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    Smackdown Re: Being The Booker

    Note; Much like Raw a few weeks ago, there's a LOT of dialogue on this show, so it may appear longer than usual.

    Friday Night Smackdown | November 7 2008 | San Jose, CA

    Opening Video

    No Pyro-



    And the show kicks off with the return to action of the WWE Champion, CHRIS JERICHO!! Free of his protective boot, Jericho saunters down the ramp … with ARMANDO ESTRADA and UMAGA eventually following behind him.

    Michael Cole: You are looking at the WWE Champion, officially now, cleared for action, just nine days away from a high stakes traditional Survivor Series elimination match. Chris Jericho will lead a team – featuring the man backing him up; the hired help, Umaga – to take on Kurt Angle’s team. If Angle’s team are victorious, Jericho will defend the WWE Championship against the Olympian at Armageddon in December.

    Jerry Lawler: At long last, Chris Jericho is freed of that ugly boot that’s been tied to his leg like an anchor for months … but that’s enough about Edge!! It’s about time the WWE Champion was officially cleared to compete – don’t forget he won AND defended that title whilst he was injured, Michael!! What a champion he is!!

    Michael Cole: Well, he’ll say it himself, King – he used his brain. And he’s used it again in recent weeks. Many don’t like it – myself included – but it’s hard to deny Jericho, and that man Armando Estrada have capitalised on the confusion here on Smackdown since our General Manager Finlay was taken out of commission. They’ve manipulated the situation to avoid a WWE Title defence at the Survivor Series, and they’ll be looking to take Kurt Angle OUT of the picture in nine days.

    Jerry Lawler: And speaking of Finlay, we’re expecting John Laurinaitis to deliver his verdict TONIGHT!! The investigation has been on going for the last four weeks, and he’s been told to deliver an answer here tonight. We’ll finally find out who was behind that cowardly act, Michael!!

    Michael Cole: Plus King, we’ll look to find out who was behind another cowardly assault last week – this time on R-Truth – in eerily similar circumstances to the way in which Finlay was found last month.

    Jerry Lawler: I hope there isn’t a serial attacker on the loose, Michael!!

    Michael Cole: And, the FORMER WWE Champion, Edge finally goes one on one with Batista, here tonight!!

    Jerry Lawler: I can’t wait!! And don’t forget Michael – there’s a NEW Cruiserweight Champion!!

    Michael Cole: A shocking conclusion to Smackdown last week in London, that’s for sure. We’ll talk more about the controversial manner in which Christopher Daniels defeated Bryan Danielson to steal that title. We’ll hear from Christopher Daniels – but that’s not all, King – as if all that wasn’t enough, CHRISTIAN makes his return to Smackdown!! After last weeks blockbuster news of Christian being moved to Friday Nights, Captain Charisma IS here!! For the first time in over SIX years, Christian is officially a member of Smackdown, and he’ll speak; TONIGHT!!

    Match 1 | NON-TITLE MATCH:
    WWE Champ. Chris Jericho vs. Joey Ryan
    The California native jobber, Ryan, never stands a chance. He gets a go-behind on Jericho off the initial lock up, but as soon as Jericho elbows free, it’s all downhill for the jobber. Jericho beats Joey into the corner, then opens up with knife edge chops before sending the opponent off the ropes and putting him down with a running Bulldog. The WWE Champion poses for a few moments, taking his time – with AAE applauding like the slimy cheerleader he is – before attempting the LIONSAULT-


    BUT JERICHO LANDS ON HIS FEET!!! It’s a good sign for Jericho’s healed ankle to withstand that landing without buckling, and Jericho soon knocks Ryan back down with his STANDING ENZIGURI!!! He starts slapping Joey around the head, telling him to get up … and puts him right back down with the CODEBREAKER when he does!!! He could end it right here obviously … but Jericho wants to puts the exclamation point on it … and applies the WALLS OF JERICHO for the quick submission win.
    Winner: Chris Jericho @ 02:03

    Nothing more than a showcase for the WWE Champion to show he’s now injury free, but Michael Cole calls it suspect that Jericho got such a ‘soft’ opponent on his in-ring return, insinuating Jericho and Estrada have manipulated Johnny Ace to give Jericho an easy ride back into action.

    After getting his arm raised, Jericho shrugs the referee aside, and calls for Estrada to bring him a microphone, which the dutiful “advisor” does for his star client. Jericho breathes a little raggedly into the mic for a few seconds, waiting for the fans to be quiet before speaking up…

    Chris Jericho: Right now … I think this is the perfect time to present to you all … the finest Survivor Series team that’s ever been assembled.

    Estrada nods along gleefully, then offers a light applause.

    Chris Jericho: I, and Mister Estrada have left no stone unturned to put together a five man team that’s worthy of my leadership.

    Some light boos for Jericho putting himself over, but he ignores them.

    Chris Jericho: And I guarantee this team will not only defeat the misfit toys that Kurt Angle will be lining up alongside … but this team – MY team – will annihilate our opponents. This won’t be a contest at the Survivor Series. It’ll be a showcase. A showcase of your WWE Champion. A showcase of ALL the great champions on Smackdown. Ladies and Gentlemen … I present to you MY team … the Hall … of Champions…


    As already known, MARK HENRY is on board with Jericho, as the price appeared to be right for Theodore Long to offer the United States Champions services; especially with the opportunity to lord it over Armando Estrada.

    Henry approaches the ring, and as he climbs inside there’s clear tension between he and Umaga, with the Bulldozer glaring at his former foe, leading to Estrada telling the Samoan to step back. All smiles, Theodore Long shakes hands with Jericho – much to the chagrin of Estrada.


    And Melina leads out the WWE Tag Team Champions; THE FIGHT FACTORY!!! Elijah Burke and Wade Barrett have joined Chris Jerichos team!! Momentarily, we switch backstage to see Paul Heyman watching on with Kurt Angle and Jack Swagger, FURIOUS at this development, having wanted the champions on THEIR team.

    Michael Cole: Well there ya have it, King!!! We saw last week, Paul Heyman and Armando Estrada both vying for the services of Melina’s men, the WWE Tag Team Champions, The Fight Factory!! And the decision has been made!! What a get for Chris Jericho!!

    Jerry Lawler: And this has got to be a huge body blow to Kurt Angle and Paul Heyman!! They wanted the tag team champions to round out their team, and now, they’ll be facing off AGAINST them!! Chris Jericho has won the bidding war for the services of the Fight Factory!!!

    Satisfied with the collection of champions in his midst, Jericho takes another long look at his team, before turning to face the hard camera and continue his promo.

    Chris Jericho: Take a good look. Take a look at the finest team ever assembled in Survivor Series history. A team I brought together … because I used my brain. Why wouldn’t I want the Worlds Strongest Man on my side?? Why wouldn’t I want the best tag team on the planet for an elimination TAG match??

    Melina makes a point to the title belts being worn by her men.

    Chris Jericho: I look at this team … not only do I guarantee victory at the Survivor Series … I might just go one better and guarantee a clean sweep of Kurt Angles team.

    Jericho takes a longer look at Umaga at the end of the line.

    Chris Jericho: I might.

    He then walks down the line behind him as he talks about each of the men on the team.

    Chris Jericho: Right now … I know what you’re all thinking. One of these men isn’t like the others. We have the United States Champion … we have the WWE Tag Team Champions … and of course … the WWE Champion-

    Most important of all!!” ~Lawler sucks up on commentary.

    Chris Jericho: And then we have …

    Jericho looks Umaga up and down.

    Chris Jericho: But despite the lack of gold adorned on the Samoan Bulldozer … Mister Estrada assures me that Umaga won’t let us down at the Survivor Series.

    The champion doesn’t look so convinced, but turns his attention back to the camera.

    Chris Jericho: However- tonight?? I want this savage to prove his worth. To me, and to the rest of this team. I want Umaga to assure us all that he won’t screw this up for me at the Survivor Series.

    You’ve got to pull your weight too, CHAMP!” ~Gentle reminder from Cole.

    Chris Jericho: That’s why I’ve spoken with John Laurinaitis earlier tonight and arranged for Umaga to be in action tonight. Kurt Angle?? You can choose any of your rejects to face the Samoan Bulldozer … but I’m personally challenging YOU to meet this man in the middle of this ring; tonight.

    Pop from the fans.

    Chris Jericho: Because not only do I want Umaga to prove himself worthy of a spot in this Hall of Champions … but I want you to prove yourself worthy of challenging me for my WWE Championship.


    Cutting immediately backstage, we see PAUL HEYMAN, KURT ANGLE, JACK SWAGGER and now joining them; RANDY ORTON. The three confirmed members of Angle’s Survivor Series team are watching all of this develop (Jericho is still talking in the ring), with Heyman especially angered, at a loss for words, before Orton speaks up.

    Randy Orton: What the hell’s goin on here?? I thought you said you had Burke and Barrett in the bag, Paul!?

    Paul Heyman: {Exasperated} Yeah … that’s what I thought. That little bitch just double crossed me!!

    Heyman points aggressively at the monitor, as Melina stands in the ring.

    Randy Orton: Well … don't you have a back up plan, at least??

    Paul Heyman: I didn’t think I needed one. She gave me her word she’d be on board for US!!

    Kurt Angle: Looks like we just got played then, doesn’t it??

    Paul Heyman: Yeah … and now Jericho’s trying to play us again. This Umaga thing?? Sounds like, smells like and looks like a trap!!

    Orton shakes his head and gently pats the chest of Angle.

    Randy Orton: Don’t worry about it. Kurt, you relax, I’ll deal with Umaga tonight.

    Paul Heyman: That’s a good idea. I like that, Randy, I like that a l-

    Kurt Angle: The hell you will!! Jericho made the challenge to me. I’m the captain of this team, remember. And I’m not standing by and allowing anyone else fight my battles on my behalf.

    Concerned, Heyman tries to reason with Kurt.

    Paul Heyman: But Kurt- this is all wrong. You have to prepare for an opponent like Umaga. It’s crazy to accept a match with him on such short notice-

    Kurt Angle: But it’s okay for him??

    Without even looking at him, Angle points at Orton. Heyman is stumped for answer, trying to find the words, but comes up empty, which prompts Angle to take charge.

    Kurt Angle: I got this, Paul. I’m Kurt freakin Angle. Remember??

    Paul Heyman: {Softly} Yea- yeah.

    Angle nods, then turns to Orton.

    Kurt Angle: And you’d better remember that too.

    Angle and Orton have an uneasy staredown for a few moments, before Angle walks off, leaving the team … with Heyman looking flustered at EVERY development thus far tonight – back to square one in completing the team, AND now dealing with Angle having to face Umaga – TONIGHT.

    Commercial Break

    Highlights air of last weeks CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP match, and the angle that set the whole thing up with Christopher Daniels assaulting the three men that had been battling it out for a future title shot. It led to Bryan Danielson agreeing to defend the title that very night against Daniels.

    And the match itself had it’s fair share of controversy. With a referee bump and a visual win for Danielson, a mysterious hooded figure; dressed similarly to Daniels ring walk attire, hit the ring, laying out Bryan Danielson to allow Daniels to finish Bryan off and become the NEW Cruiserweight Champion…

    Back at commentary, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler discuss those controversial circumstances, debating who could’ve been the mysterious figure that assisted Christopher Daniels (Lawler is quick to say there’s no proof that Daniels was in cahoots with the mystery man, whilst Cole says it’s pretty self explanatory there WAS collusion.

    They then say we’ll get to the bottom of it later tonight when Christopher Daniels is interviewed, before confirming the REMATCH at the Survivor Series, with Bryan Danielson being granted an immediate return match for the title after the controversial circumstances in which he lost the title last week…



    Heading out for action, both Matt and Jeff; THE HARDY BOYS hit the stage, and they’re followed by none other than the ever exciting EVAN BOURNE!! Cole reminds the fans that Bourne and Jeff Hardy had a short run as a team last year which ended amicably, but they’re back together tonight for some six man tag action!! As the trio makes their way to the ring, Michael Cole throws to an incident that occurred backstage earlier in the day…

    In the cafeteria, EVAN BOURNE makes an effort to speak with M.V.P…

    Evan Bourne: Hey man…

    Turning from the buffet, M.V.P sees it’s Bourne.

    M.V.P: Yo, what’s good, Evan?

    Evan Bourne: Just wanted to come see how you’re doing. Hardly see you around now because of the DiBiase’s.

    M.V.P shows Bourne the two trays he’s filling with food.

    M.V.P: Who d’ya think this is for??

    Bourne sighs and shakes his head.

    Evan Bourne: This whole thing sucks.

    Porter scoffs.

    Tell me ‘bout it.

    Evan Bourne: Look … giving you a heads up; Jeff asked me to team up with him and Matt tonight for this six man. No hard feelings, okay?? I got nothing against you – I don’t think the Hardys do either, really. They know the spot you’re in, but … well, y’know…

    M.V.P: Hey- do what you gotta do, man. S’all good with me.


    Both Evan and Montel turn around, as an angry TED DIBIASE Jr. approaches.

    Ted DiBiase Jr: What are you doing talkin to the enemy?? Actually … what are you doing talking to anyone without our permission??

    Bourne shakes his head at the treatment of M.V.P, whilst M.V.P can say nothing.

    Ted DiBiase Jr: Get back to the table – (Ted Junior lifts a bowl of soup from the tray) – my Pop’s is hungry and he doesn’t pay you to make him wait.

    M.V.P takes a deep breath, hating the situation, but does as he’s told and doesn’t even say bye to Bourne. Ted then turns to the Cruiserweight.

    Ted DiBiase Jr: As for you?? You wanna talk to our property?? Schedule an appointment. Understand??

    Evan Bourne: This whole thing is a joke. You can’t treat someone like this-

    DiBiase pours the soup down at the feet and jeans of Evan Bourne. Bourne then naturally reacts, and launches himself at Ted Junior, but a flurry of jobbers quickly intervene to break the two up.

    Back into arena, The Hardys and Evan are waiting in the ring, with Bourne shaking his head, having just watched the footage back…


    The Million Dollar Man leads the way as his son and Jamie Noble; FILTHY RICH make their way to the ring, followed by the fed up looking M.V.P to round out the trio. Michael Cole notes there’s quite a bit of history now between the Hardys and Filthy Rich in recent weeks, with Evan Bourne now added to the mix, with the six man tag NEXT.

    Commercial Break

    Match 2 | SIX MAN TAG MATCH:
    The Hardy Boys & Evan Bourne vs. Filthy Rich & M.V.P w/The Million Dollar Man
    Fast and frenetic action from the Hardys & Bourne in the early going nearly gets them the duke very quickly, but when Jeff heads up top for the Swanton Bomb – M.V.P (under orders from Ted Senior) shoves him off the top!!! Jeff has a nasty fall to the floor, and Porter looks quite remorseful for having done it, but Matt Hardy doesn’t care about that, and comes looking for vengeance for his brother.

    That, however, sees Noble and Ted Junior able to attack Matt from behind – with Matt taking his eyes off the ball when going for M.V.P – and we settle into a routine tag formula from there. Noble and DiBiase show some decent team work, and Lawler notes how the pair are coming along as a duo, whilst they also order M.V.P to cut off Evan Bourne as they double team Matt with Ted Senior distracting the ref and Jeff Hardy still down on the floor.

    Eventually, Matt takes advantage of some uncertainty from M.V.P, with Porter arguing with his partners when they try to tell him what to do, and he puts his opponent down with a SIDE EFFECT … before making a much needed tag to Evan Bourne!!! Bourne hits the ring with lots of enthusiasm and speed, as his stylish array of moves bring the fans alive. Noble breaks up a pin attempt on M.V.P, and Jeff Hardy returns to the fray, as the match breaks down and all six men are involved in the action.

    The Hardys team up to hit their POETRY IN MOTION on Ted Junior, whilst Bourne delivers a SHOOTING STAR TO THE FLOOR from the top rope onto Noble!!! In the ring, Matt Hardy lines up a TWIST OF FATE on DiBiase … but M.V.P trips him and drags him to the floor, sending Matt into the post!!! Jeff reacts, and slingshots himself over the ropes onto M.V.P, taking him out!!! Getting back into the ring, Jeff and Bourne have DiBiase and Noble in trouble … leading to AIR BOURNE on DiBiase!!! 1...2...M.V.P PUTS TED’S FOOT ON THE ROPE!!!

    Looking uneasy with himself, M.V.P does his job to keep his team alive, and as Bourne becomes distracted by the move from Porter, he leaves himself open to an attack from behind by Noble!!! Bourne fights Noble off, as M.V.P then gets back into the ring, cutting off Jeff from getting at Noble, with M.V.P ultimately putting Jeff down with the PLAY OF THE DAY … leaving M.V.P and Bourne in the ring. Evan questions the actions of M.V.P … whilst DiBiase recovers to sneak up and hit DREAM STREET on Bourne!!!! Noble holds Matt down outside, as the count is made, 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winners: Filthy Rich & M.V.P @ 07:24

    Even in victory, M.V.P looks unhappy with his role in the group, with his actions proving crucial in the end. Noble and DiBiase get their hands raised, with M.V.P not invited to – nor wanting any part in – the celebrations. Matt Hardy returns to the ring though, looking for some retribution … and Filthy Rich spot him coming, so they THROW M.V.P TO THE WOLVES TO SAVE THEMSELVES!!!


    In the meantime, The DiBiase’s and Noble flee from the ring, leaving M.V.P behind as Matt Hardy stews in the ring, motioning for them to come back, before giving up on that and instead decides to check on his fallen team mates. M.V.P is left laying in the ring – Filthy Rich not caring a jot about his well being…

    Commercial Break

    Returning to the show, backstage, JOSH MATHEWS is standing by…

    Josh Mathews: Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome my guest at this time; Edge…

    EDGE walks into the picture, arms crossed, not really looking in the mood for this.

    Josh Mathews: Edge, tonight, you face Batista, one on one in a match that has been brewing now for weeks ever since he cost you the WWE Championship. Given the fact he did that, how do you intend to keep your cool when you and Batista lock horns later??

    Edge: Who says I intend on keeping my cool??

    Mathews shrinks under the glare of Edge.

    Edge: Do I- do I look like I care about adhering to rules tonight?? It’s not like there’s a title shot hanging in the balance here, Josh. Chris Jericho’s stupid restraining order B.S has me outta the loop on that one until he loses the title.

    Edge has a manic look on his face before running his fingers through his hair.

    Edge: So winning tonight doesn’t really make a blind bit of difference, does it?? No, no- instead, I’ve got the chance to exact a little revenge. Big Bad Batista has had his fun in attacking me from behind. Let’s see how he fares face to face.

    At last, Edge affords himself a smirk … but it’s not a friendly one.

    Edge: I’ve had to wait long enough to get my hands on Batista … but tonight?? I’m gonna neuter the animal.

    And with that, Edge shows a steely determination, before walking off the set…


    In the locker room, MATT HARDY enters and instantly takes his frustrations out by punching a locker door!!! JEFF HARDY soon follows behind, with Matt pacing around, furious.

    Matt Hardy: Jeff, I’m SICK of this, man!! I’m sick of dealin with these idiots!! I’M above the likes of DiBiase.

    Jeff Hardy: Then we gotta put this issue to bed. Once and for all. You saw it out there, Matt, whether he wants to or not, M.V.P is stuck in their pocket. We can’t keep expectin him to do the right thing.

    Pacing, Matt nods.

    Matt Hardy: Yeah. You’re right. We gotta be more ruthless around here.

    Jeff Hardy: Well, here’s my idea, bro; once you get cleared of this Finlay thing tonight, I’m getting us another match with Noble and DiBiase. You wont have that hanging over your head, and we can put all our efforts into putting those two back in their place. We’re puttin a line under this thing; Team Extreme style.

    Matt has drifted off – ever since Jeff mentioned the “Finlay thing”.

    Jeff Hardy: Matt?? MATT!? Hellooo, earth to Matt??

    Jeff clicks his fingers at Matt, who snaps into life.

    Matt Hardy: Yeah. Yeah man, yeah. Sure. You got it. Once I get the all clear from that whole Finlay situation … you got it.

    Matt still seems pre-occupied, deep in thought about something…

    Commercial Break

    Match 3:
    Jimmy Yang vs. Jerry Lynn
    Just a filler match full of quality work. There’s no ongoing story between the pair – though it’s noted that Lynn inflicted Yangs first defeat to earn a title shot two months ago – and it’s billed on commentary as a match that could determine the next challenger following the Survivor Series. Yang grounds Lynn for a period, and much of the match isn’t background noise for the conversation between Cole and Lawler as they discuss the sequence of events last week that led to Christopher Daniels becoming Cruiserweight champion.

    Lynn eventually makes a comeback, running through his sequence of signature moves, as Cole and Lawler once again focus on the action IN the ring. Lynn scores a few near falls with a series of roll ups and cradles, but Yang is able to slip out each time … leading to Lynn setting up for the TORNADO DDT … but Yang tosses him aside to prevent it!! Lynn bounces up, but gets dropped onto the ropes … and walks on to the YAKUZA KICK!!! Yang covers, 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winner: Jimmy Yang @ 04:13

    It’s a hard earned win for Jimmy Yang over the veteran, Jerry Lynn, strengthening his claims for another shot at the Cruiserweight title against the winner of Daniels/Danielson at the Survivor Series…

    And indeed, shown watching the action backstage is CHRISTOPHER DANIELS – with his newly won title over his shoulder – watching on keenly, scouting potential future opponents, should he get past Danielson at the Survivor Series. Cole hypes that we’ll hear from the NEW Cruiserweight Champion – NEXT!!!

    Commercial Break

    And, as promised, on the other side of the break, KRISTAL MARSHALL is standing by with the NEW Cruiserweight Champion; a smiling CHRISTOPHER DANIELS…

    Kristal Marshall: Christopher Daniels … last week, you defeated Bryan Danielson to become the new Cruiserweight Champion, but not without controversy. Toward the-

    Christopher Daniels: Hey now, wait just a second. I think before you jump into accusations, I think the least I deserve here … is a little bit of congratulations. That’d be common courtesy, Kristal.

    She stammers for a second, not expecting that, but does as she’s asked.

    Kristal Marshall: Uhh, Christopher Daniels, congratulations on becoming Cruiserweight Champion last week on Smackdown.

    Christopher Daniels: Thank you. And it feels great, Kristal. To prove to the world that everything I said would happen did happen takes a weight off my shoulders. I said all along that all I needed was a shot – just ONE – and I’d snatch this title from the grasp of Bryan Danielson … and last week, the prophecy came to be.

    Kristal Marshall: Well … with all due respect, that wasn’t the question I was about to ask. You did indeed win the title last week … but there was interference that ultimately proved to be crucial in you becoming champion.

    Daniels smirks and shakes his head.

    Christopher Daniels: And that’s something I know – and knew – nothing about, Kristal. And I don't want that minor incident to cloud the real story. That-

    Kristal Marshall: Well, again … I don’t think we could categorize that interference as ‘minor’. It really turned the entire match on it’s head.

    Christopher Daniels: Is this my interview, or yours sweetheart??

    Kristal says nothing, shut down by the new Cruiserweight champ.

    Christopher Daniels: Remember who the star is, okay?? Now … let me clarify … that interference last week?? That was unfortunate. And I don’t want that to become the narrative here either. The real story, Kristal, is that I, Christopher Daniels … won the Cruiserweight Championship on less than two hours notice. I didn’t need two or three attempts either. Just as I said I would; I won this title on the first take.

    The Fallen Angel starts to shake his head in annoyance.

    Christopher Daniels: And you want to drive home this nonsense about some intruder?? Don’t look at me. Don’t let the lax security over in merry ‘ol England detract from MY accomplishment, okay?? Not my fault those guys couldn’t keep a fan outta the ring.

    Kristal rolls her eyes, not buying the excuses from Daniels.

    Christopher Daniels: Now I’m sure Bryan Danielson will be using that excuse. I’m sure he’s been crying to John Laurinaitis and any other executive that’ll listen to him, and that’s why he’s getting an immediate rematch at the Survivor Series. No problem. I’ll gladly defend MY title against Bryan Danielson … even though he tried to lock me out of the division for months. He ducked me and avoided me like a plague!!

    Daniels settles down, and smiles.

    Christopher Daniels: But I’m in the drivers seat now. And so long as the fat, useless security guards at the Survivor Series can keep my fans outta the ring … there wont be any controversy when I RETAIN … MY Cruiserweight title. And no more excuses for Bryan Danielson. And that’ll be gospel.

    We fade out on the smiling, cocky face of the NEW champion.


    Back into the arena…


    Armando Estrada leads out UMAGA for the hastily arranged bout with Kurt Angle tonight – a ‘first ever’ as noted by Michael Cole on commentary – and the handler gives the Samoan Bulldozer plenty of instructions on their way to the ring.


    Joined by Paul Heyman, KURT ANGLE makes his way to the ring, with Cole suggesting that Angle has been baited into accepting this match tonight by Chris Jericho, as a plot by the WWE Champion to weaken the man targeting the title through the upcoming elimination match at the Survivor Series.

    And Lawler notes the night could be about to go from bad to worse for Angle; they missed out on the tag team champions already for the team, and now Angle is about to get mauled by the Samoan Bulldozer … “they may need to find THREE guys, Michael!!

    Match 4:
    Umaga w/Armando Estrada vs. Kurt Angle w/Paul Heyman
    It’s by far the biggest test for Angle since linking up with Paul Heyman … but we end up learning very little about Angle’s standing, as it becomes obvious within seconds that the whole thing is a ruse. With Angle circling the ring, we see CHRIS JERICHO make his way out from the back with MARK HENRY and Theodore Long … whilst the FIGHT FACTORY appear at ringside with Melina!!!

    Instantly, Heyman sees what’s happening, and begins to shout to Angle to get out of the ring … but that call from Heyman only serves to distract Kurt, allowing Umaga to waffle him from behind!!! The Bulldozer goes to work on Angle, as Jericho saunters down the ramp, with a shit eating grin on his face as he passes by the irate Paul Heyman, who himself is signalling to the back, bringing out JACK SWAGGER

    And eventually RANDY ORTON too!! The fans don’t really know how to react to all of this as it’s almost exclusively heels on heels, with only Angle somewhere in between … as Mark Henry stands in the way of Swagger and Orton with Jericho, preventing them from making a save for Angle. In the ring, Kurt starts to fire up on Umaga … which sees the tag champions called into action!! Barrett and Burke hit the ring, attacking Angle, ending the match!!!
    Winner: Via DQ – Kurt Angle @ 02:00

    The tag champions help out Umaga, putting the boots to Angle, with Swagger and Orton being prevented from saving Kurt due to the presence of Henry and a gloating Jericho. It’s 5 on 3, and Michael Cole calls out the two man difference as a huge obstacle for Angle to overcome – and Jericho set this whole thing up knowing just that!!

    Melina looks delighted, with a devilish grin on her face as she brushes by a flummoxed Paul Heyman on the floor, certainly sure she made the right decision in joining Jericho’s ranks, with Angle being pummelled in the ring by the tag champions whilst AAE barks more orders at Umaga. On the ramp, Swagger and Orton continue to bicker with Jericho whilst Henry stands there menacingly, preventing either man from making a save-

    WHEN THE CARIBBEAN CONNECTION HIT THE RING FROM THE CROWD!!!!! Carlito and Kofi Kingston come after the tag team champions, taking Barrett and Burke by surprise, knocking them off their feet with a pair of dropkicks!!! Umaga launches himself at them, but Carlito and Kofi both duck, and both fire off a stereo dropkick at the Samoan Bulldozer that teeter Umaga … allowing Angle to fire off an ANGLE SLAM!!!!!

    On the ramp, Jericho is stunned by what he’s just seen with his plan falling apart, thwarted by the Caribbean Connection, and in amongst the distraction of what’s happening in the ring, Swagger and Orton get by the WWE Champion and Henry and rush to the ring to join Angle, Carlito and Kofi, as they send Umaga and the Fight Factory out of the ring!!!

    Theodore Long holds Mark Henry back on the floor, telling the U.S Champion “not tonight, playa. Let this one go.” as Jericho looks to Estrada, before looking back into the ring, seeing a full compliment now for Kurt Angles team … and much like Theodore Long before him, Jericho thinks it over before electing to back away and fight another day.

    In the ring, Angle is shown talking with Carlito and Kofi – most probably asking if they’re on board – with the Caribbean Connection seemingly making it clear they are, pointing out of the ring at the Fight Factory; as Cole reminds us that the tag champions screwed Carlito and Kofi out of a title shot a few weeks ago – and clearly the Caribbean Connection haven’t forgotten.

    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.






    Backstage, we join mid-conversation as CARLITO and KOFI KINGSTON meet with KURT ANGLE, JACK SWAGGER and RANDY ORTON.

    Kurt Angle: All I can say is; I was glad to see you guys out there. As far as I’m concerned?? Welcome to the team.

    Angle shakes hands with Carlito, and Kofi, but whilst he shakes with Kofi, Carlito pipes up.

    Carlito: No problem. But jus’ so Carlito is clear?? We’re doin this for us. We wanna get our hands on Burke and Barrett.

    Kofi quickly inserts himself into the conversation to clarify.

    Kofi Kingston: No disrespect.

    Angle shrugs.

    Kurt Angle: Honestly?? I don’t care what your reasons are – I don’t think we could’ve picked two better guys to round out the team.

    Smirking, Orton can’t help but mutter smugly under his breath to Swagger;

    Randy Orton: Well … apart from the uh, tag team champions, right??

    Even under his breath, it was clearly loud enough for Carlito and Kofi to hear, and Carlito calls him up on it.

    Carlito: Hey, wanna know something? We’d have jumped at the chance to be on this team … but you bein on it?? Kinda made this thing a tough choice.

    Kofi Kingston: Yeah, man … the things you’ve done to John Morrison?? Joey Matthews?? Not cool.

    Orton doesn’t respond, but shows no remorse for his actions.

