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WWE.com - HOMEPAGE (Raw Results 28th January '08)
28th January 2008
Madison Square Garden
New York City, New York
From the Royal Rumble last night
ē Sunny hitting Jeff Hardy with the Intercontinental Championship to help CM Punk become the new IC Champion
ē Randy Orton retaining the WWE Championship in the TLC Match with John Cena
ē Triple H eliminating Shane McMahon and then JBL in the Royal Rumble, only for JBL to pull Triple H off the apron to eliminate him
ē Kane winning the Royal Rumble, choke slamming The Undertaker off the apron
ďWanna Be LovedĒ
***CUT TO THE ANNOUNCE TABLE***
JR: Welcome everybody to Monday Night Raw, 24 hours removed from the incredible Royal Rumble we witnessed last night, where we saw one of the biggest shocks in the history of the Royal Rumble. . . Smackdownís Kane returned and dominated the field to guarantee himself a title shot at Wrestlemania 24. The question is whether he will remain on Smackdown or come over here to Raw to challenger Randy Orton, who retained the WWE Championship last night against John Cena in an incredible Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match. . . Weíve been wondering all day as to whether Kane will be here tonight as we again come to you live from Madison Square Garden
The King: And what a show we have in store tonight JR. Not only do we have a new Intercontinental Champion in CM Punk, he will be defending his title right here tonight against Rey Mysterio
JR: Also King, I had the chance to sit down earlier today with both CM Punk and Sunny to talk about what happened last night at the culmination of the Intercontinental Championship match where Sunny screwed Jeff Hardy out of the title
The King: But JR, we know that the Intercontinental title wonít be the only championship up for grabs tonight, because Paul London and Brian Kendrick will be defending their World Tag Team titles against the former champions, Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch
JR: And of course, tonight wouldnít be complete without us hearing from the WWE Champion Randy Orton. . .
ďThe GameĒ blasts out & Triple H storms down to ringside not looking happy at all. Wearing jeans and a T shirt, he gets a great pop as he gets in the ring and demands a microphone
Triple H: Let me cut to right to the chase. For the third time in the space of just over a month, I have been within touching distance of becoming the WWE Champion. I was so close that I could taste it. . . but we all know what happened. . . And last night, I stood in this very ring with the chance to put all that behind me and move on to the stage that I have made my own. . . Wrestlemania
Triple H: But yet again, that didnít happen. It didnít happen for one simple reason. On no less than three occasions in a matter of a weeks, I have been screwed out of the title that I crave for. . . the title that I live for by a group of control hungry sons of bitches that have nothing better to do than screw up my career
Triple H: But last night. . . last night it went too far, one of that group crossed the line. . . and that man is JBL
***LOTS OF BOOS***
Triple H: You know, just when I thought I had gotten past him and Shane McMahon, eliminating the both of them, deep down I thought that the Royal Rumble was mine, I could smell it. . . But for one lapse of concentration, I gave JBL the opportunity he must have dreamt of the night before, a chance I never give away. I got caught up in all the crap that has gone down in the last few months and I took my eye off the ball for that one split second, the split second that almost cost me the Royal Rumble match. . . You might be wondering why I say the world almost, but trust me, Iím right. I admit I took my eye off the ball, but I composed myself, only to turn round in to a great big mammoth, who again, almost eliminated me from the match
Triple H: Like I said guys. . . almost. I landed on the apron, I didnít hit the floor. I regained my balance and was about to step back through these ropes and book my path to Wrestlemania when John Bradshaw Layfield, the bastard son of Vincent Kennedy Crapbag McMahon dragged me out of the match and my title match at Wrestlemania
***TONS OF HEAT***
Triple H walks over to the same ropes that he was eliminated at last night
Triple H: It was right here where JBL, the very man I eliminated just minutes earlier, reached up and took away my opportunity that was stolen from under my nose yet again
Triple H: I think you all know how the story goes from here. . . I have just one thing left to say. . . John, get your ass down here right now
The Game waits about five seconds with no response
Triple H: COME ON JOHN. IF YOU DONíT COME DOWN HERE, IíM COMINí BACK THERE, NOW BRING YOUR SORRY ASS DOWN HERE RIGHT NOW
ďLonghornĒ hits and JBLís limo enters the arena. A very happy Shane McMahon gets out first, followed by a smiling Vince and then a smug JBL to a ton of heat
JBL already has a microphone and talks as he walks to the ring
JBL: Hunter, what happened last night was just plain retribution. You took away my dream and I took yours
Shane and Vince climb up the steps and then through the ropes, with JBL following them in
JBL: Hunter, if you want to find someone to blame for all of this, you should look no further than yourself. Let me remind you, it wasnít me that insinuated that Hornswoggle was my fatherís son to make the most successful business man on this earth look like an idiot in front of the world. . . However Hunter, last night it was me that made you look like a fool in this very same arena when I took you in my hands, then pulled you and your dream away from you
JBL: Not only did you fall from the ring, you fell out of the Wrestlemania main event
Triple H: Whatever I did was to teach Vince a lesson, but tonight I want you just mentioned. . . retribution
Triple H: I taught your dad a lesson and now Iím gonna teach you a lesson. . . What I want is me and you one on one tonight
JBL: Hunter, as much as I would enjoy carrying on where I left off last night, itís just not going to happen
Linda McMahonís music hits as she walks out to the stage with a microphone, making The McMahon Men very angry as they look on from the ring
Linda McMahon: Gentleman, like I told my beloved husband last night, any match making privileges you had, have now been removed. The power trip has gone too far and as I stated last night, a new independent Head of Authority will be taking control, starting tonight
Linda McMahon: This means Hunter, if you want to face JBL tonight, it will be up to the new Head of Authority to decide that, not the pair of you
Vince tells JBL to give him the mic, which he does
Vince McMahon: Linda, whoever the hell this person is, do you really believe for one second they are going to be able to control The McMahon Men? It just canít happen Linda, end of story
Linda McMahon: Oh I disagree entirely. . . Business is business Vince, not personal like it has been thanks to you over the last few weeks. . . And you know, it was because of you Vince and a significant business decision you made nearly six years ago that made the Board of Directorís stand up and take notice. When a decision had to be made, you went against your own personal feelings and made the right decision for the good of the business. . . ironically something that has remained firmly in mind with the Board. . . That decision Vince was such a difficult but yet successful one that it has been implemented for a second time, as of right now in fact
Vince McMahon: Damn it Linda, who is it?
