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Fantasy Booking – Anonymous RAW General Manager (Part 3 – The End)

Welcome everyone to the third and final part of this special fantasy booking piece, where I’ll try to change WWE’s anonymous RAW General Manager storyline from 2010-11, and make the most of it. If nothing else, at the very least make it more than just a hilarious Vince McMahon joke, and try to elevate some potential new stars out of it.

Big shout out to Justin Leeper for the idea, that he pitched directly in a meeting with WWE’s creative team back in 2011. Justin is known for his work with WWE’s videogames SmackDown vs. RAW 2009, 2010 & 2011, as the writer and director of the “Road to WrestleMania” mode in the aforementioned games. Check out Justin’s original booking sample, and make sure to follow his Twitter and subscribe to his YouTube channel for fun stories and to keep up with his current endeavors.

Please enjoy! Make sure you leave your feedback down below.

Did you miss the previous parts? Check them out here: part 1; part 2.

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CHAPTER 7

BY ANY MEANS

As you saw in part two, Zack Ryder is our new United States Champion. And with him basically in charge due to the association with John Laurinaitis, being able to do everything he wants to, this reign has to be different. We need to make it unique, memorable and above all else, since he’s a heel… f*cking annoying, in order to create a star in the end.

Laurinaitis can’t exceed the 30-day championship clause, but Ryder never defends the belt at all on television. You like your mini-classics over the US Title on TV? Too bad, Ryder is a heel and we’re going to get your 50 bucks to watch him defend it exclusively on pay-per-view every month.

The first shot, at Extreme Rules, goes to the incredibly underrated Tyson Kidd, after winning a No. 1 Contendership tournament, beating R-Truth in the first round, veteran William Regal in a highly-intense semi-final, and Cody Rhodes in the final, winning all the matches with the Sharpshooter. Ryder knows Tyson is a terrific technical wrestler, the last graduate from the physically-demanding Hart Family Dungeon, and he’s aware that it won’t be an easy task.

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So what does Ryder do? He convinces Johnny to bring back the concept similar to the “Duchess of Queensbury Rules” from Chris Jericho vs. William Regal at Backlash 2001. For those not familiar with it, basically Regal (the heel) brought a duchess to ringside and she could change the rules at any time, as it was technically “her match”. In this case, we’re calling it something like Big Johnny’s Rules, or maybe The People’s Rules, something along those lines.

After about ten minutes of a solid hard-hitting match at Extreme Rules, Kidd connects with a vicious knee to the jaw, knocking Ryder’s lights out. He makes the pinfall, but just before the ref’s hand hits the mat for a third time… Laurinaitis rings the bell. He tells Justin Roberts something. Roberts: “Ladies and gentlemen, I have just been informed by Mr. Laurinaitis that round one of the Big Johnny Rules Match has ended”. Say what!

The “second round” begins with Ryder still out of it, and Kidd dominating things. Not long after, Ryder cheats with a thumb to the eye, setting Tyson up for the Rough Ryder. Kidd, however, catches the charging Ryder into the Sharpshooter in mid-air, making Zack submit. Laurinaitis signals for the bell, and hands the belt to the referee. Roberts walks up to John for the official result, and after a short talk, Roberts announces: “Ladies and gentlemen, round two of Mr. Laurinaitis’ Big Johnny Rules Match has no submissions“. Ugh, come on now really!? The furious Kidd starts yelling at John and the referee, sick of this joke of a match. Laurinaitis orders the ref to ring the bell for “round three”, but then immediately climbs up on the apron with a mic in hand. “Hey Tyson, don’t worry, round three of my special match has submissions. But do you know what it doesn’t have? DQs“… WHAM! As soon as Laurinaitis says this, Ryder knocks Kidd out cold with a title belt shot to the back of the head, retaining his US Title!

CHAPTER 8

A GIANT REINFORCEMENT

The following night on RAW, Vince McMahon himself comes out and personally asks John Laurinaitis backstage to keep title matches fair, effectively banning the Big Johnny Rules Match from the rulebook. Furthermore, at Over the Limit, Zack Ryder will defend the gold in a normal wrestling match against the winner of tonight’s 20-man battle royal. Finally, Vince adds to that bout a man who Laurinaitis spent the last number of weeks tormenting, The Big Show!

Zack can’t believe this, and immediately finds a way to prevent Show from winning. In a short segment that same night, he finds a staff member in the back, and hands him an infected burrito to be delivered in Big Show’s dressing room, much like Eddie Guerrero did to him.

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Show laughs in the guy’s face before rejecting, telling him he’s not falling for this one again! Later on, Ryder pays off Tensai to place something huge in front of Big Show’s door, locking him inside right before the battle royal.

The battle royal starts without Big Show, who’s shown trying to break free from his locker room. Twenty start, and Show’s locked. Fifteen left standing, nothing achieved. Ten left, the door’s still resisting. Finally, with about six participants, Show spears the door and rips it off its hinges. Zack Ryder, sitting at ringside watching it develop on the titantron, is livid! WEEEEEEEEELL… IT’S THE BIG SHOW starts playing in the arena, and out comes the giant. He cleans house like a French maid, hitting big moves on everyone before winning the whole thing, earning the right to challenge Zack Ryder at the PPV. Ryder is fuming!

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Over the Limit rolls around, and Ryder gets the beating of a lifetime. He gets thrown from pillar to post, he gets whipped into the turnbuckle, he gets clotheslined, he gets big boots, he gets everything. Finally, Ryder manages to avoid Big Show’s spear, and scores with a quick dropkick that dumps Show to the floor. Zack follows him to the outside for a few shots, but he’s unable to throw Show into the post, who quickly overpowers him and hits him with the KO Punch at a count of seven. However, Show’s not exactly the quickest person in the world, and while he manages to get Ryder back to the ring, Show himself fails to get back inside in time. Zack Ryder defeats The Big Show! Later in that night’s main event, Big Show turns heel by assisting John Laurinaitis like in real life, revealing they had been working together all along.

