me attacking you on RAW… but come Backlash… the Backlash of what you have done will hit you like a ton of bricks… the storm’s coming.”
(Cena drops the microphone and taunts as the crowd cheer.)
Michael Cole: “I’m surprised King, in the interest of fairness, RAW General Manager Vickie Guerrero has announced that because he was unable to compete last week, John Cena that is because of that attack by Edge, he will face Shawn Michaels and if he wins he will be slotted into the match making it a Triple Threat.”
Jerry Lawler: “You know Michael, Vickie should have just released John Cena right there but she realizes how valuable Cena is to this brand, still I would have released him, he had no right to attack the champion like that.”
Michael Cole: “No right? Did you see RAW last week?”
Pick Your Poison
MVP vs. ???
(“I’m Comin” blasts out of the speakers as the inflatable tunnel has returned, after a few seconds MVP emerges and then he does his taunt as the pyrotechnics go off behind him. As he makes his way down the ramp we get a video showing what happened last week and the crowning of a new United States Champion.)
Lillian Garcia: “The following contest is scheduled for one fall… introducing first from Miami, Florida weighing 249 lbs… Montel Vontavious Porter… M…V…P!”
(MVP enters the ring and climbs the turnbuckle taunting, he jumps down and then taunts in the middle of the ring.)
Michael Cole: “Right here tonight King, we had two Pick Your Poison matches between involving MVP and current United States Champion John Morrison who won the title last week on RAW. Tonight, just a couple of weeks before they fight at Backlash, they have the power to choose the opposition tonight. So, John Morrison right now has hand-selected an opponent for MVP to face.”
Lillian Garcia: “And his opponent…”
(“Some Bodies Gonna’ Get It” sounds and the crowd begin to boo, surprisingly loudly at Mark Henry as the big man steps onto the stage. Henry roars like a wild animal, Tony Atlas by his side clapping. The duo make their way down the ramp, Henry gets about mid-way before shouting at a fan before continuing.)
Lillian Garcia: “From Silsbee, Texas weighing 380lbs… he is the World’s Strongest Man… Mark Henry!”
Michael Cole: “There isn’t a positive you can take from having to face Mark Henry, especially after a loss and after Henry’s loss last week in that Battle Royal, you can bet he wants to take out his frustrations on someone.”
Jerry Lawler: “A very smart choice from John Morrison, Michael. The Guru of Greatness has done well, Mark Henry’s dominance in the WWE is well-documented.”
Michael Cole: “And MVP doesn’t look too pleased.”
(MVP now has a smirk on his face, Mark Henry enters the ring and taunts in the ring.)
(Mark Henry has MVP backed into the corner, he goes to the opposite turnbuckle and then charges at MVP and sandwiches him between himself and the turnbuckle. MVP falls to the ground writhing in pain. Henry lets out a big laugh. He comes off of the ropes and goes for a big splash but MVP moves out of the way, Henry tries to recover on the ground and MVP goes for the drive-by kick but Henry moves out of the way, MVP turns and receives a clothesline from the big man. Henry goes for the cover, “1…2…” MVP manages to kick out at the last second. Henry picks up MVP and puts his hand on his head, he tries to level him with a punch but MVP ducks and runs off of the ropes, he goes for a flying shoulder tackle but is swatted away like a fly by the World’s Strongest Man.)
Michael Cole: “MVP is having a lot of trouble wearing down the Silverback Mark Henry, every time he tries to mount some offense he is just taken down by the incredible strength and power of Mark Henry.”
Jerry Lawler: “I understand that MVP has a rematch clause in his contract Michael, but if Mark Henry was to win tonight, surely he should replace MVP in the US Championship Match at Backlash, from this showing he deserves it.”
Michael Cole: “Oh, come on, King! MVP has that clause written in his contract, win or lose tonight doesn’t matter.”
(MVP gets to his feet at the ropes, Henry runs at him, MVP pulls the ropes down and Henry goes bundling over to the thin mats outside of the ring. MVP tries to catch his breath as Henry recovers outside, MVP bounces off of the ropes and then goes for an incredible suicide dive, MVP and Henry crash into the barricade and fall to the mat. The referee reaches eight on his count before they get back in the ring. The referee begins talking to Henry telling him the importance of staying in the ring and Tony Atlas yanks at MVP’s leg, MVP turns and begins shouting at Atlas, he turns around and Henry grabs him… World’s Strongest Slam! “1…2…3” and this one is over.)
Winner: Mark Henry
Lillian Garcia: “Here is your winner… The World’s Strongest Man… Mark Henry!”
Michael Cole: “MVP’s chances of winning tonight were slim going into this match because of the identity of his opponent, Mark Henry is someone who just dominates competition and he did that tonight.”
Jerry Lawler: “As I said, Morrison did great choosing Mark Henry and that is backed up by that huge win for the Silverback.”
(We return to see Michael Cole smiling into the camera.)
Michael Cole: “At this time, let’s go into the ring with my broadcast colleague, WWE Hall of Famer Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler.”
(We go to the ring where we see WWE commentator Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler standing, he gets a lot of ‘Jerry’ chants from the crowd in attendance. He smiles and holds the microphone to his mouth, he is standing in front of a podium, to his side are two other podiums fitting with microphones.)
Jerry Lawler: “At this time, ladies and gentleman, I have been asked by the RAW General Manager, Vickie Guerrero to oversee a debate between former tag team partners Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes. As you know, these two have been trying to get their hands on each other following their mentor, Randy Orton’s move to SmackDown. Cody Rhodes feels that Orton will help him get to the next level in the WWE whereas Ted DiBiase, the star of the Marine 2 feels that Orton held them back. Vickie Guerrero set up a match between the two at Backlash where if Cody Rhodes wins, he joins Randy Orton on SmackDown, however if Ted DiBiase wins, then Vickie can choose anyone on the SmackDown roster to draft to RAW. Vickie told me that this debate is designed to settle any differences between the two and that nothing is barred. So, without further ado… please welcome… Cody Rhodes!”
