WWE PAY PER VIEWS
The planned October 3 PPV ‘Hell in a Cell’ has been renamed by the new WWE management who are not fans of the ‘gimmick’ PPV concepts. The PPV will go ahead as planned but will be renamed ‘No Mercy’ instead. It is likely to feature Sheamus’ WWE Title rematch with the newly crowned champion, Randy Orton.
There are also some other changes to the PPV schedule.
October 3, 2010: No Mercy
(was ‘Hell in a Cell’ which has now been scrapped)
October 24, 2010: Cyber Sunday
(was ‘Bragging Rights’ which has now been rescheduled)
November 21, 2010: Survivor Series
December 19, 2010: Vengeance
(was ‘TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs’ which has now been scrapped)
January 30, 2011: Royal Rumble
February 27, 2011: Elimination Chamber
April 3, 2011: WrestleMania 27
May 1, 2011: Backlash
(was ‘Extreme Rules’ which has now been scrapped)
May 22, 2011: WWE Draft Night – Bragging Rights
(was ‘Over the Limit’ which has now been scrapped)
June 19, 2011: King of the Ring
(was ‘Fatal 4-Way’ which has now been scrapped)
July 17, 2011: Money In The Bank
August 14, 2011: Summerslam
September 18, 2011: Night of Champions
NXT SEASON 2 ROOKIES – FUTURES RESOLVED
With the NXT Season 2 winner, Kaval, starting his WWE career on SMACKDOWN recently, many people have been speculating over the future of the other NXT Season 2 rookies. Alex Riley has been rewarded with a RAW contract which allows him to remain with his NXT Season 2 Pro, The Miz.
Michael McGillicutty, Lucky Cannon, Eli Cottonwood and Titus O’Neil have all been deemed surplus to future requirements in the WWE and are free to talk to other companies. The WWE wishes them well in their future endeavours.
Percy Watson and Husky Harris have caught the eye of WWE management and have been awarded short-term contracts with SMACKDOWN that give them further chance to impress in the coming weeks.
THE FUTURE OF NXT, THE SHOW
NXT Season 3 has been postponed after poor reaction to the opening shows of the season. The new WWE management believe that NXT is a good concept but it needs a break between seasons to remain fresh. Watch out for the return of NXT in the future.
ROSTER CHANGES BETWEEN RAW AND SMACKDOWN
The new management are also keen to make a few changes to the rosters of RAW and SMACKDOWN over the coming months in preparation for the ‘Road to WrestleMania’ in the New Year. There are likely to be a few drafts between RAW and SMACKDOWN to shake things up a little and keep the brands fresh.
The first confirmed trades see two RAW superstars heading for SMACKDOWN this Friday night. The tag team of Mark Henry and Evan Bourne competed in Sunday’s Tag Team Turmoil match where they lost the final fall to the new Tag Team champions, Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre. They will now get their opportunity to seek revenge as the two RAW men head for the blue brand in time for Friday.
WWE Divas Gail Kim and Jillian are also heading for SMACKDOWN this week.
GENERAL MANAGER TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON
Rumours suggest that the new RAW General Manager will be announced in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to find out who it is!
’MONEY IN THE BANK’ CONTRACT HOLDER
Wade Barrett, David Otunga, Skip Sheffield, Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, Michael Tarver
The Great Khali
David Hart Smith
CURRENTLY OUT INJURED
Alicia Fox, Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Eve Torres, Maryse, Melina, Natalya, Tamina
General Manager: ????
Commentators: Michael Cole with Jerry Lawler
Interviewer: Josh Matthews
Announcer: Justin Roberts
PLUS: Ranjin Singh
WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION
UNIFIED DIVAS CHAMPION
WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS
‘Dashing’ Cody Rhodes & Drew McIntyre
Alberto Del Rio
Beth Phoenix, Kelly Kelly, Layla, Gail Kim, Jillian, Rosa Mendes, Tiffany
General Manager: Teddy Long
Commentators: Todd Grisham with Matt Striker
Interviewer: Josh Matthews
Announcer: Tony Chimel
PLUS: Vickie Guerrero, Jim Ross, Ricardo Rodriguez
MONDAY NIGHT RAW!
NIGHT AFTER ‘NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS’ – THE NEW CHAMPION SPEAKS!
Randy Orton, the ‘Viper,’ RKO’d his way to the WWE Championship last night in the ‘Six Pack Challenge’ after he eliminated the champion, Sheamus, in the final fall. Afterwards, Orton celebrated with the fans and proudly held up the WWE Championship in all four corners of the ring. What will the ‘Viper’ have to say tonight on RAW? What will Sheamus’ response to losing his title be?
NEXUS CONTINUE TO CAUSE PROBLEMS FOR CENA
With John Cena eliminated by Wade Barrett at Night of Champions last night after another distraction from the Nexus, the WWE Universe must continue its wait for another Cena title reign. After months of attacks on the ‘Face of the WWE’ by the Nexus, will Wade Barrett’s men have another surprise in store tonight? Cena is scheduled to face off against David Otunga in a one-on-one contest tonight but it is doubtful that it will remain that way!
WHAT NEXT FOR JERICHO?
It’s not been a happy month for Chris Jericho. Beaten several times and seemingly losing his confident and arrogant edge after several of these losses, what will the first ever Undisputed Champion’s next move be? His early elimination at Night of Champions by new champion, Randy Orton, will not put Jericho in a happy mood at RAW tonight. Will Jericho manage to start the comeback tonight?
TAG TEAM TITLE NUMBER 1 CONTENDERS
We have new Tag Team Champions after Smackdown’s Drew McIntyre and Cody Rhodes won Tag Team Turmoil at Night of Champions. With just two weeks to No Mercy, four teams will meet in a Tag Team Elimination match to determine the number one contenders. The Hart Dynasty get their rematch clause with a place in the match and they are joined by The Usos, Evan Bourne and Mark Henry and the team of Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov. Who will head to No Mercy in the hunt for the gold?
Join us on Monday Night Raw!
John Cena vs. David Otunga
Tag Team Title Number 1 Contender Elimination Match
Santino Marella/Vladimir Kozlov vs. The Usos vs. Hart Dynasty vs. Evan Bourne/Mark Henry
MONDAY NIGHT RAW!
Live from Indianapolis, Indiana
A highlight video plays of last night’s ‘Night of Champions’ PPV showing Daniel Bryan’s US Title submission win over The Miz followed by highlights from the ‘Six-Pack Challenge’ match for the WWE Title. Chris Jericho’s early exit and subsequent facial expressions are shown before the elimination of Edge by John Cena is played. Nexus’ attack on Cena is shown with Wade Barrett’s ‘Wasteland’ finisher to Cena eliminating him before Barrett is eliminated by an RKO from Randy Orton. Slow motion, black and white clips of Sheamus and Randy Orton are shown with soundbites from previous RAW’s used in the background to emphasise the confrontation before the colour returns and the video speeds up with Orton’s RKO and 3-count over the champion. The video finishes with a shot of Orton standing in the corner of the ring with the WWE Championship held high in the air.
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Welcome to Monday Night RAW with me, Michael Cole, and my broadcast colleague, Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler, at ringside.
And what a night we had at ‘Night of Champions’ last night, Cole, with RAW’s two most coveted titles changing hands!
Randy Orton won the WWE Championship in the ‘Six Pack Challenge’ with an RKO to Sheamus to secure the title and ... well, you tell them, King ...
Daniel Bryan made The Miz tap out to win the US Championship!
A fluke win, King, and the whole WWE Universe knows it! We’re sure to hear from Mr. Money In The Bank tonight, he’ll be US Champion again in no time.
Well, it’s going to be an amazing night. Look at this match scheduled for later this evening ...
After his elimination from last night’s ‘Six Pack Challenge’ by Wade Barrett and the Nexus, John Cena gets an opportunity against David Otunga tonight on RAW.
And here comes the new WWE Champion!
Please welcome, from St.Louis, Missouri, the new WWE Champion ... RANDY ORTON!
A smiling Randy Orton ambles slowly onto the stage, the WWE Title draped over his shoulder, and makes his way down to the ring to a huge ovation. Once inside the ring, he struts over to all four corners of the ring and holds the WWE Title high to loud cheers before replacing it on his shoulder and taking a microphone.
Last night, I defeated five men and became the new ... WWE Champion.
Crowd cheers for the new champion.
Last night, I eliminated three of my five opponents with ... an RKO.
More crowd cheers at the mention of Orton’s finish move followed by an RKO chant.
Last night, I ended the career – if he is true to his word – of one of the greatest superstars to ever set foot in WWE ... Chris Jericho.
The Jericho fans boo but most of the crowd cheer once more.
Last night, I did what John Cena could not do. I eliminated ... Wade Barrett and the Nexus.
More cheers but a small ‘Cena’ chant can be heard in the background.
And last night, I finally beat Sheamus 1-2-3 in the ring to end his reign ... as WWE champion.
Loud cheers for the Viper ending Sheamus’ title reign.
At ‘Night of Champions’ last night, I walked into the ring with all the momentum in the world. I hit RKO after RKO after RKO and ... I walked out on top of the world ... fella. Five of the WWE’s very best could not beat me at ‘Night of Champions’ and I’m out here to warn the RAW locker room to get used to this sight.
Orton strides to the corner, steps up to the middle rope and slowly lifts the WWE Title high for the fans to see. Flashlights go off around the arena before ...
John Cena comes bounding out onto the stage in a surprisingly happy mood after last night’s events. Despite the usual mixed reaction, he goes through his usual salute stance and then charges down to the ring to salute the fans.
Ladies and Gentlemen, from West Newbury, Massachusetts ... JOHN CENA!
Cena takes a microphone and turns to face Randy Orton who is eyeballing Cena after his interruption with an evil look in his eye. Cena notices this and holds out his hands to calm Orton down.
Relax, Randy, relax, I’m not out here for any trouble. I’m here to tell you that ... the best man won last night. Ladies and gentlemen, it pains me to say it but ... The Champ is there.
Orton nods in agreement and adjusts the title belt on his shoulder.
The best man won, Randy, and I’m man enough to admit it. I don’t like it, I wanted to win that title last night, but I didn’t ... You’re the man who brought his ‘A’ game last night and I respect that.
The majority of the crowd cheer this announcement and applaud Cena’s comments.
I also came out here, Randy, to thank you. Thank you for making sure that that piece of ... slime known as Wade Barrett and his cronies didn’t manage to bully their way to the WWE Title. Your RKO to Barrett stopped that and ...
Orton decides it is time to interrupt Cena’s comment.
Thank you, Cena, I appreciate that ... but tell me the truth – why are you here?
I’m here, Randy, for the same reason as I am always here on Monday Night Raw. It was a shame that last night, Nexus ended my match before you and I could fight for the gold. But I’m here for the WWE Universe and I’m here for that gold that is hanging over your shoulder.
The Cena fans in the crowd cheer in anticipation of Cena challenging Orton for the WWE Championship. Randy Orton smiles to himself ...
And what makes you think that you are worthy to challenge for this title, Cena? I’ve won this title after months of determination and momentum building, months of RKO’s and months of removing the barriers. Whilst you’ve spent most of the last few months on your back at the hands of the Nexus ...
For the first time, there is an edge to the Orton and Cena conversation as Cena looks a little perturbed. He shakes his head.
Randy, I’ll admit that I’ve suffered at the hands of the Nexus. But I vowed to re-pay them for their actions and I am taking them out one by one. Tonight, I continue that action when I face David Otunga. I just wanted to let you know that I am planning on taking them out in the very near future and when I do ... I will then be setting my sights of regaining my WWE Championship.
