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    Re: April BTBOTM - Being The Booker

    Some quick thoughts for SD, which again was perfectly booked. I’m strapped for time so I’m just gonna leave what I liked.

    I am very excited for this Orton/Morrison feud. I stated in the past that Orton needed to be away from the title for a little while, and a feud to elevate Morrison is a perfect way of keeping him away for now. I am hoping Morrison comes back from the DDT with a vengeance, as this feud has a ton of potential.

    The storyline arc of MVP with Dibiase is almost at the top, and I really like it. He is getting more pissed each week and I am excited to see where this goes. Also loved The Hardy’s here.

    I loved the way you continued from last week with Edge and Batista. Batista’s “YOU OWE ME” could definitely be printed on a t-shirt, and I would buy that shit in a heartbeat haha.

    So now the stage is set for Survivor Series, and this match will be epic. I am very curious to see who will be on each team, and I also love that if Angle wins he gets a title shot. I really don’t know who will be on each team, but I am pumped as hell to see it unfold over the next few weeks.

    Survivor Series is shaping up to be a massive show. So many different storylines leading into it, and the past few weeks seem like you’ve turned over a new leaf on both Raw and SD. By no means were things getting stale, you just found a way to spruce them up more than before, which is a credit to your amazing booking. Great work all around here, can’t wait for Raw, and eventually Survivor Series.

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    Raw Re: April BTBOTM - Being The Booker

    Heads up; after this Raw, Smackdown was written in recap form just due to having to write a three hour Raw for the following week. Also, I flubbed a bit as I meant to write up a 'news and notes' type post after Nemesis and completely forgot about it, then forgot to do it again after Smackdown. I'll hopefully remember to do that after this weeks Smackdown to explain a few absences etc and hint toward some future plans. This Raw is also very dialogue heavy, which is why it's longer than what recent weeks may have been.

    Monday Night Raw | October 27 2008 | London, England

    Clips from last weeks show, beginning with Linda McMahons announcement of the Survivor Series Elimination Match for the Commissioner position and the closing sequence with Shawn Michaels siding with JBL…

    Opening Video

    NO Pyro

    Instead, we open up in the ring, amidst boos …

    As JOHN ‘BRADSHAW’ LAYFIELD stands centre ring, flanked by RANJIN SINGH (the man in charge tonight) and VLADIMIR with the MASTER CRAFTSMEN stood behind them … and SHAWN MICHAELS off to the side.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: I’d like to think that most of you people here in the United Kingdom are smart enough to see the truth that stands before you … because back home in America, many of those fans still don't believe I should be Commissioner of the WWE.

    Ain’t too many here believe he should be either!!” ~J.R chimes in.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: They don’t want to see me replace the ineptitude that’s been running this company into the ground for the last eighteen months. Jesse Ventura has treated his position as if it’s a part-time venture. A hobby. He isn’t here tonight, and why?? Because he didn’t think of you great people as worth his time to fly over here.

    Layfield is definitely doing his best to kiss up to the English fans.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: An’ he doesn’t deem it necessary to be present even when we’re back home in the U.S.A on a week to week basis. Hell, he left Smackdown without ANY form of authority in Finlay’s absence after he was brutally and savagely taken out.

    He has a point, J.R!!!”

    Jesse Ventura put John Laurinaitis in charge, Coach.”

    And he should be fired for that decision alone!!”

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Jesse Ventura hasn’t even had an active participation in that investigation, either. Oh no, Mister Ventura is too busy filming some bargain bin movie that won’t get even a theatrical release. He’s too busy setting up some tin-foil hat conspiracy series than to be a dedicated Commissioner and get to the bottom of the mystery of which piece of garbage took out HIS General Manager of Smackdown.

    In the background, Albright, Haas and Dinsmore all chuckle at that dig at Ventura.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Instead, it took ME to bring that show to order. I’m doing the mans job FOR him, and I’m not even in office … yet. But I soon will be … and let me tell you people, I wont be an absentee Commissioner. I will be at Raw – every single week. I will be at Smackdown – every single week … and I will bring this company into the modern world, out of stone ages Jesse Ventura has dragged it down into.

    The Master Craftsmen applaud in the background, and try to get the fans to do the same. Still, notably, Shawn Michaels is almost completely apart from the rest of the group, in a corner on his own.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: I don’t even think this match at the Survivor Series should be happening in all honesty. Jesse Ventura has proven himself unworthy of his position – and not for the first time in his life; he ain’t fit for office.

    Well, there’s a dig at the former Governor of Minnesota if ever there was one.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: He’s inept, uninterested … and he can’t even find the time to assemble a team capable of representin him at the Survivor Series. Whereas I have left no stone unturned in bringing together the finest group of superstars to GUARANTEE victory at the Survivor Series. I myself, will step out of retirement to control my own destiny. THAT is how much I want to be the Commissioner of the WWE. And joining me, the World Heavyweight Champion, Brent Albright-

    Heat from the fans, as Albright steps forward, with Haas and Dinsmore patting their leader on the back.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: My own personal Russian Hitman, Vladimir-

    A more muted response with only a light shower of boos for the stony faced Russian.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: And as you can see, the Showstopper-

    Massively MIXED reaction from the fans cuts JBL off, and forces him to shout over the mic to be heard.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: THE HEADLINER, THE ICON, THE MAIN EVENT … THE single greatest in ring performer of this- or ANY generation … The Heart Break Kid, Shawn Michaels.

    Michaels never steps out of the corner, but instead offers JBL a nod, accepting the intro. JBL is all smiles, as he turns away again.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: And as a sign of gratitude- call it a signing bonus even – Shawn Michaels will challenge CM Punk a week from tonight on Raws landmark Eight Hundredth episode.

    Three hours next week on the USA Network!!” ~J.R does a bit of a shill.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Not only that … Shawn Michaels will also have the right to set the stipulations for that very match next week, and later tonight, he’ll reveal the match he’s chosen.

    What!?” ~J.R is somewhat stunned by that revelation.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Now that makes four. And as I’ve already said, I’ve left no stone unturned and no expense spared in my pursuit to bring together the greatest collection of WWE superstars to represent and fight alongside me at the Survivor Series.

    JBL stands in the middle of the ring with a big grin, brushing down his tie, looking proud as he builds up for his big announcement…

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Which is why right now I want to unveil the fifth and final member of Team Layfield. The man that guarantees this team will deliver victory for me on November 16…

    **HATE ME NOW**

    It’s JOHN CENA!!! The reaction inside the arena is HUGE, but massive boos follow the initial reaction as Cena enters the arena – as ever in a plain black hoodie – rounding out Team Layfield in style, as Albright looks somewhat confused in the ring; clearly he wasn’t aware.

    On commentary, The Coach is already saying “it’s over” in terms of the Survivor Series, believing there’s no way Ventura and Steamboat can match this team assembled by JBL … and J.R can hardly disagree, saying that Ventura certainly has his work cut out for him.

    Cena – making his first appearance since beating Paul London at Nemesis – climbs into the ring, and shakes hands with JBL, whilst Albright still looks put out by all of this.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Mister Cena; welcome aboard!!

    The boos ring out as Cena is handed the mic by JBL, with Layfield applauding Cena…

    John Cena: You got it, Bradshaw. Came to the right guy t’get the job done. Because if there’s anybody with enough reasons to get Ventura and Steamboat outta power – you’re lookin at him.

    Turning around, Cena eyes the hard camera to send a message.

    John Cena: Yeah, that’s right. All come back to haunt ya, Dragon. Thought y’could hardball with me?? I don’t think so. John Cena always gets what he wants in the end. And ever since you locked me outta the title picture, your card was marked in my book.

    Steamboat barred Cena from challenging for the title for the rest of this calendar year!!” ~J.R makes the uninformed aware.

    John Cena: Y’don’t tie up a rabid dog like me like that. Keepin me outta the title picture for the rest of the year?? That’s a LIFETIME for me!! And the longer I have to sit on the sidelines, the more it kills me to see a paper champion carryin MY belt around Raw.

    Already agitated by Cena’s presence, that dig doesn’t go down well with the World Champion. And Cena sees that reaction – and plays up to it.

    John Cena: Yeah, that’s right – I said PAPER champ, son. And let it be known, I don't give a crap who ya beat; you ain’t EVER losin that tag until you can beat me.

    The Man In Black turns away, dismissing the champion, as JBL stops Albright from confronting Cena, trying to calm Brent down as Cena continues on, seemingly not caring who he pisses off on his team.

    John Cena: JBL?? He’s gonna wipe that rulin once he takes the reigns after Survivor Series … and I’ll be free to make my move on gettin my belt back. That’s all the motivation I need, that’s for damn sure … even if it means bein a team player for a few weeks.

    Cena turns back to address the team.

    John Cena: But uh … word of warnin to the rest of ya – includin’ you, Cap’n-

    Layfield is all ears.

    John Cena: Any one of y’all screws this up for me?? Just know I’mma be huntin yo ass down.

    Mixed reaction. John Cena is taking no prisoners, laying down the law on his own team – including the leader, with JBL surprisingly smiling, despite the warning from Cena.

    John Cena: Anything else??

    Still smiling, JBL shakes his head.

    John Cena: Then I’m outta here.

    Tossing the mic back at JBL (who catches it), Cena turns and leaves, just like that!!

    The Master Craftsmen all look around at one another, not pleased with the blatant disrespect from Cena to the rest of the team … but JBL looks impressed, probably glad to have someone as focused on getting the win at Survivor Series as Cena.

    Cena marches up the ramp, and out of sight, with JBL looking around, before wrapping things up – still looking pleased.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: And I think we’ll leave it there, shall we, gentlemen??

    Layfield motions to the ropes, with the troops beginning to leave … but JBL steps in front of the big intimidating Russian.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Except for Vladimir here. Ain’t that right, Ranjin??

    Singh nods, and leans over to speak into JBL’s mic.

    Ranjin Singh: That is correct. Right now, as the General Manager of Raw tonight, I want to show you great fans exactly what Vladimir has to offer. For all our great fans in the UK, I present to you the in ring debut of Vladimir!!!

    What a disingenuous suck up!!” ~J.R sees through Singh.

    Ranjin Singh: And his opponent … will be Englands own; Doug Williams!!!

    The big Russian offers a solitary nod, as he stays back in the ring, with JBL and Ranjin following the rest out, and J.R hypes the in-ring debut of VLADIMIR; NEXT!!

    Commercial Break

    Match 1:
    Vladimir vs. Doug Williams
    Not a great homecoming for Williams. Fired up to be at home, he comes quick out of the blocks against the stoic Russian – who doesn’t budge from the right hands of the Brit – forcing Williams to run off the ropes – right into a BIG BOOT TO THE CHEST!!!!! Vladimir tosses Williams across the ring, then sets him on the top rope, with Williams kicking at the Russian, doing whatever he can to to keep Vladimir at bay.

    The Russian shrugs off the desperation kicks, and swipes at the legs of Williams, leaving Doug in a prone position, laid across on the top rope. Vladimir is backed up by the ref, but he comes steaming back in with a kick to Doug, and catches him – FALLAWAY SLAM!!!!! A total show of dominance from the Russian, finishing Williams off in short order with the BATTERING RAM HEADBUTT to the chest of the Brit for the 1...2...3!!!
    Winner: Vladimir @ 01:29

    The fans don’t like it, but J.R and Coach can’t help but put the Russian over after a dominant debut. Hand raised, Vladimir remains stoic, but has announced himself as a major threat to anyone…


    And watching backstage, JBL has a permanent smile on his face – very impressed with what he’s just seen. But BRENT ALBRIGHT clearly isn’t interested in that, still seething over the disrespect shown by John Cena earlier.

    Brent Albright: Didn’t you think it would’ve been a good idea to consult with me before bringing Cena on board?? You know he’s only got his best interests at heart. You know it’s THIS he’s interested in, right??

    Albright raises the belt up slightly off his shoulder.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: I don’t give a damn what he’s interested in. As long as he’s on board, that’s all that matters. As long as we win at the Survivor Series … that’s all that matters in the end. And sure, he wants that title. Tell me someone who doesn’t.

    Albright looks somewhat disheartened, but JBL quickly clears up any confusion.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: But just because I’ve promised to lift his ban on challenging for that title … doesn’t mean he’s gonna get a shot right off the bat.

    JBL puts a hand on the shoulder of Albright and reassures him.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: All you have to remember, is that this arrangement benefits us all. Once I’m installed as Commissioner … once Ranjin Singh is installed as General Manager … you’re gonna be the most protected, most valued World Heavyweight Champion of all time.

    Albright nods, looking a little more relieved and at ease.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: We’ve got our team set now. Ventura and Steamboat are stuck on three. Take a look around the landscape … no matter who they bring on board now, they cant hold a candle to what we’ve got. So my advice?? Don’t rock the boat. Not when everything is in hand.

    Again, Albright nods, agreeing with the sentiments from JBL.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: As a matter of fact, I want – or rather, Ranjin wants … you and John Cena to join forces t’night to get better acquainted. You and Cena teamin up to take on your mutual friend, Paul London and Shelton Benjamin.

    Albright smirks and shrugs.

    Brent Albright: That’s what you want?? Okay. You can count on me, I’ve been on board since day one. I just don’t know if we can say the same thing about Cena.

    As the champion turns to leave, JBL says nothing, thinking over the warning about Cena.


    Elsewhere, there’s a pop, as WILLIAM REGAL and GOLDUST are shown on screen, walking through the halls, dressed for action – NEXT!!

    Jim Ross: Well, William Regal will be hoping for a better homecoming that Doug Williams got!! A huge opportunity coming up next – a tag team battle royal with the winners receiving a title opportunity next week on Raw 800!! It’s next!!!

    Commercial Break


    In this world, DOMINANCE is key.”

    Batista delivering a Spinebuster on The Undertaker at Judgment Day, Mark Henry giving Umaga the Worlds Strongest Slam at SummerSlam.

    In this world, POWER is the ultimate currency.”

    Beth Phoenix standing tall with her Womens title, The Brian Kendrick getting his head shaved after losing at SummerSlam.

    Here, STRENGTH is in NUMBERS.”

    The Master Craftsmen standing tall together, Melina aligning with the Fight Factory.

    And here, WEAKNESS will be EXPLOITED.”

    Randy Orton PUNTING countless innocent victims over the last 18 months, CM Punk blasting Shawn Michaels with the Bible in August.

    To stand above ALL others…”

    Shots of Christian, Edge and John Cena over the last few years with World Title belts.

    To be at the TOP of the food chain …”

    Kurt Angle screaming out after a victory, neck muscles bulging, Chris Jericho sneering at the audience on Smackdown.

    SURVIVAL isn’t just an INSTINCT.”

    Mister Kennedy attacking Mr. McMahon on a recent episode of Raw, John Cena beating up Drew McIntyre on Raw during the summer.

    It’s a way of life.”

    Triple H blasting multiple people over the years with a sledgehammer, The Undertaker sitting up at WrestleMania.

    And the only way to GUARANTEE SURVIVAL in this world?”

    The following words THUD onto a black screen.






    Back in the arena, the ring is already filled up with the tag teams of Raw waiting for the final entrants…


    Getting a hearty home country pop, William Regal leads out his team with Goldust taking a back seat tonight as the KNUCKLEDUSTERS head for the ring as the clear favourites in London.

    J.R notes that the team of Damien Sandow and René Duprée are NOT here tonight – citing that they don’t wish to visit England so soon again after their last trip, meaning Regal and Goldust will have to wait at least ANOTHER week before they can get their hands on the pair…

    Americas Most Wanted vs. Charlie Haas & Nick Dinsmore vs. Colt Cabana & Colin Delaney vs. The East Coast Party Boys vs. The New Standard vs. The Knuckledusters
    J.R explains that once one member of a team is eliminated, so is his partner. Obviously, it’s a bit of a mess, but the teams all end up pairing off; AMW go at it with Delaney & Cabana after their recent issues, Hawkins & Ryder battle with Rhodes & Doane whilst Haas and Dinsmore try to pick off Regal & Goldust. First team to go is Delaney & Cabana when Colin gets launched over by James Storm, meaning Colt Cabana has to leave the ring too.


    With one team gone, Harris and Storm look to help out the New Standard, making life extremely difficult for the East Coast Party Boys. Ryder and Hawkins do their best to fight back against the numbers, hanging on for dear life after being split up to opposite sides of the ring. AMW work on Ryder, Rhodes & Doane on Hawkins whilst Regal and Goldust continue to battle with Haas and Dinsmore.

    Eventually despite their best efforts, the party is over for the boys from the East Coast, just unable to hang on any longer. Officially, it’s Ryder that gets eliminated by Rhodes, but two seconds after Ryder hits the ground, Hawkins hits the floor on the other side of the ring courtesy of Harris and Storm. The Knuckledusters are in trouble too with Haas and Dinsmore lining up a double clothesline attempt … but both Regal and Goldy duck – elevating the former champions up and over … and OUT!!!



    Three teams down, three remain. But it doesn’t look good for the fan favourites, as AMW and the New Standard continue their mutually beneficial alliance, as Harris and Storm go after Regal, and Rhodes and Doane go for Goldust, splitting the Knuckledusters up. Both men are thrown over – but hang on the apron, battling for dear life. Harris runs off the ropes, looking to force Regal off at speed – but the wily veteran LOW BRIDGES the ropes … with Harris tumbling to the floor!!!!!


    Storm can’t believe it. He is forced from the ring, but is clearly livid with his partner as they leave … with Regal now able to return to the ring … and he dips into his trunks – BRINGING OUT THE BRASS KNUCKS!!! Whilst Rhodes and Doane are too busy try to break Goldusts grip on the ropes to eliminate him, it allows Regal to spin Doane around and BLAST HIM with the Knucks!!! Rhodes turns, eyes bugging out as he sees his partner down before he gets NAILED too!!! Goldust gets back inside and with Regal, the pair throw BOTH Rhodes and Doane to the floor!!!


    Winners: The Knuckledusters @ 04:58

    London pops big for Regal and Goldust, as they earn the opportunity to challenge the champions next week on Raw, and the pair of veterans celebrate with Goldust hugging Regal – whilst the always uptight Brit awkwardly freezes when being hugged by the weirdo; but doesn’t fight it. However … the celebrations are cut short, as RANJIN SINGH; the GM tonight … walks onto the stage.

    Ranjin Singh: I don’t mean to be a- a- a party pooper…

    The contempt for the bumbling, nervous Singh is clear to hear from the fans.

    Ranjin Singh: But this match isn’t over.

    The heat intensifies, whilst Regal and Goldust both look confused.

    Ranjin Singh: There’s one more team that have entered this match. They just arrived-

    And they literally have just arrived – in the ring, having come from the crowd; it’s DAMIEN SANDOW and RENÉ DUPRÉE!!! Regal and Goldust have their backs turned, focusing on Singh on the ramp … as their rivals waste no time at all, grabbing Regal and Goldust from behind … DUMPING THEM OUT OF THE RING TO THE FLOOR!!!!! DUPRÉE AND SANDOW HAVE STOLEN THE MATCH FROM UNDER THE KNUCKLE DUSTERS NOSES!!!!!


    Winners: The Knuckledusters @ 04:58
    Winners: Damien Sandow & René Duprée @ 06:02

    The heat inside the o2 arena is off the charts!! William Regal just got screwed in his home country!! And the foes of the Knuckledusters – the team that Regal and Goldust haven’t been able to get their hands on – steal the win through the backdoor, and most importantly get the title shot next week on Raw!!!

    Duprée and Sandow don’t get long to smugly celebrate and bask in the vitriol of the hometown fans of Regal as the Knuckledusters quickly regroup and immediately hit the ring, looking to get a piece of Sandow and Duprée … but the heels quickly scarper out of the ring to avoid that fate and briskly make their way up the ramp.

    In the ring – screwed out of a title shot next week – Regal and Goldust are both livid, both desperate to get their hands on Sandow and Duprée, as J.R tells us that WHEN the Knuckledusters do catch Sandow & Duprée there will be hell to pay…

    Commercial Break

    Back from the break, J.R and Coach discuss what just occurred moments ago with René Duprée and Damien Sandow stealing the win – and next weeks tag title shot – from under the noses of William Regal and Goldust. J.R again opines that the day will come when Sandow and Duprée have to face the pair, and there will be hell to pay …

    Then he transitions to the ongoing situation between Beth Phoenix and Natalya over the Womens title, and the sneak attack by Phoenix on Natalya last week, before sending it back to Scott Stanford backstage with the Womens Champion…

    Scott Stanford: Thanks J.R, and thank you Beth Phoenix for joining me at this time. Last week, after she won her match, you attacked Natalya in the ring, completely taking her by surprise. But despite those actions last week, it’s done little to stop the speculation that Natalya maybe has your number.

    Beth looks offended.

    Beth Phoenix: Excuse me!? My number?? I don’t think so.

    Rather intimidatingly, Beth addresses Stanford.

    Beth Phoenix: Look at me, Scott. Look at what I’ve got. I’m the WWE Womens Champion, and have been for nearly FIVE months now. No one – NO ONE has MY number in this division. What I did last week was remind everyone of that fact … and especially remind Natalya.

    She points off camera whilst glaring at the interviewer.

    Beth Phoenix: And I’ve heard what people are saying. I’ve heard people like you say that I can’t break Natalya’s Sharpshooter. That I’m afraid of the Sharpshooter. And even that Natalya might actually be STRONGER than me.

    Beth shakes her head.

    Beth Phoenix: She’s not stronger than me. She’s not even close. No one in this Womens division is. I’m the strongest. I’m the best. What happened at Nemesis was a one off; an aberration. I just had ONE bad night, that’s all.

    Phoenix holds up that one finger for a few moments before continuing.

    Beth Phoenix: So Scott, you … and everyone else – ESPECIALLY Natalya – can read my lips … I CAN break that Sharpshooter; I don’t even need the ropes to do it!! I AM stronger than Natalya and I’ll prove it if I have to. And most importantly, if she gets a rematch with me … I WILL beat Natalya and prove you, and all those other people that doubt me just who the dominant diva is here in the WWE.


    Elsewhere, we get our first sighting of RICKY STEAMBOAT this evening – powerless tonight with Ranjin Singh in control – sat in a VERY small office; essentially a broom cupboard, the Raw GM is on the phone.

    Ricky Steamboat: … I know you had prior arrangements tonight. So does Bradshaw. It’s just more political point scoring is all … {listens to the person on the other end of the call} … so you’re speaking to him later?? Let’s hope it’s good news. It’ll mean we can have our five set and ready … {listens again} … that works for me, if you trust my judgment, I’ll bring him on board. I know he wants in. … {listens to the person on the other end of the call} … Okay. I’ll talk to you later.

    London, Rey & Shelton enter just as Steamboat ends the call, with all three looking around the rather uncomfortable settings.

    Ricky Steamboat: Good timing. I’m just finished speaking with Jesse. Uh … I’d offer you all a seat … but as you can see, there’s not a whole lot of room here in this “office” Ranjin Singh kindly afforded me tonight.

    Shelton Benjamin: Where are we on the last two spots?? I’m sure you saw it earlier. John Cena??

    Ricky Steamboat: Yeah, I saw it. But don’t worry, yeah, we’re up against things right now, but Jesse and I want to make sure we’ve got the right guys on the team. We’re not going to panic. Jesse?? He’s going to be speaking to someone later. And the other spot?? I’ve got someone in mind. So by the end of the night, all things considered, we should be set.

    Rey Mysterio: Hey, well, that’s all good with me. I gotta run though – my match is up next and they didn’t even tell me who I’ve got.

    Ricky Steamboat: Well, it should be all above board. JBL and Jesse agreed last week to treat everyone fairly. Good luck though – and be careful.

    Mysterio nods, taking the advice on board, before bumping knuckles with Shelton and then London, leaving for his match.

    Ricky Steamboat: And you two have the tag match later, right??

    Paul London: Lookin forward to it. Been itching to get back in there with Cena since Nemesis and Albright?? Well, goes without saying.

    CM PUNK enters the crowded room now, just as Shelton Benjamin was about to add something.

    CM Punk: Wow. All very cosy in here, huh??

    London, Benjamin and Steamboat are all silent, none of them at all comfortable around Punk.

    CM Punk: Sorry- am I interrupting??

    Benjamin scoffs, as Punk steps forward.

    CM Punk: Can Ricky and I have a moment – alone??

    London and Benjamin look to Steamboat; who nods. They leave the room, but give Punk each a dirty look as they do – Punk smirks the whole time, not caring a jot about what the other two think of him before sitting himself down, across from Steamboat.

    CM Punk: Sounds like you’re a little light on the ground, Rick.

    Ricky Steamboat: We’re fine.

    Punk relaxes back on the chair.

    CM Punk: Sure coulda fooled me, because it looks like JBL has put together a hell of a team … while you’ve got three. And I don’t see too many options for ya.

    Steamboat says nothing. Punk sits forward.

    CM Punk: Now … I’m sure you heard me last week. And I’ll be honest, while I don’t like you … I hate Bradshaw. So while I’d prefer if you got fired and he disappeared, I’m smart enough to know that I’ll have to make do with one of ya … and congratulations; you – and Ventura – are the lesser of two evils.

    Ricky Steamboat: {Unimpressed} I’m touched.

    CM Punk: So … all you gotta do … is ask the question.

    Steamboat starts organizing some pieces of paper on his desk, not even giving Punk his full attention.

    Ricky Steamboat: Well … that’s kind of you. Very generous. But uh, I’m gonna pass.

    Punk scoffs.

    CM Punk: I don’t think you’re in a position to pass. I don’t see anyone beatin down your door, Rick. You need me.

    Steamboat stops what he’s doing in order to sternly put his point across to Punk.

    Ricky Steamboat: No. What Jesse and I need – what we want – is team players. Quite evidently; you’re not a team player. And your ego?? Your personality?? It’s toxic. I’m not gonna doubt your ability; you know what I think of you in that regard … but I wouldn’t even consider asking you to be part of this team.

    Punk chuckles.

    CM Punk: Well that’s too bad. But I’m not surprised, either. I’ll just chalk it up to another boneheaded decision on your part. I just hope it isn’t a decision you live to regret, Steamboat.

    The I.C Champion stands up.

    Ricky Steamboat: Thanks for the concern … but if I were you, I’d be focusing on your Intercontinental title defence next week against Shawn Michaels.

    Standing at the door, Punk thinks about it for a second, then shakes his head.

    CM Punk: Yeah, sure.


    Back into the arena…

    **BOOYAKA 619**

    Popping up through his trapdoor, REY MYSTERIO salutes the fans as he wears his tag team title belt around his waist.

    Jim Ross: And here he is!! The Master of the 619, Rey Mysterio is headed to the ring for action – we’ll find out his opponent; NEXT!!!

    Commercial Break

    Mysterio is waiting in the ring for his opponent…


    Oddly, it’s going to be one of CHARLIE HAAS and NICK DINSMORE (either of which will be pulling double duty) as the stablemates of Brent Albright make their way down the ramp.

    In the ring, Mysterio is naturally wary, talking with the referee, wanting to know WHICH of the two he’ll be facing. Still, with both dressed to compete, it’s hard to know who it’ll be … especially when they BOTH climb up onto the apron. Rey looks around for a moment…

    until RANJIN SINGH walks out onto the stage AGAIN, getting the usual ‘Go-away’ heat from the boisterous English fans.

    Ranjin Singh: Thank you all. Rey, I understand you’ll be keen to find out who your opponent is. And, as a special treat for all our great fans here in the United Kingdom, I feel like they deserve more than just an old fashioned one on one match-

    Singh stops and looks for a cheap pop, but it’s still the boos.

    Ranjin Singh: So, instead of facing either Charlie or Nick … you’ll face BOTH!!!


    Ranjin Singh: Now, now … I don’t want you to think I’m being unfair and stacking the deck against you just because you’re on Jesse Venturas Survivor Series team. It’s NOT a handicap match. It’s a triple threat match!!!

    Triple threat my Oklahoma ass!!!” ~J.R bingo.

    Ranjin Singh: I hope you all enjoy!!!

    Rey Mysterio vs. Nick Dinsmore vs. Charlie Haas
    It may be a triple threat match officially, but right from the bell, it’s exclusively 2 on 1. Rey uses his size disadvantage to his advantage initially to avoid the pair, and even has success by catching Haas with a headscissors to send him into Dinsmore. That impact sends Dinsmore to the outside for a brief moment, as Rey tries to seize the opportunity, planting Haas with a bulldog, then gets him at the ropes for a 619 … but gets tripped from the outside by Dinsmore!!!

    From there, it’s two on one. And it becomes clear it’s not about winning either for the former tag team champions. It’s just a beat down. They don’t even bother going for pin attempts or submissions. J.R is furious on commentary; pointing out none of Rey’s teammates can even put a stop to this due to the previous agreement between JBL and Ventura. All they can do is watch, as Haas and Dinsmore systematically break Mysterio down…


    Not a part of Team Ventura, Nemeth is simply coming out to do the right thing!!! He fights off Haas and Dinsmore, before knocking Haas down with a dropkick, and sends Dinsmore out of the ring with a clothesline!!! Nemeth looks to execute his LEAPING DDT on Haas … but Dinsmore saves his partner, dragging him to the floor before Nemeth could strike!!! In amongst the chaos, the referee calls for the bell, throwing the match out…
    Winner: No Contest @ 04:16

    Dinsmore and Haas retreat, both angry at the run in by Nemeth, ruining their plan, whilst Nick check on Rey Mysterio, trying to help him recover from the two on one beatdown he had to suffer through…

    Commercial Break

    Straight back into the arena…


    One week on from an attack at the hands of Mister Kennedy – which came 24 hours on from a loss to the same man – TRIPLE H marches out through the curtain, in his street gear … and as ever, spits some water.

