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The Pyramid in Memphis is the location for the second to last Raw of 2005, and General Manager Ric Flair is determined to end the year with a bang.
The five superstars in line to go to 'Fully Loaded' this Sunday will all be given a thirty second period of time to state their reasons as to why they should be voted in for the event this coming Sunday. No doubt, fireworks will explode when Batista, Christian, Rob Van Dam, Randy Orton and Shawn Michaels are in the ring together, all vying for a spot at Fully Loaded, and a possible shot at The Rock or Brock Lesnar at Royal Rumble.
Flair has signed an Armageddon Rematch, pitting Rey Mysterio against Carlito, in a rematch for the Intercontinental Title. Will it be a short reign for Carlito?? Or will He make it two for two against the Human Highlight Reel??
The Tag Team Championships will also be on the line, as Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin continue to be the fighting champions they intend on being, this week facing Booker T and Goldust. Will the effects of the Armageddon Ladder Match still be taking its toll on Benjamin and Haas, or will the recent distractions from The Brotherhood throw the challengers off their game??
Rodney Mack, of The Brotherhood will take on Eugene in one on one action too. In recent weeks, The Brotherhood have singled out Eugene as their target. On Monday Night, they get Eugene all alone. Will they be successful in taking out Eugene for good??
And, after being stripped of the Hardcore Title this past week on Raw, Rhyno has demanded a match this week on Raw, with Flair granting it, giving The Man Beast a match against none other, than The Animal, Flairs personal friend, Batista. What will happen when these two goliaths collide in the ring??
Plus, the main event pits the Foursome of DX, against a team that could potentially implode. John Cena, The World Champion, will team up with Randy Orton, and strangely Edge and Rob Van Dam too.
Edge has had his problems in the past with Cena and Orton, as well as his recent history with RVD. Not only this, but right now, Edge appears to be on the verge of snapping, with his behaviour becoming extremely erratic. However, after a brief clash with Shawn Michaels this past week, Edge is sure to want a piece of HBK.
Not only Edge, but RVD will be desperate to get his hands on Michaels too, after HBK sneakily eliminated Mr. Monday Night from the Battle Royal this past week on Raw.
John Cena and Randy Orton also have previous history with all four members of DX, and their tag partners, as well as each other. Will the team of egos facing DX co-exist long enough to get the job done??
News and Notes:
Many officials have been rather surprised with how the voting has went for the Fully Loaded Gauntlet Match. At this moment in time, the voting has been incredibly close between three of the superstars, which was not what the expectations were. This could possibly force some rethinking in the coming weeks and months, given the popularity being shown for some of the superstars.
Right now, there is talk of a possible 'Retirement' Match at The Royal Rumble between Goldberg and Stone Cold Steve Austin. In recent months, the tension has been brewing on screen, with an eventual one on one showdown set to come.
Goldbergs contract is said to be running out in late March / early April, whilst Steve Austin isnt expected to be carrying on much longer either, with chronic neck and back problems continuing to take its toll, which means the match could literally go either way.
The December 26th episode of Raw, and December 29th episode of Smackdown are to be 'Best of 2005' shows, showcasing the top 5 matches on each television show, top 5 PPV Matches from each brand, as well as the top 5 superstars and moments on each brand.
Raw will be up either tomorrow or on Wednesday.