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    Re: January BTBOTM - Being The Booker

     2008 KING OF THE RING TOURNAMENT

    *
    ~ QUARTER FINALS ~
    William Regal
    CM Punk
    ---
    Kurt Angle
    Bryan Danielson

    *
    ~ SEMI FINALS ~
    William Regal vs. CM Punk -- CM Punk
    ---
    Kurt Angle vs. Bryan Danielson -- Bryann Danielson

    *
    ~ GRAND FINAL ~
    Bryan Danielson
    vs.
    CM Punk
    --- Bryan Danielson

    ***

    !! STEEL CAGE MATCH !!
    Chris Jericho

    WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS MATCH | 3 ON 2:
    The Master Craftsmen


    ~ PREDICTION COMPETITION ~
    1. Predict the winners {including semi-finals and final of KOTR}.
    2. What will be the longest KOTR quarter-final match? Danielson vs. Noble
    3. What will be the shortest KOTR quarter-final match? Angle vs. DiBiase
    4. Will the Steel Cage match end by pinfall, submission or escape from the cage? Escape the cage
    5. Who will take the fall in the tag team title match? Williams

    -- I need to get back in the swing of things and will be making time to catch up some and get a review up for King of the Ring once it's up!



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    Re: January BTBOTM - Being The Booker

    Sorry I missed SD, gave it a read though and it was standard good stuff...

    ~ QUARTER FINALS ~
    William Regal vs. Cody Rhodes
    Nick Nemeth vs. CM Punk
    ---
    Ted DiBiase vs. Kurt Angle
    Bryan Danielson vs. Jamie Noble

    *
    ~ SEMI FINALS ~
    William Regal vs. CM Punk
    ---
    Ted DiBiase vs. Bryan Danielson

    *
    ~ GRAND FINAL ~
    CM Punk
    vs.
    Bryan Danielson

    ***

    !! STEEL CAGE MATCH !!
    Rob Van Dam vs. Chris Jericho

    MITB holder to keep looking strong

    WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS MATCH | 3 ON 2:
    The Master Craftsmen defend against The Angels of Anarchy
    *ANGELS OF ANARCHYS LAST SHOT*

    The AOA are on the way out...


    ~ PREDICTION COMPETITION ~
    1. Predict the winners {including semi-finals and final of KOTR}. Done.
    2. What will be the longest KOTR quarter-final match? Danielson and Noble
    3. What will be the shortest KOTR quarter-final match? Angle and DiBiase
    4. Will the Steel Cage match end by pinfall, submission or escape from the cage? Pinfall.
    5. Who will take the fall in the tag team title match? Williams








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    Re: January BTBOTM - Being The Booker


    2008 KING OF THE RING PREDICTIONS


    ~ QUARTER FINALS ~

    William Regal vs. Cody Rhodes

    Nick Nemeth vs. CM Punk
    ---
    Ted DiBiase vs. Kurt Angle

    Bryan Danielson vs. Jamie Noble

    *
    ~ SEMI FINALS ~

    William Regal vs. Nick Nemeth
    ---
    Kurt Angle vs. Bryan Danielson

    *
    ~ GRAND FINAL ~

    William Regal vs. Bryan Danielson

    I can see this going differently to everybody else. I am going for Regal in home territory to make the final where he loses to his student Danielson. Of all the guys in there Danielson has nothing in the future. Fighting Danielson over the CW title again is a backward step. And the first step away from that is beating Noble to move on.

    Nemeth beats Punk to set up what is likely Punk's next feud. I don't see Punk winning this with Albright as champ.

    Angle beats Dibiase which starts off Angle vs The Million Dollar Group. This is the one that I'm least confident of as Dibiase Sr could have a trick up his sleeve. But either man will lose to Danielson in the semis.

    Regal then turns back the years to beat not just Rhodes and Nemeth but push Danielson right to the end.


    !! STEEL CAGE MATCH !!
    Rob Van Dam vs. Chris Jericho
    *LOSER LEAVES THE WWE*


    I doubt Jericho leaves with the briefcase. Although it would be a first which I know you like to do.


    WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS MATCH | 3 ON 2:
    The Master Craftsmendefend against The Angels of Anarchy



    As funny as it would be to see a disinterested Christopher Daniels win the Tag Titles I think The Master Craftsmen, especially with World Champ Albright boosting their numbers taking the win. I just hope Daniels doesn't walk out on Williams tonight. Bad enough he went 2 on 1 last time, 3 on 1 taking the mick.



    ~ PREDICTION COMPETITION ~
    1. Predict the winners {including semi-finals and final of KOTR}. Done
    2. What will be the longest KOTR quarter-final match? Danielson/Noble
    3. What will be the shortest KOTR quarter-final match?
    Regal/Rhodes
    4. Will the Steel Cage match end by pinfall, submission or escape from the cage? Escape
    5. Who will take the fall in the tag team title match? Williams


    PREDICTIONS ARE OPEN - SHOW TO BE POSTED ON MONDAY/TUESDAY.

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    Also, thanks EZ3 and ranthellacious for the feedback. The situation with Triple H getting placed into the title picture despite the Kennedy issue will be addressed next week on Smackdown. Also, rant, on the opening post of the thread there’s a link for the roster posted somewhere. It should be relatively up to date with who is in what tag team.


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    Re: January BTBOTM - Being The Booker

    2008 KING OF THE RING PREDICTIONS


    ~ QUARTER FINALS ~

    William Regal vs. Cody Rhodes

    Nick Nemeth vs. CM Punk
    ---
    Ted DiBiase vs. Kurt Angle

    Bryan Danielson vs. Jamie Noble

    *
    ~ SEMI FINALS ~

    William Regal vs. CM Punk
    ---
    Kurt Angle vs. Bryan Danielson

    *
    ~ GRAND FINAL ~

    Kurt Angle vs. CM Punk

    !! STEEL CAGE MATCH !!
    Rob Van Dam
    vs. Chris Jericho
    *LOSER LEAVES THE WWE*

    WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS MATCH | 3 ON 2:
    The Master Craftsmen
    defend against The Angels of Anarchy

    ~ PREDICTION COMPETITION ~
    1. Predict the winners {including semi-finals and final of KOTR}. Done.
    2. What will be the longest KOTR quarter-final match? Danielson vs. Noble, bet.
    3. What will be the shortest KOTR quarter-final match? DiBiase vs. Angle, bet.

    4. Will the Steel Cage match end by pinfall, submission or escape from the cage? Escape.
    5. Who will take the fall in the tag team title match? Daniels.


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    King of the Ring Re: January BTBOTM - Being The Booker




     
    WWE RAW & SMACKDOWN PRESENT;
    SATURDAY NIGHTS MAIN EVENT
    !! THE 2008 KING OF THE RING TOURNAMENT !!
    June 21 | o2 Arena, London England

    ***

    *Old School Saturday Nights Main Event opening*

    The Million Dollar Man is stood outside his limo, walking as he talks to the camera…

    Million Dollar Man:
    So here we are. The King of the Ring. The DiBiase name is already royalty in this business. But tonight, my boy, Ted Junior, rises to the throne.

    Ted Jr enters the picture, walking alongside his Father.

    Million Dollar Man: Because everybody has a price…

    We get a close up of the Hall of Famer…

    Million Dollar Man: For the Million Dollar man!!

    He then lets out the famous laugh, putting a hand on the shoulder of his son, as we fade out.



    _____________________________________________________________________



    In the locker room, CODY RHODES is tying up his boots.

    Cody Rhodes: Ted DiBiase Junior appears to be happy to live in his fathers shadow. I’m not, and I never was. My last name has been a noose around my neck throughout my career. Constant comparisons to the fat man, and my freakshow brother.

    Cody finishes up typing his laces, and turns, looking right into the camera.

    Cody Rhodes: Tonight - that changes. I’m going to do something they never could do - and that’s take the crown, and become King.



    _____________________________________________________________________



    Switching now, KURT ANGLE is stood in a studio…

    Kurt Angle: I’ve been in this position before. I won an Olympic Gold Medal. I’ve been King of the Ring before. And tonight, I’ll become King of the Ring AGAIN!!!

    Angle gets fired up already…

    Kurt Angle:
    Because I’m Kurt FREAKIN Angle, and if I want to win back the WWE Title, THIS is what I have to do. Oh, it’s true … It’s damn true.



    _____________________________________________________________________



    Elsewhere, NICK NEMETH is stood next to a long mirror…

    Nick Nemeth: For the longest time, I was so obsessed with my own image and how I looked, I lost sight of what was important and wasted my talent.

    Nemeth looks at the mirror, and shakes his head, before turning back to the camera.

    Nick Nemeth:
    Not anymore. Now tonight, yeah, I’m in pursuit of a material object … but I don’t want to wear the crown as some fashion accessory. I want to become King of the Ring in order to springboard my career to the next level. And I’m willing to go through hell to do it.



    _____________________________________________________________________



    We see a close up of the Cruiserweight Title, before zooming out to obviously show JAMIE NOBLE, the Cruiserweight champion.

    Jamie Noble: My name is Jamie Noble, boy. This right here, is the Cruiserweight title. They said I couldn’t win THIS. And those same people are saying I cant win THIS TOURNAMENT!!! Tonight, I’m gonna show the whole world that you write off Jamie Noble at your god damn peril.

    Noble slaps his belt, as the camera fades out.



    _____________________________________________________________________



    And next up is the Intercontinental Champion, CM PUNK, picking up his own title belt from a trainers table.

    CM Punk: For weeks, all I keep seeing is vestiges of the past, celebrating former Kings of the Ring. It’s something this company seems to be obsessed with. Living in the past - when it’s future is staring it in the face. I may not be the poster boy the WWE wants, or the sentimental favourite these people in London want … but there’s no choice in the matter. You’re lookin at the next King of the Ring. C … M … PUNK.

    Punk smirks, as the camera fades out.



    _____________________________________________________________________



    Moving on, BRYAN DANIELSON is sat down in the locker room.

    Bryan Danielson: I‘m Bryan Danielson. *Chuckles briefly* This?? Talking to a camera. It’s not what I’m used to doing, if I’m honest. I’m not a natural in front of the camera.

    Danielson points off camera.

    Bryan Danielson: Out there though - in the ring?? That’s what comes natural. And what I do in that ring, I do better than anyone else. The idea of three matches in one night sounds pretty cool. And the fact I get to start off by getting my hands on Jamie Noble - makes it all the sweeter.

    Danielson proceeds to continue fixing his knee pads as we move on.



    _____________________________________________________________________



    To a shot of the back of a UNION JACK robe. The camera slowly pans up, until WILLIAM REGAL finally turns around to face the camera - to a HUGE ovation from the watching fans in London.


    William Regal: Lets crown a bloody King, shall we??

    Regal snarls to the camera, as the shot focuses again on the robe, before he walks off the set.



    _____________________________________________________________________



    AND NOW … RAW AND SMACKDOWN PRESENT … SATURDAY NIGHTS MAIN EVENT!!!



    THE 2008 KING OF THE RING FINALS!!!

    PYRO

    The camera pans around The o2 Arena, and the throngs of British fans in attendance, with many holding signs and others brandishing Union Jacks proudly, and before the familiar voice of Jim Ross can even greet us to tonights event…

    Jim Ross:
    It began with thirty two hopeful WWE superstars, all with the aspirations of becoming King of the Ring. Now, only eight remain, and tonight, ONE will rise to the throne!! But it will be HELL to get there!!! We are LIVE in the home of royalty - we’re in London, England, and where better to crown a King!! I’m Jim Ross, and tonight, in the interest of balance and fairness, I’m joined by Smackdowns Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler!! King - they’ve put the band back together!!

    Jerry Lawler:
    They sure have, J.R!! It’s been a while since we sat together to call a show - but what a show it’ll be!! And hey, who better to call this show than me?? After all, it takes a king to know a King!!

    Jim Ross:
    It absolutely does - and whilst the King of the Ring tournament is the central focus here tonight, there’s also huge stakes on the Raw and Smackdown brands - the World Tag Team Championships will be at stake, and it’s the Angels of Anarchy’s last shot at the gold!! But, as we can see, the steel cage is hanging ominously above the ring, King!!

    Jerry Lawler:
    Oh boy!! Either Chris Jericho or Rob Van Dam will be waving goodbye to the WWE tonight!! Two of the greatest of all time are putting their WWE careers at stake!!!

    Jim Ross:
    Indeed they will. Whilst one superstar will rise to glory in the King of the Ring tournament, another legendary superstar will see their WWE career come to an abrupt end.

    **REGALITY**

    There’s a MASSIVE reaction inside the o2 arena as WILLIAM REGAL makes his way through the curtain - with four Beefeaters at the top of the stage for the night - and the hometown favourite waves to the fans before marching down the ramp, looking focused and determined ahead of his big night.

    J.R comments that Regal is far and away the sentimental favourite in England, and reminds the viewers that the last time Regal competed in England, he left Wembley Stadium last year at Summerslam as Intercontinental Champion. The Brit brings his Goldust Teddy bear that was gifted to him last week on Raw by his tag team partner, and clenches his fist as he fires up the fans…

    Jim Ross:
    And let’s remind everyone that Regal is out here alone tonight, Goldust is not permitted by Regals side, and the same will be the case for Cody Rhodes, who wont be allowed to have Ken Doane join him out here tonight either. No seconds or managers are permitted ringside for the King of the Ring tournament. And let’s in fact, take the opportunity to remind everyone of the rules…

     
    ***
    ~ KING OF THE RING TOURNAMENT RULES ~
    1ST & 2ND ROUND MATCHES; 15min. Time Limit
    QUARTER FINALS; 20min. Time Limit
    SEMI FINALS; 30min. Time Limit
    FINAL; 60min. Time Limit

    Disqualifications and Count Outs apply.

    In the event of a Double count-out, double disqualification or time limit draw - BOTH competitors will be eliminated from the tournament. Should this occur, the scheduled opponent for the following round will advance via a Bye.

    Should a competitor be forced to withdraw from the tournament due to injury, his opponent will receive a bye.

    NO managers, valets, team mates or friends are permitted at ringside during a tournament match.
    ***

     
    Jerry Lawler: And that counts for everyone, J.R. Even The Million Dollar Man cant get around these rules!!

    Jim Ross:
    Indeed he cant!! No managers, no valets, NO ONE can be out here. It means the best man wins - NO excuses!!!

    **IT‘S A NEW DAY**

    It may well be the most heat that CODY RHODES has ever received in his short career, with the English fans FIRMLY behind Regal, showing no love for the youngster. J.R reminds everyone of the ongoing rivalry between Regal and Rhodes as part of their tag feud with the respective partners Goldust and Ken Doane, saying that Rhodes intends on upsetting Regal in front of his own people tonight.

    Lawler also notes that the two men having such a personal issue ongoing could be detrimental to them both, reminding J.R to win the tournament they’ll need to compete THREE times tonight, and a hard fought match up so early on could prove to take a lot of much needed energy from them both. Cody takes his time to enter the ring, demanding Regal back up, as he tentatively steps inside.

    ~ KING OF THE RING QUARTER FINAL ~
    William Regal vs. Cody Rhodes
    Once the bell rings, the two men begin to circle the ring, but as Regal tries to back Cody up, Rhodes ducks through the ropes to create a break. As he pulls back in, Cody tells the referee, Mike Chioda, to check the trunks of Regal!!! Well aware of the tricks Regal can pull, Cody demands Regal be checked for Brass Knucks by Chioda, with the official having to frisk Regal for the foreign object. The fans boo, and Regal protests … but as Chioda pats the Brit, he DOES find the Brass Knucks in Regals trunks!!!!! More boos fill the arena, and Regal rolls his eyes, but he’s forced to hand over his weapon, eliminating the ‘Power of the Punch.’ As Chioda removes the weapon from the ring, Rhodes looks to cheap shot Regal - but the shot is blocked - and Regal DROPS Rhodes with a right hand!!!!

    Regal gets right to work, hammering Cody relentlessly in the corner, with the referee having to step in before Regal can get himself disqualified!! The Brit fires up the fans, then comes back to the corner for Cody, sending the youngster across the ring, but Rhodes stops himself from hitting the corner, and catches an incoming Regal with a drop toe hold - sending Regal, face first, into the middle turnbuckle!!! From there, Cody takes over, stomping Regal in the corner, and running Regal off the ropes, whilst driving knees into the gut and holding on to the veteran. Rhodes then snaps off a Russian Leg Sweep, 1...2...NO!!! Cody slaps on a rear chin lock, and taunts the fans, but Regal is soon battling back out of it, struggling to his feet - but Rhodes cuts him off with a knee to the gut, then hit’s the ropes, coming back with a running knee lift.

    After another near fall, Cody sets up for the DISASTER KICK - but Regal DUCKS out of trouble, then comes back for a clothesline, but Rhodes changes levels, and elevates Regal, flap jacking the veteran throat first on the top rope!!! Regal reels away, with Cody perching himself on the top rope - CROSS BODY!!! 1...2...REGAL KICKS OUT!!!!! Rhodes slaps the mat in frustration, but stalks down Regal, stomping his rival as he crawls along the canvas. However, when Cody looks to drag Regal up, the Brit responds with a punch to the gut!! That slows Cody down, and allows Regal to follow up with a European Uppercut!! That rocks Cody, and spurs Regal on, with the veteran lashing out with a right hand, then another European Uppercut; right hand, uppercut, right hand, uppercut - then puts the upstart down with a vicious clothesline!!!!!

    Regal is getting fired up, and he locks Rhodes up, firing off a Butterfly Suplex, floating over, cover (whilst sticking his forearm in Cody’s face) 1...2...NO!!!! Regal isn’t put off by the kick out though, and he looks to finish Cody off with the KNEE TREMBLER - but Cody avoids it!!! The youngster side steps out of Regals path, then puts the Brit down with a dropkick!!! Quickly, Cody drags Regal up, looking for CROSS RHODES - NO!!! Blocked by Regal!!! Regal escapes, and looks to fight Rhodes off again, but Cody stops Regal with a kick to the gut, and then slams the veteran onto the mat!!! Cody motions that it’s over, then spots the Goldust Teddy Bear in the corner, picking it up - and RIPPING the head off it!!!!! The fans are furious with Cody, as the youngster throws the mascot down at Regal, talking trash, before CHOKING Regal on the bottom rope!!!

    Mike Chioda is forced to step in again, and backs Cody up, warning him about a potential Disqualification. Meanwhile, by the ropes, Regal grabs the teddy bear, but Cody is quickly back on him, pulling the Teddy away, continuing to talk trash to Regal, telling him “this isn’t a good luck charm!! It‘s a childs toy!!! And you need more than luck right now!!!” Chioda takes the mascot from Rhodes, and proceeds to take it out of the ring, as Rhodes reaches to drag Regal back up - BAM~!!! Regal DROPS Cody Rhodes, knocking him OUT COLD … WITH BRASS KNUCKS!!!!! Regal tosses the evidence to the floor, and makes the cover, with Chioda coming back after getting rid of the teddy bear to make the count as Lawler wonders where exactly Regal got the brass knucks from having had his weapon confiscated earlier in the match … 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winner: William Regal @ 05:45
    *ADVANCES TO SEMI-FINALS*

    Regal defeats Rhodes!!! The fans in the o2 are ecstatic that their fellow Englishman has advanced to the FINAL FOUR in the King of the Ring tournament for the second straight year!!! Regal has his arm raised, and departs from the ring, looking ahead to his next match, as the replays show that Regal retrieved the Brass Knucks from INSIDE the Goldust Teddy Bear!!!

    Jerry Lawler: I don’t know whether I’m impressed or outraged, J.R!! Cody Rhodes thought he had gotten one up on Regal right at the beginning of this match!! He thought he’d taken care of the Brass Knucks!! But he DIDN’T!! That was genius from Regal AND Goldust!!

    Jim Ross: Goldust may not have been permitted out here at ringside, but he DAMN well played a HUGE part in the outcome of this match up!! William Regal has advanced to the FINAL FOUR of the 2008 King of the Ring - and ya gotta wonder, King, is it written in the stars?? Is Regal destined to be crowned King here in London, in his own backyard??

    Jerry Lawler: Anything is possible, J.R!! And if he has more surprises like that in store, he might just go all the way!!

    In the ring, Cody Rhodes is still flat on the mat, selling the knock out blow from Regal, whilst Regal waves to the fans, smiling, having outsmarted Rhodes tonight. At ringside, we catch another glimpse of the headless Goldust Teddy Bear - the difference maker here tonight!!!



    Commercial Break



    Back from the commercial, the show returns to a moment of chaos, as WILLIAM REGAL has just been set upon by CODY RHODES and KEN DOANE!!! The New Standard SLAM Regals SKULL off the wall, and then, with Regal slumped onto the floor, Rhodes and Doane wheel an equipment box into him HEAD FIRST!!!!

    GOLDUST runs into the shot, and chases Rhodes and Doane off, as the two upstarts run away, having done the damage they set out to!! Goldust calls out for help, before tending to Regal, shouting again for help, as he tries to talk to Regal, but Regal appears to be knocked unconscious…



    _____________________________________________________________________



    Back in the arena, CM PUNK is already in the ring, as he made his entrance during the commercial and the backstage attack, waiting for his opponent. Punk chuckles, having just watched the backstage attack on Regal on the titan tron, and the fans boo, angry at what they’ve just seen…

    Jim Ross:
    Well, that doesn’t look good, King. That doesn’t look good for William Regal at all…

    Jerry Lawler: It does not, J.R. So much for fate smiling down on Regal tonight.

    Jim Ross: And, indeed, history is repeating itself here - twelve months ago, William Regal was badly beaten by Umaga which completely destroyed his chances of going all the way. We have to hope that it isn’t as bad as it looks … but it looks pretty bad.

    **HERE TO SHOW THE WORLD**

    Debuting new music, NICK NEMETH hit’s the stage, running his fingers through his hair, looking determined as he marches down the ramp, pumping up the fans, shouting to them, whilst Punk remains stoic in the ring, nonplussed by his opponent.

    Jim Ross:
    And as cold as it sounds, the show must go on here. Having just witnessed what happened to Regal, you’ve gotta believe that CM Punk and Nick Nemeth are now seeing this match as the true Semi-Final. A win here, and they’ll be as good as in the final.

    Jerry Lawler: I don’t know how William Regal could possibly compete later - the winner of this is most likely getting a bye directly to the final.

    ~ KING OF THE RING QUARTER FINAL ~
    Nick Nemeth vs. CM Punk
    Punk and Nemeth circle the ring, then lunge in for a lock up. They tussle, but eventually, Punk goes behind. Nemeth and Punk trade standing switches as they battle for control, until Punk is able to execute a headlock takedown, seizing the upper hand by keeping the side headlock applied to Nemeth on the mat. Punk puts the squeeze on, but Nemeth squirms, looking to escape the hold, eventually freeing himself, darting quickly to his feet, meeting Punk with a hip toss before executing his own side headlock takedown, applying a side headlock of his own on the canvas. Punk is now the one scrambling free, battling to his feet, and shoves Nemeth off the ropes, only for Nemeth to come back with a STRONG shoulder block knocking Punk off his feet!!!

    The shoulder block takes Punk by surprise, and it allows Nemeth to connect with a dropkick when Punk gets back up. Nemeth looks for a standing elbow drop, but Punk rolls out of the way, and Nemeth crashes onto the mat. Punk then looks for an elbow drop of his own, but HE misses too!! Nemeth escapes the danger, and gets on Punk as the I.C Champion stands up, backing Punk into the ropes, sending him off, looking for the return … but Punk instead slides under the bottom rope, and takes a walk, wanting a break. The fans in London boo - naturally - with Nemeth looking frustrated, standing with his hands on his hips, and is then prevented by Jack Doan from leaving the ring. Having had a chance to clear his head, Punk re-enters the ring, and locks up with Nemeth again.

    Quickly, Punk drives a knee into the gut of Nemeth, establishing control, backing Nemeth into the corner, and stomping at him, beating Nemeth down in the corner before being admonished by the official. Punk shrugs off the words from Doan, before sending Nemeth across the ring to the opposite corner, racing in after him - BOOT UP FROM NEMETH!!! The boot stuns and staggers Punk, with the I.C Champ vulnerable, allowing Nemeth to score with a BIG running clothesline out of the corner!!! Nemeth quickly drops an elbow, gets up, drops another, and proceeds to get up and drop the elbow again - and again, and a SIXTH time, before hooking the leg, 1...2...KICK OUT!!!! Punk crawls to the corner off the kick out, and begs off from Nemeth, but Nick isn’t buying it, and looks to drag Punk up, but the crafty I.C Champ grabs the front of Nemeths tights, and yanks him forward, shocking Nemeth - sending him through the ropes with a thud on the floor!!! Nemeth writhes on the floor, allowing Punk to catch his breath as we head to a commercial…



    Commercial Break



    Back from the commercial, Punk is in control, and has been throughout the commercial, wearing Nemeth down, with a headlock applied as we come back. We see clips of Punk hanging Nemeth up on the barrier, and delivering a Gutwrench Suplex during the commercial for a near fall, before returning back live. Nemeth stirs, and fights back out of the headlock, elbowing out of danger, before both Punk and Nemeth trade blows in the middle of the ring. It’s Nemeth winning the back and forth, until Punk responds with a double overhand chop to slow Nick down, with Punk following up with a spin kick to the gut. Punk sends Nemeth off the ropes, knocking him back down on the return with a jumping spin kick, getting a cover, 1...2...KICK OUT AGAIN!!!

    Punk shakes his head at the kick out, having hoped to get the match completed quickly and conserve energy for later tonight. He drags Nemeth up, sending his opponent to the corner, following in - but before impact, Nemeth elevates himself on the ropes, with Punk running on and colliding with the turnbuckles, allowing Nemeth to roll through for a cover … 1...2...NO!!! Punk survives, and as he bounces up, looks for a roundhouse kick to Nemeth, but Nemeth ducks it, and bounds off the ropes - flying at Punk with a clothesline, taking the I.C Champion off his feet!!! Nemeth builds up momentum and reels off a dropkick, then another clothesline, before sending Punk into the corner, following in with a Stinger Splash!!! Punk staggers out of the corner, allowing Nemeth to score with the FAMOUSER!!!!! 1...2...PUNK KICKS OUT!!!!!

    Nemeth sits on his knees, hands on head, shocked at the kick out, as Punk JUST survives, but perhaps, not for much longer, as Nemeth lines up his JUMPING REVERSE BULLDOG - NO!!! Punk counters it at the last second, ducking down, delivering a firemans carry!! Nemeth is up quickly though, and bounds right toward Punk - but PUNK SCOOPS NEMETH UP - GTS - NO!!! Nemeth wriggles, preventing Punk from executing the GTS, and manages to eventually counter into a SUNSET FLIP … 1...2...NO!!!!! Punk escapes, but Nemeth is SURE it was three, and argues the count with Jack Doan … which allows Punk to take advantage, surprising Nemeth with an O’Connor Roll … AND HOLDS THE ROPES FOR LEVERAGE … 1...2...CAUGHT BY THE REFEREE!!!!!

    Jack Doan spots the blatant cheating from Punk and stops counting, before breaking the pin!! The official admonishes Punk for the cheating, with the I.C Champion blowing it off, turning his attention back to Nemeth, looking to strike with a right hand - BLOCKED - Nemeth spins Punk around … AND SCORES WITH THE JUMPING REVERSE BULLDOG!!!!! Nemeth hooks the leg, thinking it could be over … 1...2...PUNK JUST KICKS OUT IN TIME!!!!!!!! Nemeth is in SHOCK again, this time truly believing he done enough to get the three. Pounding the mat in frustration, Nemeth shakes his head, and pulls himself to his feet, demanding Punk get up, sizing him up … looking for the move that has become his finish in recent weeks … the LEAPING DDT … NO!!!!! Punk shoves Nemeth away, then catches Nemeth coming back with a ROUNDHOUSE KICK!!!! Nemeth was too eager, and paid for it … 1...2...NEMETH KICKS OUT!!!!!

    The match continues!!! Punk holds up three fingers at the referee, with it being his turn to argue the count, as J.R mentions how vital it was for Punk to avoid that DDT from Nemeth at all costs, reminding everyone that NO ONE has kicked out of Nemeths DDT yet. Punk sends Nemeth into the corner, looking for his patented running high knee … but Nemeth ducks out of the corner … with Punk unable to put on the brakes, and Punks knee collides with the top rope with PUNK TUMBLING TO THE FLOOR!!!!! Punk rolls around on the floor, selling his knee, and as he stands back up, Nemeth runs to the middle turnbuckle - and LEAPS OVER THE TOP - CROSS BODY TO PUNK ON THE FLOOR!!!!!!! Nemeth risks it all, and SCORES on Punk, with the fans going nuts, chanting for Nemeth.

    Lawler wonders what will be left of these two men with another two matches potentially on the horizon for them both, as Nemeth looks to drag Punk up to his feet, but as he does, Punk takes Nemeth by surprise, and rams him into the steel steps!!! Punk staggers away, rolls into the ring, with the referees count up to six … seven … with Punk asking for the count to be made quicker … looking to finish this match by any means … EIGHT … Nemeth shakes the cobwebs loose … NINE … Nemeth JUST makes it back into the ring!!! Punk curses in frustration, but gets on Nemeth, stomping his opponent as he slides back into the ring. The I.C Champion drags Nemeth back up, and onto his shoulders, looking for the GTS again … but Nemeth is able to slip off the back of Punk, gripping from behind - INVERTED POWERSLAM FROM NEMETH!!!!!! 1...2...NO!!!!!

    Punk survives the impressive amateur type power slam from Nemeth, but it looks like a set up for Nemeths primary weapon … with the up and comer stalking Punk as he recovers … and looks for the LEAPING DDT … AND SCORES!!!!!!! “No one has kicked out of that DDT!!! This is over!!!” bellows J.R … as Nemeth covers the Intercontinental Champion … 1...2...3!!!!!!!! NO- NO!!!!! The three count is made, but CM PUNK HAS HIS FOOT ON THE ROPE!!!!! The replays show Punk getting his foot on the rope between the 2 and 3, as Lawler shouts for the people in the back to the cut the music. Nemeth thinks he has won, and leaps to his feet in jubilation, climbing the ropes … but Jack Doan has only just now spotted the foot on the ropes!!!

    Desperately, Doan has to try and inform Nemeth of the situation, but with the music playing and the celebrations, it takes a few moment for Nemeth to realize Doan is trying to gain his attention. Eventually, he does, and as Doan explains the situation - with Nemeth still on the turnbuckles, coming to the realization that the match ISN’T over yet - the recovering Punk takes advantage, stumbling to his feet and YANKS Nemeth off the turnbuckle!!! Nemeth plants his face on the top turnbuckle … and staggers straight into the path of Punk … who wastes no time in scooping Nick up onto his shoulder … delivering the GTS!!!!! Punk hooks the leg, making sure Nemeth doesn’t get a foot on the rope … 1...2...3!!!!!!!!!!
    Winner: CM Punk @ 14:02
    *ADVANCES TO SEMI-FINALS*

    There’s a feeling of the air being taken out of the arena after the finish, with Punk surviving an almighty scare by the skin of his teeth. There’s still some confusion in certain areas of the o2 too, with many not realising Punk had a foot on the rope during the count.

    Jim Ross: It’s heartbreak for Nick Nemeth, King - he thought - just as we all did, that he had defeated CM Punk to advance to the final four … but a cruel twist of fate has seen him go from elation to deflation in mere seconds.

    Jerry Lawler:
    Credit to CM Punk, J.R. He had the wherewithal to get his foot on the rope, and he saw his opportunity to pounce on Nick Nemeth in his moment of weakness.

    Jim Ross:
    CM Punk now meets William Regal in the final four, and we’re still waiting for an update on the condition of Regal after he was assaulted backstage by the New Standard after defeating Cody Rhodes in our opening Quarter Final match up earlier.

    Looking relieved to have seen off the challenge of Nick Nemeth, CM Punk has his arm raised before departing the ring, wasting no time in leaving - wanting to use all the time he can to recover before his Semi-Final with William Regal later - should Regal be even able to compete.

    Jim Ross: And I’ve no doubt that CM Punk will be hoping Regal isn’t able to compete - he’s just went through a hellacious match here with Nick Nemeth.

    Jerry Lawler: He’ll be wanting to rest for as long as he possibly can, J.R. CM Punk is aiming to go all the way, but if he is pushed like he was here in the semi-finals, he may not have much left should he reach the final!!!

    Meanwhile, Nick Nemeth slowly recovers, selling the effects of the GTS. He sits up, watching as Punk disappears out of the picture, and slaps the mat once in frustration at his loss, knowing just how close he was to defeating the Intercontinental Champion and moving on to the Semi-Finals.

    Jim Ross: Whilst CM Punk will be breathing a sigh of relief, ya gotta wonder what’s going through the mind of Nick Nemeth. So close to victory - he thought he’d won it. A cruel, cruel twist in the tale here. But, King, let me tell ya, this kid is goin places. Nick Nemeth is winning over a lot of people right now with his performances, and I for one, hope we get to see Nemeth and CM Punk go at it again in the near future.

    Jerry Lawler:
    I don’t know if CM Punk will agree with that assessment. I doubt he’ll want to see Nick Nemeth again any time soon.

    There’s a respectful round of applause for the defeated Nick Nemeth, appreciating his efforts tonight, as the disappointed superstar departs the ring, head bowed, before looking up and nodding at the respect from the fans … but it’s little consolation - he’s eliminated from the King of the Ring tournament…



    Commercial Break



    Backstage, TIFFANY is standing by with all three of the MASTER CRAFTSMEN; the World Champion Brent Albright and the World Tag Team Champions Charlie Haas and Nick Dinsmore…

    Tiffany:
    Gentlemen, a little later tonight, the three of you face the Angels of Anarchy in their final shot at the World Tag Team Championships for as long as you remain champions. Given the must-win nature of the match, are you at all concerned that you may have given Doug Williams and Christopher Daniels added motivation to pull off the shock against the odds??

    Haas shakes his head.

    Charlie Haas: No.

    There’s an awkward pause, with Tiffany staring at Haas, who shrugs.

    Charlie Haas: Oh- you want me to expand on that?? Fine. No. They can have all the motivation in the world, Tiffany. But it’s not a lack of motivation that saw them lose to us at WrestleMania. It’s not a lack of motivation that saw them lose to us on Raw and at Vengeance either. It’s a lack of ability. And they’re fine athletes. But they’re not us. And seeing as they couldn’t beat Nick and I?? How the hell are they gonna beat the three of us??

    Dinsmore takes over.

    Nick Dinsmore: It’s as simple as this; tonight, Charlie, Brent and myself, will finally get the Angels of Anarchy out of our hair, and out of our lives. They’re not on our level - NO team on Raw is. And the sooner they all realize that, the better.

    Haas and Albright nod along in agreement. Tiffany then changes focus, speaking to Albright…

    Tiffany: And Brent, it would be remiss of me to not ask you - as the outgoing King of the Ring - just how much your victory last year meant to you as a springboard to bigger things, including now becoming World Heavyweight Champion…

    Albright smirks, peering over at the title draped on his shoulder, then looking back to address the interviewer.

    Brent Albright:
    Let’s not pretend that this picture wasn’t inevitable. I was always going to be World Heavyweight Champion one way or another. And sure, at the time, winning the King of the Ring sure helped me up the ladder a little quicker … but I’m done being King now. Now?? This King is a Champion.

    Tiffany:
    And speaking of you being World Champion, last Monday, you were scheduled to defend that title against Christian, before the heinous attack from John Cena prevented that match from happening-

    Brent Albright:
    You might want to check your facts, little lady. John Cena didn’t prevent anything. I think you’ll find I successfully defended this title on Raw via forfeit. Not my fault that Christian didn’t watch his back. He had his shot, and now, I’m moving on to the next in line, whoever that may be.

    Walking into the shot, the NEW Raw General Manager, RICKY STEAMBOAT crashes the interview, and the Master Craftsmen all look displeased at the sight of the GM.

    Ricky Steamboat:
    A forfeit?? Hmmm. Debatable. But, unfortunately, either way, Christian is going to be out of action for a considerable amount of time after what happened to him on Raw.

    Heat can be heard in the background, with Christian seemingly set to be out for a long period of time. Albright though, finds it amusing.

    Ricky Steamboat:
    And as for John Cena, as you might’ve heard, as a result of his actions on Raw; he’s been barred from challenging for any title for the remainder of 2008.

    Again, Albright looks pleased to hear it, with arguably the two biggest threats to the World Title being out of the picture for the foreseeable future.

    Ricky Steamboat:
    So … as you said yourself, you’re moving onto the next in line. And I’m glad you’re enthusiastic about it. Because seeing as you didn’t defend the title last week - you WILL put that Worlds Heavyweight Title on the line this week on Raw.

    Pop from the fans. Albrights demeanour begins to change though - not liking the sound of a title defence on Raw.

    Ricky Steamboat: And here’s what’s going to happen. Rey Mysterio and Shelton Benjamin will go one on one right at the top of the show - and the winner will challenge you in the main event of the evening. How does that sound??

    Albright tries to play it cool, and not show any sign of weakness to Steamboat, nodding his head at the announcement.

    Brent Albright:
    Sure. Sure.

    Steamboat smiles.

    Ricky Steamboat:
    Great. Good luck tonight gentlemen.

    The General Manager leaves the set, with Haas and Dinsmore both shaking their heads, looking to Albright, who tries not to react.

    Nick Dinsmore: He’s going to get on my nerves.

    Albright nods in agreement, and softly mutters…

    Brent Albright: … He’s already getting on mine.

    The camera focuses on Albright, stewing over the announcement from Steamboat … as we fade out…



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    And back into the arena…

    **FLIGHT OF THE VALKYRIES**

    Entering to a good pop from the fans, BRYAN DANIELSON acknowledges the reaction, nodding to the fans, as he calmly makes his way down the ramp, conserving all his energy for the match to come.

    Jim Ross:
    And we’re all set for our first glimpse of the four men remaining on the Smackdown side of this King of the Ring tournament!! And King, there might not be a more impressive competitor on Smack down - or in the entire WWE for that matter - than this young man, Bryan Danielson!!

    Jerry Lawler: You’re right there, J.R!! This kid has all the tools to go all the way tonight. Don’t forget, he’s only ever lost ONCE in almost a year since debuting in the WWE!!!

    Jim Ross: But let’s not forget who it was who beat him, King - the man he meets right here, right now; Jamie Noble!! And these two men have waged war throughout this entire year - it all started the last time we were on NBC for Saturday Nights Main Event in March!!! They’ve ALL been Match of the Year contenders - and we’re hoping for another one to add to the list tonight!!!

    Danielson reaches the ring, running the ropes, getting warmed up, waiting the arrival of his long time rival…

    **TRAILER TRASHIN**

    Carrying the Cruiserweight Championship he won from Bryan Danielson at Judgment Day last month, JAMIE NOBLE marches down the ramp with a purpose, face screwed up, looking pissed off, and ready for a fight.

    Jim Ross:
    These two know each other inside and out, King, this promises to be another spectacular - but we’d better keep an eye on the clock in this one. Twenty minute time limit in this round, and every match Danielson and Noble have had has been in an around that twenty minute mark.

    Jerry Lawler: I hope this doesn’t end in a time limit draw, J.R!!

    Jim Ross: And neither will these two!! The time limit could well change the tactics both men will employ, and force them to go for broke a little earlier than usual.

    Noble reaches the bottom of the ramp, and slides into the ring, tossing his title belt AT Danielson - distracting Bryan momentarily for a split second, allowing Noble to go on the attack with vicious right hands, kick starting the match!!!!!

    ~ KING OF THE RING QUARTER FINAL ~
    Bryan Danielson vs. Jamie Noble
    Noble goes right on the attack, pounding Danielson against the ropes, then sends him off for the ride - but Danielson returns, avoiding a knee from Noble, and into a school boy roll up, 1...2...NO!!! Noble bounces up out of the predicament, but has a shot blocked by Danielson, and Danielson proceeds to get his own back, firing off short, forceful forearm shots to the face of the Cruiserweight Champion, beating Noble into the corner, and beating Noble into the mat!!! Danielson is forced off and told to back up by Mickey Henson. “This aint gonna be the catch-as-catch-can classic many anticipated, King!! This one is personal now!!” surmises J.R after the brutal start to the match.

    As Noble pulls himself up on the ropes, Danielson races into the corner with a running dropkick, crushing Noble into the corner!!! Danielson follows up, delivering ANOTHER running dropkick into the corner, and as Noble staggers out, spaghetti legged, Danielson catches him with another running dropkick by the ropes - with Noble being sent out of the ring!!!!! Wasting little time, Danielson rolls out after Noble, stomping his rival, then runs him into the barrier!!! Danielson leads Noble around ringside, proceeding to SMASH Nobles face off the announce table, but, as he looks to throw Noble back into the ring, Noble runs Danielson - face first - into the ring post … and then delivers a SIDE SUPLEX on the floor!!!!! Danielson writhes in pain off the suplex, with Noble rolling in and out of the ring to break the count of the referee, and proceeds to stomp Danielson some more, as we head to a commercial.



    Commercial Break



    Back from the commercial, Noble is in charge, running through Danielson with clotheslines, dragging Danielson up and holding on every time he hits it, punishing the former Cruiserweight Champion with each clothesline. Clips air from the commercial of Danielson fighting back, but Noble sneakily raking the eyes out of the referees line of vision to re-establish control. J.R and Lawler talk about the previous meetings between the two and the departure this match has been from the previously predominantly technical match ups, with this being much more of a slugfest, with Noble proving that point by choking Danielson in the corner (all whilst trash talking his rival), making the most of the officials five count before relenting.

    Noble listens to the words of Mickey Henson, but pushes him out of the way, looking to blast the recovering Danielson by the ropes with a clothesline to the floor - but Bryan ducks down, elevating Noble, sending the Cruiserweight Champion over - and crashing to the floor!!!!! Danielson catches his breath, then takes off, rushing off the ropes, coming back with a BASEBALL SLIDE to Noble, sending Noble flying into the barrier!!!!! Danielson follows out, and charges Noble into the barrier again, slamming Nobles back and the back of his head off the barrier!!! Showing more aggression than usual, Danielson proceeds to land stiff kicks to the exposed chest of Noble by the barrier, punishing Noble, much to the delight of the fans. Danielson finally relents, and drags Noble up, tossing him back into the ring.

    Danielson climbs to the top rope, and leaps off when Noble gets up - FRONT DROPKICK OFF THE TOP!!! Danielson instantly gets back to his feet, and meets the spaghetti legged Cruiserweight Champion with a kick to the gut, then follows up with a NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX - COVER - 1...2...NO!!!!! Noble kicks out just in the nick of time, but that doesn’t put off Danielson, who rises up, and begins to again lay in the stiff kicks on Nobles chest again, but Noble DUCKS the roundhouse attempt, and rolls up, Danielson - 1...2...NO!!! Danielson was nearly caught, but escapes the pin, then ducks a wild swing from Noble, taking off hitting the ropes, coming back - but Noble catches Danielson coming off the ropes, with Noble pressing him up in the air, and catches Danielson on the way down with A DOUBLE KNEE GUTBUSTER!!!!! 1...2...KICK OUT!!!!!