    Carlito: So how about you keep your mouth shut, Randy? Unless you wanna go on out and find two more guys to join this team.

    Making it clear there’s no love lost, Carlito walks up to Orton, and prods him in the chest with his finger.

    Carlito: Cause there ain’t gonna be many wanting to stand alongside you.

    Orton slaps the finger away, but before anything can come of it, PAUL HEYMAN enters and gets the attention of everyone upon arrival.

    Paul Heyman: Well, I think standing alongside Randy Orton is a pill the two of you might just find a little easier to swallow when you hear what I’ve got to say.

    Kofi Kingston: You don’t need to sell us, Paul. We’ve already told Kurt; we’re in.

    Paul Heyman: Yeah … and I just got done speaking with John Laurinaitis. And we had quite a fascinating conversation. See … I put it to him that this Survivor Series Elimination Match maybe is in need of some extra … sizzle. When I saw the Fight Factory take up Jericho’s offer – their loss, by the way – and Jericho coining his team the Hall of Champions … a lightbulb went off in my head.

    Gesturing with his hands, Heyman continues, setting the scene of the two teams.

    Paul Heyman: On one side, you’ve got a team almost exclusively made up of champions … yet only one of them has anything on the line. Doesn’t feel right to me. So … I suggested we raise the stakes a little. And now, should this team win at the Survivor Series … Kurt Angle gets his WWE Title shot at Armageddon.

    He wags his finger to indicate he isn’t finished, then points at Swagger.

    Paul Heyman: AND … Jack Swagger gets a shot at Mark Henry and the United States Championship. And …

    Heyman smiles at Carlito and Kofi.

    Paul Heyman: The two of you will get the championship opportunity you desperately want against the Fight Factory too.

    Carlito and Kofi look to one another, both nodding at that.

    Paul Heyman: Now?? Now we all have a reason to ensure victory at the Survivor Series.

    As this is said, Angles attention turns to watching Orton – the only man who doesn’t get a direct title shot out of the match if they win. He’s clearly still wary of Orton and his motives for being on the team.

    Paul Heyman: Now, we’re not just fighting for one man at the Survivor Series. Now, we’re not just a group of five men. We … are what I would call … a Dangerous … Alliance.


    Elsewhere, FILTHY RICH – including the Million Dollar Man and M.V.P – are leaving the arena, with everyone smiling except of course for the odd one out in the group; Porter. However, as they approach their expensive limo-

    Whoa!! Wait a minute, gentlemen.”

    It’s Johnny Ace!! Laurinaitis awkwardly jogs toward the group, with Ted Senior still all smiles, and greets the acting GM.

    The Million Dollar Man: Mister Laurinaitis!! There’s really no need, son. You didn’t have to wave us off for the evening.

    John Laurinaitis: That’s not what I’m here for, unfortunately, Mister DiBiase.

    The Million Dollar Man: Oh really??

    John Laurinaitis: Yeah … I’m gonna have to ask you, your son, Jamie and M.V.P to all make your way back into the building.

    DiBiase looks puzzled.

    The Million Dollar Man: Why??

    John Laurinaitis: Because I’m finishing this Finlay investigation tonight, and you’re all suspects.

    The Million Dollar Man: US!?

    Ted Senior chuckles.

    The Million Dollar Man: You can’t be serious, surely, my boy?? We had nothing to do with that incident.

    John Laurinaitis: Well, after what happened to R-Truth last week – moments before he was set to face your son – I’m afraid none of you can be cleared.

    Ted Junior scoffs at the suggestion.

    Ted DiBiase Jr: This is insane. We’d never-

    John Laurinaitis: Please- Truth was found in identical fashion to Finlay.

    Ted DiBiase Jr: We’re being set up here!!

    Ted Junior has his hands on his hips, shaking his head in fury.

    The Million Dollar Man: And if anyone out of this group would be capable of such an atrocious act-

    Ted Senior points to M.V.P.

    The Million Dollar Man: It’s him!!

    M.V.P: The hell you talkin about!!? I ain’t been able to get away from you idiots for long enough to do somethin like that.

    Jamie Noble: Oh, come on, boy, once a convict, always-

    M.V.P grips Noble, but the DiBiase’s pull them apart, with Senior shouting repeatedly; “Settle down!!” Laurinaitis shakes his head, and points at the bickering group.

    John Laurinaitis: I’ll see you all in the ring later. Understood??

    Johnny Ace briskly walks off, as the four man group look at each other, all angry at what’s just gone down.


    Meanwhile, in another area backstage, MELINA and THEODORE LONG are in the middle of letting rip at ARMANDO ESTRADA!!

    Melina: And now we MIGHT end up having to defend our titles if we don’t win!? Is that what you’re telling us?? I didn’t agree to this-

    Theodore Long: And neither did I, playa!! You’ve screwed up – AGAIN!! I shoulda known to never make a deal wit you!!

    Looking increasingly at the point of despair, Estrada puts his hands up.

    Armando Estrada: I’ve already got a lot to deal with tonight with this investigation nonsense about Finlay, jes?? I don’t need this crap!! I’m jus passing de message from Johnny Ace!! I don’t like it either!!

    Melina huffs.

    Melina: You know what, I think I can fix this, Teddy. Let me go speak with John Laurinaitis. I think I can get him to see this from my perspective.

    Theodore Long: I like the sound of that, baby girl. Go do ya thing.

    Long nods, pointing to the door, as Melina applies some lip balm before addressing AAE.

    Melina: So Armando?? I think you better start looking for some replacements. Because the tag team champions?? They’re out.

    Armando Estrada: This wasn’t my doing. It was Heyman-

    Theodore Long: And y’can times that by two, playa!! Mark Henry ain’t gettin involved in this mess. Shoulda never agreed to this in the first place, dawg. C’mon Melina-

    Long and Melina both turn to leave, but CHRIS JERICHO is standing in front of them at the doorway.

    Chris Jericho: It’s a little too late for that.

    Theodore Long: The hell it is, playa!! We didn’t agree to nothin about putting title shots up for grabs!!

    Chris Jericho: No, you didn’t … but I did.

    Long looks even angrier now.

    Theodore Long: Now wait just a minnit, playa. You signed off on this!?

    Jericho solemnly nods.

    Chris Jericho: As a matter of fact … despite what Paul Heyman would have people believe, it was my idea.

    Melina: Excuse me??

    Chris Jericho: I had to make a move that guaranteed full commitment from everyone on this team. And when it’s only my future that hangs in the balance, I fail to see what would motivate your clients from giving their all to the cause. So I used my brain and arranged a situation where victory at the Survivor Series is something we all don’t just want … but need.

    Long is furious at being duped.

    Theodore Long: Well, ya can forget it, playa!! Mark Henry is out!!

    Despite the tension and anger from Long and Melina, Jericho is as cool as a cucumber.

    Chris Jericho: Wrong again. You see, you don’t have a choice any more, Teddy. Neither do you, Melina. Your clients are tied and duty bound to compete on my team at the Survivor Series.

    Melina and Long look to one another, both as furious as the other at this situation.

    Chris Jericho: And if you want to avoid defending your titles against our opponents … then it’s simple … make sure we win at the Survivor Series.

    The two managers are both left stuck on the team, with no way out now. Melina is clearly livid, and lets Jericho know as she storms out.

    Melina: You’re a piece of work, Jericho.

    Chris Jericho: {Smirking} Thank you.

    Long steps toward Jericho, shaking his head. Also livid.

    Theodore Long: I don’t like this, playa. I don’t like bein played, I don’t like bein lied to … and trust me on this, Mark Henry?? He don’t like it neither … and he don’t forget. Believe dat.

    Angry, Theodore Long steps out of the room, shaking his head, as Jericho continues to smirk, before looking to Estrada – who clearly wasn’t aware of the plan given how rattled he was – but looks a lot more relaxed now knowing it WAS Jericho’s idea all along…


    Back into the arena…

    !! EXPLOSION !!


    And here comes KANE!! Making his first appearance since coming up short against Mark Henry a few weeks ago, the Big Red Machine walks through the hell, fire and brimstone, as Michael Cole informs us that the legendary figure will be in action; NEXT!!

    Commercial Break

    Match 5:
    Kane vs. Ricky Ortiz
    Ortiz is just a warm body, as he has been since showing up a few months ago. He tries to offer a rally towel to Kane at the beginning of the match and gets an uppercut for his troubles. It doesn’t get much better than that either, for Ortiz, with Kane using him as target practice.

    During the one sided beatdown, Cole and Lawler take the opportunity to discuss the impact Kanes brother, The Undertaker, had on Raw 800 this past Monday as a one night attraction from Smackdown; defeating Miz and having a major face off with John Cena to prevent Cena from seriously injuring Drew McIntyre.

    Briefly, Ortiz has some joy after getting a boot up in the corner … but his flurry of offence has little effect on Kane, as the Big Red Machine soon takes over again with a big boot to an incoming Ortiz. The flying clothesline follows … and Ortiz is unable to prevent a CHOKESLAM that gives Kane the 1...2...3!!!
    Winner: Kane @ 02:23

    Nothing more than a routine win for Kane, and an excuse for Cole and Lawler to discuss the Cena/Taker face off on Raw this past Monday. Kane stands tall in the ring, with our commentators wondering what could be next for the Big Red Machine here on Smackdown…


    Cutting backstage – CHRISTIAN has arrived!! Captain Charisma is on Smackdown for the first time (officially) in six years, and the former 3x World Champion is greeted by production crew members and other nobodies, with Cole hyping that we’ll hear from Smackdown’s newest acquisition; NEXT!!!

    Commercial Break



    A re-imagining of the War Games match is seen at the Survivor Series for the first time in WWE history, as instead of ending with one submission, the match is an elimination match, fitting with the Survivor Series format as Ric Flair leads a team including himself, with Batista, Christian, Carlito and a heel RVD against Mick Foley’s team consisting of Foley himself, The Undertaker, a then face Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio & Eugene with the winner becoming the Raw GM.

    RVD and Randy Orton kick off proceedings, and it’s Team Flair that wins the coin toss, giving them the advantage throughout the match. During a period where it’s 4 on 3, Rey is the first man eliminated, putting Foley and Orton at a 4 on 2 disadvantage, and Eugene doesn’t last long either, meaning Team Flair for a period had a 5 on 2 advantage before The Undertakers arrival. Carlito would be eliminated by The Phenom, but Christian - making it four times in four months - saw off The Undertaker, giving Team Flair a 4 on 2 advantage once more.

    Rob Van Dam is finally eliminated, and Foley eliminates Ric Flair to make it 2 on 2 - only for Batista to quickly eliminate Foley. Facing a 2 on 1 disadvantage, and having fought from the opening bell, Orton is facing near impossible odds, and manages to beat Batista, but is unable to overcome Christian, who defeats Orton - meaning Foley has been fired, and Flair will be the NEW General Manager of Raw.



    Back into the arena…


    And as Captain Charisma heads out into the arena, Michael Cole looks to put over the moment as a HUGE one for Smackdown, getting a former three time World Champion and the man that had been the face of Raw for the last three years.

    Cole claims that the arrival of CHRISTIAN on Smackdown will have everyone at the top of the roster looking over their shoulders, stating it wont be long until Christian has his sights set on the WWE title.

    Christian climbs the turnbuckles, pumping his chest, with King a little more reticent compared to Cole, noting Christians recent lackadaisical attitude, wondering what Christian will be showing up on Smackdown. Christian takes the mic, and has to wait out the chants of the fans before being able to speak…

    Christian: So I guess I don’t need to introduce myself, huh?

    Christian smirks, making note of the strong reaction on Smackdown.

    Christian: Just excuse me a for a moment, because I’m still trying to get adjusted to these new surroundings. It’s sort of the same … but it’s all a little different too.

    It’s an upgrade!!” ~Lawler pimps Smackdown.

    Christian: However … one thing that doesn’t change regardless of whether it’s Raw or Smackdown … and that’s my Peeps!!

    Cheap pop.

    Christian: Y’know … ever since the small matter of what happened at SummerSlam, I’ve been a little … withdrawn, I guess. You all probably heard what I had to say a few weeks ago when I flat out told Matt Striker that I didn’t really have all the motivation to do this and the lure of the World Title wasn’t driving me on like it should…

    He pauses, and half shrugs.

    Christian: And honestly, even after everything that happened at Nemesis and getting screwed over like I did … I wasn’t hungry for vengeance. I didn’t head into Raw the next night and chase down Albright and JBL. I took the night off.

    Who does that!?” ~Lawler questions Christians actions.

    Christian: And even when I agreed to join Jesse Ventura’s Survivor Series team … it wasn’t because I was hell bent on revenge either. I wasn’t even mad when JBL politicked me out of that match and out of Raw last week. I’m not even upset that I got pushed out of Raw. I’m just … checked out.

    There’s a few cat calls in amongst the rather dead crowd, with Christian pausing again to gather his thoughts.

    Christian: I’ve been in this company for ten years … and for most of those ten years, I had the steepest of mountains to climb. Against all odds, I did that. I climbed that mountain, and wound up accomplishing everything I could’ve dreamt of and more.

    He’s done it all – and then some!!” ~Cole puts Christian over.

    Christian: Now … I just don’t know if I have the motivation to do it all over again. Because I should be excited right now. I should be pumped up to be here. After all, I got new surroundings … I’ve got new challenges all around me here on Smackdown. That should be the motivation I need, right?? I should be looking ahead to facing off against Randy Orton- … Batista- … Chris Jericho- … or even Edge-

    Boos for the first three, but a massive pop for the last name mentioned by Christian.

    Christian: But the truth is-

    **SIM SNUKA**

    Groans echo around the arena, as SIM SNUKA cuts off Christian, and worse still, the son of the Superfly is bringing a microphone with him!! Christian looks perplexed by the interruption, but says nothing as Sim motions for the music to cut.

    Sim Snuka: If you want something to be mad about, let me tell you about the lack of opportunities Sim Snuka has been given on Smackdown.

    Heat for the charisma vacuum, whilst Christian looks around, seemingly unsure who this even is.

    Sim Snuka: And if you need some motivation?? When you hear the crap I’ve had to put up with, you’ll want to get on Team Snuka and then you’ll have all the motivation you need to help me get some more chances on Smackdown.

    Snuka climbs up onto the apron.

    Sim Snuka: See, you mentioned Randy Orton, Edge and the rest … but if I’d been given a fair crack at the whip around here, you’d be mentioning Sim Snuka’s name amongst those others.

    Christian shrugs as Sim climbs into the ring.

    Christian: Okay, but who’s Sim Snuka??

    Snuka looks flabbergasted.

    Sim Snuka: Y- … Me. Me. I’M Sim Snuka.

    This is embarrassing!!” ~Cole.

    Sim Snuka: And that’s the problem!! I should be a household name by now, but I cant get a chance to show what I’m capable of. Guys like your best buddy, Edge?? They’re trying to make a mockery out of me. And the people in charge want me to be a scapegoat. I mean … they’ve even got me in the frame for what happened to Finlay!!

    Christian looks pretty bored by all of this.

    Sim Snuka: So here’s what I want to suggest. You and I. We look out for each other. You’re new on Smackdown, but you’ve got a pretty good standing. I’ll watch your back, and you can help me out by putting a word in with management and getting me some real opportunities around here.

    Christian looks to the fans, then back at Sim.

    Christian: You’ll watch my back?? And all I have to do in return is get you more opportunities??

    Snuka nods, and extends a hand to seal the deal.

    Christian: Well … I mean, I still haven’t worked out what I want to do around here on Smackdown, but one thing is for sure …

    Christian kicks Sim!! He turns him over … UNPRETTIER!!!!! The fans pop, as Christian picks the mic back up, looking down at Sim Snuka…

    Christian: I don't need anyone to watch my back.

    Christian pounds his chest, saluting the fans, before departing the ring. Cole and Lawler discuss what Christian will do here on Smackdown, with him being rather non-committal about his future or his motivations, but Lawler is pretty convinced Smackdown just picked up a dud. Christian continues up the ramp-

    **I WALK ALONE**

    When BATISTA heads out onto the stage, ahead of his showdown with Edge!! Christian stops on the ramp, as The Animal makes his way out, setting off his pyro as usual … before passing Christian on the ramp. He stops at Captain Charisma, and there’s a tense staredown between the pair.

    The camera’s obviously don’t pick up what’s said due to the music blaring through the arena, but Batista clearly has a few choice words for Christian, sending a warning, before brushing past the former three time World Champion with the shoulder, and makes his way to the ring.

    In response, Christian doesn’t do anything except watch. He watches as Batista marches on toward the ring, before leaving, as Cole and Lawler hype the long awaited Edge/Batista showdown that’s been brewing for weeks – coming up next.

    Commercial Break

    Main Event:
    Batista vs. Edge
    It’s an all out war between two men that aren’t afraid of a fight. Edge takes it to Batista as soon as he hits the ring, and Batista is all too happy to accept the fight, with the two men soon spilling to the floor. It’s clear in the very early going that Chad Patton will have his hands full tonight with these two, and indeed, the referee seems pretty liberal about the rules, with Cole mentioning that the official doesn’t appear to be counting the two men out.

    Edge and Batista fight it out, tooth and nail all around ringside, back and forth, back and forth, until Edge avoids an incoming attack from Big Dave and the Animal runs himself into the ring post!! Edge takes over, and brings the fight back into the ring, but soon finds it a near impossible task to put Batista away as the big man refuses to stay down; after all, he beat The Undertaker at No Mercy a couple of months ago.

    They wind up back out on the floor again as Batista tries to create some space to stop the attacks from Edge … but Edge isn’t willing to give The Animal any time to rest up. He follows right out, and a dropkick sends Batista tumbling over the barricade into the fans!!! Again, Patton makes the choice NOT to count them out, but this time is more forceful in wanting the action back IN the ring … and Edge responds by suplexing Batista on the cold hard floor by the fans!!!!!

    Eventually, Edge DOES bring the action back into the ring, and scores a near fall off a missile dropkick, but STILL is unable to finish Batista off. He pummels the man that screwed him out of the WWE title, then sets off the ropes … COMING RIGHT BACK TO A BLISTERING CLOTHESLINE FROM THE ANIMAL!!! The clothesline instantly shifts the balance back into The Animals favour, and Batista doesn’t pass up the opportunity to wear Edge down with a series of shoulder thrusts to the gut in the corner.

    And completely turning the tables, Batista makes a point to throw Edge out of the ring and continue the punishment on the floor. He hurls Edge into the steps, and then peels off the mats outside – much to the chagrin of Chad Patton, who is losing control of this match – and proceeds to POWERSLAM EDGE ON THE COLD, HARD FLOOR!!!!! Patton warns Batista for his actions, and demands he take the action back into the ring … with Dave more than happy now the damage is done.

    But, much like Edge before him, Batista can’t find a way to keep his rival down – even after the gruelling punishment on the floor. After surviving an Abdominal Stretch submission attempt from The Animal, Edge constantly tries to fight back, but The Animal appears to be just too strong, and cuts him off every time it looks like Edge is battling back.

    Yet, when Batista tries to set up the Spinebuster, Edge is able to kick off from him, then duck a shot – and drops Batista with the EDGE-O-MATIC!!! That buys the former WWE Champion time to recover, and both men stir, getting to their feet … as Edge EXPLODES FOR A SPEAR … BUT GETS CAUGHT AND DRILLED WITH A SPINEBUSTER FROM BATISTA!!!!!

    The Animal shakes the ropes, and comes back, looking to finish the job on Edge and goes for the BATISTA BOMB – BUT EDGE HAMMERS HIS WAY OUT OF TROUBLE!!!!! He eventually breaks free, and drops back to his feet, before sending Batista out of the ring with a clothesline!!! But that’s not all, as Edge risks it all with a CROSS BODY FROM THE TOP TURNBUCKLE TO THE FLOOR!!!!!

    Edge sends Batista into the steps with a hard whip, then looks to send Big Dave into the ring post with a whip too … REVERSED by Batista, and Edge collides with the post!!! Chad Patton tries to tell both men to get it back in the ring … but neither man is yielding now, as they trade blows back and forth with no sign of them returning to the ring … leaving the official little choice but to start counting … and unfortunately, he ends up reaching TEN… leaving him no option except…
    Winner: Double Count Out @ 10:13

    The bell rings to signify the end of the match, but neither Edge or Batista take notice and continue to fight instead!!! Batista dumps Edge – face first – onto the top of the barrier, before grabbing a chair, looking to use it on Edge, but wastes a few seconds in shoving Chad Patton aside, then turns to go for Edge again-


    The fans naturally pop for the Spear, but for Edge a Spear isn’t going to be enough tonight. Seeing the chair, and knowing what Batista would’ve had in store for him, on top of the screw job he suffered last month … Edge wont be passing up the opportunity to REALLY get even tonight and GRABS THE CHAIR!!!

    Edge stands over Batista with the chair, seemingly setting him up for a CON-CHAIR-TO … until a raft of MORE referees arrive on the scene and take the chair from Edge when he pulls it up, JUST before he could bring it back down!!!

    Furious, Edge confronts the officials, but security also arrive on the scene, with the Rated ‘R’ Superstar being ushered away … just as JOHN LAURINAITIS enters the fray. He and Edge share a few words on the top of the ramp, Edge pointing back down to the ringside area and making it known he’s not done with Batista.

    Laurinaitis nods, but soon continues on his way to the ring, with very serious business to conduct right now. As Batista starts to recover at ringside, shaking the cobwebs loose, Johnny Ace approaches, and asks him how he is … before telling the Animal to stay right where he is – we’re about to find out the conclusion to the investigation…

    Commercial Break

    And, back from the final commercial of the night, JOHN LAURINAITIS is holding court in the ring, as BATISTA – now wearing a t-shirt – remains from his match moments ago. Looking worse for wear after suffering the spear, Batista constantly holds the back of his head in pain … whilst MATT HARDY, RANDY ORTON, a recovered SIM SNUKA and Cruiserweight Champion CHRISTOPHER DANIELS are all in the ring – none of which look overly happy to be there under the circumstances.

    Meanwhile, ARMANDO ESTRADA leads out UMAGA sans music, with Estrada talking the entire way down the ramp to the Bulldozer, clearly frazzled after a rather tough night in the end … as THE DIBIASES, JAMIE NOBLE AND M.V.P all follow behind. Laurinaitis waits in the ring for everyone to get inside, as everyone appears on edge, casting glances at the other prime suspects in the case…

    John Laurinaitis: About a month ago, I was assigned the task to find out just who was behind the reprehensible assault that put the General Manager of Smackdown out of commission. And after weeks of interviews and investigations, I’m of the firm belief that the culprit behind that despicable act is standing in the ring right now.

    Ace looks around at all his gathered suspects and not just one inparticular.

    John Laurinaitis: I’ve requested that each one of you join me in this ring tonight, because I want to give the guilty party one last opportunity to come forward and admit responsibility.

    Orton looks confused by that and immediately speaks up.

    Randy Orton: Whoa, whoa- wait a minute … I thought you brought us all out here to lay down the hammer on whoever did it.

    Daniels nods in agreement with Orton.

    Christopher Daniels: Yeah, I thought you had the answers, Columbo.

    And now everyone starts piling on.

    Armando Estrada: Is dis really de best ju can offer?? Ju want the dirt bag that did dis to just … confess!? Ju’re LOCO pero!!!

    Matt Hardy: This is ridiculous. I’m outta here-

    John Laurinaitis: Wait just a moment!! No one is leaving here. Not until I get a confession. Every single one of you is under suspicion. You all had reason, you all had motive … and we’re going to work out just who was responsible, right here … right now.

    Matt stops at the ropes, and returns to the ring under orders. Big Johnny looks around the ring, and points at Orton first.

    John Laurinaitis: Randy Orton!! All the fingers have been pointed at you. Let’s look at the facts; you’ve got quite the history of hospitalizing people. Correct?? And Finlay had just written you out of the WWE Title picture for the foreseeable future. Earlier that very same night you punted Joey Matthews and Elix Skipper in the skull – not for anything they did to you. Two innocent victims. You put them on the shelf … just to send a message-

    Randy Orton: That’s right. And you’re right about me putting countless people in hospital beds. The difference is … I’ve never tried to hide it. If I were to take out Finlay … I’d have done it in public to send a message.

    Ace nods, then looks at Daniels.

    John Laurinaitis: So how about you?? Finlay refuses your requests for a Cruiserweight title shot … then he disappears out of the picture for a few weeks and now you’ve got that title over your shoulder. Just a coincidence??

    Christopher Daniels: Just a coincidence.

    Laurinaitis stares at Daniels for a few extra seconds, as if he can tell if he’s lying … before turning his attention to Estrada with Umaga.

    John Laurinaitis: Estrada?? Finlay made it crystal clear that if there was to be any tricks or stunts pulled by your client Chris Jericho in his WWE Championship defence against Edge, then he wouldn’t hesitate to punish Jericho and restart the match if necessary. You couldn’t let that happen, could you??

    Estrada nervously laughs at the questioning.

    John Laurinaitis: Your client was injured. He was a sitting duck for Edge, and without some help of some kind, he didn’t stand a chance. So you – or more likely – your Samoan Bulldozer made sure that Finlay couldn’t foil your plan, right??

    Armando Estrada: We didn’t have a plan, pero. At least not de one that came to pass.

    Points at Batista.

    Armando Estrada: Ask him jur’self. He did what he did … on his own. No plan … no arrangement … no deal.

    Big Johnny ponders that … and turns to look at Batista.

    John Laurinaitis: Well … that does bring me to you, Dave. You were the last person that was seen in the area before the attack took place. Josh Mathews was standing by at the time, outside Finlays office, and not only did he report commotion and raised voices while you were inside … he witnessed you leave that office in a foul mood around the same time Finlay would’ve been assaulted. Josh is on the record as saying he followed you for a comment and you confirmed that Finlay wouldn’t guarantee you the next WWE title shot, correct??

    Batista: {Matter of factly} That’s right.

    John Laurinaitis: And when Josh asked what you’d do about that … your words to him were … “you’ll see” … correct??

    Batista nods.

    John Laurinaitis: Anything to say??

    Batista: It wasn’t me.

    Batista doesn’t even blink. And Laurinaitis throws his arms up in frustration.

    John Laurinaitis: Well … it had to be somebody in this ring!! {Pointing} Ted DiBiase!! Your son was about to face R-Truth last week when R-Truth was found in almost the exact same condition that Finlay was all those weeks ago. Did-

    The Million Dollar Man: If you don’t mind me saying, this whole charade is a joke!!

    There’s some surprise to that outburst from the Hall of Famer in the ring and in the audience. Furious to be in this spot, DiBiase fights back.

    The Million Dollar Man: You, Mister Laurinaitis have spent an untold amount of money heading up this investigation. You’ve wasted precious man-hours that could’ve been better served doing your day-to-day responsibilities rather than carry on this nonsense for weeks!!

    Laurinaitis has a stupid smile on his face – probably knowing deep down that what DiBiase is saying is actually true.

    The Million Dollar Man: Especially when I myself could’ve cracked this case inside five short minutes!! Isn’t it obvious?? Am I the only person standing here that doesn’t realise that the answer is staring us all in the face!? Look at the suspects!!!

    DiBiase points around the ring, then at Orton specifically.

    The Million Dollar Man: Randy Orton?? He said it himself and his past confirms it; he wouldn’t have done such a thing in the dark of night. He’d WANT everyone to know if he put Finlay on the shelf.

    Orton nods in agreement, as Ted walks to Sim Snuka.

    The Million Dollar Man: No offence son, but I just don’t think you’d be capable even if you wanted to.

    There’s some laughs from the fans for the complete and utter writing off of Sim Snuka as a legit suspect or a threat of any kind. DiBiase continues, and points to Daniels – chuckling as he does.

    The Million Dollar Man: I think you’re stretching when you point the finger at this man. How was he to know Finlay’s replacement would be as easy to win around and get what he wanted??

    Another burn on Big Johnny!!

    The Million Dollar Man: And quite frankly, it’d be too obvious for Mister Estrada here to be behind that attack. He’s too smart to do something he knows he’d be a prime suspect in … much like myself. Which is why you should be smart enough, Mister Laurinaitis, to realize that whoever took out R-Truth last week was trying to frame me and my boy.

    DiBiase walks up to Laurinaitis, hand in his pocket.

    The Million Dollar Man: No, no, no … the answer is all too simple. There’s only one answer here that makes a lick of sense. And it’s all about that e-mail.

    Ted now stands next to Batista, looking over at Big Johnny.

    The Million Dollar Man: Does this man look like someone that’d set someone else up for his own crimes?? Not a bit of it. There’s only one man that’d send the Sci-Fi channel an e-mail to confirm a match between Kurt Angle and Matt Hardy the following week … and that’s Matt Hardy.

    Matt makes a lunge at DiBiase, but Laurinaitis, along with Snuka and Daniels, hold him back from attacking the Million Dollar Man. Matt settles down as DiBiase backs off, having made the accusation he wanted to – against the guy his own son has been feuding with for weeks – and Laurinaitis turns the focus onto Hardy too.

    John Laurinaitis: Well?? The man makes a point, Matt. That e-mail. No one else in this ring would’ve sent it, would they?? The only question is … did Finlay send it before he was assaulted … or did you send it after you assaulted him??

    Matt says nothing.

    John Laurinaitis: You can stay silent if you want, Matt. But as I said … I want to give the perpetrator a chance to come clean … before I reveal some interesting information I picked up from Finlay himself earlier this week.

    BIG pop from the fans. Matt looks up, and gulps – he’s starting to look guilty now after that revelation.

    John Laurinaitis: That’s right. He’s talking, Matt. He’s alert, and he’s starting to make a recovery. And even though he didn’t see the assailant … there’s one man he’s pointing the finger at right now … because he didn’t send that e-mail.

