Enjoyed Wrestlemania a lot. Hell in a Cell was good, though I'm curious as to what the legit reason is that Kendrick has been suspended. Failed a drug test maybe?
Was surprised to see Punk beat Cena. Not that I didn't think it was well done, but it broke the normal Wrestlemania template that the face wins the main event to send everyone home happy.
Will be interesting as well to see when MVP makes the call to cash in.
Kendrick actually no-showed an event a month or so ago, and I try to keep a strict no-show punishment policy (essentially making it like the Wellness Policy). I couldn't suspend him then bc he was heading toward the culmination of his feud with Taker. So I suspended him thereafter. Could have jobbed him out of the title, but I've got other plans.
Yeah, Punk goes against the formula here, but it reminds me of when Austin turned heel on The Rock at X-Seven. It doesn't happen very often, and I wanted Punk to make an impact with this one.
Goldust pinned a local competitor with the Final Cut in 0:03:05. Rating: * 3/4
The Bizarre One has returned to WWE and was successful in the opening match of the inaugural Superstars show! He pinned a local competitor in quick fashion after a Final Cut. What's brought Goldust back to WWE and will he find the success he once held in the squared circle?
A video promo aired, promoting the return of "The Alpha Male" Marcus Cor Von. The video package highlighted his powerful moves and quickness, including his famous (and vicious) Pounce finisher.
This week's Raw Rebound highlighted new world champion CM Punk's demolition of John Cena at WrestleMania, his victory against Shad Gaspard, and Cena's return after the main event, attacking Punk and sending a message to the new champion. After the Rebound, we were informed that this week on Raw, the main event will feature John Cena going one-on-one with the Raw Deal winner, MVP! And, of course, the long-standing feud between Triple H and Gregory Shane Helms finally hits the ring live, as the two square off one-on-one!
US Title Qualifying Match: Cody Rhodes pinned Jack Swagger with the Cross Rhodes in 0:12:10. Rating: **** 1/4
In the main event of our premiere episode of Superstars, Cody Rhodes pulled off the victory against his former tag team partner, hitting Swagger with the Cross Rhodes and pinning him to secure a slot in the United States Championship Fatal Fourway at Backlash alongside Rey Mysterio. Swagger was incensed after the match, pounding the mat in frustration and anger. But Cody smiled and celebrated up the ramp as Superstars came to a close.
I like how you use no-shows as failing wellness tests. I mean, how often do someone really no-show a WWE event?
It would have been great if your brother had kept up with his Smackdown and posted that as well (provided he writes and books as good as you). Mania felt kind of short with just the RAW matches, even though they were great.
I love seeing Punk as a champ, and I am intrigued to see what will happen between Nigel and the Undertaker.
Scenes from last week's show played before the show started, highlighting John Cena attacking new world champion CM Punk, Triple H challenging Gregory Shane Helms for a match this week, The Undertaker warning Nigel McGuinness, and Edge gaining the upper hand on Chris Jericho, serving notice that their war is far from over!
In the ring, John Cena opened up the show to a thunderous ovation. Cena wasted no time challenging world champion CM Punk to a title rematch right here tonight! Punk came out and chided Cena, saying that if these people wanted to see him defend the world title against him, he'd be more than happy to oblige. But not for free. He said he'd put the title on the line at Backlash and make sure the whole world knows once and for all that CM Punk is John Cena's kryptonite.
The Invasion (Nigel McGuinness, Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov) defeated The Fortunate Sons (Joe Hennig and Ray Gordy) and Cody Rhodes when N. McGuinness pinned C. Rhodes with the Jawbreaker Lariat in 0:09:48. Rating: ** 3/4
The Fortunate Sons weer able to corral another second-generation superstar in Cody Rhodes to team against The Invasion tonight. During the match, we found out that The Invasion had requested their tag title rematch at Backlash on pay-per-view! But during the match, Goldust made a surprise appearance, trying to signal his brother Cody. Unfortunately, this served to distract the younger Rhodes, allowing the European champion Nigel McGuinness to nail him with the Jawbreaker Lariet and gain the pinfall for his team! Goldust looked concerned for his younger brother, but made his way to the back.
Backstage, Rey Mysterio was interviewed about his upcoming United States championship match at Backlash. Rey said that it had been seven months since he lost his US title, and he vowed to regain his title at Backlash. Suddenly, Rey was attacked from behind by Zack Ryder! Ryder laced into Mysterio and left him beaten in the interview area. Ryder was obviously seeking retribution for his loss to Mysterio last week, and we would find out later that these two will face off in the main event this week on Superstars!
Edge pinned a local competitor with the Spear in 0:03:13. Rating: ** 1/2
During the bout, Edge cut an insert promo challenging Chris Jericho to a rematch at Backlash. But this time, he said he wanted "The Savior" in a steel cage match!
Backstage, Cody Rhodes confronted Goldust on costing him his match tonight. Goldust said he was just coming to check out his brother in action and he wanted him to know he supported him. Cody was without words, so he just turned his back and walked away.
Backstage, MVP cut a promo on his match against John Cena tonight. Mr. 305 said to be the best, you have to beat the best. And he's beaten the best. That's why he has a standing contract for a world title match wherever, whenever he feels like. And to be the baddest, you have to beat the baddest. He told John Cena that he's going to be up against the baddest tonight. So he'd better not look ahead to Backlash, because tonight he's in for the fight of his life.
Sheamus pinned Kofi Kingston with the Irish Curse in 0:10:44. Rating: *** 3/4
For weeks, Sheamus has been a thorn in the side of Raw GM Mr. Kennedy, and Kennedy made this match as a measure of payback for ruining the Raw Deal match at WrestleMania. Kofi served to be the Celtic Warrior's toughest challenge to date, but in the end, Sheamus was able to hit the Irish Curse and pin the Jamaican Sensation. Afterward, Sheamus wouldn't relent. He continued his assault on Kofi until Mr. Kennedy rushed the ring! Sheamus eyed the GM as he smiled and slunk out of the ring.
In the ring, The Undertaker made his presence felt, cutting a cold promo on European champion Nigel McGuinness. He said he hadn't forgotten that it was Nigel and The Invasion who had helped The Brian Kendrick bury him last November at Survivor Series. Now that he's vanquished the former US champion, he's coming for revenge on the rest who have crossed his path. He challenged McGuinness to a match at Backlash and said that at the pay-per-view, Nigel will rest in peace...
Backstage, Triple H was preparing for his one-on-one match against Gregory Shane Helms. The Game said that he's going to make sure this is the first and only time GSH ever dares to step in the ring with him. Because this feud ends tonight.