Cena takes a step towards Orton and a stare-down between the two develops. Half the fans begin to chant ‘RKO!’ but the rest start to chant ‘Cena!’ as the tension mounts. However, the tension is released by the sound of an e-mail from the anonymous General Manager of RAW. Many fans boo at the sound of the e-mail jingle as Michael Cole gets to his feet at ringside.
May I have your attention please? I have received an e-mail from the General Manager.
Cole makes his way to the laptop stand as Cena and Orton move apart and turn towards Michael Cole ...
And I quote ... ‘Randy Orton, congratulations on a fabulous victory at ‘Night of Champions’ and your new WWE Championship. In my opinion, it was a well deserved victory. However, John Cena has a point. He was eliminated from the match after a distraction from Nexus. Maybe John Cena would have beaten you and won the WWE Title had he continued?’
Orton shakes his head as Cena looks around with a grin on his face, clapping his hands in agreement.
‘However, John Cena, you will not be getting a title shot in two weeks time at ‘No Mercy’ I’m afraid. That honour belongs to the former WWE Champion, Sheamus. He contacted me earlier today and invoked his rematch clause for that night. I’m afraid that you, Cena, will have to find another route to a match with Randy Orton. Wade Barrett is the man who eliminated you at ‘Night of Champions.’ He is the man you need to take care of first. And maybe Randy Orton can help you? Tonight’s main event will feature the new champion, Randy Orton ... and the leader of the Nexus, Wade Barrett.’
Michael Cole returns to his seat as the crowd cheer the announcement of tonight’s main event between Orton and Barrett. In the ring, Cena and Orton stand apart looking at each other as RAW fades into a commercial break.
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Ladies and Gentlemen, this match is set for one fall. Making his way to the ring, from Dublin, Ireland, weighing in at 272 pounds ... SHEAMUS!
The former WWE Champion strides out looking annoyed at losing his WWE Title to Randy Orton last night and signals for the music to be quietened down. He fingers his waist area where his title belt used to reside before speaking into his microphone.
Did you hear Randy Orton out here before? Last night this, last night that ... Last night, fella, you managed a fluke victory and walked away with my WWE Heavyweight Title.
The Celtic Warrior enters the ring and stares around the crowd who are jeering him about his loss to Orton.
One lucky RKO, one lucky count of three ... I always thought it was the ‘Luck o’ the Irish’ but it seems I’m wrong. And I will prove it was a fluke to you, Randy Orton, in two weeks time at ‘No Mercy’ when I destroy you and win back my WWE Title. So take a good look at this match, fella, take a good look and see that one lucky RKO is nothing compared to me, Sheamus, when I unleash hell on you, Viper.
Sheamus performs his usual taunts to the crowd as he prepares for his match.
R-Truth makes his way to the ring with his usual rapping with the crowd as he dances his way down the aisle to Sheamus’ disgust. When he enters the ring, Truth greets the crowd in Indianapolis before preparing for his match.
And his opponent, from Atlanta, Georgia, weighing 235 pounds ... R-TRUTH!
Sheamus vs. R-Truth
In a competitive match, both men are equal to each other in the early stages as they perfrom their standard moves – Sheamus with his power attack and R-Truth with his quickfire, innovative style. However, the match turns in Sheamus’ favour about halfway through as R-Truth goes for a spinning forearm – the ‘Lie Detector’ – and misses as Sheamus moves out of the way leaving Truth to crash to the mat. From there, Sheamus takes control with clotheslines and powerful punches that take the wind out of Truth’s sails. When Truth attempts to hit a hurricanrana out of desperation, Sheamus pushes him aside and lays him out with the Brogue Kick before securing the 3-count.
WINNER (7:23): SHEAMUS
Here is your winner ... SHEAMUS!
An impressive win for the Irish superstar, Sheamus, he challenges Randy Orton for the title in two weeks at ‘No Mercy’ and will be determined to feel the belt back around his waist.
He needs something to bring out a little colour in him, Cole!
Nevertheless, King, we heard earlier from the General Manager who has made a huge main event for tonight. The new WWE Champion, Randy Orton, will face the leader of the Nexus, Wade Barrett, one on one, tonight on RAW.
It’s a huge match for Wade Barrett, Cole. A win could shoot him into contention for the WWE Title.
That’s true, King. And over the last few months, Wade Barrett and the Nexus have made John Cena’s life a living hell. Let’s take a look ...
A video montage of the Nexus’ domination of Cena over the last few months is played: their first, shocking beatdown of Cena on RAW; their destruction of the ringside crew the same night; their numerous attacks on Cena; the vicious assaults on RAW superstars like Yoshi Tatsu and Goldust; their treatment of previous RAW General Manager, Bret Hart; their attack on Vince McMahon – former WWE Chairman. The video ends with a clip of Justin Gabriel’s 450 splash followed by Barrett hitting ‘Wastelands’ on Mark Henry before the Nexus logo brings the video to an end ...
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RAW returns with Josh Matthew’s standing backstage holding a microphone ready for an interview.
Welcome back to Monday Night Raw. I’d like to introduce my guest at this time ... Chris Jericho.
Boos are audible from outside in the arena as the camera pans out to reveal a grinning Chris Jericho moving to the side of Matthews.
Chris, it’s been a difficult time for you recently. You’ve found yourself in a losing streak. What are you planning to do to get ...
Jericho interrupts Matthews, looking annoyed, as he grabs the microphone and shoves the interviewer away roughly. He turns to face the camera.
I am a man who has held 22 major titles here in the WWE. I am a man who has held the Intercontinental Title more often than any other wrestler in history. I am a 6-time World Champion. I am simply, a man who has been successful in everything I have ever done in my life.
The crowd jeer Jericho with his recent ‘successes’ fresh in the minds of the WWE Universe.
And unlike the fat, gelatinous, uneducated morons here in Indianapolis ...
Major heat from the crowd after Jericho’s insults their home town.
... and unlike the idiotic sycophants and hypocrites sat at home in the WWE Universe, I am a man of honour and I set my sights last night on becoming – once again – the WWE Champion. However, I was cheated. I was cheated by five other WWE Superstars who knew that if it ended up being any one of them and Chris Jericho at the end of the night, that I would walk out the new WWE Champion.
The crowd continue to jeer Jericho who is now looking irate with rage.
So they teamed up together to eliminate me from the match first. They eliminated me and you parasites cheered their actions. And why did you cheer? Because you know, just like they all know, that I am the best in the world at what I do. They know that I was the first ever Undisputed Champion when I beat both The Rock and Steve Austin in the same night. After that, those five wouldn’t have stood a chance in a fair fight ... What the hell do you want, punk?
The camera pans out further so we can see John Morrison walking towards Jericho with a smile on his face as he chuckles in amusement. He lifts his sunglasses off as his coat glitters in the backstage lights.
Chris, please give it a rest. Every week, we hear the same clichéd insults from you, the same tired excuses. Have a day off. You’re having a bad time of it right now, we’ve all been there. The fact is that you cheated your way into the match when you ‘beat’ me on RAW a couple of weeks ago, you are past your best and you lost the match last night.
Jericho looks to be getting more worked up as Morrison’s interruption continues.
Now, Chris, I didn’t like the way you beat me to secure your spot in the ‘Night of Champions’ WWE Title match. So I am here now to challenge you to a match at ‘No Mercy’ – you and me, one on one ... What do you say, Jericho?
What do I say? You think you can come back here and interrupt me? You think you are in my league? You think that ...
Chris Jericho lunges forward and slams his microphone into the skull of John Morrison catching him off-guard and sending him crashing to the floor. Jericho continues his assault as he picks up a steel chair and begins to smash it into the prone body of Morrison over and over and over. With Morrison laid writhing in pain, Jericho drags him up and runs him by the hair head-first into the brick wall. Jericho stands over Morrison as he lays unconscious on the floor and speaks to him again ...
What do I say, Morrison? I say that you should think very carefully before you ever antagonise me again.
With several WWE officials now spilling into the area to prevent further damage to Morrison, Jericho smirks cockily and walks away to a crescendo of boos as the camera shows Morrison laid on the floor in serious pain.
A message from Chris Jericho to the WWE Universe and the WWE Locker Room, King?
Definitely, Jericho just completely snapped, Cole.
This match is set for one fall and is a Tag Team Fatal 4 Way Match. The winning tag team will become the number one contenders for the WWE Unified Tag Team Championship.
Introducing first, weighing in at 529 pounds, the team of ... SANTINO MARELLA and VLADIMIR KOZLOV!
Santino Marella comes out ahead of his tag team partner, Vladimir Kozlov, and performs his usual gimmick entrance as Kozlov strides to the ring, focused, behind him.
Well, King, a Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Match to determine the new Number 1 contenders for the Tag Team Titles that Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre won last night.
I love seeing Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov wrestle, Cole. They’re the odd couple of the WWE ...and let’s face it, Santino has been involved in some odd couples during his time in WWE!
In Tag Team Turmoil last night, Rhodes and McIntyre managed to out-last four teams, including the Hart Dynasty, to secure the title. This match features the four losing teams as they battle for the Number One contender spot heading towards ‘No Mercy.’
Accompanied to the ring by Tamina, from San Francisco, California, weighing in at 480 pounds ... JIMMY and JAY USO!
As The Usos make their way towards the ring, Tamina locks her eyes on Santino Marella who looks a little lovestruck as he stares back towards the daughter of Jimmy Snuka.
It looks as if Santino Marella has a little thing for Tamina, Michael.
He may do, King, but Kozlov does not look impressed by the actions of his partner. Santino’s pandering to Tamina last night cost them a chance at the Tag Team Titles.
Next up, weighing in at a combined weight of 575 pounds ... EVAN BOURNE and MARK HENRY!
Bourne and Henry come out of the backstage area and begin to head down towards the ring. Bourne leads the way, holding his hand high in the air, as Henry follows laughing and clapping.
Here come two men who have looked very impressive together recently and have to be considered a danger to the Tag Team Titles. This is set to be their final appearance here on RAW as they are both being drafted to SMACKDOWN this week ... Wait a minutes, what’s this?
Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre dash out behind Bourne and Henry and smash them both in the back of the head with their Tag Team Title belts. Both men crash to the floor and McIntyre peels after Evan Bourne. He picks up the smaller superstar and runs him back up the ramp and smashes him face first into the RAW stage screens – one of the panels blacks out and a few sparks fly from the screen as Evan falls back in agony. Meanwhile, Cody Rhodes is waiting for Mark Henry to get back to his feet at the bottom of the ramp whilst the two teams already in the ring stand and watch ... as Henry gets to his feet and turns, Rhodes prepares himself before smashing him in the face with the title belt for a second time.
Oh my God, Cole, what is this about?
A shocking attack on Evan Bourne and Mark Henry by the new Tag Team champions. How will this affect the Number 1 contender match coming up?
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RAW returns with Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov in the ring with The Usos as Mark Henry is helped out of the arena with Evan Bourne on a stretcher. The attackers, Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre, are nowhere to be seen.
We’ve just had word that Evan Bourne and Mark Henry will not be able to compete here tonight and that the match will go ahead as a Triple Threat Tag Team Match instead.
And finally, accompanied by Natalya, weighing in at 445 pounds ... TYSON KIDD, DAVID HART-SMITH ... THE HART DYNASTY!
The Hart Dynasty head towards the ring looking in a foul but determined mood after losing their titles last night. They lift Natalya up onto the apron and head into the ring to a positive ovation from the fans.