    J.R talks about Triple H spending the night in hospital last Monday as a result of the sledgehammer incident, coupled with him refusing to go to hospital the night before, with Coach doubling down on just how much Kennedy has gotten into the head of The Game, saying no one has ever done a number on Triple H like this.

    The Game arrives in the ring, and waits out the reaction from the fans, looking for silence essentially, before speaking…

    Triple H: After last week … you can bet your ass that nothin’s changed. Hell, all last week did was solidify everything I said before. I want Kennedy gone!!

    Decidedly mixed reaction for the divisive Kennedy.

    Triple H: And I don’t mean I want him fired. No, no, no. I want to run his sorry ass outta the WWE. I want to cut that man down to size. I want to expose Kennedy for what he is; a two bit loudmouth HACK that ain’t fit to lace my boots, let alone share this ring with me.

    The Game paces around, clearly angry.

    Triple H: This game has gone on too long. And I’m done letting this piece of garbage make a name for himself off of me. Because that’s ALL he’s done. He hasn’t accomplished a single thing in this ring to earn the spot he’s got … because all he’s done is run his mouth. All he’s done is TALK a big game, and one good night at Nemesis ain’t gonna change that fact.

    He’s a King of the Ring winner too and a former Intercontinental Champion.” ~Coach comes to Kennedy’s defence on commentary.

    Triple H: So as I said … I want him gone. I want to embarrass that man … I wanna humiliate that man and I wanna beat that man – so badly – that he never has the gall to show his face in MY ring … EVER again.

    Triple H looks straight ahead at the hard camera.

    Triple H: So I’m gonna lay it out, right here, right now. Kennedy?? I want … ONE more match. You … and me … one … on one. Let’s finish this; once and for all at the Survivor Series.


    Triple H: And I want a match that WILL bring closure. I want a match that WILL end this. Where by the time it’s over, we’ll know everything we’ll ever need to know about you … and about me.

    What the hell is he suggesting, Coach??” ~J.R sounds concerned.

    Triple H: A match … that’ll break you down … crush your spirit … and kill all that confidence. I promise you this … when it’s all said and done … when the truth about the REAL Mister Kennedy is out in the open … you will NEVER show your face in this ring again.

    Brimming with intensity, Triple H glares right into the camera.

    Triple H: The match I want – if you’ve got the guts to accept?? …

    Dramatic pause…

    Triple H: I … QUIT!!!

    BIG reaction in London.

    Triple H: I want to beat you – so badly – that your only option is to quit. I want to destroy all that cockiness, all that confidence … to show these people that the guy you present yourself as week in, week out on Raw … is all an act. And when you quit?? You’ll be a broken man. Never the same again … and never to be seen again.

    Pausing for a moment, Triple H gathers his thoughts, letting everything sink in, before addressing his message toward the stage…

    Triple H: All you gotta do … is accept. If you’ve got the guts to say yes, then all-


    Ask and you shall receive” is the call from J.R as MISTER KENNEDY marches through the curtain, and onto the stage, full of vigour, not looking at all concerned after the challenge from Triple H. Indeed, Kennedy LAUGHS over the mic as his music dies down and he responds.

    Mister Kennedy: You ARE certified, huh?? I mean- you HAVE gone nuts, right!? Maybe I’ve scrambled that brain of yours one too many times these last two weeks … because to throw that kind of challenge out you’ve gotta be crazy.

    Tracking back and forth, Kennedy scratches his head, before stopping and facing down the ramp again.

    Mister Kennedy: An “I Quit” match!? You sure??

    Triple H: You’re damn right I’m sure.

    Mister Kennedy: It’s just … that doesn’t seem like a good idea. For a guy that’s called the “Cerebral Assassin” … it feels like a decision based on emotion … rather than using your head.

    Triple H: Yeah?? Seems to me you’re lookin to find a way outta this without losin face.

    Kennedy shakes his head.

    Mister Kennedy: Nah … I’m not lookin for a way out … I’m just confused why you’d think challenging me to an I Quit match was a good idea. I mean … after all I’ve been through … do you think there’s anything you can do to make me quit!?

    The man has a point!!” ~Coach.

    Mister Kennedy: I got FIRED!! Anyone else gets fired, they walk away; I didn’t. I didn’t accept that because I decide my fate. I got fired … and fought every minute of every hour, every day to get my job back. And not only did I succeed, I got a better deal out of it. I got a title shot as a signing bonus … and got screwed out of it by YOUR father-in-law. I didn’t fold my tent and take it on the chin. I didn’t cower away from the big bad boss …

    Kennedy points to the side of the stage.

    Mister Kennedy: I threw his ass off this stage!!

    Big pop, followed by some heat for the defiant act last month.

    Mister Kennedy: Because NO ONE is gonna deny me what I’m owed. And I walk into Raw, week after week, knowing I’ve got a target on my back. I know I’m a wanted man around here and everybody is thirsty for my blood. But I don’t hide. I don't throw a hood over my head and I don’t sneak around through the backdoor. I’m front, centre, loud and proud. That whole time I was fired I never thought about quitting – not even once. When I got screwed by the machine, I never quit. And even though I’m a marked man, I’ve NEVER considered quitting.

    Can’t deny that. He never threw the towel in.” ~J.R concedes that one.

    Mister Kennedy: So what the hell makes you think there’s ANYTHING you can do to make me quit!!??

    A rather raucous pop greets that statement. In the ring, Triple H thinks about it for a moment, then smirks himself.

    Triple H: You think you’ve suffered?? Huh?? You think what you’ve been through these last six months were tough?? You don’t know the FIRST THING about suffering. You don't know ANYTHING about PAIN … but if you accept this match?? If you’ve got the guts to put your reputation on the line?? Believe me … you will find out, first hand what pain is, what suffering is … and you’re not gonna like it.

    All business, Triple H stands at the ropes, shaking his head.

    Triple H: You’re gonna hate it. And you won’t have what it takes to fight through the pain, fight through the adversity … and at the first chance you get … I promise you … you WILL say the words … I … Quit.

    On the stage, Kennedy shakes his head defiantly.

    Mister Kennedy: I’ll tell you this, you don’t know the first thing about me. You want an I Quit match?? Then lets do it.

    Big pop – it’s on.

    Mister Kennedy: I’m ready for this to end … and I’m ready to end you, Hunter. You talk about humiliating me and embarrassing me by making me quit … but when YOU say those words at the Survivor Series … how are YOU ever gonna show your face again??

    Kennedy asks the question and leaves it to linger, with no response from Triple H. The two long time rivals stare one another down from afar – as J.R goes into shill mode ahead of their final showdown at the Survivor Series … an I QUIT match…

    Commercial Break


    The show that broke ground…”

    Sweeping shots of the Manhattan Centre back in 1993 for the first Raw, and clips of a young Shawn Michaels on that show, followed by clips of Razor Ramon, Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan.

    That changed the game forever…”

    Austin stuns Mr. McMahon for the first time, and shoves Mike Tyson a few months later, then Mankind winning his first WWF Title in 1999 & Triple H’s return from injury in 2002.

    And fifteen years later, it’s STILL going strong!!”

    Fireworks, and clips of the modern roster; Mister Kennedy, CM Punk, Christian, Beth Phoenix, John Cena and Rey Mysterio.

    On November Third, WWE’s flagship show celebrates 800 episodes…”

    Clips of Raw moments through the years; DX playing cards, The Rock dropping an elbow, Kane setting off his pyro, Eric Bischoff debuting with Vince in 2002, Cena and Christian brawling back in July.

    And ALL the stars are joining the celebration!!”

    Shots of Shawn Michaels, The Master Craftsmen, Triple H, Paul London and Gail Kim.


    Also Sprach Zarathrustra plays-


    For the first time since his retirement in July, the Dirtiest Player In The Game returns to Raw!!”

    Clips of The Undertaker walking to the ring on the FIRST episode of Raw, and later iterations of his character on the show in the years that followed.

    Appearing on The Playas Club, the Sixteen Time World Champion will bring the party to the Celebration!!”

    More clips of The Phenom in action on Raw over the years.

    Stylin and profilin, any appearance by the Nature Boy Ric Flair CANNOT be missed!!”


    NOVEMBER 3 2008



    Backstage – to NO sound – we’re privy to a meeting between RICKY STEAMBOAT and NICK NEMETH, with Steamboat seemingly doing most of the talk, whilst Nemeth nods.

    Eventually, Steamboat extends a hand, with Nemeth graciously accepting, giving the Raw GM a firm handshake. Steamboat pats the shoulder of Nemeth as we fade out…


    Back into the arena and CANDICE MICHELLE is already heading to the ring, as J.R and Coach discuss what that meeting between Nemeth and Steamboat could’ve been about, with J.R drawing the obvious conclusion.


    And making her way to the ring, BETH PHOENIX raises the title belt above her head. Highlights air from last week of Beth ambushing Candice and Natalya after their match last week – mainly to get an attack on Nattie – which has led to Candice asking for this match tonight.

    Match 4 | NON-TITLE MATCH:
    Womens Champ. Beth Phoenix vs. Candice Michelle
    Very one sided. Phoenix rag dolls Candice from the opening bell, as she looks to exert her dominance. Candice puts up a fight but nothing she does has any effect on the champion, who simply picks her apart. Not content to just win, Beth wants to send a message to Natalya with her victory … and APPLIES THE SHARPSHOOTER ON CANDICE!!!!

    To her credit though, Candice DOESN’T instantly tap, and she IS close to the ropes … allowing her to grab them and survive!!! Or, at least, it should. Instead, Beth REFUSES to release the hold!!! Charles Robinson frantically tries to break the grip, pleading with Beth to release due to the rope break … but Phoenix WONT release … leaving the official no choice but to call for the bell!!!
    Winner: Via DQ – Candice Michelle @ 03:03

    Even with the DQ, Beth Phoenix STILL refuses to break the Sharpshooter on Candice!! Poor Candice meekly taps the mat … but that isn’t going to make a difference now, as Beth leans back, applying MORE pressure…


    Beth Phoenix sees her rival coming – facing the ramp – and elects to NOW release the hold, and leaves the ring as Natalya climbs inside. Nattie looks to help Candice in the ring, all the while watching Beth, as the champion backs up the ramp, holding her title.

    On commentary, J.R hypes a future rematch between Beth and Natalya, talking about the tension between the pair, and their issues being far from over as the battle for dominance in the womens division rages on…

    Commercial Break

    Match 5:
    Kelly Kelly w/Victoria vs. Jillian Hall
    Fresh off Kelly and Victoria getting the final word in their feud with LayCool, J.R explains on commentary that Victoria will continue to help Kelly Kelly progress in her career, looking to be a mentor figure for the young blonde. Here, Kelly shines against the resident jobber, getting all her shit in. Jillian has a brief period of control, but not long enough to trouble Kelly, and with Victoria watching on, the veteran is highly impressed as Kelly shows how far she’s came along under her tutelage, finishing Hall with the K2!! 1...2...3!!!
    Winner: Kelly Kelly @ 02:19

    Just a standard win for Kelly, and Victoria joins her once the match is over, raising the arm of her protégé, as J.R talks about the improvements of Kelly under the wing of Victoria…


    In his locker room, the World Champion BRENT ALBRIGHT appears to be finishing up his warm up ahead of the main event later when JOHN CENA walks into the room…

    John Cena: Ready to follow my lead, champ??

    Albright chuckles at the thought, and looks at the title.

    Brent Albright: I think this title says you’ll be following mine. Tonight … and at the Survivor Series.

    Now Cena smirks, but Albright steps up to him.

    Brent Albright: Just remember, JBL is the captain of this team. And I’m his ace. You?? You’re the support. After all … I beat Christian … and you couldn’t.

    Cena laughs it off.

    John Cena: All you did was beat a husk of what I left of Christian after SummerSlam. Don’t go playin that card, ace. And hey, no need to thank me for that either.

    Brent Albright: Wasn’t planning on it.

    It’s tense between the two, both sizing each other up, both standing their ground.

    Brent Albright: But look, I think we can agree on one thing, Cena … you and I need to be on the same page here. Tonight. And at Survivor Series. Getting Ventura and Steamboat outta power benefits us both.

    John Cena: Damn right it does. You ain’t gotta worry about me havin your back, champ. We’ll both be happier to have Steamboat outta the way. And then?? We’ll really see what you’re made of.

    Cena flicks the title on the shoulder of Albright, and departs, making it clear what he’s after.


    Back into the arena…

    **SEXY BOY**

    Greeted by a decidedly mixed reaction, SHAWN MICHAELS steps rather tentatively onto the stage ahead of announcing his choice of match for next week when he challenges CM Punk on Raw 800 for the Intercontinental Title. J.R hypes that segment, telling us to go nowhere – we’ll hear from the Showstopper; NEXT!!

    Commercial Break

    Back from the break, Shawn Michaels is in the ring, waiting to speak, acknowledging the mixed response of the fans.

    Shawn Michaels: I know what you’re thinking, and I’ve heard what a lot of you are saying too. That I’ve sold out.

    I’ve heard a few of those cat calls.” ~J.R adds his two cents.

    Shawn Michaels: I understand why a lot of you say that. But let me tell ya, I didn’t sell out.

    Scattered boos and a faint “You Sold Out” chant. Shawn ignores it.

    Shawn Michaels: I just made a choice. Clearly, it’s one you people don’t agree with … and you’re all entitled to your opinion. But deep down, I know that ultimately … I made the right decision.


    Shawn Michaels: And I know that all of you would’ve much preferred had I stood alongside Ricky Steamboat and Jesse Ventura in opposing JBL … but quite honestly, Bradshaw has been nothing but fair to me. He’s given me the opportunities that Ricky Steamboat wouldn’t. And the way I see it, I owe him. So at the Survivor Series, I intend on playin my part in ensuring JBL is the next Commissioner of the WWE.

    The heat rises after that statement.

    Shawn Michaels: I’m sorry that you don’t like it, and for what it’s worth, despite our differences … I’ve got nothing against Ricky Steamboat personally. I admired him as a wrestler. You could even say I idolised him at a time, and if things were different … maybe I would be lining up on his and Jesse Ventura’s team … but right now, I have to do what’s in MY best interests … and it’ll all be worth it when I defeat CM Punk next week on Raw’s Eight Hundredth episode and take the Intercontinental Championship from him.

    Slightly more positive reaction from the fans this time.

    Shawn Michaels: Thanks to Bradshaw, he has given me the right to choose the stipulations for that match next week, and havin had the last seven days to think it over … I’ve decided that one match … isn’t enough.

    What’s that supposed to mean??” ~Coach is confused.

    Shawn Michaels: For everything CM Punk has put me through … one fall isn’t gonna cut it. Next week on Raw, CM Punk and I will face off in a Best two out of three falls match.

    Oh wow!! Two outta three falls, Coach!! Next week!!” ~J.R puts it over.

    Shawn Michaels: I don’t want Punk to strike lucky, so to beat me this time, he’ll have to beat me – twice. But it wont be a traditional two out of three falls match. The first fall, I want to prove I’m better than CM Punk like I should’ve way back at SummerSlam. But once I’m done doin that, I want to punish CM Punk for the hell he’s put me through over the last four months.

    Michaels pauses for a moment.

    Shawn Michaels: I don't want CM Punk to be able to run away, and I don’t want to be confined in what I can do or where I can take him. I want to take CM Punk on a trip to the woodshed. I want to beat some respect into CM Punk with no restrictions. So the second fall?? … falls count anywhere.

    He can’t do that, surely!?” ~Coach is concerned for Punk.

    He just did!!” ~J.R’s contrite reply.

    Shawn Michaels: Then … if he does survive and win one of those first two falls, then I’m takin CM Punk into a world I pioneered. If this goes to a third fall next week, it’ll be a match I made famous. It’ll be … a LADDER match.

    Big pop.

    Shawn Michaels: And one way or another, CM Punk will finally be humbled. After months of torment, I can finally draw a line under this whole thing. He’ll finally pay for all his actions, all his disrespect … of me, my faith and-


    It could be one final act of disrespect, as CM PUNK interrupts Shawn Michaels promo, wandering onto the stage, with his title belt strapped around his waist. In the ring, Michaels seethes a little, watching his long time rival from afar.

    CM Punk: You can deny it all you want Shawn. You can say you didn’t sell out, and you can say that instead you made a “choice” … but that choice you made?? The choice was to SELL OUT!!

    Michaels shakes his head in disagreement.

    CM Punk: You and I both know you have NO business in challenging me for the Intercontinental Championship. And the ONLY reason this match is happening next week is because you’ve sold yourself out to JBL.

    Shawn still disagrees, as Punk waves it off.

    CM Punk: But that’s okay. Because now we can add hypocrite to that LONG list of sins you’ve got against your name.

    Michaels seethes in the ring, but stops himself from responding.

    CM Punk: You want two out of three falls?? Fine. At least this way, there can be no debate when it’s all said and done and you’ll know once and for all that faith has NOTHING to do with it and the fact is, that I … am BETTER … than you!!

    We’re gonna find out next week!!” ~J.R.

    CM Punk: Just remember Shawn … even IF you beat me next week on Raw … even IF you “humble” me and take away the one thing on this planet that I care about … it’ll all be for nothing. You haven’t beaten me. You haven’t proven ANYTHING to me. And you haven’t made God proud either.

    Ohhhh” ~The fans.

    In the ring, Michaels remains strong, not reacting to the bait.

    CM Punk: You’ll have to live with the fact that in order to tear me down … in order to teach me a lesson … in order to take away my Intercontinental Title … you sold your soul to the devil to make it happen.

    With a sinister grin, Punk knows exactly what he’s doing with that final line … and so does Michaels. The Showstopper seethes in the ring, as Punk departs, with J.R hyping that blockbuster main event for next weeks landmark episode of Raw …

    Commercial Break



    The debut of The Undertaker. Introduced by The Million Dollar Man and initially managed by Brother Love, The Undertaker makes an immediate impact as an imposing and terrifying force in a Survivor Series elimination match. He eliminates Koko B Ware in a little over 90 seconds before also eliminating the legendary Dusty Rhodes. He himself is eliminated via count out … but the Deadman makes an instant impression … and one that would continue for 18 years … and counting.



    Cutting away to an undisclosed location, THE MIZ is out on the street, cutting a promo directly to the camera.

    The Miz: One week from tonight, on the biggest Raw of all time, you will bear witness to the coming out party of the soon to be biggest STAR in Raw history.

    Miz is all smiles and over the top mannerisms.

    The Miz: I have brought style, class and star power to this show like nobody else before me. Mike Tython?? He’s got NOTHIN on me; The Miz is a real knockout attraction!!

    He shadow boxes for a moment – badly.

    The Miz: And I don’t need to drive a beer truck or a Zamboni to the ring like{imitates Texas accent} ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin just to create buzz; I’m a responsible adult. My presence alone creates buzz.

    Continuing to walk, Miz shrugs.

    The Miz: As for catchphrases?? The Rock and his kindergarten routine is bush league compared to MY wit; HOO-RAH!!! … Smell what The Miz is cookin, Rocky??

    Miz stops in his tracks, and points at the camera.

    The Miz: Then … there’s YOU, Undertaker. The so-called “conscience” of the WWE. Well, Deadman, the bell tolls for YOU next Monday night and the lights are gonna go out on your stranglehold as the Phenom. And instead, it’s lights ON for the brightest star … the future of the WWE. And the NEW Phenom.

    The camera pans out, showing the famous ‘HOLLYWOOD’ sign in the background, with Miz quite obviously in L.A…

    The Miz: Next Monday Night in Hollywood, the new star is officially BORN. And his name … is THE MIZ!!!!

    Fade out…


    Back into the arena, J.R briefly touches on Miz being in for a rude awakening next week on Raw before the entrances begin for the main event…

    Main Event:
    World Heavyweight Champ Brent Albright & John Cena vs. Paul London and World Tag Team Champ Shelton Benjamin
    Obviously, it’s a quality match up, given the level of talents involved. Shelton and Albright start it out, but things kick up a notch when it’s Cena vs. London, as the level of intensity is there, following on from their match at Nemesis. London – fired up and eager to prove a point – is getting the better of Cena, but a knee to the back by Albright when London runs off the ropes allows Cena to put London down. That sets off Benjamin though, and he hits the ring with things breaking down as we head into the last commercial break of the night.

    Commercial Break

    On the other side of the break, order is restored, but London is still in need of a tag. Albright and Cena work well together as a tandem, despite both bustling for the role of leader, but it appears to bring out the best in both men as they try to one up one another. Shelton is forced to watch from the apron for the most part, but given his recent tag run with Mysterio, he’s able to stay patient and offer encouragement from the outside for London. Eventually, London sparks a fight back, but he and Albright both collide with a simultaneous clothesline attempt and both go down.

    It’s a race for both men to crawl to their corners … with Albright tagging Cena … just as London tags Shelton!!!

    And the fresh men hit the ring to collide, but it’s the eagerness of Benjamin that gets the better of the Man in Black. He hits a sequence of his signature moves, leading to a series of near falls on Cena, with Cena barely hanging on … but when Benjamin looks for the BLOCKBUSTER, he finds NO ONE home!!! Cena quickly lunges in, applying the STFU … but PAUL LONDON BREAKS IT UP!!! London takes the fight to Cena, but Albright is back, and all four men are soon battling it out as the match breaks down.

    London and Benjamin team up, looking like a well oiled machine to get the upper hand, with J.R talking about this being a good sign for Ventura and Steamboat at the Survivor Series. They send Albright to the floor, and London follows that with a PLANCHA. In the ring, Benjamin looks for the T-BONE EXPLODER – but Cena elbows out, scoops Shelton up – FU!!!! Cena plants Benjamin and gets the cover … 1...2...BENJAMIN KICKS OUT!!!!! Cena shakes his head in shock, but tries to put the finishing touches on Shelton, dragging him up-

    But London climbs back onto the apron, forcing Cena to try and knock him off – BUT LONDON NAILS CENA WITH A STEP UP KICK ON THE APRON!!!!! Cena staggers back to the middle of the ring … PAYDIRT!!!!! The Black Diamond strikes from nowhere!!!!! 1...2...BROKEN BY ALBRIGHT!!!!! London is straight in after Albright breaks up the pin, and sends the champion back out of the ring. Shelton then looks to tag London in … but as he reaches out, London gets dragged off by Albright!!!! London’s face SMASHES off the apron, and Albright sends the Golden Boy into the steps!!!!

    Out of instinct, Shelton Benjamin rolls to the outside to come after the World Champion, chasing him around the ring … with Albright sliding back inside … leading Shelton right into a trap and a THUNDEROUS clothesline from John Cena!!! The Man In Black quickly drags Shelton back up … AND DRILLS HIM WITH A PILEDRIVER!!!!!! Albright cuts London off from getting back into the ring as the count comes down … 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winners: John Cena & Brent Albright @ 11:15

    Benjamin and London fell into the trap and paid the price!! Cena and Albright get the win, keeping the momentum rolling for Team Layfield heading toward the Survivor Series. On commentary, The Coach is giddy over how good this team looks, and almost as soon as the announcement is made by Lillian Garcia – the rest of Team Layfield (minus Shawn Michaels) hit ringside!!!

    JBL, Vladimir and the former tag team champions Haas and Dinsmore put the boots to London on the outside and Benjamin in the ring!!! J.R calls it a mugging, with JBL trying to direct traffic and weaken the opposition for Survivor Series…



    The cavalry sprint to the ring, but despite an initial burst of energy and enthusiasm, they’re unable to turn the tide and overcome the numbers game. It’s too much for Rey and Nemeth to deal with!!! Even with Shawn Michaels absent, JBL’s Survivor Series team (and the added cavalry) are too much for Venturas foursome to deal with!!!

    One by one, London, Benjamin, Mysterio and Nemeth are left laying; London eats the Ace in the Hole courtesy of Albright, Benjamin gets put down with the Battering Ram of Vladimir, Nemeth is slammed into the mat with a Cena FU and little Rey Mysterio gets turned inside out by the Clothesline From Hell by JBL…

    Standing tall, JBL leads the troops from the ring … as RICKY STEAMBOAT – powerless tonight – shakes his head from the bottom of the ramp, disgusted by the actions of Team Layfield. JBL approaches the Raw GM – all smiles – gloating about what he’s just done to his and Venturas team, with the camera’s picking up the end of the conversation between the pair…

    You’re gonna need somethin special for your fifth man, Steamboat. You got yourself a whole heap o’ losers right there, son.”

    I think I got something.”

    Oh yeah?? An’ who’s that!?”

    But, instead of revealing the name verbally, Steamboat instead smirks, and whispers into the ear of JBL … whose expression drops. The confidence replaced … by concern.


    Official Card for The 22nd Annual WWE Survivor Series:
    November 16 2008 | Phillips Arena, Atlanta GA
    Theme Music; ‘Spolin For A Fight’ by AC/DC

    5 on 5 Survivor Series Elimination Match:
    World Heavyweight Champion Brent Albright, John Cena, Shawn Michaels, Vladimir & John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield
    World Tag Team Champions Rey Mysterio & Shelton Benjamin, Paul London, Nick Nemeth & 1 TBA
    *If Team Layfield win; JBL becomes WWE Commissioner*
    *If Team Ventura win; Jesse Ventura remains WWE Commissioner*

    5 on 5 Survivor Series Elimination Match:
    WWE Champion Chris Jericho, Umaga & 3 TBA w/Armando Estrada
    Kurt Angle, Jack Swagger & 3 TBA w/Paul Heyman
    *If The Dangerous Alliance win, Kurt Angle will receive a WWE Championship Match*

    Triple H vs. Mister Kennedy

    {Survivor Series graphics credit; Ranthellacious. Thank you!}

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    The Team JBL opening promo was great with the addition of John Cena to the team being a huge pick up for JBL's team. Love the work wight Cena and Albright here and looking forward to if there's more between them in the future. I wonder who Venture can get as an equalizer here.

    Vladmir's victory over Doug Williams makes him look strong.

    More hinting at a possible in-team dispute or future feud with Cena and Albright, nice.

    Screwing with the hometown crowd booooo. Haha. Damien Sandow and Rene Dupree getting up the win here looks like we'll be getting either a title match at Survivor Series or Goldust and Regal will cost them as revenge for this.

    Good concise promo from Beth Phoenix really playing up the Sharpshooter, nice to see when moves get hyped up in promos.

    Loved the interactions here between CM Punk and Ricky Steamboat. Really want CM Punk on Team Ventura, but who knows if that'll happen. I'm thinking maybe Jesse is trying to get Christian, but Christian won't return so CM Punk will take his place maybe? Without Christian showing up on Raw, CM Punk feels like the biggest babyface on the show to me and he's a heel, which may be a sign that you need a second top babyface on Raw here, which I'm sure Paul London will be stepping up into in a couple months.

    Nice way for the heels to try to manipulate things to not follow the spirit of the agreement by making a triple threat. I loved J.R.'s line as it was expected after that announcement and so to see that touch there was great. Nick Nemeth is a great add to the babyface team.

    As expected we get an I Quit Match between HHH and Kennedy for them the opportunity to embarrass the other. I have a hard time seeing either of these two quitting, hopefully rgere are shenanigans to get an out here.

    I'm happy to see the fire Phoenix has had lately especially after the Nattie feud started. Great heel work here.

    Don't really have much interest in Kelly's advancement here, much better talents available on the indy scene in 2008 and her trainer is much better than her as well. Need some feeder talents though I suppose.

    Cena and Albright's interactions continue to be great. I'd like to see a pay off with this, but at the same time I think JBL is winning to shake up the authority figures so maybe it'll be later down the line.

    The Michaels and Punk promo is great, probably the highlight of the show for me. Hard to be sympathetic towards HBK as he certainly sold his soul to the devil and this is more about his pride than his faith. Really looking forward to their 2/3 falls match.

    The Miz was excellent, this is the first time he's come across as a superstar to me in this thread rather than just a delusional egomaniac.

    Another wild brawl to end the night after a match between representatives of the teams here. Wonder who this last member will be that it makes JBL concerned. Is it Christian? The Undertaker? Who knows!

    Great Raw again here. Definitely the superior show at the moment heading into Survivor Series.

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    I’ve finally caught up so here are some general comments on Raw. Whilst it was a foregone conclusion to end the battle for power on Raw with a traditional elimination match, I’m enjoying the process of the teams being built as well as they are so far. Ventura/Steamboat play the face roles quite well with their straight down the line approach, JBL and his politics over the past few weeks have been awesome. From the masterful recruitment of Shawn Michaels, to showing up on Smackdown, to slandering Ventura for not showing up every week, I don’t think JBL has taken a step wrong recently. Has been such a fun read and I commend you on doing such a fantastic job.