(“Priceless” hits and the crowd begin booing quite loudly as Cody Rhodes saunters onto the stage, he is wearing a ‘Legacy’ shirt, he is soaking in the boos from the crowd. He walks down the ramp and enters the ring before taking his place at the podium, he shoots a glance at Jerry Lawler.)
Michael Cole: “There you see, Cody Rhodes, a man who fully believes he could further his career by moving to SmackDown with Randy Orton.”
Jerry Lawler: “Also, please welcome… Ted DiBiase!”
(Some generic theme music plays and for the first few seconds of DiBiase’s titantron we are treated to some clips from the Marine 2. He comes out onto the ramp and is just staring at Cody Rhodes, he walks down the ramp clapping a few fans hands before entering the ring, he takes his place at the other podium. The two have locked eyes and are just facing each other.)
Michael Cole: “Ted DiBiase, he feels the opposite to Rhodes, that Orton held them back.”
Jerry Lawler: “Okay, gentleman… if you would by the request of Vickie Guerrero, say your peace.”
Cody Rhodes: “I guess I’ll go first Teddy, in just two weeks Ted at Backlash I am going to beat you in that ring and I’m going to go to SmackDown so that myself and Randy Orton can dominate that brand just like we did RAW and just like I will come Backlash and that will be pri-“
Ted DiBiase: “Priceless? Where did it all go wrong Cody, we were the best of the best, the ultimate tag team, we were two time tag team champions, we were the most promising stars in the entire WWE, we were for certain future World Champions, then Randy Orton came along, he formed Legacy and we begged to get into it, I regret doing that Cody, and you should to. I said last week, Orton has held us back for the longest time, there’s a reason why he is the WWE Champion and we’re not.”
Cody Rhodes: “Unlike you, Ted, I appreciate true talent like Randy Orton, Randy Orton is the man to take me up to the next stage in this company, he knows I’m not ready to fill his shoes as a champion but when that times comes, Orton will step aside and although me my chance, it’s all about being patient.”
Ted DiBiase: “Patience? We’ve been walking around for months as the lackey of Randy Orton, we’ve done his dirty work, we even helped him retain his championship at WrestleMania 25, if it wasn’t for us he wouldn’t be champion and you can play the waiting game Cody, you can wait because you’ll be waiting for a long time and when I beat you this Sunday, when I prove that you are nothing more than a lackey who can’t excel to anything else, then the moment that Orton kicks you out of Legacy and the WWE, like he tried to do to me, will be priceless…”
(The crowd cheer a little.)
Cody Rhodes: “Yeah, keep talking Ted… like he tried to do to you? Give me a break, Orton wasn’t trying to kick you out of the WWE, he realized your potential and he punted you in the head, not to end your career but to try and knock some sense into you, but it obviously failed. When you were out, you recovered pretty quickly, but no you didn’t return straight away, you went off the film what is going to be the worst film this year… The Marine 2, you actually think people will want to buy that crap?”
(The crowd boo Rhodes.)
Ted DiBiase: “It’s up to personal opinion, people might like my movie, maybe they won’t but my personal opinion about you Cody is that you are clueless... clueless about your career... clueless about Randy Orton and your most certainly clueless about what is going to happen to you at Backlash.”
(The crowd cheer and a ‘DiBiase’ chant starts up.)
Cody Rhodes: “You know Ted, Vickie Guerrero said that tonight, there’s nothing barred from this debate, we have free will, which means that if I really wanted to, I could humiliate you and beat you senseless right now.”
(“Voices” hits and the crowd give a mixed reaction, more surprised than anything. Rhodes and DiBiase look around surprised. Orton appears on the titantron, his WWE Championship sitting on his shoulder.)
Randy Orton: “Ted DiBiase... Cody Rhodes, two of the most promising stars in the WWE, under the wing of the greatest superstar in the WWE, the current WWE Champion, I am drafted to SmackDown and everything has fallen apart. I watched you last week, I watched you this week, I observed what was going on and I agreed with Cody, Ted you are being spiteful and ungrateful... and... GO! CODY! GO!”
(With that, Ted DiBiase has little time to react and Cody takes him down from behind, he begins stomping on Ted DiBiase, on every part of his body much like his mentor Randy Orton does. He picks Ted DiBiase up and lands the Cross Rhodes on him, a rolling cutter. He does it for a second time before taking in the boos of the crowd. We go to a commercial as Rhodes stands.)
VIDEO PACKAGE: The Undertaker
We see clips from the Undertaker’s streak at WrestleMania, we see him winning against Shawn Michaels and then the text ‘Who is Next?’ flashes up.
Pick Your Poison
John Morrison vs. ???
(“Stonefree Experience” hits and the crowd begin to boo as the self-proclaimed Shaman of Sexy steps onto the stage, the United States Championship is sitting snug around his waist. He takes it off and for his signature pose raises it in the air, in slow-motion. He continues walking down the ramp, ignoring the fans and adjusting the belt on his shoulder.)
Lillian Garcia: “The following contest is a Pick Your Poison Match that is scheduled for one fall… introducing first from Los Angeles, California weighing in at 223lbs… he is the NEW WWE United States Champion… John Morrison!”
(Morrison enters the ring and holds his title high in the air.)
Michael Cole: “John Morrison, won that huge Battle Royal last week to become the new US Champion.”
Jerry Lawler: “I like Morrison, Michael, he’s a great talent and he’s got all the skills to be a top star in this company.”
(Morrison has taken a microphone, he runs his hand through his hair.)
John Morrison: “Last week, right here on Monday Night RAW, I won a five man Battle Royal, lastly eliminating MVP to become your NEW United States Champion.”
(The crowd boo this and chant ‘MVP’)
John Morrison: “Now that the US Championship is at the Palace of Wisdom, I don’t intend to let it leave, but someone seems to have a problem with that, the convict MVP! We all choose a role model in life, I chose Chuck Norris for obvious reasons but all of you people chose MVP as a role model, a man who spent nine years in prison, he shouldn’t be your role model, he’s a failure and that was only further proven when he was beaten by Mark Henry. Tonight, you will all see the error of your ways when I beat whoever MVP has chosen for me tonight, it’ll be that way because in life there are winners, and there are losers (points to crowd)… Be Jealous!”