John Laurinaitis broke the deal made with Vince the previous month, which brings the Chairman back to put Big Johnny’s job on the line at No Way Out. Vince also demands Laurinaitis to book a US Title match for the pay-per-view between Zack Ryder and the last person eliminated by Show in the prior month’s battle royal, Tyson Kidd. Wanting to prove he’s a fair GM, Laurinaitis suggests adding Tyson’s tag team partner, Justin Gabriel, to the title match. Ryder’s not happy about this.

In the title match at No Way Out, the US Champion tries everything in his power to turn the friends against each other, constantly running away from the action and making them fight one another. Ryder runs in during the bout’s final stages trying to take advantage, only to get knocked to the floor by the faces. Back inside, Gabriel tries the 450 Splash but finds no water in the pool, as Kidd quickly applies the Sharpshooter on Gabriel for the submission, winning the championship.

During Tyson Kidd’s celebration, John Laurinaitis comes out looking worried. “Tyson, first of all, I would like to congratulate you on your huge submission victory. Now, as you all know, this is a huge night, a big pay-per-view event with epic implications, including my own job as the General Manager of both RAW and SmackDown being on the line later on. It’s safe to say it hasn’t been easy managing this show, with all that’s happening tonight. With that said Tyson, again, congratulations on your submission win over Justin Gabriel. What I forgot to tell everyone, due to my grueling schedule, is that this… this… I’m really sorry, Tyson. This is an elimination match.” Big Show immediately delivers a KO Punch from the apron, leaving Kidd groggy and open for a Rough Ryder, as Ryder again manages to escape with his title. However, in that night’s main event, Show loses the steel cage match to John Cena despite Ryder’s interferences, and John Laurinaitis is fired as the General Manager. Uh oh!

FINAL CHAPTER

FEED HIM MORE

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With No Way Out in the books, John Laurinaitis is no longer around and Zack Ryder no longer has control over things, but still holds the WWE United States Championship. Ryder qualifies for the World Title Money in the Bank Ladder match with a win over R-Truth, but he’s unsuccessful at the pay-per-view, with Dolph Ziggler claiming the blue briefcase.

On RAW the next night, the new General Manager AJ Lee finds Ryder in the back: “hey Zack, you’re just the guy I was looking for.” Ryder, looking worried: “what, AJ?” AJ: “damn, what happened to you? Where’s the smirk? Where did all the catchphrases go? Even the spiked hair has disappe...” Ryder interrupts her: “just get to the point, AJ.” Lee pauses, and with an ironic smile on her face, says: “more than anyone else, you should know that interrupting your boss isn’t a good idea. Now onto business. I know there hasn’t been a US Championship match on television ever since before WrestleMania. That changes next week Zack, on RAW 1000. Next week, you defend your United States Championship against… RYBACK!”

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For the first time since the match with John Cena at TLC, Ryder’s desperate and actually has to put in effort in his work. Everyone expects a squash heading into this match, much like Ryback has done to all of his opponents so far, and this is how we elevate Ryder. He’s struggling to find flaws in Ryback’s matches, because he’s never had a match that has lasted more than a couple of minutes. So Ryder takes it to another level. He’s been on the road with Ryback for a few years, and he thinks back to his short time with The Nexus, and what took the then-Skip Sheffield off WWE programming for over a year – a broken ankle.

On RAW 1000, the bell rings and Ryback just runs over Zack Ryder like he did with everyone else. Less than two minutes in, he’s already doing the “feed me more” signal for the Meat Hook Clothesline. Ryback charges, but Ryder drop toeholds him and holds tight onto Ryback’s feet, making him land right on that leg. Ryback sells the pain and grabs the ankle to get the point across, and Ryder immediately goes to work on the leg. He drops elbows on it, drops knees, legdrops, takes off Ryback’s kneepad and squeezes his elbow on Ryback’s bad ankle.

Zack Ryder applies an Indian Deathlock and Ryback’s clearly in pain, but he uses his upper body strength to take Ryder off him. However, he’s too beat up, and when he gets back up to his feet, Ryder charges for the Rough Ryder… Meat Hook Clothesline! FINISH HIM! Ryback picks him up for the Shell Shocked, but his leg gives out. Zack unloads on Ryback’s leg even more aggressively immediately. Ryder takes Ryback to the corner, leaves the ring and applies Bret Hart’s ringpost figure four for more pressure, with Ryder keeping it on until the count of four. With Ryback crawling on the floor, Ryder picks Ryback’s bad leg and applies an Ankle Lock, even adding Kurt Angle’s heel hook. Zack Ryder, is that you!? However, Ryback uses his upper body strength to get to Ryder’s head, and just slams it repeatedly onto the floor to cause the break. Now Ryder is a bit out of it as well.

Ryder somehow manages to place Ryback back inside the ring, wanting to be able to say that he was the first to defeat the monster. Ryder’s a bit groggy but he signals for a second Rough Ryder. Ryback uses the ropes to get up, turns around, Rough Ryder. One, two… nearfall! Ryder can’t believe it. He wants to hit another one straight away to end this. Ryder charges and goes to connect, but Ryback literally LAUNCHES him into the air, and then takes him down with a vicious Meat Hook. Ryback limps around the ring, looks down at his leg, shakes it off, and does the “finish him” taunt. Can he? Ryback picks Ryder up anyway, limps around the ring using just the good leg, and hits the Shell Shocked to win the United States Championship. Ryback limps his way up the ramp with his new belt in hand, looking back in a respectful way, while Ryder gets back to his feet and nods his head yes, almost as if he’s telling himself “you’re not as bad as you think you are“. Kicking off a babyface run for Zack Ryder in the future.