    I mentioned it above but the next point I want to touch on is the evolution of Shawn Michaels, and with that his feud with Punk. HBK’s interactions and dealings with London and Nemeth over the past month have been interesting; however the stuff with Punk is obviously the bigger deal. London and Nemeth have introduced some nice layers though. Shawn joining team JBL but being somewhat of a pseudo heel is brilliant, whilst Punk retaining in the triple threat to set up this big time match next week makes perfect. Three stages of hell match? Could there be a more fitting end to this? Punk has been such a terrific heel here whilst Shawn’s arc has been phenomenal. The promo work between the two this week, even with Punk semi offering his services to Steamboat were all terrific as per usual.

    Despite losing to Christian at Summerslam, you’ve continued to make Cena seem like a big deal. His attitude is great throughout your promos, and the booking was smart to put him over London, who is good enough to make Cena look great. I agree with others who mentioned Cena simply couldn’t lose that one. But to move from that, straight into Cena almost being JBL’s ace in this SS situation shows how big of a deal he still is. The dynamic with Albright and the almost inevitable (if they win) confrontation between the two has only just begun this week, but I really enjoyed it. I think the fact that they will be on the same page but just occasionally throw little daggers at each other in the coming weeks should be a world of fun.

    More on this SS stuff based on the booking of this week’s show. Mysterio being placed in the one sided triple threat is just typical dickish JBL stuff. I’d say it’s Singh’s booking but let’s be honest, it’s all about JBL. But either way, thought this was brilliant, and the aftermath and Nemeth making the save works. If I have one criticism here, it would be the way Steamboat got Nemeth on board, with just the handshake and no dialogue. Whilst I get that this was a dialogue heavy show, and Steamboat had already mentioned he had somebody in mind earlier (which turned out to be Nemeth), I would have liked a segment really selling Nemeth and making him sound like a big deal. To me, he felt a little glossed over with the way it went down, not getting the big announcement moment like others, and considering he’s arguably the smallest name in the match, he probably would have done nicely with a big moment.

    The ending with the brawl and what not between the teams was fine, and Steamboat refusing to name number five has me intrigued. For the life of me I can’t think of a name at this point, maybe The Undertaker? I dunno. He does have a history with JBL after all and based with The Miz stuff it seems he’ll be on Raw next week. This SS stuff is certainly dominating the Raw brand at this point in time, but considering the power dynamic, it has to be this way. Enjoying it.

    Tag Battle Royal was fine enough and I like the way Dupree and Sandow have got one over on the Knuckle Dusters. Obviously Knuckle Dusters will get some revenge next week to lead to their feud. Either way, I’ve enjoyed this feud so far, with those Dupree/Sandow vignettes still being a massive highlight.

    Women’s stuff was pretty generic this week, but in my eyes, it makes sense that Phoenix will want to make a point after what happened with Natalya at Nemesis. I still think this is a tad colder than the Phoenix/Kim/James stuff previously, but this has been a solid enough angle anyway. I assume this will end at SS with Phoenix going over cleanly.

    I’d argue I’ve been Kennedy’s number one fan in this BTB for a long period of time right now, and I’d argue that the events of Nemesis and the past couple of weeks haven’t changed that. This whole personal feud has been a favourite of mine, and KK getting the win, then threatening Linda to take out Triple H again was awesome. An “I Quit” stipulation seems like the right way to go about things here, and I really hope this is the end of Triple H. Promo work over the past couple of weeks has been good, with KK’s arrogance really being a shining light. Really though, most the work is done with this one, just needs to be finished off.

    I don’t care much for Kelly Kelly so haven’t been overly interested in her Laycool stuff, especially considering Laycool jobbed out. With that being said, I also hope that Victoria eventually turns and beats the shit out of her.

    The Miz challenging The Undertaker is lol worthy. Not as good as the Hardcore stuff with The Miz in my eyes, but still solid enough, and I especially enjoyed his stealing of catch phrases on this week’s Raw. I completely expect a nice Taker squash match to slowly introduce him back into proceedings for WrestleMania season.

    Raw is really cooking on all cylinders right now. Some things hotter than others, but nothing that I don’t necessarily like, well, outside of Kelly Kelly lol. Keep up the fantastic work.

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    Right, finally getting around to reading this, apologies for the delay. This might be a little more abridged than usual as I want to try and post my next show as well, but wanted to show some love before I did.

    You know what? I'm totally backing JBL here. Everything he says about Ventura is right, and now with Cena in his team he's even managed to pick the more interesting people. He gets my backing for commish! Loved the touches with Shawn being in the background and whatnot too. Great juxtaposition between the reluctant and downtrodden Michaels following them around, while the arrogant Cena is in and out however he wants.

    Way to heat up the UK crowd with that squash! I kid, I kid. Vladimir looks great, which is the only thing that matters right now.

    Good stuff with the battle royal. Easy going enough stuff, with the nice hometown moment, only to be snatched away by the heels. Exactly what you'd want, really. And, honestly, I wouldn't be shocked to see new champs next week, even with the champs in the Survivor Series match.

    Beth vs the Sharpshooter isn't a particularly wild angle, but it's exactly what this division needs as part of its rebuild. Good, solid stuff.

    Wow, I did not see that Steamboat/Punk segment going down like that. And... I absolutely love it. I know I say this every time, but the way you nail the little moments never ceases to amaze me. JBL has been an absolute force of nature recently - one of the best written characters on the board - which has made Steamboat and Ventura feel pretty meh in comparison. But Steamboat having a backbone and sticking to his guns suddenly adds a whole new angle to him at the point where it was most needed. Beautiful.

    Nick Nemeth helping out is... random. I guess I'll wait to see what comes of it. Love the triple threat stip instead of a handicap match, though.

    I'm glad you aren't dragging this Kennedy/Trips stuff out any longer. Not that I dislike it as a rivalry - quite the opposite, in fact - but you so slowly built to this point that I think it's for the best that you get out before it overstays it's welcome. And an I Quit match is pretty perfect for the way this feud has gone so far. Good stuff.

    So that Nemeth bit earlier was because he's in Team Ventura. Okay... If I'm honest, I'm slightly confused by all of this. Nemeth feels a bit out of nowhere, and while I 100% appreciate the stylistic creativity of the no sound backstage segment, I feel like Nemeth needs a bit more than that to get over and feel important.

    Not much to say about the women's matches, other than two back-to-back sub-4 minutes "divas" matches without anything to break them up feels uncharacteristically weird from a pacing perspective. Feels like maybe this second one could have swapped with the Vladimir squash or something. I dunno.

    FFS, stop booking matches before I do them! I want to use a 2/3 falls match on Raw soon ya bastard! Anyway, great stips again, and what a match that should be. Michaels promo was great from a character perspective, but slightly cold given he's turned heel for the first time in, what, a decade? That said, Punk again absolutely smashed it out of the park. The "you sold your soul to the devil" stuff is simply outstanding. Love it, love it, love it. (Very minor thing, but I also found it kinda weird having Shawn come back out when he was already in the ring earlier, which meant two back-to-back segments in the last 3 that felt uncharacteristically weird to start, but man did it pay off once it actually got going).

    Lovely little promo from The Miz. You really are working wonders with him.

    The heels going over and all seemingly lost is exactly what you need at this point in the story, so good stuff. I LOVE Steamboat whispering who number five is, and JBL looking shocked. You have me really, really excited now. Can't wait to find out who it is.

    Overall, another great show. Kind of a moving-the-pieces type show, but sprinkled with some absolutely brilliant little touches. And next week should be huge, too. Love it.

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    Cena as the fifth man is great all around. It's a huge name and talent for JBL, and a man with a legitimate axe to grind with the bosses. I loved the attitude to took with Cena here. This is for him to get what he wants, fuck everyone, not buying in like HBK pretty much has. The immediate tension you built with him and Albright was great to set up all the mini angles.

    I fucking love Vladimir getting to squash England's own. That's just good Booking 101 to get the crowd against someone their mild on. I'm pretty sure I'm in love with the concept of a Battering Ram Headbutt as a finisher.

    Again, good work here with JBL and Albright. He's the constant suck up, and the paper champion is the constant gullible one. No issues here.

    Oh man, that's such great trolling. Regal goes from missing out on his enemies again, to seemingly getting a title shot, to getting screwed over by them. That's so great hahahaha.

    Standard women stuff, nuff said.

    Decent continued build for the big match. I really hope Punk gets in the match, but you're doing great to keep him a smarmy prick still. Really was hoping to see you use that Steamboat line about his personality for Punk to remark how he's the cult of personality :P

    Nice trolling to make it a triple threat match so rules aren't broken. Was good enough to see Nemeth be a clean cut babyface and do the right thing. Always good to have guys not on the team still in the mix.

    I actually thought this was a bit disappointing of a segment. It was in character, it was written very well, and I loved how HHH is desperate so he's trying to challenge Kennedy's guts while he retorts that he doesn't know him and that whole spiel about his fight to comeback. But man, the way you were teasing the I Quit stipulation, it felt like it was building up to actual quitting, not just the match. That is why I'm left disappointed. So really, it's a compliment to your booking and writing hahaha. You had me itching to see this become even bigger.

    Decent enough here with Beth. I like that she feels challenged so she's trying to prove a point. I don't think it's an arc seen too often eth a heel, especially in the women's game, so it helps to make it feel more fresh.

    You really aren't working with much with your women's division :P

    Simple enough with these two. I do love Albright trying to establish power, saying he's the ace and Cena is the support. That as a great little one liner.

    Yeah, everything about this was superb. HBK trying to act like a face while really being a heel, Punk still being a dick Abt taking his religious potshots, DVD bringing it all full circle by saying how the pious Christian now sold out to the devil to get what he wants. This has been just fantastic storytelling.

    If you don't have Miz completely contradict himself with an elaborate entrance next week now, you've done him wrong :P I love your obnoxious comedy character Miz. Just amazing.

    Main event was good. The faces got their shit in, but I love that you had the heels win clean because of them showing some teamwork. It's easy to book dissension within the group right away, but you went the opposite path, which was by far the right call. Nice little tease for next week. I'm sure hoping it is someone actually huge, and not Christian. That will be anticlimactic.

    A lot of good story building here. It definitely dragged at times with how dialogue heavy it was, but that was to be expected, so thanks for the warning haha.

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    WWE Superstars | October 29 2008


    As always, Todd Grisham and Matt Striker present the show, as RICKY ORTIZ kicks us off, throwing out his rally towels (Union Jack themed this week) before taking on the rarely seen DOMINO in singles action. As you’d expect, with Domino essentially persona non grata, he’s purely fodder for Ortiz, who doesn’t look all that impressive either, but he gets the win @ 03:08 with THE BIG O.



    KURT ANGLE and CHRIS JERICHO will continue to assemble their Survivor Series teams.

    A TRIPLE THREAT MATCH for the NEXT crack at the Cruiserweight Championship.

    AND; the TAG TEAM TITLES are on the line when CRYME TYME challenge the FIGHT FACTORY!!


    Next up GAIL KIM keeps herself ticking over with a routine win over Englands own KATIE LEA in a decent match up between two good workers. Katie gives a good showing of herself, but still falls to EAT DEFEAT @ 07:16 with Gail Kim reminding everyone she wants back in the title hunt in the near future.

    Following that, Vickie Guerrero AGAIN watches as the SAN JUAN EXPRESS are in action, making quick work of a pair of local jobbers @ 02:03 with the DOUBLE BACK CRACKERS to score another impressive win. Once more, our commentators question why Vickie is out here, considering she already has a team of her own in the form of Chavo & Super Crazy… with Epico and Primo still none the wiser.



    RAW 800!!!

    A THREE HOUR celebration, featuring a special appearance by THE UNDERTAKER as he is challenged by THE MIZ.

    RIC FLAIR appears on Raw for the first time since his unforgettable retirement in July, as the special guest of THE COACH on the PLAYAS CLUB!!



    SHAWN MICHAELS challenges CM PUNK to end their heated, personal rivalry; the first fall a traditional wrestling match. The second; FALLS COUNT ANYWHERE … and if necessary, the third; a LADDER MATCH.


    Then, in the main event, DREW MCINTYRE defeats a British legend in the shape of ROBBIE BROOKSIDE. Grisham and Striker do their best to hype Brookside for the wider audience on commentary, but a good portion of the audience in London appear to be aware of Brookside, as he and McIntyre have a competitive match … but one that the young up and comer ultimately wins with a Diving Headbutt – referred to on commentary as the GLASGOW KISS to give Drew the 1...2...3 @ 08:15.

    After the match though, McIntyre gets on the mic, and despite the beating he’s taken from John Cena twice now … he issues a challenge for Cena to face him NEXT WEEK on Raw 800!!! Striker wonders if young Drew has a death wish, whilst McIntyres girlfriend, Tiffany, quickly comes to ringside, trying to tell Drew to stop and take the challenge back – not wanting him to get beat up by Cena again.

    Drew though doubles down on his challenge and says he’ll keep challenging Cena until he earns the respect of the Man In Black. McIntyre says he’s a proud Scot (not a smart thing to say in England) and he CAN’T accept what’s happened with Cena in the past, promising to make it right next Monday … if Cena has the guts to fight him. The show goes off the air with Tiffany horrified at the prospect of her boyfriend taking on Cena again … whilst Striker and Grisham wonder if Cena will even find the challenge worth accepting…


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    As previously noted, this show was written in a shorter style, minus full dialogue on promos, just to allow me more time to work on the three hour Raw that follows this show. I don't imagine the opening segment will be terribly popular, but it's a necessary evil for me to do, and it's why I didn't do a big reveal on Raw at the end of the show, as this would be the follow up to that.

    Friday Night Smackdown | October 31 2008 | London, England

    Opening Video

    NO Pyro. Instead-


    In a huge surprise, the man aiming to become WWE Commissioner at the Survivor Series, JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD is here on Smackdown!! White limo and all, JBL – who has featured primarily on Raw as he closes in on the top job – shocks Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler, with both claiming they had no idea he was here. Immediately, they question WHY J.B.L (and his trusted aides; Ranjin Singh & Vladimir) is here…

    Layfield finally arrives in the ring and tells the “great fans of Smackdown” that he’s sick of seeing this show be treated like a “red headed stepchild” and is taking matters into his own hands by taking charge tonight, allowing John Laurinaitis to focus solely on his investigation regarding who attacked Finlay. And, on top of that, JBL claims to have a HUGE announcement concerning the future of Smackdown to prove how much he values the show in comparison to “the absentee Commissioner” Jesse Ventura.

    Bradshaw casts the fans minds back to the end of Raw this past Monday when Ricky Steamboat seemingly revealed the fifth and final member of Ventura’s Survivor Series – though didn’t publicly announce it. Quickly, Bradshaw confirms that that was indeed what happened … with JBL going on to reveal the name of Ventura’s fifth man … CHRISTIAN.

    But JBL explains that his reaction WASN’T one of fear, but rather he was horrified that Jesse Ventura would make such a rash and dangerous decision, considering earlier in the night he himself had drafted Christian’s former long time foe, John Cena onto his own team. Briefly, JBL reminds the fans of the storied history between Cena and Christian and the fact that Steamboat himself decreed that after SummerSlam they’d be kept apart … yet three months later, he’s ready to “open Pandora’s Box again.”

    The Texan looks to position himself as the responsible party, calling Ventura desperate and reckless, saying he’s seen what Cena and Christian are willing to do to one another, and doesn’t want those old wounds to be reopened at the Survivor Series … which is why he’s been in close contact with the Board of Directors from “the very moment Raw went off the air” regarding this “troubling situation”.

    Using this as another stick to beat Ventura and Steamboat with, JBL makes the point that “had I been in charge when SummerSlam happened” he would’ve seen the potential for a scenario like this to arise and would’ve ensured that one of the two men would’ve been removed from Raw in the immediate aftermath in order to keep them apart … “and now that I’ve brought this to the attention of the Board … they’re in total agreement.”

    Explaining that the Board don’t want such an important match to be thrown into chaos at the potential for a volatile situation to explode, they’ve taken the request of JBL under advisement … and officially REMOVED Christian from the Survivor Series match!!! Naturally, there’s boos for the announcement … but JBL looks to calm the anger down by circling back to what he said at the top of the promo about Smackdown …

    By announcing not only has Christian been removed from the match at Survivor Series, but in order to ensure he and Cena are kept apart in future … Christian has been removed from Raw … and TRADED TO SMACKDOWN!!!

    That garners a more positive response from the fans … but in the ultimate troll job, JBL informs them that Christian isn’t here tonight. On commentary, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler are naturally delighted to have Christian on Smackdown but Cole does question how fair this is to Steamboat and Ventura and asks why it had to be Christian moving from Raw, to which Lawler assumes because JBL announced Cena on his team first.

    As JBL begins to leave, the entrances start for the first match of the evening; the triple threat #1 Contenders match for a shot at the Cruiserweight title; NEXT!!

    Commercial Break

    Evan Bourne vs. Jerry Lynn vs. Justin Gabriel
    Just as the match appears to be heating up with Bourne and Gabriel taking some big risks and Jerry Lynn playing his part too … the triple threat match gets gatecrashed by the man who continues to cast a shadow over the division; CHRISTOPHER DANIELS!!!!! The Fallen Angel attacks all three men forcing the official to call the match off!!!!
    Winner: No Contest @ 02:57

    In succession, Daniels lays out all three of the potential challengers for the title, and scares off the official before taking a microphone and decrees that he isn’t “playing games any more” proceeding to call out the “Cruiserweight Coward” BRYAN DANIELSON!!!

    Quickly, the champion DOES make his way out, clearly furious at what’s just transpired. Daniels doesn’t even give Danielson any time to react and immediately DEMANDS his shot at the title TONIGHT – or he’s going to crush the entire division by any means necessary.

    Angry, Danielson says he doesn’t understand why The Fallen Angel couldn’t just earn his chance like everyone else – but Daniels isn’t interested in listening to any of it, cutting the champion off, telling him he’s ABOVE “earning things” and unless Danielson gives him what he wants, there’s going to be three casualties in the ring – and it’ll all be Bryan’s fault.

    Left with no options, Danielson finally agrees to give Christopher Daniels his opportunity – right here tonight!! Despite not earning it, Danielson WILL give the Fallen Angel the title shot he’s been campaigning for for months!!! Cole and Lawler are both shocked – but excited – for the match happening tonight, with Cole wondering if JBL will allow this to happen…

    Commercial Break

    Returning backstage from the commercial, Bryan Danielson is approached by members of the roster; face and heel alike, and not just limited to the Cruiserweight division … all showing him their support, and wishing him luck for tonight against Christopher Daniels, telling him to shut the Fallen Angel up.


    Elsewhere, JBL meets with John Laurinaitis, and confirms to Johnny Ace that he’s rubber stamped that title match tonight “because these great people in London deserve it” before telling Big Johnny not to concern himself with any of the other goings on around Smackdown; JBL is in charge now. Bradshaw tells Laurinaitis that his sole responsibility right now is to find out which S.O.B took out Finlay … and he wants answers by NEXT WEEK.


    Match 2:
    Jack Swagger w/Paul Heyman vs. Spud Curtin
    It doesn’t go well for the undersized local against Paul Heymans brand new toy. Swagger dominates the tiny opponent from the beginning of the match right to the end, and throughout the squash, Cole and Lawler hype the upcoming Team Angle vs Team Jericho match at the Survivor Series – including the chance to see just what Jack Swagger has to offer. In the end, Swagger finishes off the Englishman with the ANKLE LOCK made famous by his new mentor, Kurt Angle to earn the submission win.
    Winner: Jack Swagger @ 02:07

    Heyman continues to look impressed with his new charge, raising his hand in the ring…

    Commercial Break


    In this world, DOMINANCE is key.”

    Batista delivering a Spinebuster on The Undertaker at Judgment Day, Mark Henry giving Umaga the Worlds Strongest Slam at SummerSlam.

    In this world, POWER is the ultimate currency.”

    Beth Phoenix standing tall with her Womens title, The Brian Kendrick getting his head shaved after losing at SummerSlam.

    Here, STRENGTH is in NUMBERS.”

    The Master Craftsmen standing tall together, Melina aligning with the Fight Factory.

    And here, WEAKNESS will be EXPLOITED.”

    Randy Orton PUNTING countless innocent victims over the last 18 months, CM Punk blasting Shawn Michaels with the Bible in August.

    To stand above ALL others…”

    Shots of Christian, Edge and John Cena over the last few years with World Title belts.

    To be at the TOP of the food chain …”

    Kurt Angle screaming out after a victory, neck muscles bulging, Chris Jericho sneering at the audience on Smackdown.

    SURVIVAL isn’t just an INSTINCT.”

    Mister Kennedy attacking Mr. McMahon on a recent episode of Raw, John Cena beating up Drew McIntyre on Raw during the summer.

    It’s a way of life.”

    Triple H blasting multiple people over the years with a sledgehammer, The Undertaker sitting up at WrestleMania.

    And the only way to GUARANTEE SURVIVAL in this world?”

    The following words THUD onto a black screen.






    Heading backstage, KURT ANGLE is congratulating young Jack Swagger on his performance tonight, complimenting him on how he applied the Ankle Lock, before Paul Heyman arrives back, suggesting Swagger head for the showers so he can talk with Angle. With Swagger out of ear shot, both Heyman and Angle talk positively about the prodigy, before Heyman excitedly tells Angle he has the third man for the team…

    And in steps RANDY ORTON.

    The appearance of Orton as a member of the team puzzles Kurt, and despite conceding to Heyman that Randy is a “great get” for the team, Angle expresses some concern considering it’s a title shot for Angle only at stake, and asks Orton straight up; “what’s in this for you??”

    With the menacing calmness he exudes, Orton – with a rather wry smile – shrugs before telling Angle; “It’s pretty simple … I scratch your back … then you can scratch mine.” Orton goes on to remind Angle that currently, he’s been locked out of the title picture, and in his eyes, by assisting Angle now … he’ll be rewarded once Kurt has the title.

    Clearly, Angle is a little uneasy by the arrangement, but he’s unable to deny how good an addition the former 3x World Champion is to the Survivor Series team and commends Heyman for getting Orton on board. He and Randy shake on the deal, with Heyman beaming, referring to the growing Survivor Series team as “somewhat of a Dangerous Alliance…”


    Elsewhere, Heymans opposite number; ARMANDO ESTRADA is in a hallway, outside the mens toilets … pacing back and forth, clearly agitated or nervous … when THEODORE LONG exit’s the toilets – seemingly the very person Estrada was waiting for. The two old rivals come face to face, with Long wanting to know why Estrada is loitering outside the men’s room.

    All smiles – disingenuous ones – Estrada approaches, complimenting Long on his suit and being the man behind the U.S Champion, before telling him he’s come to him with “an opportunity”, courtesy of the man he represents; the WWE Champion.

    Opportunity?? Or an offer, playa? Spit it out!!” Still smiling despite the blunt response from Long, Estrada explains that Chris Jericho has specifically requested that Mark Henry joins his Survivor Series team to take on Team Angle. For a few moments, Long enjoys lording it over Estrada, saying that Jericho clearly has no faith in Estrada’s “Samoan failure” if he’s coming to Mark Henry to add some muscle to his team … “but he’s clearly a smart man, playa.”

    He is. That’s why he hired ME to represent him, pero.” There’s clearly a lot of bad blood between the two managers still, as they try to score points over one another, but it’s Theodore Long that holds the power. He knows Jericho wants Henry on the team, and tells AAE as much before saying he’ll gladly assist the WWE Champion … but he wants to hear it from Armando that HE wants and NEEDS Henry on the team.

    Eventually, Estrada swallows his pride and gives Long the admission he wants, which clearly pleases Theodore. With that, Long accepts, before ending the conversation with a veiled threat about using this opportunity at the Survivor Series to show Chris Jericho he could be aligned with a much better advisor than the one he’s currently stuck with…

    Commercial Break

    The Fight Factory w/Melina vs. Cryme Tyme
    Finally, a match that is both competitive and long enough to mean something. Early on, Shad and JTG look to show Barrett and Burke they made a mistake by choosing the so-called “easy option” out of the two teams that’ve been chasing them down, and have the champions in a lot of trouble. Eventually though, Burke and Barrett reset, thanks to the guidance of their vital manager; Melina.

    Smartly, the champions focus their attentions on the smaller of the challengers; JTG as they pick him apart, keeping him away from making a tag to the big and imposing Shad Gaspard. The match stretches over a commercial break with Burke and Barrett relying on Melina to prevent a hot tag by JTG as she distracts the official, meaning Shad is forced back out of the ring again.

    Burke and Barrett cant extinguish the spirit in JTG though and after suffering another prolonged beating, he ducks out of a corner attack by Burke, then avoids a boot from Wade – who continues on and accidentally nails his partner!!! JTG knocks Wade down … AND LUNGES TO MAKE THE TAG!!!! Shad hits the ring, all guns blazing, with the titles in serious jeopardy, even dealing with the meddling of Melina as JTG grabs her … AND PLANTS A LIP LOCK ON HER!!!!

    Melina recoils in horror, jumping off the apron and going for some water from the commentary position … as Burke comes after JTG – but JTG ducks, and nails him with DA SHOUT OUT!!!! Shad covers … 1...2….BARRETT TACKLES JTG TO BREAK THE COVER!!!! Barrett then lays out Shad with an impressive WASTELAND, before JTG launches himself at the Brit, taking them both to the floor.

    Burke meanwhile covers Gaspard … 1...2...NO!!!!! Shad kicks out at the last moment, and as he climbs to his feet … BARRETT NAILS HIM WITH THE BULLHAMMER THROUGH THE ROPES!!!!! The knock out blow lands, and Burke makes the cover again, as Barrett holds JTG back from the outside allowing the count to be made … 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winners: And STILL WWE Tag Team Champions – The Fight Factory @ 11:56

    The champions survive the scare against the game challengers, inflicting Cryme Tyme with their first loss since reforming in August to retain the gold. Melina – still glugging on a bottle of water – collects the titles and meets her man on the aisle, relieved to have come through a much sterner test than perhaps they even envisioned.

    Commercial Break



    The Winner Takes All Survivor Series match between the WWF and the WCW/ECW Alliance. After the months long Invasion, it all boils down to one match, and ultimately it comes down to The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin {inexplicably siding with WCW} for supremacy as they battle for the first time since their epic WrestleMania match earlier in the year. Kurt Angle is the difference maker, turning against the Alliance after he joined them weeks earlier … as Vince McMahon puts WCW out of business … again.



    Back from the break, JOHN LAURINAITIS is in the ring – lucky fans – offering an update on his investigation on who was behind the attack that has seen Finlay incapacitated for the last few weeks. He advises the fans he has been working “around the clock” to get to the bottom of the mystery, and asserts that JBL wants the investigation concluded next week.

    Stating that at this point he’s comfortable to name the SIX suspects he has in the frame, Big Johnny insists he’ll do everything he can to prove “without a doubt” who it was that senselessly and needlessly assault the Smackdown GM. The first name he mentions is RANDY ORTON, painting Orton as the “prime suspect by numerous sources” explaining that Randy has a history of brutally assaulting people and had the motive after Finlay ruled him out for any opportunities at the WWE Title for the foreseeable future.

    Next on the list for Johnny Ace is UMAGA AND ARMANDO ESTRADA. Johnny explains that it would make sense for Chris Jericho’s associates to do this as a measure to circumvent Finlay’s threat to immediately deal with any tricks Jericho may have pulled when he defended the WWE Title (on one leg) against Edge on that same night of the incident.

    Laurinaitis names CHRISTOPHER DANIELS as a suspect too after being told he had to earn a Cruiserweight title shot by Finlay – and especially now that tonight he will get his shot without earning it, he’s shot up the list of suspects. SIM SNUKA gets a mention too as a result of the lack of opportunities he was given by the Smackdown GM, before coming to MATT HARDY.

    Johnny Ace explains that there’s still question marks over the legitimacy of the e-mail sent to Sci-Fi confirming a Matt Hardy vs Kurt Angle match for the following week around the time Finlay would’ve been assaulted, whilst BATISTA is also in the frame as a result of the eye witness account of the Animal angrily leaving Finlays office moments before the main event began that evening. Laurinaitis confirms his confidence that one of those seven suspects will be proven to be the “coward” that committed the heinous actions-

    **I WALK ALONE**

    Marching out to the ring, BATISTA looks pretty pissed off to be named as a suspect behind the Finlay incident, and tells Johnny Ace as much, making it clear that if he wanted to put Finlay – or anyone else out of commission – he wouldn’t make a secret of it; “I’d just do it.”, making a thinly veiled threat against Laurinaitis. The Animal then tells Johnny he might do just that to HIM if he mentions his name in this investigation again without concrete proof.

    Batista then gets to the REAL reason he’s out here, and that’s to DEMAND he’s given the WWE title shot he deserves. Reminding Ace that he beat The Undertaker at No Mercy, Batista says HE should be the one in the frame for a title shot, and accuses Jericho of hiding behind this arrangement with Kurt Angle to avoid him. Batista then snatches Johnny’s paperwork from his hands and tosses it aside, telling him the real investigation he should be running is to find out WHY he keeps getting shut out of the title picture.


