November 15, 2009- November 21, 2009
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Six days before the 23rd annual Survivor Series, the 860th edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from “The World’s Most Famous Arena”, Madison Square Garden, in the “Big Apple” of the “Empire State”, New York City. In the arena where he faced Hulk Hogan & Mr. T at the inaugural WrestleMania, Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper would serve as the Guest Host of RAW. A huge main event worthy of Madison Square Garden would take place as WWE Champion John Cena would team with World Heavyweight Champion The Undertaker to face their respective opponents in their Triple Threat Matches at Survivor Series, D-Generation X & Unified WWE Tag Team Champions Jeri-Show, in a Triple Threat Tag Match. Also on RAW, Melina would defend the Divas Championship against Alicia Fox and “Burn It To The Ground” by Nickelback would debut as the new theme song of RAW.
Monday Night RAW
Good Week For: Kofi Kingston (continued to get the better of Randy Orton by putting him through a table)
Bad Week For: Jerry Lawler & Mark Yeaton (were senselessly assaulted by Sheamus)
Before RAW officially got underway, Guest Host “Rowdy” Roddy Piper had a brief edition of the historic and controversial Piper’s Pit with famous actor, Luis Guzman, and a fellow Hall of Famer, The Iron Sheik! The legendary Iran competitor behaved himself until Luis Guzman mentioned Hulk Hogan, which led to Sheik going on one of his classic tirades about “The Hulkster”! The Guest Host, actor, and former WWE Champion then presented a Saturday Night Live style introduction to Monday Night RAW!
The show kicked off with United States Champion The Miz who, before he defended his title, took the time to belittle the 20,000 plus New Yorkers in attendance by saying that the New York Yankees “bought” the 2009 World Series. After insulting the fans in The Garden, The Miz successfully defended the United States Title against a two-time United States Champion, MVP, in front of MVP’s good “friend” Sherri Shepherd; who was in the front row at ringside! The Miz is rolling towards Survivor Series. Will Miz lead his team to an “awesome” victory against Team Morrison in the 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match?
After being knocked out by professional boxer Ricky Hatton in England, Chavo Guerrero would look to bounce back from his embarassment as he went one-on-one with Santino Marella. During the match, a Hornswoggle illegally clad in DX apparel, distracted Chavo long enough for Santino to roll-up “The Latin Warrior” to pick up the win!
Following the match, D-Generation X made an appearance and said they are out there to discuss the “elephant” in the room; the Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship at Survivor Series. Triple H assured everyone that there will be no dissention in DX at Survivor Series and, even though they intend on battling each other over the prestigous championship, as long as DX is in possession of the WWE Championship, it does not matter which one of them wins! The legendary duo then addressed Hornswoggle and Triple H invited Hornswoggle to join them in the ring to become a member of DX! An ecstatic Hornswoggle joined Triple H & Shawn Michaels in the ring for the signature “Are You Ready?” speech. However, in the middle of the presentation, Triple H turned around and hit Hornswoggle with the Pedigree! DX tried a “cease and desist” order to stop Hornswoggle’s infringement of DX copyrights to no avail. Will the Pedigree put an end to Hornswoggle’s antics?
The stars were certainly out in New York City as, in addition to Luis Guzman, Sherri Shepherd, & The Black Eyed Peas, comedian and self-proclaimed “World Champion” and best athlete in the world, Judah Friedlander, made a special appearance to serve as the Guest Ring Announced for the Divas Title Match! One of the stars of “30 Rock” also had the task of revealing that the match would be a Lumberjill Match featuring the Divas taking part in the 5-on-5 Survivor Series Elimination Match this Sunday! At the end of the hectic match, Melina emerged victorious and still the Divas Champion! In a preview of Survivor Series, a Divas brawl broke out after the match with Team Mickie standing tall in the end! Will Team Mickie see the same result this Sunday or will Team Michelle as the winning team?