    Matt puts a hand up to his forehead, covering his eyes, and puffs his cheeks as it seems the reveal of Finlay now being able to talk and able to recall NOT sending the e-mail has lifted the lid and revealed that MATT HARDY is now prime suspect, especially as he LOOKS guilty as hell.

    Hardy looks down, and rubs his hair, before putting his hands on his head with all eyes on him, and John Laurinaitis shaking his head in disappointment.

    John Laurinaitis: Matt, I tried to give you a way out of this. I set this whole thing up to give you one last chance to be honest here. I gave you an opportunity to come clean. I understand times have been tough for you lately and things haven’t gone the way you’d want them to … but this?? You can’t come back from this. Matt, I’m afraid I’ve got no other choice but-

    Matt Hardy: Wait!! Wait!!

    Hardy cuts Ace off, and buys himself a few seconds to come up with something.

    Matt Hardy: Okay, okay … look, I know how this looks. And yeah … I sent that e-mail.

    There’s a gasp of shock from the fans, as Hardy admits sending the e-mail from Finlays desk.

    Matt Hardy: But I swear to God, I didn’t do that to Finlay. I went to his office to request that match with Angle … and he was already in that state.

    John Laurinaitis: Whoa. Hold on. You found him like that … and didn’t raise an alarm??

    Matt closes his eyes with a pained look on his face, whilst everyone else in the ring look around at one another, with most stunned at these revelations.

    Matt Hardy: I know. I know. I was stupid- really stupid. I should’ve called for help straight away. But… I was desperate man. I’ve struggled to get goin here on Smackdown, and I thought if I could beat Kurt Angle, I-

    John Laurinaitis: Just stop. Please, Matt, stop. I don’t think anyone is buying any of this story, I’m afraid. Certainly not me. You went to Finlays office and requested that match with Kurt Angle.

    Matt Hardy: He was already like that-

    John Laurinaitis: He turned you down.

    Matt Hardy: No.

    John Laurinaitis: And these last six months of disappointments and setbacks all bubbled up in one moment, right??

    Matt Hardy: That’s not what happened.

    John Laurinaitis: So you exploded. You saw red. You beat the General Manager of this show to a bloody pulp and took it upon yourself to send that e-mail from his computer to give yourself that match with Kurt Angle.

    Ted DiBiase Jr: And you still lost!! It was for nothing!!

    Matt lunges for DiBiase Junior this time, but once more is restrained. Laurinaitis shakes his head in disappointment at the straining Matt Hardy – a desperate man if ever there was one.

    John Laurinaitis: Matt, please that’s enough. I’m going to give you one last chance to at least admit your guilt. Admit to this, and we can work something out – you can still salvage something here. But if you’re going to deny it … despite all the evidence against you … there’s nothing more I can do.

    Laurinaitis puts the mic to Matt, with Hardy breathing over the mic, thinking it over…

    It was me.”

    But that is NOT Matt Hardy’s voice. And the voice isn’t coming from inside the ring. Everyone looks puzzled in the ring, wondering where it came from, when…

    THE BRIAN KENDRICK has emerged through the curtain!!!!!!!!!!

    Bald headed and wild eyed, The Brian Kendrick is appearing in person for the first time in nearly two months, after going AWOL shortly after losing his hair at SummerSlam … a stipulation Finlay signed off on. All eyes are on Kendrick – wearing a worn out, tattered version of his previously white leather jacket and ripped jeans – as he stands on the stage, nodding …

    Before producing a bloody rag from his jeans pocket, holding it up in the air like a trophy…

    The Brian Kendrick: It. Was. ME!!!

    Fade to black.


    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, WWE Tag Team Champions Wade Barrett & Elijah Burke w/Melina & Armando Estrada
    Kurt Angle, Randy Orton, Jack Swagger, Carlito & Kofi Kingston w/Paul Heyman
    *If The Dangerous Alliance win, Kurt Angle will receive a WWE Championship Match, Jack Swagger will receive a U.S Championship Match and the Caribbean Connection will receive a WWE Tag Team Championship match – all at Armageddon*

    Womens Championship Match:
    Beth Phoenix vs. Natalya
    - With NO Rope Breaks Allowed -

    Cruiserweight Championship Match:
    Christopher Daniels vs. Bryan Danielson

    Triple H vs. Mister Kennedy

    Huge thank you to ranthellacious for the amazing work on the Survivor Series match graphics.


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    I called it. I fucking called it being a very bald man and I was right! Nicely done twist man

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    Right, let's get caught up on Raw...

    That opening bit with Miz was great fun. This is such a perfect use for... well, everyone in this segment. The fake entrance was great, the Ministry, the "near fall" for Miz... all good stuff. Great start to the show.

    I'm good with La Renaissance winning the belts. They're the most interesting team you have (on either show) so it's right to strike while the iron is hot. Shelton and Rey have done a decent job, but they've never really felt all that permanent in the tag picture. Almost like they were holding the belts because there was nothing better for them to do. Interested to see where they go from here.

    The Playas Club was fun. Always good to have Slick Ric around again. Glad you went with the swerve of Flair laying a trap with Kennedy as it would have been too obvious otherwise, but him still coming out on top is a good shout this close to the PPV. Decent progression here.

    The Nemeth and Albright match was good, as it always is between them. I'd love to see both men get a proper character on the go, you know? They're kind of defined by the fact that they go out there and have these good long matches whenever called upon, but who are they? What do they stand for? What makes me, as a reader, wanna care about them? I've said plenty about Albright before so I won't repeat myself, but Nemeth is on the cusp of being a real, genuine player in this thread. For my money, both of them need a defining, interesting character for me to understand them to help them feel like they're more than the workhorses underneath the likes of Kennedy, Punk, Michaels, etc.

    I'll lump all the Zeke stuff in one place. With his match, I was a little frustrated that he's still squashing geeks, but actually kinda liked the idea of him being put in the Survivor Series match. He's been in these squashes for a while and, although he's nothing to write home about as a wrestler, if anyone can make him something it's you. That said, when you swerved again and had him taken out, it was probably for the best. He gets a rub from being wanted by Steamboat and Ventura, that's probably enough for now.

    I have two conflicting stories on this Drew/Cena stuff. On one hand, the way the feud has been built, with the youngster refusing to die and the veteran heel constantly putting him back down, is fantastic. I love the story, and love the way you've told it. It's helped continue the Cena story forward when he hasn't had a great deal else to focus on, and has the potential to make the young guy someone to be noticed. The slight issue I have with it, though, is the casting. Drew McIntyre looks like a star, even back then. He's tall, strong, intimidating. To have him be so mercilessly destroyed time and time again makes him look really weak in my eyes. If this role was being portrayed by, say Nick Nemeth, or a Sami Zayn type, then their size and ragdoll selling would make this feel really, really great. As it is, I feel like Drew is kind of done as anyone on note and needs to be put out to pasture to return as a new character years down the line. Some people can take these kinds of one-sided feuds, and I don't think he's one of them I'm afraid.

    The Taker stuff afterwards was very good though. I've wondered a few times where you're heading for Mania as there aren't a tonne of obvious routes being lined up. I guess we have our first... and I'm all in.

    Now, the main event. Awesome, awesome stuff. The video package got my hyped as all hell. The music taste was - as always - on the money. Each fall worked perfectly for what they needed to be. You took the extended run time and made it work with a proper match that justifies this feud. Michaels winning the first fall but not winning the belt is a great way for him to be bitten by his own need for revenge, when he could have just had a one-on-one match. Punk winning clean puts him over the top as one of the absolute top guys in the company for me, and honestly the time is now to really shoot him to the top. I don't know where you go with Michaels here, and can't see you topping this for a feud ender given it was clean, so I have a load of questions coming out of this (also including what you do with Punk at Survivor Series now he's so hot) and can't wait to see where you go from here.

    Unfortunately, the show should have ended there for me. A 40 minute war between two big time rivals had me ready for the show to move on. That was the end point of the show, easy. You're just not topping it, and I think you know that given you talk of the burnt out crowd in the final segment. To have the announcement of the 5th member after that epic match you'd have struggled to get a real pop out of me even if Stone Cold came out of retirement. But Ricky coming out of retirement to be the 5th man is... kinda underwhelming for several weeks build. He's a perfect candidate to be on the team, so no problems there (even if that's one weak ass babyface team!) but as the payoff to everything that's happened already, on what was a really excellent show (and one you underplayed yourself by calling it a hype show for SS in my eyes) fell a bit flat I'm afraid.

    But overall, a really fun show, with some good build to the PPV, but enough individual moments to make it stand out on it's own.

    While I'm here, I guess let's do Smackdown as well...

    Good way to reintroduce Jericho. Nice easy win, but showing he is back to full fitness in the process. Then using that for the reveal for the Fight Factory joining them, which is great. When you started talking about the champions, I started to get excited for the idea of Umaga being dropped (because he's such a "failure") and having Chris Daniels replace him, leading to Danielson joining the other team. That'd have been fun, a genuine all-champions team, and a way to get some of these midcard guys over. Nonetheless, this is a good team, and kudos for picking a team name. You know I love that shit.

    The dynamic with Kurt and Heyman is great. There is so much potential for this story. I still maintain my previous assertion that this match feels like an excellent theoretical exercise, but in practice is slightly weird, and Orton's presence only adds to that. 7 of the 10 people in the match being heels (and Angle is kind of a tweener at this point I'd argue) makes for an odd dynamic. The idea behind it is brilliant, but it means the heat on it isn't quite what it could be if, say, Orton was replaced with Danielson, making it a bit clearer face vs heel.

    Gotta hand it to you, I think this whole MVP thing has been faultless so far. The balance between him being sympathetic for being in this spot but not just totally rebelling is really, really difficult, but you've walked that line beautifully. Even down to Matt - the quasi heel - being the one to lay him out at the end so it's not too much of a fun moment. This is why you're the champ.

    Good the Caribbean Connection. They need that spot if Fight Factory aren't going to seem several rungs above the rest of the division. I liked the dynamic in the conversation later on as well.

    Jericho being the one to add the stips because he wants his team motivated... perfect. Just perfect. It may be small, but this may be my favourite thing on either of these two shows. It's just absolutely perfect for his character in these circumstances. Wonderful.

    Christian is a hard character to leave feedback on at the moment. Kind of like what I said with the SS match, intellectually I really appreciate what you're doing. Emotionally I have nothing to cling on to with him (which, I know, is the point), but it's making him feel like less of a big deal for me. However, I'm also aware that as soon as you move in to the next stage of the story, this whole character development will explode in to life. So until we get to that point and have him moping around, lacking motivation... I don't know what to say about him really. Maybe just that I really am excited to see what your plans are for this arc, because it's really, really unusual and creative, and I have an enormous amount of respect for that.

    Guessing we're getting Edge v Batista round two at Survivor Series?

    The closing segment was great. Obviously I'm a big fan of mystery angles, but you pulled this one off really well. A good list of candidates, the dynamics of them all in the ring at once playing off each other was great, the twist reveal of Matt sending the email rather than tell people Angle was out. All very good. And then the surprise of it being Kendrick all along. Really, really well handled. Plus Kendrick is perfect for this role because, post head shaving, he needs something to kick him in to gear, and this is exactly that. Good stuff all around.

    A good, solid Smackdown here, and a really strong amount of progression. Obviously this is still a rebuilding phase, but I'm definitely on board for where it's going. Good stuff.

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    Boo get out of the ring Joey! Nice simple victory for Jericho to come off looking strong after being injured for a while. Jericho claims he has all the great champions, but he doesn't have the great newly crowned Cruiserweight Champion Christopher Daniels. Nice promo by Chris Jericho here hyping up his team, continuing to question Umaga's ability since his fall from grace, and setting up a challenge for Angle tonight.

    Nice follow-up reaction with Kurt Angle's team here. I really enjoy the team dynamics going on with the SmackDown! Survivor Series match. Definitely the match I'm most looking forward to at Survivor Series.

    Cool that we'll get to see Danielson vs. Daniels have a rematch at Survivor Series.

    Good tag team match here to fill up some space here and further things along with The Hardys, MVP, and Filthy Rich. Feels like there's going to be something advancing with this MVP/Filthy Rich storyline soon.

    A short promo here from Edge fills up some more space and hypes up the match with Batista nicely.

    Nice segment here with the Hardy Boys and really good way to nurture the seeds of Matt Hardy's guilt here.

    A simple filler match here gives Yang and Lynn a place on the card. Feels a bit out of character for Daniels to be scouting the potential challengers here since he thinks he is above the whole division anyways. Perhaps could of had him scoffing at the potential opponents after watching the match to keep it in character.

    Awesome Christopher Daniels promo blaming the security for the interference from last week that got him the victory over Danielson. Can't wait to see more promo work from Daniels now that he is the champion.

    Very good stuff here having this all turn out to be a trap, but in the end we get the Caribbean Connection coming out for the save to complete Team Angle. Great stuff here in the aftermath segment too with the team becoming official and the updated stipulation to the match. Funny that Orton is the odd man out, but Orton already has a motive to be on this team so I don't see him turning on anyone.

    Highly doubt it'll be Filthy Rich, but we shall see.

    Great stuff here with Team Jericho and it all is great character work with everyone involved and Jericho using his brain to motivate the rest of the team.

    Good idea to have a squash match for Kane here to help build him up after his loss to Mark Henry.

    Interesting stuff with Christian here. I thought the new surroundings would help motivate him again, but seems like they haven't. Wondering where you'll go with Christian from here as he is still your top face at the moment.

    The wild brawl here between Edge and Batista sets up a potential rematch at Survivor Series pretty nicely. Wonder what kind of match we'll get to avoid the double count out happening again.

    Wow I wasn't expecting The Brian Kendrick, but it makes perfect sense as revenge for Finlay enjoying picking on him and helping to shave his head. Looks like big things are ahead for him here and looking forward to seeing where he goes.

    Another great addition of SmackDown! here.
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    Few thoughts

    I'm still a little annoyed hat we are not getting CM Punk in the Survivor Series match. On one hand he's so hot that a defeat in this kind of match brings him down but at least now he can gloat about Steamboat's failure being down to his stubbornness to choose him. I feel the anti-hero will see Punk go full face in defiance of JBL after Survivor Series.

    Agree with Kefmoon that Shawn Michaels' future will be hella interesting.

    As for Smackdown it was kind of a two storied show.

    Firstly the dissension in the Hall Of Champions means that they are certainly losing at Survivor Series. The stories will always look better with the faces getting their shots at the titles.

    But the big story was the Finlay attacker. Lovely little interlude to point the finger at Matt Hardy but I guessed it was Kendrick right after it happened. The indignity of losing his hair caused it all. I'm still wondering who attacked R-truth, was that Kendrick too?

    Anyway this is a big jolt for Kendrick as he looks to get over that Finaly defeat and becoming bald, he was very good to read back when he was in charge of Smackdown.

    I'm always reading even if I cannot comment and I'm intrigued if you give us Edge v Christian down the line, especially with how Christian mentioned clawing his way up the ladder, whereas Edge did it a lot easier.

    Keep up the awesome work!!!

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    This started great just with King's cheesy commentary about Edge being the anchor holding Jericho down. I loved the missed Lionsault in an enhancement match to show the ankle, good thinking. Love the Hall of Champions mantra, and the great mind games challenge. He doesn't care about Umaga proving his worth, just trying to fire the Savage up to take out the competition. Jericho, you could say... Is using his brain.

    Angle/Orton/Heyman just felt like filler, but I get it.

    How dare you let Evan Bourne show personality!?

    I loved the frenetic energy of the match, and that SSP to the floor was sick as hell if Noble is actually on the floor and not standing. Woof. MVP is certainly getting really good at this whole helping the boys out, that's for sure. I love that even after handing them the match, they still leave him to the woods to get the beat down from the only member of the faces who would attack him.

    Classic shitty WWE writing with that neuter the animal line :P I do like the edgier side to Edge (I can do it too!) and I expect nothing concrete tonight to set up a SS rematch.

    Matt did it :P

    While I appreciate the honesty of saying it's filler, who in the hell are you to job Jerry Lynn!? You're not the smelly Aussie fuck!

    I thought you did well to capture how arrogant Daniels is with shutting down Kristal, putting all the focus on him. He's the heel who believes he's right, and you do it very well with this characterization. You get so many simple things right with him.

    Very acceptable bait and switch with the match to get the final two men set up for the match. Perfectly acceptable here.

    Keep dropping them Dangerous Alliance lines please. I do love how Orton is the odd man out here in terms of everything going on. Definitely keeps things interesting heading into SS as you can't help but wonder if Orton will do something very Orton like.

    Filthy Rich here was straight filler!

    Hahaha, I love that Jericho set up the title stipulations. Perfect chance for him to prove a Mastermind or have it backfire spectacularly. Nice little creative touch.

    Kane = channel changer.

    I'm definitely curious to see what happens with Christian. It's clear he's in a state of transition, and it's definitely going to be a very unique angle. I'm not used to any angle where it's a guy in his prime, main event talent, who has, as one might say, lost his smile...

    I thought you captured the emotion and brawl well here. After how you booked the Angle match, I knew this would have to be more like this how you wrote it instead of a short match like I was expecting. Very good brawl with nothing concrete for either man, good set up for SS.

    The beginning of this was so cringey bad, but I mean that in a WWE realistic sort of way, and it was all to build up the reveal and swerve. I definitely think some of this could have been left on the cutting board, but overall it served its purpose. Matt Hardy still looks like a scumbag, and Brian Kendrick gets a nice big moment to really break out with this new twist of the character. Very good swerve with him.

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    After an inconclusive outcome to their singles match this past Friday on Smackdown, it's been declared that EDGE and BATISTA will lock horns again next Sunday at the Survivor Series. But this time, they'll find themselves leading teams of five - in a traditional Survivor Series elimination match! Team Edge will comprise of the Rated 'R' Superstar himself, along with a man he knows better than anyone; Christian, marking Christians first match as an official member of the Smackdown roster. In addition, Edge and Christian will team with their most famous of rivals back in their tag team days; The Hardy Boys, whilst rounding out the team will be Evan Bourne.

    On the opposite side, Batista will have back up in the form of Filthy Rich; Ted DiBiase Jr & Jamie Noble, along with their 'property' M.V.P and Sim Snuka. It should be noted that neither Edge or Batista had a say in the making of this match or even on who their team mates would be, with John Laurinaitis putting the match together in order to resolve the ongoing issues between Edge and Batista in addition to the Hardys (and now Evan Bournes) problems with Filthy Rich, whilst adding Christian and Sim Snuka to the mix after their run in on Smackdown, added to the fact that Sim Snuka has been caught in the crosshairs of Edge on multiple occasions recently.

    With Batista having made it plainly obvious in recent times that he doesn't want ANY allies, it remains to be seen how he reacts to this news, whilst Edge has also had his fair share of run ins with his own team mate - Matt Hardy - in recent months. Given his own issues, Matt Hardy may not be enamoured with the idea of not just having to team with Edge, but have Edge as his team captain - though after the revelations this past Friday surrounding Matts actions on the night of Finlays assault, he may just be relieved to be in the clear on that issue. All of that combined, there could be fireworks between team members at the Survivor Series and not just against the opposition.

    {Once again - as always - big thank you to ranthellacious for the work on the Survivor Series match graphics}


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    Monday Night Raw | November 10 2008 | Houston TX

    Highlights of last weeks Raw 800 conclusion, which saw Raw General Manager RICKY STEAMBOAT revealed as the fifth and final member of Team Ventura at the Survivor Series…

    Opening Video


    Jim Ross: The Survivor Series is now just SIX short days away and the future of the WWE hierarchy hangs in the balance!! Will John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield take over the reigns as Commissioner this Sunday, or will Jesse Ventura’s team keep ‘The Body’ in control!? This is the final stop before the extravaganza this Sunday and we’re deep in the heart of Texas!! I’m Jim Ross, joined by The Coach, and Coach, the Survivor Series comes early tonight!!

    The Coach: It absolutely does, old timer. WrestleMania is coming to Houston next April, and these people just got even luckier, because the Survivor Series comes to them tonight too!! A three match series was set up by JBL and Jesse Ventura earlier today, which will see four of the five men from each team this Sunday in action with the chance to send a message ahead of the biggest Survivor Series elimination match of all time!!

    Jim Ross: And what a series of matches it promises to be!! The main event tonight will be a rematch from Nemesis last month as John Cena battles Paul London, while in tag team action, Shelton Benjamin teams with Nick Nemeth to battle the World Champion Brent Albright and JBL’s Russian Hitman, Vladimir!!

    **BOOYAKA 619**

    A thunderous pop greets the always spectacular entrance of REY MYSTERIO, with Rey decked out all in white tonight – but minus the tag team title he lost last week – slapping hands with fans and doing that creepy head to head thing with any kids wearing replica masks.

    Jim Ross: But we’re kickin off with a dream match if ever there was one!! Rey Mysterio will go one on one with Shawn Michaels!!!

    The Coach: And both men are coming off major disappointments last week at Raw 800, J.R. Mysterio and Shelton Benjamin lost the World Tag Team Championships and who could forget that classic battle between Shawn Michaels and CM Punk. What has that match taken out of the Showstopper, J.R!?

    Jim Ross: Well, we’re about t’find out, Coach. We don't even know what kinda condition Shawn Michaels leg is gonna be in after the punishment he took last week – but Coach – we gotta point out that when these matches were put together earlier tonight, JBL made sure to break Mysterio and Benjamin apart and NOT have them team up in the tag match later tonight.

    The Coach: Clever move if you ask me. Rey Mysterio and Shelton Benjamin had formed a great bond as a team over the last few months, makes all the sense in the world for JBL to demand they be broken up tonight.

    **SEXY BOY**

    A mixed reaction for SHAWN MICHAELS, with the legendary Showstopper still respected, but many fans just unable to support him after his questionable decision to stand with JBL on the road to the Survivor Series. Notably, Michaels is wearing a knee brace and he’s not as sprightly as usual on his way to the ring.

    Jim Ross: Well there ya see it, Coach!! It’s as obvious as obvious can be; that’s one hell of a knee brace Shawn Michaels is wearing over his tights t’night!! Physically, he’s clearly far from a hundred per cent … but mentally, after that emotional rollercoaster against CM Punk a week ago, just where is Shawn Michaels head at??

    The Coach: I just hope it’s in better condition than that leg, J.R. And I know JBL will be hoping the same thing. He’ll want Shawn Michaels to put this one to bed early, that’s for sure and rest up for Sunday. The Showstopper has a huge role to play for JBL at the Survivor Series.

    Jim Ross: And if my history is correct, this is only the SECOND time EVER that Shawn Michaels and Rey Mysterio will be going one on one. Shawn Michaels defeated Mysterio a little over three years ago when Michaels was last World Heavyweight Champion. But I cannot wait for this one!!

    The Coach: This is a dream match, J.R!! It’s a real dream match!!

    Match 1:
    Rey Mysterio vs. Shawn Michaels
    It’s a tentative and slow start, as Rey still offers a handshake to Shawn, despite recent events, and it’s an olive branch that Michaels eventually accepts. They lock up with Michaels controlling the early going, executing a headlock takedown, and keeping Rey grounded. Of course, Rey tries to get up, but Michaels continues to overpower the smaller man, making Rey exert energy with J.R calling it a sound strategy, considering the condition of Shawns weakened leg.

    Even when Rey does manage to get up and break out of the headlock, Michaels puts Mysterio back down with a shoulder block. He sends Mysterio off the ropes, looking for a back body drop, but Rey lands on his feet, and ducks a clothesline before dropkicking Shawns back, sending HBK into the ropes!! Rey looks to dial up a 619- but wisely Michaels senses it coming and gets out of the ring instead – much to the chagrin of the fans and Mysterio.

    Rey then looks for a baseball slide – but Shawn side steps that too, and as Rey slides out of the ring, Michaels knocks him down with a nasty chop!!! Not content to leave it there, Michaels sends Rey into the barrier with an Irish whip, showing no mercy for Rey!! Back inside, Shawn opens up with chops on Mysterio, enjoying this rare occasion where he is the bigger man. After a near fall off a suplex, Michaels goes back to the headlock, with J.R sending us off to the first commercial of the evening…

    Commercial Break

    And back live, Michaels is on top again, though we’re shown clips from during the commercial break of a brief Mysterio comeback, proving to be too quick for Michaels, until HBK turned a tilt-a-whirl into a backbreaker. Now, he stomping Rey down in the corner, and cuts off any attempts at a fight back from his gutsy opponent with a knife edge chop.

    Shawn sends Rey across the ring to the opposite corner, but Rey elevates up, anticipating Shawn coming in behind … but he doesn’t, and when Mysterio lands back down, Shawn rolls him up – 1...2...NO!!! Back up, Shawn lines up a chop, but Rey ducks under, and fires off a leg kick at the bad leg!!! Immediately, Michaels turns away in pain, groaning loudly.

    Rey looks somewhat guilty, having struck out of instinct rather than on purpose, and puts his hands up innocently, and allows the official to check on Shawn, walking over himself to see if HBK is okay … WHEN MICHAELS GOES FOR SWEET CHIN MUSIC – BUT REY LUCKILY AVOIDS IT!!! Michaels DOES hobble, but there’s no more charity from Rey after that, and Mysterio opens up with kicks to the bad leg!!!

    The tables have turned, and Mysterio is now the aggressor, turning up the heat on Michaels, scoring near falls off a springboard crossbody, then a bulldog from the wheelbarrow position, and a Hurricanrana!!! But – each time, Michaels JUST escapes disaster. Mysterio sends Michaels off the ropes – reversed by Shawn – and HBK ducks down; SUNSET FLIP BY REY … MICHAELS ROLLS THROUGH, SITTING UP – FRONT DROPKICK BY REY!!! 1...2...NO!!!

    Now, Rey backs Shawn into the corner with kicks and chops of his own, setting up to charge back in – but Shawn elevates him up and over the ropes, with Rey landing on the apron, and knocks Michaels away, before springing back into the ring with the SEATED SENTON!!!! 1...2...NO!!! Rey looks to send Shawn off the ropes again and goes for another dropkick – but Shawn holds onto the ropes, meaning Rey lands hard on the canvas, missing his target!!

    It’s a route back into the match for Shawn, but he’s clearly struggling on the bad leg. He guts it out, delivering a series of basic slams on Rey, along with inverted atomic drops, and begins to scale the ropes, setting up for the FLYING ELBOW – BUT REY MOVES!!!! Michaels elbow could be messed up now as badly as his leg, but it’s the leg Rey is after and he applies a SINGLE LEG CRAB ON THE BAD LEG!!!!!

    Coach is convinced JBL will be wanting HBK to tap out and save himself for Sunday, but J.R knows Shawn Michaels better than that; regardless of his recent actions. And, true to form, Michaels continues to gut it out, and after struggling, he DOES make it to the ropes to force the break – which sportingly, comes straight away from Rey – with Shawn grimacing in agony at the ropes. Rey doesn’t let up though, striking Shawn at the ropes, Irish whip – FLYING FOREARM FROM MICHAELS!!!!!

    AND A NIP UP!!!


    Michaels bad leg gives way on the nip up, and as he hobbles around the ring, Rey is able to roll him up, 1...2...NO!!! Back up, Rey ducks a clothesline, and bounds back off the ropes – SWEET CHIN MUSIC – NO!!! Rey slides under Michaels, and as Shawn comes at him, Rey side steps, sending Michaels over the top – only for HBK to hang on … AND SKIN THE CAT BACK INTO THE RING!!!

    DROPKICK FROM BEHIND BY REY THOUGH AS SOON AS SHAWN LANDS BACK IN THE RING – RIGHT INTO THE ROPES!!!! 619!!!!! Michaels tumbles around the ring, and Rey sets himself on the apron, leaping onto the ropes to spring back in for a WEST COAST POP – BUT LEAPS RIGHT INTO SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!!!!!!!!! A huge roar engulfs the arena, as Michaels drapes an arm over Rey; 1...2...3!!!!!!!!!!
    Winner: Shawn Michaels @ 15:00

    Victory for Shawn Michaels, and first blood to Team Layfield in this Best of 3 series tonight heading into Sunday!! J.R notes that questions will remain as it pertains to the condition of Michaels leg heading into the Survivor Series, but even at less than 100%, the Showstopper could be a match winner for JBL on Sunday.

    Hobbling rather noticeably, Michaels departs the ring, and uses the official for help to walk up the ramp, wincing with each step, but makes sure to look back at the ring, and offer a nod to the recovering Rey Mysterio – some respect being shown between the competitors tonight.

    Commercial Break

    Returning backstage with a noticeable limp, SHAWN MICHAELS is handed a bottle of water from a stagehand. Taking a sip from the bottle, HBK hobbles through the backstage area until being met by a beaming JBL…

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Y’never write off the greats!! That was tremendous, Shawn!!

    JBL pats the shoulder of Michaels.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: How’s the knee??

    Michaels shrugs.

    Shawn Michaels: I’ve had worse.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: That’s the spirit. You rest up, get that elevated, I’ll tell Ranjin to get plenty of ice and you’ll be one hundred percent for Sunday.

    Shawn grunts and looks to walk on, but JBL puts a hand on his chest to stop him.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Listen. I know you’re hurtin right now. Not just physically. But once we get past the Survivor Series … I’ll see to it – personally – that you get another crack at that straight edge goof. So long as you deliver on Sunday.

    Michaels looks up at JBL, and shakes his head.

    Shawn Michaels: No more.

    Bradshaw looks confused.

    Shawn Michaels: I need to leave that behind – for my own sake. It’s done. CM Punk?? He won.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Shawn. He won last week, sure. But you can beat that little jerk. You-

    Shawn Michaels: I’m not just talking about last week. I don’t like the person I’ve become. CM Punk has brought the absolute worst out of me these last few months. And I wont do it any more. Not to myself … and especially not to my family. I’ve come too far to throw it all away. I’ve got responsibilities, I want to set the right example to my children … and this time … I have to step away from that situation.

