*** CLAVICLE ***
The crowd react positively as Evan ‘Air’ Bourne heads out onto the stage and salutes the WWE Universe before hurtling down the ramp and jumping under the bottom rope to enter the ring ... He looks pumped up and ready for his opportunity tonight ...
TONY CHIMEL: This match is set for one fall and it is for the Intercontinental Championship. In the ring, from St. Louis, Missouri ... EVAN BOURNE!
The cameras focus on the Spanish ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez, stood in the corner with a microphone. He steps forwards as he is introduced to the crowd amidst jeers and heat ...
TONY CHIMEL: Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce Alberto Del Rio’s personal ring announcer ... RICARDO RODRIGUEZ!
*** REALEZA ***
The sounds of a car horn can be heard and from the side of the stage comes an Audi R8 worth $140,000 with the Intercontinental Champion, Alberto Del Rio, in the driver seat. He gets out of the car with the Intercontinental Title around his waist and his white scarf round his neck and he heads for the ramp as gold sparks shower down behind him ...
RICARDO RODRIGUEZ: Las damas y caballeros, es mi gran honor de introducir a usted aquí, un hombre de gran realeza, un hombre con una inteligencia superior, él es el Campeón Intercontinental, él es ... ALBERTO DEL RRRRRRRIIIIIIOOOOOO!
Del Rio continues to strut down to the ring taunting the crowd at the aisle side and fingering the edges of his Intercontinental Championship as he does so. He gets into the ring and demands a microphone insisting that Evan Bourne can wait a minute ...
ALBERTO DEL RIO: My name ... My name is Alberto ... Del RRRRiiiiiooooo!
Loud boos and intense heat for the cocky Mexican ...
ALBERTO DEL RIO: But you ... you already knew that. You also know that last month at Cyber Sunday, I achieved the first part of my destiny. I became the Intercontinental Champion of the WWE. El Campeón Intercontinental ... The man with the gold. I can spend my money, my wealth, my gold on whatever I want ... Personal ring announcers ... Fancy cars ... But I will never give away this, my most precious gold. I am going to be the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time. And then I am going to achieve what no other Mexican ever has ... especially not that little Chihuahua, Rey Mysterio ... I am going to win the World Heavyweight Championship as well and have both of the golds at the same time.
A loud ‘You Suck!’ chant begins and Alberto Del Rio takes it all in his stride, ignoring the crowd and turning to his opponent and challenger, Evan Bourne ...
ALBERTO DEL RIO: Which brings me to you, Evan ... You are another little man. You do not have the style, the class, the honour of a man like me. You will not beat me for this gold. I have a destiny to fulfil here ...
Del Rio throws down the microphone and hands the title over to the referee before handing his scarf to Ricardo Rodriguez and turning to face Bourne ...
INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP: ALBERTO DEL RIO vs. EVAN BOURNE
The cocky Del Rio moves in to lock up with Evan Bourne on several occasions at first before retreating with a laugh and pointing to the smaller challenger with a mocking smile. Eventually, the pair lock up and Del Rio spins them round and tosses Evan Bourne through the ropes to the outside with a huge grin on his face ... He mocks Bourne from inside the ring and Bourne looks determined and slides back into the ring to try again. However, as soon as they lock up, Del Rio spins him round and this time tosses him up and over the top rope instead so that Bourne lands with a thud on the floor. Again, Del Rio mocks him and shows off to the WWE Universe sat around ringside clearly believing that he has this match in control. This time, Bourne looks unhappy with the way that Del Rio is disrespecting him and he points at the Mexican before getting back into the ring and threatening to kick him.
Del Rio though convinces Bourne to tie up once again and they lock up for a third time. Again, Del Rio looks to throw Bourne out of the ring but this time Evan Bourne is ready for it and he reverses the spin and tosses Alberto Del Rio through the ropes so that he lands on the floor in front of the announce table where Cole, JR and King are sat. Quick as a flash, Ricardo Rodriguez dashes out to Del Rio’s assistance but the Mexican looks all angry and upset at the treatment he has received. However, Bourne is in the ring taunting him to get back in and wrestle like a man now. Suddenly, Del Rio cracks and heads back into the ring after Bourne who stands up to him. Del Rio pushes the little challenger hard in the chest but Bourne responds by pushing him forcefully back as well. Evan Bourne is not going to stand down and the WWE Universe love it! Del Rio pushes Bourne once more and then before Bourne can respond, Del Rio goes for an Inzuguri but Bourne is too quick and he ducks so that Del Rio crashes down on the mat causing the crowd to laugh loud. Bourne grins as he stands looking at Del Rio with a mocking face ... payback!
Irate now, Del Rio goes after Bourne and manages to get his arms around his waist. Del Rio is in a good position for a German Suplex but as he goes for it, Bourne manages to block and reverses into a small package ...
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As Del Rio gets back up, Bourne connects with a running high knee to his jaw and sends him crashing down again. Bourne moves to the corner, jumps up onto the middle rope and waits before hitting a drop kick to Del Rio’s chest and making another cover ...
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Del Rio attempts to put space between himself and Bourne but the challenger has other ideas and he pulls Del Rio back at the ropes. Bourne hits a perfect Inzuguri – showing Alberto Del Rio exactly how it should be done! Del Rio drops down and out of the ring clutching his head and staring at Bourne in the ring with a look of absolute fury on his face ... Del Rio is getting embarrassed here as Bourne looks to take the Intercontinental Championship in the Mexican’s first defence! The referee is counting as Del Rio wanders around on the outside putting off his return by arguing with some fans and then talking things over with Ricardo Rodriguez. Eventually, with the count at 8, Del Rio climbs back into the ring through the ropes and swings at Bourne with a clothesline. Bourne ducks and hits the ropes before jumping at Del Rio and taking him down again with a Hurricanrana to the delight of the crowd here in Philadelphia ... Bourne climbs to the top rope with the champion down on the mat, could he possibly manage to hit Air Bourne here? Del Rio is in perfect position and the crowd rise to their feet in expectation as Bourne gets to the top rope. However, Ricardo Rodriguez grabs hold of Bourne’s foot and distracts the challenger by wobbling him a little. Bourne looks annoyed and kicks out at Rodriguez who the referee is now ordering to get down off the ring apron. The distraction has worked though and Del Rio has moved out of danger while Bourne has been forced to sit down on the top rope. Suddenly, Del Rio moves across the ring, steps up off the middle rope and hits an Inzuguri of his own which topples Bourne from the ropes and down to the mat with a crash. Finally, Del Rio has managed to get some offence in ...
Del Rio’s cocky smile now returns and he goes after Bourne with a look of evil in his eye. He lifts Bourne up easily and hits a back suplex to slam Bourne down on his back before standing over him and talking trash. Del Rio is clearly upset that his challenger embarrassed him earlier and he is now set to make him pay. Del Rio drags Bourne up and hits a scoop slam before making his first cover of the match ...
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As Bourne gets to his knees, we see the first stages of Del Rio’s game plan for setting up the submission move, the Cross Arm Breaker. He hits three roundhouse kicks in a row to the upper arm of Evan and then stomps down on the arm and elbow several times as well. Bourne clutches his arm and Del Rio smiles before dragging it over the middle rope as he goes out of the ring. Del Rio jumps down to the floor and snaps Bourne’s arm down over the rope which makes Bourne cry out in pain. Del Rio is quickly back into the ring and he follows his work on the arm with a German suplex holding on for the pin ...
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* Bourne kicks out but he is holding his sore arm now *
However, Bourne is first to his feet – complacency again from Del Rio? – and he hits a standing kick to the champion before following it with high knees to the jaw and chest. Bourne whips Del Rio to the corner – pausing to shake his arm afterwards – before rushing over and hitting a dropkick in the corner. Del Rio drops down to the mat and Bourne goes for the cover ...
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Del Rio leaves the ring to compose himself but Bourne has had enough of waiting now and he follows him out. Bourne springboards off the middle rope and sails over with a beautiful moonsault to Del Rio... unfortunately for Bourne, Del Rio catches him in mid-air and he has Bourne upside down in his arms. Del Rio calculates and then rams Bourne’s back and shoulder into the steel ring post to the annoyance of the referee. Del Rio repeats this a second time and the referee warns him to let go but is ignored. Del Rio drives Bourne into the post a third time before hitting a shoulderbreaker across his knee that leaves Bourne a crumpled mess on the outside. The champion returns to the ring and the referee argues with him but Del Rio escapes a disqualification – Evan Bourne wouldn’t want that when he is going for the Intercontinental Title ... The referee begins to count out Bourne though and it isn’t looking good ...
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As Bourne struggles to his feet, Alberto hits a double knee arm breaker that leaves Evan wincing in pain as he rolls around on the mat. It looks like Del Rio has him exactly where he wants him here and he drags him up to his feet again. Bourne is sent hurtling into the ropes and as he rebounds back, Del Rio hits a huge spinebuster that looks like it could be the end ... Del Rio holds the pin ...
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The WWE Universe are urging Evan Bourne to hang in there and to keep fighting but Del Rio is in complete control. However, again he shows complacency, allowing Bourne to hit a quick drop kick to his knee that leaves Del Rio on his knees. Roundhouse kicks to the side of Del Rio’s head follow and he falls to the mat ... This could be Evan Bourne’s chance! He slowly climbs the turnbuckles with the crowd cheering him on ... Can Evan Bourne do it? He sets himself and then leaps off looking for Air Bourne ... Del Rio gets the knees up!
The crowd groan in despair as Del Rio leaps up and it is obvious what is coming now. He drags Bourne to his feet and then rolls him around to lock in the Cross Arm Breaker. The deadly submission move that injured Rey Mysterio and Christian and now Evan Bourne is locked in and is in real danger here ... Bourne tries to reach for the ropes but his sore arm is locked in the move and he is left with only one choice ...
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WINNER: Alberto Del Rio (11:42)
TONY CHIMEL: Here is your winner and still the Intercontinental Champion ... ALBERTO DEL RIO!
The referee hands Del Rio the Intercontinental Championship as he stands over Evan Bourne looking down on him and standing tall. Bourne put up a brave effort but when Del Rio locked in the Cross Arm Breaker, there was nothing he could do ... Alberto Del Rio retains the title in his first defence ...
MICHAEL COLE: This man has a huge future here on SMACKDOWN, what a fantastic performance that was!
JIM ROSS: That may be so, Michael, but I was impressed with the fight and attitude of Evan Bourne as well. He may not be too far away from gold in the future either ... great effort!
MICHAEL COLE: At the end of the night, all the record books will show is that Alberto Del Rio won the match and retained the title. There’ll be nothing about Bourne’s fight and attitude, JR, just the result.
JERRY LAWLER: Don’t waste your time trying to educate him, JR, he is past our help ...
The cameras switch to the interview area where Wade Barrett and the Nexus are now stood with Matt Striker. Barrett looks confident and is backed up by a group who seem to be hell bent on winning the gold for him tonight ...
MATT STRIKER: Wade Barrett, you heard Randy Orton’s comments earlier tonight, how do you respond?
WADE BARRETT: Randy Orton needs to remember one thing, Striker. Tonight isn’t about trust. It isn’t about John Cena. It isn’t about about past rivalries. It isn’t about friendships. Tonight, all that matters is survival. Tonight, I go into the WWE Championship tag team match with four men who are determined to win gold for the Nexus. And all we need is one pin fall. One three count ... 1 ... 2 ... 3! Just like that!
MATT STRIKER: Are you concerned about the impact John Cena might have on the match tonight?
WADE BARRETT: Cena knows that if he denies the Nexus tonight, he has another long and torturous ride to go through. Tonight, Cena better think hard and realise that he cannot win this battle. The Nexus will win gold sooner or later, John, you know we will. There is nobody on Randy Orton’s team that we fear. We are the Nexus ... you’re either with us ... or you’re against us.
The Nexus walk away from Striker with a confident look on the face of their leader before the camera returns to the ring where the steel cage is hanging over the ring ominously ...
JIM ROSS: Well, folks, it is time for Triple H and Sheamus to enter hell itself ...
A video plays to hype up the next match. It starts with highlights from Triple H’s glittering career from his early feuds with The Rock for the Intercontinental Championship, his time with Stephanie McMahon and his first WWE Championships, his return at the 2002 Royal Rumble and his elimination of Kurt Angle, his feuds with Shawn Michaels and John Cena and Randy Orton and Batista ... These clips are played with sound bites from JR and Michael Cole describing Triple H in glowing terms ... the ‘Cerebral Assassin’ ... the ‘Game’ ... the ‘13-time World Champion’ ... the ‘King of Kings’ ...
Then the screen goes fuzzy and lightning strikes before we see Sheamus winning the WWE Championship early in his career by slamming John Cena through a table ... we see clips from the build up to Sheamus’ match with Triple H last year ... we hear sound bites that describe Sheamus in a positive light ... the ‘First Ever Irish Born WWE Champion’ ... the ‘most dominant young star in the WWE’ ... the ‘Celtic Warrior’ ...
Triple H’s final Pedigree at WrestleMania 26 is shown and we see his hand being raised in victory. Then, the screen goes wild as we see Sheamus’ attack on Triple H the night after WrestleMania with a steel pipe. We hear Sheamus claiming to have ended the career of Triple H as the clip of the first strike of the steel pipe is played over and over and over ...
The PPV theme song ‘Runaway’ by Hide the Villain plays as we see Sheamus tearing up the WWE and dominating again. We see his second WWE Championship reign before the return of Triple H at No Mercy where Sheamus’ hopes of winning back the WWE Title from Randy Orton were ended. Fast forward to Cyber Sunday and the Ambulance Match that saw Hornswoggle smash Triple H over the head with a steel pipe to hand the victory to the Celtic Warrior ...
As the song continues, we see high impact moves from both men over the length of their feud. We hear Triple H announce that their match at Survivor Series will be a 3 Stages of Hell match and we see clips of Triple H’s past victories over the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels ... As the video ends, we hear the words 3 STAGES OF HELLLLLLLLLL spoken in a spine chilling voice as we see a final clip of the two staring at each other in the ring ...
JIM ROSS: Wow, what an intense rivalry these two men have, King.
JERRY LAWLER: I’m not sure if Sheamus realises what he has gotten himself into here!
*** WRITTEN IN MY FACE ***
JUSTIN ROBERTS: This match is the ‘3 Stages of Hell’ match. The first fall of the match will be a straight wrestling match, the second fall will be a Table Match and the third fall, if needed, will be a Cage Match. Introducing first, from Dublin, Ireland ... the Celtic Warrior ... SHEAMUS!
Sheamus comes out on stage with a custom made t-shirt and thumps his chest in defiance. He heads to the ring ignoring the jeers and boos as he does and gets into the ring looking determined to beat Triple H again after his Cyber Sunday victory ...
JIM ROSS: Somebody missing, King?
JERRY LAWLER: Yeah, where is that backstabbing little troll, Hornswoggle?
MICHAEL COLE: I don’t think that this is the best place for little Hornswoggle to be tonight!
JERRY LAWLER: Shame, I was looking forward to seeing Triple H get his hands on him!
*** THE GAME ***
JUSTIN ROBERTS: His opponent, from Greenwich, Connecticut ... The Game ... TRIPPPPPLLLLE H!
