It's been a really long time since I last posted a blog on here. I've been really busy and I've had some personal issues of late that I won't go into. But the other reason is that I've been making/uploading videos and collecting pictures so that I can cover a bunch of stuff in (hopefully) just a couple of entries. Naturally, this means I'm really going to be flying through the episodes of Raw and Smackdown that I need to cover. I'll pretty much just quickly sum up what happened, add a couple of pictures and add a link to the video for anyone who wants to see the segment in full. I'll probably still transcribe promos and whatnot, but we'll see. You may also notice that, here and there, there are episodes missing. Some of them are missing for a reason (neither The Undertaker or Kane were present on the show), but others are missing because, for one reason or another, I don't have the footage to recap and take pictures/videos from (recording issues, primarily). I won't be making references to these, I'll just be skipping them entirely, so you're forewarned. This was actually another reason why I decided to catch up with my blogs in this way. With all that said, I'll get started.
Raw - 1st of December, 2008
Knowing that Kane would be fighting his rival, John Cena, later that night, Chris Jericho approached the Big Red Machine backstage to get him riled up.
Chris Jericho: Kane! Kane!
Kane: What do YOU want?
Chris Jericho: I just wanna tell you about a little bit of a buzz that's going on in the locker room, what everybody's saying there. They're all talking about the unstoppable monster that's performing in the ring tonight. But they're not talking about you, they're talking about John Cena. Yeah, that's right. John Cena. Did you see what he did to me last week? He's losing his mind, Kane. And everybody in the locker room thinks...thinks that you can't beat him. They think that you're gonna end up tapping out, screaming in pain in the middle of the ring, locked in the STFU. That's what everyone's saying.
Kane: THAT'S what they're saying?! ...Or is that what YOU'RE saying? Don't play mind games with me, Jericho. I'm gonna take care of Cena tonight. But not for you. For me. I'm gonna put on a show for all these people that you chastise...because I LOVE these people. Ha. And they love me right back. I've got a feeling that you're gonna get what you want. But do yourself a favour. Don't ever approach me again.
And with that, Kane walked off. Later that night, despite interference from Jericho, John Cena managed to defeat Kane with the FU. Following the match, Chris Jericho along with The Legacy (Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes and Manu) beat Cena up as Raw went off the air.
Smackdown - 5th of December, 2008
The Undertaker went one-on-one with the Big Show in a Cage match. In the end, The Undertaker trapped Show in the Hell's Gate and forced him to tap out, winning the match. The Deadman posed in the ring as Smackdown came to a close.
Raw - 8th of December, 2008
On this episode of Raw, WWE brought back the Slammy Awards. The award for Couple of the Year was presented by Kelly Kelly and Kane, which is hilarious in and of itself.
Kelly Kelly: Throughout WWE history, there have been many prominent couples who have touched our hearts. *Turns to Kane* Love is a...wonderful thing?
Kane: *Turns to Kelly Kelly* The last time I was involved in a relationship, I Tombstoned a priest.
Kelly Kelly: Okaaaay! Here are the nominees for the 2008 Couple of the Year.
Edge and Vickie Guerrero won the award. As Vickie came out to accept, Kane and Kelly Kelly walked off. That's all for Kane's involvement on Raw, but his interaction with Kelly Kelly would lead to more the following week on Raw.
Raw - 15th of December, 2008
After winning a match, Kelly Kelly found herself being attacked by Jillian Hall and Beth Phoenix. This prompted Kane to come to the ring. Kane chased the two Divas out of the ring, before turning his attention to Kelly Kelly. Kane cornered Kelly in the ring, before holding out his hand to her to help her up. Terrified, Kelly rolled out of the ring and fled up the ramp, while Kane walked after her. Following commercials, cameras showed Kane finally catching up to Kelly during the break, telling her that they need to talk. The next segment, saw Kane and Kelly in a small room backstage.
Kane: Sit down, Kelly. Last week, you looked me in the eye and said "Love is a wonderful thing". You were trying to tell me something, weren't you?
Kelly Kelly: We were presenting an award!
Kane: Were we? You didn't feel anything? Were you just leading me on, Kelly? *Becoming agitated* A lot of people have hurt me, Kelly! A lot of people have taken advantage of me, Kelly! Are you one of those people?! Because, if you are, you can get up and walk out of here right now! Go ahead! DO IT!
