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post #115 of (permalink) Old 08-26-2012, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
Learning to break kayfabe
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*** PREVIEW ***

After weeks, and months, of battles between the pair, John Cena and Randy Orton last week agreed – they would face each other one on one at the Elimination Chamber PPV in a battle to end the feud between the pair of them once and for all. With Cena desperate to concentrate on WrestleMania and his SMACKDOWN rivalries with most of the blue brand’s roster, he made the challenge last week when he visited RAW with the General Manager of SMACKDOWN, Michael Cole. In a shocking moment, Orton – unable to lay his hands on Cena as per the words of WWE owner, Chip Butty – RKO’d Cole to the delight of the WWE Universe to send a message to the Royal Rumble winner, Cena. However, there are sure to be consequences to Orton’s attack this week as Michael Cole has lodged an official complaint with Butty over the attack. Butty has already announced that both Orton and Cena will face ‘Pick your Poison Beat the Clock’ challenge matches on RAW and SMACKDOWN this week. Tonight, Cena will send one of the SMACKDOWN roster to RAW to face off against Orton. On Friday Night SMACKDOWN, Orton will send a member of the RAW roster to face Cena. The quickest winning time will result in that superstar choosing the match type for Cena and Orton’s clash at the PPV. Who will Orton face tonight? Can he get the win? And can he do it quickly?

After a hard fought battle last week, John Morrison managed to pin Kurt Angle and earned the right to challenge Wade Barrett for the WWE Championship in two weeks time at the Elimination Chamber event. Despite the claims of Wade Barrett that he will be a walkover, the popular Morrison is pumped up and ready for his shot at breaking out on RAW. Last week, Morrison claimed that Barrett did not deserve to be the WWE Champion and that he relied on Nexus to win him and retain him the WWE Championship. Barrett has not taken kindly to this and has responded on Twitter to these remarks:

Morrison must be mad. I am the #WWE Champion because I am the best – not because of Nexus.
@Justin__Gabriel: Beating you on #RAW last week proves that I am the better man. You won me the title? Ludicrous.
#EliminationChamber will be the night that I prove that I am the #WWE Champion because I am the best.
Tonight, Morrison will be speaking out about his future WWE Championship match as he looks to show that he is worthy of a chance to challenge for the title. With Barrett annoyed with his comments, Morrison needs to keep an eye on his back – you never know when Nexus might be about to strike.

Last week, Shawn Michaels and Chip Butty attempted to finalise the RAW Elimination Chamber match – the winner will challenge for the WWE Championship – whoever the champion is – at WrestleMania 27. However, at the end of the night, only four spots had been filled: The Miz, Kurt Angle and Daniel Bryan, as a result of losing the Fatal Four Way with John Morrison, took the first three spots whilst Sheamus earned his place in the match with a decisive victory over RVD. Edge and Chris Jericho’s qualification match ended in a No Contest when Edge attacked Jericho before the match began and hit him with a Spear before Jericho returned it with a Codebreaker. Triple H was also given a chance to earn his spot in the Chamber match as he went into a Gauntlet Match against the other four members of Nexus other than Barrett. Despite beating the two big men in Skip Sheffield and Ezekiel Jackson, Heath Slater came out to assist David Otunga who pinned Triple H and ended his hopes – exactly what Wade Barrett wanted. Will Triple H, Edge and Chris Jericho be handed another chance to qualify for the Elimination Chamber tonight? Or will the two remaining spots be handed to others on the RAW roster?

After their title defence on SMACKDOWN last week, the British Empire were confronted by two teams that they controversially disposed of in the Royal Rumble Tag Team Turmoil match – Cryme Tyme and the Hart Dynasty. Tonight, on RAW, one of those teams will be given the opportunity to get revenge – Hart Dynasty will face British Empire in a non-title match. With the new Tag Team Champions looking stronger each night, the Dynasty will have their work cut out if they are get a win but history is on their side – many of the storied Hart family have held Tag Team gold in the past including Bret “Hitman” Hart, Jim “Anvil” Neidhart and the late Owen Hart. A win tonight over the champions would surely push the Dynasty right into contention for a shot at the Tag Team Championships down the line. But can they get the job done tonight?


British Empire (c) (w/Finlay) vs. Hart Dynasty (w/Natalya)

Randy Orton vs. SMACKDOWN superstar of John Cena’s choice

Triple H vs. Joe Hennig & Percy Watson (w/Kurt Angle)



*** RESULTS ***

In their first match back in the WWE since their attack by, allegedly, the British Empire, at the Rumble, Shad and JTG overcame the efforts of Tarver and Harris to record a victory. Tarver and Harris dominated early but they couldn’t deal with the power of Shad and a top rope leg drop from JTG to Tarver proved decisive for the 3. Cryme Tyme will surely now be looking for revenge on the new Tag Team Champions?
WINNER: Cryme Tyme