Out walks Triple H in the spotlight carrying a bottle of water and looking around the arena with a look of revenge in his eyes. He sets off for the ring walking with a purpose and climbs up on the ring apron where he takes a swig of water ... He spits it in the air and then stares into the camera opposite before ducking under the rope to enter the ring ... Suddenly, despite the ring being in darkness still, Sheamus attacks Triple H with a knee to the head as he enters and the lights come back on quickly ... the referee signals for the bell and the match is under way!
‘3 STAGES OF HELL’ MATCH: SHEAMUS vs. TRIPLE H
FALL 1: STRAIGHT WRESTLING
Sheamus’ quick start gives him an early advantage as he pummels Triple H with devastating right hands in the corner. Caught completely by surprise, Hunter can only cover up and try to create some space but the Irish star will not allow this as he beats him down to his knees. The crowd boo and jeer but this matter little to Sheamus and he stands back to admire his work as Triple H is down at his feet in the corner. Sheamus moves in to continue the beating but the Game pushes him aside and looks to fight back ... however, Sheamus is too quick and he hits a foot to the shoulder to knock Hunter back into the corner. Sheamus whips Triple H into the ropes now before lifting him into a Sidewalk Slam that crashes him down on the mat. He drags him to his feet again and looks for a second whip into the ropes. Triple H though manages to reverse this and as Sheamus rebounds off the ropes, Triple H lifts him into a huge spinebuster that makes Sheamus scream in pain and he quickly makes his way under the rope to the outside of the ring. Hunter gets to his feet and stares down at the Celtic Warrior with a look of intense hatred etched onto his face and points at him before demanding he gets back into the ring like a man ...
However, Sheamus is not having any part of Triple H right now and he edges away around the ring taunting Triple H and daring him to follow. Hunter finally loses patience and he goes through the ropes to go after Sheamus ... however, Sheamus wheels around and slides under the ropes back into the ring immediately and stands tall in the ring to the annoyance of the Game. He slides back in after Sheamus but this gives him chance to kick Hunter in the head again as he comes into the ring and Sheamus takes control again. Dragging Triple H up so that he is trapped in between the middle and top ropes, Sheamus thumps away at Triple H’s chest with all his might before letting him drop to his knees on the edge of the apron. Sheamus has made an impressive start here ...
JIM ROSS: What a start from Sheamus, he has gotten under Triple H’s skin like nobody I have ever seen, King ...
JERRY LAWLER: Triple H will make him pay, JR, you watch!
Sheamus drags Triple H back into the ring and he uses a double axe handle to smash Triple H in the side of the face ... once, twice, three times Sheamus hits the move that he calls the War Sword and then he drops down on Triple H and makes the first cover of the match ...
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As Hunter gets to his feet, Sheamus pulls him in close and hits a short arm clothesline that crashes the Game back down to the mat with a thud. Sheamus has a great advantage early in this match and he taunts the crowd by battering his chest again and telling them that he is the most dominant man in the WWE. However, the time wasting proves not to be a clever move as he turns around and runs at Triple H and is promptly back body dropped over the top rope and down to the floor to the delight of the WWE Universe who are mostly on the side of the Cerebral Assassin here. Hunter stalks after Sheamus and he drags him to the steel steps and crashes his face down into them hard ... the referee recognises that there is a need for a few liberties in this match and allows Triple H to continue. A second shot to Sheamus’ head follows as Triple H drives him into the steel ring post and the referee starts to tell Triple H off ... remember that this is a straight wrestling match and Triple H could be disqualified. Hunter bears this in mind and whips Sheamus hard into the barricades instead and Sheamus groans as he hits his back hard before Triple H clotheslines him over the barricades into the area where the timekeeper sits. Sheamus is down on the floor with the wires and the ring bell and the referee convinces Triple H to return to the ring ... With Sheamus down and out, there is a chance of a countout win here for Triple H ...
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Triple H stares at Sheamus and points to his own chest declaring that tonight is the night where Sheamus pays for his actions in the past. Sheamus gets to his feet and the two go head to head in the centre of the ring before Sheamus throws a punch. The pair trade huge right hands before Sheamus – realising he won’t win that battle – takes Hunter down with a headlock. He hits punches to Hunter on the mat before leaping up and taking a shot at Hunter’s head with his boot before he steps back. Triple H gets up quickly and Sheamus rushes over and goes for the Brogue Kick but his opponent pulls down the top rope and ducks under his boot so Sheamus ends up straddled over the rope. Triple H launches more right hands to his rival before hitting a neckbreaker that brings Sheamus back into the ring the painful way. An elbow drop to the back of Sheamus follows as does a knee to the back of Sheamus’ head as Triple H takes control to the delight of the fans.
Sheamus is beginning to look the worse for the wear as he gets to his feet with the aid of the ropes in the corner ... Hunter whips him hard into the opposite corner and Sheamus clutches at his back as he drops to his knees. He is dragged back up by Triple H who mounts the middle rope and milks the adulation of the crowd before hitting Sheamus with big right hands in the corner. The crowd chant along with ten punches before Trips lets Sheamus stagger out of reach. A kick to Sheamus’ gut is followed by a DDT and Sheamus is down on the mat again ... Triple H looks to win the first fall here ...
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Triple H grins as he gets to his feet and looks down on Sheamus on the mat. Hunter drops the elbow twice more to the upper leg of Sheamus as he sets him up for something. Kicks to the leg follow before Hunter looks to lock in the Figure Four Leglock. We’ve seen this recently from Justin Gabriel but Triple H learnt it from the best in Ric Flair ... the crowd ‘Woooooooooo’ as he locks it in to the huge, stocky legs of the Celtic Warrior. As he wrenches back, Sheamus lets out a yell of pain as his ankle and knee crush against each other in a way that they’re not supposed to do! Sheamus tries to punch Triple H to break out but he cannot reach and in the end he realises that he needs to reach the ropes instead. He tries to roll over but he can’t and the ropes are tantalisingly out of his reach at the moment. Sheamus has now been in the hold for 30 seconds and he cannot last much longer as he desperately tries to edge to the ropes. Closer and closer they come as Triple H looks to apply more pressure as he tries to stop Sheamus getting there. Can Sheamus reach the ropes? He looks to be struggling now and the tap-out could be seconds away ... Sheamus makes one last attempt to reach the ropes and ...
... Sheamus gets there! He clutches the bottom rope still locked in the hold and still in agony. Triple H holds on as the referee threatens to disqualify him. The referee begins to count ... 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... 4 ... Triple H releases the hold in the nick of time and the referee is not happy. However, the Cerebral Assassin does not care as he looks at Sheamus who is struggling to stand on his right foot after the damage inflicted there. Sheamus, realising he is in danger of losing the first fall, rolls under the rope and hobbles around outside the ring out of the way for a moment. However, Triple H is soon out there too and stalking him around the outside of the ring with a glint in his eye. Suddenly, Sheamus manages to find a clothesline from somewhere that crashes Triple H down and he hits the back of his head on the barricades surrounding the ring. Sheamus gets back to his feet gingerly and – needing more time to recover – he painfully manages to rush over at Triple H as he gets to his feet ... Brogue Kick! Triple H crashes down to the floor and Sheamus has time to recover after the pain inflicted in the Figure Four. After catching his breath for a moment, Sheamus drags Triple H up and rolls him into the ring. He climbs onto the apron and as Triple H gets up, Sheamus slingshots over the top rope to hit a shoulder block ... Sheamus with the cover ...
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Sheamus is looking frustrated as he grabs Hunter and lifts him up for a powerslam back down to the mat. With Hunter rolling to his front, Sheamus grabs an exposed arm and pulls it back hard in a horrible looking Arm Bar. With a knee in the back of Triple H, Sheamus pulls back the left arm of Triple H and demands that he gives it up. However, there is no chance of that happening and Triple H, in pain, starts to edge to the ropes instead. As he gets closer, Sheamus breaks the hold himself and hits a stiff kick to the back of Hunter’s head and stands over him with a look of amusement on his face now. He thumps his chest again and stands over the Game looking out to the crowd with a smirk. Yet again though, Sheamus’ time wasting gets him in trouble as he is suddenly hit with a drop toe hold as he moves back in. Triple H jumps on his back and locks in a Cross Face submission hold and Sheamus is in trouble again here! Will he tap out this time?
Sheamus fights desperately to get out of the hold but Triple H has it locked in perfect so Sheamus has no option but to find another way out ... or to tap. Sheamus tries to use his powerful legs to roll himself over and begins to manage it ... suddenly, Triple H’s shoulders are down and the referee goes for the count ...
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Sheamus needs to find a way out of this and he tries the same trick again. This time, Triple H knows it is coming and he tries to keep Sheamus down on the mat. Sheamus manages to get his knees down on the mat and manages to roll over again ... another pinfall ...
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A quick War Sword shot from Sheamus sends Hunter spinning down to the mat to buy Sheamus more recovery time. As Hunter gets to his feet, Sheamus hits a clothesline that sends him over the top rope to the outside with a crash as he rolls into the announce table. Sheamus follows and he drives Triple H head first into the announce table top before returning the favour from earlier by running Triple H into the steel ring post. The referee remains lenient but stops Sheamus as he goes for a steel chair and threatens a disqualification. Sheamus pushes him away and picks up the steel chair before trying to go after Triple H. The referee waves his hands at Sheamus and repeats his earlier message and Sheamus heeds the warning and throws the chair down in temper. Sheamus argues with the referee and it allows Triple H time to recover as he kicks him in the gut on his turn round. Triple H then positions Sheamus and hits a PEDIGREE! Triple H with the Pedigree on the outside of the ring!
Triple H returns to the ring and the referee follows. The countout begins and this could be the end of Sheamus for the first fall. Hunter rests in the corner as the referee counts Sheamus out ...
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MICHAEL COLE: What is he playing at? He had Sheamus beaten there!
JERRY LAWLER: He wants to send a message to the Celtic Warrior, Cole, he wants to pin his shoulders down!
MICHAEL COLE: This could be a big mistake!
Triple H whips a bruised Sheamus into the ropes and hits a reverse elbow that sends Sheamus down to the mat again. Triple H has the first fall virtually won it seems and he hits the ropes again before hitting a stunning knee lift to Sheamus. Triple H looks around the arena and then taunts Sheamus with a DX ‘Suck it!’ taunt as his confidence grows. Triple H locks Sheamus head between his knees again and it is time for another Pedigree. He locks the arms up and prepares to hit the finisher ... Back Body Drop from Sheamus! Where did he find the energy to do that? The crowd are shocked and then Sheamus stands back and waits ... we know what is coming here ... BROGUE KICK! Sheamus with a Brogue Kick to Triple H! He goes for the cover ...
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The crowd erupt as Sheamus looks devastated in the ring and nearly begins to cry with frustration. He argues with the referee about the count but he won’t signal for the bell and Sheamus gets a determined look in his eyes. He grabs Hunter and lifts him up onto his back for the High Cross ... with Triple H gripped with his arms and resting on Sheamus’ back, the Celtic Warrior is set to drop him down on his back and shoulders. Suddenly, Triple H wriggles out and drops down behind Sheamus ... Kick to the gut from Triple H! Here he goes again ... PEDIGREE! Triple H hits the Pedigree!
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WINNER OF FALL 1: Triple H (17:32)
JUSTIN ROBERTS: The winner of the first fall ... TRIPLE H!
In the ring, the referee raises Triple H’s hand to indicate that the Game is now leading by one fall to zero. Triple H retains a focused look on his face as he prepares for the second fall ...
JUSTIN ROBERTS: There will now be a 1 minute break before the second fall, a Table Match.
JIM ROSS: What intensity we are seeing from these two men – this is only going to get worse from here on in as well. What a slobberknocker this is turning into!
JERRY LAWLER: How satisfying that must feel to Triple H though to see the referee’s hand count 3 after all the pain that Sheamus has caused him in the past year!
MICHAEL COLE: Can I remind you both that it is only one fall to Triple H? Sheamus was inches away from claiming the first fall and you know what? He has won Table matches in the past – he won his first WWE Championship when he put John Cena through a table. This match is not over!
JIM ROSS: Sure did, Michael, he sure did!
JERRY LAWLER: For once, I agree with you, Cole. Hang on a minute though, what is Hunter doing here?
Triple H has left the ring and is searching around on the floor for the sledgehammer. When he finds it, he lifts it up and heads back into the ring ready to for the second fall ... The camera focuses on the outside of the ring where several tables have appeared propped up against the barricades ready for the second fall of the match.
JERRY LAWLER: Second fall – no disqualification! I don’t like Sheamus’ chances right now!
‘3 STAGES OF HELL’ MATCH: SHEAMUS vs. TRIPLE H
FALL 2: TABLE MATCH
The bell rings and Triple H immediately heads over towards Sheamus who is propping himself up with the top rope after the Pedigree that put him down for the first fall. Both men have taken a beating already but they are now heading to hell as they look to survive the match and have their hand raised in victory. However, it is Sheamus who is suffering most ... and the sight of Triple H stood in front of him with a sledgehammer cannot be helpful. Triple H tells Sheamus clearly that there is now ‘no disqualification’ as he holds the hammer ready to destroy Sheamus. Sheamus holds his hands up and looks to be pleading with Triple H now as he eyes the hammer ... but Triple H is in no mood for forgiveness and he suddenly swings the hammer and drives the heavy, steel head right into the pale gut of Sheamus that reduces him to a whimpering mess in the corner of the ring. Hunter smirks and tosses the hammer out of the ring to the floor before heading out of the ring himself to loud cheers. He grabs one of the tables from ringside and slides it into the ring whilst the WWE Universe cheer him wildly.
Triple H looks round at the WWE Universe as he sets the table up in the centre of the ring. Sheamus is still down in the corner holding his gut and coughing; he looks finished here. Triple H looks like he is about to win the match 2-0 as he locks the table in place and then heads back over towards the Celtic Warrior. Sheamus is dragged to his feet and is on his knees in front of the Cerebral Assassin who tries to lift Sheamus up for a Powerslam through the table. Sheamus comes to his senses a little just in time though and he manages to force Triple H back before wriggling free and the pair begin trading big right hands again with the table behind Sheamus if Hunter can find a way to put him through it. Sheamus cannot hang for long with Triple H after the hammer shot he took recently and Hunter gets on top before whipping him into the ropes. As Sheamus heads off the ropes, Triple H looks to hit a spinebuster through the table but the Irish man fights back with desperate elbows to Triple H’s head and again manages to delay the fall. A drop kick to Triple H’s knee allows Sheamus to toss him through the rope to the outside before he flattens the table again and slides it out of the ring so it lands right in front of the announce table.