WWE TAG TEAM TITLE #1 CONTENDERS MATCH
Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov vs. The Usos vs. Hart Dynasty
The match is a fast paced and action packed one with Tyson Kidd particularly impressive when he flies around the ring. The match slows down when David Hart-Smith and Vladimir Kozlov come together but Hart-Smith ends up succumbing to a headbutt from the ‘Moscow Mauler’ that sends him down to the mat and outside although Jimmy Uso does get the tag as he falls past him. With Kozlov and Santino looking set for the win, Tamina distracts Santino Marella again as well as the referee and allows The Usos to take out Vladimir Kozlov behind the referee’s back. Jimmy Uso goes for the pin but it is interrupted by Tyson Kidd who sends him out of the ring with a roundhouse kick. With Tyson Kidd not the legal man, he attacks Santino Marella and the two spill outside leaving just Kozlov in the ring as a legal man. However, with Jimmy Uso outside the ring as the other legal man, Jay Uso slides in the ring pretending to be his brother. The referee cannot tell the difference and Jay hits a diving splash from the ropes to Kozlov and hooks the leg for a 3-count.
WINNER (8:54): THE USOS
Here are your winners and the number one contenders for the Tag Team Titles ... JIMMY and JAY USO!
The Usos and Tamina celebrate their victory but don’t hang around long after their deception to get the win. The camera follows them up the ramp.
Not an altogether legal win but a win all the same, King.
Sometimes you’ve just got to get the win in the WWE and worry about the reaction later!
So it’ll be The Usos who will get to challenge Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre for the Tag Team Titles at ‘No Mercy’ in two weeks time. Josh Matthews is backstage with the new champions right now.
Camera returns to the interview area backstage and Josh Matthews with his guests, Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre. As Tag Team Champions, these two can appear on RAW at any time despite their SMACKDOWN contractual obligations.
Cody, Drew ... Why did you just attack Evan Bourne and Mark Henry?
Why do you think, Matthews? The new Tag Team Champions are made up of the future of the WWE, the young guns, the ‘chosen one’ Drew McIntyre and ... ‘Dashing’ Cody Rhodes. Are Bourne and Henry ‘dashing’ Josh? They look like they have been hit several times by the ugly stick, if you know what I mean. They are not what the WWE wants to see as the Tag Team Champions.
They’re ugly, they’re boring and they’re over the hill. Mark Henry has been here for years and he has never done anything in the WWE. As for Evan Bourne ... he got a win over Chris Jericho a few months back and has done nothing since except hang about with Henry. We don’t believe that they are worthy of challenging us for the Tag Team Titles ... so we took them out.
We’re just getting word from the doctors that both Evan and Mark have been taken to hospital for treatment on suspected concussions ...
Rhodes and McIntyre smile in delight with their plan seemingly working to perfection.
... some would say that you took them out because you’re scared to face them?
Scared of them? One of them is a near-400 pound old timer; the other is a skinny little runt who has one move of note. We are NOT scared of them. They are not worthy of getting into a ring with me, ‘Dashing’ Cody Rhodes, the most handsome man in the WWE.
They’re not Tag Team Championship material, they never will be. And now we will set our sights on The Usos and defeating them at ‘No Mercy’ and going on to be the most dominant Tag Team Champions of all time.
Rhodes and McIntyre swing their Tag Team title belts over their shoulders and walk away from Matthews with cocky, arrogant looks on their faces.
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Please welcome, accompanied to the ring by Alex Riley ... THE MIZ!
Alex Riley strides out first telling everybody to show respect to The Miz as the current ‘Money In The Bank’ contract holder comes out with, surprisingly, a smirk on his face after he lost the US Title last night. Holding his briefcase high, The Miz poses as the pyro fires and he heads to the ring with a cocky swagger that we have become accustomed to with The Miz in the last few months.
Oh boy! Here we go, King! The Miz is here on Monday Night Raw!
Calm down, Cole, calm down. No doubt he’s here with a thousand and one excuses about his loss to Daniel Bryan last night.
Last night, The Miz was beaten by Daniel Bryan – his ungrateful NXT Season 1 rookie – after Bryan locked in the LeBell Lock on him and forced him to tap out.
Yeah, he tapped out and I reckon this crowd will be sure to remind him of that fact!
Oh, come on, King! You saw what happened! The Miz dominated the match and was caught off-guard by Bryan with one lucky move.
The Miz and Alex Riley enter the ring and pose before Miz takes a microphone and heads to the centre of the ring as the music dies down. As he prepares to talk, a huge ‘You Tapped Out!’ chant begins in the arena and The Miz stands there smirking.
Yes, I did ... I did tap out ...
The chants continue to get louder as the smile remains on the face of Miz.
... and I tapped out on purpose.
The crowd begins to jeer and boo The Miz instead as Riley tells them to quieten down.
I tapped out on purpose because my time as the US Champion is up. You see, I am still ‘Mr. Money In The Bank’ and you know what? That guarantees that I will be the WWE Champion when I decide I want to cash it in. Whenever I make that decision, I will pin the WWE Champion and take the WWE Championship. If you think about it, I already am the WWE Champion – I just haven’t got the belt yet!
The crowd continue to boo and jeer as Alex Riley applauds his mentor who laughs out loud in the middle of the ring.
All day long, I’ve heard the whispers behind my back. The Miz ... he lost to Daniel Bryan last night. Daniel Bryan is the new US Champion. He tapped out. Daniel Bryan is the new US Champion for a reason and that reason is ... because I let him. When I first showed up on NXT Season 1, I got no respect from Daniel Bryan. I got nothing but sneers from him. He thought he was better than me and that I could teach him nothing. He acted like a complete jerk and he deserves everything he has got from me.
Alex Riley nods his head and laughs at The Miz’ comments but the crowd continue to get on The Miz’ back.
He comes out here in his purple trunks with his goofy music, he tells us all he is going to make us all tap out ...
Another ‘You Tapped Out!’ chant begins to echo around the arena
Really? Really? I’ve already told you, I tapped out on .. pur ... pose. Watch my lips. I ... tapped ... out ... on ... pur – pose. Was that slow enough for you Indianapolis morons?
More heat from the crowd after the insult.
The fact is this: I am guaranteed to be WWE Champion whenever I decide I want to be. Do I need the US Title? No, I don’t. So I decided that I wanted Daniel Bryan to win it from me. I wanted my rookie to become the first rookie to win a title in the WWE. Daniel Bryan, new US Champion, because The Miz gave it him. And now, I want to make sure that my two NXT rookies are both US Champions. Alex Riley is more of a champion than Daniel Bryan will ever be – so I am officially handing my rematch clause over to Alex Riley for ‘No Mercy.’
The crowd boo as Riley parades around the ring with his arm aloft and mouthing off at the crowd. He signals that the belt will soon be his before The Miz continues.
Alex Riley will become the new US Champion at ‘No Mercy’ and who knows? Maybe I will cash in my ‘Money In The Bank’ contract after the Randy Orton and Sheamus match ... whoever wins the match. You see, I’m on my way to bigger and better things than the US Title. I’m on the road to the WWE Championship, I’m going to cash in my ‘Money In The Bank’ contract very soon, I’m going to be the future of the WWE ... because I’m The Miz ... and I’m ... AAWWWWWEEEESSSSSOOOMMMMEEEE!
The Miz’ music restarts and he leaves the ring with Alex Riley by his side. Riley signals that he will become the new US Champion to the crowd whilst The Miz points to his rookie and builds him up.
The future of the WWE has spoken, King, he lost the title on purpose so that he could make the claim that he was the first NXT Pro to guide a rookie to a title. And in two weeks time at the ‘No Mercy’ pay-per-view, it will be Alex Riley’s chance to win the US Title.
What a load of rubbish that was, Cole, you don’t honestly believe that The Miz lost on purpose, do you?
Of course, he has moved on from the US Title, King, he is guaranteed to win the WWE Title soon so he doesn’t need it. Next up though, the match that John Cena has been waiting for all night ...
... as he goes one on one with Nexus member, David Otunga, after the break.
********** COMMERCIAL **********
David Otunga walks out alone for his match looking confident that he can cause what would be a huge upset and beat the former WWE Champion, John Cena, tonight on RAW.
This match is set for one fall. Making his way to the ring, weighing in at 240 pounds, from Hollywood, California ... representing the Nexus ... DAVID OTUNGA!
Otunga enters the ring and makes his way to the corner to trash talk to some of the fans at ringside. He looks rather strange and isolated on his own.
The crowd erupt for the arrival of John Cena who goes through his usual entrance routine as we saw earlier in the evening. Once in the ring, he bounces off the ropes a few times before throwing his shirt into the crowd.
His opponent, from West Newbury, Massachusetts, weighing 240 pounds ... JOHN CENA!
David Otunga vs. John Cena
As Cena hands over his jewellery to the referee, Otunga clearly has a plan in mind and attacks Cena from behind forcing him head first into the turnbuckle. The referee rings the bell and Otunga has control of the match in the early stages with Cena knocked out of sync by the cheap attack at the start. However, as Otunga looks to finish the match early with his thrust spinebuster, Cena reverses the move into an STF attempt. With Otunga near the ropes, Cena has to break the hold and Otunga slithers out of the ring but parity is now restored. The match continues with Cena starting to take control with his usual arsenal of attacks although Otunga is getting some offence in and it isn’t as one-sided as you might expect. However, Cena starts to click through the gears as he hits the Five-Knuckle Shuffle and starts to look like he has the match won. As Otunga tries a last desperate attempt to take Cena down, Cena ducks and lifts Otunga up for the Attitude Adjustment ... 1, 2, 3!
WINNER (5:35): JOHN CENA
Here is your winner ... JOHN ...
Robert’s announcement and Cena’s music is cut short as Skip Sheffield storms across the ring from out of nowhere and clatters into Cena from behind to send him flying to the mat. Otunga and Sheffield begin their beatdown of Cena and both hit their finishing moves – Otunga finally getting the Thrust Spinebuster that he calls ‘The Verdict’ whilst Sheffield rocks Cena’s jaw with a crunching clothesline. The two Nexus members leave the ring with Cena in a crumpled heap at the hands of the Nexus yet again. As they reach the top of the ramp, Wade Barrett and the other three Nexus members – Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel and Michael Tarver – appear and congratulate their team-mates on a job well done.
Another RAW, another Nexus beat-down of John Cena.
At some point, Cena is going to have to take out the Nexus once and for all ... otherwise, they are going to continue this and eventually, he’ll be able to take no more.
MICHAEL COLE (as the camera focuses on a battered Cena getting up)
What will be the next move for John Cena in his bid to stop the Nexus?
********** COMMERCIAL **********
RAW returns with footage of John Cena rampaging around backstage, clearly annoyed after his win over David Otunga was spoiled by the attack from Skip Sheffield. He is shouting around for Wade Barrett and he rounds a corner and walks straight into him ... and the rest of the Nexus.
Are you looking for me, John?
This has gone on long enough, Wade, it’s time to put up or shut up. What is your problem with me?
We have no personal issue with you, Cena. We told the whole WWE Universe that the winds of change were blowing and that meant the Nexus needed to remove the top dog in the WWE. We set our sights on you. And tonight, some of our attention will turn on Randy Orton.
Why don’t you be a real man and face me by yourself, Wade? Every week, you tell us all that the ‘winds of change are blowing’ but every week, you show yourselves to be a bunch of cowards only capable of winning any match here in WWE with your team-mates behind you. Why don’t you prove that you are the future of the WWE, Wade? Why don’t you do it alone?
Cena, I’ve had just about enough of your mouth. If it wasn’t for the fact that me and the rest of the Nexus had important matches still to come tonight, we’d wipe the backstage floor with you again. As it is, we’re going to let you walk away. Go ... now!
Cena stands his ground, refusing to move, shaking his head.
No, Wade, somebody has to stand up to you.
Then you leave us no choice, Cena.
