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    Re: WWE 09: Cheap Heat

    Finally all caught up with this BTB. I agree with Wolf and Keef's feedback that they've been giving you. Very good feedback indeed. I'd like to commend you on doing all this from a phone. That's insane!

    I like that you're trying something different here with JBL but personally, it's hard for me to get into. But that hasn't stopped me from reading. I get it, outside of WWE, JBL is a fairly decent businessman. So I think I can see what persona you're trying to go for here. However, with him retiring fairly recently in this BTB and us knowing his whole character being brash and what not, it's kind of hard to get into. Nonetheless, continue to write what you want and I'm sure I'll come around to this idea.

    The stuff with Miz has me very confused. Kudos to you for still writing ECW here and it's demise.

    Onto another subject, in 2009, the brands felt very... distinct. Like, you knew that Raw was the A-show and Smackdown was the B-show. And well, I was enjoying SD more around this time period. I remember the only thing I liked during Raw at this time was all the Legacy stuff. And this BTB still has those vibes. Not that I'm complaining or anything but it's just something I get a vibe of when I read your shows. Maybe when ECW closes it's doors, you change up the rosters again.

    All in all, you've got a reader in me despite this review sounding a bit negative. Definitely didn't mean for that. For all the negatives I talked about, there are more positives in here such as the Legacy stuff, ECW closing down, the IC Title picture on SD, and much more. Keep going man!

    Tough times don't last, tough people do.

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    Re: WWE 09: Cheap Heat

    Off the bat, I love the edict from JBL about no more attacks during matches being tolerated. While it’s restrictive for you as a writer, it’ll force you to get more creative in furthering angles along, plus, there’s been a lot of run ins as of late, so it’ll freshen things up to move away from it for a little while. The Trips/Orton interaction was decent, and you did your best to move past the flawed ending of Breaking Point, with Batista making a big impact on this show right away.

    Would’ve thought Batista vs Orton would’ve been a Mind Games match on PPV rather than a TV match with a weeks build, but I guess there could be some kind of angle to get it to the PPV instead, and that’s quite the introduction for Brett DiBiase to take on Big Show. Good call though, as he should be punished for his interference.

    Cool impromptu match to kick-start the show, and I’d hazard a guess Jamie Noble will live to regret beating Henry to the ring. Thought that was fun though, and made the “first ten in the ring” stipulation actually mean something in the end. Decent match too, seemingly furthering along a few issues and potentially starting up some new ones, including a potential Colons reformation?

    Gotta say though, I’m a tad disappointed Swagger won in the end. To go through all that effort to crown a #1 Contender and for it to be Swagger again is a bit of a flat ending. Thought it was good you gave Santino that hope at the end, much like the 2011 Rumble, which went over pretty well at the time.

    Not much to say about the Batista promo; just by the numbers, really.

    Nice win for Kelly. While she’s not exactly a ‘talent’, given the era, you’re sort of forced into finding a way to feature her … so good luck with that! Lol.

    Decent bit of dialogue between Orton and his lackeys too. Makes sense Cody and Ted want to be with Brett, and makes more sense that Orton doesn’t want them getting suspended for his own gain. Gets across the selfish nature of Orton, and proves that the group is only there to serve Orton – in his eyes at least. This could be something good to eventually call back to if you are (or plan to) thinking about breaking this group up at some point.

    The right way to go about the DiBiase match, with him being completely out of his depth against someone like Big Show. Considering he never got an actual call up in real life, I have to assume he wasn’t ever quite enough for the main roster, so it’s not like he is someone you need to protect, but I’ll be curious to see if this winds up being a write off for him, or if you have him stick around and try and prove himself worthy of being in Legacy.

    That squash also provided a decent set up for Legacy wanting the tag champs. Very surprised to see that match for next week, as I can’t begin to envisage Legacy beating DX again … yet that feels like the outcome we’ll HAVE to get, as the obvious direction to follow right now appears to be Legacy challenging JeriShow.

    Cesaro and Hero? Cool.

    Overall, I thought the JBL/Miz/Rhyno segment had a few flaws. For starters, introducing another title isn’t a great idea. You’ve already got the U.S Title on Raw, so having another belt just waters things down further, imo. That said, it’s a pay off to the angle you’ve been running with for Miz for weeks, so it’s been coming. The JBL interview itself felt like something that would’ve been better suited to a backstage setting, and some of it even felt more like something “insider” that’d air on wwe.com at that time.

    I get why it was in the ring, so that The Miz could interrupt and set things up, but for me, it felt like it took a long time to get to the real “meat” of the segment – too long. It’s refreshing though for JBL to be a no nonsense face GM at the moment; long may that continue. Mark Henry refusing to accept the offer of JBL here could be interesting, and I imagine he’ll say he wasn’t going to accept a “consolation prize” or something along those lines. Rhyno versus Miz is a decent match for the final ECW show too.

    Hmmm … peculiar stuff here. Bit of a mystery then as to who Triple H was actually talking with, and it begs the question of why he’d say he was talking with Shawn when it was someone else on the phone. I agree with the idea of keeping Michaels off for another week at least btw; that was quite a beating at Breaking Point, and the longer he’s out, the more meaning the attack has.

    Much like I said about Shawn – good idea to have Cena out for a little while to sell the impact of his bump at Breaking Point.

    I’ll keep an open mind on the direction of the Womens division, but it’s hard to go in any other direction other than Beth being a dominant champion that isn’t being fully tested, and that seems to be the idea here, considering she gave Gail no credit for her win.

    Crikey, everyone is getting hit with the injury bug!! Once again though, I like that you’re making a big deal of things that happened at the PPV, and not just forgetting about them after those one matches. Sets up a decent story here of whether Kofi puts himself in danger by going against the Doctors orders, or having to hand the belt over.

    The pre-match attack from Legacy before the main event got a bit of an eye roll from me, if I’m honest. You had JBL lay the law down earlier tonight, and here Legacy are (basically) flaunting that ruling already. I know he said “during” matches, but attacking guys during their entrances counts the same. Thought that was a real misstep after the promising rules you set yourself earlier.

    Even though you had JBL get out there and order Orton and Brett to the back, it’s still a disappointing angle to attempt. Legacy should at least be sneakier about their intentions; have Batista get attacked in the back by guys with their faces covered so that even though everyone would know it’s Legacy, they’re trying to cover their tracks etc.

    The match itself was fine, and went exactly as you’d want and expect it to go with Batista getting the win on his return. Perfectly sensible, and sets the stage for a massive night next week on Raw.

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    Re: WWE 09: Cheap Heat

    My biggest issue with this opening segment was you just had TOO MUCH going on. When you keep going bam bam bam, it's just impossible to digest everything. We went from HHH ready to take on Legacy with the sledgehammer, to Batista being the focus, to JBL coming out and making match after match. There's just way too much going on. I do like the stipulation JBL made about the interference, I think that's great, but again, it loses so much meaning because it's sandwiched in everything else.

    My other big feedback is you really should proofread your shows. This first segment alone is littered with fragments, grammar errors, wrong use of words like you you're your. It was a very big eye sore and distracting.

    I love how you're hyping Henry up as the last competitor, and adding his motivation to the match, only for Noble to sneak in past him. That was an excellent touch, although I think you really missed out on a great idea by doing nothing with the follow through as he was a non factor in the match. The Santino/Masters stuff just didn't click for me at all, because I felt like it made no sense whatsoever, despite the continued attempts to force it down. It makes me more content it was Swagger winning this one. I do think you did a tremendous job getting in so many different stories into this match though, the was excellent!

    The content of Batista's promo is okay, but it just feels like it's anyone, not a character you're making central to your plans. It's all rather bland. I would try to add a little more flair. Some ellipses to show some pauses. Add a little more physicality in his interviews to capture his physical charisma, arguably his best trait. By that I don't mean flexing, but the hard looks, piercing gaze, nostrils flaring, clenched jaw, things like that to make the readers visualize, "oh crap, he's a menace and about to fuck bitches and get money."

    Watch how you switch tenses in your match writings. Went from present to past more than once in it. The short match write up for this match works perfectly for me.

    Good heel move by Orton making sure the kid has to go out there by himself, and making himself the most important piece of the group. Smart little segment here.

    That red bold is too much with the blocks that you have it in. It's very overbearing with how much you have.

    DiBiase getting squashed is exactly the right call, no complaints at all. I also love how the tag team of the group then use that to try and manipulate a title shot, that's fun heel work, even if you makes no sense at all to try it with the GM who just booked that match. :P

    I know this sounds silly, but if that's Caatagnoli/Cesaro and Hero/Ohno coming in, I really hope they don't come in with their Indy names. I already don't like them coming in as KOW. 1) this is WWE, in 2009; that name's never passing with Vinnie Mac 2) this is WWE in 2009; Indy guys weren't coming in with their names yet unless they were top level guys. Hell, Bryan Danielson couldn't even get that and he was a better wrestler than CM Punk could ever try to be.