Linda McMahon: Vince since you donít want me to keep you from it any longer, I will simply let actions speak louder than words
ďIím BackĒ hits & Eric Bischoff walks out to an incredibly good reception with some obvious boos too
He has a huge smile on his face as he stands at the top of the stage, shaking hands with Linda before she passes him her microphone and walks to the back. The McMahonís look on in shock while Triple H doesnít seem to bat an eyelid
Eric Bischoff: Vince itís funny donít you think? I never used to believe in the saying what goes around comes around, but I guess nothing could be appropriate right now could it?
Eric Bischoff: And what comes around for you Vince McMahon, is me, your worst nightmare, ERIC BISCHOFF
Eric Bischoff: However, as Linda quite rightly pointed out, I am not just the Head of Authority for Raw, but I am the Independent Head of Authority for Raw. I have been told in no uncertain terms that any conflict of interest would see me removed from my new position, so independent Vince I shall remain. . . I must tell you and everyone here that everything that has happened between us is ancient history. . . The time you brought me back here and made a fool of me, helping my nephew shave my head bald, force me to have my head shoved up another manís ass and fire me while putting me in a dumpster for the second time are all in the past Vince
Vince smiles and looks at JBL, mouthing the words ďI did thatĒ
Eric Bischoff: Iíve put that behind me Vince for the good of Raw, and you should know that Iíve been keeping up with Raw since I left. And now Iím back, I must categorically state that every decision I make will be for the benefit of the show and not either side of this family feud we have ourselves right now. . . With that in mind and after what happened last night, I have decided just what the first main event of my tenure will be right here tonight in Madison Square Garden
Eric Bischoff: Tonight, you will see The Game, The King of Kingís, Triple H go one on one with Vince McMahonís son. . . not illegitimate son, but his birth son, Shane McMahon
Eric Bischoff: I know itís not the match you wanted Hunter, I just feel that tonight it is best that you and JBL stay the hell away from each other. However there is going to be one very big incentive for all of you tonight, as in less than two weeks time, itís Saturday Nightís Main Event coming to you live from London, England. And since youíve both enjoyed the power youíve had so much recently, Iím going to give you a little back to play with. . . Well Iím going to give the winner that power. . . See the winner of the match tonight will then choose the opponent and stipulation for the loserís match at Saturday Nightís main Event
Eric Bischoff: Gentleman. . . good luck!
ďIím BackĒ hits again and Triple H smiles as The McMahonís look unhappy
***CUT TO THE ARENA***
WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Paul London & Brian Kendrick (c)
vs. The Redneck Wrecking Crew
ENDING: Cade stands up just by the ropes, urging London up to his feet as he slowly comes round. As London stands up and turns round, Cade charges at him, going for a LARIAT. . . . . London is able to counter with a LEG LARIAT. . . . . Both men drop to the mat and then start to crawl towards their corner with the crowd cheering London on as he gets closer to Kendrick and then jumps up, making the tag as Cade also tags in Murdoch. Both Murdoch and Kendrick enter the ring and run towards each other with Kendrick ducking underneath Murdochís outstretched arm. As Murdoch turns round, Kendrick hits him with a dropsault.
Murdoch gets back up quickly, but straight into another dropsault from Kendrick, who looks on fire. As Murdoch stands back up again, so does Cade on the apron with Kendrick then running back into the ropes, which knocks Cade down and chest first into the barricade. As Kendrick comes off the ropes, he dives at Murdoch, hitting him with a CROSS BODY. . . . . Murdoch drops to the mat with Kendrick on top holding on for a cover 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Murdoch is able to push him off in time to save the match. As both men make their way back up, itís Murdoch who swings at Kendrick, but he ducks it and then nails Murdoch with an ENZIGURI. . . . .
A big cheer comes from the crowd as he then scurries back over to Murdoch and hooks the leg 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Kick out, but just. Murdoch looks groggy as he slowly makes his way up to his knees close to the corner. And just as heís standing up Kendrick approaches him from the behind, grabs him by the head, runs up the ropes and then plants him with the SLICED BREAD #2. . . . . A big pop rings out as Kendrick rushes to cover Murdoch, hooking both legs 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.