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CONCLUSION

We’ve reached the end of the story, I hope you liked it. If you were expecting me to turn Zack Ryder into a five-time World Champion in one year you’re disappointed, but this is not what this story is about. We took someone who was literally doing nothing before this story began, slowly introduced him to television, gave him a featured role, a solid run with a midcard title, a couple of noteworthy matches with names like John Cena and Big Show, and even gave him two wins at the same WrestleMania!

The character of Zack Ryder is someone who is desperate to get noticed, using the internet to try to get himself over with the fans, then hacking the anonymous GM system to force his way to television. Once he was there, I feel it made sense for him to stay desperate, insecure and hiding behind Laurinaitis, not wanting to go back to his previous position on the card. Despite losing to Ryback, he was the first to even take him to his limit, and that matters. It should get him over. I also tried to elevate some other underrated workers along the way during the story, notably Tyson Kidd. And Ryback getting a run with the United States Title is a healthier way to push him rather than just shooting the guy straight into a WWE Championship feud.

Please comment down below to let me know what you think of this fantasy booking. Thank you very much for reading. See you next time!

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Fantasy Booking – Anonymous RAW General Manager (Part 2)

Welcome everyone to the second part of this special fantasy booking piece, where I’ll try to change WWE’s anonymous RAW General Manager storyline from 2010-11, and make the most of it. If nothing else, at the very least make it more than just a hilarious Vince McMahon joke, and try to elevate some potential new stars out of it.

Big shout out to Justin Leeper for the idea, that he pitched directly in a meeting with WWE’s creative team back in 2011. Justin is known for his work with WWE’s videogames SmackDown vs. RAW 2009, 2010 & 2011, as the writer and director of the “Road to WrestleMania” mode in the aforementioned games. Check out Justin’s original booking sample, and make sure to follow his Twitter and subscribe to his YouTube channel for fun stories and to keep up with his current endeavors.

Please enjoy! Make sure you leave your feedback down below.

Missed part 1? Check it out first before reading this!

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CHAPTER 4

WOO WOO WOO… YOU LOST IT!

Now hold on, hold on. I know, #cenawinslol, but let me explain! One of the best things about wrestling results being pre-determined is that wrestlers can get over with a loss, it just depends on how said loss happens and how it affects the storyline going forward. For example, I would argue that the first awesome thing that happened to Kurt Angle’s wrestling career was being murdered by Tazz at Royal Rumble 2000. The Miz feuding with John Cena in 2009 did wonders for him. Damn it, Steve Austin passing out in that Sharpshooter might very well be the best thing that happened to wrestling – these were all losses that hurt absolutely no one.

As mentioned in part 1, Ryder’s spot as the General Manager is on the line against John Cena at December’s TLC, in a No Holds Barred Match. Ryder can’t stay as the anonymous GM for long, not only because the gimmick has been around for over a year at this point, but also because we need to open the door for a new authority figure arriving soon.

Heading into TLC, everyone is expecting Ryder to get little offense in before eventually losing within minutes. But actually, Ryder tries his best, being shown on RAW watching tapes of recent John Cena matches, and taking notes. During the PPV bout, The Long Island Iced-Z surprises everyone in attendance by having a reversal to each and every one of John Cena’s classic moves of doom. This forces Cena to pull out unexpected new moves from his arsenal to keep up with Ryder, until the GM cuts him off by hitting him with the laptop to the face on the outside. Ryder rolls Cena back inside and gives him the Rough Ryder for a close nearfall. Ryder snaps and destroys the laptop on poor Cena, setting up John for a second Rough Ryder… but Cena picks up Ryder on his shoulders in mid-air like the big freak he is, and connects with an Attitude Adjustment onto the laptop. Three seconds later, Zack Ryder is no longer the anonymous RAW General Manager.

CHAPTER 5

THE COMEUPPANCE

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With Zack Ryder no longer in control of Monday Night RAW, he deserves to get his ass handed to him by a few people. And no, that doesn’t mean we’re immediately putting him back in jobber purgatory. Far from it. If you think about it, Ryder spent the last year or so making pretty much every babyface’s life miserable. In the next number of weeks, he regularly loses semi-competitive matches against big names like Randy Orton and Big Show, booked by the newly appointed GM of both RAW and SmackDown, Teddy Long.

One of these losses forces Zack Ryder to enter the Rumble Match as number one. Ryder lasts longer than anyone would expect, even managing an elimination or two in-between, before eventually getting thrown out later on. Ryder opens the following night’s RAW, asking if his performance in the Rumble isn’t enough to be one of the top ten challengers for either the WWE or World Heavyweight Championship at Elimination Chamber. Teddy Long comes out and admits that his Rumble performance was indeed impressive, yet that doesn’t change the fact that he’s still on a losing streak ever since TLC.

Ryder can fight for a spot in the Chamber on that week’s SmackDown, but first, tonight he must go through the man who Long believes was the MVP of the whole Rumble Match – Kofi Kingston. Ryder wins a fun 10-minute match against Kofi, earning a chance to qualify for the Chamber Match for Daniel Bryan’s World Heavyweight Championship. That qualifying match? A triple threat… against The Big Show… and Mark Henry! Show and Henry (who’s also tired of being Ryder’s babysitter during his GM days) work together and just kill the poor guy, and in the end Big Show pins the injured Henry to qualify.

Ryder has had enough of this, he’s tired of getting beaten like a drum, so he starts looking for help. That’s when he reaches out to a man who, in this storyline, has just arrived on the scene. A man who’s looking for something that Ryder also wants back desperately: power. Power, as in…

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CHAPTER 6

PEOPLE POWER!