    I thought you did a very solid job of explaining JBL's journey to get to where he is now, and how Ron played a pivotal role in it. I actually hated seeing you downplay the interview as boring, because I thought it was your most compelling stuff so far. I still think you need to do more work to capture the character's voices though, as it just doesn't "feel" like them, but any random character. Miz coming out as the guy to complain about others getting the shots is perfect, and you tied everything up well with his match with Rhyno, and JBL trying to give Henry a match after earlier. I loved that continuity! Rhyno sounded so foolish though just shouting Gore at the end. Cartoonish, really. Lead him into that. "Miz, you're going to feel the..." for a quick rough example. I also like how you're selling the notion that JBL has scouted Indy guys to bring them in, I thought that was a good touch, despite my disagreement with how you're doing it.

    The content in the HHH promo is fine, but I think you know what comes next: vanilla. It feels like anyone, not HHH. If this is leading up to HHH and Batista winning the titles though, I think that's a fun story to tell.

    The diva's match was just there, but I like that you're featuring then as much as you are.

    The booking here is fun, setting up the angle of what will happen with Kofi and the title, although the writing was especially poor here, in terms of your sentence structure. It was just kind of all over the place with a fragment and then long run on sentence in just one paragraph.

    The booking here of having Legacy find the loophole with a PRE match attack is excellent. That was really fun, although everything that else that followed was a bit of a mess. Adding in the Cody taking a Spinebuster after the fact was awkward, and JBL coming out made sense given the CF going on, but he's just all over this show now. You booked yourself into a corner a wee bit I felt. Just felt like he was in it too much. I also don't know how much I want to see Brett DiBiase back again after the Big Show match; you should've been playing up how the kid who isn't ready to be in the WWE was all sorts of messed up by that match, I feel.

    The ending of the match was a bit hard to follow for me, but I do like the abrupt ending instead of the standard formula. FYI though you had match times for 3 matches, but not for 2.

    I know that I can come off as too negative or harsh sometimes, so I apologize if that was the case here. I honestly think the booking of this show was really, really good in a lot of different ways. And that is the most important part, after all. You did very well to tell some stories, set some more up, and create a template of what you're trying to do moving forward, which is all awesome. You just really have to proofread your work, recognize the high amount of fragments, the run ons, etc, and fix that. Work on ways to make the characters sound more unique as well, because then the writing is going to improve ten fold. You get that writing there, and this project will be phenomenal.

    And hopefully I no longer get that black screen of death trying to feedback you :P

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    Ok, just caught up on your last episode of Raw. Orton part of the ending of the PPV was absolutely brilliant, loved that little touch. It really put over what a big deal it was for him to destroy Cena, and went some way to saving that ending for me. I also give you credit for really making it sound like Orton, which is something I don't think you've quite nailed yet with a lot of other characters. But Orton very much does sound "right".

    Triple H is a good example of someone who just doesn't sound like Triple H. I don't know if you're able to watch videos right before you write a promo, but I find it makes it a lot easier to hear their voice in my head as I write. As it is, Triple H just sounds like anyone, which isn't a great thing for someone as big a star as him. I also think there's opportunity to really make things jump off the page in a way that they aren't at the moment. Again, zero idea how you do this on your phone, because I imagine it must make stuff like that work, but it's probably the biggest area of opportunity for you going forward. There is so much potential in this, but really making things jump off the page would make a huge difference to me.

    As a case in point, the Batista reveal in that opening segment. That's the kind of thing you can make really fun to read, but it read a little flat to me. As it was, you had Orton kind of make an offhand comment, Triple H smirk, say "I'm not alone", go to the back, get a sledgehammer, not use the sledgehammer, and then had Batista come out. It didn't pop like it could have, you know? Had you, say, had Orton really needle HHH with something like "what's the matter, Hunter? Too SCARED to come out on your own?" Then really sell the reaction from HHH. Maybe he cocks an eyebrow, looks out to the crowd with a frown, pretending to be confused. "Alone? I didn't say anything about being... alone?" and then BAM! Batista attacks from behind. That way you've built up tension, then paid it off in an exciting way immediately. That alone would have done wonders for this segment.

    All that said, I really liked JBL's ruling about the lack of interference. A really cool touch, and something I'm looking forward to seeing you use going forward. It'll be a challenge, but one that'll be worth it imo.

    Lovely little touch with Noble beating Henry to the ring! That was a lot of fun. Also really liked you holding off from the obvious MVP/Swagger ending. Give us something different so we build to the match. That's excellent. I really enjoyed the Santino stuff in there too.

    I said it at the start, but I really do think you write Orton well. He's probably the highlight of Raw, which is what you want as the champ. Him making them pick between their later match and Brett was excellent.

    That's cool that you're adding the KOW. I normally prefer people to stick to the roster they have, but as long as you don't overdo it I'm okay with it every now and again. I hope you use their NXT names than their real names, though.

    I liked the content of the JBL promo, even if it didn't really sound like him. He came across as a huge babyface here though, which is needed given his history. Actually thought this was one of the strongest parts of the show. The Miz bit was fun too, especially with the Rhyno run in, although another title seems a bit much if I'm honest.

    Not said anything about the Divas as not much to comment on, but kudos for trying to do stuff with them and looking forward to where it goes.

    You see, the main event run in was another area where with more expressive writing you could have really made it pop. The whole idea of JBL making matches no interference so Legacy attack before the match could have been a lot of fun, but it felt a little glossed over and rushed. I also really don't like having JBL (complete with entrance music!) coming out 3 times in a show. "X happens and GM comes out to make decisions" is a bit of a lazy trope, and the quality of your booking and writing means you don't need to rely on that kind of stuff. Push yourself to do something different, you can definitely do it!

    Glad you had the babyfaces win in the end, though. Without interference it was important the stars got a big win, especially ahead of the title match. Good call there.

    Overall, a pretty strong follow up to the PPV. All the booking was on point and there was nothing not to like about it. This may be one of the things that'll be impossible as long as you write on your phone, but if you can slow down your writing and really allow moments to pop, and if you can better nail the cadence of how certain characters talk, this'll go from a BTB I enjoy to one I absolutely love, and not with many changes either. Keep up what you're doing, dude.

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    Re: WWE 09: Cheap Heat

    Thank you guys all so much for the input and advice! It is all super helpful and I've taken note of areas I need to improve (and probably ignored most of it for this ECW lol) and I hope I can make it entertaining enough you guys continue reading! I really appreciate all the support! This is a fun little community to be a part of. And with that, onto ECW. This week and next week's ECW will be fully recapped like this, with ECW's last show being written in full.








    ECW 9/15
    Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


    The show opens up with William Regal making his way to the ring with a microphone, flanked by his goons - the monstrous Ezekiel Jackson and Vladimir Kozlov. Regal blasts Christian, calling the ECW champion a coward. Regal says Christian got lucky, and says he demands a rematch at Last Stand. Regal continues on until he's interrupted by ECW's general manager Tiffany!

    Tiffany comes out, letting Regal know he will NOT be receiving another title shot, but does state that the ECW title will be on the line in two weeks at Last Stand. Continuing on, she says they were going to have a battle royal to determine the number one contender, but since JBL had one on Raw - ECW will do things a little different tonight. Announcing that there will be 4 matches tonight, and whoever wins their match the fastest will be the number one contender!! Tiffany tells Regal that he has been added to the "Choose your Future" fatal four way match at Last Stand that will allow the winner to choose which brand they go to - but then the GM singles out the giants next to Regal, letting them know they have the opportunity to become number one contender - As they will be competing tonight, AGAINST EACH OTHER. RIGHT NOW!

    Match 1| Vladimir Kozlov vs Ezekiel Jackson

    After offering some pushback to the general manager, Kozlov and Jackson eventually go to opposite corners, as commentary mention they are wasting precious time. Both men tentatively come to the center of the ring. Neither man scared of the other, but both wanting to keep some semblance of peace with their new partner. Jackson offers a handshake, to which Kozlov accepts… HEADBUTT!!

    The headbutt erases any doubts Ezekiel Jackson may have had, as the two men start to trade right hands. Neither man can gain advantage, as Regal is on the outside trying to do damage control, trying to keep his two behemoths from fighting each other. Jackson ends up taking Kozlov off his feet, and the fight spills to the outside!! Both big men continue beating the hell out of each other around the ring and up the ramp as the referee counts them out!!

    Winner: Draw - Double Count Out @ 3:17

    William Regal eventually puts his hand up and walks off, leaving both men to continue brawling as we head to our first commercial
    …
    …
    *Commercial Break*
    …
    …

    When we return from break, commentary lets us know that security JUST separated Kozlov and Jackson, but the two men looked like they were still raring to go. They then switch to promoting the upcoming match as the competitors make their entrance, saying Sheamus and Shelton Benjamin met two weeks ago, with Benjamin putting the Irishman through a table, but Sheamus getting the victory. Tonight, they do battle - yet again under extreme rules. This IS part of the "beat the clock" challenge.

    Match 2| Sheamus vs Shelton Benjamin

    A slight grudge match, but now both competitors hope to get the match done quickly so they can have the opportunity to face Christian. Sheamus is already scheduled for the fatal four way to choose his future brand - but puts over being known as the last ECW champion as a great chance to make a name for himself.

    Sheamus dominates the beginning of the match, eventually taking Benjamin out with a big clothesline over the top rope. Sheamus follows him out, but gets BLASTED by a trash can!!

    Shelton then uses his athleticism to stay on top, continuing the fight outside the ring. After stunning Sheamus by slamming him into the steel pole, Benjamin climbs on the apron and leaps off before being caught by Sheamus AND PUT THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE WITH A FALLAWAY SLAM!!

