September 5, 2010- September 11, 2010
Welcome to the one-hundred twenty-third edition of the WWE Week in Review. Feel free to contact me on TWO or Wrestling 101 anytime with comments, questions, and anything in between. Make sure to check out the section at the end of the article highlighting a different WWE Superstar, Diva, or Alumni every week. I have also added a section that lists where WWE will be hosting their weekly television shows and monthly pay-per-views.
WWE Week In Preview
Monday Night RAW
Build To WWE Night of Champions
Season Three Premiere of WWE NXT
Introduction of the Season Three NXT Rookie Divas
Big Show Vs. Luke Gallows (with Joseph Mercury)
R-Truth Vs. William Regal
The Dude Busters Vs. Curt Hawkins & Vance Archer
Mixed Tag Match:
Goldust & Gail Kim (with Aksana) Vs. Primo & Jillian (with A.J.)
WWE Friday Night SmackDown
The Undertaker Vs. CM Punk
Build To WWE Night of Champions
NXT Rookie Diva Fired by Vickie Guerrero: WWE.com has revealed that SmackDown Consultant and WWE Pro for NXT Season Three, Vickie Guerrero, has fired her Rookie Diva, Aloisia, before the 6’9” tall Diva hopeful even made her NXT debut! WWE.com has also revealed that Vickie Guerrero will announce her new Rookie Diva that will replace Aloisia on Tuesday’s Season Three Premiere of NXT!
The 902nd edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. One week after their shocking attack on The Undertaker that left one of the WWE’s most legendary Superstars laid out, the ruthless group known as The Nexus will invade the nation’s capital just thirteen nights before Nexus leader, Wade Barrett, is one of five challengers in the Six Pack Challenge for the WWE Title at Night of Champions!
Monday Night RAW (September 6, 2010)
Good Week For: Randy Orton (defeated Wade Barrett in the main event and laid both Edge & WWE Champion Sheamus out with the RKO)
Bad Week For: Chris Jericho (lost his spot in the, now, Five Pack Challenge for the WWE Title at Night of Champions)
One week after attacking and leaving The Undertaker laid out on last week’s 900th Episode of RAW, the show kicks off with the five ruthless members of The Nexus and Nexus leader, Wade Barrett, proclaims that they “single-handedly, systematically, destroyed a WWE institution” in The Undertaker! David Otunga then states that their attack on The Undertaker should “put to rest any doubts about The Nexus and their weakness” before proclaiming that they are “the new phenoms” of the WWE and they had the “greatest night” of their lives last week! Michael Tarver then states that, anyone else would sit back and “savor” an attack on The Undertaker, but not them as they went on to win a 5-on-5 Elimination Tag Match against five of RAW’s best Superstars and states that Edge & Chris Jericho took themselves out of the match because they were “scared” and wanted no part of The Nexus! Heath Slater then proclaims that, last week, he pinned the WWE Champion, Sheamus! Justin Gabriel then proclaims that no one else could have hit their finishing maneuver on both The Undertaker & John Cena in the same night like he did last week with the 450 Splash! Gabriel continues that, every time he hits the 450 Splash on John Cena, it gets “more and more satisfying” and that John Cena “can see” him! Nexus leader Wade Barrett then proclaims that he “devenomized” “The Viper” Randy Orton before proclaiming that, at Night of Champions, he will beat all five of his opponents to win the WWE Title and that it will be “historic” and “groundbreaking”! However, The Nexus leader would be interrupted by none other than “The Viper” Randy Orton, who states that, what he took away from last week’s match was that he eliminated two of the members of The Nexus within thirty seconds before vowing that he will make it his “business” to hit Wade Barrett with an RKO at Night of Champions! Wade Barrett responds by daring Randy Orton to come into the ring and “try” to hit him with an RKO! However, as Randy Orton approaches the ring, the anonymous RAW General Manager chimes with an email that announces that The Nexus will be in individual competition in two main event matches on RAW as Justin Gabriel will go one-on-one with John Cena before announcing that, for the first time ever, Nexus leader Wade Barrett will go one-on-one with “The Viper” Randy Orton with the rest of The Nexus banned from ringside for both matches! How will Wade Barrett fair in a one-on-one match against Randy Orton with The Nexus banned from ringside?