With Sheamus recovering, he manages to drag Triple H into a Powerslam when they are both back in the ring. More time for Sheamus to recover and get himself back into this match is earned when the Celtic Warrior hits another Brogue Kick. However, with no pinfalls, Sheamus needs the table if he is to capitalise on Triple H’s weakened state. Sheamus heads out of the ring as if he is going for the table but instead he picks up the chair he wanted to use earlier and heads back into the ring where he glares down at Triple H ready for revenge for the hammer to the stomach. Sheamus looks like a man possessed as he begins to slam the chair down into the back of Triple H over and over and over and over again. The referee tries to intervene but a threat from Sheamus sends the referee scuttling out of the ring and the beating to Hunter continues. Sheamus blasts the knees, the lower back, the shoulders of Triple H before dropping the chair which is now seriously bent out of shape. Sheamus lets out a yell of anguish before grabbing Triple H and tossing him out of the ring again. Hunter is in big trouble now and he lands on the floor hard before Sheamus follows him out. Triple H is driven into the barricades twice head first and there is a glazed look in the eyes of the Cerebral Assassin as he lies on the floor looking battered. Sheamus drags him up to his feet again and then up the rampway where the floor is made of steel. A scoop slam is hit on Triple H and he writhes in agony on the floor after the impact on the steel. Sheamus is going crazy though and he drags Hunter up again before running him hard and head first into the screens displaying the Survivor Series logo at the top of the stage. With Triple H in a crumpled heap, Sheamus heads off to locate a table and despite the jeers and boos, he is smiling for the first time since the early stages of the first fall. Sheamus sets up the table in the space between the stage and the crowd, a good six feet below the stage. The crowd realise what Sheamus is planning and an air of unease flows around the arena. With the table ready, Sheamus heads back to Triple H and lifts him onto his shoulders again setting up the High Cross. Triple H looks helpless as Sheamus focuses on the table six feet below his feet and plans to drop him onto and through the table. However, as Sheamus begins his run up, he stumbles with tiredness and ends up losing his footing. Triple H lands heavily on top of him and the two of them lay on the stage in exhaustion already ... and there are still two falls remaining!
JIM ROSS: By god almighty, Sheamus cannot hold himself up no more. These two men are really struggling here ...
Sheamus gets to his feet first but now Triple H is beginning to stir. He lifts Triple H up for a second time, again looking for the High Cross from the stage to the table below. However, this time, Triple H wriggles free and he pushes Sheamus hard off the edge of the stage. Unfortunately for Triple H, Sheamus manages to avoid the table but he lands hard on the concrete floor and both men are now down and struggling for recovery. In the end, Triple H manages to get to his feet first this time and he stalks after Sheamus with a limp and not moving freely no more. Triple H rams Sheamus’ head into the table and then begins the slow and arduous trek back to the ring. A few punches to the stomach of Sheamus keeps him following and Triple H rolls him into the ring. He sets up the Pedigree and the crowd roar their approval ... Can Triple H hit the Pedigree and seal the win? Yes, he can! Pedigree to Sheamus! The crowd are going mad now and Triple H just needs to find a table and set it up. He knows where there is one as well ... It is right in front of the announcers table. Triple H drops out of the ring to fetch it ... but it has gone!
JERRY LAWLER: Where has the table gone, JR?
JIM ROSS: I’ve no idea, King, it was there a moment ago!
Triple H looks around confused and then asks the referee if he has moved it. The referee shrugs his shoulders and shakes his head and Triple H is forced to head around the ring to locate a second table. However, this wastes time and Sheamus is now stirring in the ring. Noticing this, Triple H reaches into the ring and drags Sheamus out of the ring. He uses his shoulder to drive Sheamus back first into the ring apron and then looks underneath the ring trying to locate the missing table. Not there either. Instead, Hunter decides to use the announce table. He tosses Sheamus over the table as the announcers move out of their seats and take cover ... Triple H climbs up onto the table and drags Sheamus’ body up with him. It becomes clear that Triple H is planning to Pedigree Sheamus through the announce table to seal the victory instead. He sets up the big move ... but Sheamus fights out desperately swinging punches to Triple H’s midriff and legs. He manages to get out of Hunter’s reach and off the table where he reaches down and picks something off the floor. Sheamus swings his arm towards Triple H’s knee and knocks him down onto the top of the table clutching his knee in agony. We see that Sheamus is holding a steel pipe – he just smashed it into the knee of Triple H while he was stood on the announce table.
JERRY LAWLER: Where did the steel pipe appear from? It wasn’t there a second ago!
Sheamus throws the steel pipe under the ring out of the way and drags a table from under the ring. The crowd jeer as he does this – why didn’t Triple H see that table a moment ago? Something fishy is going on for sure! Sheamus sets the table up and then turns his attention to Triple H who is still rolling in pain clutching his knee on the announce table. Sheamus drags him up and onto his shoulders ... High Cross coming! Sheamus has Triple H on his back and he prepares to hit the finishing move ... with the table set up in front of him. The crowd rise to their feet as Sheamus breathes deeply ... Sheamus hits the HIGH CROSS!
***** SHEAMUS HAS PUT TRIPLE H THROUGH A TABLE! *****
WINNER: Sheamus (14:53)
JUSTIN ROBERTS: The winner of the second fall ... SHEAMUS!
Triple H is laid spark out amongst the wreckage of the wooden table that Sheamus has just driven him through. Sheamus gets to his feet slowly and smiles as he realises that he has just levelled the match up at one fall each. He looks up at the Cage and smirks ...
JUSTIN ROBERTS: There will now be a 1 minute break before the final fall, a Cage match!
Sheamus calculates and realises that the cage is now being brought down. With just a minute to recover, Sheamus decides that he needs to get Triple H in the ring so the cage can be fixed in place and he can get the third fall. However, Triple H is not moving. Sheamus ignores the protestations of the referee and drags Hunter out of the wooden wreck and rolls him under the bottom rope into the ring before following him. With Triple H inside the ring, Sheamus retreats to the other corner as the cage lowers into place.
JIM ROSS: Triple H is a beaten and battered mess, King, they need to stop this match.
JERRY LAWLER: I don’t know, JR, Triple H has been in matches like this before. But there is something not right about this match. Where did that steel pipe come from? How did that table disappear and then reappear?
MICHAEL COLE: JR, King ... This is what Triple H wanted. He made the match type a ‘3 Stages of Hell’ one. He knew that this could be what happened. There is no way that Sheamus should be denied his rightful victory here!
‘3 STAGES OF HELL’ MATCH: SHEAMUS vs. TRIPLE H
FALL 3: CAGE MATCH (ESCAPE ONLY)
With the table in place, the bell rings and Sheamus springs into action as he goes after Triple H who is still on the mat in pain after the pipe shot to his knee. The referee pleads with Sheamus to leave him for a moment but Sheamus ignores him and drives him head first into the turnbuckle three times. Sheamus looks down and considers the use of the hammer which is still in the ring or the chair which is also still in the ring. But calmly, Sheamus heads over to the opposite side of the ring and begins the slow climb out. Sheamus climbs the buckles and starts the hardest part – getting over the top. Sheamus is now facing a battle with himself and he is struggling to get over the top no matter how hard he tries. The fatigue he is facing must be incredible and it prevents him making the final push. However, one big effort follows and Sheamus manages to swing his leg over the top part and starts to pull himself up. He is looking set for a victory when all of a sudden his foot and lower legs is smashed with a steel chair ... Triple H is back on his feet! Sheamus desperately tries to get out of the cage but Triple H climbs to the middle rope and he grabs Sheamus’ leg and starts to pull him back slowly. Sheamus has to let gravity take control and his leg is dragged back over so he is stood on the top rope in a precarious situation. Triple H picks up the chair again and smashes Sheamus in the back once, twice, three times ... Sheamus can’t stay up and he falls off the top rope and lands with a crash on the ring apron.
Stunned at how he is managing this and wobbling on the knee where Sheamus struck him before, Triple H does the only thing he can do right now. He wearily lifts the chair up and smashes it down over Sheamus; over and over and over he crashes the bent, battered chair down over the Irish star until he collapses with fatigue as well. There are no pinfalls in this Cage Match and Triple H looks up at the steel cage wall with a look of terror. With the door in the corner, Triple H makes the irrational decision to try and climb out of the ring. He begins to slow ascent up the ropes and the cage wall which gives Sheamus time to recover a little and get to his knees. Sheamus looks up at Triple H and then sideways at the door. He beckons to the referee to open the door and he begins to unlock the door. However, Triple H is almost over the top of the cage when the door is being unlocked. Both men panic and head back towards each other and they fail to make it out of the cage this time. As Triple H jumps down from the top rope onto Sheamus, the two of them collapse in the corner. Triple H smashes right hands down on Sheamus but they don’t contain the force they normally do and they fall apart quickly ...
Both men are down for a while, keeping an eye on each other, but staying down and trying to recover themselves for one last, big effort. Triple H gets to his feet and mounts Sheamus in the corner where he pummels the Celtic Warrior again. However, Sheamus manages to lift Triple H up ... Powerbomb! What a huge move to hit right now! Sheamus finds a second wind and he drags his opponent up and rams him into all four sides of the steel cage shoulder first. Sheamus thumps his chest and poses for the crowd for a second before hitting the Irish Curse backbreaker to Triple H and then crawling for the door. That mini-flurry took a lot out of Sheamus too but he looks like he is going to make it as he gets to his feet ready to climb through the ropes as the door opens. But now, Triple H makes a recovery and finds his second wind as he rushes over and hits a forearm to Sheamus’ back. An Irish whip across the ring sends Sheamus hurtling into the turnbuckles and then Triple H heads over for Sheamus once more. He locks in the Figure Four Leg Lock for the second time and gives it everything he can despite the damage done to his knee. Sheamus taps out desperate to be released but there is no submission ... the only way to win is to escape the cage. Pain is etched over both men’s faces – Sheamus’ knee and ankle is under heavy pressure but Triple H’s knee is also bothering him. Sheamus cannot find a way to escape and he looks round in desperation ... then he spots the solution ...
Sheamus reaches out and manages to get his fingertips to the sledge hammer and edge it towards him out of view of Triple H. Concealing it until the last moment, Sheamus suddenly drives the head of the hammer into the chest and ribs of Hunter and manages to break clear of the Figure Four leaving both men down on the mat in pain. The crowd’s excitement lulls a little as both men lay prone and lifeless on the mat ...
JIM ROSS: Which of these men will get to his feet first?
JERRY LAWLER: Whichever one of them makes it, my money is on them to win it now!
Almost two minutes pass by with little sign of either man making it to his feet. However, they then both start to stir at about the same time and both wearily help themselves up using the ropes to keep their balance. Sheamus looks the stronger now but he attempts to rush over at Triple H ... and he is caught in a Facebreaker by the Game and ends up down on the mat again. Hunter looks around and moves the chair with his foot before dragging Sheamus up once more ... He sets up the Pedigree and positions himself and Sheamus over the steel chair on the mat. The crowd are willing Hunter to hit this move as it will mean almost certain victory! Triple H sets himself and then lifts Sheamus up ... Boom! Pedigree! Sheamus’ face is driven down onto the mat and the crowd are now going wild as Triple H slowly turns his attention to the cage door. He slowly crawls over and beckons for the door to be opened whilst there is no reaction at all from Sheamus who is out for the count with his head on the chair where he landed. Hunter pulls himself under the bottom rope and is now about to leave the cage as his head is out of the door. The crowd cheer louder as he heaves his way through and Sheamus is still not moving ... Hunter’s hands are now dragging him further out of the door when suddenly there is a commotion amongst the fans near the door. They are yelling and shouting and pointing when all of a sudden ... Bam! Triple H is smashed in the face again with a steel pipe. With his head exposed, Triple H slumps down on the mat knocked out ... and then we see who did it.
The little Irish troll who turned on DX at Cyber Sunday has crawled from under the ring and has smashed Triple H in the head again. It dawns on the WWE Universe and the announcers where the steel pipe came from earlier and how the table disappeared and then reappeared – Hornswoggle was under the ring through the match. Hornswoggle runs round to the other side of the ring and he rattles the cage and urges Sheamus to make his move. The Celtic Warrior is now stirring and he hears the advice of the little fella and starts to make his move. Pulling himself towards the door, Sheamus clambers over the unconscious Triple H, closer and closer ... and falls out of the door and down to the floor!
***** SHEAMUS HAS ESCAPED THE CAGE! *****
WINNER OF FALL 3: Sheamus (13:05)
JUSTIN ROBERTS: The winner of the third fall and the match ... SHEAMUS!
Boos echo around the arena as Hornswoggle rushes over to congratulate Sheamus on beating Triple H for the second straight time! As ‘Written in my face’ begins again, Sheamus looks amazed at himself for winning the match and he stumbles away to the ramp with Hornswoggle holding him up as best he can. However, Triple H remains lifeless with his head and shoulders slumped over the edge of the ring apron ...
JIM ROSS: Sheamus has won it, goddamnit! For the second month in a row, Sheamus has won thanks to that little troll, Hornswoggle!
MICHAEL COLE: Like I said before, it doesn’t matter how you win, JR, all that matters is that you do win! What a win for Sheamus!
JERRY LAWLER: Cole, all that matters is that you shut your mouth. Sheamus has cheated his way to victory in the last two months and you think that is OK?
EMT’s head out with concern on their faces as they reach the door of the cage where Triple H is still knocked cold. Sheamus is now smirking and Hornswoggle helps him to raise his hand in victory as he sits on the steel ramp watching the EMT’s tend to Triple H. The EMT’s ease Triple H out of the way so that the cage can be raised up and they can reach the Cerebral Assassin ...
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As we return from the WrestleMania 27 advert, Triple H is still being helped out of the ring onto a stretcher after his brutal match with Sheamus. The EMT’s continue to show signs of concern as the camera switches to the announce table where Jim Ross, Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler and Michael Cole are sat looking amazed at the match they just witnessed ...
JIM ROSS: WrestleMania 27 is still four months away but this does not look good for Triple H’s participation in that event ... By god, Sheamus should be ashamed of himself!
MICHAEL COLE: Do you think Triple H wouldn’t have done the same thing if he’d had the chance?
JERRY LAWLER: Cole, Triple H didn’t have a troll hidden under the ring from the very start did he? This was a calculated move on the part of Sheamus and I hope he gets what he deserves some time down the road ...
JIM ROSS: And the night is far from over, guys, we’ve still got two more huge championship matches to come from both RAW and SMACKDOWN!
JERRY LAWLER: This Survivor Series is going to go down in history, JR!
The camera switches to the General Manager office where Teddy Long is sat facing Shawn Michaels ... The two General Manager’s are displaying contrasting emotions with Long looking delighted whilst HBK looks incredibly annoyed with the way the evening is going ...
TEDDY LONG: Not having a good night, playa?
SHAWN MICHAELS: Not really, Teddy. First we have Edge turning his back on RAW and now we have Sheamus and that leprechaun thing screwing Hunter ... It’s not a good night so far.
TEDDY LONG: Well, playa, that’s how it goes sometimes. I’ve had my share of bad nights as General Manager, you know what I’m saying?
SHAWN MICHAELS: I guess so. I suppose you’re going to take me up on our bargain and take a RAW superstar away to SMACKDOWN as well?
TEDDY LONG: Playa, we had an agreement and I intend to stick with it ...
SHAWN MICHAELS: I understand, Teddy ... But Edge is going to pay big time when he gets back in four weeks.
Long chuckles as he listens to HBK who is dealing with major problems on his first night as General Manager of RAW in a pay-per-view. He looks thoughtful as he considers his options ...
SHAWN MICHAELS: So who is it going to be? Who is heading for SMACKDOWN?
TEDDY LONG: You know what, playa? I’m going to take a little time to consider that. We agreed that champions should be exempt ... so I’m going to wait and see what happens in the main event tonight.
SHAWN MICHAELS: Which means ... you want Randy Orton?
TEDDY LONG: It means that I want a little time to consider the situation, playa!
An EMT knocks and enters the room hurriedly. Both General Manager’s look up but it is the RAW one who the EMT is looking for here ...