One week after seeing his undefeated streak come to an end at the hands of Evan Bourne, with a big assist from The Miz, Jack Swagger got a bit of redemption with a win over Evan Bourne! After the last couple of weeks, can Jack Swagger compete on the same team as The Miz this Sunday?
Guest Host Roddy Piper appeared in front of the MSG crowd and stated that New York City is the only city that welcomes the in-your-face style of “Hot Rod” and that the people he have faced have ended up either “bald or dead”. The Hall of Famer then stated that he has done “unspeakable things” in Madison Square Garden and that he “loved” every minute of it! Piper then reveals that, before he calls it quits, he wants one last match; a match against the WWE Chairman himself, Mr. McMahon! The Chairman came out to respond to Piper’s challenge and told Piper that “mother nature” has “not been kind” to Piper! McMahon then said that his forefathers would be “ashamed” if he had a match with Piper. The confident Chairman then stated that he “looks” better than everyone else and that he has beaten some of the greatest Superstars to step foot in the WWE! “The Boss” then announces he is “officially retired” from in-ring competition! Not phased by the speech delivered by the Chairman, Piper responded by saying that he has survived car crashes and cancer and that, if McMahon has the “guts”, he will be back in the ring later to await McMahon. The Guest Host then vows to try and “retire” McMahon “in full”. Piper then exits the ring, leaving Mr. McMahon with a tough decision to make. Will the Chairman step into the ring with Roddy Piper?
While Roddy Piper certainly made an impact on Monday Night RAW as the Guest Host, fellow Hall of Famer, politician, and former Governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura will host RAW next week as RAW, SmackDown, & ECW all converge on a RAW Thanksgiving; a three-hour special edition of RAW celebrating “Turkey Day”! What will Jesse Ventura have in store for the three-hour RAW? With all three brands on hand, will chaos reign at the WWE celebration of Thanksgiving?
“The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus made an appearance on RAW and stated that he has been on RAW for four weeks and he has already ended the career of one Superstar, Jamie Noble. The intense Irishman then laid out an open challenge for anyone to face him in a match! When no one responded, the patience, or lack of, of “The Celtic Warrior” ran out as Sheamus exited the ring and “confronted” the WWE Timekeeper, Mark Yeaton; asking what Yeaton was “looking at”. Sheamus then pulled Yeaton out of his seat and brutally assaulted the helpless Timekeeper before leaving him lying motionless on the floor. Hall of Famer & RAW Color Commentator, Jerry “The King” Lawler, got up from his announce position to check on Mark Yeaton, but as he went to do so, Sheamus blind-sided Lawler with a bicycle kick! After this unprovoked attack on a defenseless Mark Yeaton and a cheap shot on Jerry Lawler, the Timekeeper and Hall of Famer were helped to the back by referees and medics. How will Lawler respond and what is the condition of both men? Who will Sheamus target next?
With Matt Striker filling in for Jerry Lawler, the show rolled on as Guest Host Roddy Piper was back in the ring and was awaiting an answer to his earlier challenge to Mr. McMahon. However, before the Chairman could provide an answer to Piper’s challenge, Randy Orton came out instead and told Piper that he does not know if McMahon intended to come out to answer the challenge, but that he does know that Piper has “big problems” because he is out there! “The Viper” then kicks the Hall of Famer, but Piper fights back! Unfortunately, Piper’s comeback was brief as Orton viciously stomped away at the Guest Host and was set to punt the legend when Kofi Kingston rushed out to make the save! Kofi sent Orton out of the ring, but Kofi was not finished with “The Legend Killer” as the two brawled all over Madison Square Garden before both men ended up in the dangerous technical area of the arena. After laying Orton on a table, Kofi was prevented from pulling off whatever he has planned by a number of referees. However, Kofi would break away from the referees and deliver his signature Boom Drop to Orton; putting “The Viper” through the table to the floor! In a bit of a “role reversal” for Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston is now the “hunter” and Orton is the “hunted”. What will go down between these two this Sunday when Team Orton faces Team Kingston in a 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match?
