For those not entirely satisfied with the current product or those who just love WWE enough to want even more, this is the first edition of Fantasy WWE SmackDown.
For those who don't know yet, Nathan Giese and I will be collaboratively writing SmackDown, while Nate Scaccia and Will Owen will be writing the Raw shows. For SmackDown, both Nathan and I will be trading off publishing the shows, so just look for the show each Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.
Raw and SmackDown held a fantasy draft; the results of the draft can be viewed here. Please read the new rosters so that there will be no confusion going forward. We have stars such as CM Punk and John Cena, while Raw has stars such as Randy Orton and Mark Henry.
Since this is a competition between the two shows, you, the readers, will decide who wins. Grade each of our shows by leaving a score on a scale of 1 to 10 in the comment section: "7/10," for example.
If you haven't read Raw yet, you can find it here.
Now, that the technical stuff is out of the way, let's get down to the fun part.
We open the show with our announcing eam, Josh Matthews and Matt Striker, welcoming us to SmackDown in Mexico City.
Our announcers begins to tell about how this is a new SmackDown without a champion when those familiar eight chords ring through the arena, and John Cena comes out to the ring to start the show.
As he goes to grab a mic, the audience seems to give him an extremely mixed reaction. John Cena smiles and shrugs as he enters the ring.
"Welcome everybody to Friday Night SmackDown! Boy, it feels like a lifetime ago since I was last a part of this roster. Are you guys excited? I know I am!"
The crowd roars in approval. "Let's get down to business, though. I am out here tonight for one reason. SmackDown has no champion, and, as a competitor in WWE, I am here to stake my claim for the title. I will fight anyone in the back for this title. Just give me my shot."
Cult of Personality blares through the arena, and CM Punk appears to a huge pop from the crowd. He already has a mic in hand. He makes his way down the ramp.
"Woah, woah, woah, John. Let's just calm down here. This isn't Monday Night Raw anymore. There is change in the air. Can't you feel it? We are not here on a new brand, with new stars just for the WWE to return to form and hand John Cena the WWE Title for the record breaking 11th time. I think, no, I know, I speak for everyone when I say we all want a change, and that change starts with CM Punk."
He enters the ring to face down Cena.
"Can I have your attention, please?" Michael Cole says as he comes out to me the two competitors. "For those of you who don't know, I have been named the new SmackDown general manager, and I will not have you two causing havoc on my first day. You two both are great competitors who deserve a shot at becoming the WWE Champion again here on my SmackDown, so let's settle it. The main event tonight will be a two-out-of-three falls match between..."
The Miz's music hits as he enters the arena and makes his way to the ring. The crowd gives him good heat as he smiles.
"No offense meant, Michael, but I needed to stop this travesty. No one can be SmackDown's newest WWE Champion besides the most must see WWE Champion in history, The Miz. You want your first show to be a success? Give me that title."
Michael Cole says back, "You have a great point, Miz. Instead of CM Punk,..."
Alberto Del Rio's music hits. He gets a mixed reaction from the Mexico City audience.
"Stop this nonsense. We all know that only one man deserves the WWE Title, and that is me: Alberto Del Rio."
Every man in the ring looks about ready to throw down until Michael Cole stops them. "OK, OK, OK, there is only one way to settle this. We are going to have a tournament. Eight of SmackDown's finest will face off to determine our first WWE Champion on my SmackDown. The first match is up next, as The Miz faces John Morrison."
The Miz seems flustered as the other stars leave the ring. Cole can be heard saying that the Miz has nothing to worry about. Morrison hasn't won a match in months.
As we return from commercial, The Miz is already in the ring.
John Morrison's music hits as he makes his way out to the ring to a decent pop. As he enters the ring, the announcers are putting over the scene we just witnessed.
Matthews: "I don't know if I like Cole less or possibly more now that he is in control. At least he has shown that he knows what he is doing with this great tournament."
Striker: "It is already giving us one match that sure to be stellar here. Wow, the history between Miz and Morrison should boil over in this contest. This guys used to be as close as brothers, and now..."
Matthews: "Now they are bitter rivals."
The bell rings as the two lock up. The Miz takes down Morrison with a headlock. The Miz controls the action for a few minutes until Morrison gets some space with a huge dropkick. With Miz on the ground, Morrison goes up top and jumps off the ropes going for a diving crossbody. The Miz ducks out of the way and hits a huge big boot on Morrison. He is only able to manage a two count.