    Head down, Michaels moves to walk by JBL, but this time, Layfield grabs Shawn by the arm to stop him walking away. There’s no smiling any more from JBL either…

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: You wanna fold up your tent on this CM Punk thing?? That’s fine. But I wanna remind you of your responsibilities to me this Sunday at the Survivor Series. We made a deal-

    Michaels pulls his arm away aggressively.

    Shawn Michaels: I know exactly what’s expected of me. Irrespective of anything else … I’m still a man of my word. And this Sunday, I’ll deliver exactly what I promised you I would at the Survivor Series.

    Shawn turns and walks away, leaving JBL to stew, but at least left comforted in the fact that Michaels has given him his word.


    Back at ringside…

    Jim Ross: Well … certainly interesting developments there between JBL and Shawn Michaels. Maybe not the harmonious group JBL thought he had assembled, huh??

    The Coach: Don’t worry about that, J.R. It’s all in hand. That’s what happens when you’re dealing with a superstar. Jesse Ventura wouldn’t know anything about it because he’s got a team full of subservient “Yes” men.

    Jim Ross: Well, I dunno about that. Jesse Ventura has a united team, Coach. And last week on Raw 800 we ended the night on a bombshell. Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat shocked the world by announcing HE would be the fifth man on Venturas team this coming Sunday. For the first time in nearly FIFTEEN years, one of the greatest to ever do it will lace ‘em up one more time!! Called into the line of duty, Ricky Steamboat will bring a level of big match experience that y’just cant buy-

    The Coach: But can he still GO, J.R?? Fifteen years is a long time to stand still. Can he really still compete with the likes of Shawn Michaels?? The likes of John Cena?? The likes of Brent Albright??

    Jim Ross: We’re gonna find out Sunday, Coach. That’s what it’s all about. We ain’t gonna have to discuss it, we’ll see it first hand. It’s been a long, long time and I imagine many of the WWE Universe may have never seen Ricky Steamboat in action. Well take it from me; I’ve seen the best – and Steamboat is sure as hell in that conversation. And right now, let’s take a look at the man in question…


    {Parts of this are lifted directly from Steamboat's HoF video package and some quotes taken from the Steamboat documentary}

    From Hawaii-”


    Opening with Steamboat in his heyday, limbering up at Madison Square Garden, then slapping hands with fans on his way to the ring, a shot of him blowing fire in his second WWE run, then standing with his (ex) wife and infant son in 1989 as World Champion, with commentary voiced over the top.

    Jim Ross: One of the most respected and talented athletes to ever compete-

    Vince McMahon: A Premiere athlete in every respect-

    Clips of Steamboat popping off an arm drag on Ric Flair at the Chi-Town Rumble, dropkicking Rick Rude during their Iron Man Match, and a flurry of shots of him leaping off the top rope with a karate style chop to various opponents.

    Ric Flair: My greatest opponent.

    Dean Malenko: One of those guys that could do just about anything.

    Michael Hayes: He was a pioneer, and paved the way for a lot of the younger guys you see today.

    More shots of Steamboat in action, with his own unique headscissors takedown on Flair, various enziguris, reverse elbows and his karate style poses in the ring, then slapping hands with fans.

    Steve Keirn: Great guy, top performer gave his heart and soul had tremendous passion and the one word we use in our industry- respect.

    Magnum TA: Ricky Steamboat is somebody I admired from the time I was about fifteen or sixteen years old.

    More shots of Steamboat in action, focusing on cross body’s off the top and planchas to the outside of the ring, along with some extremely old clips of him tagging with Jay Youngblood.

    Bret Hart: He was just so fantastic every time he got in the ring.

    Christian: Ricky Steamboat is a natural. It’s like home, it’s like walking, it’s like breathing. It comes that easy to him.

    Steamboat bringing his infant son to the ring with him, dressed just like Ricky, slapping hands with fans, standing on the top rope, motioning for Jake Roberts to bring it on in 1986.

    Paul London: He’s extremely motivating to me to this day.

    Shelton Benjamin: His match with Randy Savage – might just be the best ever. And think of the people that inspired-

    Shots of the impressive Pontiac Silverdome in 1987, and a brief shot of Steamboat during his interview, interspersed with both men’s entrances on the carts in front of 90,000-

    Ricky Steamboat: We have reached our moment – as you and I climb into the ring-

    And the incredible action during the WrestleMania III match, with flashbulbs going off at every single moment as Steamboat and Savage go to war.

    Jesse Ventura: This is one of the greatest matches I’ve ever seen!

    Gorilla Monsoon: Small package by the Dragon- HE GOT ‘EM!!

    Ricky Steamboat: And the ninety thousand blew.

    Shots of Steamboat kissing the Intercontinental title as he leaves on the cart with George Steele.

    Gorilla Monsoon: Ricky The Dragon Steamboat – the new Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion.

    Gene Okerlund: And today, it lives – as one of the greatest matches in WWE history.

    Now, in 1989, Steamboat returns to Crockett, and faces off with Flair, with clips of the two standing together in the ring; Flair flanked by a gaggle of women, Steamboat the faithful family man, then brawling on the set of ‘A Flair For The Gold’…

    Jim Ross: And that series of matches with Flair in ‘89-

    Shots of the matches, with Steamboat sending Flair ass over tea kettle onto the apron, then nailing him with a clothesline.

    Steve Austin: That set a benchmark to this day-

    Steamboat eats chops, flies off the top, Flair begs off-

    Dusty Rhodes: Greatest trilogy of matches in tha history of tha business. Hands down-

    Flair goes for the Figure Four, but Steamboat counters into an inside cradle-

    Jim Ross: Inside Cradle, can he hold ‘em – YES HE CAN!! Ricky The Dragon Steamboat has won the world title!!!!

    And celebrating with his wife and child before backstage, Steamboat is interviewed, with champagne being popped-

    Ricky Steamboat: It’s hard for me to believe what I’m holding in my hands after all these years.

    Cutting to his later years; the literal fire breathing dragon in the WWF on his second go-around, before locking horns with Rick Rude back in WCW, and winning U.S and Tag Team Championships, and locking up with Flair one more time in 1994.

    Steve Austin: Personally, my favourite guy to ever get in the ring with because he was so good.

    Ric Flair: I cant say enough about Ricky Steamboat. He was second to none. And to this day he’s just a humble and great guy.

    Collections of shots of Steamboat from beginning to end, waving to fans, slapping hands, always smiling … before cutting to a sit down interview with Ricky’s son; Richie…

    Richie Steamboat: The only match I can ever really remember in full, was his last match-

    Cut to that 1994 match, and Steamboat falls from the top and lands on his butt, with the look of agony etched on his face, with everything slowing down…

    Ricky Steamboat: Rather than try to let the ego get in the way and say I could still do it, let people remember me as I was…

    Fade to black…

    Then open up on last Monday, and Ventura standing with his team on the ramp as JBL stands in the ring-

    Jesse Ventura: So you want to see my team!? Well … get a GOOD look at it!!

    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 …

    Ricky Steamboat: Actually…… It IS five.

    Steamboat removes his sports coat and the fight is on, with Steamboat popping off a picture perfect arm drag on JBL – like he never missed a beat!!

    {Native Son – 1:39-2:04}

    Over the voice over clips, an array of all Steamboats athleticism, his triumphs and classics over his near thirty year career…

    Ricky Steamboat: Can I still do it? It’s been nearly fifteen years. I’m in my mid-fifties-

    Dean Malenko: I think Ricky still has some ‘steam’ left in him. There’s still some spotlights and still some shades of the old Ricky Steamboat.

    Rey Mysterio: We’re all confident he’s gonna show he can still hang with the best there is today.

    Arn Anderson: I guarantee even now, he’ll still be a lot better than a lot of guys will ever be at any age.

    Nick Nemeth: It’ll be an honour to stand alongside Ricky Steamboat at the Survivor Series.

    Richie Steamboat: He’s gonna surprise a lot of people at the Survivor Series. They’re gonna sit back in their seats and say “the old man’s still got it”.

    And end on Steamboat standing tall last Monday with the rest of the troops in Team Ventura…



    Backstage, a rather emotional looking RICKY STEAMBOAT is shown, having just watched that video package on him … when he hears a lone clap in the background-

    From CM PUNK.

    The Intercontinental Champion approaches Steamboat – title belt over his shoulder – with The Dragon irritated by the presence of Punk.

    Ricky Steamboat: What do you want now?

    Punk points to the monitor.

    CM Punk: Nice propaganda piece, there. I guess my comments got left on the cutting room floor, huh??

    Ricky Steamboat: I’m not in the mood for this-

    Steamboat motions to walk away, but Punk steps in front.

    CM Punk: Time’s running out, boss. Survivor Series? It’s this Sunday. This is probably the last chance you and Jesse Ventura are gonna have to climb down from your high horse and make the right decision for both your futures.I’ll be here next Monday regardless what happens at the Survivor Series. You can’t say the same thing.

    The Raw GM blankly stares at Punk, with Punk shrugging, and stepping back, so as not to appear aggressive.

    CM Punk: All you have to do is ask me. Just ask, and I’ll gladly lead Team Ventura this Sunday and save you the humiliation of being “that guy” who pissed all over his legacy by coming back … when he had no business to do it.

    Punk points at the monitor.

    CM Punk: Leave the memories as they are, Ricky. Don’t let the last thing these fans remember about you be the image of an old, balding man, long past his prime embarrass himself … not when the stakes are this high.

    Steamboat looks back at the monitor – paused on his image at WrestleMania 3, having just won the I.C Title – and turns back to look Punk in the eye.

    Ricky Steamboat: I appreciate your concern … but the answer … is no.

    Punk is about to speak, but Steamboat gets in first.

    Ricky Steamboat: Not because you’re not talented – hell, I’d dare say you’re the best wrestler on the planet right now – and not because you’re not capable of contributing to Team Ventura at the Survivor Series this Sunday…It’s not even personal, young man. I don’t like the way you carry yourself, and I don’t like some of the unspeakable acts you’ve committed as the Intercontinental Champion … but that’s not why I, nor Jesse, will ask you to join our team.

    Steamboat steps closer to Punk.

    Ricky Steamboat: It’s because you’re not a team player. You’re only interested in yourself. And that’s fine … but it’s not what Jesse and I want … and I’d sooner risk my reputation by making a fool of myself on Sunday than ever put my faith in you putting aside your own ego for the sake of a team.

    Steamboat walks off, leaving Punk to shake his head, believing The Dragon to be making a huge mistake…

    Commercial Break

    Back in the ring, everything is set up for an ARM WRESTLING match…


    Stepping out in workout gear, as opposed to ring gear, BETH PHOENIX raises the Womens title above her head, as J.R and Coach hype her title defence this Sunday which will have NO rope breaks – meaning if she gets trapped in the Sharpshooter at the Survivor Series, it will likely mean the end of her title reign.

    But, tonight, she has the opportunity to back up her claims that she is the strongest woman in the division, despite recent evidence that she’s met her match – physically, at least – in the form of Natalya with this ultimate test of strength; an old fashioned ARM WRESTLING MATCH. Beth reaches the ring, and surveys the scene, waiting for her rival…


    Greeted with a nice cheer, NATALYA heads out onto the stage, smiling and saluting the fans before making her way to the ring. J.R reminds the fans that Natalya WAS on the verge of winning the title last month at Nemesis when Beth Phoenix found a way out, getting herself disqualified to keep the title. There will be NO way out for Phoenix this Sunday if she finds herself trapped in the Sharpshooter – a move NO ONE has been able to break … not even the Womens Champion.

    Confidently, Natalya steps into the ring, with Phoenix giving her daggers, as Coach makes sure to remind J.R that the ‘No Rope Break’ rule works both ways this Sunday, and says we’ll see what Natalya is made of when she doesn’t have an escape route from Beth Phoenix…

    Beth Phoenix vs. Natalya
    After some jockeying and posturing from the champion, she and Natalya eventually lock up in the middle of the ring to begin the test of strength … and it’s a real struggle between the pair. The momentum shifts back and forth as it looks like Beth is about to overpower Nattie, then Natalya powers back, turning the tide, nearly slamming Beth’s hand down … but the champion survives and brings her arm back up!! It looks like Phoenix is about to overpower Natalya now … when a sudden surge from the daughter of the Anvil sees her SLAM the hand of Beth Phoenix down!!! 1-0 to Natalya!!!


    Mouth agape, Beth is stunned by the sudden loss, and despite the referee telling the champion they can have a break, Phoenix is right back at the table, DEMANDING they lock up again, right away!! Natalya shrugs, having no problems doing so, with J.R reminding the fans that this is being contested as a ‘Best of Five’ contest, meaning one will need to win three times to win. Locking up, it’s another struggle for both women, clearly evenly matched … but this time all the pressure comes from Natalya!! Beth is perilously close to her hand hitting, and she fights it with all her mite to keep up … but Natalya is TOO STRONG … and eventually pushes Beth’s hand down!!!


    The fans pop and Natalya raises her arms, whilst Beth is left slumped over the table in shame and embarrassment at going 2-0 behind. There’s no immediate demand to start over from the Womens Champion this time, and instead looks to collect her thoughts before locking up for the third time – wanting to avoid the humiliation of a whitewash. The official gets them to lock up, as Coach asks if Beth Phoenix has never watched ‘Over The Top’ … but just before the referee can signal for the contest to begin again – BETH YANKS NATALYA FORWARD AND BLASTS HER WITH A FOREARM SHOT!!!
    Winner: Via DQ – Natalya

    Beth then SLAMS Natalyas head off the table top, and shoves the referee aside, before tipping the table over ONTO her challenger this Sunday!! J.R calls that Beth has “lost it here” having been shown up by Neidhart in the arm wrestling contest, and Phoenix clubs the back of Nattie before scaring off the official.

    Phoenix runs Natalya into the corner, driving her shoulder into the gut of Nattie repeatedly, before dragging her out and nailing her rival with a short arm clothesline. J.R repeats his line of Beth losing it, unable to handle the fact she may have met her match … and in her quest to prove her dominance and superiority, Phoenix grabs the legs of Natalya-


    Phoenix ties up the legs, and turns over … but as she does, Natalya COUNTERS and Beth trips to the mat, allowing Nattie to stand back up … AND APPLY THE SHARPSHOOTER ON PHOENIX!!!!! The challenger this Sunday has the champion caught in the middle of the ring … in the hold Beth Phoenix has been unable to counter for the last two months!!!

    To her credit, the champion fights up, trying to power out … and out of instinct she crawls toward the ropes – getting her hand on the bottom rope … but it’s a fruitless endeavour; there’s NO rope breaks tonight … and there WONT be any rope breaks on Sunday either!!!

    Under no requirement to break the Sharpshooter, Natalya keeps the hold locked on, as Beth shakes her head furiously … before TAPPING OUT!!! J.R bellows from commentary that THIS could be the sight we see on Sunday at the Survivor Series, before declaring the Sharpshooter to be Beth Phoenix ‘kryptonite’ … as Natalya finally relents and releases the hold; message sent!!!

    Immediately, Phoenix rolls out of the ring under the bottom rope, clutching her back on the floor, whilst Natalya stands tall in the ring. Challenger looks to the outside at the champion, with Beth shaking her head, as we wonder if the supposedly dominant champion has met her match … and J.R asks if we are looking at the NEXT Womens Champion this Sunday at the Survivor Series…

    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.






    Both teams are already in the ring; THE KNUCKLEDUSTERS and the NEW STANDARD, ready for the bell to ring-


    When the NEW World Tag Team Champions; RENÉ DUPRÉE & DAMIEN SANDOW enter the fray, dressed sharply, and carrying their newly won gold from last weeks historic RAW 800 episode.

    Right away, Regal and Goldust are distracted by the presence of their rivals – which gives Cody and Ken Doane the chance to get the jump on their opponents!!

    Match 3:
    The Knuckledusters vs. The New Standard
    Cody Rhodes and Ken Doane look to make the most of that early distraction, and dump Regal out of the ring, looking to quickly finish off Goldust, as Cody lands with the DISASTER KICK!!! 1...2...TOO EARLY!!! Goldust was just a little too fresh to stay down for three, but the New Standard are still looking to win quickly, with Cody tagging Doane, who heads up top for his big leg drop – BUT REGAL SHOVES HIM OFF!!!!!

    The British veteran then drags Cody out of the ring, brawling with the young Rhodes brother, whilst the new tag champions join J.R and Coach on commentary for this match. J.R accuses them of delaying their entrance to purposely distract Regal and Goldust – something which the champs strenuously deny. In the ring, Goldust mounts a comeback against Doane whilst Regal and Cody head back to their respective corners, as Regal gets the tag to become the legal man.

    Quickly though, the action breaks down as Rhodes hits the ring illegally to cut off an attempt from Regal at the Knee Trembler. Goldust is back in, and all four men are involved … but the veterans show themselves to be the better of the two units, putting Doane down before dispatching Cody out of the ring – much to the chagrin of the new champions on commentary at ringside. Now, Regal dips into his trunks as if to look for the brass knucks – right in view of the referee.

    The official stops Regal, demanding to see what he has … but it’s all a ruse from the Brit to allow Goldust to deliver SHATTERED DREAMS to Ken Doane behind the officials back!!! Duprée and Sandow are both angry at the antics in the ring, with J.R quick to point out that the new champions had no issues taking the low road last week to win the titles. Meanwhile, Regal shows the referee that he has NOTHING illegal in his trunks … before laying out Doane with the KNEE TREMBLER!!! Cover, 1...2...3!!!
    Winners: The Knuckledusters @ 05:30

    Regal and Goldust pick up the win, getting the arms raised in victory with J.R proclaiming them as potential future challengers – not withstanding the rematch Rey Mysterio & Shelton Benjamin should be owed – but Duprée and Sandow try to laugh off the suggestion of the Knuckledusters being challengers, and Duprée even brings up Goldust dog-napping Fifi last week as a reason why the Dusters shouldn’t get a title shot.

    The winners leave the ring, and make a beeline toward the commentary position, with Duprée and Sandow both standing up with words traded between the two teams, as John Cone looks to keep the teams apart. The bickering doesn’t come to blows, with Regal and Goldust taking the high ground on this occasion, but the Knuckledusters make it clear they’re coming for the newly won gold of Duprée and Sandow, with the Frenchman demanding to know the whereabouts of his dog

    Then, as the tensions are lifted between the feuding teams, it allows J.R to hype what’s coming up next; candid comments from BOTH Triple H and Mister Kennedy – with The Coach set to host The Playas Club – just six days away from their ‘I Quit’ match at the Survivor Series, promising the two men being in the same ring at the same time … with only Coach to stand between them!!

    Commercial Break

    Straight out of the commercial, Raw returns – as promised – directly to the ring, with THE COACH standing in the middle, amidst his set for the PLAYAS CLUB…

    The Coach: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN – back by POPULAR demandIT’S THAT TIME AGAIN!!! … And as you know; Piper was the pits, The Barbershop got cut short, The Kings Court got sent down, and for-


    Not even allowing The Coach to do his schtick, TRIPLE H makes his way out, tonight wearing a leather jacket, having seemingly ditched the jean jacket look!! The Game still finds time to spit water on his way to the ring, before proceeding inside, with Coach nervously chuckling over the mic as the music dies down…

    The Coach:I think y’jumped your cue there, Triple H. I wasn’t quite finished my signature-

    Triple H: I don’t give a damn.

    Full of intensity, Triple H eyeballs Coach, looking like he’s in the mood to lash out at ANYONE … and Coach wisely says no more, taking a step back.

    Triple H: This ain’t about you, Coach. This is about-


    Confidently striding out through the curtain, MISTER KENNEDY – wearing a new t-shirt – makes his way down the ramp, cutting Triple H off in the process … which doesn’t go down well with The Game in the ring. Triple H stands in the ring, watching every move Kennedy makes, with the loudmouth swaggering into the ring after collecting a mic at ringside, and once in the ring, Kennedy signals for the music to cut.

    Mister Kennedy: I hope you weren’t gonna start this thing without me. I know you don’t want to spend too much time around me … but think of it this way; once I make you quit on Sunday, you don’t have to spend another SECOND in a ring with me ever again.

    Triple H: You’re damn right I don’t wanna spend too long in here with you. The longer you stand in front of me … with that goofy look in your eyes and that smirk on your face … the more I wanna cave your face in with a sledgehammer.

    Mister Kennedy: Had plenty of time to do that last month, Hunter…

    Triple H snarls at the comeback, but doesn’t rise to the bait and turns to look at Coach.

    Triple H: You got some questions for him and I, Coach?? Let’s get this over with.

    The Coach:{Nervously} Yeah- yeah, sure. Uhh … well, first off-

    Mister Kennedy: Who gives a crap what Coach has to say??

    Pop from the fans. Kennedy eyes Triple H – completely ignoring Coach being there. And each time they speak back and forth in the next sequence, they take a step closer to one another…

    Mister Kennedy: There’s one question to ask here tonight … and I’m gonna ask it. What happens to you next Monday after you say the words ‘I Quit’ at the Survivor Series?

    Triple H: That’s not gonna happen.

    Mister Kennedy: That’s exactly what’s gonna happen, Hunter. And it’s something you better be preparing for.

    Triple H: The only thing I’m preparing for … is next Monday … and turning up to Raw without you on it.

    Kennedy chuckles, alleviating the tension momentarily, and shakes his head.

    Mister Kennedy: That doesn’t sound very likely if you ask me. See, it may have escaped your attention, Hunter … but I’ve got your number. You said it yourself – no one has ever gotten under your skin quite like I have. And there’s a pretty simple explanation for it.

    Kennedy shrugs, whilst Coach continues to look nervous that this could explode at any given moment.

    Mister Kennedy: I’ve played “The Game”. Hell, I’d say I’ve completed it at this point. I know everything you’re gonna do … because you’ve been using the same old play book for the last decade.

    Triple H scowls at that one, and narrows his gaze at Kennedy … but it doesn’t put Kennedy off at all.

    Mister Kennedy: Now?? You’re playing MY game. You’ve been playing it all year … but I’m the one manning the controls. I’ve got you doing anything and everything that I want. And now?? I want you to go away … and never come back.

    Smirking, Kennedy raises his eyebrows at Triple H … but The Game doesn’t react. Kennedy then turns, and starts to walk around the ring – and the Playas Club set – as he continues.

    Mister Kennedy: And dare I say it … I think you having to look up at me this Sunay at the Survivor Series and utter the words “I … Quit” … for the whole world to hear … is gonna tear you apart … and it’s a public humiliation I don’t think you could ever come back from.

    Triple H: You’re right. It would be a public humiliation. And yeah, it’s one I’d probably never come back from… but like I said … it’s not gonna happen.

    Kennedy smirks – now back standing in front of Triple H, glaring one another down, with Triple H pointing at Kennedy – coming close to prodding him in the chest.

    Triple H: Because come Sunday at the Survivor Series … YOU are gonna say the words. YOU are gonna be the one that quits. And after all your talk, all your games, all your stunts … it all ends. And you'll end up just like the rest.

    Pausing for a moment, Triple H gathers his thoughts, then shrugs.

    Triple H: You name ‘em, I’ve seen ‘em all off. All shapes, all sizes in every single type of match there is. There ain’t a single one that’s ever outlasted me. That’s what’s made me The King of Kings around here. That’s why they call me … The Game.

    The Game looks Kennedy up and down.

    Triple H: And what do they call you?? Huh??

    Half turning, and pointing at the ramp, Triple H continues…

    Triple H: You walk down that aisle on Monday Night Raw … what do you think they see. How do J.R and The Coach talk about you?? What do they call you??

    Kennedy slightly turns his head to take a look at Coach – who continues to look nervous in the background.

    Triple H: They don’t call you a damn thing … because you’re just a loudmouth full of hot air with peroxide hair. That’s all that stands out. That, and the fact you used to be the guy that said his name twice.

    Smirking for the first time, Triple H shrugs at Kennedy.

    Triple H: Trust me … you’re gonna have to start repeating your name a dozen times for anyone to take notice after you quit on Sunday.

    Kennedy shakes his head, mouthing; “You’ll never make me quit…” … but Triple H ignores the comeback.

    Triple H: But no one is gonna have any interest in hearing ANYTHING you have to say. They’ll see you on the street, and they wont say; “there goes Mister Kennedy – the guy that threw Vince McMahon off the stage.” they wont say; “that’s Mister Kennedy – he’s the guy that beat Triple H one time.” No. The only thing they’ll say is; “remember that guy?? The guy that said I QUIT at the Survivor Series.” All they’ll see … and all you’ll ever be to them … is the guy that QUIT.

    Bearing down on Kennedy, Triple H looks to get in his head.

    Triple H: Because it all ends for you on Sunday. It ALL ends for you – just like it has for so many others that tried to make a name off me. You won’t go on to win World titles. You wont go on to headline WrestleMania. You’ll never get to be “THE MAN” around here … because you’ll never be seen again around here.This Sunday at the Survivor Series, I will beat you – so badly – that the only option you have left … the only thing you can do … is quit.

    It’s Kennedy now having to keep calm, as Coach is spotted in the background, motioning for help or assistance, clearly expecting this situation to explode.

    Triple H: And when you quit … because of what I’ve done … you don’t just lose the match. You don’t just fall down the ladder a couple rungs. You … are … done.When you yield – when you tell ME you’ve had enough – when you tell ME you don’t want any more … you don’t just quit. You give up everything that makes you a man. You’ll never be able to look yourself in the mirror again without KNOWING you’re less of a man. Knowing that someone else – ME – took away your pride … took away … your soul.

    Having been looking away, Kennedy shoots his glare back at Triple H now, and the fans pick up as the two rivals eyeball one another.

    Triple H: To quit … to say those words in order to make another man stop … you hand over your soul. And there’s nothing you can ever do to get it back. It will stick in your memory … forever … knowing that another man owns your soul.

    Still, neither man breaks their gaze, full of intensity on both sides.

    Triple H: After you quit on Sunday … you’re gonna tuck your tail between your legs … you’re gonna walk out that door … and you’ll never have the guts to show your face in this company again.And you’ll have to live the rest of your sad, pathetic life … knowing it was ME that made you utter those words … knowing it was ME that exposed you for the weak, piece of garbage you are.

    Triple H ends his filibuster, as Kennedy nods … drinking it all in, before smirking;

    Mister Kennedy: You got one thing right. I am a piece of garbage.

    Pop from the fans.

    Mister Kennedy: I mean, what kind of man throws a near seventy year old off a stage?? … what kind of man attacks another man’s wife?? … what kind of man makes an entire families life a living hell??

    Each time Kennedy poses the questions, he points at himself … and with each passing question, Triple H’s scowl increases.

    Mister Kennedy: And what kind of a man is willing to cripple a father of two young baby girls??

    Putting his head down, Triple H is having to restrain himself – balling his hand into a fist … whilst Kennedy looks to poke the bear by walking toward the The Game.

    Mister Kennedy: I’m ready to do whatever it takes to make you say the words; “I Quit” this Sunday at the Survivor Series. And believe you and me both … I’d rather cut my own tongue out than EVER say those words to you.

    Triple H: You might just have to do that.

    Nose to nose, Triple H and Kennedy could be about to blow, as Coach ‘tries’ to de-escalate the tension-

    The Coach:I think that’ll be a wrap, gentlemen, huh?? What’dya say?? We’ll leave this until Sunday??

    Neither man wanting to back up, Triple H prods the chest of Kennedy, muttering something that isn’t picked up on by the cameras or the microphone, and The Game turns to leave, ducking through the ropes and dropping to the floor to walk away with his point made … but Kennedy just CANT help himself-

    Mister Kennedy: Hey Hunter!?

    Triple H doesn’t turn around, but DOES stop on the ramp.

    Mister Kennedy: How are you gonna stand in this ring ever again and call yourself “The Game”??

    The camera looks for a reaction from Triple H, but he gives a ‘pfft’ and shakes his head, before continuing to leave…

    Mister Kennedy: How are you gonna look at your wife, knowing – just like she knows – you’re not the man you thought you were.

    Triple H stops again on the ramp … and the camera cuts to his reaction … and he’s clearly agitated by the mention of Stephanie. He turns his head to side, but doesn’t fully turn around to look at Kennedy … but Kennedy keeps talking anyway.

    Mister Kennedy: How are you gonna look your children in the eye … knowing Daddy isn’t “Daddy” any more … but instead … Daddy is now … MISTER KENNEDY’S BITCH!!

    Doing his best, Triple H looks to keep a lid on his anger, not wanting to rise to the bait being thrown out by Kennedy. He takes a deep breath … and starts to walk on up the ramp. But Kennedy keeps digging…

    Mister Kennedy: Think about it. Think about it all, Hunter. Think about what you’ll say to Stephanie. Think about how you’ll tell those kids that their Daddy handed over his SOUL to another man. THINK!!!

    Once again, Triple H stops – this time, right at the curtain, listening to Kennedy.

    Mister Kennedy: Because Sunday at the Survivor Series … that’s what’s gonna happen when you say the two magic words …

    Triple H turns around at the top of the ramp, with Kennedy leaning over the ropes, to deliver the final line…

    Mister Kennedy: I … QUIT!!!!

    Back and forth, the camera shifts between Kennedy and Triple H, both brimming with intensity, with J.R staying quiet on commentary, not giving the rivalry a final shill, and instead letting the two mens expressions do it for themselves … as Raw fades out to a commercial…

    Commercial Break

    Returning backstage in their luxury suite, J.B.L is shown on his phone, whilst RANJIN SINGH is shown doing some paperwork and VLADIMIR is finishing up getting dressed for action…

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: You just make sure there’s fireworks on Sunday, y’got it?? And start asking questions why Ricky Steamboat is getting tribute videos an’ I’m not. The hell is goin on with that!?

    Entering the room (without knocking) JOHN CENA gets the attention of the three men.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: I’ll call ya back.

    JBL puts the phone down, and beams with his goofy smile-

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: JOHN BOY!! To what do I owe the pleasure, son?

