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11/13 THIS DAY IN HISTORY: FORMER WWE CHAMPION EDDIE GUERRERO PASSES AWAY

By Mike Johnson on 2011-11-13 08:00:00

November 13th

On this day in history in ....

1992 - The Rock N' Roll Express defeat The Heavenly Bodies (Stan Lane & Tom Prichard) for the Smoky Mountain Wrestling Tag Team Title in Harlan, Kentucky. This would be the first of ten SMW Tag Title reigns for Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson.

1993 - ECW held their first "November to Remember" event at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Here are the results:
- Salvatore Bellomo defeated The Rockin' Rebel in a Chair match.
- The Sandman vs. Jim Neidhart ended in a double disqualification.
- The Public Enemy defeated Badd Company (Pat Tanaka & Paul Diamond) in a South Philly Hood match.
- Kevin Sullivan defeated Tommy Cairo in a Shoot match.
- Malia Hosaka defeated Sherri Martel via disqualification.
- ECW Tag Team Champions Johnny Hotbody & Tony Stetson defeated The Bad Breed (Axl & Ian Rotten).
- Tommy Dreamer & Johnny Gunn defeated Johnny Hotbody & Tony Stetson in ten seconds to win the ECW Tag Team Title.
- The Tazmaniac defeated Tommy Dreamer.
- Mr. Hughes defeated Johnny Gunn.
- Sabu & Road Warrior Hawk defeated Terry Funk & King Kong Bundy when Sabu pinned Funk. As a result, Sabu (who was already the ECW Heavyweight Champion) won Funk's ECW Television Title.

1995 - Kensuke Sasaki defeats Sting for the WCW United States Heavyweight Title in Tokyo, Japan, ending Sting's second reign with the title. This was the first time the United States Title ever changed hands outside of the U.S. In fact, only one other time (Lance Storm defeating Hugh Morrus in England in 2000) has the belt changed hands outside of the U.S. Here are the full results from the show, which was a New Japan Pro Wrestling event at Sumo Hall, nicknamed "WCW World In Japan":
- Koji Kanemoto, El Samurai & Shinjiro Ohtani defeated Jushin Liger, Yuji Nagata, & Tokimitsu Ishizawa.
- Junji Hirata defeated Booker T.
- Masahiro Chono & Hiro Saito defeated Johnny B. Badd & Bobby Eaton.
- Riki Choshu & Masa Saito defeated The Nasty Boys.
- The Giant (Big Show) & Arn Anderson defeated Shinya Hashimoto & Tadao Yasuda.
- Ric Flair defeated Osamu Nishimura.
- Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Kurosawa (Manabu Nakanishi).
- Keiji Mutoh defeated Steven (William) Regal.
- Kensuke Sasaki defeated Sting to win the WCW United States Title.

2002 - Brian Lee & Slash defeat America's Most Wanted (Chris Harris & James Storm) for the NWA World Tag Team Title in Nashville, Tennessee.

2005 - Eddie Guerrero, 38, was found dead in his hotel room in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he was scheduled to wrestle Randy Orton and Batista that night in a three-way match to be aired on Smackdown. 

Courtesy PWInsider.com Elite Newsletter, 11/20/05

EDDIE GUERRERO PASSES AWAY

On November 13th 2005, at around 7am, former WWE Champion Eddie Guerrero was found dead in his hotel room in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he was scheduled to wrestle Randy Orton and Batista that night in a three-way match to be aired on Smackdown.

COMPLETE WWE EDDIE GUERRERO PRESS CONFERENCE RECAP

WWE held a press conference on the afternoon of Guerrero's death, with Vince McMahon and Chavo Guerrero taking questions from the media.

Vince opened by saying that Chavo was with Eddie last night when they traveled to Minneapolis together. He then opened it up to questions.

They were asked if they know how Eddie died. Chavo said that it was still pending right now. He said he thought there would be more information tomorrow. Chavo was asked what happened. He said he got a call from security in the morning saying that Eddie didn't take his wake up call. He went with security to the room and they found Eddie on the floor. He said he went over to Eddie and turned him over and said something was not right and they called 911.

He was was asked if there was anything unusual that happened last night. Chavo said no. They flew in from Phoenix, had a bite to eat and checked in to the hotel. He talked to Eddie about a half hour later. They checked in early this morning, around 12:30 a.m.

Vince was asked how big a loss this was for WWE and Vince, obviously, said it was huge. He said very kind things about Eddie, his talent and his family.

Vince was asked if they were going to do anything to pay tribute to Eddie and he said that both the Raw and Smackdown tapings tonight will be tribute shows. He said that Eddie had so many friends in each locker room that wanted to pay tribute to Eddie. He said we will see classic Eddie matches on the shows as well. He said that the guys appearing on the shows will be doing so voluntarily and that the talent knows Eddie would want the show to go on. Chavo shook his head in agreement. He said the shows for tonight, obviously, are being changed from what had been planned. Chavo said he was given the option to go home but he wants to be a part of it, and he knows that Eddie would want him to be part in it.

When asked about the effect of his family, Chavo said that they've never had a tragedy like this. He noted that when Eddie's father (Chavo's grandfather) passed away, he was older and it was expected, but this is "devastating" to his family. He noted the family history in the business. They asked about the ages of Eddie's daughters and Chavo provided that information. When asked what his family wanted him to do, Chavo said that his family wanted him to be here to help. It was noted that Eddie had recently moved his family to Phoenix, Arizona.

When asked about how Eddie's wife had taken his passing, Chavo noted that she hasn't taken it very well. He said that Eddie's sister and mother were contacted personally, and they then went to Eddie's wife to tell her personally.

Chavo noted that Eddie felt fine when he went to bed. They had planned to meet at 8 AM for breakfast and then go to the gym together. Guerrero was going to order takeout as room service was closed. When Chavo connected from his flight out of California to Phoenix, Eddie got on the plane so they sat together and watched a film and talked.

When asked about Eddie's past substance abuse playing a factor in his death, Chavo relayed that when they were flying into Minneapolis, Eddie had told him he had just celebrated four years of being sober. When asked about his past, Chavo said, "He was an addict. He was addicted to everything, but really, alcohol and prescription, like painkillers." When asked about whether, even four years after being clean, Eddie's body could have shut down, McMahon said it's speculation, and with Eddie's past history before getting cleaned up, it took a toll but he has no idea whether that played a role into his passing.

When asked about how long Eddie was in the business, Chavo said 17, then corrected himself and said 20 years, as Eddie made his debut in the ring when he was just 18 years old.

When asked whether Eddie's background may have inspired other performers and athletes to stay clean, Chavo said "100%" noting that Eddie being so open about it led to many fans telling Eddie about their own experiences. McMahon noted that Guerrero was very open about his newfound faith and was a born again Christian.

When asked about royalties, McMahon said, "Eddie Guerrero will have royalties coming in forever, and those royalties will go straight to his family."

McMahon noted that everyone was deeply saddened by Eddie's passing and it will be tough to get over, but Eddie will have wanted the show to go on. When asked if fans were aware, McMahon said they were but if they weren't they would be once they arrive and see what WWE has planned for the tribute show. He noted Eddie was originally scheduled to appear on Smackdown.

Chavo said that Eddie was 100% business and would have wanted the show to go on, as he knew this is how the performers fed their families. He said that Eddie had the biggest heart of everyone he knows personally. He said that Eddie had a big love for the business and is going to be loved not just by the wrestlers but by the fans as well.

EDDIE GUERRERO'S CAUSE OF DEATH ANNOUNCED

Former WWE champion Eddie Guerrero passed away due to heart failure brought on by past drug and alcohol abuse, according to a statement made by his wife Vicki to WWE's website several days after his passing.

Guerrero told the website, "It was from his past drinking and the drug abuse. They found signs of heart disease. She (the examiner) said that the blood vessels were very worn and narrow, and that just showed all the abuse from the scheduling of work and his past. And Eddie just worked out like crazy all the time. It made his heart grow bigger and work harder and the vessels were getting smaller, and that's what caused the heart failure. He went into a deep sleep.

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As soon as they saw his heart, they saw the lining of his heart already had the heart disease. There was no trauma, and Eddie hadn't hurt himself in any way. It answered a lot of questions. I knew Eddie wasn't feeling very good for the last week. He was home and kept saying he wasn't feeling good and we thought it was just “road tired."So we thought he just had to rest. It answered a lot of my questions, too, because he was just so exhausted. She said it was normal because the heart was working so hard."