AFTERMATH: ďHey YouĒ hits as London & Kendrick hug each other in the middle of the ring and are then passed their title belts as Cade looks on disappointed from the outside
WINNERS: Paul London & Brian Kendrick by pinfall @ 8.43
JR: The World Tag Team Champions just made a very impressive title defence right here tonight. . . But folks, itís time to take you back to earlier today when I had the chance to sit down with Sunny and the new Intercontinental Champion, CM Punk
We see Jim Ross sat down in a leather chair in a room backstage with a plain clothed CM Punk & Sunny on a sofa next to JR. The Intercontinental Championship is resting on the arm rest next to Punk
JR: Well I guess I should start by offering you my congratulations on your victory last night and becoming the Intercontinental Champion for the first time
CM Punk: Well thank you JR
JR: However, I must say that I still feel. . . well like a lot of our fans and Jeff Hardy will right now, and thatís a little sick to the stomach of how you and Sunny here went about taking that title
Punk sits forward and looks right at JR
CM Punk: With total respect JR, I can understand why people including yourself and Jeff feel like that, but thatís life. And like life JR, you have obstacles thrown at you, and you deal with them the best you can. . . But believe it or not, I do feel for Jeff, because he didnít really have much of a chance to see that coming. . . no one did. It was quick and incredibly efficient like all successful assassins. . . Iím not calling myself an assassin JR, but I did indeed take Jeff Hardy out, and I did take his title like you said
JR shakes his head as Punk sits back
JR: Now Sunny, donít take this too personally, but how can you live with yourself, knowing what youíve done to Jeff Hardy?
Sunny: Thatís simple JR. . . very easily. . . Jeff Hardy got what he deserved. He doesnít have the intelligence or the character needed to be in this business, let alone at the level he is at, something that my good man here and I actually share
JR: Itís apparent to me now that this sinister plan goes back a lot further than I originally thought. . .
Sunny: . . . Sorry JR hunny, but youíre right, it does. We go back a long way, we know each other inside out, so well in fact that we both know weíre not all that nice people. . . But thatís irrelevant in this business JR and you know why? . . . Being nice in the wrestling industry gets you nowhere and fast. We both have the ambition and the understanding of this business weíve lived in for so long, something Jeff Hardy fails to understand, but I guess will be coming to terms with roundabout now
JR: I have to say Iím shocked at what youíve just told me. . .
CM Punk: JR, I told you we barely had any time to speak with you since Iím very busy right now, hell Iíve even got a title defence later on this evening. . . However JR, I respect that you had the courtesy to come and ask myself and Sunny to come and talk to you. But thereís something that Jeff has to know
Punk turns to the camera with a real serious look on his face
CM Punk: Jeff, I know youíre feeling so many emotions right now, but youíll have to get over it. . . hell I know I have, but jealousy isnít going to get you anywhere. All my life in this business Iíve had that over the women Iíve dated, itís just something Iím used to. But you know what else Iím used to Jeff? . . . Coming out best over the now former Intercontinental Champion. . . If you have even an ounce of a brain left after all the substance abuse itís suffered over the years, youíll realise that you need to show me the respect I deserve for doing what I said I was going to in proving what a low life piece of human life you are
Punk smirks as he turns to the camera and then stands up with Sunny before leaving the room as JR looks on disapprovingly
With Hardcore Holly already in the ring, ďHell Will Be Callin Your NameĒ blasts out as Bobby Lashley makes his way down to the ring, getting a good pop
JR: Last night King, this man right here put in an amazing effort, entering the Royal Rumble match at number one, lasting for nearly a full hour and causing quite a scare for a number of superstars. . . I am eager to find out just how Bobby Lashley performs here tonight on the back of last nightís effort
vs. Hardcore Holly
ENDING: Lashley pulls Holly back up to his feet, but is shocked as Holly catches him off guard with a right hand and then whips him into the ropes, hitting Lashley with a perfectly executed dropkick as he comes back. Holly doesnít look to waste a second as he crawls over and covers the big man 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Kick out from Lashley, who is then dragged back up to his feet by Holly. This time as Holly goes for a whip, itís reversed by Lashley, who then catches Holly as he comes back, planting him with a SPINEBUSTER. . . . . The crowd cheer that as Holly hits the mat and Lashley looks to take advantage by going for a cover 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . .
Shoulder up from Holly, surprising some fans who thought it was all over. Lashley stands back up, then drags Holly up to his feet and whips him hard into the corner. Lashley charges in and hits him with a vicious shoulder thrust to the chest. He then backs out of the corner as Holly staggers out holding his chest. Lashley then walks towards Holly, stomps him in the gut and places his head under his arm, then lifts him up vertically in the air, keeping him up there for nearly ten second before bringing him crashing him down to earth with a DELAYED SUPLEX. . . . . With the crowd cheering, Lashley looks to wrap it up as he turns over and tries another cover 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . .
Hollyís not giving in as he kicks out yet again, but Lashley isnít fazed as he stands back up and walks into the corner, stalking Holly for the SPEAR. . . . . With the crowd getting behind Lashley, Holly then slowly makes his way back up to his feet, and as he turns round, Lashley charges at him. Holly though sidesteps the spear, but Lashley also stops dead and turns round at the same time as Holly. Lashley then scoops him up onto his shoulder, walks into the corner, then turns round and runs across the ring, planting him with a RUNNING POWERSLAM. . . . . A big pop breaks out as Lashley reaches across and hooks the leg 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.
AFTERMATH: Lashleyís music hits again as he gets his arm raised to a pop from the crowd. He then walks to the ropes and poses for the crowd before leaving the ring
WINNER: Bobby Lashley by pinfall @ 5.02
Thereís panic in the back as an unknown official holding a clipboard and wearing a headset calls for help
The camera follows him into a locker room where we see Rey Mysterio lying face down on the floor. The official then walks back out and shouts out for help as two EMTís then run down the corridor and into the room where they check on Rey. They ask him if they can hear anything, but thereís no response. They then turn him over and do more checks as the camera cuts across the backstage area
***CUT ACROSS THE BACK***
Maria is standing by with Santino Marella is with Melina
Maria: Santino. . .