(“Air Bourne” hits and the crowd rise to their feet as Evan Bourne races onto the stage, Morrison looks a little shocked but then nods his head. Bourne points from the stage to Morrison before doing his usual taunt. He runs down the ramp clapping the hands of the fans in attendance.)
Lillian Garcia: “The following contest is a Pick Your Poison Match that is scheduled for one fall… introducing first from Los Angeles, California weighing in at 223lbs… he is the NEW WWE United States Champion… John Morrison!”
(Morrison enters the ring and holds his title high in the air.)
Michael Cole: “John Morrison, won that huge Battle Royal last week to become the new US Champion.”
Jerry Lawler: “I like Morrison, Michael, he’s a great talent and he’s got all the skills to be a top star in this company.”
(“Airbourne” hits and the crowd stand on their feet cheering loudly, Morrison looks a little shocked but then nods as Bourne runs onto the stage and points to Morrison doing his signature taunt, Bourne runs down the ramp and gets into the ring.)
Lillian Garcia: “And his opponent, from St. Louis Missouri weighing in at 186lbs… Evan Bourne!”
Michael Cole: “Oh My! We talked earlier about John Morrison choosing a great opponent for MVP, what about this!”
Jerry Lawler: “I’ll give MVP this one, Evan Bourne is quick as a hiccup and this should be a fantastic contest.”
(Bourne is up on the top rope, he goes for a crossbody but is caught by Morrison, Morrison then drops him down onto his knee with the backbreaker. Bourne screams out in pain, “1…2…” Bourne manages to kick out, Morrison picks him up but Bourne lands a couple of rights to the mid-section of Morrison, he then lands the Jumping Spinning Sole Kick, or what the announcers called the AirKick. Morrison is knocked down at the turnbuckle, Bourne climbs up and signals for the Shooting Star Press. Morrison manages to get up and shakes the ropes, Bourne falls where he doesn’t want to really, Morrison grabs Bourne by the neck and drags him off looking for the Moonlight Drive, Morrison drives himself forward but Bourne holds onto the other set of ropes and Morrison basically lands a front flip to the mat, Morrison sits up but receives a big kick to the jaw, cover“1…2…”)
Michael Cole: “What a fast-paced, action-packed contest we have going right now King, talk about exciting.”
Jerry Lawler: “These two are the WWE’s top young stars at this moment and they are showcasing their true talent right here.”
(Bourne looks a little surprised, Morrison leaves the ring under the bottom rope. Bourne bounces off of the ropes but Morrison quickly slides back in and takes him down with a clothesline, Bourne holds the back of his neck and head after that sickening clothesline, he goes for the cover, “1…2…” Bourne kicks out again much to the chagrin of Morrison. Morrison exits the ring and climbs the turnbuckle, he turns and goes for a Moonsault but misses, Bourne then lands the Standing Moonsault on the fallen Morrison, “1…2…” but that isn’t enough either, Bourne picks up Morrison but Morrison fights out and pushes Bourne against the ropes, as Bourne comes back he lands the Spinning Heel Kick. Morrison picks up Bourne, signals for the Moonlight Drive but MVP’s inflatable tunnel begins to inflate on the stage, this distracts Morrison long enough for Bourne to escape, he lands the spinning kick again and climbs the turnbuckle… Shooting Star Press! “1…2…3”)
Winner: Evan Bourne
Lillian Garcia: “Here is your winner… Evan… Bourne!”
(Bourne leaves the ring celebrating at the stage, MVP appears from the tunnel as Morrison angrily looks on.)
Michael Cole: “Bourne wins King, that inflatable tunnel of MVP came up on the stage and that distracted Morrison who was, I assume, about to win the match via the Moonlight Drive but that distraction allowed Bourne to escape and land the AirKick followed by the Shooting Star Press.”
Jerry Lawler: “What a match Michael, the only thing I have to say is that MVP ruined it. I wanted to see a decisive winner but Evan Bourne gets a cheap win.”
(We return to the arena, the camera focused on the stage, “Turn up the Trouble” hits and the crowd in the arena begin booing loudly. Mr. Kennedy marches onto the stage and taunts a little with a huge smirk on his face, he continues down the ramp as a video highlighting his actions at WrestleMania and last week plays. He continues down to the ring ignoring the fans.)
Lillian Garcia: “The following contest is scheduled for one fall… in the ring weighing 243lbs, from Greenbay, Wisconsin… Mr… Kenn-“
(Kennedy is in the ring and grabs the microphone away from Lillian Garcia.)
Mr. Kennedy: “Lillian – sssshhh. All of you people be quiet and listen, tonight I make my return to the ring, against the man you see across the ring, a man that I will comfortably defeat and leave laying on the mat just like I did to Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania (Boos) And after I win tonight, I want you to all stay tuned because I will be holding the official Steve Austin retirement ceremony, I am giving Austin one last chance to come out here, like a man and face me.”
(Kennedy hands the microphone back to Garcia.)
Lillian Garcia: “And the opponent, from Ayr, Scotland and fighting out of the Florida Championship Wrestling Development Territory… weighing 250lbs… Drew… McIntyre!”
Michael Cole: “Kennedy is just so arrogant Michael, first he lays out a legend on his farewell night, then last week he fools everyone into thinking Austin is here, then he has the gull to actually hold an official retirement ceremony and give Austin one last chance to appear?”
Jerry Lawler: “Kennedy is great Michael, with all the injuries he has had, he is finally making a name for himself and what better way to do that, than to take out Steve Austin. But don’t discount Drew McIntyre, this Scotsman from the WWE’s Development Territory, FCW is impressive.”