With the Divas Division on red alert from the arrival of Kharma by the side of Michelle McCool, Natalya got herself an important victory over Brie as she looks to make an impact and position herself for a future Divas Championship shot. The Sharpshooter was enough for Natalya to force the tap out from Brie and she now will watch the Elimination Chamber build with interest – will McCool be able to get her shot at the title at the Chamber? We know that Layla will challenge the champion, Maryse, but if McCool remains unbeaten on NXT over the coming weeks, she will enter the match and make it a Triple Threat too.
WINNER: Natalya

TEAM ANGLE 2 (w/Kurt Angle) vs. THE USOS
In their first ever WWE match as a team, Joe Hennig and Percy Watson were able to get a big win over the Usos to make the WWE take notice. With their mentor, Kurt Angle, beside the ring, Hennig and Watson were able to function well as a team to make up for the Uso’s experience advantage. However, as is often the case, Angle played a part where he shouldn’t. As Jey Uso moved up the ropes looking to put Hennig away, Angle caused a slight distraction to slow him down. Jey’s subsequent splash missed Hennig and he rolled him up to get the 3-count. Good first match together for Hennig and Watson, what does the future hold for them?
WINNER: Team Angle 2

In the main event, DiBiase – who hinted before the match that he would be cashing in his right to a US Championship match very soon – edged out Evan Bourne in an even contest. The end of the match saw Bourne miss with an attempted 450 Splash and this allowed DiBiase to lock him up and hit Dream Street to get the 3-count. More momentum for DiBiase as he moves towards his chance against Justin Gabriel in the future.
WINNER: Ted DiBiase



WWE DRAFT MOVED: The annual WWE draft has been switched from the Bragging Rights PPV on the 22nd of May and will now take place in a 3-hour special RAW on Monday 11th April – the second RAW after WrestleMania 27. With many superstars moving around right now in the WWE, the WWE wishes to clarify things ahead of post-WrestleMania storylines and have opted to move the Draft to do this. No word yet on whether the Bragging Rights PPV will remain although tickets are due to go on sale for the Air Canada Center in Toronto next week. The draft is expected to see at least one big name moved to RAW; many people are speculating that SMACKDOWN is indeed the better show, as Michael Cole keeps telling us in the show, and Chip Butty wishes to spice things up on RAW to even up the balance.

THE ROCK & NXT: WWE hall of famer The Rock, a mentor on the NXT show, has been written off the show due to film commitments he has in Hollywood right now. On screen, SMACKDOWN commentator Mick Foley has replaced Rock while he recovers from an attack backstage. Rock is expected to return to NXT for the final build towards the NXT Final which is scheduled for WrestleMania 27. Our sources have been informed that the original plan for NXT saw Dolph Ziggler eliminated this week but backstage officials have been impressed with his recent work. Although his head is very much still on the chopping block, Ziggler could force himself into surviving NXT where MVP was eliminated last week. MVP’s contract with WWE was due to end after WrestleMania 27 and he will be released early as a result.

BUTTY PLEASED WITH IMPROVEMENTS TO TAG DIVISION, WORK STILL TO BE DONE WITH DIVAS: After a recent push (through NXT) of the Tag Team division, WWE owner Chip Butty is said to be happy with the small steps of improvement being made with the Tag Team Division and is thought to be very happy with the impact of the British Empire since their arrival on the scene. Expect a long title run from them and possibly a WrestleMania match – a thought that would have been unthinkable just a few weeks ago. Butty concedes privately that more is still needed though to focus not just on the title picture and he has challenged the likes of the Usos, the Hart Dynasty and Cryme Tyme to step up their game in the coming weeks. As far as the Divas Division goes, Butty believes that more work is needed. The introduction of Kharma as Michelle McCool’s bodyguard has received mixed reviews but she is expected to begin competing post Elimination Chamber. Big changes are expected for the Divas, initially via NXT, but Butty is adamant that each RAW and SMACKDOWN will eventually feature at least one Divas match as well as a Tag Team match. We’ll see how that works out!

WRESTLEMANIA 27: The main events of WrestleMania 27 are being kept close to the chest of WWE officials with pure speculation the only thing going round right now. One man who can be counted out of the WrestleMania picture is Kane who was written off TV for a few months on SMACKDOWN last week when he lost the Buried Alive match. This should give Kane, Glenn Jacobs, time to recover some small, niggling injuries as well as making a chance for a big return down the line. The Undertaker is now being advertised at every SMACKDOWN show up to WrestleMania as he returns to a full time schedule in the build up to the show. WWE have confirmed that there will be no new arrivals to the company in the lead up to WrestleMania although there could be some surprise appearances. The event in Atlanta is now officially sold out and is expected to feature SMACKDOWN’s John Cena in the last match, the ‘main’ main event. Question is, who will he be facing?

RELEASES FROM THE WWE: Lords of Pain understands that – as well as the five superstars from NXT – five WWE superstars have been released early from their contracts. These five guys are: Caylen Croft, Darren Young, Yoshi Tatsu, Chris Masters and Luke Gallows. With much expected from several up and coming talents – such as Tyler Reks, Damien Sandow, Brodus Clay and Jinder Mahal – and the signing of Mexican sensation Sin Cara, expect to see several debuts on RAW and SMACKDOWN during the summer to replace the stars released.
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