September 20, 2009- September 26, 2009
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The 852nd edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from the Verizon Arena on the southern bank of the Arkansas River in Little Rock, AR. Legendary actor, comedian, writer, and director, Cedric The Entertainer would serve as the Guest Host of RAW. RAW would also see the final appearance of RAW Ring Announcer, Lilian Garcia, who would be leaving the WWE after ten years.
Good Week For: Randy Orton (won the 6-Man Tag for his team, forcing John Cena into a Gauntlet Match next week)
Bad Week For: Chavo Guerrero (with a big assist, was defeated by Cedric The Entertainer)
And In Other News…
Before RAW officially got underway, Guest Host Cedric The Entertainer was shown arriving to the Verizon Arena. The legendary actor and comedian was flanked by the beautiful Bella Twins, who accompanied Cedric into the arena!
With the Guest Host in the building, RAW got underway and it kicked off with a one-on-one match between D-Generation X member Triple H and Legacy’s Cody Rhodes! Before the match got underway, DX reminded Legacy that both of them are experienced Hell in a Cell competitors, while Legacy has never been in such a brutal match before. Triple H then proclaimed that the rivarly between DX and Legacy will "end" inside Hell in a Cell!
The match then got underway, but in the middle of the bout, Triple H threw Cody Rhodes to the outside of the ring and when Rhodes recovered, the brash second-generation Superstar slapped Shawn Michaels on the outside. An enraged HBK then gave chase to Rhodes and ducked an attack by Ted DiBiase on the outside. Michaels then turned his attention to DiBiase and, with Triple H still down in the ring, Cody Rhodes blindsided Michaels and both members of Legacy launched HBK onto the top of the announce table, then Rhodes & DiBiase hit the double team high-low on Michaels; leaving "The Showstopper" down on the outside. With one-half of DX out of the equation, Rhodes got back into the ring, but was met by Triple H who set Rhodes up for the Pedigree. However, before Triple H could deliver the Pedigree, Ted DiBiase blasted Triple H with a steel chair shot that left "The Game" laid out! Legacy then continued their decimation of DX by Cody Rhodes hitting his patented Cross Rhodes maneuver on Triple H, followed by Ted DiBiase hitting Dream Street as well. The devious Legacy then wrapped the steel chair around the neck of Triple H, but, luckily for "The Game", Shawn Michaels had recovered and pulled a sledgehammer out from under the ring! HBK then chased Legacy out of the ring and helped Triple H to his feet. What kind of brutality will occur in just under two weeks when D-Generation X and Legacy go to war inside the demonic Hell in a Cell? When the rivarly comes to an end, will DX continue their reign or will Legacy make sure that a new day dawns in the wake of DX’s demise?
Guest Host Cedric The Entertainer then makes an appearance and says that he is a "real WWE fan"! After poking some fun at the Superstars of RAW, Santino Marella comes out to meet Cedric. Santino reveals that Cedric is the inspiration for Santino’s dream of being a stand-up comedian. The gracious Guest Host allows Santino to do some of his stand-up, but after Santino bombed, Cedric stopped Santino and advised Santino to stick to his day job. Chavo Guerrero then interrupts and, after Cedric & Santino have a good laugh at the expense of Chavo and his less than stellar record against Hornswoggle, Chavo calls Cedric a "punk Guest Host" and states that he is forced to have matches with Hornswoggle where he is put in a position where he can not win. "The Mexican Warrior" then challenges Cedric to a match on RAW! Before an apprehensive Cedric can reply, Santino steps in and accepts the match on behalf of the Guest Host! How can Cedric possibly combat a veteran wrestler like Chavo Guerrero? Does Cedric and Santino have a plan to keep Cedric in one piece?
Backstage, The Miz, holding Kofi Kingston’s United States Title belt that he stole last week, was being interviewed. Miz proclaimed that he had the title belt because he will be the United States Champion soon anyways. Miz also states that the United States Title should be held from someone "from the United States". Miz was then was blind-sided by Kofi Kingston, who took his title belt back!