    Cena is in no mood for friendliness and gets straight down to brass tacks.

    John Cena: I think we need to clear a few things up. Don’t think I don’t know what you been tellin y’boy, Brent Albright. I joined this team of yours for a shot at the World Title after the Survivor Series, and I want you t’tell me right now when I’m gettin it.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: John, John, John. All in good time, son. We’re gonna be havin a BIG party next Monday to celebrate our victory this Sunday at the Survivor Series. Then … we’ll start talking dates for title shots.

    John Cena: I ain’t your son, Cowboy. An’ I know when I’m bein played. Don’t get anythin twisted here – I ain’t relyin on your ass for anythin … I ain’t like Brent Albright. You need me … not the other way around.

    The smile has faded from the face of Bradshaw.

    John Cena: So how about y’cut the crap, and tell me when an’ you tell me where I get my crack at the paper champ. Otherwise, I’ll walk.

    I’ll give you a date, Cena.”

    That voice in the background? We see it’s BRENT ALBRIGHT … and he’s entering the room with CHARLIE HAAS AND NICK DINSMORE.

    Brent Albright: But how about you actually do the job you promised before you start making threats.

    Cena says nothing, but Albright continues.

    Brent Albright: Anyway … if you had any balls, you’d have been marchin in here … not demanding a date for your title shot … but after the way you got punked out last week, you’d be in here demanding Mister Layfield set up a match between you and The Undertaker as soon as possible.

    All eyes in the room are on Cena, who looks pissed at that accusation, and responds through gritted teeth.

    John Cena: I’ll deal with him on my own time. It’s that title that matters to me.

    Albright scoffs at the retort, and turns to talk to JBL.

    Brent Albright: Honestly, boss?? I don’t know why we’ve even got this guy on our team. I’m the leader. I’m the one that’ll finish off Ventura and Steamboat this Sunday. He’s just a cancer.

    Cena roughly turns Albright around to square up to him.

    John Cena: The fact your boss called me should tell ya all you need to know, Champ. He’s got as much belief in you as I do. He needs to win this Sunday … so he called in the big guns.

    It’s ready to kick off, and JBL stands up as Haas and Dinsmore each look to pull their leader back.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Gentlemen. Let’s settle down, shall we??

    Cena and Albright keep glaring at each other.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Don’t get me wrong – I like the fact we’ve got two alpha males in our midst. I ain’t tryin to get the two of ya to be best friends – hell, I don’t care if ya don’t even wanna buy each other a congratulatory beer on Sunday – but I need ya both to channel your aggression in another direction. Understand??

    The tension lifts a little as Albright shrugs off Haas and Dinsmore, telling them he’s okay.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Because yeah … Cena has a point; I sure as hell DID call in the big guns for this. Because I ain’t leavin a single damn thing to chance. That’s why Cena is on this team, Brent.

    Layfield points at Albright.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: And that’s why you’re on the team too. That’s why I broke the bank to get Shawn Michaels on board. Vladimirs actions speak for themselves. And you’re damn right I want in on this too. This is gonna be my finest moment.

    Bradshaw speaks directly to Cena now.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: John?? You’ve got my word, son. You deliver for me on Sunday?? Your ban will be over, and you’ll get your shot at the World Title. But in good time. John Cena versus Brent Albright is a box office attraction if ever I saw one, so don’t mind me if I wanna make the two of you richer by puttin the match on Pay Per View.

    Pointing at the door, JBL keeps staring at Cena.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: But you walk out that door right now?? Kiss goodbye to any opportunity. If Ventura and Steamboat stay in charge, you’ll have to wait and try your luck with twenty nine other men at the Royal Rumble. And trust me on this – you walk out now and my team still wins on Sunday?? I’ll see to it you never lay eyes on that title ever again, let alone hold the damn thing.

    John Cena: Ain’t wise to threaten me.

    Cena isn’t giving an inch, and isn’t responding to any threats. JBL doesn’t answer that comeback, and instead turns to speak to Albright.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: And Brent?? You know better than anyone what it’s like dealing with Ricky Steamboat. So any ill will you’ve got toward this man?? Park it!! I need my best guys on the same page. YOU need to be on the same page. Otherwise, you’re gonna be turning up for work next Monday with no future… and no hope.

    JBL leaves that in the air, and eventually sits back down, before continuing.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Use your heads, gentlemen. Everyone here benefits if Steamboat and Ventura are gone. Help each other. Help yourselves.

    John Cena: Help you.

    Cena snaps, calling out JBL, and JBL thinks about it for a moment … then nods.

    John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Yeah. Help me too…

    Cena thinks it over, and stares over at Albright, eyeing the title, then looks back at JBL, offering a sole nod.

    John Cena: I got a match to get ready for.

    The Man In Black brushes past Albright, leaving the room, but having agreed to stay on the same page as JBL and co.


    Match 4:

    Kelly Kelly w/Victoria vs. Katie Lea
    Just another brief showcase for the ever improving Kelly Kelly, under the tutelage of the veteran Victoria, whilst the British diva makes a rare Raw appearance. During the early going, J.R takes the opportunity to hype a special ‘Womens Survivor Series Elimination Match’ on Superstars this week, which will see all three of these women involved in a 5 on 5 elimination match. Kelly shows off her athleticism with handspring elbows etc in the early going, whilst J.R puts over the marked improvements Kelly has made thanks to the guidance of her mentor.

    Katie Lea takes over for a period though, and things look troubling for Kelly until they collide with a clothesline to each other. As the two competitors crawl to make it back to their feet, Kelly is heard getting some advice from Victoria on the outside, and it appears to be the turning point as Kelly is able to block a shot from Katie Lea, before responding with a kick that catches her opponent off guard. An arm drag follows, and with guidance from Victoria, Kelly delivers a dropkick, setting the Englishwoman up for the K2!!!!! 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winner: Kelly Kelly @ 03:14

    Kelly gets her arm raised – firstly by the official, then her mentor – as she continues to rack up wins on Raw. Coach notes just how vital Victoria is for Kelly though, claiming that she was potentially on the verge of a defeat until that late pep talk from the veteran.

    J.R accepts that point, but puts over Victoria being as helpful as she has been in paving the way for the future of the Womens division, calling her guidance vital for the progression of the young blondes career trajectory…

    Commercial Break



    Just last year, both the Raw and Smackdown General Manager’s job are at stake, as Eric Bischoff and Arn Anderson assemble SEVEN man teams – a Survivor Series first – with the losing GM out of a job. Raws team comprises of Shawn Michaels as the Captain, Rey Mysterio, Kurt Angle, Mr. Kennedy, Brent Albright, Charlie Haas & Ken Doane, up against the Brock Lesnar led Smackdown team, with Paul London, Batista, Garrison Cade, Finlay, Nick Nemeth & M.V.P joining him.

    Shockingly, Shawn Michaels is eliminated early by Brock Lesnar – setting the table for their eventual WrestleMania showdown – and as the numbers continue to dwindle, the match comes down to Lesnar & London on the Smackdown side, and Kennedy & Albright on the Raw side. Once again, as he did in 2005, Paul London comes up short, eliminated by Albright, whilst Lesnar is unable to survive the 2 on 1 odds, leaving Kennedy & Albright standing, and Smackdown GM Arn Anderson out of a job.



    Back in the arena, “Spolin For A Fight” by AC/DC is playing, as J.R and Coach sit at ringside.

    Jim Ross: And indeed, there’s a number of men and women right now that ARE ‘spoilin for a fight’, and they’ll get all that and more in six days at the Survivor Series!! And Coach, this one could just top ‘em all.

    The Coach:The Survivor Series has a rich history, J.R. And where else will you see teams of five – DREAM teams, strange bedfellows – lining up side by side in the WWE??

    Jim Ross: It’s like the all-star game, and when ya look at the team Edge will lead this Sunday, it covers all those bases. It’s a dream team, but given the recent history between Edge and Matt Hardy, y’could call ‘em strange bedfellows too. Edge, Christian, Matt and Jeff Hardy all have such a rich history and at the Survivor Series they’ll line up, side by side, with the exciting prospect Evan Bourne, to face a team led by ‘The Animal’ Batista!!

    The Coach:That’s right, J.R – Batista would probably prefer to face all five guys on his own, but he’ll have four partners come along for the ride in Atlanta. Batista will be wanting to get a piece of Edge, but Filthy Rich have had their own issues with the Hardys as of late, and Evan Bourne has been stickin his nose in where it doesn’t belong!!

    Jim Ross: Two championships will be decided this Sunday, and it’ll be a unique stipulation attached to the Womens title match when Natalya gets to challenge Beth Phoenix in a rematch from last month at Nemesis. And unlike last month, there will be NO rope breaks in this one. Two big questions, Coach – can Beth Phoenix avoid the Sharpshooter, and if not, can she survive the Sharpshooter??

    The Coach:I wish I could say ‘yes’ to both questions … but even I’m not sure any more, baby boy. Natalya – to her credit – has established herself as being AS strong, if not, STRONGER than the Glamazon. That’s something I would never have expected myself to admit. I don’t know the answer, but I know we’ll find out on Sunday. It’s the biggest test Beth Phoenix may ever face as Womens Champion. A LOT for her prove at the Survivor Series.

    Jim Ross: Well, Beth Phoenix may not survive with her title in tact this Sunday, but Chris Jericho WILL; win, lose or draw. Chris Jericho and Armando Estrada have assembled a team full of championship gold, and they’ll all have something at stake at the Survivor Series. Because should Kurt Angle and his team of Jack Swagger, Randy Orton, Carlito and Kofi Kingston outlast Jerichos self proclaimed “Hall of Champions”, then they’ll all – aside from Orton – be in line for title opportunities next month at Smackdowns Armageddon Pay Per View.

    The Coach:Easier said than done, J.R. Let’s look at the facts; first off, Jericho only agreed to this match because he doesn’t view Angle as a threat any more. Then, you’ve got Mark Henry; the baddest man on the planet in my opinion and the U.S Champion hasn’t lost ONCE since going to Smackdown in the draft. As if that wasn’t enough, they’ve got Umaga as back up and with the beautiful Melina pulling the strings for the Fight Factory, I don’t see how Angle and his band of misfits can pull it off. This could be a sweep!!

    Jim Ross: Speaking of sweeps, Christopher Daniels will be aiming to score a second consecutive win over the former Cruiserweight Champion Bryan Danielson at the Survivor Series. The Fallen Angel won the title in suspicious circumstances back in London last month – now, the rematch is set, and this could be a showstealer, Coach.

    The Coach:Oh, it could be. And it could be a chance for Daniels to set the record straight. What happened two weeks ago with that crazy fan getting in the ring was unfortunate, but the outcome would’ve been the same anyway. Sunday at the Survivor Series, Christopher Daniels puts any doubt to rest – and that’s gospel.

    Jim Ross: Then, in the most personal of rivalries – ya saw the emotion earlier t’night – Triple H and Mister Kennedy will go to war; and that’s what it’ll be – a WAR – in an ‘I Quit’ match to end it all. I’ve had the fortune in my position to have sat ringside and called ‘I Quit’ matches in the past, and let me tell ya folks; they ain’t for the weak of heart. This match will change both men forever … and the man who says the fateful words, will never be the same again. I promise ya that.

    The Coach:You could go further, J.R. Given the hatred here, and the pride of both these guys, I wouldn’t be surprised if the quitter in this match was to never show their face again – let alone just be the same. This is a loss you don’t come back from. Not when it’s this intense. To quit?? Against a man you hate?? It doesn’t bear thinking about what that’d do to me, personally.

    Jim Ross: It’ll be one for the ages, that much is for sure. And indeed, it could be the last time we see either Mister Kennedy or The Game. The loss- for whoever loses – may just be too big to come back from.

    The Coach:We can debate whether or not the man who says “I Quit” will ever be seen again, J.R, but once the Survivor Series is through, there’ll be no debate over who we’ll see running Raw next Monday and no debate over who will be the Commissioner of the WWE.

    Jim Ross: Indeed. After all the politics, all the games from JBL and his men in disrupting Jesse Ventura by shifting Christian to Smackdown, by injuring Big Zeke-

    The Coach:That was never proven. Just a horrible accident.

    Jim Ross: Accident my Oklahoma ass!! Be that as it may, the teams are set, and the future of the WWE rests in the hands of these ten men. For the first time in nearly fifteen years, Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat will compete in a match, and it truly doesn’t get any bigger than this.

    The Coach:Yeah, and for the first time in eighteen months after he was damn near murdered in a Buried Alive match, JBL has made a miraculous recovery to put his tights back on!! That’s how important this is for JBL. Meanwhile, Jesse Ventura wouldn’t put his money where his big mouth is-

    Jim Ross: Ventura made a wise decision, Coach. He’s in no fit shape to compete in a wrestling match in the year 2008. Rey Mysterio, Shelton Benjamin, Paul London and Nick Nemeth are the men along with the Raw General Manager that Ventura has entrusted in securing his future as the Commissioner of this company.

    The Coach: And on the other side, it really is an all-star line up. JBL leading from the front, with the World Champion Brent Albright, former multiple time World Champion John Cena, former multiple time World Champion Shawn Michaels and on top of that, they’ve got a Russian Hitman to back them up!! Vladimir is the cherry on top.

    Jim Ross: The landscape of the WWE could well change forever at the conclusion of this Sundays Pay Per View. The stake couldn’t be higher, and it will be all about survival this Sunday. Both JBL and Jesse Ventura will look to eliminate all threats to their position of authority, and when it’s all said and done, we’ll know who has won this power struggle for control in the WWE…


    Cutting now backstage, JESSE VENTURA has gathered the troops; REY MYSTERIO, SHELTON BENJAMIN, PAUL LONDON & NICK NEMETH, with RICKY STEAMBOAT just entering the room and closing the door to join the meeting.

    Jesse Ventura: Good. Good. We’re all here…

    Ventura paces for a moment…

    Jesse Ventura: Listen gentlemen … first off, I want to take the opportunity to say … thank you. Thank you to each and every one of you for volunteering to be part of this team. For supporting my vision for the WWE. I’m proud of all of you. Win or lose on Sunday, that wont change. I’ll never forget the sacrifice each of you gentlemen have made for me.

    The group all nod, accepting the thanks.

    Jesse Ventura: I know there’s not a man in this room that won’t give one hundred per cent at the Survivor Series. I know you’re all gonna risk it all, putting life and limb at stake to win this match for us. Because you all know what’s at stake here. Beyond Sunday. If we lose on Sunday, it’s over for me. It’s over for Ricky…

    Ventura points at the four full time performers.

    Jesse Ventura: It’s not over for any of you.

    Benjamin, Mysterio, Nemeth and London all look amongst each other, knowing what Ventura means.

    Jesse Ventura: You all know if we lose, that JBL isn’t gonna forget who tried to keep him out of power. And you all know the hell you’ll have to suffer. You’ve all risked your future to fight for me, and I’ll never forget that. There’s not one man in this room that came on board with any reservations. Not one of you asked for anything in return for your services at the Survivor Series.

    Ventura points toward the door.

    Jesse Ventura: Those other guys?? You all know what lengths JBL has gone to to put his team together. He’s assembled a team of mercenaries. A team full of guys that are only in it for themselves. A team of guys that put themselves forward because of the rewards and the favours and the protection it’ll bring.

    Jesse shakes his head.

    Jesse Ventura: There’s no protection in this room. No promise of title shots. No guarantee of a pay rise. You’re all here because you want to be. You’re all here because you’re NOT greedy like they are. You all know what a WWE with JBL as it’s Commissioner will look like. And you know it won’t look good for any of you. You all came to me, you all came to Ricky … because you believe in my vision for the WWE.

    Ventura points at himself, then shakes his head.

    Jesse Ventura: There’s no place for politics in my WWE. There’s no place for a power hungry millionaire to plaster his face all over television at the expense of the talent. I didn’t take this job for the glory or the attention. And despite what JBL has tried to trumpet, I’m not a part time Commissioner either. I just prefer to do my work behind the scenes.I took this job on to give YOU the attention and the glory. You guys are the lifeblood of this company – of professional wrestling, sports entertainment, whatever you wanna call it – NOT J.B.L.

    Pausing, Ventura allows his team to all get themselves pretty amped up with the motivation there.

    Jesse Ventura: I’ve kept myself off television as much as possible until this mess started escalating. And I’ll go back to doing just that if we win at the Survivor Series.

    The Commissioner sighs, and looks across at each of his team.

    Jesse Ventura: So to finish off, I’m not gonna stand here and tell you all to go out there and win for ME at the Survivor Series. Because honestly, when it all comes down to it … it’s NOT for me. Winning at the Survivor Series benefits each and every one of YOU.

    He points at each guy.

    Jesse Ventura: Go out there at the Survivor Series and win this match for yourselves. Go out there on Sunday and win for the man standing next to you. For all your friends here on Raw, for all your comrades on Smackdown – because this match on Sunday is bigger than just Raw. This affects everything in the WWE.

    The guys all nod, accepting the size of the stakes involved.

    Jesse Ventura: The future of this company is in all of your hands. Don’t let it slip.

    Ventura leaves that in the air to linger for a moment … then throws his arms up.

    Jesse Ventura: Alright. Now … how about we give J.B.L and his boys a taste of what’s to come on Sunday!?

    There’s a few pumped up ‘Yeah’s’ from Nemeth and London, whilst Rey claps, then pats the back of Shelton, whilst Steamboat remains quiet, but nods, patting the shoulder of each guy he’ll team with on Sunday … as we fade out.


    Back into the arena…


    Strolling out onto the stage, BRENT ALBRIGHT – with the World Heavyweight Title around his waist – makes his way to the ring, with VLADIMIR following out behind; all business with his stone like expression, ahead of tag team action – NEXT!!

    Commercial Break

    Match 5:
    World Heavyweight Champ. Brent Albright & Vladimir vs. Shelton Benjamin & Nick Nemeth
    Albright takes the majority of in ring time for his time, leaving the green Russian to stand and look imposing on the apron for the most part, whilst the champion battles with Nemeth and Benjamin. During his brief excursions into the ring, Vladimir softens up Nemeth, then Benjamin a short time later, not having to do any selling, before Albright takes over again.

    Nemeth is able to get a run of offence going on the World Champion though, and he along with the former tag team champion Shelton Benjamin double team Albright, leading to him NEEDING to make a tag to Vladimir. The big Russian comes in, with Nemeth and Benjamin doing plenty of bumping for him, making Vladimir look like an unstoppable monster, until they manage to hit double dropkicks TWICE to send him bundling through the ropes to the floor.

    Albright then returns, nailing Nemeth from behind, leaving it down to just the champion and Shelton Benjamin, and Albright eventually gets the upper hand, looking for his ACE IN THE HOLE, when Nemeth saves Benjamin!! But Vladimir returns and NAILS Nemeth with a BATTERING RAM!!! The referee looks to restore order … but it’s clear now that Albright and Vladimir have ulterior motives here, and Albright refuses to leave the ring, whilst Vladimir illegally chokes Shelton, leaving the official no choice but to call the match off!!!
    Winners: Via DQ – Shelton Benjamin & Nick Nemeth @ 05:13

    And when the bell rings, the beat down continues!!! J.R is immediately calling for help, convinced this is a plot to weaken or potentially injure two of Venturas five man team, and either leave the team short handed for Sunday or at a disadvantage at the very least.

    Albright applies the CROWBAR on Nemeth, clearly trying to snap the arm, whilst Vladimir squeezes on a bear hug to keep Shelton occupied, as J.B.L now shows up at ringside, with Haas and Dinsmore along with him, cheering on his men-


    Bringing with them steel chairs, REY MYSTERIO & PAUL LONDON rush to the ring to save their partners, clearly flouting the “no interference” ruling that was agreed weeks ago, and it’s quickly pointed out by Coach, but J.R argues that the match is over – the agreement only counts DURING matches.

    Seeing Rey and London alone wouldn’t necessarily scare off Albright and the Russian Hitman … but the addition of steel chairs make the champ and Vladimir think twice … and ultimately decide not to take the risk of taking on two men wielding weapons.

    RICKY STEAMBOAT is out too, and the Dragon gets in JBL’s face, accusing him of underhanded tactics, whilst Rey and London look to make sure Nemeth and Benjamin are okay-

    WHEN JOHN CENA COMES FROM THE CROWD – HE’S IN THE RING … AND HE ATTACKS LONDON FROM BEHIND!!!!! London drops the chair, and Cena starts hammering down blows on the man he’s supposed to be wrestling right now!!!

    Haas and Dinsmore now take the opportunity to hit the ring too, making the most of that distraction, and as Steamboat sees what’s going on in the ring, JBL grasps his own opportunity and CHEAP SHOTS STEAMBOAT WITH A SHOT FROM BEHIND!!!

    Steamboat drops to the floor upon impact, as Albright and Vladimir also return to the ring, making it a 5 on 4 attack in the ring, with JBL about to make it six…


    William Regal, Goldust, The East Coast Party Boys, Kid Kash, Colt Cabana, Colin Delaney, Doug Williams … even Gail Kim, Kelly Kelly & Victoria are coming out too!!! Individually, no one in the ring would fear any one person coming to the ring … but as one angry mob, it gives JBL and his Survivor Series squad food for thought.

    J.R declares that the Raw locker room (the faces anyway) are all making a stand and wont stand by to watch JBL get an upper hand before the Survivor Series … with the angry mob surrounding the ring, forcing JBL to start looking around anxiously, shouting at the group to back off … but they wont.

    And now JESSE VENTURA emerges onto the stage!! The CURRENT Commissioner checks on Steamboat on the ramp, helping the Raw GM to his feet, as Steamboat takes a microphone.

    Ricky Steamboat: This show isn’t over yet!!

    Pop from the fans.

    Ricky Steamboat: We’ve still got the main event to come … and if this is my last time as Raw General Manager, I’m not gonna let you ruin it, Bradshaw.

    JBL shakes his head, almost laughing at Steamboat.

    Ricky Steamboat: But everyone can STAY at ringside. Because it will be Paul London versus John Cena.

    Steamboat composes himself for a moment…

    Ricky Steamboat: And it’ll be a LUMBERJACK MATCH!!!

    Decent pop from the fans, as London nods, ready to get it on, whilst Cena is already taking off his hoodie…

    Ricky Steamboat: Clear the ring!! And ring the bell!!

    Commercial Break

    Main Event | LUMBERJACK MATCH:
    John Cena vs. Paul London
    Joined in progress, the ring is surrounded, and more men have filtered out during the commercial to even things up on the face/heel divide, with Bob Holly, Americas Most Wanted, La Renaissance, The New Standard, Maryse, LayCool and SHAWN MICHAELS now at ringside with everyone else, including the men involved this Sunday at the Survivor Series. JBL has joined J.R and Coach on commentary, whilst Ventura and Steamboat remain on the ramp.

    Much like their match at Nemesis, Cena uses his massive strength and power advantage to control proceedings, and though the action is a few rungs below their Nemesis effort, the heat in the building is greater for this one, given the x-factors at ringside. Cena uses a lot of rest holds to wear London down, and London continually fights back … only to be eventually tossed out of the ring by Cena – and always out at the heel side of the ring.

    That buys Cena time, and gets London a few extra beatings, including Haas and Dinsmore sending London into the steps at one point, which nearly sees a riot break out between the Lumberjacks. J.B.L constantly talks on commentary about everything he’ll improve once he gets Ventura out of power, and rejects the notion from J.R that Ventura has done good work as Commissioner, threatening to rip out ALL the changes Jesse has implemented over the last eighteen months.

    London starts to fight back on Cena again, and the momentum appears to be firmly in his favour, eventually planting Cena with a TORNADO DDT … a perfect set up for the Golden Boy to head up top … but when he does, BRENT ALBRIGHT climbs onto the apron to grab his leg!!! Shelton Benjamin is called into action, and he YANKS Albright off the apron – resulting in a brief scuffle between a few lumberjacks – as London leaps off the top at Cena (who is standing up again after the delay) … AND CENA CATCHES LONDON!!!

    FU – NO!!! London lands on his feet, and Cena comes charging at him by the ropes, but London back body drops Cena, sending him out ONTO A GROUP OF THE LUMBERJACKS!!!!! It’s chaos for a few moments, with Cena landing on a bunch of the lumberjacks, and JBL claims London done that on purpose … before London SUICIDE DIVES ONTO CENA AND THE LUMBERJACKS!!!! Now, all hell breaks loose on the outside … as J.R throws us to a commercial, hoping order can be restored before we come back from the final commercial of the night…

    Commercial Break

    And back from the commercial, order HAS been restored – for now – and back in the ring, Cena is putting a beating on London in the corner. On commentary, J.R challenges JBL on when or even IF he’ll hold up his end of the bargain with Cena should they succeed on Sunday, but Layfield refuses to discuss it, saying it’s not a public matter – though he does insist Cena WILL get a title shot once victory is delivered at the Survivor Series.

    Cena gets a warning from the official for the extended beat down in the corner, and when the Man In Black spends too long arguing with Mike Chioda, it opens the door for London to fight back!! Rocking Cena with stiff forearms, London fights out of the corner, getting a head of steam, eventually scoring a near fall off a spinning heel kick!!! A HURRICANRANA scores a two also, with London ascending, potentially closing in on victory!!!

    John Cena is spaghetti legged, and JUST manages to power out of a roll up, before swinging a wild clothesline – which London ducks – AND LONDON DELIVERS A SUPERKICK!!!!! 1...2...NO!!! Shaking his head, London looks to drag the bigger man up … WHEN CENA EXPLODES and CHARGES London into the corner!!! Shoulders to the gut, Cena drives the wind out of his rival, then sets up for the PILEDRIVER-

    NO!!!!! London escapes, and fights Cena off again, before running off the ropes, right into a drop toe hold … AND THE STFU!!!!! London is trapped, and despite calls from J.R on commentary to tap and save himself for Sunday, London REFUSES to give in!!! J.B.L calls him stupid and an idiot for not tapping – but says he’s glad London is a glutton for punishment. Cena cranks back … but London inches nearer to the ropes … reaching out-


    The faces on the other side of the ring – notably Regal and Goldust – see it, and they are furious, instantly charging to that side of the ring to put a stop to it … AS THE LUMBERJACKS START BRAWLING AGAIN!!!!! As the lumberjacks fight on the outside, London DOES get the ropes … but the referee is too distracted by what’s happening on the outside to notice!!!!! Cena keeps the hold locked on … with London fading-


    And the chaos goes to another level from there!!! The ring now starts to fill up as Charlie Haas tackles Rey, and the knock on effect sees everything come into the ring. Mike Chioda has lost all control, and the bell is heard ringing, but there’s no official announcement. Clearly, the match has been thrown out … but that wasn’t the important thing tonight anyway.
    Winner: No Contest @ 16:49

    Despite the bell ringing, it doesn’t stop any of the fighting. Almost all of the Raw roster is out here brawling amongst each other, arms are flying, fists are flying, bodies are flying, but J.B.L departs from commentary, and is ushered out of the firing line by his bodyguard Vladimir, heading for higher ground.

    In the ring, there’s no decisive winner with the brawls going back and forth, it’s just sheer bedlam. Not involved in any of the brawling, Shawn Michaels simply makes his way up the ramp – still limping – and passes by Ventura and Steamboat. There’s a momentary pause, as Michaels side eyes both men … but eventually continues on his way.

    Meanwhile, up in the stands, JBL stops to survey the carnage happening way down below, with Vladimir and Ranjin Singh by his side. On commentary, J.R goes into super shill mode for the Survivor Series, calling this just a glimpse of what’s to come on Sunday.

    It’s still not calmed down in the ring as we go off the air, with final shots of Ventura and Steamboat on the ramp, switching their focus to JBL way up in the arena on the steps by an exit, as JBL points down toward the pair, telling Ventura and Steamboat (even though they can’t hear him) “IT’LL BE ALL MINE!! IT’LL BE ALL MINE!!!”…


    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, WWE Tag Team Champions Wade Barrett & Elijah Burke w/Melina & Armando Estrada
    Kurt Angle, Randy Orton, Jack Swagger, Carlito & Kofi Kingstonw/Paul Heyman
    *If The Dangerous Alliance win, Kurt Angle will receive a WWE Championship Match, Jack Swagger will receive a U.S Championship match and the Caribbean Connection will receive a Tag Team Championship match – all at Armageddon*

    5 on 5 Survivor Series Elimination Match:
    Edge, Christian, Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy & Evan Bourne
    Batista, Sim Snuka, Ted DiBiase Jr, Jamie Noble & M.V.P w/Ted DiBiase Sr

    Womens Championship Match:
    Beth Phoenix vs. Natalya
    - With NO Rope Breaks Allowed -

    Cruiserweight Championship Match:
    Christopher Daniels vs. Bryan Danielson

    Triple H vs. Mister Kennedy

    Huge thank you to ranthellacious for the amazing work on the Survivor Series match graphics.
    Last edited by Wolf Beast; 06-11-2019 at 11:56 AM.


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    The best 2/3 series tonight is a good concept for the show. Shawn Michaels winning this match is a big win for him as it makes Michaels look like a strong component for the Survivor Series match rather than a weak link. Only downside is it also hurts Mysterio somewhat since Michaels was already injured going into this match.

    Nice segment here with Michaels and JBL with Michaels making it clear he is moving on from his feud with Punk, but will still be a loyal member to Team JBL. Also enjoy the quips from The Coach here to defend JBL's team.

    The hype package for Steamboat was definitely necessary and glad to see it here due to how underwhelming his announcement was for the team. So the video to remind people of the legend that he is helps a lot. Also great interaction with CM Punk and Ricky Steamboat in the back.

    Nice segment here with Beth Phoenix and Natalya. Beth Phoenix is actually one of your best heels at the moment in my opinion. She is just a villain and your writing and booking with her is great. Looking forward to this match up.

    Good tag team match here to give Goldust and William Regal a victory and hyping up the feud with them and the Dupree/Sandow. Also nice spot with Goldust and William Regal with the cheating face tactics.