Kane opened the door and Kelly slowly started to get up to leave. The Big Red Monster quickly slammed the door shut.
Kane: *Laughs* See? I knew you felt something. *Laughs*
Later that night, Kane and Kelly were shown again, continuing their conversation.
Kane: You do want to get to know me better...don't you, Kelly?
Kelly Kelly: No.
Kane: Why? Is there someone else? Who is it?! Who...is it?! Look, Kelly, you are going to tell me whether you want to...or...not!
Shortly after, yet another segment continued the story between Kane and Kelly Kelly.
Kane: You did the right thing by telling me, Kelly. I have to go, now.
Kelly Kelly: Please! Just don't hurt him.
Kane: *Laughs* Like you said...Love IS a wonderful thing. *Laughs*
With that, Kane left. Later on, Kofi Kingston and CM Punk teamed up to take on John Morrison and The Miz. After Morrison and The Miz picked up the victory, Kane made his way to the ring. All four men looked at Kane, until Kane suddenly attacked The Miz. Kane gave The Miz both a Chokeslam and a Tombstone, indicating that he was the one Kelly had feelings for. Shortly after, Candice Michelle and Mickie James checked on Kelly Kelly, who seemed to indicate that she lied to Kane about the identity of her lover, which made sense as Kelly had had less-than-pleasant issues with The Miz in the past. That covers Kane's involvement on Raw.
Raw - 22nd of December, 2008
Raw kicked off with Kane making his way to the ring, surprisingly accompanied by Kelly Kelly. Inside the ring, Kane grabbed the microphone from the ring announcer.
Kane: I was politely asked by Stephanie McMahon to issue and apology to Kelly for the events of last Monday night. *Approaches Kelly* I apologise...to you. But you should apologise to me for leading me on and then lying to me! You're not in love with The Miz and some day, you will regret not telling me the truth!
With that, Shawn Michaels' music hit and the Showstopper made his way to the ring for a scheduled match with Kane. The match was one of four qualifying matches, where the winner advanced to a Fatal 4-Way match to determine the Number One Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship at the Royal Rumble. Shawn won the match after avoiding a Chokeslam and hitting Sweet Chin Music.
Raw - 29th of December, 2008
Kane teamed with The Miz, John Morrison, Dolph Ziggler and Mike Knox to take on John Cena, Cryme Tyme, Rey Mysterio and Kofi Kingston in a 10-Man Tag Team match. Rey Mysterio picked up the victory for his team, pinning Mike Knox after connecting with a Body Splash from the top rope.
Smackdown - 2nd of January, 2009
Jim Ross entered the ring and announced that Triple H, the Big Show, Vladimir Kozlov and Shelton Benjamin would be participating in the Royal Rumble. As JR was about to announce another Superstar, Shelton came to the ring and talked about how he was the favourite to win the Rumble. Shelton dismissed JR and bragged about his abilities being "superior", claiming that no one else in the Rumble could compare to him. Suddenly, The Undertaker's voice could be heard echoing throughout the arena, cutting Shelton off.
The Undertaker: I think you forgot someone.
Prompted by bell tolls, the lights went out and then came back on again, revealing The Undertaker standing in the ring. Taker grabbed Shelton by the throat and Chokeslammed him. Having confirmed his entry in the 2009 Royal Rumble, The Undertaker posed in the middle of the ring as the segment came to an end.
Raw - 5th of January, 2009
After losing her match, Jillian Hall attacked Kelly Kelly. Once again, this prompted Kane to make his way to the ring. It should be noted at this point, that it had been revealed that Randy Orton was the guy Kelly had a thing for, though Orton cruelly blew her off, treating her as nothing more than a one-night stand. Kane addressed Kelly.
Kane: So, the truth finally comes out, huh, Kelly? You never liked me. You were protecting Randy Orton. But Orton rejected you, didn't he? Doesn't feel real good, does it, Kelly? Well, next week, I'm going to go back to doing what makes me feel good: eviscerating people. I...have a match with Randy Orton next week, Kelly. *Laughs* Feel free to watch. *Laughs again*
Kane then left Kelly alone in the ring as he walked back up the ramp with a smile on his face as the segment came to an end.
Smackdown - 9th of January, 2009
The Undertaker competed against Shelton Benjamin in singles competition. Taker picked up the victory after connecting with the Tombstone Piledriver. The Undertaker then posed in the middle of the ring as the segment came to a close.