The Miz was also in action on RAW as he squared off with the high-flying Evan Bourne and, after Bourne missed his signature Air Bourne maneuver, Miz hit the Skull Crushing Finale to pick up the win! How will The Miz respond to Kofi getting his belt back?
Backstage, Randy Orton meets up with Legacy and "The Viper" tells his protégés that they can take the night off! Orton then states that he can handle the contract signing on his own.
Then it was time to make the Hell in a Cell Match for the WWE Championship official as WWE Champion John Cena and challenger Randy Orton would have a contract signing for the match. "The Viper" Randy Orton was introduced first, followed by "The Champ" John Cena. The moderator of the contract signing, Jerry "The King" Lawler, revealed that there is a "no physicality" rule in effect for the contract signing. Orton is the first to sign the contract and, after signing, Orton orders Jerry Lawler to leave the ring. "The Viper" then warns John Cena that he has never been more "dangerous" than he will be inside Hell in a Cell and that he knows "what it takes" to succeed inside the satanic structure. Orton then declares that Cena will "never be the same" after Hell in a Cell. "The Champ" responds by reminding Orton that he forced "The Viper" to say the words "I Quit" at Breaking Point and that he has no reason to fear Orton’s threats. Cena then signs the contract to make the match official and tells Orton that the Hell in a Cell Match will be Orton’s last shot at the WWE Championship. The WWE Champion then states that Orton should be "worried" about what Cena is capable of inside Hell in a Cell and then vows to "destroy" Orton inside the Cell! An irate Orton then responds by telling Cena that he wishes he could RKO Cena through the table in between them, but that he found some familiar enemies that would be glad to get a piece of Cena. This brought out the Unified Tag Team Champions Big Show & Chris Jericho. Big Show emptied the ring of the table and chairs with ease before both tag champions commenced the beat down of John Cena. However, Cena was quickly saved by MVP & Mark Henry who rushed to the aid of the WWE Champion and ran the Unified Tag Team Champions out of the ring! Guest Host Cedric The Entertainer then appeared and made a huge 6-Man Tag Match for the main event as WWE Champion John Cena would team with "The Franchise Player" MVP & "The World’s Strongest Man" Mark Henry to face the team of "The Viper" Randy Orton and the Unified Tag Team Champions Big Show & Chris Jericho!
With her #1 Contender, Alicia Fox, at ringside, Divas Champion Mickie James was in a non-title match against familiar foe Beth Phoenix. When the action spilled to the outside, it was a distraction by Alicia Fox that allowed "The Glamazon" to take advantage and end up pinning the Divas Champion! After costing Mickie the match, Alicia Fox then laid Mickie out with the Fox Kick! When will these two Divas do battle over the Divas Title and who will emerge victorious?
The United States Championship was up for grabs on RAW as champion Kofi Kingston, now with his title belt back in his possession, defended the gold against "The All-American American" Jack Swagger. During the match, The Miz made his way to ringside and, once again, stole the United States Title belt! However, Swagger caught The Miz and blasted Miz with a clothesline on the outside of the ring. Swagger then picked up the belt and "The All-American American" then walked off with the title belt; abandoning the championship match!
After all the thievery and bold claims over recent weeks, it will all be settled at WWE Hell in a Cell as Kofi Kingston defends the United States Championship in a Triple Threat Match against The Miz & Jack Swagger! Who will walk out of the Prudential Center on October 4 with the championship belt, knowing they are the true United States Champion?
Then it was time for Cedric The Entertainer’s big moment as the Guest Host was set to go one-on-one with Chavo Guerrero. However, before the match, it was revealed that Santino Marella would serve as the Special Referee for the match! Cedric then made his way to the ring in some peculiar wrestling gear and, before starting the match, put a luchadore style mask on! Cedric quickly exited the ring after the opening bell and crawled under the ring. Thinking he had Cedric’s plan all figured out, Chavo went to the opposite side of the ring and waited for Cedric to emerge. However, when Cedric did come out from under the ring, the legendary stand-up comedian was somehow taller, leaner, meaner, and a more experienced wrestler! This miraculously improved Cedric then took it to Chavo in the middle of the ring and left Chavo laying before going back underneath the ring. Dressed as "little Cedric", Hornswoggle came out from under the ring and hit the Tadpole Splash on Chavo before going under the ring! Finally, the real Cedric emerged and actually pinned Chavo to pick up the win in his debut match! After his "triumphant" win, Cedric celebrated in the ring with the masked monster that assisted him and the "little Cedric", Hornswoggle, who put the finishing touches on Chavo! How will Chavo respond to once again being humiliated by, not just Hornswoggle, but one of the Guest Hosts?
