Fantasy WWE: Friday Night SmackDown (5/25-6/22)

Will OwenCorrespondent IJune 25, 2012

Fantasy WWE: Friday Night SmackDown (5/25-6/22)

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    Hey Bleacher Report! Now that WWE Raw is completely caught up, it's SmackDown's turn to catch up. Rather than taking up all of the WWE Preview/Predictions section of Bleacher Report, I instead put all five missing episodes in one simple slideshow here.

    And as usual, please leave a comment with a rating from 1-10 (1 being awful and 10 being amazing) and your thoughts. Please leave an individual rating for each of the five weeks this time for our ratings war. 

    Some of the best episodes of SmackDown will be found in this slideshow, titles will switch hands, pay-per-view matches will be decided on.

    Interested? Then start reading!

Week 1: Part 1 (Promo, Match 1, Promo)

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    Welcome to Friday Night SmackDown. No Mercy saw a brutal No Holds Barred match between Chris Jericho and John Cena, a physical battle over the Light Heavyweight Championship and one of the best tag team matches in recent WWE history. Bryan Danielson also proved that he is truly the best in the world by overcoming CM Punk in a ladder match for the WWE Title. 

    With the next PPV, Money in the Bank, just four weeks away, how will SmackDown shape up heading into the summer? There’s only one way to find out as we head to the arena, where the show is going to start with SmackDown GM, Michael Cole!

     

    In-ring segment with GM Michael Cole 

    Michael Cole’s music hits and he’s greeted with a mixed reaction from the live crowd. 

    Matthews: “Welcome everyone to another edition of Friday Night SmackDown, where we’ll go over the fall-out from No Mercy and look towards WWE’s annual Money in the Bank PPV!” 

    Striker: “I can’t wait Josh. In just four weeks, one WWE superstar will climb a ladder and take home a guaranteed world title shot!” 

    The camera pans to the ring, as Cole has picked up a microphone. 

    Cole: “May I have everyone’s attention please?” 

    The crowd boo’s after Cole says that, but there are a few "Yes" chants! 

    Cole: “I’ve got a few issues to address whilst I’m out here, starting with last week’s PPV. Sunday night’s No Mercy PPV was such a huge success thanks to all the fans who turned out at the arena and watched at home. You’re the ones who make SmackDown the No.1 brand in the WWE, so thank you for choosing us over Raw! 

    Next, we need to address the divas situation. As you all know there’s only one championship for the Divas, so Vince McMahon and I have signed a deal allowing the Divas to appear on both brands. That means that our Divas, the best in the WWE, can now compete for the Divas Championship!” 

    Striker: “That deal for the Divas will give a huge boost to the girls on SmackDown, who will be looking to show that they’re the best in the company. One way to do that is to become Divas Champion!” 

    Cole: “The main issue on hand is WWE’s next pay-per-view, Money in the Bank, which is in five weeks. Now, I like to innovate things, to get ahead of the competition in order to make SmackDown the No.1 brand in sports entertainment. How many times have you fans seen qualifying matches week after week until the pay-per-view? Every single time! Well, not this time. 

    In five weeks, we’ve got the go-home show for Money in the Bank. That night, we’re going to have ourselves a little Money-Making 3 Hour edition of Friday Night SmackDown in which all the participants will be chosen and championships will be on the line! It’s going to be the most exciting episode of Friday Night SmackDown ever!

    This has never been done before, but we’re making a statement to prove once and for all that SmackDown is the leader in sports entertainment and the best brand in the WWE. How do you like that one Vince? You’ve got NO CHANCE IN HELL of keeping your job!” 

    Cole drops the microphone and walks to out to cheers. 

    Matthews: “What a wonderful way to start off SmackDown. I can’t wait to for that 3 hour show. We’ll find out our Money in the Bank qualifiers and every title on SmackDown will be on the line.” 

     

    The Miz vs. Brodus Clay 

    Brodus comes out first to a little heat from the crowd, as he yells and points towards the MitB sign. 

    Striker: “Hopefully Brodus can get back to being the destructive force that he used to be on NXT.” 

    The Miz’ music hits now and he is out to some real heat as he storms down the ring now. 

    Matthews: “Miz doesn’t look happy after his loss at No Mercy to Ziggler.” 

    Both men are now in the ring as the Miz laughs and points at Brodus, who snaps as the referee signals for the bell, and Clay charges straight at Miz. Miz uses his agility to avoid contact. Brodus isn’t so lucky though, and he gets stunned after hitting the turnbuckle. Miz quickly goes for a roll up but can’t seem to pull Brodus down as he holds on to the ropes. Clay grabs Miz by the throat and lifts him up to his feet, delivering a blow to his stomach before thrusting him face-first into the turnbuckle.

    Clay grabs Miz, spins him round and nails a head-butt to Miz’s abdomen. The force is so strong that Miz falls into the corner. Clay Irish whips Miz to the other corner and hits a big splash on him. Miz falls to the mat. Clay quickly covers Miz...1…2...KICK OUT!! 

    Striker: “I wouldn’t want to be the one who has to face Brodus when he can use a ladder as a weapon.”

    Clay hits Miz with another head-butt and throws him into the ropes. Miz bounces straight back out into a huge clothesline. Clay smiles to the crowd. He’s enjoying this! Clay gives Miz a nice elbow drop to keep him on the canvas. Brodus bounces off the ropes and goes to hit a splash, but Miz gets his knees up just in time to counter

    With both men down, the ref starts a 10 count. 1...2...3...4…5…6 Miz starts to stir, but Clay isn’t far behind him as both men get back to their feet. They both charge at one another and Clay goes for a clothesline, but Miz ducks and nails Brodus in the face with a flying elbow. He quickly covers him. 1...2...KICK OUT!!

    Miz stands up and connects with a boot to the head. He goes for another, but it’s countered. Clay catches Miz with an elbow to the top of his head. With Miz stunned, Brodus looks like he’s setting up for an Oklahoma power-slam. Instead, he walks around the ring with Miz high above his head, showing his brute strength.

    Matthews "It’s so easy for Brodus. It looks like he's not even breaking a sweat." 

    Clay starts to run forward but Miz wriggles his way out of Clays' hold. He slips behind him and pushes Clay into the ropes. Clay stumbles backwards, and the Miz catches him into a skull crushing finale and hits it. Miz quickly pulls the leg up and covers Brodus - 1…2...3! 

    Winner: The Miz (Match Time – 4:51) 

    Matthews: “That was a very important win for The Miz. He needed to get back on track after his loss to Dolph Ziggler.” 

    Striker: “Ladies and gentlemen, coming up next, we’re going to hear from the WWE Champion, Bryan Danielson!” 

     

    In-ring promo with Bryan Danielson

    We come back from commercial as the reigning WWE Champion, Bryan Danielson, makes his way out to the ring, holding the title high and smirking at the crowd! With a mic in his hand, Danielson addresses the audience, who are all over him! 

    Danielson: “Last Sunday at No Mercy, I proved once again why there’s nobody who’s better than me in this world.

    Punk stacked the odds against me, but class rises to the top and I retained my championship! Punk couldn’t get the job done. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve beaten him consistently, so it’s about time that the walking, bearded tattoo parlor got his ass to the back of the line and I got a new challenger.

    Michael Cole, I won’t be wrestling tonight after going through that ladder match on Sunday, but you need to sort out who’s going to be the next contender for my WWE title!” 

    Cole appears on the Titantron. 

    Cole: “Danielson, I’m glad you mentioned that. You see, there’s a few people in line for your title. Dolph Ziggler, Chris Jericho, John Cena and even CM Punk could ALL be in line for a title shot. I like to innovate when it comes to SmackDown, so here’s another first for you. In four weeks time, at Money in the Bank, you’ll defend your WWE Championship in a match that we’ve rarely seen here in the WWE?” 

    Danielson: “Oh yeah Cole, what’s that? A wrestling match?” 

    Cole: “Funnily enough Danielson, yes! Your next title defense will be in a fatal-4-way elimination match! Your opponents will be……. John Cena (mixed reaction), Chris Jericho (solid boo’s) and a man you know very well… CM PUNK!!!” 

    The crowd explodes with news of Cole’s announcement. 

    Danielson: “You know what Cole, that doesn’t even bother me. Cena, Jericho and Punk are all good at running their mouths. I’ll just keep doing what I do best and that’s being the best wrestler in the world. It doesn’t matter who you put against me, the fact is that there’s no one man in this company that can beat me for this title!” 

    With that Danielson leaves the ring as the camera pans to ringside. 

    Matthews: “Wow, GM Michael Cole is on fire tonight, making announcements and decisions with serious consequences for all of our superstars!” 

    Striker: “That’s why he’s in charge Josh. I’m glad I don’t have that responsibility.” 

    Matthews: “Ladies and gentlemen, you might have heard Michael Cole mention John Cena and Chris Jericho there. Both of those men went through a hellacious No Holds Barred match last Sunday and the WWE doctors have refused to clear John Cena to wrestle here tonight. John Cena’s injuries are so bad that he hasn’t even made it to the arena. We understand that we’ll be hearing from the winner of that contest, Chris Jericho, a little later this evening.”

Week 1: Part 2 (Match 2, Promo, Match 3)

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    Tag-Team Match (Air Boom vs Jack Swagger & Ezekiel Jackson)

    We kick off this match with the Tag Team Champions, Air Boom, making their way to the ring. Kofi and Evan look pumped up for this after their successful title defense at No Mercy! Their opponents, Jack Swagger & Ezekiel Jackson, come out next. 

    Matthews: “We understand that this team of Jackson & Swagger has been put together as a test for the current tag-team champions, while their opponents from No Mercy get the night off!” 

    Striker: “That’s the disadvantage of being champions sometimes Josh, especially when you’ve got a General Manager like ours!” 

    As they get into the ring, they start arguing about who’s going to start this match with Evan Bourne. Eventually, they decide that Big Zeke will start off with Evan Bourne. Both men lock up in the middle of the ring, and DiBiase uses his strength to shove Bourne away. As Bourne gets back up, he runs at Zeke and tries to go for a clothesline, but it doesn’t have any affect.

    Bourne tries again, but this time big Zeke meets him and knocks him inside out with a monstrous clothesline of his own. 

    Matthews: “I don’t think it was a wise choice for Evan to start this match Matt!”  

    Bourne staggers to his feet, but Zeke picks him up and bodyslams him hard down to the mat. Evan looks out of it already. Kofi tries to get his tag partner back in it, but Zeke drags him over towards Swagger and tags him in.

    Swagger immediately goes to work on Evan’s back and cinches in a backbreaker. He picks Bourne up and press-slams him to the outside before turning to Kofi and making a gesture as if to say he’s going to snap him in half. Kofi tries to get in the ring, but the referee tries to get between the two. 

    With the ref distracted, Big Zeke picks Bourne up on the outside and slams him back first into the ringpost, before rolling him back in the ring. Swagger immediately goes on the attack and stretches Evan, burying his knee deep in his back. The ref asks Evan if he wants to quit, but he says no.

    Swagger toys with Evan, prodding at him with his feet as Bourne sells the damage to his back. He picks Evan up and whips him off the ropes. He goes for a backdrop, but Evan kicks him in the chest! Bourne runs off the ropes, but Swagger catches him with a big boot! Bourne’s down on the mat again. 

    Swagger signals for the Swagger Bomb and sets Evan up, but as Jack lifts Bourne up, somehow Evan manages to counter it into a hurricanrana! With both men down, Kofi gets the crowd hyped and they help Evan to make the tag.

    Kofi springboards into the ring and connects with a flying clothesline. He runs over to Swagger’s corner and dropkicks Jackson off the apron! Back in the ring, Kofi chops Swagger down three times and gets the crowd ready for the Boom Drop!! 

    BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! As Kofi’s going to do the leg-drop, Big Zeke sneaks in behind him and lifts him into the Torture Rack! The ref stars his five count. 1…2… As Evan tries to come in to stop it, Swagger catches him and takes him out with a shoulder-breaker before locking in the Ankle Lock! With the tag champs both in different submission holds, the ref has no choice but to ring the bell for a DQ.  

     

    Winners by DQ: Air Boom (Match Time - 8:43)

    After the referee rings the bell, Swagger & Jackson keep the holds applied until WWE officials come out and eventually, they break their submission holds and look down at the fallen champions, laughing at them. 

    As the referees and officials check on the champs, Curt Hawkins & Tyler Reks make their way to the top of the stage. With Swagger & Jackson walking towards them, it looks like both teams could brawl. Instead, they get face-to-face and start smiling. Swagger & Jackson then turn around at the top of the ramp and raise the hands of Curt Hawkins & Tyler Reks! 

    Matthews: “I don’t believe this. Swagger & Jackson have done a job on the tag-team champions here for Hawkins & Reks!!”

    Striker: “It pays to have friends like Swagger & Jackson. Two big, strong, powerful guys that have move sets littered with submission holds. Air Boom might have the titles now, but I don’t think they’ll have them for much longer!”

     

    In-ring promo with Richie Steamboat 

    Richie Steamboat walks out, with the Light Heavyweight Championship round his waist, to a HUGE pop. He’s all smiles and soaks in the adulation of the crowd as he makes his way down the ramp and into the ring. He picks up a mic and laughs. 

    Richie: “Now that I'm the NEW Light Heavyweight Champion, the celebration begins and it begins now!” 

    The fans chant Richie's name. 

    Richie: “I want to thank each and every one of you who believed in me and who thought that I could become champion. There’s a bright future for this division and this belt. My next title defense at a PPV will be against Zack Ryder at Money in the Bank!” 

    Now chants of Ryder ring out from the crowd 

    Richie: “I’m going to be the best Light Heavyweight Champion that I can be, and you saw a preview of that last Sunday at No Mercy! Christian says he gives 100 percent, and he’s been the best LHC champ ever. It wasn’t enough to beat me on Sunday, and when it came down to it, I walked out as champion! But somebody had to come out and spoil the party. Yeah, I’m talking about you Yoshi Tatsu!” 

    The crowd instantly jeers his name. 

    Richie: “He came out and sent me crashing down on his return when I should’ve been celebrating. He came out and made a statement at my expense. Well Yoshi, you just earned yourself a whole lot of pain my friend! Get your ass out here and face me man-to-man!” 

    He motions for him to come to the ring. No one comes. Richie picks up the mic again. 

    Richie: “If you won’t come out here, then I guess I’ll just have to come and find you!” 

    He throws the mic to the floor and just as he leaves the ring, Christian’s music hits! 

    Matthews: “It’s Christian! What's he doing here?” 

    Striker: “The champ called for Tatsu but instead, he got Christian!” 

    Christian walks to the ring, selling his injuries from No Mercy, and he’s followed by Heath Slater. The two draw a lot of heat from the crowd as they both stare down Richie and get into the ring. 

    Christian: “You think you can just move on to Ryder? I got news for ya, champ! I’ve got an automatic rematch clause in my contract, so don’t think you’re done with me yet! Sunday was a fluke and you know it!” 

    Christian turns round to Slater and hands him the mic. 

    Slater: “I should be your No. 1 contender Steamboat, but instead [I stand] here with nothing. No belt, no future title shot, nothing. Last Sunday at No Mercy, the Long Island Cheese, Zack Ryder, cheated to beat me! I had the match won, but no! Ryder’s buddy Michael Cole had to come out and cheat me out of my title shot. I’m not putting up with this crap any more. In fact, I…” 

    Slater is cut off mid-sentence, as Zack Ryder storms to the ring. 

    Ryder: “I cheated? Me?! When you 'won', you used brass knucks to cheat! Cole made the right decision to restart the match, and I deserved to beat you. You’re just a sore loser and a jobbing lackey to a mid-card nobody!” 

    Zack drops the mic and squares up to Heath. Heath shoves Ryder but before anything else happens, Michael Cole appears at the top of the ramp. 

    Cole: “Gentlemen, I can see you are STILL at odds over the belt and No. 1 contender-ship, despite the results at No Mercy, so tonight, we’ll have another tag team match, but with a BIG twist, where the winners take all. If Heath and Christian win, then whoever gets the pinfall for his team becomes champion and his partner becomes No. 1 contender.

    However, if Heath and Christian lose, neither of them will get a Light Heavyweight Championship shot for as long as Richie is champion!” 

    With that, Cole goes backstage, leaving all four men staring at each other in the ring. 

     

    Cody Rhodes v Jeff Hardy 

    First in to a negative reaction is former Intercontinental Champion, Cody Rhodes. He laughs and turns round on the spot before striding down to the ring, taunting the fans. Out next is Jeff Hardy. Hardy calmly steps out onto the ramp and looks around at all the fans.

    He throws both hands in the air as two pyros go off, and he heads to the ring, eyes fixed on Rhodes. 

    Jeff Hardy starts by taking down Rhodes with a spear! He follows up with punch after punch to the head of Cody. The ref eventually pulls Hardy off Rhodes. Cody climbs to his feet in the corner, and Hardy runs at him landing a dropkick, but Rhodes is straight back up to his feet, only to receive several kicks to the gut from Hardy.

    He then hits a huge DDT and points to the fans. The crowd goes nuts for Hardy. He drags Rhodes to his feet and starts to hit his mid-section with lefts and rights. Cody tries to fight back, only to end up being sent flying into the turnbuckle. 

    Matthews: “Jeff Hardy has been in complete control so far.” 

    Striker: “Rhodes has looked out of it, but you never know how things will go. Cody’s very talented and this match could still go either way!” 

    Hardy leaps straight onto the top rope. Rhodes sees him and runs at Hardy trying to send him off, but Hardy leaps and connects with a crossbody! Hardy climbs back to the top rope with Rhodes down and lands a flying legdrop and goes for the cover! 1...2...KICK OUT! 

    Hardy goes to the top rope and taunts Rhodes. He sets up for the Swanton bomb, but Cody gets to his feet and the two of them exchange blows on the top rope! Hardy gets the upper hand and sends Rhodes crashing to the mat. Hardy leaps off the top rope going for the Swanton Bomb, but Rhodes rolls out the way!

    With both men down, the ref begins a count of 10. At the count of 4, Hardy and Rhodes both get to their feet. Cody runs at Jeff, but he’s run into an arm-drag by the Charismatic Enigma! 

    Matthews: “It looks like Cody’s got no answer to the rainbow-haired warrior tonight!” 

    Rhodes gets back up to his feet, only to be sent down by a clothesline from Hardy. Jeff starts taunting Cody and looks to springboard off the ropes, but Cody counters into the Beautiful Disaster! Both men are down, but Rhodes gets to his feet at a count of six.

    He taunts Hardy calling for him to get to his feet! Hardy does and Rhodes tries for Cross-Rhodes, but Jeff reverses into a Twist of Fate! 

    Both men are down again only for Hardy to jump straight to his feet. Climbing the top rope, he readies himself for the Swanton, but Rhodes lifts up his knees again, meaning Jeff has crashed and burned for the second time in the match!

    Hardy staggers to his feet as Cody uses the ropes to stand up. He grabs Hardy and connects with Cross-Rhodes! Rhodes follows up with a cover - 1...2...3! 

     

    Winner: Cody Rhodes (Match Time - 7:31) 

    Rhodes rolls out the ring clutching his head. He is all smiles though as he walks up the ramp celebrating. Hardy looks frustrated as he watches Cody celebrating his victory.

Week 1: Part 3 (Promo, Match 4, Promo)

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    Chris Jericho promo 

    We get a video package of Chris Jericho’s assault on John Cena at No Mercy when we hear “Break the Walls Down” blasting out of the PA system. Jericho appears on stage and smirks at the fans as he makes his way to the ring with a mic in hand. 

    Jericho: “Did you see that? All of Cena’s talk, all of his crap, it wasn’t enough to stop me from handing him the biggest ass-kicking of his life at No Mercy. He couldn’t touch me. That’s why I’m the best in the world at everything I do. Let me make one thing perfectly clear to all you sycophants and wannabes in this arena. I DON’T NEED YOU. YOU NEED ME. Without me, John Cena would be running this show. 

    Well guess what, I came back to make a statement, and I think I’ve made it pretty clear. I told Cena that a revolution was coming, and now you all know that. There’s a brand new revolution coming your way and you’ve got no idea what’s about to hit the WWE.

    This revolution will dominate the entire landscape of this brand and this company, and it’s started with me. 

    And tonight, there’s one more unfortunate wrestler who’s going to feel what Cena felt, and his name is Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler might be a show-off, but without me, this show is nothing. Once again, in tonight’s main-event, I’ll show why I’m untouchable, inside the ring and out of it.

    The revolution continues tonight and Dolph Ziggler will be the next casualty!” 

    With that, Jericho drops the mic and leaves the ring. 

    Matthews: “Matt, what the hell is Jericho talking about? He’s talking in riddles. A revolution? What revolution?” 

    Striker: “Josh, if I knew the answer to that, I’d tell you. Jericho has always been an innovator. While we don’t know what he’s talking about right now, I’ve got a funny feeling that it won’t be long until we find out!” 

    Matthews: “Ladies and gentlemen, coming next, we’re going to have that HUGE tag-team match where it’s winner takes all in the Light Heavyweight Division. Who’ll come out on top? We’ll find out, NEXT!”

     

    Richie Steamboat & Zack Ryder vs Christian & Heath Slater (Winner takes all match) 

    The team of Richie and Zack are in first to a decent pop. They slap the hands of all the fans on both sides before diving into the ring. In next are Christian and Heath Slater who are both instantly boo'ed as they taunt the fans and warm up on the way down to the ring. 

    Zack and Christian start off the match. Christian immediately sends Ryder into the turnbuckle and runs at him. Ryder lifts up a leg and connects with Christian’s face. He staggers back and tags in Slater, who runs straight at Ryder, spearing him to the floor.