EMT: Can we have a word, Mr. Michaels? It’s about Triple H ...
Michaels leaves the office to speak with the EMT whilst Teddy Long is left in the office musing about the decision he has to make in the near future ...
The cameras return to the ring where Tony Chimel is waiting to announce the next match of the evening ...
TONY CHIMEL: This match is set for one fall ... and it is for the Divas Championship! The diva who loses the match will leave SMACKDOWN to join RAW.
*** YOU’RE NOT ENOUGH FOR ME ***
TONY CHIMEL: Introducing first, the challenger, from Palatka, Florida ... MICHELLE McCOOL!
Michelle McCool struts out in her shiny, sexy outfit and heads for the ring looking confident of defeating her former best friend and taking back the Divas Championship. She swings her long legs up as she enters the ring before turning her attention to the stage as her music continues to play ... Using the same theme song, the champion appears next and heads out into the arena ...
TONY CHIMEL: Her opponent, from Miami, Florida, she is the Divas Champion ... LAYLA!
A determined Layla heads to the ring locking eyes with her opponent as she heads down the ramp. Layla enters the ring and then clambers the ropes to show herself off with her glittering outfit showing her at her best as well. The dark haired beauty holds the Divas Title belt up high and hands it over to the referee before the pair limber up in their corners ready for action.
DIVAS CHAMPIONSHIP: LAYLA vs. MICHELLE McCOOL
(Loser leaves SMACKDOWN)
The match begins with the two former best friends and Laycool members arguing in the middle of the ring. McCool towers over Layla and points her finger at her, jabbing her in the shoulder as she makes her point. Layla looks angered by this and she squares up to Michelle who pushes Layla down onto her backside. Layla looks a little embarrassed and composes herself before getting to her feet and walking calmly back to Michelle. McCool tells her to bring it on and Layla obliges with a hard slap to the face of her former partner. The crowd respond well to Layla’s slap and cheer her a little but Michelle is looking livid now. The tall blonde bombshell goes to slap Layla back but misses as she ducks and Layla delivers a well placed drop kick to McCool’s lower back that sends her sprawling over the ropes on her knees ... McCool is embarrassed and slides out of the ring whilst Layla waits in the ring, ready to defend her title.
Michelle takes her time before entering the ring again on her terms. She looks more focused now and as the match restarts, McCool hits a boot to the stomach of Layla and takes control. She hits several uppercut forearms to the face and jaw of Layla that stagger the Divas Champion back into the corner. An Irish whip across the ring sends Layla crashing into the turnbuckles before Michelle hits a clothesline to send Layla down to the mat. Michelle goes for the first cover of the match ...
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Michelle slaps Layla as she gets to her feet and continues to slap her in the back of the head as she continues her rise. Layla looks straight into McCool’s eyes and swings her arm back ready to strike but Michelle is too quick and hits another kick to the gut. She bounces Layla off the ropes and then lifts her high up in the air before letting her drop to the mat from a good eight or nine feet in the air. Layla hits the mat with a crash and McCool goes for another cover, this time hooking the leg ...
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* Another kick out from Layla *
McCool drags Layla up by the hair to the annoyance of the referee and looks in complete control of the match. Layla fights to free herself but Michelle sets her up for a Russian Leg Sweep and falls back to hit Layla down hard on the mat again. Michelle rolls over looking happy and thinking she has the match won ...
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* Layla refuses to stay down *
Michelle wraps her long legs around the hips of Layla and tightens them up to lock in an effective Body Scissors move. Layla is in pain here as McCool uses her legs to her advantage by applying the pressure. Michelle is looking for Layla to tap out but there is no chance of that right now as Layla fights the pain and stretches out for the ropes. It takes a couple of seconds but Layla reaches them and forces the referee to break the hold. McCool looks unworried though and she gets up and hits a Big Boot to a seated Layla at the ropes. Michelle goes for the pinfall again ...
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* Layla has her foot on the ropes *
Angered, Michelle McCool drags Layla into the middle of the ring and goes for another pinfall ...
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* Kick out from Layla *
McCool is looking a little frustrated now and she positions herself a few steps back ready to attack Layla when she gets up. McCool is ready to unleash her feet on Layla and as the champions gets up, McCool looks to hit a roundhouse kick to send Layla down. However, Layla ducks and surprises Michelle with a roll up pin ...
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* McCool reverses into a pin of her own *
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* Another reversal from Layla into a pin on Michelle *
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* Michelle kicks out *
Michelle is to her feet quickest and kicks out at Layla again on the mat to knock her back down to give Michelle chance to get her breath back. Michelle signals to the crowd that the match is over and she drags Layla up in the centre of the ring and positions her head between her knees. Hooking her arms, Layla is in deep trouble here as McCool is looking for the Wings of Love ... She lifts Layla upside down ready to drop her down on her face and front but as she does, Layla gets her feet down first and counters into a back body drop. Michelle is down on the mat for the first time in the match and Layla looks to respond. She mounts Michelle and slaps her hands wildly into McCool’s face with the WWE Universe getting behind her more and more. Layla steps back and waits for a second before hitting a spear to Michelle McCool that puts her down ... Has Layla got the challenger beat? She makes the cover ...
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A snapmare from Layla keeps Michelle down and Layla hits the ropes for leverage before dropping a leg over her challenger. With Michelle grounded, Layla looks to the top rope and realises that she has a chance to do something to successfully defend her title. Layla climbs the ropes and stands on the top turnbuckle looking down on Michelle McCool. She prepares herself and then launches off the top to drop a leg on Michelle McCool ... unfortunately for Layla, she misses as McCool shifts just in time. Instead, Layla lands on her perfect derriere and McCool looks to take advantage with a roundhouse kick to the fallen champion. Michelle fails to make the cover though and seems to want to end the match now. She picks Layla up and is ready to go for the Faithbreaker as she locks Layla up in the air ... Layla has nowhere to go now and Michelle is going to hit the big move ... Bam! FAITHBREAKER from Michelle McCool ... It’s over! Michelle makes the cover ...
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The WWE Universe cheer loudly for Layla as McCool looks around in shock and argues with the official over the count. Somehow Layla managed to kick out after getting hit with the Faithbreaker and Michelle McCool cannot believe it! McCool drags Layla up and whips her into the corner again before attempting a handspring back elbow to Layla ... However, Layla gets a boot up and hits Michelle in the back before dragging her back to her feet. Layla perches herself on the middle rope and locks McCool’s face up before somersaulting over and hitting a stunner like move to the challenger – the Face Lift! Layla takes her time to recover but slowly makes the cover to McCool ...
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Determined not to be denied, Layla gets to her feet quickly and looks to stomp Michelle in the midriff as she gets up. However, Michelle catches her foot and throws Layla down to the mat. As Layla gets back up, Michelle goes for another Faith Breaker but this time Layla counters and twists McCool round ... LAYOUT! Layla hits her version of the neckbreaker to Michelle McCool and makes the cover ...
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WINNER: Layla (7:21)
TONY CHIMEL: Here is your winner and still Divas Champion ... LAYLA!
Layla celebrates with the Divas Championship belt while Michelle McCool quickly exits the ring looking embarrassed. She looks up at Layla who holds the title high and shakes her head in frustration while Layla tells her from the ring that ‘she proved her wrong’ with a huge smile on her face. McCool turns and storms away up the ramp – heading for RAW now, of course – while Layla laughs in the ring and holds the title up high again ...
JIM ROSS: An impressive win for Layla and we get Michelle McCool heading for Monday Night RAW!
MICHAEL COLE: Fantastic win for Layla, she finally steps out of Michelle’s shadow and proves that she is a worthy Divas Champion!
JIM ROSS: Very worthy champion!
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Survivor Series returns with the music of an old favourite making a return to the WWE ...
With ‘Longhorn’ sounding through the arena, we have a second car of the evening making its way to the side of the stage. This time it is the white limo of JBL with the cow horns planted on the bonnet of the car as it slowly heads into the arena. A smart driver gets out and opens the back door of the limo and out steps the suited Texan with a huge smile on his face as he waves his cowboy hat in the air ...
JUSTIN ROBERTS: Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome ... JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD!
JBL heads to the ring with a smile on his face shaking hands with the privileged people in the aisle and at ringside before he enters the ring and takes a microphone. He receives boos and jeers from half of the crowd who remember his heel persona from a couple of years ago; however, there is also a positive reaction from many who are glad to see him back and appreciate what he has contributed in the past ...
JIM ROSS: The former World Champion, JBL, is here. I wonder what he wants!
MICHAEL COLE: My former announce colleague, my buddy is back here tonight!
JERRY LAWLER: Whatever he is here for, I can’t help but feel uneasy about it ... One thing is for sure though, he is here to brag about something!
JBL is stood in the middle of the ring and he begins to address the WWE Universe ...
JOHN ‘BRADSHAW’ LAYFIELD: For the first time since WrestleMania 25, you people have an opportunity to witness a living legend, the Wrestling God, the great J ... B ... L ... back here in the WWE ring ...
JBL holds his hands out and waves him cowboy hat in the air again as he receives another mixed reception ...
JOHN ‘BRADSHAW’ LAYFIELD: I am the longest running World Champion in SMACKDOWN history, I held that World Championship for ten months and defended it against all comers. J – B – L is one of the all time greats here in the WWE ... and he is here tonight to bring you an important announcement!
More mixed reception for JBL but he remains oblivious to any boos and jeers he is receiving as he struts around the ring ...
JOHN ‘BRADSHAW’ LAYFIELD: In four weeks time, the WWE presents the next pay-per-view, Vengeance. But the week after, there will be a monumental night in Sports Entertainment history. You people will get to see the great JBL return to the WWE to be a legend mentor for the new series of NXT!
JBL points to the titantron which is now showing an advert for the new series of NXT ... NXT ‘Endangered’ ...
JOHN ‘BRADSHAW’ LAYFIELD: Now, I have been told that there will be two legends mentoring the NXT participants. One of them is the Wrestling God, JBL ...
A ‘You Suck!’ chant is beginning to pick up pace as JBL continues to talk down to the people of Philadelphia ...
JOHN ‘BRADSHAW’ LAYFIELD: ... You know what? I would have thought that you people would be happy to see me here tonight. I am a success, I am a wealthy man, I am what none of you in this city are. I am a success ... unlike the Flyers ...
Heat for JBL ...
JOHN ‘BRADSHAW’ LAYFIELD: ... unlike the Eagles ...
More heat ...
JOHN ‘BRADSHAW’ LAYFIELD: ... and definitely not like the Phillies!
The ‘You Suck!’ chants are louder now and they are echoing around the Wachovia Center here in Philadelphia after JBL’s insults to the local sports teams. JBL continues now that he has gotten that off his chest ...
JOHN ‘BRADSHAW’ LAYFIELD: I am a success in everything I do. I was a successful wrestler, in a tag team and in singles competition. I was a successful commentator with my good friend, Michael Cole over there. I am an extremely successful businessman. And now I am going to be a successful NXT legendary mentor in the new series of NXT!
JBL points up at the NXT advert on the tron again before waving and smiling at the people around the ring.
JOHN ‘BRADSHAW’ LAYFIELD: My only worry is that the WWE will not be able to find another legend capable of mentoring the NXT competitors to the same standard as JBL. But, if that is the case, the WWE can rest assured that JBL will mentor them all! I can do this because I am the great JBL and I am a SUCCESS!
’Longhorn’ plays again as JBL takes his leave and exits the ring still smiling and waving as he leaves with the news about the third series of NXT still being digested ...
MICHAEL COLE: From what I understand, there are going to be two teams of four participants ... One of these teams will be mentored by JBL, the other four by another WWE legend. These eight participants will be current WWE superstars looking to save their careers. One thing is for sure, if JBL is involved, it’s going to be great!
JIM ROSS: Ladies and Gentlemen, we’ll be hearing more information in the run up to the start of the new series of NXT which will start the week after WWE Vengeance ... Speaking of Vengeance ...
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The Final PPV of 2010!
----- 4 WEEKS -----
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Survivor Series returns from the advert for Vengeance with cameras showing the ladders being set up in preparation for the World Championship Ladder Match that will follow next. A close up of Kane’s World Championship belt is shown as it hangs down from the rafters fifteen foot above the mat.
JIM ROSS: It’s time for the SMACKDOWN main event, Michael ...
MICHAEL COLE: Over the past few weeks, we have seen Matt Hardy and Christian battle their way through a tournament on SMACKDOWN to give someone who has never been the World Champion a shot at the gold. However, the final of this tournament was twice interrupted by Kane on Friday night ...
Highlights of Kane’s interruption and subsequent choke slams to both Matt Hardy and Christian are shown ...
MICHAEL COLE: Losing patience with the Big Red Monster, SMACKDOWN’s General Manager Teddy Long decided that he would defend the title against both Matt Hardy and Christian tonight ... and that he would defend it in a Ladder match, further punishing Kane for his interruptions.
JIM ROSS: Both of the challengers have been fighting for over 15 years here in the WWE, living their dream, trying to earn themselves an opportunity like this one tonight – can either Christian or Matt Hardy finally reach up and grab the brass ring?
JERRY LAWLER: Be careful, guys, be careful, don’t count Kane out. Ladder matches might not suit him but he is evil in the ring and the idea of Kane with a ladder as a weapon scares me!
MICHAEL COLE: And back in the summer of course, Kane managed to climb a ladder and win the SMACKDOWN Money in the Bank contract which he cashed in on Rey Mysterio that very night. And he hasn’t lost the title since that night!
*** LIVE FOR THE MOMENT ***
The crowd react positively as the rejuvenated Matt Hardy – fresh from a few weeks off to enter the tournament – heads to the ring looking ready to realise his dream. He walks under the ladders as he heads to the ring – disregarding the bad luck theories – and salutes the WWE Universe once he is in the ring ...
*** JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES ***
Christian looks around the arena for his Peeps and then heads for the ring looking determined to realise his dream as well. Once in the ring, he jumps onto the middle rope and again looks around the arena for his Peeps before slapping his chest and turning back to the ring. He nods to Matt Hardy – these two have got on well for many years but sentiment is out of the window tonight. For Matt Hardy and Christian, this is all business tonight!
*** MAN ON FIRE ***
The eerie red lights fall over the arena as Kane strides out amongst the flames and burning on the stage without the World Heavyweight Championship around his waist. Having defeated the likes of Undertaker, Kofi Kingston and Rey Mysterio during his title reign, Kane has no reason not to be confident as he heads into this match. In the ring, Kane sets off his exploding pyro in the corners before he looks up to his championship belt hanging high above him. He laughs to himself as he looks into the eyes of his challengers ...
TONY CHIMEL: Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the Ladder Match for the World Heavyweight Championship ... Introducing first, the challengers. First, from Cameron, North Carolina ... MATT HARDY!
Hardy salutes the WWE Universe whilst retaining a focused look ...
TONY CHIMEL: And ... from Toronto, Ontario, Canada ... CHRISTIAN!
Christian also acknowledges the ovation he receives from the WWE Universe with a few claps before the crowd begin to boo for the announcement of the champion ...
TONY CHIMEL: And the World Heavyweight Champion ... KANE!
Kane looks to both Christian and Matt Hardy as the boos and jeers reign down on him and then he looks up to the World Championship again as the officials and Tony Chimel exit the ring ...