Mr. Kennedy vs. Drew McIntyre
(McIntyre takes down Kennedy with a clothesline and another and then lands a dropkick which sends Kennedy back through the middle rope. Kennedy is shocked, he gets back into the ring, McIntyre goes for a kick but Kennedy catches his leg and kicks the other out from under him. Kennedy smirks and goes for the cover, “1…2…” but McIntyre kicks out. Kennedy picks him up and slams him down, Kennedy climbs the turnbuckles and goes for a splash but McIntyre moves, then DDT! “1…2…” but it isn’t enough, McIntyre comes off of the ropes but is kicked in the mid-section, Mic Check, “1…2…3!”)
Winner: Mr. Kennedy
Michael Cole: “A victory for Mr. Kennedy, but you have to think he thought it’d be easier than that, Drew McIntyre, one of the most promising stars in FCW got the chance to get some mainstream exposure on the longest episodic TV show in history and he impressed.”
Jerry Lawler: “Your right Michael, he did, but you have to remember Mr. Kennedy won, not Drew and it’s victories and not losses that help your career, no matter how good your performance is.”
VIDEO PACKAGE: Shelton Benjamin
We get shown various clips from the career of Shelton Benjamin including his United States Championship victory last year and his performances at WrestleMania 25. At the end, Shelton’s picture comes up and it says ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Me Now!’
(We return to the ring and inside it, attached to two poles at either side of the ring is a big banner saying ‘Steve Austin Retirement Cermony’ Mr. Kennedy is standing at a podium, there’s been a lot of them tonight.)
Mr. Kennedy: “Ladies and Gentleman, boys and girls… I welcome you all to the official retirement ceremony of the legendary wrestler known as Stone Cold Steve Austin. I decided that it was a good idea to host this tonight because ever since WrestleMania 25, people have claimed that I ruined the official retirement from wrestling of Stone Cold Steve Austin, I tried to disprove those statements by offering Austin the chance to come out here last week, that didn’t happen so tonight I’ve realized that he has retired from wrestling and that maybe I did ruin his little ceremony… so here we have the official retirement ceremony of the Rattlesnake, tonight you will hear comments from his close friends in the wrestling business looking back at what is an undoubtedly tremendous career.”
(The crowd are giving a mixed reaction to what Kennedy is saying, it seems he is insulting and praising Austin at the same time.)
Mr. Kennedy: “I explained it all last week, Stone Cold Steve Austin doesn’t deserve to have a better career than me, he doesn’t need to worry about anything, he doesn’t need to worry about injuries taking him out, or reaching the top, or headlining WrestleMania because he’s done it all, he’s answered every call. I, on the other hand have been put down with injury after injury, watched WrestleMania from the sidelines and missed opportunity after opportunity to become a World Champion.”
(The crowd begin booing Kennedy.)
Mr. Kennedy: “I said it last week, how could this man be better than me? No one is better than Mr. Kennedy, I laid Austin out so people didn’t remember Austin’s one last beer but rather the fact that I laid Austin out because I need the limelight more than him, I need it, not him because like I said, he doesn’t have to worry about anything. I watched numerous tapes of Austin’s surprise returns and he was taking up time that I could use to shine and that grates on me so tonight when I officially retire Austin in this ceremony, it’s done. Austin won’t be back in the WWE ever again. However, I’m giving Austin one last chance, either he can come out here and face me and pass that torch and leave the company himself or I will retire him in this ceremony. So Steve, what’s it gonna’ be?”
(The crowd wait for a few minutes but nothing happens.)
Mr. Kennedy: “Alright then, Austin you don’t want to come out and say the goodbyes that I ruined last time, fine. I’ll gladly retire you from this company and ensure you don’t end up taking my spotlight. First of all, I’d like to welcome one of Steve Austin’s best friends to the ring, Jim Ross! Come on Jim!”
(The music of Hall of Fame commentator Jim Ross plays and the crowd go wild as JR walks onto the stage, he continues down the ramp.)
Lillian Garcia: “Please welcome… WWE Hall of Famer… representing the SmackDown brand… Good Ol’ JR… Jim Ross!”
Michael Cole: “It’s JR! Jim Ross is back on Monday Night RAW but I have to wonder why he is out here when Mr. Kennedy is mocking Steve Austin.”
Jerry Lawler: “It’s been well-documented Michael that JR is a very good friend of Stone Cold and maybe we’ll see an excuse for the cowardice of Austin from JR here tonight.”
(Jim Ross gets into the ring and takes a microphone.)
Mr. Kennedy: “Boomer Sooner! Boomer Sooner! Boomer Sooner!”
Jim Ross: “Shut up!”
(The crowd cheer loudly as Kennedy looks surprised.)
Jim Ross: “For weeks Mr. Kennedy, I’ve heard you running your mouth about my good friend Stone Cold Steve Austin and I’m sick of it. Now, you wanted me out here, so I’m out here.”
Mr. Kennedy: “Yeah, JR as much as you wanted to come out here because you were sick of me talking about Austin… let me remind you of something… I INVITED you, so you listen to me, got it? Now, JR, hopefully you can offer some insightful words about Steve Austin here tonight, after all he is your friend and tonight marks his retirement from wrestling… so please, offer your thoughts.”
Jim Ross: “You want my thoughts Ken? My thoughts are this, you are one of the biggest pompous jackasses I’ve seen in my entire life.”
(The crowd cheer loudly as they chant ‘JR’ over and over.)
Jim Ross: “It’s no secret myself and WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin are great friends, as a matter of fact, the weekend before WrestleMania we sat down at one of my restaurants and discussed the future of WWE… and your name came up Kennedy. Steve Austin even said to me that he sees you as the future of this business if your injuries permit but what do you do, huh? Your cowardice shines through when you sneak attack Austin on his official retirement night to try and make a name for yourself…”
Mr. Kennedy: “That’s real nice of him JR, I am making a name for myself and any smart person realizes that I did the best thing possible to make that name for myself… by taking out a legend. Now, tell me this JR, tell me this, where is Steve Austin? Is he really gonna’ leave like that? Laying on the mat, out cold, a beer poured over his back?”
