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Monday Night Raw – Preview!
Monday 19th January 2009
Live from the Bob Devaney Sports Center
Last night's Royal Rumble promised to be one of the most memorable nights in WWE history and it certainly delivered, crowning three new champions to start off the 25th anniversary year of the Wrestlemania, and we're now on the road to the 25th annual Wrestlemania in London, England.
The man with the weight of the world on his shoulders going into the Rumble last night was Triple H, armed with the task of being the first WWE Champion to defend the WWE title against 29 other men in the Royal Rumble match. He had to do it from number one, and ironically it was the second entrant, long time friend Shawn Michaels who was the last man standing and left as the new WWE Champion. The Heartbreak Kid eliminated The Undertaker to seal the victory after The Game was eliminated by Randy Orton, but the now former WWE Champion got some revenge by attacking Orton when he was eliminated seconds later by The Dead-Man. It wasn't the last we saw of Triple H either, as he walked out to get a closer look at the new champion celebrating with the title The Game was desperate to keep. Just what kind of reaction will we get from The Game tonight in his first day at being separated from the WWE title? We've also been told that The Heartbreak Kid, currently a Smackdown superstar will be live on Raw tonight, and maybe we'll find out what the future holds for the Smackdown superstar holding Raw's most prestigious title.
Two men who will be looking to add to the three title changes we saw last night are Christopher Daniels & Kaval when they meet Rey Mysterio & Mystico in a rematch from Night of Champions for the World Tag Team titles. The Epitome of Excellence have pleaded for a second chance after they won by disqualification last month, but tonight there will be no repeat of that as there will be no count outs or disqualifications. It's difficult to say who that favours, however the challengers may well have one major advantage over their opponents after Mysterio was left needing medical attention last night. After eliminating the Intercontinental Champion, Sheamus from the Rumble match, The Celtic Warrior took out his frustration on the Mexican and pulled him out of the match before using the Brogue Kick and the steel steps on Rey. The only update we have is from Eric Bischoff, and he's said that as it stands he understands Mysterio will be able to compete tonight and defend the titles with Mystico. Has Sheamus given Daniels & Kaval a big advantage? Tune into Raw live tonight from Lincoln, Nebraska to find out if we'll see another title change hands!
Going into the Rumble, The Big Show is always a massive favourite, however yet again he failed to emerge victorious, and tonight he will go one-on-one with one of the two men who eliminated him. Chris Jericho himself was hoping to win the WWE title, and even after helping end The World's Largest Athlete hopes, he couldn't go all the way as he hoped. Big Show also fell short against Jericho last week in the gauntlet match to determine who would be the last entrant in the Rumble when he was counted out. Can he end his week of misery at the hands of Jericho by defeating the self proclaimed best in the world?
Also live tonight we can expect to see Jay Lethal, who surprised most people when he overcame his brother, Kofi Kingston last night in their battle to win a place in the Rumble. It looked like Kofi was about to seal the win when he froze, allowing Jay to pick up a huge win for him. The two brothers will be in attendance tonight, as will John Morrison & Justin Gabriel, who were victorious in their first outing as a team against The Miz & Zack Ryder. They were impressive in their first match and they certainly look like they can make an impact in the tag team division if they can perform to the same level they did last night.
It sure promises to be an eventful night tonight in Lincoln, just 24 hours after last night's historic Royal Rumble. There's sure to be a lot of disappointed superstars at failing to win that historic Rumble match, none more so than Triple H. To see how The Game and everyone else reacts, make sure you tune into Raw live tonight as we continue on the Road to Wrestlemania!
>Confirmed for Raw This Week!<
World Tag Team Championship
No DQ or Count Outs
Rey Mysterio & Mystico (c) vs. The Epitome of Excellence
The Big Show vs. Chris Jericho
The new WWE Champion, 'The Heartbreak Kid' Shawn Michaels!