JIM ROSS: No disqualifications, no submissions, countouts or pinfall ... the only way to win is to set up the ladder, climb it and retrieve the World Championship from high in the air ...
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP LADDER MATCH: KANE vs. CHRISTIAN vs. MATT HARDY
The match starts with the three men stood in different parts of the ring looking at their two opponents suspiciously, waiting for someone to make the first move. In the end, Hardy and Christian decide to both go after the Big Red Monster and they begin to work together to try to force Kane back with kicks and punches to the World Champion. Kane attempts to fight back but Hardy and Christian do force him back towards the ropes before a double clothesline sends him up and over to the floor to the cheers of the crowd. Christian immediately climbs the buckles and dives off at Kane to hit a diving plancha that sends him down to the floor again before Hardy pounces as Kane gets to his feet again and hits a Side Effect that crashes Kane down on the floor onto his back and out of the reckoning for a while. Hardy and Christian slap hands before sliding back into the ring and facing up to each other ready to go against each other now that they have quietened Kane down in the early going.
The two challengers for the World Championship lock up and they show how evenly matched they are with neither getting an obvious upper hand. In the end, Hardy shoots Christian to the ropes but he ducks under Matt and shoots him into the ropes instead before hitting a Flapjack to get the advantage. With Hardy face down and clambering towards the ropes, Christian baseball slides out of the ring and hits a hard uppercut to Hardy that sends him back into the centre of the ring. Perfect time for a pinfall but this is a Ladder Match and there are no pinfalls so Christian is forced into trying to further attack his opponent. Matt retaliates with a kick to the gut and then an elbow to the back of Christian’s neck before a neckbreaker takes Christian down to the mat and Hardy gets the cheers of the crowd. Hardy looks pleased with himself but fails to notice that Kane is stepping back into the ring behind him and he looks unhappy after the earlier double team. Kane grabs Hardy by the throat ... Choke Slam! Hardy is sprawled out on the mat after that and Kane turns his attention to the rising Christian ... Choke Slam to Christian now as well! Kane clearly means business tonight as he has choke slammed both his challengers to the mat in the early stages of the match ...
JIM ROSS: Oh my, Kane is looking dominant tonight!
MICHAEL COLE: Even when they’ve teamed up with each other, Hardy and Christian cannot put Kane away!
JERRY LAWLER: Don’t count Matt Hardy and Christian out yet, Kane has still to fetch, set up and climb a ladder ... and that is easier said than done!
Kane stands over the two challengers for a moment, taking in what he has done. He then exits the ring and goes to fetch the ladder for the first time in the match. Kane grabs one from the rampway area and carries it back towards the ring. He places it on the ring apron to slide it under the bottom rope but he is suddenly hit by a double drop kick from Hardy and Christian who hit the ladder and it crashes into the sternum of Kane. Hardy and Christian get to their feet quickly and they begin to trade punches before Hardy whips Christian into the corner. Hardy goes over looking for a clothesline in the corner but Christian counters with a Pendulum Kick before launching right hands at Hardy in the corner. Any friendship between the pair is now disappearing as they focus on the prize hanging above them – the World Heavyweight Championship. Whilst Christian is focused on Matt, Kane is sliding the ladder into the ring and then follows it in. With Christian only just noticing Kane and the ladder, he turns to confront Kane but the Big Red Monster simply throws the ladder at Christian and it smashes him hard in the chest and lands on top of him. Kane then scoops up Matt Hardy and hits a scoop slam onto the ladder which causes the crowd to groan and wince loudly as well as crushing Christian who is still below it. With Hardy and Christian down, Kane sets up the ladder and begins to climb it. Kane looks unsteady and unsure but makes slow progress up each step reaching for the gold belt hanging above him. Christian is alert though and he struggles his way up to the top tope and hits a missile drop kick to the ladder. The ladder wobbles and then crashes down into the ropes causing Kane to fall to the mat with a crash.
Christian straightens the ladder and begins to climb. He is a little quicker than Kane but he has taken some punishment already and he isn’t as quick as he could be. As Christian nears the belt, Matt Hardy appears below him and he grabs his legs and feet. Hardy is on the bottom rung trying to hold Christian back so the charismatic challenger sunset flips and crashes Hardy down on his back and shoulders. However, Christian also lands hard on the mat and takes a moment to recover. He begins to climb the ladder again and gets within stretching distance of the belt when a Big Boot to the ladder from Kane wobbles it violently and Christian loses his balance and lands on the mat. Kane realises that he needs to do more if he is to keep Hardy and Christian down on the mat for long enough to retain the belt and he props the ladder in the corner with a wicked look in his eye. He lifts Christian up onto his shoulder and runs him at the ladder – Christian hits the ladder with his head and collapses to the floor in pain. Kane goes for Hardy next and whips him into the ladder; Matt hits the ladder with his back and then falls through the ropes to the outside. Has Kane now done enough to climb the ladder and retrieve the belt?
JIM ROSS: Yet again, Kane has put the two challengers on their backs with just two moves.
JERRY LAWLER: But can he climb the ladder quick enough, JR? I don’t think he can!
MICHAEL COLE: Christian is moving, can he get there in time?
Kane begins to climb but again he makes slow progress and Christian manages to recover and drags him down by the leg. Kane lands awkward on the mat and Christian looks to hit a Killswitch to the champion but he can’t force Kane down. Kane fights out and then lifts Christian up in the air again ... Choke Slam! The third choke slam of the night and could this one be significant? Kane starts the long climb and is stretching up when Matt Hardy suddenly reappears with a steel chair in his hands. He swings hard and smashes the chair into the back of Kane who is hurt but stays on the ladder. Another chair shot fails to bring Kane off the ladder but Hardy goes for a huge third shot to the back and this time Kane falls off the ladder to the mat. Hardy stands the ladder up in the corner and looks at Kane laid out on the mat. He climbs up right to the top of the ladder using the ropes to help him, makes the Hardy pose whilst calling out ‘Ohhhhhhh!’ and then hits a leg drop from fifteen feet in the air to the World Champion. The crowd are going nuts now as Hardy looks to take advantage but Christian is bringing a second ladder into play from near the announce table. Noticing this, Hardy folds up his ladder and the two run at each other with the ladders ... CRASH! Both men collide and a mix of Matt Hardy, Christian and two ladders end up on the mat along with Kane.
All three men slowly make their way to their feet but the pain is beginning to show now. Hardy and Christian both pick up one end of the same ladder and then they hit Kane with a ladder clothesline to take the monster down again. Christian drops his end of the ladder and Hardy picks up the ladder completely. He moves towards Kane and drives the top of the ladder into the gut of Kane to stagger him further. Christian hooks Kane up for a second time but this time he hits ... KILLSWITCH! Hardy and Christian have taken Kane down again but Hardy fails to react quick enough as Christian springboards off the ropes and catches Matt unaware with a shoulder block. Christian sets up the ladder and begins to climb towards the championship belts glittering in the air. He gets closer and closer and his fingers touch the gold plate on the front of the belt as he gets within inches. Unfortunately for Christian, Kane is back on his feet though and he gets hold of Christian’s feet. He drags him down a couple of steps and then lifts him off the ladder and powerbombs Christian down to the mat with force. Christian is laid out and Kane knows he has a chance now. He starts his climb but he is denied when Hardy sneaks up with the steel chair and hits a low blow to Kane from below. Kane falls off the ladder in slow motion and Hardy shrugs his shoulders ... when you’re desperate to achieve your dream, you do whatever it takes!
JIM ROSS: What a chance this is for Matt Hardy!
MICHAEL COLE: This is a joke, JR, Hardy used the chair with a blatant low blow!
JIM ROSS: No disqualification, the chair shot is legal, Michael.
With Kane down from the low blow, Matt Hardy looks to keep him down. He drags Kane to his feet and sets up ... TWIST OF FATE! The crowd are cheering Hardy on now as he begins to climb the ladder. Like Christian before, Hardy gets a hand on the title belt but needs another step to unhook it. Christian gets up and he simply pushes the ladder over and Matt crashes into the ropes and down to the mat, his dream not coming true yet. Matt rolls under the bottom rope and Christian follows him out of the ring before ramming him head first into the steel ring post and then crashing him into the steel ring steps. With Matt out of it for the time being, Christian turns his attention to Kane. Noticing that Kane is getting up on the outside, Christian sets the ladder up again in the corner and climbs up before going for a diving plancha from the top of the ladder. As he is about to land on Kane though, the champion pulls his arm back and hits a magnificent uppercut that nearly snaps Christian in half as he comes off the ladder. Kane drags one of the ladders out with a look of annoyance now on his face and he props it against the ropes from the outside. Kane first drives Matt into the ladder face first, then Christian gets the same treatment. Kane holds his hand back waiting for someone to get up. Matt is first, Kane grabs him again ... CHOKE SLAM! Christian is also getting up ... CHOKE SLAM! Kane might just have sealed the win with a chokeslam to each challenger outside on the floor.
Kane heads back into the ring and sets up the other ladder. Neither Christian or Matt Hardy are moving outside as Kane begins the ascent to the title belt. He begins to try and unhook the title belt and it looks all over when ...
*** GONG ***
JERRY LAWLER: What the ... ?
MICHAEL COLE: Oh no!
JERRY LAWLER: Could it be ... could it be the Deadman?
Kane looks round is disbelief before the lights in the arena disappear and we are plunged into complete darkness. The crowd go wild as they cheer the sound of the Undertaker who has not been seen for a while ...
*** GONG ***
There is the sound of a whistling wind in the arena but nothing more for now. The lights return and Kane is stood in the ring, down from the ladder but he does not have the title belt. He is looking around fearfully and confused and trying to work out where the Undertaker is ... but there is no sign of the Deadman. Kane begins to climb the ladder again but now Hardy and Christian have had some recovery time and they are back in the ring. Between them, they halt Kane’s progress and they both slam him down to the mat with a double powerbomb from the ladder. Matt has learnt from earlier as well and he reacts quicker this time with a kick into the midriff of Christian before another TWIST OF FATE! The Matt Hardy fans in the arena are going wild now as Matt begins his climb to realise his dream. But it is not to be this time; Kane gets back up and denies him as he is touching the gold again. Kane climbs the opposite side of the ladder and they begin to trade right hands from either side of the ladder balancing precariously on the rungs ...
Suddenly, Christian is up with a drop kick to the ladder from the top rope. Kane and Matt Hardy again tumble down to the mat and the ladder falls over onto the body of Christian as he landed. All three men are down on the mat and struggling to get to their feet. First up, at the same time, are Matt and Christian – their dreams are burning in their eyes. They both grab one of the ladders and set them up side by side and begin to climb on the same side. Both are trying to knock the other one down with punches, pushes and kicks but neither man is ready to give in. Kane though can drag them down and he does so by dragging both men down at the same time with one leg. He drags a leg from each man and traps it in between the rungs so that both men are hanging a little, trapped in between the ladder rungs. Kane starts to climb on the opposite side as Matt and Christian desperately try to find an escape route from their trap. As Kane is reaching for the belt, Hardy and Christian escape and each man lifts the ladder with the bottom rung and tips it up and over ... Kane crashes down off the ladders and down onto his back on the mat.
JIM ROSS: Kane hits the mat, what impact that is!
MICHAEL COLE: This is the chance for Matt Hardy and Christian. If either one of them is going to win the World Title, they have to put the other down now, they have to take their chance!
JERRY LAWLER: Both men know it, Cole, they are fighting hard now!
Hardy and Christian look at each other with a clear look of ‘What do I have to do to win this?’ on their faces. Desperately, the pair trade punches again trying to get on top so that they can find a way to make the break up the ladder to the title. Both men begin to climb the ladder in front of them, still set up below the belt, fighting and clawing their way up rung by rung. The crowd are split, willing both men to reach the top ... suddenly, Hardy manages to knock Christian down with a hard punch that sends him spinning sideways. Christian’s ladder also falls over and Christian looks to get back to Hardy’s ladder ... However, Kane is there! Choke Slam! Christian is sprawled on the mat and Kane looks up at Hardy who is touching the title. The crowd go mad, willing Hardy to unhook the belt ... Can he do it?
No! Kane drags Hardy down a rung and then steps up onto the ladder. Hardy tries to fight but he also looking up at the belt. Big mistake! Kane grabs him by the throat and hits another choke slam ... this time from halfway up the ladder! Kane tosses Christian out of the ring through the ropes before turning to Hardy ... he drags him up and sets him up ... here it comes ... TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER! Kane uses the move of his brother to finish Hardy off ... here goes Kane ... up he climbs ... rung by rung by rung ... until ...
***** KANE HAS RETRIEVED THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BELT! *****
WINNER: Kane (23:39)
TONY CHIMEL: Here is your winner and still World Heavyweight Champion ... KANE!
Kane drops down to the mat and makes his way between the ladders and the fallen body of Matt Hardy towards the ropes. He is clutching the World Championship in his hands as he heads out of the ring with a look of relief across his face. Both challengers took him to the limit tonight, no doubt. Kane backs away as ‘Man on Fire’ plays and the eerie red lights appear to signal that Kane has managed to retain the World Championship on this night ...
MICHAEL COLE: A great effort from Hardy and Christian but Kane proves that he is still THE most dominant man on SMACKDOWN!
JERRY LAWLER: How many choke slams did Kane hit? Wow. And you know, he had to do it. He couldn’t put down Hardy and Christian any other way!
JIM ROSS: Kane remains the World Heavyweight Champion ... Can anyone stop him and take that title away from him?
MICHAEL COLE: Kane has destroyed the dreams of Matt Hardy and Christian tonight!
Kane is stood on the stage with the World Championship held high and he laughs out loud while Matt Hardy slowly exits the ring looking up at Kane with a look of despair on his face. In the ring, Christian is shaking his head as he rues a missed opportunity to win the big one ...
The cameras switch backstage where we see Nexus on a security camera huddled together in the locker room. Wade Barrett is clearly giving out the last minute orders to the other four men – Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, David Otunga and Skip Sheffield – all wearing black Nexus t-shirts. There is no sound but Nexus are clearly on the same page and determined to win gold for the first time tonight ... The camera then switches to another backstage area where Randy Orton is stood with the Hart Dynasty as they prepare to head out for the main event match for the WWE Championship. A red t-shirt appears and John Cena joins the other three ... he looks into the eyes of the WWE Champion Randy Orton and then the two shake hands as they look ready to go ...
MICHAEL COLE: It looks like the Nexus are ready, guys, like them or hate them, they are a very real threat to Randy Orton’s WWE Championship reign tonight.
JERRY LAWLER: That’s true, Cole, but it will be interesting tonight to see them when it is five on five instead of the usual tactics that Nexus employ ...
JIM ROSS: Sorry to interrupt, King, but I’m hearing that there is a problem backstage ... Let’s head over to Josh Matthews ...
The camera switches to Josh Matthews who is stood with a microphone with a worried look on his face ... the camera pans over and we see that there are several medical staff on their knees beside somebody laid face down on the concrete floor ... As the camera edges closer, we see that it is Ezekiel Jackson, the man who is supposed to be joining Orton, Cena and the Hart Dynasty for the main event match ...