    Christian unleashes shots to the Ryder’s head as he’s on the mat before the referee pulls them apart. Heath pushes the ref out of the way and continues the onslaught until he’s pulled off again. Slater bounces off the ropes and connects with a legdrop. He grabs Ryder and drags him towards his corner.

    Slater then tags in Christian and the two of them lift up Ryder and set him up on the ropes. They shake the ropes with Ryder on them! After the ref reaches a four-count, Christian pulls Ryder off the ropes. 

    Matthews: “This match has been ALL Slater and Christian so far. We could see a new champ crowned again tonight if Richie can’t get into the ring!” 

    Christian tags Heath back in and they double team Ryder, whipping him off the ropes and flap-jacking him onto the top rope. They both taunt the crowd as Richie looks on from the side. The two lift up Ryder again and send him face down into the mat. Heath tags Christian back in. 

    Striker: “Well they’re working well together as a team so far. Richie could lose his belt here without doing a thing!” 

    Matthews: “That's true Matt.” 

    The crowd starts booing as they see Yoshi Tatsu making his way to ringside to the announce desk. Tatsu puts on a headset and takes a seat. 

    Striker: “Yoshi, how do you explain your actions at No Mercy?” 

    Tatsu: “Matt, all the time I’ve been away from SmackDown, I’ve been practicing, planning and thinking. I wanted to pick my spot when I came back and wait until I could make a statement. It’s just a shame for Steamboat that I’ve chosen to make my return right now!” 

    In the ring, Slater is taunting Richie. He throws his arms out and yells at Richie. He turns his attention back to Ryder and locks in a rear chin lock in the center of the ring!

    Ryder is struggling but can't find the ropes.

    Richie has had enough though. He climbs into the ring and kicks Slater’s head so that he releases the hold and gets back out of the ring. Slater gets to his feet and tags in Christian. Christian kicks Ryder in the gut a few times and then stands in the corner. 

    Striker: “He's looking to wrap up the LHC belt now. Its Kill-Switch time!” 

    Tatsu: “But is Christian brave enough and clever enough to pull this off?” 

    Christian waits as Ryder gets to his feet. Christian turns Ryder around, but Zack breaks free and hits a neckbreaker! Both men are down! 

    Matthews: “Ryder needs to make a tag for his team to have any chance of winning. He’s taken a LOT of punishment from Slater and Christian though!” 

    Christian is slowly getting to his feet while Ryder is still down. The crowd is chanting a mixture of “Let’s Go Ryder” and “We Want Richie!” Ryder crawls over to his corner as Christian struggles to his feet and he manages to tag in Richie! Richie jumps straight into the ring only to be sent crashing down by a huge dropkick from Christian.

    Richie is down and Christian is clutching his leg. Richie uses the ropes to get to his feet, and Christian staggers back up. Richie lands an enziguiri on Christian and heads to the top rope. Slater tries to pull Richie off only to be sent crashing from the apron!

    As Christian gets back to his feet, Richie jumps from the top and connects with a crossbody! Richie follows up with a pin! 1…2…KICK OUT! Somehow, the former champ kicks out! 

    Striker: “Richie nearly had the match won there! That was close!” 

    Tatsu: “Yes, but he didn't and that's all that matters. If that was me, I would have ended this contest there and then!” 

    Richie looks towards Tatsu at the announce table and they glare at each other. With Richie distracted, Christian stumbles to his feet. As Richie turns round, Christian tries for a Kill-Switch, but Steamboat breaks free!

    Christian sends Richie into the turnbuckle and runs at him, but Steamboat moves out of the way. Richie tries a monkey flip, only to be kicked in the head by Christian.

    With Richie down in the middle of the ring, Christian once more heads to the corner looking for the Kill-Switch, but Slater pats Christian on the back and tags himself in! Christian looks on in utter-shock and then fury. He kicks Slater between the legs and as he’s bent over, Christian hits a Kill-Switch on his protege.

    Christian leaves the ring and walks up the ramp, out of the arena! 

    Striker: “What have we just witnessed? It seems as if not only is Christians two month reign with the belt over, but so is his partnership with Heath Slater!” 

    Tatsu: “Fools. They’ve wasted their chance, so now it’s up to me to take mine!” 

    In the ring, Richie gets to his feet and notices the downed Slater. Picking him up, Richie lands the flying dragon and gets the 1...2...3! 

     

    Winners: Richie Steamboat & Zack Ryder (Match Time - 14:21) 

    Richie celebrates as his title is handed to him. He climbs to the top rope and celebrates, holding the belt up high before climbing down and shaking hands with Zack Ryder. Ryder leaves as Tatsu puts down his headset.

    Richie turns to Tatsu and grins before going to the top rope again. 

    Matthews: “Well it was an interesting match, but in the end Richie and Zack wanted it more!” 

    Striker: “That's true! Christian wouldn't have walked out if he wanted that belt! Oh My God! What is Tatsu doing?!” 

    Tatsu slides into the ring behind Richie. Steamboat turns round into the neckbreaker to shoulder move! Tatsu once more picks up the belt. This time he puts it on his shoulder.

    He picks up a mic and crouches down next to Richie. 

    Tatsu: “You see Richie, you don’t call me out. I pick my spots and do what I want, when I want. The move I’ve just done to you Steamboat, it’s called the Flashing Lights, because after you’ve taken it, all you’ll be seeing, are Flashing Lights!!!” 

    With that, Tatsu drops the mic and places the belt on Richie before leaving the ring and the arena.

     

    In-ring promo with Alberto del Rio 

    Ricardo now walks onto the stage to some good heat. 

    Ricardo: “It is my honour to introduce to you here tonight… the greatest Intercontinental Champion in history…. ALBERRRRRTO DEEEEEEELL RIIIIIIIIIIIIIOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!” 

    Alberto’s music hits now as he walks out with the title strapped firmly around his waist and the crowd boos him out of the building! 

    Striker: “Ah, Alberto is still the champion and all is right within the WWE. He won a terrific match at No Mercy to retain his title against not one but two challengers!” 

    Matthews: “Are you kidding me? He picked up the scraps from Santino. Not only did Santino win the match, but he should be the new Intercontinental Champion!” 

    Alberto: “Ah, and it is morning in America again (he chuckles to himself). I, Alberto Del Rio, successfully defended MY Intercontinental Championship at No Mercy in a triple threat match against the joke, Santino Marella, and Cody Rhodes. I am on my way to becoming the best wrestler in the WWE of all time.

    I have already become the greatest Intercontinental Champion ever because it was my destiny! There is nobody in the WWE that can even come close to me. My in-ring skills and my charisma make me the best champion ever.

    I’m the longest reigning champion on SmackDown, and that proves that the brand should be built around me, because I know how to get the job done. I now look forward to facing new challenges here on SmackDown and never having to see that joke San…” 

    Santino Marella’s music hits now as the crowd pops massive for him, he walks down the ramp with a microphone in hand. 

    Santino: “Alberto, I’m sick and tired of playing these games with you. If you actually followed the rules, you would have never become champion in the first place. Every single championship match I’m involved in, it ends up with me being screwed out of the title. I’m sick to death of it.

    You want a new challenge? How about you fight me in a No Disqualification match for the title, right here tonight!” 

    Alberto: “I don’t think so Santino. You’ve had your chance at the title. It’s time to move along and get out of my ring now, but if you want to fight, I'm sure Ricardo over here wouldn’t mind getting a piece of you!” 

    Alberto looks at Ricardo, who looks shocked that he was mentioned and looks straight at Santino. The Titantron comes on and Michael Cole appears. 

    Cole: “Alberto, while you may be the longest-reigning champion on SmackDown, Santino has a point. I’m sick of the foul play and shenanigans going on around the prestigious Intercontinental Title.

    At Money in the Bank, Santino will get another shot at your title, however, we’re going to have a little 'Beat the Clock' challenge. Whoever beats their opponent in the quickest time will choose the stipulation for the match. So, next week, we’re going to see Santino taking on Ricardo, and the week after, we will see Alberto taking on…. any ideas Santino?” 

    Santino: “It’s funny you should ask me that Michael. I’ve got someone perfect in mind. I just talked to him tonight, and he said if I ever needed something to call him, so in two weeks, Alberto Del Rio is going to be facing off against my personal friend, Mrs. Foley’s baby boy, Mick Foley!” 

    Matthews: “Whoa Matt, can you believe it? Mick Foley is going to be here in two weeks!”

Week 1: Main Event: Dolph Ziggler vs. Chris Jericho

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    Chris Jericho vs Dolph Ziggler 

    We go to the ring and out comes one of the challengers for the WWE Title, Chris Jericho. He’s getting boo’ed out of the ring by the crowd. His opponent, Dolph Ziggler, is out next, and he gets a nice reaction from the crowd as he makes his way to the ring. 

    As the referee rings the bell, Jericho charges at Dolph, looking for the Code-Breaker early, but Ziggler wriggles out of it and gets out of the ring. Ziggler comes back in and goes behind on a lock up.

    They tangle until Jericho drops him with an elbow to the head. Jericho with a headlock takedown now. Jericho drops Ziggler with a shoulder and with another big takedown. He takes control until Ziggler connects with a dropkick. 

    Jericho sends Ziggler back to the mat with another shoulder. Ziggler comes back and goes for the sleeper hold but can’t get it locked tight. He ends up on the top rope.

    Jericho backs off and gets slapped. Jericho comes right back and knocks Ziggler off the top and out to the floor. He slams Ziggler into the apron before bringing it back in the ring, and then works on Ziggler’s arm.

    Ziggler fights out and wails away on Jericho in the corner, and they tangle on the apron again. Dolph goes up top and leaps off, but Jericho catches him in mid-air. Ziggler counters that but gets dropped by a big back elbow.

    Jericho connects with a neckbreaker and goes for a cover. 1…2… KICK OUT!! 

    Matthews: “This match has been back and forth so far. Ziggler looks impressive yet again.” 

    Striker: “Of course he does Josh. He knows the spotlight’s on him and that it’s time for the ‘Show-Off’ to shine!” 

    Ziggler ends back up on the apron and Jericho fights him, but Jericho gets pulled into the turnbuckle and down he goes on the floor. Ziggler brings it back in the ring and hits a big DDT! He goes for a cover. 1..2…KICK OUT!!

    Ziggler continues the assault until Jericho fights back with knees and punches. Ziggler stops him with a knee to the gut and gets a quick one count. Ziggler, with a headlock, now does some showing off with Jericho on the mat.

    Jericho fights to his feet and out of the hold. He puts Dolph on his shoulders, but Dolph counters and brings him down with another huge DDT. Ziggler goes for a cover. 1…2…KICK OUT!! 

    Instead of arguing with the referee, Ziggler goes straight back on the offense. Jericho fights back, but Dolph dropkicks him for another quick one count. Ziggler applies a body scissors now, but Jericho fights out again. Ziggler counters and rolls Jericho up! 1…2…KICK OUT!!

    Dolph thought that was a three and starts arguing with the ref, but then Jericho rolls him up! 1…2…KICK OUT!! Ziggler gets right back up and connects with a swinging neckbreaker. He pins Jericho again! 1…2…KICK OUT!! Ziggler goes back to the mat with a submission on Jericho.

    Ziggler scores a big kick to the face, but Jericho runs, bounces off the ropes and connects with a couple of clotheslines. Jericho goes for a high-knee, but he misjudges it and Ziggler jumps on his back with the sleeper. Jericho dumps Ziggler to the apron to break the hold.

    Ziggler climbs up top and comes down with a crossbody but Jericho barely catches him. They tangle and Jericho goes for a Death Valley Driver, but it’s blocked. Jericho misses a spear in the corner and Ziggler hits Zig Zag! He covers Jericho. 1…2… BUT JERICHO KICKS OUT AGAIN!! 

    Matthews: “Matt, this has been one hell of a match. It’s hard to see which way this is going to go. Ziggler’s been very impressive here tonight!” 

    The crowd chants loudly for Ziggler now. Jericho gets attacked in the corner but fights back. Jericho goes up top, but Ziggler runs up and grabs him. Ziggler drops Jericho face first on the mat and covers him. 1…2…KICK OUT!!

    Ziggler grabs his knee in pain; it looks like he hurt it quite badly as he took that bump from the top rope. Jericho, like a shark smelling blood, spots it straight away and starts kicking away at Ziggler’s knee. He drags Ziggler over to the turnbuckle and Jericho slides out of the ring. 

    He grabs hold of Dolph’s knee and wraps it round the ringpost! You can hear the smack of Ziggler’s knee off the steel as Jericho continues his relentless assault.

    Jericho gets back in the ring before the referee reaches a 10 count. Jericho knows that he can effectively pick his spot, so he shouts to the crowd: “A REVOLUTION IS COMING!” Ziggler looks done for, despite his impressive showing.

    Jericho drags him to the center of the ring, and Dolph can’t stand up. Jericho turns Dolph over on to his stomach and locks in the Walls of Jericho in the middle of the ring! 

    The crowd chants his name to help him, shouting “Let’s go Ziggler!” Dolph tries to crawl and reach the ropes, but he’s in too much pain and eventually, he has to tap out to Jericho. 

     

    Winner: Chris Jericho (Match Time – 16:42)

    After the match, Ziggler is writhing in pain as the crowd cheers for him, despite losing. Jericho makes his way up the ramp as the medical team run down to check on Dolph. As the doctors get Dolph to his feet, Jericho runs back down the ramp, slides back into the ring and nails a picture-perfect Code-Breaker on Ziggler, which sends him rolling out of the ring! 

    WWE officials come down to the ring and stop Jericho from doing any further damage.

    Jericho looks in to the ringside camera and mouths the word “REVOLUTION” as we go off the air.

Week 2: Part 1 (Promo, Match 1, Match 2)

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    What a busy week it was last week on SmackDown. We dealt with the fall-out from the No Mercy PPV, and GM Michael Cole found himself at the center of attention again. We discovered that the WWE Title match at Money in the Bank would be a fatal-4-way elimination match! 

    This week’s show includes the first Beat the Clock challenge match that pits Santino Marella against Ricardo Rodriguez. Depending on the time he posts, Marella might be able to choose the stipulation for his Intercontinental Title rematch at Money in the Bank.

    What will happen this week? There’s only one way to find out. Let’s head to the arena for this week’s Friday Night SmackDown!!


     In-ring promo with John Cena 

    The show starts with pyros and we cut to ringside. 

    Matthews: “Ladies and gentlemen, tonight is a huge night for a lot of superstars on the SmackDown brand, but first up, we’re going to hear from a battered and bruised John Cena.” 

    As soon as Matthews stops talking, Cena’s music hits and he comes out to a typical reaction. He's sporting a bandage covering stitches in his head. His elbows and fists are taped up too as he sells the injuries from the beating he took from Jericho at No Mercy. Cena gingerly makes his way to the ring and grabs a mic from Tony Chimel. 

    Cena: “At No Mercy, Chris Jericho gave me one of the biggest ass-kickings I’ve ever had in my life. I underestimated him. I thought he had lost a step. I thought he was more of a dancer and a rock-star than a wrestler. He proved that he’s still one of the best in the world, and he kicked my ass.” 

    His statement gets a mixed reaction. 

    “Without a doubt, Jericho proved he can still hang, but there’s one thing that he shoulda done above all else. He shoulda finished the job. Instead, he’s made the worst mistake of his life. Make no mistake about it Jericho, I’m coming for you. What you did to me was nothing. The next time we tear it up, I’m gonna tear you apart! I’ll make sure that…” 

    Before Cena can finish, he’s interrupted by SmackDown GM Michael Cole, who comes out on stage. 

    Cole: “John, I’m glad that the doctors have cleared you to appear here tonight, and I know that you want to get revenge on Jericho, but that’s not gonna happen.

    You see, until Money in the Bank, I plan to keep you and Jericho as far away from each other as I can because I need to protect my main event. Your rivalry might be important to you, but my only objective is to make sure that SmackDown’s main-event outshines Raw’s. 

    Therefore, you will be in action tonight… but it won’t be against Chris Jericho.” 

    The crowd boos Cole. 

    “However, you’ll face a man that you’ve got history with: a man who also feels hard done by and who wants revenge for what happened to him at No Mercy. Tonight John Cena, you’ll go one on one, with CM Punk!” 

    The crowd explodes.

    Cena: “Cole, I promise you this. If Jericho comes anywhere near me before Money in the Bank, your fatal-4-way match will become a triple-threat. Jericho talks about a revolution coming, but he’s got no idea about what he’s got coming to him!” 

    With that, Cena’s music blares out of the PA system as he drops the mic and leaves the ring. 

    Matthews: “Matt, we’ve got a PPV caliber main-event here tonight on SmackDown. John Cena against CM Punk, right here on SmackDown! Can you believe that?!” 

    Striker: “It’s decisions like that which make SmackDown the most must-see brand in WWE.” 

    Matthews: “The action doesn’t stop there. Up next, the first of our Beat the Clock challenge matches sees Santino Marella take on Ricardo Rodriguez. Will Santino get revenge for what happened two weeks ago? We’ll find out when we come back.”

     

    Beat the Clock Challenge—Santino Marella v Ricardo Rodriguez

    Ricardo now comes out to some small heat, he walks out in wrestling trunks and an Alberto Del Rio t-shirt. 

    Matthews: “Wow, Ricardo almost looks like a real wrestler here!” 

    Santino’s music hits now as he comes out to a big pop. He tells the crowd that the Intercontinental Championship is coming home to him as he makes his way to the ring. 

    Striker: “I still can’t believe that Cole gave Santino another chance at the belt. It doesn’t seem fair to me. There’s heaps of other guys waiting who should have been given a chance.” 

    Both men are in the ring now, and Ricardo’s shaking his head at Santino, who just shrugs his shoulders as the bell is rung. He hits Ricardo with a massive clothesline and quickly makes the cover—1...KICK OUT! 

    Santino looks surprised now as he picks up Ricardo and nails him with lefts and rights. Ricardo’s leaning on the ropes in order to stay up. Santino Irish whips him off the ropes and lands another massive clothesline and covers him—1...2…KICK OUT! 

    Santino drags Ricardo up again, but Ricardo lands a thumb to his eye, and Santino stumbles backwards. Ricardo hits a left hand, then a right and bounces off the ropes before hitting a spear! He covers Santino—1...KICK OUT! 

    Santino sits up stunned and Ricardo lands a boot to the head knocking Santino down again. Ricardo goes for another cover—1…KICK OUT! Santino throws Ricardo off of him and tries to get to his feet. Santino lands a boot to the mid-section of Ricardo and sets him up for a suplex and connects. Santino goes for the cover—1…2...KICK OUT! 

    Matthews: “Ricardo’s doing much better than I thought he would in this match!” 

    Santino shakes his head and goes to the top rope. He sits perched, waiting for Ricardo to get to his feet as he’s amping up the crowd. Ricardo slowly gets to his feet, and Santino jumps going for the cross body.

    Ricardo ducks out of the way, and Santino connects with the referee!

    Striker: “Oh no, the referee is down now!” 

    Santino gets to his knees, realizes what’s happened and goes over to check on the referee. Ricardo slinks out of the ring and slides back in. Santino turns around to find Ricardo swinging a chair at him! Santino blocks it and hits Ricardo with the chair instead. He disposes of the evidence before the referee comes around. 

    Matthews: “Some might say Ricardo got what he deserved for trying to cheat in the first place!” 

    Santino now covers Ricardo, but the referee doesn’t move. Santino goes over and checks on him again.

    Suddenly, the crowd reacts as Alberto Del Rio runs down the entrance ramp with the title. Santino sees him as he slides into the ring, but he can’t stop Alberto from nailing him with the belt! He pulls Ricardo on top of Santino and throws the referee close to them. Alberto hot tails it out of the ring and back up the ramp now. 

    Striker: “The champ was here to protect his ring announcer and his title interests here tonight. Santino deserved that for cheating with the chair.” 

    The referee groggily crawls towards the two men as he begins to count. 1…2...3!

    Winner: Ricardo Rodriguez (Time not registered due to Santino’s loss) 

    Matthews: “Alberto screwed Santino again, hopefully Mick Foley gives Alberto what he’s got coming to him next week on SmackDown!”

     

    Kofi Kingston vs Ezekiel Jackson

    We get a recap of what happened during last week’s tag match between Air Boom and the hastily thrown together team of Swagger & Jackson, where they decimated the tag champions. Kofi has asked for this match here on SmackDown tonight. 

    Jackson comes out first to a chorus of boos. The crowd is all over the big powerhouse, but he laughs it off as he makes his way to the ring. Kofi Kingston’s music hits, and he stands at the top of the ramp to acknowledge the fans.

    He doesn’t look like he’s here to party though, and he makes his way to the ring looking focused. 

    As the ref rings the bell, they lock up and Zeke pushes Kofi away then he poses. Kofi then connects with a series of kicks and forearms as he backs Zeke into the corner. Kofi leaps into the corner, but Zeke pushes Kofi away. Zeke then connects with a forearm to Kofi’s back, followed by a hard bodyslam. Zeke Irish whips Kofi into the turnbuckle, but Kofi bounces straight out and connects with a huge flying clothesline.

    He covers Zeke. 1…2…KICK OUT!!

    Kofi follows-up his pinfall attempt with a forearm, then a drop-kick that sends Zeke over the top rope to the outside. As Zeke gets back to his feet, Kofi connects with a baseball slide that knocks Jackson into the announce table. Kofi then tries to slingshot over the top rope into a cross-body, but Jackson catches him and slams him into the ringpost! 

    Matthews: “You can hear Kofi’s spine smashing off the steel! That’s not supposed to happen!” 

