Triple H, October 2011:

“When I grew up, I hated Hogan. I thought he was terrible and didn’t like to watch him. I was like Punk in a way. I liked the Steamboats and Flairs and the ones that could go. Would I be right in saying that Hogan was the wrong guy to go with, and they should’ve changed directions and gone with Steamboat because he was the better wrestler? Ludicrous.” - Triple H. October, 2011.

Road to Survivor Series 2011 - Part 2

Monday, October 01, 2012

Part 1 is here.

CM Punk v. John Cena
The Rock v. Dos Caras, Jr.
Ikea Death Match: @TruthKills v. Ka$h Kingston
Randy Orton v. Cody Rhodes

Punk’s the only GDI standing after Summer Slam, but he’s nowhere to be seen; Cena lost to Danielson, but he returns about a month or so after Summer Slam to resume cutting promos on the now missing group.  Cena admits to losing the battle, but says GDI lost the war; the guys with Underground are now running WWF, Cena will be wrestling someone at Survivor Series and the 3 time WWF Champion CM Punk is nowhere to be found. Cena cuts a second similar promo the following week.

That leads to Punk’s showing up the following week in what is still Bret’s office, but is now occupied by Regal.

Punk’s wary – Regal’s got 4-5 members of Underground surrounding him.

Regal thanks Punk for coming to the meeting,

Regal says at Survivor Series he will officially become WWF Commissioner and he thinks there might be a place for Punk in the new WWF. 

Punk tells him to go to hell.

Regal offers him a slot at Survivor Series against Cena.  On one one.  No interference.  No postmatch attacks.  No double cross. 

Punk asks why he should believe Regal.  Regal says he’s sick of Cena.  Cena’s not Underground but he walks around like he somehow carries the WWF flag.  There is no WWF standardbearer who isn't Underground; Cena was useful for awhile, but now its time to dispose of him. In the new WWF he wouldn’t mind if Cena wasn’t around – and Punk’s the guy to get rid of him.  And if after that, Punk wants out of his contract, so be it.  Unlike Bret, Regal isn’t interested in keeping him against his will. 

Punk pauses – and extends his hand to Regal.

Regal seems a little surprised – but he takes it.

As it develops, the match isn’t going to be a garbage match, and that’s Cena’s idea – Punk brings a light tube to the ring to hand to Cena and Cena turns it down.  Cena says he’s worked every day in the WWF for this one moment, a straight wrestling match at Madison Square Garden against a former WWF Champion.  

Cena says it’s the biggest moment of his life. 

Punk says it’s not the biggest moment in his, he’s main evented Wrestlemania, he’s won the WWF title, the reason Cena was able to get away with running down GDI for so long was because that nobody ever thought he was particularly important.

Punk says its just another day at the office, he goes to MSG, beats Cena, gets out his contract and moves on. That allows Cena to push the "you don't care about these fans, this place, you're the same guy who threw down the title belt" button - and Punk to respond that the fans aren't children, they know why he's leaving and they know where they will be able to find him next.  

The Rock returns to the WWF for one night only at Survivor Series 2011.

The Rock, recall, clowned Caras at Mania and since then Caras has been calling him out, including bringing in Tony Atlas as his driver at Summer Slam. 

After Summer Slam Caras continues to go at Rock – the Usos were introduced as Rock’s cousins on WWF Underground, this summer’s version of Tough Enough, and they got bullied off the competition – they come back in the build to get embarrassed by Caras.  Ideally, they get Rocky Johnson to come back and get stomped out, but he’s not on the payroll, so I can’t count on that.

I’d like the announcement of the match to be part of a talkshow appearance, Rock’s promoting a movie on whatever show he’s on (Kimmel would do it) and announces that he’s returning to the WWF for one more match.  That he started his career in New York City at Survivor Series in 1996 and 15 years later he’s going to come back for one last match.  He briefly explains there’s a guy named Dos Caras (he can make fun of his name) who has an ass whipping coming, and so the Rock’s going to give him one.
In what is apparently a throwaway, I like Kimmel showing some silly clip of Nemeth, and then saying something like “I guess that’s the champ now– what is that guy’s name?”  The Rock can hit his “it doesn’t matter…” line. 

It’s not full kayfabe, it’s Rock being Rock largely joking around– ideally getting some mainstream rub for his return to the ring.

He doesn’t enter even one arena one time before Survivor Series; he can cut a couple/three satellite promos to show he’s serious about the match, but it’s Caras/Vickie/Ricardo/Atlas doing their shtick that keeps the momentum going.  

Crazy ass Killings walked out on the match against former tag partner Kingston at Summer Slam because he had a shift at Ikea – he cuts a promo where he brings furniture into the ring to show the good deals they have; Kingston comes out to basically ask him what the hell has happened, and it winds up with Killings putting Kingston through a bookcase. 

That’s the essential build for this match; there’s going to be Ikea furniture, and the guys are going to smash into it.  Killings is the crazy guy; Kingston is now pissed off at the craziness, and they’re gonna hit each other with end tables at MSG.

Finally, a listless Orton lost at Summer Slam and he gets put on blast by Cody.  Cody says Orton’s become a little bitch – here we are, with this Underground group having taken over, stepping on the throat of every wrestler in the WWF who wasn’t trained there, and the guy who was supposed to be Defiant, the guy who told every boss he ever had to go screw himself, the guy who  kicked Cody’s own dad in the head – he’s just given up.  Cody says if Orton doesn’t want to be Defiant – then he’ll be Defiant. 

Cody slaps Orton across the face, Orton just exits. 

And that’s the last match.  All of that plus Bret returns to officially hand off the commissionership. Once again, the card.

WWF Title: Nick Nemeth (w/Kelly) v. Mistico
IC Title: Sheamus (w/McIntyre) v. Johnny Nitro (w/Miz/Natty)
Tags: Empire v. Opening Tag Winners
CM Punk v. John Cena (if Punk wins, he’s released from his contract)
The Rock v. Dos Caras, Jr. (w/Vickie/Ricardo/Atlas)
#IkeaDeathMatch: @TruthKills v. Ka$h Kiingston
Randy Orton v. Cody Rhodes
Number One Contender: Mark Henry/Santino v. Hunico/Mase

Unrelated, since part I of the build - your friendly Counterfactual author got married.  True story!

The next TNA show comes up later this month; Survivor Series in November.  


Walker said...

I came across this blog several months ago, and I finally finished reading it all!

As a lifelong fan of wrestling, I can say this is a great project you have going on. You come up with some great matches, truly utilize the best workers in the biz, and your storylines put the real WWE to shame. You've found yourself a reader for as long as you decide to do this. Keep it up!

Jim said...

I appreciate that; I've been doing this exercise for 8 years and almost 7 in the blog, so it's unlikely to stop soon.

Mike Heine said...

A belated congratulations on your nuptials! All the best to you and Mrs Counterfactual :)

Jim said...

Hey, thanks!

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