REACTION TO GUERRERO'S DEATH

The mood backstage at the Supershow taping was somber, as you would expect. The formats for the show were thrown out, and both Raw and Smackdown were instead taped as tributes to Guerrero. Chris Benoit and Batista were noticeably upset by Eddie's death, but everyone at the show were feeling his loss as well. The issue was further compounded by the European tour, which most of the talent left for the next day. Several performers, including Chris Benoit, Rey Mysterio and JBL, were excused from the first part of the tour so they could attend Guerrero's funeral.

WWE issued the following official statement the day after Guerrero's passing:

WWE Saddened By Death of Eddie Guerrero
Monday November 14, 11:40 am ET

STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 14, 2005--WWE is deeply saddened by the news that Eddie Guerrero, age 38, has passed away. He was found dead yesterday morning in his hotel room in Minneapolis. Eddie is survived by his wife, Vickie, and his three daughters. No further details are known at this time. Guerrero, a fan favorite on WWE's UPN program Friday Night SmackDown, held several championships with WWE during his career, most notably becoming the first Mexican-American to become a WWE Champion, achieving that honor in February 2004. WWE extends its sympathies to the entire Guerrero family.

WWE.com has posted many audio, video and text tributes to Eddie Guerrero since his passing.

JBL: "THE WORLD LOST A GREAT MAN YESTERDAY"

John Bradshaw Layfield appeared on MSNBC on Monday afternoon to discuss Eddie Guerrero's tragic passing during "MSNBC News Live". JBL joined the show via satellite from New York.

- JBL started the segment by saying, "The world lost a great man yesterday, and WWE lose one of it's best and most passionate performers".

- JBL talked briefly about the history of the Guerrero family in wrestling, and noted that Eddie Guerrero was the reason that Smackdown was the number one non-Spanish speaking program among Hispanics in the nation.

- He praised Guerrero's ability, saying it was an honor to wrestle him. JBL talked about Guerrero's ability to "feel" what the crowd wanted, and his passion for wrestling. He then told a story of needing a police escort out of the building when he wrestled Eddie in his hometown of El Paso, Texas.

- JBL said that outside the ring, Guerrero differentiated himself from anyone he has ever met. JBL said that when he was going through a divorce a few years ago, Guerrero "sensed" something was wrong with him, and would talk to him and point out scriptures to him.

- Bradshaw said that when he first became a main event performer, a lot of people didn't believe he could cut it, and it was Eddie Guerrero who went to "the powers in WWE" and asked them to give him a chance. JBL said he main evented for a year and a half, mostly with Eddie Guerrero,. "I owe Eddie Guerrero my entire career".

- They talked about Eddie's past addictions, with JBL noting that he was addicted to alcohol and painkillers, and that he had just celebrated his fourth year of sobriety. JBL talked about how Guerrero got his life, finances and family back together, which added to the tragedy of his passing. He also noted that Guerrero had just purchased a home in Phoenix that he was planning to someday retire to, and that he had also moved his mother to Phoenix as well.

- It was noted that autopsy reports were still not available. JBL was asked if he thought drugs had anything to do with the death, and JBL said that he certainly hoped not, and there was no indication that there was at this point. JBL noted that Guerrero was found dead on the bathroom floor, and the death had to be instant, since Guerrero's toothbrush was still in his hand. JBL said the "best guess" is that he died of a massive heart attack, but there was no official word yet. JBL again pointed out how Guerrero had been clean and sober for four years.

- JBL ended the segment saying it was an "honor" to talk about his "friend Eddie".

The following was written on November 13, 2005, the day Eddie Guerrero passed away.

EDDIE GUERRERO: 1967-2005

Former WWE World champion Eddie Guerrero was supposed to be one of the "happy endings" of professional wrestling. He was supposed to be the star who overcame his demons and started a new life for himself. He was supposed to be the smaller wrestler who overcame his critics and ended up World champion. He was supposed to be remembered as one of the greatest wrestlers who ever stepped inside a ring.

Eddie Guerrero was found dead this morning in the bathroom of his Minneapolis hotel room, harking back to the frightful day when Brian Pillman was found in his St. Paul hotel room in October 1997. Although details are still coming in at this time, the entire wrestling industry as a whole is devastated as Guerrero was one of the most universally liked wrestlers in the entire business, having passed through every major company of the last decade at every position imaginable.

There are no happy endings today, not for Eddie's friends, his fans, or most importantly, his family. Not for a business that now has to bury another one of it's own. Eddie Guerrero was supposed to be the happy ending, but instead he's left behind a wife and three daughters, far too soon and far too young. There are no happy endings today, just unanswered questions, guilt, grief, and sadness for those closest to Guerrero. This is a sad day for the wrestling business, and PWInsider.com offers our deepest condolences to everyone who cared about Eddie Guerrero.

EDDIE: THE EARLY YEARS

Eduardo Guerrero was born on 10/9/67 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico into the famous Guerrero wrestling family. His father, Gory Guerrero, was a huge Lucha Libre star. Growing up in El Paso, Texas, Guerrero grew up with a wrestling ring in his backyard where he and his father, brothers, and uncle . It was the family business. His brothers Hector, Chavo & Mando all wrestled, as did Guerrero's nephew Chavo Jr.(current WWE star Kerwin White).

Guerrero made his official debut on 9/18/87, and was considered a good wrestler, although the knock on him was that he was too small. In a famous story, Terry Funk brought in Guerrero to a 1989 NWA TV taping to face with Guerrero working as an enhancement talent. Despite a great showing and a great match, he didn't get a job offer.

EDDIE & ART: LOS GRINGOS LOCOS

Guerrero finally caught on in Mexico, working . He and the late Art "Love Machine" Barr began teaming, soon becoming the top heel unit of AAA, which was a really hot company at the time with sellouts all over Mexico and some cities in the United States, alongside the late Louie Spicoli, and current TNA star Konnan. Machine and Guerrero, Los Gringos Locos, had a great feud with Octagon and El Hijo Del Santo, which culminated in a hair vs. masks tag match at the first and only AAA PPV, When World Collide, in Los Angeles on 11/6/94. The match was praised as being an awesome bout and the belief was Guerrero and Barr were going to become one of the great tag teams of the decade. There were plans for ECW to bring them in a month later and they had just completed their first New Japan Pro Wrestling tour prior to the AAA PPV. The sky was the limit.

Art Barr never wrestled again. On 11/23/94, Barr was found dead in his Oregon home, sleeping next to his young son. The cause of death was never discovered, but the feeling among many in the business was that it was substance abuse related.

Guerrero continued to work in New Japan, adopting the masked persona of Black Tiger, where he often worked against and with the likes of Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko, who became his best friends as the trio stuck together from that point on in their careers.

THE MALENKO-GUERRERO CLASSIC

Several months after the passing of Art Barr, Guerrero was finally brought into Extreme Championship Wrestling by Paul Heyman. Malenko and Benoit were already main eventers in the company. Debuting at The Three-Way Dance in April 1995, Guerrero defeated 2 Cold Scorpio for the ECW World Television championship in his debut. His background story was that he had come to America to become a singles star, living out his late partner Art Barr's dream. He was immediately accepted by the ECW fans and for the first time, was a star in the United States within an American company.

Guerrero was scheduled to face Sabu a week later at Hostile City Showdown, but when Sabu no showed the Three-Way Dance (at the time, ECW's most important show) he was fired. Paul Heyman substituted Dean Malenko in Sabu's spot, creating the legend of the Malenko-Guerrero Classic.

Malenko and Guerrero fought to a 30 minute time limit. Although there were some hecklers, the same ECW Arena audience that craved blood and mayhem gave the two athletes a standing ovation. The two traded the ECW TV title back and forth from April until August, putting together excellent matches and at one point, wrestling a three match series through three cities in two days. The rivalry became the stuff of ECW legend and is still remembered by ECW fans as some of the greatest wrestling they had ever seen presented.

In August 1995, Guerrero, Malenko, and Benoit all received and took offers to join World Championship Wrestling. In an era where stars were routinely buried on the way out, ECW did the exact opposite. Guerrero and Malenko had one last farewell match, a Best of Three Falls bout ending with a double pin draw. The crowd chanted and pleaded with each to "“Please Don't Go" and both wrestlers had to stop to regain their composure during the bout. When it was over, each man gave an emotional speech that ended. "You can say I sold out, you can say whatever you want. You paid for your ticket and you got that right. For the rest of you, I can tell you what an honor it's been to wrestle in this stadium and in front of each and every one of you, each and every week. I want you to know what I appreciate all of you, because without all of you people, this wouldn't exist."

