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WWE: The Power Struggle was my diary over at EWBIII and I was about five pages in when the shit hit the fan. Luckily, I have all the shows saved up on my hard drive and I shall now begin to repost everything. However, it's not going to be done all at once. Instead, I will be doing it little by little while also working on a new diary (multi-person split) that will be out very soon. This will allow me to maybe gain new fans or to allow the few I had to revisit the past. There are several "news" posts that I didn't save so any "news updates" will have to be left out as this will just include shows and the backstory that goes along with the shows. Once everything is caught up to date, the show will go on! So without further adue...I give you WWE: The Power Struggle!

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December 1, 2003

12:02 AM

Somewhere between Sacramento, California and San Jose, California

Yes, it was good to be Mr. McMahon, the owner of the number one wrestling promotion in the world...World Wrestling Entertainment. Sure, business wasn't what it used to be in the late 90s, but things were starting to look a little better. It was just recently announced that the Pay-Per-View buyrates were higher than originally thought to be. Plus, recently the shows had started to get better. Was this the start of a new boom period in wrestling? He certainly hoped so.

Mr. McMahon sat in the back of his limo looking out the window, watching the rain as it rushed by. There's nothing more calm than a gentle rain. He certainly needed the calming...running the WWE certainly wasn't the most relaxing job in the world. The stress could sometimes really get to him. Thunder was heard as the storm began to get stronger the closer they get to San Jose, the sight of the Smackdown! tapings. Vince's thoughts were interrupted as his cell phone rang

"Hello?" Vince answered "Oh, hey Steph..."

Stephanie McMahon, Vince's daughter and the younger of the two McMahon offspring. There was a time when all of the McMahons would ride in the same limo, but things have changed. Stephanie would now ride with her husband, Paul Levesque...better known as Triple H to wrestling fans. Vince's wife, Linda, was busy with meetings at WWE Headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut. And Shane, his son, usually would ride with Vince, but this night he decided to ride with Andrew Martin this, better known as Test. So that left Vince to himself in the limo for the ride to Smackdown.

"Listen we've already went over this many times Steph. I know you want to be back on TV, but Paul Heyman is doing a great job as playing the GM of Smackdown. I think it'd be best to keep him around for a while. Besides, you've only been off TV for a month...how's that going to make our Loser Leaves WWE stipulation look to the fans?

It was just a month ago at No Mercy, the October Smackdown-exclusive Pay-Per-View where Vince and Stephanie had a match. Vince won and according to the stipulations, Stephanie was "fired." This was just an excuse to get Stephanie off TV so she could be married to Paul, and they could go on their honeymoon. But now she's back and ready to get her face back in front of the camera as soon as possible. She loved the attention she gets as Smackdown! GM and missed it. She craved the spotlight and being away from it ate her alive. However, since Paul Heyman had been put back on TV, the ratings had started to go up and the fans were eating up his heel act and WANT to see the faces beat him. Originally Stephanie was suppose to get the GM position back as soon as she returned, but Vince changed his mind.

"Just think of it as a break Steph...you can focus on the storylines and your job backstage. It's for the good of the company."

Click.

Apparently that wasn't what Stephanie wanted to hear because she hung up on her father. Vince cursed under his breath and returned to looking out the window. The rain was heavier now. He doesn't understand what Stephanie's problem is. He has always done what is best for the company. The job comes before the family.

Ring-Ring-Ring-Ring.

"Hello?" Vince answered, a little more annoyed this time. "Hey Pat..."

This time it was Patt Patterson, one of WWE's top road agents and a close friend to Vince.. "You've talked to Kevin Nash? I don't care how unhappy he is about the possibility of taking a paycutt on his next contract. The guy can't stay healthy! And what's he doing now? Filming a God-Dammed movie! Who does he think he is, The Rock? He can either take the damn pay cut or no contract at all!"

Click.

This time Vince was the one hanging up. All he wanted is to get to his hotel suite and get some sleep before another long day. Hopefully one of his ladies would be waiting for him when he gets to the hotel. Yes, that's right...one of his ladies. Running the WWE was hard work and sometimes Vince would be away from Linda and he just needed a little satisfying while she's gone. Was there anything so wrong with that? He sure didn't think so. Besides, she probably did the same thing. Yes...he could certainly go for a little pleasure after another stressful day on the job...

Vince shut his eyes and began to drift to sleep, his head leaning against the window...as the limo began to slid out of control, crashing into a lightpole.

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411mania.com

!!!!!BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!!! Vince McMahon in Critical Condition

-It has just been reported that early this morning, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon was involved in a car wreck when the limo he was in lost control in a storm. It is reported that he is in critical condition. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the McMahon family. Due to this terrible accident, Smackdown! has been cancelled and a best of WWE 2003 show will be put together and shown. Fans who had tickets to the show will be allowed to either get their money back or keep the ticket and it will be accepted at a later event at the same venue.

-More on this situation as more information is received.

-Ashish

December 2, 2003

12:17 PM

A Hospital in San Jose, California: Intensive Care Waiting Room

"Vince McMahon in Critical Condition"...."Wreck Threatens Vince McMahon's Life"...the headlines were everywhere - Newspapers, television, the Internet. Everyone wanted to know if Vince McMahon was going to be okay. Would he survive? The truth is...no one knew for sure.

The waiting room was filled with several people, all wanting to know the fate of the WWE's Chairman. Linda and Stephanie were both in tears, while Shane sat rubbing his chin in deep thought. Paul Levesque consoled his wife while Andrew Martin read the latest Newsweek. Each had made their way to the hospital as soon as they could. Everyone except Linda had been in the waiting room since very early in the morning. Linda had arrived at about 10 from Stamford.

The door opened and a doctor walked out into the waiting room over to Linda McMahon. She immediately wiped away her tears as she gets up to meet the doctor.

"Is...is he going to be alright?" she asked with concern.

"Well, to be honest Mrs. McMahon," the doctor stated, "we aren't sure yet. He's in a coma now and there's no telling how long he could be out. We've already repaired his broken bones, but we've done all that we can do for now. The immediate family can view him now."

Linda looked over to Stephanie and Shane. Paul helped his wife up and led her over to Linda while Shane didn't move.

"Shane, aren't you coming?" Linda asks.

"No," he replied, "I can't bear to see my father like that. Go on without me."

Linda and Stephanie understood Shane's wishes and they went ahead and followed the doctor back behind the door. Paul walked over and took a seat across from Shane.

"You gonna be alright Shane-O?" Paul asks.

"Yeah...I guess."

"So where does the WWE go from here?"

"I...I...don't know..."

12:58

Linda and Stephanie returned from intensive care, both with bloodshot eyes from crying. Shane, Paul, and Andrew got up to greet them with hugs.

"How is he?" Andrew asked.

"Pretty bad..." Linda replied, "I've never seen him like this."

"So..." Shane began, "what do we do now? WWE's not going to run itself."

Linda gave Shane an angered look. "Is that ALL you can think about right now is the WWE? Your dad is lying on a bed back there hooked up to machines that are keeping him alive and that's ALL you can think about."

"Well I'm sorry mom, but the fans are upset. We just had to cancel a show...you realize how bad that is for business? We're just now starting to get over the slump, this isn't the time to have the fans turn against us."

Linda looked upset, but Stephanie put her hand on her shoulder and said, "Shane's right mom...the show must go on. Dad would want it that way....It's for the good of the company."

"Well...," Linda said, "I guess I know what I have to do then."

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November 27th, 2003

411mania.com

Update on the McMahons

-Linda McMahon, CEO of the WWE, held a press conference today in which she announced that with the current state of Vince McMahon, that she is stepping down from her position in order to see to his health. The day-to-day running of the WWE has now been handed over to their two children, Shane and Stephanie McMahon.

-Vince has been transported to a hospital in Stamford so that he is closer to his family.

-Ashish

6:23 PM

WWE Headquarters - Stamford, CT

No one ever said life was fair. Suddenly Shane and Stephanie McMahon now had WWE in their hands. They were the ones making all the decisions. It was a lot to ask of them, but they were up to the task. The road to recovery would be long, would they be able to withstand the pressures of running the leading wrestling promotion in the world?

Stephanie paced back and forth inside her office. Shane was supposed to meet her 30 minutes ago. She finally has had enough and barged out of her office and heads to the lobby. Just as she got to the lobby, Shane walked through the doors on the cell phone.

"Marissa baby," Shane said, talking to his wife on the phone, "you know I would be there if I could, but this job takes up more time than I thought it would. I'm so sorry, but it has to be done. Listen I'll try to make it over before the night is over. Alright? ........I love you too."

Shane hung up and was met by the glaring eyes of his sister.

"Where the HELL have you been?" she demanded

"Listen Steph, I've already been chewed out by Marissa about missing dinner after I promised her we'd spend some time together, I don't wanna hear shit from you too."

"You were suppose to meet me at 6? Where the Hell were you? You've got responsibilities now Shane, you can't just go around doing whatever you want to."

"You know what Steph, you're missing dinner with Levesque, so why don't you just go on home to him. I can do this job by myself. You're really not needed."

"You? Don't need me? HA! Shane, you'd be lost without me."

"Get over yourself Steph, this is a man's job. I'm going to bring WWE back to the glory it once was."

"Nevermind Shane...this isn't going to work if we can't work together."

"On contraire sis, I think it'd work even better if we weren't together."

"What....do you mean?"

"Well, since we're basically co-CEO's here...it would be easier if we both took a brand and ran it. Since you're more familiar with Smackdown! and me with Raw, I think it'd make things a little smoother."

Stephanie paused to think over Shane's proposal but then she nodded her head in agreement.

"Maybe you're right...."

"How long have you known me sis, of course I'm right. I'm ALWAYS right."

"Fine...then that's how it's going to be done."

Stephanie and Shane shook hands, beginning a whole new era in the World Wrestling Entertainment's long history.

And so...the power struggle began.

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well, i certainly am excited about you reposting your old diary. I've never read it before, but from what i get from the backstory it must of been one hell of a read.

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December 8, 2003

1:15 PM

Anaheim, California - Pre-Raw Creative Meeting

All the writers, including Raw headwriter Brian Gerwitz, were already in the meeting room and awaiting the arrival of the new Co-CEO of the WWE, Shane McMahon. It was to be just a brief meeting to establish where they were they are with the current Raw product and where they will be going in the future. It would also set up where they will be going with Raw tonight. Shane entered the meeting room to a round of applause from the creative team.

Shane: Thank you, but its really not neccissary.

Brian Gerwitz: No Mr. McMahon, you really deserve it. You're showing how strong you are in this time of difficulty in your life.

Shane: Really, its really no big deal. Let's start the meeting.

Shane took his seat at the head of the table and the meeting began. It went smoothly until the meeting room door opened and Paul Levesque was standing in the doorway.

Paul Levesque: Oh damn, I didn't realize there was a meeting already. I must have missed the memo.

Shane looked very concerned with the entrance of Levesque to the meeting. He quickly stood up to adress him calmly.

Shane: Sorry Paul, this is a creative meeting.

Levesque smiled as he grabbed a chair, set it down at the table, and had a seat.

Paul Levesque: Yeah I know. So lets talk about how I'm going to get my ti...the World Heavyweight Title back at Armaggeddon. Goldberg's reign hasn't done good for business, I think the fans want to see me with the title again. But I know you want to keep Goldberg looking strong, so I figured I'll just pin Kane. That way I get the title, but Goldberg still looks strong. So...whaddaya think?

Shane stared a hole right through Levesque, visibly upset at him. Shane began to speak, this time with a lot more anger in his voice.

Shane: Perhaps you didn't understand me Paul...this is a CREATIVE meeting...for WRITERS.

Paul Levesque: Uh, yeah? What's your point Shane. Now, about my idea...

Shane: Paul...last time I checked, you were NOT a writer!

Paul Levesque: Jeez Shane, what's gotten into you. Come on, you know I'm always in on these meetings. So just calm down.

Shane: Yeah, maybe when my dad ran things you were allowed to sit in on creative meetings, but that was then. Now I am in charge and I'm saying you CAN'T! SO GET OUT!

Paul Levesque: What the Hell are you doing Shane? You can't just kick me out of the meeting. I have some GREAT ideas for Raw.

Shane: No, you have great ideas for Triple H. Don't worry Paul, we have it all under control without you. So why don't you just get some coffee or something, we'll talk later.

Levesque got up from the table, not taking his eyes off of shane, and backed toward the door.

Paul Levesque: You're going to regret this Shane...my ideas are the only thing keeping Raw afloat! Don't come crying back to me when your business is falling!

Levesque left the meeting room, slamming the door behind him. Shane took his seat back at the end of the table. He knew what he's doing...it was important for the wrestlers to not have too much creative control. He knew that in order for wrestling to succeed, the higher ups had to have complete control over the wrestlers...he had to make all the decisions for them. Sure, some people may not be too happy with him, but he was only doing what's best for business.

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Raw

December 8, 2003

Live from Anaheim, California

Hosted by: JR & Jerry "The King" Lawler

Highlights from Last Week: Mick Foley mad his return to WWE, announcing that Vince and Linda had hired him as a corporate consultant - Foley announced the Bring Back Stone Cold Petition and also that he was the new GM - All the firings of Foley (Test, Steiner, La Resistance, and Coach) - clips from the main event (RVD/HBK/Goldberg vs. Kane/Orton/Batista) - Foley telling Bischoff that the firings weren't real and that he was showing Bischoff what he's been like and then him shoving Mr. Socko down Bischoff's throat...

From the highlights, the Raw opening played and it then cut to the live arena where the PYRO went off. After panning around the crowd, the camera cut to JR and The King at the announce booth.

JR: Welcome to Raw fans, but we start things off tonight on a somber note as we have terrible news to bring you. Last Tuesday, Vince McMahon was on the way from Raw to Smackdown when his limo wrecked. Vince is currently in critical condition, and with Linda taking time to be with her husband recovering, Shane and Stephanie McMahon will be running the WWE.

The King: I've known the McMahons for a long time and I know this is going to be a difficult time for them, so our prayers are with them.

JR: I know what you mean King, it's going to be a tough time for all of us. But we're going to be strong and get through it together. But we'll keep you all updated on his condition...but for now we're going to get back to what we do best...

The New Co-GM Kicks Off Raw

Mick Foley's music hit the PA system with the sound of a car crash. The fans got to their feet and gave Foley a very loud ovation. In his hand, he carried a clipboard similar to the one he had last week. He entered the ring to the chant of "Foley, Foley!" which he smiled at. Once his music cut, Lillian Gracia handed him the microphone.

Mick Foley: Damn, its so great to be back in...ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA!

On cue, the crowd gave a loud pop for their city.

The King: Cheap pop!

Mick Foley: You guys sure know how to make a fella feel welcome! Well now, let's get RIGHT down to business. It turns out that I gave Eric Bischoff such a scare last week, he decided he'd take the night off! So tonight, its not the Eric Bischoff show...it's THE MICK FOLEY SHOW! First things first, the Stone Cold Petition went great last week and I've brought it this week for all the fans here to sign as well! And keep signing online at bringstonecoldback.wwe.com! With all of our support, he should be back in no time!

The fans popped loudly at the idea of Stone Cold being reinstated to Raw...

Mick Foley: But as for tonight's show...last week I announced that we would get to see Kane vs. Goldberg for the World Heavyweight Title...

Foley was interrupted as "Time To Play The Game" hit the PA system. Triple emerged from the back to louds boos from the Anaheim crowd. Triple H marched to the ring with a purpose, keeping his eyes locked on Foley. He climbed into the ring and demanded a microphone. He was given one and he got right in Foley's face.

Triple H: Foley?! ARE YOU CRAZY?!

Mick Foley: Well I certainly like to think so, yes.

Triple H: This isn't a time for games Foley, this is...

Mick Foley: Not a time for games? But you're the Game...if this isn't a time for games, what are you doing out here?

Triple H: Dammit Foley! I want to know why the Hell Kane is getting a title shot before Armageddon!

Mick Foley: I'm just giving the fans what they want to see Hunter. Let's face it, they've seen you lose to Goldberg enough.

Triple H's face strained with anger from Foley's verbal jab, but he controled himself...

Triple H: Oh you're funny Foley...but I'll tell you one thing, I'll be the one getting the last laugh. Evolution isn't going to stand by and watch you abuse your power every week. So don't let your power go to your head, or you'll have to answer to us.

Mick Foley: Evolution? Oh yeah, that reminds me...they've got a match of their own tonight too! It's going to be Randy Orton and Batista teaming up against Shawn Michaels and ROB VAN DAM! Oh and Triple H, keep your huge nose out of the main event tonight, or you'll be left out of Armageddon's title match!

Triple H's face was red with anger as he continued to look Foley right in the eye. Foley just smiled...

Mick Foley: Oh and Hunter...HAVE A NICE DAY!

Foley's music hit once again as he walked away from Triple H. Foley rolled out of the ring and walked back up the ramp, hi-fiving the fans on the way, leaving an angry HHH in the ring. (86%)

:::Commercials:::

JR: Welcome back to Raw fans, tonight we have a huge main event as Goldberg defends the World Heavyweight Title against the monster, KANE!

The King: And we just found out...RVD & Shawn Michaels team up to take on Evolution's Batista & Randy Orton!

JR: We'll also get to see some intergender tag as Molly & Matt Hardy will take on Lita & Christian. And you have to wonder if Lita is aware of what we found out last week that Christian and Jericho were just playing poor Trish and her!

The King: Playing them? Christian and Jericho are true gentlemen JR, I don't know what you saw. But I remember seeing Christian helping Lita up after Molly threw her into the ringsteps. You call that playing?

JR: Nevermind King, but first tonight we kick things off with a preview to Tag Team Turmoil!

Fatal Four Way Match

Bubba Ray Dudley vs. Garrison Cade vs. Val Venis (w/Female Escorts) vs. Rosey

This one was all over the place from the opening bell, with all four brawling inside and outside the ring. Cade came off the ropes at Rosey, but Rosey lifted him up and dropped him with a Samoan Drop. He went for the pin, but Venis quickly broke it up. Venis hit Rosey with some hard right hands as he pulled him off the mat, but Rosey absorbed them and decked Venis with a right of his own. Meanwhile, Bubba Ray pulled Cade up and hit him with the Dusty Rhodes punches, but when he went for the final punch, Cade evaded him by poking Bubba in the eyes.

The match continued with Cade trying to cheat his way to victory. This started make Bubba Ray, Venis, and Rosey upset...so they ganged up on him. Cade came off the ropes and went for a clothesline to Bubba Ray, but he ducked and hit the Bubba Bomb out of nowhere. Cade was out on his back on the mat as both Rosey and Val Venis climbed a turnbuckle. Rosey showed his superhero skills as he flew threw the air and the big man splashed down onto Cade. Rosey rolled out of the way as Val Venis came off the top with The Money Shot. Venis stayed on going for the pin, but Dudley and Rosey broke that up before the 2.

Rosey and Bubba Ray each grabbed Venis and hit him with a double flapjack. Rosey and Bubba Ray then began to exchange punches until Bubba Ray got the upper hand and he sent Rosey into the ropes. As Rosey came back off the ropes, Bubba Ray caught him with a sleeper hold. Bubba Ray put on as much pressure as he could, but Rosey began to fight it off and finally hit him with a jawbreaker...Bubba Ray stumbled back into Garrison Cade, who rolled him up and grabbed a handful of tights and put his feet on the ropes without the ref seeing. Rosey was still shaken from the sleeper and wasn't back to his feet yet...One, Two, Three!

Winner - Garrison Cade

Overall: 69

Crowd: 67

Match: 72

JR: Garrison Cade with a huge pinfall over one half of the tag champions going into Armageddon! We'll have another preview to this all out brawl for the belts later...

The Bet Continues?

Backstage, Lita was preparing for her match later on in the night, when Chris Jericho walked into the locker room. Lita was a bit startled to see Jericho, but she smiled when she saw him.

Lita: Hey Chris, don't you know this is the GIRL'S locker room.

Chris Jericho: Yeah...um, have you seen Trish?

Lita: No, not since last week.

Chris Jericho: Yea...she was suppose to meet me after the show last week, but I couldn't find her. And she hasn't returned my calls. I'm very worried...

Lita: That's strange, especially after she said that last Monday would be a special night.

Chris Jericho: Um yeah, well if you see her, tell her I'm looking for her.

Lita: I will...

Jericho turned and left the locker room, leaving Lita with a very concerned look on her face...

:::Commercials:::

WWE - Sting of the Night by YJ Stinger

BPP’s music hits, and he comes out with Test and Stacy. BPP says that even though Stacy is Test’s property, they share everything. So, they think that Stacy needs a reminder of what her job is. So, they want her to kiss both of their asses. Foley comes out before she does, and has her come to the entrance way to consult him. Foley says that it is disgusting how Test and Steiner treat Stacy. So, he wants to change that. Test wonders how, since it is in his contract that Stacy is his property. Foley says that it was in his contract, because he is now fired. Steiner then says that they are tag partners, and Test can’t be fired. So, Foley fires Steiner!

Payback

The sirens hit the PA system as Scott Steiner and Test came walking out to some decent heel heat...even more when the crowd saw they were forcefully pulling the beautiful Stacy Keibler along behind them. All three entered the ring and Steiner grabbed the microphone.

Scott Steiner: Last week Mick Foley tried to pull one over on us...saying we were FIRED! Well nobody fires the Big Booty Daddy, and Mick Foley knew better. That's the REAL reason he changed his mind! He was afraid of these peaks!

Test: That's right, and furthermore...YOU STACY! It was your fault we were even fired in the first place! You showed the your not loyalty to those who OWN YOU! You're going to regret that!

Scott Steiner: Now before we were so rudely interrupted last week, I believe you were bout to get down on your kenes and pucker up and kiss the Big Bad Booty....

Test: And if you don't start performing your duties to me, you're going to have to do worse things than kissing our ass. So be thankful that this is all your punishment is for now...so PUCKER UP BABY!

Test and Scott Steiner turn and bend over much like they did last week and pull their pants down just enough to reveal their asscheeks to the crowd. Stacy looked disgusted as she got down on her knees...but before she could perform the duty, Lance Storm and Val Venis came running down to the ring.

JR: Storm & Venis are making the save for Stacy?

The King: What are they doing here?

JR: Val & Lance are ladies men, they must not want to see Stacy be forced into this situation!

Storm and Venis slid into the ring and went right at Steiner and Test. Because they were literally caught with their pants down, Venis and Storm easily sent them to the mat and rolling out of the ring to safety, struggling to get their pants back up. Venis and Storm tried to approach Stacy, but Test grabbed her by her legs and pulled her from the ring. Steiner and Test headed back up the ramp shouting at Storm and Venis...

:::Commercials:::

Storm was already in the ring and ready for the next match to preview the Tag Team Turmoil.

Fatal Four Way Match

D-Von Dudley vs. Mark Jindrak vs. Lance Storm vs. The Hurricane

Much like the first preview earlier, this one was also all over the place. D-Von and Jindrak really went at each other for most of the match, D-Von trying to get some redemption for Bubba Ray's loss earlier. Storm bounces off the ropes and caught Storm with the Shining Wizard. He quickly went for the pin. One, Two, Th...D-Von broke it up. D-Von pulled Hurricane up and dropped him to the mat with a bodyslam. He then climbed to the top turnbuckle looking for a diving headbutt, but Mark Jindrak got up and shoved D-Von off the top. D-Von fell to the apron, hit it hard, and then fell to the floor outside the ring.

Jindrak gave a cocky smile as he saw D-Von lying on the floor outside the ring. He turned around as Hurricane began getting back up to his feet, bu Jindrak laid him back out with a clothesline.

Meanwhile, Garrison Cade made his way down to the ring as D-Von was trying to pull himself up. Cade stalks over D-Von and waits for him to get up, but before he could do anything, Bubba Ray had made it back down and hit Cade from behind. Bubba threw Cade into the safety barrier and began stomping a mudhole in him. The ref left the ring to try and break up the fight between Bubba and Cade...

Jindrak planted Hurricane with a DDT, while Storm was getting up. Val Venis came down to the ring and slid in. Jindrak raised his hands cockily as he walked away from Hurricane, and was hit with a clothesline from Val Venis. Storm climbed out onto the apron as Venis lifted Jindrak up in the air. Storm then came into the ring and hit the elevated Jindrak with a springboard dropkick. Jindrak hit the mat hard. Storm lifted Hurricane up as Val Venis climbed to the top turnbuckle. Storm hit a snap suplex to Hurricane, and rolled out of the way so Venis could hit the Money Shot. As Venis was getting up, Rosey now hit the ring. Rosey hit Storm and Venis with a Rolling Double Clothesline. Rosey pulled Venis up and hit him with The Samoan Drop.

D-Von got into the ring and ran right at Rosey with a clothesline that sent both men over the top rope to the floor. The ref finally gave up on breaking up the fight between Bubba and Cade and re-entered the ring as Storm crawled over and crawled onto Mark Jindrak. One, Two, Three.

Winner - Lance Storm

Overall: 73

Crowd: 69

Match: 77

JR: Storm capitalizes and wins the match! The Tag Team Turmoil match at Armageddon will be chaotic.

All four teams continued their brawl after the bell, but road agents and other staff members ran to the ring to seperate them...

Y2J & Version 1 Converse

The screen switched to backstage where Jericho was continuing his search for Trish, when he ran into Matt Hardy warming up for the intergender tag match.

Matt Hardy: Well, well, well...if it isn't Y2J himself! What's up?

Chris Jericho: Hey Matt, I'm looking for Trish, have you seen her?

Matt Hardy: Can't say that I have, but how's the bet coming along?

Chris Jericho: It was going GREAT! I was going to win it last week, but Trish just disappeared.

Matt Hardy: Well hey, remember if there's anything I can do to help you win the bet..I owe you one after you set up everything with me being able to show Lita what Mattitude is all about.

Jericho and Matt both laugh and they hi-five...

Chris Jericho: Well you could hit Christian below the belt a couple times tonight, that'd help me out a lot!

Matt Hardy: Haha, you got it...

Just then, Molly walked into the shot and approached Matt...

Molly Holly: You ready?

Matt Hardy: Mattitude is ALWAYS ready!

With that, Jericho turned and continued his search as Matt and Molly headed to the ring...

:::Commercials:::

Intergender Tag Match

Molly Holly & Matt Hardy vs. Lita & Christian

JR announced that Lita vs. Molly Holly had been signed for Armageddon for the Women's Title. The women's involvement hurt this match, but Christian and Matt Hardy made up for it to make it an atleast decent match. Lita was in against Molly and things were starting to look good for her as she monkey flipped Molly out of the corner. Molly rolled back to her feet and Lita grabbed her and attempted an Irish Whip. Molly reversed it and sent Lita into the ropes where Matt Hardy grabbed her by the hair from the apron and pulled Lita to the mat forcefully. Christian climbed into the ring to protest, but the ref met him to stop him. Meanwhile, Matt climbed in and held Lita, allowing Molly to take some cheap shots at her. Matt climbed back onto the apron as the ref turned back around.

Molly continued to work over Lita until she climbed to the top turnbuckle looking for the Molly Go-Round. However, Lita moved and Molly hit the matt butt first. This allowed Lita to make the crawl over to the corner and make the tag to Christian. Christian and Matt Hardy entered the ring and went right at each other. Christian got the upperhand and hit the falling reverse DDT on Hardy. He went for the pin. One, Two, Thre...Hardy got his shoulder up. Christian began to pull Matt up, but Molly came over and gave Christian a low blow. This allowed Matt Hardy to grab Christian and hit him with the Side Effect. He went for the pin. One, Two, Thr...kickout.

Lita was back up and came in and met Molly Holly with a kick to the midsection. Molly doubled over and Lita dropped her with a DDT. Hardy grabbed Lita from behind by her hair and turned her to face him. However, Lita brought her knee up into Matt's groin. Matt's eyes buldged as he doubled over in pain. Christian was back up and took advantage and hit The Unprettier to Matt. He went for the pin. One, Two, Three!

Winners - Lita & Christian

Overall: 77

Crowd: 80

Match: 72

Lita jumped up into Christian's arm in celebration. Christian had a huge smile on his face as the happy Lita celebrated in his arms. He put her down and raised her arm in victory, while Matt Hardy was stumbling to his feet. The angered Hardy ran and shoved Christian, sending him out of the ring. Hardy then once again grabbed a handful of Lita's hair. This time he pulled her down and hooked her head, signalling for the Twist of Fate!

JR: Don't do it Matt!

Christian grabbed Molly's Women's Title at ringside and slid back into the ring. He ran and nailed Hardy in the back of the head with the belt. Matt hit the mat as Lita quickly embraced Christian. Christian dropped the belt and escorted Lita from the ring, leaving Matt lying out cold in the ring.

:::Commercials:::

LUGZ Boot of the Week by Lugz

Booker gets Stacy in the ring, and has her do a Legs-a-rooni. Mark Henry storms out and nails Booker with 2 World’s Strongest Slams.

Booker T - Thuggin N' Buggin'?

Backstage, Terri was standing by with Booker T.

Terri: Booker T, you've got a big match at Armageddon against Mark Henry. Last week he attacked you from behind while you were celebrating a victory with Stacy. After receiving two World's Strongest Slam, how are you Booker?

Booker T: Man, I've never felt betta! But that PUNK won't be able to say the same thang when he's facing the FIVE TIME, FIVE TIME, FIVE TIME, FIVE TIME, FIVE TIME Dubbya-C-Dubbya Champion!

Terri: Well...

Just then, Theodore Long walked into the shot and pushed Terri out of the way, grabbing the microphone from her as he did.

Theodore Long: Hold on sista, I got some thangs I need to say to the Book. Lemme holla atcha playa...you've witnessed first hand what The World's Strongest Man Mark Henry is capable of and I know you're still achin in pain, belee dat. But I've got a proposition for ya playa...what if I told you we could forgo the match at Armageddon and you wouldn't have to worry about gettin' ya ass beat again.

Booker T: Sucka, watchu talkin' bout?

Theodore Long: Think about it Book, you may be a five-time WCW champion, but what have you done in the WWE? The reason you haven't succeeded here like you could have is because of WHITEY! But if you join me Book, we can stand up to whitey and you will get all the success you should have had to begin with! So, whaddaya say playa?

Booker T: Lemme think about it.........uhm NO!

Theodore Long: Wrong answer playa!

Just then, Mark Henry entered the scene from behind Booker T with a chair and smacked the chair across Booker T's back. Henry picked Booker T up and then ran with him, slamming him into the wall hard. Booker dropped to the floor as Mark Henry looked down at him. Theodore Long came over beside Henry.

Theodore Long: You're going to regret your decision....HOLLA!

Theodore Long and Mark Henry walked off, leaving Booker T out cold on the floor as some medics came over to help him. (78%)

The King: I guess Theodore Long wasn't feelin' Booker T's answer.

JR: I'm not sure if Booker T will be 100% come Armageddon...that was a dirty sneak attack!

Shawn Michaels & Rob Van Dam vs. Evolution (Orton & Batista) w/Ric Flair

As usual, Flair proved to be a real distraction at ringside for the faces. RVD started the match off against the man he will meet at Armageddon, Orton. They went back and forth for the opening minutes until RVD tagged in Michaels. HBK got the better of "The Legend Killer," but things began to turn around when Batista made a blind tag. He nailed the unsuspecting HBK with a killer clothesline. Once Evolution established control of the match, they kept HBK from making the fresh tag by illegal switches, double teaming, and Flair's interferance. Eventually, Randy Orton would go for the RKO, but HBK would block it and throw Orton into Batista. HBK made the rush to his corner where he tagged in the very fresh Rob Van Dam.

RVD came in as a house of flame and used his educated feet to take down both Batista and Orton. Orton got a jumping side kick right to his face, while RVD used a legsweep to take Batista off his feet. Once Batista was on the mat, RVD hit him with the Rolling Thunder. Batista clutched his ribs and rolled out of the ring. Orton climbed back up to his feet and caught an attempted kick from RVD...but RVD used his free leg to nail Orton with an enziguri. Orton fell to the mat on his back. RVD then scaled the top turnbuckle looking for the Five Star Frog Splash. However, Ric Flair jumped onto the apron and grabbed RVD's leg. RVD broke his leg free from Flair and kick him in the face. Ric Flair fell off the apron to the floor. Van Dam came off the top with the Five Star Frog Splash, but Orton rolled out of the way and RVD ate nothing but canvas.

HBK came around the ringside area where Flair was getting up and nailed him with the Sweet Chin Music to prevent further interferance. Unfortunately, Flair's distraction worked, as Batista was able to grab the unsuspecting HBK and throw him back first into the ring post. Back in the ring, RVD slowly began to stumble up from his missed Frog Splash, when Randy Orton caught him with the RKO. Orton went for the pin. One, Two, Three.

Winners - Evolution

Overall: 81

Crowd: 81

Match: 82

Orton got back up and motioned for Batista to come over to continue their assault. Orton lifted the defenseless RVD up and pushed him into Batista, who nailed RVD with a hard spinebuster.

JR: They've already won the match, but they're not letting up on RVD! This needs to stop!

They both began putting the boots to RVD's back...as Shawn Michaels got back into the ring from behind them. Orton got done stomping first and taunted the crowd before turning around and walking right into some Sweet Chin Music from HBK!

The King: Oh come on! That was a cheapshot!

Batista turned around to see Orton hitting the mat. Batista ran right at Michaels. He attempted a clothesline but Michaels ducked and ran into the ropes. He bounced off them and came back and hit Batista with a leaping forearm. Batista hit the mat and crawled to the ropes where he used them to help pull himself up. HBK started warming up for another Sweet Chin Music, but Flair had got back up at ringside and pulled Batista out to safety.

JR: Batista escapes the Sweet Chin Music tonight, but Armageddon could be a totally different story!

HBK checked on RVD as Evolution headed back up the ramp upset.

:::Commercials:::

Back from commercials, it was time for the card run down for Armageddon.

WWE World Heavyweight Title Match

Goldberg© vs. Triple H vs. Kane

Shawn Michaels vs. Batista

Intercontinental Title Match

Rob Van Dam© vs. Randy Orton

Booker T vs. Mark Henry

WWE Women's Title Match

Molly Holly © vs. Lita

WWE World Tag Title Match - Tag Team Turmoil

The Dudley Boyz(v) vs. Cade & Jindrak vs. Storm & Venis vs. Hurricane & Rosey

Who Will Win The Bet?

Christian walked back into the locker room to find Jericho getting ready to leave...

Christian: Hey man, where do you think you're going? Where's Trish at?

Chris Jericho: I don't know alright...

Christian: Woah, woah, woah...what happened? Haha! Last week you seemed so confident you were going to win!

Chris Jericho: She just got a little nervous, and who can blame her? Its perfectly normal for women to when it comes to getting Vitamin C. Besides, I'm still ahead of you.

Christian: Not so fast Chris...after Lita wins the Women's Title at Armageddon, I think she'll be in the celebrating mood, if you know what I mean. I have her eating out of my palm!

Chris Jericho: There's NO way you're going to win the bet Christian, I'm a SEXY BEAST and Trish can't resist me. She's just preparing herself for the MONSTER!

Christian: You keep thinkin' that Chris, you keep thinkin' that...but now if you excuse me, Lita's waiting for me...

Christian began to turn to leave but he walked right into Matt Hardy who walked into the locker room. Hardy greeted Christian with a rough shove.

Christian: Yo dude! What the Hell is your problem?

Before responding, Matt gave Christian another hard shove.

Matt Hardy: You want to know what my problem is? You hit me with that damn belt! That was not part of the agreement! This little bet of yours is getting out of control if its making you hit me with belts to get her in bed. I'm not going to be taking sacrifices for you. And besides, I've been there...it's really not that much to get excited over.

Christian tried to swing at Hardy, but Matt ducked and avoided Christian's attack.

Matt Hardy: Settle down! I've talked to Foley and we've got a match at Armageddon! We can settle our differences in the ring. So I'll see you Sunday...oh and tell Lita I said hey.

Hardy smirked as he turned and left the locker room, Christian tried to go after him, but Jericho held him back.

Chris Jericho: Cool it junior, what are you getting so worked up about...its not like she means anything.

Christian calmed down and Jericho let go of him. Christian stood up straight and cooly brushed himself off.

Christian: Yeah...but it's the principle of the matter...he's insulting my manhood...

Chris Jericho: Well stop worrying about him, and let Lita get some of that manhood of yours. Don't keep her waiting.

Christian nodded and hi-fived Jericho before leaving the locker room. Jericho laughed as he picked up his bag and left as well. (97%)

:::Commercials:::

WWE World Heavyweight Title Match

Goldberg© vs. Kane

Good match, but the fans weren't quite as into it as you would think they would be. Kane and Goldberg met in the center of the ring at the start of the match and exchanged trash talk before they started a slugfest which Kane got the upperhand in. Kane worked Goldberg over in the corner with throat thrusts and elbows. Goldberg stumbled out of the corner and Kane went for a Big Boot, but Goldberg moved and then hit several quick kicks to Kane's knees. Kane was wobbly and Goldberg knocked him off his feet with a standing side kick. It didn't take Kane long to get back up, but Goldberg met him with more right hands and then sent him into the corner. Goldberg ran into the corner, hitting Kane with a clothesline. Goldberg backed up and tried it again, but ran into a raised boot from Kane. Goldberg dropped to one knee, but Kane left the ring angered. He grabbed a crew member and threw them away, and picked up the chair he was sitting in.

Kane climbed into the ring as Goldberg was trying to shake away the cobwebs. The ref tried to stop him, but Kane threw the ref down as well. Goldberg turned and walked right into a hard chairshot from Kane. The ref immediately called for the bell.

Winner - Goldberg via DQ

Overall: 86

Crowd: 87

Match: 84

JR: Kane let his sadisticness cost him the match!

The King: If somebody don't stop him, I think Kane may end Goldberg's career right here!

Kane continued to drive the chair down into Goldberg's back as he was on the mat. The crowd gave a mixed reaction as Triple H came rushing down to the ring. Kane was lifting Goldberg back up from the mat and grabbed him by the neck for the Chokeslam. However, Triple H slid into the ring and gave Kane a low blow! Kane released Goldberg, who fell to the mat. Kane doubled over, allowing Triple H to execute The Pedigree to him.

JR: Triple H has laid out Kane with The Pedigree!

Triple H got back up with a confident smirk on his face and then turned his attention to Goldberg. Now HHH was receiving loud boos from the crowd as he set Goldberg up for the Pedigree. But while he was...Kane SAT UP!

The King: How is that possible?!

Triple H hit Goldberg with the Pedgiree as Kane got back up to his feet. Triple H was reveling in his accomplishments, when he turned around right into the clutches of Kane. Kane lifted HHH high into the air and brought him to the mat hard with The Chokeslam.

JR: Kane is the last man standing tonight, but what will happen at Armageddon?! We'll see you there fans!

Kane lifted his arms into the air and then dropped them, shooting pyro up from the ring posts and stage as his theme music hit. Raw faded out with Kane standing over Triple H and Goldberg's fallen bodies.

End Show.

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December 9th

2:33 PM

San Diego, California

Stephanie McMahon was what was going to her office of the night with Smackdown! tapings in San Diego, California. She had already met with the writers earlier about how the show would unfold, because this was the same show that was suppose to happen last week but was cancelled due to the accident - most of the show had already been written and planned. However, Stephanie had made a few changes. Some changes she was really proud of and thought the fans would LOVE.

She was determined to make Shane look stupid. He really was full of himself, thinking he could run the WWE without her. He'd lose his head if it wasn't for her. What had he done to deserve a spot as even Co-CEO? She had been doing much better work over the past few years, in her opinion anyway.

Stephanie's secretary, Jessie, walked into the office.

Jessie: Mrs. McMahon, there's someone here to see you.

Stephanie McMahon: Who is it? They don't have an appointment.

Jessie: No mam, it's Paul Heyman.

Stephanie McMahon: ....Oh....uhm, what does he want?

Jessie: He's very upset Mrs. McMahon, and he is demanding to see you...right now.

Stephanie McMahon: Well...tell him that I'm in a very important meeting right now. Tell him to see me after the tapings.

Jessie: Yes mam.

Jessie turned and left the room as Stephanie brought her hand up to her forehead and gave it a little massage. She knew what Paul was here to see her about, but she didn't feel like listening to him right now. What's done is done.

Ring. Ring. Ring. Ring.

The sound of the phone didn't really help Stephanie's headache, but the Caller ID said that it was her husband, and she hadn't talked to him since Saturday so she would have to take the call.

Stephanie McMahon: Hello? Hey baby....calm down....what's wrong.

Paul Levesque's voice over the phone was full of anger and spite. He was still upset about being kicked out of the creative meeting by Shane. No one had ever done anything like that to him before and perhaps he was afraid of the direction Triple H would take if he had no control over him. Levesque, much like his wife, craved the spotlight and hated having someone else his character being decided by others. And he deffinately wasn't happy about allowing Kane to sit up right after taking The Pedigree.

Stephanie McMahon: Shane did WHAT? What do you mean he kicked you out of the meeting? What did you do?......well of course you did nothing wrong. Listen, I'll talk to Shane and I'm sure you'll be invited to the next one with open arms. Don't worry about it hun, I have it all under control. I'll fix this. Alright, I'll see you tomorrow...bye hun.