    Nice segment here with Kennedy and Triple H. I don't really get the feeling that Kennedy has as much to lose here as Triple H even though Triple H thinks it'll ruin Kennedy because Kennedy just comes like the person who can say I Quit and then get his heat back the next night. Looking forward to their match.

    Great antics here with Team JBL's dynamics. It made me chuckle that JBL is jealous about Steamboat getting a video package. Love the dynamic with Cena and Albright here. Every time they interact, Albright comes off looking like a star so a match with Cena could definitely push Albright to the position he needs to be on the card.

    Another filler match for Kelly here. Nothing much to say.

    Great segment with Team Ventura at Survivor Series. Really enjoyed him presenting the different visions that the company can have going forward depending on who wins at Survivor Series.

    Nice follow up segment with Albright and Vladimir aiming to take out Benjamin and Nemeth and then the massive brawl leading to the babyface locker room to empty out to stand up for what is right and now we have a lumberjack match.

    Great match to finish the show to really show the jeopardy the company is in due to this power struggle and what this will all mean in the end. I'm glad this ended in a no contest so neither team has a sure advantage momentum wise heading into Survivor Series though Team JBL still are the favorites heading in.

    Great go home show hear and looking forward to the SmackDown! go home show before we head into Survivor Series.

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    Good, fun match to kick off the show. Given Michaels isn't necessarily heel turning, you probably need to milk some of these matches while he is a quasi-heel, and going 15 minutes with Rey is a lot of fun. The West Coast Pop in to Sweet Chin Music is opening video worthy, too. The post match is where the real intrigue is, though. It really seems like Michaels isn't turning, which makes this a slightly convoluted picture, but made up for in how creative it is. A desperate babyfaces joining the heels but not turning heel isn't something I've ever seen before. Love Michaels choosing to finish the feud, though. That's kind of the ending that's needed here, I think. Not Michaels winning, but him realising it's time to stop. Good stuff.

    Very nice Steamboat video, and good shout in playing up the importance of this return rather than it being a throwaway thing. That said, the segment with Punk afterwards is what has my interest the most. I thought we were heading towards Punk - Michaels at Mania at one point, and at one point thought maybe he would be the big babyface winning the title, but now you have me thinking about Punk-Steamboat for the IC Title. If that's the direction we're going, based off this interaction, awesome. Love Steamboat talking Punk up but standing by his convictions. Both men come out of this SO well, and yet stay totally true to their characters. Very low key, but brilliantly executed imo.

    Maaaaaaaaaaate. An arm wrestling contest? You're better than that! As an old school angle to heat up the match on Sunday this was fine, but I hate arm wrestling contests. They're just so gimmicky and cheap for me. I will give you credit for re-heating the women's division with this match, though. I obviously haven't always loved that division in this, but this is the most excited I've been for a women's match yet, so good stuff there.

    I know we've had that PPV hype video for a while now, but seeing as it's going to stop soon, I want to reiterate how much I enjoy it. Eliminate all threats is a beautiful tagline.

    Loved the fake out cheating from the Knuckle Dusters. Again, I've said it before, but this swerve of Regal not joining with Sandow and instead creating two fun tag teams out of that whole storyline was a fantastic bit of booking.

    Great f'ing segment with HHH and Kennedy. We've had so many of these that, if this wasn't the last one we'd see from them, I think I'd be getting burned out on them. But in the knowledge that this is IT for them (again, kudos on the timing for finishing this feud exactly when it needs to) I loved this. That Triple H monologue... what a thing of beauty. He's been playing victim/inferior for so long now that to see him take control of the situation was great (as in, he's been reactive to Kennedy out of uncontrolled anger, whereas now he's taking the lead by calling HIM out on his shit). Beautiful dressing down of Kennedy, perfectly walking that tightrope of personal trying to bury him (which is realistic for what you'd want to do to your nemesis) without going over the line in to an actual burial. Kennedy isn't on that level but acts like he is, and it's right to call him out on it... but while he also feels like he kind of IS at that level. I don't know how you walked that line, but it's great. Plus the selling of the match, and the whole "owning another man's soul" is melodramatic as fuck but man is it awesome. And then Kennedy still needing to get the final word in after he's been dressed down is great character work as well (while also giving you the lines you need for the inevitable promo video). Top marks here, mate, great stuff.

    I'll be honest, the Cena/JBL/Albright stuff fell a little flat for me, but that's probably more as a comedown from that epic confrontation earlier. I'm not really sure what perhaps it served other than to establish motivations, but everyone in it is well written as always.

    I have nothing to say about another Kelly Kelly win!

    I'm really enjoying the Survivor Series recall moments. I'd have been totally fine with you choosing just to recap things in this universe, because I'm kind of fascinated by this whole history I never got to experience.

    Good solid hype from the announcers. Appreciate you taking the time to do that, very authentic. I'll save my thoughts on the new Smackdown Survivor Series match for the next Smackdown.

    GREAT promo from Ventura. Really gets over why JBL is not the man for the job and why he is. Really pleased we had this, as his strength is his lack of visibility, but that can obviously be a curse for writing him. Really like this.

    The ending was pure go-home stuff. Nothing wildly exciting, but exactly what it needed to be to drive up PPV buys.

    Overall, I normally give a pass for go home shows because they're a necessary evil, but you actually exceeded my expectations here. The Kennedy/HHH argument, and the Ventura and Steamboat/Punk segments add to that made for a really, really enjoyable promo episode. Great work, mate.

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    Best of 3 series is just a good idea, makes the matches on show tonight between the two big teams feel all the more important. Opening with Shawn/Mysterio is just awesome as well. This character arc of HBK has been so much fun due to some of the fresh match ups it helps us offer. An awesome match as expected, and just an all-around good way to start the show.

    Whilst the segment in terms of writing was fine (as usual), I’m a little unsure of this direction with Shawn Michaels. Giving up on the CM Punk stuff because the person it makes him, and being a man of his word to JBL makes complete sense… But I was so amped up for a potential full blown Michaels heel turn, that I can’t help but feel a little disappointed. Maybe it will still happen down the track, maybe it won’t, but yeah, left me a little flat to feel as if this whole angle could lead back to HBK being exactly the same as before it started. I guess I’ll wait and see.

    Steamboat video package was good as usual with your writing. I enjoyed Steamboat questioning CM Punk’s loyalty to a team, but Punk still being smug enough to believe Steamboat is making a mistake. Really good stuff. Whilst not being in the SS match, Punk has been a big part it lately, and it’s been a fun angle. I’ve a feeling he could be the difference at SS as well, even if he isn’t technically a part of the match.

    Arm Wrestling Contest between Beth and Nattie was solid hype for the PPV match. Smart booking to continue along the angle of Nattie being too strong, the Sharpshooter, and no rope break all going against Beth. She’ll retain anyway, but this angle has been booked as well as can be. I’ve become more of a fan of this angle as it has progressed. After the complicated Beth/Mickie/Gail stuff, I’ve slowly come to enjoy this simpler feud.

    KnuckleDusters over the New Standard is the logical decision to make. Dupree and Sandow will surely make them work for a title shot, but this is obviously the money feud. LMAO at Dupree being pissed at Goldust kidnapping his dog by the way, made me laugh.

    As Keefmoon mentioned, another brilliant segment here between Triple H and Mr. Kennedy. The two have gone back and forth numerous times, but nothing feels overly repetitive, and it still feels as intense as ever. Triple H with his usual bad ass words, and KK with his usual cocky responses, all good stuff. Loved the extra ingredient of Coach shitting himself and trying to cut the segment short as well. Really good stuff, as usual. I’m just praying KK goes over again at this point.

    I’m loving the friction between team JBL tonight. It feels like they have kept it together, and suddenly, they’re almost on the fritz. The idea of Steamboat’s team being in it for the right reasons and JBL’s for the wrong reasons is being put over incredibly well. Albright and Cena’s back and forth was interesting, as is Cena’s bad ass attitude. All around fun stuff.

    Ugh, this Kelly Kelly push is killing me. No interesting angle and no talent. Can’t wait for Victoria to murder her, or at least I’m bloody hoping that’s the direction you’re heading. Probably only part of the show I’ve constantly disliked recently.

    As usual, commentary promoting Survivor Series was excellently written. Not much else to say really.

    More to what I mentioned earlier with difference between the two teams, Ventura put that over perfectly here. The last minute hype of their SS team was a good read.

    I LOVED the ending of this show, it reminded me of something I’d book in ECW, and I hope that doesn’t come across as conceded on my part, not supposed to… But the tag match resulting in a scratchy finish, with the heels trying to get the advantage was solid… But the whole roster brawl was bloody awesome. Big time finish with the main event as well.

    Only thing that frustrated me with the Lumberjack match is the way the ending kicked off. Dupree being the guy who kicked off the violence felt a bit off, especially considering some of the other guys involved in the SS match were there, would have been more fitting, in my opinion. The show ending in absolute chaos, outside of Shawn Michaels, was all fantastic though.

    A really entertaining go home show in my book, which as Keef mentioned, isn’t always something easy to pull off. Great job.

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    Very very good opening match. I thought you wrote it back and forth very well, and it was nice to see HBK just be HBK in the match with nothing extra to it. That's needed still sometimes, so no complaints here.

    Interesting in the post match here. I like the potential tease that HBK could possibly go back to full face and help the good guys. I don't see it happening, but it's a good seed to plant. You really are so good at setting up stuff like this.

    I've never been big on the video package stuff, and I think you know that. I applaud you for this one in particular as I thought it was well done. I think you can get all that across with a lot less work, but I'm old and lazy so I don't think like you :P Naw for real, this was good to sell who Ricky was and who he can be still, just maybe

    The Punk/Steamboat stuff was all well and good, just nothing we haven't already seen in the build up to SS.

    Jesus Christ, arm wrestling >_<

    Okay, my hatred of the hokey WWE stuff aside, it served its purpose to have an interaction between them and again make look Nattie strong. She's looked TOO strong in this build up though: Beth has to win at this rate or she's pretty much been buried.

    Solid enough from the Knuckle Dusters. I really hope we get Kennel From Hell II to solve these problems!

    Another excellent segment to build I Quit. I definitely think you could've completely avoided the melodrama of the whole losing your soul stuff; I think that was the kind of stuff to stay away from as it just seems unneeded. But HHH talking up himself and how he said Kennedy is no one, Kennedy trying to bait him afterwards: that was excellent.

    I have no issues with this segment at all. JBL playing peacekeeper for the egos of Cena and Albright. This was executed well. Only thing you missed?? You didn't have JBL call him Big Match John! I demand this at Survivor Series, or if he wins, afterwards!

    Kelly Kelly's finisher being named after the future synthetic marijuana that hurts and kills many!? WHAT WILL THE CHILDREN THINK WHEN THEY FIND OUT!?!? I THOUGHT WE DID IT FOR THE CHILDREN!

    Perfectly good rally of the troops moments by Jesse. You hit on all the key points - he's not here for the attention, they're winning for themselves, the enemies are mercs.

    I love that the heels got DQed intentionally to try and hurt them without breaking the agreed upon rules. It also totally protects Vladimir from having to do a wrestle. With SS effecting so many wrestlers, it makes sense for have the jobbers come out and not be happy with life. Perfect time for a lumberjack match.

    I much prefer this trope everyone choice than a decisive winner/advantage heading into such a Winner Takes All situation. The lumberjack stipulation was used to perfection, and you've set it all up for the payoff.

    I think this was your usual show from you - pretty much top notch. You missed on a few things more than normal for me personally, but it completely pales in comparison to the quality you have. I don't know how you find the time and energy to write as much as you do as quickly as you do, with the quality you possess. I'm infinitely jealous :P

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    WWE Superstars | November 12 2008

    EPISODE 79

    JERRY LYNN gets the show underway, already on his way to the ring as Todd Grisham and Matt Striker introduce the show, just days away from the upcoming Survivor Series PPV, and tonight there’s a special treat in store for everyone – a preview of what’s to come this Sunday with an all DIVAS Survivor Series elimination match serving as the main event tonight.

    Lynns opponent tonight is none other than SUPER CRAZY who brings with him his tag team partner, Chavo Guerrero and their manager, Vickie Guerrero to the ring as back up. After some shenanigans early on though, Chavo and Vickie are ordered to the back by the official!! It leaves Super Crazy to take on the veteran all alone, and with the level playing field, we get a really solid display from the two former ECW alumni.

    Crazy gives a great account of himself, despite focusing primarily on tag team contests over the last eighteen months, and gives Lynn plenty of trouble throughout the match up. In the end though, Lynn is able to get his knees up when Crazy goes for his MOONSAULT … and that in turn allows Lynn to deliver his TORNADO DDT … and Super Crazy isn’t kicking out of that, giving Jerry Lynn the victory @ 08:15.







    And already, it’s main event time!! Much of the entrances take place during a commercial break, but the teams are lined up, with GAIL KIM, VICTORIA, KELLY KELLY, MARIA & CANDICE MICHELLE on one side, taking on the quintet of MICKIE JAMES, LAYCOOL, MARYSE & KATIE LEA

    It’s the first time Mickie James has been seen since suffering that loss to Gail Kim at Nemesis, and throughout her time in the contest, she’s extremely withdrawn from the action, showing little to no interest in tagging in. Michelle McCool and Layla end up taking control of their team, and use this as an opportunity to get back at Victoria and Kelly Kelly after losing that feud ending tornado tag match a few weeks ago.

    After a brief feeling out phase though, Maria is the first casualty, and it’s all down to the teamwork and cheating ability of McCool and Layla, with McCool holding the legs of Maria to prevent her kicking out @ 03:16. Candice Michelle isn’t too far behind either, after coming in all guns blazing, looking for revenge after seeing the way Maria was eliminated. She ends up getting hung up on the ropes by Layla, and flattened by a big boot from McCool for her to be gone @ 05:02.

    Down to three in short order, Gail, Victoria and Kelly regroup, with the two veterans taking over, leading the way to combat the five they’re facing. A commercial break interrupts proceedings, and when we return, the heels have managed to get the upper hand on Kelly, singling her out as the weak link. Mickie briefly gets into the match, but has little impact, before tagging back out again.

    Katie takes over, looking to make an impression after frustrations in recent weeks at her inability to pick up a win … but her poor performances spill over to this match, as Kelly mounts a comeback, tagging Victoria back in!!! Victoria gets the faces back in it, and just as it looks like she’s running out of steam, Gail Kim makes a timely tag, fighting off the odds, and clearing the ring until it’s just her and Mickie.

    The two – the legal competitors – stand off, with Gail somewhat thrown by Mickies unwillingness to engage … until Victoria makes a blind tag off Gail, and shows no mercy to Mickie, running through her with a clothesline, before drilling her with the Widows Peak to eliminate Mickie James – as Gail leaps to the outside with Kelly to keep the heels from breaking the count – @ 10:26.

    Katie Lea then slips into the ring, trying to surprise Victoria with an O’Connor Roll … but Victoria rolls through on the Englishwoman to pin her – and eliminate Katie Lea @ 10:33 to keep her horrible run of form going!!! And suddenly, the odds were even – 3 on 3!! Maryse gets involved, blasting Victoria from behind, and gets the heat on the veteran for a few minutes with LayCool.

    But when Layla and McCool attempt more underhanded tactics, all hell breaks loose with Gail and Kelly no longer willing to stand for it!!! All six get involved, and in the chaos, Gail becomes the legal woman by tagging Victoria. With Gail and Victorias superiority, the faces deal with the heels, as they send each of Maryse, Michelle & Layla into the corner, with Kelly following in with a handspring elbow squashing all three!!!

    Michelle takes the initial impact, but it’s Maryse taking the brunt as she was sent in first … and as McCool staggers out of the corner, she walks right into Eat Defeat by Gail!! Michelle McCool is eliminated @ 14:07!! And after a corner splash by Victoria squashing Layla and Maryse, Layla El walks right into Eat Defeat too!! She’s gone @ 14:22 courtesy of Gail Kim!!!

    And it leaves Maryse all alone!! Gail and Victoria – with two eliminations apiece – offer the chance to Kelly to finish the match and get some of the glory. Maryse, facing insurmountable 3-1 odds … tries to beg off … but it’s no use. She gets beat around by Gail, Victoria and Kelly like a pinball, before Kelly finally puts the blonde beauty away @ 15:26 with the K2!!! All three women have survived!!!

    Gail Kim, Victoria and Kelly Kelly all raise one anothers hands in the ring in victory, celebrating a great team effort to reel off five straight eliminations after a shaky start. Striker and Grisham put over how good all three looked {even Kelly~!!, lol} in action tonight, saying that after the Survivor Series any of these women could be in line for the next shot at the title, though Striker is quick to say it could be a little soon for Kelly.

    And indeed, just as the show goes off the air, Gail makes a motion around her waist, insinuating she wants back in the title hunt … and Victoria sees it. She grabs the arm of Gail, stopping her from making that motion, and wags her finger to say ‘NO’ before pointing to herself. There’s a bit of a stand off between the two, with Gail nodding, telling Victoria to bring it on, whilst Kelly tries to settle things down and enjoy the victory tonight…


    I'll be posting Smackdown tomorrow, most likely. A bit earlier than I intended, but I may be a little busy the rest of the week with a few potentially long work days coming up. As for Survivor Series, just got the main event to write now. After posting Survivor Series, I might even follow that a day or so later with a shorter version of the show, as I know long shows like that can tend to be offputting for quite a few and for good reason.


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    I need to be reading your shows more dude, I keep just coming in and out. Reading bits now and then.

    They're so good.

    From Survivor Series I'm going to try and keep it more a regular thing.

    Speaking of which- that card is intriguing!

    The idea of Daniels vs Danielson for the Cruiserweight Championship.. YES! YES! YES!

    The blend of the Survivor Series teams are very interesting. I'll have to skim back and see how they've come about. Always loved the traditional 5 on 5 SS matches.

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    Personal preference = boo at Super Crazy jobbing to Jerry Lynn. I shall make sure to BURY Lynn on my next show just for you. Seriously though, this would have been a sweet little Superstars match and considering Lynn is the singles guy… And Crazy lost his back up, I’ve no problems with the result.

    Looking forward to the surely awesome Kendrick promo after being revealed as the Finlay attacker.

    Kelly Kelly surviving actually killed me. Surprised for the somewhat detailed write up for an episode of Superstars to be honest but that’s all well and good. Match was fine enough but I’m really intrigued by Victoria and Gail having that momentum. I just want Victoria to be a killer already. Anyway, not much else here, looking forward to SD.

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    Friday Night Smackdown | November 14 2008 | Fort Worth, TX

    Recap of last weeks closing angle, where THE BRIAN KENDRICK revealed that HE was responsible for the assault that has taken Finlay out of commission.

    Opening Video

    No Pyro-

    Instead, we open COLD into the arena, and the lights come on;


    Boos rain down on the BALD headed Kendrick, who made his return last week with a startling confession, taking the credit for the assault on Finlay. Expressionless, Kendrick waits out the noise being made by the fans.

    The Brian Kendrick: I don’t hear anyone laughing anymore…

    Wearing his tattered, dirty white leather jacket (with a bloody rag hanging out of the front pocket), Kendrick shakes his head.

    The Brian Kendrick: People aren’t pointing and laughing at the freak show anymore…

    He rubs his bald head, with a sinister look in his eyes, then looks up at the lights, before back to the hard camera.

    The Brian Kendrick: Since last week, people put their heads down now instead of looking me in the eye. I walk down the street, and people walk to the other side of the sidewalk to avoid me.

    Kendrick laughs into the mic, then pauses.

    The Brian Kendrick: You all realise now … I’m not a joke. I’m a monster.

    Scattered boos.

    The Brian Kendrick: Finlay … Finlay got everything that was coming to him. HE created this monster. His fingerprints are all over this!! He made a mockery of me, took away my identity … he just failed to realize and failed to understand that by taking away my identity … I had to embrace my new identity.

    Closing his eyes, Kendrick has a euphoric look on his face, before starting again.

    The Brian Kendrick: And just like Frankensteins Monster, I sought revenge for what Finlay caused me to become. It was only fitting for Finlay to feel the wrath of his monster.

    Laughing again into the mic, TBK gets boos from the audience.

    The Brian Kendrick: Now … I wonder Finlay … I wonder if you regret making a mockery of the old Brian Kendrick. As you sit on a hospital bed, being fed because you can’t use your own arms, suffering the humiliation of nurses having to wash and bathe you, because you don’t have the power in your legs to stand up … does it seem like such a good idea to have killed the old Brian Kendrick??

    Staring right at the hard camera, it’s as if Kendrick is waiting for an answer to his question, before snapping back into reality.

    The Brian Kendrick: Because he wouldn’t have inflicted the kind of damage that this Brian Kendrick did. He wouldn’t have had the stomach to carry out such a despicable assault. He wouldn’t have made an invalid out of you.


    The Brian Kendrick: Was it worth it?? The fun you had in seeing me shorn of my identity at SummerSlam?? For what’s become of you?? You need-

    **WHAT’S UP!?**

    There’s no rapping or playing to the fans, R-TRUTH, having been also left for dead two weeks ago in a similar vein to Finlay weeks earlier (but to a lesser extent) makes his way onto the stage. He’s not asking the fans “What’s Up?” tonight though – he looks like he’s out for blood.

    R-Truth: I ain’t no detective, but Imma jump to some conclusions right about now … some sucka attacked me up from behind a couple weeks back … and I’m lookin at da numba one suspect!!

    The Brian Kendrick: You’re absolutely right.

    Immediately, Kendrick owns up to the assault on Truth, with Truth looking livid at the nonchalance of the admission.

    The Brian Kendrick: You … just like Finlay … humiliated me. You made a mockery of me on national television … and just like with Finlay, I wont tolerate anyone making a fool of me any longer.

    R-Truth: Well, y’gone screwed up, dawg!! Cause y’dint finish the job!!!

    The Brian Kendrick: The only reason I didn’t finish the job … is because I was disturbed before I could. Otherwise, you’d be laid up next to our General Manager. And I’d suggest if you come any closer … that’ll be where you end up.

    R-Truth: Oh, well let’s find out about dat!!!

    Truth starts making his way to the ring-

    WAIT!! WAIT!!”


    John Laurinaitis: Just stop- hold up!!

    The acting GM whilst Finlay is out of commission shuffles out quickly to settle things down, rushing toward Truth on the ramp, and standing in front of him to stop Truth from continuing to the ring.

    John Laurinaitis: I can’t allow this to happen – not like this. Truth-

    Truth keeps his glare on the ring, with Johnny Ace trying to get his attention.

    John Laurinaitis: Truth – I have to insist that you back off right now. You want a chance to get some revenge, and I understand that. And I will give you that chance-

    Truth paces, telling Johnny – off mic – to move.

    John Laurinaitis: At the Survivor Series this Sunday.

    Stopping in his tracks, Truth eyeballs Laurinaitis, but doesn’t respond to the announcement. Johnny turns to address Kendrick in the ring.

    John Laurinaitis: And as for you- Mister Kendrick … you can count yourself extremely fortunate. Only for Finlays insistence, I would’ve pushed for your contract to be terminated after what you’ve done. It’s only because of Finlay that you have a job right now.

    Kendrick starts to smirk in a sinister manner.

    John Laurinaitis: And if I were you, I’d be very concerned about what he has in store for you when he returns.

    Kendrick scoffs at the thinly veiled threat, whilst Truth pipes up again and addresses Ace.

    R-Truth: Yo, dawg!! Listen up, no disrespect to Finlay, but y’better tell him there ain’t gonna be much left of Kendricks punk ass after I’m done wit’im at the Survivor Series.

    Wild eyed, Truth glares at the ring, pointing at Kendrick.

    R-Truth: You hear dat!! Yo punk ass is MINE on Sunday, Kendrick!!

    Kendrick doesn’t react in the ring, keeping his eerie smile etched on his face instead, whilst Truth breathes heavily on the ramp, eyeballing his foe, as Johnny Ace tries to usher the worked up Truth away to alleviate the tension, before cutting to Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler at ringside.

    Michael Cole: Well King, not the start we anticipated to this night…

    Jerry Lawler: Not at all, Michael. I mean, that individual in the ring – he’s still called The Brian Kendrick … but that’s not Brian Kendrick any more.

    Michael Cole: He’s shown zero remorse for his actions, zero compassion for the pain and suffering he inflicted on Finlay and as we’ve just found out, R-Truth too. And don’t forget either, King, someone got in the ring – completely covered – and screwed Bryan Danielson out of the Cruiserweight title two weeks ago on Smackdown. And my guess would be The Brian Kendrick was behind that too!!

    Jerry Lawler: Wouldn’t be a shock to me. He’s come for revenge on Finlay, revenge on R-Truth, so why not target the man responsible for him having to shave his hair all the way back at Summerslam??

    Michael Cole: Well, as we just heard, another match made official for the Survivor Series in just forty eight hours time. The Brian Kendrick returns to action to face R-Truth. Kendrick will have his hands full in Atlanta on Sunday, that’s for sure, King.

    Jerry Lawler: Yeah, but before all that on Sunday, we have a loaded night of action on Smackdown, Michael!!

    Michael Cole: As we’ve known for weeks, Kurt Angle and the WWE Champion Chris Jericho will head up Survivor Series teams on Sunday, but tonight, both team captains will be in singles action – later, Chris Jericho meets Carlito, but coming up next, Kurt Angle takes on one half of the WWE Tag Team Champions, Elijah Burke!! That and much MUCH more to come here on Smackdown!!

    Commercial Break

    Returning from the break, we get a SHAKY camera shot, of a developing situation backstage, as the former Cruiserweight Champion BRYAN DANIELSON is shown trying to get at THE BRIAN KENDRICK, but is being held back by fellow workers from the Cruiserweight division.

    Kendrick – flanked by two security guards – stands stoically, not reacting, as Danielson squirms, trying to get at Kendrick, shouting at Kendrick “WHY’D YOU DO IT!?”, followed by “YOU SCREWED ME!!”

    Shaking his head, Kendrick remains calm, taking a step forward…

    The Brian Kendrick: Whoever that was that screwed you, Bryan … it wasn’t me.

    Kendrick looks up and down Danielson, then scoffs.

    The Brian Kendrick: But I wish it had been.

    Turning and walking away, Kendrick leaves Danielson confused, with the former Cruiserweight Champion convinced it was Kendrick that was behind the screw job two weeks ago … knowing Kendrick would have no reason to lie…


    Back into the arena…

    Match 1:
    Kurt Angle vs. Elijah Burke
    Noted during the entrances by Michael Cole, both Heyman and Estrada agreed earlier in the day that for the two matches tonight there would be NO ringside accompaniments, meaning no Heyman or Swagger at Angles side, and no Melina or Barrett for Burke.

    It’s a big opportunity for Elijah, and he looks to grasp it with both hands – as has everyone that’s been in the ring with Angle over the last few months. Angle is on form too, coping just fine without Heyman at ringside, but it’s a competitive sprint of a match, and surprisingly 50/50 in terms of dominance throughout the match.

    After eating a pair of Belly to Bellies, Burke avoids an attempt at the Angle Slam, and quickly counters an Ankle Lock attempt by rolling through, sending Kurt hurtling face first into the turnbuckles!! That sets up Eli for the ELIJAH EXPRESS on Angle and SCORES!!! It’s going to be a huge win for one half of the tag champions, 1...2...ANGLE GETS A SHOULDER UP!!!!

    Burke argues with the official, convinced he got three, and has to get focused again on Angle, and hits his elevated elbow drop for another near fall, before looking to set Angle up for the ELIJAH EXPERIENCE – NO!!! Angle spins out of danger, then ducks a clothesline, and reels off a pair of German Suplexes before sending Burke backflipping on the third!!!!

    That sensational third German essentially puts the match to bed, as Angle is able to size Burke up from there, stalking before planting Eli with an ANGLE SLAM … followed by the ANKLE LOCK for good measure – albeit unnecessarily with the match won on the slam … but it’s still enough for Burke to quickly tap out, saving himself for Sunday without putting up a huge struggle in the submission.
    Winner: Kurt Angle 06:26

    Picking up a hard fought victory, Kurt Angle looks somewhat relieved, knowing he’s been given a tough work out tonight, just two days away from the Survivor Series. Michael Cole calls it impressive, and notes that now the pressure shifts to Chris Jericho to deliver and set the tone as captain of his team later tonight.

    Commercial Break

    Returning backstage, we see MATT & JEFF HARDY, with EVAN BOURNE in the locker room, approaching their partner on Sunday; EDGE, who is sat down, lacing up his boots in preparation for a match later…

    Jeff Hardy: Hey Edge.

    Edge says nothing, but offers the trio a nod, before going back to lacing up.

    Jeff Hardy: We uh, we thought it might be a good idea to talk some strategy before this uh, Survivor Series elimination match on Sunday.

    Matt pipes up now too.

    Matt Hardy: Yeah, and while we’re at it … if we’re gonna be on the same team at the Survivor Series … maybe we ought to bury the hatchet?

    Edge keeps his head down, still tying up his laces.

    Edge: I didn’t know we had a problem.

    Jeff Hardy: Well, you’ve had a few run ins these last couple months. We just wanted to make sure there’s no issues.

    Finishing lacing his boots, Edge stands up.

    Edge: Look, apart from that weird as hell situation with you sending an e-mail while Finlay was laying unconscious, there’s no issues on my end.

    Matt Hardy: That was a misunderstanding, man. When I sent that e-mail-

    Edge: Doesn’t matter. I’m guessing you three want the same thing I do on Sunday … so as long as you leave Batista to me, I’ll leave the DiBiase crew to you.

    Raising his eyebrows, Matt smirks.

    Matt Hardy: Whatever you say man, it is Team Edge after all, right? We’re just the supporting cast according to the-

    Edge: I don’t give a crap what the team name is. All I care about on Sunday is beating Batista’s ass. Understand??