JOSH MATTHEWS: Thanks guys, we’ve just found Ezekiel Jackson here backstage, it looks as if he has been attacked by someone. He is knocked out cold and the EMT’s are getting him ready to go to a local medical centre, it doesn’t look as if Ezekiel Jackson is going to be competing in the main event match tonight ...
The camera stays on the medical staff as they lift Big Zeke onto a stretcher and secure his neck. There is no movement from Jackson who has clearly been targeted by somebody ... The camera switches back to the announce table ...
JERRY LAWLER: What was I saying before? No prizes for guessing who has done that!
MICHAEL COLE: Lawler, you can’t go round saying things like that! What proof do you have?
JERRY LAWLER: Oh, shut up Cole, you don’t need any ...
JIM ROSS: Sorry to interrupt again, guys, but I am hearing that Randy Orton has been offered the chance to find another partner but has decided to go into the match in a five-on-four match instead.
JERRY LAWLER: Lots of guts from the WWE Champion there ...
MICHAEL COLE: Yeah, guts ... but no glory!
The bell rings and Justin Roberts is in the ring ready for the final match of the evening.
*** WE ARE ONE ***
Boos and whistles fill the arena as the yellow lights flash around the arena for the arrival of the group that has been terrorising John Cena and – more recently – Randy Orton since the summer. Wade Barrett leads his team out with each man wearing a black t-shirt with the yellow Nexus logo emblazoned on the front and the five of them head for the ring looking ready to add some gold to their collection. Barrett waves his men into the ring and they crowd into the centre with their Nexus armbands around their arms ... They all salute the crowd in the Nexus way before they start encouraging each other ready for the match ... Can Nexus win the match and win the WWE Championship for Wade Barrett tonight?
JIM ROSS: There is no doubt about it, these five men are in with a great chance of taking the WWE Championship away from Randy Orton tonight!
JERRY LAWLER: That’s true, JR, they will not stop at anything to get what they want. Nexus want the WWE Championship and if they win tonight, Wade Barrett will be the WWE Champion!
MICHAEL COLE: And in my opinion, that is exactly what will happen!
*** NEW FOUNDATION ***
The yellow and black lights of Nexus are replaced by the pink and black of the Hart Dynasty – son of WWE legend British Bulldog is David Hart-Smith and the last man to graduate from the fabled Hart wrestling legend, Tyson Kidd. The pair head for the ring without Natalya who remains in the back but they wait outside the ring looking up at the five Nexus members with a look of mis-trust after what has already happened to Ezekiel Jackson tonight ...
*** MY TIME IS NOW ***
The WWE Universe get to their feet for the arrival of the ‘Face of the WWE’ and the former WWE Champion, John Cena. However, tonight Cena is not defending his own title, he is defending it for one of his major rivals of the past few years. Cena salutes from the stage and then heads down the ramp quickly to the Hart Dynasty. He slaps hands with both Hart-Smith and Kidd and then they head into the ring sending Nexus scattering away towards the announce table whilst Cena completes his entrance. Cena throws his hat and his t-shirt out and then it is time for this man ...
*** VOICES ***
The WWE Champion heads out slowly and deliberately with the title belt over his shoulder and a look of focus in his eyes. He slowly heads to the ring as the crowd cheer him, gets into the ring and heads for the far corner. Holding the WWE Title high for the fans, he stares down at Wade Barrett on the outside and gives him a look of disdain ...
JIM ROSS: What do Team Orton need to do to retain the titles tonight, King?
JERRY LAWLER: They need to concentrate, JR, all the time. Nexus are great at finding the loopholes and snatching an advantage. Orton in particular needs to know what it happening at all times!
MICHAEL COLE: But, King, he has to trust his partners as well?
JERRY LAWLER: He does ... but can he? Whatever they say, none of them is as desperate as Orton is to win this match. It’s not their title. Orton has to be aware of what is going on at all times!
Justin Roberts is ready to introduce the participants in the main event as Nexus re-enter the ring opposite the depleted Team Orton ...
JUSTIN ROBERTS: Ladies and Gentlemen, this match, set for one fall, is a five on four tag team match for the WWE Championship. If Nexus win the match, Wade Barrett will be the new WWE Champion.
The crowd boo this announcement but Roberts continues ...
JUSTIN ROBERTS: Introducing first, the challenging team ... HEATH SLATER, DAVID OTUNGA, SKIP SHEFFIELD, JUSTIN GABRIEL and the team captain, WADE BARRETT ... the NEXUS!
More boos and jeers for the Nexus team as they raise their hands ...
JUSTIN ROBERTS: From St. Louis, Missouri, the WWE Champion ... RANDY ORTON!
Loud cheers for the WWE Champion ...
JUSTIN ROBERTS: And his team tonight ... DAVID HART-SMITH, TYSON KIDD .... THE HART DYNASTY! And ... JOHN CENA!
More cheers from the WWE Universe for the introduction of John Cena on Team Orton ...
WWE CHAMPIONSHIP: TEAM ORTON vs. NEXUS
Randy Orton is ready to start the match for Team Orton, desperate to protect his own title by starting the match. However, he isn’t going to get hold of his challenger in Wade Barrett as Nexus push Skip Sheffield forward to start the match for them. A loud ‘RKO! RKO!’ chant goes up as the WWE Universe get behind Orton and his team ... This is followed by a loud ‘Cena! Cena!’ chant as well and Orton glances at his team-mate before he locks up with the Cornfed Colossus that is Skip Sheffield. Orton gets control when he locks Sheffield into a headlock and then hits an inverted backbreaker to Skip over his own back ... The crowd cheer as Sheffield scrambles over to the Nexus corner and makes the tag to David Otunga instead. The ‘A-List’ enters the ring and rushes over at Orton but he is met with a stiff punch from the WWE Champion who then lifts Otunga up ... OLYMPIC SLAM! Has Orton won it straightaway?
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* Wade Barrett illegally breaks the pinfall up *
Barrett edges out of the ring with Orton staring a hole right through him, clearly unhappy with the illegal interference. In the meantime, Otunga tags in Heath Slater and he gets his chance to go after Orton. No deal, Heath, Orton sees him coming and hits a standing drop kick to send him straight back to the Nexus corner. Gabriel takes the tag this time and he enters more cautiously than the other three to take his time and find a weakness in Orton. As they circle each other, Barrett threatens to enter again and distracts Orton allowing Gabriel to hit a Spin Kick to the chest of Orton. More kicks follow from the South African before he springboards from the middle rope and hits a well placed crossbody to the champion. First pinfall of the match for Nexus ...
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* Orton kicks out *
Orton has survived the first attempt to take his title there but Gabriel is ready to knock him down again as he gets up with a Discus Elbow smash in the face. Orton though staggers but responds with a knee to the midriff of Gabriel as he comes towards him before hitting a belly to belly suplex to the delight of the crowd who are urging him on to defend his title tonight. Orton drops down to his front and slithers around the ring on his fists, waiting for a chance to hit the RKO ... Barrett is having none of it though and he enters and brawls with Orton towards the Team Orton corner of the ring. Orton is pushed back onto the ropes where Cena tags him on the back and enters the ring. Barrett retreats whilst Orton and Cena look into each other’s eyes. The champion doesn’t look sure and now his title is out of his hands and not under his own control. Cena tells Orton that it will be fine and he heads over towards Gabriel as the referee ushers Orton out of the ring. A shoulder hip toss from Cena takes Gabriel down before the usual shoulder blocks come out from Cena as he sends Gabriel spinning to the mat. A Five Knuckle Shuffle follows with Cena facing Barrett for the ‘You can’t see me!’ comment ...
MICHAEL COLE: Vintage John Cena!
Cena allows Gabriel to scramble to the Nexus corner when Barrett holds his hand out for the tag. Orton looks annoyed as Cena lets Gabriel get to the tag but Cena clearly has a score to settle with Wade Barrett. As Barrett comes in quickly, Cena lifts him up into the Attitude Adjustment immediately ... Panicking, Barrett wriggles clear and hits a forearm smash at Cena before tagging out again and letting Skip Sheffield take over. The crowd boo and jeer at the actions of Wade Barrett but he is not bothered at all ... he is going to do whatever it takes tonight to become the WWE Champion. He distracts Cena who is accusing him of being a coward and this allows Skip Sheffield to catch Cena unaware with a clothesline to the despair of Orton. An overhead belly to belly suplex follows and then a pinfall to Cena ...
JIM ROSS: Orton’s title is on the line here ...
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* Cena kicks out; Orton breathes easier! *
Skip Sheffield has put Cena down though now and in comes Wade Barrett with a tag. He waits for Cena to get to his feet and then hits a Big Boot to the side of Cena’s head. Another pinfall here for Nexus ...
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* Cena shoots a shoulder out *
As Barrett drags him up, Cena fires right hands at him and escapes. He hits the ropes and comes flying at Barrett but the challenger for the title catches him and hits a spinning side slam that shakes the ring with impact. Another pin, another threat to Orton’s title reign ...
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* Cena kicks out again *
The camera focuses on Orton who is looking agitated ...
JERRY LAWLER: What an awful position for Orton to be in tonight!
JIM ROSS: Orton is desperate to get in the ring, hit an RKO and get out of Survivor Series with the WWE Championship still around his waist!
Cena manages to take down Barrett with a drop toe hold and then he crawls to the corner and makes a tag but not to Orton ... Instead, here comes Tyson Kidd after Barrett and he is a ball of fire as he hits a multitude of kicks to the challenger from England. A roundhouse kick to Barrett as he drops to his knees and then a running drop kick off the ropes gives Kidd chance to tag in his partner, David Hart Smith. Hart Dynasty working together well and bringing their tag team specialism to the match now as Hart-Smith lifts Barrett up into a suplex ... he holds him up vertically and lets the blood run to Barrett’s head just as his father, the British Bulldog – ironically the hero of Barrett growing up – used to do. Hart Smith drops Barrett down with the vertical suplex and then covers him for the pin as he tries to defend Orton’s title ...
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* Barrett kicks out to the dismay of Orton *
Otunga stretches out and gets the tag from Barrett now and he comes in after David Hart Smith. Hart-Smith goes for a clothesline but Otunga ducks and hits a neckbreaker counter before whipping him into the corner. A clothesline in the corner from the A-Lister takes the former Tag Champion down before Otunga drags him up and hits another clothesline, this time with a short arm. Otunga covers Hart Smith, can he win the title for Barrett?
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* Kick out from David Hart Smith *
But it seems as if Nexus have decided who they are going to target as Otunga drags Hart Smith to their corner. A tag to Heath Slater follows and he rolls up the Hart Dynasty member into a schoolboy pin as he crashes down on his back and shoulders ...
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* Kick out again from Hart Smith *
A springboard clothesline from Slater takes him down again and the ‘One Man Rock Band’ now heads for the corner to climb to the top rope. He waits for Hart Smith to get to his feet and then dives off to deliver a missile drop kick to the chest ... Another pin from Heath Slater ...
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* Hart Smith just manages to escape again *
JIM ROSS: How close was that?
MICHAEL COLE: The Hart Dynasty shouldn’t even be in the main event, what have they done to deserve this?
JIM ROSS: Oh come on, Michael, they’ve been chosen by the WWE Champion, surely that counts for something?
MICHAEL COLE: The only reason they’re in this match is because of their friendship with Bret Hart ...
JERRY LAWLER: I don’t know about that, Cole, but David Hart Smith definitely needs a tag right now.
Orton is reaching out desperately trying to get the tag from David Hart Smith. However, Heath Slater has other ideas and he smashes Orton in the face and knocks him down off the apron to prevent it. Slater whips Hart Smith back into the buckle in the Nexus corner but fails to check what Orton is doing. Here comes the WWE Champion into the ring looking furious at Slater ... Otunga urges him to turn round quickly ... RKO! Randy Orton hits the RKO to Heath Slater ... In comes Otunga to attack Orton ... RKO! Orton is determined to protect his WWE Championship and he is pumped up completely. Barrett has some words for Orton over the RKO’s he has just hit ... Skip Sheffield clothesline to Randy Orton! Orton was distracted and Sheffield has pounced. He tosses Orton through the ropes to the floor outside and Orton hits his head on the barricades to slow him down for a moment ... Sheffield returns to the corner with the referee and now Barrett drops down and goes round after Orton unnoticed ... Barrett runs Orton into the steel steps and it is only when John Cena comes round that Barrett backs away. Cena tries to help Orton back to his corner as David Hart Smith finally makes the tag to Tyson Kidd.
Tyson goes after the floored Heath Slater as prevents him making the tag as the referee tries to restore some order. A kick to the chest and then to the back of Slater from Kidd keeps Slater away from the Nexus corner. As Slater gets up, Kidd hits a roundhouse kick before hitting the ropes again to hit a dropkick on the run. As Kidd jumps up though, a groggy Randy Orton tags himself in – Kidd looks annoyed for a second but then seems to understand as Orton goes after Heath Slater ... Slater tries to escape out of the ring but Orton catches him and drags him head first back through the ropes ... DDT! Orton has Slater down and out ... Goes for the pin ...
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* Wade Barrett kicks Randy Orton in the back to break the cover up *
Cue the start of absolute mayhem! Orton and Barrett are brawling and they both fall through the ropes and down to the floor near the announce table. Heath Slater is the legal man for the Nexus but is laid flat out on the floor as the Hart Dynasty and David Otunga and Skip Sheffield fight in the ring around him. Otunga and Sheffield clothesline the two members of the Dynasty over the top rope before following them outside ... The four of them brawl up the ramp leaving just Cena and Gabriel on the apron. Gabriel accepts a tag from Heath Slater before he enters the ring. Cena also enters and they go at it in the centre of the ring with Cena getting the upper hand. On the outside though, Barrett manages to drive Orton back into the steel ring post and takes control of their fight outside. The referee is waving his hands in desperation as he tries to keep control ... the legal men are Randy Orton and Heath Slater so the referee looks to get Orton back into the ring ...
JERRY LAWLER: It’s all kicking off now!
JIM ROSS: The referee needs to get control of this match, it is absolute chaos right now!
MICHAEL COLE: This is more beneficial to Nexus, they have the extra man after the attack on Jackson earlier tonight ...
On the stage, Kidd and Hart Smith are fighting back against the two Nexus team-mates, David Otunga and Skip Sheffield. With Sheffield down, Hart Smith lifts up David Otunga as Tyson Kidd backs away ... HART ATTACK ON THE STEEL STAGE! Otunga crashes down hard on his back knocked cold! However, Skip Sheffield is back up and grabs Tyson Kidd and smashes him hard into the screens where the entrance is. Hart Smith tries to stop him but a forearm smash from Skip staggers him again and allows the Nexus muscle to slam Kidd into the screens twice more before leaving him crumpled beside Otunga. Hart Smith comes at Sheffield again but he over powers him and lifts him up for a scoop slam on the stage ... then Sheffield seems to change his mind and he moves to the edge of the stage. Below him is a wooden table that was set up earlier in the night in the Triple H and Sheamus match! David Hart Smith cannot escape and Skip Sheffield slams him off the stage through the table to the floor! The crowd groan as Sheffield tends to his team mate in David Otunga ...
Back in the ring, things are heating up as Cena gets the better of Justin Gabriel and he lifts him up onto his shoulders. The crowd are cheering as Cena steadies himself before tossing Gabriel over with an Attitude Adjustment! Cena then locks Gabriel into the STF and the South African is in pain ...