    In a tremendous show of strength, Jackson doesn’t roll Kingston back in to the ring. Instead, he carries him up the ring-steps and starts pressing him up and down above his head before launching Kofi over the top rope like a lawn dart! 

    Striker: “Josh, I hate to see anyone give up, but Kofi might be best to just stop this thing and live to fight another day. Big Zeke looks frightening when he’s in this mood!”

    With both men back in the ring, Jackson licks his lips and starts stalking Kofi. He pokes at him with his feet, but Kofi’s limp and can’t get up. Big Zeke picks Kingston up and sets him up for a sit-down powerbomb. With Kofi on his shoulders, Zeke doesn’t slam him to the mat.

    He walks towards the ropes and launches Kofi into the turnbuckle instead, turning him inside out! 

    The crowd reaction says it all as they chant: “Holy Sh*t! Holy Sh*t! Holy Sh*t!” 

    Jackson turns to the crowd and starts laughing as the ref checks on Kofi. He’s starting to come around and says he wants to continue. Jackson slowly moves towards Kingston and picks him up. He sets up Kofi for a Jackhammer and connects.

    He nonchalantly puts his foot on Kofi’s chest for the cover as the referee counts 1…2…3!

    Winner: Ezekiel Jackson (Match Time – 5:12)

    After the match, Jackson demands a mic. 

    Jackson: “You see that? (He points to the destroyed Kofi Kingston). That’s just a taste of what I can do. It’s about time you people realized that I’m a monster that can’t be stopped.

    I’m the personification of domination. I’ve got muscles in places most people don’t have places, and I’ve got NO weaknesses.

    Simply put, I love beating people up and I’ll do what I want, when I wanna do it for however long I wanna do it. I’m putting the WWE Universe, and the SmackDown locker-room, on notice that Big Zeke always gets what he wants!” 

    With that, Big Zeke’s music hits and he leaves the ring as the referee and medics check on Kofi.

     

    Chris Jericho promo 

    We get a video package of Chris Jericho’s assault on John Cena at No Mercy when we hear “Break the Walls Down” blasting out of the PA system. Jericho appears on stage and smirks at the fans as he makes his way to the ring with a mic in hand. 

    Jericho: “Did you see that? All of Cena’s talk, all of his crap, it wasn’t enough to stop me from handing him the biggest ass-kicking of his life at No Mercy. He couldn’t touch me. That’s why I’m the best in the world at everything I do. Let me make one thing perfectly clear to all you sycophants and wannabes in this arena. I DON’T NEED YOU. YOU NEED ME. Without me, John Cena would be running this show. 

    Well guess what, I came back to make a statement, and I think I’ve made it pretty clear. I told Cena that a revolution was coming, and now you all know that. There’s a brand new revolution coming your way and you’ve got no idea what’s about to hit the WWE.

    This revolution will dominate the entire landscape of this brand and this company, and it’s started with me. 

    And tonight, there’s one more unfortunate wrestler who’s going to feel what Cena felt, and his name is Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler might be a show-off, but without me, this show is nothing. Once again, in tonight’s main-event, I’ll show why I’m untouchable, inside the ring and out of it.

    The revolution continues tonight and Dolph Ziggler will be the next casualty!” 

    With that, Jericho drops the mic and leaves the ring. 

    Matthews: “Matt, what the hell is Jericho talking about? He’s talking in riddles. A revolution? What revolution?” 

    Striker: “Josh, if I knew the answer to that, I’d tell you. Jericho has always been an innovator. While we don’t know what he’s talking about right now, I’ve got a funny feeling that it won’t be long until we find out!” 

    Matthews: “Ladies and gentlemen, coming next, we’re going to have that HUGE tag-team match where it’s winner takes all in the Light Heavyweight Division. Who’ll come out on top? We’ll find out, NEXT!”

     

    Richie Steamboat & Zack Ryder vs Christian & Heath Slater (Winner takes all match) 

    The team of Richie and Zack are in first to a decent pop. They slap the hands of all the fans on both sides before diving into the ring. In next are Christian and Heath Slater who are both instantly boo'ed as they taunt the fans and warm up on the way down to the ring. 

    Zack and Christian start off the match. Christian immediately sends Ryder into the turnbuckle and runs at him. Ryder lifts up a leg and connects with Christian’s face. He staggers back and tags in Slater, who runs straight at Ryder, spearing him to the floor.

    Christian unleashes shots to the Ryder’s head as he’s on the mat before the referee pulls them apart. Heath pushes the ref out of the way and continues the onslaught until he’s pulled off again. Slater bounces off the ropes and connects with a legdrop. He grabs Ryder and drags him towards his corner.

    Slater then tags in Christian and the two of them lift up Ryder and set him up on the ropes. They shake the ropes with Ryder on them! After the ref reaches a four-count, Christian pulls Ryder off the ropes. 

    Matthews: “This match has been ALL Slater and Christian so far. We could see a new champ crowned again tonight if Richie can’t get into the ring!” 

    Christian tags Heath back in and they double team Ryder, whipping him off the ropes and flap-jacking him onto the top rope. They both taunt the crowd as Richie looks on from the side. The two lift up Ryder again and send him face down into the mat. Heath tags Christian back in. 

    Striker: “Well they’re working well together as a team so far. Richie could lose his belt here without doing a thing!” 

    Matthews: “That's true Matt.” 

    The crowd starts booing as they see Yoshi Tatsu making his way to ringside to the announce desk. Tatsu puts on a headset and takes a seat. 

    Striker: “Yoshi, how do you explain your actions at No Mercy?” 

    Tatsu: “Matt, all the time I’ve been away from SmackDown, I’ve been practicing, planning and thinking. I wanted to pick my spot when I came back and wait until I could make a statement. It’s just a shame for Steamboat that I’ve chosen to make my return right now!” 

    In the ring, Slater is taunting Richie. He throws his arms out and yells at Richie. He turns his attention back to Ryder and locks in a rear chin lock in the center of the ring!

    Ryder is struggling but can't find the ropes.

    Richie has had enough though. He climbs into the ring and kicks Slater’s head so that he releases the hold and gets back out of the ring. Slater gets to his feet and tags in Christian. Christian kicks Ryder in the gut a few times and then stands in the corner. 

    Striker: “He's looking to wrap up the LHC belt now. Its Kill-Switch time!” 

    Tatsu: “But is Christian brave enough and clever enough to pull this off?” 

    Christian waits as Ryder gets to his feet. Christian turns Ryder around, but Zack breaks free and hits a neckbreaker! Both men are down! 

    Matthews: “Ryder needs to make a tag for his team to have any chance of winning. He’s taken a LOT of punishment from Slater and Christian though!” 

    Christian is slowly getting to his feet while Ryder is still down. The crowd is chanting a mixture of “Let’s Go Ryder” and “We Want Richie!” Ryder crawls over to his corner as Christian struggles to his feet and he manages to tag in Richie! Richie jumps straight into the ring only to be sent crashing down by a huge dropkick from Christian.

    Richie is down and Christian is clutching his leg. Richie uses the ropes to get to his feet, and Christian staggers back up. Richie lands an enziguiri on Christian and heads to the top rope. Slater tries to pull Richie off only to be sent crashing from the apron!

    As Christian gets back to his feet, Richie jumps from the top and connects with a crossbody! Richie follows up with a pin! 1…2…KICK OUT! Somehow, the former champ kicks out! 

    Striker: “Richie nearly had the match won there! That was close!” 

    Tatsu: “Yes, but he didn't and that's all that matters. If that was me, I would have ended this contest there and then!” 

    Richie looks towards Tatsu at the announce table and they glare at each other. With Richie distracted, Christian stumbles to his feet. As Richie turns round, Christian tries for a Kill-Switch, but Steamboat breaks free!

    Christian sends Richie into the turnbuckle and runs at him, but Steamboat moves out of the way. Richie tries a monkey flip, only to be kicked in the head by Christian.

    With Richie down in the middle of the ring, Christian once more heads to the corner looking for the Kill-Switch, but Slater pats Christian on the back and tags himself in! Christian looks on in utter-shock and then fury. He kicks Slater between the legs and as he’s bent over, Christian hits a Kill-Switch on his protege.

    Christian leaves the ring and walks up the ramp, out of the arena! 

    Striker: “What have we just witnessed? It seems as if not only is Christians two month reign with the belt over, but so is his partnership with Heath Slater!” 

    Tatsu: “Fools. They’ve wasted their chance, so now it’s up to me to take mine!” 

    In the ring, Richie gets to his feet and notices the downed Slater. Picking him up, Richie lands the flying dragon and gets the 1...2...3! 

     

    Winners: Richie Steamboat & Zack Ryder (Match Time - 14:21) 

    Richie celebrates as his title is handed to him. He climbs to the top rope and celebrates, holding the belt up high before climbing down and shaking hands with Zack Ryder. Ryder leaves as Tatsu puts down his headset.

    Richie turns to Tatsu and grins before going to the top rope again. 

    Matthews: “Well it was an interesting match, but in the end Richie and Zack wanted it more!” 

    Striker: “That's true! Christian wouldn't have walked out if he wanted that belt! Oh My God! What is Tatsu doing?!” 

    Tatsu slides into the ring behind Richie. Steamboat turns round into the neckbreaker to shoulder move! Tatsu once more picks up the belt. This time he puts it on his shoulder.

    He picks up a mic and crouches down next to Richie. 

    Tatsu: “You see Richie, you don’t call me out. I pick my spots and do what I want, when I want. The move I’ve just done to you Steamboat, it’s called the Flashing Lights, because after you’ve taken it, all you’ll be seeing, are Flashing Lights!!!” 

    With that, Tatsu drops the mic and places the belt on Richie before leaving the ring and the arena.

     

    In-ring promo with Alberto del Rio 

    Ricardo now walks onto the stage to some good heat. 

    Ricardo: “It is my honour to introduce to you here tonight… the greatest Intercontinental Champion in history…. ALBERRRRRTO DEEEEEEELL RIIIIIIIIIIIIIOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!” 

    Alberto’s music hits now as he walks out with the title strapped firmly around his waist and the crowd boos him out of the building! 

    Striker: “Ah, Alberto is still the champion and all is right within the WWE. He won a terrific match at No Mercy to retain his title against not one but two challengers!” 

    Matthews: “Are you kidding me? He picked up the scraps from Santino. Not only did Santino win the match, but he should be the new Intercontinental Champion!” 

    Alberto: “Ah, and it is morning in America again (he chuckles to himself). I, Alberto Del Rio, successfully defended MY Intercontinental Championship at No Mercy in a triple threat match against the joke, Santino Marella, and Cody Rhodes. I am on my way to becoming the best wrestler in the WWE of all time.

    I have already become the greatest Intercontinental Champion ever because it was my destiny! There is nobody in the WWE that can even come close to me. My in-ring skills and my charisma make me the best champion ever.

    I’m the longest reigning champion on SmackDown, and that proves that the brand should be built around me, because I know how to get the job done. I now look forward to facing new challenges here on SmackDown and never having to see that joke San…” 

    Santino Marella’s music hits now as the crowd pops massive for him, he walks down the ramp with a microphone in hand. 

    Santino: “Alberto, I’m sick and tired of playing these games with you. If you actually followed the rules, you would have never become champion in the first place. Every single championship match I’m involved in, it ends up with me being screwed out of the title. I’m sick to death of it.

    You want a new challenge? How about you fight me in a No Disqualification match for the title, right here tonight!” 

    Alberto: “I don’t think so Santino. You’ve had your chance at the title. It’s time to move along and get out of my ring now, but if you want to fight, I'm sure Ricardo over here wouldn’t mind getting a piece of you!” 

    Alberto looks at Ricardo, who looks shocked that he was mentioned and looks straight at Santino. The Titantron comes on and Michael Cole appears. 

    Cole: “Alberto, while you may be the longest-reigning champion on SmackDown, Santino has a point. I’m sick of the foul play and shenanigans going on around the prestigious Intercontinental Title.

    At Money in the Bank, Santino will get another shot at your title, however, we’re going to have a little 'Beat the Clock' challenge. Whoever beats their opponent in the quickest time will choose the stipulation for the match. So, next week, we’re going to see Santino taking on Ricardo, and the week after, we will see Alberto taking on…. any ideas Santino?” 

    Santino: “It’s funny you should ask me that Michael. I’ve got someone perfect in mind. I just talked to him tonight, and he said if I ever needed something to call him, so in two weeks, Alberto Del Rio is going to be facing off against my personal friend, Mrs. Foley’s baby boy, Mick Foley!” 

    Matthews: “Whoa Matt, can you believe it? Mick Foley is going to be here in two weeks!”

Week 2: Part 2 (Promo, Match 3, Promo)

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    In-ring segment with Richie Steamboat and Zack Ryder 

    Both men walk to the ring and get huge pops from the crowd. They acknowledge the fans, but they’ve both got microphones in their hands. Steamboat talks first. 

    Steamboat: “What happened last week shouldn’t have happened! After our tag-team match last week (points to Zack), I wanted to celebrate our victory, but instead Yoshi Tatsu thinks it’s OK to attack me?!

    He’s making a HUGE mistake.

    Just ask Christian, he tried messing with me and look at what happened to him!

    Yoshi, you want a shot at this title? Well you’re gonna have to wait. My title defense is already set for the SmackDown before Money in the Bank, but I’ve got no problem with kicking your ass, any time, any place, anywhere!” 

    Richie’s promo gets huge cheers from the crowd. 

    Ryder: “Yo, next week is the official contract signing for our Light Heavyweight Championship match. Richie and I have busted our asses to get here, so Tatsu, if you even try to get involved, I’ll Rough Ryder you straight through the table!

    You say it’s a new beginning? Well it isn't.

    The Light Heavyweight Championship isn’t just something you can come and take; it’s something you gotta earn. So far, the only thing you’ve earned is an ass-kicking Long Island style!” 

    Ryder drops the mic and the two are set to leave the ring when the lights go out. The titantron flashes on and an eerie video comes on accompanied by music. There is a grey wall, with a Richie Steamboat picture pinned up against it. A mysterious figure slowly walks towards it and etches the words "New Beginning" into it.

    The titantron flashes off and as the lights come back on, we see Ryder out cold on the mat. Richie sees him and calls for medics. They rush down to the ring with a stretcher.

    Ryder gets loaded on to the stretcher and Richie leaves with Ryder and the medics, heading back up the ramp.

     

    Jack Swagger vs Teddy Hart 

    We see a replay of Swagger’s dominance in last week’s tag-team match as he heads towards the ring. The crowd is all over Swagger after seeing the beat-down he gave Evan Bourne last week.

    Swagger iss pacing around in the ring as he waits for his opponent. Out comes Teddy Hart to a nice pop from the crowd. He slaps the hands of some fans on his way down the ramp and gets in the ring. 

    The referee rings the bell and this match is underway! Straight away, Teddy runs at Swagger but is instantly sent down with a big boot. Swagger drags Hart back up and just nails him with lefts and rights, knocking Teddy on his ass.

    He drags Teddy up and walks over to the turnbuckle with him. Swagger bounces Teddy’s head off the turnbuckle and some of the crowd start chanting 1…2…3…4…5…6…7…8…9…10! Teddy stumbles out of the corner and falls to the mat. 

    With Teddy down, Swagger climbs to the top rope and connects with a huge flying elbow! He picks Teddy up again, bounces him off the ropes and hits a huge short powerslam that rattles Teddy’s back off the mat. Hart looks gone.

    Swagger gets Hart to his feet, and as Teddy stands there looking groggy, Swagger measures him and connects with a huge swinging neckbreaker! Dragging Hart up, Swagger hits a huge gutwrench powerbomb.

    He follows up with the Ankle Lock and Teddy’s got no chance but to tap out! 

     

    Winner: Jack Swagger (Match Time – 2:43) 

    Matthews: “We’ve seen two extremely focused individuals here tonight Matt. Ezekiel Jackson easily disposed of Kofi Kingston and now Jack Swagger has just destroyed young Teddy Hart in that match!” 

    Striker: “You’re right Josh, Jack Swagger has been one hell of a roll since he split from Ted DiBiase. It seems like Ted really was holding him back and Swagger’s definitely a force to be reckoned with here on Friday nights!” 

    Swagger quickly leaves the ring and storms up the ramp, leaving Hart down in the ring.

     

    Backstage interview with CM Punk 

    We head backstage where we see Todd Grisham. 

    Todd: “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guest at this time, CM Punk!” 

    The crowd pops huge as the camera pans to Punk. 

    Todd: “Punk, we know that you’re one of the four men involved in the WWE Title match at Money in the Bank, but tonight, you face someone that you’ve already done battle with in the past, John Cena. Are you worried that Cena will take out his frustrations with Chris Jericho on you during your match tonight?” 

    Punk: “Gee, poindexter. Do you write your questions down in crayon, or does someone hand you a piece of paper with what to say? Am I worried about John Cena? The question you should ask is if John Cena is worried about me? Sure he’s angry. I’d be angry too if I’d got my ass kicked like he did at No Mercy.

    The thing is that John’s no longer the number one guy around here. Hell, right now, even I’m not the number one guy! That’s gonna change at No Mercy when I put that goat-faced, self-centred, smug jackass Bryan Danielson in the Anaconda Vice and make him tap out. Then I’ll get what’s rightfully mine and that’s the WWE Championship. 

    As far as tonight goes, Cena, I wouldn’t look past me to get to Jericho. In fact, if I’ve got my way, you’re not even gonna make it to Money in the Bank. I’m gonna do the same thing to you tonight that’s been happening to your gaudy wristbands and t-shirts lately.

    I’m gonna leave you on the shelf!” 

    With that, the crowd pops huge for Punk as he leaves Grisham standing there, taking the action back to ringside.

Week 2: Part 3 (Match 4, Promo, Promo)

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    Yoshi Tatsu vs Trent Barretta 

    We’re back at ringside with our commentary team as Trent Barretta makes his way out to the ring for the first time in a few weeks. He gets a decent reaction from the crowd as he gets into the ring.

    Out next comes the man who returned to the SmackDown roster with a bang at No Mercy, Yoshi Tatsu. The crowd’s all over Tatsu before he’s even got in to the ring, chanting “You screwed Ryder!” 

    Tatsu smiles as the bell rings. He's obviously not taking Trent seriously. They lock up and Barreta shoves him into the corner. They lock up again and Tatsu goes for a headlock, but Barreta shoves him off again. Tatsu smiles as Barreta eggs him on.

    They lock hands and Tatsu kicks him in the midsection. Tatsu hits a headlock takeover. Barreta turns it and kips up. Barreta then takes Tatsu down with a headlock takeover of his own. Tatsu fights up and punches away at Barreta.

    Tatsu sends Barreta to the corner but runs into a boot. Barreta jumps to his shoulders and hits an arm drag. Barreta then goes for a hurricanrana, but Tatsu counters with a powerbomb into the corner.

    Tatsu slaps him in the face and clubs his chest a few times. Tatsu stomps Barreta's face before shoving him to the corner then kills him with some clubs and a short-arm clothesline. These are some stiff shots and Tatsu decides to go for a cover. 1…2…KICK OUT!! 

    Tatsu goes for another arm-bar, and he talks a little trash. Barreta fights up and punches out. He runs off the ropes, but it’s straight into a back elbow.

    Barreta rests on the apron so Tatsu goes to back suplex him back in, but he flips through and hits an enziguiri! Trent covers Yoshi 1…2…KICK OUT! Barreta hits a nice springboard missile dropkick that sends Tatsu out of the ring.

    Barreta then charges and goes for a somersault plancha to the outside, but Tatsu moves and Barreta takes a nasty looking bump on the outside. Tatsu looks over at Trent and seeing his opportunity, he drags Trent up and rolls him back in the ring.

    Yoshi’s taking his time now, and he decides to walk all the way around to the opposite side of the ring before climbing through the ropes. He looks at Trent and laughs menacingly at him. He picks him up and connects perfectly with his Flashing Lights finisher.

    He covers Barreta 1…2…3!



    Winner: Yoshi Tatsu (Match Time – 6:32)

    After the match, Tatsu looks satisfied with his win, and we see replays of the vicious beating he delivered, as well Barreta's NASTY bump. We then see Tatsu hoist Barreta up and hit another Flashing Lights on Trent. Yoshi then laughs at Trent as he gets out of the ring and makes his way to the back.

     

    Backstage segment with Michael Cole and Chris Masters 

    We go backstage to see Michael Cole in his office at his laptop. There’s a knock at his door. 

    Cole: “Who’s there? Nah I'm just kidding, Chris come on in.” 

    Chris Masters walks in smiling as he shakes Cole’s hand and takes a seat. 

    Cole: “So you said you needed to talk to me about something important?” 

    Masters: Yes, yes I did Cole; you see for weeks and weeks you’ve been complaining about how no one respects you as the boss. Well I was thinking I could make people respect you, if you know what I mean. I would be willing to do whatever you want, just as long as you watch my back.” 

    Cole: “I see what you’re saying Chris. Maybe the roster needs some tough love, and you’re the one to dish it out. OK, Chris you’ve got a deal!” 

    Masters: “You won’t regret this Cole!” 

    Masters shakes Cole’s hand again and walks out. 

    Matthews: “So Masters and Cole have an alliance together now? I don’t know about this.” 

    Striker: “What’s wrong with it, Masters is a great wrestler, and people need to learn respect, it’s a win-win situation here.”

     

    Backstage interview with The Miz 

    We go backstage now to see Todd Grisham with The Miz. 

    Todd: “Miz you looked impressive last week, it’s good that you’re starting to gather form so closely towards Money in the Bank. Will you be vying for a spot in the ladder match?”