He sides with John Laurinaitis, and is soon named captain of Team Johnny at WrestleMania 28, where they’ll be facing Theodore Long’s team for the right to (either Teddy or Johnny) be the General Manager of both brands.

The WrestleMania matchup is a normal multi-person tag team match, not unlike the one in real life. Near the end, all hell starts breaking loose as everyone gets involved in a mega slugfest, while Ryder and Santino are the legal men for their respective teams. During all of this, Ryder hides from all the action near the apron, until eventually Santino gets rid of the last heel left standing with a clothesline over the top on the other side of the ring. Ryder quietly gets back in while Santino’s back is still turned, and then simply finishes with the Rough Ryder to win the match and make Big Johnny the GM.

After the match, while everyone is walking back to the dressing room, Ryder grabs Laurinaitis’ arm on their way up the ramp, and pauses. He grabs the mic, saying:

“We just won at freakin’ WrestleMania, Johnny! But speaking of WrestleMania… I can’t help but notice one thing. One of the many things that was wrong in the previous administration. The US Title is one of the most prestigious titles in our industry, boss! I grew up watching the Austins, the Steamboats, the Rick Rudes, the Eddie Guerreros holding it. How come it’s not on the line at WrestleMania? I just pinned the US Champion, Johnny. You know what to do, bro!”

Johnny: “Woo woo woo, you know it, Zack! Ring the bell.”

Ryder walks back in, simply hits another Rough Ryder, pins Santino once again, and leaves WrestleMania with the United States Championship.

Just like that, Zack Ryder won two matches at his very first WrestleMania, won his first singles championship, and got back what he lost at TLC: power.

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To be continued…

(Standby for part 3)

Thank you so much for reading once again. What do you think of the story so far? Share your thoughts in the comment section down below. Until next time!

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Fantasy Booking – Anonymous RAW General Manager (Part 1)

Welcome everyone to this special fantasy booking piece, where I’ll try to change WWE’s anonymous RAW General Manager storyline from 2010-11, and make the most of it. If nothing else, at the very least make it more than just a hilarious Vince McMahon joke, and try to elevate some potential new stars out of it.

Big shout out to Justin Leeper for the idea, that he pitched directly in a meeting with WWE’s creative team back in 2011. Justin is known for his work with WWE’s videogames SmackDown vs. RAW 2009, 2010 & 2011, as the writer and director of the “Road to WrestleMania” mode in the aforementioned games. Check out Justin’s original booking sample, and make sure to follow his Twitter and subscribe to his YouTube channel for fun stories and to keep up with his current endeavors.

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INTRODUCTION

The anonymous RAW general manager storyline took place at a very interesting time. Undercarder Zack Ryder, who was barely getting any time on WWE’s main programs, was using the internet to showcase his charisma with wrestling fans, quickly becoming one of WWE’s most popular superstars online despite the lack of TV time. Thus, with the anonymous RAW GM being represented by a laptop, it’s only fitting that… you know!

We’re starting immediately after WrestleMania 27. Yes, I know the anonymous RAW GM was being used beforehand (with Edge famously fighting the poor laptop in late 2010), but I don’t want to rush Zack from Superstars straight into a ‘Mania program. We’re pretending he only hacked the system once WrestleMania was in the books.

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CHAPTER 1

WOO WOO WOO… HOW CONVENIENT!

As you all remember, and most likely would like to forget, Michael Cole was feuding with Jerry Lawler around this time, with the two wrestling on multiple pay-per-views. The heel announcer was trained for those bouts by former World Heavyweight Champion, Jack Swagger. On an episode of RAW shortly before Over the Limit, where Cole is scheduled to face Lawler in a “Kiss My Foot” Match, Cole takes all the credit for his success and adds that “nobody remembers you [Swagger] were World Heavyweight Champion“, much like he did in real life.

This takes Swagger over the limit (no pun intended), who demands a match right then and there. We immediately get a response from the annoying laptop, who agrees and sends out Zack Ryder for Jack to seemingly destroy. One would assume, right? However, Swagger is visually distracted during various points in the match, clearly more interested in impressing Cole than winning. Still, Swagger naturally remains in control and is about to finish Ryder with the Gutwrench Powerbomb, but he delays the move to show-off to Cole some more, ultimately allowing Ryder to block it and hit a quick Rough Ryder for the major upset. Jerry Lawler laughs at the humiliating loss on commentary, noting that we just witnessed Zack Ryder’s first-ever win on Monday Night RAW, and Cole dumps Swagger for good.

During the next number of weeks, Ryder starts getting booked on RAW more often, but never against stars of the caliber of Swagger. Instead, he scores easy wins in short matches against local jobbers, as well as the likes of Derrick Bateman, JTG, Johnny Curtis, etc. You get the point. After about 4-5 weeks of this, his next match against a bigger name happens against The Miz, literally after the famous angle where Alex Riley snapped and beat the living s*** out of the former WWE Champion (remember that?). With Miz destroyed and his clothes ripped, the GM puts him in a match right then and there with Zack Ryder, who takes advantage and continues his winning streak.

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CHAPTER 2

TAG TEAM SPECIALIST, YOU KNOW IT!

After two months of enhancement matches and appropriately-timed bouts with upper-midcarders, we’ve hopefully got the point across, and it’s time to take the story up a few notches before it gets too repetitive. As the spring turns into the summer of 2011, every time a babyface main eventer is getting outnumbered by a group of bad guys and needs backup for a tag team match, the GM gives him… Zack Ryder! This is where Ryder starts getting involved with bigger names, teaming with the likes of Rey Mysterio, Big Show, CM Punk, Randy Orton or John Cena. Ryder never scores any pinfall during this time, but starts getting some big wins over WWE’s biggest heels by association, with his partners getting the hot tag and picking up the wins.