Then it was time for the much-anticipated main event as World Heavyweight Champion The Undertaker would appear on RAW for the first time in around a year as “The Deadman” would team with WWE Champion John Cena to face D-Generation and the Unified WWE Tag Team Champions Jeri-Show in a Triple Threat Tag Match. The end of the chaotic match came when Shawn Michaels hits Big Show with Sweet Chin Music, followed by Chris Jericho hitting the Codebreaker on HBK! Undertaker then takes out Jericho with a chokeslam, then Triple H sends The Undertaker to the outside! “The Game” then turns right into the Attitude Adjustment by John Cena, who pins the DX member to pick up the win for the “World Champion team”! After the match, The Undertaker sent a strong message to Jeri-Show that it will be “every man for himself” this Sunday by planting his own partner, John Cena, with a Tombstone Piledriver! What will happen this Friday night on SmackDown when The Undertaker reunites with his brother, Kane, to face Chris Jericho & Big Show just two nights before the Triple Threat Match for the World Heavyweight Championship? John Cena pinned Triple H to win the match on RAW; will a similar result occur at Survivor Series when John Cena faces both members of DX in a Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship? Will DX be divided over the championship or will the legendary duo truly be happy regardless of which one is champion?
Five days before Survivor Series, the 180th edition of ECW on Syfy came to you from the Wachovia Center in one of the most historic American cities- Phildelphia, PA. In a conclusive end to their bitter rivarly, The Hurricane would face Paul Burchill in a “Mask Vs. Career” situation where, if Paul Burchill wins, then The Hurricane must unmask; if The Hurricane wins, however, then Paul Burchill and his sister, Katie Lea Burchill, must leave ECW.
ECW on Syfy
Good Week For: CM Punk & William Regal (proved they are a valuable part of Team Orton)
Bad Week For: The Burchills (Paul lost to The Hurricane, meaning both Paul & Katie Lea must leave ECW)
A familiar face appeared at the start of ECW as CM Punk appeared! The former ECW Champion stated that he is the best product of ECW and that he will receive the “loudest and longest” ovation in the history of ECW when he appears on the show to team with William Regal to face the team of ECW Champion Christian & R-Truth in a special Survivor Series Preview!
Accompanied by Rosa Mendes, Zack Ryder made an appearance on ECW and stated that he was so “lucky” to have Rosa in his corner when he faced Shelton Benjamin last week and says that he is challenging Benjamin to a rematch and wants Rosa in his corner again! Shelton Benjamin comes out and accepts the challenge before calling Zack Ryder a “power tool”! Benjamin suggests they have the match, but Ryder decides that he wants to “wait” until some other time. Being human, “The Gold Standard” briefly turned his attention to Rosa Mendes, but was hit with a quick cheap shot courtesy of Zack Ryder! Ryder & Rosa then quickly exited before Benjamin could respond.
WWE.com announced Tuesday that the rematch between Zack Ryder & Shelton Benjamin would take place on WWE Superstars! What role will Rosa Mendes play in the outcome of this rematch?
Then it was time for the moment of truth as The Hurricane faced Paul Burchill with the future of both of their careers on the line in a “Mask Vs. Career” match. The hard-fought contest saw both Hurricane & Burchill hit their signature finishing maneuvers, only for their opponent to kick out! Burchill even utilized the assistance of his sister, Katie Lea, but in the end, it was a swinging neckbreaker off the top rope that led to The Hurricane winning the match, protecting his true identity and forcing Paul & Katie Lea Burchill off of ECW! Sacrifices had to be made to end this rivalry once and for all and, unfortunately for The Burchills, it cost them their ECW careers.
The “intense” Vance Archer was in action on ECW, picking up another dominant win; this time over Johnny Andrews.
The main event was a Survivor Series Preview of sorts as two of the five members of Team Orton, CM Punk & William Regal, picked up the win over two members of Team Kingston, ECW Champion Christian & R-Truth! The end of the match came when Regal hit the Knee Trembler on Christian followed by CM Punk hitting the GTS on the ECW Champion and pinning Christian for the win! Will similar teamwork help Team Orton achieve victory over Team Kingston in the 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match this Sunday?
