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The intro rolls, then we are treated to a recap for the past few weeks.
We see flashes of each winner for each round with their hand raised by the referee in the WWE Championship Tournament in order of their occurrence: The Miz, CM Punk, Dolph Ziggler, John Cena, John Cena again, and then CM Punk for the final win.
Then Punk and Cena are shown in a parking lot as Punk tells Cena that he will win with no doubt in his mind.
The two stars are then teaming against Miz and Ziggler when Punk accidentally kicks Cena. In the confusion, Ziggler takes a big win over Cena.
Punk and Cena face off in anger and confusion over the circumstances. Green Day then plays.
Pyros launch and the show begins to the sound of The Miz.
He enters the ring with microphone already in hand and a smile on his face.
The crowd in Bridgeport gives him solid heat through his entrance and while he speaks.
Miz: "Show some respect! I stand before you as the captain of Team SmackDown. As you all should know, I'm out here for more than talk. I as a serious captain am looking to find the final member for my illustrious team that I will once again lead to victory.
Honestly, the team under my guidance could probably win against that paltry team Raw picked out without a fifth member, but rules are rules. So since I could create a star out of anyone in that locker room, I am putting out an open invitation to anyone in that locker room. Come out and prove your worth."
The Miz waits for a few seconds and hears the new theme of Daniel Bryan hit. His smile immediately fades as Bryan comes out with his hand raised high and the MITB briefcase in hand, getting a good reaction from the crowd.
He walks around the ring with a visible limp after his ankle was wrecked by Angle last week and picks up a mic. He enters and answers Miz's challenge as he sets down his case in front of him.
Bryan: "Look, I know you and I have had our differences over the past year, but let's be honest, okay. You need me on Sunday. You are looking at your best chance because we all know I am 10 times the wrestler you will ever be."
The Miz takes offense and fights back.
Miz: "You need to stop talking so much because it is obvious you have forgotten who the former world champion is here."
Bryan: "How about we look at who the future world champion is here?"
They bicker a bit until new music hits. Neither man is sure what to think until Curt Hawkins comes out with a microphone in hand getting very little reaction.
Hawkins: "Miz, out of respect for you and your team, I am out here to request that you put me on your Survivor Series team. Unlike Daniel here, I actually know how to show respect and can keep my ego in check."
Bryan: "I'm sorry. Have we met? My name is Daniel Bryan. Who are you exactly?"
An agitated Hawkins walks down the ramp toward the ring.
Hawkins: "My name is Curt Hawkins, and I'm not here for you to ridicule me about my past failures, Bryan. I'm here to prove my worth now."
Hawkins enters the ring and faces off with a focused Daniel Bryan.
Miz: "Look, the answer here is simple. Daniel, you can fight this guy here, and the winner gets a spot on the team. Simple as that."
The two seem happy with the decision by the team captain, and they get ready to fight as we go to commercial break.
As we return, both men are brawling. Bryan seems to be getting the upper hand until Hawkins hits a hard clothesline which grounds Bryan.
Hawkins works on the injured ankle for several minutes as Angle appears at the top of the ramp with a look of concern briefly passing his face, followed immediately by a stern look of contemplation.
Bryan who is now in absolute visible pain on the ankle barely gets himself up and hits a nice roundhouse kick for two.
He then tries climb to the top rope favoring the ankle the whole way up. When Bryan can finally execute his missile dropkick, he is caught and swatted aside by Hawkins who then hits a picture perfect twisting delayed scoop slam for a long two.
Understanding his amount of control in the proceedings, Hawkins keeps working over Bryan.
He has Bryan hurt and gets some near falls off a spinebuster and a vicious suplex where Bryan seems to further tweak the leg on his landing.
Unbelievably, Bryan keeps holding on much to the chagrin of a vicious and determined Hawkins. The Miz is sitting in a chair at ringside watching emotionlessly.
Hawkins signals for the end by getting ready to hit his finisher, Taste of Pain, when he sees Angle coming toward the ring.
Distressed, Hawkins lets Angle distract him enough for Bryan to slip on the LaBell Lock.