After Malenko spoke (the first and only time he spoke on the mic in ECW, adding to the emotion of the evening), Guerrero took the mic and told his rival, “I just want you to know you are one of the best wrestlers I've ever encountered in the world. God bless you and your family"

The two hugged and several ECW wrestlers and officials came to the ring to embrace the pair. Guerrero gave a final salute to his old partner Art Barr before exiting the building with a circle of hugs and well wishes from the Philadelphia fans, many of whom were openly crying from the moment.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING

Guerrero, Malenko, and Benoit were all brought in to add to the fledgling Cruiserweight division in World Championship Wrestling. Under Eric Bischoff, WCW was about to begin its Monday Nitro run on TNT, going opposite Raw on the USA Network. The Monday Night Wars had begun and Bischoff began assembling the best soldiers he could find to flesh out the undercard and provide fans with excellent wrestling underneath the star power of Hulk Hogan, Sting, Lex Luger, Randy Savage, and other prime names.

Guerrero worked and feuded with Rey Misterio Jr. for the Cruiserweight championship including an excellent bout at Halloween Havoc '96 that is still considered to be one of the best matches in either man's career. Guerrero got to work with other top flight workers including Chris Jericho, Ultimo Dragon, Rick Martel, his own nephew Chavo, Juventud Guerrera, Ric Flair and others. Guerrero and Malenko reprised their ECW feud as well, although it was never given a major focus from the company. During his run, Guerrero would hold the Cruiserweight and United States championship belts.

At the same time, Guerrero began having problems with substance abuse, leading to a New Year's Eve car wreck in 1999 that saw him expelled from the car. While his family and friends hoped the situation would make Guerrero realize his problems, Eddie would later comment on a UPN show dedicated to his career that it didn't make a dent. Lucky to be alive, Guerrero came back too soon from the accident and began taking pain pills to compensate. Six months later, Guerrero overdosed.

Despite having some of the best matches in the company and connecting with the fans, the WCW Cruisers were often overlooked for their importance in the WCW mix. Far too much credit went to the main eventers and no thought was given to shaking things up by moving the next generation of stars into the top to keep things fresh. Although many of those responsible would today blame the AOL/Time Warner merger for the death of WCW, the truth is that the company had been rotting away from the inside due to mismanagement and an abuse by its stars for a long time.

At the time, WCW tried to halt the bleeding by bringing in former WWF writers Vince Russo and Ed Ferrara. Their attempt to turn WCW into a clone of WWE's sports-entertainment flopped. Under the Russo regime, Guerrero would later become part of a unit called The Filthy Animals alongside Misterio, Konnan, and Billy Kidman. His personal issues continued.

The WCW management scene was an absolute mess and the product wasn'tmuch better, with PPV buyrates, ratings, and attendance all crashing. Every few weeks there was a new booker in charge. When Kevin Sullivan had his turn during a period where Russo was ousted, Guerrero, Benoit, and Malenko, among others were furious. There had been a long-time issue between Benoit and Sullivan after Sullivan booked the end of his own marriage when an on-camera pairing between Benoit and Nancy "Woman" Sullivan turned into real life with the Sullivans splitting and Nancy later marrying Benoit.

The feeling among Benoit and the others was that they'd never be able to trust Sullivan with their careers. Sullivan tried to prove them wrong by putting the WCW title on Benoit, but it was to no avail. Guerrero, Benoit, Malenko, Perry Saturn, Konnan, and Shane Douglas all requested and received released, although in the end, only four ended up jumping to the World Wrestling Federation. WCW would never recover. The heart and backbone of the company was gone in one fell swoop.

THE RADICALZ

On January 31, 2000, The Radicalz arrived in the World Wrestling Federation. Guerrero, Malenko, Benoit, and Saturn showed up expectedly sitting in the front row of a live episode of Raw. The buzz was huge as the heart of WCW had walked out of the company. They immediately ended up in a brawl with DX where it was revealed that their “old friend' Mick Foley had invited them to the show.

Unfortunately for Guerrero, he would suffer a dislocated elbow hitting a frog splash in his first WWF match, teaming with Saturn against the New Age Outlaws, throwing all plans out the window. Guerrero returned to the ring in March, and made his Wrestlemania debut in a loss to Too Cool and Rikishi while teaming alongside Malenko and Saturn.

Guerrero would eventually be paired up with DX's Chyna, with the idea that she had fallen for him due to his "Latino Heat" a moniker that would remain with him until the end of his career. Guerrero defeated Chris Jericho to win the WWF European championship in April 2000, the first WWF title of his career.

ROCK BOTTOM

Although Guerrero was wrestling against the likes of Steve Austin, The Rock, Kurt Angle, Edge, Christian, and others, he was also dealing with his substance abuse problems. His wife had left him and taken their daughters and his professional life was about to join his personal life in a tailspin.

After arriving at a show, which as sad irony would have it, was in Minneapolis, in no condition to wrestle, Guerrero was sent home. He learned later that it was his own friends, Malenko and Benoit, that had stooged off his condition to WWF management in an attempt to help him. Malenko commented on the UPN Guerrero special that he did it because he “didn't want to be one of those wrestlers that gets to an arena and finds out that one of his best friends was found dead in his hotel room."

 Guerrero was sent to rehab to clean up, and spent time in then-WWF developmental territory HWA preparing for his return. He made his return to WWF's house show circuit but was quickly released after being arrested for DUI on November 9, 2001. Guerrero later claimed he was trying to prove that he wasn't an alcoholic by going to a bar for one drink, but by the time he was aware of where he was again, he was incarcerated.

After being released, Guerrero cleaned himself up and hit the independent scene. He returned to both Mexico and New Japan Pro Wrestling. Guerrero also worked for a number of high profile indy groups including IWA Mid-South, ICW, and the first several Ring of Honor events, working against such names as Low Ki, Crowbar, CM Punk, Rey Misterio Jr., and The SAT. His second and final ROH appearance was billed as a Å“Tribute to Guerrero" where he openly thanked all the indy promoters and wrestlers for accepting him and giving him a chance to rebuild his life.

RETURN TO WWE

Guerrero was promised by WWE management that if he cleaned himself up, he'd be brought back and they stayed good to his word. He was brought back and immediately given the Intercontinental championship with a win over Rob Van Dam. Guerrero was back in the thick of things, working with and against Chris Benoit, Steve Austin, Ric Flair, The Dudleys and other top names.

With the WWE brand extension, Guerrero and Benoit were moved to Smackdown. Guerrero and his nephew Chavo were put into a team, titled, “Los Guerreros", given the tag line and theme song “We Lie, We Cheat, We Steal." A series of vignettes getting the characters over were big hits with the duo feuding with Team Angle, Chris Benoit & Rhyno among others. An injury to Chavo saw Yoshihiro Tajiri put together with Eddie, with that duo capturing the WWE Tag Team championships.

When WWE decided to bring back the dormant United States championship, Guerrero won the tournament with a final victory over Chris Benoit at the 2003 Vengeance PPV. Guerrero defended the belt at that year's Summerslam against Benoit, Rhyno, and Tajiri at Summerslam 2003.

Chavo was turned heel on Guerrero, with the storyline being that he didn't believe that his uncle had been there for him. Chavo Guerrero Sr. was brought in for some time to manage his son and feud with Eddie as well.

In a surprising move, the decision was made to put the WWE championship on Guerrero leading into Wrestlemania XX, defeating Brock Lesnar in San Francisco, California. Guerrero faced Kurt Angle in a successful title defense at Mania XX in Madison Square Garden, although the most memorable Guerrero appearance at the show was Guerrero coming to the ring to congratulate his best friend Chris Benoit, who had just defeated Shawn Michaels and Triple H for the WWE World title to close the show. With confetti falling, both men, now champions on top of the company, cried and embraced. All that was missing was Dean Malenko, now an agent with WWE, who watched with pride from backstage.

The marketing machine got behind Guerrero, producing an excellent UPN special titled "Å“Cheating Death, Stealing Life", which highlighted not just Guerrero's career but his battle with substance abuse and his attempts to overcome it. Guerrero had reconciled with his wife and she discussed their marital problems on the special, which was later released on DVD.