The 32nd edition of WWE Superstars came to you from Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY and from the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, PA. Three days before they are on opposing teams at Survivor Series, Legacy member Cody Rhodes would go one-on-one with “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry. Following two losses to “The Gold Standard,” Zack Ryder would get his requested rematch against Shelton Benjamin with the woman who cost him those matches, Rosa Mendes, in his corner. Plus, Eric Escobar would be in action as he would face Jimmy Wang Yang.
Good Week For: Zack Ryder (used Rosa Mendes to his advantage to finally defeat Shelton Benjamin)
Bad Week For: Cody Rhodes (much like his partner was last week, was defeated by a member of Team Kingston)
The opening match of the night was from ECW it featured the third match between Zack Ryder & “The Gold Standard” Shelton Benjamin, with Rosa Mendes accompanying Zack Ryder to the ring. Even though Rosa had a hand in costing Zack Ryder his last two matches against Shelton Benjamin, Rosa actually helped Ryder get the win this time! In the middle of the contest, Rosa received a call on her cell phone and tried to get the attention of Zack Ryder. Rosa then accidentally dropped the phone in the ring and crawled in to get it! Ryder went to tend to Rosa and tried to get her to leave the ring so the match could continue. Seeing an opportunity to once again capitalize on Ryder’s obsession with Rosa, Benjamin went to blind-side Ryder, but a scream by Rosa alerted Ryder and Ryder dodged the attack! Benjamin stopped himself before making contact with Rosa and Ryder took advantage by pulling Benjamin off of the middle turnbuckle and pinning “The Gold Standard” for the win! How will Shelton Benjamin respond to this controversial loss to Zack Ryder?
SmackDown’s contribution to Superstars saw Eric Escobar, with an assist by his girlfriend Vickie Guerrero, defeat Jimmy Wang Yang.
The main event of the evening was from RAW and, despite an injured leg, the match saw Mark Henry pick up the win over Cody Rhodes! When it comes to MVP & Mark Henry, both members of Legacy can not seem to get the upper hand as of late. Will Legacy suffer a similar fate this Sunday when are a part of Team Orton and The World’s Strongest Tag Team is a part of Team Kingston in the 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match?
Just two days before Survivor Series, the 535th edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the Wachovia Center in the historic city of Philadelphia, PA. For the first time in over a year, the Brothers of Destruction would reunite as World Heavyweight Champion The Undertaker would team with his brother, Kane, to battle the two men he will face in the Triple Threat Match for the World Heavyweight Title this Sunday, the Unified WWE Tag Team Champions Jeri-Show. After a double count-out result last week, John Morrison would once again defend the Intercontinental Title against Dolph Ziggler; this time in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match.
Friday Night SmackDown
Good Week For: Chris Jericho (was the only one left standing at the end of SmackDown)
Bad Week For: CM Punk (was humiliated and covered in cigarettes, pills, and alcohol by R-Truth)
Two days before he would face his best friend turned worst rival at Survivor Series, Batista was in the opening match of the night as “The Altered Beast” went one-on-one with Matt Hardy. In the end, it was Batista who planted Matt with two spinebusters and the Batista Bomb to win the match.
After his win over Matt Hardy, Batista was stopped backstage by Josh Mathews and asked about Rey Mysterio’s actions during the contract signing last week where Mysterio turned the contract table over on top of Batista, embarrassing “The Animal”. Batista answered by saying that Mysterio made a “mistake” by embarrassing him last week and that Rey will never embarrass him again! “The Altered Beast” then vowed to show Rey “no remorse” this Sunday at Survivor Series. Rey Mysterio has raised the ire of Batista; will Rey suffer at the hands of “The Animal” this Sunday or does Rey have a plan to defeat and embarrass his former friend?
After last week’s intense face off ended in a double disqualification, Finlay & Drew McIntyre once again faced each other with McIntyre gouging the eye of “The Fighting Irishman” to assist in the victory! How will Finlay respond to the questionable tactics by Drew McIntyre?