Triple H defeated Gregory Shane Helms by disqualification in 0:10:38. Rating: ** 3/4
Gregory Shane Helms was on the verge of defeat against his nemesis, and suddenly threw the referee right into Triple H, sending The Game down to one knee. GSH delivered a brutal Shining Wizard, but the ref had called for a disqualification. Frustrated, GSH continued his assault on The Game, going so far as to take a chair to the back of Hunter multiple times! Helms smiled, certainly feeling like he's once again outsmarted his opponent.
A video package highlighted the return of "The Alpha Male" Marcus Cor Von. This time, footage of him training were interspersed with his in-ring footage. The Alpha Male is coming...
Backstage, Chris Jericho was interviewed and accepted Edge's challenge for a steel cage match at Backlash! Jericho said this war is almost over, and then Jericho can get back to doing what he does best: winning world championships.
John Cena pinned Montel Vontavious Porter with the Attitude Adjustment in 0:14:16. Rating: *** 1/4
In an all-out fight, John Cena proved why he's been the top dog on the WWE roster for so long, pinning MVP with an Attitude Adjustment with CM Punk looking on at the commentator's table. Punk said he would be a better champion than Cena could ever hope to be, and that at Backlash, he's going to remain champion and knock Cena to the back of the line. But if Cena's showing against MVP tonight is any indication, Punk's reign atop the mountain may end up being a short one.
Cryme Tyme (Shad Gaspard and JTG) defeated local competitors when JTG pinned competitor after a flying lariat in 0:05:49. Rating: ** 1/4
Backstage, European champion Nigel McGuinness cut a promo on The Undertaker. He said he heard Taker's message loud and clear this past Monday. Nigel said that he's above Taker's supposed law and won't pay for his sins. He told The Undertaker that he would address his challenge on Monday and tell him whether he'll meet the Dead Man at Backlash or not.
This week's Raw Rebound focused on the ongoing saga between Triple H and Gregory Shane Helms. Highlights from their bout this past week, including the intentional DQ and GSH's attack upon The Game after the match were shown.
Rey Mysterio pinned Zack Ryder with the Springboard Splash in 0:10:09. Rating: *** 3/4
After his attack upon Mysterio this past Monday on Raw, Zack Ryder looked to make a bigger name for himself this week on Superstars. Unfortunately for him, Rey is on one of the hottest streaks of any wrestler on the Raw roster right now, and continued his winning ways pinning the Long Island native with a Springboard Splash. Mysterio is looking good as we get closer to Backlash and the US Championship Fatal Fourway!
Footage from last week's show, including John Cena challenging CM Punk to a world title match and defeating MVP, The Undertaker challenging European champion Nigel McGuinness, Cody Rhodes confronting his brother Goldust, and Mr. Kennedy stopping an attack on Kofi Kingston by Sheamus. The video highlighted the bout between Triple H and Gregory Shane Helms last week, ending in an intentional disqualification.
In the ring, Triple H opened the show by cutting an furious promo against Gregory Shane Helms, eventually saying that the Raw roster isn't big enough for the two of them and challenging his rival to a Loser Leaves WWE Match at Backlash!
United States Title Qualifying Match: Kofi Kingston pinned Goldust with the Trouble in Paradise in 0:06:12. Rating: ** 3/4
Kofi Kingston now officially joins Rey Mysterio and Cody Rhodes in Backlash's Fatal Fourway contest for the vacant US Title! Goldust showed that he still has something in him in this match, but Kofi was too fast and athletic for the ring vet to overcome tonight. Goldust seemed frustrated with his inability to join his brother in the Fatal Fourway, but shook Kofi's hand after the bout anyway.
Backstage, world champion CM Punk cut a promo on his Backlash opponent and former champion, John Cena. Punk said he's ready to save the WWE Universe one lost soul at a time, claiming them in the name of Straight Edge. He said that next week, he will begin his campaign for a Straight Edge Society. And at Backlash, John Cena will be his society's first victim.
The Fortunate Sons (Joe Hennig and Ray Gordy) defeated local competitors when J. Hennig pinned one with the Perfect Plex in 0:05:21. Rating: ** 3/4
The world tag team champions were impressive in tonight's Raw Showcase match, defeating two local competitors in quick fashion. These two rapidly rising second generation stars look ready to put their titles on the line for the first time at Backlash against former champions Santino and Vladimir Kozlov!
Backstage, Jack Swagger was shown complaining to Raw GM Mr. Kennedy to give him another opportunity at being included in the Fatal Fourway at Backlash. After much arguing back and forth, Kennedy finally relented and said he'll have an opportunity to qualify this week on Superstars.
Backstage, The Invasion cut a promo in which Nigel McGuinness accepted The Undertaker's challenge for a bout at Backlash. But Nigel said that he has a destiny to attain, so it'll be a non-title match. But he'll be happy to make Taker a speed bump on his road to glory.
Sheamus pinned Jamie Noble with the Irish Curse in 0:04:05. Rating: ** 3/4
Sheamus attacked Jamie Noble after the bout, but before he could do much more damage, Mr. Kennedy once again made the save! Sheamus backed away while Kennedy looked after Noble, but the Celtic Warrior rushed back toward the ring and layed out the General Manager with a bicycle kick! Kennedy was left barely conscious as Sheamus smiled once again at his vicious actions.
In the ring, John Cena cut a promo on world champion CM Punk. Cena addressed Punk's supposed straight edge society and retorted, saying that everyone can make their own choices and live their own lives. If Punk thinks he's better than the WWE Universe and John Cena, he's in for a very rude awakening at Backlash. Because he and all of the Chain Gang Soldiers are coming for the world title, and he's willing to break Punk's bones to get it back!
Rey Mysterio defeated Cody Rhodes by countout in 0:08:52. Rating: ** 3/4
These two men have already qualified for the United States Championship fatal Fourway at Backlash in two weeks, and tonight Rey Mysterio continued his amazing roll of momentum. But it wasn't without controversy. Once again, Goldust made his way to ringside, cheering his younger brother on. Unfortunately, Cody took exception and made his way to the outside to send his brother to the back, in the process getting himself counted out. Goldust looked sheepish and tried to apologize for once again costing his brother the match, but Cody wouldn't hear any of it and stormed back to the locker room.
Backstage, "The Rated R Superstar" Edge cut a promo on his nemesis and Backlash opponent Chris Jericho. He said that he couldn't wait to have Jericho locked in a cage with himself in two weeks, and promised to end this rivalry and take years off Jericho's life after the hell he's going to put him through. In the midst of this, the self-proclaimed "Savior" attacked Edge, attempting to injure his leg in the process. After security broke this up, Edge was left clutching his ankle. Hopefully we'll have more on the severity of this injury as we go on.