By August, the still undefeated Ryder starts putting himself over in brief segments with the “Divas” and the other babyface undercarders, like Santino, calling himself a tag team specialist. He starts slowly hinting a heel turn by getting more annoying with each passing week. It might seem random to have Ryder work all of these tag matches, but if you think back to late 2011, Awesome Truth were having numerous tag team matches on pay-per-view. And our buddy Zack is desperate to get to the next level – start being a part of WWE’s pay-per-views.

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During the build-up to Vengeance, when CM Punk needs a partner to face The Miz & R-Truth in a tag match at said event, the GM names the “tag team specialist” Zack Ryder as his partner. However, Triple H wants to personally get his hands on them after all the mayhem they caused in the last few months. As the COO, naturally having more power than the General Manager, he takes Ryder’s place in the PPV match. As consolation, HHH gives Ryder a US Title shot against Dolph Ziggler, with Hugh Jackman in his corner. Ryder wins by count-out because of shenanigans involving Vickie and Jackman at ringside, and he stands tall with Jackman at the end of the segment, but you can tell Ryder is not satisfied.

Then, with Survivor Series on the horizon and now John Cena in need of a partner to face the evil Awesome Truth at the show, the General Manager again names Zack Ryder as the partner. This time around, Vince McMahon changes the match and replaces Ryder with The Rock, so they can fill it with cute slogans. And sell the WrestleMania 28 match some more, of course. Despite being the anonymous General Manager and having the power in his hands, he’s still not able to get himself into pay-per-view matches. Zack Ryder is starting to get really pissed at this point in the story. Which takes us to…

CHAPTER 3

THE REVEAL

On the RAW after Survivor Series, John Cena is in the parking lot arriving to the arena when he’s suddenly brutally attacked with a pipe. The attacker takes off his hood and reveals himself to be Zack Ryder. Zack immediately reaches for his mobile phone, types something real quick and, as soon as he’s finished, we hear the annoying GM sound. Michael Cole reads: “And I quote. John Cena will be in a match tonight against Zack Ryder… and Dolph Ziggler… and Jack Swagger… and The Miz… and Alberto Del Rio… and Mark Henry.” I think it’s safe to say there is no surprise as to who the GM is!

During this handicap match in that night’s main event of RAW, John Cena gets absolutely destroyed by the heels, especially the dominant World Champion Mark Henry. In the end, Ryder asks for the tag and gets the win. Read this carefully – Zack Ryder just pinned John Cena! Over the next two weeks, John Cena gets put in similar situations and gets beat up every single time, until Vince McMahon himself has to step in and put an end to this. Just look at the millions of dollars that will be wasted in case Cena has to miss WrestleMania 28 due to injury because of what’s been happening.

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At the end of that week’s edition of RAW, Vince books a match for TLC – John Cena vs. Zack Ryder. In case Ryder wins, he gets to be the actual General Manager of RAW. But in case he loses, the anonymous RAW General Manager is gone for good, and a new GM will be named the next night. Just like that, Zack Ryder has found himself in a big time PPV match against none other than John Cena.

To be continued…

What do you think of the story so far? Make sure to leave a comment in the comment section down below. I hope you’re enjoying. See you next time!

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What If Edge Never Got Injured In 2003? – Fantasy Booking (Subscriber Edition)

Welcome back to my blog. This is a special subscribers edition article, which will be written by subscriber to ‘SmarKDown’ on YouTube, Aydan Myers. Enjoy, he’ll take it from here.

Back in February 2003, Edge suffered a neck injury that took him out of television until after WrestleMania XX in 2004. This article will cover what Edge would’ve been doing on SmackDown during the time he was away, ending at WrestleMania XX.

No Way Out 2003

Champions:

  • WWE Champion – Kurt Angle
  • WWE Tag Team Champions – Team Angle (Haas & Benjamin)
  • Cruiserweight Champion – Billy Kidman

The original plan for No Way Out was for Brock Lesnar, Chris Benoit & Edge to take on Team Angle in a six men tag match. However, that was ultimately turned into a handicap bout once Edge got written off TV due to the real injury. In this fantasy booking, Edge will be a part of that match and the babyfaces will still win. All three of them will do their finishers to Team Angle, and Brock Lesnar scores the winning pinfall over Shelton Benjamin.

PPV result: Lesnar, Benoit & Edge def. Angle, Haas & Benjamin in a six-men tag match

WrestleMania XIX

Champions:

  • WWE Champion – Kurt Angle
  • WWE Tag Team Champion – Team Angle (Haas & Benjamin)
  • Cruiserweight Champion – Matt Hardy

On SmackDown following No Way Out, Edge and Chris Benoit form a regular tag team as they’ll be apart of the three way for the tag belts at the event. I’m sorry, Rhyno, you’re great but a Benoit-Edge partnership is simply better! At ‘Mania, the exact same finish will happen – Team Angle will steal the pinfall win over Chavo Guerrero after a Spear by Edge (in real life, Rhyno did it).

PPV result: Team Angle (Haas & Benjamin) def. Edge & Benoit and Los Guerreros (Eddie & Chavo) for the WWE Tag Team Championship

Backlash 2003

Champions:

  • WWE Champion – Brock Lesnar
  • WWE Tag Team Champion – Team Angle (Haas & Benjamin)
  • Cruiserweight Champion – Matt Hardy

Since Haas and Benjamin stole Edge and Benoit’s pin over Chavo at WrestleMania, they’re the ones challenging for the belts at the following PPV, Backlash. During the match, Team Angle use every heel trick in the book to take over the babyfaces, but Edge & Benoit manage to avoid them. In the bout’s final sequence, Edge goes for a Spear but Charlie moves out of the way and Edge has to stop before hitting the ref. That gives Shelton enough time to knock Benoit off the apron and cause a distraction, which allows Haas to deliver the LOW BLOW OF DEATH as they steal another win. After the match, Edge and Benoit deliver their finishers and stand tall at the end despite losing the contest.