Raw - 12th of January, 2009
As announced by the Big Red Machine himself the previous week, Kane took on Randy Orton on Raw. Orton picked up the victory after countering Kane's Flying Clothesline with a Dropkick of sorts. The victory, however, was flawed in that Kane did get his shoulder up off the canvas before the three-count, leading to Kane protesting to the referee, before chasing him off.
Smackdown - 16th of January, 2009
In a pre-taped promo, The Undertaker issued his Royal Rumble edict.
The Undertaker: Once a year, thirty mortal men do battle in an attempt to gain an opportunity...at immortality. However, this year, there will only be twenty-nine mortal souls in the Royal Rumble match...and one...immortal Phenom. Darkness will fall over those who attempt to disrupt my destiny...for they will be subject to a reckoning far worse than physical annihilation. Their fate will be darker than a simple over-the-top elimination. Their souls will be subject to judgment at the hands of he who controls the Dark Side. And their suffering will be infinite. I will...bury them all.
Raw - 19th of January, 2009
Kane took part in a Battle Royal, which served as a preview for the actual Royal Rumble match itself at the upcoming pay-per-view event. The participants were Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston, Kane, Santino Marella and Priceless (Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase Jr - both allies of Orton). In the end, as Kane was on the verge of eliminating Orton, DiBiase attacked from behind, eliminating Kane and himself in the process. DiBiase's sacrifice gave Orton the victory, which would serve as an accurate preview of the result of the actual Royal Rumble match.
Smackdown - 23rd of January, 2009
Once again, The Undertaker took on Shelton Benjamin. The Deadman came out on top once again, this time using Hell's Gate to pick up the victory. Following the match, Taker posed in the ring as the segment came to an end.
Smackdown - 6th of February, 2009
In a qualifying match for the upcoming Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship at No Way Out, The Undertaker took on Mark Henry. Taker, of course, emerged victorious, using Hell's Gate to secure his spot in the Elimination Chamber. The Undertaker posed in the ring as the segment came to a close.
Raw - 9th of February, 2009
This episode of Raw featured both Kane and The Undertaker. Kane participated in a 6-Man Tag Team match, teaming with Chris Jericho and Mike Knox to take on John Cena, Rey Mysterio and Kofi Kingston. All six of these men were the scheduled participants for Raw's World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber match at No Way Out. Chris Jericho picked up the victory for his team after Kofi Kingston jumped from the top rope and landed in Y2J's Codebreaker. Following the match, an arrogant Jericho celebrated in front of his partners, having sent them a message, too.
Randy Orton had been having issues with the McMahon family. So, the previous week on Raw (which, you'll notice, is missing), Stephanie McMahon appeared to strike a deal with Kane. In a backstage segment, Stephanie had asked Kane if he'd managed to get in touch with "him". Kane confirmed that he had and that "he" would be on Raw next week. This was referring to The Undertaker. Stephanie wanted Taker to destroy Orton as punishment for his recent actions. In return, Stephanie granted Kane a spot in Raw's Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship at No Way Out. So, on this episode of Raw, The Undertaker appeared on the show against Randy Orton. The end of the match came when Taker was about to Tombstone Orton, prompting Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase Jr to interfere. As the three pummelled The Undertaker, Shane McMahon soon made his way to the ring to help even the odds a little. The two cleared the ring, with The Undertaker Chokeslamming both Rhodes and DiBiase. The Undertaker quietly slipped out of the segment at this point, allowing the focus to remain on the storyline between Orton and the McMahons. While no official announcement was made, one would assume Taker was awarded the victory via disqualification.
Smackdown - 13th of February, 2009
This episode of Smackdown featured two Undertaker-related segments. The first was a pre-taped promo.
The Undertaker: Tonight is but a prelude. A prelude to the pain and suffering my opponents will endure inside the Elimination Chamber at No Way Out. Inside the Chamber, I will have but one ally. And I will use that demonic structure...to administer pain so legendary...that even the shadows will cower with fear. Victory is my destiny. And as far as the others...their fate is sealed. Six men will enter...and five will Rest In Peace!