Backstage, Vickie Guerrero and her boyfriend, Eric Escobar, confront General Manager Theodore Long in his office. The former GM criticizes Long for his decision to have The Brothers of Destruction reunite. Long explains to Vickie that reuniting the Brothers was Mr. McMahon’s idea and tells Vickie that he does not want or need her advice on how to run SmackDown. WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon then enters the GM’s office and also questions Long’s decision to reunite Kane & The Undertaker, denying that it was his idea in the first place. Much to the sheer delight of Vickie Guerrero, the Chairman informs Long that he is appointing Vickie as the “consultant” for Friday Night SmackDown! Mr. McMahon stated that Vickie would be keeping a close eye on the GM while Long is on “probation”. As Vickie celebrated her new position on SmackDown, Long did not look pleased to be working with Vickie Guerrero once again. What kind of role will Vickie play now that she is a “consultant”? Will Vickie’s boyfriend, Eric Escobar, benefit from Vickie’s new job?
Forty-eight hours before he joins Legacy, William Regal, & captain Randy Orton on Team Orton in the 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match against Team Kingston, “The Straightedge Superstar” CM Punk made an appearance on SmackDown to present a “straightedge intervention”! Punk states that the first step in an “intervention” is admitting that you have a problem. Punk then asks the fans in attendance to stand up and admit they are “addicts” and, when only a few people stand up, claims the audience is “in denial”. Punk then proclaims that he is going to teach the audience “how to survive” before presenting a carton of cigarettes. “The Second City Saint” then says that people who smoke are inhaling “poison” before dumping the entire carton of cigarettes into the trash. Punk then moves on and presents a bottle of prescription medication, referring to it as “failure in a bottle” and explaining that, by taking more than the recommended dosage means “failing at life”. Punk then tells the fans to “find the straightedge” in them before dumping the bottle of pills into the trash as well. Finally, Punk presents a bottle of whiskey and calls it “liquid hell” and “poison”. Punk then states that liquor is “the worst of them all” and says that the people who drink are letting their lives go “down the drain” before dumping the entire bottle of whiskey into the trash with the pills and cigarettes. R-Truth then interrupts the “straightedge intervention” and tells Punk that people “make their own decisions” and that he does not like Punk. After his short proclamation, Truth planted Punk with a DDT! Truth then orchestrated the ultimate humiliation on “The Straightedge Superstar” by dumping the trash can full of pills, cigarettes, and alcohol all over CM Punk! Truth then slammed the empty trashcan into the mid-section of CM Punk before leaving the ring! How will CM Punk respond to being utterly humiliated by R-Truth? Will this budding rivalry carry over into the 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Match featuring these two Superstars being on opposing teams?
After last week’s indecisive title match, John Morrison once again defended the Intercontinental Championship against Dolph Ziggler; this time in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match! It did not take long for the first fall to be counted as Morrison surprised Ziggler with a roll-up to lead the match one fall to none! Dolph would even up the score later in the contest as he hit the Zig Zag on Morrison! Finally, with one fall a piece, it was Morrison hitting Starship Pain that led to “The Friday Night Delight” retaining the Intercontinental Championship! With four title defenses against Dolph Ziggler, is John Morrison finally finished with Ziggler or will Dolph continue to pursue Morrison and the Intercontinental Title that eludes him? Following two grueling title defenses in back-to-back weeks, can Morrison still lead his team to victory this Sunday in the 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match?
The Divas were in action on SmackDown as Mickie James picked up the win over Layla in a small measure of revenge for what Layla & Michelle McCool did to Mickie last week. After the match, Layla turned Mickie’s attention to the big screen where Michelle McCool appeared with a farm background and referred to Mickie as “Piggy James”, which made the former Women’s Champion shed some tears for the insults. Has the mockery and insults by Michelle McCool “convinced” Mickie to leave SmackDown like the Women’s Champion wants or will Mickie exact revenge on McCool & Layla this Sunday as Team Mickie faces Team Michelle in a 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match?