    The crowd pops for the table spot out of nowhere! But Sheamus takes too long picking Benjamin up and rolling him back into the ring, that his eventual pin only gets a 2 count!!! Sheamus can't believe it, as he lifts Shelton up - looking for the Irish Curse!! But Shelton slips off!! Superkick!!! Sheamus stumbles back into the ropes before rebounding into a T-BONE SUPLEX - ONTO A STEEL CHAIR!!! Shelton makes the pin!
    1..
    2..
    3!!

    Winner: Shelton Benjamin @ 7:22

    Commentary put over the huge win by Benjamin, showing the resiliency after going through the table, to still come away with the win. Pointing out that Benjamin and Sheamus are now 1-1, Striker mentions that if Benjamin can't hold onto the fastest time, he may have very well done enough to be entered into the fatal four way match at Last Stand.

    …
    …
    *Commercial Break*
    …
    …

    We return from commercial to see Tiffany, in her office. When someone kicks open the door… It's Rhyno!! Rhyno asks Tiffany why she wrote up that contract for The Miz to get a shot at the TV title? The title that Rhyno has had at his house for 10 years.

    Tiffany tells Rhyno that he can keep the TV title that's at his house, because this TV title will be a BRAND NEW belt. And that since ECW is coming to an end, she wants to do something memorable and entertaining for the fans. She doesn't want to be known as just some interim GM who failed ECW. So she decided she'd send a parting gift to remember ECW by. She states that either Miz or Rhyno will leave ECW: Last Stand with the new WWE TV Title.

    She continues on, stating that the title WON'T be defended on that superstars brand, but rather defended on the OPPOSITE brand - EVERY SINGLE WEEK. Thus, giving superstars from both brands a shot at being champion. If a raw superstar is champion, he will defend the title on SmackDown until a SmackDown superstar wins, which then will lead to the title being defended on Raw.

    Rhyno interrupts her to tell her he doesn't care, he just plans on destroying Miz. Tiffany tells him that he'll have a great chance to do that, because their match, along with every other match that night will be under EXTREME RULES!!

    We then cut to the ring where Paul Burchill and Katie Lea are making their way to the ring as commentary recount what Tiffany just said. The WWE TV title will be on the line in two weeks!!

    Match 3| Paul Burchill vs The Hurricane

    In another rematch from two weeks ago, Paul Burchill shows his dominance yet again. With power move after power move. Sprinkling in pinfalls in between, looking for the quick victory. Before finally putting Hurricane away after blocking the chokeslam and hitting Hurricane with the C-4!!

    Winner: Paul Burchill @ 3:46

    Commentary put over the phenomenal effort from Burchill, winning in almost HALF the time of the current time to beat. With only one more match to go tonight!!

    Burchill poses in the ring with Katie Lea, who says something as they look down at Hurricane. Burchill nods, and begins putting the boots to the superhero, before grabbing him and setting him up for the curb stomp. Commentary pleads with Burchill to stop, but he has this sadistic smile on his face

    UNTIL HE'S HIT IN THE FACE BY YOSHI TATSU!! TATSU JUST RESCUED THE HURRICANE!!

    Burchill rolls out of the ring and along with his sister Katie they make their way back up the ramp as Tatsu tends to Helms. Striker mentions that Yoshi got the best of Burchill last week and tonight, but Burchill may get the last laugh as he's currently the leader to become number one contender!!

    …
    …
    *Commercial Break*
    …
    …

    We return to see a close up of the ECW Championship, and then zooming out we see the champion Christian! He goes on about how last night he bested Regal, finally proving that his quick win at SummerSlam wasn't a fluke. He mentions that he isn't looking forward to Last Stand, because it means his time as ECW champion comes to an end one way or another. He says his time here on Tuesday nights has done great for his career, reinvigorating Captain Charisma. He goes to continue before he starts smiling as someone steps into the shot
    ..
    It's Tommy Dreamer!! Dreamer tells Christian that he has done ECW proud, defending that title successfully for months. But that it will come to an end in two weeks - when he, Tommy Dreamer, takes the ECW Championship from him!

    Christian wishes Dreamer luck as he walks away, with the ECW legend looking focused and intense.

    *Radio*

    Zack Ryder makes his way out to the ring for the main event, grabbing a microphone and saying that for the last 4 weeks he has been trashing ECW, only to be attacked by the freaks that ran the place back in the day. Ryder says that when he heard about this opportunity tonight, he knew the best way to really "take out the trash" is by winning the ECW title, and disposing of it in live TV when he gets to "one of the real brands". Before he can continue he's interrupted by the music of Tommy Dreamer!!

    Dreamer makes his way down the ramp, but Ryder catches him by surprise and meets him at the ramp!! Ryder hits Dreamer with a low blow!!! Then whips Dreamer into the steel steps!!

    Commentary are split on the actions of Ryder, with Matthews saying how dispicable it is to attack his opponent before hand. While Striker states that it's ingenious, as the clock hasn't started but he's already doing the damage!!

    Ryder continues his assault on the ECW legend, not looking like the man that has been consistently beat up and mocked the past few weeks, but rather a dominant and legitimate contender for the ECW title. Hitting Dreamer with the jumping leg lariat he calls the "Rough Ryder" and his finisher the "Zack Attack" on the floor!!

    Ryder finally feels as if he's done enough, rolling Dreamer into the ring. Ryder looks around at the fans, tapping his temple to indicate his intelligence, with commentary in disbelief that Zack Ryder of all people is going to be the number one contender.

    Ryder climbs onto the apron, about to step through the ropes when HE'S HIT WITH A LOW BLOW!!!

    BY…

    BUELAH MCGILLICUTTY?!

    ?!?!

    Commentary ask what in the hell she's doing here, as the former ECW "vixen" came to the aid of her real life husband!!

    Ryder falls forward through the ropes into the ring, forcing the referee to start the match just as Dreamer is getting to his feet!!

    Match 4| Tommy Dreamer vs Zack Ryder

    Dreamer picks up Zack Ryder and poses, dropping him with the Dreamer DDT. Dreamer makes the cover!!
    1..
    2..
    3!

    Winner: Tommy Dreamer @ 0:11

    Tommy Dreamer is going to ECW: Last Stand to face Christian for the ECW Championship!! With the help of his wife(?!), the ECW legend has a chance to go down in history as the final ECW champion!! And he beat the man that's ridiculed the brand for months to earn that shot!!

    Buelah joins her husband, as Dreamer picks up the microphone that Ryder had used, and proceeds to tell the crowd that a few months ago he made a promise to retire if he didn't win the ECW Championship. "And he did it!" is the call from commentary. So that gave him the push to keep going, but now that ECW is coming to an end he's decided to announce his retirement. For good. "If ECW is closing, I don't have a reason to be here." So in two weeks against his good friend Christian, win or lose - it all comes to an end; ECW… and Tommy Dreamer's career. He then looks at the camera, telling Christian he will do ANYTHING to retire as the final ECW champion.

    *End Show*


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    Re: WWE 09: Cheap Heat

    I've got to break away from my normal way of reviewing because of the gauntlett format. The rules for a normal wrestling show are thrown out of the window. The entire show become a gimmick; which on a one hour show makes it tough to work on more than one angle.

    Now with you writing the ENDING of ECW, it is much more important to wrap up storylines rather than building them. For me, it changes things

    Having a knowledge of the WWE version of ECW was helpful as I think I was familiar most of the storylines you seemed to be forwarding on this episode. Rgeals henchmen brawling, Burchill tormenting Hurricane, etc. These all mirrored what really happened in real life and made it easy to latch on to.

    Tommy Dreamer is always the reliable choice, but this is very similar to the road that ECW went down. Regardless, using his real life wife means something to the nostalgic fans like me.

    So the question becomes, what is the future for these guys? Sheamus and Shelton both looked good early and have bright futures. Everyone that won tonight looks like a potential building block, but do you plan on keeping Zeke and Kozlov feuding or maybe reconcile them and Regal and use them on a show like Smackdown?

    I really like Paul Burchill. I always thought he had potential and would like to see where this goes with Yoshi Tatsu. Both guys had underwhelming runs that you could book better.


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    Re: WWE 09: Cheap Heat

    Something that I’ve been needing to say for a while, and that is I respect the hell out of the fact you do this on your phone. I struggle enough doing this sort of thing on my laptop, so to do this on your phone is super impressive and takes some commitment so kudos to you for that. I know you’re doing recapped shows for this ECDubya and the next, but one thing I would have liked to see is a tad more detail on the promo for Regal – because you tell us that he calls Christian a coward and challenges him for the ECW Title and then you tell us that he continues to go on … but don’t tell us what about?


    Obviously the matches were short, but they were done fairly well for the time they had and the fact it was written in recap mode. I feel though as though because of the lack of meaningful feud/rivalry for Regal at the minute, he has to win the Choose Your Future match that you have cooked up. One thing I didn’t like about the match at the beginning, is the double count out. I get Jackson and Kozlov aren’t the smartest tools in the box, but they aren’t mindless or idiots – there meant to be portrayed as Superstars to fear, but both being counted out just makes me think how idiotic they are for not realizing the ref was counting to ten. I don’t know if you plan on separating Jackson and Kozlov, and I would prefer if they stayed a team because they have more of an upside as a dominating tag team than as single competitors, especially if Regal is going to continue to manage them.