    Noble takes a moment to recover, but doesn’t waste much more time, before getting back on Danielson, trash talking his foe once again, as Danielson clutches his ribs in agony from the gut buster. Noble runs Danielson into the corner, then kicks him in the gut, loading up for the TIGER BOMB … NO!!!!! Danielson battles out of trouble, and the two men begin to go back and forth with stiff forearms!!! Danielson and Noble beat the shit out of one another in the middle of the ring, with the fans loving the brutal back and forth - with Danielson eventually coming out on top!!! Danielson HAMMERS Noble to his knees, then takes off, hitting the ropes … BUT NOBLE BOUNCES UP - AND MEETS DANIELSON WITH A DEVASTATING POLISH HAMMER!!!!! The impact of the strike sends Danielson THROUGH the ropes to the floor!!!!

    The champion climbs out, following Danielson to the floor, and stomps him down, before CATAPULTING Danielson face first into the RING POST!!!!! Danielson staggers away upon impact, with Noble following, and spinning Danielson around … TIGER BOMB ON THE FLOOR!!!!!!!!! Noble FLATTENS Danielson on the outside, and now has to drag Danielson up - he wants to beat Danielson, but not via count out - Noble is desperate to get another ‘real’ win over his rival. The Cruiserweight Champion surely has it won, but it’s a struggle to get Danielson into the ring, eventually rolling him inside, and Noble follows, making the cover … 1...2...DANIELSON GETS A SHOULDER UP IN THE NICK OF TIME!!!!! “WHAT!?” is the shocked reaction from Lawler, and Noble is just as shocked in the ring, arguing with the official.

    Unable to believe that Danielson kicked out, Noble takes out all his frustrations on the former Cruiserweight Champion, mounting Danielson and unleashing a barrage of right hands on the mat, pulverising his rival, until Mickey Henson steps in, forcing the break, with Noble damn near uncontrollable. Noble takes a walk around the ring, cursing the sky, trying to get his rage under control, and regain his focus, before picking Danielson back up, shoving him into the corner, and unleashing a series of knife edge chops. Noble grabs Danielson by the ears, and ROARS in his face; “WHY CANT YOU JUST DIE BOOOYYY!!!!????” Danielson then responds with a HEADBUTT to Noble!!! Noble takes a back step off the unexpected head butt from his foe, but as he comes out of the corner, Noble grips him - T-BONE SUPLEX ON DANIELSON!!!!! 1...2...NO!!!!!

    Danielson REFUSES to stay down!!!!! Noble is losing his mind, and whilst shaking his head in disbelief, reaches down, dragging Bryan up, looking to send him across the ring to the opposite corner … but as Danielson approaches the corner, he runs up the buckles and backflips over Noble!!! Noble looks stunned, turns around - right into a running LARIAT from Danielson!!!!! Danielson takes his time to get up, looking exhausted from the match, but beats Noble to his feet, and meets Noble with a hip toss. Noble staggers back up, with Danielson letting fly with a chop, and another, before beating Noble into the ropes, and sends him off the ropes, driving a knee deep into Nobles gut on the return, sending Noble sprawling across the ring!!! Danielson forces Noble down with a lateral press, 1...2...NO!!!!!

    Danielson drags Noble back up, softening him up with forearm shots, then executes a snap suplex, for another cover, 1...2...NOBLE KICKS OUT AGAIN!!!!! Danielson shakes his head, but isn’t deflated by the kick out, getting right back to his feet, watching as Noble slowly gets to his knees. Danielson stands over the challenger, lighting him up once more with an array of kicks to the chest … Noble - just as he was at Judgment Day - is simply a sitting duck, eating the kicks. Bryan pauses, as he winds up for the big, final, roundhouse kick to the face … when Noble puts his hands together … PLEADING WITH DANIELSON!!!! JUST AS HE DID AT JUDGMENT DAY!!!!! “I‘M SORRY BRYAN - PLEASE - DON’T DO THIS-”

    But this time - unlike at Judgment Day - Danielson shows NO MERCY to his rival, he’s not buying the plea from Noble, knowing he’s full of shit … and instead NAILS Noble with a ROUNDHOUSE KICK!!!! Cover, 1...2...KICK OUT!!!!! Noble KICKS OUT!!!!! Danielson then quickly grabs the arms, looking for CATTLE MUTILATION - NO!!!!! Noble scrambles free - AND CATCHES DANIELSON IN THE GUILLOTINE CHOKE!!!!!!!! Danielson is trapped in the hold, fading fast in the choke … dropping to a knee, with Noble cranking the pressure … the referee raises the hand of Danielson twice - and it FALLS!!! Once more, he raises it … WHEN BRYAN STARTS TO SHOW LIFE!!!!! The fans explode, getting behind the former champion, with Danielson pushing to his feet, but still trapped in the hold.

    Noble hangs on for dear life, cinching in, cranking the neck of his foe … but Danielson CHARGES across the ring, crushing Noble in the corner, again and again and again … until the grip weakens, and Noble RELEASES the choke!!!!!!! Danielson staggers out of the corner, holding his throat, trying to regain his breath … with Noble regrouping too, before charging at Danielson, but Bryan ducks a clothesline … and traps Noble … Crucifix Pin … 1...2...NO - DANIELSON STOPS IT HIMSELF - ROLLING OVER … AND TRANSITIONING INTO THE CATTLE MUTILATION!!!!! Noble does his best to fight it, swinging his legs wildly, trying to desperately find the ropes … but he’s trapped in the MIDDLE of the ring … with nowhere to go … Noble is forced to swallow his pride, and AGAIN give in to his hated rival … BY TAPPING OUT!!!!!
    Winner: Bryan Danielson @ 16:43
    *ADVANCES TO SEMI-FINALS*

    It’s revenge for Judgment Day for Bryan Danielson!!! Danielson overcomes Noble - and in emphatic fashion, forcing a SUBMISSION from the Cruiserweight Champion to get the win!!!!! Danielson sits up, looking spent from an exhilarating battle with Noble, whilst the beaten Cruiserweight Champion rolls out of the ring, devastated by his loss.

    Jim Ross:
    Once again, Bryan Danielson BEATS Jamie Noble. Bryan Danielson is headed to the final four!! And STILL Jamie Noble hasn’t got a decisive win against Danielson!!!

    Jerry Lawler:
    And he may never at this rate, J.R!! He threw the kitchen sink at Danielson, and he STILL couldn’t get the job done!! What does Noble have to do to beat this man!!!!

    Jim Ross:
    Noble went to well again as he did at Judgment Day - but he came up dry on this occasion. Bryan Danielson sure as hell wasn’t buying that old trick tonight. Danielson survived the onslaught once again from Jamie Noble, and he now awaits either Kurt Angle or Ted DiBiase Junior in the Semi-Finals!!!

    Danielson finally gets to his feet, getting his hand raised, one step closer to becoming King of the Ring. The former Cruiserweight Champion keeps his eyes on the current Cruiserweight Champion though, not trusting Noble to simply walk away - he’s wary of a sneak attack from a bitter Jamie Noble.

    Jim Ross:
    Wise move from Bryan Danielson, King. He knows what Noble is like, he knows he‘s a bad loser. He saw what happened to William Regal earlier - Bryan Danielson isn’t taking any chances.

    Jerry Lawler:
    I’m not sure Jamie Noble could even muster the energy to attack him - he put EVERYTHING into that effort, J.R.

    Noble collects his belt in a huff, and departs the arena, not even glancing at Danielson in the ring, but Danielson is taking no chances, still watching until Noble has left the arena. Then, Danielson pumps his fist to the fans, and motioning with two fingers; ‘Two More to Go…’

    Jim Ross:
    And as you see, Bryan Danielson - he is just two wins away from becoming the King of the Ring. What a challenge he poses - a man with one loss on his record since arriving in the WWE last October!! Are we looking at the NEXT King of the Ring???

    Jerry Lawler:
    You could be right, J.R. I’m not writing this kid off - but - how much did that match just take out of him??

    Jim Ross:
    We’ll find out later tonight, King.



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    In the TRAINERS ROOM, we see WILLIAM REGAL sat up, with the trainer conducting some tests, shining a torch in his eyes, whilst a concerned Goldust watches on.

    Jim Ross:
    William Regal, as we can see is sitting up, but we’ve yet to be told if he’s going to be cleared to compete in a little while.

    The Bizarre One spots the camera, and quickly pushes the cameraman out of the room, shouting; “GET OUTTA HERE!!!” in fury, showing a serious side to his usual ‘Bizarre’ demeanour.

    Jerry Lawler:
    It doesn’t look good to me, J.R. When do you ever see that kind of reaction from Goldust!!??

    Goldust slams the door shut on the cameraman, as we fade out…



    Commercial Break



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    And, shots of Wembley Stadium last year at Summerslam, with clips of Randy Ortons mid air RKO on RVD, Ricky Hatton knocking out Armando Estrada, Edge spearing The Undertaker, MNM falling from a ladder, and Christian raising the title at the end of that show.

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    The Summerslam logo flashes across the screen, then an image of the world is shown, with the focus zooming in toward the U.S.A

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    The zoom continues toward the East Coast, and then, we see clips of New York City; the statue of Liberty, yellow cabs, Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge

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    The New York skyline … then the camera stops at Madison Square Garden.

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    Flashing shots of famous MSG moments in WWE history; Hogan winning his first title, Bret Hart being hoisted in the air at WrestleMania X, Austin stunning McMahon for the first time, and Triple H winning the ladder match in 1998 at a Summerslam.

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    End, with the Summerslam graphic on the screen.



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    *BANNER CREDIT; COMEBACK KID*



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    Back in the ring, BOTH DiBiase’s; The MILLION DOLLAR MAN and his son, TED JR are in the ring…

    Jim Ross:
    Scott Armstrong needs to get to work here - The Million Dollar Man isn’t permitted to be at ringside for this tournament!! And he knows it!! What in the hell is he trying to pull here??

    Jerry Lawler:
    Hey - everybody has a price, J.R.

    Jim Ross:
    Not in the King of the Ring tournament, King. Not tonight.

    Indeed, the official, Scott Armstrong tries to intervene and force Ted Senior out of the ring, but the Million Dollar Man tells the referee to go away, before getting on the mic…

    The Million Dollar Man:
    I’m not stupid like these crooked mouth English pheasants-

    Cheap heat. DiBiase laughs.

    The Million Dollar Man:
    I know I’m not permitted at ringside to watch my boy become King of the Ring. He doesn’t need me by his side to win this tournament. He’s royalty in this business!! But … ha ha … I don’t intend on this match even happening.

    “What??” is the immediate reaction of Jim Ross on commentary. DiBiase turns to the stage…

    The Million Dollar Man:
    So, at this time, I’d like to invite Kurt Angle to the ring!! Mister Angle??…

    There’s a few moments of waiting, with J.R and King both wondering what the hell is going on, with King reiterating that “everybody has a price!!”

    **MEDAL**

    Wasting no time, KURT ANGLE walks down the ramp, not even waiting to let off his pyro sequence. Ted Senior has a smile on his face, and tells Ted Junior to relax as they wait in the ring, whilst The Olympian is already shaking his head as he marches down the ramp.

    Jim Ross:
    I’m not sure The Million Dollar Mans pockets are deep enough to pay Kurt Angle off, King. I’ve been watching a lot of Smackdown in recent weeks, and Angle believes that a victory in this tournament will put him right back in the mix for a WWE Title shot. And to Angle, that WWE Title is the holy grail; it’s priceless to him!!!

    {/SECOND HOUR}

    Jerry Lawler:
    Well, we’re about to find out just how deep DiBiases pockets are, and just how much of a price Angle puts above being Champion.

    Angle climbs into the ring, with the Million Dollar Man standing in front of his son, protecting him from Angle, before greeting Kurt with a smile.

    The Million Dollar Man: Mister Angle, I think it goes without saying you have nothing to prove here. You don’t need to prove to any of these people your credentials. You don’t need to compete in this King of the Ring tournament to show the world what you’re capable of.

    Angle isn’t buying the chat from DiBiase, looking very unimpressed by The Million Dollar Man.

    The Million Dollar Man: So here’s my suggestion to you …

    DiBiase starts handing over $100 dollar bills to Angle, with Kurt looking down at his hand whilst it continues…

    The Million Dollar Man:
    Why don’t you take in the sights here in London. Go to Harrods, treat yourself to something extravagant, buy something for the family. Relax. Enjoy this time away-

    ANGLE SUDDENLY STUFFS THE MONEY IN THE MILLION DOLLAR MANS MOUTH!!!!!!!!

    The fans pop huge for Angles response, and DiBiase turns away, choking on his own money - but Ted Junior ATTACKS Angle from behind!!! DiBiase pounds the back of Angle on the ropes, not stopping - in fear of Angle recovering - whilst Scott Armstrong gets The Million Dollar Man out of the ring, with Chad Patton also arriving at ringside to lead Ted Senior from ringside, and for Armstrong to get back in the ring.

    In the ring, DiBiase is still on Angle, and he sends him shoulder first into the ring post!!!! Angle staggers out of the corner, clutching his shoulder … with DiBiase grasping Kurt from behind, COBRA CLUTCH SLAM!!!!!!! Lawler yells out; “HE CALLS IT DREAM STREET - AND THAT‘S WHERE ANGLE IS RIGHT NOW!!!!” DiBiase covers, as Armstrong makes the count…

    ~ KING OF THE RING QUARTER FINAL ~
    Ted DiBiase vs. Kurt Angle
    1...2...NO!!!!!!! Angle kicks out!!!!! DiBiase suddenly looks shaken, having thought he’d have the match won with that move, but J.R proclaims that Angle is too fresh to stay down that quickly. DiBiase backs his groggy opponent into the corner, opening up with shots to soften Kurt up, then hip tosses Angle out of the corner, following up with an ode to his father and the old fist drop!!! DiBiase covers, 1...2...Angle kicks out again!!! DiBiase argues with the referee, having a mini-tantrum, before stalking Kurt, waiting for Angle to stand up … and looks to apply the MILLION DOLLAR DREAM!!!!!!!!! DiBiase applies it … but only momentarily, as Angle escapes with a judo type throw!!!!!

    Ted gets up, and as he does, Angle looks to run off the ropes, with DiBiase following, trying to take Kurt by surprise - but when DiBiase goes for the clothesline, Angle ducks, then catches DiBiase on the return with a BELLY TO BELLY!!!!! And from there, it’s all downhill for the youngster. DiBiase gets up, but walks right into another BELLY TO BELLY from Angle!!! Suddenly, DiBiase looks completely out of his depth, and as many feared, the King of the Ring was too much too soon for the rookie … as Angle quickly puts the finishing touches on him, delivering the ANGLE SLAM!!! Kurt doesn’t even bother with the Anklelock, and hooks the leg instead … 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winner: Kurt Angle @ 02:27
    *ADVANCES TO SEMI-FINALS*

    Kurt Angle progresses after an early scare from DiBiase, and has his arm raised, but wastes little time, and departs the ring, looking to keep himself as fresh as possible for the semi-final; the mouth watering semi-final against Bryan Danielson later on.

    Jim Ross: No time wasted by Kurt Angle!! Ted DiBiase looked to get the jump on Angle, but while it almost paid off in the end, DiBiase was just found out. Kurt Angles experience has shone through here.

    Jerry Lawler: It sure did, J.R. Angle knows what it takes to get the job done, he knows what needs to be done to win this tournament. Not a second wasted here. No more energy expanded than he had to. Kurt Angle is pretty much fresh for Bryan Danielson - and lets not forget the war Danielson just went through!!

    Jim Ross: And boy, what a match that should be. Kurt Angle and Bryan Danielson?? I think a lot of fans, a lot of people who have followed Bryan Danielsons career have thought of this as a dream match. A match they probably thought they may never see. But they will - they’ll see it tonight!!!

    Nick Nemeth vs. CM Punk
    William Regal vs. Cody Rhodes

    Bryan Danielson vs. Jamie Noble
    Kurt Angle vs. Ted DiBiase Jr.

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    CM Punk vs. William Regal
    Bryan Danielson vs. Kurt Angle

    Jim Ross: And there’s the confirmation of the semi-final line up, King!! One of these four men will be crowned King of the Ring later tonight. And I can confirm that William Regal WILL compete tonight in the semi-final with CM Punk. That match will go ahead.

    Jerry Lawler: It would’ve taken the British Army to prevent William Regal getting in that ring for the Semi-Final. But even all the Queens horses and all the Queens men surely couldn’t have put William Regal back together again in time for the semi-final with Punk. Surely not!?

    Jim Ross: We’ll find out a little later on, partner. And when we come back - it’s a momentary break from the King of the Ring tournament. It’s about gold; tag team gold. It’s the last chance for the Angels of Anarchy to win the Tag Team Titles, but they’ve got to beat THREE men to do it.

    Jerry Lawler: Yeah - three men, including the WORLD CHAMPION!!!

    Jim Ross: It’s an uphill task to say the least. It’s a MUST-WIN scenario for Christopher Daniels and Englands own, Doug Williams. It’s next!!



    Commercial Break



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    VIDEO PACKAGE

    The video begins with just a black screen, until the ‘chant’ is heard clearly…

    …“E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB”…

    Then, a sequence of classic ECW clips; Bam Bam Bigelow tossing Spike Dudley into the crowd and Spike crowd surfing; Rey Mysterio delivering a Hurricanrana to Juvi off a car, The Dudley Boys putting Balls Mahoney through a flaming table and Taz Tazplexing Tommy Dreamer off a balcony through a table.

    …“E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB”…

    Clips of RVD hitting a series of Van Daminators and Van Terminators, Sandman whacking the Singapore Cane off countless faces, whilst drinking beer and smoking on his way to the ring, and Kid Kash leaping off the ropes.

    …“E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB”…

    Tommy Dreamer in amongst the fans, Bam Bam Bigelow and Taz going through the ring, Sandman drinking beer off a whores breasts, Sabu colliding with barbed wire ropes,

    …“E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB”…

    Flashing shots of Tajiri, Dawn Marie, Justin Credible, Jerry Lynn, Mikey Whipwreck, Terry Funk, Masato Tanaka, Francine, Cactus Jack, Shane Douglas and Raven posing with his arms outstretched.

    …“E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB”…

    Sabu and Taz face to face, RVD diving into the crowd off a somersault plancha, Beulah getting into a cat fight, The Dudleys getting into it with fans and the ring filling up with chairs thrown in by the fans…

    …“E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB”…

    And end on the words hitting the screen;

    ONE
    NIGHT
    STAND.



    ECW ONE NIGHT STAND | JULY 13 | NEW YORK CITY, NY
    ONLY ON PAY PER VIEW
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    Walking backstage after his win, KURT ANGLE has a towel over his shoulder, not wanting to cool down too much ahead of his upcoming Semi-Final with BRYAN DANIELSON later … when from behind, he gets a pat on the back from THE BRIAN KENDRICK!!!

    Angle snaps around, on guard, with Kendrick stepping back, holding his hands up innocently.

    The Brian Kendrick:
    Whoa - relax there, temper. Great job out there, I gotta say…

    Angle says nothing, and eventually shrugs, motioning for Kendrick to get to the point.

    The Brian Kendrick:
    You’ve done me proud, Kurt. As my proxy in this tournament?? I couldn’t have asked for a better substitute.

    Kendrick smiles, then pats his own chest.

    The Brian Kendrick:
    But I’ve got this from here. I’m ready to take my spot back. You hit the showers. You’ve done me proud.

    Kendrick pats the shoulder of Angle - but Angle SNAPS and grips the wrist of Kendrick, then SLAMS him up against the wall - GRIPPING Kendrick by the THROAT.

    Kurt Angle:
    I SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE IN THIS TOURNAMENT!!! I SHOULD BE WWE CHAMPION RIGHT NOW!!! AND AFTER ALL I’VE ALREADY GONE THROUGH TO GET THIS FAR - DON’T YOU DARE THINK YOU CAN TAKE THIS SPOT BACK!!!!

    Overflowing with intensity, Angle finally relents, letting go of his grip, warning sent to Kendrick. TBK doubles over, coughing after the vice like choke.

    Kurt Angle:
    You even DARE walk out there to try and replace me - I’m not just gonna break your ankle … I’ll break your GOD DAMN NECK!!!

    Angle then storms off, with Kendricks plan to weasel back into the tournament clearly not paying off…



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    Back into the arena…

    **WINGS OF A FALLEN ANGEL**

    The arena lights dim to the spotlights on the stage, and the challengers for the World Tag Team Championships; Doug Williams and Christopher Daniels - THE ANGELS OF ANARCHY make their elaborate entrance, flipping their hoods off, and the lights return, with the pair making their way down the ramp ahead of their LAST shot at the tag team titles.

    Jim Ross:
    It’s now or never, King. Williams and Daniels have the chance tonight to FINALLY become World Tag Team Champions. The gold has eluded them to this point, and if they lose tonight, they’re frozen out of the title picture for the remainder of the Master Craftsmens reign - and who knows how long that may be.

    Jerry Lawler: Well, let me just take a look at this; they lost at the Royal Rumble, they lost at the SuperBrawl, they lost at WrestleMania, they lost at Vengeance. And now they’re facing three men. I’m going out on a limb here, J.R; I predict these losers are gonna lose!!!

    Jim Ross: Well, King, there’s a lot more than what meets the eye about pretty much all of those defeats. Yeah, the records books are black and white, but they don’t tell half the story.

    Jerry Lawler: They tell me enough.

    The challengers wait in the ring, having ditched their robes, with Doug Williams geeing up the fans especially, looking pumped up to be wrestling - and competing for gold - at home…

    **MEET YOUR MASTER**

    The collection of gold; the World Tag Team Championships and the World Heavyweight Championship are all on show as THE MASTER CRAFTSMEN; Brent Albright, Charlie Haas and Nick Dinsmore all make their way down the ramp, perhaps looking overconfident, with the number advantage on their side tonight against the challengers.

    Jerry Lawler:
    Now here’s something I can get behind, J.R - winners. GOLD!!

    Jim Ross: Indeed, there’s plenty of it. The Master Craftsmen have something of a monopoly on the gold right now, after Brent Albright picked up the World Heavyweight Championship just six nights ago at Vengeance thanks to his Money in the Bank contract. But let’s not forget - he’ll be defending that title this Monday on Raw. Shelton Benjamin and Rey Mysterio are set to go one on one for the right to challenge Albright. That match kicks off the broadcast this Monday, and the winner will get his shot later in the night.

    Jerry Lawler: Yeah, but tonight, all of Brent Albrights focus will be on helping his team mates. To get these challengers out of their hair, so that Haas and Dinsmore can focus on helping Albright keep his gold.

    The Master Craftsmen enter the ring, handing over their gold to the official, as the ring disperses and we get set for the tag team title match…

    WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS MATCH:
    The Master Craftsmen defend against The Angels of Anarchy
    *ANGELS OF ANARCHYS LAST SHOT*
    Williams and Haas kick things off, locking up right away, and the fans pop for their native getting the upper hand with a side headlock takedown off the bat. Haas squirms free, but Williams knocks him down with a shoulder block, and quickly tries to go for the CHAOS THEORY … but Dinsmore tags Haas, and cuts off Williams before he can deliver the move. Dinsmore stomps Doug down by the ropes, picking him up, sending Williams off - but Doug ducks under a clothesline, and catches Dinsmore with a powerslam!!!! Williams tags Daniels in, with Daniels springing off the ropes with a dropkick to Dinsmore, making a cover, but as he does, Charlie Haas comes into the ring, looking to stomp Daniels - but Daniels senses it coming, and moves, with Haas stomping his own partner!!!!!

    Daniels then tosses Haas out of the ring … but BRENT ALBRIGHT comes in from behind - HALF NELSON SUPLEX TO DANIELS!!!!!! Albright slips out of the ring, making the most of the distraction, with the referee busy focusing on Haas. Dinsmore crawls into a cover, and Rod Zapata makes the count … 1...2...WILLIAMS BREAKS THE COUNT!!!!! Doug is forced back out of the ring, as Albright quickly enters - slapping his hands to indicate a tag - and he begins to stomp Daniels. The World Heavyweight Champion backs Daniels into the corner, but is surprised as the Fallen Angel fires up, punching his way out of trouble in the corner, then ducks a clothesline, and puts Brent down with a dropkick - then another - before reeling off a pair of arm drags. Daniels gets up, with Williams taking it upon himself to tag his partner - and Daniels doesn’t seem too impressed by it.

    Doug Williams stands Albright up, looking to Daniels, motioning for the TOTAL ELIMINATION, but the Fallen Angel is a little too slow to react - and Haas is able to trip Daniels from the outside, dragging him out of the ring!!! Williams then scores with a baseball slide to Haas, saving Daniels, and gets back up - CATCHING DINSMORE COMING OFF THE TOP - EXPLODER SUPLEX!!!!!!! Williams bounces up, fired up - and blocks a shot from Albright, beating the World Champion to the punch, then runs off the ropes - but runs right into a BELLY TO BELLY from Albright!!!!! The World Champion drags Williams up quickly, onto his shoulders … ACE IN THE HOLE!!!!!!! He makes the cover … as Christopher Daniels gets up onto the apron … but WATCHES as the count is made … 1...2...3!!!!!!!!!!
    Winners: And STILL World Tag Team Champions - The Master Craftsmen @ 03:58

    Daniels comes in to break the count - but he’s FAR too late to do it, as Albright gets the job done for the Master Craftsmen, beating Doug Williams - and it means the Angels of Anarchy CANNOT challenge for the titles for as long as The Master Craftsmen hold the gold!!!

    Jim Ross: I don’t know what happened there … I can only imagine that it was a lapse in concentration on Christopher Daniels part. It looked to me that he had plenty of time to break the count there …

    Jerry Lawler: Looks like it to me too, J.R. What was Christopher Daniels thinking??

    Jim Ross: Well, it’s a mistake that has cost Daniels and Doug Williams dearly. They’re OUT of the title picture. And it could be a LONG time before the Master Craftsmen lose those titles.

    Jerry Lawler: And Christopher Daniels only has himself to blame.

    The Master Craftsmen regroup on the floor, all clutching their respective gold, getting a QUICK win tonight, whilst in the ring, Daniels kneels down, tending to Williams, but doesn’t look too upset to have lost their final shot at the tag titles.

    Jim Ross: A very strange turn of events. But you gotta feel for the Angels of Anarchy. After all they’ve put in over this last year since coming to the WWE … it looks as if this team are destined to never hold the World Tag Team Championships.

    Jerry Lawler:
    I called it, J.R. Losers lose. But again, I gotta say, Christopher Daniels didn’t help his teams cause.

    Jim Ross:
    No, he didn’t. And you gotta wonder what’s next for the Angels of Anarchy??

    Meanwhile, Doug doesn’t appear to be aware that Daniels COULD have saved the match, and is helped up by Daniels, with Williams looking much more upset at the loss, as he watches Haas, Dinsmore and Albright depart up the ramp.



    Commercial Break



    Returning straight into the arena…

    **THIS FIRE BURNS**

    Hitting the stage with a cocky swagger, CM PUNK has a smirk etched on his face, full of confidence, with the Intercontinental Title around his waist. Kneeling down, he feels around on the stage, before bellowing; “IT‘S CLOBBERIN TIME!!!!”

    Jim Ross: It may well be ‘Clobbering Time’ because CM Punk is about to face a man who was savagely assaulted earlier tonight!! William Regal had defeated Cody Rhodes before Rhodes and his tag team partner, Ken Doane, attacked him backstage, and from what we’ve been told, Regal was knocked out COLD during that confrontation.

    Jerry Lawler: Regal will be severely hampered here, J.R, and you can guarantee CM Punk wont be cutting him any slack. Punk is here to be King of the Ring - he doesn’t care what happens. Look at him - he’s loving it!! He knows he’s got a free pass here!!!

    Jim Ross: Indeed he may. And you’re absolutely right - CM Punk will show no mercy to Regal regardless of the veterans condition.

    Punk climbs into the ring, showing off his title belt for the second time tonight, having a few words for the fans, before patiently waiting for Regal, standing in the middle of the ring, arms outstretched, smiling broadly…

    **REGALITY**

    The fans come alive again for their fellow Brit, but WILLIAM REGAL looks worse for wear, with no robe, and his hair dishevelled. Regal still manages to nod to the fans as he somewhat staggers down the ramp.

    Jim Ross:
    This doesn’t look good, King-

    Jerry Lawler: If we didn’t know better, you’d say Regal was drunk. I have a bad feeling about this J.R.

    Jim Ross: You and me both, King. I don’t think Regal should be competing here. I know we’re in his backyard an all, but let’s be sensible.

    Jerry Lawler: Easier said than done. I doubt anyone could’ve prevented Regal from coming out here to compete.

    Regal takes his time getting up the steps, and climbs into the ring, with John Cone holding Punk off, stopping him from attacking Regal before the bell, with Punk wanting to get this finished quickly. Cone checks with Regal if he’s ready, with the Brit nodding, and the bell is rung…

    ~ KING OF THE RING SEMI FINAL ~
    William Regal vs. CM Punk
    And straight away, CM Punk races across the ring, blasting Regal with forearms to the face, wasting little time. He quickly applies a hammerlock, and delivers the PEPSI TWIST, quickly hooking the leg, 1...2...KICK OUT!!!!! Punk tells Cone to get in position quicker, before applying a rear chinlock on Regal, trying to wear the veteran down further. Punk trash talks the fans whilst putting the squeeze on Regal, and once he feels Regal stirring, Punk lets go of the hold, and pushes Regal down, dropping a knee on his face, slowing Regal down further. Punk drops another knee before a lateral press, 1...2...NO!!! Regal relies on his survival instincts, keeping the match alive, but the fans fall silent, harbouring little hope for their fellow Brit pulling it off given the earlier moments of the match.

    Punk waits for Regal to get up, and it does take a while, with Regal spaghetti legged, peeling off the ropes, walking into Punks path, with the I.C Champion getting the Brit up onto his shoulders - but Regal is able to slip off, and CRACKS Punk with a STIFF forearm, then a European Uppercut, rocking Punk, with Punk trying to stop the comeback, going for a kick - caught by Regal - and Regal spins Punk around - CATCHING HIM WITH A NECKBREAKER!!!!! Regal shakes the cobwebs loose, and hooks the leg, 1...2...KICK OUT!!!!! Punk survives, but is met by Regal as he gets up, with the Brit blasting Punk with right hands, before applying a wristlock. And with Punk trapped, Regal opens up with stiff kicks to the gut and chest, then twists the arm, with Punk flipping onto the mat. Regal drops an elbow, then covers, sticking his forearm into Punks face, 1...2...NO!!!!!

    Regal is surprising everyone thus far, especially J.R and Lawler, with the commentators saying Regal is toughing it out, and that Punk maybe took him too lightly. Regal takes Punk back over with a snap mare, then lands a STIFF kick to the back, before picking Punk back up, looking for a suplex - BLOCKED - Punk blocks the suplex, and spins out of danger, catching Regal with a Muay Thai kick, then an array of leg kicks, before DROPPING Regal with a roundhouse kick!!! “That could be all she wrote!!” comments J.R, given the head trauma Regal has already suffered, with the cover made by Punk, 1...2...NO!!!!! Punk drags Regal up, looking to shoot him across the ring, but Regal reverses it, sending Punk instead!! Punk stumbles out of the corner, RIGHT INTO A REGAL PLEX!!!!!!! Regal hooks the leg … 1...2...PUNK KICKS OUT!!!!! The wind goes out of the sails of the fans inside the o2 Arena, as Regal himself winces at the near fall.

    Punk rolls out onto the apron, with Regal slow to get up, still worse for wear after his beating earlier. The Brit comes to meet Punk at the ropes, but Punk blocks a shot, blasting Regal with a forearm shot, forcing the veteran back … allowing Punk to spring off the ropes, catching Regal with a flying clothesline!!! Punk stands back up, motioning to the fans that it’s ‘NAP TIME’, as he waits for Regal to get up … and gets the veteran up for the GTS again … but Regal DESPERATELY elbows at Punk, freeing himself from the GTS, putting Punk on his knees, and looks for the KNEE TREMBLER - NO!!!! Punk avoids it, and takes Regal down … ANACONDA VISE!!!!!!!!! Regal squirms, trying to escape the clutches of the Anaconda Vise … but he cant, and he cant counter … he cant find the ropes … but he REFUSES to tap … and instead … PASSES OUT, forcing John Cone to call for the bell!!!!
    Winner: CM Punk @ 04:39
    *ADVANCES TO FINALS*

    Punk eventually releases the submission hold, and laughs, as the official raises his arm, with Punk progressing to the final - one match away from becoming the 2008 King of the Ring.

    Jim Ross: CM Punk wins. And the dream for William Regal - is over.

    Jerry Lawler: There’s no room in the WWE for sentiment, J.R. William Regal gave it his best shot, but CM Punk was just too fresh, too young, and too good. That’s the reality. As good as William Regal is and has been … he’s not as good as CM Punk. Not on this night.

    Jim Ross: And now, CM Punk advances to the final. He has the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Stone Cold Steve Austin, Bret Hart, Triple H and the current WWE Champion, Edge. For William Regal though, it’ll be a case of what may have been - just what could have been, had the New Standard not been such sore losers…

    Regal is left on the mat, with the official checking on him, calling for help to bring him around, whilst Punk leaves the ring, jawing with fans, making mock tear gestures as he walks up the ramp.

    Jim Ross: There’s no need for this!! Ya won the match!! Quit trying to rile these fans, and get your ass ready for the final!!!

    Jerry Lawler: Let him enjoy it, J.R!! He’s earned this moment!!

    In the ring, Regal sits up, coming around, having to be told by the official and the medics that his King of the Ring ambitions are over. And it truly is over - it’s Regal third and FINAL opportunity to win the King of the Ring tournament.

    Jim Ross: The dream ends here for William Regal. And when we come back, another mans dreams will be shattered - will it be the title ambitions of Kurt Angle?? Or the glass ceiling preventing Bryan Danielson from the upper echelon?? What a match it promises to be - the second King of the Ring semi-final - NEXT!!!!



    Commercial Break



     
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    VIDEO PACKAGE

    Opening shot of the American Flag waving proudly.

    “Come join us for a CELEBRATION!!”

    Sounds of fireworks going off, in between high impact moves from Batista, Kurt Angle & MNM.

    “Of all things AMERICAN!!”

    Shots of fans celebrating, in amongst Triple H spitting water, Bryan Danielson soaring out of the ring and Edge setting off his pyro.

    “It‘s Smackdowns biggest PARTY of the year”

    Champagne bottle cork flying off, street parties and beach parties, with shots of Melina’s famous ring entrance, Jeff Hardy delivering a Swanton and MVP bursting through his set.

    “It‘s a GREAT …”

    Fireworks and flashing shots of Lashley, Jamie Noble, Matt Hardy in action.

    “…AMERICAN … ”

    Cheers and shots of Triple H, Kurt Angle, Edge hitting finishers.

    “…BASH!!!”



    WWE GREAT AMERICAN BASH | JULY 20 | CHARLOTTE, NC
    ONLY ON PAY PER VIEW
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    *BANNER CREDIT; RANTHELLACIOUS*



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    Back into the arena, BRYAN DANIELSON is already making his way to the ring, slapping hands with fans on the ramp, before climbing between the ropes, bouncing up and down…

    Jim Ross:
    Earlier tonight, Bryan Danielson had to overcome Jamie Noble to progress to this Semi-Final in a hard hitting, physical contest - they damn near went twenty minutes. In contrast, Kurt Angle went less than five. How much of an advantage does that give Kurt Angle, King??

    Jerry Lawler: A huge one. If both men were coming into this match completely fresh and well rested, you’d automatically favour Kurt Angle. With that war with Jamie Noble under his belt, Bryan Danielson has to be spent. Angle on the other hand, is pretty much fresh. That match with Ted DiBiase was really just a warm up. As good as he is, and as impressive as his run has been in this tournament, I think Bryan Danielson is about to see his run brought to an abrupt halt.

    Jim Ross: Such a mouth-watering prospect this match. So many fans ‘online’ that have followed the career of Bryan Danielson before he made it to the WWE have wanted to see Danielson face Angle for years. Tonight - right now - they’re about to see it.

    Jerry Lawler: And they could find themselves highly disappointed in the outcome…

    **MEDAL**

    It’s another pop for the legendary KURT ANGLE, who, unlike earlier, DOES go through his pyro routine, setting it off, taking his time to walk down the ramp on this occasion, unlike his earlier contest with Ted DiBiase Junior. Angle looks fully focused, a man on a mission, whilst Danielson puffs his cheeks in the ring, waiting for Angle.

    Jim Ross:
    He came into this night as the odds-on favourite, and for good reason; he won this tournament as a rookie in 2000, and came a whisker away from retaining the crown twelve months later. He was the only multiple time WWE Champion in the field - no one has the resume of Kurt Angle. Not only in this tournament - but in the entire WWE.

    Jerry Lawler: Kurt Angle has done it all, J.R. He’s not had it all his own way during this tournament, but he’s here, and he’s in a perfect position to go all the way.

    Jim Ross: And as you say - Angle has NOT had it all his own way. He very nearly fell at the first hurdle when he beat Johnny Nitro with thirty seconds to spare. Damien Sandow gave him trouble too - but he’s overcome those obstacles. And though some feel Angle underestimated the competition initially, you can bet your ass that Angle isn’t taking ANYONE lightly now. Especially not Bryan Danielson.

    Jerry Lawler: He’d better not. I know I’ve picked Kurt Angle - but Danielson is no joke, J.R. He’s lost ONCE since debuting in the WWE. Once. That said; he’s never faced anyone like Kurt Angle. And Kurt Angle will be keenly aware of that.

    Angle hit’s the ring, pirouetting as he steps inside, as Danielson watches from his corner, slightly smiling as he waits. There’s a respectful nod from the former Cruiserweight Champion to Angle as the music dies down, and Angle nods back at Danielson, showing his opponents some respect before the match.

    ~ KING OF THE RING SEMI FINAL ~
    Kurt Angle vs. Bryan Danielson
    The bell rings amidst a lot of anticipation inside the o2. Angle stares across the ring, asking his opponent “you ready, kid?” Danielson nods, and starts to bounce up and down, shifting around the ring, as does Angle, before they focus fully on the opponent, and both men go in for a lock up. They struggle for a split second, before Angle overpowers Bryan, and shoves him into the corner, with Danielson hitting with quite a thud, dropping to a knee after impact!!! Angle looks happy with the outcome, and plays to the fans, whilst Danielson reaches for the middle rope, and pulls himself back up. Bryan doesn’t look fazed, and is comfortable going in for another lock up, and again, they struggle for a split second, before Angle overpowers Bryan, sending him down again!!! Angle looks around, and stretches out his arms, looking dominant, as Danielson grimaces, pulling himself up.

    Danielson stands in the corner, and takes a second to think, as Kurt stares across at him, smiling broadly. Bryan moves around the ring quickly, with Angle moving around too, before they meet in the centre for a third lock up. This time, Bryan is quick to go behind, but just as he thinks he has one upped Angle, Angle trips the leg, taking Bryan down, and drops to the mat, but as he attempt to grab the ankle, Danielson rolls through, escaping danger. Retreating to the corner, Danielson takes a moment to think again, as Angle has a smile etched on his face, feeling like he has Danielsons number.

    Picking himself up, Danielson RUSHES to the centre and locks up with much more aggression, and surprises Angle with a wristlock out of the collar and elbow. Danielson yanks the body part, forcing Angle to double over, but Kurt manages to switch the positions, applying a wristlock of his own. Danielson takes a knee, then rolls through, looking to escape the hold, and surprises Angle again, this time with an arm drag. Angle doesn’t look happy at being out wrestled by Danielson, but Bryan enjoys his moment of superiority, smiling at Angle. Kurt slaps the mat in frustration, getting back up, and both men briskly make their way to the centre again, but instead of locking up, Kurt takes Bryan by surprise, with a firemans carry takeover.

    He looks to go to work on a grounded Bryan, but Danielson surprises Angle, applying a head scissors, taking Angle over, but Kurt quickly slips out of the hold. Despite that though, Angle looks a little angry he was out wrestled on that occasion again by Danielson. He hunches down for a second as Danielson gets to his feet, looking a little more confident after another sequence where he out wrestled Kurt. Quickly, Angle shoots up, and runs at the former Cruiserweight Champion, but Danielson thinks quickly again, taking Angle over with a side headlock takedown, applying the side headlock in the process!!! Angle kicks the mat with his foot, perhaps showing his frustration, and J.R suggests that Angle took Bryan a little lightly.

    Angle grabs the arm of his opponent, and tries to power out of the hold, but Danielson keeps the simple submission locked on. This isn’t for long though, as Angle swivels, and frees himself nicely out of the hold. Both men are quick to their feet, not wanting to get caught on the ground, and as they rise, Danielson catches Angle with a surprising European Uppercut!! Angle staggers from the shot, but looks offended, and STRIKES BACK at Bryan, delivering his own European Uppercut to his opponent. They trade another set of Uppercuts back and forth, and a third time, before Angle has enough and CLOBBERS Danielson with a stiff clothesline!!!!! Angle clearly wasn’t enjoying the back and forth, and he appears to be getting himself more fired up, slapping his own face.

    The Olympian comes for Danielson, taking advantage of his groggy state, going for a front face lock. Angle tries to squeeze the air from his opponent, but Bryan pushes himself up slightly, before performing a hand stand type manoeuvre, freeing himself from the hold, much to the chagrin of a bewildered Kurt Angle, who has been surprised by the opening exchange from Danielson. Angle shakes his head, and the two men meet in the centre of the ring again. Danielson ducks under the lunge from Angle though, and executes a drop toe hold, then adds insult to injury by dropping down, and moving around the back of Angle, riding his opponent, ending the humiliation with a few slaps around the back of the head, infuriating Kurt further, with Lawler suggesting that that wasn’t a wise move from Bryan.

    It shows the confidence building within Danielson though, whilst Angle kicks the ropes in frustration when he gets to his feet. Angle calms himself down slightly, before breathing deeply, and turns back around, staring at Danielson. Bryan now appears to be full of confidence, having proven he is able to hang with the Olympian on the mat, and appears to have earned the respect of Kurt. They circle once again, but before they can lock up, Kurt goes low with a kick to the gut, and he TOSSES Danielson through the ropes!!! Angle, losing his cool, shouts out at Danielson; “You wanna play with the big boys?? You have no idea what you‘re getting into!!” Danielson then looks to jump back into the ring, but Angle stops him with a kick, sending him to the floor again!!!

    Kurt then leans over the ropes, shouting to Danielson, “You have to earn your way into MY ring!!!” … which prompts Danielson to trip Angle from the ring, and drag him out onto the floor!!! Danielson, showing no fear of Angle, lights him up with another uppercut forearm, forcing Kurt to back up, but as Danielson lunges toward him - Angle catches Danielson - BELLY TO BELLY ON THE FLOOR!!!!! The o2 explodes, and Angle pops up, pirouetting on the floor; “THAT‘S WHAT I‘M TALKIN ABOUT!!!” Angle picks Danielson up, and SLAMS his face off the steel steps - getting a stern warning from the official, with Kurt backing up, protesting his innocence … UNTIL DANIELSON LEAPS AT HIM - AND THE TWO MEN TUMBLE OVER THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!!!!! It’s breaking down in the King of the Ring semi-final, with both men down, as we head to a commercial…



    Commercial Break



    Back live, Angle has a front face lock applied on Danielson, allowing us to see highlights during the commercials, where both men got back into the ring - just beating a ten count from Jimmy Korderas - and then, after Danielson sent Angle into the corner, Kurt got a foot up to stop Bryans momentum, and took over from there, wearing Danielson down. Angle keeps his front face lock applied in the ring now, pressing down on Danielson as he tries to escape. Bryan eventually battles to his feet, forcing Angle to release the hold, but Kurt then immediately clubs the back of his rival, softening Danielson, and looks for a GERMAN SUPLEX - but Danielson holds the ropes for dear life to avoid the impact.