Stephanie hung up the phone and buried her head in her hands. What the Hell was Shane doing? He knew that Paul was a big part of the creative meetings. He had no right to kick him out like that. He's already abusing his power, she thought. Or...maybe Shane was doing it just because he was her husband and this was some way of getting to her.

She groaned...this job was tougher than she thought. Her headache augmented as she could hear Paul Heyman's screaming at Jessie...well...atleast it would all be better after tonight.

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Smackdown!

December 11th, 2003

Taped from San Diego, California

Hosted by: Michael Cole & Tazz

The WWE Corporate video opened things up and it slowly faded away to the scene of Paul Heyman in his office preparing for a long night. He was apparantly working on some paper work. His work was interrupted as WWE Champion, Brock Lesnar, barged into the room.

Paul Heyman: Brock! Just the man I wanted to see? Are you ready for the big night?

Brock Lesnar: You're damn right I'm ready Paul...I'm ready to tear Benoit or Cena APART!

Paul Heyman: Haha, I knew you would be! But I've been thinking about something...I know you've been a little upset about Benoit making you tap...

Brock Lesnar: THAT'S NOT GONNA HAPPEN AGAIN!

Paul Heyman: I know, I know...and I've made sure to it. Because if Benoit doesn't win tonight, he will NEVER be given another WWE Title shot!

Lesnar and Heyman exchanged a look before both laughing at Heyman's idea...the camera slowly faded out to last week's highlights. (88%)

Highlights from last week: Paul Heyman announcing the 20 man battle royal to determine a number one contender, Both Benoit & Cena's qualifying matches, highlights from the battle royal, Cena & Benoit's feet both hitting the floor at the same time, and finally Heyman's announcement of Cena vs. Benoit for the right to face Brock Lesnar for the WWE Title.

The highlights were followed by the Smackdown! opening before panning to the arena as the PYRO went off and we were TAPED from San Diego, California! "Word Life" immediately hit the PA system after the pyro ended. The fans got to their feet and gave John Cena a loud ovation as he appeared on the stage.

Michael Cole: Welcome fans to SMACKDOWN! Tonight either John Cena or Chris Benoit will be taking on Brock Lesnar for the WWE Title.

Tazz: That's right Cole, and if Benoit doesn't win...that's it, no more opportunities for him! You don't think Lesnar and Heyman are afraid of Benoit do ya Cole?

Michael Cole: I'd say its obvious that they're terrified of Benoit.

Prematch Thuganomics

John Cena entered the ring wearing a San Diego Padres jersey and hat along with his usual chain and padlock. He was handed a microphone as his music came to a stop. The crowd cooled down to allow him to speak.

John Cena: Yo, yo, yo, it's time to rock San Diego - Thuganomics style

Heyman thinks he can see me? What the Hell number did he dial?

That's 1-800-WORDLIFE, and don't worry, that numbers toll-free.

Come get yo ass kicked, the first 20 minutes are free.

Everyone knows I won last week, those refs are blind

Look at the video...slow motion, fast foward, and rewind

It's clear who the real winner was, and he's not from the great white North

No, its the Great White Hope and and its time to put my plan forth

Two asses gonna be beat tonight and I'll be leavin San Diego the champ

I'll have the belt around my waist and I'll throw the two hands up on the ramp

Cuz I'm so hot it's like I'm runnin' a fever

Now I've got a Canadian Wolverine, but I'd rather have a beaver.

Cena threw the mic down and threw up the Word Life symbol as "Rabid" hit the PA system. (83%)

John Cena vs. Chris Benoit

Good, hard fought match between two loose allies. Benoit had Cena in the corner and was hitting him with several knife-edge chops. Benoit backed away as Cena stumbled out of the corner, clenching his now red chest. Benoit met Cena with a boot to the midsection, doubling Cena over. He then executed a [bb]snap suplex to Cena. Benoit got up and the slit throat gesture and then climbed to the top turnbuckle. He came off the top looking for the swandive headdbutt, but Cena rolled out of the way just in time. Both men slowly got back to there feet at the sametime. Cena hit Benoit with hard lefts and rights, but Benoit fired back looking for a right hand of his own, but Cena ducked and then executed a back suplex to Benoit. Cena went for the pin, but only got a two.

Benoit was back up and was sent into the ropes by Cena. Benoit ducked Cena's clothesline attempt and bounced off the opposite ropes. However, as he was coming back at Cena, Cena lifted him up onto his shoulders in position for the F-U! But before Cena could hit it, Benoit countered, bringing Cena to the mat in the Crippler Crossface! The fans were cheering for both men as Cena struggled to fight his way toward the ropes. Cena finally grabbed the bottom rope after being in the Crossface for about a minute. Benoit let go of the hold and dragged Cena to the center of the ring where he went for the pin. One, Two, Thre....Cena got his shoulder up. Benoit got back up and pulled Cena up with him. However, Cena fought Benonit off with some jabs to the midsection.

The fans began to boo as Brock Lesnar walked out onto the stage, watching the match. Cena lifted Benoit up into a stalled verticle suplex and did the "You Can't See Me" sign while holding Benoit up in the air. He dropped Benoit to the mat and rolled over onto him for a pin. One, Two, Benoit kicked out. Cena backed off, alloing Benoit to use his own energy to pull himself up. Once Benoit was up, Cena came up from behind and hit him with The Throwback. Cena once again goes for the pin. One, Two, Thre...Benoit managed to get his shoulder up. Lesnar began to slowly walk down the ramp to the ring.

Cena pulled Benoit up and Irish Whipped him into the ropes. Benoit came back off the ropes as Cena took a swing with his right hand, but Benoit ducked and went behind Cena....GERMAN SUPLEX! Benoit followed through, connecting with three rolling Germans before letting go after the third. However, Benoit was unable to make the pin as he was too exhausted and he too was slow to get up. Benoit crawled to the ropes near the ramp to help pull himself up as the ref went over to check on Cena. Benoit pulled himself up using the ropes as Brock Lesnar jumped onto the apron. Lesnar grabbed Benoit and dropped him throat first across the top rope as Cena was gettiing up. Cena nor the ref saw what Lesnar did...the now groggy Benoit stumbled into Cena's clutches. Cena lifted Benoit up onto his shoulders and dropped him to the mat with the F-U. He immediately went for the pin. One, Two, Three.

Winner - John Cena via interferance

Overall: 82

Crowd: 83

Match: 82

Lesnar slid back into the ring with a steel chair and slammed it across Cena's back as the ref was raising his hand. Lesnar lifted Cena up onto his shoulders and hit him with The F-5, much to the disapproval of the San Diego crowd.

Michael Cole: John Cena will face Brock Lesnar for the title later tonight, but what condition will Cena be in????

:::Commercials:::

Coming back from the commercials, Michael Cole and Tazz are seen at the announce booth, both with very serious expressions on their faces.

Michael Cole: We want to take this moment before continuing on with Smackdown! to make everyone aware of the current condition of the WWE Chairman, Vince McMahon. If you haven't heard yet, Vince McMahon was involved in a terrible car accident and he's still in critical condition. Linda has stepped down from her position as CEO in order to be with him...and she has left Shane and Stephanie McMahon both in charge.

Tazz: I know we like to mess around a lot here on Smackdown!, but this is a very serious situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the McMahons as they try to make it through this difficult time.

Michael Cole: That's right Tazz, we ask all the fans to keep their Vince in their prayers during this Holiday Season...thank you...

:::Commercials:::

Getting Another Shot

The screen came back in finding Eddie Guerrero in the locker room when Chavo came limping into the room on his crutch. Chavo looked quite happy to see his uncle, but Eddie was busy looking through his bag and didn't pay much attention...

Chavo Guerrero: Eddie!

Eddie Guerrero: What is it Chavito? I thought I told you I was sorry about taking your crutch...

Chavo Guerrero: Huh? Oh forget about it Eddie! I got GREAT news!

Guerrero turned to face Chavo, interested in what he had to say.

Eddie Guerrero: What is it essa?

Chavo Guerrero: I talked Heyman into giving us another shot at the Tag Titles!

Eddie Guerrero: Odalay Essa! That's great Chavito! Who are we facin'?

Chavo Guerrero: We? Are you loco Eddie? I can't fight on this leg! You're gonna be up against one of those Team Lesnar guys...

Eddie Guerrero: Well it don't matter essa, Los Guerreros are getting those belts back no matter who we gotta go through!

Eddie gave Chavo a pat on the back before leaving the locker room. (82%)

Michael Cole: And that member of Team Lesnar that Eddie is facing is none other than the mammoth MATT MORGAN!

Tazz: That's gonna be a huge size disadvantage for Eddie, I hope he knows what he's getting himself into.

Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Sakoda (w/Tajiri & Akio)

A bit of a letdown quality wise, and the crowd wasn't into the mat at all. After Rey got his usual entrance pop, the crowd pretty much went dead quiet. Sakoda had Rey in the middle of the ring with a rear chinlock applied. Rey began to fight his way out of the hold even without the crowd support. Rey hit a few elbows to Sakoda's midsection to release Sakoda's grip. He grabbed Sakoda's arm, springboarded off the ropes, and took him to the mat with an armdrag. Sakoda rolled back to his feet, only to be sent back down to the mat with a dropkick. Sakoda got back up again and ran at Mysterio, but Mysterio hit him with a drop toe hold, sending Sakoda throat first across the middle ropes. Rey ran and hit Sakoda with the 6-1-9! Tajiri immediately jumped onto the apron, distracting the ref.

Rey waited for Sakoda to get back up so he could hit the West Coast Pop, but Akio grabbed Rey Mysterio's legs and pulled him down off the apron so that Rey's head smacked the apron. Akio rolled Rey back in and followed him in. Sakoda was back up as Rey stumbled to his feet. Akio and Sakoda grabbed Rey and hit him with the Double STO. Akio slid out of the ring as Tajiri jumped down off the apron. Sakoda made the pinfall. One, Two, Three.

Winner - Sakoda

Overall: 65

Crowd: 51

Match: 79

(Crowd reaction suffered b/c it was let down after being pumped up for the first match - Sakoda gained overness)

The bell rang and the ref raised Sakoda's arm in victory. Tajiri and Akio entered the ring...

Michael Cole: Sakoda just picked up a huge win thanks to Tajiri and Akio!

Sakoda and Akio each held one of Mysterio's arms as Tajiri got right in his face holding the Cruiserweight Title. He trash talked him until Jamie Noble came running down to the ring to make the save for Mysterio. Tajiri, Sakoda, and Akio dropped Rey and darted out of the ring and headed back up the ramp as Noble checked on Rey Mysterio.

Michael Cole: Both Noble and Rey Mysterio still have unfinished business with this group of Japanese stars calling themselves Kyo Dai.

:::Commercials::::

Heyman Going Back On His Word?

Paul Heyman was in his office as Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas, The World's Greatest Tag Team, entered. Heyman stood up and greeted them with a smile.

Paul Heyman: Charlie! Shelton! What can I do for you two?

Charlie Haas: Hey Paul, we just wanted to say that we're glad we're back on the same page now.

Shelton Benjamin: Yeah, and since we're friends again...we kinda, uh, we kinda wanted to ask you a favor?

Paul Heyman: Well we did get off to a rough start when I first became GM, but how can I stay mad at you two? Haha, anything you want! Name it!

Charlie Haas: We want a shot at the Tag Titles!

Shelton Benjamin: Next Week!

Paul Heyman: You know what guys, YOU GOT IT!

Charlie and Shelton each smiled and looked at each other and they gave each other high five in celebration...but suddenly Heyman remebered something...

Paul Heyman: Oh wait...I told the Guerreros they could have a title shot if Eddie could beat Matt Morgan tonight...

Charlie Haas: But...

Paul Heyman: But you know what, there's no chance in Hell Eddie's gonna beat a member of Team Lesnar! So don't worry about it! The title shot is yours!

Shelton Benjamin: Haha! Thanks Paul, you're the best GM ever!

Heyman shook the hands of both members of the World's Greatest Tag Team as the screen switched back to the ring. (72%)

Michael Cole: Heyman seems confident that Matt Morgan will beat Eddie Guerrero.

Tazz: Well who can blame him Cole, look at the size differential.

Michael Cole: But what if Eddie does win? Heyman's going to have to deal with an angry couple of Guerreros.

Eddie Guerrero (w/Chavo Guerrero) vs. Matt Morgan

Eddie managed to carry Matt to an alright match, considering it is Matt Morgan. It was moslty Matt Morgan using his generic big man moves and Eddie selling the heck out of them. Morgan lifted Eddie up into a Gorilla Press and then dropped him midsection first across the ropes. Eddie hung for a few seconds on the top rope before flopping back down to the mat. Morgan grabbed Eddie's hair and pulled him up to his feet. He then Irish Whipped Eddie into the corner, and followed him in with a clothesline. Morgan held Eddie in the corner, and hit him with several knees to the midsection. Morgan then brought his boot up to Eddie's throat and began to choke him with it. The ref gave Morgan a five count and he released the choke.

Morgan backed away from the corner as Eddie came charging out. Morgan went for a backdrop, but Eddie flipped over and landed on his feet. Morgan turned to face Eddie and got caught with a dropkick to the chest. Morgan stumbled backwards back into the corner. Eddie ran in and climbed onto Morgan and began to pound on Morgan's head as the crowd counted along. One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine....Morgan walked out of the corner, still holding Eddie...then fell backwards so that Eddie's head smacked the top turnbuckle. Morgan pulled Eddie to the center of the ring and then dropped an elbow down across his chest and went for the pin. One, Two, Eddie kicked out. Morgan said it was time to finish Eddie off so he set him up for the Powerbomb. He lifted Eddie up, but Eddie gave Morgan a poke to the eye to counter the powerbomb. Morgan fell backwards to the mat with Eddie landing ontop of him.

With Morgan down on the mat, Eddie scaled to the top turnbuckle and went for the Frog Splash! Unfortunately for Eddie, Morgan rolled out of the way and Eddie hit nothing but canvas. Morgan pulled himself up and walked over to Eddie. He began to pull Eddie up and set him up for the Powerbomb again, but Chavo jumped onto the apron and taunted Morgan with his crutch. Morgan walked away from Eddie and began to mouth off to Chavo as Eddie was able to get back to his feet. Eddie came up behind Morgan and shoved him into Chavo! Chavo and Morgan collide heads, sending Chavo off the apron and smashing into the safety barrier. The collision allowed Eddie to roll up Morgan and grab a handful of tights! One, Two, Three!

Winner - Eddie Guerrero

Overall: 72

Crowd: 73

Match: 73

Michael Cole: Los Guerreros have earned a title shot!

Tazz: But The World's Greatest Tag Team are suppose to get that shot! Heyman's got some 'splainin' to do!

After the match, Eddie celebrated the victory as Chavo limped into the ring holding his head and began arguing with Eddie once again.

Michael Cole: The Guerreros continue to have family issues, it looks like Chavo wasn't too happy about what Eddie did to win the match.

Tazz: Well Chavo's crippled Cole, first Eddie takes a crippled-man's crutch, now he uses a crippled-man as weapon!

Eddie shrugged off Chavo's complaints as he left the ring, leaving Chavo hobbling after him...

:::Commercials:::

JVC Extreme Blast of the Night by JVC Kaboom Box

In the back, Heyman is promising to make Shannon Moore (taped ribs and all) a star again - this time against Nathan Jones.....

Another corner whip, and - you know the equation: corner whip + blind charge = boot to the face. Jones responds by throwing Moore 2/3 across the ring, rib-first. Owch. Jones then beels Moore over the top and sends him back in for 2 before picking him up. Jones hits the gut-wrench suplex before ending this one in short order.

Moore's Big Break?

Paul Heyman looked concerned in his office, as can be expected when your plans just completely backfired in your face. The office door opened again and this time it was Shannon Moore who entered Heyman's office. For the time being, Heyman's concerned look was replaced with an evil grin.

Shannon Moore: You...you wanted to see me boss?

Paul Heyman: Well if it isn't my little superstar! Shannon, you've made me proud the last couple of weeks!

Shannon Moore: Um...thanks...but, listen, I appreciate you trying to make me a star and everything...but becoming a star...its, um...it's too painfull.

Paul Heyman: Shannon! Don't be silly! You've made me so proud that I'm going to give you a TITLE SHOT tonight!

Normally that would make someone excited, Shannon, however, was afraid to ask.

Shannon Moore: Tonight Shannon, tonight will be your BIG BREAK! Because tonight you will be getting a UNITED STATES TITLE SHOT againgst THE BIG SHOW! And its NEXT! So get out there and show the world what you're made of!

Shannon Moore looked very worried and concerned as Heyman gave him a little shove out of the office. (91%)

Tazz: Haha! Poor Shannon! He's gonna get a break alright! Probably his back!

Michael Cole: What did Shannon do to deserve these matches he's been getting?

WWE United States Title Match

The Big Show© vs. Shannon Moore

Well this one certainly sucked. The crowd was just about dead silent in this one as Big Show destroyed Shannon. Moore went right after Show from the start, attempting several clotheslines, but only bouncing right off Show, who laughed at Moore's efforts. Moore then hit Show with a couple of dropkicks, but Big Show just yawned. Moore bounced off the ropes and leaped at Big Show, but Show caught him and then slammed Moore to the mat with a sidewalk slam. Big Show grabbed a handful of Shannon's hair and lifted him back up to his feet. He then leaned Moore back, lifted his own leg and then dropped it across Moore's chest as he fell to the mat.

Big Show hooked a leg...One, Two, Thre...Big Show pulled Moore up off the mat. Big Show laughed as he grabbed Moore by the troat and pulled him back up to his feet. Moore fought off the Chokeslam with several kicks to Show's gut. Show released Moore, who quickly bounced off the ropes and ran at Big Show, but Show caught him off the ropes by the throat, lifted Moore HIGH into the air and slammed him to the mat with purpose in a HARD Chokeslam! Big Show pinned Moore with one hand. One, Two, Three.

Winner - The Big Show

Overall: 57

Crowd: 48

Match: 67

:::Commercials:::

Back from commercials, we are shown Cole and Tazz at ringside.

Michael Cole: Welcome back fans, we have just learned what Heyman has done to solve his number one contendership to the Tag Titles problem.

Tazz: That's right Cole, cuz next week it's going to be a Triple Threat match for the WWE Tag Team Titles!

Michael Cole: Next week it's The Basham Brothers vs. Los Guerreros vs. The World's Greatest Tag Team! But now, let's look at the tale of the tape for tonight's main event!

Cole and Tazz showed us the Tale of the Tape for Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena.

Michael Cole: It looks like Brock Lesnar has the upperhand on Cena in most respects for this match. Plus Cena had grueling match against Chris Benoit earlier tonight!

Tazz: I wouldn't count Cena out Cole, he won't hesitate to use the chain of his and that's a momentum swinger.

Michael Cole: Well it's time Tazz, let's go to the ring for the Main Event!

WWE Title Match

Brock Lesnar© vs. John Cena

The crowd was really behind John Cena in this one as the two went back and forth the entire match. Lesnar had Cena down on the mat and was putting the boots to his back. Lesnar grabbed Cena and placed him a Boston Crab. Cena tried to fought his way to the ropes quickly. Lesnar let go, but he didn't let up. He grabbed Cena and began choking him across the middle rope. The ref counted to five and pulled Lesnar off. Cena stumbled to his feet using the ropes, and turned around into one of Lesnar's DEVISTATING clotheslines. Lesnar laughed as he pulled Cena up to his feet. He sent Cena into the ropes and caught him in a bearhug as he came off the ropes. Lesnar put all his force into the bearhug as Cena began to slowly pass out. The ref checked on Cena by lifting his arm...it fell once. He lifted it again...twice....the third time...it stayed up! The fans were clapping to get behind Cena. He began attempting to escape the hold as he slammed fists into Lesnar's head. However, Lesnar turned the bearhug into a belly-to-belly suplex, sending Cena hard to the mat. Lesnar went for the pin...One, Two, Th...Cena put his foot on the ropes.

Lesnar pulled Cena back up and hooked him for a German Suplex. However, Cena hit three back elbows to escape Lesnar's hold. Cena turned around and gave Lesnar a kick to the midsection to double him over. He then bounced off the ropes and hit The Throwback to Lesnar. Cena went for the pin. One, Two, kickout. Lesnar rolled back to his feet and Cena dropped him back down with a dropkick. Cena bounced off the ropes and then came down onto Lesnar with a fistdrop. Cena went for the pin. One, Two, kickout. Lesnar began to pull himself up, and Cena lifted him up for the F-U, but Lesnar blocked it and slid down Cena's back. Cena turned around into a kick to the midsection from Lesnar. Lesnar lifted Cena up for the F-5, but this time Cena countered and slid down Lesnar's back and rolled Lesnar up! One, Two, Thre...kickout.

Both men were back up and Cena ran at Lesnar and went for a crossbody. However, Lesnar caught him and then executed a backbreaker to Cena. Lesnar grabbed Cena and began to pull him up, but Cena hit him with a jawbreaker while he tried to pull him up! Lesnar stumbled around on his feet...Cena picked him up on his shoulders for the F-U! But as Cena spun Lesnar around, Lesnar's feet hit the ref! The ref went down as Cena executed the F-U to Lesnar! Cena went for the pin as the FANS counted..ONE, TWO, THREE! Cena got up, frustrated that the ref was down...but he rolled out of the ring and walked over to his chain. He wrapped the chain in his fist and slid back into the ring. Lesnar slowly began to get up, but Cena nailed him across the head with the chain! Lesnar was out cold!

Cena slid the chain to the corner of the ring and then walked over to the ref. He lifted the ref up and gave him a couple slaps across the face to wake up him. The ref was revived and Cena rolled Lesnar over and went for the pin. The groggy ref slowly made the count...One........Two......Thre....the ref was pulled out of the ring by Paul Heyman! The ref yelled at Heyman, but Heyman argued with the ref, pointing the chain out to the ref and saying Cena used it. Cena ran off the ropes and hit a baseball slide to Heyman! Cena grabbed Heyman and rolled him into the ring! Cena climbed back in as Heyman tried to run away, but Cena grabbed him. Cena lifted Heyman onto his shoulders! But Lesnar was back up and kicked Cena right between the legs. Cena dropped Heyman and then was lifted onto Lesnar's shoulders for The F-5! The ref was back in the ring as Lesnar went for the pin. One, Two, Three!

Winner - Brock Lesnar

Overall: 84

Crowd: 89

Match: 75

Michael Cole: That damn Paul Heyman has taken away Cena's opportunity! He was so close!

Heyman and Lesnar celebrated in the ring as the fans booed both of them loudly. Suddenly, "All Grown Up" hit the PA system. The fans cheered as Stephanie McMahon walked out onto the stage with a microphone in hand.

Michael Cole: It's Stephanie McMahon!

Tazz: What is she doing here?

Stephanie McMahon: Didn't expect to see me here did ya Paul? I may have been fired as the GM of Smackdown!, but now I've got a new job. I'm the new CEO of the WWE and that means I am your boss Paul! And guess what, YOU'RE FIRED!

Heyman was livid inside the ring, as was Lesnar. The crowd, however, had quite the opposite reaction as they were cheering loudly. Lesnar grabbed a microphone...

Brock Lesnar: YOU CAN'T DO THAT!

Stephanie McMahon: I can and did! And that's not all I'm doing tonight! You got lucky to have successfully defended your title tonight...but you may not be so lucky next week because you WILL be defending it again!

Brock Lesnar: IT DON'T MATTER! I'LL DESTROY WHOEVER YOU PUT IN FRONT OF ME!

Stephanie McMahon: Well I'm glad you feel that way, because the person your defending your belt against is fresh off suspension thanks to me...and I'd like you to meet him!

From the crowd, Hardcore Holly came into the ring armed with a chair. Lesnar turned around and Holly smashed the chair right across Brock's head. Brock hit the mat hard....Holly then gave Heyman a chair shot just for the heck of it.

Michael Cole: What a night! Stephanie's back! Heyman's gone! And next week its Hardcore Holly vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE Title!

"All Grown Up" played again. The screen faded to the WWE logo as Hardcore Holly held Lesnar's Title up in one hand while holding the chair in the other. (91%)

End Show.

Overall - 78%

Quick Results

John Cena def. Chris Benoit

Sakoda def. Rey Mysterio Jr.

Eddie Guerrero def. Matt Morgan

Big Show def. Shannon Moore

Brock Lesnar def. John Cena

Highlight of the Night - Stephanie's Return (91%)

Match of the Night - John Cena vs. Chris Benoit (82 match rating)

Flop of the Night - Big Show vs. Shannon Moore (57%)

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Heat - Armageddon Preshow

We join Heat already in progress...

Earlier Today

A long white limo pulled up outside the arena in the parking garage. The driver opened his door and got out, walking around to the back of the limo. He opened up the door to the limo and a few ladies climbed out first, followed by Ric Flair...

Ric Flair: WHOOO! Evolution has arrived in Orlando, Florida! Boys, tonight in the Magic Kingdom, it's going to be Evolution's night!

Flair is followed out of the limo by Randy Orton, Batista, and finally Triple H. A couple more ladies climbed out after Triple H and they each take an arm of one of them Evolution members.

Ric Flair: WHOOO! LADIES, tonight you'll be celebrating the WINNERS and since we're in Orlando...you'll get a ride on SPACE MOUNTAIN!

Triple H: You better believe that after tonight, Evolution will have the gold back in their possession because Kane and Goldberg don't even stand a chance. The GAME-ah takes back what is rightfully his! Feel privaledged ladies? You should be...you're standing with greatness.

Randy Orton: Hey Hunter, you're not the only one bringing back gold for the victory party tonight! After I kick Rob Van Dam's ass, I'll be letting one of you fine ladies rub my newly won Intercontinental belt!

Batista: I may not be fighting for a belt tonight...but I could make out a belt out of Shawn Michaels' tattered body after I get done with him! All the prancing in the world won't save him from the beating he's going to receive from me!

Ric Flair: Hahaha! WHOOOOOO! I LIKE IT! Come on boys, it's time to prepare for our night in STYLE!

Ric Flair led the way with his ladies, with Evolution following behind him, each with a lady of their own.

GM Tensions

Screen switched to the GM office where Eric Bischoff was standing looking at the newly placed picture of Mick Foley that is next to his. Just then, Mick Foley entered the office in full suit and tie.

Mick Foley: Eric! I'm so glad you could make it tonight! I missed you on Raw!

Eric Bischoff: Yeah well, I'm here to make sure you don't mess up any worse than you already have.

Mick Foley: Hahaha Eric, you're such a kidder! Tonight's going to be great Eric...Armageddon...in ORLANDO, FLORIDA...

The crowd can be heard cheering...

Mick Foley: I have a feeling it's going to be a VERY special night.

Eric Bischoff: Well good for you Mick, good for you.

Mick Foley: And there's someone who agrees with me...

Eric Bischoff: ....who?

Mick Foley reached into his pants and pulls out Socko! Bischoff slowly began to back away...

Mick Foley: No worries Eric! Mr. Socko isn't going down your gullet tonight! He's here to help us run Raw!

Eric Bischoff: Mick...put that nasty sock away!

Mick Foley: Aw come on Eric, Mr. Socko has feelings too..

Foley began to move his hand as if Socko was talking and Foley did his best vantrillacist act...

Mick Foley (as Socko): Yea Eric, I'm sorry about last week....can you forgive me? Let's be friends!

A look of disgust came over Bischoff's face as he slumped down into his office chair, putting his hand on his head...the screen fades to the ring where it was time for the Heat Main Event.

Heat Main Event

Maven & Spike Dudley vs. Test & Steiner (w/Stacy Keibler)

Stacy was reluctant, as usual, to be at ringside with Test & Steiner. This was basically a glorified squash match for the two powerheels...with Maven taking most of the punishment for his team. Steiner spun around, hitting Maven with a belly-to-belly suplex. Instead of going for the pin, Steiner did a few push-ups next to Maven. He stood up, kissed his bicep and then dropped an elbow downa cross Maven's chest. He went for the pin. One, Two, Maven got his shoulder up. Steiner pulled Maven up and sent him into his corner. Steiner and Test made the tag and Test climbed into the ring. They gave Maven a double Irish whip, but Maven came off the ropes and hit them with a double clothesline! Maven quickly made it to the corner and tagged in Spike Dudley.

Spike springboarded into the ring and took Steiner out with a clothesline. Test went after Spike, but Spike slid between Test's legs and then gave him a dropkick to the back. Maven was back up and came over to help Spike. They hit a double dropkick to Steiner. Steiner hit the mat and rolled out of the ring to the floor. Steiner began to stumble to his feet and Maven slingshotted over the top rope into a splash on Steiner, taking both men out on the floor. Spike bounced off the ropes and came at Test, but Test caught Dudley with a sidewalk slam. Test waited for Spike to get back up to hit the Big Boot, but when he went to bounce off the ropes, Stacy grabbed Test's leg! Test turned and yelled at Stacy, allowing Spike to roll Test up! One, Two, Thre....Test got out of it. Both men got back up and Spike quickly gave Test a kick to the midsection to double him over. Spike grabbed Test's head and went for the Dudley Dog, but Test overpowered him and threw Spike off of him to the mat. Spike rolled to his feet only to have his head taken off by Test's Big Boot. Test went for the pin...One, Two, Three.

Winners - Test & Scott Steiner

Overall: 71

Crowd: 70

Match: 76

JR: Test and Steiner pick up a dominating victory on Heat! Armageddon is only seconds away fans...will Goldberg be able to walk out the World Champ tonight? Or will tonight truely be...Evolution's Night?

Armageddon

December 14th, 2003

Live from Orlando, Florida

Hosted by: JR & Jerry "The King" Lawler

The show started off with the usual FBI Warning...which of course gave us time to think about what was going to happen tonight. Could Goldberg defeat both Triple H AND Kane? Would Evolution dominate the night? Would we see another chapter in the Jericho/Trish/Christian/Lita romance?

A video highlighting the matches tonight played before we cut to the arena LIVE in Orlando. The PYRO went off...

JR: We're live in Orlando, Florida for RAW presents ARMAGEDDON! Tonight Goldberg defends the WWE World Heavyweight Title gainst Triple H and Kane! Shawn Michaels takes on Batista, Rob Van Dam defends the Intercontinental Title against Randy Orton...we'll also see the Tag Titles and Women's Title defended...Mark Henry will take on Booker T and Christian will take on his "love" interest's ex-boyfriend, Matt Hardy.

The King: It's gonna be a great night JR!

JR: And why wait to start the action...we're going to start things off with the chaos of Tag Team Turmoil!

WWE World Tag Team Titles Match - Tag Team Turmoil

The Dudley Boyz© vs. Jindrak & Cade vs. Storm & Venis vs. Hurricane & Rosey

Bubba Ray and Garrison Cade started the match off. They locked up and Cade got the upperhand, putting Bubba Ray in a headlock. Bubba fought it off and shoved Cade into the ropes. Cade came back off the ropes into a shoulderblock from Bubba Ray. Cade rolled to his feet and was met with some punches from Bubba Ray who then sent Cade back into the ropes. Bubba went for a backdrop, but Cade telegraphed it and kicked Bubba Ray square in the face. Bubba stumbled backwards and Cade scooped him up and dropped him with a bodyslam. Cade dropped down across Bubba Ray's face with a knee drop. He then pulled Bubba back up and sent him into his corner. Jindrak held Bubba as Cade ran in with a clothesline. Cade tagged Jindrak in. Cade held Bubba in a abdominal stretch while Jindrak hit some kicks to Bubba's ribs. Cade and Jindrak switched places and Jindrak cranked on the abdominal stretch.

The ref checked on Bubba as Jindrak reached out and locked hands with Cade to apply more pressure. Bubba screamed out in pain. The Hurricane came in and kicked Jindrak's hand away from Cade's. This allowed Bubba Ray to hiptoss his way out of the move. Jindrak grabbed Hurricane and tossed him over the top rope, but he turned around into a clothesline from Bubba Ray. Bubba pulled Jindrak up and threw him into the Storm/Venis corner. Venis tagged himself in and climbed. Jindrak wasn't too happy, but left the ring. Venis came in and exchanged punches with Bubba Ray, getting the upperhand on the champion backing him into the corner where Cade tagged himself back in.

Val Venis waited as Cade climbed in, but Cade turned and began pounding on Bubba Ray. Venis came up behind Cade with a double axehandle smash. Venis hit Cade with a back suplex as Bubba rolled out of the ring. Venis went for the pin, but Jindrak broke it up at 2. Jindrak pulled Venis up and raked his eyes. Cade pulled himself up and they hit a double vertical suplex to Venis. Jindrak left the ring as Cade began stomping on Venis. Cade brought Venis back up and sent him into the ropes where Rosey got the blind tag to Venis. Cade dropped Venis with a clothesline, but Rosey spun Cade around and hit him with a pair of right hands that sent Cade to the mat. Rosey bounced off the ropes and came back with a big splash to Cade. One, Two, Th...Jindrak made the save again.

Jindrak gave Rosey a kick to the midsection, but Rosey no-sold it and took Jindrak to the mat with a clothesline. Jindrak rolled back out onto the apron as Cade pulled himself up. Cade bounced off the ropes and went at Rosey, but Rosey saw him coming and hit him with a Samoan Drop. Rosey went for the pin. One, Two, Thre...kickout. Cade slowly got back up to his feet and Rosey sent him into the ropes. However, Cade reversed it. Rosey came off the ropes and got caught in a sleeper from Cade. Rosey tried to fight it off, but dropped down to one knee and began to drift out of it. The ref checked on Rosey...but on the third raising of the arm, Rosey's arm stayed up and he began to power out. He got back to both feet and ran backwards with Cade, sandwiching him in the Dudleyz Corner. D-Von slapped Cade on the back to tag himself in. Rosey began to crawl towards his corner to tag in Hurricane as the Dudleyz decided to get some revenge for earlier. Bubba held onto Cade as D-Von began pounding on him. This brought Jindrak into the ring who took attacked D-Von.

Jindrak decked D-Von with a clothesline. This brought Bubba into the ring and they began exchanging punches until Cade recovered and low blowed Bubba. Storm and Venis came in both began exchanging punches with Cade & Jindrak. Meanwhile, Rosey had made it to the corner and tagged in the Hurricane. Storm Irish Whipped Jindrak towards the ropes where Hurricane springboarded into the ring with a cross body to Jindrak. Venis hit a snap suplex to Cade as Storm went after Hurricane, but Hurricane hit Storm with a headscissor takedown. Storm hit the mat and rolled out of the ring. Hurricane climbed to the top turnbuckle as Venis turned around away from Cade...Hurricane came off the top with the Overcast to Venis. Cade pulled himself up to his knees, but Hurricane came off the ropes with the Shining Wizard to Cade! Meanwhile, both Dudleyz had got back up and got behind Hurricane. Hurricane turned around and walked right into a 3-D! D-Von, the legal man, made the pin. One, Two, Three. Hurricane and Rosey were elimianted!

Bubba Ray left, leaving D-Von in the ring with Cade. Cade began to pull himself up...D-Von grabbed him and sent him into the now vacant corner. D-Von followed him in with a clothesline. D-Von climbed up on him and began pounding...One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six...Jindrak came in and broke it up, powerbombing D-Von out of the corner! Cade came out of the corner and made the pin as Jindrak left the ring. One, Two, Thre...Bubba Ray broke it up. Bubba Ray left the ring as Cade began to pull D-Von up. He went to send D-Von into the corner, bu D-Von reversed it and sent Cade into the Venis/Storm corner. Storm tagged himself in, but an angry Cade decked Storm as he was entering the ring with a forearm. D-Von ran in and clotheslined Cade out of the ring. D-Von pulled Storm up and dropped him down across his knee with a backbreaker. D-Von went for the pin. One, Two, kickout. D-Von climbed to the top rope and went for a legdrop, but Storm rolled out of the way. Both men were back up at the same time and Storm dropped D-Von with a dropkick. Storm grabbed onto D-Von's legs and catapulted him into Jindrak & Cade's corner. D-Von collided with the turnbuckles hard, and Jindrak punched D-Von in the face to tag himself in.

Jindrak ran at Storm, but Storm took him down with a drop toe hold and then locked on the Half Boston Crab! Jindrak quickly struggled to reach the ropes, but Storm had it looked on tight. Cade ran in and gave Storm a hard right hand to make him release the hold. Storm stumbled into the Dudleyz corner and Bubba Ray tagged himself in as Jindrak began to get up. Bubba hit the Dusty Rhodes punches to Jindrak and then decked him with the final bionic elbow. Bubba Ray pulled him back up and sent him into the ropes. Jindrak ducked Bubba's clothesline and then went for one of his own. However Bubba ducked it as well and then hit Jindrak with the Bubba Bomb! Bubba Ray went for the pin. One, Two, Thre...Cade broke it up. D-Von began to enter the ring, but the ref went over to stop him. Cade then reached into his tights and pulled out a roll of quarters and put them in his fist. Cade decked Bubba Ray with the loaded punch! Jindrak went for the pin as the ref turned around and made the count. One...D-Von entered but Cade decked him with the loaded punch as well...Two, Three! The Dudley Boyz were eliminated - new champs gauranteed!

Cade got up as Storm springboarded into the ring with a dropkick! Storm connected and went for the pin. One, Two, Jindrak broke it up. This brought Venis into the ring. Jindrak ran at Venis but was caught in a powerslam from Venis. Venis left the ring as Cade sent Storm into the ropes and went for a backdrop. Storm jumped over and rolled through into the half Boston again! Cade was trapped in the center of the ring with nowhere to go! Cade was about to tap out when Jindrak came in and broke it up with a shot from his loaded fist, which the ref couldn't see. Jindrak rolled back out of the ring with Val Venis giving chase. The ref slid out of the ring to break up the fight between Venis and Jindrak.

The Dudley Boyz were back up at ringside and slid back into the ring as Cade was getting up. They got their retribution as they hit the recovering Cade with the 3-D! The Dudley Boyz left the ring to a good reaction from the crowd...Venis sent Jindrak into the ring steps and then climbed onto the apron and to the top turnbuckle. The ref climbed back into the ring while Venis came off the top with The Money Shot to Cade. Venis rolled off of Cade as Storm had recovered and rolled ontop of Cade. One, Two, Three!

Winners and NEW Tag Team Champions - Lance Storm & Val Venis

Overall: 73

Crowd: 71

Match: 76

JR: Lance Storm & Val Venis pull off the win with an assist from The Dudley Boyz!

The King: That was cheating!

JR: What goes around comes around King, and Cade & Jindrak deserved what they got!

A video was shown highlighting the mini-series that has been known as the Jericho/Christian/Trish/Lita saga...this leading up to the Women's Title Match...

WWE Women's Title Match

Molly Holly © vs. Lita (w/Christian)

Lita was accompanied to the ring arm in arm by Christian. Molly went right after Lita from the start, taking her down with a clothesline. She climbed onto Lita and began slamming her head into the mat. The ref pulled Molly off of Lita, allowing her to get back up. Molly went right back onto the attack, grabbing Lita and snapmaring her down to the mat. Molly drove her knee into the back of Lita's neck and applied a rear chinlock. Lita fought her way out of the hold and sent Molly into the ropes. Lita met Molly with a weak kick and then gave her a snapmare of her own. Lita went for a quick pin, but Molly kicked out.

Lita grabbed Molly and pulled her up to her feet. She went for an Irish Whip, but Molly reversed it and sent Lita into the corner. Molly came in with a handspring back elbow into the corner. Molly then hit Lita with a few knife edge chops in the corner and then hit Lita with a monkey flip out of the corner. Molly climbed to the top turnbuckle and waited for Lita to stumbled back up to her feet. Once Lita was up, she went for the Molly-Go-Round, but Lita moved out of the way and Molly landed on the mat hard.

Molly slowly got up, but Lita grabbed her and dropped her with a DDT. Lita rolled her over onto her back and went for the pin. One, Two, Thre....Molly just barely kicked out in time. Lita gave Molly a couple kicks to the midsection while she was still down on the mat and then climbed to the top turnbuckle, signaling for her Moonsault. However, Molly rolled back to her feet and jumped stopped Lita with a back suplex off the middle turnbuckle! Molly rolled onto Lita looking for the pin. One, Two, Thr...Lita kicked out.

Molly got up and argued with the ref before climbed out of the ring. Molly grabbed her Women's Title and climbed back into the ring as Lita was slowly getting up. She measured Lita up, but Christian slid into the ring. Molly reared back to hit Lita, but Christian grabbed the title. They had a brief tug-of-war, which Christian easily one, snatching the title from Molly's grasp. Molly stumbled backwards into Lita. Lita spun Molly around and gave her a kick to the midsection and followed through with the Twist of Fate. The crowd cheered Lita on as she climbed to the top turnbuckle and hit The Moonsault to Molly! One, Two, Three!

Winner and NEW Women's Champion - Lita

Overall: 76

Crowd: 80

Match: 68

Women's Title gained image

JR: Lita finally regains the Women's Title!

The King: Christian was her knight in shining armor!

The ref raised Lita's hand and Christian came back into the ring with the Women's Title. Lita ran and leaped into Christian's arms in celebration. Christian puts Lita down and...they kiss!

The King: Tonsil hockey! I wonder if Christian will get to really "celebrate" with Lita tonight?!