One week after getting himself intentionally counted out and abandoning his team in the 5-on-5 Elimination Tag Match against The Nexus last week, Chris Jericho makes his way to the ring to compete when the anonymous RAW General Manager chimes in with an email that makes the huge announcement that, as a result of their actions last week, if Edge or Chris Jericho lose their respective matches on RAW then they will be removed from the Six Pack Challenge for the WWE Title at Night of Champions!
After discovering that, per the orders of the anonymous GM, if he loses his match, he will be removed from the Six Pack Challenge for the WWE Title at Night of Champions, Chris Jericho would go one-on-one with “The Monday Night Delight” John Morrison! At the end of a hard fought match, it was John Morrison hitting Starship Pain on Chris Jericho en route to picking up the big upset win to knock Chris Jericho out of the Six Pack Challenge for the WWE Title at Night of Champions! After the match, a distraught and visibly upset Chris Jericho slowly exited the ring, begging the question, what is next for Chris Jericho now that he is no longer a part of the Six Pack Challenge for the WWE Title? Can Edge win his match later on or will Edge also be removed from the WWE Title match?
Thirteen nights before she faces Layla or Michelle McCool in a Title Unification Lumberjack Match for both the Women’s & Divas Titles at Night of Champions, Melina would defend her Divas Title against the Diva she defeated at SummerSlam to win the title in Alicia Fox! In the end, it was Melina hitting the Sunset Split on Alicia Fox en route to successfully retaining her Divas Title! Can Melina defeat either Layla or Michelle McCool to unify the Women’s & Divas Titles at Night of Champions in the Title Unification Lumberjack Match?
Backstage, Edge is discussing his issues with having his spot in the, now, Five Pack Challenge for the WWE Title at Night of Champions put on the line with Zack Ryder and Ryder comes up with the plan to have Edge face him! Edge responds by agreeing that it is a good idea, citing that Ryder “sucks” and he used to think Ryder was a “tool”! Edge would then plead, to the sky, to the anonymous RAW General Manager to make Zack Ryder his opponent and threatens to “smash” the laptop that the anonymous GM uses to communicate his decisions if the GM does not comply! Will Edge get his wish by having Zack Ryder as his opponent or will the anonymous General Manager refuse Edge’s request?
It was announced during RAW that next week’s RAW will be the Season Premiere of Monday Night RAW and it will feature a concept not seen in roughly three years as RAW Roulette returns; a concept where various match aspects are determined by the spin of a wheel! What unpredictable matches and situations will be seen during RAW Roulette during RAW’s Season Premiere next week?
After bragging that he has hit his 450 Splash multiple times on John Cena, Nexus’ resident high-flyer, Justin Gabriel, would go one-on-one with the former WWE Champion, John Cena, with the rest of The Nexus banned from ringside! At the end of a hard-fought match, it was John Cena hitting the Attitude Adjustment off of the top rope on Justin Gabriel en route to picking up the win! Can John Cena emerge victorious as the WWE Champion in the Five Pack Challenge at Night of Champions?
United States Champion & “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” The Miz makes an appearance and states that people always tell him he does not “belong” because he is a former reality star! Miz continues that he competed in the defunct show Tough Enough and was even a host of SmackDown before forming a successful tag team with John Morrison and people said that, when Miz & Morrison split, Miz would fall into obscurity! Miz continues that, by winning the United States Title and earning a guaranteed title opportunity by winning the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase, which would make him “the biggest star” in the WWE! Miz would then unveil the October edition of WWE Magazine with him on the cover! Miz then demands that the crowd stand up and “admit” that they were “wrong” about him because he “made it” and he is the “poster child”, not John Cena or Randy Orton, before proclaiming that he has “earned the right” to call himself “awesome”! Daniel Bryan then comes out and admits that he is not the Superstar that The Miz is and he does not have the “style” that Miz does and states that he has to wear his ring gear backstage just to keep from being thrown out of the arena! Daniel Bryan then states that, given the opportunity, he can beat The Miz and win the United States Title! Miz responds by saying that Daniel Bryan does not “deserve” a shot at the United States Title! Daniel Bryan then states that he can make The Miz tap out and he can defeat The Miz to take the United States Title! The Miz responds by saying that he does not “like” Daniel Bryan and he will “annihilate” Daniel Bryan before Bryan interrupts and asks whether he is getting his United States Title shot or not and The Miz accepts the challenge! The Miz would then try to cheap shot Daniel Bryan with his microphone, but Bryan would dodge the shot and catch The Miz in the LeBell Lock before Miz’s eliminated Rookie from the wrapped NXT Season Two, Alex Riley, rushes in from the crowd and attacks Daniel Bryan, but as The Miz makes his escape, Daniel Bryan locks in the LeBell Lock on Alex Riley, forcing the ex-Rookie to tap out! Daniel Bryan would then kick the face of The Miz on Miz’s WWE Magazine cover! Can Daniel Bryan silence The Miz by defeating Miz for the United States Title at Night of Champions or will The Miz “annihilate” Daniel Bryan as promised to retain the United States Title?
