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    Re: Raw 2002: It's Time to Play the Game

    WWE Monday Night Raw - February 10, 2003

    The show begins with a recap of The Rock's return last week as well as the title victory by Tough Enough. We cut into the arena where Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler welcome us to the show and tell us that it is sure to be a big one! We cut to the ring where John Bradshaw Layfield, Charlie Haas, Shelton Benjamin and Mark Henry are in the center of the ring. Layfield is on the microphone. He says that last week he was screwed out of the Intercontinental Championship by D-Lo Brown and that he wants a rematch for the championship right now!

    With that, Intercontinental Champion William Regal comes out on the ramp with a microphone in hand and says that Layfield does not deserve another shot at the title because he lost fair and square last week! Regal continues by saying that Layfield is now at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to championship opportunities. Layfield proceeds to interrupt Regal and tell him that this isn't fair and that he was screwed by D-Lo Brown!

    Regal continues by saying that Layfield is at the bottom and that's when D-Lo Brown jumps the barricade and slides into the ring, attacking the members of The Enterprise but is quickly overpowered. Regal decides to help out and jumps into the ring. Layfield slides out and says that Regal and Brown can team up right now to face The World's Greatest Tag Team!


    William Regal & D-Lo Brown defeated The World's Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin) via pinfall
    A very good opening bout on Raw saw Haas and Benjamin work as a cohesive unit with Regal and Brown failing to communicate. Benjamin hit Brown with a T-Bone Suplex and nearly got a pinfall but Regal and Brown fought back and Regal nailed Haas with the Knee Trembler to secure the pinfall victory.

    Backstage, we see Evolution in their locker room. World Heavyweight Champion Triple H rallies the troops by saying that there is no way that Chris Jericho can find three other men to team up with him, meaning that it is going to be a 4-on-1 handicap match tonight and that they will finally get rid of Jericho for good! Randy Orton points out that he only technically needs one more and Triple H tells him to shut his mouth.

    Out in the arena, Jamal has made his way to the ring wearing a white tank top and a pair of jeans. He requests a microphone and sits down on the steel chair that he has set up. He says that over the past two weeks he has brutally assaulted Rosey and The Hurricane and has been asked, why Jamal? Why? He continues by saying that he doesn't have an answer besides the fact that he is sick and tired of being treated like a joke in this company. He continues by saying that his name is Edward Fatu and that he is a part of the historic Anoa'i family and he will no longer be a joke! He stands up from his chair and demands that The Hurricane and Rosey come out which they do. Fatu says that he will face them right now, 2-on-1!


    Edward Fatu defeated The Hurricane & Rosey via pinfall in a 2-on-1 handicap match
    Fatu surprisingly squashed Hurricane and Rosey in only a few short minutes, pinning Hurricane after a massive Samoan Drop.

    Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler talk about the new-look Edward Fatu and say that big things appear to be on the horizon for this young man before throwing it to the back where Jonathan Coachman stands by with Big Show. Coachman asks Show how it feels to not be able to defeat Batista in a one on one contest. Show does not take kindly to this insult and grabs Coachman by the throat. Show says that he will beat Batista and he will beat him next week and if he doesn't, he will leave Raw forever. Show tosses Coachman aside and walks away.

    Steven Richards defeated Scott Steiner via pinfall
    In what seemed as though it would be a massive squash, Steiner dominated Richards from the opening bell but Richards made a comeback and managed to pin Steiner after 3 consecutive Superkicks.

    Christian is walking backstage when he is approached by Rhyno. Rhyno asks him why he did what he did and Christian just scoffs at him and says that it had to be done and that he was sick of being held down by that drug addicted loser of a human being. Rhyno is a bit taken aback by Christian's comments and says that it isn't fair of Christian to be acting like that when it's clear that Jeff Hardy needs help. Christian says that Hardy made his bed and now he has to lie in it before walking past Rhyno. Rhyno just stares at Christian before muttering something that isn't heard.

    Gail Kim defeated Molly Holly via submission
    The newest WWE diva in Kim looked extremely impressive in her Raw debut as she dominated against Holly, forcing her to submit to an Argentine leglock.

    A pre-recorded video of Kane in a boiler room is played and Paul Bearer is nowhere to be seen. Kane says that Sting made a bad move by attacking his father and that he will regret it when WrestleMania comes around because his career will be over!

    Back in the arena, Chris Jericho makes his way to the ring. He grabs a microphone and says that he has been speaking to several people in the back in an attempt to find 3 men to team up with him for this 8-man tag team match. He says that the first two are very familiar to the audience and introduces the World Tag Team Champions, Maven and Nowinski who come to the ring to a big ovation. Jericho then says that he searched high and low backstage and that this man might not necessarily be as known as the champions, he knows that Triple H will know him and introduces...X-PAC!!!!! The crowd roars as X-Pac makes his return to the WWE after nearly a year away!


