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By Mike Johnson on 2012-10-17 08:00:17

October 17th

On this day in history in ....

1961 - Jackie Fargo & Lester Welch defeat Great Mephisto & Dante to win the Southern Tag Team Title in Nashville, Tennessee.

1961 - Mr. M defeats Hard Boiled Haggerty in Minneapolis, Minnesota to win the AWA United States Heavyweight Title. He would be the final champion, as the title was abandoned a few months later.

1982 - Bret Hart defeats Bad News Allen (later Bad News Brown in WWF) to win the Stampede North American Heavyweight Title for the fifth time in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

1982 - Jimmy Valiant defeated Ivan Koloff in Toronto, Canada to win the NWA Television Title.

1985 - Sherri Martel defeats Candi Devine in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to win the AWA Women's World Title for the second time.

1988 - Forbes Magazine reports that the World Wrestling Federation (then a privately owned company) was worth $100 million. At the same time, word begins to circulate that Ted Turner would be purchasing Jim Crockett Promotions, a purchase that will be completed the following month, when Turner purchases the company and renames it World Championship Wrestling.

1991 - Tatsumi Fujinami & Big Van Vader defeat Riki Choshu & Masa Saito to win the Super Grade Tag League tournament in Tokyo, Japan.

1992 - Todd Champion defeats Butch Reed for the USWA Unified Heavyweight Title in Cleveland, Ohio.

1999 - WWF held their No Mercy Pay-per-view at the Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Here are the results:
- The Godfather defeated Mideon after hitting the Ho Train.
- The Fabulous Moolah defeated Ivory to win the WWF Women's Title and become a seven time Women's Champion.
- Hardcore & Crash Holly defeated The New Age Outlaws via disqualification.
- Chyna defeated Jeff Jarrett in a Good Housekeeping match to win the Intercontinental Title. The rules of the match stated that household objects could be used in the match. Jarrett beat Chyna after hitting her with the Intercontinental Title belt, but the match was ordered to continue, since the belt was not considered a household object. The match was restarted, and Chyna defeated Jarrett after hitting him with a guitar. This was Jarrett's final WWF match, as his contract had already expired, and he was heading to WCW. WWF and Jarrett came to an agreement for him to make this final appearance and drop the title. WWF's side of the story was that Jarrett "held them up" for money, while Jarrett's version was that he simply wanted PPV bonuses he was due for past shows up front (PPV bonuses are usually paid several months after the event, once revenues have been collected).
- The Rock defeated Davey Boy Smith with a Rock Bottom and People's Elbow.
- Matt & Jeff Hardy defeated Edge & Christian in a Ladder match, winning $100,000 and the managerial services of Terri Runnels.
- The Rock issued a challenge to the winner of the main event, then was attacked by Triple H.
- Val Venis defeated Mankind with a testicular claw.
- X-Pac defeated Faarooq, Kane and Bradshaw in a Four Corners match. Kane eliminated Bradshaw with a chokeslam, X-Pac eliminated Kane with a spin kick off the top rope, and X-Pac pinned Faarooq with an X-Factor to win the match.
- WWF World Heavyweight Champion Triple H defeated Steve Austin in an Anything Goes match, when Rock, while going after Triple H, accidentally caused Austin to be hit with a sledgehammer.

2000 - BJ Payne & Flash Flanagan defeat the Disciples Of Synn (Slash & Damian) to win the OVW Tag Team Title in Louisville, Kentucky.

2005 - During an edition of Raw from the Arco Arena in Sacramento, California, Stone Cold Steven Austin appeared and demanded that Vince McMahon come to the ring to address the firing of Jim Ross as the play-by-play announcer on Raw.  Stephanie McMahon came out instead, and told Austin that if he defeated Ross' replacement, Jonathan Coachman, at Taboo Tuesday, Ross would get his job back.  The match would never happen, as Austin would (again) walk out on WWE when he didn't like the planned storyline for the match.