The pressure of being champion got to Guerrero, who commented to those close to him that carrying the belt was harder then anything he had dealt with previously in the business, because everything falls on your shoulders, from the ratings, to the schedule, to the buyrates. After a several month reign, the belt was moved to John Bradshaw Layfield. Guerrero would later comment that JBL did a better job carrying the pressure then he did.

Guerrero continued his feud with Kurt Angle after losing the title, although a heel turn and last major feud was against Rey Mysterio with the storyline being that Mysterio had secretly adopted Guerrero's son Dominick years ago since he couldn't have children. In reality, Dominick was really Rey's son. Since the two had a major falling out, Guerrero wanted custody back as a way to wage psychological warfare on his old friend and partner. In the end, it was, Mysterio winning the feud, although Guerrero was marketed with a new T-shirt with "I'm Your Papi" emblazoned across the front. The soap opera storyline was a huge hit in the ratings, particularly among the Hispanis demographic.

In recent months, Guerrero had been involved in a storyline where he and WWE World champion Batista had been uneasy friends while competing for the title. Guerrero had tried to play his mind games with Batista only to be “one upped" by the champion, leading to what was supposed to be an unlikely partnership. In Guerrero's final PPV appearance, he lost to Batista at No Mercy with the storyline being that when he had a chance to cheat, he didn't. In his final match, Guerrero defeated Ken Kennedy in a Smackdown bout that was aired just this past Friday night. Guerrero was scheduled to challenge Batista for the World title in a Three-Way with Randy Orton at tonight's Smackdown taping - and win the belt.

As irony would have it, WWE was scheduled to release a Guerrero autobiography on 12/20. Eddie Guerrero was only 38 years old.

2006 - At the Wrestling Society X taping in Los Angeles, California, an angle was shot where Vampiro was attacked by a mysterious wrestler (Ricky Banderas) and had a fireball thrown in his face.  The angle would end up causing problems with MTV, who felt the fireball shot was too graphic to show on television.

2007 - TNA taped Impact in Orlando, FL.  Alex Hernandez filed the following results:

- Chris Sabin defeated Abyss and Brother Devon in a Triple Threat Match.

- Samoa Joe defeated Johnny Devine and Kip James in a Triple Threat Match.

- AJ Styles defeated Jay Lethal and Christian Cage in a Triple Threat Match.

- ODB defeated Velvet Sky (Talia Madison) and Angelina Love (Angel Williams) in a Triple Threat Match.

- Booker T came out to cut a promo, but was interrupted by Robert Roode, who issued a challenge for later tonight.

- Eric Young & Gail Kim defeated Jimmy Rave & Christy Hemme.

- James Storm and Eric Young had their second beer drinking contest.  Eric won, but got laid out by Storm afterwards, who bloodied him.

- Team 3D defeated Sonjay Dutt & Jay Lethal in a Street Fight.

- Rhino defeated Rellik (although yesterday it sounded like Riddick, it was Rellik tonight).

- Booker T defeated Robert Roode.  After the match, Christian attacked Booker T along with Roode, but Kaz made the save.

- Kaz, Abyss, Scott Steiner & Samoa Joe defeated AJ Styles, Tomko, Kurt Angle & Christian when Joe pinned Christian.

- In a match taped for Xplosion, Johnny Devine defeated Petey Williams.

- In a match taped for Xplosion, VKM & Roxxi defeated Chris Harris, Shark Boy & Angelina Love.

2007 - WWE broadcast ECW on Sci Fi.  Buck Woodward filed the following TV report:

ECW on Sci Fi for November 13th opened with the Hardys making their entrance. 

Matt & Jeff Hardy vs. MVP & Mr. Kennedy.

The crowd chanted for the Hardys at the start, and Matt started off against Kennedy.  They locked up, and Matt broke clean in a corner.  Kennedy grabbed a headlock, but Hardy shoved it off, and Kennedy hit a shoulderblock for a one count.  Kennedy hit a kick to the leg, but Matt grabbed an arm wringer.  Matt tagged Jeff and threw Kennedy into a Jeff shoulderblock.  Jeff hit a slingshot kick for a two count.  Jeff kicked Kennedy in a corner and hit some punches.  Kennedy reversed a whip and sent Jeff hard into a corner. Kennedy tagged MVP, who hit some shots in a corner, then nailed Jeff with a clothesline for a two count.  MVP kicked Jeff in the back, then tagged in Kennedy.  Jeff ducked a double clothesline and dropkicked both men from the ring.  Matt came in and Jeff launched himself off of Matt's back over the top rope and into both MVP and Kennedy.  

Jeff rolled Kennedy back into the ring for a two count.  Matt tagged in for a double back elbow and a fistdrop/somersault splash combo on Kennedy for a two count.  Matt hit Kennedy with a clothesline, but Kennedy shoved off a bulldog attempt and hit a clothesline of his own.  Matt hit a punch and tagged Jeff, who went for a suplex, but Kennedy blocked it with a knee to the gut.  He tagged in MVP, who kicked Jeff in the gut.  Jeff fought back with kicks and punches, but MVP leapfrogged Jeff, hit a drop toe hold, then delivered a running kick to the head, knocking Jeff to the floor.  MVP went out after him, but Matt came down at ringside, and MVP backed off, apparently not wanting to upset his championship tag partner, as they went to break. 

Back from commercial, MVP was working over Jeff Hardy with an abdominal stretch on the mat.  MVP switched to a surfboard, then threw Jeff to the mat by the hair when he started to fight up.  Kennedy tagged in and kicked Jeff's back, then applied his own abdominal stretch.  Jeff escaped with a hiptoss.  Jeff tagged Matt, who tripped as he entered the ring, but still hit Kennedy with right hands and a back elbow.  Matt slammed Kennedy, then delivered a second rope elbow to the back of the head.  Matt hit Kennedy with the Side Effect, but Kennedy kicked out at two.  Jeff tagged in and Jeff hit Poetry In Motion on Kennedy.  Jeff went for the Swanton, but Kennedy rolled out of the way and covered Jeff for a two count. MVP tagged in and slammed Jeff.  MVP dropped an elbow for a two count, then delivered a kneedrop to the back.  

MVP applied the abdominal stretch on the mat, but Jeff powered out of it and hit a side Russian legsweep.  MVP hit Jeff with a forearm and tagged Kennedy, who hit Jeff with a legdrop for a two count.  MVP tagged back in and Kennedy held Jeff for a MVP shot to the gut.  MVP missed a running kick to the corner, getting hung up on the top rope.  MVP then went to suplex Jeff, but Jeff blocked it and hit a gourdbuster.  Jeff hit MVP with a clothesline, but MVP backdropped Jeff to the ring apron.  Kennedy, standing on that side of the ring, grabbed Jeff by the hair and yanked him off the apron, down hard to the floor.  MVP went to the outside and rolled Jeff into the ring, then got the pin on an unconscious Jeff at the 15 minute mark. 

Winners: MVP & Kennedy. 

Post-match, Matt and MVP were arguing, and Kennedy came in with a steel chair, looking to blast Matt from behind.  MVP blocked the shot and took the chair from Kennedy.  MVP yelled that Matt was "his partner" and that Kennedy was just going to be his partner for Sunday. Kennedy and MVP argued a bit, but MVP still brandished the chair, and Kennedy walked off.  MVP pointed out to Hardy that he protected him "again" because they were partners.  MVP said "sorry about your brother" and walked off.  Matt helped Jeff up, and the Hardys left. 

They recapped Jamie Noble laying out CM Punk on Smackdown this past Friday after Punk had fought off The Miz and John Morrison. 

Matt Striker was in the ring, and noted that Big Daddy V was not present, most likely due to the flu.  Striker said that was a good reminder for everyone to be inoculated.  Striker said that Big Daddy V would be at the Survivor Series and would dominate all of his opponents.  Kane's music hit, and he came to the ring. Striker said he was not dressed to wrestle, and that Kane's issue was with Big Daddy V, not him.  Striker said if Kane hurts him, it will just further anger Big Daddy V.  Striker asked Kane to "just walk away".  Kane gave Striker a boo to the face, a side slam, and then a choke slam.  Kane's pyro went off as he stood over Striker. 

Michelle McCool and Kelly Kelly bounced down the hallway, as their match was next. 

Michelle McCool & Kelly Kelly vs. Melina & Layla. 