Santino Marella: Maria, I am not one to be-a rude, but I asked for-a this time for a reason. I wanted to tell all-a my fans about the tragedy that a-was the Royal Rum-bal. . . It was-a plain to see that I, Santino Marella deserved to win-a that match and take a trip to The Fruit Bowl in Orlando
Santino Marella: But do you know what-a happened Maria? The man who should have-a won that match was-a robbed like a New York pedestrian
Maria: Who was that Santino?
Santino looks pissed
Santino Marella: It was-a me Maria, I was. . .
Maria: . . . But you werenít robbed, you were the first eliminated
Melina steps in front of Melina, not looking too happy
Melina: If I were you Maria, I would be very careful what you say
Santino Marella: You listen to Melina, she knows what to do with-a her mouth if you-a know what I mean. . . Maria, it is was easy for all these peop-al to see that I was robbed last night, no matter what-a you and these disgusting New Yorkerís think
Santino Marella: You know back home Melina, we have a saying for New York. . . we call it The Rotten Apple, and it is-a easy to see why
Maria: I like New York
Santino Marella: SHUT UP MARIA
Maria looks quite scared, but Ron Killings then walks into the shot and sees how worried Maria is
Ron Killings: What the hellís goin on back here? . . . You a-ight Maria?
Santino Marella: I think you should-a go away and back to The Bronx because I have a record to set-a straight
Ron Killings: Does that record have anything to do wit you getting your ass thrown out of the Rumble first last night? . . . That gotta hurt
Santino turns to Melina, looking confused
Santino Marella: Is it just-a me Melina or did I tell this horrib-al human being to leave? . . . Did you not listen to-a what I had to say?
Ron Killings: Maybe for once, you should shut that big mouth of yours. . . But since you wanna act all tough around the ladies, maybe you should try me on for size instead. Thatís if youíve actually got a set down those kids tights youíre wearin little guy
Santino Marella: Is-a this guy for real?
Ron Killings: Youíre damn right Iím for real, and if you wanna find out. . . act like a man for once in your life and youíll find out
Santino stands there looking confused as Killings turns to Maria
Ron Killings: Come on, letís get you away from this idiot
Maria walks away with Killings as Melina and Santino look on confused. Santino then turns to Melina
Santino Marella: What he is going to-a show me? How to wear a napkin around my-a head?
Melina laughs out loud at the dig about Killingsí bandana while Santino nudges her flirtatiously
Rey Mysterio is being checked over by EMTís in a doctorís room. One EMT checks his pupils and the other holds an ice pack against Reyís neck
EMT #1: Rey, Iím not sure itís best you compete tonight. I donít think you should take any kind of risk
Rey Mysterio: Doc, itíll be fine by then, I wanna wrestle tonight
EMT #2: You really should think about it Rey, we really donít advise it after the head trauma you suffered
Rey Mysterio: Trust me, Iím okay to compete
EMT #2: Okay, well be careful Rey
Rey Mysterio: Naturally. . . Can I go now?
EMT #1: I guess so since youe mind's made up
Rey Mysterio: Thanks
Rey takes hold of the ice pack and stands up off the medics table, then walks out of the room
***CUT TO THE ARENA***
Kofi Kingston w/Cody Rhodes & Kelly
vs. Carlito w/Eddie Colon
ENDING: Kofi blocks a right hand from Carlito and kicks him in the lower stomach. He then grabs Carlito by the arm and whips him into the ropes, but Carly is able to cause a shock for Kofi as he SPRINGBOARDS OFF THE ROPES AND HITS KOFI WITH A BACK ELBOW SMASH. . . . . As both men make their way back up to their feet, Carlito has the advantage as this time he whips Kofi into the ropes, and as Kofi comes back, Carlito leaps up, connecting with a JUMPING HURRICANRANA. . . . . Carly holds on to Kofiís legs as the referee counts the shoulders 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Kofi pushes off with his feet as both men stand back up, again with Carlito in better shape as he stands up first. He grabs Kingston by the arm straight away and whips him into the corner, then takes a second before running in.
But as he gets there, Kofi lifts his boot up into Carlyís face. Carlito then staggers out of the corner as Kofi then pulls himself up to the second rope, waiting for Carlito to turn back round. And as he does, Kofi then leaps off, connecting with a DIVING CROSS BODY. . . . . The referee counts as Kofi holds on for a cover 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Carlito pushes Kofi off and both men take a few seconds longer as they make their way back up to a vertical base. Carlito swings a right hand, but Kofi ducks it and slips behind Carlito, bends down and rolls Carly up 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Carlito pushes off again, this time with his legs as both men rush to their feet. Carlito back tracks to the corner, but Kofi runs at him and then jumps up to the second rope where he starts pummelling Carlito with hard right hands. After hitting four though, Carlito is able to push Kofi down to the mat.
As he is about to walk out of the corner, he turns round and looks down at Cody, then spits at him. Cody is furious and then stands up onto the apron, but the referee walks right over and tries to get him down. Cody argues his case as Carlito then turns round, but into a right hand from Kingston that knocks him down to the mat. Seeing the danger, Eddie walks round the ring and collects a chair from next to Lilian, then slides it in the ring towards his brother as he sits back up while Kofi looks at the goings on with Cody, who is still arguing with the referee. Carlito grabs the chair as he stands back up, and as Kofi turns round, CARLITO SMASHES HIM ACROSS THE SKULL WITH THE CHAIR. . . . . The referee hears the bang and turns back round, immediately seeing Carlito with the chair in hand and calls for the bell.