    It really is a good win for Benjamin at this point, especially against Sheamus who has an incredible amount of potential at this point. I imagine with them both going 1-1, they’ll be a singles rubber match next week to decide who wins the overall feud before they go their separate ways. Not going to lie, the TV Title and it’s stipulation is a creative way of getting more championship matches on TV, but at this point in time, WWE had trouble enough building up their U.S and I.C Titles so I would have preferred the effort go into making those titles respectable and prestigious again. Nonetheless, the Rhyno winning on the last night of ECW makes sense from a sentimental point of view, but if you’re going to have a TV Title, then The Miz is the logical winner who will hopefully grow as a Superstar with the belt and hopefully you can come up with creative ways of using it.


    Loved The Hurricane gimmick so I would’ve been all for a Hurricane win. Burchill makes sense though. The only thing I remember about Yoshi Tatsu is the theme song, not going to lie.


    I feel as though, despite the attack by Ryder, Dreamer was ALWAYS going to challenge for the title on the last show. He’s the last one left (besides Rhyno) who had any relationship to ECW really. I will say one thing though, Ryders attack was absolutely brutal – a low blow, steel steps and two signature moves on the outside. Then, it just seemed as if that was totally forgotten once Buelah got involved. Also, I’m pretty sure the referee would have had to make sure both competitors were up and able to compete before calling for the bell but those are just nitpicky things really. Like I said though, Dreamer is the logical choice and now you have an interesting decision – for ECW to go out with an ECW Original winning the ECW Title and retiring, or you can use the ECW Title to propel Christian in to the main event on RAW and SD by saying he is the last ever ECW Champion.


    I’ve done some nitpicking in this but I am following along and for the most part I am enjoying what I’m reading. At some points, I feel the way things are written could be more improved to flow a little better and I sometimes find myself wishing for some more description to really paint the scene but then I remember you do this from your phone and what you’re doing with that is impressive! I’ll be continuing to follow along and look forward to SD!
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    Re: WWE 09: Cheap Heat




    9/18 SmackDown
    Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


    We open with a package showing us the highlights from Breaking Point's World Heavyweight Championship match between The Undertaker and CM Punk, ending when Matt Hardy interferes and attacks The Undertaker with the title belt. The SmackDown side of things ending with Punk laughing as he clutches his title, with the voiceover of JR at the pay per view saying he can't believe Matt Hardy would do this just for a title shot.

    The camera fades to black as we open into the arena in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada looking out at the thousands of fans in attendance.

    *Pyro*

    Jim Ross:
    Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to Friday night SmackDown! I'm Jim Ross, joined by my colleague Todd Grisham, and Todd; tonight we have a great night lined up.

    Todd Grisham:
    That's right JR, Cryme Tyme looks to get their revenge against the team now known as "Aces High" - Charlie Haas and Mike Knox.

    Jim Ross:
    That's sure to be a helluva match, and we've also got the Women's title on the line! After retaining the title Sunday night on the pre-show due to the champions advantage, Michelle McCool will again defend her title against Melina tonight once more!

    Todd Grisham:
    But what I'm most looking forward to is when we hear from Matt Hardy!! Rumor has it he hasn't shown up yet, but we are scheduled to hear from him tonight as he explains his actions towards The Undertaker this past sunday.

    Jim Ross:
    I wouldn't show up either if I had pissed off the Deadman. I'll tell ya I don't know what Matt was thinking. If brains were leather he wouldn't have enough to saddle a junebug.

    *This Fire Burns*

    Todd Grisham:
    But this man has to be on top of the world right now! Barely escaping past The Undertaker, and thanks to that clause in his contract there will be NO rematch for The Undertaker.

    Jim Ross:
    Yeah and this guys slicker than owl poop. He just scraped by the skin of his teeth, but look at him gloating like he just won the super bowl.

    Indeed, CM Punk looks happy. Ecstatic even, as he makes his way to the ring. Happily trading verbal barbs with fans. The straight edge superstar climbs into the ring, requesting a microphone. He lets the boos fizzle out before starting

    CM Punk:
    I told you so.

    Heat

    CM Punk:
    Aren't you guys tired of hearing me say that? If you're not too numb or drunk, if you haven't killed all your brain cells with pills and drugs then maybe you would have noticed that everything I've said I will do - I've done. I am the ONLY three time Straight Edge World Champion. I am the ONLY man to win back to back money in the bank ladder matches at WrestleMania. I was the one who cleansed the WWE of Jeff Hardy. And last night, I put the Deadman where he belongs!!

    Major heat from the crowd as JR bellows "not without a little help!!"

    CM Punk:
    I continuously come out here to you people, exposing the people you idolize, and this is how you treat me? Don't you get it? You are all FRAUDS… cheering for FRAUDS. You people go to work everyday just to scrape some money together to make sure you can have your fix, while you go gallivanting around about how you're a good person. You're fake, and it's no wonder you'd support someone like The Undertaker.

    Big Pop

    CM Punk:
    Or Jeff Hardy.

    Another big pop

    CM Punk:
    Because they're as fake as they come. Some light tricks and ladder spots is all it takes for your support? I honestly don't understand you people. I think the only thing we can agree on - is Matt Hardy.

    Slight pop, some boos - not as loud a reaction as the previous names

    CM Punk:
    Exactly. Or should I say Flat Hardy? Matt Hardley? You get the point. Matt Hardy is boring. Dull. Stale. He's so unexciting that last month Teddy Long completely forgot about him for weeks straight! Matt Hardy's most memorable moments in the WWE are when Jeff got speared off the ladder by Edge, and when Lita got "speared" by Edge.

    "Ohhhh" from the crowd and an "ah come on" from JR on commentary.

    CM Punk:
    But, he's someone who hasn't been given the opportunities that The Undertaker has. He's someone the WWE has constantly overlooked, and I can sympathize with that. I'm the best wrestler in the DAMN. WORLD. And I still don't get the respect I deserve. So Flat, I mean Matt; you've got your world title shot. You have your chance, at Mind Games in sixteen days it will be CM Punk vs Matt Hardy for the World Heavyweight Championship and I will once again prove to you people why I am the best in the world.

    Punk drops the mic and exits the ring, holding up his title as he walks back up the ramp.

    Jim Ross:
    Well our World champion with some harsh words for his number one contender Matt Hardy, who will be here later tonight!

    Todd Grisham:
    We will hear from the challenger, and still to come tonight on SmackDown we have a Women's title match and Cryme Tyme vs Aces High!

    Jim Ross:
    That's right Todd, but up next after the commercial we have Dolph Ziggler, fresh off his fantastic match at Breaking Point with John Morrison, will take on R-Truth!

    As Punk is walking back up the ramp, the lights go out!!

    *GONG*


    But the lights come back on immediately and when Punk, who had stopped dead in his tracks, realizes he's in the clear he relaxes. He starts walking back up the ramp

    …
    …
    *Commercial Break*
    …
    …

    We open back up to Cryme Tyme standing by with Eve, much like last week. Except this time Shad and JTG are dressed to compete and without bandages.

    Eve:
    I'm here with Shad and JTG of Cryme Tyme. Gentlemen, tonight you guys will finally get a shot at Aces High, Charlie Haas and Mike Knox after what they did to you two weeks ago.

    Shad:
    That's right baby girl. Two weeks ago we were in the middle of our best match. We had defeated 3 teams, and were about to become number one contenders - when they attacked us from behind. They beat us down and made sure we couldn't make it to Breaking Point.

    JTG:
    Ch'yeah

    Shad:
    So tonight. We're beating them down. We're going to make sure they regret what they did to us. Tonight, things get a little hood.

    JTG:
    Ch-ch-ch'Yeaa!! Shit gets real tonight boys!!!

    JTG and Shad walk off, leaving their friend Eve behind.


    *Here to show the world*

    Dolph Ziggler comes bounding out to heat from the crowd, and makes his way down the ramp as we see a replay showing highlights from his match this past Sunday, focusing on the bigger spots with Grisham calling it his match of the night and JR in agreement.

    *What's up?!*

    R-Truth walks out rapping incoherently while also asking "What's up?!" every few sentences. Grisham says this is a good opportunity for Dolph to get back in the IC title hunt, while a win over Dolph would be a small measure of revenge for Truth who lost to Dolph in the tournament last month.

    Match 1| R-Truth vs Dolph Ziggler

    Fast paced start to the match, much to the delight of the fans. Truth and Ziggler exchange arm drags and drop kicks, with neither man gaining the upper hand until Truth knocks Ziggler down with a flying spinning forearm.

    Truth stays in control for only a moment before Ziggler counters a whip into the corner, sending Truth into the turnbuckle. Ziggler splashes Truth and catches him with a neckbreaker! Dolph locks in a chin lock and starts to wear down his opponent. Truth continues to try and gain momentum but he's halted at every turn. After a nasty German suplex to Truth, Ziggler goes for the famouser but R-Truth moves out of the way - kicks Dolph in the stomach and looks for the corkscrew scissor kick - but Dolph moves!! Leaping DDT.. connects!! Ziggler makes the cover.
    1..
    2..
    3!!