Hawkins can be seen looking at Miz knowing that he could be losing his only chance if he taps.
He holds on impressively for about a minute, but he cannot get out. He taps.
Tony Chimel: "The winner of this match, Daniel Bryan."
The Miz looks a bit annoyed and avoids Bryan as he walks out. Bryan celebrates in the ring, noticing that Angle is gone. We head to commercial break.
We come back to the program and are welcomed to the sound of car horns honking throughout the stadium. Alberto Del Rio is making his way to the ring.
He grabs a microphone and begins to speak.
Del Rio: “You know who I am, so I’m not going to waste your time by telling you again. You know, the kind of things I am capable of, they would make the normal man sick to his stomach. I could break somebody’s arm in a matter of seconds, and not think twice about it.
Now, I’m going to use that ability, to win the Intercontinental Championship this Sunday. My competitors are no match for a man of my abilities. John Morrison is nothing more than a pretty boy who can fly around.
Big Show won’t even be able to last long enough to finish the match, considering the fact, that he is incredibly out of shape. Cody Rhodes, well, I respect his confidence, but let’s be honest, I’m the only one who has a real shot at this thing. I.....”
Big Show makes his way to the ring, interrupting Del Rio mid-sentence.
“Del Rio, make all the jokes you want about me and my weight. I’m big, I get it. What you obviously don’t get, is all this talking can only get you so far. In case you’ve forgotten, you’ve never beaten me without some kind of interference. The other two guys are just background noise to me, you are the man I’m going to knock out with one punch.”
Suddenly, Rhodes emerges from the backstage area, already speaking before he can be seen by the audience.
Rhodes: “Hold on a second you two. Both of you two just need to slow your roles. No, Big Show, I’m not telling you there are rolls in the back, I’m telling you to check your egos at the door. I’m the only one who has any shot at walking away with the Intercontinental title this Sunday.
Morrison, I don’t even know why he’s in this match, as for the both of you, what have either of you done to deserve to be in this match.”
Big Show: “Well, for one I’m a former World Champion.”
Del Rio: “Ha, you make me laugh. You may be a former World Champion, but I am a former WWE Champion, which just so happens to be the biggest prize in the business. So what do you have to say about that?”
Before either Rhodes or Show can reply, John Morrison’s music hits, putting his hat in the ring as well.
Morrison: “Listen you guys, let’s not talk about what we’ve done in the past, let’s talk about what we’re going to do in the future. Speaking of the future, you’re all looking at the future Intercontinental Champion right here. You guys don’t need to worry about anything other than losing this match.”
“May I have your attention please.” Michael Cole comes out, also with a microphone in hand.
Cole: “I’m sick of listening to you guys talk. In fact, the entire audience is sick of hearing you talk because the only pleasurable person to listen to in all the WWE, is me. Now, concerning you four babies.
Since none of you are currently scheduled to compete tonight, why don’t we give the fans a little Survivor Series preview. Coming up next, Big Show and John Morrison will team up to take on the team of Alberto Del Rio and Cody Rhodes.”
We head to commercial with all four men staring each other down.
As we return to the show, action has already gotten underway.
Morrison and Rhodes are going at it, but Rhodes has Morrison on the ground in the early going. Rhodes has gotten Morrison trapped in his corner, allowing for classic double-team tag team maneuvers.
Del Rio applies kicks to the back of Morrison’s head while Rhodes has the referee distracted, much to the displeasure of Big Show. Rhodes turns around and mocks Big Show.
Morrison, still beaten and battered, attempts to battle out of the corner, only to be met by a knee to the gut by Rhodes. Del Rio tags himself into the match, trying to make his presence felt in the contest. Rhodes, unhappy with his partner’s actions, exits the ring angrily.
Del Rio starts to work on the arm of Morrison, weakening it for the cross arm breaker. Morrison still on the ground, Del Rio turns around and slaps Big Show upside the head.
He laughs hysterically, only making the big giant even angrier. The next time Del Rio turns around, he is met with the Weapon of Mass Destruction, knocking Del Rio out cold.