It was announced on RAW that, when RAW comes to Albany next week, Reverend Al Sharpton will be on hand as the Guest Host! What will happen when the former presidential candidate is in charge of Monday Night RAW?
It was a bittersweet night for RAW Ring Announcer Lilian Garcia, as one of the "Divas of the Decade" was going to move on with her life and career, but was also leaving her home of the last ten years; the WWE. An emotional Lilian stated that it has been a "privilege" being a part of the WWE for the past ten years and that it has been an "honor" to entertain the fans and announce some of the greatest matches in WWE history. Lilian then said that she is leaving, but her "heart belongs in the WWE". An emotive Lilian then waves goodbye to the fans as they chant "thank you, Lilian".
Before the 6-Man Tag Team main event got underway, Chris Jericho revealed that they had a "talk" with Guest Host Cedric The Entertainer and that Cedric added a special stipulation to the contest. The Unified Tag Team Champion then explained that, if their team loses, then Randy Orton must compete in a three man Gauntlet Match next week against MVP, Mark Henry, & WWE Champion John Cena! However, if John Cena’s team loses, then Cena must face Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, & Big Show in a three man Gauntlet Match!
With this surprising new stipulation, the 6-Man Tag Match got underway as the team of WWE Champion John Cena, MVP, & Mark Henry squared off with the team of Randy Orton and the Unified Tag Team Champions Big Show & Chris Jericho. During the match, all hell broke loose as all of the combatants battled in and out of the ring. Among all the chaos, Chris Jericho got an instrumental chop block in on "The World’s Strongest Man" Mark Henry which led to Randy Orton hitting a ring-rattling RKO on Henry to pin the big man and pick up the win for his team! With this all-important win, this places John Cena in a three-on-one Gauntlet Match on next week’s RAW! Just six days before he defends the WWE Championship inside the demonic Hell in a Cell, how can John Cena possibly survive a Gauntlet Match against Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, & Big Show? What kind of condition will the champion be in after next Monday?
The 172nd edition of ECW on Syfy came to you from the BOK Center in the second largest city in the state of Oklahoma- Tulsa. One week after shocking the world and winning a #1 Contender’s Battle Royal, new #1 Contender Zack Ryder would get his shot as he challenged Christian for the ECW Championship.
Good Week For: Christian (retained his ECW Title and fended off an attack by William Regal)
Bad Week For: Gregory Helms (was assaulted in the backstage area by Paul Burchill)
And In Other News…
ECW on Syfy kicked off with "The Abraham Washington Show" as WWE Hall of Famer Tony Atlas announced the arrival of the host of the show- Abraham Washington. The always confident Abraham Washington declared that his show was the "most critically-acclaimed late night television show" before bringing out his guest, "The Celtic Warrior" Sheamus! Sheamus came out and Abe quickly put on sunglasses and made fun of Sheamus’ pale skin. "The Celtic Warrior" responded by referring to Abe’s show as "Sanford & Son". Abe then asked Sheamus about his budding rivalry with Shelton Benjamin. Sheamus explained that, a couple of weeks ago on ECW, he and Benjamin teamed up, but that Benjamin "stole" the victory following all of his "hard work". To dispute the claim, Abe brought out his second guest- "The Gold Standard" Shelton Benjamin! After Abraham Washington referred to him as "hootie", Benjamin told the late night host that he is surprised that show has not been canceled yet. Benjamin then turns his attention to Sheamus and tells Sheamus that, in a tag team match, if one person wins then both members of the team win. "The Celtic Warrior" responded by telling Benjamin that "The Gold Standard" knows "nothing about honor". With some help from Abraham Washington, Shelton Benjamin showed a fake family tree of Sheamus featuring pictures of Carrot Top and Bobo The Clown. "The Celtic Warrior" took offense to the jokes and got in the face of Benjamin. For a brief moment, "The Gold Standard" turned his attention elsewhere and Sheamus blasted Benjamin! The two men then brawled all over the set of the show, bringing the show to a halt. Several members of security were finally able to separate the two Superstars. What will happen next in this heated rivalry between Sheamus & Shelton Benjamin?