    Miz: “Really? Really? Really? I looked impressive last week? Of course I looked impressive, I always look impressive, I'm the Miz. 

    It’s good I started gathering form before a major pay-per-view? Of course it’s good, are you an idiot? Why wouldn’t it be good?  Of course I’m going to be in the ladder match, because it’s not like I’ve been given what I deserve, which is the WWE Championship.

    Don’t you worry though Todd, once I climb the ladder to success again, I’ll show Michael Cole that I deserve to be the number one guy here on SmackDown and reclaim my title. 

    Todd: “Have you recovered from your loss to Ziggler at No Mercy and what are your goals for this year on SmackDown?” 

    Miz: “Have I recovered from my loss to Ziggler? Of course, I have. Did you not see how easy it was for me to take down 'big, bad' Brodus last week? Ziggler beating me was nothing but a fluke and at Money in the Bank, I’ll get some payback!

    My goal for the rest of the year is to become the champion again and become the most must-see champion in SmackDown history!” 

    Miz and Todd’s eyes now avert to watching Eve walk past, she turns around and sees them. 

    Eve: “Hey, Miz! You looked so good last week. I really think we should talk later, so come and see me after the show okay?” 

    Miz just stares at her, looking her up and down. 

    Eve: “If you’re not quick, you might not be able to take me up on my offer.” 

    Eve winks at the Miz and walks off. 

    Miz: “Todd, get out of way!” 

    Miz pushes Todd over and walks off.

Week 2: Main Event: John Cena vs. CM Punk

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    CM Punk vs John Cena 

    We head back to ringside and we’re told that we’ll be staying with this match to a finish. No commercial breaks. 

    CM Punk is the first competitor to make his way to the ring, and he gets a huge pop as soon as his music hits. Punk plays to the crowd, with much success, as he makes his way down to the ring.

    Punk stares down the referee for a bit before turning around and yelling "Best in the World!", and then posing on the turnbuckle. 

    Punk sits down in the middle of the ring and waits for his opponent. Cena makes his way out to a huge reaction, a lot of it negative. Cena makes his way down to the ring. The crowd seems pretty solidly behind Punk. 

    The bell rings and we’re ready to begin. Both men lock up and Punk backs Cena into the corner. Punk breaks clean. Cena avoids another lock up with an arm bar. Punk fights out of it and into a head lock, taking Cena down to one knee.

    Cena fights out of it but Punk takes him down with a big shoulder block. Another lock up and Cena takes Punk down to the mat, breaks, and both men get back up.

    The crowd is pretty evenly split. Punk goes behind Cena with a waistlock, but Cena counters into a headlock, taking Punk to the mat. Punk fights out of it but falls to a shoulderblock. 

    Cena takes Punk down to the mat and goes to work on Punk’s arm, cranking away at his shoulder. Cena takes Punk over and locks in a rear chin lock, then head lock. Punk fights out and comes up with a big single leg dropkick.

    Punk cranks away on Cena with a rear chin lock of his own, wrapping his legs around Cena’s torso. Cena fights up to his feet, and catches Punk with a gut wrench suplex which is good for a near fall. Cena locks in another rear chin lock, and when Punk gets up to his feet, Cena hits a fisherman suplex before locking in another rear chin lock.

    Punk makes it back to his feet and Cena slams him to the mat before hitting the ropes and hitting a running elbow.

    Cena goes back to the well, locking in another rear chin lock. Punk fights up to his feet before taking Cena to the mat with a big boot to the face. Punk picks Cena up and lays into him with knees to the midsection before sending Cena into the ropes and catching him with a knee to the stomach.

    Punk hits a couple of head butts to Cena’s chest, and goes for another pin for two. He tries to wear down Cena, working over his midsection. Cena tries to go for the STF, but Punk kicks him away and Cena goes to the apron. Punk tries to suplex Cena back into the ring, but Cena won’t go so Punk hangs him up on the top rope and then hits a dropkick that sends Cena to the outside. 

    Punk allows Cena to get back into the ring, but he immediately lays into him with kicks to the chest and a big running senton splash. Punk locks in an awesome submission, but Cena actually stands up with Punk on his back, turning the submission into a really nice side slam.

    Cena ducks a clothesline and hits a big shoulderblock, but when he goes for another, Punk jumps up and catches him with a big knee to the face. Punk goes for the high knee in the corner, but Cena dodges it and hits a couple of shoulderblocks in a row.

    Cena goes for the back body drop but Punk counters into a snap mare type move before hitting the high knee in the ropes. 

    Cena and Punk have an awesome exchange before Punk locks in the Koji clutch! Cena fights out of the submission, and he’s able to lock in the STF, but Punk is able to reverse it in turn, turning it into the anaconda vice! With both men’s shoulders down, the referee counts 1…2…KICK OUT!

    Punk forces Cena back again with the Anaconda Vice, but Cena doesn’t quit and turns things around with another STF. Punk gets into the ropes and forces the break. Punk dumps Cena over the top rope to the outside. Punk hits the ropes and dives through on top of Cena, sending him directly into the barricade.

    The side of Punk’s face slams into the barricade on the way down. 

    The referee stars counting both men out 1…2…3…4…5…6…7…8…9, but he stops the count! He doesn’t want the match to end like this! Both men begin to stir and eventually they get back in the ring.

    Both men get back to their feet, and they trade blows in the middle of the ring with the crowd solidly behind Punk. Cena goes for the AA, but Punk fights out, only to eat an awesome dropkick from Cena. Cena hits the five knuckle shuffle and shoulders Punk, but Punk counters into a roll up for two.

    Cena goes for a roll up of his own, but Punk bridges out and lays into Cena with a kick to the side of the head. He covers Cena 1…2…KICK OUT!! 

    Punk tells us that it’s time for Cena to "Go to Sleep" (GTS), but Cena counters out, hits a big splash in the corner and slams Punk down to the mat! Cena covers Punk 1…2…KICK OUT! Cena goes to the apron and climbs to the top turnbuckle, but Punk stops him cold with a high knee and Cena falls down to the mat.

    Punk goes up to the middle rope and comes off with a big bulldog. Punk covers Cena again 1…2…KICK OUT!! 

    Punk goes out to the apron and brings himself back in with a springboard dive, but Cena takes it right into the STF. Punk struggles and screams, but he won’t give up. Punk crawls, but he’s able to make it into the ropes to force a break. Cena picks Punk up and shoulders him again, but Punk fights out and tries to shoulder Cena. Cena fights it off and hits the AA! He quickly covers Punk 1…2…BUT PUNK KICKS OUT AGAIN!

    The crowd is absolutely LOVING this match. We’re hearing them chant “This is Awesome!” “Let’s go Cena!” “Cena Sucks” and “CM Punk!” 

    Cena doesn’t look too happy with the ref, arguing with him briefly. Cena goes up to the top rope, but he misses the leg drop, and Punk is able to pick himself up and connect with the GTS!

    Now it’s Punk into the cover! 1…2…BUT CENA KICKS OUT! Punk looks at the ref and shakes his head. Both men are selling knee injuries, Cena from the leg drop and Punk from the GTS. Punk goes up to the top rope and steadies himself.

    He points to the sky and leaps off with a big elbow drop, a la Randy Savage. He covers Cena again. 1…2…BUT CENA STILL WON’T LAY DOWN! Punk looks livid. Punk stands over Cena, but Cena surprises him with a quick roll up. 1…2….BUT AGAIN PUNK KICKS OUT!! 

    Cena comes at Punk with a combination of punches, but Punk comes right back with a series of kicks and another GTS. Punk goes for the pin and the referee counts 1…2…3!! 

     

    Winner: CM Punk (Match Time – 32:17)

    After the bell rings, Punk dives out of the ring and celebrates his hard-fought victory with the fans. He points at Cena and shouts “Best in the World!” The referee raises Punk’s hand as he walks up the ramp to the back. 

    Matthews: “Matt, that has to be one of the best, closest-fought matches in SmackDown history. It had everything, near-falls, submissions, just everything. Huge respect to both guys for making that one hell of a contest!” 

    Striker: “I wasn’t sure if we were going to find a winner in this match! It was so close that it could have gone either way, but in the end, Punk had just enough on this night to see off John Cena!” 

    Matthews: “Wait Matt, what the hell’s this?” 

    The camera pans to the ring and we see Chris Jericho coming through the crowd with a steel chair in his hands! He gets in the ring and as Cena turns around, Jericho nails him with ANOTHER Code-Breaker on the chair! Cena is busted wide open. There’s blood pouring everywhere!

    Jericho towers over the fallen Cena and tells him yet again that “A REVOLUTION IS COMING”. 

    Striker: “Josh, this battle between Jericho and Cena has just gotten VERY personal.” 

    Matthews: “Remember Matt, GM Michael Cole said that he was going to keep these men apart until Money in the Bank, but obviously, Jericho didn’t get the memo. What’s Cole going to do about this? How will Cena respond? We’ll find out next week! Good night everybody!”

Week 3: Part 1 (Promo, Match 1, Promo)

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    Last week on SmackDown, we heard from GM Michael Cole that he wanted to keep Cena and Jericho apart. We had an epic main-event match between CM Punk and John Cena that went 30+ minutes and at the end, Punk just had enough to win. When the match was over, Jericho ignored the edict sent down by GM Michael Cole and laid out Cena with another code-breaker on a chair. 

    Michael Cole has already announced a match between CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler,and we’re gonna see what the rest of the fall-out is tonight on Friday Night SmackDown!

     

    In-ring segment with Chris Jericho and Michael Cole

    We head straight to the ring this week, no pyros or introductions, to see Chris Jericho standing there with a mic in his hand. 

    Jericho: “I’m here tonight to offer an apology. An apology to all of you (points to the fans), to Michael Cole, and more importantly, to John Cena. My actions over the last few weeks have been disrespectful, and I shouldn’t have done what I’ve done.

    So to all of you, to Michael and to John, I’m sorry…FOR NOT FINISHING WHAT I STARTED AT NO MERCY! (Jericho turns and laughs!) 

    Did all of you hypocrites and sycophants think I was actually sorry for what I’ve done to John Cena? I’m only sorry that he’s still here. After the ass-kicking I gave him at the PPV, he went through a hellacious 30+ minute match with Punk last week. I did what any sane person would do. I took advantage of a weakened Cena and I laid him out again! 

    Cole wants to protect this fatal-4-way match at MiTB? The only way he can do that is by taking Cena out of it. Otherwise, the same thing’s gonna happen week after week after week. It’ll be me, taking Cena out, so Cole, get your ass out here and take Cena out of this match.” 

    Cole’s music hits and he comes out on to the stage, getting a nice reaction from the crowd. 

    Cole: “Jericho, when you came back to the WWE, you agreed to come back under my rules. That means what I say goes. If you don’t play by the rules, then you’ve got to face the consequences. With John Cena out of action for the next couple of weeks, he isn’t going to be here, but I still have three superstars from my main-event match to contend with.

    Therefore, tonight, you will see action Chris. You’re going to be in tonight’s main-event with the WWE Champion, Bryan Danielson and the Big Show…inside a steel cage!” 

    Cole drops the mic and walks to the back, leaving Jericho fuming in the ring!

     

    Chris Masters v Sin Cara Azul 

    Chris Masters is out to the ring first. He gets a mixed reaction from the crowd as he flexes his muscles. He pounds his chest and stomps into the ring. Next in is Sin Cara Azul. He slowly strides out to the top of the ramp to a big pop. He points to all the fans before running to the ring and leaping over the ropes, where he connects with Masters! 

    As the ref rings the bell, Azul gets off to a quick start landing punches to Masters’ head. Azul leaps off him, climbs the top rope and connects with a frog splash on Masters! He goes for a quick cover. 1...2...KICK OUT!

    Cara picks Masters up and tries to whip Masters into the ropes, but Masters reverses into his own whip, which thunders Azul into the opposite corner. Masters runs at Cara, but Cara gets his foot up and kicks Masters in the face. He climbs to the top rope and connects with a moonsault on Masters! Sin Cara jumps back to his feet and looks at the fallen Masters. He decides to head for the top rope once again! 

    Matthews: “Sin Cara’s been flying all over the ring so far! It’s been hard for Masters to keep up with him!” 

    Azul stands up on the top rope and turns to the fans, who pop for him. As he turns around and leaps off the top rope, Masters jumps to his feet and catches him! He slams Azul face-first into the turnbuckle and then catches him in a bear-hug on the rebound!

    Several minutes pass and Azul seems to be out of it. Masters releases him and pounds his chest. Cara somehow leaps to his feet and tries a headscissors on Masters, but Masters reverses it into a HUGE powerbomb! Cara lies motionless on the floor. 

    Striker: “Azul took a nasty bump there. It looks like he could have damaged his neck!” 

    Masters drags Cara up by the mask and lands the Master Slam. He goes for a cover—1...2...SOMEHOW SIN CARA KICKS OUT! Masters is angry. He lands several kicks to Azul’s body before dragging him up again. He gives him another Master Slam before following up with the MasterLock, and Azul has no other choice but to tap! 

     

    Winner: Chris Masters (Match Time - 6:21) 

    After the match, as Masters celebrates in the ring, the referee checks on Azul. Maters climbs the turnbuckle and points to the sky before leaping off. He takes one last look at Azul before leaving the ring and heading up the ramp. Azul slowly rolls out of the ring and leaves the arena.

     

    Backstage interview with Dolph Ziggler 

    As we head backstage, Todd Grisham is standing by with Dolph Ziggler. 

    Todd: “Dolph, you had a great win at No Mercy against the Miz. He’s also gunning for a spot in the Money in the Bank match. Do you believe you have what it takes to win that match?” 

    Dolph: “What else did you expect Todd? I went out there and stole the show, just like I do every single damn night. I feel like I deserved the win.

    WrestleMania was great; I performed well but unfortunately came up short against Alberto for the Intercontinental title, but it helped me move onto just focusing purely on myself and wrestling.

    Sure, I'm still the show off because I can do things better than everyone else, but I no longer have people holding me back. I beat the Miz on Sunday and I’ll go on to win a spot in the ladder match and take home the briefcase. 

    It doesn’t matter if it’s CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, John Cena or Chris Jericho; I’ll take the title from them because it’s my time to shine. I deserve to be champion. I was a male freakin’ cheerleader for crying out loud, and now I’m the best pure athlete the WWE or SmackDown has ever seen. Mark it down in your diary, Money in the Bank is the day the Show Off takes his rightful step towards greatness!” 

    With that, Dolph walks off and the interview’s over. 

    Todd: “Thanks for your time Dolph. Back to you guys at ringside!”

Week 3: Part 2 (Match 2, Promo, Match 3)

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    Evan Bourne vs. Curt Hawkins Match

    We’re back at ringside where we see Josh Matthews and Matt Striker discussing the beat-down that Kofi Kingston took last week at the hands of Ezekiel Jackson. 

    Matthews: “Ladies and gentlemen, as a result of the injuries he sustained last week, Kofi Kingston will not appear here tonight. His tag-team partner, Evan Bourne, will take on Curt Hawkins one-on-one instead.” 

    Striker: “We’re also hearing that Hawkins & Reks are invoking their re-match clause at our three-hour SmackDown showdown in two weeks time. The tag-team titles will be defended in the main-event that night!” 

    Evan Bourne comes out first and gets a huge reaction from the crowd. He acknowledges the fans on his way down to the ring and climbs the turnbuckle to salute them.

    Next out is Curt Hawkins, who stands on top of the stage and laughs at Bourne. The crowd is all over Hawkins as he makes his way to the ring. Hawkins paces the ring with a cocky smile on his face before the bell rings. 

    Both men tie up and Hawkins grabs hold of Bourne in a headlock. Bourne tries to push Hawkins off, but his grip is firm and he won’t let go easily. Hawkins, with a hard hip toss, continues to hold the headlock on Bourne. Bourne fights his way back to his feet and hits hard elbows to the midsection of Hawkins. Hawkins releases and Bourne runs against the ropes.

    He ducks two clothesline attempts by Hawkins and hits a nice dropkick to the chin. Cover by Bourne, 1…2, but Hawkins powers out of the pin attempt. 

    Bourne measures Hawkins to his feet and hits a nice springboard moonsault with another cover, 1…2…KICK OUT!!! Bourne lifts Hawkins to his feet and hits stiff kicks to Hawkins leg. Evan runs the ropes again, but he runs into a huge clothesline that turns him inside out. Hawkins covers Bourne, 1…2, but Bourne gets his shoulder up. 

    Hawkins ruthlessly stomps away at Evan Bourne and drags him into the corner. Hawkins continues to stomp away at Bourne, and then he chokes him with his foot until the referee manages to stop Curt Hawkins. Hawkins picks up Bourne by his head and hits a hard spinning body slam! Hawkins makes the cover, 1…2…KICK OUT! 

    Hawkins lifts Bourne to his feet and Bourne tries to fire back with forearms shots to Hawkins. Bourne, off the ropes, ducks under a clothesline attempt and hits a beautiful head scissors, which takes Hawkins to the outside. Bourne makes his way to the top rope and waits for Hawkins to get up to his feet. Bourne dives off to the outside with a beautiful cross body.

    Both men are down on the outside. 

    The ref goes out to check on both men before starting the count. He counts to five before both men make their way back into the ring. Hawkins hits Bourne with a forearm, and Bourne hits back with a kick to the leg. Hawkins sends Bourne into the ropes and lifts him on to be countered into a very nice mid-air dropkick by Bourne. Bourne follows up with a standing moonsault and hooks the leg—1…2...KICK OUT!!! 

    Bourne tries to catch his breath for a couple of moments and raises Hawkins to his feet. Bourne whips Hawkins into the turnbuckle and goes to follow up but is met by a hard elbow by Hawkins. Hawkins grabs Bourne in a neckbreaker position but turns it into a facebuster. Hawkins covers Bourne, 1…2… KICK OUT!!! 

    Hawkins is seething. He gets up and puts the boots to Bourne. He even drives his knees into Bourne’s chest a few times. Another pin attempt by Hawkins, 1…2… BUT AGAIN BOURNE KICKS OUT! Hawkins looks extremely frustrated as he starts hitting the ropes.

    Bourne now reaches his feet and Irish whips Hawkins into the corner, Bourne charges Hawkins and delivers a monkey flip sending Hawkins smack bang in the middle of the ring. 

    Bourne looks to the crowd and the fans are on their feet. Evan climbs to the top rope and signals that it’s time to get Air Bourne! He seizes the moment and jumps, but Hawkins rolls out of the way and Evan hits the mat hard. Hawkins quickly lifts Bourne to his feet groggily and hits the Taste of Pain. Hawkins now covers Bourne as the ref counts 1……….2……….3. 

     

    Winner: Curt Hawkins (Match Time 7:41

     

    Contract signing between Richie Steamboat and Zack Ryder 

    Michael Cole is already in the ring as we come back from commercial. We see that the table and chairs are already set up in the center of the ring. 

    Cole: “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the official contract signing for the Light Heavyweight Championship match. This contest will take place EXCLUSIVELY on the three-hour SmackDown Showdown special, just two days before MiTB!” 

    The crowd roars in approval! 

    Cole: “Out first is your Light Heavyweight Champion, Richie Steamboat!” 

    Richie heads to the ring to a huge pop. He doesn't acknowledge any fans though. He has a mic in hand and looks angry as he gets in the ring. He takes a seat and turns to Michael Cole before talking. 

    Steamboat: “Tatsu, what you did last week was cowardly! Zack Ryder and I are the best superstars in the division right now, and you think it’s funny to trick us, attack us and try to injure us? Do you even know what you’re doing?

    As we said last week Tatsu, if you want a shot for this belt, you’re going to have to earn it! If you keep cheap-shotting me there’s only one thing you’re gonna get and that’s the ass-kicking of your life!” (Richie drops the mic by his side.) 

    Cole: “Now, please show your appreciation for the number one contender for the Light Heavyweight Championship, Long Island Iced Z, Zack Ryder!” 

    The whole crowd instantly chants Ryder's name. After a few moments, he slowly limps down to the ring. He slaps the hands of fans round him and gets between the ropes. He shakes hands with Cole and Richie, before picking up a mic and taking his seat. 

    Ryder: “Yoshi, you need to stay outta my business. I busted my ass to get this shot and I’m not gonna let you take it away from me. I'm lucky to be able to compete. Doctors say I will be cleared to compete by the 3-hour show. Instead of talking about what an amazing match this match will be, people are talking about you.

    Richie and I both deserve to be where we are, but you’ve not earned anything. You sat home on your ass for months, and you think you can just come back here and take our spot? It ain’t gonna happen. Whether it’s Richie or me, we’ll give you a guarantee: The first time either of us get you in this ring, you’re gonna pay!” 

    The crowd instantly cheers Ryder as he and Richie turn to face each other. Richie picks up his mic. 

    Steamboat: “Zack, this match is going to be amazing and no matter who wins, we’ll put on a show and the best man will win.” 

    Ryder: “You know, the two of us have come a long way. I came from Elimination Chamber to get here again and you overcame injury to become champion! I fought to get finally a fair chance to become champion.

    No matter who wins, the belt will be in good hands, (both men smile and nod at each other) but I think we should make things more interesting and make the match a 2 out of 3 falls match!” 

    Richie smiles, drops the mic and signs the contract and so does Ryder. 

    Cole: “Well there you have it! The Light Heavyweight Championship match on the 3-hour smackDown will be a two out of three falls match!” 

    Just as Cole stops talking, the lights go out and the titantron flashes on. The same mysterious person comes up close to the camera, but his face isn't visible. In blood, he writes on the camera lens "The new beginning can’t be stopped," and the writing fades.