A video promo for the return of "The Alpha Male" Marcus Cor Von played, announcing that he'll be returning next week on Superstars! In addition, we heard later that Gregory Shane Helms would address Triple H's challenge this Thursday. Will he accept the Loser Leaves WWE stipulation for their bout at Backlash? Also, Jack Swagger has one final chance to qualify for the Fatal Fourway at Backlash as he battles Delirious. And in the main event, "Mr. Raw Deal" MVP is scheduled to face Edge in our main event! Will Edge be able to make it to the bout after the attack from Jericho earlier?
CM Punk and The Invasion (Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov) defeated John Cena and Cryme Tyme (Shad Gaspard and JTG) when Punk pinned JTG with the GTS in 0:11:01. Rating: ** 3/4
Score one for CM Punk and his so-called straight edge society, as he was able to steal away during a melee late in the match to catch JTG with the GTS and score the pinfall. Throughout the match, it seemed that Punk would do anything to avoid facing Cena one-on-one, continuing on his course that people have to pay to see the rematch. After the bout, Nigel McGuinness rushed the ring and attacked Cena and Cryme Tyme, but it wasn't long before The Undertaker returned and joined the fray. Taker cleaned house on The Invasion, while world champion CM Punk bailed immediately. The Undertaker helped the fallen John Cena and Cryme Tyme and stood tall as the show came to a close.
Gregory Shane Helms opened the show with an in-ring promo on Triple H. GSH said that Triple H is walking into the biggest mistake of his career offering up his WWE career at Backlash. He reminded everyone that it was him last summer that ousted Jeff Hardy from the WWE on the same stipulation. He said he happily accepts Triple H's challenge for Backlash, and told his opponent that he'll wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
US Title Qualifying Match: Jack Swagger pinned Delirious with the Gutwrench Power Bomb in 0:06:07. Rating: *** 3/4
The All-American American took advantage of his second chance given to him by Mr. Kennedy, defeating the deranged superstar to become the final participant in Backlash's Fatal Fourway for the US title. He'll join Rey Mysterio, former partner Cody Rhodes, and Kofi Kingston in the fray. And all four will be in action this coming Monday on Raw!
Backstage, Raw GM Mr. Kennedy cut an intense promo on Sheamus. He said that after numerous attacks and unrelenting vandalism of the WWE product, he has no choice but to take action against Sheamus. Kennedy announced his return to the ring this Monday night and said that at Backlash, Sheamus has the high-profile bout he's been begging for... against Mr. Kennedy!!
Montel Vontavious Porter pinned Edge with the Playmaker in 0:09:23. Rating: ** 1/2
Edge was obviously still nursing his injured leg from the attack by Chris Jericho this past Monday on Raw, and the ruthless Mr. 305 took full advantage of that in defeating the Rated R Superstar in this week's main event. Mr. Raw Deal has perhaps his biggest victory to date, but more important, we've seen just how extensive the damage to that leg of Edge may be. How will that bode for him in just over a week at Backlash as he faces Chris Jericho in a steel cage?
John Cena opened up Raw tonight to hype his world title match against CM Punk this Sunday at Backlash. Cena was interrupted by Triple H, who informed him that even though they'd be teaming together against their Backlash opponents later tonight, he has more important things to discuss with the WWE Universe. Namely, his Loser Leaves WWE bout with Gregory Shane Helms this Sunday. This brought out Helms, who said he's made a name for himself ousting Superstars from the WWE, and he'll do it once again at Backlash. Suddenly, CM Punk snuck up from behind and leveled John Cena with the world championship belt! Triple H grabbed after Punk, but Punk left the ring and high-tailed it up the ramp, holding his title high in mock victory.
Rey Mysterio pinned Jack Swagger with the Springboard Splash in 0:08:07. Rating: * * * 3/4
Jack Swagger got into this Sunday's Fatal Fourway for the US title through the backdoor, but former champion Rey Mysterio reminded him that there's no easy way to win the championship here on Raw. Swagger threw a tantrum at ringside afterward, taking the mic and proclaiming that he would be victorious this Sunday and walk away the All-American American... champion.
Backstage, the tag team champions The Fortunate Sons cut a promo on their opponents for Backlash, The Invasion. The Sons set out to be one of the best tag teams in the WWE, and their journey truly begins at Backlash when they defeat Santino and Kozlov and show that their WrestleMania Moment was no fluke.
Backstage, Mr. Kennedy cut a promo on returning to active competition tonight. He promised to just give Sheamus a taste of the pain he's going to suffer this Sunday at Backlash. His promo was interrupted by the "Rated R Superstar" Edge. The tension in the room was palpable, given their long history. But Edge said he was willing to put their differences aside for tonight to team up against their Backlash opponents. Kennedy seemed to reluctantly agree, but the two stared each other down as we went back to the ring.
The Invasion (Nigel McGuinness, Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov) defeated The Fortunate Sons (Joe Hennig and Ray Gordy) and The Undertaker when N. McGuinness pinned J. Hennig after a roll up in 0:11:12. Rating: * * 3/4
Despite the WWE Universe wanting to see The Undertaker finally get his hands on Nigel McGuinness, it wasn't to be tonight as the European champion avoided the Dead Man and let Santino and Kozlov take the brunt of the punishment. The Fortunate Sons were obviously in awe of The Undertaker, but the world tag team champions looked to send a message to their opponents this Sunday and gain the upper hand going into their title match. Unfortunately, McGuinness walked away with the upper hand, rolling up Hennig during a melee and picking up the win for his Invasion.
Backstage, world champion CM Punk cut a promo on his actions earlier tonight. The Straight Edge Messiah said that Cena doesn't deserve the decency of a face-to-face confrontation and as for Triple H, Punk said he's not even in the world champion's stratosphere. And tonight, just like this Sunday, he's going to prove once again that straight edge means "I'm better than you".
In the ring, Chris Jericho cut a scathing promo on Edge, promising to not only end this feud between the two superstars, but to close the career of the Rated R Superstar. He said the attack on Edge's leg last week is going to be the straw that breaks his back. Sunday, inside the steel cage, Chris Jericho remains the alpha dog in the WWE.
Cody Rhodes pinned Kofi Kingston with the Cross Rhodes in 0:06:24. Rating: * * * 1/2
Backstage, MVP, in his street clothes, cut a laid-back promo. He said that since winning the Raw Deal match, he doesn't have to worry about when his next match is, because he has an automatic world title shot that he can take whenever and wherever he chooses. And this Sunday, he'll be ringside doing commentary all night, because he's got all the time in the world, and he wants to see his competition up close.
