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21st January 2008
6 DAYS UNTIL THE ROYAL RUMBLE
CENA IS BACK AND GOING FOR GOLD!
Last Monday night saw the shocking return of the former WWE Champion, John Cena. After suffering a torn pectoral muscle several months ago that forced him to relinquish the title he held for so long, it was the current holder of the same relinquished title that was shocked the most to see Cena. Randy Orton was relieved to have survived the challenge of Triple H the week before, but was stunned to see Cena return and lay down the reason behind his return, he wants the WWE Championship back.
And with Orton uncertain on just what condition Cena is in, he decided to gamble and try to take advantage by giving Cena his rematch at the Royal Rumble, but made the match a TLC Match. With the added stipulation, it gives Orton the opportunity to test Cena’s condition, but could we see Orton cause his own downfall. When the two meet in a tag team match last week, the fierce rivals fought there way the crowd before the match could end. With so much drive in both superstars, just what can we expect to see this Monday just six days before they go at it at the Royal Rumble?
STEPH HAS THE POWER, BUT THE McMAHON MEN PLAY THE GAME
Just when Vince McMahon thought he and his two sons, Shane and JBL had all the control on Raw, he found out pretty quickly that it wasn’t going to be that way for very long. His daughter Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley announced in front of the world that her mother Linda had given her the final twenty five percent stake in the company to level the playing field and split the power crisis on Raw. She took advantage too last week as she made one hell of a main event, with Shane and JBL taking on her husband.
Triple H would have himself a mystery partner which turned out to be Ric Flair. However, it took a down turn as the McMahon men along with Orlando Jordan used the numbers game to their advantage, which resulted in both The Game and The Nature Boy ending up on the wrong end of a beat down. We also found out that both Triple H and Mr. McMahon’s sons will take part in this Sunday’s Royal Rumble match. We can only wonder what chaos will go down this Monday night in Minneapolis.
PUNK TAKES THE TITLE, CAN HE WIN IT THIS SUNDAY?
CM Punk has pushed boundary after boundary with the Intercontinental Champion, Jeff Hardy, but just when you thought he couldn’t stoop any lower, last Monday night he may just have pushed Jeff too far. After being put in tag team action, they were left to go at it when Punk used Jeff’s title belt as a weapon to knock him down before beating Jeff with his own move, the swanton bomb. However, Punk was not done and took off with the title belt that he hopes to win this Sunday at the Royal Rumble? Jeff must be dying to gain some retribution on Punk for everything he’s been put through since the Survivor Series, will he be able to exact some revenge just six days before their highly anticipated match up?
KENNEDY & JERICHO MAKE AMENDS
Suffering the pain of a loss two weeks ago, Chris Jericho and Mr. Kennedy were forced to team up with a place in the Royal Rumble at stake for the winners. With Jericho still livid after being sneaked attacked after beating Kennedy at Saturday Night’s Main Event, he snapped and lashed out at Kennedy during the match. However, when Kennedy came round, he retaliated and gave Jericho another taste of The Mic Check, the move that cost them the match.
It also cost them the spot in the Rumble as Jeff Hardy took advantage by removing Kennedy from the ring before Jericho tasted defeat. However, last week, they were given a second chance and both victorious in their matches, and this coming week, they will go at it in six man action when Jericho joins forces with Jeff and Rey Mysterio to take on Kennedy, CM Punk and Elijah Burke. With just six days to go before the Rumble, it sure should be an explosive match up.
IS THE GLAMAZON RATTLED?
It’s not very often, if at all you see Beth Phoenix intimidated, however last week may have given the WWE Womens Champion something to think about. It was two months ago that The Glamazon, whether purposely or not, put Victoria in hospital with a severe concussion following a shot to the head with her title belt. Victoria fell to the floor, but hit her head on a steel chair as she fell, causing her to lose blood as well as suffering the concussion.
And last week The Glamazon was in for a surprise as she was told there was something waiting for her in her locker room. There was. . . Victoria. The also intimidating diva had sprung a surprise on Phoenix and made it clear she was looking for payback, making it very clear that she was not intimidated by The Glamazon. With Victoria making her in ring return this week against Jillian Hall, will the Womens Champion be watching closely at the next contender to her throne?
ARE WE SEEING LOVE’S YOUNG DREAM?
It looks like that we could well be seeing young love blossom in front of our eyes between Cody Rhodes and Kelly Kelly. Ever since helping Kelly out of a difficult situation from The Colon Brothers two weeks ago, it appears that they are both very smitten with each other. Just when it looked like it would be a perfect night for Cody after qualifying for the Royal Rumble at Eduardo’s expense, and having met Kelly met backstage, Eduardo and Carlito struck yet again, paying him back for the defeat earlier on and for possibly interfering in Eduardo’s attempts to charm Kelly the week before. This Monday night will see Cody and Carlito go at it, and with both men already in the Royal Rumble match, who will emerge with a big win going into Sunday night?
FINAL RUMBLE PLACES ON THE LINE
Raw has just two places left in the Royal Rumble match, and this week we will find just who will occupy those spots. Tommy Dreamer meets Santino Marella, and in addition we will see the in ring debut and return of Ron Killings and Orlando Jordan respectively. Having insulted Jordan backstage last week on his first Raw appearance, will Killings be able to follow up for a big victory, or will he suffer at the hands of Orlando?
CONFIRMED FOR THIS WEEK
Jeff Hardy, Chris Jericho & Rey Mysterio
vs. CM Punk, Mr. Kennedy & Elijah Burke
ROYAL RUMBLE QUALIFYING MATCH
vs. Santino Marella
ROYAL RUMBLE QUALIFYING MATCH
vs. Orlando Jordan
vs. Jillian Hall