    On the wall behind him, the writing appears and he steps out of the way. The message on the wall changes to say "The new beginning can’t be stopped. I, We, can’t be stopped." The titantron goes off and the lights come on. All three men are still up. They look around the arena but can’t see anyone.

    Suddenly, Tatsu appears from under the table! He grabs Ryder, hits Flashing Lights on him and rolls out of the ring! 

    Richie chases Yoshi and tries to land shots as they both end up back in the ring, but Tatsu blocks them and sends Richie crashing through the table with Flashing Lights! Tatsu laughs as Cole just stands there. He seems to be saying "What the hell are you doing? Why are you doing this?"

    Tatsu just smirks before picking up a pen up off the mat. He signs the contract before leaving the ring. Cole calls for EMT's and medics to come down and check on the two superstars as Tatsu leaves.

     

    Beat the Clock Challenge Match – Alberto del Rio vs Mick Foley 

    Alberto Del Rio’s music hits now as he comes out to some real heat, holding the title high, with Ricardo following behind. Ricardo’s in a neck brace, showing the effects of last week’s win against Santino. 

    Striker: “All that needs to happen is the champ gets a win here and he will get to choose the stipulation for Money in the Bank.” 

    Mick Foley’s music plays, and he comes out to a MASSIVE pop. The crowd chants “FOLEY, FOLEY, FOLEY!” as Santino Marella follows closely behind him. On the way to the ring, Mick plays to the crowd, high-fiving the kids and doing his Bang Bang shtick. 

    Matthews: “The crowd is loving the return of Mick Foley. Props to Santino for bringing him here tonight and allowing him to put on a show for these fans. Hopefully he can help Santino gain momentum heading into Money in the Bank!” 

    Foley locks eyes with Alberto Del Rio and says, "Bang Bang!" The referee rings the bell, and they both lock up. Alberto forces Foley into the corner, and he kicks him in the stomach a few times. He pulls Foley’s hair back and lands a big right, knocking Foley into the turnbuckle.

    Alberto bounces off the ropes and lands a big drop-kick to Foley, who hits the mat hard. Alberto covers him—1...2…KICK OUT!! 

    Foley is able to get to his feet, but Alberto lands a couple of quick kicks on Foley. Mick flinches, but he’s able to connect with a right hand that rocks Alberto. Foley charges at him and hits a big clothesline, which pops the crowd.

    Alberto gets to his feet quickly, but Foley knocks him down with another clothesline, lands a big elbow and covers him! 1…2…KICK OUT! 

    Foley picks up Alberto by the hair and lands a lefts and right hands, but Alberto counters with a thumb to the eye which leaves Foley shaken. Alberto runs up and hits a big enziguiri to the Foley's head as he falls out and through the ropes to the outside.

    The referee begins a count 1...Foley pulls himself up onto the apron and smiles at the camera, he’s bleeding from his mouth…2...3...4...Foley looks around at the crowd, lifts up the apron and looks under it …5…The crowd pops as he pulls out Barbie from under the ring! ...6…7... He slides back into the ring now to end the count. 

    Striker: “What the hell, he can’t do that! It’s not a hard-core match! The champ doesn’t deserve this!” 

    Alberto’s eyes are wide open at the sight of Barbie! The ref is shaking his arms and head at Foley telling him that he can’t use it, but Foley just smiles sadistically. Foley runs at Alberto and swings Barbie at Alberto, but he ducks and the champ whimpers in the corner of the ring.

    The referee spins Foley around and tries to get him to drop Barbie, but no luck! Foley tries to hold on. They move away from Alberto. The referee has his back to Alberto, when all of a sudden, Ricardo slides some brass knuckles to Alberto. He tries to hide them behind his back, but Santino sees it. Marella slides into the ring and turns Alberto around and hits the Milan Miracle! 

    Foley sees what Marella’s up to and lets go of Barbie. The referee throws the weapon out of the ring as Foley slides across for the cover! 1...2…3! 

     

    Winner: Mick Foley (Match time not registered because of Alberto’s loss) 

    The crowd pops huge for Foley’s win as Santino and the referee hold his hands in the air. Alberto slinks out of the ring holding his jaw and storms off to the back. 

    Matthews: “Can you believe it? Mick Foley makes a successful return to SmackDown! Neither Santino nor Alberto were able to register a win in the Beat the Clock challenge! I wonder what Michael Cole will do?”

Week 3: Part 3 (Match 4, Promo, Promo, Promo)

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    CM Punk vs Dolph Ziggler 

    Dolph Ziggler comes out first to a great reaction from the crowd. He makes his way down to the ring, showing off as usual and slides into the ring. Next out is the former WWE Champion, CM Punk! The crowd explodes at the sight of him. He gets down on his knees and tells us "It’s Clobberin Time!" as he heads to the ring! 

    The referee rings the bell, and the match is underway! Punk locks up with Dolph, then they break near the ropes, and Punk drops him with a right hand. Dolph runs the ropes and knocks Punk down and taunts him, then Punk leapfrogs him and tries to roll him up then goes for an Anaconda Vice.

    Dolph makes it to the ropes and Punk applies a waistlock, then turns it into an abdominal stretch and punches him in the kidneys. Punk suplexes him and throws him on the ropes, then Dolph lands on the floor, so Punk runs the ropes and hits a suicide dive at the bottom of the ramp.

    Punk rolls him back in and goes up top, but Dolph runs over and sweeps his legs out from under him, causing Punk to snap his head on the ropes. Ziggler then hits a neckbreaker and follows up with a bunch of elbow drops. He goes for a cover 1…2…KICK OUT!

    Ziggler stays on the attack and puts Punk in a headlock, but Punk makes it back to his feet and hits a side suplex to break the hold. They trade punches when they get up. Punk chops Dolph and runs the ropes, but Dolph ducks and counters with a sleeperhold, then avoids an Anaconda Vice attempt. Dolph dropkicks him and goes for another cover 1…2…KICK OUT!!! 

    Ziggler goes for a legdrop bulldog, but Punk counters with a spinning powerbomb! He covers Ziggler 1…2…KICK OUT!!! Both men get back to their feet, and Punk hits a couple of clotheslines on Ziggler. He follows up with a neckbreaker and a running knee, before connecting with a bulldog! 

    Matthews: “Punk looks like he’s just about in control here, but both men are still in this thing!” 

    Striker: “Punk doesn’t even look like he’s feeling any effects of that match he had with Cena last week. This is another excellent offering from two of the best superstars in the WWE!” 

    Punk sets Ziggler up for a GTS, but Dolph slides out of it and slingshots him into the corner. Punk lands on the turnbuckles and goes for a springboard elbow, but Dolph counters with a roll-up! 1…2…KICK OUT!

    Punk comes right back with a standing crescent kick. He bodyslams Dolph near the corner and starts to climb the turnbuckle, then hits a flying elbow drop! He covers Ziggler again 1…2…KICK OUT! Punk calls for a GTS, but once again, Dolph floats over and shoves Punk in the corner. But Punk explodes right back out of the corner and hits Ziggler with a spinning heel kick! 

    Punk comes back and puts Dolph in the Anaconda Vice, but somehow Ziggler manages to make it to the ropes and break the hold! Ziggler’s really struggling now after the submission hold. As he stumbles to his feet, Punk tells the crowd that it’s time for Ziggler to "go to sleep!" He lifts Dolph on to his shoulders and connects with the GTS! He floats over into the cover 1...2…3! 

     

    Winner: CM Punk (Match Time – 14:21) 

    After the match, Punk celebrates another hard fought victory while Dolph tries to shake off the effects of the Anaconda Vice and the GTS. Punk rolls back into the ring as Ziggler gets to his feet. He sticks his hand out to Dolph in a great show of sportsmanship.

    Ziggler shakes Punk’s hand, and they share the adulation of the crowd after a terrific, competitive match!

     

    Backstage segment with Alberto del Rio and Michael Cole 

    Alberto Del Rio barges into Michael Cole’s office as we head backstage. Cole is in there talking to Chris Masters. 

    Masters: “Hang on there senor! Show some respect when you come to the GM’s office!” 

    Cole: “It’s alright Chris…this time.” 

    Alberto: “Did you see what just happened? Did you see that Santino cost me my match? I now have a loss to that washed up, semi-retired piece of trash Mick Foley, and it’s all because of Santino!

    Now neither of us can choose a stipulation, so I guess the match is off and I will be entered in the ladder match now? I want to prove I am the greatest superstar ever.” 

    Cole: “I saw what happened, and as far as I'm concerned, Santino finally screwing you out of a match is well overdue. I know neither of you put forward a time, but that doesn’t matter. In fact, it helped me make my decision. The match isn’t going to be called off, and you’re not going to be in the ladder match.

    I’m sick and tired of the outside interference surrounding the Intercontinental Title, so at Money in the Bank, you and Santino will be facing off in a STEEL CAGE MATCH!” 

    (The crowd in the arena pops huge for Cole’s announcement!) 

    Alberto: “What? Are you serious? I can’t believe you’re doing this! I’m the longest reigning on SmackDown. I’m going to go above your head to Triple H and try to get moved off this stupid brand and away from you.” 

    Cole: “You can talk to Hunter all you want, but your contract is with SmackDown and in order to fix this situation, I’ve booked a tag-team match for next week’s show pitting Santino and Mick Foley against you and Ricardo!! You’d better start resting up, champ!” 

    Alberto: “This is unbelievable! You’re corrupt with power Cole and I’ll be voicing my concerns to Triple H!” 

    Masters: “Alright Alberto, that’s enough! You’ve had your say, so get your ass outta here!” 

    Alberto leaves slamming the door behind him. 

    Matthews: “Wow Matt! A Steel Cage Match at Money in the Bank and we get to see Foley next week!” 

    Striker: “I think that’s really unfair to the champion! Hopefully, he’ll overcome the odds next week and get some respect from Santino and Foley!”

     

    In-ring promo with Christian 

    Christian comes out to the ring to huge heat. He just storms straight down the ramp and gets in the ring with a mic in his hand. 

    Christian: “All you idiots need to shut up, because I’ve got a few things to say! Ever since No Mercy, I've been thinking. I’m a legend. I’ve done everything there is to do in this business. For months, I had the Light Heavyweight Championship around my waist, I had heath slater by my side and I thought that nothing could stop me. 

    Then I lost the belt (the crowd cheers!). That night, after No Mercy, I realized that I’d been wasting my time. The Light Heavyweight division and belt aren’t worthy of a superstar like me.

    Today, I’m here to announce that I’m starting a new journey for a belt with more prestige. Del Rio, Marella, Danielson, you’re on notice. I’m coming for one of you!” 

    With that, Christian leaves the ring and exits the arena.

     

    Money in the Bank Video Promo 

    Join Raw and SmackDown on June 24th when both brands share the spotlight and present Money in the Bank. Both brands will have matches where their World Championships are on the line, as well as each having a Money in the Bank ladder match, where six competitors will try and climb a ladder and retrieve a briefcase that will guarantee them a future world title shot. 

    SURPRISES GUARANTEED!! 

    Santino Marella will try and finally gain possession of the Intercontinental Title that he lost at WrestleMania as he battles Alberto Del Rio inside a steel cage. WWE Champion Danielson faces his toughest challenge yet in order to hang onto the WWE Title. 

    You DON’T want to miss out on this pay-per-view, so join WWE stars such as CM Punk, John Cena, Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, Santino Marella, Seth Rollins, Mark Henry, Sheamus, Wade Barrett, Rey Mysterio and Dolph Ziggler as they bring you a night where everyone will try and cash in.

Week 3: Main Event: Bryan Danielson vs Big Show vs Chris Jericho in a Steel Cage

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    Triple-Threat Steel Cage Match – Chris Jericho vs Big Show vs Bryan Danielson 

    It’s time for the main event. Big Show comes out first and gets a nice reaction from the crowd. He stomps down to the ring and smiles as he sees the steel cage.

    Next, we hear “Break the Walls Down!” as Jericho struts his way to the ring, looking indifferent to the sight of the steel cage. Finally, the WWE Champion, Bryan Danielson makes his way to the ring. Danielson looks confident as he heads into a steel cage match with one of the contenders for his WWE Championship! 

    As the match gets underway, Jericho tries to escape first, but Big Show knocks him to the mat then traps him in between the ropes and cage wall. He charges at Jericho a few times and splashes him, then stops when he sees Danielson trying to escape.

    Show chops him then throws him headfirst into the side of the cage. Show goes for a Knockout Punch but Danielson ducks and Show punches the cage, but he recovers and hits a corner splash. Danielson dropkicks his knees out and goes after Jericho. He kicks him in the chest a few times before kicking Show in the head and heading for the door.

    Jericho stops him and drags his face across the cage, then slingshots him into it and headbutts him before turning his attention to Big Show. Big Show knocks Jericho down and hits Danielson, then he throws him across the ring when he tries to escape and knees him in the stomach. 

    Danielson continues to get up, but Show tosses him headifrst into the side of the cage and bodyslams him. Show picks him up and headbutts him. Jericho climbs to the top rope and hits Show with a huge missile dropkick to knock him down.

    Jericho turns his attention to Danielson and whips him across the ring into the cage. Jericho goes to hit him with a splash, but Danielson ducks and Jericho splashes the cage instead! Before Danielson can go for a pin, Big Show grabs him, throws him into the wall and calls for a chokeslam, but Danielson kicks his knees, staggering the big man.

    Show shoves him in the corner, but Danielson jumps to the middle turnbuckle and hits a tornado DDT. 

    Seeing an opportunity, Danielson then puts Show in the LeBell Lock, but Jericho breaks the hold before Show has a chance to tap out! Big Show gets up and chops Danielson, but then hits Jericho with a Knockout Punch! Show goes for the cover 1…2…DANIELSON BREAKS THE COUNT! 

    Big Show looks pissed and chases Danielson up to the top of the cage. Danielson and Show fight at the top of the cage exchanging headbutts, but inside the ring, Jericho is crawling towards the door. Danielson and Show are still exchanging blows and don’t see him! The referee opens the door and Jericho crawls out to get the victory! 

     

    Winner: Chris Jericho (Match Time – 9:32) 

    As the referee rings the bell, the camera pans to the top of the cage, where Show and Danielson are still fighting. We see a shot of Jericho smirking at the camera, while selling the KO Punch from the Big Show. 

    Matthews: “Jericho has survived here in a match that was supposed to punish him for his actions last week! What can Michael Cole do about Jericho, who’s now two for two since he returned?” 

    Striker: “I don’t know if there’s anything Cole can do. Jericho’s the best in the world and maybe nobody can stop him?” 

    Matthews: “We’ll be sure to find out next week. Thanks for joining us everybody!”

Week 4: Part 1 (Promo, Match, Promo)

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    Last week on SmackDown, the WWE Universe got an apology from Chris Jericho for not finishing the job he started at No Mercy. As punishment, he was put into a Steel Cage Match with the Big Show and WWE Champion Bryan Danielson, but he somehow managed to survive! What will Michael Cole’s reaction be? We’ve also got a huge tag-team match pitting Santino & Mick Foley against Alberto del Rio & Ricardo Rodriguez. 

    What’s going to happen as WWE rolls towards Money in the Bank in two weeks? There’s only one way to find out as SmackDown gets underway!

     

    In-ring promo with WWE Champion Bryan Danielson

    Josh Matthews and Matt Striker welcome us to SmackDown as the WWE Champion Daniel Bryan makes his way down to the ring. He looks pissed. 

    Danielson: “I’m sick of this. (The crowd boos). I’m the god-damn WWE Champion, yet all the focus on the fatal-4-way match at MiTB has been about Jericho, Cena and even Punk! None of those men are what I am, or have what I have. This belt (points to his title) proves that I back up everything I say I am, which is the best wrestler in the world!

    Punk has tried several times to beat me and he couldn’t get the job done. 

    Jericho’s off playing real-life Guitar Hero half of the time and Cena’s only got about five moves. I’d love someone to come out here and tell me how in the hell this is fair?!” 

    No sooner has Danielson said that, than “Cult of Personality” hits and out comes one of the contender’s for Danielson’s title, CM Punk. The crowd goes wild for the former WWE Champion. 

    Punk: “So Bryan, we’re here again. Anyone else get a feeling of déjà vu? It seems every time I come out here, you’re bitching about how unfair everything is, then I come out and rip into you for a bit before the Ass-Cole comes out and puts us in some kind of repetitive tag-team match against each other. Well that’s not going to happen tonight. 

    Tonight I’m out here just to issue a simple challenge to you. No title match, no shenanigans, just me and you doing what we do best: tearing the house down and having the best match of the night. You up for it?” 

    Danielson: “Punk, to be honest, I’m bored of you. I’m bored of your music, I’m bored of your crappy t-shirts and I’m bored of seeing you around here. You’re always sniffing around my title. Why should I accept a match with you?” 

    Punk: “Well, I’m tired of seeing you Bryan. I mean come on, you say you’re the best in the world, you’re holding the WWE Title and you’ve grown a beard. I think you’re just trying to be me! (The crowd cheers.) Here’s the deal Bryan, if you agree to a one on one match with me tonight and I win, I stay in the fatal-4-way at MiTB. If I lose, your fatal-4-way match becomes a triple threat. How’s that for a reason?” 

    Danielson: “You just don’t get it Punk. I don’t care about how many people are fighting me for my title. I’ll still walk out as champ. You know it, I know it and I think that all these morons (points to the crowd, who boo) are finally getting it. I’m waiting for you to give me a reason to fight you tonight.”

    Punk: “Since you didn’t like my offer, how about this? If you beat me tonight in a match, not only will I be removed from the WWE Championship match at MiTB, but I’ll be unable to fight for the WWE Title as long as you’re the champion?” 

    Danielson smiles and looks at his belt. 

    Danielson: “You know what Punk? I’ve lost count of how often I’ve beaten you and tonight will be no different. If I beat you, you’ll never get another WWE Championship shot as long as I’m champion? I’d be stupid not to take you up on that offer! You’re on!” 

    After Danielson accepts the match, both men smile at each other as Danielson’s music hits to end the segment.

     

    Kofi Kingston vs Cody Rhodes 

    We go to the ring and out first comes Cody Rhodes. He gets some decent heat from the crowd and makes his way to the ring. Out next, for the first time in a couple of weeks, is Kofi Kingston. He gets a great reaction from the WWE Universe as his pyro’s go off and he bounces down to the ring. 

    Matthews: “Ladies and gentlemen, it’s great to see Kofi Kingston here tonight. He took a severe beating at the hands of Jack Swagger and Ezekiel Jackson a couple of weeks ago, but he looks as if he’s fully recovered.” 

    Striker: “I wouldn’t say that Josh. He did take one hell of a beating the other week. The last thing he’d have wanted was to come back to a match with the former Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes!”

    The bell rings and they go at it. Cody looks to take control but Kingston throws him out to the floor. Kingston follows and Cody throws him into the steel steps. Cody brings it back in the ring and goes for a quick cover—1…KICK OUT!! Cody keeps control and leg sweeps Kingston for another pin attempt—1…2…KICK OUT!! Cody works over Kingston’s back now and the match goes back and forth with Cody remaining in control throughout. 

    Kingston fights out of the corner and goes to climb the ropes, but Cody cuts him off.

    They both climb up to the top for a superplex and Cody nails it, but Kingston rolls through and rolls him up—1…2…KICK OUT!! Cody comes back with a kick to the head and more right hands. Kingston turns it around and they both fall over the top rope to the floor. 

    Cody keeps in control and smacks Kingston in the back of the head. Cody goes to the second rope and comes down, but Kingston punches him in the gut. Kingston connects with a huge superkick that knocks Cody on his ass. Kofi climbs to the top rope and connects with a missile dropkick on Cody. He rolls into the cover—1…2…KICK OUT!! 

    As both men get to their feet, Kingston nails Cody with a big right hand that staggers the former IC champion. Kingston goes to the top rope and tries to hit a flying clothesline, but Cody moves out of the way! He rolls Kofi up—1…2…KICK OUT!

    Cody takes Kingston to the top rope, but Kofi tries to get out of it and goes for a tornado DDT. Cody counters it and slams Kofi face-first into the match. Cody goes up and connects with a picture-perfect moonsault! He covers Kof—1…2…KICK OUT!! 

    Cody is livid! He can’t believe Kingston kicked out of that. He stands over Kofi, screaming at him to get up. As Kingston staggers to his feet, Cody sets him up for Cross-Rhodes, but Kofi manages to counter it into the S.O.S! He rolls through into a cover – 1…2…3!

    Winner: Kofi Kingston (Match Time – 8:23) 

    After the match, Kofi punches the air in celebration and his partner Evan Bourne comes out to the ring to celebrate with him! As they each climb the turnbuckles at the same side of the ring, the crowd starts to boo. Here come Curt Hawkins & Tyler Reks!

    They sneak underneath Evan & Kofi as they’re on the turnbuckles and deliver two powerbombs at the same time, completely wiping out the tag-team champions. 

    Hawkins screams at Tony Chimel to give him a mic. 

    Hawkins: “You see that! That’s another statement of intent from us (points to himself and Reks). It doesn’t matter how close our match was at No Mercy, we should’ve walked out as tag-team champions. Next week, when the belts are on the line in the main-event, you’re gonna see that a change is coming, and we’re walking out as the new WWE tag-team champions!”

     

    Backstage Interview with The Miz 

    We go backstage to see Todd Grisham standing next to the Miz.

    Todd: “Miz, we’ve heard that you’ve been given the starring role in the latest WWE Film, The Marine 3. Will this impact your performance at Money in the Bank or on SmackDown? Also, given what transpired a couple of weeks ago when I was interviewing you, what is your relationship with Eve? The rumour flying around backstage is that you two have become inseparable?” 