AFTERMATH: Cody climbs into the ring and runs towards Carlito, but Eddie steps forward and smashes him over the head with the steel chair. With both men on the mat, Kelly steps through the ropes to check on them both, but stays beside Cody. Carlito then walks over to Kelly from behind and grabs her by the hair. With the crowd booing as Kelly screams, Carlito yells all kinds of abuse at her. Eddie then shouts at Carlito and seems to instruct him to pull Kelly up, which he does. Eddie lifts the chair above his head as Kelly screams like crazy, but as he brings it down, he stops at the last second and drops the chair, then just pushes her down to the mat too. He and Carlito high five before leaving the ring laughing and turning back to see the damage theyíve done
WINNER: Kofi Kingston by DQ @ 7.41
Todd Grisham is standing by
Todd Grisham: Please welcome my guest at this time. . . Y2J Chris Jericho
Jericho walks into the shot to a big pop from the arena
Todd Grisham: Chris, last night didnít exactly go to plan at the Royal Rumble, especially considering it was Mr. Kennedy that eliminated you from the Rumble match
Chris Jericho: Todd, you donít need to point out that it was the yellow top snowman himself that did what he always manages to do. . . take advantage of me when my back is turned. . . But yeah last night was not a night I care to look back on. . .
Jericho looks a little surprised and then looks up as Mr. Kennedy stands at the side of Grisham
Mr. Kennedy: Todd, I can take it from here, you can take off
Grisham looks confused
Mr. Kennedy: I said take a hike goofy before I send you packin just like I did Chris here last night. Just ask him how he feels
Grisham holds his hands up and walks out of the shot
Chris Jericho: Oh yeah, youíre real funny Ken, real funny. You got anything else to amaze and astound us, or do I have to stand here and listen to whatever crap it is you have to say
Mr. Kennedy: Chris, bitterness is such a horrible thing. You need to put what happened last night to the back of your head, just like I have. . . You know as sweet as it felt to ruin your night last night, I bet we both woke up this mornin feelin the exact same way. . . I know I was ticked off, how about you Chris, cos I wanted the same thing you did, but yet here we both stand without a guaranteed title shot at Wrestlemania
Chris Jericho: Is there a point to all this or did you just come here to remind me how bad your breath smells?
Mr. Kennedy: Iím not here to play games Chris, Iím deadly serious. I didnít get what I wanted last night, but unlike you, I have a back up plan, an alternative if you will, something you donít. . . I just felt I had to warn you and everyone else on the roster that I will still get what I want. . . I will be getting the shot that I deserve, and thereís not a damn thing you or anyone can do to change that
Jericho looks confused as Kennedy then turns round and walks out of the shot
The McMahon Men are in their dressing room. Shane is warming up, jabbing the air as JBL sits down on a leather sofa and Vince paces up and down
***TONS OF HEAT***
Vince McMahon: How can your mother treat me this way? After all Iíve done for her Shane, she comes back and spits right in my face. . . I mean, what is she thinking appointing Eric Bischoff the new Head of Authority for Raw? . . . Eric Bischoff of all people
Shane stops his warm up routine
Shane McMahon: Dad, itís not that bad
Vince McMahon: Whatís wrong with you Shane? He has all the power we used to have. How is that not that bad? Please enlighten me
Shane McMahon: Look, who is Bischoff going to be more intimidated by? Us or Triple H? . . . Thereís one of him and three of us. And like he said, heís independent, and if heís not, heís fired. . . Heís already shown that things can go in our favour by making the match tonight. . . Look at this way dad, Hunterís going to be pissed right now, he didnít want to fight me tonight, he wanted John, but instead he has to deal with Shane O Mac
Shane McMahon: And I know we didnít exactly do what we planned last night, but we got the job done in the end. Triple H isnít going to Wrestlemania, and his night is only going to get worse. I can make him suffer even more than he did when he got royally screwed last night, if that isnít enough already. . . Come on dad, look on the brightside of it all, we might as well get on with things
JBL stands up from the sofa and puts his hand on Shaneís back
JBL: You know Shane, as much as I enjoyed screwing Triple H last night and would love to do the same tonight, I will be more than happy to watch you up close and personal watch Triple H cry like the baby he is for the second night in a row
Vince smiles with pride
Vince McMahon: Thatís my boy
Shane McMahon: Look guys, donít take this the wrong way, but I wanna do this on my own tonight. . . And believe me, I will really give Hunter something to cry about
Vince looks a little concerned
Vince McMahon: Shane, are you sure about this? Itís no trouble us coming down there and supporting you tonight, itís what every family should do, even us, the richest, most successful family in the world. . . The McMahon Men!
Shane McMahon: Dad, I appreciate the support, but itís something I need to do for me. But I promise you both, I wonít let the McMahon boys down tonight
Vince McMahon: I know you wonít son, good luck
Vince hugs Shane and JBL then does the same before Shane goes back to his warm up routine
***CUT TO THE ARENA***
vs. CM Punk (c) w/Sunny
ENDING: Rey and Punk go at each other with some stiff kicks to the chest, but itís Rey who surprisingly who takes the imitative after struggling through the pain in the early going due to the sneak attack backstage. But as Rey takes a step back, Punk walks forward and hits a vicious martial arts kick right to the side of Reyís face. But Punk doesnít allow him to fall to the mat, reaching forward straight away to grab Punkís head and then pulls it into position before nailing him with a DOUBLE UNDERHOOK BACK BREAKER. . . . . Punk looks to go for the cover straight away as he hooks both legs 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Rey continues to fight through it as he lifts his shoulder up to stop the count. Punk looks angry as he sits up, but then decides to try for another cover with the referee counting again 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Rey again kicks out. Punk doesnít look happy as he stands back up, then reaches down to drag Rey back up to his feet.