Jim Ross: “Let me tell you something Kennedy… Stone Cold Steve Austin always said after it was announced he’d be inducted into the Hall of Fame that WrestleMania 25 would be his last night in wrestling… no more on TV… no more appearances for this company or any wrestling company for that matter… the night after WrestleMania, Steve Austin’s pay-per-appearance deal with the WWE expired. What I have come to realize is that Austin isn’t coming back, he’s doing his own thing, you may have ruined his retirement Kennedy but Austin is happy and secure about his career, unlike you, Austin can retire knowing he has an unrivalled legacy in this business.”
Mr. Kennedy: “I thought Austin was better than that… to just let someone lay them out without response… what happened the beer guzzling, ass-kicking Steve Austin?”
Jim Ross: “Nothing happened Ken, he just left, he is done with wrestling, period. That beer guzzling, ass-kicking Stone Cold is now making movies and is doing a damn fine good job at it. I’m not best pleased about, nor are these people nor are you by the looks of it… but Stone Cold is finished with wrestling and you know what, give me a beer… lets toast to a hell of a career.”
(A beer is flung and JR catches it, he goes to open it but is given the MIC CHECK! The crowd begin booing loudly as Mr. Kennedy looks maniacal standing over Jim Ross. He picks up the beer can and reminiscent of WrestleMania 25 pours the can over the back of JR.)
Mr. Kennedy: “If Austin has left, then fine, I’ll just need to do things week after week to get him back so that I can lay him on his ass again....”
(The crowd are booing loudly.)
Michael Cole: “Oh, come on! This is just sickening.”
Jerry Lawler: “JR might be a good friend but he had it coming.”
Michael Cole: “Oh, how can you say that?”
(We return and go backstage where Todd Grisham is standing with a microphone in hand.)
Todd Grisham: “Hello everyone, at this time… please welcome my guest… Shawn Michaels!”
(The crowd cheer loudly as Shawn Michaels walks into view.)
Todd Grisham: “Shawn, we learned earlier tonight that you will be facing John Cena in the Main Event and if John Cena wins, he is entered into the match at Backlash between you and Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship making it a Triple Threat Match. John Cena was given this chance after being attacked by Edge last week and could not compete in the original match for the chance to face Edge, what are your views on the whole situation?”
Shawn Michaels: “Todd, my views are this, Edge shouldn’t have done what he did to John Cena, but he did. I accept the reasoning for the match tonight with John Cena, I’m not worried about a possible Triple Threat because it won’t happen, me and John Cena have had classic battles in the past, we’ve headlined WrestleMania… tonight we headline Monday Night RAW and tonight I will beat John Cena and go on to beat Edge at Backlash. You know why?”
Todd Grisham: “Why?”
Shawn Michaels: “Because, I am the Icon, the Showstopper, the Main Event, the Heartbreak Kid… I am Shawn Michaels, that is why.”
(HBK walks off to loud cheers.)
VIDEO PACKAGE: Upcoming World Tour
We get a long video package running through all of the details about this upcoming world tour, it lists the locations and the dates and gives the ticket information. The package plays up the fact that WWE has already sold out in over ten countries for the tour and that every PPV has sold out on the tour.
DJ Gabriel, Alicia Fox and Mickie James vs. Maryse, Beth Phoenix and Mike Knox
(We go to the ring where DJ Gabriel and Alicia Fox are already dancing. “Obsession” hits and the crowd leap to their feet as Mickie James comes dancing onto the stage, she points at the crowd before continuing down the ramp, she enters the ring taunting.)
Lillian Garcia: “The following contest is a six person intergender tag team match, the rules of this match state that the men must fight the men and that the divas must fight the divas… introducing first, the team of D…J… Gabriel, Alicia Fox and Mickie James!”
Michael Cole: “Well, last week the debut of DJ Gabriel to RAW didn’t go to well, eliminated in seconds in that big Battle Royal for the US Championship, teaming up with Alicia Fox and Mickie James, he’ll be looking for a huge victory tonight.”
Jerry Lawler: “Don’t forget, Mickie James will be looking for revenge tonight following a defeat by Maryse last week, the Sexiest of the Sexy managed to DDT her way to a victory over the veteran diva.”
(“Oh Qui!” hits and the crowd begin booing but there is mostly a mixed reaction to Maryse, she comes onto the stage standing in the middle, Mike Knox and Beth Phoenix stand either side. Knox roars like an animal as the trio make their way to the ring, they enter and Maryse does her taunt.)
Lillian Garcia: “Introducing their opponents, the team of ‘The Glamazon’ Beth Phoenix, Mike Knox and the WWE Divas Champion… Maryse!”
Michael Cole: “You have to say that the team of Maryse and Beth Phoenix have a huge advantage tonight having the big Mike Knox in their team, Knox is just a brute monster, he just dominates opponents and he has done that week upon week in the WWE.”
Jerry Lawler: “Yeah, don’t discount the abilities of the divas though Michael, they can hold their own.”
(Maryse has her boot right up to the throat of Alicia at the turnbuckle, she stops, turns and flicks her hair taunting. Alicia runs from the turnbuckle and takes Maryse down, both divas are now looking for a tag, Alicia manages to tag to DJ Gabriel as Maryse tags out to Mike Knox, Gabriel runs into the ring into a sickening big boot by Mike Knox. The hot tag has been stopped in it’s tracks, Knox picks up Gabriel and backs him into the corner, Alicia Fox does an illegal tag and Knox backs away to tag out to Beth Phoenix as the rules state, Alicia waits for Beth and ducks Beth’s clothesline, dropkick, cover “1…2…” it’s broken up by Maryse. Fox picks up Beth and goes for a DDT but Beth fights out and plants Alicia with a suplex. Both divas are down again.)
Michael Cole: “DJ Gabriel must be thankful that Alicia Fox tagged herself in because Mike Knox was putting a lot of hurt on the dancer. Right now though both Beth and Alicia down.”