Back with his sister, Katie Lea Burchill, at his side, "The Ripper" Paul Burchill was in action in the opening match in a losing effort to "The New Japanese Buzzsaw" Yoshi Tatsu.
After the loss, Paul Burchill and his sister, Katie Lea Burchill, are shown walking back to the locker room, but Katie Lea is stopped by Gregory Helms. The mild-mannered reporter tried asking "The Seductive Sibling" about Paul’s loss, but was quickly blind-sided by "The Ripper" and left laying on the concrete as Paul ordered his sister to "stay away" from Helms! What lengths are Paul Burchill willing to go to prove his point that Gregory Helms and The Hurricane are the same person?
With William Regal accompanying them, the ever intimidating team of Vladimir Kozlov & Ezekiel Jackson were in action, picking up a dominant victory over Dustin Brady & Brandon Young with "Big Zeke" getting the pin over Dustin Brady following Total Domination. After the match was over, "The Moscow Mauler" Vladimir Kozlov laid Brandon Young out with the Iron Curtain! Is there any way to stop this behemoth team William Regal has assembled?
Speaking of William Regal, the 2008 King of the Ring confronted Goldust in the backstage area with Ezekiel Jackson & Vladimir Kozlov flanking him. Regal called Goldust a "joke" and proclaimed that he is the only one worthy of being the ECW Champion! What will happen this Thursday on WWE Superstars when "The Bizarre One" Goldust goes one-on-one with William Regal? What role will Kozlov & "Big Zeke" have in the outcome?
Then it was time for the much-anticipated main event as Christian defended his ECW Championship against new #1 Contender Zack Ryder. Despite a very valiant effort by "The Long Island Loudmouth", Christian was able to come out of the match with the ECW Title intact. Immediately after his successful title defense, William Regal came to the ring and referred to the title match that just took place as a "farce". Regal then declared that the "slate is clean" and it is only a "matter of time" until he is ECW Champion! Regal then put his hands on the ECW Title belt, which prompted "Captain Charisma" to attack Regal, who quickly backed out of the ring with a smile on his face! Despite the declaration by ECW General Manager Tiffany that Regal would not get a rematch for the ECW Championship, will William Regal find a way to put himself back in the #1 Contender’s spot? When will we see these two go head-to-head for round three?
The 24th edition of WWE Superstars came to you from the Verizon Arena in Little Rock, AR and from the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK. In his first appearance on WWE Superstars since returning to SmackDown, Matt Hardy would be faced with the challenging task of going one-on-one with "The Big Red Machine" Kane. With Ezekiel Jackson & Vladimir Kozlov in his corner, "The Brawling Brute" William Regal would go head-to-head with "The Bizarre One" Goldust. In a classic battle of speed vs. Strength, Primo would go one-on-one with "The Masterpiece" Chris Masters.
Good Week For: Primo (picked up the upset win against Chris Masters)
Bad Week For: William Regal (saw his contingent get outnumbered)
And In Other News…
In the RAW contribution to WWE Superstars, former Unified Tag Team Champion, Primo, would go one-on-one with "The Masterpiece" Chris Masters. The quickness of the Caribbean Superstar would prove to trump strength in this instance as Primo managed to avoid the dreaded Masterlock and roll "The Masterpiece" up to pick a huge win over Chris Masters! How will Masters respond to the upset victory?