Morrison starts to rumble around, but Del Rio is still knocked out. Morrison sees the Del Rio is on the ground, gets up and trots towards the corner, trying to set up for Starship Pain.
Before he can though, Big Show tags himself into the match, much to the surprise of Morrison. Rather than leave the ring as instructed, Morrison confronts Big Show of the unexpected self-tag. Big Show doesn’t even pay attention to Morrison, instead turning back to again attack Del Rio.
Morrison angrily grabs Show’s arm, forcing him to face him. A few words are exchanged between the two, but Rhodes has seen enough and attacks the both of them.
For the most part, the referee just tries to break up the chaos, but can’t control the issue so he’s forced to ring the bell, ending the match in a double disqualification.
Morrison is knocked out to the outside of the ring while Big Show and Rhodes are duking it out inside the ring. Rhodes has Big Show down on the ground but doesn’t waste any time to allow him to regain his composure.
Rhodes looks under the ring and grabs a chair, re-entering the ring with his new found weapon. He waits to Big Show to get up and smacks him over the head with the chair, but the big man won’t go down, so Rhodes delivers a Cross-Rhodes on the giant.
Before he can get off the ground, Del Rio has finally regained consciousness and applies the cross arm breaker onto Rhodes. While he’s applying the submission hold, Morrison comes crashing down onto of Del Rio and Rhodes, delivering Starship Pain.
Morrison runs to the top of the stage and delivers his high fist, slow motion twirl towards his future combatants, as they look on, lying wasted in the ring.
As we come back from commercial break, we see Gail Kim coming out to the ring with a long, gloomy face. There’s no smiles on Kim’s face tonight, knowing that what she’s about to say could alter her career for life.
Kim: “Last week, Natalya called me out and said that I was the one behind the attacks on her and I in the previous weeks. Not only did she basically call me a lunatic, she said that I had until this week to prove to her and all the other divas that I’m not. So, I’d like to ask all the divas in the back to come out here so I can speak to you face to face.”
Natalya comes storming out, along with the other divas on the SmackDown roster, Maryse and Eve Torres. They enter the ring, waiting to hear what Kim has to say.
Kim: “Listen ladies, I just want you to know that I understand why you are upset. I’m just as upset. In case you’ve forgotten, I’m upset too. I’ve been the victim of these attacks too. I don’t know why I’m the target of the attacks, no more so than Natalya knows why she is.
I just want to say, that I do not have any way to prove to you that I’m not behind these attacks. I don’t know who is doing it, nor do I know why it’s happening. I can’t prove to you I’m not behind this, but you guys know me.
You know I could never do anything like this. I’m not capable of doing something like that. I’m just asking you guys to believe me.”
Natalya, Maryse and Eve converse for a few seconds. Finally, Natalya grabs a microphone and addresses the situation.
Natalya: “Kim, I told you you had to prove to us you’re not behind this. You have failed to do that. We don’t trust you right now. And I’m sorry, but there is nothing we can do. We’ve been forced to make a decision.
We made our decision, and you’re now the outcast of the locker room. You are no longer a member of the diva’s division as far as we are concerned. If you’re not behind this, then you’ll have to deal with whoever it is on your own. Have a nice life Kim.”
The three angry divas storm out of the ring, leaving Kim alone, standing by herself to a crowd of boos from the audience.
As we return to the show Santino Marella is making his way to the ring much to the delight of the crowd. Directly behind him are his tag team partners for the evening, the Tag Team Champions Air Boom.
Each of the six competitors circle the ring, trash talking their opponents. Finally, Santino and DiBiase are left in the ring as the bell sounds for the match to start. Both men lock up, but DiBiase throws Santino down to the ground, showing his dominance.
Shocked, Santino tags in Evan Bourne, who starts to use his speed to fly around the ring looking to take DiBiase off guard.
Bourne bounces himself off the ropes, missing a clothesline from DiBiase and converting it into a drop kick. Bourne quickly goes for the cover, but DiBiase kicks out before a count can be made.