2006 - WWE broadcast ECW.  Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:

Last week we saw ECW take strip poker to the "extreme" and we got to see digitized women rolling around on the floor "naked" while an exhibitionist covered her breasts.  What is next for ECW as we approach the Cyber Sunday pay per view for the Big Show to face John Cena and King Booker; and December to Dismember?  Will Matt Striker be able to defeat Sandman in a Singapore Cane on a Pole Match?  Will Kelly continue to chase CM Punk and how will Mike Knox react to that?  

We are live on tape from Jacksonville, Florida and your announcers are Tazz and Joey Styles Styles.

We are told that tonight will be the rematch from the RVD/Big Show match from July as we see highlights of the match.

We see highlights from Big Show's match from three weeks ago against Sandman when Striker took away his Singapore cane.  Then we see highlights from two weeks ago when Big Show helped Matt Striker defeat Sandman.

Match Number One:  Matt Striker versus Sandman in a Singapore Cane on a Pole Match

Striker goes for the turnbuckle with the cane, but Sandman stops him and he chops Striker.  Striker chops Sandman and he goes for the turnbuckle again.  Striker works on Sandman's leg before he goes to the turnbuckle one more time.  Striker punches Sandman while Sandman continues to stop him.  Striker returns to the knee as he weakens Sandman's leg, but Sandman gets back up and he punches Striker.  Striker dives at the knee and then he goes up to the second turnbuckle and tries for an elbow to the knee, but Sandman moves.  Sandman climbs the turnbuckle and he tries to go up the pole, but Striker stops him.  Striker sends Sandman to the mat and he gets the cane.  Striker hits Sandman in the head with the cane twice.  Sandman ducks the next attempt and he hits Striker with the cane three times and Striker is bleeding.  Sandman misses when Striker goes outside the ring.  Striker is not happy to see his own blood as he goes to the back and he is counted out.  We go to commercial.

Winner:  Sandman (by count out)

We are back with footage of fan comments about The Marine.  

Match Number Two:  CM Punk versus Rene Dupree

Dupree slaps Punk before the bell and he retreats to the ropes and apron to avoid Punk.  Dupree drops Punk across the top rope and then he punches Punk.  Dupree with a flying back elbow for a two count and punches.  Dupree with an Irish whip and clothesline as Punk comes out of the corner.  Dupree with a neck vice and a back elbow for a two count.  Dupree slams Punk twice and then he tries for a power slam but Punk escapes the hold and he punches Dupree followed by a jumping leg lariat.  Punk with a series of slaps, a round kick, and uranage.  Punk applies the Anaconda Vice and Dupree taps.

Winner:  CM Punk

After the match, Mike Knox tries to attack Punk, but Punk stops Knox before he can get into the ring.  Punk wants Knox to come into the ring, but Knox goes to the back.

Rebecca DiPietro is with Rob Van Dam and she asks Van Dam about his match with Big Show.  Van Dam says that this is his one and only rematch and he has been waiting for it.  Van Dam says that he has been working his way from the bottom.  Van Dam says that he is the best in ECW.  He says that he has what it takes to slay the dragon.  If he only has one chance, that is the only chance that he is going to need to prove that he can beat the Big Show.  Eventually Show will have to put his title on the line against him.  We go to commercial.

We are back and Test is on the mic in the ring.  He tells everyone to feast their eyes on the Impact Player of ECW.  He is the most ruthless competitor that ECW has ever seen.  He says that everyone might remember the match between Bob Holly and Rob Van Dam and we see footage of Holly lacerating his back on the table.  Test talks about the next week when Holly put his hands on the man who hired him, the man who inspires him. . . Paul Heyman.  What is a ruthless man to do in that situation?  We see Test attack Bob Holly two weeks ago.  Test says that when Bob Holly comes back, he will make an example of him because his ruthlessness has no bounds.

Balls Mahoney comes out and he says that Test knows that Bob Holly is medically suspended, but if Test wants some competition, he is challenging Test.

Test tells Mahoney that he would love to fight him, but not tonight.