From ECW, the 2008 King of the Ring, William Regal, would have his "Ruthless Roundtable" of Ezekiel Jackson & Vladimir Kozlov in his corner as he faced off with "The Bizarre One" Goldust. During the match, William Regal & Vladimir Kozlov attempted to distract the referee so that Ezekiel Jackson could get a cheap shot in on a prone Goldust, but "Big Zeke" got the shot, but the referee caught the behemoth red-handed and called for the disqualification! Goldust may have got a DQ win over Regal, but Regal and his "associates" were not done with Goldust as the two towers known as Ezekiel Jackson & Vladimir Kozlov mowed over "The Bizarre One" with a double shoulder block. With Goldust vulnerable, Regal locked in the agonizing Regal Stretch on Goldust. However, the cavalry arrived just in time as ECW Champion Christian, "ECW Original" Tommy Dreamer, & "The New Japanese Buzzsaw" Yoshi Tatsu rushed to the aid of Goldust! Together, the union of Christian, Tommy Dreamer, Yoshi Tatsu, & Goldust were able to actually outnumber Regal and his cohorts, ridding the ring of the dastardly trio! How will William Regal and his partners in crime respond to this new contingent getting the better of him?
The Divas of SmackDown were in tag team action as Women’s Champion Michelle McCool teamed up with her protégé Layla to pick up a win over former Women’s Champion Melina & Maria.
SmackDown once again provided the main event as Matt Hardy went one-on-one with the ruthless Kane. Matt held his own against "The Big Red Monster", but the match came to a halt when Kane refused to get Matt Hardy off of the top rope, resulting in Matt Hardy getting the win via disqualification. After the match, the always unstable Kane took his frustrations out on Matt, laying Hardy out with a thunderous chokeslam. After putting The Great Khali out of action indefinitely on last week’s SmackDown, who will Kane target next on his path of destruction?
With nine days to go before WWE Hell in a Cell, the 527th edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the BOK Center in Oklahoma’s second largest city- Tulsa. After seeing his tag partner, and other half of the Unified Tag Team Champions, Chris Jericho, defeated by "The Animal" last week, "The World’s Largest Athlete" Big Show challenged Batista to a one-on-one match on SmackDown. Also on SmackDown, we would find out the whereabouts of SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long after spending an entire week in the clutches of The Undertaker.
Good Week For: CM Punk (narrowly escaped the wrath of Hell’s Gate and earned a count-out victory)
Bad Week For: Theodore Long (was delivered bound and gagged in a casket and made Mr. McMahon angry)
And In Other News…
The show kicked off with the controversial "Straightedge Champion" CM Punk, who said that all the fans have "forgotten his accomplishments". The World Heavyweight Champion then "reminded" the fans that he is the "only Straightedge World Heavyweight Champion in history", and he is also the only Superstar to have won back-to-back Money-in-the-Back Ladder Matches at WrestleMania, and he is the first Superstar to force The Undertaker to tap out. Punk then stated that he did it all without "the influence of drugs". The confident champion then demands that someone in charge come out and inform him of his next challenger! "The Straightedge Champion" waited a few minutes and then proclaimed that there was "no one left" for him to defeat. With that, the arena lights dimmed to an eerie, dark blue and the familiar army of druids appeared carrying a casket! Undertaker’s mysterious and long-time henchmen carried the signature casket and set it at ringside, before leaving. Believing that The Undertaker was hiding in the casket, CM Punk grabbed a steel chair for back up as he dared Undertaker to come out of the casket. After nothing happened, Punk slowly approached the box of death and started waylaying the casket with the steel chair, trying to force Undertaker out. The apprehensive World Heavyweight Champion then slowly opened the casket to discover that SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long was inside the casket, bound and gagged! CM Punk breathed a sigh of relief and proclaims that The Undertaker is "afraid" of him. "The Second City Saint" then helped Long out of the casket and helped the GM untie his hands and remove the gag. Finally freed after an unknown amount of time, a fear-driven Long grabbed the microphone from Punk before falling to the mat. The General Manager then announced that the ban on The Undertaker’s Hell’s Gate submission move has been lifted! Long assured everyone that Hell’s Gate is now "100% legal". As if that did not upset Punk enough, Long then revealed that CM Punk will be defending the World Heavyweight Championship against The Undertaker inside the demonic Hell in a Cell in nine days! Still in shock from what he had just heard, Long then announced that CM Punk would go one-on-one with The Undertaker in the main event on SmackDown! Just over a week before he defends the World Heavyweight Title inside Hell in a Cell, CM Punk must face off with his challenger, The Undertaker in a non-title match in the main event! With Hell’s Gate now legal, will The Undertaker force CM Punk to tap out, again, to pick up the non-title victory en route to his own "playground", Hell in a Cell or will CM Punk somehow escape the wrath of "The Deadman"?