A headlock is placed on DiBiase, who quickly reverses it into an armbar continuing to apply pressure but also pulling Bourne away from his corner and towards that which awaits Swagger and Ziggler, who are both looking for a tag. Ziggler gets the tag and goes to work on Bourne, who is now trapped in the corner.
Dolph begins to stomp away at the Bourne torso, tagging in Swagger after five good pounds. Swagger pulls out Bourne and sets him up for the Swagger Bomb, which he connects, immediately going to tag in his partner DiBiase back into the contest.
Before DiBiase can go back at Bourne, he becomes distracted by Santino across the ring. He walks over to confront the spicy Italian and ends up shoving him off of the apron, but is met from behind by a high kick from Bourne. Bourne has finally gotten out of the contest and tagged in Kofi Kingston.
Kofi high elbows DiBiase in the face and flings him off of the ropes, jumping over Ted and nailing a high jumping elbow. Kofi starts to get very excited, hopping around the ring and pumping his fists. He gets so excited, he goes over to the opposition’s corner and kicks Swagger off of the apron, angering Ziggler, who goes after Kingston in the ring.
While he’s running after Kofi, who is now setting up for the Boom Drop, Ziggler is taken out by Santino with a full-fledged football tackle, causing both men to stumble out of the ring.
Kingston sees his opening and delivers the Boom Drop to DiBiase. After the hit, Kingston awaits to deliver a Trouble in Paradise. Unfortunately for him, Swagger has entered the ring and jackhammers Kofi to the ground.
We cut to see Bourne stepping up the turnbuckle, awaiting Swagger to notice him. One he is noticed, Bourne flies across the ring, delivering a knee to the head of Swagger, knocking him out, tumbling to the mat.
Bourne starts to celebrate but is soon met with a clothesline from behind from the awoken DiBiase. DiBiase picks up Bourne and delivers Dream Street, then tossing him out of the ring.
While DiBiase is finishing with Bourne, Kingston comes from behind and gorilla jumps on top of him, catching Ted off guard. We cut away to a shot of Swagger still laying on the ground, attempting to get up while his manager Jimmy is talking him up, trying to get him back in the action.
Kingston has now monkey flipped DiBiase across the ring, making him land right next to Swagger. Kofi once again tries to go for Trouble in Paradise. As he goes to deliver the knock out kick, DiBiase ducks out of the way.
Once Kofi hits the ground, he is met by a huge boot from Swagger, knocking him off balance, which leads to DiBiase delivering another Dream Street, taking out Kingston and getting the one, two, three victory for his team.
Tony Chimel: “Here are your winners, the team of Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger and Ted DiBiase.”
Jimmy Uso joins the trio in the ring, ignoring Ziggler but shaking the hands of DiBiase and Swagger and ushering them out of the ring.
Curt Hawkins can be seen walking around backstage still fuming about his lost opportunity.
He turns a corner, running into Zack Ryder who looks almost too happy.
Ryder: "Hey, bro. It's been a while. How you been?"
Hawkins: "I'm not in the mood to talk, Zack. If you had been watching, you would have seen that I just..."
Ryder: "Lost your match? I know. Tough break. You win some. You lose some."
Hawkins: "I don't have that luxury. Unlike you, I can't just make a stupid web show and get everyone to love me. The only reason I even got that shot was because I forced everyone to notice me. Understand this, Zack. Some of us actually have to wrestle to prove that we deserve to be a wrestling promotion."
Ryder: "What's up with you? Why are you so down on me, bro? I just wanted to help you out."
Hawkins: "Well, stop...bro. I have better things to do than hang around with you."
Ryder: "Are you serious, bro?"
Hawkins: "Woo, woo, woo, you know it. Now, get out of my face."
Hawkins begins to walk away but then has an idea. He turns around and looks straight at Ryder.
Hawkins: "You know what? I've got one better. Next week, you and me one on one. I prove to the world what a real wrestler can do."
Before Ryder can respond, Hawkins is walking off contented.
(Written by Paul McIntyre)
The bell rings once all four men are situated.
Gabriel and Christian circle each other in the ring, only for Christian to tag in Sin Cara Negro.