Yet again, Skip Sheffield is the one who storms out of the Nexus pack and smashes Cena with another devastating clothesline. The rest of the Nexus stand back as Sheffield slams Cena into walls and boxes before Barrett walks over to a prone Cena one more time.
When will you learn, Cena? Just stay out of our way.
The Nexus walk away with the camera focused on Cena writhing on the floor in pain. As he is laid on his back in agony, the camera shows Randy Orton walking round the corner.
On your back at the hands of the Nexus, Cena. Again.
The camera returns to the ring and the music of Edge begins to play.
Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome ... EDGE!
Edge walks to the ring looking determined to get something off his chest, not even stopping for his usual fireworks and pose. He climbs into the ring and demands a microphone from the ring announcer’s table.
Cut the music ... Last night at the Six-Pack Challenge, I was eliminated second. I have no excuses. I was eliminated fair and square by John Cena.
Small pop for the mention of Cena.
However, there is one thing that is on my mind. The General Manager of RAW ... his actions as regards me in the last few weeks have been scandalous. He clearly has some kind of vendetta against me and I’m here to demand that he meets me face to face. So, anonymous GM, if you’re here ... get out here. If you’re not, I expect your response to tell me that you will be here next week ...
Edge waits for the entrance of the GM or the response via e-mail. After about thirty seconds, it is clear that there will be no response from the GM.
This is ridiculous. I am the Rated-R Superstar and I demand that you tell me who you are!
Edge waits again ... but there is still no response.
All I want to know is why the General Manager seems to have such a problem with me. I am the top entertainer here on RAW ... yes, I am ... and I demand to have my questions answered tonight or next week!
Edge waits again ... and waits and waits ... still no response.
That’s fine then. I’m going nowhere until I get some answers. Consider me on strike and RAW postponed until I hear from the General Manager ...
It looks as if Edge is planning to stage a sit-down strike for answers. We’ll see if Edge gets any response next ...
********** COMMERCIAL **********
RAW returns with Edge still sat on a steel chair in the ring. He is looking incredibly annoyed that the RAW General Manager has so far refused to contact him in any way.
I mean it. RAW will not be continuing until somebody tells me some information!
Edge continues to wait ... and wait ... until ...
Ladies and Gentlemen ... Please welcome the new owner of WWE ... CHIP BUTTY!
Dressed in jeans and a sports shirt, the new owner of the WWE walks out to a warm reception from the WWE crowd. Smiling and waving to the crowd, Chip heads for the ring and slides under the bottom rope where Edge awaits.
Good evening, Edge, it’s an honour to meet you. Allow me to introduce myself. I am the man who has bought the WWE from Vince McMahon. I am the new owner of the WWE. My name is Chip Butty and any complaints that you have tonight will be dealt with by me.
Chip offers his hand out to Edge which the Rated-R Superstar reluctantly shakes.
Right then, Edge, I cannot allow you to sit here in the middle of my WWE ring and hold up the RAW show that thousands of people have paid to see. What is the problem?
The General Manager is the problem, Butty, have you not been listening to me?
Let’s get one thing straight, Edge, before we go any further. Until I give you permission to do differently, you will address me as Mt. Butty. Remember that it is I who will be paying your cheques. I have heard you discussing the General Manager’s ‘vendetta’ against you. What exactly is the problem you have with the GM?
My problem with the GM? Let me see ... he’s a coward for one thing. He sits behind a computer somewhere and in the last three months, he hasn’t shown his face once. He makes matches that continually put me at a disadvantage and refuses to treat me as the superstar that I am. He is ...
Wait a minute, Edge! Who says that the RAW General Manager is a male?
Edge looks bewildered at the prospect that a female General Manager is controlling his future and, for a moment, is lost for words.
Are you telling me that you’ve never upset any of the ladies here in WWE? Do you need me to name them all?
So the General Manager is a female then? That could explain a few things ...
Edge, this claim of yours that the General Manager of RAW – be it male or female – is somehow holding a grudge over you seems a bit far-fetched to me. What exactly has the GM done wrong to you?
Are you kidding me? He – or she – put me in a match with The Great Khali.
And ... ?
What do you mean? The Great Khali! How is that fair?
For a start, I remember watching RAW a few weeks ago just before Summerslam when you wanted Khali off the WWE Team because he wasn’t good enough. If that was your opinion, why is putting you in a match with Khali such a bad thing? Surely you’d have won it easily?
Edge looks like he wants to punch Chip Butty in the face but he knows he has to hold back due to this being the new owner of the company. Instead, he steps away and grabs at his hair before returning to Chip in the centre of the ring.
Every week, I get put in another ridiculous match thought up on the spot. It’s not fair. Dammit, I’m a nine-time World Champion, I deserve to be treat better.
Edge, I have inherited the WWE with an anonymous GM. I have no problems with the actions of the GM with regards yourself or any other wrestler. I have asked the GM to reveal themselves in the near future – so you will soon get your wish – but for now the RAW General Manager continues to communicate via Michael Cole and the email. You are employed by RAW, therefore you will do as the General Manager of RAW asks. If you don’t ... you know where the door is.
The crowd cheer at the straight talking facts handed out to Edge as the new owner hands his microphone back before heading back out of the ring and up the ramp. As Chip is halfway up the ramp and Edge is looking rather annoyed, the email alert sounds through the arena and Michael Cole rises to his feet.
Can I have your attention please? I have received an email from the General Manager ... And I quote. ‘Edge ... Thank you for your comments about my performance as General Manager. It seems that the new owner is happy with me so I will continue as I see fit.’
Edge throws his microphone down in temper and glares at the new owner who is stood up on the ramp chuckling ...
‘So tonight, Edge, I have a match for you. You will compete tonight in a handicap match. It will be you, Edge ...’
Edge stands with his hands on his hips, looking at the new owner with a shake of the head ...
‘... against Michael Tarver, Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel of the Nexus. And that match will be taking place ... right ... now!’
Edge looks even more annoyed now as the crowd jeers the arrival of the three Nexus members. As they make their entrance, they stare at Chip Butty as he walks past them, a menacing look in their eyes. They descend the ramp towards the ring where Edge is waiting apprehensively.
This match is a Handicap Match. Making their way to the ring, representing the Nexus ... JUSTIN GABRIEL, HEATH SLATER and MICHAEL TARVER!
Edge vs. Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater and Michael Tarver
The three Nexus members dominate the early exchanges as they deliver a beating to the Rated-R Superstar who has the WWE Universe on his side despite his heelish comments about the General Manager. However, Edge manages to launch a comeback when he manages to toss Tarver and Slater through the ropes to the outside and hits the spear on Gabriel. With the crowd expecting a 3-count, Skip Sheffield arrives to drag the referee out of the ring to deny Edge. As the referee argues with Skip, Tarver and Slater crash a steel chair apiece into Edge’s cranium – a double con-chair-to if you like – to take back the advantage. They drag Edge to the corner to set up a 450 splash for Gabriel who hits it perfectly. Tarver takes the glory and covers Edge for 1, 2, 3!
WINNER (4:53): JUSTIN GABRIEL, HEATH SLATER and MICHAEL TARVER!
Here are your winners ... THE NEXUS!
The three members of Nexus stride up the ramp congratulating each other and celebrating with Skip Sheffield on the stage. As they look back to the ring, Edge appears to start losing control and slams his hands down on the mat. He turns to face the GM’s laptop and starts to shout out at the laptop to the crowd’s amusement. Then the email alert sound echoes through the arena. What does the GM want now?
May I have your attention, please? I have another email from the General Manager ... And I quote. ‘Edge. I hope you have now learnt your lesson. The General Manager does not tolerate threats, insults or questioning of how I run things. Remember that in the future and you will be fine. If you don’t, be prepared for a lot worse.’
Edge storms out of the ring, muttering under his breath, towards the stage. At the top of the stage, he turns and scowls one more time before he walks out, slamming his hand against the RAW set as he leaves.
********** COMMERCIAL **********
RAW returns as the WWE Champion, Randy Orton, heads out to the ring for the main event. He struts to the ring with the WWE Title belt draped over his shoulder and heads to the corner to perform his title pose in the corner of the ring.
This match is set for one fall. In the ring, weighing 245 pounds, from St. Louis, Missouri ... he is the WWE Champion, RANDY ORTON!
The crowd roar as their latest hero is introduced and he jumps down to the mat and awaits the arrival of the NXT Season 1 winner and leader of the Nexus ...
And his opponent ... weighing 265 pounds, from Manchester, England ... WADE BARRETT!
Wade Barrett slowly makes his way out onto the RAW stage and is shadowed by his sidekicks from the Nexus group: Skip Sheffield, Michael Tarver, Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel and David Otunga. They slowly makes their way towards the ring, dressed in the black shirts with the yellow Nexus logo on the front, and Barrett begins to gesture towards the WWE champion in the ring. The referee is talking to the ring announcer, Justin Roberts, as Barrett steps through the ropes.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I have just been informed by the referee that the other five members of the group, Nexus, are banned from ringside for this contest.
The crowd erupts, Orton smiles a sadistic smile and Barrett and the Nexus proceed to argue and try to intimidate the referee who stands firm. Barrett grabs the referee by the scruff of his shirt but Orton runs over and attacks Barrett, pushing the referee away, and clotheslining the leader of the Nexus over the top rope. Other referees come from the back to usher the Nexus group away as Wade Barrett looks on incensed.
Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett
The referee signals for the bell when the Nexus members have been escorted out of the arena and Wade Barrett slides back into the ring with a few words of contempt for the referee. Orton walks over slowly and Barrett stares him out, the two men sizing each other up before they begin, before the two begin to trade pushes to the chest. Eventually, Orton has had enough and begins to force Barrett back with right hands into the corner of the ring. Barrett counters with a knee to the gut and proceeds to throw Orton through the ropes and out of the ring before he walks away with his arms raised to the crowd.
Orton slithers back into the ring and looks up at Barrett from the mat, slowly getting to his feet, as the two men face up to each other again. Orton takes control with thrusting uppercuts to Barrett before he forces Barrett down with a reverse chinlock. He holds this move on Barrett who is laid back on the mat now with the referee asking if he wants to give it up. Orton intensifies the grip on Barrett but the Nexus leader manages to grasp the rope forcing the break and Orton jumps up quickly. He begins to target the limbs of Barrett as he delivers a stomp to the hand and wrist of Barrett before moving to the ankle joints on his legs. Circling Barrett, Orton continues to stomp at his opponents’ joints before hauling him back up to a sitting position to resume the chinlock.
Barrett manages to get back to his feet and fires Orton off towards the ropes but Orton hits a perfect drop kick on his return sending Barrett crashing through the ropes to the outside again to the cheers of the crowd.
Can Wade Barrett get back in this match and take a giant step towards a WWE Title shot? We’ll find out ... in a moment.
********** COMMERCIAL **********
Randy Orton and Wade Barrett are now outside the ring trading blows. The replay shows Barrett crashing Orton into the steel ring steps during the break but Orton is now mounting a comeback from that.
Here comes Orton with right hands to Barrett ... Time to move, King![/b]
Orton whips Barrett into the announce table and the Nexus leader collides gut first with the table and sprawls over it in pain whilst Orton soaks in the cheers of the crowd. The referee orders Orton back into the ring and he slides back in to allow the referee to count. At the count of 7, Barrett climbs up on the mat but Orton meets him coming in and grips him in a headlock ready for a DDT through the ropes. He drags Barrett through and sets himself before crashing Barrett down to the mat head-first to the delight of the fans.