The Miz uses his advantage to wear down Morrison for a few more minutes. Morrison fights out with a big European uppercut. Morrison and The Miz both go for a clothesline and hit the ground at the same time. We go to a commercial break.
When we come back, Morrison has gained control. The two have some great back and forth moves between the two of them for a few minutes until Morrison hits the Miz with the C4 for a two count. As The Miz is sitting up, Morrison hits a great running knee, but he finds only a two count again.
He waits for The Miz to rise and tries to hit the Flying Chuck. The Miz ducks. As Morrison is getting reoriented, Miz grabs Morrison and hits the Skull Crushing Finale for the three count.
Tony Chimel: "Here is your winner, The Miz."
In the ring, The Miz celebrates as John Morrison is still on the ground, holding his head.
Striker: "What a great match up! Both men fought tooth and nail for that victory, but it was The Miz who pulled it out."
Matthews: "Perhaps we are looking at the new WWE Champion."
As we return from break, we find Cody Rhodes making his way to the ring to meet the waiting Matt Striker for an interview.
Striker: "Cody, you've been placed into the eight-man tournament to crown a new WWE Champion. Do you like your chances in this thing? Better yet, do you like your chances against the 10-time WWE Champion, John Cena?"
Rhodes: "Matt, you ask some of the most asinine questions I've ever heard. Obviously, if I've been placed in this tournament, then I deserve to be there. I've proven time and time again how valuable I am to this business and am now finally being recognized for it. Every man in this tournament deserves to be in this tournament. That is, every man except for John Cena."
Striker: "Why do you say Cena doesn't deserve to be in the tournament?"
Rhodes: "For one, Cena is the most overrated talent we have in the company. His matches are atrocious, his style looks like a child's vomit and he is the ugliest man in the business. I know ugly when I see it, and Cena is hideous. He's more hideous than every single person sitting in the audience tonight. He is the furtherest thing from a legitimate champion that's ever stepped foot in a ring."
"I am the one who deserves to be champion, but Cena's ego is bigger than Big Show's belly and won't allow him to step away from the spotlight. Next week, I'm going to prove to Cena that he doesn't belong in the same ring with someone like me nor does he belong anywhere near the WWE Championship. He's as much of a mockery to championship gold as I am the man who made the Intercontinental Championship relevant. When I'm through with Cena, after I've beaten him and moved on to the second round, after I've placed that special paper bag over his enormous head, John Cena is going to know what it means to end your night at a Cross Rhodes."
Gail Kim appears on stage as she makes her long-awaited return to the WWE. She's back to help better the Divas division and prove she should have never been mistreated before.
Natalya follows her to a good pop, rocking the Hart Dynasty attire.
The match begins, and Kim immediately jumps on top of Natalya, taking her to the ground. Kim begins shaking Naty's head like a rag doll.
Kim controls much of the match, but Natalya begins her resurgence three minutes into the match. Kim reverses an attempted Sharpshooter into a pinning combination, amounting only to a two count.
As Kim and Natalya lock up again, the lights go out. The arena goes pitch black, with only camera's flashbulbs lighting the area.
Next thing you know, we begin to hear high piercing screams from Kim and Natalya inside the ring. Matthews and Striker are speechless as they attempt to explain the actions they can make out.
When the lights return, Kim is laid out on top of Natalya in the middle of the ring. On top of the two Divas is a giant banner.
On that banner, the words "Survive" are spelt out in blood red.
Matthews and Striker still struggle to find words to describe the scene as we head to commercial.
Matthews is announcing as we return from commercial.
Matthews: "We're back, ladies and gentlemen, and we'll get right back to action as we all try to digest what we just witnessed with our Diva's match. But here's something to get everybody excited: some high flying action."
Justin Gabriel coming out to his new theme song, "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz.
Matthews: "You know, Matt, it's guys like Gabriel and even his opponent Sin Cara who bring so much energy and talent to the ring, yet they don't get the respect they deserve. In my opinion, they are underutilized and can always put on great matches. These two competitors deserve to be in the spotlight."
Sin Cara Negro appears among smoke, staring down Gabriel through his mask as he stands in the ring.
The match begins, and within the first minute and a half, Sin Cara performs three hurricanranas much to the surprise of Gabriel. Not to be outdone, Gabriel shows his high flying abilities by utilizing the ropes effectively.