    And following on from last week, EDGE is back for MORE of Batista!!! The Animal is pissed by the sheer presence of Edge – all he wants is the WWE Title – but Edge tells Batista that “I know better than anyone – you can’t always get what you want” bringing up the restraining order Jericho now has against him, and Edge tells Batista HE can’t get everything he wants either, and after Batista screwed him out of the title, “there’s no way I’m gonna stand aside a let you get your hands on that title.” And with that, Batista leaves the ring to deal with Edge – AND THE BRAWL IS ON!!!!!
    For the second week in a row, Edge and Batista scrap on the aisle, with Edge holding his own against the Animal, but the bigger man starts to get an advantage, forcing the Rated ‘R’ Superstar to get dirty, raking the eyes of Batista to stop him … THEN SPEARS HIM ON THE FLOOR!!!!! Full of rage, Edge doesn’t stop there, and grabs a chair, looking to continue the attack-


    Officials take the chair, and both men end up being subdued and held apart, as Edge gets dragged away, making sure to tell Batista that this issue is far from over…

    Commercial Break

    After discussing the prior segment and the escalating issue between Edge and Batista – which all started over both men wanting the WWE title – Cole and Lawler transition to a satellite interview with the WWE Champion himself; CHRIS JERICHO, who ISN’T here tonight.

    Jericho explains that he WOULD’VE been in London tonight to address Batista and Edge, but as he’s now in the final stages of recovery from his fracture, he didn’t want to take the risk of the long flight having an adverse effect on his injury and putting his Survivor Series match in jeopardy. Asked about his return, Jericho confirms he WILL be back in action next week on Smackdown, claiming that he’ll be cleared to return … but avoids answering the question posed by Cole over WHO he’ll face next week.

    When asked about the court order served to Edge last week, deeming that Edge must stay away from Jericho, the champion quickly directs the narrative, saying he’d love to serve some real justice to Edge for the pain and suffering he’s been forced to go through over the last two months thanks to Edge … but his lawyers and legal team have advised that this is the best course of action to take, with their focus being on Jericho’s future.

    Jericho blames Edge’s “reckless behaviour” for the court order, and his “inability to keep his emotions in check”, citing his attack that injured Jericho in September and the attack two weeks ago where Edge was “intent on maiming me” before Batista put a stop to it. Moving onto the topic of The Animal, Jericho tries to blow it off, wanting to focus on Kurt Angle and the Survivor Series, claiming it would be “disrespectful to discuss other future challengers” before dealing with Angle first.

    However, Jericho does comment that Batista has questions to answer about his actions on the night Finlay was found face down in his office before making any noises about challenging for the WWE Title. Chipping in, Lawler asks Jericho about the additions to both Survivor Series teams tonight – which draws a chuckle from Jericho, calling it another win for his team, reminding our commentators that Mark Henry hasn’t suffered a single loss since moving to Smackdown in the draft.

    The champion calls Orton “old news, just like Angle” and also tries to cast some doubt into the head of Angle by saying he could never trust Orton to have his back, knowing that all the while, Orton will have his eyes on the WWE Title for himself, “and I don’t care what arrangement they’ve cooked up … Randy Orton isn’t going to be content to take a backseat for Kurt Angle. Trust me, at the Survivor Series, Randy Orton will be out for one person only; himself.”

    Finally, Cole has one more question for the champion, and informs him of the huge announcement earlier tonight that CHRISTIAN is coming to Smackdown, and points out that “surely” Captain Charisma will also have ideas on the WWE Championship. Jericho though, doesn’t seem too concerned, pointing out that the last time he watched Raw, it didn’t look like Christian was too interested in anything and suggests that he’d be a perfect choice to join Kurt Angle and Paul Heyman’s group of “yesterdays news” at the Survivor Series.


    Off the back of the satellite interview, FILTHY RICH (along with M.V.P) are in the ring, as Ted DiBiase Junior appears to be set for singles action tonight…

    **WHAT’S UP!?**

    Despite the tune playing to signify the arrival of R-TRUTH, there’s no lyrics to follow as we’d normally expect. There’s nothing at all. No sign of R-Truth rapping to the ring … as the group in the ring all look puzzled, anticipating the arrival of Truth…



    In an eerily reminiscent scene to when Finlay was found in his office three weeks ago, R-Truth has been beaten and bloodied unconscious by an unknown assailant, with officials only now arriving on the scene, calling for help…

    Back in the arena, there’s concern and shock from Cole and Lawler on commentary, and even for a moment from Filthy Rich, as Cole beats the audience over the head regarding the similarities to the way Truth was found in almost the same way Finlay was.

    Despite the initial concern in the ring, The Million Dollar Man quickly gets on Tony Chimmel, and DEMANDS he announce his son as the winner by forfeit. M.V.P shows his disdain for the lack of compassion from his boss, but is quickly told to stand down … as Chimmel (under duress) announces Ted Junior as the winner amidst boos.

    But heading backstage, the focus is on the treatment R-Truth is getting from medics, as they tell the growing crowd to back up…

    Commercial Break

    Smackdown returns, with PAUL HEYMAN and ARMANDO ESTRADA crossing paths, seemingly both heading for the same place. They exchange pleasantries, both acting overly nice to one another, keeping up the pretence from last week, complimenting one another on their recruitment thus far for the Survivor Series. Heyman finally breaks the niceties by telling Armando, “and if you’ll excuse me, I’m about to tie up the final two places on our team … which I believe is going to put us over the top.”

    Estrada chuckles at that suggestion, telling Heyman he’ll need something special to top the two guys he’s about to lock down for Jericho’s team … as it soon becomes apparent that both men are heading to the same location; the dressing room of the WWE Tag Team Champions; The Fight Factory. The awkwardness kicks up another level as Heyman and Estrada also realize the other has the same intention with Heyman stopping at the door and initially telling Armando “you can keep going wherever it is you’re going…”

    Ha ha … I’m already here, pero.” Despite both men trying to be polite and courteous, they start to bicker over who was here first, and as the voices raise slightly, it draws Melina out of the locker room to ask what’s going on. Naturally, both Heyman and Estrada talk over one another, trying to sell themselves to her … but she stops both men, seemingly getting the idea. Pulling business cards from her purse, she hands one over to each man, telling them to make an appointment if they want to discuss having the tag team champions on their Survivor Series teams…


    Elsewhere, BRYAN DANIELSON – looking angry still from being blackmailed into this title defence against Christopher Daniels – on his way to the ring, is met by ALL of the Cruiserweight division. Jerry Lynn – suffering the effects still from the earlier attack by Daniels – acts as spokesman for the rest of the division, telling Danielson they’re all pulling for him tonight, telling the champion he’s doing the right thing, and urges him to shut the Fallen Angel up once and for all.

    Without saying anything, Danielson nods, accepting the support from the faces and heels alike, telling them that’s exactly what he plans to do, and says he’s doing this tonight for ALL of them…


    Back at ringside, Cole and Lawler both discuss what happened to R-Truth, stating that he is being transferred to the local medical facility as we speak, and will hope to have an update next week … before announcing two big items for next weeks show – the return to action of Chris Jericho, fully recovered from injury and … EDGE VERSUS BATISTA!!!


    **PALE RIDER**

    And with that, CHRISTOPHER DANIELS enters the arena for the main event of the evening. At long last, he gets the Cruiserweight title shot he’s been campaigning for for months … and all on his terms… NEXT!!

    Commercial Break

    Bryan Danielson vs. Christopher Daniels
    And this match certainly makes up for the lack of wrestling on tonight’s show. It’s clear Danielson is fired up, abandoning his usual technical, mat based approach for a straight up fire fight, taking the match to Daniels and punishing the challenger in the early going with a nasty amount of forearms, stiff kicks and chops. But, clearly riding on emotions, Danielson leaves himself open to making mistakes, and almost allows the Fallen Angel to steal the win on more than one occasion with sneaky roll ups.

    Danielson survives those scares though, and is able to dominate proceedings, putting Daniels on the backfoot throughout the opening half of the match, forcing the challenger to merely go into survival mode, until he forces Danielson into a HUGE error of judgment; the challenger escapes the ring, going for a walk – something that doesn’t benefit him at all as challenger – but still, Bryan comes after him, and looks for his patented SUICIDE DIVE – AND GETS NOTHING!!! The momentum shifts with that nasty landing, and the challenger is right on Danielson from their, seizing control.

    A commercial break breaks up the action, as Cole informs the fans when we return that Daniels has systematically broken down the champion during the break, taking total control. He wears Danielson down, but CAN’T put him away, finding out why Danielson has been so highly regarded for so long as Cruiserweight champion. Despite his best efforts, nothing Daniels can do is enough to finish the champion, and he even looks to bust out his ANGELS WINGS – a move he has NEVER done since coming to the WWE – but Danielson escapes it, and the fight back is on!!!

    The champion makes a spirited comeback, picking up the pace, with the challenger looking vulnerable … until catching Danielson with a CALF KICK!! That only scores a two count, but the Fallen Angel uses it to set up the STO … INTO THE KOJI CLUTCH!!!!! Danielson is in serious jeopardy, title on the line … but he digs in deep … and SOMEHOW makes it to the ropes!!!! Naturally stunned, the Fallen Angel starts to get desperate, beating Danielson up by the ropes, almost incurring a DQ before relenting.

    Daniels comes back at the champion … but Danielson fires up again!!! He sets up for the ROARING ELBOW – DANIELS DUCKS!!! Roll up by Daniels – and GETS HIS FEET ON THE ROPES – 1...2...NO!!!! Not even cheating is enough for Daniels to get the job done!!! He lunges on the champion again, then sends him across the ring, but Danielson backflips on the turnbuckles landing behind the challenger then charges into the corner … AS DANIELS YANKS THE REFEREE IN FRONT OF HIM!!!!

    The fans boo the ref bump, but the Fallen Angel looks to take advantage of it, aiming a kick between the legs of the champion – CAUGHT!! Danielson catches the leg before contact, Daniels then attempts an ENZIGURI – BUT DANIELSON DUCKS!!! The Fallen Angel hits the mat, Danielson leaps down – AND APPLIES CATTLE MUTILATION!!!!! Daniels quickly taps; he knows the ref is out, and the champion soon releases the hold. He tries to revive the official as Daniels gets back up, but the champion is wise to it, and knocks the challenger back down. He turns around…


    The man(?) is dressed in an identical black robe to that which Christopher Daniels wears, and his face is never revealed – covered by a bandana … and he’s done the damage, laying Danielson out cold before leaving the ring and disappearing into the night through the fans, with the Fallen Angel recovering, having seen it unfold. He’s all smiles, as he gives the referee a shake … before dragging the lifeless carcass of Bryan Danielson back up … PLANTING HIM WITH THE ANGELS WINGS!!!!! Daniels hooks the leg … the count comes ever so slowly, with Cole frantically shouting for Danielson to kick out … 1… … … 2… … … 3!!!!!!!!!!
    Winner: And NEW Cruiserweight Champion – Christopher Daniels @ 18:04

    The fans in London are left in stunned SILENCE as the announcement is made; Christopher Daniels has STOLEN the Cruiserweight title. At the beginning of the night, he wasn’t even factored into the contendership picture … but at the end of the night, he is CHAMPION!!!

    Daniels is naturally jubilant, mouth agape as he takes hold of the title, on his knees, holding it close, as Michael Cole expresses his disgust at this picture and his disgust at the manner in which Christopher Daniels has become Cruiserweight champion.

    Meanwhile, Jerry Lawler asks the question as to WHO was in the hooded robe with his face concealed, to which Cole responds; “Ask Daniels!! Because we all know they’re in cahoots!!” Cole suggests this was the plan all along, which was why Daniels was desperate to make the match happen on this night, and even accuses Daniels – or his accomplice – of being behind the assault on Finlay too to create this situation in the first place!!

    The Fallen Angel leaves the ring, taking with him the title, as Cole continues to rage at the circumstances of this “screw job” whilst Bryan Danielson starts to come around, seeing Daniels leaving up the ramp … shaking his head … having fallen into the trap and taken the bait … leading to the Fallen Angel getting exactly what he wanted all along…


    Official Card for The 22nd Annual WWE Survivor Series:
    November 16 2008 | Phillips Arena, Atlanta GA
    Theme Music; ‘Spolin For A Fight’ by AC/DC

    5 on 5 Survivor Series Elimination Match:
    World Heavyweight Champion Brent Albright, John Cena, Shawn Michaels, Vladimir & John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield
    World Tag Team Champs. Rey Mysterio & Shelton Benjamin, Paul London, Nick Nemeth & 1 TBA
    *If Team Layfield win; JBL becomes WWE Commissioner*
    *If Team Ventura win; Jesse Ventura remains WWE Commissioner*

    5 on 5 Survivor Series Elimination Match:
    WWE Champion Chris Jericho, Umaga, U.S Champion Mark Henry & 2 TBAw/Armando Estrada
    Kurt Angle, Randy Orton, Jack Swagger & 2 TBAw/Paul Heyman
    *If Team Angle win, Kurt Angle will receive a WWE Championship Match at Armageddon*

    Triple H vs. Mister Kennedy

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    You say you expect people to be unhappy with this decision, but I am very happy with it. I would like to avoid having Cena and Christian wrestle again as we'd normally get on WWE television. This is just smart booking and I'm glad to see Christian getting traded to SmackDown as he has been on Raw for a while and this gives him a nice opportunity to interact with people like Batista, Edge, Henry, Jericho, and Orton. So my guess is that The Undertaker will be the man that was traded from SmackDown to Raw and then he'll end up being the actual team member causing JBL to be in even more fear. Nice heel coward play by JBL by the way.

    Great to see Christopher Daniels crash this match. He really needs to be doing more than beating jobbers and ranting on the microphone by this point so hopefully, he'll get a shot now. And yep we have the match tonight, awesome.

    Nice interaction between JBL and Johnny Ace here. I am interested to see who it ends up being.

    Haha, I remember Spud back on the indy scene at this point. Nice to see him pop up to get taken out by the upcoming, Jack Swagger.

    Enjoyed the stuff with Team Angle here. I like how we have Heyman the heel manager with babyface Kurt Angle and the dynamic there. Don't try to hype us for a Dangerous Alliance stable unless there's going to be a payoff.

    I also enjoyed the interactions between AAE and Long here, I think it'll be great to have these two managers on the team. While the JBL vs. Ventura match is obviously the main event storyline for Survivor Series, I find the SmackDown! match to be more interesting.

    Nice showing from Cryme Tyme here, but The Fight Factory are able to pick up the victory, making them look like a strong heel tag team.

    Enjoyed seeing who the suspects are at this time, I personally don't see it being any of these guys, besides maybe Matt Hardy, so it'll be interesting to see who it ends up being. Also, more main event rub here for Batista and he clashes with Edge again which will make for a good match for Survivor Series.

    Nice way to do something different with Jericho while also setting up his return for next week and giving him the opportunity to give some commentary on the WWE Championship situation.

    And the plot thickens with R-Truth being taken out. The last time someone was taken out, JBL was there so I think there is some sort of connection here with JBL even though he left before the attack last time.

    Since we have two heel managers here, it is interesting to see that they both want the same guys on their teams here. It'll be interesting to see what happens and who ends up where.

    Great to see Bryan Danielson as the representative of the cruiserweight division heading into this main event.

    Wow! Had somewhat of a feeling Batista vs. Edge might be having a TV match, but also thought maybe you'd save it for Survivor Series. Wonder if you'll go with a DQ finish next week or something else.

    Awesome. As soon as this match was announced I knew Christopher Daniels would be getting the victory as it made sense. I'm surprised there was interference though, wonder who the hell this guy is with the mask on and why they are wearing a mask. Never realized Daniels never used the Angels Wings since joining your BTB, a big moment to unveil it in.

    Now this felt like a great episode of SmackDown!

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    Firstly, I know you have set up plenty of stuff on this episode being recapped, but I don't think it really suffered for that. Based on what you said I was expecting you to basically say what happened, maybe with "Christopher Daniels beats Bryan Danielson in 18 minutes" or something, but I more than got a sense of what was going on. Obviously you miss a bit of the bits in between in this style, but I was still happy with what we got.

    Interesting you think people would hate the opening segment. I didn't at all. I mean, Steamboat looks like SUCH an idiot for telling JBL his plan and not getting anything locked in (if that's the direction we're going in), but I get it. I also like that you are separating Christian and Cena. There's no way they can both be on the same show and not have it feels off. Totally separating them out is perfect, and the way you had JBL do it was spot on. I really liked a lot of it.

    My only complaint about this, really, is just furthering what I've said about Christian previously. Intellectually I love the idea of this character change, and I'm really excited for where it's going, but it's not hugely exciting to watch. It's actually cooled Christian off quite a bit, which is a shame given he was pretty much your biggest star coming out of Summerslam. Since then he's been missing for 90% of shows, came back because he was handed a title shot, lost it cleanly, then got traded because he was told to. I know that this is his character, but it's not a change that makes me want to invest with him at all as it stands. Like I say, love it in theory, but until it actually goes somewhere it's leaving him feeling a bit... flat?

    I'm surprised that you're having the big Danielson/Daniels match without any kind of build up, but kudos for making the Cruiserweight Title feel so important. Loved all the Cruisers getting behind the champ because Daniels is such a prick, too.

    Good squash for Swagger again. Really great intro for him. I love seeing future "stars" before they were famous too, so Spud's appearance was lovely.

    Ooh, didn't see Orton joining Angle. That's a really intriguing choice, but I like it.

    Bit weird to have back-to-back segments of people trying to recruit people in to their teams, but Henry makes sense given Jericho's comments last week. Really good to see him in there, makes him feel like a really big deal.

    Tag match was decent. There was no real risk of the title changing, but this worked fine as a bit of a distraction to establish the pecking order, and Cryme Tyme lose nothing in the loss. Good stuff.

    Lol at Sim Snuka being a suspect. I know you're the guy who made Brent friggin' Albright World Champion, but if you make Sim Snuka the culprit I'll stop reading. I mean, I won't, but the threat is there. Not sure who the culprit actually is, but I imagine Orton seems so likely as a red herring. Love Batista's reasoning for why it wasn't him, that totally figures. Also loved the line about the investigation in to why he doesn't get the title shots he deserves. You're tapping in to some of that heel Batista greatness, and that can only go to good places. Good fun scrap with Edge too. Fun segment.

    Good Jericho promo, and great to see he's getting back to the ring next week.

    Huh, R-Truth as well now? That's pretty random as it stands, but absolutely has my interest for where it's going.

    Ha, total sitcom stuff with Heyman and Estrada. Totally makes Fight Factory seem like a huge deal though, which I love. Really, really excellent stuff here.

    Big sign of faith in the Cruiserweight title to have it main event, but it feels earned. Great match, with the right outcome. Surprised to see another mystery angle alongside the Finlay one, but it still has my interest. I have a theory on who it might be, but I'm going to keep it to myself in case I'm right.

    All in all, there's very little to hate in here. Nothing really happened outside of the Cruiserweight Title, which made it feel a bit like a glorified house show (and I do think that Smackdown perhaps needs something more exciting given how superior Raw feels at the moment), but it was a solid effort that definitely set up plenty of stories for the future, so I can't complain too much. Especially given we know Raw 800 is on the horizon...

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    Ahead of RAW 800 this Monday, have announced today of a further addition to the line up, which will see Team Layfields Brent Albright take on Team Ventura’s Nick Nemeth. The match WONT be for Albright’s World Heavyweight Championship though, and is strictly a non-title match, whilst it’s also expected that John Cena will accept the challenge thrown out by Drew McIntyre last week on Superstars to face him on Raw for a third time, after Cena mauled McIntyre in June, and again last month.

    The buzz around Raw 800 is said to be lower than it was for Raws Fifteenth Anniversary show last year. There’s a number of factors that have contributed to that feeling – namely the show taking place right in the middle of the road to the Survivor Series – and with a lack of ‘marquee’ matches and fewer big names on the bill, it’s thought that is the reason for the CM Punk vs Shawn Michaels headliner being a ‘Three Stages of Hell’ match to carry the load.

    On top of that, has also confirmed a further addition to the Survivor Series card in two weeks time. As expected, Natalya will challenge Beth Phoenix for the Womens Championship in a rematch of their Nemesis contest, but this time, there will be ‘No Rope Breaks’. Beth Phoenix has been shown to be prone to Natalya’s Sharpshooter in recent weeks, and if she is caught in the hold at the Survivor Series, she won’t have the luxury of breaking the hold via rope break.

    It’s been learned this past week that the reason for Garrison Cade’s recent absence from television is NOT due to a Wellness Policy Violation, but rather some serious personal problems. His last appearance on television was the October 6 edition of Raw, when being called upon by JBL to face Paul London. It’s thought that initially, he would’ve become more strongly aligned to Bradshaw in the run up to the Survivor Series, and may well have even been part of Team Layfield, with his position now being filled by Vladimir.

    There’s said to be concerns for Cade going forward, with rumours of an incident on a recent overseas tour with some sources even suggesting that Cade could be released from his contract. It’s a big fall from grace, as Cade had been a featured player on Raw in the early months after the draft, and had been pushed heavily on Smackdown in the six months prior to that. Even if he is to return to television at this stage, it seems unlikely he’ll be trusted in a high profile position.

    Rey Mysterio is also going through some knee issues, but is still working through them. Mysterio has a long history of knee problems, but those issues have been exacerbated in recent weeks, with Mysterio even being withdrawn from live events in order to heal up and be healthy to work television events. It’s thought that eventually, Rey will require surgery, but he’s made it abundantly clear he’ll put it off until absolutely necessary, knowing he’ll face a long lay off. It’s not known at this point if the tag team titles will be taken off Rey & Shelton Benjamin as a precaution, though if that were to happen, the most probable time for that to take place would be this coming Monday on Raw.

    And those challengers for the World Tag Team Titles – Damien Sandow & René Duprée – are rumoured to be getting the team name ‘La Renaissance’. It’s thought the name would play into Duprée’s former team with Sylvan Grenier {La Resistance} and also play off Sandows pompous elitist character, who of course would be a renaissance period enthusiast. It’s expected they’ll begin to be known by that name as soon as this Monday, which could also indicate that they may be in line to win the tag team titles.

    Along with Mysterio, Christian is another name that’s said to be dealing with numerous injuries that have been building up over the last couple of years, and partly explains his absence from TV for large portions since (and even off TV for the majority of the summer leading to) Summerslam, and was even recently missing from the European tour last week. It’s said that Christian isn’t in need of any surgery, but simply needs time to heal up before kicking on again as WrestleMania season approaches.

    The Smackdown move that was announced last week is said to be a recent development, as Christian had initially been pegged to be the fifth man – as teased on Raw – on Jesse Ventura’s Survivor Series team. Ultimately, the decision was made to switch direction, mainly in order to keep Christian and John Cena apart and not to have them directly oppose one another so soon after the blow off to their long running feud back at Summerslam.

    Christian’s move to Smackdown may necessitate someone to move in the opposite direction, as it does now leave Raw somewhat bare in the bonafide main event level talent with only John Cena, Shawn Michaels and Triple H on Raw as multi time World Champions and legit headline attractions, with the likes of Mysterio, Paul London, CM Punk, Mister Kennedy and even the current World Champion Brent Albright all still considered a notch below that point. On the other side of the coin though, Smackdown is currently awash with tenured talent.

    In the case of Punk and Kennedy though, management believe they are the next two stars that will break through the “glass ceiling”, and their ascent is said to have surprised some in just how quick it is happening. Both had been earmarked for big roles – in the future – but given how both have grasped the opportunities handed to them, and how much they’ve gotten over in recent months (along with CM Punk being in the headline match on this weeks Raw 800 special), it’s said that WrestleMania plans for both men are being ripped up as both may require bigger spots than initially expected.

    It’s also said to be surprising that there hasn’t been a great deal of teasing or seeds being planted as yet for WrestleMania programs next year. In recent years, a staple of WWE programming has been leaving breadcrumbs for the biggest WrestleMania plans long in advance, and just last year, there was already strong hints and build up on TV towards the Cena vs Christian, Lesnar vs Michaels and Triple H vs Kennedy matches that would later come to pass.

    Rumours suggest that this year, WrestleMania plans have been in flux, with no firm plans being settled on quite as yet. As noted, the rise of CM Punk and Mister Kennedy has played a factor, meaning numerous chess pieces are having to be moved around. There’s also suggestions that Mickey Rourke – star of the upcoming film ‘The Wrestler’ - could be approached to for an as yet unknown role at the marquee event. Rourke made an appearance at Summerslam, sitting in the front row, and physically got involved with The Miz. Due to the buzz surrounding the movie, WWE officials are keen to do business with Rourke in time for WrestleMania.

    Official Card for WWE Raw 800:
    November 3 2008 | STAPLES Centre, Los Angeles CA

    Intercontinental Championship Match:
    CM Punk defends against Shawn Michaels
    Match 1; Traditional Match
    Match 2; Falls Count Anywhere
    Match 3 {If Necessary}; Ladder Match

    World Tag Team Championships Match:
    Rey Mysterio & Shelton Benjamin defend against Damien Sandow & René Duprée

    The Undertaker vs. The Miz

    World Heavyweight Champ. Brent Albright vs. Nick Nemeth

    ~ THE CALL OUT ~
    DREW MCINTYRE once again issues a challenge to JOHN CENA. Will Cena accept having already decimated the young Scot TWICE in recent months?

    Featuring the SIXTEEN TIME World Champion; RIC FLAIR


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    Couple of points reviewing the last 3 shows:

    · Initially a little disappointed you went with 5/5 for Smackdown – meaning no world championship to be defended at your “last” big pay per view of your 2008 calendar – an incredible 3 PPV’s so far. It did feel a little abrupt jump in the story; but then after reading the 2ndsmackdown its coming together nicely.
    · Meanwhile the understory of Edge/Batista and Batista/Jericho is interesting that both yet; do not belong to either team. And Batista rejecting offers is just amazing. Where you’re going to go with this I don’t know – will they face each other at SS? Possibly.
    · Love Orton been picked – you just know that he will not play fairly and Angle will own him regardless. After that impressive match with Morrison, I see Morrison on Jericho’s team and them two coming to logger heads.
    · As for the “opening disappointment” of the latest smackdown; I can 100% tell you I am not disappointed. I am ecstatic. I predicted in my Summer Slam predictions, (Cena I think it was), would end up on Smackdown but this is even better. I cannot wait for him to start embedding himself on Smackdown – he is defiantly credible WWE Champion. Which brings me nicely to Raw:

    · JBL is such a douche but I bloody love it. He’s almost like the lovable rouge you love to just hate. And WOW; CENA!! By GAWD. Brilliant bag for JBL. And I love the interactions between Albright/Cena – that is one for the future. JBL team looks very strong; stronger then Ventura at this present time.
    · HBK/Punk continues to build; I’m glad that they are having this 3 stages of hell match and the ladder match is a must for Stage 3. I hope we get to see all 3 stages.
    · As for HHH/Kennedy – fantastic outcome from Nemesis and this is a very strong feud walking into Survivor Series. I predict it to be a bloody match. I kinda want Kennedy to walk out winner here – he, like punk, has become this lovable rouge. He’s such a c*nt but I love it.
    · Miz/Taker – LOL cannot wait for this Taker will squish this kid. But like I said, I hope we don’t’ get to see this go past Survivor Series. Taker deserves some massive opponent at WM25 and I’d be disappointment if you picked Miz – unless you can build him into a credible threat in the next 3 months.
    · 5thOpponent – it’s either TAKER (but I think Him/Miz will be separate) or Ric Flair.

    Overall, Raw continues to be a little strong for me than Smackdown. That said, Christian transfer is very good and I am looking forward to seeing the future feuds with him over on Smackdown. Punk/Kennedy, as you noted in your notes, continue to grow and they are very much future of your “WWE Universe”. Again I can see either one of those going over to Smackdown too – unless you put them against each other. Walking into Survivor Series you’ve got some strong matches even though there is only 3 matches confirmed. Just now need to fill the undercard which is continue go from strength to strength on both brands.

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    Honestly, I love the Christian stuff. This makes JBL look like he has the Board in his pocket, he looks like a great heel, it stacks up the deck against Ventura and Steamboat, and it gives Christian a clearly need fresh start. Plus, it honestly makes sense for WWE to want them apart from each other. I'm all for everything with this.

    BTW totally calling Taker to RAW and be the fifth man now.

    I love how Daniels put all of his actions on Danielson to get the title match. It's such great heel work. Act like an ass, hurt people, make someone else feel guilty. Brilliant.

    The quick backstage segment seems like bad foreshadowing for D-Bry.

    Swagger needs something to make him interesting here soon. Very underwhelming so far.

    Well, your show peaked here. Not topping that Dangerous Alliance line haha. I love the reasoning behind Orton lining up with Angle, and that face/heel lines are being blurred for this match.

    Don't know too much on the history between these two managers, but it was nice enough to see the two men just try to out smarm the other until AAE cowered and did what he had to do to secure one of the most dominant acts going on SD right now.

    I really fucking hate Cryme Tyme and I'm so glad that they lost. JTG just seems like a fucking obnoxious waste of air.

    Good use of the Finlay stuff to get Batista and Edge out here to continue their fight with each other. We all know it's someone outside of that group who attacked the GM. I'm all for Batista going over on Edge at the PPV.

    It's promos like this, even recapped, that illustrate just why I love you. You constantly bring everything full circle. It's such great use of a simple concept as yesterday's news, but it all came together perfectly with the final bit on Christian. I also highly enjoyed the politician line answer from Jericho when talking about both Edge and Batista, especially the former.