Backstage, Cody was interviewed about his victory over Kofi Kingston, but before he could start about becoming the United States champion this Sunday, he was interrupted by Goldust! He said he'd been calling and texting Cody all week and he demanded to talk to his brother! Cody was visibly angry and started to speak, but before he could utter a word he just walked away, leaving his brother dumbfounded.
Edge and Mr. Kennedy defeated Sheamus and Chris Jericho when Edge pinned Jericho with the Spear in 0:08:08. Rating: * * 1/4
Mr. Kennedy looked impressive in his return to action tonight, but as he and Sheamus brawled, it was the Rated R Superstar who stole the spotlight and put the fear of the Spear into Chris Jericho's mind leading to this Sunday at Backlash. After the pinfall, however, Sheamus dispatched Mr. Kennedy with a vicious bicycle kick and entered the ring, leveling Edge with the kick as well! Surprisingly, the Celtic Warrior was the man standing tall at the end of the bout!
Afterward, a video package rolled hyping this Sunday's Backlash card. Skillet's song, "Monster" was used to highlight the feud between world champion CM Punk and John Cena, along with the bouts coming between Edge and Chris Jericho, GSH and Triple H, and The Undertaker and European champion Nigel McGuinness.
John Cena and Triple H defeated CM Punk and Gregory Shane Helms when Triple H pinned Helms with the Pedigree in 0:12:20. Rating: * * * 3/4
This would be the final match for either Triple H or Gregory Shane Helms tonight, as one of them will be exiled from WWE after their bout this Sunday night. And heading into Backlash, Triple H has the decided upper hand after finally pinning his nemesis with the Pedigree tonight. This was anything but a wrestling match, as the bad blood between these four men has reached a boiling point. The pinfall occurred with Cena and Punk brawling outside the ring and up to the backstage area! Triple H stood triumphant over Helms to end the show... but will this be Helms's last stand in the WWE? Or will he add another name to his list of exiled wrestlers?
Marcus Cor Von pinned a local competitor with the Pounce in 0:03:30. Rating: * 1/4
The Alpha Male has returned and he looks to be as dominant as he's ever been, running through a local competitor in his return match tonight, pinning the unfortunate victim with the Pounce. Cor Von took the mic afterward and told the audience that he'd just claimed another victim for his pride, and soon the entire WWE Universe will fall under the reign of the Alpha Male.
Later, European champion Nigel McGuinness cut a promo inside the ring, promising The Undertaker that at Backlash, the time for smoke and mirrors would be over. Destiny waits for no man, and Nigel said he would claim his own destiny this Sunday.
Zack Ryder pinned Goldust with the Zack Attack in 0:10:57. Rating: * * * 1/2
Zack Ryder appears to be going strong in his singles career since his Entourage partner Ezekiel Jackson was released for a Wellness Policy violation, picking up a win against Goldust tonight after the Zack Attack. Goldust, on the other hand, has not had such luck since returning to a WWE ring. He left frustrated as Zack Ryder confidently celebrated his victory in the ring.
The Fortunate Sons (Joe Hennig and Ray Gordy) defeated The Invasion (Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov) when Gordy pinned V. Kozlov after a flying forearm in 0:08:32. Rating: ** (The Fortunate Sons retained the World Tag Team Titles.)[/i]
The Fortunate Sons proved tonight that they are not simply a flash in the pan, defending their championship successfully and putting away the former champions for good! The Invasion were seen arguing after the match ended. No word on whether this developed into anything backstage after the bout, but tempers and frustration are sure to run high after an unsuccessful championship bout.
Mr. Kennedy defeated Sheamus by disqualification in 0:09:12. Rating: **
In Mr. Kennedy's return to pay-per-view action, he and Sheamus engaged in an all out war tonight. The referee allowed a certain degree of latitude for this rivalry, but when Sheamus refused to relinquish a chokehold, he was left with no choice but to call for a disqualification and award the bout to Mr. Kennedy! Sheamus didn't relent, however, waiting for Kennedy to return to his feet and leveling the GM with a brutal bicycle kick! Mr. Kennedy may have won the match, but the Celtic Warrior came out looking as strong as ever.
Four Corners Match for the vacant WWE United States Title: Rey Mysterio defeated Cody Rhodes, Jack Swagger and Kofi Kingston when Mysterio pinned Kofi with the Springboard Splash in 0:13:01. Rating: *** (Rey Mysterio won the WWE United States Title.)[/i]
And once again, Rey Mysterio has defied the odds by defeating three other competitors and reclaiming the US championship after pinning Kofi Kingston with the Springboard Splash! Each superstar looked to have the upper hand at different points, proving the parity of this division of the WWE right now. But in the end, it was Mysterio who had his arm raised and celebrated with the winner's share and the United States championship!
The Undertaker pinned Nigel McGuinness with the Tombstone in 0:10:35. Rating: **** 1/4
The European champion may have been confident, he may have looked impressive throughout the match, he may have even been undaunted and unintimidated... but in the end, the Dead Man is the Biggest Dog in the Yard for a reason and he proved it once again tonight, defeating the upstart Brit with the Tombstone. McGuinness may keep the gold, but he certainly learned a valuable lesson about the pecking order on the Raw roster.
Loser Leaves WWE: Gregory Shane Helms pinned Triple H with the Shining Wizard in 0:18:21. Rating: *** 3/4
In the shock of the evening, Gregory Shane Helms has succeeded in banishing his nemesis Triple H from the WWE! The 13-time world champion simply couldn't put the Wrestling Messiah away despite hitting him with a Pedigree mid-match! Helms kicked out then and eventually used a ref bump to steal away and smack Trips with a steel chair in the bac, downing the King of Kings and setting him up for a Shining Wizard! GSH hit the move, pinned Hunter, and added another name to the list of wrestlers banished from WWE by the Wrestling Messiah!
Steel Cage Match: Chris Jericho defeated Edge by escaping the cage in 0:19:52. Rating: **** 1/4
In the bloody, brutal finale to the running feud between these two superstars, Jericho was able to put run away from his nemesis once again, this time escaping the confines of the cage and winning their bout. After the match, however, MVP (providing color commentary for the action all night) stood and mocked applause for Edge as he left the cage. Edge didn't take this laying down, and after pouring his heart into this match, leveled MVP with a Spear! Mr. 305 was left coughing and clutching his ribs as Edge went backstage, defeated.