Eventually, Sin Cara Negro gains the upper hand and controls the tempo. Springboard attacks and flying kicks galore as the match continues.
Cut to a shot in the backstage area, where we see Sin Cara Blue watching the contest.
A few more minutes of back and forth gives Gabriel the advantage. Gabriel gives one good boot to Sin Cara's head. That blow allows for Gabriel to head to the top rope for the 450 splash on which he connects for the victory.
Tony Chimel: "Here is your winner, Justin Gabriel."
Matthews: "You see Matt, this was an extremely entertaining contest, but we don't give them the credit for their performances like they should. The smaller, lighter weight guys in the WWE need to be recognized for their brilliance.
Daniel Bryan comes out to the ring ready for action. In hand, he still possesses the Smackdown Money in the Bank briefcase.
Striker: "You know. Josh, I would not be at all surprised if Bryan waited until the end of this WWE Championship tournament to cash-in his briefcase. What a perfect time to do it. Whoever wins the tournament is going to have face three tremendous talents to win the title and is likely to be exhausted after their match to crown the champion. I'm calling it right now."
Christian enters next, hollering at his Peeps in the stands. He turns his attention now to Bryan, pointing at his briefcase. He grabs a microphone before the match.
Christian: "Daniel, Daniel, Daniel. You know, you're making a mockery out of that briefcase. You keep 'waiting for the right time' to cash it in, but just face it, that time is never going to come. I think it's time you just give the contract to someone who deserves it. Someone who is a proven winner. Someone who is a former champion. Someone…..like ME!."
Turn to Bryan, who looks interested.
Christian: "What do you say, Daniel? I beat you tonight, and next week, we fight again. Except next time, it will be for that shiny blue briefcase."
Bryan holds out his hand to shake Christian's, and the stipulation is in place.
The match is underway, and now, Bryan has his career riding on this match. He starts to show desperation and gets caught up in the ropes, giving Christian the advantage to start to pounce on his prey.
Cut to commercial.
Return from commercial.
Christian holds Bryan in a chin lock, but Bryan begins to fight out of it. Elbows to the guy and a kick to the side later, the American Dragon starts rolling and taking down Christian.
Bryan begins to feel it and gets the crowd, who is fully behind Bryan, pumped up.
Bryan has Christian on his knees, ready for the knock out kick, when….
Kurt Angle's music hits. Angle appears and stand on top of the ramp. Bryan appears confused and looks at Angle, wondering what he's about to do. Except Angle doesn't do anything. He just stands there staring at Bryan. With Bryan distracted, Christian rolls him up for the three count to pick up the victory.
Tony Chimel: "Here is your winner, Christian."
Christian celebrates as he sneaks out of the ring. Bryan is furious and looks for Angle at the ramp, but he's no longer there. He's seemingly vanished.
We find ourselves backstage, watching Big Show and Eve chatting it up.
Eve: "So Show, are you excited to get your shot at the WWE championship again?"
Big Show: "Absolutely, Eve. I mean, I've come back from a lot in my career, and now I finally hold my own destiny. I have the chance to finally regain championship gold that doesn't come with some annoying partner."
Eve: "You drew Dolph Ziggler next week. You confident?"
Big Show: "Very confident. The last time I was in the ring with that pansy, he ran away like a scared girl. Next week, when I get my hands on that gelled hair, cocky, overly tan bastard, I'm going to……."
Big Show is attacked from behind by Ziggler. Eve runs off scared. Ziggler continues to attack the wounded Show, who has now ended up on the ground.
Ziggler grabs the moving cart and rams it into Show's knees and legs. Show, in obvious pain, starts screaming for mercy.
Ziggler takes this opportunity to spit in Show's face.
Ziggler: "I'm cocky, huh? That's because I can back it up. See you next week, fatboy." Ziggler finishes off with one last kick to the cart to run it into Show's legs some more.
Over the loud speakers, Michael Cole saying "and I quote" can be heard, followed by his theme music.
He gets massive heat as he comes to the music and enters the ring.
"Since this is my first ever SmackDown as general manager, I thought I would come out here and give you all my first ever general manager address. First, let me thank the WWE Board of Directors for finally making a great call by electing me to run this show over the dimwit Teddy Long. Seriously, I have been commentating since the very first episode of SmackDown, and he never even once made a good decision for this brand. He was always distracted or radically biased. Only a great man like myself can really understand what it means to run SmackDown."