The opening match of the night saw Intercontinental Champion John Morrison team up with "The Fighting Irishman" Finlay to pick up a tag team win over the team of the #1 Contender for the Intercontinental Title at WWE Hell in a Cell, Dolph Ziggler, and his partner, Mike Knox. The end of the match came when the referee was tending to Dolph Ziggler and Finlay seized the opportunity and leveled "Monstrous" Mike Knox with the shillelagh! This led to John Morrison hitting Starship Pain on Knox to pick up the win for himself and Finlay! Will "The Guru of Greatness" have the same success when he defends the Intercontinental Championship against Dolph Ziggler in nine days at WWE Hell in a Cell or will Dolph Ziggler finally win the Intercontinental Title?
Backstage, Slam Master J approaches Cryme Tyme & Eve Torres and the duo from Brooklyn then dare Slam Master J to go into the office of SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long and deface some property with some graffiti. Desperate to earn the respect of Cryme Tyme, Slam Master J obliged and, to the surprise of Cryme Tyme, J came back out having done the graffiti and even managed to walk out with a couple of new DVD’s! When they heard an irate Theodore Long discover the "calling card" of J, Cryme Tyme quickly split from the scene, leaving Slam Master J alone face-to-face with the GM with the spray paint can in his hand! A furious Theodore Long informed J that he would be in a match before "leading" Slam Master J to the ring!
Slam Master J certainly earned his punishment and then some from the GM as "The Mac Daddy" was forced to face off with "The Big Red Machine" Kane! "Big Red Evil" made quick work of Slam Master J, leaving him laying with a chokeslam! Kane has not been pinned or made to submit since returning to SmackDown, who will be the one to end this reign of Kane?
WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon also made a special appearance on the show! The Chairman reminded everyone that next week’s SmackDown will be a special "Decade of SmackDown" episode that will celebrate the last ten years of the blue brand. Mr. McMahon touted the appearance of all three brands in the WWE, including appearances by the likes of WWE Champion John Cena and D-Generation X! Mr. McMahon then introduces a new SmackDown Superstar who, he says, reminds him of himself! The WWE Chairman reveals that he signed this new competitor himself and proclaimed that this new addition to the roster is a "future World Heavyweight Champion" before introducing Drew McIntyre! "The Evil Scotsman" comes to the ring and proclaimed that it took the Chairman of the WWE to notice his "greatness" and says that he is the "future" of SmackDown. McIntyre then announced that there would be a party would be held in his honor and proclaimed that "the party was just getting started". A man who McIntyre has took it upon himself to get to "know" very well over the past few weeks, R-Truth, then made his way to the ring! Truth "welcomed" McIntyre to SmackDown before attacking the Scotsman and initiating a brawl with McIntyre! Referees rushed to the ring and was eventually able to pull R-Truth off of McIntyre as McIntyre escaped the brawl. This war is just getting started between these two SmackDown Superstars, when will we see the two of them go one-on-one? Who will come out on top when they do?
Then it was time for the colossals to collide as it was "the unstoppable force meeting the unmovable object" as Batista went one-on-one with "The World’s Largest Athlete" Big Show! After losing to "The Animal" last week, Chris Jericho was at ringside for the contest. The two men clashed back-and-forth before "The Animal" pulled a new move out of his arsenal and locking an Ankle Lock on Big Show! Seeing that his large partner on the verge of tapping out, Chris Jericho rushed the ring, but was met with a spinebuster by Batista! "The Animal" then locked his new submission maneuver on Chris Jericho, forcing the Unified Tag Team Champion to tap out! The Unified Tag Team Champions gingerly returned to the backstage area. Has "The Animal" become even more unstoppable now that he has discovered the devastating Ankle Lock?