Michelle started off with Melina, trading reversals of an arm wringer.  Melina elbowed out of a hammerlock, but Michelle hit a kick for a one count.  Kelly tagged in and she and Michelle hit an ugly double suplex.  Kelly pulled Melina out of a corner and went for a somersault cradle, but Melina kicked out.  Melina threw Kelly down by the hair, then applied a headscissors and tagged in Layla.  Layla threw Kelly down by the hair and kicked her hip.  Layla choked Kelly on the middle rope, then tagged Melina.  Melina put Kelly in a chinlock, but Kelly got out with a jawbreaker.  Kelly went towards her corner, but Melina blocked it with a front facelock.  Kelly hit a suplex, sort of, and tagged Michelle.  Michelle hit Melina with a series of clotheslines and went for a cover. Layla came in and broke it up.  Kelly speared Layla, sort of, and Layla rolled to the floor.  Kelly kept Layla at bay on the floor.  Melina missed a reverse bodyblock from the second rope on Michelle, and Michelle gave Melina a kick to the arm (yep, the arm) for the pin at the four minute mark. 

Winners: Michelle McCool & Kelly Kelly. 

The Miz joined Tazz and Joey Styles, and last week's "hat trick" by Miz during the John Morrison-CM Punk match was reviewed.  Miz commented that he did that because he always "gets what he wants" and now he has gotten it, an ECW Title shot at Survivor Series. 

The card for Survivor Series was reviewed. 

ECW Champion CM Punk vs. Jamie Noble. 

Miz noted he was scouting Punk for Survivor Series.  As Noble made his entrance, the "Save Us... Break The Walls... Next Monday" viral video aired.  The bell rang for Noble and Punk, but they were interrupted by John Morrison's music, who came out to ringside as they went to commercial. 

Back from break, Noble had Punk in an arm wringer, but Punk rolled out of it. Morrison and Miz were now sitting next to each other with the announcers.  Noble and Punk exchanged hold, with Noble grabbing a front facelock.  Morrison said Miz pretty much argued and made fun of each other during the early moments of the match.  Noble hit Punk with a chop, a headbutt and a punch.  Punk came back with a chop and a dropkick to the back of the head for a one count.  Punk hit a side backbreaker, but Noble came back with an elbow, then followed with a bodyslam and a legdrop.  Noble went for a backdrop, but Punk grabbed him with a double underhook backbreaker for a two count.  Punk rammed Noble into a corner but ran into a Noble knee.  Noble came off the second rope with a kneedrop to Punk's arm as he held the top rope.  Noble gave Punk a slam on his bad arm, then yanked on the limb.  Noble put Punk in a hammerlock on the mat, then flipped over into a bridge. Noble hooked the other arm and pulled Punk into a backslide for a two count. 

Noble dropped his weight on Punk's arm, and Punk fought back with punches and chops, but Noble dropped him with a cross armbreaker.  Miz kept remarking how Morrison "lost to a hat" last week.  Morrison kept bringing up that he beat Miz three weeks ago.  Punk gave Noble a back suplex to escape an armlock, but Noble hit a shoulderblock and went to an armlock.  Morrison admitted he lost to the hat, since he never would lose to CM Punk or the Miz. Then Morrison decided it wasn't the hat, he actually beat himself.  Meanwhile, Punk rallied with a series of kicks and hit Noble with a powerslam for a two count. Punk hit the jumping knee in the corner, then delivered a bulldog.  Punk went for a springboard clothesline, but Noble countered it by grabbing the arm and taking Punk to the mat with a Fujiwara armbar.  Punk rolled through it and hit Noble with two kicks.  Punk set up Noble for a top rope rana, but Noble rolled through it and got a two count.  Punk rolled out and went for a GTS, but Noble floated over it and went for a Tiger Driver, but Punk reversed it and grabbed the GTS, this time hitting it for the win at the twelve minute mark.

Winner: CM Punk.

Miz and Morrison hit the ring.  Miz gave Punk the Reality Check, then Morrison picked up Punk and gave him the somersault neckbreaker.  Morrison and Miz stood over the downed Punk and began arguing with each other as the show ended.

2008 - Melina returned to the ring from a broken heel at a Florida Championship Wrestling TV taping, teaming with Tyler Reks against Alicia Fox and Jake Gabriel.

2008 - TNA broadcast Impact.  Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:

We start off tonight’s show with a look back at Turning Point where the future of TNA was able to show why they have been buried by the veterans who have established themselves in Atlanta or Stamford. We see footage of Kurt Angle throwing himself all over the Impact Zone against Abyss.

We are in the office with Jeff Jarrett and Mick Foley as Jeremy asks them about what happened at Turning Point. Jeremy talks about the morale in the locker room. Jarrett says that if you are in the business long enough, you will win and lose matches. It is all about getting back up after a setback. Mick says that he does not know if what they are saying will sink through and he suggests someone go out and talk to the locker room. Mick says that he was disappointed by what happened on Sunday. He talks about Alex Shelley’s attitude.

We are live on tape from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida and your announcers are Mike ‘Power Putty’ Tenay and Don ‘Shamwow’ West.

Mick Foley comes to the ring to address the locker room and Impact Zone. We see footage from Turning Point while Mick makes his way into the ring. Mick says that many saw or heard about Sunday and it was not a stellar night for the TNA Originals. He wants some of them to come out to the ring so he can have a word with them. He calls out A.J. Styles, Samoa Joe, the Motor City Machine Guns, Eric Young, Petey Williams, Jay Lethal, and Consequences Creed.

Mick says that he was embarrassed and humiliated earlier, but it was not by their performances. If it was about heart and desire, they would all be champions. The truth is that you don’t win a World Series with four strikeouts. You don’t win a Super Bowl with four interceptions. You don’t win respect with four losses at Turning Point.

Mick has an issue with Alex Shelley and his nose. Mick asks Alex about the way that he reacted to his loss on Sunday. Mick tells Alex to look at him. He says that Alex is a valuable piece of talent in TNA, but he is not invaluable. Mick says that he will deal with Alex next week.

Mick tells everyone that they need to know the power of words. Mick says that Nash wasn’t just talking when he said he was the smartest man in wrestling. Mick says that Joe beat up Nash, but Nash got the victory. Mick turns his attention to A.J. who let Sting inside his head. Mick says that it is a new day and it is time for some new opportunities. If they don’t learn from what happened, the Stamford and Atlanta Vets will continue to strike them out.

Mick announces that Eric Young will get his title match against Sheik Abdul Bashir for the X Division Title tonight. Mick tells A.J. that he is still one of the most talented wrestlers in the world. Mick says that he wrote in a book for another company that Joe was one of the biggest badasses in the business. A.J. and Joe will battle for the tag titles tonight. Mick wants to know if we should have a Heavyweight Title match tonight and he gives Jay Lethal a title match against Sting. Mick tells everyone to hit it out of the park when they step up to the plate.

We go TO THE PARKING LOT where Christian is met by Lauren who reminds us of what happened on Sunday night. Christian says that he has no choice tonight. Kurt stops by and welcomes Christian to the family. Tonight, he becomes one of the family. Kurt says that Christian will get a welcoming party that he has never seen before. Tonight, Christian becomes a made man. Steiner gives Christian his wardrobe for the night. They walk away, but Christian throws away the suit.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Lauren is IN THE BACK with ODB who is hunting a locker and she is building a set. She says that her new talk show debuts next week.

Match Number One: Awesome Kong and Rhaka Khan with Raisha Saeed versus Roxxi Laveaux and Taylor Wilde
Kong attacks Taylor on the ramp while Roxxi and Khan battle. Roxxi with forearms to Rhaka Khan while Kong Irish whips Taylor into the guardrails. Kong rolls Taylor into the ring and the match starts. Kong tosses Taylor across the ring and then chokes her in the bottom rope. Kong with an Irish whip and splash into the corner. Khan is tagged in and she slams Taylor and follows it with a knee drop for a near fall. Khan chokes Taylor with her boot and then she hits a suplex for a near fall. Kong tags back in and she keeps Taylor from tagging in. Kong misses a charge and then Taylor with a Codebreaker to stop Kong. Roxxi is tagged in and she hits forearms on Kong. Roxxi climbs Kong and puts her in a sleeper but Khan with a kick. Taylor comes into the ring and she kicks Khan. Khan falls victim to a double clothesline by Roxxi and Taylor. They hit a double drop kick and then Roxxi with a wheelbarrow of Taylor onto Kong. They get rid of Khan. Khan tries to slam Taylor into the floor but Taylor avoids it. Back in the ring, Kong hits the Implant Buster on Roxxi for the three count.
Winners: Awesome Kong and Rhaka Khan

TO THE BACK where Lauren is with Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin. Alex says that with wins there are going to be loses. He sees them like a snake. You have a head and tail. At the head are A.J. Styles and Samoa Joe. Alex wonders how they got to be the head. Alex says that they can fight their own battles. Alex says that they are the toughest from Detroit and they should be at the front of the line. Sabin says that A.J. and Joe want to be at the head of the class, so they can take their lead and do things by any means necessary.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Lauren is with Traci Brooks. Saeed tells Traci that Kong wants competition and she is an animal that needs to be fed. Saeed tells Traci not to interrupt her. Saeed says that if Traci does not find a new opponent for Kong, she may take it out on vacation people who glorify that stupid mouse. Lauren asks Rhaka about why she turned on Taylor. Rhaka asks who wouldn’t want to be on the side of the beast.