Jerry Lawler: “It’s a race between these two divas to reach their corners first.”
(They reach their corners at around the same time, Beth Phoenix tags to Maryse… Alicia Fox tags to Mickie James… the crowd roar as Maryse stops realizing that Mickie has entered the ring, Maryse is taken down by a clothesline, she gets up and is taken down by another clothesline. Mickie runs at her again but Maryse picks her up and lands a sick backbreaker, “1…2…” but it is broken up by Alicia. Beth Phoenix comes into the ring and bundles Alicia out, in an odd moment, DJ Gabriel comes in and starts dancing in front of Beth but Mike Knox runs in and boots him out of the ring, Beth and Knox go outside to attack Fox and Gabriel, Mickie throws Maryse against the ropes and then kicks her in the gut, she goes for a piledriver it would seem but Maryse manages to escape, she kicks Mickie in the gut, DDT. “1…2…3”)
Winners: ‘Divas Champion’ Maryse, ‘The Glamazon’ Beth Phoenix and Mike Knox
Lillian Garcia: “Here are your winners… the WWE Diva’s Champion, Maryse, The Glamazon Beth Phoenix and Mike Knox!”
Michael Cole: “For the second week in a row, the WWE Diva’s Champion Maryse has managed to defeat Mickie James, I have to congratulate her on that but where does this leave Mickie.”
Jerry Lawler: “As expected, Maryse has shown her superiority here on RAW and I don’t think Mickie will be in line for a title shot anytime soon, but I’d say it’s mainly because DJ Gabriel and Alicia Fox couldn’t stop dancing.”
(We return to see Vickie Guerrero sitting in her office, the door opens and in comes Edge, he runs his hands through his hair and doesn’t look the least bit happy. Vickie stands up and confronts her husband.)
Vickie Guerrero: “Hello, Edge, what can I do for you?”
Edge: “Vickie, don’t.”
Vickie Guerrero: “Don’t what?”
Edge: “Don’t act as if I’m just another RAW Superstar, I don’t care if we agreed to go our separate ways, I am still your husband and we are still close friends which leads me to my question… what are you thinking?”
(Vickie seems confused for a second.)
Edge: “First of all, it was YOU that came up with the whole idea to take John Cena out for what he did to you before WrestleMania, not mine. Then, this week out of the blue you become an impartial General Manager and grant John Cena a chance to enter the World Heavyweight Championship match at Backlash? Again, I’ll repeat… what are you thinking?”
Vickie Guerrero: “Baby, baby… listen, after the show last week I was being pressurized by the Board of Directors to give John Cena a fair shot at competing and it seemed to make sense to put John Cena against the Number One Contender.”
Edge: “Vickie, cut the crap, okay? The deal was that we agreed to go our separate ways, we wouldn’t be husband and wife figuratively, we’d just be friends, friends help each other Vickie, this isn’t helping.”
Vickie Guerrero: “You have to understand Edge, I was trying to get Cena to release the STF on you also.”
Edge: “You were trying… okay… okay… you know what, we’re done, finished. I won’t help you, you don’t help me.”
(Edge storms out the room leaving Vickie looking upset.)
Michael Cole: “Edge just seems confused about the whole situation, Vickie is trying to act impartial and took the first steps last week announcing a split from Edge but it seems they hadn’t actually split until now, Edge saying that he won’t be doing any more favours for Vickie because she hasn’t been doing any for him.”
(The camera focuses on the stage and “Break Down the Walls” hits and the crowd rise to their feet but they aren’t cheering, they are booing for Chris Jericho as the pyrotechnics go off. He cockily struts onto the stage wearing one of his many suits, he continues down the ramp way with a smug grin on his face.)
Lillian Garcia: “Please welcome… Chris… Jericho!”
(Jericho enters the ring and takes a microphone waiting for the crowd to quieten down.)
Michael Cole: “There you see, Chris Jericho, a former four-time World Heavyweight Champion, missed out on the chance to face Edge at Backlash last week in that elimination match.”
Jerry Lawler: “And it doesn’t look like Y2J is too happy about it.”
Chris Jericho: “Last week right here on Monday Night RAW I was eliminated from the Fatal Four Way Match to determine the new Number One Contender to the World Heavyweight Championship.”
(The crowd cheer loudly as Jericho still looks less than impressed.)
Chris Jericho: “You all think that’s funny, huh?”
(The crowd continue to cheer.)
Chris Jericho: “I want you all to take a look at my elimination, look closely at how I was eliminated and just who eliminated me.”
(A video package begins playing showing Chris Jericho eliminating Dolph Ziggler, it then shows later in the match when Undertaker plants Chris Jericho with the Tombstone Piledriver, eliminating him from the match.)
Chris Jericho: “The Undertaker…”
(The crowd cheer very loudly at the mention of his name.)
Chris Jericho: “The Undertaker was the man that eliminated me last week and prevented me my chance to become a five-time World Heavyweight Champion. I am an honest man, unlike all of you hypocritical parasites who plague the WWE arenas week after week with your monotonous caterwaul’s, and being that I am a decent, equitable man I would be willing to accept the fact that I was not the better man in the ring on the night.”
(The crowd cheer at that statement.)
Chris Jericho: “However, I am the best in the world at what I do and I am not willing to accept it. I am the best this company has to offer, so I just can’t accept that. Another reason why I won’t accept it is because at WrestleMania 25 I destroyed three supposed legends, three incompetent, beat, castaway hasbeens in Jimmy Snuka, Roddy Piper and Ricky Steamboat, I eliminated them all and then I laid out Ric Flair, another also-ran. Then, I took out that abhorrent actor Mickey Rourke. So, seeing that I can easily defeat these legends… it struck me that another has been got lucky, that has been, being the Undertaker.”
(The crowd are booing loudly and chanting ‘Y2J’ sucks.)