Match Number Three:  Test versus Balls Mahoney

Mahoney punches Test and then he Irish whips Test followed by a running clothesline into the corner.  Mahoney with another Irish whip but Test moves when Mahoney charges.  Test with kicks to Mahoney's head and then he sends Mahoney shoulder first into the ring post two times.  Test slams Mahoney's arm into the ring apron and then he puts Mahoney in a key lock but Mahoney will not tap.  Mahoney punches Test and then he Irish whips Test, but Test with a boot and then he drops down with Mahoney's arm dropped on his shoulder and then he returns to the arm.  Test with a knee and Irish whip.  Test charges into a back elbow and Mahoney with two clotheslines.  Mahoney with a series of jabs and a sit out spinebuster for a two count.  Balls with more jabs but he misses the roundhouse punch and Test with a running big boot.  Test with a TKO for the three count.  We go to commercial.

Winner:  Test

Match Number Four:  Shannon Moore versus Sabu

Sabu dives at Moore, but Moore moves out of the way.  Moore misses a dive at Sabu, but Sabu moves and he hits a leg drop.  Sabu punches Moore after trying to apply the camel clutch.  Sabu with a spin kick for a near fall.  Moore with forearms to Sabu but Sabu with an Irish whip and a springboard clothesline.  Moore goes outside the ring but Sabu with a somersault pescado.  Moore returns to the ring and Sabu with an Irish whip and a clothesline for a two count.  Moore with a moonsault for a two count and then he works on Sabu's arm with an arm bar.  Sabu gets back to his feet and he punches Moore.  Moore with a back elbow and then he goes up top but he misses a corkscrew splash from the turnbuckles.  Sabu with a slingshot leg drop for the three count.

Winner:  Sabu

Rebecca DiPietro is in the back with Big Show.  Show says that this is a beautiful day and a grand day for Rob Van Dam.  He thinks that he is walking into the ring with the ECW Champion, but he is stepping into the ring with the Champion of Champions.  He will prove it at Cyber Sunday.  He threw Cena and Booker around the ring and that was only the beginning.  He will show that he is the most dominant giant in the business.  He says that there is only one person for Van Dam to thank and that is Big Show.  He says that he is not ducking Rob Van Dam.  Tonight, Van Dam steps in the ring with the Champion of Champions and the Giant of Giants.  If Van Dam can win this non-title match, he will get a title match.  Tonight, Van Dam's dreams stop.  We go to commercial.

Match Number Five:  Big Show versus Rob Van Dam in a non-title match

Van Dam gets in Show's face and Show pie faces Van Dam.  Van Dam with punches and kicks and then he hits a drop kick to Show's knee.  Van Dam with more punches and kicks, but Show with a big boot as Van Dam comes off the ropes.  Van Dam goes to the apron and he punches Show and drops Show on the top rope.  Van Dam hits a somersault senton from the top turnbuckle for a near fall.  Show drops Van Dam on the top rope and Van Dam rolls outside the ring.  We go to commercial.

We are back and Show with a head butt that sends Van Dam to the mat.  Show with elbow drops and a lazy cover for a two count.  Show with a chop in the corner and Van Dam goes down.  Show chokes Van Dam in the ropes as the referee warns him.  Van Dam with the Shhhh chop in the corner as he stalks Van Dam.  Van Dam with elbows and punches but Show with a clothesline for a two count.  Show slaps Van Dam but Van Dam punches back and he hits a jumping spin kick.  Show grabs Van Dam by the throat for a choke slam but Van Dam with a kick and then he hits a side kick from the top turnbuckle and Show goes down.  Van Dam hits Rolling Thunder for a two count and Show with an emphatic kick out.  Van Dam punches Show and Show responds with a spear for a two count.  Show pulls Van Dam towards the corner and Show goes up for the Vader splash from the second turnbuckle, but Van Dam rolls out of the way.  Van Dam with a running spin kick into the corner but Show catches him.  Show with a clothesline that sends Van Dam into the turnbuckles.  Show with a splash that accidentally takes out the referee.  Van Dam counters a choke slam with a DDT.  Van Dam goes up top and he sets up for the Five Star Frog Splash but Test comes out and he knocks Van Dam off the turnbuckles.  Test kicks Van Dam and then he goes for a chair and he jams it into Van Dam's ribs.  Bob Holly comes out and he drills Test with the chair.  Show grabs Holly, but Holly hits Show twice with the chair and Van Dam hits the Five Star Frog Splash and he gets the three count.  We go to credits.