Orton is now looking in control of the match. As Barrett launches a counter, Orton ducks under his flailing arm and hits an inverted headlock backbreaker, bending Barrett’s back across his own. The crowd begin to chant ‘RKO! RKO!’ and Orton, on cue, drops to the mat and starts pounding his fists ... building up the suspense as Barrett groggily gets to his feet ... Orton up to his feet and stalking his prey, the Viper ready to pounce ... Barrett turns around and RKO! Orton hits his finisher and Barrett is laid out on the mat. Orton slithers over and makes the cover ... 1 ... 2 ... Wait a minute!
Damn it, that’s Sheamus! What’s he doing out here?
Sheamus drags Orton out of the ring, pounding him to the skull ... King, he looks annoyed after Orton defeated him last night!
Sheamus continues his assault, as the bell is rung at the referee’s command, by whipping Orton into the barricade at ringside. Orton writhes in pain as the Celtic Warrior stands back waiting ... As Orton gets to his feet, Sheamus charges towards him and hits the Brogue Kick perfectly to send Orton crashing down. Sheamus pulls the steel steps apart and stands with one foot up on the first step. He drags Orton up by the head and sets him up for the Irish Cross ... he lifts him up onto his shoulders, positions Orton and climbs up to the second step ... before allowing Orton to slide forwards and down onto the back of his neck on the padded ringside area.
WINNER (11:23): RANDY ORTON (DQ)!
Your winner, as a result of a disqualification ... RANDY ORTON!
Sheamus smirks and heads for the timekeeper’s table where the WWE Title is kept. He wrenches it out of the timekeeper’s hands and positions it on his shoulder before sauntering away past the prone body of Randy Orton and up the ramp. With the crowd booing and jeering, Sheamus holds the title up high and thumps his chest before exiting with Orton’s title belt.
The camera pans back to Orton who is laid out still on the ringside floor as the show fades away to black.
********** END OF SHOW **********
FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN!
WHAT NEXT FOR KANE AND THE UNDERTAKER?
At ‘Night of Champions’ on Sunday, the Devil’s Favourite Demon, Kane, defeated his brother, The Undertaker, to retain his World Heavyweight Champion and establish himself as the dominant force in his family as well as on Smackdown. Will the Deadman set his sights on Kane’s title despite the defeat or will Kane move on to another victim?
ZIGGLER STILL INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION!
After his defeat of Kofi Kingston at ‘Night of Champions,’ Dolph Ziggler and his girlfriend, the Smackdown Consultant to the General Manager – Vickie Guerrero, have proclaimed the Intercontinental Champion as the greatest of all time. Whilst there may be several former Intercontinental Champions who would disagree with Ziggler and Guerrero, there is no doubt that Ziggler is in possession of the gold right now and is on the express train to the top of Friday Night Smackdown. Ziggler and Guerrero are planning to address the WWE Universe tonight with a major announcement.
ALBERTO DEL RIO’S RING ANNOUNCER TO STAR ON THE ‘PEEP SHOW’ WITH CHRISTIAN!
After Alberto Del Rio’s explosion onto our screen’s recently with his injury to Rey Mysterio and his war of words with Christian, his ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez tonight appears as the special guest on Christian’s ‘Peep Show’ on Smackdown. What will Rodriguez have to say to Christian and will we be hearing from Smackdown’s hottest new talent, Del Rio?
MELINA SET FOR SMACKDOWN APPEARANCE!
After her defeat to Michelle McCool in the unification match on Sunday, Melina is set to arrive on Smackdown to confront the unified champion and her co-champion, Layla. With Laycool not known for their sympathetic ears, what response awaits Melina when she appears on the blue brand on Friday night?
Join us on Friday Night Smackdown!
Kaval vs. Joey Mercury
Jimmy Uso vs. Cody Rhodes
Very nice stuff. I love the presentation, and the writing is done very well. It streamlines right into the current WWE, so it's easy to pick up on all the storylines and I like that.
Keep this one up, it's good stuff.
Thanks for the comments, LizardKing. Hoping you enjoy the next instalments as well! GCB
FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN!
Live from Bloomington, Illinois
Smackdown opens with a video of the World Heavyweight Title match at ‘Night of Champions’ between Kane and the Undertaker. The video focuses on the weakened state of the Undertaker and uses past clips from the Deadman in his prime to highlight how he struggled on Sunday night. It then shows the end of the match with Kane picking up the win and retaining the World Heavyweight Title, raising it high in the air with the Undertaker defeated in the middle of the ring.
*** PYRO *** PYRO *** PYRO *** PYRO *** PYRO *** PYRO *** PYRO *** PYRO ***
The camera pans around the arena in Bloomington, Illinois, as the crowd cheer the start of Friday Night Smackdown which is hosted by Todd Grisham and Matt Striker.
Welcome to Friday Night Smackdown, five nights removed from ‘Night of Champions’ where Kane scored a crushing victory over his brother, the Undertaker.
That’s right, Kane with a decisive victory over the Deadman and now, maybe, the power lies with the little brother for the first time in WWE history.
And speaking of the World Heavyweight Champion ... here he comes.
Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome the World Heavyweight Champion ... KANE!
Kane strides to the ring in the darkness and the eerie red lights, the jeers of the crowd ringing in the background. He enters the ring over the top rope with the World Heavyweight Title around his waist, glowing red, and takes a microphone with the red lighting still permeating through the arena. Kane’s music is replaced with background eerie music to accompany Kane’s address to the crowd. Kane stands laughing maniacally as he prepares to talk ...
At ‘Night of Champions’ on Sunday, I proved to you all that I am the Devil’s favourite demon ... I proved that I am the dominant force in my family, on Smackdown and in the WWE.
The crowd jeer and boo but there is something chillingly true about Kane’s comments.
I took your hero, your Undertaker ... I beat him to within an inch of hell’s gates and then I tombstoned him to retain the World Title. I left his battered, bloody carcus in the ring, almost dead, and I walked out ... walked out on your hero, my brother, with my vengeance almost complete.
In the background, an ‘Un-der-ta-ker’ chant begins to emerge but it isn’t strong and Kane ignores it.
For thirteen years, I have planned my vengeance and now I have almost achieved it. My big brother now answers to me and I am ready to destroy him once and for all. I have beaten him down, I have humiliated him in front of the world, I have destroyed his legacy ... Now it is time to finish him for good.
There is no doubting the intensity and effect of Kane’s words on the crowd as their attempts to unsettle the ‘Big Red Monster’ fail miserably.
I have dreamt of this moment for thirteen years and at ‘No Mercy’ ...
Kane laughs at the PPV name.
... at ‘No Mercy’ my vengeance will be complete. I am challenging you, big brother, to a match that will allow me destroy your legacy and your legend for good. You and me, Deadman, one on one ... Casket match.
The crowd roar their approval at the idea of a Casket match between Kane and the Undertaker ...
A Casket Match where I will destroy you forever. A Casket Match where I will extinguish your life and your soul, Deadman. A Casket Match where I will send you to the fiery depths of hell for all eternity, big brother ... I know you’ll accept my challenge, you have no choice. What do you say, Undertaker?
The eerie music fades out and Kane turns expectantly towards the stage waiting for the Undertaker to respond. The crowd turn too and a louder ‘Un-der-ta-ker’ chant starts up as the WWE Universe begins to anticipate the arrival of the Phenom ...
... and they wait ...
... and they wait ...
... and nobody arrives. Kane looks a little agitated at the non-arrival of his brother.
Get yourself out here, Phenom, get yourself out here and accept my challenge. The creatures of the night are all willing you to accept my challenge. Accept and let me get ... MY ... VENGEANCE!
Eyes turn towards the stage again and the imminent arrival of the Undertaker is expected. The eerie red lights flicker and lift and the crowd begin to cheer and then the music hits ... but it isn’t that of the Deadman.
Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome ... KOFI KINGSTON!
Kofi Kingston enters the arena with his bouncing style, accepting the handshakes of the crowd in the aisle, as he heads towards the ring. He locks eyes with Kane as he nears the ring before bounding up the steps into the ring. Kane glares at Kofi but refrains from attack as Kofi lifts himself into the corner of the ring for his ‘Boom! Boom! Boom!’ pose before he turns to take a microphone and faces Kane in the ring.
What do you want?
A large ‘Kofi!’ chant echoes around the arena as Kingston grins, facing Kane, he clearly has something to say to the World Champion.
Look, man, I’m not out here to get involved in your problems with the Undertaker. I’m here because of what is around your waist – the World Heavyweight Championship.
The crowd pop for Kofi’s new ambition to be the World Champion.
At ‘Night of Champions’ on Sunday, I was cheated out of the Intercontinental Title one more time by Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero. That’s the third time in a matter of weeks ... So I got to thinking – I’ve been Intercontinental Champion for a while, why don’t I start setting my sights a little higher?
Kane smirks and begins to laugh at Kofi ...
You mean my title? Did you see what I did to the Undertaker at ‘Night of Champions?’ Did you see how I destroyed the so-called ‘Phenom’ of the WWE?
I’m not disputing that you are a worthy champion, Kane, I’m just out here to prove that I have what it takes to be the World Champion in the future.
No, Kofi, you are out here to make the biggest mistake of your life? What makes you think that you are worthy of being in the ring with the ‘Devil’s Favourite Demon,’ Kofi? What makes you think that you are worthy of a shot at this title? I have made a challenge to my brother, the Undertaker, at ‘No Mercy’ and he will face me. He has no choice. You? You have a choice. You can get out of my way ... now!
Kofi looks around and takes a step back before – a determined look on his face – standing his ground and staring Kane dead in the eye.
No. I am here to prove that I am a future World Champion and I am here to challenge you, Kane. I will not back down from you.
Big mistake, Kofi, big ...
Kane drops the microphone and seizes Kofi by the throat looking to choke the life out of him and set him up for a chokeslam. Kofi struggles for a moment, surprised, but then kicks the knee of Kane to break the hold. Kane, angered, swings at Kofi but he ducks out of the way before hitting the ‘Trouble in Paradise’ to a out of position Kane who falls through the ropes to the outside with a look of shock on his face as the fans cheer loud for Kofi Kingston’s actions. Kane begins to back away talking smack but then more music sounds ...
... and Teddy Long, the Smackdown General Manager, heads out onto the stage with a microphone to a good reception from the crowd.
Hold on, playas, hold on. Kofi Kingston ... I am sure – and I think the WWE Universe will agree with me – that you are a future World Champion here on Smackdown, playa. And after the way you lost your Intercontinental Title, I think you deserve a chance to show what you can do. So, Kane, tonight ... it will be you against Kofi Kingston, one on one here on Smackdown!
The crowd cheer, Kofi smiles but Kane looks angry and marches up to the General Manager who looks intimidated but stands his grounds.
Hold it, champ, you don’t wanna’ go there. What is more Kane, I am going to make a match for you at ‘No Mercy’ and it is the match you want. It will be the World Champion, Kane, against the Undertaker!
The crowd cheer again at the mention of the Undertaker having a title match at ‘No Mercy’ but this news also makes Kane smile and he backs away from the General Manager at little.
And Kane ... if you beat Kofi Kingston here on Smackdown tonight, I will allow you to choose the stipulation for your match with the Undertaker at ‘No Mercy’ – whatever you like ... If you want a Casket Match, you can have a Casket Match!
Kane looks delighted and nods his head at the General Manager. A sadistic smile spreads to the World Champion’s face as he contemplates a Casket Match to end the legacy of his brother.
... However, playa, if you lose to Kofi Kingston tonight ...
The anticipation levels in the crowd rise as they sense a big announcement that Kane isn’t going to like.
... I get to choose the stipulation and it will be a Triple Threat – Kane vs. The Undertaker vs. ... KOFI KINGSTON! Holla!