    Miz: “Todd, look at me. Do I look like anything can slow me down? No. The movie won’t affect me or SmackDown or in the Money in the Bank ladder match. The result will be the same it always is. The Miz will make an impact. In just over two weeks, I’ll be climbing the ladder and taking down my br..”

    Eve slides up beside both men and interrupts the interview. 

    Eve: “Sorry Todd, but this interview is over now. If you want to talk to Miz from now on, you have to go through me first, understood? C’mon Miz, we’ve got things to talk about.”

    The Miz and Eve now walk off together leaving Todd speechless.

    Matthews: “Wow, what’s going on with The Miz and Eve? Could they be a new power couple?”

Week 4: Part 2 (Match 2, Promo, Match 3)

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    Santino Marella & Mick Foley vs Alberto del Rio & Ricardo Rodriguez 

    Alberto Del Rio’s music hits now as he walks to the ring with Ricardo. The walk down the ramp to some decent heat. On the way to the ring, Ricardo starts massaging Alberto’s shoulders getting him ready for the match. 

    Striker: “The champ looks ready to get revenge for that shock defeat to the returning Mick Foley last week Josh. I wonder if he’ll get some payback tonight!”

    Santino Marella’s music plays and he walks out with Mick Foley to a massive pop. They make their way to the ring, high-fiving the crowd on the way.

    Matthews: “Santino seems to enjoy himself more when Mick is around. The fans love it too and hopefully, Santino will get his Intercontinental Title back when he faces Alberto at Money in the Bank in just over two weeks’ time.” 

    Santino is ready to start this matchup, but Alberto wants no part of him and sends Ricardo into the ring first.

    The referee signals for the bell and the contest is underway, Santino and Ricardo lock-up and Santino quickly manoeuvres around Ricardo, locking him in a headlock. Ricardo’s struggling to get Santino off and he swings him round to land on his ass.

    Santino pulls back on Ricardo’s head and digs his knees into his back as Ricardo screams out in pain, trying to reach the ropes. Santino releases Ricardo and swings two big forearms into the back of Ricardo’s head and covers him …1...2…KICK OUT!! 

    Santino lifts up Ricardo by the hair and drags him over to his corner and makes the tag to Foley. Santino holds Ricardo in place as Foley climbs to the second rope and lands a double axe handle, knocking Ricardo to the mat. Foley quickly makes the cover...1…2...KICK OUT!

    Foley now lands an elbow, taking all the wind out of Ricardo. He goes for the cover again…1…KICK OUT!! Ricardo quickly jumps up and runs towards his corner. but Foley trips him.  Ricardo stumbles and ploughs shoulder first into the ring post. 

    Alberto shakes his head in disgust, but he makes the tag and he enters the ring to huge heat. Foley turns to the crowd and taunts del Rio with his signature “Bang Bang!” Alberto and Foley lock up and Alberto delivers a quick kick to Foley, which winds the Hardcore Legend; however, Foley quickly hits back with a big right hand.

    As they lock up again, Alberto forces Mick against the ropes pushing back on his head. The referee starts a count 1...2...3...4... Alberto releases and hits a big kick to knock Foley down to his knees. 

    Alberto bounces off the ropes and attempts an enziguiri. He lands the first kick but Foley ducks the second and manages to backflip Alberto, who hits the mat hard. He looks embarrassed as he realizes what’s happened, and he gets to his feet quickly.

    He rushes towards Foley, but Foley connects with a right hand that knocks the Intercontinental Champion flat on his ass. Alberto begins slinking back towards his corner, looking shocked at what happened and shaking his head in disbelief. 

    Alberto stands up and tags in Ricardo, who has a shocked look on his face. Del Rio gets out of the ring, grabs his title belt and walks out up the ramp to the back. Santino watches him leave and makes gestures at Alberto who tells Santino that he’ll never get his title. Ricardo’s yelling at Del Rio to come back but he doesn’t.

    Ricardo turns around into a massive boot from Mick Foley, who connects with his trademark double-arm DDT!! Foley covers Ricardo 1…2…3!



    Winners: Santino Marella & Mick Foley (Match Time – 9:41)

    Striker: “That was a lucky win there for Santino and Foley. The champ didn’t need to be in this match, not when he’s got a title defense in just over two weeks.”

    Inside the ring, Santino & Foley celebrate their win. Foley motions to Santino as he pulls out Mr Socko from his pants, then he reaches into his jacket pocket and pulls out Santino’s cobra!

    Santino laughs and takes the cobra. Mick reaches down and picks up Ricardo, before locking in the mandible claw to a huge pop from the crowd! Santino taps Mick on the shoulder, and as he turns round, Marella kicks him in the stomach and connects with the Milan Miracle! Santino stands over Mick, drapes the cobra over him and leaves the ring.

    Santino looks back towards Foley, as if he regrets what he’s done and the crowd boos the Italian Stallion.

    Matthews: “What in God’s name just happened? Those two men were celebrating together just a couple of minutes ago and now Santino’s turned on Foley. I thought those two were friends! We need an answer from Santino about why he screwed his friend like that! He’s a disgrace!”

     

    In-ring promo with Michael Cole, Richie Steamboat & Zack Ryder 

    All three men walk to the ring with microphones in their hands. They all get big pops as they enter the ring. Cole is first to talk. 

    Cole: “Yoshi Tatsu, as these two superstars have been saying for the past couple of weeks, your actions cannot be tolerated. I didn't realize how much damage you had done until I witnessed it first-hand last week. At the end of a very important contract signing, you attacked both of these competitors (points to Richie & Zack) and we’re lucky there’s still a match after what you did!

    Yoshi, if that happens just once more, then you’re fired!” 

    The crowd cheers at Cole’s announcement. 

    “Oh and nice try last week Yoshi, but signing the contract doesn’t put you in the match!” 

    Cole pats both superstars on the back and leaves the ring, as Richie starts to talk. 

    Richie: "Finally, Michael Cole does something right! Tatsu, your ‘New Beginning’ is over before it’s even started. Maybe now I can start preparing for my match next week with this man, two out of three falls!” 

    Ryder: “Justice has been done. Now we can focus on the LHC championship match next week! We’ll put on the match of the night and one of us will walk out next week with the Light Heavyweight Championship!” 

    Both men shake hands and smile, when suddenly, the lights go out. The titantron comes on. The same room appears, and there’s a promo poster for the LHC match on the grey wall.

    In the background, we hear a maniacal laugh and the poster drips with blood until we can’t see it anymore. Slowly, the blood disappears, leaving a message that says "can't be stopped."

    The titantron flashes off, the lights go back on and both superstars look around for Tatsu, but they can’t see him anywhere. They both slowly make their way out of the ring before the titantron flashes on again. 

    It shows Tatsu sitting on a small wooden chair in the room with the grey wall. He lifts up his head and talks. 

    Tatsu: “You can’t stop destiny. My destiny is the new beginning.” 

    The lights in the grey room go off and then flicker back on. Tatsu is gone but the wooden chair remains. The titantron goes off. Richie & Zack look at each other and both men slowly walk up the ramp. As they near the stage, huge pyros erupt and send them flying backwards.

    As the pyros stop, a banner is unfurled over the titantron. In blood red, it reads "The New Beginning is here.” Richie & Zack look at each other, confused, as they head backstage.

     

    Dolph Ziggler vs Brodus Clay 

    Dolph Ziggler is in first to a great reaction. He pulls back his hair and storms into the ring. Next in is Brodus Clay. He is boo'ed all the way down the ramp as he enters the ring. 

    The referee rings the bell and Clay immediately tries for his finisher on Ziggler, but Dolph reverses it into a neckbreaker. Clay gets straight back up to his feet, but is sent crashing out of the ring by a dropkick from Ziggler.

    Ziggler climbs out after him and starts kicking away at Brodus. He lands punch after punch and climbs onto the apron. He leaps off, but Brodus catches him. Clay lifts him up and hits a powerbomb onto the barrier! Ziggler's neck landed awkwardly there! 

    Matthews: “What a powerbomb from Brodus. That could be it right now for Ziggler!” 

    Striker: “Not necessarily Josh, Ziggler has a lot of heart and is one of the most resilient superstars we have, so let’s just see what happens!” 

    Clay pounds his chest and then drags Ziggler up by the head. He slams Dolph’s head against the apron and then against the steel steps before tossing him back into the ring. Clay sends Ziggler into the corner and begins to choke him. He continues to do so until somehow Ziggler lands a huge kick to Brodus’ head, breaking the hold.

    With the big man stunned, Ziggler leaps off the ropes onto his back and locks in his trademark sleeper-hold! 

    Matthews: “Well a few moments ago, we said it could all be over for Ziggler, but now it could all be over for Brodus!” 

    Brodus quickly rams Ziggler into the turnbuckle and breaks the hold. Ziggler runs at Brodus and somehow manages to spear Clay to the floor! He unloads punches and then gets thrown off by Clay. Both men are back to their feet, and Ziggler lands a dropkick! Brodus staggers backwards and hits the ropes.

    Ziggler hits another dropkick and Clay staggers again. Dolph goes over to Brodus, but Clay grabs him and tries to hit his finisher. Ziggler wriggles free and connects with the ZigZag! Ziggler rolls straight in to the cover 1...2...3!

     

    Winner: Dolph Ziggler (Match Time - 7:35) 

    After the match, Dolph stares down at Clay before climbing the top rope and celebrating. He somersaults off the top rope on to his feet and continues celebrating as Brodus slowly gets back to his feet in the ring.

Week 4: Part 4 (Match 4, Match 5, Promo, Promo)

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    Chris Jericho vs ? 

    Chris Jericho comes out on to the stage and gets the most heated reaction of the night. The crowd is all over Jericho, chanting “Guitar Hero!” at him as he makes his way to the ring. Jericho’s not affected by it, and he waves his arms at the crowd telling them to get louder! 

    Matthews: “We’ve heard from GM Michael Cole that he’s still angry at Jericho for his actions the other week, when he attacked John Cena after his match with CM Punk. He’s been put in this match as punishment. Jericho will be facing a mystery opponent here tonight!” 

    Striker: “This is a completely unfair position to put Jericho in. He made a statement taking Cena out, but he should at least know who his opponent is gonna be! We don’t know who it is either, but we’ll find out after this break!” 

    We come back from the break and Jericho waits in the ring as we see stills from his attack on John Cena two weeks ago. Jericho smirks and tells us “A Revolution is Coming!” 

    The sound of his opponent’s music comes through the PA and the smile disappears from Jericho’s face. WELLLLLL! WELL IT’S THE BIG SHOW! The crowd goes crazy at the sight of the giant!

    Big Show smiles at Jericho as he makes his way down to the ring, slapping hands with the audience. Jericho gets out of the ring as Show steps over the top rope. Show walks towards the ropes, signalling for a chokeslam as his pyro goes off.  

    Jericho tentatively gets back in the ring as the referee rings the bell. Show immediately takes Jericho to the corner with a big chop. As Jericho stumbles out of the corner, Big Show catches him and slams him down to the mat. He goes for a cover—1…KICK OUT!

    He picks Jericho up and leads him to the corner. He tells the crowd to "SSSHHHH" as he nails Jericho with a huge slap to the chest. The crowd cheers as Show connects with a couple more chops. With Jericho stunned in the corner, Big Show connects with a back splash in the corner.

    As Jericho stumbles out of the corner, Big Show runs the ropes and goes for a clothesline, but Jericho dropkicks Show’s leg out. 

    With the giant on the mat, Jericho connects with several kicks to the head before drop-kicking Show in the face. Jericho with the cover—1…KICK OUT! Jericho climbs up to the top rope and comes flying down, but Show punches him in the chest.

    Show goes to the second rope and tries to connect with a big splash, but Jericho moves out of the way! Jericho springboards off the ropes and connects with a Lionsault! He covers Big Show—1…2…KICK OUT!!

    Jericho stays on the attack and goes for the Walls of Jericho, but Show counters into a roll up! 1…2…KICK OUT!! Show gets to his feet and grabs Jericho, looking for a chokeslam, but Jericho blocks it and drops Show with a DDT! He covers him—1…KICK OUT!

    Jericho runs off the ropes, looking for a clothesline, but Show stops him dead in his tracks and nearly breaks him in half with a massive spear!

    Show goes for a cover—1…2…KICK OUT!! 

    Matthews: “I can’t believe Jericho kicked out. That spear would have broken most men in half!” 

    Striker: “That’s the point Josh. Jericho isn’t most men, he was the first-ever Undisputed Champion, and he’s the best in the world at everything he does. This match is a long way from finished yet!” 

    Show’s looking confident now and tells the crowd it’s KO time! He goes for the Knock-Out Punch, but Jericho ducks it and goes for the Code-Breaker! He can’t pull Show down, but Jericho hangs on and pulls Show over the ropes as the referee begins to count.

    They fight out on the floor and Show shoves Jericho hard into the barrier.

    Show charges at him, looking to connect with a big boot, but Jericho moves and Show flies over the barrier, crashing head-first into a steel chair! Jericho makes it back in the ring before the 10 count but Show doesn’t.

    He’s laying unconscious in the crowd after his head crashed into the steel chair!



    Winner by Count Out: Chris Jericho (Match Time – 7:18) 

    After the match, Jericho sells the beating he’s taken, but smirks at the crowd and mouths the word “Revolution” at the camera as he makes his way up the ramp. 

    Matthews: “I can’t believe Jericho has won again! Michael Cole is going to be livid!” 

    Striker: “Josh, I don’t know what your problem is, it’s not like he’s cheating to win. He didn’t force Big Show to charge at him like a lunatic and go crashing through the barrier. Simply put, Jericho is a thinking man’s wrestler. He’s always one step ahead and that’s why he’s my favourite heading in to the fatal-4-way at MiTB!”

     

    Jinder Mahal’s Open Challenge 

    Jinder Mahal walks to the ring to a lot of heat. He laughs at the fans and enters the ring with a mic in hand. 

    Mahal: “Although I’ve not yet won here on SmackDown, that’s all going to change tonight because I’m issuing an open challenge!” 

    Teddy Hart enters the arena and gets a decent pop from the crowd. He walks down to the ring and snatches the mic from Mahal's hand. 

    Hart: “In case you can’t tell, I’m accepting your open challenge! Let’s see if you can get it done against the latest member of the Hart Foundation to rock the WWE!” 

    Teddy drops the mic and the bell rings. 

    Hart taunts Mahal straight away. Mahal tries to grab Hart, but Teddy ducks and starts to land shot after shot to the Mahal’s head. He follows up with a dropkick that sends Mahal down. Teddy then heads to the top rope and tries to connect with a crossbody, but Mahal him! He laughs and tries to set him up for his finisher, but Hart wriggles free and rolls him up! 1...2...3!

     

    Winner: Teddy Hart (Match Time - 0:27) 

    Teddy gets to his feet and celebrates on the top rope with the fans before leaping down to the mat. He looks at Mahal who is sitting in the corner with a dazed look on his face. Teddy laughs before trying to leave the ring, but Mahal gets up and grabs his shoulder.

    He turns Teddy round and hits his finisher on him! Mahal rolls out of the ring and gets a chair. He rolls back into the ring and repeatedly nails Teddy in the back before dropping the chair!

    The crowd is all over Mahal as he leaves the ring, with Teddy selling the beat-down he’s just taken.

     

    Backstage Interview with Christian 

    We go backstage to see Todd Grisham standing with Christian. 

    Todd: “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guest at this time, one of the most decorated champions in WWE history, Christian!" (The crowd boos.) "Christian, does the fact that you’ll be taking part in the MiTB qualifying matches next week mean that you’re now focusing on the one championship that you’ve never won, the WWE Title?”

    Christian: “First of all, I was the longest-reigning champion on SmackDown until Richie Steamboat fluked a victory over me, but that’s all behind me now.

    Let’s be honest Todd, I was too big to be in that division. I was a VERY big fish in an EXTREMELY small pond. I could only go so far, but now I'm free to roam the rest of SmackDown. No one is safe, whether it’s Alberto del Rio or Bryan Danielson—I’ll take on anyone. 

    Next week, I'm going to qualify for the ladder match at MiTB, I'm going to climb that ladder, take down the briefcase and cash it in that very same night to become the first person ever to hold two different titles at two consecutive PPV’s. Now that I'm able to fight anyone from any division, no one is safe, because when I find something I want, I’ll flip the switch!”

    With that, Christian kicks Todd in the stomach and lays him out with the Killswitch!

    Striker: “Ah, no! What the hell? Come on, Todd’s not a wrestler! You can’t do that!”

    Christian gets down on his stomach and leans over into the microphone.

    Christian: “And I can flip the switch, anytime!”

    Matthews: “What a despicable act by Christian! He’s put the locker room on notice that he’s someone that you don’t wanna mess with, no matter who you are!”

     

    Promo video for next week’s SmackDown  

    Join us next week for our three-hour SmackDown Showdown, where we’ll have four different Money in the Bank qualifying matches to determine the six superstars who will battle for the briefcase on June 24th at the MiTB PPV.

    The winner will receive a guaranteed WWE Championship shot anytime within the next year. Participants will be chosen by a Battle Royal, a Gauntlet Match, a Tag-Team Match and a “Special Challenge” match.

    As well as all that, we’ll have two championship matches live next week. Zack Ryder takes on Richie Steamboat for the coveted Light Heavyweight Championship and for the final time, Air Boom will take on Hawkins & Reks for the Tag Team Championships.

    We’ll have the latest developments in the situation involving Alberto Del Rio, Santino Marella and Mick Foley over the Intercontinental Championship, and there’s no doubt that the competitors involved in the WWE Championship match (Bryan Danielson, CM Punk, John Cena and Chris Jericho) will look to make an impact to get some momentum heading into that huge fatal-4-way elimination submission match! 

    It’s shaping up to be an un-missable show, so do yourself a favor: Cancel any plans you’ve made for next Thursday, sit down, call your friends, get some pizza and beers and watch the SmackDown Showdown Money in the Bank special live next Friday night!

Week 4: Main Event: CM Punk vs. Bryan Danielson

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    CM Punk vs Bryan Danielson (if Punk loses, he doesn’t get another WWE Title match as long as Danielson is champion)

    It’s main-event time as WWE Champion Bryan Danielson comes out to some decent heat. He looks confident that he’ll beat Punk and never have to face him for the WWE Championship again! Danielson smiles in the ring, waiting for his opponent to come out.

    “Cult of Personality” hits and out comes CM Punk to a thunderous ovation from the live crowd. Before he’s even made it into the ring, the crowd is frenzied, chanting his name. Punk makes his usual entrance, climbing the turnbuckle.

    As he jumps down, Danielson attacks Punk from behind before the match even starts! Punk regains his composure and throws Danielson out of the ring. 

    Matthews: “Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve got to take a commercial break, but this match will get underway when we return!”

    Back from the break, the referee rings the bell and Danielson dodges a Punk attack in the corner with a flip.

    Danielson backs him into the corner and connects with a shoulder thrust, hits an uppercut, and then drops a knee on Punk. Danielson cinches on a wristlock, releases and drops a knee on Punk’s neck before he lands a stiff kick to Punk’s back.

    Punk gets to his feet and starts to hit a couple kicks of his own! Punk covers Danielson—1…2…KICK OUT!

    With both men back to their feet, Punk dodges a spin kick from the champion, and then throws Danielson to the outside. Punk charges towards the ropes and flies through the middle rope, connecting with a suicide dive—knocking Danielson into the barrier!

    Punk gets straight back up and throws Danielson shoulder-first into the steel steps. Punk smiles as he rolls back into the ring.

    As Danielson gets back into the ring, Punk meets him and connects with a snap suplex. He goes in to a quick cover—1…2…KICK OUT!

    Punk picks Danielson up and tries to whip him into the corner, but the champion reverses it and whips Punk into the corner instead! Danielson charges with a dropkick in the corner, but Punk rolls out of the way!

    Punk gets to his feet and kicks and punches Danielson, hits a spinning heel kick and follows with a neckbreaker. He goes for another cover—1…2…KICK OUT! 

    Punk charges and connects with a high knee in the corner. He tries to go for a bulldog.

    Danielson counters it, goes to kick Punk, but the kick is dodged and Punk nails Danielson with a stiff kick to the back of the head! Punk heads to the top rope and leaps off, hitting a beautiful elbow drop.

    Punk goes for a cover, but Danielson rolls through! 1…2…KICK OUT!

    Punk looks shocked by what’s happened and rushes at Danielson, but the champion leapfrogs it and locks in the LaBell Lock in the middle of the ring! Punk’s got nowhere to go and the champion is really wrenching on Punk’s neck and shoulder. 

    Matthews: “This could be it right here, Punk’s title future is slipping away from him!” 

    Striker: “It depends on how much he wants to be champion Josh. If that fire burns inside of him like he says it does, he’ll find a way to escape!” 

    Punk tries to crawl towards the ropes, but he can’t make it. Danielson is screaming at him to tap. Punk somehow manages to make it to his feet.

    Danielson still hasn’t released the hold.

    With Danielson on his shoulders, Punk manoeuvres him into position for the GTS and connects, but the damage from the LaBell Lock means that he can’t cover him straight away! Punk eventually crawls over to the fallen champion and covers him—1…2…3!

     

    Winner: CM Punk (Match Time – 14:37) 

    Matthews: “I can’t believe it! Punk did it. He managed to fight his way out of the LaBell Lock and get the pinfall. That means he’s still in the match and still in the WWE Title hunt!” 

    Striker: “Josh, that might just be Punk’s most impressive performance yet! Now that he’s pinned the WWE Champion, he’s certainly got momentum as we head towards Money in the Bank!” 