Negro and Gabriel lock up, and engage in some chain wrestling that Negro gets the better of. Whipping Gabriel into the ropes, he is hit with a spinning heel kick when the South African rebounds. Gabriel takes Negro to the corner and tags in Sin Cara Azul.
Azul hits Negro with a drop kick, and the two trade flying head scissors, proving themselves equal in speed. Taking a more tactical approach, Negro grounds Azul, only to be kicked into the corner. Azul runs at Negro, who dodges, sending Azul crashing heavily into the turnbuckle.
Negro executes a school boy pin and uses the ropes for leverage, until Gabriel breaks up the pin at two. While the referee ushers him out of the ring, Christian pulls Azul out of the ring and slams him into the steel steps.
Getting back on the apron, Christian is tagged in by Negro, who launches himself onto Azul outside the ring with a Springboard Senton. With no legal man to fight, Christian hits Gabriel with a cheap shot and soaks up the crowds boos, saluting his “peeps” with his signature taunt.
Rolled back in the ring by Negro, Azul is covered by Captain Charisma but kicks out at two. Christian takes him to the corner and sets him up for a superplex, only to be knocked off the top rope. As he gets up Azul hits a flying head scissors.
He crawls over to Gabriel, who is back on the apron, but is stopped when Christian drags him back to the middle of the ring, only to be hit with an enziguri. Finally tagged back in, Gabriel hits Christian with a running clothesline, bounces off the ropes and executes a crucifix, getting a close two count.
Ducking under a punch from Christian, he gets behind Captain Charisma and dropkicks him into the turnbuckle. Leapfrogging him and getting atop the ropes, he prepares to hit the 450 splash until Negro distracts him. The luchador is soon dispatched by a kick from Gabriel, but this gives enough time for Christian to execute a hurrincarana off the turnbuckle.
Still, this is only enough for a two. Christian corners the referee, angrily claiming a slow count. Azul runs in and charges at Christian, only to be dodged and hit the referee instead. Negro enters the ring, and evicts both himself and Azul from it with a running clothesline over the top rope.
Sensing an advantage, Christian grabs a chair from outside the ring. Placing it on the mat, he picks up Gabriel and prepares to deliver the Killswitch onto the unforgiving steel. Gabriel breaks out of it and hits a low blow from behind, then executes one of Christian’s inverted DDT’s onto the chair. The referee, hurt, manages a slow count that gets a near fall.
Both men, fatigued, stagger to their feet, and Christian reverses an Irish Whip into the corner, slamming Gabriel against the turnbuckle. Christian runs in for the Spear, but Gabriel pushes up above it and sits on the top rope, kicking Christian to the mat.
Hurt badly, he manages to stand and hit a flawless 450 splash. One…two…three!
Tony Chimel: "The winners of this match, the team of Sin Cara and Justin Gabriel."
A dazed Christian rolls out of ring, frustrated. Justin Gabriel is celebrating his victory and staring down at Christian with the title belt which the champion was given back.
Gabriel then taunts directly at Christian saying that the title will be around his waist after Sunday.
We're back as the commentators run down the Survivor Series card for Sunday.
Striker: "This Sunday will be a huge night as we see eight great contests. First, we have two new champions crowned as Michael McGillicutty faces Drew McIntyre for the United States Title and Cody Rhodes, Alberto Del Rio, John Morrison, and Big Show compete for the Intercontinental Title."
Matthews: "Then we have two big title defenses as Christian defends against Justin Gabriel and Layla faces the champion in Beth Phoenix. In addition, Kane and Randy Orton will fight in what promises to be a brutal grudge match."
Striker: "After that, we have two traditional elimination matches. We will see the Empire Alliance face the Nation of Domination face off where the winning team gains a number one contender shot for one of their members. Then SmackDown faces Raw in a brand against brand fight for dominance."
Matthews: "Finally, we have a huge WWE Championship match as CM Punk faces John Cena with a vacant title hanging in the balance. Who will become the face of this brand after Survivor Series?"
The camera then pans over the audience that suddenly bursts in excitement as CM Punk's music hits.
Striker: "Here is the moment we have been waiting for all night. CM Punk and John Cena face to face one more time before Sunday."