The screen switched to the back while Lita and Christian kissed in the ring. Backstage we see a locker room marked "Chris Jericho." The door opens and Matt Hardy was seen walking out with a confident smirk on his face.

JR: What's Matt Hardy doing coming out of Jericho's locker room?

The King: I'm sure it was just a friendly conversation.

JR: I don't like the look Hardy had on his face. He's up to something, King.

The King: I'm sure it's nothing JR. You're overreacting.

JR: Well whatever the case may be, up next we have a rivalry coming to ahead as Mark Henry and Booker T clash!

A video highlighting the Booker T vs. Mark Henry feud was shown, leading up to the next match...

Booker T vs. Mark Henry (w/Theodore Long)

The crowd popped big for Booker T's entrance, and Mark Henry got decent heel heat. They started things off with a lock up. Mark Henry used his power to escape it with a hiptoss, sending Booker T to the mat. Booker slid back into the corner and pulled himself up. He ran right at Mark Henry, who went for a clothesline. Booker ducked and hit Henry with rapid rights and lefts when he turned around. Booker T grabbed Henry and sent him into the corner. Booker followed him in and hit Henry with a couple of knife edge chops, but Henry just absorbed them. Henry grabbed Booker T by the throat and reversed their positions.

Henry gave Booker T some hard punches and then Irish Whipped him into the opposite corner. Henry came charging in with a corner splash on Booker. He then grabbed Booker and sent him back to the opposite corner again. Henry once again charged in with a splash to Booker. Henry repeated the whip and splash once more. Booker T stumbled out of the corner and fell face first to the mat. Mark Henry laughed as he now walked across Booker T's entire body, putting all of his body weight on Booker. Mark grabbed Booker T and threw him through the middle ropes to the floor and climbed out after him.

Booker grabbed onto the safety barrier and tried to pull himself up, but Mark Henry grabbed him and tossed him into the ring steps. Henry lifted Booker up into a Gorilla Press, and then dropped him down face first across the steel steps. Theodore Long cheered Mark Henry on as Mark pulled Booker T up and lifted him into his arms. He ran and rammed Booker back first into the ring post. He backed up and did it once more before dropping Booker down to the floor. Booker held his back in pain as he attempted to get up, but Henry wouldn't allow that. He continued to stomp on Booker's back. The ref's count was up to 8, so Henry slid in and out of the ring to break the count. This gave Booker a little bit of time to get back to his feet. Henry came back at Booker, but Booker gave him a kick to his large gut and then slammed Henry head first into the safety barrier.

Booker T slid back into the ring to try to recover from Henry's onslaught. Henry climbed back into the ring, but Henry caught him with a boot to the head as he stuck his head through the middle ropes. He gave Henry another pair of boots to the midsection to double the World's Strongest Man over. Booker bounced off the ropes and went for the Scissors Kick, but Mark Henry moved. Booker spun around and Henry leveled Booker T with a clothesline. Mark Henry jumped down onto Booker with a Big Splash! Henry hooked a leg. One, Two, kickout. Henry pulled Booker up and hit him with a backbreaker, but held on to make it a submission. The ref checked on Booker, but Booker wasn't about to give up. Feeling he had done as much damage as he could do, Henry let go of the hold. Booker T held his back in pain on the mat as Henry rolled him over and went for the pin again. One, Two, Th...kickout.

Mark Henry pulled Booker up and lifted him up into the air in a Gorilla Press and slammed him down to the mat. Booker T crawled torwards the ropes to try and pull himself up. Booker T used all of his energy to get back up to his feet. Mark Henry met him with a pair of right hands and then sent Booker into the ropes. Booker came back off the ropes and Henry caught him in a bearhug! Henry locked the move on tight and applied all his weight into putting pressure on Booker T's back. The fans got behind Booker to try to help him escape the grasp of The World's Strongest Man. Booker raked Henry's eyes to escape the hold. He then gave him a pair of forearm shots and then bounced off the ropes. Booker leaped at Henry going for a forearm smash, but Henry caught him back in the bearhug!

Booker had used up a lot of energy to escape the first bearhug, and now he began to slowly pass out from the pressure Henry was applying. The ref came over and checked on Booker. He lifted his arm once....it fell. He lifted Booker's arm a second time.........it fell again. The fans were solidly behind Booker, hoping he could escape the hold as the ref lifted his arm a third time........................it fe....NO, Booker T was showing signs of life! Booker T clapped hias arms around Booker's head three times before he released the hold. Booker T had found his second wind as he gave Henry another few forearm shots and then bounced off the ropes again. Henry went for a clothesline to Booker, but Booker ducked and hit Henry with The Book End! But Booker had used everything he had to escape the Bearhug and hit the Bookend and he too was down!

The ref began the mandatory ten count with both men down. 1..........2...........3.........the fans were chanting Booker in an attempt to get Booker T to get up......4........5.......6.........7....Booker T slowly crawled torwards Mark Henry and rolled onto him. One, Two, Thre....Henry kicked out! Booker T climbed back to his feet and made his way over to the corner. He climbed to the top turnbuckle as Mark Henry got back to his feet. Booker T came off the top with a Missle Dropkick to Henry! Booker T went for the pin again. One, Two, Henry powered out.

As Henry pulled himself up, Booker hooked him and tried to lift him up for a spinebuster, but Henry was too much and he slammed a double axehandle down across Booker's battered back. Booker dropped to the mat. Henry pulled Booker over to the corner and set him under the turnbuckle. Henry climbed onto the second turnbuckle as if he was going for a Bonzai Drop! But as Henry came down off the top, Booker slid out onto the apron and Henry busted his butt on the mat! Booker T springboarded into the ring with a sunset flip onto Henry! One, Two, Thre...Henry got his shoulder up. Henry began to get up, but Booker T caught him with a boot to the midsection to double him over in the middle of the ring. Theodore Long jumped onto the apron, but Booker T hit him with a sidekick, sending him to the floor. Booker T came off the ropes and hit the Scissors Kick to Mark Henry. Henry hit the mat and rolled onto his back as Booker T did the SPINAROONI to get back to his feet, much to the delight of the crowd. Instead of going for the pin, Booker T pointed up and climbed to the top turnbuckle! Booker came off the top with the Houstin Hangover to Mark Henry! He hooked a leg...One, Two, Three!

Winner - Booker T

Overall: 75

Crowd: 79

Match: 69

JR: Booker T settles things cleanly against Mark Henry!

The King: I can dig that sucka!

JR: But it wasn't easy for Booker, Mark Henry really gave him a beating!

The WWEMattitude.Com loading screen hit the TitanTRON as Matt Hardy was ready to come out for his match. Matt Facts: Matt is a better boyfriend than Christian - Lita wasn't that great in bed anyway, Matt's had better.

JR: This next match is interesting in more than one way...I just wonder what Hardy was up to in Jericho's locker room.

The King: How many times to I have to tell you...

JR: Yea, yea, it was just a friendly conversation. We'll see King, we'll see.

Christian (w/Lita) vs. Matt Hardy

Christian came out with the new WWE Women's Champion, Lita. Hardy got a lot of heel heat for his second Matt fact. Before the opening bell, Matt was looking down at Lita at ringside and taunting her, but Christian ran and shoved Matt into the corner. The ref singled for the bell and the match was on. Christian turned Matt around in the corner and began kicking away at Hardy's midsection. Hardy slumped over in the corner and Christian began choking Matt with his boot. The ref gave Christian a five count and pulled him off of Hardy. This allowed Matt to pull himself back up to his feet. He circled the ring, locking eyes with Christian. They met in the center of the ring and locked up. Hardy hit Christian with a knee to the midsection and then applied a headlock. Christian pushed Hardy into the ropes and then shoved him away. Hardy came back at Christian and now Christian caught Hardy in a headlock. Hardy escaped it by hitting Christian with a back suplex.

Christian rolled back to his feet and was caught with a dropkick by Matt Hardy. Christian got back up as Matt ran in at him. However Christian took him down with a drop toe hold, sending Matt Hardy throat first across the middle rope. Christian held Matt across the middle rope as Lita came around and gave Matt Hardy a slap! This got a loud pop from the fans. Christian pulled Matt's head from the middle ropes and turned him over, putting his head on the bottom rope. He then grabbed Hardy's legs and guillotined him into the middle rope. Hardy rolled over and got back to his feet holding his throat. Hardy stumbled into Christian who gave him a nice chop to the throat. The ref gave Christian a stern warning...

Christian sent Hardy into the corner. He lifted Hardy up onto the top turnbuckle and climbed up with him. Hardy blocked Christian's superplex attempt with a pair of jabs and then shoved Christian off the top rope. Matt Hardy then stood up on the top turnbuckle and came off with the Yelling Legdrop! Hardy went for the pin. One, Two, kickout. Christian stumbled up to his feet and Hardy gave him a gutwrench suplex. Hardy went for another quick pin, but only got a two.

Hardy pulled Christian back up to his feet and sent him into the ropes. He went to clothesline Christian, but Christian floated over and leveled Hardy with a DDT! Christian rolled over and went for the pin. One, Two, kickout. Christian gave Matt a few stomps before climbing onto the second turnbuckle and coming down onto Matt's chest with a kneedrop. He went for the pin again. One, Two...kickout. Christian grabbed a handful of Hardy's hair and pulled him up to his feet. He positioned Matt for the Unprettier, but Matt blocked it by grabbing Christian's feet and pulling them out from under him. Christian smacked the mat face first. Hardy held onto Chrisitan's legs and then locked him in a surfboard.

The ref checked in on Christian to see if he was going to give up. Christian refused to give in and Hardy let go of the hold. Matt grabbed Christian by the head and pulled him up to his feet, but Christian fought him off with a pair of jabs. Christian swung a wild right hand, but Hardy ducked and executed the Side Effect to Christian! Hardy immediately went for the pin. One, Two, Thre....Christian just barely got his shoulder up. Hardy got up and argued with the ref, but then turned his attention back to Christian who was struggling to get to his feet. Hardy sent Christian into the ropes and came in with a high knee to Christian's ribs. Hardy spun Christian around and then placed him on the top turnbuckle backwards. He then pulled Christian backwards into the Tree of Woe. Hardy stomped away at immobilized Christian's ribs and chest. He then went to the opposite corner and came running in for a baseball slide to Christian's face, but Christian pulled himself up out of the way...sending Matt sliding groin first into the ring post!

Christian climbed back down off the top turnbuckle and pulled Matt to the center of the ring. Christian bounced off the ropes and then dropped a knee down onto Matt's face. Christian went for the pin...One, Two, kickout. Hardy began to stumble to his feet, but Christian sent him back to the mat with a dropkick. Hardy climbed back up again and this time Christian ran at him, but Hardy saw him coming and hit Christian with a tiltawhirl slam! Matt climbed to the top turnbuckle and was going for the Yelling Legdrop again, but Christian recovered and fell across the ropes. Matt lost his balance and fell down, straddling the top turnbuckle. Christian climbed up to the top turnbbuckle with Matt and pulled him up so both men we standing on the top turnbuckle. Christian hooked Matt for a superplex, but Hardy once again fought him off. Matt hit him with a couple of right hands. He then hooked Christian and hit a Top Rope Side Effect!

Both men were down after Hardy's high impact Side Effect. The ref began the ten count....One.....Two.....Three....Four......Five......Lita was pounding the apron getting behind Christian....Six....Seven....Hardy rolled out of the ring to the floor. He grabbed a steel chair and went to slide back into the ring, but Lita grabbed him and prevented him. Hardy threw the chair down and grabbed Lita by the hair and rolled her into the ring. Matt slid into the ring...Lita tried to back away, but Matt grabbed her by the head and set her up for the Twist Of Fate. But Christian was back up and he grabbed Matt from behind and dropped him with an inverted DDT! Christian went for the pin. One, Two, Thre...shoulder up.

Christian pulled Matt Hardy up and gave him a kick to the midsection. Hardy doubled over as Christian bounced off the ropes and hit Hardy with a swinging neckbreaker. Christian went for the pin again. One, Two, Thre...kickout. Christian went to pull Hardy up, but Hardy gave Christian an uppercut to the groin. The ref warned Hardy, but he didn't listen...Hardy slid out of the ring and picked the chair back up. Lita came back over again, but Hardy shoved her down into the ring steps. Hardy climbed into the ring with the chair and blasted it across Christian's head. The ref immediately called for the bell.

Winner - Christian (DQ)

Overall: 84

Crowd: 79

Match: 89

JR: What is Matt doing? He can't be that stupid to get himself Disqualified!

Hardy drove the chair down into Christian's back as the ref came over to try and stop Hardy. Matt threatened the ref with the chair, and the ref immediately ran out of the ring. Lita climbed into the ring and jumped onto Hardy's back. But Matt reached up and snapmared Lita to the mat. He pulled her back up and held her by her hair...

JR: Don't do it Matt!

Matt pulled Lita in and then gave her the Twist of Fate! He then picked the chair back up and went back over to Christian. He grabbed Christian's legs...and drove the steel chair down into Christian's groin!

The King: Ooooowww! That's just not right!

Hardy slid out of the ring and threw another chair into the ring. He climbed back in and laughed as he placed one chair across Christian's groin...then used the other to slam it repeatedly!

The King: This...isn't....human! No man should ever have to take this torture...I'm in pain just watching it!

JR: So much for Christian and Lita's victory "celebration" tonight.

Hardy finally had had enough as he gave a sadistic smirk and dropped the chair. He left the ring as some paramedics rushed to the ring to check on Christian.

Backstage, in the GM Office, Mick Foley (and Socko) and Eric Bischoff had been watching the show on the TV. Bischoff still looked upset to be sharing an office with Mick Foley. Mick had a look of pain on his face.

Mick Foley: I've taken some nut shots before, but that was insane! That Hardy is a sick freak!

Eric Bischoff: Would ya just shut up and watch the show...I'm tryin' to think here.

Mick Foley: Don't hurt yourself Eric!

Foley reached down beside his seat and pulled up the Bring Back Stone Cold Petition. He began flipping through the pages.

Mick Foley: Nearly 1 Million signatures! This is great Eric, it's only a matter of time before Stone Cold is back on Raw in some form!

Eric just lookd on in disgust...suddenly the door to the office opened and The Coach walked in...

Coach: Eric, I've had it up to here with Mick Fo.....OH, hey Mick...didn't see you there.

Mick Foley: Well hey Coach! I'm glad you stopped by...

The Coach: You are? ....Why?

Mick Foley: Because you're Mr. Socko's FAVORITE announcer! What's that Mr. Socko? You have an idea?

Mick Foley (as Socko): Let's have The Coach do the pre-match interview with KANE!

A look of terror crossed The Coach's face as Mick Foley laughed...

Mick Foley: That's a GREAT idea Mr. Socko! Well Coach, you heard the sock, go do your job!

The Coach: But...but...Eric?

Coach looked at Bischoff, but he just shook his head in disgust...Coach hung his head down and slowly walked out of the room.

Mick Foley: On with the show!

Armageddon Highlight Reel

The King: I'm a little upset JR.

JR: Why?

The King: I thought I was Mr. Socko's favorite announcer!

The ring had been set up for a very special edition of The Highlight Reel. The lights in the arena went out as the "Y2J" Countdown began. BREAK THE WALLS DOWN....Chris Jericho came out to loud boos from the Orlando audience. Jericho sauntered down to the ring and climbed in. He was handed the microphone.

Chris Jericho: WELCOME, one and all to the very FIRST Pay-Per-View edition of THE HIGHLIGHT REEL! For some strange reason I don't have a match tonight, but that's alright because you can still get your need dosage of Vitamin C through the Highlight Reel. Now because this is a special occassion, I have to have a VERY special guest.

Jericho paused and smiled before he continued...

Chris Jericho: I don't know if anyone has noticed lately, but I may not have been my usual self the past few weeks. Yes, I believe your Highlight of the Night, Y2J has become SMITTEN. It was something that started off as nothing but has grown into SO much more. And I have something I've been wanting to tell her for a while now and I want to tell her tonight. So ladies and gents, tonight's guest on the Highlight Reel, MS. TRISH STRATUS!

The fans gave Trish a loud pop as "Time to Rock and Roll" hit the PA system. She appeared on the stage, but did not look too happy. She stomped down to the ring and climbed in, staring a hole through Jericho. Jericho's look of exuberance was replaced by one of much concern.

Chris Jericho: Trish, is there something wrong? The past two weeks have been complete and utter HELL without you. Why haven't you returned my calls? Where were you Monday?

Trish didn't say anything, instead she continued to angrily stare at Y2J.

Chris Jericho: Trish, if you're mad at me, tell me!

Trish hesitated, but she pulled the microphone from Jericho.

Trish Stratus: Does one dollar Canadian mean anything to you?

An uneasy laugh escaped from Jericho as Trish shoved the microphone back to him.

Chris Jericho: What? That silly bet?! Trish, that was nothing! It was just a stupid joke! Trish, you know I'm not all about that. I've never felt like this before, just like you said! Come on Trish...I brought you out here tonight because there was something I wanted to tell you, and I still plan on telling you.

Trish just shook her head and turned to leave...

Chris Jericho: Trish, I love you!

Trish stopped dead in her tracks and turned to Jericho. She walked up to him, looking right into his eyes......and SLAPPED him hard across the face. Trish stormed out of the ring crying. Jericho held his face with a sincere upset look on his face.... (92%)

-Trish gained overness-

JR: I'm not sure where to go from here...but its safe to say that Jericho's bet has come back to haunt him.

The King: JR, I'll be right back, I need to go comfort Trish.

JR: Sit down, you're not going anywhere!

A video played setting up the Intercontinental Title Match between Rob Van Dam and Randy Orton, which was up next.

Intercontinental Title Match

Rob Van Dam © vs. Randy Orton (w/Ric Flair)

RVD and Orton circled the ring as the ref called for the bell. They stopped and RVD did the pointing to himself while the fans chanted "ROB VAN DAM." But while he did, Orton reached out and smacked RVD across the face. Orton then backed off and gave a cocky smile to the booing crowd. Orton turned back to the action and RVD returned the smack. But RVD didn't let up and hit some stiff chops to Orton's chest. Orton held onto his chest in pain as RVD did a legsweep to knock Orton to the mat. RVD spun around and hit a spinning legdrop across Orton's chest. Orton crawled to the corner and pulled himself up, but RVD came in and hit some quick kicks to Orton's ribs. Orton stumbled out of the corner and RVD hit him with a leaping sidekick. Orton hit the mat, but Flair pulled him out of the ring.

Orton was already in trouble early as Flair tried to snap Orton back into it. Flair was trying to talk to Orton, but RVD was impatient. He bounced off the ropes and then hit a baseball slide to both Flair and Orton sending them backwards. RVD then ran off the ropes again and this time hit a suicide dive out onto both men, sending all three to the floor! RVD was back up first and he pulled Orton up and sent him into the safety barrier with an Irish Whip. RVD ran in and hit Orton with a cartwheel into a splash. RVD backed up and then clotheslined Orton, sending both men over the barrier into the front row. RVD hit Orton with a few punches and then told the fans to clear out some room as he leaped over the barrier and back into the ring.

RVD climbed to the top turnbuckle and jumped off into the front row onto Orton with a somersault plancha! The fans chanted "Holy Shit!" as both men were down in the front row from RVD's high risk move. RVD was up first and grabbed Orton by the head and threw him back over the barrier. He slide Orton into the ring. Orton rolled over onto his back in the ring as RVD climbed onto the apron and slingshotted into the ring with a senton on Orton. RVD rolled onto Orton going for the first pinfall attempt of the match. One, Two, kickout.

RVD reached down to pull Orton up, but Orton gave RVD a poke to the eye. RVD stumbled backwards and rubbed his eyes while Orton pulled himself up to his feet. RVD walked right into a dropkick from Orton. Ric Flair slid a chair in to Orton and he set it up in the middle of the ring. RVD was back up and they stared each other down. They locked up. Orton got the advantage and sent RVD into the ropes. RVD bounced off the ropes and came back at Orton. Orton went for a clothesline, but RVD ducked. Orton turned around to recieve a savate kick to the jaw. Orton fell backwards towards the ropes. RVD ran and springed off the chair Orton set up and flew at Orton, hitting him with a springboard tilt-a-whirl head scissor into a cradle. One, Two, kickout.

Both men got to their feet as the ref picked up the chair and tossed it out of the ring. Orton went for a clothesline, but RVD did a split to avoid it. Orton came back off the ropes and walked into a head scissor takedown from RVD. Orton quickly rolled back to his feet again as RVD bounced off the ropes and came at Orton, but Orton caught him and hit a hard powerslam to RVD. One, Two, kickout. Orton lifted RVD up and sent him into the corner. Orton ran in with a shoulder thrust to RVD's midsection. Orton continued to drive his shoulder into RVD's midsection until the ref pulled him off. RVD stumbled out of the corner and doubled over. Orton grabbed RVD and hit a swinging neckbreaker.

Orton looked around at the crowd and gave a cocky smile again, taunting them as they booed him. RVD began trying to pull himself up, but Orton stomped on RVD's fingers. Orton then climbed up to the top turnbuckle and waited for RVD to get up. Once he was up, Orton came off the top with a high cross body onto RVD. One, Two, kickout. Orton got up and couldn't believe he didn't get the three. He angrily stomped away at RVD's ribs and then drove his first down into RVD's throat. He then dropped down and started choking the life out of RVD. The ref counted to five and then pulled Orton off of him. Orton then picked up RVD and threw him down throat first across the middle rope and began choking him there. The ref once again counted to five and pulled Orton off. With the ref warning Orton, Flair took over and pulled down on RVD's head, choking him across the rope. Flair let go as the ref turned back around.

Orton pulled RVD off the ropes and hit him with an inverted suplex. He went for the pin. One, Two, kickout. Orton got up and pulled RVD up with him. He grabbed RVD's head and went for the RKO, but RVD shoved him off into the ropes. Orton came back off the ropes and RVD caught him with a jumping sidekick! Orton hit the mat and RVD bounced off the ropes and hit the Rolling Thunder! Orton was in position, so RVD scaled to the top turnbuckle. However, Flair jumped up onto the apron and distracted RVD. He went after Van Dam, but RVD met Flair with a kick to the face. Flair fell of the apron...but this had given Orton time to get up. Orton pulled RVD's legs out from underneath him, sending him down across the top turnbuckle. Orton climbed up and hit RVD with a few punches and then went for the RKO off the top! But RVD blocked it by holding onto the top rope. RVD then shoved Orton off the top turnbuckle and to the mat. RVD climbed back to his feet on the turnbuckles and came off with The Five Star Frog Splash! One, Two, Three!

Winner and STILL Intercontinental Champion - Rob Van Dam

Overall: 85

Crowd: 81

Match: 90

JR: Rob Van Dam retains despite the efforts of Ric Flair!

Backstage, The Coach slowly walked up to a locker room door and knocked on it...

The Coach: Uhm....Kane? ...Kane...are you in there? WELL, no one answered, guess he's not there!

Coach began to walk off fast, but the door opened and Kane was standing there looking very unhappy about being interrupted.

Kane: WHAT DO YOU WANT?

The Coach: Oh nothing...forget I was ever even here.

Kane: Don't you know better than to interrupt ME when I'm about to go destroy Goldberg and Triple H? But since you're here...I want you to deliver them a message for me...

Kane reached out and grabbed Coach by the throat. Kane lifted Coach up against the wall by his throat so that he could look him dead in the eye.

Kane: Tell them...that tonight...they will find Orlando to be their final resting place...and that I'll enjoy ripping them limb from limb and I'll love the feel of their blood on my skin...I want to watch the pain in their eyes as I crush them in my palms! HAHAHAHA.....

Kane dropped Coach from his grasp as he continued to laugh menacingly. Coach slowly backed away from the screen as it zoomed in on Kane's face while he continud with his demented laughter...

The King: Kane has a few loose screws JR.

JR: A few? I think all his screws are loose.

The screen switched to a highlight video of Batista vs. Shawn Michaels, putting things in place for the NEXT match...

Shawn Michaels vs. Batista (w/Ric Flair)

Batista went on the attack right away as soon as Shawn Michaels tried to enter the ring. Batista pounding on the back of Shawn Michaels' head as he entered the ring. He pulled HBK to the center of the ring and decked him with a right hand. HBK rolled back to his feet and Batista swung another right hand, but Michaels blocked it. He then hit some rapid rights and lefts of his own. HBK Irish Whipped Batista into the ropes and then hit him with a flying forearm shot sending Batista to the mat. Batista got back up to his feet as HBK bounced off the ropes and went for a cross body, but Batista caught him and then fell to the mat, slamming HBK down.

Batista taunted the crowd a bit before pulling Shawn back to his feet and throwing him into the corner. Batista hit HBK with several hard right hands and then backed up...and ran back in with a clothesline that flipped HBK over the turnbuckles to the apron. HBK held onto the top rope as Batista came over. Michaels blocked another right hand from Batista. He grabbed Batista's head and dropped down to the floor, guilloting Batista across the top rope. Batista stumbled backwards and fell to the mat. HBK climbed back onto the apron and up to the top turnbuckle and came off looking for his elbow drop, but Batista rolled out of the way.

Batista grabbed Michaels' legs and then catapulted him hard into the turnbuckles. HBK stumbled backwards, but Batista ran and rammed HBK back into the turnbuckles chest first. HBK turned around and stumbled into a huge clothesline from Batista. Batista went for a pin. One, Tw...kickout. Batista pulled HBK up by his hair and tossed him through the middle ropes to ringside. Batista slid out of the ring to the floor as HBK tried to pull himself up using the safety rail. Batista grabbed HBK and threw him head first into the ring post. HBK hit the floor hard and was out cold. Batista pulled him right back up and this time threw him head first into the ring steps.

Batista lifted HBK up again, this time onto his shoulders and then dropped him face first across the safety barrier. Blood began to trickle down from HBK's forehead. Batista rolled the limp HBK back into the ring. Batista slid in and made the cover. One, Two, Thre...kickout. Batista got up to his knees, grabbed HBK's head and began slamming his fist repeatedly across HBK's forehead. Batista finally let up and then pulled HBK up. He bent Michaels over and lifted him up for a powerbomb, but HBK fought it off with several punches to the head and then reversed it into a head scissor takedown!

The crowd loudly cheered Michaels on as he hit Batista with a kick to the midsection once he was back to his feet and then dropped him to the mat with a swinging neckbreaker. HBK went for the pin. One, Two, kickout. Michaels climbed to the top turnbuckle as Batista got back to his feet. HBK came off with a moonsault onto the standing Batista. One, Two, Batista powered out. Batista got back to his feet as HBK bounced off the ropes at Batista, but he caught Michaels and hit a devistating tiltawhirl backbreaker that shut the crowd up.

HBK held his back in pain as Batista stood up and laughed at Michaels. Micahels rolled onto his stomach as Batista came over and drove his knee down into his back. He did this once more before rolling HBK over and going for the pin. One, Two, kickout. Batista pulled Michaels up and sent him into the ropes. Batista went for a backdrop, but HBK telegraphed it and hit a kick to Batista's face. Batista stood up and HBK caught him with Sweet Chin Music out of nowhere! But HBK collapses to the mat beside Batista, unable to make the pin!

HBK slowly crawled over and draped an arm across Batista. One, Two, Thre....shoulder up. Both men slowly got back to their feet - HBK's face now showing more blood. HBK connected with a pair of elbows to the side of Batista's head before bouncing off the ropes and hitting a flying forearm to Batista, sending both men to the mat! HBK kipped up to the loud approval of the crowd. HBK stumbled over to the turnbuckle and climbed up top. Michaels came off the top with the elbowdrop onto Batista. One, Two, Thre....Ric Flair pulled the ref out of the ring! HBK got up, but paid no attention to Flair. Instead he went to the corner and started warming up the band for some Sweet Chin Music.

The ref warned Flair, but Flair moved the ref out of the way and slid into the ring and ran towards HBK. But Flair ran right into the Sweet Chin Music from HBK! Flair rolled out onto the apron as HBK waited for Batista to stumble to his feet. He went for a Sweet Chin Music to Batista, but Batista caught HBK's foot! He spun HBK around and nailed him with a sick spinebuster! Batista pulled the bloody HBK up to his feet and hit him with his Sitdown Powerbomb. One, Two, Three.

Winner - Batista

Overall: 80

Crowd: 82

Match: 78

JR: Batista gets an impressive victory over Shawn Michaels...

The King: This still could be Evolution's night.

JR: Well they're shooting 50% right now...but Triple H could bring the night in Evolution's favor if he can bring the World Title back to Evolution...

This led to a highlight video for the Main Event for the World Heavyweight Title - the main event was up next!

Main Event - World Heavyweight Title Triple Threat Match

Goldberg © vs. Triple H vs. Kane

The bell rung and all three men had a stare down to start the match. All three slowly moved in torward the center of the ring, and Kane made the first move, attacking Goldberg with a right hand. Goldberg fired back and they both exchanged punches until Kane had Goldberg backed into the corner. Kane nailed Goldberg with a hard back elbow in the corner. HHH smirked as he walked over to the adjacent corner and leaned into it, just watching Kane and Goldberg go at it. Kane continued to dish out the punishment to Goldberg in the corner with throat thrusts. Kane lifts his boot up to Goldberg's throat and began choking him. The ref came over and counted...One, Two, Three, Four, Five...Kane released the choke. Kane backed up to the center of the ring, and then ran in looking for a clothesline, but Goldberg moved and Kane hit the turnbuckle chest first.

Goldberg unloaded several kicks to Kane's back and sides in the corner. He turned Kane around and then hit several shoulder thrusts to Kane's midsection which sent Kane stumbling out of the corner. Goldberg came off the ropes at Kane, but Kane took Goldberg down with a clothesline. Triple H finally came out of the corner and began stomping on Goldberg. Kane looked at HHH, and Hunter said something to Kane as he pulled Goldberg up. Triple H sent Goldberg into the ropes, and as Goldberg came back off the ropes, he and Kane hit him with a double clothesline. Both Kane and Triple H began stomping a mudhole in Goldberg on the mat. Triple H dropped down onto the canvas and began choking Goldberg. One, Two, Three, Four, Five...the ref pulled Triple H off of Goldberg, but then Kane placed his boot across Goldberg's throat this time...One, Two, Three, Four, Five...Kane released the choke.

Kane pulled Goldberg up and lifted him up into a bodyslam and dropped him to the mat as Triple H came off the ropes and hit Goldberg with a kneedrop. Goldberg rolled over onto his stomach and began to pull himself up. Kane backed up to the opposite side of the ring as HHH met Goldberg with a pair of right hands and then Irish Whipped Goldberg into Kane. Kane lifted Goldberg up and hit a huge sidewalk slam to the champ. Kane went for the pin. One, Two, Triple H stomped on Kane to break up the count. Kane stood up and stared down Triple H. HHH went for a right hand, but Kane blocked it and sent HHH down to the mat with a throat thrust.

Triple H got back up to his feet only to get knocked back down by a clothesline from Kane. Meanwhile, Goldberg began to get back up. Kane began to pull Triple H up...as Goldberg positioned himself in the corner. Goldberg ran torwards Kane and Triple H, and Kane shoved HHH into Goldberg who gave HHH a spear! Kane went after Goldberg, but Goldberg met him with a kick to the shin. This slowed Kane enough for Goldberg to smack a superkick to Kane's chest to send Kane to the mat. Kane was quick back to his feet however...but Goldberg got down into a 3-point stance and then dove into Kane's knees, clipping them and sending Kane back down to the mat. Triple H stumbled up to his feet while Goldberg stomped on Kane's knee. Triple H clobbered Goldberg from behind and sent him into the corner with an Irish Whip. Triple H ran in to hit Goldberg with a splash but Goldberg lifted his leg to Triple H's face as he ran in.

Goldberg ran out of the corner with a clothesline to Triple H. However, Kane was back up and Goldberg turned around into a Big Boot from Kane! Goldberg hit the mat and immediately rolled out onto the apron...but Kane followed him out onto the apron. Kane stood Goldberg up on the apron and grabbed him by the throat. Kane lifted Goldberg up and hit the Chokeslam from the apron to the hard floor! Goldberg was out! Kane climbed back into the ring but was met with a high knee from Triple H. Kane stumbled to the center of the ring where Triple H went low with a kick to double Kane over. He then set Kane up for the Pedigree. However, Kane powered out with a backdrop. Triple H stumbled back up to his feet into Kane, who lifted HHH up onto his shoulders. Kane walked with Triple H to the corner and went to hit him with Snake Eyes, but Triple H slid down Kane's back and shoved Kane chest first into the turnbuckles.

Triple H came in and grabbed Kane's head and began pounding it into the turnbuckle. One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine.....TEN! Kane stumbled backwards and Triple H bounced off the ropes and hit him with a clothesline that just staggered Kane more. He came at Kane again with another clothesline, but it still wasn't enough to level Kane. Triple H came off the ropes once more, but Kane grabbed HHH by the throat. Kane was going for the chokeslam, but HHH escaped with a kick to the knees. Kane doubled over and HHH dropped him to the mat with a DDT. Triple H went for the pin. One, Two, Thre....Kane kicked out. HHH was back up before Kane, and drove his elbow down into Kane's chest and went for another pin. One, Two, kickout.

Triple H pulled Kane up and sent him into the corner. Triple H ran in with a clothesline that sent Kane into a seated position into the corner. First HHH hit some rights and lefts to the seated Kane and then he turned to stomping a mudhole in him. Triple H pulled Kane up out of the corner and hit him with a pair of rights and lefts and then Irish Whipped him into the ropes. Kane ducked HHH's clothesline attempt, and bounced off the ropes once more and nailed HHH with a Big Boot! Kane grabbed Triple H by the throat and pulled him back up to his feet. He lifted Triple H into the air and slammed him down to the mat with the chokeslam! Kane went for the pin while Goldberg was still out on the floor. One, Two, Thre....Triple H got his shoulder up! Out of frustration, Kane began choking the life out of Triple H. One, Two, Three, Four, Five....but Kane wouldn't let go. The ref finally warned Kane enough to let go.

Kane pulled HHH back up to his feet and set him up for another chokeslam as Goldberg began to finally show signs of life on the outside. Kane went to lift HHH up, but Triple H poked Kane in the eye. Kane doubled over and HHH hit him with a facecrusher to his knee. Kane stumbled around, but Triple H pulled him back down into position for the Pedigree. Triple H executed the Pedigree to Kane. He rolled Kane over and went for the pin. One, Two, Thre....Kane got his foot on the ropes! Goldberg slowly got back up at ringside as Triple H grabbed Kane's leg off the ropes and hooked it...going for the pin again. One, Two, Thre...Goldberg slid into the ring and broke up the count.

Triple H got up to his feet and nailed Goldberg with repeated punches and then threw Goldberg into the ropes. But coming back off the ropes, Goldberg nailed Triple H with a spear! Goldberg lifted HHH back up, hooked him by the head and pointed up. He lifted Triple H up for the Jackhammer, but Kane was back up! He nailed Goldberg with the Big Boot, sending both HHH and Goldberg to the mat! Kane lifted Triple H up first and then Goldberg up. He grabbed both of them by the throat and went for a Double Chokeslam! But both HHH and Goldberg fought back with a double boot to the midsection. Triple H and Goldberg actually worked together as they lifted Kane up and dropped him with a double suplex! But once both men were back up, all bets were off again as Triple H kicked Goldberg between the legs. Goldberg was doubled over and Triple H nailed him with The Pedigree! Triple H went for the pin...One, Two, Thre...Kane just barely broke up the count. Triple H was pulled to his feet by Kane. Kane sent Triple H into the ropes and went for another Big Boot, but Triple H ducked. Triple H came back off the ropes, but Kane caught him and powerslammed him to the mat.

Kane lifted HHH up, picked him up and hit Triple H with the Tombstone Piledriver! Kane went for the pin. One, Two, Thre................Goldberg broke it up! Kane got up and was met with a kick to the midsection from Goldberg. Kane doubled over and Goldberg put him in a pumphandle...and showed his strength by hitting Kane with a pumphandle slam! Goldberg picked Kane up and threw him through the middle ropes. The fans cheered Goldberg on loudly as he measured of Triple H who began to struggle to get back to his feet. Triple H stumbled around the ring and turned around into a SPEAR to a loud ovation from the fans. Goldberg grabbed Triple H and pulled him up...JACKHAMMER! One, Two, Three! Goldberg retained!

Winner - Goldberg

Overall: 84

Crowd: 88

Match: 77

JR: Goldberg has done it! Goldberg has retained!

The King: No! This was supposed to be Evolution's night!

JR: Maybe some other night King, because tonight is Goldberg's night!

The ref handed Goldberg the World Title and he held it in the air. Flashbulbs go off around the arena as the fans cheered the World Champ on. At ringside, Kane sat, leaning against the barrier with a sick and demented look on his face...staring a hole through Goldberg...the screen faded out to the WWE logo.

End show.

Overall - 82

Quick Results

Heat Main Event - Test & Steiner def. Maven & Spike

Venis & Storm won Tag Team Turmoil

Lita def. Molly

Booker T def. Mark Henry

Christian def. Matt Hardy - DQ

Rob Van Dam def. Randy Orton

Batista def. Shawn Michaels

Goldberg def. Triple H, Kane

Highlight of the Night - The Highlight Reel (92%)

Match of the Night - Rob Van Dam vs. Randy Orton (90)

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December 15th

10:49 AM

Stamford Emergency Care Center - Stamford, CT

Linda sat in the chair next to the hospital bed watching her husband lie helplessly. She still cried every night as things just weren't getting any better. His condition was still critical, with no sign of change to come. The doctors really did need to do more, but they said there was nothing they could do. With all the money Vince had, they should be able to do something.

She needed a break from watching her husband...it was just too pitiful and depressing. She walked out of the intensive care unit and headed down the hall to the cafeteria to get some coffee. Intensive Care was located on the ground floor, making easy access to the cafeteria. If it wasn't for their coffee, Linda probably wouldn't have made it. It calmed her nerves.

Yeah, she knew all about Vince's side affairs. She knew that while on the road Vince would hook up with some lowly whores and get his jollies off while she was hard at work in business meetings. Sure she hated him for it...but she still couldn't stand to see him in this condition. Not even the evil Vince McMahon deserved this, she thought.

She slowly sipped at her coffee as she began to head back to the Intensive Care...she was surprised as she found the door to Vince's room shut even though she had left it open. She went to turn the knob, but found the door locked.

Linda McMahon: What the...?!

She violently pulled on the knob to no avail. She put her ear up to the door and could hear something inside the room...something had been knocked to the floor...

Linda McMahon: Somebody get over here and open this door! NURSE! DOCTOR! SOMEBODY!

A nurse quickly rushed over and pulled out a set of keys. She opened the door and they both entered the room to find the lights out and the window open...somebody had been in the room after Linda left...and what were they up to? Linda fell over into the chair in anxiety as the nurse left to get help.

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Raw

December 15, 2003

Live from Tampa, Florida

Hosted by: JR & Jerry "The King" Lawler

The WWE corporate logo was shown before still photos with JR & The King's commentary from Armageddon where shown as highlights from the event. The final photo was of Goldberg holding the World Title in the air.

The Raw opening played before cutting to the live shot of the arena as the PYRO went off!

JR: We are live from Tampa for RAW! We are fresh off the heels of an spectacular Pay-Per-View event, ARMAGEDDON!

The King: You got that right JR! I think there's going to be Hell to pay tonight!

JR: Last night wasn't Evolution's night as they had hoped, only Batista walked out of Armageddon victorious. And that means Goldberg is still the World Heavyweight Champion.

The Legend Challenge

Evolution's theme hit the PA System to kick off Raw. The fans booed loudly as Ric Flair walked out in a trademark Nature Boy suit and he was followed closely behind by Batista and Randy Orton. Batista was also in a suit while Randy Orton was in his wrestling tights and Evolution T-Shirt. Ric Flair was given a microphone.

The King: Speak of the Devil JR, it's Evolution! Triple H is noticably absent.

Ric Flair: WHOOOOOO! TAMPA! WHOOOOOO! SUCKS! WHOOOOOO! That's right, Tampa sucks so much that The Game decided not to grace you with his prescense. But don't worry Tampa because you still get to see "The Legend Killer" Randy Orton and BATISTA! Last night, Batista showed Shawn Michaels that evolution has passed him by. And with Royal Rumble just around the corner....WHOOOOO!....I proudly present to you the first official entrants to the 2004 Royal Rumble...RANDY ORTON AND BATISTA! WHOOOOO!

Orton and Batista both arrogantly raise their arms up to the booing crowd.

Ric Flair: Boo them all you want Tampa, it ain't gonna change the fact that in this ring right now....one of these two men will win the Royal Rumble and will be Main Eventing WRESTLEMANIA XX!

Ric Flair strutted over to Randy Orton and gave him a pat on the back.

Ric Flair: And this man right here....the LEGEND KILLER! He's taken out Shawn Michaels...he gave Mick Foley the beating of his life...he beat Sgt. Slaughter in just minutes....and he is responsible for the firing of Stone Cold Steve Austin! Now he wants to follow in his mentor the NAITCHA BOY's path and win the Royal Rumble! But to warm up for the Royal Rumble, he wants to live up to his name. So consider this an open challenge to ANY legend who wants to face the challenge that is "The Legend Killer" Randy Orton!