With Batista on commentary at ringside, his Survivor Series opposition, Rey Mysterio, was in one-on-one action against The Hart Dynasty’s Tyson Kidd. As one would expect, Batista did not idly sit at ringside as, during the course of the match, Kidd was sent to the outside, and Rey was set to dive to the outside on Kidd until Batista shoved Kidd out of the way to cost Rey the match via disqualification. Proud of his actions, Batista went back to sit down at ringside, but Rey launched himself onto “The Animal”! An irate Batista recovered from the attack and tried to catch Rey, but the quicker Mysterio managed to dodge the fury of Batista! For the second week in a row, Rey Mysterio has embarrassed and further angered Batista. With their “hold harmless agreement” preventing Batista from being held accountable for any damage sustained to Mysterio, will “The Altered Animal” destroy Mysterio this Sunday or will Rey somehow survivor the wrath of Batista?
Then it was time for the blockbuster main event as The Brothers of Destruction would reunite to face the Unified WWE Tag Team Champions Jeri-Show just two days before The Undertaker defends the World Heavyweight Title against both tag champions in a Triple Threat Match. While holding the Unified WWE Tag Team Titles makes them the top tag team in the WWE, Jeri-Show was no match for the combined domination and destruction by Undertaker & Kane as the Brothers took it to the duo! After the Brothers sent Big Show to the outside, the match broke down as the diabolical biological brothers cleared off the announce table and was getting ready to deliver a devastating double chokeslam to Big Show when Chris Jericho saved his tag team partner from certain destruction! While he saved his partner, Jericho put himself in the sights of The Undertaker & Kane who brought Jericho back in the ring. After “volleying” Jericho with straight right hands, Kane delivered a thunderous chokeslam to Jericho! Big Show then pulled “The Big Red Machine” out of the ring and put Kane’s lights out with his vicious knockout punch! Big Show then gets on the apron where The Undertaker grabs him! The World Heavyweight Champion had a chokeslam in mind, but Big Show countered! Chris Jericho then charged at Undertaker, but “The Phenom” caught Jericho with a big boot! Then it was Big Show who planted The Undertaker with a chokeslam! Seeing that he had taken out both Brothers of Destruction for the time being, Big Show decided to help his tag team partner to his feet, but after doing so, Jericho hit Show with the Codebreaker! With his Survivor Series opposition lying in the ring, Jericho grabbed the World Heavyweight Title belt and celebrated with it by holding it up in front of the downed giants! Will this be the same scene come this Sunday at Survivor Series? Will Jericho manage to overcome Big Show & The Undertaker to claim his sixth World Title?
Superstar of the Week: Kofi Kingston
Two Triple Threat Championship Matches, three Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Matches, and a very personal grudge match will all take place in the Verizon Center as the “Nation’s Capital” of Washington, D.C. hosts the 23rd annual WWE Survivor Series this Sunday!
Three Superstars, two friends, and one championship is what it comes down to when John Cena defends the WWE Championship against both members of D-Generation X, Triple H & Shawn Michaels, in a Triple Threat Match at Survivor Series. The big question going into this historic championship match is, will the WWE Title drive a wedge between DX? It is no secret that Triple H & Shawn Michaels are not only proud competitors, but friends as well. They have stated that, while they will fight each other this Sunday, it does not matter who wins as long as DX has the WWE Title. Will this proclamation hold true or will Triple H & Shawn Michaels’ desire to be champion be the end of the legendary duo? The reigning WWE Champion, John Cena, has plenty to worry about as he not only has to face two of the best Superstars in WWE history, but he has to face them both in the same match and face the possibility of a 2-on-1 situation by DX. Many questions need to be answered this Sunday, but by the end of the match, one thing will be known for sure and that is someone will walk out as the WWE Champion. Who will survive the Triple Threat Match and walk out with the gold?