Match Number Two: Eric Young versus Sheik Abdul Bashir for the X Division Title
Eric with a shoulder from the apron and he slides back in and follows that with a hip toss and punch. Eric with a belly-to-belly suplex for a two count. Bashir with a drop toe hold into the turnbuckles and then he stomps on Young’s face. Bashir rakes the eyes and then he punches Young for a near fall. Bashir with a body scissors. Eric gets out of the hold and he backs Bashir into the turnbuckles. Young with a running forearm and power slam for a near fall. Young with a discus clothesline followed by punches. The referee pulls Young off but Young pushes the referee out of the way. Bashir with a low kick and the referee refuses to make the three count because he sees Eric holding his lower groin. Bashir yells at the referee and pushes him down. The referee goes crazy and takes off his shirt and punches Bashir and slams him. The referee with a drop kick and Young with a Death Valley Driver for the three count.
Winner: Eric Young

After the match, the members of the locker room celebrate with Young while Earl Hebner stares down Shane Sewell. We go to commercial.

We are back and we go to highlights from the X Division Title match when Eric Young

Lauren is IN THE BACK and she congratulates Eric for winning his first singles title. Eric dedicates the win to Mick for opening their eyes. It was a dream six years ago and now it is a reality.

We return to the Impact Zone and Don and Mike run through the rest of the card.

It is time for a Rough Cut of LAX. Hernandez talks about how his family was against him playing football. He talks about how his football and power lifting background would be a good link to wrestling. He talks about working in Mexico and we see the mask he wore in Mexico. Hernandez talks about how Homicide is one of his mentors.

Jeremy Borash is in the adult’s locker room and he asks Kurt if the younger guys are on a roll. Kurt wonders who Eric beat because nobody in the Main Event Mafia lost. Petey Williams enters and Scott tells him that if they want to talk, they can do it in private.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Lauren is with Jay Lethal in the locker room and she talks over Jay Lethal’s comments. Lethal mentions the MegaPowers and he says that Men on a Mission are going down. He will shock the world again when he stings the Stinger. Petey wishes Jay luck tonight. He says that it is their time tonight. Lauren tells Petey to be careful when he talks to Scott Steiner tonight. Petey says that Scott is his boy.

Match Number Three: Scott Steiner with Kurt Angle versus Rhino

Kurt joins Don and Mike at the announce table.

Steiner with an arm drag and he poses. Steiner pushes Rhino but Rhino pushes back. They exchange punches and Rhino with a shoulder tackle. Steiner tries for a hip toss but Rhino blocks it and he chops Steiner. Steiner with a kick and an overhead belly-to-belly suplex for a near fall. Steiner chokes Rhino into the turnbuckles and he chops Rhino. Steiner with a clothesline followed by the flex elbow and push ups. Steiner slams Rhino’s head into the turnbuckles and then he chops Rhino. Steiner with an Irish whip but he charges into an elbow. Steiner with a rake of the eyes and Rhino with a TKO. Rhino punches Steiner and hits a flying shoulder tackle. Rhino with a running shoulder into the corner followed by a belly-to-belly suplex. Rhino sets for the GORE and Kurt Angle leaves the announce table and he grabs Rhino’s foot. Steiner with an Exploder suplex for the three count.
Winner: Scott Steiner

TO THE BACK where Jeremy Borash is with Sting. Jeremy asks Sting about his title match against Jay Lethal. Sting says that he has heard it all before. It was Samoa Joe’s night at Bound for Glory and it was A.J.’s night at Turning Point. Once they see all of the losses, the fingers are going to be pointed. They don’t respect each other. That is the difference between men and boys, and the difference between them and the Men of Respect (A very underrated adaptation of MacBeth starring John Turturro)

We go to commercial.

Match Number Four: Sting versus Jay Lethal for the TNA Heavyweight Title
They lock up and Sting backs Lethal into the corner and he taps Lethal on the chest after a break but Lethal with punches as he is the aggressor. Lethal throws in a few chops and then hits a drop kick and punches. Lethal with a flying clothesline and he gets another near fall. Lethal goes up top for a double sledge for a near fall. Lethal punches Sting in the corner. Sting sends Lethal to the apron and then Lethal hits a springboard missile drop kick and then he hits a suicide dive onto Sting. Sting limps back into the ring and Lethal kicks Sting as we go to commercial.

We are back and Sting with an Irish whip and clothesline. Sting with a suplex to Lethal followed by a leaping fist drop to Lethal. Sting still favors his injured leg as Lethal goes to the floor. Sting goes out after him and he Irish whips Lethal into the guardrail.

Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin come to the ring to give Lethal some support. Sting sends Lethal into the guardrails again and they return to the ring. Sting with a reverse chin lock. Sting with a forearm and he tries for a suplex, but Lethal lands on his feet. Lethal with clotheslines and running double sledges. Lethal with a hip toss followed by a cartwheel and drop kick for a near fall. Lethal punches Sting and he tries to Irish whip Sting, but Sting does not budge. Lethal and Sting collide and both men go down.

Shelley gets on the apron and Sabin holds Sting but Lethal refuses to cheat. Lethal throws Sabin out of the ring and Sting with a kick to the back of the leg followed by a Scorpion Death Drop for the three count.
Winner: Sting

After the match, Samoa Joe and A.J. Styles come to the ring and they tell Sabin and Shelley to get out of the ring. Consequences Creed, ODB, and X Division Champion Eric Young come to the ring and tell everyone to stop fighting.

From out of nowhere, the nominations for Video Game Awards are announced.

We are back and the Varsity Club II are attacking Petey Williams. Scott Steiner joins in and he hits Williams with a trash can. Steiner slams Williams’s head into a ladder. Steiner hits Williams and Williams goes to the ground (at least it looked that way but I don’t have an HD television). We go to commercial.

We are back and we see Petey Williams get beaten up again.

We return to the back and everyone is checking on Petey Williams who appears to have lost a lot of blood.

In case you didn’t see it the last few times, we see the beat down one more time.

Jeremy Borash is with James Storm and Robert Roode. Jeremy asks them about their title match against Samoa Joe and A.J. Styles. Roode asks who does Mick Foley think he is to order them around because they are the tag team champions. Because you are an executive shareholder, you cannot tell them what to do. Roode tells Foley to hit the road. Storm starts to sing. He tells A.J. and Joe to concentrate on them, not the soap opera they are dealing with.

We go to commercial.

We are back and it is time to see when TNA goes on the road.

We have a video package that features Jeff Jarrett.

Match Number Five: James Storm and Robert Roode with Jackie Moore versus Samoa Joe and A.J. Styles for the TNA Tag Team Titles
Styles and Storm start things off and Styles with a side head lock and Styles holds on tight. Storm with shoulders and a punch. Styles with a slam and knee drop. Joe tags in and so does Roode. Roode with a chop and punches. Joe with jabs to Roode followed by an Irish whip and running back elbow and enzuigiri in the corner. Joe with a chop to Roode and he tags in Styles. Joe and Styles with a double back elbow. Storm gets a double hip toss. Styles drop kicks Storm to the floor and Joe clotheslines Roode over the top rope to the floor.

Team 3D come to ringside to finally join Don and Mike at the announce table as we go to commercial.

We are back and Styles with a back breaker to Roode for a two count. Roode with a punch to Styles. Styles with an Irish whip and Styles is sent to the apron. Styles knocks Storm off the apron and then he tries for a springboard move but he lands on Roode’s knee. Storm tags back in and he punches Styles. Storm with a high knee to Styles and then he tags in Roode. Storm and Roode with a series of moves as they wear down Styles and get a near fall. Roode with a waist lock on Styles. Storm sees Team 3D and Ray and Devon have some words for them.