Delivered via text message to Michael Cole’s phone, it was announced that, on next week’s Season Premiere of RAW, John Cena will go one-on-one with the winner of the main event between Randy Orton and Wade Barrett! Who will John Cena face next week, Randy Orton or Wade Barrett?
After giving the ultimatum to the anonymous RAW General Manager to either make Zack Ryder his opponent or have the laptop that the GM communicates through destroyed, the GM sent The Great Khali out as Edge’s opponent!
One week after getting himself intentionally disqualified and subsequently abandoning his team in the 5-on-5 Elimination Tag Match against The Nexus last week, “The Rated-R Superstar” Edge would go one-on-one with The Great Khali and, if Edge loses, he will be removed from the, now, Five Pack Challenge for the WWE Title at Night of Champions! In the end, it was Edge using The Great Khali’s brother, Ranjin Singh and attacking the knee of Khali to earn the count-out victory! However, after deciding it best not to destroy the laptop earlier on, Edge would learn via an email from the anonymous GM that the match between Edge and The Great Khali would be restarted as a No Disqualification Over-The-Top Rope Challenge! In the end, Edge narrowly managed to bring The Great Khali over the top rope to the outside to secure his spot in the Six Pack Challenge for the WWE Title at Night of Champions! Can Edge win the WWE Title in the Five Pack Challenge at Night of Champions?
Thirteen nights before they are three of five combatants in the Five Pack Challenge for the WWE Title at Night of Champions, WWE Champion Sheamus, John Cena, & Edge were all three guests on commentary was as two of the Night of Champions opponents would face off as “The Viper” Randy Orton would go one-on-one with Nexus leader Wade Barrett with the rest of The Nexus banned from ringside! When it looked like Wade Barrett was in complete control of Randy Orton, Wade Barrett would find himself distracted as, after being exiled from The Nexus a few weeks ago, Darren Young would return and tell Wade Barrett that he will prove that he is not the “weakest link”, but he is the “missing link”, but with Wade Barrett completely distracted by Darren Young, Randy Orton would slither into the ring and catch Wade Barrett with the RKO en route to picking up the win! After the match, Randy Orton would invite Darren Young into the ring only to lay Young out with the RKO as well! Randy Orton would then follow that up with an RKO on WWE Champion Sheamus and an RKO on Edge before Orton would find himself face-to-face with his opponent on next week’s RAW, John Cena! With such an intense history between John Cena & Randy Orton, who will emerge from their one-on-one match next week as the winner just six nights before they are two of five competitors in the Five Pack Challenge for the WWE Title at Night of Champions?
After the first two seasons produced two Superstars, the third season will produce the WWE’s next breakout Diva as the third season of WWE NXT will be an All-Divas edition and it came to you from the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, MD. The Season Three Premiere of WWE NXT will feature the introduction of the Rookie Divas and their WWE Pros as “The Twice As Nice Diva” Kelly Kelly will serve as the WWE Pro for Rookie Diva, Naomi, former Divas Champion Alicia Fox will be the WWE Pro for Rookie Diva, Maxine, “The Bizarre One” Goldust will mentor the Lithuanian Rookie Diva, Aksana, former WWE Tag Team Champion Primo will serve as the WWE Pro for Rookie Diva, A.J., and The Bella Twins; Brie & Nikki will mentor former NXT Ring Announcer turned Rookie Diva, Jamie! Also, after firing her original NXT Rookie Diva, SmackDown Consultant & WWE Pro Vickie Guerrero will introduce her new Rookie Diva!