    Chris Jericho, Maven, Nowinski & X-Pac defeated Evolution (Triple H, Randy Orton, Mark Jindrak & Ric Flair) via pinfall
    A crazy 8-man tag team main event saw both teams get in their fair share of offense. X-Pac showed absolutely no signs of ring rust and dominated on the offense. The ending came when Triple H went for a Pedigree on Nowinski but he dodged it and tagged in X-Pac who managed to fight his way into a position where he hit the Bronco Buster and rolled Triple H up for a pinfall!

    Following a brief commercial break, The Rock comes to the ring to a massive ovation from the crowd. He gets on the microphone and says that it has been 1 week since he laid out the challenge to The Heartbreak Kid and that he is here for his answer! He says that Shawn Michaels hasn't been heard from in almost a month and that it's either because he's dead or because he's afraid of The Rock! The crowd isn't sure what to think of this and The Rock proceeds to say that if Michaels doesn't accept the challenge here and now, he's going to come to San Antonio, Texas and kick The Heartbreak Bitch's candy ass!

    That's when "Sexy Boy" hits over the PA system and the crowd goes wild as everyone turns toward the stage, including The Rock. Several moments go by and no sign of Shawn Michaels. The music cuts off and Shawn Michaels suddenly jumps the barricade, unbeknownst to The Rock. Michaels slides into the ring, spins The Rock around and nails him with Sweet Chin Music!

    Michaels grabs the microphone and says that he accepts before throwing the microphone to the ground and walking to the back as Raw fades off the air.


    Current WrestleMania Match Card

    World Heavyweight Championship
    Triple H (c) vs. Chris Jericho

    Women's Championship
    Chyna (c) vs. Victoria

    Mask vs. Career Match
    Kane vs. Sting

    The Rock vs. Shawn Michaels

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    Re: Raw 2002: It's Time to Play the Game

    I’ve still been keeping up so here’s some feedback. I like Layfield surrounding himself with guys like he did with The Cabinet in real life, it suits him and gives more mid carders some meaningful stuff to do. JBL wanting a shot only for D’Lo to attack and then Regal joining Brown in a tag match confused me a little. I thought Regal was a heel because last week he ran away? Why would he now be willing to team with Brown? Not sure what has changed. Outside of that, I like the idea of the faces banding together to try and overcome the villainous group.

    Evolution hype for the main event makes sense. Don’t like the bickering between Triple H and Orton, feels way too soon for this type of thing to be happening. Evolution are still fresh at this point.

    Whilst the Handicap match straight up could have been a bit much, I’m all for a Jamal push. Glad to see him get some mic time here and obviously the win does him wonders as well. Good stuff.

    Big Show/Batista stuff has been building well so it makes sense for Show to be pissed here. Show willing to leave if he can’t win was pretty unexpected, but I don’t necessarily mind it.

    WTF? Stevie Richards beating Steiner? Completely unexpected. Not sure if you plan on doing something with either of these two.

    Christian being confronted for his attack on Jeff is smart, makes it feel like such a big deal. Especially considering suddenly a beast like Rhyno is telling him he went too far. I like this a lot although the drug addict stuff seems a bit off considering it’s only 2003.

    Good win for Gail Kim in her debut. No real complaints.

    Kane/Sting feels like a weird match to head towards, but I’m assuming it will lead to Undertaker/Sting at some point. Anyway, Bearer being out of commission is a nice touch with this one. Feud is brewing nicely.

    Jericho promo announcing his partners was fine, and the X Pac appearance was awesome. A smart way to create a shock moment but also to get at Triple H because Pac is a personal friend. Thought it was awesome. Maybe Pac pinning the champ was a little over the top though. Still, I like the faces winning to teach the cocky Evolution a lesson.

    The Rock making another appearance is always going to get a thumbs up from me. Rocky and Michaels going at it at Mania is definitely a dream feud if I’ve ever heard of one. HBK with the attack to accept the challenge works, although considering the name value, we need to see some epic verbal confrontations between these two at some point. A good end to the show here.

    A lot of nearly things here. A few booking decisions I didn’t like and a few I did, but it felt as if execution was just off. Time period still makes this a must read for me, so keep plugging away to get better. Looking forward to the rest of the road to Mania.