CM Punk pinned John Cena with the GTS in 0:22:07. Rating: **** 1/4 (CM Punk retained the World Heavyweight Title.) [Ezekiel Jackson interfered against John Cena.][/i]
Once again, world champion CM Punk has proven himself to be John Cena's kryptonite, defeating the Chain Gang Soldier with the GTS. But Punk wasn't without some seemingly random help, as he garnered an assist from recently released superstar Ezekiel Jackson! Ezekiel leaped into the ring area while the referee was distracted and hit Cena with the Book of Ezekiel on the concrete floor! He rolled Cena back into the ring and allowed Punk to pick up the pieces and retain the championship. After the bout, Punk and Ezekiel signaled to somebody backstage and suddenly the steel cage started to lower! Punk and Ezekiel continued their brutal assault on Cena with the cage around them and security unable to help! The pay-per-view ended with Cena unconscious and broken in the ring, while Punk and Ezekiel celebrated as the cage finally started to lift...
The show opened with Chris Jericho making his way out to the ring and cutting a promo on his victory last night, saying he had finally dispatched Edge and was on to bigger and better things. He demanded to be named the new number one contender to the world title, but before an answer could be given, The Undertaker made his way out to a tremendous ovation. He said that after vanquishing Nigel McGuinness convincingly last night, it's time for him to reclaim his championship. As these two continued to argue, Gregory Shane Helms came out and said that he'd be named top contender by the end of the night after he banished Triple H from the WWE last night! Jericho and Taker scoffed at GSH, until Helms smacked Taker across the face! Helms high-tailed it out of the ring, but Jericho snuck up behind Taker and nailed him with a Codebreaker! Taker laid unconscious as Jericho walked, triumphantly, out of the ring. Later on we would find out that The Undertaker would face Chris Jericho in a Number One Contenders match for the world title in our main event tonight!
Zack Ryder pinned Jamie Noble with the Zack Attack in 0:05:23. Rating: *** 3/4
During the bout, Ryder cut an insert promo voicing his disgust over being left off the pay-per-view last night and promised all his "female fans" that he'd make sure they get plenty of Zack Ryder over the coming months. Woo woo woo... you know it.
Cody Rhodes pinned Nigel McGuinness with the Cross Rhodes in 0:08:45. Rating: *** (Cody Rhodes won the WWE European Title.)[/i]
After losing decisively to The Undertaker last night, Nigel McGuinness was scheduled to defend his European championship tonight against Cody Rhodes and despite his promises to become the longest reigning European champion ever, Rhodes pulled off the victory thanks to some miscommunication from The Invasion! Cody celebrated his first singles championship in WWE with the fans while Nigel went ballistic in the ring, blaming everything on Santino and Kozlov! This has not been a good 48 hours for The Invasion...
Backstage, MVP cut a promo on Edge. He said that last night, Edge crossed a line he never should have been messing with when he Speared Mr. 305 after losing to Chris Jericho. MVP said he was minding his own business, biding his time to cash in his championship opportunity against the world champion, but now his focus is clearly on Edge. And when the time comes, he's going to show Edge why MVP is the highest paid athlete in the WWE.
Kofi Kingston and Delirious defeated Cryme Tyme (Shad Gaspard and JTG) when Delirious made Shad submit to the Cobra Stretch in 0:08:56. Rating: ** 1/2
With the world tag team champions The Fortunate Sons sitting at ringside to scout the tag division, Kofi and Delirious looked extremely impressive tonight in defeating Cryme Tyme. Surprisingly, few fans remember that Kingston and Delirious are former tag team champions. Their reign may have only lasted a few minutes, but these two reminded the WWE Universe (and perhaps the current tag champions) that they were indeed a formidable duo and perhaps can be again. On the reverse side, Cryme Tyme has seem to have fallen on some hard times of late. They couldn't get back on the winning track tonight, unfortunately, as Delirious made Shad tap to the Cobra Stretch.
In the ring, world champion CM Punk made his way out with Ezekiel Jackson, who just last night aided him in defeating and brutally beating John Cena. Punk said that not long ago, Ezekiel was suspended and subsequently fired from WWE for Wellness Policy violations. But he said he was sucked into a life of debauchery and lewdness by a lowlife named The Brian Kendrick. But CM Punk saved Jackson and he has accepted Straight Edge into his life. He and Jackson dominated John Cena last night, injuring him and likely knocking him out of competition for good. And now, as his Straight Edge Society takes shape, Punk said the world will know that Straight Edge means "we're better than you".
Marcus Cor Von pinned Kung Fu Naki with the Pounce in 0:09:45. Rating: *** 1/4
During the bout, The Alpha Male cut an insert promo saying that he's returned to the WWE Serengeti for one reason: to dominate and decimate. And anyone who gets in his way will feel the POUNCE... period.
Backstage, Edge was interviewed on his attack upon MVP last night at Backlash. The Rated R Superstar said that MVP was a cackling hyena who needed to be put down. Edge put his all into the steel cage match against Chris Jericho last night and came up just short. He said he had nothing to be ashamed of, but MVP tried to make himself look like a big man by making fun of him afterward, so he knocked some sense into MVP! He said if MVP ever has a problem with that, to take it up to him face to face.
Mr. Kennedy and Rey Mysterio defeated Sheamus and Jack Swagger when Mysterio pinned Swagger after a Victory Roll in 0:09:30. Rating: *** 1/2
New United States champion Rey Mysterio continued on his successful roll tonight, pinning Jack Swagger and grabbing the victory for himself and Mr. Kennedy against Swagger and Kennedy's nemesis Sheamus. The feud between Sheamus and Kennedy has gotten hotter after the intentional disqualification last night. And after Mysterio pinned Swagger, Sheamus continued his assault on his opponents, hitting Rey with a bicycle kick and nailing Kennedy with the Celtic Cross! Sheamus's vicious streak just continues to be on display for the WWE Universe.
Backstage, Gregory Shane Helms was interviewed, saying that it was a travesty that he wasn't being included in the main event this evening. He said that everyone in the WWE Universe underestimates him. But that ends tonight...
Chris Jericho and The Undertaker battled to a no contest in 0:19:13. Rating: **** 1/4 [Gregory Shane Helms interfered against Chris Jericho.] [Gregory Shane Helms interfered against The Undertaker.][/i]
The Undertaker and Chris Jericho battled to determine who would be the new top contender to CM Punk's world championship, but the end was marred when Gregory Shane Helms attacked both superstars with a steel chair! GSH promised to become a force in the WWE Universe tonight, and in attacking both Taker and Jericho and causing a no-contest, it may be that he's made his point...
Gregory Shane Helms opened the show in the ring, explaining his actions last week. He said that neither Chris Jericho or The Undertaker took him as a serious contender to the world championship and he made sure neither of them would be named top contender last week. This brought out Chris Jericho, who told Helms that all he did was delay the inevitable. Because tonight, they've been booked in a triple threat match with The Undertaker and the winner will be top contender to CM Punk's world championship. The lights went out and when they came back up, The Undertaker was in the ring! He chokeslammed Chris Jericho and set his sights on Helms, but GSH had slid out of harms way before he could be attacked!