Season Three Premiere of WWE NXT (September 7, 2010)
Good Week For: Naomi (won her debut match and won the first two Rookie Diva Challenges)
Bad Week For: Kaitlyn (was forced to do her introduction twice by Vickie Guerrero and ended up in an accidental collision with her WWE Pro)
The Season Three Premiere of NXT kicks off with the introduction of the WWE Pros & Rookie Divas as Kelly Kelly introduces her Rookie Diva, Naomi, Brie & Nikki Bella introduce their Rookie Diva, Jamie, former WWE Tag Team Champion Primo introduces his Rookie Diva, A.J., former Divas Champion Alicia Fox introduces her Rookie Diva, Maxine, and “The Bizarre One” Goldust introduces his Rookie, Aksana! SmackDown Consultant & WWE Pro Vickie Guerrero then comes out and explains that she fired her Rookie Diva, Aloisia, by saying that she learned the “hard way” that she may be “taller” than Vickie, but she is not “bigger” before Vickie Guerrero introduces her new Rookie Diva, Kaitlyn! NXT Host Matt Striker then reveals that the Rookie Divas will be judged by their intelligence, their sexiness, and their amount of powerfulness! Matt Striker then gives the mic to the Rookie Divas to introduce themselves and Vickie’s replacement Rookie Diva, Kaitlyn, is up first and Kaitlyn states that she is not just the “girl next door”, she is the girl who gave guys their “first kiss” and gave them a “wedgie” after and she is the girl who was “prom queen” and “class clown”! Aksana is up next, but before she can speak, Vickie Guerrero interrupts and orders her Rookie Diva, Kaitlyn, to reintroduce herself! Kaitlyn reintroduces herself by saying that she is “so excited” to have Vickie Guerrero as her WWE Pro and she will give them all “wedgies”! After the interruption, the Lithuanian Rookie Diva, Aksana, introduces herself and says she is a “billion dollar baby from Lithuania” and she is there because she follows her “dream” and speaks some Lithuanian before proclaiming to the fans to let her “entertainment you”! Maxine is up next and Maxine states that she has “three senses”, a “business sense, street sense, and common sense”, things that the “average person” is “lucky” to have and that she is not an “average person”, because she is a “triple threat”! The spunky Rookie Diva A.J. is next and she states that she has dreamed for the past thirteen years to be a Diva and she wants to be Women’s Champion and have her own action figure before proclaiming that there is “not one girl or a damn thing that is going to stop A.J.”! NXT Ring Announcer turned Rookie Diva, Jamie, is up next and she states she is ready to “step out” from behind the microphone and she vows to give no less than “110%” before proclaiming that she will win NXT Season Three and she looks forward to the “hard work” required to win! Lastly, Rookie Diva Naomi states that the WWE has been “missing something” and it is her before proclaiming that she is a “fighter”, but that her actions speak louder than words and her actions will prove why she will win NXT Season Three!
Before the first NXT Rookie Diva Challenge, NXT Host Matt Striker reveals that the first elimination of NXT Season Three will take place in four weeks time and, whoever wins the most NXT Rookie Diva Challenges in the weeks before the first elimination will be immune for the inaugural elimination! Matt Striker then introduces the first NXT Rookie Diva Challenge which will be a Rookie Diva Dance Challenge! Naomi was up first, but Matt Striker interrupts to say that they need a dance partner in the form of NXT Commentator Michael Cole, complete with leg warmers and ballerina slippers! Despite trying to steal the show, Naomi & Jamie complete their dances with Michael Cole before Matt Striker introduces another guest dance partner in Ring Announcer Tony Chimel! A.J. & Maxine dance with Tony Chimel before Matt Striker brings in NXT Commentator Josh Mathews to uniquely dance with Aksana & Kaitlyn as Mathews does a slow dance with Aksana and, with Kaitlyn, Mathews & the Rookie Diva bust out the robot, the running man, and even the Kid N’ Play dance! Then it was time for the WWE fans to determine the winner and the fans selected Naomi as the best dancer of the group! With three weeks of Rookie Diva Challenges left before the first NXT elimination, can Naomi secure more challenge wins to be immune from the first elimination?