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    Re: Raw 2002: It's Time to Play the Game

    WWE Thursday Night Smackdown - February 14, 2003

    Smackdown kicks off with Paul Heyman and WWE Champion Brock Lesnar making their way down the ramp and into the ring. Heyman gets on the microphone and says that Brock Lesnar has been the WWE Champion since August for a reason. He says that there is not a single person in the back that is going to be able to take the championship from "The Next Big Thing". He says that when WrestleMania rolls around, it doesn't matter if Lesnar is facing Booker T or Kurt Angle, he will be victorious and he will walk out of Safeco Field with the WWE Championship around his waist!

    Brock Lesnar parades around the ring with a shit-eating grin on his face. Paul Heyman continues by saying that they are prepared to prove to the world how dominant of a champion Lesnar is by putting out an open challenge for the WWE Championship at No Way Out! Heyman says that anyone in the back can come challenge Lesnar but they need to know that they are going to get their ass handed to them on a silver platter.

    Suddenly, "OOOH CHAVO" is heard over the PA system and the crowd erupts in cheers as Chavo Guerrero walks down the ramp wearing jeans and a black t-shirt. Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar start laughing hysterically as he enters the ring. Heyman asks Chavo if he seriously thinks he can beat the WWE Champion and Chavo emphatically says that he doesn't just think he can, he knows he can. Heyman and Lesnar start laughing again and Heyman says that if Chavo wants the match he can have it and that Brock Lesnar will defend his WWE Championship against the puny little Chavo Guerrero at No Way Out!

    Chavo Guerrero takes offense to the puny comment and proceeds to jump Brock Lesnar but it goes exactly how one would expect and Lesnar nails him with an F5 and stands over him as Paul Heyman repeatedly calls Chavo a puny little wimp before the two head to the back.


    Sean O'Haire defeated Tajiri via pinfall
    A little bit bigger of a challenge for O'Haire on Smackdown this week but he still managed to dominate the match and score the pinfall following a big boot.

    After the match, Sean O'Haire requests a microphone. He says that Rey Mysterio claims that his mask is a lucha libre tradition but that the only masked men he knows are either robbers, murderers or drug dealers. He says that in less than two weeks time at No Way Out, he is going to cleanse Smackdown of Mysterio once and for all and is going to save the rest of the roster, one by one.

    We cut to the broadcast booth where Michael Cole and Tazz hype up Sean O'Haire as well as the No Way Out pay-per-view event in less than two weeks. They talk about the now confirmed WWE Championship match and how big of an opportunity it is going to be for Chavo Guerrero and that if he wins, he could face his uncle at WrestleMania!


    Full Blooded Italians (Chuck Palumbo & Johnny Stamboli) defeated Paul London & Billy Kidman via pinfall
    A very good back and forth tag team affair that saw both teams show the crowd what they got but the ending came when Palumbo hit Kidman with a Powerbomb to claim the pinfall victory.

    Backstage, Cruiserweight Champion Bryan Danielson is seen watching on the monitor when he is suddenly assaulted from behind by A-Train and Nunzio. They beat Danielson to the ground and Nunzio says that he can't wait to get his hands on that Cruiserweight Championship at No Way Out. They continue the beatdown until John Cena arrives on the scene and chases them off.

    Back in the arena, "Real American" hits over the PA system and the crowd roars to life as Mr. America makes his way down the ramp. He climbs into the ring and is handed a microphone. He starts off by thanking all of the fans in the arena and all of the fans in America for the lovely welcome. He continues by saying that he can't continue to sit in the back and listen to Edge berate and talk down about him and about all Americans. He promises that in less than two weeks, the United States Championship will be coming home and that Edge will be so embarrassed with himself that he won't want to show his face on Smackdown ever again!

    Mr. America turns around to continue his speech when he is clobbered with a massive Spear from...EDGE! The crowd immediately unleashes nuclear heat as Edge stands over Mr. America. Edge drops down and begins pounding away with vicious right hands directed at Mr. America's head. He begins ripping and tearing at the mask but Mr. America is able to keep it on. Edge exits the ring and grabs a steel chair from ringside. Mr. America slowly staggers to his feet and Edge whallops him with a massive chair shot and he falls with a thud to the ground. Edge grabs the microphone and says that at No Way Out, their match will be a Street Fight and he will reveal Hulk Hogan.


    Rikishi defeated Shannon Moore and Doug Basham via pinfall in a triple threat match
    A small preview of the tag team championship affair at No Way Out saw Basham dominate Moore for the majority of the match after taking out Rikishi early on but Rikishi came in at the last moment and hit Basham with a side kick before nailing him with a massive Bonzai Drop for the pinfall

    We get a pre-recorded vignette that is set in a dark alley. We see a few shadowy figures moving around before an unfamiliar voice is heard saying that for years they've been pushed around, discriminated against and alienated but now they are coming for revenge. The video package abruptly cuts out after that.