Kane looks angry and begins to stalk after Teddy Long as his music plays. The General Manager decides to get out of the way and Kane follows him; the camera ends with a smiling Kofi Kingston in the ring, happy that he has a chance to steal a place in the World Heavyweight Title match at ‘No Mercy.’
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Smackdown returns with a graphic advertising the main event tonight: Kofi Kingston against the World Champion, Kane.
Welcome back to Friday Night Smackdown where we just heard from Teddy Long that World Champion, Kane, will face Kofi Kingston tonight and if Kofi wins, he will be part of the World Title match at ‘No Mercy’ in two weeks time.
But if Kane wins, Todd, it will be Kane vs. Undertaker at ‘No Mercy’ with Kane, the Devil’s Favourite Demon, choosing the stipulations for the match.
Will Kane get his wish for a Casket Match with the Undertaker at ‘No Mercy’ with the title on the line? Or can Kofi Kingston pull off a huge win and earn himself a title shot?
This match is set for one fall. Introducing first, accompanied to the ring by Tamina and Jay Uso, weighing in at 240 pounds from San Francisco, California ... JIMMY USO!
The tag team title number one contenders make their way out onto the stage with Jimmy Uso dressed for action. As they head to the ring, footage of their victory in the number one contender match on Raw airs.
Here come the Uso Brothers who beat off the challenge of Vladimir Kozlov and Santino Marella as well as the former champions, the Hart Dynasty, on Monday night on Raw.
After originally planning to face Mark Henry and Evan Bourne in a Fatal 4-Way, the match was made into a Triple Threat after the new champions, Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre, attacked Bourne and Henry before the match.
Many people are speculating that the new champions are afraid of Bourne and Henry – Smackdown’s newest recruits after they were drafted over from RAW this week – and that they took them out to avoid having to face them at ‘No Mercy’ with the Uso’s taking on that challenge now after their win.
You’ve got to admire the way that Rhodes and McIntyre go about their business. They’d better keep their eyes on their new challengers though – the Uso’s are more than capable of upsetting them for the titles.
Especially with the distraction of Tamina at ringside ... as Santino Marella found to his cost on RAW!
And his opponent, accompanied to the ring by Drew McIntyre, weighing in at 223 pounds fromCharlotte, North Carolina ... he is one half of the Unified Tag Team Champions ... ‘DASHING’ CODY RHODES!
And here he comes ... ‘Dashing’ Cody Rhodes.
Why do you mock Cody when you say the word ‘Dashing’ to introduce him? He deserves respect from you, Todd, he is the Tag Team champion and he is a man that you need to pay attention to when he speaks.
Cody Rhodes strides out with a look of arrogance and the Unified Tag Team Title belt around his waist before stopping to look into the mirror set up on the titantron. With Drew McIntyre purposefully walking behind him, the Tag champions slowly head to the ring to the jeers of the crowd.
Jimmy Uso vs. ‘Dashing’ Cody Rhodes
The crowd get behind the Usos in the match with Jimmy Uso taking advantage early on against the arrogant Rhodes. However, a distraction from Drew McIntyre gives Rhodes the chance to get on top in the match and from that moment, there is only one outcome. The ‘Crossroads’ finisher allows Cody Rhodes to pick up the win around the same time as Drew McIntyre crashes his title belt into the back of the watching Jay Uso and the cocky champions have another success to add to their growing collection.
WINNER (4:59): CODY RHODES
Here is your winner ... ‘DASHING’ CODY RHODES!
The Tag Team champions strut backwards up the ramp with a smug look of self-satisfaction etched onto the faces. Tamina consoles the groggy Usos and shakes her head towards the champions who smirk further. Cody Rhodes produces a microphone and signals for his music to fade ...
You see, Usos, it’s real simple. Drew and I are the best young talent here on Smackdown and we intend to make sure that we rule the Tag Team division for a long time to come. We will destroy everyone in our path whether they be you two, Santino and Kozlov, the Harts or even Bourne and Henry. We fear nobody and we will dominate the Tag Team titles as long as we want to. At ‘No Mercy,’ you better hope that we are in a kind and generous mood – if we are, then all we will do is crush your Tag Team Title dreams. If not, you’ve got big problems to worry about.
Rhodes’ music fades back in and the champions make their way up the stage and out of views as we fade into a break.
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FROM THE VAULT: SMACKDOWN 2006
Batista and Rey Myserio vs. MNM
Smackdown returns with the winner of NXT Season 2, Kaval, stood in the ring waiting ...
You know, since I joined Smackdown as the winner of the second season of NXT, I’ve been watching the other wrestlers here with interest. Checking out how good they are, thinking about how I fit into things. I’ve got a long history in the business but I’ve never been here in the WWE. The WWE Universe is looking at me and thinking that it is not possible for me to survive here.
But you’re wrong. I may not have the biggest body or the biggest muscles but I do have the biggest heart. I’m determined to succeed here on Smackdown for you guys, the great fans of the WWE ... particularly here in Illinois!
Cheap pop from the crowd.
So I’m out here tonight before my match to tell you my aims, where I want to be in years to come. I’m here to make it on my own and my first target is to establish myself and gain your respect. When I’ve done that ...
Kaval is interrupted as the music of his NXT Pro’s – Laycool – hits in the arena.
The WWE Unified co-Divas Champions come rushing out to the ring to greet their NXT rookie, Kaval. The NXT Season 2 rookie champion looks annoyed at the arrival of Laycool and is visibly seen mouthing ‘What are you doing here?’ to the duo as they arrive with their shining title belts.
Kaval, Kaval, Kaval ... Why didn’t you tell us you were coming out here?
Yeah, Kaval, you know that the fans love to see you in the ring with us, don’t you?
The crowd boo as Laycool push and pull the miniature superstar around, hugging and stroking him, one either side ...
Look, ladies, I appreciate everything you did for me during NXT but I’m ...
You’re welcome, Kaval, we’re the reason you won, aren’t we Layla?
That’s right, Michelle, we make that frown turn upside down! That’s why the WWE-Universe loved you and wanted you to win NXT!
You’re our little pet project, Kaval, we want to help you to get to the top of Smackdown!
Wait a minute ... Michelle, he doesn’t look very happy.
You’re right, Layls ... I know what’s the matter with him though ... he’s forgotten to wear his Laycool pink shirt!
He has, he has! Silly Kaval, that’s why you’re not smiling!
We’ll send somebody back to get it for you, Kaval. You need it to win your match tonight!
You. You there, Matt Striker. Go and get Kaval’s shirt ... go and get it now.
Matt Striker looks confused but begins to remove his head set to head for the back when Kaval decides to speak again.
Enough! I don’t need your help, ladies, I can reach the top on my own. Please leave me alone.
Michelle and Layla look at each other confused before posing together and using their ‘Real Talk’ catchphrase.
Kaval ... you need us. You were nothing on NXT until we made you interesting. You need us to make you entertaining.
We’re the Unified Divas Champions, Kaval. We add that sparkle that you’ve never had. So, stop being a Mr. Grumpy Pants and give us a smile ...
Kaval sighs in resignation and gives a grudging smile before Layla and Michelle give him a hug and jump around him excitedly.
This match is set for one fall. On his way to the ring, weighing 191 pounds ... JOSEPH MERCURY! ... ... ...And his opponent, weighing 174 pounds from Brooklyn, New York ... KAVAL!
This should be an interesting match, Matt, as we get a chance to see the NXT Season 2 winner, Kaval, in action here on Smackdown as he looks to make a name for himself.
But we also get to see Joseph Mercury in action, fresh out of the SES after it broke up, and also looking to make a name for himself and re-launch his career!
Kaval vs. Joseph Mercury
Kaval brings his unique style to the match with his quick kicks and aerial offence taking Mercury down time after time after time and exciting the watching Laycool at ringside. Mercury manages to get on top during the middle of the match and looks to set up for his Frankensteiner finish move on more than one occasion but Kaval manages to fight out on each occasion. As Kaval re-establishes his dominance, he heads for the top rope looking for his Ghetto Stomp and Laycool jump up onto the edge of the ring apron in anticipation. Kaval orders them to get down several times and eventually they do ... however, the pause allows Mercury to escape as Kaval crashes down towards him. Mercury hooks in the Double Underhook DDT and scores the pinfall to the annoyance of the Divas Champions at ringside.
WINNER (7:19): JOSEPH MERCURY
Here is your winner ... JOSEPH MERCURY!
Mercury celebrates as he walks away up the ramp whilst Kaval is left sitting in the ring with his head in his hands. Laycool get in the ring to console him, giving each other coded facial expressions of surprise that Kaval could lose the match. As they try to lift Kaval to his feet, he breaks free of them, stares at them and shakes his head before walking away from them and back to the backstage area. Laycool look at each other confused as Kaval exits. However, as they begin to leave, more music hits the arena ...
Melina – a RAW diva – heads out of the crowd and over the barricade behind the champions who are looking towards the stage. The former Divas Champion smashes into the back of Layla before attacking Michelle McCool in revenge for the dirty tricks pulled by the pair in defeating Melina at the ‘Night of Champions’ PPV. Melina throws furious fists at McCool in the corner of the ring and screams out loud before hitting a dropkick to the Divas Champion as she rests against the bottom turnbuckle. Layla rushes at Melina who bends back to avoid her before using her feet to send Layla back to the outside where she staggers back to McCool. The champions retreat up the stage as Melina stares at them and makes a title belt gesture across her own waist ...
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Big news during the commercial break as Smackdown General Manager Teddy Long made a match for tonight. Melina will team up with Kelly Kelly to face the co-Divas Champions, Laycool, here live on Friday Night Smackdown ...
It looks like Melina is hell bent on winning back the Divas Title from Laycool as soon as possible!
It certainly does seem that way, Matt, and who can blame her after the ...
The Smackdown crowd immediately begin to boo as Vickie Guerrero appears on stage screeching into her microphone ...
I said Excuse me?! ... ... Excuse me?!
The crowd continue to boo Vickie as she smiles and composes herself before continuing ...
Allow me to introduce to you all ... the Intercontinental Champion and my boyfriend ... DOLPH ZIGGLER!
The cocky Intercontinental Champion strides out and slicks back his hair as Vickie Guerrero beams with pride at the man in her life. As they head towards the ring, Ziggler frequently poses and emphasises that he is the champion. When in the ring, he takes a microphone before standing in the centre with Vickie to address the crowd.
Hi ... I’m Dolph Ziggler!
Ziggler and Vickie laugh as the crowd jeer at them ...
A year ago, that’s what I was saying to everybody. I was introducing myself and trying to get myself noticed in the WWE. Nobody around here took me seriously.
He looks at Vickie Guerrero who shakes her head and points at the title belt around Ziggler’s waist now.
A year on and now look at me. I’ve got the most beautiful woman in the world beside me and I’ve got the Intercontinental Title belt strapped around my waist. Every single one of you and every single one of the wrestlers backstage now know who I am ... I’m ... Dolph ... Ziggler!
All those people that didn’t believe in Dolph have now got to ... Excuse me?!
Vickie Guerrero looks incensed as the crowd boo and jeer her again but Ziggler reassures her, pecks her on the cheek and she smiles ready to continue.
... all those people need to take a second look now. Dolph is the future of the WWE and he will be the Intercontinental Champion for an awful long time. He is my man, he is going to be a major star here in the WWE. You’d better all realise that very quickly.
I’m already the greatest Intercontinental Champion that the WWE has ever seen ... and tonight, I am here to prove it. If anybody backstage thinks that they have what it takes to take the title from me, I am challenging them to come out now and face me in this ring. If they can come out here and beat me tonight, I will give them a title shot next week on Smackdown.
The crowd turn expectantly towards the stage waiting for a challenger to come forward as Dolph and Vickie wait in the ring. A long pause follows and it looks as if Dolph has no challengers ...
