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NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS COVERAGE: MAJOR TITLES DO NOT CHANGE HANDS; NEW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS (KIND OF); NEW IC CHAMPION; NEW ECW CHAMPION

By Richard Trionfo on 2008-06-29 22:42:06
We return to Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler as they talk about the World Heavyweight Title Match. The poll question is which title will go to Raw.

Batista is in the interview area with Eve Torres. She asks Batista if he will bring the World Title back to Raw. Batista says that he will not return to Raw empty handed. He will be the man on Monday night. John Cena enters the interview area. Cena welcomes Batista back to Raw and says that it is a bold statement to say that you are going to be the man on Raw. Cena says that Batista might not be the only champion on Raw. CM Punk enters the area and he says that he hopes both of them bring gold and he shows them his briefcase.

Ted says that his tag team partner is on the way and he asks for ten more minutes. He wants the match rescheduled for later. Now he wonders what he is supposed to do. He does not want to forfeit the match. Ted says that his partner will be here in time.

Match Number Four: World Tag Team Title Match: Cody Rhodes and Bob Holly versus Ted DiBiase and Mystery Partner who is still late and turns out to be Cody Rhodes
Ted says that he wants to face Holly, not Rhodes. Holly obliges and Cody kicks Holly and hits a DDT. Cody stands over Holly and Ted introduces his partner, Cody Rhodes. Cody tags in DiBiase and DiBiase with the Million Dollar Dream Junior and hits a side Russian leg sweep for the three count.

Winners: Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes

Cody makes sure to announce that they are the new tag team champions.

Todd Grisham is in a sky box with John Bradshaw Layfield who is in a suit and not his wrestling gear. He says that it is audacious for this pay per view to be called Night of Champions without him in a match. Todd points out that Bradshaw is not a champion. Bradshaw says that in a failing economy where people are losing their homes, Bradshaw points out that he owns his own company. He mentions that he has a penthouse apartment in Manhattan. Now he is the richest person in the company. He says that makes him a champion, a champion in life. Bradshaw mentions Mark Cuban but he says that he does not see any championship banners. When he left, the city of Dallas has not produced a champion. He mentions the Dallas Cowboys and how they choked to the City of Champions, New York, home of the Super Bowl Champions, the New York Giants. Bradshaw says that he is Texas’s favorite New Yorker, and as far as having a championship around his waist, it is not a matter of if, but when.

Chris Jericho gets on the mic and points out that he is an eight time Intercontinental Champion. Jericho mentions that he was told that he will face a surprise champion. Chris says that it will not be Shawn Michaels. We see Lance Cade at ringside. Chris says that Michaels could not be bothered to take a forty minute flight from his home because of his eye injury. As a hero and role model to millions, he shows up every night. Jericho runs through the injuries that he wrestled through and then he mentions the events in his family’s life that he has missed. Jericho points out that the fans do not appreciate this. He says that he is an honest man. Jericho says that he will have his vindication. He is not here to save everyone, he is here to save himself. Chris Jericho is interrupted by the music of his opponent.

Match Number Five: Intercontinental Title Match: Chris Jericho versus Kofi Kingston
Jericho walks around Kingston as he is ready for the match. They lock up and Jericho backs Kofi into the corner and he slaps the challenger. Kofi goes after Jericho, but Chris gets into the ropes and the referee gets Kofi away. Jericho with a waist lock but Kofi with a standing switch. Jericho with a reversal into a side head lock and take down. Jericho with a shoulder tackle and running forearm to the head. Jericho with kicks to Kingston. Jericho slaps Kingston again as he shows his opponent no respect. Jericho sends Kingston to the ropes but Kingston hits the ropes and bounces back. After a few high leap frogs, Jericho gets out of the ring. Kingston with a baseball slide to Jericho followed by a pescado. Kingston rolls Jericho back in and then he goes up top. Kingston with a cross body for a two fall. Kingston with forearms to Jericho followed by an Irish whip. Kingston leaps into the corner for punches, but Jericho sends Kingston to the floor. Jericho goes out after Kingston and sends Kingston back-first into the apron. Jericho with kicks to the back as he works on Kofi. Jericho with shoulders in the corner followed by a hard Irish whip. Jericho tries to suplex Kingston back into the ring, but Kofi blocks it. Kofi tries to suplex Jericho to the floor but Jericho is finally able to suplex Kofi and gets a near fall.