Chris Jericho: “It shouldn’t have been Shawn Michaels facing the Undertaker at WrestleMania 25, it should’ve been me, I would’ve annihilated the Undertaker and ended the streak. Instead, I’ll just have to prove that I can beat the Undertaker on any stage… you see… I don’t want to see the Undertaker bringing the product down because of his sub-par performances, one night out of 365 days of the year, even if it is at WrestleMania doesn’t make you the best, and the fact that he is a has been which is why, before this year is out… I will retire the Undertaker.”
Michael Cole: “Some strong words from Y2J Chris Jericho, obviously unhappy about Undertaker eliminating him and he plans to retire the Undertaker before the end of this year.”
Jerry Lawler: “As much as I agree with Chris, I don’t think he’s made the smartest move because when the Undertaker returns to RAW next week, I’m sure he’ll have words for Jericho.”
(Jericho drops the microphone as we fade out to a commercial.)
If John Cena wins, he is entered into the Shawn Michaels/Edge match for the World Heavyweight Championship at Backlash thus making it a Triple Threat.
John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels
(“Sexy Boy” hits and the crowd leap to their feet cheering loudly and clapping for the Heartbreak Kid. Shawn comes onto the stage dancing a little and then he stops and falls to his knees and taunts triggering pyrotechnics that go off behind him. He continues down the ramp clapping the hands of some of the fans at the ringside area.)
Lillian Garcia: “The following contest is scheduled for one fall, if John Cena wins this match he will be entered into the match between Shawn Michaels and Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship at Backlash, thus making it a Triple Threat Match. Introducing first, from San Antonio Texas weighing 225lbs… The Heartbreak Kid… Shawn Michaels!”
(Shawn Michaels enters the ring and taunts some more.)
Michael Cole: “There is a lot of controversy heading into this match, John Cena through no fault of his own missed the chance to compete for the World Championship shot last week and many say because he missed the chance he shouldn’t get another one.”
(“My Time is Now” sounds out of the sound system and the crowd leap to their feet once more this time for John Cena. Cena comes storming onto the stage and runs to one end of it and then another, he stops in the middle and does his Word Life taunt causing pyrotechnics go start exploding up the stage, he runs down the stage, the fireworks going off at each side and speeds into the ring, he throws his hat into the crowd as the crowd try to catch it.)
Lillian Garcia: “And introducing the opponent, from West Newbury, Massachusetts weighing 240lbs… John… Cena!”
Jerry Lawler: “You talked about controversy earlier Michael, well I’m gonna’ make a controversial statement… John Cena doesn’t deserve this title shot.”
(Cena takes down Shawn Michaels with a shoulder tackle, the initial cheers that Cena had have changed to a mixed reaction, the crowd split between Shawn Michaels and John Cena. Cena takes down HBK with another shoulder tackle, Shawn is then lifted up and slammed to the mat. Cena does the ‘You Can’t See Me’ Taunt and comes off of the ropes and lands the Five Knuckle Shuffle. He waits for Shawn Michaels to get to his feet and lifts him up for the Attitude Adjustment but Shawn lands on his feet when being flipped over, HBK goes for the Sweet Chin Music but Cena ducks and then gets around the back of HBK to land a bulldog. Cena goes for the cover, “1…2…” but Shawn Michaels is able to kick out.)
Michael Cole: “What a fast-paced match this has been so far, both men seem to have a counter to everything but John Cena in control at the moment, King.”
Jerry Lawler: “For now he is Michael.”
(Cena picks up Shawn and throws him against the ropes, Shawn comes back with a flying forearm which takes Cena to the ground, HBK kips up and waits for Cena, Cena throws a wild right hand but Shawn ducks and then backdrops John Cena. Shawn Michaels goes for a cover on Cena, “1…2…” but John Cena kicks out at the last second. Shawn bangs the mat with his fists in frustration, he climbs the turnbuckle and pats his elbow twice and lands his signature elbow drop. He struggles to get his arm over John Cena but eventually he manages it,“1…2…” but again John Cena is able to kick out. Shawn struggles to his feet and begins to tune up the band, Cena gets to his feet, he kicks out but Cena ducks… Attitude Adjustment! It takes Cena at least thirty seconds to get his hand over HBK, “1……………..2………………” KICKOUT!)
Michael Cole: “Oh! Oh! I thought he had it, I thought he had it! John Cena landed that Attitude Adjustment and I thought he had it right there.”
Jerry Lawler: “You have to give credit to the willingness of Shawn Michaels to continue here.”
(John Cena looks up shocked that Shawn Michaels is able to kick out of his signature move, Cena hoists HBK up on his shoulders again but HBK fights out, SWEET CHIN MUSIC! But again, it takes him a long time to get his arm over Cena, “1…2…” Cena kicks out! Again there is shock written on the face of a superstar in this match, Shawn Michaels. Both men struggle to their feet, HBK goes for a huge right hand but Cena moves and HBK strikes the referee, HBK grabs Cena and goes to whip him into the ropes, unbeknownst to the superstars in the ring, Edge has leapt up to the apron with a chair, his intention to hit Cena but Cena reverses the Irish Whip and HBK collides with Edge and the chair, Edge falls off of the apron his hands on his head as he has hit the wrong person, HBK staggers forward into an Attitude Adjustment, the referee begins to count slowly as Edge is shouting ‘no’… “1………..2………….3……..” and Cena has done it.)
Lillian Garcia: “Here is your winner… John Cena!”
Michael Cole: “The Ultimate Opportunist, Edge like a snake in the grass seen the referee was knocked out and rushed to the ring, it was as if he was lying in wait before the referee went down, he had the intention to knock out Cena, giving Shawn the victory keeping it as a Singles Match but John Cena won reversing that Irish Whip causing a collision between HBK, Edge and the chair.”
Jerry Lawler: “He doesn’t deserve this!”
(Cena is celebrating but a referee rushes down to the ring, he begins whispering something to the other referee and the other referee gives Lillian Garcia this information. The crowd are silent waiting for what Lillian is going to say.)
Lillian Garcia: “I have just been informed by the referee that he has decided to reserve his original decision! This means, that your winner of tonight’s contest… by a result of a disqualification… Shawn… Michaels!”