He then whips Rey into the ropes, but as Rey comes back off the ropes, he runs through and past Punk, and as he comes back, he takes Punk down with a bulldog. Rey rushes as he turns Punk over onto his back and goes for a cover 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . This time itís Punk who gets the shoulder up at the count of two. Rey then stands back up with Punk too making his way back up to his feet, but as he stands up, Rey reacts straight away, taking him straight back down TILT-A-WHIRL HEAD SCISSORS. . . . . The crowd cheer Rey on as he then stands back up to his feet and runs over to the corner, then climbs to the top rope. He points to the sky, getting a huge pop as he then leaps off for the FROG SPLASH. . . . . Punk gets the knees up and Rey holds his chest as he rolls to the side on the mat. Punk then crawls to the apron and slides under the bottom rope.
As he slowly stands back up on the apron, Rey too starts to get back up on the inside. With Punk now steadying himself as he holds on to the top rope, Rey stands up and turns round with Punk then SPRING BOARDING OFF THE TOP ROPE AND GOING FOR THE AIR PUNK. . . . . TAKING REY DOWN WITH THE FLYING CLOTHESLINE. . . . . Punk is all smiles as he stands back up, then reaches down to pull Rey to his feet. He whips him into the corner and then runs in, hitting him with the JUMPING KNEE SMASH. . . . . He holds on to Reyís head as he turns round, runs out of the corner and takes him down with a bulldog. The crowd boo as Punk gets back up and taunts Rey to stand back up, and as Rey slowly comes round, Punk gets anxious as he then pulls Rey up from his knees and lifts him on to his shoulders for the GTS. . . . . With the crowd booing, Rey is able to slip down Punkís back and then rolls him up for a cover 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . .
Kick out from Punk, and just! Both men stand back up with Rey close by the ropes as Punk then goes for a wild swing with his right leg, but Rey ducks it and pushes him away. Punk half runs back at Rey, but into a drop toe hold, landing on the second rope. The crowd goes crazy as Rey walks over to the other side of the ring and dials up. He then runs back across, swings his legs through the ropes and CONNECTS WITH THE 619. . . . . Punk is sent back across the mat while Rey waits on the apron, but as the referee focuses on Punk, Sunny walks round the apron and grabs Rey by the foot. Boos ring out as Rey looks down and eventually pushes her away. As he turns back, Punk is already up, so Rey SPRINGBOARDS FOR THE WEST COAST POP. . . . BUT PUNK WALKS FORWARD AND CATCHES HIM ON HIS SHOULDERS. . . . . REYíS IN TROUBLE. . . . . PUNK THEN CONNECTS WITH THE GTS. . . . . Reyís face smashes into Punkís knee, who then drops to the mat and makes the cover 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.
AFTERMATH: ďThis Fire BurnsĒ hits as Sunny collects Punkís belt from ringside. She steps through the ropes, walks over to Punk, gives him the belt and raises his hand. The fans boo like crazy as Punk lifts the belt in the air as he stands over Reyís body with a big smirk on his face. Sunny directs heat to them both as she points at him with both arms before they hug and leave to go to the back
WINNER: CM Punk by pinfall @ 14.52
Eric Bischoff is in his office with Victoria when Elijah Burke storms in with Layla
Eric Bischoff: What the hell do you want, barging in here like that? Iíve got some business to attend to
Elijah Burke: Look congrats on the job and all, but I need to tell you that what happened to Rey earlier. . . it wasnít me. I know how it looks with all the crap weíve been through, but as much as I hate Rey and he hates me, I swear to god it wasnít me that jumped him
Eric Bischoff: You know. . . Elijah right?
Elijah Burke: Thatís right boss
Eric Bischoff: You know I have to admit it upsets me a little bit that I have to come back here and one of the first things that I have to deal with is one of my superstars being attacked from behind in his own locker room. . . I donít need to tell you or any other superstar that shouldnít have to happen, but unfortunately it did. . . And like you said Elijah, you and Rey have been through a lot lately, Iíve heard all about it and it seems that a lot of people are pointing the finger in your direction. . . I donít know if you just saw Reyís match, but he showed everyone just what guts he has, yeah he fell a little short, but he went in to that ring and gave it his all. . .And that my friend is what competition is all about and how problems should be solved. . . kind of like how they will be at Saturday Nightís Main Event
Elijah Burke: What are you talking about? Saturday Nightís Main Event?
Eric Bischoff: What Iím talking about is that in less than two weeks time, you will be going one on one with Rey Mysterio, so Rey can even the score shall we say
Elijah Burke: Look it wasnít me, I told you already
Layla: Heís telling the truth, Iíve been with him all night, heís been nowhere near Reyís locker room
Eric Bischoff: Look, its not that donít believe you, but I have a job to do. And believe me, I will find out who did this to Rey Mysterio, and when I do, they will be punished
Elijah Burke: I donít know what itíll take to make it sink in boss, but when I said I didnít do it, it means I didnít do it, but I have absolutely no problem beating the crap out of Rey at Saturday Nightís Main Event. . . And then you will have blood on your hands
Burke and Bischoff look at each other with very seirous expressions for a couple of seconds before Burke turns round and walks out with Layla as Beth Phoenix walks in with the Womens Championship on her shoulder
She looks stunned to see Victoria there
Beth Phoenix: What is she doing here?
Eric Bischoff: Well since itís my first night, I thought Iíd get myself acquainted with the two of you. . . well I know Victoria. . . not like that, but thatís why I sent for you to come here. . . See I understand you two have had a few problems
Beth Phoenix: Problems, I donít think so Eric. The only problem we have is a misunderstanding
Victoria: Misunderstanding, i don't think so. You gave me a concussion
Bischoff stands in between them
Eric Bischoff: Ladies please, weíve had enough trouble tonight without you two adding to it. . . Look, the reason I brought you both here is the same reason I just used to sort things out with Rey Mysterio and Elijah Burke. Problems should be solved the old fashioned way, in the middle of the ring. . . And at Saturday Nightís Main Event, in addition to the match I just made a few minutes ago, Beth you will be defending your womens title against Victoria
Beth Phoenix: What? Why?