The second segment featured The Undertaker taking on Triple H, the Big Show and Vladimir Kozlov (all participants in the upcoming Elimination Chamber match) in a Fatal 4-Way match. Towards the end of the match, the participants each hit their finishers. Vladimir Kozlov took out Big Show with the Battering Ram, Triple H took out Kozlov with the Pedigree, Taker took out Triple H with the Tombstone and Big Show recovered and took out Taker with a Chokeslam. Edge then suddenly interfered in the match and took out Show with a Spear, ending the match. The WWE Champion then celebrated in the ring as Smackdown went off the air.
No Way Out - 15th of February, 2009
This pay-per-view featured both The Undertaker and Kane, competing for their respective brand's World Titles in Elimination Chamber matches. The show kicked off with Smackdown's Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship. The match saw Edge defending his WWE Title against The Undertaker, the Big Show, Triple H, Jeff Hardy and Vladimir Kozlov. Edge was, surprisingly eliminated first by Jeff Hardy who countered an attempted Spear by rolling him up into a Small Package for the pin. No more eliminations occurred until all the participants had been released from their pods (The Undertaker was released last). The Undertaker scored the second elimination, pinning Vladimir Kozlov after connecting with the Last Ride (for my money, this was Kozlov's first defeat, not the match in which Shawn Michaels defeated him, some time later - either way, this was still the first time Kozlov had ever been pinned). The Big Show was the third man eliminated after taking a Superplex from The Undertaker, a Pedigree from Triple H and a Swanton Bomb from Jeff Hardy in succession. Show was actually eliminated by Triple H. Jeff Hardy was eliminated next by The Undertaker, who planted him with a Tombstone. Triple H ultimately picked up the victory, eliminating The Undertaker with a Pedigree. Following the match, The Undertaker and Triple H exchanged looks, before Taker walked away, leaving Triple H to celebrate in the ring. Incidentally, this marks the first time Triple H has ever defeated The Undertaker, one-on-one.
The main event of the night was Raw's Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship. The match saw John Cena defending his WWE Championship against Kane, Mike Knox, Kofi Kingston, Chris Jericho and Rey Mysterio. However, sore at losing his World Title earlier, Edge came down and attacked Kofi Kingston as he made his way to the ring. Edge took Kofi out with a Con-Chair-To on the ring steps and then sealed himself in one of the pods inside the Elimination Chamber, taking his place. This was explained the next night on Raw by Edge's wife and Smackdown General Manager, Vickie Guerrero, who claimed that with the McMahons not in the building, she was the only person in charge. As a result, when Kofi was attacked and unable to compete, she had to find a replacement. Apparently, Edge deserved that spot, despite being the culprit. Unfair? Yes, but that's part of what makes a heel a heel. Anyway, back to the match. While Kane, like the The Undertaker, started off the match inside one of the four pods, Kane was actually the first man released. Kane was also the first man eliminated. The end for Kane came after taking a 619 from Rey Mysterio and a Codebreaker from Chris Jericho. Following this, Mysterio took out Jericho, before climbing to the top of one of the pods. From here, Mysterio jumped and took out Kane, allowing him to pick up the pinfall. Mike Knox was the second man eliminated, falling to Chris Jericho's Codebreaker. Much like the earlier Elimination Chamber match, the Champion was once again eliminated early, as John Cena was the next to be eliminated. Cena fell to a Codebreaker from Jericho, a 619 from Mysterio and a Spear from Edge, all in succession. Chris Jericho was the fourth man eliminated, after Rey Mysterio escaped the Walls Of Jericho and rolled him up for the three-count. The match came to an end after Edge defeated Rey Mysterio with a Spear. Edge may have started the night off by losing the WWE Title, but he ended it by winning the World Title.
And I'm gonna leave it there for this blog, as I've more or less just covered about 2½ months. Following No Way Out, of course, the buildup to WrestleMania is in full force and I feel that the buildup to the Undertaker-Shawn Michaels match at WrestleMania (including their phenomenal match itself) deserves a bit of time devoted to it. So, I would expect the next blog to be similar to this, most likely covering from where I've left off here, right up to WrestleMania. Though, I'm contemplating covering the Taker-Shawn match in full, so that one might be a separate blog entirely. We'll see what happens. I'm still fairly busy at the moment, and I'm also heading down to London next week for the Raw/Smackdown/ECW tapings, so I'm not sure when I'll post the next blog. Hopefully, it'll be some time soon.
In this blog, I'll be covering the 24th of November edition of Raw.