Goldust pinned Vladimir Kozlov after a roll up in 0:05:39. Rating: * * 3/4
Goldust pulled off a major upset in our opening contest, as The Invasion's recent cold streak continues! Kozlov dominated this fight and seemed to have victory well in-hand, but Goldust was able to secure a small package on the Soviet Cyborg and pin him for the big win! Afterward, both Santino and Nigel McGuinness berated the behemoth while Goldust recouperated and celebrated up the ramp. What will it take for Nigel and The Invasion to right the ship?
Backstage, Zack Ryder was interviewed about the return of The Brian Kendrick against US champion Rey Mysterio next. Ryder said that no one ants to hear about a has been like Kendrick. They want to hear about the future sensation, Zack Ryder. He told the rest of the roster to get ready for a Zack Attack! "The Alpha Male" Marcus Cor Von made his way into the interview area at this time, asking Ryder if he wanted to back up his words. Ryder seemed intimidated, but his bravado was too big for him, as he slapped The Alpha Male! Cor Von was obviously enraged as Ryder raced away from the scene. We'd find out later that these two will meet in the ring next week!
Rey Mysterio pinned The Brian Kendrick with the Springboard Splash in 0:10:38. Rating: * 1/2 (Rey Mysterio retained the WWE United States Title.)[/i]
Former United States champion The Brian Kendrick returned from his suspension tonight seemingly as freaky and cocky as ever, but the current champion was able to pull off the victory and deny Kendrick a return to the promised land. After the bout, Ezekiel Jackson raced to the ring and leveled his former protege with the Book of Ezekiel! Jackson stomped away at Kendrick as world champion CM Punk sauntered out, clapping approvingly. Jackson delivered one more Book of Ezekiel to the Freak-Out Phenom before walking to the back with the Straight Edge Messiah.
Backstage, new European champion Cody Rhodes was interviewed about his championship victory last week, but was interrupted by his brother Goldust! Goldust tried to congratulate his brother on becoming a singles champion for the first time, but Cody stopped him. Cody asked how many times he has to ignore his brother before he just leaves him the hell alone. He called Goldust an embarrassment to the family name and walked away, leaving Goldust shocked and dismayed…
World champion CM Punk and Ezekiel Jackson were interviewed backstage next and Punk explained Ezekiel's actions earlier, saying that Jackson had to prove his loyalty to the Straight Edge Society by beating his past senseless and leaving it a broken pile of shame in the middle of the ring. He said that everyone must prove their allegiance to the Straight Edge Society and the world champion. Because Straight Edge is a commitment and a privilege… and he and Ezekiel Jackson will take out anyone who thinks differently.
Edge pinned a local competitor with the Spear in 0:04:04. Rating: * * *
After quickly dispatching of this week's local competitor in our Raw Showcase bout, Edge grabbed a mic and challenged MVP to a match next week! We would later find out that the match had been accepted and made official, and these two superstars will settle their differences inside the squared circle next week!
Backstage, Jack Swagger cut a promo promising to become a singles champion by the end of the year. Swagger put European champion Cody Rhodes, and United States champion Rey Mysterio, and even world champion CM Punk on warning, saying that he is The All-American American and a man of his word…
Mr. Kennedy pinned Sheamus after a small package in 0:08:52. Rating: * * 1/2
Kennedy and Sheamus engaged in a brutal war within the confines of the ring tonight, and although Sheamus doled out a ton of punishment upon his opponent, the brash Green Bay native was able to surprise the Celtic Warrior and hook a small package to deliver Sheamus his first pinfall loss! Sheamus was incensed after the bout, attacking Kennedy brutally and even going to far as to assault him with a steel pipe! Kennedy was battered and left bruised but victorious as Sheamus made his way to the back.
Backstage, world tag team champions The Fortunate Sons cut a promo on the state of the tag team division in the WWE. Hennig and Gordy said they were looking for their next challenge, and awaited the decision of the general manager and the championship committee as to who the next contenders would be. The Sons promised to be fighting champions and challenged anyone on the WWE roster, including SmackDown, to challenge for the championships!
Triple Threat Match: The Undertaker, Chris Jericho and Gregory Shane Helms battled to a no contest in 0:13:03. Rating: * * * *
All three men seemed confident throughout the evening and leading up to our main event, and as it turned out it was very justified. For the second straight week the main event ended in a no-contest. Only this time, the situation was much more dicey. In the end of the bout, Undertaker locked the Hell's Gate submission on Chris Jericho. But Jericho was able to use his free hand to roll up Helms, who in turn was able to drape his arms over The Undertaker! The confused referee counted both men's shoulders down and Jericho actually tapped as the ref counted the third fall! Unsure what to do, the referee declared the bout a draw. What is the state of the number one contender spot to CM Punk's world title?
The Undertaker opened the show in the ring, saying that after the end of last week's main event, there should be no doubt that he should be the top contender to CM Punk's world title after he made Chris Jericho tap out last week. Jericho came out to protest and said that he was able to pin Gregory Shane Helms with his free arm last week, which brought out GSH to say that he was the one to pin The Undertaker! He proposed a three week one-on-one round robin tournament between the three with the superstar earning the most wins becoming top contender! Taker and Jericho readily accepted before Taker said that he would be first and take on GSH here tonight!
Marcus Cor Von defeated Zack Ryder by disqualification in 0:06:27. Rating: **
After last week's run-in during an interview segment, Ryder seemed a bit outmatched against The Alpha Male tonight. Cor Von displayed his power and agility throughout against the LI Heartthrob, and Ryder ended up choking out Cor Von against the ropes beyond the referee's count of five causing the disqualification. Ryder continued choking until The Alpha Male was unconscious and held his arms high triumphantly as if he'd actually won the bout!
Backstage, Edge cut a promo on tonight's bout versus MVP. He said they've been given the main event slot for a reason tonight: because everyone wants to see the Rated R Superstar shut Mr. 305's loud, trash-talking mouth! And tonight he promises to be the one to shut down the highest paid athlete in WWE history and show that money can't buy what Edge has accomplished in his WWE career!
World champion CM Punk made his way to the ring with Ezekiel Jackson (who was carrying what looked like a black doctor's bag) to address the WWE Universe. He said that regardless of the outcome in the round robin tournament between Taker, Jericho, and GSH, he has a higher purpose. And that is to save the WWE Universe one member at a time. So he said he was ready to save a member of tonight's audience if they'll accept Straight Edge into their lives. As Punk was glancing through the audience, The Brian Kendrick came up from behind and blasted the world champion and Ezekiel in the back with a steel chair! Kendrick said Punk crossed the line last week when he sent Ezekiel to attack him, and he wants Punk one-on-one right now! Punk was hesitant, but with Ezekiel by his side, he accepted Kendrick's challenge for a non-title match!