Styles lands on his feet and he tries to make the tag but Roode with a flapjack. Styles with an enzuigiri. Storm knocks Joe off the apron and then he throws Styles out of the ring. Roode attacks Styles and Storm gets a near fall. Storm with knees to the head and he tags in Roode. Storm and Roode with a double suplex and it is time to remind everyone their team name instead of finishing off Styles. Storm tags back in and he punches Styles in the ribs. Styles with a Pele kick and both men are down after getting out of the Eye of the Storm. Roode and Joe tag in and Joe with jabs to Storm and Roode. Joe with a Yakuza Kick to Storm followed by a Samoan Drop to Roode. Joe with a Dominator to Roode. Styles with a pescado onto Storm on the floor. Joe with a power slam for a two count. Roode with a rake of the eyes and he punches Joe. Roode with an elbow but Joe with an enzuigiri to Roode on the turnbuckles. Storm breaks up the move. Team 3D come to the ring and Ray spits beer in Storm’s face but the referee calls for the bell.
Winners: Samoa Joe and A.J. Styles By Disqualification

Team 3D attack Storm and Roode. Styles and Joe argue with Team 3D.

TO THE BACK where Christian Cage is walking into the Manson Family of Wrestling. We go to commercial.

We are back and Angelina Love says that they admire Sarah Palin. Angelina comments on the amount of money was spent on her wardrobe. If anyone spends that much money on a new wardrobe, they deserve a position with them. Velvet offers to make a donation of $50,000 to Sarah’s favorite charity.

It is time for the Initiation Ceremony of the Century of this week. Kurt Angle, Booker T with Sharmell, Scott Steiner, and Kevin Nash come to the ring to welcome Christian into the group. Sting is conspicuous in his absence.

Kurt wants Christian to come out for his welcoming into Los Hombres En Suits. Christian is taking his time to come to the ring. They want to know where the suit is. Kurt tells Christian that rule number one is that if they give you a suit you wear it. Kurt says that he has had problems with Christian in the past, but they are here to welcome him into their family. Kurt says that family is helping your brothers and sister out no matter what the consequences are even if they are wrong. It is about having a bond tighter than any that you have had before, even stronger than your wife. Family is commitment. Commitment is Scott Steiner coming back from a career ending knee injury to become the Hit Man. Commitment is Booker T and Kevin Nash getting lucrative offers from other wrestling companies and refusing them to stay in TNA. Kurt says that he was a bit worried about Christian’s commitment. Kurt says that Christian refused negotiations with TNA and when his contract expires in a few weeks, he is going to jump ship to the WWE. Kurt comments on some of the things that Christian said. Kurt asks Booker and Nash about their lucrative offers from the WWE. Kurt says that when it comes down to it, you are in the ring for a reason. This isn’t a welcoming party, it is a going away party. Angle says that the punks in the back won’t help him. Kurt says that he will get an ass kicking.

Christian punches Angle, Booker, Nash, and Steiner; but eventually the numbers game takes over and it is four-on-one. Steiner puts Christian on the top turnbuckle and Steiner with a superplex. Booker with an axe kick to Christian. Nash with a jackknife power bomb to Christian. Angle with the Olympic Slam and security stands around the ring watching. The jackets go back on and we go to credits.

2009 - WWE broadcast Smackdown.  Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:

We are live on tape from Sheffield, United Kingdom and your announcers are Todd ‘Kane Hodder was my favorite Jason’ Grisham and Matt ‘Remember that Mrs. Voorhees was the murderer in the first Friday the 13th’ Striker.

We see highlights from last week’s match between CM Punk and R Truth when Punk yelled at referee Scott Armstrong to count faster and then Scott obliged.

CM Punk is on the mic and he points out what has become of the mighty United Kingdom. It was full of noble people and they ruled half the planet, but now they are as sad and pathetic as the Americans. Punk talks about how they go to the pubs and down their pints of ale while poisoning themselves with their trendy cigarettes and cigars. He talks about the nasty habit of chewing tobacco. He calls everyone weak minded and says that their spirits are broken. Punk says the only thing they can do is boo and wave a crooked finger at him. Punk says that they need someone as righteous as himself to preach the proper way to life. Everyone should aspire to be as great as he is. Punk says that he knows that he is better than everyone because his mind is clear and his body is free of poisons. Punk says that his spirit comes from within and he does not need a crutch or a crooked referee like Scott Armstrong to deal with. Punk says that he will beat R Truth tonight, just like he will beat him at Survivor Series. Punk says that because he is the choice of a new generation, he will answer R Truth’s question of ‘What’s up’ and it is straight edge.

After Truth raps, he says that Punk can file a complaint about last week’s match, but he wants to file a complaint against Punk for impersonating a man. Truth says that he came out to add a little flavor and excitement and to shut Punk up. Truth says that the people paid to see action, not to hear Punk preach. Truth calls CM Punk a ‘punk’.

Match Number One: CM Punk versus R Truth

Punk pushes Truth but Truth with punches to Punk as he backs him into the corner. The referee pulls Truth out of the corner and then Truth sends Punk into the turnbuckles and he follows it with a punch. Punk catches Truth on the float over in the corner but Truth holds on to the ropes to avoid the Go to Sleep. Truth with a leg lariat for a near fall. Punk with a kick and Truth holds on to the ropes and Punk charges at Truth and Truth sends Punk over the top rope to the floor.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Truth has Punk in an arm bar but Punk backs Truth into the corner. Punk with shoulders in the corner followed by an Irish whip. Truth kicks Punk as he charges into the corner. Truth goes up top but Punk with a kick that sends Truth to the mat and Truth holds his knee. Punk stomps on the knee and he drops a knee to the leg and then he has Truth in a modified figure four. Punk with a kick to the injured leg and then he clips Truth. Truth with a jawbreaker but Punk with a drop toe hold and then he continues to work on the knee and puts Truth in a Mutoh Lock. Truth punches his way out of the hold and Punk goes to the apron. Punk tries for a springboard move but Truth with a desperation drop kick to stop Punk. Truth tries to get to his feet and he punches Punk. Punk goes for the knee again but Truth with a knee and a clothesline for a near fall. Truth with a belly-to-back suplex for a near fall. Truth misses the scissors kick and Punk with a kick and he signals that it is time for Truth to go to sleep. Truth gets off Punk’s shoulders and tries for a sunset flip but Punk drops down and grabs the ropes for the three count.
Winner: CM Punk

Mickie James is walking in the back and she gets stopped by Layla. Layla tells Mickie that she should have taken their advice and left. Mickie calls Layla ‘Scary Spice’. Mickie goes to the ring and Layla tells Mickie that they warned her.

We go to commercial.

Match Number Two: Mickie James versus Natalya

The ladies have some words before they lock up and Natalya with a take down and then she slaps Mickie before talking some more trash. Natalya works on the wrist but Mickie escapes and connects with forearms. Mickie with a snap mare and drop kick as Natalya quickly goes to the floor. Mickie slides out and Natalya sends Mickie into the ring steps. They return to the ring and Natalya gets a near fall. Natalya picks Mickie up by the hair before sending her back to the mat. Natalya with a surfboard and then she drops Mickie to the mat when the referee starts to make the count on Natalya. Natalya pulls Mickie out of the corner but Mickie lands on her feet and connects with forearms but Natalya responds with forearms of her own. Mickie with a rana and clotheslines. Mickie with a flying forearm but Natalya with an elbow and then she sends Mickie to the floor. Mickie goes up top and Natalya tries to stop her. Mickie with a Thesz Press while Michelle McCool and Layla walk to the ring with Mickie’s clothes and Michelle has scissors and starts to tailor her attire. Natalya with a clothesline to the back of the head and then Natalya applies a Sharpshooter and Mickie taps.
Winner: Natalya

After the match, Layla and Michelle continue to destroy Mickie’s clothing.

We see footage from last week for the onsale date of Wrestlemania 26 Tickets.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Josh Mathews is in the interview area with John Morrison. Josh asks John about his match against Dolph Ziggler and he asks him how he feels. John says that he feels some pressure and he has some butterflies in his stomach. John says that he feels like anyone else who faces a tough challenge. John says that Dolph cannot handle the pressure and he will be nervous and second guess himself. Morrison says that he thrives on the pressure. Morrison says that Dolph will be looking up at John Morrison standing above him as the Intercontinental Champion.

We see the progression of the feud between Drew McIntyre and Finlay over the last few weeks.