    No, not Truth! He's a damn national treasure and I will not stand for this injustice! That being said, love DiBiase making sure his silver spoon gets announced winner still :P

    I love that they both wanted Fight Factory. That's not a trope I really ever see with these matches, so good job on doing something fresh with this set up.

    Again, even in recap, a great story is told. Danielson is aggressive and emotional, Daniels looks to capitalize on it and cheat. I love that heel touch you added of having Daniels immediately tap out so Danielson released the hold, knowing the referee was out. That's just truly amazing on your part, for real. Danielson losing tonight was certainly telegraphed, but that's fine as I think he moves up after this feud ends. Daniels is a great heel for a disciple as he's both talented but cowardly. Really loved the main event.

    A total placeholder SD with the big RAW 800 coming up, but still had some fun stuff on it. Bring it on!

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    God damn that's a beautiful card for a RAW.

    With Keef knocking it out of the park with these match promos on his TV shows, I'm wondering if you're gonna throw one in for Punk Michaels, because if ever there was a time for it, it would be that match.

    Speaking of, can't wait to read the three stages of hell match! Hoping, and assuming, it goes all three falls and we get another MOTY candidate here on the forum.

    Side note, just watched the actual 800th episode, and one of the things that stood out was the constant flashbacks to past moments in RAW history, which has me interested to see A) If you do that, and B) What in the long history of your BTB you deem worthy of flashing back to!

    Can't wait for the show !

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    Monday Night Raw | November 3 2008 | Los Angeles, CA

    - RAW 800 -


    Opening Video


    The camera’s pan around the STAPLES Centre, full of vigorous fans and plenty of excitement, for a special three hour edition of RAW, as 'Fast Fuse' by the Kasabian rings around the building…

    Jim Ross: You are witnessing history in the making!! Monday Night Raw has reached a landmark eight HUNDREDTH episode – the longest running, weekly episodic television show in history, and we’re just getting started!!! Jim Ross, alongside The Coach and tonight, we’re in Hollywood!! And what a fitting location for a BLOCKBUSTER edition of RAW!!!!

    The Coach: Fitting indeed, J.R, strap yourself in – it’s gonna be a wild ride for the next three hours!! Ric Flair will be my guest on the Playas Club, the tag team titles are on the line, and there’s nothing bigger than Shawn Michaels challenging CM Punk for the Intercontinental title. It’s personal, it’s heated and it’s two outta three falls!! I can’t wait!!!

    Jim Ross: Neither can I, Coach. What an occasion this promises to be-



    The STAPLES Centre comes unglued as the signal for the arrival of THE UNDERTAKER kicks us off, with a group of six druids slowly marching through the curtain, carrying with them a CASKET!!

    Jim Ross: And ya know what this means, Coach!! What a way to kick us off – with a man who appeared on the FIRST episode of Raw fifteen years ago!!!

    The Coach: Yeah, The Undertaker is here tonight to make a special appearance on Raw … but answer me this, J.R – what’s with the casket!? This isn’t a casket match!! The Miz didn’t sign up for this!!

    Jim Ross: As far as I’m aware it isn’t scheduled to be a Casket match, so I gotta guess this is mind games from the Deadman.

    The Coach: Well, he’s gonna have to go a lot further than that to psyche out The Miz. If The Undertaker isn’t careful, he’ll be leaving here in that casket!!

    Jim Ross: We’re about t’find out if The Miz has perhaps bitten off a little more than he can chew by challenging The Phenom. I gotta believe the young man is in way over his head … but the confidence he has exuded in recent weeks is staggering. He REALLY believes he’s gonna knock off The Undertaker here tonight!!

    The druids bring the casket to ringside, leaving it there as the lid pops open, the lights come on, and-




    Jim Ross: Ohhh, you gotta be kiddin me!!!

    The Coach: HA HA HA HA HA!!!! This is brilliant!!!

    Jim Ross: This kid has a damn death wish pullin a stunt like this!!! Get a good long look at The Miz here, folks – this may well be the last time we see him.

    Miz looks really proud of himself inside the casket, carrying with him an Urn, looking around the arena, before exiting the casket, and climbing into the ring, bringing the microphone and the Urn with him, as he signals for the music to cut.


    Huge heat from the fans for the annoying reality TV star.

    The Miz: Ohhh yeah, drink it in Hollywood. I hope all the executives and directors are here tonight, because baby … you got your next biopic blockbuster on your hands. You’ve got your next MONSTER movie right here, and I’m gonna even write the script.

    Full of confidence, Miz prowls around the ring.

    The Miz: You are looking at your NEXT leading man. And his name … is THE MIZ and The Miz IS-


    Out go the lights again!!!


    And the STAPLES Centre REALLY explodes this time, as the real thing steps into view; THE UNDERTAKER is on Raw!!! In the ring, it all starts to get a little bit real for The Miz, after weeks of talk … it’s time for action.

    As ever, The Undertaker takes his sweet time to march down the aisle, with J.R pouring on the praise for The Phenom, again reminding the audience that he – along with Shawn Michaels tonight – is one of two men on this show that competed on the FIRST Monday Night Raw.

    In the ring, Miz paces, surely now getting nervous, as Taker walks up the steps and brings up the lights before removing his hat – to reveal his eyes rolled back into his head.

    Miz gulps – showing the fear now coursing through his body – as The Phenom climbs into the ring, with J.R mentioning that it’s a good thing Miz isn’t wearing white pants tonight.

    The music starts to die down, and Miz tries to stop the referee from calling for the bell, not seemingly regretting his decision to make this challenge – but the requests fall on deaf ears; and the bell is rung!!!

    Match 1:
    The Miz vs. The Undertaker
    Miz freezes as the bell rings, and slowly turns around to meet his fate, quickly begging off from Taker, backing up … as The Deadman slowly bears down on him. Miz backs up into the corner – nowhere else to go – as Taker stands over him, and takes a shot … but Miz ducks and BOLTS through the ropes!!! Boos ring out, as Miz puffs his cheeks, asking for a mic…

    The Miz: Just- just wait a second, okay. Look … I know how this looks … but I’m not scared.

    There’s a feeling of bullshit coming from the fans, and Miz senses it, turning to the audience to double down on his statement.

    The Miz: I’m not.

    He sure looks it!!” ~J.R.

    The Miz: I just don’t want you to have any excuses, Deadman. So … if you’ve got the guts?? How about we take this match into my wheelhouse?? How do you feel about taking on the GREATEST Hardcore Champion ever in a HARDCORE MATCH!?

    Taker doesn’t need to say anything … instead, he makes the slit throat gesture to a BIG pop!! The official shrugs, and seemingly is prepared to go with it – The Miz has his wish!!

    The Miz: Oh, and one more thing. Like I said earlier, I’m creating my own blockbuster tonight. And even a Deadman knows … every leading man needs a good supporting cast … right??

    The Undertaker doesn’t give any sign of a response – he’s above interacting with Miz, especially when he’s asking stupid questions. Miz plows on anyway.

    The Miz: Remember your … Ministry??

    The fans begin to mumble and grow louder with commotion, as something appears to be happening off camera-

    The Miz: Because these two remember you DITCHING them!!!

    It’s VISCERA!!! And MIDEON!!! Two former members of The Undertakers Ministry of Darkness way back when!!! Viscera and Mideon jump on Taker, laying in the blows, hammering him down to his knees before dragging The Phenom up, and send him to the corner with a hard double whip. Big Vis then whips Mideon in for a big splash in the corner … and follows in after himself …

    BUT TAKER DUCKS OUT!!! Viscera hits the buckles!!! And The Undertaker fights back!!!! Miz starts to look concerned on the outside, as Taker begins to fight Mideon and Viscera off, raining down blows on both men, knocking Mideon down before nailing Vis with a BIG boot!!! Viscera tumbles back into the ropes, staggering back … into a flying clothesline from The Deadman taking Viscera off his feet!!!

    Mideon tries to attack now, nailing Taker from behind, then lines up a clothesline – ducked by Taker; GOOZLE – CHOKESLAM TO MIDEON!!!!! On the outside, Miz starts to creep up the steps, watching as Taker sizes up Big Vis – GOOZLE … CHOKESLAM TO THE 500 POUND VISCERA!!!!! The ring shakes upon impact, as Viscera and Mideon both roll out of the ring, having played their part, with Taker taking a deep breath, turning around – AND GETS NAILED WITH THE URN BY THE MIZ!!!!!!!!!

    The Miz almost cant believe his own luck, and freezes for a moment, looking down at the Deadman before diving into a cover … with Coach beside himself, proclaiming The Miz the winner … 1...2...KICK OUT!!!!! TAKER KICKED OUT!!!!! The colour drains from the face of The Miz, realizing he’ll have to do it all over again!!

    Panicking slightly, Miz looks to the outside, calling after Vis and Mideon – but both are still incapacitated, meaning Miz has to go it alone. He timidly puts the boots to Taker, almost scared to attack now, but when Taker doesn’t respond, the confidence grows, and Miz starts to lay his shots in, before backing Taker into the corner, executing his trademark corner clothesline!!!

    Miz is almost in a daze as to how well it’s going … and he’s able to plant Taker with THE MIZARD OF OZ!!!!!! Miz – wide eyed – still can’t believe his luck, and he starts celebrating as if he’s won!! Slapping his hands together, wiping them off, and brushing sweat off his forehead, Miz swaggers toward the downed Deadman for the cover … WHEN THE UNDERTAKER SITS UP!!!!!

    Miz instantly falls over in shock, then frantically tries to crawl away … but Taker grabs him, and refuses to let go!!!! The Phenom gets back up, bringing Miz with him, as Miz reaches for the ropes to get away; no joy … as Taker FLINGS HIM TO THE CORNER!!! And it’s all downhill from there for Miz!!! Taker batters Miz in the corner, then sends him across the ring to the opposite corner, racing in and CRUSHING Miz in the corner!!!

    Quickly, Taker wrings the arm, with Miz unable to do anything about it … as The Phenom gives the fans what they want and delivers OLD SCHOOL!!! Taker starts to signal for a chokeslam again … but Big Vis is back on the apron; BIG BOOT KNOCKS HIM BACK OFF!!!!! Viscera tumbles back off, falling into Mideon, taking him out … as Miz staggers to his feet … into the path of The Deadman … TOMBSTONE!!!!!!!! Darkness pin; 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winner: The Undertaker @ 05:04

    Despite the best efforts of The Miz, even drafting in the old members of The Undertakers Ministry, it wasn’t enough to defeat the Phenom!!

    The fans get their moment to see Taker pose, with the lights tinged blue, as Miz disappears from the ring to lick his wounds, failing spectacularly in his quest for a career defining win over the Conscience of the WWE…

    On commentary, J.R says Taker is as dominant now as he was on episode one … and he suggests the Phenom could well be as dominant when Raw 1600 rolls around fifteen years from now!!!

    Commercial Break

    A brief video package airs, highlighting classic moments from the storied history of Raw from the beginning in 1993 and the early days in the Manhattan Centre, right through to the early stages of Attitude and DX running amok and Austin stuns McMahon for the first time…


    And arriving in the parking lot, the unmistakable white limo belonging to J.B.L pulls up, with the entourage of RANJIN SINGH & VLADIMIR exiting the vehicle first, before JOHN ‘BRADSHAW’ LAYFIELD emerges – to a healthy dose of heat from the fans in L.A…

    Greeting JBL and his cronies on their arrival is none other than EVE TORRES, hoping for an interview with the man hoping to become the WWE Commissioner at the Survivor Series…

    Eve Torres: Mister Layfield, if I could have a moment of your time?…

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Absolutely, sweetheart. By all means, I got all the time in the world. What’s on your mind, darlin??

    Eve ignores the condescending tone of JBL…

    Eve Torres: Well, I think it goes without saying that you had a perfect week last week on the road to the Survivor Series. Not only did you successfully block Jesse Ventura’s attempt to bring Christian onto his Survivor Series team, but you even convinced the Board of Directors to draft Christian from Raw … to Smackdown.

    JBL is all smiles.

    Eve Torres: Now, as previously agreed, both Survivor Series teams must be completed by the close of business tonight on Raw. You, obviously, have your five man team set. But as of yet, Jesse Ventura only has four. With time running out, are you beginning to believe that you’ll head into the Survivor Series with a man advantage before the match even begins??

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: It sure is lookin that way, ain’t it?? HA!!

    The toothy grin makes an appearance, before JBL buttons his blazer and starts walking toward the arena.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Eve, last week was a perfect example of how I conduct business … and an example of how I get the job done. There’s no half measures with me and my administration, sweetheart. I’m extremely pleased with how everything went to plan last week. And if Jesse Ventura can’t find a fifth man to join that rabble of uninspiring bodies he calls a Survivor Series team … then I guess that’s too bad.

    Bradshaw almost looks jubilant to say that.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: He won’t be getting any concessions from me. Eve, I’ve proven already I’m the man for the top job here in the WWE. I’ve proven to get the results I desire. The moves I made last week only served to underline what I’m willin t’do t’ensure I’m the next Commissioner of the WWE. You just gotta ask yourself this … what the hell is Ventura doin while I’m workin every minute God sends to guarantee victory at the Survivor Series?

    JBL then continues on into the building, with Ranjin Singh and Vladimir rudely pushing past Eve, bringing the interview to an end, leaving her out in the parking lot.


    And elsewhere, in Ricky Steamboats office, the Raw GM and the WWE Commissioner are both watching that interview with JBL – both disgusted by what they’re hearing. Steamboat turns the television off, and looks over at Ventura – with Jesse shaking his head.

    Jesse Ventura: Listen. No matter what – I don’t care who it is, we’re not givin JBL the satisfaction of a man advantage at the Survivor Series.

    Ricky Steamboat: Well … are you any closer on who you want??

    Ventura seemingly looks through papers on the desk, different superstars, potential names to fill the fifth slot on the Survivor Series team.

    Jesse Ventura: I don't know … I don’t know.


    Back into the arena…

    **BOOYAKA 619**

    REY MYSTERIO pops out from under the trap door, set to defend the World Tag Team Titles tonight…


    And Rey is soon joined by his partner, the other half of the champions; SHELTON BENJAMIN!! The champions meet on the mid point of the ramp, with J.R then throwing to highlights of last weeks controversial battle royal that crowned the new #1 Contenders for tonight.


    And, billed as LA RENAISSANCE during their introduction, Damien Sandow and René Duprée make their entrance, as they bring with them their pooches; FiFi the poodle and Edison, the American Eskimo dog, named after Thomas Edison.

    J.R complains about the manner in which Sandow and Duprée earned this shot, at the expense of their rivals; William Regal & Goldust, who should really be getting this title shot tonight … with the match coming up next…

    Commercial Break

    Rey Mysterio & Shelton Benjamin vs. La Renaissance
    Joined in progress from the commercial, as J.R notes that Sandow jumped Rey from behind to start the match and give the challengers something of a head start. The challengers tag in and out, happy to just stomp Rey down, and it becomes clear why that was the objective, as once Sandow sends Rey off the ropes, Mysterio is able to use his quickness to get back into the match.

    Headscissors by Rey sends Sandow into the ropes – primed for the 619 … but Duprée pulls his partner out of harms way!! Taking matters into his own hands now, Shelton Benjamin leaps off the apron onto the Frenchman with a Senton, whilst Rey comes off the apron too shortly after – seated Senton to Sandow!!!

    Shelton is legally tagged into the match for the first time, and the champs begin to establish dominance, and even when it appears as if the balance may shift when Sandow gets a boot up to block the Stinger Splash, Shelton turns that on it’s head too. Sandow hoists himself to sit on the top rope – with Benjamin LEAPING to the top and SUPERPLEXING Sandow!!!!!

    Benjamin then looks to finish things off, setting up for the BLOCKBUSTER … when Duprée yanks him off behind the referee’s back!!! The illegal interference turns the match on it’s head, with the challengers taking over again. Duprée gets tagged in and applies a rest hold on Shelton, but when the Black Diamond starts to come around and fight out, Sandow makes a blind tag off the back of his partner and cuts off the potential tag to Rey, before heading to the commercial.

    Commercial Break

    Looking impressive, the challengers continue to work in tandem, wearing Shelton down, with Rey getting more and more agitated, especially with some blatant cheating with the illegal man choking Shelton whilst the officials back is turned. Trapped in the corner, Shelton tries to fight both men off – doing a great job, but as he lunges across the ring to make a desperate tag, Sandow grabs his leg at the last moment!!! DRAGON WHIP!!!

    It looks like the coast is clear for a tag … BUT DUPRÉE PULLS REY OFF THE APRON!!! Shelton shapes up to leap to the floor onto the Frenchman, but Sandow grabs him from behind; RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!!! Sandow rolls through … and begins the theatrics for the ELBOW OF DISDAIN … whilst René joins in with his FRENCH TICKLER dance!!! There’s a great deal of heat as the move connects, and the cover … 1...2...REY BREAKS IT WITH A SPRINGBOARD LEG DROP!!!!!

    Rey then takes the opportunity to have a swipe at Duprée on the apron before being ushered out of the ring, as Sandow and Benjamin both struggle back to their feet – T-BONE EXPLODER BY SHELTON!!! 1...2...BROKEN BY DUPRÉE!!! And with that, all hell breaks loose!! Mysterio dives in at the Frenchman, as all four men are involved in the action!!!

    In amongst the commotion, Rey DOES get a legal tag, and a springboard moonsault onto Sandow get a NEAR near fall with the Intellectual Saviour barely getting the shoulder up. Duprée comes charging in, but is drop toe holded into the ropes, before Sandow joins him after a headscissors … DOUBLE 619!!!

    Tag to Shelton … BLOCKBUSTER TO SANDOW!!!! Cover, 1...2...THE REFEREE GETS DRAGGED OUT OF THE RING BY DUPRÉE!!! Out of instinct, Mysterio dives out of the ring with a SOMERSAULT PLANCHA to Duprée!!! Meanwhile though on the OTHER side of the ring, CHARLIE HAAS AND NICK DINSMORE – the former champions – have shown up!!!

    Dinsmore is climbing onto the apron to cause a distraction for the official … whilst Haas grabs Rey, tossing him into the barrier!!! Shelton takes a swipe at Dinsmore, who jumps back off the apron, being admonished by the referee … WHILST SANDOW LOW BLOWS SHELTON … AND ROLLS HIM UP WITH A HANDFUL OF TIGHTS … 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winners: And NEW World Tag Team Champions – La Renaissance @ 11:50

    Mysterio and Benjamin just got screwed!!! And once again, JBL and his troops have manipulated the agreement for zero interference in matches involving the men set for the Survivor Series match by using the two Master Craftsmen NOT involved in the Elimination Match!!

    J.R is furious, stating that Haas and Dinsmore could never beat Rey and Shelton on their own, and that THIS was the only way they could get one over on the now former champions, and AGAIN, JBL has stuck it to Team Ventura.

    Sandow and Duprée don’t hang around either, taking the titles and their dogs, and getting the hell out of dodge – winning the titles after stealing the title opportunity in the first place!! Haas and Dinsmore aren’t too far behind either – not waiting around for the reaction of Rey and Shelton.

    The now former champions meet up in the ring, with Shelton explaining to Rey what happened with the low bow and roll up, whilst both watch the departing Master Craftsmen get away, knowing that they are the reason the titles just changed hands…

    Commercial Break

    Back out in the parking lot, ANOTHER limo – a black limo this time – pulls up … and it’s RIC FLAIR exiting the vehicle, to a HUGE pop from the fans inside the arena.

    J.R hypes the appearance by the Nature Boy later tonight on the Playas Club – his first appearance since his retirement in July – but Flair hasn’t arrived alone.

    In typical Naitch fashion, he’s accompanied by KELLY KELLY and VICTORIA!!! Flair has a lady on each arm, as he “WOOOO’s” his way toward the arena, clearly still styling and profiling, even in retirement…


    Heading backstage, SCOTT STANFORD is standing by with NATALYA…

    Scott Stanford: Natalya, congratulations – it was confirmed over this past weekend that at the Survivor Series, you will get your rematch for the Womens Championship against Beth Phoenix. You beat her by disqualification last month at Nemesis, but this time, there WONT be any way out for the champion. No disqualifications, no count outs … and perhaps most importantly; NO rope breaks.

    Natalya: Absolutely, Scott … and on top of all that, Beth Phoenix is going to have NO way out of the Sharpshooter, and NO excuses when I beat her and TAKE the Womens title at the Survivor Series.

    Natalya relaxes, and even smiles.

    Natalya: You know, Beth Phoenix has talked a real big game about being the strongest woman in the WWE and how she doesn’t fear me OR the Sharpshooter. But you wanna know what I think?? I think deep down … she IS scared. For the first time in her life, Beth Phoenix has met her match physically. And now?? She’s backed herself into a corner. She talked herself into this match at the Survivor Series.

    Thinking for a moment, Nattie smiles again.

    Natalya: She says she can break the Sharpshooter and she says she can beat me … but she couldn’t do either thing at Nemesis. She had to get herself disqualified to save face. And now, at the Survivor Series … she can’t get disqualified. She can’t save face. And in my opinion, she CAN’T break the Sharpshooter.

    Scott Stanford: Which means…?

    Natalya: Which means, Scott … I think you’re looking at the NEXT WWE Womens Champion.

    Smiling, Natalya nods at Scott, then turns to walk away…

    And watching on elsewhere, BETH PHOENIX looks ready to boil over, furious at the confidence of her challenger, and increasingly angry at her inability to convincingly see the Canadian off…


    Back into the arena…

    Standing in the ring, a large black man in keyed as CHARLES EVANS, with J.R noting the impressive size and physique of the man, whilst Coach informs us that he’s even referred to by friends as “The Hammer”…


    And it looks like BIG ZEKE is being tasked with a tougher assignment tonight, with Coach stating that the man in the ring is almost every bit as big and imposing as Big Zeke, claiming this WON’T be a walk in the park tonight.

    Match 3:
    Big Zeke vs. Charles Evans
    Well, as Evans finds out, some days you’re the hammer, and some days you’re the nail. Despite appearances, Charles Evans proves to be no match for Big Zeke either, despite initially holding firm when they came together off a double running shoulder tackle.

    Evans gets a few shots in, but they’re no-sold by the impressive Zeke, who eventually charges through Evans with a thunderous clothesline!!! A running shoulder tackle this time DOES put Evans down … and the SPINEBUSTER finishes the challenger off, as Zeke scores another lop sided 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winner: Big Zeke @ 01:13

    The bigger they come, the harder they fall” is the call from J.R in regards to the step up in competition for Big Zeke. No matter the size or shape, no one seems to be able to pose this man a challenge, as he continues to roll on undefeated on Raw.


    And back in the General Manager’s office, RICKY STEAMBOAT and JESSE VENTURA are shown, having watched that match … and both side eye each other, without a word being said…

    Commercial Break


    In this world, DOMINANCE is key.”

    Batista delivering a Spinebuster on The Undertaker at Judgment Day, Mark Henry giving Umaga the Worlds Strongest Slam at SummerSlam.

    In this world, POWER is the ultimate currency.”

    Beth Phoenix standing tall with her Womens title, The Brian Kendrick getting his head shaved after losing at SummerSlam.

    Here, STRENGTH is in NUMBERS.”

    The Master Craftsmen standing tall together, Melina aligning with the Fight Factory.

    And here, WEAKNESS will be EXPLOITED.”

    Randy Orton PUNTING countless innocent victims over the last 18 months, CM Punk blasting Shawn Michaels with the Bible in August.

    To stand above ALL others…”

    Shots of Christian, Edge and John Cena over the last few years with World Title belts.

    To be at the TOP of the food chain …”

    Kurt Angle screaming out after a victory, neck muscles bulging, Chris Jericho sneering at the audience on Smackdown.

    SURVIVAL isn’t just an INSTINCT.”

    Mister Kennedy attacking Mr. McMahon on a recent episode of Raw, John Cena beating up Drew McIntyre on Raw during the summer.

    It’s a way of life.”

    Triple H blasting multiple people over the years with a sledgehammer, The Undertaker sitting up at WrestleMania.

    And the only way to GUARANTEE SURVIVAL in this world?”

    The following words THUD onto a black screen.






    Returning backstage, JESSE VENTURA meets with a smiling JOHN ‘BRADSHAW’ LAYFIELD – backed up by RANJIN SINGH and VLADIMIR…

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Wanted to see me, Jess??

    Jesse Ventura: Thought you’d want to hear this first, Bradshaw. Got my fifth guy.

    Layfield looks around at his cohorts, grinning at the thought.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Well, I can’t wait to hear this. Who’d ya dig up? That- that little rat Colin Delaney?? Or uh, did ya dig into that ‘ol rolodex?? Billy Graham say yes?? Did the ghost of Adrian Adonis pick up?? Huh??

    Jesse Ventura: {Casually} It’s Big Zeke.

    The expression drops from the face of JBL, and Ventura turns on his heels, leaving it right there on that bombshell. JBL is clearly shook by that announcement, and he begins to turn to his associates…


    In the ring, everything is set up for the PLAYA’S CLUB!! THE COACH is standing in the ring, all smiles, waiting for his cue to talk…

    The Coach: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN – it’s been a while … but- IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN!!! … And as if I needed to remind you; Piper was the pits, The Barbershop got cut short, The Kings Court got sent down, and for the Highlight Reel it’s lights out. I’m the host with the most, and this is the show with the brightest glow!!!

    Heat for the catchphrase, and Coach waits before exclaiming the next line.


    Arms extended, Coach soaks up the atmosphere that he’s clearly imagining in his head, because it’s a far from welcoming crowd for him.

    The Coach: And tonight is a celebration of EIGHT HUNDRED episodes of Monday Night Raw, so of course, they brought out the big guns!! I’m not talking about my guest tonight either, L.A … I’m talkin about ME!!

    Ohh, gimme a break!!” ~J.R.

    The Coach: But alas, alas … I’m not allowed to be my own guest. So when I was told there’d be a special edition of the Playa’s Club on Raw 800 … I knew I had to pull out the big guns.

    Coach nods, letting the fans think he means Flair … then he shrugs.

    The Coach: Unfortunately, Ray Allen couldn’t make the trip from Boston-

    Big cheap heat for the Boston Celtics star man, a key player in preventing the L.A Lakers winning the NBA Finals last year.

    The Coach: And the Clippers couldn’t pay me enough money to let one of those losers drag down this show!!

    More cheap heat.

    The Coach: So in the end, after he wouldn’t stop calling my Cell, and BEGGING that I let him by my guest tonight … I finally gave in, and I allowed Ric Flair to get sprinkled with some of The Coach’s special stardust!!

    He really believes this stuff, folks…” ~An indignant J.R on commentary.

    The Coach: He’s won a couple of championships in his career … but like you people here in L.A – that was all a long time ago!!!

    Again, Coach looks for the low hanging fruit.

    The Coach: But at least he had the decency to finally call it quits!! However … in typical Ric Flair fashion, the Nature Boy just can’t stay out of the limelight, and tonight, the Playa’s Club opens it’s doors to the limousine ridin, jet flyin, walkin stick carryin SON OF A GUN-


    Stylin and profilin, RIC FLAIR makes his way through the curtain – KELLY KELLY and VICTORIA on an arm each before being given a kiss on the cheek each and leaving – the Nature Boy is dressed as sharply as ever. Jim Ross puts Flair over as the greatest of all time, listing his accomplishments that Coach glossed over, saying Flair looks as good as ever.

    Flair makes it to the ring, with Coach smiling all along. Naitch extends a hand to greet Coach … then PULLS IT AWAY in typical Flair fashion, embarrassing Coach as he runs his fingers through his hair. Coach keeps smiling though, trying to save face by applauding the move by Flair. The music soon dies down, with Flair taking a seat and a mic.

    The Coach: Well, talk about making an entrance, Ric. That was great fun, I gotta-

    Ric Flair: WOOO!!!!

    Flair cuts Coach off randomly, mid sentence, getting a big pop from the fans.

    Ric Flair: I don’t know about you fine people in the City of Angels … but the Nature Boy came to Hollywood for a PARTY!!!!

    Flair looks around at the set for the Playa’s Club.

    Ric Flair: But this set up?? This is all too formal for my tastes. {He motions at the set} It’s CHEAP … and it’s too stuffy for me to be able to style … and PRO-FILE, WOO…

    Flair removes his jacket, and takes off his tie, unbuttoning his top button, and stomps on the jacket.

    Ric Flair: That’s more like it!! NOW … Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA-

    Cheap pop.

    Ric Flair: I see a city full of stars, full of beautiful, voluptuous women … yet the Nature Boyyy … is stuck here … with you!?

    Flair points and looks at Coach – and Coach is clearly offended.

    Ric Flair: And while we’re at, Coachman … I didn’t beg to be your guest…

    Ric points to the back, and gets right up in the face of Coach.

    Ric Flair: THEY begged ME to be on this show!!

    That sounds more like it!!” ~J.R enjoys getting a shot in on Coach on commentary.

    Ric Flair: Lets make one thing clear, you’re no Roddy Piper, kid. Far from it. Hell … you’re not even a patch on Brother Love!!

    Couple of chuckles, including one from J.R audibly on commentary.

    Ric Flair: And trust me, pal, the ONLY reason I agreed to class this sham of a talk show up was for the chance to be here on Monday Night Raw’s Eight Hundredth episode in front of all my friends and all my fans in L.A!!!