After winning the Rookie Diva Dance Challenge, Rookie Diva Naomi would team with her WWE Pro, Kelly Kelly, to face Rookie Diva Maxine and her WWE Pro, Alicia Fox in the Rookie Divas’ first match on NXT! In the end, it was Naomi catching Maxine with a roll-up to pick up the win for herself and Kelly Kelly! After the match, Kelly Kelly and Alicia Fox would battle on the outside as Naomi would hit a suplex on Maxine on the inside of the ring before going for a pin despite the match being over! How will the WWE Pros and WWE fans respond to Naomi & Maxine’s first match on NXT?
Then it was time for another Rookie Diva Challenge as the six Rookie Divas would compete in the Capture The Flag Challenge where there will be a series of five posts with a descending number of flags each time with the Rookie Diva who does not get a flag being eliminated from the challenge! After outmaneuvering her competition, Naomi would win her second Rookie Diva Challenge! After winning two challenges and winning her match, can the other Rookie Divas catch up to Naomi’s fast success?
Two more Rookie Divas would compete in their debut NXT match as Rookie Diva Aksana would team with her WWE Pro, “The Bizarre One” Goldust, to face fellow Rookie Diva A.J. and her WWE Pro, Primo, in a Mixed Tag Match! In the end, it was A.J. hitting an impressive bulldog on Aksana en route to picking up the win for herself and Primo! After the match, SmackDown Consultant & WWE Pro Vickie Guerrero interrupts A.J.’s celebration of her big win as she leads her Rookie Diva, Kaitlyn, to the ring to do her introduction again, but A.J. jumps in and tells Vickie to “go away” before Vickie orders her Rookie Diva to “sick” A.J. and Kaitlyn complies, only for A.J. to outmaneuver Kaitlyn and send the Rookie Diva into her WWE Pro, Vickie Guerrero, which led to Vickie throwing a tantrum and leaving the ring! How will Vickie Guerrero respond to being embarrassed?
The 73rd edition of WWE Superstars came to you from the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. and from the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, MD. In the continuing war between Big Show and The Straightedge Society, WWE Superstars would see “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show going one-on-one with “The Straightedge Enforcer” Luke Gallows, with Joseph Mercury in Luke Gallows’ corner! Also on Superstars, the entertaining R-Truth would go one-on-one with the 2008 King of the Ring, William Regal. After having their seemingly unstoppable streak ended by The Dude Busters a couple weeks ago, Curt Hawkins & Vance Archer would be looking to get back on track as they face The Dude Busters; Caylen Croft & Trent Barretta in a rematch! WWE Superstars would also see Mixed Tag action featuring the NXT Season Three WWE Pros and their Rookie Divas as “The Bizarre One” Goldust would team with former Women’s Champion Gail Kim, with Goldust’s Rookie Diva, Aksana, in his corner, to face former WWE Tag Team Champion Primo & “The Sour Songstress” Jillian, with Primo’s Rookie Diva, A.J., in his corner!
WWE Superstars (September 9, 2010)
Good Week For: Big Show (continues to dominate The Straightedge Society and it’s members)
Bad Week For: Luke Gallows (was dominated by Big Show in the main event)
The show kicks off with the entertaining R-Truth going one-on-one with the 2008 King of the Ring William Regal! In the end, it was R-Truth shifting his weight in a roll-up by William Regal to pick up the win!
WWE Superstars also featured Mixed Tag action as “The Bizarre One” Goldust would team with Gail Kim, with Goldust’s Rookie Diva, Aksana, in his corner, to face fellow WWE Pro Primo & “The Sour Songstress” Jillian, with Primo’s Rookie Diva, A.J., in his corner! At the end of a chaotic match, it was Goldust hitting the Final Cut on Primo en route to picking up the win for himself and Gail Kim!