    Angle is forced to give it up momentarily, then clubs the back of Danielson, trying to break his grip, and drags him from the ropes, attempting the German again - but Bryan counters, and rolls through for a cover … 1...2...NO!!! Angle bounces up, looking for a clothesline, but Danielson ducks it, and grips Angle from behind … HITTING A RELEASE GERMAN SUPLEX TO ANGLE!!!!!!!! There’s a stunned reaction from the fans, as Danielson hits Angle with a German … and he’s not done there - Danielson gets back to his feet, and lunges in as Angle rises, gripping Kurt again … GERMAN SUPLEX - BRIDGING FOR A COUNT … 1...2...ANGLE KICKS OUT!!!!! Angle JUST kicks out in time after a tight bridge from Danielson for the count. J.R comments on the trouble Danielson is giving Angle, stating that he’s more than earning Kurts respect in this match.

    With Angle struggling to his knees, Danielson is able to execute his array of kicks to the chest, firing off three of them, but on the fourth - ANGLE GRABS THE LEG … AND LOOKS TO APPLY AN ANKLE LOCK!!!!! NO!!!!! Danielson kicks Angle away, and with Kurt still on his knees, Bryan is able to score with a SHINING WIZARD!!!!! Danielson hooks the leg, 1...2...KICK OUT!!!!! Danielson sits Angle up, and locks the arm, before drilling Kurt with elbows, driving them into the shoulder of the Olympian, softening him up with a relentless assault, before dragging Kurt to his feet, snapping off a suplex. Shooing Korderas out of the way, Danielson climbs the turnbuckles, going up top, possibly for the flying head butt … but as he climbs to the top - ANGLE EXPLODES TO HIS FEET … CHARGING UP THE ROPES - BELLY TO BELLY OFF THE TOP!!!!!!!!!!!!

    There’s a huge reaction inside the o2 for the big spot, but Angle doesn’t bother with a cover, but instead uses the HUGE Belly to Belly to give himself a chance to recover and establish control. Kurt gets to his feet, stalking Danielson, and pounds the back, then shoves him into the corner, opening up with his overhand right hands, with Danielson unable to block them, eating punch after punch from Kurt. The Olympian drags Danielson out of the corner, delivering another European Uppercut, sending Danielson falling into the ropes, stumbling back out - into the path of another Belly to Belly from Angle!!! Angle motions that it’s over, and stalks his weary opponent … lunging in - ANGLE SLAM - NO!!! Danielson lands behind, holding the arm … tripping Angle … AND APPLIES A LEBELL LOCK!!!!!!!!

    It’s the first time Danielson has used this hold (in this thread) and he has Angle trapped in the middle of the ring!!! J.R puts the hold over, and despite it being a new hold for Danielson for the fans to see, they do react - possibly given the similarity of the hold to the world renowned Crossface. Angle is trapped in the middle of the ring, but shifts over, rolling through, pinning Danielson - 1...2...NO!!! Danielson rolls back through, into the hold again!!!! Angle is in trouble, but the fresher Olympian has the energy to claw to the ropes, eventually getting his free arm on the bottom rope, forcing the hold to be broken, with Danielson letting go at four - making the most of the five count. Korderas warns Danielson as he gets to his feet, but Bryan shrugs, telling Korderas; “I have to the count of five.”

    ANGLE EXPLODES - TRIPPING DANIELSON - ANKLE LOCK APPLIED!!!!!!!!!!

    Kurt Angle takes full advantage of Danielson taking his eye off the ball for a moment - and it could cost him dearly!!!!! Angle has the ankle lock applied with Danielson caught in the middle of the ring, yanking the limb, shouting for Bryan to “TAP!!”, as J.R wonders how much Danielson has left to give … and with Bryan burying his head in the mat, it might not be much more … UNTIL DANIELSON ROLLS THROUGH … COUNTERING THE ANKLE LOCK … AND APPLIES THE LEBELL LOCK AGAIN!!!!!! Angle is trapped again, in the middle of the ring … as Lawler blurts out; “I DON’T BELIEVE THIS!!!” stunned at Danielson being able to match Angle to this extent. Kurt isn’t able to crawl to the ropes this time … but he is able to roll through again, pinning Danielson … 1...2...NO!!!! This time, Danielson has to release the hold in order to escape the pin.

    Danielson bounces up quickly though, charging at Angle - but Angle ducks under him - GERMAN SUPLEX!!!!!! AND HE HANGS ON!!!! Angle keeps the waistlock applied, dragging Danielson up … and Bryans efforts to grab the ropes is futile … as Angle pops off a SECOND German … and STILL holds on!!!!! Once more, Danielson tries to grab the ropes to escape the inevitable … but Angle is too strong … and delivers a THIRD German Suplex!!!!! This time it’s a release German, sending Danielson across the ring, and Angle climbs back to his feet, AND DOWN COME THE STRAPS!!!!!!! Angle wants to finish Danielson off, and grabs the ankle again … but as he applies the ANKLE LOCK … DANIELSON ROLLS THROUGH … PINNING PREDICAMENT … 1...2...ANGLE JUST ESCAPES!!!!!

    Angle pops up straight after his kick out, and BLASTS the slower Danielson, turning him INSIDE OUT with a devastating clothesline!!!! Angle follows Danielson to the corner, stomping his tiring opponent, before dragging Bryan to his feet, punishing him with overhand punches and European uppercuts, relentlessly hammering the former Cruiserweight Champion. Angle grabs Danielson by the face, foaming at the mouth as he shouts at him; “I NEED THIS - NOW STAY DOWN!!!” … before executing a Belly to Belly out of the corner!!! Angle presses down for the cover, 1...2...SHOULDER UP!!!!! Angle sits up on his knees, shaking his head, looking down at the spirited Danielson, shouting again; “JUST STAY DOWN!!! DON’T MAKE ME HURT YOU!!” before standing back up.

    From the canvas, Danielson flails his arms a little, trying to do anything to get back up, but cant. Kurt stomps the ankle, now looking to go home, and starts softening up the ankle. Bryan rolls around the mat, trying to avoid his ankle getting punished, but he cant avoid the stomps from Angle. Eventually, in an act of desperation, Bryan grabs the bottom rope, and Angle is forced to back off, giving Danielson a moment to recover - much to Angles chagrin. On commentary though, J.R and Lawler both agree that Danielson looks exhausted, and claim it’s a matter of time before Angle finishes him off. Slowly, Bryan musters the energy to pull himself to his feet, but looks absolutely exhausted. Angle sees this as easy pickings, and charges Danielson into the corner, with no resistance from the weary opponent.

    Kurt rams his shoulder into the mid section of Danielson four times, before quickly dropping to his knees, and goes for the ankle, tripping Bryan down, and manages to apply for hold for a split second, but Danielson is able to catch the bottom rope on his way down, quickly forcing a break. Angle looks to hide his frustrations, but he pushes past the referee once Danielson is up, and looks for the ANGLE SLAM out of the ropes … BUT DANIELSON MANAGES TO LAND BEHIND HIM … AND HIT’S THE DRAGON SUPLEX … PINNING ANGLE … 1...2...ANGLE KICKS OUT JUST IN THE NICK OF TIME!!!!!! Almost out of nowhere, Danielson had it, but Angle JUST survives the stunning suplex, but Danielson still has the arms locked … AND HE TURNS OVER … CATTLE MUTILATION!!!!!!!!

    The fans in London rise to their feet in anticipation, knowing how dangerous the Cattle Mutilation is … and Angle is trapped in it for the first time in his career … with Danielson putting EVERYTHING into it, clasping the arms, whilst Kurt moves his feet, trying to find the sanctuary of ropes. J.R and Lawler both talk about how big an upset this could be if Danielson submits Angle … and with Angle unable to find the ropes, it looks like a serious possibility. The camera momentarily shifts to CM Punk in the locker room, sat down, watching the action closely … before going back live, with Angle is SERIOUS trouble … seemingly on the verge of giving up … when he FINALLY gets his feet on the ropes!!! Danielson is forced the release the hold, looking crestfallen at his failure to get the job done on that occasion, sitting on his knees, head bowed.

    Danielson pushes himself back up, and strikes Angle with kicks to the gut in the corner, softening him up, allowing him to back up to the opposite corner, and charge in, RUNNING DROPKICK TO ANGLE IN THE CORNER!!!! Danielson gets up, and takes off again, hitting ANOTHER running dropkick in the corner … gets up, and hits ANOTHER running dropkick in the corner!!!!! Angle slumps down in the corner, with Danielson dragging him out of the corner, hooking the leg, 1...2...KICK OUT!!!!! Angle kicks out, and Danielson quickly looks to hook up the arms again … LOOKING FOR CATTLE MUTILATION ONCE MORE - NO!!!!! Angle rolls through, escaping Danielsons clutches, and as he gets up, Angle meets Danielson with a overhand right to the skull, and then shoots him to the corner - but Danielson backflips out of the corner … ONLY FOR ANGLE TO BE WAITING - ANGLE SLAM!!!!!!!

    ANGLE SLAM CONNECTS!!!! BUT DANIELSON ROLLS OUT OF THE RING AFTER IMPACT!!!!!!!

    Angle cant believe it!!! Kurt desperately hangs through the ropes, looking down at Danielson on the floor, knowing surely he’d be down for a three count. Angle climbs out of the ring, having to come for Danielson, whilst Lawler is crying out; “STAY IN THE RING!!! LET HIM GET COUNTED OUT!!!” J.R suggests that Angle wants to win the right way - or perhaps he’s been thrown off his game so much by Danielsons fight, the thought hasn’t crossed his mind. Angle drags Danielson up, shaking his head, before rolling Bryan back in. Angle follows, and stands over Danielson, telling him matter of factly; “Don’t make this any harder.” … Angle then reaches down to drag Danielson up … WHEN DANIELSON SURPRISES THE OLYMPIAN WITH A SMALL PACKAGE … 1...2...3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Angle kicks out … but it’s a FRACTION too late … JUST as it was at Judgment Day when he failed to beat Edge!!!!!
    Winner: Bryan Danielson @ 19:16
    *ADVANCES TO FINAL*

    Jim Ross:
    I DON’T BELIEVE IT!!! DID- YES - BRYAN DANIELSON HAS BEATEN KURT ANGLE!!! BAH GAWD - BRYAN DANIELSON HAS BEATEN KURT ANGLE!!!!

    Jerry Lawler: OH MY!!! I’m in shock, J.R!!

    Jim Ross: We ALL are!! I think even Bryan Danielson is!!!

    Angle is sat up in shock, with Danielson sat across from him, with his arm raised in victory. Both men are on their knees, both look stunned for different reasons, and both look across from one another.

    Jim Ross: What an incredible match!! What an incredible display of athleticism and grit, and determination from BOTH these men!! Bryan Danielson - in the biggest match of his career - has just scored the biggest win; BY FAR of his career!!! Bryan Danielson has JUST beaten Kurt Angle!!!

    Jerry Lawler: And he has to come back out here later!!! He still has to compete in the FINAL!! Let’s not forget, J.R - this is a SEMI-FINAL!!

    Jim Ross: You gotta wonder though, King, what could Danielson possibly have left to offer?? He’s gotta be absolutely exhausted!! He’s had TWO LONG, PHYSICAL matches - he’s just had the match of his life, and he somehow has to do it ALL over again!!!

    Jerry Lawler: This result suits one man, J.R. And he’s sat in the locker room right now, probably with a huge grin on his face. CM Punk is probably getting his speech ready right now!!!

    Jim Ross: That wouldn’t surprise me. But King, CM Punk better not overlook Danielson. Despite what he’s had to go through to reach the final tonight, Bryan Danielson will be going to that final to win.

    Still on their knees, Angle and Danielson share a few words which aren’t heard on camera, and both men get to their feet … receiving a STANDING OVATION from the fans. Both men look around the o2 arena, soaking up the fans appreciation for their efforts, before Angle pats Danielson on the back, then SHAKES DANIELSONS HAND!!!!!

    Jim Ross: LISTEN TO THAT OVATION!!!!! Look at the respect from Kurt Angle to Bryan Danielson!!! That’s what it’s all about!!!

    Jerry Lawler: I’m a little surprised Angle is taking it this well, J.R.

    Jim Ross: Well, sometimes, you’ve just gotta accept that you were beaten by the better man. Tonight, Kurt Angle, perhaps he underestimated Danielson, maybe not. But he was beaten by the better man on this night. And like a man, Angle has accepted the defeat with graciousness.

    There’s a bigger reaction from the fans for that, with Angle pointing to the fans, seemingly telling Danielson this is his moment, before leaving the ring, and limping up the ramp, head bowed in disappointment.

    Jim Ross: And now, we need to take a breather I think, King. What a rollercoaster. And we’ve still got the Finals of the King of the Ring to come - and what a final it promises to be. Raws Intercontinental Champion, CM Punk, meets Smackdowns former Cruiserweight Champion, Bryan Danielson.

    Jerry Lawler: I cant wait, J.R!!!

    Jim Ross: And we’re gonna focus a lot more on that match before the final a little later - but we’re going to be getting set for another huge stakes match in just a few moments. Chris Jericho and Rob Van Dam are about to collide - for the last time - inside a steel cage.

    Jerry Lawler: And either Mister Money in the Bank or the Whole Damn Show is gonna LEAVE the WWE after the match!!!

    Jim Ross: It doesn’t get much bigger than that, King. But before that - just look at this response. Whether he wins or loses in the final tonight, I think it’s safe to say that a star has been born tonight in Bryan Danielson.

    In the ring, Danielson enjoys the moment, thanking the fans for their respect, but he has to come back out again very soon to fight in the final. Danielson continues to stand in the ring though, as we head into a commercial.



    Commercial Break



    Back from the commercial, we get a split screen of CHRIS JERICHO (with the Money in the Bank briefcase in his hand) and ROB VAN DAM, with the Steel Cage Match just moments away…

    Jim Ross:
    Fear, trepidation. Both men are bound to be having those feelings right now, with their careers in the balance.

    Jerry Lawler: And I don’t blame ‘em, J.R. Could you imagine if your career was at stake??

    Jim Ross: I’ve been fired more times than I care to remember, King. And it’s a feeling I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. But - one of these men is about to wrestle their last match inside a WWE ring. Let’s take a look at how this all came together tonight…



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    ~ CHRIS JERICHO vs. ROB VAN DAM; VIDEO PACKAGE ~
    - Clips of Chris Jericho cheating to defeat Rob Van Dam at WrestleMania, over the top of comments from both men talking about stealing the show at the event, with Jericho pulling the wool over Van Dams eyes.

    - Comments from Jericho following WrestleMania, explaining his heel turn, talking about being left behind, and realising that to compete in this day and age, you have to leave your morals behind, over the top of clips of RVD attacking Jericho in the weeks that followed, looking for revenge.

    - Jericho then wins the Money in the Bank briefcase at Judgment Day, chaining RVD to the ladder in order to win the match, along with his pre-Judgment Day comments where he said the smartest man would win.
    - Shots of Jericho’s MITB victory celebration speech, and the ensuing attack from Van Dam, along with Van Dams promise that he’d NEVER let Jericho cash in his contract.

    - This leads to GM {at that time} The Brian Kendrick making the match for this show, after Jericho demanded Kendrick do something about RVD - but he didn’t expect Kendrick to put Jerichos career at stake.

    - Jericho complains about the match, believing he shouldn’t have to put his career at stake after winning Money in the Bank, but his protests fall on deaf ears, and during the contract signing, Van Dam puts Jericho through the table with a Five Star Frog Splash.

    - The video ends with Jericho trying - and failing - to cash in his briefcase, with RVD preventing him from doing so, along with soundbites from both men and the announcers, hyping the stakes of the match, bringing the career of one iconic superstar to an end tonight…
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    Back into the arena, and the STEEL CAGE begins to lower, with the fans cheering in the arena, as the ominous music plays…

    Jim Ross: Here we go, King!!

    Jerry Lawler: Ugh, I’ve got a bad feeling, J.R. This cant be fair to Chris Jericho.

    Jim Ross: You could argue it isn’t fair to either man. But it’s come to this. One legendary WWE Champion is about to be banished from the WWE forever. We’re about to see Chris Jericho or Rob Van Dam for the very last time in a WWE ring…

    Charles Robinson enters the ring now, as workers make sure the cage is secure…

    {/THIRD HOUR}

    Jim Ross:
    And folks, three ways to win this match; pinfall, submission, or escaping the cage - either over the top or through the door, with both feet touching the floor.

    Jerry Lawler:
    And that’s a big issue Chris Jericho had. He’s worried that RVD will escape that cage and cost Jericho his career.



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    **BREAK THE WALLS DOWN**

    Minus the old countdown, and carrying the Money in the Bank briefcase (which could end up being worthless pretty soon if he loses tonight), CHRIS JERICHO makes his way out, still looking unhappy that this match is even happening tonight. He shows off the briefcase, and shouts out; “I earned this!! I don’t deserve to be treated like this!!!”

    Jim Ross:
    Chris Jericho had better get his mind focused on the task at hand here!! He needs to quit cryin and accept what’s happening, or he’s gonna find himself without a job very, very quickly!! There’s no point complaining anymore!!

    Jerry Lawler:
    You’d be the same if someone was trying to take away everything you worked for, J.R!!!

    Jim Ross:
    I never had a choice, King. Chris Jerichos fate is in his own hands. And if he’s not careful, he’s gonna find himself as a full-time singer after tonight!!!

    Jericho looks at the cage, still angry to have to be wrestling in this structure, with these terms, but after rattling the cage, he reluctantly steps inside, after handing over his briefcase, telling the official on the outside to take good care of it.

    **ONE OF A KIND**

    The Whole Damn Show, ROB VAN DAM, hit’s the stage, looking far more positive than Jericho - and for good reason. He has Jericho right where he wants him, locked in a confined space with nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. The fans join in with the ‘R-V-D’ thumb taunt, as he makes his way down the ramp, whilst Jericho looks furious in the ring still.

    Jim Ross:
    And you might recall, King, that this isn’t the first time Jericho and Van Dam have met inside a steel cage. Five years ago on Raw, they met inside the cage with the Intercontinental Title on the line, and you remember who won??

    Jerry Lawler:
    Nooo…

    Jim Ross:
    That man right there, Rob Van Dam. In a race to the floor, Van Dam climbed over the top, kicking the door in Jerichos face, clearing the path to victory for RVD. Will we see history repeat itself tonight??

    Jerry Lawler:
    I sure hope not. This whole situation isn’t fair to Jericho. He’s Mister Money in the Bank!!!

    Jim Ross:
    Van Dam couldn’t give a damn what Jericho is!! This is a personal, personal issue, that dates back to WrestleMania, when Jericho double crossed Van Dam. It HAD to come down to this, King.

    RVD hangs around at the bottom of the ramp, making Jericho wait in the ring, with Jericho pacing around nervously, calling RVD on. On the outside, Van Dam has a few choice words for Jericho, but looks far more relaxed and confident than Jericho does.

    Jim Ross:
    And when we come back, we’ll see all the action. It’s Chris Jericho and Rob Van Dam, locked inside a fifteen foot high steel cage!! And the stakes couldn’t be higher!! Don’t go away!!!



    Commercial Break



    Saturday Nights Main Event returns, and RVD has a STEEL CHAIR in hand, trying to bring it into the ring, with Charles Robinson trying to stop him from bringing the chair in…

    Jerry Lawler:
    Somebody stop this idiot!! You’ve got a cage, RVD!! Get rid of the chair!!!

    Jim Ross: Don’t forget King, Van Dam promised a Van Terminator here tonight. He’s looking to make good on that promise!! There’s No Disqualification in a steel cage - if he wants to bring the chair in, he can!!

    Van Dam forces past Robinson to get into the cage, and Jericho is quickly on the run, trying to steer clear of the chair wielding Van Dam, with the bell being rung to officially start the match, as the door is locked!!

    !! STEEL CAGE MATCH !!
    Rob Van Dam vs. Chris Jericho
    *LOSER LEAVES THE WWE*
    Right away though, Robinson is desperate to get the chair from Van Dam, and as he looks to reason with RVD, Robinson in unwittingly gifting Jericho an opportunity to ESCAPE TO VICTORY!!! Jericho frantically tries to climb the cage … but Van Dam eventually spots him, and comes after Jericho, NAILING his rival with a chair shot across the back!!!!! That puts a stop to Jerichos escape attempt!!! RVD slams the chair across Jerichos back again, but ends up leaving the chair at the top of the cage, before he follows Jericho down to the mat. Jericho retreats to the corner, with RVD showing no mercy, laying into Jericho, pounding him in the corner. With Jericho softened up, Van Dam executes an early Monkey Flip to a nice pop, and Van Dam follows that with a SPLIT LEGGED MOONSAULT!!!!! Van Dam doesn’t cover though, with J.R suggesting he wants to punish Jericho.

    Instead, Van Dam drags Jericho right back up, and RUNS Jericho - face first - into the steel cage, and flattens Mr. Money in the Bank with a clothesline!!! Jericho is knocked loopy, staggering to his feet, with RVD having plenty of time to pick his spot, leaping off the top turnbuckle with a flying kick, knocking Jericho back down again!!! RVD picks Jericho up again, with Jericho trying to hold him off with a chop, but Van Dam shrugs the chop off, and lands punches on Jericho. Jericho tries to respond with a kick - but it’s caught by Van Dam, who steps over the leg, and knocks Jericho off his feet again with a spin kick!!! Then, on the mat - in a very un-Van Dam like move, RVD mounts Jericho, POUNDING the skull of his rival!!!! J.R again comments on the mindset of RVD tonight, saying he’s out to truly punish Jericho for his actions over the last three months.

    RVD finally relents - but only momentarily to bring Jericho to his feet. He backs Jericho into the ropes with MORE punches, and Jericho isn’t able to get away from them, surrounded by the on-form RVD. Van Dam shoots Jericho off the ropes, looking for a front dropkick on the return … but Jericho puts the brakes on, and holds onto the ropes to stop him rebounding back … and Van Dam lands HARD on the canvas!!! Jericho instantly spots an opportunity, and stumbles from the ropes, grabbing the legs of his rival … APPLYING THE WALLS OF JERICHO!!!!! Jericho seizes on the first opportunity, and gets his signature submission hold applied, with J.R reminding the fans that the match CAN end via submission … but the hold is not applied for long, as the Whole Damn Show uses his impressive leg strength to POWER Jericho away, being able to do so, with Jericho still groggy from the beating he sustained in the early going.

    Jericho looks to meet RVD as he gets up, and the two great rivals begin to go back and forth with chops (Jericho) and forearms (Van Dam) … and it’s a battle that Van Dam wins, proving to be too tough for Jericho in the heat of battle, HAMMERING his enemy with the rapid fire forearms, beating Jericho down to a knee. RVD then takes off, hitting the ropes, charging back at Jericho - BUT JERICHO SURPRISES HIM WITH A FLAPJACK - SENDING VAN DAM FACE FIRST INTO THE STEEL CAGE WALL!!!!! Van Dam staggers away upon impact, and Jericho runs through him with a STIFF clothesline!!! The fans reign down with boos for Mr. Money in the Bank, as he waves off their abuse, quickly dragging RVD back up, and wastes no time, backing RVD into the corner, firing off with half a dozen knife edge chops, lighting up the Whole Damn Show, before SLAPPING Van Dam in a blatant sign of disrespect to his foe.

    Grabbing RVD by the face, Jericho shouts at him; “YOU LIKE THAT!! HUH??” Jericho SLAPS RVD again; “END MY CAREER?? HUH??” He SLAPS Van Dam once more; “YOU STUPID SON OF A BITCH!!” Jericho then fires Van Dam across the ring, into the opposite corner, but on this occasion, RVD jumps to the middle rope, and catches an incoming Jericho with a thrust kick from the middle rope!!!!! The fans pop, with Jericho takes a back step, whilst RVD climbs back up again, coming off the top with a spin kick to Jericho, putting Mr. Money in the Bank back down on the canvas!!! Getting back up, RVD meets Jericho, and whips him off the ropes, ducking down for the return - but that allows Jericho to kick Van Dam away as he rebounds back!!! Van Dam spins away, and Jericho tries to run him into the cage - but the momentum is REVERSED by RVD - and Jericho is LAUNCHED into the steel!!!!!

    Jericho staggers away from the steel, and Van Dam knocks him down with a front dropkick!! Again, Van Dam backs Jericho into the corner, opening up with more shots, then hoists Jericho up, into a suplex position - before dumping Jericho - nuts first - onto the top rope!!! Jericho winces in pain - as anyone would - whilst RVD proceeds to RAM Jerichos head off the steel cage, over and over and OVER with malice and intent!!! The bloodthirsty fans cheer louder for each time Van Dam rattles Jerichos skull off the steel, until Van Dam pulls Jericho off the ropes, and grips him from behind, shaping up for a German Suplex … BUT JERICHO CLASPS ONTO THE ROPES!!!!! Jericho holds on for dear life to block the German … then LOW BLOWS Van Dam … and there’s NOTHING Charles Robinson can do about it in the cage!!!

    Robinson tries to scald Jericho for the blatant cheating, but is told to go to hell, with Jericho following up the low blow with a RUNNING BULLDOG to Van Dam … and that leads naturally … to the LIONSAULT!!!!!!!! Jericho HITS IT!!! He sits up after hitting it, and smiles, believing the match is over … and he makes the cover, 1...2...VAN DAM KICKS OUT!!!!!!!!!!!! Jerichos expression fades, and he questions the official, arguing the count, then shoves Robinson away in frustration. Looking around, Jericho sees RVD ever so slowly recovering, and then decides to try and ESCAPE the cage whilst RVD is down!!!!! Not wanting to pass RVD to get to the door, Jericho starts to climb … but as he reaches the top, Van Dam is FOLLOWING in pursuit, in order to keep Jericho in the match!!!!

    Van Dam pushes himself to get after Jericho, with Jericho desperately trying to get over the top - and he does - BUT VAN DAM STOPS HIM FROM ESCAPING!!!!! Just in time, and in an act of desperation, Van Dam has to grab Jericho by the HAIR to stop him from leaving the cage!!! On cue, Jerry Lawler notes that the match would be over if Jericho was bald … and Van Dam begins to DRAG Jericho BACK over the top. Jericho tries to fight off RVD, willing to fall the entire fifteen feet if that’s what it takes … but Jericho CANT shrug RVD off, and Van Dam softens Jericho up with the punches he throws … before shaping up … and executing a SUPERPLEX FROM THE TOP OF THE CAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There’s an almighty pop from the fans inside the o2 Arena and it’s soon followed by a ‘HOLY SHIT’ chant that grows stronger, with BOTH men obviously down, selling the impact of the incredible Superplex, as J.R sends us into a commercial…



    Commercial Break



    Somehow, Chris Jericho is in control as we return, delivering a running knee to the back of RVD - with RVD trapped on his knees over the middle rope. We are then shown clips from during the commercial, where RVD did in fact recover first from the superplex, but he then missed a Rolling Thunder attempt, that allowed Jericho to take control. Back live, Jericho perches himself up top, waiting for RVD to get up, and he leaps off the top, putting Van Dam back down with a reverse elbow!!! He scrambles into a hook of the leg, 1...2...NO!!! Not enough to keep Van Dam down. Jericho looks agitated, but soldiers on, dragging RVD up and backing him into the corner, unleashing knife edge chops to RVD, before sending him across the ring to the corner, following in with a clothesline!!! Van Dam staggers from the corner, allowing Jericho to follow up with a STEP-UP ENZIGURI!!!! Cover, 1...2...SHOULDER UP!!!!!!!!!

    “Again??” questions Jericho toward Robinson, not happy with the count, and as he gets up, Jericho waves the match off, electing to try and escape again, with no further interest in trying to keep Van Dam down. Jericho begins to climb … but it’s a case of déjà vu; Van Dam is recovering, and coming after Jericho!!! This time, RVD catches up to Jericho quicker, and prevents him from climbing over, meeting him on the ropes, as they then take turns to try and gain the upper hand, slamming one anothers face off the steel cage!!! But Van Dam - the grittier fighter, the more determined of the two - wins the battle of wills again, and smashes Jerichos head off the steel three more times, with Jericho then freefalling backward, crashing onto the mat … where we see he has been BUSTED OPEN by the successive collisions with the steel cage. On the ropes, Van Dam takes a moment to play to the fans, walking along the ropes to the top turnbuckle, before gesturing with his thumbs, as the fans chant along; ‘R-V-D’ …

    … Van Dam FLIES for a FIVE STAR FROG SPLASH …

    BUT JERICHO GETS HIS KNEES UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Rob Van Dam rolls away, selling the impact brilliantly, clutching his ribs, kicking his legs in agony as he rolls on the canvas … whilst Jericho turns over … and begins to see the light at the end of the tunnel … clawing along the canvas … TOWARDS THE STEEL CAGE DOOR!!!!!!!!! Ever so slowly, Jericho inches toward the door, which is opened by the second official on the outside, with the fans already booing, not wanting the match to end this way … but as Jericho begins to crawl through the door - VAN DAM STOPS HIM!!!!! Somehow, Van Dam - albeit worse for wear - is back on his feet, and he grabs the legs of Jericho on the canvas … dragging him back … and APPLIES JERICHOS OWN HOLD - THE WALLS OF JERICHO!!!!!!!! Van Dam is looking to provide the ultimate insult by ending Jerichos career with his OWN submission hold!!!!!!!!!!!

    Van Dam cranks back on the submission, with Jericho shaking his head, in desperate pain, contemplating tapping … but Van Dam loses his grip, stumbling, and winds up relinquishing the hold!!! J.R plays it off as Van Dam still suffering the effects of the missed Five Star, but RVD looks to retain control, looking to drop a leg on Jericho - but MISSES!!! Jericho now pushes to his feet, watching as RVD struggles up - both men suffering from a hard hitting match with plenty of rough bumps … and Jericho looks for the CODEBREAKER - NO!!!!! Van Dam shoves Jericho down, avoiding impact, then lands with a discus leg drop!!!!! With Jericho down, RVD looks to the ropes, bouncing off them, and ROLLING THUNDER connects!!!! Again, selling the effects of the match, both men are slow to recover, but it’s Van Dam up first, waiting for Jericho … and once Jericho is up, Van Dam DRILLS him with a SPIKE DDT!!!!!

    But he DOESN’T go for the cover!!!!!!!! J.R openly states; “I‘m not sure I agree with that - your career‘s at stake here, Rob…” but Van Dam isn’t done with Jericho yet. He begins to scale the cage, with Lawler calling Van Dam a coward, saying he’s running away … but it soon becomes clear that escaping the cage ISNT the intention of the Whole Damn Show … as he reaches the top of the cage, and STANDS UP … looking around the arena, getting massive cheers from the fans, wanting to see a big spot … WITH VAN DAM SOARING FROM THE TOP OF THE CAGE … WITH A FIVE STAR FROG SPLASH TO A PRONE CHRIS JERICHO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Another ‘Holy Shit’ chant begins to pick up after an initial pop for the highlight reel Five Star, with J.R and Lawler both stunned, and Van Dam selling the impact on HIMSELF as much as anything.

    Once again though, there’s NO cover from RVD, as after a prolonged period of rolling around the mat, selling the impact of the move on himself, Van Dam pulls himself to his feet … and eyes the STEEL CHAIR he brought into the cage at the beginning of the match!!! Sitting at the top of the cage, the steel chair comes back into the focus, with J.R reminding everyone what Van Dam promised - a Van Terminator for Jericho. Lawler calls RVD an idiot, saying he has the match won, repeating the phrase; “Your career is on the line!!!” RVD climbs the cage, and retrieves the chair - to a big pop - then climbs back down, dragging the lifeless Jericho into position, and once he has him there, Van Dam TOSSES the chair at Jericho. RVD then sets the chair in position, before climbing himself into position, readying himself, once again giving the fans the thumb taunt … BEFORE HE FLIES FOR THE VAN TERMINATOR-

    NO ONE HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Van Dam CRASHES and BURNS in a heap!!!!!! Jericho AVOIDED the Van Terminator at the VERY LAST SECOND!!!!!!!!! Both men are down, but Jericho is stirring, pulling himself up by the ropes, ever so slightly smirking - knowing Van Dams stubbornness cost him a certain victory. Jericho wipes the blood away, and once he rises to his feet and peels away from the ropes, he starts to stagger - spaghetti legged - across the ring, toward to the DOOR … motioning for it to be opened … whilst RVD desperately tries to recover, clutching at his knee in agony … but POWERS himself up, bringing the chair with him. Jerichos smile grows wider - believing Van Dam to still be down, and he turns, looking to wave goodbye to Van Dam … but gets a shock as RVD is UP!!!! Jerichos expression drops, and he stumbles backward at the door … as Van Dam tosses the chair - caught by Jericho - VAN DAMINATOR TO JERICHO!!!!

    AND THE IMPACT SENDS JERICHO THROUGH THE ROPES …

    … AND TO THE FLOOR - THROUGH THE OPENED DOOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Winner: Chris Jericho @ 16:01
    *ROB VAN DAM MUST LEAVE THE WWE*

    Van Dam had tried to stop Jericho from going out the door - but was too late … and he immediately falls to his knees in horror as realisation instantly sinks in … his WWE career is OVER!!! And the fans mostly go quiet at the finish, whilst Jericho is on his ass on the floor - not looking like a winner…

    Jim Ross: Oh no… the career of Rob Van Dam … is over.

    Jerry Lawler: And he only has himself to blame, J.R!! He had at LEAST three chances to end this. He was too emotional!!! Too intent on revenge!! Yeah, he beat the hell out of Chris Jericho tonight … but it just cost him his career!!!!

    On the outside, the bloodied up, beaten down Chris Jericho somehow emerges the winner, and has his hand raised in victory, whilst hoisting up the Money in the Bank briefcase. And despite looking like he doesn’t know where he is … Jericho has a big grin etched on his face, whilst RVD remains sat in the ring, drained.

    Jim Ross: Somehow … someway … Chris Jericho will leave London with his career still in tact. He’ll keep his Money in the Bank briefcase. He’ll probably go on and become WWE Champion in the next ten months. But where does Van Dam go from here??

    Jerry Lawler: The unemployment line!! HAHAHA!!! He can go back to wrestling in bingo halls!!! He’s got a small time mentality!! Chris Jericho said he would leave here with his career in tact because he would use his brain - and that’s exactly what Van Dam DIDN’T do!!!

    Jim Ross: Have a heart King, the man just lost his job!!!

    Jericho is finally helped to his feet on the floor, and with the grin on his face, Jericho waves - goodbye - to Van Dam … but Jericho’s smile fades and the look turns to fear, as the jobless Rob Van Dam suddenly snaps, angered by the cockiness of Jericho, and looks to come after him!!!!

    Jim Ross: Oh wait- WAIT!!!

    Charles Robinson tries to stop RVD from leaving the cage - but Van Dam doesn’t care about authority now having lost his job - and he TOSSES Robinson aside, as he looks to come after Jericho … but Jericho, having been bought time by Robinson, HOPS the barrier, and ESCAPES through the crowd!!!!

    Jerry Lawler: Somebody arrest this idiot!!! He’s officially trespassing!!!

    Jim Ross: Let’s get some order here - there’s no need for that, King. Chris Jericho didn’t need to mock Van Dam. And yeah, I cant condone Van Dam putting his hands on an official, but DAMN IT, the man just lost his job!!!

    RVD is then held off by the second official on the floor, which gives Jericho the chance to disappear into the night, saving himself from the wrath of Van Dam, and RVD realises it once he reaches the barrier, seeing that Jericho is long gone - and RVD will NEVER get to fulfil his promise of giving Jericho a Van Terminator.

    Jim Ross: I want to take this opportunity folks - I want to thank Rob Van Dam for everything he’s done for us since arriving in the WWE. The memories, the risks, the titles - everything. Thank you RVD, and I‘m sorry it‘s ended like this. You will be missed, my friend. Thank you….



    Commercial Break



    The show returns back LIVE in the arena, with ROB VAN DAM at the top of the ramp, waving to the fans - with a tear in his eye - getting a raucous ovation from the fans, as he departs the WWE…

    Van Dam departs through the curtain, out of sight … and the cameras switch back to ringside, where JIM ROSS and JERRY LAWLER are keyed…

    Jim Ross: It might sound cliché to say it - but RVD truly is, or was, one of a kind. They don’t make ‘em like Rob Van Dam.

    Jerry Lawler: He’s only got himself to blame, J.R. I don’t know what else to say.

    Jim Ross: Well … it sounds pretty damn heartless … but uh, I’m being told we’ve gotta move on. And with the closing of one chapter, we open another. Because in just a few moments, the 2008 King of the Ring will be crowned. Raws CM Punk meets Smackdowns Bryan Danielson. Two men, King, meeting for the first time in the WWE, but they’re more than familiar with each other…

    Jerry Lawler: From what I’m told, they’ve fought countless times on the regional scene on their way up in the business; the Independents as they’re called, so yeah, these two know each other VERY well, J.R.

    Jim Ross: It’s a hell of a story for both men to have made it here in the WWE, and bigger still to have made it to the final of the King of the Ring tournament tonight. Thirty-Two men started this tournament. Only two remain. Punk or Danielson, King - who takes it??

    Jerry Lawler: I’m pulling for Danielson, J.R. I have to remain loyal to Smackdown. But I’m worried. He’s wrestled nearly FORTY minutes already tonight. A HARD forty minutes at that, forty minutes of punishment, J.R. CM Punk though?? Yeah, he had a tough Quarter-Final tonight, but he got through William Regal pretty quick. He’s had a good rest ahead of the final. He’s had to fight for HALF the time Danielson has had to. That’s a big factor for me.

    Jim Ross: On the other hand though, King - Danielson must be running on pure adrenaline right now. He just knocked off the legendary Kurt Angle. The kid is on cloud nine - and let’s not forget, this is a kid that NEVER loses. ONE loss on his record - and that was shady. Bryan Danielson will be BRIMMING with confidence right now. We’re going to hear from both men in just a few moments, but first - let’s remind everyone just how we got to this point. Let’s take a look first of all at CM Punks road to the King of the Ring final…



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    **VIDEO PACKAGE**

    CM PUNK
    ~ The Road to the Final ~

    Round of 32; Defeats Colt Cabana with GTS @ 13:29
    Sweet Sixteen; Defeats Christopher Daniels with Anaconda Vise @ 12:01
    Elite Eight; Defeats Nick Nemeth with GTS @ 14:02
    Final Four; Defeats William Regal with Anaconda Vise @ 04:39
    ***



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    Jerry Lawler: Well, J.R, for all the praise Bryan Danielson has received for getting here, CM Punks road wasn’t an easy one either. He’s had to navigate some tough challenges along the way.

    Jim Ross: There’s no doubt about that King, the opening round match with Colt Cabana, lets not forget, a long time friend of Punks - at least, he was - Punk was nearly out of time that night. Had Colt Cabana survived a little longer, Punk would’ve been eliminated due to a time limit draw!! Whereas, we’re about to see here, Bryan Danielson got through those early rounds in orderly fashion…



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    **VIDEO PACKAGE**

    BRYAN DANIELSON
    ~ The Road to the Final ~

    Round of 32; Defeats Burchill with Cattle Mutilation @ 05:37
    Sweet Sixteen; Defeats Tyson Tomko with Flying Headbutt @ 05:25
    Elite Eight; Defeats Jamie Noble with Cattle Mutilation @ 16:43
    Final Four; Defeats Kurt Angle with Small Package @ 19:16
    ***

    Jim Ross: No wasted time in the first two rounds with the shorter time limit. And perhaps, getting through Burchill and Tomko that quickly is what has helped Danielson here tonight, get through those two tough contests with Noble and Angle. Danielson is peaking here, King.

    Jerry Lawler: He might’ve peaked already. Where do you go after beating Kurt Angle??

    Jim Ross: You become King of the Ring. That’s where you go next. At least, that’s my take, but we’re about to hear from the man himself. Both finalists are standing by in separate areas backstage, Eve Torres with CM Punk, but first of all, let’s go to Josh Mathews with Bryan Danielson.


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    Backstage, JOSH MATHEWS is indeed standing by with BRYAN DANIELSON.

    Josh Mathews:
    Bryan, first of all, congratulations of reaching the final of the King of the Ring tournament. An incredible accomplishment.

    Danielson smiles, nodding, agreeing with the sentiment from Mathews.

    Josh Mathews: And now, you’ve got one final hurdle to overcome. CM Punk. Your thoughts??

    Exhausted, Danielson puffs his cheeks before speaking.

    Bryan Danielson: I’m thinking I’m pretty tired, Josh. Right now, I could do with a nice cup of tea-

    There’s a cheap pop in the background, giving Danielson a cheeky smirk on his face.

    Bryan Danielson: I’m getting pretty good at this cheap pop stuff, huh??

    Josh smiles and nods, before Danielson gets back on point.

    Bryan Danielson: Yeah … I’m pretty tired. I’m beat up. I was close to being choked out earlier. I nearly had my ankle snapped in two - I’m still hanging in there; just about. But … despite all that … I’ve never felt more alive, either. Tonight, I showed Jamie Noble who the true Cruiserweight Champion is … then, I not only got to share a ring with Kurt Angle … I not only earned the mans respect … but I BEAT the legendary Kurt Angle. I did that. And if I can do that, there’s no reason why I cant go back out there and BEAT CM Punk. And that’s EXACTLY what I’m gonna do!!!

    Josh Mathews: And Bryan, some people might not be aware, but you and CM Punk do have a rich history prior to stepping into the WWE many years ago. What’s your relationship with Punk?? And given how familiar you are with each other, how does that affect your preparations??

    Danielson laughs.

    Bryan Danielson: Preparations?? Are you kidding?? I’ve had like - fifteen minutes here since my last match. I barely had time to go to the toilet, Josh. All I can do right now, is do what I’ve done all night long. And that’s to run right through CM Punk with sheer will.

    Danielson pauses for a moment, thinking about the other part of the question before speaking again.

    Bryan Danielson: As for Punk?? Yeah, we’ve wrestled a bunch of times. But we’ve never been good friends. I’m pretty sure I know what to expect. And that’s a war. And Punk better be bringing a war - because I intend to bring one to him.

    He pauses again, with the camera coming for a close up on his determined face.

    Bryan Danielson: But it will be ME with his hand raised at the end of the night, KING of the Ring.

    Danielson nods to Mathews, and walks off, full of determination ahead of the King of the Ring final…



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    Cutting straight across to Eve with Punk…

    Eve Torres: Well, CM Punk, you’ve heard what Bryan Danielson had to say. You’ve done exactly what you said you would up to this point - now, all that stands between you and the King of the Ring, is Bryan Danielson.

    There’s an uncomfortable, awkward silence, with Punk just staring at Eve, and he shrugs, before finally speaking, sounding confused.

    CM Punk:
    … Sorry, I was waiting on a question.

    Eve gets set to speak, but Punk cuts her off before she can.

    CM Punk:
    Oh- no, it’s okay. Because you’ve just made my point for me. I have no questions left to answer, do I?? Because every statement I’ve made, has come true, hasn’t it??