Backstage, WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon confronts General Manager Theodore Long. The Chairman demands to know where his picture is that was supposed to be hanging on the wall. The GM told the Chairman that it wasn’t "finished" yet and said that it needed a new frame, but when McMahon ordered Long to get the picture, the GM had no choice and brought out the picture. The Chairman was furious when he saw that the picture had been defaced with graffiti reading "Vinnie To Da Mac" in red spray paint! Mr. McMahon blamed Theodore Long for the act of disrespect as Long tried to explain that he was not the one responsible. What kind of backlash will the GM face from Mr. McMahon?
In the on-going rivalry between Cryme Tyme & The Hart Dynasty, Cryme Tyme’s JTG went one-on-one with The Hart Dynasty’s David Hart Smith. The chaotic match came to a close after Natalya placed David Hart Smith’s foot on the bottom rope to prevent the second-generation Smith from getting pinned. Seeing what the referee did not, Eve Torres made a beeline for Natalya and attacked The Hart Dynasty Diva, who rolled into the ring. This temporarily distracted the referee long enough for Tyson Kidd to deliver a vile kick to the head of JTG! As Shad made his way to Kidd, David Hart Smith pinned JTG to pick up the win! What is the next level in this tag team feud between these two entities?
Shortly after his match with Big Show, "The Animal" Batista was interviewed backstage and Batista revealed that he is challenging Big Show & Chris Jericho for the Unified Tag Team Titles at WWE Hell in a Cell! When asked about who his partner would be, "The Animal" replied that the partner is a good friend of his and that he and his partner have the "numbers" of the Unified Tag Team Champions and his partner’s "number" is "619"! With the huge announcement that Rey Mysterio will return at WWE Hell in a Cell to team with "The Animal" and challenge Big Show & Chris Jericho, who will walk out of the Prudential Center as the Unified Tag Team Champions? Batista & Mysterio have teamed up in the past and have even held the WWE Tag Team Titles together! Will their match with Big Show & Chris Jericho have the same result or will the dominant champions find a way to endure the challenge of the two former World Heavyweight Champions?
Then it was time for the much-anticipated main event as World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk went one-on-one in a non-title match with his Hell in a Cell opponent, The Undertaker! "The Straightedge Champion" held his own against "The Deadman", but when Undertaker locked in the devastating, and now legal, Hell’s Gate on the champion, CM Punk quickly got into the ropes, forcing the break. CM Punk quickly escaped to the outside and grabbed the World Heavyweight Title belt, but was met on the outside by The Undertaker! "The Phenom" got a hold of Punk and was going to deliver the Last Ride to the champion through the announce table, but the wily champion escaped disaster and quickly rolled in the ring at a count of "nine" by the referee. Undertaker tried to get back into the ring, but was just shy of doing so, earning CM Punk the victory by count-out! As quick as he rolled in the ring, Punk left the ring with a big smile on his face as he once again found a way to get past The Undertaker. What will happen a week from Sunday when there is nowhere to run and nowhere to hide for CM Punk inside Hell in a Cell? Will "The Straightedge Champion" find some way to miraculously keep the World Heavyweight Title or will Punk’s time as the World Heavyweight Champion come to an end at the hands of "The Deadman" inside The Undertaker’s personal torture chamber, Hell in a Cell?
Superstar of the Week: ECW Champion Christian
Name: Big Show
Born On: February 8, 1972 in Aiken, SC
Resides: Tampa, FL
Wrestler Since: July 16, 1995
Trained By: Larry Sharpe
Five Time World Champion (2x WWE, 2x WCW, & 1x ECW)
Only Superstar In History To Have Won The WWE, WCW, & ECW Championships
1996 Winner of WCW World War 3
One Time WWE United States Champion
Three Time WWE Hardcore Champion
Eight Time Tag Team Champion (4x World, 1x WWE, & 3x WCW)
Four Time & Reigning World Tag Team Champion (2x w/ The Undertaker, 1x w/ Kane, & 1x w/ Chris Jericho)
One Time & Reigning WWE Tag Team Champion (w/ Chris Jericho)
Three Time WCW Tag Team Champion (1x w/ Lex Luger, 1x w/ Sting, & 1x w/ Scott Hall)