Winner:  Rob Van Dam

2007 - The Atlanta-Journal Constitution ran an article noting that in the wake of the Benoit family tragedy, the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission was seeking to oversee professional wrestling.  "I'm going to make sure we have a way to protect folks in Georgia from the shenanigans of the WWE, " said Commission board member Cary Ichter, who was also representing Chris Benoit's father, Michael, legally at the time.  WWE Attorney Jerry McDevitt commented on Ichter's plans, stating, "Gee, surprise, surprise.  Wonder why he's doing that?"  WWE is the lone sports-entertainment entity that runs in Georgia that is currently exempt from the Commission due to a rule that exempts organizations with total assets over $25 million.  Ichter was seeking to close that loophole in the State's rules.  In the end, there was no change.

2008 - In an interview with the Daily Star in the UK, Ric Flair claimed that his son Reid was a year away from making his WWE debut.  To this day, it hasn't happened.

2008 - WWE issued the following:

WWE is saddened to learn of the death of one of its former announcers, Jack Reynolds. Reynolds passed away on Oct. 16.
Reynolds joined WWE’s broadcast team in the early 1980s, and assumed the role of play-by-play announcer for the then-All-Star Wrestling telecasts, teaming up with Canadian football legend-turned-wrestler Angelo “King Kong” Mosca, and later Jesse “The Body” Ventura. And it was Reynolds and Ventura who became the original hosts of Prime Time Wrestling when it debuted in 1985 on USA Network.
Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Jack Reynolds.

2011 -  WWE broadcast Raw from Mexico for the first time.  Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:

We are live on tape from Mexico City, Mexico and your announcers are Michael ‘Why is everyone offering me water’ Cole and Jerry ‘Mantiquilla’ Lawler.

John Laurinaitis is introduced and he makes his way to the ring and Mexico does not love the General Manager. We have a video package.

John throws out a que pasa and then he introduces himself to the people of Mexico City. He says that tonight marks the return of Rey Mysterio. Rey returns to San Diego to meet with his doctor about rehab. Laurinaitis says that the Mexican people don’t have a sense of humor. John says that he will do whatever it takes to maintain honor and integrity to Raw. He says that he will not let the board down and he will not let the fans down.

John says that he will make some mistakes and he asks for their understanding. John says that he made a mistake last week by firing Jim Ross. John says that he received a number of tweets about it. As a result, he listened to the fans and he is going to do this for the people. He is bringing back Good Ole JR.

John wants Jim to come to the ring for a public apology. John hugs Jim and Kelly Kelly has a warm feeling someplace because she started the hugging. John says that he shouldn’t have fired Jim Ross like that last week. He says that it was unprofessional so he wanted to bring him back. Jim will not be on commentary tonight.

John says that he has something to show Jim. We see Michael Cole, Alberto Del Rio, and Ricardo Rodriguez and Cole serenades JR.

We see Cole laughing at what he did. John says that he doesn’t know what the issue is between Jim and Cole, but everything should be settled tonight on Raw. The main event will be Michael Cole and Alberto Del Rio versus Jim Ross and John Cena.

We are back with the Slam of the Week. Randy Orton getting the World Strongest Slam from Mark Henry last Monday night and Cody Rhodes hitting Cross Rhodes.

Match Number One: Randy Orton, John Morrison, and Sheamus versus Cody Rhodes, Mark Henry, and Christian


Christian and Orton start things off but Sheamus wants to get involved. Orton wants Rhodes to start, but he stays on the apron. Christian with a kick and punch but Orton with a clothesline and he puts Christian in the corner and he punches Christian followed by a European uppercut. Sheamus tags in and Christian goes to the floor and he tags Cody into the match.