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The crowd go wild as Gabriel taps out but the referee is waving and refusing to ring the bell. John Cena is not the legal man on Team Orton! Cena keeps the hold locked in and Barrett tries to leave Orton on the outside to rescue the South African ... but Orton grabs hold of him and slams him into the barricade instead. Both Orton and Barrett are down on the outside as Cena continues to pull at Gabriel refusing to let go ...
*** DOMINATION ***
Here comes Ezekiel Jackson! The crowd are going nuts as the Guyanan powerhouse heads to the ring to join his Team Orton mates in the battle against Nexus. Skip Sheffield looks to confront him but he pushes him down on his backside and continues to the ring. He gets into the ring where Gabriel is still tapping with Cena refusing to let go of the hold. Suddenly, Jackson runs over and hits a kick to the side of the head of John Cena ...
JIM ROSS: Wait a minute, what is going on?
JERRY LAWLER: This can’t be happening!
Jackson grabs Cena and scoop slams him down onto the mat with a look of intensity about him as the crowd realise what is happening here and boo the hell out of him. Ezekiel doesn’t care though and he smiles as he scoops up Cena again and hits another slam to the mat. He follows this up by lifting Cena into the Torture Rack submission hold and pulling on his neck and knees to stretch him out ... Cena is in pain as Jackson continues to apply the hold. Orton is back on his feet and realises what is happening and slides into the ring with a look of anger on his face. Jackson drops Cena and faces Orton for a moment ... he then swings a clothesline at Orton who ducks ... RKO! Orton takes down Ezekiel Jackson with an RKO! Orton’s eyes are showing dark desires now though and he strides back into the corner waiting for Big Zeke to get up a little ... the South American is on his knees, head out ... Orton goes for the punt to the skull but then Gabriel stops him and hits a back suplex to the WWE Champion. Gabriel and Orton are the legal men now and Gabriel goes for the cover ...
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* Randy Orton kicks out *
Orton survives another scare to his WWE Championship reign but Gabriel remains in control of the situation as he takes Orton down with a superkick to the chin. Gabriel looks at the top rope and the crowd know what is coming ... Gabriel climbs to the top and prepares himself ... Can he hit the 450 splash to the WWE Champion and win the title for Barrett? He spins round as he dives from the top rope ... but Orton moves and Gabriel crashes into the mat! Gabriel gets up slowly ... RKO! Orton hits the RKO again and goes for the cover ... Orton has defended his title!
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* Barrett drags Orton off a beaten Justin Gabriel! *
Barrett has caught Orton off guard here and he hits Wastelands to the WWE Champion. Unfortunately for him, he is not the legal man to pin Orton and the legal man is down and out after the recent RKO. The Hart Dynasty are still out in the stage area, Otunga and Sheffield are now back at the ring and waiting for a tag. Heath Slater is also on his feet in the corner and Barrett is joining them to make it four options for Gabriel if he can make it over ... Orton is laid on his back coming round from the Wastelands and a battered and bruised Cena is just about on his feet in the corner. Orton makes the tag to Cena at the same time as Gabriel tags in Skip Sheffield ... However, Orton is now dragged out of the ring by Barrett and slammed into the announce table hard. A clothesline from Skip Sheffield to a groggy John Cena gives him chance to win the title for Barrett here ...
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* Cena keeps fighting and kicks out *
Sheffield looks over at Barrett who nods his approval and urges him to keep going ... Sheffield lifts Cena up and hits a sidewalk slam to put him down again ... Another cover from Skip Sheffield ...
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* Cena kicks out again *
As Skip drags him up again, Cena starts to fight back to cheers and screams from the WWE Universe ... He hits shoulder blocks to Sheffield off the ropes and hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle for the second time tonight. The referee is standing guard to stop the Nexus illegally entering now as Cena climbs to the top rope ... he hits a leg drop to the back of the head of Skip Sheffield and then waits for him to get up. As soon as he does, Cena lifts Skip up for the Attitude Adjustment ... Can he hit it? Yes, he can! ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT. Cena pounces for the STF but the referee doesn’t look to see whether Sheffield is tapping out ... Instead, he indicates that Justin Gabriel has managed to get a blind tag to Sheffield as he landed from the Atttitude Adjustment ... Gabriel catches Cena with a kick to the side of the head before setting up and hitting another superkick, this time to Cena. Gabriel goes for the cover ...
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* Cena kicks out *
Gabriel looks around at the Nexus team for advice but Barrett has noticed that Orton is getting to his feet again ... Wade drops down to hurt Orton some more but the WWE Champion shows what he is made of and drives Barrett back into the ring apron. Shocked, Barrett walks right into Orton who lifts him up and high ... and drops him down on the announce table. It splinters in two as Barrett drops through it with the crowd going wild now! Otunga and Slater drop off the apron and they go after Orton again but Orton knows they are coming ... RKO to Otunga! RKO to Slater!
Back in the ring though, Justin Gabriel has dragged Cena to the corner and is climbing up for the 450 Splash again. Orton notices this and looks to slide into the ring to stop it ... unfortunately, he passes past Ezekiel Jackson who is back up on his feet and the South American domination machine smashes Orton with a clothesline. Gabriel looks over and sees that the Hart Dynasty are desperately trying to get to the ring to save Cena ... but Jackson meets them with clotheslines as well ... 450 SPLASH FROM JUSTIN GABRIEL! Cena is down and out, Gabriel makes the pin ...
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WINNER: Justin Gabriel for the Nexus (22:49)
TONY CHIMEL: Here are your winners ... JUSTIN GABRIEL, HEATH SLATER, DAVID OTUNGA, SKIP SHEFFIELD ... and the new WWE Champion ... WADE BARRETT!
Justin Gabriel stands over a fallen John Cena with a look of shocked amazement on his face as the crowd are stunned and ‘We are One’ plays in the arena. He has managed to pin John Cena cleanly for the first time in his career and he has won the WWE Championship for his Nexus leader, Wade Barrett. He looks over to Barrett who is still laid in the ruins of the announce table and couldn’t look any less like a WWE Champion right now ... but he is. Gabriel then switches his gaze over to the former champion, Randy Orton who is also stood outside the ring with his hands behind his head. Gabriel reacts strangely with a look of regret momentarily passing over his eyes ... Orton looks in shock as he sinks to his knees in disbelief ... Ezekiel Jackson is heading out of the arena up the ramp to a torrent of abuse from the crowd in the aisle but he doesn’t mind. The referee hands the WWE Championship to a semi-conscious Wade Barrett and he is helped to his feet by the other battered members of his team in Skip Sheffield, Heath Slater and David Otunga. They slowly make their way around the opposite side of the ring from Orton and start to head up the ramp ... Barrett regains himself and realises what has happened as Gabriel heads out of the ring towards them. He smirks and then lifts the WWE Championship high above his head for the whole world to see ... Wade Barrett is the WWE Champion!
JERRY LAWLER: I cannot believe what I have just seen! Wade Barrett is the WWE Champion?
JIM ROSS: You’re right, King, he is exactly that. Thanks to Justin Gabriel!
MICHAEL COLE: And a huge assist from Ezekiel Jackson!
JIM ROSS: Just before the match, we saw Ezekiel Jackson knocked out cold and unable to take part in this match ...
JERRY LAWLER: Which was obviously a very clever ruse on the part of Jackson and the Nexus. Why is Ezekiel helping Nexus?
JIM ROSS: No idea, King, but he has helped Wade Barrett become the WWE Champion. There’s going to be hell to pay tomorrow night on RAW!
Back in the ring, the Hart Dynasty are helping Cena to his feet after the 450 splash that put him down for Gabriel to pin. Cena glances over to Randy Orton who has just slid under the rope and into the ring with a real look of confusion in his eyes. Orton stares into Cena’s eyes and the ‘Face of the WWE’ looks back and mouths ‘I’m sorry, Randy’ before bowing his head in shame. Orton twists his head round and looks tormented ... Slowly, Orton slides out of the ring and he starts to head back out of the arena whilst Cena and the Hart Dynasty look towards him ... Orton is clearly upset about the defeat but what will his reaction be tomorrow night on Monday Night RAW?
But further up the ramp on the stage are Nexus ... Wade Barrett is stood with the WWE Championship held high and the other four members of Nexus around him. And in the background, Ezekiel Jackson is stood with a smile on his face ... Survivor Series fades out with a delighted Wade Barrett in focus with the WWE Championship in his hands before a furious looking Orton is shown staring up the ramp ...
********** END OF SHOW **********
Amazing show, GCB! It was tough but enjoyable to read, and I was thrilled every second of it. Once again your writing delivers, not only in speaking parts but match wise, you may well be the best match writer I have ever seen, and it showed in all of your matches.
The opening match was perfect, the best possible way to open the program. It set the tone for the program and worked very well. It showcased all of the talent and made all of them look tough. Edge walking out was very heelish, but this got him in serious trouble. But that match was awesome, can't stress it enough. Morrison was looking tough also, he really shined in this match. Punk was impressive to, but it's Punk so I'm not shocked.
The tag team match was solid, nothing great to write home about but good. In the end the right team got the win and I hope this is a signal that the Tag Division is making a return.
The Del Rio/Bourne match was also a pretty solid match, and Del Rio winning really establishes him as a heel. This could be a step to establishing the mid-card titles also, which is always good.
Now, onto one of my favorite matches of the night, 3 Stages of Hell. This match was well written. The first fall could rival any other match on the card for best of the night with just the drama involved in it! But it just doesn't end there - no, we have two more falls. Both men are already beaten down which is displayed accurately by their body movements, great selling and ring psychology there. They are destroying each other and they take the brawl all over the arena. They are giving a clinic on a hardcore brawl here, but how long can they last. And now tables are disappearing, I cal shenanigans, possibly by a Leprechaun. And Sheamus evens it up! The steel cage final fall is on! These two are in bad shape, but they still battle out. Both men look like they're going to escape at different times. And here we go, the Game is gonna win and - no! Hornswoggle is the guys behind the trickery, and Sheamus wins. Not the outcome I predicted, but I enjoyed it none-the-less! And The Gam could be out for awhile after this brutal match. So who is going to Smackdown...we won't find out tonight. Oh well. And it seems HHH is badly damaged!
Layla and Michelle. Solid match, pretty good for the divas. Layla wins and Michelle has new scenery, not much to say about it, but good choice.
JBL is back. And we get the set up for NXT! Cannot wait for it, sounds very interesting. Good promo by JBL who was unexpected and a welcomed surprise, can't wait to see the other mentor.
And co-main event time! This ladder match should be good - and it is! Plenty of spots to start, and no one man has the definitive upper-hand. Christian and Hardy are taking the brunt of the damage so far though, as Kane is showing his strength. This build has been equal, who knows who will win? This match is thrilling as you cannot tell who will pull it out - it looks like Kane! And here we go - GONG! That can only be one person, and we all know who it is. No appearance though. And we go back and forth - hardy almost has it, Kane almost has it, Christian, Hardy, and Kane - and Kane has it! Thrilling match as you never know who is going to win, a quality all of your matches have possessed at least somewhat tonight.
And main event - and uh-oh, Zeke is out. Nexus is scheming to win. And this match is kicked off with energy! We go back and forth for a good time, no signs of dominance from either side, but a great match indeed. And now all hell breaks loose. Zeke returns - what? Wasn't he being taking out earlier, I smell a swerve. And I'm right, he turns! Barrett through a table, Slater down, Otunga down, Hart Trilogy down! Cena can save this yet! But no, Gabriel with the advantage. Orton to save - no - the numbers are too much! Gabriel hits the 450! Cover and Gabriel wins the title for Barret by pinning Cena clean! Wow, I can barely believe it but it happened. Barrett wins the title while nearly unconscious! And an interesting exchange between Cena and Orton. Orton is rightly upset, and The nexus view ends it!
Great PPV, awesome, really awesome show, but you could expect no less. Nothing more I can really say, other than re-iterate what I have already said. Great job. I felt that the tag match and IC match could've been somewhat shorter, as to not drag every match out and give fans a break, but the show worked and I really cannot complain much at all, great show.
Layla and Michelle is solid
#1Peep's Survivor Series Review
I'll give you a live review for the show GCB; this could take a while! Nice opening video; really set the scene for an epic show. Opening the show with one of the main events, could have gone with the IC title maybe but you couldn't have all the major matches at the tail, would get the crowd hot as well. Daniel Bryan is out and the Miz is in. Nice way to get a name like him on the card, possibly set up an Edge/DB feud, which would be excellent. Big Show should keep his mouth shut but got across the point that RAW is looking unsteady, totally unsure who is going to win this one. Unusual way to bring out the competitors but that doesn't mean it is bad. Kind of cool actually. All the competitors are great in the ring, this should be a doozy, traditional Survivor Series matches are my favourites so I'm a little biased towards this one. Punk may be the X factor in this one. The GMs are watching, wonder if the winner will pick the superstar tonight or this week. Smackdown take control early here thanks to Edge and Punk looking good. HAHA, RAW's bickering causes Show to blast Miz with the KO punch and he is out. 5-4 to Smackdown early on. Another Morrison/Miz feud, I hope so! Edge's new pick did nothing at all. Ted taking it to the big man and Kofi is in the match. Kingston flies through the ropes after taking some damage from Teddy, good combo from Edge to take control. In the chaos (caused by Edge) Truth gets low blowed and is made to tap out! Smackdown goes 5-3 thanks to Swagger. Or is it? The referee doesn't see it and Edge takes out Swagger allowing Truth to hit his scissor kick, ankle?, and pin Swagger. You had me, tied up at 4-4. Nice fast paced action, Ted avoids the frog splash and Edge hits the SPEAR! RAW are now leading 4-3, Chavo is out. He didn't have much of an impact. Captain vs. captain now, Edge impressive indeed with a big boot to Show's skull. And a dropkick from the top as well! Punk takes control here and allows Kofi in to hit his finisher and eliminate Truth; Kofi continues his roll and it's even once more. OMG, BIG SHOW IS OUT. I can sense Edge is going to snap soon though as Morrison is still in the match. Christ this is good, such a good pace, counters, nice spots. Edge saves Teddy from a Kofi TiP, but is still able to hit the groggy millionaire with the SOS. It's now 2-2, business is about to pick up big time. Edge did walk out! But Morrison isn't out yet and eliminates Kofi... big shocker there. It's now down to two men, my money (and prediction) is still on Punk and Smackdown. Morrison is an absolute beast, kicking out of the GTS? Great drama here GCB. Punk impressive as well by powering out of a Morrison combination. Finally, Punk makes Morrison tap to earn the win. Overall, like how you employed some psychology in this match but there isn't much you can do, a match such as the SS tag match relies on spots as there are nine possible pins or submissions in one match. Made each member of the match look very strong, bar Chavo, with Kofi and Morrison looking especially good. Great match, had drama, great spots, I didn't know who would win until the final seconds. Also, this Morrison/Edge feud is far from over. I won't do a live thingo for the rest of the matches, just an overview. By the way, I'm now 1/1, but I'm sure the perfect record won't last long.