The show would see Kane in singles action against Kofi Kingston, in the first round of a tournament to determine the Number One Contender for William Regal's Intercontinental Championship. The segment kicked off with Kofi Kingston making his way to the ring, followed by Kane.
With both participants inside the ring, the match was ready to begin. I'll skip ahead to the end of the match.
After ducking an attempted kick from Kofi, Kane held his arm out in the air, signalling for a Chokeslam.
As Kofi got back to his feet, Kane grabbed him by the throat and hoisted him up into the air.
Kofi managed to escape, however, landing on his feet. Kane quickly grabbed Kofi by the head and looked to throw him out of the ring. Kofi grabbed the ropes, however, and, after kicking him in the leg, Dropkicked Kane out of the ring.
As Kane regrouped on the outside, Kofi jumped up onto the top rope and jumped to the outside, taking the Big Red Machine down.
Both men got back to their feet, but Kane regained control with a kick to the midsection, before bouncing Kofi's head off the ring post. Kane rolled Kofi inside the ring near the corner, and then wrapped his body around the ring post.
As this was an illegal move, the referee began to utilise his five-count. Kane refused to let go, however, and so the referee had no choice but to disqualify him.
Annoyed, Kane grabbed the top half of the ring steps and threw him inside the ring.
Kane entered the ring himself and smashed them against Kofi's head.
As Kane stood tall over Kofi, Stephanie McMahon came out onto the stage area and addressed him.
Stephanie McMahon: Kane! You have two choices. You can take your aggression out on Kofi Kingston, which you've done a pretty good job of. Or, next week, you can take your aggression out on the new World Heavyweight Champion.
Kane responded by tilting his head and smiling.
Stephanie McMahon: That's what I thought. Next week, Kane vs John Cena.
Satisfied, Kane laughed in the ring as the segment came to an end. Later that night, Kane would briefly be seen again. John Cena had laid waste to Chris Jericho in the ring. After eventually releasing the STFU, Cena stood tall over Jericho with the World Heavyweight Title.
The camera then cut to Kane, who smiled as he watched Cena on a monitor in the backstage area. The camera then cut back to John Cena, who continued to pose in the ring as Raw went off the air.
And that's it for Raw. The Undertaker wasn't on Smackdown that same week, so in my next blog, I'll be covering the 1st of December edition of Raw, which featured Kane taking on John Cena.
In this blog, I'll be covering Survivor Series 2008, which took place on the 23rd of November. Both The Undertaker and Kane were in action at the event, and I'll be starting with the Big Red Machine.
Kane would be participating in a traditional Survivor Series Elimination match. The match would pit Shawn Michaels, leading his team of Cryme Tyme, Rey Mysterio and The Great Khali, against JBL and his team, MVP, John Morrison, The Miz and Kane. The rules of this match were the same as a regular Tag Team match, but with the contest continuing until all members of one team had been eliminated. The segment kicked off with Shawn Michaels making to the ring, followed by his team. Next, JBL made his way to the ring, followed by his team. Kane, who was making his eleventh Survivor Series appearance, was the last to make his way down the ramp, joining his partners at ringside, before entering the ring.
With that, the match was ready to begin, kicking off with Rey Mysterio and MVP as the legal men.
Shortly into the match, MVP eliminated JTG of Cryme Tyme from the match. MVP's celebration, however, left him open to The Great Khali, who entered the ring and quickly eliminated him. Stepping up next from JBL's team, Kane entered the ring and exchanged looks with Khali.
Kane attacked first, connected with a couple of kicks and an uppercut. The Big Red Monster then hit the ropes, only to run into a huge chop to the head.
Khali pummelled Kane over in the corner for a moment, until Kane staggered towards the middle of the ring and retaliated with an uppercut. As Khali staggered, Kane measured him up for a Chokeslam.
Kane grabbed Khali by the throat, but the Punjabi Giant used his superior strength to release Kane's grip.
After laying Kane out with another chop to the head, Khali made the tag to Rey Mysterio. Seeing his nemesis down, Mysterio climbed to the top rope and then stood on top of the Khali's shoulders.
Mysterio then connected with a Body Splash to Kane and went for the cover, picking up the win and eliminating Kane from the match.
That's the last of Kane's involvement at Survivor Series. For anyone interested, Shawn Michaels picked up the victory for his team, eliminating John Morrison. Shawn Michaels, The Great Khali and Rey Mysterio were the Sole Survivors.