    Punk points to the I.C Title belt around his waist.

    CM Punk:
    I said I’d become the Intercontinental Champion - exhibit A.

    He then starts making his next three points using his fingers, one at a time as he makes each statement..

    CM Punk:
    I said I’d beat that attention seeker Nick Nemeth - and I did. I said I’d be right here in the final - and here I am. And I said I’d be King of the Ring … and I will.

    He shrugs, putting on a puzzled face for Eve.

    CM Punk:
    And how was I so sure, Eve?? Why?? Because I’m better than all of them. And Danielson-

    Punk suddenly turns his attention directly to the camera, a message solely intended for Bryan Danielson.

    CM Punk:
    I’m better than YOU.

    He points directly at the camera, then turns his attention back to Eve.

    CM Punk:
    I can be so sure that I’m walking out of this arena as the 2008 King of the Ring, because anything less means I’ve just wasted the last two months of my life - and I got done wasting time months ago when I ditched that noose around my neck Greg Helms. Second place just means you’re the first loser. And I didn’t come here to lose. I didn’t enter this tournament to lose. And I WONT lose.

    Punk then gets set to walk off, but Eve speaks up…

    Eve Torres:
    Well, I actually, do have a question, Punk-

    He stops, and looks a little taken aback, before gesturing for Eve to proceed, listening intently.

    Eve Torres:
    Your opponent in the final, Bryan Danielson - we’re aware now that the two of you have some history, but, that aside, since he arrived in the WWE, he’s only lost one match. Doesn’t that concern you at all?? Or, can you see weaknesses in Danielson??

    Punk rolls his eyes.

    CM Punk:
    Bryan Danielsons win/loss record doesn’t concern me. He’s lost once. So what?? How many matches have I lost, Eve?? Since I dumped the dead wood back at WrestleMania. How many matches have I lost??

    On the spot, Eve struggles…

    Eve Torres:
    Uhh-

    Punk gestures ‘Zero’ with his finger and thumb.

    CM Punk:
    Try ZERO. None. Not - one. So I’ll repeat the phrase if you weren’t listening … Bryan Danielson … I … Am … Better … Than … You.

    Again, Punk turns to the camera - sending the message directly to Danielson.

    CM Punk:
    And I always have been. I always will be. I don’t care how many minutes Bryan Danielson has clocked up tonight. I don’t care WHO he beat. He can go home and tell his family about the night he beat Kurt Angle. Because I am going home with that goofy crown, and I’m telling everyone that my name is CM Punk … and you can call me KING!!!!

    Punk then storms off the set, with Eve watching on, as we fade out to a commercial…



    Commercial Break



    We return to a view of outside the o2 Arena in London, with J.R talking about it being a wonderful weekend in England...



    Straight back into the arena…

    **THIS FIRE BURNS**

    Going through the same routine for the third time tonight, CM PUNK enters the arena - title around his waist - but this time, peers over at the throne by the side of the stage, before declaring ‘IT’S CLOBBERIN TIIIIME!!!’ on his way down the ramp.

    Jim Ross:
    Well, here we are. A tournament that started with thirty-two, has just two remaining.

    Jerry Lawler: And if ever the phrase, “Nice guys finish last” was true, it is in this mans case. Ever since he dumped his tag team partner, CM Punk has gone from strength to strength. He won the Intercontinental Championship, and he’s a win away from victory in the King of the Ring.

    Jim Ross: There’s a lot of karma that’s sure to come back and bite this man in the rear somewhere down the line - but ya cant argue with the results he’s had since WrestleMania. Question how he did it - I know I do - but I cant deny he’s not looked back since branching out on his own.

    Punk reaches the ring, parading his belt, before turning to beckon his opponent to the ring…


    **FLIGHT OF THE VALKYRIES**

    To a HUGE reaction from the fans - clearly the peoples favourite - BRYAN DANIELSON hit’s the stage, looking initially taken aback by the force of the cheers, with many people warming more to Danielson after his incredible efforts tonight. Smiling, Danielson makes his way down the ramp, slapping hands with fans on his way to the ring.

    Jim Ross:
    And you wanna talk about “Nice guys finishing last” King?? This man might just make a mockery of that saying if he can see off CM Punk!!!

    Jerry Lawler: Well, either way, whoever it is - it’ll be a worthy King of the Ring in my eyes.

    Jim Ross: Just how much does this young man have left in the tank?? Sixty minute time limit here, folks. And given these two athletes, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this one go near - if not the entire distance.

    Danielson climbs into the ring, keeping his eyes on Punk, not trusting the I.C Champion at all, knowing what he’s capable of. Chad Patton stands in the middle of the ring, making sure the two men stay apart, as the entrances come to an end.

    Jim Ross:
    And folks, we’re gonna take a commercial break right here - as we will bring this King of the Ring final commercial free. You wont miss a single minute!! All the action - it’s the FINAL of the King of the Ring tournament - NEXT!!!



    Commercial Break



    The ring announcer for the evening; JUSTIN ROBERTS goes through the introductions as we return, adding to the anticipation, before we finally get the bell rung to kick off the main event - and the King of the Ring tournament final.

    ~ GRAND FINAL ~
    CM Punk
    vs.
    Bryan Danielson
    Both men are tentative off the bat, neither wanting to make a mistake, and perhaps in Danielsons case - he wants to conserve energy. There is a ‘knowledgeable’ pocket of fans though that are already rabid, with some (light) duelling chants gathering some momentum. After circling the ring, both Danielson and Punk come to a standstill, and acknowledge the chants from the fans, with Danielson smiling, looking humble and Punk simply staring off into the crowd, hearing the reactions, but not selling them at all. Danielson and Punk look across from each other, then lunge in, locking up, struggling for supremacy around the ring, with Danielson eventually forcing Punk back into the corner, when Chad Patton calls for a break - and gets a clean one. Punk waits for a moment in the corner, taking his time, before circling again with his fellow finalist, locking up - and this time, Punk very sharply gets a side headlock.

    Danielson struggles in the hold, with Punk squeezing tightly, looking to bring Danielson down to the mat, but Bryan holds his ground, keeping his feet, and shoves Punk off the ropes, breaking the headlock, but Punk comes back with a shoulder block, knocking Danielson off his feet. Punk then runs off the ropes, Danielson rolls over on the mat to his front, and Punk skips over Bryan, hitting the opposite ropes - Danielson jumps up, and jumps over the returning Punk, and as Punk rebounds again off the ropes, he is met with a DROPKICK from Danielson!!! The former Cruiserweight Champion scrambles for a cover, 1...2...NO!!! Danielson retains control, applying a hammerlock on Punk after the kick out, wrenching the arm of the I.C Champion, looking to wear him down, but Punk is able to escape the hold, and there’s a momentary stand off between the two - before they start trading stiff leg kicks!!!

    Bryan looks to be winning the exchange of kicks, and that forces Punk to change tact, driving a knee into the gut of Danielson to put the brakes on the offence. Punk looks for an Irish whip off the ropes, but Danielson reverses it, sending Punk off instead, and attempts a hip toss as Punk comes back, but the I.C Champion is able to reverse the momentum, hip tossing Danielson instead!! Danielson gets up by the ropes, with Punk right on him, driving elbows down on the back of Danielson, softening his adversary up, and takes him down with a headlock. Punk keeps it clamped on whilst on the mat, looking to wear the energy out of a surely drained Danielson. Danielson though, isn’t going to quit to a headlock, and he battles back to his feet, shoving Punk off again, but this time, he anticipates Punk being ready for him, and surprises Punk with an arm drag instead of the hip toss!! Punk is up quickly, but walks right into a SMALL PACKAGE - 1...2...NO!!!!! Punk JUST escapes the same predicament that Angle couldn’t!!

    Both men are up quickly off the small package, and both have the same idea in mind, meeting in the middle of the ring, blasting at one another, with Punk delivering a forearm, and Danielson responding with a European uppercut. Punk comes back with another forearm, but Danielsons next uppercut ROCKS Punk, sending him to a knee, and as Punk gets back up, he shows he wants no part of a stand-off with Danielson, RAKING THE EYES - right in front of the official. Punk follows up with a Mongolian chop to Danielson, whilst ignoring the admonishing from Chad Patton for the illegal eye rake. It has the desired effect for Punk though, and the Chicagoan snap mares Danielson, then delivers a STIFF kick to the back of the seated Danielson, and follows that by locking on a chinlock on the mat.

    Punk - knowing the chinlock wont be enough to finish Danielson - only keeps the hold applied for a short period, before driving his knee into the back of his opponent. Punk forces Danielson onto the mat, and drops a knee, then proceeds to stomp Danielsons hands, systematically looking to break the former Cruiserweight Champion down, as Lawler suggests that Punk is trying to keep the pace as slow as possible in order to kill off Danielsons adrenaline that he’s carried from the semi-final earlier, and drain the remaining energy from Danielson. Punk drags Bryan up, and sends him off the ropes, but Danielson holds on to stop himself from rebounding back. Punk then comes charging at Danielson by the ropes - but Bryan ducks down, elevating Punk over the top - and OUT!!!

    Punk though, is able to land on his feet, and from the outside, he trips Danielson, dragging him out of the ring with him, and looks to send Danielson into the barrier, but the whip is reversed by Danielson, and the force of the whip sends Punk OVER the barrier!!!!! Punk crashes onto the floor over the barrier with a HARD thud, and the fans pop for the big spot, but Danielson isn’t resting on his laurels, coming after Punk, reaching over the barrier, dragging Punk to his feet, and looks to suplex Punk back OVER the barrier. Punk though, blocks the attempt, and switches the momentum, instead getting Danielson up - and DUMPS Danielson sternum first on the barrier!!!!!!! The momentum shifts back in Punks favour, and J.R comments that Chad Patton has stopped his count - seeing as there’s no point in a double count out in the finals of a tournament - as the I.C Champ climbs back over the barrier, rolling his opponent back into the ring.

    With Danielson inside, Punk stands on the apron, watching, waiting for Bryan to get back to his feet, and once he’s up, Punk looks to spring off the ropes for a clothesline - BUT DANIELSON CATCHES THE ARM, TAKING PUNK DOWN … TRYING TO TIE UP THE OTHER ARM … AND APPLY THE CATTLE MUTILATION - BUT PUNK JUST ESCAPES and the I.C Champion quickly gets himself out of danger!!!!!!! Both men are up, and it’s Punk that strikes first, delivering a knife edge chop, following with another, backing Danielson into the corner, softening him up for an Irish Whip to the opposite corner - but again, Danielson is able to reverse it, sending Punk instead - but Danielson follows in, clotheslining Punk in the corner, then turns, charging to the opposite corner, and bounces out, racing right back across at speed toward Punk - unleashing a RUNNING DROPKICK in the corner!!!!! Punk flops to the mat, and Danielson hooks the leg, 1...2...NO!!!!

    J.R notes it’s been Danielson that’s been going for covers earlier, suggesting Bryan wants/needs to finish this early, knowing he wont be able to keep up with Punk the longer this match goes after the energy he has used tonight. Punk retreats to the corner, but there’s nowhere for him to hide, with Danielson refusing to let up, stomping Punk in the corner. Danielson softens Punk up with the stomps, then unleashes a few forearm shots for good measure, before taking off once more, bouncing out of the opposite corner, rushing across, looking for another RUNNING DROPKICK - BUT PUNK CHARGES OUT OF THE CORNER - CATCHING THE INCOMING DANIELSON WITH A RUNNING KNEE!!!!!!! Punk surely turns the lights out for Danielson with a HUGE knee, and makes the cover, 1...2...DANIELSON JUST KICKS OUT!!!!!

    Despite the kick out, Danielson looks like he’s been knocked loopy by the knee, and he crawls toward the corner pulling himself to his feet … but all the while, CM Punk is watching, setting himself, waiting for Bryan to get up, and as soon as Danielson is up in the corner, Punk races across, delivering his signature running high knee in the corner … and what follows is the running bulldog out of the corner … but as Punk looks for it, DANIELSON ELEVATES PUNK - RUNNING HIM ACROSS THE RING - CROTCHING PUNK ON THE TOP TURNBUCKLE!!!!! Danielson counters the signature bulldog, and Punk looks in a world of hurt, with the fans popping for the counter, as Bryan wastes little time, shoving Punk down into a tree of woe position, then opens up with stiff kicks to the prone CM Punk!!!!! Danielson kicks the shit out of his defenceless opponent, then sits him back up on the top rope, climbing up behind him … DELIVERING A SIDE SUPLEX FROM THE TOP!!!!!!!!!

    Big risk move = big reward for Danielson, delivering a HUGE suplex from the top rope, and with the fans loudly cheering for the move, both men stay down, with Chad Patton again not electing to count them both out … but Danielson quickly recovers anyway, covering Punk eventually … 1...2...NO!!!!! Danielson took too long to get the cover, giving Punk enough time to recover to just kick out. Danielson has the upper hand though, and he begins to target Punks legs, stomping the thighs, then turning his opponent over, stomping the hamstring area with a focused attack. Standing on the back of Punks legs, Danielson grips the arms … AND APPLIES A SURFBOARD TO PUNK!!!!! There’s a small cheer for the impressive looking submission hold, with J.R commenting that Danielson knows hundreds of submission holds and he’s expert in applying all of them!!!

    Danielson cranks back on the hold, stretching Punk, who shakes his head when asked by the official if he wants to submit. Danielson pulls back further, until he’s got Punk elevated overhead … but Danielsons own shoulders are deemed to be on the mat … and Patton makes the count; 1...2...Danielson releases the hold at the last possible second!!!!! Danielson nearly cost himself, and the former Cruiserweight Champion doesn’t appear to agree with the officials assessment that his shoulders were down, taking a few seconds to argue his point with Chad Patton. Meanwhile, Punk takes the opportunity to roll out of the ring, giving himself a moments rest, but Danielson isn’t going to let that happen, and once he finishes debating with Patton, he’s coming after the I.C Champion again. Danielson climbs out onto the apron, with Punk unaware, walking around the ring … walking right into a FLYING KNEE from Danielson OFF THE APRON!!!!!

    Standing back up, Danielson nods at the cheers from the fans, and tosses Punk back inside, following in, hooking Punk up quickly for a snap suplex, floating over for the cover … 1...2...SHOULDER UP!!!! Taking a deep breath, the Aberdeen native shakes his head, before sitting Punk up, trapping his opponents arm, before relentlessly DRIVING his elbow into the side of Punks neck and his shoulder, PUNISHING Punk with the savage elbows, elbowing Punk into the canvas, and once he’s done battering Punk, Danielson stands up, hitting the ropes, coming back with a leg drop and a hook of the leg, 1...2..NO!!! Danielson shakes his head again, and climbs back to his feet, telling Punk to get up, punishing the legs of the I.C Champion as he tries to get up with stiff kicks, then goes behind, LOOKING FOR A DRAGON SUPLEX - NO - PUNK COUNTERS OUT WITH A FIREMANS CARRY!!!!

    Danielson gets up quickly, but Punk charges him into the corner, proceeding to DRIVE his shoulders into the gut of Danielson there, driving the wind from the already exhausted Danielson, and then shoots him across the ring, following in - but to Punks surprise, Danielson runs up the turnbuckles, and back flips off the top, and behind Punk, taking off, hitting the ropes, coming back at Punk, looking for a clothesline - DUCKED by Punk - and Danielsons momentum sees him race on to the ropes again, but as he hits them - Punk is right there, stopping Bryan with a knee to the gut, and quickly drags him back to the centre of the ring, loading Danielson up - DOUBLE UNDERHOOK BACKBREAKER!!!!!!! After executing the move, Punk looks up, exclaiming “Welcome to Chicago!!” … before hooking the leg of Danielson, 1...2...SHOULDER UP!!!!!

    Punk looks up at Patton, affording himself a chuckle, but it’s more of disbelief than anything else. Punk shakes his head, and sits Danielson up, squeezing on a side headlock on the mat, once again looking to wear down the already exhausted Danielson. The fans look to rally behind Danielson, as he starts to fade in the hold, as the tank empties, his hard work throughout the night seemingly finally catching up to Danielson. He flails his arms, showing Patton he’s still in this, and perhaps feeding off the energy of the fans, Danielson pushes himself back to his knees. From there, Bryan proceeds to drive elbows into the gut of Punk, desperately trying to free himself, creating enough distance to get back to his feet, and then elbows Punks guts some more, finally creating the break - but Punk snuffs out any chance of a comeback with a Muay Thai kick, then a low kick, doubling Danielson over, allowing Punk to execute a high kick, and finally a BIG ROUNDHOUSE KICK!!!!! 1...2...NO!!!!

    Danielson gets a shoulder up … BUT PUNK IMMEDIATELY SWITCHES INTO THE ANACONDA VISE!!!!!!! Danielson immediately kicks his legs around, desperately trying to escape the clutches of Punk, trapped in Punks signature submission hold, furiously fighting the hold - but it IS locked on by Punk!!! J.R wonders how much the former Cruiserweight Champion has left to offer, and how long he can survive the Vise - which finished off Regal earlier - and it might not be long, given how Danielson was fading in the side headlock. Punk cranks on the hold, trying to put Bryan to sleep - but Danielson is eventually able to use his knees to strike the back of Punks skull in an attempt to break the hold, and it’s clear Punk isn’t enjoying the punishment to his head, eventually having to release the hold - but in the process, Punk SLAMS Danielsons head off the mat repeatedly!!!!!

    Punk gets back to his feet, holding the back of his own head, selling the effects of the knees, whilst the tiring Danielson looks to pull himself up in the corner - leaving himself easy pickings for Punk, racing across the ring, delivering the RUNNING KNEE for a second time … and after he connects, Punk looks out at the fans; “HE WONT STOP IT THIS TIME!!!” … before successfully delivering the running bulldog out of the corner!!!!! Punk nimbly gets back to his feet, with that shit-eating grin on his face, signalling with his hands that’s it’s time for Bryan Danielson to go to sleep!!! There’s a mixed reaction of sorts - but it’s mostly boos for Punk, as Danielson shows the effects of such a hard nights work, in complete contrast to Punk, struggling to even grab the ropes to pull himself up. Nearly falling back onto the mat, Danielson hangs onto the ropes, eventually standing tall … peeling off the ropes…

    RIGHT ONTO THE SHOULDERS OF CM PUNK … GTS - NO!!!!!!!!!!

    With everything he has left - and possibly just out of sheer instinct - Danielson furiously elbows Punk, over and over and over and OVER … escaping the clutches of Punk, and ROCKING Punk, staggering the Intercontinental Champion, with Punk now spaghetti legged, selling the elbows, stumbling into the ropes. Danielson catches his breath, and digs deep to charge across the ring at Punk, but as Danielson charges - Punk drops down, dropping the top rope, and Danielson cant stop his momentum … with the former Cruiserweight Champion sent tumbling OUT OF THE RING to the floor below!!!!! Danielson hit’s the floor with a thud, and Punk slowly rises back up, watching as Danielson pulls himself up on the ring apron, before running off the ropes, looking for a BASEBALL SLIDE to Bryan - but Bryan sidesteps out of the way of the slide, then YANKS Punk out, with Punk THUDDING onto the floor!!!!!

    Punk holds the small of his back, slowly finding his feet on the outside, whilst Danielson leans against the barrier, taking the chance to regroup and recover … until Punk stands up, and Danielson EXPLODES with a running forearm smash to the Intercontinental Champion!!!!! Danielson roars to the fans after DRILLING Punk, and picks Punk up, rolling him back inside, before climbing to the top rope … standing tall … coming down on the dazed and groggy Punk - FRONT MISSILE DROPKICK TO PUNK!!!!! Danielson NIPS UP!!!! The nip up elicit’s an ENORMOUS response inside the o2, with Danielson hitting {another} wind, finding ANOTHER gear, as he surges to the top rope … standing tall again … before leaping off with the FLYING HEADBUTT - AND IT CONNECTS!!!!!!!!!! Danielson gets the cover … 1...2...SHOULDER UP - AT THE LAST POSSIBLE SECOND!!!!!!!!!

    “No- No. NO!!” is the exasperated reaction from Danielson {a few years early for that to be a ‘thing’}, whose energy burst of adrenaline appears to have been blown out with the kick out from Punk. Danielson sits up on his knees, eyes closed, looking to the heavens in despair, before burying his head in the mat. Danielson has to dig deep, and find ANOTHER surge of energy if he wants to win this match. Picking himself up, Danielson readies, as Punk pushes to his knees - which is a prime spot for Danielson to open up with his stiff kicks to the chest!!! One, two, three, four deliberate, stiff kicks to Punk, Danielson settles, and winds up, looking for a finishing blow with a ROUNDHOUSE - NO - PUNK DUCKS IT - AND ROLLS DANIELSON UP WITH A SCHOOL BOY … 1...2...DANIELSON JUST KICKS OUT!!!!!!! Danielson rolls to his feet - AND NAILS the unsuspecting Punk with the ROUNDHOUSE KICK TO THE SKULL!!!!! Cover; 1...2...PUNK KICKS OUT!!!!!!!!

    Once again, Danielson is left disappointed. Pouring his heart and soul into this effort, Danielson sits on his knees again, shaking his head, wondering what it’ll take to put Punk away - and if he has enough gas in the tank to do it. He stands up, bringing Punk with him, setting Punk up on the top turnbuckle, and delivers a few blows to keep Punk under control. Danielson follows up, wanting a SUPERPLEX from the top - but Punk wisely hooks his arms on the rope, preventing Danielson from executing the move, and then, Punk head butts Danielson, weakening Bryan, allowing Punk to SHOVE Danielson to the canvas!!!!! Punk sets himself up, waiting for Bryan to stand back up - CROSS BODY FROM PUNK OFF THE TOP - CONNECTS - BUT DANIELSON ROLLS THROUGH ON THE MAT … 1...2...NO!!!!!!!!!

    Punk kicks out - but Danielson rolls him over - AND APPLIES THE CATTLE MUTILATION!!!!!!! NO - PUNK SQUIRMS OUT BEFORE IT’S LOCKED ON, AND HE ROLLS OUT OF THE RING!!!!!! Punk rolls out, doubling over, relieved to have avoided Danielsons signature submission - but he doesn’t avoid an incoming SUICIDE DIVE FROM BRYAN DANIELSON!!!!!!!!!! “Where the hell is this kid getting this from, J.R??” asks Lawler, as Danielson rises to his feet once more on the outside, playing to the fans, before tossing Punk back inside the ring. Danielson follows in, and grips Punk from behind, again looking for the DRAGON SUPLEX - but Punk runs backward, squashing Danielson into the corner!!! Punk escapes the suplex, and throws another few elbows back at Bryan, giving him the chance to send Danielson across the ring - HARD - sternum first into the corner!!!!!

    Danielson hit’s the corner hard, with Punk grabbing him by the waist, attempting a GERMAN SUPLEX - but Danielson back flips out of trouble again, coming off the ropes at Punk - but Punk ducks under Bryan, and puts Danielson down with a SWINGING NECKBREAKER!!!!!! Hook of the leg, 1...2...NO!!!!! Punk shakes his head at the kick out, getting back to his feet - but this time, he’s done waiting for Danielson to get up, and Punk DRAGS Danielsons exhausted body up, getting the former Cruiserweight Champion onto his shoulders … preparing for the GTS - BUT DANIELSON COUNTERS … TAKING PUNK DOWN WITH A CRUCIFIX PIN … 1...2...PUNK ESCAPES THE PREDICAMENT … ROLLING THROUGH … BUT BRYAN ROLLS THROUGH … AND INTO THE CATTLE MUTILATION!!!!!!!!!!

    And this time, Danielson has his finishing hold applied!!!! CM Punk is in a world of trouble, trapped in the submission hold, frantically trying to move his legs to feel for ropes as he cant move his arms to grab anything, just flailing them wildly in pain … but as he shifts his legs, nothing appears to be in range for the I.C Champion … as the King of the Ring crown begins to slip away from his grasp!!!! CM Punk is heard groaning in agony, with Danielson wrenching and wrenching, praying for Punk to submit - but it’s all on the line here, and Punk shows his own spirit, using only his legs to move in a desperate attempt to reach the ropes … inches away … throwing his legs around … and Punk finally feels freedom … WRAPPING HIS FEET AROUND THE BOTTOM ROPE!!!!!

    It’s more disappointment for Danielson, having poured everything into this monumental effort to win the King of the Ring - but again, he’s foiled by Punk. Mustering the energy, Danielson meets Punk by the ropes, delivering a series of European Uppercuts, then takes off, running off the ropes, coming back at Punk - but runs right into a JUMPING CALF KICK from Punk!!!!! Punk scrambles into a cover, 1...2...SHOULDER UP!!!!! Punk rolls off, hands on his head, before slapping the mat with his hands in frustration, and rises back to his feet, bringing Danielson with him, but SOMEHOW Danielson finds it from somewhere to fight back!!!! Danielson puts Punk down to one knee, and runs off the ropes - but Punk follows him in, catching Danielson on the turn with a BIG HIGH KNEE TO THE FACE OF DANIELSON ON THE ROPES!!!!!

    Danielson staggers forward … PUNK GETS HIM UP … GTS - NO!!!! Danielson slips off - ROUNDHOUSE KICK - MISSES - PUNK SCOOPS BRYAN UP AGAIN … GTS - NO!!!!!! Danielson blocks the knee, rushing off the ropes - BUT RUNS RIGHT INTO A FOREARM FROM PUNK!!!!! The forearm smash DROPS Danielson to his knees, and Punk follows up - SHINING WIZARD!!!!! Punk covers … 1...2...DANIELSON KICKS OUT!!!!!!! BUT PUNK INSTANTLY APPLIES THE ANACONDA VISE AGAIN!!!!!!!!! Danielson is caught again, and J.R puts over the punishment he has suffered throughout the night, from the Guillotine in the Noble match, and the draining war with Angle … BUT HE WONT GIVE IN!!!!! Danielson tries to roll through the hold - BUT PUNK ROLLS RIGHT THROUGH!!!!!

    Punk wont relent, squeezing Danielson with all he has, as Bryan tries to escape as he did earlier - throwing his knees up, trying to knee the back of Punks skull, but this time, Punk keeps moving, preventing Danielson from breaking the hold!!!!! The Anaconda Vise remains LOCKED on, with Danielson fading … and Punk wrenching tighter, willing Bryan to submit … as Patton checks the arm of Danielson, raising it in the air … but there’s no quit in Danielson tonight - he keeps the arm in the air, signifying to the official he’s still in the match!!!! Punk tries to tighten his grip on the hold … and he ROLLS THROUGH once again … and they find themselves by the ropes, forcing Chad Patton to step in and break the hold!!!!!! A massive pop reverberates around the o2, as Danielson survives AGAIN!!!!!

    Both men are spent, both men are drained, and both lay out on the mat, selling the effects of the match, with the fans sounding their appreciation. Punk and Danielson both begin to stir … meeting on their knees in the middle of the ring, and both men trade slaps, then forearms, BATTERING EACH OTHER!!!!!! In one final flurry, Punk and Danielson beat the shit out of each other, bringing the fans to their feet … and once Danielson goes back to the well with the uppercuts, he takes control of the battle, beating Punk down. Bryan reaches his feet, with Punk on his knees, finding one last surge, hitting the ropes coming back - WHEN PUNK LEAPS UP - CATCHING BRYAN - ONTO HIS SHOULDERS - GTS!!!!!!!!!!! Punk finally lands with the GTS - and Danielson crumbles to the mat … Punk falls to his knees, and hooks the leg, leaning back … 1...2...3!!!!!!!!!
    Winner: CM Punk @ 22:33
    *CM PUNK IS THE 2008 KING OF THE RING*

    Jim Ross: You wanna talk about skill, you wanna talk about heart, you wanna talk about desire - you just saw it all - you SAW IT ALLLL IN THIS MATCH!!! That’s what winnin the King of the Ring meant to these two men!! And bah gawd, Bryan Danielson gave his ABSOLUTE ALL - not just in this match, but throughout this night - but there can only be ONE King of the Ring … and King, we’re looking at him - CM Punk - the 2008 King of the Ring!!!

    Jerry Lawler: I don’t know how those two men are feeling - because I’m exhausted having just watched it!! Unbelievable, J.R!!! Unbelievable!! Congratulations to CM Punk!!!

    In the ring, CM Punk sits up, soaking in the moment, wearing a cocky grin on his face, wiping sweat off his brow, looking up at Chad Patton, before standing up to allow the official to raise his arm in victory. Meanwhile, Danielson is still on the mat, defeated.

    Jim Ross: I don’t think we’ve ever witnessed a King of the Ring final like it. After everything they went through to reach this final, to give us that level of commitment and energy - it shows you, King - it shows the entire world how much this meant to both men. But ultimately CM Punk has risen to the throne here in London.

    Jerry Lawler: And now, the world is CM Punks oyster. He’ll see all kinds of doors opened to him, all kinds of opportunities. That’s what happens when you win the King of the Ring tournament.

    Jim Ross: No doubt it’s the ultimate stepping stone. But it’s up to Punk to grasp the opportunity - because it wont all fall into place for him. Yes, this victory opens doors, but he’s still gotta work for it. That’s what Steve Austin did, that’s what Kurt Angle did, that’s what the current World Heavyweight Champion did.

    Jerry Lawler: And Punk is every bit as good as them if you ask me. He’s on the path to superstardom, J.R!!

    Punk now channels his inner Shawn Michaels from WrestleMania XII, telling Chad Patton to get Danielson “out of my ring!! This is my moment - not his!!” forcing the official to usher Danielson out of the ring. Punk climbs the ropes, soaking in his moment of glory, taunting the fans, as a disappointed Danielson is led out of the ring, looking back at the winner, shaking his head at the lack of class shown by Punk.

    Jim Ross: And ladies and gentlemen, we’re gonna be right back - the official coronation of the NEW King of the Ring is coming up as we close this unforgettable night…

    The show heads into the commercial, with the beaten Danielson limping up the ramp - looking back at Punk in the ring, with Punk still soaking in his victory…



    Commercial Break



    We return, with CM PUNK now at the stage, as TODD GRISHAM, along with TIFFANY and KRISTAL MARSHALL, await to crown the 2008 King of the Ring.

    Todd Grisham:
    Ladies and Gentlemen, please, show your appreciation for the 2008 King of the Ring … C … M … PUNK!!!!!

    Punk strides onto the platform, STANDING up on the throne, to the chagrin of the fans, taunting them, as he steps back down, standing next to Grisham, giving the two ladies a thumbs up, as they wait to crown him.

    Todd Grisham:
    Well, CM Punk, congratulations on your victory. I think everyone can agree we’ve just witnessed something special tonight between you and Bryan Danielson. Please - take your rightful seat as King of the Ring.

    Cocky as you like, the grinning CM Punk takes his seat, as Kristal hands over a sceptre, and Tiffany places the crown on his head. Laughing, Punk beckons Grisham over, leaning into the mic.

    CM Punk:
    Todd … I’d like to take this moment … in all sincerity, to thank a few people. Because without them, I honestly wouldn’t be here right now.

    Punk nods, looking around, seemingly being sincere in his words.

    CM Punk:
    First of all, I’d like to thank Greg Helms-

    Pop for the mention of Helms, though there‘s some trepidation from the fans, expecting an insult. Punk nods.

    CM Punk:
    Because without him being a colossal douche bag that couldn’t handle the dedication to be Straight Edge like me, I might still be stuck in a tag team with him…

    Heat. Punk then mugs for the camera, waving to it.

    CM Punk:
    Hey Greg!! I know you’re watching at home, with a stupid neck brace on, keeping that stack of dimes in order!! Look what could’ve been for you … if only you had the dedication for Straight Edge like I have. But like that fragile neck of yours - you’re mentally weak too.

    Punk takes a second to think of who to thank next…

    CM Punk:
    I’d like to thank Colt Cabana … for helping me see what a failure and a joke I could’ve become had I not taken my career seriously.

    More heat.

    CM Punk: I’d like to thank anyone who entered this tournament that relied on “luck” … because luck is for losers.

    Punk laughs again.

    CM Punk:
    I’d like to thank GOD … no- wait. He doesn’t EXIST!!!

    There’s a lot of heat, many taking great offence to their belief being mocked.

    CM Punk: But while ‘the man upstairs’ may be a figment of your imagination - this KING - IS - A GOD!!!!

    More boos for the unpopular King.

    CM Punk:
    And I’d like to thank every single man that stepped through those ropes to compete against me in the King of the Ring … because without all you LOSERS … I wouldn’t be able to sit here now and say, that without a shadow of a doubt … I AM BETTER … THAN … ALL … OF … YOU!!!!!!!

    Punk sits back in the chair, laughing aloud, enjoying the moment, before sitting forward.

    CM Punk:
    As if there was any doubt. There’s probably a lot of other people I’d like to thank, but it’s all a little much right now. I’ve got so much running through my head right now … but uh, Todd…??

    Grisham leans forward…

    CM Punk:
    Aren’t you supposed to BOW at the FEET of YOUR King???

    Grisham looks uncomfortable at the suggestion, looking around, with Punk pointing down, wanting Grisham to kneel before him … and just as Todd is about to do so, Punk laughs again.

    CM Punk:
    Get on your feet you goof!!!

    Heat for Punk, as the embarrassed Grisham stands back up. Punk stands too, tossing the crown down, and taking the mic from Grisham.

    CM Punk:
    Give me that - now leave. Go away. All of you!!!

    Punk shoos Grisham, Kristal and Tiffany off the set, and takes centre stage, amidst heat from the fans.

    CM Punk:
    DRINK IT IN LONDON!!!! LONG LIVE THE KING!!!!

    More heat for the King of the Ring.

    CM Punk:
    But unlike YOUR royal family, I’m not gonna sit on my ass and enjoy this moment.

    Huge mixed reaction for that line.

    CM Punk: Because there’s a new King in town - and he’s TAKING OVER!!!! THIS - THIS is just the beginning for CM Punk. In fact- hey, hey you-

    Punk points down at a random worker…

    CM Punk: Go get my title belt.

    The worker nods, and scurries off to retrieve Punks I.C Title.

    CM Punk:
    This is just the beginning. I’m already the Intercontinental Champion - and that’s not gonna change anytime soon. The WWE?? It’s MY house now. I RUN the WWE. I proved tonight I was better than thirty one other men. I outlasted ‘em all to be standing here. I’m better than them, and I’m better than ALL the Kings of the Ring that preceded me!!!

    The worker returns, handing Punk the I.C Title belt over, and Punk raises it high in the air.

    CM Punk:
    I’m already on top of the world!!!

    Heat.

    CM Punk: So with that said, I’m gonna split from this dump, and y’wanna know where I’m going?? No - I’m not gonna go and get drunk like you weak ass Brits. I’m not gonna paint the town red…

    Punk licks his lips, grinning sadistically as he pauses…

    CM Punk:
    No … right now, I’m heading straight to Buckingham Palace - I’m gonna march right in there, wearing this stupid crown, and I’m gonna tell that old HAG to get the hell off MY throne!!!

    Somewhat of a mixed reaction, but it’s clearly more boos than cheers.

    CM Punk:
    BECAUSE MAGGIE, THERE’S A NEW KING IN TOWN - AND HIS NAME IS C … M … PUNK!!! AND I AM … BETTER - THAN - YOU!!!!!

    Punk tosses the mic away, and stands atop the throne once more, with the crown in one hand, his title belt in the other, amidst all kinds of heat, with the show coming to a close, fading to black…

    END OF SHOW
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    Re: January BTBOTM - Being The Booker

    Saturday Nights Main Event!!!!

    Very cool opening, with all of the 8 competitors getting a chance to speak. Regal's was my favorite. Short, simple, to the point.

    Brass Knucks!!! Classic Regal having a second pair and getting the under handed win. Great way to start the event.

    Uh Oh. Shoulda seen the post match assault coming. Hope Regal can make it back, but if not, I can see why there was a "Bye" clause in the rules.

    God damn. Great match between Nemeth and Punk. Both men look great, loved the way your wrote the finish too. Wonder if Nemeth will use the fact that he "pinned" the champion to get a shot at the gold. Side note, I love Ziggler's DDT so I'v very happy you use that as his finish.

    Haas expecting "No" to be a good enough response made me chuckle.

    Mysterio and Benjamin!?! Damn, either one of them should make for a good challenger Monday night. I wonder how long it is going to take for Albright to lose it on Steamboat. Also, good way to get a mention of the Cena Christian chaos with neither man actually being on the show.

    Another great encounter between Noble and Danielson, though I am hoping, even though Danielson went over, the rivalry is over. Really liked post match with Danielson not trusting Noble to not attack him.

    Serious Goldust? I'm in.

    SUMMERSLAM!!

    DiBiase Sr. trying to buy off Kurt was great. DiBiase getting eliminated so early is a little disappointing, but Angle dominating the youngster was great.

    Can't fucking wait to see how you write One Night Stand.

    ANGRY ANGLE!! Kinda hoping Kendrick tries some shit now, just to see Angle snap.

    No turn, but Daniels definitely had no intention of ever winning. Still excited to see where this goes. Good move with Albright getting the pin.

    Poor Regal, never stood a chance. Glad to see him take the mans way out, refusing to tap.

    Great American Bash!! Nice poster ya got there...hahaha

    Damn!!! Angle Danielson was amazing!! Main event caliber match. Best written match of the night so far.

    SUPERPLEX FROM THE TOP OF THE CAGE!!

    Another incredible match, as I expected. Great visual for the ending with Van Dam costing himself his career. Can't wait to hear Jericho gloat about this in the weeks to come.

    FINALS!!

    Love Kings "Where is he getting this from?" about Danielson.

    Jesus. This night had some great "wrestling". Not sure what I liked more, Danielson Angle, Or Danielson Punk. Either way, both were fantastic and had me hooked till the end.

    Punk's winning speech was awesome. Pure heel. Wonder if it'll wind up being champion vs champion at Summerslam or if he will lose the IC Championship before that.


    Don't think it really needs to be said, as there was never any real question, but this was great. As I said, it was nice to have some real "wrestling" for the night but with Angle, Danielson, Noble, and Punk involved in the majority of the night that should have been expected. Looking forward to the fallout of this, with Jericho and Punk definitely going to have some awesome heel promos going forward.



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    Re: January BTBOTM - Being The Booker

    A few comments or two for King of the Ring. Was a real enjoyable show.

    I'll kinda lump my thoughts on the tournament into one big rabble. Delighted to say I predicted the entire bracket. Go me! Certainly think both Danielson and Punk came out of this tournament with their careers stepping up a notch. Like I said in my predictions, a win over Angle for Danielson does wonders for him, I keep thinking he'll go back after Noble and the Cruiserweight Title but after beating Noble to bring that to a close and now with the win over Angle, Danielson is now perhaps above the Cruiserweight division. Interesting to see how he develops, he could be your next Paul London type to really shine on SmackDown with a midcard title run and the occasional mixing it with the big boys. As for Angle, I thought there was nothing lost for him in defeat, he came out of it fine, and we had the development with Kendrick too. That seems like something to keep him busy moving into the Bash, but his SummerSlam gig will be interesting, as I don't see a real obvious feud for him there right now. But yeah, the DiBiase stuff was pretty amusing, but Ted Jr. needs to pick up some wins soon I think before he becomes a bit of a comedy character. A more convincing win over R-Truth would be a start. That or he ditches his Dad and stands on his own.

    I think that's my thoughts on the SmackDown side of things. As for Raw, Punk was the standout candidate to win so that obviously made sense. New Standard and Knuckle Dusters (lol) feud seems to be carrying on a bit longer, so to have them attack Regal and give him an out seemed pretty solid booking. That and Regal passing out instead of tapping out made him look pretty strong, stronger than he's looked for a while perhaps. And Punk and Nemeth was a hell of a match too, especially the little tease with the foot on the ropes. Again, Nemeth seemed pretty strong in defeat, certainly managed to push the eventual King to the absolute limit. I think for the most part, everyone who lost either had an excuse or was kept looking pretty good in defeat, apart from perhaps DiBiase. It's been a pretty successful tournament all round, and King Punk can now follow a similar path to that of Albright I think. Certainly whoever eventually takes that Intercontinental Title away from him is going to get a massive rub from doing so. Overall, a well booked tournament that crowd the obvious winner. Certainly Punk was in the best position to not only win but to also take advantage of it moving forward. Again, his SummerSlam run (against Paul London, I'm guessing?) will be important for how you've going to establish him further up the card. But the promos will no doubt be great fun to read.

    As for the rest, Jericho/Van Dam, what a way for Van Dam to go out. Heartbreaking, if not a little comical. Certainly had his chances to finish Jericho off, and no doubt the basis of the next Jericho promo is something involving how RVD didn't finish him off when he had the chance to. On another note, if that really is Van Dam's last match in your thread, where was Joey Styles tonight to call that one? As for the tag match, went as expected. Daniels showing up on time tonight was a bonus, I guess. But again, this match really served to advance the Angels storyline. What will the outcome be once Williams realises that Daniels had the chance to save him? Certainly more to come from this breakup.

    Overall, an enjoyable and well booked show. I thought everything made sense and it was pretty entertaining. A real sense of anticipation for what happens moving forward with Punk and Jericho, while several other storylines advanced. My only concern is DiBiase, but we'll see how you handle that. But yeah, real good again. Long live King Punk!


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    Re: January BTBOTM - Being The Booker

     
    So, thanks for the feedback folks, looks like that might’ve been one of the most predictable shows I’ve ever booked given the results of the prediction contest, lol. Out of 13 points, three people scored 12. Honestly had thought Regal might’ve been predicted more heavily, given he was in his home country etc. Cant pull the wool over your eyes it seems lol. I think iMac wins this though on the tiebreak, seeing as he correctly predicted the entire KOTR bracket correctly, including the Punk win. I think a few others had everything correct, but picked Danielson over Punk in the final.

    The EC - 12
    TWG - 11
    roy mustang - 10
    Ranthellacious - 9
    iMac - 12
    Rasky - 12
    Stojy - 10
    Sykotic - 9
    Hug Life - 10

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    Unlike the 2007 tournament I booked, Punk was the winner I had planned from the very beginning this time around. I might’ve briefly flirted with the idea of going with Danielson, but I don’t think I gave it serious consideration. For the longest time though, I had planned on an Angle/Punk final, but couldn’t resist the idea of writing a Punk/Danielson match, as I may not get the chance to do it again.

    Some people might be disappointed in DiBiase being beaten so quickly by Angle, but the whole angle surrounding him has been that he’s in over his head right now in the deep waters of the WWE, and only has a place on the roster thanks to his Dad. After getting through to this stage with some shady officiating and a pay-off, it was time for the bubble to burst. I’ve still some fun (I hope so anyway) angles planned with the DiBiase’s, but they’ll be settling into very much a mid card role after this for the time being.

    Also, on an unrelated note, that Gauntlet on Raw a couple of weeks ago really pissed me off, as I had something similar planned in the next month pretty similar (or pretty much the fucking same) and not only did the WWE essentially do the idea I had planned, they actually done it much better. Hate when that happens. Not sure whether to stay the course on that idea or to scrap it altogether and think of something else entirely.

    It’ll probably be Monday week (March 12) before I bother posting up Raw, as I‘ve been maybe pushing out a high volume of shows in a short space of time (Vengeance, Raw, Smackdown, SNME in the last few weeks; even I'm a little burned out right now). Plus, I’ve fallen a bit behind as of late with writing shows, and whilst I’ve still the next four weeks of shows already written, I’ve enjoyed having that cushion.