The Brian Kendrick pinned CM Punk with the Kendrick in 0:08:42. Rating: **** 1/4
Add world champion CM Punk to the list of top superstars who have been defeated by the Freak Out Phenom! Punk joins the likes of The Undertaker and Triple H to fall to the rising star and former US champion, losing tonight in a terrific (albeit short) battle! The leader of the Straight Edge Society was livid after the match ended, having lost to a member of the debauchery-laden lifestyle he loathes!
After a video package replayed the carnage from Sheamus' attack on Mr. Kennedy last week, the Celtic Warrior cut a promo on the GM of Raw. He said that despite taking a fluke loss to Kennedy last week, he more than made up for it by laying out the loudmouth afterward with a steel pipe! Sheamus promised that that would be the end of Kennedy's in-ring return and that the Celtic Warrior can now move on to bigger and better things.
The Fortunate Sons (Joe Hennig and Ray Gordy) defeated Jamie Noble and a local competitor when Gordy pinned one competitor with the Top Rope Splash in 0:04:54. Rating: *** 3/4
The world tag team champions continue rolling this week, defeating a pair of local competitors in non-title action. After the match, they reiterated their challenge to the entire WWE roster by saying they were determined to be viewed as the best tag team in the world and would take on any and all comers for the tag team titles!
Backstage, MVP cut a promo on his opponent tonight, Edge. MVP said that as the highest paid athlete in WWE history, he's entitled to certain things. For example, he's entitled to a world title match since winning the Raw Deal. He's entitled to the best in trainers, personal staff, and lifestyle. And tonight, he's entitled to do whatever it takes to assure himself that he'll remain on top of the WWE pecking order and he intends to do whatever it takes to beat Edge tonight!
Backstage, Goldust was interviewed about his recent attempts at reconciliation with his brother Cody Rhodes. He said that his brother has never accepted him for who he is, despite his accomplishments in the ring and struggles outside of it. He said that all he wants is for Cody to finally see him as a brother and respect him. So he's made a request that he and Cody team up next week and that request has been granted. He said he's going to show the European champion what he's made of and that after next week, he will respect... Goldust.
The Undertaker pinned Gregory Shane Helms with the Tombstone in 0:11:44. Rating: **** 1/4
With the first bout of the Round Robin tournament to crown a new top contender in the books, The Undertaker is one step closer to a championship match with CM Punk after dispatching of GSH tonight. Helms put up a good fight and showed that he's certainly a superstar to be taken seriously amongst the best of the best, but Taker is still the man. Next week, GSH fights for his championship life against Chris Jericho and if he loses there, kisses his championship dreams goodbye.
Backstage, Nigel McGuinness put United States champion Rey Mysterio on warning. He said that after losing the European championship and holding the second longest European championship reign in history, he has it from reliable sources that he's atop the list of contenders for the US title and he's coming for Rey's belt.
Edge defeated Montel Vontavious Porter by disqualification in 0:12:02. Rating: ** 1/4 [JTG and Shad Gaspard interfered against Edge.][/i]
MVP promised to do whatever it took to take out Edge, and thanks to his near-limitless resources it seems like whatever it takes includes bringing Cryme Tyme into the fold and under his payroll! Shad and JTG interfered in the match after the Rated R Superstar hit Mr. 305 with a Spear and looked to have the win in hand. Cryme Tyme continued the assault after the final bell as MVP barked orders. MVP finally had them lift Edge to his feet and hit a devastating Drive By kick on Edge! MVP had his arms raised by Shad and JTG and celebrated as the show came to a close...
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The Straight Edge Society opened up Raw tonight, as world champion CM Punk was looking more frustrated and angry than usual after taking a pinfall loss to The Brian Kendrick last week. Punk began by announcing that he's been informed that next week he will be defending his world championship against the "filthy and vile" Brian Kendrick. But tonight, he and Kendrick will play Pick Your Poison and he sees no one better to demolish Kendrick than his former associate and Punk's Straight Edge teammate Ezekiel Jackson!
Sheamus pinned El Fragilico with the Irish Curse in 0:03:49. Rating: ** 3/4
The Celtic Warrior easily ran through the "Breakable Luchador" El Fragilico this week, but after the bout ended Mr. Kennedy made his shocking return after being beaten with a steel pipe by Sheamus just weeks ago! Sheamus bailed from the ring after taking a couple stiff rights and a clothesline from Kennedy. But the Raw GM went on to announce that he was renouncing the General Manager position and going back to full-time wrestling! And his first mission is to destroy Sheamus! Where does this leave the GM position and who will be Raw's decision-maker?
Backstage, The Brian Kendrick announced that CM Punk's opponent tonight would be United States champion Rey Mysterio! And as for Ezekiel Jackson, he said that for years he took Jackson under his wing and tonight the Freak Out Phenom is going to shock the WWE Universe once again by pinning Jackson! And next week, he said he would accomplish his dream and win the World Heavyweight championship!
Backstage, Gregory Shane Helms was interviewed on his loss last week to The Undertaker. Helms said that that bout was a farce, an anomaly, and tonight he's going to pin Chris Jericho and prove just that. He said that he's going to beat Chris Jericho so decisively tonight that Jericho won't even show up to face The Undertaker next week and they'll have no choice but to declare Helms the top contender. He's sent Jeff Hardy packing. He made Triple H head for the hills. And Chris Jericho's going to be just another name on his Walk of Fame.
The Brian Kendrick pinned Ezekiel Jackson with the Kendrick in 0:05:23. Rating: **
Perhaps we shouldn't call it a shocker, but the WWE Universe may find it shocking that The Brian Kendrick was able to defeat the brutish Ezekiel Jackson tonight with The Kendrick! Despite taking considerable damage from the much larger opponent, the former US champion has one-upped the Straight Edge Society and looks to be heading into next week's world championship bout with a ton of momentum!
Backstage, world tag team champions The Fortunate Sons cut a promo announcing that they would find out their next challengers next week. They emphasized that this is any tag team's last chance to get in line for a shot at their gold, whether they be from Raw or SmackDown!
Backstage, Zack Ryder cut a promo on "The Alpha Male" Marcus Cor Von, who was still recovering from being severely choked out last week in their one-on-one match. He said the real reason Cor Von wasn't there tonight was that he was scared of another beating from the "Long Island Bad Boy". Woo woo woo. You know it.