Later that night, The Undertaker would take on the Big Show in a Casket Match.
This would be the Big Show's first-ever Casket Match, while in contrast, The Undertaker had competed in his first Casket Match at the 1992 Survivor Series against Kamala. The segment began with the purple light filling the arena as the Druids wheeled the casket down to ringside.
Next, the Big Show made his way to the ring.
Following that, The Undertaker, who had made his debut at Survivor Series eighteen years ago, walked to the ring, too.
With that, the match was ready to begin.
Towards the end of the match, The Undertaker came close to closing the casket lid on The Undertaker.
After a desperate escape, Show entered the ring and quickly Chokeslammed Taker. Creeped out by the casket, Show then left the ring and tipped it over so that it couldn't be used.
Seemingly wanting nothing more to do with the match, Show smiled and headed back up the ramp. Suddenly, The Undertaker sat up, glaring at him.
As The Undertaker left the ring and began to walk after him, Show quickly continued his way back up the ramp, only for his path to suddenly be blocked by a wall of flames.
This allowed The Undertaker to catch up to Show and connect with a couple of right hands, but the World's Largest Athlete quickly gained the upper hand and took Taker down. Show then continued on his way up the ramp, but stopped in his tracks as the theme of the Druids began to play. Making their second appearance of the night, the Druids carried another casket out onto the stage area, much to the chagrin of the Big Show.
Taker took advantage of the distraction, attacking Show with more right hands. Once again, Show gained the upper hand, smashing Taker's head on the Survivor Series set. Show then stood the casket upright on the stage area and smashed Taker's head into it, knocking it back down.
After standing the casket up once again, Show opened the lid. The Big Show struck Taker with more right hands, but this time, The Phenom fought back.
As Show staggered towards the edge of the stage area, The Undertaker thought better of it and, instead, grabbed Show by the head and threw him into the casket. The casket fell back down to the floor and lid slammed shut, sealing the Big Show inside and giving The Undertaker the victory.
After being declared the winner, The Undertaker stood tall on the stage area as the purple light filled the arena.
The Undertaker then dropped to one knee, rolling his eyes back as the segment came to an end.
And that's all for Survivor Series. In my next blog, I'll be covering the 24th of November edition of Raw, where Kane took on Kofi Kingston in the first round of a tournament designed to determine the Number One Contender for the Intercontinental Championship.
In this blog, I'll be covering the 21st of November edition of Smackdown. This episode, for the record, was taped in the UK following the previous week's episode.
The final segment of the night would see The Undertaker give the Big Show his Last Rites, hyping their upcoming Casket Match at Survivor Series. Following a commercial break, the segment kicked off with the arena in darkness. Following a bell toll, the purple light filled the arena and a single spotlight revealed a casket in the middle of the ring.
After a second bell toll, The Undertaker's music began to play and The Deadman made his way to the ring.
Taker walked up the ring steps and raised his arms in the air, which seemed a little pointless, as the purple light remained. Inside the ring, The Undertaker placed his hand on the casket for a moment, admiring it, before addressing the Big Show.
The Undertaker: Big Show...at the Survivor Series, we will settle our differences with a casket. Better yet, we will settle our differences in a Casket...Match. Behold...the casket. Gaze at it's beauty. But as you gaze at this casket, Big Show, realise that this...is your final resting place here on Earth. As you stare at it, prepare for your soul for it's final journey. Because once I confine you to this brass prison...your debt to me will be paid. Your sins against mankind will be paid in full. This casket, Big Show, is a vehicle.
At that point, The Undertaker was interrupted by the Big Show, who made his way down the ramp, with Chavo wheeling Vickie Guerrero behind him.
Stopping short of the ring, the Big Show addressed The Phenom, who had since disrobed.
Big Show: You know, Undertaker, you can spout all that mumbo-jumbo you want to, and it might scare some people. Doesn't scare me. I've beaten you twice and I've knocked you out. Because I'm not afraid of you, you don't have any power over me. You see, I do believe in power.
The Big Show clenched his fist and held it up, showing The Undertaker.
Big Show: This power. This is the power that you're gonna face at Survivor Series.
In response, The Undertaker opened the lid of the casket, distracting Show as he continued.
Big Show: This is the power that's gonna put...the power that's gonna put you in the casket...This is the...