    After the match, Punk slowly gets to his feet as the referee raises his hand in victory! Danielson rolls out of the ring and holds his belt tightly, in shock that Punk withstood the LaBell Lock for as long as he did.

    Punk climbs to the turnbuckle on the opposite side of the ring to acknowledge the fans, who explode at the sight of their winner. 

    With Punk’s back turned, Danielson slides back in to the ring with his title in his hands. As Punk turns around, Danielson nails him right between the eyes with the WWE Title, busting him wide open. Danielson stands Punk up and flapjacks him off the top turnbuckle.

    As Punk bounces back out, Danielson lifts him high on his shoulders and delivers a Death Valley Driver, dropping Punk face-first on the WWE Title!

    The crowd is all over the WWE Champion as he grabs a mic. 

    Danielson: “You see that Punk? That’s just a taste of what you’ve got coming to you a week on Sunday. I don’t care that you pinned me tonight. What matters is who’s in better shape going in to the PPV and guess what? You sure as hell don’t look so clever right now! There’s nothing and nobody that can stop me. I’m going to make sure that after Money in the Bank is over, you never get another WWE Title shot again. Tonight is as close as you’ll ever get to the WWE Title as long as I’m champion. You can bank on that!” 

    Danielson drops the mic and leaves the ring as his music plays. The lasting image of the night is of Punk lying bloodied in the ring to end the show.

Week 5 (3 Hour Show): Part 1 (Match 1, Promo, Match 2)

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    Ladies and gentlemen, tonight’s SmackDown will be dedicated to finding out which six men will have the chance to win a guaranteed WWE Championship match by winning the Money in the Bank briefcase.

    To determine the six men, we’ll have a tag-team match (where the winners qualify), a MasterLock Challenge, a Battle Royal (where the last two men left standing will qualify) and a Gauntlet match! 

    Also tonight, we’ll see what’s in store as it relates to the WWE and Intercontinental Title matches at Money in the Bank and we also have two HUGE title matches tonight to start and end the show.

    Kicking off the show will be a two-out-of-three falls match for the Light Heavyweight Championship between Richie Steamboat and Zack Ryder, while our main-event will see the culmination of a three month feud involving Air Boom and Hawkins & Reks. 

    You’re not gonna want to miss this broadcast! Let’s head straight to the arena for tonight’s 3-hour SmackDown Showdown spectacular.

     

    Light Heavyweight Championship (2 out of 3 falls match) - Richie Steamboat vs. Zack Ryder 

    Josh Matthews and Matt Striker welcome us to ringside as we see a video package of the events leading up to this match, which includes the actions of Christian, Heath Slater and more recently, Yoshi Tatsu.

    The challenger, Zack Ryder, makes his way out to a great reaction from the crowd. He stands at the top of the ramp and chants “Woo! Woo! Woo!” before making his way down to the ring. He’s soaking in the great reaction he’s getting from the fans. 

    Out next comes the new Light Heavyweight Champion, Richie Steamboat, for his first singles title defense. He gets another huge reaction from the crowd and makes his way to the ring.

    We get formal introductions in the ring from Tony Chimel and as the referee rings the bell, both men shake hands and jockey around the ring. 

    Steamboat applies a side headlock before attempting a superkick, but Ryder ducks and crawls into the corner, coming back to apply a waistlock. Steamboat counters and hits a shoulder block, then he catches Ryder off the ropes and hits a rolling fireman's carry slam.

    Steamboat covers Ryder—1…2…KICK OUT!

    He catches Ryder off-guard and puts him in a Texas Cloverleaf, but Ryder makes it to the ropes. When he gets up, Steamboat clotheslines him. Steamboat chokes Ryder in the corner and whips him into the corner, but Ryder runs up the turnbuckles and clotheslines him.

    Ryder knocks him to the floor then attempts a running dropkick from the apron, but Steamboat catches him and slams him into the barricade 

    Steamboat rolls him in and goes up top, but Ryder sweeps his legs and kicks him in the corner before applying an elevated armbar. Ryder steps on his arm and tries to dislocate his shoulder, then he turns it into a hammerlock, but Steamboat elbows his way out.

    Ryder hits a knee smash and a dropkick. He covers the champion—1…2… KICK OUT!

    He uses the ropes to step on Steamboat's throat. He hits a few European uppercuts before choking him on the ropes, then Ryder throws a few more uppercuts before Steamboat makes a comeback, clubbing Ryder on the apron and hits a fall-away slam and covers him—1…2…KICK OUT!

    Ryder floats out of a power-slam attempt and trips Steamboat in the corner. Ryder kicks him in the chest and takes him to the top turnbuckle, but Steamboat counters a hurricanrana, shoving Ryder off the top rope.

    He waits for Ryder to get back to his feet and nails him with a missile dropkick! Steamboat goes for another cover—1…2…KICK OUT!

    Ryder tries to get out of the ring to get some space between them, but Steamboat catches him and attempts a suplex from the apron. Ryder floats over, holds the ropes and attempts a suicide dive, but Steamboat meets him with a forearm shot.

    Ryder attempts a cross-face in the ring, but Steamboat fights it off and tries to hit a corner clothesline.   Ryder throws him over the top rope. Steamboat's wrist-tape gets caught on the ringpost and his arm snaps back, then Ryder sends him into the ringpost and he kicks Steamboat' shoulder a few times.

    Ryder kicks him again and the ref calls for the break, which he does. 

    The referee asks Steamboat if he wants to continue—he says yes. Ryder walks over to Steamboat, scoops him up and connects with a huge shoulder-breaker!

    With Steamboat lying in agony, Ryder applies the cross-face again and Steamboat has no choice but to tap out in the middle of the ring.

     

    Winner of the 1st fall: Zack Ryder 

    Matthews: “Matt, we’ve seen a completely different Ryder here tonight. He looks focused and a little bit dangerous, to be honest.” 

    Striker: “That’s what the lure of championship gold does to you, Josh. Ryder’s looking to solidify his spot on the roster, and defeating the new Light Heavyweight Champion in his first singles defense would certainly make a statement to the rest of the roster and the Light Heavyweight division.” 

    Ryder doesn’t look concerned about Steamboat at all and goes right back on the attack, picking him up and whipping him off the ropes.

    He connects with a Rough Ryder and goes for a cover—1…2…KICK OUT!

    He whips Steamboat into the corner and follows up with a clothesline. His opponent slumps to the floor on the bottom turnbuckle. Ryder starts working the crowd, who are torn between the two wrestlers. He goes to the opposite corner and signals that it’s time for the Broski Boot! 

    Ryder chants “Woo! Woo! Woo!” and charges full-speed towards Steamboat, who ducks out of the way and Ryder kicks the ring-post instead! With Ryder stunned, Steamboat rolls him up for a pin attempt—1…2…3!

     

    Winner of the 2nd fall: Richie Steamboat 

    The referee checks on both men and creates some separation between the two, before continuing the match. Both men are feeling the effects of the match now, but Ryder’s in slightly better shape than Richie.

    The match continues as Richie gets to his feet and Ryder charges at him. From out of nowhere, Richie nails Ryder between the eyes with a perfect superkick and covers him—1…2…KICK OUT!

    Both men struggle to pull themselves up, but Ryder gets to his feet first and kicks Steamboat in the back and head. He heads up to the top rope, but Steamboat cuts him off. Both men trade punches before Ryder shoves the champion down to the mat.

    As Ryder flies off the top-rope, Steamboat catches him! He turns to the crowd and connects with the Flying Dragon! The champion floats over into a cover—1…2…3!

     

    Winner (by 2 to 1) and still Light Heavyweight Champion: Richie Steamboat (Match Time22:00) 

    As the referee rings the bell, both men look exhausted from their efforts. When they get to their feet, they shake hands and the crowd is on their feet for both men. Ryder goes to leave the ring to give Richie his moment of celebration, but before he can get anywhere, the crowd starts to boo.

    From out of nowhere, Sin Cara Azul starts attacking Ryder and takes advantage of the situation by hitting his finisher on him! Steamboat turns around to see Ryder laid out in the middle of the ring and goes to check on him.

    When his back is turned, from the other side of the ring, Sin Cara Negro slides in behind Steamboat and hits him with his finisher! Both Sin Caras unite at the bottom of the ramp and walk towards the stage, where they’re met by the mysterious man from Yoshi Tatsu’s "New Beginning" videos.

    Nobody can make out who it is, and all three men make their way backstage as medics rush to the ring to check on Richie and Zack. 

    Matthews: “Matt, what the hell is going on here? We just had one hell of an opening match between Steamboat and Ryder and all of a sudden, Los Maestros appear from under the ring and take both men out?” 

    Striker: “From what we saw at the end, it seems like they’ve got something to do with Yoshi Tatsu’s prophecy. I suppose we’ll find out in the coming weeks!”

     

    Backstage interview with Air Boom

    We head backstage where Todd Grisham is standing by. 

    Todd: “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guests at this time, the WWE Tag-Team Champions, Air Boom!" The crowd pops as Kofi and Evan come in to the shot.

    "Guys, tonight you’re facing your long-time rivals in what could be your last night as tag-team champions. How do you think you’ll fare in tonight’s main-event?” 

    Kofi: “Speaking for both of us, we’re still pretty shaken up by what’s happened in the last few weeks, but there’s a reason why we’re WWE champions. It’s because we’re the best tag-team in the company. We overcome the odds time after time and still walk out with the belts.” 

    Todd: “Is there any added pressure on you because you’re involved in the main-event tonight?” 

    Evan: “Pressure is defending these titles night after night and walking out with the belts each time. Whether we’re opening the show, or closing it, we make sure that when the fans leave the arena, they’re only talking about one thing, and that’s Air Boom!”

    Todd: “Well, good luck with tonight’s match, guys, and thanks for your time. Guys, back to you at ring-side.”

     

    MitB Qualifying MatchLos Maestros vs Cody Rhodes & The Miz 

    Los Maestros come out to the ring first and get booed out of the building from the live crowd. It’s easy to see who the fans will be behind here. Rhodes and Miz follow them, and get a pretty decent reaction compared to Los Maestros.

    As the bell rings, we’re underway. It looks like Sin Cara Negro is going to start off against Cody Rhodes, who makes a quick early pin attempt as he grabs hold of Negro’s waist and rolls him up–1…2…KICK OUT!!

    Azul’s thrown off his game by the early pin attempt. He charges Rhodes, who ducks and sends Negro flying into the turnbuckle. With his opponent down, Rhodes stands in his corner with Miz, laughing at Negro, who landed pretty awkwardly there. 

    The referee goes to check on Negro, but with his attention diverted, the team of Rhodes & Miz completely wipe out Azul, whipping him into the ring steps on the outside. Rhodes and Miz turn to the crowd, motioning that they’re going to Money in the Bank!

    With Negro just managing to get back to his feet, Rhodes slides back into the ring and nails him with a huge clothesline! The camera pans to Sin Cara Azul on the outside and he’s still down. His partner is on his own in this one. 

    Rhodes casually walks over to Miz and tags him in. Miz looks supremely confident as he lifts Negro up and connects with a huge scoop slam.

    Negro isn’t moving.

    Miz looks down at him and casually kicks him to see if there’s anything left. No response. The crowd starts cheering and Miz starts smiling, before acknowledging them.

    What he doesn’t see is that Azul has climbed to the top rope. As Miz turns around, Azul tries to pull off a hurricanrana, but Miz catches him and powerbombs him onto Negro. 

    Striker: “Oh my God. Miz has just destroyed one of the masked luchador sensations!” 

    Miz throws Azul off his partner and covers Negro—1…2…3!

    Winners (and first 2 qualifiers for the SmackDown MiTB match): Cody Rhodes & The Miz (Match Time4:57)

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    Slide 4: In-ring promo with Santino Marella 

    Santino Marella now comes out as his music hits to a decent pop, but there are a few boos as well. A video replay of Santino hitting Mick Foley with the Milan Miracle last week is shown.

    Matthews: “Santino needs to explain his actions from last week and tell us why he laid out his good friend Mick Foley after their win in the tag-team match against Alberto and Ricardo.”

    Striker: “I think Santino may have just been jealous that Foley was able to get two pinfalls on Del Rio and Santino hasn’t been able to get any.”


    Santino enters the ring now and grabs a microphone.

    Santino: “Now, I know what you’re all thinking. I was jealous of Foley being able to beat Del Rio, the title is going to my head, and I’m forgetting what got me here. None of those things are true. I haven’t forgotten how I got to this place in the company and the title isn’t going to my head.

    I do know however that I need to keep the position I’ve got in the WWE. When Mick pulled out the cobra last week and all of you started laughing, it reminded me of why I was never taken seriously as a competitor, and it struck a nerve. 

    I don’t want to be seen as a comedy act anymore. I’m a serious competitor and I’ve got the skills to prove it. If anyone understands that, it’s Mick. I've spoken to Mick and we’re cool. He just wishes that I’d have told him about it beforehand and things would never have happened like that. I don’t hate Mick, in fact Mick is still one of my best friends. I guess I just snapped last week but I'm not sorry for what I did, I needed to prove that I mean business and that I’ll do whatever it takes to be a top star here in the WWE. 

    This Sunday at Money in the Bank, I'm walking into that steel structure and I'm not going to run from Alberto. I'm going to stay in the middle of that ring and beat Del Rio fair and square. No cheating, no screwing around, no distractions, no shady business, no foul play and no tricks. Just me and Del Rio locked inside a steel cage, where the best man on that night walks out as the Intercontinental Champion. I promise you that I’ll win that match and walk out of that steel cage as the new Intercontinental Champion. You can count on that.”

    Santino drops the microphone and exits the ring and walks straight up the ramp showing no emotion to the fans.

    Matthews: “We’ve never seen this side of Santino before. Who knows what he’ll do to Del Rio when they’re locked inside a steel cage together in two days’ time.”

    Striker: “If Santino has any chance of beating the champ on Sunday, he has to channel this energy that he has now. Otherwise, he doesn’t stand a chance against the Mexican aristocrat.”

     

    Slide 5: MitB Qualifying Gauntlet Match 

    We pan to the ring and Tony Chimel announces: "The following is a GAUNTLET match and it is to determine the third competitor in the Smackdown Money in the Bank ladder match!"

    Jinder Mahal is out first to a sea of boos. The minute his music hits, the crowd tries to make him turn around. He has his normal cocky, crazed smirk on his face.

    Out next comes Teddy Hart. The crowd goes wild as he makes his way towards the ring.

    Matthews: “The crowd is super-hot for Teddy Hart tonight. Hopefully he can reward them with a win.”

    The referee rings the bell as the two superstars lock up. Mahal has the advantage and forces Hart into the corner of the ring. He puts his palms to Hart’s face and pushes back, almost choking him. Hart counters with a kick to the gut as Jinder stumbles backwards.

    Hart charges at him, but Mahal lays him out with an elbow to the face. Hart gets to his knees, Mahal lands a boot to the head and picks him up.

    Mahal drags Hart over to the corner and lays a fist to the gut and then a fist to the face. He Irish-whips Hart to the opposite corner, who he bounces off the turnbuckle. Mahal grabs Hart’s neck, twists him around and hits a swinging neck breaker.

    Mahal raises his hand like he has this match won. He covers Hart—1...2…KICK OUT! Mahal looks frustrated.

    He runs back and bounces off the ropes, runs forward and jumps as high as he can to land a big knee drop. He climbs the top rope as the crowd roars, he sets himself up and is ready for a cross-body. He goes for it, and as Hart rises he catches Mahal out the corner of his eye and rolls out of the way!

    Matthews: “This could be the turning point for Teddy. He needs to capitalise on this opportunity!”

    Mahal slowly rises as Hart pulls himself up by the ropes. They both run at each other, planning to hit a clothesline, and they both go down. Both men are on the floor and the referee starts the count—1…2…3…4…5…(Mahal starts to rise)...6—Hart jumps up to his feet a la HBK!

    Hart shakes off the last hit and runs at Mahal from behind, connecting with a running bulldog. Hart starts to feel the momentum change and waits for Mahal to get to his feet, then lands a massive dropkick to his opponent's face.

    Hart now positions himself, readying the Hart Attack. Mahal slowly rises and Hart spins him around in position, but Mahal manages to push him off and bounces off the ropes—countering with a spinning heel kick right to his temple.

    Striker: “Oh, what a massive boot to the face of Hart!”

    Hart doesn’t fall, but stumbles backwards. Mahal runs up behind him and grabs him, ready to hit the Taj Mahal.  He goes for the finisher but Hart counters it with the Hart Attack!

    He covers Mahal–1…2...3!

    First elimination: Jinder Mahal 

    Mahal rolls out of the ring and lays face down on the mats outside.

    Hart lies face down in the ring as Ezekiel Jackson’s music hits and the crowd is all over Big Zeke as he sprints down the ramp towards Hart.

    Hart holds onto the ropes as he tries to steady himself, Jackson slides in, stands up and grabs Hart to try and put him in the torture rack. Hart blocks it and spins around, setting Jackson up for the Hart Attack—and hits it!

    He rolls over and lies on top of Jackson for the cover–1…2…3!

    Second elimination: Ezekiel Jackson

    Hart is gasping for air as Big Zeke rolls out of the ring and realises what has happened.

    Matthews: “Jackson can’t be feeling all that dominant just now! That’s one of the quickest matches I've ever seen!”

    Dolph Ziggler enters the arena now and runs down the ramp to a great reaction from the crowd!

    Hart isn’t even able to get to his feet when Ziggler slides in and immediately applies the sleeper hold. Ziggler wrenches back to cut off Hart's air, whose face turns bright red. The crowd begins to chant "Teddy” to try and give him a burst of adrenaline, and it starts to work.

    Hart starts to rise, with Dolph Ziggler on his back. As he reaches his feet, Ziggler’s face is in shock as he tries to pull Hart down. Hart runs backwards to the corner to knock Ziggler off, who drops to the mat.

    Hart pulls himself together and bounces off the ropes to clothesline Ziggler over to top rope to the outside. Hart uses this chance for a breather.

    As the ref goes to check on Ziggler, Mahal charges into the ring and hits the Taj Mahal on Hart! He rolls out of the ring and walks up the ramp as the ref gets back in the ring. Ziggler gets back into the ring and pulls Hart up, who stumbles backwards. Dolph hits the Zig-Zag and covers Hart—1…2…3!!!

    Third elimination: Teddy Hart

    Striker: “Goddamit, Mahal screwed Teddy there! He almost made it from the start of the match to the end!! Teddy is gonna want revenge for that somewhere down the line!”

    Brodus Clay's music hits and he gains massive heat from the crowd. He struts down the ramp to meet Ziggler, who looks ready for him!

    Matthews: “It's come down to this. Brodus Clay or Dolph Ziggler will be in the Smackdown Money in the Bank match on Sunday. It’s winner-takes-all here!” 

    They both go to lock up, but Ziggler shoves Clay against the ropes and laughs. Clay looks frustrated and goes to lock up again, but instead hits some quick, hard kicks to Ziggler’s ribs.

    Ziggler holds the ropes for balance to stay up after those kicks, but Clay lands some more straight to the gut of Ziggler, who falls down. Clay grabs Ziggler by the neck and drags him to the centre of the ring.

    As he sits upright, Clay bounces off the ropes and lands a drop kick on Ziggler's back. With Ziggler on the ground, Clay begins stomping on Ziggler’s right arm and then stands on it, using the rope as leverage. Ziggler screams in pain.

    As Clay steps off, he picks up Ziggler and Irish-whips him against the ropes. As he comes back, Clay hits Ziggler with a splash that sends him tumbling outside.

    The referee’s count has reached four when Ziggler crawls back into the ring. As Brodus charges at him, Ziggler gets a drop toe-hold in and Clay's head rattles off the turnbuckle. Ziggler seizes the moment and locks in the sleeper hold on Clay.

    Clay looks lost. He waves his arm around to try and get his balance back, but Ziggler looks determined to keep this hold locked in. Clay slowly begins to get to his feet and lands an elbow to Ziggler, then a second elbow—Ziggler releases the hold. 

    Clay steadies himself, and hits Ziggler with a big clothesline. Brodus covers Ziggler–1…2…KICK OUT!

    Clay looks frustrated and lays boots to the grounded Ziggler, one after another until the ref pulls him away. Ziggler reaches his feet and Clay charges for another clothesline, but Ziggler ducks it.

    As Clay turns round, Ziggler connects with a perfect superkick. He covers Brodus – 1…2…3! 

    Winner (and 3rd man in the Smackdown MiTB match): Dolph Ziggler (Match time–14:27) 

    Matthews: “Well there we have it. We now have half of the Money in the Bank participants. Cody Rhodes, The Miz and Dolph Ziggler all have their opportunity this Sunday. Who’s going to join them? We’ll find out as this show rolls on!” 

     

    Slide 6: Pre-Recorded Interview with John Cena and Josh Matthews

    We go to a pre-recorded interview in the Stamford studios with John Cena and Josh Matthews. 

    Matthews: “John, thanks for meeting with me. I’ve gotta ask you how you’re feeling after the beat-down Chris Jericho gave you a few weeks ago after your epic match with CM Punk?” 

    Cena: “How do you think I’m feeling Josh? He kicked my ass at No Mercy and after it took me two weeks to recover, I came back to Smackdown and had one of the best matches in my career with CM Punk. That match could’ve gone either way, but Punk had just enough to beat me. Out of nowhere, Jericho decides to come out and try to finish what he started, but guess what? I’m still here. 