Just as I thought, nobody has the guts ...
Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome to the ring ... LUKE GALLOWS!
Gallows says nothing and just walks into the ring with a determined look on his face ready for action. He points to Ziggler’s title and then to his own chest which makes Ziggler annoyed and he rips off his jacket ready for action.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Luke Gallows
Ziggler is on the defensive for the early part of the match as Gallows goes to work determined to earn himself an Intercontinental Championship match. With the stronger Gallows using his power to his advantage, it takes Vickie Guerrero’s appearance on the ropes to turn the tide as Ziggler takes advantage of the distraction. With the crowd beginning to get behind Gallows after his previous stint as a heel in the Straight Edge Society, Ziggler looks to end the match early but is unable to lock in the sleeper or hit the ‘Zig Zag’ to win the match. In desperation, Ziggler tries to hit the ‘Zig Zag’ when Gallows is stood near the ropes and he holds on and sends the Intercontinental Champion crashing down to the mat on his back. Gallows prepares himself and looks set to finish Ziggler when all of a sudden, CM Punk appears and attacks the former SES man causing the referee to signal for a disqualification.
WINNER (5:28): LUKE GALLOWS (DQ)
Here is your winner as a result of a disqualification ... LUKE GALLOWS!
Punk and Ziggler join forces to beat down on Gallows who can do nothing to prevent the assault. Ziggler locks in the sleeper as Punk stands back and mocks Gallows by signalling that it is time for him to go to sleep. Ziggler releases the hold and Punk hoists the groggy Gallows up and hits the ‘Go to Sleep’ finisher before standing back proud of himself. Vickie slides in a steel chair for Ziggler to teach Gallows a real lesson but the crowd suddenly rise as the Big Show storms down the aisle to the aid of his former enemy and Punk and Ziggler are forced to scatter quickly.
Big Show to the rescue there for Luke Gallows but a terrible assault from CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler. How will Gallows respond to that? And he did win the match – does that mean he has an Intercontinental Title match next week?
There is no response for him. Without CM Punk and the ‘Straight Edge’ lifestyle, Luke Gallows has nothing. He’s lucky that Big Show was there to prevent him getting pounded into the mat.
Well, there is one thing for certain. The end of the ‘Straight Edge Society’ has been confirmed this evening. It looks as if CM Punk is going it alone ... unless Dolph and Vickie are joining up next?!
Sometimes in the WWE, Todd, two men with a common goal can work together without being allies. That’s what you saw tonight with Ziggler and Punk – two men getting the job done. It’s a sensible ploy.
Up next, it’s the ‘Peep Show’ and Christian will have a very special guest on tonight ... Alberto Del Rio’s personal ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez. That’s coming next here on Friday Night Smackdown!
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Smackdown returns with the ring transformed into the ‘Peep Show’ set ...
Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome to the ring ... CHRISTIAN!
The crowd give Christian an excellent reception as usual as he comes out to the ring dressed in his casual clothing rather than his wrestling attire. He shakes hands with several people as he heads to the ring with a smile on his face as he prepares to present the ‘Peep Show’ on Friday Night Smackdown.
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Peep Show. A big shout out to all of my ‘peeps’ here in Illinois!
The crowd respond with a loud cheer as Christian recognises their home state before continuing ...
Over the last few weeks here on Friday Night Smackdown, we have had to put up with the debut of one of the most irritating men in the history of the WWE. He comes out here dressed like a goof-ball, speaking Spanish that nobody understands and having an haircut that is quite frankly an insult to the WWE Universe watching ... I am of course talking about ...
The crowd begin to boo as they realise who Christian is talking about ...
No, I’m not on about Alberto Del Rio ... I’m on about Ricardo Rodriguez!
The camera pans to the ring announcer area where Ricardo Rodriguez is stood dressed smart with a microphone in his hand prepared to announce Alberto Del Rio to the ring whenever necessary.
As if putting up with Del Rio is not bad enough, we have to listen to his personal ring announcer talking gibberish that nobody here understands ... Therefore, I am inviting you, Ricardo Rodriguez, to be my guest tonight on the ‘Peep Show’ right now. What do you say?
Rodriguez points to himself as if to question Christian’s invite and then shakes his head to indicate that he is not willing to join him in the ring.
That’s OK, I understand. If I was you, I wouldn’t want to be in the public view either. But answer me one question, Mr Rodriguez ... What is happening with the hair? Does Del Rio insist that his employees must have a ridiculous haircut like he does? What’s the deal?
Rodriguez shakes his head again and ignores Christian as he stands in the ring gazing over to the personal ring announcer of Del Rio making a scissors gesture with his fingers ...
In all seriousness, Alberto Del Rio has made quite an impact recently. He injured my good buddy, Rey Mysterio ...
The crowd pop at the mention of Mysterio who is currently sidelined with an injury to his arm picked up when Del Rio used a steel chair to injure it further after his Arm-Bar submission hold had weakened it previously ...
Now, Rey Mysterio is a good buddy of mine and he is out for weeks, maybe months, because of Del Rio ... And I am not going to sit back and allow Del Rio to get away with that. Do you understand that Rodriguez?
Rodriguez again shakes his head and shrugs his shoulders determined not to get involved with Christian ...
Now, last week, I was set to teach Alberto Del Rio a lesson when you grabbed my leg from behind, Mr Rodriguez. And now I invite you on the ‘Peep Show’ and you don’t want to get involved in my business ... well, tough, you’re involved in my business.
Christian drops the microphone and drops to the mat to roll out of the ring. He stalks after Alberto Del Rio’s personal ring announcer who begins to walk away from the WWE superstar who follows with an evil look in his eye. As Rodriguez begins to make a move up the ramp away from Christian, the music of Smackdown’s newest superstar hits and Christian stops ...
A smiling, arrogant Alberto Del Rio walks out dressed in a suit with his white scarf around his neck and begins to strut down the ramp towards the waiting Christian. Del Rio walks up to Christian and winks at him before walking past him to the ring ... Christian rolls back into the ring as well and picks up his microphone to talk with the Mexican superstar, Del Rio.
ALBERTO DEL RIO
My name ... is Alberto Del Rio. But you ... and all of you ... already know that.
Del Rio winks and holds his arms wide but the WWE Universe begin to boo and jeer him. However, Del Rio just chuckles and laughs unfazed ...
ALBERTO DEL RIO
Christian ... I just heard you insulting my ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez. Why you do this?
I knew that if I insulted him, you wouldn’t be able to resist coming out here and running your mouth off again. I see that I am right?
ALBERTO DEL RIO
If I were you, Christian ... I would think very carefully about what you say. Did you see what I did to that little chihuahua, Rey Mysterio? I would hate for that to happen to you too ...
You think that you can intimidate me, Del Rio? Well think again. Some people might be scared of a Mexican wrestler dressed in Kylie Minogue’s wardrobe ... but not me. I want to challenge you to a match at ‘No Mercy’ next week.
Del Rio smiles and shakes his head at Christian as the crowd pop at the idea of Christian beating down Del Rio at the upcoming PPV.
ALBERTO DEL RIO
Christian, Christian, Christian ... You are not going to make me do anything. I am a noble man and I will face you when I want to and in the way that I choose. You should be worrying about me and staying out of my way. If you don’t believe me, ask you little amigo, Rey Mysterio ...
I am going to ask you one more time, Kylie ... me and you, ‘No Mercy,’ one on one ...
ALBERTO DEL RIO
I would like that Christian ... but on one condition.
And that is ... ?
ALBERTO DEL RIO
It will be a submission match. Then I can break you arm just like I broke the arm of Rey Mysterio ...
You’re on, Hot Pants. And by the way ... here’s a taster for you.
Christian smashes Del Rio in the head with the microphone and begins to take down the Mexican with right and left hands. As Christian looks to have taken down Del Rio, he is dragged away by Ricardo Rodriguez who backs away when Christian turns to face him ... with the ring announcer in the corner, Christian advances towards him until Del Rio picks up a canvas chair and fold it up before hitting Christian in the back with it. Rodriguez slides out of the ring as Del Rio hooks in the Arm-Bar and forces Christian to tap out as Del Rio’s music restarts. As Del Rio poses in the ring and Rodriguez announces him in Spanish, doctors have to tend to Christian at ringside and help him away as he holds him arm ...
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Smackdown returns with Laycool’s music playing and the self-proclaimed co-Divas champions in the ring preparing for their tag team match tonight.
The following tag team contest is set for one fall. Currently in the ring, the self-proclaimed co-Divas Champions ... MICHELLE McCOOL and LAYLA ... LAYCOOL!
Their opponents, introducing first from Jacksonville, Florida ... KELLY KELLY!
Kelly Kelly makes her way towards the ring with her usual cheery disposition and sets her eyes on Laycool in the ring. Layla and Michelle begin wafting the air and mouthing ‘Smelly Kelly’ which has no effect on the popular diva who turns to greet her partner ...
Her partner, representing Monday Night Raw, from Los Angeles, California ... MELINA!
Melina is accompanied onto the stage by the usual paparazzi hordes and the red carpet as she makes her way down the ramp towards Kelly and the ring. She hugs her partner before performing her jumping splits entrance under the bottom rope.
Laycool vs. Kelly Kelly and Melina
Laycool take the early advantage as they make frequent tags to keep Kelly Kelly in their corner and away from Melina. Kelly struggles to get into the contest and McCool in particular uses a combination of kicks and suplexes to take her down time after time. Kelly manages to get an opportunity for a tag when Layla goes for her finishing neckbreaker move – The Lay-out – but McCool and Layla manage to deny her and leave Melina frustrated on the outside. McCool and Kelly go at it and Kelly manages to hit a few moves and the crowd get on her side before she finally makes the tag to Melina. The RAW diva hits the ring as a bundle of energy and takes out Layla on the opposite side of the ring before hitting McCool with her best moves. Finally, Melina hits the ‘Primal Scream’ leg drop and makes the pinfall on McCool to send a clear message to the co-Divas champion that she wants a rematch.
WINNER (4:56): MELINA and KELLY KELLY
Here are your winners ... KELLY KELLY and MELINA!
Kelly and Melina celebrate in the ring as Laycool rescue their title belts and head up the ramp with McCool holding her head. Melina points at the Divas Title belts and then to herself making it clear to Laycool that she wants a rematch very soon.
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Highlights from RAW play showing John Cena and Randy Orton’s confrontation, the GM announcement that Sheamus would have his rematch for the WWE title at ‘No Mercy’ and the Wade Barrett and Randy Orton match that Sheamus interfered in and walked out with the WWE Title ...
This match is set for one fall. Coming down to the ring, weighing 328 pounds ... he is the World Heavyweight Champion ... KANE!
Kane strides to the ring with his World Title around his waist basking in the glow of an eerie red light. As he enters the ring, the camera shows that Kane is laughing out loud to himself, clearly still loving the fact that he beat the Undertaker at ‘Night of Champions’ last Sunday.
And his opponent ... from Ghana, West Africa, weighing in at 221 pounds ... KOFI KINGSTON!
Kofi comes out looking determined to impress and win himself a World Title shot by beating the ‘Big Red Monster’ tonight on Smackdown. He bounces to the ring and claps his hands together in the corner for the ‘Boom! Boom! Boom!’ pose before turning to face Kane.
A massive night for Kofi Kingston, Matt, he has a chance to get a World Title shot in a week’s time at ‘No Mercy’ if he wins here.
But it’s a massive match for Kane as well, Todd, if he wins then he will get to choose the stipulations for the match with his brother, the Undertaker, at ‘No Mercy’ instead.