    Winner: Dolph Ziggler @ 6:41

    Dolph Ziggler picks up the victory, and he looks happy to be back on the winning track - but he's not done there apparently, as he requests a microphone while R-Truth rolls out of the ring.

    Dolph Ziggler:
    Cut the music!

    Once the music dies down, Ziggler looks directly into the camera, pointing a finger at it

    Dolph Ziggler:
    John Morrison!! You got lucky! That title should be on my shoulder tonight! I've worked so hard for that belt, it should be mine!! I was the one who injured Rey Mysterio, I was supposed to be the one to take it!

    Dolph stamps around, showing his frustration before taking a breath and settling in

    Dolph Ziggler:
    And listen, we tore the house down. So I'm asking.. no no.. I'm DEMANDING the rematch I deserve!

    Small pop from the crowd. Dolph Ziggler waits a beat before continuing

    Dolph Ziggler:
    John, I know you're in the back watching. Come on out here and accept!!

    After a few moments, there's still no movement

    Dolph Ziggler:
    I should have known you'd be too sc-

    *Ain't no make believe*


    Ziggler looks shocked for some reason; as the NEW Intercontinental Champion, "the Friday Night Delight" John Morrison walks out, carrying his new title belt. Morrison walks down to the ring, joining the man he beat to become champion

    John Morrison:
    You're right Dolph.. You're right about one thing. I am the new Intercontinental Champion!!

    Morrison shows off the belt to the fans to a decent pop

    John Morrison:
    That was the best match of my life, and it led to this title. This title I've worked so hard for. And I want to be known as a fighting champion, so you've got it Dolph. I'll defend the title against you. I'll defend the title against two, three, four guys it doesn't matter! All that matters is -

    *Macmilitant*

    The fans pop for the general manager, as Dolph looks excited at the prospect of his rematch being confirmed. Morrison raises an eyebrow and looks a little annoyed at being interrupted, but he adjusts the title and listens to what Teddy Long has to say.

    Teddy Long:
    Now lemme holla at you playas! John Morrison, first off congratulations on becoming the NEW Intercontinental Champion.

    Morrison again lifts the title up to show it off, as Ziggler looks annoyed as he rolls his eyes

    Teddy Long:
    And I love how you want to be a fighting champ, you said something that gave me an idea. Y'see playas, I'm still trying to get the locker room on my side. I've had some people haterizin' but I've worked too damn hard for this job to let it get taken away now. So as a gift to the superstars in the back, John Morrison you will be defending your title against Dolph Ziggler at Mind Games…

    Dolph smiles, nodding, telling Long and Morrison "it's only right"

    Teddy Long:
    As part of a FIVE PACK CHALLENGE.

    Dolph's smile is wiped off his face, and Morrison doesn't look too pleased either, having to defend the title he just won against FOUR superstars.

    Teddy Long:
    I'm going to add a new superstar to the match every week between now and Mind Games, starting with the third superstar tonight!! Because this man reached out to me, he called me and said "Teddy, I can't work for JBL, I'd rather be on SmackDown" and that's the type of superstar I support! Dolph Ziggler, John Morrison, let me introduce you to ONE of your opponents at Mind Games… "The World's Strongest Man" MARK HENRY!!

    *Somebodies gonna get it*


    And sure enough, Mark Henry struts out onto the top of the ramp, shaking hands with Long, motioning for the title belt around his waist before turning back around and leaving.

    Teddy Long:
    Oh and next week, it will be John Morrison vs Mark Henry in a non title match! Holla holla!

    Long's music hits as he turns to leave backstage WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT!!

    *GONG*

    And just like earlier the lights come on rather quickly, with Teddy Long looking scared for his life.

    Long rushes to the back just in case as the commentary team make note of The Undertaker gong going off when CM Punk was out here, and now again when Teddy Long came out. Grisham mentions The Deadman may not be happy Smackdowns General Manager signed off on the main event for Mind Games.

    …
    …
    *Commercial Break*
    …
    …

    The camera cuts to backstage where Michelle McCool is stretching and warming up, as JR says we still have a Women's title match tonight. But up next, The Hart Dynasty is in action!
    ___________________________

    But before we get to the match, we see Teddy Long hurriedly pacing towards his office before entering and locking the door. He finally takes a breath and seems to relax, leaning on the front of his desk. Before someone off camera starts… laughing? Long's face drops as he turns around - and his office chair slowly turns around to reveal.. KANE! The Big Red Machine is laughing maniacally as Long backs up asking what Kane wants.

    Kane slowly stands up, straight-faced, cornering the general manager. Towering over Long, Kane starts to laugh again

    Kane:
    You are weak. I can sense your fear. Your fear is misplaced, I'm not going to hurt you. I just want The Great Khali

    Teddy Long:
    Okay playa, of course! You got it, anything you want. Next week it'll be Kane vs -

    Kane:
    No DQ.

    Teddy Long:
    Excuse me?

    Kane just snarls at the general manager

    Teddy Long:
    Alright, next week it'll be Kane vs The Great Khali in a no disqualifications match. Are you happy now playa? Damn near gave me a heart attack.
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    Long walks over, breathes a sigh of relief and falls into his office chair. Seemingly relieved to be unscathed after the confrontation with Kane. Kane walks out of the room before popping his head back into Long's office.

    Kane:
    Oh, and Teddy. My brother sends his regards.

    We get another fantastic terrified facial expression from Long as the lights in his room SHUT OFF! Kane starts laughing as he shuts the door and the camera cuts to the arena
    _________________________

    Back inside the ring, Jimmy Wang Yang and Slam Master J are already in the ring awaiting their opponents. JR puts over the match just announced for next week, while Grisham tries to hype up the team in the ring - mentioning how big of a boost it would be for them to get a victory over The Hart Dynasty here in Canada.

    *New Foundation*

    Despite being heels, there is massive reaction for the Canadian tag team, who are accompanied by Natalya. Kidd and Smith relish in the cheers as they make their way to the ring.

    Match 2| The Hart Dynasty vs Slam Master Wang Yang

    Even though they're being cheered, The Hart Dynasty still play the role of the heels in this match, eventually singling out Slam Master J and keeping him in their corner. They run through a multitude of tag team maneuvers, working over the man formerly known as Jesse.

    After a couple near falls, Kidd looks for the double jump moonsault but Slam Master J gets the knees up!! He gets the hot tag to Jimmy Wang Yang who comes in cleaning house, taking Smith (who had also tagged in) down with a picture perfect dropkick. Yang sees Kidd rushing at him and back body drops him, then rushes to the corner and shows Kidd how the double jump moonsault is done!! He crashes into both men, covering Smith but only gets the two count!

    Yang takes the offense to DH Smith, taking him off his feet with a hurricanrana, following in with a low dropkick. Yang ducks a lariat, taking Smith down with a Russian leg sweep. Yang tags out to J, before climbing the top turnbuckle - BUT KIDD PUSHES YANG OFF THE TOP ROPE!! YANG CRASHES TO THE FLOOR!!

    Slam Master J runs in, caught by Smith and planted with a scoop power slam. Smith picks J back up, lifting him up for Kidd to run off the ropes - HART ATTACK!!! Smith makes the cover!
    1.
    2.
    3!!

    Winners: The Hart Dynasty @ 5:53

    Big pop from the fans as Kidd and Smith hug in the ring, joined by Natalya they continue celebrating as we cut to commercial

    …
    …
    *Commercial Break*
    …
    …
    We return from break and are shown highlights from the pre-show match at Breaking Point, where Michelle McCool got herself counted out to retain her women's title. (Which I didn't even remember writing until Keef and Wolf mentioned it in reviews lol)

    *Paparazzi*

    Out comes the number one contender, full of energy as she hypes up the fans. Giving high fives on her way down the ramp before stopping at the apron, and performing her signature splits entrance, which gets a decent pop from the men in the crowd.

    *Not enough for me*

    Some heat for the Women's champion, but the reaction is mostly indifferent as McCool walks down the ramp, shunning the fans as she trash talks Melina from outside the ring. Rolling into the ring and running right at her, taking Melina by surprise with a Lou Thesz Press!

    Match 3| Melina vs Michelle McCool
    Women's Championship

    McCool starts off the match strong, catching Melina off guard. After wanting no part of a fight on Sunday, McCool took it to the challenger early and often.

    After a big European uppercut that knocked Melina into the ropes, the champion dropped her with a belly to back duplex. Fired up, McCool continued the assault with a running corkscrew neckbreaker as Melina was getting to her feet!

    She helped Melina up and dropped her with a Russian leg sweep, floating over into a pin but could only muster a 2 count. McCool tried locking in the heel lock submission she calls MADT(Make a diva tap!) But Melina kicked free, getting to her feet - ducking a clothesline attempt matrix style and PLANTING McCool with a snapmare driver!

    As McCool gets to her knees, Melina kicks her in the face - landing in the splits! The crowd loves it - so she sits in the splits a little too long, playing to the cheers. Because it gives McCool enough time to GRAB HER LEG!! MCCOOL LOCKS IN THE MADT!!