PPV result: Team Angle (Haas & Benjamin) def. Edge & Benoit for the WWE Tag Team Championship

Judgment Day 2003

Champions:

  • WWE Champion – Brock Lesnar
  • WWE Tag Team Champions – Team Angle (Haas & Benjamin)
  • Cruiserweight Champion – Matt Hardy

On the episode of SmackDown following Backlash, Edge & Benoit get another rematch but they’re still not successful. Just as Benoit has Benjamin tapping out to the Crossface inside the ring, Haas uses a belt to hit Edge on the outside and the ref calls for the bell just s Shelton starts tapping. The following week, Edge & Benoit team up with Rey Mysterio and Billy Kidman to take on the champions Haas & Benjamin and their partners, Matt Hardy and John Cena. A distraction allows Rey to pin one of the champions, and that gives Rey & Kidman a title shot against Team Angle at the PPV. Meanwhile, Edge & Benoit take on Los Guerreros, and they score a much needed win that puts them back in pursuit of the tag team straps.

PPV result: Edge & Chris Benoit def. Los Guerreros (Eddie & Chavo)

Vengeance 2003

Champions:

  • WWE Champion: Brock Lesnar
  • United States Champion: to be decided
  • WWE Tag Team Champions: The World’s Greatest Tag Team (Haas & Benjamin)
  • Cruserweight Champion: Rey Mysterio

At this PPV, WWE introduced the United States Championship on SmackDown. A tournament would decide the new title holder, with the final match taking place at Vengeance. These are the first round matches of said tournament: Matt Hardy vs. Billy Gunn ; John Cena vs. Rikishi ; Eddie Guerrero vs. Rhyno ; Edge vs. Chris Benoit. After a spectacular match, the tag team champions interrupt it (pissed off at being fired by Kurt Angle earlier on that episode) and cause a draw, meaning both Canadians are eliminated and restarting their feud. As far as the rest of the tournament goes, Hardy beats Billy and advances straight to the final match due to the draw, while Cena and Eddie best Rikishi and Rhyno respectively. In the semi-final match, Eddie takes advantage of Undertaker’s feud with Cena to win, and he wins the belt at the PPV much like he did in real life. Anyway, back to Edge! The heels try to avoid a title match at any cost, but finally GM Stephanie McMahon forces them to defent the titles. In fact, since they’ve retained so many times and they think they’re so good, she puts the titles on the line in a TLC Match. They have a wild match that is ultimately won by Canadian Aggression, with Benoit getting the win. After months of trying, they finally get a fair shot and they’re the new WWE Tag Team Champions.

PPV result: Edge & Benoit def. WGTT (Haas & Benjamin) for the WWE Tag Team Championship – TLC Match

SummerSlam 2003

Champions:

  • WWE Champion – Kurt Angle
  • United States Champion – Eddie Guerrero
  • WWE Tag Team Champions – Canadian Aggression (Edge & Benoit)
  • Cruiserweight Champion: Tajiri

After capturing the titles, Edge & Chris Benoit successfully defend them on each and every episode of SmackDown. Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin challenge the new champs for one last match at SummerSlam, which they immediately accept. However, the challengers only announce afterards that this will be a Falls Count Anywhere bout. Edge comes into this match with an injured knee, after the series of matches throughout the weeks. Near the end of this one, Haas puts Edge in a vicious leg crab (almost a version of Brock Lock perhaps) while Benjamin just holds Benoit’s legs to prevent him from breaking it up, and Edge has no chance but to give up the titles. After the match, Benoit tries to help Edge… but he simply snaps on his partner with a vicious beatdown that ends with a conchairto. Edge walks away from SummerSlam without the tag straps, alone and as a heel.

PPV result: World’s Greatest Tag Team (Haas & Benjamin) def. Canadian Aggression (Edge & Benoit) for the WWE Tag Team Championship – Falls Count Anywhere Match

No Mercy 2003

Champions:

  • WWE Champion – Brock Lesnar
  • United States Champion – Eddie Guerrero
  • WWE Tag Team Champions – World’s Greatest Tag Team (Haas & Benjamin)
  • Cruiserweight Champion – Tajiri

On SmackDown following SummerSlam, Edge is booed out of the building and he snaps once more. Later that night, however, he steps into the ring with the WWE Champion Kurt Angle, and he steals a win after a distraction from Big Show (probably by count-out or a roll-up), while Benoit is out selling the angle from the PPV. The following week, Edge convinces Angle to put the title on the line, and just as he’s about to hit one last Spear… Benoit returns and appears on the ramp, allowing Angle to lock in the Ankle Lock on Edge’s injured leg, and he escapes with the gold. Benoit returns the beating afterwards, and that leads to a match between the two for No Mercy: but this can’t be any match, this will be a good ol’ street fight. After a bloody match between the two, Edge somehow manages to hit a Spear and he adds a conchairto to pin Benoit.

PPV result: Edge def. Chris Benoit – Street Fight

Survivor Series 2003

Champions:

  • WWE Champion – Brock Lesnar
  • United States Champion – The Big Show
  • WWE Tag Team Champions – The Basham Brothers (Danny & Doug)
  • Cruiserweight Champion – Tajiri

At No Mercy, Stephanie lost to her father Vince in an I Quit Match that made her lose the position as SmackDown’s GM. Vince introudced Paul Heyman as the blue brand’s new boss. Heading into Survivor Series, Edge and Chris Benoit were supposed to meet in a Last Man Standing bout, however, the heel GM Heyman declares Edge is unable to compete due to his injured knee and takes him out of the match… how convenient! Benoit instead joins Team Angle against Team Lesnar much like in real life, and he survives alongside John Cena.