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    Also, while I’m at it, I never tallied the results of the prediction contest for the Vengeance show. It would appear that show at least was a slightly less predictable one, as out of 16 points, the highest score was 8. As it happens, iMac wins here too.

    Stojy - 7
    Rasky - 7
    iMac - 8
    EZ3 - 5

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    Re: January BTBOTM - Being The Booker

    Saturday Night's Main Event / King of The Ring time and I have to start off by saying that you did a nice job setting up the tournament of the course of the few months. Feels like the final eight was a good niche of people properly setting up for a free for all of who could win this.

    Starting off with the final eight - I was happy we were getting something different from each match alongside match times to avoid being burnt out so quickly. Ted needed to lose to Angle in that two minute mark. Regal getting the win over Rhodes proved to the better decision due to that backstage assault after shenanigans. Punk and Nemeth was an awesome match as well as Danielson and Noble. I feel like you really did some underground work of building onto characters and stars through this work.

    Of course, Punk got some of advantage thanks to the attack from Rhodes and Doane. I swear he is the most hateable man. That being said - with both London and Regal - you made the opponent look strong in some sense even with the attack or injury being the reason they lost. Danielson and Angle was my match of the night. I think Danielson has been hanging around in this weird purgatory of not quite out of the cruiserweight scene while also getting some more time to shine. This match, to me, elevates Danielson and Angle doesn't look terrible with the ending. If anything, it might become beneficial for him as well.

    Finally: the finals. Punk always beating my favorites aha. There are a lot of things in this that I loved. I personally like to see finishers as well a finisher. Unless I completely fudged up my reading, which wouldn't surprise me, the only instances would be submissions that I feel can be used at any point of a match. The ending of the match really spoke to everything the guys went through. Being on their knees trying to finish the other as quick as possible before the eventual GTS won Punk the tournament.

    Moving on to the other matches, I was not surprised to see Daniels just let Williams get pinned. The eventual break up has been building up and I don't think there is anywhere else you can go with it. Not too sure what to expect what's next for the Craftsmen. I was kind of surprised that we weren't swerved by having Jericho lose. Possibly my 2018 mentality that I could totally see WWE working with other companies and having Jericho "leave WWE". My own thoughts makes me wonder if you'll be bringing back ECW as a brand, and Rob Van Dam will make an appearance there? Especially considering he gave the win to Chris basically. It was a well-done match and like mentioned before, I am sure Jericho will say he did all the work and really talk himself up.



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    Re: January BTBOTM - Being The Booker

    I loved the opening montage with each man getting in a quick line or two. Regal’s line was perfect.

    Good decision going with Regal in the first match…keep the crowd hot…hopefully he makes his far...im still calling the brass knucks being in the teddy bear. Good opening match between Regal and Rhodes. I was right about the brass knuckles. I was actually thinking that u wouldn’t reveal the knucks were in the bear so Regal could get another match out of I, but I assume the ref wont let the bear at ringside next match

    O no, will Regal be able to make it back from his backstage beatdown…I liked that you built in an “out” if Regal cant compete or takes a lose.

    Good long match from Punk and Nemeth…as I was going through it I thought maybe you were going to have a time draw and then Regal advances if he is able to…would cause some good intrique…good booking with Punk going over

    Cool little promo with the Master Craftsman…I wanna say you should add another member but I think that’s because I have a fascination with factions having 4 members…maybe its cause im a WCW mark at heart. I like the tension between Albright and Steamboat.

    Really good match between Dainelson and Jamie…you have an amazing way of having call backs to previous years or shows which makes things really mean stuff…I misread your rules and thought this match was a 15 minute time limit but I see its 20 minutes. I hope Dainelson is in line for the cruiserweight belt soon.

    Good building of the possibility of Regal not continuing

    Wow, was not expecting for Dibiase Jr. to be ousted that quickly. I have faith that you have something planned for the Dibiases but it just seems that as of right now, you built him up and then it got squashed really quickly. However Angle vs. Dainelson….YESSSSS

    The continuation of the breakup of the Angels of Anarchy continues very nicely. I feel the big turn angle will happen at Summerslam or they will have their first match at Summerslam…good job with this storyline

    I like that you protected William Regal so well and didn’t make him tap out but pass out. Is it bad that I kinda want Angle and Dainelson to tie and somehow it become a triple threat. If I had to choose ill say its going be Angle vs. Punk with Angle gong over.

    The unexpected out for me personally with Dainelson winning. I like the story your telling with Brian having two hard fought matches while Punk was able to get an easier match in the Semi-Finals. I see Brian coming up just short as I think ur more of a heel booker just based on what I have read…also you like to drag stuff out and I mean that in a good way

    Did not see RVD leaving but I have a feeling that the ECW PPV will be the return of RVD paticurly against Miz in his open challenge gimmick. I thought u would of gone with Jericho losing and then have a loophole because of the MITB briefcase.

    Punk winning was the best thing for RAW. You now have two great Heels on that brand. I cant wait to see babyfaces that you start to build up to face off against them. The match was amazing as expected and I loved loved loved the promo afterwards

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    Re: January BTBOTM - Being The Booker

    I loved the opening montage with each man getting in a quick line or two. Regal’s line was perfect.

    Good decision going with Regal in the first match…keep the crowd hot…hopefully he makes his far...im still calling the brass knucks being in the teddy bear. Good opening match between Regal and Rhodes. I was right about the brass knuckles. I was actually thinking that u wouldn’t reveal the knucks were in the bear so Regal could get another match out of I, but I assume the ref wont let the bear at ringside next match

    O no, will Regal be able to make it back from his backstage beatdown…I liked that you built in an “out” if Regal cant compete or takes a lose.

    Good long match from Punk and Nemeth…as I was going through it I thought maybe you were going to have a time draw and then Regal advances if he is able to…would cause some good intrique…good booking with Punk going over

    Cool little promo with the Master Craftsman…I wanna say you should add another member but I think that’s because I have a fascination with factions having 4 members…maybe its cause im a WCW mark at heart. I like the tension between Albright and Steamboat.

    Really good match between Dainelson and Jamie…you have an amazing way of having call backs to previous years or shows which makes things really mean stuff…I misread your rules and thought this match was a 15 minute time limit but I see its 20 minutes. I hope Dainelson is in line for the cruiserweight belt soon.

    Good building of the possibility of Regal not continuing

    Wow, was not expecting for Dibiase Jr. to be ousted that quickly. I have faith that you have something planned for the Dibiases but it just seems that as of right now, you built him up and then it got squashed really quickly. However Angle vs. Dainelson….YESSSSS

    The continuation of the breakup of the Angels of Anarchy continues very nicely. I feel the big turn angle will happen at Summerslam or they will have their first match at Summerslam…good job with this storyline

    I like that you protected William Regal so well and didn’t make him tap out but pass out. Is it bad that I kinda want Angle and Dainelson to tie and somehow it become a triple threat. If I had to choose ill say its going be Angle vs. Punk with Angle gong over.

    The unexpected out for me personally with Dainelson winning. I like the story your telling with Brian having two hard fought matches while Punk was able to get an easier match in the Semi-Finals. I see Brian coming up just short as I think ur more of a heel booker just based on what I have read…also you like to drag stuff out and I mean that in a good way

    Did not see RVD leaving but I have a feeling that the ECW PPV will be the return of RVD paticurly against Miz in his open challenge gimmick. I thought u would of gone with Jericho losing and then have a loophole because of the MITB briefcase.

    Punk winning was the best thing for RAW. You now have two great Heels on that brand. I cant wait to see babyfaces that you start to build up to face off against them. The match was amazing as expected and I loved loved loved the promo afterwards

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    King Of The Ring Review

    So here goes with SNME:KOTR. Basically a pay-per-view portion event.

    Great to get the night off to a wonderful start with a Regal victory in front of his fellow countrymen. Regal pulling the wool over Rhodes' eyes, and the referee's for that matter was great. But Rhodes and Doane got their revenge very swiftly and it likely will prove costly for the Blackpool man.

    Nemeth came so close, and I was really hoping that he would pull out the big shock win of the night as everybody thought that Punk would win. Punk solidifes his new found spot as a top guy in the company with another big win. Punk/Regal should be great.

    A good back and for between Albright and Steamboat...are we heading towards one more match for The Dragon down the line. Definitely going to be an interesting match between Rey and Benjamin. I'm backing Rey to get the win but lose out to Albright in the end.

    Danielson going over was the right call for sure and finally he can put the CW Chapter of his career behind him and move up the card. Despite Danielson pushing hard I hope the next stop is the US Championship. Danielson still has a lot to give before he becomes the top guy, although floating between matches with Triple H, Edge and the likes of The Gods Of War in the immediate future can only be good for him.

    Kurt Angle pushing into big face territory after knocking back Dibiase's offer. And defeating Jr in quick fashion brings him back to reality. I'm very interested in seeign what young Dibiase's next step is. Go it alone or buy more help.

    Kendrick really is a weasel lol

    Daniels failing to stop the count is the moment that will surely shatter The Angels to pieces. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens post Angels with Daniels looking the likelier to succeed although part of me hopes that it is Williams who becomes the standout after we already had Punk head down the heel partner proving they were to be the more successful half of their team.

    Punk beating an injured Regal was to be expected but Danielson/Angle was the match of the night so far. Danielson once again showing the heart of a lion and Angle just came up short again. I can see that developing into a storyline for Angle but I'd also love to see Angle take on The Million Dollar Empire. As for Danielson that is the biggest win of his career... so far!! Danielson versus Punk had to be made as you said... I liked Regal/Danielson as a better story but Punk/Danielson is the match of this time period. Both are at the top of their games coming up the card.

    RVD/Jericho delivered. RVD beat Jericho pillar to post but his naivety cost him in the end. The comical finish costs RVD his place in the company and unlike Kennedy I'm expecting you to honour this one with RVD's departure to be filled by the emergence of guys like Danielson over on the blue brand. Jericho was never losing this with the briefcase in his hands but that could have been one hell of a storyline.

    That main event had everything. Punk went through an easier semi-final match with Danielson having two long hard-fought matches but both men gave everything to become King Of The Ring and like JR said there can only be one. Punk getting the win is huge for him and his post-match acceptance speech, if you can call it that said everything about his self-pompous mindset. I seriously can't wait till he is knocked down a couple of pegs with the list of guys lining up increasing with every show. At first I thought Punk winning was bad because Albright is the champion on Raw but I think with Nemeth coming so close tonight and with guys like Mysterio, Benjamin and a returning London to throw his way Punk will have plenty to do in the next six/seven months.

    As for Danielson he can hold his head high. He went at it full throttle with three guys like Noble, Angle and Punk and nearly toppled them all. Like I said before he has a huge year ahead of him and my biggest hope is that we don't have to wait too long for Punk/Danielson II.

    Overall Wolfy an awesome, outstanding show which has made me rethink a couple of ideas for my own project. That for me is the biggest compliment I can give you. Keep up the great work mate... the future is bright.... the future is Straight Edge!!!





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    ~ MONDAY NIGHT RAW PREVIEW ~

    It promises to be an explosive night of action in Liverpool, off the back of this past weekends Saturday Nights Main Event; King of the Ring special. With the 2008 King of the Ring winner coming from the Raw brand, CM Punk is expected to address the fans - though it remains to be seen what else the Intercontinental Champion could have to address after he appeared to cover all bases in his victory speech on Saturday in London.

    Whilst the King of the Ring outcome has taken the bulk of attention, John Cenas actions at the close of last weeks Raw have certainly not been forgotten. Sources close to Christian have not revealed any further updates on the former World Heavyweight Champions condition after he was FU’ed off the stage by John Cena last week - though speculation has ran rampant that he could miss up to six months of action.


    As a result of those actions, John Cena now finds himself barred from challenging for any titles for the remainder of 2008. From what we’ve been told at wwe.com, Cena was denied the opportunity to explain his actions to the crowd this week on Raw, and instead, he was instructed to take part in a pre-taped interview segment to air on Raw tonight. Late developments just hours before Raw goes on the air though, have suggested that there was an ‘incident’ when that interview was set to take place, but we have been unable to gather further details of what happened.


    And though John Cena is in the cold as far as the World heavyweight Championship is concerned, Rey Mysterio and Shelton Benjamin have never been closer. Raw is set to open up this week with their #1 Contender match, with the winner set to challenge World Heavyweight Champion Brent Albright in the main event of the show. Could the dreams of Rey or Shelton finally become reality by the end of the night??


    Despite Brent Albrights title reign hanging in the balance, the same cannot be said of the World Tag Team Champions. Albrights fellow Master Craftsmen; Charlie Haas and Nick Dinsmore, finally saw off the threat of Christopher Daniels and Doug Williams at Saturday Nights Main Event, with a win that meant the Angels of Anarchy are now shut out of the title picture for the duration of Haas and Dinsmores title reign. What exactly does the future hold for the Angels of Anarchy now that their hopes of an elusive tag title has been firmly dashed?? The question now for the champions, is who is next??


    That threat may just come from either Americas Most Wanted or the East Coast Party Boys. Hawkins and Ryder have made a splash over the last month with a series of victories over the former four time WWE Tag Team Champions, and have firmly positioned themselves for a future title shot, but, perhaps unwisely, the young duo have accepted a challenge from Harris and Storm to meet them tonight on Raw in Liverpool City Centre to a Bar Room Brawl. AMW are certainly no strangers to bars (or pubs in the UK) … but for the Party Boys - more used to high end night clubs - they’ll find themselves outside of their element. Have Ryder and Hawkins bitten off more than they can chew??

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    Monday Night Raw | June 23 2008 | Liverpool, England




    Before any opening video or pyro, Raw opens up inside the office of the new Raw General Manager RICKY STEAMBOAT, with Steamboat solemnly looking into the camera…

    Ricky Steamboat:
    Good evening. Last week on Raw, John Cena performed a horrific, senseless, unprovoked act, wherein he seriously injured his fellow Raw superstar, Christian.

    Steamboat looks angry, and continues talking in a agitated tone.

    Ricky Steamboat:
    As a result of this mindless assault, Christian will be out of action for some time - if not an indefinite period of time. Due to the nature of Christians injuries, I cannot, in good faith, let this brutal attack by John Cena go unpunished.

    The GM shakes his head.

    Ricky Steamboat: I certainly didn’t anticipate having a situation like this on my hands so early on in my tenure as General Manager. This is something that no General Manager should have to deal with. But, given this has happened so early, it gives me the opportunity to show all the superstars on Raw that I will NOT tolerate these actions from ANYONE.

    Steamboat slams his fist on the desk, showing his own pent up fury at Cenas actions.

    Ricky Steamboat: Having discussed potential punishments with WWE Commissioner Jesse Ventura, I arrived at a decision, that may surprise some of you, it may disappoint many, and it may be seen as too lenient by others - but, please, allow me to explain my reasons before shaping your opinions.

    He pauses for dramatic effect.

    Ricky Steamboat: As some of you will already be aware, my decision was that as of now, John Cena is officially banned from any World Heavyweight Championship opportunities or ANY Championship opportunities for the remainder of 2008.

    Again, Steamboat pauses, letting the point sink in. Steamboat nods, and begins to anticipate questions that people may throw his way;

    Ricky Steamboat: Yes, a substantial fine was considered. Yes, a long suspension was considered. And I absolutely considered terminating John Cenas contract. However, there’s nothing John Cena covets more than the World Heavyweight Championship. Losing that title is what drove him to his heinous actions last week. For John Cena, having to be here - week in, week out - for the next six months with no potential reward of winning the World Title … THAT … is the most severe punishment that I can hand down.

    Finishing that point, Steamboat points with his index finger down onto the table repeatedly.

    Ricky Steamboat: Now, going back to the condition of Christian. Following the assault last week, Christian-

    It’s like the power has been cut.



    The screen suddenly goes black, and whilst the screen remains black, a voice is heard from inside the arena…

    English Voice:
    PLEASE RISE FOR YOUR KING!!!!!

    And the footage cuts right into the arena…

    **DEAD WHITE GUYS**

    The royal music (the King Booker theme) plays into the arena … as CM PUNK - the 2008 King of the Ring - is CARRIED OUT ON A THRONE!!!!!

    Jim Ross: Well, I’ll be damned!!

    The Coach: Come on - you heard the man, J.R - stand up for your King!!

    Jim Ross: You can stand for both of us, Coach. I’m sitting right here.

    The Coach: Don’t be surprised if you get beheaded, J.R!! I’d call this an act of treason!!!

    CM Punk - wearing his crown and a cape, whilst proudly displaying the I.C title too, plays up the role of King, laughing from his throne as four men dressed like they’ve been transported from medieval times carry him midway down the ramp-

    **THIS FIRE BURNS**

    Now, Punks regular music plays, and the Intercontinental Champion is lowered from his throne, throwing off the royal cloak, and removing his crown, as he strides down the ramp - crown in one hand, I.C title in the other - before turning and laughing at the elaborate entrance, shooing the four workers off, as he ditches the gimmicky entrance on his way to the ring.

    Jim Ross: Well ladies and gentlemen, if you missed it on Saturday Nights Main Event, I guess the pictures here can act as a spoiler - CM Punk survived through three matches this weekend to be crowned the 2008 King of the Ring.

    The Coach:
    And what a King he’s gonna be, J.R!! It’s been forty eight hours, but I just know - CM Punk is gonna be one of the greatest Kings we’ve ever had!!! He’s already better than Lawler, I know that!!!

    Jim Ross:
    {Scoffs} He’s got a long way to go before he eclipses Jerry Lawler, lemme tell ya, Coach. And folks, let me apologise, firstly - this man just interrupted a serious announcement from Ricky Steamboat. Also - this is NOT how we were supposed to begin proceedings tonight. We’re supposed to be having a #1 Contenders match right now!!!

    The Coach:
    The King does what he wants, baby boy!!!

    Punk takes his place in the ring, and sets his crown down on the canvas, whilst placing the Intercontinental title over the top rope. He is handed a mic, and stands in the middle of the ring to address the fans.

    CM Punk:
    This past Saturday night in old London town, to paraphrase a pretty famous song around here, “It was a hard days night - and I’d been workin like a dog.” All to stand before you here tonight, as YOUR King of the Ring!!!

    Heat from the fans, but Punk has a shit eating grin on his face; he doesn’t care what the fans think.

    CM Punk:
    And what I will say, is that The Beatles are the perfect representation of this city - because just like them, Liverpool SUCKS!!!

    Massive cheat heat from the locals. Punk loves it, opening laughing at the boos and heckles from the fans.

    CM Punk:
    I had to come-

    Punk stops, as the fans are STILL going at him, forcing him to speak a little louder to get his words across.

    CM Punk:
    I had to come all the way from a Palace in London, to come here to this rinky dink town, full of scum. I mean, I got here about two hours ago, and I’ve already been mugged twice - and what the HELL is up with that god forsaken accent??

    More cheap heat, with Punk successfully riling the staunchly passionate ‘Scousers.’

    CM Punk:
    I wouldn’t expect you people to understand though. I mean, living in this dump is normality to you. And I sure as hell wouldn’t expect you people to respect my accomplishments this past Saturday. I mean, after all, what does this town know about winning championships??

    Punk looks around, shrugging at the fans, looking for an answer, as the vocal fans get angrier and angrier.

    CM Punk:
    You’ve all forgotten what it’s like to win titles!!!

    He reaches down, picking up the crown, and raises the I.C title from the ropes to show off.

    CM Punk:
    Whereas I … I cant STOP winning titles. Because success breeds success. Just look … at Manchester United.

    The heat reaches new levels, and Punk is revelling in it, pointing at himself as he continues.

    CM Punk:
    That’s who I am!! I’m Manchester - head and shoulders above the competition, and everyone else is like this toilet bowl; below me!!!

    “SHUT THE FUCK UP!!” is the chant that begins to gather momentum, and Punk looks to stop it pretty quickly.

    CM Punk:
    Now this is your chance to get on the bandwagon. Hell, I wouldn’t blame ya, it’s not like your National Soccer team is gonna be winning any tournament this Summer!!!

    MORE cheat heat for Punk, who indicates he hasn’t finished yet-

    CM Punk:
    They’re not even IN the tournament, are they??

    Punk laughs over the mic, continuing to goad the raucous fans.

    CM Punk:
    They’re losers, just like you people. But I’m not. I’m not like anybody else. Because I don’t have vices. I don’t have to go out to the club and get “hammered” just to get through another day of my miserable life like you people. Because my life is perfect. Look at me!!!

    Once again, he raises the crown and the title belt as evidence.

    CM Punk:
    I’m the King of the Ring!!!! I’m the Intercontinental Champion!! And I am better than EVERY … SINGLE … ONE OF YOU!!!!

    Punk points all around the arena, then at the stage.

    CM Punk:
    And I am better than every King of the Ring that came before me too.

    Punk takes a moment to pause, as the fans finally settle down somewhat, with Punk having done his bit to anger them.

    CM Punk:
    And now, everybody wants to know what’s next for CM Punk. Is CM Punk gonna go after the World Heavyweight Title??

    Throwing out the question, Punk soon shakes his head, nonplussed by the thought.

    CM Punk:
    I don’t NEED it. I already know I’m better than Brent Albright. And if he disagrees, he can come looking FOR ME!! I don’t chase ANY man. I don’t need to prove anything to anyone. I’M the big cheese around here. I’m the TOP of the food chain now. I’ve got this right here- and as far as I’m concerned, this Intercontinental title is THE biggest prize on Raw - because I’M holding it!!!

    Punk throws the belt onto his shoulder, patting the middle part of it.

    CM Punk:
    And one more thing. When-

    **ANARCHY**

    Punks address is interrupted by COLT CABANA - his old, long time friend - with Cabana all smiles as he walks out … but Punk is not amused in the ring. Colt signals for the music to cease, and continues walking down the aisle as he speaks.

    Colt Cabana:
    Hey buddy - congratulations on what you did on Saturday Night. Winning the King of the Ring?? That’s pretty damn big.

    Colt looks at the fans either side of the ramp, starting a clap - but the fans don’t get on board with it. In the ring, Punk looks to be fuming.

    Colt Cabana:
    And hey - thanks for the shout out during your speech too - that was pretty cool.

    Punk puts a hand out over the top rope, indicating that Colt stops walking any further.

    CM Punk:
    Well you can stop right there. You can spin on your heels, and you can walk right on outta here. I don’t need hangers on comin out here begging me for crumbs. I don’t need a mooch by my side.

    Colt looks taken aback, putting a hand on his chest, acting offended. He looks around at the fans, before responding to Punk.

    Colt Cabana:
    A mooch??

    Cabana starts climbing up the steps, and onto the apron, with Punk (off the mic) indicating that Colt doesn’t come any further.

    Colt Cabana:
    A mooch?? I’m not a mooch - but what I am out here for actually sounds pretty similar. And that’s a MATCH!!!

    There’s a minimal pop for the suggestion, with Punk laughing the challenge off, leaning up against the ropes as Colt climbs into the ring.

    CM Punk:
    You want a match, Colt?? Then go ask Steamboat and see if he can fit you in on Superstars.

    Slight heat. Colt rolls his eyes, but smirks at the suggestion.

    CM Punk:
    Because compared to the KING … you’re barely even a pheasant. You’re not worth my time.

    Punk SLAMS his mic into the chest of Colt Cabana, and proceeds to leave the ring, amidst boos from the fans.

    Colt Cabana remains in the ring, looking around the arena, trying to fire up the fans and excite them for a match with Punk, stamping his feet by the ropes, clapping his hands…

    … AS CM PUNK SNEAKS BACK INTO THE RING - SPINS CABANA AROUND - AND NAILS HIM WITH A GTS!!!!!!!!!!

    CM Punk drops his old friend with a sneaky GTS, and stands over Colt Cabana, sticking his feet under Colts face, shouting at him; “KISS THE KINGS FEET CABANA!!!” Punk laughs, enjoying his moment, as we head to the first commercial of the night.



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    Back from the commercial, and straight back into the arena…

    **AINT NO STOPPING ME**

    Bounding out from behind the curtain, a fired up SHELTON BENJAMIN hit’s the stage, pumping up the fans as he strides down the ramp, slapping hands with some of the fans on his way.

    Jim Ross:
    Welcome back, and folks, THIS is how we were supposed to open this show tonight!! This could be a life changing night for Shelton Benjamin. Should he defeat Rey Mysterio here, he then proceeds to the main event later, and the chance to become World Heavyweight Champion - ALL in one night!!!

    The Coach:
    Brent Albright will be watching this very closely, J.R. But the World Champ doesn’t sweat Shelton Benjamin or Rey Mysterio. He doesn’t sweat the small stuff!! But what I will say - Brent Albright might not complain, because he’s a fighting champion - but this isn’t fair. Albright has been champion for eight days, and this is already his second defence.

    Jim Ross:
    Let me stop you right there, Coach - Brent Albright was scheduled to defend his title against Christian last week - but you know as well as I do, that match never happened.

    The Coach:
    Christian didn’t make it to the ring. When Raw went off the air, Albright was declared the winner by forfeit. That’s a successful title defence, J.R.

    Jim Ross:
    It’s B.S!! But Albright WILL defend that title tonight. No doubt about it. And I cant wait to see who it’ll be.

    Benjamin hit’s the ropes, back and forth, finishing up a last minute warm up, while he waits for his opponent…

    **BOOYAKA 619**

    Popping up from under the trap door, the masked warrior, REY MYSTERIO receives a strong ovation from the fans in Liverpool, running to either side of the stage to play to the fans, before making his way down the ramp…

    Jim Ross:
    And is tonight the night that Rey Mysterio can finally win the big one??

    The Coach:
    No. Because as it always is, Rey will be shot down in a blaze of misery. More heartache. It’s just a question of whether it’s now, or later.

    Jim Ross:
    Write this man off at your peril, Coach. But before we kick this match off - let’s just remind everyone what’s in store tonight, because we’ve just been informed that despite his denial of Colt Cabana earlier, CM Punk WILL face Cabana here tonight, one on one. Not only that, but also, the issue between the East Coast Party Boys and Americas Most Wanted will conclude - Ryder and Hawkins will step into Harris and Storms world this evening; in a Bar Room Brawl.

    The Coach:
    That WONT end well for the Pretty Boys. Have they ever even set foot in a bar?? And, by the way, they call them ‘pubs’ here in England.

    Jim Ross:
    I heard you got thrown out of one last night, Coach??

    The Coach: Have you seen how run down the pubs are in this place?? The Coach wouldn’t be seen dead in one those.

    Jim Ross:
    I don’t think you’d be welcome with that attitude. And folks, there has been an interesting development involving John Cena here this evening also. We heard earlier Ricky Steamboats punishment that was handed down, and now, Cena will be in a purgatory like state for the remainder of this year. Plus, we’ll bring you up to speed with Christians condition.

    Mysterio hit’s the ring, with a respectful nod between him and Shelton, as the two fan favourites get set to battle it out for the title shot later tonight…

    Match 1 | #1 CONTENDERS MATCH:
    *Winner faces Brent Albright for World Heavyweight Championship later tonight*
    Shelton Benjamin vs. Rey Mysterio
    There’s an initial feeling out process, and a somewhat slow start, with chain wrestling, then knuckle locks, with Benjamins superior strength helping him overpower Rey, pressing him into the mat, shoulders down, but Rey flips out of trouble, and from there, the pace picks up, with both men showing off their athletic ability, each looking for the upper hand. The action momentarily spills to the floor, with Shelton attempting to whip Rey into the steps - but Rey leaps onto the steps instead, and MOONSAULTS off onto Shelton!!!!

    Rey brings the Black Diamond back inside, and wants a Seated Senton - but Shelton catches him, looking for a power bomb counter - only for Rey to escape with a roll through for two. There’s counters and reversals throughout the sequence, until Benjamin scores with a dropkick to Rey, putting him down. Shelton then lines up a Stinger Splash - but MISSES - with Rey delivering a head scissors, but MISSES a 619. Shelton then grabs Rey from the apron, wanting a T-BONE - but Rey escapes, landing on his feet, leading to a stand off between the two men, heading into a commercial.



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    Back from the commercial, both men are down, as we’re shown a mid-ring collision between the pair that put them both down. Fighting back to their feet, Rey and Shelton trade blows, but despite the size advantage of Shelton, Rey slows him down with stiff leg kicks, allowing himself to run off the ropes - but Shelton looks to meet Rey with a kick - caught by Rey - DRAGON WHIP from Benjamin!!! The Black Diamond takes control, working over Rey for the next period of the match, wearing the smaller man down. Thinking he has Rey worn down sufficiently, Shelton goes up top for the BLOCKBUSTER - but Rey moves!!!!!

    Mysterio now begins to fight back, taking the fight to Shelton, reversing a wheelbarrow into a bulldog, and the momentum shifts in Mysterios favour, with Rey scoring a series of near falls, with Benjamin barely hanging on, fighting to stay in the match. A brief comeback from Shelton ends badly, with Rey scoring another head scissors, which sends Shelton tumbling into the ropes, into position for the 619 - but as Rey runs to the ropes, Benjamin spins out of the ropes, meeting Mysterio with a flapjack - hanging Mysterio up on the ropes … and then scores with the T-BONE!!!!! 1...2...NO!!!!!!

    After a brief discussion with the referee, Benjamin gets back on Mysterio, sending him to the ropes - but Mysterio leaps onto the ropes, coming back with a body press to surprise Shelton; 1...2...NO!!! Rey Monkey Flips Shelton - but Benjamin LANDS ON HIS FEET - FROST KICK TO REY!!!!! 1...2...SHOULDER UP!!!!! Rey survives the near fall, but Shelton looks to put the finishing touches on the match, successfully scoring with a Stinger Splash, setting Rey up for PAYDIRT - NO!!!!! Mysterio avoids it, Shelton falls to the mat, and gets clocked with a big roundhouse from Mysterio!!! 1...2...NO!!!!!

    Rey kicks at Shelton as they get up, but Benjamin drives a knee into the gut, tossing Rey over the top - but Mysterio lands on the apron, Shelton turns back to meet him, but Rey slides under the bottom rope, tripping Shelton as he slides in - into the middle rope!!! Mysterio then SCORES on the third attempt with the 619!!!!!!! Rey stands on the apron, waiting for Shelton to get back up and into position … and once Benjamin is on his feet, Mysterio springs off the ropes - LEAPING INTO PAYDIRT from Benjamin!!! Benjamin scores OUT OF NOWHERE with the Paydirt, and Shelton hooks the leg tight for the most important win of his career; 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winner: Shelton Benjamin @ 14:20
    *MEETS BRENT ALBRIGHT LATER FOR WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE*

    Jim Ross: Ohhh, what a moment to be Shelton Benjamin!!! The Black Diamond is on his way to a World Title shot - TONIGHT!!! What a match - what a victory for Shelton Benjamin!!

    The Coach:
    Bittersweet, J.R!! That’s what it’ll be later. Because any hopes he has of becoming World Champion are gonna be dashed by the World Champ later on!!

    Shelton is naturally elated with the win, knowing what comes with it, as he celebrates in the ring after having his hand raised by the official.

    Jim Ross:
    That remains to be seen, Coach. There’s no denying the roll Benjamin has been on as of late - he hasn’t lost a straight up, one on one match up since returning from injury in March!! And if that record holds up later tonight, he’ll leave England with the World Heavyweight Championship in his possession!!!

    The Coach:
    But it wont, old timer. He may be undefeated since his big comeback from injury, but he hasn’t faced anyone as good as Brent Albright.

    In a sportsmanlike manner, Benjamin helps Mysterio to his feet, and the two share a few words, showing their respect for one another, with a firm handshake between them.

    Jim Ross:
    He just beat Rey Mysterio!! He’s beaten Mark Henry!! He beat AMW single handed!! Aint that good enough??

    The Coach:
    They weren’t the World Champion.

    Jim Ross:
    Brent Albright is barely a champion!! He stole the title at Vengeance with that Money in the Bank cash in!!

    The Coach:
    You’re gonna see what the World Champ is all about tonight, baby boy. Trust me. So is Shelton Benjamin!!

    Rey gives Benjamin a few extra words of encouragement, before leaving the ring, still clearly disappointed at his own loss, cursing himself as he leaves, hands on the top of his head, no doubt thinking about what he could’ve done better tonight, whilst Shelton remains in the ring, motioning around his waist that he’ll be wearing gold later tonight.

    Jim Ross:
    We wont have to wait long to find out!! Shelton Benjamin challenges Brent Albright for the richest prize in the game - TONIGHT!!!!


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    ~ EARLIER TODAY ~

    JOHN CENA is shown standing in the backstage area, looking at his phone, as TIFFANY is seen getting ready for an interview with Cena, getting some final instructions from a producer. Without looking up from his phone, Cena starts speaking with her.

    John Cena:
    So, seeing as this is a pre-tape, give me an idea what you’re gonna be askin.

    Tiffany looks around, taken aback.

    Tiffany:
    Wouldn’t that ruin the interview a little?? I mean, I’ve only been doing this a little while, but it’s best for things to be spontaneous, isn’t it??

    Cena looks up from his phone, unimpressed.

    John Cena:
    As if I give a damn what you want. I’m the star. I call the shots. Now what are you gonna be askin?? About last week?? About Steamboats Bull**** punishment?? What??

    Tiffany freezes a little, with Cena glaring at her. He gets fed up, and sighs, then RIPS the sheet Tiffany is holding from her hands to read it. Tiffany looks horrified by the aggressiveness of Cena, and a tall man with long hair steps forward, speaking with a Scottish accent.

    Scottish Man:
    Hey - there’s no need for that. Treat the lady with some respect, will ye??

    Cena looks down from the sheet, angered that this worker is challenging him. Momentarily, Cena smirks, finding it humorous that someone is standing up to him.

    John Cena:
    You must be new.

    Cena scrunches up and tosses the paper away, then steps forward, looking to intimidate the nobody.

    John Cena:
    But uh, the help??

    Cena points around at the camera crew and workers.

    John Cena:
    They don’t talk to me. You don’t talk to me. You don’t even LOOK at me, unless I tell you to.

    The Man in Black steps right into the brave Scot, who doesn’t back down.

    John Cena:
    And I don’t recall asking you to look at me. So quit the Braveheart act, and get back to holding cables.

    Cena points at the cables, and the Scottish man chuckles at the suggestion - and ISNT backing up at all, whilst a horrified Tiffany steps in.

    Tiffany:
    Drew - please. It’s okay.

    Tiffany puts a hand on ‘Drews’ midsection, backing him up a little as she tries to diffuse the situation, turning to speak with Cena.


    Tiffany:
    John, this is, uh, Drew McIntyre. Drew’s not a camera man, or a technical assistant. He’s … a wrestler.

    Cena raises his eyebrows.

    TIffany:
    And uh, my … boyfriend.

    That surprises Cena, looking at Tiffany, then Drew, then Tiffany again.

    John Cena:
    Ohh boy … this guy?? This six foot streak a piss?? You are WAAAY outta his league.

    Drew doesn’t take kindly, and only for Tiffany being there, they could be fighting right now.

    John Cena:
    Tough guy, huh?? Let’s see how tough you are, big guy. Huh??

    Drew nods, but Tiffany shakes her head, horrified by the suggestion.

    Tiffany:
    NO!! No, please. John, Drew is still training for his call up to the main roster. He wouldn’t be ready for this- he’s only here with me this week to come home and visit his family in Scotland. He’s not prepa-

    John Cena:
    Shut up and let the men talk.

    Cena switches focus to McIntyre.

    John Cena:
    I mean, I know you Scottish dudes like to wear skirts, but I didn’t think that meant you let your women wear the trousers!! You let her do all the talkin??

    McIntyre gets riled up.

    Drew McIntyre:
    I’ll do my talking with my fists if you’re not careful.

    Cena scoffs.

    John Cena:
    Well then, today’s your lucky day, kid. See, it’s six years ago this week since I made my debut. So later, I think I’m gonna give something back - I’m gonna give another unknown the chance to shine. I’m gonna see to it that you have your first match on the main roster - TONIGHT!! … with me.

    Drew nods - no fear or trepidation - eyeing himself an opportunity to debut against the biggest name in the company. Tiffany though, looks petrified for her boyfriend. Cena starts to walk off, then as he does, points to Drew while speaking to Tiffany.

    John Cena: You should keep him on a leash. Wild dogs like that - they get put down.

    McIntyre makes a lunge, but Tiffany holds him back. Cena laughs as he leaves, with Tiffany putting her head in her hands, fearing the worst for Drew…



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    Back into the arena, MICHELLE MCCOOL is in the ring, with LAYLA EL on the outside, joining her…

    Jim Ross: Well, I don’t know if that’s a good idea for this young man, Drew McIntyre to be making his debut tonight against John Cena-

    The Coach:
    John Cena is giving back, J.R!! Six years ago, Kurt Angle gave Cena his shot, and look where Cena is today.

    Jim Ross: I’ve got a bad feeling about it. That’s all I’m saying. And I’ve got a bad feeling about this too - why is Layla El accompanying Michelle McCool here!?

    The Coach:
    Well, they’ve got one thing in common - they both hate Kelly Kelly!!

    Jim Ross: I’d call it jealousy, Coach.

    **HOLLA**

    Getting a nice pop, and some unwanted wolf whistles, KELLY KELLY hit’s the stage, looking a little more pensive than usual, noticing the TWO people she’ll have to deal with tonight.

    Jim Ross:
    And as I was saying, it’s jealousy, Coach. That’s all it can be. Michelle McCool and Layla both arrived on Raw during the draft and neither have had the kind of success or the following or even half the buzz that Kelly Kelly has had since she made her wrestling debut a little over a month ago!!

    The Coach:
    I don’t know about jealousy, J.R. I just don’t think Michelle McCool and Layla respect Kelly’s ability. They don’t feel like they’ve had the same opportunities thrown their way.

    Jim Ross: They both had title opportunities, Coach. What more do they want??

    Kelly enters the ring, tentatively, wary of the presence of Layla - and when she takes her eyes off McCool to watch Layla, Michelle goes on the attack!!!

    Match 2:
    Michelle McCool vs. Kelly Kelly
    McCool dominates the early moments, building momentum from the sneak attack. Michelle beats Kelly down by the ropes, roughing her up, then sends Kelly off the ropes, looking for her big boot - but Kelly ducks under, rolls McCool up - 1...2...NO!!! They both bounce up, with Kelly scoring with a drop toe hold, then a basement dropkick, when Layla gets on the ropes - only to eat a dropkick from Kelly!!! Kelly then turns around - right into the boot of McCool!!! 1...2...KICK OUT!!!!!

    Michelle then looks to put Kelly away with the FAITH BREAKER - but Kelly counters, into a roll through - 1...2...NO!!!!! McCool kicks out, and Kelly tumbles forward into the ropes - BAM~!!!! Kelly gets clocked with a forearm from Layla - and it’s completely missed by the official!!! McCool feeds off the scraps, picking Kelly up, and this time DOES deliver the FAITH BREAKER!!!!! Michelle hooks the legs to inflict Kellys first defeat since becoming a full time wrestler; 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winner: Michelle McCool @ 03:31

    McCool rolls out of the ring, hugging Layla on the outside, with Layla getting a timely assist for her new friend. J.R and Coach argue about the finish, with J.R furious that Kellys undefeated streak has ended in this manner, but Coach argues that Kelly “asked for it” by attacking Layla first.

    In the ring, Kelly slowly comes around, looking worse for wear after the Faith Breaker, but she shakes her head in anger, looking up at the departing duo of Michelle McCool and Layla who look back at the ring, waving at Kelly, happy to have inflicted her first loss.



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    Clips of the many cities WWE visited last Summer during the global World tour.

    “LAST YEAR, THE WWE TOURED THE GLOBE”

    And, shots of Wembley Stadium last year at Summerslam, with clips of Randy Ortons mid air RKO on RVD, Ricky Hatton knocking out Armando Estrada, Edge spearing The Undertaker, MNM falling from a ladder, and Christian raising the title at the end of that show.

    “AND BROUGHT THE BIGGEST EVENT OF THE SUMMER ACROSS THE POND”

    The Summerslam logo flashes across the screen, then an image of the world is shown, with the focus zooming in toward the U.S.A

    “BUT THIS YEAR…”

    The zoom continues toward the East Coast, and then, we see clips of New York City; the statue of Liberty, yellow cabs, Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge

    “SUMMERSLAM IS COMING…”

    The New York skyline … then the camera stops at Madison Square Garden.

    “…HOME”

    Flashing shots of famous MSG moments in WWE history; Hogan winning his first title, Bret Hart being hoisted in the air at WrestleMania X, Austin stunning McMahon for the first time, and Triple H winning the ladder match in 1998 at a Summerslam.

    “NEW YORK CITY … MADISON SQUARE GARDEN … THE SPIRITUAL HOME OF THE WWE”

    End, with the Summerslam graphic on the screen.



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    Back in the arena, CODY RHODES and KEN DOANE - The New Standard - are on their way to the ring already…

    Jim Ross: Not a single sign of any sort of remorse from this guy, is there?? Saturday Night, Cody Rhodes was beaten by William Regal in the King of the Ring Quarter Finals, and then, backstage, he and Ken Doane would assault Regal, severely hampering the hometown hero, all but ending any hope Regal had of lifting the King of the Ring crown.

    The Coach:
    Yeah, sure, leave out the bit where William Regal smuggled brass knucks inside a teddy bear!! Cody Rhodes had his reasons for doing what he did!!

    Jim Ross: Absolutely sickening.

    The Coach:
    At least we agree on that.

    Jim Ross: I meant the mugging Regal got after the match!!

    **WINGS OF A FALLEN ANGEL**

    Making their elaborate entrance as ever, The Angels of Anarchy; DOUG WILLIAMS and CHRISTOPHER DANIELS make their way to the ring, but with much less gusto and passion as we are used to seeing - especially from Daniels - following their loss at Saturday Nights Main Event.

    The Coach:
    I’m surprised we’re seeing these two together tonight, J.R!! I thought for sure that was the end of them as a team after they lost on Saturday!!

    Jim Ross: The Angels of Anarchy may well be on the outside looking in right now when it comes to the World Tag Team Championships, but clearly, they wanna be right there when the time comes that Haas and Dinsmore lose those titles.

    The Coach:
    Well, they could be waiting and spinning their wheels for some time. I don’t see the Master Craftsmen losing those titles anytime soon. These two are gonna be stuck doin a whole lot of nothing for the foreseeable future!!

    Match 3:
    The New Standard vs. The Angels of Anarchy
    From the outset, Christopher Daniels seems off his game. Whilst Doug Williams is still motivated, it’s obvious Daniels is phoning it in. From his lack of enthusiasm, to his weak tags in and out from Doug and the mild, basic offence when he’s in the match tells the story of where Daniels head is at. His lack of motivation allows Rhodes and Doane to take control, and the New Standard have no qualms about taking advantage of the off his game Fallen Angel.

    Even as the face in peril, Daniels isn’t putting up much of a fight, almost as if he wants it to be over, despite the encouragement from Williams on the apron. Cody goads Doug, with The Anarchist trying to get in the ring - but he’s naturally cut off by the official - allowing the illegal double team from Cody and Ken. However, as they beat on Daniels, Rhodes and Doane are in for a surprise … as WILLIAM REGAL AND GOLDUST HIT THE RING - ATTACKING THE NEW STANDARD!!!!!
    Winners: Via DQ - The New Standard @ 04:06

    Immediately, the referee calls for the bell - but Regal and Goldust didn’t come out for a sneak attack; they’re here for revenge!! Regal and Goldust take the fight to the New Standard, whilst Doug Williams tends to his own partner, who rolled out to the floor.

