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25th January 2008
Blue Cross Arena
Rochester, New York
***48 HOURS UNTIL THE ROYAL RUMBLE!***
TWO CHALLENGERS AND TWO DAYS TO GO!
In what was a rollercoaster of a show last Friday for Shawn Michaels in Canada, he learnt only after defending his World Heavyweight Championship against Edge, he will be doing so again at the Royal Rumble. However, it won’t just be Edge challenging him, as the former World Champion, Batista too gets his rematch after losing the title to Shawn last month at Saturday Night’s Main Event. With Edge also having unveiled a surprise for Michaels, in the shape of The Heartbreak Kid’s cousin, Michael Shane, it was Shane who tried to help Edge in his quest to take back the World Championship he was forced to forfeit last year. It didn’t all go Edge’s way though as The Animal came to Michaels’ rescue, taking care of Shane and then Edge to save the title for Michaels with Edge picking up the win by disqualification.
With all the chaos that went down last week in Edge’s home country last week, will we see a sense of normality resumed when the three superstars return to America just two days removed from their huge triple threat match at the Royal Rumble?
UMAGA DRAWS BLOOD & STEALS ONE FROM THE DEAD MAN
Last Friday night saw the eagerly anticipated one on one collision between The Undertaker and Umaga, in a First Blood match. After costing the dead man a shot at the World Championship six weeks ago and then leaving him in a graveyard just a few weeks back, The Samoan Bulldozer was in line to finally get his comeuppance. However, it didn’t go that way as Umaga put up one hell of a fight, and controversially took the match. With Umaga been busted open by The Undertaker, the referee was knocked down previously, and when he finally came round, he saw the sight of Taker bleeding and called for the bell. However, Taker had only just been cut open after a chair shot by Umaga, meaning that Umaga stole the match having bled first.
The dead man didn’t let the decision stand in his way of getting some revenge on The Samoan Savage after the match, but are these two done with each other just yet?
DOES SMACKDOWN HAVE THE RUMBLE WINNER?
According to Smackdown General Manager William Regal, he has a surprise in store for this Friday night that will involve a number of Smackdown’s Royal Rumble participants. The Englishman has told WWE.com that he will not be going into more detail about that, but has stated that throughout the show, we will hear from several of the superstars that will be aiming to win a World Championship match at Wrestlemania 24.
What has the GM got in store for the Rumble hopefuls?
PUT UP OR SHUT UP TIME FOR DYKSTRA
Kenny Dykstra hasn’t been shy of opening his mouth ever since he became the Cruiserweight Champion at the Survivor Series. However, he faces his biggest challenge yet this Sunday at the Royal Rumble when he defends against Chavo Guerrero. The two have been back at forth at each other for the last few weeks since Chavo returned following the concussion he suffered at the hands of the cocky champion before the New Year.
With Chavo picking up a victory last week in a triple threat match that also featured Dykstra and earned them both a place in the Rumble match itself, how will Dykstra feel about the momentum Chavo is gaining going into their match up Sunday night?
DOWN TO THREE, BUT GOING TO TWO
Last week, we saw the start of a series of matches that will lead to the crowning of new number one contenders to the WWE Tag Team Championship. It started with four teams, and with one team being eliminated each week, it will continue this week with a triple threat match between the teams of Matt Sydal & Johnny Jeter, The Pitbulls and the winners of last weeks match up, eliminating Jimmy Wang Yang and Super Crazy, John Morrison & The Miz.
The team that loses the match this week will be eliminated this Friday, leaving just two teams to battle it out the following week for a shot at the gold. There is only question right now, and that is, which team will fall short this Friday night in The Big Apple?
CONFIRMED FOR THIS WEEK ON FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN
NUMBER ONE CONTENDERSHIP SERIES
LOSERS ARE ELIMINATED, REMAINING TEAMS ADVANCE TO DECIDING MATCH NEXT WEEK
Matt Sydal & Johnny Jeter
vs. The Pitbulls
vs. John Morrison & The Miz
Don’t miss what goes down just 48 hours before the 2008 Royal Rumble!