Royal Rumble 2004

Champions:

  • WWE Champion – Brock Lesnar
  • United States Champion: The Big Show
  • WWE Tag Team Champions – The Basham Brothers (Danny & Doug)
  • Cruiserweight Champion – Rey Mysterio

After more than a month away from action, Edge makes his return during the Royal Rumble Match as one of the bout’s final entrants. He runs wild for a while, but all he wants to do is to eliminate his former partner, Chris Benoit – who had entered at number one. However, Benoit manages to eliminate Edge to end their feud as Benoit goes on to win the whole thing and moves to RAW to have that classic with Triple H and Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania.

PPV result: Loses the Royal Rumble – eliminated by Chris Benoit

No Way Out 2004

Champions:

  • WWE Champion – Brock Lesnar
  • United States Champion – The Big Show
  • WWE Tag Team Champions – Rikishi & Scotty 2 Hotty
  • Cruiserweight Champion – Rey Mysterio

On SmackDown after the Royal Rumble, Edge unsuccessfully participates in the ‘SmackDown Rumble’ to determine Brock Lesnar’s challenger at No Way Out, which is won by Eddie Guerrero. Edge manages to make the finals of a tournament to determine the number one contender for WrestleMania, however, with the final match to take place at the PPV. Edge is in there with Kurt Angle and they leave it all in the ring, with Angle Slams off the apron, Spears off the top rope and all that cool stuff, and Edge actually manages to score a clean win over Angle to win the tournament. Meanwhile, in the main-event Eddie Guerrero beats Brock Lesnar and the stage is set: Eddie Guerrero vs. Edge for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania XX.

PPV result: Edge def. Kurt Angle

WrestleMania XX

Champions:

  • WWE Champion – Eddie Guerrero
  • United States Champion – The Big Show
  • WWE Tag Team Champions – Rikishi & Scotty 2 Hotty
  • Cruiserweight Champion – Chavo Guerrero

We’re finally here. We’ve arrived at WrestleMania XX, “where it all begins again”. However, as far as this piece is concerned, it’s actually where it all ends! I’d keep the same result and pretty much the same match that Eddie had with Kurt Angle on this show, only with Edge in Angle’s place. I know we all loved that match and it hurts to remove that from history, but Kurt had already main-evented the prior year’s edition and he had already been in a classic with Chris Benoit at X-Seven. As far as Edge’s singles record at ‘Mania that far… he had fought over f*cking shampoo! Well, I say giving Edge a great match here would’ve helped him a lot despite the loss, and Angle would’ve just been fine no matter what – he was that good. After WrestleMania, Edge moves to RAW in the Draft as we finish this fantasy booking. I hope you enjoyed it!

PPV result: Eddie Guerrero def. Edge for the WWE Championship

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Edge: Fantasy Booking An Healthier (And Planned) Retirement

As you all remember, Edge was forced to retire due to his neck problems in April 2011 as the World Champion, which makes this nothing but pure fantasy booking. In reality, Edge knew he only had one more year left in him, and he wanted to be finished on his own terms at WrestleMania XXVIII in Miami, against one very special opponent. The only man who could be his opponent. In this piece I’ll fantasy book what his last year could’ve been, let me know what you think!

CHAPTER 1 – VIVA DEL RIO

So, we’re in April 2011. At this point, Edge has defeated Alberto Del Rio and has retained his World Title. In order to extend his run as much as we can due to his injuries, the first step is to take Edge off TV for a few months. At Extreme Rules, he was scheduled to defend against Del Rio in a Ladder Match in real life (until retirement led to Christian replacing him).

Much like in real life, Del Rio gets drafted to RAW the week before the PPV, and then follows it up by winning the World Title and “injuring” Edge in the process, forcing the Canadian to take time off. Meanwhile, while Edge is gone, Del Rio continues to defend SmackDown’s World Title on RAW, until he makes history at Money in the Bank by also winning RAW’s briefcase. This is something WWE has never done, and they love their “first time evers”.

If you remember correctly, Christian suffered an injury in 2010 at the hands of Del Rio. This is where we bring Christian back, as Del Rio’s challenger for the title at SummerSlam. Just as Christian is about to win, Daniel Bryan comes out, causes a DQ and pins Del Rio to claim the title, beginning his slow turn into an annoying heel champion. Later that night, Del Rio cashes in his own MITB on CM Punk (like in real life), winning the WWE Championship and making this the first time both MITBs were cashed in on the very same night.

CHAPTER 2 – WELCOME TO THE HALL OF PAIN

On the following SmackDown, Teddy Long announces Christian will have another shot at his first World Title due to the DQ at SummerSlam, this time against Bryan at Night of Champions. Mark Henry interrupts the segment, destroying Christian while Bryan quietly leaves the ring and watches the beatdown (as part of his slow heel turn). The following week, Henry beats Christian in order to get added to the title match at Night of Champions, making it a Triple Threat.

In that match, Henry murders Christian, while Bryan stays away from the action as most as he can. While Bryan is “down and out” on the floor, Henry brutally delivers two World Strongest Slam’s and a Splash to Christian, at which point Bryan low-blows Henry and quickly steals Henry’s pin on Christian to retain, running out of the ring immediately.

After the match, Henry takes his anger out on Christian, literally destroying him and putting him on the injured list as well, making him another victim of Mark’s Hall Of Pain. A few weeks later, Bryan faces Henry alone inside Hell in a Cell, and this time there’s nowhere for Bryan to run. Here is where Henry’s World Championship reign begins.

CHAPTER 3 – HE’S BACK!