We haven’t heard from the Undertaker, nobody has seen the Deadman all night long. The bell rings and here we go with Kofi and Kane here on Friday Night Smackdown!
Kane vs. Kofi Kingston
Kofi comes firing out of the blocks with a volley of rights and lefts that has Kane reeling into the corner of the ring, it is clear that Kofi means business tonight. The crowd react to Kofi’s intense start and rally behind the Ghanaian superstar as he steps back from Kane and uses his boots to Kane’s mid-section and legs. The ‘Big Red Monster’ almost cowers in the corner until he manages to launch a choke thrust at Kofi that sends him staggering and halts his momentum. Kane fires a clothesline at Kofi but he ducks underneath and as Kane turns, Kofi hits a flying forearm that sends Kane reeling into the ropes and out of the ring. Kingston leaps over the top rope and stalks Kane before diving off the apron to hit another flying forearm but Kane catches him in a choke hold before forcing him back into the steel steps so that Kofi’s back takes the brunt of the impact. Kane rolls back into the ring as the referee begins his count.
A quick start from Kofi Kingston but there we see why Kane is so dominant as the World Heavyweight Champion: one power move and the whole match can turn in the blink of an eye.
I’ve been in the ring with Kane before and it is so disheartening when you get him on the backfoot – not that I did very often – and he flicks an arm or a fist out and knocks you down.
Kofi staggers to his feet on the outside of the ring and begins to slowly climb back into the ring under the bottom rope. Kane drags him up by the hair despite the referee’s protests and forces him back into the turnbuckle. After several uppercuts, Kofi Kingston falls to a seating position in the corner and Kane walks away before running back to hit a drop kick to the seated Kingston. Kane lifts him back to his feet and scoop-slams him in the corner before taunting the crowd with a cocky laugh, clearly mouthing ‘The Undertaker is scared of me’ to those watching at ringside.
Kane lifts Kofi back to his feet, dazed, and whips him into the opposite buckle. Running in for a clothesline, Kingston manages to counter with a pendulum kick that staggers Kane backwards and gives Kofi time to recover.
Kofi Kingston with a great counter. How much more can Kingston withstand here tonight? How badly does he want a title shot at ‘No Mercy’ next week?
Can Kofi Kingston get back into this match-up and win a title match? We’ll find out after the break.
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Smackdown returns with Kane still in control of the match as he lifts Kofi up by the throat with two hands in the corner and sits him on the top buckle before hitting an uppercut which sends Kofi down to the outside from the top rope with the crowd gasping at the fall. Kane slowly makes his way outside the ring and lifts Kingston to his feet before whipping him into the barricades around the ring. Kofi winces in pain as Kane follows this up with more uppercuts before looking to whip Kofi into the steel ring post. Kofi manages to stop and avoid smashing into the post but as he turns around, Kane smashes a big boot into his skull to send Kofi crashing to the deck once more.
It certainly seems that Kane is intent on securing himself a match of his choice against the Undertaker at ‘No Mercy,’ Todd ...
It does, Matt, and as Kane mentioned before in his challenge to the Undertaker, it sounds as if Kane wants a ‘Casket Match’ when he faces his brother.
And that’s what will happen unless Kofi Kingston can fight back here.
The referee forces Kane back into the ring and starts to count Kofi out. 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... 4 ... 5 ... 6 ... 7 ... 8 ... Kofi rolls back into the ring and Kane laughs maniacally as he prepares to launch more pain. He stands back and waits for Kofi to get to his feet, his hand held back ready to grab Kingston by the throat. As Kofi wobbles round, Kane grips him by the throat, lifts him high and delivers a choke slam that almost sends Kofi through the ring mat. Kane looks round at the WWE Universe who are waiting for the Undertaker’s gong but it doesn’t come and Kane covers Kofi in the centre of the ring. 1 ... 2 ... Kofi somehow kicks out of the choke slam! The crowd erupt as Kingston starts to show his World Title pedigree and determination and a loud ‘Kofi!’ chant echoes around the arena. Kane looks shocked but whips Kofi towards the ropes ready to hit a back body drop ... However, Kofi kick Kane in the head as he bends down to send the crowd into a frenzy. Kingston, with the momentum now, hits a dropkick that staggers Kane but fails to take him down. A second drop kick also fails but a third sends Kane down to the mat and the crowd cheer louder. Kofi covers Kane ... 1 ... 2 ... Kane kicks out but Kofi is straight back on the attack. As Kane gets up to his feet, Kingston sends him back down with a clever ‘Russian Leg Sweep’ before hitting the ‘Boom Drop’ to Kane and covering him again. 1 ... 2 ... Kane kicks out again with authority. Another drop kick sends Kane through the ropes again and Kofi springboards over the top rope into a cross-body that sends Kane down near the announce table.
Kofi is forced back into the ring by the referee and Kane manages to get to his feet with a look of bewilderment in his eyes now. He slides back into the ring angrily and looks to smash Kofi but he ducks under the right hand and aims another kick to Kane’s mid-drift. However, Kane catches his foot and forces him down onto his back. As Kane looks to drag Kofi up, Kofi fights back with punches from his knees, stopping Kane’s pursuit of him but he can’t stop him completely. Then, from out of nowhere, Kofi springs up and delivers a kick to the chest with staggers Kane. As Kane recovers, Kofi prepares for ‘Trouble in Paradise’ ... waiting for Kane to turn around ... as Kane turns, Kofi spins to build up the power before hitting it perfectly to Kane’s temple sending the champions down. Kofi covers Kane again ... 1 ... 2 ... Kane kicks out – just about – as the crowd groans in disappointment.
So close for Kofi Kingston, Matt, can Kofi do it?
A look of frustration shows on Kofi Kingston’s face for the first time but he gets back to his feet determined to carry on. Kane gets to his feet and wobbles to the corner where Kofi rushes towards him looking for another kick to the head. This time, Kane catches Kofi and turns him upside down for a powerbomb that sees Kofi’s head bounce off the mat. Kane recovers a little before dragging Kofi to his feet and scooping him up for a ‘Tombstone Piledriver’ ... Kofi is helpless and Kane drops him on his head. Laughing again, Kane covers Kingston and the referee counts. 1 ... 2 ... 3!
WINNER (13:17): KANE
Here is your winner ... the World Heavyweight Champion ... KANE!
Kane snatches his World Title from the referee and backs away up the ramp towards the entrance whilst Kofi holds his head in the ring.
An impressive performance from Kofi Kingston but it is Kane who prevails and he will be choosing a stipulation for his match at ‘No Mercy’ against the Undertaker for the World Title.
There will be no Triple Threat for Kofi at ‘No Mercy’ but what an effort from the former Intercontinental Champion.
It looks as if Kane will facing his brother in a ‘Casket Match’ in a week’s time now after this victory. But where is the Undertaker? Nobody has heard from him since ‘Night of Champions’ Matt ...
Nobody knows, Todd, and what’s more, Kane is looking more dominant every week.
The camera zooms in on Kane as the eerie red lights fill the arena again. He is laughing as he stares back to Kofi Kingston in the ring and as Smackdown goes off the air, Kane continues to laugh ...
Percy Watson and Husky Harris beat MVP and Kaval (Pin – 8:14)
The two newcomers – Watson and Harris – pick up a debut win and a measure of revenge over Kaval who won NXT Season 2. Husky Harris gets the decisive pinfall after he drops all his weight down onto MVP before getting the 3-count.
Alicia Fox beats Eve Torres (Pin – 6:21)
In this Divas match, Alicia Fox gets back on track with a pinfall victory over Eve. However, she needs to resort to dirty tactics – a vicious hair pull behind the referees back to smash Eve into the mat – before hitting the scissors kick for the 3-count.
R-Truth beats Zack Ryder (Pin – 3:01)
A convincing win for Truth who spends more time rapping on his way to the ring than he does in beating Ryder. The ‘Lie Detector’ does the damage and allows R-Truth to pick up the pinfall.
Alex Riley beats Santino Marella (Pin – 4:58)
With a little help from The Miz at ringside and his briefcase, Alex Riley begins to build momentum ahead of his US Title match with Daniel Bryan at ‘No Mercy’ with a pinfall victory over Santino.
Jack Swagger defeats Matt Hardy (Submission – 10:12)
In a competitive main event, Swagger inflicts another defeat to Matt Hardy who looks out of shape and out of sorts. Swagger manages to lock in the ‘Ankle Lock’ and Matt Hardy is forced to tap out to the ‘All American American’ superstar. Afterwards, Hardy looks very frustrated and demoralised with efforts.
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RUMOURS AND NEWS
There are strong rumours that one of WWE’s missing superstars could be making a big return at the next PPV, ‘No Mercy,’ next week. With Triple H and Rey Mysterio currently sidelined, the smart money is on the return of ‘The Game’ although there has also been a whisper that it could be a certain Jim Ross.
Chris Jericho is thought to be on the verge of a major storyline that will change WWE significantly. Senior WWE officials believe that Jericho has gone a little stale recently and there has been talk about a change for the veteran.
At the recent RAW TV show, the new owner of WWE announced that the RAW GM will be announced shortly. Some are speculating that this could also be at the ‘No Mercy’ PPV and will involve a continuation of Edge’s feud with the GM.
There is also talk of Matt Hardy leaving WWE in the near future. The popular superstar is growing frustrated with his role in the company and is definitely set for time off in the coming weeks to take a break. However, there are suggestions that he may not return to the WWE with TNA – with his brother, Jeff – offering a potential escape route.
Stand by for a batch of WWE wrestlers to be released in the coming weeks and months as WWE’s new management take stock of who is and isn’t wanted. There are said to be as many as twenty superstars with plenty to prove in the coming weeks, the most high profile of these are said to be MVP and R-Truth.
MONDAY NIGHT RAW!
CAN THE VIPER BEAT THE CLOCK?
At the final RAW before their ‘No Mercy’ rematch for the WWE Title, WWE Champion Randy Orton and his challenger, Sheamus, will be looking to ‘beat the clock’ with the fastest man to be rewarded by the RAW GM. With Orton and Sheamus so evenly matched in recent weeks, both men will be desperate for any kind of reward that could give them the advantage heading into the ‘No Mercy’ event on Sunday? Who will that man be?
CENA SET TO CHALLENGE THE LEADER OF THE NEXUS!
The problems between John Cena and the Nexus – particularly Wade Barrett, the leader – have been well documented in recent months. This week on RAW, John Cena has a challenge for Wade Barrett and the Nexus – what will the challenge be?
MORRISON OUT OF ACTION!
After the vicious attack from Chris Jericho last week, John Morrison will not be at the RAW show this Monday night. However, Chris Jericho will be there and the veteran WWE superstar claims to have a huge announcement to make about his WWE career. What will Jericho have to say on Monday Night Raw?
HOW WILL EDGE REACT TO THE GM’S LATEST STUNT?
After running his mouth about the RAW anonymous General Manager last week and failing to receive support from Chip Butty, the new WWE owner, Edge was forced to compete against the Nexus in a Handicap Match. What will Edge’s response to that be and will the GM have any more retribution for Edge’s comments this week?
ALEX RILEY – NEW US CHAMPION?
Last week, The Miz gave his US Title rematch away to his NXT Season 2 rookie, Alex Riley, claiming that he had lost the title on purpose at ‘Night of Champions.’ Riley and The Miz will be facing the US Champion on RAW in a 2 on 1 Handicap Match where both Riley and Bryan will be looking to gain momentum heading for their match at ‘No Mercy’ next Sunday.
Join us on Monday Night Raw!
Randy Orton and Sheamus in a ‘Beat the Clock’ challenge
Alex Riley and The Miz vs. US Champion Daniel Bryan
Jay Uso vs. Drew McIntyre
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