Re: World Wrestling Entertainment - System to Their Success
Raw; January 9th; Houston:
Highlights from last week show Kurt Angle winning the WWE Championship after bashing Cena's skull against the exposed turnbuckle over ten straight times.
Kurt Angle opens the show to make a `Victory Speech', in which he builds himself up he degrates the crowd, and above all of that takes shots at John Cena, Shawn Michaels, Edge, and Triple H most of all John Cena and Shawn Michaels. But all of a sudden Edge interupts after a shot is taken at him, and a verbal confrontation about their pasts in which Edge exploits he shaved Angle bald. Then John Cena appears on stage to up stage both men, before the end comes when HHH appears on the titantron proclaiming himself to be a `King' and will rest on his throne in victory tonight.
Coming back from commercial we cut right into our Haas/Benjamin opener in which is a hot crowd opener, where Haas gives it his all, but isn't nearly enough to beat the newly hot Benjamin. Many instances in the match Shelton had opportunity to use cheap tactics, but stopped himself from doing so, in the end Benjamin hit the T-Bone for the pin. After the match Haas gets up and offers a handshake to his former partner and friend, but Benjamin slowly reaches his hand out before pulling it back and turning away to leave to a mixed reaction of mostly heat.
Backstage, we get an interview from Shawn Michaels in which he hypes up his feud with McMahon and his match tonight which may lead to a match in the main event. HBK is interrupted by Vince in the midst of the interview with Todd Grisham, with a `good luck ... and good riddance Shawn' coming from Vince's mouth, before patting him on the back whilst we cut off to our next commercial break.
We come back to see HBK in the ring ready for his `gauntlet match' as `The Spirit Squad' make their arrival in cheerleader jump suits of green, and we see `Mitch' as the first to enter the ring, he's eliminated nearly immediately with Sweet Chin Music. The next up is `Johnny' who doesn't stand a chance either once he recieves a flying forearm and a diving elbow right afterwords. Thus a pinfall comes and the 2nd opponent of this gauntlet. And next comes up `Mikey', but he's not alone as the other two members `Nicky and Kenny' come in with him.
The trio stomp and assault HBK leading to Mikey being DQ'd, but the damage is done first with Nicky & Mikey working together holding HBK up in a double suplex, and Kenny climbing to the top rope to hit a crossbody to take HBK down off the suplex into a pin. Kenny though isn't done, Mikey leaves, and Nicky watches whilst Kenny walks back out onto the apron, and to the top rope for a huge legdrop, suddenly a thud is heard with a connection and the pinfall seemingly finishing the match... but no.
HBK kicks out and kips up as Kenny complains, Kenny turns right into a superkick which knocks him out cold. Michaels pins Kenny for a three count, and Nicky is called into the ring, but he refuses. The crowd boo's, but Nicky walks up the ramp with the rest of the SS slowly getting up walking behind him, and Kenny is helped by Johnny up the ramp and HBK is now apart of the main event as he won the gauntlet against Nicky via count out.
We go to commercial and comeback to see Eric Bischoff meeting with Big Show & Kane in his office. Kane basically stands their to scare Bisch and Show & Bischoff talk about a Kane & Big Show vs. Triple H future match. Eric tells Big Show its not going to happen, but instead tonight its going to be Big Show versus Kane, partner vs. partner one on one in a Royal Rumble Qualifier, which doesn't bode well with either man ... but Bischoff tells them they will lose their tag titles if they don't go head to head which leads to them leaving disgruntled.
Next up we see Carlito in the ring ready for `Carlito's Cabana', and Ric Flair makes his legendary entrance stylin' and profilin' like always. Flair and Carlito exchange words before the promo begins, in which Carlito runs down Flair's career with highlights of his must unfornate moments, and taking shots at his legacy. At the end Flair has had enough, and stands up screaming in Carlito's face pissed off at the lack of respect, before turning his back to leave. Carlito all of a sudden drops down and nails Flair with a low blow, and Ric Flair slowly falls down with a grusome look on his face.
Carlito snatches the Intercontinental Championship up and calls for Ric to get up which he does and then Flair turns right into a thunderous title shot from Carlito which gets huge heat. Flair starts to bleed profusely from the skull, but like beating a dead horse CCC grabs an apple out of a basket set in the Cabana, chews it up and spits it on Flair, drops the belt beside Flair and signals the belt will be his as we cut to commercial once more.
We comeback from commercial to see Torrie, Victoria, and Candice in the ring as Mickie, Trish, and Ashley come out for a 6 women (yes women..) tag match. Throughout the match we see tension between Mickie and Ashley, more so rough tags, and accidental nudges during the contest. The end comes with a Trish Kick to Candice basically being the sacraficial lamb this week with Victoria & Torrie leaving her out to dry, and Trish wins the match for her team, but after Mickie gives a huge hug to Trish, and a nasty look at Ashley.