Flair threw the mic down as Orton removed his shirt and all three of them turned to the entrance way awaiting someone to answer their challenge...as a familiar theme hit the PA system...

"HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

The fans gave Hacksaw Jim Duggan a warm reaction as he stomped out onto the stage with American Flag in one hand and 2x4 in the other. (99%)

The King: Oh my God JR! It's Hacksaw!

JR: Well he does reside in Florida these days...maybe he can teach this punk Orton a lesson!

The Legend Challenge

Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. "The Legend Killer" Randy Orton

Jim Duggan, a former Royal Rumble Winner himself, went right at The Legend Killer, hitting him with weak looking punches. He sent Orton into the ropes and hit him with an equally as weak looking clothesline. Well, atleast the fans were into it a little. Duggan got down into the 3-point stance as Orton stumbled back up to his feet. Duggan came out of the 3-point stance with another clothesline to Orton. Orton hit the mat and Duggan came off the ropes looking for the Kneedrop, but Orton rolled out of the way. Orton grabbed Duggan and threw him into the turnbuckle. Orton ran in and hit Duggan with a clothesline in the corner. Duggan stumbled out into a RKO from Orton! And that's all she wrote as Orton made the pinfall...One, Two, Three. Well atleast it was kept short.

Winner - Randy Orton

Overall: 65

Crowd: 71

Match: 53

Ric Flair and Batista entered the ring, Flair carrying Hacksaw's 2x4. Flair tossed the 2x4 to Orton as Duggan began to stumble to his feet. Orton cracked the 2x4 across Orton's head, sending him back down to the mat. Flair and Orton pulled Hacksaw back to his feet and threw him to Batista, who hit a devistating spinebuster to Hacksaw. Evolution raised their hands up in victory over the fallen Hacksaw...

JR: This is dispicable! Someday Evolution will get what's coming to them!

Girl Talk

Backstage, Lita was admiring her newly won WWE Women's Championship when Trish Stratus walked into the locker room.

Lita: Oh hey, Trish. What's up? I'm sorry about you and Chris.

Trish: Yeah well, I just thought you should know Christian is just as bad as Chris.

Lita: What are you talking about??

Trish: Who do you think Jericho made a bet with? They were competing over which one of them could get into bed with us first.

Lita: That may be something Jericho would do, but not my Christian. He's a real sweetie. He gave up his one favor to Bischoff to get my job back! Just because it didn't work out between you and Chris, don't take it out on me and Christian! We have something special and you're just jealous that you don't have it!

Lita got up and stormed out of the locker room with the women's title, leaving Trish looking very confused. (84%)

:::Commercials:::

The Worker's Union

"I'm Baaccck!" hit the PA system which brought the fans to their feet in loud booing as the co-GM of Raw, Eric Bischoff made his way down to the ring with a smirk on his face.

JR: For someone who has been having a bad couple of weeks, Bischoff sure does seem confident.

The King: I don't like that look...

Bischoff climbed into the ring and was handed the microphone. He waited for the booing to die down before he began.

Eric Bischoff: Thank you, thank you VERY much for that warm response. You know I love each and every one of you too! As you all certainly know, Royal Rumble is coming, and unfortunately we have to share the show with Smackdown. But I am going to make it my goal to ensure that a Raw superstar wins the Royal Rumble! But I'll deal with Royal Rumble later...right now, I want to adress the General Manager situation here on Raw. So MICK, come on down, I have a surprise for ya!

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The fans gave Mick Foley a standing ovation as he came down to the ring with the Austin Petition in hand. He waved to the fans before rolling into the ring and getting a microphone of his own.

Mick Foley: I'm glad you brought me out here Eric, because I too have an announcment to make! The petition for the return of Stone Cold Steve Austin to Raw has reached 1 Million signatures and its still growing! And the good people here in TAMPA, FLORIDA...

The cheap pop never fails as the fans react loudly.

Mick Foley: ...will be able to sign the petition as well!

Eric Bischoff: Just shut up for a minute Mick! I brought you out here for a reason! And that reason wasn't so you could go on about that stupid petition. No Mick, I brought you out here so I could surprise you. So Mick...here is your surprise!

The sound of sirens filled the arena as Scott Steiner, Test, a reluctant Stacy Keibler, The Coach, Al Snow, Renee Dupree, and Rob Conway all walked out onto the stage. The crowd booed them as they walked as a unit down to the ring and they all filled the ring. Steiner's music came to a stop once they were all in the ring.

Mick Foley: Well hey fellas, long time no see.

Eric Bischoff: These people all share a common bond...they don't like you Mick. And they also are against the idea of bringing back Stone Cold. None of them liked it when you played that joke when they thought they were fired.

Mick Foley: Its not my fault some people can't take a joke. You guys need to lighten up.

The Coach grabbed the microphone from Eric Bischoff.

The Coach: Take a joke?! Did you think it was funny last night at Armageddon when you had me give the pre-match interview of Kane?! Did you think it was funny when he slammed me against the wall??

Mick Foley: Well...now that you mention it...yeah, it was pretty damn hilarious!

Rob Conway got the microphone next...

Rob Conway: And do you think its funny to mock La Resistance?! Making us sing your national anthem?! We won't stand for it! No longer does La Resistance stand for a resistance against America...it stands for the resistance against YOU - MICK FOLEY!

Conway next handed the microphone to Scott Steiner who got right in Foley's face.

Scott Steiner: FOLEY! We worked damn hard to get Stone Cold out of here in the first place. Who the HELL do you think you are coming back here and trying to erase all of our hard work?! Stone Cold was a dictator and everyone was happy to see him go. Just like they would be happy to see you go! And it would be The Big Bad Booty Daddy's pleasure to show you the door just like we showed Stone Cold the door.

Steiner flexed his bicep and gave it a kiss before backing away from Foley. Al Snow wanted the microphone next.

Al Snow: Mick, me and you go way back...and I know we like to joke around, but its time to get serious.

Mick Foley: Get serious? How am I suppose to take you serious? You were in a tag team called Head Cheese!

Al Snow: Dammit Mick! None of us want Stone Cold back for each of our own reasons! If it wasn't for Stone Cold, me and The Coach would be sitting right over there where that fat redneck and old pervert are sitting! You were brought in as an Executive Consultant...but you've taken your power too far Mick. And you may remember many years ago when you were in a similar position as us. You wanted to stand up against Vince McMahon...so you created...The U.N.I.O.N. Well Mick, before you now is a new Union...one formed against you...the tables have turned Mick. We're willing to do whatever it takes to not only keep Austin out, but to take you with him. I'm sorry it had to come to this Mick...

Snow gestured for Mick to turn around, and when he did, he was met with The Big Boot from Test. La Resitance picked Foley up and the hit him with their Double Flapjack. Al Snow held Mick Foley and allowed The Coach to poke in a few cheapshots at Foley before Snow showed that he still had something left in him as he hit The Snowplow. Steiner stepped over Foley and applied The Steiner Recliner.

JR: Foley is getting beaten like a government mule! There's got to be someone in the back that will help him!

The King: Who would want to take on a force like this?

Eric Bischoff taunted the unconscious Foley while Steiner held him in the lock. "Yes, Yes, Yes, No, No, No"....Booker T's music hit the PA system as he sprinted down to the ring armed with a steel chair. Bischoff, Stacy, and The Coach quickly left the ring. Rob Conway went after Booker but got a shot to the head. Renee Dupree and Al Snow went after Booker, but he threatened them with a chairshot and they wisely left the ring.

JR: Thank God for Booker T!

Test went for the Big Boot, but Booker ducked and then jabbed Test in the midsection with the chair. Test dropped to the mat and was pulled to safety by Bischoff and The Coach. Steiner released the Recliner to Foley, but got caught with a kick to the midsection from Booker and then the Axe Kick! Booker T called for help from the back as he kneeled down beside Foley. Some medics came rushing down to the ring as the frustrated Union headed back up the ramp. (91%)

:::Commercials:::

WWE - Sting of the Night by YJ Stinger

From Armageddon last night - The Armageddon Highlight Reel

Chris Jericho: Trish, if you're mad at me, tell me!

Trish hesitated, but she pulled the microphone from Jericho.

Trish Stratus: Does one dollar Canadian mean anything to you?

An uneasy laugh escaped from Jericho as Trish shoved the microphone back to him.

Chris Jericho: What? That silly bet?! Trish, that was nothing! It was just a stupid joke! Trish, you know I'm not all about that. I've never felt like this before, just like you said! Come on Trish...I brought you out here tonight because there was something I wanted to tell you, and I still plan on telling you.

Trish just shook her head and turned to leave...

Chris Jericho: Trish, I love you!

Trish stopped dead in her tracks and turned to Jericho. She walked up to him, looking right into his eyes......and SLAPPED him hard across the face. Trish stormed out of the ring crying. Jericho held his face with a sincere upset look on his face....

WWE Intercontinental Title Match

Rob Van Dam© vs. Chris Jericho

Jericho looked very uncharacteristic for him...his mind seemed to be elsewhere for this match. However, RVD and Jericho still went for a good seven minutes with the fans rocking for this one. RVD had Jericho in the corner and was hitting him with repeated kicks before monkey flipping him out. RVD came out of the corner with cartwheel into a splash onto Jericho, but Jericho got his knees up. Jericho stomped on RVD before turning and very slowly heading to the corner. Jericho climbed the turnbuckles equally as slowly, allowing RVD to get back up and pull Jericho's legs out from under him. Jericho straddled the turnbuckle, and RVD pulled him down off the turnbuckle to the mat. RVD leaped to the top turnbuckle and hit a splitlegged moonsault onto Jericho. One, Two, Th...kickout.

Trish Stratus walked out onto the stage and began watching the match. RVD pulled Jericho to the middle of the ring and then hit a spinning legdrop. RVD kipped up to his feet and then hit Jericho with the Rolling Thunder. One, Two, Thr...kickout. RVD leaned over and began to pull Jericho up, but Jericho blocked it with a jawbreaker. RVD stumbled around on his feet as Jericho got up and came off the ropes with a bulldog to RVD! Jericho ran off the ropes and was going for the Lionsault when he saw Trish and stopped himself in his tracks. He stared at Trish and called out to her, but she just turned and walked away. Jericho turned around into a jumping sidekick from RVD. Jericho hit the mat and RVD immediately took the top turnbuckle. He came off with the Five Star Frog Splash. One, Two, Three.

Winner - Rob Van Dam

Overall: 90

Crowd: 92

Match: 87

Rob Van Dam celebrated his victory as Jericho just rolled out of the ring, and headed back up the ramp.

JR: I don't think I've ever seen Jericho like this...

:::Commercials:::

The GM'S Office

Coming back from commercials, we joined things in Eric Bischoff's office as Jericho was discussing something with Bischoff.

Chris Jericho: Thanks Eric, he'll like that as his Christmas present.

Eric Bischoff: 'Tis the season for giving. Anything else ole Bischoff Claus can help you with Jericho?

Chris Jericho: Well...actually there is something. Remeber that favor from Survivor Series?

Eric Bischoff: Ah yes, you still have yours. You ready to cash it in?

Chris Jericho: Yeah, I did something I'm not too proud of and I'm wanting to make it up to someone. So...for my favor, I ask that next week you give Trish a shot at the WWE Women's Title.

Eric Bischoff: What? You're using your favor on THAT?

Chris Jericho: Yeah...I just hope that's enough.

Eric Bischoff: Well I can't argue...it IS your favor after all. Very well, consider it done. Next week it will be Trish vs. Lita for the WWE Women's Title!

Jericho shook Bischoff's hand before leaving the office. As he left, Rob Conway walked in with an icepack on his head from the chairshot he took from Booker T earlier in the evening. The rest of The Union followed in behind him.

Rob Conway: You wanted to see us boss?

Eric Bischoff: Yeah, Booker T has a lot of nerve coming out there when we were taking care of official Raw Worker's Union business. But we're going to get back at him.

Rob Conway: YEAH! ......but um, how?

Eric Bischoff: I'm glad you asked me that Rob...because tonight I signed a match...it's going to be Booker T vs. Rob Conway!

Rob Conway: Tonight?!

Eric Bischoff: That's right, I want you to teach him a lesson. Anyone on Mick Foley's side will go down!

Rob Conway backed up, looking a little worried about facing Booker T...then Test stepped forward.

Test: Yo Eric, now that Foley's out for the night, how about givin' me and Steiner a shot at those Tag Team Titles. We haven't forgot what those two punks Venis & Storm did to us last week! They humiliated us infront of our bitch!

Eric Bischoff: Unfortunately Test...Foley already set up a match to determine a number one contender to the Tag Titles...

Test: Dammit!

Eric Bischoff: ...But I think you can think of a way to make your prescense known in the tag division...

Test stopped and thought for a minute, and then he caught onto what Bischoff was hinting at...he smiled and went back over to Steiner and began discussing something with him.

Eric Bischoff: One more thing...Goldberg is set to defend against a mystery opponent tonight. Where's Al?

Al Snow stepped forward from standing next to The Coach.

Al Snow: Al Snow reporting for duty, SIR!

Eric Bischoff: Al, I saw something in you when we were kicking Foley's ass. I saw that fire in your eye that used to be there when you were a wrestler, not just an announcer or trainer on Tough Enough. That's why I want YOU to face Goldberg tonight!

Al Snow: Gee thanks Eric, I mean I try to...YOU WANT ME TO DO WHAT?!

The Coach: Hey now, I think I like this idea! Just think Al, we could be on Heat this Sunday with you wearing that big gold belt around your waist....or then again I could be doing Heat solo while you are in the hospital recovering.

Al Snow: You're not helping!

Eric Bischoff: Listen, don't worry about a thing Al...I have everything taken care of!

The camera zoomed in on Bischoff's evil smirk before fading back to the ring. (90%)

JR: With Foley taken out, Bischoff is now on the powertrip. Someone needs to form a union against him, not Foley!

World Tag Team Title #1 Contendership Match

The Dudley Boyz vs. Cade & Jindrak

A surprisingly very good match, but unfortunately the fans were not into it at all. Very noticable boring chant during it. The Tampa Bay fans don't know a good match when they see one. It was back and forth until Jindrak & Cade were able to trap D-Von in the ring and prevent him from making the tag to Bubba Ray. Jindrak and Cade lifted D-Von up for a double suplex, but D-Von escaped to land behind both of them and dropped both Cade & Jindrak with a double neckbreaker! All three men were down. D-Von began to make the long crawl over to his corner.

D-Von finally made it and Bubba Ray came in as a house of fire. He took out Cade first with a clothesline, then he took Jindrak down with one as well. Cade was back to his feet and took a swing at Bubba Ray, but Bubba ducked and hit the Bubba Bomb to Cade. Jindrak walked into a bodyslam from Bubba. Bubba pulled up on Jindrak's legs as D-Von climbed to the top turnbuckle and it was the WASSSSUP Diving Headbutt onto Jindrak! Both Dudley Boyz were up..."D-VON! GET THE TABLES!"

D-Von left the ring and went under to get a table, but as he was, Scott Steiner came running from the back and attacked D-Von, throwing him into the ringsteps. Test came from the crowd and slid into the ring as Bubba noticed Steiner. Test grabbed Bubba from behind and hit him with the Test Drive. Garrison Cade was up and began arguing with Test, but Steiner came in and spun Cade around, hitting him with a Belly-To-Belly suplex. Jindrak stumbled up to his feet but got The Big Boot from Test. With Test and Steiner the only ones left standing, the ref threw the match out.

Winner - Draw via interferance of Test & Steiner

Overall: 74

Crowd: 58

Match: 91

The King: I guess this is what Bischoff had in mind.

JR: This night just keeps getting worse...

:::Commercials:::

Disfunctional Friends

Chris Jericho walked into his locker room to find Christian waiting on him. Christian was still feeling the effects of Matt Hardy's post-match attack from Armageddon as he had a pack of ice on his groin. Christian got up and limped over to Jericho looking very upset.

Chris Jericho: Hey Christian, wassup my partna?

Christian: Don't wassup me Chris, I know it was you!

Chris Jericho: Slow down hombre, what are you talking about?

Christian: Don't you play dumb with me! You told Matt Hardy to whack the Mini-Peeps with that chair!

Chris Jericho: Hold up Junior, I would never want any man to feel that kinda pain. Matt Hardy is a MONSTER for doing that. We're partners Christian, now why in the Hell would I do that?

Christian: Because of the bet! Lita won and you knew that I would be gettin' some in celebration! But nooooooo! You didn't want any part of that!

Chris Jericho: What? Listen Christian, as far as I'm concerned, the bet is off.

Christian: OH! Of course the bet is off! You're losing! The second you realize I'm going to beat you at something, you have to call it quits! I don't think so Chris! I'm going to win this bet!

Chris Jericho: Whatever Christian...

Jericho began to turn and leave, but once he got to the door he stopped and turned back to Christian...

Chris Jericho: And oh yeah, I felt so bad about what happened to you that I talked Bischoff into giving you a rematch against Matt Hardy next week on Raw...and it will be for a shot at the Intercontinental Title.

Jericho then slammed the door as he walked out...the screen faded back to the ring. (89%)

JR: Next week's show is already looking like a real barn burner! Lita vs. Trish for the Women's Title and Matt Hardy vs. Christian for a shot at the Intercontinental Title!

Booker T vs. Rob Conway (w/Renee Dupree)

This match was a bit of a letdown quality wise as Rob Conway showed that he still had some green in him. Booker T had to fight off both Dupree and Conway to get back in control. He fought his way back into the match and had Conway in the middle of the ring hitting him with lefts and rights. Booker T bounced off the ropes but Conway ducked his clothesline. Conway then ran off the ropes and came at Booker T with a clothesline, but this time Booker ducked and hooked him for the Book End. However, Conway fought it off with a pair of back elbows and then followed through with a swinging neckbreaker. Conway went for the pin. One, Two, Th...kickout.

Conway pulled Booker back up and threw him into the ropes. He went for a backdrop, but Booker leaped over and hit a sunset flip on Conway. One, Two, Thr...kickout. Both men were up to their feet at the same time, but Booker caught Conway with a kick to the midsection. He then ran to the ropes looking for the Scissors Kick, but Dupree grabbed Booker's leg! The ref warned Dupree, but this distraction gave Conway time to roll Booker up. Conway had a handful of tights! One, Two, Three!

Winner - Rob Conway

Overall: 74

Crowd: 76

Match: 71

JR: Rob Conway cheated his way to victory...

Test and Scott Steiner came down to the ring to join Conway and Dupree. Booker T tried to fight them off, but the numbers were well against him. A Double Flapjack from La Resistance took him out.

JR: Dammit! I don't believe this!

The King: Booker T is paying for aligning himself with Bischoff...JR, I think I chose the wrong side to be on.

Test, Steiner, Renee Dupree, and Rob Conway continued to lay the boots to Booker T until Lance Storm and Val Venis came running down to the ring!

JR: Help is on the way!

Renee Dupree was met with a superkick from Lance Storm while Val Venis came off the top rope with a cross body onto Conway. Steiner and Test began exchanging punches with Storm and Venis...Venis sent Test over the top rope with a clothesline. Steiner sent Storm into the ropes and went for a backdrop, but Storm countered it with a DDT to Steiner! Steiner rolled out of the ring with the other members of The Union. Booker T was back up and stood victorious with Storm & Venis.

:::Commercials:::

LUGZ Boot of the Week by Lugz

From Armageddon

The ref warned Flair, but Flair moved the ref out of the way and slid into the ring and ran towards HBK. But Flair ran right into the Sweet Chin Music from HBK! Flair rolled out onto the apron as HBK waited for Batista to stumble to his feet. He went for a Sweet Chin Music to Batista, but Batista caught HBK's foot! He spun HBK around and nailed him with a sick spinebuster! Batista pulled the bloody HBK up to his feet and hit him with his Sitdown Powerbomb. One, Two, Three.

A Fallen Hero

The sound of "Sexy Boy" playing over the PA System brought us back from commercials. The fans gave Shawn Michaels a loud ovation as he danced out onto the stage T-Shirt (religious one of course) and tight blue jeans with a bandage on his forehead to sell his bleeding from Armageddon.

JR: Last night at Armageddon, Shawn Michaels had to fight off both Ric Flair and Batista, but it proved to be too much for him as Batista won in the end.

The King: I'm surprised he can even walk tonight given all the blood he lost!

Michaels climbed into the ring and posed as his pyro went off behind him. His music died down as he grabbed the microphone.

Shawn Michaels: You win some.....you lose some....that's the way life goes. And last night was my turn to lose some. That's just the way...the cookie...crumbles. Do I believe what Flair said...has "evolution" passed the Heart Break Kid by? I DON'T THINK SO! I'm still here and going strong! There are some people out there who think that Shawn Michaels doesn't have the same fire he used to have. Well I'm here to prove those people wrong! I am once again throwing my name into the Royal Rumble. I've won it before and I can do it again! I haven't lost my touch! I am the Heart...BREAK...KID SHAWN MIC...

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHH YYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH

The WWEMattitude.Com took over the screen, cutting Shawn Michaels off. Matt Facts: Matt hates the Bucs and Matt just got back from Disney World. Hardy showed up on the stage with a microphone.

Matt Hardy: Excuse me Shawn, but I couldn't help but overhear what you were talking about in the back. Shawn...I remember watching you when I was wanting to become a wrestler. When you were just getting into the WWE as The Rockers. I always was a fan of the Heart Break Kid. But watching you last night Shawn...let's face it Shawn...you have lost your way.

The fans booed Hardy as he slowly walked down the ramp while continuing to talk.

Matt Hardy: You're not the same hero I used to know. You're not that same Heart Break Kid who started number one in the Royal Rumble and won! How do I know this? The proof is there...you tried it last year and you got eliminated first! Denial is such a terrible thing, Shawn.

Hardy climbed up onto the apron and then stepped into the ring. Michaels stared at Hardy as he walked up to him.

Matt Hardy: But we have a lot in common Shawn, really we do. We both started as tag team wrestlers...we both ditched our tag team partners.....and we both became the more successful members of that former tag team. But that's where the similarities end. Because I am what you USED to be. You have taken a fall from grace Shawn...and now Mattitude is taking over what the Heart Break Kid started. So now its time for me to take your spot. Your time is over Shawn, hand the spotlight over to someone who actually deserves it. Someone like, MATT HARDY...VERSION ONE-AHHHHH!

Shawn Michaels looked around to the crowd before responding...but before he could respond, Matt Hardy gave HBK a kick to the groin. HBK doubled over and Hardy hit him with The Twist of Fate. The fans booed Hardy as his music kicked back in.

JR: What has got into Hardy lately?

The King: He wants to be a star JR! And I'd say he's doing a good job of making an impact!

Hardy raised his arm up with the Version 1.0 symbol as the screen faded to...

:::Commercials:::

JR: Well its time for the main event and we found out earlier that it would be Al Snow who would take on Goldberg for the World Title.

The King: Al Snow? What has he done to deserve this?

JR: Suck up to Bischoff. But I don't think he wants this. But I don't like the way Bischoff said he had everything taken care of...

World Heavyweight Title Match

Goldberg© vs. Al Snow (w/The Coach)

Coach and Snow came out first and they stayed in the ring with Coach trying to give Al Snow a peptalk before Goldberg came out. Goldberg got a loud pop once he appeared on the stage with his pyro. He came down to the ring and once he arrived at the ring, Coach quickly exited. Snow went right at Goldberg with rights and lefts and followed up with a knee to the midsection to double Goldberg over. Snow sent Goldberg into the ropes, but Goldberg came right back off the ropes with a SPEAR to Snow! The Coach climbed into the ring only to get a SPEAR from Goldberg as well! Goldberg pulled Snow up by his hair and hooked up for the Jackhammer...

BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMM!

Pyro shot from the ringposts and the stage causing Goldberg to drop Snow. Goldberg looked to the stage, expecting Kane to show up...and he did...except it wasn't from the entranceway. Kane came out from under the ring behind Goldberg. Kane climbed into the ring and stood behind Goldberg as Coach and Al Snow both retreated from the ring. Goldberg finally turned around and walked right into a Chokeslam straight to Hell from Kane! The ref called for the bell...

Winner - Goldberg via DQ

Overall: 73

Crowd: 75

Match: 69

JR: This was just a damn set up for Kane to get Goldberg!

Kane lifted Goldberg up to his feet and picked up him...TOMBSTONE! Kane looked down at Goldberg and then began to laugh menacingly. The camera zoomed in on Kane's evil laughter as the WWE copyright information appeared at the bottom of the screen and the screen faded out.

End Show.

Overall - 82%

Quick Results

Randy Orton def. Hacksaw Jim Duggan

Rob Van Dam def. Chris Jericho

Dudley Boyz drew Cade & Jindrak

Rob Conway def. Booker T

Goldberg def. Al Snow via DQ

Highlight of the Night - Evolution promo (99%)

Match of the Night - The Dudley Boyz vs. Cade & Jindrak (91)

Flop of the Night - Randy Orton vs. Jim Duggan (65%)

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December 17, 2003

4:33 PM

Washington D.C.

He cursed to himself as he read the headlines of the day's newspaper. "FBI Agent Lets One Get Away." He wasn't used to screwing up on the job, he prided himself on his excellent work. He had been considered one of the best and he was afraid that this one screw up could cost him his legacy. He flung the newspaper down onto his desk in anger...

Agent Lynn Asbury, 37, had been working for the Federal Bureua of Investigation for ten years now. He was a well-built man who had the look of someone who was meant for television, not fighting crime. But it was this job that called him, not the life of stardom. The only other career path he considered was professional wrestling. He certainly had the body and look to possibly even make it big in the WWE. He had grown up watching it and still followed it closely when he was able to break away from his job to catch a Raw or Smackdown. He still couldn't believe the man who made WWE what it was, Vincent Kennedy McMahon Jr., had been left in a critical condition because a car accident.

The Assistant Director, John Kerner, had summoned Asbury to meet him in his office for a new assignment. He could only hope he could get back to doing his job and doing it effectively. He walked into the A.D.'s office and took at a seat at his desk.

John Kerner: Hello Asbury, you're right on time as usual.

Lynn Asbury: It wouldn't be me if I was late.

John Kerner: Good point...are you ready to take on your next assignment?

Lynn Asbury: As ready as I'll ever be. What do ya got for me?

John Kerner: You like wrestling don't ya? ....

Kerner slid a folder across the desk to Asbury. He picked it up and began to flip through the folder, finding several pictures of Vince McMahon and pictures of the car accident. Asbury's eyes grew wide as he saw the folder before him.

John Kerner: I'm assigning you to the Vince McMahon case...

Lynn Asbury: This...this doesn't make any sense sir, I thought it was ruled an accident. What's the need for an investigation?

John Kerner: I guess you haven't heard the latest news. That's not too shocking since they have kept it from the news...we were the only ones contacted about it. Someone snuck into his hospital room...he was caught and forced to retreat before any damage could be done, but now we're thinking that there could be more to the original crash.

Lynn Asbury: ....Are you saying that someone's trying to kill Vince McMahon?

John Kerner: What's with the surprised look Asbury? Vince McMahon is a man of high power, it shouldn't be too shocking that someone wants him dead. I want a complete investigation of the crash and the hospital incident. In that folder you will find everything you need to begin your investigation, including an early list of suspects. How you go about things will be up to you.

Asbury continued to look through the folder. He nodded his head and shut the folder.

Lynn Asbury: Right, you can count on me.

Both Asbury and Kerner stood up from their seats. They shook hands before Asbury picked the folder up off the desk and turned to leave the office. But Kerner stopped him...

John Kerner: Oh and Asbury...it has been asked that we keep this investigation as low key as possible. We don't want the media to catch wind of it. That'll make it easier for not only you but the WWE itself.

Lynn Asbury: Sure thing...they won't even know I'm there.

Asbury and Kerner both smiled before Asbury left the office, shutting the door on the way out.

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Smackdown!

December 18th, 2003

Taped from Jacksonville, Florida

Hosted by: Michael Cole & Tazz

Highlights from last week: Heyman promising that if Benoit didn't get a title shot that night, he would never get one again, Cena beating Benoit with help from Lesnar and then Lesnar brutally attacking Cena, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman screwing John Cena out of the WWE Title, and finally Stephanie McMahon returning at the end of Smackdown! to fire Paul Heyman and return herself to the GM Position and also announcing the reinstatement of Hardcore Holly and his title shot.

Smackdown intro.

PYRO~! And we were TAPED from Jacksonville, Florida! The camera panned around the crowd before going down to ringside where Michael Cole and Tazz were there to welcome us.

Michael Cole: Its SMACKDOWN! Tonight Hardcore Holly finally gets his hands on Brock Lesnar and gets a shot at the WWE Title!

Tazz: Its gonna be a rocket busta Cole!

Michael Cole: That's not the only title match we have tonight though...The Basham Brothers defend their Tag Titles against both Los Guerreros and the World's Greatest Tag Team!

Tazz: And don't forget Tajiri defending his Cruiserweight Title against Jamie Noble! Noble wants to destroy Tajiri for blinding Nidia!

Michael Cole: But we start things off tonight with a Number One Contendership match for that very same Cruiserweight Title. Over the past few weeks, Paul Heyman tortured Shannon Moore with matches against the oversize Team Lesner. Well, Stephanie McMahon has been kind enough to try and make up for all of that by giving Shannon Moore the opportunity to go after the Cruiserweight Title.

Tazz: Too bad he's got to beat Rey Mysterio Jr. first. And that's no simple task Cole.

WWE Cruiserweight Title #1 Contendership Match

Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Shannon Moore

Decent match, but we've come to expect a little more than this from Rey Mysterio. Moore put up quite a fight for Rey. Mysterio found himself flat on the mat as Moore climbed to the top turnbuckle looking for a moonsault. Moore came off the top with the moonsault, but Rey rolled out of the way and Moore ate canvas. Rey rolled out onto the apron as Moore began to stumble to his feet. Rey pulled himself and came into the ring onto Moore with a springboard seated senton onto Moore. Rey hooked his legs...One, Two, kickout. Rey grabbed Moore's head and pulled him up. He hooked him and went for a Tornado DDT, but Moore countered with a Northern Lights Suplex with a bridge! One, Two, kickout! Both men rolled to their feet at the same time. Rey ran at Moore, but Moore grabbed him and went for a tiltawhirl slam...but Rey countered with a headscissors that sent Moore down across the middle ropes! This set up in perfect posistion for the 6-1-9! Moore hit the mat and Rey came in with the Drop of the Dime to Moore. Rey went for the pin. One, Two, Three.

Winner - Rey Mysterio Jr.

Overall: 75

Crowd: 67

Match: 83

Michael Cole: Shannon Moore gave it his all, but still couldn't beat Rey Mysterio!

Shannon Moore looked dejected as he walked up the ramp with his head down as Rey Mysterio celebrated in the ring.

She's Back!

The screen switched backstage where Chris Benoit was walking down the hallway with a PURPOSE! He walked up to a door labeled "Smackdown! GM." He opened the door and walked into the office of returning GM Stephanie McMahon. McMahon stood up from her desk to greet Benoit.

Stephanie McMahon: Chris! What can I do for you.

Chris Benoit: First of all, let me say its great to have you back as GM of Smackdown.

Stephanie McMahon: Gee, thanks Chris.

Chris Benoit: But you have to get me another shot at the WWE Title. Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar screwed me out of my shot! I deserve another opportunity!

Stephanie McMahon: You don't have to tell me twice Chris, I agree completely. Unfortunately, Paul Heyman made the contract, and even though I'm GM again...I can't just erase what he did...

Chris Benoit: Damn...

Stephanie McMahon: However...there may be a loophole.

Chris Benoit: What is it? I must get my shot back!

Stephanie McMahon: The Royal Rumble is coming up in January...the winner receives a shot at the title at Wrestlemania...that would override what Paul Heyman in the contract and give you another shot.

Chris Benoit: So all I gotta do is when the Royal Rumble? All I gotta do is throw oot 29 other competitors to get a title shot? That's fine with me, I'll do whatever it takes!

Benoit gave his gap-toothed smile as we were sent to some... (72%)

-Benoit lost overness-

:::Commercials:::

JVC Extreme Blast of the Night by JVC Kaboom Box

The bell rang and the ref raised Sakoda's arm in victory. Tajiri and Akio entered the ring...

Michael Cole: Sakoda just picked up a huge win thanks to Tajiri and Akio!

Sakoda and Akio each held one of Mysterio's arms as Tajiri got right in his face holding the Cruiserweight Title. He trash talked him until Jamie Noble came running down to the ring to make the save for Mysterio. Tajiri, Sakoda, and Akio dropped Rey and darted out of the ring and headed back up the ramp as Noble checked on Rey Mysterio.

WWE Cruiserweight Title Match

Tajiri © (w/Kyo Dai) vs. Jamie Noble

Awesome match that went back and forth between both competitors. Halfway through the match, the blinded Nidia made her way down to the ring with sunglasses on and cane in hand. Noble, who had started to take control of Tajiri, hit Tajiri with a snap suplex before he saw Nidia. He immediately slid out of the ring and went over to Nidia to tell her to go back. But while Noble was talking to Nidia, Tajiri came at Noble hitting him with a baseball slide. Tajiri grabbed Noble and sent him back into the ring.

The match continued until Noble was able to start to gain the advantage again. He had Tajiri set up for the Tiger Bomb, but Tajiri reversed it with a headscissors. Noble rolled to his feet, but was met by several stiff kicks to the midsection from Tajiri. Tajiri went for another, but Noble caught his leg. However, Tajiri countered with a very stiff enziguri that decked Noble. Now, Nidia climbed into the ring to try and help her man, but Tajiri cut her off. Akio and Sakoda both jumped onto the apron to distract the ref. Tajiri shoved Nidia down to the mat. She crawled over to Tajiri's feet as he taunted her...Tajiri began to measure up Nidia for the Kick of Death, but Noble shoved Tajiri to the mat. But Nidia low blowed Noble thinking he was Tajiri! Noble dropped to his knees in pain and Tajiri immediately hit him with the Kick of Death. Kyo Dia jumped back down off the apron as Tajiri went for the pin. One, Two, Three.

Winner and STILL Cruiserweight Champion - Tajiri

Overall: 80

Crowd: 65

Match: 95

-Cruiserweight Title gained image-

Tazz: Blind girls are nothin' but trouble Cole!

Michael Cole: That's just wrong Tazz...all she wanted to do was help!

Nidia tried to help Noble up, but Tajiri stalked over her. Akio and Sakoda each grabbed one of Nidia's arms and pulled her away from Noble. Tajiri waved his hand infront of Nidia as if to mock her blindness. He then told Akio and Sakoda to throw her to the mat, which they do. As Nidia began to try to get up, Tajiri measured her up for the Kick of Death. But Rey Mysterio came running down to the ring to make the save.

Rey springboarded into the ring and hit a springboard double clothesline to Akio and Sakoda. Tajiri went after Rey, but Rey ducked a stiff kick from Tajiri and then hit him with a standing West Coast Pop. Tajiri rolled out of the ring as Noble began to get up.

Michael Cole: Rey Mysterio returns the favor from last week...and thank God for that or Nidia may have had more injuries.

Team Lesnar Tries To Recover

The screen faded backstage in the locker room of Team Lesnar. The Big Show, A-Train, Matt Morgan, and Nathan Jones are all seated along the locker room while Brock Lesnar paces back and forth with his title around his shoulder.

Brock Lesnar: Alright listen, Heyman's gone...we're going to have to run things on our own now. We're gonna make Stephanie PAY for what she has done! And we're gonna start tonight! We're gonna destroy the Smackdown! superstars and reak havok on Smackdown! until she HAS no choice but to bring Paul Heyman back!

This brought a cheer from all the members of Team Lesnar.

Brock Lesnar: Show and Train...you got Cena & Benoit tonight. I want you to make sure neither one of them make it out alive! Benoit can't win the Royal Rumble if he can't walk! And Cena's probably wanting another shot at me too...well too bad!

Big Show: Don't worry about a thing Brock, me and A-Train have everything under control.

Brock Lesnar: Oh you better...or you'll have some serious explaining to do! As for me...I'm gonna teach that punk Bob Holly a thing or two...I'll break his damn neck again! Hahaha...yes boys, tonight we put the pieces back together again. Heyman may be gone...but Team Lesnar will live on!

The camera zooms in on Lesnar's evil smile as we go to....(84%)

-Brock Lesnar lost overness-

:::Commercials:::

Our Olypic Hero Returns!

"Medal" hit the PA System coming back from commercials and the fans go to their feet with a HUGE pop as Kurt Angle walked out onto the stage!

Michael Cole: Tazz! Its Kurt Angle! We haven't seen him since Survivor Series!

Angle walked down to the ring soaking in the loud ovation the fans were giving him. He climbed into the ring and spun around as his pyro went off. Angle grabbed the microphone as his music came to a stop. The fans still began chanting "ANGLE, ANGLE!" Angle smiled as he walked around to each side of the ring listening to the fans.

Kurt Angle: Wow!

The fans continued to chant loudly. Angle motioned for them to quiet down a little...

Kurt Angle: You guys are the best! Its been a while, hasn't it? Well have no fear, because your Olympic Hero is here! I'm sure you all have been wondering about me...well I've spent the last month or so recovering from another surgery. The doctors said I probably should just go ahead and retire...

This brought loud boos from the crowd...

Kurt Angle: But that's not how your Olympic Hero sees it! Because I'm back! And I came back because Brock Lesnar still has my belt! I can't retire knowing that he is still champion. That's why I came back tonight to announce...my entrance in the ROYAL RUMBLE! Oh it's true, it's true!

This announcement brought back the loud cheers from the crowd.

Kurt Angle: This way I can win the Royal Rumble and go on to beat Brock Lesnar in a rematch from last year's Wrestlemania! So just wait...come Royal Rumble, your Olympic Hero returns to the ring and begins my Road To Wrestlemania where I win back my belt! Oh it's true, its DAMN true!

Angle dropped the mic as "Medal" hit the speakers again. The fans continued to loudly cheer Angle as he climbed the turnbuckles and raised his arms up to the fans.

Michael Cole: Angle is back! And he's in The Royal Rumble!

Tazz: The Rumble is already lookin' awesome!

:::Commercials:::

WWE Slam of the Week by Subway

Charlie Haas: We want a shot at the Tag Titles!

Shelton Benjamin: Next Week!

Paul Heyman: You know what guys, YOU GOT IT!

Charlie and Shelton each smiled and looked at each other and they gave each other high five in celebration...but suddenly Heyman remebered something...

Paul Heyman: Oh wait...I told the Guerreros they could have a title shot if Eddie could beat Matt Morgan tonight...

Charlie Haas: But...

Paul Heyman: But you know what, there's no chance in Hell Eddie's gonna beat a member of Team Lesnar! So don't worry about it! The title shot is yours!

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He began to pull Eddie up and set him up for the Powerbomb again, but Chavo jumped onto the apron and taunted Morgan with his crutch. Morgan walked away from Eddie and began to mouth off to Chavo as Eddie was able to get back to his feet. Eddie came up behind Morgan and shoved him into Chavo! Chavo and Morgan collide heads, sending Chavo off the apron and smashing into the safety barrier. The collision allowed Eddie to roll up Morgan and grab a handful of tights! One, Two, Three!

WWE Tag Team Titles Match

The Basham Brothers © (W/Shaniqua) vs. Los Guerreros vs. The World's Greatest Tag Team

Chavo was still on crutches due to his injured leg and spent most of the match on the apron. Decent match which saw a lot of blind tags and a commercial break in the middle of the match. Danny Basham was the legal man in the ring against Eddie Guerrero, but Doug Basham was in as well. Eddie ducked their double clothesline attempt and then tagged Charlie Haas in. Haas came in, but decked Eddie with a right hand. He picked Eddie up and sent him into the Basham Brothers who took him out with a double clothesline. Doug climbed up to the top turnbuckle and Danny lifted Eddie up to him allowing him to hit the top rope spinebuster on Eddie. Doug Basham left the ring as Eddie rolled out onto the apron and then fell to the floor.

Danny and Charlie Haas went nose-to-nose in the center of the ring, but then Danny smiled and looked over at the crippled Chavo Guerrero. He walked over and tagged Chavo in for the first time in the mat. Danny suplexed Chavo into the ring, before rolling out. Haas laughed as Chavo stumbled to his feet. Haas came up behind Chavo and hit him with a back suplex. He then stomped on Chavo's injured leg several times. Haas pulled Chavo over to the WGTT's corner and tagged Benjamin in. They hit Chavo with a double suplex and Shelton went for the pin. One, Two, Th...Chavo kicked out.

Chavo stumbled to his feet and Shelton hit him with a couple chops and then hit a dropkick to Chavo's bad leg, sending him back to the mat. Benjamin pulled Chavo to the center of the ring and applied the Figure Four Leglock! Chavo screamed out in pain, but he wasn't about to tap out. He tried to turn the hold over, but Benjamin was too much for him. He began to pull himself to the ropes, but the pain was starting to make Chavo pass out. Eddie Guerrero was back to his feet, and he climbed to the top turnbuckle. Eddie came off the top with the Frog Splash to Shelton to break the hold! Eddie climbed back out onto the apron as the race was on to make the hot tag!