Delirious and Kofi Kingston defeated Cody Rhodes and Goldust when Kofi pinned Goldust with the Trouble in Paradise in 0:06:55. Rating: ****
After weeks of trying to get on the same page as his brother Cody, Goldust ended up on the wrong end of Trouble in Paradise and was pinned in this tag bout against Kingston and Delirious. The European champion simply walked away from Goldust after the match, obviously embarrassed and wanting nothing to do with his brother.
In the ring, MVP introduced his newest paid security team, Shad Gaspard and JTG, who he referred to collectively as the Most Valuable Posse. He promised that if anybody has a problem with Mr. 305 to take it up with the Posse, and that includes "The Rated R Superstar" Edge.
Backstage, Chris Jericho cut a promo on his opponent in tonight's round robin match, Gregory Shane Helms. He said that Helms isn't major league like "The Savior" Chris Jericho and after he defeats GSH tonight and beats The Undertaker next week, he's coming for CM Punk's world heavyweight championship.
Jack Swagger pinned Rex Tayler with the Gutwrench Power Bomb in 0:04:29. Rating: ** 1/4
The All-American American showcased his talent tonight, handily defeating newcomer Taylor with the Gutwrench Power Bomb. During the match, he cut an insert promo reiterating a promise that he would become a major champion by WrestleMania next year. He told everyone to bank on it.
The announcers updated the audience regarding the condition of John Cena, who is still recovering from the severe beating at the hands of the Straight Edge Society at Backlash. They wished Cena a speedy recovery.
Backstage, United States champion Rey Mysterio announced that he would indeed be defending his championship against Nigel McGuinness at the Vengeance pay-per-view next month. He told McGuinness to bring everything he has because there's no way he's giving up his United States championship without a fight.
Gregory Shane Helms pinned Chris Jericho with the Shining Wizard in 0:14:10. Rating: ****
And then there was one. One undefeated member of this round robin tournament remains after Helms defeated Jericho tonight, much to the dismay of The Savior. Many may not approve of GSH's methods, but Helms proved that he belongs in the discussion of the top superstars on Raw. Next week The Undertaker looks to capitalize on Helms's win and become the top contender to the world heavyweight championship! After the match, The Undertaker offered a short, dire warning to Chris Jericho regarding their match next week. He promised to defeat Jericho and end this round robin as the undefeated survivor and go on to take CM Punk's championship... and his soul.
Rey Mysterio pinned CM Punk with the Springboard Splash in 0:10:21. Rating: *** 1/4 [The Brian Kendrick interfered against CM Punk.][/i]
Kendrick offered just enough interference to provide the United States champion with an opportunity to hit CM Punk with a 619 and pick up a huge non-title victory over the world champion! Heading into their championship bout next week, things aren't looking good for CM Punk and his Straight Edge Society. But after Punk exited the ring and chased after Kendrick, Nigel McGuinness jumped in from the crowd and leveled Rey Mysterio with his own title belt! McGuinness stared at the US championship greedily and held it aloft over the unconscious champion...
Mr. Kennedy pinned Zack Ryder with the Mic Check in 0:06:31. Rating: ***
After the bout, Kennedy took the mic and challenged Sheamus to one more bout at Vengeance. But this time, Kennedy said he wanted to make it an Extreme Rules match! Kennedy promised to send Sheamus back home bruised, battered, and finally humbled.
The Invasion (Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov) defeated Jamie Noble and Rex Tayler when V. Kozlov pinned Tayler with the Iron Curtain in 0:05:49. Rating: ***
The Invasion made short work of their opponents tonight, attempting to show that they are indeed on the same page after several weeks of miscommunication since losing the tag team championships. During the bout, they cut an insert promo promising that The Invasion was just as strong as ever, and they're going to make sure they train Nigel McGuinness hard to bring home the United States championship for the rest of the world.
Backstage, European champion Cody Rhodes was interviewed. Cody finally let out all his pent up frustration toward his brother Goldust. He said he waited for years for his brother to get out of the business so he could come to the WWE without fear of being embarrassed and associated with the freak his brother was. He called Goldust an embarrassment and said that he doesn't want to associate with him whether it's with him or against him.
Edge pinned Shad Gaspard with the Spear in 0:08:41. Rating: ** 3/4
For weeks, The Rated R Superstar has dealt with MVP and more recently his hired crew Shad Gaspard and JTG, now known as the Most Valuable Posse. Tonight, Edge was able to gain a measure of retribution as he defeated the Beast with a Spear. Edge took a lot of punishment during the bout, however, which doesn't bode well for his match with MVP that was announced for Vengeance shortly afterward.
In the ring, world tag team champions The Fortunate Sons were out to find out who their opponents would be for Vengeance. Much to their own shock, WWE Tag Team champions The Miz and Big Show came out and announced that at Vengeance, they would be taking part in a championship unification match! ShowMiz put over their collective experience and championship wins as Miz showed off his Intercontinental championship as well. Hennig and Gordy certainly have their work cut out for them in four weeks time if they plan on becoming the WWE's unified tag team champions!
Chris Jericho pinned The Undertaker with the Codebreaker in 0:10:24. Rating: **** 1/4 [Gregory Shane Helms interfered against The Undertaker.]
Earlier in the night, both Jericho and The Undertaker promised to emerge victorious in the final bout of the round robin tournament and secure their rightful spot as number one contender. Unfortunately for The Undertaker, Gregory Shane Helms had something to say about it as well, interfering in what was an otherwise fantastic contest. As we would find later in the night, GSH did this to assure that Taker wasn't guaranteed that title match at Vengeance. The championship committee now seems to have something of a calamity on it's hands...
Up next was a video package featuring the quickly budding rivalry between the "Straight Edge Savior" CM Punk and the "Freak-Out Phenom" The Brian Kendrick, setting up their world championship bout tonight. The package focused on Ezekiel Jackson's attack on Kendrick, Kendrick's sho=cking non-title upset, and Punk's tirade regarding Kendrick's lifestyle. The official introductions for the championship bout followed...
CM Punk pinned The Brian Kendrick after a springboard clothesline in 0:16:27. Rating: **** 1/4 (CM Punk retained the World Heavyweight Title.)
In a back-and-forth bout, Ezekiel Jackson was ejected from ringside, but another masked Straight Edge Society member played a key role in helping his "savior" retain the championship. With Jackson gone and the ref distracted, the large masked superstar delivered a brutal boot to the face of the challenger, allowing the champion to hit a springboard clothesline and retain his title. After the bout, Punk celebrated with his championship, but we would find out as we went off the air that the championship committee had reached a decision as to who would face Punk at Vengeance!