    Chavo Guerrero is in the trainer's room with an ice pack on his neck when his uncle Eddie Guerrero comes in. Eddie asks Chavo what the hell he's thinking challenging Brock Lesnar to a match and Chavo says that he wants to make WrestleMania the WrestleMania of the Guerreros and make Gory proud. Eddie asks Chavo if he really thinks he can beat Brock and Chavo says that he can beat anyone and that Eddie is going to win that Elimination Chamber match and the two of them will main event WrestleMania! Eddie pats Chavo on the back and says that he has a match up next.


    The Undertaker, Eddie Guerrero & Chris Benoit defeated Kurt Angle, Hardcore Holly & Booker T via pinfall
    The 6 participants in the Elimination Chamber match faced off in a 6-man tag team match tonight and saw all men get in their fair share of offense. Angle nearly forced Benoit to submit to the Ankle Lock but Guerrero saved him at the last minute. The ending came when The Undertaker hit Holly with a Tombstone Piledriver to secure the pinfall victory.

    Current No Way Out Match Card

    Elimination Chamber to determine the #1 Contender to the WWE Championship [Kurt Angle enters last]
    Kurt Angle vs. Eddie Guerrero vs. The Undertaker vs. Chris Benoit vs. Hardcore Holly vs. Booker T

    Street Fight for the United States Championship
    Edge (c) vs. Mr. America

    Cruiserweight Championship
    Bryan Danielson (c) vs. Nunzio

    WWE Tag Team Championship
    Too Cool (Rikishi & Scotty 2 Hotty) (c) vs. The Basham Brothers (Doug & Danny Basham) vs. Matt Hardy & Shannon Moore

    Sean O'Haire vs. Rey Mysterio

    WWE Championship
    Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Chavo Guerrero

    Current WrestleMania Match Card

    World Heavyweight Championship
    Triple H (c) vs. Chris Jericho

    Women's Championship
    Chyna (c) vs. Victoria

    Mask vs. Career Match
    Kane vs. Sting

    The Rock vs. Shawn Michaels

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    Re: Raw 2002: It's Time to Play the Game

    Lesnar as the dominant champion makes sense, and Heyman backing him up is epic as always. I enjoyed this segment and Heyman basically laying down the challenge. I like the idea of something different so I appreciate what you tried to do, but Chavo doesn’t come across as a credible title challenger at all. The fact he got smoked in this confrontation emphasises that even further. Also, shouldn’t a GM have to book matches for No Way Out as opposed to Heyman doing it? Anyway, not a fan of this direction currently.

    I’m all for an O’Haire push so happy for him to get the win here, and I don’t mind the idea of him targeting Mysterio also. No complaints, enjoying your use of O’Haire so far.

    WWE Title match is now confirmed, I guess that means Heyman didn’t book the match which is good.

    I’m not sure if there is an angle involved in this match or if it’s just a way to get everybody on the show. A good win for The FBI but Kidman/London pairing has all the potential in the world. Either way, would have been a fun match.

    Danielson as Cruiserweight Champion in WWE in 2003 just makes me laugh, to be honest. Nunzio’s attack adds more heat to their feud, but this feels filler before Danielson gets something juicy heading into Mania. Nothing necessarily wrong with that either. Not sure if Cena chasing them off actually means anything or if he just happened to be there.

    Mr. America was such a terrible gimmick but I still enjoyed it so I don’t mind you using it here. The feud with Edge is one I really like, a great way to give Edge a rub that’s for sure. Edge attacking Hogan here is solid enough, and making their match a Street Fight is a good booking decision, in my opinion. Gives us away to see Hogan hopefully still be in a decent match.

    Triple Threat did what it needed to for the tag match at the PPV. Not much else to say really. A little more detail regarding wrestlers emotions and what not during your matches would be nice. Something to give us a feel for the story.

    Video package is certainly intriguing to say the least…

    Guerrero segment was nice with Chavo selling Eddie the dream. Obviously not going to happen though and I still can’t get behind Chavo as number one contender. You’re going to have to do a lot to change my mind.

    Elimination Chamber preview to end the show is fine, and considering Holly’s probably the weakest link, it makes sense for him to eat the fall. Solid stuff but again a description regarding how the soon to be opponents got along would have been nice.

    A solid show. Booking is okay for the most part, but I know you set yourself some pretty lofty goals when you started this thread. To reach those, you’re going to need to do a lot more with your writing. More detail and description, allow the reader to fill the emotion of your characters. Anyway, that’s enough from me, I’ll continue to follow along.








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