    Regal puts Rhodes down, and produces the BRASS KNUCKS, whilst Goldust sets Doane up in the corner, wanting SHATTERED DREAMS … but Cody dives out of the ring to avoid the power of the punch, and quickly saves Doane too, dragging his partner out of the ring before Goldust can land the kick!!!

    The New Standard escape up the ramp, fleeing from the vengeful minded Knuckle Dusters, with J.R commenting that this rivalry is FAR from over between the veterans and the upstarts … whilst in the background, Christopher Daniels brushes off the concern from Doug Williams for him, leaving up the ramp without his partner, who stands back, confused by Daniels.



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    Backstage, JOHN CENA is making his way toward ‘Gorilla’ when the Raw General Manager, RICKY STEAMBOAT meets him. Cena shakes his head, wagging his finger at the GM.

    John Cena: Just keep on walking - I don’t wanna see your face.

    Steamboat shakes his head.

    Ricky Steamboat:
    This’ll only take a moment. This match?? With Drew McIntyre?? I don’t want to see any repeat of last week. Have the match, but ONLY have the match.

    Cena scoffs.

    John Cena:
    You can go to hell. Layin the law down?? You must think I’m stupid. Like you can do anything to me.

    Steamboat looks puzzled.

    John Cena:
    I know I can go out and do whatever I want to this kid. You aint got the power to really punish me. The brass wont let you suspend me. They wont let you fire me. You could fine me… but that’ll only be pocket money as far as I‘m concerned.

    Steamboat shakes his head.

    Ricky Steamboat:
    Don’t push it, John.

    John Cena: Or what?? I’m wise to your act; already. If you coulda fired me or suspended me - you woulda done it after last week. But ya didn’t, cause ya couldn’t. I’m the star. I’m THE star around here with Christian gone. You know it, I know it, the people with the real power know it too - Raw cant afford to lose me.

    Cena smirks, enjoying the brief moment of power over the GM, looking past him and exhaling.

    John Cena:
    So don’t waste your breath handing out empty threats, Steamer. I’m gonna go out there and do whatever the hell I want … because I got six months to kill before I can get my belt back.

    Cena shrugs and matter-of-factly finishes up.

    John Cena:
    And for those six months, I’ll just do whatever entertains me.

    Smugly, Cena salutes Steamboat, and walks off, leaving the GM to stew - no comeback from The Dragon.



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    Switching elsewhere, SCOTT STANFORD is standing by…

    Scott Stanford:
    Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome the WWE Womens Champion, Beth Phoenix…

    The camera pans to show a smiling BETH PHOENIX, cherishing her title on her shoulder.

    Scott Stanford:
    Beth, a lot of people were left angered by your actions at Vengeance to win the Womens Championship, and the following night, last week on Raw. Many feel you preyed on the fragile emotional state of Mickie James to win the title-

    Beth Phoenix: May I stop you??

    Putting on a smile, Phoenix motions for Scott to take a step back, and she takes over - with the smile removed..

    Beth Phoenix:
    If anyone thought that I had any interest in burying the hatchet with Mickie James - then they’re more gullible than her!! I did what I had to do to ensure I won back MY title at Vengeance. I mean, did you really think I could take any risks having that loose cannon as the guest referee?? After the amount of time I had to wait for my opportunity at the title - after watching all these other women get a shot at the title, I wasn’t leaving ANYTHING to chance at Vengeance.

    Stanford speaks up, putting the pieces together.

    Scott Stanford:
    So, you didn’t manipulate Mickie James to help you win because you didn’t think you could beat Gail Kim??

    Beth scowls at Stanford.

    Beth Phoenix:
    I’m insulted. There’s not a single woman on the roster that I don’t think I could beat. I’m stronger than all of them. I’m smarter than all of them. I’m a better wrestler than all of them. There’s not ONE woman on the roster that can hold a candle to me. And that goes for Mickie James and Gail Kim too. So to answer your question; no. I didn’t manipulate Mickie James out of fear that I couldn’t beat Gail Kim - I manipulated her to make sure she couldn’t screw it up for me.

    Beth takes the title off her shoulder, showing it to Stanford.

    Beth Phoenix:
    I used Mickie James to get this title back. But as for Gail Kim?? I’ll face her anytime, anyplace, anywhere.

    Scott Stanford:
    And Mickie??

    Phoenix shows the slightest of smirks.

    Beth Phoenix: She can go back to the padded cell she came from.

    The Womens Champion walks off, and we head back into the arena…




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    Back into the arena…

    {/SECOND HOUR}

    **HATE ME NOW**

    In his plain black hoodie, JOHN CENA hit’s the stage to the usual vociferous heat from the fans, but Cena keeps on walking, head down, not rising to the boos of the fans.

    Jim Ross: I really don’t know how to feel about this match we’re about to see here-

    The Coach:
    I’m proud, J.R. That’s how I feel. Proud that John Cena is giving back. He’s reaching out to offer the same opportunity he once had to another aspiring wrestler. And how fitting that he’s giving a Brit his big opportunity in Britain!!!

    Jim Ross:
    Oh, he’s got a heart of gold, Coach!! Don’t try and make it look like this scumbag has any interest in giving Drew McIntyre an opportunity. He wants to embarrass and destroy this kid for having the temerity to stand up to him!!! That’s all this is!! And from what I’m told, Ricky Steamboat only allowed this to happen after Drew McIntyre begged him. He has plenty of reservations about this, as we just saw.

    The Coach:
    He couldn’t cancel it, J.R!! Drew McIntyre called his entire family, he told all his friends - they’ll all be tuning in to Raw tonight!! And it doesn’t get bigger than a debut against John Cena!!!

    Cena prowls around the ring, with his music dying down. The former champ continues to pace the ring, waiting for his opponent … as DREW MCINTYRE soon walks through the curtain.

    No music plays the young Scot to the ring, wearing plain blue trunks and black boots, with his girlfriend, TIFFANY accompanying him, still looking worried about the situation…

    Jim Ross:
    Well, we know very little about this Drew McIntyre kid. He’s the boyfriend of Tiffany, he’s under WWE contract, but he’s assigned to one of our feeder leagues if you will - he’s far from ready for this spotlight.

    The Coach:
    I don’t know - Ted DiBiase Junior - for all his inexperience, made it all the way to the Quarter-Finals of the King of the Ring tournament, J.R.

    Jim Ross:
    There were plenty of mitigating circumstances that led to that, Coach, and you know it. This kid had to borrow gear from superstars backstage this evening, and thanks to his contacts through Tiffany most likely, was he able to get help with obtaining gear. Not exactly ideal preparation for your debut.

    McIntyre reaches ringside, with a little more trepidation on his face now, as it all becomes real. Tiffany appears to make a last ditch effort to get her boyfriend to turn around, but he assures her, and kisses her on the cheek.


    The Coach:
    You don’t turn down the opportunity of a lifetime, J.R. No matter what preparations you’ve had, or whether you have the right gear. You have to grab opportunities like this without hesitation!!!

    Jim Ross:
    Well, we’re gonna find out how wise a move this is for Drew McIntyre - it’s John Cena versus Drew McIntyre - next on Raw!!



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    Back from the commercial, McIntyre is in the ring, once more telling Tiffany to relax, as the bell is rung.

    Match 4:
    John Cena vs. Drew McIntyre w/Tiffany
    They circle the ring, with Cena calling McIntyre on, but the realization appears to have set in for the unprepared Scot, as he keeps circling, and taking a moment to calm the concerned Tiffany. Cena then stops when he passes by Tiffany, telling her; “Hope it aint his looks you‘re attracted to - I‘m about to change ‘em forever!!” That sparks the fury from McIntyre, and the Scot goes on the attack, lunging at Cena, hammering the former champion into the corner, and then looks for a whip across the ring - REVERSED by Cena - and Cena sends Drew into the corner; HARD … and follows in with a brutal clothesline at high speed!!!!

    McIntyre slumps into the corner off the impact, and Cena gets nasty right away, with a series of rough looking knees then stomps to the face of McIntyre, before delivering a face wash. Cena chats to the terrified Tiffany as he drags McIntyre up, then drills him with a LARIAT!! The Man In Black drags Drew up, delivering his Blue Thunder Bomb - but elects not to cover the Scot. “You want this to be over??” Cena asks Tiffany, with the tearful girlfriend of McIntyre nodding … as Cena turns McIntyre over, locking on the STFU … with Drew meekly tapping out.
    Winner: John Cena @ 01:21

    Cena makes quick work of McIntyre, with some mercy being shown by the former World Champion to not drag the match out. Cena stomps McIntyre from the ring, with Tiffany coming to tend to her boyfriend on the outside.

    Jim Ross: I don’t think anyone is surprised by this result-

    The Coach:
    But full credit to John Cena - he didn’t drag this out and kill this kids confidence. You see?? He’s not the heartless guy you make him out to be, J.R!! John Cena has compassion!!

    Jim Ross: Oh yeah - he’s a saint, Coach.

    Drew is able to stand, but Tiffany puts herself under his arm anyway, to help him stay up, as she looks to lead him toward the ramp and to leave … but John Cena slides out of the ring, stopping the pair.

    Jim Ross: Oh no. Now what?? Let them go, John!! For the love of God!!!

    Cena wags his finger at Tiffany, with the blonde pleading, but Cena laughs her off, telling her; “I meant did you want the match to be over - this is when the fun starts.”

    AND CENA BLASTS MCINTYRE WITH A RIGHT HAND!!!!!

    Jim Ross: So much for the compassion!!! Huh, Coach??

    Drew staggers back against the apron, with Cena scaring Tiffany off - but as Cena turns his attention back to the Scot - DREW FIGHTS BACK!!!!!

    Jim Ross: GO ON KID!! FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE!!!

    McIntyre stuns Cena, coming back at him, rocking Cena with right hands, and Drew then slams Cenas face off the apron, and looks to hip toss The Man In Black into the steps - but Cena puts the brakes on, blocking the hip toss, then CLEANS McIntyre out with a THUNDEROUS clothesline!!!!!

    “Now you‘re really gonna pay!!”

    Cena drags McIntyre up, and sends him THROUGH the steel steps - drawing a shriek out of the horrified girlfriend of McIntyre. He then PICKS UP the steps - and PLOWS THROUGH McIntyre with them!!!!!

    Jim Ross: We need help out here!! We need help - this situation is escalating!!

    The Coach:
    Too late I think-

    Cena doesn’t let up though, and tears away the mats - exposing the floor - ignoring pleas from Tiffany to stop. Two referees try to stop Cena, but he SHOVES them aside, with the referees proving unable to put a stop to the rampage. Cena scoops Drew up, onto his shoulders - FU ON THE EXPOSED FLOOR!!!!!!

    Jim Ross: GOD DAMN IT!!! THAT’S ENOUGH!!!

    The Coach:
    Oh boy, this is a lesson.

    Instantly, Tiffany scurries to Drew on the floor, holding him by the head, crying as she watches her boyfriend take a beating. She tries to help him up, but Drew is out of it after the FU … and Cena returns to the scene - BRINGING A CHAIR!!!!!

    Jim Ross:
    No- no, John. You’ve gone far enough!!!

    Cena scares Tiffany off by smashing the chair by her side, then proceeds to drive the chair into the guts of McIntyre, standing over him, repeatedly driving the weapon into the gut, and follows that by SLAMMING the chair across the mid section, then the ribs, then the back, punishing McIntyre.

    Jim Ross:
    What the hell are ya trying to prove here??

    The Coach:
    It’s a message, J.R. To everyone!!

    Tiffany tries to intervene once again - but Cena SWINGS BACK THE CHAIR - threatening to hit TIFFANY - with the terrified blonde running away. Cena shouts to her; “You try and get in my way again - I WILL smash that pretty face of yours into bits!!!” Cena smashes the chair off the SKULL of the prone McIntyre before tossing the chair aside!!!

    Jim Ross:
    He’s off the damn rails!!! We need help out here, DAMN IT!!!

    BUT HE STILL ISNT DONE!!!!!


    Cena now drags the lifeless body of McIntyre up, telling the sobbing Tiffany; “One more thing…” … as he carries Drew - a bloodied up Drew - to the announce table, motioning for J.R and Coach to get out of the way…

    The Coach:
    I’m outta here!!!

    The Man In Black punches another referee that looks to stop him, and he then grabs Drew by the face; “Never disrespect me again.” … and scoops McIntyre up … FU THROUGH THE TABLE!!!!!!!!!

    Cena stands tall after the FU, and watches as Tiffany tends to her bloodied up boyfriend, laying on Drew to protect him, pleading for Cena to stop - all through tears. Cena smiles, seemingly enjoying getting the reaction from Tiffany, pointing at Drew and telling Tiffany; “You oughta dump that bum.”

    Cena then leaves the ringside area, as agents, more referees, medics and RICKY STEAMBOAT make their way down the ramp, with Cena passing them - smiling - but Steamboat isn’t smiling, shaking his head in anger and frustration as he walks by Cena, with Cena telling the GM; “Fire me.”.

    Cena stops on the ramp and watches as they all make their way to ringside, hands on his hips, not removing his smirk, as we still hear nothing on commentary, with J.R joining the group all looking concerned for McIntyre, whilst others console the traumatised Tiffany…



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    Raw returns at ringside, where Jim Ross and The Coach are settling back down with a hastily set up table for them after their announce desk was destroyed…

    Jim Ross: Well, we’re back, folks - and if you’re just joining us, you may be wondering what in the hell has happened. John Cena. That’s what happened. He’s a man without a care in the world right now - and he doesn’t care whose lives he has to ruin to make himself feel better. Moments ago, John Cena just brutalized a young up and coming superstar in Drew McIntyre. McIntyre was admittedly, completely out of his depth, but winning the match wasn’t enough for Cena.

    The Coach:
    Yeah … Cena used those steel steps, used a steel chair, he FU’ed the guy on the floor, and uh-

    Jim Ross: He put the kid through our table. A sickening act to have to sit and watch happen. God knows what kind of setback that’ll be for Drew McIntyres aspirations. And Cena has gone two for two in recent weeks. He’s annihilated Drew McIntyre tonight, and last week he did the same to Christian.

    The Coach:
    It was a lot worse with Christian, in all fairness, J.R. This was tame.

    Jim Ross: In comparison - yeah, as ridiculous as it sounds, it probably was. Because last week, John Cena went way beyond even this tonight. He FU’ed Christian OFF the stage. With absolutely no thought about the consequences it would have on Christian, and no remorse for his actions, John Cena not only didn’t care if he ended Christians career last week - he actively wanted to end his career.

    The Coach:
    But J.R - has he?? What have you heard??

    Jim Ross: Honestly?? Very little. The people close to Christian are refusing to give away too many details. What I do know is that he is currently in a neck brace and was allowed to go home from hospital at the weekend - albeit on crutches. As far as I’m concerned, the man is lucky to be alive. Given the small amounts of information we’ve received - Christian could be out of action for an indefinite amount of time quite frankly.

    The Coach: There’s a rumour he may require neck surgery … and that could keep him out for a year if that’s true…

    Jim Ross:
    But that’s all it is right now; rumours. But the big one that is going around backstage is that Christian is looking at six months on the shelf - and that could be the reason why John Cena has been barred from challenging from the World Championship for six months also. An eye for eye if you will… But Christian, I’m sure you’re watching - get well soon, champ. We’ll miss ya.

    The Coach:
    Okay … but moving on-

    Jim Ross: Can you not be an ass for one night??

    The Coach:
    I am what I am, J.R. And yeah, let’s move on - from the former World Champion to the NEW one. And tonight, Brent Albright looks to go for his second title defence in just EIGHT days since becoming champion!!!

    Jim Ross: And there could be another NEW World Champion by the end of this night!! Shelton Benjamin defeated Rey Mysterio earlier tonight to earn the opportunity, and now, later, he challenge-

    Voice: HOO-RAH!!!!

    Suddenly, J.R looks up, looking confused…

    Jim Ross:
    Now what-

    The Coach:
    Is that who I think it is?? IT IS!!! IT’S THE MIZ!!!!

    THE MIZ strolls onto the stage, wearing the tattered Hardcore Championship he’s been carrying around since last December, but the fans in England boo the reality star mercilessly. Miz motions with his hand to settle the fans down, before speaking…

    The Miz: Last week, one incident caused shockwaves around the world. Not just in the sports entertainment industry … but in ALL of entertainment. It had EVERYONE talking. On the internet forums-

    Miz stops himself, questioning the fans.

    The Miz: …you … people have internet here, right??

    Cheat heat. Miz appears to take the reaction as a ‘no‘.

    The Miz: Well, everyone on it is talking about this one thing. Not just on the internet, but on the chat-shows, around the water-cooler, in the schoolyards … you had to be hidden under a rock to miss what happened last week.

    Miz shakes his head.

    The Miz: And I’m not talking about CM Punk winning the King of the Ring tournament … I’m not even talking about John Cena flipping Christian off this stage and breaking his neck.

    Miz says it so flippantly, and gets the appropriate heat for it.

    The Miz: I’m talking - of course - about ME - YOUR Hardcore Champion - YES - I even represent YOU people in Liverpool-

    More cheat heat from the fans. Miz puts a hand out as if to say STOP.

    The Miz: Hold your applause…

    He pauses for a moment, waiting for the fans to settle.

    The Miz: Yes, I represent you ALL as YOUR Hardcore Champion!!! And I’m talking about the TRUUUE story of when The MIZ announced he was headed to … {puts on a squeaky voice with air quotes} “E-C-W” … to show the world that I’M THE MIZ … AND I’MMMM …

    Dramatic pause…

    The Miz: … HARD-CORRRRRE!!!!!!!

    Boos.

    The Miz: ECW wont know what hit it when I show up at One Night Stand for my open challenge. That’s right - I’m putting up MY coveted Hardcore Championship against ANY extremist that wants a shot.

    Miz nods, still smiling.

    The Miz: And tonight, The Miz brings to Liverpool … a presentation.

    He shakes his head.

    The Miz: And not just any old presentation. A HARDCORE presentation. I’ve trawled through all the most extreme moments in WWE history - and I’ve put together this series of highlights so that the ECW roster knows exactly what it’s getting itself into. Because with this title, I represent all the great Hardcore Champions that came before me.

    Miz starts rhyming off names…

    The Miz: Gerald Brisco, Crash Holly, The Mean Street Posse, Godfathers Ho - I could go on…

    Purposely leaving out the former ECW alumni that held the title…

    The Miz: But The Miz is heading to the Hammerstein Ballroom on July 13 and I’m calling out ANYONE brave enough to step in the ring with the greatest living Hardcore wrestler on this planet!!

    Miz snaps his fingers and points to the titan tron.

    The Miz: Roll the tape!!!



    A ‘Hardcore Tribute’ video airs, mainly focusing on the antics of Crash Holly et al during the memorable 24/7 era of the Hardcore Championship. There’s also some ‘comedy’ spots from Al Snow/Big Bossman Hardcore Matches in 1999, the rather tame finish to the Mankind/Rock Empty Arena match in ‘99, Molly Holly losing the title to Christian after running into a door at WrestleMania 18, and the ‘Evening Gown’ match between Gerald Brisco and Pat Patterson at the 2000 King of the Ring. Basically anything that makes a mockery of ‘Hardcore’ wrestling.



    Back in the arena, The Miz looks happy with the ‘presentation.’

    The Miz: ECW?? THAT is Hardcore. And so … am … I. … BE … JEALOUS!!!!

    The Miz tosses the mic away, and turns to leave the stage…

    **THIS FIRE BURNS**

    Bypassing The Miz on the stage, CM PUNK makes his way out for his match with Colt Cabana, shaking his head at the Hardcore Champion. The 2008 King of the Ring hunches down, yells out; “IT‘S CLOBBERIN TIME” and proceeds down the ramp …

    BUT GETS JUMPED FROM BEHIND BY COLT CABANA!!!!!

    Cabana isn’t waiting!!! Incensed after the sneak attack earlier in the night, Colt Cabana dishes out some revenge to Punk, with the Intercontinental Champion stumbling down the ramp, with Colt SLAMMING Punks head off the steel steps!!!

    Jim Ross: CM Punk is living to regret his actions earlier!!! Colt Cabana is out for payback here!!! He’s not waiting for the bell!!!

    The Coach:
    He’s a loose cannon!!! This is unacceptable behaviour!!!

    Colt stands over Punk on the floor, as we head into the commercial…

    Jim Ross: It’s CM Punk vs. Colt Cabana - when we come back!!

    The Coach:
    If they can get this goofball to get in the ring!!!



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    Match 5 | NON-TITLE MATCH:
    Intercontinental Champ. CM Punk vs. Colt Cabana
    Joined in progress, Colt Cabana is in the midst of an Aeroplane Spin on Punk, with the fans counting along to TWELVE spins, before Colt drops Punk - and sells the dizziness himself for a few moments. Cabana rattles off four right hands, sends Punk off the ropes, and looks for a dropkick - but Punk holds onto the ropes!! Cabana falls flat onto the mat, and Punk quickly drops a knee on Colts head, helping the King of the Ring take control, before dropping an elbow for a quick two count.

    Punk wears Cabana down, scoring a near fall off a jumping calf kick, then scores with his running knee to the corner, following with the running bulldog out of the corner, cover, 1...2...NO!!! Punk continues to wear Colt down, talking trash while he does it, but makes a big mistake, looking for a superplex - as Cabana fights back, preventing the move, then shoves Punk off!!! Cabana has lift off with a cross body off the top - trapping Punk; 1...2...KICK OUT!!!!!

    Cabana makes his comeback, nearly pinning Punk with consecutive pinning combinations, but Punk escapes each time. They then trade chops, but Colt wins out, beating the King of the Ring into the corner, and scores with a running butt splash to the corner, then gets Punk up on his shoulders - but Punk drives his elbows into the side of the skull, escaping danger … and catches Cabana in the ANACONDA VISE!!!!! Colt doesn’t last long in the hold before he TAPS OUT!!!!!
    Winner: CM Punk @ 07:19

    The bell rings to signify the end of the match, but CM Punk REFUSES to release his submission hold!!! The referee calls for Punk to release the hold, but Punk shakes his head, and squeezes tighter!!!

    Jim Ross: What the hell has gotten into everyone here tonight!? RELEASE THE HOLD DAMN IT!!!!

    The Coach:
    Don’t mess with the King, J.R!! This is what happens!!!

    The official is unable to prise Punks arms apart to break the hold, with Punk trying to choke Colt out, talking trash while he does it …

    **HERE TO SHOW THE WORLD**

    NICK NEMETH comes SPRINTING down the ramp, and when Punk clocks the music, he finally decides to release the hold, slithering out of the ring, just in time to avoid being caught by Nick Nemeth, who storms the ring, climbing up on the ropes, taking a swing as Punk gets away.

    Jim Ross: It’s a case of the limber tales for Punk!! Not such a big man now, is he!?

    The Coach:
    I don’t know what Nick Nemeth thinks he’s doing out here. This is none of his business!!

    Jim Ross: He’s made it his business!! Let’s not forget Nick Nemeth had CM Punk BEAT on Saturday Night in the Quarter-Finals of the King of the Ring tournament. Nemeth thought he’d beaten Punk!! But only for the foot on the rope, CM Punk survived-

    The Coach:
    Nemeth THOUGHT he won, J.R. But he didn’t. That’s the important bit. He lost - like everyone else lost!! This has nothing to do with him!!

    Punk backs up the ramp, being handed his title belt by the official, looking back at Nemeth in the ring, with Nick Nemeth challenging Punk to get back to the ring, before pointing to the I.C Title, and motioning around his waist, telling Punk he wants the title.

    Jim Ross: And I think Nick Nemeth just made it plainly obvious what he wants!! CM Punk may have taken the King of the Ring - but Nick Nemeth clearly believes he’s every bit as good as the Intercontinental Champion; if not better!! And he wants the Intercontinental Championship!!

    The Coach:
    Hasn’t earned it. He hasn’t earned it, J.R. He lost Saturday Night - he has no right to a shot at Punk.

    Jim Ross: He may not have earned that shot - but next week he’ll have the chance to do just that!! I’m being told that next week on Raw, there will be a Six Pack Challenge to determine the next Number One Contender for the Intercontinental Championship!!! And Nick Nemeth WILL be one of those six men!!!

    The Coach:
    What??

    Jim Ross: Nick Nemeth, Garrison Cade, Cody Rhodes, William Regal, Kid Kash and Charlie Haas will battle it out - one fall to a finish - with the winner earning a future shot at CM Punk and the Intercontinental Title!!!

    The Coach:
    But that’s not fair!! CM Punk just won the King of the Ring tournament!! It’s NOT FAIR!!!



    Cutting away, we see AMERICAS MOST WANTED sat in a local bar in Liverpool, glugging on beer bottles, sharing a laugh and a joke over something we don’t know, as they ‘warn up’ for the BAR ROOM BRAWL against the East Coast Party Boys imminently.

    Jim Ross:
    And from what I’m being told, Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins are just moments away from this pub in Liverpool town centre!! Tonight, they’ve accepted the challenge from Americas Most Wanted - a Bar Room Brawl!!

    The Coach:
    The East Coast Party Boys wont know what’s hit ‘em here J.R!! This could get ugly!!!

    Jim Ross: We’re about to find out - the Bar Room Brawl - is NEXT!!!



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    VIDEO PACKAGE

    The video begins with just a black screen, until the ‘chant’ is heard clearly…

    …“E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB”…

    Then, a sequence of classic ECW clips; Bam Bam Bigelow tossing Spike Dudley into the crowd and Spike crowd surfing; Rey Mysterio delivering a Hurricanrana to Juvi off a car, The Dudley Boys putting Balls Mahoney through a flaming table and Taz Tazplexing Tommy Dreamer off a balcony through a table.

    …“E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB”…

    Clips of RVD hitting a series of Van Daminators and Van Terminators, Sandman whacking the Singapore Cane off countless faces, whilst drinking beer and smoking on his way to the ring, and Kid Kash leaping off the ropes.

    …“E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB”…

    Tommy Dreamer in amongst the fans, Bam Bam Bigelow and Taz going through the ring, Sandman drinking beer off a whores breasts, Sabu colliding with barbed wire ropes,

    …“E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB”…

    Flashing shots of Tajiri, Dawn Marie, Justin Credible, Jerry Lynn, Mikey Whipwreck, Terry Funk, Masato Tanaka, Francine, Cactus Jack, Shane Douglas and Raven posing with his arms outstretched.

    …“E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB”…

    Sabu and Taz face to face, RVD diving into the crowd off a somersault plancha, Beulah getting into a cat fight, The Dudleys getting into it with fans and the ring filling up with chairs thrown in by the fans…

    …“E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB”…

    And end on the words hitting the screen;

    ONE
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    ECW ONE NIGHT STAND | JULY 13 | NEW YORK CITY, NY
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    Back at the pub, we see ZACK RYDER and CURT HAWKINS walking in through the door, with a little trepidation, as both are more comfortable in a bouncing nightclub.

    Immediately, the pub falls to a standstill, with the two youngsters sticking out from the crowd, clearly not fitting the profile of the pub.

    They walk in and look down, with their feet squelching and sticking to the old carpet in the old pub, which looks like it hasn’t had a lick of paint since the 60’s.

    The East Coast Party Boys make their way inside to the bar, politely nodding as they pass locals, and take a seat at the bar, with Hawkins nudging Ryder and whispering; “I don’t think we‘ll get any Long Island Iced Teas in here”

    Ryder nods, and they look around, waiting for AMW - perhaps not realising Harris and Storm arrived earlier … and get JUMPED by Americas Most Wanted!!!!

    Match 6 | BAR ROOM BRAWL:
    Americas Most Wanted vs. The East Coast Party Boys
    Harris rams Ryder into the bar, whilst Storm tackles Hawkins down. AMW hammer the Party Boys, but with Ryder and Hawkins down, AMW get too cocky, and take a moment to toast each other - allowing Hawkins and Ryder to recover and fight back!!! The Party Boys take it to AMW, with Ryder sending Storm into the side of the pool table - but as he charges at the Cowboy, Storm back drops Ryder onto the pool table!!!! Meanwhile, Harris throws a pint of beer into Hawkins face, then BREAKS A STOOL OVER HAWKINS BACK!!!!!

    Storm takes Ryder, and slides him right across the bar, through bottles and glasses, before holding Zacks head under a beer tap, pouring beer into Ryders mouth, with Ryder not liking the beer - seeing as he’s used to cocktails. Harris misses a punch on Hawkins, hurting his hand in the process, whilst Curt grabs a beer bottle, SMASHING it over the back of the Wildcats skull!!! Harris goes down, and Hawkins DUMPS a table onto him!!! Meanwhile, Ryder SPITS beer in Storms face, giving him the chance to fight back, angered by having to drink the beer!!!

    Ryder dropkicks Storm - with Storm GOING THROUGH A WINDOW!!!!! Storm tumbles through the window, landing on the ground outside, in the smoking area, with Ryder following out through the door. As Ryder comes for Storm, Hawkins breaks a pool cue over Harris back!!! Outside, Zack stubs out a cigarette on Storm, getting a howl from the Cowboy. Ryder then takes the cigarette pack from the stander-by, telling them “You shouldn’t smoke - it‘s bad for your health and it‘ll turn your teeth yellow, bro!!” But taking that time to give advice is a bad move, as Storm is able to tackle Ryder to the ground!!!!

    Back inside, Chris Harris has just nailed Hawkins with a pool ball, then slams his face off the table. With Storm bringing Ryder back inside, Harris throws Hawkins into the mens toilets, closing the door and setting a stool to stop him from getting out!! It’s 2 on 1 now, and AMW beat down Ryder with clubbing blows to him. Having worn Zack down, AMW prepare to finish him off with a Death Sentence, as Storm climbs up onto the bar. However, HAWKINS MAKES THE SAVE!!!!! Hawkins somehow escapes the toilets, SMASHING a vodka bottle over Storm!!!!

    The return of Hawkins distracts Harris, allowing Ryder to escape his clutches, making a fight back, and then CATAPULTS HARRIS INTO THE JUKEBOX!!!!! The glass from the jukebox smashes all over the place, before Ryder and Hawkins double team the Wildcat - LONG ISLAND EXPRESS!!!!! The East Coast Party Boys knock out BOTH members of Americas Most Wanted, and make the cover, with the referee appearing for the first time to make the count … 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winners: The East Coast Party Boys @ 05:06

    Hawkins and Ryder triumph over Americas Most Wanted; AGAIN!!!!! And in their own favoured environment, AMW still couldn’t beat the rising East Coast Party Boys!!! The patrons in the pub all cheer, and despite reservations about the two pretty boys, the locals appear to have warmed to Hawkins and Ryders through their fighting spirit.

    The locals celebrate with the Party Boys, as Ryder shouts; “THE SHOTS ARE ON ME!!!” with the locals lifting Ryder and Hawkins up in celebration, cheering them on, whilst Harris and Storm remain down and out - like a couple of homeless bums, beaten in their own favoured match.



    Back into the arena…

    **AINT NO STOPPIN ME**

    Walking out for the second time tonight, SHELTON BENJAMIN gears up for his big one on one opportunity for the World Heavyweight Championship. Clips air of his thrilling win earlier in the night against Rey Mysterio which earned him this opportunity as he walks down the ramp.

    Jim Ross: Is tonight the night for Shelton Benjamin?? Is that long journey to the top of the mountain about to end?? He’s on the biggest roll of his career, there may never come a better time for Shelton Benjamin!!

    The Coach:
    I gave up on this guy last year, J.R. And I was his biggest fan back then!! When he separated from Theodore Long - the man who brought him all his success - I knew then, he’d never amount to anything. He’s always going to find himself a step below the top of the ladder.

    Jim Ross: He might just be about to make you eat your words, Coach!!

    **MEET YOUR MASTER**

    Walking out on his own, the World Heavyweight Champion elects to leave Charlie Haas and Nick Dinsmore behind, and instead, with the belt around his waist, BRENT ALBRIGHT saunters down the ramp, not looking too concerned ahead of his first real title defence, though he still claims the win over Christian last week as legitimate.

    Jim Ross:
    Tonight, we’ll find out if Brent Albright is the real deal. There’s still a plethora of questions he has to answer-

    The Coach:
    He’s the World Champ - he answers to no-one!!!

    Jim Ross: He has plenty of doubters, Coach. From the manner in which he won the gold at Vengeance, to claiming a win over Christian last week - he aint screaming big time to me, that’s for damn sure!! And he’s got a hungry challenger hot on his tail tonight!! Now, the hunter has become the hunted!! Just how will Albright cope under the pressure!! The main event - for the richest prize in the game - is coming up next!!!!



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    Raw returns, just in time for the introductions before the main event kicks off…

    Main Event | WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:
    Brent Albright vs. Shelton Benjamin
    Straight into a lock up, Benjamin and Albright battle for supremacy, but Brent goes behind for the waistlock, taking Shelton down. The challenger swiftly switches on the ground though, and after a brief scramble, Benjamin takes control, with Albright scrambling to the ropes for safety and a break. Benjamin looks confident as he reaches his feet, with J.R quipping that Brent Albright is no match on the mat for the collegiate grappler. Brent stands back up, locking horns with the challenger again, and quickly applies a side headlock, then transitions to a hammerlock. Benjamin escapes though, applying a hammerlock of his own, then grips Brent, looking for a GERMAN - NO!!!

    Again, Albright grabbed the ropes to cause a break. Growing in confidence, Shelton smiles, as he and Albright circle, then lock up once more. Again, Albright gets the side headlock, but he’s quickly shoved off by Benjamin, with Albright coming back, knocking the Black Diamond off his feet with a shoulder block!! The champion affords himself a smile off the knockdown, and takes off hitting the ropes again, but as he comes back, Shelton leaps up, over Albright, and meets him as he returns again - reeling off an arm drag!!! Benjamin follows that with another … and another!!!! A hat trick of arm drags from Benjamin sees Albright all over the place, allowing the challenger to go for the T-BONE - NO!!!!! Albright escapes, and rolls out of the ring right away, taking a walk.

    Albright ignores the boos from the fans, but Shelton is growing in confidence, seemingly having the number of the champion thus far. Brent walks around the ring to clear his head before returning, circling before he and Benjamin lunge in for a lock up - but this time, Albright cheap shots on the way in!!! Boos rain down on the champion, with Albright getting dirty, clubbing the back of the challenger, softening him up, and sends him toward the corner - but Shelton LEAPS to the top, then leaps back with a cross body to Albright!!! 1...2...KICK OUT!!!!! Albright kicks out, but Benjamin is on top, beating the champion into the corner, and looks for an Irish whip across to the opposite corner - reversed by Albright. The champion follows in, but Benjamin gets a boot up … and traps Albright as he stumbles away - INVERTED BACKBREAKER CONNECTS!!!! 1...2...NO!!!!!

    Benjamin winces, knowing how close he was, but drags Brent Albright back to his feet, punching the champion into the corner, sending him across the ring to the opposite corner - and follows in with a STINGER SPLASH!!!!! Not content with one, Shelton backs out, then rushes in for a SECOND STINGER SPLASH - NO!!! Albright dodges out of danger, and Benjamin is punished for going back to the well, with the champion catching Shelton with a low flapjack, dropping the challenger into the middle rope, and rushes off the ropes, delivering his 6-1-KNEE to Shelton Benjamin!!!!! Lateral press, 1...2...KICK OUT!!!!!

    Albright shakes his head at the kick out, and weakens Shelton with right hands as Benjamin attempts to get back to his feet. Albright turns and hit’s the ropes, coming back at the challenger - who explodes with a SAMOAN DROP!!!! 1...2...ALBRIGHT KICKS OUT!!!! Again, Shelton looks anguished by the near fall, coming close to capturing that elusive World title. The challenger gets up, and climbs up top, with the fans rising to their feet, expecting the BLOCKBUSTER which no-one has kicked out of since Benjamin added it to his repertoire … but as Benjamin leaps off, ALBRIGHT MOVES OUT OF DANGER!!!!! Benjamin lands hard on the canvas, with Albright seizing the opportunity, gripping Shelton from behind as he gets back up - HALF NELSON SUPLEX!!!!! 1...2...SHELTON KICKS OUT!!!!!

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    Albright argues the count momentarily with Mike Chioda, before getting back to work, knowing he cant give Benjamin time to recover. Albright begins to get down and dirty, bending the rules, making the most of his opportunity to soften Benjamin. The World Champion uses the ropes for leverage as he chokes Benjamin with his boot, arguing with the official as he gives a five count to break it. Albright jaw-jacks with Chioda, before tossing the weakened challenger out of the ring. Albright follows out, and grabs Shelton, sending him into the ring post - ARM first!!!!! It’s no coincidence with Benjamin hitting arm first either - as Albright looks to soften the Black Diamond up for the patented Crowbar, repeating the trick, ramming Benjamin into the post again, with Sheltons arm taking the brunt of the impact!!!

    Albright rolls Benjamin back in, and drapes the challengers arm over the top rope, before taking the arm and leaps out of the ring, yanking the arm over the top rope!! Shelton bumps back, and rolls around on the mat, clutching his arm, with Albright climbing back in, stomping the body part once more. Brent drags Shelton up, quickly delivering an arm breaker to further weaken the target area, and begins to ruthlessly stomp the arm, before bouncing off the ropes and dropping a knee to the arm too. Once again, Albright drags his challenger to his feet, but with his good arm, Shelton fights back, throwing hands at the champion, forcing Brent to drive a knee to the gut of Benjamin again, cutting the momentum of the challenger short. Albright sends Shelton off to the corner - but as before, Benjamin LEAPS to the top rope … only this time, Albright has it scouted and CROTCHES Shelton on the top rope!!!!!

    The World Champion follows Benjamin up to the top, looking for a SIDE SUPLEX off the top, but as he executes the suplex, SHELTON COUNTERS IN MID AIR FOR A CROSS BODY!!!!!! Both men are down off the collision, but slowly rise to their feet, beating the officials count, and they trade blows back and forth. Just as it looks like the challenger is getting the upper hand of the fist fight, Brent RAKES the eyes, slowing Shelton to a halt. Albright takes a breath, then runs off the ropes - but he’s followed by Benjamin - and Shelton CLOTHESLINES Albright over the top, to the floor below!!!!! Shelton draws a pop from the fans, with the challenger rising back to his feet on the floor, stalking the retreating Albright, with the champ begging off from Shelton, buying himself time, before he grabs Benjamin by the trunks and YANKS him forward, with the challenger stumbling head first into the ring post!!!!!

    Benjamin falls prey to the tricks of Albright, and as he staggers away holding his face, Albright is able to get back to his feet, rolling in and out of the ring to break the count, and he follows Shelton, looking to whip him into the steps … but the athleticism of Benjamin comes to the challengers aid once more, with Shelton avoiding the collision and instead LEAPS onto the steps!!! Brent quickly follows him up though, punching him in the gut, and snapping off a suplex OFF THE STEPS!!!!!! Albright rolls back into the ring, as Shelton is in a race against time to beat the count. Brent tells Chioda to count faster as he reaches five, six, seven … with Shelton struggling to pull himself to his feet … BUT HE JUST ROLLS IN AT NINE TO BREAK THE COUNT!!!!!

    Albright is furious, and punishes Shelton for his efforts, stomping him mercilessly in the corner, drawing out every moment of the officials five count. The champion then suplexes Benjamin - but keeps his grip applied - and brings Shelton back up, and looks for a GERMAN SUPLEX - BUT BENJAMIN ROLLS THROUGH … 1...2...KICK OUT!!!!! Albright escapes the pin, bouncing up - right into a series of clotheslines from the Black Diamond!!! Finding another gear now, Benjamin has Albright at sixes and sevens, and sends the champion off the ropes, ducking for the return … KICKED AWAY!!! Benjamin spins away after the kick, allowing Albright to grip from behind - ROLLING GERMAN SUPLEXES!!!!! Benjamin isn’t able to prevent or block the hat trick - with Albright bridging on the third German for a pin - 1...2...SHELTON KICKS OUT!!!!!!!!

    Benjamin somehow survives the trifecta of German Suplexes, but Albright now has his sights set on his ACE IN THE HOLE!!! The World Champion scoops Shelton up - BUT BENJAMIN ESCAPES!!! Albright then misses a wild swing for a clothesline, with Shelton ducking under, racing off the ropes, coming back with a FLYING FOREARM … BUT ALBRIGHT MOVES … AND BENJAMIN COLLIDES WITH THE OFFICIAL!!!!!!!! The referee takes the forearm, and right away, Albright takes advantage of the ref bump - KICKING BENJAMIN IN THE NUTS!!!!! The champion then gets Shelton up … ACE IN THE HOLE!!!!! Albright doesn’t cover, knowing the referee is down, and instead looks to revive him, grabbing a bottle of water from the timekeepers table and pouring it over Chioda to bring him around. He then gives Chioda a shake, looking to revive him, with Chioda stirring slightly.

    Brent then drags Shelton back up, looking for a second ACE IN THE HOLE … BUT BENJAMIN SLIPS OFF - DUCKS A PUNCH - PAYDIRT!!!!!!!!! Benjamin crawls into the cover, leaning back … with Chioda … slowly … getting … into … position … … … 1 … … 2 … … ALBRIGHT KICKS OUT!!!!! It’s an agonizing near fall, with Albright clearly down long enough, but Chioda just took too long to make the count after the shot he took moments earlier. Benjamin shows the agony on his face, knowing the title was in his grasp, but the challenger powers through, getting back to his feet, looking worse for wear as he climbs up top … setting himself for the BLOCKBUSTER … looking to close the show; WHEN HAAS AND DINSMORE HIT RINGSIDE!!!!! The cavalry come to save Albright, and Benjamin is forced to LEAP OFF AND CROSS BODY THE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS ON THE FLOOR!!!!!

    Shelton Benjamin takes out Haas and Dinsmore to a MASSIVE pop from the fans, but when he gets back up, Benjamin is met with a baseball slide from Albright in the ring!!! Haas and Dinsmore may have eaten the cross body, but their run in caused the desired effect. Albright rolls out of the ring, and this time DOES send Shelton into the steel steps!! Now, the recovering Nick Dinsmore gets the attention of the referee … distracting him … allowing Haas to trap Benjamins arm by the steps … and Albright KICKS THE STEPS - CRUSHING BENJAMINS ARM!!!!!! Shelton howls in pain, clutching his arm, staggering away from the steps, with Albright patting Haas on the chest as a thank you for the assist … with Chioda now regaining control, ordering Haas and Dinsmore to the back … but the damage has been done!!!

    Chioda follows, as Albright rolls Benjamin back into the ring - with Shelton still in utter agony and clutching his arm - and the champion grabs the arm, looking for the CROWBAR … BUT BENJAMIN ROLLS THROUGH INTO A PIN … 1...2...ALBRIGHT JUST ESCAPES!!!! He gets up, rushing at Benjamin - CAUGHT - T-BONE EXPLODER - NO!!!!! Benjamin breaks it himself, clutching his arm in agony, unable to execute the Exploder … and he turns back around - RIGHT INTO A BELLY TO BELLY!!!! 1...2...NO!!!!! Benjamin wont stay down!!! Albright is simmering with fury, unable to put Shelton away, and he wraps the bad arm around the ropes, causing further pain to Shelton, with J.R believing the arm could be broken.