    Cheap pop.

    Ric Flair: Don’t think I didn’t hear your little joke either, Coach. A walking stick!? Do I LOOK like I need a walkin stick!? My career may be over … but don’t think I couldn’t take you down, right here, right now!!

    Coach starts to look concerned, but tries to laugh it off, backing up a little.

    Ric Flair: Because the NAIT-CHA BOYYYY doesn’t get older. No, no, no. Like a fine wine, Ric Flair only … gets … BETTER!!! WOOO!!!

    Taking a few strides and bouncing off the ropes, Flair struts back, before bellowing again.

    Ric Flair: And EVEN in retirement, you better believe that I am STILL that limousine ridin, jet flyin, kiss stealing – WOOO – wheelin dealin, SON OF A GUN!!!

    Pop again from the fans for the usual Flair routine. Coach, trying to curry favour now with Flair after being put in his place, applauds the catchphrase.

    The Coach: Well, I don’t think there’s any question that you haven’t missed a step, Naitch. Clearly, life is treatin ya well in retirement. You look a million bucks, y-

    Ric Flair: Just a million??

    Coach chuckles.

    The Coach: You’re still as quick witted as ever too!! And I don’t even think I need to ask how good it feels for you to be back amongst friends here on Raw, right??

    Flair smirks, and takes a look around the arena.

    Ric Flair: Coach, I LIVE for this!!


    Ric Flair: Even after sixteen – that’s SIX-TEEN – World Titles, I will NEVER tire of bein out here, in front of the greatest fans on this planet. Trust me, kid, there’s NO substitute for this feelin … and I’ve tried plenty of substitutes in my time.

    Flair raises his eyebrows to Coach, as if to say; “if you know what I mean.” Very PG.

    Ric Flair: And bein back on Raw, seein old friends like Shawn Michaels-

    Mixed response, but mostly cheers.

    Ric Flair: Ricky Steamboat-


    Ric Flair: Rey Mysterio, William Regal, and THE greatest wrestler on the planet today … a man I have the privilege to call my BEST friend … TRIPLE H!!!

    Pops for each man mentioned.

    Ric Flair: I missed ‘em all!!

    The Coach: Well, Naitch … speaking of Triple H … y’know, he’s got a big match coming up at the Survivor Series against Mister Kennedy. As a matter of fact, it’s a match you, in particular, once competed in. One of the most famous matches ever. And that’s an I Quit Match.

    Flair nods, and finally takes a seat at long last, with things getting serious.

    Ric Flair: I remember that match, Coach. I remember it like it happened yesterday. And I’ve got the scars to remember every bit of it.

    Naitch points to his head, as if to imply the scars are mental ones.

    Ric Flair: Terry Funk and I went to war that night- WAR … because that’s what it had to be. We went into that match with every intention of MURDERING the other man … because that’s what it took to inflict enough damage to make the other guy wanna quit. I had to step in the ring with the craziest son of a bitch on this planet, knowin my life may never be the same again.

    Taking a couple of seconds, Flair thinks about it, before looking at Coach, dead serious.

    Ric Flair: An’ it wasn't. Coach, I wrestled hour long matches in my career. I wrestled inside cages, I fought monsters like Vader and the Undertaker … and nothing … absolutely nothing … compared to the physicality and brutality of that ‘I Quit’ match with Terry Funk. I’ve wrestled tens of thousands of matches in my life … but the most gruelling of ‘em all – by far – was the ‘I Quit’ match.

    Coach is about to move on, but Flair speaks up again.

    Ric Flair: And let me tell ya something else – neither man is ever gonna be the same after it. One guy is gonna win … but it won’t feel like a win. The winner is merely gonna be a survivor. He’ll get to leave Survivor Series with his soul in tact. That’s all. And the loser?? He will have to walk that aisle for the rest of his days – he’ll have to walk the streets knowing he’s less of a man. KNOWING … that another man took his soul. KNOWING … every time he looks in the mirror … he’s a quitter.

    The Coach: Give us the inside track, Ric. Has Triple H asked you for any advice on how to approach such a hellacious match?

    Flair smirks.

    Ric Flair: Kid, Triple H doesn’t need to ask advice from anybody. He’s THE GAME!!! The Cerebral Assassin!! He’s the best in the business today!! And if anybody knows what Triple H is capable of; it’s me. I have the distinction to call that man a friend. A close friend. Like I said, he’s my best friend … and trust me, I know exactly what he’s capable of.

    If anyone knows, it’s the Nature Boy…” ~J.R chimes in again.

    Ric Flair: Is the ‘I Quit ‘ match dangerous?? You betcha. Is that ‘I Quit’ match gonna change his life?? HA!! Just a bit!! You better believe it. You can list all the matches Triple H has been part of; Cell matches, cage matches, hardcore matches, strap matches, last man standing matches, and everything else in between… this ‘I Quit’ match is like NOTHIN he’ll have ever faced before…

    Flair shows a wry smile.

    Ric Flair: But Triple H has a LIFETIME of experience to call back on. He’s got years of experience in the bank that’ll have prepared him for the Survivor Series. All those other matches, and all those injuries and all the trials and the tribulations he’s faced over his career will have prepared him for the HELL he’ll have to go through at the Survivor Series!!!

    Coach nods, allowing Flair to continue without trying to step in and ruin the sell job.

    Ric Flair: Trust me when I say this, Coach … The Game WILL be ready for the ‘I Quit’ match at the Survivor Series. There’s NO quit in him!! You’re talkin about a man who tore his knee to shreds- his QUAD{!!} … in the middle of this ring. Any normal man would’ve threw in the towel right there and then. Did Triple H??

    Flair guffaws at his own rhetorical question.

    Ric Flair: He didn’t quit. Quittin didn’t cross the man’s mind. HE. GUTTED. IT. OUT!!! The man fought on one leg!! He was trapped in Chris Jericho’s damn Lion Tamer – and he NEVER quit!!! THAT … is why Triple H is the GREATEST. WRESTLER. ALIVE!!!

    Cheers, but not overwhelming cheers for the hype job by Flair for Triple H.

    Ric Flair: But Kennedy?? He doesn’t have the miles. He doesn’t have the experience for such a mentally excruciating test of the mind, and the soul like an ‘I Quit’ match. I don’t think that kid is even AWARE of what awaits ‘em. And if I’m a bettin man – which I am – I’m puttin ALL my cash on Triple H makin Kennedy say the words … I … Quit.

    Coach nods.

    The Coach: Ric, it’s been your pleasure to be on my show, I know … but time is ag-

    The show ain’t over just yet, Coach…”

    The voice comes from the back, but walking through the curtain; It’s MISTER KENNEDY!!!

    Sauntering out onto the stage, Mister Kennedy is shaking his head, whilst carrying a microphone, talking as he makes his way down the ramp – with Coach showing how much of a wimp he is by instantly leaving Flair alone in the ring, abandoning his own show.

    Mister Kennedy: Ric Flair. The NATURE BOY!! WOOO!!!

    A few “WOO” shouts from the fans in response.

    Mister Kennedy: I can say this for sure; I didn’t miss your old ass!!!!

    Somebody cut this man off!!!” ~J.R isn’t enjoying the interruption.

    Mister Kennedy: I don’t give a damn how many titles you won, or how many women you talked into bed, or how many ‘I Quit’ matches you had in your hundred year career … you don’t know JACK about me!!

    Kennedy climbs into the ring, but stops dead at the reply from Flair;

    Ric Flair: I know you’re a two-bit Ric Flair knock-off, pal!!

    Ohhhh” ~L.A.

    Kennedy smirks at the retort from Flair, and continues on into the ring, not thrown off by Flair.

    Mister Kennedy: I’m not about to cry on national TV, so I think you’re wrong again. And don’t you DARE stand out here and talk like you know what I’m capable of. You ain’t got the first IDEA!!!

    Flair – ever the mans man, even in retirement – looks to hold his ground with the much younger man, standing up to him, staring Kennedy face to face.

    Mister Kennedy: You can sit out here on your rockin chair, talkin about your memories of the ‘I Quit’ match you had back in the day … but believe me, what you went through nineteen years ago is NOTHIN compared to the beating I’m gonna put on your boy at the Survivor Series!!

    Flair smirks at the remark, with Kennedy smirking back, nodding as they share a few words off mic, before Kennedy pipes up again.

    Mister Kennedy: And it seems to me, like you haven’t been following the programme either since you walked off into the sunset. Because if you had, you’d know that being in close proximity to me these last few months is a bad place to be for people that are tight with Triple H.

    This is what I was afraid of!! Get outta there, Ric!!” ~J.R is concerned.

    Ric Flair: See … that’s where you’re wrong, kid. I’ve been watchin. I’ve been watchin all this time … and as you’ll soon learn … there’s a reason they called me the ‘Dirtiest Player In The Game’ … because WE knew you couldn’t resist to come on out here to get to me. And WE were ready…

    And just as Flair says that, TRIPLE H appears at ringside … HE WAS UNDER THE RING THE ENTIRE TIME!!!!! And – HE HAS A SLEDGEHAMMER!!!!!

    Ric Flair: And this is a LONG time comin-

    But Kennedy kicks Flair BETWEEN THE LEGS!!!!!

    Flair drops to his knees, and Kennedy grabs him, threatening as Triple H climbs up onto the apron. Kennedy holds onto Flair, telling The Game to drop the sledgehammer.

    Triple H is left in a quandary, either to sacrifice Flair to get at Kennedy, or to save Flair from an attack from Kennedy but not get his hands on Kennedy himself.

    He thinks about it, with Kennedy again yelling at him to drop the hammer or else … and finally, Triple H shouts to Kennedy; “Let him go” … before dropping the hammer to the floor.

    Kennedy now smirks … and SHOVES Flair at Triple H, knocking The Game off the apron for a moment … ALLOWING KENNEDY TO DROP FLAIR WITH THE MIC CHECK!!!!!

    On the outside, Triple H retrieves the hammer, and slides into the ring, looking to get a piece of Kennedy, but the loudmouth is able to slip out of the ring in time, avoiding the vengeful Triple H. Kennedy has struck AGAIN against The Game.

    Seething with rage, Triple H kneels down, checking on his mentor, having allowed Kennedy to get ANOTHER ONE over him. Kennedy – smirking – backs through the crowd, winning another round of mind games over Triple H, as J.R shills that “there’ll be hell to pay” for Kennedy at the Survivor Series…

    Commercial Break

    Backstage, TRIPLE H is shown helping RIC FLAIR, with Flair muttering that he’s sorry, taking blame for their plan seemingly backfiring against Kennedy, with The Game telling Flair not to be sorry and that it’ll be Kennedy that’s sorry at the Survivor Series…


    Back into the arena…


    On commentary, J.R puts over the last few months that NICK NEMETH has had on Raw; winning the Best of 7 Series against Garrison Cade, the 60 minute draw with CM Punk and now being part of Jesse Ventura’s Survivor Series team with the opportunity to score a PRICELESS win over the current World Champion tonight…


    Leading from the front, BRENT ALBRIGHT represents JBL’s troops for this match tonight, and Coach notes that the World Champion has embraced the role of de-facto leader of the team, wrestling on Raw for the THIRD consecutive week when he could’ve chosen to rest up for the 5 on 5 in thirteen days. It’s non-title tonight, but Albright will still be determined to keep his winning run going.

    Match 4 | NON-TITLE MATCH:
    Brent Albright vs. Nick Nemeth
    Nemeth is all about making the most of the opportunity, title match or not. He lunges right into a lock up with the champ, and almost steals it early with a roll up, then a series of arm drags make Albright roll to the floor to get his wits about him. Nemeth isn’t waiting around though and comes after Albright, chasing him around ringside … but that proves to be a bit of a reckless mistake, with that allowing Albright to roll back in, and stomp Nemeth when he follows in.

    Albright takes charge, using the opportunity to wear Nemeth down, allowing J.R and Coach to discuss the developments tonight, seeing Big Zeke joining Team Ventura to settle both teams; something J.R thinks swings the balance of power back into Ventura’s favour. Coach tries to sell it as a risky decision, claiming Zeke hasn’t been truly tested yet, and will be found out at the Survivor Series when the pressure is on. Meanwhile, Nemeth has a brief spell where he makes a comeback, but the champion nails him with a German Suplex to re-establish the upper hand heading into the commercial break.

    Commercial Break

    Back from the break, once again, the energetic Nemeth is in the midst of a comeback, with Albright struggling to deal with the spirit of his game opponent, having to dig in to survive a few near fall attempts after a Famouser and an inverted suplex from Nemeth. However, Nemeth goes for one move too many, attempting his Jumping Reverse Bulldog, only for Albright to grab the ropes and shrug his pesky opponent off. From there, Albright reels off his double German combo, finished off with a HALF-NELSON SUPLEX!!!!! 1...2...NO!!!!!

    Frustrated, Albright looks to finish things off, beginning to work at the arm of Nemeth to set it up for the Crowbar. Momentarily, we see a split screen of JBL and Ventura’s offices, as the leaders of the two Survivor Series teams watch on. Meanwhile, in the ring, Albright takes his eye off the ball for a second too long, allowing Nemeth to cradle him … 1...2...NO!!!!! Both men get up, and Albright goes for the CROWBAR – but Nemeth slips out, and rolls Brent up again; 1...2...KICK OUT!!!!!

    Nemeth is up, and leapfrogs the champion, then DRILLS him with the JUMPING REVERSE BULLDOG!!!!! 1...2...SHOULDER UP!!!!! Albright looks to be in danger of suffering an upset defeat, stumbling to the corner – BIG SPLASH BY NEMETH!!! Albright staggers out of the corner, as Nemeth goes up top … CROSS BODY!!! BUT ALBRIGHT ROLLS THROUGH … 1...2...KICK OUT!!!!! Nemeth kicks out of the roll through, then NAILS Albright getting up with a SUPERKICK!!!!! 1...2...KICK OUT AGAIN!!!!

    Hands on his head, Nemeth can’t believe it, arguing the count with the referee. Another cutaway of the respective offices is shown … but JBL’s office is oddly VACANT now, whilst Ventura continues to watch with Steamboat, London & the former tag champions Shelton & Rey … with Nemeth shaping up … for his LEAPING DDT – NO!!! Albright shoves him off, then catches Nemeth with a Belly to Belly … before IMMEDIATELY applying the CROWBAR!!!!! Nemeth does his best to hang on and find the ropes … but in the end he has to give up!!!!
    Winner: Brent Albright @ 11:26

    Relieved, Albright takes the win, but keeps the hold applied for a few seconds longer – any opportunity to weaken a rival ahead of the Survivor Series – eventually releasing. J.R puts over the effort from Nick Nemeth, saying the kid has nothing to be ashamed of tonight, whilst Coach says that “even on a 7” Albright is still too good for Team Ventura’s brightest prospect.

    Nemeth holds his arm in the ring, watching in disappointment as the World Champion leaves up the ramp, scoring another win for JBL and his troops, continuing to build momentum ahead of the Survivor Series in thirteen days. J.R and Coach continue to bicker … until J.R cuts the discussion short, getting word in his ear of a situation developing backstage…



    Referee’s are on the scene, calling for help, as the undefeated monster is shown in peril for the first time, covering his face with his forearm, squirming on the ground in all kinds of pain, with officials desperately trying to remove the heavy equipment box – and unable to.

    Arriving on the scene, we now see JOHN ‘BRADSHAW’ LAYFIELD, RANJIN SINGH and VLADIMIR – with the Russian looking suspiciously out of breath – and J.B.L feigns concern for the fallen Zeke…

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: My, my, my … what could’ve happened here??

    Layfield surveys the scene, shaking his head.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: What a horrible accident, huh??

    JBL smirks, looking to Vladimir, with the Russian nodding.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Looks nasty, huh??

    JBL then presses down on the box, as he leans down to get a closer look at the situation!!! Feigning innocence, JBL then stands back up, chuckling, as if he didn’t mean to make things worse.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Yeah … looks to me like a terrible accident with these equipment boxes layin around. Ranjin – when you’re Raw General Manager in two weeks, I expect these things to be securely and safely positioned so accident’s like this don’t happen, understand??

    Singh nods.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: I guess someone better tell Jesse Ventura he’s got about ninety minutes and change to find a fifth man for his team, huh??

    JBL continues to grin.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Such a shame. Kid had a tonne of potential.

    He then pats the box again, adding insult to injury.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Get well soon, kid!!

    Bradshaw leads his two men off, suspiciously happy about what he’s just seen, as Big Zeke groans on the ground, and shouts “GOD DAMN IT!!” with medics surrounding him.


    Back into the arena…

    And DREW MCINTYRE is on his way down the ramp – sans music – with J.R absolutely livid at what he’s just seen, utterly convinced that J.B.L was behind what just happened to Big Zeke.

    Meanwhile, Coach glosses over what we’ve just seen and tries to turn the focus to the young Scot on his way to the ring, reminding J.R that Drew said he’d call out John Cena tonight, and it looks like he’ll do that; NEXT!!!

    Commercial Break

    Back from the commercial, DREW MCINTYRE is indeed in the ring, holding a microphone, preparing to speak…

    Drew McIntyre: I know I haven’t been on Raw for all that long, and that with the way things work around here, I should have more respect for those who have tenure.

    He should!!” ~Coach doesn’t like the youngster.

    Drew McIntyre: And for the most part, I do. I mind my P’s and Q’s, I shake hands with everyone backstage and I respect the fact that I have to earn my dues. But when it comes to John Cena…

    The Scot grimaces and tenses up.

    Drew McIntyre: All that goes out the window. I DON’T respect that man, and I REFUSE to show him any respect when he carries himself in the way he does. I’m not calling out John Cena to try and get ahead and get my name out there. This is personal to me.

    I don’t know about this, kid… ” ~J.R is concerned for the youngsters future.

    Drew McIntyre: One thing you’ll find out about me is that I’m a very proud man. And something else you’ll find out about me is that I’m a man of my word. John Cena has dented my pride twice. And last week on Superstars I made a vow to call out John Cena … tonight.

    Was it not enough the first two times!?” ~Coach chimes in again.

    Drew McIntyre: So John Cena?? Here I am. Standing in this ring, callin-

    **HATE ME NOW**

    Drew doesn’t even get to finish his call out, as JOHN CENA quickly emerges through the curtain. J.R doesn’t like the look of this for young McIntyre, as Coach points out that Cena looks pretty pissed off … and the ‘Man In Black’ doesn’t even wait for his own music to stop before speaking.

    John Cena: You gotta be a glutton for punishment, or the DUMBEST son of a bitch I ever laid my eyes on.

    Cena continues walking, and the music stops.

    John Cena: I can’t work out which it is, kid, but I don’t care any more either. Truth is … I’m a little tired of dealin with ya. It was fun to beat ya up in your backyard, and it was fun when ya had the guts to come back for more. But now?? Now, I got real stuff to be dealin with. There’s business to be settled at the grown ups table, so I gotta put an end to swimmin in the kiddie pool.

    McIntyre motions for Cena to bring it on, and Cena stops at the bottom of the ramp for a moment with a wry smirk.

    John Cena: I’ll give ya this; for a skinny drink o’water, you sure got some guts … so you can take that as a consolation prize, cause after tonight, you’re goin home for good…

    Cena tosses the mic, and makes his way to the ring, as Drew calls him on, showing no fear, despite the probability of him getting his ass kicked.

    Match 5:
    Drew McIntyre vs. John Cena
    And to his credit, Drew goes on the attack whilst Cena is still removing his hoodie!! He knows he’ll have to make his own openings to stand any chance, and he’ll have to fight dirty. Cena has to take the barrage from McIntyre initially, but rebounds off the ropes to take Drew off his feet with a flying shoulder tackle. It looks like Cena will dominate from there, but again, to his credit, the young Scot is fighting for his life!!! Cena takes his eye off the ball for a moment to jaw with the fans, and it allows Drew to fight back!!!

    There’s no attempts at pinfalls from either guy; Drew wants to fight and earn the respect of Cena as a man, whilst Cena wants to exterminate the plucky youngster, and the seasoned vet (in comparison to Drew at least) soon takes charge again, extinguishing the energy of McIntyre with a thunderous clothesline, followed by another three, having to drag McIntyre up to deliver the last one. Cena tosses Drew out of the ring, and proceeds to hammer him on the floor too, really roughing the kid up.

    Back inside, Cena talks trash whilst McIntyre is on spaghetti legs, whilst Drew’s girlfriend; backstage announcer Tiffany, rushes to ringside, pleading with Cena to stop brutalising her boyfriend. If anything, the sight of the blonde urges Cena on to continue roughing Drew up. Still talking trash, Cena stomps the Scot around the ring, pointing to the outside, asking McIntyre if his girlfriend could put up a bigger fight. That sparks a furious response from Drew, but it’s not enough to impact on Cena, who cuts off the Scot with a Blue Thunder Bomb.

    Cena applies the STFU, but Drew – despite the beating – wont give Cena the satisfaction of the submission, and instead allows himself to fade … but when the referee goes to check the arm, Cena RELEASES the hold!! He wont give Drew ANY way out here!! Cena warns the referee not to stop the match, telling him this is a message to EVERYONE, not just Drew, and drags McIntyre up … FU!!! Cover, 1...2...CENA DRAGS HIM UP!!!

    The referee is now pleading with Cena to end the match, with Cena ignoring the pleas, shaking his head and telling Scott Armstrong; “Kid’s gotta learn – I own this place” … to deliver a PILEDRIVER!!!!! Cover … 1...2...CENA DRAGS HIM UP AGAIN!!! Tiffany is in tears at ringside seeing her boyfriends young career being destroyed before her eyes, as Cena toys with the Scot … and the referee has seen enough – he’s CALLING FOR THE BELL!!!
    Winner: Via Referee Stoppage – John Cena @ 05:09

    Momentarily, Cena shoves McIntyre aside, grabbing the official by the shirt, questioning why he’d end the match, then THROWS Scott Armstrong aside with no regard for the officials safety!!! While that happens, Tiffany is trying to drag her boyfriend from the ring and away from Cena to little effect … and Cena soon catches her anyway.

    He stamps next to her outreached arm, scaring the poor terrified blonde, before reaching down, dragging Drew up, holding him by the face to look out at Tiffany, telling the pair to say goodbye to each other. Dragging McIntyre to his feet, Cena plants him with a SECOND FU!!!!!

    But he’s not done there!!! He leaves the ring, but not heading for the ramp and instead, making a beeline for the timekeepers position and grabbing a STEEL CHAIR!!!!! Cena brings the chair into the ring, and proceeds to smack it over the back of McIntyre, then the legs, brutalising the young Scot.

    Cena scares off Tiffany again – this time with a teased chair shot, and officials start to swarm the ringside area, trying to get Cena to stop – but they’re all too scared (and rightfully so) to actually get in the ring, and instead they console Tiffany, protecting her at least – as Cena sets the chair up, bringing Drew up too.

    God damn it, he’s gonna piledrive this kid’s skull into the chair!! Stop it, John!! You’ve proved your point!! That’s enough, damn it!!!” Jim Ross tries to reason from commentary, whilst Coach lays out, not even trying to justify these actions, with Cena looking to the hard camera; “NO ONE STEPS UP TO ME!! NO ONE…” … before reaching to grab McIntyre into position for a career ending Piledriver…


    The lights stay out for five seconds…

    ~ GONG ~

    The lights return-

    And Drew McIntyre is nowhere to be seen-


    It’s mayhem – absolute mayhem inside the STAPLES Centre – as The Undertaker stares down John Cena in the middle of the ring. Neither man moves a muscle, not a word is spoken – in the ring, or even on commentary – as Cena and Taker stand inches apart, soaking up the moment.

    And then, it’s Cena that blinks first. He makes a slight motion to his left as if to get closer to the steel chair, but as he does, The Deadman steps a foot onto the chair; never removing his eyes from Cena. Cena looks down at the chair – and the foot on it – then slowly nods; just once, before looking back up at the Phenom.

    Cena then shows a smirk, and nods again, but still says nothing … before backing up a few steps – to boos from the fans. Stopping at the ropes, Cena stares again, mulling his next move over … but then scoffs and shakes his head, before ducking through the ropes, leaving the ring.

    The boos grow louder, as Cena drops down off the apron – whilst Taker hasn’t moved – ceding the ground to the legend. The Man In Black appears to have met his match tonight in the form of the … (Dead)Man in Black, but he hangs around at the ramp for a few extra moments, clearly angered at having to back up from the shock appearance of Taker.

    John Cena finally relents though, and starts to walk up the ramp – boos filling the arena once again as we wont be getting any physicality between Cena and The Undertaker tonight – but he STOPS at the mid point of the ramp … and slowly turns, staring back at the ring again.

    Still, The Undertaker is stoic, showing no signs of moving anywhere, standing his ground. Cena stands on the ramp, looking back … the shot bouncing back between he and The Undertaker … before fading to a commercial break…

    Commercial Break

    Back from the break, a second RAW through the years highlights package airs, focused on the Attitude Era, specifically the antics of Steve Austin making Mr. McMahon’s life hell, with the DX/Nation feud highlighted too, along with the rise of The Rock and the litany of risqué gimmicks and crazy angles through that period, featuring the likes of Val Venis, The Godfather, Too Cool & Rikishi etc.


    Very briefly, we’re shown a clip of RENÉ DUPRÉE and DAMIEN SANDOW – the NEW World Tag Team Champions – leaving the arena, fully clothed and wearing their new hardware around their waists, whilst handling their dogs in one hand, and a bottle of champagne each in the other. They don’t seem too bothered about the manner in which they won the titles, as they pack up their car…

    OI!! You pair of wretched little toe-rags!!”

    Sandow looks around, and suddenly panics.

    Damien Sandow: Oh GOD!!! René- QUICK, let’s go!!!

    IT’S REGAL AND GOLDUST!! They’re coming after Duprée and Sandow!! Sandow quickly bundles his dog into the car, whilst the Frenchman shouts orders at FiFi.

    René Duprée: FIFI – ATTACK!!

    The Knuckledusters close in, with Goldust shown to be carrying with him a cake.

    Goldust: We’ve been looking all over for you two!! We just want to congratulate you!!!

    Exasperated, Duprée YELLS at the dog.

    René Duprée: FIFI!!!

    Damien Sandow: JUST GET IN THE CAR!!! LEAVE THE MUTT!!!

    And Dupree does just that!! Abandoning his dog, René jumps into the car, as Sandow quickly speeds off, with Goldust throwing the cake he brought at the car, with it smacking off the back window!!!

    William Regal: They can’t bloody run from us forever.

    Regal walks on, watching as the car disappears into the night, then looks around, not seeing his partner.

    William Regal: Goldust?

    Regal takes a few more steps further back, and sees Goldust petting Fifi; abandoned by Duprée in his eagerness to get away. Goldust looks up to Regal;

    Goldust: Can we keep her??

    Regal – still seething at their rivals getting away – rolls his eyes at the sight of Goldust playing with Duprée’s dog.


    And, to ringside, where Jim Ross and The Coach are both still selling the showdown moments ago between John Cena and The Undertaker…

    Jim Ross: All I can say, Coach … is thank God The Undertaker appeared when he did here, moments ago. Had it not been for The Undertaker, I don't even want to contemplate what would’ve happened to young Drew McIntyre.

    The Coach: Well, I don’t know what The Undertaker was thinking. He had his fun earlier in the night. He was a guest on this show, and he outstayed his welcome after he beat The Miz and sucked the life out of this arena. He had no right to interrupt John Cena – this was Raw business, it didn’t concern him.

    Jim Ross: One thing’s for sure, and you should know this Coach; The Undertaker goes where he wants, and where he deems it appropriate. And John Cena got one hell of a fright when he was standin face to face with The Deadman.

    The Coach: Of course he did!! Anyone would!! He wasn’t expecting it!! The lights went out, and next thing he knows, he’s got The Undertaker standing over him!! What a cowardly act by The Undertaker.

    Jim Ross: Let me tell ya, The Undertaker ain’t no coward, Coach. And who knows what would’ve happened- we could’ve witnessed a damn tragedy if he hadn’t intervened.

    The Coach: Cena would’ve been doing McIntyre a favour. It was a mercy kill, J.R!! The Undertaker had no reason to be out here.

    Jim Ross: Well, John Cena was out here earlier to send a message that he’s the man. He said as much himself; “No one can step up to me”, he said … John Cena found out tonight that there IS someone that WILL step up to him. There’s one man he can’t intimidate.

    The Coach: Yeah, and that one man belongs on Smackdown. And if The Undertaker has any sense in his dead head, he’ll stay clear of John Cena in future. He’s lucky John Cena didn’t wipe him out if you ask me.

    Jim Ross: I think it was plenty telling that John Cena elected to walk away. I think that told the tale, Coach.

    The graphic on screen now shows SHAWN MICHAELS and CM PUNK for tonight’s main event.

    Jim Ross: But, we’re movin on!! It’s been a spectacular night thus far, and there’s still much more to come!! And it don’t get any bigger than CM Punk and Shawn Michaels for the Intercontinental title. Two men that despise each other – there’s hatred there, that’s for damn sure – and t’night, it’s two outta three falls; Three Stages of Hell to be exact. And right now, Eve Torres is standing by with the challenger, the incomparable Shawn Michaels…

    And, indeed, EVE TORRES is stood with SHAWN MICHAELS, who gets a decidedly mixed reaction from the audience…

    Eve Torres: Shawn, you’ve been pretty honest about the choice you made two weeks ago to sign up to John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfields Survivor Series team, in exchange for one more opportunity to face CM Punk. The time is almost upon us and the question I have to ask, right now, do you still believe the ends justify the means?