"Now, as my first act as new SmackDown general manager, I will be reinstating the Cruiserweight Title belt. Yes, someone will finally be able to redeem the title that was last held by Hornswoggle. In order to find our first champion, next week, we will have an over the top rope battle royal between every star on the brand under 215 pounds. The winner will be the first singles champion on my SmackDown.
"Also, for those who watched Raw, you may have seen that the old Undisputed Tag Titles were demolished; however, we still have the tag champions together on this brand. Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne will be SmackDown's first WWE Tag Team champions since the unification of the titles, giving my SmackDown its first champions. As far as our Intercontinental Title is concerned, the losers of the first round of the WWE Championship tournament will be entered into a fatal four way match for the title at a later date, as they are still the some of the best stars on the brand and deserve this chance."
"As you can see, I am creating change here in WWE. I am a man who will give this business a new direction. I would like to congratulate the Miz on his first win of three in the WWE Championship Tournament, as I look forward to working with him as the top star on my show. Now then, where was I?"
Cult of Personality blares on the speakers, and CM Punk comes out to a massive ovation.
"Cole, you are not change. I am change. You are just another spoke on the wheel that is WWE. Let's face it, the best thing you ever did in your life was lose your voice and get beaten down by everyone from Jerry Lawler to Eve on national television. As far as the Miz is concerned, you don't have to even think about working with him. Instead, you should start worrying about working with me!"
Cole, with a look of absolute fury, yells back at Punk, "You know, I had high hopes for you when I first heard you were coming onto my brand, but you ruined all of that. You just made the biggest mistake of your life, and it all starts next as you face Alberto Del Rio in the main event. Hope you're ready."
CM Punk has a grin on his face despite Cole's threats.
We return from the break with CM Punk sitting in the middle of the ring.
After being introduced, Ricardo Rodriguez announces the entrance of Alberto Del Rio, who comes out to a solidly mixed reaction thanks to being in his home country.
Matthews: "I have never heard Del Rio be cheered before."
Striker: "He is at home here. We are only four and a half hours away from Del Rio's home in San Luis Potosi. If there is any place that will cheer Del Rio, it is the audience at el Palacio De Los Deportes."
CM Punk and Alberto Del Rio lock up as we begin. Punk pulls out some solid kicks to the left leg of Del Rio before gets annoyed and charges at CM Punk, only to get thrown out of the ring. Del Rio is obviously frustrated. Punk taunts Del Rio as we go to a commercial break.
When we come back, Del Rio has gained control of Punk after hitting him shoulder first into the ring post on the outside. After about six minutes of Del Rio keeping Punk more or less grounded, Punk pulls himself out of a headlock and starts the attack on Del Rio.
Both pull out some huge slams, with CM Punk feinting Del Rio into a huge leg lariat. Punk then pulls off a nice springboard clothesline for a two count. With Del Rio still on the ground, CM Punk goes to the top for an elbow drop. Del Rio takes him down before he can jump with a step-up enziguiri.
Del Rio then locks in the Cross Armbreaker on Punk, who stretches for 30 seconds before finding the ropes. Del Rio then hits a big backbreaker for a two count. The two go back and forth for a few more minutes with some near falls until Del Rio takes Punk down with a double knee armbreaker.
Del Rio gets Punk in position for the Cross Arm Breaker, but Punk blocks it and uses Del Rio's position to lift him up for the GTS. He hits it and gets the three count.
Tony Chimel: "Here is your winner, CM Punk."
The crowd goes wild as the commentators put over Punk. Just as it seems the show is about to end though, the lights go out, and the speakers are echoing static.
On the Titantron, there is a visible darkened face. All that can be seen is that he is motioning toward the ring where only Punk remains.
The lights turn back on with the Titantron going black. The camera pans in on a confused Punk as the show ends.
And that's a wrap.
Tune in next week to see two rounds of the WWE Championship Tournament, as Dolph Ziggler takes on Big Show and John Cena takes on Cody Rhodes, along with a huge cruiserweight battle royal to find the first successor to Hornswoggle (don't worry; Hornswoggle is not a signed SmackDown star).
Remember to rate the show on a scale from 1 (being horrible) through 10 (being awesome).
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