    Chioda forces the break at the ropes, with Albright taking the entire count to get as much damage in as possible. The official gives the champion a stern warning for disobeying him … as Shelton looks for a kick to take Albright by surprise - caught by Brent - DRAGON WHIP BY BENJAMIN!!!!! He cant hook the leg, but Shelton covers the champion; 1...2...NO!!!!! Using everything he has left in the tank, the challenger pushes to his feet, and climbs the ropes for the Blockbuster - taking a long time due to being hampered by the injured arm - and it allows Albright to recover, jumping up, racing up the ropes; ARM DRAG TO THE BAD ARM FROM THE TOP ROPE!!!! And instantly, once on the canvas, Albright swoops in; CROWBAR LOCKED ON!!!!!! Benjamin cant block out the pain, and soon TAPS OUT!!!!!!
    Winner: And STILL World Heavyweight Champion - Brent Albright @ 16:13

    Victorious, Albright eventually releases the submission, and calls for his belt, demanding Chioda raise his arm a second time once he has it, much to the chagrin of the fans.

    Jim Ross: Brent Albright gets the job done - but not without a little touch of controversy!!!

    The Coach:
    Controversy?? What controversy, old timer?? Shelton Benjamin just tapped out in the middle of the ring!!

    Jim Ross:
    That doesn’t tell the whole story, and you know it, Coach. Charlie Haas and Nick Dinsmore swung the momentum from Shelton Benjamin to Brent Albright. Their interference led to the sickening kick by the steps to the arm, and without that, Shelton Benjamin could’ve fought the Crowbar at the end a lot more.

    The Coach:
    Shelton Benjamin made the mistake. He didn’t need to leap off the top rope to the floor like he did. He should’ve kept his eyes on the prize - and that was the big cheese; Brent Albright. But he didn’t. He saw a chance to look like a daredevil, a chance to make himself look good for these people - he made the mistake.

    Jim Ross:
    He did what he had to do- and - now what??

    Charlie Haas and Nick Dinsmore arrive at the ring, joining Albright, celebrating the title defence for the World Champion, and the trio then bear down on the injured Shelton Benjamin … looking to add insult to injury for the beaten challenger … and START PUTTING THE BOOTS TO SHELTON!!!!!

    Jim Ross: Awww COME ON!!!! That’s enough!! What in the hell is happening here tonight?? Is this contagious?? What’s with all these damn attacks!!!

    It’s a 3 on 1 mugging - and for no good reason either!!! Haas and Dinsmore do the majority of the work as Albright shouts out instructions, looking to make sure another potential contender is taken out of commission. Haas and Dinsmore drag Shelton up, and toss him toward Albright - WHO APPLIES THE CROWBAR AGAIN!!!!!!

    Jim Ross: THAT’S ENOUGH!!!

    The Coach:
    If that arm wasn’t already broken - it will be in a few moments!!!

    Jim Ross:
    Yeah, go ahead, make a joke of it Coach!! DAMN IT!!

    Albright cranks back on the arm, with Shelton tapping furiously …

    Jim Ross: Brent Albright is gonna put Shelton Benjamin out of commission here for a long time if somebody doesn’t stop this!!!!

    WHEN REY MYSTERIO SPRINTS DOWN THE AISLE … BRINGING A CHAIR WITH HIM!!!!!!

    Jim Ross: Yes!! YES!!! REY MYSTERIO!!!!

    The Coach:
    What’s he doing here!!! This is none of his business!!!!

    Rey hit’s the ring, ducking under Haas, then jabbing him in the gut with the chair, and SMASHES it across the back!!!! Haas rolls out of the ring, whilst Dinsmore and Albright scarper, not wanting to eat a chair shot!!!!

    Jim Ross: Rey Mysterio is cleaning house here!!! And not a moment too soon!!!! Thank God for Mysterio!!!

    The Master Craftsmen regroup on the ramp, with the incensed Mysterio cursing the three of them for their attack on Benjamin, before Rey checks on the man that beat him earlier tonight to book this opportunity.

    Jim Ross: Rey Mysterio may have just prevented Shelton Benjamin suffering the same fate as Paul London a few weeks ago at the hands of the Master Craftsmen!!

    The Coach:
    I dunno, J.R. Don’t be so sure - I think they did the damage before Rey got out here.

    Jim Ross:
    That remains to be seen. I damn sure hope you’re wrong, Coach. Brent Albright has retained the World Heavyweight Title … but has he taken Shelton Benjamin out of the game!!??

    The show comes to a close, with Albright, Haas and Dinsmore backing up the ramp, al laughing off the save from Rey, having done their damage … whilst Rey is furious in the ring, watching the trio … as trainers tend to Benjamins injured arm.



    END OF SHOW

     
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    Current Card for ECW One Night Stand:
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    THE FINAL SHOWDOWN:
    Raven vs. Tommy Dreamer

    WWE HARDCORE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:
    The Miz vs. ANY ECW Alumni
     
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    Re: January BTBOTM - Being The Booker

    So I feel like it was time to check out one of your shows, Wolf Beast. Apologies for the lack of knowledge of what's happened previously but I'm looking forward to checking this out and I've always loved the King of the Ring so felt it was a good time to start and hopefully follow on from here!

    King of the Ring Review:

    - So really cool to see the show is live from the UK. I enjoyed that everyone spoke beforehand and talked up their chances of winning. I have to say Regal's was the shortest but it made the most impact for me. King Regal? Sounds good to me! I think that will likely be a red herring though and will get Danielson or Punk as King.

    - Nice simple touch with happen the rules laid out and the announcement of no partners, friends or valets makes it interesting. Good opening match to start with and then ending was cool. Regal with the famous brass knuckles and it's lights out for young Cody Rhodes! Regal advances- cool with me!

    - Damn! I think Regal's chances of winning KOTR have just gone. Sickening attack from the young duo and revenge is served.

    - Second match was really good. Nemeth taking Punk to the brink and coming so close to beating him and causing a big upset! I feel like this is the start of something good for Nick Nemeth though and could be a break out moment for him going forward.

    - Next segment I had to google who Dinsmore and Albright were Haha! Without reading previously it's hard to see Albright as your World Champion but that's the absolute beauty of these "BTB's" and it's good to see something different. I like the dynamic of the group though and the promo was cool. Steamboat with some big announcements and Albright will soon have a new challenger, Mysterio or Benjamin?! We'll soon see!

    - Another good match and this time between Noble and Danielson. Bryan picking up the victory as expected but does so emphatically by making his rival submit and tap out!

    - Really cool announcement with Summerslam returning home. I like it and the logo is cool too!

    - Great start to the Angle and Ted Jr match! I loved the segment with the Million Dollar Man trying to buy Angle out of the match. Really cool. Angle was never going to take that offer though and the matches goes ahead. Wow, pretty easy victory for Angle in the end and he schools the rookie, Ted DiBiase Jr.

    - E-C-DUB! E-C-DUB! E-C-DUB! Excited for this! One Night Stand should be cool. Kind of sad that either Jericho or Van Dam is not going to be around for this? Both would have been great to see on the show for sure.

    - Sadly I don't know the backstory but I get the gist and the segment between Kendrick and Angle was cool.

    - Bit of a squash for the next match and the Master Craftsman come out with a pretty easy win. Not sure what this means for Doug and Daniels but it does nothing for them performance wise and their outing was pretty poor. With Daniels seemingly having the chance to break up the pin- I would assume that's the end for this team? Craftsman continue on though and look strong and united.

    - These Semi-Finals are pretty mouth watering and should be good. Up first and it's Punk vs Regal. I really like how Punk started the match not letting Regal rest and going straight on the attack following the attack earlier in the show. Punk picks up the win but Regal still remained strong- not tapping out and making the match. Good job, pretty solid booking.

    - Next up and it's the announcement for the Great American Bash! Again, love the poster.

    - Match of the night and it's a massive, massive win for Danielson! Really good match from him and Angle, back and forth for a long time. I was not sure which way it was going and would have been happy to see either man come out with the victory. Danielson moves on and him vs CM Punk should be special.

    - Appreciate the background of the RVD/Jericho rivalry. Jericho being the Money in the Bank holder makes this very interesting. Surely he can't lose being Mr MITB can he? Hmm. I wonder if we could see RVD win, Jericho is fired and then he cashes in the case down the line anyways out of the blue- that would be sick! I guess we'll see! Here goes. Really enjoyed the match mate! Revenge was definitely on the mind of RVD and it costs him! Lady luck smiles down on Jericho once more. RVD is gone and his WWE career is over! Real emotion at the end and Jim Ross summed it up nicely.

    - I loved the contrasting promo's from Punk and Danielson. Couldn't be anymore different and makes this match a really exciting prospect for sure. Danielson's path to the final has been pretty epic and regardless you get the feeling that he's truly, truly arrived. I think he's deserving to be crowned King but I can see CM Punk winning. Damn! I feel for Bryan but my prediction comes true! Awesome match and it's a massive victory for the new King- CM Punk! Really good match, Wolfy.

    - The King is crowned and wow that promo from Punk was an absolute pipe-bomb! Very hard hitting and very controversial. You expect nothing less then CM Punk and this was portrayed brilliantly here! Good job.


    Really enjoyed the show, man. Hoping to continue on and follow this! Good luck!


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    Superstar Re: Being The Booker

    WWE Superstars | June 25 2008





    Superstars kicks off with Hardcore Holly back in action, making quick work of Colin Delaney, following his attack on the poor jobber two weeks ago, when Holly was pissed at not getting booked on the show, whilst Delaney did. The Alabama Slam finishes Delaney @ 02:01 … but Holly adds insult to injury, delivering another Alabama Slam after the match.

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    THIS FRIDAY ON SMACKDOWN;

    TRIPLE H AIMS TO WIN AN HISTORIC ELEVENTH WORLD TITLE WHEN HE CHALLENGES EDGE FOR THE WWE CHAMPIONSHIP

    ~ FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN - FROM LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - THIS FRIDAY ~
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    Off the back of a win two weeks ago, JTG keeps his momentum rolling, getting another win, this time over Burchill @ 07:19, after delivering Da Shout Out!!

    Maria & Candice Michelle score a rare win in a random tag match against Maryse & Jillian Hall @ 04:28, but no one cares.

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    !! RETURNS TO RAW !!
    > NEXT WEEK <

    AND; IN TWO WEEKS, THE HEART BREAK KID WILL CHALLENGE BRENT ALBRIGHT FOR THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP…

    …ON A NIGHT WHEN ALL FOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS ON RAW WILL BE ON THE LINE!!

    A NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS!! MONDAY NIGHT, JULY 7, PHILADELPHIA PA
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    In the main event of the show, Jamie Noble defeats Evan Bourne in a non-title match, with the Cruiserweight Champion choking Bourne out @ 14:26 with his patented Guillotine, bouncing back after a disappointing loss this past weekend in the Quarter Finals of the King of the Ring tournament.

    END OF SHOW


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    Sorry about the lack of activity this last week, just been a busy week, really only getting on to skim through a few bits and pieces. I'll try and get caught up on what I've missed. Smackdown to follow in a few days. Thanks to anyone who read Raw!

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    Smackdown Re: Being The Booker








    Friday Night Smackdown | June 27 2008 | Liverpool, England





    ~ EARLIER TODAY ~

    Prior to any opening videos or pyro, Smackdown opens to footage caught earlier in the catering area. We see the WWE Champion, EDGE, putting vegetables on his plate, along with a piece of chicken, before picking his plate up, turning to walk away…

    … And turns to see TRIPLE H.

    The two men set to contest the WWE Championship match later tonight come face to face, as the noise around them falls to silence, with everyone in the area coming to a standstill, all watching to see what happens between the two. Champion and challenger both stare at one another, neither blinking until Triple H speaks up…

    “I‘ll see you later…”

    Edge doesn’t budge and inch, not cracking, and matter of factly responds to The Game…

    “Yeah. You will. See you out there.”

    The two men then pass by one another, with the awkward exchange coming to a close. The superstars in the background all get on with what they were doing, as the scene is set for tonight’s blockbuster main event…



    Opening Video

    Pyro




    Joey Styles:
    Smackdown has hit Liverpool for the first time ever!!! And tonight, forget about Beatle-Mania, because WWE Mania is all across the Mersey!! I’m Joey Styles, joined by Jerry Lawler, and King, tonight we’ve got arguably, the biggest main event in the HISTORY of Smackdown; the WWE Championship is on the line - it’s Edge versus Triple H, and I couldn’t be more excited!! What a match!!

    Jerry Lawler: Oh my!! I cant wait!! Edge versus Triple H?? Forget Beatle-Mania; That could headline WrestleMania!!!

    Joey Styles: We’re coming off the King of the Ring tournament finals this past weekend, where Bryan Danielson came agonizingly close to going all the way-

    **BREAK THE WALLS DOWN**

    Cutting off the announcers and kicking off the show, CHRIS JERICHO - carrying the Money in the Bank briefcase - is full of smiles having just saved his WWE career this past weekend in London and ended Rob Van Dams. Jericho enjoys rubbing it in too on his way to the ring.

    Joey Styles: If you missed Saturday Nights Main Event this past weekend, it wont take a genius to work out who survived the steel cage match between Chris Jericho and Rob Van Dam … but I must stress the word survived.

    Jerry Lawler: But that’s all he needed to do, Styles!! Survival isn’t a trait that should be admired, Styles - not mocked!! If your beloved ECW knew how to survive, you might appreciate and understand it better!! Chris Jericho is a survivor, and because of that, he’s here - Rob Van Dam?? He’s gone!!

    Joey Styles: Cute little dig at ECW there, King. I hope you’re watching on July 13. Getting back on point, yes, Chris Jericho survived the steel cage match with Rob Van Dam, through luck if anything - though I’m sure Chris Jericho will gloss over that fact.

    Jerry Lawler: He won Styles. RVD lost. Quit crying.

    Cocky as you like, Chris Jericho strolls into the ring, loving life, with a smile permanently fixed on his face. Not even the jeers of the fans in Liverpool can upset Jericho tonight. He sets the briefcase down, and begins to speak.

    Chris Jericho: WELCOME TO … SMACKDOWN … ISSSS … JERICHOOOOOOO!!!!

    Initially, a lot of fans join in, but boos quickly override that, and the boos fill the arena. Jericho shakes his head.

    Chris Jericho:
    Don’t be offended - I wasn’t pandering to you sheep, I was simply stating a FACT!!!

    Heat.

    Chris Jericho:
    Because Smackdown IS Jericho, England IS Jericho and the WWE IS Jericho. And I can say that, because I BEAT Rob Van Dam inside the steel cage on Saturday Nights Main Event, and BANISHED R-V-D from the W-W-E … forever.

    Jericho points to himself.

    Chris Jericho:
    I’m the reason you’ll never see Rob Van Dam ever again. The Whole Damn Show is no more … because of me. No more {points thumb with free hand} R - V - D …

    He smirks…

    Chris Jericho:
    Because of {points thumb with free hand again} Y - 2 - J!!!

    More boos. Jericho doesn’t rise to the heat, but enjoys it instead.

    Chris Jericho:
    And how did I beat Van Dam, huh?? Did I risk life and limb?? Did I fly from the top of the cage?? Was I tougher than Van Dam?? Was I stronger??

    Jericho shakes his head … then points to his brain.

    Chris Jericho:
    I was smarter.

    Heat.

    Chris Jericho:
    Rob Van Dam allowed the red mist to descend and cloud his judgment. Like the knuckle head he is, RVD was more concerned with trying to cause as much pain and destruction on me as he could. And for what?? To see me bleed?? To make good on a stupid promise he made to you people??

    Jericho mockingly pats the top of the mic, mimicking a clap.

    Chris Jericho:
    Bravo. You made me bleed Rob. Hope that’s a consolation. Because you’ll have to live with the fact that trying to hit that stupid Van Terminator you were so determined to do, cost you your CAREER!!! Try explaining to your wife and your family that you lost your job because you were a stupid idiot!!

    Mr. Money in the Bank laughs.

    Chris Jericho:
    Too stubborn to just walk out the door of the cage, you had to make a statement!! Well, seeing as you CANT be here tonight … I’m making a statement of my own … Rob Van Dam is GONE. And you’ll never see him in a WWE ring again. Because I was smarter than him. How’s that for a statement??

    Jericho looks around for a response from the fans.

    Chris Jericho:
    And how’s this for a statement…

    He reaches down, and picks up the briefcase, raising it high in the air for all to see, whilst smiling.

    Chris Jericho:
    I am STILL Mister Money in the Bank.

    Heat.

    Chris Jericho: And with Rob Van Dam out of my life … the path is clear for me now. It’s simply a matter of when I cash this in and become WWE Champion - again.

    Jericho pauses, listening to some boos and heckles. He then slyly smirks, speaking lowly into the mic, narrowing his eyes as he looks into the hard camera…

    Chris Jericho:
    It could even be tonight if I want to.

    Still smirking, Jericho lets that sink in, whilst there’s a mix of cheers and boos for the tease.

    Chris Jericho: But whilst it’s up for debate when I cash in my opportunity … there’s no debate what the outcome will be when I do. I will pick the best possible moment - there will be no slip up. The WWE Champion - whoever it may be after tonight - is merely on borrowed time. Because I decide how long they remain champion.

    More boos.

    Chris Jericho: But … that’s a matter for another time. Right now, I’d like all of you sycophants to take a moment, and think about someone else other than yourselves - just for a moment.

    Heat. Jericho waits for it to simmer down.

    Chris Jericho: And I would like a moment of silence. Please, show a little respect for the dearly departed … Rob … Van … Dam.

    Jericho bows his head, standing in the middle of the ring, with the fans booing the disingenuous gesture. He looks up as the fans boo, shaking his head.

    Chris Jericho: I’m giving you people an opportunity to show appreciation for Rob Van Dam. You should grasp that chance, because it wont come around again. You’ll never hear his name again after tonight.

    He smirks.

    Chris Jericho:
    Never … ever … again.

    Not said with the gusto of the past, and much more sinister than he used to, Jericho has that wicked grin on his face, as he begins laughing over the mic. Not an over the top laugh, not too loud either … just enough to piss the people off more and more … as Smackdown fades into a commercial break…



    Commercial Break



    Smackdown returns with MATT HARDY already in the ring, with the NEW United States Champion, JEFF HARDY on the outside for support for his brother.

    **BROKEN DREAMS**

    Leading the way for the Gods of War, LASHLEY isn’t wasting time to get to the ring. Lagging behind him, BATISTA - looking pissed now he has lost the U.S Title - and STEVEN RICHARDS are joining Lashley, as this ongoing issue between the Gods of War and the Hardys continues.

    Joey Styles:
    Last week on Smackdown, Jeff Hardy stunned Batista to become the United States Champion-

    Jerry Lawler: I think you mean The Undertaker and Kane stunned Batista, Styles!!!

    Joey Styles: That’s what I was about to say, Jerry. Yes, absolutely, had it not been for the Brothers of Destruction, Batista would still be U.S Champion tonight - but The Undertaker and Kane made a HUGE impact on their return to Smackdown!!

    Jerry Lawler: And if The Undertaker and Kane think they’ll get away with it, they’ve another thing coming!! The Gods of War aren’t scared of the Brothers of Destruction - they wiped the floor with ‘em at Judgment Day, remember!!! Once Lashley gets done with Matt Hardy, I’m sure the next thing on the agenda for him and Batista will be The Undertaker and Kane!! This is THEIR yard now - it doesn’t belong to the Brothers of Destruction anymore!!!



    Match 1:
    Matt Hardy w/Jeff Hardy vs. Lashley w/Steven Richards & Batista
    Lashley goes right on the attack, charging Hardy into the corner, with Matt bravely clubbing the back, trying to fight the big man off to no avail. Lashley roughs him up in the corner, then sends Matt across to the opposite corner, following in with a thunderous clothesline into the corner. He tries the same again, but this time, Matt gets a foot up, and looks to fight back, throwing hands with all his might, and tries to hit a SIDE EFFECT - but Lashley elbows free, and scores with a scoop power slam on Matt!! 1...2...NO!!!!!

    Once more, Lashley beats Hardy down, proving to be too big and too motivated on this night for Matt, but despite that, he walks the line perilously, nearly getting himself disqualified on more than one occasion. After another stern warning from the official, Richards gets fed up, climbing onto the apron to argue with the referee, telling him to let Lashley get on with the match … and with the referee distracted, Jeff takes it upon himself to get involved, hanging Lashley up on the top rope … with Matt SCORING WITH THE TWIST OF FATE!!!!! Hardy covers, 1...2...BATISTA PULLS MATT OUT OF THE RING … AND GIVES HIM A SPINEBUSTER!!!!!!! Right away, the referee calls for the bell!!!!
    Winner: Via DQ - Matt Hardy @ 03:47

    Matt is flattened on the outside, and Jeff comes haring around the ring, LAUNCHING HIMSELF at Batista, tackling The Animal down!!! Taking Batista by surprise, Jeff lays into him, hammering away … until LASHLEY drags Jeff off by the hair - but as he turns Jeff around, Jeff kicks him RIGHT BETWEEN THE LEGS!!!!!

    Despite that, Jeff isn’t able to fight off both men for long, as Batista is back up, and he CLOBBERS the U.S Champion with a clothesline. The Gods of War are then each handed a chair by Steven Richards, and the two men take turns wearing out the hardware over the bodies of Matt and Jeff Hardy!!!!!

    Not content with brutalizing the Hardys with the chairs, Batista and Lashley look to send a bigger message, much to the horror of Joey Styles on commentary … with both men hitting their finishing moves; the BATISTA BOMB and the DOMINATOR respectively to Matt and Jeff on the FLOOR!!!

    Quickly, officials and agents surround the scene, making sure the beating cant go any further … but it’s not the officials that stop Batista and Lashley - it’s the instructions of Steven Richards that ends the assault, with Richards heard to tell his Gods of War; “We‘ve got bigger issues to deal with. I think we‘ve made ourselves clear here.”



    Commercial Break



    Smackdown returns, with the GODS OF WAR standing in the ring - they STILL haven‘t left, as we see Matt and Jeff Hardy being led forcefully behind the curtain (but both are still wanting to come back to fight despite their condition), following their beating at the hands of Batista and Lashley. Looking pleased with himself, Steven Richards begins to speak…


    Steven Richards:
    I’d like to request your undivided attention. As a matter of fact, I’d like to request the undivided attention of TWO individuals in particular.

    Cheers for the hint toward Undertaker and Kane.

    Steven Richards:
    And it’s not Matthew and Jeffrey Hardy.

    Richards smirks momentarily, shaking his head at the thought.

    Steven Richards:
    You see, the Hardy Boys?? They were merely small potatoes compared to what we wish to feast upon. And what just happened to the Hardy Boys?? I’d call that collateral damage. However … I would strongly advise they keep OUT of our crosshairs in future, and appreciate the day that the Gods of War spared them.

    Heat.

    Steven Richards:
    The Hardy Boys were the starter. My Ares?? My Mars??

    Richards points behind him at the Gods of War.

    Steven Richards:
    They’re ready for the main course…

    Richards pauses…

    Steven Richards:
    Undertaker-

    HUGE pop for the mention of the legendary Deadman.

    Steven Richards:
    Kane?? Brothers of Destruction?? I was under the impression I had made myself clear. I was under the impression that I stood out here with your conquerors after they DESTROYED you at Judgment Day-

    Batista and Lashley both nod, still standing impressively behind their mouthpiece, whilst the fans boo.

    Steven Richards:
    … and proceeded to instruct you that IF the two of you chose to return to OUR domain, you should steer clear of my Gods of War.

    Richards shakes his head.

    Steven Richards:
    I recall issuing the warning that should you return and challenge the supremacy of Batista and Lashley … then your stay on Smackdown would be a brief one. I recall warning you that should you raise the ire of these two men, that they would have no hesitation in wiping both of you off the FACE OF THIS EARTH!!!! That?? … That was NOT an idle threat.

    Both Batista and Lashley nod in agreement in the background.

    Steven Richards:
    Obviously, you didn’t heed the warning. So now, we will make good on that promise. Brothers of Destruction??-

    “UN-DER-TAKER” chants begin to pick up steam in the arena, but again, Richards isn’t bothered by the noise of the fans, and instead chooses to talk over them.

    Steven Richards:
    Brothers of Destruction!! We DEMAND you show your faces on Smackdown next week!!

    Cheers/Boos, as the fans want to see Undertaker and Kane right here, right now - not next week.

    Steven Richards:
    It’s obvious that our sign of mercy was not appreciated. And it’s obvious that our message was not heeded. Undertaker and Kane?? The Gods of War will be here - in THEIR yard - next week, waiting for you. Do NOT disappoint.

    Richards is set to sign off when-

    THE LIGHTS GO OUT!!!!

    There’s a HUGE pop inside the Echo arena, with the fans anticipating an appearance from The Undertaker and Kane…

    ~ GONG ~

    !! EXPLOSION !!


    The pyro shoots out of the four ringposts, with Batista, Lashley and Richards all taken aback somewhat by the pyro, looking around … and the lights then return, with the message seemingly coming from the Brothers of Destruction …

    The fans boo - they wanted an appearance from Undertaker and Kane - as Richards talks with his Gods of War in the ring … with the camera fading out…





    Backstage, we catch up with THE DIBIASE’S, as Junior is in the middle of profusely apologising to his father…

    Ted DiBiase Jr:
    … But I was so close, I’m so sorry I let you down, Pops. If I had jus-

    The Million Dollar Man: Son, son- please.

    Ted Senior puts a hand on Juniors shoulder.

    The Million Dollar Man: I told you days ago to stop apologising. You’ve nothing to apologise for. We gave it a great shot. Had we been able to tweak the rules of the tournament, and had I been allowed to accompany you out there, you’d be King of the Ring right now. I’ve no doubt about it.

    Junior nods, head down.

    Ted DiBiase Jr: I know. I know.

    Ted Senior pats his boy on the back.

    The Million Dollar Man: This is just the beginning of our journey, son. As you found out on Saturday in the King of the Ring tournament, you have to deal with disappointments occasionally. Those are the things that will make you stronger. We will come back better from this setback.

    Ted DiBiase Jr: Yeah. We will.

    We now see R-TRUTH enter the picture, and he steps in to join the conversation, much to the dismay of the DiBiases.

    R-Truth: Hmmm … I disagree.

    Truth looks to Ted Senior.

    R-Truth: See, from MY eyes, I saw your boy get found out last weekend.

    He then turns to address young Ted.

    R-Truth: Without Daddies deep pockets to help ya, y’couldn’t pay off the opposition … ya couldn’t bribe a ref like you did with me … and you sunk without a trace.

    Truth then squares up to Ted Junior, putting his finger in the face of his rival.

    R-Truth: And tonight?? You gonna get GOT!!!

    Truth storms off, with Ted Junior lunging after him, but his Dad holds him back.

    The Million Dollar Man: Relax, relax-

    Ted Junior is ready to blow a gasket, being calmed by his Senior, as we fade out…




    Commercial Break




    ***
    VIDEO PACKAGE

    !! LAST WEEKEND !!
    ~ KING OF THE RING TOURNAMENT FINALS ~



    A brief recap airs of the Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and of course the final of the King of the Ring tournament this past weekend, which saw WILLIAM REGAL outsmart CODY RHODES, before faltering the in the Semi-Final, but BRYAN DANIELSON would steal the show, despite CM PUNK winning the tournament (after a brief scare in the Quarter-Finals when NICK NEMETH thought he had beaten the I.C Champion). Danielson would knock off his old rival, JAMIE NOBLE in the Quarter-Final, then stun KURT ANGLE - who had earlier made quick work of TED DIBIASE - to progress to the final, where he came up just short.

    END VIDEO
    ***




    Back in the arena, MVP is already in the ring for action…

    **WHAT‘S UP!?**

    Rapping to the ring, R-TRUTH gets the fans up, engaging with his entrance…

    Joey Styles: Welcome back to Smackdown, and we’re getting set for some tag team action - and it all stems from the King of the Ring tournament. We’re all aware of the issue between R-Truth and the DiBiases, but MVP let’s not forget, was also screwed over in the opening round of the tournament by Damien Sandow!! Tonight, both R-Truth and MVP will get their chance to get some revenge.

    **PRICELESS**

    The Million Dollar Man accompanies his boy, TED DIBIASE to the ring, with DAMIEN SANDOW joining the pair, looking at the fans with disdain on his way to the ring, whilst Ted Senior gives his kid plenty of encouragement down the ramp.

    Joey Styles: And this past weekend, young Ted DiBiase got a dose of reality from Kurt Angle in the King of the Ring tournament, didn’t he, King??

    Jerry Lawler: You learn much more in defeat than you do in victory, Styles. Don’t celebrate a winning streak being snapped!! That’s just not nice.

    Joey Styles: Neither was Ted DiBiases path to the Quarter-Finals of the tournament in the first place!! Mark Henry took a pay off, and R-Truth got screwed over by a crooked referee. DiBiase ran out of tricks on Saturday, and we found out quickly that he was out of his depth. Now, let’s see what he’s made of…

    Match 2:
    MVP & R-Truth vs. Ted DiBiase Jr & Damien Sandow w/ Ted DiBiase Sr.
    After the faces control the opening moments, a trip from the outside by Ted Senior on Truth helps his boy take the upper hand. Some tricks from Sandow help DiBiase keep control of Truth, with the heels able to tag in and out, with Sandow wearing down Truth successfully, but isn’t able to keep him down for a count of three. DiBiase tags back in, and looks to deliver his DREAM STREET on Truth, but Truth counters with a reverse jawbreaker!!! Sandow hit’s the ring, but has a shot blocked by Truth, then gets tossed out, before Truth scores with a side kick on Ted Junior … which allows him to make the all important tag to MVP!!! MVP hit’s the ring, all guns blazing, and DRILLS Ted with the DRIVE BY kick … 1...2...BROKEN BY SANDOW!!!!!

    Sandow saves the match, and MVP takes the opportunity to get his hands on the man who eliminated him from the KOTR tournament, whilst R-Truth returns to beat on DiBiase. MVP clotheslines Sandow out of the ring, and Truth is ushered out by the official, with Porter setting up his PLAY OF THE DAY - AND SCORES!!!!! The Million Dollar Man climbs onto the apron, distracting the official, and Sandow yanks Truth off the apron, as MVP gets up to confront the legend … when LOS COLONS hit the ring, behind the back of the referee, ATTACKING MVP - AND DELIVERING A DOUBLE GUT BUSTER!!!!! Primo and Epico roll back out of the ring, and hop the barrier, as Ted Junior drapes an arm over MVP and the count is made with Sandow holding Truth on the outside … 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winners: Ted DiBiase Jr. & Damien Sandow @ 05:28

    The heel team steal it, all thanks to the blatant interference of Primo and Epico!!!

    Joey Styles: Those damn Colons just cant keep their nose out of peoples business!! And I can only assume they’ve targeted MVP going back to his actions a year ago with Primo!!

    Jerry Lawler: That’s an overdue receipt if you ask me!! MVP should’ve been expecting that!!!

    Joey Styles: I’ve no problem with confronting an enemy - but Epico and Primo don’t do anything face to face!! ANOTHER sneak attack from behind!! There’s no pride in what they’re doing!!

    Worse for wear, Ted Junior rolls out of the ring, with his Daddy holding him up, raising his arm in victory, celebrating like his boy just won a title. Sandow joins them in victory, whilst R-Truth contemplates going after Epico and Primo, watching them scarper through the crowd.

    Joey Styles: And like a pair or hyenas, The Colons are headed for higher ground!! Sooner or later though, they’re gonna have to face their enemies like men!!! Because I don’t think MVP will take this lying down!!!

    Jerry Lawler: He took a year off young Primos career!! He should be grateful it wasn’t something worse he suffered tonight!!!

    In the ring, Truth finally returns, and helps MVP back to his feet, with neither man looking happy at what just went down…



    Commercial Break



    Smackdown returns with a recap video from last week, and the conclusion of the fatal four way #1 Contenders match, where TRIPLE H pinned THE BRIAN KENDRICK to earn his opportunity tonight.

    Then, RIC FLAIR would enter the fray, requesting that TRIPLE H face him at the GREAT AMERICAN BASH on July 23 in Greensboro in Flairs final match - a challenge that Triple H would accept; but would also warn Flair he would put him down for good.



    Back to ringside…

    Joey Styles:
    Welcome back to Smackdown, and as you just saw, last week, it was made official; the last match of Ric Flairs glorious career will go down on July Twenty Third - IN Flair Country; Greensboro, at Smackdowns next Pay Per View - an event synonymous with Flair over the years; The Great American Bash.

    Jerry Lawler: And who better to be Ric Flairs final opponent but The Game; Ric Flairs best friend - Triple H!!

    Joey Styles: That relationship absolutely dates back a number of years, King, all the way back to Evolution. What a night it promises to be at the Great American Bash. But, Jerry … will Triple H arrive in Greenboro on July 23 as WWE Champion??

    Jerry Lawler: Well, we’ll find out later tonight, wont we?? Could you imagine Ric Flairs final match being for the WWE title?? What a story that would be!!!

    Joey Styles: And it is a story that COULD come true. A few weeks ago, Ric Flair had abandoned all hope of clinching a final World Championship victory. Is it destiny that Ric Flair will challenge for the WWE Title in his last ever match?? We will know a little later on when Triple H challenges Edge for the WWE Championship. The Game earned his shot last week on Smackdown when he won that Fatal Four Way - and King - how about the news we heard regarding Brian Kendrick earlier??

    Jerry Lawler: The rumour backstage is that The Brian Kendrick is taking a leave of absence effective immediately!!!

    Joey Styles: Citing “work related stress” I believe, Jerry. You couldn’t make it up. After a month of being the big cheese on Smackdown, Kendrick obviously is having a hard time dealing with the loss of ultimate power. That, and I don’t think he wants to have to face a locker room that hates his guts.

    Jerry Lawler: Hopefully with a few weeks off, Brian Kendrick can recharge the battery. And any underlying issues with the boys in the back can blow over. Get well soon Brian!!!

    Joey Styles: And moving on - right now, Josh Mathews is standing by with the #1 Contender; Triple H. Josh??



    Cut to JOSH MATHEWS, standing alongside TRIPLE H. The Game has his arms folded, and head down, deep in thought, with not long to go before his title match tonight.

    Josh Mathews:
    Triple H, tonight, you find yourself in familiar surroundings. Challenging to win an unprecedented ELEVENTH World Championship in the WWE. However, tonight, there must be added pressure, given your upcoming match with Ric Flair at the Great American Bash next month??

    The Game nods, then looks up to answer.

    Triple H: You could say that.

    Triple H pauses, thinking for a moment, before continuing.

    Triple H: Yeah, tonight is a little different. Because every other time I’ve stepped into that ring to challenge for the WWE Title - or any title for that matter - it’s been for one person. Me. Me and me only. Tonight … I’m still going out there to win the WWE Title for myself … but in the back of my mind … will be Ric Flair.

    In the background, the fans pop and shout ‘WOOO’ at the mention of Flair.

    Triple H: Because I know every single WWE fan wants to see Ric Flair - the greatest of all time - go out on top. The very top. They want to see Ric Flair go out with one last World Championship to his collection.

    The Game points to himself.

    Triple H: And I’m the biggest Ric Flair fan on the planet. So you can bet your ass I’ll do whatever it takes to see to it that Ric Flairs final match ever is for the WWE Championship. There’s nobody that wants to see Ric Flair attempt to win a seventeenth World title more than I do.

    He exhales, then shrugs.

    Triple H: But that’s all it will be. An opportunity. Because there’s no way Ric Flair will win a seventeenth World Championship. Not because I’m not gonna win tonight - but because he wont beat me for it at the Great American Bash.

    Narrowing his eyebrows to try and look more intimidating, Triple H continues.

    Triple H: Make no mistake about it … I don’t need extra motivation when it comes to the WWE Championship. But it doesn’t hurt. Tonight?? The King of Kings … goes back on his throne.

    He turns to leave, but doesn’t get far by the time Josh speaks up again.

    Josh Mathews: Triple H?? Hunter?? Sorry … one other question…

    Triple H stops, turns, and looks a little frustrated, having thought he’d ended the interview.

    Josh Mathews: It’d be remiss of me not to touch on it … but, given your recent ongoing legal issues with a former WWE employee, will any of that be playing on your mind tonight?? Recent rumours have suggested you could be removed from WWE television until those issues are-

    Triple H: Save it. Stop right there. I’m not commenting on any of those issues. I appreciate the opportunity Finlay gave me last week. I know he was told NOT to put me in that match, but he did the right thing and looked beyond outside issues. Unfortunately for him, he’s caught a lot of flak from the Board for giving me a spot in that four way. As for your question?? The only thing I will say is this; it’s not a good business decision for the WWE Champion to be removed from television, is it??

    The Game smirks, patting Josh on the shoulder, and this time, he does walk away uninterrupted…



    Elsewhere backstage, KURT ANGLE, dressed casually, clearly NOT competing tonight, is walking - with a limp - offering a nod as he passes a pair of faceless workers…

    Joey Styles:
    And Kurt Angle is headed this way!! What does Kurt Angle have to get off his chest tonight?? A disappointing night for Angle last weekend as he failed to win the King of the Ring tournament - a huge setback in his quest to win back the WWE Championship. We’ll hear from Angle; NEXT!!!



    Commercial Break



    Smackdown returns with KURT ANGLE already on his way to the ring, limping slightly, slapping hands with a few fans as he walks, but despite his smiley demeanour, he’s clearly putting on a brave face after his disappointment at SNME.

    Joey Styles:
    Kurt Angles quest for a second King of the Ring crown came to an abrupt halt last weekend, in a match that has had the world abuzz. Bryan Danielson - in his first ever encounter with Angle; a dream match for many purists - upstaged the seven time World Champion and shocked the world in their instant classic semi-final showdown.

    Jerry Lawler:
    We knew Danielson was good going into the King of the Ring finals night, Styles, but I don’t think anyone quite realized just HOW good he is.

    Joey Styles:
    They certainly do now, Jerry. Bryan Danielson may not have won the King of the Ring tournament, but I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that a star was born on Saturday night. A lot of eyes opened to Bryan Danielson at Saturday Nights Main Event. But for Kurt Angle, after this setback, you’ve got to wonder what’s next??

    Angle steps into the ring, acknowledging the cheers from the fans in England, before speaking…

    Kurt Angle:
    I’m not gonna take up too much of your time tonight, Liverpool.

    The fans continue to show their respect for Kurt, and the Olympian acknowledges it with a nod.

    Kurt Angle: Thank you. Thank you.

    Angle looks to quieten the fans, and get to his point.

    Kurt Angle: Last weekend in the King of the Ring tournament, I came up short. There’s no other way I can put it. I’ve got no excuses. I wasn’t cheated, I wasn’t screwed. Honestly?? Honestly, if anything, I think I underestimated the competition.

    He ponders for a moment, then sighs.

    Kurt Angle: I thought, given my credentials and accomplishments that I could get through the King of the Ring tournament pretty much unscathed and be right back on my way to a WWE Title shot. I knew there’d be a couple obstacles along the way, but I didn’t envision the level of competition I ended up facing.

    Angle pauses, with the fans pretty silent at this point.

    Kurt Angle: Normally, in a situation like that?? I’d still be able to turn it up a notch and prevail. I’d catch an Angle Slam, slap on the Ankle Lock, and bring it home. That’s what happened in the first round of the tournament against Johnny Nitro. He pushed me, and I raised it to another gear to see him off.

    {/SECOND HOUR}

    Kurt Angle: Saturday night though … that didn’t happen. Instead, I got caught again. Just like I did at Judgment Day. A second too slow to react. A second too slow to respond. And I lost to the better man.

    Mixed reaction momentarily from the fans, and Angle shakes his head, then points to his chest.

    Kurt Angle: That’s not easy for a competitor like me to admit.

    Angle exhales.

    Kurt Angle: And right now, I’m gonna take a few weeks to re-evalute where I am and where I’m going. I’ve a few injuries that need healed, I need to work out what’s next. It’s going on three years now since I last held the WWE title. And it feels as if I’m getting further away the longer it goes on.

    He looks directly into the camera now, with a steely determination in his eyes.

    Kurt Angle: But mark my words - I WILL be back. It’s true …

    “IT‘S TRUE” ; the fans. Angle nods with the sentiment.

    Kurt Angle: But … before I head off … I want to bring someone out here. Bryan Danielson??

    Pop for the mention of Danielson. Angle stands by the ropes, looking to the stage, beckoning the man that beat him this past Saturday. Kurt has to wait for a few moments before…

    **FLIGHT OF THE VALKYRIES**

    There’s an immediate pop for the music of the increasingly popular BRYAN DANIELSON, who steps through the curtain, taken aback by the reception from the fans. He stands at the top of the ramp, hands on hips, drinking in the cheers, smiling, shaking his head in disbelief, before strolling down the ramp.

    Angle waits in the ring, watching, as Danielson continues down the ramp, still looking surprised, unable to stop smiling, slapping a few hands on his way to the ring. Climbing inside, Danielson looks to Angle, saying; “WOW!!” at the reaction he has received, with Angle speaking once the music dies down.

    Kurt Angle: Bryan, I wanted to say this to your face, and I wanted to say it publicly; Congratulations.

    Pop from the fans. Danielson mouths ‘Thank you’ to Angle, appreciating the gesture, before Angle steps across, offering a firm handshake, which Danielson graciously accepts to another cheer from the fans.

    Kurt Angle: Like I said earlier - I have no excuses. You didn’t get lucky. I wasn’t cheated. You earned it. You beat me at Saturday Nights Main Event because you were the better man.

    Danielson nods, again, thanking Angle for the praise. Kurt then looks to the fans.

    Kurt Angle: And I don’t know about these people in Liverpool-

    Cheapish pop.

    Kurt Angle: But I don’t care if CM Punk took the crown - you were the REAL winner of the King of the Ring last weekend!!

    Pop from the fans. Danielson smirks, shaking his head, trying his best to be humble. Angle then steps forward again, prodding the chest of Danielson.

    Kurt Angle: And I look forward to you and I crossing paths sometime in the future.

    Once again, the fans cheer that suggestion, wanting to see a rematch down the road, with Angle and Danielson shaking hands once more. They share a few words off the mic, with Kurt patting the shoulder of Danielson, giving him plenty of praise, building him up, and hands the mic over, before departing the ring, giving Danielson his moment.

    Danielson gives it a few moments, and watches as Angle departs up the ramp, before shaking his head in disbelief at everything that is transpiring, scratching at his temple momentarily.

    Bryan Danielson: Gee … uh, I don’t know what to say. How about another round of applause for Kurt Angle!!!

    Danielson gestures toward the back, and the fans give another cheer for Kurt. Bryan nods.

    Bryan Danielson: Wow. Uh, y’know, all I ever wanted to be … was a wrestler. I left high school the night I graduated and drove to Texas to start training. I love wrestling. And by the sounds of things, I think all of you do too.

    Pop.

    Bryan Danielson: About a year ago, I took the biggest gamble of my career. I’d carved a decent career for myself outside of the WWE. I’d made a reputation over the last eight years as a great wrestler, all over the world, including here in England-

    Cheap pop, and Danielson chuckles at it, before continuing.