Eric Bischoff: Because Beth, I said so
Beth Phoenix: But Eric. . .
Eric Bischoff: . . . Look Iíve made my decision and itís final unless you wanna change that to next Monday night in I donít know. . . a first blood match
Beth Phoenix: NOO. . . Saturday Nightís Main Event is just fine
Beth puts a fake smile on before leaving, while Victoria looks very satisfied
Victoria: Thanks Eric
Eric Bischoff: No problem at all
Victoria walks out while Bischoff smiles to himself
Eric Bischoff: Oh itís good to be back
***CUT TO THE ARENA***
***THE MAIN EVENT***
WINNER CHOOSES LOSERíS MATCH FOR SATURDAY NIGHTíS MAIN EVENT
vs. Shane McMahon
ENDING: HHH pulls Shane back up to his feet, he then grabs him by the arm and whips him into the corner. As Shane hits the pads, The Game then runs in at him, but Shane pulls himself out of the corner as Triple H then runs right into the pads, chest first. He then turns round and staggers out of the corner with Shane then stomping him in the gut and pulling Triple Hís head under his arm and then plants him with a SNAP DDT. . . . . Shane reacts quickly as he turns The Game onto his back and goes for a cover 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . The Game gets his shoulder up, leaving Shane a little shocked, but Trips looks out of it as Shane then stands back up and drags him towards the corner, sitting him up against the pads. Shane then walks back across the ropes and climbs up to the top rope, seeming to be getting ready for the COAST TO COAST. . . . . The crowd boo heavily before Shane O Mac then leaps towards The Game, but Trips pulls himself out of the corner as the only thing Shaneís feet hit are the pads.
With the crowd cheering, both men remain on the mat before they eventually come round and stand up at the same time. Both look groggy as Shane walks out of the corner and jabs Triple H in the jaw, and then again, but as he goes for a wild right, Trips ducks underneath it and then reaches back to grab Shane around then the neck before dropping to the mat to hit a NECKBREAKER. . . . . With the crowd cheering, The Game goes for a cover on his brother-in-law 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Shane just kicked out of that one as Triple H looks a little surprised. He then stands back up, then reaches down to pull Shane up to his feet and then whips him into the ropes. Shane though holds onto the top rope, with The Game then running at him, but Shane lifts his boot up into Tripsí face, sending him back across the mat in a daze. As Triple H then turns back round, Shane runs at him, but The Game catches him, planting him with a DOUBLE A SPINEBUSTER. . . . .
It sounds like the roof just blew off MSG, and The Game isnít messing about as he immediately stands back up. He bends down and drags Shane into position for a PEDIGREE. . . . . Just as Trips has him locked in position, he sees Vince McMahon power walking down the ramp. Vince steps up on the apron straight away with Mike Chioda walking over to try and get him down. The Game lets go of Shane, just letting him drop to the mat and goes to yell at Vince when JBL comes out of the crowd and slides in the ring. With Vince still distracting Chioda, Triple H then turns back and runs right into a CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL. . . . . JBL then drags Shane over Triple Hís body before leaving the ring. Vince then drops down off the apron, with Chioda then seeing Shane on top of Trips, he runs across the mat, drops down and counts the fall 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.
AFTERMATH: ďHere Comes the MoneyĒ hits as JBL enters the ring again and helps Shane up to his feet. He raises Shaneís arm in the air to a huge amount of heat from the MSG crowd. Vince then climbs up the steps and in to the ring as he then hugs Shane as Triple H remains flat out on the mat with the McMahon men smiling like crazy as they celebrate Shaneís victory
WINNER: Shane McMahon by pinfall @ 13.37
We see a smug looking Randy Orton walking through the back as he makes his way towards the ring for his Victory Address, up next!
ďBurn in my LightĒ hits as Randy Orton walks into the arena to a lot of heat, dressed in jeans and a T Shirt with the WWE Championship draped over his shoulder
He collects a microphone and stands in the middle of the ring, waiting for the crowd to die down before lifting the microphone to his mouth
Randy Orton: I told you so
He looks into the crowd, getting angry by their reaction
Randy Orton: I DID WHAT YOU ALL THOUGHT I COULDNíT. I WALKED IN THE FACE OF THE ADVERSITY, STEPPED THROUGH THESE VERY SAME ROPES LAST NIGHT, PUT MY BODY AND CAREER ON THE LINE, AND I DID WHAT I SAID I COULD, AND WHAT YOU ALL THOUGHT WAS IMPOSSIBLE. . . I BEAT JOHN CENA
***HEAT with some cheers***
He stops and soaks up the heat before talking again, regaining his composure
Randy Orton: Thatís right, I beat John Cena in this very arena less than twenty four hours ago and sent most of you home in tears. . . There were however some of you who went home knowing and appreciating what they had just witnessed. . . See there are some people who realised what I said was the truth. They realised that I can back up everything that comes out of my mouth. When I say something, I donít sit back on it. . . I deliver it, just like I did last night when I climbed that ladder and grabbed which is rightfully mine. . . the WWE Championship
Randy Orton: You donít have to like it, hell I donít care if you do or donít, but you have to respect it. You have to respect me and everything Iíve done, taking out challenger after challenger until there are no more left. I put all John Cenaís hopes to bed last night, just like the parents of all the disappointed and confused children across the world who stayed up that little bit later in the hope to see him once again become the WWE Champion. But Iím sorry to say kids, it didnít happen
Randy Orton: As much as it must look like Iíve come out here to brag about what I achieved last night, I feel there is absolutely no better way for me to sum up how I feel than this
Orton turns to the ropes and looks up at the tron
We see clips from the Cena/Orton match last night with Orton putting Cena through the announce table with a spike DDT, and then through a table in the ring after an RKO off the top rope. We then see Orton climbing up the ladder and collecting the WWE Championship belt and his emotion afterwards
Randy Orton: Now you can call that what you want, but what I call it is satisfaction. . . Satisfaction because I was able to take everything John Cena could throw at me and more, but I still had more in my locker to throw back at him, climb the ladder and earn the right to stand here tonight in front of all you miserable New Yorkerís as the WWE Champi. . .