The “business” relationship between Unified WWE Tag Team Champions Chris Jericho & Big Show has already come into question in recent weeks, but will truly be tested this Sunday as they challenge The Undertaker for the World Heavyweight Championship in a Triple Threat Match. Both Jericho & Big Show have shown they will do whatever it takes to be the champion; even if it means destroying their partnership to do so. Jeri-Show has barely been able to hold it together as a team lately, will the team completely implode this Sunday when it’s every man for himself? Will the turmoil between Jeri-Show lead to a new champion or will The Undertaker survive as the World Heavyweight Champion at the event where the “evil birth” of “The Deadman” took place?
At Bragging Rights last month, Batista viciously and emphatically ended his friendship with Rey Mysterio, accusing Mysterio of costing him the World Heavyweight Championship. Since the shocking assault, Mysterio has learned the explanation behind the actions of “The Animal” and has embarrassed Batista on two separate occasions. At the contract signing on SmackDown two weeks ago, Batista had Mysterio sign a “hold harmless agreement” that would alleviate Batista from any legal backlash for what he does to Rey Mysterio at Survivor Series. Has Mysterio signed his own “death wish” as well? Will Batista fulfill his vow to show “no remorse” towards Mysterio this Sunday or will Rey once again embarrass “The Animal”?
It would not be Survivor Series without the Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match and this year’s event will feature three of them. Ever since Bragging Rights, Randy Orton has had his hands full with Kofi Kingston. After blaming Kingston for costing him the WWE Championship, Orton attacked Kofi on RAW, but Kofi refused to be bullied and vandalized the custom stock car given to Orton by Legacy. Week after week, Orton cannot get rid of Kofi Kingston as Kofi always gets the better of “The Viper”. This past Monday, in Madison Square Garden, Kofi left Orton in heap after using his patented Boom Drop to drive Orton through a table. Now at Survivor Series, Randy Orton will lead CM Punk, William Regal, and his protégés, Legacy, against Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, ECW Champion Christian, MVP, & Mark Henry in a 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match. Randy Orton has had a good history at past Survivor Series, will Orton repeat his past success by leading his team to victory or will Kofi Kingston stick it to Orton once again by leading his team to survival?
After facing each other in a one-on-one match at Bragging Rights, former partners The Miz & John Morrison will lead opposing five-man teams in a 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match. Intercontinental Champion John Morrison will lead Matt Hardy, Evan Bourne, Finlay, & Shelton Benjamin against United States Champion The Miz’s ruthless team of Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Sheamus, & Jack Swagger. Which champion-led team will prevail? Given their recent “problems”, can The Miz & Jack Swagger co-exist on the same team?
Ever since coming to SmackDown, Mickie James has not felt welcome to say the least as Women’s Champion Michelle McCool, along with Layla, have done everything in their power to “convince” Mickie to leave SmackDown; including tearing up her wardrobe, costing her matches, and calling her “Piggy James”. This Sunday at Survivor Series, Mickie James will lead Divas Champion Melina, Eve Torres, Kelly Kelly, & Gail Kim against Women’s Champion Michelle McCool, Layla, Alicia Fox, Jillian, & Beth Phoenix. Will Mickie get a measure of revenge over the cruel McCool by leading Team Mickie to victory or will Team Michelle reign supreme this Sunday?
Name: Kofi Kingston
Born On: August 14, 1981 in Ghana, West Africa
Resides: Tampa, FL
Billed From: Ghana, West Africa
Wrestler Since: June 4, 2006
Trained By: OVW, DSW, & Chaotic Wrestling
One Time United States Champion
One Time Intercontinental Champion
One Time World Tag Team Champion
Next Week’s WWE Television Schedule
Sunday, November 22: The 23rd Annual Survivor Series, LIVE from the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
Monday, November 23: RAW Thanksgiving 3-Hour Special, LIVE from the Giant Center in Hershey, PA
Tuesday, November 24: ECW on Syfy from the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, CT
Thursday, November 26: WWE Superstars from Hershey, PA & Bridgeport, CT
Friday, November 27: The Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, CT Hosts SmackDown