Matthews: "I think we can all expect some chaos to ensue after last week's huge miscommunication."
CM Punk grabs a mic as he enters the ring. He sits down in the middle of the ring and waits. Quickly, he is greeted by the sound of John Cena entering the arena.
He is greeted by an extremely mixed reaction as always as he quickly grabs a mic and faces a sitting Punk.
The two simple stare off for about 20 seconds as we hear a Let's Go Cena/CM Punk chant start back and forth. Cena has to look down as Punk refuses to stand up. He even motions Cena to sit down as well.
Eventually Cena just decides to start talking.
Cena: "Look, last week. I've watched the tapes. I understand what happened, but I don't care about that. That's one loss I can afford..."
Punk: "Just stop right there, John. This is not about last week anymore. Nobody cares if you got pinned by Dolph Ziggler in a tag team match except maybe Dolph himself. Everyone here wants to talk about Sunday. Madison Square Guardian. The most important stage in wrestling history.
We will stand face to face, and there won't be anymore talking. No more controversy and no more drama. Just you and me in the middle of that ring. The reign of Cena is finally finished. No more underdog stories. No more ridiculous comebacks.
You and I will settle this, and a new era will bloom. Finally, that wheel that keeps turning will make a shift. New stars will emerge as the old McMahon falls by the wayside. At the center of all the change and all the chaos, I will sit, finally bringing some fun back to this company."
Cena: "Wow, wow, wow. Let's hold on a second, Punk. You talk about fun, change, and even chaos as if they are already occurring. As if you have already won the WWE Title, but let's face it. You talk a much bigger game than you play. You promise these fans not only a win but a change so radical it will shake the foundations beyond the control of Vince McMahon himself.
You hype up everything when it's so clear that you have no idea what it means to be a leader. Your entire concept of all these ideas is entirely selfish shining through. You want to be the center and be the main event. You would bring chaos because it's fun for you.
And honestly, I understand. That title, it eats away at you. You will do anything to get a hold of it. You question me for taking every opportunity, but you use the fans to try to get that same opportunity. If you get a hold of that title again, it won't be for these fans. It will be for you."
Punk: "So what if I'm selfish? These fans want a change as much as I do. Listen to them. They aren't jeering me and popping for you. They are at my back because I promise them something more than another John Cena title reign."
Cena: "Listen and then I'm done. I didn't become a center in the WWE by changing things and catering to the masses. I became great because I refused to quit on those fans who believe in me. Those millions who wear their colors with pride.
And now, I'm the face of this company. You're just another speed bump. Each star comes around and thinks they are the next big thing, but all lose in the end. I stand here looking down on another small man looking for his moment. Well, I have a newsflash for you, Punk. You won't beat me."
Cena drops his mic and stares down at Punk. Punk look ready to respond, but words escape him. He stands up and looks Cena straight in the eyes. Cena turns away and heads toward the back.
As he reaches the top of the ramp, Punk finds his words.
Punk: "You don't even see it, do you? You're becoming arrogant. Even the greatest of dynasties fall, John. Alexander, Julius Caesar, Genghis Khan, they all fell. You're no Julius Caesar, and I'm much more than Marcus Brutus.Your era falls on Sunday to the cheers of the entire WWE Universe..."
Just as Punk looks to finish, the lights go out, and the titantron lights up. The tron is blank white until suddenly This Fire Burns hits. On the screen, a short clip can be seen of one of Punk's old ECW debut videos. He says the following:
"I am a man of discipline. The key is to quell my passion before the battle. Release my passion in the battle." Suddenly, there is a cut out as the rest of the video goes off without sound cutting in and out as static. A symbol can be seen in the static cut outs that looks like the straight edge symbol only it is inverted and red rather than white.
The lights come back on as Punk is again confused in the center of the ring. We fade out as Punk and Cena look at one another completely at a loss for words.
And that's the end.
Tune in this Sunday for the first ever Fantasy Survivor Series with a stacked card capped off with a WWE Title match between Cena and Punk. Also, check back next week for the fallout to the historic PPV.
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