Rhodes with a side head lock but Sheamus with a shoulder tackle. Sheamus sends Rhodes into the turnbuckles and he follows that with punches and kicks in the corner. Sheamus with an Irish whip but Rhodes with a kick and punches. Sheamus with punches but Cody with a kick and then he knocks Orton off the apron but doesn’t worry about Morrison. Sheamus with a back body drop and Henry is tagged in. Meanwhile on the floor, Orton clotheslines Rhodes and they fight at ringside. Rhodes runs to the back and Orton stops him and he punches Cody. Cody is able to escape.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Morrison punches Henry but Henry with a head butt and Christian is tagged in. Christian goes up top but he misses a cross body. Morrison hits a springboard cross body for a near fall. Morrison with a punch and a leg lariat for a near fall. Christian tries for the Killswitch but Morrison avoids it and he hits a C4 for a near fall. Christian with a neck breaker and he tags Henry back in.

Henry with a kick to Morrison followed by a head butt. Henry stands on Morrison’s chest and then he kicks Henry. Christian tags back in and he prevents Morrison from making the tag. Christian with a punch and he works on the neck. Morrison with a punch and enzuigiri to get away from Christian. Henry tags in and he stops Morrison from making the tag. Henry with a bear hug and he runs Morrison into the corner. Henry runs into an elbow and then Morrison with a kick and he tries for a tornado DDT but Henry puts Morrison on the apron. Morrison drops Henry on the top rope and then he hits a drop kick to the knee but Christian pulls Sheamus off the apron.

Sheamus and Christian fight into the crowd while Henry and Morrison remain in the match. Morrison with a kick and punches. Henry tosses Morrison into the air and after making a fair catch, he hits the World’s Strongest Slam for the three count.

Winners: Mark Henry, Cody Rhodes, and Christian

We go to commercial.

We are back with a new Brodus Clay video package.

John Laurinaitis is on the phone and the Bellas interrupt and John hangs up. John can’t tell which Bella is which. They want to remind John how important they are to Raw and then they kiss John and leave.

John gets back on the phone and he shuns Ricardo away as he introduces Alberto Del Rio. Alberto says that teaming with Michael Cole against John Cena and Jim Ross is crazy. Ricardo agrees. John says that Alberto has to understand him. The winner of the match gets to pick the stipulation for the match on Sunday at Vengeance.

Match Number Two: Eve Torres with Kelly Kelly versus Natalya with Beth Phoenix


They lock up and Natalya runs Eve into the corner and connects with a European uppercut. Eve with forearms and a kick followed by a bicycle kick. Natalya with a clothesline for a near fall. Natalya with an abdominal stretch. Eve with a forearm and then she tries for a sunset flip but Natalya does not go over. Natalya takes Eve to the mat and she yells at Eve. Natalya slams Eve’s face into the mat.

Natalya with a kick to the midsection and then Eve misses an enzuigiri. Natalya tries for a slam but Eve with a clothesline that sends Natalya to the mat and then Eve goes up top and hits a moonsault for the three count.

Winner: Eve Torres

After the match, Beth tries to go after Eve but Eve gets out of the ring.

We go to commercial.

Miz asks Punk if he is having flashbacks. On the outside Punk might be smiling, but on the inside he is sweating because of the beating that Punk took from them at Hell in a Cell. Miz wants to know if it hurts more that Punk won’t get a WWE Title Match for a long time or does it hurt that Miz and Truth were able to remove HHH as the person in charge of Raw.

Truth says that they cannot stand someone who runs their mouth. Truth says that Punk won’t be smiling with Miz beats his ass tonight or on Sunday when he wipes Punk’s face in the mat on Sunday.

Before the match starts, Triple H makes his way to the ring to stand at Punk’s side.

Match Number Three: CM Punk versus Miz with R Truth


Punk with a take down and he works on the legs and he has Miz in a modified bow and arrow before Miz gets to the ropes. Punk with a side head lock into a waist lock and take down. Punk gets a near fall before putting Miz in a front face lock. Miz with a side head lock and take down. Miz with a shoulder tackle but Punk with a drop kick and Miz goes to the floor. Punk hits a suicide dive and then he salutes the crowd.

Punk goes to the apron and hits a slingshot senton as a tribute to Eddie Guerrero and he gets a near fall. Punk with a chop in the corner followed by an Irish whip but Miz moves and Punk tries for the knee into the corner. Punk goes to the floor and Hunter gets between Truth and Punk.