In a rematch from a few weeks, Curt Hawkins & Vance Archer would face The Dude Busters; Caylen Croft & Trent Barreta in tag team action! In the end, the rematch had the same result of their match a few weeks ago as Trent Barreta was able to hit a tornado DDT on Vance Archer en route to picking up the win for The Dude Busters! With Night of Champions just ten nights away, could The Dude Busters be challenging The Hart Dynasty for the WWE Tag Team Titles?
It was announced on WWE Superstars that, while every championship in the WWE will be on the line at Night of Champions, the event will feature “The Straightedge Savior” CM Punk going one-on-one with the large thorn in the side of The Straightedge Society in “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show!
Just ten nights before his leader, the leader of The Straightedge Society, CM Punk, goes one-on-one with Big Show at Night of Champions, “The Straightedge Enforcer” Luke Gallows, with Joseph Mercury in his corner, would go one-on-one with “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show! At the end of a dominant match, it was Big Show leveling Luke Gallows with the Knockout Punch en route to picking up the win! After the match, Big Show states that he is making his own “pledge” to rid the WWE of The Straightedge Society! Can Big Show take a large step in taking down The Straightedge Society by defeating CM Punk at Night of Champions?
The 577th edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, MD. For the first time since May, just before he was left in a vegetative state by his brother, Kane, the one and only “Phenom” of the WWE will return to action on SmackDown as The Undertaker will go one-on-one with familiar adversary, “The Straightedge Savior” CM Punk just nine nights before The Undertaker challenges his brother Kane for the World Heavyweight Title at Night of Champions!
Friday Night SmackDown (September 10, 2010)
Good Week For: The Undertaker (defeated CM Punk in his first match since May)
Bad Week For: Kaval (made his SmackDown debut, only to lose to Drew McIntyre)
The show kicks off with the lights going out and the familiar gong sounding as, when the lights came back on, The Undertaker stands in the middle of the ring and Undertaker states that his brother, Kane, has always been a “disturbed freak of nature” and he has protected Kane on various occasions; not only from others, but from Kane himself! The Undertaker then states that he will have “no regrets” doing what he “must do” at Night of Champions! Undertaker continues that, by assaulting him and leaving him in a vegetative state, Kane has given himself a “false sense of confidence” and that Kane thinks he has the “power of the darkness” before The Undertaker states that the powers are still his and he is still “in control”! The Undertaker then proclaims that Kane will remember Night of Champions as the night that his “more evil, dominant brother” took back the World Heavyweight Championship! The Undertaker then states that, when him and Kane do come face-to-face that they will “open the gates to hell” and give it their all and that he “can’t wait”! The Undertaker continues that there are “no rules that will be able to stop” them when they do face each other before proclaiming that their match at Night of Champions will be a “fight” and it must be No Holds Barred! The Undertaker then calls out his brother, Kane, to answer his challenge, but The Undertaker is instead met by a familiar face in “The Straightedge Savior” CM Punk, who asks the fans to give The Undertaker a “standing ovation” before saying that they should applaud Undertaker because, after Night of Champions, The Undertaker will be no more! Punk continues that he sees nothing “phenomenal” about The Undertaker and all he sees is a “beat up, broken down man whose had one too many fights” and that The Undertaker is “delusional”! The Undertaker responds by saying that he sees CM Punk as his “next victim” and CM Punk responds by saying that he will defeat The Undertaker and, by doing so, he will be sending a “message” to the WWE fans and Big Show that nothing can compare to the “power of Straightedge”! The Undertaker responds by saying that the results will be the “same as always” as CM Punk will “fail” before telling Punk that he will “rest in peace”! In his first match since May, can The Undertaker prove to his brother, Kane, that he is completely healthy and ready to combat Kane for the World Heavyweight Championship at Night of Champions?
One week after crashing Jack Swagger’s night hosting The VIP Lounge and ended up hitting the Ballin’ Elbow on Swagger’s father, “The Ballin’ Superstar” MVP would go one-on-one with “The All-American American” Jack Swagger! In the end, it looked like MVP was set to pick up the win, but Jack Swagger would escape to the outside of the ring and would lure MVP out to the outside of the ring where Swagger would kick the steel steps into the ankle of MVP and would ram the same ankle into the steel ring post before locking on the ankle lock, forcing MVP to tap out and pick up the win!