(HBK is sitting at the ropes, a smirk comes across his face, John Cena puts his hands to his head, shocked, he kicks the ropes and then turns around… SPEAR! The crowd boo loudly as Edge picks up his World Heavyweight Championship.)
Michael Cole: “I can’t believe this, Edge just screwed John Cena, again!”
(Edge raises his title in the air right at the face of Shawn Michaels as we go off the air.)
World Heavyweight Championship Match
Shawn Michaels vs. Edge ©
WWE United States Championship Match
John Morrison © vs. Montel Vontavious Porter
No Disqualification Match
If Cody Rhodes wins he is drafted to SmackDown. If Ted DiBiase wins, RAW chooses any superstar from SmackDown to become a RAW Superstar.
Cody Rhodes vs. Ted DiBiase
ECW World Championship Match
Jack Swagger © vs. Christian
King of the Ring Tournament Semi-Final
??? vs. ???
King of the Ring Tournament Semi-Final
??? vs. ???
King of the Ring Tournament Final
Winner receives WWE Championship shot at Judgment Day
??? vs. ???
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Post-RAW News and Notes
13th April 2009
- As we reported last week, the Undertaker and WWE have some issues regarding the Undertaker’s status in the WWE. We are told that Vince McMahon wants to sign the Undertaker up to a new contract which will see the future Hall of Famer stay with the company for ten years, however Undertaker has spoken of his desire for a two year contract which will allow him to pursue other opportunities once it ends if he wishes to rather than being locked into a deal. Vince is looking to reach a compromise with Undertaker regarding this, either way the Undertaker is expected to sign a new contract soon but he was kept off of RAW this week while the situation was being sorted out. We are also told it was a night off for the Undertaker.
- The WWE Championship Match at Backlash is scheduled to be announced this Friday on SmackDown. We don’t have any official details on who Randy Orton could be facing but we do not that he will face Rey Mysterio at tomorrow’s tapings with the title on the line because Rey Mysterio beat Orton in a non-title match last week. With the return of Batista we expect to see The Animal inserted into a Backlash match at some stage.
- Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes are getting rave reviews for their segments over the past two weeks, many feel that it was just going to be a thrown together feud to break up Legacy and turn Ted DiBiase face after Randy Orton’s move to SmackDown but the two have taken the segment and have got the fans involved. The concern within the WWE is that Cody Rhodes could go back to being a lackey if he wins as expected at Backlash and that Ted DiBiase’s face turn will fail as the crowd won’t get behind him.
- WWE’s upcoming World Tour is doing well in ticket sales, many fans in England were outraged as the show which took place this week in Colorado was meant to take place in England beginning the European tour for the WWE but Vince McMahon made a late move to schedule a World Tour to really get the WWE across to all markets. WWE originally planned to refund the tickets but we are told that tickets bought for the show originally scheduled for this week will be valid for the RAW show in Manchester, England but SmackDown/ECW ticket-buyers will receive a refund.
We can also officially reveal that shows in the Czech Republic, WWE’s first ever shows there and many others including Denmark and Romania have sold-out. All PPVs have sold out also.
- Shawn Michaels reward for his performance at WrestleMania is the Main Event slot at Backlash against Edge. There were plans for John Cena to be a part of the contest but WWE are waiting to unleash an Edge/Cena feud again and want the focus to be on Shawn Michaels.
- Jack Swagger is already being described as a ‘locker room leader.’
ECW on Sci-Fi
April 14th 2009
‘Entering an Extreme New Era’
| Champion of Champions |
Tomorrow night will mark a historic edition of Extreme Championship Wrestling on Sci-Fi as the ECW brand goes two hours live every Tuesday night on Sci-Fi. To celebrate this highly-anticipated event, the very first two-hour offering will see superstars from RAW, SmackDown and of course ECW competing on this night. The first Main Event of the first two-hour ECW certainly won’t disappoint as the three major champions in the WWE compete for the right to call themselves the ultimate champion… the Champion of Champions.
‘WWE Champion’ Randy Orton, ‘World Heavyweight Champion’ Edge and ‘ECW World Champion’ Jack Swagger will battle it out in an exciting Triple Threat. Who can pick up a huge victory for their brand?
| Triple Threat Madness |
With all the major champions in action tonight in a fatal-four-way, the three General Managers of the WWE have struck a deal which will see the Number One Contenders to each championship compete in a Triple Threat Match. Although no Number One Contender has been announced as of yet for Randy Orton’s WWE Championship, Rey Mysterio will be involved in the match as he challenges Orton for the title this week, the match will also see Christian and Shawn Michaels compete.
What Number One Contender will prove he is the best?
| Extreme Announcement |
As tomorrow night marks the first-ever two hour ECW, General Manager Tiffany wants to bring it in with a bang and she has told WWE.com that she has a ‘major’ announcement to make that will open up the show on Tuesday night. The sexy, smart and powerful diva has also told WWE.com that everybody on the ECW roster should listen to what she has to say as they will definitely be interested in what she has to say.
What can this mean? Find out on Tuesday night.
| ECW Reunion |
Tuesday is a celebration of all things ECW and on this night it is important to look back at the history of ECW. That is why this Tuesday on Sci-Fi there will be an official ECW Reunion. Superstars from the history of ECW including The Sandman and Terry Funk will be in attendance celebrating this groundbreaking moment for the ECW Brand. The duo will be joined by several other ECW alumni.
We have also been told that two ECW Originals will team up in a tag team match before the reunion.
| Tri Branded Action |
With all three brands on the one show at the same time, fireworks are so to fly as superstars from all three brands will compete against one another. ECW General Manager Tiffany has announced a huge six man tag team match which will see MVP, CM Punk and R-Truth going against ‘US Champion’ John Morrison, Jamie Noble and the ‘Samoan Bulldozer’ Umaga.
Which team will be victorious?
Find out ALL this and MUCH MORE live on ECW on Sci-Fi tomorrow night!
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