Before the match, McIntyre gets on the mic and he says that two weeks ago, he didn’t let Finlay in the ring because he wasn’t worthy. He says that Finlay still isn’t worthy, but he has a change of heart. Since Finlay loves to fight and since he intends to make a statement, he wonders how much Finlay will love to fight him.

Match Number Three: Drew McIntyre versus Finlay

Finlay with an elbow and clothesline followed by an uppercut. Finlay with forearms across the chest. Finlay with a kick but McIntyre with a boot that sends Finlay to the floor. Finlay goes outside and he hits a short arm clothesline on the floor. They return to the ring and McIntyre kicks Finlay and then stomps on Finlay’s arm before going for a key lock. Finlay with punches to get out of the hold and McIntyre goes over the top rope to the floor. Finlay follows and sends Finlay into the barrier. They return to the ring and McIntyre with punches on Finlay and the referee pulls McIntyre off. Finlay punches back and both men go back and forth. The referee calls for the bell and Finlay goes for the shillelagh but McIntyre with a boot to the head.
Double Disqualification

After the match, McIntyre hits Finlay with the shillelagh.

McIntyre starts to go to the back but he returns to the ring and he picks up the shillelagh again and he hits Finlay in the chest. McIntyre leaves the ring and goes to the back.

The medical staff checks on Finlay and they help him up.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Matt Striker is in the ring with the official contract signing table and chairs. He mentions the match between Rey Mysterio and Batista.

Rey Mysterio comes out first, followed by Batista.

Rey sits at the table first and Batista finally does the same. Rey wants to get the contract signing over with and not talk about things. Batista signs first and then Rey signs the contract.

Batista tells Rey that he has something else. Batista has a hold harmless agreement so Batista cannot legally be responsible for what he does to Rey. Nobody can sue him for what is going to happen at Survivor Series. Batista gives it to Rey and Rey looks it over. Rey says that he is not going to sign it. Batista tells Rey to sign it and he slams his sunglasses on the table. Batista calls Rey a little coward hiding behind his goofy mask. Batista says that Rey was supposed to be his friend, but he cost Batista the World Title. Batista says that if Rey does not sign, he will embarrass Rey in front of everyone and snap Rey’s neck like a twig.

Rey says that he will sign the hold harmless agreement. He says that Batista is trying to bully and intimidate him. Rey says that it will be Batista who will be embarrassed at Survivor Series. Rey pushes the table onto Batista and Rey leaves the ring. Batista attacks the two chairs after what Rey did to him.

Dolph Ziggler and John Morrison are walking in the back as we go to commercial.

We are back with the Smack of the Night: Dolph Ziggler’s victory over John Morrison two weeks ago to set up tonight’s title match.

Match Number Four: Dolph Ziggler versus John Morrison for the Intercontinental Title

Morrison goes for the leg but Ziggler with a punch. Ziggler goes to the apron and Morrison is held back by the referee. Ziggler with a forearm and kicks followed by a punch to Morrison. Morrison with a rollup and punches. Morrison with a flapjack followed by a pommel horse leg drop. Morrison with a knee into the corner and then Morrison goes up top but Ziggler clips the leg and Morrison is on the top turnbuckle. Ziggler with a drop kick for a near fall. Ziggler with a kick and a gutbuster for a near fall as we go to commercial.

We are back and Ziggler with a waist lock and he bridges to add extra pressure. Morrison with elbows and punches but Ziggler with a punch of his own. Morrison with more punches and an Irish whip. Morrison charges into the corner and Morrison goes into the turnbuckles when Ziggler moves out of the way. Ziggler with a snap mare and a leap frog neck snap for a near fall. Ziggler with a kick to Morrison and Morrison falls to the mat. Ziggler with elbows to the midsection and then he finishes it off with a leaping elbow drop for a near fall. Ziggler with a body scissors as Ziggler continues to work on Morrison’s midsection. Morrison with elbows to Ziggler but Ziggler with a slam and a near fall. Ziggler with a kick to the head and he has some words for Morrison but Morrison with punches. Morrison and Ziggler with the boo/yay exchange. Morrison gets out of a belly-to-back suplex and hits a clothesline and drop kick. Morrison gets a near fall. Ziggler with a version of an X Factor as he counters the flip neck breaker. Ziggler with punches to the back of the head. Morrison with a pele kick for a near fall. Morrison sets for a split legged moonsault but Ziggler moves. Ziggler gets a near fall but the referee sees Ziggler using the ropes. Morrison with a springboard spin kick as Ziggler argues with the referee but Morrison can only get a two count. Ziggler punches Morrison and sends Morrison into the turnbuckle. Ziggler goes to the turnbuckles and he punches Morrison. Both men go up top and Morrison punches Ziggler and both men go to the floor but Morrison lands face first on top of the ringside barrier. The referee makes the ten count.

Double Count Out

Match Number Five: Beth Phoenix versus Lisa Taylor

Taylor tries for a rollup but Beth stays up and connects with an elbow and a series of forearms. Beth with a shoulder breaker and then she runs Lisa into the turnbuckles and puts her in the tree of woe. Beth with an inverted Tower of London followed by the Glam Slam for the three count.
Winner: Beth Phoenix

Chris Jericho is taping his knee in the locker room and Josh Mathews wants to ask Chris about his match with Undertaker. Jericho asks Josh if he believes that Taker is a ‘dead man’. Jericho says that Taker is just a man. He is like Jericho. For ten years, people have wanted to see Jericho and Undertaker in the ring together. Jericho says that Taker can be beat and he will be beat. Jericho is not just a man, he is the best in the world at what he does. A dead man will not stop him tonight. Neither a dead man nor a giant will stop him at Survivor Series from walking out with the World Title.

We go to commercial.

Match Number Six: Undertaker versus Chris Jericho

Taker misses a punch and Jericho with punches to Taker. Taker sends Jericho into the corner and he punches and kicks Jericho. Taker sends Jericho into the turnbuckles but Jericho with a kick and Taker clotheslines Jericho over the top rope to the floor. Taker rolls Jericho back to the ring and he punches Jericho on the apron. Taker with the vintage leg drop from the apron. Taker works on the arm and drops a leg on the arm for a near fall. Taker with a kick to the leg as he sets for Old School. Jericho goes to the second turnbuckle and he hits an arm drag that sends Taker to the mat. We go to commercial.

We are back Jericho punches Taker in the head. Jericho punches and kicks Taker in the corner and then he chokes Taker with his boot. Taker with an elbow followed by an Irish whip but Taker charges into a boot. Jericho with a missile drop kick for a near fall. Jericho with a knee and kick that sends Taker to the floor. Jericho with an elbow off the apron and then he Irish whips Taker into the ringside barrier. They return to the ring and Jericho chokes Taker in the ropes. Taker punches Jericho but Jericho punches back. Jericho punches Taker and Taker staggers around the ring. Jericho with a kick to Taker.

Jericho punches Taker but Taker with a punch as he comes off the ropes. Taker and Jericho with the boo/yay exchange. Taker with a head butt to Jericho followed by a punch and Irish whip. Taker with the splash into the corner. Taker with Snake Eyes but Jericho hits a drop kick before Taker can hit his big boot. Jericho punches Taker but Taker grabs Jericho by the throat. Jericho with elbows but he runs into an elbow from Taker. Taker misses a boot into the corner. Jericho punches Taker in the corner but you don’t punch Taker in the corner because that means Last Ride, but Jericho escapes the hold and hits the Codebreaker but Taker kicks out at two. Jericho mocks Taker with a throat slash and Jericho tries for a tombstone but he cannot get Taker up. Taker sets for a tombstone but Jericho escapes the hold and clips Taker. Jericho with a Lionsault but Taker sits up and he grabs Jericho by the throat. Jericho counters with a rollup and he tries for the Walls of Jericho and he applies it. Taker counters with Hell’s Gate and Jericho taps.
Winner: Undertaker

After the match, Big Show’s music plays and he comes out to the ring. Show distracts Taker for an attack by Jericho but Taker grabs Jericho by the throat. Show trips Taker and then Show and Jericho attack Taker until Show hits a choke slam and leg drop. Jericho puts Taker in the Walls of Jericho and Show applies the Colossal Clutch until Kane’s music plays. Show leaves the ring and Kane gives Jericho a big boot.

Vince McMahon is in the back and he has Teddy on the phone and he tells him that next week Kane and Undertaker will face Jericho and Big Show. Vince asks Teddy if he has the ‘symptoms’. Vince says that he will see Teddy next week. Vince reminds Teddy that he is on probation as we go to credits.