Punk drops Miz on the top rope and then Punk with a springboard clothesline for a near fall. Punk sends Miz into the turnbuckles followed by a snap mare and kick to the back. Punk with a chop and elbow to the head. Miz with boots to the back and ribs. Punk with kicks to the legs followed by a double chop and more kicks.

Hunter gets in the ring and that delay allows Miz and Truth to double team Punk. Miz with a running boot to the head and he gets a near fall. Miz with a reverse chin lock. Punk with a rollup to escape but Miz with a clothesline and then he sets for the Awesome Clothesline and he hits it. Miz goes up top and hits a double sledge to the head.

Miz with elbows and forearms to the upper chest. Miz with a reverse chin lock but Punk gets to his feet and he hits a belly-to-back suplex. Miz with a boot to Punk when he charges into the corner. Miz goes up top but Punk with a back heel kick to take Miz down.

Miz sends Punk to the floor and Miz talks to the referee to allow Truth to hit Punk with a bottle of water. Hunter chases Truth to the back and John Laurinaitis comes out and he says to stop the match. John says that he has an immigration problem. John shows Hunter the papers and Hunter does not want to leave.

Truth signals Hunter to the back and Hunter punches Truth before leaving.

We go to commercial.

We are back and we see footage from the commercial break when Hunter was told that he had the wrong paper work. John says that he will help Hunter after the show. John and Otunga watch it and John texts his mystery friend.

The match continues and Miz with a reverse chin lock. Punk with kicks to Miz and then he connects with clotheslines and a neck breaker. Punk sets for the running knee across the ring and he hits it. Punk with a short arm clothesline and then he goes up top for the Savage Elbow drop and Punk hits it. He signals that it is time to go to sleep and Punk punches Truth on the apron. Miz blocks the attempt and Miz tries for the Skull Crushing Finale but Miz is sent into Truth and Punk with a rollup for the three count.

Winner: CM Punk

After the match, Miz and Truth attack Punk and Miz with a running boot while Truth holds Punk. Miz holds Punk and Truth with kicks. Referees come to the ring and Miz and Truth throw up their arms and leave the ring like a Good Miz and Good R Truth. It was a trap and Truth returns to the ring and hits the Shut Up on Punk. While the referees escort Truth to the back, Miz hits the Skull Crushing Finale.

We go to commercial.

We are back and we see the Spanish Announce Team at ringside.

Cole and Lawler talk about the WWE Network and the first Wrestlemania Themed Show will be AirBoom . . . I mean Wrestlemania Rewind.

Michael Cole does some stretching before his match.

Vickie Guerrero comes to the ring with Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler and Vickie throws out a few excuse mes. She says that even though she lives in El Paso, she is considered a goddess in Mexico. She says that she is the Angelina Jolie of Mexico City, except without the adopted brats. Vickie says that she is more than a pretty face. Due to her business acumen, her two clients will have a tag match against Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne. for the Tag Titles at Vengeance.

Dolph says that there are many who wish that they could leave Mexico and never come back, just like he is. Dolph says that it is fitting that he is the champion of the greatest country in the world. He says that they will never make it. Tonight they get to see the All American American American Jack Swagger and him in action.

Jack tells everyone to rise so he can sing America’s National Anthem.

Match Number Four: Jack Swagger with Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero versus Zack Ryder


They lock up and Swagger with a take down and clothesline into the corner. Swagger punches Ryder and the referee pulls Swagger out of the corner. Ryder with a knee and Rough Ryder for the three count.

Winner: Zack Ryder

Mason Ryan comes out and he comes to the ring with a purpose. Mason wants to know where Ziggler is going because they have a match next.

We go to commercial.

Match Number Five: Mason Ryan with Zack Ryder versus Dolph Ziggler with Vickie Guerrero and Jack Swagger

The match is joined in progress and Ryan sends Dolph to the mat and Dolph goes to the floor. Ziggler with punches but Ryan with a shoulder tackle and Dolph goes to the floor again. Ryan sends Ziggler onto the top rope and then Ryan knocks Ziggler to the floor.