    Jericho, you can’t finish me. You don’t have any idea what you’ve done. Whether I walk out of Money in the Bank as the WWE Champion or not, there’s one thing I can guarantee you, and that’s that I will make sure that Chris Jericho gets what he has coming to him. This isn’t about titles or victories anymore. It’s about two men that can’t stand each other and I promise you that this Sunday, if it’s the last thing I do, I’m going to make sure that Chris Jericho doesn’t leave the PPV with the WWE Championship!” 

    With that, Cena rips off his microphone and walks out.

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    Slide 7: MitB Qualifying Match: MasterLock Challenge 

    Michael Cole’s music plays now as he walks out to the top of the ramp with a microphone in hand. He gets a mixed reaction from the crowd.

    Cole: “Can I have your attention please? We are about to have a MasterLock Challenge to determine the fourth participant in the SmackDown Money in the Bank ladder match!”

    Chris Masters enters the arena, walks up to Cole and shakes his hand. The crowd boos both men for their alliance. Masters heads down to the ring, where a chair is set up and a referee is waiting.

    Cole: “OK Chris. Now that you’re all set up in the ring, let me introduce your opponent...”

    The crowd starts chanting for Kurt Angle and Jeff Hardy, among others.

    Cole: “Chris, your opponent tonight in the MasterLock Challenge is...Todd Grisham!! Come on Todd, get out here!” 

    Matthews: “Oh for crying out loud! This isn’t fair, this is just a plain abuse of power right here. Come on, Todd isn’t even a wrestler!” 

    Todd Grisham slowly appears on the ramp looking confused as Cole tells him to hurry up and get to the ring. Todd gets in the ring with Masters. The Masterpiece looks at him and laughs as he tells him to sit down and grabs a microphone.

    Masters: “OK Todd, here’s the deal. If you can break the MasterLock, then you’ll earn a spot in the Money in the Bank Ladder match. If you can’t, then I get the spot. You got that?”

    Todd tries to get up and leave, but Masters pushes him back down.

    Masters: “I said, have you got that?”

    Todd: “Yes, but can’t you just have the spo...”

    Masters does a few stretches before telling the referee to ring the bell. Masters gets behind Todd and locks the hold in place. He nearly rips Todd’s shoulders out of their sockets as he lifts him off the ground. Todd doesn’t stand a chance and taps out straight away, giving the referee no choice but to ring the bell.

    Winner (and 4th man in the Smackdown MiTB match): Chris Masters

    After the referee rings the bell, Masters doesn’t let go. He continues swinging Todd from side to side until Todd passes out. He just throws him to the mat now and gets out of the ring smiling.  He raises his hands in victory now as he walks up the ramp to the back.

    Striker: “Like it or not, that was a brilliant plan by Cole to get Masters into the match!” 

    Matthews: “It wasn’t brilliant. It was a despicable act by Cole & Masters. It’s as if they were punishing Todd Grisham for no reason at all!” 

    Striker: “You’re entitled to your opinion Josh, but up next, we’ve got a HUGE tag-team match, pitting all four members of the WWE Championship match this Sunday against each other when CM Punk and John Cena face the team of Chris Jericho and Daniel Ryder.” 

    Matthews: “Which two superstars will get momentum as we head towards Sunday’s huge main event? We’ll find out, next!”

     

    Slide 8: CM Punk & John Cena vs Bryan Danielson and Chris Jericho 

    Back from the break and out comes Chris Jericho, followed by his partner Bryan Danielson. They both get tremendous heat from the crowd. Next out comes John Cena, who gets his usual mixed reaction from the fans. Finally, “Cult of Personality” hits and out comes CM Punk to a thunderous ovation from the crowd. It’s clear which team the fans will be rooting for in this match. 

    Danielson and Cena start things off and they lock up. Cena takes Danielson to the mat with a headlock and goes for the AA early on, but Danielson counters it. Cena ends up on the floor, but comes right back in over the top rope and takes Danielson out.

    Cena with a big sideslam and floats into a cover–1…2…KICK OUT!

    Cena makes a quick tag to Punk. Punk springboards in to the ring and hits a clothesline on Danielson. He rolls in to the cover–1...2…KICK OUT!

    Danielson turns it around and tags in Jericho, who works Punk over and clotheslines him in the corner for a 2-count.

    Jericho works on the arm now. Punk fights out, but gets dropped with a big elbow.

    Jericho covers him–1…2…KICK OUT!

    Punk fights off both Jericho and Danielson in the corner. Jericho cuts him off, but misses a clothesline. Punk dives through the ropes and takes out Danielson on the floor. Punk drops Jericho over the top rope, goes to the top and comes down, but Jericho punches him in mid-air. 

    Jericho goes for a side suplex on Punk, but is stopped by a kick to the head. Cena gets the tag and takes out both Jericho and Danielson from the apron.

    Cena unloads on Jericho and scoops him for a big powerslam. He goes for the cover–1…2…KICK OUT!

    Jericho gets to his feet and charges at Cena, but he moves and Jericho knocks Danielson to the floor. Jericho turns around into an AA attempt from Cena, but Jericho slides out of it and dumps Cena over the top rope to the floor. 

    With Cena down on the outside, Danielson runs and hits a hard dropkick to Cena's face and rolls him back in to the ring. Jericho tags Danielson in and they double-team Cena for a few moments before Jericho gets out of the ring and Danielson starts kicking Cena in the corner.

    Danielson with a dropkick in the corner and goes for a cover–1…2…KICK OUT!

    The champ tags Jericho back in and he continues the assault on Cena.

    Jericho with a big sideslam and another pin attempt–1…2…KICK OUT!

    Jericho climbs to the top rope and comes down with a big clothesline for another pinfall–1…2…KICK OUT!

    Danielson comes back in and they double team Cena some more. Danielson stomps away on Cena again. Danielson goes for another dropkick in the corner but Cena avoids it and tags in Punk.

    The crowd goes nuts as Punk gets back in to the match.

    He unloads on Danielson and goes for the GTS early, but Danielson counters. Punk hits a power-slam on the WWE Champion and covers him—1…2…KICK OUT!

    Punk hits the high knee in the corner and a running bulldog. Punk climbs up to the top but Danielson cuts him off. Danielson climbs up for the superplex and nails it. Danielson, struggling, crawls over to Jericho and looks for a tag, but Jericho jumps down off the apron and walks back up the ramp! 

    Matthews: “What has Jericho done? He’s supposed to be in this tag-match, but he’s just abandoned his partner!” 

    Striker: “Jericho doesn’t care about tag-team matches Josh. He’s only concerned with walking out of Sunday’s PPV with the WWE Championship!” 

    Back in the ring, Cena tags in as Punk hits GTS on Danielson. As Danielson staggers around, Cena lifts him high on his shoulders and connects with a thunderous AA.

    He covers the champion–1…2…3!

    Winners: CM Punk and John Cena (Match Time – 12:46) 

    After the match, Jericho stands at the top of the ramp staring a hole through John Cena. As the referee raises Punk & Cena’s hands, both men stare each other down and gesture that they’re walking out of Money in the Bank with the WWE Championship. 

    Matthews: “Matt, it looks to me like there’s no way that Danielson can leave with the WWE Championship this Sunday. Cena just pinned him, Punk’s beaten three of our best wrestlers in consecutive weeks and Jericho is a dangerous man who’ll do whatever it takes to walk out with the title!” 

    Striker: “There’s a reason why Danielson is the champ. He’s the best in the world and he didn’t get there by luck. The champ has just as much chance as anyone else to walk out of MiTB with the WWE Title.” 

     

    Slide 9: Backstage Interview with Miz & Eve 

    We go backstage to see Scott Stamford standing outside the Miz’s locker room. He knocks on the door, but Eve answers. 

    Scott: “Hey Eve. We were wondering if we could talk to the Miz and get his thoughts on his win earlier tonight, as well as how he thinks he’ll fare on Sunday. We’d also appreciate you clearing up your relationship? By that, I mean whether or not it’s strictly business.”

    Eve: “Sorry to disappoint you Scott, but unless you have my authority, no one gets to interview the Miz. He needs to focus on getting back to the top of the card, so he can’t be distracted by stupid questions from the likes of you. From now on, if you’ve got a question about the Miz, you talk to me.”

    Scott: “Rriiigghhht. Can you give us the answers we’re looking for?”

    Eve: “Sure, but only this once. Can’t you see I’ve got better things to do than answer your stupid questions? Of course he’s happy with his win tonight; who in their right mind wouldn’t be? As far as teaming with Cody Rhodes, there are worse people he could have teamed with. On Sunday, the Miz plans to become Mr Money in the Bank for a second time and re-take his place in the main-event. He’s looking to make Smackdown the most must-see show in the WWE and he can only do that as the WWE Champion. As far as our ‘relationship’ goes, let’s just say that Mik-, erm I mean Miz and I, we’ve got an oral agreement.”

    Eve smiles seductively and closes the door.

    Stanford: “Well, there you have it. Miz & Eve seem to be well on their way to becoming the new power couple in WWE. Back to you guys at ringside.” 

    Striker: “I think this move can only help The Miz. Ever since Eve showed up, everyone’s been talking about him, so I’m excited to see where their agreement takes him!” 

    Matthews: “It’s definitely interesting Matt, but I'm excited for this next match. Michael Cole has booked a 10 man battle royal to see who will get the final 2 spots in the Smackdown MiTB match. That contest, is next!”

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    Slide 10: MitB Qualifying Match: 10 Man Battle Royal 

    We come back from commercial to see Tony Chimel standing in the ring. 

    Chimel: “The following is a 10-man battle royal, where the last two surviving participants will qualify as the fifth and sixth members for the Smackdown Money in the Bank ladder match!”

    Each of the competitors make their way out to the ring. The men vying for the last two spots in the MiTB ladder match are: Christian, Alberto del Rio, Big Show, Ambrose, Ryback, Jinder Mahal, Teddy Hart, Zack Ryder, Vladimir Kozlov and Jack Swagger.

    All ten men are now in the ring, staring off at each other as one of the referees signals for the bell and this battle royal is underway!

    Hart and Ryder immediately go after Mahal and Del Rio, hitting them both with dropkicks and knocking them to the mat. Swagger hits a low shoulder block now on the Big Show, grounding him.

    Kozlov hits Christian with a big headbutt as they start brawling, throwing left and rights.

    Ambrose now relaxes on the top rope, laying there, and Ryback stands in front of him as cover because neither of them feel the need to waste energy.

    Mahal takes Hart and begins to land some punches, causing Hart to stumble backwards into the ropes. Mahal hits some short sharp and sweet kicks into Hart’s abdomen.

    Mahal whips Hart to the opposite corner, but Ryback stands there blocking Ambrose and catches Hart, lifting him up and crushing him with a spinebuster. Del Rio sees this and quickly tries to dispose of Hart, hitting him with an elbow that drops him. Del Rio then charges at Ryback and hits him with a clothesline—but it has no effect. Ryback runs at Del Rio and hits him with a clothesline of his own, but it doesn’t knock Del Rio down.

    Both men exchange a series of stiff rights until Del Rio gets the upper hand. Ryder sees his opportunity: He dropkicks Del Rio in the back, causing Ryback to fall backwards into Ambrose, knocking him off the top rope and out of the ring!

    First elimination: Dean Ambrose

    Ryback now looks to the outside, shocked at what’s happened. The distraction lets Ryder and Del Rio team up, and they lift him over the top rope!

    Second elimination: Ryback

    Ambrose is arguing with the referee on the outside, trying to get back into the match. When Ryback gets up, he starts screaming at another referee and tries getting back in the ring as well. Ambrose shoves Ryback in the chest, frustrated with him about his elimination.

    Ryback tenses up and unleashes a massive clothesline on the referee, knocking him down on the outside. He picks the referee up and gives him to Ambrose, who grabs the referee and hits him with Midnight Special! Ryback quickly grabs the referee by the neck and throws him over the guard rail like a rag doll, before he heads back up the ramp with Ambrose. 

    Back in the ring, Christian and Kozlov are going back and forth with a mix of kicks and punches. Kozlov gets the upper hand as he connects with a big axe-handle on Christian, which stuns him. Kozlov is readying himself for a headbutt and charges at Christian, but Christian avoids it and counters with a big spear.

    Meanwhile, Swagger is dominating the Big Show, taking out his legs. Swagger mounts Show, landing big forearms to his head, but Big Show is able to counter and throws Swagger off him and across the ring. Show gets up, shaking off the hits from Swagger and floors him with a big boot!

    After teaming to eliminate Ryback, Ryder turns around and Del Rio gets payback for the dropkick earlier and hits a big clothesline on Ryder, sending him flying over the top rope!

    Third Elimination: Zack Ryder

    Teddy Hart turns around, realises that Ryder is gone, and charges at Mahal. Hart goes for a big right, but Mahal ducks and lands an elbow, which makes Hart lose his bearings. He stumbles away from Mahal into a big boot from Del Rio!

    Del Rio tells Mahal to get up on the top rope and drop an elbow. Mahal goes up as Del Rio holds Hart down. Mahal teases the crowd before he flies off the top rope. Suddenly, as Mahal soars through the air, Hart kicks del Rio in the head, knocking him off-balance. He gets his knees up just in time to catch Mahal as he lands.

    Del Rio is stunned and doesn’t move. Hart picks Mahal up, bounces off the ropes and dropkicks him over the top rope.

    Fourth Elimination: Jinder Mahal 

    Del Rio, fuming, charges at Hart. He goes for a clothesline, but Hart ducks and pulls the top rope down, sending del Rio flying over the top rope and crashing to the mat below.

    Fifth Elimination: Alberto del Rio 

    Hart now stands up and as he turns around, Christian nails him with a spear and sets up for another one. He waits for Big Show to turn around and Christian charges at him, looking for his 3rd spear in the match.

    Big Show lands a chop that stops Christian in his tracks.

    He grabs Christian by the throat and drags him to the ropes. He tries to flip him over the top, but Christian is able to use his legs and wraps them around the Big Show’s neck. 

    Striker: “That’s a clever move by Christian. If Big Show tries to throw him over, then he eliminates himself as well!”

    Kozlov walks over to Hart and drags him towards the ropes, trying to throw him over. Hart blocks it.

    He elbows Kozlov in the face, staggering the big Russian. Hart goes to move forward, but Jinder Mahal gets up on the apron and pulls Hart back by his hair. With nowhere to go, Mahal lands a massive neck breake, causing Hart to flip over the rope and hit the mat on the outside!

    Mahal walks away from Hart, telling him that this isn’t over after he embarrassed him during his open challenge last week.

    Sixth Elimination: Teddy Hart 

    Striker: “With Teddy Hart eliminated, we’re down to our final four competitors: Big Show, Christian, Jack Swagger and Vladimir Kozlov. Which two men will move on to Money in the Bank to have a chance at retrieving the briefcase?” 

    Big Show and Christian are still battling between the top rope, the apron and floor as Show tries to throw Christian over. Christian’s trying either to take Big Show with him, or choke him out.

    Big Show realises this is going nowhere and drags Christian back into the ring, before slamming him to the mat for his troubles. He then turns his attention to the recovered Kozlov. He walks over to Kozlov and nails him right between the eyes with a KO punch.

    He hits him so hard that Kozlov falls over the top rope and out of the ring.

    Seventh Elimination: Vladimir Kozlov 

    Swagger now seizes his opportunity and attacks the Big Show from behind. The force of the impact causes Show to fall forward and land on the top rope, but he doesn’t go over. Swagger runs up behind him and tries finishing the job, but he can’t get it done.

    Big Show kicks him off and Swagger stumbles over the top rope, but he catches himself on the apron before his feet touch the floor! As he gets back in the ring, Big Show catches Swagger and puts his hand around his throat.

    Christian sees what’s happening and charges at Big Show, looking for another spear—Big Show catches him, too! 

    The crowd roars as they know what’s coming next. Swagger and Christian both try and escape, but they can’t. Big Show lifts them both up, but before he can choke-slam them, Swagger and Christian land on their feet. They each run off the ropes and hit flying elbows on Show.

    Big Show looks groggy as he stumbles towards the ropes. Christian and Swagger look at each other and bounce off the ropes. They both connect with missile dropkicks on the Big Show, knocking him over the top rope, crashing to the mat.

    The referees ring the bell!

    Eighth Elimination: Big Show 

    Winners (and last two qualifiers for Smackdown MiTB match): Christian and Jack Swagger 

    Swagger and Christian get their hands raised by the referee, but don’t take their eyes off each other. Swagger shrugs the referee off and leaves the ring, raising his hands in victory all the way up the ramp. Christian watches him closely as he celebrates in the ring. 

    Matthews: “Wow, that was one hell of a match! We should do this on Smackdown every year! I can’t wait until Sunday. Who’s going to win the Smackdown MiTB match and will they cash it in on the night? I can’t wait to find out.”

     
    Slide 11: Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks Interview 

    Backstage, we see Scott Stanford standing by with the number-one contenders for the tag-titles, Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks. 

    Stanford: “Well gentlemen, here we are. It’s time for our main-event match where you’ll be competing for the Tag-Team Championships. What are your thoughts heading in to this HUGE match?” 

    Hawkins: “I’m gonna keep this short and sweet. Over the last few months, it’s all been about one thing: Getting inside the heads of Air Boom. We’ve done that. We’ve kicked their ass, we’ve beaten them in singles matches, in non-title matches, but none of those victories were in the main event, so it didn’t matter. Tonight, change begins when me and Reks walk out as the new WWE Tag-Team Champions!” 

    With that, the challengers walk away to get ready for their match. 

    Stanford: “A strong statement of intent from Hawkins & Reks there, let’s head back to ringside as we get ready for our tag-team main event!”

     

    Slide 12: Tag Team Championship match–Air Boom (c) vs Hawkins & Reks

    The challengers for the titles come out first as Hawkins and Reks get tremendous heat from the crowd. Next out are the WWE Tag-Team Champions Air Boom, who get the best reaction of the night from the live crowd! They make their way to the ring as their pyrotechnics go off. 

    As the referee rings the bell, Hawkins starts things out with Bourne and they lock up, trading holds. Bourne takes control but Hawkins turns it around in the corner. Bourne comes back again and hits a big suplex. Kingston gets in some right hands before tagging in. Kingston beats Hawkins down in the corner. 

    Hawkins manages to tag Reks in, but Kingston keeps control of the match. Kingston and Bourne keep control of the match with the quick tags and hit some double team moves. Bourne covers Reks–1…2…KICK OUT!

    The challengers take control after Hawkins gets in a cheap shot on Bourne, and the challengers are in charge now. Hawkins locks in a side headlock on Bourne, but the crowd helps Bourne to get to his feet.

    Hawkins whips Bourne off the ropes and goes for a clothesline, who ducks it and hits one of his own. The crowd’s in a frenzy, urging Bourne to make the tag and he does.

    Kingston unloads on Hawkins. He runs off the ropes, but Hawkins catches him in a huge power-slam. Instead of going for the cover, Hawkins climbs to the top rope and goes for a moonsault, but Kingston rolls out of the way.

    With both men down, Hawkins tags Reks in and Kingston works him over. Kingston clotheslines Reks and hits a big superkick on Hawkins.

    He turns around and eats a big boot from Reks, as Hawkins gets back to his feet. Hawkins comes in to the ring and the challengers double team Kingston before Reks hits a big jumping DDT.

    He goes for a cover–1…2…KICK OUT! 

    Reks tags Hawkins, who comes in and connects with a superkick of his own on Kingston! He covers him—1…2…KICK OUT!

    Hawkins drags Kingston over towards his corner and tries to grab hold of his foot, but Kingston wriggles free and connects with Trouble in Paradise. He tags in Bourne, who springboards over the top rope and takes Hawkins down with a hurricanrana.

    Hawkins gets back up and charges at Bourne, who takes him down with an arm-drag. Bourne bounces off the ropes and connects with a huge cross-body and rolls in to the cover–1…2…KICK OUT! 

    Bourne and Hawkins get to their feet, but the challenger is able to gain control as they exchange right hands. He bounces Bourne off the ropes and connects with a perfect drop kick, taking him down. Hawkins goes for another moonsault, but Bourne moves out of the way.

    The champs start double-teaming the challengers now, and Kingston connects with a spinning heel-kick on Hawkins. Bourne climbs to the top rope and connects with Air Bourne on Hawkins. He rolls in to the cover – 1…2...but Reks breaks up the pin attempt!

    After preventing the pin, Reks runs towards Kingston and drops him to the outside with a huge right hand. He rolls out after Kingston and they fight on the outside. Bourne goes up to the top rope, looking for another Air Bourne, but Reks takes his legs out and Bourne lands on the top turnbuckle! 

    Hawkins is dazed, but he sees Bourne straddling the top rope and decides to take advantage. He climbs up and connects with a huge spinning DDT on Bourne. Reks continues to battle with Kingston on the outside as Hawkins rolls in to the cover–1…2…3!

    Winners (and new WWE Tag-Team Champions): Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks 

    After the match, Hawkins and Reks celebrate winning their championships as the referee raises their hands in victory. They climb to the top rope and each mouth the word “Change” as they hold their belts high. Outside the ring, Kofi and Evan look devastated that they’ve lost the titles and try to come to terms with what’s happened. 

    Matthews: “Ladies and gentlemen, we have new WWE Tag-Team Champions! In a close-fought match filled with near-falls, Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks did just enough to walk out as champions!” 

    Striker: “You’ve gotta feel for Air Boom. They came in and did everything they could, but at the end of the day, they were out-fought by our new tag champs! Congratulations to Hawkins & Reks. Just like they said, a change is coming to the WWE and it’s started tonight!” 

    Matthews: “That’s all we’ve got time for tonight, be sure to catch us live on PPV this Sunday as Smackdown and Raw present Money in the Bank!”

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