    Melina screams out in agony as Grisham reminds everyone that she missed time last year with an ankle injury. Melina reaches for the ropes but she's too far away so she pulls at her hair trying to figure out her next move. McCool yells at her to tap, but Melina refuses. Melina starts pulling her way towards the ropes, dragging the champion with her. Melina reaches out - STRETCHING… AND GRABS THE BOTTOM ROPE!!

    BUT MCCOOL WON'T LET GO!!!

    MCCOOL KEEPS THE MADT LOCKED IN AS THE REFEREE COUNTS TO 5! HE HAS NO CHOICE BUT TO RING THE BELL!!

    Winner: Melina @ 6:14 by DQ

    Melina now has a second hand on the bottom rope, finally pulling her way out of the ring eventually forcing McCool to let go, and Melina falls to ringside clutching at her foot. McCool, who retains her belt even though she technically lost the match, rushes to the timeskeeper area, grabbing the Women's title and hurrying up the ramp as JR rambles on about Melina continuously getting screwed over by the champion.

    …
    …
    *Commercial Break*
    …
    …

    We return from commercial and see Josh Matthews standing by with Aces High, Charlie Haas and Mike Knox.

    Josh Matthews:
    Ladies and Gentlemen, I'm here with the newest tag team on SmackDown, Aces High. Charlie Haas, Mike Knox, tonight you guys take on Cryme Tyme - who will look to exact some revenge on you for costing them a shot at the tag titles. How have you guys been preparing?

    Charlie Haas takes the lead on the mic, grabbing it from Matthews.

    Charlie Haas:
    We've been preparing the same way we always do. To win. Tonight, we get to show the world that we're the best tag team on SmackDown. Cryme Tyme will wish they never stepped into that ring with me and Knox. Shad, JTG; I hope you guys can up the ante, cause we're going all in.

    Haas and Knox walk off, as JR tells us they must be heading to the ring because they're match is up next!
    __________________________

    The camera cuts to the parking lot, where we see MATT HARDY emerge from a vehicle. Matt Hardy, the man who cost The Undertaker the title on Sunday has finally made his way to the arena! Hardy takes a deep breaths he gets to the end of the parking lot and starts walking down a hallway

    When someone starts laughing?? Where have we heard that before?

    Matt Hardy turns around to see KANE!! The big red machine laughs as Hardy tenses up. Kane steps up to Matt Hardy

    Kane:
    He's coming

    That's it. Two small words, and Kane steps past Hardy. Having just sent chills down his spine, Kane begins to laugh as he gets down the hallway and coincidentally enough the lights start to flicker. Hardy looks like there may be some regret on his face as he continues down the hallway, slowing down at every turn to carefully check the corner.
    ____________________________

    *Bringin' tha hood 2 you*

    Cryme Tyme come out to a big ovation from the crowd, "having earned the hearts of many two weeks ago!" Says JR. JTG and Shad high five a couple fans on their way to the ring but they're not in their usual cheerful mood, looking determined for retribution. Grisham says this match will go a long way in establishing the pecking order of the tag team division on Smackdown.

    *Pay the price*

    The newly formed tag team of Charlie Haas and Mike Knox continue using Haas' entrance theme, but they've got matching gear now. Black trunks with gold trim, that say Aces High on the back, and each wearing a black jacket for their entrance with a new logo (a gold hand of cards, showing the Ace of Diamonds for Knox, and the Ace of Hearts for Haas.) As they make their way to the ring we get a replay of their last meeting, as part of the gauntlet match to determine the number one contenders. We see Cryme Tyme come away with the win before Haas and Knox viciously assaulting them post-match.

    Commentary put over the animosity between these two teams as Aces High reach the bottom of the ramp they split up, with Haas going around to the left, Knox to the right, walking around the ring before meeting at the opposite side near the announce table. JR asks what they're doing, while Grisham suggests they are trying to get in the head of Cryme Tyme. They remove their jackets, fold them up neatly and set each jacket on the announce table. They look at each other, nod AND BOTH SLIDE IN THE RING!!

    Match 4| Cryme Tyme vs Aces High

    Haas tackles JTG to the ground, while Knox pushes Shad back into the corner. All four men exchanging right and left hands. With each team gaining control for a few moments, with JTG ending up on top of Haas and Shad pushing Knox into the corner to unload punches. They continue trading control, with this match turning into an all out brawl in the opening minutes. The referee tries to restore order, urging the teams to break it up and send somebody to the apron.

    But these teams aren't listening to anybody else, they're continuing to take the fight to each other. Both teams fight their way to a standing position in the middle of the ring. They ALL hit the ropes!! JTG and Haas both clothesline each other!!! Knox and Shad both hit a cross body on each other!!! All four men are down as we cut to commercial break!!

    …
    …
    *Commercial Break*
    …
    …

    We return from break to see the referee finally brought some order to the match, as we have Mike Knox sitting on the back of JTG, wrenching his chin up. Shad is trying to pump up his partner from the apron, but to no avail. JR says JTG is most likely still feeling the effects of the vicious release German suplex on the cement two weeks ago.

    The next few minutes are all Aces High, as they show incredible chemistry for a team that's wrestling only their fourth match together. Tagging in and out, executing double team moves on JTG and keeping the ring cut off, not allowing the fresh Shad to tag in. They are focusing on the neck and abdomen area of JTG, with Haas now holding him in an abdominal stretch. Knox distracts the referee for a moment, allowing Haas to grab the ropes for leverage!! Which causes Shad to step through the ropes - but the referee cuts him off!! Forcing Shad back onto the apron, the referee doesn't notice Mike Knox now pulling Haas' arm for leverage!! Shad finally relents and backs off, with the referee unaware of the underhanded moves from Haas and Knox. JR, while not approving of the cheap move, does make note of the continued teamwork throughout.

    JTG, desperate to break free- stomps on the foot of Haas! Haas let's go, and JTG lunges for the tag - BUT HAAS CAUGHT HIS LEG!! Haas pulls JTG back towards the middle of the ring - ENZIGUIRI!! JTG leaps for his corner!!

    BUT MIKE KNOX PULLS SHAD OFF THE APRON!! AND RAMS HIM INTO THE BARRICADE!!

    JTG sees what happened, and turns around - into a northern lights suplex! Haas bridges up for a pin!
    1..
    2..
    No!
    JTG kicked out at 2, with Haas now tagging in Mike Knox, and they double suplex JTG, and Knox stays right on the attack, punching JTG with multiple right hands before pulling him up to his feet - but JTG fights back!! Rights, lefts, a forearm! JTG hits the ropes - but gets caught!! SIT OUT SPINEBUSTER!! Knox hooks the leg!
    1..
    2..
    No! Broken up by Shad!! The referee ushers Shad back to the apron, and Aces High are back to work, with Knox tagging in Haas as they look to stay fresh. They whip JTG into the ropes - looking for a double back body drop - JTG hits Knox with a running neckbreaker!! He ducks a punch from Haas, kick to the stomach - Box Cutter!! JTG scrambles over across the ring, reaching out… AND MAKES THE TAG!!

    Big Shad comes in on fire, hitting Knox with a big boot that knocks him through the middle rope to the outside! Shad turns his attention to the rising Charlie Haas, knocking him back down with a running shoulder block. Shad picks him up and puts him right back down with a powerslam!! You can see the pain on Haas' face, but he gets to his feet rather quickly, and Shad lifts him right back up.. Snake Eyes!! Haas comes staggering out of the corner - SIDEWALK SLAM!! Shad is rolling!!

    He helps Haas up to his feet as JTG comes back in, Shad lifts Haas up on his shoulders - and JTG hits the opposite ropes with the fans cheering them on - WICKED CROSS BODY FROM KNOX STOPS JTG IN HIS TRACKS!!

    AND HAAS SLIDES OFF OF SHAD'S SHOULDERS - SCHOOL BOY - WITH HIS FEET ON THE ROPES!!!
    1..
    2..
    3!! Shad kicks out just a split second too late!!

    Winners: Charlie Haas and Mike Knox @ 13:02

    Haas and Knox exit the ring all smiles, having picked up their first victory together. Shad and the still recovering JTG are shouting at Aces High as they back up the ramp, raising their hands in victory. Shad tries to plead his case to the referee but there's no changing the decision now without physical proof. Commentary mentions that this more than likely won't be the last time these two teams hook up.

    And we see Matt Hardy walking down a hallway (still?) as we learn we're going to hear from him, NEXT!

    …
    …
    *Commercial Break*
    …
    …


    It's time for the raw rebound! And we see a replay of the brawl that opened up Raw, but the main reason it's played is to hype the two big matches announced for Raw - DX vs Legacy for the number one Contendership to the tag team titles and a WWE title match between Batista and Randy Orton. Our commentary team recap the segments and wonder what will come of the tag team match as it was seemingly revealed Shawn Michaels WONT be at Raw on Monday night.


    Then we transition to a replay of this past Sunday night, during the World Heavyweight Championship match when Matt Hardy attacked The Undertaker with the title belt, helping CM Punk retain the title. The video ends with Hardy dropping a contract onto the champion, signalling a future title shot.

    *Live for the moment*


    And the boos rain in for Matt Hardy. There's a small portion of fans that still cheer, as the Hardy's have been beloved for years - but the majority of fans aren't looking past his actions against The Deadman. JR gives us breaking news that Matt Hardy and CM Punk will have a contract signing on SmackDown next week!