Ryder with a kick and punches followed by a drop kick but Ryan does not go down. Ryan picks up Ziggler and slams him. Ryan with a boot to the head. Ziggler starts to crawl up the ramp and Vickie gets in the way. Vickie slaps Ryan and Ziggler returns to the ring and Ryan returns to the ring and he connects with a clothesline.

Ryan sends Ziggler into the corner and then the he kicks and punches Ziggler but he does not hear the referee’s count.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler by disqualification After the mathc, Ryan presses Ziggler over his head but he sees Swagger come to the ring so he drops Ziggler and then Ryan takes care of Swagger. Ryan with a power slam.

John Cena and Jim Ross are in the locker room. Ross says that he doesn’t want to screw things up for Cena on Sunday. Cena says that JR is the greatest voice in WWE history. Cena tells JR that he can just stand in the corner while Cena takes care of Del Rio. Ross says that he would like to get his hands on the sniveling rodent-like, smarmy son of a bitch. Cena says that he will do that for Ross.

Michael Cole takes his chance to address Jim Ross’ comments. He says that he will take JR and his egotistical body and put him out of his miseries. He says that he might even do something to John Cena. Cole mentions that his wife is Mexican so they have to cheer for him.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Josh Mathews joins Jerry Lawler at the announce table. We see that Smackdown is now the second longest episodic television and Raw will hit 1,000 shows in less than a year.

Match Number Six: John Cena and Jim Ross versus Alberto Del Rio and Michael Cole in a Winner Picks the Stipulation for the WWE Title Match on Sunday Match


Cole wants to start the match against Ross, but Cena is staying with his game plan, or maybe not. Ross starts off and Cole has something to say to Ross and Ross with a punch. Del Rio and Cena tag in.

They lock up and Del Rio with a side head lock and hip toss for a near fall. Cena with a side head lock. Del Rio with a hip toss of his own and he gets a near fall. Del Rio with a reverse chin lock. Cena with a belly-to-back suplex for a near fall and then Cena with a reverse chin lock. Del Rio with a belly-to-back suplex and he gets a near fall.

Del Rio with a reverse chin lock but Cena with a gutwrench suplex for a near fall. Cena goes into the corner when Del Rio moves and Del Rio with kicks to Cena. Del Rio sends Cena into the turnbuckles and he hits Cena in the kidneys. Cole with a forearm to the back when the referee is not looking. Del Rio chokes Cena with his boot and then Cena goes to the apron. Del Rio with a punch to Cena and the referee warns him. Del Rio gets a near fall.

Del Rio from the turnbuckles with a double axe handle and he gets a near fall. Del Rio mocks Cena’s you can’t see me before he continues to work over Cena. Cena powers out of the chin lock but Del Rio with a kick. Cena gets Del Rio up for an Attitude Adjustment but Del Rio counters and hits a German suplex and bridge for a near fall. Del Rio kicks Cena in the back.

Cena with a drop toe hold and he tries for the STF. Del Rio with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker and he gets a near fall. Del Rio hits the running enzuigiri in the corner and he gets a near fall. Del Rio goes up top but he misses the back senton and both men are down.

Cena with the flying shoulder tackles followed by the Blue Thunder Bomb. Cena with the Five Knuckle Shuffle and then he sets for the Attitude Adjustment but Del Rio is able to tag in Cole.

Cena brings Cole into the ring and Cole begs for mercy and he wants Cena to shake his hand. Cena shakes his hand and then he puts Cole in the Attitude Adjustment and he hits it. Cena thinks about the STF but he sees Ross on the apron and Jim is tagged in. Ross puts Cole in the ankle lock and Cole taps out.

Winners: Jim Ross and John Cena

After the match, Del Rio pulls Cena to the floor but Cena gives Del Rio an Attitude Adjustment on the floor. Cena takes the mic and he counts to ten. Del Rio gets up and Cena with a clothesline and then he grabs the steps and he hits Del Rio in the head with them. Cena announces that the stipulation for the match at Vengeance will be a Last Man Standing Match.

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