Shelton made it to Charlie Haas first and tagged Haas in. Chavo was in reach of Eddie, but The Basham's pulled Eddie off the apron! Haas lifted Chavo up and put him on the top turnbuckle. Haas climbed up with him and came off the top with a superplex to Chavo. Meanwhile, Eddie fought off both Basham's. Eddie grabbed each of their heads and headbutted them together. However, back in the ring, Haas applied the Haas of Pain to Chavo! Eddie grabbed one of the Tag Titles. Danny came at him, but Eddie decked him with the belt! Doug received a similar shot from Eddie. The ref was too busy with the action in the ring to see Eddie's cheating. Eddie slid into the ring in an attempt to break up the submission on Chavo, but it was too late. Just as Eddie had slid into the ring, the pain became too much for Chavo and he tapped out.

Winners and NEW Tag Team Champions - The World's Greatest Tag Team

Overall: 76

Crowd: 71

Match: 82

Michael Cole: Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin regain the Tag Titles by taking advantage of Chavo's injury!

Benjamin and Haas quickly exited the ring with their titles and headed up the ramp in celebration. Eddie Guerrero looked down at Chavo who was struggling to get to his feet.

Tazz: Uh oh...the Guerreros have been very disfunctional lately...it could blow now!

Chavo stumbled to his feet and looked disappointed as Eddie approached him...but Eddie extended his hand to Chavo. Chavo looked at Eddie's arm and grabbed it...and pulled Eddie into a hug.

Michael Cole: Maybe things are better now in the Guerrero household...just in time for Christmas!

Chavo and Eddie raised each others arms to the cheering fans as the screen switched to the back...

A Lost Soul

A very disappointed Shannon Moore walked into the locker room to get his stuff. He grabbed his bag and turned to leave the locker room. However, to his surprise, he found Sean O'Haire in the doorway dressed in a suit.

Shannon Moore: What do you want? Do you want to beat me too? Everyone else has.

Sean O'Haire: Haha no Shannon, that's not why I'm here at all.

Shannon Moore: Then what do you want?

Sean O'Haire: Shannon...you're a lost soul. You've lost your way without Matt Hardy. You don't know what to do. I can see you're pain Shannon...I can see that you need to find your way. Let me help you find your way Shannon...allow me to be your sheperd. I can heal your pain and put you back on the right path.

Moore looked at O'Haire with a dazed and confused expression...

Shannon Moore: ...How?

Sean O'Haire: Come with me Shannon...I will show you the light.

O'Haire turned and walked away from the locker room. Moore stood there for a second and then followed O'Haire...(53%)

-Sean O'Haire lost overness-

:::Commercials:::

"World Life" welcomed us back from the commercials. The fans cheered loudly for John Cena as he came down to the ring with his new World Life T-Shirt and hat.

Michael Cole: It was one week ago that John Cena was screwed out of the WWE Title by Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar! I'm sure he'll have something to say about that.

John Cena climbed into the ring and grabbed the microphone.

John Cena: Yo, yo, yo, Kill da beat!

I've been really busy doing my Christmas Shoppin'

Got a little somethin-somethin for Team Lesnar's stockins

For Nathan Jones and Matt Morgan - They finally get some talent

For A-Train, an eletric shaver - maybe he'll finally take the hint

I got a lifetime membership to Weight Watches for The Show

Hey tubby, I know its Christmas, but lay off the cookie dough.

As for Lesnar, he's got something really special under the tree

Cuz you see...for Christmas, that SOB is gonna get me!

I told Stephanie that all I want for Christmas is you...

Maybe it was my yule tide log...or maybe the holiday screw...

Because its going to be me and you Brock at The Royal Rumble

That's just how the Christmas cookie crumbles...

You know 'tis the season for Seasons Greetings...

But right now all I feel like is some Seasons Beatings

I'm ready, but I'm not sure of Train and Show will be here...

I just caught them outside - having sex with a reindeer!

Cena threw the mic down as the fans cheered in approval of Cena's rap. He went to the corner and waited for his partner, Benoit to come out. (87%)

Michael Cole: John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar has been signed for Royal Rumble! Assuming Lesnar can survive Hardcore Holly tonight!

John Cena & Chris Benoit vs. The Big Show & A-Train

Cena and Benoit had a big task at hand in trying to carry the two big men to a decent match and weren't quite able to do it. Cena played the face-in-peril for this tag team match as he found himself on the wrong end of much cheating and double teams from Big Show and A-Train. Big Show had Cena in the corner and was laying his massive palms across Cena's chest with some stiff chops. Cena stumbled out of the corner holding his chest in pain. Big Show came running out of the corner with a huge clothesline to Cena. Big Show bounced off the ropes and hit a legdrop to Cena. He went for the pin. One, Two, Benoit broke it up. Big Show tosted a dirty look Benoit's way as he pulled Cena to his feet. He sent Cena into the ropes and hit him with a Big Boot to the face. He singaled for the Chokeslam as he pulled Cena up. He grabbed Cena by the throat, but Cena fought him off with a kick to the groin! The ref warned Cena, but Cena just grabbed the doubled over Big Show and hit him with a jawbreaker.

Big Show stumbled over to his corner for A-Train to tag himself in. Cena made the crawl over and tagged the fresh Benoit in. Benoit came in and met A-Train with some stiff chops and then a dropkick to level the big man. Big Show got some stiff chops of his own and then a clothesline sending Show over the top rope to the floor. Benoit turned around right into a Bicycle Kick from A-Train. A-Train pulled Benoit up and lifted him up for the Derailler, but Benoit countered it into The Crippler Crossface! A-Train tried to powerout, but Benoit had it locked on tight in the center of the ring. Big Show climbed back into the ring and broke it up with a hard boot to Benoit's back. Benoit stumbled back up to his feet. Big Show took a wild swing at Benoit, but Benoit ducked and did a go-behind on the Show. He hit the Big Show with a German Suplex! He rolled through and was able to hit one more German Suplex on Big Show, but Big Show was too much weight to hit the follow up third.

A-Train was back up and tried catch Benoit off his gaurd after hitting the second German, but Cena spun A-Train around and gave him a kick to the midsection. Benoit headed to the top turnbuckle as Cena lifted A-Train up onto his shoulders. A-Train received the F-U from Cena...Cena moved out of the way as Benoit followed through with a Swandive Headbutt onto A-Train. Benoit made the pinfall. One, Two, Three!

Winners - Cena & Benoit

Overall: 77

Crowd: 80

Match: 73

Michael Cole: Brock Lesnar will not be happy with the effort from Big Show & A-Train.

At The Betting Board

Screen switched backstage to where The Full Blooded Itallians where collecting the usual bets. Matt Morgan, Nathan Jones, Orlando Jordan, Rhyno, Spanky, and Paul London where all gathered around Nunzio, Palumbo, and Stamboli.

Nunzio: Alright, alright who's next?

Matt Morgan: We're letting it ALL ride on Brock Lesnar! There's no way he's losing.

Nunzio: Alright, anybody else. How bout you two hotshots?

The F.B.I. turned towards Paul London and Spanky...

Spanky: What? Us? Um...I'm not too sure about this.

Nunzio: Aw come on!

Spanky and Paul London turned away and discussed it to themselves before turning back around.

Spanky: Um...alright...put us down for...um...Hardcore.

Nunzio laughed...

Nunzio: Alright!

Paul London looked a little concerned as the screen faded out to commercials. (66%)

-Spanky gained overness-

:::Commercials:::

Cole and Tazz took a look at the Tale of the Tape for the Main Event...

Tazz: I'd give the edge to Brock Lesnar...but Holly has the experience factor!

WWE Title Match

Brock Lesnar © vs. Hardcore Holly

Slow match and deffinately showed that Hardcore Holly was not ready for a high profile feud. Hardcore Holly attacked with a fury and rage. He got Lesnar into the corner and unloaded a flurry of punches until Lesnar slouched over in the corner. From there Holly stomped a mudhole into Lesnar and walked it dry. Holly pulled Lesnar out of the corner and applied a sleeperhold to the champ. Lesnar stumbled around the ring caught in the sleeper and then dropped to one knee. Lesnar was slowly starting to pass out. The ref checked in on Lesnar. His arm fell on the first check. One the second check...it fell again. On the third check...it came down, but stopped before hitting the mat! Lesnar powered back up to his feet and then ran backwards with Holly, sandwiching him in the corner.

Lesnar grabbed Holly by the arm and pulled him into a monster short-arm clothesline. Lesnar went for the pin. One, Two, kickout. Lesnar lifted Holly up and went for the F-5, but Holly slid down Lesnar's back. Lesnar turned around and Holly hit him with a beautiful dropkick, probably the only bright spot of Holly's offense. Hardcore climbed to the top turnbuckle as Brock stumbled back to his feet. Hardcore came off with a cross body, but Lesnar caught him! Lesnar dropped Holly down across his knee with a modified backbreaker. Lesnar went for the pin. One, Two, Thre...kickout.

Lesnar grabbed Holly and began to pull him up, but Holly cradled him in a small package! One, Two, kickout! Both men got to their feet at the same time and Lesnar received a boot to the midsection. He lifted Lesnar up for the Alabama Slam, but Lesnar slid down Hardcore's back. Brock spun Hardcore around and gave him a knee lift and then lifted him onto his shoulders...F-5! Lesnar went for the pin. One, Two, Thre...Lesnar pulled Hardcore up much to the disapproval of the audience. Lesnar lifted Hardcore up onto his shoulders again and hit a SECOND F-5! Lesnar made the arrogant cover. One, Two, Three.

Winner and STILL WWE Champion - Brock Lesnar

Overall: 76

Crowd: 78

Match: 73

-WWE Title gained image-

The ref went to raise Lesnar's arm in victory, but he threw him off. Lesnar picked up Hardcore Holly and hit him with ANOTHER F-5!

Michael Cole: Lesnar is out of control! Somebody stop him!

Lesnar gave an evil laugh as he pulled Hardcore up again and set him on his shoulders for another one...the crowds boos were stopped as John Cena came sprinting down to the ring.

Tazz: It's Cena, Cole!

Michael Cole: Cena wants a piece of Lesnar before the Rumble!

Lesnar dropped Holly and exited the ring just as Cena was sliding in. Lesnar grabbed his belt and backed up the ramp watching Cena in the ring. Lesnar got up the ramp and held his title in the air as Cena watched from the ring. The screen faded with Lesnar standing victorious on the ramp holding his belt high.

End Show.

Overall - 74

Quick Results

Rey Mysterio def. Shannon Moore

Tajiri def. Jamie Noble

World's Greatest Tag Team def. Basham Brothers & Los Guerreros

Cena & Benoit def. A-Train & Big Show

Brock Lesnar def. Hardcore Holly

Highlight of the Night - Kurt Angle's Return (99%)

Match of the Night - Tajiri vs. Jamie Noble (95)

Flop of the Night - Sean O'Haire & Shannon Moore segment (53%)

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December 25, 2003

8:47 PM

Stamford, CT

It wasn't the usual Christmas for the McMahons, that was for sure. Almost the entire McMahon family had come to their home for the Christmas gathering at the McMahon Family home, even the ones who had distanced themselves from the family over the years. They had all come to give their support to Linda in these difficult times. But it was a somber Christmas...the fate of Vince McMahon was on...ALMOST...everyone's minds. Currently, he was left in the hands of security gaurds at the hospital. Linda would take no chances after the incident where someone broke into the room. Vince was under close gaurd 24 hours a day.

Shane, Stephanie, and Paul Levesque where all present for the dinner. However, Shane didn't as much as look in either one of their directions during the meal. After the dinner, Shane walked outside to get some fresh air, however, he would be joined by both Stephanie and Paul.

Stephanie McMahon: Shane, you know we have to talk.

Shane McMahon: If you are talking about the Royal Rumble, what is there to talk about? We both already know what's going to happen.

Stephanie McMahon: Um no Shane...we need to talk about it.

Shane McMahon: Before the accident, Dad had a Raw wrestler winning and that's how its going to stay.

Stephanie McMahon: Yeah...but we both know you have other plans for Kane.

Shane McMahon: So? A Raw wrestler still should win the Royal Rumble, its how Dad wanted it.

Stephanie McMahon: You're right Shane...

Shane stopped and gave Stephanie a confused look...that was certainly unexpected.

Stephanie McMahon: Yeah, there is a Raw superstar who should win the Royal Rumble.

Paul Levesque: And you're looking at him!

Shane McMahon: Woah woah woah! Hold the phone. You're not even on the card! You're going to be out making a movie which apparantly you find more important than your wrestling career.

Paul Levesque: I can make a special appearance at the Rumble if its to win it. I have no problem with that.

Stephanie McMahon: I think he deserves a good Rumble win Shane, then he can win the belt back at Wrestlemania! Think of the buyrates! I'm not going to agree to any other Raw wrestler winning. Shane, you have NO choice! Its either Paul or a Smackdown! wrestler.

Shane McMahon: Smackdown won the Rumble last year, so its Raw's turn. And Paul, you can stay in Hollywood for the rest of January...don't worry about coming back for the Rumble.

Stephanie McMahon: Shane...we're going to have to come to some sort of an agreement about this....

Stephanie was interrupted by the sound of a cell phone ringing. Shane reached down to his pocket and pulled his phone out.

Shane McMahon: I'm sure we can work something out Steph, but right now, if you would excuse me - I have a call.

Shane walked away from Stephanie and Paul down the driveway. Stephanie and Paul were both frustrated as they walked back inside the home. Shane answered his phone...

Shane McMahon: Hello? ......Well, well, well...I've been expecting a call from you....of course I'd like a Christmas present! You're kidding! No way! You are a GENIOUS! Are you sure he'd be willing to do that? ....That's great! Thanks a lot, you are a life saver. ANYTHING you want, you name it! ....Alright, we'll meet later to confirm it. See ya...

Shane smiled as he flipped his phone closed and slid it back into his pocket.

Shane McMahon: Hahaha...Oh Steph! I think I have an idea on how to work things out....

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Raw

December 29, 2003

Live from San Antonio, Texas

Hosted by: JR & Jerry "The King" Lawler

Highlights from last week: Eric Bischoff introduced The Union to Mick Foley, Foley was beaten down by the Union with Booker T making the save, Booker T lost to Rob Conway of the Union due to interferance, Venis & Storm made the save for Booker, Al Snow became Goldberg' mystery opponent, and Kane came down and destroyed Goldberg.

A Hometown Opening

The Raw opening followed last weeks highlights and then it was to the arena for PYRO! The Raw theme faded away as "Sexy Boy" hit the PA system to replace it.

JR: Welcome to Raw! We are LIVE from San Antonia, Texas! We're kicking things off with the hometown favorite, "The Heart Break Kid" Shawn Michaels!

The King: He's just coming out to try and soak up the cheers from his hometown...

JR: Just like you do in Memphis?

The King: Hey, we'll be there next week!

JR: Tonight we have Matt Hardy vs. Christian for a shot at the Intercontinental Title as well as Lita defending her newly won Women's Title against Trish!

The fans popped loudly for Shawn Michaels as he strutted down to the ring. He entered the ring and posed in the center of the ring as his pyro went off behind him. He got a microphone as his music came to a stop.

Shawn Michaels: Wow! It's great to be back in SAN ANTONIO finally. Last time I wrestled here, I beat ole Pyscho Sid for the World Title. That feels like ages ago though. But you know, it really is great to be here in my hometown with all my friends and family here to see me. But as much as I'd like to go on about that, there is something I need to address. Two weeks ago, I was out here announcing my entry to the Royal Rumble when Matt Hardy..."Version 1" decided to interrupt me.

This brought boos from the San Antonio crowd.

Shawn Michaels: He claimed that we had a lot in common...except that I was washed up. Hardy, let me tell you right now that you have more in common with the SCUM that forms around my bath tub drain than you do with me! You want MY spot Hardy? If you thought I was just going to hand MY spot over like that, you're as stupid as everyone thinks you are! If you want me spot, you're going to have to TAKE it from me!

Michaels paused as the fans cheered him on...

Shawn Michaels: But tonight we're in my hometown, and I want to kick some boootay! I know you have a match tonight Matt, but if you're as great as you say you are...come on down and take me on TONIGHT!

The fans loved the thought, however Matt Hardy's music did not hit the PA system. Instead, it was the music of La Resistance. The fans booed as Rene Dupree and Rob Conway walked out onto the stage. Conway had a microphone as Dupree had the French Flag and waved it high. They walked down the ramp and stopped at ringside without getting into the ring.

Rob Conway: Hello Shawn!

Shawn Michaels: Neither one of you look like Matt Hardy. What do you want.

Rob Conway: Come on Shawn! We both know the real reason why you haven't wrestled her since that fateful night you won the World Title...I'm from Texas too you know. It's because you DIDN'T WANT to come back! I know the feeling! I left Texas for a reason! IT SUCKS!

This, of course, brought a lot of boos from the Texan crowd.

Rob Conway: Living in Texas was so horrible that it convinced me to support France! Now what does THAT say about this God forsaken place! I mean, look at all the rednecks it produced! Any place that gives us people like Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels...that place doesn't deserve someone like me, Rob Conway.

Shawn Michaels: You know, I came out here hoping to get a piece of Matt Hardy. But you know what, I'm willing to make a sacrificed tonight! I'll take you both on and show you what a real Texan can do! So come on and show me what ya got!

Conway looked at Dupree and dropped the microphone. They both slid into the ring. Dupree went right at HBK with the French Flag, but Michaels ducked the shot. HBK bounced off the ropes and took both men down with a double flying forearm. Dupree rolled back to his feet and fell over to the corner. HBK came over and began hitting Dupree with rapid rights and lefts in the corner until Conway nailed Michaels across the back with the French Flag.

Yes Yes Yes, No No No

The fans cheered as Booker T sprinted down to the ring...

JR: Last week Booker T had his issues with The Union, most notably Rob Conway when Conway cheated his way to victory over Booker! Looks like its time for some redemption!

Booker slid into the ring and met Conway with a sidekick. Dupree ran out of the corner at Booker, but Booker lifted him high into the air on his back and then hit him with a spinebuster. Both members of La Resistance rolled out of the ring and headed back up the ramp. Booker T helped Shawn Michaels up and grabbed the microphone.

Booker T: Yo dawg, if you're going to insult Texans, you're insulting the Book too! Tonight it won't a two-on-one against HBK...oh no dawg...it's gonna be a tag team match! You two against two real Texans! Now can you dig that....SUCCCKKKAAAAAA!!!!!

Booker T's music hit the PA system again as La Resistance looked upset on the ramp. Meanwhile in the ring, Booker T raised Shawn's hand up as they celebrated in the ring. (74%)

-Rene Dupree gained overness; Shawn Michaels lost overness-

JR: Tonight its be La Resistance against Shawn Michaels and Booker T! What a match!

:::Commercials:::

WWE - Sting of the Night by YJ Stinger

D-Von left the ring and went under to get a table, but as he was, Scott Steiner came running from the back and attacked D-Von, throwing him into the ringsteps. Test came from the crowd and slid into the ring as Bubba noticed Steiner. Test grabbed Bubba from behind and hit him with the Test Drive. Garrison Cade was up and began arguing with Test, but Steiner came in and spun Cade around, hitting him with a Belly-To-Belly suplex. Jindrak stumbled up to his feet but got The Big Boot from Test. With Test and Steiner the only ones left standing, the ref threw the match out.

The Hurricane & Rosey vs. Steiner & Test (w/Stacy Keibler)

Pretty one-sided match as Test & Steiner used their strength to keep Hurricane in the ring for the majority of the match. Hurricane tried to fight his way back into the match, but the cruiserweight's moves were shrugged off pretty easily by Scott Steiner. Steiner sent Hurricane into the ropes and leveled him with a stiff clothesline. Steiner stood over Hurricane, kissed his bicep, and dropped an elbow down across Hurricane. Instead of going for the pin, he rolled over beside Hurricane and did some push-ups. Steiner pulled Hurricane back up to his feet and lifted him into a Gorilla Press and then began to lift Hurricane up and down like he was weightlifting. Steiner finally dropped Hurricane face first to the mat before going for the pin. One, Two, Thre..kickout.

Steiner made the tag to Test and brought him into the ring. Test continued where Steiner left off on the little superhero. Test would eventually send Hurricane into the ropes and go for the Big Boot, but Hurricane ducked and then dropkicked Test right in the knee. He repeated this until he had Test down to one knee. Hurricane came off the ropes with a desperation Shining Wizard. Both Test and Hurricane were left down. Hurricane made it to his corner and tagged in the fresh Rosey. Rosey came in as Test tagged Steiner back in. Steiner walked right into a clothesline from Rosey. Test got up and Rosey beat him back into the corner. Steiner was up and Rosey sent him into the opposite corner. Rosey ran into the corner with Test with a splash. He then ran and splashed Steiner as well. Test stumbled out of the corner to Rosey who hit him with a Somoan Drop.

Rosey picked Steiner up and slammed him to the mat. He walked over to the corner and gave the tag to Hurricane, who climbed to top turnbuckle. He climbed onto Rosey who then threw Hurricane onto Steiner with a splash. One, Two, Thre...Test broke it up. Test got up and sent Rosey over the top rope with a clothesline to the floor. Hurricane ran at Test but received the Big Boot. Scott Steiner got back to his feet and locked the Steiner Recliner onto Hurricane. Hurricane had nowhere to go and immediately tapped out.

Winners - Steiner & Test

Overall: 66

Crowd: 72

Match: 77

Calling out The Champs

Steiner would not release the Steiner Recliner on Hurricane after the bell. The ref tried to get Steiner off of Hurricane, but Test shoved the ref down and he immediately left the ring. Rosey climbed into the ring and tried to save his friend, but Test met him with the Big Boot. Stacy got into the ring and tried to talk Steiner out of releasing the hold, but Test just shoved her away. She left the ring disgusted as Test grabbed the microphone.

Test: Do you see this? Last week we took care of The Dudley Boyz and Cade & Jindrak...this week we took out these superchumps. That's THREE down and ONE to go! Venis and Storm, two Raws in a row you have gotten into OUR business! So next time you want to get into our business and The Union's business, you can put those titles on the line. We've taken out the competition...its only us now!

Test threw down the mic as Steiner finally let go of the hold. They left the ring to loud boos from the crowd. (84%)

:::Commercials:::

Winning Her Back

Coming back from commercials, we saw Trish walking down the hallway heading to the ring. However, she was stopped as Chris Jericho approached her.

Chris Jericho: Trish...

Trish Stratus: Chris, what you did hurt me a lot. My heart was broken! Its going to take a lot to fix that.

Chris Jericho: But Trish, I really do love you! I thought this would show you that. I could've done anything with that favor, I could have gotten myself a World Title shot!

Trish Stratus: Christian used his favor for Lita and we both know what his true motives are, even if she don't.

Chris Jericho: How many times do I have to say that I'm sorry? I really truely am! And I am going to do whatever it takes to prove it to you!

Trish Stratus: I want to believe you Chris...I really do, but...I just can't. I don't want to get hurt again.

Trish kept on walking past Jericho, leaving him once again with a confused and upset look on his face. (89%)

WWE Women's Title Match

Lita © (w/Christian) vs. Trish Stratus

They started the match off with a handshake. It was back and forth both in the ring and in the crowd as they weren't sure who to cheer for, so they cheered both ladies on. Lita lifted Trish up and bodyslammed her to the mat. Lita pulled Trish into position and went up top for her Moonsault, but Trish was back up and pulled Lita's legs out from under her. Trish pulled Lita down into a Tree of Woe and began stomping away at Lita's ribs. Trish pulled Lita down and went for the pin. One, Two, kickout. Christian was pounding away on the apron, getting behind Lita. Trish grabbed Lita by the hair and went for the Stratusfaction, but Lita blocked it and dropped Lita to the apron. Lita grabbed Trish's head and dropped her throat first across the top rope, sending her down to the floor.

Chris Jericho walked out onto the stage watching the match. At ringside, Christian measured up Trish as the ref checked on Lita in the ring who was groggy. Christian gave Trish a kick to the ribs as she was getting up and then rolled her back into the ring. Lita stumbled over and made the cover on Trish. One, Two, Thre.....Trish got her foot on the ropes to break the count. Lita hooked the leg this time. One, Two, Thre...shoulder up. Lita began to pull Trish up, but Trish countered with a jawbreaker. Trish hit Lita with a right hand and then sent her into ropes. Trish went for a backdrop as Lita came back off the ropes, but Lita saw it coming, grabbed Trish by the head, and dropped her with a DDT! This caused Jericho to slowly start making his way down to the ring.

Christian became worried as he saw Jericho making his way to the ring. Christian quickly jumped onto the apron to warn the ref about Jericho, but this just distracted the ref as he tried to get Christian down. Lita was back to her feet and started to head to the turnbuckles again, but Jericho entered the ring and ran up behind Lita, hitting her with his bulldog! Lita's head bounced off the mat and she rolled onto her back. Jericho then hit the ropes and hit Lita with the Lionsault! Jericho rolled out of the ring, grabbed Christian's feet, and pulled him off the apron so that his head smacked the apron.

The ref turned back around to find both Lita and Trish down. Trish crawled over and made the cover to Lita! One, Two, Three!

Winner and NEW Women's Champion - Trish Stratus

Overall: 65

Crowd: 80

Match: 60

-WWE Women's Title gained image-

Trish celebrated in the ring as Jericho looked on from the stage with a smile on his face. She turned around and saw him standing on the stage and paused her celebration. Jericho clapped his hands and then turned, heading backstage.

:::Commercials:::

The Union Takes Action

"I'm Back" hit the PA system as we came back from commercials. The fans booed as Bischoff led the group of Test, Steiner, Rob Conway, Rene Dupree, Al Snow, and The Coach down to the ring. Eric Bichoff had a clipboard in his hand.

JR: Last week these men really took it to Mick Foley! What are they up now?

They entered the ring and Eric Bischoff grabbed the microphone as his music came to an end.

Eric Bischoff: The Worker's Union of Raw would like to make their first official act. I present to you the Bring Back Stone Cold Petition that Mick Foley has been working so diligantly in trying to get you people to sign. Well I'm afraid that Foley's work has been in vain...

Bischoff handed the microphone over to The Coach.

The Coach: Mick, Mick, Mick, if you really thought ANYBODY wanted to see that beer drinking redneck back on Raw, you were wrong! These fans aren't exactly smart...they don't know what they want. Bischoff is the one who tells them what they want, not you. You want to present this petition to the Board of Directors? I'm afraid that WON'T be happening. Steiner, if you would do the honors.

Bischoff gave the clipboard with the petition over to Steiner. Steiner took the papers off the clipboard and proceeded to rip them to small shreds. All members of the Union laughed as Steiner sprinkled the mat with the shreds of paper. Coachman handed the microphone back to Eric Bischoff.

Eric Bischoff: The Union has only been established for one week and there's already people who have gotten on their bad side. Val Venis & Lance Storm, you got into our business last week! As Steiner and Test demonstrated earlier, they have destroyed the competition in the Tag Team ranks...and for sticking your noses into our business, you're going to be defending your Tag Titles AT Royal Rumble against Test and Steiner! As for Booker T, you've been entered into the Royal Rumble...but so has Steiner...Test...Rob Conway...Rene Dupree...and even Al Snow! Your chances of winning are very, very slim.

CCCCCCCCCCCCRRRRRRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Mick Foley's theme music interrupted Eric Bischoff, bringing the crowd to their feet in an loud ovation for the Co-GM. He walked out onto stage with a microphone in his hand.

Mick Foley: Hold on just one minute Eric! Do you know where we are?

Eric Bischoff: What the Hell are you talking about Foley? Of course I know where we are...we're in...

Mick Foley: SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS!

The fans cheered on cue for the cheep pop as Foley gave thumbs up to the crowd.

Mick Foley: And do you know what that means Eric?

Eric Bischoff: What? What does that mean Mick? Enlighten us.

Mick Foley: We aren't too far from the residence of Stone Cold Steve Austin himself! That's why he's BACKSTAGE TONIGHT! But he's here as a guest of mine, so he can't appear on camera since he doesn't work here...but he is here waiting to see you backstage Eric! So I'd be careful what you say. But if you think ripping up that paper is going to stop me from getting Stone Cold back on Raw, YOU'RE WRONG! And if you think that's the only copy I have of the petition, WRONG AGAIN! Chalk up one for Mrs. Foley's little boy! Foley - 1. The Union - ZERO! HAVE A NICE DAY!

Foley's music hit again as the fans gave him another ovation as he returned to the locker room as The Union was left angry in the ring. (83%)

:::Commercials:::

Coming back from commercials, Evolution's music hit the PA system. Ric Flair led Randy Orton and Batista down to the ring.

JR: Looks like its time for the Legend Challenge...last week Hacksaw Jim Duggan answered the challenge and unfortunately he couldn't beat any sense into Orton. Who will it be this week?

Orton stood back and waited on his challenge for this week...some music hit and the fans came to their feet as Texas' own TERRY FUNK came out onto the stage.

The King: Oh my God JR! It's The Funkster!

The Legend Challenge

Terry Funk vs. "The Legend Killer" Randy Orton (w/Ric Flair & Batista)

Terry Funk, a true hardcore legend, really took it to Randy Orton and proved to be much more of a challenge to the self-proclaimed "Legend Killer" than Jim Duggan was. Funk used his experience in brawling to take it to Orton. JR made note of Funk and Flair's history with each other as well. Funk had Orton in the corner and climbed up onto the second turnbuckle to pound on Orton's head. One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Batista climbed onto the apron drawing the ref's attention, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine....Flair climbed up and nailed Funk with a right hand and shoved him out of the corner to the mat. Both Flair and Batista climbed down as Orton stumbled out of the corner to make the pin. One, Two, kickout.

Orton took control from this point and kept the legend down on the mat by stomping away at him. Orton pulled Funk up and dropped him across his knee with a backbreaker. Orton would eventually go for the RKO, but Funk shoved him off and then lifted Orton into the air with a backdrop to the mat. Funk rolled out of the ring and went right at Flair with right hands and then sent Flair into the ringpost. However it was Batista that nailed Funk with a hard clothesline and then rolled Funk back into the ring behind the ref's back. Both Orton and Funk stumbled back to their feet, but this time Orton was able to hit the RKO. He made the cover...One, Two, Three.

Winner - Randy Orton

Overall: 62

Crowd: 73

Match: 63

JR: Evolution continues to show their strength...they could prove to be a strong contender in the Royal Rumble.

The Tag Champs Answer

Screen switched backstage where Terri was standing by with Val Venis and Lance Storm, who each had their tag belt over their shoulder. Behind them are two beautiful women who are apparantly their escorts for the night.

Terri: Lance, Val - the past couple of weeks you have gotten involved with Steiner & Test which has led to them challenging you, what do you have to say for yourself?

Val Venis: HEEEELLLLLLLLLOOOO TERRI, you know Terri...Lance and myself are ladies men! And three weeks ago we went out there because there was a damsel in distress in Stacy Keibler. As long as we're around, we're going to make sure no one lays a hand on a woman! Women are for lovin', not fighting. And as you can see behind me, we'll be doin' plenty of lovin' tonight!

Terri: Well, what about last week when you came out to help Booker T against The Union?

Lance Storm: Terri, we have given our full support to Mick Foley in his attempt to bring back Stone Cold Steve Austin. We both owe a lot to Stone Cold. Val wouldn't be back on Raw today if it wasn't for Stone Cold convincing him to leave Chief Morley. And it was Stone Cold who inspired me to become the fun-loving, ladies man that you see before you today. So we will fight the good fight, Terri, to bring back Stone Cold!

Suddenly, The Coach interjected himself into the screen and pulled the microphone away from Terri.

The Coach: Step aside Terri, let me show you how a real interview is done.

Terri looked confused but walked off screen as Coach looked at Val and Lance with a cocky grin.

The Coach: Val and Lance, how does it feel to know that you have been challenged by the strongest and most powerful tag team on Raw? I've noticed you haven't even mentioned Test & Steiner's challenge yet. I can't say I don't blame you...

Lance Storm: We don't back down from any challenge Coach, and of course we will accept the challenge.

The Coach: If you're doing this in hopes of scoring with Stacy Keibler, don't bother, she's Union property - to do WHATEVER we want to her.

This angered Val who tried to go after The Coach, but Storm and their beautiful ladies held him back.

The Coach: Haha, this interview is over. Good luck against Steiner & Test boys, you're gonna need it.

Coach laughed as he walked by the Tag Champs as Val continued to be restrained. (71%)

:::Commercials:::

LUGZ Boot of the Week by Lugz

Matt Hardy: But we have a lot in common Shawn, really we do. We both started as tag team wrestlers...we both ditched our tag team partners.....and we both became the more successful members of that former tag team. But that's where the similarities end. Because I am what you USED to be. You have taken a fall from grace Shawn...and now Mattitude is taking over what the Heart Break Kid started. So now its time for me to take your spot. Your time is over Shawn, hand the spotlight over to someone who actually deserves it. Someone like, MATT HARDY...VERSION ONE-AHHHHH!

Shawn Michaels looked around to the crowd before responding...but before he could respond, Matt Hardy gave HBK a kick to the groin. HBK doubled over and Hardy hit him with The Twist of Fate. The fans booed Hardy as his music kicked back in.

JR: As we gear up for the next match, Mick Foley has signed a match for next week with Chris Jericho and Trish Stratus against Christian and Lita! Trish and Jericho are going to have to work out their situation before next week!

Intercontinental #1 Contendership Match

Christian (w/Lita) vs. Matt Hardy

Rob Van Dam came out and sat with JR and The King to do commentary during this match and scout out his competition. This match was actually a little better than their match at Armageddon. Lita still looked a little groggy from losing the Women's Title earlier in the night to Trish, and Christian was upset for being outsmarted by Jericho. Christian tried to take his anger out on Matt Hardy, but Hardy wasn't about to let that happen. At one point in the match, Christian set Hardy on the top rope and then moved out of the way, grabbing the ref to distract him so that the ref's back was to Hardy, allowing Lita to enter the ring and hit her ex-boyfriend with a Hurricanrana! Lita left the ring and Christian went for the pin. One, Two, kickout.

Christian locked Hardy in an abdominal stretch. He stretched Hardy, putting him through a lot of pain, but Hardy would somehow manage to hiptoss his way out of the hold in desperation. Both men were to their feet at the same time as Christian ran at Hardy for a clothesline, but Hardy countered and hit Christian with the Side Effect. Hardy went for the pin. One, Two, kickout. Hardy pulled Christian up again and this time dropped him to the mat with a sidewalk slam. He went for the pin again. One, Two, Thre...kickout. Hardy pulled Christian back up and sent him into the ropes, Christian ducked a clothesline attempt from Hardy and then gave him a boot to the midsection. Hardy doubled over and Christian hit him with a swinging neckbreaker.

Christian went for the pin. One, Two, kickout. Christian began to pull Hardy up, but Hardy hit him with a blatant low blow, which brought Lita up onto the apron in anger. The ref went over to Lita as Hardy grabbed Christian. Hardy smiled as he pushed Christian into Lita! Christian stumbled backwards into a roll up from Hardy! The ref was quick to turn around and get into position. One, Two, Three.

Winner - Matt Hardy

Overall: 76

Crowd: 81

Match: 90

Matt Hardy quickly left the ring and headed up the ramp with his arms raised in victory. Christian stumbled to his feet as Lita tried to apologize, but Christian was visibly upset. Lita continued to try to comfort Christian, but he turned his back to her and looked like he was going to attack her...but he thought better of it and just left the ring. A very concerned Lita followed him...

JR: Now both "couples" in the mixed tag match next week have issues to ressolve before next week!

:::Commercials:::

Who's Next?

Goldberg's was blaring over the PA system as we came back from commercials. The fans chanted "GOLDBERG, GOLDBERG" as he walked out onto the stage into his pyro. He blew smoke out as the pyro came to an end. Goldberg was sporting a Goldberg - Believe the Hype T-shirt and blue jeans with the World Heavyweight Title around his shoulder. The fans continue to chant loudly as Goldberg walked down to the ring and climbed in. He was handed a microphone once he got into the ring. His music died out and Goldberg waited for the chants to quiet as well before starting.

Goldberg: KANE! You want to come out and attack me two weeks ago??? Why don't you come out now and face me like a man!

Goldberg turned to the entranceway, but nothing happened.

Goldberg: Come on KANE! This is your chance to try and get me again! I'm all alone in the ring by myself! Why don't you come on out! No is your chance!

Goldberg paused again and waited for a second, but still nothing happened.

Goldberg: COME ON KANE!!! I know what you want. I'll turn my back so you can attack me from behind - just like you like it!

Goldberg turned around so that his back was facing the stage, but still no sign of Kane.

Goldberg: You know Kane, I know you want a shot at my belt. You think that because you didn't get pinned at Armageddon that you deserve another shot. Well if you want that shot, you better get your ass out here RIGHT NOW!

The lights in the arena dimmed and were brought back on by pyro shooting from the stage and ring posts. "Hell, Fire, and Brimstone" hit the PA system as Kane finally showed himself on the stage. The fans booed Kane as he came down to the ring in his long wrestling tights with no shirt. Kane stood right infront of Goldberg and lookd down at him with a smirk.

Goldberg: Alright Kane, LET'S DO THIS!

Kane grabbed the microphone from Goldberg.

Kane: You're right Goldberg...........I do want another shot. That gold you wear around your shoulder....it has taken over my thoughts. At night I lay awake just dreaming of getting my hands on that belt. I MUST have it. And I'll do ANYTHING to get it. And because you're the one who has what I want, I want to DESTROY you Goldberg! I want that gold belt to be stained with your blood before I pull it from you!

Goldberg was handed another microphone to respond.

Goldberg: What are, some kinda FREAK? Well if you want this belt so bad, come and take it from me! I'm not one to wait.

Kane: No.....no Goldberg, this will be done on my terms. We will fight...blood will be spilt...and I will get the gold...but not now...the time hasn't come yet. No...the time...will be...The Royal Rumble. That's when your fate has been decided. At Royal Rumble, your life and title reign will be OVER! Hahahahahahaaa....

Kane laughed like a maniac before tossing the microphone down as he started to leave, but as he got to the ropes, Goldberg stopped him...

Goldberg: Fine Kane...but just realize that at Royal Rumble...YOU'RE NEXT!

Kane turned to face Goldberg, but Goldberg ran and SPEARED him, sending the fans into an uproar. Goldberg got up and spit on Kane as his music hit the PA system again. Goldberg left the ring and slapped hands with a few fans on his way up the ramp. As Goldberg got back to the stage - Kane sat up in the ring. Kane sat in the ring and began laughing again. The camera zoomed in on Kane's laughing before heading to... (87%)

:::Commercials:::

Replay of what just happened between Goldberg & Kane.

JR: Can you believe it King? Goldberg - Kane at Royal Rumble! What a slobberknocker!

The King: Goldberg must have some sort of death wish.

Replay of the opening segment setting up tonight's main event before heading to the ring.

Main Event

Shawn Michaels & Booker T vs. La Resistance

Not the best of matches, but the crowd was behind hometown hero Shawn Michaels 100%. La Resistance got some decent heel heat as well, with Booker T also getting good face pops, but nothing compared to HBK. Booker T was your designated face in peril for this match. Dupree tagged Conway in and held him in an abdominal stretch as Conway took some cheapshots at Booker. Dupree let the hold go and left the ring as Conway took over, sending Booker to the mat with a vertical suplex. Conway pulled Booker back to his feet and this time hit him with a back suplex. Conway went for the pin. One, Two, kickout. Conway grabbed Booker and applied a chinlock. The fans were anxious to see Booker make the tag to HBK as they began to get behind Booker again. Booker finds his second wind as he powers his way out of the chinlock. Booker began to make his way over to Shawn Michaels, but Conway came up behind him and tried to shove him to the mat, but instead he just shoved Booker into the corner where he tagged HBK in!

The fans cheered Michaels as he came in with a clothesline to Conway. Dupree entered the ring and got a clothesline as well. Conway was back to his feet as Shawn Michaels came off the ropes and hit him with a flying forearm. HBK started warming up for Sweet Chin Music, but Dupree blind-sided HBK. Dupree began pounding away on HBK in the corner as Conway got up. Conway came over and joined in on the pounding. Booker was back up and came to the corner. He spun Dupree around and hit him with a back elbow that sent him to the mat. Conway came out of the corner and walked right into a boot to the midsection from Booker T. Booker bounced off the ropes and hit the Scissors Kick to Conway as HBK climbed to the top turnbuckle. Booker T moved out of the way as HBK came off the top with an elbowdrop to Conway! HBK hookd a leg. One, Two, Thre...Dupree broke it up just in time.

Booker grabbed Dupree and tried to Irish Whip him into the ropes, but Dupree reversed it and sent Booker T hurling over the top rope to the floor hard! Dupree looked down at Booker outside the ring and laughed at him before turning back to the action inside the ring...but he walked right into some Sweet Chin Music from HBK! However, Conway was back up and he turned HBK around and hit him with a Belly-To-Belly Suplex! Conway went for the pin. One, Two, Thre....shoulder up. Booker T rolled back into the ring. Conway ran at Booker, but Booker grabbed Conway and hit him with a spinebuster! Booker moved out of the way as HBK got back up. HBK warmed up for Sweet Chin Music as Conway began to stumble to his feet. Conway was up and turned around to face HBK who immediately came out of the corner with Sweet Chin Music to Conway. HBK fell down and made the pin to Conway. One, Two, Three!