In the back we see Shawn Michaels with a trainer making sure he's ok to compete in the main event, suddenly Mr. McMahon walks into the picture and scares off the trainer, to talk to Shawn personally. Vince tells HBK that he did win tonight, but he didn't beat all five members of the team by pinfall, or submission, thus not really beating them all. He tells Shawn he doesn't even look like he's in good enough shape to compete in the main event, so tells him he won't be competiting in the main event, and he has the rest of the night off. McMahon walks off with a evil glare in his eyes and Shawn flips a table over pissed off with McMahon pulling a fast one on him.
We come back to the ring where the announcers hype the main event and announce that Carlito and Charlie Haas have been added to the Royal Rumble match, then we see Kane make his entrance to his signature pyro and flames whilst Big Show does the same. The announcers hype a possible team breakup if this gets a little to rough, and blame Bischoff for just being an ass booking this, instead of giving Show & Kane what they deserve a match with Triple H. Big Show and Kane give the crowd a good match, but Kane is a little more rough with Show basically showing he's not going to be taken lightly even against his tag partner. At the end Show goes for a chokeslam, but Kane elbows his arm down, then gives Show a chokeslam of his own.
After the match Kane waits for Show to get up, but a fustrated Big Show gets up, then leaves his partner stranded in the ring standing up seemingly awaiting to give him a handshake not to be to small heat from the crowd. We cut to our final commercial break whilst Kane looks ready to explode in the ring as he sets off his fire from the turnbuckles. One final shot is shown of Show leaving with his back turned to Kane.
We comeback to see Matt Striker in his `classroom' backstage. Striker talks up different things, basically Striker has become an `advertising program' (much like DX did for their merchindise), and Striker talks up a `John Cena Chain & T-Shirt', which he frowns upon. He then comes up with a teachers kit personally made by Matt Striker like a uniform he would wear, he gets heat after awile for making rude remarks to the crowd, before the promo cuts off at the end with Striker's smug smile. A quick Royal Rumble vignette then plays and we cut right into the entrances for the main event.
We comeback for our triple threat main event for a shot at the WWE Title but we see Eric Bischoff the rival of John Cena make an entrance half way into the match. John Cena, Edge, and Triple H all give it there all back and forth throughout the contest, but Edge and HHH reverted to heel tactics many times in this matchup. Towards the end of the match John Cena moves out of the way of a spear, sending Edge right into the referee.
All of a sudden Bischoff breaks away from the announce team, whilst Edge tries to wake up the referee, and Cena starts getting up. HHH looks over at Bischoff and they lock eyes, Bischoff then grabs something from under the ring ... and its the SLEDGEHAMMER! The crowd gives huge heat and Bischoff gives the hammer to Triple H, Edge gets up and recieves a running sledgehammer shot to the skull which knocks Edge right over the top rope and outcold. John Cena gets up and the referee starts to get up, Cena gets up first and the ref has his back turned, HHH immediately rams the sledgehammer into the ribs of Cena which takes him down to his knees.
Triple H throws the sledgehammer out of the ring and lifts Cena back up in position for a pedigree whilst the referee is crawling around the ring a bit. HHH plants Cena with the pedigree and Triple H immediately hooks the leg up high for the pin getting the three count from a groggy referee. Bischoff laughs and claps having gotten more then one over on Cena in the past 2 Raw's, Kurt Angle's music hits at the end of the show, and he comes out to a small reaction showing off his belt and staring at The Game who signals the belt is his, while Cena is out in the ring and Edge is flat out on the outside as the show comes to a close.
Current Card for the Royal Rumble
Date: January 29th 2006
Location: American Airlines Arena; Miami, Florida
Royal Rumble Match;
Winner has automatic shot at EITHER brand's Champion at WrestleMania XXII:
Entrants in Alphabetical order;
Carlito, Charlie Haas, Chris Benoit, Finlay, Gregory Helms, John `Bradshaw' Layfield, Kane, Ken Kennedy, Matt Hardy, Matt Striker, Ric Flair, Rob Van Dam
WWE Championship Match:
Kurt Angle © vs. Triple H
World Heavyweight Championship Match:
Batista © vs. Randy Orton
Ok, first off I'd like to say sorry this is late, but my internet has been up and down all day plus I just wasn't feeling this show so sadfully I recapped it since I just couldn't get this in full. But Smackdown probably will be in full, not sure exactly when it will be up, but probably around Wednesday/Thursday next week. Next thing I'd like to say is that I found a partner, not sure exactly when he/she will appear, but expect it between now and Royal Rumble postage time. Thats about it guys, enjoy the show, I will be handing out reviews shortly.
Also BTW, Jae thanks for that kick ass banner, very much appeciated.