The Undertaker walked towards the ropes and a bell tolled, prompting the lights to go out and the Big Show to stop talking. A few seconds later, another bell tolled and the lights were restored, revealing The Undertaker holding Vickie by the throat inside the ring.
Show teased entering the ring, but thought better of it. As Vickie screamed, The Undertaker picked her up and placed her in the casket, before slamming the lid shut.
On the outside of the ring, Chavo directed traffic, seemingly ordering Show to go in and save his Aunt Vickie.
Instead, Show grabbed Chavo and threw him into the ring.
Chavo looked up at The Deadman and screamed, before Taker picked him up and pummelled him in the corner. While Taker was preoccupied with Chavo, Show entered the ring and quickly helped Vickie escape.
The two made a quick exit, both seemingly creeped out by the casket. The Undertaker turned around and saw them retreating back up the aisle.
In response to this, Taker scooped Chavo up over his shoulder and planted him with a Tombstone.
Then, sending a message, The Undertaker placed Chavo in the casket and, after motioning his hand across his throat, closed the lid once more.
Disgusted and creeped out by what he'd seen, the Big Show stared at The Undertaker, who stared right back as the purple light filled the arena.
The Undertaker then posed on one knee in the middle of the ring, while Vickie cowered behind the Big Show, whose skin was crawling as Smackdown went off the air.
And that's all for Smackdown. Didn't really expect The Undertaker to be wrestling on this episode, as he'd already wrestled earlier in the night when he took on Jeff Hardy for the previous week's taping. As good as the double-taping was, I do think that the sooner they get back to their regular taping schedule, the better. Four hours worth of taping really drained the audience. I love going to watch WWE when they come to the UK, but even I kept looking at my watch in anticipation of the end. Still, it the whole thing was great, especially seeing Taker make three appearances over the course of the two tapings. Definitely worth it. Anyway, in my next blog, I'll be covering the Survivor Series pay-per-view, which took place on the 23rd of November. The show would see Kane take part in a traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match, competing for Team JBL against Team HBK. Of course, The Undertaker was also in action, taking on the Big Show in the aforementioned Casket Match.
In this blog, I'll be covering the 17th of November edition of Raw. On the show, Kane would team with JBL to take on Cryme Tyme. This would be a preview of the upcoming Survivor Series Elimination Match at Survivor Series, pitting JBL's team against Shawn Michaels' team.
Prior to the match, JBL was in his locker room, preparing for his upcoming tag match, when Kane walked in.
Kane: *Sarcastically* Any advice tonight...Captain?
JBL: Kane! It's good to see you. I know you don't, er, take orders well from people. But, er...as a great leader, I find ways to relate to my men. And, quite frankly, you and I have no problem. So, we should be able to co-exist. I mean, you think about it, Kane, you and I...actually, are quite compatible. Right?
Kane: Compatible? Your hobby is giving financial analysis. Mine is finding victims and electrocuting their groins with car batteries. Now, you might be the Captain of this team, but I don't take orders from anyone. And if you upset me, you'll find yourself with a full-scale mutiny...Captain.
Kane smiled briefly, before walking off, leaving JBL almost speechless.
JBL: ...good talk.
The segment immediately transitioned to the next, which saw Cryme Tyme make their way to the ring.
Following a commercial break, JBL made his way to the ring, too.
Last but not least, Kane entered the ring.
The match then began, with JBL and JTG as the legal men. I'll skip to the ending sequence of the match.
Firmly in control of JTG, Kane raised his arm out in the air, measuring him up for a Chokeslam. JBL reached inside the ring, however, and tagged himself in, prompting an unhappy Kane to glare at him.
Bradshaw quickly levelled JTG with the Clothesline From Hell and picked up the victory.
As the referee raised JBL's arm, declaring him and Kane the winner, JBL smirked at Kane, who stared right back.
JBL then wisely left the ring and retreated up the ramp, smirking.
Kane continued to stare at JBL, letting out a little smile as the segment came to an end.
Just as a quick note, Kane would also appear later on that night in the main event. In a match pitting Randy Orton against John Cena in a Lumberjack match, Kane served as one of the lumberjacks.
And that's all for Raw. In my next blog, I'll be covering the 21st of November edition of Smackdown. This was taped in the UK along with the previous week's episode, and featured The Undertaker giving the Big Show his Last Rites.