Winners - Shawn Michaels & Booker T

Overall: 69

Crowd: 78

Match: 75

JR: Despite interferance from Matt Hardy, Shawn Michaels gains a victory for San Antonio!

The King: I can't wait for next week JR, we're heading to my home!

JR: We'll see you next week! Good night!

The screen faded out with Booker T & Shawn Michaels standing in the ring victorious.

End show.

Overall - 74%

Quick Results

Test & Steiner def. Hurricane & Rosey

Trish def. Lita

Randy Orton def. Terry Funk

Matt Hardy def. Christian

Shawn Michaels & Booker T def. La Resistance

Highlight of the Night - Jericho & Trish segment (89%)

Match of the Night - Matt Hardy vs. Christian (90)

Flop of the Night - The fact that it was an "off" night.

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Smackdown!

January 1, 2004

Taped from Laredo, Texas

Hosted by: Michael Cole & Tazz

Highlights from two weeks ago: Brock Lesnar gave the Heymanless Team Lesnar a peptalk, promising Team Lesnar would make Stephanie pay by destroying all the Smackdown! superstars, Kurt Angle returned to announce his entry to the Royal Rumble, Stephanie McMahon allowed Benoit into the Royal Rumble, Benoit & Cena teamed up to defeat A-Train and Big Show, and Lesnar not only successfully defended his WWE Title against Hardcore Holly, but also destroyed him after the match.

Smackdown opening...a panning view of the crowd before a close up on the Smackdown! stage as PYRO~! went off.

Michael Cole: Welcome to Smackdown! We are here in Laredo, Texas for an action packed night!

Tazz: That's right Cole, we got a rocketbusta of a match tonight with Eddie Guerrero taking on one-half of the Tag Team champions, Shelton Benjamin!

Michael Cole: And Team Lesnar is in attendance tonight...you have to wonder what kind of damage they will do tonight. Lesnar has promised to get vengeance at Stephanie McMahon!

Tazz: I shudder to even think what they're up to, Cole.

Michael Cole: Well we might get a taste of it right away tonight, because Matt Morgan's in action to start things off tonight!

Chris Kanyon vs. Matt Morgan

Kanyon sold his ass of here to try and make Morgan look like a monster. Unfortunately it didn't really pay off as the fans weren't too interested and it wasn't a very good match either. Sean O'Haire walked out onto the stage wearing his long, black trench coat. He watched the entire match, rubbing his chin the entire time as he watched. Kanyon stumbled off the ropes right into a sidewalk slam from Morgan. Morgan pulled Kanyon up and set him up for The Powerbomb, but Kanyon fought him off! Kanyon had a quick flurry of offense, even knocking the big man off his feet. A pinfall attempt only got Kanyon a two count before Morgan powered out. But Kanyon's attempt to fight his way back into the match came to a screeching halt as he ran right into a bit boot from Morgan. Morgan followed this up by hitting Kanyon with The Powerbomb. One, Two, Three.

Winner - Matt Morgan

Overall: 66

Crowd: 64

Match: 68

-Matt Morgan gained overness; Kanyon lost overness-

Michael Cole: What interest does Sean O'Haire have in this match?

Sean O'Haire nodded his head as he turned around and walked backstage. As he left, Nathan Jones walked down to the ring to join his Team Lesnar teammate.

Tazz: Things just got uglier for Kanyon!

Morgan lifted Kanyon back to his feet and threw up him into a big kick from Nathan Jones. Jones and Morgan began to stomp a mudhole into the fallen Kanyon. They both lifted him up and hit Kanyon with a double chokeslam. Morgan grabbed Kanyon by the hair, pulled him up, and lifted him into a Gorilla Press. Morgan sent Kanyon sailing over the top rope to the floor hard. Jones and Morgan hi-fived in the ring as the screen switched to backstage.

Just The Beginning

Stephanie McMahon was watching the television backstage in her office and watched in horror as Morgan and Jones destroyed Kanyon. The door to her office swung open as Brock Lesnar walked in with the WWE Title around his waist, followed by A-Train and The Big Show.

Stephanie McMahon: What is this Brock? What the Hell was that all about?

Brock Lesnar: Stephanie, this is just the beginning of what Team Lesnar has in mind for the Smackdown! superstars. You fired our leader and this is the backlash you get for it! And how DARE you make a title match for Royal Rumble without coming to me first! And putting Benoit in the Royal Rumble? What the Hell is THAT? He's not suppose to get another title shot!

Stephanie McMahon: Benoit DESERVES another shot. And I'm not only the GM of Smackdown!, but I'm also the acting Co-CEO so I can do anything I want Brock. So you'll be facing John Cena at Royal Rumble for the title whether you like it or not. And I'm glad you brought Big Show with you. Because Big Show, tonight you'll be facing John Cena!

Brock Lesnar: Haha! That's perfect!

Brock turned to show and gave him a pat on the chest.

Brock Lesnar: I want you to DESTROY John Cena! Don't worry about leaving me any for Royal Rumble.

Big Show: It'll be my pleasure Brock. And don't worry, Benoit won't win the Royal Rumble.

Stephanie McMahon: And what makes you so sure?

Big Show: Because myself and A-Train are throwing our names in...we'll make certain that Benoit doesn't last.

Brock laughed as he turned back to Stephanie.

Brock Lesnar: Hahaha! Looks like things aren't as bad for Team Lesnar as originally thought! Like I said Steph...this is just the beginning, you'll see. Team Lesnar will run Smackdown before its all said and done.

Lesnar laughed again before he turned and left with both A-Train and Big Show. (84%)

:::Commercials:::

Replay of what just took place between Team Lesnar and Stephanie McMahon.

Michael Cole: Well we can add Big Show and A-Train to the list of Smackdown entrants to the Royal Rumble which also includes Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit so far. And tonight Big Show will meet John Cena, but it will be non-title.

Tazz: That'll be later tonight, but up next we got some high-flyin', cruiserweight action, Cole!

Michael Cole: Rey Mysterio and Jamie Noble have had their issues with Kyo Dai for a while now...and last week Rey Mysterio won a shot at Tajiri's Cruiserweight Title while Jamie Noble lost to Tajiri.

Tazz: And I understand that Noble left Nidia at home this week for her own safety...so I'm guessin' she's watching her man from the trailer this week!

Michael Cole: It may be for his own good as well, considering Nidia has cost Jamie Noble matches recently.

Rey Mysterio & Jamie Noble vs. Kyo Dai (Akio & Sakoda w/Tajiri)

Pretty good match, but the fan support just wasn't there for anyone not named Rey Mysterio. It started off fast paced as the faces controlled things, but soon Jamie Noble would find himself grounded against Sakoda. Sakoda had Noble where he wanted him until Noble escaped Sakoda's sleeper by used of a jawbreaker. Sakoda was sent stumbling by Noble, who got back to his feet and leveled him with a dropkick. Both men were back to their feet at the sametime with Noble grabbing Sakoda and sending him into the ropes. Noble ran to the ropes as well and went to leapfrog Sakoda, but Sakoda caught Noble and then drove him to the mat with a spinebuster! Sakoda got up and made the tag to Akio.

Akio and Sakoda lifted Noble back to his feet and sent him into the ropes. Noble ducked a double clothesline attempt from Kyo Dai and came back off the ropes, hitting them with a double inverted bulldog leaving all three men down! Noble made it over to Rey Mysterio for the hot tag. Both Akio and Sakoda got back up to their feet at the same time. Rey bounced off the ropes and ran at Sakoda. Sakoda caught Rey and went for a tiltawhirl slam, but Rey reversed it into a headscissor takedown! Akio attacked Rey from behind and threw him into the ropes. Akio went for a clothesline as Rey came off the ropes, but Rey floated over and dropped Akio with a DDT.

Sakoda blasted Rey from behind and then put him in a shoulderlift. It looked like Sakoda was going for an electric chair drop, but Rey began to fight it off by pounding on Sakoda's head. Rey then twisted himself around and countered with a hurricanrana! Rey hooked the legs, but Sakoda wasn't the legal man and the ref made Rey aware of the fact. Akio was trying to get up using the ropes, but by doing so, he had left himself in perfect position for the 6-1-9! Rey called for it, and ran to the ropes, but when he did, Tajiri grabbed Rey's leg! Rey pulled himself free as the ref warned Tajiri. Rey turned around into a powerslam from Sakoda! Akio slowly scaled to the top turnbuckle as Sakoda rolled out of the way. Akio went for a moonsault, but Noble pulled Rey out of the way and Akio ate canvas! Sakoda ran at Noble, but Noble ducked and backdropped Sakoda out of the ring!

Akio stumbled back to his feet and it was his turn to run at Noble. But Noble grabbed Akio as he ran in and pulled him down across the middle rope! Rey was back up, bounced off the ropes, and hit Akio with the 6-1-9! Rey climbed back up on the apron, but Tajiri was coming around to prevent a West Coast Pop. However, Noble hit Tajiri with a baseball slide! Akio stumbled to his feet and Rey hit the West Coast Pop! One, Two, Three.

Winners - Rey Mysterio & Jamie Noble

Overall: 72

Crowd: 61

Match: 83

Royal Rumble Getting Hardcore

We go backstage where Josh Matthews was standing by with Hardcore Holly.

Josh Matthews: Hardcore, last week you had a terrible loss to Brock Lesnar, where does Hardcore go from here?

Hardcore Holly: Ever since I had my neck broke, I knew that I wanted to come back to Smackdown! and do the exact same thing to Brock! And I will not REST until Brock Lesnar has his neck broken! This isn't over yet, not yet by a long shot! This isn't about the title, this is about taking out that bastard.

Josh Matthews: Well it took a lot just to get Brock to face you in the first place, how do you expect him to agree to a rematch?

Hardcore Holly: I'm entering the Royal Rumble, that's how. If I win, he'll have to give me another shot at breaking his neck! Brock ha...

Hardcore Holly was cut off as A-Train blind sided Holly with a clothesline from behind. Holly dropped to one knee as A-Train shoved Matthews away, but not before grabbing the microphone from him. A-Train drove the microphone down into Holly's head, sending Holly to the floor.

Michael Cole: Team Lesnar strikes again!

A-Train pulled Holly back up and then threw him head first into the wall. A-Train repeatedly pounded Hardcore's head into the wall before tossing him to the floor and walking away laughing. (58%)

-Holly lost overness-

Tazz: Brock Lesnar wasn't kiddin' when he said he would take it out on the Smackdown! roster. You think we're safe Cole?

Michael Cole: If they come after us, I'll let you handle them.

Tazz: Haha we'll see about that.

:::Commercials:::

JVC Extreme Blast of the Night by JVC Kaboom Box

Rey countered with a headscissors that sent Moore down across the middle ropes! This set up in perfect posistion for the 6-1-9! Moore hit the mat and Rey came in with the Drop of the Dime to Moore. Rey went for the pin. One, Two, Three.

Winner - Rey Mysterio Jr.

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A very disappointed Shannon Moore walked into the locker room to get his stuff. He grabbed his bag and turned to leave the locker room. However, to his surprise, he found Sean O'Haire in the doorway dressed in a suit.

Shannon Moore: What do you want? Do you want to beat me too? Everyone else has.

Sean O'Haire: Haha no Shannon, that's not why I'm here at all.

Shannon Moore: Then what do you want?

Sean O'Haire: Shannon...you're a lost soul. You've lost your way without Matt Hardy. You don't know what to do. I can see you're pain Shannon...I can see that you need to find your way. Let me help you find your way Shannon...allow me to be your sheperd. I can heal your pain and put you back on the right path.

Moore looked at O'Haire with a dazed and confused expression...

Shannon Moore: ...How?

Sean O'Haire: Come with me Shannon...I will show you the light.

Rikishi vs. Sean O'Haire

Not a very good match as you would probably expect. Shannon Moore would eventually walk out onto the stage and down to the ring. O'Haire dominated Rikishi for the majority of the match, until he let his gaurd down for a brief second and Rikishi caught him with a standing sidekick. He then pulled O'Haire up and dropped him with a Samoan Drop. He went for the pin. One, Two, kickout. Rikishi stomped O'Haire a few times before pulling him up and throwing him into the corner. Rikishi ran in and hit a splash to O'Haire, sending O'Haire down into the corner in a seated position. Rikishi slapped his ass, which got a little reaction from the crowd. He prepared to back his ass up into O'Haire's face, but Moore pulled O'Haire out of the ring to safety.

Rikishi waited in the ring as O'Haire got back to his senses. He climbed back into the ring and approached Rikishi. They exchanged punches until Rikishi had Sean O'Haire stumbling. Rikishi ran to the ropes, but Shannon Moore grabbed Rikishi's leg. Rikishi pulled himself free and threatened Moore. But Rikishi turned around into O'Haire. O'Haire gave Rikishi a boot to the midsection and then lifted him up, hitting him with the Cruel Intentions. O'Haire made the cover. One, Two, Three.

Winner - Sean O'Haire

Overall: 68

Crowd: 70

Match: 65

The ref raised O'Haire's hand, but he pulled it away. He shoved the ref out of the way and gave Shannon Moore some instruction. Moore slid out of the ring and returned with the chair. He handed O'Haire the chair, and O'Haire then instructed him to pull Rikishi up. Moore struggled to lift the heavy Rikishi up and then hold him up. O'Haire smirked at Moore's efforts, and then smacked Rikishi across the face with the chairshot.

Rikishi was a lot of dead weight and became too much for Moore to keep holding, so he dropped him back down to the mat. O'Haire didn't look happy that Moore dropped Rikishi, so he smacked Moore across the head with the chair - sending Moore to the mat as well.

Michael Cole: What's the deal with this Shannon Moore and Sean O'Haire relationship?

O'Haire pulled Moore back up and put him on his shoulders as he left the ring to a little bit of heel heat. Screen faded to the back.

Family Problems Over?

Eddie Guerrero was in the locker room putting his boots on for his upcoming match, when Chavo limped in on his crutches. There was a look of sincere remorse on his face as he approached his uncle.

Chavo Guerrero: Look Eddie, I'm sorry for all the crap I put you through the past couple months.

Eddie Guerrero: Chavito, don't worry bout it.

Chavo Guerrero: No, no, no Eddie...I was a real ass about everything!

Eddie Guerrero: Naw essa, I think you had some good points in that constant bitchin of yours Chavito.

Chavo Guerrero: Just accept my apology, please!

Eddie Guerrero: Alright Chavito, I accept. Now, let's focus on getting those straps back hommes!

Chavo Guerrero: Right!

Eddie got up and gave Chavo a pat on the shoulder before heading out of the locker room with Chavo limping out behind him. (75%)

:::Commercials:::

Cena & Angle...Friends? Not quite...

Coming back from commercials, we were once again in the locker room as John Cena was preparing for his match with The Big Show. Suddenly, Kurt Angle walked into the locker room which stopped Cena in his track. Cena braced himself as if to get ready for a fight.

Kurt Angle: Woah! Cool your horses cowboy, I'm not here for a fight.

John Cena: The Hell you doin' in my locker room man? I got a match to prep for.

Kurt Angle: Cena, I know we've had our issues in the past. But I can't stand Brock Lesnar...and I'd do ANYTHING to make sure that he doesn't leave Royal Rumble with that belt.

John Cena: Yeah, no kiddin'...so would I, cuz that'd mean I'd have that gold. Which is EXACTLY how its goin down.

Kurt Angle: Haha, arrogance...I like it! You got a lot of balls Cena, but its gonna take a lot more than that to beat Lesnar. I've squared off with him more than once and I've made him TAP OUT before too.

John Cena: So what? You come to offer you're ASSISTANCE to me or somethin'?

Kurt Angle: I could prepare you fully so that we both know that you're ready to fight Lesnar. With my help Cena, you WILL walk out of Royal Rumble with the belt.

John Cena: A couple months ago we were at each others throats, why should I trust you?

Kurt Angle: Just because I wanna help you out doesn't mean I like you...but as much as I don't like you, I HATE Lesnar more. And like I said, I want to see that title off his waist and on ANYBODY elses. Unfortunately I'm not cleared to wrestle until Royal Rumble, so I can't do it myself yet. But just think about this Cena...you beat Lesnar, I win the Rumble...and you can have your rematch with me at Wrestlemania. I beat ya last time and I know you want another chance to beat everyone's Olympic Hero...oh its true, its true...I can see it in your eyes Cena.

Cena stared Angle right in the eyes, thinking about it...

John Cena: Hell naw Kurt! I'm the Doctor of Thuganomics and I don't need help from nobody! You're right about one thing Kurt, I will win the belt...but it won't be with your help, it will be all MY doing! Now get the Hell up out my locker room!

Angle looked disappointed as he stood up and headed for the door. But once at the door, he stopped and turned around.

Kurt Angle: Hey Cena...the offer will stand, if you happen to change your mind.

Angle gave a more confident smile as he turned back around and left as Cena shrugged the thought off and returned to warming up. (88%)

:::Commercials:::

WWE Slam of the Week by Subway

Haas applied the Haas of Pain to Chavo! Eddie grabbed one of the Tag Titles. Danny came at him, but Eddie decked him with the belt! Doug received a similar shot from Eddie. The ref was too busy with the action in the ring to see Eddie's cheating. Eddie slid into the ring in an attempt to break up the submission on Chavo, but it was too late. Just as Eddie had slid into the ring, the pain became too much for Chavo and he tapped out.

Winners and NEW Tag Team Champions - The World's Greatest Tag Team

Overall: 76

Crowd: 71

Match: 82

Michael Cole: Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin regain the Tag Titles by taking advantage of Chavo's injury!

Benjamin and Haas quickly exited the ring with their titles and headed up the ramp in celebration. Eddie Guerrero looked down at Chavo who was struggling to get to his feet.

Tazz: Uh oh...the Guerreros have been very disfunctional lately...it could blow now!

Chavo stumbled to his feet and looked disappointed as Eddie approached him...but Eddie extended his hand to Chavo. Chavo looked at Eddie's arm and grabbed it...and pulled Eddie into a hug.

Eddie Guerrero (w/Chavo Guerrero) vs. Shelton Benjamin (w/Charlie Haas)

Pretty good match between two men who have gotten to know each other pretty well in the ring over the past few months. The lowrider made its return this week as Eddie and Chavo drove out in a blue beauty. It went back and forth the entire way, with Haas and Chavo both trying to cheat for their partner. Guerrero sent Benjamin to the mat with a snapmare and then hit a dropkick to the back of Benjamin's neck. Guerrero went for the pin. One, Two, kickout. Guerrero began to pull Benjamin up, but he fired at Guerrero with punches to the midsection. Benjamin pulled himself up as Guerrero doubled over. Benjamin hooked him and hit a double underhook suplex to Guerrero. Benjamin went for the pinfall. One, Two, kickout. Benjamin got back up and stomped on Guerrero a few times and then hit a legdrop across Guerrero's chest.

Benjamin went for another quick pin, but only got another two. He pulled Guerrero up and sent him to the ropes. Benjamin went for a clothesline, but Guerrero ducked and came back at Benjamin with a spin heel kick. Both men rolled back to their feet and Benjamin walked into a boot to the midsection from Guerrero. Guerrero hooked Benjamin and hit him with three rolling vertical suplexes. Guerrero then climbed to the top turnbuckle. Haas climbed up onto the apron and went for Guerrero, but Eddie gave him a kick to the face - sending him down to the floor. Guerrero came off the top with The Frog Splash to Shelton Benjamin. One, Two, Thre....Haas pulled the ref out of the ring!

Haas decked the ref with a right hand! Guerrero got back up and slid out of the ring running after Haas. Guerrero chased Haas around the ring until Haas slid into the ring as Benjamin was getting up. Guerrero slid into the ring as well, but Benjamin met him with a drop toe hold as Haas left the ring again. Benjamin grabbed Guerrero's legs and attempted some sort of leglock, but Guerrero used his legs to shove Benjamin into the ropes, where Chavo nailed Benjamin in the back with his crutch! Benjamin fell into Guerrero's grasps who then hit him with a snap suplex. Haas climbed into the ring, but Chavo called out to Eddie and tossed him the crutch. Eddie turned around and nailed Haas across the head with the crutch. Haas hit the mat and rolled out of the ring as Benjamin began to stumble up, but Guerrero decked him with a crutch shot across the head. Benjamin hit the mat again and Eddie slid the crutch back out to Chavo. Chavo rolled the ref back into the ring who crawled over as Eddie made the cover. One, Two, Three.

Winner - Eddie Guerrero

Overall: 81

Crowd: 81

Match: 80

Unpayable Debts

Backstage, Paul London and Spanky were playing Smackdown: Here Comes The Pain. The door of the room opened, and the Full Blooded Itallians entered the room unnoticed to the two.

Spanky: I got ya now! Its over! One, Two, Thre...

Paul London: Hahaha! I kicked out again! You can't stop me!

Spanky: No! Crap!

Paul London: I got you now...Angle Slam! One, Two, Th...

Suddenly the television went black....

Paul London: Hey! What's the deal?!

London and Spanky looked over and saw that Chuck Palumbo had pulled the plug on their game. Nunzio approached the two with Stamboli behind him.

Nunzio: Good evening gentlemen. We've come in regards to a bet you placed two weeks ago.

Spanky: laughing nervously Ha...ha...ha...about that...

Nunzio: Now I know good and well that you two are planning on paying up? I'm I correct in my assumption?

Spanky: Well...you see...thing that about that is...uhm, you tell 'em Paul.

Paul London: Uhh...yeah, the thing about is that...we...uhm...

Nunzio: You DO have the money, right?

London and Spanky nervously looked at each other as Nunzio coldly stared them down with Stamboli and Palumbo pounding their hands into their fists menancingly.

Spanky: ....The...money?

Nunzio: That's right, hand over the money you owe us for losing the bet. You said Hardcore Holly would beat Brock Lesnar. You lost, now you pay us. That's the way it works.

Spanky: Alright....you're right...we got the money...right Paul? Give 'em the money.

Paul London gave Spanky a strange look, but Spanky was gave London a wink and a nudge...and suddenly Paul caught on.

Paul London: Oh yeah! Well, its....HERE!

Spanky and London threw their Play Station 2 controllers at Stamboli and Palumbo...distracting them just long enough for London and Spanky to push threw them and run for the door. They ran for their lives.

Nunzio: Don't just stand there...we're going to collect!

With that, the FBI ran after Spanky & London...(69%)

-Spanky & Paul London gained overness-

Tazz: I've had some debt problems because of bad bets too, ya know.

Michael Cole: Really, how did you get out of it.

Tazz: Get out of it? Oh, maybe I shouldn't have brought that up...forget anything I've ever said...

Michael Cole: I always do.

The Weekly Lesson in Thuganomics

"Word Life" hit the PA system, bringing the crowd to their feet. Cena came out sporting blue jean shorts, a Texans jersey, his new Word Life hat, and his usual lock and chain around his neck. He came down to the ring, slapping the hands of fans on his way. Cena slid into the ring and grabbed the microphone.

John Cena: Yo, yo, yo, yo, yo, KILL IT!

Yo, the Doctor of Thuganomics here sayin' Happy New Year.

I shouldn't be wrestling tonight, I stayed up all night drinkin' beer!

But let me go ahead and share with you my New Years Resolution

I need more bling to wear, so that gold Lesnar has is the solution.

Some say I should fear Lesnar cuz he's a beast, he's got rabies.

But Brock ain't no beast, he's just a little baby.

I mean I just saw him backstage, sucking on Nathan Jone's tit!

So Brock, just go ahead and let me get the belt fit.

Tonight I got Big Show, and he's on his way out so I betta quit.

How can I tell...dude, I can smell you from here and it smells like...

Crowd: SHIT!

Tazz: Haha Word Life, Cole!

Cena threw down the mic and slid off his jersey and chain, placing them at ringside as he awaited the Big Show. (87%)

Main Event - Non-Title

John Cena vs. Big Show

Not a pretty match as John Cena just couldn't carry The Big Show to a good match. Big Show used his power, strength, and size advantage over Cena to get the advantage over the Doctor of Thuganomics. Cena came off the ropes at Big Show, but Big Show caught him in a Bear Hug. He locked it on tight as Cena tried to fight it off. Cena finally escaped by pounding on Big Show's head and then sliding down his back. Cena went for a sunset flip, but he couldn't pull Show down. Show reached down and grabbed Cena by the throat. He pulled Cena from under him and lifted him up into a chokelift. The ref gave Show a five count and told him to release it. Big Show dropped Cena to the mat.

Show stomped away at Cena and then pulled him up, but Cena raked Show's eyes. Cena began firing away at Big Show with right hands, causing Show to become wobbly. Cena bounced off the ropes and hit Show with a clothesline, but Show still didn't fall. The crowd was really getting behind Cena as he tried to take the Big Show off his feet. Cena hit Big Show with another clothesline that sent Big Show stumbling. Cena came off the ropes this time clipping Big Show's leg. Big Show dropped to one knee. Cena was again ran off the ropes and this time hit the Throwback to Big Show! Cena went for the pin. One, Two, Thre....Big Show kicked out.

Big Show began to pull himself up, but Cena hit him with some punches before hooking him by the head. Cena attempted to vertical suplex, but he couldn't get the giant up. Big Show pulls himself free, pulled Cena back and hit him with The Hog Log. Big Show went for the pin. One, Two, Thre...kickout. Big Show got up and argued with the ref over a slow count before turning his attention back to Cena. He came off the ropes and went to elbowdrop Cena, but Cena rolled out of the way! Both men got back to their feet and Cena hit some rapid fire punches to Big Show and then ran to the ropes. Cena came back at Big Show, but Big Show grabbed Cena by the throat going for the Chokeslam! But Cena went low with a kick to break free. Big Show was doubled over and stunned, so Cena took advantage. He struggled to get the big man onto his shoulders, but he managed to hit the F-U. Cena went for the pin. One, Two, Three.

Winner - John Cena

Overall: 77

Crowd: 84

Match: 63

Brock Lesnar came running down to the ring with a chair as Cena was having his hand raised by the ref. Lesnar slid into the ring and blindsided Cena from behind with the chair shot. Big Show was back up and joined in on the attack. Lesnar lifted Cena up and pushed him into Big Show, who gave Cena a huge Chokslam.

Michael Cole: John Cena is going to be come the latest victim of Team Lesnar!

Lesnar pulled Cena up and put him onto his shoulders, setting him up for the F-5. However, much to the delight of the fans, Chris Benoit came sprinting down the ramp. Benoit slid into the ring as Lesnar dropped Cena to the mat so he could meet Benoit with a clothesline. However, Benoit ducked and went behind Lesnar, hitting a Release German Suplex on him!

Big Show tried to meet Benoit with a right hand as he was getting up, but Benoit sidestepped it, grabbed Show by the arm and pulled him to the mat, locking on the Crippler Crossface! Big Show was tapping out when Lesnar got back up and picked the chair back up. He drove the chair down into Benoit's back, breaking up the submission. Cena had stumbled back up to his feet, but walked into another chairshot from Lesnar.

Big Show got back to his feet as Lesnar picked Benoit up and then dropped him with The F-5! Big Show and Lesnar stood victorious over Benoit and John Cena as the copyright logo appeared at the bottom of the screen...

End show.

Overall - 75

Quick Results

Matt Morgan def. Chris Kanyon

Rey Mysterio & Jamie Noble def. Kyo Dai

Sean O'Haire def. Rikishi

Eddie Guerrero def. Shelton Benjamin

John Cena def. Big Show

Highlight of the Night - The Cena & Angle segment (88%)

Match of the Night - Rey Mysterio & Jamie Noble vs Kyo Dai (83)

Flop of the Night - The Hardcore Holly Interview (58%)

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January 2, 2004

9:45 AM

Washington, D.C.

Lynn Asbury sat in his office at his desk looking over the various papers. This case would make or break him as an agent. His last case had left tarnished his legacy as the great agent he was and wanted to continue being. He had spent the last couple weeks studying the case. The time he was given off for Christmas was even spent on this case. It was becoming all he thought about. He just couldn't trace neither the accident itself or the incident inside the hospital back to one person. Who wanted Vince McMahon dead? Vince McMahon had his share of enemies...but was there really so many people who actually wanted him DEAD? Nevertheless, Lynn had looked over and made notes about all the suspects and had those papers right there infront of him.

Shane McMahon - Lynn found the fact that Shane did not ride with his father in the limo after the show to be a very strange coincidence. They ALWAYS rode together...why did this one time Shane suddenly decide to ride with Andrew Martin? And the one time Shane doesn't ride with Vince after the show, there's a crash. Either Shane was behind everything or it was just one HUGE coincidence. Either that or maybe Shane is Vince's good luck charm. Unfortunately, that was just an assumption...nothing concrete. There was obviously a motive for Shane...with the old man out of the picture, Shane would have a higher position in the company. It was no secret Shane hoped to follow in his father's footsteps of taking over the WWE...but would he be willing to take it THAT far? From all the reports Lynn had read, Shane was a nice, easy-going guy. Did he really have it in him to attempt to have his father killed? File him under Possible

Stephanie McMahon-Levesque - Obviously she had a similar motive as Shane does. But Stephanie had shown to be very hungry for power and a glory-hound. Apparantly she was upset at Vince about getting put off TV longer than she had to be. She wanted back infront of the camera, but Vince was too happy with the effort put forth by Paul Heyman on TV. But certainly that couldn't be reason enough for her to try and have her dad offed....she couldn't want it THAT bad...could she? Also, just like her brother, file this one under Possible.

Paul Levesque - Paul really loved his new wife, and would be willing to do anything for her. When he heard about Stephanie being upset at her father, perhaps that...mixed in with him still being a little upset about having to lose the World Heavyweight Title to Goldberg...caused him to go after the elder McMahon. Not a very strong case against the man better known as Triple H...but he couldn't be overlooked. However, past has shown him to have a good relationship with Vince McMahon...file this one under Doubtful

Linda McMahon - Another McMahon? Four suspects so far and three of them were McMahons! On those long road trips associated with working for the WWE, Vince would make it through those trips without Linda by making due with some special "ladies." They would releave all that stress from running the WWE. And the bad part about it all was that Linda knew how Vince would be unfaithful to her when on the road. She tried to live with it since she did love her husband, and she even told him that she did the same things while he was gone and she was stuck with meetings and paperwork at WWE HQ. But that was just a lie...as far as Lynn knew anyway...Linda had always been faithful to her husband. Perhaps she didn't say anything because she was afraid of the negative publicity it would bring the WWE, but knowing Vince McMahon...he probably would have welcomed ANY publicity. Perhaps one night she got so lonely she snapped and decided to get revenge on her husband...however, she deffinately wasn't the one sneaking into Vince's hospital room though, for obvious reasons. Doubtful

It takes a very disfunctional family to have 3 of your closest kin to be listed as suspects in your attempted murder case. This was just an early list of suspects however, the real investigation was yet to begin. More would probably turn up along the way. However, there was one suspect left off...the limo driver. He deffinately had to have SOMETHING to do with the attempt. He walked out of the hospital the same day as the crash with little injuries. He may not be the one behind it...but Lynn was 99.9% sure that he had something to do with it.

Thus, Lynn decided he would pay Wallace Warren a little visit and get him to answer some questions. The real investigation was about to get under way.

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Raw

January 4, 2004

Live from Memphis, Tennessee

Hosted by: JR & Jerry "The King" Lawler

Highlights from last week: Shawn Michaels was interrupted as he talked to his hometown of San Antonio by La Resistance, Booker T made the save for HBK setting up a tag team main event of Shawn Michaels & Booker T vs. La Resistance, The Union ripped up the Bring Back Austin petition, Kane and Goldberg had a confrontation in the ring that led to the making of their match for Royal Rumble, and Booker T & HBK defeated La Resistance in the main event.

The Raw opening video played before the screen cutted to the live shot of the Pyramid in Memphis, Tennessee. Various crowd shots were shown as the PYRO~! went off.

A License to Legend Kill

Evolution's theme kicked things off for Raw as Ric Flair led Batista (both in a suit) and Randy Orton (in wrestling gear) down to the ring. The crowd welcomed Evolution with loud boos.

JR: Happy New Year fans, its the first Raw of 2004! We have a new year's resolution to bring you the best action each and every week.

The King: I think 2004 is gonna be the best year ever for the WWE!

JR: Tonight we get the year started off right with an intruiging mixed tag match with Chris Jericho and Trish Stratus teaming up to take on Christian and Lita.

The King: We already knew Trish and Jericho's relationship was on the rocks, but what after what we saw last week, I think Lita and Christian may have issues too!

JR: Any relationship that is because of a bet has MANY issues.

The King: All that matters is that I'm gonna have to go console TWO women now...that's what I'm here for.

JR: No King, you're here to call the action with me. The match will be later, but it looks like we're going to start the first Raw of the new year off with Evolution.

Evolution had entered the ring and Ric Flair grabbed the microphone from Lillian Garcia as their music came to a close. Flair gave Lillian a look as she went to leave the ring.

Ric Flair: Whooooo! Lillian, after the show tonight, I want you to come with Evolution back to the Hotel room! Maybe you'll get to take a ride on space mountain! WHOOOO!

Lillian gave a little smile before leaving the ring as Flair turned to the crowd.

Ric Flair: MEMPHIS WHOOOOOOO TENNESSEE! WHOOOOO! I don't come here often and when I do....I HATE IT! This place is right up there in places I've always hated wrestling! I spent a lot of time here back in the day, and it is time I wish I had back! The only things Memphis ever created were a fat, drug-addicted rock star, and a fat sex-addicted old pervert who likes to call himself a wrestler!

The King: .....

JR: Easy King...

Ric Flair: Its a miracle Randy Orton has decided to grace you with his prescense this week! But he has insisted to keep up his streak against the legends of wrestling! Mick Foley, Steve Austin, Sgt. Slaughter, Jim Duggan, and Terry Funk have went down because of the greatness of The Legend Killer. And it will continue tonight. Now I know Memphis hasn't produced any legends...so we may have to get an out of towner this week! WHOOOOOOO!

The King: I'm gonna teach that punk a lesson!

JR: King...don't do anything stupid...

Jerry Lawler stood up from the announce booth with a microphone. The crowd began to chant "JERRY, JERRY!"

The King: Flair! You have A LOT of nerve to insult Memphis with me sitting right over here.

Ric Flair: What are you gonna do about it?

The King: I'll tell you what I'm gonna do! I'm gonna accept Orton's Legend Challenge! You may have been able to one up everyone else, but nobody comes into my hometown and does what you have done without getting away with it! This is MY home and I'm gonna teach Orton a lesson about respecting you're elders!

King tossed down his headset and left the microphone on the announce booth as he walked over to the ramp and began heading for the ring. Orton mocked Lawler as Flair and Batista left the ring to go to ringside. A ref came down to the ring and the match was officially on...(95%)

-Flair, Orton, and Batista gained overness-

The Legend Challenge

Jerry Lawler vs. Randy Orton (w/Flair & Batista)

This one won't pretty, but it had the crowd rockin' behind Lawler. Lawler and Orton exchanged blows to start the match off. Orton took the advantage after raking The King's eyes. He got Lawler into the corner and began nailing him with shoulder thrusts to Lawler's ribs. He then hit several knee lifts to Lawler before throwing him to the mat. Orton climbed to the top turnbuckle and waited for Lawler to get back to his feet. Orton came off the top with a cross body onto Lawler. One, Two, kickout. Both men got to their feet. Lawler went to clothesline Orton, but Orton ducked and applied a sleeper to Lawler. Lawler stumbled around the ring and started to pass out. The fans began to chant "JERRY, JERRY" again as they tried to get behind their hometown hero. Much to the delight of the fans, Lawler broke the sleeper with a jawbreaker. Orton was left stumbling and he walked right into a bodyslam from Lawler. Lawler climbed up onto the middle turnbuckle and came off with a fistdrop to Orton. Lawler went for the pin. One, Two, kickout.

Lawler lifted Orton up and began hitting him with several right hands before kicking Orton in the midsection and setting up him for the Piledriver! Flair jumped onto the apron to distract the ref, allowing Orton to escape the Piledriver by driving his head into Lawler's groin. Lawler doubled over and Orton hit him with the RKO as Flair jumped back down off the apron. Orton went for the pin. One, Two, Three.

Winner - Randy Orton

Overall: 74

Crowd: 82

Match: 58

JR: Damn Evolution!

The crowd booed loudly as Orton continued stomping on Lawler after the match. The ref continued to call for the bell and tried to get Orton off Lawler, but Flair entered the ring and threw the ref aside. Batista entered the ring with steel chair in hand and gave it to Orton. Orton began driving the chair down into Lawler's ribs. The crowd was booing extremely loudly now. Orton dropped the chair to the mat and pulled Lawler up. He shoved Lawler into Batista, who drove Lawler down into the chair with the Spinebuster.

Orton picked Lawler up once again and this time hit the RKO on him onto the chair. He then picked the chair up and drove it repeatedly into his back this time. Paramedics and security flooded the ring to get Evolution out of there. They left, but the damage had been done...

:::Commercials:::

The Champ is Here...

A black limo pulled up outside the Pyramid as we came back from commercials. The limo driver got out of his seat and walked around to the back, opening the door. Goldberg got out from the limo carrying the World Heavyweight Title. He began to walk towards the arena entrance, but Kane appeared from behind another car and attacked Goldberg from behind! Kane grabbed Goldberg by the head and slammed it into the side of one car, and then threw Goldberg head first into the window of his own limo. The glass cracked, but didn't quite break. Thus, Kane pulled Goldberg up again and threw him head first into the window once more, this time shattering the glass.

Kane had an evil smirk on his face as he looked down at the unconscious World Champ. He picked the belt up from the ground and stared at it. His smile became more demented as he held the belt up, and then dropped it across Goldberg's fallen body. He turned and headed for the arena...(79%)

-Goldberg lost overness-

JR: I'm not sure what Goldberg's status will be after that attack, but I do know that Jerry Lawler has been taking to the nearby Memphis hospital...Evolution has taken it too far...Lawler could be seriously injured from those shots he took to his back.

JR was interrupted as The Coach walked out to join him at the announce booth.

JR: Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse.

Coach: Come on JR, it's The Coach! Coach and JR - back together again!

JR: I could do this better without you, what are you doing here?

Coach: The Union feels the broadcast needs a more unbiased view of the show, and I was the man for the job, of course.

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHH YYYYYYYYEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH

Matt Hardy's music played as he walked out to a decent amount of heel heat. He walked to the top of the ramp and held up the Version 1.0 symbol before he turned and headed for the announce booth.

JR: Great...let's add another.

Matt Hardy: Hello JR...Coach...this Raw broadcast just got an injection of Mattitude!

Coach: It needed an injection of something!

JR: What's your deal coming out here Hardy?

Matt Hardy: Last week I won a shot at the Intercontinental Title...I noticed RVD wants to scout me out, so I'm returning the favor. Its one of the main rules of Mattitude.

Coach: Yeah come on JR, everybody knows that. How can you call yourself an MFer without knowing that.

JR: I never called myself an MFer...

Non-Title Match

Rob Van Dam vs. Rob Conway (w/Rene Dupree)

An alright match that had a few sloppy parts. Conway had Van Dam in the corner, hitting him with some back elbows before attempting an Irish Whip into the corner. However, RVD reversed it and sent Conway into the opposite corner. RVD came running in and hit a running shoulder thrust to Conway. This sent Conway down into a seated position in the corner. RVD backed up to the center of the ring, then ran into the corner with a seated dropkick right to Conway's face. RVD pulled Conway out of the corner, then hit a spinning legdrop to Conway's chest. He went for the pin. One, Two, kickout.

RVD waited for Conway to get back to his feet before he went for a high kick. Conway ducked and then hit RVD with a side belly-to-belly suplex. Conway went for the pin. One, Two, Th...kickout. Conway got back up and dropped an elbow down onto RVD. He pulled RVD up and set him up for a DDT, but RVD reversed it with a Northern Lights Suplex. One, Two, Th...kickout. Van Dam got back to his feet, came of the ropes, and hit Conway with the Rolling Thunder. He climbed to the top turnbuckle, going for the Five Star Frog Splash, but Rene Dupree jumped on the apron and went after Van Dam. RVD met Dupree with a kick to the face, sending him down off the apron. RVD then leaped off the top with a splash down onto Dupree at ringside. Both men were down as Conway began to get up.

Rob Van Dam rolled back into the ring, but Conway was up and met him with boots to the back. He pulled RVD up and nailed him with a snap suplex. He went for the pin...One, Two, Thre...kickout. Conway pulled RVD up and sent him into the corner hard. The force knocked RVD off his feet to the mat in the corner. Conway came over and pulled him up. He lifted Conway up onto the top turnbuckle. Conway climbed up with him and hooked him for a superplex, but RVD began to fight him off. RVD shoved Conway down off the top to the mat, and then hit the split-legged moonsault onto Conway! One, Two, Thre...shoulder up.

Rob Van Dam began to pull Conway up, but Conway punched RVD in the midsection and then rolled him up with an inside cradle. One, Two, kickout. Both men rolled back to their feet. Conway went for a clothesline, but RVD ducked. Conway turned around into a jumping side kick from RVD. This brought Matt Hardy to his feet at the announce booth.

JR: What do you think you're doing?!

Matt Hardy: All this scouting is great...but I think I need a closer look.