One week after having his celebration for injuring the wrist of Rey Mysterio interrupted by Christian only to tell Christian that they will battle another time, the self-proclaimed “honest man” Alberto Del Rio would go one-on-one with another good friend of Rey Mysterio in Matt Hardy! In the end, it was Alberto Del Rio sending Matt Hardy shoulder-first into the steel ring post before locking in his cross armbreaker, forcing Matt to tap out! After the match, Del Rio looked like he was set to lock in the move again when Christian rushes to the ring and fends off Alberto Del Rio! After telling Christian that they will have a match another time, when will the time come for Alberto Del Rio to face off against Christian?
Ten nights after winning NXT Season Two, “The World Warrior” Kaval would make his SmackDown debut and would go one-on-one with “The Sinister Scotsman” Drew McIntyre! Despite an impressive showing in his SmackDown debut, it was Drew McIntyre dumping Kaval on his head on the outside of the ring that would lead to Drew McIntyre hitting the Future Shock DDT on Kaval in the middle of the ring en rout to picking up the win! How will Kaval bounce back from losing his debut match on SmackDown?
After weeks of retaining the Intercontinental Title by any means necessary, even getting himself disqualified and counted out, it was announced that, at Night of Champions, Kofi Kingston will challenge Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Title for a fourth time, but this time, if Dolph Ziggler is disqualified or counted out, Dolph will lose the Intercontinental Title! Will Dolph Ziggler retain the Intercontinental Title when he is forced to win by pin or submission to retain or will Dolph find himself disqualified counted out and without the Intercontinental Title?
With her NXT Rookie, Kaitlyn, in tow, SmackDown Consultant Vickie Guerrero would introduce her boyfriend, Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler as Dolph would team with Vickie’s nephew, Chavo Guerrero, to face Dolph’s Night of Champions opponent, Kofi Kingston and “The Masterpiece” Chris Masters! In the end, it was Kofi Kingston hitting Trouble in Paradise on Dolph Ziggler en route to pinning the Intercontinental Champion just nine nights before he gets his shot at the gold! Can Kofi Kingston do the same to win the Intercontinental Title from Dolph Ziggler at Night of Champions?
Before the main event, CM Punk orders his Straightedge Society to the back as the main event would see The Undertaker, competing for the first time since May, going one-on-one with “The Straightedge Savior” CM Punk! At the end of a hard-fought match, it looked like CM Punk would pick up a big win after hitting the GTS, but when Punk went for the pin, The Undertaker would lock Punk in the Hell’s Gate, forcing Punk to tap out and earning Undertaker the win! After the match, The Undertaker went for his legendary pose, but when he did so, the familiar explosion of fire on all four ring posts and the explosion of fire on the stage ignited while the maniacal laugh of Kane was heard1 Does Kane truly have control of The Undertaker’s powers? Will Kane accept the No Holds Barred stipulation to the World Heavyweight Title match at Night of Champions?
Superstar of the Week: Randy Orton
Ring Name: The Rock
Real/Full Name: Dwayne Douglas Johnson
Born On: May 2, 1972 in Hayward, CA
Trained By: Rocky Johnson & Pat Patterson
WWE Run: November 17, 1996- March 14, 2004
Seven Time WWE Champion
Two Time WCW Champion
2000 Royal Rumble Winner
Two Time WWE Intercontinental Champion
Five Time WWE World Tag Team Champion (3x w/ Mankind, 1x w/ The Undertaker, & 1x w/ Chris Jericho)
Sixth WWE Triple Crown Champion
1997 Slammy Award Winner
Did You Know?
The Rock was a third-generation wrestler as The Rock is the son of Rocky Johnson and the grandson of “High Chief” Peter Maivia. The Rock is also a member of the legendary Samoan background of wrestling; related to such wrestlers as the late Umaga, Hall of Famers The Wild Samoans, Rikishi, and the late Yokozuna.
Next Week’s WWE Television Schedule
Monday, September 13: Monday Night RAW, LIVE, from the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH
Tuesday, September 14: WWE NXT from the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, MI
Thursday, September 16: WWE Superstars from Cincinnati, OH & Detroit, MI
Friday, September 17: The Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, MI Hosts SmackDown