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September 7, 2008 - Cleveland, Ohio
Quicken Loans Arena

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Non-Televised Match (ECW)
Evan Bourne def. John Morrison via Pinfall

Match #1 - ECW World Heavyweight Championship - Scramble Match (ECW)
Matt Hardy
def. Mark Henry
w/Tony Atlas
Chavo Guerrero
w/Bam Neely
Mike "Miz" Mizanin
Notes: -TITLE CHANGE- OK, for these scramble matches, two guys start out and every 5 minutes another is added. The title can temporarily change hands via pinfall or submission. Whomever is the temporary champion after the 20 minute time limit for each match will be the champion. I don't really like the concept, but here we go. Matt and Miz started off. Chavo was the next out at 5:00, and he quickly pinned Matt at 5:32 after a frog splash to be the champ. Matt pinned Chavo at 8:53 after the Side Effect. Mark Henry was the next man to enter at 10:06. Everyone teamed up on him, but he was able to take them all on. He even pinned Chavo at 11:51 after a slam. Finlay came in next at 14:48. Hornswoggle did some distracting while Finlay drilled Henry with the shillelah. Hardy and Finlay dumped him to the outside, but Finlay hit Hardy with the Celtic Cross and pinned him at 16:15. Miz went on the top rope during this, dropkicked Finlay, and went after Matt. Matt pinned him at 16:44 after a neckbreaker. From here on out it was Matt avoiding getting pinned and Matt breaking up Henry's pin attempts. He rode it out and became the new ECW champion.

Match #2 - WWE World Tag Team Championship (RAW)
Ted DiBiase
& Cody Rhodes

def. "Cryme Tyme"
(JTG & Shad Gaspard)
via Pinfall (11:34)
Notes: I like this DiBiase. He's got it all. He's the leader of this team. And he doesn't speak with a lisp. Cody tries to hide it, but I can hear it. And it makes him kind of a douche. Rhodes pinned JTG. JTG had Rhodes cradled, but DiBiase flipped them over and Rhodes made the pin. I wasn't really into the match, although Rhodes missed a moonsault, which was cool. There was some trash talking, and Cryme Tyme started a beatdown, when a Haku lookalike came down and helped out Rhodes and DiBiase. We'd later find out that this was Manu, Afa's kid or something. He's a real tool.

Match #3 - Unsanctioned Match (RAW)
Shawn Michaels def. Chris Jericho via TKO (26:51)
Notes: Here's another gimmick match that I don't get. So the WWE will provide the venue, the ring and even a referee, but we're not "sanctioning" the match? Why bother ringing the bell? So these two guys can't hold WWE accountable for what might happen...has any wrestler ever? Just call it a street fight, or a no-dq match. Whatever. The referee stopped the match after Jericho was unresponsive. Michaels superkicked the ref for getting in his way, and looked shellshocked after. The match was pretty good, slow and methodical. HBK dropped the elbow through Cade and Jericho through the announce table. The crowd didn't seem to know how to react to the ending, though.

Match #4 - WWE World Heavyweight Championship - Scramble Match (SMDN)
Triple H
def. Jeff Hardy
Montel Vontavious Porter
Shelton Benjamin
The Brian Kendrick

w/Ezekiel Jackson
Notes: Hardy and Benjamin started things off. The dumbass Kendrick entered at 5:00. At 7:16 Hardy pinned Kendrick after a really cool maneuver. At 9:31 Kendrick pinned Hardy and pranced around the ring. Too bad there wasn't an inferno match on the card, because the flaming Kendrick could've started the blaze. MVP entered at 9:59 and I was hoping he would be interim champion for a few seconds, but of course not. Triple H entered at 14:59 and promptly took control of the match, pinning Kendrick at 16:01 after the Pedigree. With less than five minutes left, things got interesting. Hardy pinned MVP at 17:10 after the Twist of Fate. Trips knocked Hardy off the ropes and pinned Kendrick at 18:12 after another Pedigree. Hardy was not done, because as Hunter was taking a breather, Hardy came off the top with the Swanton and pinned Kendrick at 18:28. Hunter would not be beaten. He pinned MVP after a Pedigree with one second left at 20:12 to retain his title. Hardy could have broken it up, but instead went and made a cover on Shelton. WTF? JR went nuts and said Triple H was a 13-time champion, but that was not the case. The announcers should know the rules.

Match #5 - WWE Divas Championship (SMDN)
Michelle McCool
def. Maryse Ouellet
via Pinfall (5:43)
Notes: I like Maryse. I have to cheer for her because McCool comes off as being nice and all, but her theme music leads me to believe that she's really a bitch. Don't get me wrong--Maryse is a bitch too, but I'd rather take my bitchiness without pretense. McCool won after what started off as a suplex but turned into a DDT. Not really that great, but went longer than I thought.

IN RING: Mike Adamle announced from the stage that CM Punk might not be able to compete due to Randy Orton, Manu, Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes' attack on him before the Diva title match. Orton kicked him in the head and Adamle said he may be forced to find a suitable replacement. After that, Big Show came to the ring and complained that he should have been in the SmackDown Scramble match. Vickie came down to yell at him in response, and did so until the druids came out with a coffin. Vickie tried to get away, but Show stopped her. After the Undertaker made his trademark 10-minute entrance, he grabbed Vickie by the throat. It was at this time that show delivered a huge right hand and began the beatdown. He laid him out good, and even held him up so Vickie could spit in 'Taker's face.

Match #6 - World Heavyweight Championship - Scramble Match (RAW)
Chris Jericho
def. Dave Batista
John "Bradshaw" Layfield
Rey Mysterio

Notes: -TITLE CHANGE- Batista and JBL started what I hope is the last scramble match for a long time. Kane entered at 4:00, so I guess they're running behind. At 7:21 Kane pinned JBL after a chokeslam. Rey Rey entered at 7:59 and jeez he had one ugly haircut. Man, do I hate this guy. Things were back and forth until Chris Jericho appeared as the last entrant at 11:59. So I guess CM Punk is done for and the title vacant. But he received a worse beating than Punk did. Regardless, Batista pinned Kane at 16:38 after a spinebuster. Dave turned around to fight off Rey when Jericho snuck in and pinned Kane at 17:07. Dave turned around just as the last few seconds ticked away and Jericho won the title. I like that Jericho won the title, but the method he attained it was pretty lousy. Punk should've been allowed to compete.

Commentary:Michael Cole and Jerry "The King" Lawler, Jim Ross and Tazz (SMDN), Todd Grisham and Matt Striker (ECW)
w/Todd Grisham, Eve Torres
Ring Announcer:Tony Chimel, Lilian Garcia, Justin Roberts
Referees/Officials:Mike Posey, John Cone, Marty Elias, Mike Chioda, Scott Armstrong, Charles Robinson, RAW GM Mike Adamle, SMDN GM Vickie Guerrero, etc.

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