Hardy took off his headset and headed to the ramp. Conway was decked as RVD clibmed to the top turnbuckle. He came off the top with the Five Star Frog Splash onto Conway! One, Two, Thre....Dupree pulled the ref out of the ring to stop the count. The ref threatened Dupree as Hardy slid into the ring. RVD got up upset, but Hardy caught him off gaurd with a kick to the midsection. Hardy followed up with the Twist of Fate onto RVD. Hardy rolled Conway onto RVD before leaving the ring. The ref was done arguing with Dupree and re-entered the ring. He was confused about how Conway ended up ontop of RVD, but he had no choice. One, Two, Three.

Winner - Rob Conway

Overall: 78

Crowd: 79

Match: 79

-Rob Conway gained overness-

Coach: What a win for the great future superstar, Rob Conway! He's got skills JR!

JR: It took interferance from Matt Hardy for him to win!

Coach: What match where YOU watching?

Matt Hardy entered the ring as Rob Conway left celebrating with his tag partner. Hardy stomped on RVD some before he pulled him up and hooked him for another Twist of Fate. However, Shawn Michaels came sprinting down to the ring!

JR: Shawn Michaels is going to make the save for Rob Van Dam!

Coach: What's he doing?!

JR: It was a few weeks ago that Matt Hardy verbally assaulted Shawn Michaels and then phsyically as well. HBK is returning the favor!

Matt dropped RVD back to the floor to meet HBK as he entered the ring. They exchanged punches until HBK sent Hardy into the ropes. HBK was going to attempt the Sweet Chin Music to Hardy as he came back off the ropes, but Hardy wisely grabbed the ropes to stop himself and slid out of the ring to safety.

JR: Matt Hardy just got lucky!

Coach: Looked more like skill to me JR.

Shawn Michaels checked on Rob Van Dam as Matt Hardy headed back up the ramp. HBK and Hardy stared each other down from a distance as we headed for...

:::Commercials:::

WWE - Sting of the Night by YJ Stinger

Christian went for the pin. One, Two, kickout. Christian began to pull Hardy up, but Hardy hit him with a blatant low blow, which brought Lita up onto the apron in anger. The ref went over to Lita as Hardy grabbed Christian. Hardy smiled as he pushed Christian into Lita! Christian stumbled backwards into a roll up from Hardy! The ref was quick to turn around and get into position. One, Two, Three.

Winner - Matt Hardy

Overall: 76

Crowd: 81

Match: 90

Matt Hardy quickly left the ring and headed up the ramp with his arms raised in victory. Christian stumbled to his feet as Lita tried to apologize, but Christian was visibly upset. Lita continued to try to comfort Christian, but he turned his back to her and looked like he was going to attack her...but he thought better of it and just left the ring. A very concerned Lita followed him...

Reconciliation

Screen came back in backstage as Christian was preparing for the mixed tag match later on tonight. The door of the locker room opened and Lita walked in, looking concerned.

Lita: Christian...I need to talk to you...

Christian: Yeah..me too..

Lita: Listen, I'm sorry about what happened last week, it was...

Christian: No...Lita, I'm sorry. I shouldn't have gotten mad at you. It was just the heat of the competition kinda thing.

Lita: No, I shouldn't have got involved in your match...

Christian: You were just tryin' to help. Listen, that was last week...let's put that all behind us and move foward in this relationship. We gotta focus on the big match tonight.

Lita: Christian, you're the best!

Christian: with a confident smile Yeah, I know. Oh, sorry about your loss last week...Jericho has alotta nerve. Have you talked to Trish about it yet?

Lita: No...not yet...I'm still mad at her for accusing you.

Christian: I think you should tell her how she won the title in the first place...

Lita: I will, but first...I have a proposal for you...

Lita sexually walked up to Christian...

Lita: If we win tonight, I think we're both in line for a little....reward.

A look of surprise crossed Christian's face as Lita said this. His shocked look was replaced with a big grin....the screen zoomed in on Christian's reaction as we went back to the ring. (78%)

Booker T vs. Scott Steiner (w/Test & Stacy Keibler)

Booker T had his hands full in this suprisingly good match as he had to fend off both Steiner and Test. Steiner and Booker T have been wrestling each other for a long time and know each other well, so that would explain their chemistry and the reason the match was good. Steiner had controlled the match until Steiner showboated a bit too much, allowing Booker T to revive himself. Booker had climbed to the top turnbuckle as Steiner stumbled to his feet. He came off and nailed Big Poppa Pump with a missle dropkick. Booker T went for the pin. One, Two, kickout. Both men were back to their feet. Booker T met Steiner with some forearm shots before sending him into the ropes. Booker went for a spin kick, but Steiner ducked and then came off the ropes again, nailing Booker with a stiff clothesline. Steiner did the bicep kiss before hitting Booker T with an elbowdrop. Steiner rolled over and did push-ups next to Booker T as the fans booed him loudly.

Booker stumbled back to his feet and walked into a backbreaker from Steiner. Steiner went for the pin. One, Two, Th...kickout. Steiner argued with the ref about making a slow count, giving Booker some time to try and pull himself up. Steiner turned backed to Booker and nailed him with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Steiner went for the pin again. One, Two, Thre...kickout. Steiner pulled Booker up and lifted him up into a Gorilla Press. Steiner very nonchallantly drops Booker to the mat, smacking it hard. Steiner made an arrogant cover on Booker T. One, Two, Thr...shoulder up. Steiner was angered as he got up and pulled Booker T up. He lifted Booker T up for a vertical suplex, but Booker T escaped and slid down Steiner's back. Booker shoved Steiner into the ropes and caught him with a boot to the midsection as he came back off the ropes. Booker T bounced off the ropes and hit the Scissors Kick to Steiner! Booker dropped to one knee and the crowd popped for the SPINAROONIE!

As Booker hit the Spinaroonie, Test entered the ring and went after him. He went for the Big Boot, but Booker ducked. Test came back off the ropes into a spin kick from Booker T that sent Test rolling out of the ring. However, Test's momentary distraction had given Steiner enough time to wake back up and start to try and get back to his feet. Booker T went for another Scissors Kick, but Steiner moved out of the way and T-Bone Suplexed Booker T. Steiner went for the pin. One, Two, Thre....Booker T just barely kicked out. Steiner got up, angry once again and yelled at ringside to Stacy for a chair. Keibler reluctantly picked a chair up and climbed onto the apron with it. Steiner grabbed the chair and tried to pull it from Stacy, but she didn't want to let go. They had a brief tug-of-war with the chair before Stacy let go of the chair and sent Steiner stumbled backwards into Booker T. Booker T forced Steiner to drop the chair with a kick to the midsection and then hit Steiner with The Bookend! Booker went for the pin. One, Two, Three.

Winner - Booker T

Overall: 84

Crowd: 85

Match: 84

Test immediately attacked Booker T after the bell, hitting him with The Big Boot. He called for some reinforcements, bringing out La Resistance. Steiner was back up and they were all giving it to the fallen Booker.

The Coach: Look at the team work JR! The Union is a well oiled machine!

JR: This is dispicable!

The fans boos' turned to cheers as Val Venis and Lance Storm came running down to the ring. They immediately took Dupree down with a double clothesline. Conway ran at them and got a double backdrop. Steiner and Test went head on with Venis and Storm, exchanging punches until Conway and Dupree where both back up. Dupree blindsided Storm while Conway took out Venis. The numbers became too much as The Union had Booker, Venis, and Storm all three down.

The Union were victorious in the ring over Booker T, Val Venis, and Lance Storm as we went to...

:::Commercials:::

The GM's Office

The screen comes back from commercials inside the GM office with Eric Bischoff looking delighted as he saw with The Union had just done to Booker T, Val Venis, and Lance Storm. As he watched, Kane entered the office. Bischoff looked very intimidated as Kane approached.

Eric Bischoff: Kane! My man! What can I do for ya?

Kane: I want to destroy someone tonight!

Eric Bischoff: Well you already did a pretty good job to Goldberg.

Kane: My thirst for blood is growing Bischoff...I need some more. Give me fresh meat tonight!

Eric Bischoff: Alright Kane, I'll give you what you want. Go out there and I'll give you not only some fresh meat, but it'll be a GREAT warm-up for Goldberg at Royal Rumble.

Kane smirked as he turned to leave the office. As he was leaving, a very ecstatic Union entered the office rather loudly.

Eric Bischoff: Heeeey guys! That was great stuff out there! That should send Foley a little message about not giving into the Union's demands!

They all cheered in unison as the door opened and Mick Foley walked in to interrupt the celebration.

Mick Foley: Eric, if you think that sending those guys out there to the ring to beat up some of my supporters is gonna make me change my mind about Austin...YOU'RE WRONG! You've got another thing comin'!

Eric Bischoff: Yeah well...if you don't change your mind, you'll be taken out with 'em!

Mick Foley: I don't think so, Eric! And as for you four, not including you Al because you've never technically been a wrestler...

Al Snow had to be restrained by his fellow Union members...

Mick Foley: You want to use the numbers game? Well NEXT WEEK, we're going to even up the sides! I see it like this...Scott Steiner, Test, Rob Conway, and Rene Dupree VERSUS Booker T, Val Venis, Lance Storm, and a man who will want some redemption from earlier tonight...Rob Van Dam!

The Union all been arguing at Foley at once, but that just brought a smile to the Co-GM's face.

Mick Foley: Play nice boys and HAVE A NICE DAY!

Foley left the room content as Eric Bischoff was left to try and calm down his men. (82%)

Trust Issues

Trish was in the locker room stretching for the match later on, her women's title sitting on the bench near her. As she was stretching, Chris Jericho entered her locker room. Trish looked over and saw him. She wasn't too pleased to see him.

Trish: Chris, don't start again...

Chris Jericho: I just wanted to see if you were ready for the match tonight. Is there anything wrong with that?

Trish: So you didn't come here to beg for me back like usual?

Chris Jericho: Listen Trish, I'm trying to prove my love for you. I gave up my favor for you and I even...well I was there to support you last week. I really do love you.

Trish: ...I really wish I could believe you.

Chris Jericho: Why can't you! I'm right here infront of you saying it! What's not to believe?!

Trish: I'm sorry Chris...but...I just can't trust you.

Chris Jericho: Trish...

Trish: Chris, tonight we'll be teammates, but as far as I'm concerned, it will be the last time we're ever partners in ANYTHING! So, just get out of my dressing room and after tonight GET OUTTA MY LIFE!

Jericho looked dejected as he gave in to Trish's demands. He left her locker room with the camera following him. Once outside, he kicked the wall in anger before heading down the hallway. (97%)

-Trish Stratus gained overness-

:::Commercials:::

JR: I'm beginning to wonder if maybe Chris Jericho truly is smitten with Trish.

The Coach: Jericho? Nah JR, he's a tru playa! He don't need Trish, he can have any woman he wants!

JR: I guess time will tell. But who will Bischoff give Kane as a "warm-up" to Goldberg?

The Coach: I bet it will be somebody RUTHLESS and DANGEROUS!

STAND BACK! There's a HURRICANE Comin' Through!

JR: You have got to be kidding me! Nothing against The Hurricane, but this won't be pretty.

The Coach: I love it JR! What better to test Kane's skills than against a bonified superhero! A true clash of the titans!

JR: Oh brother.

The Hurricane vs. Kane

Kane's former tag partner, Hurricane, went right at Kane from the get go, hitting him with some fast and furious punches and kicks...all of which Kane no-sold. Hurricane bounced off the ropes and went for a cross body, but Kane caught him in mid-air. Kane walked with Hurricane over to the corner and dropped him down across the top turnbuckle head first. Hurricane stumbled back, but Kane shoved him back into the corner and began hitting Hurricane with a flurry of punches. Hurricane stumbled out of the corner right into a big boot from Kane. Kane lifted Hurricane up and grabbed him by the throat to set up the Chokeslam, but Hurricane hit some quick kicks to Kane's knees to block it! Hurricane hit a dropkick to Kane's knee to bring him down to one knee. Hurricane bounced off the ropes and hit The Shining Wizard to Kane! He went for the pin. One, Kane powered out!

Kane sat up and then got to his feet as Hurricane bounced off the ropes, but ran right into a sidewalk slam from Kane. One, Two, Thre...Hurricane got his shoulder up. Kane pulled Hurricane up and went for the Chokeslam again, but Hurricane once again fended it off, similar to the way he did before. A dropkick to Kane's midsection doubled him over, and Hurricane sent Kane to the mat with a swinging neckbreaker! He quickly took to the top rope as Kane sat up again! Hurricane came off looking for a flying clothesline, but Kane caught him by the throat and slammed him hard to the mat with a huge Chokeslam! One, Two, Three.

Winner - Kane

Overall: 80

Crowd: 80

Match: 81

An Unstable Monster

The fans booed as Kane pulled Hurricane's limp body up and tossed him over the top rope. Kane demanded for a microphone, and he was quickly given one.

Kane: GOLDBERG!!! That is your future! RIGHT THERE! That title you hold around your waist is MY DESTINY not yours...yours is to be lying limp in a pool of your own blood JUST LIKE HIM! You are no champion! I DESERVE TO BE CHAMPION!

The fans began to chant "GOLDBERG, GOLDBERG" loudly, highly annoying Kane.

Kane: SHUT UP!

The fans just chanted louder...

Kane: YOU CAN CHANT ALL YOU WANT! BUT IT WON'T BRING HIM OUT! You know why? Because I showed him true pain! He won't be making it out here tonight...BECAUSE OF ME!

Kane turned his back to the entrance way to face the other camera...

Kane: The clock is ticking...Royal Rumble approaches...Goldberg's reign as champion is slowly fading out...and the ERA OF KANE is about to begin!

Little did Kane know, that a battered and bruised Goldberg with bandage across forhead had made his way from the back down to the ring. The fans began cheering...

Kane: No, Goldberg won't be about here tonight...he'll be lucky to make it to...

Kane turned around and got SPEARED by Goldberg! The fans loved it as Goldberg pulled Kane back up off the mat. He lifted Kane up and executed the Jackhammer to the Big Red Machine! Goldberg got back up and celebrated with the crowd cheering him on. His music started blaring over the PA system before he left the ring. As Goldberg walked up the ramp, Kane sat up!

JR: Can anything stop this monster?!

An outraged Kane got to his feet and climbed out of the ring to ringside. In a fit of rage he began throwing things around ringside. He lifted the ring steps up and slammed them to the floor.

JR: He's out of control!

Security quickly came down to ringside to control Kane...it took some mace to the eyes to finally get Kane under their control...(78%)

:::Commercials:::

A great highlight video on the soap opera that has been known as the Jericho/Trish/Christian/Lita saga was shown. Then replays were shown of the segments between Lita & Christian and Trish & Jericho leading up to tonight's main event.

Mixed Tag Match - Main Event

Chris Jericho & Trish Stratus vs. Christian & Lita

The crowd was really into this match, and it was certainly like two different matches. When Jericho and Christian were in the ring, it was a four star quality match, but when Lita and Trish got involved, it was back down to your basic women's match. Christian and Lita worked well together, while Trish was still not happy about having to team up with Jericho. Christian had Jericho in the corner working him over with some stiff chops. He then pulled Jericho over to Lita and tagged her in. Christian held Jericho and allowed Lita to slap him across the face as a little redemption for last week. With Lita tagged in, Trish entered the ring and ran over and met her with a clothesline.

Christian sent Jericho out of the ring and then he climbed out onto the apron. Lita was back up and Trish met her with a couple punches before sending her into the ropes. Lita came back off the ropes and ran right into a knee lift from Trish, sending her to the mat. Lita rolled back to her feet and Trish met her with a kick to the midsection. Trish went for a powerbomb on Lita, but she reversed it into a hurricanrana! Lita went for the pin. One, Two, kickout. Both women got back up to their feet. Lita gave Trish a kick to the midsection and then dropped her with a DDT. She went for the pin. One, Two, Thre...Jericho entered the ring and pulled her off Trish. Jericho left the ring as Lita gave him a dirty look.

Trish slowly got back up to her feet as Lita bounced off the ropes, but ran right into a standing sidekick from Trish. Trish stumbled over and tagged Jericho in. Jericho entered and Christian ran entered, running right at Jericho. Christian went for a clothesline, but Jericho ducked and and took Christian down with a back elbow. Christian quickly got back up to his feet and swung a wild right hand at Jericho, but Jericho ducked again and this time hit Christian with a back suplex. He grabbed Christian's legs and began to try and turn him over into the Walls of Jericho, but Christian fought it off and flipped Jericho to the mat with his legs. Jericho got back to his feet, but Christian had got behind him and dropped Jericho with an inverted DDT.

Christian went for the pin. One, Two, Thre...kickout. Lita was back up in her corner now. Christian went around to Jericho's legs and grabbed them as if he was going for the Walls of Jericho on Jericho, but he was unable to turn Jericho over. So, instead, he executed a catapult on Jericho into the corner. Unfortunately, the ref was occupying that corner and Jericho collided with the ref in the corner! Christian motioned for Lita to enter the ring. He pulled Jericho up for her and gave him a kick to the midsection. Jericho was doubled over and Lita went to hit him with the Twist of Fate! Trish came running into the ring and leaped onto Christian's back, applying a chokehold to Christian. Jericho shoved Lita away to block the Twist of Fate as Christian snapmared Trish off his back to the mat.

Jericho saw that Christian had laid out Trish and he snapped. He leaped onto Christian with a Thesz Press and then began slamming Christian's head into the mat. Lita realized Trish was still down, and she climbed up to the top turnbuckle. Jericho got off of Christian, who immediately rolled out of the ring to escape Jericho and catch a breather. Meanwhile, Lita came off the top looking for the Moonsault onto Trish. However, Trish got her knees up and caught Lita with them. Trish got back to her feet as Lita stumbled up holding her ribs. Trish grabbed Lita by the head and hit the Stratusfaction, while Jericho bounced off the ropes and then hit Lita with the Lionsault!

After that teamwork, Trish and Jericho stopped and stared at each other for a moment. Jericho motioned for Trish to make the pin as Jericho turned his back to go wake the ref up. As Trish went towards Lita, Christian climbed back into the ring armed with a steel chair and was going after Trish! The ref was starting to come to, so Jericho turned his attention back to Trish and saw Christian. Jericho ran and shoved Trish down to the mat just as Christian was swinging the chair, causing Jericho to take a STIFF chairshot that decked him. The stiff chairshot had busted him open. The ref began to get up so Chrisitan slid the chair out of the ring and immediately went for the pin. The ref made his way over to make the count. Trish was still stunned from Jericho's shove to try and make the save...One, Two, Three.

Winners - Christian & Lita

Overall: 81

Crowd: 86

Match: 72

-Lita & Christian gained overness-

Lita and Christian hugged in celebration before they rolled out to ringside. Christian lifted Lita up into his arms and carried her up the ramp...

The Coach: Christian and Lita won...does this mean...

JR: For Lita's sake...I hope not.

The Coach: Christian's a man in love JR, don't doubt him!

JR: From what I've seen...I don't know what to believe anymore. Jericho took a bullet for Trish and that was one of the hardest chairshots I've ever seen.

The Coach: Well JR, that's what he gets for saving a woman.

Jericho was still out cold from the chairshot he took from Christian. Trish crawled over to Jericho to check on him. She had a honest look of concern on her face as she looked down at the fallen Jericho. The WWE copyright logo appeared on the screen as the camera zoomed in on Trish sitting next to Jericho concerned...screen faded out.

End Show.

Overall - 81%

Quick Results

Randy Orton def. Jerry Lawler

Rob Conway def. Rob Van Dam

Booker T def. Scott Steiner

Kane def. The Hurricane

Christian & Lita def. Chris Jericho & Trish

Highlight of the Night - Jericho & Trish segment (97%)

Match of the Night - Booker T vs. Scott Steiner (84)

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This is one of the best diarys I've read, both story wise and booking wise since BVS. Keep it up man, you have a reader in me.

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  • 3 weeks later...

January 7th, 2004

8:03 AM

Edgemont, South Dakota

You know if someone moves to South Dakota, they're probably hiding from something. There isn't very much in South Dakota and it would make for a very good hide out. Wallace Warren was the limo driver for Vince McMahon the night of the accident. Somehow Wallace had been able to avoid all reporters and all media. He did no interviews after the accident...how was that even possible? And he escaped the wreck with little to no injuries. Was it all just one big coincidence? Probably not.

Lynn Asbury was driving through Edgemont. He had tracked Mr. Warren down and had even spoke with him on the phone. On the phone, Warren sounded nervous...he was a man who had made some wrong choices and was wanting to get out of his current situation. He had agreed to meet with Asbury to tell him EVERYTHING. Asbury couldn't believe the bit of good luck he had run into. There was deffinately a conspiracy going on here...and he was this close to discovering it right off the bat.

Whoever was behind the attempted murders of Vince McMahon must have had something on Warren. Something they could use to blackmail him into going along with the plan. Whatever the case may be, Lynn was about to get all the answers from Wallace Warren. They had agreed to meet at 8:30 at a local café. Asbury pulled up to the café and stepped out of his rented silver Dodge Intrepid. He entered the café and had a seat...it was now 8:20...Warren should be there at any moment. He ordered a cup of coffee as he waited...

9:00 AM

Mr. Warren was a no-show. Asbury had been waiting for 30 minutes for him to arrive, but nothing. Perhaps he had become so afraid of what would happen to him if the person in charge found out that he decided not to show up. Asbury had Warren's home address, so if he wasn't going to come to Asbury - then Asbury would come to him. He paid for his coffee, exited the café, and got back in his rental car. Warren had seemed very interested in talking when they had spoke on the phone yesterday. It didn't add up...

Asbury pulled into the Edgemont Crossings, the apartment complex where Wallace Warren had made his residence since the night of the accident. He left his car and headed to building 3...Warren's apartment was on the second floor in room 29. He knocked on the door...no answer.

"Mr. Warren, this is Agent Asbury....we spoke on the phone last night."

Still no reply. He knocked a few more times, but harder.

"Mr. Warren, open up!"

Asbury backed up a bit and then gave the door three hard kicks before it swung open. He made sure that he had his gun ready just incase he would need it. The apartment was dark and the television could be heard on in the other room. He slowly creeped through the kitchen and into the living room where the television was at. He could see that the recliner infront of the TV was occupied by someone...Asbury made his way over to the recliner and his jaw dropped as he saw the sight before him.

"Holy....shit..."

There infront of him, his only lead on the case - Mr. Wallace Warren, was sitting in the recliner...with blood down his face, staining his shirt and the recliner and with a bullet hole right in the middle of his forehead...

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Smackdown!

January 8, 2004

Taped from Huntsville, Alabama

Hosted by: Michael Cole & Tazz

Highlights from Last Week: The highlights started off with another replay of Lesnar's relaying off Team Lesnar where he promised to make Stephanie pay for firing Paul Heyman, then clips of members of Team Lesnar taking apart Chris Kanyon and Hardcore Holly, next Kurt Angle was shown offering his training assistance to John Cena - who turned him down, clips of Big Show vs. John Cena were shown, the final clips were of Lesnar taking out Cena and Benoit at the end of last week's show.

Smackdown opening! PYRO~! We were TAPED from Huntsville, Alabama! Michael Cole and Tazz were at ringside as usual to call the nights action.

Michael Cole: We're in Huntsville for SMACKDOWN! The fans are ready, and we're ready for another amazing show!

Tazz: Oh no doubt, Cole, no doubt. We got Chris Benoit and John Cena teaming up again to take on the huge team of Brock Lesnar and Big Show of Team Lesna!

Michael Cole: Speaking of Team Lesnar, Tazz, another huge member of that group is A-Train, who will be taking on Alabama's own Hardcore Holly tonight!

Tazz: There's no doubt in my mind that it'll be a rocketbusta, Cole!

"Somebody Call My Momma" hit the PA system as The Cat along with strangely enough, Orlando Jordan came walking down to the ring. The fans didn't really care too much that they were on their way down to the ring. A ref climbed into the ring...

Michael Cole: The Cat and Orlando Jordan...I don't see a match involving them scheduled? What's going on here?

They entered the ring, and The Cat grabbed the microphone.

The Cat: Hey....Hey...Hey! I don't know why we were told to come down here, but I'm guessin' it's because the people in the back wanted the ratings to go UP! So they want me out here to DANCE!

Orlando Jordan gave The Cat a look of confusion...

The Cat: You can either dance too, or hit the showers man! Somebody call my momma, I'm bout to show Huntsville how to DANCE! HIT MY MUSIC!

Some music did hit, but it wasn't the Cat's....it was Brock Lesnar's!

Tazz: Well...Here comes the pain!

Team Lesnar walked out onto the stage in full force. Brock Lesnar, with WWE Title around his waist, led the troops down to the ring as they surrounded the ring. Lesnar looked over at Matt Morgan and Nathan Jones and pointed to the ring. Jones and Morgan climbed up onto the apron..

Michael Cole: Looks like we got ourselves a match!

The Cat & Orlando Jordan vs. Morgan & Jones (w/Team Lesnar)

Squash. Squash. Squash. Double Squash. Morgan and The Cat went right at their large opponents. Orlando hit Nathan Jones with some rapid fire punches, but Jones sent Orlando Jordan to the mat with a kick to the face. A sidewalk slam from Morgan laid out The Cat. Jordan stumbled back up to his feet, and Jones and Morgan hit him with the Double Chokeslam. Cat was back up as well, and he also got the Double Chokeslam from Morgan & Jones. Jones lifted The Cat back up as Morgan lifted Jones back up and they each hit their respective man with synchronized Power Bombs. They each pinned their man. This one was academic...One, Two, Three.

Winners - Morgan & Jones

Overall: 66

Crowd: 61

Match: 72

Unstopable

The rest of Team Lesnar entered the ring as the ref quickly high-tailed it out of the ring. A-Train pulled Orlando Jordan back to his feet and dropped him back to the mat with the Derailler while Big Show grabbed The Cat by the throat, lifted him off the mat, then sent him back down with The Chokeslam. Brock Lesnar had a microphone in hand...

Tazz: Looks like you can add two more victims to Team Lesnar's hit count.

Brock Lesnar: Don't you just LOVE IT? There isn't anyone who can stop us! Look at this force! Even without the genius of Paul Heyman, we're still running things here on Smackdown! As you can see...no one is safe unless they're on Team Lesnar. This is an unstopable force you are looking at in this ring. However, there are two little runts who think they can do something about us...and that's John Cena and Chris Benoit.

Just mentioning their names caused the fans to pop.

Brock Lesnar: Oh yeah? You want to see them, huh? Well your all in luck! Because tonight you get to witness their end! Because they want to take on Team Lesnar...they're gonna get their opportunity! Tonight me and Big Show take on those two and tonight we will END THEIR CAREERS! There will be no title shot for John Cena and there will be no Chris Benoit in the Royal Rumble. Because tonight, Team Lesnar takes its two most important victims yet...they may have survived last week, but that was just a small taste of what they'll get tonight. Because tonight Benoit...tonight Cena...WE'RE BRINGING THE PAIN!

The fans continued to boo as "Here Comes The Pain" hit the PA System again. Team Lesnar celebrated in the ring as we headed to some paid advertisements. (76%)

-Brock Lesnar lost overness-

:::Commercials:::

Chris Kanyon vs. Shannon Moore (w/Sean O'Haire)

Not the best match from either performer. O'Haire watched the match intently from ringside as Moore and Kanyon went back and forth for the duration. Moore drove Kanyon face first into the mat with a bulldog. He immediately looked to O'Haire outside as if he was asking him what to do next. Moore then headed to the top turnbuckle, but he had waisted too much time, and Kanyon was back up. Kanyon climbed with Moore up to the top. They exchanged a few blows until Kanyon positioned Moore and came off the top with a super Russian Legsweep on Moore! Both men were down because of the high risk move.

Kanyon finally rolled over to cover Moore, but only got a two count. Both men got back to their feet and Kanyon lifted Moore up with a shoulder lift. He then dropped Moore off his shoulders into a face first powerbomb. He went for the pin again. One, Two, Th...O'Haire put Moore's foot on the bottom rope. Kanyon, angered by O'Haire's interferance, slid out of the ring and started to stalk O'Haire. But O'Haire backed up with his arms extended, as if he was asking for Kanyon to lay off...this momentary distraction allowed Moore to get back to his feet. Moore bounced off the ropes with Running Somersault Plancha onto Kanyon! O'Haire pulled both men up and rolled them both back into the ring!

Moore crawled over and made the cover on Kanyon. One, Two, Thre...kickout. Both men slowly got back up to their feet. Moore came off the ropes running at Kanyon, but Kanyon lifted Moore up into a firemen's carry and then dropped him into a flapjack! Kanyon now went for the pin. One, Two, Thre...shoulder up. Kanyon pulled Moore up by his hair and put him into another shoulder lift. However, Moore fended it off with several right hands to Kanyon's head and he reversed it into a Victory Roll! One, Two, Three!

Winner - Shannon Moore

Overall: 68

Crowd: 60

Match: 76

-Shannon Moore gained overness-

Sean O'Haire climbed into the ring as the ref raised Shannon Moore's hand in victory. Kanyon had crawled to the corner where he tried to come back to his senses. Moore looked to O'Haire for approval on the victory, but O'Haire had his attention turned to Chris Kanyon. Kanyon stared back up at O'Haire with an extremely confused look on his face as O'Haire just smirked and rubbed his chin.

Michael Cole: Sean O'Haire is a very deranged individual...

Shannon Moore tugged on O'Haire's arm in an attempt to gain his attention, but this just angered O'Haire, who turned around, lifted Moore up, and gave him the Cruel Intentions. Kanyon was perplexed as he watched O'Haire lay out his own...well, whatever Moore was to O'Haire. O'Haire looked back over to Kanyon, but Kanyon slid out of the ring and headed up the ramp. O'Haire shook his head before pulling Moore back up and carrying him out of the ring much like he did last week.

Tazz: This has even me confused Cole...

Family Pride

Screen switced backstage to where Los Guerreros were both in the the locker room. Chavo was on crutches once again...both Eddie and Chavo were sporting Cheat 2 Win shirts.

Chavo Guerrero: Eddie, last week was great! We've already got the upperhand on World's Greatest Tag Team! It's only a matter of time before we can get our titles back!

Eddie Guerrero: I know Chavito, isn't it great! I think we should ask Stephanie for the match tonight hommes!

Chavo Guerrero: No, no...I don't think so Eddie. I mean, look at my ankle, it's not getting any better. Besides, you've been workin' hard the past few weeks, go ahead and take the night off. We'll worry about World's Greatest Tag Team later.

Eddie Guerrero: You sure essa?

Chavo Guerrero: Yeah, Eddie...besides, they already have a match tonight.

Eddie Guerrero: Aight, but I do know one thing I am gonna do..I'm gonna go get Los Guerreros in the Royal Rumble Chavito!!

Chavo Guerrero: Great idea Eddy, GREAT idea!

Eddie gave Chavo a pat on the back before he left the locker room, heading to the GM office. (78%)

:::Commercials:::

JVC Extreme Blast of the Night by JVC Kaboom Box

London and Spanky nervously looked at each other as Nunzio coldly stared them down with Stamboli and Palumbo pounding their hands into their fists menancingly.

Spanky: ....The...money?

Nunzio: That's right, hand over the money you owe us for losing the bet. You said Hardcore Holly would beat Brock Lesnar. You lost, now you pay us. That's the way it works.

Spanky: Alright....you're right...we got the money...right Paul? Give 'em the money.

Paul London gave Spanky a strange look, but Spanky was gave London a wink and a nudge...and suddenly Paul caught on.

Paul London: Oh yeah! Well, its....HERE!

Spanky and London threw their Play Station 2 controllers at Stamboli and Palumbo...distracting them just long enough for London and Spanky to push threw them and run for the door. They ran for their lives.

Nunzio: Don't just stand there...we're going to collect!

With that, the FBI ran after Spanky & London...

Michael Cole: It was a few months ago that Paul London had the unfortunate pleasure of debuting on Smackdown! against Brock Lesnar. It was a Hell of a mismatch, so unfortunately his debut was him being destroyed by Lesnar. But since then he has found a partner in Spanky and they have been a very impressive team over on Velocity. Tonight Paul London is back on Smackdown and hopefully results will be better than it was last time.

Paul London (w/Spanky) vs. Akio (w/Kyo Dai)

This match was amazing and perhaps the best match seen on television in a while. Both men were nearly perfect in their execution...unfortunately the fans just didn't seem to care. And that's too bad. It was back and forth all the way with minimal interferance. Akio had Paul London in the corner and hit him with corner running back flip kick. London stumbled out into a drop toe hold from Akio who then applied an STF. Because London wasn't too far from the ropes, he was able to drag himself and Akio the short distance and grab onto the bottom rope. Akio broke the hold after a five count from the ref. Akio pulled London up and sent him into the ropes. Akio went for a backdrop, but London rolled over Akio's back. Akio turned around into the Dropsault from London! Akio rolled back to his feet and got another Dropsault! Akio rolled out of the ring instead of getting back to his feet. He went over to Sakoda and Tajiri to regroup.

With Tajiri, Sakoda, and Akio all gathered outside the ring, London bounced off the ropes and came out onto all three with a No-Hands Leaping Somersault Plancha! London was up first, grabbed Akio, and sent him rolling back into the ring. London climbed onto the apron near the turnbuckle where Akio was laying. London came back into the ring with a springboard moonsault onto Akio! One, Two, Thre...shoulder up. London began to pull Akio up, but Akio doubled London over with a jab to the midsection. He then took London off his feet with a jumping side kick to the chest. Akio snapped down onto London with an elbowdrop. He pulled London back up, grabbed him by the head, jumped onto the top rope and hit a Tornado DDT onto London. Akio went for the pin. One, Two, Thre....London got his shoudler up.

Akio drug London closer to the turnbuckles and then climbed up top. He came off looking for the corkscrew moonsault, but London rolled out of the way! London beat Akio to his feet. He grabbed Akio and Irish Whipped him, but Akio reversed it sending London into the ropes. However, London came back off the ropes with a spinning heel kick. Tajiri and Sakoda began planning something outside, but Spanky slid into the ring. London got down on all fours as Spanky ran, springboarded off of London out of the ring taking out Sakoda and Tajiri! Akio was back up and attempted a back suplex on London, but London flipped over and landed on his feet. London laid Akio out with a flashback! With Akio down and Kyo Dai taken out at ringside, London climbed to the top turnbuckle, but from out of nowhere, the Full Blooded Itallians had arrived at ringside as Nunzio shoved Paul London off the top rope to the mat! The ref immediately called for the DQ as the F.B.I. entered the ring.

Winner - Paul London via DQ

Overall: 76

Crowd: 53

Match: 100

Spanky ran into to try and stop the F.B.I., but he ran right into the You Just Got Whacked from Chuck Palumbo. Stamboli and Palumbo held Paul London as Nunzio began to hit him with some punches to the head. He then told them to dispose of him. So they set him up and hit him with their double team finisher, the Kiss of Death. The fans booed as The Full Blooded Itallians left Spanky and Paul London out cold in the ring.

A Hectic Day for the Smackdown GM

Stephanie was backstage in her office working over many papers, trying to get things in order for the Royal Rumble. As she was working, Rey Mysterio entered her office. She looked up from her work to notice him...

Stephanie McMahon: Um, hey Rey...

Rey Mysterio: I'm sorry Mrs. McMahon, are you busy?

Stephanie McMahon: Yeah...but I can fit you in, just make it quick.

Rey Mysterio: I was just wonderin' when I could get my shot at the Cruiserweight Title since I won the number one contendership.

Stephanie McMahon: Well....let's see, a rematch between you and Tajiri is a high profile match..so I think the only place we can have is The Royal Rumble. And speaking of the Royal Rumble, you requested to be in it, so consider yourself in!

Rey Mysterio: Thanks Mrs. McMahon!

Rey left the office as Eddie Guerrero entered. Stephanie sighed as she wanted to get back to her work, but she still greeted Eddie.

Stephanie McMahon: What can I do for you Eddie?

Eddie Guerrero: Me and Chavito, we want in da Royal Rumble.

Stephanie McMahon: Who doesn't?? I'm sitting here trying to go through everyone who has requested to be in the Rumble...its not easy. I've just about got things worked out...I think. But you're both a little late I'm afraid.

Eddie Guerrero: Come on Steph, you know the Rumble needs some LATINO HEAT!

Stephanie McMahon: ...Well I can make room for you, but I can't fit Chavo in as well. I only get 15 spots to put 15 Smackdown superstars.

Eddie Guerrero: ...Chavito will not like this at all...

Stephanie McMahon: Its not like he's in any shape to be in the Royal Rumble anyway. He'd be a liability in the ring. Its probably better he not be in it, for his own health and safety.

Eddie Guerrero: I hope Chavito understands...

With that, Eddie Guerrero left the office looking a little disappointed. Stephanie went back to her work.

Stephanie McMahon: All these people want to be in the Rumble...I don't want to turn them down. I've got to do something to determine who gets in........wait, I think I've got it!

A smile of enlightenment came across Stephanie's face as the screen faded away. (84%)

:::Commercials:::

WWE Slam of the Week by Subway

Hardcore Holly: I'm entering the Royal Rumble, that's how. If I win, he'll have to give me another shot at breaking his neck! Brock ha...

Hardcore Holly was cut off as A-Train blind sided Holly with a clothesline from behind. Holly dropped to one knee as A-Train shoved Matthews away, but not before grabbing the microphone from him. A-Train drove the microphone down into Holly's head, sending Holly to the floor.

Michael Cole: Team Lesnar strikes again!

A-Train pulled Holly back up and then threw him head first into the wall. A-Train repeatedly pounded Hardcore's head into the wall before tossing him to the floor and walking away laughing.

Hardcore Holly vs. A-Train

Pretty decent match with Hardcore Holly not even able to spark a good crowd reaction in his own home state. A-Train used his power to control the majority of the match. A-Train whipped Holly into the ropes and caught him with the Bicycle Kick as he came off the ropes. A-Train immediately went for a pinfall. One, Two, Thre...Holly got his shoulder up. Before Holly could get back up to his feet, A-Train locked him in a chinlock. The fans would get into the match for a brief moment as they got behind Holly to escape the hold. Holly fought his way back up to his feet and hit a few back elbows to break the hold. Holly had A-Train stunned, so he ran off the ropes...but ran right into a clothesline from A-Train, sending Holly back down to the mat.

A-Train laid some boots down to Holly before pulling him back up to his feet. He shook the mat as he hit a hard sitdown powerbomb on Holly. One, Two, Thre....Holly somehow managed to get his shoulder up just in time! A-Train got up and argued with the ref before he came off the ropes and went for a big splash on Holly. However, Holly rolled out of the way so that A-Train hit the mat hard. A-Train got back to his feet and was met with some stiff right hands from Holly before he finally took A-Train off his feet with a beautiful dropkick! A-Train got back up and received another sweet dropkick from Holly. Holly dropped a kneedrop down across A-Train's face. A-Train stumbled back up to his feet and stumbled into Holly, who struggled to lift A-Train up and hit him with a sloppy Alabama Slam. But it was enough as Holly went for the pin. One, Two, Three.

Winner - Hardcore Holly

Overall: 74

Crowd: 69

Match: 79

As Holly celebrated his victory, the screen switched to the back.

Re-United And It Feels So Good

Backstage Kurt Angle was at a water cooler getting a refreashing cup of H20 when Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas, The World's Greatest Tag Team came walking down the hallway on their way to the ring wearing their WWE Tag Team Titles. The former Team Angle stopped when they saw their former mentor.

Charlie Haas: Well, well, well, who do we have here?

Shelton Benjamin: I don't know Charlie, looks like a back-stabber to me.

Charlie Haas: Yeah, I think you're right!

Kurt Angle: Hey fellas, good to see you don't hold a grudge.

Charlie Haas: You deserted us Kurt, why wouldn't we.

Kurt Angle: How do you think I felt when you didn't visit me after I had my surgery? You two deserved what I did. But I have forgiven you...

Shelton Benjamin: Um...you never forgave us...

Kurt Angle: I didn't? That's funny...I know I forgave someone...

Charlie Haas: Shut up Kurt! Unlike you, we take everything seriously. What you did to us hurt us and we weren't the same for a long time. But look what we have now. And we didn't need your help to get here.

Kurt just smiled and put one hand on each man's shoulder.

Kurt Angle: And I couldn't be more proud of you two!

Haas and Benjamin each shoved Kurt's arms off their shoulders.

Charlie Haas: Kurt...we haven't forgave you for deserting us, and we will get our retribution. Watch your back Angle, because just when you least expect it, the students will become the teacher!

Haas and Benjamin just walked off, leaving Angle thinking...not about what Haas had said, but about who he had thanked...(78%)

-Kurt Angle lost overness-

:::Commercials:::

Non-Title Match

Rikishi & Scotty 2 Hotty vs. The World's Greatest Tag Team

Another pretty decent match...Rikishi and Scotty started out great, getting a quick advantage over the Tag Team Champions. However, using great teamwork through double teams - WGTT managed to isolate Scotty in the ring to play the face in peril. Haas held Scotty across the top rope as he reached out and tagged in to Benjamin. Benjamin came off the ropes, leapfrogged over Haas hitting the Broken Arrow to Scotty. Haas left the ring as Benjamin pulled Scotty over to the middle of the ring for the pin attempt. One, Two, Rikishi broke it up. The ref got Rikishi out of the ring as Haas re-entered the ring as The WGTT hit Scotty with a double backbreaker. Benjamin left the ring as they completed the illegal switch. Haas went for the pin. One, Two, Thre...kickout. Haas pulled Scotty up and sent him into the ropes. He went for a backdrop, but Scotty countered with a sunset flip. One, Two, kickout. Scotty went to make the hot tag to Rikishi, but Haas pulled his legs out from under him and drug him all the way back to his corner where he tagged Shelton Benjamin back in.