    Rubbing his chin, Shawn ponders.

    Shawn Michaels: Hmm … I guess … I’ll only be able to answer that question when it’s all said and done. If I walk back through that curtain with the Intercontinental Championship over ma shoulder?? Then you can bet it was all worth it.

    Eve Torres: And if you don't??

    Shawn Michaels: Well … then I gotta look in the mirror … and I gotta ask myself some pretty tough questions, don’t I? Because I’ve sacrificed a lot of things to make this a reality. I’ve thrown away the goodwill of many of the fans … I’ve lost the respect of some of my peers. Now, in the past?? That wouldn’t have been a big deal, Eve.

    He smiles at her.

    Shawn Michaels: You may be a little too young to know it … but in the past, I was known to be somewhat of a rogue. And if anything, I sought controversy, and wore it as a badge of honour if my peers and the fans hated my guts. But I changed. And I changed for better. I’m still not perfect. Far from it. But I’m a better man today than I was ten years ago. And I owe it all to finding the lord.

    Shawn puts a hand up.

    Shawn Michaels: I’m not gonna beat it over anybody’s head, it’s all common knowledge. The point I’m makin … is that I’m willin to throw everything away that I’ve built up over the last six years since I came back to the WWE. I’m willin to do that because of my faith. That’s something I value more than any fan, or any peer. It’s the reason I’m standin here today.

    Pausing, Michaels builds up to his next comment.

    Shawn Michaels: And I will NEVER stand by and allow ANY man, least of all a punk spit all over my faith.

    There’s a steely determination in the eyes of HBK.

    Shawn Michaels: For every action … there’s a consequence. CM Punk is about to find out the consequences for his actions.

    Michaels turns to leave, but is met by PAUL LONDON. There’s a tense face to face between them, on opposing sides at the Survivor Series in two weeks, with a frayed relationship anyway…

    Paul London: For what it’s worth, Shawn … regardless of how you made it happen … I want you to know that I’m pullin for you tonight against CM Punk.

    Shawn looks a little taken aback by the honesty of a current rival.

    Paul London: And despite you selling out and siding with JBL … I still respect you.

    Shawn Michaels: Thanks. Look, last time we talked at the Pay Per View, I said somethin I shouldn’t-

    London puts a hand up to cut Shawn off.

    Paul London: All I want to say- all I want to ask you … what do you think the consequences are gonna be for YOUR actions??

    London walks off, and despite the niceties, there’s no hint of friendliness, with London leaving Shawn to ponder that final question.


    Elsewhere, CM PUNK is shown with the I.C title over his shoulder, having watched the interview from Shawn Michaels on a monitor … with a smirk on his face. The Intercontinental Champion picks up a bottle of water and starts making his way through the hallway … and begins to smile as he sees someone up ahead.

    CM Punk: I knew you’d come beggin me eventually.

    The camera pans, and shows RICKY STEAMBOAT just finishing up a call, looking rather tired after a twist in the tale earlier in the night with Big Zeke taken out of commission.

    CM Punk: Now, all ya gotta do, Steamboat … is ask nicely. You don’t even have to get on your knees, just a-

    Ricky Steamboat: I’m not gonna ask you. I don’t want you. Jesse Ventura doesn’t want you.

    Punk smirks at the reaction.

    CM Punk: Maybe you don’t want me … but we both know that you and Ventura sure as hell need me.

    Steamboat shakes his head.

    Ricky Steamboat: The only thing we need is a team player. You’ve got the talent, sure. You’ve got it in spades … but your problem is the same it’s always been. Your attitude. And both Jesse and I would sooner go into the Survivor Series with four guys with the right attitude, than have one bad apple in the bunch.

    The Raw GM steps forward, looking Punk in the eye.

    Ricky Steamboat: And I’d suggest to you, you’ve got bigger problems right now.

    Steamboat points at the I.C Title belt, signifying the title match up next, before walking off, taking his phone out again, leaving Punk to stew…

    Commercial Break



    Team Bischoff faces Team Austin with the winning teams leader taking full control of Raw after six months of power sharing between the two. It’s a daunting task for Shawn Michaels when the match comes down to a 3-1 advantage for Bischoffs team. But, despite bleeding profusely, the legendary Showstopper rolls back the years to eliminate Christian and Chris Jericho, bringing it down to HBK and the ‘Legend Killer’ Randy Orton. Amidst run ins and chaos, ultimately, Orton – and Bischoffs team – prevail, despite the effort from Shawn Michaels, ending Stone Cold Steve Austins reign as Co-GM…



    Back into the arena, J.R talks about his own memories of that match, and most notably the performance of Shawn Michaels that night. He points out that that’s what JBL will be looking for from HBK in thirteen days, and notes that CM Punk may just get that level of performance from Shawn tonight; known for delivering in big match situations … “and it don’t get much bigger than this, folks!!”



    An instrumental of ‘Achilles Heel’ by Toploader plays over the video…

    The video opens on CM Punk low blowing Shawn Michaels on July 7, then busting him open with a steel chair.

    {Voiceover} Shawn Michaels: I’ll be damned if I’m gonna let a jumped up punk rain on my parade and make a fool outta me or my faith.

    Outside the ring, Michaels is purposely crawling AWAY from his family, not wanting them to see him like this - but Punk has other ideas, and smashes the chair off the back of HBK, before dragging him back in front of his wife and kids.

    {Voiceover} Shawn Michaels: I’ll be damned if I’m gonna let someone do what he did to me in front of my family and get away with it.

    There, Punk pulls Michaels up, punching at the head wound, as Rebecca does her best to shield the children from this sickening attack in front of their father. Punk - laughing - grabs Michaels by the face, and shouts at him;


    And Punk then puts Michaels back on his shoulders again … standing right in front of the family with Michaels on his shoulders on the floor, making sure Michaels family are watching - with Rebecca pulling the children in and stopping them from seeing CM Punk give Michaels a GTS on the floor – right in front of Michaels family.

    {Voiceover} Shawn Michaels: And I’ll be damned if I’m gonna let a guy like CM Punk run me outta town and me just do nothin about it.

    Standing over the bloodied and battered Shawn Michaels, CM Punk looks at Rebecca, laughing at her, with Shawns wife shaking her head, mouthing “why” over and over at Punk, whilst cradling her children.

    {Voiceover} Shawn Michaels: That’s not the Heart Break Kid. That’s not the Showstopper.

    The following month, Punk attacks Michaels again – this time with a BIBLE; mocking Michaels faith … and producing a brick embedded inside the book.

    {Voiceover} Shawn Michaels: There’s a time for forgiveness … and a time to fight.

    Cut to; SUMMERSLAM – and Shawn Michaels beating the crap out of CM Punk all around ringside, like a man possessed.

    {Voiceover} Shawn Michaels: I wont stand for CM Punk mocking God. All I will do … is ask God to forgive ME for what I do…

    Jim Ross: No, Shawn. Don't do this. You’ll regret it for the rest of your life!!!!

    Michaels bashing the chair over Punks head at SummerSlam.


    Shawn hesitates on Sweet Chin Music with a chair around the neck of Punk … and Punk is able to catch Michaels unawares, planting him with the GTS … and retains the Intercontinental title.

    Jim Ross: Shawn Michaels allowed his emotions to get the best of him tonight. Let’s just hope this outcome, this night … doesn’t destroy the man Shawn Michaels has become.

    And a sullen Shawn Michaels – head down – walks out of MSG at SummerSlam a beaten man…

    Shawn Michaels: I have to prove to myself and him … that there are consequences for his actions. I paid for my sins last night. And despite him spilling blood at SummerSlam, he hasn’t suffered for everything he’s done

    In the ring, eight nights after SummerSlam, Michaels pleads with Ricky Steamboat…

    Shawn Michaels: I have to face him again. And I have to beat him. Not by using a steel chair, not by crippling him … but by being better. I cant let CM Punk take the moral high ground. I can’t drop this with him as the righteous.

    Ricky Steamboat: Shawn … I … cant let that happen.

    Various shots in the weeks that follow of Michaels getting more and more ‘on edge’, the sullen look on his face becoming a permanent fixture.

    Ricky Steamboat: I saw what became of you at SummerSlam. It’d be reckless on my part to let that happen again. He wants to bring out the worst in you Shawn.

    Michaels lashes out, striking Nick Nemeth with Sweet Chin Music, and fellow roster members looking at him disappointingly whilst he was accused of attacking Paul London (which he didn’t do).

    Enter; J.B.L

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Now Shawn, Ranjin and I have been discussing the Raw roster in deep detail in anticipation of the eventual transition once the Board of Directors place me in charge as Commissioner. And your name is one we’ve discussed at length.

    Shots of Michaels locking up with Nick Nemeth the following week on Raw, and trading shots with the younger man.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Shawn, Ranjin has been following your recent troubles, and he’s extremely concerned about your happiness. He values you as one of the jewels in the Monday Night Raw line up – and he believes you deserve better treatment from management.

    Michaels – in his desperation to earn another match with Punk – misses an Asai Moonsault … but later lands the flying elbow and nips up.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Which is why next week, he’s introducing a concept coined the “Fight For Your Right” match. And it will pit you against … Nick Nemeth. You beat Nick Nemeth next Monday on Raw?? Then you get exactly what you want. You’ll be added to that Intercontinental Championship match at Nemesis, and it’ll be you, Nick Nemeth … and most importantly … the man you want more than anything else; CM Punk.

    Nemeth avoids the Sweet Chin Music, landing a Superkick of his own, but when he leaps off the top turnbuckle for a splash, Michaels scores with Sweet Chin Music … and scores the three count to win the title.

    Jim Ross: Shawn Michaels has earned the opportunity he’s been desperate for since SummerSlam!! Shawn Michaels has a shot at redemption against CM Punk-



    Welcome back to my world, Shawn. God can’t help you here.”

    Nemesis. Michaels vs. Nemeth … vs. Punk. Michaels and Nemeth are in the ring … when CM Punk makes a grand entrance, carrying a microphone with him on his way to the ring…

    You know what they say … a leopard never changes his spots … and Shawn Michaels is STILL a dirty, rotten- SINNER!!! He has SINNED before. He is SINNING now. And he’ll SIN for the rest of his days!!”

    Punk proceeds to ringside, with Michaels bubbling over.

    And I’ll be right here to PUNISH HIM for ALL … HIS … SINS!!!”


    Lyrics of “Achilles Heel” by Toploader plays over clips of the action during the triple threat match at Nemesis.

    For there's a child in your eyes,
    And the child never diiiies,
    So keep the dream aliiiive…”

    All of Michaels attention is on Punk at the end, sizing up Sweet Chin Music … but he’s ignored Nemeth, who drops HBK with a Superkick of his own-

    With the aid of second sight,
    I can push with all my might,
    To make a statue in the sky …”

    Punk then nails Nemeth with the GTS … and Michaels is only able to flail an arm to try and break the count – too late … and Punk wins.

    “ …Of my Achilles Heel…”

    Solemn, Michaels can only watch as Punk escapes with the title again…

    Cut to Raw the following night, and JBL chatting with Michaels.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: I know Steamboat and Ventura want you on their team. And so they should. You’re God-damn Shawn Michaels. The Showstopper!! The Icon!! … But uh … y’gotta ask yourself, son … what’s in it for you??

    Shawn Michaels: Nothin.

    Cut to shots of the brawl at the end of the night, as JBL’s associates outnumber Shelton Benjamin, Rey Mysterio and Paul London…

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: They expect you do join their team outta the goodness of your heart?? A man of your talents?? Your stature?? Shouldn’t be doin anything for free. Especially not for a guy that ain’t done SQUAT for you.

    When Shawn Michaels makes his way to the ring, bringing a chair with him to scare off the Master Craftsmen & Vladimir.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Ricky Steamboat has made your life miserable for months. The only thing you asked for, and he didn’t deliver.

    Michaels throws the chair down and gives JBL a piece of his mind…

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Me?? My administration?? We know exactly what you want. I know exactly what you need. You join my team at the Survivor Series?? I’ll give you exactly what you want … and then some.



    Sweet Chin Music to Benjamin. Sweet Chin Music to Mysterio.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: And right now, I’d like to announce the main event for Raw’s Eight hundredth episode spectacular in two weeks…

    Michaels gives the thousand yard stare from the ring to the stage.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: It’ll be CM Punk … one on one … With Shawn Michaels!!!

    Shawn closes his eyes – relief on his face. He has the match he wanted.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: For the Intercontinental Title … in a match … of Shawn Michaels choosing…

    Achilles Heel {2:35-End} plays as clips air of Michaels versus Punk from SummerSlam, then the triple threat match last month at Nemesis over Michaels soundbites…

    Shawn Michaels: To beat me this time, he’ll have to beat me – twice. The first fall, I want to prove I’m better than CM Punk like I should’ve way back at SummerSlam. But once I’m done doin that, I want to punish CM Punk for the hell he’s put me through over the last four months. So the second fall?? … falls count anywhere.

    Clips of the ringside brawl prior to the match starting at SummerSlam, and the two times Punk attacked Michaels on Raw in the lead up to SummerSlam.

    Shawn Michaels: Then … if he does survive and win one of those first two falls, then I’m takin CM Punk into a world I pioneered. If this goes to a third fall next week, it’ll be a match I made famous…

    And a long shot of a single ladder in the ring, with a single spotlight shining on it-

    Shawn Michaels: It’ll be … a LADDER match.

    Clips of Michaels past ladder matches at WrestleMania X, SummerSlam ‘95 and the TLC match at Nemesis ‘06, along with shots of Punk in his own TLC match at SummerSlam in 2007.


    CM Punk: Just remember Shawn … even IF you beat me next week on Raw … even IF you “humble” me and take away the one thing on this planet that I care about … it’ll all be for nothing.

    Replays of Michaels delivering Sweet Chin Music to the ‘fan favourites’ in his descent over the past few months.


    CM Punk: You haven’t beaten me. You haven’t proven ANYTHING to me.

    Michaels launching himself at Punk on Raw, the week before SummerSlam, then launching himself over the ropes at Punk at Nemesis, unable to keep his cool.


    CM Punk: And you haven’t made God proud either.

    Michaels going crazy with the chair at SummerSlam, and clips of him laying out London, Mysterio and Benjamin with Sweet Chin Music again.


    CM Punk: You’ll have to live with the fact that in order to tear me down …

    Clips of Punk – bloodied up – surviving SummerSlam, and escaping Nemesis with the Intercontinental Title … and the disappointment etched on the face of Shawn.

    {Achilles Heel…}

    CM Punk:In order to teach me a lesson … in order to take away my Intercontinental Title …

    Shots of Shawn Michaels nodding at JBL, two weeks ago on Raw after joining his team … but looking conflicted in the process.

    {Achilles Heel}

    CM Punk:You sold your soul to the devil to make it happen.

    And end on a split shot of both men…



    Back into the arena…

    **SEXY BOY**

    An initial pop soon turns to some indifference as SHAWN MICHAELS makes his way onto the stage, going through his usual routine, praying to the lord above as he drops to his knees on the ramp. J.R and Coach discuss the choices Shawn has made in order for this match to happen, with J.R not pleased about Michaels actions, but admits he is glad we’re seeing this match.


    Wearing the Intercontinental Title around his waist, CM PUNK isn’t carrying any microphones or playing any mind games tonight; this one is serious – he’s not taking any chances to play with the head of HBK. It’s reiterated on commentary the stipulations for the match; 2 out of 3 falls – the first, a straight wrestling match, then falls count anywhere and if necessary the final fall will be a LADDER match.

    CM Punk vs. Shawn Michaels
    Despite the hatred involved, especially from Michaels side, it’s a more restrained beginning to this one; both men are playing it smart, knowing this could potentially be a long night. It’s a lock up to start, Michaels gaining the advantage with a side headlock before Punk pushes off and after some dodging and ducking from both men, they collide, with HBK knocking Punk down off a shoulder block.

    Taking a moment to get up, NOW Punk starts the mind games. Perhaps realizing that trying to out wrestle the veteran isn’t the smart play, Punk wants to get Shawn off his game, starting to talk to the challenger (though the camera doesn’t quite pick up what’s said) … but this time, the words don’t throw Michaels off and instead, he points to the middle of the ring, wanting Punk there. It’s Punk that makes the rash decision, charging toward HBK, only to be knocked right down with a chop!!

    Michaels goes on the offensive, lighting up the champion with stinging chops in the corner, then hip tosses him out of the corner. Shawn sends Punk off the ropes, delivering a BIG back body drop!! Michaels then shapes up to try and surprise Punk early with Sweet Chin Music … but Punk instantly drops to his knees and rolls out to the floor!!! The champion takes a walk outside, looking to gather his thoughts, as we head to a commercial break…

    Commercial Break

    CM Punk has established control during the commercial, and it’s shown that he has specifically targeted the leg of Shawn Michaels too. J.R talks about it being a tactic he doesn’t recall Punk using in the past, calling it a clear strategic plan for this match. Michaels continues to shrug off the constant targeting of the leg by Punk, and indeed, the focus on the leg by Punk leaves him open to counters by the veteran.

    It’s also noted on commentary the restrained nature of Michaels throughout the opening fall of this match, despite his aggressive tendencies toward Punk in the past, with Coach getting a dig in toward Steamboat and how Michaels attitude tonight is proving the (current) Raw GM wrong. J.R argues that the prospect of a ‘Falls Count Anywhere’ second fall may be the reason HBK is able to restrain himself thus far though.

    It’s clear both men are holding plenty back for what’s to come, with the action not quite hitting a real stride and the offence remaining fairly basic. As Punk begins to step up his focus on the leg though, he has Shawn down, and looks to wrap the leg off the ring post, but HBK yanks his legs back, sending Punk FACE FIRST into the post on the floor!! And from here, the action hits another gear, as Shawn delivers a SLINGSHOT PLANCHA to Punk on the floor!!!!!

    Michaels brings Punk back inside, and slams him down, looking to set up for the Flying Elbow … but as he climbs to the top, Shawn is stunned to see Punk racing up after him, meeting him at the top!!! They trade blows, slugging it out, with Punk RAKING the eyes to gain the advantage!!! Punk hooks Michaels up, looking for a SUPERPLEX – BLOCKED!!! Michaels blocked it … then dumps Punk face first on the mat!!! No hesitations; MICHAELS FLIES WITH THE ELBOW!!!!!

    AND NIPS UP!!!! The fans come alive, as Michaels tunes up the band … setting up his shot … SWEET CHIN MUSIC- NO!!!! PUNK DUCKS!!! THEN CHOP BLOCKS THE LEG!!!!! Michaels goes down, and Punk zeroes in on the leg, using the ropes to elevate up and drop down, crashing onto the leg!! Punk stretches it, and pulls at it, with Michaels crying out in pain. Punk then looks to set up a FIGURE FOUR … BUT MICHAELS COUNTERS WITH A CRADLE – 1...2...NO!!!!!

    Punk nearly got caught, but is right up out of the cradle, and races to the corner to nail Michaels with a running high knee, then looks to follow – as usual – with the running bulldog!!! Cover, 1...2...NO!!! Softening Michaels up, Punk lays into him with stiff forearm shots in the corner, before attempting a knee breaker – but Michaels rolls through into a SUNSET FLIP; 1...2...NO!!!

    Punk survives another scare, then rushes at Shawn once again – but walks right on to an inverted atomic drop!! And another, before HBK puts Punk down with a clothesline!! Michaels attempts another clothesline – ducked by Punk, and the champion hooks Shawn up as he goes under; BACKSLIDE … 1...2...SHAWN JUST WRIGGLES FREE!!!

    They get up again with Michaels beating Punk to the punch, firing off right hands and chops, lighting Punk up, with Punk trying to stop him with kicks to the weakened leg, slowing HBK down. Michaels tries a whip, but it’s reversed by Punk, who ducks for the return – KICKED away by Michaels!! Punk staggers, and Shawn rushes at him, but Punk elevates HBK, dropping him onto the ropes!!! Michaels staggers back, into the path of Punk-



    Michaels blocks the knee, then ducks a shot, and looks to fire off SWEET CHIN MUSIC- NO!!! PUNK CATCHES THE FOOT!!!

    Punk spins Michaels around, looking to hoist him up again, but Shawn elbows free!!! He lands on his feet, teeing off on Punk, sends him off the ropes … but Punk ducks a clothesline, and looks to sweep the leg of Michaels, but HBK side steps it!!! Punk turns back around – RIGHT INTO SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!!!! 1...2...3!!!!!!!
    First Fall: Shawn Michaels @ 13:14 {1-0}

    And there’s no rest periods here!!! As soon as Michaels is declared the winner of the first fall, we’re straight into the second!!! And the momentary jubilation from Michaels having FINALLY defeated CM Punk is soon gone – he has to do it again … and not only that, but he now gets to inflict the kind of punishment he set out to do; and it’s all legal!!!!

    It’s like a switch has gone off, with Shawn now snarling, gritting his teeth, as he picks Punk up, and TOSSES HIM through the ropes to the floor!!! Punk is still worse for wear after Sweet Chin Music, and sprawls on the floor, as Michaels starts to “rearrange the furniture” according to J.R, ripping away the mats on the outside, and strips the announce table!!! But, when he comes after Punk, the champion catches him with a shot to the gut to slow him down.

    It’s Punk that looks to get the use out of the exposed floor, as he slams Michaels down on it, and the champion then takes a chair from ringside, looking to use it on HBK – blocked by Michaels!!! They tussle over the chair, with the weapon ending up on the ground, before Michaels takes himself and Punk over the barrier with a clothesline!!! And the two men start wildly trading blows as they fight through the crowd … as we had to a commercial.

    Commercial Break

    Returning with the action back at ringside and BOTH men currently down, clips air of the fight during the commercial, spilling backstage through the halls and into the locker room, with momentum shifting back and forth as they both had near falls thanks to the use of doors and trays, before making their way back down the ramp with Punk delivering a neckbreaker on the exposed floor which has both of them down.

    Punk rises first, and looks to bring Michaels to the table, trying to set him on it – but Michaels grabs a monitor, CLOCKING Punk with it, leaving the champion sprawled on the table!!! As you’d guess, Michaels starts getting ideas, and climbs to the ropes … AND DELIVERS AN ASAI MOONSAULT TO THE TABLE … WITH PUNK ROLLING OFF – MICHAELS CRASHES AND BURNS THROUGH THE TABLE!!!!!

    HOLY SHIT” chants reverberate throughout the STAPLES Centre, with Punk in no condition to capitalise on Michaels state; a mess amongst the broken table. J.R and Coach have long since headed for higher ground, both dipping in and out as audio issues litter the match now, with Punk eventually dragging Shawn Michaels carcass out of the rubble, and into position for a cover in this Falls Count Anywhere match; 1...2...NO!!!!!!

    Somehow, Michaels kicked out!!! Punk is rightly stunned that Michaels managed to roll a shoulder (and no more) to stay in the fall. Spaghetti legged, Punk drags himself to his feet, and brings the first sighting of a LADDER into play, before we even get to a potential third fall. Punk slides the ladder into the ring, oddly not bothering to use it, as he instead turns his attention back to Michaels.

    The champion targets the leg of Michaels again, stomping at it as the legendary figure tries to create some distance by crawling away at ringside. Punk drags Shawn up, hurling him at the barrier before dragging HBK toward the ramp … when Michaels turns the tables, ducking a shot and dropping Punk with a side suplex on the steel!!!!

    That buys Michaels some time to recover, struggling back to his feet, now hobbling due to the constant targeting of the leg, and holding his ribs after the botched Asai Moonsault. Coach even asks if Michaels will be 100% for JBL at the Survivor Series at this rate. Shawn slams Punk down at the top of the ramp and starts teeing off as he mounts the champion, unleashing all his fury and anger toward his arch rival.

    And he doesn’t stop there; Michaels pulls Punk to his feet, sending him face first into the LED board before SLAMMING Punk down onto the metal grating at the top of the stage. Michaels then begins to set himself, waiting as Punk slowly rises to his feet, with J.R shrieking; “YOU’RE GONNA GO TOO FAR, SHAWN!!! THINK ABOUT THIS!!!” … as Michaels appears to be lining up Sweet Chin Music to SEND PUNK OFF THE STAGE-


    Michaels drops to his knees, buying Punk time, with the two men eventually trading blows as they fight to their feet, giving all they’ve got, back and forth – both teetering close to the edge of the stage, teasing the fans – but they both stay on the stage. They eventually move from the side of the stage, and Punk takes Shawn down, looking to CATAPULT him into the LED staging-

    BUT MICHAELS GRABS ONTO THE METAL BARS TO PREVENT THE IMPACT!!! Shawn hangs on the staging, then pushes off to splash onto Punk – BUT PUNK CATCHES HIM WITH A ROUNDHOUSE KICK!!!! Punk then commandeers a television camera from the cameraman, and lines up Michaels … AND WAFFLES HIM WITH THE CAMERA!!!!! Punk makes the cover, 1...2...3!!!!!
    Second Fall: CM Punk @ 10:00 {23:14} {1-1}

    Again, there’s NO rest period … and a smile emerges on the face of CM Punk. He struggles to his feet … but once he’s up, the champion hurries down the ramp as best as he can … he WANTED to take the match as far away from the ring to give himself the advantage to get to the ring for the ladder match!!! Coach also points out that Punk even got a ladder in the ring in advance!!!

    Punk – spent from the first two falls – struggles to get the ladder up, and into position, BUT – before climbing … the referee has to get the title belt raised in the air!!!!! The whole process of raising the title belt holds Punk back, with the champion furious, looking over his shoulder, checking to see if Shawn is recovering. Michaels is getting up, but he’s still a LONG way away…

    And now that the referee has the title belt raised into position … boos fill the arena, with it looking like Punk about to win the ladder match with ease … BUT SHAWN MICHAELS IS BACK IN THE RING!!! Worse for wear, Michaels has somehow got himself back to the ring, just in time to prevent Punk from capturing the title!!! Shawn pulls himself up on the opposite side of the ladder, meeting Punk with punches, and Punk fires back…

    UNTIL BOTH MEN TOPPLE OFF THE LADDER … CRASHING AND BURNING ON THE FLOOR!!!!! Punk and Michaels are both down, selling the impact of the stunt, with J.R sending us off to another commercial break…

    Commercial Break

    And back again, Punk is sending Michaels across the ring to the corner – where another ladder has been set up!! Michaels back smacks against the ladder, and Punk then gets him up, looking for a GTS that’ll surely finish Michaels off … BUT MICHAELS SLIPS OFF THE BACK!!! Punk charges at Shawn, but Michaels side steps, then sends Punk into the set up ladder!!!

    Michaels then clotheslines Punk to the floor!!! It gives Shawn the chance to climb the ladder with Punk out of the ring, and he struggles – his leg hampering severely – which buys Punk time to climb back into the ring, and he YANKS Shawn off the ladder by the bad leg!!! J.R talks about that potentially hyperextending the knee, as Punk uses the second ladder to smash it off the bad leg, over and over!!!

    Punk stomps Michaels to the floor, clearing the way for him to get a shot at climbing the ladder, and gets toward the top, snatching at the title – brushing it with his hand … but cant yank it down before Michaels is back in the ring, crawling to the ladder and uses ALL his mite to drag himself up and TOPPLE THE LADDER!!! Punk reaches at the belt … just as he is toppled out of position-


    Both men are down, Punk glazed over from the impact on the turnbuckle, Michaels struggling with the bad leg, but Shawn brings the ladder up with him, and LAUNCHES it like a javelin at Punk in the corner!!!! Punk slumps down, allowing Michaels to go to town on him, picking the ladder up and crushing Punk again and again with it in the corner!!! Michaels is getting out all his months of fury out on Punk!!!

    Michaels throws Punk out of the ring, with a free run now at making a move for the title belt … but the Showstopper allows his hatred of Punk to boil over – because he wants to inflict MORE damage on Punk!!! He COULD and SHOULD try to win the match, but Michaels is hungry for blood, and he leaves the ring – still hobbling on his bad leg – and grabs Punk, smashing his face off the steps repeatedly. He looks to whip Punk into the steps – REVERSED – AND MICHAELS CRASHES INTO THE STEPS!!!!!

    Michaels bloodlust has backfired!!! Punk takes the opportunity to crawl back into the ring, not wasting any opening, and begins to climb the ladder … BUT MICHAELS DRAGS HIM BACK DOWN!!!!! Trading blows, Michaels and Punk go at it, until Punk kicks at the bad leg, putting Shawn down to one knee, and Punk follows with a ROUNDHOUSE KICK!!!! Punk starts to climb again, but sees Michaels stirring, and decides to climb back down and take HBK out once and for all.