    Matt enters the ring and requests a microphone, letting the boos die down

    Matt Hardy:
    I honestly don't even know where to start.

    "How about with the man you screwed out of the world title!!" Spews JR.

    Matt Hardy:
    For the last 4 days I've had everyone I know reaching out to me. Asking me "How could you do that to The Undertaker?" or "Why would you help him?" I've had people I've known most of my life, people I work with, even my own family call me to scold me..

    Matt takes a minute, looking extremely serious

    Matt Hardy:
    But you know what none of those people said to me? All those people I care about, all those people I've helped over the years. And not one of them called to offer me any congratulations. No "you deserve it" or "it's about time". None of the same things they said to my brother when he got a title shot.

    "Because he didn't take any shortcuts damn it!" JR is really angry on commentary

    Matt Hardy:
    But that's been all my life. Everybody feels closer to Jeff. He's always been the favorite, but I get it. People feel more emotion towards the sick puppy.

    Boos rain in full fledged now. Even the Hardy supporters siding with Jeff here. Matt Hardy soaks them in.

    "Woah where did that come from?!" Says Grisham, as he reminds the audience at home that Matt Hardy less than a month ago vowed revenge on behalf of his brother - against the very man he helped!!

    Matt Hardy:
    You see just a couple weeks ago, I wanted to get revenge FOR Jeff. But Teddy Long wouldn't give me a match with the champion. Scratch that, Teddy Long wouldn't even give me a match. I had to go around his back just to get booked, so best believe when I got offered a shot at the title… I was going to take it.

    A faint "you sold out" chant from parts of the audience.

    Matt Hardy:
    I got an offer for something I should have had years ago, a world title shot. All I had to do? Was help CM Punk. Something that seemed unfathomable a month ago, but as I sit at home Saturday night; knowing another pay per view was going to go by without me on it? I decided to take matters into my own hands. I wasn't going to just sit at home and let The Undertaker get a title shot just because he was tired of being out of the spotlight!!

    Heat

    Matt Hardy:
    So I went out, and I made sure The Undertaker didn't win the championship. I beat The Undertaker. ME! CM Punk, I hope you realize that without my help you'd be buried in more ways than one. I killed the Deadman. I shut the casket on the Phenom! I-

    *GONG*


    Hardy's face drops to a look of terror

    *Lights go out!*


    *Rest in Peace*

    The Undertaker's music hits to a massive pop from the crowd!! JR thinks Hardy may have bit off more than he can chew, with Grisham noting this is the loudest the arena has got all night.

    Purple lights and smoke fill the arena, as we see The Phenom - dressed in his trenchcoat and jacket, walking slowly down the ramp - but a little quicker than usual says Grisham to which JR says he doesn't want to waste any time with Matt Hardy, who looks scared but to his credit he isn't backing down, even timidly inviting Taker into the ring.

    He steps up the steel steps, and standing on the apron in the corner he removes his hat - TO REVEAL CM PUNK!!!

    MASSIVE HEAT FOR THE CHAMPION!!

    JR sounds like he's about to have an aneurysm as the crowd mercilessly boo CM Punk who starts to laugh before grabbing a microphone

    CM Punk:
    Oh Matthew, you should have seen the look on your face. That was priceless. But Matt, you've come out here and your thoughts have been all over the place. Your talking about Jeff, Teddy Long, CM Punk, The Undertaker. You've barely given a single coherent thought. Have you been going through Jeff's medicine cabinet??

    "Oohs" and boos from the crowd, each man posturing

    Matt Hardy:
    D-

    CM Punk:
    I'm not done yet. Matt I don't think you recognize the mistake you have made.

    Matt Hardy:
    I'm not afraid of The Undertaker. And I'm damn sure not afraid of you!

    CM Punk:
    Matt, I honestly believe you. I think you believe that in your heart. You think you can beat The Undertaker. You think you can main event a pay per view with the best wrestler in the business and beat him one, two, three.

    Matt Hardy nods his head, saying off mic "your damn right I do"

    CM Punk:
    But let me let you in on a little secret. A spoiler, if you will. You're not going to beat me.. I'm going to keep this title and thanks to the clause in my contract, you will never get another title shot while I'm the champion. And you know who else will be sitting around with no title shot and nothing to do but make your life a living hell? The Undertaker.

    CM Punk points at Hardy's chest

    CM Punk:
    You see it's not about you being scared. Your family is wondering what the hell you're doing because they're scared for you. They know you don't have it in you. They know you don't stand a chance against The Undertaker. They know you're below the first ever Straight Edge World Champion. Anyone that cares about you knows you can't get one over on me Matt. Youre-

    Kick to the stomach! Twist of Fate!!

    Matt Hardy just got one over on CM Punk!! The challenger took out the champion!! Matt Hardy taunts as the crowd boo (after an initial pop for the finisher)

    LIGHTS GO OUT!!

    *GONG*


    The lights come back on, AND UNDERTAKER IS IN THE RING!!! "Make no mistake about it that IS The Phenom The Undertaker." Major reaction for the much anticipated appearance of the Undertaker.

    Undertaker grabs Hardy by the throat!!! CHOKESLAM!!


    Cutthroat gesture from the Deadman has the fans going wild!! BUT CM PUNK HITS HIM FROM BEHIND!! AND TAKER TURNS AROUND - CHOKESLAM TO PUNK!!

    Hardy starts to stagger to his feet - TAKER PICKS HIM UP - TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!!

    The Undertaker looks content with his destruction, having gained a small measure of revenge. He looks at the two injured superstars before his eyes fixate on Punk's World Title. The Undertaker picks it up, staring at it - before exiting the ring and walking back up the ramp holding the title

    "The Undertaker just laid waste to champion AND challenger, then left with the belt!! What does that mean for the two men in the ring??"

    *End Show*


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    Re: WWE 09: Cheap Heat

    Honestly, I wasn’t too keen on the CM Punk promo. I haven’t been following SmackDown THAT closely, but is Matt Hardy face? Or heel? I found Punk talking about how boring Matt is, and then saying he sympathizes with him because he’s overlooked?? According to Punk, Matt’s boring so why does he care if he’s been overlooked – he should be agreeing with it, not sympathizing with it. And, CM Punk saying he is overlooked isn’t necessarily true, considering he’s a multiple-time world champion. Also backing up a little, why does Matt helping CM Punk constitute a title match? I don’t think the GM would have agreed to that realistically. So the CM Punk/Undertaker rivalry continues? At the minute I have very little interest in a CM Punk/Matt Hardy title match, with the way Matt got it, he doesn’t feel like he earned it and it seems the attention is still on The Undertaker. A lot of work will need to be done between now and the title match.

    Not a big fan of Cryme Tyme, but I hope you capitalize on their showing two weeks ago.

    Good win for Dolph – this was the time that Ziggler was starting to cement himself as a proper mid-carder in real life so glad to see you’re doing the same here. Again, you say that Morrison got lucky, but then you say they both tore the house down, suggesting he didn’t get lucky at all. ‘Haterizin’ what?? Good way to keep some suspense on the show with Long announcing a new superstar each week and Mark Henry seems like a good option to add to the contest.

    Khali and Kane? Ugh lol.

    I felt you could have shorted the Hart Dynasty match by a couple of minutes. I don’t want to spend near enough six minutes watching a glorified squash match.

    I think you need to give Michelle a proper win eventually to legitimize her reign as champion, at this point my interest in this feud is waning and I think it’s time to cut it and move on to something else. It doesn’t feel like Michelle is the type to squirm her way out of matches, and by now Melina should be prepared for it.

    Charlie Haas and Mike Knox aren’t going to be the most interesting team in the world, but a good job of finding something for them to do in teaming with each other.
    Hold up! We’re close to the end of the show, and NOW Matt Hardy decides to show up? Fire that man!

    13 minutes of Cryme Tyme wrestling?? Brave man. Not fond of either team but I appreciate the fact that you’re doing what you’re doing with your current teams, and not bringing in a team from the indies.

    That’s a long-ass hallway.

    Give you your due, a hell of a line ‘Have you been going through Jeff’s medicine cabinet’. What’s this clause in Punk’s contract?? I guess we’re building to a triple threat which is better than having a lukewarm match centering around this feud. To be honest the back and forth between Hardy and Punk could have happened at the start of the night, as it just makes Punk’s promo from the beginning redundant. You could have put on a good main event match with one of them and someone else, then have ‘Taker show up.

    If I’m being totally honest, I’m much more invested in RAW and even ECW than SmackDown. Nothing really stands out to me on SmackDown as something to be THAT excited about. The mid-card is ticking along nicely and it looks like your starting to build a tag team division to care about, but at the moment the main event isn’t hitting all the boxes for me. We need a BIG moment to happen on SmackDown because at the minute it’s very by the numbers.

    Also, a bit of a thing I’ve noticed, a lot of your promos sound the same, the Ziggler portion of the show was decent in that it started to sound more like Dolph whilst reading, but everyone else sounds like it could be anyone talking so I hope you can improve on that. Like I said, more invested in RAW and ECW so I’ll look forward to them, and hopefully, I can get more into SmackDown as the weeks go by!

    Also, side note: I just noticed the show was in Canada, so an appearance by the Tag Champs with Jericho would have been a great reaction and potentially could have been used for something big.