They applied a double leglock until the ref forced Haas to let it go and leave the rong. Benjamin pulled Scotty back to his feet and sent him back down to the mat with a gutwrench suplex. Benjamin went for the pin. One, Two, kickout. Suddenly, Chavo Guerrero limped out onto the stage on his crutches to a mild reaction from the fans. Benjamin went for a powerbomb on Scotty, but he countered with a backdrop. That was just enough to get Scotty over to tag in Rikishi. Benjamin ran right into a Samoan Drop. Haas ran into the ring and also received a Samoan Drop from Rikishi. Benjamin was back up, but Rikishi knocked him back down with a thrust kick that sent Benjamin falling into the corner. Haas got up and also got a thrust kick that sent him back into the opposite corner! Rikishi slapped his ass before backing it up into Shelton Benjamin with a stinkface! Chavo Guerrero began to hobble down to the ring as Charlie Haas got a stinkface from Rikishi as well!

Shelton Benjamin stumbled to his feet with a disgusted grimace on his face, but walked into a powerslam from Rikishi. Haas was back up and went to attack Rikishi, but Scotty was back up and sent Haas down with his bulldog! Rikishi pulled Benjamin back up as Chavo climbed onto the apron with crutches in hand. Rikishi went to whip Benjamin into the ropes, but Benjamin reversed it and sent Rikishi colliding into Chavo! Rikishi stumbled backwards into a stiff superkick from Benjamin! Scotty ran at Benjamin, but Benjamin sidestepped him and sent him sailing over the top rope. Benjamin went for the pin. One, Two, Three.

Winners - The World's Greatest Tag Tag Team

Overall: 75

Crowd: 72

Match: 79

Chavo tried to hobble away on his crutches, but Shelton Benjamin left the ring, grabbed Chavo and threw him into the ring. Chavo got up on his knees and tried to beg his way out of it, but Haas and Benjamin where having none of it. Haas lifted Chavo up and Chavo tried to fight back, but Benjamin took him down with the superkick. Haas lifted Chavo up across the top rope as he and Benjamin hit the Broken Arrow onto Chavo. The crowd cheered loudly as Eddie Guerrero came running down to the ring to save his nephew.

Michael Cole: Thank God for Eddie or Chavo might have more serious injuries!

Eddie slid into the ring as Haas and Benjamin quickly left and headed for the exits through the crowd. Eddie immediately went over to check on his fallen nephew. The screen faded to commercials as Eddie called for help from the back.

:::Commercials:::

Pre-Match Thuganomics

Coming back from commercials, "Basic Thuganomics" hit the PA System. The fans gave John Cena a standing ovation as he came out sporting his new "Word Life" T-shirt and hat. Of course he had the usual lock and chain around his neck. The crowd continued to cheer him on as he climbed into the ring and took the microphone.

John Cena: Yo, yo, yo, kill da beat!

On cue, his music came to a close. The fans' cheering died down a bit as they anticipated some top quality thuganomics.

John Cena: Yo, I thought I'd come out here and kick back a couple brews...

Cuz I'm back in sweet home Alabama, where the skys are so blue.

Yo, you can forget Frodo, I'm the real Lord of the Ring

You want a Big Show, just check out the size my ding-a-ling...

Its the one thing that brings all the girls the pleasure...

When I stick my shovel in looking for that hidden treasure

But I ain't no pirate, and this deffinately ain't Peter Pan

But I will let Michael Jackson take Team Lesnar to Nevalan'

I saw ya earlier Brock, you were out here runnin' yer mouth...

But no more talkin', come on out so I can kick yer ass here in the South.

Tonight the F-U victims are Brock Lesnar and The Big Show...

I guess Lesnar's the pimp, making Big Show his...

Crowd: HO!

Cena dropped the mic and put his chain at ringside as "Rabid" hit the PA System. (94%)

Tazz: Word life Cole!

Main Event

John Cena & Chris Benoit vs. Brock Lesnar & The Big Show

Not the best outting from these four, Big Show was used too much for it to break decent range. For a change, there wasn't a real face in peril this time, as it was a back and forth tag team match. Big Show would eventually have Cena trapped in the corner and began hitting him with hard knees to the ribs. Cena stumbled out of the corner into a clothesline from Show. Show came off the ropes with a big leg drop to Cena's chest. Big Show went for the pin. One, Two, Benoit broke it up. Benoit gave Big Show a few stiff chops before leaving the ring. This gave Cena some time to start to pull himself up, but Big Show sent him into the heel's corner. Lesnar held Cena's arms as Big Show came in and began to hit Cena with some hard right hands. However, the fans began to get behind Cena and he used their cheers to fire himself up. He broke free from Lesnar, gave Big Show a kick to the midsection, and then back elbowed Lesnar three times - knocking Lesnar off his feet on the apron. Cena came out of the corner with the Throwback to Big Show! Cena made it over to Benoit and tagged him in.

Big Show stumbled back to his feet, but Benoit came off the ropes with a running elbow that staggered the big man. Big Show was left reeling as Benoit went off the ropes again. Big Show tried to clothesline Benoit as he came back off the ropes, but Benoit ducked and then went behind Big Show...and hit a huge release German Suplex on Big Show to a loud pop from the crowd! Lesnar had seen enough as he entered the ring to shut the crowd up by hitting a devistating clothesline to an unsuspecting Benoit. Lesnar left the ring as Benoit and Big Show both were struggling to get back to their feet. Big Show was up first and went over to Lesnar, tagging him in. Benoit was back up, but turned around into a big spinebuster from Lesnar. He went for the pin. One, Two, Thre...kickout. Cena left the ring as Lesnar spit in his direction. Lesnar lifted Benoit up and locked him in a bearhug. Benoit slowly began to fade until he appeared to be out. Cena began to rally the fans on the apron to get behind Benoit. The ref checked on Benoit and his arm fell the first two times. It was up a third time....and Benoit had some renewed life as it stayed up! The fans were solidly behind Benoit as he clapped his arms around Lesnar's head to break the hold.

Benoit and Lesnar went toe-to-toe as Lesnar hit him with some solid right hands, but Benoit fired back with his stiff knife edge chops! Lesnar came back with a knee lift to Benoit's ribs. He then sent Benoit into the ropes, but Cena slapped Benoit on the back for the blind tag. Lesnar went for a backdrop as Benoit came back off the ropes, but Benoit flipped over and went for a sunset flip, but Lesnar was standing his ground. However, the legal man Cena, came in and caught Lesnar off gaurd with a dropkick to the face as Benoit held him. Lesnar hit the mat as Benoit left the ring. Cena bounced off the ropes and dropped a shuffling fistdrop to Lesnar. Lesnar stumbled back to his feet as Benoit was climbing to the top turnbuckle. Cena lifted Lesnar up onto his shoulders....F-U on Lesnar! Cena rolled out of the way as Benoit came down with the swandive headbutt onto Lesnar!

Both Benoit and Cena got to their feet, but Big Show had entered the ring and sent both men to the canvas with a huge double clothesline! Big Show pulled Benoit up by his throat and lifted him up for the Chokeslam, but Benoit reversed it into the Crippler Crossface! Meanwhile, both Cena and Lesnar were slowly getting back to their feet. Lesnar caught Cena off gaurd with a boot to the midsection, then lifted him up onto his shoulders...F-5! Benoit released the submission to Big Show. He ran at Lesnar, but Lesnar hit Benoit with a powerslam. Benoit rolled out onto the apron holding his back in pain as Lesnar went for the pin on Cena. One, Two, Three.

Winners - Brock Lesnar & The Big Show

Overall: 81

Crowd: 84

Match: 76

Lesnar began to pull Cena back up, but Chris Benoit was coming over to try and help out...but Big Show met Cena with a Big Boot. Big Show pulled Benoit up and dropped him to the mat hard with the Choke Slam. Lesnar lifted Cena up for another F-5. However, Kurt Angle came running down to the ring armed with a chair.

Angle slid into the ring was enough for Lesnar to drop Cena and exit the ring. Big Show decided to go straight for Angle, but received a chairshot, followed by another to the gut. Big Show was stunned long enough for Angle to hit him with a quick Angle Slam. An agrivated Lesnar pulled Big Show out of the ring as Benoit was stumbling to his feet. The WWE copyright logo appeared on the screen as Angle checked on Cena...

End Show.

Overall - 75%

Quick Results

Nathan Jones & Matt Morgan def. Orlando Jordan & The Cat

Shannon Moore def. Chris Kanyon

Paul London def. Akio

Hardcore Holly def. A-Train

World's Greatest Tag Team def. Rikishi & Scotty 2 Hotty

Brock Lesnar & Big Show def. John Cena & Chris Benoit

Highlight of the Night - Prematch Thuganomics (94%)

Match of the Night - Paul London vs. Akio (100)

Flop of the Night - Nathan Jones & Matt Morgan vs. Orlando Jordan & The Cat (66%)

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Damn am I glad I found this. This is now my favorite diary. Your writing ability, plus the plot you have going behind the scenes is outstanding. Please keep this one going, you have a reader in me.

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January 10th, 2004

7:15 AM

Edgemont, South Dakota

Agent Asbury wasn't having the best luck. The one man who could have helped him the most in this investigation just turned up dead with a bullet right between his eyes. Wonderful. Asbury did an extensive search of Wallace Warren's apartment. There had been no sign of struggle, so whoever killed Mr. Warren off, did it with relative ease. And whoever done it had deffinately done it before, as they covered up every track, leaving no clues for Asbury to find.

Asbury spoke to the guy that ran the Edgement Crossings apartment complex and was able to obtain some information. Warren had arrived December 3rd - just two days after the accident. He paid in cash, which was a bit suspicious as limo drivers usually don't carry that kind of cash on them. It was obvious someone had wanted to hide him out here and whoever it was had plenty of cash to spend to make sure he was kept out of the public's eyesight.

The most enlightening information Asbury was given was the phone calls that Warren had received. It appeared that just two hours after I had spoken to him, he had received a call from Memphis, Tennessee. Was it just another coincidence that Raw was taking place in Memphis? Doubtful...

Asbury immediately went back to Warren's room and went to the phone. He picked the phone up and smashed it across the table several times until it broke into many pieces. He looked through the remains of the phone until he found a small chip. Just as he suspected, the phone had been bugged to allow whoever was keeping him out of sight could also keep an eye (and ear) on him. Whoever it was must have heard our conversation...which means they will also be aware of his investigation...

It was time to take the investigation a little further. Asbury was all but 100% sure that the whoever was behind this was in the WWE somehow. So he would find a way to investigate from the inside. He would also send in the chip to have it examined so perhaps they could find out who exactly Mr. Warren talked to that night.

For Asbury's next idea in the investigation, he would need a little help from an old friend, Bill Spree. Asbury flipped open his cell phone and dialed the number.

Lynn Asbury: Hello, Bill? I have something for ya...are you up for a challenge? .....

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Raw

January 12, 2004

Live from Long Island, New York

Hosted by: JR & The Coach

Highlights from Last Week: Jerry Lawler accepted the Legend Challenge and was destroyed by Evolution, Kane sneak attacked Goldberg after he left his limo, Goldberg returned later to catch Kane off gaurd with a huge spear and Jackhammer - but Kane ended up sitting right back up, Rob Conway defeated Rob Van Dam in a non-title match with help from Matt Hardy, Booker T defeated Test but then got beat down by The Union, Mick Foley made a big 8-man tag match for this week, and during the Jericho/Trish vs. Christian/Lita match - Christian nailed Jericho with a sick chairshot while Jericho saved Trish....

Screen cut to the Raw opening...the pictures of Eric Bischoff and Mick Foley got the usual editted in pops/heat. From the opening, we went to the PYRO~! going off on the stage. The camera panned around the audience as JR welcomed us to Raw.

JR: We're LIVE from Long Island, the hometown of Co-GM Mick Foley! And unfortunately I'm along side...

The Coach: The Coach! Looks like The King will be outta action for a while JR, so you're stuck with ME!

JR: Get well soon King.

The Coach: Aw come on JR, you know ya love me! Everyone loves The Coach!

JR: Get over yourself. Enough of that...TONIGHT, as ordered by co-General Manager Mick Foley, we will have an EIGHT man tag match with Booker T, Rob Van Dam, and the World Tag Team Champions - Val Venis & Lance Storm taking on Test, Steiner, and La Resistance of The Union!

The Coach: This should be a cake walk for The Union. Deffinately.

JR: We'll see about that. Also tonight, Trish will defend the WWE Women's Title against Victoria!

Royal Rumble News

"I'm Back" hit the PA system, bringing the fans to their feet in louds boos for the co-General Manager of Raw. Bischoff walked out wearing a black leather coat and black shirt with blue jeans. He headed down to the ring with a big grin on his face carrying a clipboard with papers attached. Lillian Garcia gave Bischoff the microphone.

Eric Bischoff: Thank you! Thank you! I love EACH and every one of you...Hell, who am I getting? This is NEW YORK...this is Mick Foley's home! I actually feel sorry for you!

This of course drew big heel heat for Easy E.

Eric Bischoff: Ahhhh shut up! Your opinions don't matter. Besides, it's time to get down to business. Royal Rumble is just under two weeks away and there's still some open spots in the Rumble on the Raw side. We've got the huge SUPERSTARS of Test, Scott Steiner, Rene Dupree, Rob Conway, Al Snow, and even the talent like Batista and "The Legend Killer" Randy Orton!

The crowd booed all seven of these men's names.

Eric Bischoff: Now I know what you're thinking...those seven huge talents right there would be enough to win Raw the Royal Rumble. Oh yeah...we also have Shawn Michaels and Booker T in it right now too....

While Bischoff said those two names rather nonchalantly, their names drew a loud pop from the fans.

Eric Bischoff: So that would make nine names. It is EXTREMELY important that I take Stephanie McMahon down and have Raw win the Rumble. Smackdown! won it last year, and a repeat WILL NOT BE TOLERATED! So I'm going to add some names myself. And who better to look to than someone wearing some gold...and that's Rob Van Dam! And if I really want to win this Rumble, I can't leave off two of Raw's best talents...Vitamin C themselves, Chris Jericho and Christian! That leaves just THREE spots left in the Rumble...

CCCCCCCCCCRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

The fans popped loudly as the other General Manager of Raw and hometown favorite, Mick Foley, came walking out from the back and down the ramp. Foley was sporting the same suit he's been wearing ever since becoming GM - I wonder if he ever washes it. Anyway, he gave the fans some hi-fives as he made his way down. He climbed into the ring and pulled out a microphone of his own from inside his jacket.

Eric Bischoff: I don't need your help in making these announcements Mick. We agreed on the three new names to add, so you're input really is unneccissary at this point.

Mick Foley: Aww, come on Eric...you know you wanted me to join you! Besides, how can I resist coming out here to be with my friends and family here in...LONG ISLAND?

Cheap Pop!

Eric Bischoff: Ok, ok...you've got your cheap pop in. I think you can go now.

Mick Foley: Well...actually Eric, I...I have an announcement of my own to make. You see, we did make those decisions together, however I have made a decision on my own.

Eric Bischoff: W...What? What are you talking about?!

Mick Foley: Let's just say you can take three of those empty spaces on Raw's entry sheet and take away TWO of them!

Eric Bischoff: WHAT?! You added names without contacting me? Well, WHO is it?

Mick Foley: Calm down Eric! They're mystery entrants of course!

Eric Bischoff: MYSTERY ENTRANTS?! Wait...you know what, I like the way you think Mick. Let's make the fans WAIT. Great idea! ....But...once we get back to our office...you WILL tell me right?

Mick Foley: I don't think so, Eric! However, if you REALLY want to know who they are...I'll tell you this, one of the entrants won't remain a mystery until the Rumble! Because NEXT WEEK, he will reveal himself on Raw!

Eric Bischoff was livid as Foley started to leave, but then he stopped himself and turned back around to talk to Bischoff again.

Mick Foley: Oh yeah and Eric...when you go back to the back, I want you to tell a member of The Union to be ready for a little surprise I have lined up for him!

Eric Bischoff: What the Hell are you talking about Mick? All of the Union already have a big eight man tag match tonight!

Mick Foley: ALL of the Union? Last I checked, there was someone who didn't have a match...

Eric Bischoff: Um...Coach? He's at the announce booth for the night, so I don't think so.

Mick Foley: Eric, Eric, Eric...this member is my ole BUDDY! Haha, you're gonna love it...HE'S gonna love it...the fans are gonna love it! I LOVE IT! HAVE A NICE DAY!

Foley's music hit the PA system again as he left the ring leaving Bischoff frustrated once again.

JR: Who will the mystery entrants be? And what is Foley talking about?

The Coach: That Foley really pisses me off! What's he got planned for Al Snow???

:::Commercials:::

WWE - Sting of the Night by YJ Stinger

Matt Hardy entered the ring as Rob Conway left celebrating with his tag partner. Hardy stomped on RVD some before he pulled him up and hooked him for another Twist of Fate. However, Shawn Michaels came sprinting down to the ring!

JR: Shawn Michaels is going to make the save for Rob Van Dam!

Coach: What's he doing?!

JR: It was a few weeks ago that Matt Hardy verbally assaulted Shawn Michaels and then phsyically as well. HBK is returning the favor!

Matt dropped RVD back to the floor to meet HBK as he entered the ring. They exchanged punches until HBK sent Hardy into the ropes. HBK was going to attempt the Sweet Chin Music to Hardy as he came back off the ropes, but Hardy wisely grabbed the ropes to stop himself and slid out of the ring to safety.

Rosey vs. Matt Hardy

Not a classic match by any stretch of the imagination, but it served its purpose, which was to have Matt Hardy beat someone who was larger than him so that he isn't stuck as being considered a cruiserweight. Hardy pretty much dominated Rosey, until the later stages of the match when Rosey tried to make a comeback. Rosey ducked a Matt Hardy clothesline, then hit Hardy with a rolling clothesline of his own. Hardy got back to his feet and ran right into a Samoan Drop from Rosey. Rosey went for the pin...One, Two, kickout. Hardy stumbled back to his feet and received from hard rights from Rosey. Rosey lifted him up for a bodyslam, but Hardy escaped by sliding down Rosey's back. Rosey spun around and received a dropkick from Hardy that sent him down briefly. Hardy climbed to the top turnbuckle and came off with a flying clothesline onto Rosey as he was getting back to his feet. Both men were slow to their feet. Once both were back up, Rosey took a swing at Rosey, but Hardy ducked - allowing Hardy to hit him with The Side Effect. Hardy measured Rosey as he began trying to pull himself up...and once Rosey was up, Hardy quickly sent him right back down with the Twist of Fate. This one was academic..One, Two, Three.

Winner - Matt Hardy

Overall: 72

Crowd: 73

Match: 72

Royal Rumble Gets an Injection of Mattitude

After the match and after Lillian announced Hardy as the winner, he requested the microphone.

Matt Hardy: Strike up another victory for VERSION ONE-AAAAHHHHH! Shawn Michaels, you want a piece of Mattitude? Well, why don't you come on out here right now and get ya some?! This match was nothing for me, I'm still fresh! So come on down!

Hardy paused and waited for HBK, but nobody showed.

Matt Hardy: See what I mean? HBK is nothing but a coward! Mattitude will be your new icon! Forget Shawn Michaels, I can be a Heart Breaker too! Hell, Mattitude has broken more hearts than HBK has religious T-Shirts! You may be too afraid to come out and take me on...but I know I want to take you down Michaels. So you're not here tonight, but I do know that you will be in the Rumble. And since there's still one spot left in the Rumble, I'm gonna take that spot just so I can throw you out! Then I'll go on to Wrestlemania and show the World that VERSION ONE-AAAHHHH is a TRUE ICON!

Hardy's music hit again as he left the ring to boos from the crowd. (81%)

:::Commercials:::

A "Legendary" Tag Team Reunites!

Evolution's theme played as Flair, Batista, and Orton walked out onto the stage to a round of LOUD boos from the crowd. Both Batista and Randy Orton were dressed for battle tonight, while Flair had his usual stylin' and profilin' suit on. They ignored the boos as they made their way arrogantly to the ring. They climbed in and once again Flair grabbed the microphone.

Ric Flair: WHOOOOOOO! Shawn Michaels! Foley! Austin! Sgt. Slaughter! Jim Duggan! Terry Funk! Jerry Lawler! They've all felt the wrath of "THE LEGEND KILLER" RANDY ORTON! Tonight, I have a VERY special challenge for The Legend Challenge. We're in Long Island, and it's Foley territory. So what better way to show Evolution's dominance than to have Foley taken out by Orton one more time!

The fans continued to boo Flair very loudly...however, Batista came over and pulled the microphone from Flair.

Batista: Let me do it this week! He's already taken Foley out once! I want a chance to warm-up for the Royal Rumble too! Let me fight Foley.

Orton and Flair both looked shocked at Batista's request. Orton grabbed the microphone from Batista.

Randy Orton: Hold up! I've never actually had a match with Foley, I just kicked his ass. I want to pin him and make it official! Besides, I'm The LEGEND KILLER, not you.

Batista and Orton went nose-to-nose as Flair tried to sepeare them...suddenly, Foley's music hit for the third time already tonight. The crowd once again popped loudly as Mick Foley walked out onto stage.

Mick Foley: Ladies, ladies...let's stop the petty bickering! Batista wants a match, Orton wants a match...well, unfortunately...as much as I love LONG ISLAND...

Another cheap pop...two in a night! Wow!

Mick Foley: I'm afraid I will not be taking part in the Legend Challenge.

This upset the crowd a bit as Orton laughed in the ring.

Mick Foley: Don't get so confident yet Orton, because I do know how to solve the little arguement you girls were having. Well, I don't have the solution...but my personal assistant does.

With that, Foley reached down into his pants and pulled out MR. SOCKO! The crowd went crazy as he slipped Socko onto his hand. He brought the sock puppet up to his ear.

Mick Foley: What's that Mr. Socko? ...That's a GREAT IDEA!

Randy Orton: What the Hell? This is bull! Get that stupid sock off your hand!

Mick Foley: Don't insult Mr. Socko, because he just settled you're arguement. Tonight, Orton, you and Batista will be teaming up to take on a LEGENDARY TAG TEAM! This team has a history in the WWE like none other! I present to you...HEAD CHEESE!!!!!

Some generic rock music played as Steve Blackman walked out first with nunchucks. He showed off on stage with them as Al Snow reluctantly walked out onto stage. Foley disappeared backstage as Blackman and Snow stood on the stage.

The Coach: Head Cheese?! HEAD CHEESE?!? What did Al Snow do to deserve this??

Snow and Blackman started to make their way down to the ring, but the sound of Mick Foley's voice stopped them.

Mick Foley: Wait! Not so fast!

Foley came back from backstage carring a big cheese hat. He caught up to Snow and put it on his head.

Mick Foley: Can't forget that! HAVE A NICE DAY!

Foley went back up the ramp as Snow shook his head. They climbed into the ring as Batista & Orton prepared. Snow grabbed the cheese hat and threw it forcefully to ringside. (97%)

Head Cheese vs. Randy Orton & Batista (w/Ric Flair)

Pretty good match up as Head Cheese reunited on uneasy terms. There was a couple Head Cheese chants during the match as some of the fans remembered this lovable duo from a few years ago. Snow started the match off against Orton. Snow held his own would eventually cause Orton to retreat and tag in to Batista. Batista immediately leveled Snow with a huge clothesline. Batista kept Snow grounded and tagged Orton back in after hitting a big belly to back suplex on Snow. Orton came in and took advantage of where the big man left off. Orton applied a version of a body scissors/sleeper combo to the grounded Snow.

Orton eventually released the hold once he felt enough damage had been done. Snow tried to fight his way back to his feet, but Orton sent him back down with a full nelson slam. Orton went for the pin. One, Two, Blackman broke it up with a stomp to Orton's back. Blackman left the ring as Orton lifted Snow up and pulled him over to the corner where he tagged in Batista. They both lifted Snow up into the air for a double suplex, but then turned it into a double flapjack. Batista went for the pin. One, Two, kickout. Batista overpowered Snow for a little bit more before sending him into the ropes and going for a clothesline, however Snow ducked and went to the ropes. Snow hit an Asai Moonsault onto Batista sending both men down. Snow immediately got up and made it over to tag in Blackman.

Batista was back up, but Blackman came running in and immediately took him out with a spinning heel kick. Orton came running into the ring but got taken down with a spinning heel kick as well. Batista stumbled back to his feet, but Blackman grabbed him and sent him into the corner hard. Blackan came to the corner and began hitting Batista with several stiff kicks to the ribs. However, Orton put a stop to that as he clipped Blackman's knees from behind. Orton rolled out of the ring as Batista came running out of the corner with a huge clothesline to Blackman. Orton & Batista now began to control Blackman with power and double teams. Orton would eventually find himself in the ring as the legal man against Blackman. Orton had him up and went for the RKO, but Blackman shoved him off into the ropes. Orton came back off into a superkick from Blackman. He was then going to go for the Bicycle Kick, but Flair grabbed Blackman's legs to prevent him from doing so.

Blackman pulled himself free from Flair, but turned around into a dropkick from Orton. As Blackman tried to pull himself up, Orton took him right back down with a swinging neckbreaker. He then climbed up to the top turnbuckle as Blackman began to pull himself up. Orton came off with a top rope cross body, but Blackman caught him right in the ribs with a kick! The desperation move sent both men down and it was a race to make the hot tag. Blackman made it to his corner and went for the tag, but Al Snow jumped down off the apron. He just shook his head in disgust. Blackman pulled himself up and yelled at Snow at ringside, but Snow spit in Blackman's face. By now, Orton had made the tag to Batista. Batista entered the ring and waited on Blackman...Blackman finally turned around right into the devistating Spinebuster from Batista. One, Two, Three.

Winners - Orton & Batista

Overall: 79

Crowd: 75

Match: 84

Ric Flair entered the ring and raised the hands of both Batista and Randy Orton as Al Snow headed up the ramp satisfied.

:::Commercials:::

LUGZ Boot of the Week by Lugz

Christian: with a confident smile Yeah, I know. Oh, sorry about your loss last week...Jericho has alotta nerve. Have you talked to Trish about it yet?

Lita: No...not yet...I'm still mad at her for accusing you.

Christian: I think you should tell her how she won the title in the first place...

Lita: I will, but first...I have a proposal for you...

Lita sexually walked up to Christian...

Lita: If we win tonight, I think we're both in line for a little....reward.

A look of surprise crossed Christian's face as Lita said this. His shocked look was replaced with a big grin....

Girl Talk

Backstage, Trish Stratus was leaving her locker room in ring attire with the WWE Women's Title around her waist. She was heading to the ring for her match which was about to begin, as she was heading down the hallway, she was stopped by Lita. Lita had a large smile on her face.

Lita: Oh! Hey Trish!

Trish Stratus: What are you smiling about?

Lita: Ooooh nothing!

Trish Stratus: Well, what do you want?

Lita: Jeez Lita, what's your deal?

Trish Stratus: ...It's just that I'm worried about Chris because he's not here tonight.

Lita: Chris? I thought you were done with him.

Trish Stratus: Well...I mean, he saved me last week. And look what happened to him because of me. I think I may have been wrong about him...

Lita: He's not good news Trish, which reminds me...you realize your win over me was tainted, don't you?

Trish Stratus: TAINTED? Are you kidding me Lita?

Lita: Yeah, Jericho hit me with his bulldog and Lionsault...that's the only reason you won.

Trish Stratus: Who's the jealous one now Lita? This belt means EVERYTHING to me and for you to try and disgrace me and my win is just...just...ARGH!

Trish stormed off towards the ring very frustrated.

Lita: Whatever. Nothing can ruin my good mood!

Lita smiled as she continued walking down the hallway as the screen faded back to the ring. (79%)

JR: Well, Lita certainly seems happy about something...

The Coach: Oh come on JR, I think everyone knows what she's so happy about.

JR: We don't know that for sure!

The Coach: We all saw what was promised last week! And they did win!

JR: Well even if that is what happened, that's their business, not ours.

The Coach: They're wrestlers...every part of their personal life's should be put on TV!

WWE Women's Title Match

Trish Stratus © vs. Victoria (w/Stevie Richards)

Deffinately a decent match to be a women's match. Victoria can always be counted on for a good match and has good chemistry with Trish. Trish had Victoria in the corner and climbed up onto her and began the corner punches. One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten! She then monkey flipped Victoria out of the corner and went for the pin. One, Two, kickout. Both women got back to their feet and Trish hit Victoria with a boot to the midsection. Victoria was doubled over and Trish went for a DDT, however Victoria countered with a Northern Lights Suplex with a bridge. The cameraman got a nice view of Victoria as she bridged...One, Two, kickout. Steven Richards was apparantly unhappy with the ref as he jumped onto apron. The ref came over and began warning Richards. This upset Victoria as she crawled over and gave the ref a low blow! The ref dropped to the mat in pain as Trish was back up to her feet.

Victoria receieved a dropkick to her back from Trish. Victoria stumbled back up feet, but was sent into the corner by Trish. Trish came in and lifted Victoria up onto the top turnbuckle. Victoria tried to fight Trish off, but a few jabs stopped that. Trish sent Victoria off the top with the Stratusphere. Both women were down from the move...and slowly both began to get up at the same time. Richards slid into the ring and measured Trish up. Richards went for the Stevie Kick, but Trish moved and Richards nailed Victoria by accident! Trish gave Richards a kick to the groin and then hit him with the Stratusfaction! The ref had recovered and Trish saw Victoria laid out...she took advantage of the situation and went for the pin. One, Two, Three.

Winner and STILL Women's Champion - Trish Stratus

Overall: 72

Crowd: 77

Match: 60

:::Commercials:::

The Peep Show

Christian's music welcomed us back from commercials. He made his way down to the ring very confidentally, ignoring the boos from the crowd. Christian entered the ring and got a microphone.

Christian: Welcome to THE PEEP SHOW! Apparantly I'm not good enough to get a fancy set like JERICHO gets to get...but you know what, THAT'S OK! Because there will be no more highlight reels! Because I don't think Jericho will EVER be showing his face on this show again! I gave him the CHAIRSHOT heard round the world! Well he got what he deserved and because of me - HE ISN'T HERE!

The crowd began to chant "CLB" to Christian, who got annoyed with the crowd because of that.

Christian: Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! I'm not a CLB! I'm a SEXY BEAST! Hahaha, speaking of which...tonight on the PEEP SHOW, I have a very special guest. She's the LOVELY LITA!

"It Just Feels Right" hit the PA system. Lita came out to a decent reaction from the fans with a big grin on her face again. She climbed into the ring and went over to stand next to Christian.

Christian: Lita, last week we made a great team...in more ways than one. But I'm sure the question on EVERYONE'S mind is...how was it for you?

Lita looked a little uncomfortable with discussing the "situation" infront of the live audience...

Lita: Well...um, it was....amaz...

Christian pulled the microphone back before she could answer, immediately taking away the grin she had on her face as she looked at Christian confused.

Christian: Yeah, that's nice. Of course it was amazing, I mean LOOK AT ME! But you know something Lita...Matt Hardy was right. YOU ARE TERRIBLE IN THE SACK!

Lita's jaw dropped as you could almost hear her heart break and her hopes crushed.

Christian: Seriously though, I can't believe I waited all this time for THAT! And just for a bet...damn Lita, it was so horrible that I think Jericho actually won this bet without even tappin' Trish! I don't think I want to even claim that it even happened! Lita...you were so bad that I FAKED IT!

Christian was laughing his ass off while Lita began showing off her "great" acting skills as she broke into tears.

Christian: Yeah, I would cry too if I was that bad. I can see why Matt Hardy left you now! But Lita...you've served your purpose here. So do us all a favor and HIT THE BRICKS, TOOTS!

The upset Lita went to slap Christian across his face, but Christian blocked it - grabbing her arm. Christian shook his head as if to say "I don't think so." He then reared back and decked Lita with a right hand! The crowd reacted to this with loud boos! Christian extended his arms as if to say "What did I do?"

The Coach: That should teach her a lesson!

JR: WHAT?! Christian's a bastard! I don't believe this!

The crowd continued to boo Christian loudly as he climbed the turnbuckles to showboat as Lita was out cold on the mat. Screen faded out to commercials. (81%)

:::Commercials:::

Non-Title Handicap Match

Goldberg vs. Jindrak & Cade

Jindrak & Cade had the difficult assignment of taking on the World Champion and huge force, Goldberg. There never was really much doubt in what would happen in this match, and thus the fans weren't really too interested. Goldberg got his standard pop with his entrance...and no one could give a hoot about Jindrak or Cade. They immediately double teamed Goldberg right when the bell rang. They hit Goldberg right several rights and lefts before sending him into the ropes. However, Goldberg came off the ropes with a big double clothesline to both men. Jindrak stumbled back up to his feet first and received a standing side kick from Goldberg. Cade slammed into Goldberg's back with a double axehandle that sent Goldberg down to one knee. Cade then ran to the ropes and came back at Goldberg, but Goldberg lifted him up into a Gorilla Press...then dropped him down into a slam to the mat. Jindrak was starting to roll to his feet, but Goldberg measured him up and SPEARed him back to the mat. As Cade began to stumble up, he received the same fate. Goldberg lifted Jindrak back up...and gave him a picture perfect Jackhammer. One, Two, Three. The match was over, but just for the heck of it, Goldberg lifted Cade up and gave him a Jackhammer as well. The ref looked confused, but made the count upon Goldberg's demand. One, Two, Three.

Winner - Goldberg

Overall: 70

Crowd: 71

Overall: 71

Goldberg began to celebrate as the crowd cheered him on, but the cheers turned to boos as Kane showed up. He came running down the ramp and slid into the ring. Goldberg, however, saw him coming and met Kane as they exchanged right hands. Goldberg eventually got the upperhand and sent Kane into the corner with an Irish whip. Kane hit the turbuckles so hard that it sent him to the mat. Goldberg waited as Kane pulled himself up in the corner. Once Kane was up, Goldberg went running into the corner looking for a spear, but Kane moved out of the way and Goldberg went through the turnbuckles and hit the ring post shoulder first.

Kane pulled Goldberg out from the corner and lifted him up like he was going for The Tombstone, but instead drove the same shoulder Goldberg hit the ring post with down into a shoulderbreaker. He pulled Goldberg back up and then drove him into the mat with a big Chokeslam. Kane climbed down to ringside and grabbed a steel chair. He climbed back into the ring while Goldberg began to try and pull himself, but Kane drove the chair down into the same shoulder. Goldberg held his shoulder in pain as Kane continued to slam the chair across it.

JR: Goldberg's shoulder won't be able to take much more punishment like this!

Kane lifted Goldberg up and threw him threw the middle ropes to ringside. Kane took his time climbing out of the ring. As he approached Goldberg, he got met with a few punches from Goldberg, but Kane grabbed Goldberg and threw him shoulder first into the ring steps. The crowd booed Kane loudly as he stalked over Goldberg. He lifted the ring steps up high into the air then dropped it across Goldberg's shoulder. Kane began laughing insanely as he looked down on what he had done to Goldberg.

The Coach: Kane's lost it...

JR: I don't think he ever had it.

The screen faded out to commercials as Kane was laughing over Goldberg's fallen body. (80%)

:::Commercials:::

JR: Welcome back fans, and its time for our main event, its the HUGE EIGHT man tag match putting the Union up against Booker T, Intercontinental Champion Rob Van Dam, and Lance Storm and Val Venis.

The Coach: Easy as pie JR.

JR: But we have just received some big news from the GM-Office. Bischoff has just guaranteed a World Title shot NEXT WEEK on Raw to any Union member who can pick up the victory for them tonight!

The Coach: Bischoff is a genious! I might have to suit up and go down there to earn myself a shot.

JR: Go ahead! I wish you would!

The Coach: And leave you by yourself JR? I care too much about you to do that.

JR: ...But you have to think Bischoff saw what Kane did to Goldberg and wants to take advantage of Goldberg's weakened state. But this is assuming the Union can win tonight, which will be no easy task.

Main Event

The Union (Test/Steiner/Conway/Dupree) vs. Booker T/Rob Van Dam/Venis & Storm

Decent match as everyone got their fair share of action in this one. Rob Van Dam was demonstrating his fancy footwork as he hit Rene Dupree with several kicks to the head in the corner. He then monkey flipped Dupree out of the corner and followed through by hitting Dupree with the Rolling Thunder. RVD got to his feet and hit a spinning legdrop to Dupree and went for the pin. One, Two, Conway pulled RVD off of RVD. Conway hit RVD with a couple of right hands, then gave him a knee to the midsection. RVD doubled over so Conway leveled him with a swinging neckbreaker. Conway left the ring upon ref's orders. Dupree made it over to The Union's corner and tagged Steiner into the ring.

RVD stumbled back up to his feet, but Steiner grabbed him and hit a big Belly-To-Belly suplex on the Intercontinental Champ. Steiner went for the pin. One, Two, kickout. Steiner laid a few boots down onto Van Dam before pulling him up. He grabbed RVD by the arm and pulled him into a short-arm clothesline. Steiner brought his bicep up and gave it a kiss before dropping an elbow down across Van Dam's chest. He went for the pin. One, Two, Steiner rolled off and decided to do a few push ups instead. This angered Booker T enough to the point where he tried to enter the ring, but of course was stopped by the refs. Test came in illegally. He and Steiner began to stomp away at Van Dam before Steiner left, completing the illegal switch.

Test stomped on RVD some more before pulling him up to his feet. Test sent him into the ropes and went for a backdrop. However, RVD rolled across Test's back and then did a legsweep to take the big man off his feet. Van Dam quickly made it to the corner and tagged Booker T in. Booker T came in and immediately took Test down with a forearm shot. Steiner came back into the ring and Booker T sent him down with a jumping crescent kick. Conway and Dupree entered the ring and took Booker down with a double clothesline. This brought Lance Storm and Val Venis into the ring as the referee lost all control of this one.

Storm sent Dupree over the top rope to the floor and then hit him with a baseball slide as he went out of the ring as well. Meanwhile, a dropkick from Rob Conway sent Val Venis out of the ring to the floor. Once Val was back up to his feet on the outside, Conway hit a plancha out onto Val sending both men down. Back in the ring, Booker T and Test had got back to their feet. Test went for a Big Boot to Booker, but he ducked. Test turned around into a kick to the midsection from Booker. He then came off the ropes and hit the Scissors Kick to Test! Booker T got up and was about to go for the pin, but Steiner was up as well...he turned Booker T around and dropped Booker with the Steiner Shot!

RVD came running at Steiner and hit him with a few forearm shots before sending him into the corner. Steiner stumbled back out into a jumping sidekick from RVD to send Steiner to the mat right infront of the turnbuckles. RVD climbed to the top turnbuckle and came down onto Steiner with a Split-Legged Moonsault! At this point, the ref didn't really care who the legal man was so he made the count. One, Two, Thre...Conway pulled RVD out to ringside and then sent him head first into the ring steps. Conway slid into the ring and crawled over to Booker T to make the pin. One, Two, out of nowhere Val Venis came flying off the top rope with the Money Shot onto Conway as he was going for the pin! Venis rolled Conway off of Booker and went for the pin. One, Two, Thre...Steiner had recovered and broke it up with an elbowdrop!

Steiner pulled Venis up to his feet and hit him with a Belly-To-Belly suplex. Lance Storm climbed up onto the apron and came into the ring, hitting Steiner with the springboard dropkick - sending Big Poppa Pump to the mat! However, Rene Dupree followed Storm into the ring and came up behind him. Dupree dropped Storm with an Inverted DDT that JR said he had named the Bastille Drop. This time Dupree went for the pin. One, Two, in a spot similar to the one with Venis and Conway, this time it was RVD breaking up the count with a Five Star Frogsplash onto Dupree! RVD stumbled up to his feet as Test was up as well. Test nailed RVD with The Big Boot! Venis stumbled back up to his feet, but Test grabbed him from behind and nailed him with The Test Drive. The ring was littered with fallen bodies as Test went for the pin on Val Venis. One, Two, Three.

Winners - The Union

Overall: 79

Crowd: 76

Match: 78

The Coach: What'd I tell ya JR? Easy as pie!

JR: ...It looks like Test will be taking on Goldberg next week for the World Title! Will Goldberg be 100%?! We'll see you next week!

The rest of the Union slowly stumbled to their feet and celebrated thier victory as the crowd booed them loudly. The WWE copyright logo appeared at the bottom of the screen as they stood victorious over the fallen faces. The screen slowly faded to black.

End show.

Overall - 78%

Quick Results

Matt Hardy def. Rosey

Batista & Orton def. Head Cheese

Trish def. Victoria

Goldberg def. Jindrak & Cade

The Union def. Booker T, RVD, Venis & Storm

Highlight of the Night - The Evolution promo (97%)

Match of the Night - Batista & Orton vs. Head Cheese (84)

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