    Bryan Danielson: And I was doing pretty good. I wasn’t making life-changing money, but I was doing what I loved. I could’ve stayed on the Independent scene, but I got a once in a lifetime offer from the WWE … and I took the chance. I didn’t know what to expect when I got here. I knew the reputation the WWE has for how they treat guys like me. I’m not a big bodybuilder. I’m not a powerhouse. I know I’m not the most entertaining guy on this microphone either…

    Danielson shrugs.

    Bryan Danielson: I wasn’t even sure if they’d give me a shot on Smackdown or Raw. People told me Vince McMahon would never put a guy like me on WWE television. That I didn’t have “It” … whatever “It” is. So … to be standing before an arena full of people chanting my name one year on?? It’s pretty unbelievable. I couldn’t have asked for this.

    He gestures around the arena.

    Bryan Danielson: Maybe I do have “it” huh?? Who woulda knew!!?

    Danielson chuckles at the last line.

    Bryan Danielson: So, while I’m out here, I want to thank you. I want to thank each and every one of you for coming on a journey with me last weekend at Saturday Nights Main Event and giving me unbelievable support. I’ve never experienced anything like it … I’m just sorry I couldn’t get over the line in the end.

    “He has nothing to apologise for.” - Joey Styles. Danielson stands in the ring, and shrugs again.

    Bryan Danielson: And … even though he’s a jerk, I have to give CM Punk credit for his win last weekend. He beat me fair and square. No complaints.

    Heat for Punk. Danielson smirks.

    Bryan Danielson: The funny thing … the funny thing about it all is that people have been asking me ever since Saturday; “what‘s next??”

    Danielson looks confused at the question.

    Bryan Danielson: What’s next?? To me, there’s no question what’s next. I’ve got unfinished business with Jamie Noble to take care of.

    Pop.

    Bryan Danielson: I didn’t get my rematch after losing the Cruiserweight title at Judgment Day. Whether or not I deserved an automatic rematch is up for debate - but after I beat Jamie Noble at Saturday Nights Main Event?? There’s no debate anymore. I’ve earned my rematch!!!

    The fans cheer again, and Danielson nods.

    Bryan Danielson: And until I win back the Cruiserweight Championship I should never have lost - there’s nothing else on my mind!!!

    Danielson stands in the ring, nodding along to the cheers from the fans …

    … WHEN JAMIE NOBLE SLIDES INTO THE RING - AND BASHES DANIELSON FROM BEHIND WITH THE CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE!!!!!!
    Danielson slumps to the mat, and Noble drops down, nailing Danielson behind the head with the title belt once more!!!!

    Noble then roughly drags his hated rival back to his feet, loading Danielson up … AND DRILLS HIM WITH THE TIGER BOMB … ONTO THE TITLE BELT!!!!!

    The Cruiserweight Champion grabs the mic, then shoves Danielson off the belt after the move, and roughly shoves the belt into the face of his foe as he speaks over the mic;

    Jamie Noble: GO ON!!! TASTE IT BOYYY!!! FEEL IT!!!! THAT’S ABOUT AS CLOSE AS YOUR STINKIN GUTS ARE GONNA GET ON JAMIE NOBLES TITLE!!!!! THERE’S AINT GONNA BE NO REMATCH!! YOU UNDERSTAND ME!!!??? HUH!? NO REMATCH BOY!!!! NO REMATCH!!!

    Noble stands back up, and stomps the face of Danielson, before departing the ring, having made his statement to the former Cruiserweight Champion.

    Jerry Lawler:
    There ya have it, Styles!! It doesn’t get much more emphatic than that - a firm NO from Jamie Noble.

    Joey Styles: Jamie Noble clearly wants no part of Bryan Danielson. But, King, it isn’t his choice. Bryan Danielson DID beat Jamie Noble at Saturday Nights Main Event. He DIDN’T get a rematch after he lost the title. And after a cheap attack like that, Jamie Noble has probably only increased Bryan Danielsons thirst to regain the title!!! One thing is for sure, Bryan Danielson WONT take that assault lying down!!



    Commercial Break



    ***
    VIDEO PACKAGE

    Opening shot of the American Flag waving proudly.

    “Come join us for a CELEBRATION!!”

    Sounds of fireworks going off, in between high impact moves from Batista, Kurt Angle & MNM.

    “Of all things AMERICAN!!”

    Shots of fans celebrating, in amongst Triple H spitting water, Bryan Danielson soaring out of the ring and Edge setting off his pyro.

    “It‘s Smackdowns biggest PARTY of the year”

    Champagne bottle cork flying off, street parties and beach parties, with shots of Melina’s famous ring entrance, Jeff Hardy delivering a Swanton and MVP bursting through his set.

    “It‘s a GREAT …”

    Fireworks and flashing shots of Lashley, Jamie Noble, Matt Hardy in action.

    “... AMERICAN … ”

    Cheers and shots of Triple H, Kurt Angle, Edge hitting finishers.

    “… BASH!!!”



    WWE GREAT AMERICAN BASH | JULY 20 | CHARLOTTE, NC
    ONLY ON PAY PER VIEW
    ***


     


    Match 3:
    Joey Mercury vs. Elijah Burke
    As it was last week - the partners for both men are left backstage, as is Melina, leaving it to the two men to take care of business between themselves. Mercury starts off hot, looking to get a win back for MNM after Barrett beat Nitro last week on Smackdown, but he gets too eager, and looks to finish Burke too quickly, with Eli able to block a double underhook DDT, charging Joey into the corner to break the grip. Burke takes control of the match from here, as we briefly see Nitro and Melina standing backstage, watching the monitor.

    There’s nothing pretty about Burkes offence, roughing Mercury up for a period, before he MISSES his patented ELIJAH EXPRESS!!! Mercury dodged out of the corner, and Burke sells the pain from hitting the buckles with his knees, allowing Mercury to mount a comeback with a series of quick pin attempts to no avail. Mercury scores a near fall off a neck breaker, then climbs up top looking for something - but Eli is up too quickly, and TOSSES Mercury off the top!!! Burke then executes his 4-UP and has the cover, 1...2...NO!!!!!

    Burke sends Mercury off the ropes, missing a clothesline, as Mercury ducks under, then comes back - and both men collide in the middle of the ring!! They battle back up at the count of six, and despite Burke winning a fist fight, Mercury scores with a dropkick. He looks for another, but Burke swats him away, then sends Joey off the ropes, ducking for the return - SUNSET FLIP from Mercury … but Burke drops down into a pin … and he leans forward, using the ropes for leverage - undetected by the referee - 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winner: Elijah Burke @ 06:51

    Burke STEALS the win - and for the second straight week, the Fight Factory defeat MNM in singles competition!!!

    Backstage, we see the reactions of Nitro and Melina, with Nitro putting his hand up to his forehead, whilst Melina slams a bottle of water to the floor in frustration.

    In the ring, Mercury complains to the referee that something was up with the pin, knowing there was extra leverage from somewhere, whilst Burke departs, raising both hands, strengthening his and Barretts claims for another shot at the tag team titles.

    Again, the footage cuts backstage, with Melina chewing out Nitro, angrily gesturing to the monitor, as we pick up what is being said…

    Melina: I could’ve prevented that from happening, Johnny!! That’s TWICE they’ve taken advantage of us!!! Tell me I’m wrong!? Hmm??

    Melina looks at Nitro, with Johnny sighing, but nodding his head.

    Johnny Nitro:
    You’re right.

    Melina: Good. Because I’M taking charge here. We tried this your way - now, we’re dealing with the Fight Factory MY way.

    Johnny Nitro: Whoa. Wait a second. I agree you could’ve stopped Burke from cheating to win. But you cant just leave it at that. You’re as bad as they are. We can beat these guys without taking shortcuts.

    Melina rolls her eyes.

    Melina: Look - I do what I feel is necessary for US. Don’t question that. Look at what’s happened the last two weeks. After this?? We’re probably going to have to defend the tag team titles against them again. And if you think I’m going to stand back here and let you and Joey deal with those guys alone?? You’re sorely mistaken.

    Melina storms off, leaving Nitro to stew over her words.




    Commercial Break




    Back from the break, KRISTAL MARSHALL is standing by with the WWE Champion; EDGE…

    Kristal Marshall:
    Edge, the WWE Championship match with Triple H is just a few moments away now. It’ll be the first time you’ve ever faced Triple H, and after the month of hell you had to suffer through when Brian Kendrick was in control of Smackdown, was your week off long enough to be at your best tonight??

    Arms folded, Edge exhales.

    Edge: Gotta be honest, that week off was pretty well needed. But, uh, I’m definitely not getting much of a chance to ease myself back into action, Kristal, am I??

    The champion offers a wry smirk, then shakes his head.

    Edge: But don’t worry about that - I’m all healed up, and I’m raring to go tonight. And yeah, it’s the first time I’ve been in the ring with Triple H one on one - but I’ve watched him for the last ten years. He’s done the same with me. We’re no strangers to one another, and I’m looking forward to facing the challenge of a ten times World Champion. It doesn’t get much bigger than this. But that’s what I want. That’s what I crave, Kristal - I want to face the biggest challengers. And they don’t get much bigger … than The Game.

    Kristal Marshall: And, earlier tonight, we saw Triple H talk about the extra motivation - he faces Ric Flair at the Great American Bash regardless of the outcome here tonight, and he, along with, perhaps, the majority of people watching, will want Ric Flair to have one last opportunity to cap his career as World Champion. Is that playing on your mind at all??

    Edge shakes his head.

    Edge: Look, I know I’m gonna be the “bad guy” tonight. Everyone wants Ric Flair to ride off into the sunset as WWE Champion. That would be the perfect storybook ending. But it isn’t in MY storybook. Ric Flair had the honour of being champion sixteen times - this is still my first, and I don’t intend on letting this title out of my grasp ANYTIME soon. Not for Flair, not for Triple H, and not even for Mister Money in the Bank.

    The WWE Champion turns away from Kristal, to look directly into the camera.

    Edge: Yeah … I know you’re watching somewhere, Jericho. Don’t think I’m forgetting you.

    After sending a direct message to Jericho, Edge turns back to Kristal, getting back on point.

    Edge: I wont lose any sleep if Flair doesn’t do it a seventeenth time. And tonight, I’m putting the final nail in the coffin for Flairs hopes of ending his career with this. Because the King of Kings?? His throne belongs to ME - and I’m NOT moving out of it for anybody.

    Edge walks off on that note, ending the interview…




    Back into the arena…

    LOS LATINOS are already in the ring, accompanied by VICKIE GUERRERO, awaiting their opponents…

    **S.O.S**

    Both KOFI KINGSTON and CARLITO look ‘off’ with each other, with the two partners not recently on the same page over the ongoing issues with Los Colons - Kofi is desperate to fight the pair, but Carlito refuses to fight his own flesh and blood.

    Match 4:
    Los Latinos w/Vickie Guerrero vs. The Caribbean Connection
    Despite their internal issues, Carlito and Kofi are on the same page once the bell rings. They look impressive early on, both getting a chance to shine and bust out some flashy, fan friendly moves, but a distraction from Vickie helps Chavo and Super Crazy gain a foothold on the match. Los Latinos take control, working over Kofi, leaving him stranded from Carlito and unable to make a tag, but the perilous situation doesn’t last long, with Kofi surprising Super Crazy with the SOS!!! 1...2...BROKEN BY CHAVO!!!!

    Despite the run in from Chavo, Kofi and Carlito keep their cool, with Kingston tagging his partner back in, and the Caribbean Connection bust out a double dropkick on Super Crazy. Chavo then runs in, but he gets back body dropped to the floor too, with Kofi and Carlito then slingshot themselves over and out to the floor - onto BOTH of Los Latinos!!!! They then toss Super Crazy back into the ring, with Carlito following in, and as he does that - LOS COLONS reappear!!!! For the second time tonight, Epico and Primo hop the barrier, and out of the referees eye shot, grab Kofi - RAMMING HIM INTO THE STEEL STEPS!!!!!

    Quickly, they leave again, but Carlito spots the pair as they dart through the crowd, and sees his partner down, rolling back outside to check on him. As Carlito helps Kofi up, Chavo makes the most of the opportunity, attacking Carlito from behind, running him into the ring post, and then tosses him back into the ring. Inside, Super Crazy is back on his feet, and quickly executes a BRAINBUSTER on Carlito, and tags Chavo back in, whilst sliding out to knock Kofi back down!!! Chavo scales the ropes - FROG SPLASH to Carlito!!!!! He makes the cover, with Kofi unable to recover to break the count … 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winners: Los Latinos @ 05:57

    Joey Styles: Epico and Primo strike again!!!! The sneaky interference from the Colons has cost The Caribbean Connection ANOTHER match!!! And Los Latinos steal the win on Smackdown!!!

    Jerry Lawler: Los Latinos don’t care how they won - they just care that they DO win, Styles.

    Joey Styles: Yeah, they’re opportunists. They’ll take whatever they can get!!

    Vickie gathers the troops on the floor, congratulating them on their win, whilst Kofi Kingston climbs back into the ring, ready to blow a gasket as Los Colons cost him and Carlito once again.

    Joey Styles:
    The Colons have certainly made their mark on Smackdown tonight. They cost MVP his tag match earlier tonight, and now, they’ve struck again!! When will this end??

    Jerry Lawler: Well, what’s it gonna take for Carlito to fight his family!? Because until then, I don’t think this will stop!!

    In the ring, Kofi helps Carlito up, and is heard asking him; “Now, will you fight them??” Carlito appears to contemplate it for a moment, but quickly shakes his head; “No. No.” Carlito bows his head, and pushes past Kingston, leaving the ring, and storming up the ramp, leaving Kofi to get more and more frustrated by the situation…



    Commercial Break





    ***
    VIDEO PACKAGE

    The video begins with just a black screen, until the ‘chant’ is heard clearly…

    … “E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB”…

    Then, a sequence of classic ECW clips; Bam Bam Bigelow tossing Spike Dudley into the crowd and Spike crowd surfing; Rey Mysterio delivering a Hurricanrana to Juvi off a car, The Dudley Boys putting Balls Mahoney through a flaming table and Taz Tazplexing Tommy Dreamer off a balcony through a table.

    … “E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB”…

    Clips of RVD hitting a series of Van Daminators and Van Terminators, Sandman whacking the Singapore Cane off countless faces, whilst drinking beer and smoking on his way to the ring, and Kid Kash leaping off the ropes.

    … “E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB”…

    Tommy Dreamer in amongst the fans, Bam Bam Bigelow and Taz going through the ring, Sandman drinking beer off a whores breasts, Sabu colliding with barbed wire ropes,

    … “E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB”…

    Flashing shots of Tajiri, Dawn Marie, Justin Credible, Jerry Lynn, Mikey Whipwreck, Terry Funk, Masato Tanaka, Francine, Cactus Jack, Shane Douglas and Raven posing with his arms outstretched.

    … “E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB”…

    Sabu and Taz face to face, RVD diving into the crowd off a somersault plancha, Beulah getting into a cat fight, The Dudleys getting into it with fans and the ring filling up with chairs thrown in by the fans…

    … “E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB”…

    And end on the words hitting the screen;

    ONE
    NIGHT
    STAND.



    ECW ONE NIGHT STAND | JULY 13 | NEW YORK CITY, NY
    ONLY ON PAY PER VIEW
    ***
     



    Backstage, JOSH MATHEWS enters the General Managers office, where THE FIGHT FACTORY are shown with FINLAY, in the middle of a discussion. Seeing Josh enter, Finlay holds up a finger for him to wait for a moment.

    Elijah Burke:
    … That’s two weeks in a row, boss. We think a title shot is fair.

    Wade Barrett: Especially after they cheated us the last time.

    The GM puts his hands up, getting the Fight Factory to stop.

    Finlay: Okay, I hear your reasons. But, {scoffs} you’re being a little hypocritical. You both cheated to win those singles matches. So, you cant complain when the shoe is on the other foot. And beating the tag team champions in singles matches doesn’t warrant an automatic shot at the titles - not in my book at least. So, while you deserve credit for beating MNM on their own, you didn’t beat them when it mattered most.

    Elijah Burke: But-

    Finlay cuts Burke off before he can plead any further.

    Finlay: That said, you do deserve an opportunity to earn a title shot. So how about this. Next week, there’ll be a triple threat tag team match. It’ll be the two of you … Los Latinos … and the Hardy Boys. And the winning team challenges MNM at the Great American Bash.

    The Fight Factory don’t look impressed.

    Wade Barrett: We shouldn’t have to beat anyone for our shot. We deserve a rematch-

    Finlay: You deserve nothing. You earn it. If you really feel you deserve your shot, then you’ll go and earn it next week, wont ye??

    Burke nudges Barrett, sighing, motioning for them to leave, knowing Finlay has made his decision, not bothering to show the GM any gratitude for the opportunity next week. They shuffle past Mathews, with Josh looking behind him as they leave, before approaching the GM.

    Josh Mathews: Mister Finlay, you asked to see me?? Is it true you wanted to announce a huge main event for next week‘s Independence Day Smackdown??

    Finlay nods.

    Josh Mathews: Was that it that we just heard?? The triple threat-

    Finlay: No, no. That’s an added bonus. See, I took the actions of The Undertaker and Kane earlier as a sign that they will be on Smackdown next week. And at the risk of things blowing out of control between them and the Gods of War, I’m taking it upon myself to give them something to fight about.

    Mathews looks intrigued.

    Finlay: So next week, in the main event of Smackdown, The Undertaker is going to face Lashley.

    There’s a pop in the background, with Finlay pausing momentarily.

    Finlay: … In a Casket Match.

    Josh looks stunned by the stipulation.

    Josh Mathews: A- A- … a casket match??

    Finlay nods, sitting up on his desk, folding his arms.

    Josh Mathews: Wow. Okay. Uhh, thank you for your time.

    Mathews then leaves the office, as Finlay gets looking at some paperwork…





    Back into the arena…


    **TIME TO PLAY THE GAME**

    The Echo Arena comes to its feet, as the iconic Motorhead theme fills the arena - and it can only mean one thing; the arrival of TRIPLE H and the main event tonight!!! The Game spits water at the top of the ramp, and power walks down toward the ring, full of intensity for his first title shot in OVER a year…

    Joey Styles:
    Well King - here we go!! Liverpool has been buzzing all night long in anticipation for this blockbuster main event!! The WWE Championship is on the line; with Triple H set to challenge Edge!!

    Jerry Lawler: This could be a main event anywhere in the world, at any event - but it happens tonight, Styles. It’s about to happen right here, tonight!!

    Joey Styles: Triple H is looking to make history. Along with The Rock, he is the only ten time champion in WWE history - but tonight, he has the chance to move out on his own as the most decorated World Champion EVER.

    Jerry Lawler: And as far as The Game is concerned, this has been a long time coming!!

    Spitting water on the apron, Triple H proceeds into the ring, scaling the turnbuckles, posing to the fans, with plenty of support in the arena for the ten times former champion. The Game parades around the ring, getting set for the big time main event and the arrival of the champion.


    **METALINGUS**

    Wearing his usual trench coat, the WWE Champion, EDGE, hit’s the stage, running to either side, pumping up the fans, before setting off his pyro as he marches down the ramp - looking every bit as intense as his challenger, clearly nowhere near ready to give up the gold it took him ten years to capture.

    Joey Styles:
    There is a big fight feel in a big fight city tonight!! For the first time EVER, Edge and Triple H are set to lock horns for the richest prize in the entire game!! It doesn’t get any bigger than this!!

    Jerry Lawler: Oh boy, look at the face on Edge!! He’s ready for a fight tonight, Joey!!

    Joey Styles: The WWE Championship match - our main event tonight - is coming up next - don’t go ANYWHERE!!!!

    Edge continues to the ring, as we head to the commercial…



    Commercial Break



    Smackdown returns, just in time for the big fight introductions…

    Main Event | WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:
    Edge vs. Triple H
    Once the bell rings, champion and challenger meet in the middle of the ring, trading words. Both men have plenty to say, trying to get a psychological advantage over the other, whilst the fans pick sides, with a pretty even split between the two men. They back up a step from one another, and Triple H tries a cheap shot - BLOCKED - and Edge scores with a knock down!!! The big right hand from Edge stuns The Game, with Triple H sliding back, not allowing Edge to follow up after the shot. The Game stands back up, offering Edge a nod of respect for his reactions to the attempted cheap shot.

    Regrouping, Triple H circles the ring with Edge, and the two men lock up, with Triple H quickly switching to a side headlock. Edge shoves him off, but Triple H comes back off the ropes, knocking the champion down with a shoulder block!! The Game stands over Edge now, giving the champion a crotch chop - to a mixed reaction from the fans - but Edge isn’t impressed. The champ gets to his feet, locking up with the challenger again, and this time, Edge gets the headlock, but Triple H shoves him away to the ropes. Edge puts the brakes on, grabbing the ropes, and The Game punches thin air - with the champion coming back off the ropes and SLAPS Triple H!!!

    It’s already getting nasty between the two, and the slaps incenses The Game, with the challenger taking a shot - ducked by Edge, and Edge then beats Triple H to the punch, hammering The Game into the ropes, sending him off the ropes, and knocking him down with a clothesline. Triple H scrambles to his feet, but is knocked right back down by Edge, and again!! Triple H stumbles up by the ropes, with Edge coming at him, but The Game sidesteps, and he sends the incoming Edge soaring over the top to the floor!!! Edge doesn’t hit hard though, and he immediately slides back into the ring … only to be clotheslined RIGHT BACK OVER by The Game!!!!!

    This time, Edge doesn’t recover so quickly, and the challenger climbs out, dropping off the apron onto Edge with an axe handle!! Taking control, The Game pulls Edge back to his feet, and attempts an Irish whip into the barrier - REVERSED BY EDGE - AND TRIPLE H HIT’S THE BARRIER INSTEAD!!!!!! The Game staggers back after colliding with the barrier, and Edge delivers a back body drop, with The Game thudding off the floor. Edge rolls in and out of the ring, breaking the count, and stalks at Triple H pulls himself up on the apron, slamming the challengers head off the apron, then off the steps, before rolling him back into the ring, following inside.

    Edge scores with a corner spear, crushing Triple H in the corner, but gets greedy, going for another - NO ONE HOME!!! Triple H ducked out of dodge, and Edge hit’s the corner instead!! The Game takes a moment to catch his breath, then as Edge gets up and turns around, Triple H charges in - but Edge reacts, catching The Game on the way in - FLAPJACK - and Triple H’s head bounces off the top turnbuckle!!! The flapjack sends Triple H spaghetti legged, and Edge senses the opening; coming for the SPEAR - NO - Triple H kicks Edge away, and when Edge turns back around, Triple H flattens him with a clothesline!!!! Cover, 1...2...NO!!!

    Rising to their feet, Triple H strikes first, putting Edge down again with a clothesline, following up by hitting the ropes and delivering a Harley Race knee drop, into another cover, 1...2...Kick Out!!! Triple H doesn’t give Edge a chance to catch his breath, beating him into the corner with punches, and when in the corner, the challenger switches levels, and DRIVES his shoulder into the gut of the champion repeatedly, punishing the mid section!! Suitably softened up, Triple H then sends Edge across the ring - HARD - STERNUM FIRST into the opposite corner!! The Game then repeats the trick, sending Edge right back across - STERNUM FIRST into the corner again!!!! Edge bounces out of the corner, and Triple H follows up with a neck breaker!!! Cover; 1...2...NO!!!!!

    Triple H looks unhappy at the count, but keeps his focus on Edge, dragging the champion up, beating him into the ropes with right hands, then picks Edge up for a suplex - but hangs the champion up on the top rope - sternum first - with Edge landing on the apron, and the ropes the only thing keeping him up - as Triple H builds up a head of steam, charging across the ring; RUNNING HIGH KNEE TO EDGE - AND EDGE FLIES OFF THE APRON - CRASHING INTO THE BARRIER!!!!! The Game is in charge, and poses momentarily in the ring, getting a pretty positive reaction from the fans, whilst Edge writhes on the floor, clutching his mid section, as Joey Styles sends us into the final commercial of the evening…



    Commercial Break



    Back from the commercial, Triple H has an ABDOMINAL STRETCH applied, and is using the ropes for leverage out of the referees line of vision!! Clearly having no issue to bending the rules, The Game is willing to do whatever it takes to win the title. Clips air from during the commercial, where The Game hung Edge up on the barrier outside like he had on the ropes, before cutting off a brief fight back by applying the stretch. Edge is in deep trouble, with Triple H driving his elbow into the exposed ribs repeatedly - then grabs the ropes again for leverage … but this time Chad Patton DOES see it, and DEMANDS the hold is broken!!!!! The Game is furious with himself for the mistake, but does release - though only at the count of four.

    Patton gives the challenger a stern warning for the blatant cheating, with The Game coming back for Edge, dragging him up, sending the champion off the ropes, looking for the abdominal stretch again - but Edge counters, into a SMALL PACKAGE - 1...2...NO!!! Triple H escapes the pin, but misses a right hand as he gets up, and Edge pops off a dropkick!!! The challenger is up quickly, but Edge is ready for him, ducking under, and scoring with a half-nelson bulldog!! Hook of the leg, 1...2...Kick Out!!! Edge, building up momentum, climbs to the top turnbuckle, wincing at the top as he feels the pain from damage done to the midsection by The Game … but he leaps off, catching Triple H with the MISSILE DROPKICK!!! 1...2...SHOULDER UP!!!!

    Edge gets back up off the near fall, bringing Triple H with him, clubbing the back of the challenger, and looks to send him across the ring to the corner, but The Game reverses, sending Edge instead, and follows in with a clothesline. Following up, he stomps Edge into the mat, punishing the mid-section again, before pulling Edge back up, sending him off the ropes and ducking down for the anticipated return … but Edge kicks the challenger away!! Triple H spins away, and the champion looks to follow up coming at The Game - but gets waylaid with a clothesline!! Triple H turns Edge inside out with the clothesline … and prowls … waiting for Edge to get up … kick to the gut … PEDIGREE - NO - EDGE TRIPS THE GAME - JACKKNIFE COVER … 1...2...NO!!!!!

    Triple H escapes the predicament, and POWERS up out of the pin, turning over, looking to BACKSLIDE Edge, but the champion fights it, and spins out of trouble, ducking a clothesline from the challenger, kicking him in the gut - EDGECUTION!!!! Edge hooks the leg … 1...2...SHOULDER UP!!!!!! Triple H survives at the very last second!!! But it may not be for long, as Edge takes up a position in the corner, setting himself for the SPEAR!!!!! The champion lies in wait, ready to explode, willing Triple H to his feet … waiting to deliver his finish … but as The Game pulls himself up on the ropes … he drops back down … and rolls out of the ring!!!! The fans boo, but Lawler calls it a smart move, with Triple H obviously aware of what was to come.

    The Game takes a walk around ringside, paying no heed to the boos from the fans, using his brain … but Edge isn’t waiting around, and comes looking for a SOMERSAULT PLANCHA … BUT HE MISSES!!!!!! Triple H moves out of danger, and Edge CRASHES AND BURNS!!!!! Edge hit’s the floor with an ALMIGHTY thud, and Triple H doesn’t waste a second, picking the champion back up, and tossing him back into the ring, following inside as Lawler says The Games superior experience is starting to tell … as the count comes down; 1...2...EDGE KICKS OUT!!!!! “Triple H may have more experience in title situations - but don’t count Edge out of this yet!!” bellows Joey Styles, as Edge survives.

    Frustrated, Triple H gets back to his feet, shaking his head, and follows as Edge retreats to the ropes, beating the champion down on the ropes, showing no mercy, dragging the champion up, looking to send him off the ropes, but Edge manages to reverse the momentum, sending Triple H off instead, ducking down for the return … but gets a FACEBUSTER from Triple H!!! Edge eats the face buster, then a kick, DDT!!!!! Triple H turns him over, hooking the leg; 1...2...KICK OUT!!! The Game shakes his head again, but has a smirk on his face, sensing he’s closing in on World title #11. He waits, with Edge struggling up … walking into the path of the challenger … kick to the gut … PEDIGREE - NO!!!!!

    Edge battles out, trips The Game … and CATAPULTS him into the corner … then drops The Game with the EDGE-O-MATIC!!!!! 1...2...KICK OUT!!!!! Edge has suddenly turned the momentum of the match, and he sets up again for the SPEAR … charging at Triple H out of the corner - RIGHT INTO A DOUBLE A SPINEBUSTER!!!!!! Triple H explodes with the counter, and hooks the leg, 1...2...SHOULDER UP!!!!! Both men are laid out on the mat, spent after a stunning back and forth battle, but it’s Triple H getting up first - naturally, having hit the last big move - and he leans back on the ropes, waiting for Edge to stir. The champion gets to his knees, with Triple H coming to meet him, but Edge strikes first with a shot to the gut, and again, fighting back to his feet.

    Trading back and forth, champion and challenger throw bombs, and a big shot from Edge sends The Game reeling into the ropes … but he staggers back out, kicking Edge in the gut - and the earlier work on the mid section sees that blow have more meaning, with Edge dropping to a knee, which allows Triple H to stand over him, hammering Edge down. The Game drags Edge back up, standing the champion up, then comes off the ropes … RIGHT INTO A BIG BOOT FROM EDGE!!!!! Edge cleans out the challenger with the big boot, but DOESN’T cover, and instead, DEMANDS The Game stand back up … AS HE CHARGES FOR A SPEAR - NO - TRIPLE H CATCHES HIM COMING IN … PEDIGREE …

    NO!!!!!!! EDGE BACKDROPS OUT OF THE PEDIGREE!!!!! The Game gets up … and turns … RIGHT INTO A SPEAR!!!!!!!! Edge FINALLY scores with the SPEAR!!!!!!! Cover; 1...2...TRIPLE H GETS THE SHOULDER UP!!!!!!! It’s pandemonium inside the Echo Arena, and Edge is in disbelief, questioning the referee over the count, convinced he got three … but Patton shakes his head, firmly telling the champion it was TWO!!! Edge runs his fingers through his hair, shaking his head, but grits his teeth, and takes up a position in the corner … waiting for Triple H to stir, willing the challenger up … with The Game peeling off the ropes … EDGE EXPLODES OUT OF THE CORNER … AND SPEARS THE GAME AGAIN!!!!!! Second time lucky!!! Edge hooks the leg … 1...2...3!!!!!!!!!!
    Winner: And STILL WWE Champion - EDGE @ 20:18

    Joey Styles: Edge has done it!! He has risen to see off the challenge of The Game!! And what a match!!! That’s how much it means to BOTH men, King!!

    Jerry Lawler: I said this could headline WrestleMania, Styles - and it lived up to the billing!! What a match!!!

    Joey Styles: These people in Liverpool are on their feet!! They know they’ve just witnessed something special!! It looked as if Triple H was about to get the Pedigree - but Edge countered at the very last second!!! Triple H kicked out of the first spear - but NO ONE can survive TWO - no one!!

    Edge looks relieved to have the win, getting his hand raised, and he clutches the title gratefully, seeing off the challenge of one of the all time greats. The Rated ‘R’ Superstar climbs the turnbuckles, holding up the belt proudly, whilst Triple H rolls to the outside, clutching his ribs, selling the impact of the two spears.

    Joey Styles: But King, let’s not forget - with that win, Edge has ended any hopes Ric Flair might have had about concluding his career with a final World Championship. That match now with Triple H at the Great American Bash will be all about pride. Can Ric Flair end his career with one final victory??

    Jerry Lawler: I don’t know if Triple H is thinking too much about it right now, Joey. He’s still coming to terms with losing this match.

    The Game backs up the ramp, looking back at Edge, offering a nod to his conqueror, giving Edge respect, with Edge nodding back in return. The Game turns and leaves, as Edge continues to watch his beaten challenger depart…

    Joey Styles: Edge has most definitely gained the respect of The Game here tonight. Edge has now beaten Kurt Angle and Triple H since becoming champion. Who is going to step up?? Who is going to take the WWE Championship from Edge!?

    Jerry Lawler: He keeps knocking ‘em back, Styles!! He’s beaten two of the all time great champions, he saw off a hungry challenger in Garrison Cade, he overcame the odds to defeat The Brian Kendrick. I don’t know who cou-

    Joey Styles: HOLD ON-

    … WHEN EDGE GETS SPUN AROUND …

    RKO.

    Joey Styles:
    IT- ITS-

    Jerry Lawler: RANDY ORTON!!!!!!

    RANDY ORTON IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s bedlam inside the Echo Arena, as RANDY ORTON returns to Smackdown after THREE months on the shelf, and the former WWE Champion instantly targets the man who ended his year long WWE title reign at WrestleMania!!!

    Joey Styles: Randy Orton just DROPPED the WWE Champion!!!

    Jerry Lawler: HE’S BAAAA-AAACK!!!

    Joey Styles: And he’s back with a bang, King!! Randy Orton has been out of action for nearly three months. He suffered a broken collarbone at the hands of Edge!! And he obviously hasn’t forgotten!!!

    Jerry Lawler: And don’t forget - he never got his rematch for the title!!!

    Orton stands tall, sending a message to Edge, picking up the WWE Championship, and draping it over the prone body of Edge, before proceeding to exit the ring…

    **BREAK THE WALLS DOWN**

    It’s the music of CHRIS JERICHO … with Mr. Money In The Bank swiftly walking through the curtain with his briefcase … and he’s bringing a referee with him!!!!!

    Joey Styles: Oh … my … God.

    Jerry Lawler: HAHA!! YES!!! This is brilliant!!! This is the BEAUTY of Money in the Bank!!!!

    Joey Styles: Edge has just wrestled a twenty minute match!! He just took an RKO!!! He’s in no condition-

    Jerry Lawler:It doesn’t matter!!! Anytime - anyplace - anywhere!!! And Chris Jericho is choosing NOW!!!!

    Orton pauses on the apron, watching as Jericho marches down the ramp, pointing to the ring, talking to the referee, and hands him the briefcase on the outside, pointing to the timekeepers position!!!

    Joey Styles:
    I don’t believe this!! Chris Jericho is going to feed off the scraps here - Edge is in no position to even defend himself!!!

    Jerry Lawler: We’re about to see a new champion!!!

    Jericho climbs into the ring, ignoring the presence of Orton, and he looks out to the floor, demanding that THE REFEREE RINGS THE BELL … but before the bell can be rung … ORTON SPINS JERICHO AROUND; RKO!!!!!!!!!

    RKO TO JERICHO!!!!!!!!

    Jerry Lawler:
    WHAT!!!???

    Joey Styles: Orton just threw a spanner in Jerichos master plan!!!

    Orton leaps back up, and stands over Mr. Money in the Bank, ending any hopes of a Money in the Bank cash in on this night, with a euphoric look on his face, standing over the bodies of BOTH Edge and Jericho - returning to Smackdown with a BANG.

    Joey Styles:
    Randy Orton has just put any notion of a Money in the Bank cash in tonight to bed. In Ortons mind he obviously wants to be the one to end Edges title reign - NOT Jericho!!! There will be NO cash in in Liverpool. Edge will leave tonight as WWE Champion … but he will leave England with the message loud and clear; Randy Orton is BACK - and he wants the WWE Title!!!

    The show ends on the image of Randy Orton - standing tall - over the WWE Champion, with Edge turning over, clutching onto his title … but for how much longer??

    END OF SHOW

     
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    Current Card for ECW One Night Stand:
    July 13 2008 | Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City NY

    THE FINAL SHOWDOWN:
    Raven vs. Tommy Dreamer

    WWE HARDCORE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:
    The Miz vs. ANY ECW Alumni


     
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    Current Card for WWE Great American Bash:
    July 20 2008 | Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte NC
    Theme Music; ‘Leave The Memories Alone’ by Fuel

     
    RIC FLAIRS FINAL MATCH:
    Ric Flair vs. Triple H

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    SMACKDOWN REVIEW

    Triple H/Edge – This was well built up throughout the night from the opening segment to both men stating their intentions for victory tonight including the mentions of Ric Flair. The actual match was off the charts and possibly more nail biting than Kendrick/Edge. Great to see Edge get the clean win as it will give him so much momentum moving forward. I was certain that Kennedy would cost Trips the match but I’m guessing that he will wait for The Great American Bash and possibly go after Flair to send a message to The Game. The post-match stuff was also done very well with Orton returning to attack Edge. Orton stopping Jericho from cashing in was weird but I’m expecting him to state that he wants to be the one to take the title from Edge.

    Jericho – Speaking of Jericho he definitely came over as the proper heel that he is when he trashed RVD. I hope that one is not over but I’m also against dragging it out for the next few months.

    Angle – I thought Angle was going to attack Danielson and start a feud up but it looks like Angle is taking the feeling inadequate route. Hopefully though Angle/Danielson is something revisited in the future. It just has to be!!

    Noble/Danielson
    – Well Danielson got attacked anyway… only it was by Noble instead. I didn’t expect this to be honest. I thought that the duo were done with but I guess one more match, maybe even a last chance match could be on the cards. In fact that’s where Angle might strike and go heel setting up a match of matches at Summerslam.

    MNM/Fight Factory – Another cheap win for FF and Melina wants to fight fire with fire despite Nitro’s protest. I seriously can’t look past Melina turning on MNM. The stars seem to be aligning for it.

    Gods Of War – Stevie Richards men really did a number on The Hardy Boys tonight. I think it was a good idea to have the message sent but no appearance, builds suspense for when The BoD do turn up. The Casket match being announce next week wasn’t expected although I’m a little annoyed that it was only stated to Josh Matthews (?) and not to The Gods Of War themselves. With how you like to surprise us I’m really keen to see what you do with this one.

    Los Colons
    - Finally it seems The Colons are not standing by and letting what happened to Primo last year go. First MVP and then Kofi later in the night. Hopefully the pair team up because Carlito has lost his backbone when it comes to his brother and cousin.

    Overall Wolf you continue to please with your work. The main event was top notch writing and storytelling and it only makes me want to tune in to the next show even more. Still feeling Smackdown over Raw at the moment although Raw has begun to pick up over the last few weeks. Keep up the good work!!!

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    Haven't got time to give you a real review right now buddy, life very busy at the minute. Just wanted to say still reading along when I can and still enjoying. SmackDown's main event scene is starting to look pretty stacked with Orton back in town and Punk's victory speech on Raw was spot on. And I got a double victory in the predictions. Yay for me! Keep it going man, still great stuff.


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    It has been awhile since I’ve left some proper feedback on a show; however I have been keeping up to date with this thing when I’ve had the chance. Anyway, in somewhat shocking news, here is some Smackdown feedback…

    Considering as far as I remember Edge/Triple H doesn’t have a whole heap of hype about it, I thought it made a lot of sense to open up with this little interaction here. Nice tension building segment, it really felt like a big moment as tonight’s main event should as well. Really good start, small but has a great impact in my opinion.

    Opening with Jericho wasn’t necessarily expected but I guess he’d want to gloat after ending Van Dam’s career. The Smackdown is Jericho surprised me a little as I thought with this new, more serious gimmick he would stay away from the catchphrases. I did enjoy the play on the phrase though regarding how basically everything is Jericho, very clever. Outside of this, realistically this was a bit of a nothing promo. Jericho got in some cheap heat with his RVD gloating, before touching on the fact that he could cash in tonight, which I thought should have been played up a little more. Still, a solid enough start and nothing wrong with the writing as usual.

    Matt Hardy/Lashley is a pretty fun way to open up as I’ve really enjoyed The Hardyz little program with The Gods of War. Even with the help of Jeff, Lashley being basically down for the count in just over three minutes doesn’t sit well with me. Doesn’t help him come across as a beast at all. Still, the concept made sense of the interference, and Batista causing the DQ was all well and good. The aftermath with The Gods of War hitting their finishers on the floor was a nice full stop on the segment.

    Stevie and TGOW sending a message towards Taker and Kane makes perfect sense after what happened last week. His words were fine and the standard Undertaker mind games was a nice way to end this segment. Looking forward to hopefully seeing an epic confrontation between the four men next week.

    DiBiase/R Truth rivalry continues as they have had it in for each other since day one. I think I’ve mentioned before that I really enjoy this pairing because their characters are completely polar opposite. Ted apologising to his dad shows how in over his head is but obviously Sr. has other plans. Truth giving them some attitude was all fine and dandy. Solid stuff.

    Smart that you played the KOTR video package before this match which is built off of KOTR angles. Pretty standard mid card tag until the ending which was unexpected. Los Colon’s interference came out of nowhere for me, and with them already targeting Carlito, didn’t expect this to happen. Not a bad thing or anything just unexpected. At least it gives MVP something to do, he feels a little under utilised recently. Anyway, DiBiase somehow gets another fluke win to continue that angle. Well booked however Los Colon’s/MVP does feel like a little bit of a stretch considering how long ago the stuff happened between MVP/Primo.

    LMAO at Kendrick taking a leave of absence. So awesome.

    Triple H interview was fine enough. I really like the angle of the added motivation to win because of Flair’s last match, a really good touch. Hunter not wanting to answer the Kennedy question is great, but I still can’t wait for this to come to a head.

    It’s more of the same old stuff from Angle as he resets fails and then talks about resetting again. Clearly something big will come of it this time with Angle taking a few weeks off. I’m predicting that he will come back as a heel. Anyway, Kurt was great and was gracious in an almost passing off the torch moment to Danielson. These moments are always huge and this was another there. Danielson’s bit on the mic was solid enough and I’m interested that he’s still after the Cruiserweight title. Whilst Noble/Danielson has been all types of amazing, I’m not sure if after rubbing shoulders with Angle and CM Punk, going back to the Cruiserweight title feud is a smart move for Danielson. Still though, a good promo and the attack from Noble afterwards furthers the heat in this one… Maybe Noble/Danielson manage one more match… Good stuff.

    Mercury/Burke went exactly as it should have. The cheating adds more intrigue to the Melina angle but Barrett needs the win to plant more doubt into the heads of the champions. Great stuff.

    Melina/Nitro interaction straight after the loss was very interesting. Nitro still not wanting to cheat but Melina having had enough is a fun twist. I’m not completely sure what direction this angle is going but I’m enjoying the hell out of it.

    Much like the Triple H one, Edge’s promo was solid hype for tonight’s main event. Edge’s intensity comes off sensational again here, and I loved that he addressed Triple H, Flair and even Jericho here. Good stuff.

    As I think others mentioned previously, the names of Los Latinos and Los Colons are way to similar. When I read them close together it bothers me. Anyway, Carlito and Kofi not being on the same page with all that is happening makes sense, and great booking to have another loss here. Colon’s interfere and ‘Lito still refuses to fight them. Only a matter of time before Kofi walks out on this, been building nicely for weeks now.

    Finlay just made some awesome moved, causing next week’s Smackdown to look STACKED. Triple threat tag and Lashley/Taker in a casket match should bot be very fun reads. Burke and Barrett being a little annoyed at having to earn the opportunity is typical heel stuff, whilst the casket match is gold. Good segment to really make me look forward to next week’s Smackdown.

    Main event write up was awesome and rightfully so with two of the biggest, if not the biggest names on the show going at it. A little shocked to see this given away on free tv but I guess this match is not in any future PPV plans. Another terrific outcome for Edge and he looks amazing for everything he has had to go through in his title reign so far. The initial kick out of the Spear means Hunter doesn’t really lose anything either. Sensational stuff.

    The aftermath of the RKO came out of nowhere… Which shocked me but made for a great moment. Jericho trying to capitalise only to also cop an RKO complicates things a little. A really exciting ending to cap off the show.

    A pretty good show here mate. Awesome main event and some mid card angle progression. As usual, a pleasure to read and hopefully at some stage I can begin to be a little more consistent with my feedback again.








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