    Punk puts the ladder down, clearly with bad intentions in mind, as he sends Michaels into the corner, then hits his signature running knee for a second time in the match, looking for the bulldog out of the corner ONTO THE LADDER … NO!!! MICHAELS COUNTERS AND DUMPS PUNK ONTO THE LADDER!!!!! Punk writhes and rolls out of the ring onto the apron, with Michaels not making the same mistake again, and instead DOES go for the win this time…


    The champion – worse for wear – attempts to toss Michaels out of the ring … BUT MICHAELS HANGS ON – AND SKINS THE CAT!!! Unbeknownst to Michaels though, Punk is aware of it … and when Michaels is back inside, PUNK NAILS HIM WITH THE LADDER – SENDING SHAWN RIGHT BACK OUT OF THE RING THROUGH THE ROPES!!!!! Punk takes a moment to savour it – and a moment to catch his breath, looking to the floor, and the prone body of HBK.

    After takingthat moment to catch his breath, Punk slowly sets the ladder up again, ever so slowly climbing toward the gold … but as he reaches up at the title … THE LADDER STARTS ROCKING!!!! Shawn Michaels is back again!!! Punk tries to hang on … grabbing the title, as Michaels PULLS THE LADDER AWAY!!!!!

    Punk is dangling in the air, hanging onto the I.C Title, as Shawn raises the ladder, JOUSTING IT at Punk, with Punk becoming a human piñata … BEFORE CRASHING AND BURNING ON THE CANVAS!!!!! Punk is down, and Michaels slumps into the corner, completely spent. Both men look completely out on their feet, with J.R having to throw to another commercial at a crucial stage of the contest…

    Commercial Break

    Raw returns with Michaels and Punk both at the top of the ladder, trading blows, both teetering, hanging on for dear life, with right hands, chops, forearms and even HEADBUTTS being thrown … but it’s when Michaels slams Punks face off the top of the ladder that the momentum swings, and Shawn shoves Punk down!!! Punk manages to land on his feet – albeit awkwardly – as Michaels slumps over the top of the ladder, before looking back up, and reaches-


    Desperate to save his title, Punk somehow finds the energy to surge up the ladder … but Michaels knocks him right back down with a right hand!!!!! Fans shriek, thinking this is it … but Punk staggers back at the ladder, and climbs a few rungs, before TRIPPING THE LEG OF MICHAELS!!! MICHAELS IS TRAPPED UPSIDE DOWN!!!!! Punk now smirks, with Michaels flailing his arms, helpless in a tree of woe on the ladder … and Punk waves, taking his time to climb, thinking he’s home and dry…


    Again, both men sell the effects of the long and draining match, but Michaels is in the power position; he’s on his feet … AND HE STARTS TO TUNE UP THE BAND!!!!! Michaels waits … and waits … as Punk struggles to find his feet … using the slanted ladder to push to his feet … AS MICHAELS LOOKS TO STRIKE WITH SWEET CHIN MUSIC-


    Shawn Michaels crumbles to the mat, clutching at his knee, writhing in pain, as Coach commends Punk on the gameplan – saying if Michaels cant stand, he can’t climb the ladder!!! Punk sets the ladder back up, with Michaels still rolling around … and Punk can’t help himself … he wants one last blow to Shawn before ending this war!!! The champion drags Michaels up, throwing him onto his shoulders for the GTS-



    Both men stay down after the last gasp Sweet Chin Music, with J.R WILLING Shawn to get to his feet and climb the ladder!!! Michaels is naturally the first to stir … but he can’t get to his feet!!! He’s unable to stand, as he grabs the ladder, dragging it and himself to the corner to get to his feet and after an excruciating amount of time, he gets up, and gets the ladder into position, before climbing – albeit on ONE leg!!!

    Michaels hops from rung to rung, looking up after each jump, closing in on the title …


    Michaels spills off the ladder, crashing against the top rope, his leg jarring as he lands, and he slumps to the canvas!!! Punk pulls the ladder back into position from the slanted angle, and starts to DRAG himself up the ladder, whilst Michaels rolls around, clutching his leg … but does his best to chase Punk, who slowly climbs, rung by rung!!!

    Punk reaches the top of the ladder, with Michaels helpless at the bottom, powerless to do anything; his leg has completely given in and prevented him from even pushing off the mat to climb – his body has betrayed him when he needed it most!! All Shawn Michaels can do is watch, as Punk SMILES from the top of the ladder … and RETRIEVES THE INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE!!!!!!!
    Third Fall: CM Punk @ 17:01 {40:15} {2-1}

    Winner: And STILL Intercontinental Champion – CM Punk @ 40:15

    The air is sucked out of STAPLES Centre, as CM Punk holds the I.C title aloft; NO comeuppance for him after all, as Shawn Michaels can only continue to look up, heartbroken at defeat AGAIN to Punk after a monumental effort. The decision to side with JBL backfiring in the end, unable to get that revenge on Punk … and the sins of CM Punk will go unpunished; at least from Shawn Michaels.

    Michaels sits slumped in the corner, as Punk continues to revel in victory, holding the famous title in the air from the top of the ladder, whilst Coach puts this accomplishment over as the biggest achievement in a year chock full of them for CM Punk, whilst J.R calls it “arguably” the greatest match in the 800 editions of Raw … but notes sadness that it wasn’t Shawn Michaels that came out on top.

    Replays air of the high points during the final fall, with both men putting their bodies on the line for the I.C Title, before returning to live pictures, where Punk is shown leaving the ring, holding the title still above his head, whilst trainers look over Shawn, checking the condition of his injured leg. “But the pain in Michaels leg is nothing compared to the hurt he’ll be feeling in this defeat” is the call from J.R…

    Punk turns back around at the top of the ramp, soaking up the moment of holding off Shawn Michaels on this night … and in a final dig, Punk talks to the camera, saying; … “I’ve always said ‘Luck is for losers’ … well, so’s faith. But hey, thank GOD … for C...M… Punk.” He turns and leaves … leaving a devastated Shawn Michaels in the ring…

    Commercial Break

    Our final RAW through the years highlight package airs; the modern era. Through ‘Ruthless Aggression’ and Evolution, to Christian and John Cena leading the way over the last three years and Mister Kennedy making himself stand out over the last 18 months, before ending on a stand-off between Shawn Michaels and CM Punk just last week…


    And back at ringside, J.R and Coach are shown with the mess of their broken announce table, as J.R puts over “the most damnedest thing I think I’ve ever witnessed” moments ago, whilst Coach wonders if Shawn Michaels will even be in any condition mentally or physically to be part of the Survivor Series. J.R is also unsure, talking about the toll that match would’ve taken on Michaels mind and soul…


    But, as promised, J.B.L wants confirmation by the end of the night if Jesse Ventura will have a five man team for the Survivor Series or be stuck with a one man disadvantage before the match even begins. J.B.L leads out his troops; RANJIN SINGH, VLADIMIR & THE MASTER CRAFTSMEN … with Cena absent and obviously, Michaels not part of this right now either.

    J.R uses the moment to air his disgust at the actions of Haas and Dinsmore earlier tonight, as well as the likelihood that JBL put Vladimir up to the assault that’s taken Big Zeke out of the equation – leading to this dilemma for Ventura…

    Bradshaw takes centre stage, all smiles, waiting for the fans to settle down…

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Well, that was one hell of a match up for the Intercontinental title, huh!?

    He waits for a reaction, but the fans are still pretty tired out by what they’ve just seen.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: And don’t forget who was responsible for makin that match happen!!!

    JBL shows off that irritating toothy grin as he puts himself over.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: So I hope all you people here in L.A show your support for MY men that are fightin for change at the Survivor Series!!

    Some heat for JBL trying to force cheers on his team, with him patting the shoulder of Brent Albright.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: They are tryin to bring you people MORE spectacular matches, week after week right here on Monday Night Raw!!!

    The Master Craftsmen nod in agreement.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: And of course, over on Friday Night Smackdown too. BUT – for all that to happen, my team and I first need to take care of business in thirteen days and defeat Jesse Ventura’s band of misfits at the Survivor Series.

    Live on Pay Per View!! 5 on 5 – it’s all on the line!!” ~J.R sells some PPV’s.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: And that is why we’re out here right now. Due to an unfortunate, freak accident … the man Mister Ventura proposed to be his fifth team member is no longer able to accept the position.

    Heat. JBL ignores that though.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Meaning he has a vacancy. And it’s a vacancy that HAS to be filled t’night … or simply not at all.

    Bradshaw shrugs at the thought.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: I myself would love nothin more than to give Ventura and his associates more time to track down a fifth member … but agreements were made, and the rules state that right here t’night was the cut off point.

    He’s right about that, J.R.” ~Coach backs JBL up.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Quite frankly … it ain’t my problem if Jesse Ventura ain’t organized-

    Bradshaw acknowledges the growing boos, shaking his head.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: He was given plenty of time to assemble a team, same as me. An’ I was set a WEEK AGO!!!

    So was Ventura until ya packed Christian off t’Smackdown!!” ~J.R is sure to remind the fans on commentary.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: My team was ready a week ago. I was ready to be Commissioner a LONG time ago, and at the Survivor Series my team will guide ME to the position I DESERVE and give YOU the Commissioner you DESERVE!!!

    Pointing at the fans, JBL tries to position himself as a man of the people.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Ventura’s organisation of his team is the perfect encapsulation of his entire tenure in the Commissioners office!! Haphazard, half-assed and horribly led. Well, Jess, lemme leave ya with this little sayin; ‘Failure t’prepare is t’prepare for failure’, son. And you WILL fail at the Survivor Series. I guarantee it.

    All smiles, JBL stares at the camera, before turning, and checking his watch.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: So … by my watch, you’re about outta time. What’s it t’be, Jess?? You got an ace up your sleeve, son?? Or are ya gonna do the right thing and just call this entire charade off and hand me the keys to your office!!?

    That would be the wise decision!!” ~Coach thinks Ventura should just quit…

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Because if you honestly think you can head into the Survivor Series a man light against the dream team I’ve put together, you’re a dumber son of a bitch than I imagined.

    JBL now waits, looking to the stage, as do his troops, waiting for Jesse Ventura to answer…

    **THE BODY**

    Ask and you shall receive!!” ~J.R.

    JESSE VENTURA leads out his own troops, with RICKY STEAMBOAT joining Ventura by his side, as the now former tag team champions REY MYSTERIO and SHELTON BENJAMIN along with NICK NEMETH and PAUL LONDON file out in support … but with no sign of a fifth man to join the team.

    In the ring, JBL and Ranjin Singh count the numbers, with JBL chuckling, and holding up four fingers to his troops, finding it all hilarious. On the stage, Ventura waits for the music to die down before speaking.

    Jesse Ventura: Congratulations, Bradshaw!! You done a real good hit job on my plans for the Survivor Series.

    JBL appears to take it as a compliment.

    Jesse Ventura: You sent Christian off to Smackdown … now … you can dress that up however, y’like, but you and I both know you didn’t pull that stunt because you were concerned about anything other than your own interests … and you wont pull the wool over my eyes, J.B.L; that was no accident that happened to Zeke earlier.

    Y’can say that again!!” ~J.R agrees.

    Jesse Ventura: You’ve got blood on your hands. You’re dirty, you’re rotten to the core and you’ll take my job over my dead body!!!

    JBL doesn’t respond, but does listen intently.

    Jesse Ventura: For too long, this company has been riddled with crooked figures in authority, and I’ll be damned if I’m gonna give you the keys to the penthouse and undo all the hard work I’ve put in to clean this place up over the last eighteen months!!

    The men standing with Ventura all nod in agreement.

    Jesse Ventura: And I’ll say that again; the HARD work I’ve put in to clean this place up. Because contrary to the LIES you’ve peddled, I’m NOT a part time Commissioner. I’m not half-assing this job. As a matter of fact – and this may come as a surprise to you – but the reason I’m not on Raw every week is because I’m too busy workin in the background to make the WWE a better place for everyone!!

    Some cheers from the fans in support of the current Commissioner.

    Jesse Ventura: UNLIKE you … I don’t need to put my face front and centre week in and week out. And when- that’s WHENMY team is victorious at the Survivor Series, I’ll go back to doin my job OFF television, and you can go back to playin the stock market!!

    JBL shouts something from the ring, disagreeing, but it’s all off mic, and Ventura ignores it anyway.

    Jesse Ventura: I’d suggest politics, by the way, because speaking from experience, you’d be a natural. You’d fit right in with all the snakes in Washington, that’s for sure.

    He’d be in his element there!!” ~J.R

    Jesse Ventura: So you want to see my team!? Well … get a GOOD look at it!! Because THESE are the men that are gonna ensure YOU never get in power!!

    Ventura motions to the men surrounding him, whilst JBL grins in the ring, with a few words being chipped in by Albright before Layfield gets on the mic again.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: I’m afraid I left my glasses in the back, Jesse … so excuse me if I’m mistaken … but I only count four men …

    The men behind JBL all look cocky and confident at facing just four men at the Survivor Series.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: And if you’re bringin four men to face my FIVE … then I’d suggest you start clearin out your desk is Stamford, son. You boy’s don't stand a chance at the-

    Ricky Steamboat: Actually…

    Ricky Steamboat cuts JBL off!! The fans pop, with JBL irked by that …

    Ricky Steamboat: … It IS five.

    And Steamboat TAKES HIS SPORT COAT OFF!!!!!!!

    What!? Does this mean-”

    Is Ricky Steamboat the fifth man!?”


    JBL is shocked – albeit not necessarily concerned – but he’s still taken aback by the news as Steamboat, London, Nemeth, Mysterio & Benjamin all start making their way down the ramp, with Ventura looking pleased, getting back on the microphone-

    Jesse Ventura: And hey, Bradshaw – how about you get acquainted with MY Survivor Series team right now!!

    Team Ventura hit the ring, and the brawl is on!!! Ranjin Singh quickly escapes the ring to avoid the fight, whilst Haas and Dinsmore substitute for the missing Cena and Michaels, with a five on five fight breaking out in the ring!!! Nemeth comes at Vladimir, London renews hostilities with Albright, whilst Rey and Shelton come for revenge on Haas and Dinsmore!!!

    Meanwhile, Steamboat and JBL are directing traffic, not getting physically involved, as the faces dominate the heels, bar Nemeth with Vladimir, as the Russian soaks up the attack from Nemeth before flattening him, but Rey and Shelton soon dispose of Haas and Dinsmore, enabling them to help out Nemeth against the deadly Russian.

    The three men are able to get the better of Vladimir, and eventually throw him out of the ring, whilst London reels off a pair of dropsaults that send Albright sprawling to the floor too!! Meanwhile, as Ventura makes his way to ringside, JBL starts to back off, seeing the writing on the wall … before looking to take a cheap shot at Steamboat-


    Bradshaw immediately rolls out of the ring, stunned by the reflexes from Steamboat to fire off an arm drag right out of his 1989 play book!! JBL looks as if he’s seen a ghost as he looks back into the ring, with Steamboat calling him on, ready for more …

    But JBL thinks better of it, and starts to call off his troops, telling them to “save it for when it matters”. Ventura climbs into the ring now, joining his team – including the legendary Ricky Steamboat – as JBL and his men back up the ramp. With Ventura’s team standing tall in the ring.

    Bradshaw and his troops are all looking a little more concerned than before … though Coach points out on commentary that Shawn Michaels and John Cena are both missing, and they’ll make a huge difference come Survivor Series.

    In the ring, Team Ventura make a stand, raising one another’s arms, standing together, all set for the Survivor Series, as JBL points to the ring, shouting that Ventura is “finished”, but with less confidence than before.

    J.R signs off from this “historic night” on a big (in terms of Survivor Series, not necessarily memorable Raw moments, but I’ve got a PPV to build here!) moment … the Survivor Series main event is set, and it’ll include the return to the ring of Ricky Steamboat!!


    Official Card for The 22nd Annual WWE Survivor Series:
    November 16 2008 | Phillips Arena, Atlanta GA
    Theme Music; ‘Spolin For A Fight’ by AC/DC

    5 on 5 Survivor Series Elimination Match:
    World Heavyweight Champion Brent Albright, John Cena, Shawn Michaels, Vladimir & John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield
    Rey Mysterio, Shelton Benjamin, Paul London, Nick Nemeth & Raw General Manager Ricky Steamboat
    *If Team Layfield win; JBL becomes WWE Commissioner*
    *If Team Ventura win; Jesse Ventura remains WWE Commissioner*

    5 on 5 Survivor Series Elimination Match:
    WWE Champion Chris Jericho, Umaga, U.S Champion Mark Henry & 2 TBA w/Armando Estrada
    Kurt Angle, Randy Orton, Jack Swagger & 2 TBA w/Paul Heyman
    *If The Dangerous Alliance win, Kurt Angle will receive a WWE Championship Match at Armageddon*

    Womens Championship Match:
    Beth Phoenix vs. Natalya
    - With NO Rope Breaks Allowed -

    Triple H vs. Mister Kennedy

    Huge thank you to ranthellacious for the amazing work on the Survivor Series match graphics.

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    Ah when a three hour Raw was something special to get excited about. Nice glorified squash match here with Undertaker taking on Miz, Viscera, and Mideon. Undertaker comes out looking very strong in this match and if he gets announced as the last member of the Survivor Series team this would be a good show to do it on.

    JBL seems confident going into Survivor Series as he should be as he looks to be the favorite heading into the big match in a few weeks. Interesting to see that Ventura doesn't even know who he wants to fill the role, makes him come off as incompetent as he has come across since this storyline started.

    Well based off your news section this was a predictable finish for this tag team match so I guess we'll get Goldust and Regal vs. La Renaissance at Survivor Series. Nice to have Haas and Dinsmore continue their roles as hitmen for Team JBL here.

    Good promo from Nattie here. Given these stipulations with the emphasis on the rope breaks I can see Beth Phoenix possibly using that to her advantage for a cheap pinfall when that match takes place.

    Welp, another squash match for Big Zeke, but this time against another big man. Zeke would get a big spotlight if Ventura adds him to his team. Wow, guess it will be Big Zeke, interesting, unless he gets taken out like the people on SmackDown! have been. I don't think looks good good for Ventura's team though as I think they need another big name talent to have a chance to go over in the match.

    The Playa's Club segment was great. Coach got his good heel heat that he always gets, Ric Flair got to make a special appearance and put over the I Quit match, Kennedy got to come out and get his heat and one up Triple H. Very well done segment, this line made me laugh "You can sit out here on your rockin chair, talkin about your memories of the ‘I Quit’ match you had back in the day".

    Huge victory for Brent Albright here to cleanly defeat Dolph Ziggler here. Albright definitely needs more wins like this to show that he is at the top of the pecking order, even cheap wins as long as it is consistent enough would be very helpful for him. I wonder what JBL is up though...oh attacking Big Zeke apparently, haha, not surprising.

    I think this Drew MacIntyre vs. John Cena outing did an amazing job at showing the powerhouse that Cena is, but I think this also buried MacIntyre as it is the third time in a row that he got crushed. It feels like he should be kept off TV a months to a year after this for him to have credibility besides a jobber. Huge moment with Undertaker and Cena to close out this segment. So I'm guessing Undertaker is now on Team Ventura? Or is this one of the WrestleMania matches being built up? Or both?

    Welp, Regal and Goldust couldn't get their revenge, but hey they got something even better, Fifi!

    Nice Shawn Michaels promo here with him trying to direct this storyline back to his faith though still seems like pride to me. Paul London coming in here was great with his line about what asking Shawn what will be the consequences of his actions.

    Interesting that Steamboat won't take CM Punk on their team especially as it is made more clear that Undertaker is still signed to SmackDown!. Either we have a huge surprise coming tonight or Team Ventura is screwed.

    Awesome match to end this program between Shawn Michaels and CM Punk. This match had a lot heavy bumps and wild spots in it. My favorite section was during the falls count anywhere match when they fought on the stage. That's the part that there felt like there was the most potential for things to go unhinged here. Glad to see CM Punk getting the victory tonight to retain his Intercontinental Championship as HBK having it would be a step down for the title at this point I feel.

    Welp, unless Nick Nemeth and Paul London can pull off the upset of the century, looks like we'll be getting commissioner JBL. Nice closing off of the show with a babyface moment here, though they had the numbers advantage so it didn't really feel like a momentum shift for their team so it feels like this probably should of happened before Michaels vs. Punk, but who knows haha.

    This was a pretty good episode of Raw, though the ending feeling a bit flat through the pacing off a bit for a note to end it on. The main event and the Cena/Undertaker confrontation were the two big moments of the night. Looking forward to SmackDown! to see the developments over there continue more.

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    Wolf sorry I havent reviewed this but I love how you write for JBL. I can see why you you are the btbotm your writing puts you in the story I will try a more detail review later


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    As soon as the show started with Taker I knew right where this was going. It didn't make it any less fun to see The Miz just be a troll like usual. I loved the RAW throwback by using the Ministry to try and help Miz out, as well as the urn. This was all fun, and ultimately finished the way we all knew it would. But still, Miz comes out a more over heel for it.

    JBL promo just felt like a placeholder to get him on the screen, truthfully. Obviously there will be a fifth man :P

    Well written and executed tag title match. I love the La Renaissance name, first off,b and the image of that double team dance that would just fire this crowd up. Now's as good a time as ever to make the title change, as it keeps the new heel team strong and this was always just a thrown together team anyways.

    Standard hype job for the Women's title. Nattie ain't much on the charisma scale, and this was kept simple as such. Nattie actually sounds too confident, and I wouldn't be surprised if it means Beth does still find another way to win.

    Heh, so Big Zeke is still a thing.

    Wait... He's the fifth man?? That's so underwhelming hahahahaha. Who booked this crap!? Vince?? :P

    BTW, next time say the King's Court got sent to the guillotine. You're welcome :P

    You captured everything about Flair here. The cheap pops, the quick wit as he ran down Coach, and then that tremendous hype job to make the I Quit match seem like the be all end all match. That was an amazing hype job. One thing I will say, to be critical, because my goodness that promo was superb, you totally missed on the chance to go with the diamonds are forever and so is the Nature Boy line instead of fine wine :P

    Kennedy always had to get involved, although I'll definitely disagree with Naitch in saying that Kennedy is certainly nothing like Flair. I do love that this was a plan by the two to get to Kennedy, and I love it even more that Kennedy is able to react so quick that not only does he avoid a huge beat down, but still gets to one up HHH by giving Flair the Mic Check. Just fabulous, this whole segment.

    Perfectly good match here. I was genuinely afraid that you'd job Albright again to give Nemeth a moment, but this was perfect. He looks perfectly fine in defeat, and more importantly, another clean victory for your Champion.

    Thank fucking Darwin that was a swerve and you don't have that green fool in the Survivor Series match.

    I do appreciate that you keep having beanpole McIntyre get utterly annihilated by Cena without the miracle underdog win. Fuck yeah to Taker making the save. Have they fought at Mania yet? Cause it sounds like they just might now.

    Yesssss, feud over the dogs! Fifi turns face! Make it happen!

    I definitely liked this. I love HBK owning up to his actions just slightly, but still acting completely justified. The word play coming full circle with London was executed very well, as HBK does have to eventually pay the consequences for his actions as well. That will make a great feud eventually.

    I get that you have to act like it's not happening, but come on, Punk is the fifth man :P

    I thought you wrote a very good first fall. It was certainly restrained, but not so restrained that it was a crappy excuse for a fall like you see in a lot of WWE matches; you had a lot of good counters/blocks and the like in the build up to a fine finish.

    The Falls match was another one where I thought you stepped it up, but still saved your load for the big finish. Some good spots without going overload; the announcers table spot was well done, but the beauty of the psychology with Punk wins hands down. That was genius writing to have Punk go for the win on the stage, far from the ring, with a ladder already set up.

    I started to struggle towards the end here with the length, you know me and all however, still very compelling stuff. I was totally blown away by the ending. I was definitely expecting HBK to take it too far, cheat to win, do something to make it worthwhile and set up his win, and Punk then going and asking to be on the team, not making them ask him. However, I think the length you put in actually helped the finish because it sold how dead HBK's leg was. And man I love how Punk is such a dick even after a grueling war.

    I'll be honest, I'm disappointed in the final segment. I was really hoping for Punk or Taker. I get it, it makes sense having Steamboat step up as a leader with the team in a bind, it was booked well, it was written even better... But I just wanted more haha. Again though, that's a testament to your booking to set up all these other possibilities.

    Overall, let's just be honest: you do this better than anyone.

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    Love what you did with Miz’s entrance… that was just hilarious and an instant Heat getter from the crowd. Good little bit of Nostalgia with Viscera and Mideon coming back for tonight… I assume it’s a one night only deal, but still good nonetheless. This was a pretty great opening match here. Undertaker went over, but Miz still got a small moment. This was really well booked.

    Love the video package… totally something that would be done on these anniversary shows.

    I love the over-excited manner of JBL… he believes that he has the advantage and that he has everything going his way, so why wouldn’t he boast about it.

    Really great match between these four… I am totally ok with the booking here… Rey and Shelton don’t need the belts, but Dupree and Sandow do… you go them to win via a distraction, so that makes them not-true champs, but they can say that they are the champs… a good title change here…

    Small plug for the Woman’s title match… you were able to get me caught up on this feud with just one interview… it’s simple booking, but sometimes that the best booking…

    I really hope that you named this jobber “The Hammer” just so you could do the line about the hammer and the nail… Umm, I feel let down by the Big Zeke announcement… I know you have been pushing him with the Squash matches, but this is just way to big of a jump for me… I expect him to be replaced…

    I really have to admit… you doing the research on how to get cheap sports heat from this time frame is just a commitment that Idk if I can ever match… I really loved the promo job by Flair… hell of a hype job… I really don’t know how to feel about the end though… just seems to me that the plan was really contrived and just out there… I think that a beat down of Flair… some color from Flair… and Triple H not being able to do anything to help him… I think that would have been a better use of Flair after the promo…

    Good match here with Albright and Nemeth… Im glad you didn’t go with the typical booking of the World Champ loosing the non-title match

    YESSSS!!! Thank you for taking Zeke out of the match.. he got the rub from just being put in that category of being the 5th man, but he shouldn’t be in the match…

    The Referee Stoppage was well done and the HOLY SHIT moment between Undertaker and John Cena was just an amazing moment and the 800th RAW was the perfect place to do this angle…

    I see that you plan to have a little feud with Knuckledusters and Renassaince… That is a good first feud for the new champs… I absolutely loved Golddust having FiFi.. if you use Golddust having FiFi as a way for the title match to happen, you will be my hero..

    Having JR and Coach talk about the Undertaker/Cena angle was really good here.. it put over just how rare that sight was and the importance of that angle…

    You really have a good way of getting to a match and having a reason for it.. but also moving the story along with another or the next feud at the same time.. u did it with the title change earlier and u did it with this HBK promo here with him and London… good stuff

    Can I just like get you to write all my video packages… or like teach me how you do that… holy hell that was amazing… like DAMN

    Hell of a match with the 3 stages of hell… the ladder match was brilliant… some entertaining spots, but the attack on HBKs knee was brilliant… the match flowed so well and was just a breeze to get through…

    So, maybe I missed it… I don’t understand why.. if this is for the commissionership then why woudnt they be able to choose any wrestlers… like idk why it has to be RAW people… prob a stip that was put in place, but it makes Smackdown look like the B-Team in my opinion. However, I love Ricky Steamboat being in the match bc I feel he is going be the one that loses and it is going be very emotional…

    Overall, I think you did have some good RAW memories… that match was brilliant between HBK and Punk… and the Taker/Cena angle was legendary, knowing what we know now

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    WWE Superstars | November 5 2008

    EPISODE 78

    Todd Grisham and Matt Striker welcome us to the show tonight, as the ‘Superstar of Superstars’ BOB HOLLY is making his way to the ring. Clips air of a confrontation earlier in the day between Holly and KID KASH, with Holly trying to bully around the locker room, but Kash stood up to him, reminding Holly what happened the last time he picked on a smaller guy … leading to the two agreeing to this match tonight; one we’re told by our commentators that was rubber stamped by Raw GM Ricky Steamboat.

    The action is decent, with Holly being a solid, underrated worker, and Kash bumping around for him too, along with his own flashy offence. It’s a back and forth affair, with Kash scoring a number of near falls, including Holly needing a foot on the rope after the BANKROLL, but ultimately, the bully catches Kash with the ALABAMA SLAM … and there’s no way Kash is kicking out of that @ 09:15 to give the veteran a hard earned win.







    Next up, in an enhancement match, JACK SWAGGER continues to look like the real deal, making quick work of a jobber in just 01:30, much to the delight of Paul Heyman on the outside. Swagger uses the ANKLELOCK again, showing he’s learning quickly from Kurt Angle.


    In a womens division match, MARIA scores a rare win, defeating KATIE LEA, defeating her with a roll up @ 03:17, despite Katie controlling much of the match up. In the ring after the match, the British Brunette has a bit of a tantrum at her inability to beat Maria.







    Then, in the main event of the show, the SAN JUAN EXPRESS make it a bad couple of weeks for CRYME TYME by scoring an upset win @ 08:44, thanks to assistance from none other than VICKIE GUERRERO!! Having watched Epico and Primo over the last few weeks, Vickie watches the action from ringside this week, and makes her presence felt when tripping the leg of JTG, leading to the downfall of Cryme Tyme.

    Still, Primo and Epico still don’t know what to think of this help from Vickie … and nor does the team she actually manages!! Chavo Guerrero and Super Crazy watch all of this unfold on a monitor backstage, both confused as to why THEIR manager would be helping another team…

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