ďMy Time is NowĒ blasts out & John Cena walks down to the ring, looking very serious, getting a better reaction than last night, but still some boos can be heard
John Cena: Randy do us all a favour and SHUT THE HELL UP
John Cena: Man, we get the message, you won last night, youíre the champion, blah, blah, blah. . . we get it. . . But Randy before we get into the big debate, I have to congratulate you on your performance last night, you showed everyone just why you are the WWE Champion. . . But I came out hear after hearing every last thing you said, but let me throw you my take on all this. . . The way I see it, yeah you won the match last night, but the fact remains. . . you didnít beat me
Randy Orton: WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? IíM THE CHAMPION, YOUíRE NOT. WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU CENA?
John Cena: Yeah I know it might sound crazy Randy, but the fact is, you climbed a ladder last night to win that match, you didnít pin me or make me tap. You know what I think that proves Randy? . . . I think it proves one thing. . . The truth is out folks, I admit it. . . Randy Orton is better at climbing ladders than me. . . It doesnít prove that you deserve that belt any more than me and it doesnít prove you have what it takes to beat me in a normal match. And had that been a regular match last night Randy, you would have lost. And since you wanna show the world some footage, letís show them some more
We see Orton running into an STFU, fighting it for a while before eventually tapping out
John Cena: So champ, what ya gotta say about that huh?
Randy Orton: I donít have to listen to you Cena, I won the match, full stop. Had that been a regular match as you put it, I would have fought my way out of that and did what I did anyway, get the job done to the rules of the match. . . Itís not my fault you couldnít do that John, I think it just proves what Iíve been saying the entire time, The Orton Era is untouchable. . .
John Cena: . . . Thatís crap, itís not over because you and me Randy, weíre not done. Last night was just the start, thereís more Randy, a whole lot more
Randy Orton: YOU THINK SO HUH? YOU THINK YOUíRE GETTING ANOTHER SHOT? . . . WELL TOUGH SHIT JOHN COS YOU HAD YOUR CHANCE AND YOU BLEW IT, JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. . . ROB VAN DAM, SHAWN MICHAELS, TRIPLE H, THEY ALL HAD THEIR CHANCE AND THEY BLEW IT LIKE YOU DID. . . YOUíRE JUST GONNA HAVE TO FACE FACTS JOHN, JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, THERE IS NO ONE, AND I MEAN NO ONE LEFT ON THE SHAPE OF THIS EARTH WHO CAN TAKE THIS TITLE AWAY FROM THE LEGEND KILLER. . .
ďBurnedĒ hits and the stage rages with fire as Kane slowly walks down the ramp
Cena and Orton look on in shock as the Royal Rumble winner, old school Kane walks up the steel steps and then climbs over the top rope. Orton looks stunned as he stands behind Cena while Kane enters the ring. Kane then lifts his arms up in the air and brings them crashing down, setting off his pyro on all four corners of the ring, making Cena and Orton jump. Orton looks scared as hell as Kane walks towards them, but with Cena in front of him, Orton pushes him right in to Kaneís chest. Cena looks up at Kane for a couple of seconds before The Big Red Machine grabs him by the throat and CHOKESLAMS HIM DOWN TO THE MAT. . . . . Orton looks on and smiles until Kane turns his attention to him, staring across the ring, but Orton slides under the bottom rope straight away, getting right out of harms way. Kane looks on, tilting his head while the fans boo as Orton walks towards the ramp, still looking utterly gob smacked. Kane turns to face him, lifts his arms in the air again, then brings them down to set his pyro off again
ďBurnedĒ hits again as Orton looks on from the bottom of the ramp with a huge look of fear in his eyes as Kane stands over Cenaís body, staring straight at The Legend Killer
The King: What the hell does this mean JR?
JR: I donít have a clue King. To me it looks like the winner of the Royal Rumble is putting Randy Orton on notice that he could be coming for his title
The King: My god JR, do you really think Kane is coming to Raw?
JR: Iím not sure King, I guess weíll find out more on Smackdown this Friday. . . But whatever you do folks, make sure you donít miss that and remember to tune in to Raw next Monday night. Weíll see you then. . . But now, itís good night folks
***END OF SHOW***
Paul London & Brian Kendrick df. The Redneck Wrecking Crew
Bobby Lashley df. Hardcore Holly
Kofi Kingston df. Carlito
CM Punk df. Rey Mysterio
Shane McMahon df. Triple H
Santino Marella df. Stevie Richards
Mickie James df. Jillian Hall
Ron Killings df. Orlando Jordan
CONFIRMED FOR SATURDAY NIGHTíS MAIN EVENT
WWE WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP
Victoria vs. ďThe GlamazonĒ Beth Phoenix (c)
Rey Mysterio vs. Elijah Burke