We hear Green Day playing, which can only mean one thing! It’s time to get SmackDown underway! The camera cuts to the ring, where we see a couple of barstools set up, along with the JeriTron 5000, for the Highlight Reel!
Chris Jericho’s music hits and he walks cockily down the ramp in his jacket. The crowd’s all over Jericho before he’s even made it to the ring.
(We get a video package of all the comments made by Jericho and Cena.)
Matthews: “What a way to open SmackDown—it’s the return of the Highlight Reel!”
Striker: “Hopefully we see these two come head-to-head now.”
Jericho grabs the microphone off the seat and sits down.
Jericho: “Welcome, all of you ungrateful tape worms to the return of the Highlight Reel. Tonight, I will welcome John Cena to the show. He’s been labelled the man of this company for the past couple of years. He had the biggest match of all time against Dwayne but couldn’t pull out the win. He couldn’t beat The Rock. He couldn’t take the spotlight away from The Rock. I did what John couldn’t—I took out The Rock!!!
In the biggest match of all time, everyone was talking about the return of the best in the world at everything he does…..me—Chris Jericho. I came back to the WWE to prove that I am what I say I am. The WWE needs me. It can’t stand on its own two feet without help from the attitude era. John Cena is the prototype of what is wrong with the WWE. All muscle, but no skill or brains!!
I know you have the heart, John, but I’m just plain better than you. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome, the Hulk Hogan of today’s WWE, John Cena!!!!”
John Cena’s music now hits as he walks out and walks down the ramp fast, as the boo’s come down upon him almost as much as Jericho. He slides in to the ring, picks up his microphone and gets right in Jericho’s face.
Cena: “Listen Chris, I’m done talking. You embarrassed me at WrestleMania and you embarrassed me last week, when you cost me my match against Ziggler. I’m also done being the guy that you complain about. I’m no longer the guy who does all the press work, talks to the media, grants wishes and signs autographs. I’m done with that, I did that for 7 years and all they did was boo me and they still boo me now and I do nothing.
I’m all about me now, but you’re right about one thing—I am THE MAN around here. Why do you think I got all the press work, the media talks, the movies, commercials, magazines, championships and you didn’t? It’s because I’m better than you. I look better, I talk better, and I wrestle better.
I’ve carried this company since 2005. When did you carry the company, Chris? Never! That’s right because no one has ever had the faith in you because you just don’t cut it. You can come out here and talk about how you beat the Rock and Stone Cold in one night, but would anyone ever put you ahead of those two? No.
Would anyone ever put you above the man you say I am, Hulk Hogan? No, they wouldn’t, because you have never been the man, Chris. You always fell behind, whether it was The Rock, Steve Austin, Triple H, Undertaker, Kurt Angle, Brock Lesnar, Shawn Michaels or Mankind. Hell, even when the WWE started liking your type of guys, like Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit, you were never picked to carry the company.
You say you’re the best in the world and that I can’t touch you. Well, last time we met I beat you for the World Title at Survivor Series on my comeback match from injury, the time before that you were fired from the WWE. Don’t start with me Chris, because this time… I’ll finish you for good!!!”
Jericho: “See John, that’s your problem. You’re looking to the past and not seeing the future and all your future is, is obscurity. You won’t get the better of me this time around, because I’ve learnt from my mistakes and will not be letting some paper corporate champion embarrass me again.
I’ll do to you what I did to The Rock. You want a match John? You want to take on the best in the world? You have your damn match at No Mercy but you say you want to finish it for good? Next week, if you beat my handpicked opponent then you can pick the stipulation for our match. If not, then I get to choose.”
Cena: “Why wait till No Mercy, how about I kick your ass right here right now?”
The crowd pops loudly as Cena takes off his shirt, Jericho throws down his jacket.
Matthews: “Whoa, here we go Matt! After weeks of talking, this is it!”
Jericho: “C’mon Cena do it. Hit me. I’ll destroy you, just like I did to The Rock.”
Suddenly Michael Cole appears on the ramp with security.
Cole: “John, Chris, don’t do it. Don’t either of you move a muscle!! I don’t want either of you to risk ruining your big match up at No Mercy!
Chris, as one of our newest recruits here on SmackDown, I will not let you risk your safety. I’m going to give you the rest of the night off, but I’ll have to ask you to leave the arena immediately. Security, please escort Chris out of the arena and don’t let him back in.
As for you John, you have a match later tonight against SmackDown’s newest draft pick. He’s the Russian Mauler—Vladimir Kozlov!”
Jericho is escorted out of the building as Cena looks confused and annoyed.
Striker: “That’s a smart move by Cole to prevent any physical interaction between these two men before No Mercy! He’s also pulled off quite a coup by drafting the dangerous Kozlov to SmackDown!”
Matthews: “The SmackDown roster should be looking over their shoulders. Kozlov is a loose cannon and he could turn up any place, any time and take someone out!”