HBK is pissed and suspends Edge for four weeks. I see him coming back in time for the next PPV and interfere in Michael's or Morrison's business. Tag title match is up next, some match cards would be nice here to break up the text/matches. The champions take control early and easily, over powering Santino. Typical heel tag tactics for a large part of the match before Santino makes the hot tag and enters the ring, nothing special but it isn't bad by any means. Kozlov is taken down thanks to a double team and eventually makes the tag to Santino. Cody hits the Cross Rhodes after a cheap shot from Drew and the champions retain the gold. But no... Santino's leg is on the rope and the match continues. Dashing Dreams destroys their challengers and here comes the big man! Holy shit, Henry helps Santino to hit the Cobra and he and Vladimir have won the tag team titles! I don't know about the decision but we will see where you go with this, quite a long match also. Good match though, Drew and Cody could say they were screwed and another drama filled match, loving the show so far. Great, intense promo from Orton, possibly foreshadowing a feud between him and Cena in the future. The IC title match is next, dunno about ADR getting mic time, already a few people have spoken before each match, PPVs should be about wrestling. Another great match here and Del Rio looks great as he makes Bourne tap out to the armbreaker. Nice back and forth action, Bourne looking good but I think Del Rio should move onto another feud. Sweet little video to hype up Sheamus and Trippers. Sorry I'm only recapping my thought for the matches, only did first one in full as I love Survivor Series tag matches and it would just take way too long to do it for every match. Hope Horny goes through a table tonight...
Sheamus takes the early advantage. Trippers wins the first fall in impressive fashion with a pedigree. I bet Hornswoggle put out that steel pipe which allowed Sheamus to drop HHH through the table. It's all tied up now, anyone can win it. Holy shit, Hornswoggle smashed Trippers face in with a steel pipe and allows Sheamus to walk, more like fall, out of the cage. Brutal, entertaining match and I hope both men move away from this feud now. Really great match, Triple H had the match won but due to cheap tactics from the Irishmen, Sheamus was able to pick up the victory. Good explanation for Teddy not picking the superstar until this week's Smackdown (?). The divas are up next... zzzz. I will just read the winner for this one, Layla wins! This is good though as it allows McCool to go to RAW (first time in a very long time) and compete with the better Divas over there. Awesome, JBL is a mentor for nXt. The show could have been great in real life but they buggered it up, hope you have some decent rookies (not just well known indy stars), great pros (like JBL) and less silly contests (besides promos) and more matches and actual storylines, like they brought in for later seasons. Woah never mind I was a little premature. This new concept sounds very unique, could you explain it a little more in the lounge or general discussion? Incredible ladder match man, thought that Hardy had it won after the Undertakers gong sounded, but Kane retained once again. I expect him to drop the title very soon and have another final feud with Taker, maybe giving the strap to Punk or Show. Heart pounding match, would have been cool to see Christian or Hardy win the title but I think you did the right thing. Oh no, bad news for Orton as Zeke is out of the match; I expect someone to take his place later in the match, maybe. Woah, Cena was being dominated but managed to fight back and almost win the match, and Zeke is part of Nexus?! Cena is dominated again and gets pinned by Gabriel!!! Nexus wins and Barrett is the new champion! Cena was pinned; I see something coming of this. Awesome main event dude, just awesome. Cena was held down for most of the match and was eventually taken out by Gabriel, Orton won't be happy. I can see Gabriel turning to oppose the Nexus, as he is wary of his actions once again, with Zeke taking his place, but Nexus already has a powerhouse in Skip, so I dunno. Overall, AWESOME PPV, it had so much drama and a few important swerves as well as plenty of great matches a couple of great promos from JBL and Orton. I see you planning a Cena/Orton feud but I don't know how wise that is. Once again, you should be very proud, really good show GCB. Also, in the end I got 5/7, dunno why I picked Michelle? HAHA, anyways congrats on the show.
We could be here all night, but lets do this!
-Love the intro package. Really getting me amped for the show. Looks like we are starting off with Team Raw vs. Team SD. I love me some traditional Survivor Series matches. Edge is angry, can ya blame him. Goodbye Daniel Bryan. Didn't see that coming and his replacement is The Miz! Oh the irony. I can't believe I didn't pick up on Miz being off the show. Man the tension is just blistering on Raw's side. Makes me think they'll score the W. Great back and forth action, Morrison taking a beating but staying strong. Him and Miz getting into a scuffle, potential feud in the works? Pretty easy as the history is there. Time will tell I'd assume. Out goes Miz, just like that. Toodle loo. Could this lead to a cash in? More great action leading to an all out war. Swagger has Truth done, something dirty is going to go down here. There it is. Edge takes out Swagger to aid Truth. All even up. Chavo looking strong here. Frog splash MARKING OUT BRO! Aww and he misses, here comes Edge and there goes Chavo. Raw looking like they've put it together. Finally we get a showdown between the captains. Edge and Show put on some great back and forth action and in typical Big Show fashion, you can't keep him down. Loved that whole sequence there. R-Truth showing signs of life against Punker here and even manages to nearly get the win. He really needs a tag. Truth can't make and out he goes. Everyone has looked strong tonight thus far. That is impressive in these sort of matches. Props. Dibiase blindsides Show with the dropkick, Morrison nails Starship Pain, and Edge nails a huge spear. All of this to get rid of the big man. Damn. Kingston and Punk have their hands full. Edge and Kofi have a few rounds and now Morrison and Edge are in a war of worlds. Man Jomo could have his handsful with potential feuds with Edge and/or Miz. Here comes Teddy Boy, who has been a star tonight. Ted gets blindside due to the distraction from his own teammates, but Edge saves him. Another brawl and Kingston finally puts Ted away. Hell of a match from Teddy. Oh shit! Edge just f'd Jomo up. Guess that answers the question as to who is next for Morrison. My goodness he kicked out! Man Morrison is bringing it and just won't stay down. The determination of this young man and this is the makings for a huge push, it has to be. Morrison manages to take out Kingston, WOW! Morrison and Punk, final two..NIIIIICE! A quick GTS, that has to be it. NO!!! Morrison won't stay down damn it. Some more offense and now Morrison nails his trademark knee, but no Punk gets up. This match has been incredible. Another GTS, but this time a Anaconda Vice (MTFO). Morrison can't survive this can he? Nope. Hell of an effort from Morrison. SD now gets anyone from Raw, damn. Great fucking match GCB. Everyone looked good who needed to look good. Can't wait for what the future has in store for Morrison after this match.
-Nice little promo from Edge and HBK. Edge gone for four weeks, not too bad a punishment. Wondering if Edge gets the move to SD, though the feud with Jomo could branch into something big.
-Tag title match. I'm winded right now. No more live. That first match near killed me bro haha. Love the finish. You can never go wrong with bottom rope/3 count finish. Classic stuff. Mark Henry??!?!? Damn, costing Dashingly Sinister the titles. Though this allows you to branch them into singles guys so I understand the move.
-Great promo from Orton. He has to rely on others tonight to retain his title. Love the tease with Cena there as that has to be the focus later on tonight.
-Good prematch promo from ADR. The match between him and Bourne was even better. Bourne looked strong in a losing effort and I love that you are slowly building ADR up instead of thrusting him straight into the main event scene.
-Barrett hyping the main event. Good stuff, you have Barrett down to the t and I hope to see gold on him sooner or later.
-Here we go, Trips and Sheamus. This is going to be brutal. My goodness. The first fall was great, I can't even imagine how the next two could potentially be. Love the mind games with Triple H in fall two to allow Sheamus to even things up. Wow, what a cage match. Cage matches can be difficult, but you did a fabulous job bro. Loved the Horny involvement and the fact that the little bugger aint a joke. Good stuff. Good to see Sheamus win and I can't wait to see what is next for the Celtic Warrior.
-Teddy teasing it could be Orton or maybe even Barrett. And Triple H is in trouble? Wonder if this is a way to write him off the show.
-Divas match. One of them is a goner after tonight. Standard divas match. Good action and I'm glad to see Layla getting the nod and being put over in this situation. She needed it.
-Here comes JBL, interesting. Fantastic promo from JBL. He is a heat magnet and got it the cheap way and legitimately tonight. Good to see him back as a mentor on NXT. Looking forward to the other. Steamboat and Foley were the first guys that sprung to mind. Can't wait to see that.
-Ladder match time. Some great gimmicks, though a bit much. I don't like to see more than two unless it is a PPV name gimmick (Extreme Rules, TLC, etc..). I'll live though as this should be fantastic. And it was just that. Love the teasing of Taker. You never know when he'll return from the dead. My bet is at Royal Rumble. Hardy and Christian looked like they belonged tonight, but Kane's run is in need of continuing.
-And Team Orton will be one man down. I'm not worried I expect them to defy the odds.
-Here we go with the main event. This should be a doozy. Great action and here comes Zeke! What the? He turns on his teammates. This could be huge for Jackson to get himself in works for a feud with Cena or Orton down the line. That or he is now a Nexus member. This match was fast paced and just off the charts. Nexus wins and Barrett is now champ. I love the move as I mentioned above that I was hoping for Barrett to taste gold soon. Love the Zeke turn. It sets up some big things for the big man. He could really use a rub from Cena or Orton. Can't wait to see what goes down next after tonight.
-As always the show was fantastic. You are (in my eyes) the best book this writer on the site and most definitely have the best book this in terms of everything overall. Each week you continue to outdo yourself and this PPV was no doubt freaking incredible and well worth the hype.
As promised mentor, a review.
- The video was great and got things going. And got me going as well.
- We start with SD vs RAW which I think will be a great match. Bryan is gone!! I didn't see that coming. Never. And he's replaced by The Miz! It never struck my mind that Miz was off the PPV. Okay, RAW is all shaken up. I think that will get them the win. Morrison getting a hell of a beating but looking strong. Good job there. Miz shouting "Jannetty" could fuel a fued between the two... Oh my god! I can't believe this. Miz is gone!! Let's see how RAW can come back in the match. As expected, more heat for Edge. Everyone's looking strong here. Truth and Swagger was perfectly done. Swagger with cheap shot. Okay Edge saves it here. Chavo is booked awesomely and perfectly. Frog Splash@ and he misses! Good god! And finally its Captain vs Captain. Show can't be put down and that's a great way to book things. DiBiase is looking strong and I think he's in for a push. So much to take out Show and he's gone! SmackDown! is gone in my opinion. Oh no wait. DiBiase is gone and its two vs two. Great action in the middle and Edge spears JoMo!!! Unbelievable. A fued between Edge and JoMo is set up instantly. Morrison continues to impress and finally takes out Kofi "pain in the arse" Kingston. Punk with the GTS and its' over. God no! Another GTS and this time the Anaconda Vice. Morrison taps out. Punk is also in for a push. Great match with everyone given a chance to shine except for Miz. SmackDown! gets a pick and I'm dying to see who it is. Could possibly be Edge (oh no, he's got to fued with Morrison, right). Great match and sets the tone for the PPV.
-Good little promo from Edge and HBK. Edge gone for four weeks! Great suspension and that probably means he'll miss Vengeance.
-The tag match was awesome. I guess it could be the beginning of a good tag-divison. Great match, well written. Henry costing Rhodes/McIntyre the titles! Well, it could lead to a fued. But I have a feeling they'll split up and go on to something big.
-The Orton promo was a classic. Good tease between him and Cena.
-The Del Rio-Bourne match was greater than I expected it to be. Bourne looking strong with a loss. Could this be a main-event push for ADR?? We'll have to wait I guess?
-Wohoo. Time for 3 stages. The first fall was freaking awesome. The drama in the match was unmatchable. I don't know how they're going to go through the next two falls. Wow, Sheamus playing mindgames with the Cerebral Assasin!!? Sheamus wins the first fall as expected after HHH won the first. The cage match was well written which is very difficult to achieve. Horny is not something to take lightly, now Triple H understands. Hell I thought HHH was going to win this one. But no!! Great things coming for Sheamus, ha?
-Orton or Barrett to SmackDown!!! Are you serious bro? (Did I sound like Zack Ryder. Sorry if I did). That could be a huge move. Huge-huge move. HHH is out. Wonder if he's gone from your BT! (for a few months that is)
-Divas match was great for a divas match. Michelle is gone! Good win for Layla which will elevate her even more.
-Hmm. JBL promo was up to the mark and he's a mentor on NXT. Looks like the other mentor will be Mick Foley. That's just my guess (and also Theo's).
-Ladder match time. Could be a show stealer. Oh no. HHH-Sheamus was already one. But this lived up to the mark HHH and Sheamus set. Great drama in the match and loved the Taker tease. Wonder when's he coming back. Kane wins. I never expected that. Christian and Hardy looking gold in loss and Kane's title run continues. Good work.
-Team Orton is one down! Oh no!
-Main-event time and it was a great match. The Zeke turn was as unexpected as Michael Cole's WrestleMania win. Good job there. Probably sets up a fued with Orton and/or Cena in the future or is he a Nexus guy now?? Barrett winning was well done and I'm looking forward to a great title run.
-Overall, as usual a great show. Keep it up. You should have waited for the BT! Awards till SSe because this show certainly was better than your previous one.
I'll give the main points and things that I liked and disliked. Real simple, so lets get to the show shall we.
- The opening video package we really well done, something so simple can make the show ten times better. You can see why this is one of the better threads going, including simple stuff like a video package brings in the realism factor. You were able to describe well and it felt like something the WWE would put out for such a big show.
- The opening match was great, you had each guy get some air time and made the younger guys look good. Punk being the survivor was the right move, hopefully moving him on. I said it in a past review, Punk is a main event heel, use him like one. A great talent is at your hands and I loved that he won. You also made Morrison look like he belonged out their on PPV. Giving someone like Morrison time to shine can make a superstar for the thread. Good work once again.
- The backstage promo stuff just flowed well for me. You captured the characters really well, something which can be hard to do. Maybe Edge would have been a little more angry about being suspended, still a nice segment. When writing a PPV the backstage stuff is like the glue holding everything together. This is the point where people crumble and the PPV begins to suck. You had the promo and interview segment working well with the matches following. It all just moved from point A to B and so on. At no point was the show getting boring, everything had a purpose and you had to read it all.
- IC title match was good, from a mid card standpoint it had a job to do. You gave Del Rio time to shine as a champion and a win over a guy on PPV. Not much to say on the subject but it was a positive.
- Kane winning was the right move by far. Christian and Hardy have been given some air time but nobody is going stronger than Kane. He has been a dominate force in this thread (much like Justice) with nobody being able to stop him. Taker has to be the one to cost him the title. I don't know how you do it but Taker has to stop Kane. Nobody else is at a position to take down the champion. The ladder much was great, really loved it. The use of weapons and then finish. Nice work for a triple threat which can be hard to do.
- Main Event was fantastic, Zeke turning was predictable with him being taken out. I wonder why though. Saw it coming when he was hurt but it gave us something different. I'll say it now Cena getting pinned is screaming for a match with Orton. People may have just picked it up now but I have been calling it since Cyber Sunday or even before then. I can sense a slow build and then Orton is going to snap. He lost his title because of Cena, so they will meet at Mania. Great tag match, not to sure about Justin getting the pinfall however. Should have been Barrett after Justin did the work.
I have only one thing I didn't like about the PPV. While the three stages of hell match was great, exciting, full of twist and turns. Some things just didn't do it for me. Number one would be that Sheamus went over. This feud should have been finished off with Triple H getting the win and them both moving on. Nothing is left in the feud. Sheamus looks strong yes, but what now? Triple H only just came back from injury. Now he is hurt again.
Overall: Great PPV, the matches were written well and I enjoyed every minute of reading.
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