Jericho with a back breaker to Kofi and then he keeps Kofi on his knee. Kofi with kicks to Jericho and he gets out of the hold. Jericho with a drop kick to Kingston and then he chokes Kofi in the ropes. Jericho with a splash into the back as Kofi goes down. Kofi fights back with punches to Jericho but Jericho puts Kingston in an abdominal stretch. Kofi gets out of the hold and he hip tosses Jericho. Jericho with a drop toe hold and he chokes Kofi by standing on his back. Jericho puts Kofi on the top turnbuckle and Jericho tries for a belly-to-back superplex but Kofi is able to hit a cross body for a near fall. Kofi punches Jericho and follows with a clothesline and drop kick. Kofi with a flying forearm and it is time for the leg drop but Jericho blocks it and he tries to get Kofi into the Walls of Jericho. Kofi with a rollup for a two count. Kofi with a clothesline and leaping leg drop for another two count.

Kofi with an Irish whip but he charges into a boot from Jericho. Kofi with a rana for a two count. Jericho with a kick to the midsection of Kingston. Jericho with a slam and it is time for the Lionsault and it connects. Jericho tries for the Walls of Jericho and he puts Kofi in it and from out of nowhere, Shawn Michaels comes through the crowd and he hits Sweet Chin Music on Cade. Jericho knocks Michaels off the apron and then Kingston hits Trouble in Paradise for the three count.

Winner: Kofi Kingston

After the match, Shawn Michaels is checked out at ringside by the medical staff. Michaels is helped to his feet and we see Jericho glare at Michaels. Jericho leaves the ring and he walks to Michaels, but the referees and Tony Garea come out to stop him. That is not enough protection for Michaels as Jericho connects with a forearm to the injured eye and Shawn Michaels looks like he is the fish at the end of the Faith No More video Epic. Jericho is sent to the back.

Vickie is in her office thinking about flowers and Edge really isn’t focused. Hawkins and Ryder enter and ask Edge if he is ready. Hawkins and Ryder suggest that Edge could use Hunter’s help tonight against Batista. Edge says that he does not need Hunter’s help. He runs through his accomplishments and points out that he banished the Undertaker. Edge says that he does not need any help, just the love of his fiancée. He will leave Batista battered and empty handed tonight.

We see the Gillette Fusion commercial with Vince McMahon and John Cena. Cole points out that it was filmed before Vince’s injury.

Match Number Six: Women’s Title Match: Mickie James versus Katie Lea Burchill with Paul Burchill
Katie with a waist lock and rollup followed by a backslide for a near fall. Katie with another rollup for a near fall as Mickie retreats into the corner. Mickie with a waist lock take down and she keeps Katie in the waist lock. Mickie with a rollup and bridge but Katie kicks out. Paul gives Katie some advice. Mickie with a kick and forearm to Katie. Mickie counters a hip toss with a monkey flip followed by a forearm. Mickie with a cross arm clothesline and then she goes up top. Katie rolls outside to stop Mickie’s momentum. Katie knocks Mickie down and covers Mickie. Mickie with a snap mare and drop kick to Katie for a near fall. Katie rolls to the apron one more time and goes to the floor.

Katie with a forearm and hammer lock into a belly-to-back suplex while Mickie was still in the hammer lock. Katie works on the arm and kicks Mickie in the shoulder. The referee checks on Mickie but Mickie with a forearm. Katie sends Mickie shoulder first into the ring post. The referee stops Katie as he checks on Mickie. Katie with kicks to the shoulder and she gets a near fall. Katie with an arm bar as Paul shouts words of encouragement to his sister. Mickie with forearms to Katie followed by a Thesz Press and punches. Katie hits Mickie in her injured arm and she hits a DDT for a near fall. Katie kicks Mickie in the corner and the referee continues to check on Mickie. Katie with an Irish whip but she charges into a boot. Mickie with a head scissors in the corner followed by clotheslines. Katie misses a spin kick and Mickie with a snap mare and double sledge for a two count. Mickie tries for the DDT but Katie with an arm bar submission. Mickie escapes the hold with an arm drag. Katie with a hammer lock and she sends Mickie into the turnbuckles. Katie tries for another hammer lock belly-to-back suplex but Mickie counters with an Implant DDT for the three count.

Winner: Mickie James

It is time to see the poll results and the fans think that Batista will be the one to bring a title to Raw with Both and Cena close behind.

It is time for the Edge/Batista video package.

Coverage continues on next page.


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