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    Re: WWE 09: Cheap Heat

    People make this mistake all the time with a Smackdown after a PPV, but it really grinds my gears; BREAKING POINT WAS NOT LAST NIGHT! It was FIVE nights ago! Everything else about the Punk promo was okay. Maybe a bit generic at points, but delivered your points fine enough. Punk completely ignoring that Matt was the reason he retained the title was noticeable, and given how he brutally ran down Matt here, I can’t see how you can sell any interest in Hardy as a title contender. Heel vs Heel is a tough sell as it is, but when one of the heels is just eviscerated like that, then people aren’t going to rally round him, they’re going to sit back and think; “yeah actually, he does suck”


    “Shit gets real tonight” is not a line I’d expect to read in a 2009 era WWE thread.


    I’m disappointed in seeing Henry jump shows. I thought the stuff from Raw was building to something over there, not as a way to write Henry over onto Smackdown. I’m also not a fan of random multi man matches being made like this one. Morrison is in a lose/lose position; win, and he’s got 3 other guys he didn’t pin crying that they didn’t lose; and he can lose the title without even being involved. He looks like an idiot for even suggesting to defend against 3 or 4 guys. If Teddy wants to keep his roster happy, then do a multi man contenders match; this feels like he’s punishing Morrison for winning the belt.


    On another note, I’m liking these teases from Taker. Seems to be setting up for some form of retribution.


    Nice use of the location to make the Harts faces for the night, and just right to give them a feelgood win.


    Feels like you’re building toward some kind of no DQ, no count out match between Melina & McCool. For what it is, it’s fine, and keeps the women on the show at least.


    Credit where it’s due, you’ve built throughout this show to an appearance from a vengeful Taker. The gongs, Kane threatening Teddy and Matt... a really good night long thread through the show.


    13 minutes is a long time for a mid card tag match with no major issue or angle coming into it. With 3/4 of the line up being Shad, JTG & Knox, there’s no way that’s going to be a fun period of time. Haas/Knox could be a promising pairing though, I’ll give you that. I’m liking them together so far.


    I enjoyed the majority of the Matt promo. I still don’t feel like you can sell a PPV main event of him and Punk right now, but this explanation was solid. There’s been a few too many insider wink-wink comments that’ve been a bit irksome on this show (Punk mentioning ladder “spots”, the IC Title great match speak, and Matt hinting at Punk getting “buried”, and Punk saying “spoiler”) which I think you’d be better served staying away from.


    I’m also not believing anyone would buy Punk, dressed up as Taker as being the actual Undertaker. Just could not suspend my disbelief over that one. The medicine cabinet line was by far the highlight of the entire show- awesome put down. Tough to see where it’s all heading with Taker leaving with the belt here, but a decent close to the show for sure.


    Overall, honestly, this show was probably more miss than hit. The Punk/Matt/Taker scenario has potential to get really interesting if you handle it correctly, and if you get that right, hopefully the rest will fall into place.

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    Re: WWE 09: Cheap Heat

    Straight off the bat I'm going to give you credit for the way you wrote CM Punk in this promo. I know you said you listened to promos before you wrote for some but not for others, ad I'm going to guess Punk was one of the guys you did research for. I could actually hear him saying everything he was saying, and felt you got the manner of his speaking pretty good. In terms of content, I thought this was a really solid promo right up until the stuff with Matt. Heel promos have a real artform to them, in that they have to make the person saying them unlikable but without "burying" the guy they're talking about. And in this case this was just far too close to burying for my liking, given Matt Hardy really is a boring midcarder who is best known for being Jeff's brother. With 2 weeks until a PPV, Matt's gonna have to do a lot to sell me as being important anyway, and especially so now Punk has completely eviscerated him and made him sound like a total jobber.

    Again, felt the Cryme Tyme promo was far closer to them than you have been doing for other characters. They actually sounded different to other people, and that's a huge step. I definitely wouldn't have had them say "shit" on TV, but aside from that, I felt this was another step forward.

    Dolph was always winning this match, but it's the right call. I also thought you got the balance of amount of content for that match pretty much perfect. Enough for me to understand it, not so much that I have to waste my precious time going through paragraphs and paragraphs of a frickin' R-Truth vs Dolph Ziggler match. The promos from Ziggler and Morrison were maybe a little generic, but it's Dolph Ziggler and John Morrison, so I would argue that's very much in character for them! The follow up of Henry coming out and the multi man match was fine. I like Henry being there and it feels like a noteworthy thing to happen, but a dry "here's a multi-man match!" approach makes it feel like you didn't have any better ideas to tell a story to actually make it happen, and that's a shame.

    Thank you for warning me in advance there will be a Kane and Khali match next week

    Having the Harts win fairly easily in Canada is a really simple thing to do, but it's a great idea to give the fans something to cheer bout. I really appreciated this. If you need midcard filler, at least make it something the fans will like.

    Kudos for not just ignoring the pre-show match as it was a pre-show match, that's some lovely attention to detail. Not much to say about Michelle and Melina, but it's a perfectly sound way to keep things ticking over.

    Really enjoying these Taker references throughout the show.

    Oof. The match itself was well enough written, but 13 minutes on TV is a long time for any midcard tag match, let alone one with Shad, JTG and Mike Knox in it. That wouldn't be a good match, and it wouldn't be one the fans cared about if it's going that long. That said, love you coming up with a new team and giving them focus. Putting guys you don't have plans for in a tag team is a surefire way to win me over, as it's a really simple booking trick that gives you opportunities to try some stuff out.

    By the way, this is feeling more like a Superstars level show than a Smackdown one right now. We've had CM Punk at the start, but since then it's been all Cryme Tyme, Dolph Ziggler, Michelle McCool an the Hart Dynasty. Could have used someone of value popping in somewhere tbh, and maybe something more exciting than backstage promos to break up the stream of midcard matches. This feels morel ike a 1995 episode of Raw than a 2009 episode of Smackdown.

    I really liked this Matt Hardy promo. Real motivations for doing what he's doing, and yet not motivations you could ever cheer for. That's great heel work. The Punk fake out was fun, although it's the type of thing I think would have been better to have him walk out in his own clothes to the music, or have the lights come up and he's already in the ring or something, just cos there's no way Punk 6 foot nothing Punk is looking like the massive Taker for a whole entrance. But yeah, the fake out was definitely fun. Punk again sounded great in this I thought, and the "medicine cabinet" line was gold. Matt hitting the Twist of Fate was really the only option to not have him seem like a total jobber, and obviously Taker was always gonna be there, and I liked him laying them both out. Not sure about him stealing the belt, that feels out of character for him to be honest. But it did make for a good ending I have to say.

    Surprised that that's it, though. I feel like you missed a whole middle chunk of the show out or something. Like, cut the Hart and women's match by a couple of minutes, cut the Cryme Tyme one by literally 8 minutes, and give us a proper main event (that 13 minutes tag match was the main?!) and some interesting in-ring segment/brawl/promo battle between a couple of legit stars, and this show lands a lot better imo. But aside from Taker and Punk (and at a real push Matt and Kane), there wasn't anyone on this show I'd even consider worthy of main eventing a TV show, let alone a PPV, and not really any matches or segments I'll even remember by the time Raw comes around.

    Overall, I definitely felt the promos took a big step forward in this show, but the show itself was rather forgettable. There was nothing bad about it, but it all felt like the filler that goes alongside the crazy pull apart brawl between Undertaker and Chris Jericho or something (that's just an example obviously). To not have any segments like that with these segments and matches makes it a rather dull show for me I'm afraid. But if you can get back on track with the content, your match writing and promo improvements promise for something a lot better in the future.

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    Re: WWE 09: Cheap Heat

    Thank you guys for the reviews and your input! I really appreciate the feedback because you guys point out things I never would have even noticed. I may start doing more recapped promos if I continue to struggle with finding the right voice for certain characters. Knox/Haas vs. Cryme Tyme shouldn't have been the main event, and I wish I used Jerishow on Smackdown as well for that added starpower. I hope what comes over the next few weeks can get you guys interested in the main event scene on SD.



    Raw is nearly finished, should be up tomorrow or the next day with ECW up shortly after. Here's a Raw preview.












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    WWE Monday Night Raw 9/21/09 Preview:
    This weeks edition of Raw is going to be a HUGE show. The recently returned from injury Batista has his chance at redemption, in a WWE title match against the man that has held the title since it was vacated, Randy Orton. Will "The Animal" regain his title? Or will "The Viper" strike again?

    Also in action, the other members of Legacy; Cody Rhodes and Ted Dibiase Jr are slated to face D-Generation X one last time. With Shawn Michaels' status uncertain, what will come of this number one contenders match?

    After JBL laid down the law last week that there is to be no interference during matches this month on Raw, it has now been extended to no interference AT ANY POINT including before or after matches as well as backstage. How will this effect the proceedings on Monday Night's flagship show?

    Last week, Jack Swagger won a battle royal to become number one contender for the United States title, but shortly before Raw went off the air we found out Kofi Kingston will miss an extended period of time. What will become of the United States title match at Mind Games? Will there be an update on the status of Kofi Kingston?

    Also tonight, Evan Bourne takes on Chavo Guerrero! Gail Kim will be in action!

    All this and much more, LIVE from Little Rock, Arkansas!!





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