    Matt is about to talk back, but Jeff quickly intervenes.

    Jeff Hardy: You spoke to Christian?? What’s goin on with him, man??

    Edge: Who knows. I’ll speak to him later if he shows up … but right now?? I got a match with that idiot Sim Snuka to get ready for.

    Finally getting a word in, Evan tries to crack a joke-

    Evan Bourne: You even need to gear up to wrestle that guy??

    Edge shoots Bourne a look, and Evan puts his head down.

    Jeff Hardy: Look, we’ll join you out there. Batista and Filthy Rich won’t be too far away I’m gues-

    Edge: Don’t bother. We’re on the same team on Sunday. Not any sooner.

    Edge walks off, and Matt is about to pipe up with something, but Jeff stops him and shakes his head. Matt is clearly agitated by Edge’s attitude though…


    Elsewhere, JOSH MATHEWS is standing with PAUL HEYMAN…

    Josh Mathews: Mister Heyman, after weeks of round the clock negotiations with various Smackdown superstars, you finally fully assembled your Survivor Series team which has now officially been coined as a ‘Dangerous Alliance’. And given everything that’s at stake for the team this Sunday, just how dangerous will this alliance prove to be??

    Heyman rolls his eyes at the question.

    Paul Heyman: Who wrote that for ya?? Cute though. Yes, call it what you will; Team Angle, a Dangerous Alliance, frankly Josh, it doesn’t matter. Because what we have assembled is a team with NOTHING to lose and EVERYTHING to gain. But better yet, Joshua … what I have brought together is a team with a common goal. Each and every man on this fantastic firm of five has a goal.

    He reaches up, grabbing an imaginary brass ring.

    Paul Heyman: Striving to survive, my team of the ONLY Olympic Gold Medallist in WWE history, the YOUNGEST WWE Champion in history, the NEXT next big thing, along with the BEST tag team in the game to have never held the gold … have everything they need in themselves and in each other to achieve their goals and grab the opportunities they so richly deserve.

    Heyman pauses, then devilishly smirks.

    Paul Heyman: Whereas, on the other hand…

    Heyman trails off on that, letting it linger, before continuing.

    Paul Heyman: You’ve got Chris Jericho’s band of not so merry men. We all know the saying that it’s harder to STAY a champion than it is to BECOME a champion … and it’s never been more true than it will be at the Survivor Series. They can’t walk away if the going gets tough on Sunday. They can’t intentionally get themselves disqualified … because no matter what; be it count outs, disqualifications … every elimination counts. To stop my men … they’ll have to beat them. And it’s EXTREMELY difficult for any champion to hold off a hungry challenger … let alone an entire team of them.

    The smarmy Heyman shakes his head.

    Paul Heyman: But it didn’t have to be that way. Chris Jericho, in his infinite wisdom, put his entire team behind the eight ball last week by requesting they all had something at stake, rather than only him. How very noble.

    Josh Mathews: Uh, but Mister Heyman, didn’t you try to take the credit for that last week??

    Paul Heyman: Excuse me, son, but this has long since moved away from being an interview. All I require is for you to hold the microphone. Capiche??

    Matthews shuts up, and does as he’s told.

    Paul Heyman: Now … where was I?? Ah, yes … Chris Jericho selling out his ENTIRE team last week. Now, I don’t want to create any dissension in the ranks – heaven forbid – but if I were Theodore Long or if I were Melina, I would be asking some serious questions right about now, and I’d be looking for a way to leave Mister Jericho out to dry. Especially Mister Long.

    With that twinkle in his eye, all Heyman needs is a wooden spoon right now to stir the shit.

    Paul Heyman: I mean … far be it for me to suggest … but how exactly can Theodore Long be on board as only the second most important voice on Jericho’s team?? ESPECIALLY … when he has already led his client to a notable victory over Mister Estrada’s formerly number one guy. While we’re at it … I even question how Mark Henry and Umaga could possibly co-exist given their history??

    Heyman chuckles.

    Paul Heyman: But that’s not MY problem.

    Hand on his chest, Heyman lets that linger, then blows it off.

    Paul Heyman: And besides, if I were Theodore Long and Mark Henry, I’d be asking myself why I’m assisting the WWE Champion … rather than eyeing that gold up myself. After all … he’s undefeated since coming to Smackdown, he is the reigning United States Champion…

    One more time, Heyman shows that trouble making smirk.

    Paul Heyman: But then again … maybe he is sizing up the WWE Championship. Maybe Theodore Long IS plotting something against Chris Jericho and Armando Estrada … especially after the way Chris Jericho sold him out last week. I know that I would if I were in the same position. So why not him?? Something to think about, Joshua. Something for everyone to think about…

    He pats the arm of Mathews, offers a wink and merrily walks off…


    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.






    Match 2:
    Cryme Tyme vs. The San Juan Express
    Just a brief match. No backstory, no heat coming into it. Cole and Lawler discuss JTG and Shad wanting to get right back into the title hunt, while also mentioning recent developments with Vickie Guerrero (the manager of Los Latinos) watching Epico and Primos matches on Superstars, seemingly keen on the San Juan Express. And, throughout this match too, Vickie is shown watching – but backstage on a monitor.

    The match follows the traditional tag team pattern; the faces run wild early, but the heels eventually take control with some shenanigans to gain the upper hand, focusing on JTG. After building up some heat on JTG, Epico and Primo look to deliver a double suplex – but JTG lands on his feet, countering with a double neckbreaker instead!!! Agonizingly, he crawls … but DOES make the tag to his fresh partner!!!

    And Shad Gaspard brings the heat, running through Epico and Primo with ease, before drilling Primo with a BIG BOOT!! Cover, 1...2...BROKEN BY EPICO!!! The Express use some underhanded tactics to re-establish control, and run Shad into JTG to knock him off the apron, but when they close in on victory with an attempt at the DOUBLE BACKCRACKER – BUT JTG PULLS SHAD OUT OF TROUBLE!!! Primo and Epico crash on the mat, and Epico gets thrown out, before Primo eats the G9 DOUBLE TEAM!!! 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winners: Cryme Tyme @ 05:03

    The hard fought win will get Cryme Tyme back in the conversation for the tag titles, while the loss could be a big setback for the aspiring San Juan Express, with Vickie Guerrero even being shown shaking her head backstage at the loss for the team she’d had her keen eye on.

    Back in the ring, as JTG and Shad celebrate, Cole notes though that despite the win – Cryme Tyme may not have a say in the matter if Angles team wins at the Survivor Series, as it will guarantee the Caribbean Connection the next crack at the gold.

    Commercial Break

    Backstage in a deserted heel locker room, THE MILLION DOLLAR MAN looks around, turning his nose up at the shoddy dressing area – clearly he’ll have a private room for his men – as BATISTA emerges from the bathroom area.

    The Million Dollar Man: Ah- they told me you were here.

    Batista: What is it??

    Million Dollar Man chuckles.

    The Million Dollar Man: Isn’t it obvious?? I want to talk about our game plan for this Survivor Series Elimination Match we have ourselves on Sunday, young man.

    Batista: Game plan?? How about this; you tell your boys to keep their mouths shut and follow my lead.

    DiBiase looks rather speechless at the frank outburst from Big Dave, who isn’t pulling any punches.

    The Million Dollar Man: Well, I had a few ideas of my own, if you’d care-

    Batista: That game plan I mentioned?? It counts for you too.

    Ted puffs his cheeks, looking pretty worried now for his own safety.

    Batista: I don’t want a damn team. The only thing I want is the only thing no one seems prepared to give me – and that’s a shot at the WWE Title. So the only thing I can do is beat the hell out of those five guys we’re facing at the Survivor Series. And your boys better not screw that up for me. We clear??

    Meekly, the Million Dollar Man nods – too afraid to even say anything. Slowly, he backs out of the room, quietly closing the door so as not to anger the Animal any further.

    And, waiting outside, TED JUNIOR, JAMIE NOBLE and the forever fed up looking M.V.P hanging in the background.

    Ted DiBiase Jr: So?? What did he say?? What did he think of my ideas??

    Jamie Noble: Yeah!! What about that plan I had for dealin with the Hardys??

    The Million Dollar Man: Oh- he loved it. He loved all of it. He’s really excited to be teaming up with us at the Survivor Series…

    Lying through his teeth, DiBiase ushers Ted Jr and Noble away, before also pointing at M.V.P.

    The Million Dollar Man: But he also said he wants you to pull your weight.

    Porter shakes his head, chewing on gum, before following his employer, as they walk off.


    Elsewhere, KRISTAL MARSHALL is standing by with SIM SNUKA who is bouncing on his toes, looking extremely eager.

    Kristal Marshall: Sim, over the last number of months, you’ve asked, time and time again for an opportunity. For one reason or another, the opportunities you have been given haven’t panned out … but you must be happy to not only have a match with Edge tonight, but also, to be part of the Survivor Series this Sunday??

    Snuka stops bouncing, and nods, as he gathers his thoughts.

    Sim Snuka: Kristal, I’ve had to wait for this night for a long time. This recognition is long overdue. With my last name; it’s my birthright!! I should be in Survivor Series matches, I should be taking on the likes of former WWE Champions. And I should’ve had a crack at Edge a long time ago. He’s treated me like dirt from day ONE!! Just like his good friend, Christian did last week on Smackdown.

    Taking a deep breath, Snuka takes a moment before finishing up.

    Sim Snuka: Well tonight, I’m about to prove to Edge that Sim Snuka should be treated like royalty. Because that’s what I am. Wrestling Royalty.

    Snuka walks off, revved up for his big match…


    Back in the arena…


    Stepping through the smoke, EDGE has at least given Sim Snuka enough respect to dress for the match, even though it should be a routine win. Cole and Lawler remind the viewers of the match that was announced last weekend after Smackdown for the Survivor Series, which will see both Edge and Snuka involved … but this minor issue dates back months … and it comes to a head; next.

    Commercial Break

    Match 3:
    Edge vs. Sim Snuka
    Snuka tries to wrestle with Edge initially, but after getting thrown aside, he tries to change up his tactics, going straight for a side headlock … which Edge shoves off right away, knocking Sim down with a shoulder tackle. Edge follows with a number of knock downs and clotheslines, before looking to wrap things up quickly with a SPEAR- But Sim dives out of the ring to avoid it!!!

    Taking a walk, Sim ignores the referees commands to get back inside, complaining of a wrist injury, drawing Edge out to chase him. Sim runs around the ring, sliding back in, and stomps Edge as he slides in pursuit. Snuka has the briefest of spells in charge, just trying to beat Edge down in the corner, then rushes in for a corner splash- BUT EDGE AVOIDS IT!!!

    Snuka hits the turnbuckles, and Edge drops him with the Edge-O-Matic for the 1...2...FOOT ON THE ROPE!!!!! Edge brushes off the near fall, and starts to set himself for the SPEAR … WHEN FILTHY RICH HIT RINGSIDE!!!!! Edge quickly knocks Ted DiBiase Jr off the apron, then nails Noble too as the Million Dollar Man implores M.V.P to help his boys…

    And Porter shapes up to get on the apron, which distracts Edge … allowing Sim to roll Edge up – WITH A HANDFUL OF TIGHTS!!! 1...2...NO!!!!! They bounce back up, and Edge ducks a shot, coming off the ropes – WHERE HE GETS TRIPPED BY TED SENIOR!!! Another distraction, and as Edge turns to confront the legend, Sim attacks from behind, and puts him down with a side suplex!!!

    Now, despite being told not to earlier, The Hardys and Evan Bourne come charging down the ramp to help even the odds … but it could be too late, as Snuka climbs up top … SUPERFLY SPLASH – MISSES!!!!! Edge got out of the way, Snuka crashed and burned!!! The Hardys and Bourne take care of Filthy Rich, as Edge runs through Snuka with a SPEAR!!!! 1...2...3!!!!!
    Winner: Edge @ 04:39

    It’s an expected win for Edge, but was very nearly an embarrassing loss – saved perhaps by the save from the Hardy Boys and Evan Bourne. Job done in the end, Edge gets his hand raised, whilst the fighting spills INTO the ring from the outside as Ted Junior looks to get away from Jeff Hardy.

    Edge knocks Ted down, getting some revenge for Ted’s dads actions during the match, whilst M.V.P hits the ring – under orders – with the fight continuing as Edge fights off Porter. Matt and Noble find their way into the ring too, with Evan also climbing in after being put down earlier by Montel-

    **I WALK ALONE**

    And full of rage, BATISTA comes charging down the ramp, not wanting to wait for Survivor Series to get a piece of Edge!!! The Rated ‘R’ Superstar readies himself in the ring for the arrival of The Animal … but that allows M.V.P to clock Edge with a clothesline from behind!!

    Edge is bundled to the corner, having to fight off M.V.P as Batista hits the ring and immediately DRILLS Matt Hardy with a SPINEBUSTER!!! Jeff Hardy is next in the firing line, and gets SPEARED by The Animal, before Batista SHOVES his own team mates this Sunday in order to cut through Bourne with a sickening clothesline!!!

    Meanwhile, Edge is battling back against M.V.P … but it’s all in vain, as Batista clobbers him from behind!!! Shouting “MOVE!!” at his own team mates at the Survivor Series, Batista starts to clear the ring, tossing out the Hardys – whilst Ted Senior frantically tells his own men to get out – and The Animal puts Bourne down for good with a SPINEBUSTER!!!

    Matt tries to get back in but is nailed by Batista, sending him back to the floor, whilst Jeff climbs up top … only for Batista to catch him up there and PRESS SLAM HIM BACK TO THE FLOOR ONTO HIS BROTHER!!!!

    It just leaves Edge … and the Rated ‘R’ Superstar is unable to block or defend himself as Batista stacks him … AND DRILLS HIM WITH THE BATISTA BOMB!!!! The Animal has sent a STARK warning ahead of the Survivor Series, taking out four of the five men he faces on Sunday … as Michael Cole asks “WHERE IS CHRISTIAN!?”, saying Edge and his partners could’ve done with him tonight…

    Commercial Break

    Power walking through the hallways with a scowl on his face, ARMANDO ESTRADA spots the person he’s looking for – THEODORE LONG. Long is talking on his Cell phone; back turned to Estrada … so naturally, he doesn’t take kindly to AAE pulling the phone from Long.

    Armando Estrada: He’ll call you back, pero!!

    Estrada aggressively prods the phone to hang up, with Theodore’s eyes bugging out.

    Theodore Long: Y’LOST Y’MIND PLAYA!? Da hell y’doin!?

    Armando Estrada: Don’t play me for a fool, pendejo!! Are ju working with Heyman!? Hmm?? Ju and him in cahoots!? Is dat what’s going on here??

    Long looks flabbergasted.

    Theodore Long: Working with Heyman!?? You’ve lost your mind-

    Armando Estrada: HA HA!! I don’t think so. Ju and Heyman are jealous of ME!! I see it, amigo. What deal have ju and him cut??

    Theodore Long: Get a grip, dawg!! An’ gimme dat back!!

    Long snatches his phone back from Estrada.

    Theodore Long: The hell has gotten into you playa??

    Estrada rips his sunglasses off, eyeballing Teddy.

    Armando Estrada: I know ju’re game – ju can’t stand de fact dat I represent the WWE Champion, and ju wanna undermine my power. I told Chris Jericho dis was a bad idea to bring ju and ju’re Strong man on board. I knew ju couldn’t be trusted, pero.

    Theodore Long: Y’betta slow your roll, playa. I don’t like the accusations you’re throwin at me. Accusin me and the Worlds Strongest Man like dat?? I ain’t diggin that. Trust me, dawg, Mark Henry and me?? We don’t need to be devious like dat. We don’t need to double cross anybody. If we got a problem, we’ll deal wit it like men. Ya feel me??

    Teddy aggressively points his finger at Estrada.

    Theodore Long: And believe dis, we ain’t one bit happy with Chris Jericho right now after that stunt he pulled last week. But we’ll deal with that once we get past Sunday. Now as this nonsense about me workin wit Heyman-

    It’s nonsense.”

    The voice is the background is none other than CHRIS JERICHO. The WWE Champion (dressed for action right now) walks into the picture, looking to calm the tension.

    Chris Jericho: All it is gentlemen, is Paul Heyman trying to do exactly this. Cause a rift in our camp.

    Theodore Long: Y’done a good enough job of dat y’self, playa!!

    Jericho ignores the quip from Long and instead keeps his attention on Estrada.

    Chris Jericho: I saw what Paul Heyman had to say earlier … and it reeks of desperation. We should be celebrating that fact. He’s worried. And he has every right to be. Because so long as we all maintain our focus … so long as we don’t turn on one another…

    Jericho takes a long look at Long with that comment.

    Chris Jericho: Then we can’t fail at the Survivor Series.

    He turns his gaze back to Estrada.

    Chris Jericho: So we don’t need to worry about anyone double crossing anyone. All I need you to worry about, Mister Estrada … is making sure you keep the Samoan Bulldozer under control, and not ruin this for the rest of us.

    Jericho pats the shoulder of Estrada, and walks on, motioning for Estrada to follow him. They walk off, leaving Theodore Long shaking his head, as he gets back to making the phone call he got cut off from.


    Elsewhere, JOSH MATHEWS is standing by with the CARIBBEAN CONNECTION…

    Josh Mathews: Gentlemen, this Sunday you have the opportunity to earn a long awaited shot at the WWE Tag Team Titles when you join Kurt Angle’s Survivor Series team … but tonight it’s a massive opportunity for you, Carlito, going one on one with the WWE Champion, Chris Jericho…

    Kofi pats the back of Carlito to offer encouragement as Carlito nods.

    Carlito: Yeah man, de Fight Factory have done their best to avoid Kofi Kingston and Carlito. Dey screwed us out of a title shot last month, so the way we saw it, with dem on Jericho’s Survivor Series team, and Kurt Angle needing two more guys??…

    Kofi Kingston: That was a no brainer for us. Finally, this Sunday, we get a chance to prove to the world that we’re every bit as good as the Fight Factory. Better, even. And the cherry on top is knowing that by helping Kurt Angles team to victory this Sunday, we guarantee ourselves the next shot at the tag team titles. But tonight?? Carlito here gets a little spotlight to himself….

    Carlito smirks, as he and Kofi bump knuckles.

    Carlito: Sounds good, right, Josh?? Feels like a long time since Carlito got to step out on his own and remind everyone just how good he is. Even though right now our goal is to finally get our hands on those tag team titles?? Carlito ain’t gonna pass up the opportunity to knock off the WWE Champ.

    Josh Mathews: And Kofi, due to an agreement between Paul Heyman and Armando Estrada earlier today, there’ll be no one allowed ringside for that match. How’s it gonna be for you having to stand back and watch as your partner Carlito takes on Chris Jericho tonight??

    Kofi Kingston: It’s all good, man. Carlito don’t need me holding his hand out there!! Like the man says, just because we’re a tag team, that doesn’t mean Carlito and I can’t go out there and get the job done standing on our own. Tonight?? Carlito is gonna shake up the WWE Champ … and you know what that is, don't ya, Josh??

    Josh Mathews: What’s that??

    Kofi nudges Carlito.

    Kofi Kingston: Tell ‘em.

    Carlito shrugs. Kofi – smirking – playfully slaps Carlitos chest lightly.

    Kofi Kingston: C’mon man!! Say the line.

    Carlito smirks.

    Carlito: Das cool.

    Kofi slaps his hands, cracking himself up. He pats the back of Carlito … but the smiles fade, when MELINA steps into the shot.

    Melina: Every bit as good as the tag team champions?? I don’t think so.

    With zero fear of reprisals, Melina looks Kofi and Carlito up and down with disdain.

    Melina: If you were as good as Elijah Burke and Wade Barrett, then maybe Paul Heyman would’ve tried to recruit you first rather than trying to bring MY boys on board. Don’t forget, you only got on Kurt Angles team because we turned him down. You were second best … just as the two of you always seem to be anyway.

    Carlito: Better get your facts straight, little lady … Carlito and Kofi Kingston?? We’re second to nobody. Paul Heyman might’ve tried to get you on the team first … but he didn’t have to come to us. We stepped up and told Heyman and Angle we were comin on board.

    Kofi Kingston: And only because it’d get us a chance to show your boys just who the best tag team on Smackdown is. Something you’ve been desperate to avoid.

    Melina scoffs.

    Melina: Desperate?? The only thing desperate are the two of you and the rest of your Survivor Series team. As a matter of fact, you should be called the Desperate Alliance. But you two?? I’d say you’re a much better fit for Kurt Angle anyway. Because just like him these days, you two know nothing about winning championships.

    Kingston smirks, then shrugs, before looking to his partner.

    Kofi Kingston: Well, I guess we can’t all just sleep around with whoever the champions are, huh??

    Melina reacts by SLAPPING Kofi!! Kingstons head turns, but he snaps back around, and glares at Melina.

    Kofi Kingston: I’ll give you this … that’s more fight than either of your boys have got in ‘em.

    Carlito smirks at the comment, and pats the back of his partner, as they begin to walk off.

    Carlito: We’ll see ya Sunday.

    The Caribbean Connection depart the set, with Carlito muttering something to Kofi and the two of them chuckling, as Melina fumes, arms folded.


    Back into the arena…

    **PALE RIDER**

    The NEW Cruiserweight Champion, CHRISTOPHER DANIELS makes his way out with the spotlight firmly on the Fallen Angel, as he shows off his newly won gold. Cole and Lawler remind everyone of the rematch this Sunday for the title, with Cole noting that NO ONE has been able to defeat Bryan Danielson twice, meaning it could be a very short title reign for the new champion … with a tag team match up next serving as a chance for the former champion to get his hands on Daniels before the title showdown on Sunday.

    Commercial Break

    Match 4:
    Cruiserweight Champ. Christopher Daniels & Jimmy Yang vs. Bryan Danielson & Justin Gabriel
    Cole reminds us in the early going of Daniels treatment of the young South African in recent months, meaning both opponents have plenty of motivation to get their hands on the Fallen Angel tonight. The problem they run into though is the fact that the new Cruiserweight Champion doesn’t seem too keen on competing, and with Jimmy Yang more than content to lead, Danielson and Gabriel have to focus instead on the man from Japan.

    Despite repeated requests from BOTH Danielson and Gabriel for Daniels to make a tag and face them, the Fallen Angel remains on the apron, and his first involvement is a well placed knee to the back of Justin Gabriel when he runs off the ropes, allowing Yang to execute an overhead Belly to Belly. And, as luck would have it, now that Gabriel is prone, Daniels is more interested in making a tag.

    The Fallen Angel works over Gabriel, and does as much as he can to try and rile Danielson – powerless on the outside – but Danielson ends up showing he can play the Fallen Angel at his own game, by TRIPPING Daniels when he runs off the ropes!! The Cruiserweight Champion doesn’t take kindly to the interference, and that allows Gabriel to recover, nailing Daniels with a heel kick … FOLLOWED BY A TAG TO DANIELSON!!!!

    The former champion climbs into the ring to get a piece of his rival … but is cut off by Jimmy Yang!!! The action instantly breaks down, with Gabriel coming to the aide of his partner for the night, and all four men are involved … or at least, three of them are. Daniels sees the writing on the wall with Bryan and Justin dealing with the threat of Jimmy Yang together … and elects to duck out, rather than save his partner, or face the music of facing his two rivals.

    Boos reverberate inside the arena, with Christopher Daniels collecting his title belt and absconding, and by the time Danielson and Gabriel realise it, the Fallen Angel is too far away for them to really even give chase. And … with Daniels the legal man, the official is left with no choice but to count the Fallen Angel out, giving Danielson and Gabriel the victory … but a hollow one, in that neither man could get their hands on the Cruiserweight Champion.
    Winners: Bryan Danielson & Justin Gabriel @ 06:50

    Jimmy Yang remains left behind, but as neither Danielson nor Gabriel have any real issue with Yang and as neither man is cruel enough to take their frustrations out on him, Yang is allowed to get away in the immediate aftermath.

    In the ring, Danielson and Gabriel are both visibly frustrated at Daniels being able to get away, talking the match over with one another, while on commentary, Cole again shills the Survivor Series on Sunday, saying that Daniels avoided Danielson tonight … but he wont have that same luxury on Sunday.

    Commercial Break

    Back from the commercial, “Spoilin For a Fight” by AC/DC is playing in the arena, as the camera sticks with Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler at ringside.

    Michael Cole: Well King, let’s shout out the legendary AC/DC for the use of “Spoilin For a Fight” the official theme song for the Twenty Second Annual Survivor Series this Sunday, and two men that really are spoiling for a fight are the two men that kicked off Smackdown tonight; R-Truth, and the deranged Brian Kendrick.

    Jerry Lawler: Oh, he may still have the same name, but he’s not THE Brian Kendrick I remember. Having his head shaved has transformed Kendrick into a crazed psychopath – he’s a self confessed monster now!! And his actions – as he admitted to last week – have only strengthened that claim. I’d be very careful if I were R-Truth this Sunday. We don’t know what Kendrick is capable of any more.

    Michael Cole:
    And over on Raw, two men who may have to channel their own inner monster this Sunday are The Game, Triple H and Mister Kennedy. It doesn’t get much more personal than this one, and it all comes to a head at the Survivor Series in an “I Quit” match. What lengths will these men have to go in order to force the other man to say the words … I … Quit??

    Jerry Lawler: I can’t see any way that EITHER of these men would say “I Quit”. Especially not to each other. That would be the ultimate humiliation, Cole. I heard Kennedy this past Monday say he’d sooner cut his own tongue out than say he quits!! I have no idea what it’ll take!!

    Michael Cole: It wouldn’t be the Survivor Series without some traditional Survivor Series elimination matches, King!! And we’ve got TWO on Smackdown!! Edge leads the Hardy Boys, Evan Bourne and Christian – in his first match as a Smackdown superstar – against the team of Batista, Ted DiBiase Junior, Jamie Noble, M.V.P and Sim Snuka!! But King, question marks galore here!!

    Jerry Lawler: There sure is. How is Batista gonna lead a team when he doesn’t want one!! Better than that, maybe after what we saw earlier, does he even NEED a team??

    Michael Cole: Plenty of bad blood between Edge and Batista. There’s been issues between the Hardys and Filthy Rich too over recent weeks, and Christian may be the biggest x-factor of the lot!! He’s NOT here tonight. Does he even want to be at the Survivor Series!?

    Jerry Lawler: Well, the Survivor Series can’t come quick enough for Natalya over on Raw!! She’s given Beth Phoenix all kinds of problems over the last few months, but she hasn’t been able to get her hands on the Womens title!! She has another shot on Sunday, and Michael – there’s no rope breaks!!

    Michael Cole: And that could well mean we’ll see a new champion at the Survivor Series. No one until Natalya had been able to match Beth Phoenix for strength and power. The Glamazon has met her match, and if Natalya locks on the Sharpshooter, Beth Phoenix may have to accept that she hasn’t just met her equal … she’s met her superior.

    Jerry Lawler: The WWE Champion isn’t in danger of losing his title this Sunday, but should he and his “Hall of Champions” lose on Sunday, they’ll all know who their next challenge is gonna be!!

    Michael Cole: Indeed, King, Chris Jericho has put together a team full of champions; the WWE Tag Team Champions the Fight Factory, the United States Champion Mark Henry, and his own personal back up; The Samoan Bulldozer, Umaga. It’s about as impressive a line up as it gets – but King, we can’t count out the opposition. You know what it’s like to be hungry in pursuit of championship gold.

    Jerry Lawler: Without a doubt. And Kurt Angle is close right now. He’s running out of opportunities to get his hands back on the WWE Title, and this might be the best chance he’ll get for some time!! We heard from the Caribbean Connection what this means for them on Sunday, and we all know how much Paul Heyman would love it if his new prodigy Jack Swagger could be the man to defeat Mark Henry. Add in Randy Orton – who himself we believe is being promised a shot at Kurt Angle if and when Angle wins the title … and you’ve got a team full of guys with plenty of motivation to get the job done on Sunday.

    Michael Cole: Then, from Raw – but a match that will affect us all – with the Commissionership of the WWE at stake, John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield looks to take the office from Jesse Ventura, and leads a star studded team into Atlanta. JBL returns to the ring for the first time in almost eighteen months, and has the World Heavyweight Champion Brent Albright at his disposal, along with John Cena, the legendary Shawn Michaels and the mysterious but deadly Russian hitman; Vladimir.

    Jerry Lawler: That may well be the greatest team I’ve ever seen assembled for the Survivor Series, Michael!!

    Michael Cole: And on the other side, Jesse Ventura has put his faith in Rey Mysterio, Paul London, Nick Nemeth, Shelton Benjamin and of course, the Raw General Manager himself; Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat!! Steamboat hasn’t wrestled in fifteen years … but desperate times call for drastic measures. A huge challenge for Ventura and his five man team. Can The Dragon roll back the years, King??

    Jerry Lawler: If that arm drag he executed on JBL a couple of weeks ago is anything to go by, he may look as good as ever!! But Michael, fifteen years is a LIFETIME to not be in that ring. It’s a huge risk from Ventura, a huge risk from Steamboat … and it’s one that might not pay off.

    Michael Cole: And we know that if JBL’s team wins, not only does he replace Ventura, but he’s already made it abundantly clear he’ll fire Steamboat and replace him with Ranjin Singh. The power struggle for control in the WWE climaxes in one of the biggest and most important Survivor Series elimination matches of all time!! And on top of all that King – we just saw moments ago, Christopher Daniels walk out of a tag team match against Bryan Danielson. He can’t walk out on Sunday.

    Jerry Lawler: And if he tries, Bryan Danielson will be right on his tail!! Controversy marred their match in London two weeks ago, but this Sunday, we’ll see just who the better man is, and it might just prove to be a very short reign for Christopher Daniels.