Around Survivor Series time, Edge finally makes his return from “injury”, winning a Four Way Match on SmackDown in December against Bryan, Ziggler and Cody Rhodes to become the challenger for Mark Henry’s title at Royal Rumble in January 2012. During the title match, while Henry brutally beats Edge down and is about to put Edge back on the shelf and with the ref bumped, we hear “GO… if you close your eyes… etc!”

Christian makes his return and gets his revenge on Henry for taking him out at Night of Champions, hitting him with three vicious chair shots to the back before delivering a Killswitch. This gives Edge enough time to deliver a Spear, while the ref dramatically counts three and Edge reclaims the World Championship, which would be his last, finally giving Henry his first pin/submission loss since his heel turn.

Later that same night, Christian enters the Rumble as number 30 and last eliminates Chris Jericho to get another shot at his first World Title reign at WrestleMania XXVIII. The show goes off the air with Cole saying “now with Edge as champion, will we see a showdown between the two brothers at WrestleMania?”… or something like that, instead of talking like a robot all the time!

CHAPTER 4 – ONE LAST GREAT HEEL RUN

As much as we love Edge, there’s no Edge better than cocky heel Edge, right!? That’s how his career took off, that’s how I’d have it end!

On the next SmackDown, WWE promotes a “E&C celebration”, with both men celebrating their respective wins at the Rumble. As soon as Christian starts to speak, Edge attacks from behind… Edge points to his head, pointing out he won’t be outsmarted by his “brother”, and immediately goes to the outside and grabs a chair, beating him up with it. Then he goes and grabs a ladder, wedging it and throwing Christian through it, breaking it. Finally, he brings in a table, and spears Christian through it, standing on top of Christian with a cold look in his eyes while the crowd boos him.

This writes Christian off TV for a few weeks so we can get through the Elimination Chamber. There, Edge retains his title, having a limited role in the match which would not only prevent him from really getting injured, but now would also fit his heel persona. So nice way to kill two birds with one stone! During the PPV, Michael Cole announces Christian will make his return at the next SmackDown to announce who he’ll challenge at WrestleMania.

CHAPTER 5 – TLC

Christian, as the babyface, obviously announces he’ll challenge Edge for the World Title, adding that he’ll finally realize his dream and win his first World Title in WWE. Edge comes out, saying Christian never won the title because the “true star of team is standing in front of you” (or something like that), to which Christian replies “I know you’re good, I know it better than anyone else, Edge. But if you think for one second you’d have won as many titles as you did if you weren’t making out with Vickie Guerrero or stealing other people’s girlfriends to stay relevant, think again”.

Edge snaps at this, accepting the match under one condition: “Let’s see who the better man truly was all along. Let’s put it all on the line. Let’s do it one last time. Tables. Ladders. Chairs. WrestleMania. World Title. My career. Your career. All on the line. When I win, I’ll make sure you NEVER were champion, and I’ll love every second of it”, smiling while the fans at this point should all be behind Christian.

Then, Edge immediately tries to spear Christian, only for him to block it and do the exact same attack Edge did to him the prior month with the weapons. This time, Christian is the one standing on top of his former partner, down and out on a broken table. During the next few weeks, the two continue to cut promos on each other, with Edge always saying he’ll have a lot of fun ending the career “he helped create”, in his own words. “You’re only here because of me. After WrestleMania, you won’t. It will all be over. Your dream of being champion, GONE. Your career, DONE. All because of me”, and smiles!

On the SmackDown before WM, Teddy Long books the final ever E&C match, as they’ll take on Primo & Epico. Christian picks up the win, only to then get a spear and a conchairto courtesy of the champ (sorry, PG sponsors) to close the final SmackDown before WrestleMania.

CHAPTER 6 – THE END

We’re finally at the big show. This career v career match shouldn’t be any ordinary TLC carwreck, this should have a lot of psychology, mind games on Edge’s part making sure the viewer gets he’s loving to take his friend out.

Christian makes a few comebacks here and there, but Edge always finds a way to cut him off and to make sure he lets the crowd know he’s on top. After a 20/25 minute classic, Edge finally puts Christian down and out for good. But he looks up at the audience and makes that evil smile, he wants one last shot. One last shot to make sure he was the better man along.

Just as Edge goes to hit a spear through a table, Christian suddenly throws a chair at him, followed by a quick Killswitch. Once Edge gets up, Christian is the one who spears him through the table in the corner.

And then, in what should be a moment for the ages, Christian slowly climbs the ladder with a sea of people standing up and FINALLY claims his very first WWE World Heavyweight Championship, while his amazing theme song plays in the background.

After a short celebration on top of the ladder, Christian looks down at Edge and helps him up, as the two hug and end the chapter on their incredible wrestling history, with Christian winning his first World Championship in Edge’s very last wrestling match. Edge then leaves the ring and gives this moment to Christian. Chances are they’d probably be crying real tears at this point, much like many fans in attendance and people watching at home!

The next RAW would feature a celebration of Edge’s career (a la Ric Flair in 2008), with Christian, Rhyno, Edge’s mom and many others coming out without Edge knowing to say one last goodbye to the wrestling career of the “Rated R Superstar”.

As for Christian’s reign, I’d have him keep the title for a while, retaining in good matches against challengers such as Sheamus, Jericho, Ziggler and all that. I’d have Christian drop it at SummerSlam 2012 to Ryback, who was on fire at the time, selling a lot of merchandise, and it wouldn’t have been a bad idea putting the Big Gold Belt on him instead of randomly giving it to Big Show for some reason.

I hope you enjoyed! Once again, this was purely fantasy booking, as Edge was FORCED to retire in 2011 and there was no way this could’ve possibly happened. This was just a “what if”. Thanks for reading, drop those comments down below!