    Michael Cole: Since his debut one year ago, Bryan Danielson has only been beaten four times. Jamie Noble at Judgment Day, CM Punk in the King of the Ring finals, Kurt Angle at No Mercy and Christopher Daniels two weeks ago. No one has beaten Danielson twice – will the Fallen Angel become the first man to go two and oh against the former champion?? Right now, Kristal Marshall is standing by with Bryan Danielson. Kristal, take it away…


    And KRISTAL is there, standing with BRYAN DANIELSON…

    Kristal Marshall: Thank you Michael. Bryan, as Michael Cole and The King stated, controversy marred your title match with Christopher Daniels two weeks ago, and saw you lose the Cruiserweight Championship. The Fallen Angel clearly wanted to avoid any interaction with you tonight – but he doesn’t have that same luxury on Sunday…

    Bryan Danielson: No, he doesn’t. Look, nothing Christopher Daniels does surprises me. I’ve known him for years – long before either of us got here to the WWE – and he’s never been someone I’ve cared for. It only takes someone to use their own eyes to see what he’s like; you don’t need me to explain it. He’ll manipulate people, he’ll take any short cut he can … and two weeks ago, I fell into the trap.

    Angry with himself, Danielson sighs, then shakes his head.

    Bryan Danielson: I’m not making any excuses for what happened. I allowed myself to get drawn into his vicious little web, and I let him manipulate his way into getting exactly what he wanted. He didn’t earn his shot, he sure didn’t deserve it either. And I handed it to him on a silver platter. But on Sunday at the Survivor Series I’ve got the chance to redeem myself. And I intend on kicking his head in … and taking back MY title!!

    Full of fire, Danielson is about to walk off, but Kristal calls him back.

    Kristal Marshall: Bryan- before you go … I was hoping to get your thoughts on the controversy that surrounded the conclusion of that match two weeks ago, and the man that entered the ring-

    Danielson cuts in.

    Bryan Danielson: Honestly?? I was convinced that was Kendrick. Now?? I’ve no idea. Could’ve been a fan, or it could’ve been a plan from Daniels too. Like I said, I wouldn’t past anything past him. But I know this – I’ll be ready for anything on Sunday.

    Bryan nods at Kristal, and walks off…

    Commercial Break



    The Hart Brothers {Bret, Owen, Bruce, Keith} band together against Shawn Michaels & his Knights. Despite Michaels holding his own, his Knights prove to be no match for the superior Hart Brothers, with Owen Hart dispatching of the Black & Blue Knights and Bret submitting the Red Knight. Deep into the match, after Bret picked up an injury, he and Owen accidentally collided on the apron, leading to Owens elimination.

    Facing up to 3 on 1 odds, Shawn Michaels then elected to walk out, giving the Harts the win – with only Owen suffering a loss; something that didn’t sit well with the youngest Hart. Owen would return to the ring, confronting Bret whilst his brothers were celebrating the victory, blaming his elder brother for his own elimination. A first sign of friction between Bret and Owen that would ultimately lead to one of the all time great WrestleMania contests.



    Heading backstage, EDGE is now showered and changed after his match earlier, and is seemingly leaving the arena with his bag over his shoulder. Walking toward the exit, he’s making a call, but there’s nothing going on at the other end of the line, with Edge eventually rolling his eyes.

    Edge: It would be nice if you could spare five minutes to pick up a call!! Look, call me when you get this-

    Edge pulls the phone away, about to end the call, but sighs, and decides to leave a proper message.

    Edge: Actually- I’ll just get this off my chest now; get off your damn ass!! Whatever funk this is you’re in, you better snap out of it quick, because I just got my ass beat earlier, so I could do with some help on Sunday, and I don’t wanna have to owe the Hardys a damn thing.

    He exhales, then continues on leaving his message for Christian.

    Edge: Look … I don't give a rats ass if you wanna piss your own career away, that’s up to you … but when your decisions start affecting MY career?? We’re gonna have a problem. So I don’t care if you wanna call me back or not … but I better see you at the Survivor Series on Sunday. Got it!?

    Edge ends the call, shaking his head, before leaving the arena, pushing through the double doors to the outside.


    Back into the arena…

    I spit in the face of people … who don’t want to be cool…”

    There’s a sizeable cheer in the arena as CARLITO gets a rare chance to stand out on his own, thought Michael Cole is at a pains to point out that despite focusing on tag team action over the past year, Carlito is an accomplished singles competitor being a former Intercontinental Champion and someone that at any moment could again reach those heights.


    And Cole also notes that CHRIS JERICHO is still recovering from his recent injury, with this being the first “competitive” match he’ll have had, considering last weeks ‘squash’ match on his return. The WWE Champion doesn’t look too concerned though, strolling down to the ring, as Cole and Lawler again remind everyone of the stakes attached to the Survivor Series elimination match on Sunday.

    Main Event | NON-TITLE MATCH:
    WWE Champ. Chris Jericho vs. Carlito
    Jericho takes a very blasé attitude in the early going, treating Carlito with some disdain, not giving Carlito even a fraction of the respect he deserves … and it very nearly back fires, with Carlito quickly making Jericho wake up with a trio of pinning combinations that force Jericho to squirm and wriggle out of danger, avoiding a humiliating defeat for the WWE Champion.

    It doesn’t end there either, as Carlito shows how fired up he is to make an impression, firing off an arm drag, a hip toss and a dropkick in quick succession, sending Jericho to the floor!!! Jericho takes the tumble, and looks wide eyed as he gets up, before kicking over the steps in frustrations at being shown up in the early going. Cole shouts on commentary that Jericho is finding out he’s in a REAL fight tonight … before sending us to the final commercial of the night.

    Commercial Break

    Back from the break, Jericho is still taking the brunt of the offence, as Cole tells us Carlito has simply been on top of his game thus far, but as fate would have it, Jericho reverses a whip, and knocks Carlito down with a reverse elbow. Jericho then chokes Carlito on the ropes, trying to establish control. A side suplex puts Carlito down, and the WWE Champion starts to put the boots to his opponent, getting into his groove after a troubling start.

    Jericho slows the action down with a sleeper, but Carlito quickly fights back, escaping the hold and rushing off the ropes – but Jericho is there to meet him with a knee to the gut!! Snapmare is executed and Jericho applies a chin lock, further looking to tire out his game opponent. And when Carlito stirs again, Jericho is quick to cut it off, clubbing the back of the Cool One, before tossing Carlito over the top rope.


    Carlito looks to skin the cat … but Jericho spots it … SPRINGBOARD DROPKICK TO CARLITO SENDS CARLITO CRASHING TO THE FLOOR!!!!! Wiping his hands, Jericho motions that he’s done the hard part now, and follows to the outside, sending Carlito into the barrier!!! Back inside the ring, Jericho starts to pile the pressure on, looking to finish Carlito off, scoring a near fall off a missile dropkick, and another after a snap suplex.

    Realising Carlito still has something left in the tank, Jericho changes tact, looking to punish his opponent instead, laying in some stiff chops in the corner, but those spark Carlito back into life, and he fights his way out of the corner, troubling Jericho, forcing the WWE Champion to play dirty by yanking Carlito down with a tug of his hair!! Jericho brushes off the admonishment from Charles Robinson, and goes back to work on Carlito with stomps on the mat.

    Suitably worn down, Jericho drags Carlito back to his feet, chopping the chest again, before sending Carlito off to the corner – but Carlito jumps to the middle, then the top turnbuckle – and MOONSAULTS OFF ONTO JERICHO!!! 1...2...NO!!! Jericho escapes the predicament, it’s a way back in for Carlito, and he beats the champion to the punch, then sends Jericho to the corner – reversed by Jericho – and as Carlito stumbles out of the corner after impact, Jericho looks for the running bulldog set up-

    NO!! Carlito had it scouted and ducked down!! Jericho turns back around … and Carlito leaps up; HURRICANRANA!!! AND HE TRAPS THE LEGS OF JERICHO … 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Now, Carlito meets Jericho getting up with a dropkick!! Jericho stumbles to the ropes, and Carlito comes charging after him – Jericho drops a shoulder and elevates Carlito up and over … but Carlito lands on the apron!! Jericho staggers from the ropes, thinking he’s bought himself time … but turns around-


    Carlito has Jericho in trouble now, and follows his impressive senton with a running knee lift, then a clothesline!! Jericho’s down, and Carlito delivers a running Senton now, right into a cover, 1...2...NO!!! Shaking his head, Carlito drags the WWE Champion back up, lighting Jericho up with chops to back him into the ropes, and looks for a whip – reversed AGAIN by Jericho – but Carlito leaps onto the ropes – SPRINGBOARD BACK ELBOW TO JERICHO!!!!

    Michael Cole proclaims that Carlito – in inspired form tonight – seems to have an answer for everything against Jericho, while King argues that Jericho still isn’t fully recovered from his fracture two months ago … as Carlito sizes Jericho up, looking for the APPLE CORE – BUT JERICHO ELBOWS HIM AWAY!!! Desperately, Jericho avoids Carlitos version of the Flatliner, then ducks a clothesline from the Cool One – STANDING ENZIGURI!!! Cover; 1...2...NO!!!!!

    Despite the kick out, the near fall puts Jericho back in charge, and the WWE Champion stalks Carlito, looking to put his spirited opponent away … sizing Carlito up for the WALLS OF JERICHO!!! He trips Carlito down … but CANT turn him over!!!! Carlito wriggles, doing his best to avoid the submission … and eventually counters with a cradle!!! 1...2...NO!!!

    Both men bounce up, trading chops – and it’s a battle Carlito wins, beating Jericho into the ropes before rushing off, coming running at Jericho – FLAPJACK BY JERICHO – DROPPING CARLITO ON THE ROPES!!!! BULLDOG!!! Jericho smirks with Carlito down … then looks for the LIONSAULT … BUT CARLITO ROLLS OUT OF THE WAY!!! JERICHO IS ABLE TO LAND ON HIS FEET!!! The champion aims a clothesline at Carlito – ducked – BACK CRACKER!!!!!! 1...2...NO!!!!!

    Jericho survives!!! Carlito is bug eyed at the kick out, holding up three fingers to the referee, disputing the count. Shaking his head, Carlito makes his way onto the apron, setting himself, waiting for Jericho to stand back up. Carlito looks to springboard back into the ring – BUT JERICHO IS PLAYING POSSUM … AND GOES FOR THE CODEBREAKER-

    BUT CARLITO FAKES HIS LEAP ONTO THE ROPES!!! Jericho crashes and burns, hitting fresh air in his search for the Codebreaker!! He lands on the canvas, allowing Carlito to instead come back in with a SPRINGBOARD ELBOW DROP!!! 1...2...KICK OUT!!!!! Jericho is being pushes to the limit tonight, with Carlito on the verge of a famous victory over the WWE Champion.

    Carlito drags Jericho back up, peppering the champion with rights and lefts, before sending Jericho off the ropes, leaping up for a front dropkick anticipating the champions return … BUT JERICHO HELD ONTO THE ROPES!!! Carlito crashes onto the mat instead!!! And Jericho instantly zeroes in, grasping the legs of Carlito … AND TURNS HIM OVER INTO THE WALLS OF JERICHO!!!!! Bravely, Carlito fights it, trying to squirm free … but the hold is locked on!!!

    Next, Carlito now tries to inch his way to the ropes … but when he makes a reach … he comes up short!!! He tries to crawl closer … but Jericho pulls him further away!!! Back to the middle of the ring!!!!!! Carlito tries to dig down deep to mount another surge … but Jericho leans back, applying more of an old school Lion Tamer now!!! The pain is too much now … leaving Carlito no other option … but to TAP OUT!!!!
    Winner: Chris Jericho @ 14:47

    Taken to the limit, Chris Jericho has to EARN his win tonight against Carlito, and if there was any rust in the WWE Champion after his recent two month lay off, he’s been made to work it off tonight!! Jericho releases the hold, and looks somewhat relieved to have seen off a spirited challenge from Carlito tonight.

    Michael Cole puts over the effort of Carlito to push the WWE Champion to the limit tonight, mentioning that the performance will have heartened Kurt Angle and the rest of their team, with Carlito proving to be the equal of Jericho tonight, as well as question marks that Jericho may still not be quite fully up to speed after his recent injury.

    After receiving his title belt, Jericho pushes Charles Robinson aside, leaving him and Carlito alone, with Jericho standing over a kneeling Carlito by the ropes, still trying to pick himself up after his loss. In quite a shock to everyone, Jericho actually EXTENDS HIS HAND TO CARLITO!!!???

    Carlito looks suspicious, but Jericho tells him to shake his hand – as Cole speculates that Carlito has earned the respect of Jericho tonight … and Carlito accepts the gesture, with the WWE Champion proceeding to pull Carlito to his feet!! Cheers reverberate around the arena at the act of goodwill from Jericho, and Carlito nods as Jericho gives him some words of encouragement-


    Jericho set Carlito up!!! The boos replace the earlier cheers, and the WWE Champion stands, smirking as the tag team champions pick at the bones of Carlito!! Michael Cole is enraged on commentary, saying Carlito doesn’t deserve this … whilst Barrett and Burke drag their rival up for Jericho-


    The WWE Champion plants the defenceless Carlito, but after that Codebreaker, Jericho doesn’t get to follow up-


    Coming to the aid of his partner, Kofi Kingston tries to battle all three men, getting shots off on Barrett, then Burke, and even Jericho … but the numbers quickly overwhelm Kingston and he succumbs to the three men in the ring-


    Burke – earlier beaten by Angle – comes at him first … AND TAKES AN OVERHEAD BELLY TO BELLY OVER THE TOP ROPE TO THE FLOOR!!!!!

    Barrett swings a wild shot at Angle which the Olympian ducks … ANGLE SLAM TO BARRETT!!!!! Kurt darts back up to his feet, as Jericho looks for a cheap shot – LEG CAUGHT BY ANGLE-


    But unfortunately for Angle, not for long, as UMAGA is now in the ring, and clobbers Kurt from behind to quickly break the hold, saving Jericho!!! But JACK SWAGGER and RANDY ORTON are on their way with a frantic Paul Heyman getting them to the ring to protect Angle.

    Swagger and Orton take it to Umaga, overwhelming the Samoan Bulldozer, but Umaga tries to fight both off, whilst Kofi PLANCHAS to the floor onto Elijah Burke!!! The Dangerous Alliance are getting the better of the brawl … but it’s 5 on 4, with no sign of Mark Henry, and Wade Barrett is still down from the Angle Slam, making it just three men available for Jericho…

    And it doesn’t look good for the WWE Champion as Angle and Carlito bear down on him whilst Orton and Swagger band together to knock Umaga out of the ring … when FINALLY … MARK HENRY starts to power walk down the ramp with Theodore Long!!! Armando Estrada tries to dish out orders to the pair, but Henry blanks Estrada, and instead focuses on the ring.

    But Heyman has seen Henry coming, and shouts instructions to his group, with the five men banding together, forming a line in the ring … as the Worlds Strongest Man climbs up onto the apron. Henry surveys the ring, as Jericho crawls toward the ropes, getting close to the U.S Champion for protection.

    Barrett pulls himself up on the ropes too, whilst Elijah Burke joins them, and Umaga climbs back onto the apron. The two teams are now stood together on opposite sides of the ring, with Heyman and Estrada both getting into the ring, looking to calm things down – neither manager wants anything to explode tonight.

    And Smackdown comes to an end with Angle & Heymans Dangerous Alliance stood together on one side of the ring, whilst Jericho’s Hall of Champions have regrouped and stand side by side on another … with Michael Cole signing off, saying that tonight the battle lines have been drawn, and on Sunday the two teams will go to war at the Survivor Series!!!


    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, WWE Tag Team Champions Wade Barrett & Elijah Burke w/Melina & Armando Estrada
    Kurt Angle, Randy Orton, Jack Swagger, Carlito & Kofi Kingstonw/Paul Heyman
    *If The Dangerous Alliance win, Kurt Angle will receive a WWE Championship Match, Jack Swagger will receive a U.S Championship match and the Caribbean Connection will receive a Tag Team Championship match – all at Armageddon*

    5 on 5 Survivor Series Elimination Match:
    Edge, Christian, Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy & Evan Bourne
    Batista, Sim Snuka, Ted DiBiase Jr, Jamie Noble & M.V.P w/Ted DiBiase Sr

    Womens Championship Match:
    Beth Phoenix vs. Natalya
    - With NO Rope Breaks Allowed -

    Cruiserweight Championship Match:
    Christopher Daniels vs. Bryan Danielson

    Triple H vs. Mister Kennedy

    R-Truth vs. The Brian Kendrick


    Big thank you to ranthellacious for the Survivor Series match banners!


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    Feedback again from me? What is this sorcery? Anyway, onto the show and Kendrick opening the show is the right move after the huge impact he made last week. Kendrick talking about his new personality was solid enough, as was the R Truth stuff once he got involved. I enjoyed Kendrick not denying the attack and just straight up admitting it because he’s a monster. For me though, after this angle on who the attacker was dominated SD for weeks, this segment fell a little flat. Probably because it involved R Truth of all people, which logically made sense, but I don’t know, just didn’t have the big time feel I felt Kendrick’s first spoken words needed. A solid match made for SS though and Finlay keeping Kendrick’s job makes me very intrigued. Can’t wait to see the GM back suddenly.

    Danielson being furious at Kendrick only to realise it wasn’t him was a fun segment. I enjoyed this a lot, and I guess we’ll go from one who done it to the next.

    Angle/Burke is always going to be a solid match and a smart move to have Angle getting the victory here. I like that he had to work for it though, and obviously considering both are in the SS match, this does solid hype for the PPV as well.

    This segment with The Hardyz and Bourne approaching Edge to discuss strategy was a heap of fun. The Hardyz trying to make due only for Edge’s bad attitude to piss Matt off further was great. Bourne trying to make a joke only to be shut down real quick by Edge was LOL worthy as well. Fun segment to build some drama and I think some interaction between all these guys was needed before the PPV.

    EPIC promo from Heyman here just because of the purpose behind it. The shit stirring regarding Henry potentially going to jump teams, or stab Jericho in the back from within was brilliant. Heyman is such a dirt bag and you captured that perfectly here. Terrific stuff.

    I prefer the San Juan Express if I’m honest but Cryme Tyme getting a win is fine I guess. Nothing to this, just getting a few of your lesser teams on the show. No dramas.

    Despite being on opposite sides and hating each other, I love the fact that Batista and Edge have similar attitude to their teammates. DiBiase just being completely shut down by Batista was fine, but Ted lying to his crew about it, and then still managing to throw a jab at MVP was hilarious. Terrific stuff.

    Snuka promo was solid enough. Not much else to say although he’s wearing thin on me a bit now. Tired of his schtick already although that’s probably the point.

    Edge was always going over Snuka here, that’s not the talking point. The talking point is the aftermath with the SS teams getting involved. A fun little preview and the way you maintained the tension throughout the brawl not only in terms of team vs. team. But within the teams was fantastic. Especially Batista pushing his teammates out of the way to do more damage, that was brilliant. This was a great preview for the go home show, and leaves the lingering question regarding Christian. This did its job perfectly fine.

    AAE confronting Teddy and having an argument over Heyman’s words is a brilliant follow up from Heyman’s promo earlier in the night. I enjoyed this quite a bit, until Jericho got involved. Normally, I’d be all for Jericho being the calming influence because as he puts it, he’s smart. However this felt like something that could have been dragged on for a show or two, so now I think of it, maybe seems weird that it’s all raised and shut down quick smart within the space of one show.

    Carlito and Kofi segment was running along smoothly enough until Melina got involved, then it got really fun. Melina calling their SS team the Desperate Alliance and then running them down was fantastic. But Kofi’s awesome retorts regarding sleeping with people, and then his comment after the slap were brilliant. Enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would, and if this is a preview of that attitude Kofi would bring to a feud with TFF, I’m looking forward to it more then I initially anticipated.

    Cruiserweight tag match was booked well. Gave the guys enough time to put on an exhibition but also allowed Daniels to be at his heel/dickish best by just packing up and deciding to call it a day. Solid stuff, nothing else needs to happen here. Danielson already has all the motivation in the world.

    As usual, your PPV run down commentary was spot on.

    I like Danielson admitting he’s straight up clueless regarding the masked man now that he knows it’s not Kendrick. It makes sense for him character wise for him to just brush it off now and say he’ll be ready for anything. Solid segment and I completely expect this masked man to show up again at SS.

    Playing on history between guys is something you do phenomenally well, and I felt that again here. Edge’s message for Christian was fantastic because Edge is the only guy who could leave it. Intense stuff, looking forward to seeing Christian’s reaction on Sunday.

    I LOVE the booking of the main event because of what this does here for Carlito. An awesome showing to last that long with the champion, and Jericho stays looking good because he wins. Again, the aftermath is where this one is at though, with the brawl leading to the epic stare down to end the show. A fun ending that leaves me pumped for SS again, but again, if the teams were going to be unified, running that little two segment shit stirring act from Heyman just seems a bit unnecessary.

    Another good show from you here to finish the build to SS. One or two things I mentioned in this one that I wasn’t the biggest fan of (which is a surprise, never usually happens), but this was still thoroughly enjoyably, and did what it needed to for a go home show.

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    Good promo from Kendrick, and I'm liking the potential that comes with this direction. I did think, though, that it took a bit of a downturn when Truth came out. An opening segment with R Truth swearing vengeance makes both the segment and reveal feel pretty mid card, and doesn't get me hugely pumped for the rest of this show. I appreciate the logic behind it all, but a mystery of this length and focus deserves more coming out of the week after the reveal than a PPV match with R Truth, you know?

    Good win for Kurt. I like that he's getting his grove going again, but not that easily. Plus Elijah is a tag specialist, so he can eat the win. All good there.

    The Edge/Hardys/Bourne segment was decent fun. This feels like as good a time as any to comment on that match though. I... don't love it I'm afraid. I'm sorry man, I really want to, but I just don't think Smackdown has the depth to carry two Survivor Series matches and two singles matches. What we're left with is quite a hot feud in Batista/Edge being grouped with a fairly cold one in Hardys/Filthy Rich, and you have Christian, victor in "The Fight of the Century" three months earlier as maybe the fifth most important person in a match that includes Ted DiBiase Jr. and Sim Snuka. And, to fill out the card, you then have to give a singles match elsewhere to R-Truth. Having Edge/Batista on the PPV would have done a lot more to build my intrigue tbh, but mixing and matching kind of removes any sense of excitement from any of it from me unfortunately.

    Anyway, moving on, great segment from Heyman. Just classic Paul E, really. Good stuff here.

    Sound enough tag match to keep that division ticking over.

    Now that Batista/DiBiase segment was money (pun intended). Batista has obviously mostly been a mid card guy in your universe, but now you're tapping in to some of that megastar goodness. Seriously, what got him over so big originally was he just seemed like he was too cool for everyone else. This segment hit that perfectly. More of this, please!

    And then it continues with the match afterwards. I think getting Batista over as an authentic singles star after having been a tag guy for so long is arguably the biggest success on Smackdown dying this post-Summerslam rebound. Also... lol at Sim Snuka.

    Decent segment with the heel team trying to get aligned. Again, for a go home show, did what it needed to to get the story out there. Wonder if that Teddy Long phone call will become significant, though?

    I like Kofi and Carlito saying they weren't asked to be on the team, they demanded it. Goes a long way to not making them seem like the backup pick to the champs. And, feel like I'm saying this a lot, but decent segment to keep that feud ticking over the PPV.

    AGAIN... solid go home segment with Daniels taking the count out. Not very interesting for this show, but classic go home stuff to pick up interest there, really.

    Great run through of the card again. It is interesting that the card has more Smackdown matches than Raw (and 24 wrestlers from Smackdown vs 14 from Raw) given how much hotter and stacked that roster seems to be.

    I've flagged my issues with Christian's direction and earlier about the match being booked... but this tiny segment with Edge on the phone to Christian does wonders for making it feel more legit to me. Between this and Christian not helping out earlier, neither is anything huge, but Edge calling Christian out on it is so necessary and adds so much. Honestly, this throwaway bit does more to get me interested in the match and Christian's character change than you'd think. I feel actually stakes and emotion in it now. Great, seeming low key segment here. Loved it.

    Cool to see Carlito get a nice little showing here. No harm in throwing him a bone, even if he is a tag guy. Post match was standard go home stuff to push up the buys, so a couple of days before the PPV, very necessary.

    All in all, a fairly standard go home show. Not much to really get in to as a standalone show, but as a last push for the buyrate (which is a necessary evil for authenticity) this did what it needed to. Interested to see how you manage the PPV...

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    Smackdown / Nov. 14

    Don't know why I didn't see it coming, but Kendrick being the big reveal made just the most sense in the world and was great. I loved your work with Kendrick when he was running the show (pretty sure it was in this, god that was like a year ago now) and this new "persona" looks to be just as good. I do agree with the boys that Truth being the first match is a little weak, but I wasn't expecting anyone too big...yet. The quick followup segment in the back with Danielson was good too.

    Good clean win for Angle as he gets ready for his match at Survivor Series. Hoping Angle's team wins on Sunday, and sets up the greatness that would be, Angle versus Jericho.

    Loved this segment with "Team Edge". Poor Evan Bourne. The underlining tension within the team has me excited to see how everything plays out at the PPV. I could see Matt turning on Edge, I could see someone else eliminating Batista and Edge turning on that person, I could see Edge getting himself DQ'd going after Batista and cost his team the many possibilities.

    Nice little "interview" or, speech from Heyman. Putting over the Dangerous Alliance for Survivor Series. Shit. Didn't even think about Henry being undefeated, I'm having my doubts about Angle's team now!




    Since I haven't had the opportunity to comment, love that promo you've been using.

    Nice win for Cryme Tyme. I bet once Vickie comes aboard the team, Primo and Epico will get back some wins.

    Batista making DiBiase bitch out was hilarious, and I love that Batista and Edge both basically hate the fact that they are being "forced" to have teams for this match.

    Edge wins, no surprise there. But the aftermath was great. Batista running through the entirety of Team Edge and then putting Edge himself down with a Batista Bomb is definitely something awesome to see going into the pay per view. Christian better get his shit together and help out his team!

    Kofi and Carlito getting an interview spot was good, give them some hype heading into Series. You're doing a really good job of making me switch my picks for the PPV with each passing segment haha, how can you root against these guys? Kofi getting a laugh outta "Das Cool" made me chuckle.

    Ha classic heel tactic, Daniels taking off instead of fighting. Gets you excited to see Danielson get his hands on the fallen angel at the PPV.

    AWWWWW YEAH! The classic rundown! Still sorry I couldn't find a way to do a bald Kendrick to get you a graphic for that one! Yeah, after the rundown I think Kennedy Trip will be awesome to read, but I think the match I'm looking forward to the most is Team Edge versus Team Batista. As the commentary team said...question marks galore with that one.

    And there's one of them. Christian. Is he coming or not? Will definitely be interesting.

    Awesome to see Carlito put up a hell of a fight with the champ. Shows how motivated he is headed into the PPV. Loved the chaos that followed the match too, but the battle lines staring each other down to close the show was perfect.

    God damn, I missed this place. Reading other people's visions is always hella fun. Hurry up with the pay per view bro!

    PS. Thanks for using the graphics I made! Especially the Trip Kennedy one, one of my favorites I've made..I think it looks like a real promo pic.
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    I thought you completely nailed Kendrick with his opening monologue. I really love the imagery you created with the promo, just excellent job overall. It definitely fell a bit flat once Truth came out because despite my love of him, there's a huge gap between putting the GM in the hospital versus fun babyface midcard at best Truth. However, I like keeping them apart until Kendrick can go over on Sunday, and I love the very WWE esque reason Kendrick is still in the company haha.

    I like that you had the commentators allude to Kendrick screwing over Danielson before quickly wrapping that up with the little backstage segment.

    I love the no ringside stuff for this match as you used it perfectly give Angle a straight forward clean victory; has he even had one of them since coming back? Feels like Heyman has always had some minor role in a match.

    Edge is a dick and I can't say I like him at all. Guess he's a modern WWE face then >_<

    Classic Heyman here. He's put the cyanide and barbiturates in the Kool Aid, and now he just needs Team Jericho to drink it. Very fun little promo here.

    Fuck Cryme Tyme. That is all I have to say here.

    Hahaha I love this segment. Excellent stuff for such a simple backstage segment. I do love all the different interactions you get with Survivor Series and you've nailed this one. Especially when compared to the earlier segment with Edge.

    Please run with 'Wrestling Royalty' Sim Snuka. I love his deluded sense of self worth. You can just keep doing fun stuff like this with him, keep getting more grandiose... And keep losing! It's perfect.

    Everything about the ensuing match was a lot of fun. Sim almost winning despite doing little, and the post match stuff was good. You totally buried everyone but Batista in this, but I'm totally okay with it because he needs to keep getting built up for the Title run he deserves. All the midcard guys being his rag dolls totally okay by me.

    Jericho being the voice of reason between AAE and Long was exactly how it should've been. He's the guy who uses his brain, so he should be the one to see right through Heyman's shtick. Kudos.

    The Kofi/Carlito was the standard stuff, so glad Melina showed up to kick it up a bit. Loved everything about that half of it; Melina's obnoxious cheese with the Desperation Alliance, Kofi's one line and slap... Much better second half to it.

    I loved the character work of Daniels during this match. He is quickly becoming my favorite character on SD with all the little things you captured so well with him. It's exceptional, truly. Great way to have both in action before Sunday without giving anything away between him and Danielson.

    Necessary segment here to build suspense for Sunday with Edge and Christian. I personally hope Christian no shows and gets fined, that way both get hurt because I honestly don't like either character in their current incarnations. They're both awful people who act like they're not.

    Oh man, I loved everything about that main event. You wrote a fantastic TV main event, and you really made Carlito look like a million bucks in defeat. The post match stuff was all good, as it continued the story of there still being some clear dissension in the ranks with Mark Henry and Jericho.

    Bring on Survivor Series big guy.

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